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Born: Apr 11, 1940

Date of Passing: Sep 03, 2022

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April 11, 1940 - September 3, 2022

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather on September 3, 2022, after an unexpected and brief illness.
Sacha, as he was affectionately known to those close to him, was a wonderful, generous soul. His loss leaves us with an absence so overwhelming and profound words cannot describe.
Sacha was a true gentleman and lived his life with meaning...
Predeceased by his father Mykola, mother Olga (née Rusova), and sister Ludmyla, Sacha is survived by his son Nicolas, daughters, Roxane and Florence; his granddaughters, Khalina, Alexandra, Chloë; great-granddaughter Angeles; his nephews, Wolodymr, Peter, Bohdan, Nestor; many other extended family members; and last but not least his beloved feline companion, the Schmuck.
Born on April 11, 1940, at the onset of the Second World War in Hallendorf, Germany, his family soon moved to Berlin where his father was working to create a government in exile for a post-war independent Ukrainian state. After many harrowing war experiences his family along with many other Ukrainians found refuge in the "displaced persons" Camp Lysenko near Hanover. Despite the impoverished conditions in which they lived, Sacha often spoke of the warmth and love he felt living in this close community, and especially of his schoolteacher.
In 1950, when Sacha was 10 years old his family arrived in Canada and settled in Montréal where they worked hard to make Canada their new home. Sacha continued being a studious pupil and excelled academically; an endeavour and passion that continued throughout his life.
Following in his father's military footsteps Sacha joined the Black Watch cadets as a teenager then proudly served in its 3rd Battalion before attending Sir George William University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours in Mathematics) in 1964 all while working full-time to provide for his family and new baby son, Nicolas. Although his first marriage ended, his discipline, hard work and passion for mathematics paid off as he was allowed to directly pursue his Doctorate at the University of Southampton, England. This new chapter in Sacha's life also brought new love, marriage and the birth of his daughters, Roxane and Florence. In 1973 he was awarded his Ph.D. (Mathematics) and moved his family to Canterbury, England where he was a tenured Professor at the University of Kent.
After five years, it was time to return to Canada and the young family settled in Winnipeg where he was head Statistician for the "Mincome Manitoba Experiment'' before returning to academia and the tenure-track as Statistician at the University of Winnipeg, for the 1979/1980 academic year. It wasn't long before his dedication to research, and commitment to students proudly earned him Full Professor status until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 67.
Full of vitality and free-time, Sacha was finally able to focus on his other great passion, history; in particular, Ukrainian history, and specifically to present its accurate and objective account. His quest led to eight years of exhaustive research culminating in his publication of "Early Ukraine: A Military and Social History to the Mid-19th Century" in 2016.
Without missing a beat, he diligently continued his research for his second book "The Lands of Ukraine; A People's History" until his life was cut short from an aggressive Glioblastoma brain tumour.
We are so proud of our father, not just for his perseverance, incredible mind, and many accomplishments, but for who he was as a person. A kind, generous, incredibly modest and humble man who loved family, nature, animals, his garden and time with friends. He lived his life to the fullest with an integrity, patience and kindness that made such an impact on those of us who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be grieved by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help Ukrainians fighting for their freedom and right to exist click "help Ukraine now".
A funeral will held at Korban Funeral Chapel on September 9 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing an hour before.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Having moved away from Winnipeg, I had not seen Alex in a decade or more. He and I were born three days apart, but in vastly different circumstances. I remember his good-humoured style of controversy. He and I once had an amusing argument on whether Canadian or Russian bread was better. With a twinkle in his eye, he agreed that all good bread, whatever its origins, was good. Peace to his dust. - Posted by: Garin Burbank (Colleague) on: Nov 07, 2022

  • I just read Dr Basilevsky’s book “Applied Matrix Algebra “. This is THE best book about matrix. I admire him. - Posted by: Fan Zhang (A reader of his book ) on: Oct 30, 2022

  • Sending my condolences. Dr. Basilevsky was a remarkable person. I remember the twinkle in his eye, his kindness, and humility. - Posted by: Zoe (former student) on: Sep 29, 2022

  • Very sad to here this. I always enjoyed our conversations at the UW Fitness Centre and occasionally at Carlos & Murphy's for he always had a smile on his face and just happy all around. My condolences to his family for he will be missed. - Posted by: Eric (Friend & Colleague) on: Sep 15, 2022

  • I’m saddened to hear of Sasha’s passing. I saw him recently in the gym. From the obituary I am amazed at the origins of his life and it’s background in post war Europe. I knew nothing of that though we regularly talked at the university. This speaks to his personal modesty I think. Rest in peace and long live Free Ukraine. - Posted by: Allen Mills (Colleague and friend) on: Sep 13, 2022

  • My deepest condolences. Dr Basilevsky was a kind and humourous teacher. - Posted by: Erica (Former student) on: Sep 12, 2022

  • To Sasha's Family, My sincere condolences. Sasha was my professor, mentor, confidant and a close friend to the end. Sasha is kind, generous, loyal and with cheerful homour. I will forever cherish his memory. May you rest in eternal peace! I love you, Sasha! - Posted by: Mahmud Hassain (Former student and a long time friend) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • My deepest sympathies to Sacha’s family. He was a warm, generous, and friendly man. - Posted by: Neil Besner (Colleague) on: Sep 09, 2022

  • I love you Grandpa! - Posted by: Chloe (Granddaughter ) on: Sep 09, 2022

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