Basil Pantages, a stalwart of Vancouver’s Greek group and leisure scion, who was generally known as the “nicest particular person you’d ever meet” to those that beloved him has died on the age of 87.
Pantages was a part of one of the distinguished households in Vancouver’s leisure business. His great-uncle Alexander opened up the Pantages Theatre on the Granville strip in 1908, with one other opening on Hastings Avenue a number of years later.
Basil’s father Peter Pantages, who emigrated from Greece, began the Peter Pan Cafe on the Granville Avenue. The cafe was a preferred spot for celebrations and Vancouver’s Greek group.
George Mattis, a childhood buddy of Basil’s, had not too long ago arrived from Greece together with his household when he met the older Basil and his brother Tony.
“This is these two Greek guys, that had been already stars in Vancouver, and so they take my brother and I and deal with us like their youthful brothers,” Mattis mentioned.
Mattis remembers going to the cafe the place Peter would break up a cantaloupe and fill it up with the vanilla ice cream for the boys.
“The Peter Pan was a spot the place anyone that was new to Vancouver that was Greek would go there to satisfy different Greeks and stuff like that to familiarize themselves with Vancouver,” he mentioned.
Basil took over the restaurant after his father’s demise. He additionally took over his father’s place as head of the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Membership which began the annual polar bear dip within the metropolis.
Basil, Mattis mentioned, was beloved.
“One of many kindest males I’ve ever identified. I beloved the man. And so did all people else. No one would say a foul phrase about him,” he mentioned.
“Basil was simply the nicest particular person you’ll ever meet.”
Pantages made his personal foray into Vancouver’s leisure scene, beginning or taking up the Pink Pussycat Membership, Maxine’s, Sugar Daddy’s, Bumbles with different founders.
In his later years, he was a fixture within the West Finish group, having a reserved desk on the Dover Arms Pub and Rossini’s on the weekend.
“All people would at all times encompass Basil, and their day or their afternoon did not begin till he came visiting and say to hello to Basil,” Mattis mentioned.
His final years had been spent at a care dwelling, however Mattis mentioned he would continuously go to go to him and nonetheless manage lunches with the outdated crowd.
Final weekend, Pantages suffered a stroke and died Tuesday.
“I imply, I beloved the man. You already know he was 14 years older than me however we had been simply good friends,” mentioned Mattis.
“He was like royalty.”
Take heed to the interview with George Mattis on CBC’s On The Coast:
On The Coast7:25Basil Pantages Obit