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In Memoriam

In Memoriam 2012

Recognizing the passing of members of the campus community who during their careers shared their talents in helping Western students, faculty, staff and alumni to be their best.

In memoriam - Ruth Irene Snider (posted Jan. 7)

Ruth Snider retired from the Campus Bookstore in 1984 after 17 years of service. Ruth died on December 22, 2012 at the age of 91. Loved mother of Glenn Snider of Zurich, Paul and Ellen Snider of Ingersoll and Valerie Flood of Stratford. If desired memorial donations to Greenwood Court, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com.

In memoriam - Edward Saraydar (posted Dec. 20)

Retired Economics professor Ed Saraydar died on December 4, 2012 at the age of 88. When he retired from Western in 1991 Ed had 24 years of service in the Economics Department, which he often characterized as being like family to him. His career included serving in the Air Corps of the United States Army, and with the Merchant Marine during the Korean War. He was a communications specialist, or “sparks“ when at sea, being an expert in Morse Code. Under the GI Bill he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he fell in love with and married his French language instructor, Alma. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and his PhD from the University of Rochester. Ed and Alma came to London in 1967 and had faculty positions at the University until their retirement. Alma died in 1998. Ed was noted for his lively conversation, easy laughter, and loyal support of others. A celebration of life service will be held on February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the library of the Sir Adam Beck Condos located at 240 Sydenham St. London, ON.

In memoriam - Donna Foote (posted Dec. 20)

Donna Foote retired from the Occupational Therapy Department in 1998 after 14 years of service at Western. Donna died on December 13, 2012 at the age of 70. Beloved wife of Jack Foote and loving mother to Jim and Michelle Foote and Kelly and Dean Corrin. “Nanny“ will be greatly missed by her 6 grandchildren, Ben, Will, and Jack Foote and Abby, Jenna, and Alex Corrin. Daughter of the late Frank and Phyllis Wright and lovingly missed by brother Jerry (and Sharon) Wright of Corunna and sister Sandy (and Peter) Sherman of London. Donna will be remembered for her kindness and warmth by many fond relatives, neighbors and friends. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Donna are asked to consider the Ovarian Cancer Clinic at Victoria Hospital or join our family team “Donna's' Foote Steps“ in the annual Ovarian Run for Cancer on Mother's Day. The entire Foote family appreciates all of your support in her three year battle with Ovarian Cancer. Condolences are welcome at dfoote@sympatico.ca

In memoriam - Melvin Woods (posted Dec. 7)

Melvin Woods work in the Department of Facilities Management, previously Physical Plant Department, for 21 years prior to his retirment in 1987. Melvin died on December 4, 2012 at the age of 86. His funeral will be held at St. Michaels Church, 511 Cheapside St.  London, ON on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon. The flag will be lowered on December 8 until 12 noon in honour of Mr. Woods.

In memoriam - Laszlo Gyorok (posted Dec. 6)

Prior to his retirement as a staff member in Geology in 1987, Laszio Gyorok had 15 years of service at Western. Laszio died on November 18, 2012 at the age of 90. Dear husband of the late Lilly Gyorok. Laszlo will be fondly remembered by his family and friends in Canada, United States and Hungary.

In memoriam - Brenda MacEachern (posted Nov. 29)

Brenda MacEachern, Academic Librarian with the Department of Visual Arts died on Oct. 11, 2012. At the time of her passing Brenda had provided 42 years of service at Western. Beloved wife of Ian MacEachern. Loving mother of Heather (Eric Tarasick), London, and Sarah (Ray Nichols), California. Doting grandmother of Iris Ruth Tarasick. Sister of Judy Ambrose (Messer) and aunt of John Ambrose and Katherine Stasyna of Toronto. Brenda graduated from the University of Toronto in 1970 with a Bachelors of Arts and went on to complete her Masters in Library Science at UWO (1987). In more than four decades as the curator of the Visual Resources Library in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Ontario, Brenda received recognition for her work within the department and with the staff association. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Western Award of Excellence. She was also acknowledged internationally as a leader in her field through the Visual Resources Association. Brenda was a family historian, a photographer, a flea market enthusiast, and a teapot collector. With her husband Ian, she enjoyed cycling trips in the UK and car trips across North America. Summers in Port Elgin and Southhampton with her family were also a special part of her life. One of her proudest achievements was the publication of her book “Nicholas Vivian Kent - An Ontario Family Saga“ in 2004. A lifelong supporter of the arts, Brenda was a mentor to many students and she always encouraged them to follow their dreams. She will be fondly remembered as an incredibly loving person who was forever putting others first. Her gentle spirit and thoughtful advice will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues. The family asks that donations in Brenda's memory be made to Operation Eyesight. A memorial service will be held at Museum London on Thursday, November 29th from 5 - 9:00 p.m.

In memoriam - Jacobus deLange (posted Nov. 20)

Jacobus deLange retired from Facilities Management in 1985 after 18 years of service at Western. He died on November 7, 2012 at the age of 92. He is survived by his daughter Irene Flory (Joseph Boudreau), sister Will Sackers and sisters-in-law Grada deLange and Elfia Hooftman. Grandchildren Angeleen Hart, Michelle Makra (Carlos) and William Makra (Julie). Great grandchildren Christian, Jacob and Payton Hart; Desmond and Calvin Makra Avalos. Many nieces and nephews in The Netherlands, Canada and Chile. Jacob will be dearly missed by all who loved him, especially his daughter Irene. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jacob's memory may be made to Vision Nursing Home (229 Wellington, Sarnia ON).

In memoriam - John Bailie "Jake" Stothers (posted Nov. 9)

Prof. Emeritus and former Chair of Chemistry, Jake Stothers died on October 12, 2012 at the age of 81. Prior to his retirement in 1996 he had 37 years of service at Western. He and his wife Catherine Ruth, 'Cae' (Smith) were in their 60th year of marriage at the time of his death. He was renowned for his research, writing, editing, and leadership in chemistry, and was honoured with Fellowships of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada. Jake will be missed by his daughters his daughters Marta and Margot and grandchildren Stephen and Elora, by his nephew Andrew Carruthers (and the horses), by his dear cousin Mary Bere, and many others in the extended Stothers and Smith families. Thank you to Cae's brother and Jake's lifelong friend Dave Smith for his love and support, and to Jerry Hodgins for his loyalty. Family, friends, and colleagues will miss Jake's wit, his intolerance of hypocrisy, and his love of jazz and a drink with friends. At his own request, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy, and donations to the charity of your choice in Jake's memory.

In memoriam - Charalambos "Harry" Giannakopoulos (posted Nov. 2)

Harry Giannakopoulos retired from Food Services in 1998 after 13 years of service. He died on October 9. 2012 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Vasiliki (Bessie) Giannakopoulos. Loving father of Athena (Kosta) Economopoulos. Dear grandfather of Angela and Vasiliki. Dear brother-in-law to Toula (George) Koumoutsidis and dear cousin to Peter (Jenny) Chimbos. Brother of Eugenia Douvlis of Afisiou, Laconia, Greece. Predeceased by sisters Georgia and Stavroula and brothers Nikolaos and Panagiotis. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Parkinson Society of Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca

In memoriam - Catherine "Kate" J. Solly (posted Oct. 23)

Retired staff member from Medicine, Kate Solly died on September 29, 2012 at the age of 74. Kate had 19 years of service prior to her retirement in 2003. Beloved wife of Clifford J. Solly. Dear mother of John (Alison), Brian (Diane), and Ken (Margaret). Cherished grandmother of Amanda, Jack, Robert, Audrey, Meredith, Charlotte, Scott, Sean, and Dana. Also survived by her loving brother Norman (Anne) Wing, their son David (Shawna), and sister-in-law Margaret (Jim) Splawski. She will be missed by her furry friend, Lucy. Kate was predeceased by her parents Jack and Grace Wing (1979) as well as her parents-in-law Fred and Connie Solly (2009). She has graciously gifted her eyes to the Trillium Gift of Life. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.brockandvisser.com

In memoriam - Ian Renwick McWhinney (posted Oct. 19)

Professor Emeritus from Family Medicine, Ian McWhinney died on September 28, 2012 at the age of 85. When he retired in 1992 he had 24 years of service at Western. Cherished husband of the late Betty and adored father of Heather and Julie. Dear father-in-law of Michael and Paul. Loving grandfather of Leah, Max and Claire. Dear brother of Pat and her husband Richard, and uncle of Gillian, Louise and Emma. Ian was born in 1926 in Burnley, England. Following his medical training at Cambridge, he entered general practice in Stratford-upon-Avon with his father. In 1968, he emmigrated to London, Ontario where he became the first chair of family medicine in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. His visionary work transformed family medicine worldwide from an unacknowledged subject into an academic discipline with undergraduate courses and post-graduate training. His tireless efforts on behalf of family medicine and improved patient care resulted in many honours and awards, including induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada. Blessed with a fine mind, Ian had a philosophical disposition, a strong thirst for knowledge, and a deep desire to make a difference in the world. He touched many people–patients, colleagues, friends, and caregivers alike—with his unfailing kindness and compassion, his gentle nature, and his interest in everyone he met, qualities that remained with him until the end of his life. The family wishes to thank all those who brought comfort and pleasure to Ian's last years and days. Donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada and to the McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Western Ontario, are gratefully accepted. A memorial service will be held in London, Ontario at a later date. E-mail condolences may be sent to mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME, 1 (306) 244-5577

In memoriam - Lisa Margaret Zeitz (posted Oct. 11)

Lisa Zeitz an Associate Professor in the Department of English died on October 6, 2012 at the age of 56. She had 23 years of service at Western. Beloved wife of Peter Thoms. Cherished daughter of Pamela and the late Walter Zeitz. Dear sister of Allyson (David), Jennifer, and Rosemary (Glenn). Devoted Aunt to Gigi, Natasha, Daisy, Dawson, Kyla, and Aaron. Dear daughter-in-law of the late Gordon and Maxine Thoms, and dear sister- in-law of Rosemary (Nancy), David (Diane), and Michael. Growing up on a farm in Carp, Ontario, Lisa discovered the love of nature that abided throughout her life and underpinned her research in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Virginia (M.A.), Queen's University (Ph.D.), and Western University, where she was an Associate Professor of English. Lisa was a gifted teacher, a curious traveller, an inveterate walker, and a student of art, literature, music, and baseball whose passionate engagement with life was not dimmed by the onset of ovarian cancer. A warm, generous, and courageous spirit, she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. During the final years of her life, Lisa and Peter were bolstered by the incredible support offered by family and friends. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Lisa might consider The Bounce Award. This award, which was established by Lisa in 2008 and named after Alexander Pope's dog Bounce, supports undergraduate students studying Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature at Western University. To contribute to the award please contact Donna Swanson at Foundation Western at 519-661-3140 or fw@uwo.ca. At Lisa's request, there will be no funeral service.

In memoriam - John Philippe Rushton (posted Oct. 4)

Department of Psychology faculty member, Phil Rushton died on Oct. 2 at the age of 69. He had 35 years of service at Western. Phil is survived by his children Stephen Philippe Rushton and Katherine Vanderzwet (Bernie); grandchildren Jasmine, Aundreia and great-granddaughter Paige. Also survived by his brother Peter Rushton as well as dear friend and Research Assistant Trudy Ann Bons. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Phil are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program - Research. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

 

In memoriam - Robert "Bob" Macmillan (posted Oct. 4)

MacillanRetired faculty member Bob Macmillan died on Sept. 14 at the age of 59. He retired in September of 2012 with nine years of service in the Faculty of Education. Beloved husband of Kathryn Noel. Son of the late Donald Macmillan and Roberta Bown of Cookshire, Quebec. Much loved brother of Arnold (Gail), Neil (Lise), and the late Brenda (Denis). Cremation has taken place. Sincere thanks to his many dear friends and colleagues. To honour Bob's work as a former teacher, principal, professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (the University of Western Ontario), and Dean of Education (the University of Manitoba), an award for graduate study in Educational Leadership is being organized. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider contributing to this award by either contacting Foundation Western at 519-661- 3140 or by contacting Patricia McLaughlin, Western Education at pmclaug@uwo.ca. Cheques may be made payable to Western University and sent to the Faculty of Education, Room 1000, 1137 Western Road, London, ON N6G 1G7. Online condolences available at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com

In memoriam - Joan Macrow (posted Oct. 4)

Joan Macrow retired staff member from Kinesiology died on June 29, 2012 at the age of 71. When she retired in 2005 she had 26 years of service at Western. Beloved Mother of David (Anne Marie), Susan (Rick), Jeffrey (Rebecca) and predeceased by son Darrell. Loved Grandma to Eric, Jason, Trevor, Courtney and Great Grandma to Ryan. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joan are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.

In memoriam - Geoffrey Milburn (posted Sept. 12)

Prof. Emeritus Geoffrey Milburn retired faculty member from Education died on August 28, 2012 at the age of 80. Prior to his retirement in 1996 he had 31 years of service at Western. Beloved husband of the late Joan Milburn. Son of the late Charles Milburn and Jessie Carr of Rothbury, England. Brother of the late Charlie Milburn. Much loved father of Karen and Ann (Rob). Dearly missed grandfather of Fiona, Eric, Katie, Alison and Peter. Many thanks to his wonderful friends and colleagues. Cremation has taken place. A gathering of friends will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Geoffrey are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.

In memoriam - Robert "Bob" Ostrom (posted Aug. 24)

Former Facilities Management staff member Bob Ostrom died on Aug. 23, 2012 at the age of 85. When he retired in 1993 Bob had 20 years of service at Western. He is survived by his wife Shirley; sons Brad (Becky), Dave (Janet) and Brian (Jacqui) and daughter Pam (Rick). Also by his grandkids, Sean, Andrew, Trevor, Amanda, Kalyn, Laurel, Erin and Allison and great-grandsons Wyatt and Landon. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday from 2:00-4:30 p.m. where the memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider Men's Mission.

In memoriam - Douglas Westgate (posted Aug. 17)

Professor Emeritus, Douglas Westgate died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the age of 74. Prior to his retirement in 1994 Douglas had 27 years of service in the Faculty of Education. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, his sister Shirley (Peter) Campbell, his children Kim (Craig), Rick (Stacey), Johnny (Missy) and Angie, and his grandchildren Brendan, Caeli, Dylan, Connor, Hayden, Ramsay, Michael, Laura and Carter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charities of your choice or to the Diocese of Huron (Huron Church Camp) or St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church.

In memoriam - Megan Davey (posted Aug. 15)

Megan Davey, associate professor in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, passed away suddenly on Aug. 10.

Davey came to Western in 2004, establishing a research program focused on elucidation of mechanisms that control DNA replication.

Her success never went unnoticed as she was the recipient of a number of awards from national funding agencies and was named the Harold Johns Research Scientist Award for being the top ranked candidate in the National Cancer Institute of Canada competition.

Davey was also the coordinator for the Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series that has attracted international leaders to the London community.

“We have lost a greatly valued colleague, friend and mentor. At this time, our thoughts are with Megan's family and friends,” said David Litchfield, Professor & Chair of the Department of Biochemistry.

In memoriam - John Tamblyn (posted Aug. 15)

For 10 years John Tamblyn served the Western community as official photographer for the Ceremonies Office. He died on August 7, 2012 at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Mary Sue Brennan and dear father of Emma and Zoe. Greatly missed by brother David (Susan), sister Louise, brother James (Kiri), and sister-in-law Marjy Marulanda (Carlos). Predeceased by brother-in-law Tim Brennan (Yoko). Also mourned by nieces and nephews Bob, Diana (David), Jennifer, Keenan, Andrea, Alex, Mariko, Joji, Lisa and grand niece Rosie. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Middlesex-Elgin Chapter, 150-633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3. Online donations and tributes may be placed through www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca.

In memoriam - John "Fred" Kilgour (posted Aug. 13)

Prior to his retirement in 2002 Fred Kilgour had 16 years of service in Western's Housing department. He died on July, 14, 2012 at the age of 74. Survived by children Bonny Kilgour (Ken Roy) of London, Keith Kilgour (Sandra) of Ottawa, Penny Wilson (Richard) of London; grandchildren Carrie, Jessica, Jaime, Marisa, Carter; sister Pat Jones (Alan). Predeceased by parents Jack and Toots Kilgour and wife Annie Kilgour. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society.


In memoriam - Andrew Biemans (posted Aug. 1)

Andrew Biemans retired as a staff member from Kinesiology in 1993. Prior to his retirement Andrew had 30 years of service at Western. He died at the age of 81 on July 28, 2012. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden, 2001 Dundas St. E., London, ON. The flag on Middlesex Tower be lowered on Thursday, August 2, 2012 until 11a.m. in memory of Andrew.


In memoriam - Armand "Moe" Collin (posted July 31)

Retired Hospitality Services staff member Moe Collin died on June 17, 2012 at the age of 74. When he retired in 1998 Moe had 18 years of service at Western. Loving father of Randy Collin (Gloria), Wayne Collin (Sophie), Nancy Collin, Judy Leslie (Larry), Jennifer Collin (Keith) and Joshua Collin (predeceased). Dear brother of Irene Francis, Evelynn McColeman (Gus), Jocelyn Rathwell, Jacques Rathwell, Evette Stanton and Lil Deschene. Proud Papa of 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


In memoriam - Pawel Kukawka (posted July 25)

Facilities Management staff member, Pawel Kukawka died on July 15, 2012 at the age of 43. Prior to his death he worked at Western for 12 years. Beloved husband of Wieslawa Kukawka and loving father of Jacob and Agata. Dear son of Maria and the late Henryk Kukawka (2009) of London. Also loved by his sister Grazyna Rodak and his brother Piotr Kukawka.


In memoriam - Carol Di Pietro (posted July 16)

Western Bookstore staff member Carol Di Pietro died on July 9, 2012 at the age of 58. Carol had 19 years of service at the time of her death. Beloved wife of Tony Di Pietro. Cherished mother of Colleen Di Pietro. Loving sister of Lynn (Chris) Anstead and Peter (Gail) McMahon. Much loved aunt of Kristin, Alexis, Nicole, Becky, Sarah, Ben, Connor and Colin. Donations in memory of Carol may be made to AnimalAlert.


In memoriam - Antonia Kobal (posted July 12)

On June 27, 2012 Antonia Kobal, retired Facilities Management staff, died at the age of 90. Prior to her retirement in 1986 Antonia had 15 years of service at Western. Beloved mother of Steph (Al) Janisse, John (Mary) Kobal, Angie (Josh) Lesmeister and Margi (Victor) Cherneski. In lieu of flowers donations to Glendale Crossing Nursing Home would be appreciated.


In memoriam - Benjamin Singer (posted July 11)

Professor Emeritus Ben Singer died on July 8, 2012 at the age of 81. For 30 years he was a faculty member in Sociology. He retired from Western in 1996. He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanore Gartner; daughters Lisa Purchard and her husband Paul; Heidi Singer and her husband Timothy Maguire; and grandchildren Jane and Simon. “Ben was an original,“ said Eleanore, his wife of almost 60 years. “He was passionately committed to life. He saw it clearly through a skewed lens and skewered it with relish. (He hated relish.) His 'Benisms' flowed and became mini-legends. He loved and was loved deeply.“ A celebration of Ben's life will be held at his home, 5 Lindbrook Court, July 11, 2012. Friends are welcome to drop in from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please bring your best Ben memories!


In memoriam - Alfred Bets (posted July 11)

When he retired in 1991 Alfred Bets had provided 29 years of service to the Western community as a member of Facilities Management. He died on April 17, 2012 at the age of 85.


In memoriam - Patricia Johnston (posted July 11)

Former Student Awards staff member Patricia Johnston died on May 27, 2012 at the age of 89. Patricia retired from Western in 1998 after 25 years of service. Beloved wife of the late Gordon F. Johnston (1983). Loving mother of Mairead P. Johnston-Spooner and Lucinda S. Johnston. Fond mother-in-law of Barry Johnston- Spooner. Devoted sister of Stanley Rogers. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 435 Windemere Road. London, ON N5X 2T1 would be appreciated.


In memoriam - Aileen Densham (posted July 9)

Aileen Densham retired from the Department of Anatomy in 1995 after 26 years of service as a staff member at Western. She died on May 2, 2012 at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Jack Densham. Dear mother of Michelle Gellatly (Jody Armstrong) of Stoney Point, Jon Densham and his wife Sheila and Mark Densham and his wife Debbie of London. Predeceased by her daughter Melanie Dee Densham. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, 435 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X or to the charity of your choice.



In memoriam - Ennio Lalama (posted June 29)

On June 12, 2012 former Faciltities Management staff Ennio Lalama died at the age of 71. When he retired in 2006 Ennio had 36 years of service at Western. Ennio will be missed by his wife Annaof 48 years Anna who loved him with the intensity of a thousand suns for 48 years. He will be greatly missed forever by his children, Rocco (Sherry), Sandra, and Rita (Fred). The ever so funny “Pop“ to Mikael, Brittany, Alex, Benjamin, Jake, Marissa and Kamron. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to The Terry Fox Foundation would be greatly appreciated.


In memoriam - David Boyd (posted June 28)

David Boyd was a facullty member in the Department of Medicine for 33 years prior to his retirement in October 2011. He died on April 16, 2012 at the age of 63.


In memoriam - Earnest "Howard" Colhoun (posted Jume 28)

Howard Colhoun joined Wester's Schulich School of Medicine in 1965 where he retired in 2002. He received his Professor Emeritus status in Pharmacology at the age of 65. He always had a curiosity of how things worked and therefore he became a career research scientist in the Cholinergic Nervous System. He died on June 20, 2012 at the age of 90.


In memoriam - Ronald (Ron) Wirick (posted June 14)

Professor Emeritus Ron Wirick died on June 10, 2012 at the age of 67. Ron was a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business for 30 years prior to his retirement in June 2010. Devoted husband of 22 years to his beloved wife, Gerda Wirick. He will be missed dearly by his four daughters Lara Bernstein (Lawrence), Emily Wetherell (Michael), Heather Gunn (Andrew), and Esther Farr (Brandon) and step-children Andrea Schmidt (Greg Karam), Matthew Schmidt (Sarah), and Jonathan Schmidt (Seanna). Proud Opa to his grandchildren Jacob, Benjamin, Abby, Clara, Anna, Esther, Esme, Charlie, Velvet, Eric, and Sarah. Elder brother to Maxine Grimmer, Barbara Poore, and Jamie Schaeffer, and much admired by his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 16th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery, 390 Oxford Street West, London, on Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 a.m. Please consider donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers. Online condolences available at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.


In memoriam - Arthur (Art) Tait (posted June 8)

Art Tait was a member of the Dental Clinics team until his retirement in 1985. He had 17 years of service at Western. Art died on March 15, 2012 at the age of 91. Loving husband for 52 years of Betty and father of David (Shiela), Glenn (Elaine), Gordon (Karen) and Donald (Vada). Cherished grandfather of Gordon (Bev), Christopher (Tammy), Brenda (Rob), Heather, Tanya (Steve), Megan and Tara. Proud great-grandfather of Kayla, Shayne, Caitlin, Hayden, Jonathan, Caelum, Nikolai, Katie, Abeigail, James and Troy. Predeceased by brothers Bill (Kay), Doug (Helen), sister Ann (Fred) and great- grandson Michael.



In memoriam - Sonja Behrens (posted June 8)

Sonja Behrens was a staff member for 26 years in Music prior to her retirement in 2003. She died on Feb. 24, 2012 at the age of 73. A private family service was held in Lancaster, PA.


In memoriam - Robert (Bob) Schnare (posted June 8)

Food Service employee Bob Schnare died on June 3, 2012 at the age of 66. He had 17 years of service at Western. Loving husband of Susan for 43 years; and father of Stephanie & her husband Tony Mangialardi and Geoff Schnare & his wife Robyn. Cherished grandfather of Jacob, Brady, Nicholas & Caleigh. At Bob's request there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca . LOGAN FUNERAL HOME, 371 Dundas Street, (519) 433-6181, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted, by the Logan Funeral Home, as a living memorial to Bob.


In memoriam - Waldemar (Walt) Czekierda (posted June 5)

Walt Czekierda was employee of Faciltities Management for 14 years prior to his death on June 3, 2012 at the age of 57. He will be sadly missed by his sister Alicja of Woodstock as well as his brother Stan and sister-in-law Angie of Brampton. Walt was a loving brother and the proud uncle of Jessica and Jason. Family was very important to him. Walt will forever be in the heart of his soul mate, life partner and best friend, Gerrie Evans.

Friends will be received at the SMITH- LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Wednesday, June 6 at 2- 4 and 7-9 pm. Rosary prayers at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am. Interment at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock. A celebration of Walt's life will take place at the Civic Gardens, corner of Springbank Drive & Wonderland Road in London. Date and time to follow. Smith- LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com


In memoriam - John (Jack) Willows (posted May 16)

Jack Willows retired from Western's Facilties Management area in 1990 after 26 years of service. He died on May 2, 2012 at the age of 84. Survived by wife Irene Willows; brother Dan and wife Marg Willows; son Randy and wife Barbara Anne; grandchildren Shawn and Jannette. Predeceased by son John. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jack are asked to consider the Parkinson Society Canada.


In memoriam - Margaret Vauthier (posted May 16)

Former Housing staff member Margaret Vauthier died on April 7, 2012 in her 91st year. Prior to her retirement in 1986 she had 19 years of service at Western. Treasured mother of Sheila Haas, Tim and his wife Deb, and Janice and her husband Seppo. Cherished Noni to her grandchildren Matt (Jen), Jim (Melissa), Kate (Jay), Sue (Alex), Nick, Aliisa, Mark, Laura and Kristen. Great grandmother of Ethan, Greta and Sebastian. Predeceased by husband, Grellan, son, Daniel, daughter, Loretta, parents, Frank and Nell Long and brother, George. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.


In memoriam - Joan Marie Tangen (posted April 26)

Joan Marie Tangen was a staff member in the Faculty of Engineering for 18 years prior to her retirement in 2006. She died on April 21, 2012 at the age of 65. Dear sister of Janet Scott (Jim). Aunt of Kellie (Scott) Rutkauskas and grand nephews Ewan and Aidan. Also survived by mother-in-law Jean Tangen. Predeceased by husband Peter Tangen and brothers Arnold Reid and Garnet Reid. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to consider the Arthritis Society.


In memoriam - Don Galpin (posted April 25)

Former Education staff member Don Galpin died on March 2 at the age of 87. Don retired from Western in 1985 after 17 years of service. Loving husband of Phyllis for 55 years. Dear father of Scott (Nancy), Leslie Billingsley (Jeff) and Jeff Galpin. Proud Grandpa of Brian (Sarah), Allison, Mark, Katie and Bryce, and great Grandad of Carter and Cadence. Fondly remembered by his sister Lois Percy, his extended family and many friends. Don lead a full and active life and enjoyed curling, golf, music and travel. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Don are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Outreach Services - McCormick Home.


In memoriam - Giovanni Paolo (posted April 24)

Giovanni Paolo a retired staff member from Facilities Management died on April 21 at the age of 78. When he retired in 1998 he had worked at Western for 37 years. Beloved husband of Maria for more than 51 years. Devoted and deeply proud father to his children Angela, Felicia, Anna, Maria Ferraro and her husband Jim, Joanne Netterfield and her husband Steve and Tony and his wife Jessica. Visitors will be received at the JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on April 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church, 511 Cheapside Street on Wednesday morning April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Prayers Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m.

In memoriam - Sebastian Bos (posted April 20)

Sebastian Bos retired from Facilities Management in 1990 after 24 years of service. He died at the age of 82 on March 30, 2012. Beloved husband for 34 years of Maria (Ria) Bos. Loving father of Bill (Suzanne) Bos, Anita Burgess, Rudy Bos and Erich (Mimi) Collar. Dear grandfather of Thera and Adam; Jennifer (Ryan), Jeremy and Jessica; Erich.


In memoriam - Dana Winterburn (posted April 13)

Funeral arrangements have now been announced for Dr. Dana Winterburn, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, who was tragically killed in a car accident on Tuesday, April 10th. A celebratory memorial will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, in London.

In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that donations be made to the Dr. Dana S. Winterburn Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western or the Breast Cancer Society.

Dr. Winterburn was a beloved doctor at the Byron Family Medical Centre.  She graduated with her MD from the University of Alberta in 1994, and received her Certification in Family Medicine in 1996, after completing her residency at The University of Western Ontario. She was granted fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2007.

Dr. Winterburn had been with the Department of Family Medicine at Western since 2004.  Prior to joining the Department, she served as a family physician at the Middlesex London Health Unit, at the North Lambton Community Health Centre serving the Kettle Point First Nation, at the London Psychiatric Hospital, and at Student Health Services at Western.


In memoriam - Fred Dreyer (posted March 14)

Prof. Emeritus Fred Dreyer retired from the History Department in 1998 after 34 years of service. He died on January 20, 2012 at the age of 80. Loving husband of the late Elizabeth Dreyer (2008). Dear father of Anne Dreyer and her husband Michael Weatherill of Horsham, England and Ted Dreyer and his wife Johanna of Waterloo. Beloved grandfather of Amelia, Evan and Maeve.


In memoriam - Marilyn Noddle (posted March 13)

Retired staff member Marilyn Noddle died on January 18, 2012 at the age of 73. Prior to her retirement in 1998 Marilyn had 24 years of service in the Occupational Health & Safety Res Centre. Dear mother of Kim Pityn and her husband Peter, Ken Noddle and his wife Heather all of London. Dear sister of Mel Gilbert and his wife Mary of Windsor. Loved Grandma of Elliot, Sam, Amy, Walker and Elaine. Dear friend of Don McKay.


In memoriam - Antonio "Tony" Artuso (posted March 13)

Tony Artuso retired from Facilities Management in 1993 after 12 years of service. He died on February 18, 2012 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Anna. Devoted and much loved father of Art (Sue Noél-Artuso), Patti and Giovanna (Paul Bates). Dearest grandfather and Nonno of Mathew, Jaclyn and Sienna.


In memoriam - Barry Forbes (posted March 9)

Former staff member Barry Forbes died on February 25, 2012 at the age of 88. Prior to his retirement in 1981, from the Department of Cancer Research, Forbes had 18 years of service. He is survived by his wife Isla and their three children, Dennis (Gail), Sally Hull (Jim) and Dana (Dianne), six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


In memoriam - Robert Lee (posted March 6)

Professor Robert Lee retired from Western Libraries in 1989 after 13 years of service. He died on February 2, 2012 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Iris (Winstanley) Lee. Proud father of Dr. Hari S.S. Khalsa of Oakland, California. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 150 - 633 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3 would be appreciated.


In memoriam - Sheng Yu (posted Feb. 2)

Sheng Yu a full professor at the Department of Computer Science, died on January 23, 2012 at the age of 61. Sheng had 22 years of service at Western. He obtained both his Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, in 1983 and 1986, respectively. His main research areas were in automata and formal language theory and their implementations. He also worked in parallel and object-oriented programming languages. He has served as program committee chair and member for a number of conferences, as well as editorial board member for several other journals. He has published more than a hundred and thirty research articles and was an established researcher in his research areas.

Beloved husband of Lizhen Zhang, dear son of Runqing Liu and the late Youlong Yu, loving brother of He Yu, Zhe Yu, Rui Yu, Lei Yu and the late Li Yu.


In memoriam - Elsie Brown (posted Jan. 25)

Elsie Brown died on January 20, 2012 at the age of 87. She worked for 28 years in Western Libraries before her retirement in 1989. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Brown (2005). Dear mother of Lindsey Howlett and her husband Reverend David Howlett of St. Thomas, and Alex Brown and his wife Denise of London. Dear sister of Kathleen and her husband Ronald Lingard of London. Loving grandmother of Michelle, Jennifer, Laurie, Misty and Alexander and her 8 great-grandchildren. Also survived by family and friends in Scotland. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the London Regional Cancer Centre, 747 Baseline Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6 would be appreciated.


In memoriam - Angela Ryder (posted Jan. 24)

Angela Ryder retired in 1996 after 26 years of service in Western Libaries. She died on January 5, 2012 at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Dale. Loving Mother of Jim and Teresa Montag and Mary and Scott Brown. Adored Yia Yia of Jeremy, Jason, William and Kayla. Cherished sister of Georgina Manos, Nick Loupos and Harry Loupos (Irene) and sister-in-law of Patricia Colesbury (Brett), Frank Ryder (Ruby), Joe Ryder (Sandy) and William Ryder (Carol). Deeply missed by her mother-in-law Eulene Ryder, her aunt Angela Vafiadis and several nieces and nephews.


In memoriam - Audrey Joan Russell (posted Jan. 9)

Audrey Russell retired as a staff member from the Sociology Department in 1997 after 26 years of service. She died on January 4, 2012 in her 81st year. Loving mom and true friend of devoted son Glenn Alexander Russell of London and daughter Carol Ann and husband Robby Cummings of Fresno, California. Dear Nanny of Ryan Frances Gray. Her love of the students and co-workers was enduring and lovingly sustained her for many years after retiring in 1997. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Audrey are asked to consider the Trans-Canada Trail (1-800-465-3636).