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.
Professor Emeritus, Mel Usselman died on March 23, 2015 at the age of 69. Prior to his retirement in 2013, Mel had 45 years of service in Chemistry.
Mel graduated with an Honors BSc in Chemistry in 1968 and pursued a PhD at Western University under the supervision of the late Paul deMayo, which he completed in 1973. It was during this period that Mel became interested in the history of science. Smitten with the field, he undertook Master’s studies in History in 1975, also at Western University and subsequently held a joint appointment between the Departments of Chemistry and the History of Medicine & Science until 1981 before rejoining the Department fully as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He was promoted to full professor in 2005.
Mel was the consummate colleague and excelled at everything he did. He was one of those rare individuals who consistently provided "the best student experience at a research-intensive university," even before Western coined that phrase. His excellence in teaching was recognized at the university, provincially, and at national levels.
His research, focused on historical topics in Chemistry, is highly regarded within his discipline and he has received numerous accolades including the Liebig-Woehler Friendship Prize for research in the History of Chemistry from the Wilhelm Lewicki Foundation and the German Chemical Society. He recently published his opus: “Pure Intelligence: the Life of William Hyde Wollaston” to critical acclaim.
Perhaps what Mel will be remembered for by most of us is how he willingly and graciously provided many hours of wise counsel to junior and senior colleagues alike over the years. He was known as the voice of reason in the department and the university.
Mel was an extraordinary teacher, a dedicated researcher, a great colleague and a true friend. We will miss him greatly.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family members, Trixie, Jaspar, Charlotte, David and, in spirit, his son Richard.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Retired Facilities Management staff member, Leonard Glenn died on March 2, 2015 at the age of 78. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Len had 18 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of Connie. Dear father of Brian (Shona) of Port Huron Mich. and Brad of Victoria, BC. Brother of Madelon West of London, George Glenn of London and Marlene (Reg) Kennings of Waterloo. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place, a private family service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Victoria Hospital Cancer Clinic for their wonderful care shown to Len. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society.
Professor Emeritus, John Marlborough was a Faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He died on March 21, 2015 at the age of 74. Prior to his retirement in 2005, Professor Marlborough had 38 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband and best friend of Lynda. Dear father of Michelle and Matthew. Cherished brother of Gerry (Maureen), Mary Ellen, Lorri (Jim) Williams, and Marnie (Jim) Dahonick. Mike will be sorely missed by his nieces and nephews: David (Jennifer), Karyn, Brad (Jody), Wayne (Claudia), Michael, Ryan, Christine (Chris) and Greg, as well as his great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition, he will be lovingly remembered by Lynda's brother David (Kathy) Smyth and family and her sister Lorna Smyth. Mike's entire family extend deepest thanks to Dr. Paul Ferner and all the outstanding staff of McGarrell Place for providing such compassionate and loving care. A visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service and interment will be held at GLENDALE MEMORIAL GARDENS, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Ontario on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am. with visitation 1 hour before service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home or McGarrell Place Palliative Care Team would be greatly appreciated.
The flag will be lowered on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 until 11:00 a.m. in memory of John.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Professor Emeritus, Kaney Ebisuzaki died on March 3, 2015 at the age of 89. Prior to his retirement in 1992 Kaney had 17 years of service at Western in the departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry.
Cherished and beloved husband of Emiko. Loving father of Wesley (Su), Gerald and the late Raymond (Minako). Proud grandpa of Christy, Benjamin and Sean. Dear brother of Ruby and the late Yukiko. He will also be sadly missed by his extended family and friends. The funeral service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The flag will be lowered March 7 until 10:00 am in memory of Prof. Emeritus Kaney Ebisuzaki.
Naomi Vonesh retired from Physical Education in 1978 after six years at Western. Naomi died on December 27, 2014.
Peacefully, with loved ones close beside her, in her 101st year, following a sudden illness. Loving wife of the late Raymond James Vonesh, Naomi was predeceased by her son, Frederick, her daughter, Susan, and her brothers, Kenneth and John Williams. She is survived and greatly missed by her daughter Kathleen (Richard) Rogers, son Richard (Naomi), son Robert (Marie), and daughter Mary Jane (Larry). Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren (Greg, James, Rebecca, Rae, James, Mickey, Christopher and Phillip) and great-grandchildren (Meghan, Connor, Erin, Savannah, Asha, Lydia and Will). A family memorial was held in Crystal River, Florida, and Naomi's ashes will be buried beside her husband in Chicago, Illinois. Memorial donations in Naomi's honour can be made to the Thames Valley Children's Centre or to the London Humane Society.
Professor Emeritus Jean-Claude Vilquin had 18 years of service when he retired in July 1988 from French Studies. Jean-Claude died on December 8, 2014 at the age of 81.
A remarkable spirit is being mourned in the London region, France and the United States this week.
Former UWO French professor Jean-Claude Vilquin died Thursday near Rouen, in Normandy, where he grew up. A respected teacher & academic, a terrific raconteur whose boyhood memories went back to befriending Canadian soldiers in Normandy during the war, Vilquin served (if memory serves) in the French military before arriving at UWO - comments from friend Lloyd Sayer.
Retired Kinesology staff member Clayton Warner died on October 6 at the age of 83. Prior to his retirement in 1995, Clayton had 28 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of the late Ann Warner. Loving father of Howard Warner (predeceased) and his wife Theresa, Douglas Warner and Randy Warner and his wife Cindy. Proud papa/grandpa of Keith and Amber. Great grandfather of Alexandra, Karlin, Otilio and Archie. Great great grandfather of Robyn. Dear brother of Howard Warner.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Adopt a Mustang or to the Lung association.
Former chair of Department of Medicine and Professor Emeritus, Ramsay Gunton died on January 22 at the age 92. Prior to his retirement in 1988, Dr. Gunton had 22 years of service.
Professor Emeritus, Richard "Dick" Shivers died on February 5th at the age of 74. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Dick had 33 years of service in Department of Biology.
Beloved husband of Sarah "Sally" Anne (Cook) Siegner. Loved father and father-in-law of Shaun (Kathy) Shivers of St. Thomas, Stephanie (Bryan) Clubb of Verona, WI, Charlie Siegner (Angela Munroe) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandpa of Nicole, Kristine and Jacob Siegner, Colin Munroe-Wright, Elliott, Aidan and Charlotte Clubb, Lindsey and Robert Shivers. Dear brother of Barbara Stahl and Gary Shivers. Predeceased by his parents Raymond and Blanche (Pyle) Shivers, granddaughter Danielle Shivers and brother-in-law Thomas Stahl. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements entrusted to the T. HARRY HOFFMAN & SONS FUNERAL HOME , Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com
Retired Vice President of Research, Bill Bridger died on December 18, 2014 at the age of 73. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Bill had five years of service at Western.
Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and after many years dedicated to his career in Edmonton and London, Ontario, he retired with his wife, Rita Spencer, to Lethbridge in 2007. Bill spent most of his working life in Edmonton as a biochemistry researcher, an academic and later in this life, as a senior administrator with universities and research science organizations. He is survived by his three eldest children Keith, Jocelyn and Eric, as well as his youngest daughter Andrea. Bill is remembered by many friends and relatives who showed amazing support and love for Bill over the years. Bill enthusiastically adapted to his new home in Lethbridge, volunteering with the Lethbridge Regional Hospital (Emergency Department), and as a board member with Meals on Wheels. Bill and Rita were grateful for their time together with their great neighbors in the coulees.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Transplant Society or to the William A. Bridger Lectureship in Biochemistry, University of Alberta Office of Memorial and Tribute Giving, 3-501 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB. (www.biochem.med.ualberta.ca). Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Prior to her retirement in 2014, Patricia McLauglin had 8 years of service with the Faculty of Education and the Development Office at Western. Patricia died on January 9th, 2015 at the age of 65.
Patricia was predeceased by parents, Maurice (1985) and Kay (2008) McLaughlin. Patricia was a devoted and loving mother to Matthew Vauthier (Jennifer) and Kate Vauthier Belfry (Jason). She was a proud and loving "Nanny" to Jack and Nate Belfry. Patricia leaves her siblings Anne Kathleen McLaughlin (GSIC), Mary McLaughlin, Margaret McLaughlin, Kathy Fraumeni (John) and Ted McLaughlin (Wendy). Patti will be missed by her many nieces and nephews; Colleen Aguilar (Karl), Mary Kate Fraumeni-Sam (Saroeun), Christopher Fraumeni, John Paul Fraumeni, Tara McLaughlin, Jim McLaughlin and Sean McLaughlin. She was a great-aunt to Julian Aguilar and Keegan Sam. She is remembered with love by her cousin, Patrick Mudge (Walter Warford) and by many cousins residing in the Maritimes. Patti will be missed by many friends and colleagues, and especially by her dear friend Sheila Haas and her children: Jim (Melissa), Sue (Alex), and Nick (Lisa). Patricia earned her undergraduate and Masters Degrees in English Literature at Western University (then University of Western Ontario). She was very much at home in the company of the great poets and writers of the ages and developed an enduring connectedness to the works of William Wordsworth and John Milton. She had the soul of a writer and viewed the world through literary eyes. Her shelves heaved under the weight of her literary collection, including treasured copies of many first editions by Canadian authors. Many of those words were read and re-read at her beloved cottage on the shores of Lake Huron. Days and weeks spent at the cottage were filled with walks on the beach, precious time with children, grandchildren, family, friends, and the beloved dogs. At the sight of a sunset or a storm over the crashing waves, Patti was keenly aware of the beauty that surrounded her and cherished her time by the lake. Patricia was an accomplished speech writer and author and completed her professional career in the role of Development Officer at the Faculty of Education, Western University. Most recently, Pat was instrumental in raising funds for The Single Ceiling Project, a Faculty of Education initiative for children's mental health. Patricia most enjoyed work that she felt connected to and passionate about, and her career at the Faculty of Education gave her the opportunity to use her professional gifts while making lasting connections with colleagues and friends of the University. Our family would like to thank Father Michael Béchard, Pastor of Christ the King University Parish for his love, friendship and his spiritual guidance throughout Patti’s illness. We would also like to thank the medical teams at LHSC Cancer Clinic, 7th Floor and especially the nurses in Oncology and Palliative Care who cared for our Patricia with such gentleness. Additionally, we would like to thank Pat's friends and colleagues who extended tremendous love and support. She was so thankful and comforted knowing everyone was holding her in thoughts and prayers. In Patricia’s memory, donations may be made to the Single Ceiling Project. Cheques payable to Western University, attention Karmen Dowling, Western University, Westminster Hall, Suite 110, London ON N6A 3K7 or by calling 519-661-4200 or online at www.westernconnect.ca/tribute
Stu McBride a retired staff member from Finance, died on January 10, 2015 at the age of 86. Prior to his retirement in 1993, Stu has 19 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of Georgia "Joey" (Cook) McBride for 64 years. Loving father of Julie McBride of London. Pre-deceased by his son David McBride (2006). Dear father-in-law of Carol McBride. Cherished grandpa of William, Andrew and Robert. Dear brother of Donna Parrott and her husband Harry. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Stu graduated and retired from Western University. He was a member of Calvary United Church and the Probus Club of London. The family would like to thank anyone who provided loving care for Stu. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family 2-4pm on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 60 Ridout Street South, London. The celebration of Stu's life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2 pm, with Reverend Kenji Marui officiating. Private spring interment in Baird Cemetery, Stanley Township. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Calvary United Church Memorial and Special Projects Fund, 290 Ridout Street South, London ON N6C 3Z1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com1
Retired staff member Geraldine Niles died on January 9th, 2015. Prior to her retirement, in 2009, from Medicine's Education Office, Geraldine had 35 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of Edward Niles in her 68th year. Loving mother of Patrick (Renae) Niles and Kelly-Anne Hunt (Sean). Predeceased by her son Thomas Niles (1974). Beloved grandmother of Conor and Owen Niles and Aubrey Hunt. Dear sister of Mildred Gorman of Ireland, Monica Kelly Field and Anthony Kelly (Judy) all of London. Sister in law of Rick Niles (Lynda) and Barry Niles (Sharon). Gerry's family and friends (two-legged and four!) were the most important things in her life. She was an active member of St. Michaels Parish and loved her work at Western University. She always had a smile and was full of energy and loved life to the fullest. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten by all who knew her. Funeral Mass at St. Michael's Church, 511 Cheapside Street, was held on Monday, January 12th. Cremation with inurnment in St. Peter's Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Ontario SPCA or the Men's Mission.
Database Administrator in the Western Information Systems Group, Jerry Semple died on December 1, 2014 at the age of 60. Jerry had 37 years of service at Western.
Tribute from Jerry's colleagues
Near the end of 2014 some of the light in our hearts was extinguished when we unexpectedly lost a valued colleague and, for many, a good friend. Jerry Semple was a long-time member of the Western family who brought joy to virtually everyone who knew him. Serving our community for almost 36 years, first with CCS from 1978, then with Administrative Operations (working with Legato, Operations, and Technical Support) beginning in 1989, and finally as a member of the WISG Database Administration team since 2001, he could always be counted on to “Git ‘er done!”. Throughout his career Jerry was content to remain in the background, and as a member of WISG’s core team of database administrators he was responsible for much of the hidden work that kept the administrative systems running smoothly for our faculty, staff, and students.
If you knew Jerry you were very familiar with both the twinkle in his eye that revealed a lively sense of humour and his kindness and compassion for anyone feeling down or troubled in any way. Always ready and willing to lend a hand it didn’t matter to him if it related to work or not. If you needed help he was your man. In his free time he enjoyed umpiring baseball games, looking for great deals on trips, organizing holiday adventures to Vegas and spending time with friends golfing, but above all he loved and was very close to his entire family, holding close a special bond of love with his daughter and granddaughter.
All who knew Jerry saw him as the most kind and gentle man they have ever been privileged to know, and I know of no one who ever saw him angry. While everyone who knew him has many very fond memories of Jerry, Jo Skillings (Office of the Registrar) offered this perfect tribute to his legacy: “At this time of Christmas shopping and present giving, Jerry’s death has reminded me that at the end of the day we only have our time and our energy or love to give someone and Jerry was a master craftsman at giving both of his time and his gentle nature. We all will miss him.
Celebration of life for Jerry
Date: Sunday January 18th
Location: Royal Canadian Legion in Byron
Address: 1276 Commissioners Road
Facilities Management staff member, Charmaine Wood died on December 12 at the age of 62, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had 27 years of service at Western. The flag will be lowered on Thursday, December 18 until 11:00 am in memory of Charmaine.
Beloved wife of Gordon Wood for 38 years. Cherished mother of April Aristone (Darren Arbeau) and Stephen Wood. Dear sister of Donna (Bob) Swales, Joan (Doug) Swan, Diana (Don) Chapman, Wendy McKay, Scott (Cheryl) Brigham, Carolann (Ralph) Knaus, Brian Brigham and Ronald Brigham. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Patricia (the late Ted) Cameron, Marion (the late Gerald) McMahon and Donna (Bruce) Green. Predeceased by her parents Lillian "Pat" Brigham and Wilfred "Wilf" Brigham, her sister Gail Bealieu and her brothers Garry Brigham, Wesley Charlton and Jimmy Charlton. Charmaine will be remembered with much love by her nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 60 Ridout Street, South, London, where the memorial service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 am. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, (for The Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund), 747 Base Line Road, East, London ON, N6C 2R6. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com.
Professor Emeritus A. J. "Jack" Sukava had 26 years of service at Western prior to his retirement in 1982. Jack died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in his 98th year.
Beloved husband of the late Margaret Sukava (1990). Loving father of Michael Sukava of London and Sharon Schnore and her husband Steve of New Hamburg. Proud Papa of Heather MacKillop and her husband Ewen of Nova Scotia and Erin Schnore of New Hamburg. Dearly missed by his extended family of Winnipeg and many nieces and nephews. Special friend of Marieon Mara.
Jack commenced his studies at University of Manitoba, completing his PhD in Chemistry at McGill University, Professor Emeritus Western University. He was a long time member of UWO Alumni Association, Metropolitan United Church and Thistle Lawn Bowling Club. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Salvation Army, 371 King Street, London ON N6B 1S4, Metropolitan United Church - Memorial Fund, 468 Wellington Street, London ON N6A 3P8 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 123 St. George Street, London ON N6A 3A1. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
Professor Garth Lambert had 24 years of service at Western in both the Faculties of Education and Arts prior to his retirement in 1991. Garth died on November 15 at the age of 85.
Beloved husband of Wilma for over 53 years. Predeceased by his brother John James Lambert. Much loved by his niece Judy Lambert and nephews Peter, Paul and Mark and many great nieces and nephews. For most of his career Garth was a professor of Latin, Classical Studies, and Philosophy at Western University. There will be a private celebration of Garth’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the London Regional Cancer Program or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca)
Victor Speake, retired Manager of Parking, Facilities Management died on November 3 at the age of 87. When he retired in 1990 Victor had 21 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of Susan for 36 years. Loving father of Norman Speake and his wife Mary, Christine “Bonnie” Speake, and Kevin Speake. Dear grandfather of Sean Speake and his wife Jennifer, Sydney Chapman and her husband Craig, Colin Speake and his wife Kerrie and great-grandfather of Gage Chapman and Molly Speake. Survived by his brother Dennis Speake of England. Predeceased by his first wife Kathleen Veronica. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Victor are asked to consider Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the London Health Sciences Foundation – Cancer Centre. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Retired Facilities Management staff member Stanislawa (nee; Jez) Henderson died suddenly at her summer residence in Bayfield, in her 70th year. When she retired in 2010 she had 41 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of James Henderson. Cherished mother of Edward Ceh and Steven Ceh (Francy). Dear step-mother of James Henderson (Donna), Christopher Henderson (Lesley) and Michelle Anderson (Cary). Loving grandmother of Stephanie, Brenden, Kristina, Bryson, Dylan, Haylee, Kayla and Mackenzie. Also survived by her sisters Maria Niemiec and Krystyna Potempa (Joseph) both of Poland. Predeceased by her parents Teresa & Stanislaw Jez and her brother Joseph Jez. Visitors will be received in the O’NEIL FUNERAL HOME , 350 William St., on Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, (419 Hill St.) on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.on.ca/. Online condolences and guest book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca
The flag will be lowered on Thursday, November 13 until 10:00 a.m., in memory of retired staff member Stanislawa.
Retired Faculty of Science staff member, Barb Conkey died on Oct. 22 at the age of 85. Prior to her retirement in 1994 Barb had 40 years of service at Western.
Daughter of the late Annie Edna (Robertson) and the late Thomas Albert Foxton of Wingham, Ontario. Sister of Shirley Ann Donahue of Aurora and predeceased by her brothers William Robertson Foxton and James (Jim) Albert Foxton. Barb is predeceased by her husband Harold Norman Conkey to whom she was married for 51 years. She is survived by her children Elizabeth (Jay Armstrong) of St. Marys and Norm "Sandy" (Jennifer Moore) of Chatham, Ontario. Barb adored and took great pride and joy in spending time with her four grandchildren- James and Jessica Armstrong, and Ethan and Leah Conkey. She was always in awe of them, whether it be watching them in hockey and ringette or taking the train to Chatham to get some quality "Grandma time".
As October approached, she was informed that she had acute myeloma leukemia. She faced this with her never-ending grace and strength while in palliative care at Victoria Hospital. Barb passed, on her own terms, on October 22, 2014. Many thanks go to the nursing staff of C-6 wing. A celebration of Barb's life will be held at a later date. If you wish to make a charitable donation in memory of Barb, we would be grateful if you could choose; The Easter Seal Society at 974 Dearness Drive, London, Ontario, N6E 2R8, or Doctors Without Borders Canada at 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2T9. London Cremation Services.
Chair of the Department of Mathematics, André Boivin died on Oct. 17 at the age of 59. At the time of his death Professor Boivin had 28 years of service of Western.
Cherished son of Simonne Émard and the late Léon Boivin. Beloved husband of Yinghui Jiang. Loving father of Alexandre, Mélanie, and JP. Dear brother of Diane, Jean and François. André will be lovingly remembered by his aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many friends. He will be missed by his colleagues and students. Visitation on Friday, Oct 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 pm. Reception to follow. Memorial Contributions to Foundation Western would be gratefully acknowledged. The University flag will be lowered on Saturday, October 25, 2014 until 2:00 pm in memory of André.
Professor Emeritus Ralph Brooke, a retired faculty member from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry died on Sept. 30 at the age of 80. He retired from Western in 1999 after 27 years of service. After his retirement Brooke continued his work as an Adjunct Professor until 2014.
He is deeply mourned and sadly missed by his wife of 51 years, Lorna, his eldest son Michael and his wife, Michal and her parents, Yehuda and Rachel Kahane, his younger son Andrew and his friend Smadar Meiri, his brother Martin and late brother Tony, and his grandchildren Maya, Jonathan, Ethan, Sarah, Rachel and Daniel. Born in Leeds, England to Michael and Netta Brooke, Ralph was an outstanding contributor to the medical and dental science fields, receiving numerous awards, honours and accolades, including the Barnabus Day Award, and the Honourable Alumnus of Distinction Award from Western University, where he worked for over 40 years as a distinguished professor and lecturer. His roles at the university included Chair of Oral Medicine, Dean of Dentistry, Vice Provost Health Sciences, and Chief of Dentistry at University Hospital. He published many papers and articles in his field, and contributed to numerous medical and dental textbooks and professional journals. He was also active in the London Jewish community serving as President of Or Shalom and the London Jewish Federation. Ralph was a true lover of life; his passions, besides his family and work, included music, wine-making and travelling the world, including several trips to Israel. Very special thanks to all the health care professionals at University Hospital and everyone at St. Joseph's Hospice who made his final journey a peaceful one.
Services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2 pm, at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron St., London, Ontario with Rabbi Catharine Clark officiating. Internment will take place at Or Shalom cemetery. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St., London in charge of arrangements. 519-433-6181 Memorial donations to St. Joseph's Hospice (519 438-2102 or www.sjhospicelondon.com) would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ralph Brooke.
The University flag will be lowered on October 2, 2014 until 2:00 p.m. in memory of Ralph Brooke.
Professor Emeritus Dimitry Pospielovsky, retired from the History Department at Western in 1999 after 20 years of service. He died on Sept. 12 in his 80th year.
Beloved husband of Mirjana (Dobrovich) Pospielovsky. Loving father of Darya Duma and her husband Mark of Mississauga, Andrei Pospielovsky and his wife Caroline Bright of Cairo, Egypt, Bogdan Pospielovsky and Jennifer Venner both of Toronto. Proud dedushka of Anastasia, Zachary, Sophia, Maxim, Alexandra, Katherine, Leya and great-dedushka of Cael. Dear brother of Marianna Jurkeevich and pre-deceased by Olga Mitianin Survived by many nieces and nephews in Montreal, Vancouver, and Annapolis. In addition to his professorship at Western Dimitry was a broadcaster and author. Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 60 Ridout Street South, London. The Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Father Martin Meitz officiating. The funeral service will be held at the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour, 140 Fairview Avenue, London, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with the Very Reverend Vladimir Morin officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Outreach Services of McCormick Home Foundation, 2022 Kains Road, London ON K6K 0A8 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
The flag on the UC tower will be lowered on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 until 10:30 am, in memory of Prof. Emeritus Dimitry Pospielovsky.
Professor Emeritus, David Baguley retired from French Studies in 1996 after 27 years at Western. He died on August 17, 2014 in his 75th year.
Dear father of Natasha Baguley-Ahmad and her husband Azfar and Alexander Baguley and his wife Julie. Loving brother of Tony Baguley. Treasured Grandpa of Yasmine and Jude. Also will be missed by Monica, Carolina, Emilia, Jayne and John. Friends and family are invited to share memories on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of David are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Lloyd Johnstone retired from Facilities Management in 2000 after 35 years of service. He died on Aug. 9, 2014 at the age of 74.
Beloved husband of Marg Johnstone. Cherished father of Kimberley and Wesley Johnstone, and Jana (Chahid) Yassine. Proud grandfather of Nicholas, Jonathan (Sarah), Tyler, Hanah, Jessica and Sophie, and great-grandfather of Jayden, Emma, Prestyn and Isabella. Loving brother of Terry (Betty), Robert (Joan), Barb, Wayne (Helen) and brother-in-law to Helen Rusher. Predeceased by his sister Pat, and brother Ronnie. He will also be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at Trissa's Family Restaurant 4014 Dundas St. E. London, Ontario from 1-5 p.m. Saturday August 16, 2014. There will be a private family interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stoke Foundation or London Regional Cancer Program. FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME has been entrusted with the arrangements 519-455-9343. Western's flag will be lowered on Sat. August 16 until 1:00 p.m. in memory of Lloyd.
Gloria Kelly worked for eight years in Information and Technology Services at Western before she retired in 1996. She died on July 23, 2014 at the age of 83.
Beloved wife of Jim Kelly for 62 years. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
When she retired in 1983, Louise Zadel had served 16 years at Western as a member of the Facilities Management staff. Louise died on June 20, 2014 at the age of 96.
Dearly loved mother of Frank and his wife Mary, Louise, and Joseph and his wife Veronica. Dear grandmother of Mark, Andrew, Lydia, Leah and her husband Michael, and Stephen; great-grandmother of Sophia and Claudia. Beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews in Canada and abroad. Her love, generosity and her warm "welcome to my home" will be greatly missed and never forgotten. She is predeceased by her husband Frank 31 years ago, eight of her siblings of Slovenia and her brother Bert of Toronto. Louise was born in a small town in Slovenia in 1918 into a family of 10 children. She married Frank Zadel in 1942. They had 3 children. Frank left Slovenia (Yugoslavia) in 1945 at the end of the war. Louise followed her husband with her family in 1957 and moved to Wortley Village in London where she spent the rest of her life. Shortly after arriving in Canada she started working at St. Joseph Hospital where she worked for 14 years. In 1971 she decided to change jobs and move to Western University retiring in 1983. Her approach to life was hard work, honesty and generosity. She had many friends here and in Slovenia and was a member of the London Slovenian Club for 50+ years. Her passion was gardening; she would proudly show off her harvest. Louise generously shared the fruits of her labour with friends and family. She traveled back home often and was proud to say that she visited her siblings in Slovenia 22 times. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the compassionate volunteers, nurses and staff at St. Joseph's Hospice for their very professional and dedicated care. Louise was the first resident at the new St. Joseph's Hospice on Windermere Rd. The tireless and loving care Louise received at the Hospice will always be appreciated by the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice, London.
Andy Howe served as a staff member in Facilities Management for 39 years prior to his retirement in 2005. He died on May 12, 2014 at the age of 69.
Lovingly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Ruby (Jones), his daughter Stephanie Topp of Listowel, his son Andrew F. Howe (Donna) of London, grandchildren Andrew M. Howe, Jessica Woolcox, Alyssa Howe and Waylon Howe and his great grandson Elliot Woolcox. Andy was dearly loved by the Jones and Talbot families and by family friend Jennifer Arrand. Predeceased by his parents Frank Howe and Frances (Dorman). Andy started out working at London Psych Hospital as a stationary engineer, he then went to Midwestern in Listowel and then to UWO until his retirement in 2005. He was well known as an antique dealer and as a picker. If desired, memorial contributions to Reach for the Rainbow would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Share a memory at www.denning.ca
Professor Emeritus Antonio Santosuosso, retired from the History department in 2002 after 31 years of service at Western. Antonio died on July 12, 2014 at the age of 77.
He is survived by wife Alma, sons Derek and Kevin, granddaughters Dakota and Georgia, brother Giuseppe, sister-in-law Elsa, and his nephews and nieces and their families in Italy.
Born in Taurasi, Italy in 1936 to Attilio and Adele Santosuosso, Tony was the youngest of three children. As a boy, playing in the fields of his hometown, a lifelong passion for soccer was born. His second passion, reading, took him from Taurasi to the University of Florence, then Naples, before he set off for adventure, backpacking across Europe. Tony came to Canada in 1959 with twenty dollars in his pocket and barely a word of English in his head. Taking employment as a sports writer for an Italian newspaper, he taught himself to speak English in preparation for a return to education. In 1961, he enrolled in St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, studying history and graduating from U of T's PhD program with their highest honour, the Governor General's Academic Medal (Gold). During that time, he married and had two sons, Derek and Kevin. In 1971 he was hired as a professor by Western, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers. He continued his research, publishing five books and dozens of articles on the Italian Renaissance and Ancient and Medieval Warfare. He enjoyed the time spent with his colleagues and students very much. In 1988, he married Alma, his soulmate, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together. Tony loved to travel, cook, entertain, paint model soldiers, and drink coffee with his friends. He retired as a professor emeritus in 2002. After his retirement, Tony painted many beautiful watercolours. As his health declined, he enjoyed having friends visit at The Mount and Highview. He spent his final days with his loving wife at St. Joseph's Hospice. Tony's positive spirit and joy for life was felt by everyone who knew him.
UPDATE: Celebration of Life for Antonio: Chapel on the Mount, Windermere and Richmond, London ON
Date and Time: November 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
When he retired as a faculty member from Sociology in 2008, Peter Stemp had 26 years of service at Western. Stemp died on April 13, 2014 at the age of 65.
Beloved husband and best friend of Ann (Diggins) for 45 years. Loving father of Patrick (April). Predeceased by daughter Erin (1993). Devoted Poppa of Breauna and Olivia. Peter will be missed by brother Paul (Linda), family and friends. Cremation has taken place. If wished memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca), Operation Smile Canada (www.operationsmile.org/Canada) or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Frank Cook, retired Biology (Plant Services) faculty member, retired in 1987 after 35 years of service at Western. Cook died on June 4, 2014 at the age of 92.
Adored husband for almost 69 years of Dorothy (Stegman). Beloved father of Lindsey Cook (Barry Growe), Jocelyn Cook (Robert Galuppi) and Ian Cook (Carol Phillips). Proud Grandpa to Jordan, Curtis and Adrian; step-grandfather of Amanda and step-great-grandfather to Tom. After an itinerant childhood defined by the Depression, Frank enlisted in the RCAF in 1939 and served in Canada and overseas until the end of the war. While on leave one time, Frank was asked to lead a nature walk around Grenadier Pond for his high school, Parkdale Collegiate. There he met Dorothy Stegman and they fell in love. A long distance courtship culminated in their marriage in 1945. After the war Frank finished high school and was accepted to the University of Toronto where he eventually earned his Ph.D. in botany. In 1952 he embarked on his career in the Biology department of Western University. His tenure at Western spanned nearly four decades and included teaching, research, supervising graduate students and administration.
Frank and Dorothy enjoyed retirement on Larkspur Cr. In London for about 12 years before moving to Barrie in 1998 Frank's community involvement over the years included membership in the London Kiwanis Club and the Golden Kiwanians of Barrie; years of church service at Riverside United Church in London and Northwest Barrie United Church; volunteer driver and coordinator for the London Children's Aid Society; and years of involvement with the McIlwraith Field Naturalists, now Nature London, where he was editor of their newsletter for many years. Frank's long and rich life was defined by his love of Dorothy and his children and grandchildren; his service to his country and community, and by his deep appreciation and knowledge of the natural world. He was never happier than when tromping around in a swamp or the base of a cliff collecting mosses, photographing wildflowers, or identifying birds. Countless naturalists in Ontario benefited from his encyclopedic knowledge which he loved to share. His meticulous collection of bryophytes has become an important addition to the herbarium at the Museum of Natural History in Ottawa.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour his memory may wish to consider a donation to Ontario Nature or the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Professor Emeritus, Bert Carron retired from Kinesiology in 2011 after 37 years at Western. He died on June 2 in his 73rd year.
Beloved husband of Marcela (née Butlin). Loving father of Wendy (Steve), Brett (Katherine), Pat, Chris (Rose Anne) and Michelle. Cherished Poppa of Louisa, Anna and Will. Dear brother of Bob (Carmen), Fred, Suzanne (Gerry), Joanne (Ray) and Gerry (Laura). Bert was a distinguished athlete, author, professor, researcher and mentor who was internationally recognized for his contributions to Sport Psychology. His passing will be a great loss to the academic community. Bert will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and students at Western University. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Salvation Army, Myeloma Canada or the Dr. Bert Carron Scholarship would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.
Retired Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry staff member Bill McBean died on March 13, 2014 at the age of 92. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Bill had a 14 years of service at Western.
He was born in Glasgow on November 7, 1919 to William Patrick McBean and Davina Pearson Saunders. Bill moved with his family to London Ontario at age three. He was a loving and wonderful husband to Dorothea Reta Rahn since April 9, 1946. Dot and Bill loved tending their lawn and a garden near Hyde Park for 30 years. Bill was a caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will always be loved and sadly missed. Dear father of William Douglas (Mary-Anne) McBean and granddaughter Claire, daughter Karen (James) Diamond and grandson Christopher (Tina) Diamond, great-grandchildren Joshua and Benjamin and granddaughter, Jennifer (Paul) Hickey and great-grandchildren Owen and Nathan. Bill was a career officer serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment and the 2nd Canadian Guards. He saw active duty in Europe during World War II and participated in the D-Day landing on Gold Beach. He also served in Korea. Following in his father's footsteps, Bill won prizes at the Bisley shooting competition. After retiring from the Canadian Army, he worked as the Assistant to the Dean of Medicine at Western University for 10 years.
Dot and Bill enjoyed their many postings during his time with the army including Germany, the Middle East, Nova Scotia and many places in Ontario. They developed strong friendships throughout these times. They were active members at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club where Bill was a Senator. They had many years of pleasure at their winter home in Largo, Florida. Their greatest pleasures were socializing with their many friends and larger family, where singing and laughter were the highlight of the day. Bill was the tenor. Thanks to the staff and Dr. G. Bigham at Chelsey Park for their support to Mom and Dad over the years as well as the visits from the nursing staff and PSWs from VON and CCAC who made it possible for Dad to remain at home until the very end. According to Bill's wishes, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, Huntington Society of Canada or Victorian Order of Nurses. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangement entrusted by FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL CHAPEL , London. Online condolences accepted at www.forestlawnmemorial.ca
Tony Witkamp had 33 years of service with Facilities Management when he retired in in 1995. He died on May 11, 2014 at the age of 84.
Beloved husband of Petronella "Nel" (nee Alsemgeest) for 58 years. Loving father of Robert. Proud Opa of Emilie. Dear brother of Suzie (Casper) van der Helm and brother-in-law of Nico (Riet), Lenie (Jan), Piet, Wim (Jose), Cathy, Betty, Johan (Joke), Frans (Nel) and Everien. Devoted foster-father of 13 children. Godfather of David Alsemgeest and Wendy Brunner. Will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends both in Canada and in the Netherlands. Predeceased by brothers Rien (Gon), Jan (Gerarda), Geert, Joop (Katrien), Jacob, Jaap, and by in-laws Sjaan (Wim), Trudy, Ben and Sjaak. Tony and his new bride emigrated from The Netherlands the day after they married in 1956. He worked for the Western University for over 30 years. Some of Tony's passions included playing billiards with his buddies, watching the Leafs and Knights on TV and he especially enjoyed soccer - any soccer. Dutch International matches were his favourite - HUP HOLLAND HUP!!
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Tony are asked to consider the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (Canada) or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.
Retired Epidemiology faculty member , Charles Rand died on April 26, 2014 at the age of 97. When he retired in 1982, Charles had 14 years of service at Western.
Charles was a lifelong learner. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, he grew up in Moncton, NB, the son of Ivan Cleveland and Iredell Rand. He excelled at studies in high school (Provincial Honour Roll) and at Mt. Alison University (Cum Laude '38) where he met his beloved wife Margaret Colby (1918-2002). They had three children, Peter (Pat Hertzberger), Penny (Ken Cressman) and Stephen (Paula Fraser) who were loved and directed toward intellectual pursuit and a love of the arts. Postgraduate studies led to a Medical degree from McGill ('42) and a specialty in Internal Medicine ('50) after a four-year service in the RCAF and research in Seattle. His medical career at the Lockwood Clinic in Toronto ('50-'53) and in private practice in Kitchener ('53-'61) prepared him for contributions to the federal Ministry of Health ('61-'68) and a professorship in epidemiology at Western University ('68-'82). Always in the pursuit of new and challenging domains. All this work was flavoured with working trips to the Arctic, Thailand, Lesotho and Sierra Leone and explorations of European culture. His gentlemanly nature endeared him to his ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and all those whom he met. He will be much missed but will remain an enduring memory to many.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your own choice or to the KW Chamber Music Society, 57 Young St., W., Waterloo ON N2L 2Z4. Visit Charles’ memorial and share condolences online at www.ratzbechtelfuneralhome.com
Justin Van Asselt joined Western’s burgeoning Classroom Management Group technical team in May 2004. Justin died, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the age of 31. Over the years he developed a solid reputation for delivering exceptional assistance and support for instructors and staff. His unique approach to problem solving, A/V & IT systems integration for classrooms was of significant benefit to the Western community over the years. Justin was a tremendous friend and comrade. He is keenly missed by Chris, Nick, Adam, colleagues from Institutional Planning & Budgeting, and many others who share a deep sadness with Justin’s family and friends.
Justin will be sadly missed by his partner Mireia Queiroz, his parents Art and Kim VanAsselt and his brother Jason (Leah). Also left to mourn are his grandmother Donna Mauer, aunts and uncles: Terry and Steve Johnston, Tanya Mauer (Mark), Elly and Hans Zegerius, Wendy and Greg Prouse, Jenny and Jim Tonin and John and Dorothy VanAsselt as well as many cousins and special little friend Leilu. Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial visitation at the HARLAND B. BETZNER FUNERAL HOME , 177 Dundas St., Thamesford, 519-285-2427 on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1 - 4pm. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association. Personal condolences may be sent at www.betznerfuneralhome.ca
Ross Woodman retired as a Faculty member from the Department of English in 1988 after 38 years of service at Western. Ross died on March 20 at the age of 91.
He is mourned by his loving wife Marion Jean (Boa). Ross was born in Port William, Kings County, Nova Scotia, November 28, 1922. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he received his MA from United College (now University of Winnipeg) and PhD from the University of Toronto. For nearly forty years Ross was Professor in the Department of English at Western, where he taught Romantic literature. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America. An avid collector of contemporary Canadian and international art, Ross was a tireless champion of artists and the arts. He was one of the founders of the legendary 20/20 Gallery in London, Ontario, and was a founding member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada. Ross is survived by a sister Catherine; son Monty, daughter Maggie, and grandson James; nieces and nephews David and Janet, Luke, Marion, Paul and Kathryn, Quint, Shelley, and Siobhan; great nieces and nephews Aidan, Anouk, Connor, two Ellas, Emma, Finlay, Loveday, Marlow, Marion, and Sam. He is predeceased by three half-brothers Gordon, Paul, and Harold. A celebration of his life will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the McIntosh Gallery at Western University or the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada.
On Thursday, March 20th, Facilities Management staff member Clair Lashley died at the age of 49. Clair had eight years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of Donna (Medcalf) Lashley for 16 years. Cherished son of Daphne Lashley and the late Clairmonte Lashley Sr. (2013). Loving dad of Clair Robert Lashley and step-father of Heather Kranczoch and Jennifer Kranczoch. Proud grandpa of Jada Mayer-Lashley. Dear brother of Judy Lashley, brother-in-law of Glen Medcalf, and son-in-law of Lillian and Ronal Medcalf. Also missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and their families. The family would like to thank the staff at Victoria Hospital for the wonderful care they provided.
Friends will be received by the family from 6-9pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The celebration of Clair’s life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11 am, with Pastor Jamie Paton officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program, 747 Baseline Road East, London ON N6C 2R6. Online condolences memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
Retired Western Libraries staff member Elfriede Lloyd died on Feb. 14 at the age of 83. When she retired in 1993 she had 24 years of service.
Elfriede is survived by her daughter Yvonne Trudgen. She was pre-deceased by her husband Jack Lloyd. At her request there will only be cremation and no service. In the spring, when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming mom's ashes will be scattered in the scattering gardens of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London Ont. Special thanks to all the staff of McCormick Home for the loving care they gave her in the last year of her life.
Praful Chandarana from the Psychiatry department died on Feb. 26, 2014 in his 70th year. He had 34 years of service with Western.
Beloved husband of Dilshad Chandarana. Loving father of Shamir (Renu) Chandarana and Anuj (Nandini) Chandarana. Dear grandfather of Sona, Laila, Armaan and Naya. Survived by siblings Mansukh, Pravin, Rasik, Vinu, Mukund, Niranjan, Indu, Pramila, Kala, Nila and Anu. The memorial will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Prafulchandra are asked to consider the London Food Bank. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
Professor Emeritus, John Lohrenz of the department of Psychiatry died on Feb. 8, 2014 at the age of 86. John had 36 years of service at Western.
Leaving behind a broken hearted family; Shirley, the love of his life for 65 years, his beloved children; Pat (Jeff), Barbara (Rocke), Deb (Don) and John and treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren. John was born in Saskatchewan but his heart belonged to the valley, fields and woods of Elgin, Quebec. His love for his many dogs and cattle was only exceeded by his work planting thousands of trees, many rare in type. John was a strong, hard-working man who loved the outdoors and animals. Anyone who was lucky enough to talk with John was always impressed by his wit and wisdom, kind soul and ability to put you at ease as if you were talking to a dear grandfather. May the smell of fresh cut hay and the barns you cared so deeply for comfort us with the feeling of your love. The farm and our lives will never be the same without your gentle steps. John will be missed but not forgotten as he has left this earth a better place by his gentle and wise touch. By request, there will be no funeral arrangements.
Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Jourmalism, Peter Desbarats died on Feb. 11, 2014 at the age of 80.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; children, Michelle, Lissa, Sharon, Brynne, Shasta, Nicholas, Jane, Jennifer, Jane and Jonathan; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gabrielle.
Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Colborne Street United Church, 711 Colborne St. at Piccadilly, London, with the Rev. David R. Carrothers officiating.
Born in 1933, Desbarats worked as a print and television journalist for 30 years, starting as a copy boy with The Canadian Press, in his home town of Montreal. He worked in London’s Fleet Street for Reuters news agency as a political reporter and foreign correspondent for the Montreal Star and as national affairs columnist for the Toronto Star. In the 1960s and early 1970s he hosted a supper-hour news and current affairs show on Montreal television station CBMT, and in the 1970s was co-anchor and Ottawa Bureau chief for the Global Television Network, winning the 1977 ACTRA Award for best news broadcaster.
Desbarats was an important figure in Canadian cultural and political life. He held the Maclean-Hunter chair of Communications Ethics at Ryerson University; was a commissioner in the Somalia Inquiry, which investigated the brutal death of a Somali teenager at the hands of two Canadian soldiers serving in Somalia in 1993; and wrote some 13 books, including a best-selling biography of René Lévesque, Somalia Cover-Up - A Commissioner's Journal and Guide to Canadian News Media, a standard journalism text. He was also a playwright and an author of children’s books.
In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Memorial contributions to the McCormick Home Foundation (Alzheimer Outreach Services) would be gratefully acknowledged.
When he retired in 1993, George Burr had 19 years of service in Facilities Management. George died on Feb. 4, 2014 in his 86th year.
Beloved husband of the late Patricia M. Burr (Brothers). Loving father of David Burr and his wife Terry Griggs of Stratford, Karen MacIntyre and her husband Daniel of London, Chris Burr and his wife Karen of Burlington, and Robin Kamphuis and her husband Rob of London. Cherished grandfather of Tricia (Rob), Jeff, Sandy, Zachery, Cassidy, Jessica and Megan. Proud great-grandfather of Adam and Emily. Dear brother of Eileen Grant and her husband Syd of London, Doreen Burr of London, Jean Cowan and her husband Bob, and Kathy Gelech and her husband Ron of London. Predeceased by his sisters Mary Calvert, June Burr and Betty Scott. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at HMCS Prevost, 19 Becher Street, London, ON N6C 1A4. Private family interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 180-633 Colbourne Street, London, ON N6B 2V3 or to the Navy League of Canada c/o RCSCC Courageous, 19 Becher Street, London, ON N6C 1A4. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
Karen Trent, a faculty member from Occupational Therapy, died on January 5, 2014 in her 63rd year. Karen had 36 years of service at Western.
Dear mother of Brieanna Harburn of Toronto, and Gavin Harburn of Prince Rupert, BC. Missed by the father of her children, David Harburn of Edmonton. Loving daughter of George Trent of Lindsay and the late Judith Trent. Sister of Laurie and Colleen Trent of Edmonton. Predeceased by her twin brother Kim Trent. A private family funeral service will be held at the HASKETT FUNERAL HOME , Exeter on Friday, January 10th. Cremation with interment Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.
Former Psychology Department staff member, Larry Shilson had 15 years of service at Western when he retired in 1984. He died on January 1, 2014 at the age of 91.
Professor Emeritus, Philip Downs, retired from the Don Wright Faculty of Music in 1993 after 24 years of service. He died on January 5, 2014 at the age of 85.
Predeceased by his first wife Marianne (née Bell) and three sisters; Kathleen, Barbara and Mary. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Anne (née Leggatt); sister, Dorothy Eastwood of Leeds UK; three children; Robin Downs of Vancouver, Dorothy Downs (Tom Sobut), Margaret Corscadden (Scott) and, his five grandchildren; Matthew, Sam, Nathan, Charlotte and Philip, all of London, ON. Philip was an insightful and inspirational teacher of music history at Western. He was an internationally known and published scholar in his field. He loved spending evenings playing piano and violin with his string quartet. His free time was spent riding and caring for his horse Little George, and in Gregory Creek, where he spent many hours moving rocks to redirect its flow.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 12th, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Monday, January 13th, at 1:00 p.m., reception to follow. Memorial donations can be made to the Philip Downs Scholarship in Music History, Western University, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com