In Memoriam 2019
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 - Michael Yuhasz (posted May 24)
Retired Professor Emeritus, Mike Yuhasz died on April 24, 2019 at the age of 92. When he retired from the School of Kinesiology in 1992, Dr. Yuhasz had 38 years of service at Western.
Mike was born in Jeke, Hungary on December 23rd, 1926 and he and his family emigrated to Canada when he was two years old, eventually settling in Windsor. Beloved husband of Nancy Claire (nee Gillies), they were life partners for 68 years. Loving father to his six children and their spouses Kim Yuhasz, Mike Yuhasz, David Yuhasz and Maire Gonzalez, Kathy and Scott Willoughby, Karen and Chris Potter, and Paul and April Yuhasz. Treasured grandfather to Christopher d'Esterre (Shannon), Michael d'Esterre, Marga Yuhasz, Megan Yuhasz, Brennan, Melissa and Cam Willoughby, Jesse, Quinn, Claire and Gray Potter, Joshua, James and Jack Yuhasz. Great grandfather to Hudson Otsuka, Aiden, Jackson, Jordan and Dani Willoughby. Dearly loved and will be missed by his younger sister Irene Toldy, his nephew Steve Toldy (Peg) and their daughter Catherine.
Mike attended the University of Western Ontario and was a graduate of Western's first Physical Education Honours B.A. class in 1950. While at Western, Mike excelled in many sports - football, wrestling, and basketball. In 1961, Mike became one of Canada's first Ph.D. recipients in Physical Education, receiving his degree from the University of Illinois. Mike was an Assistant Professor at McGill University before he returned to Western as a lecturer in 1954. He rose through the ranks and became a full Professor in 1966, Acting Dean in 1989, Chair of the Graduate Program, and a Professor Emeritus in 1993 - a true lifelong Mustang.
He was one of the first Canadian sport scientists. He was a pioneer in fitness testing and was involved in establishing the first university anthropometry lab in 1955. Mike was a leader and motivator. His character and credentials led him to what may be his greatest contribution- his influence on both undergraduate and the Masters students he supervised during his 38 year tenure at Western. He encouraged and inspired many to pursue a career as a sport scientist. Many have become experts in their own right in the field of Kinesiology and Sport.
His many honours and distinctions include Western's Coach of the Year, The R.Tait McKenzie Award of Honour, and induction into The Mustang Sports Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Wall of Fame.
Gardening, photography and travelling the world were Mike's passions throughout his life. Mike and Nancy's homestead on Wonderland Road was a gathering place for family and friends where lasting memories were made. There was always an extra seat at the table where visitors and last minute arrivals were always welcomed.
Nancy and the entire family would like to thank Dr. Karen Lo and the dedicated staff of McGarrell Place for their kind and compassionate care of Mike over the years. Special thanks to the staff of Lawson Lane and in particular to Jonas, Mike's arm wrestling buddy.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 1st at the Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University. The reception will begin at 1 pm with formal speeches starting at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Dr. Michael Yuhasz Leadership Award (online www.westernconnect.ca/YuhaszAward or by contacting Dory Mounsey 519-661-4200, Western University, Westminster Hall, Suite110, 1151 Richmond St. London ON N6A 3K7, cheques payable to Western University) or a donation to The Heart and Stroke Foundation
We all love and miss you - The Yuhasz Family
"To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy."
Stephen R. Covey
In Memoriam - Evelyn Putnam (posted May 13)
Evelyn Putnam, a retired staff member from the Department of Pathology, died on May 6, 2019 at the age of 90. When she retired in 1994, Evelyn had 13 years of service at Western.
Evelyn Mary Putnam (born Eveline Maria Notschaele) was born on February 5, 1929, in a small farmhouse outside of Staples, Ontario, to Louisa (Louise) (neé Laffeber) and Frank (Franciscus) Notschaele. She was always proud to announce that it was her father, Frank, that helped deliver her into this world. Evelyn passed away peacefully Monday morning, May 6th in London, Ontario.
She leaves behind her little sister, Shirley (Gormely) of Wallaceburg, Ontario. Evelyn's parents emigrated from Westdorpe, Holland in 1925 with Evelyn's older sister, Josie (Sue). Evelyn spent much of her life in Southwestern Ontario, settling in Chatham, Ontario to marry Leonard Putnam, raise a large brood of eight children, and work as a medical secretary at the Chatham Health Unit. In her early fifties, Evelyn moved to London, Ontario to take a position at The University of Western Ontario. Work in the oral pathology department brought Evelyn closest to her lifelong dream of being a doctor. After a brief return to Chatham, Evelyn opened her bed and breakfast, New Moon Farm in Malpeque, PEI. She eventually moved into Charlottetown and then relocated back to London, Ontario late last year. Evelyn will remain forever in the hearts and great memories of her eight children: Kathleen Putnam, Sean (predeceased), Colleen, Evelyn (Mike Lafortune), Eileen (Chester Kuratczyk), Leslie (David Bobier), Matthew (Anna Karpinski), and Stephanie Mason (Rob). She was very proud of her grandchildren Guy (Nicole de Groot) and Marijke McLean; Lauren (Trevor) Power, Crauford Madar, Kedrin (Akeem) Scott and Shalen (Aaron) Prado; Anastasia (Michael) Suja and Apollonia (Stephen) Smyrnios; Stuart (Katie), Madeline (Graham Huni) and Gordon (Kailey Brown) Graham; Adelaide and Miro Kuratczyk; Aislinn, Isobel, Ewan and Nigel Mason and Ella Putnam. Overjoyed by each new addition to her family, Evelyn took genuine delight in her great-grandchildren: Griffin and Beckett Power; Evan, Oliver and Lilah Suja; Aila and Lexi Graham; Nove and the most recent bundle of joy, Wolf Scott. Evelyn, it must be said, just loved a new baby! Mention must also be made of Evelyn's great friend from the Island, Darlene Monaghan. In her final years, Darlene provided Evelyn with a great deal of fun and companionship. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Evelyn's name to Children's Health Foundation. In lieu of donations, the family suggests taking your Mom or a loved one out for a good hot coffee and a decent slice of chocolate cake, go for a drive (if you're on the Island, get to Carr's for a cup of chowder and a lobster roll), have some lemon meringue pie, listen to a little Nat King Cole and leave the dishes for later. Evelyn would want us all to enjoy our lives, our families and friends, and to be thankful for all that we have. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
In memory of Evelyn Putnam the flag on the UC tower was lowered on Sunday, May 12.
In Memoriam - Linda Monteith-Wilson (posted April 26)
Retired staff member from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry – Dental Clinics, Linda Monteith-Wilson, died on April 21, 2019 at the age of 71. When she retired in 2008, Linda had 40 years of service at Western.
Born in Oshawa Ontario September 30th, 1948 to Robert and Winnifred Wilson (both deceased). Wife of Monty Monteith (deceased) and Andrew (Willy) Wilson. Sister to Janet (deceased), Barb, Brenda, Bill (wife Toni), Cathy and Joanne (husband Martin). Mother of Karen and Leigh. Step-Mother to Micheal Wilson (wife Linda) and Carol Ann Glomba (husband Andy). Proud Grandmother of Jordan (wife Bekkah), Ava, Chana, Owen, Christopher (wife Genevieve), Brandon and Madison. Loving Great-Grandmother to Brian and Emma. Aunt to many nieces and nephews. There will be a private family internment. Friends are welcome to attend a memorial service Saturday April 27th 1:30pm - 2:30pm at the FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the St. Joseph's Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital or to the Regional Cancer Clinic at Victoria Hospital.
In memory of Linda Monteith-Wilson the flag on the UC tower was be lowered on Saturday, April 27.
In Memoriam - Rajendra "Raj" Harricharan (posted April 10)
Dr. Rajendra "Raj" Harricharan, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry died on April 7, 2019 at the age of 62. At the time of his passing Raj had 25 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of the late Indira (2012). Loving father of daughters Sharada, Monisha and Sherain. Cherished son of Sabita. Dear brother of Narendra, Nadira and Sarojini. True friend to many. Raj was a dedicated Psychiatrist at LHSC for over 25 years. His role as a physician and academic went beyond the tremendous care he provided for his patients. He believed in empowering those who surrounded him, including his patients and many students and residents under his mentorship over the years. Raj touched the lives of many people in the London and Guyanese communities with his infectious smile, loving demeanour, and genuine goodness. His open heart and welcoming grace will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
A visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 5:00 ~ 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY CHAPEL, 303 Riverside Drive, London, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Raj are asked to consider the Prevention & Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) at L.H.S.C. Cheques may be made to "PEPP S Fund c/o LHSF" and mailed to London Health Sciences Foundation, 747 Base Line Road East, London, Ontario, N6C 2R6. For online donations, please visit https://lhsf.ca/ways-give/memory, and specify under comments:"To PEPP S Fund in memory of
Dr. R. Harricharan".
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In memory of Dr. Harricharan the flag on the UC tower was lowered on Saturday, April 13 until 11:00 a.m.
In Memoriam - William Stockdale (posted April 3)
William Stockdale retired as a faculty member of the Department of History in 1987 after 22 years of service at Western. William died on March 28, 2019 at the age of 96.
The flag on UC tower will be lowered on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in memory of Professor Stockdale.
In Memoriam - David "Dave" Novakowski (posted April 3)
Retired Facilities Management staff member Dave Novakowski died on February 12, 2019 at the age of 68. When he retired in 2016 Dave had 34 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband of Deborah "Deb". Loving father of Vennessa (Stan) Ulch, Dylan (Candace) Novakowski, Jason (Linda) Shepherd, and Joshua Shepherd. Proud grandfather of Brooke, Stanley, Alexis, Tayven, Johnathon, Zayden, and Tehillah. Missed by his mother-in-law, Shirley Allen; sisters, Eleanor (Walter) VanderKwaak, Theresa Walmsley (Charles Lunn); brothers, Gary (Bernice) Novakowski, Dennis Novakowski, Brian (Ginger) Novakowski; sisters-in-law, Nancy Novakowski, Jackie (Levi) Mailett, and Barb Peever; brothers-in-law, Mike (Lesley) Allen, Leslie Allen, Bill (Pauline) Allen, Matthew (Diane) Allen, and Darryl Allen; and by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Lorne and Marie Novakowski; brother, Frank; father-in-law, Jack Allen; and stepfather-in-law, Bud Murrell. Dave was much loved and will be sadly missed. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life was conducted on Saturday, February 16, 2019. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Dave are asked to consider a charity of your choice. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
In Memoriam - William Bush (posted April 1)
Professor Emeritus, William Bush retired from the Department of French in 1995 after 29 years of service at Western. He died on March 24, 2019 at the age of 89.
He was the beloved husband of Mary (née Sutcliffe) Bush, his wife of 59 years; the dearest of fathers to Anastasia, Jamie (Danielle), John, and Andrew (Lisa); the loving grandfather of Jessica; and the dear brother of Gaile Newsome and the late Ralph Bush. He was born in Plant City, Florida, in 1929, the son of the late William Shirley and Vera (née Crews) Bush. His earliest passions were music, religion, and flowers - as a little boy, he aspired to be a florist. His flare for music led him to serve, during his adolescence, as an organist in several Plant City churches. He went on to study music and languages at Stetson University. After his undergraduate studies, he spent a year doing missionary work in Haiti, and he taught at a mission school in South Dakota. In 1953, he earned an MA from the University of South Dakota, where he discovered the love of French literature that would shape his subsequent academic career. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1954, he pursued his PhD in France at the Sorbonne, earning his doctorate in 1958. While working on his doctorate, he served as the choir director and organist at the St George's Anglican Church in Paris, where he met Mary. The story of their meeting - the start of a love that spanned more than 60 years - was one that he often told.
He began his teaching career at Duke University, then moved to the University of Western Ontario in 1966, where he spent the remainder of his academic career. An animated lecturer and devoted mentor, he is vividly remembered by many former students. He was a distinguished scholar and prolific writer, one of the world's foremost experts on the French Catholic writer Georges Bernanos.
After his retirement, he published several books, on the French Revolution and on Orthodox theology, that have a devoted international following. His Orthodox Christian faith was the centre of his spiritual life. In the 1970s, he helped found the first English-speaking Orthodox church in London, Ontario, and for many years organized the music for the services. A great moment of his life was the consecration, in 2011, of the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church on Horton Street, to which he remained passionately devoted even when failing health prevented him from attending services. The family will be forever grateful to Father Martin Meitz for the comfort he brought to William ("Vasileios") in his final months. His sweet nature touched everyone who knew him. He delighted in music, art, literature, history, travel with his wife, gardening, laughter, and good food. He was a man of great vitality whose life - passionately pursued, with diverse achievements and abundant family affection and fun - saw a full bloom.
A visitation was held at the A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Friday, March 29, 2019. A funeral service was held at the Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Church, 465 Horton Street East, London, ON N6B 1M2 on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10 am. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London.
Sympathy donations may be made to the Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Church or to Parkwood Institute's Rehabilitation Program, c/o St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON N6A 4V2. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
The flag on UC tower was lowered on March 30th in honour of Professor Bush.
In Memoriam - Argyrios Margaritis (posted Jan. 25)
Professor Emeritus, Argyrios Margaritis retired from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in 2004 after 28 years of service at Western. He died on January 20, 2019 at the age of 81.
Beloved husband of Mary for 42 years. Loving father of Demetrios and his wife Christina, and Athena Niarchos and her husband Jonathan. Devoted Papou of Nicholas, Marianna, Ioanna, and Kassiani. Survived by his brothers Michael and his wife Kathy, Emilios and his wife Joanne, his sister-in-law Maria, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Pavlos, and his parents Demetrios and Kyriaki. Argyrios was born and raised in Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece. As a teenager, he emigrated to Canada to pursue his dreams. He attended the University of Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He followed that with his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and his Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon graduation, he began his career as a Chemical and Biochemical Engineer at the University of Western Ontario, where he spent over four decades immersed in what he loved the most - teaching and researching. He had a wide range of interests and areas of focus in his research, including biopolymer nanoparticles for drug delivery, biomedical engineering, bioenvironmental engineering, biofuels (ethanol, butanol and hydrogen gas), and fermentation.
As a professor, Argyrios was respected by his students as a caring mentor and a dedicated researcher. His teaching and research achievements have been recognized with many awards and distinctions through the years, most notably: Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada, Officer Order of Honour, Professional Engineers of Ontario, Fellow, Engineers Canada, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Research and Development Medal, Professional Engineers Ontario. Argyrios will be most remembered by those who knew him best as a man with deep convictions, who was dedicated to his family, his faith, and as a compassionate advocate of his students' learning and well-being.
A funeral service was conducted at HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 131 Southdale Road West, London, on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., officiated by Rev. Father Demetre Mouselimis. If desired, donations can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or Dr. Argyrios Margaritis Memorial Scholarship at Western University. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The flag on UC tower was lowered on January 25 in honour of Professor Margaritis.
In Memoriam - George W. VanOstrand (posted Jan. 25)
Professor Emeritus, George VanOstrand retired from the Faculty of Music in 1997 after 28 years of service. He passed away peacefully on September 25, 2018 at the age of 86.
He was the dearly loved husband of Jan Devereux, much respected "Dad" to Chris (Kathy), Robin (Randy) and John (Joanne) and proud "Grandpa George" to Joshua and Amanda (Heidi).
George received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. and, after coming to Canada, taught music (saxophone performance and music education) at Western. He loved teaching. His other passionate interests included wood-fired pottery, tennis, golf, and his men's group.
An award in the Don Wright Faculty of Music has been established by his wife, Jan, in memory of her husband. Memorial donations may be made to the George W. VanOstrand Music Award by cheque to Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, Talbot College, 1151 Richmond St. London, ON N6A 3K7 (cheques payable to Western University), by calling 519-661-2111, ext.85695, or online at www.westernconnect.ca/tribute. Be sure to reference the George W. VanOstrand Music Award when making the gift.
The flag on UC tower was lowered on Oct. 13 in honour of Dr. VanOstrand.
In Memoriam - Donald McMillan (posted Jan. 18)
Professor Emeritus Donald McMillan, a retired faculty member from the Faculty of Science, died on December 18,
Always the gentleman, he lived life with grace, charm, dignity, unbounded curiosity and a joyful sense of humour. During his rich life, he realized significant achievements. He earned his
The UC flag was lowered on January 17,
In Memoriam - Richard Harris (posted Jan. 7)
Retired Department of Biology staff member, Richard Harris died on
It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Harris announce his passing. Rick passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, following a battle with cancer. Rick will be sorely missed by his daughters Elizabeth Wismer and Katherine Gardiner, his
The flag on UC Tower was lowered on January 6, 2019 in memory of Richard.
In Memoriam - Rajulton Fernando (posted Jan. 7)
Professor Emeritus, Rajulton Fernando retired from the Department of Sociology in 2010, with 23 years of service at Western. Rajulton died on December 11, 2018 at the age of 72.
Loving husband of Zenaida, and devoted father of Fravic and Carmina. Rajulton moved to Canada from India in 1987 and joined the Department of Sociology at Western University, filling the post with commitment and distinction. A dedicated teacher and generous colleague, Rajulton was deeply committed to his family and ever proud of his children. A memorial service was conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rajulton are asked to consider Mission Services of London. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The flag on UC Tower was lowered on December 16, 2018 in memory of Professor Fernando.
In Memoriam - Brock Millman (posted Dec. 10)
Professor Brock Millman, a faculty member in the Department of History died on December 3, 2018 at the age of 54. At the time of his passing Brock had 17 years of service at Western.
Beloved husband and best friend of Dayna Knight. Loved father of Alice, Jeydan and Logan. Beloved son of Rev. Canon William “Bill” and Delores Millman of Sauble Beach. Dear brother of Bronwyn Papasideris (Jim) of London and Carole Millman of Windsor and cherished uncle of John and Mia Papasideris and Samantha and Paige Seabrook. Dear son-in-law of Rose and Charles Knight. Predeceased by his wife, Lisa Garety (2013) and lovingly remembered by his mothers-in-law Pat and Di. Brock was born in Brantford on December 17th, 1963. He completed his double honours undergraduate degree in History and English at Huron University College while also pursuing a military career with the Fourth Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment. He went on to receive his Masters from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK and completed his doctoral degree from McGill University. He had a passion for travel and pursued many teaching careers at various Universities across Canada. In 2001, he started working as a History Professor at Western University and also became the Director of the International Relations Program. He continued to serve with the Army Reserve while teaching and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, June 2005 when he assumed command of the 4 RCR. In 2008, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School. In 2010 was deployed to Afghanistan where he was a Senior Advisor in the Afghan Ministry of Defence. In 2011, Brock was promoted to the substantive rank of Colonel. Dr. Millman was a renowned author and completed many award-winning research articles and books on topics such as international relations, history, the military, political developments and the Great War. In 2016, he was the proud recipient of the prestigious C.P. Stacey Prize for his book, “Polarity, Patriotism, and Dissent in Great War Canada.” Brock worked tirelessly for the welfare of
The flag on UC tower will be lowered on Monday, December 10 in memory of Brock Millman.
In Memoriam - Genowefa Wlodarczyk (posted Nov. 12)
Retired Facilities Management staff member, Genowefa Wlodarczyk died on November 6,
Beloved wife of the late Boleslaw Wlodarczyk (1997). Dear mother of Donna Drapala (Jan) and Stanley Wlodarczyk (Jolanta). Loving grandmother of Mark, Derek, Adam, Daniel and Kimberly.
Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca1
The flag on UC tower was lowered on November 10,
In Memoriam - Randy Bedford (posted Nov. 8)
Western Technology Services staff member Randy Bedford died on November 6,
Beloved partner of Erika Hill. Loving and proud father of Clare.
The flag on UC tower will be lowered on November 9,
In Memoriam - Regina Przytulski (posted Nov. 2)
Regina Przytulski, a retired staff member from Facilities Management, died on October 28 at the age of 88. When she retired in 1995, Regina had 24 years of service at Western.
Beloved wife of the late Leon Przytulski (1996). Dear mother of Teresa Juzefa Koza (Joseph) and Marianna Rozalia De Sando (Vincenzo). Loving Babcia of Joshua, Stephanie, Paul and David.
Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca
The flag on UC tower was lowered on October 31,
In Memoriam - Ilona Balogh (posted Nov. 2)
Retired Plant Sciences staff member Ilona Balogh, died on October 7,
Born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary, she immigrated to Canada in 1957 with her husband and children. Beloved wife of the late
Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca Many thanks to
The flag on UC Tower was lowered on October 19,
In Memoriam - Roger More (posted Nov. 2)
Professor Emeritus, Roger More, a retired faculty member from Ivey Business School died on October 10,
Dear and beloved husband of Nancy (née Brown), and idolized and loved
He attended The University of
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Roger are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the London Humane Society. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com
The flag on UC tower was lowered on October 20 in memory of Professor Emeritus, Roger More.
In Memoriam - Roger King (posted Sept. 6)
Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Geography, Roger King died on August 5,
He is survived by Gill, his wife for 53 years, who lives in Peebles, and their daughters, Rhiannon and Cristyn, in Edinburgh.
Graduating in Geography from the University of Wales (Swansea) in 1963, he was awarded an M.Sc in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen in 1965 and a
year teaching at the University of Wales, he joined the Department of Geography at UWO in 1970 where he worked until his retirement in 2007. He was Departmental chair from 1996 to 2005.
In 1972 he founded and subsequently directed the Pedology Research Laboratory in the Department, developing and providing training and expertise in sophisticated soil analytical techniques supported with major equipment funding from ADF and NSERC in collaboration with colleagues from Geology. Early in his
In a long
A memorial service was held at the Melrose Borders Crematorium (Scotland) at 2 p.m. on August 22, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to make a donation to honour Roger are asked to consider their local
The flag on UC tower was lowered on Wednesday, Aug. 22 in honour of
In Memoriam - Frederick 'Rick' Burjaw (posted Sept. 6)
Retired DAN Management faculty member, Rick Burjaw died on August 7,
Passed away peacefully at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, with his family by his side. Many people knew him, by many different names: Rick, Ricky, Uncle Rick, Freddy, Professor B, and Gramps; to name a few.
Rick was the youngest of Frederick and Kathleen’s (nee Hennesy) five children. His siblings Barb, Deece, and Paul predecease him. Survived by his wife of 53 years Diana Lee (nee Gasbarrini). His children Richard (Dana), Michelle (Rob Penteliuk). His grandchildren Stephanie, Sarah, Mason, and Sellah. His dear big sister Bev Dubois. And his two dozen nieces and nephews.
He was a man of fun, adventure, and stories. Depending on when you asked him, he may have been born at St. Joseph’s in Hamilton, or in a barn in Waterdown, or at halftime during a Tiger-Cat game.
Rick was eleven years younger than his next closest sibling Paul. He used to joke that his mom Kathleen needed that break to rest up for Rick’s arrival.
Rick occasionally used the Latin expression ‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day) to summarize his view of life. This view was shaped in his teens and early twenties after life threw him some curves.
The loss of his father Frederick, when Rick was still a teenager, left him home alone with his mother Kathleen. Shortly after his father’s death, Rick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and told he had 25 years to live. These events - all before the age of 20 - cemented Rick’s view that a good life of (any length) should be simply a string of good days. Rick embodied the idea of being present in every moment.
He was raised primarily in Westdale and attended Canadian Martyrs and Cathedral Boys High School. Unbeknownst to Rick, his future wife Diana was his Grade 2 classmate at Canadian Martyrs. He would claim not to remember her because he was focusing on his studies.
After a year in seminary at St Francis on Staten Island - Rick used to joke that his records were sealed but they used his experience to tighten up future seminary admissions - Rick returned home for grade 12 and a second more memorable meeting of his future wife Diana.
Rick and Diana were married on July 17,
Somehow the young married couple managed to juggle university and family
He combined his professional dreams with his love of tennis and went on to found Arlington Racquet Sports. He and his partners built, owned, and operated five tennis clubs across Ontario. It was one of Canada’s first chains of recreation and fitness
The tennis club experience moved the family to London where Rick became more active in the community. He became an active board member of The Make A Wish
Although Rick retired from hockey a decade ago, he continued at Friday tennis until recently; when his health prevented it. More recently he was an active member of the Burlington G&CC Men’s Curling League. And throughout his entire adult life, Rick was always part of a regular poker night; too many to mention!
Rick’s next big business adventure took the family to England in 1983. He set up the European manufacturing and sales division of Big O Drain Tile. And as only Rick could do, he picked up a sideline as head coach of The Solihull Barons, a professional hockey team in England’s
After returning to Canada, Rick settled into his college and university teaching career. It was a role that harnessed his personality and life experiences. It really was his calling. In his usual self-deprecating way, Rick started his small business class by saying that starting a business was easy - he’d done it many times! His success as a teacher was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the faculty leadership award at The Dan School of Management (at Western).
For Rick and Diana’s 50th wedding anniversary, their grandchildren built word art with words
The family requests any donations be directed in Rick’s name towards The Princess Margaret Hospital
In Memoriam - Maisie Cope (posted Sept. 6)
Maisie Cope, a retired staff member from the Office of the President, died on August 9,
Predeceased by her loving parents Frederick and
In Memoriam - Mary Therese Neill (posted July 31)
Professor Emeritus Mary Therese Neill had six
Our beloved mother, Mary Therese Neill, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, surrounded by
In Memoriam - Sylvia L. Osborn (posted July 31)
Professor Emeritus Sylvia Osborn had 40 years of service at Western prior to her retirement in 2017. She died on May 23,
Sylvia was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario before attending the University of Waterloo, where she completed bachelor’s,
In Memoriam - Paul David Gatfield (posted July 31)
Dave Garfield was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry for 12 years prior to his retirement in 1991. He died on March 16,
Dave (Big Daddy/BD, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Dave, Baby Leroy), was a devoted and loving husband to Caro (née Armstrong) Gatfield, married in Windsor, Ontario, July 7, 1956. Proud father of Christopher Paul Gatfield (Anne) (Mill Bay, BC); Edward Armstrong Gatfield, (London, Ontario) and Charles Tea Gatfield (Aida), (Arva, Ontario). Cherished and deeply loved grandfather of Max Gatfield (Vancouver, BC); Kate Gatfield (Vancouver, BC); Oliver Gatfield (London, Ontario); Noah Gatfield (Arva, Ontario) and Teja Gatfield (Arva, Ontario). Also adored by many nieces and nephews. Survived by his sisters, Elizabeth (?Sis?) Thomson, Pam Morrison and sisters-in-law, Marnie Gatfield (all of Windsor, Ontario) and Jill Armstrong Hope (San Francisco, USA). Preceded in death by his sister Joan McBride (Joe); his brother, Bill (?Mooney?) Gatfield; brother-in-law,
In Memoriam - Dildar Ahmad (posted July 31)
Professor Emeritus Dildar Ahmad died on April 11,
Dildar was born in Kampala, Uganda on December 15, 1932. Dearly loved husband of Philomena (Phil). Beloved father of Feroza and Joseph. Also missed by his sorrowing family, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. His caring, commitment, and lifetime of devotion to his profession and family will be missed beyond description. His kind and gentle nature touched everyone who knew him personally and professionally.
In Memoriam - 'Mike' Mosley (posted July 25)
It is with heavy hearts we announce that Michael John Mosley, better known as ‘Mike’, passed away peacefully on the morning of July 13,
Mike spent his summers in Pointe
A true people person and teacher, Mike left an impression on everyone he met and will be sorely missed by many.
Mike is survived by his best friend of 62 years and wife of 37, Susan, and his two sons Brian and Warren.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish to continue Mike’s legacy, his family is asking for donations in his name to the Gord Downie Fund for Glioblastoma and Brain Cancer Research at the Sunnybrook Foundation. There will be no formal event held, Mike’s family will be celebrating his life privately.
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In Memoriam - Grant L. Reuber (posted July 11)
Grant Reuber, Honorary Professor and former Chancellor, who served the university in multiple capacities, including Chair of Economics and Sociology, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Provost & Vice-President (Academic) over the duration of 1957 to 1993, died on July 7,
Predeceased by his cherished wife Peggy and son-in-law Ian Macleod, he is survived by his children Becky, Barbara (Todd Howell) and Mary (Matthew Bryson), and his beloved grandchildren Julia (Atif), Allison (Ian), Anna (Abhishek), Jocelyn (Matthew), Fiona (David) and Henry. Greatly missed and fondly remembered by Dee Chenier and his other close friends. From his humble beginnings on a farm in Mildmay, Ontario, Grant found his home in the field of economics where he made important contributions to academia, industry and public service.
At the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), he chaired the Economics Department, was the first dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, and
Grant travelled widely and particularly enjoyed the south of France. He was an avid collector of art and wine, played a mean game of tennis into his eighties, and enjoyed evenings at the opera and Tafelmusik. He loved nothing more than to host his growing family at the York Club where he often marvelled at how only two children could have produced such a clan. He will be deeply missed and remembered with much love. The family is grateful for the devoted care that Zelia DeMedeiros provided to Grant and Peggy. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13th at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Visitation will be held at the MORLEY BEDFORD FUNERAL
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In Memoriam - Margaret Elson (posted May 7)
When she retired as a staff member in the Faculty of Engineering, Margaret Elson had 19 years of service at Western. Margaret died on April 29,
Beloved wife of Charles Elson for 61 years. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Kay Laverty of Hamilton, Marilyn Paton of Peterborough, Gordon Elson of Ingersoll, and Julia of Komoka. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents William and Effie (Colbert) Brownlee, a brother William and his wife Olivia, brothers-in-law Patrick Laverty and Lloyd Elson. Donations to Holy Trinity Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made through www.haskettfh.com.
The UC Flag was lowered on May 3 in memory of Margaret.
In Memoriam - Peter Chubak (posted May 1)
Retired Facilities Management staff member, Peter Chubak died on February 24,
Beloved husband of the late Audrey Marie (nee: Hunter) Chubak (2010). Dear father of Stephen Chubak (Janney), Barbara Chubak and Gary Chubak (Belinda). Loving grandfather of Julie-Ann, Amy, Jeremey (Ashley) and Melissa. Great-grandfather of Sara-Jane and Miranda. Survived by his siblings Fran and Mike. Predeceased by his son Peter (1967) and his grandson Jeffery (1994).
In Memoriam - Charles Bezzina (posted April 26)
When Charles Bezzina retired from Facilities Management in 1996 he had 25 years of service at Western. Charles died on Feb. 26, 2018 at the age of 86.
Beloved husband of Imelda Bezzina for 61 years. Loving father of Bernardine Ketelaars (Ian), Alexander Bezzina (Milena), Mary Rose Buttigieg (Joe), Joseph Bezzina (Marilyn), Vincent Bezzina (Mary Beth), Catherine Brazier (Andrew) and Elizabeth Bezzina. Cherished Grandfather of Christopher, Peter, Thomas, Michael, Adam, Andrew, Rachel, Alyssia, Nicole, Meghan, Andrea, Natalie, Justin, Danielle and Matthew. Proud Papa Charlie to 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of the late Anthony, the late Joe (the late Mary), the late Emmanuel (Carmen), George (Ina), and the late Reno (Guiza). Dear brother in law of Josephine (Emmanuel), Mary (Lee) and the late Tessie. Uncle Charlie will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and cousins around the world. Many thanks to all the health care practitioners from Victoria Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, St. Elizabeth Health Care and Victoria Order of Nurses, who provided care over the past year. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Justin's Church Building Fund, St. Vincent de Paul Society or to Children's Hospital c/o London Health Sciences Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
In Memoriam - Dorothy Hibbert (posted April 25)
Professor Emeritus, Dorothy Hibbert was the former Dean of Nursing until she retired in 1977. Dorothy died on April 13,
Predeceased by her parents Oswald Hibbert and L. Maud (nee Handford), her brother Handford, sister Ellen Patterson, infant brother Edgar, and nephew, Donald Hibbert. She is survived by nephew, David Patterson (Ivi), nieces Diana Urquhart (late Ron), Dorothy Duncan (Gord), Carolyn Barfoot (Lindsay) and Valerie Hibbert (late Don). She is also survived by 17 great-nieces and nephews and 28 great-great-nieces and nephews. Dorothy was the family genealogist, publishing two tomes: Hibberts of Hyde 1506-1993 and Our Handford Family 1809-1987. Dorothy was born in Boissevain, Manitoba on January 18, 1915. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1937 from Winnipeg General Hospital. Over the next 20
In Memoriam - Patricia Scott (posted April 25)
Patricia Scott, a retired staff member from Graphic Services died on March 25,
Beloved wife of the late Rob Scott (2014). Loving mother of Dan (Cindy). Cherished sister of Eddie (Lorraine), Paul (Mara), Sharon (the late Dick), Rita (Brian), Rick, Len, Martin and Mike (Peggy). Proud Godmother of Clare (Steve). Pat will be missed by her nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com.
In Memoriam - John Sheasby (posted April 13)
Professor Emeritus, John Sheasby, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering died on March 19,
John Sheasby received the B.Sc. (Hons) (Metallurgy) in 1960 from the University of Birmingham and PhD. (Metallurgy) from the University of New South Wales in 1964. He was a
Dearly beloved husband and best friend of Marjorie Mewburn Sheasby, he left to mourn him his children Michael (Pascale), Montreal, Quebec, and Susan (Deborah), Austin, Texas; his grandchildren Alexandre, Jeanne and Léa Sheasby of Montreal; his brother Richard (Delia) of Whitchurch, U.K. and his sister Helen Sheasby Slattery of Warrington, U.K. Cremation has taken place. Friends and colleagues are invited to join the family for a celebration of John's life at MEMORIAL FUNERAL
The flag on the UC tower will be lowered in memory of John on April 15, 2018.
In Memoriam - Marion Ricker (posted April 11)
Marion Ricker had 23 years of service working in Western Libraries when she retired in 1996. Marion died on April 4,
Marion was a kind and gentle soul who loved spending time with family and friends. Predeceased by her beloved husband Glendon Noel Ricker. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her sons Stephen (Wendy Johnston) and Stewart (Nicole Trudel). She was the proud grandmother of Melanie, Alex, Matthew, Justin and Danielle. Marion enjoyed life and was always there to brighten the lives of others. The family is grateful for the care and compassion
In Memoriam - Gordon Bailey (posted April 2)
When he retired in 1989, Gordon Bailey had 40 years of service at Western as a staff member with Facilities Management. Gordon died on March 27,
Predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years Ellen (2002) and their daughter Janet Bailey. A special Dad, he will be missed by Sharon Bailey and Brenda (Joe) Kiefer. Gordon was a proud Grandpa to Jason (Alina) and Jacquelynn (Bob) Gregoire and Great-Grandpa to Zoey and Athena. Gordon is survived by his sister Mildred and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at FOREST LAWN FUNERAL
The flag on the UC tower will be lowered in memory of Gordon on April 2, 2018.
In Memoriam - Bruce Turner (posted March 19)
Bruce Turner, a retired staff member from Dental Clinics, died on March 13,
The UC flag was lowered on March 16 in honour of Bruce's contributions to the Western community.
In Memoriam - Robert Sharpe (posted March 13)
Robert Sharpe, a retired staff member from Facilities Management, died on January 15,
Father of Terry, (Grace) of Duncan B.C
In Memoriam - Bruce Coutu (posted March 13)
Bruce Coutu retired in 1996 after nine years of service as a staff member from the Department of Housing - Residence Services. Bruce died on January 24,
In Memoriam - Meilin Huang (posted March 7)
Meilin Huang, a staff member in Western Technology Services, died on March 1,
In Memoriam - John Trevithick (posted March 1)
Professor Emeritus, John Trevithick, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Biochemistry, died on February 20,
Cherished husband of 50 years of the late Donna (nee Copeland; 2018) and the late Katherine (nee Allan; 1967). Beloved father and grandfather of Caroline and her husband Louis Gagnon and their children Christopher, Katherine, Stephanie, Michael and Luke. Loving father of Scott and his wife Dianne and adoring grandfather of Elise and Benjamin. Precious father and scientific mentor of Colleen and her husband Chris Sutton and treasured grandfather of Cassandra and Arianna. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Anne and Derek Smeeton and Joan and John Sheffield, Ombra and the late Murray May, and the late Murray Copeland. John will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. John graduated from Queen’s University in Chemistry in 1961 and completed his PhD in Physiological Chemistry in 1965 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. With an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, he studied for two years at the University of British Columbia with Dr Gordon Dixon and Dr Michael Smith (who later won a Nobel Prize). In 1967 he joined the Biochemistry Department at Western University and later became Professor. During his years at Western, he chaired the United Way campaign for the university, was active in the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, serving as Chairman/ President and several terms as Treasurer. John was also a Chair of the University Parking and Traffic Committee and represented the Graduate Faculty as a member of the University Senate, and alternate to the Council of Ontario Universities. John was active in Science Fair judging, serving several times as deputy Chief Judge for the Canada-wide Science Fair when it was held at Western. John published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific
The UC flag will be lowered on Sunday, March 4 until 2:00 p.m. in memory of Professor Trevithick.
In Memoriam - Ronald Wonnacott (posted Feb. 6)
Professor Emeritus, Ronald Wonnacott, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Economics, died on January 29,
Beloved husband of Eloise Wonnacott for 63 years. Loving father of Doug (Debi) of Houston TX, Rob (Nathalie) of Calgary AB and Cathy Long (Greg) of Seattle WA. Also loved by his grandchildren Brandon, Jason, Victoria, Ben, Devin, Tanner and Adam. Great grandfather to Ryan, Carter and Allie. Dear brother of Paul (Donna), Tom (Elizabeth), Joy Becker (Lorne), and Alma Scovil (Peter). Thank you for the care and support from Gemma Romasanta, Deb Wienkowski and all the staff at Windermere On The Mount and University Hospital.
Ron received a BA in 1955 from the University of Western Ontario, where he was Student Council President. He received an AM (1957) and PhD (1959) in economics from Harvard. Except for brief appointments at the Harvard Law School, University of Minnesota and London School of Economics, his teaching career was at the University of Western Ontario from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former president of the Canadian Economics Association and William G. Davis Professor of International Trade at the University of Western Ontario. He received an honorary LLD from Western in 2001. His publications were extensive and often in cooperation with his brothers. He wrote about international trade including Canadian-American Dependence. With his brother Paul, he published a study on Free Trade between Canada and the United States: The Potential Economic Effects (Harvard University Press, 1967). This helped to revive the debate over reciprocity in Canada and culminated in the 1989 Canada-US free trade agreement. Ron and Paul also collaborated on numerous micro and macroeconomics books. He wrote journal articles on a broad range of topics, in particular, on customs union theory, the Canada-US Auto Pact, and recent Free Trade Agreement proposals, industrial strategy, foreign investment, and non-tariff, as well as tariff barriers. In the early
He enjoyed skiing, Mozart and especially golf, where he once played off 5. He was a member of the London Hunt Club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield, and the Sunningdale England Golf Club. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 10,
The UC Flag will be lowered on Saturday, Feb. 10 until 1:00 p.m. in memory of Ron's service to Western.
In Memoriam - Allan Olson (posted Jan. 25)
Allan Olson, retired as a faculty member, from the
Son of Emil and Margaret Olson. Beloved husband of the late W. Bernice Olson (Dilling). Devoted brother of sisters Leila Walter (Jack), Irene Gillespie (Bob), and Connie Laycock (Ross Hill) and families. Loving father of Elizabeth Filan (Brian) and David Olson (Wendy). Proud grandpa of Nathan and Paul Filan, and Connor Olson. Retired professor, P. Eng. U.W.O., Allan will be sadly missed by all.
A memorial reception will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Monday, January 29,
The flag will be lowered on Monday, January 29,
In Memoriam - Gerald Fridman (posted Jan. 24/18)
Professor Emeritus, Gerald Fridman had 19 years of service when he retired in 1994 from the Faculty of Law. Gerald died on November 24,
In Memoriam - James McAuley (posted Jan. 8/18)
James McAuley was a faculty member with the Surgery department at the time of his death on December 28, 2017. He was 61 and had 11 years of service at Western.
Passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, after a heroic and dignified battle against a brain tumour. Adoring husband to his wife Diane of 36 years. Son of Frances, brother of Michael (Dianne). Loving father to Erin (Mark) and Alexander (Lauren). Proud grandfather of Patrick and Sebastian. Cherished friend of his patients and colleagues throughout the world. Jim was a singularly talented and dedicated Orthopaedic surgeon who approached the care of his patients with the same love and kindness with which he treated all those he came across. Beyond being a
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. GEORGE
The UC flag was lowered on January 3,
In Memoriam - Helena Plecien (posted Jan. 8/18)
When she retired from Facilities Management in 1996, Helena had 28 years of service at Western. She died on December 19,
Loving mother of Mark (Katherine) and Stefan (Gaynor). Dear grandmother of Sarah, Michael, Melissa, Cheri, Michael, Matthew, Natasha and Jennifer and great-grandmother of Tristan, Skyler, Carter, Kyla, Emma, Avery and Madison. A private family funeral was held at HARRIS FUNERAL