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In Memoriam

In Memoriam 2014

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.

(Postings for 2012, 2013)

In memoriam - Victor Speake (posted Nov. 17)

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

In memoriam - Stanislawa Henderson (posted Nov. 11) 

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.

In memoriam - Barbara Conkey (posted Nov. 6) 

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.

In memoriam - André Boivin (posted Oct. 22)

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.

In memoriam - Ralph Brooke (posted Oct. 1)

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.

In memoriam - Dimitry Pospielovsky (posted Sept. 15)

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. 

In memoriam - David Baguley (posted Aug. 20)

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   

In memoriam - Lloyd Johnstone (posted Aug. 14)

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.

In memoriam - Gloria Kelly (posted Aug. 12)

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

In memoriam - Louise Zadel (posted July 25)

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.

In memoriam - Andrew (Andy) Howe (posted July 24)

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

In memoriam - Antonio Santosuosso (posted July 21)

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.

In memoriam - Peter Stemp (posted July 8)

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 

In memoriam - Frankland (Frank) Cook (posted July 8)

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.



In memoriam - Albert (Bert) Carron (posted June 23)

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.



In memoriam - William (Bill) McBean (posted June 17)

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



In memoriam - Anthonius “Tony” Witkamp (posted May 20)

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.



In memoriam - Charles Rand (posted May 20)

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



In memoriam - Justin Van Asselt (posted May 2)

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



In memoriam - Ross Woodman (posted March 28)

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.



In memoriam - Clair Lashley (posted March 24)

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



In memoriam - Elfriede Lloyd (posted March 7)

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.



In memoriam - Praful Chandarana (posted March 7)

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



In memoriam - John Lohrenz (posted March 7)

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.

In memoriam - Peter Desbarats (posted Feb. 13) 

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.

In memoriam - George Burr (posted Feb. 13)

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

In memoriam - Karen Trent (posted Jan. 10)

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.

In memoriam - Lorimer (Larry) Shilson (posted Jan. 10)

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.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 61 years, Gisèle, his daughter Carol Dignard (Jean), his grand- daughters Anne (Mathieu St-Denis), Sarah (Derek McColl) and his beloved great- grandson William St-Denis. Family and friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home-Orleans
2370 St. Joseph Blvd., Orleans, ON
K1C 1G1, 613-837-2370
on Saturday, January 11, 2014 after 10 am. A Memorial Mass will follow in the chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Perley Rideau Veteran's Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated. www.kellyfh.ca

In memoriam - Philip Downs (posted Jan. 9)

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