In Memoriam 2018

In Memoriam

In Memoriam 2018

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 - 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, 2018 at the age of 90.

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 then Chancellor. He was Chairman of the Ontario Economic Council, Deputy Minister of Finance, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of Montreal, and Chairman of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. For his many contributions to Canada, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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 HOME , 159 Eglinton Ave. W., on Thursday, July 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Grant’s memory may be made to the Grant and Peggy Reuber Merit Scholarship at Western University; attention Kendra Lealess, Western University, Westminster Hall, Suite 110, 1151 Richmond St. London, ON N6A 3K7 or by calling 519-661-4200 or online at

In memory of Grant the flag on UC tower will be lowered until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.

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, 2018 at the age of 86.

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

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, 2018 at the age of 85. When he retired in 1997, Peter had 12 years of service at Western.

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). 

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada ( Online condolences & Guest Book at

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, 2018 at the age of 103. She had 14 years of service at Western.

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 years she served at W.G.H as lead nurse, teaching and supervising and finally as director of Nursing Services. In 1958, she joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan Administration. She taught two summer programs at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B. In vacation times she completed a one-year supervision course at the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Columbia University in New York City. In 1963, she began at the University of Western Ontario in London in the graduate program, progressing from Assistant Professor to Professor to Assistant Dean. In 1977-78 she returned from retirement to serve as Acting Dean. In 1980 she was awarded Professor Emeritus. Since retirement she travelled extensively with a special interest in field nature. Her other interests included photography, hand crafts and family genealogy. The family of Dorothy Hibbert wish to thank the 2nd floor nursing staff and caregivers at Chelsey Park Nursing Home for the loving care she had received for the past 11 years. In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family inurnment to follow at a later date. Donations if wished, can be made to a charity of your choice. A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME entrusted with arrangements, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

In Memoriam - Patricia Scott (posted April 25)

Patricia Scott, a retired staff member from Graphic Services died on March 25, 2018 at the age of 71.  When Patricia retired in 2012 she had 31 years of service at Western.

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

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, 2018 at the age of 79. When John retired in 2004 he had 38 years of service at Western.

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 post-doctoral Fellow at McMaster University (Metallurgy) in 1964-66. He was appointed to the U.W.O. Faculty of Engineering on July 1, 1966. Professor Emeritus was conferred by UWO in 2004. At heart, John was a teacher and a bench scientist. He was happiest exploring high temperature oxidation of metals, crystal structures, and mechanisms and mechanics of boundary layer investigations in his lab; or explaining the subtlety of corrosion and wear in a wide range of failed materials to undergraduates. Because he believed that engineers working in the academic setting should experience the world of applied industrial materials he took his sabbatical years at Broken Hill Properties in Newcastle, Australia; US Steel, Pittsburgh; Esso Oil, Sarnia; and finally with Tesma/Magna in Cape Breton. John believed that young faculty should be mentored and encouraged in both teaching and research. During his various terms as Chair of the Materials Group, and later as Head of the Mechanical and Materials Department, he led by example: teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, maintaining his own research, publishing in refereed journals and conference proceedings, while carrying out private consulting. Upon retirement he devoted his energies to amateur geology, which led him to explore remote parts of the world. When at home he enjoyed the intricacies of duplicate bridge, and delighted in zipping his boat through the remote small-craft channels of Georgian Bay with his family.

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 HOME , 1559 Fanshawe Park Road East, London, Ontario on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2-4 p.m., with anecdotes and stories at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the Dr. John Sheasby Memorial Fund in Materials Engineering at Online condolences available at

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, 2018 at the age of 84.

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 shown by the staff of the peopleCare Oakcrossing Residence. For those wishing to donate in memoriam please do so to the Alzheimer Society Canada. Online tributes to The song is ended, but the melody lingers on… - Irving Berlin

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, 2018 at the age of 93.

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 HOME , 1997 Dundas St. E., London on Monday, April 2 from 2:00 - 3:00 where a Funeral Service will be held at 3:00pm. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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, 2018 at the age of 79. When he retired in 2003, Bruce had 18 years of service at Western.

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, 2018 at the age of 90. When he retired from Western in 1993, Robert had 28 years of service at Western.

Father of Terry, (Grace) of Duncan B.C.. Survived by sister Julia McIntyre and predeceased by brothers Bill, Jack, Jim and Dan. Also survived by Maureen Sharpe and nieces and nephews.

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, 2018 at the age of 87.

In Memoriam - Meilin Huang (posted March 7)

Meilin Huang, a staff member in Western Technology Services, died on March 1, 2018 at the age of 55. At the time of her passing Meilin had 16 years of service at Western.

In Memoriam - John Trevithick (posted March 1)

Professor Emeritus, John Trevithick, a retired Faculty member from the Department of Biochemistry, died on February 20, 2018 at the age of 80. When he retired in 2004, John had 37 years of service at Western.

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 papers, and presented many posters at international meetings for eye and vision research. John trained and mentored many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with his long-time research associate and friend, Thomasz Dzialoszynski. John retired from the Biochemistry Department in 2003, and later became Professor in the Kinesiology Department to embark on a multi-year project funded by the Canadian Space Agency to develop dietary agents to decrease the risk of cataracts for astronauts on space voyages to Mars. John was active as an elder in New St. James Presbyterian Church and Metropolitan United Church where he and his wife Donna taught church school classes. John’s hobbies included woodworking, photography, and swimming. John enjoyed many years of jogging with his good friend Eddie Ebanks. John travelled all over the world: for research collaborations, scientific conferences, and for fun. Friends will be received at Metropolitan United Church 476 Wellington St. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Metropolitan United Church on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. Spring internment will take place at Kirkton Union Cemetery. Kirkton, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to LOGAN FUNERAL HOME 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.), (519) 433-6181. Friends who wish to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Center or the Metropolitan United Church Foundation (519 432 7189). Online condolences can be expressed at A tree will be planted, by the Logan Funeral Home, as a living memorial to John Trevithick.

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, 2018 at the age of 87. When he retired in 1996, Ron had 38 years of service at Western.

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 1990s he was a strong supporter of the free-trade negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico that subsequently led to the trilateral NAFTA. With his other brother Tom he published numerous books in statistics and econometrics. These books have gone through many editions and have been translated into nine languages. He consulted for a wide variety of agencies and testified before a number of Canadian and US government committees.

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, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London. Donations in memory of Ron to, Breathe - The Lung Association, would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME , 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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 department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 1996 after 38 years of service at Western. Allan died on January 13, 2018 at the age of 87.

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, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., with words of remembrance at 3:30 p.m. The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his name.  Please consider Plan Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

The flag will be lowered on Monday, January 29, 2018 until 2 pm in memory of Professor Olson.

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, 2017 at the age of 89.

For Dr. Fridman's complete obituary please visit:

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 world class surgeon, his family was everything to him and he never let them forget it. A true gentleman in the purest sense of the word, and a devout Catholic, he embodied the virtues of compassion and gentleness. May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves. The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to all of their friends who gave their help so generously, and in particular to MarieCris Macatiguib – their angel whose tender care of Jim in his final days is a debt they can never repay.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at ST. GEORGE PARISH , 1164 Commissioners Road West, London on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Cremation and Interment will follow at a later date. For information and online condolences, please visit

The UC flag was lowered on January 3, 2018 in memory of James.

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, 2017 at the age of 84.

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 HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond on Wednesday, December 27. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Society.