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In Memoriam: Fr. Mario D'Souza, OISE Associate Professor

father mario oise profIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr. Mario D’Souza, CSB. Fr. D’Souza, former Dean of the Faculty of Theology, former President and Vice Chancellor of Assumption University, Windsor, and a world leader in the field of religious education, died peacefully at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre on Tuesday evening, Sept. 26 after a brief illness.

Fr. D’Souza began teaching at the St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology in 1991, and, other than his time at Assumption (Jan., 2005-Aug., 2006), the Faculty remained his home until his death. He held the Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education, and was named a Fellow of St. Michael’s College in October of 2014. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Theology from 2009 to 2014.

He brought to the classroom a rich academic history of his own, having received degrees from Boston College, the University of St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto, the University of Calgary, and University College, Dublin.  

Loved by his colleagues, his friends, and, most importantly, his students, Fr. Mario will be deeply missed.

See the complete St. Mike's obiturary


In Memoriam: Ann M. Jaffrey, Jackman ICS teacher

Born in 1938, died on August 12, 2017 from an aggressive lung disease. She was a great teacher, a great friend, and a great mother who will be missed enormously by her son and daughter, Eric and Nora Jaffary, their spouses Aeyliya Husain and Edward Osowski, her grandchildren, Luc, Adam, and Simon, her sister and brother-in- law, Ellen and Roger Staig, and her former husband, Karl Jaffary, among many others. Ann was predeceased by her sister, Carol Hoffman, and by her longtime partner, Leslie Tompkins.

She will also be mourned by the dear friends she made in all eras of her life including during her time at the University of Toronto, her career at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, and her house on Orchardview Blvd. With dear old friends, and remarkable new ones, she shared her love of ballet, literature, theatre, and music, and she extended generous hospitality in many fine meals and visits both in Toronto and at Bona Vista. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital.

A memorial service will be held this fall. Those interested in attending can contact Eric Jaffary for details.


In Memoriam: Hildy Cronin, Jackman ICS teacher

It is with great sadness to announce that Hildy (Stollery) Cronin, a long time classroom teacher at the Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) and teacher educator, has passed away on July 6, 2017 at the age of 73.

Hildy joined OISE in 1968 as a teacher in the Institute of Child Study. In 1980 she was appointed to the rank of Tutor and taught both in the consecutive Bachelor of Education program, and in the Early Childhood Education Diploma program. She retired in 1999, and was also well known and highly regarded in the Toronto story telling community.

For more information and a link to on-line condolences see Hildy’s obituary

We extend our sincerest sympathies to Hildy’s family.


In Memoriam: John Richard Harris, OISE alumnus

Peacefully, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Parkwood Institute, John Richard Harris passed away in his 98th year. John was born and raised in Toronto. He joined the RCAF in 1941, serving as a navigator on a Halifax Bomber. The sole survivor of his aircrew, he spent two years as a prisoner of war in Germany, taking part in The Great Escape. A graduate of University of Toronto, and Carleton, John taught High School in Ottawa for 18 years, before moving to London in 1967 where he joined the administration at the newly opened Fanshawe College.

In his retirement, he wrote a wartime memoir entitled “Serving and Surviving”. On many Remembrance Days, and other occasions, he generously shared his wartime experiences with the public. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart Violet Kelly (predeceased). He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Anne and Catherine, and his grandchildren Kimberly, Suzanne, John, and Stephen. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will be held in August. Those wishing to make donations in memory of John are asked to consider the Canadian Red Cross. We wish to express our gratitude to the staff at Parkwood who provided him with wonderful care during the last year of his life.

For online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com


In Memoriam: Hugh Oliver, OISE staff member ('69-'95)

It is with great sadness to announce the death of Hugh Oliver, a long-time OISE staff member who was the Editor-in-Chief of OISE Press for many years, and was very much the spirit of OISE.

Hugh began at OISE Press in 1969 and served as its Editor-in-Chief from 1982 until his retirement in 1995. He was not only the editor of the Press and its journals and newsletter, News and Notes, but also the star of OISE’s social life, organizing bi-annual musical satires called CROISE, CROISIER, CROISIEST, and CROISE CUM LAUDE between 1980 and 1986, the star singer of the OISE band (subsequently named the Foolish Things), and the chief instigator of an annual cricket match at OISE. In addition, he was an accomplished songwriter and crooner, sculptor (some of his works still being at OISE), poet, and star of the award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Hugh

His books of poetry included the Canadian Limerick Book, the American Limerick Book, and several serious volumes, including one focused on the Holocaust, A Fog of Grey Voices. He also authored Hoblyn: A Novel in 3 Parts and the book, the Art of Aluminum Foil. In a 2012 interview with NOW Magazine, Hugh made no secret about wishing to be buried next to the poet Geoffrey Chaucer in Westminster Abbey, but alas accepted a more modest fate at St. James Cemetery in Toronto. 

A visitation will be held from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, at the Forest Lawn Mausoleum and Cremation Centre, 4570 Yonge St (just north of the 401). Following the visitation, a burial will take place at St James Cemetery (probably between 2 and 2:30), 635 Parliament St., North Lot 317, Section E-Ravine.

Hugh Oliver was a very special part of the OISE legacy and his passing fills us with great sorrow. We extend our sincerest sympathies to Hugh’s family and friends.

There will be a celebration of life for Hugh Oliver, the long-time editor-in-chief of OISE Press, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 starting at 7 pm, at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick St., just south of Bloor, a setting where he performed for many years. There will be bands, poetry readings, some speeches between 8 and 9, along with some video clips featuring Oliver. For more information please see the following:  

https://www.facebook.com/events/520950884910660/


Tammy KokotkiewiczIn Memoriam: Ursula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, OISE alumna (B.Ed '14)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a former OISE student, Tammy Kokotkiewicz. According to news reports, Tammy or 'Mrs. K' – as she was affectionately referred to by her students – and her husband Jacob passed away in New Mexico in June 2017. A well-loved teacher in Dallas, Tammy graduated with an Honours BA from Woodsworth College in 2013 and with a B.Ed. from OISE in 2014. She was 32 years old.

We extend our sincerest sympathies to Tammy’s family and friends.

See the news story published in The Toronto Star


Richard_Rich_PotwarkaIn Memoriam: Richard Potwarka, OISE alumnus (M.Ed)

Richard (Rich) Potwarka of Kitchener; Born: May 31, 1945, in Kitchener; Died: April 14, 2017, of Parkinson’s-related illness

Rich Potwarka really had no intention of becoming a teacher.

After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in philosophy, he might have been scrambling to come up with a practical career goal, but teaching, well that wasn't an option.

Son, Luke Potwarka, said it was a pal of his father's who convinced him, even though the term at the teachers college had started two weeks earlier. “He was coaxed in," said Luke. "He needed a little bit of a nudge.”

That nudge led Rich to a career he loved, one that mirrored his work as a baseball coach, a job where he had the deepest impact on young athletes.

Rich was born in Kitchener an only child and the son of Polish immigrants. He was raised by his mother, in the Cherry Park neighbourhood. That park was where Rich spent many happy hours playing baseball with friends. "That's where he honed his craft," said Luke.

After completing teachers college in Stratford, Rich finished a master's degree in education from the [Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the] University of Toronto. He met Charlene, a teacher living in Michigan, while attending a wedding.

See the full story by Waterloo Region Record


In Memoriam: Dr. Carol Ann Golench, past President of the OISE Alumni Association 

We are deeply saddened by the news of Carol Ann Golench's passing. Carol passed away peacefully after a brave struggle with cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in her 70th year on March 18, 2017. She was a graduate of the University of Toronto, attaining three degrees and a Doctorate (PhD) in Theory and Policy Studies, and a past President of the OISE Alumni Association.

As a recipient of a [UofT] Arbor Award, Dr. Golench proudly served on the College of Electors and as a co-opted member of the University of Toronto's Governing Council. Carol enjoyed attending Université d'Aix-Marseille, France and spoke four languages and embraced her Finnish heritage. Following a distinguished career in education as a Principal of international languages program, she subsequently pursued her interest in politics as a member of the Ontario Liberal Party, which later led her to be elected to the position of Vice-President Policy.

As a member of the Toronto Earlscourt Rotary Club, she was introduced to the microfinance movement and was subsequently appointed President of the Toronto International Microfinance Summit, a forum to raise the public profile of microfinance in Canada and internationally. Carol was extremely hard working and had varied interests particularly in fashion and design.

A memorial service is planned in early May for her many friends and colleagues. Her interment will be at a later date at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In Carol's memory, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society and Covenant House would be greatly appreciated. Carol will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives. 

See the full obituary in The Toronto Star


Dr. Thomas TurayIn Memoriam: Dr. Thomas Mark Turay (MA '96; PhD '01)

OISE's distinguished scholar, Dr. Thomas Mark Turay—a great teacher, peace builder, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Development and Peace (CDPeace) in rural Sierra Leone—died September 6, 2015 suddenly of heart failure brought on by a severe asthma attack, not far from his home in Sierra Leone.  He will be much missed by fellow alumni, colleagues and friends.

The primary focus of Dr. Turay's work was in the areas of peacebuilding, human rights, advocacy, development education, peace education, and indigenous African knowledge systems. He worked closely with the Coady Institute’s overseas partners in Egypt, Guyana, Jamaica and Sierra Leone, and with Canadian NGOs including Canadian Friends of Sierra Leone, Partnership Africa Canada, Peacefund Canada, Peaceful Schools International, the International Centre for Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and the Tatamagouche Training Centre. 

He stepped down as senior program staff at the Coady Institute and as a faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University in 2008. He returned to Sierra Leone to focus on his work with the Center for Development and Peace Education, an organization he directed and co-founded before coming to the Coady. Over the past year, Dr. Turay and his wife Mary, also a StFX graduate, gave much of their time and energy helping communities respond to the Ebola crisis in their country.

Prior to his work with the Coady Institute, Dr. Turay was also the Director of Caritas Makeni – an NGO which provides relief and development support for community-based organizations in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.