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DAVID T. CANVIN (published on March 20, 2010)



DAVID T. CANVIN, B.S.A. (Agric.), M.Sc. (Plant Science) (University of Manitoba), Ph. D. (Purdue), F.R.S.C. David passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Lois Marie (nee Endersby) for 52 years. Father to Robert, Paul, Steven and his wife Liz (Stayer). Predeceased by his daughter Sarah. Grandfather to Neil and Gillian. Predeceased by his brothers, Lawrence, Daniel and his sister Lillian. Uncle to Duncan, Beth, Vicki (Tom), Danny (Janet), Jennifer (Bill), Kathy (Bruce), Lorne (Kim), Andrew (Barb) Charlie (Wendy, deceased), Virginia, Valerie (Rob), Jimmy, Margeurite (Chester), Herb (deceased) and Diane (deceased) and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Sorely missed by his sister-in-law Jean, and her husband Jack Rockey and other members of the Endersby and Ormshaw families. Dave rose from humble beginnings on his family farm in Selkirk, MB, going from living in a one room shanty to become an internationally respected scientist in the field of Plant Physiology. He began his professional life on the academic staff at the University of Manitoba, subsequently moving on to become a Professor of Biology at Queen's University. He served as Head of the Biology Department for four years and was Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research for five years. David retired from Queen's in 1995 and dedicated himself full-time to operating the resort he purchased in 1993 alongside his wife, son Robert, and, starting in 1994, right-hand woman, June. Dave worked as hard at the resort as he had in his professional life. He expanded the resort with two cottages and many other improvements. Together with his daughter Sarah, he built a beautiful French-style garden in which they spent many enjoyable hours. Dave will be dearly missed by his many relatives, neighbours (city and country), friends, students, professional colleagues, curling buddies and resort guests. Besides his intellectual accomplishments, Dave was a loving family man, world traveller and jack-of-all-trades. A memorial service in celebration of David's life will take place at ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH (41 Church Street), Kingston, ON, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to U.H.K.F. (Providence Care's Mental Health Services) or the David T. Canvin Prize in Plant Physiology (awarded to the student with the highest academic standing in the Plant Physiology course in the Department of Biology). Donations to the Prize should be made in the form of cheques made payable to Queen's University/David T. Canvin Prize and sent to: Office of Advancement, Old Medical Building, 99 University Avenue, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6. On-line condolences to the family may be directed to, www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com.


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