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  • Dr. William Robert “Bob” Whyte, obit

    1950s

    Dr. William Robert “Bob” Whyte

    – MD’55

    Dr. William Robert “Bob” Whyte peacefully passed away on Feb. 23, 2024 in his 93rd year. Bob was married to Catherine Mary Leah “Mitzi” Whyte, the absolute love of his life for 66 years. He was the proud father of Bill (Elaine) Whyte, Patti Whyte, Cathy (Lorin) Pressé, Sandy (Larry) Jones, and Jill (Daniel) Greben. Loving grandfather to Zack (Taylor), Jesse, Graeme, Nicole (Justin), Michelle (Tyler), Michael, Alexander, Rachel, and Jon; and great grandfather to Henry, Theodore, Callie, Logan, and Reese. 

    He was born and raised in Arnprior, Ont. and graduated from Queen’s School of Medicine in 1955. It was in Kingston where he and Mitzi first met, and they married in Ottawa on Nov. 19, 1955, before settling down in St. Catharines. 

    Bob was extremely passionate about his work as a physician and was well-respected by his colleagues at the St. Catharines General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, as well as by his patients. He was an anesthetist and a family practitioner. 

    Bob enjoyed travelling the world with Mitzi, hosting big family parties, reading newspapers and books every day, spending time on his porch, hiking, fishing trips up north and watching football and hockey. He was the beloved patriarch and “poppa” of our big, tight-knit family and was never too old to play with his grandkids and great grandkids. His laugh, sense of humour and sense of fun were infectious. Even amidst the joyful chaos of a big family, he made sure that every one of us felt special. He lived his life to the fullest, and while our family is grateful that he enjoyed 92 wonderful years, no amount of time would ever feel like enough for us.

  • 1970s

    Michael Ross

    – LLB’79

    Michael Ross passed away on Feb. 3, 2024 at the age of 78. Michael will be dearly missed by his wife, Debbie; his son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Hindy; and his three grandchildren, Sammy, Isaac, and Adina Ross – all of Toronto, Ont.

    Michael attended Queen’s Faculty of Law as a mature student at the age of 35. At convocation, Michael received a shared award with Kenny Wise in Commercial Law.

  • 2020s

    Scott Garland

    – JD’22

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son, brother and grandson at his home in Toronto on Feb. 6, 2024. Scott was 27 and had just begun a brilliant career as a lawyer with McCarthy, Hansen and Company. Scott was the cherished son of Kim (nee Todd) and Ross Garland; loving brother of Katie Brown (Shawn); and dear grandson of Catherine Aspinell (Ron, predeceased), Trevor Garland (predeceased), Jessie Todd, and Henry Todd (Pauline). He will be forever remembered lovingly by his aunts and uncles, Lynn Todd, Terri Crough (Mike), Jim Todd (Vicki), Deane Garland (predeceased), Scott Garland (predeceased); his cousins, Jode, Jensen, Lou (Justin), Amy, Michael, Uri, Tommy, and Winnie. He will be deeply missed by his wide circle of friends and co-workers. His dog Mango, a rescue dog from Mexico, has lost his best friend. 

    Scott was born and raised in Peterborough, Ont. where he attended St. Catherine’s Elementary School and then Lakefield College School (LCS). After graduating from LCS, he obtained a BA (hons.) in History from the University of Western Ontario. As an undergraduate, Scott was named to the Dean’s Honour List and focused his studies on the development of international human rights laws in the twentieth century. He then pursued his law degree and received his JD from Queen’s. 

    While at law school, he was named to the Dean’s Honour List and received the Global Law Scholarship for his studies at Bader College, where he earned his Certificate in Public International Law. Scott received a Public Interest Internship Award for his summer work as a Debwewin Summer Law Student at NokiiwinTribal Council in Thunder Bay, where he took pride in providing a public legal education session on An Act Respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children Youth and Families. 

    Scott was called to the Bar in 2023 and was working his dream job at one of Toronto’s most prestigious Family Law firms, McCarthy, Hansen and Company (MHC). While at MHC, Scott was a key team member on a complex appellate mandate that will change the law for vulnerable people. In addition to his technical skills, Scott was known for his innate empathy and ability to “see the way” through a problem, making him a very special lawyer and a very special person. His dedication and strong work ethic will be missed dearly by his colleagues and the families whom he served so well. 

    Scott had many passions: he loved nature, poetry, reading, creating new vegan recipes, collecting vinyl, and adored playing with his dog. He was a fantastic athlete and excelled in rugby and hockey. His commitment to veganism, animal rights, and human rights was unparalleled. 

  • 1990s

    Patrick Earle Carr

    – MPhil’94

    Patrick Earle Carr passed away at his home in Fredericton, New Brunswick on Dec. 10, 2023. He is survived by his parents, Lewis and Sharon (Smith) Carr; brother, Lindsay; sister, Angela; and families. 

    He was born in Fredericton on May 14, 1968. He was a world traveller and spent his working years teaching English as a second language in several countries. 

  • 1950s

    Joel H. Mazer

    – BASc’54 

    Joel H. Mazer of Collingwood, Ont., died in Bancroft, Ont., while visiting with his son at his beloved Lake St. Peter, on Jan. 9. He was 91 years old. His passing was peaceful, and Joel was blessed with an active and lucid mind to his last minutes. He leaves his children, Michael, Adam, and Andrew; and his 10 grandchildren; and was predeceased by his beloved wife, Catharine, and daughter, Meredith.

    After graduation, Joel assumed management roles in the family’s fashion jewelry manufacturing operations, re-engineering the casting and plating departments. Eventually, as CEO, he assumed responsibility for designing much of the product line.

    His gifts and capabilities ranged from artistry to engineering, from award-winning gardening to athletics. A self-taught classical pianist, whose ear was trained by his cellist mother, he filled the house with Für Elise. He sought recreation through drag racing with his beloved XKE Jaguar convertible and taking canoe trips in Algonquin.

    Broadly read, he loved to discuss history and philosophy, theology and aesthetics, logic and the future. Much of this took place during bouts of crib over his brass cribbage board at the kitchen table looking out over his blooming garden beds. This is Joel’s heritage.

  • 1950s

    (Carl) George Spencer

    – BSc’56

    George Spencer, 91, died peacefully early on Nov. 5, 2023, at the Brantford General Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by sisters, Jean, Pauline (Al), and Sylvia; as well as his daughter, Nancy (John Mark); and sons, Christopher (Tracey) and Michael (Debbie); his grandchildren, David (Chelsea), Robert (Stella), Martin (Katrina), Adele (Donny), Elyse (Bryn), Patrick, Michelle (Jacob), Conor, Sophia, Charlotte, Evan, James, and Colin; and his great-grandchildren, Stephen, Felix, Zachary, Rhys, Cian, and Eleanor. He will be missed by his son-in-law, Guy Morency; daughter-in-law, Kim Flanagan; and brother-in-law, Ed Raco. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Rita Cremasco (d. 2019) and his children, Mark (d. 2012) and Paula (d. 2018), as well as his sisters, Mildred and Doreen. 

    George was born to Edith Comeau and Percy Spencer on July 1, 1932, in Weymouth, Nova Scotia. His early years were spent in Nova Scotia, and he was always proud of his Nova Scotia and Acadian roots. The family moved to Owen Sound in the 1940s, and George attended OSCVI before heading to Kingston to enrol in Civil Engineering at Queen’s, graduating in 1956. He worked for the Department of Highways (Ontario) until 1966, when he became the county engineer for Brant County. He would serve the county with distinction for 25 years until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure as county engineer, he oversaw the construction or reconstruction of all the major bridges over the Grand River in Brant County, with the last of these bridges being named in his honour. 

    Until his later years, George was an active member of St. Basil’s Church, serving for many years as the unofficial building manager. He was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus. In his working life he was a member of the Rotary Club, served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, and sat on the board of governors for St. John’s College. He loved to play cards and enjoyed many happy afternoons and evenings playing bridge with his neighbourhood foursome as well as at the Beckett Centre and Knights of Columbus. And, right to the end, he enjoyed playing cribbage with his children and grandchildren. 

    George was a kind, smart, humble, patient, and talented man, who was loved by many and will be missed by all.