John "Jack" Lorimer
LORIMER, John (Jack) - Peacefully at University Hospital on Sunday, February 1, 2015, John William Lorimer of London in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Shirley. Beloved father to Ian and Nancy and the late Charles Lorimer. Beloved father-in-law to Joanne Harbluk and Scott Lanterman. Deeply beloved Grandpa to Anna Lorimer. Born in Oshawa Ontario, Jack attended the University of Toronto, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry. After positions in Leiden, The Netherlands, and with the National Research Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jack joined the University of Western Ontario, where he taught and did research in the Chemistry Department until his retirement. Jack was a wonderful father and grandfather, with some of his happiest times spent surrounded by his family at the cottage. He was also a lifelong birder and avid naturalist with the McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London (now Nature London). He lived a life of boundless curiosity and kindness and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, where the memorial service will be conducted on Monday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions to Nature London would be gratefully acknowledged.
Betty Anne Younker
February 6, 2015, 10:20 pm
On behalf of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, please accept our sympathies. May the time ahead be filled with memories and reflections. Best Betty Anne Younker (Dean, DWFOM).
Gayle & John Smallbridge
February 4, 2015, 10:41 am
Shirley, Nancy, Ian and extended family:
Sad to read of Jack's death in the paper; we were about to get in contact with him re an upcoming concert. He loved music, was always ready to attend performances, and had a working knowledge of it. What a "Renaissance type of man"! So able in his chosen scientific profession and so eclectic in other pursuits. He was a close listener and excellent conversationalist. We will miss him sorely, and send our condolences to you and our prayers.
Gayle & John Smallbridge
February 5, 2015, 9:19 pm
Shirley, Nancy, Ian and extended family - I was very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a gifted pianist and I always enjoyed hearing him play at Richmond Woods while I was working. He always made time for a cheerful hello and interesting conversation.
February 9, 2015, 7:32 pm
Dear Mrs Lorimer and family:
We have never met but I was sad to see Professor Lorimer's obituary in the Globe and Mail last weekend here in Toronto. I took a course in thermodynamics, Prof Lorimer's specialty, as a geology student at UWO circa 1961-62. I was not chemist but I wanted to learn enough thermodynamics so I could apply it to geological problems. Prof Lorimer took me under his wing and taught me one-on-one what I needed to know. My PhD at Penn State in 1969 was in geochemistry and mineralogy. I put to good use the thermodynamics that your husband/father taught me in my thesis and my facility with thermodynamics carried me through a very successful career in geology at the University of Toronto. I was eventually the chair of the department but have been retired since 2006.
I have remembered him over all these years and only regret that I didn't seek him out.
I thought that you would like to know how "Jack" influenced one person's career. I am sure that there are many others.
University of Toronto
February 9, 2015, 9:05 am
Dear Shirley, Ian, Joanne, Anna, Nancy and Scott, I was sorry to read about Jack's death in yesterday's Globe and Mail and I send my sincere condolences. I spent some time trying to arrange transportation to London for the service tomorrow, but a convenient train departure was not available. I would have liked very much to attend. Jack was always a thoughtful and generous host, both in London and at Charleston Lake. He was fun to know, with his sly humour and often pointed turn of phrase. He had an interesting and productive life. I'm sure you all have wonderful memories and I hope they will sustain you now and in the future. As ever, Margot Clarke
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