Dr. William Harold Minshall
MINSHALL Dr. William Harold Minshall, Ph.D. died peacefully in his 95th year at Sarnia on Nov 5 2006, with his loving daughter at his side. Predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Reta Elizabeth (1996), and a son Bruce William (1975). Survived by daughter Gaye Carol Sinclair and son in law Murray Sinclair, grandchildren Daryl Sinclair and wife Karen of Clarkston Michigan, and Sara Sinclair-Plaskos and husband Chris of New York City. Also survived by his brother Lloyd Minshall and his wife Bertha and predeceased by his sister Rhea Minshall. Harold was born near Burford in 1911, son of the late David and Mary Etta Minshall. He was a proud graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, and maintained a lifetime connection through the Alumni Association and as a member of the senate of Guelph University. Harold had a distinguished lifetime career as a researcher with the Canadian Department of Agriculture, first in Ottawa, during which time he obtained a M. Sc. and a Ph.D. degree from McGill. He was transferred to London in 1951 as a Senior Plant Physiologist at the Research Institute of Agriculture on the UWO Campus. He was an Honorary Lecturer in the Biology Dept. at the University of Western Ontario and also president of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. Harold was an active member of Robinson United Church since arriving in London in 1951. He was a trustee on the board at Robinson United Church and chairman of the finance committee of the Middlesex Presbytery. Harold turned his research skills to genealogy as he approached retirement and spent many hours researching his family. He served as president of the Ontario Genealogy Society 1971-1972. Friends will be received at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at Robinson United Church, 1061 Richmond St. at Sherwood, London, ON at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Nov. 9. Following the funeral, interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, near Brantford. Memorial contributions may be made to Robinson United Church, London or a charity of your choice and would be gratefully acknowledged.
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