Antonio M. Marti
Antonio M. Marti, passed away after a long and stoic battle with cancer in London, Ontario on Sunday, January 28, 2007. He leaves his wife Hanna, two sons Alex and Dani, all of London, and a brother Juan and sister Rosa in Spain. Antonio Marti will be sadly missed for his scholarship, unstinting friendship, zest for life and a prodigious capacity for communicating his knowledge and experience. He trained in Jesuit institutions in Spain and Japan, and after completing his doctorate at the University of Barcelona he immigrated to Canada with his new bride Hanna in 1966 and joined the Faculty of Arts at the University of Western Ontario. It was in London that he and Hanna established their new family in the form of two sons, Alex and Dani. Antonio taught at Western for over three decades, published widely, and served in a variety of senior administrative positions, including Assistant Vice President Academic and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. His academic achievements brought international renown, and he was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Literature in 1972. A passionate Canadian who wrote books about his new country and embraced Hockey Night in Canada, he was surrounded by friends and students who benefited from his constant willingness to share many finely-honed talents. He was equally at ease dissecting classical European literature, demonstrating the finer points of wine making, the vagaries of plumbing or supervising the production of gargantuan paellas. He developed a keen interest in mental health issues and translated into Spanish a landmark text on schizophrenia. His intellect was unassailable, and his physical energy left many younger men gasping. His friends, family and students will remember him for his exemplary sense of fairness and his readiness to give unquestioningly of himself in times of need. He confronted his final illness with characteristic discipline and took his leave of the world with profound dignity. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave. at Richmond St., London on Thursday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. with Antonio's brother, Monsignor Juan Marti officiating. Cremation with interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, London. Memorial contributions to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 1001 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M6J 1H4 (www.camh.net) would be gratefully acknowledged.
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