Prof. Robert H. Stinson
STINSON Stinson, Robert Harvey, PhD., LLD, 1919-2007 Peacefully, surrounded by his family, in the evening of February 3, 2007, at University Hospital, London, Robert Harvey (Bob) Stinson, 87. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Lois Stinson, of Stoney Creek, and his brother Tom, of Port Credit. He leaves his devoted wife of 62 years, Margaret, of Mount Hope Care Facility, London, his children David (Mary Sue), Michael (Francoise), Elizabeth (Liz), Patrick (Louise) and Peter (Brenda), his nieces Laura (Stephen), Lisa (Gary) and Sara (Ray), his sister-in-law Marilyn, his grandchildren Erin (Dave), Adam (Nicole), Pierre and Emilie, grandnephew Matthew and grandnieces Leanne, Sarah, Andrea and Kaila and his literally hundreds of friends, students and colleagues. Born in Toronto in 1919, he grew up in Hamilton, attended McMaster University and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1942, serving in Canada and then with Divisional Signals, 2nd Canadian Division, in Holland and Germany until summer of 1945. He gained a PhD in zoology at the University of Toronto and took up his first academic post in the Department of Zoology, University of Western Ontario. In 1970, to pursue his dream of creating better science education, he moved to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and directed the OISE Field Centre, London, for 15 years. "Retiring" in 1985, he devoted his energy and time to traveling with Margot and visiting the beloved cottage at Johnston's Harbour in the Bruce, then to the UWO Senior Alumni, the Society for Learning in Retirement, the New Horizons Band (baritone horn) and researching nature - the grey squirrels of Victoria Park, the white squirrels of Exeter, the beavers at the Broughdale Bridge and the plants of Gibbons and Ross Parks. The family sincerely thanks the staff of University Hospital for expert and compassionate care for Bob in his last illness and earlier visits, and also to the medical community of London - Dr Malizia, St Joseph's Hospital, Victoria Hospital and the Parkwood Rehabilitation Centre for caring support for Bob over the past several years. Particular thanks and blessing go to Reverend Canon Don Ford and the congregation of St John The Evangelist Anglican Church, London. Bob greatly appreciated the warmth of the St John's community. The funeral will be held at St John The Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, London, on Wednesday, 7 February - visitation at the church 12:00 to 2:00 P.M., with the service at 2:00 and a reception to follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bob's name to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Crohn's and Colitis Society or the charity of your choice.
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