Posts Tagged ‘memoriam’

In Memoriam: Cliff Collier

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We are sad to share with you the passing of long time OGS volunteer, Cliff Collier. Cliff passed away peacefully on Monday February 21, 2011 surrounded by family and friends. His obituary and details of the planned memorial can be found in the Toronto Star .

 OGS owes a lot to Cliff’s enthusiasm and tireless dedication over the years. An avid genealogist, his involvement with the Society led him to wear many hats. He was Education Co-ordinator for our Toronto Branch as well as the Chair of the Provincial Library Committee where he was instrumental in the development of our library catalogue.

 In addition to being an OGS author, Cliff was also a driving force behind our publishing division as he coordinated the publishing process. For many years, every OGS book contained his personal touch. His fellow committee members have fond memories of the time they spent working with him. His vivacious sense of humour provoked much laughter and a pot of tea was always nearby.

 Cliff’s contributions have left a lasting impression on the Society. While we miss him dearly, we are comforted by the knowledge that his work will live on and in that way he will always be with us.

In Memoriam: Kathleen Barclay Bowley

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We are saddened to learn of the passing of OGS author, Kathleen Barclay Bowley, who passed away on Tuesday November 16th, 2010.  Kathleen was an honourary life member of OGS and a former chair of OGS Kawartha Branch.

After an enthusiastic response to a talk on “Genetics and Genealogy”, it was Kathleen who worked with genetics experts Elizabeth Curtis and Luanne McNabb to turn their talk into the book Family Health Trees: Genetics and Genealogy. The book was originally published in 1995 and a second edition was published in 2004 to reflect new discoveries in the area of genetics and health.

Kathleen’s dedication to genealogy and the importance of knowing one’s family health tree will be sorely missed.

You can read her obituary in the Toronto Star

In Memoriam: John Becker

Monday, September 27th, 2010

We are are saddened to learn of the recent passing of John Becker: long time OGS member and former editor of our journal, Families. John’s enthusiasm for genealogy was palpable, and his dedication and skilled hard work brought Families up to professional standards.

He will be sorely missed.

 You may read his obituary at