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PRATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-08 published
PRATT, R. John
In his 97th year, Robert John PRATT died peacefully at his home, ''The Hermitage'', Dorval. He so often sang and said ''You'll Get Used To It''. He is survived by his sons, Robin of Dorval and John of Hatley; by his grandchildren, Graham, Thea, and Jessie, all of Montreal; Robert (Nicky) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Julia PETERS (Tim) of Niagara Falls, New York, and Jennifer PETERS (Kirby) of Toronto, Ontario; and by his great grandchildren, Jessica, Anthony, and Gregory; Elena and Elizabeth; and Eliza. Resting at J.J. Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Pr. Lakeshore Dr., Dorval Tel: 514-631-1511. Visitation Wednesday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service at St-Veronica's Church, 1300 Carson, Dorval on Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations would be appreciated to The St. Patrick's Foundation c/o St. Patrick's Square, 6767 Cote St. Luc, Montreal, Qc. H4V 2Z6 or to the charity of your choice.

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PRATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-26 published
CHEADLE, Eric Bruce, February 5, 1931-August 24, 2003
Piper, Teacher, Sailor, died peacefully at his home in Owen Sound surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 24, 2003 in his 73rd year. He will be forever missed by his wife Audrey (née BUDGEON,) children Norman of Sudbury, Dianne and her husband Bruce DEVEREUX of Courtenay, British Columbia, Susan and her husband Brad CRAIG of Owen Sound, and Bruce and Karen of Ottawa and grandchildren Will, Robin and Ben HARRIS, Dylan, Brodie and Nick CRAIG, Wilder LEDUC, Sam and Arden CHEADLE, Keiran and Chance DEVEREUX and his great-grand_son Theo. Predeceased by his daughter Molly CHEADLE. Visitation will be held at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Friday, August 29, 2003 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church on Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 2: 00 p.m. Archdeacon Christopher PRATT officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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PRATT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-09-16 published
Jerome Hamilton BUCKLEY
Husband, father, professor. Born August 30, 1917, in Toronto. Died January 28 in Cambridge, Massachusetts., of natural causes, aged 85.
By Margaret ATWOOD and David STAINES, Page A24
Every American Thanksgiving, Jerry and Elizabeth Buckley would invite at least one of Terry's graduate students to their home in Belmont, Massachusetts., for the customary turkey dinner. (In the 1960s, the graduate student was Margaret ATWOOD; in the '70s, David STAINES.) There, surrounded by their three children, Nicholas, Victoria, and Eleanor, and other guests, Jerry would regale everyone with tales of Puritan ancestors, though they were not "his" ancestors both Jerry and Elizabeth were born and raised in Toronto, and they were distinctly Canadian in their gracious manners, their widespread generosity, and their affections. At a large institution such as Harvard, Jerry stood out for his kindness and humanity.
Jerry attended Humberside Collegiate Institute and then Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where his courses included Elizabethan literature offered by Northrop FRYE and Shakespeare offered by E. J. PRATT. As a young poet and critic, he reviewed new works by Robinson Jeffers and Virginia Woolf, and won a prize for an essay titled New Techniques in Contemporary Fiction. Graduating with a B.A. in 1939, he chose Harvard Graduate School, obtaining his PhD in 1942. On June 19, 1943, in Toronto, he married Elizabeth ADAM/ADAMS, his confidante and soul mate.
University teaching posts were thin on the ground in Canada during the Second World War. Jerry used to describe his one job interview with a Canadian university: They were less interested in his a academic credentials, he said, than in whether he was a Christian and whether he drank. If he did the latter, they made it clear that he must do it with the curtains closed so as not to corrupt the students. He took a job in the United States.
His teaching career took him to the University of Wisconsin, where he rose from instructor in 1942 to full professor in 1954 to Columbia University from 1954 until 1961; and to Harvard University, where he taught for 26 years 1987. Named Gurney Professor of English Literature in 1975, in this distinguished chair he followed Douglas BUSH and B. J. Whiting; BUSH, another ex-Canadian, welcomed Jerry BUCKLEY to Harvard, as Jerry recollected, "with open arrns... filled with theses."
A Harvard seminar on Victorian critics led by Howard Mumford Jones prodded Buckley's interest in William Ernest Henley, and his dissertation on Henley became his first published book, William Ernest Henley: A Study in the Counter-Decadence of the Nineties (1945). In 1951 he secured his reputation as a major Victorianist with The Victorian Temper, and in 1960 he re-established Tennyson's stature in literary studies with his Tennyson: The Growth of a Poet. The rise of Victorian studies owes very much to his dedicated scholarship and his inspiring leadership.
He was passionately devoted to his subject, so much so that he often seemed to become the incarnation of it. Former students remember with affection riveting oral performances of his favourite authors, such as Dickens. Striding across the room, long arms waving, he would "become" Mr. Micawber or Ebenezer Scrooge. His performances would be interspersed with strange bits of gossip, which he would also act out, becoming Tennyson at an advanced age, creeping around behind an alarmed woman at a garden party to inform her that her stays were creaking, or reciting with verve and relish one of Edward Lear's parodies of his beloved Tennyson. Many of Terry's former graduate students were at his funeral to pay tribute to a superb humanist and an equally superb friend.
Margaret ATWOOD and David STAINES were among Jerry BUCKLEY's graduate students.

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