Trent University News Release

05 May 06 (posted 22 July 09)

Edward Tremain

Ted Tremain was an exemplary at-large member of the Board of Governors of Trent University for three terms. As a governor he was highly regarded for this strength of purpose, integrity and ethics, sensitivity, and humanity.

For six of the eleven years Mr. Tremain served on the Board, he also played a lead role in designing and running the Beyond Our Walls fundraising campaign, the most successful capital campaign that Trent has held to date.

One nominator referred to Mr. Tremain as a "shining example" who "made outstanding contributions to University life that went far beyond the performance of his volunteer role." Another nominator stated, "He was a person who, in my view, was a "giver" rather than a "taker" and in the land of the givers, he was a giant…Trent is a better place because of his presence and involvement."

Ted Tremain retired from the Board in June 2005. However, after his retirement, he continued to serve as an external member of one of the Board's committees. In November, he was made an Honorary Member of the Board in recognition of past contributions and continuing interest in Trent.

Mr. Tremain died in December 2005.


Class of 57 – 3935 Edward (Ted) Hadley Tremain


Ted died on 24 December 2005 at the age of 70 after several years of treatment for a chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a disease he largely overcame by leading an active life until very close to its end.  After attending Bishops College School in Lennoxville, Québec, he entered RMC in 1953 as a reserve cadet, following in the footsteps of 14 family members, including his grandfather, father and older brother.  Upon graduation from the College, he took courses at McGill University en route to obtaining his designation as a Chartered Accountant from Price Waterhouse in Montreal.  During this time he met Diana Dunbar, a student nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital and daughter of an ex-cadet.  They married in Guelph, Ontario in 1963 and had two children, Julia (1964) and Anthony (1966).  From start to finish, Ted was a devoted family man.

After seven years with Roynat Ltd in Montreal, the Tremain family moved to Toronto in 1971 where Ted took up the position of Treasurer with the Consumer’s Gas Company.  After a series of amalgamations, he became the Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Hiram Walker Resources Ltd, from which he retired in 1986.  He was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1994.  Ted also served on the boards of Bishop Strachan School, Upper Canada College, Belmont House, the Anglican Foundation of Canada, the Clarke Institute, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (in whose formation he played a critical role) and Trent University.  For his outstanding service on these various boards he was the recipient of numerous awards and honours.  Nor must be forgotten his unstinting contribution to Grace Church on the Hill as warden for many years.  He was a lifelong supporter of RMC in general and his Class of 1957 in particular.

Ted was a sportsman and games player of great energy and enthusiasm - in the same way that he led his life.  Although a passionate golfer and an occasional fisherman, tennis was his most physical sport in adult life (he played senior soccer at the College) and he knew the relationship between effort and reward.  His strategy on court was to overwhelm his opponents with sheer power and muscle.  When playing at the net, Ted would sprint from side to side trying to anticipate the direction of the incoming shot so as to cut it off with an angled volley.  It was exhausting to watch him tear about the court like the Energizer Bunny!  When he hit a winner, Ted’s face would light up with a happy grin that was difficult not to share.

Chess and bridge were his favourite games.  With regard to the latter, he read books and attended classes assiduously.  At the bridge table, Ted replaced the ‘power and muscle’ approach he applied to tennis with one of ‘superior skill and logic’.  He believed that he was blessed with a degree of extrasensory perception.  Unfortunately for him, this often meant that he saw more tricks in his hand than a mere point count would indicate - and before long would be in an impossible contract!  It was, nevertheless, an endearing characteristic to partners and opponents alike.

Ted was a remarkable man in so many respects.  He did so many things and had so many friends and admirers.  He played the game of life to the full.

                                                                                                                        3918 A.K. Roberts


From the Globe & Mail: 26 Dec 05

TREMAIN, Edward William Hadley
At Toronto, on the 24th of December, 2005. Ted Tremain, in his 71st year, beloved husband of Diana (Dunbar), loving father of Julia and Anthony and grandfather of Clare and Graeme Tremain, all of Toronto. Brother of James Tremain of Montreal and Mary Fayre Mathewson of Edmonton. A funeral service will be held at Grace Church on- the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Avenue, on Thursday, December 29th at 4 o'clock. The family will be at home, 83 Lynwood Avenue, on Wednesday, December 28th, from 4:00 PM
to 7:00 PM.

WIH: 26 Dec 05 (from a conversation with AKR)

Little known among the class, Ted had suffered from a "low-grade" leukemia for many years and had been receiving regular treatment. In the end he succumbed to pneumonia, apparently as the result of a weakened immune system. AKR plans to attend the funeral as a pallbearer and is organizing other class members from the Toronto area.


From the 2003 Reunion                                                           From 1957 Review


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