3891 Darwin Van Dusen

VAN DUSEN, Darwin Sherriff B.A., B.Sc., B.Eng., M.B.A. Peacefully on Saturday, April 01, 2006 at the age of 71 years. Predeceased by his wife Andree Marguerite (nee Thibault) of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Beloved father of Eric and Marie, grandfather of Willem and dear brother of Ralph Gordon Van Dusen of Brampton, ON. Son of the late Ralph G. Van Dusen and the late Thelma G. Theobald. Mr. Van Dusen attended Royal Roads Military College (RRMC, Victoria), Royal Military College (RMC, Kingston), McGill University, McMaster University and the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church, 2080 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Tuesday April 4th at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 0X1.

 



Serge Morin: 05 Apr 06

Prior engagements and winter travelling conditions unfortunately prevented me to travel to Ottawa to pay a last homage to Darwin.

 

In third and fourth year, I was fortunate to join the same lab group with him.  He was a conscientious worker.  Personal relations with him were always gracious and tainted with a discrete sense of humour.  His presence will certainly be missed in our class reunions.

 


Dave Stothers: 03 Apr 06

He  was one of the  nicest, most decent guys  in our  class.  Will indeed be missed.

Don Gregory: 02 Apr 06

Our classmate passed away peacefully yesterday, April 1, after a long battle, courageously fought.  His obituary is in the Citizen today and again on Monday.  There is apparently no visitation but a funeral mass will be held at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church, 2080 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.  The obituary requests donations to The Hospice at May Court, 114 Cameron Ave. Ottawa, K1S 0X1. in lieu of flowers.


Don Gregory: 17 March 06

I am not certain whether Bill Campbell has kept you up to date on Darwin's condition but Mary Rose and I were there today, visiting him in the May Court Hospice, where he has been for about 8 days.  He was heavily medicated and sort of "in and out" while we were there.  He did, however, recognize both of us.  According to Jan, his partner, he had a very bad day yesterday and they had to change his medication as a result.  He is obviously very weak and I have no idea how long he may last.  If I were to give an opinion I would say not more than a few days.
 
Bill Campbell has been very faithful in visiting him but he and Muriel are in Florida attending a daughter's graduation until the 3rd of April.  I have said to Jan that if he passes away before Bill's return I will contact the Ottawa people from our class and will pass to Bill Hughes to have him put it on the web site.  I will put you on the mailing list as well.  Darwin's spirits have been very good up to now and when I visited on Monday last, he and Don Goodwin were discussing a bridge problem together.  Bill Campbell was there as well.
 
Mary Rose and I wish you both good health and good spirits.  Mary Rose will be calling Cynthia soon.

16 Mar 06: Bill Campbell

Just a short note to let you know that yesterday, Wednesday, Darwin went into the Hospice At May Court at 114 Cameron Street here in Ottawa. (Postal Code - K1S 0X1)
 
He and his partner Jan St. Onge, had been to May Court on Tuesday as an outpatient when the staff recommended that Darwin stay. Fortunately, there was a bed available so Darwin decided that it was time to make this move. He spent one last evening at his home and went in the next day. Don Goodwin, George Logan and I were at Darwin's home on Monday and played bridge for a couple of hours and had a visit afterwards. Darwin enjoyed the bridge immensely and played his usual good game. 
 
Muriel and I visited with Darwin and Jan this morning at May Court.  Darwin was sitting up in his power Lazy Boy chair when we arrived. He was very comfortable. His spirits are very good. We had a good visit. Darwin said he would welcome phone calls or short visits. (The general number for May Court is (613) 260-2906 but I am not clear how get your message to Darwin to return your call, so I will speak to someone at May Court tomorrow and let you know.)
 
Visiting hours are from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Cameron St. is one-way running west off Bank St. so you need to go one street north of Cameron to Ossington before turning west off Bank.)
 
May Court is a very nice facility on the bank of the Rideau River with a high ratio of volunteers to deliver their services. There are only 9 beds for hospice care but they have a very active outpatient program. I feel that Darwin and Jan are very fortunate to have such a caring place at this time.
 

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