Saturday January 2, 2010
PH. D. LLB PROFESSOR EMERITUS UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PROFESSOR LESLIE DEWART His plan completed, Leslie Sutherland Dewart died in Toronto on December 20, 2009, eight days after his 87th birthday. It was marked by a hard won, determined peace that finally vanquished the devastating effects of a series of strokes. Leslie is survived by his cherished wife and soul-mate, Doreen Dewart (Brennan) and his four children from his 1st marriage to the late Joanne McWilliam: Leslie (Philip), Elizabeth (George), Sean (Lori) and Gonzalo (Ivette). He was the proud 'Grandfuff' to Gabe, Genn, James and Christopher; Alison, Karen and Geoffrey; Nora and George; Anne Marie, Joanna and Marc Francis. Leslie was bor n Gonzalo Gonzales Duarte on December 12th, 1922 in Madrid, Spain of a Spanish father, the late Gerardo Gonzales, and a Cuban mother, the late Adamina Duarte. His father died suddenly a few weeks before Leslie was born and his mother retur ned to Cuba a few years later; hence, Leslie spent his for mative years there. In 1942, the 19 year old Leslie came to Canada to join the R.C.A.F., trained as a pilot and served on bomber-reconnaissance operations on the Atlantic coast. He also became a Canadian citizen af ter ser ving in the R.C.A.F. from 1942-47. As if to signal a new stage in life, he changed his name, began studies at the University of Toronto and retur ned to Cuba only to visit family. Af ter ear ning his Ph.D. in Philosophy, he taught philosophy at the University of Detroit for 2 years, then retur ned to University of Toronto where he spent more that 30 years teaching at St. Michael's College and the University of Toronto. His life was filled with teaching, writing, contributing to publications both here and in Europe, publishing five books and contributing to others. As well he wrote many articles for publication in scholarly magazines both here and abroad. It was a life dedicated to academic thinking that was both creative and original, to patient polishing of written articles and books, and to taking on his share of administrative tasks. His love of philosophy remained undiminished: as late as mid-August he was completing his final book. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Leslie's Life will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 10:00am in the Chapel of St. James-the-Less at St James Cemeter y, 635 Parliament St. (below Bloor). Pa rking available inside the Cemetery grounds. The family wishes to thank Dr. Jocelyn Charles and her team in the Dorothy Macham Home and Dr. Evelyn Williams and her team on K3C wing. In both cases, the teams provided attentive, compassionate care, making Leslie's final days comfortable. Should you care to make a charitable donation to either of these sections, please send them to Ve teran's Care Centre/ Sunnybrook, 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto M4N 3M6 Thank you also to wonder ful family, friends and neighbours who have been so helpful and supportive during this difficult time.