Skip navigation

Saturday January 26, 2013

SIMON, Gérard Théodore John
On Wednesday January 23, 2013 Gérard T Simon passed away in his home in Ancaster, Ontario at the age of 82. He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne (nee Pesez), sister Emmeline Lefebvre (Claude), daughters Marie-Laure and Anne- Dorothée (Michel), grandchildren Cindy (Terry), Soleil, Jasmin and Luc, great-grandchildren Danielle, Maxime and Alyshia, nieces and nephews and dear friends. Gérard was a man of many interests and talents. He had a brilliant career as a pathologist specializing in electron microscopy and as a professor of medicine. He began his work at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he organized the first electron microscopy laboratory for the pathology department. In 1967, Gérard immigrated to Canada with his family. He had accepted a position at the Banting Institute in Toronto, where he became head of the Electron Microscopy Department. In 1979, he took over the direction of the electron microscopy laboratories of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton and became Chairman of Anatomical Pathology for the laboratory medicine program in Hamilton. Gérard was a founding member of and major contributor to the Microscopical Society of Canada, which has several awards named after him. When he retired in 1996, Gérard received an acknowledgment from Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in recognition of his professional achievements. There is also a wing named after him at McMaster University. Gérard was a lover and great connoisseur of music, the arts, architecture and literature, in addition to having a wide range of other interests and a wealth of knowledge on countless topics. In his younger days, he regularly played the piano and as an older adult, created many paintings of a style that was typically his own. Gérard will be remembered by all as a man of great talent and knowledge who made significant contributions to his profession and whose works and deeds made a lasting impression on all who knew him. A funeral service will be held for him Monday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. at Christ's Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North, in Hamilton. Visitation starts at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gérard's memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

Back to top