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Dr James T ANGUS

ANGUS, Dr James T - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of James T. Angus on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the age of 82. Jim left this world much as he lived in it, with dignity and surrounded by those who loved him. He is survived by his wife Patricia and his son David (Charyl), as well as a brother Edmonds, a sister Kathryn, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his step grandchildren. Jim was born in Kitchener, Ontario on April 27, 1928. He grew up at Big Chute with his Scottish immigrant parents: Scotty Angus the lockmaster of the marine railway, and Nancy, a homemaker who raised a family of four boisterous sons and one daughter in the Ontario bush. It was at Big Chute that Jim discovered his love of learning. He devoted his entire life to education. Jim was the consummate teacher and educator, from his humble early days in the one-room school house in Big Chute to high school in Toronto, graduation from the University of Toronto, and Hamilton Normal School. He began his teaching career in elementary schools as a teacher and later a principal. A thirst for adventure and career aspirations led to some historic developments in education. In 1952, the 24-year old teacher and his wife served two years in the Inuit community of Kugluktuk as welfare teacher/nurse. They treated the sick, taught the young, delivered babies, and helped bury the dead. Since there were no hotels in Kugluktuk at the time, he hosted several government employees and other visitors who visited the arctic, including HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Shortly after his return to Ontario, he began as a teaching master at the North Bay Teacher's College. In 1961, Jim went to Singapore under the auspices of the Colombo Plan to teach an in-service course to primary-junior teachers in the Singapore Teachers' College. After detours to the University of Alberta for a PhD and the University of New Brunswick to work, Jim went to Lakehead University where he became the first Dean of Education in Ontario. During his ten year tenure as Dean, he oversaw the conversion of teacher training from teacher's college to university, started the first four and five year concurrent teacher education program in Ontario, the Master's degree program, and also the native teacher education program. He completed his teaching career as a professor in the department. During that time he wrote and published a remarkable, meticulously researched academic book called “A Respectable Ditch“ the making of the Trent Severn Waterway which is the definitive and oft quoted book on the Trent- Severn. Jim also served on the advisory board of the Trent-Severn Waterway. In retirement, Jim's passion was in the research and writing of local histories related to Simcoe County. He interviewed many people, researched archives, hunted down pictures, and then wrote and published his books. In the years he lived in Orillia, Jim and Pat drove the area with a trunk full of books, stopping at bookstores, museums, and libraries. They sold more than ten thousand copies. Jim was a dedicated Rotarian of forty years. He had many accomplishments as a Rotarian, Club President and District Governor He organized many wonderful international projects including the building of a medical clinic in the Peruvian jungle and a water- treatment plant at a children's hospital in Haiti. His biggest legacy as a Rotarian will be as historian. Jim researched the history of Rotary in Canada which is published on the Rotary web-site, and in 2005, edited and wrote a centennial history called, “Under the Northern Lights“. Jim was the Chair of the Coldwater Mill Heritage Foundation during the years that the Mill was being saved and restored. His legacy is there for all to see in a restored building with a growing museum, a band shell, informative plaques, a display of the original mill machinery, and a popular bistro. Jim also wrote a brochure for tourists and a book entitled “Mills and Mill Villages of Severn Township”. Jim served eight years on the board of the Ontario Heritage Trust, where he was Secretary of the Board. He was often asked to make presentations and speeches on behalf of the Trust. Jim was much in demand as a public speaker over his lifetime. He often gave the address at Burn's suppers and in recent years his talks were mostly about the history of this corner of Ontario. He was President of the Orillia Historical Society and was involved in the amalgamation with the Sir Sam Steele Art Gallery. He started what is now an Orillia tradition, the Sir John A. Macdonald dinner. Jim Angus was a man of great dignity, intelligence, and talent. He was an entertaining raconteur, wonderful dancer, and generous host. But it was his great love of his family, his kindness and gentleness with them that will live on. The Coldwater Funeral Home has been in charge of cremation. At the request of the deceased, no funeral will be held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dr Jame9166967
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Posted by R (R) On Thursday, September 16, 2010
Classy, charming and modest. Im happy to have met u... You're a real man. Say hi to B for me; tell him je mennuie... Life around here is short... Me, t and the rest of the gang look forward to seeing u. We're proud of u, stay positive
to Jim's family
Posted by Lloyd Jones (nil) On Wednesday, July 7, 2010
A good man, and I am sorry to see him go.

Good memories of the brief time I knew him years ago.

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