[MARMAM] Dr. David Sergeant

Laurie Murison gmwhale at nbnet.nb.ca
Thu Jul 10 06:43:02 PDT 2008


      OBITUARY DAVID ERNEST SERGEANT Calmly at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal on Monday, June 30, 2008, at the age of eighty-one, due to complications of congestive heart failure. Predeceased by wife Johanne (nee Welsh) (1994), sister Linda Grace Marr (2006), and infant son Alan (1958). Beloved father of Christopher (Susan Davidson), Claire (John O'Neil) and Katherine (Howard Streight), cherished grandfather of Colin, Natalie, Wesley, and Linnea, and dear uncle of Lindsay and Graham Marr. He will be greatly missed by relatives and friends in many countries. David Ernest Sergeant was born in 1927 in Hangzhou, China, the son of a medical missionary. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Zoology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England. In 1951, he began his career in Canadian east coast fisheries research, studying beluga whales and harp seals. Married in 1954, David and Johanne lived in Montreal and then settled in Hudson, Quebec in 1963. They were passionate about travelling, often including opportunities for birdwatching. After Johanne's death abroad in a car crash, which he survived, David continued his travels. In recent years, he stayed closer to home, indulging in reading and various cultural and ecological pursuits. After cremation, according to his wishes, a memorial service will be held at St. James Church in Hudson, Quebec on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the nursing services of NOVA Hudson (450) 458-5727, to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, or to the conservation charity of your choice.  
      Published in the Montreal Gazette on 7/5/2008.  
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