MACEY, Samuel L. Born March 12, 1922 London, England, within the sound of Bow Bells. Sam died peacefully at home on March 11, 2013 surrounded by his family. Beloved middle son of Abraham and Mela, brother to Isaac and Ralph, all of whom predeceased him. Left now to celebrate his remarkable life and his indelible impression on their lives are his wife, June; daughters, Elizabeth (Clive) and Caroline (Matthew) and grandchildren, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Gemma. Orphaned at 12 years old, Sam began his career with gusto at age 16 as an office boy at the London Stock Exchange. From 1940-46 he served in the British Royal Navy, firstly with the Coastal Forces (Dieppe) and later in the Far East (Burma Campaigns). After the war, he had several businesses in London and on Jersey, Channel Islands. It was on Jersey that he met and married June. Their 58 years together were the happiest of Sam's life. After emigrating to Canada in 1960, Sam pursued his lifelong dream of higher education, earning a B.A. (Hons) in English and German from UBC and a PhD in English literature from the University of Washington at the age of 46. Sam was a professor of English at UVic for 19 years, including several years as Associate Dean and then Dean of Graduate Studies. A fellow of the Institute of Management Services, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Open Learning Institute, and extensively published, including books on the study of time and eighteenth-century English literature. Sam loved to travel, loved a good party, favoured substance over style and particularly enjoyed a bright mind and a quick wit. Sincere thanks from the family to Dr. David Brook and to Sam's exceptional caregivers Shirley, Rick and Imee. "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!" Hamlet Act 5 Scene 2 Funeral services entrusted to First Memorial. Flowers gratefully declined. If you wish, a donation may be made to The Sam and June Macey Graduate Scholarships, University of Victoria or to a charity of your choice. Private family service. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at The University Club.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist on Mar. 16, 2013