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1921 - 2013
Jim passed away peacefully at Toronto General Hospital on Monday, June 10, 2013, in his ninety-third year. Beloved husband of Rosemary (née Soutter), devoted father and father-in-law of Christopher, Monique, Richard and Julia and grandfather of Nick, Emma and Simon. Brother of the late Archibald G. Wernham and the late Bertha Wilson (née Wernham). Jim was born at Kirkcaldy, Scotland on April 14, 1921, and was raised there and at Aberdeen by his parents, Christina Noble Wernham and Archibald Garden Wernham. Jim attended University at Aberdeen and at Cambridge. He and Rosemary were married in 1946 and immediately travelled excitedly together to New York where Jim continued his studies at Union Theological Seminary. Jim joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1949 and was a member of faculty until 1954, when he joined the faculty at Carleton College (later Carleton University). Jim was Lecturer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Carleton. He and Rosemary spent many happy years in Ottawa until Jim's retirement. He wrote a number of scholarly articles, essays and books during his years at Toronto and at Ottawa and retired in 1987. In 1990, Jim was made Professor Emeritus of Carleton University. Jim enjoyed a rich and joyful life as husband and parent and as a teacher, although he would say that one could not truly claim to "teach" unless one was certain to have communicated in a way that enabled one's students to "learn". He greatly enjoyed music, photography, gardening, playing golf and spending time with his family. He will be happily remembered by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren as a loving husband, father and grandfather, encouraging and admiring each of them, sharing much laughter and love with all and providing gentle counsel when asked to do so. At Jim's request his passing is to be marked by a private family gathering. For those wishing to share their memories of Jim and to offer their condolences to his family, please visit: http://www.morleybedford.ca/ condolences.php

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159 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M4R 1A8
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from June 15 to June 17, 2013
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