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JACK QUARTER A beloved partner, father, uncle, friend, teacher and mentor, died at home on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, aged 77. Jack will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness and sense of humour, as well as for his integrity and dedication to his academic pursuits, his students and colleagues. He will be sorely missed by Dale Willows, his partner of 33 years; his son, David; brother, Bob; niece, Emma; nephew, Paul; cousins, Marvin Weintraub, Doreen Sobel (Harvey, deceased), Rita Moskovitz (Larry); and their children and grandchildren; his extended family including Kevin Willows, Dennis Willows, Donna, Ernie, Cass, Clay, Michael Reimer, Iassen Reimer Pelev and Nasco Pelev; as well as several much-cherished lifelong friends. Sadly, Jack was predeceased by his daughter Zoey. A professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto for 47 years, Jack was loved and respected by legions of graduate students, colleagues and staff members. He led research teams, obtained numerous grants, and edited and published widely on co-operatives and the social economy. In his autobiography he wrote: 'I have been blessed by the students who have found me, and they have greatly enriched my life.' He also says: 'A common denominator in my work is faith in a better way....' A passionate and determined advocate for social justice, Jack 'walked the walk', with generous support for numerous programs and non-profits that he encountered in his research. Writing was one of Jack's passions. Beyond his prolific academic writing, Jack dabbled in fiction. He wrote a radio play that was broadcast on the BBC, and he authored a novel, Life of Sammy Speer, that, despite denials, has a certain autobiographical flavour to it. Jack was not 'all work, no play', as those of us who enjoyed his razor-sharp bridge-playing skills can attest. We also observed in awe his energetic cycling during the summers along the spectacular Galloping Goose trail on Vancouver Island. He enjoyed music, especially the 'oldies but goodies' and the bawdy songs of his (in)famous friend and longtime 'partner-in-crime', Hugh Oliver. Never one to be idle, Jack followed numerous sports on TV and read voraciously. In November, after Jack had been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, upon request he 'knocked off' a brief autobiography in his own inimitable style that is now the center-piece of a website launched to honour Jack's life. Visit to read what he wrote and view photos chronicling various stages and people in his life. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 12-3 p.m. (formal program 1-2 p.m.) in the OISE library (ground floor), 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, which made it possible for Jack to spend his last days in the comfort of his home, with his loved ones.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, 2019.
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March 8, 2019
I am both honoured and grateful to have had Professor Quarter as teacher for my first class at OISE. Although I did not know Jack for long, I feel a deep sadness for his loss and extend my deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues. I take solace in the fact that the enormous impact of his life efforts in teaching, community and non profit incentives continue to develop and expand into the future. He was a rare treasure and will be greatly missed.
Susan Murray
March 7, 2019
To my mentor, friend, and role model,you are so sorely missed, Jack! With much love, we will never forget you! Our deepest condolences to Jack's partner, Dale, to his son, David, brother, Bob, and to his family and countless friends. From Marcelo, Patricia, and Adrián.
Marcelo Vieta
February 27, 2019
I met Jack at Camp Northland in the late 1950s. We both worked with young boys at that summer camp and were part of a group of fellows in their late teens who hung around together at both camp and In Toronto. We called Jack the pit because he was quite thin but ate a great deal. It was insensitive I know now, but he never seemed to mind, at least he didnt indicate that he did.

For a few years at that time I saw Jack quite often, particularly on the weekends. I remember Friday night billiards, weekend touch football (he was quite fast and elusive), Canadian football on tv at his home, clubbyish games (bridge wasnt on the radar then), and on a number of occasions I met his dad, step-mother and brother. It turned out that my parents who were lefties had also known his dad and quite liked him.

At some point we went our separate ways, though after a time I became aware that Jack was teaching at OISE. At one point when we were both parents of young children we reconnected and our families spent a lovely afternoon at my home. Jack and I discovered then that we had a mutual interest in co-ops - Jack as an academic and me as an activist. We were in touch by phone a couple of times after that but again went our separate ways.

Three or four months ago Jessie and I found ourselves in the same social justice choir and we talked for a bit. I decided at that point that Id contact Jack again, I didnt know he was ill but clearly I waited too long. Today Jessie sent me an email to say Jack had passed. I am so very sorry and send Dale and David my heartfelt condolences.
Bob Biderman
February 26, 2019
My deepest condolences to Jack's family! As one of his past students, Jack was an Amazing professor, and a fighter of social justice work. Also, in 2017, he didn't hesitate to write my academic letter of recommendation for my PhD application. Thanks to Jack's support, I'm accepted as a candidate in AECD. Jack, I appreciate the learning journey I had with you as a professor and those experiences I will carry on in my PhD work! Jack may your spirit of compassion lives on!
Joan McKnight
February 24, 2019
To Jackie's Family:
I will remember you from our days of innocence and playfulness when we spent our carefree summer days swimming and playing games with the other kids in Pickering at the cottage. Such fun and laughter. Sorry we did not keep up seeing all of our summer chums when we grew up and life became less carefree.
Jackie, you will be remembered.

Merle Langbord Levine
February 23, 2019
In life some are lucky to cross paths with a person who opens a door and leaves us forever changed. Jack Quarter was one of those people in my life. I met Jack when, on a whim, I chose an elective course he taught at OISE. It took only two or three classes before I realized I was becoming a friend to this welcoming, gentle, brilliant and unassuming man. He opened a door that put me on a path of learning that ultimately took me all over the world and gave me a career I could never have imagined. I could never repay the debt I owe to Jack for his friendship, trust, collegiality and unconditional mutual repect. So I give the gift he gave me to others, to the young people I meet in my work, and in the advocacy I do for Indigenous children and youth and other marginalized members of the Canadian family. Jack taught me that teaching is about listening and learning is a journey you take with others, not something that is poured from a big jug into a little jug. He planted a seed in a young, eager and curious student that germinated into a way of seeing and being in the world with the realization that deeds speak, that our actions, our echoes, grow from soul to soul and go forever and forever, in the words of Tennyson. Thank you Jack for being the luminous soul you were and are and for the many gifts you poured into the world through your compassion. You are much loved and will be missed, and your echoes will go on forever and forever.
Dr. Fred Mathews
February 21, 2019
I think of Jack everyday. I have known Jack since I came to OISE as a doctoral student in 1977. I recall with nostalgia those early OISE days when Jack and other young OISE profs used to jam jazz at end of the year parties (how awesome!) Not too long ago when I visited Jack and Dale in Victoria the two of us went to hear some oldies but go.odies Jazz bands (Dale was relieved she did not have to go..). Whether we talked about politics (not only Canada - also Israel),debated the kibbutz as a social organization, ideas for how to fix the world, a book we read, food, or just gossip - it was always fun, kind, interesting, and good spirited.
I'll miss you Jack, my friend.
Esther Geva
February 18, 2019
Jack's writing will continue to inspire people to find better ways to create and share our common wealth, and we will miss his energy and presence with us.
Russ Christianson
February 17, 2019
Barrie Saxton
February 16, 2019
Bonni Langbord Vogel
February 15, 2019
I was much aggrieved to read about your passing.
You were the first person to welcome me to the Adult Ed Dept. at the merger of OISE and FEUT. You regaled my students with your stories. Also I loved reading your books.
My most heartfelt condolences to Dale and the rest of your family. Rest in peace, my friend.
Lennox Borel
Lennox Borel
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