Hans Möller
1918-2015
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Almost age 97, Hans died peacefully at his home on Sept. 7, 2015 in the presence of his wife Jane Yaple-Möller and step-son / care-giver Derek Yaple-Schobert. Left to mourn in Arizona, Denmark, Norway & Ontario: daughters Bodil & Lise; sons Arne (Ulla), Claus (Elisabeth) & Paul (Lorraine); grandchildren Andreas, Erik, Iben, Krista, Line, Mari, Martin (Anette) & Siri; great-grandchildren Alva, Live & Vilfred.

Born in Denmark, Dr. Möller obtained a Ph.D. in Danish Language & Literature from the University of Copenhagen & became Research Librarian at the Copenhagen Royal Library, including the department containing Hans Christian Andersen's manuscripts. During WWII, he participated in Denmark's massive saving of their Jews, i.e. secretly transporting hand grenades and illegal newspapers for the Resistance. In 1955, he came to Canada as Executive Producer at the National Film Board. In 1974, he became Chief Librarian at Ottawa University. From 1977 onwards, he worked as Librarian, Professor of Scandinavian Literature and Director of Libraries at McGill University in Montreal. He also enjoyed teaching Danish & editing scholarly books in the FONTANUS series, which he founded.

For many years, Hans served as President of the Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation (CSF), dedicating himself to raising funds to help young people in Canada travel to the Nordic countries for study or research. A donation in Hans's memory to the CSF would be deeply appreciated. http://www.thecsfoundation.com/membership/

Since Hans bequeathed his body to science at McGill, a remembrance celebration for all of Hans' friends will he held at a later date.



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Published in The Gazette from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2015.
Memories & Condolences
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November 6, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Yours,
Ruth Sonksen & Knud Petersen
September 19, 2015
Knowing Hans was a privilege. I always enjoyed his lectures to the Assoc. for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC). He did so much to promote Scandinavian culture in Canada as manifested in his work with CSF and AASSC. He brought a warm and personal style to us. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Jane and Derek.
Birgitta Wallace
September 16, 2015
Derek and Lise
September 16, 2015
Hans and Erik
September 16, 2015
Hans and Jane
September 16, 2015
Hans and Jane
September 16, 2015
Hans, Claus, Krista, Erik, Ebin
September 16, 2015
Hans and siblings
September 16, 2015
Krista, Hans, Erik
September 16, 2015
Christmas in Montreal 2013
September 16, 2015

















We remember the kindness.
Lisa and Randi Kearvell
September 16, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,
with sadness we learned of Hans passing. He was a wonderful person and a great scholar and we will fondly remember him. Our deepest sympathies to both of you.
Maria and Tony Masi
September 16, 2015
Bonjour Derek, mes sincères condoléances pour le décès de ton père. J'ai toujours apprécié son sourire et son accessibilité. Il avait une capacité de se mettre à mon niveau quand j'étais petit, comme si on parlait d'égal à égal. x
Louis Lessard
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on Dr. Möller's passing. His was a life well lived. In addition to his scholarly pursuits and achievements he was always very pleasant, charming and genuinely interested in "how you were doing". I was fortunate to have been at McGill during his tenure.

Selima Mohammed
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek.
Sending you our sincere condolences. We remember Hans with fondness. May you take comfort in the fact that Hans helped enriching the lives of many. You are in our thoughts. Bless you!
Kari-Gro and Saeed Quraeshi and family
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,
We are sorry about your loss.
Zoya Duba
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane, Derek, and family: this is such sad news my deepest sympathy to all of you.
I knew him as a scholar, a gentleman, and someone with an engaging sense of humour always sad to learn so many other interesting things after someone has passed away he leaves us with many pleasant memories to cherish.
My deepest condolences,
Lorraine Gosselin
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek

All my sympathy.....We lost a good man we admired very much...taking the bus...loving his work.....living with a handicap without talking about it.

Je me rappelle de lui, assis dans les marches de votre maison....comme des bons voisins.

Notre terre se porte mieux parce qu'il était un homme de paix.

Diane Martel.....les surs voisines.
diane Martel
September 14, 2015
I worked with Dr.Möller at the McGill Library and greatly respected his intelligence and wit. We re-connected in more recent years at Derek's concerts. My sincere condolences to all the family.
Valerie Fortin
September 14, 2015
Dear Jane;

I am so sorry to hear of Hans'death. He was a great citizen of McGill and in his time did much for the librsry. I go to few McGill events these days, but in the past I used to enjoy talking to him on the many occasions that met. My deep sympathy to you.

Michael Maxwell
September 14, 2015
To Jane and Derek,
Please accept our sincere condolences at the passing of Hans. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cathy & Bruce Underwood
Cathy & Bruce Underwood
September 14, 2015
Dear Family/friends of Hans Möller: Name is Madelene; knew Hans Möller from St-Ansgar's Church. So, I extend my sincere condolences to you for his passing!!! May his memories comfort you!!!
Madelene Seba;dt
September 13, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to Jane and Derek and family for the passing of our dear Dr. Moller. I have fond memories of our interesting gatherings at McGill University. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Khadiga. (Dee) Atif
September 13, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek;
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Hans as a very receptive man to talk with, from when he was a member of Women's Art.
...Jackie Rae Wloski
September 13, 2015
Dear Jane,

Thank you for letting me know about Hans. I cannot conceive of how you feel. Know that I am thinking of you.

Much love,
Your childhood friend,
Jeanne
September 13, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,
Greetings. Please on behalf of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church and my family accept condolence. Dr. Hans Moller will be truly missed, may he rest in God's peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Samuel King-Kabu
September 13, 2015
I worked with Hans in the McGill Undergraduate Library and a more inspiring, energetic, and lively person you could not find. I am very sorry to hear of his death and send my sincere condolences to all his family.
Marilyn Fransiszyn
September 13, 2015
I am thankful to Dr. Moller for introducing me to the delights of Scandinavian literature when I was a student at McGill many years ago. His course left an indelible impression. I offer you my condolences.
Lorena Ermacora
September 13, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the Moller Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Taline Boghosian
September 13, 2015
Our thoughts are with your family, very sad to hear of his passing. He had a long life with many great accomplishments.
Tom and Sue Harris and family
September 13, 2015
So sorry to hear of Hans passing. As a CSF grant recipient I met him many times over the years at Derek's recitals and other events. On every occasion he seemed a very capable, warm, kind and thoughtful man. It was a true pleasure to have known him and he will be missed.

Sincerely,
Geordie Shepherd
Geordie shepherd
September 13, 2015
To Jane and Derek
Please accept my condolences on Hans' passing. It was a pleasure knowing him.
Marilyn Casselman
September 13, 2015
As a health practitioner, Hans was to me an example of determination to live life thoroughly despite limitations.
I had the opportunity to appreciate his erudition, notably at one of his conference on Hans Christian Anderson.
He will be undoubtedly missed by many.
To Jane and Derek and all the family , my deepest sympathy.
To Jane and Derek, may the grief , the feeling of emptiness in the house, gently subside and may only loving memories remain
C L
September 13, 2015
He was always a delight to meet and chat with. He will be sincerely missed.
My sincere condolences to the family.
September 13, 2015
Mes plus sincères condoléances, Derek, pour vous et pour votre mère. Mes prières vous accompagnent en ces moments grande peine.
Que le Seigneur soit votre réconfort.
Yolande Jacob
September 13, 2015
Deaarest Moller Family.

I will sincerely miss seeing Hans at our Norwegian functions. As I am signing this guest book, by some heavenly coincidence, the church bells just began ringing... with that, I send Hans and his family a hug.

Shereen Quraeshi
September 13, 2015
Jane and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gloria Caswell-Mendham
September 12, 2015
Iben (Hans' grand-daughter), Hans & Claus in Montreal home backyard.
September 12, 2015
Paul, Lorraine and Moller Family, So sorry for your great loss. What an amazing Man Hans Moller was. He lived an incredibly valued life. Enjoy the memories you have created with Dad Hans. Our positive thoughts and prayers for you all.
Peter & Bonnie Lucas
September 12, 2015
Dear Jane, Dear Derek,
Hans was a gifted colleague at the National Film Board, Doyen of the NFB Club and a very dear friend. He will be sorely missed.
With our deepest sympathy, Anthony and Ann Kent
Anthony Kent
September 12, 2015
Paul Lorrain and Moller family. Our condolences are with your family at this time.
Michael and Brenda Marozsan
September 12, 2015
Kære Jane og Derek, det er en svær tid når man mister een man holder af.
Hans var en stor mand, han vil blive husket og påsknnet af alle han var i kontakt med.
Min inderligste kondolance til jer begge og alle i familien.
De kærligste tanker og hilsener fra Rikke
September 12, 2015
My condolences Lorraine, Paul and family.
Joe Scipioni
September 12, 2015
My sincere condolences for your loss; may the love of friends and family console you at this time.
In friendship,
Josette Wecsu
September 12, 2015
So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family
Holly Bauer
September 12, 2015
Derek et Mme Jane

Je veux vous offrir en mon nom et au nom de la famille nos plus sincères sympathies suite au décès d'Hans. Ce fut toujours un réel plaisir de rencontrer Hans et de jaser avec lui. Homme de grande culture et toujours souriant, c'est une perte pour les gens qui l'ont côtoyé et qui ont eu la chance de vivre avec. Toutefois il faut savoir apprécier une vie aussi bien remplie et une personne qui a semé beaucoup de bonheur autour de lui.
Rosette, les enfants et moi sommes de tout cur avec vous en ces moments de grande tristesse.
Normand Bélanger
September 12, 2015
So sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to see his smiling face. Blessings.
Millie Constantine
September 12, 2015
His vision for Studio G influenced the media landscape of Canadain schools for generations. The passing of a legend. RIP
September 12, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek and all the family,
It is with great sadness that I learned of Hans passing. Please accept our depest sympathies.
liliane goldman
September 12, 2015
Dear Jane and Derek,

I am very saddened by the news of Hans' passing. I had the good fortune to know him for over 30 years. He was the consummate gentleman and scholar. My first acquaintance with him was when he was Interim Director of the McGill SIS (then the GSLS) and I was president to the GSLS students' association. He always listened to our concerns, spoke frankly and honestly with us, and acted in the best interests of both the students and the GSLS.

Years later I came to McGill to work as a librarian, and had pleasure to work with Hans as a colleague for close to 20 years. His deep and unabiding interest in the preservation and dissemination of knowledge and language was something to celebrate.

May it be a comfort to your family, as I am sure it is to Hans' many friends and colleagues, to know that he led a full and accomplished life, and that his many contributions to McGill and to society in general will endure.
Robert (Bob) Clarke
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