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J.F.W. (Ted) WEATHERILL
1932 - 2020
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J.F.W. (Ted) WEATHERILL 1932 - 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ted on April 13, 2020, peacefully at home in Ottawa with his loving partner Nicole Kean by his side. He leaves his loving children: Timothy, Andrew (Maureen) and Katherine (Stan) as well as step grandchildren Jack and Nick. He was predeceased in 2011 by his ex-wife Stephanie. He will be deeply missed by Lucie Kean-Frank (Bob), Natalie (Rob) and Steve Frank (Marie Eve) of Ottawa, Lise Kean of Montreal as well as Elda Thomas, Margie Magee, Mary Watt and numerous other cousins and relatives. Ted obtained his BA at Trinity College, his LL.B at University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Dean's Key), and his LL.M in 1958 at Harvard Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1960. He was one of the first in Canada to work on a full-time basis as a labour arbitrator. His career included stints as a law professor (Osgood Hall), Vice-Chair at the OLRB, 15 years as the sole arbitrator for the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration, Chair of the Canada Labour Relations Board, President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (1995-1996), Honorary Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and author of A Practical Guide to Labour Arbitration Procedure. Over his 60 year career as an arbitrator he issued over 5000 awards, in English or in French, rendering his final award on March 25, 2020. Ted was also devoted to the arts. He was on the board of directors for the National Ballet of Canada from 1967 - 1970, President, Coordinated Arts Services 1970 - 1972, and on the board of directors of Open Studio 1973-1980. He was an early adopter to and a proud supporter of Tafelmusik. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tafelmusik or to cancer research. Given the constraints of Covid-19, a private family service will be held in Ottawa and a memorial will be held in Toronto to be announced later.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from May 2 to May 6, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
New Years Eve, 2018
JFW Weatherill was a towering icon in his field, labour arbitration, despite the fact he was a tiny and shy man. Fifteen years older than I, he was already the most respected Arbitrator in Canada, and widely recognized in America as well, when I joined AECL as a junior labour relations officer. One of my first jobs in AECL was to research precedents in the Labour Arbitration Case journals to determine whether the union grievance we were contesting was likely to be supported at arbitration. Weatherill's awards littered the LACs. Years later I appeared before him as Director of Human Resources at AECL arguing some case. He had no memory of that of course but it was an august moment for me. Two decades later, he opened his new office down the hall from me in the Delta Hotel Office Building in Ottawa. I had the temerity to ask him if he would be interested in having me as a roommate, as he had more space than he needed. Surprisingly, he said that might work out quite well. I say surprisingly because I didn't know then that he was as retiring and reclusive as he was. It was this distance demeanour, combined with his reputation, and prodigious intellect, that so intimidated others. He hardly knew it. We were roommates for more than twenty years, and frequent luncheon companions, and in quiet and subtle ways I think we valued each other greatly. And for that I feel honored.
Ted was very supportive of me when my wife died of cancer almost three years ago; he also encouraged me to pursue my interest in writing books. He even endorsed the two memoirs of my dogs, and his recommendation can be found on the back cover of The Hallelujah Chorus. We used to joke about him earning a portion of my royalties from the sales of my books. I guess I don't have to pay him now.
Doug Jordan
May 19, 2020
The world has lost a great man with Mr. Weatherill's passing. I first met Mr. Weatherill when I began working for Jane Devlin & Maureen Saltman. I have known him for over 30 years and he was one of the kindest human beings you could ever know. He was always kind and always considerate. Mr. Weatherill would come and visit me every Christmas at our offices just to check in any say hello. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Weatherill you will always remain in my thoughts.

Melanie Jackson xo
Melanie Jackson
May 17, 2020
Hi Kate,
My condolences on the death of your father.He was a good man and he alway's treated me with respect and kindness when i had the oppurtunity to see him R.I.P Mr Weatherill
Jonny Wolfe
May 14, 2020
I had the honour to work for J.F.W. (Ted) Weatherill as his admin. assistant when he shared an office with Maureen Saltman and Jane Devlin in Toronto in the mid 80s. Later, when I worked for Howard Brown, in the mid 90s-2015, again to my delight, I again assisted Ted from his shared Toronto local office with Howard Brown and enjoyed so much to see him and sometimes Nicole too when she was able to travel with him from Ottawa. I just recently read the Fireside Chat with Ted as interviewed by John Kagel at the 1997 NAA Meeting, and it is great reading. Sincere condolences to Nicole, his love, and his children Tim, Andrew and Kate. Ted will always remain in my thoughts and a special part of my life.
Mary (D'Amato) Monk X
May 4, 2020
Nous partageons ta peine Nicole en ce moment de deuil. Nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille de Ted. Nous nous souviendrons toujours de nos nombreuses soirées ensemble. Perhaps the greatest recognition of Ted's outstanding 60-year career comes from labour and management representatives continuously agreeing to appoint him to arbitrate their disputes. In the often polarized world of labour relations, that longevity does not occur without an arbitrator having outstanding ethics, ability and wisdom. Ted's recent CROA decisions provide yet another reminder how a true master renders succinct and timely awards. Ted and I have been friends ever since I served as his legal advisor at the Board. For over 30 years, he remained as honourable and loyal a friend as one could ever have. Laura and I will miss him greatly.
Graham Clarke
May 4, 2020
I was touched to see Ted's time on the board of Open Studio mentioned in the notice of his sad passing.As the Studio's Manager during those years I've thought of him often: he was a wonderful, dear, warm and supportive board member and friend.Like a number of other OS board members at the time (such as Elsie Agnew and Tony Cassels) he had been recruited by former National Ballet dancer and Chair of our board Yves Cousineau. We benefited tremendously from their experience, wisdom and kindness.I will never forget the long, strategic, delightful discussions Ted and I had at Fenton's - whatever Studio issues or challenges were on my mind, I always came away calmer and with a clear vision of what to do next. What a very special man.
Jini Stolk
May 4, 2020
Nous partageons ta peine Nicole en ce moment de deuil. Nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille de Ted. Nous nous souviendrons toujours de nos nombreuses soirées ensemble. Perhaps the greatest recognition of Ted's outstanding 60-year career comes from labour and management representatives continuously agreeing to appoint him to arbitrate their disputes. In the often polarized world of labour relations, that longevity does not occur without an arbitrator having outstanding ethics, ability and wisdom. Ted's recent CROA decisions provide yet another reminder how a true master renders succinct and timely awards. Ted and I have been friends ever since I served as his legal advisor at the Board. For over 30 years, he remained as honourable and loyal a friend as one could ever have. Laura and I will miss him greatly.
May 2, 2020
I knew Ted for about 14 years. I always found him to be a loving, understanding and caring person. He was always very kind and generous to me. I will always remember his love of good wine, good food and his lack of arrogance. He achieved a great deal in his life and I am very proud of his accomplishments. He will be very much missed by his family and friends. I will miss him to even though we have not seen or been in contact for a few years. May he Rest In Peace.
Gill Lowe
May 2, 2020
J'offres mes condoléances à toute la famille. Merci pour tout M. Weatherill. Votre sens de l'humour, votre sensibilité et votre compréhension vont me manquer. Après une période difficile dans ma vie tant au travail qu'à la maison, vous avez rendu une décision qui fait en sorte que je continue de faire le travail que je fais présentement avec la même dévotion. Bon repos, c'est totalement mérité.
Mario Laroche
May 2, 2020
Ted Weatherill was a towering giant in the world of labour arbitration, and a humble, self-effacing, humorous, wise, and compassionate human being and friend. Workers and employers in many sectors, and especially in the railways, owe him an incalculable debt - as do I personally, having presented my first arbitration before him in 1984, and so many times since. Our memories and his teachings will live on to comfort us and enlighten our path. Marnie and I send our condolences to Nicole and the whole family.
Abe Rosner
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