RICHARD HAY SADLEIR Born on April 23, 1929, in Toronto, died peacefully in his final home at The Dunfield Residence on February 12, 2021. Loving husband of Joan (Robinette), and wonderful father to Tom (Averill), Mary, and Kate (Chris). Devoted grandfather to Michael, Tess, Peter, Harry and Francis. Predeceased by his sister Nancy and survived by his dear sisters-in-law, Wendy Calder (George) and Dale Robinette. Dick attended University of Toronto Schools, University of Toronto and received his MA at Cambridge University, England. All of these experiences fostered his dearest lifelong friendships. After a highly successful stint as a Doorman at Laura Secord's and a disastrous episode as a Junior Accountant, an extraordinary career in Canadian education began as an English teacher at Upper Canada College. Joining his dearest friend, Thomas H.B. Symons in 1963, Dick helped create Trent University in Peterborough where he served as Dean of Men, Head of the English Department, Vice President and Acting President. Upper Canada College returned in 1975 to ask Dick to become its Principal. Joan and Dick adored Peterborough, but Toronto was calling them back. At UCC, Dick relished this different role including his new commute of 27 steps from home to office. Until 1988, Dick was always happiest in the Common Room talking with fellow teachers and in the halls talking with students. During his final year at UCC, Dick was offered the exciting position of Director of the Lycée Canadien en France in St. Jean, Cap Ferrat where Dick and Joan lived and thrived for three fabulous years and where Dick's morning commute was now a stroll along the Mediterranean Sea. They travelled together side by side for many years. A lifetime in schools was well balanced with a passion for the arts and the outdoors which Dick loved to share with his friends and family. Theatre and Music gave him the greatest pleasure which he carefully nurtured in the next generations. From Camp Kitchikewana to his farm in Palgrave, from sailing Lake Huron at Southampton Ontario to family gatherings in rural Holstein Ontario, Dick was happiest in lakes, gardens and fields. Joan and his family are grateful for the extraordinary support and care that Dick received during his time at the Dunfield. Donations in Dick Sadleir's name can be made to Sadleir House, PR Community and Student Association at Trent University or to the Stratford Festival, Stratford Ontario.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20, 2021.