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Richard Hay SADLEIR
1929 - 2021
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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.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20, 2021.
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February 27, 2021
Dick Sadleir and I crossed paths twice during the course of my education. First as a master at UCC in the 1960’s and then as head of Peter Robinson College at Trent University. His signature is on my framed degree from Trent, which hangs prominently in my office at home in Calgary. Though I had not seen him for many years, the memories of a good and generous man remain. My condolences to his family and friends,
Kenneth Ludlow
Student
February 25, 2021
Richard led with his heart and soul and gave me my first big break. Thank you. He will always be in my heart.
Craig Cohon
Student
February 22, 2021
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February 22, 2021
To the Sadleir Family:
My condolences on your loss. I hold very fond memories of our Principal including his incisive questions and highly engaged manner. HE always had time for us, his students and I always felt very welcome in their home and in their company thanks to Joan. Tom and I were classmates so he took a special interest in our classes for sure. May his memory be a blessing to all of you. What a wonderful life he lived, but a sad day nonetheless.
Best,
Lloyd A. Perlmutter
Lloyd A Perlmutter
February 20, 2021
Dear Joan,

I am so sorry to hear about Dick. As a young student starting at Trent in the early seventies, Dick was a welcoming figure for me. He was such a warm and enthusiastic man, and like many senior figures at Trent, made students feel like they, and the staff, were equal members of the community. His leadership, along with that of Tom Symons, made Trent such a special place.
Timothy Owen
Student
February 19, 2021
He was a kind and thoughtful man. As Headmaster at UCC he was respected by all.
John (Ed) Bawden '80
John Bawden
Student
February 19, 2021
What a remarkable man. I first got to know him as Mr. Sadleir when I visited his house to hang out with Kate and Mary. Then I got to know him as Dick Sadleir the legend when we served on a search committee together for several months. His patience, wisdom and generosity of spirit guided us but his sense of humour buoyed us when we needed it. In addition, I was working at UCC at the time and he had already left, so he peppered me for the latest gossip! I truly appreciated that many sides of Dick Sadleir. I send my best to Mrs. Sadleir, Tom, Mary and Kate
Claire Barron
February 18, 2021
I was a colleague of Dick's during the early days of Trent University. Together with his also recently deceased friend, Tom Symons, he contributed greatly in making Trent a very special place with its colleges and tutorials, its common rooms and staircases in its unique setting on the banks of the Otonabee.
Joseph Wearing
Friend
February 18, 2021
I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that Dick afforded me to spend the last two years of high school attending Upper Canada College. To this day, I treasure the experiences I had while attending UCC and more importantly the friendships that remain a big part of my life even though my family and I have lived in California for the last 27 years. In fact, only 1 week ago more than 25 members of our leaving class spent over an hour catching up on a zoom call. You will remembered by me forever Dick and I am so thankful for the UCC experience, which to this day remains and important foundation block in my life. Tom Pridham '79
Tom Pridham
Student
February 17, 2021
Wise, patient, and kind – Mr. Sadlier was the College’s North Star. He was the ideal combination of empathetic father figure, sage advisor, enthusiastic encourager, and where necessary – gentle but firm disciplinarian. That he cared, was never in question. A Gentleman.
Christopher Carnegie
Student
February 16, 2021
Alumni have so many memories of Dick Sadleir's years at Trent University! May he rest in peace with his friend and fellow Trent Founder, THB Symons.
Lorraine Bennett
February 16, 2021
Farewell, Mr. Sadleir
Though I was so young and nervous for my entrance interview with you at Upper Canada College, and bowled over by the largest Persian carpet I'd ever seen, scared even to step on it in your office, you were gracious, friendly, and--only later I realized--caring and nurturing. Thank you for changing my life, Sir. May you Rest in Peace.
Dr. Shafiq Qaadri
Student
February 16, 2021
Over five years in the upper school at UCC, I had a great deal of respect for Mr. Sadleir. He was a strong leader who lent the right amount of gravitas to school proceedings. I was pleasantly surprised to find out a number of years later that he was a neighbour of my parents. It was a pleasure to get to know him in these later years.
Beau Hatcher
Student
February 16, 2021
A class act with an enormous heart and sense of humour. He met with me while packing up his office in 1987. He made a decision, and helped me make a commitment, that appreciably changed my life for the better.

My condolences to Mrs. Sadleir, Tom, Mary, and Kate.
Matthew Lister
Student
February 16, 2021
Mr Sadleir was a special gentleman.From my first meeting ,being urged by Dick Howard, to introduce myself as a young prep boarder ,to his appearances cheering on our rock band ,with our parents at The Arts Festival ,to many meetings after graduation, I always enjoyed our encounters.He was an outstanding person ,who left a strong impression!
Robert Elder
Student
February 16, 2021
Dick Sadleir was junior housemaster when I was a boarder (Seaton's 1956-60). He was an enormously positive influence on my life, inspiring a lifelong love of literature, especially poetry, and nurturing my involvement in debate and discussion, which greatly aided my life as a lawyer and a local elected official on Vancouver Island. My deepest condolences to his family.
Michael Coleman, QC
Student
February 16, 2021
He was one of the main reasons I became a teacher in 1967. He taught me in 1962 grade 11 English at UCC Thanks Dick from all of us.
Andrew Clements
Student
February 16, 2021
Mr. Sadleir was Upper Canada College's Headmaster when I attended. His advice, during a student / Headmaster 1:1 held during my upper years at UCC, directly led to my applying for computer engineering in university. During that 1:1 I expressed interest in taking pre-law courses in university; he responded that based on my interest in math, science and computers I should consider computer engineering, and that doing so would be excellent preparation for law school. I was surprised he knew so much about my strengths and interests and that was highly influential. Decades later I still remember that 20-minute 1:1 which helped guide me into university and my career in technology (which ultimately did not include law school). My condolences to Mr. Sadleir's family and friends - he was an outstanding Headmaster.
James Morehead
February 16, 2021
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Andrew Clements UCC Grade 11
February 16, 2021
Dear Mary. Andrew and I were very sad to hear about your Dad's passing. We are thinking about you in this sad time.

Barb and Andrew Wynn, Halifax NS
Barbara Wynn
Friend
February 16, 2021
Various fond memories of Mr. Sadleir as Headmaster from my days as a student at UCC. My most recent memory is from our 25th reunion, about 6 yrs ago. Dick was presenting all of those present from the Class of '89 with Old Boys ties. For some reason, I was the last to be called up to the dais to receive my tie, by which time the tie supply had run dry. With no Old Boys ties to hand to me, Dick took the Old Boy tie off his own neck and presented it to me. Classy move, classy man. He will be missed by many. I extend my condolences to his family.
DANIEL KOLBER
Student
February 16, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the entire Sadleir family. It has been an honour to know this incredible man and his wonderful family.
Lovingly, Cathie and Jonathan Weaver
Cathie Weaver
Friend
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