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GOMBAY, André - (May 4, 1933 - February 28, 2014) happy philosopher. He loved music, teaching, the news, movies, laughter, walking, riding his bicycle, and above all, his family. Loving and much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be sorely missed. A celebration of his times will be held in early May, at a date and place to be announced. Donations in his memory to the federal NDP or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.

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Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 8, 2014.
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March 16, 2014
I will miss André greatly. I looked to him as a model of philosophical writing and teaching. He was gracious, patient, kind, lively, insightful, and vigorous. I owe him a lot.
Patrick Moran
March 14, 2014
André was a wonderful colleague and teacher, and his style of doing philosophy always afforded a kind of magic. He would begin a talk (and by all accounts, pretty much any lecture) with what appeared to be a gentle reminder of familiar territory, delivered in a meditative style that suggested that he was just thinking it through on the spot; but you before you knew it you found yourself in a strange and novel intellectual landscape, in which new vistas unfolded, and fresh questions were raised that invariably led to fascinating conversations. His kindness and generosity, like his intellectual curiosity, were inexhaustible. I was abroad when I heard the news. And every day brings more reasons to miss him.
Ronnie de Sousa
March 13, 2014
I'm very sorry to hear that André has left us. He was such a warm person and creative thinker. As a graduate student, I loved his seminars.
Gustaf Arrhenius
March 12, 2014
My condolences to the family of prof. Gombay.
Ramon Grajo
March 10, 2014
We have lovely memories of meeting Andre here in NZ and you are all still very much in our thoughts x
Kathy & Bill Lawrence
March 9, 2014
André was a gentle and generous soul. I had the privilege of being his TA for one semester, and learned a lot from him. He cared for his students and they loved him. We will miss you, André.
Farshid Baghai
March 9, 2014
Joy Bishop
March 9, 2014
André spent one semester in Amsterdam as an exchange scholar while I was a graduate student there. I disagreed about an awful lot of things philosophical with him, but in that I learned a lot from him. He was the nicest, gentlest philosopher by far. It taught me to practice some intellectual humility and be open to the idea that others might have a point even if you disagree.
Thank you, André, for that valuable lesson.
Bruno Verbeek
March 9, 2014
I first met Andre at a workshop he hosted on Descartes at Toronto to which my advisor, Annette Baier, brought me along. He was an exemplar of how to have a serious and substantive, and respectful and human spirited philosophical discussion. I feel so fortunate that I had occasion to see this kind of interaction as a student, and to get to know Andre even just a little bit.
Lisa Shapiro
March 9, 2014
André was such a delightful human being and a wonderful philosopher and teacher. He is certainly an inspiration to all of us. He will be deeply missed by us all.
Sergio Tenenbaum
March 8, 2014
A genuine gentleman. He was full of life and love for philosophy. It was a real pleasure to have known him.
March 8, 2014
I had the good fortune to know and benefit from André when I was a graduate student in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and then again when I was a faculty member of the department and his colleague. I will treasure the memories of his warmth, intelligence, and generosity.
Evan Thompson
March 8, 2014
André was one of the most generous philosophers I have ever had the pleasure to know. He delighted in sharing his ideas and helping to develop those of his colleagues and students. He taught and inspired generations of students and will be deeply missed.
Amy Mullin
March 8, 2014
André was a very learned man and a wonderful philosophical interlocutor. He lived an amazing life, and had much to recount about his personal experience of historical events. I'll always remember him.
Mohan Matthen
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