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McLUHAN, PhD., (THOMAS) ERIC MARSHALL Aged 76, died suddenly on Friday, May 18, 2018. Much loved and loving, husband, father, grandfather, writer, teacher and friend. Eric will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 44 years, Sabina, daughters Emily (Scott Boms) and Anna, son Andrew (Ronika Dayton), grandchildren Gillian and Liam Boms and Ezra and Virgil McLuhan. Proud son of the late Marshall and Corinne McLuhan, he is survived by his siblings, Mary, Teri, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Michael McLuhan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Robert Chisholm and Father Daniel Utrecht at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 7 Church Street, Picton, Ontario at 11 a.m., Friday, May 25th. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Hone, 33 Main Street, Picton. Donations to Diabetes Canada in Eric's memory will be much appreciated. "A way a lone a last a loved a long the"

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Published in Toronto Star on May 23, 2018.
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April 22, 2021
I was just thinking about Eric because he ran the creative electronics course at Fanshawe college in ‘73 or ‘74 and I goggled him to see if he was on there
He took all that class and a couple of us from the photography class on a blindfold experience for the weekend at some monastery near London Ontario
It was an amazing time being blindfolded all weekend and all the experiences he put us through to use our other senses
I’ve never forgotten it
Sorry to hear he passed
Teri Brown
June 21, 2018
I have only known Eric through the MEA, but when I was working on my doctorate in the mid nineties he generously sent me chapters from his then yet to be published THE MEDIUM AND THE LIGHT. It was enormously helpful. We then occasionally corresponded. He once sent me a Christmas card. I am grateful for his gracious and well lived life. I shall miss his presence in the MEA community. Gregory Edward Reynolds, Manchester NH
Gregory Reynolds
June 2, 2018
Over the years that I knew him, Eric was always a most gracious, gentle man. He impressed everyone with his generosity, witiness, impeccable scholarship and far-ranging intellect. His contributions to the study of media are significant and will provide guidelines for future generations of scholars. He also ensured the integrity of his father's legacy. For that, we are all grateful. I am honoured to have known him. My most sincere condolences to his family.

Robert Scott
May 28, 2018
Thanks Eric for your wonderful contributions to humanity. Not only were you the best possible person to help us understand the amazingly insightful things you father was saying all those years, but your own research on the subject of the brain and how thoughts are formed, was very enlightening. I enjoyed each encounter with you at the McLuhan Centre and elsewhere. You were always generous with your time, your ideas, and your best wishes. Thanks for all of that. -Sal Greco
Sal Greco
May 28, 2018
Eric and I were good friends who liked to go for a burger once a week at a different place. He was a funny and loved words and their double meaning. Eric loved writing books and talking about new ideas and what was next. He had several books on the go at his passing. Lovely, gentle man. I will mss him as will his family.
George MacNabb
May 27, 2018
My sympathies to Eric's family, friends and colleagues for the loss of a dear father, husband, brother and scholar.
Bevrly Atkinson
May 27, 2018
Proud to have met McLuhan's heir and listened to his wise and insightful words.
Silvia Falsaperla
May 27, 2018
Eric was one of the first people I met in 1997, when I landed in Toronto for the first time. He is the one who gave me a copy of his father PhD dissertation on English Renaissance; he is the one who invited me to speak in public about 'McLuhan, The Man of Letters' for the first time. He supported me, was generous with his time and his ideas. I've re-discovered Joyce and much more thanks to Eric, his jokes, his questions and his speculations. I hug here all the members of his family, I share their pain. I hug here all my literary and media ecology colleagues because I know they are feeling the same way. I mourn the loss of a friend, of a scholar, of a gentleman. Grazie Eric. RIP
Elena Lamberti
May 26, 2018
Thank you for the opportunity to know you in person. I never will forget that I received a your father's book by your hands!
Macello Medeiros
May 26, 2018
He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again. - Shakespeare
Alex Kuskis
May 24, 2018
Parting is hardly expressed in the binary form 1|0. The memory of Eric's personality essence and the awareness he provided will help transition and welcome a new cycle. RIP
Antonio Mendonca
May 23, 2018
Your sense of humor accompanied with a laugh and big smile will be missed.
Michael Edmunds
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