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RONALD MARTIN SCHOEFFEL Age 77, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 4, 2013, in his home in Toronto. Ron was a true gentleman and scholar, living a life of grace and selfless love. The only son of Anne and Martin Schoeffel, who emigrated from Germany, Ron received his PhD at The University of Toronto and studied at Cornell University, where he met the love of his life, Jone Kirk, a native of Butte, Montana. They were engaged in Vienna. At The University of Toronto Press, Ron began his life's work, editing The Collected Works of Erasmus, a project he envisioned. Everyone loved Ron. He got down on the ground to play with children, sometimes for hours. A father who came home each night and often made dinner, he was always there for his sons, whether for a game of catch or a late ride home. For over fifty years, Ron was Jone's magnificent companion in life, by her side each day during her long battle with cancer. In the brief time he had alone after her death in March, Ron embraced work and friends in high spirits, most recently hosting a celebration of Jone's life. Times at their beloved cottage and in their garden at dusk will be cherished. Ron is mourned by his sons John (Susan), Mark (Laura), his grandchildren Eleanor, Henry, and Lucy, by his nephew Jim and nieces Pam and Wendy, and by Gerry Mabin, whose friendship and boundless care for Jone and Ron brought them joy and laughter. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12th, at St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to: University of Toronto, Ron Schoeffel Erasmus Fund, 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, M4Y 2W8. Concedo Nulli, Ron.

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Published in Toronto Star from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2013.
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August 3, 2013
I worked with Ron in the Editorial Department of UTP in the 70s and 80s, on the Collected Works of Erasmus and many other projects. He was the ideal supervisor - always patient, always quick with a word of appreciation or encouragement. My sincere condolences to his family.

Margaret Parker, Burlington, Ontario
July 29, 2013
I did not know Ron personally, but I corresponded with him regarding manuscript review. I was taken with his genteel manner, his encouragement and praise, and his professionalism. My condolences to his family. From my limited interaction with him, he seemed to be a wonderful human being, and I was sad to hear of his passing. Best, Susan Amatangelo
July 18, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Ron's death, and send my condolences to his family. I worked with him for many years on The Collected Works of Northrop Frye,and found him the ideal editor. He was also a true gentleman and scholar who will be sadly missed.
Jean O'Grady
July 16, 2013
I was very sad to find out that Ron had died. He was always so very helpful and encouraging with my work, when I published my books with the University of Toronto Press. I send my condolences to his family and want them to know that Ron will be missed by me and by my colleagues at the University of Toronto.
Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz
Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz
July 16, 2013
On behalf of everyone at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura we would like to send our warmest condolences to the family. Ron was loved by all; he will be remembered for his contagious smile, his mild manners and good humour. We always dropped the work we were doing to chat with him because he had the ability to brighten your day, no matter what. He will be truly missed but always remembered. Riposa in pace Ron.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
July 15, 2013
I was deeply saddened by the news of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful man of great integrity and professionalism. My sincere condolences to his family.
Irena Makaryk
July 13, 2013
I am very saddened to learn of Ron's passing. He shepherded my first book with grace, integrity, and wisdom. In our correspondence I always felt that I was dealing with a superb human being, a rare combination of genuine kindness and intellectual depth. I offer condolences to his family and hope they will take comfort in knowing how many of us in Italian Studies remember Ron fondly and will miss him.
Chiara Ferrari
July 12, 2013
I worked with Ron for many years while I was at the UTP ... a great guy ... a true gentleman ... a very dedicated man ... the world has lost a gem ... John Ecclestone
John Ecclestone
July 11, 2013
Over the past 25 years I periodically evaluated manuscripts that Ron had been sent, and I also received his guidance and encouragement on three collections of philosophical and theological essays I edited. From the very beginning of working with him, I was struck by his ability to express his editorial advice not just clearly but also with supreme tact and gentleness. He was a wonderfully generous, hopeful, and loving person. May all of us be inspired by our memory of him.

Michael Vertin
St. Michael's College & the Lonergan
Research Institute at Regis College
University of Toronto
July 11, 2013
I had the privilege of working with Ron at University of Toronto Press. As one of the more junior people in the company, I was always so appreciative of the amount of kindness and encouragement that Ron showed me. He inspired me with his love of life, learning, and family. I'll never forget the huge amount of respect and adoration in his voice whenever he spoke of Jone. Everyone at UTP will miss him so much.
Taylor Berry
July 11, 2013
My heartfelt condolences to Ron's family. I will always remember his gentle manners, patience and great support of my project.
Giorgia Alu
July 11, 2013
Ron was the first 'real editor' I ever met. His kindness, understanding, professionalism, and very obvious commitment to learning and sharing knowledge were qualities that Ron generously gave to authors whom he worked with. My sincere condolences to his family and many other friends. Canada has lost a great scholar and editor.
Lubomyr Luciuk
July 11, 2013
Ron was a wonderful editor and colleague whom we shall remember with affection.
Giulio and Laura Lepschy
Giulio Lepschy
July 11, 2013
This is a shock. A few weeks ago we spoke for two hours. Talking with Ron made my week. What a kind, witty, intelligent, cultured, engaged man. A true scholar and gentleman. We lose a giant.
Bill Calin
July 10, 2013
Ron Schoeffel was a remarkable editor, deeply interested in the books he brought into the world. He was a true scholar
and gentleman as well. He will be sorely missed, but his family should feel proud of his great contribution to learning. I send my heartfelt condolences.
David Hertz
July 10, 2013
Intelligence, kindness, wisdom, elegant manners, humour, expertise: all this was normally synthesized in each email from Ron. It is the unbearable loss of a truly excellent editor and extraordinary human being. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues.
Patrizia Sambuco
July 10, 2013
Mark and John - our hearts go out to you at this time. Your dad was such a wonderful man and we remember with fondness the times spent with your family. Mr Schoeffel was such a gentleman and always made us feel part of the family. Our deepest sympathies. The Newell family. Patty, John and Kathleen
July 10, 2013
Ron Schoeffel was a decent, learned, and honest man. I will miss him dearly.
Armando Maggi
July 10, 2013
Ron was a lovely man; I will remember him with great fondness. My condolences to his family as well as to his friends and colleagues at UTP.
Barbara Tessman
July 10, 2013
My deepest sympathies to his family. He was a real encouragement and support to his authors and he will be very hard to replace. I remeber his grace and patience with fondness.
Lucienne Kroha
July 10, 2013
As someone connected to Italian Studies and the collection in language teaching, I spent many occasions in Ron's company. Truly a gentleman in all respects, he supported our work with enthusiasm and warmth. He will always remain the face of UofT Press for our generation of academics. Deepest condolences to the entire family.
Gabriella Colussi Arthur
July 10, 2013
My sincere condolences to Ron's family and to his colleagues at UTP. He was a model of graceful professionalism, guided not only by a sense of scholarly excellence but by his profound humanity. I hope your memories are a comfort to you in this difficult time.
Lina Insana
July 10, 2013
Peter Russell
He leaves wonderful memories of cheerful and always wise erudition
July 10, 2013
I read with shock and sadness the news of Ron's passing. Although we never met in person, I knew Ron well in his role as an editor. He was a strong, caring, deeply involved presence in the realization of my intellectual projects. I will miss him; the field of Italian Studies will miss him. We have lost a passionate supporter, an attentive interlocutor, a person whose personality and wit could reach you without fail no matter the distance, or the virtuality of the medium. It has been an honor to get to know Ron and to work with him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
Giuliana Minghelli
July 10, 2013
As an author with The University of Toronto Press, I appreciated Ron Schoeffel's professionalism and human warmth. I grieve for his passing.
July 9, 2013
I was very sorry to hear this news, having several times corresponded with Ron about books that UTP was considering, and having always found him to be a thorough professional with whom it was a pleasure to work. Publishing in our field will feel the loss of his wisdom and experience. My heartfelt sympathy to his friends and family.
Steven Botterill
July 9, 2013
I published my first sole-authored book with U of T Press thanks to Ron. As a young scholar with little publishing experience, Ron eased my anxieties with his gentle guidance. We will miss you Ron!
Michelangelo Sabatino
July 9, 2013
My sincere condolences to the entire family.
George Ferzoco
July 9, 2013
Ron's sons and their families were blessed to have him and, as they grieve, must know that their sorrow is shared by many. They have my deepest sympathy.
No words can express the loss that all who had the honor to work with Ron are now feeling. He was a superb professional and unique human being. THANK YOU RON I will never forget you! Maria Nicolai Paynter
July 9, 2013
Ron's great professionalism, patience, insightfulness, and kindness will be sorely missed. It is hard for me to believe that he won't be able to keep his promise to send me the first copy of my book. And it saddens me deeply to realize that I cannot write to him "Thank you" one more time. He was a true gentleman. My condolences to his family and friends.
Barbata Alfano
July 9, 2013
Ron was a comforting presence throughout the publication of my book. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
Fabian Alfie
July 9, 2013
I have great admiration for Ron and for the work he did for Italian studies at the University of Toronto Press. It was always a delight to work with him. I join his many friends and associates in saying that we will miss him very much. My condolences to his family.
Elissa Weaver
July 9, 2013
My heartfelt condolences to Ron's family.
Norma Bouchard
July 9, 2013
I am really sorry for the loss of a supporter of the Italian studies. Condolences to his family.
Antonio Venturi
July 9, 2013
My most sincere condolences to the family. A great man, a great scholar, he will be missed. Sincerely, Rossella Pescatori, Los Angeles, California
July 9, 2013
Ron Schoeffel was a true gentleman and a scholar, and a darling to boot. Italian Studies will miss him indeed. Sincere condolences to his family-- two such losses in one year...
Gina Psaki
July 9, 2013
Ron Schoeffel was a true gentleman and a scholar. His support for Italian studies at the University of Toronto Press is legendary. All of the works in Italian studies at the University of Toronto Press bear witness to this. We are all grateful to him for this. We will miss him very much, but we will never forget him as a wonderful and kind person and a as a scholar.

Frank Nuessel, President, AATI
Frank Nuessel
July 9, 2013
Ron you will be miss by all. May you rest in peace. Dianne and Marcelle.
Dianne and Marcelle
July 9, 2013
I had the great pleasure of working with Ron at U of T Press from the early 60s through the 70s... Yes, always a smile, always reaching for excellence and achieving it. A man of honour, even in difficult times. What a loss to friends and family!
Laurie Lewis
July 9, 2013
Ron had been consistently supportive and encouraging about my book manuscript on Italian Women Writers from the outset. We had been in correspondence since 2008. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Kate Mitchell
Kate Mitchell
July 9, 2013
Our last chat was while strolling under the maples on the Victoria College lawn -- a beautiful memory of Ron that I will hold dear forever.
Konrad Eisenbichler
July 9, 2013
RON, I will miss your smile and positive attitude at our UTP meetings. Italian Studies in North America and beyond have lost a great supporter.
Salvatore Bancheri
July 9, 2013
I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family of Ron Schoeffel. He was a exceptional man, generous, kind, and so committed to forwarding Italian Studies in North America. I will never forget how much he supported me when I published my book on Gianni Celati with the University of Toronto Press. He has done the same for countless scholars of Italian literature and culture, and I know that the entire community of Italianists greatly mourn his passing. May he rest in peace.
Rebecca West
July 9, 2013
Ron was, in a word, lovely. Simply a lovely human being. It was a joy to work with so wise and thoughtful an editor. To many of us in the field of Italian Studies, he gave us our start. I feel so fortunate, and so grateful, to have known and been able to work with him. We won't see his like again anytime soon. Please accept my condolences on your loss.
Ellen Nerenberg
July 9, 2013
Ron was a wonderful person and the best editor an author could hope for. His books will be a long-lasting legacy. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Luca Somigli
July 9, 2013
I was greatly saddened to learn about Ron's passing. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ron face to face, I felt that I knew him well through our extensive correspondence involving book manuscripts and other related publishing initiatives at the University of Toronto Press. He was always full of and open to new ideas, and his greatest concern was always that every book the UT Press published be the very best. And in this constant search for excellence he excelled. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues, but he leaves a vitally important legacy at the UT Press, and for this we are all in his debt.
Christopher Kleinhenz
July 9, 2013
I'm sad to learn about this and truly sorry for your loss.
Enrico Cesaretti
July 9, 2013
Postquam Ronaldus e vita migravit / Historia luget, Eloquentia muta est / ferturque Musas tum Graecas tum / latinas lacrimas tenere non potuisse

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