Scott M. EDDIE

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EDDIE, Scott M. 1935 - 2019 Peacefully in his home January 25, 2019, Professor Scott Eddie passed away. Despite his long-term illness, he was happy right until his last night, spent the night watching TV, joking with loved ones and holding hands with his mother-in-law. Scott leaves behind his wife Sharon who loved and took great care of him until the end, along with Sharon's mother Bernadette (who bucked the cliché of mother-in-law by calling Scott her "best friend") and Sharon's sister Linda (Dale); his sister Mary Kay (Jake); his first wife Lorraine; his three grown children David, Kathleen and Paul, along with their spouses Pam, Alan, and Joseph, who loved their father-in-law; his grandchildren Nick, J.J., Adam, James, Nellie and Daniel; and his nieces and nephews Mark, Kim, Scott and Kal. Scott grew up in Fairmont, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota. He interrupted his studies to join the army; a move his mother Kate said "made him a man". When he returned to university, he buckled down, even wearing a jacket and tie to take exams, believing it improved his intellectual performance. He must have done something right, because he won a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, becoming a Fulbright scholar. He was such a brainiac he would correct his professors (MIT professors!), once saying to one of them about a formula: "You know, there's an easier way." He got up, demonstrated how – and was right. A man who loved to travel, he went on to teach Economics at various universities around the world, finally landing at the University of Toronto, where he was first professor then Professor Emeritus, staying in Toronto the rest of his life. He had a big brain, but also a big heart. Everyone he encountered, from friends and family to his beloved community at St. Matthias Church and onwards, was struck by his courage, stoicism, cheerfulness, sense of humour, grace and all-around nice-guy-ness, even those he had relatively minor dealings with – like his banker, broken up at news of his death. All are bereft. All feel the world will be a lesser place. He will be sorely missed. Cremation has taken place. There will be a service at St. Matthias Church on Bellwoods Avenue at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Scott's favourite charity Doctors Without Borders or a charity of your choice.
Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 2, 2019
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