Donald Mackenzie SCHURMAN

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SCHURMAN, Donald Mackenzie At the Palliative Care unit, St. Mary's of the Lake, Kingston, Ontario, on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in his 89th year. Born to B. Lloyd and Mabel (MacKenzie) Schurman in Sydney, Cape Breton on September 2nd, 1924, Donald Mackenzie Schurman, was the loving father of Michael (Sandra), Bruce (Sharon), Angus (Nancy), David (Sue), Julian (Anne-Marie), and Marianne (Steve) McLure; grandfather of Julian, Stefan S., Talia, Jesse, Amy, Lindsay, Georgia, Alexis, Hugh, Robin, Nicholas, Eric, Aaron, Janice and Stefan M.; and great-grandfather of Brandon, Jordan, Diego, Brooke, Chloe, Mia, Harris, Quin and Adele. Don is also survived by his sister, Carolyn (George) Mossman and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Mary (nee Reynolds) and his second wife, Olive Theresa (nee Harte). Friend and confidant to Olive's children, Eleanor (Earl), Allan (Willa), Barbara (Robin), Jonathan (Rosemary) as well as their children, Michael, Joy, Leith and Andrew. Donald Schurman grew up in Sydney, and Truro and at the age of 18, enlisted in the RCAF, trained as a wireless operator and served under Bomber Command during WW2. Following the War, on his return to Canada, Don attended Acadia University in Wolfville, NS where, in addition to completing undergraduate and graduate degrees, he met and married Janice Reynolds. The rest, as 'they' say, is history, in terms of family, and a lifelong career as a British Naval Historian. At Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University in England he became the first non-British Fellow. He completed a PHD in history and his thesis was eventually published in book form as Imperial Defence. On the family's return to Canada and a year at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Don embarked on a long and distinguished career at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON. He authored and published his first book, The Education of a Navy, before moving 'across town' to become part of the History Department of Queen's University. Life in Kingston with his family afforded Don Schurman rich surroundings for his creative and varied family and academic interests. His involvement with the Anglican Church and the Diocese of Ontario, resulted in the publishing of his second book, A Bishop and his Peoples, a study of Bishop John Travers Lewis. Don also spearheaded a group of scholars whose interest lay in gathering and organizing the letters of Benjamin Disraeli and he was instrumental in overseeing the publication of the first two volumes. He then turned his attention to researching what would culminate in his third published work, Julian S. Corbett: an Historian of British Maritime Policy. Don travelled extensively throughout the world giving lectures and attending conferences. At the completion of his teaching career, Don Schurman was again at Royal Military College, Head of the History Department. Together with Olive, his second wife, Don enjoyed some retirement years in Victoria, before his return to Kingston, ON. Visitation will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at Robert J. Reid & Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street, Kingston, ON., K7L 1Y6. Funeral service to be held on Friday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 130 Lakeview Ave., Kingston, ON. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Bishops' Discretionary Fund; Diocese of Ontario, 90 Johnson St, Kingston or to a charity of your choice. Online Condolences at ">
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on June 19, 2013
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