Florin Nicolae Diacu
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DIACU, Florin Nicolae Born in Sibiu, Romania, on April 24, 1959, Florin passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Mariana; his son, Razvan; and his mother, Elena. Florin was an award-winning mathematician, Vice President of the Canadian Mathematical Society, professor at the University of Victoria and Yale-NUS Singapore, the author of several successful books, and an avid tennis player. A loving husband and father, he will be greatly missed by family and friends. Visitation will be held in the Redwood Chapel at McCall Gardens on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive. Tributes, if desired, may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2018.
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September 27, 2018
Mariana...forgive me my tardiness.I was deeply saddened to learn of your husband's death. My thoughts are with you and your son. I no longer have your phone or email so I wanted to express my sadness here. Pamela Elder
pamela elder
March 26, 2018
Dumnezeu sa-l odiehneasca in buna pace si intelegere cu linistea eterna !
Marcel Munta
March 14, 2018
Dear Mariana,

I was very sorry to hear of Florin's passing. We met only occaisionally while serving on mathematical committees together but I found him to be a warm and loving person with a gentle sense of humour and an appreciation of what life really means. I know that you and your family will miss him deeply.
David Boyd
March 9, 2018
I am deeply saddenned by the passing of Florin. I knew him for many years. He was an outstanding mathematician, scientist, and author. He was a great human being. I will miss him.
Edward Belbruno
February 25, 2018
Florin generously volunteered his Friday evenings to coach the tennis team at Yale-NUS. In the time he was with us, he imparted his broad understanding of both technique and strategy; one could feel Florin's passion for the game just by listening to him speak.

Last week, our team placed first in an annual collegiate tournament. At practices, members of the team were touched by his coaching each in our own way, and I'd like to think that his strength carried us through to victory.

His time with us was much too brief, but his presence will be deeply missed. Our sincerest condolences.

On behalf of the Yale-NUS Tennis Team,
Yasunari Watanabe
February 22, 2018
Picture taken at S.N. Bose National Center
Mariana, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of my friend Florin. Words cannot express the grief I felt upon learning about his death.
Florin was incredible as a person - as a scientist and mathematician, and in private. He was always sought deep understanding, and I really enjoyed discussions with him.
Our group will never forget your visit to our Bose National Centre in last December. Difficult times, like this, can be very painful, but I pray to god to give you strength, and power to endure this tragic moment.

Partha Guha
February 20, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Florin for a short time, but he quickly impressed me with his positivity and enthusiasm. Our chats during lunch were always so interesting. He will be missed.
Navin Rajagobal
February 20, 2018
Mariana- I am so sorry that Florin has passed. I am very thankful to have known him here in Singapore. What a positive force! We will miss him dearly for the hope and leadership he brought to everything. We will miss having you around very much as well. Peace to you!
Nancy Gleason
February 20, 2018
To Florin's family: I am inexpressibly sorry for your loss, and feel deeply saddened, for myself and everyone in the college, that our time with Florin was short. I truly looked forward to more conversations with him, having very much enjoyed the few that we had. Florin impressed me with his warmth and kindness, generosity, friendliness, lively ambition, and intellectual curiosity - he gave us all so much and had, I'm sure, so much more to offer. He will be greatly, greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to you all.
Robin Zheng
February 20, 2018
Florin was a faculty fellow in Saga College. In the few times that we met as a group last semester, Florin made clear that he had much to offer and was ready to add to the community. It was a pleasure and an honour to have him and you all in our community. Wishing you strength, Sarah
Sarah Weiss
February 20, 2018
I took one class with Florin and he quickly became one of my favourite professors. He has a big heart and is a wonderful lecturer. I was so shocked and sad to read he passed. He was too young and right after Robert Steacy too... the math department must be grieving heavily this year.

My condolences to the family.
February 19, 2018
Dear Marina and Razvan,

I did not know Professor Diacu for long. But in the time that I did, he severely touched my life. In his official capacity as the Head of Studies for MCS, he set the direction for my Senior Capstone Project. In his voluntary capacity as Coach of the Yale-NUS Tennis Team, he helped improve my forehand and backhand technique. I always enjoyed hearing him strategize about points and matches.

Professor Diacu will be missed immensely, and his legacy will surely live on. I offer my condolences for your loss.
Pratyush More
February 19, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. Wishing love and kindness and my thoughts are with the Diacu family.
Hani Rahman
February 19, 2018
Florin's tenure at Yale-NUS College has been way too brief but he came across as an impressive scholar and as a wonderful academic and human being.
He had started learning Chinese towards providing a modern translation of a classical mathematical text, he created a new course on the history of mathematics, and he engaged himself administratively in a level-headed way.
It was a sight to see Mariana and him zooming about as they were exploring Singapore on their electric scooters or as he was heading to a tennis court.
We miss him.
Our condolences.
Olivier Danvy
February 18, 2018
Dear Marina, I am so sorry for your loss. Florin's passing came as a shock to all of us in Singapore. I did not know him for long, but I will miss his good humor, his appreciation for all kinds of cuisines and his kindness. My condolences to you and your son in this difficult time. Best, Nilanjana
February 17, 2018
Dear Marina and Razvan.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.
A great man and a beautiful mind that will leave a big hole in all the fields he touched and accomplish so much in this life that ended too soon. His legacy will go on.
Rest in peace, Florin.

Bruno and Victorita Zilli
Victorita Zilli
February 17, 2018
Florin and I both joined UVic faculty at the same time, in 1991. Florin was an esteemed colleague; I have always enjoyed our interactions over the years, and will remember his kindness and his energy. He will be sorely missed. I am very sorry for your loss.
Michel Lefebvre
February 17, 2018
I am in shock, couldn't believe that's happening ! Florin will be in my hearth forever! Our condolences to Marina and Răzvan , stay strong in this very sad moments ! We are so sorry for your loss.
Maria Lauran
February 17, 2018
I am deeply saddened and shocked to witness the passing of Florin. He and I have shared so many stories and adventures since I met him at CRM in Montreal, during the early 90's. I will miss his wit, his wisdom and his guidance in all things mathematical.
Daniel Offin
February 17, 2018
I was so shocked to come across this sad news. Although I didn't know him very well, I truly enjoyed playing tennis with him a few times. My sincerest condolences to Mariana and Razvan.
Yutaka Yoshida
February 16, 2018
I got to know Florin through serving with him for 3 years recently on the NSERC Discovery grant panel. He was such a gentle and wise soul, and I very much enjoyed going to dinners with him during our time in Ottawa. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Michael Ward
February 16, 2018
I didn't know Florin well but had great respect for him as both a writer and a mathematician. I am so sorry to hear of his death and offer my deep sympathy to his family.
Theresa Kishkan
February 16, 2018
A real shock. Our thoughts are with you. We will remember the "golden days" of our first meeting in Montreal with great fondness, and send you our deep condolences.
Tom Archibald
February 16, 2018
A sharp intellect, an open mind, a reliable friend and not the least a very jovial figure at the parties, Florin was a mentor that we always looked up to. It will take quite a bit of time to fill the gap and come to terms with his sudden disappearance. Florin, you'll always be in our hearts. Dumnezeu să-l odihnească!
Our condoleces to Marina and Răzvan. Stay strong in these challenging times.
Adrian Damian
February 16, 2018
My sincerest condolences on your loss. My prayers are with you.
Maria Perri
February 16, 2018
Mariana and Razvan,
My sincerest condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wendy Vowles
February 16, 2018
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time, Mariana.
Shawna Lynch
February 16, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Mariana, sending all my love to you and your family.
Kurstie Somner
February 15, 2018
We are so shocked and upset to hear of Florin's death. We will always remember him as a "Renaissance Man" who embraced life to the fullest. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Bob and Gail
Bob and Gail Miers
February 15, 2018
There are no words to express the pain of losing my dear friend. Rest in peace Florin. We will dearly miss you!
February 15, 2018
Dear Mariana and Razvan,

Our heartfelt condolences to your loss.
Reinhard and Leslie Illner
February 15, 2018
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