Alan ASTBURY

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ASTBURY, Alan November 27, 1934 - July 21, 2014 After a sudden and brief illness our loving and devoted husband and father has passed away at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Alan was born in Crewe, England and was the only son of Harold and Jane Astbury. He attended Nantwich Grammar school and the University of Liverpool where he earned his PhD in particle physics. He moved to Berkeley, California where he met the love of his life, Kathy. He returned to the UK and worked at the Rutherford Lab, and in CERN. In 1983 he and his family moved to Victoria where he took the R.M. Pearce Chair of Physics at U. Vic. From 1994-2001 he was Director of TRIUMF Laboratory in Vancouver. He retired back to Victoria in Sept. 2001. Alan loved soccer, he was a great player in his youth and spent many early Saturday mornings watching Premier league games from the UK. He even managed to watch the final game of the World Cup from a chair in his hospital room. He also had a great love of traditional jazz music and enjoyed listening to his iPod whenever he got the chance. He was a wonderful caring and giving man who always had time to help others and mentor and encourage them to pursue greatness in their academic lives, as well as to treasure personal friendships that can last a lifetime. Alan was lucky to have many great and treasured friendships in his life and they were very important to him. He was a man who worked hard and loved what he did, even when retired he held an emeritus position at The University of Victoria and loved going in every day to work with colleagues and entertain them with fascinating stories around the lunch table. He had such a great wit and a wonderful sharp and quick mind that made being around him so enjoyable. Left to mourn are his wife, Kathy; daughters, Elizabeth and Gillian; mother-in-law, Dorothy; cousins, Pam and Jill and family in California. Also mourning his passing are many dear friends and colleagues locally, in the UK and around the world. Alan was a bright, highly regarded, high-energy physicist with many accomplishments and honours but most importantly he was a loved, devoted and cherished man. Our hearts are broken but our minds are full of many wonderful memories and time spent together. To honour Dad's memory please tell those you love, that you love them. Cherish your friendships, for they last a lifetime. Family and friends were a priority and an important part of Dad's life. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, you could make a donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation, B.C./Yukon Chapter. A special thank you to Dr. A. Buckley, Dr. C. Stigant, Dr. C. MacKenzie and all the staff at RJH 3rd floor south-west, especially, Murray, Kelsey, Jessica, Tara, Tony and Nori. We would also like to thank Dad's GP Dr. Peter Vizsolyi. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Published in Victoria Times Colonist from July 25 to July 26, 2014