In memory of

Jack Barry Ellis

January 4, 1936 -  September 26, 2018

After a long and fulfilling life, Jack Barry Ellis, Ph.D., passed away peacefully at his home on September 26, 2018. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; devoted daughters Carolyn and Andrea; caring son-in-law Don Lewis; and his 6 loving grandchildren Erin, Kyle and Matthew (Imrie); Baker, Hannah and Sydney (Lewis).

Jack was Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean of Environmental Studies and York University. He was an avid traveller, voracious reader, consumer of current events, and activist for causes he believed in. He inspired those around him with his passion for embracing new cultures, ideas and languages, and thinking outside the box. Jack took great pride in his family, and he will remain in our hearts forever.

Family and friends will be received at Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto (east gate entrance, north of St. Clair Ave. 416-485-5572) on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Jack, donations to the University of Toronto Schools or an environmental cause of your choosing are welcomed.


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Al Fleming (Friend of Jack's from UTS)

Entered October 13, 2018 from Toronto

I am leaving in about an hour for Rome and a cruise. I will not be back until after the service. But I did want to express my gratitude for Jack, and his support for the school all of the time that I knew him. Whether it was his role as the editor of our school magazine "The Twig", or just being a parent of Carolyn one of our original young women at the school. To Carolyn, I know that Jack was a very special person to you and you were thrilled to continue his legacy at the school particularly in your role as the Director of Alumni Affairs. We all have lost a significant person in our lives.

John and Claire Hanson (Friend and colleague)

Entered October 13, 2018 from Midland ON

I (John) have known Jack for many years. I will always thank him for encouraging me to apply to the University of Waterloo in 1963. We rekindled our friendship after Claire and I moved to the Midland area in 1995.

Claire and I send our heartfelt condolences to Barbara and family. A donation will be made to UTS, our high school.

John and Claire

Larry Joynt (UTS classmate)

Entered October 16, 2018 from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Very sorry to hear about Jack but it sounds like he had a full and fruitful life.
My condolences to the family.

Peter Homenuck (Taught with Jack at Environmental Studies)

Entered October 17, 2018 from Schomberg, Ont.

I was sad to see Jack's obituary in the Globe. Jack and I worked together at York FES from the early/mid 1970's until retirement. In addition we did consulting work together(with others) on parks, recreation and leisure. We also worked on a review of the proposed Pickering airport for the City of Toronto. I found Jack to be a great colleague in both the teaching and research activities. He was an asset to FES students and colleagues alike. We extend our condolences to Barbara and the family. Peter and Betty Homenuck

Tanya Gerber (Student in the MES faculty)

Entered October 17, 2018 from Toronto

Deepest Condolences. I recall leadership shown at the York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. He was well respected by Faculty and Students alike! He will be sorely missed by family and those he knew and loved.


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