The Fernie family is saddened to announce the loss of Don who passed away peacefully on June 27th , 2022 at the age of 88. Beloved husband to Yvonne (d. 2008) for 53 wonderful years. Proud, loving dad to Kim (Ian) and Robyn (Stephen). Adored grandfather to Nicholas and Krysten. He will always be remembered lovingly by his extended family and friends.
Accomplished professor of astronomy at the University of Toronto and former department chair and director of the David Dunlap Observatory (Richmond Hill). He was an avid photographer, reader of books, Dad loved his classical music, singing, playing the organ, and “conducting his orchestra.” Dad also loved going for long walks and enjoyed his Sunday drives with his family in the country. Born in Pretoria, Dad moved with Mum to Thornhill in 1960 from South Africa.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 11:30 am and an interment will take place at York Cemetery (Section R). The Fernie family kindly requests that masks be worn during the service. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice in Don’s memory. The Fernie family greatly appreciates your ongoing support during this difficult time.