In memory of

Rein Otsason

December 25, 2023

It is with broken hearts that the family announces the unexpected passing of Rein in Indonesia on December 25, 2023.

Cherished and beloved son to Bernadine Morris and Juri Otsason (predeceased). Rein will be sadly missed by his much loved partner and constant companion Stacy Chen. Rein will be missed and lovingly remembered always by his many friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A special thank you to Peter Chen and Tracy Liao for their compassion and support during this very difficult time for all.

Rein was a graduate of Engineering Science, Physics option, at the University of Toronto. He furthered his studies at the same institution, where he earned a M.A.Sc degree in Control Systems and was nearing completion of a Ph.D. in the same area.

A Memorial will take place on January 21st for friends and family to honour Rein.

In memory of Rein, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.


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Rosemary Evans (Former Principal (UTS))

Entered January 12, 2024 from Toronto

Dear Bernadine,

Truly heartbreaking! Rein was such a brilliant student and a cherished friend; his passion for life will continue to inspire others. Thinking of you and Rein’s fiancee and all of his many friends.

Scot & Cindy Williamson (Brother to Mark Williamson)

Entered January 13, 2024 from Ajax

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a fine young man. No words, but silent prayer for him and all the family at such a difficult time.

Wendy, Christopher and Brian Reid (Former Neighbours)

Entered January 13, 2024 from Picton

Our hearts are with you at this difficult time

Adan Moran-MacDonald (Labmate and Friend)

Entered January 14, 2024 from Toronto

Rein and I became friends during our time together in the Systems Control lab. He was a key player in making the lab environment so wonderful: he was kind, generous, jovial, quirky, fun, silly, and always had something interesting and thoughtful to say. We shared tea and coffee every morning, which was a process he took incredibly seriously. We’d sip our drink and discuss ideas, or have debates on everything from mathematics, to film, to the best kind of apple for pie. He had strong opinions during those debates, yet he always listened and he smiled throughout it all. I will always remember that smile, and the laughter that usually came with it.

Rein: you were a wonderful, interesting, one-of-a-kind person, and I’ll miss you terribly. I hope you’re with your dad, and that wherever you are there’s good tea, good food, and a link to Wikipedia.

Rest in peace my friend.

Tara Seon (Friend and ex-coworker of Rein's parents)

Entered January 14, 2024 from Toronto

As a parent myself, I cannot imagine having to live through and with such a thing happening.
My very deepest sympathy and condolences are totally ineffective in this tragedy, I know, but they are yours in your time of grief.
Warm regards always.


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