Robert Colin William Watkins posted a condolence
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Sorry to read of Gerald’s passing. I met him a few times in Coventry when he visited my friends the Kent’s, being Richard’s cousin. Most of all though I have many happy memories of when in 1990, the Kent’s, Gerry and Pat and I shared the ‘ Alaska ‘ experience. certainly the best holiday I ever had, much enhanced by my fellow travellers. My condolences to Anita and the family. Colin Watkins.
Carolyn Lowes (nee Coates) posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
I was so very sorry to hear of Dr. Toogood's passing, during the Chem Ed 2021 conference. I met Dr. Toogood in 1997, when beginning my Honours Chemistry Degree at the University of Waterloo. He was my advisor before he became one of my favourite professors... in truth "Sir" as I typically called him with the utmost respect, was like my uncle away from home. His door was always open and he would welcome you with that smile. He provided help and encouragement happily, he loved to teach! One term, I had to complete one of his courses by distance ed. He provided his home number (remember this was long before the days of smart phones and the internet!) and he would take my calls and help me through the problem solving process when I ran into trouble. I don't remember which course it was, but I do remember how friendly he was. It didn't matter if it was official business or just a "chat". We often talked about England (my Grandparents were from an area near his own if I recall correctly), or the tobacco farms he would have questions about as he drove around rural South-Western Ontario with his wife (where I am from), or something else entirely. I look back on these moments very fondly. When I became a high school chemistry teacher, students would ask about the typical university horror stories. I have always told them about "Gerry Toogood" - to help them know that there are professors who care! In fact, he offered some of the inspiration to become a teacher. As a teacher, I have often reflected on those great moments while working to complete one of his Chem 13 News Crostic puzzles. He will be greatly missed.
Ruth Barton-Ross posted a condolence
Sunday, January 10, 2021
I was so saddened to hear the news of Dr. Toogood’s passing. I completed my degree in Honours Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in the 1980s and Dr. Toogood was my favourite professor. Don’t get me wrong, Gerry (as we students called him but not to his face) wasn’t an easy grader and you had to work hard to pass his courses, but Dr. Toogood always delivered his high-level teachings with time to give you extra help and with the sweetest twinkle in his eyes. You always knew that he had high expectations of you but that you were loved and cared for. I will never forget the time that Dr. Toogood took our entire Chemistry class out for supper at the University Club, following one of our labs. But the supper stretched into hours and soon we started having a few drinks. I can’t speak for everyone else but I was a bit tipsy (to say the least). We had such an amazing time together and it was truly a great bonding experience for our class. But suddenly many of us realized that we had an assignment due that night and it wasn’t finished That’s OK, I thought, because it was Gerry’s assignment for inorganic. Surely, he would give us an extension, especially given his culpability in the festivities. I was the first to speak up and remind him of our class having the assignment due. When I asked for an extension, he smiled and with that twinkle in his eyes said, “No”! When I handed the assignment in late, I was sure he wouldn’t take off any late marks. But, of course, Gerry maintained his high expectations of our class and he penalized us all 10%. I look back at that and laugh to myself at Dr. Toogood’s wonderful lesson on personal responsibility. There was another time when I called him “Sir” in class and some of the guys started snickering at me and one of them said “how old fashioned to say Sir”. I was speechless and a bit embarrassed. Dr. Toogood snapped back at the boys and said, “She calls me “Sir” because it’s a sign of respect.” And, indeed it was. I am so saddened to know that Dr. Toogood has passed away. And I write this with tears streaming down my face. He was a special man and an inspiration to his students and to me. His teachings still influence me. I have and will miss you, “Sir”. God speed.
Joanne Kuhlman lit a candle
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Joanne Kuhlman posted a condolence
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Remembering our lovely Uncle Gerald and Auntie Pat. We didn't see much of you but have some great memories from the times we did. I can always remember your witty sense of humour and kind nature and we are so sorry that we didn't get over to Canada. Sending my lovely cousin Anita all our love and hugs, love from Joanne, Nichola, Mark, Alicia and Charlotte xxx
Angela Boyd nee Toogood lit a candle
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
In memory of cousin Gerald, I'm so sorry I didn't see you often but on the occasions when we met you were always great company, very kind and distinctly awesome. Taking the time to visit my parents (Uncle Frank and Auntie Joan) on the Isle of Wight was an example of your kind and thoughtful nature. They really loved to see you and Anita and hear about your travels. You will be sadly missed by many. Our deepest sympathy goes especially to Anita, Jean and family- from Angela and family.
jean lit a candle
Monday, December 28, 2020
remembering my dear brother gerald. a loving , caring man who will always be in our hearts. we were miles away, but still cant beleive hes gone.. my big brother, the best there was. bob(my husband) and all the family over here in england will always remember you with great kindness and love, also your cheeky sense of humour. have a cheese and wine party with mum and dad and patricia, R I P.
Peter C. Chieh posted a condolence
Monday, December 21, 2020
In Memory of Professor Gerry Toogood Professor Gerry Toogood was in the Department of Chemistry before I became a faculty member in the same department. I have forgotten when we first met, but his friendly attitude seemed inviting and we quickly became life-long friends, he a senior and I a junior. Thus, I began asking for his guidance in matters from chemistry to history and everything in between. Often, I need help in my second language, and I admire his command of the English language in terms of vocabulary and in writing. His view of life is rather relaxed, with little interest in competing with colleagues for advancement. Thus, he is always ready to help. Gerry and I have common interests in chemistry and we have published some papers in refereed journals. We also share teaching interests both in content and in style. On the social front, he is interested in Chinese history as I am interested in the British past. He introduced me to a neighbor of his, Mr. Arthur Bisson, an Asia Specialist with the Institute of Pacific Relations. Bisson, who has met with Chinese Communist leaders, came to Waterloo to teach at Renison College, escaping the McCarthyism from the United States. I was ignorant about the Chinese Communists and thus curious about it. Mrs. Pat Toogood, Gerry, my wife Shiao-yu and I had several gatherings in Bisson’s home. Shiao-yu and I have learned a lot from Bisson’s experience in China. I brought the 10th International Conference on Chemical Education to Waterloo encouraged by then Associate Dean Reg Friesen, and as a result I became the organizer. Gerry was among my most helpful colleagues as he has always been with events of the Department. His encouragement during and after the whole Conference process turned my worries into pleasures. After retirement, Gerry and I shared an office. He occasionally dropped in to work on acrostic puzzles for Chem 13 News. I knew little about acrostics, let alone solving them. Gerry comforted me by telling me that I grew up in a culture with no word puzzles. Gerry is a friend of Mrs. May Yan, the manager of the Retail Stores at UoW. May and I knew each other through other activities. The three of us had a few lunches together at the University Club, Gerry’s favorite place, and the conversations were memorable. ------ Professor Gerry Toogood will be missed by my wife Shiao-yu and me, Peter C. Chieh and my family.
Jane Newman posted a condolence
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Gerald (Dr. Toogood) had been a patient of mine for 30+ years. As I looked closely into his eyes on a biannual or annual basis, a wonderful relationship developed. I always enjoyed his latest chemnews quizs, his comments how my crazy black and white jacket was worn "just to ruin his eyes", and his wonderful sense of humour. My deepest sympathy and virtual hugs to Anita and the rest of the family. An intelligent, dear sole who has left this world. I hope peacefully. Sincerely Dr. Jane Newman
JOHN TIERNAY posted a condolence
Monday, December 14, 2020
I want to express my condolences to the Toogood family and friends. I was saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. He was one of my most influential professors during my years at the University of Waterloo. Always smiling and offering encouragement to a struggling undergrad. His face and cheerful demeanor are forever imprinted on my mind. I remember him fondly as a teacher and a friend. Rest in peace Gerry.
Liz Meiering posted a condolence
Monday, December 14, 2020
I saw Gerry as a wonderful positive presence, first when I was an undergraduate in Waterloo Chemistry and even more as he was an active, energetic and cheerful colleague since my returning to Waterloo as a faculty member in 1996. His good humour, in the department and at Christmas parties, made for many smiles and laughter, and will be missed. His positive energy and kind smile are inspirations I will remember. My thoughts are with Gerry's loved ones, in deepest sympathy. Liz Meiering
Karen Hultin posted a condolence
Sunday, December 13, 2020
To Gerry, Geriatricus or D2 (Dad2–as you liked to be called), I am so grateful to have known you, shared mystery novels, and wonderful lunches when you plied me with great wine. Your were great medicine for my soul and I don’t mean because of the Bailey’s you fed us when we were underage. Your eyes had a sparkle I’ll never forget. To Anita, much love forever. Your dad was special and loved you incredibly. You have given him a wonderful gift in his last days ❤️❤️❤️ Karen
Pat Jarvis posted a condolence
Saturday, December 12, 2020
I have many happy memories of time spend with Gerald, Patricia and Anita. My late husband Norm and I first Gerald at a Highland Glen Camera club meeting and I guess since we were also English we just sort of gravitated toward one another. With Tricia and Norm's interest in photography and mine in most anything else it just seemed to work. We began going out for the odd dinner with them and then sometimes we would go to their home or they would come to ours either for a visit or meal. Those were fun times with many happy memories of Gerald and I sitting chatting while Norm and Tricia were off talking photography. It is now more than ever that I cherish those memories as I am the last one left of the 4 of us. Gerald was great to me after Norm died and would come and pick me up on occasion and take me for breakfast or I would meet him at the local Tim Hortons for breakfast or just a coffee and a chat. Often times he would pass along magazines or once in a while a book especially those from the Rebus series written by Ian Rankin. A great author and such well written material. we would often discuss the books we had both read it was always nice to get another persons thoughts about the stories. The last time I saw Gerald was in April 2019 when Anita and him came and picked me up and we went to, where else,Tim Hortons, for a late breakfast and as usual lots of chatter and fun. Great memories that I will hold in my heart for the rest of my life. He will be greatly missed but happily remembered by all who knew him. My heart goes out to you Anita, much love and god Bless. Your friend always. Pat
Andy Cherkas pledged to donate to Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation
Saturday, December 12, 2020
May Gerry's spirit soar with the eagles. Anita, watch for his spirit when he visits, Andy
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Lynn Holden posted a condolence
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Gerry and I met in 2014 on an Adventure Canada trip. There was a group of us that met on that trip and have remained good friends. We all continued to travel together. Gerry played a good game of bridge and became part of our bookclub in Victoria Harbour. We will all miss those boxes of books that use to arrive several times a year. Sometimes even flowers and chocolates would arrive. Gerry use to keep me informed on World Heritage up dates. He called himself Secretarius. I will miss my dear friend. Unfortunately he will not get to see the publishing of my book that he always encouraged me to write. So sorry my dear friend that I was not able to visit you before your demise. To Anita, although we never met I feel I have been part of your life over the last 6 years. What a wonderful daughter you have been. Many hugs and all the best in the future. It can only get better.
Andrea J Salisbury pledged to donate to Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation
Monday, December 7, 2020
In loving memory of your father...May the memories and love last forever.xo Love, Andrea
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Saturday, December 5, 2020