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John Michael Marlborough

March 21, 2015

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 at McGarrell Place, London, at the age of 74. Beloved husband and best friend of Lynda. Dear father of Michelle and Matthew. Cherished brother of Gerry (Maureen), Mary Ellen, Lorri (Jim) Williams, and Marnie (Jim) Dahonick. Mike will be sorely missed by his nieces and nephews: David (Jennifer), Karyn, Brad (Jody), Wayne (Claudia), Michael, Ryan, Christine (Chris) and Greg, as well as his great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition, he will be lovingly remembered by Lynda’s brother David (Kathy) Smyth and family and her sister Lorna Smyth.  Mike thoroughly enjoyed his 38 years of teaching in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Western Ontario, before retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2005. Mike’s entire family extend deepest thanks to Dr. Paul Ferner and all the outstanding staff of McGarrell Place for providing such compassionate and loving care.  A visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service and interment will be held at GLENDALE MEMORIAL GARDENS, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Ontario on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am. with visitation 1 hour before service.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home or McGarrell Place Palliative Care Team would be greatly appreciated.

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I had fond happy remembrance of Mike as Roland's mentor in Be Stars at Western UWO from 1973-1977.. I was very impressed with Michael' wit , charm, kindness, humor, intellect and down to earth friendliness. I was a full tine new registered nurse when I met Roland beginning PhD student four years and graduating 1977 .We overlapped here in Victoria, as Mike was living briefly living here, I thought on a sabbatical doing research. He warned us about Victoria being quite different from SW Ontario & he was right !. Roland got a job with DAO in Victoria 1977 so we moved and bought a house in town then four years later had our dream home built on Triangle Mountain Colwood Westshore A few years later we had our two kids who are now married and have families of their own in their forties now being 2021 .We had met you Lynda and your Matthew as a baby in London Ontario I think my sister Donna was with me on the visit when you lived in your first home house on Richmond Street ,London Anyhow I had recurrent persistent thoughts about Mike to have Roland phone him around same time Mike passed! So one evening I was researching on internet and found Mike's Obituary and showed Roland next morning~~~~.I am currently enrolled towards a degree at UVIC so stay up late frequently, doing essays He was shocked to say the least. So we want to express our gratitude of knowing Mike and our hearts go out to you Lynda and children & also to your families. If you ever visit Victoria pleas visit.. We have lots of room here a large house Take care and Best Wishes Dale & Roland Poeckert I am on Facebook since most of my cousins are in London ,Toronto areas

~ Dale Grace Poeckert And Roland

(Donated to Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home)

~ Helena Liu

(Donated to McGarrell Place Palliative Care)

~ Andrew Smyth

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~ Maureen Copeland

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~ Annette Blayney

The staff of Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Research Unit Parkwood Institute offer their sincere condolences to the family of John Michael Marlborough. John is at peace now. God Bless this family.

~ Kathy Ayers

Dear Linda, Michelle and Mathew, I am truly sorry for your loss. As you know, Mike was my MSc and PhD supervisor and I am indebted to his guidance and leadership. As his last student and Post-Doctoral Fellow, I had the honour to learn from a wise and generous human being. A man with great humility, Mike was patient and open-minded. His willingness to share his expertise both inspired and shaped, to this very day, my approach to research and training. I am privileged to have had such a mentor and friend. Sincerely, Carol Jones

~ Carol Jones

Dear Gerry, Maureen & Marlborough Families I was very sorry to hear the news but I know he had suffered for a long time. Once the sadness passes may your brother's memory bring a smile to your face. Please accept my sincere condolences.

~ Rob Porkka

Mike was a really a great researcher, he was one of my mentors when I was a PhD student. We met in many workshops about Be stars and he was part of my choice to do my own research in the Be stars field and massive hot stars in general. He was very open minded and had always very nice and clever ideas. It was always a pleasure to discuss with him. Please accept my sincere condolences. God bless you all.

~ Philippe Stee

Dear Lynda, Michelle, Matthew I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Mike teaching me a lot about baseball, lending me books on baseball and describing to me how one properly prepares a baseball glove. My thoughts are with you. Take care.

~ David Redmond

To Mike's family and friends: Mike and I were undergraduate classmates at the University of Toronto, and both went on to astronomical research and teaching. Although I didn't see him often, I followed his astronomical work, and remember him as an excellent scholar and -- most of all -- a fine person. I shall remember him well.

~ John Percy

I was very sad to hear that Mike Marlborough passed away last Saturday. On several occasions, I had the opportunity to meet Mike in international conferences on early-type stars. I remember particularly a symposium in 1981 in Munich, Germany, which gave me and my husband the pleasure to meet his wife, and a colloquium in Paris in 1997. Mike was a great researcher and he had a leadership role in stellar physics. He brought a new insight on the physics of Be stars and the modelling of their circumstellar matter. For my part, I was always impressed by the rich content and high level of his scientific production. Please accept my sincere condolences.

~ Anne Marie Hubert

Linda, Michelle and Matthew, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father. I remember how much time he spent with his family as I would frequently see him with one child walking and one in the snuggly carrying the baby at the playground. I remember how proud he was of his family. As the children grew up, he and his wife continued to play an active role as parents and always set a great example as a husband. father and accomplished scholar. Please accept our condolences. God Bless you all during this difficult time. Mary, Nicole, Mike and Melissa Perrier and Adam Rankin.

~ Mary Vitali-Perrier and Children

The reason I went to Western was to work with Mike. I took a detour in my scientific path and did not collaborate with him. But Mike - as an instructor, as an office neighbour, as a mentor, and as a friend - formed one of my ideals of what a scientist should be. Mike's razor-sharp intellect would have been intimidating if it weren't more his gentle open nature. I was reminded of Mike's incredible impact last March in Peace River, Alberta. I was taking a taxi late at night. The driver learned I was an astronomer and revealed he had taken astronomy courses at Western. Without any prompting from me, he told me "I remember Prof. Marlborough. The best teacher I've ever had and probably ever will." Truer words were never said.

~ Jaymie Matthews

Dear Linda and family, I was very sorry to hear that sad news. I recall Mike from the Munich meeting in 1981 and then in 1985 at your home in London, Ontario. And then several times more. But human life is short. It was always a nice impression to talk with him. Please accept my sincere condolences.

~ Pavel Koubsky

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