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Celebration of Life
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 19, 2019
University of Victoria’s Interfaith Chapel
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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robin lathangue posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 23, 2019I want to echo what Rhonda Smith has said. Rory was a ready friend and colleague at Trent. RIP Rory.
Rhonda Smith posted a condolence
Wednesday, May 15, 2019It is only recently that I became aware of Rory's passing. Sometimes the every day life things get in the way of what really matters. I had the great fortune of having Rory as a mentor when I arrived at Trent a few years back from outside the academy. He was open and willing to support the research my students and I were doing even though I was not in the psychology department, he did not know me, and he had no reason to be helpful. I completely enjoyed our very dynamic exchanges. I realize I am late in giving my condolences but, from my perspective,he personified all that is good in the academy. Grieving takes its own path and I am hoping it is never too late to send my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kevin Delaney posted a condolence
Monday, January 21, 2019Roderick (Rod) "Rory" was my cousin. My mothers sisters son. Although we were never close we did email each other in more recent years. With his recent retirement and move back to Victoria, I was hoping we would perhaps develop a closer relationship. I was shocked to hear of his passing just yesterday when my sister in England, who had just returned home from a Christmas vacation, opened a letter from Rod's sister Cecelia. She immediately phoned me here in Chilliwack, BC. Sadly this was the day after his Celebration of Life. My memories of Rod are mostly of a red-headed small boy who used to visit us with his mom, dad and sister, from where they lived in Hythe, near Southampton to where we lived near Portsmouth. Like Rod I also migrated from the UK to Canada but a few years prior. He was 10 years my junior. Most of my family have followed his career and were always dead proud that we had at least one academic in our family!!! We noted his Doctoral achievement and his tenured post at Trent U. My wife Claire and I offer our most sincere condolences to Karen, son Ravi, sister Cecelia and the many friends and colleagues who it is so obvious thought so highly of him.
Han Li posted a condolence
Monday, January 21, 2019Rory and I were at Uvic graduate school in early 1990's, experiencing the hard and good times together. At his Memorial yesterday I learned that he was born in Ireland and grew up in England, and later moved to Canada, overcoming cultural and financial difficulties in achieving his goal of completing a PhD in Psychology and finally became a professor of Psychology at Trent University, where he served as the Chair of the Psychology Department and played an important role at the University's Faculty Association. From his steps we see a determined, capable and highly intelligent man. His is a life lived!
Trudy posted a condolence
Sunday, January 20, 2019I will deeply miss my friend of 30 years. Rory clearly touched the lives of many in meaningful ways. I know he left many 'burning arrows' in this world -- great teachers do that. I feel privileged to have known him and am saddened that he left us all too soon. My heart is heavy with sadness for Karen and his children.
Fergal O’Hagan posted a condolence
Sunday, January 20, 2019My sincere condolences to Karen and the rest of Rory’s family. He was a great man and colleague. He is sorely missed by his brothers and sisters on the Trent faculty.
Cormac O'Neill posted a condolence
Friday, January 18, 2019My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rory Coughlan. Although I was only able to take one class of his, this experience was enough make a lasting impression on my life. He had such a special approach to teaching and making education a thrilling experience for all. One memory that sticks out to me is when he scheduled an exam on my birthday. Upon submitting my exam, I told him about the occasion and he gave me a warm greeting. Moments like these made it clear to me that he cared deeply about his students and had a lot of wonderful insight to offer us. I'm so grateful that I was able to learn so much from Rory, he was both an incredible instructor and a wonderful person.
Sage Friswell posted a condolence
Thursday, January 17, 2019My sincerest condolences to the family and friends on Rory Coughlan. While I only had the privilege of being Rory's student for one semester at UVic, he brought so much joy and passion into my life. He was my professor for an 8:30am psychology lecture, and each morning before class he would stand in the hallway or look out the window in the stairwell. It became a bit of habit of mine to show up to class early just so I could chat with him. He really knew how to tell a story, and all of his stories he did tell were so purposeful and hilarious too. His multi-dimensional, beyond-the-scope way of viewing the world was so inspiring to me. He will remain in my mind and my heart as my favourite professor and a kind man.
Ayman El-Amir posted a condolence
Wednesday, January 16, 2019Dear Karen and family, My sincere condolences for your loss. I was shocked and saddened by Rory’s passing. I have known Rory since 2008 when he was TUFA’s grievance officer. His passionate advocacy for the rights of his colleges inspired everyone around him and, personally, galvanized me though the stressful road of tenureship; may GOD bless his soul. Ayman
Chris Furgal posted a condolence
Wednesday, January 16, 2019My sincere condolences to Karen and Rory's close friends and family on his passing. I had the honour and pleasure of working with Rory on the Ethics Committee for several years at Trent and by far, those were some of those most enjoyable meetings I have attended as an academic. He always made them full of fun and laughter, but also critical, insightful and constructive. He definitely knew how to cut through it all and get to the heart of the matter...often with great humour. He will remain a cherished and valued colleague that made great contributions to the University, his colleagues and students.
Kelly Young posted a condolence
Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dear Karen and family: Our deepest condolences for your loss. We got to know Rory shortly after starting at Trent in 2003. Rory was full of life and always had a great story. We have fond memories of parties at your place and dinners at our place in Young's Point. We celebrated Rory's 60th birthday together. It seems like it was yesterday. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Rory touched so many people in positive ways and he was a joy in our lives. Andrew and Kelly
Kate Norlock posted a condolence
Tuesday, January 15, 2019Thank you for sharing this obituary, which is so vivid, lovely, and accurate! Many of us at Trent are shocked and saddened to learn of Rory's death, and it is good to have such a rich remembrance of him here.
Stephen Katz posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019Rory and I knew each other at Trent for many years, he was a wonderfully spirited, hard-working and larger than life colleague, student mentor and critical activist, full of good humor even on the darkest, coldest days. I always enjoyed bumping into him. He was also a rare academic who practiced what he believed and his politics inspired him as much as his research. Although we both retired and moved to different cities, I remembered Rory with great affection and am so sorry he's gone. My deepest condolences to Karen and all your families. Stephen Katz.
Marianne posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019My name is Marianne. I work for the food services at trent university. I had the pleasure of getting to know rory. He never made me feel like he was better then me. He would always take the time to talk laugh and every year bring me a box of chocolate for christmas. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to the family.
Peter Simpson posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019I had the pleasure of working with Rory as both an academic, in a conference panel setting, and as a union officer, assisting the Trent faculty in collective bargaining. He was a delightful, energetic, and deeply funny man. His contributions are many, too many to list, and it is a source of sadness to me that he did not get to enjoy more of his retirement.
Brenda and Eric Smith-Chant posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019My husband and I benefitted from Rory and Karen's hospitality on many occasions. We am so saddened by these tidings and wish that the outcome had been different--but since wishes mean nothing in the real world, we send our sympathies instead.
Alexandra Arraiz M. posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I was a student of Rory's while doing my undergraduate degree at Trent. He was the first teacher to inspire me to think critically about psychology and how to use it as way to solve inequities. His class opened my eyes in so many ways, that more than a decade later I still remember them fondly. He was truly a marvelous educator; and his legacy will live on in the countless of students he inspired, like myself. Sending you love and light in this dificult time.
Kevin Peters posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019Dear Karen and family, My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Rory was a colleague and a friend. I will miss him. Best, Kevin Peters
Paul Elliott posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019Rory helped to make me feel welcome when I joined Trent in 2007. Subsequently he always had time for a chat, especially about football and politics back in England. I am so sorry to hear he has passed away so soon after retiring.
Fraser Bleasdale posted a condolence
Monday, January 14, 2019Dear Karen and family, My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time. Frankly, I was shocked when I learned of Rory’s passing. I am privileged to have been Rory’s Psychology department colleague and friend for 16 years. Rory had exceptional intellect, polymath perspectives and interests, talents, skills, varied life experience - all wrapped in his personal charisma, energy, humour, and sensitivity as he passionately engaged in his life and work. Rory enhanced my life and those of his colleagues, students and friends. Thank you, Karen and family, for sharing him with us. He is loved and we shall miss him. Love, Fraser
Steve Lindsay posted a condolence
Sunday, January 13, 2019When Rory was a grad student at UVic, I was a young Assistant Prof. We had a shared fondness for beers and smokes and talk. I have very fond memories of his sly wit and wry humour. A caring, positive force. Steve
Ross posted a condolence
Saturday, January 12, 2019Rory was my thesis adviser at Trent in 2010 when I was mature student and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. In classes he ranted against Americans and against the military in general. I latched onto him with the thought that if I could convince him of things I could convince anyone. I like to think that the dialectics were at work as we each modified the others views. He even attended my Change of Command parade. I am a better man for having known and studied with Rory. I wish Karen and his family the best of memories of this wonderful man.
Jim Gibson posted a condolence
Friday, January 11, 2019Rory and I went to graduate school together. Durning that time we often played soccer in his house for entertainment. We were just starting to reconnect here in Victoria. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to all his family and friends.
David Newhouse posted a condolence
Friday, January 11, 2019I extend my deepest condolences to Rory's partner and family on his untimely passing. Rory was an incredible human being and an incredible professor. He came to my first year Indigenous Studies class to speak of the psychological impact of colonialism. Students were amazed by his larger than life presence and stories. We will miss him terribly. May you travel well. David
Helena Kadlec posted a condolence
Friday, January 11, 2019Rory was a student in the first graduate statistics class I ever taught when I was a new prof at UVic. He intimidated the hell out of me and gave me a hard time with comments like “why don’t statisticians learn to speak English?” A few years later, we had a good laugh about this and he actually apologized to me for having been an asshole in my class. I was excited to hear that he and Karen moved back to Victoria recently, and was so looking forward to reconnecting with them both. Alas, I failed to seize that opportunity in time. He was a very interesting and fun man and I will miss him.
Matt & Katia Keefer posted a condolence
Thursday, January 10, 2019Rory was a dear friend and a totally thoroughly unique human being. We will miss him terribly.
Karen Mauro posted a condolence
Thursday, January 10, 2019I am so sorry to hear of the tragic passing of Rory. Rory and I were close friends at Trent University. I first met Rory when he was the Chair of the Ethics board for which I am the secretary. His love of live and laughter will always remain in my thoughts. RIP Rory, you are a remarkable man!
Kate Dougherty posted a condolence
Thursday, January 10, 2019I am so sorry to hear of Rory’s passing. He was always so interesting to chat with when I would pass him in the halls. He also was very kind and helpful in mediating a dispute between departments for me and I will always remember that. He definitely was an important presence in his time at Trent.
Mikey Barrett posted a condolence
Thursday, January 10, 2019I graduated from Trent in 2016. Rory was my favourite professor and recently I seriously contemplated sending him an unsolicited letter of thanks for all that he taught me. Now I know, I really should've sent him that letter. He was an amazing prof, he really did shape the way I view the world, and I wish I could thank him for all the knowledge and laughter he brought to the classroom.
Janet Yee posted a condolence
Wednesday, January 9, 2019My condolences to Rory's family. I will always remember the discussions and laughter we shared while at Trent University.
doug lowe posted a condolence
Wednesday, January 9, 2019Dear Karen & Family Rory was my dear friend and I will miss him greatly. Life feels so empty now. During Rory's journey into the mystic, may the road rise up to meet him. With Love Doug
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