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Chandler Kirwin

Chandler Kirwin

Saturday, May 31st, 1941 - Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Chandler died on August 22, 2019 with the aid of the medical assistance in dying provided by law after a two year journey with cancer. His immediate family were present.

Chandler and his wife Ann, daughters Elizabeth and Meghan, came to Canada in 1980 from the US. They settled on Hog Hill Farm in Rockwood where they ran a 25-sow wiener operation. Chandler taught art history at the University of Guelph, retiring a full professor in 2006.

In addition, to his principal area of interest in Italian art – he published on Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Bernini, among many others – he organized a several catalogues on contemporary Canadian artists including the Drenters Family and Ken Danby.

Chandler was active over the early years in St. Margaret’s School, St. John Anglican Church, The Elora Festival. In the 1990s he became involved in the Bruce Trail. Eventually - - with the leadership of Meghan- - transferring 280 acres of farm land on the Bruce Peninsula to the Bruce Trail Conservancy 2016, as the Otter Lake Trial.

Chandler leaves behind wife Ann, his sister Pamela, brother Hutch and wife Patty, his two daughters and their husbands and four grandsons: Elizabeth and David Misener, Ethan and Spencer; Meghan Kirwin and Robin Collins, Rhys and Zachary.

There was a celebration of life for close family and friends. There will be no public funeral. Donations can be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy https://brucetrail.org/donations/memorials. Arrangements are entrusted with the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home. www.grahamgiddyfh.com
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Donations are being accepted for: THE BRUCE TRAIL CONSERVANCY.


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Joel M. Upton

Posted at 01:52pm
Dear Ann, Elizabeth and Meghan,
I've just learned of Chandler's passing. My memory of Chandler is one of his great energy, joyful enthusiasm, and tough intelligence. Sharing the teaching of the introductory art history course was one of the highlights and enduring pleasures of my own teaching career. Please accept my thoughts and prayers.
All best,
Joel Upton

David Bruce

Posted at 04:28pm
Chandler Kirwin was the absolute best professor I ever had. He stirred within me a love of art and specifically art history. I remember sitting in the dim lecture room where Chandler would bring the world of art alive for me. I always looked forward to his lectures as I found them interesting, challenging, thought provoking and entertaining. I recall Chandler welcoming us to a lecture early on a cold winter morning and noting that he had already been doing chores and hustling some of his pigs off to market. Chandler had an amazing ability of presenting art to his students...it was not all about dates, artistic style and the various periods of art but rather his innate ability to present a context for art. I will always remember when I handed him my last exam before I graduated and he graciously invited me to his house where we talked about life over a beer. I am so very happy that I had the privilege to hear Chandler so eloquently discuss art. Chandler had a profound effect on me...he made me a better person for which I will be eternally grateful.

David Bruce

Posted at 03:16pm
Chandler Kirwin was the absolute best professor I had. He stirred within me a love of art and specifically art history. I remember sitting in the dim lecture room

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