Dr. R. Sherman Weaver

November 7, 1935 – August 31, 2016

Sherman Weaver passed away on August 31, 2105 at Kelowna Hospice House leaving behind his beloved wife Nancy in Kelowna, his daughter Melanie (Chris) in Nottingham, England and his son Christopher and grandson Alan in Richmond, Virginia and Nancy’s sons; Tony (Cindy) Van Nice in Abbotsford and Tyler (Kaylee) Van Nice in Kelowna and grandchildren Brooklyn, Tony Jr., Caitlyn and Cody Van Nice. He leaves his sisters; Boots (Gabe) Lewis and Dawnie Chedore in Saint John, NB and Sally Weaver in Burlington, and brother, Butch Weaver in Gander, NFLD, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Margaret, in 2008. Sherman was born in Doaktown, New Brunswick and grew up there. With help from various scholarships, he attended the University of New Brunswick where he earned a B.Sc. (Honours), and then McGill University where he received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. Sherman worked for the federal Defence Research Board for the next 15 years, initially in Toronto and later in Suffeld, Alberta. Much of his research was devoted to biomedical effects of extreme environments on the human body. A crowning achievement in Suffeld was the destruction of 440 tons of DDT/kerosene mixture and 400 tons of the chemical warfare agent mustard. In 1973 Sherman joined Alberta Department of Environment in Edmonton. The Alberta Government had announced its intention to found a major provincial environmental research and testing laboratory in Vegreville, Alberta, and Sherman’s job was to design, equip, staff and operate this new facility. The Alberta Environmental Centre had its official opening in 1981, and Sherman spent the following 12 years directing the Centre. When he retired in 1992 some 350 staff were employed at the new Centre. After retirement Sherman relocated to Kelowna, where his retirement years were spent volunteering, teaching and playing bridge, and enjoying life. The family would like to thank Drs. Klammer, Pavan, Banwell and Files, as well as the amazing staff and volunteers at the Kelowna Hospice House who were all so compassionate and kind to Sherman during the past months. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at First Memorial Funeral Services located at 1211 Sutherland Avenue at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at 102-1433 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E4 or Central Okanagan Hospice Association at 104- 1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www. firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com 250-762-2299.


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