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Born: Mar 31, 1937

Date of Passing: Mar 11, 2020

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March 31, 1937 - March 11, 2020

Eric Thomas Annandale, beloved father, grandfather and brother, passed away peacefully at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home, surrounded by his family.
He will be greatly missed by his children, David, Michelle and Robert, his granddaughter Charlotte, and his sister Pat.
Eric was a world traveller with his wife Eleanor. They lived for three years in London, married in Paris, and then would return to live in the outskirts of Paris for three sabbaticals, criss-crossing Europe with their children. But he also loved Manitoba, especially Victoria Beach, where he spent summers from his earliest childhood.
His love of the French language shaped his life. It brought him together with Eleanor, and it led to a four-decade career as a professor and scholar at the University of Manitoba, where he also served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts. He was a committed defender of French language rights, and was a founding member of Héritage St-Norbert, dedicated to preserving the rich history of the community he called home for half a century.
Eric and Eleanor were inseparable from the moment they met, and their love story would last more than 50 years. Eric also looked after Eleanor during the long years of her last illness with unwavering love and compassion. And to the very end, he never stopped wanting to look after his children. His love for them was extraordinarily generous, and he gave them the world.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Harmony Court and at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home for having taken such good care of Eric.
Services will be held at Chapel Lawn on Monday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to invite people to make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, or to a charity of their choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2020, Mar 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • So sorry for your loss,sounds like he was a wonderful father & mentor. Our family knew your grandparents Jack & Ann from Victoria Beach. They even stayed at our cottage on several occasions before they owned their own. They wrote in our V.B. guest book which I still have..I am sending my deepest sympathy. Deidre { WHITE } Buechler. - Posted by: Deidre J {WHITE} Buechler (childhood friend) on: Mar 22, 2020

  • Dr. Annandale was one of my undergraduate professors when I began my studies with the French Dept, at the University of Manitoba. Just simply the loveliest, kindest most patient man. Il aurait été peut-être étonné de savoir que l'étudiante formée en Core French a continué sa carrière en français pour devenir professeure en éducation, toujours en français. My thoughts go to Dr. Annandale's family as such a generous spirit will be, and is, deeply missed. Krystyna (Dr. Krystyna Baranowski) - Posted by: Krystyna Baranowski (Former Student) on: Mar 21, 2020

  • My condolences to Eric's family. He was a very respected scholar. I always enjoyed meeting him at conferences. - Posted by: Lucie Hotte (colleague - University of Ottawa) on: Mar 21, 2020

  • Michelle, David, and Robert, my deepest condolences. Your dad was a lovely man. I am so very sad for your loss. - Posted by: Claire (Padgett) Thomas (Friend of the family) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • The Annandale's were great neighbors who always acted as a close knit family. They spoke english and french and their dog responded in both languages. We miss their active movements and reliable neighborlyness. - Posted by: Ann and Bob Rostecki (Neighbor) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • Eric Annandale was one of my instructors at the University of Manitoba. I recall his passion for French literature and culture as well as his gentle use of dry humour. May he rest in peace. I wish his family my sincere condolences on their loss. - Posted by: Donald Teel (former student) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • Michelle, My deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of loss of your dad. Gordon Sargent - Posted by: Gordon Sargent (Past co-worker) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • Eric was my office neighbour and my colleague at the University of Manitoba for many, many years. He was also my thesis supervisor: I chose to write on the 18th century because that was Eric's area of expertise and I wanted to work under his supervision. He was kind, gentle and very funny. He once changed the date on the review copy of a final exam I had left on my office door for students to photocopy. He ran into my office and breathlessly announced that I had accidentally publicized the upcoming exam rather than the previous one. Who knew that Eric had such a good poker face? He had a profound influence on me as a student and colleague and a good deal of my teaching methods are based on what I observed him do in the classroom. He will most certainly be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Andrew Osborne (Work colleague) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • I'm sorry for your loss-condolences to you and your family David. - Posted by: Roy Campbell (co-worker) on: Mar 13, 2020

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