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Date of Passing: May 09, 2023

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1923 - 2023

Peacefully, with his sons John and Mark at his bedside, Ed Larter passed away on May 9, 2023.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three sons, Allan (Judie) of Kelowna, BC, Mark (Shawna) and John both of Winnipeg. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Michael (Coral) and children, Bryce and Halle; Christine (Aaron) and children, Mason and Violet of Winnipeg; Justin (Emily) and Alanna of Vancouver. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, whom he dearly missed. Ed lived to the grand age of 100 years, and was predeceased by many, including his brother Stanley; sister-in-law Margaret; niece and nephew, Lily and Marland of Alberta.

Ed grew up on the family farm in Southern Alberta. As a young man, he served as a pilot in the R.C.A.F. in England during the Second World War, where he met his wife Barbara. He was proud to be a veteran of the Second World War. Upon his return from the war, he pursued higher education earning B.Sc. and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. He furthered his studies earning a Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding at the University of Washington State. His career began in 1954 at the University of Saskatchewan with both teaching and research positions in cereal grain genetics and plant breeding. He accepted the position of Research Chair at the University of Manitoba in 1966, with the mandate of developing an international program for the synthesis and development of a wheat-rye hybrid (Triticale), as an international grain crop. Over the next 24 years, his research attracted over 40 graduate students to earn their M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees working under his leadership. Post Doctorate Fellows and Senior Scientists from many countries visited his labs to gain experience in his area of research. Ed travelled extensively to collaborate and establish triticale breeding programs though out the world. When Ed retired from the U of M in 1989, he was awarded “Professor Emeritus” for his research and teaching achievements.

During his retirement years, he loved playing, writing and recording music that reflected his strong prairie roots. Later, he enjoyed Celtic and Irish music, playing with band mates at many Senior Centres and at Folklorama in Winnipeg.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff at Deer Lodge Centre for their dedication and care.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Alzheimer Society or CancerCare Manitoba with thanks.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 18, 2023 at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivary Blvd., Winnipeg.



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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 13, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dr. Larter guided me through my Master's program at the UofSask and provided excellent guidance toward future studies and career. What a pleasure it was to talk to him several years ago and to learn that he was still active as a widowed senior. He was a major influence in my life. RIP Ed. - Posted by: Bob Baker (M.Sc. student. University of Saskatchewan) on: May 17, 2023

  • Condolences on the passing of this fine gentleman. I remember Mark sharing stories of his dad and how proud the family was of his accomplishments. Deb and Rob Bonser (acquaintance of Mark) - Posted by: Deborah and Robert Bonser (Acquaintance to Mark) on: May 16, 2023

  • I first met Ed when I took his plant breeding class at the University of Saskatchewan. He was an excellent and caring teacher and helped to peak my interest in that field. Little did I know at the time but I would later replace him when he left to take up the Rosner chair at the University of Manitoba. His were a big pair of shoes to fill. He was involved in many things and did them all well. I also worked with him on several committees. A thoughtful and capable gentleman with a wonderful wry sense of humor, an excellent role model for all of us. - Posted by: Bryan Harvey (Successor at UofS) on: May 14, 2023

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