JARRAWAY, David Raymond
1949 - 2022
David Raymond Jarraway
April 26, 1949 – March 5, 2022
It is with deep sorrow that the family of David Raymond Jarraway announces his passing on the evening of March 5, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.
David grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and attended Lakeview High School. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in English (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Lakehead University. He joined the Lakehead Board of Education, where he taught for fourteen years while completing a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Toronto in 1977.
David left the Lakehead Board of Education to pursue a Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University, where upon entrance he was awarded the Untermeyer Fellowship. On completing his Ph.D., he was appointed Adjunct Professor in English at St. John’s University, Minnesota. He subsequently returned to Canada, to teach at the University of Ottawa for twenty-seven years, specializing in Modern American Literature and Film Studies. Upon retirement in 2018, he was appointed Professor Emeritus. During his career and in retirement, David published three books on American Modernism, edited an anthology of essays, and published many essays and reviews.
David was a passionate musician, playing flute with the Thunder Bay Symphony for several years before taking up the study of the cello in Ottawa, and joining the Parkdale Orchestra, in which he played for many seasons. David was also an avid traveler with his partner Ian, immersing himself in the varied cultures of Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Close friends will recall David’s culinary skills—his Orphan Christmas Dinners became an annual festive tradition—and were keen to enjoy the results of his digital photography, a hobby he was finally able to take up in retirement. David had an ardent love of learning throughout his life, most recently transmitting it to others by joining the faculty of the Lifelong Learning Program at Carleton University.
David was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Pauline, and by a brother-in-law, Ray Siuksteris. He is survived by his dear husband, Ian McDonald, by three sisters, Margaret Martin (Rod) and Beverley Stubbings (Tom), both of Thunder Bay, and Sharon Siuksteris of Saskatoon, in addition to several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and other medical staff who took such great care of David both in and out of hospital. Their care and compassion shown was greatly appreciated.
A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Ottawa, 154 Somerset Street West on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 11 o'clock. In lieu of flowers and tributes, contributions to the Ottawa Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.
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