Gerard Viner Middleton FRSC

13-May-1931 - 02-Nov-2021

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In Loving Memory

Middleton, Gerard Viner FRSC
May 13, 1931 – November 2, 2021

Gerard Middleton, greatly loved father, dear husband to Muriel, and Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, died peacefully in Hamilton on November 2, 2021. He was born in South Africa, educated in England at Mount St. Mary’s boarding school, and later received a doctorate in geology at Imperial College London. He emigrated to Canada in 1954 and was a proud Canadian citizen. Gerard had a long career as a professor of geology at McMaster University. After retirement, his interests included researching and writing about old stone houses of the Hamilton area, biographies of British and Canadian scientists, and the sedimentology and wines of the Niagara region. Gerard is survived by Muriel (nee Zinkewich), his wife of 62 years; his children Laurence (Robin), Teresa (John), and Margaret (Sean); and grandchildren Katrina (Ben), Robert, Thomas, and Charles. He was a devoted father and husband, and his family was blessed to be able to spend time with him throughout the pandemic. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Ancaster, where Gerard was a member for over 60 years. Interment to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.   Due to capacity, if you wish to attend the funeral, you must pre-register at sign the online Book of Condolence at

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  • Funeral Mass

    St. Ann's Parish

    Event Times:

    10-Nov-2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Posted by Jim and Miriam Kramer | 13-Nov-2021

When we came to Hamilton, long ago, Gerry and Muriel went out of their way to help us feel at home at McMaster and in Ancaster. Their kindness meant a lot. With sincere sympathy.

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Posted by Glenn Fiforowich | 13-Nov-2021

My deepest sympathy to my cousin Muriel and your children Laurence, Teresa, Margaret and your grandchildren. When I first met Gerry, he loved to talk about geology and teaching at a university. Gerry also loved to barbecue and wine. We had a wonderful time and my visit was very enjoyable. May God Bless Muriel and the entire family during this difficult time. I am sure that Gerry's work was well done here and now his new work has begun in the heaven. May Gerry Rest In Peace! Cousin Glenn John Fiforowich

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