Thursday August 22nd 2019
Chandler died on August 22, 2019 with the aid of the medical assistance in dying provided by law after a two year journey with cancer. His immediate family were present.
Chandler and his wife Ann, daughters Elizabeth and Meghan, came to Canada in 1980 from the US. They settled on Hog Hill Farm in Rockwood where they ran a 25-sow wiener operation. Chandler taught art history at the University of Guelph, retiring a full professor in 2006.
In addition, to his principal area of interest in Italian art – he published on Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Bernini, among many others – he organized a several catalogues on contemporary Canadian artists including the Drenters Family and Ken Danby.
Chandler was active over the early years in St. Margaret’s School, St. John Anglican Church, The Elora Festival. In the 1990s he became involved in the Bruce Trail. Eventually – – with the leadership of Meghan- – transferring 280 acres of farm land on the Bruce Peninsula to the Bruce Trail Conservancy 2016, as the Otter Lake Trial.
Chandler leaves behind wife Ann, his sister Pamela, brother Hutch and wife Patty, his two daughters and their husbands and four grandsons: Elizabeth and David Misener, Ethan and Spencer; Meghan Kirwin and Robin Collins, Rhys and Zachary.
There was a celebration of life for close family and friends. There will be no public funeral. Donations can be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy brucetrail.org/donations/memorials. Arrangements are entrusted with the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home. www.grahamgiddyfh.com
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Chandler Kirwin..
Décès pour la Ville:Fergus, Province: Ontario