RIP: Derek Lister


Derek Henry Lister, 1939-2023 

Derek passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 12th, at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata, Ontario. 

Derek is survived by his wife, Barbara, their sons, Mark, John and Richard, their grandchildren, Keana, Kyle, Trinity, Sabrina, Michael and Max, their greatgrandchildren, Dahlia and Deegan, his brother, Michael, and extended family in Britain, and his longtime partner, Veronica. 

An international leader in his particular field of chemistry and chemical engineering, Derek began his career in Canada working for AECL at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, and continued researching and supervising theses at the University of New Brunswick from 1993 until a recent, sudden onset of illness prevented him. 

In recognition of his public service and contributions to science, Derek was awarded membership in the Order of Canada and the Royal Platinum Jubilee medal. 

A mentor and often friend to more UNB students than can be listed here, Derek was also a talented draughtsman and painter and an aficionado of art, cinema and opera. 

His sharp wit and keen intellect will be sorely missed. 

In lieu of flowers, his loved ones ask that donations be made through Hospice Care Ottawa to the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in recognition of the remarkable level of care its facility, staff and volunteers provided during Derek’s final weeks. 

In keeping with Derek’s final wishes, in place of a public memorial service his immediate family will hold a private memorial dinner in his honour. 

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