Obituary of Francis H. PhD PREMDAS

1928 – 2012 Dr. Premdas passed away at home, surrounded by family, on September 1, 2012. Francis was born and raised in San Fernando, Trinidad. After attending Naparima College, he taught in Trinidad and then continued his education in Canada at Mount Allison (BSc), University of New Brunswick (BEd, MSc) and University of Manitoba (PhD). He was a Professor of Biology at UNBSJ for thirty years. In 2000, after his retirement, he moved from Saint John, NB to Calgary, AB. Among his many interests were horticulture, especially orchids, dahlias and rhododendrons, winemaking, and helping to educate others. He is survived by Ruby (nee Persad) his wife of sixty years, their four children Barbara (John Kelly) of Calgary, AB, Donna (John Woodard) of Ste. Adele, QC, Nancy (Peter Tan) of Stittsville, ON, and Bill (Maureen) of Montreal, QC; one grandchild Alyson Woodard (Shane Lowenberger) of Calgary, AB; and one great-grandchild, Emeric Woodard-Lowenberger. At Francis’ request there will be a simple cremation and there will be no service. A small private ceremony will be held by the family to celebrate his life. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to remember your times with Francis. Donations to the Francis H. Premdas Prize in Biology at UNBSJ would be appreciated and can be made online by visiting or by calling 506-458-7821. In living memory of Professor Premdas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.
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