Jack Elliott STODDART

Born: Fri., Aug. 25, 1944
Died: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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STODDART, Jack Elliott 

August 25, 1944  - January 17, 2019

Jack Elliott Stoddart, Officer of the Order of Canada, passed away at his home in Rednersville on Thursday January 17, 2019. 

He leaves his beloved wife Nancy, and his wonderful step-daughters Zoë (Ben), Tessa (Dan), and Emma (Graeme); and grandchildren Rowley, Mies, Miriam, and Eloise. Son of the late Jack and Ruth Stoddart.

An avid boater, Jack loved being on the water with his grandchildren, and touring the Bay with friends and family. A deeply proud Canadian, Jack used his professional career for the betterment of the country specifically the literary world, with his founding of Stoddart Publishing in 1986.

A private family service was held at home, and a celebration of Jack’s life will take place in the Spring.


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Bill Roberts
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
Jack was a great Canadian and champion of the written word.
He encouraged many creative careers and was a great friend of the arts.
Jack will be missed... and also much remembered.

Sam Lanfranco
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
Dear Nancy and family, Please accept my deepest condolences. I had only recently met Jack. We spent an extra hour or so at the December Gentleman's Book Club (GBC) breakfast talking about publishing. My neighbor in the County, Valerie Hussey, had worked for Jack in the 1970s and went on to co-found Kids Can Press. I was looking forward to more conversations with him.

Ms. Sally Hawks
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
I had the privilege of working at General and Stoddart publishing from 1986 - 1993. It was a dream job, allowing me to travel and meet Canadian Booksellers from Oshawa to Newfoundland. Simply put, it was the very best job I ever had and working with Jack on the Stoddart list for several years was a wonderful experience. He was a force in publishing and our industry was lucky to have his leadership and dedication. Thank you Jack.

Richard Leach
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
I also met Jack through the Gentlemen's Book Club and have had several wide-ranging and interesting conversations with him about the state of publishing in Canada, education and other topics when I had the good fortune to sit at his table. I had a brief but delightful talk with him at the December edition of the Book Club since he came early and we had a few moments before everyone else turned up. I shall miss his wit and joyful participation and send heartfelt condolences to his family.

Elizabeth Blomme
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
I knew of Jack before I met him here in the County and was aware of what an important figure he had been in the publishing world.

Sadly I didn’t get to know him all that well, he was a very private and dignified man, but I was always happy to spend time with him and Nancy. It would have been a pleasure to get to know him better over the years. He was a generous supporter of the arts and a real asset to his community. His absence will be felt.

Duncan Cameron
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jack was a wonderful companion, full of life and humour, I enjoyed every minute I spent with him, and regret there were not more. His work as a publisher will live on, and many will remember him fondly for his vitality and courage. Best to you and the family. Duncan Cameron

Elaine Dewar
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
I had the privilege of interviewing Jack two years ago for a project dealing with the sad decline of Canadian publishing. He was more than helpful, he was kind, he was generous, he was insightful, and more to the point, it soon became clear that if his ideas about how to strengthen our publishing system had been followed by the federal government, his publishing and distribution companies would still be in business and so would many others now defunct. Jack gave many Canadian authors a chance to be heard which helped shape Canadian democracy. He was a wonderful person, a very necessary person, and he will be missed by so many.

Lenore Begley and John Brisbois
   Posted Wed January 23, 2019
We are beyond sad at the passing of Jack. In addition to his many accomplishments, he was also a really fine human being. We will miss him, his humour, his willingness to take part in the human struggle, in politics, in community and in support of so many fine causes. We will miss his insight and his music. Our thoughts are with his family. His life is a celebration of so much that is good.

Edward Horner
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
I had the honour of meeting Jack at a publishers convention in the early 90s, when I was working for Fitzhenry and Whiteside. We only chatted for a few moments but in that short time his love of Canada and concern for the publishing industry came through and left a lasting impression upon me. He will be missed.

Kate Butler O'Neill
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
Nancy -
So so sad to hear of Jack's death. I am thinking of you and the girls (I know they are adults but ....).

Merrily Beauchemin
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
So many memories of teen years...our twenties....our thirties...forties.....memories of all our mutual friends and partners, parties, boats, weddings, cottages, happy times and sad.
Rest in peace Jack.

Maryann Bredin
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
I was fortunate enough to work with Jack at Stoddart Publishing from 1996 until 2002 and thought the world of him. He was totally dedicated to Canadian literature and publishing and made all of his sales reps feel like we were valued and appreciated. I have thought of him often over the years; he will be greatly missed.

Carol Lohmayer
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
Today our hearts are sad. So many fond memories of days gone by.... forever tucked in the Memory Bank.
Yes, rest in peace old friend.
Carol and Gerry Lohmayer

Bruce Staubitz
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
Wonderful memories of when we started our first band, (The B.J. Rebels). B was for Bruce, J was for Jack. May my first guitar player R.I.P. I have a copy of our recording for his family.

Tannice Goddard
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
Condolences to all of the family and may love touch all the spaces in your hearts. Jack Stoddart was a bright spark for publishing in Canada and he showed Canada (and beyond) what amazing, talented writers we have. It was at his company, Stoddart Publishing, that I found myself in a friendly, creative, place in which to work. Some friendships and working relationships I formed in his company, I still enjoy today.

Sally Landon
   Posted Sat January 26, 2019
Dear Nancy
Please accept my deepest sympathy, I didn't know Jack, but I knew what a lovely man he was, and how happy you both were.
With all my love

Bruce Robb
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
Dear Nancy and family,

On behalf of the Ken Robb family (Ruth’s younger brother) let me say that we are so sad to hear of Jack’s untimely passing. We were always so proud of his accomplishments and that of his father and mother’s too. The Stoddard family was an inspiration to the whole Robb family.

Bruce Robb

doug robb
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
So sorry to hear this, Jack was my cousin. I so enjoyed his conversations. My condolences. Doug and Cathy Robb

Pamela Robb
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
My earliest memory of Jack, Jack was swinging me around in a circle, by the arms, in my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jack's back in the backyard of their Don Mills home. On the occasions, we visited their family, usually at Christmas time, Jack was always uncomplaining and gracious to keep us little kids entertained with games and books. Now in these later years, I will always remember Jack as a very kind man who had a good sense of humour, and he was the consummate gentleman.

Judy Threinen
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
Dear Nancy
I was very sad to read the of the death of your husband Jack in The Globe. He was clearly a remarkable man. My thoughts are with you, Zoe, Tessa, Emma and their families.

Linda Ogryzlo (Stoddart)
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
It was with great sadness learning of Jack's passing. Many years of good memories....travels afar...boating the lakes and fun times spent with family and friends at the cottage.
Jack worked hard to promote Canadian Publishing and was a passionate advocate for the Industry.
Sincere condolences to the family.
Linda Ogryzlo Stoddart

Linda Ogryzlo (Stoddart)
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
It was with great sadness learning of Jack's passing. Many years of good memories....travels afar....boating the lakes and fun times spent with family and friends at the cottage.
Jack worked hard to promote Canadian Publishing and was a passionate advocate for the Industry.
Sincere condolences to the family.
Linda Ogryzlo (Stoddart)

Suzanne Routh
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Dear Nancy,

I was so sorry to read of Jack's death in the Globe and Mail. I was not sure how to get in touch with you as I don't seem to have contact information for either you or Jack any more. Then someone suggested this. If you feel like getting together at some point let me know. Best wishes and deep sympathy, Suzanne

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