Edmund (Eamon) Stewart Telfer


It is with a deep sense of sorrow and loss that our family announces the passing of Edmund (Eamon) Stewart Telfer on April 29, 2018 at the age of 87.

He is remembered with love by his wife Morag and by their children Daniel (Mary), Angus (Hazel), Christine (Dennis), Ellen (Peter), Jean (Charles), Kathleen (Dave), Scott (Theresa), Kimberly (Mike), and Christopher (Sharla), and by their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edmund was pre-deceased by his first wife Leona Gorman.

Edmund had degrees from the University of New Brunswick and Acadia University. He was a lifelong nature lover who worked as a land surveyor, forester, and biologist. As a research scientist for the Canadian Wildlife Service, he focused on moose and white-tailed deer habitats and management. He also worked on Loggerhead Shrikes on the prairies. His work was widely known and appreciated. Edmund won several awards including the international award for Distinguished Moose Biologist in 1984 and the William Rowan Distinguished Service Award in 1994 for outstanding contributions to management of wildlife and their habitats. He wrote over 100 scientific research papers and was the associate editor for both the scientific periodical Alces and the Forestry Chronicle Magazine.

Edmund was a sensitive gentleman. His love of conversation and storytelling warmed the hearts of all his friends and family. He enjoyed learning, reading, and writing in Scots Gaelic, inspiring many. He had incredible knowledge on all topics!

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church 334 Knottwood Road North, Edmonton, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Edmund’s honour may be made directly to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or to the Primates World Relief and Development Fund or to the Salvation Army. Thank you to all of the members of St. Patrick’s Anglican Church and the many medical professionals who cared for Edmund both spiritually and physically.

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St. Patrick's Anglican Church - Edmonton

334 Knottwood Road North NW, Edmonton, AB T6K 2Z7

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Christine Lovelace

I enjoyed hearing stories about the Telfer relatives after Edmund contacted me through 23andMe. I’m very sorry to hear he has passed. My sincere condolences to the family.

Hal & Pat Reynolds

Morag and Dan, Angus, Christine, Ellen, Jean, and Kathleen, Scott, Kimberly, and Christopher, and Families:
We extend our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your loved one, husband, Father, and Confidant. Ed was truly a gentleman and one of the finest people one could ever know. It has been a pleasure and a distinct honor to have known him as a colleague, friend, and mentor over the last 48 years. Ed was such an intelligent and thoughtful person who genuinely cared about everyone and everything in life. Everyone who was fortunate enough to have met him, respected him immensely; colleagues, friends, and acquaintances alike; for his sincerity, knowledge, advice, opinions, and, of course his stories of the Maritimes and his home province of Nova Scotia, which he dearly loved. Humanity and the world has lost a great person and he will be fondly missed! Our sincere condolences to Morag and All Family Members.
Hal & Pat Reynolds, Edmonton, Alberta

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