Dr. W. Jan A. Volney


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jan Volney. He was born in Aruba to the late Leonard and Margery Volney. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia; son Peter (Ottawa); and sisters Shelley McBrearty (late Tom) and Phonda Elizabeth Cormier (Bernard) both of Saint John, N.B., as well as many cousins scattered throughout the world. Jan will be missed by those who knew him for his love of learning, love of nature, his curiosity, mischief, and kindness.

A Memorial Service will be held later.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice or the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

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Andu H.Yohannes

I knew Jan since 1987, as my supervisor, my mentor and my friend. We travelled together on the Mackenzie, Torch River, Zama, EMEND and many other places. Jan was the most inspirational, witty and fun to be around. Jan’s passing leaves a big vacuum, May He Rest In Peace. Andu.

Norman Walker

I worked with Jan in our Winnipeg Forestry Office for several years. After he transferred to Edmonton I would still see him from time to time. He was always knowledgeable, helpful, and a friend.

Mike Grandmaison

Our sincerest condolences Pat and Peter, as well as to the other family members. Jan was an exceptionally gifted soul, a thoughtful and compassionate supervisor, always willing to share his knowledge. I was truly honored to have had the pleasure to collaborate with him on our book, Prairie and Beyond. Above all, it was a privilege to know Jan and to be his friend. The world is lesser because you have left us. We will miss you dearly.

Ron Hall

Very sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. He fought a terrific battle for a considerable period. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the advancement of forestry and forest health, and to his influence on many careers of scientists and graduate students. May he forever rest knowing his life left an impact on many.

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