Siemens, Lloyd George

Lloyd George Siemens

Lloyd George Siemens

1935 - 2010 


Lloyd Siemens died at age 75 on March 27, 2010 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by Irene, his wife of 53 years; son Gerard of Vancouver, his daughter Rowen and her mother Ann McKinnon of Kelowna; son Rene, his wife Carolyn Hull and their children Elijah and Lexie of Los Angeles; sister Kathy (Bob) Menzies of Morden, their daughters Heather of Morden, Meghan and Kate of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Frances Siemens of Kelowna, her son Raymond (Lynne) and children Kate and Derek of Victoria, her son George (Nadine) and children Curtis and Kelli of Seattle; brother-in-law Frank Wieler of Winkler and family; sister-in-law May (Harvey) Meyers of Killarney and family; and sister-in-law Ruth (John) Janzen of Winnipeg and family. Lloyd was pre-deceased by his mother Tina (Heinrichs) in 1957, his father G.G. Siemens in 1984, his older brother Reynold Siemens of Kelowna in 1996, mother-in-law Agatha (Siemens) Schellenberg in 2003, sister-in-law Grace Wieler in 1998 and niece Sarah Menzies in 1984. 

Lloyd was born in the Kane, MB teacherage on January 17, 1935. He received his secondary education in Winkler where he was awarded the Governor-General's Medal upon graduating from the Collegiate. He worked for a year as a reporter at the Altona Echo between college years. After completing a BA degree at United College in 1956, Lloyd taught English and Math in Miami, MB and Altona while also completing a BPaed (University of Manitoba) before entering the MA program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then taught English at United College Collegiate for three years before returning to Madison to complete his doctorate in English literature on a senior post-graduate fellowship and a Canada Council Doctoral grant. His special areas of study were Elizabethan drama and Victorian literature, with a focus on the works of Thomas Hardy. 

Lloyd taught at UBC for two years before joining the newly chartered University of Winnipeg where he was a member of the English faculty for 28 years. During the early years of his tenure at U of W he served as chair of the provincial senior high school English Examination Committee, and as a member of the Department of Education English Curriculum Committee. His academic research took him to the U.S. and to England, where he spent several sabbatical leaves as a member of Darwin College, Cambridge. Delving through primary materials in places like Dorchester, London and East Anglia provided him with new insights and enriched him greatly as a scholar and teacher. His publications include numerous articles on nineteenth-century literature and a number of contributions to book-length studies on Hardy and on Victorian literature generally. 

As a child and in his youth Lloyd studied the violin, performing frequently as a soloist and in groups such as the Manitoba Schools Orchestra, the Mennonite Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and in many smaller chamber ensembles. He loved sports and played organized hockey and baseball during his teens. Later on he pitched faculty baseball games and enjoyed many years of singles tennis with Irene. In his retirement he continued to be active in amateur musical performances, and to teach courses in Shakespeare, the Victorian novel and poetry in U of W's 55+ (Continuing Ed) program, at Creative Retirement Manitoba, and at New Horizons in Arizona while wintering there. 

Teaching was Lloyd's life. He enjoyed the receptiveness and wisdom of the seniors he taught in recent years and the many wonderful students with whom he was able to share his love of literature over a lifetime. He will be missed for his wit and knowledge as a teacher, friend, and companion. 

Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Professor Lloyd Siemens Memorial Scholarship in English, c/o University of Winnipeg Foundation, 515 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9, or to the Mennonite Central Committee, International Programs (in Memory of Lloyd Siemens) 134 Plaza Drive Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9. 

Memorial service will be held on Friday May 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm at the First Mennonite Church 922 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg. 

Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
(from Shakespeare's Cymbeline)


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