Jay Gatsby

Harry Emson

- October 17, 2017

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EMSON Harry Edmund Emson was born in Swinton, Lancashire, England (also famous as the home of Coronation Street) in 1927. He died peacefully on Oct.17, 2017.

He was predeceased by his first wife Mary, nee Lewis, and his second wife June, nee Tindall. He is survived by his daughters Jane (Murray Lott) of Delta B.C., and Susan of Saskatoon and by his grandson Mackenzie Lott.

Harry qualified in Medicine at the University of Oxford in 1952 and after service in the British Army (Royal Army Medical Corps), came to Saskatoon in 1956. He qualified in Pathology with Certification, later Fellowship, from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1958, and was Director of Laboratories at St. Paul’s Hospital from 1960 to 1975. He then was Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan and Head of Pathology at the University Hospital, from 1975 to 1990. He also taught in Medical Ethics.

He served as Chairman of the Committee in General Pathology of the Royal College, for which he also was examiner in Pathology, and President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists.

He was a founding member of Gateway Players of Saskatoon, for which he played many roles. He held a pilot’s licence and flew small aircraft, and enjoyed sailing small boats. He hunted game birds and big game, read extensively in English History, and with Mary enjoyed entertaining their friends. After her death, he started to cook for himself and hosted dinners with the aim of good food, good wine and good conversation.

He nurtured a love and appreciation of the natural world in his children and imbued in them his passionate belief in the value of a well-rounded education.

He worshiped at All Saints Anglican Church where he was for many years a Lay Reader and a member of the Vestry.

Funeral Details

A funeral service with be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 1801 Lorne Avenue at 2 pm on Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 by Father Daniel Hughes. If you wish, memorial donations may be made to the Milk Fund of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre or to Saskatoon Friendship Inn.

Condolence Messages

Diane Sarich

Written October 28, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sk.

Hello Sue,
So sorry to hear about your Dad. I only met him a few times but I enjoyed talking to him.
Remember the good times!
Your friend, Diane Sarich

Jane Vibert

Written October 20, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

My condolences. This marks an end of an era.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jane Vibert


Written October 19, 2017 from SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN

Dear Family,

I am sorry to read of Dr. Emson passing on. I remember him from my time in the pathology department at St. Pauls Hospital back in 2001 or so. He always had an interesting story to tell us whenever I saw him. Sending sympathies to you all at this time.

Bonnie Korthuis

Written October 19, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

I worked with Dr. Emson when he was the Chair of the Biomedical Research Ethics Board at the UofS. He was brilliant and charming. He shared his wisdom and his stories with us and often, macaroons. A great man. I am sorry for your loss.

Donna Stowell

Written October 18, 2017 from Saskatoon,


I am so sorry to hear of the death of your father. I know you were very close, it is difficult to lose a parent. I hope your good memories help at this difficult time and in the future. Thinking of you and your family.

Donna Stowell

Elwood Flynn

Written October 18, 2017 from SASKATOON, Saskatchewan

To the Harry Emson Family,
Harry was a special and talented man who made this old world a better place. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. At this unfortunate time of sorrow, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Emson Family,
Elwood Flynn

Marilyn Wright

Written October 18, 2017 from Toronto, Ontario

Dear Susan and Jane: You are in our thoughts along with our wonderful memories of Harry. Harry was an extraordinary man and he will be missed. Sending love to you and your family. Marilyn and Charles

Yvonne Lynch

Written October 18, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sue, we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
-Yvonne & Rob