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In Memory

Chris Archibald

Date Deceased: 10-11-2015
Cause of Death: Heart disease
Survived By: Partner Jody, daughters Jessica, Pascal, & Isabelle

Hi Classmates,

I learned yesterday from Tom Van Dyke (class of 92) that our class mate and friend Chris Archibald died on Sunday October 11 of an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his partner Jody and three daughters Jessica, Pascal and Isabelle. Chris had long recognized a familial history for elevated cholesterol and in recent years struggled with a polyneuropathy which he thought was cause by medications to reduce cholesterol. I most recently saw him last year after he approached me about taking his daughter Pascal on a spay and neuter project in Mexico and to allow her to volunteer at my clinic..to see if she might like to pursue a career in animal health. She had a great time but recently wrote us a thank you note to say she was pursuing writing and environmental technology. When we last talked, Chris was in a good space in his life and shared with Margie and I that night over dinner, his many trials, tribulations and joys in life. He was to me a very decent person, who went through many ups and downs in his life with a smile and an ability to laugh at it all. He will be missed. Can you pass this message onto our other classmates, I seem to have emails for only a few in our class. Hope you are all well and that you count your blessings daily.


Malcolm Macartney

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01/06/16 04:18 PM #1    

Susan Tanner (Calverley)

Thank you Malcolm.  What a lovely tribute.  I am very saddened to hear about Chris. He will be missed.



01/06/16 04:28 PM #2    

Max Popp

Our good buddy! I am shocked. Thanks for sharing - I see him having struggled back in the day but nothing beats a good laugh! Definitely a good guy !!!


01/06/16 04:55 PM #3    

Jennifer Saunders

What sad news.  Thank you for letting us know.  My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. I will always remember Chris with his mischevious grin and  twinkle in his eye.

Jennifer Saunders

01/06/16 07:39 PM #4    

Marlis Anderson

Thank-you Malcom for letting us know and for your kind words.  I'll always remember assisting him with a cryptorchid pony right after graduation.  Chris always was quick with a joke.  My heartfelt sympathies to his family.

01/06/16 10:07 PM #5    

Pat Dorval



Malcolm - thank you for letting us know. I haven't seen Chris since vet school but he was a classmate you never forgot. So funny and such a character. 

With sympathy to his family and all those in his life. 






01/07/16 10:51 AM #6    

Rick James-Davies


A thanks Malcolm. Sad news.  Lots of great memories of Chris.     Rick



01/07/16 03:24 PM #7    

Karrie Rose

Thank you Malcolm.  Such sad news. I recall discussions with Chris back in vet school where he expressed his concern about his health risks so wanted to live every moment to its fullest potential. He certainly taught me some valuable lessons and at the same time always made me laugh.  Sincere condolences to his family. 

01/25/16 12:08 PM #8    

Hanneke Vonderbank

Such sad news. His sharp wit and humour got me through many boring embryology lectures. Even though we haven't been in touch for many years the world seems emptier without him in it. My sincere condolences to his family. Thanks for letting us know.

01/26/16 01:30 PM #9    

Denise Petryk

Thank-you Malcolm.  Too young .... too soon.  One of those classmates that helped us all get through a day, the day, a lab ...   And yes, what a twinkle in those eyes.


01/27/16 10:45 PM #10    

Maria Just

Sad news indeed. I remember caroling at his house on Christmas one year, with a group from the class. I also remember birthday parties his daughters attended at my place. Good, happy times. RIP.

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