Eric Ansell

May 1, 1952 ~ December 24, 2021 (age 69)


ANSELL, Eric Lawrence

Passed away on December 24th 2021 at Hospice Peterborough at the age of 69 after a long courageous battle against cancer.

Eric was married to Debbie (nee Jardine for 44 years and had one son, Trevor (daughter-in-law Bliss).  He was born in Toronto on May 1, 1952, to Robert and Jean Ansell (nee Taylor and was the youngest of three children.  He is survived by his wife, son, and his brother Douglas.  He is predeceased by his parents, his stepmother Marion, and his sister Susan Day.

Eric was very fortunate to have a very large group of golfing buddies.  The group played mostly at Pine Crest Golf and Country Club but made an annual trek down to Alexandria Bay (for the past 25 years) for a week of golf and too much eating and drinking.  It was his wish that the group all get together and play an annual round of golf in his honour with a taste of scotch (or Irish whiskey) in his honour.

Eric’s early years were in Scarborough and Agincourt until moving to Peterborough at the age of 8.  He attended Edmison Heights Public School, and Adam Scott CVI, (he was a proud founding member of ROMEOs). He attended Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Eric was a professional land surveyor, and he obtained his Ontario Land Surveyor commission in 1982.  He operated ANSELL SURVEYING, a small professional land surveying firm which enjoyed a varied practice mainly in the Peterborough County area. He later joined the Office of the Surveyor General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and was Coordinator of Crown Land Surveys and Deputy Surveyor General for Ontario, until his retirement in 2016.  He was president of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors in 2013 and was the first recipient of the association’s Life Membership Award for his contributions to the associations.  Eric wanted to thank all of the staff of the Peterborough Cancer Clinic and Hospice Peterborough. Everyone including clerks, nurses, doctors and volunteers gave exceptional care and were always cheerful and kind.

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