THORNTON, Julian Charles – Died suddenly while at an Aquaculture Conference in Puerto Montt, Chile on Friday March 21, 2003 at the age of 42.

Julian will be greatly missed by Tracy, his wife, Lucas, his son and Pepper, our gentle friend; father, Kenneth (Shelly); brothers Richard (Solvig), Nicholas (Ingrid), Christopher (Marlene); sisters Jane (Leonard), Anna (Jaspal), Amanda (Barry); father and mother-in-law, Joe

and Marlene; many nieces and nephews and the rest of the vast extended family, and many many good friends. He will also be missed by his friend and partner, Bill (Jude), his extended family at Microtek, as well as his many colleagues around the world, in whom he found great pleasure. Julian was predeceased by his loving mom Barbara in 1989.

Julian had a great love for life, excellent food (which he loved to create), politically incorrect jokes, a fast race with lots of wind, being a soccer coach, dad, neighbourhood conversations at the fence, and being surrounded by lots of family and friends. He had a passion for knowledge and was only just beginning to forge his place in the international scientific world. He will be remembered for his generous

and gentle nature, his wonderful sense of humour, and most of all, for the love he had for his family and friends.

Services will be held at the University of Victoria, Interfaith Chapel on Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. A gathering to celebrate Julian’s life will follow at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 276-2950 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4N4.

  • Steve Marschman

    Why am I just learning of this 20 years late? Julian sailed with us on Horizon in the 1985 Swiftsure Classic. He and his wife adopted me, as I was a poor grad student at the University of Washington, also crewing in the Seattle-based boat. I met the family, was fed at their restaurant, I slept in their Vanagan during race week. I carried a piece of paper with his contact info on it, for years. Lost it in the late ’80’s during a move. I never could remember his full name, until yesterday when I could see his handwritten information as clear as could be, in my mind. So, I searched on his name… and come to this page… the tears are clouding my vision as I write. Julian was kind, thoughtful, cared deeply about his family, and cared for strangers. I am forever grateful for the kindness he (and Tracy) showed me during that brief moment in time, 38 years ago. Rest in eternal peace, my friend. Steve Marschman

  • someone who cared deeply

    Still miss your smile and humor. You are missed my friend.

  • A friend

    Still think about you often. You are missed.

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