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LOGAN – Archibald David “Dan”

July 23, 1918 – April 11, 2011

Archibald David “Dan” Logan. Prof. (Emeritus) University Western Ontario, London, Ontario passed away April 11, 2011 at the age of 92 years.  He is the last remaining member of his family’s generation.

Prof. Logan was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario; he attended Victoria Public School and the St. Catharine’s Collegiate Institute. He grew up in the great depression.  He was active in many different athletic endeavours- swimming, baseball, hockey, football, basketball, and speed skating; more than proficient in all.  He was a world class swimmer in the 50-100-400 metres, placing a close third in the 1936 Olympic trials where he was the youngest member in the race.  He became the first lifeguard appointed at the new St. Catharine’s Municipal Beach at Port Weller on Lake Ontario.  Dan became a member of the R.C.M.P. in 1938, trained in Regina Depot where he was appointed assistant riding instructor, and performed as a member of the Musical Ride.  He later was in “O” division Toronto as a counter intelligence officer, following detachment duties in “K” division Alta at McLeod, Lethbridge, Taber, Blairmore, and Medicine Hat.  He successfully competed in track and field events in the R.C.M.P and later in the R.C.N.V.R. during WW II.  Dan was not only known for his athleticism, but he was highly regarded as a visual artist. He graduated after the Second World War from the Ont. College of Art with Honours in Fine Art Drawing and Painting where he completed the four year course in two years.  He graduated in 1948 from Post Graduate studies in the Dept of Education U of T with D.V.A. assistance. He taught in the high school art programs for twenty years, later becoming Assistant Prof. of Art Education at Althouse College U.W.O. from 1969 to 1978.  Prof. Logan also took Post Graduate courses at U of T and Syracuse University. Dan was a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (The Group of 7) and has several works in their possession. He also was a distinguished member of International Poets Society of Maryland.  He was a winning coach at various high schools in Toronto and Oakville where he coached both semi-pro football and basketball, winning the Men’s Sr. Basketball Championship of Central Ont., and coaching the high school team to the provincial finals.  He scouted for the Hamilton Ticats in the fifties and sixties and played football for the Ted Reeves Balmy Beach Team in the forties.  He was head coach with Burlington Braves Jr. Ont. Football Team where he had a winning record.  He was also an assistant to Tom Watt (NHL Coach) with the Toronto Invictus Team.  His artistic achievements are numerous as a nationally known portrait painter, landscapist, poet, and dedicated art and history teacher at both the high school and university levels.

Dan leaves behind wife Robin Logan (nee Whyte); daughter Robin Jr (Jim); sons Mike, Pete, and Dan Jr. (Donna); and five grandchildren Conor, Mikaela, Lindsey, Mark and Robin Logan III.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.  Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Dan Logan, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. David McGilvray :

    Robin, please accept our deepest condolences to you and the family. “Uncle Archie” was quite a character, and has left a lasting impression on me. Unfortunately, due to geography we will not be able to attend the service, but please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    David, Elaine, Riley, & Clancy McGilvray

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  2. Margaret McGilvray :

    Dear Aunt Robin, I am very sorry to hear about Archie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. If you get the chance, give me a call. I am in Niagara on the Lake, phone number 289-868-9339. Love, Margaret

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  3. Christine McGilvray :

    Robin,

    I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Archie’s passing. What I remember most is sitting and listening to his wonderful stories, that he always seemed to be in that moment, as he told them. I still have a sketch of the Minister he drew for me when I was married and will treasure it. And of course, his harmonica playing…
    Prayers are with you and the family,

    Christine, Daniel and Dylan

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  4. Margaret McGilvray :

    Dear Aunt Robin, I am very sorry to hear of Archie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. If you have a chance, give me a call. I am in Niagara on the Lake, phone number 289-868-9339.
    With love, Margaret

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  5. Karen Carlson :

    I am saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. I was fortunate to be in his art education class of 75. Professor Logan was the most caring instructor I ever had at university. I am still amazed how he travelled to see each of us at our practice assignments located throughout the province twice during the year. I was extremely prepared for my 23 year teaching career as a result of his curriculum. His course was dynamic and inspiring for he really cared. He was the ultimate coach of art education. My sincere sympathy to his Family, whom he spoke so endearingly of. May you find comfort in your memories and each other. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult of times.
    RIP Dan, you deserve it.

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  6. Dave Windsor :

    I just wanted to express my condolences to the Logan family on the passing of Dan. As a former neighbour and student in Oakville, Dan was an influence in my life that I have never forgotten. I have always thought of him and his many accomplishments in so many areas and of how he impressed on me that we each have those same abilities within us if we take the effort and time to always do our best. I know how proud he was of “his kids” and of how much he always wanted for each of you. I am sure he will be missed by all of you. Please know there are many others that share your loss.

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  7. Thoughts and prayers from the Kinneys. Yor father was a great man…happy to have known him.

    We still have a sketch he drew of Sharon back in Antigonish.

    A life to be celebrated!

    Dale and Sharon Kinney

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  8. Bruce G Minty :

    I was saddened to read of the passing of Dan Logan. I have many fond memories of him during my youth and I have often thought of him through out the years. He had a zest for life and truly was a renaissance man. I am honoured to say I knew him. My condolences to the Logan Family.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce & Kris Minty

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  9. Al Rodbourne :

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of “Arch”. Although I didn’t know him well he was quite the guy and left a lasting impression on everyone who met him. Condolences to the entire family.

    Al Rodbourne

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  10. Debbie Christiansen Stowe :

    Aunt Robin;
    We were saddened to hear of Uncle Archie’s passing. My siblings and I will always remember his energy and joie de vivre during his visits to our home. I treasure the watercolour portrait he painted of me as a teenager. Our grandfather, Bruce Logan, always spoke fondly of his brother, reinforcing the importance of family ties.

    Debbie (Christiansen) Stowe

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  11. Aunt Robin,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Robin, Mike, Pete and Dan. Uncle Archie lived life to the fullest. He will leave a lasting impression on all those he’s encountered throughout his life. So many stories and of course the harmonic playing, legendary. Celebrate his life!

    Katie, Karly and Kelli Hill

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  12. My wife Patricia and I would like to extend our condolences to Robin and the family. We were saddened upon hearing the news of his passing.
    Dan and I shared good times in the past, teaching and coaching. I considered him to be a long time friend. He was gracious in giving me two of his artistic works which hang in our home. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

    Patricia and Tom Watt

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  13. Grant Hexamer :

    I just learned of Dan’s passing and am very saddened. Dan was my prof. at Althouse College at Western in 1973. He was like a father to me and our small group of ‘older’ artist students. I am forever indebted to him. I used his words of wisdom continually throughout my 35 years of teaching. I’m grateful that I was able to meet Dan during my life.

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