University Mourns Passing of Staff Member and Student


The University of Guelph community is mourning the death of a staff member and a student, both of whom passed away last month.

Jerry Thatcher, a staff member in Physical Resources, died Dec. 25, 2018. Condolences to Jerry’s family can be shared through the Wall-Custance Funeral Home website.

Patrick Coffey, a fourth-year student, passed away Dec. 20, 2018. A funeral was held Dec. 28, 2018. Condolences to Patrick’s family can be shared through an online guest book.

Flags will be lowered to half-mast on Jan. 4.

Support services and initiatives are available for all students, faculty and staff, including:

  • Student Counselling Services, 519-824-4120 ext. 53244
  • Crisis Text Line, text “UofG” to 686868
  • Multi-Faith Resource Team, 519-824-4120 ext. 52392
  • Employee assistance program for faculty and staff, 1-800-265-8310

This message is shared with the community following University protocol.