Arnold Trevor Tolley
Arnold Trevor Tolley died in Ottawa at the Ottawa Heart Institute in the Palliative Care Unit on Tues., March 13, 2018.
He was born in Birmingham, England on May 15, 1927 to Arthur William Tolley and Dorothy Letty Tolley (nee Freeman). He was educated at King Edward’s School in Edgebaston, Birmingham from 1939 to 1946, and at The Queen’s College in Oxford from 1948 to 1951. With the support of Bishop Michael Parker he registered service as a conscientious objector and worked at The Birmingham Accident Hospital from 1946 to 1948. After leaving Oxford, he went to work at The National Coal Board as an administrative assistant and an administrative officer.
In 1952, he married Grace Margaret Ronaldson-Swanson of Saskatoon, Sask., who died in 1969. In 1974, he married Dr. Glenda Mary Patrick, born in Trinidad and Tobago.
In September 1955, he began his academic career as a lecturer in English at Turun Yliopisto (Turku University) in Turku, Finland. In 1961, he moved to Monash University in Victoria, Australia as lecturer and later senior lecturer; and in 1965, to Carleton University in Ottawa, where he became Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1969 to 1974. He retired in 1994.
In 1998, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom in recognition of his writings about British literature of the twentieth century. His books included The Poetry of the Thirties (1975); The Poetry of the Forties (1985); My Proper Ground (Philip Larkin) (1997); Larkin at Work (1997); and British Literary Periodicals of World War II and Aftermath (2007). He also edited John Lehmann A Tribute (1987); Roy Fuller: A Tribute (1993); The Literary Essays of John Heath Stubbs (1998); and Early Published Poems and Juvenilia of Philip Larkin (2005).
From the age of 14, one of his principal interests had been jazz music; and he was recognized as an authority on the subject. From the age of 17, he had contributed to many of the leading periodicals on jazz including Discography, Pickup, Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly, Storyville, The IAJRC Journal, Vintage Jazz Mart, and Canada’s jazz magazine Coda. He wrote two books on jazz: Discographical Essays (2009), and Codas to a Life with Jazz (2013). He was president of the Montreal Vintage Music Society. In 2010, at the request of the Larkin Society he compiled, with John White, a CD collection, Larkin’s Jazz. He leaves behind his collection of jazz records for the 75-year period: a collection of 9,000 – 78-RPM records and a large number of LPs and CDs donated to Carleton University.
In 1974, he moved to reside in Williamsburg where he made an active contribution to the public life of the area, and was elected to the Municipal Council. In 2008, he was honoured by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association for 20 years of distinguished service, and served for 13 years as chairman of that board. He was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. By political persuasion, he was also a member of The New Democratic Party of Canada; and was a member of the Provincial Executive of the Ontario NDP for two terms.
At his specific request, no funeral service or memorial will take place.
The arrangements are entrusted to Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home Williamsburg.