GILL, Stephen Matthew PhD. – peacefully at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, April 4, 2022 at the age of 89 years. Beloved husband of Sarala Gill (née Chakranarayan). Loving Baba of Rekha LaForty (Pierre Trepanier), Ajay Gill (Kristen) and
Sarita Van Dyke (Michael). Cherished grandfather of Joshua Millward, Christopher Millward, Tanisha Millward, Jordan Millward, Maya LaForty, Benjamin LaForty, Jonah Van Dyke, Noah Van Dyke and Micah Van Dyke. Son of the late Matthew and Christina (née
Hyetbibi) Gill. Predeceased by several siblings including, George, Catherine, Jacob and beloved sister, Josephine. Survived by a special niece, Rosemary (Shanti) Rondeau...
The University has been informed of the death of Dr Stephen Gill, who had served initially as an Adjunct Professor and subsequently as Honorary Fellow and Reader in English Literature and Peace Studies of the University. He was eighty-nine years of age.
Dr Gill was an Indo-Canadian poet and author of fiction, with his output extending to some thirty books and many more essays, articles, reviews and individual poems. The central theme of his work was his commitment to world peace and the freedom of the
individual. Born in Pakistan, he taught in Ethiopia before settling first in England and then in Canada. He was married and had children and grandchildren. Most of his work is in English, but he also published poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi.
As his work achieved prominence, Dr Gill became closely involved with a number of universities, lecturing and speaking at conferences. He and the University’s Chancellor first came into contact as Cultural Doctorate members of the former World
University Roundtable, located on the Desert Sanctuary Campus in Benson, Arizona, USA. Subsequently, both became part of the work of Ansted University (British Virgin Islands), and then met in person when both received honorary doctorates from Ansted in
convocation at London Metropolitan University in September 2003.
Dr Gill served as Dean of Peace Studies at St Simon’s College, a predecessor institution of European-American University, and when the University was established and then launched in 2007 became its strong supporter, serving as a mentor and examiner,
and donated a collection of his published works to the University.
Dr Gill received many national and academic honours. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012, Indira Kala Sangit University in India officially established the Centre for Stephen Gill Studies. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr.
Mandvi Singh called this a historical move of the university to establish this centre for scholars to pursue their higher studies on Stephen Gill. In 2011, Dr Gill was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature with the support of European-American
"...My mother was a school teacher and a good storyteller. She was very particular about our education and, therefore, gave special attention to our regular attendance at school and tried her utmost to keep us away from the influence of the children who
were disinterested in their studies. My father, a good bread-earner, edited a religious magazine for a while and was unusually interested in writing letters.
"Yet, I hated school and played truant whenever I could. I hated my curriculum and classroom, but that does not mean that I hated books. Rather, I loved to read anything, except the text books. I loved to read, especially fiction and poetry. Our home was
full of books, and my father was a zealous subscriber to several dailies and monthlies. In that environment, I became a voracious reader from my early childhood. When nothing was available, I would borrow or buy materials to satisfy my thirst. This habit
remained a part of me for whole life. l read the Bible several times.
"In the later part of my teens, I began to move among writers and would-be writers; nearly all of them were older than I was. Some of them had published material to their credit. Our chats often ended in discussing literary topics. I always listened
attentively to their comments on a story, a poem, or an author. I still cherish some of their ideas.
"Due to my unusual zest for books and the protective nature of my mother, and a few other reasons, which kept me away from other children, I became lonely which helped to sharpen my thinking and imagination. l never felt loneliness because I enjoyed
dwelling in the domain of my fancy, like Simon who dreams of the Snow King and his castle in my children story Simon and the Snow King..."
Since most of the links I once had for him are now broken, here's what else I found:
"...Gill was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistani Punjab, before the division of the British Raj. He spent his childhood with his family in New Delhi, far from relatives who stayed in Pakistan. The Hindu-Muslim violence of that time, which also forced
thousands of Christians and Parsees to flee, profoundly left its mark on him. For years, he was a restless soul in a never-ending search for inner peace, the same peace which he put into words in his compositions.
"In all, he has written about twenty books, including collections of poems, short stories and literary criticism, in more than a thousand publications. He has been the subject of at least 12 critical studies..."