Mary-Ann Stouck

Mary-Ann Stouck

Wednesday, September 10th, 1941 - Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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With great sadness, we announce the passing of Mary-Ann Stouck at her home in West Vancouver on April 4, 2020 with her loving husband David, daughter Jordan (Scott Zeman), and son John at her side. She is also survived by her dear sister, Elinor (Alan) Lett, and cherished granddaughters Morgan and Teagan Stouck Zeman, as well as in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada and abroad.

Mary-Ann was born in England in 1941 and came to Canada with her parents and sister at age 10. She attended Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa and in 1959 enrolled at McMaster University where she met David. They were married in 1964. In 1966, they secured teaching positions at Simon Fraser University and moved to Vancouver. Mary-Ann completed a doctoral degree at the University of Toronto and taught Chaucer and hagiography for 37 years in the SFU English and Humanities departments. Her edition of Medieval Saints became a standard text assigned in the field and she is remembered fondly by her students as a caring and inspiring teacher. More recently, she informed and entertained young readers with the children’s books A Fine Winter’s Cap and Jeannie Houdini.

Mary-Ann was privileged to enjoy travel, nature, film festivals, and a wide circle of friends. She will be forever remembered for her slightly wicked sense of humour and her courage in the face of her 2018 cancer diagnosis. She shared special camaraderie for nearly 30 years with members of her book club and lasting connections with her Women on Weights group. Many happy times were also celebrated with her SPCA birthday friends. But special throughout her life was a love for animals. She had many animal companions – cats, dogs, hamsters, her horse Valentine and, most recently, cats Martha and Blackie. Accordingly, she requested that any donations made in her memory be sent (fittingly enough) to SAINTS, an elderly and special needs animal rescue:

The Stouck family would like to thank Dr. Smiljanic, Julie Groundwater, the Lions Gate Oncology Department, Nurse Practitioner Leane Mathias, and MAiD for their exceptional care and support. In accordance with her wishes, Mary-Ann will be interred at the Vineland Cemetery in Ontario and a celebration of life will be held when we are able to meet again. To write a condolence to the family, please visit
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Douglas Bertz

Posted at 12:42am
Mary-Ann will be greatly missed. I was a sessional lecture under her for her Chaucer class, and her charm, sense of humour, and wit were extraordinary. Her kindness will always be remembered. All my sympathy to her husband, David, and all the Stouck family.

Paul Budra

Posted at 11:59am
I met Mary-Ann over thirty years ago when I was first hired at SFU. She and her husband David went out of their way to make myself and my wife welcome to Vancouver: they had us over to their lovely West Vancouver home, took us out to the theatre, and helped us negotiate the city. Mary-Ann was kind and generous to a fault. What I remember best about Mary-Ann as a colleague was her wit: she was one of the funniest people at the university. She was also known as a great teacher.

Condolences to David and his family.

Paul Budra

Alan Whitehorn

Posted at 05:28pm
In my two years in the 1990s as the visiting JS Woodsworth Chair in Humanities at Simon Fraser University, I was honoured to meet and work with Mary Ann. She was a wonderful colleague and valued friend during my time at SFU. She was exceptionally kind and generous and possessed a lovely sense of humour. I was blessed to have known her. She and her colleagues made my time at SFU a memorable experience. To this day, I remain thankful to her. My condolences to her husband David and the extended family.
Alan Whitehorn

Kathy Cawsey

Posted at 02:58pm
The Canadian Society of Medievalists would like to send condolences on the passing of a scholar, colleague and friend. She contributed greatly to our field.

Joanne Rose

Posted at 03:50pm
I loved to make Mary-Ann laugh and we shared many happy times over a glass or two of wine on the deck. An impressive woman and she will be missed.
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