William (Bill) James Leslie Buyers, on October 26, 2021, passed away in his 85th year at Country Haven Retirement Home in Beachburg, Ontario after a deterioration in health from dementia.
Bill was born in Aboyne, Scotland on April 10, 1937 to William and Williamina (Winnie) Buyers. He attended the University of Aberdeen and received a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Natural Philosophy which is now known as Physics. He moved to Deep River, Ontario in 1965 for a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council in Chalk River, but he was introduced to his wife to be, Marilyn Cliff, and ultimately stayed. They were married in 1966 and had their first child the next year and twins two years later!
Bill was an accomplished musician, playing French Horn in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He enjoyed music his whole life, whether it was French horn, piano, singing, or just listening to music. The music was often at full volume in their house so it could be heard everywhere. His young children often fell asleep to their father’s singing accompanied by his wife at the piano.
Bill leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Buyers née Cliff, his children Sarah (Michael Denis) of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Andrew (Emily Selander) of Deep River, and his grandchildren Aidan, Jason, Dylan, and Josie Buyers and Henry Denis. Bill is predeceased by his daughter Mary Buyers.
Bill was an accomplished physicist making significant contributions to the study of highly-correlated electron systems, magnetism, and crystals, amongst others. He received several awards during his career, most recently the Officer of the Order of Canada (2011) for “his contributions to condensed matter physics, particularly in the field of magnetism”. Other notable awards include the Royal Society of Canada's Rutherford Memorial Gold Medal for Achievement in Physics (1986), the Canadian Association of Physics Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics (2001), the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal (2002), and the Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from University of Aberdeen (2008). He traveled extensively to teach, give talks, and further his research. His family even relocated to Oxford, England and Oakridge, Tennessee for a year’s sabbatical.
Bill was the former musical director of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Group, and the Cantando Singers. His passions were music, tennis, hiking, and skiing. When his children were growing up, Bill was an active member of the tennis club and ran the Junior Tennis program. He enjoyed both downhill and cross-country skiing, although the challenge of downhill was his favourite and as Double Dip wasn’t enough of a challenge he travelled to Mont Tremblant and many big hills south of the border and beyond. He even went heli-skiing out west!! For a period of time, he and Marilyn enjoyed a yearly trip to the Rockies in September to hike and explore and to Florida for a month in the winter to get a jump on the tennis season.
The family would like to thank the staff at Country Haven Retirement Home, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Golden Years, and FlexCare for their compassionate attention and care over the last few years.
Friends may call at the Valley Funeral Home in Deep River on Sunday, October 31 from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 pm. Interment of the cremated remains will be in the Deep River Community Cemetery following the service. In memoriam donations to The Dementia Society Ottawa and Renfrew County would be gratefully appreciated.
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