John Frederick Fielding passed away peacefully on August 7, 2022 and will be greatly missed by countless family members, friends, neighbours and students. ohn loved ideas, stories and people, making the study of history a natural fit. His classrooms were unusually active places filled with John’s passions for Canadian history and social justice. His open mind, generous spirit, humility and endless curiosity made him a true life-long learner, risk-taker, and enthusiastic embracer of change. He travelled to teach in a Chinese college, took stints in Australian classrooms, and never turned down an opportunity to explore and learn. John’s active engagement with the world and his dedication to ideals of good citizenship motivated his service on community boards and citizen groups. And everywhere, John made friends for life.
In 1989, John arrived at Queen’s Faculty of Education – the next step in his distinguished career. He taught history pedagogy, won a prestigious teaching award, and embarked on projects that took him across Canada to share his ideas. His goal was always to improve learning. A significant initiative was the CRB Foundation’s Heritage Project, on which John worked as a curriculum developer with the Queen’s Team. He attacked this new challenge with delight: working hard was natural for him, and the project encouraged him to try out many innovative strategies.
John Fielding lived his life with passion and noble purpose. Hhe John F Fielding Memorial Bursary has been established at Queen's University to honour his teaching legacy and will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to students entering the second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree program with an academic plan offered by the Department of History.