It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of members of the CTRF community.


Harvey Romoff
1936 – 2018

ROMOFF, Harvey 1936 – 2018 Peacefully, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Beloved husband of Susanne Gardner. Father of Jordan (Susan), Janie, and Joff (Tara). Grandfather of Claire, Zoe, Jake, and the late Ariel Romoff. Son of the late Lily and the late Israel Romoff. A brilliant student at McGill and MIT, Harvey excelled at what he did. He was curious, a voracious reader, a music lover and always a delight to be around. He loved food and was both a gourmand and a gastronome – loved to cook at home and with his friends – had a cookbook library and an interesting wine cellar. Harvey worked for Canadian Pacific for more than forty years, completing his career as Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Pacific Ships in London, England. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Susanne, and by his family and many friends. Special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the CHUM for their exceptional care and compassion, as well as to all those whose support meant so much to his family. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Monday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. Burial at the Highland View Section, Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Pointe-Claire. Reception to follow burial, at a location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harvey’s memory may be made to the CHUM Foundation, (514) 890-8077. “He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and Sunday rest” W. H. Auden

NB  Harvey was a founding member of CTRF; serving on the board of directors from 1965-1969. Harvey was President of CTRF in 1967-68.


Dr. Pavlos Kanarolgou
1948 – 2016

PavlosKanaroglouOne of the giants of Canadian human geography has left us far too soon with the passing of Pavlos Kanaroglou on May 13, 2016.   Pavlos was a faculty member at McMaster University for a quarter century and had recently moved on to become Professor (Emeritus). He was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis from 2002 to 2015, the Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics from its founding in 2007 until the present and the founder and leader of the Centre for Spatial Analysis at McMaster.  More recently, he had the role of Principal Investigator for the $2.4 million “Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada” project funded by SSHRC and Automotive Partnership Canada.  His record of peer-reviewed publications is lengthy with several foundational works and he served on multiple editorial boards and national and international committees. His interests were diverse and included the interplay between transportation and land use, the health impacts of vehicular emissions, the use of quantitative techniques in spatial analysis and many others.

While the list of achievements is impressive, the man himself was even more so.   He came from a family of modest means and was heavily influenced by his childhood in a working class Athens, Greece neighbourhood.  He grew up to be a tremendously determined person and a superb leader of people.   He had great vision and clarity and stuck strongly to his convictions.  Colleagues depended on him for advice and many of Pavlos’ students will tell you that he changed their lives.   And there were many students he mentored:  13 PhD students, 32 Master’s students and 15 post-doctoral fellows along with the thousands of undergraduate and graduate students he taught over the years.  Pavlos lived in Hamilton, Ontario from the mid-1970’s onward and was a concerned and involved local citizen.  He leaves behind his wife Vina, daughter Niki and son Savas.

MITL was a great passion of Pavlos’ and we see the future development of MITL as an important component in celebrating and preserving his legacy.

As requested by his family, donations in memory of Pavlos can be directed to the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics through  www.ifundmac.ca