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Dr. David E. Torrance


Dr. David E. Torrance

David Emmons Torrance, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. 

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of Elizabeth Emmons Torrance and the late Daniel James Torrance, M.D. 

He earned his degrees from Washington and Lee University,  Brown University, and his PhD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  Kingston held a special place in his heart for this is where he learned to sail, where he started teaching history, and where he met and married his beloved Elizabeth. 

He was a respected professor and scholar, and David published a significant work on Lord Selborne in South Africa and made many contributions to ongoing research on British imperial policy.  More than anything, teaching was his passion and he enjoyed every day of his career in the History Department of Mount Allison University. He had a unique ability of being able to draw out the very best from his students. He instilled a drive for knowledge, laughter, and integrity in all who knew him. 

Above all he cherished his time with his family.

In addition to his mother, David will be profoundly missed by his wife, Elizabeth, his children, Beth, Margaret, Alice, Charles, and his brother, Jim Torrance (Cindy); and Jim's children, Tina and Danny. He will also be lovingly remembered  by his extended family, his nieces and nephews, his friends, his colleagues, and his students.  

We are so grateful for the care and compassion that David received  from the Extra-Mural Team and from all his health professionals. 

A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Friday, November 13th  at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sackville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, David’s funeral service will be by invitation only, but it may be watched via Live-stream by visiting David's obituary on

After the internment, a reception will be held at David’s home from 4:30-8:30pm, 1 British Settlement Road, to which all are welcome as we follow the NB government’s rules for COVID.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David may be made to the David Torrance Fund at Mount Allison University by visiting  Cheques can also be sent to: University Advancement, 62 York Street, Sackville, NB  E4L 1E4.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge Street, Sackville (506-364-1300).  Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting David's online memorial at or through the Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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Service Date
Friday, November 13, 2020
Service Time
2 pm
Service Location
By Invitation Only from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sackville, NB

Burial Location
Westcock Cemetery

Requested Charity
David Torrance Fund at Mount Allison University