Category: Bereavement Notice

Bereavement notice ~ Jerry Orban

With great sadness we share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Jerry Orban, a valued member of the Faculty of Education for the past 15 years.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Living Hope Alliance Church (3900 Arcola Ave. East) on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019. A private family interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry’s family would be grateful for a donation to the University of Regina Ram’s Scholarship fund in Jerry’s name. Or if you prefer, you may bring a new blanket to the service so that the family can distribute to the patients of the Allan Blair Cancer Center in Jerry’s honour.



Forever In Our Hearts

It is with unbearable heartache the Orban family announces the passing of Jerome ‘Jerry’ Andrew Orban on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 68 years.

Jerry was born in Lestock, SK on November 11, 1950 and his family moved to Regina, when he was three.

He lived in Regina for most of his life with the exception of one year in Vancouver when he attended and played university football at Simon Fraser. He graduated with a degree in Education and spent his entire working life as a teacher or administrator in the Regina Public School system.

For the last 15 years he was the Faculty of Education Field Placement Manager at the University of Regina. He retired from the U of R in September, 2018. His 45 year career as an educator was the profession he truly loved. … Read more


Rams legend Jerry Orban dies at 68

Jerry Orban, who was as popular as he was successful during a long association with the Regina Rams junior and university football programs, died of cancer on Friday. He was 68.

Orban was a “coach, teacher, mentor, friend” in the words of University of Regina Rams head coach Steve Bryce.

“Jerry was a second father to hundreds of football players,” added Bryce, who was coached by Orban from 1987 to 1991. “Jerry earned the respect and admiration of not only his position players, but other position players and even opponents.” Read more

Notice of Bereavement

It is with great sadness that we convey the sudden passing of Vicki Minhinnick (Olischefski) who was a member of our support staff for many years (1998 to 2008) in the Education Grad Studies Office. Vicki passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her cottage at Island View.

Vicki began her career at the University of Regina in 1977 as a Clerk in the College of Fine Arts, moving on to positions in Social Work, and then Education where she found her passion. Vicki provided a level of support and compassion not only to students but also her colleagues. She was incredibly valued in her role as Graduate Program Advisor, before retiring in 2008.

Retirement did not suit Vicki, and she quickly returned to her passion of helping others in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in 2008 where she became a mentor and assisted all those around her. Vicki remained a part of the FGSR family and could be found stepping into any role and was always more than happy to help where she was needed.

Vicki’s smile was contagious and her positivity, humor, and compassion for others will reside with all those who knew and loved her forever.

A memorial service for Vicki will be held at the 4 Seasons Sports Palace at 909 Arcola Ave. East from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Rider/Maple Lead wear is encouraged.

Vicki’s obituary can be found by following the link:


Dr. Larry Lang | Bereavement Notice

Dr. Larry Lang, a former faculty member passed away at the age of 86 years on July 30, 2017. Dr. Lang taught in the Health, Outdoor and Physical Education subject area. He was with the Faculty of Education from July 1964 until he retired in 1993.

Dr. Lang’s obituary can be found at:

Condolences to the family of Dr. Lang.

Loss of a colleague | Dr. Sean Atkins

It is with great sadness that we convey the news of the passing of Dr. Sean Atkins, partner of Dr. Christine Massing, who passed away late afternoon on Friday, April 14, surrounded by his loved ones and family.

A Memorial Gathering for Sean will take place this Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at La Rotunda, LI 216 of the University of Regina.

The following is Sean Atkins’ obituary:

Sean Howard Atkins, PhD

April 20, 1969 – April 14, 2017

Sean passed away in Regina after a mercifully short illness. His passing will be mourned by his beloved wife Christine Massing and dear son Devin Atkins; parents Allan Atkins (Gail) and Andrea Atkins: brothers Ashley (Sunshine), Brent, and Harrison Atkins; and his in-laws Carole and Duane Massing. Sean was a devoted husband and father and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, and by his former and present students and colleagues at U of A, MacEwan University, and U of R.

Sean spent his growing years in Toronto. He treasured his years attending and working in summer camps where he developed a passion for canoe tripping and hiking. An inveterate historian, he took his BA at McGill, his MA and PhD at U of A, and his BEd at OISE. Sean was a scholar and committed teacher; a man in constant and restless search for meaning in life and for understanding of his place and responsibility to the earth. He loved being in the Rockies and coming to the cabin in Nordegg. He and Christine travelled the globe for many years, teaching and learning about many diverse cultures. He was a voracious reader and avid music fan, especially the Grateful Dead. Sean’s sudden passing leaves a space of silence that was so recently filled with lively conversation and colorful commentaries on a wide range of topics. We are very grateful to the physicians and nursing staff at Pasqua Hospital for their highly skilled and dedicated care of Sean in his final days, and to the many friends and colleagues who have offered so much support.

Celebration of life April 19, 4:00 pm, Room LI216 La Rotunda, U of R.

Donations may be made in Sean’s name to University of Regina Faculty of Education.




Loss of a colleague | Lyle Benko

Lyle Benko as Canadian Delegate at UNESCO World Conference on ESD
Lyle Benko as Canadian Delegate at UNESCO World Conference on ESD

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Lyle Benko on Friday evening, February 26, with his family by his side. Lyle made so many important contributions to the Faculty of Education over the years in addition to his K-12 teaching and administrative work.

Lyle taught Education Professional Studies classes in the undergraduate teacher education program, supported pre-interns and interns as a Faculty Advisor, and was a tireless advocate for environmental and ecological education. More recently, Lyle was involved with the SEEDS-Connection National Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future Foundation (LSF), and the UN Regional Center of Expertise Saskatchewan.

Lyle was the recipient of the SK eco-network Environmental Activism Award in 2011, he was a recipient of the University of Regina Inspiring Teacher Award, a recipient of the Award of Merit for teaching from the SK Science Teachers Society, and received the provincial SOEEA Award for Outstanding contributions to Environmental and Outdoor Education.

In whatever capacity Lyle was working, he brought energy, enthusiasm, humour, and passion to his role. He made me feel very welcome when I first joined the Faculty in 2004 and I will miss his friendship and collegiality.

Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of Education, University of Regina

Read Lyle’s obituary: