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HCF Mourns the Passing of Herb Stovel

The board and staff of the Heritage Canada Foundation join the international conservation community in marking the loss of Herb Stovel, esteemed architect, teacher, writer and leader in the field.

Through his early work as Director of Education for Main Street Canada, through training courses for the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, and as a professor at major academic institutions, Herb Stovel inspired generations of heritage practitioners.  Cultural sites in Canada and around the globe have benefited from his expertise and enthusiasm during the course of a distinguished career that included positions at the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Heritage Canada Foundation and ICCROM in Rome, as well as policy development for Parks Canada and advice to World Heritage sites.

Deeply engaged in shaping heritage conservation theory and practice, Herb Stovel played leadership roles in every major institution in the heritage field, including Secretary-General of ICOMOS International, President of the Association for Preservation Technology International, President of ICOMOS Canada, and Governor-at-Large on the Heritage Canada Foundation's board.

Herb was recently honored with the prestigious ICCROM Award in recognition of his importance in the development of seminal texts that guide professionals in the field.

In addition to his professional contribution, Herb will be sorely missed for his warm and generous spirit and his contagious passion for heritage.

Herb is survived by his wife, Meryl, his two children, Colin and Ginny as well as his three siblings, Grant, Margaret and Leslie.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship is being created in his name.

The family will hold a reception at the offices of the Heritage Canada Foundation (190 Bronson Ave) on Saturday 17 March from 2 to 4pm.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Please direct any questions to Colin Stovel - Herb's son -