Harry Baglole, founding director of the Institute of Island Studies, passes away

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

It is with great sadness that UPEI announces that Mr. Harry Baglole, the "godfather" of Island Studies, passed away peacefully late Tuesday night in Charlottetown. Harry was the founding Director of the Institute of Island Studies and the visionary behind much of what has taken place in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1985. He served on the IIS executive committee up until his death. Harry also played a central role in many of PEI’s cultural institutions such as Ragweed Press, The Island Magazine, the Macphail Homestead, the Bonshaw Hall, and the Vinland Society. For his many contributions, Harry received the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Atlantic Book Awards Society’s inaugural Pioneer Award in 2014. 

The University sends condolences to Harry’s family, friends, and colleagues. Flags have been lowered to half-mast in his memory. Visiting hours to be held at Belvedere Funeral Home on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A celebration of life filled with stories and music will be held at Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown, on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7 pm with a reception to follow. Read the obituary

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