Terrence McCarl

Terrence 'Terry' McCarl

Tuesday, February 20th, 1945 - Friday, October 23rd, 2020
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McCarl, Terrence James (Terry)
February 20, 1945 – October 23, 2020

Terry passed away October 23, 2020 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. He fought the complications of a stroke for 13 years.

Terry had a 30-year career teaching history at Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate in Oshawa. His students experienced his passion for history and politics. Terry was an ardent supporter of the Liberal Party and spent many elections working for candidates in the Oshawa area. He was a member of the Oshawa Rotary Club (former President), Friends of the Library, CLOCA, the Durham Cancer Society, Life Long Learners and he conducted a politics class for several years at the Oshawa Seniors Centre.

Terry was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Ruth McCarl. He was the beloved brother of Pam Thompson and her husband Bill. Devoted uncle of Bill (Genevieve), Christy (Perry), Becky (Phil) and Greg (Ashley). Proud great uncle of six nieces and four nephews.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, there will be a private family service with interment at Thornton Cemetery. If desired, a donation in Terry’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Rotary International Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at

We will all miss you Terry and your amazing memory and political expertise!
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    Thornton Cemetery
    1200 Thornton Rd. N.
    Oshawa, Ontario L1J 0C9
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Donations are being accepted for: ROTARY CLUB OF OSHAWA CHARITABLE FUND.


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Diane Trauzzi

Posted at 07:21pm
I got to know Terry during the two years that my Dad (Alan Dickson) was in Hillsdale. Terry was a huge personality, always very jovial, always remembered my name and any trivial events we discussed, and so full of life. I always loved hearing him belt out the words to a favourite song at pub! I was lucky to know him for the short time that I did. My deepest condolences to his family!

Jeff LeGrand

Posted at 11:13am
Mr McCarl was my politics and history teacher at Donevan. More importantly, he was History of Oshawa teacher to my elderly father, who loved going each week. I never had a teacher who would laugh at me and with me the way Mr McCarl would. One of the smartest teachers or professors I ever had.

Becky Thompson

Posted at 03:44pm
I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to write these messages. As one of Terry's niece's, I can speak for my whole family and say that reading these messages has brought smiles to our faces this week. It is so nice to read about the impact he has made on others lives. Terry was an amazing uncle and a very important part of our lives. He will truly be missed.
Rest in Peace Uncle Terry.

Tom Stevens

Posted at 10:48am
I was a student of Mr McCarl back in the 70s and 80s.
To say he had an impact on me is an understatement.

In class until Mr McCarl, I was never challenged or engaged and did the barest minimum to get by.
He opened my mind.
I enjoyed challenging he and I do believe that he revelled in the challenge.... although from a distance. I was placed in the last of 8 rows of desks when the class was only big enough to have the first 5 rows filled!

At the start of each class he would haul out a trivia book, and ask the class to choose one person to answer 10 questions, this in the days before Trivial Pursuit. If the person could answer 5 questions, he would give the whole class a party. I was always chosen, and that quiz time became a head to head contest between Mr McCarl and myself. Invariably whenever I would get to 4 right, the questions became insanely hard. Then one day, it happened. On the 10th and final question, I got it right! And the answer in the Trivia book was wrong!
I mention this story, to illustrate how he managed to engage students and set us on a course for our lives. I became fascinated with trivia , data and history. One of my majors in university was history. My career has been spent knowing data ,facts and using that information.

Thank you Mr McCarl.

Edward Steel

Posted at 10:04pm
It’s very sad to hear about Terry passing on after so many years of Teaching at Doneven Collegiate in Oshawa & for his years as a long time member & Past President of the Rotary Club Of Oshawa just like myself a Past President 98/99 because Rotary does so much around the World 🌎 & it’s was an honour & privileged to be a member for so many years so my family to your Beautiful family our deepest condolences & regrets to all of you & I was proud & honoured to have known Terry for so long Terry was a good man & Rotarian. RIP Terry.

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