From the guy who invented Buckley’s cough syrup, to the first woman to hold the title of “university professor” at the University of Toronto, these are some of the people we lost this year that made a contribution to our society.
Canadian scientist Ursula Franklin was the first woman to be called a "University Professor" at the University of Toronto. She died on July 22, 2016 at 94 in a Toronto nursing home where she stayed with her husband. Photo from The Canadian Press
President and spokesperson of Buckley's cough syrup, Frank Buckley, died on Feb. 1, 2016 at 94. Photo from www.buckleys.ca
Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was the first woman ever elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec and the first woman appointed acting premier. She died on March 24, 2016 at 91. Photo from The Canadian Press
Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, died on Dec. 25, 2016 at age 88 from dementia. Photo from The Canadian Press
Accomplished music producer George Martin became famous for his work with The Beatles. He died on March 8, 2016 at 90. Photo from Getty Images
Andy Bathgate, an NHL Hall of Famer who played 17 seasons in the league, died on Feb. 26, 2016 at 83 from Alzheimer’s disease. Photo from Getty Images
Robert Leo Hulseman, the inventor of the infamous Red Solo Cup, died on Dec. 21, 2016 at age 84. Photo from Facebook/SoloCup.
Canadian singer "Vanity", who was also Prince's protege and former partner, died on Feb. 15, 2016 at 57 from kidney failure. Photo from Getty Images
Ted Szilva, the creator of Sudbury's "Big Nickel" monument, died on March 9, 2016 at 81. Photo from The CBC
Yasutaro Koide, known to be the oldest living man in the world, died on Jan. 19, 2016 at 112 from pneumonia. Photo from The Canadian Press
Singer Merle Haggard, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Country Music Hall of Fame recipient, died on April 6, 2016 at 79 from pneumonia. Photo from Getty Images
Actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, died on Sept. 11, 2016 at 47. Her official cause of death was a heart attack. Photo from Getty Images