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Anthony George Wilden

December 14, 1935December 29, 2019

Anthony George Wilden was born on December 14, 1935 and passed away on December 29, 2019 and is under the care of First Memorial Funeral Services.

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Joseph Kelly

October 16, 2021

I was an undergraduate and wandering the stacks of my university library when I stumbled on a title that immediately grabbed me: System and Structure. I devoured Wilden's collection of essays and it sparked a lifelong appreciation for systems thinking, semiotics, and analog/digital typing. Nearly 15yrs on and I still consider his work to be among the most impactful to me and in my top 3 most influential works.

I contacted Anthony in 2013 and we spoke briefly about our shared passion for flying. I was never able to develop a relationship with him but I am glad I could let him know something of the mark his work left on me.

Someone here mentioned wanting to give a collection of his works to a good home. If this is still on offer I'd be glad to volunteer. I plan to introduce my young daughter and future children to his books as they get older.

My sympathies to his family and close friends at the loss of this great man and intellect. I wish I had paid my respects sooner but better late than never!

Janet Glendinning

November 7, 2020

As Tony's first cousin, I am fortunate to possess a number of his signed publications. As I am eighty this year, I am thinking to whom I could gift them as a close friend in Canada or the United States, would seem to me to be the best answer. I have read Lisa's comments and wondered whether she would appreciate being the recipient? Could her attention please be drawn to this comment? Of I could receiver her email address, I could offer the books to her myself.

Lisa Shaw

October 23, 2020

Goodbye my friend I am so honored to have known you for over 30 years. I am so grateful to have shared many conversations and memories with you in your last years on this planet. You were always full of spunk and surprises. I will never forget the plane ride we took for Geoff s 8th birthday what a wild ride RIP my friend. Love Lisa Shaw

Gregory Gardner

January 28, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear that Dr. Wilden has passed. I thought of him as a mentor, during my time at Simon Fraser. He had a singular intellect and a big heart. He could rub people the wrong way, but I know he wanted the best for all humanity. His perspective wasn't limited by conventional thinking: he questioned even his own fondest ideas and was not afraid of major revisions in thought and theory. I was told once, by a teacher of English, that he'd been at a conference on Post-Structuralism (when that was a big thing) at which both Foucault and Derrida were in attendance. He said that the majority of people there were more excited to hear Dr. Wilden. He will be missed.