Professor Emeritus of Bishop's University, Eric Herbert Yarrill was born in Brentford, Isleworth, England on December 28th, 1914, the son of Herbert G. Yarrill and Amelia Louise Blackford, who emigated to Ontario when Eric was a young boy. He became a Canadian citizen on October 2nd 1947. Educated at Toronto, the Sorbonne, and Chicago, he brought superior linguistic talents to naval wartime intelligence as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. A highlight of this time, however, will be coming to light in a broadcast later this year of a Radio-Canada historical documentary on German operations in Canada during the Second World War. Part of these operations included dropping off two spies on Canada’s east coast, one of whom surrendered to Eric.
On July 24th, 1945, in Newport, Vermont, he married Edith Marguerite Oedelshoff who predeceased him on May 9th 2004. He taught Modern Languages a Bishop's from 1938 to 1977 completing a distinguished career teaching French, German, and some Spanish.
in his 91st year, peacefully at his home in Lennoxville, Qc, on January 2nd, 2005. Mr Yarrill Prof. Yarrill leaves to mourn his passing his two sisters: Stella Anthes of Niagara Falls, Ont, and Mary Foster of Quispamsis, NB, and their families.