He earned his doctorate from the University of Reading in England, immigrated in 1979 to join the faculty of animal and poultry science at the University of Guelph, was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 1985 and served as full professor from 1990 to 2009.
He specialized in sheep and animals' reproductive performance, shifting to focus on dairy.
He developed a small flock of Charolais sheep on his farm near Guelph.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Valerie, and two children, Tom and Jen, and their spouses and children.
In lieu of a formal service, he asked for a party which will be Sept. 23 at the Puslinch Community Centre. Donations are welcomed for the University of Guelph Dairy Challenge Initiative.