Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

R.I.P., Alan Sawyer

by Rob - June 10th, 2013.
Filed under: Deaths, Milestones.

My younger brother Alan Bruce Sawyer passed away Saturday night. He was born September 12, 1961, in Toronto, and died in that city June 8, 2013, at the age of 51.

Alan was diagnosed with lung cancer last September [2012], and by the time it was diagnosed, it had already metastasized to his brain, abdomen, and sternum. He passed away Saturday, June 8, at 10:00 p.m., at home, after a very rapid decline. He had been well enough to attend a play at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on Thursday night, and really only went into steep decline three hours before he passed away.

Alan was 16 months younger than me. A digital-content producer, he won an International Emmy Award for his work on the webisode companions for the TV series Endgame. He had no children, but is survived by his wife Kim. His website:

This death notice appeared in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail on Monday, June 9; it has details about visitation and the celebration of life:

SAWYER, Alan Bruce – 51, passed away at home June 8. Beloved husband of Kim Sawyer (Piekarz), dear son of John and Virginia. Fondly missed by Peter (Jacquie) and Rob (Carolyn) and Piekarz family.

Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2-4 p.m. and Thursday, June 13, 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Life Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m., all at GIFFEN-MACK, 2570 Danforth Ave., 416-698-3121.

Due to allergies, please no flowers. If so desired, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children.

Robert J. Sawyer online:

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