James Stephen Muldowney

December 25, 1939 - March 7, 2022
March 10, 2022 31 Condolences Print Obituary

We are sad to announce the sudden death of Professor James Muldowney. He died at home in his 83rd year on March 7th, 2022.

Cherishing his memory are his beloved wife of nearly 58 years, Fidelma, his children Siobhán (George MacMillan), Maeve (Mike Lee) and Eamonn. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Rory, Thomas, Marcus, Nica and Victoria. He also leaves his brothers Dick and Pat and sisters, Catherine and Anne as well as his O’Gorman brothers and sisters-in-law Ethna, Vincent, Dorothy and Ralph, all in Ireland.

He was a respected professor at the University of Alberta and will be remembered by his colleagues and former students in the Department of Mathematics.

Jim was born in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, educated at Coláiste Íosagán (Ballyvourney), National University of Ireland Galway and the University of Alberta.

As a new immigrant to Canada in 1962 he made a significant contribution to many sports organizations in Edmonton, including the Rowing Club, Chasquis running and the Nordic ski club.

A private family burial will take place. There will be a celebration of Jim’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association www.cmha.ca

Tá sé imithe ar slí na fírinne. Ní bheidh a leithéid aris ann.

  1. I am so sorry Sio. Sounds like your father took “the road less travelled”. We are thinking of you and your family ❤️ Take care of yourself and let us know if you need anything!

  2. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis

  3. Fidelma, Siobhan , Maeve and Eamonn… I was startled to hear of Jim’s death. Though we live daily with the realization that this is necessary it never ceases to be a shock. The end of his life will affect you all differently.
    Of course, the living of his life has affected you all differently…remember the fond memories and let loose any difficult memories.

  4. My deepest condolences to the Muldowney family. Dr. Muldowney was so kind and caring. He was so helpful to me as a new graduate student back in 2000. I am forever grateful to you.

  5. I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Prof Muldowney. He was my favourite professor during my undergraduate degree in the early 90s. He always encouraged me and treated all students with kindness and respect. Memory eternal.

  6. A kind and loving soul
    He touched each heart
    With his generous spirit
    And left us better for
    Knowing him

    Few, in this life,
    Give as fully and
    With such care
    Alas, yes, too brief,
    But every moment a treasure.

    Remembered with fond respect, admiration and love

    My sincere condolences to the Muldowney family

  7. My sincere condolences to Fidelma and all the Muldowney family o the death of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.
    Doodie Cahill

  8. Deepest sympathies to Fidelma and all the Muldowney and O’Gorman families on Jim’s very sudden death. We know how much he will be missed.
    A dheis De go rabid a anam.

  9. My condolence to you and your family. I remember Jim and his amazing sense of humour. To this day, I still use his famous phrase he said to me when I was a boy before I ran a 10k… “you don’t have to be first… but god don’t be last”. Chris

  10. Condolences to all the Muldowney family. May your stories of him remind you of the unique loving relationships built together. Honoured to have had occasions to meet your dad Maeve.

  11. Maeve and your family – we are very sorry to hear of the death of your father James MULDOWNEY. He was a very kind, gentle, laughing person – we have good memories of chatting with him at parties on Stayner Street in Westmount, and of course in the back, on Stayner Lane. May he rest in peace. May your wonderful memories of your father bring you many moments of joy and happiness for many years to come. With all our sincerest condolences – Anne, Willem, and Jean, Paul and Emma.

  12. So sorry for your loss. A good man.

  13. Dear Fidelma and family ,
    We were together at Spinelli’s a few hours before the sad sad event .
    So shocking and heartbreaking! Always had such a harmonious time
    Full of humour . He always asked me on my Mickey Mouse necktie day if I was
    babysitting today . I would say yes ! 🙂
    We have lost a dear one who was there for us in our bad times .
    May God give you the strength to bear this loss and May his soul Rest In Peace !
    We send you all love and hugs ! 🥲🥲🙏

  14. Condolences Fidelma, Siobhán, Maeve, Eamon and all the family on the loss of Jim. I remember your many family trips to Ireland, to Newhouse, and Tinnokilly, Waterford, and Dublin. He was lively, and funny and a unique character and spirit. He built a great life in Canada and always stayed connected to Ireland where he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace, and I hope the many good memories you have of Jim will help you through this difficult time.

  15. To the Muldowney Family. It is with great sadness I hear the passing of Jim. He was one of the great people I had the privilege of getting to work alongside at the rowing club. He had great passion for sport, family and life. Remember all the good times you’ve experienced. My sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers to you all.

  16. I offer my sincere condolences to the family of James Muldowney. He was tuely wonderful colleague and friend.

  17. Professor Muldowney was an early member and generous supporter of the Edmonton Rowing Club. We are incredibly sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace. On behalf of the rowing club, we send our sincerest condolences.

  18. My sincere condolences to the Muldowney family. Jim was a great man; I always remember him as a kindly colleague, a modest and humorous intellectual, an amiable and generous man.

  19. I was very saddened to hear of Jim’s death. He was a very kind man of great wit and intellect. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Fidelma and the Muldowney family.

  20. Fidelma, Siobhán, Maeve, Eamon and all of the extended family. We were so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. His warm and friendly manner was a gift to all who had the pleasure of his company (even our kids remember him from their early years). In fact, a get together on Romaniuk Road was not complete without Fidelma and Jim. He will be missed. May the years of memories provide some consolation through this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love, Mark and Nancy et al

  21. my sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Prof Muldowney

  22. Many good memories.

    Sad St. Patrick’s day.

  23. My deepest condolences to Jim’s family, he was a good friend and a professor loved and respected by all of us. I met Jim in the year 2000, when we organized The Americas Conference in Mérida-Venezuela, at the Universidad de Los Andes. Professor Marcos Lizana, who died last year, was a close friend of Jim’s, he introduced me to Jim the first time we met.

    Have a good trip dear and respected professor.

  24. Sincere condolences to Fidelma and the Muldowney and O’Gorman families. As a graduate student in Mathematics at the U of A in the 1990s, he had a huge positive influence on my life and career. It was a joy to know him then and to have kept in touch since. He was a highly accomplished mathematician and outstanding teacher, who led by example and rejoiced in the successes of everyone around him. Every encounter with him was a pleasure, and everyone respected and admired him and appreciated his wisdom, humour and great company. Suaimhneas síoraí dó.

  25. Dear Mrs. Muldowney, Siobhan, Maeve, and Eamonn,
    my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. I remember so many fond times with him. He will be dearly missed. May your wonderful memories surround you. Sending you all love and hugs, Seema & family

  26. Dear Mrs. Muldowney, Siobhan, Maeve, and Eamonn,
    My deepest heartfelt condolences. My memories of Mr. Muldowney were of his wit, energy and enthusiasm. I hope he had all of those qualities near the end. he will be deeply missed by all. May he reside tenderly in your hearts and continue to grow in your souls.
    Sending love and solidarity to all of you,

  27. We will miss you uncle Jim, rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.

  28. My deepest sympathies to Fidelma and family. I worked with Dr. Muldowney during his tenure as Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Chair of the Graduate Scholarship Committee. His wisdom, kindness, and delightful sense of humor made it a pleasure to know him. He was well-liked and respected by all.

  29. My deepest condolences to Fidelma and family. This is very sad and unexpected news. I knew Jim ever since my undergraduate days in Alberta in the late 1960’s, and I always enjoyed seeing him and Fidelma at various conferences. It was a privilege to have known Jim. May he rest in peace.

  30. Jim was a respected mathematician with a very long track record of contributions to the academic and sporting life of Edmonton. Only last October he and Fidelma treated me to a lovely lunch out there, when I picked his brain about 60+ years of Irish maths people in Canada. What a memory he had!

  31. Jim brightened any meeting with his whit and interesting mathematics. He is dearly missed.

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