Department remembers John Pezzack

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Black and white candid shot of staff members viewing a lab demonstration.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences regretfully announces the passing of long-time and former staff member, John Pezzack, on December 30, 2021.

Pezzack completed his undergraduate co-op degree in 1973 in the newly formed Department of Kinesiology.  During his time as a student, he was also a member of the University’s tennis team and later a coach and President of Waterloo Tennis Club. After his undergraduate degree, he completed his masters in biomechanics and joined the University as a teaching lab demonstrator in 1977.

For the next three decades, Pezzack instructed generations of Kinesiology students in the science of biomechanics, developing and leading hands-on learning experiences to demonstrate how forces act on and are produced by the human body.

“John Pezzack was a talented instructor who loved sharing his passion for biomechanics with Kinesiology undergraduate students,” says Professor Russell Tupling, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and a former student of Pezzack’s. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from John as his former student and colleague. John was critically important in the development of the Kinesiology program and the outstanding department we have today.”

An outdoor Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held in the spring. Opportunities to pay tribute in the guest book or make memorial donations can be found in the obituary notice.