Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

4999 HOULE, Jean-Louis

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4651 Dr. Gordon C. Andrews (1937-2014):

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Andrews on January 26, 2014. He died peacefully at home with his family, at the age of 76. He was predeceased by his parents Norman and Ethel Reda Andrews of Hamilton, brothers Ronald (Alice) and William (Bernice) of Waterloo, brother John of Brantford, and sister June of Vancouver. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate Isobelle, and his children, daughter Gail of Vancouver, and son Christopher (Sara) of Calgary. He cherished and was very proud of his grandchildren Liam, Marin, and Dylan, who will greatly miss their Papa. He is also survived by his brother Ross (Anna) of Ancaster and sister-in-law Susan of Brantford. He is lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends across Canada, the United States, Scotland, and Australia.

Gordon was born in Hamilton, Ontario and showed great interest in academics, winning the Manson Gold Medal upon graduation from high school. He was accepted into Collège Militaire Royale (St. Jean) and subsequently Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1960. During this period he earned many academic and sporting awards, including Bronze and Silver Governor General of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario medals. His flying training with the military eventually resulted in Gordon obtaining his pilot’s licence. Following his military service, he pursued graduate studies in Engineering, obtaining a MASc from UBC in 1966. He then went to Seattle to work for Boeing on the original 747 design team — an airplane that is still manufactured today. Returning to academia, Gordon obtained a PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1971, joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering on faculty thereafter. He had a rich and rewarding career, particularly enjoying the many years he served on the University’s Board of Governors and Senate. He leaves as a legacy his textbook on engineering practice and ethics, published by Nelson, which has been adopted by every English-speaking province in Canada for their professional practice exams. He completed the fifth edition in the year before his death.

Being a very project-oriented person, Gordon built a cottage on the Bruce Peninsula with the help of family and friends, and many happy summers were spent there. In his retirement he continued this “work in progress”, and also enjoyed seven wonderful years wintering in Australia with Isobelle. Gordon weathered his illness with good humour, dignity and a positive attitude until the end. The family would like to thank Drs. Chernish, Jakda, Keleher and their staff for outstanding care and support during Gordon’s illness. Thanks also to the Waterloo Wellington CCAC Palliative Care Team, the Hospice of Waterloo Region program and special thanks to nurses Michael Reid and Susan Prentice.

Dr. Andrews’ family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, (519-749-8467) on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Memorial celebration of his life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3 pm followed by a reception. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice of Waterloo Region and the University of Waterloo Engineer of the Future Trust would be appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Dr. Andrews’ memorial.

One Response to “Deaths | Décès”

  1. Len Kubas Says:

    The Class of Sixty is greatly diminished by the Gordon’s passing. Gordon and I started our friendship as Prep Year members of Champlain Squadron in 1955, and then served in the RCAF following graduation from RMC.

    Gordon was very smart and had a great sense of humour. I and other classmates will miss him at our 55th reunion planned for 2015. My sincere condolences to Isobelle and the family. I deeply regret not being able to attend the memorial celebration for Gordon as I will be out of the country.

    Len Kubas
    4778

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