RCNC165 DOUGLAS RAY DYMENT December 19, 1926 – September 4, 2016
In his 90th year Doug Dyment died at the Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario.
He had driven to the country for the weekend, stopping at the Caledon Mountain Trout Club to pick up a fish he’d caught and left to be smoked. He was contemplating his first swim of the summer, the next morning with his wife Mary, but suffered a stroke in his sleep and died later that day.
For many years he was the president of Dyment Limited, North America’s leading supplier of point of purchase advertising displays. ‘Dyment’s’ also became a pioneer in the distribution of sales materials, with a computer as large as Air Canada’s.
The firm was started by his father Philip A. Dyment in 1912. Headquartered in Toronto, by the late 1980’s there were seven branch plants in the U.S. at a time when Canadians were more familiar with U.S. branch plants in our country. P.A. was from a large family, and it was his brothers who left Canada to open and run many of those U.S. operations.
Benefitting from Doug’s leadership and vision, Dyment’s consolidated its branch plants into a state of the art mega-plant before selling the company in 1996.
Doug learned wonderful skills many from his father and uncles, which served him well as he grew the company with his brother Donald.
A formative experience for Doug was his time at Royal Roads Naval College training to be an officer during the Second World War. While colleagues the year ahead of him served during hostilities, the war ended just as he was graduating. His cohort shared a strong bond which has lasted through the decades and they were blessed not to suffer the loss of classmates in war.
Douglas leaves Mary Kenner Dyment, his wife and cherished, devoted partner of 53 years. They loved to travel, ski, sail, scuba dive and keenly followed tennis and world events. Other loving, grateful family members are his children David, Philip, and Deirdre; his daughter-in-law Jane Gurr; and his grandchildren Alexander Taylor, Oliver Dyment, Gabrielle Dyment, Summer Taylor, Claire Dyment, and Jack Dyment.
Doug, as one of his grandchildren put it, ‘Was just the greatest guy, so loving, so positive, the best grandfather I can imagine.’ And that’s pretty much how everyone experienced him, the greatest as a husband, a dad, a friend, a boss.
Douglas is predeceased by his parents Philip and Elma Belton Dyment, and his brother Don with whom he worked closely for many years.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held with family and friends at 3:00 p.m. on September 23rd at 135 St. George Street in Toronto.
If desired, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be appreciated. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.
A note from the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr Billy Allan: (no other details available at this time)
“It is with sadness that I send along the news of the passing of a long-time professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the RMC. Colleague to our Emeritus Professors and some current professors, mentor and professor to several current faculty, friend and co-worker in the department with several amongst the technical staff, he will indeed be missed. Prof (Em) Bardon reminds me that Dr. Robert Ferguson’s health was deteriorating when they last spoke, but Bob remained strong.
Dr. Ferguson lived with an incurable cancer for over 7 years, yet continued to enjoy life until fairly recently, when it finally caught up to him. Department Head from 1988 to 1993, Dr. Ferguson was an early pioneer of CAD-CAM and a key promoter of, and instructor in, bilingual engineering programmes at RMC.”
“C’est avec tristesse que je transmet les nouvelles du décès d’un professeur de longue date du Département de génie mécanique du CMR. Collègue aux Professeurs émérites et à certains membres de la faculté présent, mentor & professeur ayant enseigné à quelques membres de la faculté, ami et compagnon de travail de certains des membres du personnel technique, nous manquerons M. Ferguson. M. Bardon (Pr. Em) me rappelle que M. Ferguson était malade avec un cancer inguérissable depuis plus de sept ans, mais il a continué à vivre pleinement jusqu’aux dernières quelques mois. Directeur du département de 1988-1993, M. Ferguson était pionnier de fabrication & design à l’aide d’ordinateur et un champion et enseignant au début des programmes bilingues de génie au CMR.”