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14104 A.W.D (David) Wu

With great sadness David Wu passed away 21 September 2020 at the Ottawa General Hospital, with spouse Sara and children Stephanie and Jonathan by his side. Dave was diagnosed with cancer in January, and shared his condition only with his close family; COVID and Dave’s auto-immune suppressed condition frustratingly precluding visits from wider family and friends.

Dave was a true, kind hearted, and brightening happy soul whose big, wide, welcoming smile projected an uplifting beacon to all who had the honor to know have known him.

Dave was one of the privileged to enjoy two years of the close camaraderie of Royal Roads Military College. Food, a lifelong passion of Dave’s, became an easy draw for a growing fraternity of closer friendships as his lower dresser drawer became known as the local grocery store.

In pursuit of an engineering degree, Dave relocated to the Royal Military College (#1 Squadron/Stone Frigate) for his final two years of study before commencing his career as a Land Ordnance Engineering Officer.

Dave served a full military career, Borden, Shilo, Shrivenham, Ottawa, and a lengthy series of postings in Kingston providing welcomed stability to raise Stephanie and Jonathan.

Dave’s longtime residence in Kingston led to longstanding support to the Class of 1983. He helped organize class reunions, helped establish the class fund for commemorative stones, and answered all calls for classmates seeking support for Kingston needs.

Dave and Sara quite uniquely enjoyed many dozens of cruises together around the world; their common ‘bucket list’. It is heartwarming to know they were fortunate and prescient to so extensively enjoy this common love together.

As a part of David’s final wishes, please consider donating to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Chilliwack Basic Training – Summer 1979

Wilson Price, former professor at RMC

Wilson Leonard Joseph Price, aged 78, died at St Brigid’s Home, Quebec City, on 11 September 2020, surrounded by his loving children. He was the son of Solomon Leonard Price and Delphine Price, nee Gignac, both deceased.
A religious memorial service will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church. Attendance will be limited due to the current Pandemic.
Wilson Price grew up in Quebec City and attended ST. Patrick’s School. As a young man, he completed military service in the Canadian Army where he attained the rank of Major. He continued his studies in Physics Engineering at Laval University.
He was granted an Althlone Fellowship and continued post graduate studies at the University of Birmingham, where he earned a Master’s degree in Operations Research and a PhD in Industrial Engineering. Wilson Price was a member of the Order of Engineers and taught at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and at the University of Ottawa.
Eventually moving to Laval University, he retired as Professeur Titulaire. Wilson Price was the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications until 2018 when he was faced with life threatening illness. He was a fan of English sports cars and was a proud owner of a Triumph TR4. He belonged to the Club des Rendez-Vous des Anglaises in Quebec City.
He was friendly, tolerant and harboured a natural curiosity. Wilson Price consequently made friends and counted as his colleagues scholars and scientists from around the world.
He leaves his wife, Helen Villeneuve, his grieving children, Charles Price (Josee-Anne Labrie). Daniel Price (Michelle Bernier), And Valerie Sara Price (Douglas Ndambuki, his sister, Lynda Ann Price and his grandchildren Emilie, Julia, Noah and Aimee. He also leaves Denise Turcot, beloved mother of his children as well as many cousins and numerous friends and colleagues.

5443 Alan Johnson Rodger

Al passed away Sep 23, 2020 at home in Columbia, South Carolina after a struggle with cancer.

Born and raised in Montreal, Al attended College Militaire Royal (CMR) in St Jean and then Royal Military College in Kingston.  Al excelled academically in Chemical Engineering. Less well known was his athletic prowess as a champion free-style swimmer.  He wouldn’t just dominate, he’d leave his competitors in his wash with his power and grace in the pool.  He also played water polo and football.

After grad, he married Lois Isabella Rochford (whom he had taken out throughout his time at CMR and RMC) and they headed for 2 short tours in Winnipeg and Trenton; Al was a Navigator in the RCAF.  In between those 2 tours, Al took his Masters in Chemical Engineering at MIT while on a Ford Scholarship.  In 1965, he was posted to RMC on the Academic Staff as a Professor in Chemical Engineering.  While at RMC, he completed his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Queens University in Kingston.

In 1969, Al left the Air Force and RMC, and went to work for Dupont Chemical as a Research Engineer in Parkersburg, West Virginia for 3 years; then on to Wilmington, Delaware for 7 years.  In 1980 Al went to Fayetteville North Carolina to build a chemical plant, then in ’81, back to Parkersburg where he built a larger plant.  Al retired in 1999 and moved to Columbia, South Carolina where he started a consulting firm on chemical engineering issues throughout the US and internationally until 2015.

Dr. Rodger is survived by his wife Lois, his sons Alan Michael Rodger, Barry Drew Rodger, his daughters Pamela Lois Rodger Williams, Peggy Anne Dortch, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

While Al did not suffer fools, he had a generous and fun-loving spirit.  His many friends give thanks for the opportunity to have known him.

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Editor’s Note: Further tributes to Dr. Bussières will appear in the next edition of eVeritas. / Note de l’éditrice: D’autres hommages au Dr Bussières apparaîtront dans la prochaine édition d’eVeritas.

One Comment

  • Kevin Bryski

    October 6, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    We will all miss the infectous smile of our friend and class-mate Dave Wu. He was a +1 in the lives of many.