ARCHIBALD, Bryon Alexander
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Ottawa General Hospital at the age of 80. He will always be remembered by the love of his life and wife of nearly 60 years, Helen, sisters Sandra Blanchette and Marnie Benson and brother Bruce, along with son Patrick (Cecile) and daughters Karen (Jim) and Krystal and two loving grandsons Roben and Leeam, as well as a large extended family and many friends. Born in Kenora, Ontario on November 4, 1933 to the late Ragnhild and Campbell, Bryon could usually be found outdoors; on Agimak Lake in Ignace, trapping minnows and fishing in all seasons. Bryon began work with the Canadian Pacific Railway at age 13, enlisted in the army at 17, taking a break from the railway to serve our country in the Korean War from 1953-54. His career with External Affairs allowed him to travel the world with his family for years living in Cairo, Paris, Peking and also travelling to Vietnam for a peacekeeping mission. He cherished his years at Cognos and all the wonderful friends he met along the way. His compassion was evident during his time as a foster parent with the Children's Aid Society along with his wife Helen, providing a loving temporary home to children in need. Bryon enjoyed spending time at the Legion Branch 593 in Bells Corners along with his fellow Korean War Veterans and proudly represented them at numerous events including the launch of 2013 Veterans Week at the Senate. His dog, Kali, will miss his companionship and late-night walks. A Private Service for family will take place in the coming days. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or The Ottawa Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 30, 2014