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HANDEGORD, Gustav "Gus"
Oliver Pearcey
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend, colleague, author, teacher, mentor, and building science expert passed peacefully in his ninetieth year on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Oakville, Ontario Canada.
Survived by his wife of 65 years Frieda (Fritzi) Handegord, his three children Kathryn Handegord Gowling (Barry Gowling), Keith Handegord (Janine Ralph), Sidney Handegord (Raymond Andrey), his two granddaughters Alison Gowling Martin (Andrew Martin), Jessica Gowling (John Helm), his grandson Luke Handegord, loving relatives, and many friends.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gus began his building science career as lecturer at University of Saskatchewan after receiving his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 1946. He joined National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Division Building Research (DBR) in 1948, received his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois in 1951, moved to Ottawa in 1968 to continue his 35-year career with NRC DBR until he retired as Head of Building Practice Group in 1983 and entered private practice.
Author of "Building Science and the Building Envelope", and co-author of "Building Science for a Cold Climate", he also served as Instructor at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Carleton University School of Architecture, University of Waterloo Environmental Studies, as Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and as Director of Building Science at Trow Consulting Engineers.
His many contributions have been acknowledged by OBEC, ABEC South, and other organizations such as ASHRAE. From 1984 to 2012 he continued his work as researcher, author, consultant, expert, teacher, and guest speaker.
Throughout his life, he sustained lively debate with colleagues and protégés, and inspired his loved ones to strive for success, to live life with honor and maintain a poetic sense of humour.
It's been said the measure of one's worth is the extent to which lives have been influenced. By that measure, Gus Handegord was very wealthy indeed.
A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in his name, to:
The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Mar. 29, 2014
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