CAULFIELD, David Donald
September 27, 1935 - May 26, 2013
On Sunday, May 26, David Donald Caulfield (P. Eng, MSc) passed away suddenly after a rich and varied life, at his acreage near Devon Alberta. He leaves to mourn, his wife Thomasina (nee Raymond). He was a member of APEGA, a CSSE fellow, and a member of Sigma XI, the CSEG, the SEG and IEEE.
Dave was born September 27, 1935 in Tenafly, New Jersey, the eldest son of Margaret (nee Quinn) and Patrick, who had emigrated from County Mayo, Ireland. He was an engineer, inventor and musician and was still working full time, enthusiastically engaged in improving and inventing new geophysical software and inspiring his co- workers and friends with his energy and inventiveness – he had been programming for over 55 years at the time of his death. He published numerous scientific papers. Dave's work history included basic research in plasma physics, a stint at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, serving as a civilian on US Navy submarines searching for Russian submarines in the Cold War, exploring for oil in the Arctic, developing innovative geophysical software, inventing a new type of piano and even spending time as a treasure hunter. He holds a patent on a seismic sensing device. His interests included flying – he had attained his IFR license – and model trains, which included small scale and his own small-sized tracks and engines he built on his acreage. He also had a lifelong fascination with his Irish heritage, and had lived there with his own young family in the early 1970s.
He is survived by his three sons, David Case, Timothy and Sean from his marriage with Ruth (nee Allen), who predeceased him in 1989; and seven much beloved grandchildren, Thomas, Joshua, Daniel, Adam, Alison, Jane and Michael. His much loved daughters-in-law Christine, Joanne and Akiko will also miss him. Kirby White and his family also had a special relationship. Dave was blessed with a second family when he married Thomasina, and her children became part of his family: Lesley and Kelly Bunn and their children Reeve (Lindsay) and Sellek; Lanne and Steven Rice and their children Breanne Bannerholt (Troy), and who have Dave's great-grand children Ryker and Quinn, and Taylor; Reid and Sandra Gosche, with their children Sophia and Mason.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Devon Pioneer 73 Hall at 29 St. Lawrence Avenue, Devon, Alberta on Saturday, June 1, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Stollery Children's Foundation (see www.stollerykids.com). Please feel free to come and celebrate his life. Above all, bring stories.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from May 30 to May 31, 2013