David RACE

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RACE, David H.
It is with profound sadness that his family announces the peaceful passing of David H. Race on June 2, 2012. His loss is deeply mourned by his wife Janet and son Andrew. He is also mourned by his sister Dorothy and nephews Jeremy and Jonathan Vokes. David Humphrey Race was born in Darlington, England on March 22, 1929 and spent many happy days on the rugby pitches of that city or exploring the neighboring Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. As a boy, during the Second World War he was evacuated to Canada. Following the war and after completing his national service, much of which was spent in Egypt, he returned to Canada. In 1957 he graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and was appointed Engineering Manager at Canadian Aviation Electronics in Montreal. It was the beginning of a long and nearly uninterrupted association. After a four year period with Canadair from 1965 to 1969 he returned to CAE as President of CAE Aircraft in Winnipeg. In 1977 he was appointed Vice President of Operations of CAE Industries Ltd in Toronto. Committed in his dedication to the company, in 1985 he became its President and Chief Executive Officer. Upon his retirement as President in 1993, he capped his career with CAE with an appointment as Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 1999. He also served on the boards of the Bank of Nova Scotia and Falconbridge and in 1994 he became a Companion to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. A dedicated sailor, he spent many magical summers on Lake of the Woods. In the winter months, his thoughts turned to his beloved Yorkshire Dales and countless happy days were spent racing up hill and down dale in rented cars, in search of that next, best inn, pub or restaurant. After retirement as CEO of CAE he was finally able to personally pursue his interest in aviation and quickly earned his private pilot's license, which only deepened his passion for flight. His family wishes to extend their most heartfelt thanks to his friends Dan Tipping and Annabelle Hogarth and Ron and Mary McCallum for their many kindnesses and steadfast support in his hour of need. Deep thanks also to Sandra Prince whose selflessness and generosity allowed his son Andrew to spend precious hours with his father in his last weeks. Finally a great debt of gratitude is owed to the staff and volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit at St Michael's Hospital, truly extraordinary people. There will be a small, private memorial and celebration. Donations in David Race's memory to the Palliative Care Unit, St. Michael's Hospital Foundation or to Foster Parents Plan would be greatly appreciated by the family.
"This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Published in National Post from June 9 to June 10, 2012
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