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Peacefully on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in his 89th year. Beloved husband, of 59 years, of Eleanor Frances (nee Duffy); loving father of Heather Anne and Wendy Diane Ring (Ted); and devoted grandfather of Tyler (Julie), Brooke (Andy), and Bryce (Elise). Neil will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues all over the world. Neil received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1955. He joined the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, where he headed its Arctic Oceanographic Program and later the Atlantic Oceanographic Group in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In 1963 he was appointed to Ottawa to organize and develop the entry of the Department of Energy Mines and Resources into the field of marine sciences. From 1976 to 1986, he was Director General, Marine Sciences and Information Directorate with Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Neil worked in Canada's Maritimes, the Eastern Arctic and the Northwest Atlantic. He was a member and head of the Canadian Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and represented that organization at the Third Law of the Sea Conference. He organized and reported on the government study of pollution in Lakes Erie and Ontario, and became a special adviser to the Department of External Affairs on marine scientific matters. In retirement, Neil acted as consultant on training, education and assistance for Third World countries. He was made a life member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), in 1992 was awarded that organization's John P. Tully Medal, and in 1994 became Executive Director of CMOS. Neil would like to be remembered for "…the development of Canadian international marine science." A special thank you to the doctors and nurses on 5 NW at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus for their kind and compassionate care. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Neil's memory are asked to consider the Scholarship Fund of CMOS, The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, the Alzheimer Society Canada or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 23, 2014
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