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July 31, 1928 - November 6, 2013
After a lengthy illness, Dean passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 with his family by his side. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years Jean (Hamilton), children Bonnie (Glenn Zuran) and Donald (Sandysunshine), brother Lyle and sister Louise (Phil Belanger), "Uncle Dean" will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Dean left his roots as a young man to embark on an adventurous life. He was fortunate to have been at the forefront of post WWII aircrew who paved the way for all newcomers in the R.C.A.F. Dean served in the R.C.A.F. from 1947 to 1972 as a pilot and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader (Major). As a member of 426 Squadron, he served in the Korean War. One of his most memorable accomplishments was piloting the first transatlantic flight of the Comet – brand new technology at the time. When he retired from the military in 1972, after serving for 25 years he was flying the Boeing 707. In his "next" career Dean was with the Department of Transport where he was Chief - Air Navigation Policies and Standards, serving for another 24 years. Dean was a kind and gentle man. Family and friends will dearly miss his passionate and humorous retelling of his stories. He inspired many young men and women in his work with the 211 Air Cadet Squadron where he was the Commanding Officer for 5 years. Dean will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his lifelong fascination with everything to do with flight and airplanes, his dry wit, as well as his appreciation for a shared cold pint. He was a perfectionist with an almost comical attention to detail and was good hearted about the teasing he received from family and friends. Since retiring from DOT, Dean and his wife, Jean has enjoyed a life in Pinehill Estates in Kanata as part of a wonderful community of friends and neighbours. They call it Paradise. Family and Friends are invited to visit Beechwood, Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway) on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 1p.m. until time of a Celebration of Life in the Sacred Space at 2 p.m. followed by interment in the National Military Cemetery of Beechwood Cemetery. For those who wish, flowers or memorial contributions in Dean's memory to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. The family welcomes you to join them for a reception following the interment in the Borden and Fleming Suites. Tributes may be sent via Lifetimes at www.beechwoodcemetery.com
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2013