JEFF (JEFFREY) EDWARD PRITCHARD P. Eng., CEO of Vac-Aero International, Oakville After a courageous 4 year battle with cancer, showing his trademark humour and strength to the end, Jeff died at Ian Anderson House hospice in Oakville just before sunrise on Friday, June 3, 2011, 13 days before his 54th birthday. Beloved husband of Jane and devoted dad of Mike, Emily, Dan and Ryan. Son of Ross Pritchard and brother of Kelli (Pritchard Charky), Jory (Pritchard-Kerr) and Jill (Pritchard-Scott). Son-in-law of Cynthia and Scott Harris and Harry and Linda Birtwhistle. Born June 16, 1957 in Toronto, Jeff spent his very active childhood in Streetsville, hiking, building tree forts, playing hockey and pulling pranks with his best buds who supported him throughout his life. As a young man, Jeff earned his pilot's license, graduated from the University of Toronto as a metallurgical engineer and pursued a career in aerospace at Vac-Aero International in Oakville. There he worked with his Dad, Ross and with a very talented and dedicated group of colleagues who became some of his finest friends. As CEO of Vac-Aero, Jeff helped lead the company in more international ventures, including in Poland and India. Family was Jeff's enduring inspiration and he loved Jane and the kids fiercely, rushing out of hospital after surgeries and treatments to hurry back to his "gang" at the cottage on Lake of Bays to paddle his kayak, take the kids waterskiing and teach Mike to drive the truck. Always up for a good party, Jeff enjoyed many happy times with his wider family of in-laws, neighbours, friends and Chatham relatives. We would like to thank you all for helping Jeff celebrate life to the fullest even in tough times. We would also like to thank the many dedicated professionals who worked so hard to treat Jeff's cancer, including Dr. Robert Athey; Dr. Peter Ferguson, Dr. Martin Blackstein, Dr. A. Gupta, Dr. Peter Chung and chemo nurse Ferry of Princess Margaret Hospital; the palliative care team at Credit Valley Hospital and the wonderful staff at Ian Anderson House. A private family service will be held, followed by a memorial gathering in the future with notice to be posted. To express your condolences, please go to www.glenoaks.ca If you would like to make a donation, please consider giving to: Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, www.pmhf.ca Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.ca Jeff, you left us too young and too soon but we had a heck of a time with you. Thank you for your compassion, for always lending a hand to all who needed one and, above all, for your incredible sense of humour. Tires on gravel over red, damp leaves, snapping turtles in the evening bay, man in kayak skimming quiet water past boy in green canoe, heart holding not an absence in its lens, but afterimage, life, still...
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Published in the Toronto Star on June 4, 2011