McCORQUODALE - William Alexander Howes, P. Eng. (ret.)
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December 9, 1925 - February 8, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of William (Bill) Alexander Howes McCorquodale at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. Predeceased by his brother Jim and his parents, Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kirsten, sons Gordon (Jean) of North Vancouver and Peter of Berkeley, grandsons Rob (Nicola) of Vancouver and Alex of North Vancouver, sister Fran of Burnaby, brother-in-law JU of Denmark, sister-in-law Lotte of France, nephews and nieces Michael, Kemp, Sandy, Lizette, Michael, Michelle, Fred, Jakob, Ida, Niels and Catherine, extended family and many friends throughout the world. Bill was born in Winnipeg to Alex and Annie Elizabeth Catherine (nee MacKay) McCorquodale and at an early age moved with his family to the Victoria area, where he attended various schools. He attended Victoria College and then went on to graduate from UBC in 1949 with a BASc in electrical engineering. He helped work his way through college and university by playing professionally in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and various swing bands. After graduation, he worked in Montreal, Windsor, Syracuse and San Francisco, before settling in North Vancouver in 1964. As a professional engineer, Bill was an electrical discipline specialist and held senior positions on major projects, mainly in the pulp and paper industry, in Canada, USA, Turkey, China, South America and Southeast Asia. His memberships included APEGBC and IEEE. He was also a Registered Professional Engineer in several states in the USA. Bill played trombone in various musical groups and toured with his bands in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and the Bahamas. He enjoyed the BC mountains and spent many happy hours skiing and hiking. His other hobbies included photography and traveling throughout the world. Bill was a wonderful and generous family man and gave freely of his time to friends, neighbours and community activities. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. There will be a memorial service at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2013, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a medical institution or charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013