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Robert Laird HOUSTON
Père : HOUSTON
Décès le : 2002-03-06
Parution : 2002-03-08
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

Col., P. Eng., L.L.D., C.D. On March 6, 2002 at the Perley & Rideau Veteran's Health Centre (Ottawa) at the age of 90 after suffering for many years from Alzheimers disease. Beloved husband of Edna Caroline (Leishman) and father of Tom (Jan) of Ottawa and John (Diane) of Toronto. "Poppa" to Katie, Lesley and Anne, and "Grandpa" to Sandy (Jamie McPherson) and Ruth (Ross Podgorenko). "Great-grampa" to Avery, Zachary, Duncan and Hannah. Brother of Edward (Ottawa), Zella (Detroit), and brother-in-law of Trudy Leishman (West Vancouver). Predeceased by three brothers, Alfred, Clarence (Ike) and Stuart. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bob was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on November 3, 1911. He grew up in Arnprior, Ontario and then attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York on a hockey scholarship from which he graduated in 1934 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1935 he was commissioned into the Canadian Army. He served in various capacities in the Army until retiring as a Colonel in 1963, including fighting in World War II as a Commanding Officer of the Fourth Canadian Armoured Divisional Signals and being awarded the French Croix de Guerre, instructing at the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario and the NATO Defence Staff College in Paris, France, and serving on different international committees. In 1963, he founded the Canada Japan Trade Council and led the Council until his retirement. In 1987, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Star from His Majesty The Emperor of Japan for his efforts through the years to promote friendly relations and economic ties between Canada and Japan. Bob always participated actively in local and national community organizations. He served as People's Warden at St. Thomas The Apostle Anglican Church and coached his sons' hockey teams for many years. He initiated the Western Transportation Advisory Council and he is a past Chairman of the Canadian National Committee of United World Colleges (which ultimately led to the establishment of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific), past President of Clarkson University Alumni Board of Governors, past President of the NATO Defence College Association of Canada, past Chairman of the National Committee for The Right Honourable John D. Diefenbaker Centre and a past Director of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the Big Rideau Lake Association. In 1982 he was invested as a Knight Commander of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. He greatly enjoyed sports and was a member of The Royal Ottawa Golf Club for many years. In accordance with his wishes, there will be a family funeral service. Friends are welcome to attend a reception in his memory at 19 Orrin Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, March 9, 2002 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Perley & Rideau Veteran's Health Centre, The Salvation Army or to any of the above noted charities would be appreciated. We are very appreciative of the kindness and care he received at the Perley & Rideau Health Centre (Ottawa South East 2) and particularly wish to thank all the members of the staff who went to great lengths to make him comfortable. The Ottawa Citizen, 08-03-2002

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