Monday, September 29, 2008

Passing of a friend...

Remembering my friend Tony; in 1984 he gave me my first real "surveyor" job...he will be sadly missed by anyone who knew him and his unpretentious disposition. My first time at sea, he informed me that there was a moron on every ship, and my priority task was to identify him. "If you can't figure out who it is, then it must be you"...end-quote :) Fortunately, it was not a difficult task, and having known the man, I dare say I'm much wiser...

O'CONNOR, Anthony (Tony) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anthony (Tony) O'Connor on Wednesday September 24, 2008 at the age of 67. Tony was born in Dublin, Ireland, raised in Seaham Harbour, England and immigrated to Canada in 1967, a country he loved so very much. Tony's career extended from the British Merchant Navy to Dominion Hydrographer of Canada, Canadian Hydrographic Service, and he spent many happy years at sea on the "Willie J". Tony loved the North and explored it when he was Hydrographer-in-Charge & Chief Scientist on board C.S.S. Hudson for the major cruise to the Beaufort Sea and Northwest Passage. He was a loving husband and father, a valued friend and touched the lives of many. Lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Sandra, missed deeply by daughters Kelly and Claire (Lawrence), and son Neil. Pre-deceased by sisters Maureen, Valerie and Susan, survived by brother Kevin. He will be sadly missed by many relatives and friends across the country. Memorial celebration will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room (1 Rideau St., Ottawa) on Tuesday September 30, 2008. Visitation at 11:30a.m., and celebration of his life at noon with refreshments following. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the MS Society of Canada, or the charity of your choice.

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