Dec '14/Jan '15


By Chris Balcom

Over the past few years CIM has mourned the loss of many dedicated members of our community. We have compiled their names here in an effort to remember their years of devoted service to our organization and the mining industry at large. May they remain forever in our hearts.

Glen F. Andrews passed away in 2012 at the age of 78. A well-travelled mining engineer, Glen had been a member of CIM since 1970.

Lee Bilheimer passed away in 2013, in his 86th year. Lee joined CIM in 1970 and became a life member in 2000. He received the McPa rland Memorial Award for Excellence in Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability in 1995 for his work as a mining engineer.

Henry (Hank) Bloy had been a life member of CIM for more than 20 years when he passed away on Christmas Eve, 2013. Hank received several honours over the course of his long career in the industry including the CIM Distinguished Service Medal in 1985. In addition, he received the BTA Bell Commemorative Medallion for service to the Canadian mining industry on the occasion of the 100th Continuous Year of Publication of the Canadian Mining Journal, and the William H. Cameron Award. Hank also served as manager of the Mining Association of Manitoba for more than a decade, and was chair of the John T. Ryan Safety Committee for many years.

James (Jim) K.B. Booth passed away at the age of 91 on Nov. 11, 2013. Jim first joined CIM in 1959, after moving to Canada from his native England to work for Rio Tinto. He eventually left Rio Tinto to chart his own course and wound up founding a mining consultancy firm in collaboration with his partners Derry and Michener. Jim became a CIM life member in 1991.

Donald George Cardy (1929-2014) of St. Andrews, Manitoba had been a CIM member since 1967 and a life member since 1998 when he passed away at the age of 84 last February.

William (Webb) Cummings (1926-2013) had been a life member of CIM since 1989. Webb first joined CIM as a mining engineer in 1950. He spent much of his life and career based in British Columbia but worked across the country and abroad.

Walter Curlook (1929-2014) enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a research metallurgist. Curlook was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1996 and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 1997 for his contributions to the industry and Canadian economy. Upon his retirement from Inco in 1997, Curlook returned to academia and was a distinguished adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Toronto.

R. Bruce Ferguson passed away on Sept. 24, 2013 at the age of 68, the same year he became a CIM life member. He worked as a metallurgical engineer for many years, most recently in Nevada, and joined CIM in 1976.

Bruce C. Fielder (1960-2014) worked as a metallurgical engineer with Cameco and later Mellis Engineering Ltd., where he was employed until passing away last January at the age of 53. Bruce enjoyed working on several projects across the country and around the world.

Anders Haag had been a CIM member since 2003. He had worked in Chile for Xstrata since 2000, where he served as the company’s regional manager. Anders passed away in 2012 at the early age of 48.

R.G. (Bob) Hilker, a life member of CIM, passed away on April 23, 2013, at the age of 83. A geologist by training, Bob founded his own successful geological consulting company, Tron Duik Consultants Ltd., in 1969.

Lionel Hurst joined CIM in 1979, and became a life member in 2002. Lionel worked at Falconbridge nickel mines for 27 years, and recently passed away at the age of 90 in 2014.

Barbara Jewers moved to Fort McMurray from her native Nova Scotia in 1990, where she worked as an engineer with Syncrude for 23 years. She passed away on Sept. 17, 2013 at the age of 46.

Thomas William Kierans (1913-2013) was a genuine visionary in the engineering field. Tom began his career in 1939 when he went to work in the Sudbury Nickelbelt and eventually became Inco’s head safety engineer, during which time he introduced some important reforms. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Tom helped design the Churchill Falls Hydropower project in Labrador. Later he accepted a post at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s engineering faculty. Tom’s legacy will be forever associated with the unique ability to see engineering solutions to environmental problems. Some of his most significant projects and ideas include the Great Recycling and Northern Development (GRAND) Canal of North America, Strait of Belle Isle Fixed Link, Southside Hills development, and Deltaport. Tom first joined CIM in 1945. He was 100 years old when he passed away in November 2013.

Jacobus (Jack) Kriens passed away in his 80th year on May 8, 2011. Jack had been a member of CIM since 1964 and a life member since 1998.

Gregory W.R. Kuzyk (1944-2013), a life member of CIM, was trained as a mining engineer and worked at Atomic Energy Canada’s Underground Research Laboratory for 26 years. He was 68 years old when he passed away on July 3, 2013.

Paul H. Lindon (1939-2014) enjoyed a long career as a metallurgical engineer and academic. He first worked with Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. from 1969 to 1980, and later became a professor at Laurentian University, where he worked until his retirement in 2005. He had been a CIM member since 1990, and passed away in February 2014 at the age of 74.

Edward (Ed) Patton was an active member in CIM’s Maintenance/ ­Engineering Division (now Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society) and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an electrical specialist. Ed joined CIM in 1990 and received a CIM Fellowship in 2012. He passed away on Sept. 28, 2014 at 72 years of age.

John (Johnny) Price passed away in his 81st year on June 18, 2014. He had been an Individual National member of CIM since October 2011.

Saulius (Sal) Masionis passed away on Oct. 21, 2013 at the age of 70. Sal moved to Canada from Lithuania in 1949, and enjoyed his career in the world of finance, working as a stock broker with Brant Securities for 20 years. Sal joined CIM in 2009 and was a member of the CIM Toronto Branch.

Reginald William Smith joined CIM in 1983 and became a life member in 2008. Reginald moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in his 30s, and worked at Queen’s University as a professor of metallurgy for many years. He passed away in May 2014 at the age of 83.

Donald William Tully joined CIM in 1962 and had been a life member since 1991. Donald earned himself a strong reputation as a geologist in the B.C. mining community throughout his career. He was 94 years old when he passed away on May 29, 2014.

Edward William (Ted) Woolfrey, founder of Torcal Industries Ltd., passed away at home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on Nov. 24, 2013. Ted joined CIM in 1994. He was 72 years old.

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