William (Bill) Alexander Howes McCorquodale, BASc’49

Bill McCorquodalBill passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver on February 8, 2013. He was predeceased by his brother, Jim, BSc’50, and his parents. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kirsten, BSR’83; sons Gordon (Jean) of North Vancouver and Peter of Berkeley, CA; grandsons Rob (Nicola) of Vancouver and Alex of North Vancouver; sister Fran of Burnaby; brother‑in‑law JU of Denmark; sisters‑in‑law Lotte of France and Maureen of Illinois; nephews and nieces Michael, Kemp, Sandy, Lizette, Michael, Michelle, Fred, Jakob, Ida, Niels and Catherine; and extended family and friends throughout the world. Bill was born in Winnipeg on December 9, 1925, and at an early age moved with his family to the Victoria area. He attended Victoria College then graduated from UBC 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, Bill worked in Montreal, Windsor, Syracuse and San Francisco, before settling in North Vancouver in 1964. As a professional engineer, he 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 American states. 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 international travel. Bill was a wonderful and generous family man who gave freely of his time to friends, neighbours and community activities. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


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