In Memoriam

a headshot of William Hik
William Hik, BASc’57

Bill passed away peacefully on September 4, 2020. The eldest of five brothers, he was born on a farm outside of Biggar, SK, on May 19, 1933. Bill graduated with a degree in electrical engineering, the first of three generations of UBC graduates. In 1959 he married Annette (née Porayko). Together, they shared many wonderful adventures over 60 years. Bill was a pioneer in electro-mechanical automation. He worked as a professional engineer for his entire career, at various times with Canadian National Telecommunications, GTE Lenkurt Electric, Bell Northern Research, British American Banknote, and Canada Post. He was committed to community service and was active in Scouts Canada for many years. He volunteered with Cub Scouts in Burnaby, as a troop scouter in Ottawa, and as regional commissioner for the Ottawa National Capital Region. He is fondly remembered by his sons David (PhD’94) (Tania) and Warren (Jaq); granddaughters Freya (MASc’22) and Felicity; and many friends and colleagues.