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"DIB" 2007 Obituary


DIBBLEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-31 published
John died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on Saturday, July 28, 2007. He was 75. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pierrette (BOURGON;) predeceased by his son Michael, and survived by his children Graeme STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his partner Christine NELSEN of Sechelt, British Columbia., Sandra STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and her husband David DIBBLEE of Oakville, Alan STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife, Karen DAMAREN of Waterloo, a step-son Martin LEBRECHE of Mississauga, and 11 grandchildren. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother David STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and his wife Sheila of Scotland, sisters Hilda and her husband Victor DAVIS of Toronto, and Elizabeth and her husband Hugh ANDERSON of England. John was predeceased by his parents. John was educated at Aberdeen Academy and St. Andrew's University with a degree in Mathematics and Physics and a post graduate degree in Applied Physics (Electronics) winning first class honours and the Ferranti Gold Medal in Electronic Engineering. John first started working at the British Ministry of Aviations Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, England in the Physics, Radar and Guided-weapons Division. He emigrated to Canada in 1956 and joined RCA, Montreal, to work on the midCanada Line Radar system and then many space projects that were awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has been responsible for the development, production and launch of ten space satellites. After 25 years of working at RCA, in 1982, John joined Raytheon Canada as President. During his tenure, his achievements included the design and installation of the radar and display equipment for the modernized Canadian air traffic control system. Outside his business life, John was an avid golfer and has played many golf courses in different countries. He was a member of Conestoga Golf Course, as well as Meadowoods in Orlando, Florida. John served as a Director on the Boards of Raytheon Canada and two other Raytheon subsidiaries, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Elinca Communications, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the City of Waterloo Economic Development Council and served from 1986 to 1992 as Deputy Chairman of the Canada/Korea Business Council. Friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday, July 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate John's life will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. Immediately following the service, Friends and relatives are invited to the Fireside Reception Room of the funeral home for refreshments and a time to visit with the family. Following the reception, a private family committal service will held at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. The STEWARD/STEWART/STUART family would like to sincerely thank Doctor Donna WARD and her team, and also the staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. Condolences for the family and donations to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be arranged through the funeral home, 519745-8445 or In living memory of John, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.

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