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"TLT" 2007 Obituary


TLTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-10 published
KALNINS, Edvins " Ed," P.Eng. (August 18, 1939-January 6, 2007)
Vice President, Construction Miller Paving Limited
Died peacefully in the Critical Care Unit at the Sunnybrook Health Centre in Toronto surrounded by his loving family. He was with his beloved wife of 20 years, Daina, his sister Inta BRIEDIS, and his children, Arnis, Zinta and Gustavs. He was the son of the late Peteris KALNINS (1986) and Elvira KALNINS. He will be missed by many, but especially by his grandchildren, Kiana, Eriks, Tayah and Aleksia. Ed was born in Valmiera, Latvia. His family left the country to flee communism on Ed's 5th birthday, August 18th, 1944. They lived in Flensburg, Germany until they immigrated to Canada in 1950 aboard the S.S. Samaria. He spent his first year in Pembroke, Ontario after which time his family moved to Toronto. In Toronto he attended Park Public School, Jarvis Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, where he graduated Civil Engineering in the class of 7T0. Ed's construction career began with Pitts Engineering Construction Limited building the Gardiner Expressway. He liked to refer to himself and his colleagues as being the 'Dangermen Working Above.' In 1970 his career led him to St. Catharines where he worked on the Welland Canal and Thorold Tunnel. In 1972 he assumed responsibilities as Project Engineer for the construction of the Arnprior Generating Station. Later he was promoted to Project Manager. The Arnprior Generating Station was completed late in 1976. In December of 1976 Ed and his family moved back to Toronto and settled in Scarborough. Ed joined Miller Paving Limited in 1982 and his career took him through various sectors of the organization. In February 1993, Ed became Vice President, Civil Works and was responsible for the procurement and fulfillment of work in the Civil Engineering Sector of the Company. In March of 1998, Ed was contracted by MRDC to be the Construction Manager on the Fredericton to Moncton Highway project with responsibilities of overseeing all construction work on the site. On Ed's return from New Brunswick he was appointed Vice President Northern Operations. During this time he spent many months at Dryden, New Liskeard and most recently was responsible for the Smiths operation at Arnprior. Ed found rewarding his long time involvement with the Latvian Boy Scouts and various other Latvian community projects and activities. In 1955 he attended the 8th World Scout Jamboree in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He held various leadership positions in the Latvian Scouting Movement and in the Boy Scouts of Canada. Ed was in the first graduating class of the Latvian Heritage High School (TLTA) in 1954. He served as a sitting member of the Board of Directors of both the St. Andrew's Ev. Luth. Church Latvian Congregation and the Saint_John's Ev. Luth. Latvian Church of Toronto. Both congregations have summer recreational properties and Ed was always forthcoming in lending a hand as well as his construction expertise. Ed mostly enjoyed his weekends at his cottage in Haliburton with his family. Visitation: Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home and Chapel 467 Sherbourne Street (immediately south of Wellesley) Toronto, Ontario 416-924-1408 Wednesday, January 10th 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral: St. Andrew's Ev. Luth. Church Latvian Congregation 383 Jarvis Street (corner of Jarvis and Carlton) Toronto, Ontario 416-924-1563 Thursday, January 11th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to a bursary fund in memory of Ed KALNINS to be administered by the V. Vitols Fund in Riga, Latvia. Cheques made payable to Latvian Relief and Development Fund. Bursary will be given to Scouts who come from underprivileged families and otherwise may not have an opportunity to attain a higher education. Please send donations c/o Inta BRIEDIS, 605-452 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1G 1H1.

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