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"TYS" 2008 Obituary


TYSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-25 published
KERR, Samuel Aubrey
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Samuel Aubrey KERR on February 19, 2008 at the age of 92. Predeceased by his beloved wife and solid supporter of sixty-three years Elsie Ruth (née SANDS- YAWORSKI). Admired and respected father of Ernie (Louise MARSHALL / TYSON), Robert (Angie CHIEW), grandfather to Stewart (Tonia KEIZER,) Mathew (Autumn PEER fiancee,) Jennifer, and Amy PILLING, great-grandfather to Brendan, Ty and Dominic. He leaves his loving brother Professor Donald Peter (Ruth HIGGINS deceased). Aubrey was born in Orillia, November 29, 1915. He attended Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto. Following studies at the University of Toronto he enrolled in the graduate program at U.B.C. (Vancouver) obtaining his M.A. (Geology) in 1942. Immediately following this he was recruited by Imperial Oil as part of Canada's war effort to search for oil in Southern Alberta. After years of exploration with Aubrey as field geologist, Leduc 'blew in' February 13, 1947, changing the course of Canadian history, making Alberta a major player in the world oil market. In 1959 Aubrey was chosen by the National Energy Board as Chief Geologist and the family moved to Ottawa. Following success in the capital he retired and returned to Calgary in 1975. He turned his attention to an intense study of the history of Alberta's oil industry by collecting and documenting a wealth of information. He interviewed and taped many 'oil patch' personalities leaving a large collection to the Glenbow Museum Archives, Calgary. All of this culminated in eight great books (including Leduc, Redwater and Atlantic #3). In 1998 he received an honourary Doctors degree from the University of Calgary and was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame in Leduc. He participated in numerous professional organizations including the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He was involved in the Anglican church. Both he and Elsie enjoyed annual escapes from the -30 degree weather to visit Barbados and Victoria. He continued to be involved with his writing even to his ninety-first year. The family wish to thank the staff of Trinity Lodge, Calgary for their decisive professional actions and care as well as the outstanding medical staff of the Rockyview Hospital, Calgary. Service at Anglican Christ Church Calgary to be announced.

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