Howard William Causier June 19, 1935 - May 3, 2014 Bill passed away in North Vancouver, BC at the age of 78. Predeceased by his wife Yvonne; his son Don; his parents Tom and Annabell; and his brother Ralph. Bill is survived by his daughter Diane (Dan) Theodorescu and their children, Thomas and Claire; sister Connie Mogus and her son, Ronald (Heather) and their sons Ryan and Mark. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Bill attended Royal Roads Military College, then the Royal Military College of Canada, completed 3 years of military service before returning to the University of Saskatchewan for one year to earn his Electrical Engineering degree. During his 26 years with IBM Canada he would say his career highlights were the 2 years at the CICS development lab in Hursley England and his work on the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lynn Valley Care Center and a special thank you to Marcia Hamilton for the care and friendship provided to Bill over the past decade, making his struggle with Parkinson's and these final years as comfortable as possible. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held on Thursday, May 29th at 4:00 pm at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver with a small reception following.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 21, 2014
WIH: 26 May 14
I didn't really know Bill at RMC; we were in different programs, different RCAF branches and different dormitories. Many years later we were both living in Sechelt on BC's Sunshine Coast and we spent some time together. Bill left after Yvonne died and I was unable to locate him again.
It was in Sechelt that I realized that Bill had not been allowed to proceed to a civilian university after RMC, a decision that still rankled. I've never seen statistics but I've since learned that a substantial number of others shared the same fate. Bill blamed his academic struggles on the poor preparation he had received in the Saskatchewan school system, especially in Math, which is central to Elec. Eng. (When I had a good look at the Math for Elec., I switched to Chem.) The first-year curriculum at RMC seemed to assume that all students had graduated from Grade 13 Ontario and were fluent in English. The Francophones were hit hardest. Many were weak in English and some who had been schooled by the Jesuits had Greek and Latin instead of Math and Science. How could they possibly handle Calculus! The result was foreseeable; as Col. Sawyer, the DOS, so accurately predicated, only 1 in 3 of us would graduate. It was early days for RMCSJ, for ROTP and for RMC with university level curricula, and it took several years to correct the problems that made the system so unfair for so many students.