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Remembering Dad


Edward Victor Hird, P. Eng.
June 17, 1924 – June 25, 2019

We announce with sadness the passing of our most beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Edward Victor Hird was born in Castor, Alberta, the second child of Victor Charles Hird and Catherine Francis (née Howell). His mother passed shortly after his birth, and he and his brother Reginald were lovingly raised by their father and adored stepmother, Olive Mercy (née Gathercole).

Ted was a curious and intellectual person, a great lover of books, newspapers, writing stories and learning new technologies. While working in the coal mine in Cadomin, Alberta, he completed high school by correspondence and then joined the Royal Air Force Wireless Emergency Training program, graduating as a Wireless Electrical Mechanic. During the war, he was stationed in the Queen Charlotte Islands, Montreal and Sea
Island, finally being trained in radar.

He met his future wife, Catherine Lorna Hird (née Allen) at a Woodward’s dance in 1945. They married in 1950.

After discharge from the Air Force, he studied electrical engineering at UBC, graduating in 1950. Ted was a keen member of the UBC ham radio operators and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation he started work in the Equipment Engineering Department of BC Telephone and continued to serve as a Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF reserve.

In 1956 Ted became a Professional Engineer and moved to the telecommunications firm of Lenkurt Electric, also teaching night school at Vancouver Technical School. With his family he moved to Montreal as Lenkurt’s Eastern Regional Manager, later returning to Vancouver as Manufacturing Manager. Ted was “a highly visible one-man cheerleader, touring the factory every day, meeting the foreman and workers.” For hobbies, Ted did expert woodworking and enjoyed trailering with his family, as well as building early computer systems by hand. In 1971, he became confirmed in the Anglican Church and was a faithful and active member of St. Matthias, St. Marks and All Saints Church.

Also In 1971, Ted was promoted to Vice President Marketing and in 1977 became the President of Lenkurt Canada and finally President of AEL Microtel. At this time, he also enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors of BCIT.

He and Lorna travelled extensively, taking many wonderful trips to Europe, Israel and cruises, as well as motorhoming across Canada and the US.

Ted retired from AEL Microtel in 1983 and established EV Hird and Associates engineering consultants, also serving on the Board of Directors of Dynapro Systems and as a contributing editor for Telecommunications Engineering and Management magazine and The Telecom Advisor magazine. After moving to White Rock in 1994, he worked hard as president of his strata, managing major renovation projects and tirelessly supporting, encouraging and being generous to his large family, as well as writing his memoirs and making family videos. For the past 5 years he and Lorna enjoyed living at Peninsula Retirement in South Surrey, where he served on the resident’s council.

Predeceased by his brother Reg and his loving wife of 67 years, Catherine Lorna, Ted is survived by children Ginny (John Connolly), Ed (Janice) and Wendy (Donald Robinson); his 10 grandchildren, Sarah (Vincent Rorke), Liz
(Jeremy Tam), James (Alicia), Mark, Andrew (Ruth), Samuel (Beth Gripping), Isaac, Caleb, Elijah and Gilad; his 6 great grandchildren Hannah, Haley, Grace, Aaron, Kelsea and Catherine, as well as other nieces and nephews.

Ted’s funeral will take place at 11am on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre (14831 28th Ave., Surrey, 604-536-6522), followed by burial. The service will be officiated by the Right Rev. Peter Klenner and Rev. Ed Hird. Online condolences can be left at victoryfuneralcentre.ca. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation ER fund (pahosp.ca).

Author: edhird

I was the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C for 31 years, from 1987 to 2018. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 31 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Ontario. My newest book For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship, coauthored with Janice Hird, can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Better-Worse-Discovering-lasting-relationship/dp/0978202236/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1535555614&sr=8-1 My sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', 102-15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

2 thoughts on “Remembering Dad

  1. Dear Ed, So sad to read of your Dad’s passing. Yet he lived a full and satisfying life and passed on a great legacy to you. May the God of all comfort be with you richly as the memories flow and as you prepare for the Memorial service. I will hope to be there if I am able. At 87 I don’t get there as fast as I used to, for some reason! Allan MacLeod, Mission, BC


  2. What a remarkable life! He set the bar high.

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