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"ERL" 2008 Obituary


ERLING 

ERLING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-16 published
ERLING, Emil Erland " Dutch"
Born September 29, 1922, in Kristinestad, Finland, passed away peacefully at home in St. Catharines, Ontario, on February 12, 2008 after a short but difficult battle with cancer. Emil Erland ERLING ('Dutch') was the son of the late Henrik Erland and Aina Cecilia (née ERIKS.) Predeceased by brother Ernest, survived by brother Donald, sister Hulda. Generous and supportive father of Elizabeth (Bruce DAVIES), Kristen, Sally (Scott BARTLE) and Jonathan, and grandfather to Zena, Kela, Finn, Calder, Nico and Jesse. Predeceased by his ex-wife JoAnn (née BURCH.) Emil immigrated with his parents at an early age to Canada and grew up in St. Catharines. An able athlete and excellent student, he was a Rotary Medalist at the St. Catharines Collegiate and Vocational Institute in 1941. Immediately after high school, he became a Flying Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as Navigator with the 'Jardin' crew of Squadron 625, completing a tour of duty between November 1944 and April 1945. As a benefit of his wartime service, he was able to get a university education and graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He spent his entire career as a consulting engineer, a role for which he was exceptionally well suited. He worked initially with Hanright and Company Limited, becoming Vice-President and Chief Engineer. He was then Chief Engineer Power at Sandwell and Company. In 1963 he became a Partner of White, Mossop and Erling Associates, Consulting Engineers, where he spent the remainder of his working life. Emil was an active member of the local business and charitable community, and was respected and well liked by all who knew him. He was a Past President of the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce, a Past Chairman of the St. Catharines Business Development Commission, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a Past Chairman of the Niagara Chapter of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. An avid golfer, curler and card player (bridge and cribbage), he will be missed by his many Friends. He was a member of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club and the Lamplighters' Investment Club. Arrangements entrusted to the George Darte Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. A reception to honour Emil's life and share remembrances will be held at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club on Monday, February 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Very special thanks to the caring staff at Paramed and the Juravinsky Cancer Centre for their support and assistance during the past several months. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Emil ERLING may be made to the charity of your choice.

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