It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Irene Karasick-McMurrich, on May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. Irene taught Oral and Business Communications at RRCC for several years in the 1970s. During her inspirational life she was a writer, mystic, poet, playwright, teacher and recipient of numerous awards. Donations to the Irene Karasick-McMurrich Women’s Endowment Fund at The Jewish Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Good night Irene.
We fondly remember Reverend A. Clive Balfour who died February 26, 2014 at the age of 87, in Sooke, B.C. Clive was born December 15, 1926 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He moved to Winnipeg in December 1945 to begin apprenticeship with the C.N. Railway. After 10 years and obtaining the position of engineering supervisor of a foundry, Clive left to become an instructor at Red River College where he taught for 19 years. Retiring to BC, Clive was a Rector in the Anglican Church, played in bands, and enjoyed senior Tai Chi. Donations in Clive’s memory can be made to First Open Heart Society, Sooke Hospice, or the Heart and Stroke Society of Canada.
It is with deep regret we note the unexpected passing of Peter Cogill while on vacation in his beloved England. Peter was the storekeeper at Stevenson for many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him. He was truly a gentleman in all his actions and words. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. A memorial service was held on Wednesday November 13th at 2PM at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral at 135 Anderson Avenue Winnipeg, MB.
We are saddened to report the passing of Lee Shirtliffe on May 16th 2014. Joining the College in 1970, Lee taught an array of subjects such as industrial hydraulics, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, fluid mechanics, final control elements, process devices and practices and process measurements. He met Lydia at Red River College and they were married July 1981. In May 2000, for his outstanding contribution toward education and training in science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, Lee was selected by the Instrumentation Society of America, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award in recognition for his 30 years of continuous service in teaching instrumentation at Red River College and inspiring and mentoring students for the betterment of the instrumentation field. In July 2008, Lee retired from the College after 38 years as Lead Instructor in the Instrumentation Engineering program. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes to establish a memorial scholarship at Red River College in Lee’s name. (Obituary)