COLBORNE: William G. (Bill) of Port Elgin

ColbornePeacefully, with family by his side, at Saugeen Memorial Hospital, Southampton, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in his 88th year. Predeceased in 2009 by his loving wife Betty, and survived by his four children Bob of Bristol, England, Ann and son-in-law Gord MacKay of Port Elgin, David of Windsor and Jen of Toronto. Proud grandfather of Shane, Alex, Steven, David, Brian, Christie, Katie, and Adam. Bill was born in Carleton Place, Ontario on February 18, 1926. He studied mechanical engineering at Queen’s University, graduating in the famous class of Science,1948½. He met Betty while they were both teaching at Queen’s and they were married in 1955. In 1959, with Betty, Bob and Ann in tow, Bill moved to Assumption University in Windsor to contribute to the start-up of a new engineering school that was to become a faculty in the new University of Windsor in 1962, where he remained for the duration of his career. He was Head of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Industrial Research Institute, and was also active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. His working life was interspersed by sabbatical leaves to France, Denmark and San Francisco, and in 1988 he and Betty retired to the cottage in Port Elgin, Ontario. They continued to enjoy travelling in their free time, when they weren’t playing tennis or cross-country skiing. Bill’s principal interest was sailing where he was a founding member of the South Port Sailing Club in Windsor.

Friends will be received at T. A. BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 510 Mill Street, Port Elgin, 519-832-2222 on Friday, June 14, 2013, from 7 – 9 pm. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, June 15 at 11 am.

Memorial donations to The Bluewater Education Foundation (Outdoor Education Centre),  Saugeen Rail Trail, or Saugeen Memorial Hospital.

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