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In Loving Memory

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S: In Loving Memory of Ian Divall

1: To Louise, Marc and Tina Once forgotten, life stories can never be told...so within these pages I have gathered and arranged photos, memories, information and documents about your father in an effort to preserve these family memories. Ian's life story began in Worthing, England, as the last battles of the Second World War were being fought overhead. While still in his mother's womb, he would have heard the air-raid sirens and the parachute mines exploding nearby. Ian's story would, over time, span two continents as well as the Orient at a time in history when humanity entered the space age and witnessed monumental advancements in communications and information technology. In his late teens, he became part of Britain's Brain Drain of the 1960's in search of more favourable work climate. He participated in the technological advances of this century from the early computers to microprocessors to magnetic resonance imaging to home computers and the World Wide web and beyond. Ian was your Dad, but he was also a son, a grandson, a husband, a friend, an engineer, an inventor, a mentor... He was passionate and knowledgeable about many things such as gliding, woodworking, fishing, Gilbert and Sullivan and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He enjoyed having a few beers with friends at the Legion while playing pool or darts. He could sew and do fine needlework, he could fix anything from cars to plumbing. He could not have cared less about money or hot water or paying bills... With all that he was, and with all that he wasn't, he loved us all. From time to time, as you travel through your own lives, I hope this album will not only help you relive and share some memories but also bring you some insight on who your father was. On the accompanying CD, you will find all photos and documents that I have gathered over time, including those in this album. Remember and treasure your roots, preserve and pass on your family heritage. All my love, always and forever, Mom 2012

3: Ian with his mother, Winifred Mabel Lelliott, born April 12th, 1927 On October 18th, 1945, Ian was born in this house, 122 Tarring Road, Worthing, West Sussex

4: Picture taken during our trip to England, 1981 | 122 Tarring Road Worthing, West Sussex

5: Shortly after Ian's mother passed away from cerebral cancer in the early 90's, Auntie Pam revealed that Harold Divall had been Ian's stepfather. The biological father had been the son of the Greek Green Grocer in Worthing. Ian lived in his grandparent's home (Lelliott) for the first 5 or 6 years of his life, much like the youngest of the family, his Uncle Robin being only 4 years older than he. According to Pamela, the Grandmother and herself became the primary caregivers as the mother had difficulty bonding with her son. Ian remembered being "taken away" from what he believed to be his family, to live with his mother after she married. He never recovered from this trauma and to the end, remained closest to his Auntie Pam and his Grandmother Titch, despite long periods of time when contact was curtailed. To you, Tina, Marc and Louise, Auntie Pam and her husband Paul became more like your actual grandparents than Ian's mother and stepfather.

6: Ian with his Auntie Pamela in the backyard of his grandparents' home (Lelliott)

7: Ian's very first steps were captured in this photograph by Grandpa Lelliott

8: Ian with his mother

9: Ian with his first dog Penny. The family had been charged a penny to take him home on the train and that is how Penny was named.

11: Ian with his mother

12: A visit to Brighton Pier. The Palace Pier in Brighton was an important landmark in Ian's life. As a young child in the 1950's, the Palace Pier was a truly magical place. He shared a fascination for the Carousel with his Grandfather Lelliott. Later, it became a meeting place for friends and in the summers he sold ice cream (and beer) on the pebbled beach. He also attended some of the Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas at the Pier Theatre.

13: Ian could recite all his favourite Gilbert and Sullivan ditties including "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General", "I've Got a Little List" and "Sweet Little Buttercup"

14: Ian with his Uncle Robin

15: Ian and Robin riding their bikes

16: Ian, Robin and Susan | This was Ian's Grandparents' house after the war, located at 32 Cranworth Road, Worthing, Sussex. Ian's Grandfather was an electrician and had a workshop in the yard. He could fix everything from fine watches to plumbing and Ian truly enjoyed tinkering with him.

17: Harold Arthur Divall, Stepfather, Born January 14, 1925 Brighton | A new little sister, Susan Ann Divall, Born January 5th, 1952

18: Robin and Ian To the right is the home of Ian's Grandparents (Lelliott). Ian lived there until he was 5 or 6 years old. He was always very close to his Grandmother, and affectionately called her "Titch", British slang meaning very small or tiny. Her name was Dorothy Mabel Lelliott (Dale), she was born in Worthing, June 5th, 1904. She was married to Arthur Victor Lelliott.

19: Ian with his Stepfather's parents (Divall)

20: Ian's mother and stepfather

21: Ian's mother with Susan, Ian's sister | Queen Elizabeth shaking hands with Ian's Uncle, Derek Lelliott, a decorated war veteran

22: Auntie Pam and Uncle Paul Waller

23: Ian with his Auntie Pam

24: Robin's two sons with Ian April 13th, 1996, Ian's last trip to England. | Robin with his wife Shirley,their two sons and his brother Derek | Robin's two sons with Auntie Pam and Uncle Paul

25: September 1965 Ian immigrates to Canada aboard the Greek Line's Queen Anna Maria formerly Canadian Pacific's Empress of Britain

27: Ian and his wife, Deirdre Kathryn (Benson), arrived in Quebec City September 20, 1965 on a ship from the Greek Line Company, the Queen Anna Maria. Ian became a Canadian citizen in 1979

28: A daughter, Juliette, was born in April 1966

29: Ian with his daughter Juliette

30: Juliette with her Grandmother (Divall) and her little cousin Lisa, Susan's daughter

34: The O'Braemoor Kennel, Bearded Collies Russell, Ontario | Ben Toonie O'Braemoor on your father's favourite lounge chair | The Puppy Room | Kythings High Jinks O'Braemoor playing with another pup

35: Ian with Toonie's puppies in the backyard | Toonie being trained for the shows | Jinks on the grooming table | Bonnilie O'Braemoor

36: Benjie O'Braemoor at his first tracking event, Rawdon, Quebec

37: Ian showing Toonie at a Canadian Kennel Club event | Toonie

38: Ian attended Brighton Secondary Tech from 1957 to 1962. Entry to this specialized school had to be won on a scholarship based on an IQ test. The school was originally known as the Brighton Secondary School for Building and Engineering. Ian worked for the telephone Co during his schooling and was hired as a Telephone Engineer after graduation. He had an apartment near the hospital and befriended med students and nurses. His first wife, Deirdre, was a nurse. | Ian's first job in Canada was with IBM in Don Mills, Ontario. IBM had just introduced the revolutionary System/360, the first large family of computers to use interchangeable software. The concept of computer compatibility was born. In 1966, IBM invented the one-transmitor DRAM cell. These chips became the mainstay of modern computer memory systems. In this period, IBM also introduced the System/4Pi computer that met U.S. Department of Defense and NASA requirements. The System/4Pi was the mission computer used aboard Skylab. | Front entrance of school | School yard | System/360 | DRAM cell design | IBM Personal Computer

39: Shortly after his arrival in Canada, Ian had to have emergency surgery to remove a diseased kidney. He had been living with back pain ever since he could remember but his condition had never been diagnosed in England. Infection spread and he was not expected to survive. He slipped into a coma and when he woke, it was Spring. | University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics | By 1969, the Applied Analysis and Computer Science Department of the University of Waterloo had become the largest department in the faculty of Mathematics. Labs at the highest point of technology were made available to students. Ian assisted students with their projects. | As a consultant through Adga, Ian worked for the Defense Research Establishment Ottawa (DREO). He designed, installed and tested ice reconnaissance equipment. This involved many months of work at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta

40: Sperry Univac | Bell Northern Research was a telecommunication research and development organization based in Ottawa. It pioneered the development of digital technology and introduced the world's first all-digital PABX and digital multiplex system (DMS). | JDSU was formed in 1981 by ex-BNR co-workers to design and manufacture components for fiberoptic networks. Demand for fiberoptics, which had been linear during the 1980's, grew exponentially following the creation of the World Wide Web in 1990. | Victoria Harbour | Over a two year period, Ian spent many months in Hong Kong over-seeing the manufacturing of components he had designed. These components made the transmission of on-demand video games through TV cable companies possible. | The company flew me to Hong Kong for a week and on the one afternoon Ian was able to free himself, we rode the Peak Tram up to view Victoria Harbour. The couple behind us in the tram introduced us to fresh lychees.

41: While working for Honeywell in Singapore, Ian met Nancy Soh, pictured here with Tina at the cottage. They embarked on a children's computer literacy program involving the West Quebec School Board (Louise Klink d'Allaire, Aylmer) and the Singapore Ministry of Education. The "Micro-Mobile Bus" was equipped with 22 computers that allowed children in Québec schools to connect directly with children in Singapore schools. This was pre-WWW and Internet. | Socially, Ian easily associated with the British Ex-Pat community and also enjoyed the company of Sea Captains when they were docked in port.

42: Park Saeng Kwang (1904-1985) is a celebrated Korean painter and recipient of the Korean Order of Cultural Merit. His son, John Park, had moved to Canada with his young family and worked with Ian at Honeywell in Rockland. John accompanied Ian on work-related trips to Korea and introduced him to his father. The Painter greatly valued the mentoring that Ian provided his son and gave us this painting in appreciation.

43: Rideau Valley Soaring School Kars, Ontario | Check flight for license November 17, 1979 Schweizer 2-33

44: Lasham Gliding Centre, Hampshire, England | Three days with Derek Piggott, an aerobatics champion and a glider instructor well known for his books on gliding. Our first bungee tows and my first out-landing. Ian flew the Cirrus and I practiced low altitude spins... | Ian waiting in line for the tow

45: In the early 80's, Ian bought a glider. He stored it in the barn in Cumberland while he built a trailer for it. This took many years as he ended up spending extensive periods of time in the Orient and away from home for his work. He never flew this glider...by the time he was ready, he could not pass the medical required to renew his license.

48: Tina Thérese Divall Born March 2nd, 1983 | ` | `

50: Marc Ian Divall Born October 5th, 1985

51: Dinner time

52: Louise Mabel Divall, Born May 18th, 1987 | Watching Dad shave, ensuite bathroom, Russell | A visit to Grand-Maman and Grand-Papa's house

53: Waiting for the School bus with Dad

60: The Cottage Lac Lacroix, Québec | Marc, Dad, Tina and Toonie | Tina and Dad

61: Dad, Marc and Tina on the beach, Toby in the water

62: Tina, Marc and Dad | Tina's first fish

63: Marc, Dad and Tina | Tina and Dad

64: Tina and Dad | Marc and Dad | Tina, Dad and Marc

65: Tina, Louise, Marc and Dad on the original floating dock | Louise and Dad

66: Tina just caught a fish with Dad, Marc and Louise with their bows and arrows

68: Marc with his friend Matt

69: Ian, Louise, Marc, Chantal, Tina and Grand-maman | Ian tossing me into the water

74: Summers 1991 and 1992 Agna Kostuchenko and Vladimir Temkin from Minsk, Byelorussia, Chernobyl survivors

76: 1996 Recovering from car accident

77: Tina Vanvlaenderen ("Big Tina") and her husband John with Grand-Maman and Ian. "Big Tina" was Tina's piano teacher as well as my piano accompanist and very good friend.

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