March Newsline: Gas Line Fire Destroys Home, Dark Fiber in D.C., New Water Infrastructure Funds and More

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3

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In Memoriam
William (Bill) George Bruce Gant passed away on Jan. 31, at the age of 82 years. Gant was an honorary member and past president (1963/64 and 1970/71) of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC).

Gant was born in Vancouver on Oct. 20, 1927, and grew up in Medicine Hat, and studied geological engineering at Montana school of mines. His career in oil and gas pipeline construction administration, spanning nearly 30 years, saw him rise from being a timekeeper, to the president of H.C. Price of Canada Ltd., during which time he became recognized as an international authority in winter construction techniques.
Following a year in Alaska as project manager of the Alyeska pipeline project, Gant left the pipeline construction industry in 1975 to join the Loram Group (Mannix), where he held a number of senior management positions. In 1984, Bill became manager of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Upon his retirement in 1988, he was named an “honorary life member” in recognition of his distinguished service to the Calgary Chamber.

Gant is survived by his three daughters, Patti (Bob Rippon), Sharon and Nancy; his grandson, Marc Rippon; his granddaughters, Jenna (Nicolas Guinoiseau), Caitlin, and Jodi; his sister, Betty.

A funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Gant’s name to the Rotary Foundation (Canada), or the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Foundation, both c/o the Rotary Club of Calgary, 1202 Centre Street South, Calgary T2G 5M5 or, alternatively, to the charity of the contributor’s choice. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Bill Gant, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel.

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