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Thursday January 13, 2011

O.B.E., O.C., P. Eng. (1918-2011) It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of William Brenton Boggs IV on Jan. 7, 2011 at the age of 92. Bill was the beloved husband of Hughene (Parkes) for 63 years and dedicated father of Mary Catherine Acheson (Robert), W.B. (Bill) Boggs V and Talbot Boggs. He was devoted grandfather to Stephen, Hughene, Edwina and Harris Acheson. Born in Douglas, Arizona, USA, on Dec. 18, 1918, Bill Boggs relocated to Noranda, Quebec with his parents in the late 1920's. He graduated from McGill University with a degree in Engineering, winning the silver medal, and became an Engineering Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. During his World War II service, he notably served as Senior Engineering Officer of 331 Wing of Wellington bombers, which were dispatched from Algeria, North Africa and bombed Sicily and Italy. For his outstanding contribution he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1944. His early career included positions with Trans-Canada Airlines (1945-1950) and Canadair (1950-1957) before he joined Can-Car, a subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley Canada, and became Vice President of Hawker Siddeley Canada. In 1965, he became President of de Havilland Canada (DHC). During his term, he began the development of the 30-seat DASH-7 commuter aircraft. He then became founding President of Canada Systems Group (CSG), building the company into the largest computer services company in Canada. In 1984, he was invited back to de Havilland Canada (DHC) in the capacity of Chairman, President and CEO when the company was being prepared for privatization. Boeing Company bought DHC in 1986 and Bill Boggs became Vice Chairman of Boeing Canada. In 1987, he became Chairman of Field Aviation Holdings Inc., and remained there until he retired in 1995. He served twice as Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and Chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association. He was a member of the Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Aerospace Research at the National Research Council Canada (NRC-IAR). In addition to being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Bill Boggs was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988. He became a fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) in 1967. In 1983, he was named Fellow of the Canadian School of Management and in 2003 he was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. He was considered a pioneering Canadian leader in military and commercial aviation. Bill Boggs actively participated in his community and sat on many corporate and charitable boards. He was a board member of the Canadian National Exhibition, Magna International and Guardian Insurance; President of the National Club; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Latterly he was a founding partner of Eden Manor where he resided in his final years. His life was characterized by humility, dedication and excellence in everything he did. He will be sorely missed by his family and everyone who knew and worked with him. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St.. Toronto, 416-922-1167 WILLIAM BRENTON BOGGS

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