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Friday December 28, 2012

Kenneth Rae Dunphy

Oct. 16, 1914 - Dec. 26, 2012
Peacefully, at Toronto General Hospital, on December 26th, in his 99th year. Father of Catherine (David Crichton) and Patricia (Douglas Marshall), and grandfather of Nell Crichton and Judith Marshall. Devoted husband of the late Jean Elizabeth Cowling. Predeceased by his sister, Louise Jeffrey and his brothers, Douglas and Roderick. Ken graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1938 with a BSc in electrical engineering and began working at Canadian General Electric shortly thereafter. His work at CGE focused mainly on electrical standards: Ken was Codes and Approvals Manger and chaired several committees including the Subcommittee on Canadian Electrical Code, Part 2; the Ontario Electrical League Standards Committee; and the Standards Steering Committee on Canadian Electrical Code Part 2. The Canadian Standards Association recognized his work in standards with an Award of Merit in June 1979 for 'dynamic leadership in development of Canadian Electrical Standards'. In his younger days, he was an accomplished ice dancer at the Toronto Varsity Skating Club; an avid golfer, pianist and swimmer, and a pretty good water skier. Later, at his cottage near Gravenhurst, he loved nothing more than to chop wood and tear down any tree branches that dared impede his view of his beloved Kahshe Lake. He and Jean lead an active social life and had an extensive circle of friends. Many evenings were spent either dinner dancing with friends at the Old Mill Restaurant in Etobicoke or hosting an evening of 'take-no-prisoners' contract bridge. He was an avid reader of the Globe and Mail and continued doing crosswords well into his nineties. His final years were happy and peaceful at the Kensington Gardens Retirement Residence. The family is grateful for the very competent and compassionate care of their father and grandfather and wishes to thank the staff of 4West- particularly Jessy John. A private cremation will take place and his ashes will be buried underneath the cedars alongside those of his beloved Jean at the cottage on Kahshe Lake. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Kensington Foundation in honour of the 4-West staff, 25 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, M5S 2L9.

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