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Tuesday February 5, 2013

GORDON ALBERT ALISON
June 6, 1921- Jan. 23, 2013

Died unexpectedly at 91 years.Professional Engineer (Mech.) and contrarian. Loved a good joke and a rousing discussion; devoted reader of The Economist. Cherished his 4T6 Applied Science reunions with U of T friends, and gatherings with friends and colleagues in Toronto, New York, Maryland, and Georgian Bay.Painter extraordinaire; won Design scholarship to the Bauhaus, Chicago. Captured the sunsets and rock formations of Georgian Bay with his dramatic oil painting style. Studied with Group of 7's Arthur Lismer. Huge fan of Big Band jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and others.Began his career at Dunlop Tire, Toronto, then moved to Alcan in Montreal. Developed lighting standards for Canadian highways. During his 20+ years at The Aluminum Association in NYC and Washington, DC, became the foremost expert in light metals in automobiles in N.A. Invited to Japan to speak to the automobile industry in 6 cities in 1980's.Passionate about cars. Especially enjoyed driving the beautiful historic civil war countryside and rolling hills of Maryland, and trips to the east coast to visit friends and relatives in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.Generous father, dedicated family man, devoted husband; enjoyed the company and banter of younger generations.Loved his family who will miss him terribly: daughters Adrienne and her sister (partner Michael), sister Dr. Ruth Alison, and grandchildren Alicia and Callum Owen. Predeceased by architect wife and historic building advocate, Alice Ayer.Thanks to the Meighen Manor staff for all their care and support.Gord's life will be celebrated with friends and family in Toronto on Saturday, April 6. Plan to bring your favourite story about Gord for our memory book. Please contact the family at 416-239-0578 for details.

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