Life so far, 2006:
Graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering
the start of my second year of university I had an attack of
acute pancreatitis. After late night emergency surgery to
remove part of my pancreas, I was given a 15% chance of
surviving. After 6 weeks in the hospital and receiving last
rites twice, I walked out under my own power, but I have a major
league scar to remind me to get my priorities right; health,
family, everything else.
Lesley and I have been married and living in Whitby, Ontario for
about 21 years now.
kids: Erin, 16, is in grade 10 and Graham, 13, is in grade 7
Everyone is musical but me. Lesley and Erin sing in local
choirs, Erin plays piano, flute and guitar, Graham plays piano
and oboe. I pay the bills and applaud loudly.
dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit, a bird, 3 geckos, 8 tree frogs, assorted
fish and a mortgage.
have worked for Atomic Energy of Canada (designing nuclear
reactor shut down systems), Alcatel Canada (designing the safety
systems for driverless transit systems; you still want to ride
the Scarborough RT or Vancouver Skytrain?) and Motorola Canada
Ltd. I am the inventor or co-inventor on three patents.
Lesley teaches grade 2. I have been with Motorola for about 18
years and am the Senior Resource Manager at Motorola’s Toronto
Design Centre. That means I pretend to manage a rabble of
engineers in Toronto and several other sites around the world.
job with Motorola has taken me around the world: walked on the
Great Wall in China, toured through the Forbidden City in
Beijing, ate sushi in Tokyo, have ridden the London underground,
walked up the Eiffel Tower (the elevator is for wimps), drank
good beer in Germany, watched the sunset on Malibu beach, ate
caribou sausages for breakfast in Alaska, and have visited most
major North American cities. Still working on getting to
Still playing basketball once a week although very badly.
Midlife Crisis; in the summer of 2004, Lesley and I took a
walking holiday along the southern coast of Cornwall, England.
We walked over 80 miles in 7 days.
parents are still in Chatham.
How’s that for a quick
summary of the last 30 years or so.