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Dick Quan

Dick Quan

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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QUAN, Dick Mon, P.Eng -
We are saddened to announce the death of Dick Mon Quan at age 94 years. His passing
took place on May 12, 2020 at Humber River Hospital. He was predeceased by his dear wife of 66 years, Ida (2018); parents Harry Gow Quan and Dar Shee; brothers Allen, Ben and Joe, and sisters Jean and Mary. He is survived by sons Gary and Brian, and many nieces and nephews. Upon graduating from UBC in 1949, Dick pursued a career in Engineering and received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in Pasadena, California in 1952. Upon graduation, he joined his brother Ben at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Ontario. Dick and Ida were married in Vancouver, B.C. in September 1952, and eventually settled in Toronto, where he worked at Orenda Engines. When he retired in 1989, he held the position of Director, Corporate Research & Development for Hawker Siddeley Canada. He was a lifetime member of ASME and PEO. Dick was an innovative craftsman with loyalty to family, friends and work, who will be truly missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered with much love. There will be a private family memorial. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the UBC Quan Memorial Bursary Fund “In memory of Dick Quan” would be most appreciated. Online condolences at
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Katherine Paton

Posted at 10:31am
Dear Gary, Brian and family

My condolences on the passing of your father, and my thoughts as you celebrate a wonderful full life well lived. I did not know Dick personally, but am sure I met him at least once as a child. But I didn’t really need to - Dick was very real to me in the stories and respect my father had for him. It was not easy to earn my father’s deepest respect, but he had it for Dick in spades both for his intelligence and integrity in business, and for his devotion to family and community. I believe they traveled together on business for Orenda and had a tag team approach to challenges which was the source of a few good tales. Dad is no longer alive, but in his stead I honour your father, and what both fathers represent.
Sincerely, Katherine Paton, daughter of Douglas Paton

Chris Kelsey

Posted at 04:49pm
We’re very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We have many fond memories of him and always enjoyed the many family gatherings over the years with all of us together including with your mom. Love Chrissy, Bill & Family

amie kelsey

Posted at 01:38pm
Dear Gary and Brian:
I am sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to you for the loss of your Father.
Looking back over the many years that I have known you all. I know that Dick had a great life.
As a little family of 4, you had your special times together, and created your own memories with your parents.
Dick and Ida as a couple, especially had enjoyable years during their retirement, and shared many adventures.
"Bon Voyage, Dick" … In loving memory, (s-i-l) Amie.

Judy Griffin

Posted at 12:10pm
Brian and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hold on to all the wonderful memories you have to keep him close.
With our deepest sympathy,
Carm and Judy Griffin
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Juana Cruz

Posted at 10:03pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Romans 15:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).

Clive Bridges Posted at 02:59pm

I was sorry to read in the Toronto Star of the passing of Dick Quan. My history with Dick goes back a long way. As a fourth year Engineering student at U of T in 1965, I applied for an engineering position at Hawker Siddeley Can and was invited to the plant on Derry Road for an interview and it was Dick who interviewed me and took me for a tour of the plant. I must have impressed Dick because shortly afterward I was offered and accepted an engineering position at Orenda. I never worked directly for Dick but was certainly aware of his presence within the Engineering organization. I spent my entire engineering career at Orenda and finally retired in 2011 after 46 years of service. Much to my surprise, at the retirement dinner for me and another engineer who had worked directly for Dick, Dick appeared at the dinner to offer his support and congratulations for our respective years of service to Orenda. What a marvelous gesture on Dick's part, something that amazes me to this day. In my case, the circle of life was certainly completed. I am sorry for your loss but continue to admire the contributions of Dick to the Engineering profession and his work at Orenda. Best Regards, Clive Bridges, P. Eng, U of T, 6T5

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