Donald Armitage Duffy (1934 – 2021) Passed away peacefully on April 21st at Sunrise Senior Living in Victoria. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna, his sons Lewis and Bryce (Bianca), as well as his grandchildren Aidan, Mora, Oona, and Boden.
Don was born in Oyen, Alberta on April 4, 1934. When he was eight, he moved to Cremona, a small farming community northwest of Calgary, where he acquired a lifelong fondness for the outdoors—particularly fly-fishing.
After graduating from high school in 1952, Don attended the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (the precursor to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), graduating in 1954. Upon graduation, Don joined the land surveying firm of W.D. Usher & Associates. He received his commission from the Alberta Land Surveyors Association in 1957 and then from the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors and Dominion Land Surveyors in 1958. In 1962, Don expanded his horizons into the field of Town Planning at the University of Toronto. While attending U of T, Don reached two milestones: he graduated and he met Donna. Don and Donna were married and returned to BC to continue with Don’s surveying and town planning practice in Prince George.
In 1985, ready for a change, Don began his employment with the BC Government as the Manager, Land Information Systems, under the ministry of Lands, Parks, and Housing. From its onset into society, the computer intrigued Don; he loved to experiment with this challenging new tool and had purchased an early computer drafting system in 1981. His objective was to lead in the application of computer systems in cadastral surveys and mapping for the government. The cornerstone Don laid is the primary source of cadastral mapping for provincial land in BC. Don was appointed Surveyor General and Director of the Surveys and Lands Branch in 1985 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1995.
Throughout his career Don was a dedicated and active member of the Association of BC Land Surveyors. He served on various committees and wrote extensively on survey practice and survey legal issues. He became President in 1974, received an Outstanding Service award in 1995 and was granted Life Membership in 2000.
After his retirement, Don continued to enjoy hiking and fly-fishing and travelled extensively with Donna and his family. He was well-read and articulate, as well as an inspiration to his sons and grandchildren, to whom he passed on his appreciation for wild places and his perspective of tolerance, civic responsibility, and integrity. Don’s spirit and legacy will live on in his teachings and our fond memories.
Condolences may be directed to www.earthsoption.com. A celebration of Don’s life will take place in due course. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of BC would be appreciated.
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