Robert Harrison Tivy

Born at Rivers, Manitoba June 23, 1921, son of Norman Tivy and Stella (Harrison) Tivy passed away on April 27, 2004 in White Rock, B.C. after a determined battle with cancer.

Bob grew up in Rivers, Manitoba, completing high school in 1938 before attending the University of Manitoba where he graduated in electrical Engineering in 1943. While there, he was active in student affairs, serving as Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper, The Manitoban, in his graduating year. Enlisting in the navy in April 1943, as an Electrical Officer, he initially served in Naval dockyards at Sydney, N.S. and Halifax, and later was posted as Electrical Lieutenant on the destroyer, H.M.C.S. Algonquin until December, 1945.

After the war, he joined the Manitoba Power Commission working on the farm electrification program until 1953. In July 1949, he married Marjorie Anne Walker. She was the mother of his children: Robin, Maria and Jim.

Bob joined Canadian National Railway as a Transportation Engineer and served in various capacities in Moncton, N.C., New Glasgow, N.S., Toronto and Montreal. His main contribution to the C.N. was as Project General Manager of TRACS, a computer system which made railroad car information available on-line. He retired from C.N. in 1984, but continued as a consultant until 1993 on projects in Argentina, Brazil, the United States and India.

He lost his dear wife, Anne, to cancer in 1971. In 1972 he met and married Frances Mona Toomey in Montreal, settling near Vancouver in 1988 to be near Bob’s family.

In addition to his loving wife Frances, Bob is survived by his sister Mary; his brother Bill; two sons, Robin and Jim of Vancouver; and daughter, Maria Saley of Calgary. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Caley, Wolf, Chilko, and Kira.

A Memorial Service was held at St. Marks’ Anglican Church, 12953 – 20th Ave, South Surrey, at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2004 with burial at Gethsemani Cemetery in Surrey.

It is requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to the B.C. cancer society or Peace Arch Hospital.

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