In Memory of Guy Durocher

posted 16 July, 2009

by Kumar Sharma

Suddenly, on Friday, July 10, 2009, Guy Durocher passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital. Guy will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, Rehana and son and chess buddy, Rémi.

Guy worked in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manitoba for most of his adult life, and will be very much missed by all his colleagues and friends.

Guy entered the Department of Physics & Astronomy in 1975 as a freshman in the Physics program.  He earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics and an M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba and an M. Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University. He was an active participant in the Cyclotron Laboratory and was involved in measuring Radiation Damage, trace element analysis by the PIXIE system. He collaborated with the MCTRF in its early years,and he worked on the ZEUS HEP project.

Guy's sense of humour and strong-willed personality were evident from the beginning, and this determination and independence served him well both in his personal and professional life.

One way this determination was manifested was in Guy's attempts to modify and improve his wheel chair which he undertook with the assistance of the Department's electronic and mechanical shops.  These modifications greatly extended his mobility and enabled him to maintain his independence in the face of his increasing physical challenges.

In the Department, Guy was involved in the development of networks and computer systems at the University of Manitoba from the Mainframe and PDP-11 era through the use of VAX's, micro VAX's, PC's, SUNS and the many versions of operating systems that went with that diverse set of platforms. He was instrumental in developing the departmental network from one focused mainly on the needs of the Nuclear Physics Group to the wide-ranging facility it is today. This experience allowed him to provide great service in his capacity as the Department's Computer Services Manager.  He will be very much missed.

The Faculty of Science extends it's condolences to Guy's family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his memory to Hospice Palliative Care Manitoba.  Send expressions of sympathy to http://www.mem.com/