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Dr. Angus Bruneau remembered by family, friends and peers


Dr. Angus Bruneau, whose major accomplishments in business, engineering and academia were instrumental in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond, has died at 81.

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The Canadian Academy of Engineering, for which Bruneau was a past president, paid tribute to him Sunday with a post outlining some of his many successes.

In 1968, Bruneau became the founding dean of Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

He also served as the university’s vice-president.

“He introduced one of the first co-operative education programs in engineering in the country and created C-CORE, today a world-renowned research organization in remote sensing, ice engineering and geotechnical engineering,” the Academy wrote.

He went on to found Fortis Inc. in 1987, and was the company’s president and CEO for almost a decade between 1987 and 1996.

Bruneau was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983. “Engineering physicist, vice-president of Newfoundland's Memorial University and leading authority on energy research and development, he has made important contributions to science policy in Canada and to better relations between university scientists and the industrial community,” the Gov.-Gen.’s website states.

In 2011, he became a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bruneau was given honorary doctorates from MUN, Dalhousie University and the University of Waterloo throughout his lifetime.

“He was one of the 44 founding engineers of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and served as our President in 1995-1996. His giant presence will be greatly missed,” the Academy wrote.

Bruneau’s obituary, on the Carnell’s website, says he passed peacefully away Sunday, surrounded by family and friends at his home. He will be remembered by his wife, Jean Bruneau, three sons, grandchildren, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

“Angus lived an extraordinary life. His community, business and academic leadership were inspirational, his accomplishments many,” the obituary reads.

“Angus was highly principled, loyal and charitable, always energetic, intelligent and committed, but above all he loved his family dearly.”

A funeral will be held Thursday at St. David’s Church in St. John’s at 11 a.m.

Bruneau’s obituary: http://www.carnells.com/?obituaries=angus-andrew-bruneau.

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