Capt William "Bill" Lydon (Ret'd)

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    We regret to advise of the death of Captain William "Bill" Lydon (Ret'd) of Halifax on 26 February 2004 in Halifax.

    Bill was born in Saint John and joined the Regular Officer Training Plan after he graduated from St. Malachy's High School. He studied at St. Thomas and St. Francis Xavier Universities and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie) in 1967. Commissioned in the Royal Canadian Engineers, he served his 5-year commitment to the Canadian Forces and, after returning to civilian life, completed his Master of Architecture from Harvard in 1977.

    Bill was a senior associate with ARCOP Associates of Montreal and Toronto. While with ARCOP he worked on the original restoration of Historic Properties in Halifax and the underground levels of the World Trade Center in New York. He was a senior architect with Sir Hugh Wilson, London, England, and was the director of design for Toronto Harbour Front. Following his move to Halifax in 1977, Bill worked on development plans for the Halifax, Dartmouth, and Sydney waterfronts. Bill was the principal architect with Lydon Lynch, a firm established with Andrew Lynch in 1979, Lydon Lynch Architects. Several of their projects grace Halifax's historic waterfront including the former Sheraton (now the Casino Nova Scotia Hotel), Casino Nova Scotia and Harbourside. Bill served on various committees and organisations including the National Capital Commission Advisory on Design (Ottawa), World Trade and Convention Centre (Halifax), the Charitable Irish Society and the Halifax Club, and volunteered design advice to numerous groups and individuals.

    The William Lydon Memorial Scholarship has been set up in his name for the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax.