LCol Robert C. "Bob" Bezanson CD (Ret'd)
We regret to advise that Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. "Bob" Bezanson CD (Ret'd) died suddenly on 31 March 2005, in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII.
A graduate of Dalhousie University (B.Sc.) and Nova Scotia Technical College (B.Eng. - Civil), Bob completed his military engineering training at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack and was commissioned in the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers in 1950. He joined 45th Field Squadron RCE (M), Sydney, when it was formed in 1951 and was Commanding Officer 1964 - 1968. Bob was awarded the Centennial Medal in 1967 in recognition of his outstanding service to Canada following over 30 years service in the Militia. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 45 Field Engineer Squadron in 1994 and Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 1996.
In his civilian career, Bob worked with Seaboard Power Corporation and the Sydney Steel Division, where he began as Assistant Chief Engineer and was promoted to Divisional Superintendent in 1965. In 1968, Bob moved to Dartmouth to work with the Halifax Shipyards in the construction of the SEDCO series drilling rigs. From 1978 to 1984, he was with the Nova Scotia Department of Development, before finishing his career in 1993 as Vice-President Marketing and Development of Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. of St. Catharines, Ont. In 1994, Bob was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the profession and an Honorary Life Membership in 2000. He was also an active member of the Military Engineers' Association of Canada and was the Atlantic Region Vice-President for six years.
Visitation will be 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 ﾖ 9:00 PM Monday, 4 April 2005 in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Funeral service will be held 2:00PM Tuesday, 5 April, in Christ Church, Dartmouth, followed by burial in Christ Church Cemetery. A reception will follow the service. A donation to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice would be appreciated. [zpp]