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Donald John Batty
Male 1921 - 1996

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  • Birth  1921  Hampstead, , Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW2 - Royal Air Force  [1
    Immigration  1952  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-162999P 
    Died  8 Apr 1996  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: cancer 
    Person ID  I162999  Generations
    Last Modified  7 May 2018 

    Family  Leah Broadhurst 
    Family ID  F46750  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • BATTY, Donald John-Died of cancer in his 75th year, on April 8, 1996, at home in Waterloo, Ont.

      Born in Hampstead, England, married to Leah Broadhurst in 1947 and immigrated to Canada in 1952. He served during the Second World War as a wireless mechanic in the Royal Air Force, Signals Branch 1941-46 in Britain, India and Burma where he was attached to a Combined Operations Unit working on codes and cyphers. He was later commissioned in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Reserve) from 1953-55.

      Don went on to graduate from the University of London, B. Sc. (Engineering, Civil) in 1951 and became a Professional Engineer of Ontario in 1953. Don worked on several large civil engineering projects in Britain and municipal engineering with the Borough of Hampstead.

      In 1952, he was the first engineer hired by Ellis-Don Ltd., then furthered his experience on major projects including the Mid-Canada Line in Alberta and Saskatchewan and the Toquepals project in Peru. From 1960-65, Don was senior project engineer in the development of the University of Waterloo, buildings and grounds. In 1965, he joined the Public Works Department of the City of Toronto where he was Project Manager for the new City Hall and later Supervisor of Environmental Engineering, retiring in December 1984.

      After retirement he resumed his research on concrete design and worked for the City of Cambridge. Don will be remembered for his lively inquiring mind and ongoing analytical interests. He accumulated experience of civil engineering on a grand scale like building the highest road in the Andes at that time, but was also proud of intriguing smaller projects like a footbridge on the campus at Waterloo and the plinth which supports "The Archer" in Nathan Phillips Square.

      Donald will be sadly missed by Leah, who gave him love and strength in his last months and his children and their families: Jonathan P.A. Batty and Alison Drummond; Derek J.M. Batty and Maria Batty and Manual; Penelope J. Hill (Batty) and Roquela and ThaelMandar; Helen P. Beattie (Batty) and David Beattie and Elizabeth and Caroline. He is survived by his older brother, Ralph F. Batty and his sister-in-law, Georgina and their children, Robert, John and Susan of England.

      A private family funeral service was followed by cremation.

      Funeral arrangements entrusted to Westmount Funeral Chapel (Kitchener), 743-8900.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be addressed to: Office of Development and Alumni Affairs (in memory of Donald John Batty), South Campus Hall Room 232, University of Waterloo, ??? cut off.1a

      1aThe Record 12 Apr 1996

  • Sources 
    1. [S490] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Record (1994-March 2008), Obituary of Donald John Batty - 12 Apr 1996.

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