September 26, 1932 - January 29, 2016
Funeral Home Nepean - Garden Chapel
Scott – Graeme
Graeme has finally used up all of his nine lives and passed away at the Queensway Carleton hospital on Jan. 29. 2016 in his 84th year. A native of England Graeme served with the Royal Air Force from 1951 to 1953.He attended Imperial College University of London and then worked a year at Mullard, (a Brit electronics component manufacturer) before emigrating to Canada in 1957. While working as a designer of test equipment at Northern Electric in Montreal he was a co-designer of a machine called Cerberus which was a radical for its time and used high-speed paper tape programmed to verify the correctness of freshly manufactured telephone switching equipment. He joined G.P.I. computers, moving to Control Data Canada in 1966. He rejoined Northern Electric at its research and development laboratories in Ottawa in 1967 and became manager of the computer technology centre at Bell Northern Research. Graeme also lectured in computer science at the University of Ottawa. In 1973 he co-authored an article entitled “Grapple”, an interactive computer graphics language. Graeme’s enthusiasm for innovation was infectious and was amplified by his dry wit. He was one of the many BNR contributors who were paid to have fun and change the world in the bargain. His last contributions were related to using networked personal computers to facilitate video teleconferencing and the exchange of ideas between and among humans separated by distance. Graeme was one of the founding members of the Kanata Theatre Group. He enjoyed many hobbies which included horseback riding. He loved to tell the story of tying his horse up outside BNR while he attended a meeting. He studied photography, astronomy and derived great enjoyment turning our home into a “smart house” He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 33 years Anne Cushing Courrier Hutchison. Daughters Felicity (Doug Hunter), Caledon, Julie (Bill Sullivan), Victoria, and his son Richard of Ottawa. He will be sadly missed by his stepdaughters Brenda Cushing Ottawa and Donna Courrier (Matt McGarvey) Russell. His grandchildren who loved him dearly Jaimie, Lauren, Graeme and Sara of Victoria, B.C. and Justin (Stevenson) Ottawa. He is also survived by his first wife and friend Rosemary (Pick) England. Friends are welcome to attend a reception at the
Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd., Nepean, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m until 1:30 p.m.