In Celebration of
Terence (Terry) Harvey Ussher
May 28, 1930 -
August 22, 2017
B.A.Sc. University of Toronto
M.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto
Lt. Col. Cd. 411 Squadron (Ret.) C.D.
Eighty-seven years of a life filled with a career in the space industry, a marriage of 62 years, three kids, and spare time occupied by golf, carpentry, aviation, ham radio, astronomy, photography, fine wine, whisky, classical music, and computer programming should have been enough. Terry, however, was never satisfied with mediocrity and has gone ahead to see that all is in order and to check in on “who is running this operation”. As Dad would say, “trust but verify.”
In 1983, Canadarm was deployed on Space Shuttle Columbia’s STS-2 mission where it was first tested in orbit. While our dad fretted that the “Arm” might fail with “Canada” tattooed on its’ side, it performed flawlessly and gained international acclaim for Canada’s space program. As the Program Manager for Canadarm at SPAR Aerospace, its’ success was the pinnacle of a brilliant career borne of a passion for astronomy and space exploration.
Although dad worked on Mercury, Apollo and Space Shuttle Missions, his true love was Ellen whom he met as a young Officer while living on his mother’s farm in King Township. Mom and dad’s relationship was a testament to the vows they took nearly 62 years ago: in sickness and in health; for better or for worse; but most importantly, to honour one another.
Whether it be as Wing Commander in the Air Force, or his career as a leader in the space industry, our father was immensely proud of his country, the people he worked with, and the legacy that his teams leave behind. Members of Parliament and the Editors of the Globe and Mail may not miss his letters, but being in his presence made our lives richer.
His wife Ellen, sister Mary Brown (whom he loved dearly), as well as his children, Susan, John and Carolyn, their spouses Monica and Derek and his grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Natalie, Jack and Luke, and the many people he touched whether they were from work, restaurants he frequented, or his lifetime friends, will remember his charisma, wit, and incredible mind.
We will miss him every day but more so when we look at the stars.
VE3 AWE- SILENT KEY.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian War Museum (Hamilton) in Terry’s memory. Website is http://www.warplane.com