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July 5, 1931 - March 7, 2016
Edward Downie Pirie 84 passed away on March 7, 2016 at Parkstone in Halifax. Edward was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1931 and graduated from Robert Gordon University. Edward went on to study as a marine draftsman at shipyards in Aberdeen. He met his future wife, lifelong friend, gardening partner, and travelling companion, Isobel Rose in 1949. In 1952 he sailed to Canada to start a new life in Hamilton, Ontario where he worked for RCA designing television and stereo cabinets. In 1954 Edward joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served most of his time as the chief engine room officer aboard a number of ships based in Halifax. While posted at CFB Stadacona during the 70's and early 80's Edward taught engineering. Edward developed training and instruction manuals for the ships and submarines of the Canadian Navy. Edward studied History at university part time and graduated from Saint Mary's University in 1982 completing a Bachelors of Arts. After retiring from the Canadian Navy, Edward worked for several years with the Fleet Maintenance Group writing instructions for navy vessel refits. Edward was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed travelling with his wife and family. He took his family on many trips in their travel trailer across Canada and the United States. Edward served a number of years as president of the Chebucto Track and Field Club during the 80’s. He also volunteered in a number of capacities for Knox Presbyterian Church. Edward was an animal lover with dogs and cats usually being found in his home. He enjoyed the community of Hemlock Ravine/ Grosvenor Park. Edward is survived by Isobel his wife of 64 years, and his son Sandy Pirie of Halifax and Sandy's children Alexa and Liam, and his daughter Susan Markus of Connecticut and her children Katie and Julie. Memorial donations in memory of Edward may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The family would like to thank the staff at Parkstone and Parkland for all their kindness over the years. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 21st at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 3311 Ashburn Ave. Halifax. Reception to follow in the church hall.