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Ron Devall and Jim Mutrie

Messages of Remembrance

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Rest in peace both of you. The memories of you live on.

Ken DeVall, brother
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In loving memory.

Hazel DeVall, Wife
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In memory of my dear brother, Jim Mutrie. Always remembered. Always missed.

Dorothy Fitz-Clarke, Sister
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I met Ron DeVall on the Park Place project in 1982-1984; he was the structural engineer or record, and I was the construction engineer working for the contractor. I was very junior, and I looked up to him as someone with much greater depth of engineering knowledge. He was always generous with his time and expertise, and was a pleasure to work with. I saw him from time to time over the years and he was always quick to smile and talk. I will miss him.

Brian Samuels, colleague
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In memory of my husband, Jim Mutrie and Ron DeVall, an amazing friend for 51 years. I will miss you forever and never forget you. You both enriched my life through supporting me in marriage and friendship.

Sandy Mutrie, Wife and Friend
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Jim Mutrie and Ron Devall were mentors to me, when I started my career at RJC, straight out of UBC. It has been a blessing in my life that I was able to call them colleagues and friends as my life moved on. I don't think many people understand the extraordinary contributions that Ron and Jim have made to the understanding of seismic design in our country, and hence the safety of Canadians. I am so pleased to be able to make a donation to a fund that honours these two pillars in our professional community, and their legacy of integrity, respect and service. They will be truly missed.

Douglas Watts, Colleague and Friend
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Ron was a lifelong family friend. His wit, dry sense of humour, charm, and bright friendly smile all contribute to our wonderful memories. He will be truly missed and never forgotten.

Bob and Peggy Hendry, Friends
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I was privileged to know both Ron and Jim as partners, mentors and friends. They were my go to guys, on technical and professional issues of course, but also with personal stuff. Their contributions to the structural engineering community were amazing. They were both interesting, intelligent and fun. Their advice was always thoughtful, valuable and freely given. I can’t believe they will no longer be with us.

Doug Williams, Partner & Friend
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My father, Ian Miller, met Uncle Ron when they were Engineering students at UBC. They enjoyed a close friendship, many fun adventures, and countless laughs. Though not related by blood, Uncle Ron has always been a part of our family. He was my most fun, gregarious uncle; a visit from Uncle Ron was something me and my sisters always looked forward to. I can't think of his face without seeing him smile, as the time our family spent with him was always joyful, full of laughs and a fair bit of mischief! I am grateful to Uncle Ron for the gift of his friendship to my dad. Uncle Ron will be terribly missed, but never forgotten. In loving memory and gratitude, Kim

Kimberley Miller, In memory of my Uncle Ron
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Jim and Ron had left behind many legacies to structural engineers. Both had started to inspire me when I was still studying at UBC. I remember Ron once said at a job fair that a candidate should not be evaluated by the ability to “sell” but rather by technical skills/potential they possess. It was then that I thought I can too have a career as a structural engineer. From Jim, I had not only learned how to perform engineering, but also the importance of having integrity and contributing back to the profession. I truly admire their dedication and selflessness in sharing of engineering knowledge even as business rivals. Jim and Ron will surely be missed by the practising community!

Kitty Leung, Mentee
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In memory of my brother, Ron DeVall and of Jim Mutrie, an unforgettable friend of our family. May you both rest in peace. You will not be forgotten!

Ken DeVall, Brother
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We feel fortunate to have over 30 years of treasured memories of travels and dinners and great fun and conversation with Ron and then with Ron and Hazel. Ron is remembered with great love as a kind, witty, unassuming gentleman in the truest sense of the word. It was wonderful to see his life take on a new dimension when he met Hazel. No longer able to tease him about being a "workaholic", we instead enjoyed two fabulous canal boat trips in France, annual Wine Dinner outings and many other great times together. He always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye and that great smile brightened any gathering.

Bill and Jo-Anne Parneta, Friends
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So where to begin. I met Jim Mutrie some time in the mid-1990s while he was working for Jones, Kwong Kishi and he was the lead structural consultant for Vancity Centre. Fair to say we hit it off and Jim remained our key structural and seismic consultant until his retirement. With Hazel, she and I met in the mid-1980s if i am remembering correctly, perhaps a little later, and she looked after our Marketing area. We worked together and had a few laughs until her retirement. I only met Ron a couple of times at some of the Marketing staff parties. Wishing both families my most sincere condolences. Jeremy

Jeremy Trigg, Worked with Hazel and Jim in my role at Vancity

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