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PRICE, Harold Alexander

It is with sadness that we must announce that Harold Alexander Price ended a productive and eventful life on January 18, 2015 in Kelowna, British Columbia.


Alex was born on November 18, 1921 in Vancouver, British Columbia. During his formative years he resided in Vancouver and attended Maple Grove Public School, Point Grey Junior high School and Magee Senior High School. The son of a long time railway man Alex was introduced to the railway working on the V&LI branch of the B.C. Electric Railway in 1940.


When World War II was growing Alex enlisted in the RCAF in 1941 earning his wings at Uplands Air Force Base near Ottawa in 1943. He was shipped overseas and eventually joined RAF 517 Squadron as a flight Lieutenant. The principal tasks of this squadron were meteorology and anti-submarine patrol and Alex completed 58 operational missions over the English Channel, Bay of Biscay and to Gibraltar.


Alex returned to Canada in 1945 and enrolled at UBC in the Engineering Faculty successfully completing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering in 1950. One year into his University education he was joined by an English Lass who had been serving on his squadron as a WAAF member. They were married in 1946 forming an undiminished life long bond.


Alex went to work for the CPR immediately following university and in his 33 year career worked in a variety of engineering positions in Western Canada including the famed Kettle Valley Railway, achieving the position of Deputy Regional Engineer Pacific Region. It is during this time that Alex developed an enduring interest in the Canadian Pacific Railway and Western Canadian history.


Alex and his wife raised a family and he was involved in coaching hockey, baseball and soccer. He retired to Kelowna, BC and pursued his passion for history, collaborating on numerous books and two movies.


Alex is survived by Renee, his wife of 68 years, four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


A celebration of life event will be announced at a later time.


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