Obituaries

2021

Sean Kerins

Sean Kerins passed away on October 9th, 2021. Sean worked as a field inspector joining CSA in 1984. He retired in 2013.

Jim Frangakis

Jim Frangakis passed away on October 9, 2021 at age 90.

A Celebration of Life is planned for November 6, 2021. For details and to read Jim’s obituary, visit his Toronto Star obituary page.

Veni Christante

On September 26, 2021 Veni Christante passed away at the age of 93.

Veni had a long and illustrious career at CSA.  He was one of the early employees, and held employee #126. Veni told stories of those early days at CSA, housed in Strachan Building as part of Ontario Hydro and then at the old Planters Peanut Factory at Dufferin and Queen.  Veni worked as a technician who rose to the role of Corporate Secretary.  Amongst the earliest to reach 40 years of service, Veni designed the pin that only a few have earned.  He retired after 42 years at CSA in the early 90s and although many of our younger retirees joined after Veni retired, he was known to all.  He was friendly, a true gentleman and he never forgot your name.  He will be missed.

Veni designed the CSA logo for hockey helmets that shows a CSA on a puck with red for the Canadiens and blue for the Leafs.

Veni was a long time member of the CSA Retirees’ Club, serving as president.  He organized the annual trip to Stratford and instituted the tradition of the Christmas Luncheon originally held at The Old Mill.  Veni attended many retiree events and enjoyed mixing with his former colleagues, many of whom were good friends.

Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by his sons and their families. Visitation and funeral arrangements are scheduled for October 1, 2021. Please check Veni’s obituary on the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home obituary page for his obituary and for information on how to attend the funeral.

Roman Krygiel

Roman Krygiel passed on July 16, 2021 at the age of 95. He joined CSA in the early 1960’s and worked as a Senior Professional Electrical Engineer until his retirement in the mid 1980’s.

Roman’s obituary posted on the Turner & Porter website tells of his heroism during WWll as a member of the Polish Resistance Army and prisoner of war in Germany.

Suhwan Ahn

Suhwan Francesco Xavier Ahn worked at CSA for 34 years specializing in the Certification of Motors and Generators, Industrial Controls Group. Suhwan passed away peacefully after a long illness on July 27, 2021.

Iain Lowe

Iain Lowe passed on May 8, 2021 at the age of 61. Iain worked at CSA for about 35 years as a technician and in SA/SI as an Inspector.

Please read his obituary where you can also leave your condolences for his family.

Frederik Kuntz

Frederik Kuntz passed on April 24, 2021 at the age of 95. Fred worked at CSA in the 70s and 80s as Manager of Public Relations and retired as Director of Operations, Standards Division

Read about Fred’s long and notable life is his Toronto Star obituary page.

Alan Ross

We’re sorry to announce the passing of Alan Ross.  Alan was still working at CSA as a Senior Lab Technician.  A long time member of the audio visual group, he had been at CSA since the late 80s or early 90s.  Alan was 58 and leaves his wife Heather and children Ian and Emma. Condolences can be shared on his obituary page.

Kim Forbes

Kim Forbes passed away on January 25, 2021 at the age of 65.  Kim spent many years working at CSA in Purchasing and previously in Stores.  Back in the day we’d go to Stores to pick up supplies and Kim would be the friendly face behind the window.  Kim leaves his wife Robin also a CSA alum. 

2020

Renzo Pupulin

Renzo Pupulin passed on November 22, 2020 at the age of 66. Renzo worked at CSA for 39 years in several roles such as Team Coordinator and Lab Manager and on the Fuel Burning Team. There is an obituary page where you can leave your condolences for family and link to Renzo’s funeral on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 10am.

Ron Pogue

Ron Pogue passed on Tuesday November 10, 2020 at the age of 86. Ron was a member of the Retirees’ Club executive for many years. In his 40 years at CSA Ron worked as an Electrical Technologist and held a variety of other positions: Development Specialist, Lab Manager & represented CSA in Ottawa and Internationally.

He is survived by his wife Wendy, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wendy has written a beautiful and fitting obituary celebrating Ron’s life and achievements.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 21 from noon – 1 at Carruthers & Davidson in Wasaga Beach. The service will be streamed via the their YouTube channel. See details in the obituary.

May he rest in peace.

Ain Rosin

We’re sad to report the passing of Ain Rosin on September 12, 2020 at 81. Ain was a long-time employee of CSA and many will remember him as Inspections Manager in Montreal. Click here to link to his obituary.

Myrna Webster

We’re sad to report the passing of Myrna Webster on May 19, 2020. Myrna was 86. Myrna worked at CSA for 27 years, retiring in 1995. She worked in Certification and Testing as the manager of the clerk typists, later known as word processors. She hired many staff and led her team through the transition to newer technologies.

As is the case in this time, an online funeral service was held on May 25. Those wishing to leave their notes of condolence can visit Myrna’s memorial page at Arbor Memorial.

Andrew Krumins

Andy passed away on May 6, 2020 after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.

Andy was an engineer in the Appliance Group and Power Supply & Process Control Group.  He worked at CSA for 36 years until his retirement in 2010.

A virtual funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2020, at 11:00 am.  For the link to participate in the service, to read Andrew’s obituary or to sign the Guest Book, go to Andrew’s Memorial Page.

Lyn Bortolin

Lindo (Lyn) Gino Bortolin passed away from COVID-19 on May 2, 2020 in his 97th year.

Lyn is survived by his children, grand children and 12 great-grandchildren.  Lyn was a chemical engineer who worked in Standards Division.

To read his obituary and leave your condolences visit Lyn’s Obituary.

Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson passed on April 30, 2020.  Not yet 60, he was taken much too soon.

A beautiful obituary is posted on Jim’s Dignity Memorial web page.

Jim retired in 2016 after 35 years at CSA.  He worked in Special Acceptance / Special Inspection as a Senior Technologist and Team Coordinator.

Ajmer Bal

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ajmer Bal and his wife Sue.  Ajmer and Sue had been on an extended holiday in Thailand, returning mid-March.  They contracted COVID-19 and entered hospital last week. Tragically, they both passed away on Tuesday April 7th, 2020.  Ajmer had just turned 80 last week.  A memorial service may be held at a later date.

Ajmer graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in England, worked in the UK, married Sue and emigrated to Canada.  He worked in the Telecom and Signaling industry and at Chubb before joining CSA in 1979.  He retired as a Senior Engineer for the Electrical Sensing Group.

In 2010 Ajmer became President of the CSA Retirees Club, attending all retiree events and joining fellow retirees at the monthly breakfast.  A series of photographs of Ajmer at various events can be found on the Photos of Ajmer page.

He will be missed.

2019

Vi Johnson

We’ve recently heard of the passing of Vi (Violet) Johnson at the age of 84 on December 23, 2019.

Vi worked in Standards Division in several administrative and supervisory roles. She retired in the mid ’90s.

Visit Vi’s obituary and memory wall to leave your condolences.

For a more complete list of colleagues we have lost see the In Memoriam Post on the Home Page