Arthur Denis Hosford, passed away in
Regina, Saskatchewan on May 29,
at the age of 62 years after a long illness.
Denis came to Canada from Ireland in
and in 1959
entered into articles with D. Rae Sutherland, ALS He received his
commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor on June 14,
and as a British Columbia Land Surveyor on August 15,
He practiced surveying in Alberta and British Columbia, being a
founding partner of the firm, White and Hosford in
which has continued as HIW Surveys Ltd. in Grande Prairie.
Denis moved to Edmonton where he managed North West Survey
Corporation until December
During this period he was involved in a number of surveying and
photogrammetric mapping projects, both nationally and
internationally. At the time of his death, he was Director of GIS,
Saskatchewan Geomatics for the Province of Saskatchewan in Regina.
Denis was active in the affairs of the ALSA, serving on Council for
several years and as President in
He was an astute mathematician and a very capable technician in the
field of surveying and mapping.
Denis was always promoting technologies for the future, both within
his firms and the surveying community. He was a thinker. Denis
pioneered the use of EDM equipment in Alberta with the acquisition
of one of the first geodimeters to be used in the province. He also
had a real interest in writing and publishing. He published
commercially, a few small selections relating to travel and
education through Hosford Publishing.
Denis Hosford will be remembered by his colleagues as an individual
who placed professional competence ahead of financial reward. Those
associated with Denis, both as employees and partners, were always
treated fairly and without prejudice.
He always had time for people.
H.E. Impey, ALS