C.T. (Tom) Cuff

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It is with regret that we report the passing of C.T. (Tom) Cuff in Edmonton, Alberta on December 17, 1987.

Mr. Cuff was born in Lethbridge on November 11, 1919 and resided there until 1939 when he enlisted in the Canadian Army. In February of 1945, Sergeant Cuff returned to Canada after recuperating from a serious back wound. He virtually had to learn to walk again. He completed his high school in Calgary in 1946.

Mr. Cuff worked for various geophysical and oil companies until 1950 when he joined K.F. McCusker on township subdivision surveys in northwestern Alberta. He also worked one winter with C.B.C. Donnelly on the Alberta/Northwest Territories Boundary.

Mr. Cuff joined the Department of Highway in 1951 and was engaged in base line surveys until he became District Surveyor for the south-east district of the province. In 1961, Mr. Cuff left the employ of the Department of Highways and set up his own practice in Peace River.

Mr. Cuff articled to K.F. McCusker, C.B.C. Donnelly and C.W. Lester and was registered as an Alberta Land Surveyor on October 13, 1953.

It is reported that on one occasion when Tom arrived in Calgary from one of his surveying escapades he was confronted by a photographer who, for some reason, wanted some pictures of a motley survey crew. Tom did have a luxurious beard and this no doubt is what attracted the photographer to him. The photographer eventually sent Tom a print and, in later years, Tom would jokingly say he was the one who made Josef Karsh famous.

Tom loved all wildlife and especially his dog, Mac, who was his constant companion. He was a good steady member of the Peace River Legion No. 62 and was always on parade for Remembrance Day in fair weather or foul. Mr. Cuff was survived by his nephew and family, Michael and Judy Cuff and their children Nikki and Dwight of Peace River; nephews John and Phillip and nieces April and Robin and their families in British Columbia.

Dave Holmberg, ALS