Morley Kolomyjec

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Morley Kolomyjec, ALS
Known for District Surveyor, Government of Alberta

Morley Kolomyjec passed away at his home in Duncan, British Columbia on January 18, 1997 in his 64th year.

Morley was born in Drumheller, Alberta where he attended elementary and high school. He obtained a diploma in Survey and Drafting Technology while attending a two-year course at what is now known as the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.

Morley commenced employment with the Department of Highways, Government of Alberta, in May 1952 and entered into articles with Peter B. Baptie, DLS, ALS. He obtained his commissions as a Dominion Land Surveyor and as an Alberta Land Surveyor in the fall of 1957. Thirty more years of public service in Alberta as a professional land surveyor were to follow, until his retirement in May 1987.

As a district surveyor, Morley performed hundreds of miles of road surveys, mainly in the southern half of the province. His surveys were based on rigorous retracements of early township surveys. No stone was left unturned in searching for original monuments, some placed over one hundred years ago. His own monuments were well placed and supported by accurate measurements, clearly documented by his unique plan drafting style. These surveys, field notes and registered plans will serve the Alberta public and fellow practitioners well into the future. Morley's professional career included a strong commitment to his crew members and articled pupils. His high personal standards and work ethics, both on and off the field, were of great help to those who were fortunate to work for and with him. Articled pupils over the years included Murray Ingalls, Dick Bassil, Henry Heidebrecht, Jerry Votypka, Keith Rowe, and Gary Francis.

His service to the community was of the same high standard and intensity. He played a major role in the athletic and character development of many young people through his coaching, particularly in little league baseball, and by refereeing hockey. In younger years, he was an active participant in amateur boxing; in later years, in golf and skiing.

Following his retirement in 1987, Morley and Elaine moved to Duncan, BC where Morley pursued an earlier interest and became an avid sailor. It came as no surprise to those who knew him to learn that he had "mastered the seas" in his forty-foot RIKKI TIKKI TAVI and placed well in many club races, often competing without a full crew and occasionally, single-handedly.

Morley will be remembered by his family, friends, fellow workers, and the community for his strong commitment to others, his sense of humor, and the intensity which he applied to everything he undertook. He will be dearly missed by those with whom he worked and played.

R.A. (Dick) Bassil, ALS(Ret.) and C.W. (Wally) Youngs, ALS