Anthony David (Tony) O'Connor
1940 - 2008
Tony was born in Dublin Ireland on 24 December 1940 to mother Doris Tiffany O'Connor and father Joseph David O'Connor. He was the oldest of a family of 5 children - Maureen, Valerie, Susan and Kevin. (from Memorial Service 30 Sept 2008)
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Tony O'Connor was educated at Ryhope Grammar School in England and served as a navigating officer in the British Merchant Marine and after eight years at sea he returned to school to study surveying. In 1965 he was appointed river sounding surveyor for the Tyne Improvement Commission. He earned a Diploma of Land Surveying from the South Shields Marine and Technical College before emigrating to Canada in 1967 to join the CHS. During the next fifteen years, further hydrographic experience was gained in surveying the west coast of Canada and in the Arctic, culminating as the Hydrographer in Charge of CSS Hudson during surveys in the Northwest Passage.
In 1982, he resigned from the CHS to join the private sector, establishing and managing the hydrographic office of Terra Surveys Ltd. where he worked in Africa and the Middle East as well as North America. He returned to CHS in 1985 to take up his position as Regional Director, Hydrography, at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, B.C. He has maintained contact with the Middle East, most recently providing hydrographic advice on behalf of Canada to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Tony holds a commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor and is a licensed ship's officer. He has been on the faculty of Humber and Camosun Colleges and on the faculty advisory board of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is a Past President of both the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and the Canadian Hydrographic Association.
On 28th April 1998, he was appointed Dominion Hydrographer/Director General of the CHS, succeeding Steve MacPhee, who has retired..
Sources: The Canadian Surveyor, September 1981, p. 344.
From obituary, The Ottawa Citizen, 28 Sept 2008:
1967 - Hydrographer (Tech 2)
- New Staff Member - CSS Wm J, Stewart- BC Coast, various locations
1966 - Joined CHS
1967 - transferred to compilation from drafting - Ottawa
Charles OReilly graduated in 1975 with a B.Sc.
(Honors) in Geology and Physics from Dalhousie university. He worked for three
years in exploration geophysics for Texaco and Union Oil in Alberta. In 1978,
he joined CHS where he has been working in the Tides, Currents and Water levels
Section to the present. His current position is Chief of Tidal Analysis and
Captain John Orlebar, R.N.
Sept. 1835 - (as a Lieut.) joined Bayfield as an assistant.
1958 - Hydrographic Assistant, USCGC Storis - Western Arctic
H. (Enrique) Ortiz
graduate in Civil Engineering
John was one of the founding members of CHA. He joined the CHS as a hydrographer in 1960 after working with the Ontario Government doing legal surveys. John worked on surveys in almost every part of Central Region, including Georgian Bay, James Bay, lake Winnipeg, lake of the Woods, Red River, The Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence River. He was also HIC in the western Arctic on the Polar Continental Shelf Project.
John joined the Planning Office in Ottawa in 1971. He didn't spend all of his time there though. In 1971, he was on a Coast Guard icebreaker in Victoria Strait and M'Clintock Channel. In 1976, he was off to Senegal for a three month offshore survey on the Baffin. His fluency in French came in handy in 1978 during his one year secondment to Quebec City as Acting Regional Hydrographer where he helped establish the new Quebec regional office.
John moved on to the position of Technical Assistant to the Dominion Hydrographer in 1985 and served both Steve MacPhee and Ross Douglas.
Source: Lighthouse, Spring 1993, pp. 45-6.
1961 Survey at Byng Inlet
1964 - Hydrographer -CSS Acadia - PEI, NS, Nfld - (from Ottawa)
1966 - Hydrographer - Trent-Severn Waterway Survey, Ont
1967 - Senior Assistant - Lake of the Woods, Ont and Red River, Man surveys
1968 - Senior Assistant - St. Lawrence River Survey, Ont and Que
1969 - Hydrographer in Charge - Range surveys - Monreal to Three Rivers
1974 - (Annual Report) Head of Planning and Coordination Unit
Capt. H.C. Otter, R.N.
1857 - Boulton served
under him, HMS PORCUPINE
1954 - Joined CHS
1800 Master, H.M.S. AGINCOURT
Capt. William FitzWilliam Owen, R.N.
1815-16 - surveys of Lakes Ontario and Erie