In Memory of Alastair Stewart Fernie
Alastair Stewart Fernie passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 13, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. He was 80 years old. Fernie will be missed by his longtime partner, Wendy Chapman; and his children, Andrew (Brigitte), Keith, and Alison (Ron). He was a proud grandfather of Jake, David, Emily, Philippe, Samantha, Heather, and Ryan. He is also survived by his brother, Michael (Lola) in York, England. He is predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Mary Fernie.
Fernie was born in Edinburgh, Scotland where he attended George Heriot's School. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with honors with an M.A. in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In 1956, he began a long career with Standard Life which eventually brought him to Montreal in 1965. Fernie held many positions including President of Canadian Operations until his retirement in 1993. His life-long love of math began a 45 year partnership with the Order of Italo-Canadians as their actuary.
After Fernie’s retirement, he continued on several committees including the British Chamber of Trade and Commerce where he served as Director and National Chairman, and also with CompCorp as their Chairman. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to British/Canadian business relations. Fernie was involved with many fundraising initiatives including the Telethon of Stars (Montreal) and the Palliative Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital.
Fernie had many passions. He was an adventurous traveler, an avid reader, a collector of Inuit art, classical music and opera. He loved his prized Morgan sports car, his time spent at Hopkins Landing on the Sunshine Coast and his winters in Rancho Mirage, California. Golf was a lifelong hobby. He was a member of Mt. Bruno Golf Club (Montreal), St Andrew's (Scotland) and Thunderbird Golf and Country Club (California). Alastair's dry sense of humor and his ability to converse on an infinite number of topics in his Scottish accent will be sadly missed by all. A service was held at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, 2733 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. Donations can be made in memoriam to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.