William George Bruce Gant of Calgary died Jan. 31. He was 82. Gant was an honorary member and past president (1963-64 and 1970-71) of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada.
Gant was born in Vancouver on Oct. 20, 1927, grew up in Medicine Hat, and studied geological engineering at The Montana school of mines. His career in oil and gas pipeline construction administration spanning 30 years and saw him rise from being a timekeeper to the president of H.C. Price of Canada, Ltd. where he was recognized as an international authority in winter construction techniques. Following a year in Alaska as project manager of the Alyeska pipeline project, Gant left the pipeline construction industry in 1975 to join the Loram Group (Mannix). In 1984, Gant became manager of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. After retiring in 1988, he was named an honorary life member in recognition of his service to the Calgary Chamber.
Gant was made an honorary member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association in appreciation of his contributions to that industry. He leaves three daughters, Patti (Bob Rippon), Sharon and Nancy; one grandson, three granddaughters; his sister, Betty (Gordon Nerland); and many relatives.
Services were at St. Andrew’s United Church in Calgary on Feb. 6. Contributions may be made in Gant ’s name to the Rotary Foundation (Canada), or the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Foundation, both c/o the Rotary Club of Calgary, 1202 Centre St. South, Calgary T2G 5M5 or to the charity of the contributor’s choice. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.