ROBERT SLY

SLY

Robert Ronald Sly, Squadron Leader ret., passed away January 11, 2004, after a long fight with cancer. He was born in Strathmore, Alberta on Feb. 29, 1920. He is survived by his brother, Chester; wife, Corinne; daughters, Roma Jean Sly and Marie McIntyre; son, David and grandchildren, Shannon, Brendan, Fraser, and Spencer McIntyre. Robert’s mother died at his birth. He grew up in Calgary with his father, three sisters and a brother. He became Alberta’s champion speed skater and was the soloist in a harmonica band that played weekly on CBC. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1941 and was trained as a radar mechanic after his knowledge of radios was discovered. In October of that year he was sent to England to install and man radar sites and he was there until 1944 when he returned to Canada to train as a Wireless Air Gunner. After release he attended the University of Western Ontario; he graduated with an honors degree in Math and Physics. He rejoined the RCAF in 1949 as a telecom officer and became Canada’s design authority on TACAN. In 1954 he was awarded the highest monetary award ever given to a member of the RCAF for an invention. He retired from the service, but continued to work in Air Defense until he retired in 1976 when he and his wife moved to a mountain cabin near Gold Bridge, BC. They lived there all year until reaching the age when getting the wood in to get through the winters got to be too much. In 1989 they started spending the winters in Vernon where Robert was able to indulge his love of duplicate bridge. Robert’s passing has left the world a little less bright and a little less kind. There will be a celebration of his life at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall on January 31, 2004 at 2:00 P.M.