Frederic “Bruce” Underhill August 20, 1947 – September 13, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frederic Bruce Underhill.
He was born in Vancouver B.C. in 1947 to the late Clare and Helen Underhill. Bruce attended UBC and BCIT, receiving a Diploma of Technology in Surveying, and received his BCLS Commission in 1975. That same year he joined the Underhill and Underhill Surveying (which was started by his father and uncle) partnership and received his Dominion Land Surveyor (CLS) Commission in 1978. Throughout the 1970s until the mid-1980s, he worked and travelled extensively in B.C. and the Yukon. He managed and grew the firm’s Whitehorse office to be the largest Land Survey company north of 60Â°, guiding surveys in Whitehorse and the entire Yukon while also contributing significantly to the firm’s many Land Claim surveys across Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
In 1972, he married his wife Dawn, followed by the birth of his son Shawn and daughter Kelly. In 1984, he relocated his young family to the Whitehorse office and managed the office from 1986 until his retirement from the firm in 2008.
During his many years of practice, he served on several boards/committees which include Chair of the ACLS Yukon Regional Group, ACLS Council becoming President in 1993, Surface Rights Board of Yukon from 1996 to 2005 and City of Whitehorse Board of Variance from 2003 to 2005. Bruce received the Tim Keopke Award of Merit in 2018 for advancing excellence in surveying and his extraordinary contribution to the future of the profession.
Following his retirement from surveying, he served as Executive Director of Engineers Yukon from 2008 to 2012 and continued to serve as a member of several Engineers Yukon committees.
He is survived by his loving wife Dawn, son Shawn (Michelle), daughter Kelly, grandchildren Brandon, Ashton, Zander and Zoe, sister Patricia (Roy), brother David and numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and medical staff plus the many Homecare nurses who supported us through this challenging time. We appreciate each and every one of you for your care and kindness.
(Left to Right): Chris Cryderman (President), Shauna Goertzen (Vice President), Mark Mason (Member), Chad Rintoul (Chief Administrative Officer), David Swaile (Member), Dan Machon (Member), Cristin Schlossberger (Surveyor General), Roger Galibois (Past President), Neil Hain (Government Appointee), Kelly Stofer (Secretary/Registrar) (Gina Hidber (Member) is not present.)
So busy at the 114th AGM in Kelowna this March that we couldn’t get the photo ’till June. Even then we’re still missing one member (Gina). Have to try again. From the ABCLS website.
Chris deHaan accepts Certificate of Recognition for Underhill Geomatics Ltd. sponsorship of the CHBA 2019 Training House
Kamloops, BC – May 24, 2019 – Sponsors of the 2019 Training House/ Y Dream Home were recognized at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBACI) private reception in Tobiano last night.
The Training House is a 29-year-old program in partnership with Thompson Rivers University that includes the collaboration of professional builders and educators with trades students to build a home with the express purpose of providing real-life training to those working towards a rewarding career within the residential construction industry. The home once completed, was once again sold to the YMCA/YWCA as part of their annual program fundraiser to be raffled off to one lucky winner.
“This unique off-campus, real-life training opportunity would not be possible without the amazing contributions of our local sponsors and we were so happy to have had the chance to acknowledge their shared efforts and give praise where praise was due this evening” says Kelly Reid, CHBA Central Interior President. “We hope members of the public will notice the generous contributions made by our sponsors year after year and turn to them when they are in need of products and expertise for a renovation or new residential construction project”.
Presenting, Diamond and Platinum sponsors were given plaques, Gold, Silver and Copper sponsors were given certificates and the CHBA CI received a plaque from the YMCA/YWCA Board representing their long standing partnership.
Helen Blair Underhill October 22, 1913 – March 28, 2019
Helen, the matriarch of the Underhill Family, was also known as “Mother, Grandma, Grannie, Great Grannie or GG” to her family and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Helen met her husband, one of Underhill’s founding partners Frederic Clare Underhill in 1944 and they were married in January 1945. Helen and Clare’s family grew with the birth of their daughter Patricia, in 1946 and son Bruce, in 1947.
While raising her own two children, and to the present day, Helen had a huge presence in the lives of her step-sons’ families and their many children. All of her 16 grandchildren and many of her 30+ great grandchildren will remember her for her enjoyment and zest for life, sense of humour, and the support and encouragement she has given us all.
Helen is pre-deceased by her husband Clare, step-daughter Anne, step-sons Peter, Ken and wife Kay, and step-daughter in law Betty (husband David). She is survived by her step-son David and step-daughter in law Eve (husband Peter), her daughter Patricia (husband Roy) and son Bruce (wife Dawn).
We will remember Helen as the inspiration she was to all of us and will miss her dearly.
Jim Sharpe, Dave Underhill, Tim Koepke, Bruce Underhill, Bill Robinson (left to right)
Underhill’s 1968 brochure cover, photo is of J.W. Sharp measuring a distance with a Geodimeter Model 6, on Pavillion Mountain, during a BC Hydro Transmission Line Survey
It is with great sadness we at Underhill hear of the passing of Jim Sharpe, BCLS. Jim had a long and storied career at Underhill’s. Jim came to work at Underhill & Underhill after he was introduced to Clare Underhill by his old pupil, Ken Wong, BCLS, in 1955. In Ken’s letter to Clare he wrote:
I am dropping you a few lines inquiring whether you, Jim, Dave, or Art will be taking on an article pupil the coming year. There is here, a young fellow, Jim Sharpe, aged 20, who is very earnest in becoming a qualified Land Surveyor…
… You will find him, as I have, a very energetic, willing, apt, and keen Surveyor. He is prepared to assume any duties required of him, and is available on a moments notice.
Your faithful “Old” Pupil,
Jim entered articles in 1956 with W.G. (Bill) Robinson, P.Eng., BCLS, CLS. He was commissioned as a BCLS on April 30th, 1959, along with Jack Parnell. In 1961 Jim and Jack left Underhill & Underhill to start their own firm, Sharp & Parnell. On the retirement of Clare and Jim Underhill in 1964, Jim and Jack returned to become partners in Underhill & Underhill.
Jim was the Vancouver office manager for many years. He retired from the partnership in 1980, and moved to Cranbrook, taking with him Keith Ekman, BCLS. In Cranbrook they formed Sharpe & Ekman. Jim was elected to the Board of Management of the Association of BC Land Surveyors in 1989, and served as president in 1992. He was awarded Life Membership in the Association in 2001. Jim, while at Underhill’s, articled quite a number of Land Surveyors into the profession, including: Tim Koepke, Samuel Maynes, Philip Asher, Keith Ekman, and Martin Schulze.
CBC News – Isabelle Salesse is executive director of the Association of Franco-Yukonnaise, which created a “one-stop shop” for services involving literacy. She is one of 14 Canadians recognized this year with the Council of the Federation Literacy Award. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)
“The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. The awards are presented annually, in each province and territory, to recognize the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses in many areas, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.”
Isabelle has, throughout her career, focused on literacy in French minority environments. Félicitations from everyone at Underhill’s!
In the April issue of the Association of BC Land Surveyor’sLink MAGAZINE Robert Allen writes on The Mystery of the J.Underhill Chisel. J.T. Underhill was one of the founders of Underhill & Underhill. The chisel was found by treasure hunter David Gunner at Lone Butte Ranch in Ashcroft, BC. Robert’s story follows the trail of a century’s worth of clues to arrive at a compelling explanation for why the chisel ended up where it did.
Today the Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Scott Brison, announced the appointment of 10 individuals to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, an independent and non-partisan body mandated to provide the Prime Minister with merit-based, non-binding recommendations on Senate nominations. Underhill Vice-President, Carl Friesen, was one of 10 appointees.
Carl Friesen, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, FEC
“I would like to thank these distinguished Canadians for accepting to serve on the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. The Government is committed to making the Senate more independent and the Prime Minister looks forward to receiving your recommendations to fill Senate vacancies.” ‑ The Honourable Scott Brison, Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions
The Partners of Underhill & Underhill and the staff of Underhill Geomatics Ltd. congratulate Carl Friesen, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, FEC on his being selected to the Board. Congratulations Carl!”
The Partners of Underhill & Underhill and the staff of Underhill Geomatics Ltd. congratulate retired partner Bruce Underhill, DLS, BCLS on being the fifth recipient of the Tim Koepke Award of Merit. This award was named after Tim and created to recognize individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS).
Long before the actual award (say February 15th) a little soirée was held in Whitehorse. Titled the “Ernie Cook Night & Underhill Reunion Party” it brought together Underhillions from the early days of the Whitehorse Office, up to the present. When everyone who nominated Bruce for the award was in attendance it was pretty hard for them not to spill the beans. They did. In a big way. It was a great reunion. Thanks to Ernie Cook. We all miss ya!
FREDERIC BRUCE UNDERHILL, DLS #964 (1978), BCLS #528 (1975)
“Bruce” Underhill was nominated by Tim Koepke, DLS (CLS), Bob Gray, CLS and Katie Munroe, CLS to receive the Tim Koepke Award of Merit. The ACLS Council has unanimously granted the award.
FREDERIC BRUCE UNDERHILL, DLS (CLS) #964 (1978), BCLS #528 (1975) was born in Vancouver, in 1947 to the late Frederic Clare Underhill, DLS (#695)(1921), BCLS, PEng and Helen Underhill. He is brother to Charles David Underhill, PEng, BCLS and nephew to the late James Theodore Underhill, DLS (#696)(1921), BCLS, PEng.
Bruce Underhill’s career started with summer work for his father and uncle at Underhill & Underhill in the mid-1960s in the lower mainland. Southern BC transmission line R/W’s in BC’s Cariboo Country and large timber land parcels in the Duncan River valley were the flavour of the day.
In 1966 Bruce attended the University of BC in the Faculty of Science. In 1972 he transferred to BCIT and received a Diploma of Technology in Surveying.
Through the 60s and 1970 Bruce was mentored by his father, uncle, brother and other Land Surveyors in the Underhill firm, obtaining his BCLS Commission in 1975, having Wm. G. Robinson, DLS (CLS), BCLS, PEng as his Master. He joined the Underhill partnership that same year and received his DLS (CLS) Commission in 1978. All through the 70s and until the mid-1980s he travelled and worked extensively throughout BC and Yukon, managing numerous large and small projects too numerous and diverse to list. As one might expect, having been the youngest of a successful clan of Land Surveyors, he was expected to toil and succeed on the toughest and most difficult projects the firm had to offer and succeed he did. All the while his wife Dawn and his two children understood his lot and supported him in his often remote assignments.
In 1984, he relocated to the firm’s Whitehorse Office to assist in developing the firm’s northern operations, joining Tim Koepke, DLS (CLS), BCLS, PEng. In 1986, after Tim’s decision to become a land claim negotiator for the Federal Government, Bruce began managing the Whitehorse office and remained there and in that position until his retirement from the firm in 2008.
Bruce’s resident career in Whitehorse spanned 22 years, where he skillfully guided the continued building of a lasting professional survey enterprise in Yukon. He supervised many large projects involving complex legal issues and detailed logistical planning. He managed and grew the firm’s Whitehorse office to be the largest Land Survey company north of 60°, guiding surveys in Whitehorse and the entire Yukon while also contributing significantly to the firm’s many Land Claim surveys across Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
He made many early contributions to the profession under the CLS system and in northern Canada. He is an expert on the Yukon Quartz Mining Act, early Photogrammetric project design and Land Titles Act surveys. His commitment to the highest standard of integrity, client satisfaction and innovative approaches made him a respected surveyor in Yukon.
Bruce’s contribution to the CLS system itself and the ACLS spanned an important development era of Land Surveying North of 60° and evolution of the ACLS to a self-governing profession. He served as Chair of the ACLS Yukon Regional Group numerous times since 1984. He served on the ACLS Council becoming President in 1993. And he continued to contribute to the ACLS on Committees leading up to the ACLS becoming self-governing in 1999 and beyond.
During his many years of practice Bruce served on the Surface Rights Board of Yukon from 1996 to 2005 and on the City of Whitehorse Board of Variance from 2003-2005. Upon his retirement he served as Executive Director of Engineers Yukon from 2008 to 2012 and still serves as an ex-officio member of Engineers Yukon committees.
One of Bruce Underhill’s lasting legacies is his mentorship of many prominent northern Canada Land Surveyors during his career including Carl Friesen, CLS, Bob Gray, CLS, Brian Thompson, CLS, Joe Iles, CLS, Elden Pfeiffer, CLS, Michael Kearney, CLS, Katie Munroe, CLS and Sandy Cooke, CLS. That list includes the majority of the currently practicing CLSs in the Yukon.
In the words of Tim Koepke, CLS, BCLS, PEng:
“One would be hard pressed to find a Canada Lands Surveyor who has made such an extensive and valuable contribution to the profession and to the improvement of our practices in the ever-changing modernization, designed to better serve our clients, government and the public interest.”