NASH, Percy George MRAIC, ARIBA.
George Nash died on the afternoon of Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the age of 93. He was a member of the Ontario Association of Architects from 1962 to 1993.
George studied architecture in Britain at the the Southend Technical College, under the auspices of the Royal Institute of British Architects. This program was instituted to accommodate the World War II veterans who could not wait an extra year to be admitted to the architecture programs at Oxford and Cambridge universities, two institutions that had offered a place to Royal Air Force Pilot Officer Nash. He graduated from the Southend program in 1952 and did a two-year practicum at an office in London. In 1954, George accepted a position with Harry Weedon and Associates, so he, his wife Margaret and their young family relocated to Birmingham, England.
In 1957, George left for Canada with his family to accept a position with L. Y. MacIntosh and Associates in Fort William, Ontario. By 1960 he had changed firms to work at Ranta and Tett, and became fully qualified to work in Canada. He became a member of the OAA in 1962. In 1965, he left Fort William to work at the University of Waterloo, in the Department of Physical Plant and Planning.
By 1968, he was working in Toronto. His first position was with Bregman and Hamman until he moved to Adamson and Associates, where he worked for about seventeen years as a project manager. He was enticed eventually from Adamson to work at Webb, Zerafa, Menkes, Housdon and finished his career at Carruthers Shaw. During his career in Toronto he worked on such projects as the First Canadian Place, the North York City Hall and the Scotia Bank Plaza.
George was also an amateur thespian, an avid (although unremarkable) golfer, a garden helper to his wife Margaret and ultimately grandpa to the offspring of his four children.
A Celebration of Life is being held for George at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East (at Leslie) on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those who remember George are welcome to join family and friends to reminisce and raise a glass to his memory.