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In Memoriam - Derry Menzies Robertson

Past OAA President

A man of ideas, accomplishment, honesty, and integrity...damn few left. 
September 9, 1928-February 19, 2017 
Passed away suddenly surrounded by his adoring Children; Keith Derry Martin Robertson (Lori Speed) of Bowmanville, Sarah Katherine Rier (Greg Rier) of Oakville and Hugh Gordon Robertson of Toronto. 
Derry was predeceased by his loving wife Marilyn Martin Robertson and his brother David Robertson and is remembered fondly by his brother Ronald Robertson (Truro), his sister Ruth Robertson (Fairlie), and his cat Red. 
Leaving post war Europe and arriving in Canada in the 1940's with a Harris tweed jacket and $100, Derry met his wife Marilyn with whom he enjoyed a life long love affair. Along the way they garnered many friends, had three children, Derry became an accomplished architect and they travelled the world. They were particularly fond of the Scandinavian countries, their design and architecture. 
Derry had a love of the outdoors, sailing, cooking and conversation and he shared these loves with many of his friends and neighbors in Prinyer's Cove, Prince Edward County. 
Some of Derry's many accomplishments include: 
  • Vice President of the UIA 
  • Past President of the OAA 
  • A member of the Royal Architect Association and the AIA 
  • And many architectural awards
    Some notable buildings that Derry had a hand in are:
  •  Toronto Convention Centre 
  • Toronto Harbour Police Station 
  • Rideau Centre 
  • Oakville Place 
  • Toronto Airport 
  • Whitby Ocean Shores 
  • Hudson's Bay Stores 
  • And many others across the world.