In memory of
KNOWLTON, Robert Ellis Born in Southampton, England, Ellis passed away October 7, 2016 at the age of 94 at the Waterford Care Centre, Tsawwassen. He was predeceased by his wife, Mavis, of 60 years in 2012. During WWII Ellis flew Spitfire reconnaissance missions as an RAF pilot, mainly in Italy. After the war Ellis was educated at Southampton University as a Chemist but practised primarily as a Chemical Engineer. He worked for Imperial Chemical Industries for many years, rising to a senior management position. During his time at ICI he was one of the principal developers of a process safety technique called Hazop. In 1980 Ellis and Mavis immigrated to Canada and Ellis joined Chemetics International to continue his interest in process safety and in particular Hazop through which he achieved International recognition. In this capacity he travelled the world teaching Hazop. Upon retirement he and Mavis enjoyed many hours on their boat cruising the Gulf and San Juan islands, and many cruises throughout the world. Ellis's WWII service was also recognized while in retirement by an invitation to attend the Flying Heritage Museum in Everett, Washington where he gave talks on his wartime experiences and witnessed the flying of the Spitfire which meant so much to him. Ellis leaves behind Anastasia Kyrtsos and many special friends. Thank you to the Wexford & Waterford over the past 6 months for their excellent and compassionate care. No service by request
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