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Born: Apr 28, 1939

Date of Passing: Aug 13, 2020

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April 28, 1939 – August 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William Malcolm McDermid at the age of 81.
William is survived by nephews, Michael, Cameron and Steve, niece Melissa and sister-in-law Linda. William was predeceased by his father George and mother Edith.
Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree BScEE in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1961. Following a year with Ontario Hydro, Bill joined Manitoba Hydro in 1962 and continued to work for Manitoba Hydro for 56 years. Bill was certified to the grade of member with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE in 1965. He became a member to the Association of the Province of Manitoba as a registered professional engineer in 1967; chaired the PES Winnipeg Chapter in 1978/1979; received the APEM (now APEGM) Merit Award in 1992; received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and was elected IEEE Fellow in 2005; president of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society in 2007 to 2008; and recipient of P. Ziogas Electric Power Award in 2009, for outstanding contributions to the development of rotating machine insulation testing. Bill was director of the high Voltage Test Facility in Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
In keeping with William's wishes, cremation has taken place, and laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Manitoba lost a brilliant man! 13th of August 2020 So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill McDermid. He was an extraordinarily great man. We always enjoyed our chats at the many Xmas Parties & Conferences over the years. Our Deepest Sympathies to the Family from all of us in the Hydro-X Retiree Group. - Posted by: Hydro-X Group (friends) on: Sep 08, 2020

  • Since 1976, Bill and I worked on various research projects while he was at Manitoba Hydro and I was at Ontario Hydro. He was a tremendous engineer and very diligent. He improved the reliability of electric power utilities, not only in Manitoba, but around the world, by means of his technical papers and standards-making work. He is greatly missed. An obituary written by several associates about his technical contributions will appear in the November 2020 issue of the IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine. - Posted by: Greg Stone (colleague) on: Sep 08, 2020

  • Bill was a boyhood friend (university and Rovers) of my husband's who passed away last year. I met Bill on several occasions while we lived in Winnipeg. Over the years, we always looked forward to receiving Christmas greetings from Bill and to hear about his exploits and travels. Rest in peace, Bill. - Posted by: Barbara Wilson (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

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