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Adolphe Alfred Dion

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Adolphe Alfred Dion (c1859-1926)

1927 Obituary [1]

ADOLPHE ALFRED DION, general manager of the Ottawa Electric Co., the Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Co., and the Ottawa Gas Co., died on the 8th October, 1926, at the age of 67.

He was born in Quebec and was educated in that city.

In 1875 he went to Ottawa and was employed by the Dominion Telegraph Co. for 5 years, for part of that time as an operator.

From 1880 to 1891 he was employed in various capacities on railway work, first with the Atlantic and Cape Breton Railways and subsequently as electrician in the service of the Intercolonial Railway where he had charge of all electrical engineering work at the station, shops, yards, etc., also the train-lighting equipment and electric signals.

In 1891 he was appointed general superintendent and electrical engineer to the Chaudisre Electric Light and Power Co., which in 1894 became the Ottawa Electric Co. He later was appointed general manager and remained with the company until his death.

He was also associated with other enterprises in Ottawa and practised as a consulting engineer. He was one of the best known electrical engineers in Canada and served four terms of office as president of the Canadian Electrical Association.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1910.

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