Al Leveridge passed away peacefully on January 27 in Nanaimo Hospital in his 80th year.
After serving in the Royal Air Force, where trained in electronics and mechanics, Al and his family emigrated to Canada in the 1950s. He joined Univac, working on the early generation of computers. In the 1960s he became a Data Processing Instructor at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario. At the invitation of Wolfgang Franke, who moved from Lambton College to become the first President of the College of New Caledonia, Al moved to Prince George in 1969 to become one of a group of 19 charter faculty members who helped to establish the new College.
An expert in Computer Information Systems, Al was a natural and gifted instructor. While displaying an exemplary professionalism and the highest standards, he was warm, approachable and good-natured with his students. For the rest of his teaching career at CNC, he maintained a marvelous enthusiasm for his discipline, always keen to continue learning and to stay up to date in a rapidly-changing field. This was amply demonstrated when he enrolled, as a mature student, in a Master of Science program at Simon Fraser University. His vast experience in the computer industry pretty well from its early beginnings, in addition to the many courses he had taken over the years, must have made an impression on them, because he was admitted without the usual prerequisite of a Bachelor’s degree.
Because of his experience, he was persuaded to become Dean of Technology at the College – his calm leadership was a great benefit to his colleagues. Al missed the classroom, however, and opted to return to teaching, which occupied him until his well-deserved retirement to Qualicum Beach in 1992.
In addition to contract and duplicate bridge, Al enjoyed community theatre. He enjoyed acting and was always a reliable and most capable character actor. He didn’t just act, however – he brought his organizational skills and flair with figures to the theatre as well. For some years, he served as Treasurer of Prince George Theatre Workshop.
He enjoyed a happy retirement on Vancouver Island. An enthusiastic golfer, bridge player and gardener, Al was also a devout Anglican who served his local church in many capacities.
Al leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Margaret and his sons Paul and Stephen and daughter Denise.
Click here to read a 14-page interview with Al Leveridge about his early experiences at the College, extracted from: Reminiscences 1968-1978 (CNC, 1988, p.321-334).