Richard Perry

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of DEC Senior Engineering Emeritus Richard Perry on May 14, 2014 at the Cottage Hospice in Vancouver.

Early Life:

He was born 1923, in Masterton, New Zealand, the son of Bennett and Dorothy Perry. Predeceased by his wife Audrie in 2012 and son Brian in 1990. Dick is lovingly survived by his children; Mary-Louise, Craig (Colleen) and daughter-in-law Pat. Grandchildren; Michelle, Mark and Tim, great grandchildren, Michael and Dustin.

After serving in Bomber Command in the 2nd World War, Dick married Audrie Lilias, from Toronto and lived in Christchurch, New Zealand until they immigrated to Vancouver in 1952. Richard received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was active in ASHRAE and his field until his passing.

Dick had a passion for flight throughout his life, he continued to pilot small aircraft until 2013.

“We will miss his unwavering commitment to family, friends and work.”


Richard P. Perry will be remembered as one of the most influential and innovative mechanical engineering practitioners in British Columbia in the last 50 years. He designed and supervised the construction of literally hundreds of major commercial, residential, institutional and industrial projects, including Vancouver International Airport, the downtown Vancouver Central heat facility (now Creative Energy), and some 25 sports arenas in Canada, the US, Argentina and Australia.

He pioneered the use in British Columbia of computer-aided drafting for engineering, and was one of the earliest adopters of engineering applications running on personal computers.  In the mid-1980’s, Dick became interested in green building technology, and undertook a building energy-conservation study for the Canadian Department of Energy, Mines and Resources that resulted in major energy savings across the province. He helped develop the ‘LEED’ Green Building Rating System for the US Green Building Council, of which he was a founding member.

We will miss his friendship, his knowledge, and his experience at DEC – but he will be forever remembered for his contributions to innovation at DEC, throughout BC and around the world.

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