Ivor C. Rorquist, 92 of 105 2nd Street, Ellwood City passed away at his residence on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Ivor was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan on November 19, 1920 to the late John and Alma Samuelson Rorquist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Bonney Rorquist in 1978. Ivor graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he started his career with the Steel Company of Canada (Stelco) in Hamilton, Ontario before emigrating to the United States in 1958, where he joined Aetna Standard in Ellwood City. He worked there until he retired in 1982. He was very proud of his accomplishments as mechanical engineer specifically in designing and installing galvanizing, pickling and annealing steel manufacturing systems. His work took him all over the country and the world and included projects in Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea and the Philipines. He was a life long student and avid reader of all things engineering. At the age of 91 he completed a rigorous on-line study and testing program presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to maintain his Pennsylvania Professional Engineer license. Following his retirement from Aetna he worked as a self-employed engineer on many projects in the Ellwood Area. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church where he had once served as Deacon and later as Elder. For many years he played the role of King in the church's Boars Head Festival. He was also a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club and the Ellwood City Literary Society. Ivor was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force serving in World War II. He enjoyed walking and was often seen around Ellwood City, either walking downtown on errands or just out exploring to see what was going on. Surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, John A. Rorquist and Sharon Wood of Phoenix, AZ, a son-in-law, Morris London of Annapolis, MD, 2 grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob London and a brother, John Rorquist of Wadena, Saskatchewan. Besides his wife, Ivor was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen London in 2007, a sister, Myrtle Bowman and a brother, Edwin Rorquist. Private interment was held at Slippery Rock Church Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory.
I will never forget the wonderful times we celebrated birthdays together with the Blank and Kucan families. It was such fun just celebrating your last birthday and seeing the smile on your face when the candles on the cake were lit and we sang to you and Shariee. May you rest in peace, Mr. Ivor and may your family know how much you were loved and appreciated! We'll miss you!
Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen
I fondly remember the Rorquist family from my youth & from Christ Presbyterian Church. My condolences to Ivor's family. Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen, Kingman, AZ
Larry & Marty Turner
Our heartfelt sympathy to John & family. Ivor & Bonnie were the best of friends to Gordon & Vi. Larry's first memory is a visit with his Dad to Ivor & Bonnie's home in Canada before the Rorquist family moved the Ellwood City. Larry's latest memory is being in the Boar's Head Festival at Christ Church with Ivor and having many conversations about their families. We will always treasure the memories of our family get togethers through the years. Ivor will be missed by Larry, Marty, Sheree & family.
To John and family--Ivor was like family to us--such a kind and loving person, with a great sense of humor.We will have many wonderful memories of him,especially at the our table for Thanksgiving and Rotary on Thursday evenings. Thanks,Ivor ,for making this world a better place for all who loved you. Bill and Kathy Thalmann-Blank
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