Albert “Al” Roger Pasini, of Edmonton, AB, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2020 at 87 years old. He was a true gentleman, well-liked and respected by all who met him.
Born in Drumheller, Al was raised by immigrant parents to value education and understand the importance of hard work. He carried those lessons with him his entire life. Al met his future wife Helen as a young boy in Drumheller.
Al left Drumheller to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Alberta where he made lifelong friends and some of his favorite memories. He graduated from the U of A with a Civil Engineering degree in 1955 and went on to earn the designation of Professional Engineer.
In 1957, he married his best friend and partner, Helen. In 1959, Al began a 36-year career with UMA Engineering (now AECOM); a career marked by increasing responsibilities and a wife who encouraged and supported him. His career took the family from Edmonton to Calgary to Vancouver.
Al was a leader in engineering, project and business management for the UMA Group. His achievements in management and technical guidance for many significant Canadian infrastructure projects is a testament to his career. He was project principal for the Dickson Dam, Oldman River Dam, and Norman Wells Pipeline projects as well as having significant involvement in other notable projects such as the Calgary Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge, Syncrude water supply, and many more. In 1992, Al was awarded the APEGA Centennial Leadership Award for distinction in the field of engineering.
Al was named President and Chief Operating Officer for the UMA Group in 1983, and became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. He guided the growth of the diverse engineering and project management operations until his retirement in 1995.
When Al was not working, he and Helen enjoyed travelling the world. On one of these trips Al discovered scuba diving which would become a life-long passion.
When Al retired from UMA in 1995, he deployed his knowledge and expertise in the service of his community. He joined the Board of the Edmonton Airport Authority and brought his unique perspective as a former pilot, and talent as a project manager, to the oversight of the reconstruction of the international airport.
Retirement allowed Al and Helen to continue travelling the world and together they visited five of the seven continents. When not travelling, they enjoyed golfing with friends and spent considerable time in their mountain home in Canmore; it was a common sight to see Al cycling or skiing in the Alberta Rockies. Al and his dear friend, John Brosseau would often go duck hunting together in the autumn, enjoying a drink afterwards.
Beyond living in the memories of his friends and family, Al has left an indelible mark on his community, as a man of sharp wit, tremendous ambition, good humor, and generosity. He will be dearly missed.
Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen; their three children: Ron (Colette), Gordon (Heather) and Joanne (Cameron) Taylor; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous relatives and friends.
A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2020 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 210 Haddow Close NW, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson Association of Alberta.