Passing of Hugh Donald Cameron

ATAC is sad to announce the passing of Hugh Donald Cameron on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the age of 95.    Don served as Chairman on the ATAC Board of Directors in 1962-63 and again in 1970-71.

Born in Saskatchewan, the second of four sons to a Presbyterian minister and his milliner wife, Don was nine years old in 1927 when Lindbergh flew the Atlantic. That was enough for young “Donald”. Aviation became his dream too. Later when he was married with two children, he faced a career choice. Either continue his upward trajectory in the civil service or risk everything by joining a new airline. Don, supported by his wife Jean, made the sensible choice. He left the civil service, joined the fledgling Canadian Pacific Airlines and never looked back. Working with the legendary Grant McConachie was challenging and rewarding.

Throughout his career, Don focused on making connections between people, nationalities and countries. He negotiated CP Air’s historic routes to China, flights to Europe, Latin America, Israel and Japan. For Don, life was all about making connections. He revisited China when he was 91 and made a movie when he was 92. Maintaining relationships with people in aviation was equally important. It is why Don’s support of ATAC was so strong. Don was made an ATAC Honoree in 1979 and rarely, if ever, missed an annual meeting in the past 60 years. His lifelong commitment to ATAC was celebrated in his presence at the 2012 AGM in Vancouver.

Our thoughts are with his family.

(Details on funeral arrangements for Don will be posted to our website when available.)