Graham Herbert Booth



BSc (Eng), ACGI, MIET, CEng. Retired from the Department of Communications in 1990.

BSc (Ing), ACGI, MIET, CEng. Retraité du Ministère des Communications en 1990.



Extract from The Communications Express, January 1991

Department of Communications

Obituary - Avis de décès

Graham Herbert Booth

1930 - 2012


Graham Booth passed peacefully and valiantly to his rest on August 21, 2012 at the age of 82.


Loving husband of 47 years to Kate, he will be greatly missed by his son Colin and daughter-in-law Lisa.


Beloved uncle to Elizabeth (the late Stanley), Jennifer (Gordon), Peter (Vivienne), Emma (Matthew) and the late Derek (Alexandra) and great-uncle to Andrew, Anne, Jackson and Caitlin. He is predeceased by his sister Joan (the late William Dagger).


After graduating from Epsom College in Surrey, England and Imperial College London, Graham had a distinguished career as one of Canada's space pioneers. As Chief Electrical Payload Engineer for Alouette 1, Graham was part of the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment (now CRC) team whose engineering achievements resulted in Canada becoming the third country in the world to design and build a satellite.


After several years working at Plessey Aerospace in England and ESRO (now European Space Agency) in Holland, Graham returned to Canada in 1969 and co-founded the satellite engineering division at Telesat Canada. He then began work on the Anik series of satellites and was subsequently involved in all major Canadian satellite projects until his retirement from the Department of Communications in 1990 as Chief of Satellite Programs.


He also had a fulfilling three years with the Department of National Defence, during which time he partnered with Canada's allies as a member of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (CDLS) in Washington DC.


Fondly remembered and sadly missed by both his family and dear friends across Canada, the US, England and Northern Ireland, Graham will be remembered as a man who loved to sail, who valued the fellowship of others and the spirit of service evident through the professional, community and church organizations to which he belonged.


The family wishes to thank all involved in Graham's health and spiritual care at the Queensway Carleton, Ottawa General and Elisabeth Bruyere Hospitals, as well as the Carefor team and Christ Church Cathedral ministry for their support, encouragement, and prayers.


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