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Jack Capstick Tribute

2013-06-11

It is with great sadness that we have learned about the passing away of Jack Capstick.

Jack Capstick was a loyal supporter of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (BCRB&HCA)for many years. As one of the original founding members, Jack served as Founding Director of the BCRB & HCA in 1965, Vice President from 1965-1967, President from 1968-1970 and Chairman of the Labour Relations Committee from 1967-1981. Jack was honoured in 1985 for his contributions to the BCRB&HCA.

Jack started working with Dawson Construction Ltd. in 1947. From 1951 to 1954, he was Office Manager, where he worked on the construction of the Granville Street Bridge, employing up to 900 workers. This wonderful and exciting experience prepared Jack for his future in road building & paving. Upon completion of the Granville Street Bridge, Jack returned to Head Office and over the years held the positions of Treasurer, Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President. Jack retired from Dawson Construction Ltd. as their President in 1986 after a total of 40 years in the construction business. Jack was responsible for all of the Dawson Projects in the 1980’s including all phases of the 3 year Coquihalla project.

Jack was recipient of the Joe Whitehead Construction Award in recognition of the many years devoted to the construction industry in Western Canada. Jack was Co-Chairman of the Teamsters Local 213 Joint Training Program and was instrumental in establishing a training program at the Maple Ridge Campus of the Pacific Vocational Institute. Jack was also Co-Chairman of the Construction Industry Advisory Board and named the newly formed union of the Prairie Roadbuilders and B.C. Roadbuilders the “Western Canada Roadbuilders Association.”

Jack’s early involvement and lifelong contributions to the BCRB&HCA have been greatly appreciated over the years, and for all who knew him, he will be dearly missed.

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