In memoriam

CIM is more than an organization – it is a community of people who share a common passion for the mining industry. We would like to extend our condolences to friends and family of the deceased as we remember those who have passed away. Though they are no longer with us, their work and accomplishments live on.

We do our best to publish all the names of recently deceased CIM members and apologize if there are any we have missed. Please send notices to


Robert Moffatt joined CIM in 1970 and became a proud Life Member in 1999. He was in the mining industry since 1944 working at Steep Rock Iron Mines during its development, right up until his passing as President of Fern Elizabeth Gold Exploration.


John G. Kelly passed away on May 6, 2021.  He joined CIM in 1970 and became a Life Member in 2020. He was a member of the Canadian Mineral Processors Society.

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Ron J. Elliott passed away on April 15, 2021.  He joined CIM in 1991 and became a Life Member in 2020. He was a member of the Geological Society.


Dr. David Hedley passed away on February 22, 2021 in Craven, Saskatchewan. Born in 1939, he lived and worked in Elliot Lake for most of his career at CANMET Labs and contributed greatly to the field of rock mechanics. He was a CIM Life Member.

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Gordon M. Ritcey passed away on February 15, 2021 in Bay View, Nova Scotia. Born in 1930, he joined CIM in 1957. A pioneer in the metallurgical field, he became known as one of the world's foremost solvent extraction authorities. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award in 1977, the MetsSoc Award for Research Excellence in 1985 and the MetSoc Silver Medal in 1994. He was a member of CIM's Fifty Year Club and became a CIM Fellow in 2002.

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Bruce Clarence Bernard, a CIM Fellow and treasurer of CIM's Surface Mining Society, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the age of 64 years, in Camrose, Alberta.

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