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❱ ❱ CARS Remembers TWO MEMBERS GONE TOO SOON Earlier this year, two longtime members— Peter Schrum and Janice Oligny— died suddenly. Both passed away far too soon. CARS send its thoughts and condolences to the Schrum and Oligny families. PETER SCHRUM Died suddenly on March 31, leaving behind sons Brad and Scott; his mother, Marianne; and sisters Angela Balkovec and Brenda Cina. He was 47. Peter worked at Bombardier as their Ontario Director of Business Development and Sales. He served on the CARS Board of Directors and was a member of the Toronto Railway Club. Peter was passionate about work and was respected in the industry. Colleagues will remember him as a leader who always took time to listen, making everyone he met feel special. “Peter was a valued member of the board and an all-around great guy,” says CARS President John Clarke. “He made everyone smile with his great sense of humour. Peter will be missed.” At Peter’s funeral, colleague Paul Larouche offered these words of condolence on behalf of Bombardier. “Peter was a big part of Bombardier … he made a huge difference within our industry and was very much appreciated. I always looked forward to undertaking a new project with him. Those projects were always challenging, but more importantly he made them fun. Peter could turn any situation into something positive.” JANICE OLIGNY This past February, CARS lost a member of their extended family when Janice Oligny from Backtrack Railway Services Ltd. passed away. Jan, as she was better known to those in the industry, was only 51-years-old. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Gary, their three children: Michael, Andrew, and Amy, and many grandchildren. Mike Nichol, area manager West, at Modern Track Machinery Canada Limited, not only called Jan a colleague, but she was also a friend. “She was a hoot to be around,” he recalls. “She was always cheerful and laughing … she was a great gal.” Jan’s premature death was a real shock for Nichol. He was on vacation when it happened and en route home to Regina where he had pre-arranged plans to go out to dinner with Jan and Gary. “She constantly teased her husband [Gary] that she had never been to Saskatchewan and she really wanted to come,” says Nichol. “So, they had planned a vacation here for their anniversary.” From all CARS members, and the rest of the Canadian railway industry, we send our condolences to Gary and his entire family on this sad and unexpected loss. ■ obituary_intro.php?id=1007 insidetrack | SPRING/SUMMER 2012 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012

President’s Message
What’s Next for the Rail Supply Industry? Opportunities exist for small and medium-sized enterprises
Industry Needs Better, More Consistent Standards
CARS Remembers Pair Gone Too Soon
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supply Directory
Index to Advertisers

Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012