Death of well known Toronto structural engineer
Robert Halsall, P.Eng., founder of one of the best-known firms of structural engineers in Toronto, has died. Halsal...
Robert Halsall, P.Eng., founder of one of the best-known firms of structural engineers in Toronto, has died. Halsall was president of Robert Halsall and Associates, a consulting firm that has offices on Yonge Street in Toronto, and is now headed by Robert’s son, Peter Halsall, P.Eng.
Aside from leading a firm that has collaborated on numerous well known buildings in the city and projects outside Canada, Robert Halsall personally won many awards during his life. These include being an honorary member of the Ontario Association of Architects, receiving the Sons of Martha Medal from Professional Engineers Ontario, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction.
His life extended beyond engineering and construction to embrace opera, live theatre, travel and Dragon sailing at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. He spoke French and German.
Mr. Halsall had been suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and died peacefully in his sleep at home on November 10. He leaves his wife Anne, to whom he was married for 51 years, sons John, Peter and Dexter, and five grandchildren.
Educated at Manchester Grammar School in England and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Halsall went on to serve in the Royal Engineers Survey Regiment in the Middle East from 1947 to 1949.