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Avro's Restless Engineer
A part of our Avro Canada Heritage, and good friend.
After a long illness, Avro Engineer, Mario Pesando passed on.
PESANDO, Mario A. Chief of flight testing on the AVRO Arrow and AVRO jetliner, died peacefully in Victoria, British Columbia on March 30, 2009. Mario was born in Huntsville, Ontario on December 9, 1919, the son of John and Adele (Calvo) Pesando, both of whom emigrated to Canada from Italy as teenagers. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Hall) Pesando; his four children and their spouses, John (Patricia) in Seattle, Washington; James (Patricia) in Toronto, Ontario; Frank (Stephanie) in London, Ontario; and Marie (Jason) in Rochester, New York; three grandchildren, John, Ted and Rachel; and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Abigail. Mario studied engineering at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1942. After cancellation of the Arrow on Black Friday, Mario moved his family to Lexington, Massachusetts where he joined RCA and worked on the Saturn rocket project in the US space program. On his return to Canada in 1974, he worked at the DAF Corporation in Toronto where he was instrumental in developing and marketing the bear trap" device that enables helicopters to land on ships at sea. His later years were marred by his struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was most fortunate to have had the loving support of Joy and Jim McConnell, Colleen Dwinnell, Nancy Bailey, and Karen Shortt. In addition to his family, Mario took pride in his heritage, the strong work ethic and can do" attitude of his parents, and having grown up in the Italian community in Huntsville. Mario had lifetime respect for his friend and mentor, Jim Floyd. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated.
Mario was one of the top engineers that was employeed at Avro Canada and he worked on all of it's aircraft, including VICTORY AIRCRAFT. After the cancellation Mario moved to the United States and had a very successfull engineering career with many aeronautical companies. Throughout his career he cherished his time at Avro the most and he moved back to Canada in 1971.
This "Quiet Engineer" lead many projects and his skills where on the scale worthy of note in many aviation establishments around the world, and his projects and ideas are still in use today!
>>PLEASE VISIT THE MARIO PESANDO COLLECTION<<
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