In Celebration of

Alexander McDonald Heaton

December 31, 1926 -  March 21, 2019

Alex passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 after a short illness. Born in Clydebank, Scotland, Alex attended the School of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. He completed three and a half years’ service with the Royal Navy, and completed a course in Architecture, graduating with a B.Arch. in 1952 (Gold Medal). Alex completed a post-graduate course in Landscape Architecture at University College, London (1953–55). Following five years’ architectural practice in London, UK, he immigrated to Canada in 1957. Alex was one of the founders of Schoeler and Heaton Architects, designing notable Ottawa area buildings such as the Public Service Alliance of Canada Building, École secondaire Charlebois, the Canadian Labour Congress Building, Embassy of Cuba, and notably collaborated on the Katimavik Pavilion at Expo ‘67 in Montreal.

Alex is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Agnes/Nancy, daughters Caroline and Erica (David Townson); grandchildren Simon and Adam Heaton, and Matthew and Alex Townson.
Predeceased by his son, Geoffrey (Robyn).

Friends and family may pay their respects at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, on Saturday, March 30th from 2- 3pm, followed by a funeral service and reception. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in memory of Alex.


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Cristina Usubiaga (Friend of the Family)

Entered March 26, 2019 from Winnipeg, Manitboa

Alex was such a generous, charming and accomplished man. It was such a pleasure to know him and spend time with him in his office and home - a perk of having a wonderful friendship with his daughter Erica. My sincerest condolences to Nancy, Caroline, Erica and the rest of the Heaton-Townson family.

Kathi quinn (Friend of Erica)

Entered March 27, 2019 from toronto

Dear Erica and family,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a parent is extremely difficult.....Try to take care of yourselves. Erica, your dad has a very impressive list of accomplishments: I would love to learn more about him.

My thoughts are with you.


Michael and Mary Francone (Friend of Erica’s)

Entered March 27, 2019 from Toronto

Our sincere condolences to Erica and her family and also to the Heaton family members on the loss of your father, Alex. From what I read and heard from Erica, Alex was a wonderful father and husband. May God bless his soul and welcome him into His Kingdom.

Joan Barrett (a Reading For the Love of It freind.)

Entered March 27, 2019

On my thousands of trips to Ottawa, I have often passed buildings your father was responsible for. Amazing!
Next trip, I will stop and admiring them even more, knowing I have a bit of a connection to their creator.


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