Con Dermott passes

Long-time forester Conway (Con) Dermott passed away recently at the age of 82. He spent many years working in and around Slave Lake, although residing in Sherwood Park.

For most of the past 23 years, Dermott worked for Vanderwell Contractors. His specialty was setting up and managing woodlots for the lumber company. General Manager Ken Vanderwell told The Leader last week Dermott oversaw the process of buying land and planting the trees on those properties, some of which can be seen in the Flatbush area next to Hwy. 44.
Dermott’s career as a government forester began in the 1960s. Vanderwell says he had a lot to do with developing the quota system for tree harvesting, some of which is still in force. During the 1970s, Dermott also worked on the legislation that allowed for the establishment or expansion of pulp and paper industries.

As noted, Dermott and his wife Gail lived all those years in Sherwood Park. But they’d spend a lot of time in Slave Lake, bringing their trailer north in the warm months.

An obituary in a (presumably Sherwood Park) newspaper says Dermott was born on Oct. 20, 1938 and died on July 3 of this year. He is survived by his wife Gail of 58 years, two children and several grandchildren.

“He was a well-respected and valued professional forester that loved spending time in the field,” it says.

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