Avionics News May 2017 - 8
Barry B. Aylward, former AEA
chairman of the board, dies at age 59
Industry veteran gave strong voice to Canadian membership
Barry Aylward passed away March 21,
AEA President Paula Derks. "He devoted
at the age of 59.
countless volunteer hours on behalf of the
He was the president of Kitchener
Canadian membership, serving on working
Aero of Breslau, Ontario, for many years
groups and making his voice heard in
and was extremely active in the Aircraft
Ottawa on pending regulations."
Electronics Association and Transport
Aylward's journey began in Thunder
Canada events. He served on the AEA
Bay, but Kitchener Aero became his
board as a director for Canada for
home straight out of college. A successful
several years, followed by terms as the
businessman, he also was president of
Barry B. Aylward
vice chairman and then chairman of the
Mid-Canada Mod Center.
association. He served as chairman from
He is survived by his mother, Verda
2009 to 2010 and received the AEA Member of the
Foeller; father, Bryan Aylward; sister, Ev MacGray
Year Award in 2003.
(Mike); brother, Phil Aylward (Donnie); close friend,
"Barry's impact on the AEA and the avionics
Susan; as well as many valued and trusted friends
industry in Canada cannot be overstated," said
and colleagues. q
ABOVE: Barry Aylward addresses attendees at the 2009 AEA Convention
in Dallas, Texas. Aylward served as AEA chairman from 2009 to 2010.
RIGHT: Aylward greets AEA President, Paula Derks, at a reception to
honor past AEA directors during the recent 2017 AEA Convention in
New Orleans, Louisiana.