Gentleman, distinguished and respected mariner, dedicated, loyal, hardworking, and dear friend…these were the words colleagues and peers used to describe Captain Zak Farid upon learning of his passing on April 15, 2017 in Victoria, B.C.
Born in 1934 in Cairo, Egypt, Captain Farid’s long and distinguished career in the maritime industry began as a graduate from the Egyptian Naval Academy. Prior to relocating to Canada, he served as a Commander in the Egyptian Naval Forces and then as the Duty Harbour Master at the Alexandra Port Authority, Egypt, and as a Tug Master at the Shieba Area Authority in Kuwait.
His career in Canada began in Ontario, first as a Ferry Master at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto and then as the first Hovercraft Master for Toryoung Canada Ltd. in Niagara. Indeed, he was the first Master of Canada’s first hovercraft running on a commercial basis.
Between 1974 and 2008, he held various positions at BC Ferries – first as a Second Officer and then advancing through to Director of Marine Operations and then Director of Operational Safety and Standards. In 2000, he became an ISM Auditor for BC Ferries, conducting internal audits for all vessels as required. During that same period between 2003 and 2007, he was an Instructor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as a Master of the MV Salmon Seeker at the Oak Bay Marine Group.
Captain Farid’s contributions to Canada’s maritime industry were numerous. He was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the International Maritime Organization for several years and was well respected for his long-standing contributions to the work of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. He was also a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, B.C. Branch and was chair of the Navigation Aids and Navigation Safety Sub-committee of the Pacific Coast Marine Review Panel. Ultimately, his contributions were recognized in the award of Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Award in 2007.
Captain Farid leaves behind his wife, Georgette, of 61 years, and his two children, Mervette and Nader.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 2 PM at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, on Friday, April 28, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the BC Cancer Agency, or the BC Stroke and Heart foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com.