Memorial services are scheduled for Sept. 28 for an influential Canadian potato breeder.
Henry “Eric” Davies, 100, died Aug. 25.
Davies worked as a breeder in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from after his World War II military service until he retired in 1978.
A part of the government’s National Potato Project, Davies helped introduce many prominent varieties and was considered an expert on quality traits and helped develop a leading french fry variety, according to an obituary.
Born in Herefordshire, England, Davies was employed in horticulture work after school and in 1936 moved to Ottawa, Ontario, and attended Kemptville Agricultural Collage and Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph, Ontario.
He was an author of 17 potato research papers.
Davies is predeceased by his wife, Joy, and is survived by a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
Visitation and services are scheduled at the McAdam’s funeral home in Fredericton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation.