Darryl Keith Stoyko
Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E.
September 10, 1979 ~ November 3, 2022
Darryl recently celebrated his 5 year anniversary with Pi, and we had hoped for many more years. His passing in early November has had a profound effect on everyone here. He is dearly missed. His presence inspired and motivated us to reach higher standards of excellence. His combined talents in Fitness-For-Service assessments, FEA, CFD, Vibration, and Electronics led to building in-house custom data recorder boxes to record and store a highly flexible set of data; strain gauging, vibration sensors, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, remotely and in real-time.
His passion for music influenced many of us. He played in three bands, playing alto, tenor and baritone saxophone as well as classical, electric, bass and acoustic guitar. His love for jazz was apparent, but his musical taste and knowledge was extensive in all genres.
His understanding of vibration was transcendent. His musical background influenced his engineering capacity and capabilities significantly. While most of us are challenged to fundamentally understand concepts like FFT, to him it was child’s play and he would teach us to read and interpret vibration data in a very meaningful way.
Darryl was always helpful and kind to others and he never asked for anything in return. His sense of humour was intelligent, often way above our heads, and he was always offering the most esoteric trivia. The day to day interactions with Darryl, our friend, is where his loss really hits home.
He will always be a member of the Pi family, and we will do our best to honour his memory in the years to come. To start, we’re setting up a Darryl Stoyko Memorial Library in our office, where many of his own engineering books will live. Jason said that it will be a place where engineers can go to become better engineers, and I think that suits him perfectly.