Donald E. Bush Sr., FRCI, died Dec. 28, 2016, at the age of 78. Born in Ohio, he joined RCI in 1984, in its infancy, and became its treasurer in 1988 and its president in 1991. He was chairman of the RCI Nondestructive Testing Committee, longtime chair of the RRC Exam Development Subcommittee, and had been director of the original Region III of RCI.
In 1988, he became RCI’s first Registered Roof Consultant (#0001). He was named an Outstanding Volunteer for RCI more than once, including the Michael DeFrancesco Volunteer of the Year in 2009, and received the coveted Herbert Busching Award in 2004. Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in construction technology. He was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, having spent 23 years in the corps and serving as principal investigating officer for roofing failures throughout the Far East.
Early on, Don was very interested in the RCI certification process, as we called it then. I seldom saw Don when he was not smiling. I think it was Zig Ziegler who said, “A smile is your greatest social asset.” That works pretty well in the professional world, also.
Don had Certified Roof Consultant No. 001. Alphabetically, “Bush” comes before “Canon”. So while he will always be number one, I can never be better than number two. After Don, that ain’t too bad.
You go work on those pearly gates and golden roads, dear friend. I miss you. See you there.
– Dick Canon, FRCI, RRC, PE
In 1979, he entered into roof consulting, forming D.E. Bush & Associates, Inc., and was a Construction Document Technologist with CSI. The next year, he became president of Illinois Roof Consulting Assoc., Inc. Ultimately, he was owner of Moisture Control Technologies Inc., in Volo, Illinois. He is survived by four children: Don Jr., John Sr., Kerri, and Tammy; as well as nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. His wife, Carol, predeceased him in 2015.