Rick Monroe spoke to his father just five or six days ago, when James Ronald Monroe, 74, called from Port-au-Prince to see how Rick was faring. Rick, 46, is recuperating from a stroke he suffered several months ago. The elder Monroe, who has residences in both Whitehorse and Boynton Beach, Fla., was born in New Jersey but travels on a Canadian passport. Rick says his dad had recently gone to Haiti on a contract with Tortuga Air; he was working at the Port-au-Prince airport. James, who has a Ph.D. in computer science and used to work for IBM as an applications consultant, is president of Thailand-based Flight Data Management Inc., which does application programming for airlines. Rick says his father travels "99 per cent of the time" and has worked all over the world (he met his wife, Democratic Republic of Congo native Felicite Enoga Monroe, while working in Africa a few years ago). Father and son last saw each other six years ago, when James was being treated for prostate cancer and Rick went to visit.