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Capt (Ret’d) M (Mike) Elkins RCA

26 Jun 44 - 6 Jan 17


After a brief struggle with cancer our dear husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend was called home to the Lord. A former member of the Canadian Forces (1964-1975), his absence will be deeply felt by his family and many friends. Michael is survived by his wife Stephanie and son Colin (Bethany). He is the cherished brother to Jane (Dick), and uncle to David. He is also a beloved grandfather to Owen and Allison. The family wishes to thank the staff serving with the Kingston General Hospital Oncology and Palliative care teams, as well as those compassionate workers at St. Mary’s of the Lake.

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Major (Ret'd) Vernon R. (Vern) Taskey RCASC.

19 Nov 32 - 24 Jan 17

Passed-away peacefully in St. Albert AB on January 24, 2017 at the age of 84. Vern will always be remembered as an excellent officer and fine gentleman whose flying skills and contribution to the world of Canadian Army Aviation will not soon be forgotten by those of the "Blue Wing" brotherhood who had the honour and privilege of knowing Vern and receiving his guiding hand both as a flying instructor and flying with him as a fellow pilot. The larger above picture shows Vern, as an Army Captain, receiving one of his several instructor category ratings from LCdr Gerry Myers, the Naval Aide to the Commandant (NAC) CJATC, at Rivers Camp MB, while Captain John Hugill looks-on. The smaller inset picture was taken from Vern's obituary in the St. Albert Gazette. From an apt quote by LGen Lou Cuppins in his eulogy to another former dearly departed blue winger "Flight Plan closed: now flying with the angels". Rest in peace Vern. You have surely earned it.

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CWO (Ret’d) A. John Mitges RCE.

14 Feb 17

We regret to advize of the death of Chief Warrant Officer John Mitges, MMM, CD (Ret’d) of South Surrey, BC on 14 February 2017 at age 95. John was a WW II Royal Canadian Engineer veteran who also served a full post-war career with the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE). During WW II, as a young Troop Reconnaissance Sergeant in 18th Field Company, John landed with the Nova Scotia Highlanders at Bernieres sur Mer before noon on D-Day, 6 June. Once the 9th Brigade started pushing out of the beachhead, John’s platoon destroyed obstacles and clear mines along the route of advance. 18th Field Company advanced across the Rhine and all the way up to the Baltic Coast where the unit became primarily involved in mine clearance. Wounded for the second time on the last day of the war, John was evacuated to hospital and later re-joined his unit before it returned to England. John Mitges returned to Canada in December 1945. He was transferred to the small Permanent Force and posted to the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering at Chilliwack. In 1947, he was one of three RCE personnel seconded to the United Kingdom where he qualified as a Glider Pilot. With this new qualification under his belt, John was posted to the Canadian Joint Airborne Training Centre at Rivers, MB where he did a considerable amount of glider training and indoctrination flights for parachute training students.

John had a full post-war career with the Royal Canadian Engineers. During the Korean War, he was seconded to the British Army and had two trips to Korea to erect Nissan Huts. His career was marked by appointment as Sergeant Major of 1 Airborne Troop RCE and as Squadron Sergeant Major of 4 Field Squadron. He was selected for a two-year attachment with Plant Roads and Airfields at the Royal School of Military Engineering, UK. John's last appointment was as the senior RCE Chief Warrant Officer at Mobile Command Headquarters before taking his release in 1976.

In 2015, the Government of France awarded John Mitges the Rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour for his contributions to the Battle of the Liberation of France. There was no service by John’s request.

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Major (Ret'd) William (Bill) F Pollock RCA

7 Apr 30 - 21 May 17


Major (Ret'd) Bill Pollock's substantive rank was Major although the photo shows him wearing LCol rank. After retirement Bill was associated with the air cadet league in Chilliwack BC. His LCol rank was honorary while so associated.

Passed away peacefully in Chilliwack at the age of 87. Bill grew up in Grenfell Sask, the only child and challenge of Fred and Jessie Pollock.

He joined the Reserves in the 1940's, where he discovered his passion in life that would lead him into a 30 year career, first as an artillery officer and later as a fixed wing and helicopter pilot in the Army and later in the Canadian Armed Forces. Many of us who had the privilege of knowing Bill enjoyed an association with him as a friend, comrade, exceptional army and CF pilot, and a helicopter instructor to name a few hallmarks of his legacy as a gunner officer and pilot.

Bill served in Korea, Germany & the Middle East and places in between. Along for the adventure was his wife of 60 years, Margaret, and together in tow, they raised 3 children. In his 87 years, Bill collected numerous life long friends from cousins and school mates to friends and comrades in his military family.

"Stand down dear and faithful servant"

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BGen (Ret'd) Robert George "Bob" Heitshu RCA

15 Apr 28 - 2 Jun 17

Bob died peacefully at the Hospice at Maycourt in Ottawa on June 2nd, 2017. He was born in Quebec City on April 15th, 1928. He joined the Militia in 1944 and received his commission in the Canadian Forces in 1950 thus serving 39 years. Being a soldier was his life’s dream and he always said ‘they pay me to do what I love’. He became an Army Pilot and a member of the AirOP and later served as the president of the Canadian AirOP Association. He commanded the 3rd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Winnipeg and 5CBG in Valcartier. His last posting was to SHAPE in Mons, Belgium as Secretary to the Chief of Staff. Following retirement from the military in 1983, he joined the Corps of Commissionaires and was Commandant of the Ottawa division until his retirement in 1996. He also served as Chairman of the Gloucester Police Commission. He is survived by his wife Wendy, his daughter Daphne, his son John (Julie) and his brother Mark (Marjorie). He was predeceased by his first wife Jacqueline, his brother Ross and his sister Pauline.

A private family burial with Military Honours will take place at the National Military Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Bob’s life on Saturday June 17th at 2 p.m. in the Sacred Space of Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice Care Ottawa, specifically to the Hospice at Maycourt.

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Maj (Ret’d) EHP (Pierre) Garneau RCAC

12 Jul 17

Passed away on July 12, 2017 at the age of 94. Son of the late Gerard Garneau and the late Andree de Varennes, and the beloved husband of the late Lucille Woods for 70 years. Loving father of Frangoise (Kenneth) Hubley. Suzanne (Jean-Marc) Chenier and Roger (Lucy) Garneau: cherished grandfather of Patrick (Sarah), Joanne (Don). Rachelle (Roger), Alain (Vanessa), Bernard (Laura) and Pierre (Daniella), and great-grandfather of Dania, Hugo. Hayden, Madeleine and Kendall. Predeceased by his siblings Andre (Jean) and Paule (Albert), he also leaves in sorrow his brothers Gerard (Courtney) and Jean (Sabine), as well as many friends and family members. A career officer in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, he served in Canada during the Second World War, in Korea. in the Congo and at the Paris Embassy. Upon retiring from the Armed Forces. he became secretary of the Royal Society of Canada. He loved volunteering at the Canadian War Museum and navigating the Rideau Waterway on the Reprieve. The family will receive condolences on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 9 am. at Sacre¬Coeur Church, 591 Cumberland Street, Ottawa; a Memorial Mass will follow at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bruyere Foundation (613-562-6319) would be appreciated.

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Capt (Ret’d) SD (Bernie) LeBlanc RCASC.

26 Dec 36 - 21 Aug 17

Stephen Bernard LeBlanc December 26, 1936 - August 21, 2017 t is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen Bernard "Bernie" LeBlanc on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the age of 80. He was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Poirier) LeBlanc of Glace Bay, NS

Beloved husband of Elaine (nee Ketchuk) for 56 years. Loving father of Catherine, Stephen (Chantal) and Lawrence (Tricia) and loving grandfather to Martine, Stephanie, Nicole and Josephine.

He is also survived by his sisters Jean Doris, of Cheticarnp, NS, Anna (Clifford, Sr.) Detcheverry, of Glace Bay and his foster sister, Doreen (Arsenault) MacManus (deceased Terry), of Antigonish as well as many nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Bernie was predeceased by his brothers Wilfred, Leo, Daniel George, Francis, Daniel Joseph, Arthur, David and his sister, Sr. Carmella LeBlanc, SCH. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Burquitlam Funeral Home in Coquitlam, B.C.

Bernie got an early start in the Royal Canadian Air Force first as a cadet then as a private and was eventually sent to Moose Jaw to train as a pilot. He discovered a passion and affinity for flying during his service years in Manitoba on many different aircraft, including the T-Bird and the Sabre. He also served as instructor on the T-Bird, in Gimli, MB, where he met his wife who was a schoolteacher on the base. He moved his growing young family to Winnipeg in 1967 after he was hired by Air Canada. He later transferred to the Vancouver base and retired as Captain of the Boeing 767 after 30 years of service to the airline. He was a fun-loving, engaging storyteller and a gentleman through and through, in life and career. Bernie always enjoyed the game of golf especially when he could have a round with any of his children. He and Elaine also enjoyed travelling together during their retirement years in Abbotsford, BC.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. For details contact In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Alzheimer Society of Canada or your local chapter.

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Col (Ret’d) NW (Norbert) Reilander RCA

21 Nov 20 - 13 Aug 17

We are saddened by the passing of Norbert Reilander, the son of Barbara Mangel and Valentine Reilander. He was one of 10 children, predeceased by Mary, Bernadette, Angela, Louis, Valerian, Hubert, Vera, Clarence and James (at birth). Norbert was also predeceased by his beloved wife Mirella of almost 65 years. Loving and much loved father of Bernard (and Patricia), Mark (and late Joyce: Carol), Teresa (Madonna House Apostolate), Robert (and Joanne), 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Born and raised in Regina, he attended Campion College before enrolling in the Canadian Army on September 6, 1939, 3 days before the declaration of war. He began an outstanding military career as a Lance Bombardier for the 113th Field Battery in Regina. He rose through the ranks quickly and was commissioned from the ranks in 1941, a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery stationed in the United Kingdom. After tours as an instructor and staff officer in the UK and then Canada, he saw action as a Captain with #1 Field Regiment in the campaign for the liberation of Italy. Seriously wounded in combat in December 1943, he was blessed with a full recovery. Returning to the UK, he trained as an Army pilot on the Air Observation Post Course. He served with the 664 Air OP Sqn before being promoted to Major, and was given command of 665 Air OP Squadron. He continued to serve in North West Europe with the occupation forces after VE Day. In October 1946, he was posted to Camp Shilo, Manitoba to the Royal Canadian School of Artillery. In September 1947, he was the first to command 444 Air OP Sqn in Rivers Manitoba. In the early 1950's, he attended Army Staff College in Camberly, U.K., and then became an instructor at the School of Land/Air Warfare in Old Sarum, U.K. He next commanded the Light Aircraft School in Rivers, and was a flying instructor before attending Senior Officers School in the U.K. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, he was granted command of 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Winnipeg and oversaw the deployment of the unit to Germany. From 1959-62, he taught at the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston. After next attending the NATO Defense College in Paris in 1962, he became a staff officer at SHAPE Headquarters, Paris. Promoted to Colonel in August 1965, he was appointed Base Commander of CFB Petawawa, Ontario. In 1969, he was posted to Winnipeg as Deputy Chief of Staff at Training Command Headquarters, and retired from military service in November 1973. Two years later, he went to work for the Provincial Government of Manitoba with Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) and retired again in 1984. Norbert was a deeply devout Catholic with a profound dedication to his faith and a special interest in Church liturgy. Particularly active in parish work in Winnipeg, he served at the Assiniboia Christian Centre as well as on the Blessed John the XXIII Parish Council. He was a member of the Senior Parish Choir and was involved in countless parish activities. A most generous and caring individual, he was also a great supporter of man charities. In addition to being an avid reader, Norbert was an accomplished athlete who initially excelled in hockey, basketball and baseball, but later found his true niche in golf. He helped to build the base golf courses in both Camp Shilo and Rivers, Manitoba, en route to becoming very proficient at the game. He won the Base Championship at CFB Petawawa. Following the 2011 death of his wife, Norbert moved to Ottawa to be near his children. He will be dearly missed by his family, his parish and his community, until we are reunited with him in Heaven. Friends and family may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home- Carling Chapel 2313 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2B 7G3 613-828-2313 on Friday from 9 am. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Norbert was fond of Madonna House Apostolate and "Development and Peace". Condolences and sharing memories at

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Major (Ret'd) Norman M. MacLean, RCA

30 July 27 - 7 Jan 16

Norm in John MacGregor’s L-19.

Norm MacLean passed away peacefully in the wee hours of January 7, 2016 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Peggy, children Ross (Lorna), Susan (Vic), and Mary, grandchildren Jamie (Kara), Andrew, Emma and Ben and great-grand children Porter and Elora. The military was part of Norm's life from an early age. He was part of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers from 1943 - 1945. He enrolled in COTC in 1950 while studying at the University of British Columbia. Upon graduation from UBC in 1953, Lt. MacLean and new wife, Peggy, were posted to Winnipeg and shortly thereafter to Germany. He returned to Winnipeg in 1956 and as an officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery (2RCHA), became one of Canada's Flying Gunners serving as an Air OP (Observation Post) pilot in Manitoba and at CFB Petawawa, until 1964. Norm's years flying the L19 were among his fondest memories. Subsequent postings took the family to Kingston, Oakville, Halifax and finally Ottawa. On the forefront of the computer systems security efforts within the government of Canada, he continued this work as a civilian member of the RCMP until his retirement in 1982. Norm and Peggy retired to Gillies Bay, on Texada Island, British Columbia and enjoyed almost 30 years there, happily involved in their rich island life. In 2010, Norm and Peggy moved to assisted living in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island. Norm will be lovingly remembered for his grace, dignity and respect for all.

A celebration of Norm's life will take place at the Comox Valley Seniors Village, 4640 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, BC on Saturday February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Col (Ret’d) FT (Fred) Harris, (RCSigs/CELE) CD, MID, BSc, PEng, RCCS

24 Mar 16

Passed away at Manotick, ON on Thursday, March 24, 2016, age 92 years. Predeceased by his dear first wife, Margaret (Rose) 1969, and his beloved second wife Mary (Acton-Bond) 2013. Survived by sister Irene Harris of Chicago: daughters Sheilah Hunter, Irene Bathurst (David), Jane Naus (Chris): six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Karen Acton-Bond: five nieces and their families. Fred served 35 years in the Canadian Army —World War II and Korean War (PPCLI), Exchange Officer School of Signals in the UK, first Chief of Communications Mobile Command, Military Attaché to Soviet Union, and National Military Representative to SHAPE Belgium. He was an army parachutist and light aircraft pilot, past President of Canadian Forces Ski Club (Ottawa), member of Highlands Golf Club and Canadian Club of Ottawa. Awarded Governor General's Medal and qualified for Red Cross and Royal Life Saving Society Certificates. In later years, he excelled in cabinet and furniture making and kept active with a limited exercise program, gardening and walking. Fred had an appreciation for all things beautiful. His lifelong love of creativity led to enjoyment of ballet, theatres, flower gardens and art galleries in the many countries he visited. He walked this life with intention and had much joy in companionship. A special thank you to the ladies from Home at Heart, especially Lesley, Caroline, Jeanne, the staff of Orchard View on the Rideau, At Home Hospice and Karen Acton-Bond and family for their loving support and to Veterans Affairs. A Memorial Service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Manotick on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m., with Reverend Andrea Thomas presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

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Maj (Ret’d) PA (Peter) Maione INF

30 May 32 - 28 Jul 16

Peter passed away in Langley, BC on July 28, 2016. He was born in Creston, BC on May 30, 1932.

In 1951, Peter joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In 1963 he received his Army Pilot’s Wings at CJATC Rivers Camp MB. Before his retirement in 1979, Peter served with honor and distinction in many postings, including, Korea, Germany, Quantico, Virginia (U.S. Marine Corps), Yukon and Vancouver.

After his retirement, he completed a Business Administration program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for outstanding achievement.

From 1981 to 1994, Peter worked for the City of Surrey in the Engineering Department.

In 2003, Peter suffered a major stroke affecting his right side. His inner strength and determination allowed him to live his remaining years with great courage and strength.

He is sadly missed by his wife Nan, his daughters Anna (Trev), Peta (Glenn) and his grandchildren Rose, Sadie, Manny, and Maklaine.

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Richard Blair “Dick” Rogers, OMM, CD, RCA

17 Aug 39 - 24 Sept 16


LCol (Ret’d) Richard Blair “Dick” Rogers, OMM, CD passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the age of 77 years. Dick was born in Woodstock, NB on August 17, 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1957 and trained in Chilliwack, BC before transferring to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery where he was commissioned as an officer in 1960 in Shilo, MB. He served 37 years; 18 as a gunner and 19 as a pilot. The Funeral Service was held at York Funeral Home’s T. Gordon MacLeod Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with interment in the Field of Honour at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Eulogy for LCol RB Rogers delivered by Lieutenant-General (Retired) Lou Cuppens CMM, CD, RCA.

“Today I proudly wear my medals and decorations, presented to me by the government of Canada and others, in honour of a veteran and friend, LCol Dick Rogers. You will note that I also wear a poppy in his honour and in remembrance of his service to Canada as a soldier and airman.

Let me introduce myself, I am Lou Cuppens a retired LGen, smart enough to select NB as my place of retirement after 38 years of service as a soldier and airman.

LCol Rogers’ wife Liz asked if I would say a few words about LCol Rogers’ military service at this ceremony of remembrance and I shall do so.

As I was preparing this address, I noted that there are similarities in Dick’s career and mine. We both became commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery, we both served in 1 RCHA in Germany and we both obtained our army flying badges at CFB Rivers, Manitoba. He served for 37 years and me for 38 years and as I look at Dick’s bio-sketch he was five years older than me and started and ended his career five years ahead of me.

I first met Dick while undergoing officer training at CFB Shilo, Dick was at that base completing his promotion examinations. I encountered Dick again as I was completing my air observation pilot course at CFB Shilo. We used the aircraft that belonged to his Air OP Troop at Flewin Field, CFB Shilo.

Our paths crossed again when he was posted to 422 squadron at CFB Gagetown in 1973. I was an instructor pilot in the sister squadron on the same base. Thereafter, Dick was transferred to Germany as a pilot with 444 Sqn and I encountered him on several occasions during HQ 10 Tactical Air Group inspections of that squadron.

In 1980 Dick was the deputy commanding officer of 403 Sqn when I was assigned there as commanding officer. We were a team that led Canada’s finest helicopter squadron for two years before he was transferred to Ottawa to a desk job and thereafter as deputy commander of 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron.

Once again Dick was transferred and this time to Montreal Quebec as a LCol and the senior staff officer operations and training at 10 Tactical Air Group headquarters. Yes, I arrived there one year later as a BGen and commander of 10 Tactical Air Group.

Being such an outstanding officer and pilot, I selected him to command our favourite squadron 403 Sqn at CFB Gagetown. He was decorated as an officer within the order of military merit, an award granted to only a few.

He excelled as a commanding officer and led the squadron through a myriad of challenges. The reward for such excellence was an assignment to NATO in Brunsum in the Netherlands for three years and then Dick retired and returned to his native New Brunswick.

Not one to be idle, Dick immediately became involved in his community and in many projects in the area. He eventually became a counselor and did even more for the citizens of New Maryland.

Having briefly traced his military career, I wish to highlight several things about this veteran and great leader.

First of all, those who had the privilege to know Dick will know well that he was the epitome of a true gentleman in every sense of the word. His gentlemanly spirit was seen in his leadership style and in every undertaking. With polished manners and the ‘sense of the right approach’ Dick easily won the respect and admiration of those with whom he served and his subordinates.

Dick was meticulously neat. His attire was always impressive and his penmanship was without equal. He was truly a role model for the young officers and airman under his guidance and leadership.

Dick was the consummate aviator. He loved to fly. He loved to instruct flying and he respected the domain of aviators.

Dick displayed the utmost respect for veterans. He just could not do enough to feature them and salute them for their sacrifices.

I mentioned earlier, that I had the privilege of having Dick as my deputy commanding officer and what a privilege it was. He was totally in my confidence, his advice was sound and timely, and he was so very loyal. I treasure the years that we had together as partners, we were quite the team.

Dick was a christian man and proudly displayed it. When he and Liz decided to marry, he asked me to be his ‘best man’ and I did so with great joy and pride.

Time does not allow me to speak of his drummer skills so you should ask family and others about his skill on the drums. He loved to play and did so for many years including at the Nova Scotia Tattoo.

Before my eyes become tearful and my speech shows my emotions, I will conclude with a few thoughts. Dick is now in a better place, he gave the cancer a good fight, and now he is at his final reward. We celebrate with much love and respect his self sacrificing service to Canada and know that he has left his mark on many of us here today. We will remember him always.

So as an artilleryman and aviator, I will close with this greeting, Dick, good shooting, end of mission, stand easy. Aerospace control, flight plan closed; now flying with the angels. Amen”

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Major (Ret’d) Norman Edward Ramsey, RCA

21 Dec 16


Of Delhi, passed away peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in his 85th year. Norm proudly served his country as a member of the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces for 32 years, retiring in 1980. He enlisted in the Canadian Army and, on completion of his training, he was commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery. He is a veteran of the Korean War. Early in his career Norm was trained as an Artillery Air Observation Post (Air OP) pilot on L19 aircraft. During the integration of the Canadian Forces in the mid 1960s, he trained as a helicopter pilot and served the remainder of his career flying tactical helicopters, and most proudly as the Commanding Officer of 422 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Gagetown, N.B. His service included postings in England, northern and southern Germany and at various locations across Canada. He was a past President, SGT-AT-ARMS and an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 125, Delhi, Ontario.

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Maj (Ret’d) JR (Jim) Brubaker RCASC

8 Jan 15


Born in Grimsby, Ontario to Edwin and Minnie Brubaker on January 17, 1928. He died on January 8, 2015 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is survived by his wife Joyce of 58 years, his children Patricia Poulin (Stephen) of Toronto, Deborah Bakker (Gregory) of San Jose, California, Kenneth (Susie) of Toronto and his grandchildren Ryan, Deanna and Talia. He attended high school in Grimsby and soon after joined the Canadian Army. During his time in the military, he trained and served as a helicopter test pilot with the U.S. Army Aviation Board and with the UN in the Middle East. Upon retiring from the military, he pursued a second career with Public Works Canada. Jim was active in his church where ever he lived, teaching Sunday school and serving as an elder for many years. After moving to Muskoka, he spent many happy hours teaching bridge and enjoyed painting and woodworking. He was an avid curler, loved the outdoors camping, canoeing and hiking in his beloved mountains of Arizona. Interment will take place in Vineland, Ontario.

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LtCol (Ret’d) LH (Bud) Gorrell RCASC

16 Feb 15

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of L.Col. Lewis Harley "Bud" Gorrell on Monday, February 16, 2015. Predeceased by his parents Harvey B. And Devona (Pierce) Gorrell and his son Glen Gorrell. He leaves behind his wife Jeannette and his children Ken, Sharon (Ross), Janice and Heather. Devoted grandfather of Amy, Matthew, Stephen, Jennifer, Joshua, Adam and Chantal. He was a loving husband, dad and granddad. Bud enjoyed boating, being at the cottage, building trains, flying planes, buying automobiles and his love of all animals especially dogs and cats. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home-Orleans Saturday, March 7, 2015 after 12 p.m. followed by a Service in Memory of Bud in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the Ottawa Humane Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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Maj (Ret’d) JA (John) Beament RCAC

13 Jan 27 - 15 Mar 15

Born in Ottawa John passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15th 2015 following a stroke. John graduated from Trinity College School in 1944, served in the Canadian Army and graduated from Trinity College School (U of T) in 1948. He was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Dragoons after graduation and served in the Canadian Army for 32 years, retiring in 1982. He became a public servant until his retirement in September 1986.

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BGen (Ret’d) AWD (Arn) Garlick RCASC

10 Dec 15


Died on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the age of 84. Beloved husband for 61 years of his college sweetheart June (nee Fuller). Loving father of Susan Musgrave, and proud grandfather of Michael, Andrew and Spencer. After graduating from Carleton University, Arn began a 35-year career as a soldier and an Army Aviator. He served in Japan and Korea in the early 1950's, in most provinces of Canada, with the US Army 1st Infantry Division in Kansas, with the British Army 4th Infantry Division in West Germany, in Egypt with the UN, in England as Commander CDLS (London) and advisor to the High Commissioner, and finally in Ottawa where he retired. He thoroughly enjoyed his military career and all the fine people he met. After the military, he moved to industry and became the President of an association which represented firms which manufactured heavy industrial machinery (MEMAC), a refreshing and most rewarding change of occupation. Friends are invited to Pinecrest Remembrance Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. to attend a Funeral Service followed by a reception. Inurnment will follow and will be private. In memoriam donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.

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Capt (Ret'd) JRJP (Jean-Paul) Filteau RCASC

11 Jan 14


Jean-Paul Filteau (1940 – 2014)

C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous faisons part du décès du Maj. Jean-Paul Filteau, C.D. (retraité), le 11 janvier à la Maison Aube-Lumière à l’âge de 73 ans, suite à un long combat contre la maladie. Il nous a quitté en douceur et sérénité. Il était le fils de feu Roland Filteau et de feu Alice Charland. Il était l’époux de Diane Gauvin Filteau, demeurant à Sherbrooke.

La famille vous accueillera en présence des cendres à la Coopérative funéraire de l'Estrie (485, rue du 24-Juin, Sherbrooke), le samedi, 1 février 2014 de 13 h à 15 h Suivi d’une cérémonie d’adieu à 15 h en la Chapelle du Complexe, 485, rue du 24-juin, Sherbrooke. Les cendres seront déposées au Cimetière St-Michel au printemps.

Outre son épouse Diane, M. Filteau laisse dans le deuil son fils unique Robert Filteau (Linda Levasseur) et sa petite fille Sandrine.

Il laisse aussi dans le deuil sa sœur Carmen (Guy Lemieux) et leurs enfants Pierre et Christine (Steve Langelier) ainsi que ses belles-sœurs Lise Gauvin (feu Maurice Bourque) et leur fille Julie (Daniel Paradis) et leurs enfants Yannick, Mélodie et Christina ainsi que Céline Gauvine (Jean-Guy Perras), Éric Audet (Caroline Malo) et leurs enfants, plusieurs cousins, cousines Filteau, Charland, Gauvin et Blais.

La famille désire remercier le Dr. Hans Knecht et son équipe en hématologie du CHUS pour les soins extraordinaires reçus, l’équipe des soins palliatifs du CHUS et tout le personnel dévoué de la Maison Aube-Lumière.

Au lieu de fleurs des dons à La Maison Aube-Lumière, 3071, 12e Avenue N, Sherbrooke J1H 5H3 seraient grandement appréciés de la famille.

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Maj(Ret’d) GM (Mike) Henderson RCA

7 Jun 14


Peacefully, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in his 95th year. Predeceased by Molly (nee Snow) his affectionate wife of 59 years.

Survived by his nieces and cousins and their families: Barbara Henderson (Peter); Elizabeth Odegard (Mark); Ann Snow (& Anneliese); Campbell Osler (Joanne); Jennifer Williams (Brian.) He was educated UCC, 1 year at Queens University, then to the Artillery. He served with the 11th Army Field Regiment in Italy, and later in N.W. Europe with 664 Air OP Squadron. His service continued in the Permanent Forces following the war. He was the vice president of the Ottawa Humane Society, on the founding committee Air OP Pilot's association, founder of Celiac Association, Ottawa and President of the Canadian Celiac Association.

"And Every Minute was Fun! Happy Days!"

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Maj (Ret’d) JR (Jim) Pugh RCASC

31 - 8 Jun 14


JAMES (JIM) RUSSELL PUGH CAVU is an acronym used by aviators. It means Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited' ideal flying conditions. James Russell Pugh was an aviator. He flew the hottest fighters at the beginning of the Cold War; the trickiest helicopters: lumbering transports; and docile and unforgiving trainers 138 aircraft types in all during a 35 year military career and later as a civilian instructor. He investigated aircraft accidents in hopes of preventing the same events from happening to other pilots. He flew chilled organs across Canada in a jet for a life-saving transplant. He trained American helicopter pilots in Nap of the Earth flying techniques for survival in Vietnam. Out of the cockpit, Jim Pugh loved his family, camping, travelling (83 trips), socializing, building and flying model aircraft, and was extraordinarily well read and informed. He was a natural mechanic, from his first flame-spewing Model A to his beloved Cadillac every weekend he could be found in the garage with tools and a smile. He passed this knowledge on to his son, grandson, and son-in-law. Squadron Leader (Ret.) Pugh's final flight occurred on June 8. 2014. after a recurrence of debilitating cancer and almost two months in hospital. He died peacefully at 82 in his new Winnipeg home, attended by Helen, his wife of 58 years. Jim's memory lives on with his son Jeff; daughter Virginia; grandchildren Brennan, Charlsey, and Valerie; son-in-law Gerald; and former daughter-in-law Rebecca. A private family gathering will be held at Rushing River Provincial Park. In lieu of flowers, cards, or gifts, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society of Manitoba would be appreciated by the family. The skies are CAVU, Squadron Leader. You are cleared for take-off.

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LtCol (Ret’d) TL (Trev) White RCASC

24 Aug 14

Trevor White of Trenton, ON, passed away with family by his side on August 24, 2014 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Marjorie White (née Hamilton) for 60 years. Loving father of Debbie White of Trenton and Brad White and his wife Therese Canuel of Ottawa. Dear grandfather of Andrew (Crystal), Ashley (Nicholas), Jonathan (Amber), Erik (Janelle) and great-grandfather to Cale, Kayden, Reece, Brock, Roselise and Kaileigh. Will be remembered by his three special nieces and sister-in-law Jo. Predeceased by his brother Kenneth White, Trevor dedicated 45 years of service to his country as a pilot for the Canadian Armed Forces. He and Marj had the opportunity to enjoy several tours and made many wonderful friends throughout two continents, retiring in Trenton in 1998. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the dedicated staff at Crown Ridge Nursing Home. A Celebration of Trevor's Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #110 in Trenton on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society would be appreciated by the family.

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LtCol (Ret’d) RD (Bob) Gross RCAC


It is with great sadness that The Regiment announces the passing of LCol (Ret'd) Robert (Bob) Gross, the 31st Commanding Officer of The Royal Canadian Dragoons.

LCol (Ret'd) Bob Gross passed away on Sunday, 29 June 2014 in Brooks, Alberta, after suffering a heart attack early that morning; he was 84 years of age. He is survived by his wife Renie, his two sons Paul and Tony and his grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held on Saturday, 5 July for immediate family and friends who celebrated the life of a great husband, Father, Grandfather, friend and Dragoon.

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Maj (Ret’d) RN (Nigel) Gleason-Beard RCA

28 - Dec 25 14

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Nigel on Christmas Day, with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Suzanne (Hinse). Dearly loved father of Rosemary (Richard), Robert (Catriona) and Rupert (Denise). Cherished Papa of Ian- Bruce, Keenan, and Victoria Poloncsak as well as Nigel, Heather and Alison Gleason- Beard. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, January 5, 2015 from 9-11 a.m. at Collins, Clarke, MacGillivray & White, 307 Riverside Drive, St- Lambert. Service will be held at St.Francis of Assisi Church, 844 Notre-Dame St., St- Lambert at 11:00 a.m.

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Maj (Ret’d) N (Neil) Betcher RCASC

6 Feb 26 - 5 Jan 13

Born in Calgary, AB to Henry and Ida Betcher. Predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Margaret, the light of his life, and by his brother Wilfred.

Survived by his children Robert (Pat) and Myra (Henry); grandson Philip, granddaughter Colleen (Mark), much loved great-grandson Austin; and sisters Cornelia (late John) and Viola (Neil).

Dad had a driven work ethic which was developed on the family homestead near Sundre, AB and which he applied to everything he tackled throughout his life. He also had a great interest in continuing education arid learning, in particular encompassing science and nature.

Dad was a military man, joining the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 19, where for 35 years he served an honourable career. He applied himself wholeheartedly to every course he took, every assignment he was given, and earned the high regard and respect of his peers and superiors during his service. When he retired in 1980 he partnered with Margaret, working with H.A. Kidd where they were a brilliant team.

He and Margaret had a blast in their years together. Their philosophies matched perfectly - hard work combined with lots of fun, laughter and travel, with an emphasis on forming and keeping terrific friendships. Upon retirement, they enjoyed many happy summers at the cottage Dad built on Centennial Lake, hosting friends and family to great meals and long boat trips. They also enjoyed fall vacations at Horseshoe Valley and their many friends in Barrie. Winters were spent in Alabama where they again developed a grand circle of friends.

Dad always met headlong, with strength, determination and courage, any adversities in life including the unexpected death of his wife and soulmate in 2001, and that's how he concluded his life journey.

He was a gentleman and a good man his lifelong.

His family wishes to thank the staff of 3C at Montfort Hospital, Ottawa, where he received excellent, tender care during his final days. Cremation has taken place, which was followed by a private family service on January 8th, 2013 at Beechwood Cemetery. If desired, donations can be made in memory of Dad to Montfort Hospital Foundation or the Alzheimer Society.

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Capt (Ret’d) RJ (Ron) Adams RCA

5 Jan 13

Adams, Ron (Crash) passed away on 05 January 2013 in Edmonton. Ron Adams served in L Bty, 4 RCHA 66-69. A fine pilot and Gunner.

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Capt (Ret’d) DAG (Dougie) Rouse RCA

15 Feb 13

Rouse, Douglas Avery Goodwin passed away on 15 February, 2013 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Fredericton NB at the age of 92. In WWII he served as an artillery captain with the 2nd Field Regiment of the Canadian First Division and saw action in North Africa, Italy and Western Europe. Following the Battle of Ortona in Italy, Doug returned to England, where he was trained to be an artillery air observation pilot and flew in that capacity for the balance of the war. Following the war, he returned to Canada where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at U.N.B. and his Bachelor of Laws degree at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1951. Doug practiced law in Fredericton where he was a partner with the firm of Hanson, Rouse and Gilbert. In 1960, he joined the provincial government with the Department of Justice and became the Deputy Minister of Justice, overseeing the creation of the legislative framework for Premier Robichaud’s Equal Opportunity Program. In 1970, Doug joined the faculty of U.N.B. Law School where he was the civil procedures professor for many years. In the early 1980′s, he co chaired the committee that prepared the modern rules of court for New Brunswick. Following his retirement as a professor in 1985, he became counsel for the law firm Mockler, Allen and Dixon.

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Lt (Ret’d) WS (Bill) Brown RCASC

16 Apr 13

Passed away at the Dufferin Oaks Home in Shelburne Ontario on 16 Apr 2013. Bill Brown age 86. Survived by his wife Eveline Brown.

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LtCol (Ret’d) JA (Andy) Seguin RCASC

16 May 13


Passed away on the 16th of May, 2013 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Beloved husband of Pat, and cherished father of Chantal. Son of the late Louis and Marguerite Seguin, and stepson of the late Josephine Slapinsky. Brother of Jean-Louis (Lucy and Jasmine). Will be missed by brothers-in-law Colin and Malcolm Jones and their families. A 39 year proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. Served across Canada, in Germany, at the United Nations as a Peace Keeper, Gulf War 1, Namibia and the Sinai. As per Andy's wishes, organ donation was effected followed by cremation. A memoriam mass will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 15 Steeple Hill Crescent, Nepean on Friday the 31st of May, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Family, friends, military colleagues, masonic brethren and legion comrades are invited to attend. After the Mass a reception will be held at the Kanata Legion Branch 638. Hines Road, Kanata. Thank you to all nurses on Ward A3, and a special thank you to palliative care nurse Alice and her student for their compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa-Carleton Alzheimer's Society or the Kanata Legion Branch 638, would be appreciated. All are also invited to visit the online memorial at

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Col (Ret’d) GW (Gord) Bruce RCEME

18 - 4 Jun 13

On June 4, predeceased by loving wife Evelyn (Bamford) Bruce. Survived by sons Robert and Kenneth, grandsons Scott and Michael, great-grandchildren Kyle, Autumn and Evan, his sister Enid Blakeney and brother Kenneth. Gordon will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by other members and many friends.

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Maj (Ret’d) AJ (John) Probyn INF

2 Sep 13


John served in the British Army with the King’s Royal Rifles and the Dorsets from 41-43 and then transferred to the glider pilot regiment (GPR). He subsequently served with the Royal Sussex from 46-48 following which he was recruited by the Canadian Army in 1948 to train glider pilots. He was then posted to the Joint Air School at Rivers MB. He joined the QORofC and retired as a Major in that Regiment.

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Capt (Ret’d) WG (Bill) Charland RCASC

6 Nov 13

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Capt (Ret’d) GW (Garry) Brownrigg RCASC

32 - 13

Passed away in Kelowna, BC. The only son of Dr. Garrett & Ena (Winsor) Brownrigg, Garry was raised in St. John's, Nfld. While attending McGill, he decided on a career change and joined the Canadian Army Special Force for Korea. He spent his military career as a transport officer, fixed wing pilot and a helicopter pilot, serving in Europe, the United States and Canada. During his working career Garry gave generously of his time to a number of charitable organizations including The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, Rotary Clubs International from St. John's, NL to Kelowna, BC where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Garry was also very active with the various Power Squadrons, Citizen on Patrol Units and a member of 883 (Kelowna) RCAF wing. Left to mourn his loss is Sheila (Down), his wife of 57 years; Son Garry (Kelly) grandsons Evan & Patrick Brownrigg; Son Geoffrey (Karen), granddaughters Megan, Julia, and Kimberly Brownrigg; Son Chris (June) grandsons Bryan & David Brownrigg; Granddaughters Jessica & Sarah, the daughters of his only daughter Heather who predeceased him in 2006. Also his sisters Ann (Bill) Church of Barrie, ON and Lynn Spracklin of St. John's, NL. Sisters in Law Athol (Frank) Toth of Victoria, BC and Elaine Jeffery of Dartmouth, NS. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July the 5th, 2013 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC. Immediately following the service, interment will be held at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation or the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to Canadian Legion, Veteran Affairs Canada and the BC Interior Health Community Care. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, clicking on stories and typing in Garrett Brownrigg.

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LtCol (Ret’d) FA (Floyd) Davies RCA

9 Jan 12

Davies, Floyd A. LCol (Ret’d) – passed away 9 January 2012 at 79yrs young, in Springside Sk. Many had the opportunity to have served with Floyd in a number of units. For those who served in 119 AA Bty at Gordon Head Barracks in the early 1950′s, will always remember that impeccable young officer whose outstanding bearing, dress and deportment was a lesson many young officer’s and non-commissioned well remembered. He served as CO of 3RCHA from 1973 to 1975 We shall mourn his loss, but celebrate his service to the country and the Guns.

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Capt (Ret’d) RJ (Jack) Lovell RCA

11 Jan 12

Lovell, Roderick John (Jack) Capt (Ret’d) passed away on January 11, 2012 at the age of 78 years. Jack was born in Winnipeg but as the son of a railway station master, moved many times, growing up in small towns throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He taught school for a few years in the north before joining the armed forces in the early 1950s as a gunner in 1RCHA, later becoming an observation pilot. Over the 25 years he spent in the forces he was stationed across Canada, and also in Germany, India and Pakistan. Highlights of his career included; flying as part of security for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, flying for the survey of South Hampton Island in the Arctic, and training with Prince Charles in Gagetown . After retiring from the army he worked for Aero Trades and Custom Helicopter as a pilot, as well as fighting forest fires, working for Manitoba Hydro and MTS. Living for five years in Portage, he was active as a hockey and baseball coach which he really enjoyed. The last 25 years were spent in Oakbank where he liked sharing stories and his political views with his friends and neighbours.

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LtCol (Ret’d) AE (Al) Page RCA

13 Jan 12

Page, Albert E. LCol (Ret’d), CD – passed away 13 Jan 2012 at the age of 93 years. Albert joined the guns in 1939 as a Gunner in 10thFd Regt. He was commissioned in 1943 and completed his Air OP training in 1945. He was Battery Commander of 10th Battery, St Catherine’s in 1956 and CO of 44th Fd Regt in 1962-64.

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Col (Ret’d) WL (Bill) Claggett RCAC

3 Feb 12


It is with great sadness that we note the sudden death of Bill Claggett on February 3, 2012.

Bill was born in Santa Maria California on 28 June 1937. Shortly thereafter he moved to Canada with his parents and grew up in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. On completing high school, he was accepted at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. After completing two years he was transferred to the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario. He graduated with a degree in Commerce and Economics in 1960 and was commissioned into the Canadian Armoured Corps.

Bill’s military career spans some 22 years in the Canadian Regular Forces and another 11 years in the Reserve Forces culminating in his command of the 1st Hussars Armoured Regiment in London Ontario and finally command of London Militia District as a Colonel. He had seen service in Europe, Cyprus and the USA before leaving the regular forces in 1980 to join Diesel Division General Motors of Canada Ltd. As Sales Manager for the USMC Light Assault Vehicle (LAV) project, Bill directed the strategy and sale for GM. Upon this success, he took over management of Defence Sales for the Division, a position he retained for 12 years.

As Sales Director Bill was directly involved in overseas sales in Saudi Arabia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as starting sales activities in several other countries such as Taiwan and Thailand. In addition much of GM’s success in Canada and the USA can be attributed to his sales strategies.

In 1992 Bill was posted to Saudi Arabia as General Manager of the Branch of GM of Canada and remained as director for International Sales. He remained in this capacity until his retirement from GM in 1998.

On retirement from GM, Bill started his own consulting firm and has been contracted to such companies as British Aerospace and Alvis PLC as well as a firm in Saudi Arabia.

Bill has been an active supporter of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association (Cavalry) since his retirement from the Regular Force in 1980. He has served the association as Vice President Central, President, Past President and was serving on the Executive as Advisor on Council.

Bill is survived by Heather Ann (nee Hately) and his sons, Stuart, Doug and Jay and six grandchildren. Doug and Jay are serving officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. Bill and Heather Ann live in Florida but spend their summers at their cottage near Kingston Ontario.

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Col (Ret’d) RS (Bob) Billings RCAC

17 Feb 12

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Stanley Billings on February 24, 2012. After a long and happy life, his big heart gave out, used up by all the living, giving and loving he did during his 75 years. He is survived by Sheila, his beloved wife and best friend. They celebrated 50 wonderful years together this past summer. His children, Barry (Kate), Alison (Jefferson Gilbert) and Michael (Julie Mulholland) will remember their dad for his love, support and guidance. He was “Pop“ to Wyatt and Jasper Gilbert, Thea and Madeline Billings and Ben Billings. Bob will be dearly missed by his sister Ellen Ryan, his brothers George (Linda) and Roland (Susan) and their families. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Edna Billings (Kingston). We won't soon forget - he shared his own signature sense of humour and great zest for life with all who knew him. Bob had a distinguished 33 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Armoured Corp., underlined by loyalty, friendship and concern for his soldiers and their families. The Colonel served proudly in three regiments - Lord Strathcona's Horse, Royal Canadian Dragoons and the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's). He ended his career as Commandant, Land Forces Staff College at Fort Frontenac, Kingston. The same place where his father joined the army and went off to war in 1939.

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LtCol (Ret’d) RPL (Roger) deGobeo INF

5 Mar 12


de GOBEO: Lt Col. (Ret.) R.P.L. de Gobeo, 19th June 1925 - 5th March 2012, 86 years. Roger was born In Birmingham England to Jessie Eckersley and Richard de Gobeo, on June 19, 1925. Roger was attending Monmouth College, an extension of Oxford University when England went to war. He joined the British army and was commissioned as an officer in the Worcester Regiment - from there he joined the parachute regiment and became a glider pilot and saw action in Europe during WWII. After the war Roger married Rita Beach of Worcester, England and resided in Birmingham, England where he had his first two children Philippa and Clifford. He owned and operated a senior complex. In 1951 Roger & Rita sold their business and moved to Ohio in the USA. Roger found employment in Ohio but missed the military life, so in 1952 he moved the family to Canada, joined the 2nd Battalion "Royal Canadian Regiment' and his third child Christopher was born. In 1954 Roger was stationed in Germany until 1955 when he was sent to Shilo and was officer in charge of the parachute jump towers in Rivers. At this point Roger's marriage to Rita ended. Roger was ordered to Korea where the conflict was just wrapping up. Roger then returned to Canada where he remained until he was sent to Vietnam in 1958 to aid the international commission for supervision and control of Vietnam. He spent time in both Hanoi and Saigon respectively. While in Vietnam, Roger met his soon to be second wife, Claire Miquelon. Roger had his fourth child, Nancy, In 1960 when he returned to Canada and was stationed in Halifax. Then from 1961 - 1963 Roger was stationed in London, Ontario. Roger was again returned to Germany in 1964 where his fifth child Anne was born and returned to Ottawa in 1966 where his sixth child Genevieve (Gigi) was bom. In 1968 Roger was sent to Cyprus where he was a peacekeeper with the United Nations. In 1969 Roger was sent to be Base Commander at Rivers where he presided over the closing of the Base in 1971. By 1972 Roger and the family were sent to Ghana, Africa where they remained until 1976 when Roger retired from the Military and decided after living in so many places all over the world, that Brandon was the place to be. He purchased a McDonald's Franchise and was the Owner/Operator for 15 years until he retired again in 1991. During his time back in Brandon Roger's marriage to Claire ended and in 1989 he remarried, this time to Pamela Heath and in 1996 Roger had his seventh child, Richard. This marriage ended in 2002 and Roger resided in Brandon until 2004 when he relocated to Souris where he stayed until relocating to Kelowna, BC in 2011. His last year at home and in Texas was filled with visits from most of his family. He passed away peacefully in his home in Kelowna on March 5th, 2012. The Ceremony to Celebrate Roger's life will be held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Padre Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in the Veterans' section of the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Roger may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202-37 11th Street, Brandon MB R7A 4J2.

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Col (Ret’d) AK (Bert) Casselman RCAC

26 Mar 12


WW II Veteran, Colonel, Royal Canadian Dragoons. Peacefully, with family by his side, at The Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre, Ottawa, on Monday, March 26, 2012. at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen Bruton. Loving father of Karl (Christine) and David (Gail). Proud and loving grandfather to Spencer, Jillian and Alanna. Graduate of Queen's University - BA, followed by a military career spanning 37 years taking him from peacekeeping duties in Cypress to commanding C.F.B. Portage la Prairie and postings in Australia, the U.S. and across Canada. Love of family, friends and boating, including two years sailing the Caribbean with Kay, has in Dad's words given him a great life. So now it's "kick the tires, light the fires, wings on, gas on, let's go!" We will miss you Dad. Friends may call at the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, ON, on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Funeral service to follow in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. In memoriam donations may be made to the Perley Rideau Foundation,

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Capt (Ret’d) IW (Bill) Binney RCASC

5 Apr 28 - 30 Apr 12

Passed away peacefully at 84 years of age at St.Mary's of the Lake Hospital in Kingston Ontario. April 30, 2012. Born on April 5, 1928. in Moncton NB. Devoted husband to the late Anna Louise Ager and son of the late Jean and Hibbert Binney. Survived by children Richard, Patricia (Ray), Donna (Keith), Richard (Renee), Sheila and Andrew; grandchildren Colin, Erin. Mikhail, Anna, James, Robert, Reese and several great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter Susan , son Robert, first wife Eleanor and brother The Reverend Donald Binney.

A graduate of the Officer Candidate School, Bill was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1951. Early in his career he was selected for Army Aviation. After receiving his wings and a short stint at the Light Aircraft School at Rivers Manitoba, Bill did a tour at the US Army Fort Rucker Test and Evaluation Base. flying both fixed wing and helicopter machines. Upon his return to Canada he was a pilot in the first Canadian Transport Helicopter Unit based in Edmonton. He participated in a range of missions including the search for the Franklin Expedition site. Staff appointments followed until his voluntary release from Canadian Forces. A proud soldier and airman, Bill was an active member of a number of military associations. He also worked for the Air Transport Committee and the John Howard Society in Kingston. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful caregivers at CCAC, the geriatric unit at Kingston General Hospital. the KGH doctors and nurses, and Dr. Luigi Battel for his kindness and wisdom during the time that Bill was under his care. And a very special thanks to St. Mary's palliative care staff that filled Bill's final days with compassion humour and comfort. An Interment for Bill will be held in the fall in Ottawa at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Anna Ager Memorial Scholarship at the University of Waterloo ( contact or to the St. Mary's Palliative Care Unit,Suite 201 366 King Street E. Kingston Ontario K7K 9Z9.
With Calm Mind Embrace
A Rest That Knows No Care.

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Capt (Ret’d) JEL (Lorne) Houle RCASC

9 Jul 12

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Maj (Ret’d) DE (Dan) Stovel RCASC

5 Aug 12


Gently slipped away after a brief illness in Kentville, Nova Scotia, while on vacation. Predeceased by his first wife Maureen (Sillers) and son Stephen, he is desperately missed by his wife Ineke (Hardy) and deeply mourned by sons Stuart and Dan, granddaughter Lia, brother Gerry, and many other family members and friends who loved him. Born in Winnipeg into the family who founded Stovel Company Ltd, pioneer printers in Western Canada, Dan spent most of his life serving Canada as a helicopter pilot with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.

After postings all over Canada, in the US and the Middle East and obtaining a master's in Public Administration along the way, he retired in Ottawa and continued working for DND in a civilian capacity. He retired for good in 1995, in time to nurse his wife Maureen through her final illness. Dan was a gentleman of the old school and he will be missed by those who encountered his wit and grace. They will remember him for his unflagging courage in the face of the growing challenges that became his lot. A family ceremony has taken place in Nova Scotia.

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Capt (Ret’d) JDC (Claude) Thibault RCASC

18 Sep 12

Peacefully at home, Tuesday September 18, 2012 in his 81st year, surrounded by his family of four generations and his beloved wife, Geneva "Eva", Joseph-Dominique Claude Thibault, passed away after a courageous 13 year battle with cancer.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph-Charles-Ferdinand Thibault (1908-1979) and Marie-Blanche Bedard (1907¬1994) of Quebec City.

He leaves behind his wife Geneva, and will be forever in the hearts of his 3 children, Bruce (Laura), Marc (Francine) and Linda (Wayne Ellis); 7 grandchildren, Angela (Steve Adams), Corey, Sean, Richard (Melissa), and Patricia Thibault, Matthew and Stephen Ellis; a step grandchild, Natasha Marcotte; and 2 great-grandchildren, Grayson and Makinley Adams. He is survived by his siblings, Pauline (Jack Start) of Victoria, B.C., Gaetane, Andre (Monique) and Charlotte (Pierre Castonguay) of Quebec City and a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Claude's educational accomplishments were significant and include BA History, MA English - University Laval; MA History - Bishop's University; Ph.D History - University of Rochester; Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) - Bishop's University. Claude had published numerous articles and studies during his university career, of historic and literary interest. He also authored "Biblographia Canadiana" a comprehensive guide to Canadian historical literature.

He joined the RCASC of the Canadian Army as a young officer, qualified as a parachutist, transport officer, light aircraft pilot, instructor in ABC warfare and defense, and as a consultant to militia units in various postings in Rivers and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Camp Borden, Ontario, and Quebec City. He left the army in 1960. He moved to the University of Sherbrooke as a lecturer in English and in History, in the Faculties of Commerce and Arts. In 1966, moved to Bishop's University where he was appointed Head of the History Department, associate professor and assistant to the Principal for Provincial Affairs. He was promoted to full professor and tenured in 1969. In 1974, he was asked to move to Ottawa as Executive Director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). During his 6 years he had the opportunity to travel extensively to Africa, Algeria, Britain, Holland, India, U.S.S.R., Togo, New Zealand, Venezuela, Japan, and the U.S.A. In 1980, he became Rector of the College de Saint- Boniface, Manitoba. He returned to Ottawa to join the staff of the Center for the Development of Senior Managers of the Public Service Commission and served 2 years as its Vice-Principal. Finally, he spent 2 years as Secretary to the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He retired in 1990 and spent 8 winters as a "snow bird" in Arizona. He loved sports, radio, television, reading, bowling, and playing bridge. There were never enough hours in a day to accommodate all of his interests.

Claude and his family would like to extend a special gratitude to all the doctor's and nurse's for their exceptional dedication and care during his last years.

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Col (Ret'd) James D. Megill CD, P.Eng, RCE

39 - 19 Nov 2012


We regret to advise of the death of Colonel James D. Megill CD, P.Eng. (Ret’d) on 19 November 2012 in Cornwall, ON. Jim was born in Kingston, ON and attended Le Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and the Royal Military College of Canada, graduating in 1963 with a B.Eng. (Civil)(Honours).

Jim was awarded the first Athlone Fellowship awarded to an RMC graduate but was unable to pursue this opportunity in England. Upon being commissioned into the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers, he was first posted to 2 Field Squadron RCE at Camp Gagetown. While there he joined a small number of RCE Officers being trained as Army Pilots. In 1965 he attended the Light Aircraft Pilot's Course at RCAF Station Centralia and the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers Camp, Manitoba, obtaining his wings in April 1966. Following conversion to helicopters, he was sent to the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering as an Instruction Troop Commander and Explosives Disposal Officer.

In June 1968 Jim was appointed Engineer Advisor to the Tanzanian People's Defence Force. On his return to Canada a year later, he was posted to Canadian Forces Base Borden as the Acting Base Construction Engineering Officer. He attended the Canadian Army Staff College Kingston 1971/1972 and was subsequently a visiting Directing Staff member for the Reserve Officers Command and Staff Courses in 1972 and 1975. Upon completing his Staff College course Jim was appointed Commanding Officer of 5e Escadron de Génie du Canada at CFB Valcartier. After that tour he was posted to Mobile Command Headquarters at St Hubert, QC as Staff Officer Plans & Operations (National).

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1974, Jim was then appointed Senior Staff Officer Field Engineers and, two years later, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Combat Development & Support. In 1977 he was posted to CFB Halifax as the Base Const Engineering Officer. In 1981 Jim was appointed Commandant, Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering and held that appointment until 1983 when he was posted to NDHQ as Director Base Maintenance. Promoted to Colonel in 1983, he was appointed Director Construction Engineering Control. In 1985 Jim returned to Mobile Command HQ as Command Engineer for three years before he was selected to attend the National Defence College. Completion of that course saw Jim return to NDHQ as the Director Establishment Requirements.

Jim retired from the Canadian Forces in October 1990 to become the Director Planning & Engineering for the City of Cornwall, ON. Upon ending his City duties in October 1992, Jim became the Managing Partner of Conseils UBIQUE Consultants. He served for the year 1994/95 with the United Nations in Angola as the Programme Manager of the Central Mine Action Office. Next he worked with the Government of Canada and other public and private agencies in humanitarian mine action as well as in facilities management. Jim was the Executive Director of The Canadian Association for Mine and Explosive Ordnance (CAMEO) Security, a registered charity conducting humanitarian landmine clearance in war-torn societies, that he founded in February 1997.

Jim was also very active in his community. He was ordained to the Anglican clergy in Canada in 1983 and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan in August 2005. He was the Past Chair of the Cornwall and Area Housing Authority, the Protestant Chaplain of Branch 297 of the Royal Canadian Legion and Wing 424 of the Air Force Association of Canada. Jim is also a Past President of the Cornwall-Sunrise Rotary Club.

Source: The Canadian Military Engineers Association.

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BGen (Ret’d) G (Gabe) Zuliani INF

14 Dec 12


BGen Zuliani enrolled in September 1959 and was commissioned in August 1960. Following service as a platoon commander with the 1st and 3rd Battalions R22ᵉR he completed flying training in Centralia, ON and Rivers, MB. He remained in Rivers until Apr 1965 serving as a parachute instructor and liaison pilot. Returning to regimental duty, he served in Germany, Valcartier and Cyprus. In July 1970, after Staff College, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion to serve as Operations Officer and Company Commander. After three years’ service with the Regiment, he was posted to Edmonton for a two year tour with The Airborne Regiment which also included a second rotation to Cyprus. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in July 1975, he spent two years in HQ Mobile Command, St-Hubert. He next commanded the 1st Battalion in Lahr, Germany from July 1977 to July 1979. He returned to St-Hubert and Mobile Command to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff and eventually Chief of Staff, Reserves for the ‘Secteur de L’Est’. In 1984 he was selected to attend the National Defence College, Kingston Ontario. He was promoted Brigadier General in May 1986. In July 1988 he became the Chief of Staff for the United Nations Observer Force in Damascus, Syria. In 1990, BGen Zuliani served in Haiti as the military representative for the nation’s elections. He returned to Canada in 1991 to HQ Mobile Command as the Chief of Staff (Administration). He retired from the Armed Forces 10 September 1994.

Translated from the original French version by BGen (Ret'd) JK Oakley RCASC.

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Maj (Ret’d) EP (Eric) Bishop RCEME

23 Mar 11


Eric Peter Bishop ~ Suddenly, in Port Perry, Ontario, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in his 89th year. Beloved husband for 66 years of Effie Elizabeth (nee Dinsdale). Loving father of Beverley Gordon (Don) of Comox, BC, Carol Shepherd (Alex) of Seagrave, ON, and Catharine Bishop of Oshawa, ON. Cherished grandfather of eight and great grandfather of 14. Loved and admired by many siblings and all their families.

Eric joined the Canadian Army during WWII and saw service in Korea with RCEME Corps. He achieved his Master Of Engineering from the University Of Michigan in 1953. Eric obtained his pilot licence to serve as an Army Air Observation Pilot, and was also trained to fly helicopters. He left the Army in 1960 with the rank of Major when he was requested to work for the Canadian federal government in Ottawa for the Department of Industry.

Eric served as one of the first Chiefs Of Aerospace, in addition to Chief Of Rail and Chief Of Propulsion. He was also part of Canada's first government team to visit with dignitaries in China in 1972. He spent considerable time traveling the world to promote Canadian-made products. Under his supervision, the original oximeter was designed and implemented to monitor oxygen levels in Air Force pilots. His team also worked with Dr. Wilder Penfield, a leading brain surgeon, to develop and implement a precision tool to assist in brain surgeries.

For over 40 years, Eric and Betty enjoyed good times and great friends at their home on the island of Grenada and at their cottage on Lake Kennebec, ON.

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BGen (Ret’d) LT (Les) Rowbottom RCASC

7 May 11


We are sad to announce that Leslie Thomas Rowbottom passed away in Toronto, on May 7th 2011, at the age of 78. Predeceased by his parents Elsie May (Collier) and George T., brother of late George (Sylvia), sisters late Hazel (Matthew) and Valerie (Robert). Leslie will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his beloved wife of 58 years, Jill (Chapple), his daughters Clare (Andrew), Susan (Daryl), Lindsey (Ian) and Penny (Alec), and his grandchildren, Laura, Sarah, Susie, Mitchell, Sydney, Frances, Julia, Nikki, Stuart and Virginia (Andy). Les was a proud soldier and pilot with the British Army, Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces (1951 -1988), and subsequently with the Air Reserves. A life-long learner, Les earned a BA in philosophy and history in 1973 and a Master of Laws in 1995. Les lived a rich and successful life, with his dear partner Jill at his side for 60 of his 78 years. He relished his life as a soldier, as a pilot and sailor, as a poet and as a friend. He valued a good conversation, and a good glass of we all well know! Leslie's family invite his friends to pay their respects at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwod Avenue, Ottawa on Monday May 16, 2011 from 12 p.m. followed by a funeral in our Sacred Space at 1 p.m. Traditional burial will take place in the National Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, our family encourages support of the Alzheimer Society of Canada for their Alzheimer Society Research Program.

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Col (Ret’d) DND (Desmond) Deane-Freeman RCAC

19 May 11

Passed away peacefully at the age of 96 at the Pembroke Regional Hospital, May 19, 2011. Desmond was predeceased by his first wife Isobel (McDowell) and his second wife Jeanne (Reid). He leaves behind his sister Barbara Deane-Freeman, Surrey BC, his son Michael Deane-Freeman (Gloriajean), Petawawa, his daughter Nancy Deane-Freeman, Spain and his grand-daughter Kimberley Laws (Michael), Pembroke. Desmond was born March 26, 1916 and grew up on a cattle ranch west of High River Alberta. After being educated in Vernon and Banff. He entered the Royal Military College in 1934 and on graduation in 1938 was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in Calgary. During the war he held several junior staff positions, attended the Canadian Staff College in Kingston and in 1944 landed on D Day on the Normandy Beaches in swimming tanks. After the war he was posted as an instructor at the British Staff College in Camberley from 1947 to 1949. He then returned to Canada and was appointed to command his Regiment, the Strathconas from 1951 until 1954. He spent one year in Phnom Penh in Cambodia in 1955 as part of the Control Commission. With his love of jumping, he was thrilled to be invited to ride some of Prince Sihanouk’s horses over some excellent jumping courses set up on the Palace grounds. During those years he also played Polo. In 1955 he attended National Defence College and was then posted to Bonn Germany in 1956 as Military and Naval Attache to the Canadian Embassy. In 1959 he returned to National Defence College and in 1963 was posted to Ghana as Military Attache at the Canadian Embassy. It was in Ghana that he took up playing polo again. He returned to Canada in 1965 and was appointed to Command BC Area. He retired in 1969 and he and Isobel moved to Kelowna where he kept horses and trained jumpers. He kept up his interest in horses by becoming a Horse Show Judge and trainer. He finally gave up riding at the age of 80. Desmond spent the last 5 years of his life at Supples Landing Retirement Residence in Pembroke, Ontario so he could be close to family. A Memorial Service with Military Honours was held on Wednesday June 8, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Andrews Anglican Church 4619 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna BC and interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

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Maj (Ret’d) GA (Gerry) McDonald RCA

23 May 11


GERALD ANGUS MCDONALD May 23, 2011 Gerry was born to Hudson's Bay fur trader parents, Olive and Harry McDonald. His early years were spent in various northern outposts. He developed a love of the outdoors and of flying, when pilots of the supply planes let him assist them. He left the north to attend high school at Strathcona High in Edmonton. His summers were spent working on HBC paddle boats on the Slave and Mac Kenzie rivers. After high school he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and was stationed across Canada and in Germany. During this time he attended UBC and graduated with a degree in Math. Also, his childhood dream was realized when he earned his pilots license for fixed wing aircraft helicopter rating came later. He was then with the RCHA serving as an Air Observation Post Pilot in Korea. After 28 years, Major McDonald retired and went into the investment business with Dominion Securities in Winnipeg, and later with Houston Willoughby in Saskatoon, becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He and his wife Becky retired to Prince Albert and then to Christopher Lake where he spent the most contented years of his life. They returned to Saskatoon in 2004. Remembering him with love are his wife of 36 years, Becky; son, Lane (Teresa) with Emily and Liam; two daughters, Pamela and Shannon McDonald; step daughter, Lynn Cushway with Brodie and Jake; sister, Boots McDonald (BJ); mother of his three children, Sheila Paterson; numerous relatives and special friends. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, May 28th 2011 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church with The Rev. Amy Bunce officiating.

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Maj (Ret’d) WSD (Steve) Werry RCCS

19 Jul 2011

Soldier, aviator, mariner, scholar, adventurer. Steve Werry went to CMR as an Army cadet from Toronto to join the class of 1954 and graduated from RMC in 1959 with a BA degree and a Commission in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was also a graduate of the Canadian Army Staff College and held a post-graduate degree from Concordia University. He died July 19, 2011 at Moncton NB following a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife Sally M. Scott and the Drumheller family of the United Slates. Steve proudly served a full military career spanning almost 38 years, including assignments with UNOC (Congo), UNEF (Egypt), the School of Signals and Signal units and military HQ in Canada.

Steve's passion was flying, starting with private lessons while on 3rd phase training attachment at Petawawa. Back at RMC he decided to build a light aerobatic aircraft from a kit, partly built in his room on first floor Fort Lasalle. The machine actually flew — once! It did several cross-country trips in pieces claimed as a bachelor officers' personal effects on posting - a "personal aircraft". It is unknown whether the claim was allowed.

His first posting was to flight training at Centralia ON and Rivers MN where he qualified on Chipmunk, L-19 and on the CH112 helicopter. There being no army aviation billets, Stephen was posted in 1961 as a Signal Officer in the Congo and then in Egypt; both places allowed his adventurous spirit to blossom. He found aircraft he could hire and obtained private pilot licenses from both the Republic of the Congo and The Lebanon. He took cross-country trips along the Congo River and while in the Middle East flew to Cyprus and into Syria. He continued his interest in flying back in Canada and ultimately in 1966 bought his own aircraft, a Cessna 195, with which he traveled extensively in Eastern Canada and the US, Central America and the Caribbean. Steve flew 1000 hours in that machine but escalating maintenance costs ended his days in the air in 1978.

Complete grounding was never in the cards for Stephen. He took up sailing by fitting out a 44 foot sailboat and for 10 years it moved with him on postings at Kingston, Montreal and Ottawa. Following retirement from the CF Stephen moved to Mansonville QC, acquired a Master's degree from Concordia University and followed his developing interest in Central and South American culture and architecture with extensive travel and study. He occasionally lectured at Concordia and McGill. His wife Sally Scott was his companion for many sailing expeditions in the Caribbean during the 1990s. He sold that boat in 1999. In 2006 Stephen purchased a Grand Banks trawler in which he and Sally traveled their favorite Caribbean haunts from their home at Baie Verte up to his last few months before illness claimed his life.

A family funeral service was held in NB. In accordance with Steve's wishes interment was at the National Military Cemetery in late October 2011.

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Capt (Ret’d) FC (Clare) Haynes RCA

24 Aug 11

Haynes,FC (Clare) Capt (Ret) MMM, CD passed away 24 August 2011, in Welland ON. The Air Observation Pilots Association in particular, and all Gunners, will mourn the passing of Clare Haynes. There will be many who had the great pleasure of serving with or knowing this fine Gunner pilot and gentleman.

Editorial Note: Clare, a student on LAPC 40, is holding the AATTS (Army Aviation Tactical Training School) Top Student Award that was awarded to the top student on each LAPC. It was called the Top Hat Trophy which was a play on the pronunciation “Top AATT(S)”. Although hard to see, the top of the little trophy was fitted with a little Top Hat. The trophy was instituted by the then OC AATTS, Maj AK (Bert) Casselman in the early 1960s. The first award was made to the top student on LAPC 34 in Apr 1963.

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Capt (Ret’d) GF (Gerry) Gower RCA

6 Dec 11

Gower, Gerald Freeman, passed away on 06 December 2011 in Lower Truro at the age of 78. Gerald always taught that it was important to leave a place better than you found it and practiced this throughout his life. His distinguished and exciting career in the military and especially the many loyal and lifelong friends he met during his career were enormously important to him. Gerald began his long military career as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the age of 19 Gerald became one of the first people to join the Mach Busters club (broke the speed of sound) in a Sabre jet in Grostenquin, France, while serving with the RCAF’s #2 Fighter wing. After transferring to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery he continued his career as a pilot. Over the course of his career Gerald mastered the flight of Jets, helicopters, L-19 and other aircraft. By the time his military career ended he had logged more than 8500 hours in flight.

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Maj (Ret’d) N (Nick) Mulikow RCA

10 Dec 11

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Major (Ret'd) Patrick Harrison, D.A. CD RCA

Mar 20 - 14 Feb 10

Died on 14 February 2010. Charming, gracious, a true gentleman who simply couldn't say an unkind word. Born in Virden, Manitoba, a St Patrick's Day baby, who couldn't get away from the nickname Patrick - so at his confirmation it was made legal. Childhood in Minnedosa and after high school graduation joined his family in Winnipeg.

Enrolled in 17 Battery, 5th Field Brigade, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as Second Lieutenant in Sep '39. Served in England and Italy, landing in Italy on 5 Jul '43; returned to the UK an Air Observation Post pilot flying an fluster VI.

In the UK, he met Alma, the love of his life and proposed that same day. They married 31 May '43. As a Captain, Dad returned to Canada in 1945, followed by his bride. Settling in Winnipeg Dad began working in a bank and soon realized this was not the career for him.

Dad joined 39 Field Regiment upon demobilization as Battery Commander, however reverted to Captain and became a career Army officer in Jun '48. Postings included Jericho Station (as RSSO at 15 Fd RCA), Camp Shilo, Kingston Staff College, Oromocto, Hemer West Germany, Dar Es Salaam-Tanzania, and Vancouver (again) where he retired in 1969. Highlights included BC of 'G' Battery; BC of 'W' Battery.

For several years Dad worked as an office manager before settling in Sidney, BC in order to build the home of their dreams. He opened an H&R Block franchise in Sidney. Mum and Dad settled happily to life on the Saanich Peninsula entertaining friends and family over a 30 year period.

He leaves behind his children Ian (Linda) and Went (Gerry Massing), and grandchildren Ben and Kata Harrison, and Dana Massing.

Private family service at St Mary's Kerrisdale 1 p.m. Wed 24 Feb. Friends are welcome to join the family at 15th Field Regiment Officers Mess, 2025 W. 11th Ave., at Arbutus Street in Vancouver at 2:30 p.m., Wed 24th Feb to reminisce and celebrate a life full of joy optimism and courage. In lieu of flowers donation may be made in memory of his beloved Alma to an organization that supports Parkinson Disease research.

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Capt (Ret’d) FR (Ray) Irwin RCA

21 Aug 10


IRWIN, F. Ray University of Toronto WW II Veteran RCA; Air Observation Pilot, Tax Policy Director (Ret'd), Department of Finance Peacefully in hospital, on August 21, 2010, after a lengthy illness. Ray, one of nature's true gentlemen, was in his 97th year. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mildred (Spin) Spinney. Ray was the son of Robert George and Mary Ann (Ferris) Irwin. He was predeceased by his brother Murray, who was killed in action with the R.C.A.F. in 1944. A memorial service was held in Shelburne, Ontario followed by interment in the Shelburne Cemetery. In memory of Ray, donations to the Salvation Army or the Perley-Rideau Veteran`s Foundation would be appreciated.

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LtCol (Ret’d) WA (Wayne) Brocklehurst INF

6 Oct 10

BROCKLEHURST, Wayne Arthur - Passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at his home, following a challenging struggle with cancer. He was in his 69th year. Predeceased by his sister Karol and sadly missed by his sister Catherine (Paris) and uncle Charles. Born in Montreal and living in Toronto he retired from the Canadian Forces (Lt. Col.) in 1985 and Emergency Planning and Preparedness Canada in 2009. Wayne was a gourmet and set a fine table that will be fondly remembered by many. He loved his garden and always had a story to tell about his favourite English Bulldogs (Marge and Doreen). His strength and determination is admired and he will be greatly missed. Friends may visit at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance), after 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 with a service of remembrance at 2:30 p.m., followed by the interment of the ashes in the Cemetery. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

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LtCol (Ret’d) BD (Bev) Baily RCA

21 - 23 Dec 10

Baily, Beverly Dane 1921- 2010. Forever "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" on the 23rd Dec. 2010. Dearly loved and loving husband of the late Mabel Malcolmson, cherished father of Barbara and Dane (Beverley), and foster daughter Chui Wa, grandfather to Heather (Paul Besaw), Alexandrea (Sean Marjerison), Devon (Sarah), Jordie and Brooke Struck, and great-grandfather to Teddy, Joshua and Jackson. He was predeceased by his dear brother Frank Martin Baily (Belle).

Dad served with the 5th Medium Regiment in Italy; and the 665 RCAF (Air 0 P) Squadron in Europe. After the war, he was the CO of the 37th Field Regiment; and then Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment. Dad helped found the Artillery Association of Montreal and belonged to the Legion (Sir Arthur Currie branch) for 65 years. In civilian life he was an industrial realtor, FRI, a president of REIC and Chairman of the Board of Lepage/Westmount Realties. Dad's greatest love was our mother, with whom he laughed so often. He also cherished family, friends, his dogs, and all of nature. Although a man of rigorous self-discipline, he was always the life of the party. Everyone will remember him playing the piano. He jogged, and skied with élan, into his 80s. "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well," he would say. And that was how he lived.

There will be a celebration of Dad's life on the 26th of February 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Montreal West United Church. His ashes will be buried alongside those of his dear wife, in Shetland. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Ste-Anne's Hospital Remembrance Pavilion, 305 Boul des Anciens-Combattants, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, H9X 1Y9.

"Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt"

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LtCol (Ret’d) RTP (Bob) Merchant RCA

29 Dec 10

ROBERT THOMAS PETER MERCHANT A prominent Halifax businessman and entrepreneur, died of natural causes Wednesday, December 29th, at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

He was 93. Born in 1917, he was one of the last survivors of the Halifax Explosion. He attended the Halifax Academy, Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario. In 1936 he went to work for Imperial Oil Limited before the outbreak of World War II. He served during the war for the 664 Air Observation Post (RCAF) RCA, flying spotter aircraft for artillery units as Captain and Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to Halifax in 1946 and rejoined Imperial Oil until being offered a position with Oland and Son (now Labatt Brewing Company) and was credited with much of their success over his 35 years with the company. He retired as Vice President of Corporate Affairs in 1985. He owned and operated two other companies with his life long friend J. Phillip Dumaresq. Together they built and developed multi residential apartments and commercial properties in Nova Scotia. In 1976 he started another company, Your Wine Merchant, and successfully imported and sold wine through the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission. In the past he served as Provincial Chair of fund raising for St. John's Ambulance, director of the HalifaxDartmouth United Appeal, a member of the Finance committee of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax, and was a board member of the Nova Scotia Association of Community Living. He was president of the Wentworth Valley Ski Club and a charter member of the Halifax Junior Board of Trade. He was one of the founding families of the Halifax Grammar School where all five of his children attended. He was a long time member of Ashburn Golf Club and played many a fine game of golf there with his friends. He was a passionate sailor for all his life and at the time of his death was the most senior life member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

He was a member of the Halifax Curling Club and an avid salmon fisherman. For the past 27 years he enjoyed being with his partner and companion, Barbara MacKenzie, spending time in Florida, travelling, golfing, sailing and the occasional ski trip. Bob was known by a wide and varied group of friends and acquaintances as a true gentleman. His engaging smile, impeccable manners and outgoing nature endeared him to many, and he had an infectious love of life. A long time friend recently described him as a 'bon vivant'. He was 86 when he last went down the slopes at Wentworth and 90 when he went for his last sail on the North West Arm. He was the son of Frank and Eva (Butterworth) Merchant. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Louise (Pugsley) Merchant and his two brothers, Evatt, (Adrian Merchant Macdonald and Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant), and Eric. His two stepsons, Brian and Ronald Mann, his sons Peter and Robert Merchant and daughter Ann Power survive him, as well as 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Veterans Memorial Building for their excellent care and compassion in the short time he was with them. A Funeral mass celebrating his life was held on Tuesday, Jan 4th, 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Halifax. A reception followed. Memorial donations may be made to the United Way of Halifax.

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LtCol (Ret'd) David Lloyd Fromow, RCA

7 Feb 09

LtCol (Ret'd) David Lloyd Fromow, Veteran WWII, Commanding Officer A.O.P., Director of Land Air Warfare, RCA. Peacefully at home on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the age of 92. Dear husband of Barbara for 64 years. Loved Dad of Pat Irwin (Bill), Ian (Leslie), Gillian Anderson (Jim). Mike (Sharon), and Diana Fromow-Boucher (Doug). Proud grandfather of 13 grand-children and 4 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore Dr. and Baseline Rd.) on Tuesday, February 10th from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 5533 Dickinson St., Manotick on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment at Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (P.O. Box 9493, Ottawa, K1G 3V2) would be appreciated by the family.

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Capt (Ret’d) WR (Bill) McIntyre RCA

14 Jun 09


MCINTYRE, William Rogers The Honourable William "Bill " Rogers McIntyre, O.C., Q.C. was born in Lachine, Quebec on March 15, 1918 to Sidney and Pauline McIntyre and died peacefully in Victoria, BC on June 14, 2009. Bill was predeceased by Mimi, his beloved wife of 49 years; his daughter, Elizabeth Diamond and his sisters, Barbara, Jean and Eleanor Pilley (Trevor). He is survived by his brothers, Hugh and Jack; his son, John (Jennifer); his grandsons, Owen (Janelle Brewer) and Peter Diamond, Graham and Duncan McIntyre; his great grandson, Mahlon Diamond and eight nieces and nephews. He has left his life-long friend and wife of seven years, Dorothy McCully Parkinson. After growing up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Bill attended the University of Saskatchewan where he earned a law degree in 1941. He joined the army and after training at Gordon Head in Victoria was sent overseas. He landed in Sicily in 1943 with the 1st Canadian Division and served as an artillery officer in the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. Bill was enormously proud of the accomplishments of the Canadians in Sicily and Italy and of the men under his command. He often said that one of the most memorable and emotional events of his life was the Christmas of 1943 during the battle of Ortona. Bill returned to England in 1944 and finished the war as an Air Observation Pilot in North-West Europe. In 1944, Bill met and married Mimi Reeves and in 1945, Elizabeth was born. After the war the family settled in Victoria where John was born in 1948. Bill was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1947 and practiced law in Victoria until 1967 when he was appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court and then in 1973 to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In 1979, Bill was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada where he served for ten years. During his years in Ottawa, Bill made a point of selecting his law clerks from one of his old clients, the University of Victoria. He took great pleasure in teaching his clerks and his excellence was recognized by the University of Victoria when he was granted an honorary doctorate in 1993. Following his retirement from the Court, Bill returned to Vancouver where he continued to be active in the law as an advisor to fellow lawyers and a mentor to students. Throughout his life his love of the law, history, opera, literature, travel, spirited debate and good company earned him the respect and affection of countless friends and colleagues. A Memorial Service was held in Victoria at the Gateway Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception followed at 3:00 p.m. at the Union Club, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date in Vancouver.

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Major (Ret'd) Joseph M. Liston, RCA.

9 Feb 08

On Saturday, February 9th, 2008, Major Joseph Michael Liston, C.D. RCA, at Parkwood Veterans Hospital, in his 88th year. Survived by lelene, his loving wife of 64 years, his sons Terry (Linda) of Calgary, Tim (Anna) of London, and predeceased by his daughter Jane Higgin (David) of London. He leaves his grandchildren Julien (Bryan), Erin, Jamie, Danny, Craig, and Simon (Rachel) and great grandchildren Hailey and Josie. Loving brother of Marion, Carmel (David), Larry (Carmel), Sheila, Shirley, and Bill (Judy). Predeceased by his siblings Mary, Rita, John and Ruth. Joe was a career officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery from 1941 until 1969. During WW II he served in NW Europe as a pilot in Air Observation Post Squadron 665. He also served in Korea where he was shot down over enemy lines, and was a prisoner of war for thirteen months. Then Capt. Liston was the highest ranking Canadian officer captured during the Korean conflict. He continued his service in the Canadian Army and did a tour of duty with UN Forces in India and Pakistan in 1962/63 as a truce observer. He returned to regular duty and later commanded the Air O.P. flight in Shilo, Manitoba. He retired from the Canadian Army in 1969. Joe worked in civilian industry until the mid 1980's when he decided golfing was much more important. Joe was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Vimy Branch #145. The funeral service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thurs-day February 14, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation to follow. The family would like to thank the fabulous nursing staff of 4B South at Parkwood hospital.


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LtCol (Ret’d) BP (Spike) Hennessy RCASC

21 - May 27 08

LCol. Brian "Spike" Hennessy, CD RCASC, Pilot (Retired) 1921 - 2008 With great sadness, the family of LCol. Brian Patrick Hennessy announces his death on May 27, 2008 at Veterans K-Wing, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Brian is survived by his beloved wife Margaret (nee Fenwick) of 62 years. They met at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Much loved father of Patrick Hennessy (Isabelle) of Virginia, Peter Hennessy of Toronto, Kevin Hennessy (Dan) of Richmond Hill. "Gramps" to Mary Becton (nee Hennessy) and Brian Hennessy of Virginia. Brian was born in Tuxedo Barracks (Winnipeg), Manitoba and was the youngest child of the late Col. Patrick Hennessy, DSO, MC (Killed at Hong Kong, December 1941) and Ellen Hennessy (nee Robb). He leaves his sister Joan Hennessy of Markham and brother VAdm. Ralph Hennessy (Diana) of Ottawa. His sister-in-law Anne Thomson (nee Fenwick) (Keith) and family of North Vancouver and many nieces, nephews and great long time friends across Canada and the United States.

Brian enlisted, with his buddies, in the RCASC/Army in Toronto in August 1941 as a private. Following a period of training at Newmarket, Brockville and Camp Borden he received his commission in 1942 and proceeded overseas where he served in the UK, Italy and Northwest Europe and returned to Canada in August 1945. He retired in September 1972 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel finishing his military career as Assistant Canadian Forces Attaché (Army) at the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Brian was an avid golfer and he and Margaret retired to Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC for many years and then returned to Canada in the late 1980s to Markham, Ontario. Cremation has taken place and at Brian's request there was no service.

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LtCol (Ret’d) WB (Bill) Rendell RCA

15 Jul 08

RENDELL, Lt. Col. (ret.) W.B. (Bill) June 13, 1924 July 15, 2008 Passed peacefully after a tenacious fight with cancer. Leaves behind loving wife of 55 years, Lillian (Skanes), children Heather and Brian and their spouses Bill and Nicky, grandchildren Liam and Emily, James and Mark, in-laws Gord, Ned and Lorraine and families, and a large circle of friends and comrades. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland to Lt. Col. Walter F. and Dorothy Rendell, elder brother of Peter (pre-deceased). Bill served his country with the 59th Heavy (Newfoundland) Regiment from France to Germany, forging many of his closest friendships. He re-enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1952 and served in Canada, Europe and Indochina, retiring in 1972, then serving with the Royal Newfoundland Militia Regiment. Bill loved his children and grandchildren, and their dogs, sunny days on his boat, fishing, and rally driving with his brother and best friend, Pete. He treasured the Masonic and Shrine Brotherhoods, a founding member of Gander Masonic Lodge 16, and member of Beothic Preceptory, Shriner Temples in St. Johns, Sarasota, Fl. and Vancouver. Bill was never happier that when he was of service to others, particularly children. He lived the motto No Shriner stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.. A family celebration of Bill's life has been held.

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Lt (Ret’d) AJN (Archie) Archambault RCASC

21 Aug 08

Lieutenant Andre Archambault (Ret'd) of Lighthouse Cove, passed away on 21 August 2008 at Tilbury. ON at age 70. Andre was born in Selkirk, MB and moved to Welland, ON with his parents as a young boy. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers at 16 with the 3rd Intake [954-56] of the Sapper Apprentice Program and finished his schooling in Chilliwack, BC. He later undertook other studies at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in Quebec. He became an army pilot with fixed wing and helicopter experience from the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers, MB where he was promoted to Lieutenant. After retirement, in civilian life, he made use of his training as Architectural and Engineering Draftsman.

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LtCol (Ret’d) EJ (Jim) Grant RCASC

8 Sep 08

Jim grew up on a farm in the Peace River country. As a teen, he was a cadet, a Private in the Loyal Edmonton Regt, then moving to Chilliwack, he joined the Westminster Regt. Studying pharmacy at UBC, he continued military contacts through the COTC program, and elected, in 1951, to sign up for the Regular Force and the RCASC.

He first served in Germany with 55 Tpt Coy in 27 Bde. Returning to Canada, he spent some time with the Defence Research Board working on flame warfare. After, he spent 2 years with 1 Tpt Coy in Camp Borden before being selected for flight training at River, Manitoba.

After completing LAS, a helicopter conversion (H-13) and a summer concentration at Wainwright, he set off for Camp Wolters for the US Hiller program, followed by H 34 and H 21 training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He then completed an exchange posting with the 91st Transportation Company of the 101st Airborne Division, first at Fort Sill, Oklahoma then Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Transferred back to Canada and CJATC, he was initially assigned to the LAS then to BHTU where he instructed a goodly number of Army aviators attending the newly formed AATTS. He next proceeded to Kingston in late 1963 for two years attending the Army Staff College. On completion he was sent to Gagetown as a Company Commander with the Service Battalion, then as DAA&QMG of 3 Brigade.

After Gagetown, Major Grant was transferred to MOBCOM HQ in St Hubert into the office of the Chief of Tactical Aviation, which soon after became HQ 10 TAG. Promoted Lt Col in early 69 on the Logistics list, he was easily convinced to change to the post integration Air Ops classification. He was active in the creation of the Tac Hel Sqns, aircraft assignments, selection of the new hangar locations and liaison with Ottawa on tac hel matters.

In 1972 he was posted to Petawawa to replace the original 403 Sqn CO Bert Casselman. When 403 moved to Gagetown, Jim returned to Ottawa in his former job in the Directorate of Equipment Requirements, Air to be involved with the Chinook and other procurement programs.

In 1975 he was posted to the newly formed Air Command as SSO Tac Hels. He finished his 30 years of service at NATO's HQ AFCENT, Brunssum, Netherlands.

In civilian life he became VP Marketing & Government Relations for MBB Helicopters Canada. This followed with an immigration and trading venture with 2 other former Army aviators. Lastly he became an investor/partner in a commercial helicopter operation in B.C.

Lt Col Grant passed away 8 Sep 2008.

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Capt (Ret’d) JOY (Joe) Pommainville RCASC

20 Oct 08


De la Prairie, le 20 octobre 2008, à L'âge de 70 ans, est décédé M. Yvon Pommainville, époux de Mme Sheila Jones.

Outre son épouse, il laisse dans le deuil ses fils Maurice (Sylvie), Jean (Martine) et Roger (Lyne), ses petits-enfants Johnathan, Marie-Éve, Johnathan, Zoé, Meghan et Adam, sa tante Irène, ses frères at soeurs, beaux-frères et belles-soeurs ainsi que parents et de nombreux amis.

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Capt (Ret’d) RMA (Ray) Anderson RCA

6 Nov 08


ANDERSON, Raymond M A 3 December 1930 6 November 2008 Ray died peacefully at the Victoria Hospice in the presence of his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born on the family farm near Frenchman's Butte, Saskatchewan and was predeceased by his father Oscar and mother Mary. He is survived by his wife Sylvia (nee Shearer), sons Ross and Gordon (Norma), his daughter Janet, his granddaughters Karyn, Melissa and Alisha. He also leaves behind his sister Estelle, her sons Robin (Patty) and Rick (Sandra), his sister-in-law Norma Shearer and many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Ray began teaching before going on to study at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and then the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. There, he studied physics and joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps, gaining his commission in the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1952, and graduating two years later. He served widely in Canada and Germany, latterly as an Air Observation Post pilot and instructor. Leaving the Canadian Army as a captain in 1964, Ray and his family moved to Victoria where he resumed his career in education. He taught and tutored many students before deciding to retrain in the new field of computing. After a course of study at the University of Victoria, he then began to work for the Provincial Government as a computer programmer and later as a systems analyst. There, he made a large personal contribution to the transformation of the Government Superannuation and Vehicle Licensing systems from a paper-based to electronic operation. He finally retired from the BC Systems Corporation in 1995 after many years of dedicated and successful service. Ray will be remembered for all those he knew for his kindness, patience and generosity. He was married to Sylvia in Winnipeg in 1957 and they celebrated 51 years of happiness together. He was a highly accomplished musician, playing the accordion from youth, and had an abiding interest in current affairs and science. He had many fond memories of his service in 1 RCHA, especially in Iserlohn, Germany as well as flying with the Air OP. He was a member of Mensa and the Air OP Association. He was extremely proud of his children and was especially supportive of all their activities. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Ray's family would like to pass on their deepest thanks to the staff of the Victoria Hospice for their care and consideration. There was no service by request.

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Capt (Ret’d) WD (Bill) Marshall INF

22 Jul 07

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LtCol (Ret’d) JDB (John) Kent RCCS

18 Aug 07

KENT, John D.B., P.Eng. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Passed away suddenly at home August 18, 2007. He was born in Montreal, Quebec to Leonard and Catherine Kent. For nearly fifty years, he was the much beloved husband of Sandra Matthews. He was extremely proud of his children David (Surinder), Donald (Barbara), Cynthia Koehler (Paul), Kimberley Bermender (Daniel) and his grandchildren Amiet Chevrier, Luke, Robert and Matthew Koehler and Sabrina Kent. Always he cherished his brother Leonard (Barbara) and sisters Marie Tilley (Dawson) and Rosalie Smith (Bruce) and his sister-in-law Barbara McDougall (Vance). He held dear his many nieces and nephews and his friends from the many places he lived as he traveled during his careers in the military, federal government industry and in recent winters in Florida. He will be greatly missed by all.

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Maj (Ret’d) WK (Buck) Buchanan RCA

13 Sep 07

Buchanan, William Kent (Buck) Major (Retired) – It is with deepest regret that The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery announces the passing of Buck Buchanan on 13 September 07 at the age of 92 in Ottawa, ON. He served with the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II with 1st Medium Regiment in Italy and the 664th Air Observation Post Squadron Royal Canadian Artillery in NW Europe. After World War II he was posted to Royal Canadian Artillery School in Shilo.

BUCHANAN, William Kent (Buck) Major (Retired) EM CD Royal Canadian Artillery Passed away after a courageous four-month battle, with his devoted Nan by his side, at Salvation Army Grace Manor in Ottawa, on Thursday, September 13, 2007 age 92 years. Buck graduated in Physics from University of Toronto in 1936 and by 1939 had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery to serve in WWII with the 1st Medium Regiment in Italy and the 664th Air O.P. Squadron RCA in NW Europe. After the War he pursued a career in the Army, teaching on both sides of the pond at the Khaki University in the UK and later at The Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Shilo after he had graduated from The Military College of Science, Shrivenham, UK. (1950). He returned to M.C.S. to complete the Guided Missile Course (1957) and later was seconded to the Defence Research Board. After retiring from the Army in 1964 he enjoyed a second career working until 1986 as a Systems Engineer with Computing Devices & General Dynamics Canada. He then found time to tinker and travel and visit his wandering offspring in Western Canada, USA and Australia. He is survived by his "manager" and beloved wife of 64 years, Nan, two sons Alan (Mary), and Bob (Helen), and three daughters Betty-Ann (Dan), Sue (Rusty) and Sheila (Joe). Predeceased by his son Jim. He leaves behind seven much-loved grandchildren, two great grands and many cherished nieces and nephews. Buck, with his dry wit and understated competence, will be missed not only by his immediate and extended family but also by an army of good old friends with whom he shared life's trials and joys. Many thanks to the Salvation Army Grace Manor and the staff who cared for him in the last few months. Rest, old soldier, your life's work is done.

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Maj (Ret’d) CE (Charlie) Panet RCA

24 Sep 07

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LGen (Ret’d) RW (Robert) Moncel INF

10 Dec 07

Lt.-General Robert William Moncel OC, OBE, DSO, CD, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre avec Palme, LLD At Veterans Memorial Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on December 10, 2007, in his ninety-first year, Lt.-General Moncel, OC, OBE, DSO, CD, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre avec Palme, LLD, Canadian Army (retired); survived by his son-in-law, George Constantis, grandchildren Aliki and Constantine, many nieces and nephews and their families. General Moncel was predeceased by his parents Rene Edouard and Edith (Brady) Moncel, his wife of many years Nancy Allison Bell (Billie), daughter Renee, and sisters Marguerite and Renee. He was educated at Selwyn House, Montreal, Que., Bishops College School, Lennoxville, Que., and McGill University. General Moncel joined the Militia (Victoria Rifles) in 1937, and when World War II broke out, he went overseas in 1939 with the first Canadian Infantry Division as a platoon commander in the Royal Canadian Regiment. In June 1940, he, with his platoon, were among a very small group of Canadians who actually landed in France before the expedition to reinforce the allies. It was aborted due to the collapse of resistance to the German onslaught. On his own initiative, he was able to get his platoon back to the UK. He attended the Staff College in the UK and subsequently held various command and staff appointments, including GSO3 and Brigade Major (BM) with the First Canadian Army Tank Brigade, GSO1 Operations with Headquarters 2nd Canadian Corps. In August 1943 he was promoted Lt. Col. to command the 18th Armoured Car Regiment (Manitoba Dragoons), and in August 1944, he became Canada's youngest World War II General Officer, in the rank of Brigadier, when he assumed command of the 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade in Normandy, which he continued to Command until VE Day in Germany. General Moncel was invested as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services with Headquarters 2nd Canadian Corps, the Distinguished Service Order for personal gallantry and leadership in the Hochwald fighting in Germany. His citation for the latter notes the gallant bearing of this officer and the complete disregard for his own personal safety, were an inspiration to all troops under his command and the successful outcome of the attack was in great measure due to his vigorous leadership. He was mentioned in Dispatches for his valour in the Battle of Falaise and the French Government made him a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour with the award of the Croix de Guerre avec Palme. Postwar, General Moncel continued his military career at Army Headquarters in Ottawa and became the first Director of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps following which he was appointed Director of Military Training. He served as the Army member of the Canadian joint staff in London as a Brigadier, and the joint secretary observed that when the Chairman wished opinion on matters of substance, the other members invariably wanted to know What does Bob Moncel think? Moncel served as Deputy Chief of General Staff at Army Headquarters in Ottawa after which he was appointed Senior Canadian Military Officer to the Canadian Delegation on the International Control Commission in Indochina and the acting Canadian Commissioner of the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam (ICSC). He returned to Canada to Command 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade in New Brunswick. Subsequently, in the rank of Major-General, he became the Quarter Master General of the Canadian Army in Ottawa and, later, the General Officer Commanding Eastern Command in Halifax. On promotion to Lieutenant-General, he became the first Comptroller-General of the Canadian Armed Forces and later, was appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff. General Moncel retired from the military in 1966, and in 1967 he was appointed Coordinator for Visiting Heads of State to Canada, specifically for Expo '67. He was awarded the Canadian Medal, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1968, he retired to Nova Scotia with his wife and settled in the Bell family property. He continued to contribute to the community in many ways. When asked to assist a small hospital in Lunenburg that was having difficulties, he was elected Chairman of the Board and, with his characteristic skills, very quickly had the organization running efficiently, solvent and happy. He served on the Board of Regents, Mount Allison University, and as a Director of the N. S. Rehabilitation Centre. General Bob Moncel was a man of wide-ranging interests, with a particular interest in the arts, both as a collector and a painter. One of his works was exhibited in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London. He was an enthusiastic sportsman, a member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, the Rideau Club, and the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club. He spent his retirement years enjoying his favourite pursuits: painting, playing organ and flute, sailing in his boats, overseeing the care of the gardens and orchards on the estate, and daily long walks with his dogs. He was a true renaissance man. And yet, for all his talents, General Moncel was forever a very modest and private person. Funeral services for General Moncel will take place on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stadacona Chapel, CFB Halifax, Gottingen Street entrance. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 12/13/2007

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LtCol (Ret’d) JK (John) Marteinson RCAC

39 - 17 Jan 06


John Kristjan Marteinson 1939-17 Jan 2006

He served the nation for 35 years with the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps and the Canadian Forces. His early postings were in tank and reconnaissance squadrons, including a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot, in Canada, Germany and Cyprus, as a member of the Fort Garry Horse and the 8th Canadian Hussars. John also subsequently distinguished himself in a variety of senior staff and instructional positions, including tours at the Combat Arms School and at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. Upon his retirement from the Regular Force in 1987, he was appointed editor of the Canadian Defence Quarterly, a position he graced with his exceptional talents and enthusiasm for eight years.

In 1999, he came out of a second retirement to take the helm as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the newly established Canadian Military Journal, which would soon become the capstone in-house intellectual forum of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. In spite of formidable challenges and intense pressure to produce, the Journal, under his able stewardship during the following five years, evolved as a beacon for the encouragement of open, transparent, balanced and constructive commentary and dialogue on pertinent Canadian defence issues. Without it, no comparable temperate, moderating forum would exist for the Canadian military establishment, leaving public opinion to be influenced by other, less informed and less objective journalistic sources. Due in no small measure to his superb leadership and vision, CMJ continues to enjoy broad support and an enviable reputation for excellence.

Concurrent with his acceptance of the editorial position, John agreed to teach senior level undergraduate courses in the Royal Military College’s History Department – specifically the military history of the First and Second World Wars. His classes, to which he brought his broad and diversified service expertise and formidable background knowledge, coupled with his enthusiasm, his intense caring for the welfare and betterment of his students, and his downright ability to tell a good story, became highly sought after academic pursuits by RMC’s student body.

Throughout his rich and varied careers, John was published extensively in books and select periodicals on a variety of defence, foreign policy and military history topics, and academics and general readers alike enthusiastically received his published works. He co-authored The Gate: A History of the Fort Garry Horse (1970), and A Pictorial History of the 8th Canadian Hussars (1973), and was sole author/editor of We Stand on Guard: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Army (1992). However, his most influential authorship occurred while he served both as editor of the Canadian Military Journal and as a professor of history at RMC. He was co-author of 2000’s seminal The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps ~ An Illustrated History, and was lead author of 2002’s The Governor General’s Horse Guards ~ Second to None. Reviewers of the first publication lauded it as “the best corps history since Nicholson’s The Gunners of Canada appeared more than three decades ago”. His latter book artfully and thoroughly brought together all elements of the history of a proud and prominent Canadian regiment for the first time, and it was warmly endorsed in Forewords by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and by the Governor General of Canada.

In recognition of this lifetime of exceptional achievements, John was awarded a Doctor of Military Science, honoris causa, from the Royal Military College of Canada in January 2006.

A consummate professional in all that he undertook, John Marteinson enriched the lives of many through his very presence and through the significant impact of his academic and intellectual endeavours. He will be sorely missed.

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LtCol (Ret’d) RR (Buzz) Borland RCA

May 16 22 - Sept 5 06

Served as FWGS President, 1993-1994
Member from 1990 through 2001

Robert Rae "Buzz" Borland, 84, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, in Bedford.

Buzz was born May 16, 1922, and grew up in Canada. He attended Peterborough High School and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He served in World War II in Europe. He continued to served in the Canadian army, retiring in 1969 as a lieutenant colonel. In 1970, he joined the international sales staff at Bell Helicopter, retiring in 1986. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Canada, traveling and genealogy.

Survivors: His wife of 59 years, Marie; son, Bob and wife, Janet; daughter, Susan Stein and husband, Rick; sister, Edna Snider; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

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LtCol (Ret’d) DR (Don) Foster RCA

15 Sept 06

LCol Donald R. Foster (Retired), CD 19 July 1931 to 15 September 2006 After a lengthy battle with cancer Don Foster passed away in hospital on 15 September 2006 in his 75th year. His first wife Patricia Mary (nee Carmody) and his second wife Darlene Jane (nee Johnston) predecease him. He is survived by his three sons: Pte Donald Foster, LCIS Tech; Col Richard Foster (m. Jane Foster), Comd 15 Wing, LCol Robert Foster (m. Colleen Kyle), CO GGFG. His four grandchildren, Sean, Patricia, Hannah and Emma, fondly remember him. Survived by two sisters Beth and Nell (Moose Jaw) and a brother Ken (B.C.). He is highly regarded for his service to Queen and Country. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Thursday, September 21 from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, September 22 from 2-4 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in Chapel on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers donations to the CNIB or the Canadian Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. UBIQUE.

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LtCol (Ret’d) GWV (George) Andrews RCA

6 Mar 05

ANDREWS, George W. WWII Veteran Ortona & Montecassino Air Op Pilot Retired D.G. of Industry Stats. Can. After a brief illness on Sunday March 6, 2005 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Elaine and dear friend of many. A special thank you to Richard and Susan Yearwood and neighbours for all their care and kindness.

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Maj (Ret’d) GK (Ken) Grace RCA

31 Mar 05

GRACE, G. Kenneth Major (Ret'd) RCA Passed away peacefully March 31, 2005. No funeral or visitation by request of the deceased. Private service and cremation followed.

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Maj (Ret’d) PW (Percy) Davis RCA

11 May 05

Maj. (Ret'd) Percy William Davis CD It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Percy Davis of Gilmore Hill Rd., Cornwall, ON, on May 11, 2005. Percy will be remembered for his love of his family, his gracious manners, his keen sense of humour and for the kindness he extended to all who he met during his life. "Perc" was born in Toronto on May 10, 1920 to Arthur Davis and Myrtle Hibbs and lived there until 1939 when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery. As well as serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, Percy also served on several United Nations peacekeeping missions. Percy excelled in the flying of light aircraft and helicopters and following his retirement from military service, Percy applied his flying and training skills at Nordair Airlines until 1985. Perc was an avid golfer and an active member of the Cornwall Golf and Country club. He was known by many for his love of the game, but for him, the best part of golfing was the friendships that he made wherever he played. His company will be sadly missed by the "Pelicans". Percy is predeceased by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Marjorie Watson. Percy and Marjorie's greatest joy came from their four children, Wendy Shibley (Wayne Summers), Ann Rowland (Lawrence), Larry Davis (Pat), and Vicki Khosravi (Javad); grandchildren Scott and Tyler Shibley, Lori, Jason, Kimberly and Kevin Rowland, Molly and Will Davis, Hallae, Armond and Mina Khosravi and great-grandchildren Matthew, Grace, Jane and Anika Meetsma, Ethan and Jackson Rowland, Gavin Rowland, Rex Baxendale and Connor and Justin Shibley. Percy is also survived by his sisters Dorothy Riddell, and Margaret Gates and predeceased by one sister Myrtle.

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Maj (Ret’d) GN (Gord) Mastine RCA

15 Jun 05

MASTINE, Gordon Neil Born 12 December 1928 and died 15 June 2005 from cancer. A memorial celebration of his life was held at St Philip's Anglican Church, Neil and East Downe, Oak Bay at 1:30pm on Monday, 25 July 2005.

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Capt (Ret’d) JM (James) Doohan RCA

20 Jul 05

James Doohan served in the Canadian military with the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, as a pilot. He saw combat in Europe during WW2, including the D-Day invasion of Europe at Juno Beach Normandy, where he was wounded by gunfire resulting in the loss of the middle finger of his right hand.

Some of his recollections and harrowing experiences as an AirOP pilot are quoted on page 45 of the book entitled “Canada’s Flying Gunner’s”. Inter alia, he spoke about practicing low-flying techniques. He stated he once slalomed beneath the wires of 19 consecutive telephone poles and practiced right turns around Stonehenge! “It was the greatest physical year of my life. I have never been so close to death”.

James Doohan will, of course, always be remembered for his role as “Scotty” aboard the Enterprise on the series Star Trek. He died in Redmond WA USA at the age of 85.

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Maj (Ret’d) BRH (Tug) Watch RCA

7 Nov 05

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LtCol (Ret’d) KR (Randy) Mattocks RCASC

24 Mar 04

MATTOCKS, Kenneth Randall, C.D. Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd). Veteran Korea, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, Logistics Branch Canadian Forces. Unexpectedly on the 24th of March at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Kenneth Randall (Randy) Mattocks. age 75 years. Son of the late Frederick Charles Mattocks and Daisy Scott Randal. Loving husband of Roberta "Bobbie" Evelyn Lovett of 45 years. Predeceased by his first wife Barbara Ann Irwin and daughter Robin. Loving father of Fred (Joan), Chris, John (Sharon), Donald (Sue), Penelope (Hugh VanDusan). Patricia (Paul McGarry), Phil (Linda). Brother of Barbara Jean (Roy Plevan) and Donald Paul (Muriel). Predeceased by sister Betty Joan (Hugh MacDonald), Cherished grandfather of Gareth, Michael, Stephanie, Olivia, Roberta, Joshua, Scott, Nikki, Samantha, Maxwell, Theodore, Sarah, Kate, Travis, Kyle, Lesslee and many nieces and nephews. Born in Parry Sound, ON into a railroading family. Randy’s childhood was spent in Northern Ontario towns. He joined the military Reserves in 1948 in Halifax, and served with the Canadian Army Special Force in Korea (54 Canadian Transport Company, RCASC). His Regular Force service included postings to transportation field and static units, Army aviation schools and units in Canada and the U. S. A., United Nations duties in the Gaza Strip and Cyprus and staff appointments with Mobile Command, St Hubert and National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa. Upon retirement, he continued to serve at NDHQ as a civilian officer until 1995. In his retirement thereafter, he was active, with Bobbie, enjoying life as grandparents. He maintained a continuing interest in aviation, family genealogy, and dogs, especially Amber. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Family will receive friends at Beechwood Cemetery Reception Centre on Friday. March 26. 2004 from 2- 4 p m and after 9 30 a m Saturday until service time at 11 a m In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be greatly appreciated.

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Col (Ret’d) DG (Dave) Struthers RCA

19 May 04

STRUTHERS Colonel (Ret.) David G. Died 19 May 2004 in Saanichton, B.C. Born in Jinan, North China in 1922. David is survived by Edith, his beloved wife of 62 years; four sons and two daughters: Diana Remmer, Barry, Ian, Robert, Ross, and Carol Rice; his sister, Mary; eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. David joined the 10th St. Catherine's Artillery Battery in September 1939, going overseas in December 1939. He landed in Normandy on D-Day with the 3rd Canadian Division and was mentioned in Dispatches for service with the 6th Airborne Division. David served in Korea, England and the U.S.A. He commanded the 4th Regiment RCHA and was a member of the Faculty of the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario. He was the first Military Attache to the People's Republic of China in 1973. On retirement from the Canadian Army in 1975, David joined Emergency Preparedness Canada, spending thirteen years with the department including four years with the Canadian Delegation to NATO H.Q. in Brussels as a civil planner. On final retirement in 1988, David and Edith moved to B.C. A memorial service was held Thursday, 27 May at First Memorial Garden, 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria.

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Capt (Ret’d) GB (Bus) Duhamel RCA

7 Sep 04

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LtCol (Ret’d) RR (Gup) MacNeil RCA


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Capt (Ret’d) NE (Bud) Carr RCASC

7 Jan 03

CARR, Norton "Bud" Retired RCASC Captain Suddenly on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in his 79th year. Survived by daughters Jennifer (Gordon) and Trish (Peter) and their mother Jane. Cherished grandfather of Darcy (Bucky), and Sarah. Best friend to Chelsea and Nuggett, shelties and companions. A Celebration of Life was held at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean.

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Capt (Ret’d) DA (Dave) Guy RCASC

14 Apr 03


GUY David Anderson, passed away on April 14, 2003, at Jubilee Hospital, at the age of 74. He is forever cherished and lovingly remembered by his precious Mursie (Muriel), his full extended family, and his faithful poodle My-Toy. David treasured his 32 years as a pilot in the armed forces and the Canadian Coastguard, where he made many lifelong friends. He was the very essence of a gentleman, and to be a guest in his home was to receive 5 Star Service. He elevated grocery shopping to an Olympic sport, and he treated the love of his life like a queen. David, you'll live on in our hearts- you fought a brave fight, and we raise our glass to you.

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Capt (Ret’d) LH (Lloyd) McMorran RCA

21 Aug 03

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Maj (Ret’d) RJ (Bob) Waldie RCA

18 Oct 03

WALDIE, Robert Jackson (Bob) of Qualicum Bay, BC, passed away on October 18, 2003 at the age of 82 years. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jean; 3 sons Scott (Ria) of Port Moody, BC, Ken (Anna) of New Zealand and John (Pat) of Victoria, BC; 1 daughter Sue (Rick) Fodor of Maple Ridge, BC; 14 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Ron of Qualicum Bay, BC, Jack (Betty) of Victoria, BC and Bill (Jessie) of North Vancouver, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother George in 2002. Taken on strength as a Lieutenant in 15th Field Regiment RCA from the Supplementary Reserve of Officers on 23 Sep 1948, to be Captain on 13 Jan 1949, to be Major on 30 Jun 1950, struck off strength on transfer to Supplementary Reserve RCA on 30 Sep 1950.

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Capt (Ret’d) HH (Howie) Wickett RCA

25 Oct 03

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Major (Ret'd) Henry "Harry" Reid, RCASC

The "Godfather of military transport helicopter operations in Canada."

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Clarence Henry "Harry" Reid


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Maj (Ret’d) RR (Rudy) Ulrich RCCS

15 Feb 16-19 Apr 02 Calgary AB

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Capt (Ret’d) OW (Orme) Dier RCA

26 Sep 02

DIER Ormond Wilson, born March 21, 1919, in Vancouver, B.C.; died peacefully in Victoria on September 26, 2002, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his beloved first wife, Sheila Josephine Nesbitt. Survived by his second wife, Jean, and by his children, Lance (Valerie), Tara and Susan (Jim McDaniel); granddaughter Astrid (Bjorn Surborg), grandson Erik (Heidi) and great-granddaughter Kaja Surborg; also by his brother Ron (Hazel) and sister Anne (Leo Milette). Orme spent 33 years with the Department of External Affairs and served as Ambassador to Colombia and Ecuador, Commissioner in Saigon, High Commissioner to Guyana and Surinam and Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. Special thanks to Shelly Fletcher, Community Health Nurse, and to the Hospice staff and volunteers. No service by request.

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Capt (Ret’d) FPS (Frank) Cronk RCA

15 Jan 01

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Capt (Ret’d) FJ (Jim) Kendall RCASC

31 Dec 2001

Retired Capt. with the C.A.F., a member of the Air Force Association, the RCASC Association, Bay of Quinte Potters Guild and the Trenton Art Club on December 31, 2001 of cancer at the QHC-Trenton Memorial Hospital, Jim Kendall in his 71st year.

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Col (Ret’d) CA (Cliff) Ashfield RCA

Winter 01

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WO1 (Ret’d) PJ (Phil) Raven INF & RCASC

11 Jan 00 Petawawa ON

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Capt (Ret’d) DK (Doug) Russell RCA

22 Apr 23-21 Feb 00 Toronto ON

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LtCol (Ret’d) JM (Suds) Sutherland RCA

2 Jul 00

LCol John MacLean Sutherland was a daring, talented pilot who was one of the first Canadian military men to fly helicopters. “I reckoned that he was the best flyer I ever flew with,” said Buck Buchanan, a former army colleague. “He was a real natural.” His common nickname was “Suds”. “We claimed it was because he drank fuzzy beer,” joked Hugh Hutton, a close friend and another army colleague. “He was a wonderful soldier and gentleman. You didn’t work for him, you worked with him.” LCol Sutherland died peacefully in his Oakville home on July 2 after several years of declining health. He was 79. He was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1920. At age 14, he joined the local Militia battery. In 1939, he enlisted in the Permanent Force and went overseas the following year. He met his future wife Margaret, an English woman, on a blind date in London. They married in 1944. “He was a lot of fun,” she said. “A great party man.”

LCol Sutherland was selected for the 1st Canadian Army Air Observation Post Squadron formed in January, 1945, serving in Holland, Belgium and Germany. He flew his small Auster spotter aircraft low over enemy positions in order to direct artillery concentrations on them. He continued flying with the artillery in Shilo, Manitoba. Buchanan said the LCol Sutherland was the only pilot he ever saw do a tricky stall turn – where a pilot flies nose up until the plane stalls, then dives straight down before pulling out – as he took off from an airport strip. In 1948, he was sent to the Bell factory in Buffalo to be one of the first two Canadian Army pilots trained on helicopters. LCol Sutherland served in the Korean War, then as an exchange instructor at the British School of Land/Air Warfare. He was also a member of the United Nations observer group serving in India and Pakistan at the end of their war.

He finished his military service at Oakville in 1971 as Senior Staff Officer Operations & Training. He leaves his wife Margaret, daughter Geri, son David, and brothers Robert and Murray.

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Maj (Ret’d) HN (Andy) Andrews RCE DFM and Bar

2 Sep 00

We regret to advise of the death of Major Harold Norman “Andy” Andrews, DFM and Bar, on 2 September 2000.

Andy was originally a member of the Royal Engineers who was evacuated from Dunkirk, France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in June 1940. In 1942, he transferred to the Glider Pilot Regiment and is believed to be one of only four glider pilots who survived all four main glider operations in WW II in Europe.

Andy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his courage and precision flying in the invasion of Sicily in 1943. He then participated in the 6th Airborne Division D-Day landings. His third major operation was Operation MARKET GARDEN in Arnhem in Holland where he received a Bar to his DFM for his skilled and courageous flying into the landing zone. His last major operation was supporting the capture of bridges over the River Ijssel near Hamminkeln in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where his glider disintegrated on landing but none of the troops were seriously hurt.

Andy immigrated to Canada in 1953 and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers where he served in various appointments in Chilliwack and Vancouver.

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Capt (Ret’d) JW (Jim) Watt RCA

16 Dec 00

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Capt (Ret’d) RB (Bob) Muir INF

7 Jan 99


In hospital in Kingston, on Thursday, January 7, 1999, Captain R. B. “Bob” Muir (Second World War Service in the 14th Field Artillery, and took part in the Normandy Landing on D. Day, Veteran of the Korean War, and U.N. Peacekeeper in Europe and the Middle East with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry), age 74. Beloved husband of Grace Black of Jasper. Loved father of Denise (Morley) Salter of Ottawa, Bryce (Sherley) of Calgary, Andrea (Robbert) Van Diermen of Burritt's Rapids, Barbara (Jim) Wight of Chamberlains, Newfoundland, and Jim (Mim) of Toronto. Brother of Alice Ann “Babs” MacKenzie of Ottawa, David (Liz) of Brockville, and Bryce (Sis) of Vancouver. Cherished grandfather of Lachlan Salter, Ryan, Chandie and Kali Muir, James, Grace, Allison and Robert Wight, Olivia and Annie Muir. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Smiths Falls. Sunday, Monday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, January 12. Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 9/99.

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Maj (Ret’d) CF (Chuck) Burant RCA

26 Aug 99

Passed away in Summerland, BC at the age of 69 years. Charles, a qualified paratrooper and pilot, served in the Canadian Army and latterly, the Canadian Forces as a commissioned officer for twenty eight years. He saw service in the Korean War, with NATO forces in Europe, as a peace keeper in Cyprus and numerous other staff and field appointments in Canada. On retirement from the Forces in 1977, he remained in National Defence as a public servant for ten years.

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Capt (Ret’d) WJA (Bill/Slack Mac) MacDonald RCA

21 Mar 97


Obituary: ZC2649 Captain WGA Macdonald, CD

The following obituary appeared In the Cornwall Daily Standard Freeholder on 22 March 1997.

MACDONALD CD Capt. William G. A. (Ret.)
Captain William G.A. Macdonald C.D. (Ret) Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Cornwall on Friday, March 21, 1997; Graduate of Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario 1942; Veteran WWII Northwest Europe and Korea. Beloved son of the late Edward Joseph Macdonald and the late Mary Charlebois. Dear brother of Gertrude, Mrs Ronald Johnson; John Macdonald; and Angus Malcolm Macdonald, Q.C., all of Cornwall. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by three brothers: Moran Macdonald, Edward John Macdonald and Douglas Macdonald; and by one sister Mrs. Molly Danby. Resting at the Wilson Funeral Home, 822 Pitt Street, Cornwall from 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23rd. The Mass of the Resurrection with commendation and farewell will be celebrated in St. Columban’s Roman Catholic Church on Monday, March 24, 1997 at 10:00 A.M.

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Col (Ret’d) DH (Don) Rochester RCE & CAR

15 Aug 97

Colonel Rochester graduated in 1941 from the University of Toronto as a mining engineer, he served during the Second World War with 24 Field Company during operations in the Aleutian Islands and in Germany with 8 Field Squadron.

Following the war, Colonel Rochester served as Pacific Command Fire Prevention Officer at Vancouver, attended Staff College at Kingston, then served a tour at Army Headquarters. In January of 1949, Colonel Rochester was appointed Chief Instructor at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering, and when the Korean War broke out was chosen to command 57 Independent Field Squadron, the first RCE unit to serve in Korea. It was for his service in Korea that Colonel Rochester was awarded the OBE. In January of 1952 he served at the Canadian Army Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff. He then served in a Planning appointment at Army Headquarters during which tour he sent to Indo China in November of 1954 to prepare for the establishment of the International Truce Commission in that country.

In September 1954, Colonel Rochester commanded 1 Field Engineer Regiment at Vedder Crossing, BC and then attended the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia. Following a short period again in Ottawa, Colonel Rochester took a light aircraft course and served at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers, Manitoba. He then served three years as the Canadian Liaison Officer at the American Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, following which he assumed command of the Canadian Base Units, Middle East, in May 1962 for a two year period.

On 21 September 1964, Colonel Rochester took up the appointments of Commander Camp Chilliwack and Commandant of the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering, and because of integration measures within the Services, he from that date also acted as Chief Engineer of the Canadian Army. In April 1966 with the advent of the "Base" concept, he became the first Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack.

In April 1967 Colonel Rochester was posted to command the formed Canadian Airborne Regiment which, at that point in time, existed only on paper. In the following two years he built that regiment into a fighting unit that was second to none in the Canadian Armed Forces. Colonel Rochester commanded the Canadian Airborne Regiment until August 1969.

Instead of taking a promotion, he retired from the Armed Forces that August.

Upon retiring, he returned to Chilliwack BC. During his retirement he served as an alderman for the District of Chilliwack, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, was on the Chilliwack General Hospital hospital board for many years, also as a Anglican minister he ministered at two churches in the Chilliwack area.

At the age of 79, he wanted to add to his 1500 parachute jumps. He was advised to get a medical checkup first. It was then they discovered the liver cancer which quickly took his life. He died August 15, just days before his 80th birthday. A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Saturday September 6, 1997 at the Drill Hall at CFB Chilliwack.

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Maj (Ret’d) RM (Rene) Jalbert INF

20 Feb 21 - 21 Jan 96


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Gen (Ret’d) JV (Jean Victor) Allard INF

23 Apr 96

Allard served as an officer in the Régiment de Trois-Rivières prior to World War II. After the outbreak of war in 1939, he was attested to the Canadian Active Service Force and promoted to the rank of major. When the active component of his regiment was redesignated to become an Anglophone armoured unit, he requested a transfer to the infantry and became the Deputy Commanding Officer of Régiment de la Chaudière in England.

In December 1943, he became the Commanding Officer of the Royal 22e Régiment in Italy.

He was in command of the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade at the end of the war in Germany, in the rank of brigadier (now brigadier-general). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on three occasions. He was the Canadian Military Attaché in Moscow after the war until 1948 when he was appointed Commander for the East Quebec Area.

During the Korean War, he commanded the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade from April 1953. He signed the truce at Panmunjon on Canada's behalf on 27 July 1953.

He became commander of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade in 1954 and Commander of the Eastern Quebec Area in 1956. In 1958 he was made Vice-Chief of the General Staff.

As a major-general, he commanded the British 4th Division from 1961 to 1963, as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). In 1964 he was made Chief of Operational Readiness. As a lieutenant-general, he was Commander, Mobile Command from 1965 to 1966, comprising the Canadian land forces in Canada and, at that time, the close air support forces, as well.

In July 1966, Allard was promoted to full general. From 1966 to 1969, he was Chief of the Defence Staff. He was the first francophone to occupy this position. It was under his supervision that the Canadian Forces were integrated.

He was heavily involved in the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is also remembered for the implementation of a significant expansion of French-language units (FLUs) in the Army (the creation of a French-language brigade at CFB Valcartier with units of all arms and services), in the Air Force (the creation of French-language squadrons) and in the Navy (the creation of French-language ships).

In 1985, he published his memoirs, with English translation in 1988 The memoirs of General Jean V. Allard, written in cooperation with Serge Bernier. He retired to the city of Trois-Rivières, where he and his wife lived out their days. Simone died on 24 April 1995. He died the following year, on 23 April 1996

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LtCol (Ret’d) WD (Bill) Roney RCA

21 May 96

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LtCol (Ret’d) AB (Al) Stewart RCA

20 Dec 96

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Maj (Ret’d) WJ (Bill) West RCA

May 96

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Capt (Ret’d) SM (Sam) Allingham RCASC

18 Dec 96

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LtCol (Ret’d) T (Thane) Wheeler RCA

9 Oct 95

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Col (Ret’d) DJ (Danny) McCormack RCA

31 Oct 95

Throughout his life, Dan McCormack demonstrated a relentless quest for excellence, in others and in himself. His distinguished military career spanned three decades, during which he rose through the ranks, from gunner to artillery observation pilot, winning his commission in July 1943. Appointed Commanding Officer of the Light Artillery Regiment in 1953, and the Commanding Officer of the P.E.I. Regiment in June 1961, Dan McCormack would become Militia Adviser for this province with the rank of Colonel on January 1, 1965.

Colonel Dan McCormack was first elected to the Ward 2 councillor’s seat in 1968, winning re-election in 1971. Among his civic accomplishments, McCormack would be chairman of the Royal Visit of the Queen Mother in 1973. A source of pride remained his chairmanship of the Charlottetown Recreation Committee, during which he was responsible for the construction of the Simmons Sports Centre, the swimming pool, three new tennis courts and four softball diamonds.

A distinguished and productive public career, a lifelong involvement in sport as an athlete, coach and administrator, the name McCormack has always meant courage and leadership. The Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame was pleased to induct Colonel Daniel Joseph “Danny” McCormack, CD, of the Souris Line Road and Charlottetown in 1986. Danny McCormack passed away October 31, 1995 in Charlottetown, at the age of 80 years.

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Capt (Ret’d) JL (Jean Louis) Lamy RCA

28 Nov 95

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Capt (Ret’d) EJ (Amby) Ambrose RCA

1914-19 Mar 94 Ottawa ON

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Col (Ret’d) DW (Dave) Francis RCA

15 Apr 94

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Maj (Ret’d) OJ (Orv) Lester RCA

24 Sep 94

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Lt (Ret’d) RAS (Rick) Perley RCA

1912-17 Mar 93

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LtCol REM (Bob) Cross INF


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Capt (Ret’d) WL (Bill) Scandrett RCA

21 Jul 92

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Maj (Ret’d) P (Pete) Baldaro RCA

16 Aug 92

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MGen (Ret’d) JJA (Al) Doucet RCA

17 Sep 92

MGen J. Alyre Doucet passed away in Ottawa 17 Sep 1992 at the age of 62. General Doucet, a proud Acadian, was born in Robertville, N.B. and educated at l'Université du Sacré-Coeur, Bathurst, N.B.

After his studies he opted for a career in the military, serving firstly in Korea as an artillery officer. He held several positions within the RCA during the 60s. From 1970 to 1972 he was the deputy commandant of Base Gagetown. In 1974 he was posted to Mobile Command HQ where he over saw the military support to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Promoted to BGen in 1977, he commanded 5 Brigade in Valcartier until Aug 1979 when he took command of the Canadian contingent, UN Forces Middle East. He was promoted to Major General May 1981 and stationed at NATO HQ Brussels as Director Standardization.

He retired form the Forces in 1983.

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Capt (Ret’d) SE (Stan) Williams RCA

Feb 91 Toronto ON

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Capt (Ret’d) JVW (Robbie) Robinson RCA

9 Mar 91 Jasper AB

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LtCol (Ret’d) AD (Doug) McMillan RCA

13 Mar 91

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Maj (Ret’d) BA (Bruce) Muelaner RCAC

6 Oct 91 Surrey BC

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Col (Ret’d) WD (Dave) Simmons RCASC


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Maj (Ret’d) JH (John) Cooper RCEME


Buried in St. Anne’s Anglican Cemetery, Parksville prev. French Creek, Vancouver Island BC.

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Capt (Ret’d) Y (Bill) Pratt RCA

20 Jun 90

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Capt (Ret’d) H (Harry) Hurley RCASC

8 Jul 90

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Col (Ret’d) DA (Nick) Nicholson RCAC

25 Sep 90 Kingston ON

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Maj (Ret’d) PJA (Peter) Tees RCA

8 Apr 89

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Capt ER (Casey) Schmidt RCASC

13 Jul 89

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Capt (Ret’d) LM (Len) Harvey RCA

23 Sep 89

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Maj (Ret’d) CG (Gord) Bristowe RCAC

21 Feb 88

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LtCol (Ret’d) GA (Gordy) Gunton INF

29 Jul 87

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Maj (Ret’d) EJ (Perky) Perkins RCAC

16 Jul 86 Thornbury ON

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MGen (Ret’d) AE (Arthur) Wrinch RCCS

20 Jul 85


Major-General Arthur Egbert Wrinch, CBE, CD (13 November 1908 - 20 July 1985) was a Canadian soldier in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Personal Life:

Arthur Wrinch was the son of Rev. Horace C. Wrinch, M.D., D.D., a medical missionary, and grew up in Hazelton, B.C. He attended Hazelton Public School, Prince of Wales School in Vancouver (Junior Matriculation) and the University of British Columbia (Senior Matriculation) where he graduated in 1926. He married Madalene Wightman of Ottawa in 1937 and together they had one son. Wrinch entered the Royal Military College in 1927 and was assigned college number 2011. Upon graduation in 1931 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Permanent Active Militia but his training had to be paused when he soon after contracted typhoid fever. At the completion of his convalescence in 1932, he served for a year at Camp Borden. Wrinch resumed his formal education in 1933 entering Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. He graduated in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science (Electric Engineering) degree.

Captain Wrinch, having been promoted in 1937, served at Halifax Nova Scotia at the outset of the Second World War. He served successively in Eastern Fortress Establishment, Royal Canadian Signals, 6 Fortress Signal Company and as District Signalling Officer of Militia District No. 6. In 1940 Major Wrinch formed, trained and was the Officer Commanding No. 4 Squadron, 1 Canadian Armoured Division Signals (later renamed to 5 Canadian Armoured Divisional Signals), later serving as the unit Second-in-Command. He went overseas to the United Kingdom in November 1941, and by April 1942 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was appointed as the Commanding Officer of 1 Canadian Corps Signals, a position he held from 6 April 1942 until 15 July 1943.[1] In July 1943 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of 5 Canadian Armoured Divisional Signals.

Promoted Colonel 12 January 1945, he was appointed as the Chief Signals Officer (CSO) of 1 Canadian Corps until he returned to Canada in June 1945 for service with the Canadian Army Pacific Force.[2] Having reverted in rank to Lieutenant-Colonel upon his return to Canada, Wrinch served as the Commanding Officer of 6 Canadian Divisional Signals as the unit prepared for service in the Pacific Theater until, with the surrender of Japan on 14 August 1945, the unit was disbanded by the end of the month.[3] He was then posted to Canadian Forces Netherlands from September until December 1945. For his service in the Second World War he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire[4], was Mentioned in Despatches twice, in 1945[5] and 1946[6], and was granted the United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer).[7] In 1946 he reverted to the rank of Colonel and was appointed as the Director of Signals from 7 March 1946 until 16 January 1949. He attended the Canadian Army Staff College in 1949, after which he went to the Canadian Army Staff in Washington, DC. In June 1951, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier and appointed Deputy Quartermaster General. He became Deputy Quartermaster General (Development and Design) in January 1952 and was subsequently appointed Vice Quartermaster-General at Army Headquarters.

In early 1955 he went to the United Kingdom to attend the Imperial Defence College and was then appointed Commander, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade in December 1955. While in that post he received a Suggestion Award for developing a device for use with the Slidex Code system.

In 1958 he became a qualified pilot and then assumed the appointment of Direcor General of Army Personnel in September 1958, and was appointed Director General of Survival operations in May 1959. He was promoted to the rank of Major-General and appointed Major General Survival September 1, 1959 where he was responsible for the newly created Canadian Army National Survival Programme aimed to deal with cold-war threats.

He retired from the Regular Army in September 1963 and took up the appointment of National Commissioner for the Canadian Forces.

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Maj (Ret’d) DK (Keith) Johnstone RCA

8 May 82

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Capt (Ret’d) DP (Pat) Thornton RCAC

17 Oct 77

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Capt RG (Buck) McBride RCASC

16 May 76

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LtCol (Ret’d) JP (Peter) Harrison RCASC

Dec 72

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Capt GC (Gord) Walker RCASC

9 Dec 70

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Lt JW (Jack) Shaw RCASC

17 Mar 65

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Capt SF (Stan) Hand RCASC


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Capt GJR (Ross) Flewin RCA

17 Jan 64

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Capt HA (Harv) Fleury RCA

14 Dec 64

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Capt RJ (Bob) Barkley RCASC

19 Nov 63

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Capt DW (Doug) Boettcher RCA

2 May 62

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Lt WA (Bill) Pylypow RCA

4 Jul 59

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Lt WRB (Dick) Chaplin RCASC

9 Jun 56

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Maj TJ (Tommy) O’Brennan RCA

9 Jun 56

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Lt AE (Ernie) Annear RCA

13 Apr 54

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Capt GA (Tony) Eaton RCA

1 May 45

Note: Killed in an aircraft accident over Andover UK airfield during night flying practice.

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Capt GE (George) Nixon RCA KIA

3 May 45

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Capt RA (Bob) Donald RCA KIA

14 Dec 43

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AOP Memorial Wall - The Museum of Army Flying:  View Content

This list includes the names of 146 men of the Air Observation Post Squadrons who died in service. It includes ground personnel and observers who died while engaged with the AOP squadrons. The information is subject to change and this list in considered a working list. If you have any comments, enquiries or suggestions please contact the Archivist at

The Air Observation Post Squadrons were units which were recruited from the Royal Artillery and Royal Canadian Artillery. These gunners were taught to fly in order to spot and direct fire for artillery ground units. Formed in 1941, the AOP squadrons were sent into action all over Europe to fulfil a dangerous but important role. After the war they participated in a variety of situations including the Korean War and Malaya before eventually amalgamating into the modern-day Army Air Corps.

This information is subject to change and this list in considered a working list. If you have any comments, enquiries or suggestions please contact the Archivist at one of the following:
Phone:  01264784421

Contributed by LCol (Ret'd) John Dicker.

Source:The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop UK.

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    Assistance would be welcome in identifying personnel in these photographs: View Content.

    Compiled by BGen (Ret'd) R.G. Heitshu.