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

19 Nov 1932 - 24 Jan 2017

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) AJ (Albert John) Mitges RCE.

14 Feb 17

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

Apr 7 1930 - May 21 2017


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

Apr 15 1928 - Jun 2 2017

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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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

July 30, 1927 - January 7, 2016

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

March 24, 2016

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

August 17, 1939 - September 24, 2016


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

December 21, 2016


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

February 16, 2015

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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BGen (Ret’d) AWD (Arn) Garlick RCASC

10 Dec 2015


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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Maj (Ret’d) JR (Jim) Pugh RCASC

1931-8 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

Aug 24 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


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

1928 - 25 Dec 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

Feb 6 1926 - Jan 5 2013

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

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Col (Ret’d) GW (Gord) Bruce RCEME

4 Apr 2013

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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, 2013

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

1932 - 2013

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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Maj (Ret’d) AJ (John) Probyn INF

2 Sep 13


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Capt (Ret’d) WG (Bill) Charland RCASC

6 Nov 13

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LtCol (Ret’d) FA (Floyd) Davies RCA

9 Jan 12

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Capt (Ret’d) RJ (Jack) Lovell RCA

11 Jan 12

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Col (Ret’d) WL (Bill) Claggett RCAC

3 Feb 12

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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 March 2012


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 2012

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Capt (Ret’d) DE (Dan) Stovel RCASC

5 Aug 12

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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

1939 - November 19, 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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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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Maj (Ret’d) GA (Gerry) McDonald RCA

23 May 11

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Maj (Ret’d) WSD (Steve) Werry RCCS

19 July 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

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Capt (Ret’d) GF (Gerry) Gower RCA

6 Dec 11

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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

March 1920 - February 14, 2010

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

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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

1921 - December 23, 2010

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

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LtCol (Ret'd) David Lloyd Fromow, RCA

February 7, 2009

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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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) WB (Bill) Rendell RCA

15 Jul 08

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LtCol (Ret’d) EJ (Jim) Grant RCASC

8 Sep 08

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

Oct 08

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Capt (Ret’d) RMA (Ray) Anderson RCA

6 Nov 08

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Capt (Ret’d) WD (Bill) Marshall INF

Jul 07

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LtCol (Ret’d) JDB (John) Kent RCCS

18 Aug 2007

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Maj (Ret’d) WK (Buck) Buchanan RCA

13 Sep 07

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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) DR (Don) Foster RCA

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

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Maj (Ret’d) GK (Ken) Grace RCA

31 Mar 05

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Maj (Ret’d) PW (Percy) Davis RCA

11 May 05

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Maj (Ret’d) GN (Gord) Mastine RCA

15 Jun 05

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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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Capt SF (Stan) Hand RCASC


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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

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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) DA (Dave) Guy RCASC

14 Apr 03

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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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Capt (Ret’d) OW (Orme) Dier RCA

26 Sep 02

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Capt (Ret’d) FPS (Frank) Cronk RCA

15 Jan 01

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Col (Ret’d) CA (Cliff) Ashfield RCA

Winter 01

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Capt (Ret’d) DK (Doug) Russell RCA

22 Feb 00

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

2 Jul 00

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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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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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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

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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

Dec 18, 96

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LtCol (Ret’d) T (Thane) Wheeler RCA

9 Oct 95

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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

19 Mar 94

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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

17 Mar 93

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LtCol REM (Bob) Cross INF


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Capt (Ret’d) WL (Bill) Scandrett RCA

21 Jul92

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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

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LtCol (Ret’d) AD (Doug) McMillan RCA

13 Mar 91

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Col (Ret’d) WD (Dave) Simmons RCASC


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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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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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MGen (Ret’d) AE (Arthur) Wrinch RCCS

20 Jul 85

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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 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 1963

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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 GE (George) Nixon RCA KIA

13 Apr 54

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Capt GA (Tony) Eaton RCA

Mar 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.