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Flying West

I hope there's a place, way up in the sky
Where aircrew can go when they have to die
A place where a guy can buy a cold beer
For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear

A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread
Nor a management type would here be caught dead
Just a quaint little place, kind of dark full of smoke
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke
The kind of place where a lady could go
And feel safe and protected by the men she would know

There must be a place where old aircrew can go
When their paining is finishd and their airspeed gets low
Where the whiskey is old and the women are young
And songs about flying and dying are sung
Where you'd see all the fellows who'd flown west before
And they'd call out your name as you came through the door
Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst would be bad
And relate to others, "He was quite a good lad"

And then through the mist you'd spot an old guy
You had not seen in years, though he taught you to fly
He's nod his old head and grin ear to ear
And say "Welcome my son, I'm pleased that you're here"
For this is the place where true flyers come
When their journey is over, and the war has been won
They've come here at last to be safe and alone
From the government clerks and the management clone
Politicians and lawyers, the Feds and the noise
Here all hours are happy and these good old boys
Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest
"This is heaven my son, you've passed your last test"

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Maj RI (Ron) Adams RCA

21 Jan 35 - 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.

MAJOR RONALD IAN ADAMS Royal Canadian Artillery / 408 Sqn. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Ronald Ian Adams. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife Louise, son Ian (Deana), daughter Mari- Liz, stepdaughters Susan and Cathy (Tom), grandsons Paul, Julien, Andrew, Thomas and Trevor, and granddaughter Ashley (Chris). He will be warmly remembered for his enthusiasm for life.

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Gen JV (Jean Victor) Allard INF

12 Jun 13-23 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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Capt SM (Sam) Allingham RCASC

10 Aug 35-18 Dec 96


A native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, Samuel McDonald Allingham enrolled in the RCAF and trained as a Sabre pilot. He flew Sabres in West Germany in 444 Sqn at 4 (F) Wing Baden-Soellingen. He returned to Canada in Nov 59 and shortly afterwards got caught up in a ‘force reduction’ and was released after his short service commission period.

Lt Allingham and a number of his confreres joined the Army after their releases from the Air Force. By 1964 Sam had completed initiation training at the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps School in Camp Borden, Ontario. He completed an Ex-RCAF/RCN Light Aircraft Pilots Course, earning his Army wings 27 Oct 65. Helicopter conversion followed immediately after at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit, Rivers, Manitoba.

Capt Allingham continued his rotary wing flying until retiring in the Ottawa area. He actively maintained his military affiliation by serving as the Vice Chairman of the SPAADS (Sabre Pilots Association of Air Division Squadrons). Sam passed away peacefully at home 18 Dec 1996.

Fondly remembered by wife Verlie, son Keith (and Gwen), daughter Kathy (and Ken), grandchildren Alex, Sam, Jack and Shaun, all the family in Cambellton, N.B., all of his friends and the boys at the Mess.

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Capt Elmer J (Amby) Ambrose RCA

1 Jan 14-19 Mar 94 Ottawa ON

(Retired Revenue Canada) In hospital on Saturday, March 19, 1994. Elmer Ambrose in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Irene Sharp. Loving father Gary (husband of Linda). Fond grandfather of Cynthia. Dear brother of Herbert (Betty) of Moose Jaw. Special uncle to Jo-Ann (hen) and Grant. Predeceased by a son Jimmy. Elmer was a Captain Pilot of Air Observation Post 664 Squadron.

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Capt RMA (Ray) Anderson RCA

3 Dec 30-6 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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LtCol GWV (George) Andrews RCA

1920-6 Mar 05

George Andrews, ED, was a WW II Veteran of the Italian Campaign (Ortona and Monte Cassino) and also saw action in the closing stages of the War in Europe as an Artillery Air OP Pilot with 666 Squadron RCAF.

Returning to Canada, he continued to serve many years in the Canadian Army Militia and from May 63 to May 65 as the Commanding Officer of 30 Fd Regt RCA, Canada’s oldest serving Artillery Militia Unit.

As a career Civil Servant, he retired as the Director-General Industry Statistics Canada.

He passed away after a brief illness 6 Mar 05 at the age of 85.

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Maj HN (Andy) Andrews RCE

6 Jan 20-2 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.

After the war, Andy completed his engineering studies and immigrated to Canada in 1953. He was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Engineers where he served in various appointments in Chilliwack and Vancouver. He was one of the first RCE officers to complete the Light Aircraft Pilot Course in the 1950s. While he never flew in an operational capacity as an RCE officer, he continued to fly until 1965 when the helicopter he was flying went down in a snowstorm. At that time, Andy decided his luck had run out and he never flew again.

After leaving the Army, Andy worked at Douglas College in New Westminster from 1972 until 1984 as Vice-Principal of the McBride Campus and Director of Program Planning and Development. He started working from a construction trailer on the site and saw the project through to completion. On his death, his family endowed the Andy and Helen Andrews Memorial Award providing financial assistance to students demonstrating significant athletic achievement in combination with outstanding academic performance.

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Lt AE (Ernie) Annear RCA

29 Mar 24-13 Apr 54

In memory of Lieutenant Ernest Arthur Annear April 13, 1954 Rivers, Manitoba, killed as the result of a flying accident N and one mile W of CJATC Rivers MB 13 Apr 54 in Auster VI 16680.

Military Service:
Service Number: ZG 9829
Age: 30
Force: Army
Unit: Canadian Joint Air Training Centre

Additional Information:
Born: March 29, 1924 Montague, Prince Edward Island
Enlistment: June 13, 1951 Fredericton, New Brunswick
Killed Auster VI Aircraft accident, Rivers, Manitoba
Son of George and (the late) Agnes of Montague, Prince Edward Island. Husband of Doris (née) Jones and father of Peter and Jennifer. Brother of Harold, Alice and Helen.

Commemorated on Page 58 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.

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Lt AJN (Archie) Archambault RCASC

11 Dec 37-21 Aug 08

Lieutenant Andre Archambault 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.

Archie and fellow student John Dicker in the AATTS Pilots’ Room during Advanced Tactical Helicopter Course 5 in Oct 1963 at CJATC, Rivers Camp, MB

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Maj GW (George) Archer RCA

14 May 16-23 Feb 87

GW Archer was born in North Battleford, Sask and passed away in Burnaby, BC at 70 years old. He served overseas during WWII with the Royal Canadian Artillery and qualified as a pilot in the UK. He finished the war spotting artillery with 665 (Air Observation Post) Squadron, RCAF. In peacetime, while working for the Federal Government, Major Archer continued his military affiliation in the Militia, commanding 5th (BC) Independent Medium Artillery Battery, RCA. He was survived by his wife Betty, sons John and David and sister Daphne.

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Maj P (Peter) Armstrong RCASC

25 Feb 38 — 05 Jun 21


Peter was born in Northern Ontario and after Junior Matriculation worked for a year in the Sudbury district nickel mines. Not convinced there was much future underground, he returned to school and finished his Senior Matriculation. He immediately applied and was selected for RCAF aircrew training.

His qualifications followed the usual route: Chipmunks at Centralia; Harvards at Penhold; and wings on the T-33s at Portage. He completed the F-86 Sabre OTU at Chatham, New Brunswick and was posted to 4 Fighter Wing with 444 Squadron at Baden-Soellingen, Germany. In Baden, Peter met and married his lifetime partner Jane.

When the CF-104s were introduced, 444 was the first Air Division Squadron to disband and Peter found himself in Downsview, Ontario as an Administrative Officer. A chance conversation with Neil Coward convinced him to transfer to the Canadian Army in November 1964. He completed Officer Training at the Service Corps School in Borden.

His Army flying followed with training on the L-19s and the CH-112 helicopters at Rivers, Manitoba. Still at Rivers, he was posted to 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon, RCASC. When the unit split East and West during the summer of 1966 Captain Armstrong went with the Western Detachment in Edmonton. From Edmonton, Peter moved to St. Hubert, Quebec in 1968 to HQ 10 TAG in the new Tactical Evaluation Section, evaluating helicopter squadrons, CF-5 squadrons, a Buffalo light transport squadron and the Air Reserve Otter squadrons. In 1970 he qualified on the CH-118 Iroquois and the new CH-135 Twin Huey at Petawawa and was sent back to Edmonton in December 70 to the new 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as the unit's Standards Officer.

After three years in 408 Sqn, he left for NDHQ and the Directorate of Flight Safety. From DFS he graduated from the CF Command and Staff College and joined 403 Squadron as a Flight Commander and then Chief Instructor. After four years in Gagetown, New Brunswick, he moved to Winnipeg and Air Command Headquarters in the Flying Training Section and then to 550 Tac Hel. While there, a chance opportunity arose and Major Armstrong accepted the position of DCO 444 Sqn at the Canadian Brigade in Germany.

His final posting back in Canada was as the Wing Operations Officer at Portage La Prairie. From there he took his release 30 years from the date he joined the military. He joined the Civil Service after and worked as the Safety Officer at Base Winnipeg. In retirement Pete and Jane

travelled extensively and wintered in Texas. Unfortunately, he struggled with ALS and passed away 5 Jun 21.

In Peter's own words: "It's difficult to remember the hard rock mines, but it is a pleasure to remember the Davis', the Cowards, Allinghams, Swains, Zeggils, Halls, Grants, Bartleys, Waldrums, Simmons', Flaths, Homes, and the many pilots, officers and gentlemen that this enjoyable career has had the fortune to be associated with."

His official obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press Saturday 12 Jun 2021.

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Col CA (Cliff) Ashfield RCA

16 Jan 21-30 Apr 02


Born in Brandon, MB in 1921, Ashfield managed to join the militia at 13. He made Sergeant in artillery and infantry reserve units and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1937. He resigned his commission to go overseas as a Gunner with the 71st Battery of Brandon in 1939. He was made a Sergeant in 1940 and after an officer’s training course, was commissioned in England with the rank of Lieutenant.

Col Ashfield served with three different field regiments in Italy and NW Europe including a staff position in public relations during the Sicily/Italy Campaign. He returned to England in the fall of 44 and trained as an Artillery Air Observation Post pilot and promoted Captain, flew with 665 AOP Squadron during the final months of WWII.

Post war, he stayed in the militia and eventually took over command of the 65 Battery at Grenfell, Saskatchewan in June 46. In 1950 he took command of the 22 Field Regiment from his Father. Later in retirement he wrote a history of militia units in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. From 1993 onward he served as the Honorary Colonel of the 10th Field Regiment, the reserve artillery unit headquartered in Regina.

In civilian life he edited and published the family's newspaper in Grenfell, SK. In 1958 he left the newspaper in the family hands and put his writing and communication skills to work with the provincial Department of Industry, Saskatchwan Economic Development Corporation, the province's diamond jubilee corporation and then the provincial Conservatives and federal New Democratic parties.

In his late 40s, he changed careers again, studied chiropractic medicine which he then practiced in Whitewood, SK.

He was also fascinated with First Nations culture, organized dance groups and was named an honorary chief of the Sakimay First Nation. They named him Wapananank or "Morning Star".

The soldier, newspaperman, public servant and chiropactor passed away in Whitewood 30 April 2002.

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Col BD (Bev) Baily RCA

22 May 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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MGen DR (Doug) Baker RCA

22 Jan 31 – 22 Jan 20


Major-General Douglas Roger Baker was born on 22 January, 1931 in Toronto. He first enrolled in the Canadian Army Reserves (45 Anti-Tank Regiment) as an officer cadet in 1948. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant with 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2RCHA) in October 1950, and served with that Regiment in Korea.

He completed his pilot training in Rivers and upon graduation served with the Air Observation Post Flight Shilo, as Detachment Commander. He was promoted Captain and returned to regimental duty with 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Winnipeg in 1956.

After attending the year long Artillery Staff Course in 1957, he was employed as an Instructor-in-Gunnery at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery, Shilo. He attended the Canadian Army Staff College from 1961 to 1963 and he was promoted Major in August 1963 and appointed Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General (Operations) 2nd British Division in Germany.

He returned to Canada in 1965 as a Battery Commander in 4th Regiment RCHA stationed in Petawawa. Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1967, he once more returned to Germany this time to command the 1st Regiment RCHA. On completion of this tour in 1969 he was appointed Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Artillery in Shilo, which was amalgamated with the Combat Arms School in Gagetown in 1970, where he became Director of the Arms Division of the Combat Arms School, in November 1971, then became Deputy Commandant of the School.

He was promoted Colonel in 1972 to command Canadian Forces Base Shilo and in 1975 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, England.

Promoted Brigadier-General in 1976 he became Director General Recruiting, Education and Training in National Defence Headquarters Ottawa until July 1979 when he was appointed Commander of the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown.

In July 1980, on promotion to Major-General, he moved to St Hubert, Quebec where he became the Deputy Commander of Mobile Command and the Division Commander for Exercises RV 81 and RV 83.

Major-General Baker has the following decorations: Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Korea Medal, UN Service Medal (Korea), Jubilee Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration. He is married to Beverley Lewis and has a daughter, Dianne and two sons, Fred and Geoffrey.

Douglas Baker of Orillia, passed away at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Beverley Baker, loving father of Dianne Watchorn (James), Fred Baker (Kathleen) and the late Geoffrey Baker and surviving wife Kathleen. Cherished grandad of Michael (Sabrina), Rebecca (Patrick Kong), Matthew (Rozlyn Young), Carrie (Michael Akister) and Ryan. Loved by his great grandchildren Emma, Alessandra, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Madeline and Emmett. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

General Baker was one of Canada’s greatest Gunners of the Cold War – admired and respected by all.

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Maj P (Pete) Baldaro RCA

30 Jan 30-16 Aug 92


Peter was born on Gloucester, UK, but seeking adventure, he packed his bags and immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1951. He worked at several ventures in Western Canada, including the University of Manitoba’s farm, a stint as a miner in Saskatchewan and at a fiberglass company in Edmonton before deciding on the Army as a possible career. It was in Edmonton that he met and married Gwendolyn Carol Fleury in 1954.

He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Artillery as a gunner the same year. Following his basic training and demonstrating the necessary aptitude, he was selected for officer training the following year at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba and graduated in 1956. 2Lt Baldaro spent 2 years on regimental duties in Winnipeg before training as an Air Observation Post pilot at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario and at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers, Manitoba. He received his ‘wings’ 13 May 1960. He and his course mates were the first of 17 serials to train as pilots on the Centralia-Rivers stream.

Lieutenant Baldaro spent the next 3 years in Germany serving with the Air OP Troop of 3 RCHA. He was promoted Captain in 1963 and remained with the Regiment when they rotated back to Canada in 64. In 1965 he attended the Artillery Staff Course and spent the next two and a half years instructing at the RCSA, Shilo before returning to Germany to serve with 1 RCHA’s Air OP Troop in Soest and Lahr. When the Air OP Troop was disbanded, Peter first had to return to Canada for his helicopter qualification before going back overseas to join 444 Tac Hel Sqn.

In 1973 he and his family were back in Canada at CFB Southport, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Peter had the position of maintenance test pilot for the Kiowa and Musketeers fleets. He was promoted Major in 1977 and by then had moved from his flying position to that of Manager of the Officers’ Mess until his retirement in 1979.

Peter and his wife Carol lived on and operated a small hobby farm for a period while Peter was employed full time as manager of the Co-Op Store in Portage and Carol worked for the City of Portage and then Manpower Canada. Once both retired, they move back to live in Portage where Peter passed away in the summer of 1992.

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Capt RJ (Bob) Barkley RCASC

02 Jan 27-19 Nov 63

Died suddenly, of illness, at the Rivers Station Hospital on 19 November, 1963, Captain Robert Jocelyn BARKLEY, CD, Royal Canadian Army 'Service Corps. Bob -Barkley, a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, was an old and valued comrad in Canadian Army Aviation. He served. in the ranks in the Second World War and was later commissioned in the Regular Army. He qualified for "Wings" in 1954, graduating from Course No. 9 on Auster A0P Mark VI and VII aircraft. .He later qualified 'as Flying Instructor and as a rotary-wing pilot. He served on attachment to the Royal Canadian Naval Air Station, Dartmouth, nova Scotia, during 1957, 58.and 59 as a helicopter pilot. After a ground tour in Camp Gagetown, he joined Army Headquarters Training and Liaison Flight, becoming Commanding Officer of that unit. At the time of his death, Bob was a student on the Instrument Flying Course at No. 1 Advanced Flying School, RCAF, Rivers Camp.

Captain Barkley is survived by his wife, the former Velma Purchase of Alliston, Ontario; three daughters; a son, Robert Jocelyn III; his mother; two brothers and two sisters.

Interment was in the family burial plot in Lethbridge.

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Col FW (Frank) Bayne RCA

12 May 27-7 Apr 19


The consummate Officer and Gentleman ‘departed the fix’ April 7, 2019.

Frank was a 49-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who rose through the ranks from BOY soldier to Colonel. He was extremely proud of his service and encouraged all veterans to be proud of theirs. He served 14 months in Korea with the 81st Field RCA and 4 RCHA. He understood PTSD. His wings were ARMY WINGS. His life in the air began November 11, 1959 on a Chipmunk in Centralia. He flew L-19s as an Air OP Officer with the military and Cessnas for 17 years as an instructor at Confederation College Thunder Bay. His last flight in a light aircraft was September 2017 in an L-19 he had first flown in March 1960. In his words “a sentimental journey”. He was a Gunner, helicopter pilot, base safety officer, reservist, 55+ year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. His presence will be missed by KVA Unit 13, 11th Field Regiment Senate, NAFR and Masons. He canvassed for Cancer, barbequed sausages at fund raisers and supported the growth of young officers through 1ABA*. He travelled to all 10 provinces and 3 territories. His favourite vacation destinations were Nova Scotia, Scotland, New Zealand and OZ, as much for what each has to offer as for the friends and family he visited. He signed his organ donor card and had 8 years remaining on his 10-year passport! He was a mentor and friend. If you met him, you will remember him.

As part of the ‘Memory Project’ and as a great story teller, he spoke to both elementary and high school students, service groups and veterans’ organizations. He spoke of war, peace, and how Winnie the Pooh met John McCrae’s horse, Bonfire, during WW I.

He was the only son of Willard James Bayne and Alice Gaston Worton, brother to Marian Jordan of Ottawa. Father of David, whose sudden death in 2014 left a big gap in Frank’s life. Sadly missed by daughters Francine in Texas, Nancy, Shirley both in Ontario and Donelda in Alberta. Their mother Gladys Globe Bayne resides in Barrie. He was honoured to be step-dad to Cindy, Candy and Melissa. These 8 children brought 20 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren into the family circle.

His LAST wife, Lynn Borthwick of Guelph, convinced him that the five 90th birthday parties she organized in 2017 were his Celebrations of Life. When family and friends from across North America and points overseas participated in the festivities, he understood.

His family will gather graveside with bag pipes and trumpet at a date in the future.

Donations to Soldier On Canada or The Frank Bayne Ubique Award for ‘Esprit de Corps’ at Confederation College (1-807-475-6460) will honour both his military and civilian careers.

Arrangements entrusted to GILCHRIST CHAPEL – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph, (519-824-0031).

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MWO WE (Wilf) Beach RCOC

13 Jan 27-16 Mar 09


Wilfred Eldon Beach passed away peacefully March 16, 2009 in Winnipeg at the age of 83. He was survived by his wife Therese Marie, son Keith, daughter Beverley (Pierson), sister Pearl Highham and grand and great grandchildren.

Wilf spent 32 years in the military from WWII up until 1977. He was stationed across Canada plus a three year tour in Germany. He spent many years as a glider pilot and paratrooper before retiring in Winnipeg.

He was always willing to help others in need, from car repairs to general maintenance. He enjoyed airplanes and ham radio along with model aircraft, as well as travelling and camping. He will be missed by his family and friends from across Canada.

The original, complete obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press

March 18, 2009

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Maj JA (John) Beament RCAC

13 Jan 27-15 Mar 15


Born in Ottawa John passed away peacefully on Sunday, 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.

John undertook ab initio flying training at the Brandon Flying Club in Brandon MB from Dec 58 to Feb 59. Thereafter he proceeded to the Light Aircraft School at CJATC Rivers Camp MB where he graduated from Light Aircraft Pilot Course 25 on 22 May 59 with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge.

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Capt. Gerard (Gerry) Beaudry RCA

22 Dec 18–4 Dec 86


Noel Emile Horace Gerard Beaudry was born in Montreal to a French-Canadian father and an American mother. As an infant, he and his brother and sister moved to Los Angeles with their parents. A second daughter was born there in 1920. His mother returned the family to Montreal after the sudden death of her husband in 1922.

Gerard grew up in the Cote des Neiges area before attending the Université de Montréal. As a 2Lt in the CÉOC (Corps-écoles des Officiers Canadien), he opted in early 1942 for active service with the 2nd Field Regiment, RCA. CÉOC was the Quebec equivalent of the COTC programme.

In July of that year Lt Beaudry married Airi Elsa Meri-Kallie of Finland. By January 1943 he had completed his course at the Canadian Army Officers Training Center, Brockville, Ontario and then proceeded to Camp Debert, NS to the A-23 Coast Defence and Anti-Aircraft Artillery Advance Training Center. In early 1944 he was briefly back in Montreal before proceeding overseas.

During his further training in England, he was selected for flight training at the Elementary Flight School in Cambridge and at 43 Operational Training Unit, RAF Andover. Receiving his pilot’s wings 17 Jul 45 after the hostilities had ended, Capt. Beaudry was assigned to 666 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF supporting the occupational forces in NW Europe.

Back in Canada, Gerry became a Life Insurance manager. He applied for and became a US citizen by mid 1950s. He became a district manager for the Continental Casualty Insurance Company, living and working in Miami, Florida and San Mateo and Orange County, California. Captain Gerry Beaudry passed away in Huntington Beach and was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Orange County, California.

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Maj 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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Col RS (Bob) Billings RCAC

24 Jun 37-24 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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Capt 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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Maj EP (Eric) Bishop RCEME

5 Aug 22-23 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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Capt CK (Keith) Bisset CIntC

24 Nov 24–22 Jul 18

Rivers Manitoba June '59

Canadian Army Aviation’s most senior Army pilot (to the best of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Army Aviation’s Website’s collective knowledge) took his Last Flight in Ottawa ON at Perley Rideau Veteran’s Health Care Center 22 Jul 2018, at the age of 93. Capt CK (Keith) Bisset was the only CIntC pilot in the Canadian Army/Canadian Armed Forces. He was a qualified glider and powered flight fixed wing aircraft pilot, having most recently undertaken refresher/conversion training on the Cessna L-19 Birddog and graduating with LAPC 26 10 Aug 1959 at CJATC, Rivers Camp, MB. He was also a qualified Parachutist.

Keith will be remembered as a brave and free spirit, always up for an adventure and often took-on exciting and potentially dangerous missions during his various roles in the military (quote from Keith’s obituary in the 28 Jul 18 Ottawa Citizen).

A private service in celebration of his life will be held at Eden Cemetery in Cambray ON (no date published).

Rest in peace up there in the big hangar in the sky Keith with all your fellow Army aviators who have preceded you. You are surely most deserving of that rest.

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Maj BD (Barry) Blair RCE

30 Sep 31-3 Aug 21


Barry was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He was an RMC graduate of the Class of 54 in Civil Engineering. Commissioned in the Royal Canadian Engineers, his very first posting took him to Korea as part of Canada's contribution of peacekeepers after the armistice had been signed by the belligerents the previous year.

He returned safely to Canada, completed his BSc at Queens University before being posted to the RCE School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, BC. Always interested in aviation, Barry obtained his private pilot's licence while there and indulged his passion by purchasing a Luscombe 8F aircraft.

He managed to convince his RCE masters and completed his Army pilots' training at the Brandon Flying Club and Rivers, Manitoba, graduating on LAPC Course 23 in Aug 58. Then in 1960, Captain Blair received his helicopter qualification with the US Army at Camp Wolters, Texas and Fort Rucker, Alabama.

There being no flying positions available on his return to Canada, he was posted to Montreal and a Works detachment. While there, he kept up his fixed wing continuation flying in a rented Beech V-tail Bonanza and also occasionally acted as the personal pilot of General Rockingham, GOC of Quebec Command.

Barry next returned to B.C. as the Adjutant of the School in Chilliwack. He managed to maintain proficiency on continuation flying and instructing at the Chilliwack Flying Club. In 1963-65 he attended the two-year staff college course in Kingston and still managed to find the time to obtain a multi-engine rating and did some moon light charters for the Kingston Flying Club. After Kingston, Major Blair was posted to Gagetown to command the RCE's 2 Field Squadron. 1 AOP Troop allowed him occasional access to their L-19 aircraft.

He separated from the Army in January 66 and joined the Federal Department of Transport. He began his 10 years in the Civil Service as a construction engineer and ended as Director General Air Navigation Systems. As Deputy Director General, Civil Aeronautics from 1979 to 1983 his responsibilities included airport standards and regulations, air carrier standards and certification, pilot training and licensing, airworthiness, including construction and maintenance, aviation medicine, accident investigation and the operation of 100 fixed and rotary wing aircraft fleet.

As Director General Air Navigation Systems, Transport Canada 83-89, Barry managed the vast and complex Canadian Air Navigation System, one of the world's largest. The organization consisted of 6000 employees, including air traffic controllers, flight service specialists, pilots, electronics engineers, technicians and others. DOT (and later Transport Canada) insisted Blair maintain a current Airline Transport Rating, allowing him to continue flying the Department's Jet Rangers and other aircraft, including their Bombardier 601 Challenger jet.

Prior to leaving Transport Canada, Blair was tasked by the Minister of Transport to study the Air Navigation System which was in need of considerable new financing to upgrade their facilities. Barry recommended to take the ANS out of the Department and form a not-for-profit corporation. The government of the day agreed and Nav Canada was eventually born 1 Nov 96.

In 1989 he established his own firm, Blair Consulting Services, Inc. specializing in aviation consulting services. His work involved both national and international assignments for governments and industry in the fields of air navigation systems, airports, civil aviation regulations, organizational issues, training and marketing of aviation related products. For his tireless efforts, he received an International Civil Aviation Organization Director's Award of Achievement "for his outstanding work to improve the safety and efficiency of international civil aviation". Also in 1990, the Board of Directors of National Transportation Week presented him with the National Award of Achievement for "innovative initiatives which have brought about significant and lasting benefits to transportation in Canada".

Major Barry Douglas Blair passed away 3 Aug 21 at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa. A private burial service and celebration of his life will take place with the immediate family at a later date. A full obituary was published in the Ottawa Citizen 14 Aug 2021.

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LtCol DW (David) Blyth RCA

16 Jul 16-11 Jan 84


David Wilson Blyth was born in Regina to Scottish immigrant parents. He entered Royal Military College in 1935 and graduated 1939 to be one of the earlier members of the Canadian Active Service Force.

Reporting overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery, he would have served in the Italian Campaign before returning to the UK having been selected for pilot training.

Prior to his aviation training he met and married Patricia Blanche Williams on 15 Sep 1943. He received his wings on Course 37 and in Dec 1944 was promoted Major and given command of 664 Sqn.

He had the priviledge and competence to command the Sqn throughout the 18 months of continuous operations in England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. After VE Day, 664 continued operations in support of the occupying forces until the unit's disbandment 31 May 1946.

After 3 years at home with his war bride and new family, he was once again in the UK on staff of the Canadian Army Liaison, London from Jan 1950 until returning to Canada Apr 1953 with his wife and five daughters.

LtCol Blyth served the CF until taking his release in 1965. From there he served in the Diplomatic Corps of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

He once again returned to the UK and passed away in Exeter, Devon at the age of 67 in 1984. Most of the family returned to Canada with his wife Patricia residing in Ottawa in 1998 and passed away there in 2003.

BLYTH, David, Wilson (LtCol, RCA Retired), On Wednesday, January, 11, 1984 at Exeter, England. Beloved husband of Pat; loving father and father-in-law of Susan and Richard Perren, Sally and David, Saxe, Carol and Bryan Finlay, Molly and David Glassco, Jane and Geoffrey O'Brian and son Sam. Dear grandfather of Max, Bianca and Henry Perrin, Emily and Megan Saxe, Molly and Charles Finlay, Bridget and Clare Glassco, Patrick and Kate O'Brien. Fondly remembered by brothers James and Alan and stepmother Freda.

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Capt DW (Doug) Boettcher RCA

6 Jun 28-2 May 62

Killed in L-19 aircraft accident, Arnsberg, Germany

In memory of Captain Douglas William Boettcher
May 2, 1962, Arnsberg, Germany

Military Service:
Service Number: ZL9658
Age: 33
Force: Army
Unit: 3rd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Additional Information:
Born: June 6, 1928 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Enlistment: May 8, 1951 Patricia Bay, British Columbia
Son of William and Jessie Boettcher of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Husband of Isabella. Father of Allan, Barry and Collin.

Commemorated on Page 117 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.

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LtCol RR (Buzz) Borland RCA

16 May 22-5 Sep 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 JGHR (Buzz/Roger) Bourdon INF

14 Sep 34–28 Oct 85


Died in Greenfield Park QC and buried in the Cimitiere de St-Bruno de Montarville

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Maj CG (Gord) Bristowe RCAC

20 Mar 36-29 Feb 88


Major (retired) Lord Strathcona's Horse, Cosmo Gordon M.V.O., CD at 52 years in Vancouver 29 Feb 88.

Equerry to Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the Assistant Director of Administration and Funding for The Royal Ontario Museum. Gordon is fondly remembered by family, friends and the Community of Christ Church Cathedral.

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LtCol WA (Wayne) Brocklehurst INF

11 Sep 41-6 Oct 10


Wayne was born in Montreal and received his first taste of the military in The Black Watch Cadet Corps, and then in the Canadian Grenadier Guards (Militia). After completing High School in 1960, he enrolled in the Canadian Army (Regular) and successfully completed the Officer Candidate Programme at the the Royal Canadian School of Infantry at Camp Borden, ON. Commissioned as a 2Lt in The Canadian Guards, his first field posting was with their 2nd Battalion at Camp Petawawa in 1961. Subsequently, he was attached posted to The Guards’ 1st Battalion in Soest, Germany in October 1962 as augmentation for the ‘Cuban Crisis’. Wayne stayed with the 1st Battalion as they were on a normal rotation back to Canada in December of that year. He spent a year with them in Camp Picton as a platoon commander.

In early 1964, Lt Brocklehurst successfully completed the RCAF aircrew selection process and joined 5 other Army officers for ab initio flying training on the Chipmunk aircraft at RCAF Station Centralia, ON. In the spring, his course (now down to 4 candidates) proceeded to Rivers, Manitoba for their Army Pilot training on L-19 and L182 aircraft at the Army Aviation Tactical Training School (AATTS) at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre (CJATC). Wayne successfully completed the Light Aircraft Pilot Course (LAPC #38) and was awarded the coveted Army Aviation Flying Badge 21 Aug 64. By Christmas of that year, he completed his Rotary Wing training at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit, also situated at Rivers.

For the next 5 years, Captain Brocklehurst had a hectic and varied flying career. Immediately after his helicopter training, he completed the Fixed Wing Instructors Course on the L-19 in Jan 65 and started instructing students (including Joe Oakley on LAPC 41). During that summer he flew a few months for the Army HQ Training and Liaison Flight at Uplands, ON piloting their L182s. During the fall and winter, he was back instructing at Rivers until spending 4 months at 3 FTS at RCAF Station Portage la Prairie to undertake the Multi-engine Conversion and Instrument Rating Course. Wayne remained at Rivers until Jun 67 doing periodic instructing and liaison-type missions including spending the summer of 66 towing gliders at the Regional Air Cadet Glider School at Red Deer, AB. Somehow, he managed to find time while stationed at Rivers to qualify as a parachutist.

Jun 67 saw Wayne being posted to Winnipeg and the Air Navigation School where he flew the C-47 Dakotas for one year. In Aug 68 he reported to St Hubert, QC, qualified on the CC-115 Buffalo aircraft at the OTU and was posted to 429 Tactical Transport Squadron, until ending his ‘flying days’ at St Hubert by Christmas 1969.

Upon integration of the Forces 1968-69, Wayne opted to remain an infantryman rather than accept the 32A Pilot classification. From St Hubert, Wayne returned to the 2nd Battalion, The Canadian Guards at Petawawa. Prior to the Battalion being reduced to nil strength, in the summer of 1970 Wayne was instrumental in the organization of the final ceremonies. He carried the Queen’s Colours during their last Trooping the Colour Ceremony on Parliament Hill and deposited those Colours in Government House.

Overnight The Guards Battalion became the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment with Wayne as the adjutant. He next was seconded to the United Nations in New York for a period before becoming a Company Commander with the 3rd Mechanized Commando in Baden, Germany circa 1973-75. From there, he was privileged to attend the 46- week Australia Command and Staff College course conducted at the Australian Defence College, Weston Campus in suburban Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

In 1979 Wayne was at the Directorate Land Requirements at NDHQ covering a NATO weapons desk. Concurrently he was commanding the “Changing the Guard” tasking. He reorganized the previous ‘public duties detachment’ to become the Ceremonial Guard that exists today. By the summer of 81, he had organized, recruited and equipped the Ceremonial Guards’ Band. He only managed to appreciate his final creation for a few short weeks before being promoted to Lt Col and posted to Gagetown as the Base Administrative Officer. Wayne’s final assignment was back in Petawawa as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

Lt Col Brocklehurst retired from the Forces in 1985 and became a director with Emergency Planning and Preparedness Canada until 2009. In his 69th year, he passed away at his home in Toronto following a challenging struggle with cancer. His ashes are interred at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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LtCol DR (Dave) Brown INF

Mar 44–22 Dec 14


After a full life where he never "worked" a single day, LCol (Ret'd) David R Brown aka The Silver Fox passed away peacefully at home with family on Dec 22nd in Toronto. Predeceased by his loving wife Lynne (2001) and brother Bruce (1984), he is survived by his son Christopher, daughter-in-law Marisol and grandson Connor.

LCol (Ret’d) Brown served Canada for over 30 years first as an Infantry officer in the Canadian Guards and RCR, then in the RCAF first flying fighter jets and then tactical helicopters and fulfilling numerous roles domestically and internationally on behalf of NATO, the UN and others.

His final flying tour was as the Commanding Officer of 427 Tac Hel Sqn in Petawawa, ON. After the military, he was a flight instructor for Bombardier's NATO Flying Training school in Moose Jaw and an evaluation pilot for CAE of Montreal, developing flight simulators and training for militaries worldwide.

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Lt WS (Bill) Brown RCASC

10 Mar 27-16 Apr 13

Lt. Brown enrolled in the Canadian Army during the closing stages of WW2. In 1952 he saw action serving in Korea as the Commanding Officer of #38 Motor Ambulance Company.

Returning to Canada, he served in 2 Coy RCASC as i/c Supply Depot RCAF Station North Bay, then moved to Borden as the Administration Officer of the newly formed 15 Coy RCASC.

Bill was next posted to Rivers, Manitoba and earned his pilots' wings on Austers, L-19s and Bell helicopters. In 1956 he proceeded to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for H-19 and H-37 Sikorsky training, after which he was attach posted for two years to a US Army aviation unit in Fort Benning, Georgia for experience on large, transport helicopters.

He returned to Camp Borden in 1958 and shortly after took his release. He continued rotary wing flying in civilian life, mostly with Ontario Hydro.

Lt. Brown passed away 16 Apr 13 at the Dufferin Oaks Home, Shelburne, Ontario age 86.

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Capt GW (Garry) Brownrigg RCASC

15 Feb 32-2 Jul 13

Passed away in Kelowna, BC. The only son of Dr. Garrett and 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, N.L. to Kelowna, B.C., 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 and Patrick Brownrigg; son Geoffrey (Karen), granddaughters Megan, Julia, and Kimberly Brownrigg; son Chris (June), grandsons Bryan and David Brownrigg; granddaughters Jessica and Sarah, the daughters of his only daughter Heather who predeceased him in 2006. Also his sisters: Ann (Bill) Church of Barrie, Ont., and Lynn Spracklin of St. John’s, N.L.; sisters-in-law: Athol (Frank) Toth of Victoria, B.C., and Elaine Jeffery of Dartmouth, N.S. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, B.C. Immediately following the service, interment was held at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Maj JR (Jim) Brubaker RCASC

17 Jan 28-8 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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Col GW (Gord) Bruce RCEME

Dec 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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Capt. JRSJ (Jim) Brunette RCASC

3 Apr 31 – 16 Feb 16


Jim was one of a number of RCAF pilots who came into the Army in the early 60s. He did his ‘brown apprenticeship’ serving at the Royal Canadian Army Service Corp School in Camp Borden 1961-62. Promoted Captain in 63, he served with 5 Coy RCASC in Quebec City as the Camp S&TO Valcartier. He went on to receive his Army wings graduating from a special Light Aircraft Pilot Course conducted at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba 12 Nov 63 – 3 Feb 64. Immediately following, Jim completed his rotary wing training at the BHTU

Capt. Brunette left the military shortly after and pursued a career in commercial flying, mostly in Quebec. He retired with his wife Suzanne (Gilot) in the Chicoutimi-Lac St Jean area where Jim passed away in Feb 2016.

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Maj WK (Buck) Buchanan RCA

20 Jan 15-13 Sep 07


Buchanan, William Kent (Buck) Major – 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 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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Capt GC (Gerry) Buck INF

11 Aug 33-17 Nov 06

BUCK - Gerald Charles Peacefully on November 17, 2006. Gerald Charles Buck of North Vancouver, aged 73 years. Predeceased by his parents, Helen and Stanley of Pasadena, California; brother Darrell of San Francisco, California. He is lovingly remembered and will be forever missed by his son, Graham (Rosalee Brooks) of West Vancouver; daughter Janet (David Smith) of Nelson, BC.; grandchildren Adraon and Tribly Buck, Ava Brooks. Dearly missed by his many other friends and neighbours who he cared for greatly, and by his special companion Duparquet.

Gerry served his country proudly in the military starting from his service in the Reserve Army in the Seaforth Highlanders in 1951, as a Radio Officer in the RCAF in 1953 while flying in Lancasters and Cansos on Search and Rescue on the west coast and finally as a Infantry Officer in the Regular Army with the Black Watch RHC in 1956. He qualified as an Army pilot in 1964 and after a tour in Cyprus in 1967 Gerry flew with the RCAC Helicopter Troop in Germany in 1969. He worked for Transport Canada in Ottawa after retirement from the Armed Forces until his return to British Columbia.

Gerry was a graduate of Queens University, he also attended the University of New Brunswick, UBC, and the California Western School of Law. An avid rugby fan he could be seen regularly attending the Capilano Rugby Club games for many years. A Celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 in North Vancouver, BC.

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Maj CF (Chuck) Burant RCA

28 Jun 30-26 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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SSgt PA (Paul) Camilleri INF

14 Feb 21 Malta-1 Apr 98 Malta

Image source: PPCLI Archives, album C70-5.2.

(Paul) Alexander Camilleri was born on the island nation of Malta. He served the early years of WW2 with The King’s Own Malta Regiment before joining the RAF in Torquay, Devon in Sep 1942. He completed pilot training in Canada at 34 Elementary Flying Training School, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan 12 Nov 43. Assigned to Bagotville, Quebec in 1944, he flew regional air defense missions with #1OTU. He returned to the KOMR and finished his wartime service in Italy.

In 1947 he returned to Canada and enrolled in the Canadian Army. He was trained as a paratrooper and as a glider pilot serving at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center, Rivers, Manitoba. The rest of his career was with the PPCLI, serving 57-61 as a SSgt with 2 PPCLI in Edmonton and as SSgt in Edmonton and with 1 PPCLI 1963 until his retirement in 1966.

He returned to Malta and passed away in 1998.

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Capt CE (Chuck) Campbell RCA

29 May 15-11 Nov 87

Educated at U of A, resided in Edmonton and founded STAMCO (Specialty Tools & Manufacturing Co.) in 1949. Passed-away 11 Nov 87 while on a trip to Victoria BC.

On November 11, 1987 Charles E Campbell age 72, passed away at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia. He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Susan DeMarchi and husband Gino, son Charles and wife Yolanda, son Gregor and wife Linda-Mae, son John and wife lily, daughter Heather and son Peter, ten grandchildren, Cole, Matthew, Stevens, Jane, Lindsey, Joanna, Charles, Parker, Jenna and Dana. Memorial services were held in Victoria.

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LtCol WR (Bill) Campbell RCAC

28 Jun 31-26 Mar 06


CAMPBELL, Lt.Col. William CD Peacefully Sunday March 26th, 2006. Lt.Col. William (Bill) Campbell age 75 years. Beloved husband of the late Gisele Amyot. Bill was a proud Canadian, who served his country with honour. The military was a life he loved. He has left behind his cherished children that he was so proud of, his son Brenton (Vars) and his daughter Connie-Lee Thomlison (nee Campbell), her husband Tim and his loving grandchildren Sydney and Tanner (Edmonton).

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Capt FAH (Hugh) Carbery RCA

25 Sep 14–29 May 74


Frederick Arthur Hugh Carbery was born in Winnipeg, raised in Duncan, B.C., and lived in Victoria since 1946. He served overseas in WW II with the 62nd Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery and later qualified as an Air Observation Pilot and served with 666 (AOP) Squadron, RCAF.

After the war, Hugh was an insurance broker for 28 years with the Dominion Life Assurance Co., the last four years as their branch manager in Victoria. He resigned from management in 1966 to devote himself to other interests, while continuing to serve his clients and friends on Vancouver Island. He also owned a Dairy Queen franchise and found time to be a long-time member of the Uplands Golf and Ski Club in Victoria.

He passed away after a long illness at Royal Jubilee Hospital, survived by his wife Vivian and three sons, Bryan, Brent and Brock. There was a private cremation.

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Maj FS (Ace) Card RCA



Faustino Stanley Card emigrated to Canada from Mexico with his mother in 1925, destination Simcoe, Ontario.

In the early stages of World War II, he was taken on strength with the Anti-Tank Artillery. He transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment and served as a Platoon Commander throughout Italy and North West Europe.

Placed on the Retired List (Central Command) at war’s end, he was later taken on strength of 15th Field Regiment, RCA as a Lieutenant in Oct 1948. Promoted Captain in March 50, he was assigned to the Canadian Army Special Forces in September of that year and joined 2nd Regiment, RCHA for their year of United Nations duty in Korea.

In Canada he served with the Regiment in Winnipeg before completing Light Aircraft Pilot Course #25 in Brandon and Rivers, Manitoba. He would go on to serve with 1 Air OP Flight as a Maj and to serve with 3 RCHA in Germany. In 1967 he was assigned to UNTSO, Palestine. On his return he was posted to Nanaimo, BC where Ace served with the HQ Pacific Region and the Provincial Warning Center until retiring in 1971.

Maj Ace Card passed away in 1977 and is interred in the Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe, Ontario.

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Capt AD (Al) Carpenter RCA

10 Apr 12-21 Jan 87

"On the 17th October 1943 Lt. Carpenter was attached to the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment as a Forward Observation Officer during the first assault on the enemy position of SAN STEFANO. In the course of the engagement, Number 13 Platoon suffered heavy casualties. Lieutenant Carpenter, unable to observe from his Observation Post, went forward to a point within 80 yards of the enemy positions. Here, under enemy small arms fire at short range, he observed the enemy posts and succeeded in bringing down accurate artillery fire on the positions. This Officer's determination, coolness and skill contributed greatly to the subsequent successful re-engagement and capture of the enemy positions, thereby enabling the Platoon to continue its advance."

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Capt NE (Bud) Carr RCASC

09 May 24-7 Jan 03

Norton Edgar Carr was born into a large Hamilton, Ont family with 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Leaving home at 18 years old, he enlisted in the RCAF Nov 42 and graduated as an Airframe Mechanic at St. Thomas in 43. He served with 11 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron which operated from Dartmouth, NS and Torbay, NFLD engaged in anti-submarine duties.

At the end of hostilities, Bud was discharged in Oct 45, but re-enlisted in the RCASC in Aug 1950 in time to serve with 54 Field Ambulance Coy in Korea 51-52.

Returning to Canada, he became a valued instructor at the RCASC School's Apprentice Training Coy rising in rank from Corporal to Sergeant by 1954. In 1955 Bud was commissioned from the ranks and remained at Borden with 4 Tpt Coy RCASC until being accepted for pilot training in 1958.

After his direct RW pilot training was successfully completed at Camp Wolters, Texas and Fort Rucker, Alabama by mid 1959, he was posted to the 90th US Army Medium Helicopter Company in Fort Knox, Kentucky flying H-34s and H-37s. Captain Carr returned to Canada in June 1960 and undertook fixed wing conversion on the L-19 at Rivers, Manitoba, graduating in Jan 61.

With no pilot positions readily available, Bud was posted to 5 Coy RCASC in Quebec and ran the Detail Issue Depot at Valcartier 1962-63. But in June 63 he finally received a staff pilot position flying Cessna 182-L aircraft with the Army Headquarters' Training and Liaison Flight, Rockcliffe. The very next year he was attached as a Canadian member to the International Commission for Supervision and Control - Laos in Vientianne where he maintained flying proficiency on H-34 helicopters.

In 1965 he returned to his previous position at the T&L Flight, now stationed at Uplands. On integration of the Forces, the Flight was absorbed by 412 Transport Sqn. Bud remained as the Chief Cessna Pilot until a final posting to D Mov, CFHQ in 1969 as Tasking Officer for Transport Command passenger aircraft.

Captain Bud Carr retired in 1971, and passed away suddenly in Jan 2003 in his 79th year. He is buried along side his parents and other family members in Waterdown Union Cemetery, Waterdown (Hamilton) Ontario.

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Col AK (Bert) Casselman RCAC

17 Mar 23-26 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 DE (Dale) Cavanagh RCASC

19 Oct 42 - 18 Oct 74

Dale Edward Cavanagh (frequently spelled as Cavanaugh) was a 1963 graduate of the Officer Candidate Program. He served in 1 Transport Company RCASC with the Brigade in Germany before being selected for pilot training. During the transition phase of the Force's integration, Dale's training included the Tutor and T-33 aircraft. After completing his rotary wing qualification he was posted to 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron in Ottawa. Dale was killed when the first of the Forces' CH-147 Chinooks he was delivering crashed in Pennsylvania.

Military Service:
Service Number: ZM12770
Age: 31
Force: Air Force
Unit: 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron
Citation(s): Canadian Forces Decoration

Additional Information:
Born: October 19, 1942 Hardisty, Alberta
Enlistment: October 16, 1961 Calgary, Alberta
Son of James and Pauline Cavanaugh. Husband of Carol Cavanaugh and father of Angela and Kevin of Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 160 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.

Burial Information:
Cemetery: HARDISTY CEMETERY ; Alberta, Canada
Grave Reference: Lot 9, Section 25-42-10-W4

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Lt WRB (Dick) Chaplin RCASC

1 Sep 27-9 Jun 56

LT Wallace Richard Byrans Chaplin

BIRTH 1 Sep 1927 Lethbridge, Lethbridge Census Division, Alberta, Canada DEATH 9 Jun 1956 Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada BURIAL Beechmount Cemetery Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada PLOT Grave 17, Plot 223 MEMORIAL ID 164154652 MEMORIAL PHOTOS 0 FLOWERS 1 Lieutenant Chaplin was one of two Canadian Army officers killed in the crash of their Cessna L-19 Bird Dog (#16708) aircraft. Major Thomas James O’BRENNAN also perished in this aircraft accident.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial- Military Service:-
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: ZM5629
Age: 28
Force: Canadian Army
Unit: Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Division: Canadian Joint Air Training Centre

Citation(s): War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

Additional Information:-
During the Second World War he enlisted on 19 Sept 1944 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Son of Basil and the late Mary (née Summer) Chaplin of Edmonton, Alberta; husband of Therise Rita Lucienne (née Loiselle) Chaplin of Rivers, Manitoba, Canada; brother of Frances and Ramona.

Lieutenant Wallace Richard Byrans Chaplin is commemorated on Page 72 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance

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Capt WG (Bill) Charland RCASC

10 May 24–6 Nov 13


Still in his teens, William Gilbert volunteered for Active Service 1941-45. After demobilization, he tried to settle into civilian life in Ottawa working for Clark Dairies for a few years. Missing the military life, he re-enlisted in the RCASC. By 1951 he was a Sergeant serving in 11 Company, RCASC, Vancouver. Promoted S/Sgt, he was posted to Regina, Sask to 12 Coy, RCASC and remained in their workshop section until being selected for officer training in 1953 and sent to Camp Borden, Ontario.

In 1955, Lt Charland successfully completed pilot training at the Brandon Flying Club and CJATC, Rivers graduating in Nov 1955. He remained at Rivers, qualifying on the H5 helicopter before being chosen for a two year tour with the RCN’s HU 21 Sqn at HMCS Shearwater, NS.

Returning to the Army, he was employed as a supernumerary officer in Halifax with 6 Coy RCASC before rejoining the aviation community in Rivers as an instructor on the H5 and CH 112 helicopters.

When the Army purchased the CH 113A Voyageurs in 1964, Capt. Charland was appointed as one of the first instructors with the Transport Helicopter Training Unit that was later absorbed into 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon, RCASC. In the summer of 1966 when the unit split with a detachment going to Namao, Alberta and the other to St. Hubert, Quebec, Captain Charland went west and the following year (Canada’s Centennial) was one of the pilots searching for the Franklin Expedition on King William Island.

After the Forces integrated, Bill left the ‘Army’ environment but continued in the rotary wing world as a Search and Rescue pilot on the west coast at CFB Comox with 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron until his retirement.

Captain Charland passed away in Calgary in 2013 and his wife of 68 years, Dorothy, died Jan 2019. Their ashes were ceremoniously spread over the Georgia Straits on the east coast of Vancouver Island by 442 Squadron May 2019.

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WO2 HS (Harry) Chatry INF

2 Apr 26–23 Apr 18


Harry Stephen was born in Delisle, Saskatchewan. Having a spirit of adventure, he joined the Canadian Army 12 April 1945 and was posted to Vernon, British Columbia to become part of the Pacific Force. The Second World War ended before he was posted overseas and he elected to remain in the Permanent Force. He was assigned to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba in January 1946 and was promoted to Corporal in 1947. He was posted to Currie Barracks in Calgary in 1947 and made Company Orderly Sergeant. When the

Regiment went Airborne in 1948, Corporal Chatry was chosen for Glider pilot training and was sent to the Royal Canadian Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and then to Rivers, Manitoba for flight training. He graduated from the #1 Glider Pilot's Course in 1949 and returned to Rivers to join Glider Flight and instruct other pilots. Promoted to Sergeant in the early 50s, he closed Glider Flight in 1955 and returned to Calgary where he was appointed Acting Company Quartermaster of A Company, Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1956 Chatry was posted to Camp Borden as Small Arms Instructor. Posted back to the Second Battalion in 1964 he joined Reconnaissance Platoon and after a jump injury was attached to the Loyal Edmonton Regiment for almost a year. Returning to the Regiment in 1965 Warrant Officer Chatry was posted to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade in Germany as Brigade Sergeant Major. Later that same year he was transferred to the First Battalion and posted to Hemer, Germany where he was in charge of C Company and then Headquarters Company. When the First Battalion rotated back to Canada, Warrant Officer Chatry stayed in Germany with the Second Battalion, later returning to the First Battalion now stationed at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta in 1968. After working at Regimental Headquarters for a year, Harry Chatry retired from the military in 1969.

Upon his retirement, he and his wife Hope settled in Chilliwack, BC. Together they created a new and successful work chapter as a real estate duo, known as the ‘Team’. They also owned several successful Chilliwack businesses.

Thereafter, he and Hope took up singing with the Heritage Singers, bringing joy to many retirement homes in the region.

Harry passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 2018. He is survived by his son Gordon (wife Pamela), daughter Leslie (husband Ken), many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Velma Leys (husband Martin).

Harry was predeceased by his wife Hope and his daughter Sharron. The family expresses sincere gratitude to Laara Kayler for her care for Harry.

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Maj RW (Ross) Christensen RCAC

31 Mar 40-12 May 20


Ross was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, the youngest of four sons of the late Parley and Mary Christensen. He spent most of his childhood in Calgary where he attended Central Collegiate and excelled in athletics. Ross graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a BA under the auspices of the Canadian Forces Regular Officer Training Plan.

Lieutenant Christensen was commissioned as an Armoured Corps officer in the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment. After a few years of armoured operations in tanks, he qualified as a pilot on both the L-19 Birddog and the CH-112 Hiller helicopter. His career involved several moves besides the scout helicopter assignment with the NATO forces in Germany. He completed the Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario, returned to the Regiment in Calgary and had a posting with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization in Israel and Syria. Ross completed his military service as a Major on staff assignment at National Defence Operations Centre in Ottawa.

As a civilian, Ross joined the Federal Government’s Treasury Board Secretariat as the program analyst reviewing Army and Air Force proposals. His 22 years in the Public Service included senior appointments in Defence, the Privy Council Office, Health and Welfare, Solicitor General and Public Works. Ross then spent 10 years as a government relations consultant for private and public sector clients.

Ross passed away in Ottawa 12 May 2020 and was survived by his companion Carole and a very large blended and extended family. A private memorial service was planned.

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Col WL (Bill) Claggett RCAC

28 Jun 37-3 Feb 12


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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Maj DH (Knobby) Clark RCA

1 Sep 31-19 Aug 21


Douglas Hawley Clark was born and raised in Ontario. At the tender age of 14 he joined the 33rd Medium Regiment in Cobourg, ON. Enjoying his time in uniform, he enrolled in the Regular Force at 20 years of age. He received his junior officer’s training at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery and was commissioned as a 2Lt in the RCA. He remained at Shilo learning the gunner trade and doing some instructing until Nov 53 when he joined 3 RCHA in Petawawa as a gun position officer. In 1954 2Lt Clark served in Korea as part of the peace keeping and monitoring force. He returned to Canada with 4 RCHA to Debert, NS.

His stay in the Maritimes was short lived as Knobby was selected for flying training, beginning in May 55 at the Brandon Flying Club in Manitoba. He successfully completed the ab initio phase and proceeded up the road to the Light Aircraft School at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers. He graduated with Course #15 on 24 Nov 55. November and December were two eventful months in the young officer’s life. He married 12 Nov, received his Wings 24 Nov, promoted Lt on 3 Dec and was posted to 2 Air OP Flight RCA in Shilo, Manitoba.

He remained with 2 Air OP Flight until the summer of 58 flying Austers in support of the RCSA, Shilo and the RCHA Regiment in Winnipeg. While still with 2 Air OP, Knobby received his helicopter transition in Fort Rucker, Alabama during the fall of 57, returning to Shilo in Feb 58.

At the end of that summer, Lt Clark did a month long on-job training at Winnipeg to be a public relations officer. He went on to graduate from the US Army PR School in Fort Slocum, NY before being posted to the Brigade in Germany. During this ground tour, he managed some continuation flying with the Brits and their Austers of 652 Sqn in Detmold, Germany.

As a Captain, Knobby was posted back to 2 RCHA in Winnipeg in the summer of 1960 and remained on regimental duties until February 1963. While in Winnipeg he managed to do his continuation flying at the Winnipeg Flying Club. From 2 RCHA, he was posted back to Shilo with 3 Air OP Troop. After the busy concentration exercises of 64, Captain Clark did a 6- month United Nations tour of duty in Cyprus, again managing to keep up his flying currency in Beirut.

A few months after returning to Canada and the Shilo Air OP Flight in the Spring of 65, Knobby joined five other Army pilots at the RCAF Training Command HQ in Winnipeg as the winds of integration began to blow. The following year and promotion to Major, Clark moved again, this time to Petawawa to command 4 Air OP Troop from Aug 66 until Jul 67. The “best years of my army career” came to an abrupt end when he was select to attend the US Marine Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.

Upon his return to Canada and a public relations position in Ottawa, Major Clark declined an offer of a helicopter posting to Gagetown, NB to provide stability for his growing children. He remained in Ottawa and the Public Relations field until retiring in 1978.

He and Barbara moved to Kingston, ON where Knobby worked for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission as the general manager of Old Fort Henry for 10 years. He was a volunteer at Fairfield House in Amherstview, serving on the executive and as a tour guide. He also became a 30-year member of the Garrison Golf and Curling Club.

Major Clark died peacefully, just shy of his 90th birthday. He was predeceased by his partner Barbara Mackay Macfarlane and leaves to mourn sons Robert, Richard and Steven and daughter Heather. As per his wishes, a private family service and internment has taken place.

A full obituary was published in the Kingston Whig Standard Saturday, 28 Aug 21.

Major Clark’s ‘Air OP Reminiscences’ can be found in the Artillery section of our website.

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MWO CE (Ed) Clayton RCE

8 Dec 25-5 Dec 87

CLAYTON: Charles Edward (Chuck) late of Maple Ridge, B.C. born December 8, 1925 on Saturday, December 5, 1987 aged 61 years. Mr. Clayton served in the Royal Canadian Engineers for 25 years. Was a member of Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M. Prince David Lodge 101 and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88 Maple Ridge. Survived by his loving wife Alice, 2 sons, Michael, Edmonton; and Mark, Maple Ridge; 2 daughters, Monica and Maureen, both of Toronto, 2 brothers, Dennis, Surrey: and Gerald, Red Deer; 3 sisters, Carey Flett, Chilliwack; Monica Stannard, Seattle. Wa.; and Theresa Souter, Burnaby; several nieces and nephews.

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Maj LH (Butch) Colwell RCAC

28 Jun 36-30 Oct 86


Lauriston "Butch" H. Colwell began his Regular Force military career as a Sapper in the Royal Canadian Engineers, achieving the rank of Corporal before commencing officer training in Sep 60 through the Officer Candidate Programme (OCP). He trained at the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School (RCAC(S)) at Camp Borden ON, graduating from Phase One of the Course in Dec 60 as the top student. He was commissioned in due course as a 2Lt in the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) (8CH) Regiment after completing nine months of Armour training. In late 63 he was selected for Army Pilot training and commenced flying in early Jan 64 on Chipmunks at RCAF Station Centralia ON, successfully completing said training in May 64. From Centralia he proceeded to the Army Aviation Tactical Training School (AATTS) at CJATC, Rivers MB for advanced fixed-wing training on the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog commencing mid-May 64 and graduating in Aug 64 with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. He then underwent basic helicopter flying training at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit (BHTU) in Rivers, graduating as a qualified basic Rotary Wing (RW) pilot in Dec 64. It was back to AATTS once again end-Mar 65 for the two month RW Tactical Course after which, as a now fully qualified tactical helicopter pilot, Butch joined the Helicopter Troop of the 8CH Recce Sqn in 4 CIBG at Fort Chambly West Germany for a three year stint of duty. No finer attestation to his flying ability than glowing comments from some of his fellow recce pilots such as: "he was an excellent recce pilot because he had the remarkable skill to put himself into the right place and at the right time" and (this in addition from a legendary and accomplished fellow recce pilot and tactical RW instructor) "he was a very competent individual and one of the smoothest helicopter pilots I have ever flown with" could be given.

It is known that Butch did a subsequent tour of duty with 403 (HOT) Sqn in CFB Gagetown NB commencing in 1972, lasting in all likelihood, for three years. Butch retired from the Canadian Military to become an employee of Transport Canada in the Flight Safety field, in which he reportedly became a true expert. It was during a briefing he was giving on that very subject in Winnipeg 30 Oct 86 that he experienced a fatal heart attack that ended his short life at the young age of 50, leaving his wife Betty, family and so many friends and acquaintances to mourn. May he forever rest in peace knowing that he will not soon be forgotten by anyone who ever had the privilege of knowing and serving with this fine officer and gentleman.

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Maj JH (John) Cooper RCEME

19 Feb 26-24 Nov 90


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

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LtCol GC (Gordon) Corbould INF

2 Jun 1909-14 Jan 83


The Regiment was saddened to learn of the passing of Lieutenant-Colonel G. C. Corbould, DSO, OBE, ED in Bella Coola, B.C. on 14 January 1983. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould served in the Militia in the 1930's and went overseas in 1941 with the Westminster Regiment as a Lieutenant. In 1943 while serving as the Second-in-Command of the Irish Regiment of Canada in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the Westminster Regiment. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould led his Regiment in the assaults on the Gustav Line, the Hitler Line and in the Liri Valley battles. He was wounded during the assault on the Gothic Line but returned for the battles of the Lombardy Plains and the campaigns of Northwest Europe. In the Second World War he won the Distinguished Service Order, the United States Bronze Star and was Mentioned in Dispatches twice for courageous leadership and gallantry in action. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould emerged from retirement in 1950 to form, train and command the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia's Ca-nadian Light Infantry for the Korean War. He subsequently was ap-pointed as Commandant, 25th Brigade Reinforcement Group in Japan. In January 1951 he assumed command of the Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Korea and remained their Commanding Officer in Canada and Germany until 1958. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould retired in August 1960 having served in four regiments and in two wars.

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LCol AV (Vic) Coroy RCA

6 Aug 37-2 Apr 20


On Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the age of 82, Vic took his leave for blue skies and fair winds, a victim of Covid 19. He will be deeply missed by Patricia, his wife, best friend, travelmate and partner in so many things. Life will never be the same without him. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Lee-Anne (Chuck) and Liese as well as his stepson Ian (Becca) and stepdaughter Krista (Jeff). His grandsons Bob, Benjamin and Jacob will have fond memories of time spent with him. Predeceased by his brother Richard (Ingrid) he leaves behind his sister Jean (Jack), and brothers Reginald (Paulette), Frank (Simonne), Gary (Dona) and many nieces and nephews.

Vic and Pat had been in Africa on safari when the virus struck with a vengeance. They made their way back to Ottawa by the skin of their teeth before the borders began closing around them. In voluntary isolation, his health deteriorated by the day and by the tenth day he went to hospital and passed away two days later.

Vic had a full, exciting and successful life, serving Canada for 39 years in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Not only did his service take him right across Canada but he spent time in Germany, Italy, the UK, the USA, Norway, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. He enjoyed all the postings, all the challenges that he faced but his favourite by far was his time as an Air Observation Post Pilot.

Upon retiring Vic maintained his military affiliation, actively involved with the Conference of Defence Associations, the Canadian NATO Defence College Association, the North Atlantic Council, RUSI Vancouver, Air OP Pilots Association and the Ottawa Gunners. He made his mark in so many projects but one, most important to him was the Honour House in New Westminster, BC. His vision and drive provided the impetus to get it off the ground. More recently, his efforts and involvement in launching the Canadian Army Aviation website gave him much satisfaction.

On a personal level Vic was loved and admired by friends and family, old and new. He enjoyed being out on the golf course, would never refuse a chance to go flying, was a somewhat unique bridge player, loved a fine meal with his favourite folks, was an enthusiastic traveller and truly appreciated a single malt scotch. With that – raise a glass to Vic!

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the ACE Unit of Queensway Carleton who treated him with such care and respect right up to the end. It is hoped that a Celebration of Life can be held at a later date, arrangements to be made at Beechwood Cemetery.

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Capt SW (Stan) Cote RCAC

1930-29 Apr 23


Capt Stan passed away at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus) Ottawa ON 29 Apr 23 after many years battling with Prostate Cancer. He was 93.

Stan had a long, rewarding and productive life as a soldier, officer in the LdSH (RC), tank commander (Korean War) and Canadian Army/Canadian Forces Pilot. He was a Course Member of Light Aircraft Pilot Course 35, graduating at CJATC Rivers, MB Jul 63 with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. After qualifying as a basic helicopter pilot on the Hiller CH-112 at BHTU, he went on to receive tactical helicopter training at the Army Aviation Tactical Training School, also at Rivers, MB. From there, Stan joined the Armoured Regt in W Germany and flew as a valued member of the Armoured Regiment Helicopter Recce Troop for several years. Stan was well known in the Canadian Army Aviation field and good friends with so many of his fellow comrades in arms, in particular those associated with Canadian Forces aviation. He will be greatly missed and not soon forgotten, especially on the local Ottawa scene where he resided until his passing. Stan requested that there not be any service held or obituary published; however, it has been learned that his son-in-law Peter is writing a bio on him and that it will be forwarded to the Editorial Board of this site and shortly thereafter published in this spot. May Stan rest in peace as he has truly has earned it.


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BGen JA (Jim) Cotter RCA

Sep 32–17 Feb 21


Jim was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario on 16 September 1932. He passed away on February 17, 2021 in Victoria, BC.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Ellen (nee Scott), his children Jamie (Marie), and Jane (Glenn), his grandchildren Andrew and Douglas Cotter and Sara and Morgan Trites. He graduated from St Andrew's College and the University of Western Ontario (Waterloo College). He served in the Canadian Army from February 1952 to January 1988. He served overseas with NATO (3 tours), Arms Control Negotiations in Vienna, Austria (3 years) and with the UN on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus (2 years). In addition, in Canada he commanded 2" Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Gagetown, NB, 1st Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary, AB and the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston ON. He served in various Staff Appointments in Montreal and Ottawa. Jim attended the Canadian Army Staff College and the National Defense College.

On retirement he was employed by the Defense Science Advisory Board and was the Executive Director of the Canadian Biological and Chemical Defense Review Committee. In 1990 Jim and Ellen moved to Sydney BC. Here he became an involved volunteer. He served with the Federal Superannuates National Association as the Provincial Advocacy Officer for BC and as President of the Sidney and District Branch for twenty-two years, he was also on the Board of the Prostate Centre in Victoria, the Seniors' Hotline in Sidney and with the University of Victoria Dunsmuir Group.

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Maj CR (Chuck) Coutts RCASC

28 Nov 22-03 Feb 06


Charles Russell Coutts began his military career at the end of WWII. He completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps as a 2Lt in 1949. His initial assignment was as the adjutant of the Officer Training Wing of the RCASC School in Camp Borden, Ontario.

In 1953 he was selected for, and successfully completed light aircraft pilot training at the Brandon Flying Club and at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. He received his helicopter qualification with the US Army in Fort Wolters, Texas.

With no cockpit seats yet available in Canada, Chuck went back working for 10 Coy RCASC, Winnipeg where he was employed as the Supply and Transport Detachment commander in Camp Shilo. Still out west, he next served with 13 Coy RCASC in Calgary and Edmonton.

Promoted Major in the fall of 64, he returned to the RCASC School as the Officer Commanding the Admin Wing and later became the 2 i/c of the HQ Coy until the demise of the RCASC and the stand-up of the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics. Like a number of his fellow RCASC pilots, Chuck opted to serve out his career within the Logistics Branch.

Major Coutts retired to Brampton, Ontario where he passed away in 2006. He was survived by his wife Kathryn (Blizzard), son David and daughter Susan (Marlow) and their families. He was interred at the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, Saint Catharines, Ontario.

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Maj JC (Clint) Cowen RCAC

20 Apr 23–11 Sep 81


John Clinton was born in Calgary in 1923 to an American father and a Scottish born mother. He began his military career in the latter stages of WWII in the RCAF taking flying training. Immediately post war he continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Physical Education from Carleton University in Ottawa and was the school’s athlete of the year 1948. While there he also served on the student’s council as the athletics representative. Later, and while still serving in the military, Cowen returned to his Alma Mater and obtained a BA in Journalism. It was also in Ottawa that Clint met and married Margaret Mary McGoey 24 Dec 1948.

In the following year it appears he completed officers training at Camp Borden, commissioned as a Lt in the Lord Strathcona's Horse and was posted to their home station in Calgary. Probably due to his RCAF background, Clint was selected for the Light Aircraft Pilots course #3. The ab initio training was conducted at the Brandon Flying Club Jul through Nov 51 and the army aviation phase at the Light Aircraft School in Rivers, Manitoba mid Nov to early Mar 52.

Barely home one month from his flying training, Lt Cowen joined the Regiment's B Squadron for their year long deployment to Korea 52-53. In 1954 he embarked upon a one year assignment at the Royal Armoured Corps Centre at Bovington Camp, Wareham, Dorset. Margaret and their three children accompanied Clint to the UK.

Back in Canada at the home station in Calgary, Clint resumed regimental duties as a Captain. It was during this period that Cowen deployed to Nevada with other troops of the Strathcona’s and QOR of C to partake in the infamous Desert Rock Nuclear Tests in Nevada.

In 1959 he attended the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College course conducted at Fort Queenscliff, Victoria. He and Margaret returned to Calgary in 1960 as Clint became the editor of the Regimental newsletter ‘The Strathconian’ for a year.

In 1961 he was a member of the newly reorganized Recce Sqn during their year-long deployment on UN Duties in Egypt. On his return to Canada in 62, he was posted to Ottawa at Army Headquarters serving the GS Branch in the Directorate in the Directorate of Military Training. Promoted to Major in the fall of 62, Clint remained at AHQ until mid-65 when he and family once again crossed the Atlantic where Clint was to serve two years at the UK War Office in London.

The family once again established in Ottawa and Maj Cowen did a peacekeeping tour in Cyprus before returning to the new CFHQ in the Directorate of Reserves. In 1968-69 he was with the NSAWS in Carp, Ontario. He terminated his military career back at CFHQ at their Command Post in the mid-1970s.

Once out of uniform, Clint and Margaret went off to Finland, purchased a new 32 foot motor-sailer and spent 2 years sailing around Europe. He returned to Ottawa with the boat via South America, the Caribbean and the Great Lakes. He then resumed his working life as a civilian assistant editor for various DND publications.

Major JC Cowen served in the Air Force, joined the Army and was ‘Captain’ in his own Navy living a fascinating, but all too short life. He passed away in Ottawa at 58 years old. Many believed his cancer was directly related to his exposure to the Nevada nuclear tests. He was survived by his wife Margaret, sons Bruce and Stuart and daughter Lorraine.

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Maj EF (Ted) Crease RCA

27 Apr 17-1 Dec 89


Edward Fraser Crease was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Dalhousie University in 1936 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he joined his father in the general insurance business. He served in WW2 with the Royal Canadian Artillery, trained as an Air Observation Pilot and at the end of hostilities, was discharged as a major.

He returned to the family business, helping to develop A.J. Bell and Grant Ltd. At the time of his death, he was the company chairman and president of Bell and Grant Agencies. He was also on the Bank of Canada board of directors, chairman of Halifax Dartmouth Industries Limited and served four terms as president of the Board of the Nova Scotia Insurance Underwriters. Ted served as director of the Canada Permanent Trust Company, Eastern Canada Savings and Loan Company, Gulf Canada Corporation, The Halifax Herald Limited, Maritime Finance Ltd., Eastern and Chartered Trust Ltd., Moffatt Bros Ltd., Dartmouth Free Press Ltd., Canada Trust Company and Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.

He was a past-president and campaign director of Halifax Cornwallis Progressive Conservative Association and long time fund raiser for the party and federal campaign director for Robert L Stanfield at the constituency level. As a council member of the Halifax Board of Trade, he became involved with the Halifax YMCA, Halifax Welfare Council, The United Appeal, NS Boys Scouts Association, Nova Scotia University Grants Committee and Halifax Protestant Infants Foundation. He was also the provincial chairman of the Canadian Red Cross and its Fund Raising Committee.

He was heavily involved in the local curling scene and found time to be a member of the Asburn Golf Club, The Saraguay Club, Waegwoitic Club, The Halifax Club, the City Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Mid Ocean Club, Bermuda.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, one son and four daughters.

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Cpl JN (John) Crewdson INF

15 May 26-26 Jun 83

Cpl. John N Crewdson, RCIC Glider Pilot
15 May 26-26 Jun 83

John was born in England and in 1946, at the age of 19, joined the Army and qualified as a light aircraft and glider pilot with the Glider Pilot Regiment. He married in 1948 and soon after was lured to Canada to become a founding member of the "Canadian Army Air Corps". After re-qualification in Canada, when it was revealed there was to be no such corps, he elected to return to England. He went on to fly his own helicopter before becoming an airline pilot while flying Meteor jets in the part-time Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 1953 he formed "Film Aviation Services Ltd" to become an actor, an aviation technical adviser for the cinema industry and a pilot in 70 plus films. His firm also recovered, rebuilt and flew a number of vintage aircraft, including Spitfires, Hurricanes and notably the three B-17s used in the Steve McQueen film 'The War Lover'.

Crewdson died in 1983 when his helicopter crashed on a sand bank off the Norfolk coast, reportedly during a seal seal count. He was 57 years old.

John Crewdson Filmography - IMDB: View Link

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Capt FPS (Frank) Cronk RCA

24 Nov 17-15 Jan 01


Image above right: Lieutenant Francis Stanley Windler-Cronk, R.C.A., son of the late Francis James Cronk, professor of Railway Engineering at McGill University, and Mrs. L.A. Roby, of Notre Dame de Grace, and his bride, who was Miss Margaret Cooper, Section Officer of the W.A.A.F., only daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Cooper, of Cleveleys, Lancashire, England, who were married at Brompton Oratory, Kensington, London, on the morning of June 1, The wedding reception was held at the Hotel Rembrandt, in London. Lieutenant Windler-Cronk went overseas last December.

Francis (Frank), a native Montrealer, received his education at the Jesuit's Loyola College (now part of Concordia University). He went Overseas with the RCA, saw action in the Italian Campaign and ended-up qualifying back in England in May 1945 as an Air Observation Post Pilot, ultimately serving with 666 Sqn.

While in England he married Margo (Margaret Cooper) in June 1943. Together they raised two sons and one daughter.

Returning to Montreal, Frank worked in the insurance and financial services field, retiring as a Vice President of Confederated Life Insurance Company of Canada. He passed away suddenly 15 Jan 2001 on the West Island of Montreal.

Note: Wings shown above were from Frank’s battledress blouse and kindly provided by his son Geoffrey Cronk.

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LtCol EG (Ted) Crosbie RCASC

Aug 23-6 Sep 03

In 1941 Ted enlisted in the Canadian Active Service Force at 18 years old. He would have seen service in NW Europe and remained on active duty at the end of hostilities. By 1948-49 he was Commissioned from the Ranks as a Lt. in the RCASC. The above data has not been verified.

In 1951 he was assigned to the Corps Training Company of the RCASC School. The following year he was promoted Captain and joined 54 Tpt Coy on their return to Borden from Korea. Ted became the unit’s 2 I/C and then Composite Platoon Commander preparing the Company for the upcoming move to the CIBG in Germany. By the fall of 53 the unit replaced 55 Tpt Coy and was well established in the Soest area and renumbered as 2 Tpt Coy, RCASC.

Captain Crosbie returned to Canada at the end of 1954 (probably to attend Army Staff College). Selected for pilot training to enhance RCASC presence in army aviation, he completed LAPC 22 in May 1958.

He joined the second group of officers to take Hiller training at Camp Walters, Texas. From there, they proceeded to Fort Rucker, Alabama for H-34 and H-37 qualifications. He completed his two year tour with the US Army, along with other RCASC pilots, at Fort Knox, Kentucky flying the H-34s with the 64th Transportation Corps Helicopter Company.

Captain Crosbie returned to Camp Borden, was promoted Major, and then went off to serve with the Canadian Base Units Middle East during the period 1962-63. Directly from Egypt, Ted was posted to the North West Highway System in Whitehorse, Yukon to command 19 Coy RCASC. Abruptly in 1964 the Government decided to turn over the military’s maintenance of the Alaska Highway to the Federal Department of Public Works. Major Crosbie was the military’s overall chairman of the smooth handover process and received accolades from the Ottawa HQs of both departments.

From Integration onward, Ted served in Ottawa at NDHQ’s Directorate of Equipment Requirements-Air. As a LtCol he steered the initial Light Observation Helicopter procurement team.

He retired around 1972 to the Manotick area and later moved to London, Ontario where he passed away peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Westminster Campus on Saturday September 6, 2003 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Marjorie Crosbie of London. Dear father of Deb Wilkins (Bob) of Port Stanley, Colleen Crosbie of Montreal, Roger Crosbie (Colleen) of Oakville, David Wiggins (Mary Main) of Morriston and Kate Wiggins (Roma Harris) of London. Grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

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LtCol REM (Bob) Cross INF

11 Oct 18-3 Oct 93

ZM198 LtCol REM (Bob) Cross PPCLI was born in Humboldt SK 11 Oct 18. He took his Last Flight in Delta BC 3 Oct 93 at the age of 74 and is interred with his wife Betty (Woodruff), whom he married in England 12 Jun 43, in Lot 79 of Block 103 at the Boundary Bay Cemetery in Tsawwassen BC. Research has determined that Bob enlisted as a Pte in the Calgary Highlanders (rising to the rank and appointment of Acting Platoon Sergeant-Major) and later transferred to the Vancouver Highlanders. As a Lt, he arrived Overseas 25 Dec 1941 where he was wounded in Italy. Reportedly he was a CANLOAN officer for most of WWII and later with the Canadian Pacific Force 1944-45. Following the War he served at the Royal Canadian School of Infantry in Camp Borden ON, rising to the rank of Capt, after which he was posted to CJATC Rivers MB 26 Oct 50 in the rank of Maj. He was also awarded the Canadian Efficiency Medal in Dec 47. Bob fought in the Korean War where he commanded C Company 1 PPCLI. He was awarded the CD as a PPCLI Major in Jul 58. Subsequently, he attended the Canadian Army Staff College after which he served in numerous appointments in Army HQ Ottawa (Military Training, Joint Warfare), the last being in the Directorate of Land/Air Warfare in Sep 60. As a LtCol he was posted once again to CJATC Rivers MB in 1961 where he assumed the appointment of Officer Commanding Ground Training Wing (OC GTW), until 1965. Where he went from Rivers and also when he retired are unknown at this time.

Note authored by the Co-ordinator of the Editorial Board: Exhaustive research to date has failed to turn-up any factual information on how and where LtCol Bob Cross qualified for and was subsequently awarded the Canadian Army Flying Badge. What is known is that in Edition 23 of the Canadian Army (Regular) List dated 31 Mar 60, Maj Cross does not have the PL qualification; but, in Edition 24 dated 30 Sep 60, he does: ergo, he must have qualified during the period 1 Apr-30 Sep 60. During this period, Maj Cross was serving in AHQ Ottawa in the Directorate of Land/Air Warfare (DL/AW). As he does not show-up on any regular Light Aircraft Pilot Course being conducted at CJATC Rivers MB during the period in question (nor does anyone that the author has spoken to that was there at the time remember him being there), it is probable that he underwent a Senior Officers' Pilot Flying Course (SOC) whilst serving on Staff in Ottawa, in preparation for his promotion the following year (12 Nov 61) and subsequent posting to CJATC as the Officer Commanding Ground Training Wing (0C GTW) in 1961. The author's thinking is that it would be entirely appropriate for an officer filling that position at CJATC to be either a qualified Parachutist or Canadian Army Pilot, both of which Cross now was.

While the foregoing may not prove anything definitively, until further information is forthcoming to dispel or dispute the above hypothesis, it will be assumed that Lt Col Cross qualified for his Army Pilot Wings on an SOC conducted in OW during the Apr-Sep 60 timeframe.

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Capt A Bronson (Brownie) Culver RCA

Abt. 1921-25 Nov 91

Albert Bronson Culver was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father, Albert F Culver was a WWI Field Artillery Major who won a Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In 1925 the family moved to Montreal where his father worked in the upper echelons of the financial world, earning an O.B.E. for his efforts as a civilian during WWII.

Brownie interrupted his studies at McGill University with the COTC program in 1942, completed his officer training and went overseas with the 7th Medium Regiment, RCA. He was promoted Captain in 45 and became an Air Observation Pilot with 664 Squadron. He returned in 1946 to complete his studies and became a prominent lawyer in Montreal. He was heavily involved with the Howard Webster Foundation, the St. Andrew’s Society and was twice president of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society.

In 1952 he married Audrey Bedard, who would seem to have been the first wife of his 664 Squadron mate, WY Pratt. Later in life Culver married a second time to Mary Georgina Robb. Bronson Culver, QC passed away in 1991 at the age of 70 and is buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal.

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LGen LWF (Lou) Cuppens RCA

3 Dec 44-16 Dec 22


It is with a heavy heart that we share that LGen Louis Cuppens passed away suddenly on December 16, 2022 while in Florida.

Louis was born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands during World War II. Canada so influenced his family that they immigrated to Canada in 1950, and he chose to spend his adult life in the service of Canada as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The distinguished service and flying career of LGen Lou Cuppens, CMM, CD, started as a gunner officer and a pilot in the Air OP and continued in the unified forces. LGen Cuppens achieved the most senior rank of all those who qualified as army pilots and were engaged in active flying duties.

General Cuppens retired as the Deputy Commander in Chief (DCINC) of the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force base, Colorado, USA. Gen. Cuppens was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He enrolled in the Canadian Army (Regular) in 1963 having served in Saint John, NB’s 3 Fd Regt, RCA. Commissioned as an officer in the Artillery, he served in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Canada and in Europe.

Subsequent to selection for pilot training in 1969, he underwent flying training in at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, Ont., CFB Gimli, Man., and CFB Rivers, Man. He was awarded his wings in 1970.

After brief tours as an artillery air observation post pilot, and as a pilot with 422 Squadron, Gen. Cuppens was assigned to 403 Squadron as a helicopter instructor and standards pilot. He completed the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (Land) at Kingston, Ont., in 1975.

Upon promotion to Major, Gen. Cuppens was assigned as a staff officer to 10 Tactical Air group Headquarters (10 TAG). After completing the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, with distinction, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed to command 403 Squadron. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit in the grade of Officer.

Thereafter, he was assigned to Air Command Headquarters as senior staff officer tactical helicopters and concurrently filled the position of senior staff officer operations. Upon promotion to the rank of Colonel, he was appointed Deputy Commander of 10 TAG.

In March 1986, Gen. Cuppens was appointed the Chief of Liaison Services and the Commander of the Canadian Contingent Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt (the “Camp David Force"). In 1987, he was assigned to National Defense Headquarters as the Director Military Plans and Operations. In July 1989, he was promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Commander of 10 TAG. In 1992, Gen. Cuppens was promoted Major-General and appointed the Deputy Commander of Air Command (Canada’s Air Force). In 1994, he was assigned as the Director Combat Operations NORAD (J3), in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. He was promoted within the Order of Military Merit to the grade of Commander.

In July 1995, Gen. Cuppens was promoted Lieutenant-General and was appointed by Canada and the United States of America as Deputy- Commander-in-Chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. At the retirement ceremony, in April 1998, the government of the United States of America awarded Gen. Cuppens the Legion of Merit.

Gen. Cuppens and his spouse, Christine Fitzpatrick, of Saint John, N.B. parented a son and a daughter, Sean and Gretchen, who have both served as members of the Canadian Forces. Christine passed away in 2002 after a brave struggle with cancer.

In 2005, Gen Cuppens married Patricia LaPierre (Larisey) formerly from Halifax, NS, and the Cuppens’ reside in Nauwigewauk, New Brunswick. Gen. Cuppens remains involved in aerospace, defense and security and veterans support.

He is past president of the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defense Association. Since 1999, he has chaired the Defense Committee of Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion. While in that position, he represented the Legion on the CF/VAC Advisory Council that led to the creation of the Modern Day Veterans legislation. He has served as National President of the Federation of United Services and Military Institutes. He has held various executive positions within the Corps of Commissionaires and was the National President of the Last Post Fund. General Cuppens remains committed to his community—he volunteers at the Regional Hospital and supports his church. In April 2008, he was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his support to veterans and commemoration. Most recently, Lou was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee (New Brunswick) Medal. He was also Grand Knight of Council 11284 in Buckhead Ridge, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Sean (Lynda); daughter, Gretchen; grandchildren, Connor, Declan, and Jayde); and stepsons, John, Dan, and Ed Lapierre.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Fitzpatrick.

Services will be held in the spring in New Brunswick.

Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at,

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Capt JP (Bumps) Dancey RCASC

20 Dec 25-13 Feb 72


Capt JP Dancey receiving the CD from MGen Allard at CJATC Aug 1961

John Pearson Dancey died February 13, 1972 at the age of 46. Son of Eddie and Alma of Ottawa, leaving to mourn his wife Betty, daughter Susan, Mother, brother Clark, sister Margo (Bruce Kirby), nieces Linda and Beverly Dancey, Janice and Kelly Kirby and nephew David Dancey. He was predeceased by his Father.

The family nickname “Bumps” followed him throughout his military career. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 18 and commenced his training in Halifax. Upon completion, he served as an Able Seaman aboard the HMCS Blairmore, a minesweeper that took part in the invasion of Normandy and remained on sweeping duties on the Atlantic to clear for mines on the shipping lanes. He returned home to Ottawa 17 October 1945.

Bumps then enrolled at Carleton University and joined the Army Reserves. He again volunteered for active service and in 1951 proceeded to Korea as a Lieutenant with 54 Cdn Tpt Coy RCASC. On his return to Canada he was accepted to train as a fixed wing and helicopter pilot at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre, Rivers, Manitoba, October 1952. The initial fixed wing training was conducted at the Brandon Flying Club. He graduated on June 17, 1953 and remained at Rivers as a fixed wing and helicopter instructor.

In the fall of 55 he joined Harry Reid and Gord Walker on an H-34 helicopter course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He had a short stay at home in Rivers before proceeding, in Apr 56, south again with family, this time to the Missile School, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. After a year’s tour there, Captain Dancey was ordered to the recently re-opened Fort Rucker to act as a General Officer’s aide for a short period before returning to Rivers July 56. By year’s end, he, Randy Mattocks and Bill Brown received postings to the US Army’s 4th Transport Company, Fort Benning, Georgia where Bumps served as the unit’s Executive Officer during the two year assignment. From April to September 1957 he was attached to the 31st Transportation Company (Helicopter) to become familiar with the organization and operations of a transport helicopter company. His tenure with them included support missions for the atomic test exercises Desert Rock V11 and V111 plus Smokey at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada.

Back in Canada, Bumps served with 3 Coy RCASC, Kingston, ON, again at CJATC Rivers, the Officer Training Company at the RCASC School in Camp Borden and finally with 7 Coy RCASC, Gagetown, NB as the unit’s Transport Officer and 2 I/C. Bumps voluntarily left the military and in civilian life was employed as a fixed wing and helicopter instructor for North American Flight Training College in Calgary and also at the Springbank Airport, Calgary, AB.

He earned the Atlantic Star medal for serving in the Battle of the Atlantic, as well as the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration. In July 1992 His Excellency the Governor General approved the award of the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea in recognition of his service during that conflict.

Capt. JP Dancey is buried in the Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa.

Note: The above biography was graciously provided to the website in August 2019 by Captain Dancey’s widow Betty (Boyd), daughter Susan and sister Margo.


Epitaph to Capt “Bumps” Dancey as written by Mrs. Betty Dancey, Bumps’ widow, to LCol John Dicker of the Website Editorial Board, in an email 10 Sep 19. The “Joe” she refers to is BGen Joe Oakley, a key member of said Editorial Board

My heart is touched. I sent Margo a message to look on the website. Bumps was her favorite brother and had a close relationship so this journey to capture his military life has been emotional for her as well. Last evening I Face Time with Susan to look at the website to see his place in army aviation history.

He served his country well and was one of those who I would say suffered the invisible wounds of war in silence and did not talk about his war experiences.

We can now all remember him and his contribution and friendships he made and the love for his family. He loved flying.

Keep up the good work. I feel I have made new friends with Joe and John. CJATC, Rivers Camp will always be one of those very special times in our lives and share those memories even though we have never met. A common thread that has been woven into our lifetimes.

I will keep in touch,

Betty D

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LtCol FA (Floyd) Davies RCA

10 Jan 33-9 Jan 12


Davies, Floyd A. LCol – 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 RA (Bob) Davies RCA

23 Nov 24–18 Apr 75


Robert Adair, K.H.S., Q.C., B.A., LL.M. - Barrister and Solicitor was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, son of Gordon F. and Helena Jean (Simpson) Davies. He served overseas during WWII with the Royal Canadian Artillery, was trained as a pilot in England and spent the latter part of the hostilities in NW Europe with 666 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF with the rank of Captain. Returning to Canada, he completed his education at the University of Toronto and at the Law Schools of Osgoode Hall and Columbia University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1950 and created a Q.C. in 1961. As a well-respected lawyer, he was a Director of various Canadian companies and from 1969 to 1975 was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Michaels University Hospital, Toronto. In 1948 he married Winnifred Ruth McIntyre of Winnipeg and together they had one daughter (Adair) and three sons (Gordon, Donald and Evan). Bob Davies passed away in Toronto 18 Apr 75.

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Maj PW (Percy) Davis RCA

10 May 20-11 May 05


Maj. 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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Col RM (Dick) Day RCASC.

16 Feb 26–15 Oct 15

Richard Mackreth Day was born in Souris, Manitoba. As a graduate of the COTC program in 1947, he was promoted 2 Lt RCASC and posted to 23 Tpt Coy, colocated with the RCASC School in Camp Borden, Ontario. This field unit spent a considerable amount of time operating from Churchill, Manitoba testing various mobility options for military operations in the North.

In the spring of 1951, Lieutenant Day joined 54 Cdn Tpt Coy for their rotation to Korea. In theatre, he was Mentioned in Despatches for his performance as an acting Captain.

Back on home soil, he completed pilot training as a member of LAPC #6, graduating in June 53. Research continues for his activities 54-60, but by the early 60s, Major Day was in Germany with the Supply and Transport staff of HQ Cdn Base Units, Europe.

In 1965 he moved from the Brigade back to Camp Borden, this time as Commanding Officer 2 Tpt Coy, RCASC. His leadership of 2 Tpt was short lived when, the very next year, he was promoted Lt Col to become 2 I/C and Chief Instructor of the RCASC School. In March 67 he became the School's last commandant and was also the acting Head of Corps, RCASC during this period.

As intergration of the Forces approached, the RCASC and RCOC Schools were folded into the new Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics. Dick elected to remain serving with the Logistics Branch and retired as a Colonel.

Dick passed away at 89 years old in London, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Leone Conlin, with whom he had four children.

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Col DND (Desmond) Deane-Freeman RCAC

26 Mar 16-19 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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LtCol RPL (Roger) deGobeo INF

19 Jun 25-5 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 deGobeo, 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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Capt OW (Orme) Dier RCA

21 Mar 19-26 Sep 02


Orme Dier was born in Vancouver 21 Mar 19 and received his B.A. and B.Ed from UBC before enlisting in the Canadian Army. He went Overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1942 and trained as an Air OP Pilot near War’s end and served with 666 Squadron RCAF.

In 1947 Capt Dier joined the Federal Department of External Affairs where he spent the next 33 years. He served abroad in Chicago, Mexico City and Caracas, 1947-52; Copenhagen, 1955-57; Charge d’Affaires, Helsinki, 1957-60; Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Ottawa, 1962-64; Ambassador to Columbia and Ecuador, 1964-67; Senior Canadian Delegate on the International Control Commission in Vietnam, 1967-68; High Commissioner to Guyana and Surinam, 1975; and Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia, 1976 until retirement.

Orme Dier passed-away in Victoria BC 26 Sep 02 at the age of 83.

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Cpl FB (Fred) Dimond INF

12 May 26-22 Oct 03

Cpl Dimond's aero club cetificate

Frederick Bert Dimond was born in London, England in 1926. In the latter stages of WW 2 he joined the British Army and graduated in the summer of 46 as a Sergeant in the Glider Pilot Regiment. In Dec 1950 he emigrated to Canada and was enlisted in the Canadian Army as a Corporal. With the impending demise of the gliders from the Canadian Army inventory, he accepted a transfer to the RCAF. He had a successful career flying transport aircraft with 435 and 436 Sqns retiring as a Major. He passed away in Markhan, Ontario in 2003 in his 78th year.

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Capt JS (John) Dinnick RCA

29 Oct 11-3 Aug 81


John Savery was born 1911 in Toronto into a military and banking family. His father was born and educated in England before coming to Canada. Father went on to a distinguished career in insurance and investment banking. Lt Col Wilfred Servington Dinnick raised the 109th Regiment for service overseas in WW 1 and was involved with the forming of the Defence of Canada Battalions.

Son John was educated at St. Andrew's College and the University of Toronto before joining the investment firm of McLeod Young Weir Ltd in 1933.

He went overseas as a subaltern with the Royal Canadian Artillery, seeing action in Italy and Europe before training as an air observation pilot during the closing stages of WW II. By the end of hostilities, Captain Dinnick was second in command of 665 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF.

He returned to Canada and rejoined McLeod Young Weir for a career in the investment business that spanned four decades. He became their President in 1960, Chairman of the Board 1970-1975, honorary Chairman 1975-1977 and a consultant and director afterwards. He was also a financial advisor with I.F.C. and the World Bank, director Canron Ltd., Photo Engravers and Electrotypers Ltd. as well as sitting on the Board of Donwood Foundation.

As a member of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, he served as their president 1969-1970, as well a being a past president ot the Canadian Club, Toronto.

John Dinnick passed away in Toronto August 1981 and is buried in the family plot of the King City Cemetery, Ontario.

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Capt RA (Bob) Donald RCA KIA

21 Jul 18-14 Dec 43

In memory of Captain Robert Alexander Donald December 14, 1943

Military Service:
Age: Capt Robert Alexander Donald was an Overseas Casualty, killed in action while in the Field (Italy) during WW2, at the age of 25.
Force: Army
Unit: Royal Canadian Artillery

Additional Information: Son of Robert Paton Donald and Helen Donald. of London, Ontario.
Commemorated on Page 154 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:
Grave Reference: II. C. 9.

Location: By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. In January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected this site, intending that it would contain the graves of those who died during the Ortona battle and in the fighting in the weeks before and after it. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and 1,375 are Canadian.

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Capt JM (James) Doohan RCA

3 Mar 20-20 Jul 05

At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 14th (Midland) Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division.101He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. He was sent to England in 1940 for training. He first saw combat landing at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren Gun by a nervous Canadian sentry:PI four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case given to him by his brother.FIHis right middle finger had to be amputated, something he would conceal on-screen during most of his career as an actor.

Doohan graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40 with eleven other Canadian artillery officersm and flew Taylorcraft Auster Mark V aircraft for 666 (AOP) Squadron, RCAF as a Royal Canadian Artillery officer in support of 1st Army Group Royal Artillery. All three Canadian (AOP) RCAF squadrons were manned by artillery officer-pilots and accompanied by non-commissioned RCA and RCAF personnel serving as observers.

Although he was never actually a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Doohan was once labelled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force". In the late spring of 1945, on Salisbury Plain north of RAF Andover, he slalomed a plane between telegraph poles "to prove it could be done"—earning himself a serious reprimand (Various accounts cite the plane as a Hurricane or a jet trainer; however, it was a Mark IV Auster.) Some of his recollections and harrowing experiences as an AirOP pilot are quoted on page 45 of the book “Canada’s Flying Gunners.

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

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MGen JJA (Al) Doucet RCA

12 Nov 29-17 Sep 92


Major-General Doucet was born November 12, 1929, at Robertville, N.B. He is a bachelor of arts graduate of Sacred Heart University (now Integrated Into the University of Moncton). He joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps In 1948 while attending university and on graduation in 1950 transferred to the Special Force as an artillery officer. He then served with the 2nd Regiment. Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at Shilo, Man., Fort Lewis, Wash., Korea and Winnipeg.

In 1953-54 he attended the Artillery Staff Course at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery, Camp Shllo, and then served as a member of the school's instructional staff until November, 1958. In May, 1959 he completed the light aircraft pilot's course at Rivers, Man., and took up flying duties with 1 Air Observation Post Flight, Camp Petawawa, Ont. His next assignment was in May, 1961, when he assumed staff officer duties in the directorate of artillery at Army Headquarters, Ottawa. In September, 1963, he was selected to attend Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston, Ont., and in November. 1964 was promoted major. On completion of the staff course In June, 1965 he returned to the School of Artillery as senior instructor in gunnery.

In 1967-68, Maj-Gen Doucet attended the United States Army Command and General Staff Colleges, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In June, 1968 he was appointed Canadian Forces liaison officer at the US Army Artillery School and Artillery Board, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Promoted lieutenant-colonel In August, 1969, he returned to Canada as senior staff officer plans and operations at Headquarters, Quebec Region In Montreal.

Between June, 1970 and July, 1972 he was commanding officer, 5e Regiment d'artillerle legere du Canada, CFB Valcartier, Que. He next served as deputy commandant of the Combat Arms School at CFB Gagetown, N.B., and In 1973-74 attended National Defence College, Kingston, Ont.

He was promoted colonel in July, 1974 and the following month was assigned to Mobile Command Headquarters, St. Hubert, Que., as deputy chief of staff, operations and coordinator of Olympic support. In August, 1976 he was appointed branch chief of logistics plans at Central Army Group headquarters In Seckenheim, Federal Republic of Germany. In December, 1976 Maj-Gen Doucet was appointed to the Order of Military Merit in the Grade of Officer, In recognition of conspicuous merit and exceptional military service.

On March 25, 1977, ho was promoted brigadier-general and, on April 1, was appointed commander Se Groupe-brigade du Canada and CFB Valcartier, Que. On July 1 of that year, he was also appointed commander-designate of the Canadian Brigade Group earmarked for service in Norway as part of NATO's Northern Command in the event of a conflict in Europe. Two years later, he was assigned to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and appointed chairman of the mobilization planning task force.

Maj-Gen Doucet was promoted to his present rank on May 8, 1981. On May 17, he was posted to NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. as chairman, military agency for standardization and assistant director, armaments standardization and Interoperability.

He retired from the Forces in 1983 and passed away in Ottawa 1992 at the age of 62.

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Capt George B (Bus) Duhamel RCA

7 Nov 10-6 Sep 04

George Burwell (Bus) was born into a civil service family in Ottawa, but ended up working instead as a bank clerk. He volunteered and went overseas with 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, saw service in North West Europe and was Mentionned in Despatches in recognition of his gallant and distinguished services.

Selected for pilot training in 1944, he succeeded as an Air Observation Pilot and assigned to 665 Squadron with whom he flew until the end of hostilities. After VE Day, Capt Duhamel saw service with 666 Sqn supporting the occupation forces.

After the war he returned to Ottawa, married his sweetheart and moved to Montreal to be employed by Trans Canada Airlines. He rose to be the General/Group Sales supervisor at TCA HQ. In 1966 he accepted a promotion and moved to Illinois to become Air Canada's District Manager, Chicago where he remained until retirement.

Known for his prowess his prowess as a fly fisherman, he resided in Lake Bluff on the shores of Lake Michigan and passed away there in his 94th year

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Capt JT (John) Duncum RCA

22 Jul 12–May 89

John Thomas Duncum was born in the London England Borough of Hackney and immigrated to Canada with his parents as an eight year old. His father was a WW1 veteran, having served with the Royal Marines Light Infantry. The family settled in Granby, Quebec. John received a commission as a Lieutenant in the local RCA Field Battery (24th). In Mar 1940 he married a local girl Ellen Addie Fields (1917-1997) in Cherry River, Orford, QC.

Lt. Duncum obviously was called up for active service in early 1941 and saw action during the Sicily/Italy campaign. He went on to attend the first of the Canadian Air OP courses (#37) in the UK. Capt Duncum successfully completed his pilot training at 22 Elementary Flying Training School, Cambridge and 43 Operational Training Unit, RAF Andover during the period Jul-Dec 44. He and the other Canadian graduates of his course went on to form 664 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF. They served in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany until being disbanded May 1946.

It appears that after his service to King and Country, John returned to the UK, settling in Sussex. There is some doubt his wife went with him. She passed away in 1997 and is buried in the Cherry River Cemetery, Orford, QC. There is evidence to suggest he remarried to Esme P Davies in Sussex 1972.

John Thomas Duncum passed away May 1989 in East Sussex at the age of 76.

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Capt DT (Dann) Dunn RCAC

7 Feb 38-4 Jan 86

Daniel Thomas Dunn was born in the interior BC logging town of Giscome. Later, during his schooling in Vancouver, he began his military career with the British Columbia Regiment. He entered the Regular Army through the Officer Candidate Programme, being commissioned in the LdSH.

In 1960 he completed his pilot training at RCAF Centralia and Rivers, Manitoba. He remained at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center until the RCAC helicopter troop was formed for the Brigade in Germany. He rebadged while serving with the Fort Garry Horse but reverted to the Straths when he returned to Canada in 1964. Shortly thereafter he took his release at the end of his Short Service commission.

He returned to British Columbia and obtained an engineering degree from UBC while flying for Okanagan Helicopters during the summer months. He joined the firm after graduation and became their operations manager. He left Okanagan in the mid 70s and formed his own company, Quasar Helicopters.

Dan died from a massive heart attack while swimming in the surf off Hawaiian Islands in 1986. He was 47 years old.

His company ceased operations the following year.

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Capt GA (Tony) Eaton RCA

19 Oct 13-1 Mar 45


Capt Eaton's MC and medals

George Andrew Eaton was born in Port Elgin, Ontario. He attended the University of Western Ontario and then went on to become a Barrister, having graduated from the Osgoode Law School, Toronto.

In 1939, and living in North Bay, he served as a 2Lt in the Non-Permanent Active Militia with the 98th Field Battery, RCA. In May of 1940 he enrolled in the Canadian Active Service Force and went overseas in 1941 as a Lt with the 2nd Field Regiment, RCA.

After training in the UK as part of the 1st Canadian Division, the 2nd Field Regiment embarked for Operation Husky, the 1943 invasion of Sicily. During the intense fighting further north in Italy, Captain Eaton was awarded the Military Cross for his brave actions on 1 Oct 43. (Citation attached).

Back in the UK, Capt. Eaton qualified as an Air OP pilot from Course 38, Nov 44 – Feb 45. Eaton was slated to be promoted Major effective 5 Mar 45 and to take over command of the newly formed 665 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF. During a night flying exercise over the Andover Airfield on 1 Mar 45, his Auster was struck by a Mosquito aircraft which was returning from a fighter operation over the Channel. Both Eaton and his observer died in the crash.

Captain GA (Tony) Eaton, MC is buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, UK.

“On 1 Oct 43 at MOTTA, Italy Captain Eaton came under extremely heavy fire from German 88 mm. guns whilst he was directing the fire of the 2 Canadian Field Regiment in support of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Although exposed to the shell fire which was landing immediately on this Observation Post, Captain Eaton continued to send down fire orders to his Regiment. By his great bravery under this direct fire, and his devotion to duty, Captain Eaton succeeded in forcing the enemy fire to cease, thereby making possible the further advance of the Royal Canadian Regiment.”

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Capt 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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Maj HC (Harv) Ellery RCA

Aug 44-17 Apr 22

Harvey Charles Ellery was born in Ladysmith BC in Aug 1944, the youngest of the children in the family by many years. At the age of 17, being quite handy as a woodworker, he helped his father build the family home in Ladysmith.

Harv’s taste for military life started at a relatively early age when he became a Sea Cadet. After Cadets he enrolled in the Reserves, joining The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) in Victoria BC. He then joined the Canadian Army (Regular Force) in Jan 63 under the Officer Candidate Programme, undergoing officer training at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery (RCSA) in Shilo MB for one year after which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Harv served The Guns faithfully and expertly from 63 to almost the end of the decade during which time he served at the RCSA, 3 RCHA in Winnipeg and 1 RCHA in Hemer West Germany with 1 CIBG. He also found time to qualify as a Jumper during this period when he attended a Basic Parachutist Course in Jan 66. Later in his career, he completed a tour of duty with the UN in Cyprus. While serving as an Artillery Officer, he applied to become a Canadian Army pilot. As luck would have it he was eventually accepted for aircrew training and commenced ab initio flying training at Primary Flying School CFB Borden in the spring of 69, graduating in Jun 69. Subsequent flying training on the Tutor aircraft at CFB Gimli MB and a successful Cessna L-19 Bird Dog Conversion Course at 4 FTS in Rivers MB saw him graduate as a fully qualified Canadian Forces pilot and be awarded the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge in Jun 70. After a short breather, he was off on another flying course, this one being the Air OP Section Commander’s Course at the RCSA in Shilo from Aug to Oct 70. After that it was back to work for a living! Flying tours thereafter saw him, amongst others, serving on 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Lahr Germany and 408 Squadron in Edmonton.

In addition to the tours of duty and training mentioned in the above paragraph, Harv reportedly commanded the Junior Leader’s School while in Germany, instructed on helicopters at CFB Portage, flew as a test pilot on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft at Portage, commanded the Base Rescue Flight at CFB Moose Jaw SK and instructed at the Survival School at CFB Edmonton. He definitely was not idle during his Regular Force Service nor did he lack for a variety of employment!

He joined the Reserves after retirement from the Regular Force in which his substantive rank was Maj, and served as a member of the Reserves, reportedly, on a “call-out” basis. During this time of his Service he was promoted to the rank of LCol. Also, during this tenure he is reported to have commanded both the Air Cadet Camp at Whitehorse YK and the Cadet Camp at Dundurn SK.

Harv was an explorer and outdoorsman at heart. On retirement from the Forces, he and his wife took up residence in Gibbons AB. LCol Harvey Charles Ellery passed-away in the spring 2022, in Gibbons, leaving behind to mourn his loving wife Claudette and two of his three daughters Christine-Anne and Kari-Anne. He was predeceased by Lianne his other daughter.

Harv Ellery was a highly respected Gunner Officer and Forces Pilot. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, served with him and otherwise were lucky enough to call him a friend. May he rest in peace in the big hangar in the sky with all his mates who have preceded him.

End of Mission
Stand Easy

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LtCol DR (Dave) Ely RCA

3 Jun 11-18 Aug 68

Lt Col David R Ely, 57 and retired army officer who was manager of the Boeing of Canada Vertol Division. Beloved husband of Irene Dorman, dear father of John and Victoria, brother of Edward H., John H., and Markland, all of Toronto. Interment Mount Pleasant cemetary, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Heart Foundatiion would be appreciated.

Lieutenant Colonel David Reynolds Ely was born June 3, 1911 and attended St. Andrew's College from 1925 to 1926 and from January to June of 1929. He entered the Active Force from the Non-Permanent Active Militia on September 1, 1939 and served in unique roles with the Canadian Army's Air Observation Posts as outlined in the citation for his appointment as a Member or the Order of the British Empire. He continued to serve with the Canadian Army after the war and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He died on August 18, 1968.

  • Oct. 1939 Lieutenant 9th (Toronto) Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, Aldershot
  • Oct. 1940 Captain 9th Battery, 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Overseas
  • Mar. 1943 Major, subsequent training included a Royal Air Force course
  • Mar. 1943 1st Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Canadian Army Overseas.
  • May 1944 B. Battery, 1st Field Regiment, C.M.F.
  • May 1946 666 (R.C.A.F.) Canadian Air Observation Post Squadron C.A.C.
  • Jan. 5 1946 made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.), Major, Royal Canadian Artillery
  • Jan. 21, 1948 Married to Sheila Simpson (to live in Brandon, Man.)
  • Oct. 1950 Posted to Central Command, Oakville, Ont. Rank of Lieutenant Colonel
  • Aug. 1962 Retired from the Canadian Army and joined Boeing Aircraft, Vertol Division, Morton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Member, Order of the British Empire

Major Ely entered the Active Force on 1 September 1939 from the Non-Permanent Active Militia. In 1942 he was one of three Canadian Officers to qualify as an Air Observation Post pilot and in 1943 he was returned to England to assist in the formation and training of three Canadian Air Observation Post squadrons being formed for First Canadian Army. He was appointed to command 664 Canadian Air Observation Post Squadron, and as pilots finished their initial training he organized the squadron and carried out its unit training. When this unit was fully trained, he was ordered to turn it over to a junior officer and make himself available to form and train 665 Canadian Air Observation Post Squadron. This he did, and was then called upon to form 666 Canadian Air Observation Post Squadron in a similar manner. The latter squadron he took to the theatre in May 1945 as Squadron Commander. His outstanding ability and his unflagging interest in the development of these squadrons, despite the fact that it probably would have been more to his advantage to have served in the field, where he had been recommended to command a field regiment, contributed in large measure to the rapid development of these units, which became available to 21 Army Group at a critical time, when fresh divisions were arriving from Italy and no other Air Observation Post squadrons were available. This officer has shown unstinted zeal, energy and efficiency in the performance of his duties, and is considered worthy of high recognition.

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Capt RJ (Rud) Everett RCA

10 Jul 19–14 Jun 81


Russell Joseph Everett was born in Lennoxville in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He attended the local high school and then went on to study at the elite Bishop’s College School in his home town. He participated in the COTC program from 39 until 41, when young Everett joined the Active Service Force. He completed officer training in Petawawa before going overseas in 42 as a 2Lt with the 7th Canadian Medium Regiment, RCA.

During Aug 44, while pushing inland from Normandy, Lt Everett earned the Military Cross for his gallant actions. He received his award back in the UK on St. Patrick’s Day 1945 (citation attached). The following week (28 Mar) he began pilot training at 22 Elementary Flying Training School, RAF Cambridge. He and his fellow Course 41 candidates then continued on to wings qualification at 43 OTU, RAF Andover graduating 12 Jun 45. Newly minted and newly promoted, Capt Everett and the other RCA graduates joined 666 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF supporting the occupational forces in NW Europe.

On demobilization, he returned home to Lennoxville to continue his studies at the University of Bishop’s College. He became one of 14 veterans who received their degrees at the 1947 graduation ceremonies.

On 24 Jun 1950, Everett married Frances Elizabeth Fox of a prominent Quebec business family. They married in Westmount, PQ with William Y Pratt (Course 41 mate) as the best man. Also in attendance were Mr & Mrs SE Williams of Trois Rivieres (AOP Course 38) and Robert R Jackson from Ottawa (started but did not complete pilot training in the UK). The Everetts reciprocated by attending William Young Pratt’s wedding in Ottawa Feb 54 when he married Suzanne Langlier.

Despite receiving his BA in Arts (English and French studies) Rud Everett went on to have a career in the pulp and paper industry. He served in Montreal, as a superintendent in Trois Rivieres, assistant manager in Roberval and finally at Domtar’s operation in Dolbeau, Que as their manager.

He passed away Jun 1981 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He was survived by his wife Fran, one son and two daughters.

“On 12 Aug 44 Lt RJ Everett was acting as an AGRA representative with the Polish Armd Div on an armoured recce Southeast of ST SYLVAN. Communication difficulties necessitated taking his carrier along with the tanks. Due to this Lt Everett had to climb alternatively between the tank and the carrier in order to pass fire orders. In spite of this and the fact that they were under heavy shell and mortar fire he carried out his task to completion. Lt Everett by his actions showed courage and fortitude under most difficult circumstances. Throughout the campaign in North West Europe his officer has shown marked initiative and aggressiveness. He has shown himself to be an unusually capable officer and has made a contribution to the success of his unit over and above that which might normally be expected.” Signed H Crerar GOC-in-C First Cdn Army.

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Capt GH (George) Fawcett RCASC

09 Mar 34-27 Apr 99


George Horner Fawcett was born in Antrim Town, Northern Ireland. Bored with his training as an accounts clerk, he sought adventure and immigrated to Canada as a nineteen year old in 1953.

Once established in the New World, George was accepted as a pilot candidate in the RCAF. He successfully completed his training and was assigned to Winnipeg flying C-45 and C-47s at the Navigation School. At the end of his short service commission, he opted to transfer to the Canadian Army.

He did his ‘on job training’ at the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps School in Camp Borden. Having kept his RCAF seniority, he was promoted Captain in 1963 and posted to 2 Transport Coy, also in Borden for his obligatory ‘ground tour’. He still managed to complete the Ex RCAF/RCN LAPC conversion course in Feb 64, immediately followed with RW training at BHTU, both courses given at Rivers, Manitoba. As the Tpt Coy’s 2i/c, Captain Fawcett managed to sneak away again to complete the CH 113A course in Sep 65. He remained with 2 Tpt Coy until the unit moved to Petawawa in 1966.

When 1 Tpt Hel Pl left Rivers in the summer of 66, George joined the Platoon in St. Hubert, PQ. He remained with the unit when it became 450 Squadron until returning to Manitoba where he served as an instructor and standards pilot at CFB Portage on the CH 112 Hillers and the new CH 136 Kiowas.

George separated from the Forces mid-70s and performed commercial helicopter flying throughout Western Canada until being medically grounded mid-1990s. He kept his military affiliation by serving as a Reservist with 408 Sqn in Edmonton and in 1989 did a six month tour with the UN Multinational Force and Observers peace mission in Egypt’s Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. George also found time to build his own aircraft and, for a number of years, supported the Air Cadet glider program in Comox.

Captain Fawcett retired to Grand Forks, BC where he passed away in 1999.

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Capt JRJP (Jean-Paul) Filteau RCASC

Dec 40-11 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 EC (Colin) Fisher RCOC

29 Nov 45-7 Jul 90

In memory of Major Eric Colin Trice Fisher, died July 7, 1990 Owen Sound, Ontario in a motor vehicle accident while enroute to the Meaford Training Area for Flight Safety duties.

Military Service:
Age: 44
Force: Army
Unit: Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps
Division: NDHQ - DFS Directorate Flight Safety
Citation(s): Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

Additional Information:
Born: November 29, 1945
Enlistment: September 8, 1965

Son of Eric Fisher. Husband of Anne Fisher. Father of Eric and Victor Fisher of Nepean, ON.

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Sgt JR (Bob) Flack RCIC

3 Mar 25-29 Nov 85

James Robert Flack was born in Ottawa and graduated from the Ottawa Technical High School. He followed his older brother into the RCAF in 1943. He earned his wings at the #5 Service Flying Training School in Brantford, ON 2 Nov 44. His wartime service is still under investigation, but on demobilization, he transferred to the Canadian Army. With his aviation background, he was selected for glider pilot training with the first group of candidates sent to England. In April 47 he joined Keith Bisset, Ken Grace, Nick Nichols, Gord Gunton and A/Sgt Jim King for the 4 month course at #3 Glider Training School, RAF at Wellsbourne, Warwickshire and the another 4 months at #21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit at North Luffenham in Leicestershire. When this group returned to Canada with postings to Rivers and Shilo, Manitoba, there were no gliders to fly. More UK trained pilots followed, but the planned Airborne Division was not forthcoming. Flack, along with the likes of Hoskin and Crewdson, became disillusioned and left the Forces early in the 50s. It appears that Bob Flack went to work for the Christie & Brown Company of Toronto at their Lowney's division in Sherbrooke, QC as early as 1953. He was promoted to foreman at their Chambly, QC plant in 1962, and Winnipeg in 1966. From 1968 to 1971 he was their manager in Etobicoke, ON. James Robert Flack passed away in Toronto 29 Nov 85 in his 60th year.

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Capt GL (Gary) Flath RCASC

27 Jul 35-17 Jul 22


Gary Louis was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB. His father was killed in action while serving in the RCN 1944. His mother remarried in 1950 to an RCAF Flight Engineer flying Cansos with 413 Sqn at Rockcliffe. The family then moved to RCAF Stn Chatham, NB home of the fighter OTU. As a teenager he would sit at the end of the runway watching Vampires, Mustangs, T-33s and F-86 Sabres come and go.

As a 16-year-old Army Reservist, Gary managed to get a flight in a T-Bird, organized by his father. That was all it took for Gary to spend the rest of his life in aviation. After a somewhat poor year at CMR, he enrolled in the RCAF in Oct 54. He spent a year in Winnipeg training as a Navigator, then on to RCAF Stn Cold Lake as a "Back Seater" Nav Al on CF-100s. His first Squadron was 413 at Bagotville and three years later he went back to Cold Lake as an instructor. From there P/0 Flath served in Chatham with 416 Sqn Ops on CF-101s.

He was promoted to F/L during this period, but just in time to find himself on the famous "500" downsizing list of short service officers. An Army Recruiting Center offered him a possibility for pilot training in the future. So, in 1964 he transferred to the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and completed `brown' training with Pete Armstrong, Peter Davis, Sam Allingham, George Zvanitajs and Alex Home at the RCASC School in Camp Borden.

After a year's `on job training' with 2 Tpt Coy and demonstrating his prowess as a hockey player, Lt Flath was selected for pilot training at RCAF Stn Centralia in Apr 66. His course would be the last given to Army pilot candidates at Centralia. After successfully mastering the Chipmunk, he proceeded to Rivers, MB in Sep and trained on the L-19s on LAPC 44. He and fellow course mates received their Army Pilot Wings in Dec 66. The spring of 67 was devoted to learning the intricacies of rotary wing flight at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit (BHTU) also at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center, Rivers, MB.

In Jun 67 he was posted to 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon in St. Hubert, QC. He would spend five years, flying over 2000 hrs on the CH-113A with 1 THP/450 Sqn at St. Hubert and Uplands, ON. The next five years Capt Flath spent instructing on the CH-136 at 3 CFFTS Portage la Prairie. He would eventually lead the "Dragon Fly Formation Demo Team". During the nine years at Portage, Gary flew during his annual leave for several civilian helicopter operators from Quebec to BC. In Mar 76 he graduated from the Okanagan Helicopters Mountain Course.

Capt Flath left Portage with over 2000 hrs on the CH-136. Beginning in 1977, Gary would spend the next five years in CFB Comox BC with 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron and was involved in many searches and recue missions. In Sep 80 a perilous rescue mission in Washington State earned him an Award for Bravery (the citation is enclosed). In October of the same year, he picked-up 48 passengers out of lifeboats in a stormy sea of 30-foot swells and gale force winds when the ocean liner Prinsendam caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska. He flew his last official trip in the Regular Force on 24 Dec 1981 in a dual CF-101 on an upper sonic combat profile mission. He liked to say that he "left with a bang".

In Mar 82 he was hired on as Chief Pilot with Shirley Air in Edmonton. The economic crash of 81-82 caused the company to fail after Gary had only worked for them for a few months. But he rebounded quickly and flew from Jun 82 to 1 Apr 94 for the Gov't of Alberta, averaging 650 hrs per year. During this period, he returned to the Forces as a 'Class C' Reservist and flew on two deployments. The first was in 1988 with 408 Sqn in the Sinai, Egypt for six months from Apr to Sep on the CH-135s. His second tour was in 1990 with 89 RWAH Tegucigalpa, Honduras on the CH-136s and CH-135s. He remained as a Reservist Pilot with 408 Sqn until his 56th birthday in Jul 91.

After the Gov't of Alberta sold their helicopter fleet, Flath moved to Northern Mountain Helicopters in Prince George, employed as their mountain flying instructor and training officer. During five winters Gary was fighting fires in Chile, South America, including delivering an A-Star machine from Prince George to Conception, Chile. The trip took 79 hours and crossed the Andes Mountains at 13000 ft.

Gary went to work in May 2000 for Campbell Helicopters out of Abbotsford, BC. specializing in forest fighting operations. He completed his incredible 53 year flying career as a training pilot and mountain flying instructor for Quantum Helicopters in Terrace, BC. during the period 2004¬2008. When he finally let go of the cyclic and collective, he had amassed over 20,000 hours on helicopters, 1500 hours on fixed wing aircraft and 2000 hour as a Navigator (Airborne Interceptor) and had operated in 11 countries in North, Central and South America plus Egypt, Sudan and Israel. He looked back at flying in the Canadian Forces in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 1990s. To quote his own words "As I look back, I just want to say it has been a great privilege and honor to have served and been associated with all members of the Canadian Military and especially those of us who wore the Army Pilot Wings".

Captain Gary Louis Flath SC, CD retired to Courtenay on Vancouver Island and was active with the RCAF Association and served a period as the President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17. He passed away 17 July 2022; 10 days short of his 87th birthday.

Captain Gary Louis Flath

• Courtenay, British Columbia

Decorations for Bravery

• Star of Courage

Awarded on: July 3, 1981
• Invested on: September 18, 1981

Captain Gary Louis Flath, S.C. Star of Courage

Capt Flath of the Canadian Armed Forces was the Aircraft Commander of a helicopter which, on September 13, 1980, rescued, in most perilous circumstances, the two survivors of the crew of a crashed U.S. Navy helicopter at Whatcom Peak in Washington State. The wreckage and injured men were located on a rock wall at 2200 metre level of the mountain. Forty-knot shifting, gusting winds were blowing around the top, creating down drafts: the cold temperature required engine anti-ice which limited power; constantly alternating cloud conditions and deteriorating weather made the task of deploying rescue technicians extremely hazardous. Capt. Flath, in an incredible test of nerves, courage and will power, and with outstanding professional skill, was able to position his helicopter on the edge of the glacier, hovered in and out of clouds for approximately thirty minutes, dangerously close to the mountain rock face, while his crew recovered the injured personnel. The weather closed immediately after. His gallantry saved the lives of the men who had crashed two days prior, were seriously injured and would not have survived another night on the mountain.

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Capt HA (Harv) Fleury RCA

29 Apr 35-14 Dec 64

Captain Harvey Alfred Fleury

29 Apr 35 - 14 Dec 64

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:-
Rank: Captain
Service Number: ZK7134
Age: 29
Force: Army
Unit: 4th Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Division: 4th Regiment

Additional Information:-
He enlisted on 1 October 1956 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Son of George Alexander and Irene Alfreda Fleury of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada; husband of Doris Evelyn (née Van Sickle) Fleury and father of Janice Lynn and Gregory Fleury of Petawawa, Ontario.

Captain Harvey Alfred Fleury is commemorated on Page 124 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance

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Capt GJR (Ross) Flewin RCA

30 Jan 28-17 Jan 64

Name: George John Flewin
Rank: Captain
Birth Date: 30 Jan 1928
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Death Date: 17 Jan 1964
Death Place: Bracebridge, Ontario
Cemetery: BRANDON CEMETERY ; Manitoba, Canada
Grave Reference: Lot 42, Block C, Section 27, Veterans Plot
Force: Army
Unit: Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
Service Number: ZK 3646

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LtCol DR (Don) Foster RCA

19 Jul 31-15 Sept 06

LCol Donald R. Foster , 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 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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Col DW (Dave) Francis RCA

3 Jun 21-15 Apr 94



The Bronze Cross of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: "Het Bronzen Kruis") was instituted on 11 June 1940 by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands while she was residing in London during the German occupation of the Netherlands. The Bronze Cross has precedence after the Resistance Star East Asia, but is the third highest military decoration still being awarded for bravery.

Several British, American, Canadian and Polish soldiers are among the 3,501 recipients of the Bronze Cross that is awarded by Royal Decree.

FRANCIS, David, William, C.D. (Colonel ret.d) Suddenly as the result of an accident in Lakeland, Florida, on Friday, April 15, 1994, in his 73rd year. Much loved husband of Wilma Shier of Kingston. Father of Patricia (Adrian Cheong) of Fort Worth, Texas. Jane (Robert MacLeod) of Ottawa and Anne (Eric Goddard) of Toronto. Grandfather of Jonathon Fripp. Survived by his brothers Douglas, Dudley, Delmer, Darryl and sister Drina (Mrs Desmond Barton). Predeceased by his parents Mr & Mrs J W Francis and brother Donald David grew up in Whitewood, Saskatchewan and graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston, in 1941. He was an officer in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery for 35 years, retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1976. After nine years in the Public Service, David retired to Kingston where he pursued his interests in sailing, windsurfing, cycling, skating and cross-country skiing. He recently renewed His private pilot’s license in anticipation of flying ultralight aircraft.

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LtCol DL (Dave) Fromow RCA

2 Jan 17-7 Feb 09


LtCol 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 RJ (Reg) Fuller RCA

1 Aug 11-8 May 80

Reginald John Fuller, a resident of Qualicum Beach, B.C. passed away at his home Thursday, May 8th, 1980. Born in England, Mr. Fuller was 68 years of age. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Winnipeg, a veteran of W.W. 2 and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion at Qualicum. He is survived by his wife Irene at home, 1 son Jack: Victoria, 2 daughters, Lorraine Mitchell and Judith Kuhn: Edmonton, 10 grand-children and 5 great grand-children.

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BGen AWD (Arn) Garlick RCASC

12 May 31-10 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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Maj EHP (Pierre) Garneau RCAC

27 Nov 22-12 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.

Note: Pierre was a student on No.1 AirOP and Liaison Pilot Course, graduating in Mar 49. This course was run by 444 AirOP Sqn (RCAF) at Rivers. The Sqn was later re-designated as the Light Aircraft School (LAS) 1 Apr 49. Fellow students on that course were Fred Wagner, Bill Hall, Rudy Ulrich and Dave Struthers. Further details on Pierre can be found in a previous post to this website dated 18 Nov 15 in both the New and "CJATC/AATTS" sections, entitled "Canadian Army Aviation Memories" authored by LCoI John Dicker. Pierre was the epitome of an officer and gentleman and his loss to the Canadian Army Aviator Band of Brothers is indeed most significant.

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Capt DB (Dave) Gibson RCA

DOD unknown

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Lt DJ (Dave) Giffin RCASC

18 Aug 31–14 Aug 20


David Giffin was born in Gananoque, Ontario, on August 18,1931 and attended public and high school in that town. He graduated from Gananoque High School in June 1950 and was admitted to Paul Smith’s College, New York, for Hotel and Resort Management studies. He successfully completed one year of college with an 89% average in all subjects.

David returned to Canada in June 1951 and after vacation applied for a commission in the Canadian Army during the Korean conflict. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in November 1951 and was assigned to the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps for training. After approximately one year training at Camp Borden, Fort Churchill and the Royal Military College, He was posted to Eastern Command Headquarters in Halifax as a Supply and Transport Officer.

In July 1953 David was sent on a Parachute Training Course at Rivers, Manitoba and after successful completion was posted to the 1st Airborne Platoon RCASC as a section Commander with the Mobile Strike Force. He served as an Air Supply Advisor until January 1956. He was then sent on a Primary Flying Training Course at Brandon MB and then on to Advanced Fixed Wing Training at CJATC Rivers MB. In June 1957 David completed his Helicopter training and spent the next year with the Liaison Flight of the Light Aircraft School in Rivers Manitoba.

In August 1959 David was posted to the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Camp Wolters, Texas, then in January 1960 to the Heavy Helicopter School in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon completion of heavy helicopter training he was posted on exchange duty to the 91st Transportation Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and transferred with them to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. When the 91st was transferred overseas David was sent to the 101st Airborne Division under General Westmoreland before returning to Canada at the end of his two-year tour in 1961.

David was posted as the Army Supply Officer at RCAF Station Uplands in Ottawa and after two years was posted as Transport Officer and later Administration Officer at 15 Company RCASC at Camp Borden.

In 1964 David joined the United Nations Emergency Force in Gaza, Egypt where he served as the Supply Officer Officer at Port Said. He did his quarterly continuation flying from Beirut, Lebanon.

In 1965 David returned to Canada to join the 1st Transport Helicopter Platoon at Rivers Manitoba. After summer concentration at Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick he took one of their helicopters to the C.N.E. in Toronto.

It was during this visit to Toronto that David decided to leave the service and seek his fortune as a civilian. After serving 14 years in the Canadian Army as a commissioned officer, he joined Mutual Life of Canada in September 1965.

In his first full year in the field he was honoured in Maclean’s magazine as being in the top 5% of an agency force of almost 1000 agents.

The following year he became a supervisor in the Scarborough, Ontario agency and in the next year was appointed Branch Manager of the West Toronto Agency.

After 10 years as Branch Manager, his family now grown and away from home, he and his wife Rhylla decided to move to the West Coast; a dream of theirs for many years.

In May 1983 David resigned from Mutual Life of Canada to become an Independent Broker. He accumulated a solid list of clients whom he looked after for the next 6 years.

In Oct 1989 David and Rhylla finally retired to beautiful Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island where they built their final retirement home.

In 2014 they decided to move to independent living in Berwick Royal Oak retirement community Victoria BC as the best way to complete their retirement. David’s beloved wife Rhylla died 12 Nov 2018 and David has stayed in the Berwick community ever since.

Dave took his last flight to the big hangar in the sky 14 Aug 20 at Berwick Royal Oak Retirement Community in Victoria BC. May he rest in peace

Note: This biography was kindly provided by Air Force Maj Gen David Wightman CMM, CD A neighbor and family friend of the Giffins.

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Maj CR (Colin) Gillis RCASC

3 Aug 36-15 Apr 19


Colin Robert Gillis passed away peacefully on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, age 82. He was the loving husband of the late Patsy (Lowe) Gillis and cherished father to Cathy (Earle) Williams; Robert (Jill) Gillis and Patti (Stanley) Boyd. He was the adored Grampy of Dawn, Meaghan, Amy, Colin, Alex, George, Jobean and Laura and Great-Grampy of Ashton and Xavier. He also leaves his sister, Karen Daley. He was predeceased by his parents, Angus and Mary (Balong) Gillis; his brother, Donald and nephew, Kirk.

Colin was born in Truro, NS on August 3, 1936. In September 1954 at the age of 18, he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps where he served as a Supply and Transport Officer until September 1958. What Colin would describe as the best day of his life occurred when he began ab initio training as a helicopter pilot at the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Camp Wolters, Texas and completed the US Army Transportation Helicopter Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama in May 1959. Following a one-year attachment to the 64th Transportation Company in Fort Knox, Kentucky, flying H34 helicopters, Colin returned to Canadian Army ground duty in Camp Bordon, Ontario. He then completed fixed wing conversion training on L19 aircraft in Rivers, Manitoba, followed by duty as a Peacekeeper with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt until 1964. After Egypt, Colin returned to Rivers and the newly formed No 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon where he served three years before being posted to Shearwater as a Utility Pilot. He then deployed to the HMCS Protector for several exercises in the North Atlantic and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ending in March 1969. In 1970, he was posted as a primary helicopter instructor at CFB Portage La Prairie, MB. He served as an instructor, standards officer and standards flight commander on CH112’s and CH136’s. He achieved over 1000 accident free instructional hours until posted to CFB Gagetown as Base Flight Safety Officer in 1974. He was posted to the 103 Rescue Unit in Gander, NL in 1977 and promoted to the rank of Major. He served as Deputy Commanding Officer and as Commanding Officer of the 103 Rescue Unit until 1981 when he was then posted as Commanding Officer, Rescue Coordination Center, Maritime Command HQ in Halifax. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1982. This allowed Colin and his family to be close to their extended family and allowed Colin to continue flying.

Following his retirement from the Forces, he accepted a position as a helicopter pilot with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forest and became the Director of Air Services for the province of Nova Scotia until his retirement in 1998.

After retiring, Colin was a loving caregiver to his wife, Patsy until her death in December 2001. He eventually relocated to Windsor and settled at the Gladys Manning Retirement community where he happily enjoyed the beautiful vistas and received loving care, comfort and support from his family and the staff of Gladys Manning.

Colin was an active volunteer in the communities where he lived. He was a member of the Lion’s Club of Shubenacadie and the Legions in Shubenacadie and Windsor and was proud to serve as a Cadet Inspector.

Fittingly, his last flight was by Life Flight Helicopter to the Valley Regional Hospital; a very poignant moment for his family.

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Maj RN (Nigel) Gleason-Beard RCA

10 Feb 28-25 Dec 14

Officer Cadet India 1945
Royal Pakistani Artillery 1947
Receiving Wings Rivers MB 1956
Portrait late 1970s
Air OP Reunion 1996

Born in Manchester, England in 1928, Nigel enlisted in the British Army on April 19, 1945 shortly after his seventeenth birthday and shipped out to India with the British Indian Army. Commissioned on February 15, 1947 in the Dorset Regiment he was present for the partitioning of India and Pakistan. In 1947 he was transferred to the Royal Pakistani Artillery. Returning to the British Army he served with the Royal Artillery during the Korean War where he was wounded. He was later stationed in Hong Kong.

He did initial light aircraft training with the Air OP School RAF in England in 1953 flying Tiger Moths. He left the British Army in 1953 as a lieutenant and emigrated to Canada. He joined the Canadian Army in 1953 with the rank of lieutenant and was stationed with 4 RCHA in Camp Petawawa. He was later transferred to Debert Military Camp in Nova Scotia with 3 RCHA.

Nigel married Anne Croll in 1954, whom he met in Toronto, and had two children with her, Rosemary (1954) and Robert (1956). In 1956 he began ab initio flying training at the Brandon Flying Club while stationed in Shilo, Manitoba with 1 RCHA. He received his Army pilot wings, graduating from Light Aircraft Pilot Course #17 in July of the same year, at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. Anne died tragically in 1956 while he was stationed at Shilo. Promoted to Captain in 1959 with 4 RCHA, he transferred to the Toronto area in the late 1950s and then Petawawa in 1961, again with 4 RCHA.

In 1961 Capt Gleason-Beard married Capt Suzanne Hinse, a Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps nurse. They had a son Rupert, born in 1962.

Nigel served in Viet Nam with the International Control Commission 1964 - 1965 and then returned to Petawawa. He was promoted Major in 1965 and in 1966 transferred to Mobile Command Headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec, living in nearby Chambly. He next was sent to the Golan Heights in Israel/Syria with UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organization) during 1969 - 1970 and then returned to HQ Mobile Command. The family moved to St. Lambert, Quebec in 1973. Major Gleason-Beard took his release in 1976

After retirement he stayed in St. Lambert and also purchased a secondary residence in Isle LaMotte, Vermont. He started a copper importing business from contacts he made while stationed in the Middle East and opened retail stores called Au Coin Du Cuivre and La Quilterie.

Major Gleason-Beard passed away on Christmas Day 2014 in St. Lambert, Quebec.

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LtCol DL (Lorne) Glendinning RCAC

22 Aug 27-5 Sep 95


Lorne (also spelled Loren) was born and raised in Vancouver. He began his military service as a cadet with the Seaforth Highlanders for 5 years and then 4 years (46-50) with the Reserve Forces. He then enlisted in the Canadian Army Special Force in time for the first deployment to Korea with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC). As a 24 year old Lieutenant in C Sqn, Glendinning earned a Mention in Despatches for his actions in theatre.

In Canada, he served with the Straths in various regimental and staff positions before proceeding south for direct entry helicopter pilot training with the US Army. In 1961, now a member of the Fort Garry Horse, he was charged with the formation of the new RCAC Helicopter Troop in CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. He then became the unit's OC when it deployed the following year to the Brigade in Germany.

After his tour in Europe, Lorne was promoted Major and rebadged to 8CH, after which he served as second-in-command of the Regiment (8CH) in Petawawa in 1966. He served at AHQ and then CFHQ before qualifying at 403 Sqn before becoming the second Commanding Officer of 427 Tac Hel Sqn in Petawawa Feb 72-Jul 73. His assignment was cut short at 427 when Lt Col Glendinning was grounded for medical reasons.

He passed away in Kingston, ON Sep 1995.

Glendinning – D. Lorne (L/Col. C.D.). Suddenly in Westport, Ontario on Tuesday, September 5. 1995.

D. Lorne Glendinning of Chaffey’s Lock in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Jane Ridewood. Dear father of Duncan and his wife, Mary of Kanata; Fiona and her husband, Bill Stevenson of Ottawa; Robin Glendinning of Victoria, B.C., Helen Robinson of Garibaldi Highland, B.C., Fondly remembered by

grandchildren, Brianna, Corbin and Kaitlynn. Mr Glendinning was born and raised on Vancouver B.C.,

Then attended the University of British Columbia from 1947-1950before being commissioned in the Lord Strathcona Horse in 1950. He spent his entire career in various postings, serving in Korea, Germany and in Canada. He retired in 1978, then spent 12 years with the Department of National Defence as a civilian, retiring in 1990. The Glendinnings had been married for 41 years.

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LtCol LH (Bud) Gorrell RCASC

14 Sep 27-16 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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Capt GF (Gerry) Gower RCA

1 May 33-6 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.


I had the privilege of calling Gerry Gower my friend during my 38 year career in the CF and thereafter. I recall well (I was a mere 2Lt in 1 RCHA) in the early 1960s when I first met him. He and his wife Ann made me welcome in their home and family—this was to last till his end of earthly life.

He was a known excellent Air OP pilot and I was just a Gun Position Officer (GPO). He stood out among the officers as dedicated, caring and a model to be emulated. Most of us subalterns sought his advice.

In 1964 I was transferred to 2 RCHA (Germany) and reported to the CO LtCol Chick Sills. 1 RCHA was to replace the 2nd Regiment in 1966. As I recall the Air OP Flt had pilots Adams, Whalen and Leggett at that time.

In 1966 and when 1 RCHA arrived in Germany, Gerry Gower was among the many who deployed there. He took me (passenger) flying on many occasions whether just local in the Deilinghofen area or to our deployment areas in Soltau, Munsterlager and Sennelager etc.

Busy as a GPO and later A/RCPO, Gerry and I remained as friends.

In 1968 when I was chosen to be an “Army pilot”, Gerry flew me to Marville France so that I could take the Service Flight to Canada.

Upon graduation as a pilot I was assigned to 2 RCHA Air OP Troop at Gagetown NB—Gerry was the OC of the Air OP Troop along with me and Lloyd McMorran. He carried out my indoctrination and declared me “fit to fly” just in time to be deployed to 5 RALC for the “October Crisis”. He even flew to Valcartier to ensure that I had all that I needed to subsist in the Quebec environment.

During the deployment, I learned from my wife (Chris) that Gerry had arranged for our young family to gain access to a PMQ and he escorted them to the RC Chapel for Sunday Mass. He was a benevolent father to my family. I could relate countless stories about him, his family, and some anecdotes about his flying in the RCAF along with his twin brother Bernie—he was a gifted pilot, family man, leader, and Gunner.

From 1970 to 1973 Gerry’s aim was to teach me all that he knew about flying. His stated goal was “ know the aircraft and know your limitations”. He did so and to his credit, I had no mishaps and flew the various aircraft safely and to their limits.

I recall flying the L19 on instruments, flying the L19 in adverse weather, navigating the L19 across Canada, short field landings, and even lobster runs to Grand Manan—he taught me well. I learned the limits of the aircraft and myself .I remain most grateful.

As I moved on in my career, I became a instructor pilot and then rose to high rank but Gerry and I remained close friends. Whenever my duties required me to attend events in the Maritimes, Gerry and Ann were always present—our friendship remained unbroken.

Several years ago, Ann advised me that Gerry had been hospitalized in Truro NS. I recall visiting him at the Colchester Medical facility and because of the poor conditions at that facility, I was able to arrange his release from that facility and have access to “home care “which he had until his passing. He remains in my mind the most influential pilot of my lifetime.

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Maj GK (Ken) Grace RCA

1918-31 Mar 05


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

Left: Capt GK Grace Rostrup Germany Apr 46 with a German Bucker Bu 181 Bestmann aircraft. Right: Maj DW Blyth in the cockpit of same or similar aircraft, Oldenburg Germany Apr 46. Both pilots were 664 Air OP Sqn.

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Capt JL (Lorne) Grainger RCA

31 May 22 - 19 Jun 09


A Manitoban, John Lorne Grainger interrupted his studies at the University of Manitoba to enlist in the Royal Canadian Artillery in February 1943. After training in Canada he proceeded overseas and served in North West Europe before taking pilot training as a Lieutenant Dec 44-Mar 45. He saw action as a Captain with 666 Air Observation Post Squadron until VE Day and then service with the Occupational Forces throughout the European theatre.

Safely back in Canada, Lorne returned to university in Winnipeg and obtained a BA in Education. After teaching for a few years he changed direction to pursue an interest in the manufacture and sales of footwear. He learned the trade working for a number of companies in central Canada before becoming the national distributor of the exclusive brand of Dack’s Shoes. He eventually became the President of the parent company Church & Co (Canada) Ltd.

By the mid-1990s, he and his wife Connie retired to Halfmoon Bay in the Sechelt area of B.C.

They both passed away 6 months apart in 2009.

Following is Lorne’s Obituary as published:

The family of Lorne Grainger is sad to announce his passing on June 19, 2009 of cancer. The illness was brief and he died peacefully in his sleep.

Lorne was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Winnipeg (B. A.) and the University of Manitoba (B. Ed.). A captain in the Canadian Army during WWII, Lorne returned home in 1945 to marry his high school sweetheart Constance (Connie) Krajcarski. He spent 30 years in the shoe industry, retiring in 1986 as President of Dack’s, Hartt and Church Shoes Canada in Toronto.

He and Connie were married for sixty-three years. With their children grown, they retired to the Sunshine Coast. Lorne served on the local community planning committee and belonged to the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club. He was active in the local Alzheimer’s Support Group and Elder College. Lorne and Connie volunteered for international postings with the Canadian Executive Service Organization and took many recreational trips abroad.

Lorne was an exceptionally supportive parent, grandparent and great-grandparent. He was a devoted husband to Connie and a tireless caregiver during her time with Alzheimer’s. His passing follows hers by six months.

Lorne will be greatly missed by his children John, Bill and Irene, daughter-in-law Shelley, granddaughters Lia, Tess, Syd and Annie, and great-grandsons Sasha and Miles. At Lorne’s request there will be no visitations and a private service. The family is very grateful to all the staff and doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital

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LtCol EJ (Jim) Grant RCASC

26 Mar 29-8 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 WJ (Jim) Graves RCASC/RCAPC

16 Sep 27-17 Aug 08

Warren James Graves was born in Red Deer, Alberta September 1927. In late 1954 he was a 2Lt with the Apprentice Training Company of the RCASC School. He graduated from LAPC 15 and received his wings Nov 1955 still as a 2Lt. We are unable to track his service after pilot training until he showed up at 4 Coy, RCASC in Montreal as a Lt from 1958 to 1963. Later that year Lt Graves transferred to the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps.

After the military he settled in Calgary, passing away there Aug 2008 in his 81st year. He was buried in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Edmonton.

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Maj SD (Stew) Green RCA

15 Dec 34-23 Feb 18


Stewart Douglas Green was born in Macgregor MB and passed-away in Vernon BC where he lived with his wife Eleanor.

Stew will be remembered as a Gunner officer who served with dedication in all RCHA Regiments. He flew as an Air OP pilot in 3 RCHA and 4 RCHA Air OP Troops in CFB Shilo and Petawawa. Those who knew Stew are aware of his professionalism as an Army and Artillery Officer, which was tempered with his keen sense of humour. He is one of those unforgettable characters to those who had the pleasure to know him.

The photo on the right was taken by John Dicker 12 Jul 2012 on the occasion of a visit to Chez Green in Vernon BC. The ‘occasion’ was made possible by a flight from Abbotsford BC flown by John MacGregor of Langley BC in his beautiful Twin Comanche C-GQKG. The two Johns had not seen Stew for many, many years and the reunion was one of remarkable reminiscences (mostly war stories and lies) and renewed friendship. A most pleasant and rewarding visit in all respects. Stew and his wife Eleanor could not have been more gracious hosts to two ‘olde’ Canadian Army pilots.

Photo taken just prior to return home trip to Abbotsford BC after the visit with the Greens. Happy faces from L to R are: John Dicker, Stew Green and John MacGregor standing in front of John Mac’s beautiful Twin Comanche C-GQKG.

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LtCol RD (Bob) Gross RCAC

24 Mar 30-20 Jun 14

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

LCol 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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LtCol GA (Gordy) Gunton INF

9 Jul 25-29 Jul 87

Gordon Arthur Gunton was born and raised in Toronto. In early 1944 he enlisted in the RCAF and served for 18 months, presumably earning his Wings before transferring to the Canadian Army Active Force in May 45. From Sep 46 onward, he had continuous post war service until retiring from the Regular Force.

In 1947 he qualified as a Canadian Army Glider Pilot, after which Captain Gunton sailed to Korea in Nov 50 with 2PPCLI. He saw action in the Battle of Kapyong 24, 25 Apr 51 and by mid-year was transferred to HQ Coy, 1 Bn PPCLI in anticipation of their deployment to replace 2PPCLI. He received a Mention-in-Despatches for his gallant and distinguished services in theatre.

He returned to Canada and served with 1PPCLI until Aug 54 when he was posted to the Royal Canadian School of Infantry in Camp Borden. In 1957-58 he served at Army HQ, Ottawa, was promoted Major and in late 58, deployed with the United Nations Observer Group in Lebanon.

In 1959, Gordy returned to 1PPCLI home station in Victoria in time to be a Guard Commander when Queen Elizabeth presented New Colours to the Battalion in July.

From Victoria, Major Gunton proceeded to the USA on exchange duties, firstly at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of The Airborne and Special Operations Forces in 1961-62 and 1962-63 at the US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He returned to 1PPCLI in the fall of 63 as the Battalion 2 I/C for their rotation to 4 CIBG in Germany. In the spring of 66 he left the Brigade to attend the Joint Services Staff College in the UK. Upon graduation, Gunton was promoted Lt Col and served at the Canadian Defense Liaison Staff, London until 1972.

In 1972-73, Gordy was the Director of Militia at NDHQ Ottawa. His final assignement was with the Canadian Delegation to NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. He passed away July 87 at the National Defence Medical Center in Ottawa and is interred in the Beechwood National Cemetery.

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Capt DA (Dave) Guy RCASC

21 Oct 28-14 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.

GUY —David Anderson died Monday, April 14,2003 in Victoria from complications related to kidney malfunction. He is survived by his wife Muriel. David was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 21, 1928 and grew up in Bridgewater. Nova Scotia. He was the youngest of four children born to Louise (nee Anderson) and Scotland as a young man. David's sister Elizabeth Dentay (nee Benson Guy) lives in Toronto; his two brothers Thomas and Robert predeceased him. David is also survived by four children: Michael, Nadine, Thomas and John Andrew, and their mother, Dolores (nee Provan), David's wife of more than 30 years. David began his career at the Dominion Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia before joining the Canadian Army in 1950 where he became a helicopter pilot. For much of his career he flew for the Army, although from 1966 to 1969, he flew for the Canadian Navy out of Shearwater, Nova Scotia and off the Bonaventure aircraft carrier. After retiring from the military, he flew as a private commercial heli- copter pilot as well as for the Canadian Coast Guard on both the east and west coasts. His career provided ample opportunity for travel -- across Canada, the Southern U.S.A., Germany and throughout Europe, as well as Norway, Alas- ka and Britain. David's love of music evolved naturally in a family devoted to musical enter- prise and punctuated by significant accomplish- ment. including his sister Elizabeth's debut at Carnegie Hall in the 1960s. David loved to gaff and was an avid fly fisherman and hunter.

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Capt WB (Bill) Hagarty RCA

17 Dec 23 – 12 Jul 19


Born in Halifax, NS, December 17, 1923, second son of Col. William Grasett Hagarty, DSO and Mary Kinney of Boston, MA. Predeceased by his wife Evelyn Joan Reilly, RN, (2006) his three brothers, John, Ted and Ken, sister Jacqueline Riddell and son Gerard. Survived by his youngest sister Mary Sue Strain (Terry) of Calgary, Alberta and sister-in-law Elaine Hagarty (Ted), brother-in-law Jack Riddell, his 5 children, Maura Bannon (Murray), of South Carolina, Megan Hagarty Smith (Geoff), of Oakville, Ontario, Sean, Catherine of London, Dr. Sarah Hagarty (Dr. Kevin Draxinger) of Rockford, Illinois, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Bill served 3 years in the Royal Canadian Artillery as an observation pilot in WWII in Holland and Germany. He returned safely with his brother Ted and good friend Cal Smith (both paratroopers). After some further flying shenanigans involving a dare to fly under the bridge at Western Road, with "Chickens at 1000 feet" per the newspaper headline and a near fatal car accident with the three of them on their way to a ski trip, he often said he wondered why he had survived all that. He went on to study law at Osgoode Hall. With a deep regard of philosophy and theology, he studied a further four years at St. Peter's Seminary in London. Luckily for all of us, he decided that wasn't the life for him and he left to practice law. After a blind date at the Sertoma Club, he met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Joan Reilly. He spent 55 plus years practising law in London, Ontario. His religion, strong belief and a willingness to serve others less fortunate were a strong part of his daily life, volunteering to bring the sacraments to those who were unable to leave home. His faith was a great comfort to him. Happily retiring at 89, still driving, he discovered and enjoyed many new friendships at both Richmond Woods and Parkwood Veteran's Hospital. He particularly enjoyed sitting in the gardens and listening to the birds and nature all around him. A well loved Uncle Billy to his many nieces, nephews and their families.

Full obituary was published in the Toronto Star July, 14, 2019.

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Maj WE (Bill) Hall INF

30 Jun 24-7 Sept 22


As the sun rose to light the sky on September 7th, 2022, we said good-by to our Dad, Grandad and Great-grandad to join the love of his life Florence Ellen who passed in his loving arms on March 22, 2015. Also, waiting for him are his daughter Darrell who passed in 2016 and son Robert who passed in 2014.

Dad was born in England June 30, 1924 and immigrated with his parents to Welland, Ontario. After finishing school, he worked as a bookkeeper before enlisting in the RCAF in 1942 and graduated as a bomber pilot. Fortunately for us, they had a sufficient number of pilots so our Dad transferred to the PPCLI and trained as a paratrooper. From there, he served in Korea as a Company Second in Command and was there for 14 months. On return, he requalified as an army pilot and after many hours of training in air and land warfare, became the commanding officer of the of a carrier bound ground liaison unit and spent time on HMCS Bonaventure, Canada’s aircraft carrier. After numerous postings, he was assigned to the United Nations as an observer in various cities in Syria and Israel shortly after the “6 Day War”. Following 34 years of military service, he proudly retired as Major W. E. Hall.

Transition to civilian life was somewhat challenging, but Dad found his niche serving the public in the hotel industry when he was hired by the Westin (Lombard) Hotel in Winnipeg. He loved his job and the people he worked with and they liked him just as much. He was always welcomed to stop by and visit the kitchen staff and to enter their area and have many samples of the great cuisine they prepared. As a result, his suit jackets increased in size a few times before he retired from the Westin. During this time Mom and Dad spent the month of January in Hawaii for many years which he loved.

After retiring a second time – life was better than good – it was great! Mom and Dad built a cottage on Lake Winnipeg and a bought a home in Florida, where they got to enjoy their winters until their early nineties.

After Mom passed, Dad decided to move closer to family in Niverville, where he was able to be part of every Sunday brunch, holiday dinner and family get togethers. It was such a significant day for him to attend both of his great-granddaughter’s graduations. At 98, he was still living on his own, driving his own vehicle, grocery shopping, on-line shopping, on Face Book, PlayStation, streaming TV, reading books on his kindle and loved wearing the latest “brand name” clothing (the brighter – the better). A favourite memory was seeing Dad on the back of his grandson Raymond’s ATV going up the hill at the lake (he was 95 at the time).

Forever missed and always loved by his son Richard and wife Sandra, their sons and their wives Michael and Laurie, Raymond and Melanie and great-granddaughters Julia and Avery. His daughter Melissa and her husband Rich and his granddaughter Stephanie and her husband Greg and his grandson Johsua as well his granddaughter Deborah (daughter of Darrell). ​

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. ​

Our Dad – Our Hero. ​

Maj WE (Bill) Hall PPCLI, as a CanPara Lt, was a graduate in Mar 49 of the first light aircraft pilot course conducted by the Canadian Army after the end of the Second World War. Ab initio flying training was conducted by the Brandon Flying Club in Brandon MB under contract to the Canadian Army. The final, advanced portion of the Course, at the time entitled No. 1 Air OP and Liaison Pilot Course, was run by 444 Air OP Sqn (RCAF), a unit of the Joint Air School (JAS) located at Rivers MB. It should be noted that 444 Sqn was subsequently re-designated as the Light Aircraft School (LAS) 1 Apr 49. Bill joined the Course at Rivers having previously seen flying service as a Pilot with the RCAF from 1942-45, before re-mustering to the Canadian Army in 1945. In Oct 46 he was on staff at the JAS in Rivers and it was during this posting that he qualified as a Parachutist in Feb 47. Then, as a Capt, he joined 1 PPCLI (Canadian Army Special Force) and fought in the Korean War. After the War he assumed a GSO3 position in HQ Western Command. His next posting saw him re-join his Regiment, but this time 2 PPCLI as an A/Maj and then substantive Maj in Dec 59. Following his Regimental employment, Bill was posted to the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre (CJATC) where he became an Instructor in the Land/Air Warfare section of the Ground Training Wing. Bill continued flying on a Continuation basis until the cessation of this program in the late 1960s.

After Rivers, Bill was posted to the new CFHQ for a two year tour with DFLORA 1966-67. The following year he served with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, UNTSO Palestine. Major Hall returned to CFHQ before proceeding to Winnipeg in 1970 as a member of the Regular Support Staff. He once more was called upon to wear the blue beret during a second deployment with UNTSO, Palestine 1971-72. On his return he retired from the Forces in May 1973 after 34 years of faithful Service. Bill took his last flight 7 Sep 22 in Winnipeg

Bill was a true officer and gentleman in all respects.

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Capt SF (Stan) Hand RCASC

12 Aug 34-06 Oct 65


Stan joined the military in 1952 as a Service Corps officer and learned the Supply and Transport trade while serving in 10 Coy RCASC, Winnipeg. This tour included running the Supply Depots at Gimli and Rivers.

He remained in his native Manitoba to complete flying training at the Brandon Flying Club and CJATC and BHTU , Rivers. With the large Army Aviation expansion not yet in sight, he returned to Corps duties. In the early 60s he instructed at the Officer Training Company of the Service Corps School, Camp Borden.

When the purchase of the CH 113s finally materialized, Capt. Hand was assigned to CJATC, Rivers as one of the original instructors.

On a training flight 28 Sep 65, control of the aircraft was lost and it crashed within the confines of the Rivers airfield. The student/co-pilot and crew chief escaped, but Stan later succumbed to his injuries.

Captain Hand was the son of John and Dorothy Hand of St. Boniface, Manitoba, husband of Marie Jeannette Lorette (née Bourrier) Hand and father of Sharon and Janice Hand and bother of Roberta and Douglas.

Stan is buried in the St. Boniface (Green Acres Memorial) Gardens and is commemorated on Page 125 of the 'in the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.

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Capt DW (Doug) Hardy RCASC

28 Sep 31-15 May 96


HARDY - DOUGLAS WILLIAM, CD and Bar, left us suddenly in his 64th year on May 15, 1996. Painfully missed by his wife, Ineke, his sons David (Carol) and Scott (Leslie) of Calgary, Donald and Dan (LdSH(RC)) formerly of Tsawwas¬sen, grandsons Colter, -Tyne and Dexter, brother Dave and sister Mar¬garet-Ann of Sarnia. Also sadly missed by Mar, Hans, lteke and Pe¬ter, and relatives throughout Canada, the US and Holland. Born in Sarnia, Ont. Doug joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1948 at the age of 16 and was subsequently commis¬sioned from the rank of Sergeant into the Royal Canadian Service Corps. He received three sets of wings: Air¬' borne, pilot (Canadian) both fixed wing and helicopter, and pilot (US) helicopter. He served throughout Canada and in Europe, and kept the peace in Egpyt ('60-'61), the. Congo ('64), Cyprus ('72), and Israel ('76¬'77). Upon completion of 30 years distinguished military service, Doug served with such humanitarian aid agencies as CIDA, UNDP, UNICEF and the LWF, in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.. Whilst living in Tsawwassen, Doug devoted much time and energy to 828. Air Cadet Squadron. A memorial service will be held at the Delta Funeral Home, Thursday, 23rd May at 1600 hrs.

We will miss him desperately.

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Col FT (Fred) Harris RCCS

21 Sep 23-24 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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LtCol JP (Peter) Harrison RCASC

8 Jul 25-27 Nov 72

1. 1946 – RCIC, with RCAF Air Gunner wings
2. 1955 – RCASC. Promoted Capt 14 Jan 55, with Jump wings (at CJATC)
3. 1961 – RCASC, with Army Flying Badge
4. 1971 – RCASC, CF Greens. Promoted LCol and CO 427 Sqn

Peter Harrison was born in Kelowna, B.C. on July 8, 1925 and attended the University School in Victoria. In August 1943, he enrolled in the RCAF and trained during the war years at various locations across the prairie provinces as an airman and air gunnery officer. He began, but did not complete pilot training (Cornell aircraft). Subsequently, he earned the Air Gunner's badge and was commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer. In 1945, he was released from Active Service and transferred to the Reserves - serving until July 24, 1946 as an officer in the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps.

For the next five years on civvy street, he used his time well. On December 18, 1946 he married Lorna Hodge in Vancouver, B.C. and they started a family which eventually became six children. In May 1951, Peter enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (Service No. ZK 9706). Posted initially to the RCA SC School in Camp Borden, Ontario, he qualified as a parachutist, and in October 1951 became the first OC of 1 Airborne Platoon.

In 1953, Peter was posted to the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers, Manitoba - and so began his Army aviation experience. Ab initio flying training was conducted at the Brandon Flying Club (Cessna 140) followed by Advanced Flight Training course #15 at Rivers (Cessna L-19A) and in 1956, Helicopter Conversion Course #16 (Sikorsky 5-51). These were the early years of Army aviation when storied names like "Bumps" Dancey, Bert Lake, Randy Mattocks, Joe Oakley, Ron Hall, Dan Stovel, Lorne Rodenbush and Fred Wagner were spreading their wings! It was back to Borden in 1956.

During the early US Vietnam war years a series of Canadian Amy aviators were posted to US Army flying training centres. In 1959, Peter with family in tow, attended the US Army Primary Helicopter School course (Hiller 23-D) at Camp Wolters, Texas. Next, he transferred to Fort Rucker, Alabama for the H-34 "Choctaw" helicopter (Sikorsky S-58) conversion course. Finally, in 1960, it was off to the 4th Aviation Company in Fort Lewis, Washington where he flew the L-19/L-20 and H-13, H-19, H-21, HU-1A "Iroquois" helicopters. Upon his US departure, the Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division, awarded him with a Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Performance of Duty.

In June 1966, Major Harrison was posted to St. Hubert, P.Q. as CO of 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon, RCA SC (later 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron). The unit was equipped with Boeing Vertol CH-113A "Voyageur" helicopters. In Nov 1968, command of the squadron was passed to Major Lorne Rodenbush. On January 1, 1971 LCol Harrison assumed command of 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at CFB Petawawa, Ontario. The unit was equipped with new UH-1N "Huey" helicopters and was one of four such new tactical squadrons in Canada (CFB's Edmonton, Petawawa, Valcartier, and Gagetown).

After a short illness, LCol JP Harrison died of cancer on November 26, 1972 at the age of 47. As was his wish,his ashes were scattered by his son on the Mattawa Plain, adjacent to the 427 Squadron heliport.

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Maj PDA (Pat) Harrison RCA

17 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 LM (Len) Harvey RCA

15 Sep 20–27 Sep 88


Leonard Morton Harvey was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and passed most of his life in Baddeck in the heart of Cape Breton. As a twenty year old, he left the highlands for Halifax where he was enrolled in Dalhousie University. Len interrupted his second year studies to proceed overseas as a Lieutenant in the 4th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

In southern England, his Regiment trained with other units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. This Division was one of the major components of the First Canadian Army which fought from Normandy, France, through Belgium and played a key role in the liberation of the Netherlands. During the action to retake Bruges, Belgium, Captain Harvey sustained shrapnel wounds in both thighs and was evacuated to a hospital in France.

Fully recovered and back in the UK, Leonard successfully completed pilot training at the Elementary Flight School in Cambridge and at 43 Operational Training Unit, RAF Andover. He received his wings 17 July 45 and joined 666 Air OP Squadron, RCAF supporting the occupational forces in NW Europe after hostilities had ended. 666 Sqn was disbanded at the end of October 45, but Len and others were transferred to 664 Sqn which operated in Europe until May 1946.

Captain Harvey returned to Nova Scotia and completed his civil engineering degree at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Technical College. Following graduation Len returned home at his father’s request to work beside him as assistant superintendent of Oxford Paper Company’s Cape Breton sector. When the pulp and paper industry declined in the late 50’s, Len worked for a time as engineer with Martells Construction Company. In the late 60’s he expanded his career as a provincial land surveyor , founding LM Harvey and Sons which became a very successful survey firm in Cape Breton . Len was a member of the Professional Engineers of Canada, was chairman of the village commission of Baddeck for many years, and was a past president and life member of Branch 53, Royal Canadian Legion.

Leonard Morton Harvey died in Victoria General Hospital, Halifax at 68 years old. He was survived by his wife, the former Catherine MacDonald, two daughters, Catherine and Cathy, and two sons, Marvin Leonard and Paul Gordon, all of Baddeck, Cape Breton. He was buried in Harborview Cemetery, South Haven.

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Capt JC (James) Hay RCA

15 Nov 16–May 78


James Calder Hay was born in Manitoba while his father, a Presbyterian clergyman, was leaving to serve in France as Chaplain of 108th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Between wars, the family lived in North Dakota (1925-29) and Minnesota (29-31) where his father served as Minister of his Church. During the Great Depression the family returned to Canada, settling in Petrolia, Ontario.

Lieutenant Hay went overseas and served with the 55 Canadian Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery before successfully completing pilot training in the UK May 45. His assignment to 666 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF coincided with the Allied Victory in Europe. Nevertheless, the Squadron was very active supporting the occupation forces. In September Hay was promoted Captain just before the unit’s disbandment in late Oct 45. He was transferred to 664, the last remaining Air OP Sqn. providing VIP, courier and communications flight duties in NW Europe until May 1946. It wasn’t until Apr 46 when Capt. Hay finally sailed home to Canada, disembarking from Iles de France in Halifax 23 Apr.

Calder returned to Petrolia, qualified as an accountant and became the manager of the Ready Mix Cement Company and Canadian Building Materials Ltd. An avid golfer, he was a long-time member of the Glenview Golf and Country Club of Petrolia and a member of the Sarnia Branch of the National Homebuilders Association.

He died in Sarnia of emphysema in May 78 and is buried in the Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, Lambton County, Ontario.

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Capt FC (Clare) Haynes RCA

24 Mar 31-24 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.

HAYNES, F Clare - At the Niagara Health Centre, Welland, Ontario on Wednesday. August 24. 2011 Clare Haynes. in his 81st year was the beloved husband for 56 years of Ruth Haynes (nee Hayman) Dear father of Alan Haynes (Mary) of Louisiana and Sharon Haynes ROOK Grandfather of Beth Haynes, Madison, Adam, Dana, Julie and Brittany Brother of Paul Haynes (Jean) and the late Helen Sanford, Marjorie Matthew Russell, Lloyd and Garnet Haynes. A service in memory of Clare will be held at the MacCOUBREY FUNERAL HOME, 11 King St W., Colborne on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 2 p. m. Interment at Union Cemetery. Colborne Donations in memory of Clare can be made to the Old St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Colborne. Condolences to Northumberland County, Friday, August 26, 2011.

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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BGen RG (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 GM (Mike) Henderson RCA

1920-7 Jun 14


Peacefully, at the Civic Hospital on Saturday 7 Jun 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 Osier (Joanne); Jennifer Williams (Brian).

He was educated UCC, 1 year at Queen's University and then to the Artillery.

Mike was a Second World War veteran having served as a FOO in 11 Field Regiment RCA in the Italian Theatre. It was there that he directed the smoke screen for the attack on Monte Casino. As a result of his experience in Italy and knowing at first hand the difficulty of a ground observer seeing "the other side of the hill", Mike became a pioneer and advocate of Canadian Air OP. After Italy, he served as an Air OP pilot in Northwest Europe with 664 Squadron for the rest of the War in Europe. His service continued in the Permanent Force following the War.

He was Vice President of the Ottawa Humane Society, one of the originators of the Air OP Association, founder of the Ottawa Celiac Association, President of the Canadian Celiac Association and a long-time member of The Ottawa Gunners.

In his will, he specifically requested that, in lieu of a funeral service, that his Gunner friends and their successors meet at the Ottawa Army Officers' Mess OP, have a beer on him, sing "The Screw Guns" and tell stories about the "Good Old Days" serving the Guns, with him. Mike's request was duly carried out by an assembly of Ottawa Gunners led by BGen Bob Heitshu.

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LtCol BP (Spike) Hennessy RCASC

19 Sep 21-27 May 08

LCol. Brian "Spike" Hennessy, CD RCASC, Pilot 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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Cpl MG (Grant) Hoskin 1 Can Para Bn

31 May 24–14 Jul 99

Private Melville Grant Hoskin qualified as a parachutist at Camp Shilo, Manitoba 6 Jan 44. He was shipped overseas as reinforcement for 1 Para where he saw considerable action in the Ardennes and the low countries and participated in Op Varsity, the Airborne drop over the Rhine. After war’s end, he remained in the Army as a Corporal and qualified as a Glider Pilot by completing the 11 month course in the UK. He was awarded the coveted Army aviator’s wings March 1948.

When the Airborne Division in Canada did not materialize and the gliders moth-balled, Hoskin returned to civilian life in Sarnia, Ontario. He married Rosemary Haas who had also served in the military. Together they raised four daughters.

Grant passed away in July 1999 and is interred in the Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia, Onrario

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Capt JEL (Lorne) Houle RCASC

Sep 32-9 Jul 12


HOULE, Lorne E. Passed away on July 9th, 2012 at the age of 79. Dear husband to Shirley (Hayes) for 59 years. Beloved father to John, Nancy (Jim). Barbara (Jeff) and Grandpa to Wyatt. Hayden, Jack, Owen and Adam. A military Search and Rescue Helicopter Pilot who considered it a privilege to save the lives of others. Sincerest thanks to all the incredible health care professionals involved in his care. In particular, the palliative team at Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital and especially MJ whose wisdom and compassion were exceptional.

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Lt Col David John Hunden RCIC

01 Feb 16–30 Jan 21


David Hunden died January 30, 2021 at the Lynn Valley Care Center in North Vancouver three days before his 105th birthday. He was born February 2, 1916 in Cumberland, BC, the oldest son of Evan and Elizabeth Hunden.

David began his career as a teacher in Canyon, BC, where he met the love of his life, fellow teacher Sybil Norgrove. He was a World War II veteran, landing on a Normandy beach on D-Day plus one. He remained in the Armed Forces after the war and served his country for an additional twenty-five years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His various postings took him and his family to Pakistan and a half a dozen military bases across Canada. Notably, he spent a year in Vietnam in 1961 working for CANDEL, the agency charged with enforcing the peace after Vietnam defeated France in 1954. Upon retiring from the military, he got his master's degree in history from Carleton University and returned to his first love, teaching at Langara Community College in Vancouver for another twenty years.

David loved his big garden at their home in West Vancouver. He was an avid swimmer, admitting to having swum across Canada one lap at a time. However, his main claim to athletic fame was his uniquely customized "5BX" program of exercise every morning and every night. His son Jack introduced him at one time to "the Plank" exercise when David was in his nineties. Jack had over many months worked his way up to doing two minutes of the Plank. David dropped to the floor and promptly assumed the position. After two minutes, he asked "How long are you supposed to be able to do this for?".

David was a kind and generous person who inspired many others. He was gentle where Sybil was colorful. He spoke little about the war. However, he did sometimes say that he thought his life was over several times and that everything since then had been a gift. That gave him a warm and grateful spirit.

David is survived by his son Jack Hunden, daughter-in-law Pam Hawes, grandchildren Tom Hunden and Carolyn Hawes, nieces Joni Graham and Meg Sinclair and many friends whose lives he touched. He was preceded in death by his wife Sybil and brother Bud Hunden.

On Centralia flight line, Lt C.A. Sangster and Lt Col D.J. Hunden.

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Capt H (Harry) Hurley RCASC

12 Oct 30-8 Jul 90


Harry was born in British Columbia to an Irish father and an English mother. He joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a private soldier in 1947. Harry went on to graduate from Officer Candidate training and was commissioned as a 2Lt in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1952. His Corps ‘on job training’ was with 10 Coy RCASC in Winnipeg and the RCASC School in Borden before completing his flying training at the Brandon Flying Club and CJATC, Rivers Manitoba in 1954.

He served variously as a cargo helicopter pilot or a transport and supply officer in Europe, USA, The West Indies and all provinces and territories in Canada. But it was while on exchange with the 4th Transport Helicopter Company in Fort Benning, Georgia 1957-59, ostensibly to study the organization and operations of a transport helicopter company, that Lt Hurley was exposed to a life changing experience.

He and fellow RCASC pilot Capt. Bumps Dancey were attached to the 31st Transportation Company for that unit’s support missions at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada May to Sep 1957. As helicopter pilots, he and Dancey participated in the controversial series of nuclear tests to study how the average foot soldier would stand up, physically and psychologically to the rigors of the tactical nuclear battlefield.

Lt Hurley witnessed the blast known as Shot Smokey and at least three other smaller detonations during the summer of 1957. He was tasked to overfly ground zero a number of times, taking photographs from his helicopter with the doors removed. This radiation exposure would affect Harry’s health for many years and involve him in a multi-year battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs for recognition that his multiple cancers were service related.

Captain Harry Hurley finally won is fight with the bureaucracy and was awarded a disability pension and compensation literally days before he lost his battle with cancers in Victoria, B.C. 1990.

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Maj FG (George) Hutson RCEME

16 Jun 36-23 Jan 21


Frederick George was born and spent his early years at Mount Forest, Ontario. As a teenager, he won a scholarship to St. Andrew’s, the university-preparatory College at Aurora, Ontario. From there he was accepted into the military’s Regular Officer Training Program. He completed his college studies at both Royal Roads in Victoria, BC and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1958. It was in Kingston that he met his future wife Sally.

George completed his electrical engineering degree at the University of Toronto. He was thus commissioned in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. During his time in the RCEME, Captain Hutson completed his lifelong ambition of learning to fly. He completed Primary Flying School at RCAF Station Centralia, Ont Sep 61 to Mar 62 and then the Army’s Light Aircraft Pilots Course in Rivers, Manitoba, earning his pilot’s wings June 1962. The following year he successfully completed rotary wing conversion training at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit, also in Rivers.

After his military days came to a close, he went on to a distinguished civilian career focused on managing building and grounds maintenance for Simpson Sears, The North York Board of Education, University of Toronto and lastly serving as Physical Plant Director for Queen’s University. Being such a gifted manager, he earned the respect and admiration of his employees from all levels at each stop along that path. A natural leader, whatever community organization he became involved with, he was asked to lead in short order. From neighborhood associations to charities to youth groups to Queen’s retirees, he’d very soon be out front helping in whatever way he could. George was renowned by one and all for being unfailingly respectful and honorable to anyone he encountered, no matter what station in life. He treated everyone with the dignity they deserved. He was the true Officer and Gentleman.

Much of his retirement was spent battling numerous medical challenges, finally succumbing to complications that eventually arose from the dual ravages of dementia and hemochromatosis, specifically an infection following hip surgery.

Major Hutson passed away 23 Jan 21 and was survived by his wife Sally, daughter Jennifer and son Brian.

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Capt RT (Ron) Ingle RCA

21 May 14-16 Sep 46


Ronald Thomas Ingle was born in Guelph, Ontario. A graduate of Upper Canada College, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Toronto in 1938. In March of the same year he married Gretta Amelia Taylor in Waterloo, ON. He spent his summers working in veterinary clinics in the Detroit area while taking his Master of Science degree at the Michigan State University.

In Aug 41 he was accepted into the C.A.S.F as a 2Lt in the 2/29th Fd Bty, RCA as an Artillery Reinforcement Officer. He did his officer training at Brockville and then proceeded to Petawawa in early 1942 as a Lt for his artillery training. On completion, he served as a Captain with the 23rd Field Regt, RCA until Aug 43 when assigned to the staff of No.2 Artillery Training Centre back in Petawawa. He sailed overseas in Feb 44.

The 23rd Field Regiment was very active with their self-propelled guns throughout the fighting from Normandy onwards. But Capt. Ingle returned to England to successfully complete pilot training from Sep to Dec 44 and was assigned as a flight commander with 664 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF which was operational throughout NW Europe until after VE Day.

He sailed home in July 45 and returned to a Farmington, Michigan clinic as a veterinary surgeon. Capt. Ingle passed away suddenly in Sep 46 of a coronary thrombosis, attributed, according to the Veteran's Affairs doctors, to his military service. He is buried in the Eden Mills, Ontario cemetery.

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Capt FR (Ray) Irwin RCA

31 May 14-21 Aug 10


IRWIN, F. Ray University of Toronto WW II Veteran RCA; Air Observation Pilot, Tax Policy Director , 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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Capt FA (Fred) Isaacs RCASC

Jul 28–1 Jan 21



Fred grew up in the Anglo-Indian community in India, completed high school and was in college in Lucknow when Independence from Britain was granted in 1947. His civil-service father withdrew the family from school and moved to the new Dominion of Pakistan.

Fred immediately joined the fledging Royal Pakistan Air Force and received basic flying training on the Tiger Moth. Lacking suitable training facilities in the new country, he was shipped to Florida, USA for a year of advanced training on Harvards and P-51 Mustangs. In 1949 after wings graduation, Fred was given a four- year commission. The first two years were spent in Peshawar flying Hawker Tempests and Furies in the Northwest Frontier Province. There he was involved occasionally in live fire operations supporting the Tochi Scouts fighting militant tribesmen. His second two-year tour was in Karachi with the first jet squadron flying Vickers-Armstrong Attackers (see photo of Fred in the cockpit of an Attacker) engaged in conversions, weapons training and formation aerobatic displays. He flew with No. 9 Squadron, the unit that formed Pakistan's first aerobatic team, the "Red Dragons" in 1951, flying Sea Furys (see photo of a formation of Sea Fury's flying inverted over the Khyber Pass).

He received two plum assignments during this period of 1951-53. The first one saw him ferrying a brand-new Attacker from the factory in the UK after completing the RAF weapons instructors' course on Meteors and Vampires. For the second, he sailed to the UK and back aboard a destroyer to march in the coronation parade for the new Queen on 2 Jun 53. The next day he and his contingent received medals from Buckingham Palace after being inspected by the new Monarch.

In 1954, amid rising strident nationalism, he and his new wife emigrated from Pakistan and arrived in Canada. Fred signed up with the RCAF during the build-up of Sabre squadrons for the Air Division in Europe. He would spend three years and 850 hours flying from Marville, France with 439 Squadron (see photo of a formation of 436 Squadron Sabres in France). In 1957 the government reduced defence spending which dictated a severe Air Force downsizing. Not offered a permanent commission, he returned to Canada and transferred to the Canadian Army RCASC before his short-service commission expired.

With little Army indoctrination, Fred was posted in 1959 to 5 Transport Company, RCASC as a Lieutenant Transport Officer in Valcartier. It was his first ground tour after 10 continuous years of flying high performance aircraft in three squadrons. From Quebec, Lt Isaacs was transferred in 1963 to Whitehorse, YT as the Administrative Officer of 19 Company, RCASC.

The Isaacs spent little time on the Alaska Highway as Fred was selected for Army pilot training and joined Ex-RCAF/RCN Light Aircraft Pilot Conversion Course #2 in Rivers, Manitoba 12 Nov 63-3 Feb 64. Immediately after receiving their Army Aviators Badge, Course #2 completed the basic helicopter conversion course on the Hiller CH-112 helicopter, also at Rivers. Fred remained at Rivers as the Camp Supply and Transport Officer until eventually being qualified on the new CH-113A Voyageur and posted to 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon when it moved from Rivers to St. Hubert, Quebec. In 1968 the unit became 450 Squadron. As the Squadron Standards Officer Fred earned the 1000- hour pin from Boeing Vertol.

Capt Isaacs' next move was back to Manitoba and Training Command Bases of Rivers (flying CH-112s) and Portage la Prairie where he became a Cat 1A instructor on the Kiowa and commanded of the Flight Instructors School. While in Portage, Fred began taking night courses at the University of Manitoba to broaden opportunities in civvy employment as Compulsory Retirement Age was looming on the horizon He graduated from UofM with a BA degree in 1997. He continued his studies at the University of Alberta when he received his terminal posting as the maintenance test pilot at CFB Namao.

After leaving the Forces, Fred moved to Abbotsford, BC where he flew with a number of commercial enterprises before moving back to Ontario where he ran the Viking Helicopter Training School for three years. Now with five years of commercial experience, he became a helicopter Civil Aeronautics Inspector for Transport Canada in the Ontario region.

He finished up his 43-year flying career with the Pacific Region of Transport Canada and "tapering off" with part time instructing. His log book showed 18 types of helicopters and 12 fixed wing aircraft flown. He and Cal retired in the White Rock area of BC. Capt Fred Isaacs passed away New Year's Day 2021.

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Maj RM (Rene) Jalbert INF

20 Feb 21-21 Jan 96


Born on February 20, 1921 in Quebec City (Quebec), Rene Jalbert was a World War II and Korean War veteran, in addition to having participated in UN peacekeeping missions in the United Nations Forces in Indochina and Cyprus. After his military career, he became sergeant-at-arms of the National Assembly of Quebec. On May 8, 1984, when an individual opened fire in the Parliament Building, Rene Jalbert showed extraordinary courage by negotiating with the assailant, who surrendered to the authorities a few hours later. To acknowledge his remarkable calm, he was awarded the Cross of Valour. He died on January 21, 1996 at age 74.

Rene served in the Canadian Army from 1939 to 1969, retiring in the rank of Major as a member of the famed Royal 22nd Regiment. Amongst many other military qualifications, he earned his Canadian Army Pilot Wings at the Light Aircraft School, Joint Air School, Rivers Camp MB, graduating in Aug 1951 from the second such Course after WW2.

He now rests in Quebec City, QC.

May 8, 1984, Rene Jalbert faces a killer, who is armed with a machine gun, and convinces him
to release his hostages taken in the chamber of the National Assembly of Quebec.

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Capt RR (Bob) Johnston RCA

24 Sep 20–17 Nov 83


Roderick Reed Johnston was born in Montreal. His Nova Scotian born father was an investment banker who had won a Military Cross for bravery while serving with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps in France during WWI.

Bob’s early education was at the reputable Selwyn House School before enrolling at McGill University in the COTC program. Promoted Lieutenant in June 41, he was assigned to the 8th Army Field Regiment, RCA the following year. Promoted Captain July 43, he became the Regiment’s Adjutant. Overseas in England, Johnston successfully completed pilot training on Air OP Course #40 at No. 22 Elementary Flying Training School at RAF Cambridge and then operational flying at No. 43 Operational Training Unit at RAF Andover.

He received his wings one day before VE Day and joined 666 Air OP Squadron in Holland where their tasking included VIP, courier and communications flight duties in support of the occupational forces. The unit disbanded at Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, on 31 Oct 45. Capt Johnston co-authored “Battle History 666”, a tongue in cheek ‘Official Wartime History of 666 Air OP Squadron, RCAF’.

Returning to Canada, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a stockbroker in Westmount (Montreal). He married Josette Lacaille 27 Apr 46 and they had one son and daughter together. Later divorced, Bob remarried before retiring from the investment world by 1972 at 52 years of age. Capt RR Johnston passed-away in Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital 17 Nov 83 and is interred in the Mount Royal Cemetery.

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Maj DK (Keith) Johnstone RCA

2 Jan 24-8 May 82


Keith Johnstone was born into a civil service family in Ottawa Jan 24. His father, James Alford Johnstone, was a WWI veteran and former banker who retired from the Auditor General’s office. During WWII Keith enlisted in the RCAF. As a leading aircraftsman in 43, he was selected for flying training and completed his initial course at #17 Elementary Flying Training School at Stanley, N.S.

Johnstone served at various RCAF Stations in Canada as a pilot until he took his discharge in 1945. He returned to Ottawa and completed a university degree in journalism from Carleton University while working part-time for the Ottawa Citizen and the CFRA radio station.

After graduation in 1949, Keith was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army (Regular) and joined 1 RCHA in Shilo, Manitoba. With his previous flying experience he converted to Army aviation at the Brandon Flying Club and the Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers, Manitoba 1951-52. He became one of the original pilots with the 1st Air Observation Post Flight, RCA in Shilo.

He went to Korea with 4 RCHA during their rotation, but spent the year Jun 53-May 54 flying with 1903 Independent AOP Flight, RAF supporting the 1st Commonwealth Division’s operations in the Peninsula.

Returning from Asia, Captain Johnstone joined the Army’s Directorate of Public Relations and served as photo editor at Army Headquarters. In 1956 he became a Public Relations Officer at Western Command Headquarters in Edmonton. In 1959 Keith was posted to Germany and served with the PR Unit of 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group as the unit’s 2 i/c and eventually as the officer commanding. In the summer of 1962 Keith was promoted Major and assumed he appointment of Command Public Relations Officer, Western Command HQ in Edmonton.

Retired to the community of Elora, Wellington County, Ontario, he remained socially active in the Royal Canadian Legion and 11 Field Regiment, RCA (Guelph). Keith Johnstone passed away suddenly at his residence 8 May 82 and left behind his wife Jean (Flannery), two sons, one daughter and his brother James of Ottawa.

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Capt RM (Ron) Jones RCA

30 Oct 21–24 Jul 74

Ronald Macdonald Jones was born and raised in North Battleford, Sask. He and his fellow reservists belonged to the 44th Field Battery, RCA based in Prince Albert. The battery, one of three of Saskatchewan’s 10 Field Brigade, was called up to active service in 1941 and embarked for overseas.

Once in England, the 10th Brigade was broken up with the batteries being assigned to different Field Regiments. During the year and a half of intensive artillery training Ron was selected for officers’ training and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. His Regiment then participated in Operation Husky, the allied campaign in Sicily and Italy.

Safely back in the UK in 1944, Jones and thirteen fellow Canadian gunner officers successfully completed Air Observation Post pilot training, being awarded their ‘wings’ 19 Dec 44. They became the initial pilots of 664 Air OP Squadron, RCAF being formed at RAF Station Andover by Major D.R. Ely.

With Major Dave Blyth now in command, the Squadron saw continuous action from March 44 in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Sometime after VE Day and now a Captain, Jones was transferred to 666 Squadron that missed all the action, but was now supporting the occupation forces in NWE.

His repatriation draft arrived in N.Y. 7 Dec 45 aboard the QE . Ron returned home to North Battleford on demobilization. In 1946 he married Florence Margaret Inman. Together they raised a family of four children while Ron was engaged in the automotive service industry. By the mid-60s, Jones and family moved to the west coast of B.C.

In 1974 Ronald Jones lost a year-long battle with cancer and passed away in Vancouver at the age of 52.

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Maj RO (Bob) Jones RCASC

26 Apr 18-2 May 01

JONES, Robert Owen (Bob) WWII Veteran Peacekeeper in Cambodia 1954-55 Canadian Liason Officer and Test Pilot to Fort Rucker, Alabama 1963-66. Passed away peacefully at the Elisabeth Bruyere on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Rosemary for 58 years. Loving father of Rosanne (David Minson) of Denver, Colorado, Robyn (Edwin O'Quinn) of Houston, Texas and Jennifer (Gary Benedict) of Ottawa. Cherished grandpa to Robert and Ryan Minson and Kevin and Kenneth O’Quinn. Dear brother to Renee Thomas and her sons Michael Thomas and John Thomas. Predeceased by his parents Richard and Elizabeth (nee Fisher) Jones and his sister Jean Cowie.

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Capt FJ (Jim) Kendall RCASC

Jan 31-31 Dec 01

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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BGen KT (Ken) Kennah RCEME

Jul 26–12 Nov 18

BGen. (ret.) Ken Kennah passed away November 12, 2018.

He was predeceased by his wife Jean (Coffyn) of 64 years, in 2014. He was the father of John (Suzanne) of North Vancouver and Michael (Lise) of Montreal, and the grandfather of Erin, Leslie and Stephanie, and great—grandfather of Finn. He was a brother of Cletus, Eleanor McNally, Mary Toone and predeceased by John (Chuck).

Ken was educated as an engineer at St, F.X. University and Nova Scotia Tech. During his military career he lived with his family in seven Canadian provinces, the U.S. and Germany. His favourite vacation spot was their cottage at Youghall Beach in Bathurst, N.B.

Editorial Note: Ken was a graduate of Light Aircraft Pilot Course (LAPC) 24 in Nov 1958, having completed ab initio flying training at the Brandon Flying Club and thereafter advanced flying training, to wings standard, at the Light Aircraft School (LAS) at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre (CJATC) at Rivers MB.

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LtCol JDB (John) Kent RCCS

20 Mar 34-18 Aug 07

KENT, John D.B., P.Eng. Lieutenant Colonel 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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Cpl JM King (Jim) RCIC

23 Sep 25-10 Aug 06

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Maj BS (Burt) Lake RCASC

16 Apr 23-30 Sep 89

Burt Stanley (junior) was born in Calgary 1923 into a military family. He began his own soldering as a subaltern in the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Towards the end of 1949 he transferred to the RCASC as a Lieutenant in charge of the supply depot in Rivers, Manitoba. In July 1952 he began his pilot training and was one of the first RCASC graduates, completing LAS Pilot Course #5 along with Hans Tscharke and Gord Walker.

In 1957 he was assigned to the rapidly formed 56 Cdn Tpt Coy for service in Egypt. In the early 60's he was back in Manitoba as a Captain and 2 i/c of 10 Coy RCASC. From there Burt was posted in 1963 to Gagetown to join the experimental 'support unit' that was to become #3 Service Battalion. During his tenure he was promoted Major and given command of one of the unit's transport companies.

He moved to Ottawa after leaving the Army and became a civil servant, retiring in the area and passed away at the age of 66. He is interred in Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery.

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Capt. Jean-Louis Lamy RCA

2 Feb 18 – 29 Nov 95

Lamy is in the rear

Jean-Louis was the oldest of 5 boys and three girls born into a merchant family in Montreal. In his late teens wanderlust took him to Vancouver and back before enlisting in the CASF at Kingston, Ontario. He completed his initial officer training at the Royal Canadian Artillery Training Centre in Winnipeg before proceeding overseas with the first reinforcement draft in 1940. He would have served in Sicily and Italy before returning to the UK to complete pilot training Nov 44 to Feb 45. He saw service with 665 Air Observation Post Squadron RCAF in NW Europe until shortly after VE Day. He was one of the first six squadron pilots to be repatriated having volunteered for the Canadian Far East Force. Back in Canada, his services were no longer needed when Japan surrendered. After demobilization, he returned to university and became a medical doctor, specializing in general and thoracic surgery. He remained in Montreal and practiced at the Institute of Cardiology and the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. Jean-Louis Lamy passed away in his home town at 77 years of age.

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Maj FH (Fred) Leach RCEME.

18 Nov 21-29 Oct 88


Frederick Howard Leach was born in Kingston, Ontario and passed away in Kelowna, BC after a brief illness. His Armed Forces career spanned 33 years with service in England during WWII and the Korean conflict. He rose through the ranks to become a WO1 and in the early 60s was commissioned from the ranks and moved from an aviation maintenance officer to become a qualified pilot and helicopter flying instructor.

In 1973 he retired to the Salmon Arm area of British Columbia where he and wife Joyce remodelled their retirement home and operated a hobby farm. His knowledge and expertise was instrumental in the establishment of No. 4 Fire Hall where Fred became the first Hall Captain. He remained active with the Fire Department until his passing.

Fred’s love of motorcycles led him to become a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and Retreads of Kamloops. He was survived by his wife Joyce, son John and daughter Mary as well as his three brothers and their families.

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Capt 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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LtCol HF (Bert) Leggett RCA

23 Mar 29-2018


We are saddened to report the Last Flight for LtCol HF (Bert) Leggett. The following obituary is repeated for your information.

Vic Coroy
Chairman, Editorial Board
Canadian Army Aviation Website

It is with great sadness and yet some small comfort, that I announce the passing of both Bert and Jonelle Leggett. Bert passed away in Calgary in 2018 after struggling with Cancer and Jonelle passed away in 2019 at the Riverview Health Centre. Although Bert and Jonelle had to be apart the last bit of their lives, together they were partners in all aspects of their lives and shared a very deep and respectful love for each other.

Bert was a farm boy from Saskatchewan, who went away to university and then joined the Canadian Armed Forces with a rewarding career from 1950 to 1984. Looking at old photos Bert likely wanted to join the Army as a very young boy, especially for the adventure. Bert first served as an artillery officer, then became a pilot instructor and subsequently held a wide range of staff appointments retiring at Air Command headquarters in Winnipeg. Col. Bert Leggett then worked with the Corps of Commissionaires and retired as the commandant in 1998. One of Bert’s most memorable assignments was serving on an international truce team in the former French Indo-China in the 1950s.

In the 1950s in Rivers, MB, Bert met and was drawn to Jonelle. Jonelle was a beloved teacher, beautiful inside and out. Jonelle grew up in Winnipeg and loved life, family and people. Jonelle was unassumingly quite brilliant with a big heart and a quirking sense of humour. She especially loved teaching Grade 1. After marrying Bert, Jonelle supported several initiatives, until Jonelle took on her most successful career of being a great mom. Come Jonelle’s retirement she was well known for giving good advice, a fabulous gardener and a love for holiday decorating - especially Christmas.

As a family we lived in a few places including Europe and took the opportunity to travel to many places abroad and in Canada. We then came back to Winnipeg to be closer to family, as family was very important to both Bert and Jonelle.

Their daughter Cara thanks both her Mom and Dad with all her heart for her blessed life. Cara especially thanks her parents for instilling their values of love, empathy, faith and strength through living those values everyday.

Bert and Jonelle were both caring and genuine, loving people that shared their hearts and lives not only with each other and family but with many that crossed their paths. They are greatly missed!

A memorial service will take place on July 4, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., followed by light refreshments. The service will be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Roman Catholic Chapel – Wing Winnipeg located at 2235 Silver Ave. (just west of Whytewold). As Bert and Jonelle’s favourite colours were blue and green, please feel free to wear one of those colours

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Maj OJ (Orv) Lester RCA

16 Feb 24-24 Sep 94


Orville Julius was born in Southey, Saskatchewan and completed his high school education in Laura, SK. He tried working as a bank clerk, but decided to follow his brother into the military. Harold Robert (2 years older) was an Ordinary Seaman at 18 years old and was lost when the Canadian troop ship SS Nerissa was torpedoed off Ireland 30 Apr-1May 41. Orville trained with the RCAF and as a Sgt, received his pilots’ wings 28 Jan 44 at 7 Special Flying Training School, RCAF Station Fort MacLeod, Alberta.

Our research has been unable to track Orville’s Air Force career, but are aware he was a commissioned officer by the time he was demobilized. Probably taking advantage of the generous veterans’ benefits, he enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a BA degree in 1950.

Rather than rejoin the RCAF, Orv enlisted in the Canadian Army and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery. In Dec 52, married with 2 young children, Captain Lester and family sailed to the UK where he attended the Royal Artillery’s School of Anti-Aircraft in Manorbier, Wales. He went on to serve his regiment in various operational and flying positions, including the Air OP Troop in Shilo, having previously qualified for the Canadian Army Flying Badge on Light Aircraft Pilot Course 25 in the spring of 1959.

He was promoted Major in 1960 to command 1 RCHA’s Air OP Troop in Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick. By the mid-60s he was at Army Headquarters in Ottawa with the Director General of Operational Research. Upon integration, his branch was now in CFHQ’s Directorate Land/Air Operational Research.

In 1969 he got a reprieve from the Ottawa scene and donned the blue beret with HQ United Nations Force in Cyprus. Major Lester returned to NDHQ in the Director General Operations Land in 1970-71. In 1972 until his retirement in 73, he worked for DCDS (Operations).

His wife Gene Elizabeth MacDonald passed away in Florida in 1985 and Major Lester died September 24, 1994 in Ottawa from heart failure during unrelated surgery.

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Col GE (Gord) Lindsay RCASC

2 Dec 25-16 May 89

Gordon Eldon Lindsay was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario. Commissioned as a Lt, RCASC via the COTC program, his first posting was to 6 Coy RCASC, colocated with HQ Eastern Command in Halifax, N.S. to provide supply and transport support for units in N.S. and P.E.I. Gord was in charge of the Supply Depot in RCAF Station Summerside.

In June 52 Lt Lindsay joined the newly formed 55 Tpt Coy for a year's tour of duty supporting the Brigade in Germany. He returned to Canada and the RCASC School in Borden, and by 1954 was promoted Captain to become the Adjutant of the School.

In 1958/59 he was held supernumerary to 3 Coy RCASC, established in Kingston supporting Eastern Ontario. From there he went off to the USA and completed direct helicopter pilot training in 1960. He and his RCASC course mates went on to be qualified on the L-19 at Rivers throughout 1961. Gord received his Majority by year's end.

In the summer 62 Major Lindsay returned to Germany as the CO of the renumbered 1 Tpt Coy, RCASC. It was the only Service Corps field unit with their own CH-112 helicopter. The machine was later destroyed in a weather related accident with no serious injuries to the pilot nor to his two passengers.

Gord returned to Canada after supporting the Brigade for 3 years, attended Staff College, and like a number of his colleges, elected to remain a Logistics Officer when the Forces integrated.

As a Colonel, he was last in a direct line of RCASC officers to hold the coveted position of Director Supply & Transport/Director General Transport when CFHQ transformed into NDHQ. Gord culminated his career as Canada's military attaché to Poland.

He passed away in his 65th year in Ottawa and is buried along side his wife Marjory Middagh (1918-2007) in the Maple Ridge Cemetery, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry United Counties, Ontario.

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Maj JM (Joe) Liston RCA

22 Feb 20-9 Feb 08


Joseph Michael was born and raised in Ottawa in a large family with 10 siblings. His first job was with the Federal Government in the Department of Pensions and National Health. At the age of 21 he enlisted in the RCAF, trained and received his pilot’s wings 22 Nov 41 at #2 Service Flying Training School at Station Uplands in his home town of Ottawa.

By Christmas 41, Sgt Liston was overseas and began a 1 and ½ year tour of duty with the Royal Air Force. On his return to Canada in 1943, Joe decided to transfer to the Canadian Army. He received his Army officer training at Cornwall, Ontario, graduating mid August 43 as a 2Lt in the Royal Canadian Artillery. The very next week the newly commission Liston returned to Ottawa to marry Ielene Maude Norton 18 Oct 43.

Lt Liston next completed his basic artillery training at Camp Petawawa before being assigned overseas as a reinforcement RCA officer. With his previous flying experience, he was selected for, and successfully completed Army pilot training in the U.K. 9 Nov 44 – 13 Feb 45. Promoted to Captain in Apr 45, Liston served in 665 and 666 Air Observation Post Squadrons in NW Europe, until sailing home via New York aboard the QE troop ship arriving early Dec 45.

Instead of being demobilized, Capt. Liston elected to remain in the Regular Forces. He served in Shilo and Rivers, Manitoba in the late 40s, and then with the RCHA in Petawawa. From there, he was sent to Korea as a member of 1 Field Regiment, RCHA. With his experience, he was attached to the Commonwealth’s 1903 Independent Air OP Squadron and during one of his very first missions in theatre, was shot down and captured. During his 13 months in Communist captivity, Capt. Liston was the highest-ranking Canadian officer captured during the conflict.

After Korea he continued his service in the Army, doing a tour of duty with the United Nations as a truce observer in India/Pakistan 1962/63. Back in Canada he was promoted Major and continued regimental duties, including commanding the Air OP Flight in Shilo, Manitoba. Joe retired from the military in 1969 and worked in various civilian ventures until the mid 1980s when he decided golfing was more important.

He and his wife of 64 years retired in London, Ontario, where Major Joe Liston passed away in 2008 in his 88th year. He was survived by his wife Ielene, his two sons Terry and Tom and was predeceased by his daughter Jane Higgin (David) of London. Joe is interred in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London. His wife passed away in 2013.


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Capt RJ (Jack) Lovell RCA

17 Feb 34-11 Jan 12


Lovell, Roderick John (Jack) Capt 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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Capt JA (Jim) Lowe RCA

15 Jul 31-15 Aug 22


James Alfred Lowe passed away peacefully at the Campellford Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 15th, 2022 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Patricia Mary Alexander. Loving father of Ian Lowe and Jim Lowe. Keeping with James's wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted with WEAVER Funeral Home - Warkworth, 70 Church St. As an expression of sympathy, donations to The Salvation Army.

In spite of efforts by the Editorial Board Staff of the Canadian Army Aviation Website to learn something of Jim’s Service in the Royal Canadian Artillery, nothing has been found as yet. Jim qualified as a Canadian Army Pilot in 1956, graduating off Light Aircraft Pilot Course 18 on 30 Oct 1956 at the Light Aircraft School at Rivers MB, with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. A subsequent flying tour found him flying military Cessna 182 Aircraft as one of four Canadian Army Officers (Carr, McCann and Dicker) assigned to the Cessna Flight of 412 (T) Sqn at RCAF Station Uplands in the mid to late 1960s.

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Maj RO (Robert) Lundgren RCA

04 Nov 17-04 Oct 77

Robert Olav was born in Calgary to a Swedish father and a Norwegian mother. The family had settled in Vulcan, Bow River, Alberta. Robert was serving as a gunner in the 19th Field Brigade of the Non-Permanent Active Militia when the unit was called to active service and sailed for England in 1940.

During the intense training in the UK, Robert successfully completed officers’ training and was commissioned as a Lieutenant it the RCA. In late 42 he met and married Muriel L Richards in Nottinghamshire. Very shortly afterwards, the newlywed embarked for the invasion of Sicily and Italy.

Safely back in England, Lt Lundgren completed light aircraft pilot training, receiving his wings 27 Mar 45. Promoted Capt, he was assigned to 666 Air OP Squadron (RCAF) as ‘C Flight’ Commander. The newly trained squadron arrived in Europe after VE Day, but provided valuable aviation support to the Canadian Army Occupation Force throughout NW Europe.

Post war, Lundgren remained on active duty for another 20 years. He became one of the original Air OP pilots of 444 Sqn which began operating from Shilo in 1947 under the auspices of the Joint Air School in Rivers. In Nov 49, Robert began seven months of helicopter training at Connally Air Force Base in Waco, Texas. Afterwards, he reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to ‘observe advanced liaison operations’.

After the American experience, he returned to Shilo and 444 Sqn until the fall of 51 when he was posted to No. 1 Canadian Air Liaison Group in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He was in fact the HMCS Magnificent’s Carrier Borne Ground Liaison Officer. In Nov 53 Maggie’s aircrew flew their aircraft to CJATC, Rivers for close air support training controlled by the now Acting Major Lundgren.

In 1954 he returned to Shilo and the 444 Air OP Sqn Detachment which had now become 2 Air OP Flight. On promotion to substantive Major in 1955, now Major Lundgren appears to have been posted to Camp Gagetown NB (family shown living in York-Sunbury NB in 1953) where he likely served as a Bty Comd on strength of the Artillery Regiment there at the time. From Gagetown our research presumes he served with the Brigade in Germany from 1957-59 before a posting to Ottawa in the NATO European Planning Section in the CDS Branch. During this period of relatively high movement, he found time to attend and graduate from both Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College, gaining him the symbols of military qualification PSC and JSSC respectively.

Robert separated from the Army in 1966 to indulge his passions of writing, painting and particularly, photography. He won several awards internationally for his photos and became the President of the Camera Club of Ottawa. When he passed away in 1977, Maj Robert Olav Lundgren was survived by his wife and three children, Jill, Diane and Michael.

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Capt WGA (Bill/Slack Mac) MacDonald RCA

29 Jul 23-21 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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LtCol JG (John) MacGregor RCA

May 39-7 Dec 22


On Wednesday 7 Dec 2022, at the age of 83, John took his last flight from his home base in Langley BC, receiving clearance from the Langley Tower to depart runway 25, straight out and unrestricted climb: destination the big hangar in the sky where he will be met by so many of his former comrades in arms, in particular those wearing the Canadian Army aviation "Blue Wing" and Canadian Forces Pilot Badge.

John was born in Napanee Ontario in May 1939 where he grew up and received his Secondary School education. In 1958 he made the command decision to join the Canadian Army Regular Force under the Officer Candidate Programme and, upon commissioning, began a long and illustrious career in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. After an initial period of regimental duty as a young Lieutenant, he applied and was accepted for Canadian Army pilot training, commencing his ab initio flying training at RCAF Station Centralia in Nov 1962., Subsequently he completed his Army pilot training at Rivers Manitoba, graduating in Jul 1963 with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. He went on to become a fully qualified rotary wing pilot and thereafter qualifying on course as an Artillery Air OP pilot, serving the guns in Artillery Regiments both in Canada and West Germany up to unification of the Canadian Forces in 1969. Thereafter, 403 (Helicopter) Operational Training Squadron Petawawa and Gagetown was to play a very significant role in John's career in tactical Army aviation. John stayed flying on the Pilot List until his retirement from the Regular Force in 1978 in the rank of Major, joining the Supplementary Reserve from whence he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer 15 Field Regiment RCA in Vancouver BC.

After leaving the Canadian Forces, John joined Transport Canada in Vancouver where he ultimately became the Director, Pacific Air Services in Richmond BC, a most prestigious position indeed. John was also a very active member of the International Birddog Association, flying his beautifully restored and beloved Cessna L-19 aircraft to many airshows and fly-ins throughout North America, winning several significant awards along the way.

Anyone who has ever been involved in the world of Canadian Army aviation and later Canadian Forces tactical aviation during the 1960s through to when he retired from the Regular Force in 1978 will know the name MacGregor and hold that name in the highest possible regard both as a pilot and an Artillery Officer who served the Guns so well.

As an Artilleryman and aviator, may he forever rest in peace knowing that he will not soon be forgotten by anyone who ever had the privilege of knowing and serving with this fine officer and gentleman.

Photo 1. LAPC 35 Wings graduation at Rivers Jul 63

Photo 2. With the Air OP Flight Deilinghofen W. Germany mid-1960s

Photo 3. Selfie taken 20 Nov 12 while piloting his L-19 ARMY 713 (C-FHDJ), commemorating 50 years to the day as a pilot. John commenced                   ab initio flying at PFS Centralia 20 Nov 62

Photo 4. Taken on lawn at residence of fellow Air OP officer LtCol Hank Thompson during one of several visits to Chez Thompson for lunch at                   Qualicum Bay BC, with fellow Army pilot John Dicker



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Maj NM (Norm) MacLean RCA

30 July 27-7 Jan 16

Norm MacLean and John MacGregor’s L-19A 16713

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.

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LtCol RR (Gup) MacNeil RCA

6 Jun 19-10 Nov 03

MacNEIL, Lt.-Col. Robert Robertson, C.D., B.Sc. (Queen's,) B.Sc. (Mil.) Died in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, on Monday, November 10, 2003 at the age of 84.

He was born in Little Harbour, Pictou County, Nova Scotia 6 Jan 1919, the eldest son of the late Frank H. and Margaret ROBERTSON) MacNEIL. He was a graduate of New Glasgow High School, Royal Military College No. 2540 and Queen's University; an elder in Little Harbour Presbyterian Church; a director of the Pictou County Historical Society; former chairman of Pictou County Business Opportunities Limited; and past president of St. Andrew's Society of New Glasgow. He is survived by his wife, the former Isabelle MacLEOD; daughters Susan and Meg; son-in-law Jim BROWN; grand_sons MacNeil and Woody; brother Donald (Mardy) of Little Harbour nephews David, Graham, Bruce, Stanley and Murdo; niece Peggy. He was predeceased by his brother Frank. Jr.

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Maj AS (St Clair) MacPherson RCA

21 Aug 17-11 Nov 98

On 11 Nov 1999, the 15th Field Regiment, RCA Officers' Mess lost one of its early members with the passing of Major Alexander St Clair MacPherson, CD. Clair joined the 15th Fd Artillery Brigade NPAM in 1934 aged 15. At age 18 he became a Sergeant Major with 58 Battery. In 1940 he was posted to 108 Anti-Tank Battery, CASF in Lethbridge. In 1941 he reverted to Gunner to get overseas. By 1943 he was Captain in a field regiment with 1st Div in Italy. ln l944, he returned as a major to England to become an Air OP pilot, RCA. On his return to Vancouver he joined the 43 HAA Regt at Bessborough as a BC until he moved to Kitimat. Some years later he returned to Vancouver to found Kerrisdale Travel and rejoined the Bessborough Mess as an associate member until 1990 when he moved to Langley. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Lions Club and the Masonic Order. It is fitting that he passed away at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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Maj 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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Capt GP (Peter) March RCAC

Dec 31–Jul 68

Guy Peters March was born in 1932 in Hampton, NB into a military family. His Father was a Captain on the General List and his maternal Grandfather was a Colonel in the RCAC. Capt March became a member of the Militia in the 8th New Brunswick Hussars before joining the Army (Regular Force) through the Officer Candidate Programme. In 1957 he was commissioned into his old unit, the 8th Hussars, now a Regular Force regiment.

He completed pilot training the following year at the Brandon Flying Club and at Rivers MB. Peter was one of the original pilots in the RCAC Helicopter Troop in West Germany from 1962 to 1964.

On returning to Canada, he was an Instructor Pilot in the Army Aviation Tactical Training School at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center in Rivers until he left the Forces in 1968 to fly with a commercial helicopter company.

Capt March died of injuries suffered in a helicopter accident in the mountains of Alberta in Jul 1968.

Capt March in a Hiller CH-112 Nomad Helicopter with Canadian soldiers in Northern Germany, 1965.

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Capt WD (Bill) Marshall INF

05 Jul 26-22 Jul 07

Bill lost his last, short battle with cancer at Lindsay, Ontario at the age of 81. At the tender age of 17 he landed on Juno Beach 6 Jun 44 with the Highland Light Infantry. After the hostilities he returned to civilian life before volunteering once again for the Korean conflict. He then remained with the military until 1974 serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Guards in Europe and Canada where he was well respected and liked by all. He qualified as an army aviator and instructor before retiring. His last interest was on the computer, studying military history. He enjoyed teaching children throughout the province 'Not to Forget' the sacrifices made by the men and women to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy today.

Bill's remains were buried with full military honours in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

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LtCol JK (John) Marteinson RCAC

Feb 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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SSgt GH (Harvey) Mason INF

9 May 22–31 Jan 77

George Harvey was born and raised in Toronto. At the outbreak of WW II and barely old enough to enlist, he embarked for England with 2 Royal Canadian Regiment in Dec 39. Harvey served with the Regiment throughout the campaigns in Italy and North West Europe. He rose through the ranks and was a platoon Sergeant at the end of hostilities.

Already an accomplished musician, he was one of the original organizers who formed a drum and bugle band using the mothballed regimental instruments. The ad hoc band entertained troops throughout the Corps area and was the first Allied band to play in St. Peter’s Square after the liberation of Rome.

Back in Canada at the war’s end, Harvey elected to remain with 2 RCR in Brockville, ON, but had to accept the previous rank of Corporal to do so. After a short stint at the Infantry School in Camp Borden ON, Cpl Mason was selected for the first glider pilot course conducted in Canada. He joined five other NCOs and successfully completed his training at the Brandon Flying Club and at the Joint Air School (JAS) in Rivers Manitoba by Sep 1949.

When it became obvious that a purely Canadian Airborne Division was not to come about, and following a somewhat nasty aircraft accident, Cpl Mason opted to return to regimental duties. He served the RCR in Winnipeg and then their home station in London, ON. He went on to become the Band Staff Sergeant and acting Drum Major.

Having completed 25 years of service, he accepted a medical release 20 Aug 64. Very soon after, he applied to immigrate to the USA. He and his wife Barbara Joyce were accepted and they moved to Santa Barbara, California. It was there on 31 Jan 77 that George Harvey Mason passed away.

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Maj GN (Gord) Mastine RCA

12 Dec 28-15 Jun 05


Gordon Neil was born into a United Loyalist family in St-Felix de Kingsey, Quebec. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and served in Quebec City in 1958 before completing his flying training at the Brandon Flying Club and CJATC, Rivers May to Nov 1959. In early 1960 he served with 1 RCHA in Germany, but in a non-flying position. He finally got back into the cockpit with the Shilo AirOP Troop 1963-1965. Capt. Mastine next served two years at Army HQ with the Directorate Land Forces Operational Training.

Promoted Major in 1967, he moved from Ottawa to St Hubert, Quebec and HQ Mobile Command. When the 5e Regiment d’Artillerie Légère was formed in Valcartier in 1968 Gord was appointed the Officer Commanding the AirOP Troop, operating from Quebec City Airport and Base Valcartier. In late 1970 he lost his aircrew medical qualification due to an eye sight problem, but continued commanding the troop until retiring in 1971 to his wife’s home town of St Aubert, Quebec. She passed away in 1982.

Gord moved to Westmount and remarried. He and his second wife resided in Victoria, BC from 1993 until his passing in 2005. He is buried beside his parents in the Holy Trinity Cemetery of Denison Mills, Quebec.

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LtCol KR (Randy) Mattocks RCASC

8 Oct 28-24 Mar 04

MATTOCKS, Kenneth Randall, C.D. Lieutenant Colonel . Veteran Korea, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, Logistics Branch Canadian Forces. Unexpectedly on the 24th of March at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Lieutenant Colonel 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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Capt RG (Buck) McBride RCASC

15 Feb 34-16 May 76

Grave 6, Row B, Plot V, Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-
Moselle, France.

A statue of Icarus, which was erected in Venzone Italy
as a tribute to Captain Ronald "Buck" McBride who
died during Op Dolomite. Photo by: Corporal Yves
Gemus, TFBH Photographer.

Rank: Captain
Birth Date: 15 Feb 1934
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario
Death Date: 16 May 1976
Death Place: Udine, Italy
Cemetery: CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY ; Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Grave Reference: Grave 6, Row B, Plot V
Force: Air Force
Unit: 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Service Number: D65513870
Force: Air Force
Unit: 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Citation(s): Special Service Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration Additional Information:
Born: February 15, 1934 Toronto, Ontario
Enlistment: October 12, 1954 Toronto, Ontario
Son of Patrick William and Mary Elsie (nee Couimons) McBride of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Eleanor Ann (nee Nealan) McBride and father of Douglas, Steven and Kim McBride of Lahr, Germany.

Commemorated on Page 165 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance:

Comments from John MacBride:
Captain "Buck" McBride was a pilot with the 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron stationed at CFB Lahr, Germany at the time of his death. He was participating in a humanitarian mission following an earthquake in northern Italy when his CH-136 Kiowa helicopter struck a wire and crashed.

Detail by Captain Bonnie Golbeck:
AVASINIS, Italy - In May 1976, an earthquake devastated parts of northern Italy. Soldiers from 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Germany at the time were called in to assist the Italian government with earthquake relief. Aircrew and CH-136 Kiowa helicopters from Squadron 444 THS provided support. Squadron Operations Officer Captain Ronald G "Buck" McBride was one of the pilots who participated in the relief operation known as Operation DOLOMITE.

Nearly 25 years later, on February 23, 2001, Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Wuerth, Commanding Officer of Task Force Bosnia-Herzegovina Rotary Wing Aviation Unit, and several members of his unit conducted a memorial service in Venzone. A second service was also conducted at the crash site memorial and was attended by local politicians, Italian Air Force personnel and Carabinieri. Colonel (Ret) David Rooke, a friend who served with Captain McBride in 444 THS, gave the eulogy. "Buck's death was a very sad time at the Squadron. He had a passion for life," said Col (Ret) Rooke. Canadian and Italian flags stand vigil near the crash site in Avasinis. Every year the local citizens remember those who died in the earthquake, and they remember Captain McBride. In addition to the memorial, Avasinis paid its respect by naming a nearby street via RG McBride.

Local communities also erected a memorial to Captain McBride - a statue of Icarus, in nearby Venzone, which is surrounded by houses rebuilt to withstand future earthquakes. Ella McBride, Captain McBride's widow, was invited to hand the house keys to the owners. The square is known as McBride Piazza. "Buck loved being a pilot; he adored it," said Mrs. McBride. "He died doing what he wanted to do."

Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation DOLOMITE:

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Col DJ (Danny) McCormack RCA

Jun 16-31 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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Maj GA (Gerry) McDonald RCA

Apr 25-23 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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Capt LR (Lloyd) McDonald RCASC

31 Oct 32-11 Jun 19


Lloyd R. McDonald passed away unexpectedly in Ottawa, ON on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Lloyd was born in South Hampton, NB; he was the son of the late John D. and Mary J. (Scott) McDonald.

At a young age the family moved to Moores Mills, NB, where Lloyd was educated in local schools, graduating from St. Stephen High School in 1949. Lloyd also graduated from M.T. Crabbe Business College and Maritime Forest Ranger School before embarking on a lifetime career in the Canadian military. Lloyd served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Army Services Corps and the Canadian Armed Forces as a pilot until 1989. Lloyd continued to serve his country in Public Service with the Department of National Defense before retiring from the work force in 1995.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise (Leavitt) McDonald of Ottawa, ON, two sons, John (Colleen) of Ottawa, ON and Brian (Cindy) of Calgary, AB, three grandsons, two great-grandchildren, one sister, Karlene Mehan of St. Stephen, NB, niece, nephews and cousins.

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Capt HB (Howie) McGregor INF

28 Apr 25–22 May 17

Sgt Howie McGregor with WACO/Hadrian/CG-4A Glider

Howard Bennett McGregor was born in BC to a Canadian mother and an American born father who had a successful career in the RCMP, retiring as a Sergeant. Howie enrolled as a Private in Edmonton Aug 43 and received airborne training. He was sent overseas in Jul 44 as a paratroop reinforcement and returned to Canada one year later.

Not being needed for the Pacific Theatre, he was accepted in the Interim Force and by Oct 46 was a Cpl (Acting Sgt) with the Active Force. There is reasonable proof that he and other Canadian candidates proceeded to the U.K. in 1947 and graduated as Glider Pilots 29 Apr 48. On return to Canada, Sgt McGregor was posted to Rivers and the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre joining others developing tactics and doctrine for the anticipated expansion of airborne operations in the Canadian Army.

Howard completed officers training in 51-52 and after promotion to Lieutenant, was posted to 2 PPCLI in Edmonton. He served with the battalion until being promoted Captain in Nov 58 and then posted to HQ Western Command. From there, he returned to Rivers and CJATC in 1960 as an instructor at the Tactical Air Support School. The following year he attended the Primary Flying School at RCAF Centralia and graduated in Rivers off Light Aircraft Pilot Course 32 in Jun 62. Howie qualified as a helicopter pilot thereafter at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit. He remained at Rivers in an instructor role and served for a period as the Adjutant of the Army Component of CJATC.

In Sep 66 Captain McGregor was in Toronto attending the first tri-service Staff School Course conducted by the Canadian Forces Staff School. It appears he remained on the College staff until serving with the United Nations in Palestine in 1969. In 1970 he returned to CFB Toronto and then served 1971-72 with Air Transport Command HQ until his retirement about 1973

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Capt WR (Bill) McIntyre RCA

15 Mar 18-14 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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LtCol JH (Harry) McKenzie RCASC

May 20–6 Apr 03

Buried in Boundary Bay Cemetery, Tsawwassen BC

McKENZIE J. Harry, Lt. Col. Ret'd. M.I.D., EM, CD. Born in Hamilton, Ontario in May 1920. Harry suffered a fatal stroke on Sunday, April 6th, 2003. He was predeceased by his youngest son Guy in 1960 and by his loving and devoted wife Christina in 1990 after 50 years of a wonderful marriage. During his later years he enjoyed the companionship of his dear friend Marguerite who passed away in 2000. He leaves behind his always supportive son Ronald and his wife Gwen. His second son Scott and his family reside in the Interior. His sister Nancy Cowan and her family reside in Ontario. Harry's military career began in Hamilton in 1936 when he joined the Militia. He saw active duty in both WWII and Korea. His long, distinguished Service Corps career saw him rise to the rank of Lt.Col. Other highlights include graduation from U.S Army helicopter training schools in Texas and Alabama. He also became a fixed wing pilot with the Canadian Army. In 1962 he was seconded to the British Army where he served as a liaison officer and logistics instructor. He served in many postings across Canada as both an instructor and administrator. His last appointment was as Deputy Base Commander in Chilliwack/Vancouver. On his retirement from the military, Dad joined Labour Canada where he worked for 14 years. In 1946 a 2 year term as transportation commissioner in Centro, Columbia, S.A. was also a highlight of his life. Dad always said how fortunate he was to have worked with so many fine people in both his military and civilian careers. Also, how blessed he was having his sweetheart, Chris, who always supported him. Dad felt he had a very exciting life. A special thank you to Dr. Ken Lai for many years of exceptional care. No service by request. Donations in his memory to a charity of your choice.

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Maj AW (Alex) McLeod RCA

2 May 19–30 Sep 00

Alexander Webster McLeod was born 2 May 1919 in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at McGill University, he received his BA as a member of the COTC. Joining the Regular Army in April 1941, he went overseas that November as a 2Lt RCA.

After further training in England, he served throughout the Italian campaign with the 5th Medium Regiment, RCA.

Returning to England in the summer 1944 as a Captain, he completed his training and received his wings as an Air Observation Pilot in April 1945. He served with 666 Squadron until repatriation in January 1946.

He returned to Montreal and McGill University earning his Law degree in 1948 and admitted to the Bar the same year. He served as a solicitor with the firm of Stalker, Howard & Stalker until 1952 when he became a corporate lawyer for Texaco Canada Ltd. From 1953 until retirement he was the general counsel and secretary of Canadian Petrofina Ltd.

Alex was a commissioner for the Boy Scouts Association, and a member of the Canadian Petroleum Association, the Montreal Bar Association and the Canadian Manufacturers Association.

In 1944 he married Valda Sophie Newington with whom he had three children - Alexander Ian, Donald Stuart, and Mary Jean.

A long time St. Lambert, Quebec resident, he passed away in 2000 and is interred in the Mont Royal Cemetery.

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LtCol AD (Doug) McMillan RCA

10 Oct 34-13 Mar 91

Alvin Douglas was born in the Air Force town of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, but elected to join the Army as an Artillery Officer in 1954. After his initial regimental duties, he was trained as a pilot at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario and CJATC Rivers, Manitoba graduating in May 61. Following Air OP training, he completed the helicopter conversion at BHTU, Rivers by December 1962.

As a recently promoted Captain, he spent 2 years at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery before joining 2 RCHA in Germany early 1964 as a pilot in their Air OP Troop and then assumed the position of Regimental Command Post Officer. He returned to Canada in 1966 as a staff officer at Training Command HQ in Winnipeg before attending the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in 1968.

Promoted Major upon graduation, he joined the team at FMC HQ that was preparing for the upcoming large expansion of tactical helicopters into the Land Forces. Once the majority of the staff work completed, Doug qualified on the Huey at 403 Sqn in Petawawa before proceeding to Edmonton as the Squadron Operations Officer of the newly formed 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.

After his 3 year tour at Namao ending as DCO of the squadron, he was posted to CFB Gagetown to take command of 422 Tac Hel Sqn from June 73 until the summer of 1975. His next posting can only be described as a quirk in the ‘integrated’ CF pilots’ career management system. Doug was assigned to 2 CF Flying Training School at CFB Moose Jaw flying the Tutor jet trainer. It was a difficult transition for a former Army pilot, but he finished his ‘airforce’ tour as OC of the Ground Training Wing.

It has been difficult trying to find the details of his final posting, but Lt Col Doug McMillan left the Forces by 1983 and retired to Fraser Lake, BC to manage the Molyhills Golf Course. He passed away at Fraser Lake in 1991.

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Capt LH (Lloyd) McMorran RCA

28 Feb 24-21 Aug 03

McMorran - Mr. Lloyd Hugh - Suddenly at Quinte Health Care Prince Edward County Memorial, on Thursday, August 21, 2003. Lloyd McMorran formerly of West Lake and Hamilton at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Edna. Loved father of Larry and his wife Susan of Dundas and Brad and his wife Linda of Fredricton, N.B. Dear brother of Marian Davidson of Hamilton and the late Robert. Loved grandfather of Kerry. Kimberley and Lori Lynn.

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Col JD (Jim) Megill RCE

27 Feb 42-19 Nov 12


We regret to advise of the death of Colonel James D. Megill CD, P.Eng. 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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LtCol RTP (Bob) Merchant RCA

18 Jan 17-29 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 as a Captain in the Artillery in 664 and 666 Air OP Sqns, flying spotter aircraft. 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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Capt JP (Jean-Pierre) Mercier RCA

14 Nov 1913-Aug 58

Jean Pierre, was a native of Magog, Quebec, and a former Quebec Provincial Police Officer. He went overseas with the 4th Medium Artillery Regiment, RCA and was decorated for gallantry in the field during the Normandy campaign. He was seriously wounded, but after hospitalization in Europe, he served as an Air Observation Post Pilot with 666 Squadron, RCAF.

After the war he remained in the Army and was stationed at Camp Shilo and Rivers, Manitoba. He later returned to the Quebec Command in Sorel and Montreal as a staff officer.

He passed away in the Queen Mary Military Hospital Montreal in August 1958 and is buried in the Field of Honor, Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

CAPT. and MRS. JEAN PIERRE MERCIER, photographed following their wedding on Saturday, May 22, in the Chapel of St. Barbara, Shilo Camp, Manitoba. Mrs. Mercier was formerly Lieut. (N/S) Margaret Irene Stephenson, a graduate of Western University, who Served overseas with No. 10 Canadian General Hospital and Capt. Mercier, whose home is in Magog, QUE., served overseas with the 4 Med. Regiment, R.C.A. and was later transferred to the A.0.P. Squadron. (C.B. Elliott Photo)

The marriage of Lieut. (N/S) Margaret Irene Stephanson of Southampton, Ont., to Capt. Jean Perre Mercier, of Magog, Que., took place on Saturday evening, May 22, at eight o'clock, in the Chapel of St. Barbara, Shilo Camp, Man., the Rev. Padre J. Barnett oficiating. Lieut. Jack de Hart played the wedding music and Gnr. Coulter sang during the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by Maj. H. Gislason, of Shilo military Hospital, was in a gown of antique white taffeta, the fitted bodice having leg-o'-mutton sleeves and the full skirt falling into a slight train. Her full-length veil of tulle illusion was held by a head-dress of taffeta and she carried a bouquet of American Beauty Roses. Lieut, (N/S) Margaret Rae, as the bride's only attendant, was in a frock of peach nylon over taffeta. She wore a silver headdress, mittens to match her frock, and carried a bouquet of Joanna Hill roses and mauve sweetpeas. Capt. Perry Davis acted as best man for Capt. Mercier and the ushers were Maj. B. Brosseau, Capt. J. Butler, Capt. J, Liston and Capt. G. MacDonald.

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Lt GK (Kev) Miller RCA

7 Jan 26-4 Jul 01

Passed away suddenly July 4, 2001, in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Henry Harris and Mary (Donahoe) Miller. He attended St. Mary's and Dalhousie Universities. He served With the Royal Canadian Artillery for a number of years before his return to Halifax in 1965. He owned and operated an advertising agency, Kevin Miller and Associates Ltd. and in later years, Miller Brothers Ltd. (Pianos). He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley (Morrisey), Halifax; daughters, Maureen, Cold Lake, Alta.; Norah (William) Rasley, Halifax; grandchildren, Amy and Daniel; brothers, Dr. Harris (Ida), John (Clare), Halifax; sister, Ann (Patrick) Crosby, Ottawa; a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

Birth Place: Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death Date: 4 Jul 2001
Death Place: Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cemetery: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Lower Sackville, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Father: Henry Harris Miller
Mother: Mary Josephine Miller

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Capt WG (Bill) Milliken RCA

17 Feb 21–16 Jul 05


William George was one of five sons born in Saskatchewan to Robert Handyside Milliken, QC and Ethel May McIntosh. His father was a very respected Regina lawyer, one of the founders of the Canadian Wheat Board and an avid supporter of prairie farmers’ cooperatives. He was also a long-time board member of the Bank of Canada.

Young Bill spent two years at the University of Toronto (1939-40) before interrupting his studies to join the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The 9th (Toronto) Battery, once overseas, became part of the 11th Army Field Regiment that served in the Italian Campaign and Northwest Europe. Lt. Milliken returned to the UK in 44, having been selected for pilot training. In November he joined 18 other RCA officers on Air OP Course 38. They completed #22 Elementary Flight School in Cambridge and 43 Operational Training Unit at RAF Andover and received their wings 13 Feb 45.

All were posted to 665 Air OP Squadron, RCAF. “Willi”, as he was known in the unit, was promoted Captain and became B Flt Commander for the remainder of hostilities. However, he and five other Squadron pilots volunteered in June of the Canadian Far East Force and returned to Canada just before 665 Squadron was disbanded 10 Jul 45.

When there became no need for the CFEF, Bill demobilized and returned to his studies at the U of T in 1946. After graduating, he did a short stint with the Sun Life Assurance Company before finding his niche in the oil seeds and food processing business. He spent over 35 years with The Maple Leaf Monarch Company of Toronto and Windsor, Ontario, becoming their President and CEO.

Captain Milliken passed away peacefully in his 85th year and was survived by his wife Louise, son Bill, daughters Pat, Pam and Nancy plus three brothers. A private interment took place in the Springcreek Cemetery in Mississauga, Ontario.

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CWO AJ (John) Mitges RCE

27 Sep 21-14 Feb 17

We regret to advize of the death of Chief Warrant Officer John Mitges, MMM, CD 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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LGen RW (Robert) Moncel RCAC

9 Apr 17-10 Dec 07

    Crown Copyright LAC MILKAN No. 4235434

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 ; 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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Capt RL (Ray) Morton RCA

3 Mar 20-3 Jul 03

Raymond Lewis (Louis) was born in Yarmouth, NS to Lewis Mark Morton and Hallie Baker. Father served during 1917-18 as a Captain, Medical Officer. Young Ray worked his way across Canada, settling in New Westminster, BC to attend the University of British Columbia in the applied sciences program. Lieutenant RL Morton of the 21st Regiment married an American, Jean Audrie Lindseth in Vancouver 20 Jun 42.

He proceeded overseas, and along with other veteran Artillery officers of the Italian and/or Normandy Campaigns, completed the first of the six wartime Air OP courses in the UK, receiving his pilot’s wings 19 Dec 44. He and his fellow course graduates formed the nucleus of 664 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF and were in the thick of the NW Europe action by the spring of 45. After VE Day he supported the occupational forces with 666 Sqn until the unit disbanded at the end of October 45.

Captain Morton’s repatriation draft arrived in New York aboard the QE 17 Dec 45. After a short visit with his parents in Nova Scotia, Ray rejoined his wife in Vancouver and re-enrolled at UBC in the metallurgical engineering program. He also attended a few semesters at the University of Washington, Seattle before completing his BSc from UBC early 48.

After graduation he accepted a position in Palatine, Illinois, north-west of Chicago. No sooner there, he applied for naturalization and was accepted as a permanent resident. By 1950 he, his wife and 4 year old infant moved permanently to the USA where Ray practiced his metallurgical engineering trade.

The family eventually settled in Sonora, Tuolumne County, California. His wife Jean passed away in 1996 and Raymond in 2003. They are buried in the Mountain Shadow Cemetery of Sonora.

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Maj BA (Bruce) Muelaner RCAC

12 Feb 37-6 Oct 91 Surrey BC


Bruce was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armoured Corps as a member of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse in 1957. He qualified as an Army pilot through the Brandon Flying Club and the Light Aircraft School at CJATC Rivers in 1958, followed by helicopter conversion with the US Army at Fort Wolters, Texas.

Bruce joined the original group of pilots that formed the RCAC Helicopter Reconnaissance Troop that was formed at Rivers in 1961 and which became part of the NATO Brigade in West Germany in 1962. He flew as a low-level recce pilot with the Fort Garry Horse until returning to the Army Aviation Tactical Training School at Rivers in 1964, as an Instructor.

After attending Staff College in Kingston, Bruce was designated as the Canadian representative to a tri-nation operational trial at Ansbach West Germany in 1971 to evaluate the effectiveness of using helicopter-mounted optically-guided anti-tank missiles against tanks in the European environment. At the end of this successful trial he was promoted to the rank of Major and remained in Germany as a flight commander in the newly created 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Lahr.

Bruce then returned to Canada in 1974 as a flight commander with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron (HOTS) at CFB Gagetown and retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 to become Operations Manager for Quasar Helicopters in BC. After leaving civil aviation, he operated an automobile restoration company with his son Marty which rebuilt and sold Mustangs purchased in the USA. Bruce died of cancer at his home in White Rock BC in 1991.

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Capt RB (Bob) Muir INF

4 Apr 24-7 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 N (Nick) Mulikow RCA

24 Mar 31-16 Dec 11


RCAF basic training Trenton 1948, Camp Borden for technical training, as too young to fly. To Centralia 1949 for aircraft maintenance training. 1950 worked at Toronto CNE tri-service, guard of honour. Due guard of honour experience, PM McKenzie King funeral. Flight training Centralia 1951. Royal guard of honour Princess Elizabeth at Trenton airport. Graduated RCAF 1957 with pilot wings. Moved to Chatham for jet training F-86 Sabres, then 413 fighter Sqn 1953, next Bagotville and then off to 413 Sqn Germany. Winnipeg for Navigation School training in long range navigation on DC-3 aircraft.1963 moved to CJATC Rivers to train Army pilots. Completed helicopter course there on CH-112 Hiller. On to 403 Sqn Petawawa as an instructor and Operations Officer. While at Petawawa received a citation for finding a downed aircraft with a family on board. Camp Gagetown 403 Sqn 1972, opened new helicopter pad and hangar, promoted to Major. 1974-77 444 Sqn Lahr Germany and Troop OC. 1977-79 427 Sqn Deputy Commanding Officer. After retiring, moved to Kingston as chief flying instructor Falcon Helicopters. There received a citation for finding an aged man lost for two days in cold weather. 1990 moved to New Glasgow with Pegasus Helicopters as chief flying instructor. 19 April 1999 completed 50 years of flying. 1971 received Honourary Colonel appointment in Alabama Militia from Governor Wallace for work with American Forces at Fort Rucker.

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Maj WD (Wally) Murray RCAC

25 Dec 32-3 May 13

Major Walter D Murray, OMM, 8CH
25 Dec 32-3 May 13

Walter was born on Christmas forenoon 1932 to Murdo Ewan Murray and Edythe Euphemia Murray (nee MacDonald) on the family farm, Township of Whitton, Province of Quebec. He was the fifth in a family of three boys and three girls. He traced his Scottish ancestry through Hebridian forebears from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. He died the morning of May 3, 2013 in grace and bravery. Walter is survived by his dear wife Nancy, by his son Pierre and wife Rolanda and grandson Aidan of whom he was immensely proud. His brother George and wife Phyllis, his sisters Mavis Curtis, Hazel Brunt and Alene Welch along with nieces and nephews greatly mourn his passing as do his in-laws Mary and Meehan Bonnar. Walter was predeceased by his first wife, Major Claudette Lamontagne Murray, C.D., R.N., his parents and his older brother Lennox. Walter was an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and holder of the Canadian Forces Decoration with two clasps. During his thirty-one years in the Canadian Forces he saw service in the Congo, Egypt and Cyprus on United Nations peace-keeping duties as well as in Canada and the United States. Walter was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a Life Member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and a Past District Chief, Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association. The Family wishes to thank Dr. Chin-yee and the Staff members of the London Regional Cancer Program and Dr. Haffner and the Staff members of the ICU, Stratford General Hospital for their exemplary care and support. There was a Legion Service in the funeral home on Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and an Odd Fellows Service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral service was held at St. John's By The Lake Anglican Church, 70642 Bluewater Highway, South Huron (Highway #21-North of Grand Bend) on Tuesday, May 7th at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Father Grayhame Bowcott officiating. Interment St. Marys Cemetery. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 79 Oak Lake, Manitoba, Stratford General Hospital Foundation (ICU), or the London Health Sciences Foundation-Regional Cancer Program would be appreciated by the family.

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Maj TW (Tom) Musgrave RCA

Sep 27-15 Jul 18


MUSGRAVE, Thomas Weston Major Canadian Armed Forces (Retired) Thomas passed away with his loving children by his side, in Perth Community Care Centre on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Ellen (Weston) Musgrave, his beloved wife Allison (Hamilton) Musgrave and his sister Joan Kitchen. Thomas was the cherished father to Thomas (Renee) Musgrave, Richard (Carmen) Musgrave and Audrey (Kevin) Costello. He was the adored grandfather to Shaun, Randi, Dustin, Michelle, Andrew, Michael, Andrew, Spencer, Tyler, Katie, Alexander and Gracie. Thomas will be sadly missed by his special friend Keitha Kidd-Scott, all his extended family and friends. Tom retired in 1971 with the rank of Major in the Canadian Armed Forces. He subsequently spent fifteen years with the Department of Indian Affairs.

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Capt AW (Ned) Nethercott RCA

19 Apr 28-21 Dec 20


Arnold Warren was born 19 Apr 28 in Strathroy, Middlesex ON, the son of James Percy and Mary Louise (Warren) Nethercott. He took his last flight 21 Dec 20 at County Terrace Nursing Home, Komoka ON. Ned was married to Barbara (nee Dadswell) his beloved wife of 32 years. He is survived by six step-children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. At his time of passing, he was survived also by two brothers, Marv and Bill and two sisters, Lois Mclean and Phyllis Munro.

Ned achieved the rank of Capt in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. During his Service as a Gunner Officer, he qualified for and was the proud recipient of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge in the fall of 59 at CJATC, Rivers MB. Thereafter he went on to qualify as a rotary wing (RW) pilot in May 62 on the CH-112 Hiller helicopter. Following his RW Course he proceeded to Deilinghofen West Germany as a pilot in the Artillery Regt’s Air OP Flight from 62 to 65.

Not long after his repatriation to Canada from Germany, Ned received a UN posting to Cyprus in 66 to the Staff of the Canadian Contingent Headquarters (HQ CANCON) in Nicosia.

Ned, as a fervent United Empire Loyalist, was keenly interested in Genealogy and in so being was the respected Past President of the Ontario Genealogy Society as well as the United Empire Loyalists Society of Canada.

Ned was a true officer and gentleman in every sense of the words. He will be greatly missed by everyone had the luck to know him, to serve with him and to socialize with him at various events such as the occasional Air OP Reunions held in the Ottawa area in the 80s and 90s. UBIQUE. Rest in Peace Ned: you have truly earned it.

Ned’s Obituary was published online 22 Dec 20 courtesy O’Neil Funeral Home (London) ON.

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Capt WH (Nick) Nicholls INF

6 Sep 15-27 Dec 93


William Henry was born, raised and died in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. As soon as Canada entered WWII, Nick enrolled in the PPCLI in Victoria, BC. After a short training period in Manitoba, his Battalion went overseas and was established in England by the end of the Phoney War in the summer of 1940, and just in time to experience the Blitz.

Corporal Nicholls was in the Headquarters Company as the Battalion trained continuously for the next two years. Meanwhile Nick was submitting requests for a transfer to the Air Force (8 in total). In the summer of 42 he was hospitalized for sciatica and operated for an abscess. During his convalescence, he was moved to a reinforcement unit but managed to be reinstated as a Patricia. No sooner back with the Regiment, he passed an aircrew medical examination and was accepted into the RCAF as a Sergeant by December 42.

By the summer of 43 Nicholls was back in Canada at #5 Elementary Flying Training School in High River, Alberta. He managed an extended leave at home in time to bury his father before completing his pilot training and return to the UK. He was immediately posted to 435 Squadron, RCAF as it was leaving for India to operate C-47s alongside 436 Sqn during the “CBI” (China-Burma-India) Theatre of Operations. He was promoted to Pilot Officer in May 44.

At the end of the hostilities, both Squadrons were back in England, based at RAF Station Down Ampney, Gloucestershire. Their role was to support Canadian troops still in Europe. Nick transferred from 435 to 436 Sqn in the summer of 45. The two Sqns were disbanded on Apr and June 1946 respectively.

P/O Nicholls somehow managed a flying position in the ‘Occupation Air Force’ with a mandate expiring in Sep 47. Somewhere along the line he must have realized that civvie street awaited him on demobilization and successfully transferred back to the Army as a WO2. While still in the UK, he married Edith Grace Tharby in her home town of Godstone, Surrey. He also managed to successfully complete an 8 month course with the Glider Pilot Regiment.

At home in Canada by the end of 1947, WO2 Nicholls becomes a member of the newly formed Active Glider Section at Rivers, Manitoba. He remained with them until the gliders were removed from the Army inventory in 1953. He returned to Regimental service afterwards, including a tour with the International Control Commission in Vietnam 54-55.

Captain Nicholls rejoined the aviation world as a helicopter instructor at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre, Rivers, Manitoba in 1958 until his retirement in early 1960s. He returned to his beloved Vancouver Island and passed away in 1993.

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Col DA (Nick) Nicholson RCAC

7 Mar 25-25 Sep 90


Donald Arthur Nicholson served during the Second World War as a trooper in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons. Following the war he graduated from the University of British Columbia then took a commission in Lord Strathcona’s Horse. He served a two-year tour in Germany as an exchange officer with the 17th/21st Lancers of the British Army on the Rhine before receiving light aircraft ab initio flight training at RCAF Stn Centralia, Ontario followed by advanced flight training at the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre in Rivers, Manitoba. After graduating from Light Aircraft Pilot Course 31 in Aug 1961 and being awarded the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge, he underwent rotary wing training and qualified as a helicopter pilot at the CJATC. He was thus well-equipped to assume command of the FGH Reconnaissance Squadron, with its innovative organization, in March 1962. Following his tour in Germany he attended Staff College in Britain before returning to take command of the Fort Garry Horse from 29 July 1966 to 10 July 1968. Following his tour in command he was promoted to Colonel and served as Commandant of the Combat Arms School, and later as a Deputy Chief of Staff at Mobile Command Headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec.

On leaving the Armour School he donated his sword to serve as a trophy. Today the School awards the Nicholson Sword to the officer candidate achieving the highest standards in gunnery training. Colonel Nick also became well-known for an article he wrote for the Canadian Defence Quarterly titled “Where Have All The Tigers Gone?”. It lamented the overly bureaucratized Canadian Armed Forces whose young officers expressed greater concern for, and interest in, their pension calculations than their primary duties. The article became a much-reprinted classic. He married Donna Jane (Colclough) in June 1951. Together 39 years, they raised one son Tom and one daughter Joanne. Col Nick passed away in Kingston, Ontario 25 Sep 90.

Contributed by The Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives

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Capt GE (George) Nixon RCA KIA

18 Apr 18-1 May 45

Son of George Eccles Nixon and Addie Evelyn (née Banfield) Nixon of Grandby, Quebec. Husband of Frances Mary (née Smith) Nixon of Cowansville, Quebec, whom he married on 30 November 1940. Father of Sonia Eccles Nixon, born 19 August 1942, now living in Litchfield, Connecticut. Brother of Jose Alexander Banfield Nixon, who served with the Black Watch Regiment during the Second World War.

Prior to enlistment in the Active Service, George Ecceles Nixon served in the Active Militia with the 24th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery as Second Lieutenant. He stated he was employed as an Assistant Superintendent in the textile industry. He embarked Canada on 19 March 1942 as a Lieutenant and disembarked in the United Kingdom on 29 March 1942. He was promoted to Captain on 7 January 1944. He embarked for the United Kingdom on 18 March 1945 and disembarked in North West Europe on 19 March 1945.

Commemorated on Page 550 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.

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Maj TJ (Tommy) O'Brennan RCA

20 Nov 20-9 Jun 56


Logbook entry verification by Maj O’Brennan while OC LAS CJATC Rivers MB
photo of page from Capt Dancey’s logbook courtesy his wife, Betty Dancey

Major O’Brennan was one of two Canadian military officers killed in the crash of their Cessna L-19 Bird Dog (#16708) aircraft. Lieutenant Wallace Richard Byrans CHAPLIN also perished in this aircraft accident

Military Service- Rank: Major
Service Number: ZL836
Age: 35
Force: Army
Unit: Canadian Joint Air Training Centre

Citation(s): France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal, 1939-1945 Star, United Nations Service Medal (Korea,) Canadian Efficiency Medal

During the Second World War he enlisted on 1 Feb 1941 in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Son of Thomas James and Margaret Elizabeth (née Edwards) O'Brennan of Dodsland; husband of Louise Rose (née Hoffman) O'Brennan and father of Susan Elizabeth and Lori Jean, born after her fathers' death; brother of Matthew Terrance and the late John Richard, Morley Victor O'Brennan, Elizabeth Pesce and Shirley Victoria Darling.

Major Thomas James O'Brennan is commemorated on Page 72 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance

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Lt NR (Neil) Overend RCASC

12 Sep 29-21 Jun 1998

In his late teens, Neil enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and rose to Corporal while serving with 52 Tpt Coy (later 2 Tpt Coy) in Germany. He returned to Canada in the fall of 1954 to complete the Officer Candidate Programme at the RCASC School, Camp Borden, Ontario.

In 1957 he joined Fred Zeggil, Hal Swain and Dave Guy as the first group selected for direct helicopter training with the US Army. Their courses took them to Camp Wolters, Texas and to Fort Rucker, Alabama. They were next assigned to the 64th Transportation Company in Fort Knox, Kentucky flying H-34s for one year of operational experience on cargo helicopters.

Returning to Canada in 1959, Lt. Overend was posted to the new 3 Transport Company, RCASC in Gagetown, N.B. as a platoon commander. After a few years and one promotion later, Neil elected to leave the Forces at the end of his short service contract.

He relocated to Ottawa, joined the federal civil service and received a degree from Carleton University while studying part time. When the Canadian International Development Agency began in 1968, Neil was one of the early operatives serving in Africa and India. Back in Canada at CIDA's HQ, he rose to the position of Vice President, Bilateral Programs Branch.

Shortly thereafter he moved to the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development as assistant secretary to the Minister. By 1985 he was the department's Assistant Deputy Minister and in 1987 chaired the 'Task Force on Gaming on Reserves'.

Once retired, he remained in the Ottawa area and passed away at 69 years old in 1998.

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Capt JM (Tuffy) Owen RCA

DOD unknown

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LtCol AE (Al) Page RCA

14 Mar 18-13 Jan 12


Page, Albert E. LCol , 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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Maj CE (Charlie) Panet RCA

3 Jul 31-24 Sep 07


Charles Eric Delotbiniere Panet

Charles passed away peacefully after a short lung illness on 24 Sep, 2007 surrounded by his family. He was a strong, and quiet man, always a gentleman. Charlie was a fine athlete who made fitness a priority in his life. In his earlier years at Trinity College School, he was a gymnast and excelled in many sports. He enjoyed outdoor activities including boating, bicycling, roller-blading, tennis, skiing and skating in his adult life. Like his father, he was an excellent artist. He loved music, good food and family gatherings.

Charlie followed in the footsteps of his father and family and joined the Canadian Army (Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery). Shortly after completion of officer training, he was posted to the 3rd Regiment RCHA serving in Petawawa, Korea, and Debert, NS.

After his flying training, he was posted to Shilo, MB and then Hemer, Germany. Upon return from Germany, Charlie spent time in Edmonton and served on the Headquarters' staff of Western Command and the Canadian Contingent in Cyprus.

After attending the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston in 1965, Charlie was posted as Staff Officer, Pan American Games at HQ Training Command, Winnipeg.

After a one year posting to Northern Army Group in Germany, he returned to Valcartier, QC as the 2IC of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. Charlie retired in 1979 from National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

He opened the Fish House in Kingston in 1980, enjoying his second career as a fish monger. He went on to spend winters in Florida on his boat and summers at Carruther's Point in Kingston. In 1995, he moved to Wolfe Island, where he very much enjoyed being part of the community. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

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LtCol CR (Bob) Parkinson RCAC

May 30-DOD unknown

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Capt WE (Bill) Pennoyer RCA

19 Dec 15-10 Sep 90


William Edward was born at Cookshire in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Bill completed his High School matriculation in 1933 and followed it up with a business administration qualification from the Ecole Commerciale Pratique in St. Hyacinthe, QC.

During the height of the Depression, he found work in Shawinigan Falls with a construction company and finally with Canadian Industries Ltd (CIL) 1936-1940 in production control and accounting. The chemical and textile industries were to become his calling for the next 40 years.

At home in Cookshire 1931-32, Bill joined the 7th Hussars. Then, while in Shawinigan 1937, he transferred to the 81st Artillery Battery of the 62nd Shawinigan Field Artillery Regiment. Both of these units were called to active service and Bill was sent overseas to England as a Signals Sergeant, a Gun Sergeant and Sergeant Major. During the training in England, Bill was selected for officer training and graduated as a Lieutenant in the RCA, and was also later selected for flight training as an Air Observation Post pilot. He successfully completed his aircrew training and joined 664 Squadron in December 1944. The RCAF Squadrons were staffed uniquely with RCA pilots and RCAF technicians and administrators. Lt, and later, Captain Pennoyer saw action in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany with 664 and 666 Sqns before VE Day.

Hostilities over, Captain Pennoyer returned home in November 1945, safe and sound. He continued his involvement with CIL in Montreal in personnel administration. In 1947 he married Sara Carmichael Hay. They had two sons, William Michael 20 Apr 48 and John Edward 12 Oct 1950, both born in Montreal.

In 1950, Bill and family transferred to Maitland Works near Brockville, Ontario where he served as their Employee and Labour Relations manager for 9 years, during which time the company became part of the DuPont conglomerate. In 1959 he moved to Sarnia, ON to become the Personnel Superintendent for a start-up of the St. Claire River Works, a position he held for 9 years. In 1972 he transferred to the Company’s head office in Montreal as a personnel consultant. He retired voluntarily in 1978 after 40+ years in the industry. It was during this period that his wife Sara died in April 1976 in Montreal.

Captain Bill Pennoyer retired in Pointe Claire, QC. He passed away at the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital 10 Sep 1990 at the age of 74.

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Maj EJ (Perky) Perkins RCAC

6 Nov 17-16 Jul 86


Edward James Perkins was born in Rock Island, Quebec 6 Nov 17. He attended high school there and graduated from nearby Stanstead College.

From 1934 to 1941 he served in the 74th Field Battery Non-Permanent Active Militia in his home town. In Sep 42 he went on active service and shipped overseas with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. After training for a year, the Regiment was broken up as reinforcement troops for other Canadian armoured units. Perkins transferred to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). ‘Perky’ saw action both in the Mediterranean and North West Europe theatres of operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions during the Melfa River Battle. At the end of hostilities in Europe, he volunteered for service in the Pacific theatre.

Returning to Canada, he served at the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School, Camp Borden, Ontario until March 1947. He attended the course of instruction in England and upon his return he served in various staff appointments in Rivers, Manitoba and Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario.

In Dec 1955 he was posted to the Canadian Army Liaison Establishment, London, England. He remained in the UK until Oct 58 when he was posted to the General Staff Branch at Army Headquarters, Ottawa. In 1961 Major Perkins was posted on exchange to Fort Hood, Texas undergoing flying duties for a two year period.

Back in Canada, he served once again at the RCAC School in Borden and was OC of the Meaford Tank Range until taking his retirement in 1965 to operate a commercial apple orchard at Clarksberg, Ontario. Major EJ Perkins, DSO CD, the hero of Melfa River, passed away in Meaford in his 69th year. His ashes are interred in the Worthington Park at Camp Borden

On May 24, 1944, Lieutenant Edward James "Perky" Perkins was ordered to lead nineteen men of the Lord Strathcona’s regimental reconnaissance troop in an advance on the Melfa River in Italy. Upon reaching the river, the regiment discovered two possible crossings. In order to achieve a tactical surprise, Perkins’ group chose the more difficult path and, as it turned out, this was fortunate since the easier crossing was heavily defended. When they reached the crossing, Perkins and Sergeant Macey carried out a reconnaissance of the crossing on foot and, despite heavy fire, crossed the river safely. Determining that the crossing was too difficult for the tanks, Perkins and his men set about repairing the track to make it passable.

After successfully guiding the tanks across the river, they discovered a house occupied by enemy soldiers. Perkins decided that they must capture the position in order to safely move forward. He, Macey, and three others carrying Tommy guns and a Bren light machine gun, rushed the house and took prisoner one officer, one non-commissioned officer and six other German paratroopers. Perkins and his men then used the house as a position from which to guard the crossing. However, with most of the regiment’s tanks employed in a firefight at the other crossing, Perkins was ordered to give up the bridgehead.

Nonetheless, he convinced his commanding officer to let him remain there, despite heavy fire from tanks, mortars, and machine guns. The group was eventually reinforced by a company of infantry from The Westminster Regiment and, with their help, the bridgehead was secured.

The capture of the bridgehead over the Melfa, coming so quickly after the breach of the Hitler Line, was the main factor in breaking the German resistance and a vital contribution to the Allied capture of Rome. For his action, Lieutenant Perkins received the Distinguished Service Order. In his following twenty years of service in the Canadian Army, he attained the rank of Major and was the first Canadian Armoured officer to qualify as a helicopter pilot.

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Lt RAS (Rick) Perley RCA

26 Jun 1912-17 Mar 93


Richard Archibald Perley was born and raised in Ottawa. As a professional football player, he played 8 seasons with the Rough Riders (31-32 and 35-40) including the Grey Cup champion team of 1940.

The National Resources Mobilization Act of June 1940 required a national registration and an initial 30 day training period for men who were eligible for call up. Many pro athletes quickly signed for the Non-Permanent Active Militia hoping for Home Defence duties. The more patriotic, including 2 Lt Perley, enlisted in the First Field Brigade RCA (Militia) in August 1940. By year’s end, he was called up for active serve.

Following 5 month training in Petawawa, Lt. Perley proceeded overseas with the 1st Field Regiment RCA and saw service and Italy. He received a Mention in Despatches for his actions during that campaign. From March through June 45 he completed his Air Observation Pilots Course in the UK. Until the end of hostilities Rick served with 666 AirOP Sqn RCAF.

He returned to Ottawa and had a successful career in the life insurance business. He and his wife Dorothy (Courtenay) raised one son, Rick Jnr and one daughter Ruth. He was also a Life Member and Past President of the Ottawa branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Rick Perley passed away in his 81st year and was interred in the Cassburn Cemetery, Prescott and Russell, Ontario.

Perley, Richard (Rick) At home on March 17. 1993. Rick Perley, beloved husband of Dorothy (Courtnay). Dear father of Rick (Judy) and Ruth Fortin (Paul). Much loved grandfather of Paul Courtenay and Kelsey. Brother of Margery Foley. Predeceased by brother George.

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Maj SM (Sam) Pinkerton RCA

12 Sep 20-DOD unknown

Samuel Morrison was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. When he was 7 years old he sailed to Quebec with his mother, older sister and younger brother to join their father who was working in construction in Noranda, Quebec. The next year (1928) the family moved to Hamilton, Ontario. While the father and brother stayed with the construction industry, Sam was attracted to the military.

He went on to serve in the Canadian Army Active Force 5 Sep 39 – 24 Aug 45 and the post war Canadian Army 4 Nov 45 until 1965. Called up as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery, Sam saw service in England and France where he was slightly wounded in Sep 44. While training in the UK, he met and married Joan M. Hawkins in Sussex Jul 44.

He recovered sufficiently from his injuries to be accepted as a candidate for pilot training. As a newly promoted Captain, Sam proceeded to RAF Cambridge in Feb 45 for his elementary flying training. From Cambridge he and fellow Course 40 mates went on to learn the Air Observation Post trade at 43 Operational Training Unit at RAF Andover, receiving their wings 7 May 45. Capt. Pinkerton was assigned to 666 Squadron, RCAF that missed most of the shooting war, but provided important transport support to the occupational forces after VE Day.

He returned home to Hamilton for demobilization that lasted but a few months. He was attracted to the Special Force and went to Korea with 2 RCHA as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade. In May 51 Major Pinkerton’s battery were the first guns in action since WWII. For his gallant and distinguished service in theatre, he was mentioned in despatches.

Back in a more peaceful Canada, Sam served his Regiment in Winnipeg, at 1 Air OP Flight Petawawa, attended the Army’s Command and Staff College 56-57, wore the United Nation’s blue beret in Palestine and returned to command the Air OP Flight, again in Petawawa in the early 60s.

It is believed Sam passed away in Hamilton, ON 1982 and is buried in the White Chapel Memorial Park in Ancaster.

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LtCol WF (Bill) Pollock RCA

7 Apr 30-21 May 17


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.

Bill’s substantive rank on retirement from the CF Regular Force was Maj. He attained the rank of LCol as depicted in the second photo above, through his association with the Reserves Cadet Instructional Cadre (CIL).

"Stand down dear and faithful servant"

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Capt JOY (Joe) Pommainville RCASC

30 Jan 38-20 Oct 08


As a young 16 year old, Joe enrolled in the Canadian Army's Soldier Apprentice Plan. Along with a group of fellow French Canadian candidates he completed the first year portion at the Canadian Army Training Centre, Valcartier. From there he joined the other intake members for the second year of training at the RCASC School, Borden. Upon graduation in 1956, Joe was presented with the Outstanding Apprentice award.

In quick succession he successfully completed the Junior NCO course and the Officer Candidate Programme, graduating as a 2Lt RCASC. His first experience as a newly commissioned junior officer was with 8 Coy, RCASC in Petawawa. In 1959 he proceeded to Germany to become a Transport Platoon Commander with the Brigade's 1 Tpt Coy, RCASC.

Lt Pommainville returned to Canada in early 1963 to complete flying training at RCAF Station Centralia and the Army Aviation Tactical Training School and the Basic Helicopter Training Unit in Rivers, Manitoba. As a newly minted Army Aviator and Captain he became, in 1964, the third officer (after the CO and 2 I/C) to be posted to 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon, RCASC at Rivers, Manitoba. Lt Pommainville had the difficult position of Administrative Officer for a unit literally starting from scratch with not so much as a typewriter, nor a desk to work with.

When 1 Tpt Hel Pl split East and West in Aug 66, Joe moved with the St. Hubert group but shortly after opted to take his release from the Regular Force to take over a men's clothing business from an uncle. With his sons and other family members, he grew the successful operation into three stores on Montreal's South Shore. He did find time to fly Kiowas with 438 Air Reserve Sqn, St. Hubert for a few years.

Joe (Yvon) died at the age of 70 in LaPrairie, Que and on passing left behind his wife Sheila (Jones) and his three sons, Maurice, Jean and Roger and 6 grandchildren.

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WO2 DL (Don) Potts RCE

1913 – 28 Nov 76

POTTS Donald Leroy at Kingston General Hospital on Sunday Nov. 28 1976. Beloved husband of Dorothy Miles; dear father of Frank, Toronto; brother of Mrs. Winnifred Bowler, Belleville and Mrs. Trudy Cleghorn of New York State. A private service was held in Kingston on Nov. 30 and a cremation in Ottawa at the Pinecrest crematorium followed. There was no visitation by request.

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Capt WY (Bill) Pratt RCA

Abt 1920–20 Jun 90


William Young Pratt went overseas during WWII with the Royal Canadian Artillery. He qualified as a pilot and served with 664 and 666 Air Observation Post Squadrons, RCAF, seeing action in NW Europe and varied duties with the occupation forces after VE Day.

In civilian life, Bill was widely recognized in the electronics field for his sales and advertising expertise. He was a general sales manager for the Zenith Radio Corporation before assuming a similar position within the Fleetwood Corporation. There he inherited the overall responsibility for an extensive marketing program embracing a nationwide network of representation throughout Canada for Fleetwood and Sylvania product lines.

He was a former director of the Electronic Industries Association of Canada, the Advertising and Sales Executive Club of Montreal, and the Executive Council of the Sales and Marketing Executives Association.

Returning from overseas, Capt. Pratt married Audrey Bedard in Montreal Feb 1946. In February 1954 he wed Miss Suzanne Langelier, daughter of Major and Mrs. Braun Langelier, MC and granddaughter of Lady and the late Sir Francois Langelier, KC, MG, former Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

William Y Pratt passed away in Montreal 20 June 1990.

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Maj AJ (John) Probyn INF

5 May 23-2 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. Maj Probyn returned to the UK after leaving the Canadian Forces and passed-away at the age of 90 in Leominster, Herefordshire.

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Maj JR (Jim) Pugh RCASC

3 Nov 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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Lt WA (Bill) Pylypow RCA

23 Feb 31-4 Jul 59


Lieut William Alexander Pylypow

BIRTH 23 Feb 1931 North Battleford, North Battleford Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada DEATH 4 Jul 1959 Ontario, Canada BURIAL Saint Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery Glaslyn, Lloydminster Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada MEMORIAL ID 115732520 MEMORIAL PHOTOS 1

Pilot Lieutenant William Alexander Pylypow died in the crash of a Cessna-L19 spotter aircraft. Sergeant Clarence Charles GALLANT was also killed in the accident. They were based at the Canadian Army base in Petawawa, Ontario.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-- Military Service:-
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: ZL4787
Age: 28
Force: Army
Unit: 1st Air Observation Post Flight (Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery)

Additional Information:-
Date and Place of Enlistment: February 5, 1952 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Son of Demetrius and Catherine Pylypow of Glaslyn, Saskatchewan, Canada. Brother of Frederick, Donald, Allan, Lillian, Violet, Robert, Leonard, Sylvia, Doreen, and Patricia. Husband of Dorothy Ann (nee Carmody) Pylypow and father of William Matthew and Margaret Mary Pylypow of Petawawa, Ontario. Margaret Mary was born three months after the death of her father, Lieutenant Pylypow.

Commemorated on Page 111 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance

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Maj NE (Norm) Ramsey RCA

20 Sep 32-21 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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CWO PJ (Phil) Raven INF, RCASC

1924-11 Jan 00 Petawawa ON


Raven enlisted in the Canadian Army on 8 Feb 43 in Prince Rupert, BC, and completed basic and advanced training at Currie Barracks, Calgary before proceeding overseas. Arriving Aug 43 in Aldershot, UK, he was allocated to the PPCLI and in October of that year his replacement draft was dispatched to North Africa. They moved to Italy in Dec 43 and he served 16 months in theater, being injured in an ambush. In Mar 44, the Regiment was sent to Holland and was actively engaged until Victory in Europe.

After campaigning with the Patricias in Italy and Northwest Europe, he was promoted Sergeant in April 45. Electing to stay on active service at the end of hostilities, he reverted to Corporal and in 1948 attended the first Glider pilots course. Upon graduation he was posted to the Canadian Glider Pilot Training Center where he was employed on staff training duties and again attaining the rank of Sergeant. For much of the next 15 years, he was a considerable influence in the training system. When gliders were declared obsolete in 1953, he qualified as a parachutist and served in the Tactical and Technical Investigation Section at Rivers, Manitoba until April 1960. At this time he changed his Corps affiliation to the RCASC.

In October 66, he was promoted to MWO and posted to Shearwater. He then served with 3 Service Battalion, CFB Gagetown until he was promoted to CWO. The next posting was to CFB Petawawa where is was appointed RSM of 2 Service Battalion and served there until his retirement in 1978.

The flag of a service battalion is a horizontal tricolour, red over yellow over blue. The red represents the Medical Corps, yellow Logistics, and blue the Engineers. The flag also has a large Arabic numeral (representing the battalion's number) in the centre, extending into the red and blue bars. This flag was designed by Chief Warrant Officer Phil Raven during his time as RSM of 2 Service Battalion in the 1970s.

In retirement, Phil remained in the Petawawa area and passed away there 11 Jan 2000.

Throughout CWO Raven's career, he was active in sports and served with the committees of many community activities. His hard work, dedication and loyalty are an example of all members of the Battalion and were recognized by his investiture for the Order of Military Merit.

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Maj CH (Harry) Reid RCASC

06 Feb 24-17 Sep 02

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

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Clarence Henry "Harry" Reid


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Col 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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Lt GW (Bill) Reilly RCASC

28 Jul 28 - 10 Sept 10


George William was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Canadian Army Special Force and participated in the first deployment to Korea 1951-52. Upon returning to Canada, he was commissioned as a 2Lt In the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.

His first posting was with the much sought after 11 Tpt Company in Vancouver. In 1953 he served as a Transport Officer at the RCE School in Chilliwack and then the following year with the Supply Depot at RCAF Station Comox. It was in Chilliwack where Bill met and married Mary Elizabeth Squibb, an Army nurse originally from New Brunswick.

In 1956 he successfully completed the Light Aircraft Pilot Course #16 at the Brandon Flying Club and then receiving his pilot's wings after the second phase of instruction at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center in Rivers, Manitoba. In 1957 he reported to Fort Wolters, Texas where he received his helicopter qualification from the US Army.

Soon after returning home, he applied to immigrate to the USA and was admitted as a permanent resident 2 Aug 1960. He went on to have a successful career as an Officer in the US Army before retiring In the Tampa area of Florida. He passed away In Port Richey 10 Sep 90 in his 62nd year. His wife continued to live in Port Richey for another 15 years before passing away in 2005.

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LtCol WB (Bill) Rendell RCA

13 Jun 24-15 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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Sgt RH (Rick) Richards INF

22 Jan 23-27 Sep 52

KIA in Korea while serving with his Regiment, the RCR. Buried in UN Cemetery Tanggok of Busan, Republic of Korea

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Capt RE (Ralph) Ridley INF

23 Jan 27–7 Jun 07


Sgt Ridley receiving his Glider Pilot Wings in the UK
from the CO Glider Pilot Regiment, Lt Col Murray.

Ralph Edward Ridley was born in Manitoba in 1927. His introduction into the military was via five years as an Army cadet during his teen years. Shortly after his 18th birthday he enlisted as a private soldier in Winnipeg, volunteering for the Pacific Theatre of War that never materialized.

Capt Ridley spent 1946 in Camp Borden, Ontario completing his basic and infantry training. He was next posted back to his native province and after qualifying as a parachutist, was retained on staff of the Canadian Joint Air Training Center in Rivers.

In late 1947 he was one of a select group of NCOs selected to train as glider pilots in the United Kingdom. He was successful and received his pilot wings from the Officer Commanding the British Glider Pilot Regiment in Mar 48. He returned to Rivers, Manitoba and served as a glider pilot until the aircraft were phased out by 1953.

From Rivers he served in Saskatoon and back with his QOR of C Regiment in Calgary in the summer of 1957. Continuing to upgrade his education and qualifications, Capt Ridley was promoted Captain in 1959 and the following year the Battalion was stationed in Hemer, West Germany for a 3 year tour of duty with NATO forces.

From Germany Capt Ridley was transferred to Victoria, BC in Nov 63. His time on the west coast was interrupted by a 6 month peacekeeping rotation to Cyprus Apr 65-Nov 65. His final posting was to Calgary in 1969. The 2nd Battalion QOR of C had been reduced to nil strength in 1968 and by Apr 1970 the 1st Battalion became 3 PPCLI. Capt Ridley remained on Administrative duties until he took his release in Nov 1979.

Upon leaving the Forces, he became an organizer for the Red Cross branch in Calgary particularly involved with the blood donor program until 1988. He passed away in Calgary 7 Jun 2007.

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LtCol GFB (Burk) Ritchie INF

21 Jul 28-28 Aug 96

RITCHIE — Lt. Col (ret.) G.F. Burk Ritchie died on August 28, 1996 at the age of 68, following a heroic struggle with cancer. His loving family mourns his passing but is thankful that he is now at peace. He is survived by his wife Margaret; son Fraser; daughter Karen; son-in-law Tom McCarthy; and grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew, all of Calgary. Burk was born in Montreal and raised n Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto on scholarship from 1945 to 1948. He began a distinguished military career with the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1951, serving in the Korean War and as intelligence officer, instructor, pilot and paratrooper in Canada, U.SA, Japan, Germany and France. From 1655 to 1967 he did exchange duty with the RAF in England, instructing senior officers of NATO and lecturing in England, Rome, Naples, Paris, Oslo, Heidelberg and Singapore. From 1967 to 1969 he was Acting Commanding Officer, Infantry Battalion, in London, Ont. After being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he was the senior Canadian member of the UN Peacekeeping Forces n Kashmir, commanding Canadian air and ground forces on the border. For this role, he shares the Nobel Prize for Peace awarded in 1988 to all members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces. He served in Commanding Officer roles in Toronto, 1970 to 1971, and Yellowknife, 1971 to 1974. After his retirement from the Armed Forces, he was Regional Director-General for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, 1974 to 1976. Moving to Calgary in 1976, Burk became a management consultant with clients in the public and private sectors. Bud was a man of great intelligence and compassion, and knew his finest moments in helping others. Friends are welcome to a Memorial Service at St. Mark's Anglican Church 1802 33 Sheet S.W., on Tuesday, September 3 at 1:00 p.m., Father Michael Birch officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES.

“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

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Capt JVW (Robbie) Robinson RCA

8 Jan 18-9 Mar 91

ROBINSON — John. Suddenly on March 9. 1991 In hospilal John Van Wart Robinson of Edmonton, formerly of Calgary Passed away at the age of 72 years. John was a native son of Calgary. He leaves to mourn his loss, his loving wife Mary; one son Michael and wife Evelyn of Vancouver; One daughter Susan and husband Perry Smith and their daughter Amanda of Fort Saskatchewan. three sisters. Helen Taylor of Vancouver, Doreen (Mrs. Fred Singleton) of Calgary and Martha and husband Dr. Harold Moore of Vittoria. nephew Or. Donald (Barbara) Robinson, Edmonton; numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lt PD (Phil) Robinson RCA

10 Jun 27-10 Dec 19


Philip Desmond served in the Royal Navy towards the end of WWII before leaving to work for the British Overseas Airways Corporation. As a ground crew member, he helped open London’s Heathrow Airport and handled the airfield’s first flight 25 Mar 46.

In 1948 he emigrated to Canada and in 1950 joined the Canadian Army. After serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery in Korea, he successfully completed pilot training in Jan 58 in Brandon and Rivers, Manitoba. While serving with the 1 Air Observation Post Flight in Petawawa, Ontario he also qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1958. Captain Robinson resigned from the Forces and returned to the UK with his family in 1961.

In 1967 Philip joined the South Arabian Air Force, serving in South Yemen flying the Beaver aircraft. In Feb 69 he went to Vietnam and was attached to various units including the 101st Airborne (USA) and a Philippine Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. He remained in SE Asia until Jun 70.

In 1973 he returned to Canada and worked for Winnipeg Transit as one of the originals six to operate their control center.

He retired in 1992 and became a snowbird in Texas and his final years enjoying his garden and watching the birds while having a glass of wine. Philip Robinson passed away peacefully in Winnipeg December 2019.

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Col DH (Don) Rochester RCE & CAR

26 Aug 17-15 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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LtCol LM (Lorne) RodenBush RCASC

Nov 38–8 Jan 21


Lorne grew up in southern Saskatchewan near #5 Bombing and Gunnery School operated in Dafoe. As a 17 year old he had saved enough money to take a few introductory flying lessons at the Regina Flying Club.

Too young for WWII, he did though enlist in the Special Forces in Aug 1950. After basic training at Camp Borden, Pte RodenBush embarked for the Korean Peninsula. It is said he rose from Pte to Sgt during his first 90 days in theatre. By the end of his deployment, he had qualified for Officer training and upon return to Canada he once again reported to Camp Borden, this time to the Officer Candidate School.

He completed additional officer training after commissioning and was assigned to the RCASC. Numerous courses followed with a posting to Western Command Supply and Transport Office.

He learned while taking Phase III program in Kingston, that a member of the staff, Capt Gord Walker, was slated for pilot training. Once back in Edmonton Lorne pestered his cooperative Commanding Officer who recommended his young officer for similar training after stints as Command Safety Officer, Command Supply Officer and a host of other Corps related jobs.

Lorne successfully completed his pilot assessment at RCAF Station Centralia and shortly after moved to Brandon, Manitoba to begin flying training.

He and course #9 mates Dorman, Binney, Chaplin, Heitshu and Thibedeau were the first to be trained on the Cessna 140s rather than the Tiger Moths. After 75 hours and a DOT Licence, they proceeded to the Light Aircraft School at Rivers, Manitoba. Lorne successfully completed the LAS in Jul 55 and within the first year had accumulated 300 hours, sufficient to become an L-19 instructor. At the 300 hour milestone one also became eligible for Rotary Wing conversion. RodenBush completed his training on the Sikorski H5 (S51).

In 1956 a batch of RCASC pilots received conversion training on the H34 and H19 helicopters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Not long after his return to Rivers, Lorne was assigned to the 64th Transport Corps Helicopter Company at Fort Hood, Texas. At the end on year one of three, the unit moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In the spring of 59, Capt RodenBush was posted to Army Headquarters as the junior member of Directorate of Land Air Warfare. Two war reserve L-19s were squeezed from storage and resided at Rockcliffe. Besides his normal staff duties, Lorne managed the bookings and became the instructor for the Ottawa based Army pilots. It was during this period the Deputy Minister approved the purchase of Cessna 182s to replaced ‘damaged beyond repair’ L-19s. The new aircraft were designated L-19Ls and formed the basis of the Army Headquarters Training and Liaison Flight.

From Ottawa, Lorne proceeded to Kingston and completed the 2 year Canadian Army Staff College. Following graduation and promotion Maj RodenBush spent a year back at AHQ in the Directorate of Supply and Transport and another year as Commanding Officer 3 Transport Field Coy, Gagetown.

Next came an assignment to the United Nations International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam. Shortly after arrival in Saigon, the Canadian Commissioner Orme Dier (WWII Air OP pilot) had Lorne out of uniform and transferred to Hanoi as External Affairs’ Permanent Representative in North Vietnam. The fascinating year was too quickly over and Lorne’s wife joined him in Saigon for a long voyage home. Enroute both contracted hepatitis, Lorne hospitalized in London and Vivian in Ottawa.

Once recovered, Lt Col RodenBush took over command of 450 Squadron in 1968 in St. Hubert and oversaw the unit’s move to Ottawa and the introduction of a Twin Huey VIP flight. From Ottawa Lorne attended the NATO Defense College in Rome before once more returning to NDHQ as part of the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction talks. This led to a 3 year tour in Brussels in NATO’s Arms Control Directorate.

He returned to NDHQ in 1979 as Deputy Director of the Foreign Liaison Office. The next year, after 31 years of service, he took his leave from the profession of arms. His corporate, second career involved senior management, partnerships, investments, directorships and mentoring.

He returned to DND as Senior Advisor to the Associate Minister of Defense and a period as special advisor to the Commander of the Air Force. His most heart-warming experience was being appointed as the Honorary Colonel of 450 Squadron during a momentous time in the unit’s history.

He and Vivian retired on 110 acres in the Perth area, until finally settling into an Ottawa downtown condominium. He passed away 8 Jan 2021.

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LtCol RB (Dick) Rogers RCA

17 Aug 39-24 Sept 16


LCol 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 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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LtCol WO (Bill) Roney RCA

30 Apr 19–21 May 96

William O’Connor Roney, O St J, CD served during WWII in Italy and N.W. Europe with the Royal Canadian Artillery. He successfully completed pilot training in the U.K. and served with 664 (Air Observation Post) Squadron, RCAF until the end of hostilities. Post-war, he continued in the Regular Army until 1970 with service on the Indo-China Truce Commission and with the British High Commissions in Nicosia, Cyprus and Tel Aviv, Israel. After retiring from the military, Bill became corporate secretary for Beaver Foods and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Vimy Branch #145, London, Ontario. Colonel Roney passed away peacefully in London 21 May 1996, survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances Moss, son Michael and daughters Katharine and Susan.


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Maj HC (Dooley) Ross RCAC

Sep 36–10 Jun 78

Above right: Maj H. C. Ross, who commanded the Army Aviation Tactical Training School at CFB Rivers,
signs out prior to beginning a routine flight.

Hugh Colin Ross passed-away in Calgary AB 10 Jun 78. Born and raised in Edmonton, he served with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse as a Tank Troop Leader with Canada’s NATO Brigade in Germany in 1953 and after promotion to Captain in 1960, he qualified as a helicopter pilot with the US Army in Fort Hood TX in 1961. He then returned to Germany to fly as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot with the Fort Garry Horse in 1962. Major Ross attended the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston ON after which he commanded the Army Aviation Tactical Training School (AATTS) in Rivers MB in 1966. He also developed the tactical air control systems that are in use today by the Canadian Forces Land Forces. Besides his loving wife Nancy, he is survived by a daughter Stephanie, two sons, Gregory and Patrick, all of Calgary, a sister and his mother. A military funeral was provided by the Lord Strathcona’s.

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Capt DAG (Dougie) Rouse RCA

8 Jan 21-15 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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BGen LT (Les) Rowbottom RCASC

29 Jan 33-7 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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Capt DK (Doug) Russell RCA

22 Apr 23-21 Feb 00


Russell, Douglas K. Passed away peacefullly at Scarborough Grace Hospital on Monday. February 21, 2000, at the age of 76. Loving husband of Barbara. Much loved Dad of Jim and his wife Vicki, Jeff and his wife Lorie. Dear Grandpa of Scott and Paul. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home – A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of EgIinton Avenue East) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. Service in The Chapel Friday, February 25 - 11 A. M. A reception will follow in the Leaside Room of the funeral home. Donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 1645 Warden Avenue, Toronto M114 5E33, or, in recognition of his dedicated service, to Scouts Canada, 265 Yorkland Boulevard, 2nd Floor. Toronto M2J 5C7.

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Capt RE Russell RCA

DOD unknown

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Capt WL (Bill) Scandrett RCA

31 Aug 17-21 Jul 92


Note: Wings shown above are actual wings from Bill’s uniform. The
photo of these wings as well as the associated portrait were kindly
provided by Bill’s son Maj (Ret’d) David Scandrett LdSH(RC).

William Leonard was born in Montreal to Marguerite and J. Herbert Scandrett MC, OBE and was educated at Upper Canada College and Ridley College. During World War II he was a Captain in the 17th Field Regiment, RCA and a pilot in 665 Air Observation Squadron. During the period 1939 to 1945, he was on active service in England, and ultimately participated in the Sicily, Italy and North West Europe campaigns of the Canadian Army.

After the war, he joined his family firm and succeeded his father to become the President and Chairman of the Board, Hayter and Scrandett Ltd. On two occasions he was the President of the Canadian Tea and Coffee Association, and for a number of years he was the Canadian Trade Delegate to the International Coffee Organization, London UK.

Bill was active in the community as the former President of the Ontario Arthritis Society, a long term member of the Board of Governors Crescent School, Toronto and as a Knight Commander, Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

An avid racquets player, raconteur, angler and gentleman farmer, he was a member of the Badminton and Racquet Club, Toronto, the Caledon Mountain Trout Club and a founding member of the Cambridge Club, Toronto. Bill will be missed by all at "Dead Mans Curve" -Coasters, and Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.

Herbert L Scandrett Grandfather of Maj (Ret’d) David Scandrett
LdSH(RC) holding David’s Father Bill Scandrett

In the words of Maj (Ret’d) David Scandrett who kindly provided the above photo: “my Grandfather, Herbert L, was WW1 with 12 Battery RCA as a FOO and such, got the MC for hauling the guns out during a gas attack. He then went to the RFC as an Artillery Observer FOO. Shot down twice, sent home wounded and was Adjutant and Instructor at Armour Heights, the Toronto Hunt Club Airfield that morphed into the CF Staff School site. He got the OBE for services rendered”.

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Capt ER (Casey) Schmidt RCASC

2 Jul 35–13 Jul 89


Captain Schmidt's substantive rank was Captain although the data below lists him as being a Major. After retirement from the Regular Force, Casey was associated with the Air Cadet League of Canada in British Columbia. While so associated, he attained the rank of Major with the Cadet Instructors Cadre.

In memory of Major Edmund Reinhold Schmidt Killed July 13, 1989, Air Cadet L-19 tow plane accident Princeton, British Columbia.

Military Service:
Service Number: F41 101 045
Age: 54
Force: Army
Unit: CFB Esquimalt
Citation(s): Canadian Decoration Medal (CD)

Additional Information:
Born: July 2, 1935 Medicine Hat, Alberta
Enlistment: August 22, 1962 Lethbridge, Alberta
Husband of Patricia Schmidt. Father of Cindy, Douglas and Brian Schmidt.

Commemorated on Page 186 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.

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LtCol JA (André) Séguin RCASC

8 Apr 39-16 May 13


André Séguin was a Member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping and was a Member of the Colonel John Gardam Chapter, Ottawa, Ontario.

André joined the Canadian Army (Militia) in October 1954, and then joined the Canadian Army (Regular) as a soldier apprentice with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in June 1955. André later became a Commissioned Officer and a helicopter pilot. Among his career accomplishments he commanded 408 Squadron.

André Séguin served with the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (Namibia) (UNTAG) during 1988 - 1989, also in 1990. He also completed 2 tours with the United Nations Multinational Force and Observers (Sinai) during 1987 and 1991.

André was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 638, Kanata, Ontario, the Royal Canadian Army Service Corp Apprentice Soldiers Association and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

May He Rest in Peace.

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Capt RW (Rob) Shacklady INF

8 Jun 48 – 5 Jun 13


ROBERT WILFRED SHACKLADY (June 8th, 1948- June 5th, 2013) Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at the age of 64. Beloved son of Verna Shacklady and the late Wilfred Shacklady. Loving father of Heidi Shacklady, Michael Shacklady (Kerry-Ann) & Brianne Shacklady. Dear brother of Doni White, Beverley Hammel, Sandy Shacklady & Debbie Reardon. Loved by 3 grandchildren Emily, Ethan and Madison. Fondly remembered by many nieces & nephews.

Internment at Mt. Hope Cemetery-Brighton.

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Lt JW (Jack) Shaw RCASC

20 Jul 39-19 Mar 65

Jack while on ab initio pilot training at RCAF Centralia fall 1962.

Died tragically at the age of 25 in an aircraft accident 17 Mar 65 near Hartland Alabama USA while on a one year assignment to the US Army Aviation Test Board based at Fort Rucker Alabama. He was a pilot in the Logistical Evaluation Division of the Board.

In memory of Lieutenant John William Shaw
March 19, 1965
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Military Service:
Service Number: ZB8533
Age: 25
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
July 20, 1939 Toronto, Ontario
September 16, 1960 Downsview, Ontario
Son of Warrant Officer I John Edwin and Lillian Shaw of Ottawa, Ontario. Brother of Patricia Webb.

Commemorated on Page 129 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance.
Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:
BEECHWOOD CEMETERY (OTTAWA) ; Ontario, Canada Grave Reference:
No 36, Lot F, Section 27, Service Plot
Veterans Plots 26 and 27

Jack and fellow student John Dicker in the AATTS Pilots’ Room during Advanced Tactical Helicopter Course 5 in Oct 1963 at CJATC Rivers Camp, MB

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LtCol JO (Jack) Sheehan RCEME

11 Nov 22–10 Oct 11

When John (Jack) Oliver Sheehan was born on November 11,1922, in Montreal, Quebec, his father, Thomas, was 33 and his mother, Mary, was 26. He married Jean Shaw and they had four children together. He died on October 10,2011, at the age of 88.

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Capt GM (Gordie) Shellard RCA

12 Jul 25-28 Apr 78


Former Captain in the Canadian Forces, 52-year-old Gordon Melville Shellard died April 28, 1978 at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Captain Shellard, former resident of 8688 Willow Drive, Chilliwack, served overseas during World War Two and was commissioned with the “Chinthe" Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force in India and Burma. After the war he transferred to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and remained in the service until retirement in January, 1973. During his military service he received the Canadian Forces Decoration.

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Col WD (Dave) Simmons RCASC

28 Mar 42-23 Jun 90


In 1961 Dave enrolled in the Army through the Officer Candidate Program for short service officers. He was commissioned the following summer in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Lt Simmons remained in Camp Borden to serve with 2 Transport Company until 1965.

He managed a sabbatical from his Supply & Transport duties to successfully complete pilot training at RCAF Station Centralia and CJATC, Rivers from late Aug 63 until receiving his wings Apr 64. While still in Rivers, Dave completed his rotary wing conversion at BHTU Aug 64 before returning to 2 Tpt Coy.

In 1965-66 he had the good fortune of an exchange posting with the ‘Big Red One’ 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Fort Riley, Kansas. He returned to Canada and went back to 2 Tpt Coy, now located in Petawawa. He was joined by his new American bride Paula. In early 1968 he completed the multi-engine and instrument course 6701 at CFB Portage Feb-Apr 68. Returning to Petawawa, Capt. Simmons joined 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron as one of the original 10 instructor pilots. After 2 plus years with 403, Dave moved to Montreal as a member of the team evaluating Canadair’s CL 84 experimental, tilt-wing VTOL aircraft 1969-70.

When the project terminated, Captain Simmons went to the CF Command and Staff College before once again joining 403 Sqn, now located in Gagetown. He remained in New Brunswick until 72 when he moved to Ottawa and the Directorate of Land Air Warfare at NDHQ. From the Headquarters, Major Simmons proceeded up to 427 Sqn in Petawawa as the DCO 1974-1977.

He returned to Montreal from 77 to 80, this time at St. Hubert and 10 Tactical Air Group HQ. Promoted to Lt Col, Dave moved to Lahr, Germany and took command of 444 Sqn until 1983. From Sep 83 to Aug 84 he attended the National Defence College at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ont.

Promoted to Colonel upon graduation, Col Simmons proceeded to CFB Portage la Prairie as the Base Commander until 1987 when he returned to Ottawa and NDHQ until taking his release in early 1990.

As a ‘retiree’, Dave joined the helicopter firm of MBB until his untimely passing in June 1990. He was survived by his wife Paula, son Tony and daughter Jennifer. A military service was held at the Rockcliffe Chapel of CFB Ottawa.

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Maj JL (Todd) Sloan RCEME

26 May 17-25 Sep 92

John Luxton Sloan was born in Liverpool and pre-war was an aircraft inspector for Rootes Security at the Speke Aerodrome near his home town. An automotive conglomerate, Rootes began manufacturing Bristol Blenheims and Handley Page Halifax Bombers for the UK war effort. Sloan enrolled in the RAF as a pilot officer and completed his elementary flying training, but transferred to the technical branch in Nov 40.

In 1941 he was posted to Calgary, Alberta where the RAF operated #37 Service Flying Training School at McCall Field as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. They operated Oxfords, Harvards, Ansons and Cessna Cranes subject to RCAF administrative and operational control.

In June 42 Flt Lt Sloan wed Alice Mae Wade in Calgary. Rather than return to the UK after his tour, he opted to transfer in 1944 to the Canadian Army and was accepted as a Captain in the newly formed Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In 1947, still stationed in Calgary, Todd remarried to Mae Beatrice Macfarland of Kingston, Ontario.

Capt. Sloan travelled extensively in Canada and Europe throughout his career. He completed the Light Aircraft Pilot Course 18 and was awarded the Canadian Army Flying Badge in Oct 56. There is, however, no evidence to show that Sloan every held a flying position, but rather served throughout his Service in the maintenance/technical field.

During the 60s, promoted Major, Sloan served mainly at NDHQ, Ottawa until leaving the Service around 1967. He worked for a period for the CBC in Hull before retiring. He and his wife then travelled extensively as ‘snowbirds’ for many years, including 11 years in Spain and many winters in Arizona and Palm Springs.

They eventually settled in Victoria where Todd offered his consulting services to the BC aerospace sector. He passed away in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital 25 Sep 92.

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Capt AF (Al) Smardon RCA

10 Feb 19–4 Aug 05

Allan Frederick was born in Montreal where his grand-father and father were noted shoe manufacturers. Allan was commission as a 2Lt, RCA and did his initial training with 8 Anti-Tank Regiment in Petawawa, Ontario in 1942. It was in August of that year that he married Kathleen Barbara MacRae in Montreal. It was also in 1942 that his younger brother, WO Donald Martin Smardon was killed in England in December while serving as a pilot in the RCAF. Records indicate Lt Smardon was still in Montreal in April 43 before proceeding overseas.

Allan trained as a Canadian Army pilot late 1944 to early 1945. During the last year of WWII Captain Smardon saw action in NW Europe with 665 (Air Observation Post) Squadron, RCAF and after VE Day, served in 666 Squadron supporting the occupation forces in Germany. In early 46 he was repatriated and sailed to New York aboard the QE with fellow pilots Duhamel, Irwin and JP Mercier, arriving 3 Feb 46.

Most of Smardon’s adult life was spent in the Montreal area as a salesman, including being a technical sales representative for Air Reduction, Canada Ltd.

Allan and Kathleen retired in the Bay of Quinte area of Ontario. His wife passed away in May 1998 and Allan 2005, both in Belleville, Ontario.

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Lt PM (Peter/Trap) Stevens INF

1 Sep 34-11 Mar 20


Pierre Malcolm Stevens—always known to his friends as "Trapper" or "Trap"—died on Wednesday March 11, in Ottawa, after suffering a heart attack. Trapper was born in Ile Siscoe (Val d'Or), Quebec on September 1, 1934. His father, Andre, was a Belgian who came to Canada as a mining engineer. With Trapper's mother, Sarah, and his brother, Gerry, he eventually settled in Nelson, B.C. After graduating from high school there, Trapper enlisted in the Canadian Army. He served first in the Canadian Intelligence Corps, but was then commissioned as an officer, joining the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). He spent time with the regiment in Edmonton and Victoria, and then in Germany—where he was always especially proud of his men's participation in the Nijmegen Marches. In 1959 his life found a new direction, when he was accepted for training as a pilot, first on fixed-winged aircraft (the Chipmunk and L-19) and then helicopters (the CH-112). In this role, he closed out his service in the military, but continued to fly in New Zealand and Southeast Asia, and for the rest of his life always considered himself first and foremost a flier.

Peter’s ashes were buried along with his Father’s and in the same grave at a very moving and well-attended memorial service at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, on a very rainy afternoon.

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Capt HC (Hugh) Stevenson RCASC

22 Mar 33–19 Jul 03

Hugh Stevenson with Bill Higginson during a mock rescue flight in Rivers, MB.

STEVENSON, Hugh Charles On Saturday, July 19th, 2003, Hugh Stevenson passed away at the age of 70 years. He is survived by his loving family: his wife and life partner of 50 years Shirley; his two daughters Karen (Morrison) and Wendy (Edwards); two sons Rick and John (Emily); as well as six grandchildren Jesse, Jaydyn; Kris, Pamela, Bruce and Brenda; his sister Judy (Laakso) and cousin Helen (Griffin); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and sisters and brothers in-law. Hugh was predeceased by his father Alec in 1962 and his mother Ruby in 1999. Hugh began his working career in the Canadian Armed Forces, first serving as a pilot in the RCAF from 1951 to 1956 and then in numerous capacities including helicopter pilot in the Canadian Army from 1956 to 1965. He then turned his eyes towards Canada's north and served in a number of communities and positions across the Arctic working with the Government of N.W.T. and the City of Yellowknife. Hugh retired in 1987, but returned to work briefly as the Administrator of the Village of Cache Creek, until his health forced him to finally accept retirement as a way of life. Hugh was very active in his community, serving as Boy Scout Commissioner for the N.W.T. during the 1980s, and as an active Rotarian in Yellowknife, Cache Creek and Edmonton. Further, during the years in Yellowknife, nearby Prelude Lake - and the cabin on Sanity Island - became a favorite spot for Hugh, his family and friends. A Celebration of Hugh's Life was held on Friday, August 1, 2003 at Mill Woods United Church, 15 Grand Meadow, Edmonton, AB. Hugh's family are forever grateful to the staff at the Choice Program at Mount Pleasant in Edmonton, where Hugh received extraordinary care, love and comfort.

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LtCol AB (Al) Stewart RCA

16 Feb 18-20 Dec 96


Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. Stewart (retired), 78, Kansas City, MO, passed away December 20, 1996. Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Community Christian Church, Bonfils Chapel, Kansas City, MO. Colonel Stewart donated his body to KU Medical Center. Cremation. Remains will be buried in the family plot In Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The family requests no flowers.

Colonel Stewart was born February 16, 1918, In Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Western Canada High School and the Institute of Technology and Art as an aerospace engineer in 1939. He joined the Canadian Army on September 5, 1939, as a Sergeant, having served in the non-permanent active militia for four years In the Royal Canadian Artillery. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 8, 1940, and as a Lieutenant on December 23, 1940, and posted to the officer training center (western Canada) In Victoria, British Columbia, as the chief Instructor of gunnery. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain on April 14, 1942 and proceeded to England with the 3rd Medium Regiment RCA. The regiment landed In France on June 15, 1944, which served in northwest Europe until V-E Day. Colonel Stewart left the Regiment in November, 1944, and returned to England, where he was trained as a pilot by the Royal Air Force, promoted to the rank of Major, and appointed to command 666 Squadron RCAF In northwest Europe. After the war, he served with the 444 Squadron RCAF from 1947 through 1954, when he was posted to 1RCHA to command B Battery 1RCHA. In 1956, he was posted In Indonesia as part of the International Peace Commission, and In 1957, was posted to the Royal Canadian School of Infantry as their Gunner Representative. In 1959, he was posted to 3RCHA as Second In Command and proceeded to Germany with the regiment. In 1960, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and posted to the Canadian Joint Air Training Center in Rivers Manitoba as Deputy Commandant. In 1965, Colonel Stewart was posted to the Richards-Gebauer Air Force Base In Kansas City, MO, to command the Canadian Warning Information Center In the central region of NORAD. In 1967, he returned to Canada and retired in 1968, nearly 32 years of service. Upon return to Kansas City, Colonel Stewart was employed by ISC industries for one year, The Village United Presbyterian Church as their Administrator for four years, and by Drs. Hubbard, Ballard, Thompson, Skillman and Forsythe as their Administrator for 10 years, before forming his own accounting and management firm. He received an associate degree in manage-ment and accounting from Rockhurst College. He formally retired in 1990. Colonel Stewart was predeceased by his first wife Marjorie. Colonel Stewart leaves his wife, Virginia, of the home; his sons, Kemp and David and daughters, Randa and Cindy and seven grandchildren In Canada, Catherine Rachey, Kimberly Stewart, Allen Stewart, Sarah Stewart, Keitle Stewart, Ashley Stewart, Brendan Stewart.

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Maj DE (Dan) Stovel RCASC

03 Apr 35-5 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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Lt EM (Ted) Strain RCCS

18 Dec 36-14 Jan 21


Edward (Ted) MacDonald took his last flight at the age of 85 at Brampton ON Civic Hospital, following a brief illness. Pre-deceased by his wife Janice (McEwan) Strain and son James Fraser, he is survived by his children Bob (Margaret), Valerie (Ric), Tom (Rachel) and Marilyn.

Ted was born in Toronto ON 18 Dec 36 where he finished-up High School and was admitted to the University of Toronto in 1953. He enrolled in the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in 1954 and spent summers at the Royal Canadian School of Signals at Vimy Barracks in Kingston ON. After graduating in the spring of 1957, he was assigned to J Troop supporting the PPCLI in Calgary. He spent the summer in Wainwright AB on exercise, married Janice at the end of the summer and then spent some time back at Vimy Barracks on various Signal Officer Courses. The next significant event in his relatively short military career was flight training to become a Canadian Army Aviator. Ted commenced ab initio flying training at the Brandon Flying Club in Brandon MB 27 Feb 59 on Cessna 140 aircraft. He was one of ten RCCS pilots, graduating with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge on Light Aircraft Pilot Course 26 in Aug 1959 at CJATC Rivers MB. In the spring of 1960 Ted reluctantly came to the decision that he would leave the military, having reached the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, and pursue a career in electronics on civvie street. He went on to become the President of Motorola Canada from which position he retired in 1990.

Ted was truly a Renaissance Man. He was a physicist, an engineer and a philosopher. He was a communications pioneer, sailor, genealogist, app developer, gourmand, entrepreneur, business leader, hockey referee, guitar-playing singer of folk songs, catamaran designer, gardener and painter inter alia, not to mention a military pilot to boot.

Ted will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends and associates who had the privilege of knowing this great gentleman. He will not soon be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

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Col DG (Dave) Struthers RCA

22 Feb 22–19 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.

Dave was on the first Light Aircraft Pilot Course after World War Two. At that time the Course was called No. 1 Air OP and Liaison Pilot course. He graduated 12 Mar 49 with the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge.

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Capt WR (Bill) Stuart RCA

15 Apr 26 – 4 Mar 20


Bill was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. His father, Colonel Lionel Marshall Stuart, had served in the RCAMC with distinction as a doctor and surgeon during both World Wars and the Korean conflict. Accordingly, Bill first put on a uniform as an Army cadet at 11 years old.

At 18 he volunteered and was accepted in the Canadian Active Service Force. By now, young Bill had grown to be 6’ 4 ½” tall. The military supply system was simply unable to kit out someone of his size. A civilian source (Tip Top Tailors of Toronto) was used to provide his uniforms, albeit in an untimely fashion. This delay had caused his basic training to be delayed and not finished in time for Bill to be assigned overseas, much to his disappointment.

Having served sufficient time in the Army, he was entitled to the veterans’ education benefits and he joined the COTC contingent at the University of Toronto. Bill was promoted 2Lt in 1948 and the following year with his new BA degree, Lt Stuart was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery.

After two years of Regimental duties and further training, Bill was accepted as a candidate for pilot training. This began at the Brandon Flying Club, Manitoba on course #3 23 Jul – 2 Nov 51 when he earned a private pilot’s license. The Army aviation portion of his training was on the Auster aircraft of 444 Air OP Sqn (RCAF)/Light Aircraft School (LAS) at Rivers, Manitoba 15 Nov 51, culminating in the award of the Canadian Army Flying Badge 3 Mar 52. From Rivers he joined 444 Sqn’s Air OP detachment at Shilo, Manitoba.

After 10 years of service, Capt Stuart accepted an honourable discharge and went to work for Shell Oil in their sales department. Shortly after, along came Colonel Charles O Dalton, a decorated soldier, who became President of Carling Breweries in 1951. He liked what he saw in Bill and his military background, and hired him straight away. Bill would spend the rest of his civilian career with Carling, beginning in Toronto, then a year and a half stint in Winnipeg until finally establishing in Vancouver.

In 1966 he and his wife Louise moved to Vancouver’s North Shore and raised their family of one daughter and one son. Having lived well to the age of 93, William Robert Stuart passed away in the Lion’s Gate hospital 4 Mar 2020.

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LtCol JM (Suds) Sutherland RCA

3 Dec 20-2 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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LtCol HFE (Hal) Swain RCASC

02 Feb 36 – 12 Nov 20


Harold Francis Edward Swain was from a small prairie town north of Yorktown, Saskatchewan. Not attracted to farming, he joined the Army’s newly introduced Soldier Apprentice Plan and was accepted for the first intake at the RCASC School in Dec 1952, ‘a step ahead of the law’. The initial two year program increased the apprentices’ education level to senior matriculation, provided trades training and had them sign on for a five year commitment. After graduating from the Apprentice Program, Hal completed the Junior NCO course and immediately after was accepted in the Corps’ first Officer Candidate Programme. During the final, third phase of officer training at Camp Shilo MB, Hal met Alma, an Army nurse who was to become his lifelong companion and mother of their three children. Newly commissioned 2Lt Swain and his bride moved back to his home province to serve with 12 Company RCASC.

In 1957 Hal and fellow RCASC Lts Fred Zeggil, Dave Guy and Neil Overend were selected as the guinea pigs for direct entry helicopter training at Camp Wolters, Texas. After approximately 100 plus hours on all models of the H23 Hiller, transition training on the H34 awaited at Fort Rucker, Alabama. As Canada’s purchase of cargo helicopters had still not materialized (and not for another seven years) the foursome spent another year in the southern U.S. They were attached to the 64th Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) in Fort Knox, Kentucky and gained interesting and valuable field experience with cargo helicopters.

The original group of four separated in the summer of 59. Hal returned to the RCASC School in Borden spending three years with his old alma mater, the Apprentice Training Company. During this period Lt Swain managed to complete fixed wing conversion course #2 at CJATC, Rivers Feb to Apr 1960. Continuation flying was available at Borden on the L-19 and L-19L until mid-61 and then the Cessna 150 and 172s of the Toronto Flying Club.

In the fall of 61 the Swains crossed the Atlantic for Hal’s posting to 1 Transport Company RCASC in Germany. As a transport and composite platoon commander, he still managed to maintain his flying currency on the Air OP L-19s and then on one of the newly arrived CH-112s that was assigned to the RCASC Company. The aircraft was destroyed in an accident in 1963 while the now Capt. Swain was a passenger and was slightly injured.

Late summer 1964 Hal received a posting to CJATC to become an instructor pilot in the newly established CH-113A Training Flight. Refresher training on the L-19 and CH-112 instructors’ course, plus a period of winter operations flying H-21s with the US Army in Alaska took up most of the next six months. Back in Rivers by May 65 another year passed quickly to complete the CH-113A checkout and earn instructor ratings on the CH-112 and CH-113A. Before he could put his new instructor’s rating to good use, the CH-113A Training Flight of CJATC was disbanded and their machines and most pilots were transferred to 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon, RCASC. Hal remained with the Voyageurs until the unit left Rivers in the summer of 1966 for St. Hubert, QC with a western detachment in Namao AB. After delivering one aircraft to St. Hubert, Capt Swain left the Platoon to serve as a Logistics Officer at UNEF HQ in Gaza, Egypt until his UN deployment was cut short by the Six Day War and UN troops were evacuated.

In the fall of 67 he joined fellow Army aviators Vern Taskey and Blaine Bartley in Kingston for the Staff College course. After graduating in 68 and ‘integration’ in full swing, Hal elected to be classified as a 32A Pilot and surrender his Corps affiliation. As a newly promoted Major, he was posted to FMC HQ as a staff officer, and then moved across the road to 10 TAG preparing for the TAC Hel expansion. In rapid succession he qualified on the CUH-1H at 403 Sqn, Petawawa, managed a Kiowa checkout with the US Army and then returned to 403 for further training as the new CUH-1Ns were beginning to arrive.

Major Swain was appointed to the new 408 Tac Hel Sqn in 1970 as their Huey flight commander. He finished his tour with “The Goose” in 1974 as the DCO and then move across the Namao airfield to command the 450 Sqn detachment. They were still equipped with the Voyageur until the introduction of the CH-147 Chinooks in 1975. The highlight of his tour was his unit’s support of the 1976 Olympic Games. In July 1977 he moved the family to Ottawa where he became the LCol Commanding Officer of 450 Sqn. In 1979 his former detachment in Namao became 447 Sqn.

In the summer 1980, after three flying tours back to back and nine straight years in the cockpit, LCol Swain became the Director of Land Aviation at National Defence Headquarters. In 1983 he returned to Regina to Regional Operations and Cadets office. After a couple more years in uniform, Hal joined the Federal Public Service as the Regional Director of Preparedness Canada for Saskatchewan and served until the age of 67. He then found time to serve on the Board of the South Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.

In retirement he and Alma enjoyed their cottage, numerous cruises and in later years, a couple of months each year with daughter Kim and her family in Texas. Hal is survived by his three children Cindy, Tim and Kim. Alma passed away in 2015 and Hal passed away peacefully at home 12 Nov 2020. No memorial service is planned and Interment in the Springside Cemetery will be at a later date.

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Capt GM (George) Swan RCA

29 Apr 21–25 Jun 77


George Murdoch Swan was born in Winnipeg 29 Apr 1921, and died in Toronto 25 Jun 1977. He was the son of the late Dr. Alexander James Swan and Margaret Murdoch Swan. He was educated in Winnipeg at Earl Grey and Kelvin Schools. During WWII, Captain Swan served with the Royal Canadian Artillery during the campaign in Sicily and Italy, was an aide de camp to General Crerar, and qualified in the U.K. as an army aviator in 1944. He saw further action in NW Europe with 664 (Air Observation Post) Squadron, RCAF. After the end of hostilities he supported the occupational forces as a pilot with 666 Squadron. George returned initially to Winnipeg, married Louise Phillips in 1947 and became a businessman in Winnipeg and Toronto. He was survived by a son, two daughters and two sisters. He was respected to the end by his doctors because of his willingness to help in cancer research. His remains were cremated and buried in Toronto.

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Maj VR (Vern) Taskey RCASC

19 Nov 32-24 Jan 17

Vern was raised in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and 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.

He joined the Army in 1952 and graduated from the Officer Candidate School as a Lt. in the RCASC. After learning the Supply and Transport duties in Central Command and 2 Tpt Coy RCASC, he was selected for aircrew training in 1957. He trained at the Brandon Flying Club and graduated from LAS Course #20 at Rivers, Manitoba in August 57. Vern remained in the Liaison Flight at Rivers and in early 1958 completed his rotary wing conversion training on H-13 and H-5 helicopters and the L-19 flying instructor’s rating. Until mid-1961 he remained at Rivers as a LAS instructor and then received a one year posting with the 4th Division Aviation Company at Fort Lewis, Washington.

In 1962-63 Capt. Taskey returned to Canada and the RCASC School where, as an instructor at the Officer Training Company, he played a large part in graduating a number of future Service Corps officers who went on to become army aviators; i.e. Dave Windmill, Ross Craddock, JP Filteau, Ray Cadorette, Joe Oakley, Mike Anglesey and Cam Mathias.

1964-65 saw Capt. Taskey on TD with the 65th Aviation Company on H-21s at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, complete the CH-112 Instructors Course and receive a Boeing Company checkout on the new CH-113As. He instructed on the Voyageurs at AATTS until a one year posting to the Brigade in Germany.

He returned to Canada to attend the 67-68 course at the Army Staff College in Kingston From there he was posted to Training Command HQ in Winnipeg as SO Hel Trg and then to the Central Flying School standards unit. In 1969 he participated in the Huey conversion training at 403 Sqn, Petawawa in anticipation of the formation of the new Tac Hel Sqns. Then as 430 ETAH’s UTTH commander, he helped bring the Squadron to operational status before joining HQ 10 TAG as SO Hels at St. Hubert, PQ.

In 1974 Major Taskey became Basic Training Sqn Commander and the Standards Sqn Commander at CFB Portage la Prairie. Transferred to 408 Sqn in Edmonton in 1978, he became the LOH Flight Commander and in the spring of 81 became DCO of 408 Sqn.

Vern Taskey retired in the St. Albert area in Nov 81 and passed away peacefully in January 2017.

Memories of Vern Taskey
by BGen (Ret’d) JK (Joe) Oakley RCASC

During OCP 13 at the RCASC School 1962-63, Ross Craddock, Dave Winmill, JP Filteau, Ray Cadorette (phase 3) and I were blessed with some very interesting Course Directing Staff. We had Desmond Morton the academic, Jack Granastein the noted historian, and two delightful chaps who wore the ‘blue lion’ – Stan Hand and Vern Taskey. But it was Vern who left the deepest impression on me. He was the first of the Course Officers who started treating us as potential, future junior Corps Officers and not the ‘know nothing Officer Cadet’ attitude that prevailed before his arrival on the scene. Our morale steadily improved under his fatherly guidance. There was hope for us yet.

Somewhere out in the wilds of Blackdown, we took turns sighting our Transport Platoon. Stan Hand graciously used his continuation flying hours on the flying club aircraft and flew each of us in turn over our poorly camouflaged vehicles. That would have been my first flight in a light aircraft.

1965 was the year of this student pilot. From January non-stop through to Christmas I completed four courses; the Chipmunks at Centralia, then the L-19 on LAPC #41, on to BHTU then back to AATTS for the CH-113A co-pilots course with none other than VR Taskey as my instructor.

On the second to last day of the course Vern wanted to do a complete review of what I had learned to date. We had just completed the ‘after start check list‘ when off went the Crash Bell. Casually Vern says ”off to the Fire Hall young man”! There waiting for us was their several hundred gallon fire bottle on wheels already rigged with sling straps. “My guess is they want it over there” says my gallant instructor, pointing to smoke rising at the very far reaches of the airfield. I hauled a handful of collective, and off we soared. A gentle voice on the intercom interrupts my concentration by saying” you know, Joe, there is about 2000lbs hanging off the hook and you are going to have to bring this mother to a stop close to the simulated crash site”. Whoa says I. Down collective with a big hairy flair and we go zinging by the smoke at about 60 feet and 60 knots. I finally got us stopped, did a pedal turn and high hovered back to the target area. By now the emergency vehicles had arrived and covered the area with a blanket of white foam. Our extinguisher bottle was no longer needed so I sheepishly slung it back to the Fire Hall.

Father Vern ends the lesson plan by stating the obvious “your slinging needs a little work, but the rest is OK for your Final Check tomorrow”.

The larger above picture shows Vern, as an Army Captain, receiving one of his several instructor category ratings from LCdr Eddy Myers, the Naval Assistant 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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Maj PJA (Peter) Tees RCA

21 Dec 22-8 Apr 89


Peter Joseph Angwin Tees was born 21 Dec 1922 in Vancouver. BC, to the late Brigadier Percy Curran and Gertrude Wilmot Angwin Tees.

Young Lieutenant Tees served overseas with the Field Artillery during WWII. After the cessation of hostilities, Peter elected to remain with the Regular Army in the Royal Canadian Artillery. In early 1952 he was selected for pilot training and completed LAPC 4 at the Brandon Flying Club and at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. He received his wings July 52.

Barely two months later he was in Korea flying with the RAF’s 1903 Independent Air Observation Post Flight. He would become the last Canadian Air OP officer to engage the enemy in action and for his outstanding performance (450 plus missions) was also the only Canadian Army Pilot to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross since WWI. Capt. Tees was also the last Canadian to win a DFC (Commonwealth).

In peacetime, he continued to fly with 1 Air OP Flight in Petawawa 1953-1955 during the period of introducing the L-19s to the Army inventory. His final assignment was as a Major staff officer at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. On leaving the military, he remained in the D.C. area and served as a marketing representative for Gichner Mobile Systems (a Defense contractor) until 1987.

After the death of his first wife Doris (Bryson) Tees, Peter married the former Darlene Kenworthy. They retired to the Bryce Resort in Basye, Virginia. Major Peter Tees, DFC passed away in the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure 8 Apr 89. He was survived by his second wife, two daughters and a son, plus one step daughter and a step son.

The Vancouver Sun 12 Nov 53

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Capt JDC (Claude) Thibault RCASC

10 May 31-18 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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Maj AG (Angus) Thomas RCA

5 May 17-17 Oct 91


Angus Graham was born in Toronto, but at an early age moved with his family to Vancouver. There were seven sons in the Thomas family. Angus was the third born. Five were old enough to serve as officers during WWII; three in the RCA (including Angus), one in the infantry and one in the Air Force. All returned home safely after the end of hostilities.

By 1940 Angus was a Lt in the 5th Coast Brigade as a member of the NPAM before the unit was called up to the CASF. His service overseas before pilot training is still being researched. As a Captain, he completed flying training in the UK March to June 45. Upon graduation he was assigned to 666 Air Observation Post Squadron. This unit missed the 'shooting war', but provided important aviation support to the occupational forces throughout NW Europe.

Angus sailed into Halifax aboard the QE 26 Oct 45 and arrived back in Vancouver after a 5 day rail trip across the country. At home, he remained serving in the Reserve Forces and was promoted Major by the year 1952. In civilian life, Angus worked for the Federal Government. He became manager of the National Employment Service's offices in Penticton, then moved to a similar position in Prince George. He next moved to Ottawa in the Unemployment Insurance Commission and was trained as an inspector, a position he held in the Nation's Capital, in Winnipeg and eventually back to his adopted home town of North Vancouver.

It was here at the Lion's Gate Hospital that Major Thomas passed away peacefully in Oct 91 following heart surgery.

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LCol HD (Hank) Thompson RCA

5 Jan 37 – 12 Apr 22


Harry (Hank) Thompson was born in Lake Doucet NS in 1937. His father was a veteran of The Great War and two of his brothers served in the RCAF during The Second World War. So, it wasn’t a surprise that after passing his younger years hunting and fishing in the woods and on the sea, he joined the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in 1957 under the Canadian Army Officer Candidate Programme. Hank would go on to serve the Guns for over 30 years of Regular Force Service, a career that included noteworthy postings to Norway, West Germany and across Canada.

During the early years of his military service, Hank was selected for Army Pilot training. He completed his ab initio flight training at RCAF Stn Centralia ON on the Chipmunk aircraft in Mar 63 after which he proceeded to CJATC Rivers MB where he qualified as a Fixed-Wing pilot on the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog aircraft and was subsequently awarded the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge in Jul 63.

As a result of his outstanding performance as a student pilot on his Light Aircraft Pilot Course (LAPC) 35, he was awarded the Army Aviation Tactical Training School’s Top ‘AT Trophy which was awarded to the top student on each LAPC (see third photo above of him being awarded the Top ‘AT Trophy by the Graduation Parade’s Inspecting Officer, W/C VF Ganderton, OC Air Training Wing CJATC).

He then went on to become a qualified Rotary-Wing pilot on the CH-112 Hiller helicopter at the Basic Helicopter Training Unit, also located at Rivers. Hank went on to serve the Guns as an Air OP Officer and later as a Canadian Exchange Officer with the British Army Air Corps, BAOR, in West Germany, flying the Alouette II helicopter.

Hank was an avid sailor and had a real passion for anything nautical. He served with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in Qualicum BC, in which he was deeply involved with the Power Squadron. He was the loving husband for over 60 years to his wife Anne, living in their lovely home in Qualicum Beach BC. He was also the devoted father of two children, Sue-Anne and Stephen.

Lieutenant-Colonel Hank Thompson, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, passed away as the result of Cancer 12 Apr 22 at the Oceanside Health Center in Qualicum, at the age of 85. He was truly an outstanding officer and gentleman in all respects and a fine military pilot who will not soon be forgotten. Farewell and rest in peace old friend.



Photo taken at the home of Hank and Anne Thompson during one of several fly-in visits to Qualicom Bay from Langley BC in John MacGregor’s pristine Cessna L-19 Bird Dog aircraft, ARMY 713 (C-FHDJ). Hank and Anne were always the perfect hosts, feeding a lunch fit for royalty to three (including Hank) olde, retired Canadian Army aviators and old friends, John MacGregor and John Dicker.

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Capt DP (Pat) Thornton RCAC

7 Mar 31-17 Oct 77

Darrell Patrick Thornton, also known as “DP” or “Pinkie”, served in the Korean War as a Trooper in the Strathcona’s Horse and was subsequently commissioned into the Royal Canadian Dragoons at Petawawa in 1953. He was rebadged as an 8th Hussar in 1957 when that regiment was brought into the regular order of battle and qualified as an Army pilot in 1958 through the Brandon Flying Club and the Light Aircraft School followed by a Helicopter conversion with the US Army.

Pat flew as an instructor pilot at CJATC from 1961 until his posting to the RCAC Helicopter Troop in Germany in 1964. On returning to Canada in 1968 he joined 403 Squadron when it was in Petawawa flying the classic single engined Huey for conversion courses and in the NW Territories, Norway and Germany in order to develop the operational techniques for the new Helicopter squadrons.

After transition to the twin Huey he moved west to Edmonton to fly with 408 Squadron and the Aircraft Field Maintenance Squadron until he retired from the forces to go into the security industry. Pat passed away on 17 Oct 1977 at Fort Saskatchewan and is survived by his wife Joan, two sons and two daughters, Michael, Kevin, Therese and Janice.

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Capt HB (Horace) Trites RCA

8 Apr 15-6 Mar 82


Horace B Trites, QC, distinguished Moncton area barrister, died 6 Mar 82 at the Moncton Hospital after a lengthy illness. He would have been 67 the next month.

Associated with the law firm of Anderson, Savoie and Dewitt of Moncton, he served for a number of years as Clerk of the Supreme Court for the County of Westmoreland and as Registrar of Probate for the County of Albert before joining the firm of Murphy, Murphy and Mullins and later as counsel for a number of other law firms.

Born in Sackville, he was a son of the late Raleigh Trites, KC (King's Counsel) and Isla (Fawcett) Trites.

He commenced his legal studies in 1938 at the office of his father and then at the Dalhousie University Law School in Halifax before being interrupted by service during the Second World War.

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Eighth Princess Louise (New Brunswick) Hussars, he went overseas to join the First Medium Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, serving in England and Italy. Rising to the rank of Captain, he returned to England to train with the Royal Air Force and served as an artillery pilot observer with 665 Royal Canadian Air Force (A.O.P.) Squadron in France, Belgium and Holland.

He resumed his law studies in the law office of W.G. Stewart in Moncton and subsequently received his LL.B degree from Dalhousie. He successfully passed the New Brunswick Bar exams and returned to the Stewart law firm. He held a B.A. degree from Sackville's Mount Allison University. He was also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Moncton Barristers' Society.

He is survived by his wife, the former Hester Wood, four daughters, Ann Cornellier of Ottawa, Isla, Jane and Hester, all of Moncton; a son, Richard Trites of Moncton; a brother, Alan Trites, Q.C. of Toronto, and by grandchildren John and Germaine Cornellier of Ottawa., A brother, Richard, died in action during the Second World War.

Funeral service was held in Moncton's St. George's Anglican Church with interrment in the Sackville Cemetery.

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Captain KM (Ken) Tryon RCAC

5 Jan 36–3 Nov 18

Peacefully, on November 3, 2018, Mr. Ken Tryon passed away at the age of 82 years. He is remembered with love by his wife of 57 years Shirley, son Michael (Joyce), their children Nicole, Nicholas: daughter Michelle (Paul), their children: Adam, Matthew; sister Helen Slattery; nieces: Karen Slattery, Barb Tryon and their families, as well as numerous extended family and friends. A celebration of Ken’s life was held at Serenity Funeral Services North Chapel on November 10 2018. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Grey Nuns Hospital and the U of A Hospital for their kindness, support and care shown to Ken during his stay.

A full obituary was published 8 November issue of the Edmonton Journal.

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Capt HJP (Hans) Tscharke RCASC

26 Jul 22–31 Oct 92


Hans Joachim Paul Tscharke was born in Hesse, Germany and was 8 years old when his family emigrated to Canada in 1930. The Tscharkes settled in Yale, then finally in Kelowna in BC's Okanagan Valley.

Hans took advantage of the generous rehabilitation programs offered to veterans with wartime service, joined the COTC at UBC and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science and Arts degree. 2Lt Tscharke was living in Vancouver at the time with his first wife Jacquelyne and infant daughter Zelda.

He was promoted to Lt on posting to 23 Transport Company, RCASC as their Arctic Platoon commander, ready to provide field supply and transport capability throughout the Yukon and NWT. The unit designation changed to 18 Coy RCASC and Hans remained in Churchill, Manitoba until the summer of 1952.

He then completed the Canadian Army Pilot Course #5 at the Brandon Flying Club and the Light Aircraft School at Rivers. In 1954 he and Harry Reid were the first RCASC officers to undertake helicopter conversion training.

As with most RCASC officers of the period, Hans did a tour 1958-59 as a Transport Officer with #56 Cdn Tpt Coy in Egypt. Returning to Canada, Capt. Tscharke married Jean Scott with whom he had two daughters. He went on to join the 'Army of the West' serving with 14 Tpt Coy in Wainwright and 13 Coy RCASC in Edmonton and Calgary. By 1964 he was again in the east at Camp Borden running the Detail Issue Depot for 15 Coy. By Apr 1966 most Service Corps transport functions were absorbed into the Base Transport Section of CFB Borden.

Upon leaving the military in Sep 1968, Hans was hired by the University of Guelph to be the dean of men at their Ridgetown College of Agriculture Technology. When he passed away at 70 years old he was survived by his wife Jean, three daughters and his sister Eveline. He is buried in the Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery in Morpeth, Ontario.

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Maj RR (Rudy) Ulrich RCCS

15 Feb 16-19 Apr 02


Rudolf Richard Ulrich joined the Canadian Army (Regular Force) in May 1938 as a member of The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, in Kingston Ontario. On completion of basic and signal training he was posted to First Canadian Division Signals in England in Nov 1939 and underwent officer training as an Officer Cadet at Catterick Camp in Yorkshire in 1942, resulting in his commissioning as a Lieutenant in 1943. Subsequently, he was posted to 59% Canadian Armoured Division Signals thence Italy in Oct 1943. Numerous postings ensued in wartime areas of operation, returning to Canada after the War in Jun 1945.

Postings thereafter were many and varied both within and outside of Canada, with Rudy reaching the rank of Major in the fall of 1958. Of particular interest to this website is his posting to the Canadian Joint Air Training Center (CJATC) in Rivers Manitoba in Nov 1948 to undertake Army pilot training at both the Brandon Flying Club and the Light Aircraft School at Rivers. Rudy graduated in Mar 1949 off the very first Army pilot course to be conducted after the War and was awarded the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. In the fullness of time, he was to be one of an elite group of ten Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Officers to qualify for and be privileged to wear those wings.

Rudy served proudly in the Canadian Army continuously for 27 years, retiring honourably in May 1965, followed by 15 years in the employ of Telus (AGT) in Edmonton Alberta. His Certificate of Military Service with the Canadian Army is included herewith (see below).

Rudy took his last flight 19 Apr 2002 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary Alberta, leaving his loving wife Harriet, son Richard (Mary) and grandson Mark (Barbara), all of British Columbia.

He is resting at Queen’s Park Cemetery and Mausoleum in Calgary AB

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Capt FJ (Fred) Wagner RCASC

14 Jan 27-2 Sep 1988


A native Albertan, Fred passed away suddenly in Edmonton. He was born in Camrose and attended school there until joining the army in 1944. After the War he was trained as a parachutist and glider pilot and later received fixed wing and helicopter qualifications. In the early 1960s, after two years of training in the U.S.A., Capt. Wagner became the first certified Canadian Army pilot to fly the twin engine Voyageur helicopters.

After 28 years of service with the armed forces he retired in 1971 as a Captain and entered the real estate business and became a member of the Edmonton Real Estate Board.

He is survived by his wife Anne, one son Wayne, his mother Myrtle, four brothers and three sisters.

A Funeral service was held 7 Sep 1988 at the Park Memorial Chapel and cremation followed.

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Maj RJ (Bob) Waldie RCA

9 Jan 21-18 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 GC (Gord) Walker RCASC

27 Jan 1923-29 Nov 70

Gordon Clifford Walker died in a single motor vehicle accident on November 29, 1970, at the age of 47. He was survived by his wife Elsie, their children Nora Lynne, and Richard William (Bill), his daughter from his first marriage, Victoria Higgins, and his brother Reid Walker. He was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Ardella. Born in Quebec, Gord was raised primarily in Ottawa, and it was from there that he joined the Canadian Army in August 1940, to go overseas during WWII.

Following a fulfilling career in the Canadian Army, as both a fixed wing and helicopter pilot and instructor, Gord retired in 1968. He then went on to pursue his second love of journalism, and at the time of his death was working as editor and contributing columnist of “Canadian Wings”, a monthly aviation magazine based in Calgary.

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Capt RC (Bob) Wannop RCA

8 Mar 20-15 Mar 99

Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

Robert Charles was born in Canton, China while his father George Graham Wannop was serving as a missionary doctor. Lt. Col. GG Wannop, RCAMC saw service in both World Wars and practiced his peace-time medicine in Alberta. Son Robert sailed from Hong Kong to Vancouver with his mother in 1925 when he was 5 ½ years old. It is assumed that mother and son remained in Vancouver while father eventually settled in Alberta.

It is also likely young Wannop served in the NPAM on the coast, went overseas around 1941 and completed his artillery training in England until the Normandy and NW Europe operations. In early 1945 he successfully completed pilot training, graduating in the UK 7 May 45, one day before the allied victory. For the remainder of the year he was a member of 666 Air Observation Post Squadron, RCAF. With no more offensive artillery fire to observe and adjust, the Squadron provided flying support to the occupational forces.

Captain Wannop sailed home aboard the QE, arriving New York 28 Dec 45. His final destination was Vancouver where he took advantage of the generous veterans’ rehabilitation allowances and loans to enrol at the University of British Columbia.

In 1948 he married a fellow Varsity student, Evelyn Mary Ashworth who was a member of the RCAF W.D. They moved for a period to Campbell River before Robert managed to obtain his BSc (civil engineering) Oct 1950. He remained in the Greater Vancouver area throughout the decade working as an engineer for the Government. He managed to keep his military affiliation by serving as a Lieutenant with the 7th Field Engineer Regiment (Militia).

By the early 60s the family moved to Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley where Robert established his own, successful engineering consulting business. He passed away in 1999 and is buried in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery alongside his mother and his wife.

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Maj BRH (Tug) Watch RCA

24 Aug 21-7 Oct 04


Bertram Reginald Howard Watch was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1921. As a teenager he joined the 77th Field Battery, headquartered in Moose Jaw. Tug had risen to the rank of Sergeant by the time the unit was called to active service and went overseas as part of the 3rd Field Regiment, RCA.

In England, he was a successful graduate of the Officer Training programme and was promoted Lieutenant in Mar 44. The following month he wed Catherine Marjorie Doreen Watson in Yorkshire. In November he proceeded to RAF Andover and completed Air OP Course 38, graduating 13 Feb 45 and assigned to 665 Sqn. Pilots and aircraft were very busy in intense operations in the Netherlands and Belgium up to VE Day.

In June 45, Capt Watch and five other Squadron mates volunteered for the Canadian Far East Force. They left for home just prior to 665 Sqn’s disbandment 10 July 45. Tug accepted demobilization and proceeded to British Columbia where he tried his hand at farming in the Salmon Arm/Kamloops area.

Preferring the military life to the agricultural grind, Tug re-enlisted and by the summer of 1951 was instructing on the Light Aircraft Pilots courses in Rivers, Manitoba. He crossed the Atlantic, with family, the next year to locate in Stainton Grove Camp. It is assumed he was a student at the Royal Artillery School, taking their Long Gunnery Course on Salisbury Plains.

By the late 1953s, Capt. Watch was in Shilo on regimental and flying duties with the RCHA and the Artillery School. He was next posted to Germany and served as a Troop Leader with E Bty, 2 RCHA 1955 and 56. In 1957 he and family were in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where Capt Watch served as a Regular Support Officer with the Militia. By 1962 he was promoted Major and became the OC of the Air OP Flight in Shilo. In 1965 he was posted to the Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Shilo. The following year Major Watch served the United Nations in Egypt with the Canadian Base Units.

Back on Canadian soil, he returned to his native province to serve at Saskatchewan District Headquarters 1967 and part of 1968. He went on to wear the ‘blue beret’ a second time with the UN Truce Supervision Organization, Palestine before returning to his previous posting at Saskatchewan District in 1969 until leaving the Forces in 1970.

Major Tug Watch retired to Alberta, his wife passing away in Edmonton in 1986 and Tug in Rimbey, central Alberta in 2004.

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Capt JWA (James) Watt RCA

7 Feb 22-16 Dec 00


Captain Watt was born in North Vancouver and at an early age, under the tutelage of his sea faring father, was introduced to the bagpipes. They became his life-long passion and he excelled in all branches of piping – as a performer, teacher, composer, adjudicator and a well-known Pipe Major.

As a teenager, he enrolled in the Seaforth Highlanders to play in their renowned pipe band. Too young for overseas service at the outbreak of WWII, he spent two years instructing at the home Depot Battalion before transferring to the Irish Fusiliers (Vancouver Regiment) in 1942 to build, train and lead their new pipe band.

In late 42, he and other members of the Regiment were posted to the Canadian Garrison Battalion in Jamaica before going oversea in 1944. Once there, the battalion was divided up between the Seaforths, Westminsters, and Canadian Scottish. James Watt’s Irish band was transferred as a unit to HQ 1st Cdn Army and saw service in Holland, Germany, Belgium and the UK. He was promoted WO 1 Pipe Major, which made him, at age 23, the highest ranking (and probably the youngest) Pipe Major in the Commonwealth.

Returning to BC at war’s end, he had a varied career, basically anything that would allow him to continue with his music. He eventually took a sabbatical from piping, enrolled in the Royal Canadian Artillery and went on to qualify as an Air OP and helicopter pilot.

In 1978 James founded the Western Academy of Pipe Music and continued to play, compose and teach the bag pipes until passing away in December 2000 from a series of heart attacks.

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Maj WSD (Steve) Werry RCCS

11 Apr 39-19 Jul 11


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 MB where he qualified on Chipmunk, L-19 and on the CH112 helicopter. There being no army aviation billets, Stephen was posted in 1962 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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Maj WJ (Bill) West RCA

31 Oct 21-6 May 96


William John West was born in Simcoe, Ontario and began his military career in the Canadian Army during WWII with the Coastal Artillery in Halifax and as an infantry officer with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in NW Europe.

After the war, Captain West returned to the Royal Canadian Artillery, attended Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario and trained as a pilot at Brandon and Rivers, Manitoba. Promoted Major by 1960, he was the first Officer Commanding the Air Observation Post Troop of 4 RCHA with the NATO Forces in Germany. He also served as a pilot with 3 RCHA, was a parachutist and a peace keeper with the United Nations in Cyprus. During his later years with the Forces he was a staff officer at HQ Mobile Command in St. Hubert, Quebec and Training Command Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After leaving the military, Bill was appointed Operations Manager of Ontario Place. He retired to the country life in Grey County and passed away 6 May 96 in Owen Sound at the age of 74.

A full obituary was published in the Toronto Globe and Mail, May 16, 1996.

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Capt ET (Earl) Whalen RCA

Aug 30-15 Jun 80


Earl Thomas Whalen (also spelled Whelan) was born in Halifax in 1930. He first served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot before transferring to the Royal Canadian Artillery in the late 1950s. He qualified as an Air OP and helicopter pilot within the Army and the Air element after integration. Upon retiring from the Forces he flew commercially and died in a helicopter crash in northern Saskatchewan 15 Jun 80.

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LtCol T (Thane) Wheeler RCA

29 Dec 34-9 Oct 95


Thane was born in the UK in Middlesex, Kent, but immigrated to Canada and joined the Canadian Army. He graduated from the No. 1 Officer Candidate Programme conducted 1954-55 by the Royal Canadian School of Artillery, Shilo, Manitoba. His first posting was with 3 RCHA in Germany beginning in 1956. Lt. Wheeler returned to Canada and successfully completed pilot training at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario and Rivers, Manitoba from November 61 until earning his wings in August 62. His first flying assignment was with the AOP Flight of 1 RCHA, Gagetown.

Captain Wheeler attended the Canadian Army Staff College 1965-66 and upon graduation was promoted Major and became a Battery Commander at 4 RCHA, based in Petawawa. From 1969 to 1972 he served with HQ Mobile Command at St. Hubert, Quebec.

Next, Major Wheeler completed a tour with the United Nations Force in Cyprus, returning to Canada as a Lt Col, and once again to FMC HQ for a two year posting. In 1977 he was seconded to the Staff College, Ghana in West Africa. On his return, he served for a short tour at CFHQ in Ottawa before returning to Germany and NATO’s Central Army Group HQ in Heidelberg until 1984.

For the third time, Lt Col Wheeler returned to St. Hubert in 1985 and served at FMC HQ until retiring in 1989.

In 1957 Thane married Joan Bennett in Oxfordshire, UK. Together they raised two children. A peaceful retirement in the upper Ottawa Valley was cut short when medical problems caused Thane to return to Montreal for treatment. He passed away there in Oct 95.


The wonder is that he endured so long However, its the laughter that wiII remember.

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LtCol TL (Trev) White RCASC

08 Nov 33-24 Aug 14


Trevor was born in 1933 in Estevan SK. He joined the RCAF in Sep 52 after completing High School in Nelson BC. He graduated from pilot training in Penhold AB in Nov 53. After completing advanced flying training and gunnery school on the T-33 Silver Star, he was posted to 1(F) OTU in Chatham NB where he trained on the F-86 Sabre. He married the former Marjorie Hamilton in 1954 and was posted to 444 (F) Sqn in Baden-Soellingen West Germany, where he served until expiration of his Short Service Commission in Nov 58.

He re-enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1962. After Corps training at Camp Borden ON he was employed as a flying instructor in Canadian Army Aviation in the Army Aviation Tactical Training School at CJATC Rivers MB from 63-67 after which time he was posted to 412(T) Sqn in Ottawa to fly Cessna L182 L aircraft. In Feb 68 he became the first "Brown Job" to be trained on the CC-109 Cosmopolitan aircraft, which he flew until Jan 71. He served in Yellowknife from 71-73, then joined the Cosmo Det in Colorado Springs where he flew Smokey 02 for four years. He served as Det Comd from 74-77, having been promoted to Major in 74.

Following a tour as Comdt of the Junior Leaders School at Penhold and Base Ops Offr at North Bay ON, Trevor returned to 412 Sqn and Comd of the Lahr (Dash 7) Det in Germany, where he served until Sep 84.

He retired from the Regular Force in May 86; however, he left to become the Deputy Air Ops Offr at the Regional Cadet Office in Trenton ON. He was promoted to LCoI in Jul 87 and assumed the duties of Air Ops Offr, responsible for Air Cadet Camp as well as the Gliding Program for Ontario.

Trev retired in and to Trenton in 98. He passed away with his family by his side 24 Aug 14 in his 81" year. He had been married to Marj for 60 years and had two children; Debbie of Trenton and Brad of Dieppe NB. Trevor dedicated 45 years of Service to Queen and Country as a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was buried at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood in Ottawa 26 Sep 14.

He was a true officer and gentleman who will not be soon forgotten by anyone who had the privilege of knowing and serving with him. May he rest in peace.

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Capt HH (Howie) Wickett RCA

12 May 19-18 Oct 03


Howard Henry Wickett passed away on October 18, 2003, at Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Renfrew, Ontario at age 84. Dear husband of Nancy (nee Chater) for 56 years. Loving father of Judy and her husband Ross McEwen, David and his wife Leslie, Bill and his wife Julie. A proud and beloved Papa to Ben and Dan, Kim and Karrie, Michael and Laura. Howard is survived by his loving sisters Betty Arlette and Margaret Wilson. Predeceased by brother Jack and sister Mary Montague. He grew up in West Toronto on Pearson Ave. Overseas for 4 years in the Second World War, Howard completed his military service as a pilot (Captain) in 664 and 666 AOP Squadrons of the Royal Regiment of the Canadian Artillery during the liberation of Holland. Howard enjoyed a 26 year career in labour relations with Ford Canada in Oakville. After his 'first' retirement in 1980, he was able to put his love of gardening and the outdoors to good use at the Spruce Lane Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park for several years. A charter member of St. Paul's United Church in Oakville, Howard was long active in congregational life and leaves many close friends there. Howard and Nancy moved to Renfrew in 1988, found a new church home at Trinity St. Andrews United Church, and formed many more friendships in Renfrew. An avid camper, canoeist, birder and gardener, Howard shared these passions with family and friends.

Original obituary published in The Globe and Mail on Oct. 22, 2003.

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Capt James AB (Rusty) Willett INF

16 May 34-18 Aug 11


WILLETT, James A. B. "Rusty" passed away on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 in Victoria, BC. He was born in Ituna, Saskatchewan on the 16th May, 1934. He served his country as an officer of the Canadian Armed Forces for thirty years.

Beloved husband of Shirley; loving father of two sons; two daughters and four granddaughters. He is sadly missed by family and friends.

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Capt SE (Stan) Williams RCA

21 Jan 12 - 14 Feb 82


Stanley Edward Williams was born in Transcona, Manitoba to an American couple who had immigrated to Canada a year before he was born. His father was a railway engineer and the family lived in Sioux Lookout, Kenora and Fort William, Ontario. Stanley worked at various times in the gold mines, for the railway and the forestry industry before his military service.

He went overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery, completed his officers’ training in the UK and pilot qualification in early 1945. He was assigned to 665 Air Observation Post Squadron and served with them in North West Europe until he suffered a severely broken ankle in a jeep accident just two days after VE Day. The shattered joint required specialized treatment, requiring him to be medical-evacuated to the UK.

He returned to Winnipeg for further treatment and a two year long convalescence at the Deer Lodge Medical Centre which resulted in the amputation of the injured limb.

Stanley drifted into the human resources/industrial relations field which took him to Saskatchewan. He became manager of employer relations for International Minerals Corp of Esterhazy. In 1971 the Saskatchewan government appointed him as a member of the newly reformed Labor Relations Board. The following year, he entered government service as the senior industrial officer with the department of labor. One year later he became executive officer of the Labor Relations Board, a position he held until 1974 when he joined the government finance office.

In 1977, Stanley was appointed to the position of Training Director of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, responsible for developing and implementing management training programmes at the Potash Corporation’s mine sites. After leaving government services, he freelanced as a very respected and sought after industrial mediator.

In 1980 he and his wife of 46 years, Viola Margeruite (Stirett) retired to Victoria, BC. Stanley passed away in February 1982 after a questionable coronary intervention. He was survived by his wife Vi, and daughter Jackie (Mrs. H Behman) of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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MGen NG (Norm) Wilson-Smith INF

04 Oct 16-7 Mar 92


MAJOR-GENERAL NORMAN WILSON-SMITH (who died on March 7, 1992, aged 75) was a notably effective infantry commander and staff officer with the Commonwealth Division in Korea.

In September 1950 Wilson-Smith was given command of the 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Calgary with an operational role in the defence of the Arctic. He found this regular parachute unit with its nose out of joint: though probably the best trained battalion in the Canadian Army, it had not been chosen for Canada's contingent sent to the Korean War. It was a time of great expansion when the number of infantry battalions in the Canadian Army quadrupled within a year. The 1st Patricias were milked of experienced officers and NCOs for the new units.

During this difficult period Wilson-Smith's energy and enthusiasm did much to maintain the morale of his frustrated paratroopers. In August 1952 he received only a month's notice to reorganize his battalion as line infantry and proceed to Korea as part of the British Commonwealth Division. The day they boarded ship at Seattle, they lost their parachutists' "risk allowance," but Wilson-Smith and his men shrugged off all this as bureaucratic bungling and got on with the job. Within a month of leaving home, one of his companies carried out a highly successful raid deep into the Chinese lines against strong opposition.

The front had stabilized north of the Imjin River, and conditions soon resembled those of the First World War. During the six months that Wilson-Smith remained with the battalion, it patrolled and raided aggressively, beating off three virulent Chinese attacks. The artillery of the Commonwealth Division was outranged by the Chinese guns and could not reach some attractive targets behind the enemy lines. Recalling the effectiveness of German “88s,” Wilson-Smith brought Foreword the battalion’s six 17-pounder anti-tank guns with high-explosive ammunition and arranged for a crash course in indirect fire.

He then borrowed an Auster from the division’s liaison flight, from which the company commander, a qualified pilot, directed the fire of the “infantillery” onto such targets as presented themselves. For a few days the Chinese were treated to high-velocity shells but a dispute with the head of the “Gunners Union” (otherwise known as the commander Royal Artillery) put paid to the experiment. Thereafter, it was noticeable that more long-range support was available from the Americans.

Norman George Wilson-Smith was born at St Catharines Ontario, on October 4, 1916, and was attending the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg when war broke out in 1939. He was commissioned into the Royal Winnipeg Rifles with whom he came to England. After the campaign in Normandy, he was wounded while leading his company at the crossing of the seine at Elbeuf in late August 44. He returned from hospital to staff appointment in the First Canadian Army. He was given a regular commission in 1946 and was on the staff of the adjutant-general immediately before his posting to the Patricias.

In 1952 Wilson-Smith left the Patricias to become senior operations officer of the Commonwealth Division. His ingenuity and diplomacy were brought into full play in reconciling the demands of the American Corps Headquarters, under whose command the division was operating, with the tactical doctrine of its British and Canadian brigades. On his return to Canada, he became director of infantry. After a year at NATO’s Northern Army Group in Germany, He commanded the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade in New Brunswick; then, in 1965, he proceeded to Nicosia as commander of the United Nations force in Cyprus. His next post was as military attaché in Washington. During two years there, he trained as a pilot in light aircraft and helicopters, a qualification which fitted him well for his final position as deputy chief of staff, Force Development, in Ottawa.

Upon retiring from the army in 1969, he moved to England as managing director of the London office of General Dynamics and Canadair. After five years, he became interested in shipping and moved to New York, where he developed a highly successful career in the international marketing of coal. Wilson-Smith was awarded a DSO for gallantry in Korea and appointed MBE for his service in northwest Europe in 1945. He was survived by his second wife, the former Beatrice Claire Carmichael.

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Maj HE (Hal) Wirth RCASC

14 Sep 27-27 Aug 21


Hal passed away peacefully at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Care Centre in Ottawa ON 27 Aug 21.

He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1950, serving until retirement in 1974. During his Service as an Officer in The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), he undertook Canadian Army Pilot training, graduating in Nov 1955 at the Canadian Joint Air Training Center (CJATC) in Rivers MB with the award of the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge (the ‘Blue Wing’). He subsequently undertook rotary-wing training and became a fully qualified helicopter as well as fixed-wing pilot.

Following retirement from the military, he joined the Federal Civil Service with the Department of Northern Affairs until his ‘final’ retirement at the age of 65.

Hal will be sadly missed by all who knew him and had the privilege of serving with him. He will be interred at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, 11 Sep 21.

May he rest in peace.

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Capt WG (Gordon) Wood RCA

19 Jun 11 – 13 Sep 84


William Gordon Wood was born, raised and educated in Ottawa, Ontario. He completed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania before serving in Seattle, Washington with Pan-American Airways. He returned to Canada in 1939 and was one of the early employees hired by the new Trans Canada Airlines. He became the Eastern Traffic Representative in Ottawa and then in 1942 the Airline’s traffic manager based in Toronto.

In 1943 Gordon volunteered for military service and after training in Petawawa, was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Overseas, he qualified as an Air Observation Pilot in England, receiving his wings in Jul 45. The very next month Capt. Wood flew back to Canada and resumed his traffic manager position with TCA.

By 1952 he was appointed Vice President of Sales for the Airline. He also held the position of chairman of the traffic committee of the International Air Traffic Association (IATA). While based in Montreal, he also served as a Vice President of the Montreal Tourist and Convention Bureau and as a Director of the Canadian Tourist Association. In a 1962 Airline reorganization, he became one of the only two Senior VPs, his position being Sales, the other – Operations.

In 1964, Gordon managed the advertising name change campaign when TCA became Air Canada. He also served during this period on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Alouettes football team.

He remained as a Senior Vice President with Air Canada until the early 1970s, when he retired and moved back to his native Ottawa. Capt. WG Wood, RCA passed away in Ottawa in his 74th year and was interred in the Beechwood Cemetery. He left behind his wife Freda Belle (Runge) and his two daughters Nancy and Diana.

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LCol LM (Marsh) Wright RCAC

7 Mar 25-5 Feb 18


It is with great sadness that the family of Marshall announces his death in his 93rd year, on Monday, February 5, 2018, in Dundas, Ontario. He is predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Audrey (nee Headley) and by his precious granddaughter, Leah MacAdam. He is the deeply cherished father of Sandy DeVoe (Phil), Jan Burke- Gaffney (Mike), Wendy-Marsha MacAdam (David) and Jennifer Wright. Adored grandfather to Wendy, P.J., Marshall (Erin), Joe, Andrew, Jesse, Emily and Hayley. Adoring great-grandfather to Gavin, Alex, Connor, Ali and Wolf. Born in Ottawa in 1925, he is predeceased by his parents Margaret (Trodden) and Leithwold Wright, his brother and sister-in- law Garn and Eileen (Dunn) Wright, brother-in-law, Ron Armstrong and survived by his sister, Lois Armstrong and many nieces and nephews. At age 17, Marshall became a sergeant pilot flying Tiger Moths but was too young to see action. He married his high school sweetheart, a love story that never ended, and graduated Queen's University. He entered a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces that included postings around the world and service in Korea in 1952-53 with his regiment Lord Strathcona's Horse. He went on to command two helicopter squadrons, 403, Gagetown, New Brunswick, and 444 in Lahr, Germany. He lectured at the Canadian Staff College in Toronto and piloted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau before retirement as a Lt. Colonel. He and Audrey fulfilled a dream to retire in the British Virgin Islands where they spent 17 years sailing, swimming and scuba diving. They returned to Canada in their 70's to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Marshall will be missed for his fantastic sense of humour, his adventurous spirit and his loving heart. Special gratitude to the staff at Wentworth Lodge whose tender concern for Marshall's comfort was greatly valued by his family. Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held. Donations to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated by Marshall and his family. Please sign Marshall's online book of condolence at Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gillespie Magee.

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Capt WF (Bill) Wright RCA

Jan 29-30 Apr 85


Bill passed away in Edmonton at the age of 56. He leaves his wife Verna, one son John and one daughter Joanna, both at home and his mother Gladys Wright of Edmonton. He was predeceased by his father William and a son William. A funeral service was held May 8th in the Wild Rose Chapel of Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home. Interment took place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

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MGen AE (Arthur) Wrinch RCCS

13 Nov 08-20 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 of the Canadian Red Cross until 1975.

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BGen G (Gabe) Zuliani INF

Aug 39-19 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 JK Oakley RCASC.

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AOP Memorial Wall - The Museum of Army Flying:

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 John Dicker.

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