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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. By the mid-1960s Sam was in France serving with 2 Fighter Wing at Grostonquin. 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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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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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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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

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

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LtCol 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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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.

Jerry 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 Jerry 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.

Jerry 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

Feb 22-1977

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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 FA (Al) Carpenter RCA

DOD unknown

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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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Capt JP (Bumps) Dancey RCASC

20 Dec 26-13 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 45. 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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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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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