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Posted by rmcclub on 1st June 2014

2797 Pragnell, Herbert Francis

(January 28, 1922-May 22, 2014)

At 92 years of age, Herb Pragnell died peacefully at the Almonte General Hospital on Thursday, May 22, 2014 after a short illness. Herb was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba as one of four boys of the late Alice and Walter Pragnell. He was a loving husband to Helen (64 years) and proud father of Ian (Nancy), Scott (Eileen), David (Heather) and Richard (Charlotte). Beloved Gramps to seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He will be greatly missed by the family and Donata, his caregiver and friend. A member of the Wartime RMC class of 1940-1942, Herb served overseas with the Royal Canadian Engineers in England, and then with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Italy and during the liberation of Holland. Post-war, Herb completed his Civil Engineering degree at McGill University and spent most of his career with the Defense Research Board in Ottawa. He and his family moved to Almonte in 1959 and put down strong roots. Herb enjoyed singing in the Almonte United Church Choir and worked tirelessly for his community in the Lion’s Club, Almonte Legion, town and county councils as well as many volunteer groups. As an amateur historian, Herb was also a founding member of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. He will be remembered as an avid golfer and life member of the Mississippi Golf Club. He played his last game at 89 but continued to coach until the end. Donations to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum or the R. Tait McKenzie Scholarship Fund. God Bless.

Family and Friends May Call The C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. (127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)

On Monday, May 26, 2014 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm. A Legion Service will be on Monday at 6:45pm with a Lion’s Club Ceremony to follow. Funeral Service to be held at the Almonte United Church on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10am. Reception to follow in Church Hall. Private Family interment at Auld Kirk Cemetery.

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M0959 Riel Bisson (Class of 2011)

LIEUTENANT RIEL BISSON After a courageous co-existence with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Riel, aged 34, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Health Sciences Centre. Riel is survived by his loving spouse of 11 years, Bianca Gagné of Metabetchouan-Lac St-Jean; parents Ronald Bisson (Claudette) of Ottawa, Gayle Johnson of Brandon, and his extended family to include Michel, Julie, Riley, Layton, Jill, Logan, Taylor, Dyron, Ursula, Tyler, Cara, Kurt, Sean, Stephanie, Eva, Louis, Marc, Isabelle, Yannick and Kevin. Riel was adored by Bianca’s family which includes her mother Linda (Michel), Denise, Pauline, Richard (Claudette), Daniel, and especially her grandmother Florina Miron, all from Quebec. Born in Winnipeg on September 19, 1979, Riel’s life journey led him to many different parts of Canada which began with his enrolment into the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001. It was on his first posting to Bagotville QC, where he met the love of his life, Bianca. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering), Riel was posted to 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg. Services were held in St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Roman Catholic Church, 2235 Silver Avenue at Whytewold Road, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Rev. Fr. Léo Couture presided.

The family wants to express their gratitude to the staff and volunteers at CancerCare Manitoba and GD6 Ward at the Health Sciences Centre. Riel was very appreciative of the world class care he received during his nine month illness from the Manitoba Health Care system.

The family would also like to thank the Canadian Armed Forces for their ongoing support and caring for Riel and Bianca throughout this challenging period. In lieu of flowers, donations in Riel’s name can be made to the GD6 “Leukemia Care Ward” Patient Comfort Trust Fund, c/o Health Sciences Centre Foundation, 820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9. Wojcik’s Winnipeg Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Ave., 204-897-4665, is in care of arrangements.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2014



5986 CARSCADDEN, Neil John

Neil John Carscadden passed away suddenly on Monday, May 26, 2014. He will be sadly missed by his wife Diane, children Christina (Fred) and Scott, and treasured grandsons Fredrik and William Eaton. He is also survived by his mother-in- law Kay Chown, of Brantford, and siblings Barbara (Les), Gary (the late Margie), Keith (Margaret) and Lorne (Mary).

Born in Manitoba in 1942, Neil was educated at Royal Military College and Ohio State University (MSc). After graduating from RMC, he served as a Captain in the Canadian Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Ohio during the Vietnam War. Neil started his business career in computer software at IBM. He became a partner of DMR Consulting, and eventually founded his own software consulting company, working on major software projects for the Canadian banks, and other institutions around the world. His modesty, drive anddiscipline set a positive example for everyone around him.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hiking, biking, sailing and skiing until the end. An active billiard player, he will be missed by his friends from the billiard club. He was an early member at the Georgian Peaks Club, a former member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and an active member of Rotary Club in Thornbury. Neil’s pride and joy, above all, were his grandsons Fredrik and William. He spent many happy days with them, playing at the park, skiing, listening to music, and building LEGO.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial funeral service celebrating Neil’s life was conducted at St. George’s Anglican Church, 166 Russell Street in Clarksburg, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

A private family disposition of Neil’s ashes will take place at a later date.


3024 Peter Chisholm – 30 May

Peter Sutherland Chisholm, 84, of Guelph, died Thursday.

Peter was born to Gilbert and Maura Chisholm in London, Ontario on September 28, 1929.  He received a B.S. in Engineering from the Royal Military College, a Masters from the University of Toronto and attended Stanford for his Doctorate. Peter married Grace Barry of Stouffville in 1957, settling first in Toronto and later in Guelph, and were very happily married for almost 57 years.

Peter was a Professor of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Known by his students as ‘smiling Pete’ he was passionate about making a difference in his students lives He was active with the local chapter of the APEO and Engineers in the Classroom where he brought his joy of teaching and science to classrooms throughout southwestern Ontario. An avid outdoorsman and nature lover, he caught many trout that got bigger with every story told.

Peter is survived by his wife Grace; his children Scott and Karin (nee Kaarsoo), of Calgary, Meaghan, of Tappan, New York, and Ted, of Oakville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren who loved him dearly.

A visitation will be held at Wall Custance Funeral Home, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Thursday, June 5th. A funeral service will be held at 4:30 pm on Friday, June 6th at St. James Anglican Church, 86 Glasgow St. North, Guelph. A reception will follow at the reception centre at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.


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Posted by rmcclub on 25th May 2014

RCNC 300 H. Hugh Plant

It is with sadness that the family of Henry “Hugh” Wilbraham Plant, 85, of Halifax and formerly of Lunenburg, announces his passing on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Halifax.

Born in Montreal he was the son of the late Harry and Barbara (Wilbraham) Plant. Hugh received his early education there before entering the Royal Canadian Navy via the naval college at Royal Roads, BC.

What followed was a whirlwind of activity and joyful participation in life. Twenty-five years in the navy were highlighted by service during the Korean War on board HMCS Haida and command of HMCS Saguenay. This was followed by seven years in the Canadian Coast Guard as Commandant of the college, and then senior positions with H.B. Nickerson Ltd., the Ocean Industry Development Office (Sydney), the Ocean Industry Development Office (Halifax), the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion and Veteran’s Affairs (both Charlottetown). He retired in 1994 to Lunenburg.

Always giving back to the community with conviction, Hugh volunteered with many community organizations and events. He was President of the Canadian Canoe Association and a director of the Canada Games Society. He got great joy from coaching youth soccer and swimming in Lunenburg. His other contributions included Chair of the South Shore Regional School Board, director of the Windward Isle Sailing Ship Company, the Tall Ship Millennium for Youth and the Bluenose Atlantic Coastal Action programs.

Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ann (Southerst), four children: Cynthia Plant-Hansen (Ken), Dartmouth, Roger Plant, Dartmouth, Jane Plant (George Cotaras), Halifax, Hilary Graham (Jonathan), Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren: Geoff, Thomas, Andrew, Peter, Alexander, Harry, James and Hugh; sister Cynthia Turpault, Spain and brother, Jamie (Di), Knowlton, PQ, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Bryony and brother Patrick. Source


3222 James A. Jennings

November 29, 1929 – April 19, 2014

Cherished Husband of 58 years to Pat; Beloved Father of Lynne (Dinah Miller) of Dallas, TX and Tom (Jenny) of Woodbury; Daughter-in-Law Jean of Blair, WI; Grandfather of Ellyn and Claire; Brother of Isabel Drown of Vancouver, BC and William (Lynda) of Russel, Ont. Preceded in death by Son, Robert; Brother, Charles; and Parents, James and Winnifred. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., and retired from 3M in 1992 after 28 years of employment. Memorial Service was held  Friday, 11 AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury.


3187 Irving ATKINS

ATKINS, Irving R. – Passed away, peacefully, at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in his 83rd year on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Loving husband of Ann Atkins. Loving father of Harold (Suzanne MacMillan), Judith (Howard Levy) and Stephanie (Craig Lewis). Proud grandfather to Michael and Kathleen Atkins, Jordan and Zachary Levy. Cherished brother of Rivy (Nathan) Nosov. Irving will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends, RMC colleagues and by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral Service will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue, on Tuesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. Interment at Jewish Memorial Gardens, 2692 Bank Street, Ottawa. Shiva will be observed at 3 Cosburn Avenue from 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday through Monday.



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Posted by rmcclub on 11th May 2014

7396 LEGAARDEN, Cdr. John Thomas

(Royal Canadian Navy, Retired)

Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and loyal companion Maudie, in the early morning hours of Monday, February 17, 2014, aged 70 years. Beloved son of the late Lars Legaarden and Anna (McLeod) Legaarden. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Wendy, his adoringly proud daughters Thea, Kristi, Kelly and Terri (Peter), and his many extended family and friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. Shamji, the staff of 6 West at the Ottawa General Hospital, as well as the wonderful home care team including all of his doctors, nurses and PSWs, most notably Anatoli (Tony), Allison, June, Kristen, Kathleen, and Shari. A visitation, service and celebration of his life will be held Monday, February 24th at HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa starting at 1pm (elevator access available and parking is available across the road at City Hall). If you wish to make a donation in memory of John please consider the Esophageal Cancer Awareness association. 1-800-601-0613 or directly to Esophageal Cancer Research via (Notification e-mail address;

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2014


From the May 08, 2015 edition of the Halifax Chronicle Herald

2635 GREGG, James ‘Milton’

Milton Gregg, LCol (Ret’d), C.D., Canadian Army, B.A. Military Science (R.M.C.), B.A. (Dal), M.A. (Dal), beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, military officer, economist and outdoorsman, passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, on May 6, 2014, at age 93, with his family by his side. He was born in Oromocto, N.B., to the late Rev. Ralph Spragg Gregg and Jennie May. Milton lived his younger years in a number of towns and villages as his Baptist father moved from pastorate to pastorate in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. After graduating from Wolfville High School when he was living in Port Williams, he signed on for a memorable four-month voyage to the Canadian Arctic, sailing as an Ordinary Seaman on the CCGS NB McLean to replenish shipping aids and replace radio station staff through Hudson Strait to Hudson Bay and Churchill.

In 1938 he attended the Royal Military College (R.M.C.) and following graduation in 1940, he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Regiment and went overseas in 1941 to join the regiment as a rifle platoon commander. His wartime service included the Italian Campaign where he was a young Captain at the age of 24 placed in the role as Company Commander leading his troops in the battle for the liberation of Rimini. His wartime service also involved a period in North West Europe including Holland.

Milton’s first post-war appointment, after completion of the Canadian Army Staff Course, was company commander No. 1 Canadian Infantry Battalion, 27 Cdn. Infantry Brigade, in Hannover, Germany, as part of Canada’s initial commitment to NATO in 1951-1952. For this appointment, his wife and two young children travelled overseas on the R .M.S. Franconia to join Milton in Europe.

Milton’s next appointment was to be company commander in the newly formed Canadian Guards Regiment – established as the senior Canadian Infantry Regiment 1953 to 1970 to perform a role similar to the Foot Guards in the British Army, complete with red tunics and bear skin hats. Next he was posted to the Canadian Guards Home Station, Camp Petawawa, to command the regimental Depot followed by serving for three years with the Canadian Army Staff in Washington, D.C. Milton returned to Camp Petawawa to command the Second Battalion Canadian Guards. From there it was duty in Vietnam with the ‘International Control Commission’, where he served in North Vietnam and South Vietnam and along the De-Militarized Zone between.

On return to Canada, he went to Atlantic Region in Halifax as Senior Staff Officer. A period as Acting Commander of the Region followed and finally after Forces Integration he went to HQ Maritime Command to serve as Senior Staff Officer Plans and Operations – Assistance Civil Authorities and Aid to the Civil Powers.

Next, Milton pursued the goal to become an economist and so returned to the classroom at Dalhousie to obtain a B.A and an M.A. in Economics and he then joined the Nova Scotia Department of Development as an economist for the next ten years. Retirement from the Canadian Forces gave him the time to pursue his many interests which included being Patron of the Canadian Guards Association – a Regimental Association of former members and their spouses to continue the memory of the Regiment photography, Field Naturalist Society, Wild Flora Society, Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, cross-country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, trout and salmon fishing. He enjoyed travelling with his wife Norma to England, Europe and the southwestern United States.

Milton’s greatest love in his life was his wife Norma who he adored and with whom he enjoyed all of these actives. His involvement with the Photographic Guild included a photo slide presentation of St. Paul’s Anglican Church and contributing photos of the church to the History of St. Paul’s publication. Milton also cherished being with all his extended family, and organizing numerous gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Norma (Burgess), Halifax; his sons, Peter (Patricia), Antigua, Guatemala; James (Julie), Halifax; grandsons, Rodger (Jenn), Dart¬mouth; Philip, Halifax; Thomas, Bedford; great-grandson, Dax, Dartmouth.

He was predeceased by his sister, Marie. The family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at 6W Camp Hill for their out¬standing loving care and attention. Funeral service will be held in St. Paul’s Church, on Tuesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Paul Freisen presiding. Reception to follow in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Milton’s memory, if desired, may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 1749 Argyle St. (Grand Parade), Halifax, NS B3J 3K4, or a charity of your choice.


We have been remiss for not reporting the death of 3031 Denman, Robin (Denny) which occured a few months ago – exact date unknown at this time. A writeup has been provided by two of his classmates which will be published in the upcoming edition of the Veritas magazine.


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Posted by rmcclub on 27th April 2014

3222 James Alfred Jennings, Class of ’54

Jennings, James Alfred 11/29/1929 – 4/19/2014 Cherished husband of 58 years to Pat; beloved father of Lynne (Dinah Miller) of Dallas, TX, Tom (Jenny) of Woodbury, daughter-in-law Jean of Blair, WI; grandfather of Ellyn and Claire; brother of Isabel Drown of Vancouver, BC and William (Lynda) of Russel, Ont. Preceded in death by son, Robert; brother, Charles; and parents, James and Winnifred. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., and retired from 3M in 1992 after 28 years of employment. Memorial service Friday, 11 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice. WULFF WOODBURY 651-738-9615.


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Posted by rmcclub on 20th April 2014


Originally from Saskatchewan, of Ottawa, passed away Sunday April 6, 2014 at the age of 91. Beloved Husband of the late Kathleen Tune and the late Sally Carling. He will be sorely missed by his son John Hopkins (Jill Stoneman), step-daughters and step-son, Louisa Coates, Diana Coates and John Coates. Loving grandfather of David Hopkins and Heather Hopkins.

Predeceased by three brothers Peter, Hugh and George. Nigel’s lawyer father and pharmacist mother arrived from England in the 1920′s to settle in rural Saskatchewan. Nigel was born in Indian Head, grew up in Climax and attended high school in Swift Current.

He entered RMC in 1939, graduating in the War Class of 1941, and then taking a commission with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, flying carrier-based Swordfish aircraft. He, his father, and his three brothers all served overseas during the war.

Following the war, Nigel entered McGill University, earning a BSc., MSc. and PhD. in Nuclear Physics. He then joined Atomic Energy of Canada designing Cobalt Therapy machines used for the treatment of cancer. After a year, he moved to the Defence Research Board in the new field of Operations Research where he remained for the rest of his carer, with postings in Boston, Washington, Halifax and Den Hague, in addition to Ottawa.

He was a founding member, and later President of CORS (Canadian Operations Research Society). He retired from the Department of Defence in 1984 as Director of Scientific Intelligence.

In 1945, Nigel married Kathleen (Bobbie) Tune, then widow of his older brother Hugh, who had been killed in action in Italy. Hugh and Bobbie had one son, John. Bobbie died in 1981. In 1983, Nigel married Sally Carling Coates, enjoying a happy marriage that lasted 30 years. They loved their cottage on the Gatineau. In town they enjoyed their many friends, and together had the habit of going out for lunch each day to share one meal, a glass of wine, and in spite of Nigel’s protests, a “gooey” dessert. In his retirement, Nigel co-authored a book with his friends at Orbita Consultants Limited entitled “Numbers You Need”, a handbook of the arithmetic of everyday life. The paperback edition was entitled “Go Figure”. He also took up flying again and was co-owner of a Cessna 172 C-FVBM based at Rockcliffe Airport. Nigel was a warm person who was polite to all. His gentle and quiet personality hid a keen intellect and many accomplishments. He was well-liked, continuing to make friends in his last year living at Colonel By Retirement Resident.

Funeral arrangement entrusted to Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services 280 Beechwood Avenue Ottawa. A Memorial Service and reception will be held at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church at a later date. For those who wish, memorial contribution in Nigel’s memory to the Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa P.O. Box. 23122 Ottawa Ontario K2A would be appreciated. Source


Kenneth James “Ken” Mayhew worked at RMCC for 35 years. Ken was was one of those  invisible good guys  that made the college tick – 24/7. As a member of the grounds-crew and lead hand for a number of years, his behind the scenes work with labour-crews, always ensured major events such as the Spring graduation and Reunion Weekend ran smoothly regardless of the weather.

Ken passed away at the Kingston General Hospital on Saturday, April 12, 2014. His funeral was last Wednesday, April 16th in Kingston.  More


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Posted by rmcclub on 23rd March 2014

3036 DOWSLEY, Brian (Tad) Patrick, P.Eng

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, surrounded by family at the Ottawa Civic Hospital at the age of 83. Predeceased by Jeannette, his beloved wife of 55 years. Cherished father of David, Thomas (Therese Rajotte), Joanne (Robert Manson), Robert (Kristina) and Mary. Much loved grandfather of Quinn Dabros and Brianna and Meghan Dowsley. Also predeceased by his brother, John (Bo) Dowsley; sister-in-law, Mary Clancy; and brother-in-law, Jack Webber. He will be fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law, Margaret Dowsley and Lois Webber; brother-in-law, Robert Clancy; and all of their families. Brian was born in Canora, SK and grew up in Toronto, ON. After attending Royal Military College in Kingston, ON, he attained his B.Sc Eng. at the University of Toronto, followed by his Masters at Queens University. He enjoyed a long and successful engineering career that took him to Winnipeg and Toronto, with the majority of time in Ottawa with MM Dillon as principle/manager. Brian’s memory will carry on at the cherished family cottage on Charleston Lake. Those wishing to commemorate his life may donate to the or another charity of their choice. Brian will rest in peace with Jeannette at Capital Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Brian’s life will take place at a later date.  Source


2915 Colonel (Retired) John Oswald Ward, Class of 1952

(Colonel R.C.A., Retired, R.M.C. #2915, BSc Queens, Korean War Veteran)
Ozzie passed away peacefully and with great dignity in his 85th year surrounded by his loving family March 22, 2014 at May Court Hospice, Ottawa, following a short battle with cancer. Born in Nelson, BC May 4, 1929, he was predeceased by his parents Bessie (Annett) and John Isaac Ward. For 58 years the beloved husband and best friend of Joan (Lawlor), cherished father of John (Diana Chang) of Vancouver, Michael (Patty Maloney), Anne (Robert Miller) and Beth (Alain Denis) all of Ottawa. Proud grandfather of Christopher (Sierra Ruffalo), Alexa, David, Adam and Ryan. Survived by his dear sister Annette (Theo deceased) Bruseker of Calgary and dear uncle of Karen (Archie) Magee of Sylvan Lake Alberta and Ian (Donna) McLatchie of Sechelt BC. Raised in Sarcee Alberta, Ozzie attended Calgary’s Central High School. Upon graduation, Ozzie reported to Royal Military College in Kingston in the summer of 1948 as part of the first, “New One Hundred” class that reopened the College after WWII. He studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a BSC from Queen’s University in 1954 following service with the Artillery in Korea from 1952-53. He also achieved some fame as a marksman on the shooting team and some notoriety for other endeavours. On completion at Queen’s, Ozzie joined 4 RCHA at Camp Utopia, NB prior to posting to Hemer, West Germany on NATO duty in 1955. It was in Utopia that Ozzie met Joan Lawlor of Saint John, the love of his life, and following a whirlwind courtship and Regimental wedding sailed to Europe and the start of a lifelong journey of fun and adventure including stints in Petawawa, Shrivenham UK, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Gifted of a fine baritone voice, on family trips, he led family sing-alongs with his old favourites. He retired from the Canadian Army in 1983 and joined Public Works Canada in the Engineering Branch of the Real Property Management Group. He retired from the Public Service in 1990 and they took up residence at the home he built at Chaffey’s Locks, enjoying life in the country during the summer and their home in Maple Leaf Estates, Florida in winter. He served as President of the Rideau Lakes Golf Club in the early 1990′s. The family would like to thank all those involved with Ozzie’s care especially the amazing staff on the Oncology wing 5E at the General Hospital and those at the Ottawa Cancer Centre and the May Court Hospice. The family will receive friends at The Beechwood “Sacred Space” Chapel, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014 from 10 o’clock until time of “Liturgy of the Word” at 11 o’clock. Inurnment in the National Military Section of Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the May Court Hospice, 114 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa K1S 0X1 or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main Street, Elgin 613-359-5555 or at – See more at:

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Posted by rmcclub on 16th March 2014

5555 ELLIS, John Stanley – (Lieutenant-Colonel, Retired) – Class of 1962

Died peacefully in the Perley Rideau Veteran’s Centre after a long illness, too young at 73 years. Beloved husband of Kate (Kathleen Payne), loving father of Hugh (Catherine), Chris (Louane), Matthew (Maria) and Dave (Julie), and loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren. John was ever-young. With a great appreciation of nature and the outdoors he was especially drawn to hiking and cross country skiing in Gatineau Park, cycling the Ottawa trails, and any means of boating on the water. In military college he was a long distance running champion and afterward showed natural talent at many other athletic endeavours including squash and tennis. Personifying Royal Military College’s motto “Truth, Duty, Valour”, John put his heart into his career first as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer in the Air Force and then as a security specialist for the Communications Security Establishment. He and his family moved frequently with the military travelling to northern Alberta and Yellowknife, throughout Ontario, Nova Scotia, Boston, and Belgium where his years at NATO’s military headquarters were among the most interesting and challenging of his career. John’s sons picked up many of his interests: his love of music, of computers and technology, and his love of cars. As a member of Emmanuel United Church, he sang in the choir for many years. His tours in his beloved Mazda Miata with Kate were highlights in his later years. He will be missed for his gentle soul, his charm and sense of humour, and his love of life. We love him now and we always will. To accommodate travel arrangements for family members a celebration of life will be held in Ottawa at Emmanuel United Church on March 27, at 11 a.m. Donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.


RCNC 004 KILPATRICK, John Ross McLennan

(January 17, 1924 to March 8, 2014) It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of John Kilpatrick in his 91st year. Loving husband to Jean Wright and proud father of Andrew (Wayne) of Toronto and of Kathryn Ruth (Ann) of Tofino British Columbia and grandson James also of Toronto. Predeceased by his first wife Ruth (McDougald), son George (Dianne) and his three siblings Anne, Donald and David. Beloved by six step-grandchildren and their parents Dr. and Mrs. Stewart Wright, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Wright and Mr. and Mrs. John Bark. Old boy of St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, graduate of McGill and Royal Roads Maritime College. He went on to serve on destroyers from 1943-1946 in mid-Atlantic and European waters. His post graduate studies at King’s College, Cambridge preceded his 38 years in a progressive career at Texaco Canada. After retiring in 1981, his interest focused on his beloved island at Go Home Bay. Increasingly he assisted with Naval and Maritime affairs and the education of our youth by leading the Dominion Institute forward in an aggressive and successful in school program, ‘The Memory Project’. His efforts garnered him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in the summer of 2013. A member of several associated leagues and clubs such as the Royal Canadian Military Institute, the Naval Club and the Navy League of Canada. He was a third generation member of the Madawaska Club at Go Home Bay. The family’s thanks go out to the doctors and staff of The Sunnybrook Veterans Health Centre ‘L’ and ‘K’ wings who provided exceptional care for five years. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa in the spring. In lieu of flowers, remembrances would be gratefully received at either The Sunnybrook Health Centre – Veterans Affairs or a charity of your choice.


We received word last week that Ken Harvey passed away, March 9th at 11:22 the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC.

Ken served at Royal Military College in Kingston as Athletic Administration Officer from 74-77. As Athletic administration officer, he was responsible for the budgeting and scheduling for the RMC varsity teams. He was also the Head Coach of the Basketball Team from August 1975 -77.

At press time we were still unable to find a formal obituary. We will update this space when more information becomes available.

Previous e-Veritas article on Ken Harvey.


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Posted by rmcclub on 2nd March 2014

Notice from RMCC Operations and Planning Officer, Michael Lewis

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of Commissionaire MWO Brown – a key member of the RMCC team for over 23 years. He passed peacefully at home with family by his side.

Cmre Brown was in the Military for 30 years and served as a lineman for his entire career. During that time, among his many postings, he was posted to Germany and thoroughly enjoyed travelling through Europe. Following his career in the military, he was employed in the Corp of Cmres for 23 years and had been with RMCC that entire time. He tremendously helped with organizing 22 Reunion Weekends, Graduation Ceremonies and countless other major events while at RMC. He was an avid gardener and was famous for his tomatoes.

He is succeeded by his wife of 40 years, Dianne. Brownie was very close to his siblings, which includes his twin brother. He has 1 son and 1 daughter as well as 6 grandchildren, and he was extremely proud of them, attending as many of their competitions and events as possible.

Brownie always enjoyed a pint, “a big feed of mussels”, and a good laugh. Please take a moment to reminisce on all the ways Commissionaire MWO Brown had a positive impact at RMCC. He will be missed.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life Friday May 23, 2014 from 1-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631, 4034 Bath Rd Kingston ON K7M 4Y4. Private family burial will be held at the Cataraqui Cemetery.


C’est avec grands regrets que je vous annonce le décès du commissionnaire et Adjudant maitre Brown – un membre clé de l’équipe du CMRC depuis plus de 23 ans. Commissionnaire Brown est décédé hier soir paisiblement dans son domicile entouré de sa famille.

Cmre Brown servi dans l’armée comme technicien monteur de lignes pour l’ensemble de sa carrière soit 30 années de service. Pendant sa carrière , il fut affecté en Allemagne pendant plusieurs années ou il a adoré sillonné l’Europe lors de nombreux voyages. Il servit ensuite dans le Corps de Cmres pour plus de 23 ans au CMRC . Il a contribué a l’organisation d’innombrables événements dont 22 fin de semaines de la Réunion, bal de la graduation ainsi que de plusieurs autres moments importants pour le CMRC. Il était un jardinier passionné et était reconnu pour ses tomates délicieuses.

Il laisse derrière lui son épouse de 40 ans, Diane. Browie était très proche de ses frères et sœurs, dont deux frères jumeaux. Il a un fils et une fille ainsi que six petits-enfants. Brownie était très fier d’eux et assistait à autant de leurs compétitions et événements que possible.

Browie était un bon vivant qui ne disait jamais non a une pinte , ” un plat de moules ” , et un bon rire.

Veuillez s’il vous plaît prendre un moment afin vous remémorer l’impact positif que le commissionnaire Brown a eu sur le CMRC.

Il nous manquera.

D’autres informations seront mises a votre disposition, lorsque disponibles.


Décès du 2704 BGén. (ret) Marcel Richard

C’est avec regret, que nous vous informons du décès du Bgén (ret) Marcel Richard, CD décédé, le samedi 22 février 2014, à l’âge de 92 ans.

Le Brigadier général Richard est né à Québec le 19 mars 1921. Il s’enrôle aux Royal Rifles of Canada en 1937 comme homme du rang jusqu’en 1939. En 1941, il gradue du Collège militaire royal du Canada et rejoint le Royal 22e Régiment avec le grade de lieutenant, au mois de mai de la même année. En mars 1943, il est déployé outre-mer et servira avec son régiment dans la zone méditerranéenne de septembre à décembre 1943. Blessé en décembre, il est hospitalisé durant plusieurs mois. Il retournera en Angleterre en juin, promu au grade de capitaine, il est nommé adjoint à l’entraînement de la Compagnie no 6 de la « Canadian Infantry Reinforcement Unit ». Au mois d’août 1944, il rejoint son unité avec laquelle il combat en Italie et dans le Nord-Ouest de l’Europe. Il est nommé officier d’intelligence à la « 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade » au mois d’avril 1945. Il revient au Canada en juillet 1945.

Au mois de septembre 1945, il rejoint son régiment où il sert comme adjudant. Nommé au Quartier général, Québec Command, en qualité d’officier d’état-major en octobre 1946, il y demeure jusqu’à janvier 1948. Par la suite, il sert au Quartier général de l’armée à titre de « General Staff Officer » à la direction de l’Infanterie et à la direction de l’Instruction militaire. Lorsqu’éclate le conflit de la Corée, il rejoint son Régiment avec le grade de Major et sert en Corée de décembre 1950 à janvier 1952, date à laquelle il revient au Canada pour suivre des cours au Collège d’état-major de l’Armée canadienne.

Gradué en novembre 1952, il est nommé officier d’état-major au Quartier général, Québec Command. En octobre 1954, on le nomme officier d’état-major au « Headquarters Eastern Quebec Area » poste qu’il occupe jusqu’en octobre 1957, date à laquelle il est muté à la direction de l’Infanterie, au War Office en Angleterre. Il devient commandant adjoint du 2e Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment en novembre 1959, poste qu’il conserve jusqu’en août 1961, lorsqu’il est promu Lieutenant-colonel et nommé Commandant du 3e Bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment.

Au mois d’août 1964, le Brigadier général Richard est nommé assistant adjudant-général à la direction de l’Administration au Quartier général de l’Armée à Ottawa, et l’année suivante on le choisit pour suivre des cours d’état-major au Collège de la Défense nationale à Kingston en Ontario. Après avoir terminé ces cours, il est nommé officier d’état-major (plans et opérations) au Quartier général du District de l’Est de Québec en juillet 1966.

Le Brigadier général Richard est promu colonel et nommé Commandant de la Base de Valcartier en septembre 1966. Après la réorganisation de cette base, il assume la fonction de Commandant adjoint en août 1968.

Promu Brigadier général en juin 1970, il est nommé chef de l’administration du personnel au Quartier général de la Force mobile. Il a de plus été attaché militaire à l’Ambassade canadienne à Paris du 7 août 1972 au mois d’août 1975.

Le 5 août 1975, on le nomme à la Division d’Instruction francophone dans la ville de Québec où il prend sa retraite le 31 décembre 1975. Il demeurait à Québec depuis lors.

La famille recevra les condoléances en présence des cendres, le samedi 15 mars 2014 à compter de 13h00 en l’église des Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens, 955, avenue de Bienville, Québec G1S 3C1. S’en suivra à 14 h une cérémonie religieuse. La cérémonie honneur au défunt sera effectuée par l’Association du R22eR, Succursale Québec. De plus, une délégation du Régiment sera également présente aux funérailles. L’inhumation se fera à une date ultérieure.

Le drapeau régimentaire sera mis en berne, le samedi 15 mars, 2014.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez contacter le 418 694-2800, poste 2901.

Je me souviens.


4750 McGOWAN, Stewart (Stu) Edwin OStJ, CD BGen Retired March 1, 1938 – February 17, 2014

With great sadness the McGowan family announces the unexpected death of Stu while in Lima, Peru. Paddy and Stu were on a glorious cruise through the Panama Canal. His last days were spent enjoying the seas in a magnificent ship, lying in the sun on the pool deck with a rum and coke in hand.

Stu was born in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, the son of Muriel (Muffet) Stewart and Edwin Archibald (Mac) McGowan. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1955 and Royal Military College in 1960. Stu’s career included flying Trackers off HMCS Bonaventure; an exchange posting with the USN; flying Sea King Helicopters from HMC Ships Margaree and Assiniboine; Commander of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton (his favourite posting); Base Commander in Winnipeg during visits of Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II; Director of Army Aviation in St. Hubert; Command Director at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs; and finally Deputy Director of NORAD, Alaska Region.

Stu retired in Victoria in 1993. He loved being the skipper of a Harbour Ferry and was “lead ballerina” in the Sunday morning Blue Danube Waltz of the Ferries. As President of the Board of St. John Ambulance, Stu oversaw their building expansion on Pandora St. After helping with security during the Vancouver Commonwealth Games he joined the Rotary Club where he found his place in a group of like-minded individuals. “Service Above Self” is what guided Stu his entire life.

Stu leaves his loving wife Paddy, sons Blair and Bryce (Chanida) and beloved grandchildren Draeven, Carly and Ryan. He will be sadly missed by brothers Kim (Dawna), Jay (Sandra), sister Robyn Whitbread (Ian) and was predeceased by Sister Peta Ann (Jackson) of the Convent of St. John the Divine in North York, ON. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at St. John the Divine, 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria. Reception to follow. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.



Tragedy has struck the Class of 60 again, the fourth death within a month. The latest is 4637 Ken Stefanson of Gabriola Gourmet Garlic fame who passed away on 26 Feb, shortly after undergoing double by-pass surgery at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.


Toivo Roht – Class of 1960 Secretary…


Over the weekend, Toivo shared a note he received from the family of Ken Stefanson…

4637 Ken Stefanson – Apr. 27, 1937 – Feb. 26, 2014

On Wednesday, February 26, after heart surgery, we lost Ken Stefanson.

Ken was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, eventually making his way out west to Gabriola.

Those of you who knew him (or of him) were aware of his persona, his larger than life approach, and love of Gabriola.

We will miss him dearly and he would want you to hear of his passing on a more personal level.

Known as Mr. Gabriola Gourmet Garlic, he was also lover of live music, and an avid supporter of singer-songwriters.

Ken was also a long-time attendee at Farmer’s Markets and other markets up and down Vancouver Island and on the Mainland.

Ken requested no funeral, no memorial.

He asked instead for the island to have a concert down the road in his memory to support and help restart the Hot-Lunch Program at the Gabriola school.

With all our love,

Llie, Gerry, Lynn, & Bree


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4750 McGowan, E, Stewart

It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of our Class President Stu McGowan at 1000 hrs on 17 February 2014. He fell ill while he was on a cruise with Paddy and was hospitalized in Lima, Peru; during the last days of his life he was in a coma, but Paddy and their son Bryce were nearby. He will be cremated but there is a lot of paperwork to be sorted out before he can be returned to Victoria. Understandably no other plans have been made yet.

More news will follow when received.

4669 Toivo Roht - Secretary – Class of 1960

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Posted by rmcclub on 16th February 2014

23463 Heywood, Harley Bruce -

Analyst, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)

Born 4 March 1984, died of a brain tumour 7 February 2014.

A life characterized by resilience, piercing intelligence, kindness, and gentle wit.

Early on Harley decided to fly and before 10 decided fighter planes. Before being accepted into the Royal Military College of Canada pilot program at 18 Harley earned a private pilots license on scholarship through air cadets and a commercial pilots license on his own. During 2nd year RMC his brain cancer was discovered. After surgery, radiation and medical release from the military, Harley completed his Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Engineering RMC 2007 as a civilian (a year later than his original classmates). He worked a year in Kingston for Empire Life then started a Masters degree, which he completed after moving to Ottawa work for CSEC.

Harley excelled always, and always helped others: Queen’s University Shield for best all around ROTP/RETP cadet in academic standing, leadership, and sportsmanship 2005; Masters thesis nominated for Governor General’s Award being top 5% in Canada – more than one RMC classmate told his parents “Without Heywood’s help, I wouldn’t have passed physics”; Trumpeter in RMC bands, in early teens selected for Pacific Region Cadet Honour Band and the nation wide Canadian Cadet Tattoo, invited at 17 to perform with the Kamloops Symphony – an opportunity he declined because he’d committed those days to coaching air cadets for flight scholarship exams. At flight training Harley would be ‘first to solo’ or ‘first to cross country’ – then volunteered countless hours flying cadets in gliders. More recently Harley was a Taoist Tai Chi Society volunteer instructor, a director on their regional council, and helped cater for Tai Chi functions.

A CSEC colleague tells us that the impact of Harley’s work is still referenced and is used as an example of success. His family didn’t understand what Harley did for a living; they’re just glad he found something as stimulating and challenging as the dream he’d lost. They still don’t know what his job entailed but since CSEC has been in the news lately and his mother was excited to read phrases such as, “Canada’s ultra secret foreign signals intelligence agency” they now understand why his work was absorbing and rewarding. Harley must be chuckling to himself over this. With inextinguishable humour, on the last day Harley got out of bed, he heard his mother say to his brother, “I’ve changed my mind; I’m not going to borrow your sweater.” Harley grins at Stirling, “She’s going to keep it.”

Born in Dubbo on the edge of the Australian outback, his youth in Kingfisher (30 miles east of Enderby, BC), died in his own home in Ottawa in the care of his parents John and Brenda Heywood from BC, and his brother Stirling. Harley also leaves sisters Jess in Salmon Arm, Blythe in Manitoba, Tina in Australia, another brother Tim in Los Angeles.

Harley it is a privilege to have been part of your life, and these past months it has been an honour to share your journey on to your next adventure.


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Posted by rmcclub on 9th February 2014

6239 DICK, Lawrence Kent

On January 25, 2014 the gates of heaven opened and welcomed Larry into his eternal home.

His memory will be cherished by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy; his three daughters, Heather, Sharon (Kevin Nemeth) and Sarah (Kevin Henson); his eight grandchildren, Jillianne, Avagail, Kylee, Sophie, Annalise, Sadie, Aubree and Matthew; his sisters, Marian and Sheila (Bill); as well as his extended family and many close friends.

Born in Calgary on August 20, 1942, Larry grew up in Bowness, Alberta. He graduated with a BSc from Royal Military College in Kingston in 1964 and received his MBA from Queens University in 1969. Always an entrepreneur, Larry started and built several businesses, spending the last twenty years of his career as the owner and CEO of Fluid Life.

Larry spent summers in Canmore and winters in Phoenix where he enjoyed golfing, hiking, playing his piano, riding his motorcycle, good food and spending time with family and friends. Larry loved to travel and he and Nancy were blessed to have had the opportunity to visit all seven continents.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Pablo Amigo and the staff of the Grey Nuns Tertiary Palliative unit for their amazing compassion and care.

A Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel, 16310 Stony Plain Road, on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Mustard Seed Church. –

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4109 FRASER, Donald – (RRMC 1958)

Don Fraser died suddenly but peacefully at age 76 in his Ottawa home after a brief illness. Don was born in Farnborough, England, March 28, 1937. Following the war, he immigrated to Canada with his research scientist father and family. Don attended Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa, Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, Queen’s University Law School, and Osgoode Hall Law School. While raising a family of three in Ottawa, he was a lawyer and in 1967 joined the newly-formed department of law at Carleton University, and played a key role in its early growth. While there, he also became a senior labour arbitrator in Ontario. He is predeceased by his daughter Alexandra, wife Mary, and sisters Fiona, and Garry. He is survived by his sons Donald and Robert (Leslie), sister Sheila (Antoine), granddaughter Alexa, brothers-in-law Clancy, Robert, Lou, his partner Janet, many beloved nieces and nephews, and good friends. Don had an extraordinary life, filled with adventure, kindness, and generosity, and was a mentor to countless people who benefited from his wisdom. Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road on Saturday, February 1st from 2pm until time of the Service at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Alexandra and Mary Fraser Memorial Scholarship at Queen’s University. Online condolences may be made at -


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Posted by rmcclub on 2nd February 2014

4999 HOULE, Jean-Louis



4651 Dr. Gordon C. Andrews (1937-2014):

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Andrews on January 26, 2014. He died peacefully at home with his family, at the age of 76. He was predeceased by his parents Norman and Ethel Reda Andrews of Hamilton, brothers Ronald (Alice) and William (Bernice) of Waterloo, brother John of Brantford, and sister June of Vancouver. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate Isobelle, and his children, daughter Gail of Vancouver, and son Christopher (Sara) of Calgary. He cherished and was very proud of his grandchildren Liam, Marin, and Dylan, who will greatly miss their Papa. He is also survived by his brother Ross (Anna) of Ancaster and sister-in-law Susan of Brantford. He is lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends across Canada, the United States, Scotland, and Australia.

Gordon was born in Hamilton, Ontario and showed great interest in academics, winning the Manson Gold Medal upon graduation from high school. He was accepted into Collège Militaire Royale (St. Jean) and subsequently Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1960. During this period he earned many academic and sporting awards, including Bronze and Silver Governor General of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario medals. His flying training with the military eventually resulted in Gordon obtaining his pilot’s licence. Following his military service, he pursued graduate studies in Engineering, obtaining a MASc from UBC in 1966. He then went to Seattle to work for Boeing on the original 747 design team — an airplane that is still manufactured today. Returning to academia, Gordon obtained a PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1971, joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering on faculty thereafter. He had a rich and rewarding career, particularly enjoying the many years he served on the University’s Board of Governors and Senate. He leaves as a legacy his textbook on engineering practice and ethics, published by Nelson, which has been adopted by every English-speaking province in Canada for their professional practice exams. He completed the fifth edition in the year before his death.

Being a very project-oriented person, Gordon built a cottage on the Bruce Peninsula with the help of family and friends, and many happy summers were spent there. In his retirement he continued this “work in progress”, and also enjoyed seven wonderful years wintering in Australia with Isobelle. Gordon weathered his illness with good humour, dignity and a positive attitude until the end. The family would like to thank Drs. Chernish, Jakda, Keleher and their staff for outstanding care and support during Gordon’s illness. Thanks also to the Waterloo Wellington CCAC Palliative Care Team, the Hospice of Waterloo Region program and special thanks to nurses Michael Reid and Susan Prentice.

Dr. Andrews’ family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, (519-749-8467) on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Memorial celebration of his life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3 pm followed by a reception. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice of Waterloo Region and the University of Waterloo Engineer of the Future Trust would be appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Dr. Andrews’ memorial.

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Posted by rmcclub on 19th January 2014

H25197 Major (Retired) William John “Danny” McLeod MC, CD, DMSc (Hon.)

Veteran of WWII, with the South Alberta Regiment,

And post war, with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)

Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on 5 November 1921

To the Late John Samuel and Rowena McLeod

Died peacefully at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital Kingston, Ontario on 14 January 2014.

He is survived by his wife Sheila McLeod, brother Norm McLeod (Shirley), daughter Janis Pilling (Gregg), stepdaughter Deborah McCallan (Ric), stepson Douglas McLeod (Kimberley), and predeceased by his brothers Jim and Ken McLeod, daughter Margaret Smythe, and stepdaughter Donna Wilson (Steve).

He was truly loved and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren: Don Smythe (Jacqui), Cheryl Bursey (Gerry), Danny Pilling (Lori), Nicholas McCallan (Marianna), Lucas McCallan (Caitlin), Mitchell McCallan, Sean Wilson (Samantha), Justine Wilson (Mitchell), Elizabeth McLeod, and Carolyn McLeod, and his great grandchildren, Nathan, Chase, Scott, Leah, Jordana, Colten, Brett and Emelyn. He was predeceased by his grandson Scott Flaig.

Visitation at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston on Friday, 17 January from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral will be at St. George’s Cathedral, King St. E. at Johnston, Kingston on Saturday, 18 January at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Danny, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, St. George’s Cathedral, St. James Anglican Church, or The Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund Royal Military College.

Tribute to Major Danny McLeod  – short video

Saturdays with ‘the Major’

Saying goodbye to a hero Danny Macleod… Medicine Hat News

Father of athletics at RMC, Danny McLeod dead at 92


3075 Henry W. Morewood (1931 – 2014)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Harry Morewood, 82, on January 12th, 2014. Born and raised in Quebec City, Harry was a member of the Sea Cadets as a teenager before going on to Royal Military College and Queen’s University to complete an engineering degree. This led to an incredible career with the Federal Government in Defense Research where one of his crowning achievements was working on the famed Avro Arrow, the cancellation of which was one of the few topics that could rile up his calm demeanor. In a fairytale ending, as best man at his brother Frank’s wedding, he met the love of his life, Paula, who was the maid of honor. They were married in 1961 and the Morewood clan grew to include four wonderful children that Harry treasured. Harry was an avid skier, sailor and Scout Master but the thing he did best in his illustrious life was his loving commitment to his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by beloved wife, Paula, his children Robert, Dean, Gordon and Kajola, his grandchildren Pauline, Drake, Gabrielle, Alicia and Juliana, his brother Frank, and sister-in-law Janis. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 18 at St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, 4733 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC. A reception will follow in the church hall. Should you wish, memorial donations can be made to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

Published in The Times Colonist on Jan. 18, 2014


4999 Jean-Louis Houle

Hier une douzaine d’anciens se sont donné rendez-vous pour un souper chez Jean-Robert Maynard. Comme Jean-Louis Houle n’avait pas répondu au courriel ni aux appels téléphonique Jean-Robert s’est rendu chez lui pour constater que sa boite aux lettres était pleine. N’ayant pas la clé pour entrer chez Jeran-Louyis il a contacté la fille de Jean-Louis. Hier vers 16:30 il a reçu un appel de la fille de Jean-Louis pour l’informer que Jean-Louis a été trouvé mort dans son garage.probablement suite à une crise cardiaque.

Yesterday (16 Jan) a group of 12 ex-cadets accepted the invitation of Jean-Robert Maynard for supper at his place. Jean-Louis Houle who normally would attend these gathering had not answered the emails nor the telephone calls. Jean-Robert went to his place and found the doors locked and the mail box full. He then called Jean-Louis’s daughter.

Yesterday at about 16:30 he received a call from the daughter to inform him that Jean-Louis was found dead in his garage. Probably as a result of a heart attack.



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Posted by rmcclub on 12th January 2014

MURRAY, Arthur William ‘Bill’

MURRAY, Arthur William ‘Bill’ , passed away January 5, 2014. He was born in Halifax, October 22, 1920, to the late Arthur Vincent Murray and Mary (Mae) Elizabeth Murray.

Prior to the Second World War, he graduated from Halifax Academy and attended Nova Scotia College of Art 1939-1940. In early 1941, he joined RCN, graduated as a Sub Leiut., RCNVR from Royals Roads Naval College in August 1941, 2nd office training class.

He saw service in examination vessels and minesweeper HMCS ‘Kelowna’ in North Pacific waters; joined new construction Fairmile Q097 in fall of 1942, operating with 76 Flotilla in North Atlantic; commanded Q093 Octob er 1943- April 1944; joined the historic corvette HMCS ‘Sackville’ and served as executive officer up to November 1944. He was promoted to Lieut. CDR RCN(R) on reserve list 1952 and saw reserve time in HMCS ‘Haida’ and ‘Micmac’. Following his discharge in January 1946, he resumed his education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Ill. He ! graduated in 1948 and followed up with studies in advertising at Northwestern University.

He met his wife, Vera (Hansen), in Chicago where they were married on August 7th, 1948. He worked with Drake Studios, The Daily Newspaper, Chicago American, and for many years with Geyer McAllister Publications. He joined Wall Street Journal in 1960 and, in 1963, was appointed regional advertising manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office.

In 1972, he and his wife returned to Halifax where he took up his appointment of supervisor of advertising, Nova Scotia Department of Government Services. He retired in October 1984, and he and Vera settled in Vero Beach, Fla. Following the death of his wife in May 1998, he returned to Halifax in September of that year.

He was an active member of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association and was awarded the N.O.A.C. Bronze Medallion in 1980 for service to N.O.A.C. and Canada. He was also a member of RUSI (Royal United Services Institute); a trustee! of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (HMCS Sackville); and, f! or several years, was a member of AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists) He was active in newspaper work in Cincinnati. Bill is survived by sister, Mrs. W.L. Garrison, several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. (477-5601).

Abiding with Bill’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Donations in memory may be made to the SPCA or the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. Online condolences may be sent to


I have a copy of Bill Murray’s memoirs entitled “Naval Nuggets from World War II by A. William Murray, LCdr RCN (R) retired.” He was at Royal Roads from May to August 1941.One of Bill’s Cabin Mates at RR was S/Lt Tommy Seagram, RCNVR. Bill joined as a RCNVR too and that was changed when RCN (R) came into being in 1946. He did not record his number at Royal Roads in his memoirs and I never thought to ask him when I visited him at his apartment in Halifax a number of times.

In his memoirs, he mentions that RR was commissioned in Dec 1940 and was officially opened as a naval training establishment in January, 1941.Commander JM Grant RCN was the CO and LCDR RA “Jumbo” Webber RCN was the Executive Officer. Bill was in the “Benbow” Division.

I remember that the late Don Jones was #006 and he was the first entry into RR when it opened in Jan 1941. There were 100 in the first naval class.


8120 Bill Gard

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Posted by rmcclub on 5th January 2014

H 17417 Col The Hon J.R. Matheson, KStJ, CD died on 27 December in the ICU of the Kingston General Hospital after a brief illness. 1917-2013

The Honourable John Ross Matheson of Kingston ON; formerly of Gananoque, Rideau Ferry, Ottawa, Brockville, Barrie, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Quebec City. He was the oldest child of Gertrude (McQuaig) and Rev. Alexander Dawson Matheson.

John was born in Arundel and raised in Quebec City. He attended Queen’s University, graduating in 1940 with a B.A. Honours in Economics. He served in World War II with the First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. As a Forward Observation Officer, he was wounded near Ortona, Italy in 1943. He convalesced at the Veterans Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, where he met Edith Bickley. They married in 1945, after which John studied Law at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1948. He later earned degrees from Mount Allison University (Master of Arts), and the University of Western Ontario (Master of Laws). John was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1967. He also received Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston.

John’s loyalty and service to his alma mater, Queen’s University, were exemplified by his Chairmanship of the Board of Management of Queen’s Theological College, tenure as a University Councillor, founding membership in the Cha Gheill Society, and two decades on the Board of Trustees.

In 1948 John and Edith settled in Brockville, where he was a founding member of the firm Matheson, Henderson and Hart. John was elected Federal Member of Parliament for Leeds in a 1961 by-election. He was re-elected in 1962, 1963, and 1965 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Pearson. In 1968, he returned to the practice of law and was appointed Judge for the Judicial District of Ottawa-Carleton. In 1979 he moved to the County Court of Lanark, Perth Ontario. In 1985 he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of Ontario and served on the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) from 1990 to 1992.

During his political career, John was a leading member of the parliamentary committee which successfully shepherded the adoption of the Canadian (Maple Leaf) flag by parliament in 1965. Years later, his masters thesis was published under the title “Canada’s Flag: A Search for a Country”. He also provided the concept and the background research that led to the design of the Order of Canada in 1967.

A devoted Mason, he was a member of numerous lodges in Ontario and Quebec and cherished the practice of Freemasonry. Heraldry was another of John’s passionate pursuits. He was a driving force in the foundation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Proud of his military associations, he held honorary militia appointments of LCol and then Col with the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery from 1972 to 1982.

John was named Brockville Citizen of the Year in 1967. In 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. He was a Knight of Justice in the Venerable Order of Saint John and a Knight Commander of Merit in the Order of Lazarus. He received the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal, and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

John was adored and will be dearly missed by loving wife Edith (Bickley) and sisters Dorothy Parnell of London ON, Catherine Carty of Montreal QC, and Margaret Slemon of Toronto ON; children Duncan and his wife Madeline (Coté), Wendy and her husband Michael Simpson, Jill and her husband David Van Every, Donald and his wife Kathryn (McWhinnie), Roderick and his wife Janet (Biewald), Murdoch and his wife Mary Jane (Cook); eighteen grandchildren, and one great grandson.

The Matheson family wishes to thank the staff of St Lawrence Place Residence, Fairmount Home and the Kidd 2 ICU at Kingston General Hospital for the loving care provided to John and his family for the past fifteen years.

John was lifelong member of the United Church of Canada, most recently Chalmers United, in Kingston, where a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in the Spring of 2014 – notice to follow.

Father of Canadian flag, John Ross Matheson, dies

Matheson dead at 96

‘He thought enthusiasm could make miracles’


Colonel (Retired) 3912 George Lake Logan (former commandant RRMC – 1979-83)

November 23, 1934 – December 23, 2013

As a result of rapidly progressing acute myeloid leukemia complicated by pneumonia, George died last Monday evening, December 23, with family at his side while receiving palliative care at the Ottawa General Hospital. He will be hugely missed by Maureen, his wife of 56 years, his 3 children, Susan, Bill and David (Suzanne) as well as his six grandchildren, Eleanor, Joel, Andrew, Brendin, Hannah and Kayla, and his first great grandson, Matteo. His sister Bev, brothers Dick and Steve will also mourn his death as will sister-in-law Pat, and brothers- in-law Bill (Brenda), John and Gary (Louise). A graduate of Royal Military College and Royal Roads Military College, George served over 35 years with the Canadian Army and was very proud of being a member of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and remained active in the Regimental association until his death. Besides doing just about anything and everything he could to help his family, along with other charitable activities, he volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and with the Canadian War Museum. Cremation has taken place. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date, details to follow. A donation to The Black Watch of Canada Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. – See more


E4613 NEADOW, Arthur Joseph R.H – (L/Col retired) – 1932 – 2013 Born 2nd February 1932 and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Arthur passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on 25th December 2013. Arthur was the son of the late Arthur Neadow and Nora (nee Bell) Neadow. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Margaret (nee Wilson) Neadow, two sons, Chris and Jamie, one daughter Jo-Anne, and predeceased by his son Mark. He is also survived by four sisters, and predeceased by one brother. Arthur has several grand children, great grand children, and several nieces and nephews. Arthur lived a long and fulfilled life as a professional soldier who served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) for over thirty years. Upon retirement from the military, Arthur earned his license as a Stock broker employed with Wood Gundy, retiring from his investment career in the mid 90′s. He graduated with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (First Class Distinction) degree from Royal Military College at the age of 77 and for his exemplary work as a Rotarian he was named Rotarian of the Year 2002-03 receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2004. For many years, Arthur and wife Jean were avid Scottish Dancers; he enjoyed reading, mathematics, and music. The family will receive friends during a Celebration of Arthur’s Life at the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME RECEPTION CENTRE , 1900 John Counter Boulevard, on Saturday – 4th January 2014, between the hours of 3:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. Words of Remembrance will commence at 4:00 p.m.  As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


2583 LANE, Captain Robert L. CD, RCN retired, B.Sc (Mil), P.Eng.

At home in Ottawa, Dec.27, 2013 in his ninety- fourth year. Bob, beloved husband of Lucille Brough, father of John (Dianne Slimmon), late Wendy (Norman McDougall) and late Peter (Letizia Amadini; first wife, Marcia George) and grandfather of Kate (Stuart) and Ann of Toronto, Dylan (Nunich) of San Francisco, Max of Ottawa and Gabriel of Philadelphia.

Bob joined the Navy in 1939 from the Royal Military College, attended the Royal Naval College and Royal Naval Engineering College in England where he was awarded a King’s Commendation for Bravery as a volunteer dispatch rider during nighttime air raids on Plymouth, 1941.

He served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Korean waters. He loved the seas and ships. His service afloat included times in cruisers, HMS Glasgow, HMCS Uganda, and Ontario and destroyers HMCS Saguenay and Cayuga. He served in many technical and personnel positions ashore including SACLANT and attended the National Defence College. After retirement, one of his proudest achievements was helping to bring about the present transportation system for the disabled in Ottawa. He was also a management consultant at Agriculture Canada. He was a keen lover of animals, birds, insects and fungi.

Friends and family are invited to visit at Beechwood, Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa after 10:15 a.m. on Friday January 3, 2014 until time of Memorial Service in the Sacred Space at 11 a.m. followed by interment at the National Military Cemetery. There will be a reception at 12:15 p.m. after interment.

Bob attributed his lasting health in part to the kind professional care he received at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, 40, Ruskin St., Local H2408 Ottawa, ON. K1Y 4W7 would be appreciated.


22729 WEBSTER, Lieut. Andrew F., RCN

1980 – 2014. It is with great sad­ness that we announce the sudden passing of Andrew Webster, on January 2nd in the Seychelles while serving on deployment in HMCS Toronto. Andrew was born in Halifax and grew up in Ottawa, Norfolk, Va., and Dartmouth. He was a graduate of Dartmouth High School and Roy­al Military College, Kingston. Dur­ing his decade of service after graduation in 2004 from RMC, Andrew held a number of increas­ing positions of responsibility at sea and ashore, and participated in two major operational deployments to the Persian Gulf. In 2012, he was awarded the Oland Shield as the top Operations Room Officer course graduate, a significant achievement for a young naval officer. Andrew was an amazing and inspirational individual who embraced life with an infectious smile and a can-do attitude. His dedication to his coun­try and love for his wife, family, friends and the Navy were touch­stones for this wonderful husband, son, brother and Naval Officer. When home from sea he especially enjoyed being with Anna, his family and friends at the family cottage in Lunenburg County, sharing stories and laughs around the campfire or swimming raft. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Dr. Anna Christine Arsenault, ND; his par­ents, Heather (MacLean) and Cap­tain Phillip Webster OMM RCN (ret’d); his older brother, Matthew; younger sister, Lindsay; brother-in­law, Mitchell Grant; his grandmoth­er, Katherine MacLean; and his many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends around the world. We all loved Andrew so much and were so proud of him. Andrew touched many lives in his 33 years of life. He will be missed by all who were hon­ored to know and love him. Visita­tion will take place 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 10, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Funeral Service will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in Woodlawn United Church, Rev. Roland Murray officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gar­dens. As a teenager Andrew spent some time in the Isaac Walton Hos­pital for Children in Halifax. It would be appreciated that any re­membrance gifts be made to IWK Health Centre in Andrew’s name. A memorial fund is also being set up to establish a scholarship in memo­ry of Andrew. Donations can be made ‘In Trust for Andrew Fran­klyn Webster’ at any TD Branch or submitted online at:

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May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And, until we meet again.

May God hold you in the hollow of His Hand.


2738 Allan John Cameron (Entered RMC 1940)

Formerly of Sudbury, Ontario; Hudson, Quebec; and Fall River, Nova Scotia, died peacefully in his 92nd year, surrounded by family, on December 28, 2013. Predeceased by his parents, Eva and Donald, first wife, Margaret, and brother, Alastair, Al will be missed by his loving wife Mary, sisters Barbara of Calgary, and Sheila (Brian) of Ottawa, his children Sue (Russ), Anne (Syl), Allan (Maxine), Cathy, Colin (Peter), stepdaughter Susan, and dog Nelson. He will also be missed by grandchildren Syl, Amy, Gillian, Jennifer, Kaley, Taryn, Justin, Jason and great-grandchildren Luca, Alessandro, Syl, Mathilda and Myles. Graduate of the Royal Military College (B.Sc. Military Studies) and the University of Toronto (B. Com), Al served overseas as a Captain with the Royal Canadian Engineers during World War II. Known for his talents at the bargaining table, Al spent his career in the field of human resources in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax – retiring as the Director of Staff Relations at Dalhousie University. His loyal friendship, wisdom, sense of humour and fun, love of family, music, animals, the great outdoors and all things Scottish were appreciated by all who knew him. The family sincerely thanks the staff at Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre for their compassionate care over the past several years. Donations to the Salvation Army or Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation in Al’s memory would be gratefully appreciated. A private family service will be held on January, 11th, 2014.

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