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Posted by rmcclub on 23rd November 2014

6226 Steven R.G.W. Burridge – 1940-2014

Steven, beloved husband of Katherine, passed away suddenly at home on Feb. 7, 2014. He also leaves his loving family; daughter Erinn Gleeson (John), sons Steven Jr. (Brenda) and Craig (Karen), as well as grand-children Keira, Cole, Olivia and Evan. He was also loved by neighbor-son, Henry Waack Jr., sister-in-law Janet Farquhar, and half- brother David Theobald.

Steven was raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and was a graduate of RMC in Kingston, Ontario. After graduation he served as a navigator in Comox, B.C. Upon retiring from the air force, he joined Vancouver’s 15th Field Artillery Unit, in which he served as a weekend soldier for many years. Following a short career in sales, he became a C.A. and practiced in Coquitlam.

He lived life to the fullest, always enjoying nature and the outdoors. He was an accomplished hiker, skier, and snowboarder. He loved the stage and performed in several plays in the Tri-City area.

The family would like to thank the 911 Emergency Responders of Coquitlam; and Drs. D. Mudie and S. Clutterham for their care and compassion.

A celebration of Life service was held at the Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, on Saturday, March 1,.

Ed note: We regret the lateness of this announcement but we only became aware of the passing of  Steven a few days ago.


3789 Paterson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Reginald John “Reg”

Reg passed away suddenly but peacefully, November 16, at his home in Thornhill. He grew up in New Brunswick, was in the first graduating class of CMR (College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean), and went on to complete his engineering degree at both RMC (Royal Military College at Kingston) and McGill University. Reg had a long (1958-1984) and distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Canada and abroad; completing tours of duty for both NATO and the UN. Reg is predeceased (1982) by his first wife Ilse (nee Wachter) of 23 years, is survived by 2 of their 3 children, Lisa and Michael (Lisa Merkley), grandchildren Shawn and Kenzie, and by his loving wife Lois. Reg is survived by seven siblings and he will be dearly missed by them all (Ron, Victor, Elsie, Betty, Shirley, Joyce and Mac). The world has lost a true officer and a gentleman – always giving and expecting nothing in return. We love and miss you! Funeral services were held this past weekend. Source


HALVOR E. Bjornestad

BJORNESTAD, HALVOR E. – RNAF 1941-1956, RCAF 1956-1971, Associate Professor, RMC 1969-1989. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wing Commander (Ret’d) Halvor Elias Bjornestad, PEng, at home in Kingston, Ontario, on 9 November 2014, at the age of 92, with his loving wife Gerda de Bokx and family at his side. Hal was predeceased by his first wife Eileen Alice Richmond (1992). Cherished father of Erik (Nadine) Bjornestad and Margit (Jason 2008) Hart. Loving step-dad to Lisa Pennock and Holly (Dan) Medeiros. Devoted Grandpa to Chris (Sarah), Liv (Alex), Justin, Taylor, Alex, Andrew, and Papa to Jack and Owen. Proud GG to Laia, Noa and Autumn. Predeceased by his parents, Edvin and Margith Bjornestad, brothers Sven, Hans and sister Solveig. Survived by his sister Gerd (Per) Oglaend, his brother Eivind (Turid) Bjornestad in Stavanger, Norway, and sister-in-law Bette in Seattle, WA. He will be greatly missed by members of the de Bokx family. Hal was a man of many accomplishments during his long life. In 1940 after the German invasion, he escaped from Norway into Sweden. He joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force travelling through Sweden, Russia, Iran, India, South Africa, England and finally to Canada where he trained as a pilot at Little Norway, Gravenhurst, and Medicine Hat. He served overseas as a spitfire fighter pilot with 332 squadron, flew 130 missions and survived being shot down by ground-fire twice. After the war, he continued in the RNAF and was sent to Canada where he earned a degree in Engineering Physics (BA Sc Aero) 1950, from the University of Toronto. In 1956 the family emigrated to Canada where he joined the RCAF enjoying postings in Ottawa, California, and Michigan. During this time, he also earned two post graduate degrees in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, and Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan. His last posting in 1969 was to the Royal Military College of Canada, as Professor-in-Charge, Engineering and Management Programme. Upon his retirement from the RCAF in 1971, he continued on in civilian life as Associate Professor, Engineering and Management Department, RMC, retiring at the age of 67 in 1989. In retirement he continued his passion for sailing, reading, writing and golf. He and Gerda were avid sailors, exploring Lake Ontario and spending a year sailing in the Bahamas. He reluctantly gave up golfing at age 91. At Hal’s request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service was held at Cataraqui Cemetery.   Source


Gianni GIOSEFFINI was a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada from July 1980 to August 1982.

Gianni GIOSEFFINI September 29, 1957 – July 8, 2014 Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the age of 56 years. Beloved husband of Kimberly (Mitchell). Missed by his loving mother Concetta Foglia. Survived by his sister Sonia (husband Guy) and brother Soave (wife Diane).

He will be sadly missed by his family: Alain, Johanne, Nicholas, Pauline, Lynn, Janice, Hailley, and Sean. His love will shine down on his great-niece Florence.

He will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends. A private funeral was held on Saturday, July 12th. Donations in Gianni’s name can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. – Source


Monsieur 5699 Claude Besner est décédé le 9 novembre 2014

À la mémoire de Claude Besner mai 7, 1941 – novembre 9, 2014. Avis de décès. Le 9 novembre 2014, à l’âge de 73 ans, Claude Besner, conjoint d’Andrée Brunelle, est décédé subitement.

Il laisse dans le deuil, Christine (Alain) et Ivan (Nadine), ses petits-enfants Julien (Arianne) Alexis et Constance, sa sœur Carmen (Jacques), ses belles-sœurs Françoise et Marga, Lise Lord, mère de ses enfants, ainsi que parents et amis.

La famille vous accueillera, samedi 15 novembre, de 10h à 12 h, à

La Maison Darche

Réseau Dignité

7679 boul. Taschereau, Brossard

Une cérémonie en sa mémoire y aura lieu à 11 h 15.​

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Posted by rmcclub on 9th November 2014

5021 William Carleton Lee (Class of 1961)


Bouquets remember William Lee, victim of Dartmouth crosswalk fatality


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Posted by rmcclub on 26th October 2014

Kingstonians pay respects to fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

More photos & Kingston Whig Standard article here


3932 GOODWIN, Donald Class of 1957)

On October 19, 2014 at home at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Sophyann (nee Smith). Loving father of Susann Buhr (Scott) and Michael (Susie). Proud grandfather of Stephen Buhr and dear brother of Peter (Lee). Don Goodwin was a passionate and authentic communicator.

He never judged people and always enjoyed talking with whomever crossed his wide path. Don was a graduate of Eastview and the Royal Military College of Canada and later attended McGill and Carleton Universities. He trained as a mechanical engineer and although he once considered the Royal Canadian Navy to be his his home he left the military in the mid-’60s for Sun Oil Company (Sunoco). Corporate life was just not his “thing” and in 1967 he joined Industry, Trade and Commerce in Ottawa.

In the twenty-five years that followed Don held numerous key policy and program positions in the federal government including in Environment, the Privy Council, Office of the Comptroller General, and Indian and Northern Affairs where, in 1992, he retired as Assistant Deputy Minister (Land, Revenues, and Trusts). Don was a superb downhill skier, voracious chef and gardener, artist and loving grandfather. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering to be held in the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) on Tuesday October 28, after 2 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at 3:15 p.m. Source


Lynda Baynton wife of 8613 Bill Baynton (Class of 1971) & Robert Smart (brother of Lynda)

Lynda Mary Ann (nee SMART) BAYNTON (August 16, 1949 – October 18, 2014)

Robert Charles SMART (July 23, 1953 – October 18, 2014).

Fatal motor vehicle accident on Hwy 401 (Long Sault), just west of Moulinette Road in South Stormont, at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Bob was pronounced dead at the scene. Lynda was airlifted from Cornwall Community Hospital to the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, where she succumbed to her injuries at 5:00 p.m.

They were en route from Toronto to Montreal to celebrate the birthday of their granddaughter and niece, Chloé.

With their mother, Ethel, they were a close family, following the death in 1971 of father, Wes. They became closer still, following the death of Ethel last year.

Lynda leaves husband, Bill; children, Lindsay (Jérôme), Kristy, Ashley (Eric), and Scott; and grandchildren, Logan, Chloé and Madeleine. Rob never married or had children.

Lynda was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher, preparing for the next chapter in life to dote on her grandchildren and future great-grandchildren. Bob was an unusually attentive, involved and loving uncle and great-uncle, illustrated by the many trips he – alone, or with Lynda – would make to visit family and participate in celebrations, such as this last trip together. Their simultaneous loss is enormous and incalculable.

The family would like to especially recognize their Arrowsmith and Smart relatives.

Lynda and Bob were well liked and respected by their colleagues at Fieldcrest Elementary in Bradford and State Farm in Aurora.

The family is grateful for the superb level of care at scene of accident through care of family by the O.P.P. and medical personnel. Source

Flowers to any Senior Home or donations in support of diabetes or heart charities welcome. A gathering to celebrate their lives and mourn their loss will take place at Springdale Christian Reformed Church, 1466 5th Side Road, Bradford West Gwillumbury, Saturday, November 1st. Visitation at 11 a.m. Service to take place at 1 p.m.


12154 Mark Beaulieu – Class of 1979

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Posted by rmcclub on 19th October 2014

13291 TOMAS, David Charles  (Class of 1981)- It is with heavy hearts we must announce the passing of David Charles Tomas, on October 15, 2014. Peacefully surrounded by the love of his family, he passed away showing extreme strength and fortitude battling a very aggressive cancer. Dave is lovingly remembered by the families of his parents Charles and Therese Tomas, his wife Leyna Vo, his twin brother John, brother Stephen, sisters Kerry, La Rosa, Missy and Julie. Dave’s zest for life is best expressed in the words of poet Sylvia Plath, “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought ‘This is what it is to be happy’” A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. at First Unitarian Congregation, 175 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto. – See more


3707 David Earle Stothers Lt Col (ret) 1935-2014

Father to Simone and Jackie, Grandpa Dave to Ariel and Zachary Brookes, father-in-law to Gordon Brookes and brother to Rod, Diane and Suzanne. Visitation to be held at Eglinton St George’s United Church in Toronto, 33 Lytton Blvd, 3-6 p.m., October 26, 2014.

Funeral at the National Military Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, November 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Source

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Posted by rmcclub on 13th October 2014

Avis de décès
13362 Gaétan “Nounours” Brosseau

Ce gentil géant au grand coeur nous a quitté subitement dans son sommeil le 29 septembre 2014 à l’âge de 53 ans. Il venait tout juste de devenir propriétaire et président avec son épouse des Ateliers Non-Tech inc.   Ste-Catherine de la Jacques-Cartier.

Mari dévoué de la  Dre Edith Veillette, chiropraticienne et  père de famille aimant et  très fier de ses enfants Marc (24 ans) et Elyse ( 19 ans),  il était le premier né de Lise et Robert  et grand frère de Line (Dennis) et de Jean (Karine). Il laisse aussi dans le deuil son neveu et filleul Louis-Philipe, sa nièce Gabrielle, ses neveux Charles-Antoine et Laurent, sa grand-mère maternelle Fernande ainsi que plusieurs tantes et oncles, cousins, cousines et leurs enfants. Il manquera à ses beaux-parents: Madeleine et Jean-Paul, son beau-frère Yvan (Julie) ainsi qu’aux autres membres des familles Veillette et Lacerte.

Sont aussi ébranlés par son départ, nombreux amis, voisins et connaissances du monde du travail, des cadets et du biathlon.

Homme de cœur : Ce colosse  a su touché un nombre incalculable de personnes par sa personnalité, sa générosité, sa gentillesse et a partagé son leadership par l’exemple auprès de collègues et des jeunes.

Homme de tête : Cet ancien  joueur de football  du CMR St-Jean a œuvré  en tant que gestionnaire de plusieurs grands projets d’ingénierie reliés de près ou de loin à la défense nationale . Retraité du Royal 22 ième Régiment il a mit  à profit ses expertises chez DEW Engineering, Promaxis, Rheinmetall Canada et ADGA.

Homme d’action : Par son fils il a renoué avec  le mouvement des cadets  allant même à devenir commandant du CCMRC 236 Gatineau. Son implication avec le biathlon des cadets l’a mené à être  l’instigateur de la renaissance du champ de tir de biathlon au Camp Fortune portant à bout de bras ce sport en Outaouais et l’Est Ontarien. Son implication s’est fait ressentir auprès des cadets, du Chelsea Nordiq Biathlon, de  l’équipe du Québec ( ACBQ) ainsi que la parolympienne Caroline Bisson.

Il y aura 2 célébrations de sa vie en présence des cendres compte tenu que Gaétan partageait son temps entre sa famille à Gatineau et son entreprise à Ste-Catherine de la Jacques-Cartier.

13362 Gatineau-Chelsea
Samedi le 11 octobre dès 10h30
Centre Meredith, 23 Chemin Cecil, Chelsea, Qc J9B 0A5

Région de Québec
Samedi le 25 octobre dès 10h30

Base Forces Canadienne Valcartier  (édifice à confirmer)
Route de la bravoure,  Shannon, Qc G0A 4N0

La célébration sera à son image, empreinte de simplicité lui qui aimait écouter les gens. La famille veut entendre vos anecdotes vécues ou vos faits cocasses après l’entrée des cendres et ce jusqu’à midi.  Un gouter suivra pour ceux et celles qui aimeraient échanger avec la famille et les amis de Gaétan.

Mettez du rouge en l’honneur de Gaétan (T-shirts, foulard, cravate, etc.) Merci d’éviter les casquettes ou l’uniforme pour cette célébration civile.

La famille désire remercier: André, Marie et Louis F., Drs Christine B., Pierre B.,  et Andrée-Anne B., Line D., Gilles R., Sylvain St-P., Mario P. , Pierre M. , Daniel R., Tim D., Anne G., Jenny et Pablo S., Katia V., France D., Christine F., Normand G., les anges de La Source de Vitalité Carmen, Jeneviève et  Chantal ainsi que les nombreuses personnes qui se sont manifestés pour alléger notre peine.

Vos marques de sympathie peuvent se traduire par des dons à la Ligue des cadets de l’Armée du Canada (Biathlon Cadets Québec) ou au  programme Placements Sports- ACBQ , chèques à l’ordre de Sports-Québec et indication au bas du chèque ACBQ.

Faites parvenir vos photos de Gaétan au lien: <> ou  via courriel  à : <> pour imager la célébration de sa vie.

Vos messages de condoléances peuvent être envoyés à : <> .  Ou à:


14200 Stephan Carignan, Class of 1984

Stephan Carignan was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He entered CMR Saint-Jean in 1979 as a Pilot.

In memoriam… Stephan Carignan: The sky was not the limit

Aerospace test pilot Stephan Carignan

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Stephan Carignan, dedicated NRC Aerospace test pilot of almost 20 years and loyal colleague and friend, following a valiant battle with cancer, on September 14, 2014. Stephan was a valuable team member of NRC’s Flight Research Laboratory, where he was much appreciated and will be deeply missed.

At age 9, Stephan had already found his calling. His father was an airplane mechanic in Bagotville, Québec, and at that young age Stephan already knew he would be a test pilot. Before he even learned to drive, he obtained his glider’s license. And that is where his illustrious career took flight. He obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1984 from the Royal Military College of Canada and attained his military helicopter license in 1985. In 1990, he became a test pilot with the Department of National Defense where he served 15 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), including five years as a naval aviator and four years in a military test facility.

Stephan came to NRC in 1996, where he spent over 18 years becoming one of the organization’s most seasoned and versatile test pilots with almost 6,700 hours of flying time under his belt, more than 5,000 of those as a test pilot. He piloted 45 different types of aircraft and took part in a variety of high-profile projects, including flights to test many advanced vision systems and augmented control laws, and the development of the flight envelope for the NRC Advanced Research System’s fly-by-wire aircraft.

Stephan’s contributions to aeronautics garnered him many prestigious awards. In February 2005, he received the NRC Outstanding Achievement Award for his exceptional contribution to the Enhanced Synthetic Vision System project. In June of that year, he was awarded the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Gruppo Agusta International Fellowship Award for his contributions to the Sikorsky/NRC fly-by-wire team. He was awarded The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Outstanding Achievement Award in April 2008 for his role in the “Integrated Visionic, Sensor, and Mission Systems for Day, Night, All-Weather Rotorcraft Operations” project.

However, he received what was perhaps his most significant accolade from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in December 2012. At a ceremony in London, U.K., they bestowed on him the RAeS Bronze Medal for his work leading to advances in aerospace as well as the coveted RAeS Alan Marsh Medal for his outstanding contribution to helicopter research, development and safety, which is recognized worldwide. The Marsh Medal is reserved for the exemplary members of international flight test crews. Stephan certainly was a team player, always humbly crediting his entire crew for the success of projects.

As we look back on the memorable career of an esteemed colleague and remember a dear friend, it becomes clear that for Stephan, the sky was not the limit – it was his playground. Written by Matt Ward

Russell soccer team salutes two lost teammates

The Russell Soccer Club

Ed Note:

As Stephan received his flying licence through the air cadets and was a very passionate pilot, the family would like to set up a bursary for keen pilots from the 632 Air Cadet Squadron in Orleans, Ontario. Donations can be made by sending a check or PayPal to Serge Carignan. (Please email for more info) Serge would then donate the total amount to the Air Cadet Squadron, which in turn would issues charity receipts.

14199 Serge Carignan (


5220 TURCOTTE, John Gerald “Gerry” – Class of 1961

Peacefully, in Hospital, Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Ernestine “Tina” (nee Lambert). Loving father of Raymond, Andrew (Tawna), Gordon (Christine), John and George. Cherished grandfather of Ashley, Desmond, Cameron, Devery, Tianna, Alyssa, Austin and Shaun. Dear brother of Jim (Adeline), Ron (Patricia) and Elaine. Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home, Kanata Chapel
580 Eagleson Road, Kanata, ON, K2M 1H4
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral Wednesday to St. Michael’s Church, Corkery for Mass of Christian Funeral at 2 p.m. Gifts in memory of Gerry can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to support Brain Tumour Research Studentships , 620 Colborne St., Suite 301, London ON N6B 3R9 or

Condolences and Sharing Memories may be made at – See more at:

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Posted by rmcclub on 5th October 2014

6513 John Telesphore Bart April 28, 1943 – September 28, 2014

I’m Glad for All the Life I’ve Had!

There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis to force a man to take stock of his life. This is particularly true when you find out you have a glioblastoma-an incurable brain cancer. Two and a half years ago when I was almost 69, I got the news about my tumour after experiencing only a couple of weeks of mild symptoms. Up until the afternoon of my diagnosis, I lead a busy, productive life running a business I started more than two decades earlier. My wife and I travelled extensively, we ate well and exercised several times a week. In fact, I was in excellent health for my entire life having been fortunate enough to dodge the many bullets that can cut a man down in his prime or destroy his quality of life. Still, here I am now, done with treatments and surgeries, facing the end of my life. Most people are satisfied waiting for others to write about them after they’re gone, but leaving things to others has never really been my style. And it hardly makes sense to change that now.

I was born April 28, 1943 in Thorold, Ontario. From my modest beginnings as a young lad growing up on Patricia Street with my sisters Geraldine and Patsy and my brother Chris, I worked hard to make a better life for myself. As a teenager, I was eager to help out in our many family businesses, from dry cleaning to television repair to dairy delivery.

Although many people would call the experiences of my youth ‘character building,’ none of them prepared me fully for the next chapter of my life. After high school, my family had no money for costly university tuition, so in 1961 I did the only thing I could do to secure myself the future I wanted: I enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where I could trade three years of military service for an education. As an engineering student, the academic load was rigorous, but it was the mandatory participation in athletics that really took a toll-though mostly on my ego. Despite all the challenges of RMC, I emerged four years later a better man, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. I’ve always credited RMC with teaching me the lessons I would need to continue down the road to a successful life. That’s why I was so delighted to be able to create an endowment at RMC that funds both the Captain John Bart Teamwork Prize and the Captain John Bart Leadership Award for new recruits each year.

After my service in the military, I returned to school and earned an MBA and PhD in Finance from the University of Western Ontario. I went on to teach corporate finance and stock marketing investing at several Canadian universities. It was during my tenure at the University of Windsor that I discovered the Stock Selection Guide™ developed by the late George Nicholson Jr. of the Detroit-based National Association of Investment Clubs (NAIC). I updated the Guide and began introducing it to Canada’s individual investors. Subsequently, I developed the Canadian Shareowner Association in 1987 which came to include various investing educational publications, seminars and events. Now known as Canadian ShareOwner Investments Inc., this unique organization became the only Canadian investment dealer to sponsor a real-money stock market competition for university and college students (‘Doublescoop’). Today, ShareOwner continues to provide Canada’s only dollar-based stock trading service to individual investors.

I feel very happy that my investment education and stock brokerage business have touched the lives of thousands of Canadians. Hopefully, they will all continue to follow the sensible investment principles taught by Canadian ShareOwner such as dollar-cost-averaging, investing over the long-term, and limiting portfolios to a few high quality growth stocks and low cost exchange-traded funds that track indices such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Despite the cancer that is ravaging my brain, I really do believe I have been one of the lucky ones. I have truly enjoyed a rich life. Not only am I thankful for the many opportunities I have had to help improve the lives of others, but also for the strong, loving relationships I have built with my wife, Mary, my children, Angela Bart, Sarah Rogers and David Bart as well as with my grandchildren Ellie Bart Bailey, Evelyn Bailey, Emma Rogers, Max Rogers, Zac Rogers, Bobby Bart, Johnny Bart and Annie Bart. I am also grateful for Dr. Mark Bernstein’s neurosurgery team and the doctors and nurses at the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital for helping extend my life for considerably longer than might have been expected.

Mary has stood by me since my tumor was first diagnosed and has helped me live comfortably with the side effects of the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Even when the treatments and the disease itself left me weary and battered, Mary would insist that we get up and do things-even simple errands-just to get out of the house. It is thanks to Mary’s spunk and determination that we were even able to spend a good part of the last two winters out of the cold in a beautiful condo in Florida. And right up until the end, she would always insist that we honour our weekly ‘date night’ on Friday evenings where we would drink wine, eat cheese and dance or just listen to a selection of special music we compiled together. It seems fitting then, that I should leave her with the lyrics of one of our all-time favourite songs by Alan Jackson: ‘We won’t be sad. We’ll be glad for all the life we’ve had.’ And I am very glad for all the life I’ve had.

Cremation has taken place. Family and close friends will gather at a future date for a celebration of John’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated.


2932 Garry Foster Hammond

Passed away peacefully on September 20 at the Victoria General Hospital surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Dorothea (Dodie Yellowley), his children Lorne (Monica) Hammond, Elizabeth (Mark) Kaarremaa, Catherine (Tauno) Tuominen, Sarah (Bruce) Fraser, James (Fern) Hammond, and grandchildren: Jayne, Anne, James, Alexander, Emily, Kavan, Darby, Adèle, Darcy and Lara and great grandchildren, Georgia and Jedidiah.

Born in 1929 in Trochu AB, he graduated from Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa and began his 27-year military career at Royal Roads in 1948. On graduation from Royal Military College Kingston he went directly to combat in Korea with the 81st Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. On return he completed a degree in economics at Queen’s University before continuing his career with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.

Garry remembered fondly the life-long friendships of postings across Canada, in Germany and England. He was presented to Her Majesty The Queen while instructing at the Royal School of Artillery in England. He finished his career in Victoria responsible for the cadet program across BC.

On retirement he opened Hammond’s Books in Victoria. He then completed a Master’s of Public Administration at UVIC and worked for the Office of the Comptroller General of BC.

The family wishes to thank Dr. A. Attwell and Dr. S.D. Hartford, as well as the healthcare professionals and organizations who assisted with palliative home care, especially the home care workers who brought help, humour and wise advice.

In lieu of flowers donations to BC Cancer Agency or Victoria Hospice. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John the Baptist Heritage Church, 537 Glencairn Lane, Colwood, on Saturday, October 11th at 1 pm.


3782 Rayner Jobson

Peacefully at his home in West Lorne on Monday, September 1, 2014, Rayner John Stewart Jobson passed away at the age of 80. Loving husband of Dagmar Jobson (nee Liepmann) for 54 years. Beloved father of Roger Jobson (Joan Bryce) of Newbury, Jane (Tim) Nesseth of London and Catherine (Steve) Adams of Reno, Nevada. Dear grandfather of Joshua (Jelisa) Nesseth of London, Thomas (Kelsey) Jobson of Glencoe and Jacob Adams of Reno, Nevada. Predeceased by Grandson John Jobson (2011) and granddaughter Taylor Nesseth (2012). Ray served his country for 22 years in the Armed Forces both domestically and over seas as a peacekeeper. After retirement he settled in West Lorne and worked with family at the Milner-Rigsby company Ltd.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, September 6th.


22814 CUTLER, Aaron Leigh (Class of 2004) Air Force Major 1982 – 2014

Left us suddenly on September 30, 2014. Aaron was a highly decorated officer who served in the Persian Gulf and was last stationed in Ottawa. He leaves behind his wife, Johanna Cutler (Scouten); mother, Angela; Nanny; brothers, Adam and Jason (Ashley); Julie and Carl Scouten; Cameron (Baeli); nephews, Austin and Jacob; as well as many relatives and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

Services will be held at Victory Memorial Park, Surrey, BC on Thursday, October 9 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada, the Alzheimer Association, or Wounded Warriors Canada.



Expert Marksman who Shot Al Brady Dies at Age 106


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Posted by rmcclub on 28th September 2014

JONES, DR. Richard Edward – BA MA PhD MS Royal Military College – Registrar and Professor – 1963 – 1987 December 14 1921-September 2, 2014 Peacefully at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with family at his side. Son of the late Richard Jones and Ethel (Hobbs). Richard “Dick” is survived by his wife Norma Struzzo-Jones; children Cynthia (Simon) Davies, Haida Gwaii; Elizabeth (Red) Swaine, Saint Margaret’s Bay; Michael (Lisa) Jones, Vancouver; grandchildren, Sarah, John, David, Mare, Lisa, Kevin, Geoffrey, Alex, Chapman, Logan, Mary and many great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Milsap and daughter Catherine Jackson. Richard instilled knowledge, integrity and independence in his children and grandchildren. He was born in Gloucester England, grew up in Coventry and endured the blitz as a first aid attendant. In 1940 he attended the University of Birmingham for petroleum geology. He learned to fly with the RAF in California and in 1944 established the Number One Instrument Flying School, at Deseronto, Ontario, specializing in instrument flying and astronavigation. He was a true scholar with a BA, MA, PhD and an MSC. He had a voracious appetite for knowledge and a great ability to share it. He appreciated the arts especially classical music and opera. He was a pilot, a professor of geology and geography. Richard was registrar at the Royal Military College, Kingston from 1963 to 1981 and returned to academic life at RMC from 1981 to 1987 as a professor of geography and oceanography. As a geologist he had a love for mapping in the Canadian bush and the camaraderie of mining. He will be missed by his family and many who learned from him. Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME , 435 Davis Drive (Centennial Dr and Taylor-Kidd Blvd) on Friday, September 5th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, Palace Road, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow. For those wishing, donations to the UHKF St. Mary’s of the Lake Palliative Care, would be appreciated by his family. Source



Michael Bryce Sullivan March 29, 1938 – September 10, 2014 Mike passed away peacefully at home as he wished. He battled Pulmonary Fibrosis for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Frona, Lynne (daughter), Bill (son), siblings Eileen and Tim. Predeceased by sister Sharon. Mike spent 27 great years with IBM in both Western and Central Regions, following 4 years at Royal Roads and RMC. He is remembered by many wonderful friends and will be missed. No service at Mike’s request. Donations in Mike’s name to Animal Advocates Society of BC, would be gratefully appreciated.




3604 Karl M. FERGUSON 

Karl M. FERGUSON October 20, 1932 – August 9, 2014 Born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec on 20 October 1932; died on 9 August 2014. Leaves behind a sister, Jean Roulson, nieces and nephews and a son, Steven Ferguson. Karl was particularly proud of being a mechanical engineering alumnus of the University of New Brunswick. In his working career, he was employed at several manufacturing and food processing firms mainly in Canada and a stint in Ireland. He was a keen curler, an exercise program participant and an avid winemaker. He was a garage sale enthusiast; he could not pass on a deal. A celebration of Karl’s life was held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Please consider a donation to Parkinson’s Society, BC -

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Posted by rmcclub on 21st September 2014

We received word on the weekend that 5518 Roland Selby Class of 1962  died of a heart attack on 16 September, at Tsawwassen, B.C.

Roland was the father of 20052 Miles Selby a Snowbird pilot who died in a mid-air collision in Saskatchewan in 2004

Apparently there will not be a funeral service, but at some later date, a memorial service.

We will post more details if and when they become available.

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Posted by rmcclub on 1st September 2014

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde -  Class of 1940

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde, born June 27, 1922 in Edmonton, passed away peacefully August 19, 2014 at his vacation home on Pender Island, BC, surrounded by family. Ralph was raised in the Highlands area of Edmonton. He attended Royal Military College in Kingston until 1942, and was a member of the final class before the end of World War II. He went on to serve overseas as an officer in the Calgary Tanks in the Italian Campaign, both in Sicily and mainland Italy, and later participated in the liberation of Holland. Ralph returned to Edmonton in August of 1945 and just days later married Marion Milroy. He graduated from the University of Alberta School of Law in 1950 and practised in Edmonton until 1977. In that year, he was elevated to the Alberta Provincial Court where he served until 1992. Ralph and Marion retired to BC the following year to enjoy golf and the solitude of Pender Island. In 2006, they moved to Burnaby to be closer to family. Ralph was predeceased by Marion in 2013, by his parents, Mildred and Ernest Hyde, and by two brothers, John and Robert. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughters Jill Jensen (Kurt), Pam Hyde (Glenn Mayer), Marion Hyde (Lawrie Seligman) and son, John Hyde (Tricia Finley). He also leaves a legacy of 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A memorial service to honour Ralph’s memory will be announced at a later date. His was a life well-lived.


M264 Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone

Retired Major Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone, CD, P.Eng. of Kingston, Ontario died Sat. Aug. 30, 2014 at the age of 65 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband, proud father, RMC graduate, engineer, fisherman, and generous friend. Born Dec. 20, 1948 in Serra San Bruno, Italy, he will be laid to rest in his adoptive home of Plate Cove East, NFLD. Survived by his wife Sandra, siblings Turina, Gina, Mike (Sylvia), Maria (Mario), and Fernando, and children Michael, Jane and John (Shelly). Visitation will be held Thurs. Sept. 4th 2-4pm and 7-9pm, and the funeral on Fri. Sept. 5th at 11am, both at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, 49 Colborne St, Kingston. Internment and service in Plate Cove East, NFLD will occur on a later date. The family welcomes flowers or contributions in honor of Frank to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research or Ongwanada, which provides outstanding care to his son Michael.


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Posted by rmcclub on 24th August 2014

M0402 LCol Richard Kelderman

Richard Kelderman, 58, passed away peacefully in his home on July 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Richard was a 38 year active serving member of the Canadian Forces. He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 41 years Cheryl, his sons James (wife Rachelle), Gregory (wife Christina). He was #1 Opa to Antony, Lara, Scarlett, Reed, Hannah and Lily.

Richard was pre-deceased by his father Evert Kelderman. He was loving son of Ethel (second husband Jake Van Gogh) and big brother to Debra (husband Rick Huntingford). He will be missed by his parents-in-law Maynard Herron and Donna Herron as well as sisters-in-law, Janice(husband Bruce), Brenda (husband Steve), and Kim (husband Ivan).

Many other family members in Canada and Holland, and friends around the world also mourn his passing.

A special thank you to Sunnybrook Hospital, Richard’s neuroendocrine oncology team, military medical team, Richard’s palliative care team, Partners in Community Nursing and the Canadian Forces for their great care these past 3 years.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in honour of Richard to the Canadian Cancer Society or Crohns and Colitis Canada. Link can be found below.


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Posted by rmcclub on 18th August 2014

ALBERTSON, Irvin J. “Pic” – Proud WWII Veteran -14th Field Reg. RCA and D-Day. Peacefully at his home, with family by his side, on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in his 95th year. Beloved husband of the late Helen Isabelle (Burke). Loving father of: Mary Thachen-Cary of Toronto, Tom Albertson (Cathy Marshall) of Kingston and John (Laurie) Albertson of Kingston. Cherished by his grandchildren: Ryan, Lauren and Emily. Predeceased by his parents Irvin William and Josephine Albertson, and by his sisters: Rosemary and Lois, Amey Clesse and Kathleen Burns. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOMES , 49 Colborne Street (at Clergy St.) on Tuesday, August 12th from 5 until 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the church of St. John the Apostle, Patrick Street, on Wednesday, August 13th at 1:00 p.m. Rite of Committal with prayers in St. Mary’s Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Salvation Army or St. John the Apostle Church, would be appreciated in Pic’s memory. A special thank you to Friar David Collins for his spiritual and moral attention, to Doctors Stephen Hinton and Joyce Hataley and to the caregiver Erin Shaw for their kindness and caring concern for Dad.

Ed Note: “Pic” Albertson was a longtime employee at RMCC. For the majority of the time he worked in clothing stores; he would also be seen swimming regularly at the college pool mostly over the noon hour. He organized and ran very popular  swimming classes for children of military & civilian staffs fro years starting back in the 1950s.  He did this as a volunteer on saturday mornings.

He retired around 1985 and at his retirement he was presented with a lifetime pass to the RMCC pool by then commandant BGen Frank Norman. The lifetime pass was an enormous source of pride to “Pic”. We would meet unexpectedly from time-to-time – he never failed to mention the lifetime swimming pass he had for the RMCC pool.


BAYNE, David Grant ‘Dave’ July 8, 1945 – July 31, 2014.

RCN, LCdr (Ret’d.), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Hospice Wellington after a very brief illness. Family meant everything to Dave and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for those he loved. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Bayne and his wonderful children, Michelle Karker (Michael) and Peter Bayne (Jennifer). He was a proud Grandpa to Austin, Riley and Rachael Karker and Cate and Amanda Bayne and a devoted son of Francis (Frank) Bayne of Guelph, Ont. and Gladys Bayne of Barrie, Ont.

David was a brother, an uncle and a friend to many through¬out this wide world of ours. Dave served Canada as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, first as a MARS officer then as a Pilot. He was a graduate of VENTTURE (Naval Officer Training Centre (1965) and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) (1976). Dave’s career has spanned many facets of military and commercial aviation and he was most recently Director of Flight Operations for George Weston Limited. He was fortunate to have had a vocation which he loved and never considered to be work. Dave always embraced adventure and he and Liz travelled extensively throughout this amazing world of ours. Their favourite place was always ‘the Cottage’ in Chance Harbour, where family and friends would meet and celebrate being together.

Dave was a respected leader and mentor to man y within the military and aviation industry. His ability to recognize the capabilities and talents of individuals was remarkable. He was a loyal friend and colleague who considered others before himself. Dave had a great life but had so many plans for the future. The family is devastated that this disease brought down such a strong man, a loving man, a man who seemed at times larger than life, in such a short period of time.

A celebration of David’s life was held August 7th. Source


RCNC 340 William George Welbourn was a member of the class entering RCN – RCAF College Royal Roads in 1947 and graduating in 1949.

WELBOURN, William George -aged 85, died peacefully on August 9th following a brief illness. Bill experienced a distinguished career as an officer of The Royal Canadian Navy and as a professional engineer for Ontario Hydro. Post retirement, he relocated to British Columbia with his wife of 36 years, Judith. An active and proud member of The Masonic Society and The Gizeh Shrine, Bill enjoyed a close friendship with his brethren. His love of music was evident by all who heard him play at special events and for patients in the extended care ward of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. His generosity will live on in the many causes he will continue to support. Remembered as a gentle bear who adored Judith, Bill loved his 3 sons, their spouses, his 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bill’s charities of choice: The Montréal Childrens’ Hospital Foundation and The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. As per his wishes, no funeral or memorial service will take place. We, the family, would like to thank the staff of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. We are grateful for their care and respect. We also acknowledge the many, many friends who have touched Bill’s life. We wish him “Fair winds and a following sea”. – See more at:


BAUMGARTEN, PHILIP It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Baumgarten on Sunday August the 3rd. Philip passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after fighting a courageous battle of cancer since November 2013. Born September 7th, 1938 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. Philip was the oldest of six children. He is predeceased by his mother and father, as well as his youngest sister, Marylou. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 48 years, Karin, son Roger (Miu) daughter Ramona (David), granddaughters Nicole and Natalie and their father Serge, and his brothers Lloyd (Ethel), Gene (Chrissy), Joe and Denny (Elaine). Philip was a dedicated soldier, retiring as Sergeant Major in 1989 after 32 years of service. He served a number of tours which included Vietnam, Cyprus, and Germany, and ended his career teaching at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. He and Karin moved to Kelowna in 2000. Philip will be remembered lovingly by his family as a man with a big heart, a love of classic country music, and an unwavering devotion to his family and his career. Our family would like to express our utmost thanks and appreciation to the all members of the Palliative team, the Cancer agency and Dr. Du Plessis for the compassionate care and enormous support that they offered throughout his battle, and a very special thank you to David Kyle, his friend and nurse during his last weeks. He will be dearly missed. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


5872 Coppin , James “Al”

June 12, 1940 –August 3, 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in law on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. He fought his long battle with Lewy-Body Disease to the end. Loved and dearly missed by his wife Sharon, son Steve (Sue), daughters Laurie (Dave) and Shannon, grandchildren Elysia (Robbie) and Aaron (Jessica) and great granddaughter Brooklyn and another grandchild on the way. Loving son of the late Betty and Alf Coppin of Thunder Bay. Sadly missed by his brother Doug (wife Susan), sister Cherie (husband Larry) a niece and nephew and families in Thunder Bay; and sister-in-law Linda Kipot (Husband Mike) and nieces and nephew and families in Sidney, B.C. and many good friends made throughout the years. Al was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. At 19 he entered Royal Roads Military College (1959–1961) and Royal Military College (R.M.C.) (1961-1962). He met his wife Sharon on a blind date at Royal Roads (Victoria, B.C.). They were married in 1963 in Montreal (where he completed a Science degree) and had a son. In 1966 they moved to Vancouver and 2 daughters were born (1966 and 1969). Al worked as a chemist for Lenkurt Electric (1966-1972) then worked as plant manager for Mortifee Munshaw for 9 years. He completed an M.BA degree at SFU then returned to Lenkurt and on to the Research Division (MPR TelTec). He managed the packaging division then moved on to the satellite beacon program and travelled a fair amount on business. He worked as a consultant in various applications until he retired in 2000. Al was an active and outgoing man, with a sharp mind, quick wit and great sense of humour. He loved his golf, squash, and curling. (Also basketball in early years). He was a long time member at Pitt Meadows Golf Club. He coached his kids sports and loved going to the grand children’s events. He was a wonderful husband and family man; He was the rock of our family.

We will love him

and miss him forever. Rest in peace our beloved man.


Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 from 2-5pm at Meadows Gardens Golf Club, 19671 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, B.C. No flowers please-if you wish- donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice.


Donna Diane Niemy ( Wife of 3543 Walter Niemy (Class of ’56 & former RMCC commandant 1985-87)

(nee Fraser)

Peacefully on July 21, 2014, in her 81st year, at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, following an accidental injury while vacationing in Canmore, Alberta. Blessedly, her three children were at her side to the end. Donna is survived by her husband Walter of Sidney, B. C.; and her children and their families: Peter (Lisa) and grandchildren Florence and Holly, of Bramley, Surrey, UK; Carole Stark and grandson Taylor, of Canmore; and Eric (Nunun) and grandchildren Olivia and Alexander, of Hong Kong.

Donna was an outgoing, sensitive and passionate woman and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. Born and raised in Toronto, she was a graduate of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. She worked briefly as a nurse before marrying her beau, Walter Niemy, an RCAF officer and pilot, in 1956. Thus began their joint adventure of raising their family at multiple addresses across Canada, the United States and Europe. A lifelong learner and world traveller, Donna enjoyed working with children and volunteering in museums and nature centres where she lived, to share her knowledge of natural and cultural history.

Donna had an inquisitive mind and thoroughly enjoyed deep conversations with friends and family members of all ages. A dedicated writer and a voracious reader, she was – not surprisingly – a crossword-puzzle ace. Her artistic interests ranged from playing the ukulele to collecting paintings and crayon sketching. She played competitive basketball in her youth and continued to enjoy activities such as hiking and swimming throughout her life. She also had a great passion for birds and animals, and she held an abiding appreciation and respect for the natural environment, be that her backyard garden or the varied and vast wilderness areas of Canada. To her, bliss was summer-cottage living in Haliburton in her youth and in the Laurentians in later years, where she loved to explore the lakeshore in her rowboat.

Donna will be dearly missed by her extended family and her many friends, and always remembered for her loving and generous nature. She will be buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, and the family will be hosting a celebration of her life in Sidney, B. C. on August 20th, 2014. Memorial tributes may be made to Nature Canada.

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Posted by rmcclub on 4th August 2014

RCNC 321  James Lewis Creech, 86, passed away on July 27, 2014.

Mr. Creech was born on February 20, 1928, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and spent his childhood in Nelson, B.C. He attended the Royal Canadian Naval College from 1947 to 1949, after which he entered service as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

He served with distinction in Korea from 1952 to 1954 aboard HMCS Athabaskan. His service in the RCN included tours as the Commanding Officer of the destroyers HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Qu’appelle, and he retired with the rank of Commander in 1977.

He then served as the Director, Tactical Systems Development, for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Norfolk until his retirement in 1993.

In 1955, Mr. Creech married Mary Elizabeth Abraham (“Betty”), who survives him and resides in Richmond. He is also survived by son Dennis and his wife Nora (Houston) and grandchildren James, John, and Elizabeth; son Anthony and his wife Crystal Jonkman (Richmond); and daughter Leslie (Richmond).

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Ruby and older brother Robert. Mr. Creech lived an active life full of travel, and had a passion for golf and fishing. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

A funeral service was August 2.


3478 ROCHESTER, Ian – 1932 – 2014

Ian Rochester passed away peacefully at the Montreal General Hospital after a prolonged illness. Born in Ottawa in 1932 and moved to Montreal in 1960. Husband to the late Helen Rochester. Survived by son Tim, daughter Alexandra Borden, granddaughters Mahailia, Serenity, brothers Richard (Marilyn), Toby (Judy), many nieces and nephews. Late father Lloyd, late mother Frankie of Maplelawn in Ottawa. Visitation on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home on Sherbrooke St. Memorial Service to be held at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Montreal Chest Institute.

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Posted by rmcclub on 20th July 2014

CHAUDHRY, Professor Mahinder Datt – With great sadness we announce that Mahinder Chaudhry passed away in his sleep on the morning of July 14th. He was a loving husband to his wife Kailash, of 59 years, and a devoted father to his sons, Sunil and Raman. In his waning years, his passion was for his 3 grandchildren, Ross, Lisa and Anita. Mahinder was born in 1928 in Kanjrur Dattan, Punjab, which was then in India. He attended The Delhi School of Economics and then obtained a Ph.D. from Duke University. He came to Canada in 1963 and after a year teaching at Carlton University, Mahinder joined the Political Science and Economics Department at RMC for the next 3 decades. He also taught several Economics courses at Queen’s University. He retired in 1992 and then became a Professor Emeritus. He will be deeply missed by his many friends in Kingston and the Indian community as well as friends and family in Canada, USA and India. Family and friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME – Township Chapel 435 Davis Drive (Taylor Kidd Blvd. & Centennial Drive) on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayers will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by cremation at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. For those wishing, please consider making a donation to U.H.K.F. – Kingston General Hospital or to a cause or charity the you are passionate about. Sharing Memories at www.gftompkins-township.ca12811627


Strathcona News – The Passing of 3129 LCol (ret’d) Robert (Bob) Gross

It is with great sadness that The Regiment announces the passing of 3129 LCol (ret’d) Robert (Bob) Gross.

LCol (ret’d) Bob Gross passed away on Sunday, 29 June in Brooks, Alberta, after suffering a heart attack early that morning. He was 84 years of age. He is survived by his wife Renie, his two sons Paul and Tony and his grandchildren. During the 1960’s, Bob served with the Strathcona’s as the Adjutant, a Squadron Commander, and the Regimental Second in Command. He became the 31st Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Dragoons in 1969. He will be remembered as a wonderful Officer, family man, and friend. A private funeral service was held on Saturday, 5 July for immediate family and friends.

Anyone wishing to pass on their condolences and well-wishes to Bob’s family can forward their notes to his wife Renie at the address below:

Mrs. Renie Gross

10436 84th Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

T6E 2H2


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3137 Ralph Keen – Celebration of Life

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

3137 Ralph Keen (Class of ’53) – Celebration of Life

Friday July 18, 2014

Celebration of Life: 1400-1600 hours (2-4 pm)

Social Hour: 1600-1700 hours (4-5 pm)

Johnny Mac’s Lounge at RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre

1100 – 45337 Calais Crescent, Chilliwack, BC V2R 0N6

There is parking on site.

If you would like to stay at the Executive Hotel on site please call

Reservations: 604-703-2400 or email

Mention you are attending the Keen Memorial. Rate is $104 plus tax.

If you wish to have a meal in the dining room, rates are very reasonable –

Breakfast is $4.75 and Buffet Lunch is $13

Please note PRTC does not have accommodations for children or pets.

*Please RSVP – ASAP to Sukoshi

Please let us know if you would like to share a memory during the memorial tribute part of the service/celebration of life

*This Celebration of Life is being held at an RCMP facility so for security reasons we need to provide a guest list to the management in advance.

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Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2014

TETLEY, William Aubrey

C.M., Q.C., LL.L.

February 10, 1927 – July 1, 2014

Lawyer, politician, law professor, author, collector of Canadian art, William A. Tetley passed away peacefully in Montreal, Quebec at age 87 years. Beloved husband of 59 years to Rosslyn (nee Abraham). Loving father of Pauline (Craig Duncan) (Toronto), Jane (Thomas Logan) (Ottawa), Priscilla (Vancouver Island) and William Peter (Heather McPherson)(Montreal). Cherished grandfather of Thea, Alexandra, William, Fraser, James, Morganne, Audrey-Anne, Malcolm and Matthew. He will also be sadly missed by his sister Helen in Toronto. Family and friends will remember him for his deep passion for Canadian art, his work ethic and his contributions in time and financial support to organizations including St. Peter’s Church, Frontier College, and Société Pro Musica. Mr. Tetley graduated from the Royal Canadian Naval College (1945) where he was Chief Cadet Captain. He served at sea as a Midshipman, before earning a B.A. (Honours Economics, McGill) and a law degree from Laval. He then practiced civil, commercial and maritime law from 1952 to 1970, and was a senior partner in Martineau, Walker, Allison, Beaulieu & Tetley (today Fasken Martineau). Mr. Tetley represented N.D.G. in the Quebec National Assembly from 1968 to 1976, serving as a Cabinet Minister under Premier Robert Bourassa. From 1976 to 2012, he was Professor of Law at McGill University and for 14 years was also Visiting Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at Tulane University in New Orleans. An award-winning author of books on international maritime law which have been translated into Russian, Japanese and Chinese, he also wrote a book on the FLQ crisis from his perspective as a Cabinet Minister at the time: The October Crisis, 1970: An Insider’s View. Throughout his lengthy career, Mr. Tetley earned many honours. In 1981, he won the “Lilar Prize” of Brussels, awarded every three years for international maritime law. In 1994, he was named Hon. Life Vice-President of the Comité Maritime International Brussels. In 1995, he was named a member of the Order of Canada. In 1999, Tulane University named an annual lecture series in his honour. He received the F.R. Scott Award from McGill University’s Faculty of Law in 2007 to recognize his significant contribution to law, and his exceptional service and leadership to society. Visitation at Urgel Bourgie, 1255 Beaumont, TMR on Monday, July 7, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial Service at St. Peter’s Church in TMR at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Société Pro Musica.


3695 Louis-Hébert Couillard 1934 – 2013

À l’hôpital Pierre-Legardeur, à l’âge de 79 ans, est décédé M. Louis-Hébert Couillard, époux de feu Mme Huguette Mathieu. Il laisse dans le deuil ses fils Pierre et Jean-Claude, ses petits-enfants Maryse, François et Gabriane et leurs conjoints. Il laisse également ses beaux-frères, belles-soeurs ainsi que de nombreux autres parents et ami(e)s.


Le samedi 23 novembre 2013 de 8h30 à 9h45


Le samedi 23 novembre 2013 à 9h45

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