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Posted by rmcclub on 29th September 2013

8865 David (Dave) John Rudd

August 14, 1948 – September 22, 2013

Dave Rudd, beloved husband of Carol Rudd (nee Collins) of Cochrane, passed away suddenly on September 22, 2013 at the age of 65 years. Dave was born in Vegreville, AB to a Military family. He graduated from RMC Kingston. Dave served with the First Battalion PPCLI until 1980. He spent the rest of his career in the oil and gas industry in Calgary retiring in 2010. Dave was a long- time volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. Besides his loving wife of forty-two years, Dave is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Sab Sapuppo; son Mark Rudd and grandson Jackson; sister and brother-in- law, Elizabeth and Wayne Carleton and their family as well as the extended Rudd and Collins families. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Mary Rudd. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the PPCLI Foundation, 4520 Crowchild Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2T 5J4 (Telephone 403-974-2861 or through In living memory of David Rudd, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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Posted by rmcclub on 15th September 2013

H3536 VANCE: John Elwood “Jack” Lieutenant General (Retired) The Royal Canadian Regiment

Peacefully at Moira Place Tweed, on Tuesday September 10, 2013 Jack Vance in his 81st. year. Son of the late William & Dora (Holbert) Vance. Husband of the late Sheila (Black). Beloved father of Lieutenant General Jonathan Vance, Italy; Lisa Vance, Ottawa; Stephen Vance, Ottawa; Sarah Vance, Toronto & Rachel Ross-Vance, Toronto. Loving grandfather of Olivia Vance; Taelor Smith, Sophie Vance-Cousineau, Isabella Vance-Cousineau; Jacob Vance; Amina Vance; Shaila Ross-Vance. Dear brother of Betty Flower, Renfrew, Carolyn Gaunt, BC and the late Horace, Burton, Arthur, Jeanne Livingstone.

The family will receive friends at the McConnell Funeral Home, Tweed from 2-4 & 7-9 Monday September 16, 2013 and Tuesday from 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 pm at St. John’s United Church Tweed. Interment: Victoria Cemetery, Tweed. Donations: Tweed & Area Arts Council, Heart of Hastings Hospice.



Remembering Larry Greig, Former RRMC Athletic Director 1953-56

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Posted by rmcclub on 2nd September 2013

4898 Jack Lambert EGGENS – Class of 1960

EGGENS, Jack Lambert Of Guelph, passed away suddenly at the Guelph General Hospital on Monday, August 26, 2013, at the age of 77. Beloved husband and best friend of 51 years to Pat Eggens. Loved father of Juanita Eggens (Jessie Pepper), Michael Eggens (Michelle Broydell), and Jennifer Eggens (Jack Hancock). Loving grandpa “Poppy” of Ryan, Xavier, Arya, Hannah, and Jeremiah. Will be fondly remembered by Jack and Pat’s family. Jack was a graduate of the Royal Military College in 1960, and the University of Guelph in 1970. He was Professor Emeritus of the Department of Horticulture, OAC, University of Guelph (Guelph Turfgrass Institute). Friends will be received at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Thursday (2-4 and 7-9 p.m.). Funeral service will be held at St. David and St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E., Guelph on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. Memorial contributions to the Dr. Jack L. Eggens Scholarship, Guelph Turfgrass Institute, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1 would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Jack L. Eggens in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

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Posted by rmcclub on 12th August 2013


September 20, 1943 – June 2, 2013

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2 at his home in Surrey, BC at the age of 69. Survived by his children Penny, Paul (Suzanne), Philip (Amy) and their mother Joanne. Grandfather of Sophia, Natalie, Abigayle and Eloise. Brother to Dennis, Brian and Linsey. He will be mourned by many family members and friends. As a graduate of Royal Military College (class of ’65), Gary served in the Canadian Armed Forces until his retirement in 1984. His favourite diversions were a good crossword puzzle, a game of chess with a friend, and reading extensively in military, mystery and thriller genres. He has passed the legacy of his love for nature, travel and adventure to his children. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Armour Heights Officers’ Mess, 215 Yonge Boulevard, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Hero Fund would be greatly appreciated. Condolences, photographs and memories can be forwarded through

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Posted by rmcclub on 26th July 2013

RCNC174 Rear-Admiral (Ret’d) William (Bill) Andrew Hughes RCN, CF

Died on 11 July 2013, his ten-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer ended. Born 24 Oct 1927 in Quetta, India. The Admiral was very proud of his family’s military heritage as the son of the late LCol. L.M. Hughes, RCHA, and the late Betty Hughes (Gray of Victoria). Grandson of the late BGen. William St. Pierre, PWOR (CO 21st Battalion CEF). Survived by his wife of almost sixty-two years, his everlasting friend and joy, Miriam (nee Carter); by sons Laughlin and Roderick (Barbara); granddaughters Jessica, Amy, Diana, and Victoria and great-grandson Owen. Also, brother BGen. Robin L. Hughes (Ret’d)(Diana), Jack M. Hughes (Susan). Pre-deceased by his sister Ann Carmichael. Raised in Kingston, ON he was a Wolf Cub, Boy Scout, Sea Scout, and Sea Cadet. Admiral Hughes entered Royal Roads Naval College in 1944 to start his thirty-eight year naval career. He served in ten RCN ships, five RN, and one USN submarine. He served in HMCS SIOUX during the Korean War. The Admiral served in eighteen shore establishments and Headquarters. During this period, he visited sixty countries, all Canada’s provinces, and twenty-seven US states. The Admiral never stopped loving the Navy, its sailors, and fellow officers. He was proud of his sea-going commands HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS GATINEAU, and the 1St and 5th Destroyer Squadrons. He retired as the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, and to make a political point he was rowed ashore in a navy blue Admiral’s uniform, not a CF green uniform. In retirement, he and Miriam moved to the Bahamas for a four-year adventure before returning to Victoria, BC. Tennis, investing, and philanthropy were his interests in retirement. In 2012, the Admiral was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service for his work creating the Naval Memorial Window for the RCN’s Centenary in 2010. A special thanks goes to the Admiral’s excellent oncologist Dr. Adrian Yee, the compassionate care of our family physician, Dr. Elizabeth Grant and the professional and sensitive staff of Victoria Hospice for making the final days so comfortable.

A service of remembrance will be held at St. Peter and Paul Naval and Garrison Church, 1379 Esquimalt Rd, on Saturday July 20, 2013 at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the Wardroom, CFB Esquimalt. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 6V5 for research into a cure for multiple myeloma. Condolences may be offered to the family below.


2488 Richard Cassels Dunlop Stewart – Entered RMC 1935

In Oakville, on July 21st in his 97th year, beloved husband of Margaret, father of Anne and Jane, grandfather of five and brother of Anne Morris of Toronto. Born in Toronto, educated at UCC and the Royal Military College, he served overseas in the Royal Canadian Artillery throughout World War II. Post-war, he served in Canada, the UK, Indo-China, India and Palestine and was Military Attaché in Moscow. Then he and family settled in Oakville, and he was for several years in the Civil Service at Queen’s Park. As well as summer holidays at Pointe au Baril, on retirement he and Margo much enjoyed life in Oakville with walking holidays in the UK. As he wished, there will be no funeral service.

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Posted by rmcclub on 9th July 2013

3160 PEERS, John Michael

Peers, John Michael- 83, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family  May 29th, 2013 at White Hills Long Term Care Centre in Hammonds Plains. Born February 7, 1930, in New Westminster, B.C., he was the eldest son of the late Captain A.F. Peers, O.B.E., R.C.N. and Edwina Peers. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Tackaberry), daughters Linda Peers and Anne Hebb (David) and granddaughter Chelsea Hebb, all of Halifax. Dear brother of Alice Bowie (Michael), Kelowna, B.C., Veronica Hawkins (Ian) of Bristol, England, and sister-in-law, Solange Peers of Elliott Lake, Ontario. He was predeceased by his brother David Peers. He is fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graduate of St. George’s School in Vancouver and of the Canadian Services College Royal Roads in Victoria, he took further studies at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England. His first appointment to H.M.C.S. Ontario took him around South America, a unique trip designed to promote trade with Canada and which began his many years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy. It was while he was a Training Officer at HMCS Cornwallis that he met and married the love of his life, Marilyn. On retirement in 1973, he joined the provincial civil service and held positions as Personnel Officer with the Department of Natural Resources and with the Department of Municipal Affairs, retiring in 1995.

John and Marilyn had 55 happy years together, supporting each other and delighting in watching their two daughters grow up and in seeing his dear granddaughter, Chelsea, grow into a lovely young woman. John valued his family above all else. His favourite times were family trips to the Yukon, California, and Europe, and exploring the Nova Scotia coast in his yacht Nabus and camping and canoeing at the family property on the Musquodoboit River. His hobbies of studying rock formations, photography, and adding to his extensive collection of old Canadian coins, also gave him much pleasure over the years. He was an active community member, serving as President of St. Joseph’s Day Care Centre, being a lifetime Red Cross Blood Donor, and authoring the financial section of a 1966 brief to the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities which successfully led to the annexation of Rockingham to the City of Halifax.

Several years after retirement in 1995, John was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, which he accepted with courage and grace. He talked openly of his diagnosis and volunteered to participate in a related three year research study to test the effectiveness of medication .Following his wishes, his body has been gifted to Dalhousie University and the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank for the advancement of medical education and research. The family would like to thank his long time family doctor, Dr. Dieter Neu for his cheerful check-ups; Dr. Meehan and all the staff at White Hills Long Term Care Centre for their professional and compassionate care; Dr. Sultan Darvesh for his exceptional support during John’s journey with Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dr. Laurie Mallory and the PATH (Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization) Program for so sensitively helping John and his loved ones with end of life decisions.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to the PATH Clinic, in care of the QEII Foundation, 1276 South Park Street, Room 104, Halifax, N.S. B3H 2Y9 (473-7932), or the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia,112-2717 Gladstone Street, Room 104, Halifax, N.S. B3K 0A4 ( 422-7961); or a charity of one’s choice.

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Posted by rmcclub on 3rd July 2013


McMILLIN, ANDREW CLARK, COMMODORE, CD***, RCN (RET’D) – Andrew McMillin, 87, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, NB on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Born in Toronto in 1926 he was the eldest son of the late Robert and Helen (Clark) McMillin. Growing up he attended Malvern Collegiate and with a desire at an early age to become a career Naval Officer he entered the RCN College, Royal Roads (Victoria) in 1943 as a Cadet. After service overseas with the Royal Navy in WWII and post war activities in Palestine he returned to Canada in 1948 and served in HMC Ships Haida, Huron and New Liskard. In 1952 he completed the specialist course in gunnery at HMS Excellent and subsequently served in HMCS Magnificent and as Gunnery Trials Officer on the staff of Flag Officer, Atlantic Coast. This was followed by his appointments as Executive Officer in HMCS Forte Erie and as Commanding Officer of HMCS Beacon Hill at Esquimalt. After an exchange appointment with the USN in Pearl Harbour, then Cdr. McMillin took command of HMCS Columbia in Halifax in 1965. Following attendance at the Joint Services Staff College in England he was appointed Chief of Staff CANCOMFLT. Promoted Captain in 1972 he commanded the First and Fifth Destroyer Squadrons followed by two years of serving as Commandant of Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare School and on promotion to Commodore he became Base Commander, CFB Halifax (1976). Commodore McMillin finished his active naval career as Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations at Maritime Command Headquarters in 1980. Cmdre. McMillin retained his interest and association with the navy as a Naval Reserve Officer on the Convoy Commodore’s List and until 1989 worked at Maritime Command as Director, Maritime Coastal Defence Organization. He was actively involved with the restoration of HMCS Sackville and was the Chairman of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. He was the National President of the Naval Officers Association of Canada and had a keen interest in maritime affairs. After retiring from the navy, Cmdre. McMillin was fundraising organizer for the IWK Hospital for Children and was involved with the South Shore Regional Hospital Foundation as Chairman. Cmdre. McMillin also had a great interest in heritage conservation and was chairman of the Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Halifax for many years. Through all of his many activities, Cmdre. McMillin still found time to add a degree in History from Saint Mary’s University to his accomplishments. Andrew (Andy) was predeceased by his first wife of 42 years, Valerie, and is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary (McCain) McMillin, with whom he discovered the world through their many travels. An avid reader and master of crossword puzzles, he enjoyed golf, classic music and quiet times with the loves of his life, both in Florida and at the lake. Andrew (Papa) is survived by his brother, Bob; his four children, Robert, Fiona, James and Alex; and eight grandchildren; and by his extended family, Beth, Andrew, Mary and a further nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fredericton, NB on July 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Burial of his ashes at sea will take place at a later date. Donations in his memory, if desired, may be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust ( Online condolences may be made at

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Posted by rmcclub on 24th June 2013

3966 W.J. [Bill] McMaster

McMASTER, WILLIAM “BILL” J. – 1934 – 2013 – Bill McMaster of Riverview passed away at the Jordan Memorial Life Care Center on June 17, 2013. Born in 1934, he was the son of the late Hugh and Eleanor (Chapman) McMaster. After graduating from Dorchester High School, Bill continued his education at Mount Allison University, Royal Roads, Military College before joining the 2nd Battalion of the Black Watch where he served a term in Germany. Upon leaving the Canadian Forces, he taught at Moncton High School and was later Vice Principal at Harrison Trimble High School. During that time, he also served with the Reserve Forces, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel with the 8th Hussars. Bill was a true and avid outdoorsmen. Whether it be walking his dog, Tilly, hiking at Fundy National Park, or umpiring a baseball game, he was happy when surrounded by nature. In his spare time, Bill could be found volunteering with the boy scouts, reading, fly fishing or spending time at his cottage in Meadow. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 40 years, Judy (Perry); daughter, Tammy Eileen Doyle (Patrick) and their children Carole and Ellen of Dartmouth, NS; his sister Sheila Snider (Vernon) of Moncton; step-children, Shelley (Bruce) Steeves; Cheryl (Stephen) DeLong, all of Riverview; and Daron (Debbie) Thomas of Fredericton. He is also survived by step-grandchildren Stewart and Emily Murray; Daniel and Alexis DeLong; and Kiera, Yousef, Meron and Lily Thomas. Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by his first wife Carole in 1970.

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SCHURMAN, Donald Mackenzie – Former RMC Prof. Article G&M



A former member of the RMC Athletic Department, Al Stoddard,  passed away last friday, June 14th from cancer  surrounded by family.

In addition to his tour at RMC (1986 -’89) Al,  also served at: Summerside, CFB Kingston, Chilliwack & Comox.

He was outstanding athlete in his day and excelled at both football and soccer.

No other details at press time.



SENIOR, Hereward-Peacefully at the Montreal General Hospital on Friday, June 21, 2013. Dr. Hereward Roy Senior of Montreal, age 94 years. Beloved husband of the late Elinor (Kyte) Senior. Proud father of Hereward “Hub” Senior (Wendy Duguid) of St. Hebert, QC, John Senior (Sarah) of Dubai, UAE, William Harvey Senior of St. Louis, MO and Jean Senior of Vancouver. Loving grandfather of Thomas and Olivia Jean. Dear son of the late Roy Senior and the late Evelyn Senior. Predecease by brother John Senior (Priscilla) and sister Mary Cornish (Bob). Resting at Lahaie and Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482) from 2 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Thursday, June 27, 2013 for Service in Trinity Anglican Church at 11:30 A.M. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will be in attendance Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to St Athanasius- Les Habitation St. Raymond, 5605 Upper Lachine Road, Montréal, QC, the Heritage Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, would be appreciated by the family.

Previous e-Veritas article 28/3/2010 – RRMC Memories – Dr Hereward (Wake) Senior?


5388 André JETTÉ 1939 – 2013

Décédé subitement vendredi le 31 mai à Saint-Hilaire à l’âge de 74 ans. Fils de feu Marcel Jetté et feu Réjane Petit. C’est avec grande tristesse que nous annonçons le départ de ce grand homme qui a profondément touché tous ceux qui l’on connu. Il laisse dans le deuil son amour d’épouse Diane Gauthier Jetté, ses filles Kathleen(Gerry), Suzan(Scott)et Carol(Glenn), ses 8 petits-enfants, ainsi que ses frères Marc(Louise), Pierre(Louise), François(Helga), ses neveux et nièces, ses nombreux amis et voisins, et son fidèle compagnon canin Lady. On se rappellera ses joyeux câlins, son dévouement à la famille, sa passion pour la musique et pour les arts, et pour la recherche constante de nouvelles connaissances, et sa capacité de propager son amour. Il était un phare dans les méandres de la vie pour son entourage. Il est impossible d’exprimer combien il nous manquera.

With heavy hearts we must announce the sudden loss of our beloved André on Friday, May 31, 2013 in St. Hilaire, Quebec. He was an amazing man who touched so many of us. Predeceased by his parents Marcel Jetté and Réjane Petit, he is survived by his loving wife Diane Gauthier Jetté, his daughters Kathleen (Gerry), Suzan (Scott), and Carol (Glenn), his 8 grandchildren, his brothers Marc (Louise), Pierre (Louise), and Frank (Helga), his nieces and nephews, his family, his countless friends and neighbours, and Lady, his devoted canine companion. He will be remembered for his bear hugs, dedication to family, passion for music, art, and knowledge, and incredible capacity for sharing his love. He was our rock whenever we needed him. We can’t express how much he will be missed.

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Posted by rmcclub on 16th June 2013

5389 James JOHNSTONE

JOHNSTONE, James – Sailed off peacefully, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Carole for 31 years. Loving father of Sheila, Jennifer, Anne and Kathleen. Cherished step-father of Cathy, Tony and Kelly. Proud grandfather of numerous grandchildren. James will be sorely missed by his best friend Satchmo, and all his friends at the rowing and sailing clubs. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 2 p.m. until the time of the funeral service in the Chapel at 3 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Published in the Toronto Star on April 18, 2013


2601 Alexander Charles (Sandy) SMART,

November 7, 1920 – May 6, 2013

Sandy died quickly and painlessly of natural causes at the Rideau and Perley Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa on Monday evening, after a cheerful day of getting settled into his new home there. He was predeceased by his beloved and loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Bannerman Smart, and by his three sons, John, Richard (Alice) and Alan. Left to mourn are his daughters Rosemary and Sandra, and his grandchildren Daniel (Abby), Kristin, Kelly and Anna. He cherished a wide circle of very special family and friends who will also miss him.

Born in Kingston to Charles Adamson Smart and Annie Ritchie Smart, late of Forfar, Scotland, Sandy grew up with brothers George (Norma) and Don (Charlotte), and the late Doug (Teresa). He graduated at the top of his class from RMC before taking his commission and serving overseas in World War II. After the War he graduated from Queens University with top honours as an electrical engineer, then continued his career in the Royal Signals Corps. In the course of his service he developed, and held the patent for, a 1950s tank guidance system called Navaid, which Canada shared with all its allies in NATO until more modern electronics put it out of business.

But Sandy’s proudest and happiest times were focused on family, friends and community. He was one of the first hundred “pioneers” in Manor Park, buying the family home in 1948. He contributed significantly to getting both Little League and kids’ hockey started in the community and later delighted in playing “honorary grandpa” to the kids on the block.

Sandy lived a full, happy life during which he enriched everyone he met. We will miss him dearly. At his request he will be cremated with the bare minimum of fuss, and we will arrange a farewell party for him at a later date.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from May 8 to May 10, 2013


Jacques Lavallée, professeur retraité du Département de systèmes d’information et méthodes quantitatives de gestion de la Faculté d’administration, est décédé le 1er juin à l’âge de 61 ans.

«Comme chacun le sait, du moins ici à la Faculté, Jacques était très attaché à son milieu de travail, mentionne François Coderre, nouveau doyen de la Faculté d’administration. Son implication fut totale et exemplaire.»

Durant sa longue carrière universitaire amorcée en 1979, Jacques Lavallée a été notamment secrétaire de la Faculté en 1985 et directeur du Département de systèmes d’information et méthodes quantitatives de gestion de 1994 à 2004. Il a également occupé le poste de directeur du programme MBA de 1997 à 2000 et a été vice-doyen aux projets spéciaux et aux affaires étudiantes de 2002 à 2009. Il a aussi été le responsable de la construction et des deux phases du projet d’agrandissement de la Faculté en 1997 et en 2002. Il était officiellement à la retraite depuis le 1er janvier 2013.

L’an dernier, l’Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec lui remettait le prix Fellow ADM. A. pour souligner son engagement et sa contribution à la profession. Très actif, Jacques Lavallée a siégé à de nombreux comités académiques, et il a reçu le Prix institutionnel de reconnaissance de la qualité de l’enseignement de l’UdeS, dans la catégorie professeur, en 2000. Il a aussi été récipiendaire de l’Octas de la formation en 1988, un prix d’excellence remis par la Fédération de l’informatique du Québec.

Parmi ses activités hors campus, Jacques Lavallée a également contribué à la relance du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean en campus universitaire au cours de son mandat comme directeur général de la Corporation du Fort Saint-Jean dans les années 90.

La direction ainsi que le personnel de la Faculté d’administration offrent leurs condoléances à la famille éprouvée.  

Décès du professeur retraité Jacques Lavallée


23880 Patrick Rushowick, suddently at CFB Kingston – 11 June 2013. Funeral service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon at the Kingston Gospel Temple, 2295 Princess St, Kingston starting at 2:30.

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Posted by rmcclub on 3rd June 2013


MOORE – Michael – 1952 – Gillingham, England 2013 – Calgary, Alberta Mike Moore passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the age of 60 years. Born in the UK, Mike spent the majority of his youth on the family farm in Grenfell Saskatchewan. After high school, Mike moved to Victoria BC to attend the Royal Roads Military College, then on to RMC in Kingston ON, where he obtained a degree in Engineering. He spent the next seven years as a Military Engineering Officer in the Canadian Forces. In 1983, Mike completed an MBA at Queen’s University. Mike moved to Alberta in 1987 where he worked as a Management Consultant in the Oil & Gas industry. Mike is survived by his two loving daughters, Christina Moore (Brennan Matthews), and Katy Moore; baby granddaughter Kaityn Matthews; father 2787 Bill Moore Sr – Entry Year 1940. of Victoria; brothers Art Moore of Victoria, Bill Jr. (Kathy) Moore of Ottawa, and Carl (Kelly) Moore of Calgary; sister Marni (Doug) Bourhill of Victoria; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was predeceased by his Mother Hildegard Moore in 2005, and his Sister Carol Moore Reid in 1999. Funeral Services will be held at CALGARY CREMATORIUM CHAPEL, 3219 – 4th Street N.W., (within the valley of Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through HERITAGE FUNERAL SERVICES “Heritage Funeral Home” Telephone: 403-299-0100.124


Gatien: Marshall Anthony (Mike) – (Mechanical Engineering Dept. RMC)

Peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital after a brief illness on Sunday May 26, 2013. Beloved husband of Sharon Ubdegrove. Loving father of Mark (Dianne), Stephen, and Nicole Gatien. Step father of Angela Rombough, Jody Ubdegrove and Bobbi Cher Reynolds. Cherished grandfather of Alicia Jeroy, Michael, Courtney, Matthew, Leah and Ashley Gatien, Brittany Nelson, Dylan Ubdegrove, Hunter Foley, Justin Nelson and Brandon and Breanna Rombough. Sadly missed by 4 great grandchildren Peyton, Mariah, Autumn and Markus. Predeceased by 1 brother Bill Montroy and by 1 sister Connie Julien. Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews Dwight, Bill, and Christopher Julien, Susan Kendall and Kevin and Kenny Montroy. Special friend of Frank and Diane McCarthy and Ed and Wilda Goddard. The family will receive friends at the Tompkins Funeral Home 63 Garden Street Gananoque on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service will be held from our chapel on Thursday May 30th at 1:00 pm. Interment Olivet Cemetery. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Source


16075 Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond Charlebois

Ray passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Saint-Vincent Hospital, Ottawa, on 26 May 2013 following a long and courageous struggle with ALS.

He is survived by his loving wife, Deberah Charlebois, his daughter and son, Sarah Charlebois and Nathaniel Charlebois, his mother and father, Dorothy and Armand Charlebois, and his sister and brother-in-law, Rachelle Charlebois and Vince Ruiter. Raymond was born in Toronto and joined the Canadian Forces in June 1983. He attended Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After a brief flirtation with flight training school, Ray landed with his feet squarely in combat boots and became a Signaller. He served in a wide variety of technical, leadership, and liaison positions at CFS Leitrim, Lahr in Germany, 2 RCR in Gagetown, IM Group in Ottawa, NORAD in Colorado Springs, 2 ASG Signals Sqn in Petawawa, and a CFLO position in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He also took time during his career to go back to RMC for a Masters degree in Computer Engineering, and to attend staff college in Estonia.

An active and close-knit family, the Charlebois’ took full advantage of their postings to travel widely, ski and hike together, and enjoy the culture around them at every turn. Ray also loved mountain-biking, reading, brewing beer, listening to music, and laughing. Ray was a mellow, straight-forward, and practical person, quick with a smile and a considered and informed opinion, and he will be dearly missed by family and friends. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at Beechwood Cemetery from 1500 to 1900 on Friday, 31 May 2013. If you wish, a donation may be made to the ALS Society of Canada, preferably to fund research.


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Posted by rmcclub on 12th May 2013

3624 FREILL, Gerald George “Jake” Cdr (Ret RCN)

The family sadly announces the passing of Jake Freill at the age of 79. Jake attended RMC in 1952 which led to a successful career in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years where he was given the command of three destroyers. He then enjoyed a second career as Vice President of the National Sport and Recreation Center. In his retirement years, Jake led an active lifestyle with his wife of 56 years that included golf in summer and downhill skiing in winter. He was recently presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his extensive volunteer work.

He fought a courageous battle with cancer and died peacefully May 1, 2013, with his wife by his side. Beloved husband of Leonne Freill (Daoust). Loving father of Shirley (Jacques Lacourciere), Michael (Dawn), Barry (Dawn-Lynn), Peter (Tracey) and Norman (Ilona). Proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dear brother of Eileen, Marion, Pauline, Sheila and Howard. Predeceased by his parents George and Elvine, his brother Ronald and his sister Audrey. Friends and family are invited to visit Beechwood Cemetery & Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A mass in memory of Jake will be celebrated Thursday May 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1758 Alta Vista Drive, at 11am followed by inurnment with Military Honours at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCSC Education Foundation, www.canadianseacadetscholarships.caSource

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Posted by rmcclub on 28th April 2013

2633 Alexander Andrew GREENLEES, B.Sc., B.Mil.Sc., P. Eng.

Alex Greenlees died in Barrie, Ont. on April 24, 2013.

Alex was born in London, Ont. on September 10, 1920 to F. Henry Greenlees and Elfleda L. Clarke, twin brother of Tom. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1940 and from Queen’s University in 1948.

He served in the Canadian Army 1940 to 1945 – in Canada and the U.K., and in Holland and Germany with the Essex Scottish Regiment.

Alex married D. Jean Brown on October 27, 1951. He was a professional chemical engineer and worked for Polysar in Sarnia from 1948 to 1983. He moved to Barrie in March 2008.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter Betsy Greenlees and her husband Ray Dorosz of Lethbridge, Alta., and his son Rob Greenlees and his wife Mary Greenlees of Barrie, and his four grandchildren, Megan and Sam Dorosz and Kristen and Cameron Greenlees, and several nieces and nephews.

Alex was predeceased by his wife Jean Brown in 1986; by his twin brother, Thomas C. Greenlees, of London in 2009; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at McCormack Funeral Home in Sarnia. If desired, donations in memory of Alex to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, Barrie or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Source


11543 O’NEILL, Major (Ret’d) Laurence Hugh, CD

The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR)

Laurence passed away 23 April 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Calgary, he was predeceased by his father Hugh and mother Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife Johanna Douglas-O’Neill and daughter Meaghan, his sister Catherine, her husband Bill Jeffery, and by his brother Eugene. His Canadian Army career started at Royal Roads Military College and saw him graduate from Royal Military College in 1978. Laurence was respected, indeed revered, by his soldiers in the 2nd and 3rd battalions of The RCR.

Laurence retired from the Army in 1997, after 24 years of service. After a successful period with Calian, Laurence joined Computing Devices Canada (CDC) in 1998. CDC was acquired by General Dynamics Canada and Laurence progressed to his ultimate position as Director of Business Development. Laurence will be fondly remembered by all who knew him as a devoted husband and father, a dedicated Canadian, soldier and leader of men. He would “Never Pass a Fault”, be it small, great, military or civilian.



HILL, Major Dudley – J.F. R.C.A.F. Retired – Former Director of Athletics @ RMC 1972- 75

HILL, Major Dudley – J.F. R.C.A.F. Retired. – Sept. 30 1928 – April 19 2013 – Suddenly at Kingston General Hospital, on April 19, 2013. Loving husband of the late Audrey M. Hill with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage. Beloved father of Dudley (Cheryl), Gregory (Anna), and Susan Rogers. A kind and generous grandfather to Megan, Michael, Derek, Jessica, Jennifer, James, Jeffrey and Andrew and the delighted observer of many great grand children. Survived by siblings Margaret Woolfrey and Jack Hill (Joyce) both of Sydenham and Susan Murphy (Neil) from Calgary. Predeceased by sister Joan, son Mark, Graham and son in law Randy Rogers. Dudley was born in Ottawa of a home boy father, Jack Hill from Luton, England and Violet Grace, a Londoner, who was in Canada as a handmaiden to Lady Kingsmill.

Due to the depression the family returned to Luton, England where Dudley excelled at many sports as well as being a fine scholar. After school Dudley attended Loughborough College where he again excelled at sports playing Rugby, his first love and soccer for both university and city teams. Upon graduating with a teaching certificate he enlisted in the Royal Scots regiment of the British Army where he further honed his sporting skills. In 1950 he married his childhood sweetheart Audrey and deciding there was little future in war ravaged Britain he returned to Canada with 17 dollars in his pocket and a mountain of optimism. His first jobs included stocking shelves in a Dominion store, managed the Quebec City YMCA, taught school in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. And finally joined the R.C.A.F. where he rose to the rank of Major while training and coaching 1,000′s of recruits from many countries. His many transfers included London, Ontario; St. Jean, Quebec; Fontainebleau, France; Comox, B.C. and finally the Royal Military College here in Kingston.

He will be remembered by hundreds of students for his belief in enjoying sport purely for the pleasure of it. One of his proudest achievements was the year he coached RMC badminton team to a national title, Queens University badminton team to a provincial title and Sydenham High School badminton to a provincial title. He also coached and played on numerous Armed Forces National Championship teams in soccer, rugby, badminton and volleyball as well as playing rugby for the Toronto Barbarians. Finally at the age of 48 he retired from his beloved rugby and with 25 years of service he also retired from the Air Force. He then sought out a second career and with his typical optimism purchased a tired old fishing lodge in Newboro Ontario, although he had barely fished a day in his life. With the help of his tireless wife Audrey, sons Mark and Gregory and daughter in law Anna, by force of will, and incredible hard work, he transformed Stirling Lodge into one of Ontario’s most successful fishing resorts. In later years, Stirling Lodge purchased another water front property in addition to opening Kilborn’s on the Rideau and just recently the Stagecoach Inn restaurant. His whole life he loved flower gardening and into his 80′s he planted and cared for over 6,000 flowers on his properties and throughout the village of Newboro.

He also loved travelling and toured every inch of Portugal and France, often with family in tow. Wintering in Myrtle Beach he changed his focus to golf where his unorthodox athletic swing allowed him to shoot his age at 78 years old. The Major will be fondly remembered by thousands of fishermen from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York as well as many other states, by his family and friends, as well as his teammates and students across Canada. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Newboro Beautification Committee, c/o Keitha Burtch, Box 83, Newboro On K0G 1PO and would be appreciated by the family. A private family memorial will take place at a future date. IN CARE OF SIMPLER TIMES CREMATION SERVICE 613-389-7223 / 613-382-3683 on-line condolences    Source

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Éloge de feu Raymond McNicoll, Ing., à McMasterville, au Salon Demers, le 2 février 2013

Posted by rmcclub on 21st April 2013

Éloge de feu Raymond McNicoll, Ing., à McMasterville, au Salon Demers, le 2 février 2013

Chère Famille McNicoll,

Nous avons été plus que malheureux d’apprendre que Raymond fut emporté par une sournoise et cruelle leucémie, Raymond qui fut notre impayable camarade, entre 1956 et 1961, aux Collèges militaires de St-Jean et de Kingston. Nous compatissons de tout coeur avec vous.

Nous avons vécu alors cinq années comme un clan tissé serré d’élèves-officiers soumis à un régime aussi sévère que studieux. De l’aube au crépuscule, l’on comprimait de multiples activités, tant militaires que sportives, entre des plages de cours de génie et d’humanités couvrant de 10 à 14 matières, selon la session. Un tel régime intensif laisse bien des traces dans les cerveaux, y compris des impressions, au moins fugaces sinon durables, des uns et des autres. Il demeure qu’après 50 ans de dispersion du clan, seules les personnalités indélébiles demeurent intactes sur la toile des souvenirs.

Justement, Raymond s’avère l’un de nos rares camarades qui soient demeurés en permanence dans nos têtes, et cela tient à l’originalité multiforme dont il fit preuve en ce temps-là. Vite on le découvrit comme étant à la fois sans peur, rebelle, boxeur, séducteur, voire poète. Avec autant d’atouts en milieu aussi austère, il avait de quoi composer un héros à nous.

Il ne connaissait pas la trouille, pas plus devant l’autorité que sur un ring, devant un boxeur prétentieux, dont il savait en général triompher, souvent par K.O. Il ne détestait pas une bonne querelle car son aplomb et sa fermeté lui donnaient l’avantage.

Il interprétait avec audace les règlements . Comme nul autre, il sautait la clôture du Collège si Montréal l’appelait. Il revenait de ses escapades, on imagine à l’aube, un peu écorché, avec, au moins une fois, de gros points de suture sur la joue. Un héros ne se fabrique pas sans cicatrices.

À des moments imprévisibles, révélant un côté tendre qu’il cachait d’ordinaire, il s’affichait furtivement, en toute sensibilité, comme poète inquiet du destin. Sa force résidait dans des jeux de mots subtils où le propos, qui se laisse deviner, se conjugue aux sonorités pour créer une atmosphère nostalgique accrocheuse. En témoigne l’un de ses poèmes, sur un vieillard en désarroi, coupable d’un forfait, que le journal du Collège, Le Rempart, publia en décembre 58, en page 3. Lisons-le. Vous verrez de quel vocabulaire Raymond se chauffait. Le poème s’intitule La Gamme Nostalgique, et se décline comme suit:



Un homme va misérablement dans le sentier boueux,


La lune, taciturne, s’estompe dans une urne


Il marche péniblement, traînant de fatigue son forfait,

Ignorant les sinistres ombrages

Des arbres

Qui penchent, immenses paquets


Courbant l’échine qui paraît sur son ciré,

Il hâte le pas, s’agrippe à la boue;

Des nerfs se tracent à son cou; il est tombé

Dans le fourré.

La lèvre amère, il se relève debout,

S’étire, se détend; mal lui en est resté

Au dos.

Il pleut d’une pluie pesante,


Où ira-t-il, ce vieillard,

Par cette nuit mouvante

À travers l’épais brouillard


et c’est signé: R. McN.


C’était bien là notre copain francophone Raymond McNicoll au patronyme irlandais. Pour ceux d’entre nous, avec un penchant cinéma, qui avions vu le mythique Casablanca, nous aimions voir en Raymond le Humphrey Bogart de notre clan, avec imper, chapeau, cigarette, bière et, bien sûr, une femme sublime qui l’aime sans espoir, car astreinte à l’exil.

Décidément, il exerça sur nous un charme durable. À preuve, lorsque diverses circonstances, au fil des décennies, réunissaient certains d’entre nous, invariablement survenait une question du genre: “Où niche donc Raymond McNicoll?” Et là, à défaut de nouvelles, se déclenchaient autant les sourires que la concurrence pour raconter ses hauts faits les plus cocasses, du temps de notre “pensionnat” militaire.

Nous sûmes qu’après une année de plus à Kingston et l’exécution de son contrat en tant qu’officier de Marine, il trouva sa voie comme ingénieur civil dans le privé, et qu’il devint un intrépide entrepreneur. Raymond préférait se dire un employeur, c’est moins froid, plus paternaliste, avec des sous-traitants, comme des enfants, qu’on surveille sans cesse. On imagine qu’il fut imaginatif, sociable et avisé pour réussir dans une activité aussi difficile.

En tout cas, il emporte avec lui notre affection, celle que nous, de son clan 56-61, gardons pour les rares héros qui ont égayé nos rudes années d’école militaire.

Que l’adaptation de tous à un monde sans Raymond se fasse dans la douceur de bons souvenirs.

Raymond, ton clan te salue militairement.

Guy Charest pour le clan

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Posted by rmcclub on 14th April 2013

5315 BGen(Ret) Robert Alden, OMM, CD 1939-2013

Bob lost his six year battle with cancer on April 12th 2013.

Bob started his career in the Canadian Army in 1957 when he attended CMR and RMC. In 1963 he was posted to 1st Bn of the Black Watch as a platoon commander. He was nominated to attend the basic parachute course in 1964 and as a prize for graduating he was posted to Germany to serve with the British Army as an exchange officer with the British Black Watch. During this time he married Jane, his wife of 48 years, and his first son Patrick (future Royal) was born.

Upon returning to Canada he returned to 1st Bn RHC in Gagetown for 6 months before being posted to RMC as the Assistant Army Staff officer. While in Kingston Joel was born. The family left Kingston and moved to Gagetown and 2nd Bn RHC.

In Sept 1969 Bob spent eight months wearing a blue beret in Cyprus. In 1970 Capt Alden attended the Army Staff College as one of the last members of the Black Watch as the Reg force portion of the Regiment was stood down.

1971 found newly promoted Maj Alden commanding a Coy in 3 Mech Cdo.(part of the Canadian Airborne Regiment). 1974 found Bob replacing the maroon beret of the CAR with the green beret and eight pointed star of the RCR and on the move again, this time to Cornwallis NS, as the first Chief Instructor of the new integrated Canadian Forces Recruit School.

1976 found Bob headed to Edmonton and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. The family knew this would be a short posting as Bob had been tasked with seeing the regiment moving to Petawawa the following summer. Bob watched the CAR move to their new home then passed them as once again the family moved to Gagetown and CTC for a year.

In 1977 newly promoted LCol Alden found himself Petawawa bound as the DCO of the CAR. The family found itself on the move 10 months later in June 1979 as Bob took over command of 3 RCR then part of 4CMBG in Germany. In 1981 the family’s shortest move occurred when the family moved down the road where Bob was the SSO Ops for 4 CMBG.

1983 May 25, Bob was invested into the OMM as an officer. He was also promoted and posted to Winnipeg as Chief of Staff for the Prairie Region (Militia).

In 1985 Bob was privileged to swear Pat in as a private in the RCR. 1986 Bob and Jane went back to Germany and HQ CFE in Lahr. Two years later in 1988 newly promoted BGen Alden moved up the road to Heidelberg to take over as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Central Army Group (NATO).

1992 Bob and Jane were posted to Kingston where Bob was appointed the Commandant of the Army Staff College and the Deputy Comd 1 Can Div.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-3pm on Wednesday 17 April at Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess in Kingston.

The family wish to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Saint Elizabeth, Kingston General Hospital and St. Mary’s of the Lake for their care and compassion.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Kingston Whig Standard obituary




André nait à Dolbeau, Lac St Jean, le 12 aout 1936. Après des études secondaires en commercial, à 15 ans, il était trop jeune pour l’université, il va travailler à la construction d’un barrage à chute à La Savane au Lac St Jean. Puis reprend ses études en sciences à Dolbeau.

En 1956, il s’engage au C.M.R. dans l’Armée de Terre (RCEME) et termine R.M.C. en 1961. Il épousera Maria Clairoux, soeur de Robert Clairoux, gradué de C.M.R et décédé en 2004.

André reçoit son diplôme en génie mécanique de la Polytechnique en 1962. Il retourna à Kingston comme Lieutenant au R.C.E.M.E. A sa sortie de l’armée, il travaille comme conseiller en administration, (ingénieur industriel) pour Dufresne, McLaren, Daignault et devient associé . La compagnie se joint à Woods Gordon, Clarkson Gordon. Associé de cette compagnie pendant plusieurs années, il décide de partie à son compte. Il termina sa carrière d’ingénieur et prendra sa retraite à l’age de 70 ans.

André laisse dans le deuil son épouse Maria (51 ans de mariage), sa fille Dominique, ingénieure industriel, ses fils Éric et Louis Philippe et ses petits enfants, Gabriel, Alexis, Mathieu et Elodie.

André est décédé le 24 Mars 2013 à l’hôpital Charles Lemoyne de Longueuil.

André was born in Dolbeau, Lac St Jean, the 12th of August 1936. He completed his secondary education at age 15, too young for university and went to work on the construction of a dam at La Savane. He returned to school to complete his secondary school in science.

He joined C.M.R. in 1956 as an officer cadet in the Army, (R.C.E.M.E.). He graduated from R.M.C. in 1961. That year he married Maria Clairoux, sister of #5005, Robert Clairoux, who died in 2004..

André obtained his degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnique in Montreal and returned to Kingston as a Lieutenant with R.C.E.M.E..

He left the Army and joined Dufresne, McLaren, Daignault. He became an associate as counsellor in administration. The firm joined Woods Gordon, Clarkson Gordon. He remained with this company for several years before forming his own company. He finished his career and retired at age 70.


SMITH, David Gregory

1969 – 2013

It is with the most profound sorrow that our family announces the death of our lovely David Gregory Smith, PhD. Those close to him were aware that he was battling debilitating illness but we remained hopeful for his recovery. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 1, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario at the young age of 43 years. A Psychologist and scientist, David had a keen and always inquisitive intellect that was matched only by a strong passion for his work and collaborations with his many friends and colleagues. Above all however, David was a loving and generous spirit who rejoiced in his moments with others. He touched and enriched the lives of all who knew him, as they touched his. David will be very deeply missed by his partner and wife of 9 years, Adrienne Alexandra Munro, their loving and most cherished son, 6 year-old Logan Munro Smith, who was his father’s greatest pride and source of joy. Beloved and dearest son of Louise Guay Smith and the late Robert William Smith, caring brother to Steven Michael Smith and proud uncle of Sydney and Dylan Smith. Loving brother-in-law to Isabel Fearon and Kyla Munro. Dear nephew to Marcel Guay, Marielle Guay (deceased) and Richard Sirois, and Eileen and Reginald Paterson. David will forever be sorely missed in our lives. He will also be greatly missed by his many cherished friends and valued colleagues and acquaintances at Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the Department of National Defense and Canadian Forces communities, as well as by colleagues at the Royal Military College and Queen’s University community in Kingston. A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 Sources Blvd., Dollard-des- Ormeaux, H9B 2A6, 514-685-3344. Following the service, David’s ashes will be laid to rest next to his father at Rideau Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A separate memorial service will be held in Toronto at a later date. Toronto area friends, family, and colleagues will be notified as soon as details are known. As expressions of sympathy, donations will be welcomed to the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). Please sign the book of condolences at


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Posted by rmcclub on 7th April 2013

BURDON, THOMAS HOLLAND – born August 23, 1919, Saint John, New Brunswick, died March 14, 2013, Los Altos Hills, California – Tom/Dad/Grampy passed away peacefully while visiting with his son Tom A. and family. He was surrounded by many of his family in a loving environment during his final voyage. His unique energy, extraordinary wit and life force will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his brother Fred; his children, Dave (Brenda), Linda Cameron (Adrian d’Angelo), Camrose (Cletus Peters), Doug (Sharon Lowe), Tom A. (Eva Weinlander), and Carma; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his brother Roger. Soon after graduating from Saint John High School Tom took officer training at Royal Roads in Victoria and joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. In World War II he served on corvettes and other ships that were famed for their courageous escorting of Allied convoys through treacherous seas during the Battle of the Atlantic. In 1941 he was part of the escort group for a 52-ship convoy when it was fiercely attacked by a U-Boat wolfpack, losing 11 ships. After the war he had a long career with Zeller’s, first managing the Fredericton store, then moving to Head Office in Montreal and becoming VP Human Resources. He was a loyal company man throughout his career. Tom was regarded as a wise community citizen and served in leadership positions with the Boy Scouts, YMCA, United Way and the Lac St. Francois Xavier Lake Association. His counsel was sought and respected by many from within and outside the family. A lifelong learner and traveler, Tom was passionately curious about the origin of life, all aspects of science, ancient civilizations, general semantics, and the theories of economist Henry George. He was a proud Canadian and a staunch Conservative. He and Barbara created countless treasured memories for many at the fabled “Four Gables” and “The Base”, the family’s lakeside homes in Montfort, Quebec. No one left their home without a sense of renewal, rejuvenation and connection. The gift of these memories will be cherished by all who knew him.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held in summer 2013. For information, or to share your memories with the family, please contact Dave Burdon 1-604-534-2419

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