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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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Posted by rmcclub on 22nd June 2014

3137 Ralph Darby Keen

Ralph Darby Keen passed away June 18, 2014 in Chilliwack, BC after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ralph will be dearly missed by Mary Keen, his wife of 61 years, daughters – Sukoshi Fahey, Sherri Bellah, and Brenda Keen and husband Ryan Anderson, along with grandson Jeremy Fahey and wife Melissa, granddaughters Tamara and Tania Straiton, and great grandchildren Jordan and Justine Fahey, Kado Straiton and Ralph’s sister, Sharon Keen. His brother, Raymond Keen, passed away several years before.

November 10, 1931, Catherine and Dennis Keen welcomed their first son, Ralph Darby, into the world. Ralph grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High with honors. He attended Royal Military College where he forged many lifelong friends. Mary Driver caught his eye and as soon as he graduated, they were married in the little white church in the Rockies.

Ralph joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1953 and was posted to Korea for a year. In 1955 Ralph graduated with a Civil engineering degree from UBC. The next 25 years of military career took Ralph and family on a series of postings across Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During his Kenyan assignment Ralph climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Retiring from the military in 1980 the family moved to various locations in BC and settled in Chilliwack where Ralph worked for the District of Chilliwack until retirement in 1996. Over the years Ralph indulged in favourite pastimes – fly fishing, squash, karate, and serving the communities in many volunteer roles. His love of a good joke and his dry sense of humour made him beloved by family and friends.

Ralph lived his life with truth, duty, and valour.  A celebration of his life will be held later in July. If you would like to make a memorial donation the link is:

Online remembrances can be made here

Yes, I am old; – and death hath ta’en

Full many a friend, to memory dear;

Yes, when I die, ‘twill soothe the pain

Of quitting my survivors here,

To think how all will be delighted,

When in the skies again united!

from the “The Tin Trumpet”


3816 Howard William Causier

Howard William Causier June 19, 1935 – May 3, 2014 Bill passed away in North Vancouver, BC at the age of 78. Predeceased by his wife Yvonne; his son Don; his parents Tom and Annabell; and his brother Ralph. Bill is survived by his daughter Diane (Dan) Theodorescu and their children, Thomas and Claire; sister Connie Mogus and her son, Ronald (Heather) and their sons Ryan and Mark. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Bill attended Royal Roads Military College, then the Royal Military College of Canada, completed 3 years of military service before returning to the University of Saskatchewan for one year to earn his Electrical Engineering degree. During his 26 years with IBM Canada he would say his career highlights were the 2 years at the CICS development lab in Hursley England and his work on the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics.  Source


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Posted by rmcclub on 1st June 2014

2797 Pragnell, Herbert Francis

(January 28, 1922-May 22, 2014)

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

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

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

Condolences and Tributes:


M0959 Riel Bisson (Class of 2011)

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

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

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

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



5986 CARSCADDEN, Neil John

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

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

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

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

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


3024 Peter Chisholm – 30 May

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by rmcclub on 25th May 2014

RCNC 300 H. Hugh Plant

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

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

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

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

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


3222 James A. Jennings

November 29, 1929 – April 19, 2014

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


3187 Irving ATKINS

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



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7396 LEGAARDEN, Cdr. John Thomas

(Royal Canadian Navy, Retired)

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

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


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

2635 GREGG, James ‘Milton’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Posted by rmcclub on 27th April 2014

3222 James Alfred Jennings, Class of ’54

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


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Posted by rmcclub on 20th April 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Posted by rmcclub on 23rd March 2014

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

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


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

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 16th March 2014

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

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


RCNC 004 KILPATRICK, John Ross McLennan

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


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

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

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

Previous e-Veritas article on Ken Harvey.


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Posted by rmcclub on 2nd March 2014

Notice from RMCC Operations and Planning Officer, Michael Lewis

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Il nous manquera.

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


Décès du 2704 BGén. (ret) Marcel Richard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Je me souviens.


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

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

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

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

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



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


Toivo Roht – Class of 1960 Secretary…


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ken requested no funeral, no memorial.

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

With all our love,

Llie, Gerry, Lynn, & Bree


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