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Posted by rmcclub on 5th October 2014

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

I’m Glad for All the Life I’ve Had!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2932 Garry Foster Hammond

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

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

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

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

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

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


3782 Rayner Jobson

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

Funeral service was held on Saturday, September 6th.


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

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

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



Expert Marksman who Shot Al Brady Dies at Age 106


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Posted by rmcclub on 28th September 2014

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



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




3604 Karl M. FERGUSON 

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 21st September 2014

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

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

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

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 1st September 2014

2769 Ralph Ernest Hyde -  Class of 1940

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


M264 Frank (Francesco) Anthony Vellone

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


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Posted by rmcclub on 24th August 2014

M0402 LCol Richard Kelderman

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by rmcclub on 18th August 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


5872 Coppin , James “Al”

June 12, 1940 –August 3, 2014

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

We will love him

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


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


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

(nee Fraser)

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

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

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

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 4th August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

A funeral service was August 2.


3478 ROCHESTER, Ian – 1932 – 2014

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 20th July 2014

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


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

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

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

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

Mrs. Renie Gross

10436 84th Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta

T6E 2H2


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3137 Ralph Keen – Celebration of Life

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

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

Friday July 18, 2014

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

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

Johnny Mac’s Lounge at RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre

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

There is parking on site.

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

Reservations: 604-703-2400 or email

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

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

Breakfast is $4.75 and Buffet Lunch is $13

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

*Please RSVP – ASAP to Sukoshi

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

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

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Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2014

TETLEY, William Aubrey

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

February 10, 1927 – July 1, 2014

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


3695 Louis-Hébert Couillard 1934 – 2013

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


Le samedi 23 novembre 2013 de 8h30 à 9h45


Le samedi 23 novembre 2013 à 9h45

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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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Posted by rmcclub on 11th May 2014

7396 LEGAARDEN, Cdr. John Thomas

(Royal Canadian Navy, Retired)

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

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


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

2635 GREGG, James ‘Milton’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Posted by rmcclub on 27th April 2014

3222 James Alfred Jennings, Class of ’54

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


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