Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
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Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
This September, fifteen Ex-Cadets will raise money for the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund by paddling a voyageur canoe from Ottawa to Kingston. You can make a pledge or donation at www.rmcclubfoundation.ca. In a few days the website will feature more about the adventure, including photos of the crew. Over the next few months Bill Oliver a.k.a. WJO of e-Veritas and his volunteer staff will be interviewing each paddler, beginning with the bourgeois, 8788 Geoff Bennett. You may remember reading an article about Geoff in e-Veritas 6 Dec 2009.
WJO: This will be your fourth fund-raising canoe trip down the Rideau. What gave you the idea?
GB: I grew up in canoes. When I was a young teenager, I paddled the Rideau several times. I remember landing behind the Stone Frigate once and meeting the formidable Chief Pitt. A few years later he taught me how to fling my quivering body over the high box. After grad in ‘71, John Leggat and I celebrated by paddling from Algonquin to Ottawa along the Madawaska. But for many years I lived and worked outside Canada. RMC was very far away. After we moved back to Victoria in 1999 I began to feel nostalgic. I’d lost my father, 2435 Bob Bennett, a few years earlier. He’d been the Old Brigade Adjutant and was a great booster of the college, so I thought I’d pay my respects by attending an Ex-Cadet Weekend. However, I wanted an adventure. Instead of driving to RMC, I decided to paddle a small canoe from Ottawa to Kingston. My eldest son Richard joined me as far as Smiths Falls, and then I soloed the rest of the way. I was already thinking of the future because I recce’d all the inns and pubs on the canal. In Merrickville I stopped to admire a 34’ canoe on the beach. A year later, in 2000, fifteen of us paddled that same canoe in the inaugural Chasse-Galerie.
WJO: Tell us a bit about La Chasse-Galerie.
GB: It translates loosely as “the witch canoe.” It’s a very old and cool French-Canadian legend about a bunch of lumbermen who make a deal with the devil. He flies them in a canoe on New Year’s Eve to see their loved ones on the Saint Lawrence. It all goes terribly wrong for one of them but the rest survive. I was in a beer store one day, as sometimes happens, and a flying canoe caught my eye. It was a superb piece of artwork on a six-pack of Maudite. So I wrote the Unibroue people and got permission to use it. Sleeman continues to support us – in many ways!
WJO: Is that why you call yourselves “les maudites?”
GB: Yes! It sounds rude, but it’s good fun, and it goes with the legend.
WJO: What about the sports angle?
GB: Well, paddling a voyageur canoe down the Rideau is an adventure in itself but we needed a worthy objective. In 2000 my classmates were debating what sort of legacy to leave the college. The discussion went round and round but eventually we settled on athletics. The academic and military “pillars” quite rightly get a lot of support, but the varsity sports program needs more funding than the government is willing to provide. And obviously, sports are important in the training of young officers. I proposed that we use the canoe trip to motivate people to donate money. Not just the Class of ’71 – but the whole RMC/CMR/Royal Roads family. It’s important to me that we include everyone.
GB: The “Maj,” of course, has been one of the more well-known and colourful personalities at the College for decades. In 2005 Ray Hook, our class secretary, suggested that we name an Athletic Endowment Fund in his honour. I thought it was a great idea. It was challenging too – endowments are what make universities great, but only if you can raise enough money. Danny gave us permission to use his name, the Foundation signed an agreement… and off we went.
WJO: How much money have you raised over the years?
GB: Thanks to the generosity of Ex-Cadets and their families – more than $200,000 so far – mainly from canoe trips in 2000, 2001 and 2006. The fund is designed to disburse money every year to varsity sports at both colleges. I believe it’s the only fund that supports the entire range of athletics at RMC. I’d like to get the capital up to half a million before I fall overboard. And before that happens I hope to pass the paddle to one of the younger classes.
WJO: Who pays for the canoe trip?
GB: The paddlers pay all the costs. Plus we buy seats at the Legacy Dinner and many of us donate additional money to the Foundation. We also make a substantial donation to Friends of the Rideau in Merrickville.
WJO: Back to the trip itself… give us a feeling for a typical day on the water.
GB: No portages, no pemmican! We’ve all learned to survive in the wilderness but this is a five-star trip. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s more comfortable than, say, the Nahanni. We get up early and breakfast together in a restaurant, or more often in homes and lodges. On the water by 8 or 9. John de Chastelain stands in the stern and plays the pipes – to warn the lockmaster and to boost morale. This will be his second trip. It’s a memorable scene, especially for the guy sitting beside him!
We take turns steering the canoe – this year with a west coast paddle carved in a military motif by Kwagiulth artist Jason Hunt.
The pace is fairly relaxed, with a coffee break mid-morning, lunch at a lock station and a rum break on the water mid-afternoon. We sing a bit, especially after the rum, but mostly we just chat to each other and enjoy the fall scenery…. unless the wind is blowing hard in our faces, which it often does. Maybe it rains a bit too. The big lakes can whip up a storm and sometimes we have to be brave. But then we get to rest and dry out at the best accommodation along the canal. Happy Hour can be a bit hilarious, especially when we practice our paddle drill. Then a fine dinner together and early to bed.
WJO: Sounds great. What’s your best memory of the three trips?
GB: I think we’d all agree that the best moment is the salute by the Arch. The anticipation builds up each day as we get closer and closer. Then finally we see the Arch looming above us and a long line of cadets on the shore. My uncle’s name is on the Arch – he was only 22. The pipers reply to each other across the water and everybody’s cheering. You get a lump in your throat. But that’s just one moment. For me the best part is the camaraderie. We’re a mix of young and “young at heart”, classes and colleges, men and women, French and English, but we all come together. The canoe is a potent Canadian symbol too, connecting the First Nations from coast to coast, the history of Canada and its founding peoples. And then you have the Rideau as your constant companion – a wonder of military engineering, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and so beautiful in the fall.
WJO: One last question… In your other life, are you still working in Singapore – hunting for “buried treasure?”
GB: Absolutely! OK, some people might call it oil and gas exploration but where’s the romance in that? Wendy holds the fort in Victoria for one or two months while I fly off to Asian seas and jungles. I’ve been working with a few good friends in a Singapore office for the last eight years. I love it. It’s just another adventure.
Our aim at e-Veritas is to conduct one-on-one interviews over the next 14 e-Veritas editions with each of the other team members:
Class of 1960 4815 Mike Jackson
Class of 1960 H4860 John de Chastelain
Class of 1963 5893 Tom Gee
Class of 1968 H7543 Joe Day
Class of 1971 8684 Peter Holt
Class of 1971 8725 Fergus McLaughlin
Class of 1971 8788 Geoff Bennett
Class of 1971 8816 Marius Grinius
Class of 1971 8833 John Leggat
Class of 1971 8926 Ray Hook
Class of 1972 9143 Bruce McAlpine
Class of 1983 M0288 Roxanne Rees
Class of 1986 15414 Catherine Paquet-Rivard
Class of 1997 20800 Cindy McAlpine
Class of 2002 22461 Claire Bramma
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
The following comment was submitted on 2011/04/18 at 10:28 pm from a recent article on the Sandhurst competition.
Setting the record straight.
This is more of a personal request than a comment and I request you assistance in getting the record straight as I understand the situation. About six years ago, I on behalf of the First Canadian Parachute Battalion Association, approached the Foundation to arrange support in some form for the Sandhurst Team.
The skills, determination, fitness and leadership needed to win (and participate) in this competition were much related to the job of the Paratrooper. The Association was in the throes of “wind down” as members aged but they embraced the project of supporting the RMC Sandhurst team to the extent of providing $25,000 to be awarded as the team saw fit and an old trophy was resurrected.
One Can Para’s role in this has been downplayed in recent releases and I’d like to see that changed to proper recognition of “first” stepping up to the plate. As the Patron of the Association, now disbanded, I’d appreciate recognition of who is supporting the event (team), regardless of dollar amount, being stated.
2897 MGen (ret’d) Herb Pitts
Sandhurst 2011 – A Proud Performance
By 24768 IV OCdt Matthew Stokes
If only one word was used to describe the feeling in the guts of 16 members of RMC’s Sandhurst Team on the morning of April 16th, it would be Pressure. With their sharp contrast of CADPAT green in a sea of grey American uniforms, the need to please both spectators and families who drove hours to watch, and the burning desire to continue RMC’s legacy of 4 victories in the past 6 years, the mood was almost overwhelmingly tense. Only three veterans of the team would be running the competition, for the remaining six, the upcoming four hour competition that promised a physical breaking point loomed ahead. A very disappointing shooting competition the day before had ranked RMC over 45 minutes behind the leaders, a margin that they would have to catch. With only one competition per year, there would be only one chance to summon their four months of training and every morsel of their physical ability to make a name for themselves. That knowledge, along with 30 pounds of combat equipment for each runner, weighed down on the team as their boots led them onto the start line.
And then the gun went off. RMC flew through the steep hills of Camp Buckner, West Point, attacking each stand they faced with a mixture of intelligence, military skill, and physical brawn. The team finished the confidence course in under 20 minutes, avoiding a large penalty, something only 4 out of the 50 teams were able to do. They ferried a casualty, equipment and an entire squad across a river in ten minutes using only ropes and carabineers, passing several teams in the process. Their paddles cut through the waters of Popolopen Lake in the assault boat, registering one of the fastest times for that obstacle. During the navigation portion, the team quickly made it to four points hidden in the forest, and burned out of the underbrush for a sprint to the First Aid obstacle. Realistic looking injuries complete with spurting blood, screaming casualties and jutting bones didn’t phase the team, as they calmly treated and evacuated the wounded. A final sprint to the finish and a memory test on their encounters during the competition was all that was left before the competition was finally over. Covering approximately twelve kilometers through the forest and hills, mastering seven complicated obstacles and incurring a measly six minutes in penalties, smiles were all around as the team finally met with their supporters and families.
Despite their run time being one of the fastest of the day, the shooting competition from the day before hurt the team’s overall ranking, finishing 5th out of the 18 external teams, including the Brits, Australians, Taiwanese, Chileans, Afghans, USNA, USAFA and 8 of the best ROTC University teams in the United States. The Reginald E. Johnson Sword for the best performance went to Company B3, marking the first time in 17 years that a West Point team has taken first. Although the sword will stay in West Point for another year, the team still had a great experience for the past four months of training, and was proud to represent the Royal Military College. The team extends its gratitude to all cadets and staff who came down to support their efforts, the team’s trainers and coaches, Captain Nathan Price, Captain Kevin Schamuhn, PO1 Poirier, and Mr. Stephane Robert, and of course, IV Charles Gallant, whose four years of participation and dedication to the RMC Sandhurst team, along with his leadership of the team in his final year at the college has guaranteed a bright future for the RMC Sandhurst team and the cadets who will continue the fight for the sword in the years to come.
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Sandhurst Competition – US Army Perspective
After months of training dedicated to bringing the top award back home, the Company B-3 Squad claimed the coveted Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Plaque as the competition’s highest-scoring team.
The 45th iteration of Sandhurst, held April 15-16, 2011, at Camp Buckner, here, gathered 50 teams representing U.S. and international service academies, ROTC programs and the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. For the past 17 years, the top honor went to either a Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK) squad or a Royal Military College of Canada squad.
It was certainly a “Miracle on Ice” moment, said the B-3 squad leader, referring to when the U.S. defeated the Soviets in ice hockey during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
“It honestly feels like that,” Class of 2011 Cadet Marcus Fowler said. “Before we started Saturday, I gave the team one last pep talk. I told them no American team has won in almost two decades.”
After finishing fourth in the marksmanship portion, Fowler wanted to capitalize on that momentum going into the second day of competition.
“I told them to visualize standing on stage holding the trophy and having the crowd chant, ‘U.S.A., U.S.A.’ and that’s exactly what happened.”
It seems that with only a month until graduation, this B-3 team has set the standard for future Corps of Cadet squads who will compete in Sandhurst in the coming years.
“The overall team dynamic was incredible,” said Fowler, who competed all four years at West Point. “We knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses so well there were no tasks we couldn’t accomplish together.”
Class of 2011 Cadet Joshua Kreiter said the reality of victory is still coming through in waves.
“I am still in disbelief about the whole thing,” Krieter said. “I knew our team had a great chance and did extremely well on the course, but I guess I never really thought about what it would be like if we actually won the competition.”
Like Fowler, Krieter is proud to have won this not only for the Corps of Cadets, but for the other U.S. service academies represented.
“I am honored to have worked with the other Bandits on the team and I couldn’t imagine it with any other group of people,” Krieter said. “The support the B-3 Company gave us as a whole was incredible. Every time we completed a site and ran to the next, it was great, and enormously motivational, to see the sea of neon green hats that our company wears.”
Fourth Regiment reclaimed the Sandhurst Trophy as the USCC regiment with the highest aggregate score among its company teams. Last year, the prize went to 1st Regiment, but 4th Regiment held bragging rights from 2004-2009 as best regiment.
The squad also placed second overall behind the B-3 Squad. Along with contributing to 4th Regiment’s trophy win, the F-4 Squad earned a Sandhurst Patch, awarded to members of the five highest-placing squads, and a Sandhurst Streamer, which went to each highest-placing company team from each regiment.
Class of 2011 Cadet Hans Kobor said being the F-4 squad leader has been one of his most rewarding experiences at West Point.
“The best part about it was the close-knit nature of my team,” Kobor said. “We all had a blast being around each other and pushed each other to our limits. I’ve never felt closer to a group of people and it was simply an amazing leadership experience.”
This was his third year competing, and he said the camaraderie among the “Frogs” has been a crucial component every time. The future infantry officer said the team excelled through the obstacles course, finishing without incurring any time penalties.
“What makes this so impressive to me is that the commandant was talking with one of the parents on the team as we came upon the event and told him ‘the obstacle course is designed to be impossible to finish. The teams will have to decide which obstacle to go over because they can’t get them all.’”
More than capable on the obstacles, the F-4 Squad was momentarily stumped by the logistics of The Wall. With eight members wearing blindfold goggles, only one could see teammates in action and communicate directions to them. The objective was to negotiate the entire squad and eight sandbags from a pallet on one side of the wall over to a pallet on the other side without allowing the bags to touch the wall or ground.
“We were stumped,” Kobor said. “It took us over a minute to think up a very rudimentary plan.”
The squad opted to have Kobor carry all the bags over the wall, while the blinded members assisted each other over the top.
“It turns out sandbags are heavier than they look,” Kobor said. “By the time I’d taken five of them over, I was pretty smoked.”
Finishing fourth overall and earning the Marksmanship Streamer for highest scoring team on the range was the A-2 Squad. The F-2 Squad finished ninth overall and was ranked seventh among teams from the Corps of Cadets. Class of 2011 Cadet Michael Beck, F-2 Squad leader, served as an alternate his first two years at the academy before becoming an active squad member last year.
“I came to the academy to become the best combat leader I could be, and I saw Sandhurst as the best way to train military skills,” Beck said. “I kept entering Sandhurst because of the close camaraderie on the team.”
Beck said his team was viewed as a group of underdogs because it lacked Sandhurst experience; a majority of the team was from the Class of 2014 and 2013. But through months of training, Beck said they grew into a family.
“F-2 consistently performed well in the regimental competitions,” Beck said. “Our team had outstanding cohesion. We could work together and solve any problem just as easily as other teams with more experienced members.”
Class of 2011 Cadet Kyle Volle, a member of the A-3 Sandhurst team, said participating in Sandhurst is perhaps the most relevant activity available for a cadet to prepare as a future platoon leader.
“The training is awesome and is directly applicable to the things required of me as an infantry platoon leader,” Volle said. “In addition, I love the camaraderie, the teamwork and the great experiences we get to partake in during the semester.”
The A-3 Squad finished 14th among the 50 teams competing this year.
“I feel our team did great overall. We experienced a few hiccups, but ultimately executed every site just as we planned,” Volle said. “Now that it’s over, I think I’ll mostly remember the team. You learn a lot about yourself through others, and I think that’s what makes Sandhurst so awesome. Regardless of the outcome, those are the people that ultimately sacrificed for you, for the company, for the regiment and for USMA.”
To be a member of the winning team his first time competing was a thrill for Class of 2013 Cadet Christopher Miller. The team not only claimed the top award, but also a Sandhurst Streamer and Badge.
“There were a lot of morning practices that I did not want to go to, but I felt like I owed it to the other guys on the team,” Miller said. “We practiced every day with each other during the week, and sometimes on the weekends. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner as a team.”
“I’ve carried each one of those guys up a hill or two on my back,” Miller explained. “Being together so much as a team created a special bond between us all that I will never forget. I can’t wait to see what all of them are going to be doing in five, 10 and 20 years.”
Complete team placings and competition results are available on the Department of Military Instruction website at www.usma.edu/dmi/sandhurst_competition.htm.
Army officer cadets victorious at the Sandhurst Cup in New York
Perspective from British Forces News
This year’s Sandhurst Military Skills Competition has taken place stateside at the US Military Academy in New York.
And Officer Cadets from the Royal Military School Sandhurst (RMAS) in the UK have won the top two best international team positions, as well as the overall winners of the Land Navigation Section.
Fifty teams took part in the event and including competitors from Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Chile as well as Afghanistan. Source
Northern Arizona University – ROTC team top finisher at national competition
The team of Army ROTC cadets from Northern Arizona University finished 15th overall at this year’s Sandhurst Military Skills Competition held in West Point, N.Y., April 15 and 16.
Northern Arizona’s team was the top finisher among the eight teams representing senior Army ROTC units nationwide. A team from the U.S. Military Academy won the overall title, the first non-British or non-Canadian winner since 1994.
Fifty teams took part in the competition, representing the U.S. Military Academy, Army ROTC, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory school and international teams from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Great Britain), the Royal Military College (Canada), the National Military Academy (Afghanistan), the Royal Military College (Australia), the Military Academy of Taiwan, and the Chilean Military School.
SANCOM is run on a seven-mile route snaking throgh a wooded area south of the U.S. Military Academy. April 16, Saturday, was the meat of the annual two-day competition, requiring the teams to engage seven events. Running through them all — amid cold and drizzle — takes four to five straight hours.
There’s no rest. No lunch breaks. Obstacles included a 25-foot slant wall. Participants had to scale the wall and haul eight 25-pound sandbags, without any of the bags touching the wall or the ground, all blindfolded.
The Northern Arizona cadets spent much of Friday evening plotting strategy, identifying each squad member’s role and the need to maintain cohesion.
Senior Renee Ingerson was the team’s captain.
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
The following Military Occupation Classification (MOC) article first appeared in Precision – The student e-newspaper of RMC.
Naval Cadet MOC Weekend: Our Careers at a Glance
25892 OCdt Meghan Thompson
Beginning with Friday’s Meet and Greet at HMCS Cataraqui and ending late Saturday afternoon with briefings on our specific trades, the Navy side of MOC weekend proved to be not only enjoyable, but also informative. Along with NCdts of RMC, 17 ROTP cadets from civilian universities across Canada were also in attendance, which allowed both groups the opportunity to interact with each other as they had not been able to before. From assurances that the Halifax Class re-fit program won’t prevent us from getting time on board ships to an explanation of the origins of the “no room on NETPO” myth, MOC weekend managed to ease most of the pressing concerns of the NCdts in attendance and help to shape our impression of the life after university. With a speech on the overview of the Navy, short and informative briefings on the different types of work we will be doing, and opportunities to ask our important questions, most NCdts could walk away from MOC weekend further convinced that they had chosen the right element.
Clearly among the highlights of the weekend was the speech given by Vice-Admiral McFadden on the overall importance of maritime forces. The Chief of the Maritime Staff assured us that, in this “maritime century,” there will be no denying the need for a strong naval force. Echoing his comments in his speech last year at MOC weekend, the CMS explained that the importance of a strong, regulatory presence on the world’s oceans doesn’t just stem from a need to preserve Canada’s economic and territorial sovereignty, but also provides us with a quick-response capability for projecting Canada’s presence internationally. Considering the various maritime concerns today, from pirates to the issue of arctic sovereignty, it was made clear to us the important role we would be able to play as naval officers in the coming years.
Along with the CMS’s speech, a number of other presentations were given to shed some light on what directions we can expect our careers to take. Covering everything from underwater ordnance disposal to submarine operations to international training exercises, the short, approximately 15 minute presentations gave us a glimpse of what we can expect our careers to hold for us. Specifically, the presenters made a point of emphasizing the opportunities for international exchanges that have resulted from the decrease in available vessels for training, and re-iterated that the various opportunities the Canadian Navy has to offer are open to women as well, even where some countries still consider many of them male-only positions. Among the presenters were three ex-RMC cadets who focused their presentations on what their first few years in the Navy have allowed them to experience, which helped us project our visions of the future beyond the simple goal of graduation.
Also an important aspect of MOC weekend, the opportunity to ask questions stands out as a critical component of the event. From questions about the consequences of an election on naval development and the availability of posts for summer training, to issues of which coast the Fourth Year Class could expect to be posted to and how they were supposed to go about the process of moving, MOC weekend brought with it a chance to directly interact with the officers who could provide the answers we were looking for (or direct us to the document that would explain it). Especially for those NCdts attending civilian universities, the question periods served as a means of accessing information that would normally be nearly impossible for them to come by. Armed with answers to our questions, most NCdts were able to leave HMCS Cataraqui on Saturday with a bit of a better understanding of the next step of their careers.
In the end, MOC weekend proved to be an invaluable resource for the NCdts in attendance. Providing us with a brief overview of our future careers and the answers to some of our most nagging questions, this year’s MOC weekend went a long way towards building in each of us a sense of confidence and understanding of what is to come. Although each year brings much of the same information, the opportunity to interact with our fellow NCdts and the officers brought in to present offered each NCdt the chance to take something new out of the experience, even if it was simply the reassurance that there will be plenty of excitement and challenge waiting for us on the other side of the Arch.
The Army MOC Weekend
Officer Cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada just had a weekend of learning all about their future careers as officers in the Canadian Forces. During this weekend, Officer Cadets were separated into their respective elements (Army, Navy, Air Force) and had the opportunity to meet various members of every trade. This weekend is an important weekend for all members of the Cadet Wing as they learned about the challenges they will face not only during summer training, but also as junior officers upon graduation.
The Army MOC weekend began Friday night with a Briefing and casual mess socialization with the Chief of the Land Staff, Lieutenant-General Devlin and Army Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Moretti. -This provided Officer Cadets the chance to meet the authority commanding the Army in a casual atmosphere and socialize with various representatives from all trades in the army. Most army Officer Cadets spent the night chatting with these officers to gain perspectives on their future careers.
Saturday morning began early with PT being conducted for all Officer Cadets in the Army at 0500. The cadets were divided into classes and set off to do the assigned PT. Several Army officers joined in this run including LGen Devlin. Once the Officer Cadets had eaten and cleaned up after PT, they were sent to the gym to receive a more formal briefing on the Army and the direction it is heading from LGen Devlin and CWO Moretti. -This provided Officer Cadets with an invaluable big picture view of the direction the Army is headed and what they can expect in their regiments and units after they graduate. -Following the CLS, officers from all combat arms trades and the logistics branch spoke about their recent experiences in Afghanistan. Not only did this open many Officer Cadets eyes to the role of unfamiliar trades in the CF but it also let all cadets know what they can expect on a deployment and the variety of roles their for specific trades.
Finally, the Officer Cadets split up into groups for their respective trades and were briefed on what to expect on phase training during the summer. As an Officer Cadet planning to become an infantry officer, I had the pleasure of being briefed on DP 1.1 or the dismounted platoon commander course. Infantry Officer Cadets were told what to expect and how to prepare for what is one of the most challenging and rewarding courses in the CF.
All in all, the MOC weekend was a wonderful success for all elements and the Army Officer Cadets had the pleasure of being briefed by several experts in various fields to get a feeling for the true scope of full spectrum operations we will be expected to partake in upon graduation from RMC.
The Air MOC Weekend
25801 OCdt Paul Goddard
The last weekend in March was the annual event known as MOC weekend. On Friday night, Air Force Officer Cadets met with the Chief of the Air Staff, Lieutenant-General Deschamps, at the senior staff mess and socialized with the following day’s presenters for a few hours. The following morning they woke up to the Army Officer Cadets hollering something-or-other as they finished morning PT, rolled out of bed into flight suits or combats, had a quick breakfast, and made their way to the parade square. After this, the cadets filled the New Gym in preparation for the morning’s presentations.
LGen Deschamps gave the first briefing of the day, and was greeted with many questions after he finished what he had to say. After a number of other briefings on Air Force operations and a number of different trades, a break was taken where cinnamon buns and coffee were made available. The rest of the morning consisted of more trade-related briefings.
Following lunch, cadets attended presentations given by and to members of their own trade. The pilot briefing was held in Currie hall, where pilots of many different airframes gave insight as to what role each community plays in operations, and what can be expected from the training system. The most highly anticipated briefing was given by the career manager, who told cadets what they would be doing this summer or after graduation.
After the briefings were complete, a flight test engineer (flying AERE) and test pilot from the flight test community gave a presentation on what they do and how they got there. An unclassified presentation from a member of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron was also delivered, stimulating a great deal of interest.
As a whole, MOC weekend was informative, engaging, and an important opportunity for Officer Cadets to learn more about the element they will integrate into after graduation.
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Last week we ran an article about 4 Ex Cadets running in the 2 May Federal Election. We were advised of another one – 8927 Patrick Hunt – a classmates – 8788 Geoff Bennett brought the omission to our attention.
Conservative takes the high road discussing chances at defeating NDP incumbent
By: VIVIAN MOREAU – OAK BAY NEWS
Federal Conservative candidate Patrick Hunt doesn’t miss a beat as he shakes hands with the group of seniors having beers around a table at Smuggler’s Cove Pub.
He immediately launches into how he has the most respect for Savoie, Victoria’s NDP MP seeking re-election, “But I feel that I can help out the citizens of Victoria even more,” he says.
Hunt had been door-knocking in the Ten Mile Point area all afternoon, but had stopped by for a chat and a pint at the pub. Sipping a glass of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Hunt noted that in two days he would turn 62.
He’s long past the days when he was the youngest MLA elected to the Nova Scotia legislature, in the riding of Hants East in 1978. He served a three-year term then moved to Victoria with his family in 1983. He ran as Reform party candidate in Victoria in 1993 and has worked behind the scenes since for the Conservative party.
Before being elected in 1978 he served eight years in the Canadian Navy, receiving a B.A. in economics and political science from the Royal Military College in Kingston. He has worked in the high tech industry.
Hunt is unfailingly polite. When the opportunity opens up to slag Savoie he declines, then admits he would want to “duplicate her efforts in the way she helps out her constituents.” He differs from her in that he thinks a mega-yacht marina in Victoria harbour would be a good thing – “They bring money into the harbour,” he says.
His main talking point is that he’d like to build Victoria up as a corporate training centre, something he says he’s already discussed with Immigration Minister Diane Findlay. Victoria is ideally suited to be a national training hub for corporate executives, he says
“There are lots of assets in the tourist trade. It’s very busy in the summer, but under-utilized in winter. It would be a great perk for someone to come out here.”
Hunt and his wife, Deborah, live on Cook Street near Kiwanis Village. They have two adult children, Adrian, 35, and Jen, 33, who have both left the Island to find work in Kelowna and Vancouver, respectively.
“They would both love to be in Victoria, but the jobs are there,” Hunt says.
“We do a disservice to young people if we don’t create jobs.”
It’s a concern he heard a lot while door-knocking earlier that afternoon, he says. “People are a little worried, if not about their own jobs, then their children’s, or the economy in general.”
Hunt allows a little poke at Savoie’s leadership.
“The things she talks about are either provincial or municipal issues: health care, homeless(ness), the needle exchange … I’m going to go to Ottawa for strong foreign affairs. We need to make sure we have a strong national defence,” says the man who as a teen wrote an essay about the positive aspects of nuclear submarines.
“If we don’t have a strong nation that’s well protected, all the rest doesn’t matter.”
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Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Nominations are invited for the 2011 Vimy Award.
The Vimy Award was initiated in 1991 by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute to recognize, annually, one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.
Previous recipients of this prestigious award include: General John de Chastelain, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, Major-General Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Jack Granatstein, the Right Honourable Brian Dickson, Vice-Admiral Larry Murray, Lieutenant-General Charles H.Belzile, the Honourable Barnett Danson, Air Commodore Leonard Birchall, Colonel the Honourable John Fraser, General Paul Manson, Dr. David Bercuson, Mr. G. Hamilton Southam, Brigadier- General David Fraser, General Raymond R. Henault, General Rick Hillier, Warrant Officer William MacDonald, and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson.
Any Canadian may nominate one individual citizen for the award. Nominations must be in writing, be accompanied by a summary of the reasons for the nomination and include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee.
Nominations must be received by 1 August 2011, and should be addressed to:
VIMY AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE
CONFERENCE OF DEFENCE ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE
222 SOMERSET STREET WEST, SUITE 400B
OTTAWA ON K2P 2G3
The Vimy Award will be presented on Friday, 18 November 2011, at a gala dinner that will be held at the Canadian War Museum.
For more information, including ticket orders for the Award dinner, contact the CDA Institute at the above address, or fax (613) 236 8191; e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone (613) 236 9903.
Nous invitons les nominations pour la Distinction honorifique Vimy 2011.
La Distinction honorifique Vimy a été instituée en 1991 par l’Institut de la Conférence des associations de la défense dans le but de reconnaître, chaque année, un Canadien ou Canadienne qui s’est distingué(e) par sa contribution à la défense et à la sécurité de notre pays et à la préservation de nos valeurs démocratiques.
Les récipiendaires précédents de la Distinction honorifique Vimy sont, entre autres, le Général John de Chastelain, le Major-général Lewis MacKenzie, le Major-général Roméo Dallaire, M. Jack Granatstein, le Très honorable Brian Dickson, le Vice-amiral Larry Murray, le Lieutenant-général Charles H. Belzile, l’Honorable Barnett Danson, le Commodore de l’Air Leonard Birchall, Colonel l’Honorable John Fraser, le Général Paul Manson, M. David Bercuson, M. G. Hamilton Southam, le Brigadiergénéral David Fraser, le Général Raymond R. Henault, le Général Rick Hillier, l’Adjudant William MacDonald, et la Très honorable Adrienne Clarkson.
Tout Canadien ou Canadienne peut nommer un citoyen ou citoyenne pour la Distinction honorifique Vimy. Les nominations doivent nous parvenir par écrit et doivent être accompagnées d’un sommaire citant les raisons motivant votre nomination et une biographie du candidat.
Les nominations doivent nous parvenir au plus tard le 1 août 2011, et doivent être adressées au:
COMITÉ DE SÉLECTION DE LA DISTINCTION HONORIFIQUE VIMY
L’INSTITUT DE LA CONFÉRENCE DES ASSOCIATIONS DE LA DÉFENSE
222 RUE SOMERSET OUEST, SUITE 400B
OTTAWA ON K2P 2G3
La Distinction honorifique Vimy sera présentée vendredi, le 18 novembre 2011, à un diner qui aura lieu au Musée canadien de la guerre.
Pour de plus amples informations, incluant la demande de billets pour le diner, veuillez contacter l’Institut de la Conférence des associations de la
Défense à l’adresse cihaut mentionnée ou télécopier: (613) 236 8191; courriel:email@example.com; ou téléphone (613) 236 9903.
Alain Pellerin, Colonel (Ret’d)
Executive Director, CDA-CDAI / Directeur exécutif, CAD-ICAD
222 rue Somerset Street West / Ouest, Suite 400B
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G3
T: (613) 236-1252
F: (613) 236-8191
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Over the past number of weeks we have had the opportunity to attend a few functions with Cadets and Ex-Cadets in attendance. Invariably during the course of a Q&A or just during casual chit-chat – TDV and what it means came up quite often.
We have observed Alumni put the question to III & IV Years – just as often we have witnessed Cadets from all years look both Ex Cadets and members of the Old Brigade straight in the eye – with the same question. This quite frankly caught us by surprise.
We can recall generally the replies from both young and old. However, what sticks out in our mind and what caught our attention was the different interpretations of TDV.
The intention of this short article is not to analyze the replies.
What we did was refer to the Cadet Handbook.
The question to anyone with a College number. Does this fit your definition of TDV?
Truth is the quality of an officer to speak and act in a straightforward way without prevarication, and certainly without being evasive, misleading or lying. Dishonesty is the mechanism that breaks down the integrity of an officer. If an officer lacks integrity, his (her) followers will recognize that he/she is a failure as a leader, and once the trust of his/her subordinates is lost, he/she will find it nearly impossible to win it back.
Duty is the internal obligation to do what one knows to be right, whether by rule, regulation, law or moral code. It makes no difference whether or not anyone knows you do it, or whether or not it falls within the scope of your official duties. Every officer must be mindful of the regulations he/she serves under, and the duties and responsibilities he/she must discharge. If in a position of command or seniority, he/she must be equally mindful of the actions of his/her subordinates.
Valour is the moral strength required to perform one’s duties honestly. It is not physical courage. Very few will have the opportunity to display a disregard for their personal safety under hazardous conditions. Rather, valour is the concept that bridges the ideas of truth and duty. It is the moral courage to live honestly and to do one’s duties, no matter the circumstances.
Source – Cadet Handbook p,15
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Professor G. F. Dalsin (Faculty, Royal Roads Department of Mathematics 1948 – 1978 ; Department Head 1962 – 78)
This contribution was written by Mrs. Agnes Dalsin as a response to the “Share Your Story” portion of the Royal Roads Paver Stone Campaign. For more information about the Paver Stone campaign and how to order a stone, please contact Dave Wightman, 3334, Secretary of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club at VIExcadetClub@shaw.ca. Royal Roads ex-cadets, faculty and staff are also invited to participate by sharing their story. All contributions will be collected and displayed in the Royal Roads museum. For further information, please contact Karen Inkster Vance at Karen.Inkster@royalroads.ca.
“My contribution to the tribute being amassed in 2010 regarding those who lived, worked and served at Royal Roads, is made on behalf of my husband, Gordon Dalsin, myself, Agnes Dalsin and our four children.
Our family was closely connected to the college for over 35 years, and I can attribute our time there as the foundation for many lifelong friendships. We lived in campus military housing from 1950 to 1958 and I cannot imagine a better environment in which to have raised our children. Those of us who came to Royal Roads in its early years quickly became part of a large, diverse and connected social community. There were recreational, religious and social pursuits and a strong sense of belonging and family. All three of our daughters had their wedding receptions in the castle which was a great venue for parties. A memorial service for Gordon was held on the quarterdeck in 1994. In 2008, I was lucky enough to celebrate my 90th birthday in the castle.
When the cadets got up to shenanigans, as young men will do, they selected UVIC or faculty members as targets. I remember cars showing up in the strangest places: on a boat in the harbor, in the ballroom on the dance floor and we laughed at their antics and enjoyed the team spirit It demonstrated! We felt it rewarding to see these same young men end up as senior military leaders, proudly serving Canada, and often moving on to lead businesses and serve communities.
Everyone at Royal Roads was engaged in creating a family and participatory atmosphere: from swimming lessons, to Sunday school and Church services, to Christmas pageants and fancy dress balls! These balls were mandatory attendance for faculty and cadets, but I would not have missed them for the world. In fact, it was the only time I could get Gordon to dance! I personally attended 46 consecutive graduation parades, with our children in tow, or in later years on my own. Parades and the traditional lawn party that followed, with cadets, faculty and guests, continue to be a source of fond memories.
It is an honour to be able to share these few words in recognition of a great institution that meant so much to our family, and to me. On behalf of our children Pat Herbert, Avis Janz, Keith Dalsin and Wendy Hinsperger, and my dear husband Gordon Dalsin who passed away in 1994, I thank you for the memories and the friendships. In summary, our time at Royal Roads can be described as a rare gift.”
- Agnes Dalsin
Some quotes from the Royal Roads Oral History Project that mention Professor Dalsin:
“Another impact moment and life decision moment for me was in the Spring term of the first year, after the exams were over, and we were doing some supplementary work. And I was up in the top floor of the Grant building overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains so close you could touch them. The sweet smell of spring in the air, and the professor – Professor Dalsin – was at the front of the class, and he was introducing me to abstract algebra. Now, if that seems to you as it was to me, a contradiction in terms… I did look out on the grass in front of the castle, and there were some of my colleagues down on the grass, and they were doing surveying in dungarees. The next day I was down with them – and into another stream of mathematics, much more pragmatic than abstract algebra!”
Scott Clements, 5868 (RRMC 1959 – 61, RMC 1961 – 63)
“We had mathematics, and ask any of our classmates about it, if you said “What’s a double Dalsin?” Everybody knew that was Professor Dalsin who gave two math courses, one right after the other. Two math courses, and I think it was advanced algebra or calculus. Now I was always very good in calculus, but two, one right after the other was a bit much!”
George Skinner, 3316 (RRMC 1950 – 52, RMC 1952 – 54)
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Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Did you know?
Lockhart Gordon Creek in British Columbia was named after 495 Captain Maitland Lockhart Gordon (RMC 1899), who was killed in action 7 May 1917 at Bullecourt. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Kingston, from which he graduated in 1902.
Lockhart Gordon Creek flows S into head of Draney Inlet, S of Rivers Inlet (community), Latitude: 51°24’29″ Longitude: 127°15’07″ Lockhart Gordon Creek was adopted 6 April 1950 as originally submitted to the Geographic Board of Canada in February 1924 by BC Geographic Division.
Did you know?
As part of the Royal Military College, Duntroon’s centenary celebrations it is timely to consider how the Australian College was founded on 27 June 1911 by an ex-RMC cadet.
25 Cadet William Throsby Bridges (RMC 1877-9) was born February 18, 1861 in Greenock, Scotland. He was one of the recruits who had entered RMC Kingston late in the second term on 10 April 1877. Although he was a good student, he became unsettled and began failing his courses when his family migrated to Australia leaving him in Kingston. Commandant Hewett asked his father to withdraw his son. This ex-cadet was the first RMC dropout.
In 1890, the Governor General, the Marquis of Lorne spoke of the success of RMC graduates in the British Army and said that a similar college was needed in Australia. At the request of Queensland 6 copies of the RMC regulations and the instruction syllabus were sent to Brisbane. In 1902, MGen E.T.H. Hutton proposed the RMC, Kingston system by which officers were trained for the reserve as well as for all arms of a regular force for Australia.
In 1909-10 Colonel William Throsby Bridges reported to the Australian Minister of Defence that on his way home to establish the Australian Military College, he had inspected his alma mater the Royal Military College of Canada. According Bridges’ diary in RMC’s Massey Library, he felt that the RMC Kingston system trained officers without getting full use of their services after graduation, since officers were trained for the reserve as well as for all arms of the regular force. With the international scene getting darker, he copied the West Point system, by which only regular army officers were trained via a four-year course training for all arms.
Lieutenant-General Sir William Throsby Bridges, KCB CMG served as founder and first commandant of the Royal Military College, Duntroon (1910-14). He served as commander of the Australian Imperial Forces in 1914. He was the first Kingston ex-cadet to command a division in the field. He was killed at Gallipoli on 18 May 1915. He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and on page 566 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance. His name is listed on the RMC memorial arch. He is remembered in a Memorial at Mt Pleasant Lookout Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Source: Richard Arthur Preston “Canada’s RMC: A History of the Royal Military College’ (Published for the Royal Military College Club of Canada by the University of Toronto Press, 1969) Toronto, Ontario Canadian Virtual War Memorial http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=2001136
Did you know?
The Grant of Arms to the Royal Military College of Canada was a favour by H.M. King George V to the College. The achievement was `ensigned` indicating that a device was placed above all other heraldic devices pertaining to an achievement. For the RMC Arms to be ensigned by the Imperial Crown is a rare honour. That the College arms are special is evidenced by the `Inescutcheon charged by the Union Badge`, in other words a Union Badge was placed upon a a small shield-shaped charge in the centre of a shield.
Source: Lt Cdr Alan Beddoe `Beddoe`s Canadian Heraldry.`
2 Quick Questions:
1. When it appears on the Arms of the Royal Military College of Canada, it is merely called the Union Badge. On other occasions, it is known as_______
a) The Union Jack b) the Union Flag c) the flag of the Great Union
d) The Union Badge of the United Kingdom e) all of the above
e) All of the above. When it appears on the Arms of the Royal Military College of Canada, it is merely called `the Union Badge. The Union Jack is officially known as the Union Flag or the flag of the Great Union. When it appears as an augmentation, for example on the Arms of the Dukes of Wellington, it is referred to as `the Union Badge of the United Kingdom“. Source: Lt Cdr Alan Beddoe `Beddoe`s Canadian Heraldry.` Mika Publishing Company, Belleville ON, 1981
2. Lt Cdr Alan Beddoe wrote that `Strength, Integrity, Service`, the motto of ____, reminds one of `Truth Duty Valour`, the motto of the Royal Military College of Canada:
A) The Bank of Nova Scotia
B) The Bank of Montreal
C) Hudson`s Bay Company D) McGill University
A) Lt Cdr Alan Beddoe wrote that The Bank of Nova Scotia`s motto, `Strength, Integrity, Service`, reminds one of `Truth Duty Valour`, which is the motto of the Royal Military College of Canada.
The Hudson`s Bay Company motto is Pro Pelle Cutem (A pelt for a pelt). The Bank of Montreal motto is `Concordia Salus` (Prosperity through Harmony)`. The McGill University motto is Grandescunt Aucta Labore (Things grow great increased by toil). Source: Lt Cdr Alan Beddoe `Beddoe`s Canadian Heraldry`
Did You Know Researched by: E3161 Victoria Edwards
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Backing the fleet of F-35s
By 11330 Lt.-Gen. (Ret’d) Angus Watt, Ottawa Citizen April 19, 2011
Re: Canada’s F-35s: Engines not included, April 17.
I am a supporter of the government’s decision to purchase F-35s to replace our aging fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. The aircraft has encountered some developmental challenges and cost pressures need to be closely monitored, but it is far from the abject failure that many critics attempt to label it.
The aircraft will not be acquired without engines, as the Citizen’s article implied. It is simply a matter of contractual responsibility. Lockheed Martin makes planes, not engines. The engine for the F-35 will be supplied by Pratt & Whitney. The government will purchase the engines from Pratt & Whitney, just as will every F-35 customer, because that company will provide the guarantee and ongoing support for the engine. Thus for purposes of the contract with Lockheed Martin, the engines are “government furnished equipment.” However, the cost for the engines is built into the $9-billion overall acquisition budget. Thus “engines not included” may be technically correct from the narrow viewpoint of the contract with Lockheed Martin, but it is patently misleading from the viewpoint of the overall program.
I would also be cautious about comparing cost figures. The Canadian acquisition price of $75 million is for the aircraft only (and yes, it does include an engine). American cost figures tend to include other program elements like spare parts, weapons and infrastructure. This is obvious; 65 aircraft at $75 million each costs $4.9 billion total -much less than the acquisition budget. If you use the overall $9-billion acquisition budget, each Canadian F-35 would appear to cost $138 million because it incorporates all those other costs. This is much closer to the U.S. figures and those from the PBO, but the airplane has not suddenly become more expensive. It is simply a matter of which costs you directly attribute to the airplane. The key point is that the overall $9-billion acquisition budget is respected in both cases. Don’t be fooled by misleading comparisons that are not “apples to apples.”
Lt.-Gen. (Ret’d) Angus Watt, Ottawa Chief of the Air Staff (2007-2009)
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
Research and layout – OCdt Dan Fleming
Dan stumbled on to a box of old photos in a Panet House closet. Most of photos have no indication of the identification of the people; or the exact time-frame of when the photo(s) was taken.
We thought many of our readers would find some enjoyment on taking a quick glimpse.
RMC Football Team – 1967
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
WHO AM I?
A former Head of RMC’s History Department, Dean of Arts and Chairman of the War Studies programme;
He received his university education at WLU and Waterloo;
His doctorate from the University of Western Ontario;
He specializes in the history of Canadian defence policy, war and technology, warfare in the modern world, munitions procurement and policy, and strategic theory;
A former member of the editorial boards of the journals War and Society and Ontario History;
He is a past president of the Canadian Military History Group and a member of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies;
He provided valuable input to: Report of the RMC Board of Governors By the Withers’ Study Group;
His current status at RMCC: Emeritus Professor;
He is an Honouary member of the RMC Club of Canada – S124;
His hobbies are gardening, hunting and target shooting.
Who Am I?
a) Keith Neilson;
b) B.J.C. McKercher;
c) Ron Haycock;
d) J.M. Treddenick; or
e) Hal Klepak
Who Am I? (II)
Graduated from the Engineering program at the Royal Military College of Canada;
He also received a BASc in Engineering from University of British Columbia and a Masters in Engineering from RMCC;
Was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary;
He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer;
As part of his military training, he studied Marine Engineering Sub-Speciality at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth, U.K.;
He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1965;
He is a Mechanical Engineer who taught at the Royal Military College of Canada for 34 years;
From 1987 to 1988, he was an Exchange Lecturer in Guided Weapons propulsion at the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, U.K.
He is a member of the international advisory board of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS);
He is a member of The Tour Guides Group formed as a part of the Kingston Branch Heritage Committee.
Who Am I? (II)
a) 2864 Pierre Bussieres;
b) H2859 Jack Pike;
c) 9184 Bill Simms;
d) 7851 Mike Bardon; or
e) 3826 Don Coulter
Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011
H18424 RUDDY, Sir David Daniel NN, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D, K*CHS, KCLJ, FRSA, FRSAI, FSA.Scot, Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2011, at the age of 87 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved companion John Lucas, niece Mary Ann Ruddy and nephews Cornelius Ruddy and Robert (Joelle) Ruddy and their families and many friends around the world. Born in New York, New York, on June 14, 1923, to Cornelius Joseph and Mary Theresa (Foley) Ruddy. He attended Fordham University N.Y. and received his B.SC. in 1947 and his M.A. in 1949. He later attended St. Andrew’s University and received his Ph.D in 1952. Several teaching posts were held after receiving his Ph.D and from 1963-1988 he was a Professor of History and Political Science College militaire royal de St-Jean (CMR) until retirement in 1988. It was during his retirement that he moved to Victoria where he has resided since 1999. Notable accomplishments include 1st Pres., Organ. of Military Museums of Canada, Inc.; former Pres., Heraldry Soc. of Can., Pres., Nelson Delta Corp.; Armigerous by grant; Letters Patent of the Chief Herald of Ireland 27 May 1988; Registered in Public Register of Arms; Flags and Badges of Canada; recipient, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977; Award of Merit, Heraldry Society of Canada 1978; Canada 125 Medal 1993; 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Canada Council Award; Niadh Nask; Fellow, Royal Soc. of Antiquaries of Ireland, Knight Commander, Order of St. Lazarus; Chevalier, Ordo Constantini Magni; Contrib. Ed. Heraldic Mottoes of Canadian Universities and Colleges; Dictionary of Cdn Biography V (1801-20); mentioned in Debrett’s The Canadian Establishment; Capt./ Lt. 78th Fraser Highlanders; Gov., Montreal General Hospital, mem.; Ctte. of Museums Arch. and Hist.; Internat. Ctte. Museums, UNESCO; BD of Dirs., Quebec Council, St. John Ambulance 1987 97, Public Affairs Ctte. 1988 97; mem. Royal Cdn. Legion; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; N. Am Vexillological Assn.; Cdn. Flag Assn.; St. Patrick’s Soc. of Montreal; The Heraldry Soc. of Scotland, of Ireland and of Canada; Archaeological Inst. of Am; N.Y. Academy of Sciences; Cdn. Council of Christians and Jews; Hon. Mem., Black Watch Mess, Montreal; Life Mem., Sampson World War II Navy Veterans Assn.; St. Andrew’s Soc. of Montreal; David was beloved by all who knew him for his wit, humor, intelligence and charm. Throughout a long illness he was ever joyous, hopeful and brave. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross R.C. Church, 4049 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, BC. with Msgr Michael Lapierre JCL, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, BC.
RCNC179 Cdr. Keith Dunham Lewis, C.D.,R.C.N. Ret’d. born in Ottawa, Nov 14, 1926 died peacefully April 19 at the QEII in Halifax after a very brief illness.
Survived by his wife Barbie (Colwell) Lewis, daughters Dr. Joanna Zed (Robert) and Penny Taylor (Colin), Brother John Lewis (Virginia). He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Diana Wynward (Evans) Lewis in 1987. Grampy will be sorely missed by his energetic grandsons Graham and Evan Taylor, William, Geoffrey and Gregor Zed. His loyal Barron and his buddies in the barn and the field will miss their loyal companion.
Keith enjoyed a rewarding career of service in the Royal Canadian Navy. He attended Royal Rhodes Military College, Victoria, BC and Staff Military College, Toronto. His final command was H.M.C.S. Skeena. Upon retirement from the Navy, Keith became GM of the first Halifax hosted Canada Summer Games in 1969. Following this he became General Manager – Halifax Forum and Director of Operations, World Trade Centre Halifax. He was a founding member of Ski Wentworth and member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.
He was a supporter of Nova Scotia Horse Trials at Red Bank Farm for over 20 years. He was an avid fisherman, gardener, sailor, skier and hunter (although the family recalls few fruit from the latter efforts). He had a great love of the outdoors and his quiet and thoughtful perspective made people smile. His legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren’s love of outdoor pursuits and all things adventurous. He was happiest at his havens in Burnt Lake and Wentworth.
The family will receive friends and relatives for a celebration of Keith’s life, Saturday , April 23, 2011, at the home of Robert and Joanna Zed, 6151 Oakland Road, Halifax, from 3 to 6 pm.
RCNSE17 Commodore (Ret’d) Edward Newton Clarke 1932 RCNC