H 17417 Col The Hon J.R. Matheson, KStJ, CD died on 27 December in the ICU of the Kingston General Hospital after a brief illness. – 1917-2013
The Honourable John Ross Matheson of Kingston ON; formerly of Gananoque, Rideau Ferry, Ottawa, Brockville, Barrie, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Quebec City. He was the oldest child of Gertrude (McQuaig) and Rev. Alexander Dawson Matheson.
John was born in Arundel and raised in Quebec City. He attended Queen’s University, graduating in 1940 with a B.A. Honours in Economics. He served in World War II with the First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. As a Forward Observation Officer, he was wounded near Ortona, Italy in 1943. He convalesced at the Veterans Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, where he met Edith Bickley. They married in 1945, after which John studied Law at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1948. He later earned degrees from Mount Allison University (Master of Arts), and the University of Western Ontario (Master of Laws). John was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1967. He also received Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston.
John’s loyalty and service to his alma mater, Queen’s University, were exemplified by his Chairmanship of the Board of Management of Queen’s Theological College, tenure as a University Councillor, founding membership in the Cha Gheill Society, and two decades on the Board of Trustees.
In 1948 John and Edith settled in Brockville, where he was a founding member of the firm Matheson, Henderson and Hart. John was elected Federal Member of Parliament for Leeds in a 1961 by-election. He was re-elected in 1962, 1963, and 1965 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Pearson. In 1968, he returned to the practice of law and was appointed Judge for the Judicial District of Ottawa-Carleton. In 1979 he moved to the County Court of Lanark, Perth Ontario. In 1985 he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of Ontario and served on the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) from 1990 to 1992.
During his political career, John was a leading member of the parliamentary committee which successfully shepherded the adoption of the Canadian (Maple Leaf) flag by parliament in 1965. Years later, his masters thesis was published under the title “Canada’s Flag: A Search for a Country”. He also provided the concept and the background research that led to the design of the Order of Canada in 1967.
A devoted Mason, he was a member of numerous lodges in Ontario and Quebec and cherished the practice of Freemasonry. Heraldry was another of John’s passionate pursuits. He was a driving force in the foundation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Proud of his military associations, he held honorary militia appointments of LCol and then Col with the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery from 1972 to 1982.
John was named Brockville Citizen of the Year in 1967. In 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. He was a Knight of Justice in the Venerable Order of Saint John and a Knight Commander of Merit in the Order of Lazarus. He received the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal, and the Canadian Forces Decoration.
John was adored and will be dearly missed by loving wife Edith (Bickley) and sisters Dorothy Parnell of London ON, Catherine Carty of Montreal QC, and Margaret Slemon of Toronto ON; children Duncan and his wife Madeline (Coté), Wendy and her husband Michael Simpson, Jill and her husband David Van Every, Donald and his wife Kathryn (McWhinnie), Roderick and his wife Janet (Biewald), Murdoch and his wife Mary Jane (Cook); eighteen grandchildren, and one great grandson.
The Matheson family wishes to thank the staff of St Lawrence Place Residence, Fairmount Home and the Kidd 2 ICU at Kingston General Hospital for the loving care provided to John and his family for the past fifteen years.
John was lifelong member of the United Church of Canada, most recently Chalmers United, in Kingston, where a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in the Spring of 2014 – notice to follow.
Colonel (Retired) 3912 George Lake Logan (former commandant RRMC – 1979-83)
November 23, 1934 – December 23, 2013
As a result of rapidly progressing acute myeloid leukemia complicated by pneumonia, George died last Monday evening, December 23, with family at his side while receiving palliative care at the Ottawa General Hospital. He will be hugely missed by Maureen, his wife of 56 years, his 3 children, Susan, Bill and David (Suzanne) as well as his six grandchildren, Eleanor, Joel, Andrew, Brendin, Hannah and Kayla, and his first great grandson, Matteo. His sister Bev, brothers Dick and Steve will also mourn his death as will sister-in-law Pat, and brothers- in-law Bill (Brenda), John and Gary (Louise). A graduate of Royal Military College and Royal Roads Military College, George served over 35 years with the Canadian Army and was very proud of being a member of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and remained active in the Regimental association until his death. Besides doing just about anything and everything he could to help his family, along with other charitable activities, he volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and with the Canadian War Museum. Cremation has taken place. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date, details to follow. A donation to The Black Watch of Canada Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. – See more
E4613 NEADOW, Arthur Joseph R.H – (L/Col retired) – 1932 – 2013 Born 2nd February 1932 and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Arthur passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on 25th December 2013. Arthur was the son of the late Arthur Neadow and Nora (nee Bell) Neadow. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Margaret (nee Wilson) Neadow, two sons, Chris and Jamie, one daughter Jo-Anne, and predeceased by his son Mark. He is also survived by four sisters, and predeceased by one brother. Arthur has several grand children, great grand children, and several nieces and nephews. Arthur lived a long and fulfilled life as a professional soldier who served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) for over thirty years. Upon retirement from the military, Arthur earned his license as a Stock broker employed with Wood Gundy, retiring from his investment career in the mid 90’s. He graduated with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (First Class Distinction) degree from Royal Military College at the age of 77 and for his exemplary work as a Rotarian he was named Rotarian of the Year 2002-03 receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2004. For many years, Arthur and wife Jean were avid Scottish Dancers; he enjoyed reading, mathematics, and music. The family will receive friends during a Celebration of Arthur’s Life at the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME RECEPTION CENTRE , 1900 John Counter Boulevard, on Saturday – 4th January 2014, between the hours of 3:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. Words of Remembrance will commence at 4:00 p.m. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
2583 LANE, Captain Robert L. CD, RCN retired, B.Sc (Mil), P.Eng.
At home in Ottawa, Dec.27, 2013 in his ninety- fourth year. Bob, beloved husband of Lucille Brough, father of John (Dianne Slimmon), late Wendy (Norman McDougall) and late Peter (Letizia Amadini; first wife, Marcia George) and grandfather of Kate (Stuart) and Ann of Toronto, Dylan (Nunich) of San Francisco, Max of Ottawa and Gabriel of Philadelphia.
Bob joined the Navy in 1939 from the Royal Military College, attended the Royal Naval College and Royal Naval Engineering College in England where he was awarded a King’s Commendation for Bravery as a volunteer dispatch rider during nighttime air raids on Plymouth, 1941.
He served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Korean waters. He loved the seas and ships. His service afloat included times in cruisers, HMS Glasgow, HMCS Uganda, and Ontario and destroyers HMCS Saguenay and Cayuga. He served in many technical and personnel positions ashore including SACLANT and attended the National Defence College. After retirement, one of his proudest achievements was helping to bring about the present transportation system for the disabled in Ottawa. He was also a management consultant at Agriculture Canada. He was a keen lover of animals, birds, insects and fungi.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Beechwood, Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa after 10:15 a.m. on Friday January 3, 2014 until time of Memorial Service in the Sacred Space at 11 a.m. followed by interment at the National Military Cemetery. There will be a reception at 12:15 p.m. after interment.
Bob attributed his lasting health in part to the kind professional care he received at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, 40, Ruskin St., Local H2408 Ottawa, ON. K1Y 4W7 would be appreciated.
22729 WEBSTER, Lieut. Andrew F., RCN
1980 – 2014. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Andrew Webster, on January 2nd in the Seychelles while serving on deployment in HMCS Toronto. Andrew was born in Halifax and grew up in Ottawa, Norfolk, Va., and Dartmouth. He was a graduate of Dartmouth High School and Royal Military College, Kingston. During his decade of service after graduation in 2004 from RMC, Andrew held a number of increasing positions of responsibility at sea and ashore, and participated in two major operational deployments to the Persian Gulf. In 2012, he was awarded the Oland Shield as the top Operations Room Officer course graduate, a significant achievement for a young naval officer. Andrew was an amazing and inspirational individual who embraced life with an infectious smile and a can-do attitude. His dedication to his country and love for his wife, family, friends and the Navy were touchstones for this wonderful husband, son, brother and Naval Officer. When home from sea he especially enjoyed being with Anna, his family and friends at the family cottage in Lunenburg County, sharing stories and laughs around the campfire or swimming raft. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Dr. Anna Christine Arsenault, ND; his parents, Heather (MacLean) and Captain Phillip Webster OMM RCN (ret’d); his older brother, Matthew; younger sister, Lindsay; brother-inlaw, Mitchell Grant; his grandmother, Katherine MacLean; and his many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends around the world. We all loved Andrew so much and were so proud of him. Andrew touched many lives in his 33 years of life. He will be missed by all who were honored to know and love him. Visitation will take place 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 10, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Funeral Service will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in Woodlawn United Church, Rev. Roland Murray officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. As a teenager Andrew spent some time in the Isaac Walton Hospital for Children in Halifax. It would be appreciated that any remembrance gifts be made to IWK Health Centre in Andrew’s name. A memorial fund is also being set up to establish a scholarship in memory of Andrew. Donations can be made ‘In Trust for Andrew Franklyn Webster’ at any TD Branch or submitted online at:
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May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again.
May God hold you in the hollow of His Hand.
2738 Allan John Cameron (Entered RMC 1940)
Formerly of Sudbury, Ontario; Hudson, Quebec; and Fall River, Nova Scotia, died peacefully in his 92nd year, surrounded by family, on December 28, 2013. Predeceased by his parents, Eva and Donald, first wife, Margaret, and brother, Alastair, Al will be missed by his loving wife Mary, sisters Barbara of Calgary, and Sheila (Brian) of Ottawa, his children Sue (Russ), Anne (Syl), Allan (Maxine), Cathy, Colin (Peter), stepdaughter Susan, and dog Nelson. He will also be missed by grandchildren Syl, Amy, Gillian, Jennifer, Kaley, Taryn, Justin, Jason and great-grandchildren Luca, Alessandro, Syl, Mathilda and Myles. Graduate of the Royal Military College (B.Sc. Military Studies) and the University of Toronto (B. Com), Al served overseas as a Captain with the Royal Canadian Engineers during World War II. Known for his talents at the bargaining table, Al spent his career in the field of human resources in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax – retiring as the Director of Staff Relations at Dalhousie University. His loyal friendship, wisdom, sense of humour and fun, love of family, music, animals, the great outdoors and all things Scottish were appreciated by all who knew him. The family sincerely thanks the staff at Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre for their compassionate care over the past several years. Donations to the Salvation Army or Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation in Al’s memory would be gratefully appreciated. A private family service will be held on January, 11th, 2014.