Deaths (6)


3884 Ron Binnie – Entered Royal Roads – 1954 –  RMC 1958

RONALD S. BINNIE With profound sadness, the family of Ron Binnie announces his passing at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Nancy (Gammon) Binnie. Cherished father of Troy Binnie, Melanie Binnie and Doug Binnie and father-in-law of Jennifer Legge. Beloved papa to Mitchell, Beau, Quinn, Tyler and Kayley and great-papa to Jordan and Avery. He will be remembered as a true gentleman with a love of life, especially his time spent with Nancy on their cruises in Port Rowan and in Cocoa Beach. He had fierce determination, learned from his time serving the Navy, a trait he passed on and is evident when watching his sons and grandsons play hockey, his moments of greatest pride. In accordance with his wishes, a private service has taken place with family only in attendance.

Published in the Toronto Star on May 15, 2016


4035 Owen Hodgkins: Entered CMR – 1953 – RMC 1958

Owen Melville Hodgkins, loving husband, devoted father passed away peacefully on the morning of June 23, 2016 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Owen was cared for at home by his wife and the dedicated staff of Vitas Hospice.

He was born on September 3, 1934 in Calgary, Alberta Canada. He was the second of three children born to Melville and Mary Hodgkins. Owen graduated from Royal Military College of Canada with a commission in the Royal Canadian Air Force, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University Of Toronto. After leaving the service, Owen enjoyed a long and rewarding career in engineering and construction. While constructing the Texas Canada Highway near Gander Newfound-land, where he met his beloved wife of 51 + years, then a stewardess for Capitol Airlines. They were married On February 6, 1965 in Tarrytown, New York. After several job related moves, the family arrived in Texas in 1978, where Owen was employed by Brown & Root. They made their home in the Conroe area and have lived in April Sound since 1989.

Mr. Hodgkins was preceded in death by (his father, Melville, Mother, Mary & brother Allan Hodgkins.) Survivors include his beloved wife Linda, daughter Heather of San Jose, Calif, and two sons, Cameron of Magnolia, Tx. & Ryan & Wife Jennifer of Tulsa, Ok, granddaughter Chloe and 3 step grandchildren, Caleb, Arianna & Isabella, sister Olive of Brighton, Ontario, and sister-in-law Nancy Yovino and her children Sandy & Tracy Lee.

Owen was a life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta, The Royal Military College of Canada and a member at large of the Airforce Association of Canada in his retirement. Owen enjoyed golf, friends, travel, staying in touch with school & service buddies and spending time with family.


4189 Walter Slipchenko – Entered Royal Roads 1954 – RMC – 1958

Walter Slipchenko passed away suddenly (12 July 2016) of arrhythmia in his home at the age of 82. He was pre-deceased by his father Ivan (1903 to 1972), his mother Anna (1907 to 1968) and his wife Olga Slipchenko (nee Sheremeta 1935-2011). He is survived by his son Andrew and several cousins.

Walter was born in Winnipeg in 1934 and grew up in that city.

He attended the Canadian Military College at Royal Roads, Victoria, BC, and the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, ON, becoming an officer in the Royal Canadian Engineers.

Upon leaving the military, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Arts in 1966 before joining the federal public service in Ottawa.

Walter had a distinguished career in the public service focused on Aboriginal Affairs and Canada’s circumpolar relations. He was instrumental in developing Canada’s cooperation initiatives with other Circumpolar States, and nurturing agreements with Russia on the Arctic, for which he was publicly recognized. He will be remembered by Aboriginal Peoples throughout the circumpolar world for his unwavering support, and by colleagues who benefited from his guidance and leadership.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any research dealing with Neuropathy will be greatly acknowledged by the family.


4913 Edward Murray Hare (RMC Class of 1960)

Edward Murray Hare born November 10 1936 died July 11 2016 beloved husband of Patricia.

After a long valiant struggle, he died with his wife by his side. Pre deceased by his first wife Ada Warren Hare. Survived by his wife Patricia, his 3 children Lauren Hare Tarrant (Dean), Janice Hare Naugler (Mike) and John Hare (Mi Sook) and 2 step children Erica Jones (Karel) and Jill Jones (Oliver), 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, his sister Jean Hare Clelland and his cousin Robert Murray.

After an early retirement from the Military Engineering branch of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987, Ed continued into his second career as a business consultant for Department of National Defense where he stayed until the summer of 2004.

In the fall of 1960 after graduation from RMC, Ed married Ada Warren Hare and had 3 children Lauren, Janice and John. Tragically early in 1995 Ada passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer.

Patricia and Ada were long time friends, nursing classmates and brides maids at each others weddings. While talking and reconnecting after many years of friendship, Ed married Patricia Linton in the fall of 1999 . After his retirement in 2004, Ed and Pat sold their home in Kingston Ontario and moved to Vancouver BC.

A Celebration of Life for Ed will take place at Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver from 1 to 2pm on Sunday July 24.  Contact Bruce Morris for further details – [email protected].


5308 Wittig, William ‘Bill’ Frederick – – Entered Royal Roads 1957

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of William ‘Bill’ Wittig of Burlington, Ontario. He passed away peacefully in Niagara Falls while on retreat on July 8, 2016, at the age of 77. Bill was born in Kincardine, Ontario. Predeceased by first wife, Margaret (2002) and brother Bob. Bill found love again with his wife, Elaina of 12 years. Loving father of Rebecca ‘Becky’ Bonds and Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Wittig. Proud grandfather of Emily and Christopher Bonds. Brother to Pat Stewart and Joan Gadsby.
Bill attended Royal Roads Military Academy in Victoria where he soon realized his strength was for giving orders rather than taking them! He then returned home to look after his aging parents. Bill’s career in the steel industry began at Atlas Steels in Welland, where his talent, hard work and creativity were quickly realized. At the same time he and Margaret started to raise their two daughters. He was active in the community and was involved as a T-Ball coach, the Liberal Party and the Annual Bath Tub races on the Welland Canal.

Opportunity struck when Philip Brothers invited him to be a part of their commodities trading business based in Montreal, Toronto and New York. His work took him all over the world. He was the first Canadian businessman to forge ties with Cuba and paved the way for Canadian companies such as Sherritt Mining to expand business into Cuba. His travels send him to South America, Africa, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Russia. In Russia he had no problem holding his own in very tough negotiations with his Russian counterparts. His colleagues meant a lot to him and many strong friendships evolved over time and developed into deep personal relationships that remain well into his retirement.

Kincardine, was a big part of his family life and he returned often in the summers and eventually bought a cottage at Inverhuron with his first wife, Margaret. Bill was an avid travel enthusiast and enjoyed many travels throughout the world. After meeting Elaina, he quickly fell in love with her family in Washington State and it soon became like a second family home.
Bill met life with an open heart and generous, enthusiastic spirit. Along with being a tough negotiator, he had a sweet and sensitive spirit. We will miss his very big presence in our lives.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin Street, Burlington on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. For those who wish, donations in memory of Bill to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation http:/ / Heart & Stroke Foundation or would be sincerely appreciated by the family.


12610 Wade Rose (Class of 1980)

ROSE, Wade Raymond B. Eng, P. Eng, MSc, MBA, PhD, CD, LCol (ret) – March 6, 1957 to July 14, 2016

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, and father-in-law Wade Rose. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shirley, his daughters, Sara (Cameron) and Amy (Matthew), as well as sisters, Velma, Evelyn, Iris (Bill), Carol (Don), Fay (Dave), and Cheryl (Frank), brothers, Fred (Ursula), Tom (Janet), and sister-in-law, Linda. Also, numerous cherished nieces and nephews. Wade was predeceased by his father, Fred, his mother, Doris, and his brothers, Clyde and Gerry. Flowers are gratefully declined, but if you wish, please make a donation in Wade’s name to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. A private ceremony will take place with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.