Feature photo by: Liam Norris
3087 Ronald ROE – Class of 1953
ROE, Ron At the Perley-Rideau Veterans Health Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, November 25, 2017, Ron Roe of Carleton Place, age 87. Beloved husband of Betty Roe (nee Ratcliffe) of Morrisburg. Loving father of Mark Roe (Monica) of Montreal, David Roe (Jane) of Tucson, Arizona and Mary Casselman (Robert) of Morrisburg. Ron will be fondly remembered by grandchildren B.J., Nora, Lorie, step-grandchildren Dale, Matthew and Geoffrey and numerous great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Asa and Alice Roe (nee Armstrong) and his brother John Roe. Also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or funeral service. Donations to the Perley-Rideau Veterans Health Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.
3505 Pat Barnhouse remembers Ron Roe:
“On arrival at the Kingston railway station (the old one!) 12 September 1952, myself and the other arriving recruits were met by one CFL RVA Roe, all resplendent in blue patrol dress. He gathered up our baggage claim chits and herded us onto a bus to the college. Since he was Signals, I presume he went right from graduation to Korea and returned a year later to complete his electrical engineering degree.
I know later he had an exchange position with the US Army at Fort Huacheca (Spelling?) On leaving the army, he worked in the electronics industry for a while and then took an engineering position in NDHQ. Among others he worked for me and later for Marc Garneau.
On retirement he spent at least one term as a Councillor/Alderman in Carleton Place, following the footsteps of his father who had been mayor during WWII. In fact, during the war, Ron’s mother christened HMCS Carlplace on launching.”
3940 Thomas Drummond (Class of 1957)
On November 24, 2017, Thomas George Drummond finally “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” and ended his long struggle with cancer. Born on June 21, 1935, Tom grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and studied as a cadet at both Royal Roads in Victoria, B.C. and RMC in Kingston, Ontario.
He was a graduate of both UBC and MIT, and he served in the Canadian Navy for 16 years, eventually obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His career was broad and distinguished, and began with a posting after RMC to the experimental lab on the Avro Arrow project. With a specialty as a naval architect, he also participated in the design of the DH-280 warship program and he was design overseer of the Bra D’Or hydrofoil project, FHE-400, the world’s fastest warship of its day. In his civilian career, Tom was employed at DREA in Dartmouth, N.S. in the role of defense scientist, eventually becoming a lab section head in hydronautics. Tom’s job included a posting as Counsellor for Defense Research at the Canadian High Commission in London, England, and was followed by his appointment to DND headquarters as the Director of International Research and Development.
Tom was posted internationally a second time to Washington, D.C. as Counsellor of Defense Research and Development. His final and most difficult assignment during his working life was overseeing the closure of the defense research lab in Victoria, DREP.
Predeceased by his wife Terry and his daughter Susan, Tom’s wit, sense of humour, and passion for creating beautiful
woodworking projects will be sorely missed by his remaining three daughters Kathy (Ian), Lois, and Lisa (John) as well as his four grandchildren. Memories about Tom can be shared at 6334 Lansdowne Place, Duncan B.C. from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 20, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.