Deaths

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Deaths

4231 MGen. Richard (Dick) Leech (06/07/1936 – 02/19/2018)

Dick Leech

4231 MGen. Richard (Dick) Leech (retired) passed peacefully at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Survived by beloved wife and soulmate of 59 years Barbara (née Cunningham), daughter Wendy (Sean) Rathwell, son Colin (Mary Jane Kelleher) of Ottawa; grandsons Kevin (Natalie), Graham (Melissa Leduc), and Ian Rathwell; sister Gail Hirschi; and extended family and friends from coast to coast.

Dick served over 40 years in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch, holding numerous senior positions. He served on three UN peacekeeping missions, with NATO, and in Washington DC in addition to numerous postings across Canada. He graduated from Collège Militaire Royal, Canadian Army Staff College, National Defence College, Carleton University, and George Washington University. Dick was an active and competitive athlete all his life.

Celebration of life to be held at a time and place to be advised. Donations in memory of Richard may be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute or a charity of your choice.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2018

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5130 PAUL ZDZISLAW TARNOWSKI – Entered CMR 1956

Passed away unexpectedly in Calgary, January 25, 2018, at 81. Paul will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Yolande; his cherished children and grandchildren, son, John Anthony Amor and spouse, Judy, (Maran); daughter, Julia Anne Marie; grandchildren, Ashley Emma, and Andrew John; his sister, Maryna (Kryzan) and family in Calgary; his brother, John Arthur; family in Poland; plus a multitude of friends and family in Canada and abroad.
Born January 20, 1937, in Dzikow, Poland, of a noble family of Counts; a CMR Cadet #5130, excelled in fencing, tennis, and soccer; a Knight of Malta, Honour and Devotion,1965; Retiree, Ottawa Civil Service, 1992; devoted 20 years in retirement initiating the Tarnowski Family Assn., reuniting Family members from Australia, Africa, Brazil, Europe, Canada, and USA; helped publish a family memoir ‘The Future Will Tell;’ amidst extensive world travel.
A memorial service followed by a reception is being held Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 12 p.m., at the N.D. Cathedral, on Sussex Dr., Ottawa. All are welcome.

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Joseph Raymond Perron of Halifax, Nova Scotia | 1928 – 2018

Former member of the CMR Department of Athletics – late 1960s

Joe Perron, 89, of Hammonds Plains, passed away at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital in Halifax on Monday, February 26 2018.  Joseph was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, March 11 1928 to the late Emma (Bernier) and Fernand Perron.

He is survived by Dorothy (Green),  his wife of 62 years; daughters Denise Perron-Green, Grand Manan, Lisa (Rick) Ramsay, Upper Tantallon, daughter-in-law Rhonda Perron, Kensington, PE; grandchildren Nathan Perron, Patrick (Ashley) Green, Sadie Perron, Diana Green, Joey Ramsay and Julie Ramsay.  Joe was predeceased by son Michael Perron, Kensington, PE, grandson Wilbur Jr.; his sister Fernande LeBlanc and brother Marcel Perron.

In Joe’s youth he was a gifted athlete, competing in high diving, semi-pro baseball and hockey, football, and gymnastics.   He became an excellent golfer representing PEI on the senior golf team for several years.  He served as a Physical Training Instructor & PERI in the Royal Canadian Navy for 23 years, coaching football, handball, water polo, hockey and gymnastics to young military recruits.  After leaving the military, Joe worked as the Summerside Golf Club’s Grounds Superintendent.  After retiring, Joe became an avid artist creating paintings, woodcarvings and pencil sketches while continuing his passion for the game of golf.

For 65 years Dot and Joe were in love.  They golfed together, entertained often, traveled; they did everything together.  Dot credits Joe’s love and support throughout the years for making her the woman she is today.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of 3West Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital for their dedication to dad’s care over the past nine months.

A service for the family will be held on Friday, March 2nd at T.K. Barnard Funeral Home with a public reception with refreshments at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Calais Branch 162, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Lower Sackville.  Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.

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One Comment

  • Bas Wheeler

    March 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Sad to hear of Joe Perron’s passing. He was an assistant hockey coach when I was at CMR and I still remember some of the lessons he taught me.