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Dr. Martin Edwards – Dr. Edwards passed away 16 Feb 12 from complications due to his illness. Few details are known at the moment, but he was birding in Brazil at the time with his family. Dr. Edwards spent more than 41 years in RMC’s Physics Department, as professor, Acting Department Head, Department Head, and following his retirement in 1995, Professor Emeritus. He was a noted birdwatched who has “birded” in over 100 countries. As his hearing and eyesight steadily declined, he still kept trying to see new species and especially new genera. After all, there were nearly 2000 species that he hadn’t seen yet! Of note, Dr. Edwards was 5th on the World Bird Species Life List (link below), with 8450 species. Dr. Edwards will be greatly missed.

Kingston Whig Obit



25834 OCdt Mathieu Robert LeClair – OCdt LeClair passed away unexpectedly on 28 Feb 2012. The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known as an investigation is still on going. LeClair was a popular cadet in 4 Sqn, beloved by his friends and peers, always willing to help, with a ready smile and a love for life. He will be sorely missed.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Joachim’s Church, 603 Loch Lomond Road, Saint John on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 12 Noon. Interment will take place in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Upper Golden Grove, NB. For those who wish, donations to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Simonds Squadron #527 or P.R.O. Kids would be appreciated by the family.

A RMC contingent led by BGen Eric Tremblay, Royal Military College of Canada,  commandant left the college this past saturday for visitation and to attend the funeral in Saint John. Accompanying the commandant were 13 other members of his command team and 60 officer cadets.



Professor (Ret’d) Camille La Bossière passed away at the age of 64, on October 28, 2011 in Renfrew, ON. Camille La Bossière served a tenure of nine years as teacher of Canadian, British, American and European literature and the history of ideas in the Department of English and Philosophy at the Royal Roads Military College,1970-79. After serving as professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa for twenty years, including as department chair during the 1990s, he took early retirement in 2003. His publications, which include five books and nine editions include: Back to Sources: Essays Métis from the Outaouais (2002) and Outridings: Ventures Métis into Letters Québécoises (2003).


One Comment

  • #12570 Mike Kennedy

    March 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I was sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. Martin Edwards, and extend my sincere concolences to his friends and family, his colleagues in the RMC Physics Department, and everyone in the RMC community who knew him over the years.

    I remember Dr. Edwards very well from my cadet days in the mid-1970’s, he was one of the professors who taught the first year physics course. He was a real gentleman and one of those professors whose kindness and consideration helped to make the ordeals of first year a bit more bearable for us.

    In thinking about Dr. Edwards, one humourous anecdote comes to mind which I should share with readers of e-Veritas.

    Back in the mid-70’s, the Physics Department employed a secretary who was quite an attractive young lady. I don’t recall whether any of us ever actually knew her name, but certainly, her good looks did not escape our attention.

    One day, in about mid-November, Dr. Edwards was teaching a class in the large classroom in the Currie Building. As readers will recall, this classroom had doors located on either side of the room, immiediately adjacent to the blackboard. On that particular day, the door to the left was open.

    As Dr. Edwards was delivering his lecture, the secretary who was the object of our collective desires happened to walk through the hallway, and past the open door in view of the class. Naturally, this did not go unnoticed, and her appearance attracted quite a few comments. Sensing a moment of apparent opportunity Dr. Edwards, who was writing on the blackboard, immediately put down his chalk and dashed to the other door, which had been closed. He opened it just in time for us to catch a fleeting glimpse of the gorgeous young lady who continued down the hallway.

    It was just one of those humourous moments that was quickly forgotten at the time, but remains a fond memory of our cadet days many years later.

    Dr. Edwards was someone who was a pleasure to have known, and during his many years of service to RMC he made numerous important contributions to the College. I am sure he will be remembered with great affection by many of the Ex-Cadets who passed through his classes over the years.

    I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Dr. Edwards’ family in this difficult time. His dedication to the College and his concern for the cadets who were his students will never be forgotten.