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NORAD Deputy Commander Statement on the Death of 18464 Col Brian Derry, M.S.M., C.D.

June 1, 2016 – Colorado Springs, Colo – North American Aerospace Defense Command / Canadian NORAD Region

Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, Deputy Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command issued the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart to announce that one of our Canadian leaders at NORAD has passed away after a brief illness on 30 May 2016.

“Colonel Brian Derry was the Deputy Command Centre Director at NORAD and U.S. Northern Command and has been instrumental in leading decisions and actions to homeland defence missions for both Canada and the United States. As a result of his exemplary service to the Canadian Armed Forces, he was recently selected to assume the duties as Commander of 1 Wing in Kingston, Ont. this summer.

“Brian served Canada well – he was a true officer, and gentleman. He was a caring and loving father and husband, always putting his family first. He was liked and respected by everyone he met. His passing has already been felt across the command and the Canadian Armed Forces.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family during this difficult time.‎ He will be forever missed by all who knew him.”

18464 Le Col Derry s’enrôle dans les Forces canadiennes en 1988 dans le cadre du Programme de formation des officiers de la Force régulière. Il étudie au Royal Roads Military College et obtient son diplôme universitaire du Collège militaire royal du Canada en 1992.

Après avoir obtenu son brevet de pilote en 1993, le Col Derry est affecté au 408e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptère à Edmonton, où il pilote des hélicoptères CH135 Twin Huey et CH146 Griffon. DE 1998 à 2001, il participe à un poste d’échange avec le 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment de l’Armée de terre américaine, à Fort Hood, au Texas. Il pilote l’hélicoptère d’attaque AH64A Apache, et occupe les fonctions de chef de peloton d’attaque de même qu’officier adjoint des opérations de l’unité.

Promu au grade de major en 2001, le Col Derry est affecté au 403e Escadron d’entraînement opérationnel d’hélicoptères au sein duquel il exerce les fonctions d’officier des opérations, commandant de l’Escadrille d’évaluation et d’essais – Aviation de l’Armée de terre et commandant de l’Escadrille d’entraînement opérationnel.

De 2004 à 2007, le Col Derry est affecté à des fonctions d’état-major à Ottawa, tout d’abord dans l’état-major de la Force aérienne, puis comme J3 Aviation pour le Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada.

Au terme du Programme de commandement et d’état-major, le Col Derry assume le commandement du 403e Escadron d’entraînement opérationnel d’hélicoptères à Gagetown, de 2008 à 2010, et a la chance de commander la dernière rotation de la Force d’hélicoptères du Canada en Afghanistan de mars à août 2011.

À sa promotion à son grade actuel en 2012, le Col Derry entre en fonction à titre d’officier de liaison du Commandement de la composante aérienne de la force interarmées à Ottawa. Il est sélectionné pour étudier au USAF Air War College en 2013, après quoi il est affecté à Colorado Springs, Colorado en tant que chef adjoint du Centre des opérations courantes NORAD-USNORTHCOM (N2C2).

Pendant sa carrière, le Col Derry a participé à des déploiements opérationnels à Haïti en 1995, en Bosnie en 1999 et en Afghanistan en 2006 et en 2011. Diplômé du Cours de commandement et d’état-major de la Force terrestre, du Programme de commandement et d’état-major et du USAF Air War College, il détient un baccalauréat en génie mécanique et une maîtrise en études de la défense du Collège militaire royal du Canada ainsi qu’une maîtrise en études stratégiques de la USAF Air University.


18464 Col Derry enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1988 under the Regular Officer Training Plan, attending Royal Roads Military College and graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1992.

Earning his wings in 1993, Col Derry was posted to 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, flying the CH135 Twin Huey and CH146 Griffon helicopters. From 1998 to 2001, he was posted on exchange duties with the United States Army’s 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Flying the AH64A Apache attack helicopter, he served as an Attack Platoon Leader as well as Deputy Operations Officer of the unit.

Promoted to Major in 2001, Col Derry was posted to 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron where he held the positions of Operations Officer, Officer Commanding Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight and Officer Commanding Operational Training Flight.

From 2004 to 2007, Col Derry was assigned to staff duties in Ottawa, first within the Air Staff and, subsequently, as the J3 Aviation for Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

Upon completion of the Joint Command and Staff Program, Col Derry assumed command of 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown from 2008-2010 and was fortunate to subsequently command the final rotation of the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan from March to August 2011.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 2012, Col Derry assumed the duties of Joint Force Air Component Command Liaison Officer in Ottawa. He was selected to attend the USAF Air War College in 2013, after which he was posted to Colorado Springs, Colorado as the Deputy Chief NORAD-USNORTHCOM Current Operations Center (N2C2).

During his career, Col Derry has participated in operational deployments to Haiti in 1995, Bosnia in 1999 and Afghanistan in 2006 and 2011. A graduate of the Land Force Command and Staff Course, the Joint Command and Staff Program and the USAF Air War College; he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as a Master’s in Strategic Studies from USAF Air University.

NOTE: There will be a celebration of Life for Brian Derry – at the Vimy Officers Mess, Kingston, 1400 hrs, June 10th.

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4441 John Logie – (Class of 1959)

LOGIE, John W. – Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Bethell Hospice, Inglewood, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, John W. Logie, formerly of Deep River, in his 80th year, beloved husband of the late Margaret Ann Logie. Cherished father of Debbie and her husband John Wilkinson, Lynn and her husband Laurence Lafrance, John David and his wife Susan. Adored grandfather of Matthew and Nicole, Ian and Kirsten, Grace and Troy, Margot and Constantine, Andrew, David, and Ronan. Will be missed by his golfing and curling friends especially Mike Watson. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 80 Glendale Avenue, Deep River on Saturday, June 11 at 11 o’clock.

Arrangements by Egan Funeral Home, Bolton (905-857-2213). If desired, memorial donations may be made to Bethell Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 75, Inglewood L7C 3L6. Condolences for the family may be offered at – See more


3109 Robert Bigelow (Class of ’53)

BIGELOW, Robert Swain

Peacefully, on April 26, 2016, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Jessie (nee Dawson Reichert), devoted father of Tom, Bill and Ron and cherished brother of Kay Gibbons. Predeceased by first wife Myrtle (nee Hantke) and sister Eleanor Shapiro. Dear stepfather of Barbara Williams (Scott) and George Reichert (Wendy). Bob was a loving uncle, step-grandfather, cousin, mentor and friend. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and warm smile. Proud graduate of Royal Roads and RMC (1953) and dedicated teacher. A Funeral Service will take place at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek, on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Bob Kemp Hospice are appreciated. Online condolences may be made at


Leonard N.J. Bjola (July 06, 1932 – May 04, 2016) – Former RRMC – PERI staff late 1960s.

The wreck of the Hesperus has sailed his last voyage at 83 years. In the past 10 years, Len, the toughest man we know, broke countless ribs, ripped his bicep, snapped his femur (the snow) replaced both knees (arthritis) broke his arm, broke his wrist, broke his neck (we called him bobble head), Staph infection in his spine (bad luck), dislocated his shoulder, replaced his hip (arthritis), Staph in his leg (Bad luck again), separated his shoulder again, and suffered organ failure. The final straw was a double break of his femur.

His standard response: “I feel like the Wreck of the Hesperus”.

Unable to rally after the last surgery, Len passed peacefully to the bottom of the sea. He was the toughest, meanest, most stubborn, nicest, hardest working, most dedicated man around. Dedicated to his family, often working 3 jobs to make ends meet, always there to help, support, scorn, scold, push, pull, drag, encourage, and scare the crap out of most, but a teddy bear to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His motto’s in life – “if a jobs worth doing, it’s worth doing well”.

“Why hire a machine when you can do it by hand”.

“Those that think they know it all, really annoy those of us that do”.

His life was simple – work hard: and his life was well rounded.

– 60 years a dedicated father, proudest moment(s): Being a provider.

– Driving at the age of 13, when he applied for his driver’s test he showed up driving a 5 ton grain truck: lots of stories about life on the farm.

– Active service in the Korean war as a ships gunner (no stories – ever).

– 27 years in the Navy as a Physical Education Instructor (Drill sergeant): proudest moment – as a leader in the 1967 Gun Run Tattoo and many stories – most notable, his trainees (victims) of 40 years ago still call to say hi.

– 17 years operating the Sooke Arena, proudest moments – a staff of 4 doing the work of 15, and his world famous hand built beautiful wood bleachers.

– 10 year volunteer at Metchosin Golf Club – proudest moment – his team of volunteers.

– Len lived for his family, his bride Anita of 63 years, his predeceased daughter Laurie (Chris, Alexandria, Andrew, Amanda, Ava), his son Les (Diane, Kelsey, Chris), his daughter Jodie (Mike) and his daughter Sandy (Jeff, Jena, Jonathon) and the many brothers, sisters and family back east.

He was an amazing individual, excelling in sports, never afraid to tackle any project – (the plan is in my head, why can’t you follow it?) and always ready to step up. Quick with a retaliatory prank and one who never suffered fools gladly, Len will have the ocean ship shape in no time.

Raise your glass and salute a Proud Navy Veteran.

Heartfelt thanks to all the staff at VGH for the wonderful care during Dad’s many visits. Len will spend the rest of time at God’s Acre Cemetery at Gorge Vale.