Deaths | Décès

Deaths | Décès

6091 Roger Simard, Colonel Retired – December 15, 1942 –  June 4, 2016

After a brief illness Roger passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa on June 4, 2016 at the age of 73. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Jacqueline, whom he adored. They were married for 52 years and were rarely apart.

Loving father of Marie-France and Claudine (Yvon Audette). He was so proud of both of his children and he loved sharing their successes with his family and friends.

Survived by his brothers Marcel, Yvan and Patrice and sister Suzanne. Roger loved his family and friends deeply and he enjoyed so many wonderful times with them stretching from Coaticook all the way to Florida.

Roger was a doting and loving grandfather to Anne and Max. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved hearing their stories, spending special time with each one of them and they loved spending time with him, too. He offered guidance and advice, strength and laughter and most of all love, to each one of them on every occasion they were together.

Roger was many things. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was a kind and generous friend. He was incredibly loyal and honest. He was joyful and charismatic. He was a hero and mentor to many. He was an amazing host and he was, by far, a man of strong character.

He traveled the world, leaving a positive impact everywhere he went.

Roger was happiest when surrounded by people he loved, whether marking an event or just ringing in happy hour in Florida. With this in mind, his family and friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering located at Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa from 1-4pm Monday June 13th.

In appreciation and gratitude for the extraordinary care and support Roger and his family received from the staff at Montfort Hospital, in lieu of flowers memorial donations in his memory can be made to The Montfort Foundation.
Avis de décès:

Suite à une brève maladie, Roger est décédé paisiblement, entouré de sa famille, à l’Hôpital Montfort d’Ottawa, le samedi 4 Juin 2016, à l’âge de 73 ans. Il est survécu par Jacqueline, son épouse et meilleure amie qu’il adorait. Ils ont été mariés pendant 52 ans et étaient rarement séparés.

Roger est le père aimant de Marie-France et Claudine (Yvon Audette). Il était tellement fier de ses deux filles et il aimait partager leurs succès avec sa famille et ses amis.

Il laisse dans le deuil ses frères Marcel, Yvan et Patrice et sa soeur Suzanne. Roger aimait sa famille et ses amis profondément et partageait de merveilleux moments avec eux, de Coaticook jusqu’en Floride.

Roger était un grand-père tendre et aimant pour Anne et Max. Ses petits-enfants étaient sa fierté et sa joie. Il aimait entendre leurs histoires, vivre des moments privilégiés avec chacun d’entre eux. Ils ont eux aussi adoré passer du temps avec lui. Il les a guidés; il leur a offert des conseils, la force et le rire et surtout l’amour, à chacun d’entre eux, à chaque occasion où ils se retrouvaient ensemble.

On reconnaît Roger à ses multiples qualités et talents. Il s’est montré dévoué comme mari, comme père et grand-père. Il a connu une brillante carrière dans les Forces armées canadiennes. Il était un ami gentil et généreux. D’une grande intégrité, il était incroyablement loyal et honnête. Il était joyeux et charismatique. Il était un héros et fut un mentor pour plusieurs. Il était un homme fort de caractère et un hôte remarquable.

Il a parcouru le monde, laissant un impact positif partout où il passait.

Roger était à son plus heureux quand il était entouré des gens qu’il aimait, que ce soit pour signaler un événement particulier ou tout simplement pour célébrer le ‘happy hour’ en Floride. Dans cet esprit, sa famille et les amis sont invités à un rassemblement commémoratif dans la Salle des drapeaux, au Cimetière Beechwood, situé au 280, avenue Beechwood à Ottawa, le lundi 13 juin, de 13h00 à 16h00.

En guise de remerciement et de gratitude au personnel de l’hôpital Montfort, pour les soins extraordinaires que Roger a reçus et le soutien à sa famille, au lieu de fleurs, un don commémoratif à la Fondation Montfort.




SIMPSON, Robert Ernest – On Friday, June 3rd, Robert Ernest Simpson passed away at the age of 89 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife and family by his side. Loving memories are shared by Rose (Bob’s second wife); children Claire Zimmerman, Jeff and his wife Kim, Scott, and Andrea and her partner Rob Maier; grandchildren Matthew, Heather, Jenna, Steven, Julie and Emily. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Beulah (2003), his brother Stanley “Bud” (1973), sister Clara Harrison (1969), and daughter-in-law Ute (2013).

The son of Stanley and Alice Simpson, Bob was born on April 5th, 1927 and raised in Brockville, Ontario. Despite a childhood bout of rheumatic fever, he excelled scholastically, taking lead roles in musicals and serving as Brockville Collegiate Institute’s yearbook editor.

Bob loved spending time on the St. Lawrence River with his family and with Sea Cadets, eventually building a cottage overlooking the river with his Dad after his mother’s death. He returned frequently to visit his roots; savouring family reunions, river traffic, the Thousand Islands, Royal Military College (RMC) Club of Canada reunions and Old Brigade parades.

Bob graduated from RMC with a BA in History and Economics, and married his high school sweetheart, Beulah Louch, on August 15, 1953. He joined the Marketing Division of Shell Canada, working in sales and real estate development in Ottawa, Brockville, Halifax and Montreal. After working for Brunswick Canada (1965), he joined the Area Development Agency of the Department of Industry in Ottawa; receiving his bilingual designation, and completing his graduate diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University, and the industrial development program of the American Industrial Council at the University of Oklahoma.

He continued his career in economic development with DREE, DRIE, and Western Economic Diversification in Winnipeg, retiring in 1991 after 25 years with the federal government. With each career move, Bob oversaw the construction of a new home for his family. He strove to ensure his children had a good education and loved to talk about history and current events. Each summer the family embarked on extended camping trips visiting sites and cities across Canada and the USA.

Throughout his life, Bob volunteered with the Canadian Forces Militia (attaining the rank of Major in the Artillery); Industrial Developers Association of Canada; Boy Scouts of Canada; Rotary Clubs in Brockville, Ontario and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Royal United Services Institute (Winnipeg) and Canadian Club of Winnipeg.

He enjoyed singing with Sturgeon Creek United Church choir, the Winnipeg Male Chorus and the Southwinds Chorus. Upon retirement, Bob and Beulah travelled and spent winter months at their mobile home in Sarasota, Florida. When Beulah became ill with ALS in 2002, Bob renovated their Winnipeg home to accommodate her needs and later visited her daily in hospital until she passed away in 2003. They were married 49 years.

On June 24, 2005, Bob married his second wife, Rose Pout. They shared a love for traveling, visiting family in other provinces, working out at the Wellness Institute and going for coffee at McDonalds. Both Bob and Rose were determined to stay in their own home as long as possible. Rose will miss her kind and caring partner with his sense of humour. The family extends sincere thanks to Cam and Janis Kuzik, Transitions Senior Care, the Geriatric Program Assessment Team, and the doctors, nurses and palliative care staff who cared for Bob at Concordia Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre.

A celebration of Bob’s life will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18th at Kildonan Community Church, 2373 Main Street, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. BARDAL FUNERAL HOME 843 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg MB 204-774-7474.


Death – CPO1 Shane Irvine

My old buddy Shane died a couple weeks ago, and at the time it did not occur to me that I first met him when he came to RMC in 1997 as our College Food Services Officer.  He was at the College for at least four years and was an honorary member of the Class of 2001.  He was “academic advisor” to quite a few cadets, one of the very few NCMs permitted by the Academic Wing to perform this function at that time.  He was well known and I think much loved by the cadets, and his staff certainly loved him.

I would like to contact their class secretary to let them know about this.

After he left the College, Shane returned to the Navy.  He served as the Cox’n of the submarine HMCS Corner Brook, and then was appointed Cox’n a second time with the submarine HMCS Chicoutimi.  On her way home from acceptance trials in the UK, Chicoutimi took a wave over her sail, which caused an immediate short circuit in the boat’s electrical system, an immediate fire with toxic smoke, and a complete loss of power to the boat.  RMC Graduate Lt (N) Saunders died as a result of smoke inhalation, and then-CPO2 Irvine also inhaled a bunch of toxic smoke.  Subsequently he developed lung conditions, including lung cancer.  Complications from those lung conditions caused his death, in Halifax, on 24 May 16.

We laid Shane to rest in the Beechwood National Military Cemetery on Tuesday 7 June.  I was honoured to be one of his pallbearers.  There was a very strong military presence at the burial, including the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, VAdm Norman, and many current and still-serving submariners.  It was a very fine send-off.

Shane’s widow, PO1 (retd) Carol Irvine was the College Chief Clerk from 1998 until (I think) 2001.

It seems to me that we should cover this death in e-Veritas.  Here is a link to the obituary:

11564 Doug Southen

Special Request for a representative from the Class of 2001.  Please contact Doug Southen:

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