Deaths | Décès

(S103 – Honourary Member RMC Club) Colonel (Retired) Arthur Harcourt Carington ‘Harky’ Smith, MMM, SBStJ, CD, D.ScMil

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Harky slipped away while holding hands with Mary Lee, his wife of 55 years. He was also with his son, Christopher and sister, Eve. In addition to Mary Lee (Lovee), he leaves his daughter in-law Wendy, son Christopher (Lydia Bugden), grandchildren Tyler, William, Sydney and Maggie and his sister Eve. He was sadly predeceased by his elder son Gordon in 2015 and also by his parents Lt. Col. Gordon Carington Smith and Jacqueline (Dumaresq) Smith. He was born in England in 1934 and as the son of a military officer grew up in interesting places in Canada and the United States.

At the suggestion of his father, Harky commenced his military career as an officer cadet in 1952 and thus began a relationship with the Department of National Defence that spanned over 60 years. He enjoyed many adventures in the navy and artillery before finding his true calling as an administrative officer in 1974.

He particularly enjoyed his time as the Director of Administration of the Royal Military College of Canada from 1983-1986. He proudly and joyfully followed the careers of every single cadet who attended RMC during those years and affectionately referred to them as his babies.

His final act in active duty was as Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics and he reveled in the opportunity to be in command. He retired from active duty in 1989 and subsequently joined the public service with DND’s Policy Group and served as Chief of Staff until his retirement in 2013.

In his spare time Harky served on numerous Boards such as the Ashbury College Foundation, the Canadian Core of Commissionaires, the ICCS Viet Nam Association and as a Warden with Christ Church Cathedral.

He and Mary Lee enjoyed their summers with family and friends at their cottage at Chaffey’s Lock and numerous trips of a lifetime around the world.

Harky was an ‘outstanding’ husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a trusted confidant and advisor who loved to help people and took great joy in knowing that he was able to make a difference in many lives.

We all have wonderful memories of a life well lived to hold in our hearts forever.

A ceremony to celebrate Harky’s life will be held on May 13, 2017 at 1100hrs at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario. If desired, donations in Harky’s memory to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or to Christ Church Cathedral are very much appreciated.


5206 Gerald P. Reid (October 17, 1938 – April 26, 2017) – Class of 1961

“The one thing certain about life is that we must leave it”…

Following a lengthy illness, the family of Gerald Peter Reid announce his death at the Hospice in Victoria, British Columbia, surrounded by the love of his wife Teresa, his daughters Jayne and Wendy and his sister in law Maria.

He leaves behind a never ending legacy of undoubtable love and entrenched memories. He was many things to his family and friends. His profound knowledge of history, opera, golf, baseball, classical music, politics and quantum physics were a tremendous gift to us all.

His great love and devotion to RMC was a highlight of his life as it helped shape the principled gentleman he was.

He leaves behind to mourn and smile with great remembrance his sons in law (the David’s two) David Gray and David Purcell, his grandchildren, Jason Gray, Jaynie Purcell and Courtney Little (Cameron), his sister Janice Reid and his brother Jim Reid. He was adored by many brothers and sisters in law and his nieces and nephews.


5012 Rick Austin Class of 1962

Rick passed away February 15, 2017 in Southlake, Texas after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 27, 1937 to Peter and Stella Kasmir Austin in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Rick will be dearly missed by his large community of friends and loving family. He traveled and worked as an engineer in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Not only an accomplished and successful businessman, Rick was well known for being a knowledgeable and well-spoken gentleman and a wonderful family man. He was a devoted and loving husband to both his first wife Sharon and his second wife Kim, a proud father of his two successful sons, and a wonderful grandfather dedicated to his six grandchildren.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Kim Austin of Southlake, son Danny Austin and his wife Suzanna of Plano, son Kenny Austin of North Richland Hills, mother Stella Austin, grandchildren Alexis, Madyson, William, Patrick, Charlie and Harper. Rick is preceded in death by his wife Sharon Austin and father Peter Austin.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to the American Cancer Society.


RCNC341 LCdr Malcolm Wilson, MD, CD, RCN(Retd)

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away in hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born November 25, 1929 to David and Alice Wilson, nee Jenkins in Sarnia, Ontario.

He attended Royal Roads Military College from 1947 to 1949. He also received a History degree from Carleton University beating his daughter to the punch. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1947 to 1976 on both coasts plus a stint in the United Kingdom, retiring as a Lieutenant-Commander in Ottawa.

He thoroughly enjoyed his next 40 years, having been involved in breeding and training champion golden retrievers, cross country skiing and cutting wood. He and Gillian were founding members of the Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Gillian and their four children: Lorna (Steve), Anne (Jeff), Tor (Janet), and Jane (Brian), nine grandchildren: Sarah (Jeff), Heather (Taylor), John, Sophie (Jim), Ellen (Matt), Melanie (Pat), Ben (Andrea), Peter (Ashley) and Rosamond and three great-grandchildren: Hannah, Rylie and Tanner with one more shortly to arrive. He will be missed by his sister-in-law, Janet (late Francis) Russell and by his sister Faye Dennis and niece and nephews and other family out west. He will be missed by the Andrechek family, especially Donna and John. Malcolm and Gillian enjoyed their bridge games, travelling, good food and company.

We thought we lost Malcolm two years ago to Lymphoma. Many thanks to all the doctors led and managed by Dr. Max Buxton that gave us that much more time with him. All professional arrangements have been entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Home, 22 Raglan Street South, Renfrew. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation or Plan International. And remember, we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.


                          Dr.Alain Beaulieu

Message from the Commandant and Principal

RMC Faculty, Staff and Students,

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the tragic loss of Dr. Alain Beaulieu (Major (Retired)), Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  A friend and colleague, Alain passed away at home very recently and unexpectedly.

Alain joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981 commencing his studies at Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and completing his degree in Computer Engineering in 1986 from RMC.  He also completed a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering as well as a PhD in Software Engineering at RMC.  His PhD specialized in Safety of Computer Guided Surgery.  Throughout his impressive 28-year career in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Branch of the Canadian Army, Alain commanded troops in a variety of postings domestically and on deployment to Haiti.  He served as a Software Engineer for Artillery, a Logistics Support Maintenance Officer for Canadian Army Command, Communication and Control systems, a Systems Engineer for the Army Electronic Warfare Systems and as a member of the Military Faculty here at RMC.  In October 2009, Alain joined the civilian faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  He was a Professional Engineer and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), with membership in a number of related societies.  He served as Chair of the Technical Program Committee for the IEEE Systems Conference for several years.  His research interests included: verification and validation of real-time systems, scheduling of tasks in real-time systems, bio-medical software and computer systems, safety of bio-medical software, model-driven development, UML-RT, robotics applications on software architectures, real-time systems, autonomous vehicles and collaborative robotics.

Dr. Alain Beaulieu was a cherished member of our faculty, the College and his profession.  He was a veteran, a scholar and a friend; he will be missed dearly.  We ask that you keep him and his family in your hearts and prayers.

This is a difficult time for us all and so we would also ask that you extend a caring hand to anyone in need of support and that you help them get in contact with resources that can assist.  Contact information is provided below.

Please watch out for one another and please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our support services.


BGen S.G. (Sean) Friday                               Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

Commandant                                                  Principal

Communiqué du Commandant et du Recteur

Aux membres du CMR, des employés et des étudiants.

Nous sommes profondément attristés du décès inopiné de notre ami et collègue le Dr. Alain Beaulieu (Major à la retraite), professeur agrégé au département de génie électrique et informatique.

Alain a rejoint les forces armées canadiennes en 1981 en débutant ses études au CMR St Jean. Il a obtenu son diplôme en génie informatique en 1986 au CMR de Kingston. Il a obtenu une Maîtrise en génie informatique et un Doctorat en génie logiciel (spécialisation en chirurgie assistée par ordinateur) du CMR de Kingston.

Au cours de ses 28 années de carrière au CMR, Alain a été commandant responsable de militaires déployés au Canada et à Haïti. Il a travaillé comme ingénieur logiciel pour l’artillerie, officier de support logistique pour le Commandement  militaire, le service des communications et des systèmes de contrôles ainsi qu’ingénieur spécialisé dans les systèmes reliés aux conflits électroniques et comme membre de la Faculté militaire du CMR.

En octobre 2009, Alain a rejoint le département  de génie électrique et génie logiciel en tant que membre civil. Il était un ingénieur professionnel et un membre senior de l’Institut des ingénieurs électriques et électroniques (IEEE), tout en faisant partie de différentes sociétés  associées. Il a été Président pendant plusieurs années du Comité des programmes techniques lors des conférences de l’IEEE. Ses intérêts de recherche se situaient dans les domaines de vérification, d’authentification, de planification de systèmes en temps réel ainsi que dans les domaines biomédical, d’applications robotiques et véhicules autonomes.

Dr. Alain Beaulieu était un membre actif de notre Faculté, du CMR et des ingénieurs.

Aussi bien comme vétéran, académique et ami, il va nous manquer. Nous vous demandons d’avoir une pensée pour lui et sa famille.

Ce sont des moments difficiles pour nous tous. Soyez à l’écoute l’un de l’autre et prenez contact avec nos cellules d’aide mentionnées ci-dessous si vous en ressentez le besoin.


Bgén S.G. (Sean) Friday          Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

Commandant                            Recteur


  • Gerry Stowe

    May 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    As Harky’s Deputy Director of Administration during his tenure at RMC, I count them as the most fruitful, sometimes unsettling, but always enjoyable time of my many years working at RMC. I was proud to recommend him as an Honorary Member of the RMC Club, and he told me that he was very proud to accept. We will miss him.

  • Jim Hanson

    May 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    In the spring of 1962, I was a member of the most expendable part of the army: a provisional second lieutenant in the Infantry Militia (the PWOR). Considering applying to join the Regular Army, I presented myself to the Kingston Recruiting Office. The officer who ran the shop was a formidable lieutenant in the RCA, an impressive and well organized recruiter who greeted me with a barrage of questions, and then helped me with the paperwork needed to apply for a commission in RCEME. That was a noteworthy introduction to the Regular Army and to Harky Smith. Our path crossed many times over the next 30 years, and his honesty, knowledge and abilities,, got even better. He tried to disguise his big heart with what seemed like a sometimes gruff manner, but once you got to know him you discovered that he was a softy underneath. He will be greatly missed.

  • marcel gosselin

    September 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    c’est avec tristesse que je viens tout juste de prendre connaissance du décès de mon ami Alain . je tiens a offrir mes plus sincères condoléances a la famille d’Alain , sa mère , son frère et ses trois soeurs . mes pensées sont avec vous tous . merci …MARCEL