Deaths | Décès

Deaths | Décès

3737 Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Colin M. Curleigh  – 1936 – 2017

Colin M Curleigh

Curleigh, Brigadier-General Colin M. (Ret’d), CMM, OMM, CD – Age 81, died peacefully Wednesday 9 August 2017 resting on his deck with his family, overlooking his favourite view of the Minas Basin. Born in Aklavik, N.W.T., he was the son of the late Assistant-Commissioner (RCMP) George and Jean (Stoddart) Curleigh. He was a graduate of the College Militaire Royal de St. Jean, Dalhousie University, the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK, the Command and Staff College, Toronto and the National Defence College, Kingston. He served on several naval ships prior to his career as a helicopter pilot. Following flight training in Patuxent River, Maryland in 1963, he flew the first Sea King helicopter to Shearwater. He served in four Sea King Squadrons, flew from HMCS Bonaventure, the Canadian DDH’s and had a posting in the USA flying off several US aircraft carriers. He served on the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington), the Directing Staff of the Staff College in Toronto, was Commandant of the Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto, the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces’ Central Europe in Brunssum, The Netherlands, Commander of the Maritime Air Group, Halifax and the Defence Attache to the High Commissioner at the Defence Liaison Staff in London, England. He was fondly referred to as “The Sea King” by his kids and their friends. He was on the board of The Royal International Tattoo and President of the Aeronautical Institute of Nova Scotia. Colin and Nancy enjoyed retirement in Greenhill (Parrsboro) where Colin, a voracious reader, enjoyed his books and the beauty of his surroundings. He was active in the community serving on several boards; the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society/Ottawa House which was his passion, the Parrsboro Band Association/The Hall, the Fundy Geological Museum and the RCMP Advisory Board. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy (Melanson); his children, George and Jen (Coyle), Vancouver; Jon, Vancouver; James and Jackie (Brown), San Francisco and Sara (Curleigh) Parsons, London, England; his beloved “Treasures” his grandchildren, Sam, Emily, Kate, Thomas, Sarah, Chris, Hannah, Zan, James, Ben, Scotia, Olivia, Caroline and Joshua Colin; sister, Mary (Dick) Micklich, Idaho Falls; brother, Alan (Raymonde), Montreal; sister, Sue (Lloyd) Kay, Moncton; brother-in-law, David Smith (Brenda), River Hebert; sister-in-law, Dora Melanson, Hubbards; several nieces and nephews; and his “Florence Nightingales” Debby, Brenda and Shelley. A farewell gathering took place at the Ottawa House, Parrsboro on 13 August 2017. Committal will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a charitable donation to the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society/Ottawa House, the Parrsboro Band Association/The Hall or to the Shearwater Aviation Museum.


8385 Dr. Bill Bentley (Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) – Class of 1970

It is with heavy hearts that the Commandant and I inform you of the unexpected loss of Dr. Bill Bentley (Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired), RMC Associate Professor seconded to Canadian Defence Academy.  Bill passed away on Thursday 10 August following a tragic accident.

Bill graduated from RMC in 1970 with an Bachelor of Arts degree in Political and Economic Science. He went on to obtain Masters degrees from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the University of Kansas as well as a PhD from UWO.   He had a stellar 35-year career in the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).  He served in both United Nations and NATO appointments.  He was the Canadian Exchange Instructor at the U.S. Army Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies.   Bill received the DM/CDS Innovation Award for writing Duty With Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada.  He also received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2006 for his contribution to the reform of the CAF Professional Development System.  Many think of Bill as the father of Professional Development in the Canadian Profession of Arms.

Bill also had strong ties to his alma mater.  He was one of the co-authors of the Wither`s report that examined RMC in the late 1990’s.  This report lead to the incorporation of the core curriculum.  Most recently, Bill was active in developing new Professional Development initiatives for General Flag Officers as well as publishing academic works on Clausewitz.

Bill leaves behind two sons (Zach and Quinn) and a grandson.

Dr. Bill Bentley was a friend and colleague, a veteran and a scholar; 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.


BGen S. (Sebastien) Bouchard            Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

Commandant                                                  Principal

A Celebration of Life took place on Friday 18 August 2017 at Currie Hall.

Aux membres du CMR, des employés et des étudiants.

C’est avec beaucoup de tristesse que le commandant et moi vous informons du décès inattendue de notre ami et collègue, M. Bill Bentley (Lieutenant-colonel (à la retraite), professeur agrégé du CMR à l’Académie canadienne de la Défense.  Bill est décédé le jeudi 10 août suite à un accident tragique.

Bill a obtenu son diplôme en science politique et économie du RMC en 1970.  Il a ensuite reçu une maîtrise de l’University of Western Ontario (UWO) et l’University of Kansas ainsi qu’un doctorat d’UWO.   Bill a eu une remarquable carrière de 35 ans dans le Royal Canadian Regiment. Il a servi avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies ainsi qu’avec l’OTAN.   Il était un instructeur au Collège du personnel de l’armée américaine et également à l’École des études militaires avancées.  Bill a reçu le prix de l’innovation DM / CDS pour son œuvre <<Servir avec honneur: la profession des armes au Canada>>. Il a reçu la médaille du service méritoire en 2006 pour sa contribution à la réforme du système de développement professionnel des FAC. Beaucoup pensent à Bill comme le père du perfectionnement professionnel dans la profession des armes au Canada. Bill avait également des liens étroits avec son alma mater. Il a été l’un des coauteurs du rapport Withers qui a examiné le RMC à la fin des années 1990. Ce rapport aboutit à l’incorporation du tronc commun dans notre curriculum. Plus récemment, Bill a été actif dans le développement de nouvelles initiatives de perfectionnement professionnel pour les officiers généraux ainsi que la publication de plusieurs œuvres académiques sur Clausewitz.

Bill laisse derrière lui deux fils (Zach et Quinn) et un petit-fils.

Aussi bien comme vétéran, universitaire 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.


Bgén S. (Sebastien) Bouchard      Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal

Commandant                                Recteur

La célébration de vie a eu lieu le vendredi 18 août 2017 au Currie Hall.


We just learned recently that 7646 George Cvitkovitch (Class of 1968) died 24 August 2008.

YURI EDWARD CVITKOVICH May 15, 1945 – August 24, 2008 Yuri passed away, unexpectedly, at home, at the age of 63. Predeceased by both parents George and Rose Cvitkovich and a brother Tony. Survived by his sister Roseann McKay (Gary), his brother Steve Cvitkovich (Liz), and sister-in-law Connie. Loved and sorely missed by nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins. Yuri lived a life of compassion and purpose. He traveled 5 continents, worked in white, blue and green collar jobs and, in the process, understood that people had different perspectives on the “quality of life” and different ways of problem-solving. As a Naval Officer, Engineer, Sawmill Worker and Union Safety Rep., Social Worker and Gerontologjst, Yuri knew the importance of networking and was determined to put theory into practice. At each stage in his life he applied skills and knowledge in a practical and systematic way. He believed in results but also in people. Programs had to be affordable, efficient and effective. Yuri brought that same thoroughness and attention to detail to research in global development and to committee work in the Greater Vancouver Area. His contribution to Safety in the Workplace, Health and Housing issues, Transportation and Senior Care made a difference.


Eric Reynolds

The memorial service for Cmre (Padre and Major Ret’d) the Rev. Canon Eric Reynolds – who died on the 28th of July – took place on Friday 11 August at 1500hrs in Currie Hall. All are welcome. For military members who wish to attend the dress is 1 A.

Among his many postings as a Padre he served at RMC (just before retiring) and for several years at CMR (Saint Jean).