Deaths | Décès

Feature photo by: Liam Norris

 

Alors que débute à peine la montée en puissance du 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, un décès soudain d’un jeune membre vient endeuiller les troupes.

Le lieutenant 26716 Olivier Berthelot, officier des transmissions au sein du Quartier général et Escadron des transmissions, est parti trop tôt vendredi 15.

Originaire de Baie-Comeau, Olivier Berthelot s’est enrôlé au Centre de Recrutement des Forces canadiennes – Détachement de Chicoutimi en juillet 2012 et dès le mois d’août a entrepris ses études au Collège militaire royal de Kingston au sein de l’escadron 3 – Pontiac.

Le Lt Berthelot a par la suite (mai 2016) entrepris son cours de métier de signaleur à l’École de l’électronique et des communications des Forces canadiennes, toujours à Kingston, avant d’être muté (octobre 2016) à Edmonton, au sein du Quartier général et Escadron de transmissions du 1er Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, pour y faire un stage en milieu de travail (OJT).

Il avait commencé son travail au Quartier général et Escadron de transmissions du 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada en mars 2017 et n’avait aucune mission à son actif.

Les circonstances du décès sont actuellement sous enquête par le Service national des enquêtes des Forces canadiennes, et par conséquent les Forces ne souhaitent pas fournir de plus amples renseignements à ce moment-ci afin de ne pas compromettre l’intégrité de l’enquête.

Le colonel Stéphane Boivin, commandant du 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada écrit: «C’est avec une grande tristesse que j’ai appris le décès soudain du lieutenant Olivier Berthelot, survenu hier. Le 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada perd un membre compétent et apprécié. En ces moments difficiles, j’offre mes sincères condoléances à la famille et aux proches d’Olivier qui doivent composer avec la perte d’un être cher».

Un de ses collègues et amis, le lieutenant Jérôme Harvey, indique pour sa part avoir «perdu un frère d’armes cette semaine». Poursuivant, il précise qu’«Olivier était quelqu’un qui s’investissait à fond dans tout ce qu’il touchait et ce qui l’intéressait. Fanatique de voiture, lorsqu’il était question de ses bolides, il tenait à faire ses améliorations lui-même avec passion et soin. Grand athlète et amateur de sports, il pratiquait plusieurs sports incluant le triathlon, le hockey sur glace, le ski et le soccer. Malgré qu’il était parfois timide et réservé, son rire et sa joie de vivre étaient contagieux auprès de tous».

Rappelons que peu importe les difficultés, la surcharge de travail, la douleur, si à un moment donné de votre vie vous ne pensez pas vous en sortir, il faut parler, il faut se diriger vers des services professionnels en santé mentale, il faut aller voir ne serais-ce qu’une personne parmi votre entourage. Vous n’êtes pas seul… jamais !

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Passing of an Ex-Cadet / Décès d’un Ancien Élof

It is with great sadness that we inform you that a young RMC graduate (2016) died suddenly last week while just beginning his career at 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Valcartier Quebec.

A native of Baie-Comeau, Olivier Berthelot joined Canadian Armed Forces in 2012 and in the month of August began his studies at RMC, as a member of 3 Squadron – Pontiac.

Lieutenant Olivier Berthelot was a strong student who graduated from RMC with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electrical Engineering. He excelled in physical fitness as a member of the 400 club and as a varsity soccer player. His loss will be felt deeply by students, staff and faculty alike.

The death of an ex-cadet will always affect those here at RMC where the friendships and connections created last a lifetime. If this loss causes you stress or to experience mental health difficulties, reach out for help. Ask a friend, a family member, a medical professional, a mental health worker or a Padre for help if you are struggling.

Medical & Mental Health Workers:

The first floor of Fort Sauvé R-81
For appointments call ext: 6310

Chaplains Offices:

Padre (Major) Liam Thomas ext 6204 (207A Yeo)
Padre (LCdr) Catherine MacKinnon ext 6284 (304 Yeo)
Padre (Capt) Ryan Carter ext 4094 (301 Yeo)

Peer Assistance Group (PAG):

24/7 phone line:  613-650-5714

Anywhere you see the PAG logo next to a door,
this is offering a safe place to knock and seek help day or night.

 

C’est avec une immense tristesse que nous vous informons qu’un jeune diplômé (2016) du CMR a perdu la vie subitement la semaine dernière, alors qu’il venait de commencer sa carrière au 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, à Valcartier (au Québec).

Originaire de Baie-Comeau, M. Olivier Berthelot s’est enrôlé dans les Forces armées canadiennes en 2012 et a commencé ses études au CMR au mois d’août en tant que membre du 3e Escadron – Pontiac.

Le lieutenant Olivier Berthelot était un étudiant solide, qui a obtenu un baccalauréat en génie électrique du CMR. Il excellait dans les activités physiques en tant que membre du Club des 400 et de l’équipe de soccer interuniversitaire. Il sera profondément regretté tant par les étudiants que par les membres du personnel et du corps professoral.

Le décès d’un ancien élève-officier affectera toujours ceux qui sont ici au CMR, où les liens et les relations tissés durent toute la vie. Si ce décès vous cause du stress ou des problèmes de santé mentale, demandez de l’aide. Demandez l’aide d’un ami, d’un membre de votre famille, d’un professionnel de la santé, d’un intervenant en santé mentale ou d’un aumônier si vous passez des moments difficiles.

Intervenants en santé et en santé mentale:
Fort Sauvé, R-81, premier étage

Pour un rendez-vous, appeler au poste 6310
Bureau des aumôniers:
Aumônier (Maj) Liam Thomas, p. 6204 (207A Yeo)

Aumônier (Capc) Catherine MacKinnon, p. 6284 (304 Yeo)
Aumônier (Capt) Ryan Carter, p. 4094 (301 Yeo)

Groupe d’Assistance aux Pairs (GAP):

Ligne téléphonique (24 heures/7 jours semaine): 613-650-5714

Le logo GAP près d’une porte signifie qu’elle donne sur un lieu sûr

où vous pouvez obtenir de l’aide en tout temps.

BGen / Bgén Sébastien Bouchard, OMM, MSM, CD

Commandant, Royal Military College of Canada

Department of National Defence / Government of Canada
Sebastien.Bouchard2@rmc.ca  / Tel:  613-541-6000 ext 6206 / CSN:  271-6206

Commandant, Collège militaire royal du Canada

Ministère de la Défense nationale / Gouvernement du Canada
Sebastien.Bouchard2@rmc.ca  / Tél. : 613-541-6000 poste 6206 / RCCC : 271-6206

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Sid R. WALLACE – former staff member at Royal Roads, approx mid 1960s

Syd Wallace

WALLACE, Sid R.
November 1, 1923 – Detroit, Michigan  – August 21, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Sid passed peacefully in his 94th year at the Colonel Belcher Long Term Care Residence. Sid was proud of his service during World War II and his ensuing career as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy; his contribution to the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary; his time spent with Loram; his role as an advocate for veterans and founder of the Friends of the Colonel Belcher Society; his achievement as Knight in the Order of St. John; and his participation on several provincial committees. Sid was honoured to have served his country, province and city. His was a life well-lived in service to others.
Ready Aye Ready.
Sid is survived by his loving family, Beverley (Blackburn) Wallace, his wife of thirty-four years; sons Bob (Mary Ann) and Laurie (Lily); daughter Carolyn (Steve); his six grandchildren, Philip (Melissa), Bradley, Natalie, Jonathan, Nathan and Graham; and his stepson Scott Stockell (Cindy, Stacey). In living memory of Sid Wallace, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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4687 David Gee – Class of 1960

David John Gee passed away at the age of 79, with family by his side on Friday, September 8th, 2017 in the Peter D. Clark Nursing Home in Ottawa, Ontario. Beloved husband of Gayle for 56 years; loving and much loved father of Karyn Gee, Heather (Chris) Vogt, and Sandra (Jeff) Milloy; cherished Grampa of Emma and Talia Vogt, and Sean and Madelyn Milloy. Son of the late William and Annie Gee of Melbourne, Quebec; brother of Winnifred and Brian. David was born on April 3, 1938 in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. A graduate of College Militaire Royale (CMR) in St. Jean Quebec, and Kingston’s Royal Military College (RMC). He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. Immediately after graduation in May 1961, he and Gayle were married. David served for thirteen years in the Canadian Military, initially in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in Camp Valcartier, Quebec City. In 1963 David was posted to Elizabethville, Katanga Province in the Congo, as Detachment Commander to secure communications with the UN Headquarters in Leopoldville. Upon completion of the UN job David attended the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, Berkshire. David’s final years in his military career were spent with National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, retiring in 1969 with the rank of Captain. David then began what would become twenty-four years with the public service, when he joined the Federal Government. He spent twelve years with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in the area of Northern Natural Resources Management. David, Gayle and their three daughters then moved to Yellowknife, North West Territories, in the summer of 1969. David’s career was quite adventurous as NWT Regional Manager, Water, Forests and Lands in Yellowknife, and he travelled extensively to remote settlements throughout the north. During this time both he and Gayle spent an adventurous week travelling down the Nahanni River with local guides, before leaving the north for Ottawa in 1974. David joined the National Pipeline Agency in Calgary in 1980, then returned to Ottawa in 1982 where he worked for the Northern Affairs Canadian Oil and Gas Lands Administration, and later for Environment Canada, until his retirement in 1994. David’s decision to retire was hastened by health considerations, as he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1988. With Gayle’s help, family solidarity and with the expertise of the Ottawa Hospital Parkinson’s Clinic, Dave led a full, busy life, continuously kept on his toes by his four adored grandchildren, who now range in age from 9 to 19. A fun-loving, patient and compassionate father, Dave had a wonderfully dry wit. A lover of family summer camping when the children were young, David was passionate about his photography and slide shows, holding many “family movie nights” throughout the years. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Pine House in Peter D. Clark Nursing Home for their continuous care, particularly Nurse Angela, for her compassion and kindness.

Funeral service was held on Sunday, September 17th.

5 Comments

  • Jim Watson

    September 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Dave will be long remembered by his Class of 1960, he was a brave soul, RIP, Dave.
    Perhaps more brave than Dave was his courageous, loyal, loving wife, Gayle, who cared for Dave
    for decades. Parkinsons is a cruel disease!

  • Paul Corbeil

    September 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Another of the good ones from Maisonneuve Squadron at CMR leaves us . Sad. Gayle you’ve been an angel throughout his long hard road with Parkinson’s

  • Len Kubas

    September 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    RMC’s Class of Sixty is diminished by David’s passing. He demonstrated what true resilience means — having attended reunions and Class gatherings for years even though he was increasingly afflicted by Parkinson’s.
    God Bless David, Gayle and the family.
    Noli Timere

    Len