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5152 Ralph GERSPACHER – Entered CMR 1956 – RMC Class of 1961

Ralph GERSPACHER

GERSPACHER, Ralph Dieter It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph Gerspacher on October 10, 2017. Proud father of Richard (Jennifer) and Rosemarie (Drew Ross) and dear brother of Peter (the late Terry). Cherished grandfather of Bennett, Alexandra and Charlie. Ralph spent most of his life in Ottawa working in Public Service. After retirement he spent many hours generously helping others with his varied handyman skills. He was also very active in the community, coaching local soccer teams and was a keen soccer and tennis player. He loved travelling the world exploring new places and visiting his children and grandchildren. Ralph received endless joy watching his grandchildren grow.  A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, October 19th.

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Ralph Gerspacher Celebration of Life

Classmates and friends,

On 19 Oct, I attended the celebration of life held for Ralph. Large crowd in a relatively small home. Talked with Ralph’s children (son lives in Chile), brother, sister-in-law and several of Ralphs friends

Notwithstanding he was in good health and great shape and played soccer until 2 years ago, Ralph died of heart problems; autopsy revealed 3 major blockages. His brother and sister-in-law came from Westphalen (state in West Germany), which is where Carl Kristjansen, I and others served during the Cold War in the 60s. We had quite a chat about then and now.

Ralph was quite the local sportsman and a popular engineer/scientist. Many present yesterday knew him through soccer and tennis others from NRC and work  contact. I was able to share with the family and friends that Ralph and I were on the soccer team at RMC. Among the memorabilia and photos in the home for the gathering were the picture of our grad class, copies of the RMC 60 and 61 yearbooks, copies of the three yearbooks from CMR. There were lots of great stories about Ralph that were shared by attendees. Everyone there knew he had attended CMR and RMC; he was definitely not the quiet guy that I remembered.

I passed on our condolences to family and friends and let them know that all classmates were saddened to learn of his death. He had a good send-off.

5276 J. R. Digger MacDougall

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2612 Brigadier General (Retired) Michael Henry Fairfax Webber (1919 – 2017)

The few weeks prior to his death, Brigadier General Mike Webber gave his final order to his priest saying he wanted to be laid to rest with full military honours at Beechwood Cemetery.  That priest,  BGen (Ret’d) The Venerable Gerry Peddle, OMM, CD, shared that order with family and friends on 21 October 2017 , during the funeral service which he officiated.  Padre Gerry Peddle said that Brigadier Mike pointed his finger at him and said, “I want the full 9 yards, the traditional service in the long form with no shortcuts.  Don’t use the green book”.

Those who knew Mike Webber knew he meant every word.  In the presence of family, friends  fellow officers, colleagues, serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, his remains were interred, with military honours, which included firing party guard of honour; piper, who played The Lament; Bugler, played The Last Post and Reveille; eight honourary pallbearers, five Generals (Ret’d) one serving General and JR Digger MacDougall, who represented the RMC Club of Canada, The Old Brigade, and the Ottawa Branch .  The eight pallbearers were CWOs who participated with headdress bearers and insignia bearers under the command of the CWO commanding the bare party.  The internment was preceded by A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving (according to the rights of the Anglican Church of Canada – the Book of Common Prayer, 1959.).  The format of the funeral followed The Burial of the Dead, to the letter with participation of the congregation and the singing of the hymns requested by General Mike, “O God, Our Help in Ages past” and the Royal military College hymn, ” Fight the Good Fight”.  Three eulogies were delivered by BGen (Ret’d) George D Simpson, OMM, CD; and family members Brien Gray and Jennifer Webber .  Prayers were delivered by Col (Ret’d)14899 Stephen Saulnier, CD, Colonel of the Regiment, CFJSR. The Homily was presented by Maj (Ret’d) the Reverend Steve Moore, PhD, CD.  Following numerous prayers with full congregational participation, the large group of attendees followed the Bearer Party to the recessional “Going Home” from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak.

In addition to several Old Brigade members, the service was attended by four formally attired cadets in Scarlets from RMC, serving and retired members of the RMC Club of Canada, numerous retired and serving officers and members of RC Sigs and the , Comunications and Electronics Branch, A very formal graveside service was followed by a reception where stories of General Mike’s devotion to the College and the Club were recounted. served as the Adjutant to the Old Brigade and Adjutant of the Ottawa Branch.  His long and illustrious career, during World War II, and until he retired in 1974 included postings to the United States, NATO headquarters, Paris, France, Canadian Army Staff College, the US War College, and Canadian Defence College.

BGen Michael Weber served his country with distinction. The world is a better place because he was part of it, and part of us.  Those of us who shared time with him, whether fishing, singing, serving in peace and war or upholding the values of the Royal Military College of Canada are richer for our experience and the knowledge we gained.

Condolences were presented on behalf of the Canadian Military Colleges, The Old Brigade and the RMC club of Canada , family, friends, surviving classmates, brother officers and colleagues by the ex-cadets who attended the service.

5276 J. R. Digger MacDougall

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Stéphane Roy

15445 Stéphane Roy (CMR 1981 – CMR 1986)

1.C’est avec regret que nous vous informons que le Maj (Lcol) Stéphane Roy est décédé le 20 octobre 2017 à l’âge de 53 ans.

2. Le Maj (Lcol) Roy s’est enrôlé dans les Forces armées canadiennes le 19 juin 1981. Suite à sa formation d’officier, il est muté au sein du 1er Bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment, le 11 août 1986, à Lahr, en Allemagne. Après y avoir passé quatre années, il revient au Canada et est transféré au 2 R22eR le 11 juillet 1990. Le 13 juillet 1992, il est affecté au Quartier général du Secteur du Québec de la force terrestre à Montréal. Le 2 mai 1995, il quitte le Canada pour se joindre au Groupement tactique du 3e Bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment en Ex-Yougoslavie sous l’égide des Nations-Unies. Promu major à son retour au pays, il est muté au Quartier général de la Force mobile à Saint-Hubert le 28 novembre 1995. Il est de retour à Valcartier en tant que commandant de compagnie au 2 R22eR le 2 juillet 1996.

3. Le 20 juillet 1998, il est muté à Toronto pour compléter le cours d’État-major. Il sera de retour au 2 R22eR à l’été 1999. Promu lieutenant-colonel le 7 août 2000, il quitte pour une mutation à Ottawa le 20 août suivant. Le 28 juin 2002, il revient à Valcartier et prend le commandement du 3 R22eR. Au cours de l’année 2003, il effectue la montée en puissance et se déploie avec son unité sur l’Opération ATHÉNA à Kaboul en Afghanistan au début 2004. À son retour au pays, il est transféré QG SQFT à Montréal le 1er octobre 2004.
4. Le 21 août 2006, marque un changement pour le Lcol Roy. Il réoriente sa carrière et retourne sur les bancs d’école à l’Université Laval afin de compléter le programme de médecine. Après sept années d’étude, le Maj Roy est reçu comme médecin militaire et transféré à la 5e Ambulance de Campagne. Le 11 janvier 2016, il quitte le Canada afin de participer à l’Opération UNIFIER en Ukraine. Il est de retour au pays le 29 juillet de la même année. Le Maj Roy était toujours en service au sein des Forces armées canadiennes au moment de son décès. Il avait plus de 35 années de bons et loyaux services. Il laisse dans le deuil outre son épouse Lucie, ses deux fils, Christopher et Anthony.

5. Les détails funéraires suivront sous peu.

6. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez appeler au 418 694-2800,

2 Comments

  • 10479 Lcol (ret) Dan Redburn

    October 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Stéphane a été un brillant officier compétent, intègre et dévoué sur qui on pouvait compter. Un exemple de professionnalisme sur toute la ligne. Servir avec lui a été un privilège.
    Je me souviens