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3480 MORRISON WILLIAM HEWITT (RMC 1955): July 1, 1931 Hamilton – July 27, 2019 Toronto

On July 27, 2019 Morrison William Hewitt died with his wife Romy at his side. A greatly loved husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be missed by his wife of fifty years Romy, his beloved son David, loving step-daughter Kate Wheeler (John) and his grand daughters Alexandra and Sophie Beaton as well as his brother James Hewitt (Anne). A proud graduate, class of ’55 at the Royal Military College, Kingston (#3480) and a recipient of the Nixon Memorial Sword “for possessing the highest officer like qualities” presented by the Duke of Edinburgh in Vancouver 1954. He then earned a business degree from Queen’s University. The bulk of Mo’s career was spent as a Partner at Woods Gordon (later Arthur Young) from the infancy of its Information Technology practice. In retirement he authored a business primer on IT. Cremation has taken place. At Mo’s request there was no funeral. In memory of Mo who spent many hours with his cherished dog Bishop, donations may be made to your local St. John Ambulance Service Dog Visitation Program. A gentle man to the end, we will remember Mo with love.

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4662 Jean de Grasse (CMR/RMC 1960)

In loving memory of 4662 Jean B de Grasse (RMC ’60) of Sooke, BC, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 84.

Jean was extremely loving and proud of his large, extended family and their accomplishments.  Jean’s warm sense of humour, loving presence and zest for life will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His innate generosity of spirit and strength of character were part of what made him the wonderful father and friend he was.  He had a passion for life, for everything outdoors, being on the water as well as a great love of music and song.

Jean is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Suzanne, his sister Gisele Lapointe, brother Jean-Claude de Grasse, his 10 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Jean was born in March of 1935, to Rosaire and Melina de Grasse in the village of Maria, Quebec.  He started at the collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) leaving as the Cadet Wing Commander (CWC) prior to transferring to Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) to continue his engineering degree. He graduated from the RMC in 1960 with the distinction of the Cadet Wing Training Officer (CWTO) while earning a Bachelor of Applied Science. Jean served in the army as an artillery officer for four years. In 1965 Jean and his family moved to California where he worked for the NASA Apollo Program as the Telemetry Office on the USS Huntsville between 1965-1970.

He later served in the reserves as Commanding Officer for the 6th Field Artillery Regiment in Quebec City, PQ.

Jean had an accomplished career in both the communications and oil & gas industry, holding increasingly senior positions over the years.  Prior to retirement in 1993, he had attained the position of General Manager & Vice President of Exploration with ICG in BC.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 30th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the First Memorial Funeral Services chapel and reception center at 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

Memorial donations may be made in Jean’s name to the Alzheimer Society of BC Provincial Office, 828 West 8th Ave, #300, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2.

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2984 Glyn Osler (RMC 1952)

GLYN WENTWORTH OSLER February 3, 1931 – August 9, 2019 At the peak of golf season, Glyn died peacefully in Toronto, in his 89th year. Although Alzheimer’s claimed his memory, he was unfailingly polite and precise to the end of his days. Impeccably mannered, impeccably dressed, Glyn was the eldest of four born to Britton and Barbara (ne?e Greene) Osler. He was blessed with considerable athletic prowess, and had a particular affinity for all things involving physical acumen and movement. Whether gliding down a snowy slope, across the ice, over fairways, football fields and tennis court, through water, or around the dance floor, Glyn was first and foremost a sportsman, and he applied the rules of fair play to most endeavours. He insisted on proper decorum even when salmon fishing or shooting duck. From Upper Canada College, hockey took him to Ridley College where, in 1944, Glyn would form friendships that continued for the rest of his life. In 1952 at RMC, he was part of ‘the New 100’, the first post-war graduates of the Royal Military College. Flirting briefly with a career in law, Glyn attended Osgoode Hall before entering banking with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Married to our mother Margot (ne?e Johnston) in 1956, he proudly added a family of four girls in quick succession to his list of accomplishments. For a time, an ice rink transformed the back yard; Christmas was rung in with myriad child-sized ski boot and binding checks, while Easter was a time for ensuring that golf clubs and shorts length were properly adjusted. Dressed smartly for fall weather, Glyn proudly escorted his flock to Toronto Argonaut games, where he managed, somehow, to follow the plays while explaining tight ends. Predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Derek and Fen, Glyn leaves behind a sister, Pamela Delworth, and will be missed by the four Osler girls, the daughters he entertained Dad-dancing the ‘Twist’: Barb (Richard), Trish (Warren), Dede (Andy) and Diana (Warren). Grandfather to Samantha, Caileigh, Jaime, Conal, Robyn, Harry, Emily and Strachan, and great-grandfather to Abigail, Grace, Isla and Lucas, Grandad will live on in memory and in his trademark golf swing. Colourful in spirit and in attire, with a wonderful sense of humour, his kind and generous nature touched many who knew him during his lifetime. We are deeply grateful to Glyn’s beloved summer community of Metis Beach, QC, for their outpouring of love and support. We thank the caring staff at the Balmoral and at Meighen Manor, and are especially grateful to Integracare for their tremendous compassion. Despite his frailty at the end, we are comforted to know that Glyn Osler never forgot that Glyn Osler knew golf. A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m., at the Anglican Church of St. Peter & St. Simon- the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. East, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a contribution in Glyn’s memory, please consider a charity of your choice or St. George’s Anglican Church, Metis-sur-Mer, c/o Treasurer, 1023 Royal York Rd. Toronto, ON M8X 2G5.