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3115 John Nanton “Tony” Clark

John “Tony” Clark, of Kingston, passed away at Kingston Health Sciences Centre with family around him, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. He was 88. Thanks to the wonderful people on Davies 3 for their care and support. Born August 2, 1931 in Victoria, BC, to Herbert Davison Clark and Kathleen Victoria (nee Wootton), Tony attended Royal Roads, then moved to Kingston to study at the Royal Military College (3115). He met Margaret Anne (Wartman). They married in 1953. Graduating from Queens University with a B.S.M.E. in 1954, Tony joined Pratt & Whitney Canada, retiring in 1991 as Vice President of Marketing. Tony felt privileged to have been involved in the Avro Arrow program, to have been in aviation at a time when it was expanding, and to have made many friends along the way while travelling to many places. Tony and Margaret settled in St. Lambert, QC to raise the family. Tony volunteered with St. Andrews Presbyterian church, helped renovate and establish the Musee Marsil, and was instrumental in creating the new CEGEP, Champlain College St. Lambert. Tony and Margaret built a cottage near Westport, loving time spent there with family and friends. After retirement they returned to Kingston to be close to the girls and their granddaughter. Tony joined Sydenham Street United Church, volunteering as Chair of the Property Committee where he oversaw the renovation of the sanctuary and many other projects, and was one of the prime motivators of what is now The Spire. He also served on the board of the Cataraqui Cemetery. Tony was a loving father and grandfather to his two daughters, Victoria Ruthven (Kirby) and Nancy Clark (David), and to granddaughter Olivia Ruthven. Predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret, his sisters Shelagh Houston and Heather Wiginton, and by his half-brother Ted Clark (Sharyn), he is survived by half-brother Bert Clark (Hana). Tony will be remembered by all his wonderful nieces and nephews as well: Colin, Richard and Cameron Wiginton, Larry and Kathleen Houston, Cameron, Aymen and Jordan Clark. He will also be remembered by his many relatives and friends from coast to coast. Tony was cremated and his Celebration of Life will be at Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, on Thursday March 12 at 11:00 am., followed by a reception. Interment in spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Friends of The Spire www.thespirekingston.org/home-2/donate/ or to Napanee Community Kitten Rescue www.napaneecommunitykittenrescue.ca/donate/ would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to CATARAQUI CEMETERY AND FUNERAL SERVICES. Please feel free to share your memories of Tony online at www.cataraquicemetery.ca

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16438 François (Lévis) Gilbert – Class of 1988 

À la maison des soins palliatifs du Littoral de Lévis, le 20/02/2020, à l’âge de 53 ans, est décédé M. François Gilbert époux de Mme Chantal Mercier. Il était le fils de M. Yvon Gilbert et de Mme Michelle Savoie. Il était natif de Saint-Elzéar.

Un service commémoratif a eu lieu le 29 février 2020.

Il laisse dans le deuil outre son épouse et ses parents:
Chantal Mercier, Yvon Gilbert et Michelle Savoie.

Ses enfants :
Camille (Christian Corriveau), Marianne, Jacob et Clara.

Ses sœurs :
Dany (Stéphane Grondin) et Marie-Claude (Yvan Pelletier)

Ses beaux-parents :
Réjeanne Gilbert (feu Roland Mercier)

Sa belle-sœur et son beau-frère :
Nadia (Richard Faucher) et Vincent (Sonia Bisson)

Ses neveux et nièces :
Pier-David, Anne-Frédérique, Gabriel, Sabrina, Frédérick, Nathan et Noah.

Il laisse également dans le deuil ses oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines et de nombreux ami(e)s.

Dons suggérés :
Société de la SLA du Québec: http://sla-quebec.ca/
La maison de soins palliatifs du Littoral : https://www.mspdulittoral.com/faites-un-don/

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4328 Chris Carr – Class of 1959

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Born September 1, 1937 to William and Florence Carr in Montreal, Quebec, and died February 27, 2020 in Kingston, Ontario, having lived a full life. Beloved husband for 57 years of Constance (née Annett); loving father to John (Karen), Elizabeth Rowsell (Lennox) and Geneviève (Mark Hammond); adoring Grampy to Jessica and James, Christopher and Lauren, and Isabelle and Anirnirk; cherished brother to Robert (Margaret) and Constance McGill (Jack); fond uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Christopher had many titles: Priest, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend. He was a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of British Columbia, the Montreal Diocesan Theological College (“Please pass the carrots”) and l’Université de Montréal (M. Div.). After his ordination in April 1965, Christopher’s pastoral work included appointments to St. Thomas Anglican Church, Trinity Church St. Bruno, Church of the Good Shepherd Cartierville, Église de la Nativité, Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, St- Bernard-de-Clairvaux Gatineau and The Anglican Parish of Wolfe Island. Christopher’s service in Corrections included Chaplain at Bordeaux Jail in Montreal, and Director General of Chaplaincy, Correctional Service Canada in Ottawa. Christopher made lasting impressions for his humility, his sincerity, his humour and his love and support of those around him. He is already missed.

Visitation was held at Trinity Anglican Church, Wolfe Island, on March 4, 2020. The funeral service took place at St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East, Kingston on March 5, 2020. Committal was immediately afterwards at Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery, Wolfe Island. Funeral arrangements are under the care of James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, ON. Special thanks are extended to all caregivers and the community for their support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Anglican Parish of Wolfe Island in memory of Rev. Canon Christopher Carr. Online condolences may be shared at: www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com. “Que le Seigneur tout-puissant et miséricordieux nous bénisse et nous garde, le Père, le Fils et le Saint-Esprit.”

On the Passing of Chris Carr by 4519 Larry Ashley

My wife Gail and I are hugely saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Chris Carr. We extend to Connie and the family our heartfelt condolences, and I am sure, we are joined by our entire class of 1959.

On a personal note, Chris was a very special person and my friend. In my third year, I struggled with supplemental exams and Chris came forward and sat with me for hours to nudge me over the finish line.

Months later, we were together again in 1 Squadron in late August preparing for the recruit intake of 1958. He was the CSL and I the Adjutant. With work complete and some time for a break, I suggested a call to Queen’s to search out two eager young ladies who might like to dine with two RMC cadets. We were delighted to meet two such young Queen’s students on what I am certain for both of us was our first ever blind double date.

Sixty plus years of marriage later to Gail Berry (Queens 62), I can admit the success of that memorable evening.

Chris Carr was one of a kind. His humility, gentleness and sense of humour combined with wisdom and generosity were in his soul. We will miss him.

Larry Ashley

Class of 1959

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4113 James Crilly Wood – Class of 1958

Passed away March 2, 2020, age 85, in Halifax. Jim was born August 29, 1934 in Charlottetown, P.E.I. to the late George and Kathleen (Bourke) Wood. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan (Cameron) Wood; sons, Michael (Heather), Dartmouth; Stephen (Ginette), Langley, B.C. and daughter, Susan (Paul) Tomchyshyn, Salem, Mass.; grandchildren, Allison and Nicholas Wood, Andrew and Gillian Tomchyshyn, Bryce and Michaela Wood; great-granddaughter, Ivy Andrenelli; sister, Joan (Jack) Brown, Stratford, P.E.I.; several nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his parents and elder brother, David. Jim received his early education in Charlottetown. He joined the RCN as an Ordinary Seaman in 1951. He was selected for Officer Training and entered the Canadian Services College at Royal Roads in September 1954. After graduation in 1956, he received further training at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, England and several Royal Naval establishments in Portsmouth, England. Jim and Joan returned to Canada in the spring of 1959 and he was selected for submarine training in September of that year. After attending the US Submarine School in New London, Conn., he served in various submarines including HMCS Ojibway, which he commanded from 1967-69. He also served as a member of the Directing Staff at Royal Roads Military College in Esquimalt, B.C. Jim attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto for the academic year 1969-70 and was promoted to Commander. Upon completion he was posted to NDHQ in Ottawa. In 1972 Jim was appointed Commander, First Canadian Submarine Squadron at Halifax. Promoted to Captain (Navy) in 1974, Jim was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Sea) at Maritime Command Headquarters following which he took command of HMCS Protecteur. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, England in 1978 following which he became Senior Maritime Liaison Officer of the Canadian Forces Defence Staff, London and the Canadian Forces attache at The Hague in the Netherlands. Jim and Joan returned to Ottawa and, in 1982, Jim was promoted to Rear Admiral. On July 15, 1983 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Commander Maritime Command in Halifax where he served for four years, retiring in 1987. In 1988 Jim accepted the position of President, Saint John Naval Systems, Halifax, and Vice President Saint John Shipbuilding, Saint John, N.B. He retired from these positions in 1991. Following Jim’s retirement, he and Joan made their home in Halifax in an old South End Victorian house which they lovingly restored. With his final retirement, Jim and Joan were able to spend their summers at their cottage in Murray River, P.E.I. where they enjoyed golfing, gardening and visits from family and friends. There were also annual salmon fishing trips to the Miramichi and Margaree Rivers. They continued to travel extensively, sometimes with family and friends, including ski holidays in Europe, Quebec, the United States, and British Columbia. For many years they enjoyed travel to North Carolina and Florida in April. More recently, Jim and Joan spent a few weeks each spring enjoying adventures in the south of France. Jim had many interests and hobbies such as woodworking, furniture refinishing, and wine making. He and Joan always enjoyed their time at the cottage in Prince Edward Island which they had built themselves. He also served on the boards of the Technical University of Nova Scotia and The Salvation Army. Following cremation, interment will be in the Columbarium of the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in the Cathedral, 1330 Cathedral Lane, Halifax on Monday, March 9th at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. Family flowers only. If desired, donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of All Saints, or the Last Post Fund (http://www.lastpostfund.ca/EN/donate.php). Online condolences may be sent to: [email protected].

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4150 Nigel Frawley – Class of 1958

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7735 Harold Edward “Hal” Decoste

It’s with great sadness that Hal’s family announce his passing on November 30, 2019 in Chiangmai, Thailand, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on March 28, 1945, Harold was predeceased by his youngest brother, John, and his parents, Harold Arthur Decoste and Dorothy Mae (Ivany) DeCoste. He is survived by his adopted sons, Yemane (Abby Haile) Muzey, Alberta; and Wut Ratchatanan, Chiangmai, Thailand; his sisters, Beryl (Austin) Jessome, Dianne (Dr. Thomas) Corkum, Lynda (Dr. Ronald) Killeen, Sylvia (Donald) Ritcey, Cathy DeCoste-Whitlock; his brothers, David (Janice Killeen) DeCoste, Michael (Nancy MacLellan) DeCoste; and many nieces and nephews. After Hal completed high school in Halifax he studied at The Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont. and Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia. He spent 20 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, serving as a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and then in a peacekeeping position in Cyprus. Hal had many postings and tours in Europe with NATO. With the rank of Major, he retired from the Canadian Forces and joined UNHCR as a field officer serving in Sudan, East Africa helping refugees. There he met his adopted son, Yemane Muzey. Our brother Hal spent the last 20 plus years of his life in Thailand, teaching English and managing a few businesses. His family appreciates the efforts of his adopted son, Wut Ratchatanan, and his family, who were there for Hal during his illness. A small family service will take place in Prince Edward Island later this year. You are always in our hearts, Hal.

2 Comments

  • ROBERT LOUIS KOMPF

    March 11, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Re: 4328 Chris Carr – Class of 1959
    Knew him as a fellow cadet and on the football team and a few chance encounters during reunions. He # 78 and I # 98 were on the RMC REDMEN team that won the 1957 Ottawa St. Lawrence Conference Football “A” Championship.
    The above write-ups say it so well.
    A True Champion!!
    4588 Bob Kompf
    Edmonton, AB

  • 10838 Marc Grondin Québec

    March 18, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    À Chantal, aux enfants et aux parents de François, veuillez accepter mes condoléances. J’ai bien connu François alors qu’il servait au QG de la Réserve Navale de Québec il y a une quinzaine d’années. La connection fut immédiate, peut-être du fait que nos numéros de collège sont apparentés, mais surtout pour son intégrité et la passion qu’il affichait dans son travail afin de livrer des cours en ligne de qualité à nos marins.
    Bon vent mon ami,