Deaths | Décès

Above photo by Liam Norris

10656 James “Jim” Bureaux

November 2, 1952 – April 5, 2020. Jim passed away after a short battle with cancer. Born in Maccan, he was a son of George and Bonnie (St. Peter). A gifted athlete, Jim was a proud member of the provincial basketball champions Amherst Regional High School Vikings. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont., he spent 10 years in uniform followed by a long and distinguished career with the Department of National Defense. Jim leaves behind his wife, Holly, Halifax; brother, Dean, and sister, Nancy, Amherst. Jim was loyal, kind, and funny. He will be terribly missed. A memorial will be held at a later date. To leave an online condolence please visit: “He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.” – W H Aud

10683 Kim Grant

10683 Kim Grant (RRMC/RMC – Class of 1975 Electrical Engineering – CELE) passed away suddenly on 30 March 2020.  While preparing to take his dogs for a walk near his Calgary home he collapsed, was rushed to hospital but died shortly after admission.  He had recently been in the hospital for treatment of a blood clot.  Kim’s passing was unrelated to COVID-19.

Following graduation, Kim served as a signals officer rising to the rank of Major.  In 1992, he left the Canadian Forces to start a new career as Director International Program at General Dynamics Canada.  In 2009, he moved to Raytheon Canada Limited, where he held a number of positions, most recently as Technology and Capture Strategy Director.  Kim was a brilliant man with a large heart who mentored countless individuals throughout his career and never hesitated to offer his assistance, his opinion or to spend time just chatting, no matter the topic.

Eleanor Harding – Wife of 3846 Dick Harding

Eleanor (Lea) Frances Harding (née Horne), age 84 years, died peacefully in Dundas ON, early Monday morning, March 30, 2020 . Lea is predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Richard Masters Harding. She is survived by an adoring family of four children, Patricia (Harding) and Brian Cameron, Susan (Harding) and Jason Sheper, Steven Harding, Kerin Harding and Frank Keller; Eight grandchildren hold her memory dear: Geoffrey and Blair Cameron, and their wives Lita and Rachel respectively, Miquela and Dylan Sheper and spouses Andrew Skinner and Amelia Haskell-Sheper, Sara (Harding) and Shayne Shyiak and Amy Harding, Gavin and Madeleine Keller. She is missed by eight great grandchildren, Clara and Theo Cameron, Maxwell and Esme Cameron, Inika and Emma Skinner, Leo and Lily Sheper. In addition, her brother William Horne, Dannie (predeceased) from London, Ontario, her nieces, Jen Finck (Gerry) and Stephenie Horne (Andrew). Also brother in law and sister in law Jim and Mary Harding from Collingwood and their children Joseph and Shireen.

Lea lived large, eager for new experiences. A life-long learner, she graduated Queen’s University 1959 while already the mother of 2, and later as a mother of 4, pursued graduate studies at OISE/U of T. A born educator, her career as a high school English teacher and then Department Head of Guidance later extended into volunteer roles of ESL tutor both locally and internationally. At a community level, she provided foster care for an adolescent youth and rallied a rural neighborhood to sponsor a Vietnamese refugee family during the peak of the Boat people crisis.

Lea was a classically trained and improvisational pianist with perfect pitch. Parties and sing-a-longs were her forte. Gardening, stained glass design, water colour/pastel sketching, community theatre, and especially writing were her creative outlets. Her published book “African Destiny” is among her many accomplishments.

Eleanor was curious about everything, including religion. Her Baháʹí beliefs prompted global travel and social action, and contributed to raising a family that is united in its love for her and who honour her memory.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, a private family ZOOM Memorial was held at Marlatt Funeral Home 195 King St. West Dundas, Wednesday April 1, 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at McKee Cemetery in Centre Wellington. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a future date, to be announced. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Wentworth Lodge, as well as Sandy, Marilyn and Mieke for years of exemplary, personal and compassionate care of our beloved matriarch, Eleanor Frances Harding.

3961 George McClure

Following is information about the death of 3961 George McClure, Class of 1957, received 2020.04.16 from 3729 Jean-Pierre Fortier by way of 3798 Bill Lynn:
George McClure passed away this past Monday, 13 April 2020. George had a heart attack last week and was taken to KGH with kidney failure. He passed away on Monday at 2:15 in the afternoon at the KGH in the presence of 2 of his daughters and his wife, Jean Love.
He had moved into our condo a little over a year ago. It was great to renew acquaintance. I am very sorry to see him go, we had a lot of good discussions this past year. George left instruction to Jean that there should be NO funeral, No obits in the papers.
I know he had quite a career with McCain food but no details. I also think that he had a doctorate. That is about it.


  • Ron Capern

    April 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

    George was a professor at Dalhousie when I studied there (part-time, 1976 – 1978) for my MBA. I had not seen him since about 1958 (Navy training somewhere), when he suddenly appeared in the class room! At the time, he was living (as a retired Sub-Lieutenant, RCN) with “all the other one-and-two-stripe [Admirals]” in a small community (name forgotten) on the south shore!

  • John Rutherford

    April 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    As one might imagine, George was not one to blow his own horn. However, as a cadet he played hockey for, I believe four years, on the senior rep team. I played with George when I was in second and third year and remember him well. George certainly did have an earned doctorate but I am not sure in what: business or economics I would guess. I met George for the first time since graduation and the last time since, in about 1990. We met at an ice cream parlour in Jones Falls where I recognized him after a separation of over 30 years. We chatted a bit and then he and his wife finished their ice cream and they left to go to their nearby home.

  • Jeff Poste

    April 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Kim Grant was the first guy I met when I showed up to stay in the 1st Battalion PPCLI Officers Mess in Calgary Alberta in early February 1977. I mentioned that I had just been posted to 1 CBG HQ & Signal Squadron, and he introduced himself as OC Operating Troop. I remembered him from the year ahead of me at RMC. He gave me the grand tour of my new surroundings, set me at ease, bought me a drink, described the personalities I was about to meet in our unit, and the rest is history as we almost immediately became fast friends.
    Kim and I not only served in 1 Sigs together, but we also served together in 73 Canadian Signal Squadron in Ismailia Egypt with him as Operations Officer, and me as OC Radio Troop. His laid-back dry sense of humour was always a stabilizing influence both for me and for the troops he commanded. If anything was ever going haywire, Kim was the guy that you could rely on to never get flustered, but to exert a logical, perceptive, shrewd, and well-informed outlook on the situation which would help you find your way out of the swamp. His NCOs and his soldiers adored him.
    I was shocked, saddened, and disconsolate to find out that my friend had passed. Kim was truly an exceptional human being: his intellect, caring nature, loyalty, and wit will always be remembered, not only by me, but by many others that he befriended and mentored. The world is truly a poorer place when we lose an individual of his unique calibre.
    Recce in Peace my friend.
    Jeff Poste, 10992, Class of 76