9233 Mike Duncan
The Class of ’72 regrets to advise that Commander Michael Duncan, CD passed away in December 2020 at the Glebe Centre in Ottawa. He was 71 years old.
Mike came to RMC in 1968 from Lively, ON. While at the College, he studied Science (Applied) and excelled in sports. He played varsity football with the Redmen and intramural hockey for Wolfe Squadron.
Mike served a full career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer. He served primarily on the West Coast – HMCS Kootenay, the Navel Officer Training Centre, Training Group Pacific, and the Ship Repair Unit in Esquimalt. Of course, there were the inevitable postings to NDHQ that eventually led to his retirement in Ottawa in 2004.
In retirement, Mike enjoyed golf, travel, skiing and curling. Sadly, seven years ago, he was diagnosed with dementia. He lived the last part of his life in the Glebe Centre where he received excellent care. He is predeceased by his first wife Jennie Lynn. He leaves behind his wife Katherine, his two children, Andrew and Heather who live in Ontario and Australia respectively, and four grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life for Mike is planned and will take place when conditions concerning COVID-19 allow travel from Australia. If they wish, friends can donate to the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County (https://dementiahelp.ca/) in Michael’s memory.
Rest in Peace, brother.
3287 Kenneth (Ken) Hoffer (1931-2020)
8849 Mike Moore
March 7, 1949 – December 26, 2020
On Saturday, December 26, 2020, Major William Michael ‘Mike’ Moore, loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 71.
Mike was born March 7, 1949 in Oakville, Ontario to Janet Elizabeth (Evans) and William Gardner Moore. Involved in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets as a teen, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1967. He earned his Chemical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston in 1971. The following year, he married Lorraine Elizabeth Church in Vancouver.
Mike was a military engineer throughout his 35-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, with postings to bases in Trenton, Baldy Hughes, Chilliwack, Borden and Winnipeg and travels throughout the country. His Catholic faith was very important to him and when travelling, he would seek out mass wherever he happened to be on Sunday. He and Lorraine consistently volunteered at the churches in the cities where they were posted.
Mike played and followed sports throughout his life. Baseball was a particular passion, and Mike was a life-long Red Sox fan. He coached his son’s teams, and patiently helped teach his grandchildren how to throw, catch and hit a ball. He was a determined runner, venturing out daily even when confronted by the worst of Winnipeg winters. Mike was known for his sense of humour and playful demeanor, as well as his knowledge of sports data.
After Mike retired in 2002 at the rank of Major, he and Lorraine moved from Winnipeg to Nanaimo to enjoy warmer weather, beautiful scenery and proximity to family. He enjoyed playing baseball again in the McGirr seniors’ league, and learned how to play snare drum, becoming an active member of the Pacific Gael Pipes and Drums band. He joined the Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus Council #9990 where he helped serve his parish. Mike and Lorraine made frequent trips to Texas to visit their beloved children and grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.
Mike is survived by his wife of 48 years Lorraine, son Richard (Janice), daughter Victoria (Andrew Bishop), grandchildren Clara, Serena and Oliver Moore and Rebecca, Matthew and Peter Bishop. An only child, Mike was very close to Lorraine’s siblings Roderick ‘Rod’ Church (Francie), Beverly ‘Bev’ (Douglas ‘Doug’ Morrison) and Patricia ‘Pat’ Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Gardner, and his mother, Janet.
A family funeral was held on January 8, 2021 at Trinity Catholic Church in Nanaimo.