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H 2499 Peter Wilson (RMC ’35)

h2499-wilson.jpg WHT (Peter) Wilson Lieut. Col. retired MBE CD. Died September 25, 2008 at age 92, from injuries suffered in a fall at his house in Kingston. He survived three wives, Pamela, Audrey and Joan. He is the father of Peter Wilson of Manotick and the late Penelope Smith. He graduated from RMC in 1939, served overseas with the Canadian Signals Corps and at Staff College during World War II. He was a member of the Spitzbergen expedition. Following the war he was Commanding Officer of the Second Signals Regiment in Toronto from 1954 to 1957. He was in business in Toronto and Kingston and was executive director of the Kingston Construction Association. He will be missed by the members of his family, the families of his wives and his friends and associates in the military and business communities in Kingston. A Memorial Service is planned for Oct 6 14:00 to 16:00 hrs Vimy Officers Mess CFB Kingston. In lieu of flowers donations to either the MS Society of Canada or the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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Obituary for Robert (Bob), Major Parent – Former RMC Professor

(Father of Rob Parent former and popular RMC hockey assistant coach and head rugby coach at RMC)

bp02.jpgMajor (Retired) Bob “Boomer” Parent RCE passed away suddenly at home on 23 September 2008. He had been in failing health but had left hospital in order to be with his family and friends during his last days.Major Bob Parent arrived at RMC to begin work as a professor within the Civil Engineering Department in December 1966. A veteran of Korea, a graduate of the Long Survey Course in the UK and Masters Programme at the University of New Brunswick he had also served in the RCE Mapping and Charting Establishment and spent many summers in Canada’s north breaking trail and running survey lines through virgin forest. This wealth of practical experience along with his academic background made him an ideal addition to the RMC faculty and set the stage for molding a generation of young Sapper cadets who were to come to enjoy the many pleasures of his annual survey camp. Bob left the military in 1972 but maintained his old school style of instruction at RMC for another 20 years earning the grudging admiration and appreciation of his students as well as the moniker “Boomer”. Bob retired from RMC in 1992 kept busy playing competitive bridge (reaching the Masters level) and cheering for his beloved Canadiens right up until his final days.

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Throughout his time at RMC and afterwards Boomer was supported by his family as well as many friends and comrades within the RMC community. Spending four years on the RMC grounds at Ridout Row generated strong bonds and he, along with his wife Shirley became close and lifelong friends with Maj (Rtd) Al George and wife Grace, Maj (Rtd) Alfie Bake and wife Liz and Maj (Rtd) Dick Baird and wife Enid. Along with his wife Shirley Boomer is survived by two sons, Robert and Michael and two daughters Karen and Margot, as well as his eight beloved grandchildren.

One Comment

  • Bill Czuboka

    October 16, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Mrs Parent
    I went to the field with Bob in 1959 to The Pas, MB Churchill MB, and Ennadia Lake NWT. He earned his nick name “Boomer” for sure. That year you lived down the street from me on Sullivan Ave, and we “car pooled” to work. Later my son Dan went to RMC and took some courses from Bob. He loved to give lots of “handouts” and the cadets thought he owned stocks with the paper companies.
    I later spent 36 years with MCE.
    Bill Czuboka