Deaths | Décès

iv_gauthierc.JPGJust prior to e-Veritas 5 going to press – we received word that 2Lt François-Olivier Gauthier (RMC 2009) passed away suddenly at CFB Borden.  No other details are available at this time.  We expect to update this post as the week progresses and as more details become available.

The funeral ceremony for François-Olivier is scheduled for Sat, 6 Feb:

– Urn showing begining at 1000

– Ceremony at 1400

The location for the showing, ceremony, and reception will be :

Centre Funéraire Yves Houle

180 rue Prince

Sorel-Tracy, QC


The family has requested that instead of flowers, they would prefer donations to “Action suicide” (charity).

Here is the link to the french obituary:



Dennis Diaper – RMC professor for 35 years from 1950 to 1984.

dannis_diaperAn acclaimed scientist who also enjoyed an international music career has died.

Dennis Diaper will be remembered for his ‘official’ career as a chemist and his ‘unofficial’ career in choral music. Both allowed him to travel the globe.

Born in Portsmouth in the 1920s, Dennis was educated at Northern Secondary School and went to Oxford in 1943, entering Oriel College as the Wraxhall Scholar.

There he studied under Sir Robert Robinson, winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Excelling as a scientist, he was involved in research projects on anti-malarial medicines.

During that time he completed his five years military service in the RAF Reserves.

After marrying Edwina Clapson on July 30, 1949, he moved to Canada, where he was recruited by the Royal Military College, where he was a professor for 35 years from 1950 to 1984.

He also took leave to teach at the University of Lusaka, Zambia, where he was briefly head of chemistry and then dean of science, the University of Ilorin in Nigeria as head of chemistry, and the National University of Lesotho, again as head of chemistry.

In Zambia, he supervised the construction of the new chemistry building at the university.

Through his science career, he published more than 100 articles in scientific journals.

Dennis retired from university teaching in 1992, and with Edwina enjoyed his retirement, travelling the world and dividing his time between Malta and Portsmouth.

With no formal training, Dennis managed an international musical career in choral music, both sacred and secular, spanning eight decades, from St. Mark’s Church, North End, Portsmouth, at eight years of age, to St Thomas’ Church, Bedhampton, just days before his death.

Among his notable musical achievements were singing Duruflé’s Requiem under the direction of the composer Marie-Madeleine Chevalier in the cathedral at Carpentras in France.

He passed away peacefully after a brief illness. He was 84.

Dennis, of Bedhampton Hill, Bedhampton, is survived by his children Oriel, Megan, Charles, and Mark and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at St Thomas’ Church, Bedhampton, on February 3 at 1pm.  Source


3328 Valiquette, Joseph Brian

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Joseph Brian Valiquette, at the age of 78, on January 22, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario. Brian was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 9, 1931. He attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, B.C. from 1950 to 1952, graduating with honours. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after ten years of service and subsequently worked as a civilian for the Department of National Defence. He is predeceased by his parents, Walter and Inez Valiquette and his son Michael. He is survived by Blanche Valiquette (nee: Gerard), of Victoria, B.C. and their children Douglas, Lynda, Elizabeth, Mark, and Christopher; his granddaughter Tamara and his grandson Bryce. Our family love remained strong through the years and we are deeply saddened. We will miss you, Dad, and will never forget your laughter and sense of humour which live on in each of your children as your gift to us. At Dad’s request, a special mass was conducted on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 4 Perry Street, Ottawa. The family wishes to thank the staff and palliative caregivers at Carlingview Manor for their excellent care and constant attendance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.   Source


Jean Caron5760 Jean Caron (CMR RMC 1963)

Caron, Jean 1940 – 2010 À son domicile, le 27 janvier 2010, à l’âge de 69 ans, est décédé, paisiblement et entouré des siens, monsieur Jean Caron, époux de madame Jeannine Cossette. Il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants : Jean-Philippe (Lyne Jutras) et Patricia (Bernard Roy), ses petits-enfants : Audrey, Viviane et Christophe, ainsi que de nombreux parents et amis La famille recevra vos condoléances au 231, boul. Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Beloeil (Québec) J3G 4G9 Téléphone : (450) 467-4780 Télécopieur : (450) 467-9468 [email protected] le vendredi 29 janvier 2010 de 19 h à 22h, le samedi 30 janvier 2010 dès 11 h. Une liturgie de la parole sera célébrée à 13h30 au salon. Sincères remerciements à l’équipe d’oncologie de l’hôpital Honoré-Mercier de St-Hyacinthe. Des dons à la fondation Guy Bourgeois contre le cancer seraient appréciés. Des formulaires seront disponibles au salon. Source

One Comment

  • 3918 Al Roberts

    February 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Dr Diaper played a determing role in my life/career. I was a reserve cadet at RMC from 1953 to 57. Starting in third year I elected to study Chemical Engineering. One of the courses was Organic Chemistry, which was taught by him. We were only five students in the class, so we got to know our profs quite well. I liked him and seemed to get along especially well with him – he was a good teacher with a fine sense of humour.

    In about February of 1957, just a few months before graduation, he came into the lab one day and said, “Roberts, what are you doing this summer?” This took me aback somewhat because, for the previous three summers, like all my classmates, I’d been sent off to summer training. Being fully involved in sports and courting my future wife at Queen’s (and, on yes, with a bit of study thrown in!),it hadn’t occurred to me that I should be looking around for a summer job before heading to U of T to complete my degree (in those days reserve cadets had no commitment with the military following graduation).

    I replied, in a bit of a fog, that I “didn’t know”, and Dr Diaper quickly retorted, “I thought as much!”. After a dramatic pause to let that settle into my bewildered mind, he added, “So I’ve got two job offers here for you. One is in the oil industry in Sarnia and the other at the Canadian Armement Research and Development Establishment (CARDE) just outside Quebec City at Valcartier. Which one would you like?”

    Well, it didn’t take long for me to choose. My father (an ex-cadet) was keen on speaking French and I’d visited Quebec City a couple of times with my family or on summer jobs. Great place! So that’s where I went in that summer of 1957 as a summer student. That led me into an interest in solid propellant rocket motors and a Master’s Degree in fluid dynamics, returning each summer to CARDE (or DREV as it subsequently was called) until I graduated in 1960 – at which time I was hired full time. I stayed with DND for 25 years as a Defence Scientist before leaving for a defence-related private industry.

    I used to return to RMC periodically to give talks on the research I was doing and Dennis Diaper would often invite me to his home for dinner, on one occasion including two cadets that I knew well. It was an association that I’ve never forgotten and much appreciated. There are certain persons who intervene positively in one’s life, and Dennis Diaper was one of those for me. A good man.

    3918 A.K. Roberts