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JOHN (JACK) TRIPP – CWO (retired) MMM, CD – 02 January 1940 to 05 March 2010

Honourary RMC graduate – 1983 & 1995

Member Legion Branch #160


After a courageous battle with cancer, John (Jack) passed away on 05 March 2010 at the age of 70 in Picton, ON. He will be deeply missed by his wife Veronica of 46 years of Wellington, his son Jeffrey, daughter in law Sherri, grandsons Johnathan and Joseph of Smith Falls and his daughter Lisa of Kingston. He is predeceased by his father Samuel and his brother Keith. He is survived by his mother Flossie of Wellington, his sister Betty of North Bay, his brother Bruce (Hilda) of Coalhurst, Alberta and his brother Robert (Shelly) of Trenton. He will also be missed by his in-laws Glenda of Ottawa, Gloria (Ken) of England, Patrick of Alberta, Louise (Salvator) of Montreal, Lionel of North Bay and Ann of Belleville and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and his best friend Lochlin. John (Jack) was a proud serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces for over 35 years. He retired in 1995 from the Royal Canadian Artillery and was stationed over the years in Gagetown, Germany, Winnipeg, Shilo, Toronto, Kingston and St. Jean. Jack was honoured by the Cadets at the Royal Military College as honourary graduate in 1983 while he was the drill Sergeant Major and again in 1995 as CWO of the College. He took great pride in being the RSM at the Language School in St. Jean and at the Artillery Battle School in Shilo. He was passionate about sports and loved to play hockey, golf and enjoyed fishing. He always supported the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Yankees. The family would like to thank the Doctors and nurses at the Cancer Unit at KGH and the nursing staff at Picton Memorial Hospital and at Hallowell House for the wonderful care and support they provided to him and to our family.

Friends may call at the



on Tuesday, March 9th from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on

Wednesday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Reverend Andrew Wilson officiating.

Spring Interment Christ Church Cemetery in Hiller, ON.

Memorial Donations to the Wellington Arena Fund or the

RCA Regimental Fund would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences and donations at

Cadets Called Him Mr. Tripp


James Pearson Cairns

Dr. Cairns was a Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts

CAIRNS, James Pearson – October 5th, 1923 – March 2nd, 2010. Beloved husband, adored father, treasured grandfather and loyal friend, James Pearson Cairns (Jim) died as he lived, with courage, patience and an unfailing sense of humour. Jim was born in Galt, Ontario, the son of Hugh and Lily Cairns. He attended Galt Collegiate Institute, graduating with a scholarship to the University of Toronto. His education was interrupted by a brief stint in the RCAF as a wireless mechanic (likely the high water mark of his mechanical achievements). He returned to university after the war, graduating with the Breuls Gold Medal in Political Science. After earning an M.A from Columbia University, he went to Oxford on a Beaver Club Scholarship. Although he had to withdraw in order to recover from tuberculosis, there was a silver lining to his time in the U.K. While convalescing, he met his very own English rose, Patricia Parnell. They married in 1952. Daughter Rosemary was born in 1956. Jim completed a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He joined the Faculty of the Royal Military College in 1960, retiring as professor emeritus after 30 years of distinguished service, including twelve years as Dean of Arts. Although his career was a source of personal satisfaction, what really mattered to Jim was family and friends. He was a gentle and dedicated partner to Pat for 57 years, a loving father to Rosemary, a role model and second father to son-in-law Daniel (Way), and an exemplary grandfather to Erin, Alexander and Kielan. He followed their exploits with tremendous pride, offered considered counsel, and, above all, demonstrated for them the qualities of fairness, pursuit of excellence, and commitment to social justice. Jim was a passionate reader, whose well-marked collection of books provides testament to his rigourous engagement with the world. He played chess for 70 years, was a long-standing member and Past President of the Kingston Chess Club, and a keen participant in correspondence chess – often managing twelve to fifteen games at a time via snail mail. A Big Brother for many years, Jim exemplified the “think globally, act locally“ credo, donating his time and resources to diverse community organizations. He loved his garden, enjoying the yearly rituals of planting and harvesting tomatoes, beans and raspberries, which he and Pat “put up“ in their well stocked freezer. Jim was a generous and compassionate man, whose life was filled with great good fortune, who appreciated the gifts that fate bestowed upon him, and who tried, every day, to make a difference. A celebration of his life is planned for 1 p.m. May 8th, Senior Staff Mess, Royal Military College – just about the time that the peas need planting.


GARRETT, Richard Hudson

May 18, 1916 – February 25, 2010

2324 Richard Hudson Garrett (RMC 1933) of West Vancouver passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, after a short illness. Richard was born in Victoria, BC, attended Royal Military College in Kingston, ON, and was a veteran of World War II, in which he served in Gander, Newfoundland as a pilot and Flight Lieutenant. Richard was always interested in mechanical things and became a Professional Engineer after the war. For many years he operated his own business turbo-charging diesel engines. Besides cars, his passions were tennis and golf, and he was a long-standing member of the West Vancouver Tennis Club and the Squamish Valley Golf Club. Richard is survived by his wife Dawne, daughter Margot (Frank) Leslie and predeceased by son Michael and first wife Jerry. He will be missed by Dawne’s children Anne (Doug) McNeill, David (Ann) Knowlton, and Sally Roberts. He will be remembered lovingly by their grandchildren Patricia, Diana, David, Catherine, Karen, Susan, Marianne, Cheryl, Trevor, Will, Lisa and their eighteen great-grandchildren as a true gentleman with a tall, slender build and a military bearing. The family will be holding a private memorial gathering on Monday, March 1st. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to [email protected].


  • Eric Stewart

    March 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Please publish Mr. Tripp’s photo the right way around. It is backwards.


    Eric Stewart
    Class of ’83

  • Eric Stewart

    March 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Bill, thank you very much for so quickly correcting the photo! See, it proves that us ex-navy types can identify issues with kit even before the army. I’m sure Mr. Tripp would approve.

    Eric Stewart
    Class of ’83

  • Eric Stewart

    May 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

    The Canadian military community lost a dear man with the passing of John (Jack) Tripp recently. Jack was the Drill Sergeant Major (DSM) of the Royal Military College (RMC) where I attended 1979 to 1983. He was an incredible personality, equal parts kindness and toughness. Definitely someone that we young officer cadets could measure ourselves against. He was also an honorary graduate, marching off with the class of ’83. He later came back to the College, serving as its College Sergeant Major as a Chief Warrant Officer and earning the honarium “Mister” as in Mister Tripp! If anyone earned the respect of the officer corps, it was definitely the inestimable Mr. Tripp!

    Talking about honours, I had the opportunity to meet with some of his relatives at his wake, 9 March 2010 in his home town of Wellington, Ontario. I talked to his wife, his son, a step-brother and a cousin. All had fond memories of the man. It was in several photo montages at the funeral home that I got to see something of another side to Mr. Tripp. A family man and also a sportsman. Notable accomplishments in and of themselves, but when taken with the military side of the man that I knew, properly showed just how multi-faceted and deep a man he truly was. It was a bit of a melancholy day for me, as I also drove through the town where I grew up for the most part, Trenton, Ontario. I also drove by RMC. RMC will always draw me. I have dreams of the place, mostly good ones, some bad. The fact remains that though I did not graduate from that august institution, much of what I am today….especially the hard lessons that I’ve learned….come from that place. While my memories of RMC are somewhat bittersweet, my memories of Sergeant Major Tripp are fond ones and not at all dimmed with either the failings of memory or the shadings of nostalgia.

    People at the wake talked about this man that they called Jack. I will never see him as Jack, but he will always be Sergeant-Major to me! Rest in peace, Sergeant Major. If anyone earned that peace, you did. God bless and make sure those angels and other heavenly hosts are properly turned out for parade! Get your spit-shine on!