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3518 Joseph (Joe) Corej

Joe was born in Montreal QC on 29 Mar 1934, and departed this vale of tears in Montreal on 17 Aug 2010. He had been rushed by ambulance to Sacré Coeur Hospital on 05 August, with pain in his right leg, and had surgery (a thrombectomy) that same day. By 16 August, he was managing his pain, and was to start Physiotherapy. Unfortunately, the following day his condition worsened, and he was placed in intensive care with a high fever and pneumonia. He died later that day of a massive heart attack. His funeral service was held on 20 August, with internment at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal.

Joe completed both his elementary and secondary schooling in Montreal (St. Patrick’s and D’Arcy McGee) before entering RMC in 1952 as a Reserve Cadet. During his four years at RMC (all in the Stone Frigate), he specialised in Civil Engineering, and completed his degree (BEng) at McGill University in 1957.

Throughout his schooling, Joe was very involved in extracurricular activities and played competitive football, basketball and hockey amongst other sports. He also enjoyed going to and watching many sporting events including all of his son Eric’s basketball games.

He devoted his entire professional career to the construction industry, in construction projects across Canada and the USA, in the Middle and Far East, Africa, Mexico and South America. Joe was involved in many professional associations, in particular the Quebec Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and the Quebec Construction Contractors Association.

Joe also devoted time to the Slovak community of Montreal as a long time warden of Ascension of Our Lord Eastern Rite Church, and member of various local Slovak associations. In particular, Joe was a member of the Canadian Slovak Professional and Business Association. Joe and his wife Helen were actively involved in the preparation of the annual Scholarship Ball.

From 1957 to 1959, Joe worked in the Construction Division of Shawinigan Engineering Company, first as Assistant Superintendent of construction for Beaumont power house, and then for transmission line construction.

In 1959 and 1960 he worked as a Field Engineer for construction of port facilities in Port Cartier, QC.

1960 through 1965 found Joe back at Shawinigan Engineering Company, as General Superintendent of Construction. It was during this period that he married Helen Eleanor Micak on 12 Oct 1963 in Montreal. Their first son (Martin Joseph) was born in 1964.

From 1965 to 1968, Joe worked with Inspiration Limited, as Manager of their Power Construction Division, mainly in Tracy, QC. His daughter (Camille Marie) was born in 1968.

From 1968 to 1989, Joe worked with BG CHECO International Limited; first as Assistant Construction Manager, and from 1977, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His second son (Eric John) was born in 1972. As Executive Vice President, Joe was involved in many intense labour negotiations representing management in the Quebec Construction industry, was called upon to resolve contractual disputes with clients, and required to travel domestically and overseas. In the mid to late seventies, Joe was involved in a transmission line project in Iran during the beginnings of the Islamic Revolution and the eventual overthrow of the Shah of Iran. He made frequent visits to Iran up until the Shah’s dynasty had fallen.

In April 1988, Joe presented his son Martin with the Iron Ring at Concordia University in Montreal. Martin, like Joe, also graduated in Civil Engineering.

Finally, from 1989 until his retirement in 2000, Joe served as President and Chief Operating Officer of F.A. Tucker (Canada) Limited.

In his retirement, Joe enjoyed life in his home town of Montreal, playing golf, bowling and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He spent most weekend afternoons swimming with his grandson, his only grandchild in Montreal. Joe and his wife Helen also enjoyed traveling. On occasion their travels would take them to places like Las Vegas or San Francisco, but a large part of their travel would take them to visit family in Dartmouth N.S., Stratford ON, their son and his wife in Toronto, and their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters in Vancouver.

Joe is survived by his wife (Helen) of 47 years, their two sons Martin Joseph (Giovanna Donnini) and Eric John (Cynthia Quirion), their daughter Camille Marie (Keelan Tisshaw), and four grandchildren.

He will be sorely missed by each of them, and by his Classmates of the RMC Class of ’56.

Prepared by 3506 Ronald G. Capern


1814 Rodger, N. Elliot (RMC 1928), Maj-Gen (retired), CBE, CD

On 15 September 2010 in Ottawa, in his 103rd year. Born in Amherst NS in 1907, Elliot was the devoted husband of the late Isabel Wilson for 71 years and the proud father of three sons: Wilson (Judith), London ON; Nicholas (Anne), Sackville NB; and Elliot (Meredith), Ottawa. He cherished his grandchildren Milisa (Andrew), Merewyn (William), Jonathan (Kimberly), Adelia, Nell, Dylan, and David; and his great-grandchildren Ian, Alexandra, Duncan, Ashlin, and Kristen. He was pre-deceased by his grandson Matthew. Elliot will be missed by his two brothers, David (Victoria) and George (Halifax) and many nieces and nephews. His last years were much enriched by his special friendship with Eleanor Golden. His intelligence, integrity and unfailing courtesy were an inspiration to his family and friends.

A graduate of Royal Military College and McGill University, Elliot was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1928. He was posted to England in 1939 where he served in various capacities, concluding as Chief of Staff of 2 Canadian Corps. His distinguished army career included post-war appointments as Quartermaster General, General Officer Commanding Prairie Command, and Vice-Chief of the General Staff, as well as the first Colonel Commandant of the Cadet Service of Canada. His decorations include Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of Oranje-Nassau (The Netherlands) and the Legion of Merit, Commander degree (USA).

After retiring from the army in 1956, he returned to Winnipeg, eventually becoming Chairman of the Manitoba Liquor Commission as well a member of several corporate and community boards. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, in the 1950s and 60s Elliot spent many summers in a canoe with the Voyageurs, retracing the routes of early explorers and fur traders. In 1983 Elliot and Isabel settled in Ottawa.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral 439 Queen Street, Ottawa, on TBA at TBA, followed by a reception at TBA.

The family has appreciated the loving and exemplary care by all the staff at The Edinburgh Retirement Residence, especially Luisa Romero.

Contributions in Elliot’s memory may be sent to the FortWhtye Forever Endowment Fund, 1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 2K9;

On-line condolences may be sent to [email protected]



5496 LAMPARD, Rowland (Roy) Geoffrey Stewart (RMC 1962)

(1939 – 2010)

”A truly generous, compassionate, gentle man and gentleman.” ”The genuine article . . .he made everyone feel special.” ”Meeting Roy, you never wanted the time to end.” ”He gave of himself one hundred percent and more.”

A native of St. Catharines, Roy graduated from St. Catharines Collegiate in 1958 and subsequently from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1962 with a BSc (Chem. Eng.) and a commission in the Royal Canadian Regiment. He served with the First Battalion, RCR, in Ipperwash and Soest, Germany, achieving the rank of captain. Returning to Canada in 1965, he worked with Pittsburgh Paints, Atomic Energy of Canada and John Deere before retiring in 1997.

Roy was a devoted family man – his greatest love – and leaves behind wife Peggy, daughter Robin (son-in- law David Brady), son Scott (daughter-in-law Amanda) and grandchildren Katherine, Caroline, Matthew and Aaron, always signing his e-mails Roy/Dad/Grandad. He also leaves behind his sister Judy (husband David Gittings) and brother-in-law Keith Evans. Roy is predeceased by his sister-in-law Sally Evans.

While in high school, Roy was an oboist with the St. Catharines Civic Orchestra. At college, he was a member of both the soccer and swim teams and sang in the RMC Glee Club. Since returning to St. Catharines with his family in 1973 to live and work, he has been active with Chorus Niagara, the Shaw Festival Guild, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, the PROBUS Club and the St. George’s breakfast program.

An ardent outdoorsman and canoeist, swimmer, cyclist, devotee of opera and choral music and traveller, Roy extended his love to his cats and other animals. Sadly, he suffered a heart attack on September 16th while out on an early morning bike ride.

A memorial service celebrating Roy’s life will be held at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, St. Catharines at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2nd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chorus Niagara or St. Thomas’ Anglican Church. Source

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