Deaths | Décès

It is with deep sorrow that I announce that Ms. Lesley Muirhead, Cadet Mess Manager, has lost her battle with cancer. Lesley passed away on Saturday evening (18/12/2010). She was well known to anyone who has organized a function in the Cadet Mess & Recreation Centre and was obviously well known and a friend to many of our Officer & Naval Cadets over the past 16 years.

At the request of her daughter Corinna, a memorial service will be held at RMC in mid-January 2011, further details will be promulgated in early January.

Video 23 Oct 2009 interview with Lesley Muirhead

C’est avec une profonde tristesse que je vous annonce que Mme Lesley Muirhead, gérante du Mess des élèves officiers, a perdu son combat contre le cancer. Lesley est décédée samedi soir dernier (18/12/2010) . Elle était bien connue de tous les membres du personnel qui ont organisé une activité au Mess des élèves officiers et, bien sûr, des nombreux élèves officiers et aspirants de marine qui ont fréquenté le Collège au cours des16 dernières années et dont elle était l’amie.

À la demande de sa fille Corinna, un service commémoratif aura lieu au CMR à la mi-janiver 2011. Plus d’informations vous seront communiquées au début de janvier.

Nathalie Filion-Poitras

Administrative Assistant | Adjointe administrative

Commandant’s Office | Cabinet du Commandant


4009 Gerald Frederick George Clift (CMR RMC 1958) died peacefully in his 76th year, after a brief illness, at University Hospital in London, Ontario, on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010. Beloved husband of Sheri, father to Alison and her husband Bill of Calgary, and Sarah and her husband Uli of Dartmouth. Adored grandfather of Aaron, Liam and Tovah. Predeceased by his sister Barbara and his brother Garth. Born in Saskatchewan in 1935, Gerry first pursued a military career.

After attending Royal Military College he was stationed overseas for a number of years. Gerry enjoyed a long career in the Thames Valley District School Board, teaching at Beal, Oakridge and Banting, where he was admired by students and teachers alike. After his retirement from teaching in the early nineties, Gerry and Sheri travelled extensively. More than anything else, he treasured the time he spent with his family, and all of us will miss him. Friends and family will be received at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Monday, December 27th, 2010 from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. where the memorial service will follow in the chapel at 3:00 p.m.

Those wishing to make a donation in Gerry’s name are asked to consider My Sister’s Place (People in Transition, Inc.) or Mission Services of London.

Online condolences available at


RCNC 315 WHYTE, Lieutenant Commander Robert Andrew Christopher, CD (1946)

RCNC 315 WHYTE, Lieutenant Commander Robert Andrew Christopher, CD (1946) ** RCN Rtd Born July 7, 1929 Shawinigan Falls, QC, Robert passed away at Starwood Extendicare Nursing Home, Ottawa, December 21, 2010 on his 50th wedding anniversary to his beloved wife Karen (Johnson). He is survived by his brother James (Elinor) of St. Lambert, QC; his sisters Mary Walker (Robert) of Milton, ON, and Dorothy Goudey of Yarmouth, NS; his daughter Lise (Mark) of Germantown, TN, and his twin granddaughters Heather and Courtney. Robert attended Shawinigan High School and he graduated with the term of 1948 from the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads. He retired from the Navy in 1985 after 37 years of service after which he worked in the Security Division of the House of Commons until 1993.

During his RCN career he served on ships on both coasts. He was also assigned to the National Defense HQ and to NATO postings in Mons, Belgium (SHAPE) and in Norfolk, VA (SACLANT). Robert was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada and The Old Brigade. He was an active volunteer with the Nepean Figure Skating Club in the 60’s & 70’s. A memorial service will be held at 11 am at St. John’s Anglican Church on Sandhill Road in Kanata on Friday, December 24 with a reception immediately following in the church hall. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers kindly remember the Starwood Family Support Group (114 Starwood Rd. K2G 3N5) or the Salvation Army. The family would like to thank all the staff at Starwood Nursing Home for their compassionate care.


Notable deaths in 2010

A tribute to some of those we lost