Deaths | Décès: Some of those we lost in 2016; & a lifelong friendship

Some of those we lost in 2016; click on individual photo for a short write-up and / or obit.

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There were a number of others with a military college(s) connection who passed on during 2016, however, we were unable to find a photo:

3001 Donald L. Bethune – Class of 1952

3112 Dr John D Campbell – Class of 1953

4441 John Logie – (Class of 1959)

4535 Ken Higson – Class of 1960

5021 Allan MACARTHUR – Class of 1961

5499 Ronald J. LOCHEAD – Class of 1962

26846  Eric Leclerc (Class of 2015)

Likely, we missed out on listing a few; if you’re aware of any military college(s) connection deaths during 2016 that we have not listed – please leave a comment below with a link to the obit, if available.

Read more…new obit below…& an article on a lifelong friendship…

5552 Ernie Dueck – Class of 1962

After a courageous battle with ALS, Ernie passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family. Ernie leaves behind his devoted wife of 52 years Mary. He was the proud father of Kevin (Ingrid), Jonathan (Keren), Jana and Elissa (Amol) and adored his 5 grandchildren Tristan, Benjamin, Jack, Abigail and Marlowe who brought much joy and delight into his life. Ernie was predeceased by his brother John (Dorothy) and survived by sisters Margaret (Ray) and Sally and his brother Peter (Vickie) as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Ernie was lucky to have had many wonderful people surround him with friendship and caring over his lifetime. Many were classmates from RMC. Our family has lost a wonderful loving man and we will always be guided by his sense of responsibility, his intellect and constant goodwill towards others.

Ernie was born on April 7th 1940 in Rosemary Alberta, a small farming community in south central Alberta.

After graduating in 1962 from the RMC, he spent 3 years with the RCAF followed by another year lecturing at the RMC. In 1968 he joined Pratt & Whitney and spent 25 years with the company. In 1993 he joined Fleet Industries in Canada where he led for 6 years as the VP and General Manager.

Most recently he worked for Bradam Group developing a method of converting waste materials into a clean energy fuel.

Benner Funeral Services, Fort Erie Ontario entrusted with arrangements. A Memorial Mass will be held to celebrate Ernie’s life on Tuesday December 20th, 2016 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church (310 Central Ave. Fort Erie) at 11 am. If so desired, donations to the ALS Society would be appreciated by the family.

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David and Margret Baird: A lifelong friendship with Ernie and Mary Dueck

Dear Bill,

David and I have been very saddened to hear of the loss of Ernie Dueck. We will tell you how we came to know Ernie and Mary.

Many years ago in Kingston a Scottish (widowed) lady called Mrs. Brayshaw babysat our children when small from time to time. We and our children have very fond memories of this lady who supervised the household with Scottish dignity, humour and caring. She was really like a second Grandmother to our and other families. In time we heard that Mrs. Brayshaw had a daughter, Mary, and in time, we learned that Mrs. Brayshaw had taken in Mary as a child, probably as a foster child. Foster children were not allowed then to be adopted, but from what she told us quite briefly, Mrs. Brayshaw went to Court and told the Court that she wished to adopt Mary. We understood that the Court agreed that she could be a caregiver/guardian for this little girl. Quite a feat. Time went on and we no longer needed a babysitter when Mary was growing up.

Sometime later we met Mary with Ernie, probably at an RMC Ball, and occasionally in later years. We were so pleased that this pair were so fond of each other, and tried to enquire where they were being posted. When Mrs. Brayshaw later became ill, Mary contacted us and we went to see her in her last days. I always remember Mrs. Brayshaw’s last words to me in her last few hours, “I wonder where I’m going”. Most recently, at Willy Smee’s funeral, we met Mary and Ernie again. These are long memories.

We would very much like to be present at the Memorial service for Ernie to express our affection and sadness to Mary and her family, but at 87 and 88 years we no longer drive very far. We are sad that Ernie had to fight ALS, a devastating and destructive disease (a friend of ours also died of it several years ago in Kingston), but Ernie has left a beloved wife of over 50 years with many wonderful memories and a legacy of four cherished children and five grandchildren.

We will write to convey our deepest sympathy to Mary and her children. We are not very vigorous, but would welcome seeing Mary if she is ever near Kingston. We are touched that Mary remembers us and wants to hear from us.

Would you please give us Mary’s address so that we can write promptly?

Many thanks, Bill, for this help.

Hope you are both well and about to have a joyous Christmas.

With love,

Margaret and David Baird