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This section is dedicated to Gunners serving and retired who have passed away.  If you are aware of a member of the Artillery community passing away please inform the webmaster for inclusion in the Last Post.




FITZPATRICK, Ron M. LCol (Ret’d) passed away Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014, in Ottawa from complications related to an abdominal aneurism he suffered two months ago. He was 72. Ron commanded 30 Field Regiment, RCA from 7 May ’92 to 25 Sept ’95. His wife Rosemarie, his son Paul and daughter-in-law, Nikki have invited all who knew Ron to join them at 1300 hrs on Sat 5 Apr at the Divine Infant Catholic Church, 6658 Bilberry Drive, Orleans, Ontario K1C 2S9.

DOUCET, B. Ronald, CD WWII Army Veteran, RCA Ron passed away on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at the Ridgewood Veterans Wing in his 94th year. Ron began his military career enlisting in the Army in 1939 until 1945 during which time he served overseas for 2 ½ years in UK, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He continued with the reserves rising to the rank of Lt. Col. Commanding Officer of 31st Service Battalion (Saint John). Ron was a long-time member of St. Pius X Parish and a life time Member of Legion Branch # 14 & # 64. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Corp. of Commissionaires, the Last Post Fund and volunteered with many organizations.

BEATTIE, Brigadier General (Ret’d) Clayton Ernest, CMM, C StJ, CD of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, Commander of the Canadian Peacekeeping Contingent and Hero of the Civil War in Cyprus in 1974, passed away on February 3, 2014 at the age of 86 after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.

EDGAR, Douglas Franklin Sgt (WWII, Ret’d) passed on 11 January 2014, in Arnprior ON at 90 years old. Douglas served in the 4th Fd Regt, RCA, 2nd Bty.

UKRAINETZ, Paul Sgt (Ret’d) passed away on 10 January 2014, in Insinger, SK. Paul served with various Regiments during his years of service,He served both at the School and was one of the first members of the SSM Battery, Paul served in Germany 1960-63. He was a stalwart member of the Artillery and often reminisced of his time during the Korean conflict.  Ubique.

PERRIN, Harold Lawrence (Ret’d) passed away on Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, in Oromocto, NB. Harold was a Korean Vet and served in 1 RCHA, retiring with 35yrs service, I’m sure he served in other regiments as well.

BOULET, Alexander Benjamin Gnr (WWII, Ret’d) passed on 02 January, 2014 in Sarina, ON at the age of 89. Alexander Boulet served with the 15th Field Regiment, 4th Armoured Division of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during WWII. He was a proud member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 05-062.

VEUGER, Peter, LCol (Ret’d) – January 2014.

STEED, Carl Mark – 31 December 2013.

HYNES, David Joseph – 31 December 2013.

LUCAS, David, WO (Ret’d) – 28 December 2013.

MATHESON, John Ross (Honourable), Col (Ret’d) – 27 December 2013, 1917-2013 – The Honourable John Ross Matheson of Kingston ON; formerly of Gananoque, Rideau Ferry, Ottawa, Brockville, Barrie, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Quebec City. John was born in Arundel and raised in Quebec City. He attended Queen’s University, graduating in 1940 with a B.A. Honours in Economics. He served in World War II with the First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. As a Forward Observation Officer, he was wounded near Ortona, Italy in 1943. He convalesced at the Veterans Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, where he met Edith Bickley. They married in 1945, after which John studied Law at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1948. He later earned degrees from Mount Allison University (Master of Arts), and the University of Western Ontario (Master of Laws). John was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1967. He also received Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston. In 1948 John and Edith settled in Brockville, where he was a founding member of the firm Matheson, Henderson and Hart. John was elected Federal Member of Parliament for Leeds in a 1961 by-election. He was re-elected in 1962, 1963, and 1965 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Pearson. In 1968, he returned to the practice of law and was appointed Judge for the Judicial District of Ottawa-Carleton. In 1979 he moved to the County Court of Lanark, Perth Ontario. In 1985 he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of Ontario and served on the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) from 1990 to 1992. During his political career, John was a leading member of the parliamentary committee which successfully shepherded the adoption of the Canadian (Maple Leaf) flag by parliament in 1965. Years later, his masters thesis was published under the title “Canada’s Flag: A Search for a Country”. He also provided the concept and the background research that led to the design of the Order of Canada in 1967. Heraldry was another of John’s passionate pursuits. He was a driving force in the foundation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Proud of his military associations, he held honorary militia appointments of LCol and then Col with the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery from 1972 to 1982.

BYRNS, Dany, passed away on 26 December 2013, in Laval, QC at 47 years old.

DOYON, Jean-Guy, passed away on 25 December 2013 in Lévis, QC at the age of 55 years.

REPPINGTON, Charles, Sgt (Ret’d) – 24 December 2013.

THOMAS, Charlie Walter, passed away on 24 December 2013 in Hope, BC at 86 years old.

SEARL, Bill, WO (Ret’d) – 25 December 2013 Bill passed away peacefully on December 25th, 2013 at the age of 75. Bill served in the Canadian Armed Forces graduating through Apprentice Battery, Shilo in 1954, retiring in 1989 from the RCHA. Bill was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served as an executive member for many years.

LAWSON, Edward Thirlwell – 15 December 2013.

LEBLANC, Joseph Emile – Passed away on 15 December 2013, in Brandon, MB, at 76 years old. Many will remember Joe for his time in L Bty 4 RCHA CFB Petawawa, and his time at CFB Shilo and in the SSM Bty in Germany.

CAMPBELL, Harvey Garfield (Soup) – 10 December 2013, at 76 years old in Lethbridge, AB. Harvey served the guns from 1954 to 1981.

BLANCHET, Richard, MBdr (Ret’d) – 3 December 2013.

LELIÈVRE, Sylvain, MCpl – 2 December 2013

KUIPERS, George Sjouke – December 2013.

RENNER, Robert George – December 2013.

CORBETT, Dwight, MWO (Ret’d), passed away on 29 November 2013, in Orleans, ON at the age of 67.

SAWICKI, John, Maj (Ret’d) – passed away on 22 November 2013, in Veron BC. John Sawicki was an outstanding and extremely talented Gunner, who came from a Gunner family, since his father served the Guns as well. John received his initial Gunner training through the Apprentice Battery organization at CFB Shilo. Throughout his career John served in both the air defence and field occupations with conspicuous excellence, leading ultimately to his commissioning from the ranks. To emphasize the extraordinary Gunner skills and knowledge of John Sawicki it can be said that he was one of only a few of those commissioned from the ranks who achieved the rank of Major. John retired from CFB Shilo to the Brandon area and became a font of knowledge and activities on the social side of his retirement era. One could not attend a Gunner Reunion in Shilo without making contact with John, given his exuberant personality and the scope of friends he had developed over his Gunner career.

ST-DENIS, Robert, MBdr (Ret’d) – passed away suddenly on 5 November, 2013 at the age of 56 years old. Bob served with X and RHQ in 5 RALC and W Bty at the Arty School and also in 2 Fd Regt, RCA.

FINLEY, William, Gnr (WWII, Ret’d) passed away on Saturday 02 November, 2013, in Simcoe, ON at the age of 88 years old. Gnr Finley swerved with 94 Bty, 7 Med Regt RCA in England, and through France, the Netherlands and Germany. Joining at the age of sixteen, Gnr Finley was selected to escort King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey to celebrate Dominion Day on 1 July 1942. TOSH, Tom – 22 October 2013.

MELANSON, Bruce – 15 October 2013

DURUPT, Herbert JM, Bdr (Ret’d) passed away on Saturday 12 October 2013 in White Rock, BC.

IRVINE, Robert William, Col (Ret’d) – passed away on 24 September 2013, in Ottawa at the age of 81 years old.

LAFOND, Roger – passed away on 18 September 2013, in Parrsboro, ON at 82 years old.

CALLARD, Reginald Morrow, Maj (Ret’d) – passed away on 16 September 2013, in Ottawa. Reg served in AA in Victoria, then in the RCHA in Winnipeg and Shilo and then qualified as a TSO at RMCS at Shrivenham and spent the rest of his career in that field.

GILLIS, “Hughie” LCol (Ret’d) died peacefully on September 12th 2013 in Antogonish NB. Hugh volunteered for military service in 1941 with the RCA and served in Italy and N.W. Europe. During the Korean war he commanded D Battery 2RCHA and subsequently served as a Lt. Col. with the Canadian Militia in Ontario. Following his military service he became an educator with a varied career as professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Marymount College, Tarrytown, N.Y. and St. Mary’s University, Halifax. He was the author of three books and many articles dealing mostly with political history.

MAY, Bob (“Jed”) Gunner (Ret’d), passed away on August 23, 2013 in Badger Nfld at 65 years old. Jed was a proud Airborne Gunner.

KINGSTON, Bob, Col (Ret’d) passed away on August 14th, 2013 in Niagara Falls, ON. Colonel Kingston commanded 2 RCHA in Germany from 1953 – 1957 and later was the Deputy Commandant of Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto.

Bourgoin, OCdt Joshua passed away on Sunday 07 July 2013, he was 32 years old.  Joshua was a Bombardier with 4th Air Defence Regiment from December 2007 until July 2012 when he was accepted for the UTPNCM program and transferred to 3 ASG’s BTL to attend school at the University of New Brunswick.  At the time of his passing, he was a student on the BMOQ Course in St Jean.

Johnson, WO Andrew (Andy). Andy passed away Sunday 07 July 2013 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 51. WO Andy Johnson joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982.  He was posted to 1 RCHA in West-Germany from 1982 to 1991, to the RCAS 1991-2000, back to 1 RCHA in Shilo MB from 2000 to 2005 and subsequently returned to the RCAS in 2005.  Andy’s last position at the Arty School was Ops WO, a position he held until last May, and leaves us after more than 31 years of loyal service to the Royal Regiment. End of Mission, Stand Easy.

Kierstead, Clair (Clyde) Wayne Sgt (Ret’d) passed away unexpected Tuesday, 02 July 2013 in Fredericton NB at 57 years old. Clyde was a 21 year Veteran of The Canadian Armed Forces, proudly serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1 RCHA and RCAS until February 2001 when upon retirement he chose long-haul trucking as a second career. He was also employed as an instructor with Valcom and Calian until health issues prevented him from working full time. Gowanlock, Jeffrey Wayne, CWO (Ret’d) passed away Wednesday 19 June 2013 in his 58th year. Jeff was a long time member of the 69th Field Battery and past RSM of 56th Field Regiment R.C.A. and a long time employee of Borg Warner Canada.

Casey, Barney passed away at home on Saturday, 08 June 2013, at the age of 79. Barney was a gunner with the Regt in Germany back in the late 50’s and 60’s. The funeral will be held in Mississauga on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Howitt,  Gerry, Major (Ret’d) passed away on Thursday, 06 June 2013, near Guelph Ontario at the age of 92 years.  He was from a well known Guelph family, serving in 1RCHA, 2 RCHA and the RCSA from 1950 to 1970.

Medland, Stanley Lloyd (Lt, 3rd Anti-Tank), passed on 5 June 2013 in Toronto ON at the age of 92. Lt. Stanley Lloyd Medland, late of the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment passed away on the occasion of his 65th wedding anniversary to his wife Doreen. Stan served with 3rd A/T during the war and landed on D-Day with many other valiant Gunners who bore the brunt of what would be a very demanding action for his Regiment. Ubique

Talavera, Luis Bdr, passed away on 2 June 2013 in St John NB, age 28. Luis was a member of 4th AD Regt, RCA serving aboard ship on Operation ARTEMIS when he became gravely ill. End of Mission, Stand Easy.

Davidson, Donald (Tank) William, passed away peacefully on 2 June 2013, at the Oromocto Public Hospital at the age of 73years. Tank, as he was known to his family and friends, loved sports, in his younger years he played softball, hockey, curled and even golfed a little. But he really loved being an umpire for softball and did that for many years. Tank served his country for 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Artillery and retired with the rank of Bombardier. He worked for several years as a commissionaire after his retirement from the service.

Davidson, Charles D. passed away on 01 June 2013, In Woodstock NB, at the age of 66years. Charlie served in 1 RCHA.

Boldt, Ted Major (Ret’d), passed away on 11 May 2013 at the age of 90 years. On conclusion of the war years he was amongst the first of many Gunner officers to be appointed Technical Staff Officers (TSOs). As such, for the vast amount his time serving the Guns, he was stationed at NDHQ Ottawa during which, on trips across the country to Shilo, Esquimalt, Gagetown and other such exotic Gunner establishments, he was involved in the trials, evaluation and purchase of a myriad of Artillery and other equipments.

Bauer, Ed Colonel (Ret’d) passed away on 10 May, 2013 in Calgary, AB at 83 years old. He commenced his military service with the Militia in March of 1947 as a Gunner in the 12th Field Regiment, RCA. In 1950, he enlisted in Canada’s United Nations Special Force and served in Korea with the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. On his return to Canada, Ed received his commission with the 12th Field Regiment, RCA. In 1959 he transferred to the 3 Field Artillery Regiment, RCA (the Loyal Company) holding various positions until his appointment as Senior Officer-Operations and Training in the Headquarters of Western New Brunswick Militia District. In May 1971, on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 3 Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. In March of 1978 Ed completed the Basic Parachute Training Course at the CF Airborne Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1979, after serving as Deputy Commander of the District, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Commander Western New Brunswick Militia District. Colonel Bauer held this position until 1984 when he transferred to the Supplementary List, having served for 32 years. Colonel Bauer was National President of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (1985-86), President of the Army Cadet League of New Brunswick, Governor-Army Cadet League of Canada, Officer Commanding the Byng Boys, Hon Aide de Camp to the Governor General of Canada, escort to the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Executive- The Council of Defence Associations, a member of New Brunswick Veterans organization and past member of several shooting fraternities in the province. Colonel Bauer received the following decorations: Korean Star; Volunteer Medal; United Nations Medal; Jubilee Medal; Canada 125 Anniversary Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration (2 bars).

Prokop, John passed away 10 May 2013, in Truro, NS at 80 years. Born in a small farming community in Marlin, SK, he was the son of the late William and Anastasia Prokop. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery in January 1953 and he served his country for 31 years. On retirement, he and Evelyn settled in Truro. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, and wood working. He also enjoyed playing music and his guitar. He was a member of the Downeast Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association, and the Atlantic Gunners Association. His big enjoyment was spending the summers at Harbour Light Campground in Pictou with his family and friends.

Tremblay, William (Bill) Andrew, passed away suddenly on Sunday, 5 May 2013 in Winnipeg MB. Bill was born in Winnipeg on October 15, 1947. Bill joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1964 and served for ten years and worked at various jobs during his years until his passing He was an Apprentice Soldier with the 1964 intake. Bill loved most sports especially golf, hockey and his favourite, horse racing.

Holmes, Lawrence (Laurie) . was interred on 27 April 2013 in Surrey, BC. He served in Shilo in the GMT Wing, RSS in the Calgary area 4RCHA, and a long shift in Camp Borden in the Cold war Bunker until retirement. Then settling in Vancouver with his family. Farewell to a proud GUNNER UBIQUE. Caughell, Glenn – (Veteran WW11) passed away on Saturday, 23 April 2011 in his 94th year. Glenn served with distinction as a Sgt with the 19th Field Regt. (SP) RCA from 1942 to 1946, landing on Juno Beach at 9:30 a.m. on D-Day. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 142 Dunnville, ON. End of Mission, Stand Easy.

Neale, A.R. (Ross) CWO (Ret’d), CD passed away on 21 Apr 2013 in Brandon MB. Ross was Curator Emeritus and former RSM of 26 Field regiment RCA.

Andrews, Robert (Bob) William, Sgt (Ret’d). passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 in Brandon Mb.  Bob served with the 3rd Regiment RCHA, and was born in Ashmore, NS on August 20, 1937.

Jubinville, Alain sgt (Ret’d) passed away on 2 April 2013 in Mascouche, QC at 56 years old.

Fall, Gordon Sterling passed away on 30 March 2013, in Moncton NB at 87 years. After his time served with the Armed Forces Gordon remained a member of the Korean War Veterans. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 and a member of the Air Force Veterans Club. He enjoyed his time with the Moncton Curling Association where he was the ice maker, and at Campers City in Moncton where worked as grounds keeper. “the proudest gunner I have ever known”

Badgley, Daniel David, passed away on 27 March 2013 at the Pembroke Regional Hospital. Dan a Gunner from 4 RCHA retired from 2 RCHA and I believe he was a long time Sgt-At-Arms in Br 517 Petawawa.

McCall, Fred Major (Ret’d), OMM, CD passed away on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. Fred made many contributions to the communities he lived in by sitting on boards and committees including the Victorian Order of Nurses (Smiths Falls Branch). He served in the Canadian Forces, first as a cadet, then in the RCA (1RCHA) as a gunner until his retirement in 1976. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Fred was an expert in air defence. He was honoured by the Governor General of Canada in 1976 with an Order of Military Merit.

Johnson, David Havlock, WO (Ret’d), CD passed away peacefully at home in Matlock on 22 March 2013. Dave proudly served in the military (RCHA) retiring after 26 years as a Warrant Officer. He followed his military career as a life underwriter, building manager, security officer and, most recently, a Municipal Councillor.

Marcotte, Alexander Ross, passed away tragically at home on 18 March 2013, in Brandon MB at 18 years. Alex was a proud member of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.

Henry, Angus Sgt (Ret’d), passed away on 17 March 2013 in New Waterford NS. Angus spent lots of time with 4 AD Regt, Battle School (Shilo) and RCAS.

Lavoie,  Leo W. passed away Friday 15 March 2013. Leo served with the 79th Regt, RCA in Germany in the early 1950’s.

MacDiarmid, Roger (Spike) Capt (Ret’d), passed away on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 in Fredericton NB. Spike chose the military as a career when he was only 17 and like his father who served in World War II, joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He was proud to be “a gunner” and equally proud to wear the maroon beret of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served as a peacekeeper in Cyprus during the war there in 1974, and was later fortunate to serve as Battery Sergeant Major of E Battery Para and as Regimental Sergeant Major of 2 RCHA in Petawawa which was part of the highly-trained Canadian Special Service Force. During this time he also had the honor of being awarded the Military Medal of Merit by the Governor General of Canada. Another highlight of Roger’s career was being chosen to serve for three years as Corps RSM of the Artillery for Canada. He was then commissioned to Captain and served as the Housing Officer at Base Gagetown where he later retired after 38 years of service. Following retirement from the military, Roger worked for five years with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in Fredericton, NB.

Gallant, Joseph Marc (“Judo Joe”), passed away on Thursday 28 February, 2013, in Stratford, aged 72 years. You may remember fondly the little guy we nick named “Judo Joe”, he was in 2RCHA 64-67 in Germany. Joe was at the last years AGA reunion in Gagetown.

Perry, Alphonse Joseph, passed away on 18 February, 2013 at Fredericton, NB. Alphonse proudly served in World War II. Volunteering for service, he was a member of the 1st Canadian Division as an infantryman and with the artillery. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #04 -Fredericton.

Rouse, Douglas Avery Goodwin passed away on 15 February, 2013 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Fredericton NB at the age of 92. In WWII he served as an artillery captain with the 2nd Field Regiment of the Canadian First Division and saw action in North Africa, Italy and Western Europe. Following the Battle of Ortona in Italy, Doug returned to England, where he was trained to be an artillery air observation pilot and flew in that capacity for the balance of the war. Following the war, he returned to Canada where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at U.N.B. and his Bachelor of Laws degree at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1951. Doug practiced law in Fredericton where he was a partner with the firm of Hanson, Rouse and Gilbert. In 1960, he joined the provincial government with the Department of Justice and became the Deputy Minister of Justice, overseeing the creation of the legislative framework for Premier Robichaud’s Equal Opportunity Program. In 1970, Doug joined the faculty of U.N.B. Law School where he was the civil procedures professor for many years. In the early 1980’s, he co chaired the committee that prepared the modern rules of court for New Brunswick. Following his retirement as a professor in 1985, he became counsel for the law firm Mockler, Allen and Dixon.

Pineault, André MWO (Ret), Batterie Q. passed away on 3o January, 2013 at the age of 77.

Lepage, René Bdr (ret’d), passed away 21 January 2013, in St-Émile, Québec. René served with 5 RALC and was active in their Association.

Weagle, Albert Ellsworth, passed away on 11 January, 2013 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, at the age of 77. A lot of you will remember Al from Germany one of his enterprises after he retired was to run a Gastoff on the high road in Lahr I’m not sure but I think it was called the Canadian or words to that effect. Quite popular with the Air Defence as Al was himself Air Defence.

Bale, Ernest (Vet WWII) passed away on Monday 28 Jan at the age of 90 in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. He belonged to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He enlisted in the Artillery on 18 Jan 1943. He was stationed at Victoria, Port Alberni, Prince George, Nanaimo, Comox, also Aleutian Islands and the North Pacific Area. He was in these places from Jun – Dec 1944. On Jan 14, 1945 he was posted overseas. He went to the Alberta Reconnaissance Battalion in the United Kingdom, and on July 20, 1945 he left for North West Europe where he joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. On Sep 30, 1945, he returned to the UK and arrived in Canada on Oct 3, 1945. He then had 14 days leave. On Oct 17, 1945, he reported back to Winnipeg and was sent to MacDonald Air Base where he joined the Engineers and drove trucks., mostly hauling the soldiers to Portage la Prairie at night. He received his discharge under routine order 1029 5.c.i. by reason of “To return to civil life — on Demobilization” on the 13th day of August 1946.

Dufresne, Gérard F., Col (Ret’d) passed away on 27 January 2013, at CSSS de l`Énergie-Résidence St-Maurice, aged 94 . He served as the Honorary Colonel at 62e RAC and was also an Honorary in the RCAA. He was a veteran who served 45 years in the Army.

Helman, William Barry Major (Ret’d) CD, passed away on January 27, 2013 at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic) after a lengthy illness. During his military career, he served as a UN Peacekeeper in Korea, Cyprus and Gaza. Barry was a dedicated volunteer on behalf of veterans and for six years held the position of President, Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP).

Young, Harold, CWO (Ret’d) CD, passed away in his sleep on Wed, 16 Jan 2013 in Ottawa. Harold spent time in 1RCHA, he was in A Bty in 1961, and he was the trumpet instructor in the Regimental Band as well.

Smith, Miles Thomas Walter passed away on 12 January 2013, in Calgary AB. Miles a.k.a. “The Groover”, served in 1 AB Bty (A Troop).

Adams, Ron (Crash) passed away on 05 January 2013 in Edmonton. Ron Adams served in L Bty, 4 RCHA 66-69. A fine pilot and Gunner he was.

Bell, A. Lea, passed away Friday 28 December 2012, at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, aged 76 years. Lea was a member of 3RCHA and was a member of the regimental hockey team when the 3rd was in Germany 60-63.

Smith, Hazen Edward, Sgt (Ret’d) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He had a long distinguished career with the Canadian Armed Forces, where he served with 1 Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Korea, Truro, twice in Germany, and finished his career at CFB Gagetown.

Holleran, Lawrance James, MWO (Ret’d)CD, passed away on Thursday, 6 December, 2012 at Hospice Niagara, in his 89th year, Larry was a long time employee of CKTB and CHOW radio and Niagara College. He served during WWII in the 83rd Battery, 23rd Field Regiment (SP), Royal Canadian Artillery, celebrating his 21st birthday in June of 1945 in Holland. Following his overseas service, Larry joined the 10th Field Battery, 44th Field Regiment, and rose to the rank of Battery Sergeant Major retiring in 1967. In the following years, Larry served on the executive of the 10th Field Battery Association, including several terms as President. He also served as Treasurer and Chairman of the St. Catharines Artillery Foundation and was the organizer of the annual reunion of the 23rd Field Regiment until 2009. Larry was a familiar face at the Lake Street Armoury, and earned the name of “Hazbin” for his service and interest over the years.

Kyle, Rodney G, LCol (ret’d.), CD, passed away on Monday, 3 December, 2012 in his 68th year. Loving husband of the late Susan Kyle (Hislop). Rod was born near Ayr, Ontario and lived in Paris, Ontario and Brantford before graduating from the University of Toronto School of Engineering and becoming an officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Rod started in 169 Fd Bty RCA, 56 Fd Regt RCA, in Fox Troop Paris Ont. Rod and Sue were married in 1967 and began a series of postings throughout Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. After 34 years in the military, Rod started a new career at Raytheon Canada in Waterloo and was privileged to work with a brilliant team of staff, while continuing his curiosity in both engineering and travel. Rod will be remembered for his dedication to service, appreciation for wit, and commitment to others.

Oliver, Burton (Retired 2RCHA) – passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the Pembroke Regional Hospital, in his 73rd year. Burt Oliver was a well know gunner serving with the SSM Bty in the early days of his career and then with 2RCHA in Petawawa. While in Petawawa at the end of his career he was in D-Bty and was employed as the barrack warden in P102, many a gunner will remember as Burt in that position. One of the six with the star in the ear. “UBIQUE”

Sullivan, Lawrence Douglas passed away 22 October 2012, in Morrell Siding NB. Lawrence join in 1955 and served with 4 RCHA in Holland and Germany.

Patterson John A , Gunner (Ret’d) , passed away in Orillia Ontario on 11 September, 2012 at the age of 72. John was a Gunner in 97 Bty (Walkerton) in the late 1950’s.

McLellan, Richard Laird, Maj (ret’d) C.D., passed away on October 7, 2012 at the age 81years  His military service (1951-1975) included postings in nine of Canada’s ten provinces, plus Korea, Kashmir, Europe, and somewhat shorter periods in the Middle East and the United States; DND public servant (1975-1986) and worked as a consultant on a number of military history related contracts at the National Archives (1987-1995).

Furniss, Robert (Bob) passed away on 6 October 2012 at the age of 93. Bob served in WWII with the 11th Field Regt RCA.

Johnston, Ronald Wilbert passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Ron was born in Saint John on January 1, 1938 to the late Bernard and Gladys (Wardell) Johnston. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 28 years serving as the Commanding Officer of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and Commander of the Western New Brunswick Militia District.

Trepanier, Jean  Col. (ret) RCA, 5RALC, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012, at age 63. Beloved husband of Elaine, proud and loving father of Michael (Christine) and Jason (Lisa), and devoted grandfather to Michaela, Sarah, Olivia and Benjamin. He is survived by 3 sisters, Françoise, Céline and Jacqueline and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Yvonne Trepanier, sisters Hélène and Suzanne and brother Claude. He will be greatly missed.

Thorpe William Thomas Captain (Ret’d), 1 RCHA, Master Gunner, WWII, Korea.  Passed away in Ottawa hospital on Sunday September 9 2012, Age 91.

Hamilton, Mel (Melvin)of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2012 at the age of 83 years. Mel had strong family and community ties to the city. He became a member of the 20th Independent Field Battery in 1950 and retired as Commanding Officer with the Rank of Major in 1971. Mel was an active member of both the Kiwanis Club and the I.O.O.F, as well as along standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Local Chapter of the A.N.A.F. Mel held several jobs in the area including working for Canadian Pacific Railways, the City of Lethbridge, Fred King Motors, Canada Life Assurance and King’s Row Builders.

Wesson,  Ernest (Ernie) Joseph, LCOL (Ret’d) CD, passed away  on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 at the age of 78.  Ernie lost his fight with cancer after bravely facing many outside complications including Parkinson’s disease. Ernie was a dedicated soldier, and during his military career served his country as an officer in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Commanding officer of the British Columbia Regiment, President of the Royal United Services Institute – Vancouver, Chairman of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association Trust, Treasurer of the British Columbia Regiment Trust and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Corps of Commissionaires.

Fleming, Robert “Bob” Frances Fleming died peacefully at his home in Brandon on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Bob was born at St. John’s, Newfoundland. He grew up in St. John’s and received his education at St. Patrick’s School of Christian Brothers. Bob joined the 2 RCHA and served in Shilo, Fort St. Lewis, WA, Korea and Japan. He also served as a paratrooper in 1952 with the Z-Battery. He was awarded a Korean Medal and United Nations Service Medal.

Mac Arthur, Willie fondly nick named (The Reverend) has passed away on 03 Aug 2012. Willie was a gunner before remustering to a MSE OP, served with 1RCHA in Lahr and also as a MSE OP in Lahr. Willie also attended all the RCA reunions in Shilo until this year where he was unable due to his illness.

Moffitt, Gordon Langell (Gord),Colonel (Ret) passed away on 02 August 2012, in Magaguadavic Lake Siding, NB.  Gordon served in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost 30 years, including as Commanding Officer of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment from 1984-1988 and then as Commander of the Western New Brunswick Militia District.

West, Lorne, Ellwood (Lew), Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) OMM, CD, passed away 01 August 2012, in Ottawa, ON. Lew served the guns from 06 Dec 48 thru 18 Apr 88 in Petawawa, Germany, Kingston, Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa.  He served as a civilian at NDHQ for another 14 years after his retirement giving him 54 years of outstanding and honourable service to the Crown.

St-Amour, Robert, Gunner (Ret’d), passed away on 01 Aug 2012, in Longueuil, QC at the age of 85 years.

Brousseau, Bob Gunner (Ret’d), passed away 26 July 2012 in Kingston ON at the age of 60 years.

Butler, Alexander Hogg ‘Sandy’, Korean Veteran C.D. passed away on 17 July 2012 in Halifax, NS at the age of 81 years.

McSherry, Bernard Lt (Ret’d), passed away on 12 July 2012 at the age of 94.  Lt. Bernard McSherry was a member of the 16th Battery of the 12th Field Regiment (RCA) and was with the Regiment during the Normandy invasion at Juno Beach.

Thompson, Donald “Ross”  LCol (Ret’d) passed away on 9 July 2012, in Brandon, MB at the age of 56 yrs. Ross served many years with 26th Fd Regt in Brandon and worked many long hours on behalf of the RCA Heritage Campaign.

Barrington, Thomas – Passed away on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at the Health Sciences Centre in St John’s NFLD at the age of 65 years.

Secord, Donald Arthur (Don) Maj (Retd) CD, BA Sc passed away 28 June had died. Don had served in WW11 and Korea and afterward joined the 42nd Medium Regt RCA (M). Don continued his association with the Toronto Gunner community through his membership in the Toronto Artillery Officers Association and the Toronto Gunners.

Sosnkowski, Anthony(Tony), Col. (Ret.) CD, CA passed away on 26 June 2012 in Charlottetown, PEI at the age of 83. Tony was born in Poznan, Poland, arriving as a war refugee in his beloved Canada at age 11 in July, 1940, at Halifax’s Pier 21. He studied in Montreal, majoring in physics with the Jesuits of Loyola. He fought for his country in Korea for 17 brave continuous months but for five days of R&R in Japan. For 32 years he served the Canadian Forces with diligence , his career highlight serving as the commanding officer of 4 RCHA in Petawawa which specialized in light artillery for difficult terrain and deployments by helicopter. Subsequent to his military career, The Ontario Council St. John Ambulance and The United Way of PEI benefitted from Tony’s warm, humane, focussed leadership. Conway,  George,  Capt. (Ret’d) passed away on 18 June 2012 at the age of about 93yrs old.

Castles, William (Bill) MWO (Ret’d), passed away on 12 June 2012, in his 84th year at Norfolk General Hospital. He was a founding member of the 3 Hooks Club, a member of the RCL Branch #79, Simcoe, long time member of the Reserve Army 56 Field Regiment 69th Battery, a life member of  the Sgt. Mess, and a member of M.G.B.I. Club. He also was a long time volunteer at Marburg Community Hall.

Van Norman, Charles William (Peter), Maj (Ret’d) CD passed away suddenly on 12 June 2012, at Toronto East General Hospital. A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance was held at St. Paul’s Bloor Street on 18 June 2012. Peter began his military career in the early fifties with the 29th Field Regiment eventually reaching the rank of Major and serving as Second in Command under LCol Leo Atkins, CD. Peter retired from the military in 1965 but continued his association with the Toronto Gunner community through his Permanent Membership in the Toronto Artillery Foundation as of November, 2003 and membership in the Toronto Artillery Officers Association and eventually the Toronto Gunners. Peter liked nothing better than to come out to the Monthly Gunner Officers Lunches and meet with former comrades from the 29th Field.

Taylor, Norman Eldred, Lieutenant (Ret’d), 1st Survey Regiment, RCA, passed away on June 5th, 2012 in Palm Harbor, Florida in his 93rd year. Born in Montreal on February 26th, 1920, Norm graduated from McGill in 1942 and immediately joined the army. After stops in the UK and North Africa, he landed in Sicily in late 1943. Upon returning to Canada in 1946, Norm started his career with TCA (Air Canada) and remained there until his retirement in 1981. He was extremely proud to have served in the RCA and will be greatly missed by his four children and their families.

Young, Jack Osbert passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in his 92nd year. Jack was a veteran of World War 11, having served with the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. Jack was President of his own advertising company in Toronto before choosing retirement. He was Past President of the Advertising & Sales Club of Toronto; Past President of the Peel District of Scouts Canada and a member of the Ontario Provincial Council. He served for several years as a Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, President of the Toronto Artillery Officers’ Association. He was an active member of the London Jazz Society.

Kerr, Enoch Hammond passed away peacefully on Monday, June 4, 2012, in his 92nd year at the Broadview Nursing Centre, Smiths Falls. Enoch was a proud veteran of WWII serving six years in artillery. Enoch was born in Forfar August 6, 1920.

Gibson, John, Lt Col (Ret’d), Barrister and Solicitor, passed away on 31 May 2012, at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.  John was the personification of “a character”, well and properly educated, and was brilliant in his understanding, interpretation and  practice of the law of estates, charities, real estate and trusts.  His ability to cut through the fog of noise and bluster to see the problem for what it was legendary, whether in business, law, the Militia or the many causes that were important to him.  John was a very well respected lawyer and was not someone who also served “casually” in the Militia. During his military service, he commanded the 7th Toronto Regiment RCA, was President of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association and taught at the United States Marine Corps Staff College.  John believed in a university-educated, enlightened officer corps which did more than punch a clock.  To that end, he volunteered with organizations that make a difference in building Canada, and have a record of service that makes its members proud.

Murphy James (Jim) Bdr (Ret’d) passed away on 23 May 2012. Jim was born in Ireland 1950 and his parents immigrated to Canada. Jim joined the military enlisting in the reserves with 78FD BTY in Red Deer AB, where he attained the rank of SGT before joining the regular Forces. Jim was last employed at Base Accommodations CFB Shilo MB upon retiring from the REG Force Jim moved back to Red Deer Alberta where he passed away Jim is survived by his wife and 3 children.

Mitchell, George Duncan “Duff”, Major( Ret’d), passed away on Wednesday 23rd May, 2012, at the General Hospital in Ottawa at the age of 93. Born in Montreal on July 15, 1918, he is survived by Phyl, his loving wife of 50 years. Duff graduated from RMC in 1939 and then spent 25 years in the RCHA. He landed in Sicily in 1943 as Battery Commander, A Bty and continued until he was wounded on the Hitler Line in 1944. Decorated with a Military Cross in WWII, and served as a peace- keeper in the Middle East in the 1950s. Duff also graduated with a BA from McGill and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. He taught high-school geography for several years, and then became the Project Manager for Valdurn, an environmentally sensitive property development in his beloved Quebec Laurentians. In retirement he authored several books including Heritage Valdurn, Right of the Line, and family histories and personal memoirs.

Stevens, Lloyd Francis, Col (ret’d), passed away On Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at University Hospital, London, in his 89th year. In 1943 Lloyd served in the 15th Field Regiment until 1946 and was in Holland for the liberation and in September of 1987 joined the 22nd London Service Battalion and became the Honorable Colonel. He also served with the London Division of the Canadian Cops of Commissionaires.   In 1954 Lloyd began his career at Clarkson and Gordan and then moved to work under Richard Ivey Sr. with the Allpak Products as well as serving on board of Prenor Trust. Lloyds passion for his family and his service to his community will be sadly missed by all.

Webb, Garth Lt (Ret’d) passed away 08 May 2012 in Burlington, ON at the age of 93. Garth was a member of 14th Field Regiment, RCA during the Allied invasion of Europe and founder of the Juno Beach Centre.

Salmon, Leonard Marshall, Brigadier-General (Ret’d), passed away on 06 May 2012 in Pelham, ON at the age of 82 years old. Brig.-Gen. Salmon began as a gunner and advanced through the enlisted and then officer ranks to command successively the 10th Field Battery, the 57th Field Regiment and the 56th Field Regiment, all of which were based in Niagara and Brantford. Ultimately he was promoted to brigadier-general and commander of the entire Central Militia Area.  In 1984, he hosted Queen Elizabeth at the “Royal Salute” in 1984, a military tattoo watched live by a capacity crowd at CNE Stadium and more than a million television viewers in Canada and the U.K.  Soon after retiring from active service in 1984, he was appointed honorary lieutenant-colonel and then honorary colonel of the 56th Field Regiment, a position he held until 2008. His long career was reflected in his Canadian Forces decoration with four bars, representing more than 60 years of service.

Hatfield, Harold Lawrence, HLCol (Ret’d) passed away 05 May 2012 in Watervillie, NB at the age of 85. Harold was a former HLCol of 3rd Fd Regt RCA.

Rossley, V Robert passed away 04 May 2012.

Boyd, John passed away on 30 April 2012, in Belleville, ON at the age of 71 years old. Many  will remember John from his earlier days as a ball player and hockey player with 1RCHA, 2RCHA, 3RCHA and later in CFB Borden.

Nickerson, Robert CWO, Mr Gnr, (Ret’d) passed away on 15 April 2012 in Ottawa, ON at the age of 94 years. Bob was proud of his military career which started in Halifax, N.S. in 1939. He served in England and at many Canadian Army bases from Halifax to Victoria, B.C., and also a year at Fort Bliss, Texas, attached to the U.S. Army before retiring in 1972.

Cloutier, Paul passed away on 04 April, 2012 in Edmonton, AB.  Paul served as BSM with AB Bty and many gunners would remember him from SSM and other gunner units, RIP, airborne, Ubique. Paul served his country for over 30 years in the Military and over 15 years with the Provincial Government of Alberta.

Doucette, Robert (Bob) WO (Ret), passed away on 31 March 2012 in Miramichi Regional Hospital. Bob served in 4 RCHA in the 1960s and did a Cyprus tour. He spent time as the Chatham as a Range Control. For the past several years Bob had been a very active member of the Miramichi Chapter of the  Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association.

Canuel, Yves WO (ret), passed away on 27 March 2012, at age 48. He was a former member of  6e Régiment and also 5e RALC.

Goldie, David Michael Mills, The Honourable, Major(ret) CD, QC, passed away on 21 March 2012 in Vancouver BC, He was in his 88th year.  Major Goldie served with 15th Field Artillery Regiment for many years.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Lorraine Catherine Conway Goldie, and his parents, Lieutenant-Colonel E.C. (Pat) Goldie and Lieutenant Nursing Sister Margaret (Peggy) Mills Goldie. Michael was born in Toronto on July 1, 1924 and arrived in B.C. three years later to grow up, in part and very happily, on Bowen Island.   He was a founding governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, a valued participant in the Cambridge Lectures of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies as well as a member of the Canada- U.S. Legal Exchange and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Sailing on Elsinore was a special pleasure and the family has happy memories of cruising in the Gulf Islands in the late ’60s and early ’70s with Michael at the helm, a good wind at his back, and the delight of small children dipping their legs over the lee rail into the warm, foaming Pacific on a hot summer day. Michael was a scholar, sailor, soldier and a gentleman who had the respect and admiration of his peers and colleagues. His children and grandchildren are indebted to him for his wisdom, generosity and love. He will long be remembered.

Houghton, Albert Charles (Al, Abbie) passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the age of 70 years.  Al was a Gunner Apprentice joining in 1959 Graduating in 1961. He was posted to 2RCHA in Winnipeg and also served with 2 SSM in Picton and Shilo and 1 SSM in Germany, returning to Sault Ste Marie, ON to retire. He was involved in the 2003 Apprentice Re-union in Shilo.

Martin, Don, WO (Ret’d) passed away on 28 February 2012, in Ottawa at the age of 69 years. Don was a Mapper who, in addition to his military service, served his Country and the Public for 50 years. Born Montreal, Don spent three years with the Army Cadets before enlisting as an Apprentice with the Royal Canadian Artillery in September 1959. On graduation from the Apprentice Program in 1961 he was posted to 2 RCHA in Winnipeg as an Artillery Surveyor. As a Bombardier , Don re-mustered to the Topographic Surveyor trade and joined the Canadian Military Engineers in January 1969. Promoted to Warrant Officer in 1974, over his career he developed specialties in gravity, satellite and gyro survey and contributed his expertise at the School of Military Mapping. He retired at the rank of Warrant Officer in February 1981 and then served a second surveyor career with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.

Elliott, James Ivan “Ike“ – passed away on Thursday 16 February 2012. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital at 77 yrs of age. Loving husband of Marguerite (nee Grierson) of 55 years. Ike was so proud to be part of the Artillery Family he served from 1958 to 1979 in Shilo and 2 and 4 RCHA in Petawawa.

Ward, George Earl, LCol (Ret’d) passed away 14 February 2012, Ottawa, ON at the age of 84. George was a former CO of 30th Field Regiment, RCA and active in their Senate.

Tremain, Ray passed away on 11 February 2012 in the U of A Hospital. Ray was in the 2nd in-take of apprentices in 55-57 and many of our comrades will remember him. Ray served the gun’s for 10 years and left the service in 1965. Ray developed a form of leukemia about 7 years ago and initially was told he had about 4 mo’s to live. The cancer he had was a result of being exposed to a high exposure of radiation during the Chalk River clean up in 1958. He spoke many times about his fond memories in the service days hanging around with Bill Darby (fellow YOYO), Arnold Leblanc and many others. Ray told me on our last trip to Shilo how when he was tasked to survey the original “Great Cdn Oilsands” pipeline from Ft MacMurray. The local survey data was not accurate – he completed the survey utilizing the “celestrial bodies” process he learned in the army. The local land titles accepted his data. The civies were some impressed.

Berezowski, Van passed away peacefully on Sunday, 29 January, 2012 at Victoria Hospice in BC. Born in Winnipeg, Man. she was predeceased by her mother Laura in 1975 and father Lt-Colonel John C. Cave in 1991. She is survived by husband Lt-Colonel, Ret’d, J. Cecil Berezowski, daughter Laurie (Berezowski) and husband Michael Gallucci with grandchildren Brian and Katie. She grew up at various locations as her father and family moved to various Army bases in Canada. She attended the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse. Following her family to Victoria where her father commanded Work Point Barracks, she nursed at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.  She met and married Cecil Berezowski, an artillery Lt at Work Point Barracks. They proceeded two years later to Germany with the Canadian NATO Brigade. There, daughter Laurie was born and grew up in various military garrisons including Shilo, Man., Oakville, Ont., Camp Borden,  Ont., St. Hubert, Que., Fort Leavenworth, Ks., Kingston, Ont., Springfield, Virginia., and Ottawa before retiring to BC.

Kelly, Jonas A., passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at his residence in Selkirk in his 78th year. Born and raised in the rural Selkirk area, he is survived by wife Linda Quesnel and daughter Catherine Margaret Kelly. Like a lot of young men from Selkirk in the 1950s, Jonas joined the Canadian Army to participate in what became known as KOREA Canada’s forgotten War . Serving from 1951 to 1954, he was a member of 81st Field Regiment, RCA. In action he was a command post technician and military surveyor. Early in 1955, after leaving the military, he joined the Federal Public Service and retired in 1989 after 34 years of service mostly in Manitoba.

Greig, Larry Capt (Ret’d) passed away 4 February 2012. His career as a Gunner spanned service in 2 RCHA, The Apprentice Battery and Royal Roads, to name a few.  Larry’s second occupation was a Padre, which he commenced in the early 1980’s.

Sparrow, Evelyn Audrey, passed away peacefully 30 January 2012, in Shawville Quebec. Beloved wife of the late Gerald Sparrow. Audrey is the mother of CWO(Ret’d) Bruce Prendergast, formerly RSM of 2RCHA and step-mother of MBdr (Ret’d) Barry Sparrow and mother-in-law to MWO(Ret’d) Melissa Kehoe, both formerly of 30th Fd Regt, RCA. Evelyn passed away Monday morning of pneumonia. She will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Valiquet, Michael, Lt (Ret’d)passed away on 27 Jan 12, at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. He leaves behind his wife Helen and three children.  Mike was part of the first graduating class of CMR. He graduated from RMC as an Arty Officer in 1957, and served in X Med Bty and 3 RCHA in the rank of Lt. Fleming, JJR (Bob) Gnr (Ret’d), passed away on January 14th, 2012  at Tampa, Florida. Bob Fleming was from Stoney Creek, Ontario and in his 82nd year.  Bob served from 28 Jul 54 to 12 Nov 64 as a member of X Lt Bty and J Bty, 3RCHA. His postings included Camp Debert NS, Camp Petawawa, Ont, Camp Gagetown, NB and CFB Winnipeg, Man. He was also posted for 2 years at Fort Prince of Wales in Germany.  Bob was employed as a Dvr/Sig and Storeman Clerk. He was very proud of having served the guns.

Page, Albert E. LCol (Ret’d), CD – passed away 13 Jan 2012 at the age of 93 years. Albert joined the guns in 1939 as a Gunner in 10thFd Regt. He was commissioned in 1943 and completed his Air OP training in 1945. He was Battery Commander of 10th Battery, St Catherine’s in 1956 and CO of 44th Fd Regt in 1962-64.

Tootell, Cliff’ Col (Ret’d), CD,  passed away 13 January 2012. In 1955 at the age of 18, he joined the 8th Field Regiment RCA as a gunner, serving continuously with the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery for the remainder of his military career.  He was promoted Lance Bombardier in June 1956 before being accepted for officer training in September 1956.  He was commissioned and promoted to Second Lieutenant in 1958 and subsequently promoted to Lieutenant in 1959.  He transferred to the 3rd Independent Medium Battery in 1961 for a period of two years transferring back to the 8th Field in 1963. In 1968 with the amalgamation of the 8th and 11th Field Regiments RCA, Col Tootell transferred to the 11th Field Regiment RCA where he was appointed second in command. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment RCA in November 1971.  Following his tour of command, he transferred to HQ Hamilton Militia District where he worked as Senior Staff Officer “Administration and Logistics” prior to transferring to the Supplementary list in December 1975.  In 1997, Colonel Tootell was appointed the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th Field Regiment RCA.  He was subsequently appointed Honorary Colonel of the 11th Field Regiment RCA in January 2001.  Col Tootell retired as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment in December 2005 more than fifty years after joining the Regimental family as a Gunner.  Cliff, mission accomplished, stand easy.

Lovell, Roderick John (Jack) Capt (Ret’d)  passed away on  January 11, 2012 at the age of 78 years. Jack was born in Winnipeg but as the son of a railway station master, moved many times, growing up in small towns throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He taught school for a few years in the north before joining the armed forces in the early 1950s as a gunner in 1RCHA, later becoming an observation pilot. Over the 25 years he spent in the forces he was stationed across Canada, and also in Germany, India and Pakistan. Highlights of his career included; flying as part of security for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, flying for the survey of South Hampton Island in the Arctic, and training with Prince Charles in Gagetown . After retiring from the army he worked for Aero Trades and Custom Helicopter as a pilot, as well as fighting forest fires, working for Manitoba Hydro and MTS. Living for five years in Portage, he was active as a hockey and baseball coach which he really enjoyed. The last 25 years were spent in Oakbank where he liked sharing stories and his political views with his friends and neighbours.

Wiswell, Frederick Nelson ‘Fred’ , passed away on  Monday, January 9, 2012 at the age of 77 years, in Halifax. Fred served with the RCHA and served overseas in Korea. Following retirement from the services he worked as an engineer in the boiler room at the VG Hospital for 31 years. He then went on to work as a Commissionaire for four years.

Davies, Floyd A. LCol (Ret’d) – passed away 9 January 2012 at 79yrs young, in Springside Sk. Many had the opportunity to have served with Floyd in a number of units.  For those who served in 119 AA Bty at Gordon Head Barracks in the early 1950’s, will always remember that impeccable young officer whose outstanding bearing, dress and deportment was a lesson many young officer’s and non-commissioned well remembered. He served as CO of 3RCHA from 1973 to 1975 We shall mourn his loss, but celebrate his service to the country and the Guns.

Armstrong, Grant Harold Martin passed away on 09 January 2012.

Finan, Edward Joseph ‘Red‘ Lt (ret.d) – Passed away on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, in his 97th year. A WWII Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery; Retired and Founding Director of Education of the Durham Region Roman Catholic School Board and School Board Trustee). Beloved husband to Anne of 67 years. Ed is remembered for his many accomplishments teaching and coaching at Cathedral Boys High School, Hamilton and was a Member of the Hamilton Wild Cats Football Club, now known as the Tiger Cats. In June 1996 at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, Ed Finan became the recipient of a most prestigious award. He received the highest honour bestowed upon a lay person by the Roman Catholic Church, the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal.

Phelan, Charles Delbert, passed away on 2 January 2012 at the age of 91. Charles was a RCHA Veteran of World War II.

Beare, Archibald Kenneth LCol (Ret’d) , passed away on 30 December 2011 from cancer at a grand age of 78 years. Loving husband of over 54 years to Marcia Roberta (nee Murray – and lovingly named Bobbie by Archie). Son of Graeme Beare and Myrtle (nee Fequet – who turned 100 this year) and loving brother to John, Bernie, Graeme and Linda. Much loved father, mentor, giver and provider to Son Murray, wife Leslie and grandsons Graeme and Craig; son Stuart, wife France and grandchildren Richard, Sarah and Cameron; daughter Deborah and grandchildren Kristin, Cameron and Steven; daughter Valerie, husband Curtis Bunz and grandchildren Michael and Margot; and daughter Jennifer. Archie joined the Canadian Forces at Royal Roads Military College in 1952. After two years in the Navy he transferred to the Army and was commissioned as a Gunner officer – serving first in Winnipeg in 1956. He caught the love bug with Marcia, who he first met in Edmonton in grade 4, and they married in Winnipeg at Fort Osborne Barracks in April 1957. Over their years of service life they journeyed to Hemer Germany, Shilo, Hildesheim Germany, Kingston, Calgary, Shilo, Hemer, Oromocto, Shilo, Halifax and then to Wainwright where Archie served as Commander Camp Wainwright from 1981 to 1985. He and Marcia moved to Vermilion until 1994 where he worked with Lakeland Community College. They chose to return to Wainwright where they moved into their new dream home in 1995. From here they have been on scene parents and grandparents to Deb and kids and active members in the community including the Masons, Saint Thomas Church, Town Council, Men’s choir, Buffalo Park Foundation, the Camp Officers’ Mess and numerous volunteer efforts. From Wainwright Archie has maintained his connection to our military through working with Calian on computer assisted exercises, and in the last 5 years with the Cubic team at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center at Camp Wainwright. Archie considered his time as Camp Commander Wainwright from 1981 to 85 as the highlight of his career, and he and Marcia are proud to declare that the smartest thing they ever did was to chose Wainwright as their home to stay after three decades of journeying from Base to Base.

Crawford,David James -Master Gunner  Ret’d, passed away December 29, 2011 in Nanaimo, B.C. in his 81 year. He was a proud Canadian who served in the Royal Canadian Artillery for 38 years retiring in1985.

Macrae, John William, passed away on 28 December 2011 in Petawawa at the age of 92. John served in 4 RCHA, he also served in 2 RCHA.  He will be sadly missed.

Dwyer, Charles Joseph passed away on 27 December 2011.

Collette Claude Adj (ret’d), passed away at the hospital of the Child Jesus in St-RomualdQc, on 25 December 2011 at the age of 70.

Williams, Harry, LBdr passed away on 23 December 2011 at the age of 93. Harry served the guns wth the 4th Medium Regt RCA during WWII. He will be greatly missed by his two sons Jim and Todd.

Copcutt, David Russell, Maj (ret’d) MBE CD, passed away in Ottawa on December 15, 2011, age 96 years. Another old soldier faded away. David served in the British Army from 1936 to 1950 and in the Canadian Army from 1951 to 1967. He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1967 and served as a civilian officer with DND until retirement in 1979. David was last surviving member of his family having been preceded by his son, David Junior in 1993 and Catherine, his wife of 51 years, in 1997. In accordance with his wishes there will be no visitation or service and cremation will be private. “Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away”

Gower, Gerald Freeman, passed away on 06 December 2011 in Lower Truro at the age of 78. Gerald always taught that it was important to leave a place better than you found it and practiced this throughout his life. His distinguished and exciting career in the military and especially the many loyal and lifelong friends he met during his career were enormously important to him. Gerald began his long military career as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the age of 19 Gerald became one of the first people to join the Mach Busters club (broke the speed of sound) in a Sabre jet in Grostenquin, France, while serving with the RCAF’s #2 Fighter wing. After transferring to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery he continued his career as a pilot. Over the course of his career Gerald mastered the flight of Jets, helicopters, L-19 and other aircraft. By the time his military career ended he had logged more than 8500 hours in flight. Stoufer, Brian passed away on 06 December 2011. Many will remember Brian from his days with 2RCHA 64-67 Germany and the sportsman will remember him from his time on the ball team at 3rd base. Brian remustered to the cook trade after his days with the artillery and he and Marlene retired to Brandon MB. Fraser, John L Maj (Ret’d) passed away – December 2011.

Exley, Douglas Cameron passed away on 30 November 2011.

Salmon, Lola Mary (Nee Doran)in her 83rd year on Wed 23 Nov 11, peacefully at home with her family.  Lola was the wife for 62 years of Brigadier General Leonard M Salmon CD.

Townley, Peter Gorden passed away on 18 November  2011.

Hanlon, Russell F. WO1 (Ret’d) passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2011 in his 92nd year. He was a Veteran of WWII, RSM (Ret’d) RCHA, Member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560, and a proud member of the Lions Club of Kingston. He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen (Johnson) (1997) and son Bruce Hanlon (2006), his parents Fredrick and Gertrude (Orser) Hanlon and siblings: Jack Hanlon, Gladys Porter, Helen Keyes, Nadine Hanlon and baby Phyllis Hanlon. Russ is dearly missed by his sister Kathleen Compeau, his daughter-in-law Kathy, his grand-daughters Kristina Stilgoe-Hanlon, Carmen Jess, Kristin Sarginson and Katie Sarginson, his great grandsons Dustin Jess, Atticus Sarginson and great grand-daughter Elora Sarginson and his many nieces and nephews.

Howse, George – Major OStJ CD, in his 87th year on Wed 9 Nov 11 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  George was a veteran of the Second World War and served with the RCN.  After the war he served with the 44th Field Artillery Regt and the 57th Field Artillery Regt, his last appointment was as Battery Commander of the 10th Field Battery in St Catharines.  He also served as the President of the 10th Battery Association, the St Catharines Artillery Foundation and the Niagara Military Institute.  Besides his military interests he served on the Niagara District School Board and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Council.  He was a member of the Order of St John and was a founding member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club.

Richardson, Harry Bertan passed away on 09 November 2011.

Crowe, John “Jack” L.  passed away on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at the Oromocto Public Hospital. Born March 17th, 1934 in Springhill, NS, he was the son of the late Bert and Lucy (Ellis) Crowe and husband to Elizabeth (O’Hearon) Crowe. Jack worked in the Springhill Coal Mines from 1951 to 1954 before joining the RCHA as a gunner in the military. Retiring in 1983 as a MSE Op, he decided to return as a civilian to work with heavy equipment until 1989.

Bianco, LCol. (Ret’d) David Barry OMM, CD – passed away 05 November 2011at the age of 73.  Beloved husband and lifelong partner of Andrea, loving Dad to Jonathan, Bruce and his wife Carrie, adored Poppa to Marcus Tate and proud brother to Ronald (Marg) and sister-in-law Brenda (Blayne) Mackey. Dave will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as friends across Canada and abroad. Dave , born in Selkirk, Manitoba, son of Dominic and Veiga Bianco, was a motivated young man who left home in his early teens with a thirst for education and adventure. After studying chemistry, Dave pursued a career in education, but found his true calling as a Artillery officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. While enjoying many postings and appointments, Dave developed a soft spot in his heart for German culture and the beautiful Black Forest landscape (this became a humorous topic of conversation at many family dinners). After retiring from the military, Dave sought a career in IT to satisfy a curiosity that started with his first TRS-80 home computer. This career allowed him to travel extensively to most of the Far East. He later worked for The Corp of Commissionaires and, after retiring for the third time, took a run at civic service and was elected councillor for Rideau Lakes Township.

Collins, Brian, Sgt (Ret’d) passed away on 04 November 2011 at the age of 67. Sgt (Ret’d) Brian Collins, was a long time employee of METC since 1990. Sgt (Ret’d) Brian Collins joined the Canadian Forces around 1964.  He was posted to 1 RCHA in West-Germany from 1964 to 1968, to 5 RALC from 1968 to 1978, back to 1 RCHA in West-Germany from 1978 to 1981, finally returning to 5 RALC in Valcartier in 1981.  Brian released from the Canadian Forces in 1987 after more than 23 years of dedicated service to the Royal Regiment.

Eberle, Russell George Bdr, passed away 18 October 2011 in Regina SK. Bombardier Eberle was a long serving member of 10th Field Regiment, RCA. Prayers will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm and Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10:00 am. Both services will be held at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 2005 Edgar Street. A full obituary will be published in Saturday’s edition of the Regina Leader Post.

Peters, Michael James WO (Ret) passed away Thursday 13 October, 2011 Mike served with the Royal Regiment from 1953 to 1978, serving with 2, 3, 4 RCHA, and 1 & 2 SSM batteries with postings at Winnipeg, Germany and the Home Station.

Holman, James C. (Jim) Gunner (Ret),  passed away on 12 October 2011 in Elliot Lake ON,  with his sweetie & best friend forever Rhonda by his side.  Jim passed away after a hard battle from July to October. Before Jim was hospitalized he celebrated his 70th birthday, 24th Wedding Anniversary on July 13th. Jim was a Veteran from the Royal Canadian School of Artillery (Gunner) 1959-1962 Shiloh Manitoba. Jim served his beloved Canada despite having Bulbar Polio as a child. A Mental Health Volunteer for 24 years locally, Provincially & Federally Jim helped implement Policy change for CPP. Especially for Post – traumatic Stress Disorder. James & Rhonda volunteered in a variety of events & Committees together. Jim was OPSEU President/Local 301 two terms. Jim was well-respected, people often said, “We will not sit at the Bargaining Table unless Jim Holman is present“.  Jim still voted in the Sept.21 election (Provincial) oxygen tank, walker & all. James’s family graciously thank medical staff from St. Joseph Hospital Dr.’s & staff who attended to Jim.

Bregani, Joseph “Joe” Paul : passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, at the age of 68 years. Joe was a 6th Intake Gunner Apprentice joining in 1959 and graduated 1961 and posted to 1SSM Bty in Picton. Joe retired as Sergeant in 1985 after 26 years with the Canadian Armed Services, serving as Navigator for helicopter squadron stationed with Norad and Germany. Joe loved animals of all kinds. He is survived by his sisters Elsie Janzen of Red Deer, Alberta, Sharon Ladret of Port Coquitlum, British Columbia and Carol Salimenen of Naniamo, British Columbia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In keeping with Joe’s wishes there will be no funeral service.

Gadd, Alf (Skip) WO (Ret), passed away Saturday, 1, October, 2011 in Fredericton, NB.  Skip served in 1, 2 & 3 RCHA as well as the School and also did RSS Victoria and 5 BC Regt Vancouver. Skip and Karen retired to Gagetown in 1993 and became avid golfers and could be seen at the golf course on a regular basis.

Stirling, James (Jim) Frederick, HCol (Ret) passed away on Saturday 01 October 2011. Beloved husband and best friend of Norma (nee Dolan), devoted father of James (Brenda & Ethan), Kevin (Ali ) and Shawn, loving brother to Jocelyn Sutton (Norman, Stirling & Colin), son of the late Lucienne and James F Stirling. Jim was born in Ottawa and raised in Dorval, spent his early working years as a teacher in Dorval, and then as an insurance broker and he went on to become Vice-President, Sports & Leisure of BFL Canada. Jim was highly respected and admired by his colleagues, clients, family and friends. Jim was very active in the Army Reserves for over 19 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of the 2nd Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery in Montreal. As well he was an ardent volunteer with Scouts Canada for over two decades. Jim lived and loved life with all his heart and soul. He battled pulmonary fibrosis, had a lung transplant in June and fought a valiant battle to recover. Thank you to the Transplant Team and all the staff of the Toronto General Hospital, whose efforts and concern will always be remembered.

McKelvey, E “Neil” H LCol (Ret), OC, QC, CD 3 Fd Regt RCA passed away 10 September 2011 in Saint John, NB. A veteran of the Second World War, Neil served as a Private in the Royal Canadian Artillery 4th A/T Regiment (5 CAD), he continued involvement with the forces throughout his life, and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery from 1992 to 2009. After the war, Neil attended Dalhousie Law School where he graduated in 1949. He enjoyed a celebrated legal career which began when he joined the Bar in 1949. He became a senior partner of McKelvey Macaulay Machum in 1955. The firm merged to create Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, Atlantic Canada’s largest law firm, in 1990. He served since then as its partner and counsel. The family wishes to thank the firm and its staff for their support during this time.

Skinner, Jack McKee, Major (Ret) CD RCHA passed away on the 9th September 2011 in Ottawa ON, at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre at the age of 90. He resided previously at the Alta Vista Manor. He leaves behind Iris his wife of 68 years, Iris Skinner (new Clarke) his children, David(Ellie Beals),  Chris (Pauline) and Holly. He will also be sorely missed by his two sisters Phylilis Lewis and Beverley Farley as well as his grandchildren Greg, Tara, Paul, Heather, Alexandre, Elise, Shannon, Ryan, Eryn, Brendan and Nolan. Jack had a distinguished career in the Canadian Army beginning in 1939. He served overseas in England, Italy, Holland, Korea, Viet Nam (with the ICC), Germany and the Middle East(With the UN)in addition to his many postings within Canada.  His sense of humour as well as his devotation to family and country will be remembered by all. Special thanks to the staff of the Perley and Rideau , especially Gertrude and Janice who helped brighten his days with music.

Haynes,FC (Clare) Capt (Ret) MMM, CD passed away 24 August 2011, in Welland ON.  The Air Observation Pilots Association in particular, and all Gunners, will mourn the passing of Clare Haynes.  There will be many who had the great pleasure of serving with or knowing this fine Gunner pilot and gentleman.  I do pass on the condolences of all Gunners to Ruth and the Haynes family. Ubique.

Laflamme, Guy HCol passed away 20 August 2011. He passed following a long battle against cancer. A remarkable man and proud of his affiliation with RAC 6, he continued his interest in our activities until the very end. His generosity to members of the Regiment was boundless. You will recall his many visits to the canons, and his speeches he always reminded us of pride for the regiment.

Dean, Robert “Robbie” passed away accidentally 19 August 2011. It is with sadness that The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery announces the passing of Gnr Robert “Robbie” Dean. Gnr Dean accidentally died on Friday, August 19th, 2011. The family will receive friends at The Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Pembroke on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 after 10 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. with interment of Ashes at St. Columba’s Cemetery, Pembroke.

Hachey, Benjamin Hugh, passed away Sunday 7 August 2011 in Oromocto NB. Born in Newcastle he was the son of the late Benjamin and Dorothy (King) Hachey and husband of the late Elizabeth (Roy) Hachey. Ben enlisted in the military in 1941 and served in both World War II and in the Korean War. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #93 and the Korean Vets. He also belonged to the gunners Association and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He is survived by his daughter, April Haliburton (Vernon Leighton) of Shubenacadie, NS; brother, Bliss Hachey of Newcastle, NB as well as his sister, Yvonne Lynch of Nelson, NB.

Bailey, Colin MBdr (Ret) – Colin Bailey peacefully passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the North Bay Regional Health Centre he was 64 years old. Colin was the beloved husband of Colleen (nee Gebhart) and cherished father of Devin (Jennifer) and Tara (Brian). Colin will be sadly missed by his sister Pam Dunn and family. Colin is predeceased by his parents Kathleen Joyce and Niles Sidney. Colin retired after 25 years from the Canadian Forces where he served in the artillery as Master Bombardier. Upon his retirement Colin devoted his time at home raising Devin and Tara until they reached high school. He then returned to work as a Commissionaire until 2009. Colin was known to family and friends by many different names such as; father figure, husband, brother, Colin, Beetle, Colonel, General or Comrade. He was also an active member of many Royal Canadian Legion’s.

Ray, Tom passed away on July 30 at age 80 he retired in 1978 after 25 years in the Arty in Suffield, then worked for 13 years for A.E.C. Ray was a Korean Veteran, served in Germany and many postings in Canada then retired to Moose Jaw where he passed away.

BEER, John P. (Jake) Colonel (Ret’d), MBE, EM, CD‏, passed away on Monday, 25 July 2011 in Victoria, BC. Colonel Beer enjoyed a long and distinguished career serving the Canada and the Guns, including outstanding service during war and peace including WW2 and Korea and the Cold War.  Col Beer served with distinction during WW2 and Korea and in a number of extremely important post war appointments including IG duties at the School of Artillery CFB Shilo, various Regimental positions culminating in command of 2 RCHA, which he held for a total of 4 years. His appointment as Chief of Artillery at FMCHQ and NDHQ was noteworthy in that Colonel Jake Beer was the last officer designated Chief of Artillery, since to this day the appointment is titled Director of Artillery.

PALMER, Gary Charles, Bombardier (Ret’d), 43, passed away on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at his home in Petawawa.

PAUL, Donald David (The Dog) CWO (Ret’d), CD, 61, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, July 17th, 2011. He was a long serving airborne gunner and former RSM of 2RCHA.

WELLS, Edmund (Ed) Edward, WO2/MWO (Ret’d), 83, passed away on Thursday 7 July 2011 in Medicine Hat AB.

BLACKMORE, Carl, CWO (Ret’d) CD, 79, passed away on Monday 20 June 2011. He was a former RSM of 1(Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment.

ROSA, Pedro CWO (Ret’d), CD, OMM, passed away on Sunday 5 June 2011. He was formerly a Regimental Sergeant Major of 7th Toronto Regiment.

MacNEIL, Murray Ivan, 67, of Pomquet, Antigonish County passed away on May 25, 2011, at home after a battle with cancer. Murray served in Winnipeg and Germany.

ROBERTS, Frank, CWO (Ret’d) passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011. Frank was a lifelong reservist who had served as RSM of 26 Fd Regt RCA.

ROBINSON, Charles, Henry passed away on Friday, May 13 2011. Anyone who served in Gagetown late 60′ and the 70’s and worked in K13 or 14 will remember Charlie Robinson a finer gentlemen you will never meet. If you ever had a question on guns or vehicles and needed help Charles had the answers and was the go to guy.

MOORE, Denny , passed away the evening of the 17th April 2011 in Regina, he was 90 years young.  He served in Z Bty (Para) 1RCHA 1953 to 1956 and other posting as well

WALSH, Matthew Captain David “Matt”, 26, of Shearwater, formerly of Munroe Ave. Ext., passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at his residence. Born in New Glasgow, he is the son of Mary-Enid (MacDonald) Walsh and Francis Walsh. Matt’s life, while cut short, was quite full of fun and adventure. Matt’s early life found him in the halls of the local 374 Air Cadet Squadron which led him through the gates at the Royal Military College. Matt had quite a few hobbies that many will remember him by such as knitting, the Food Network, classical guitar, and most importantly being the best Uncle to his two nephews. Along with his friends, Matt also back-packed through Italy. Always one to make the most out of an everyday situation, Matt brought out the best in everyone. 

Strickland, Arthur G. LCol (Ret’d), CD -passed away 3 March 2011. Arthur joined the Canadian Army as a boy soldier at the age of 14 and ended his career as the Commanding Officer of 10 Fd Regt RCA, in Regina SK.

CREELMAN Capt Jamie, passed away in the QEII Hospital on 7 Apr 11.  Jamie was posted to RCSU and a former Mbr of LFAA HQ, CFRC Det Halifax and 36 CBG and was very well known in the HRM community.

GILES, Arthur passed Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Art Giles of Heritage Manor, Pembroke, dearly loved husband of 54 years to Mary Giles (nee Haylock). Dear father of Kathryn Purchase (husband Mark), Ottawa; and David Giles (wife Michelle), Pembroke.  Art had service as a Gunner in both the air defence and field artillery branches.  Those who served at Camp Picton in the late 50’s and the 4th Regt in Petawawa in the mid 60’s and beyond, will well remember Art and the Giles family. Service in the Chapel on Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m., followed by cremation. (As an expression of sympathy, donations to Marianhill, Pembroke would be appreciated).

FAYLE, John William “BILL” passed away on April 5, 2011 at the Miramichi Regional Hospital at the age of 71. Ex-husband of Hilda Klassen. Born on April 5, 1940, he was the son of the late Georges Savoy Fayle and the late Mary Grattan. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Vollmer; his two sons: Larry (Nina) and Warren (Lori); three grandchildren: Matthew, Daniel and Hailley; one brother, Ralph (Ida) and his a special friend Larraine Murphy. Some will remember Bill from his early days with 2RCHA in Germany 64-67 and later with W-Bty in Gagetown. Bill retired to the North Shore NB and was a member of the Atlantic Gunners Ass.

BAILEY, Anthony (Tony) John Beswick, Brig.-General (Ret’d) D.S.O., O.B.E., E.D., C.D. passed away in Victoria, B.C. on April 1st, 2011 in his 97th year. Tony, son of Major John Beswick Bailey, D.S.O. and Ida Gertrude Barrow (Mogg), is survived by Rosemary, loving wife of 72 years; sister, Penelope; son, Christopher (Louise); daughter, Barbara (Robert) Longe; grand-children, Jonathan, Genevieve, Robin, Matthew and four great grand-children. He was predeceased by sister, Jean and granddaughter, Andrea. Tony who had a long and distinguished military career was always known as a real Gunner”, a very good shot, providing close, consistent and effective artillery support while demonstrating great personal courage by going forward under fire to achieve the best possible result. This won him the confidence and admiration of his troops and brigade. He was considered materially responsible for the success gained by the brigade and was awarded Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1945. Other distinguished awards included Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and subsequently Officer of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire. As for quality of Tony`s support, General Dextraze maintains, this had saved him and his regiment, Royal 22e Regiment in Korea. In 1930 Tony enlisted as a Boy Signaller, 62nd Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery (Non Permanent Active Militia). After attending the Junior War Staff College, Kingston, Ontario, he served in various regimental commands and staff appointments during the Second World War in U.K., Italy and Holland. On May 8, 1945 while still under the age of 30, he had the honour of leading his regiment (3rd Field RCA, 1st Division), at the victory parade through the streets of Apeldoorn, Holland. After the war his career involved many postings in Canada and abroad. His most notable commands and appointments were Commanding Officer, 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2RCHA), including service in Korea; Commandant, Royal Canadian School of Artillery, Camp Shilo, Manitoba; Director of Artillery, Ottawa; Director of Military Operations and Plans, Ottawa; Commander, 2 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, Camp Petawawa; attendance at Imperial Defence College, U.K. and Director National Defence College, Kingston. Tony was also a leader in trying new and unconventional ideas both in action and during peace time such as providing continuous artillery support by `leap-frogging’ batteries to always be in range; coordinating divisional shoots of allied artillery using only one ranging gun; mobilizing 2RCHA through hard and austere training in Fort Lewis, Washington State and then proving their worth in Korea; writing a number of leading edge articles on artillery`s role in nuclear warfare for the Canadian Army Journal; using a unique and specialized personal war wagon or mobile command post while brigade commander and supporting the creation of a French speaking artillery battery as an integrated part of 3RCHA. After military service in 1969 Tony became Vice-President Administration Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. He then retired by moving to Duncan B.C. and finally to Victoria. He was physically active throughout his life, rugby, polo, swimming, squash and riding. His hobbies were farming, studying French at Universities of Victoria and Waterloo, Ontario, gardening and raising his beloved Arabian show horses in New Brunswick and then bringing them to Duncan.

DECLARE, Don (Pompano Beach, FL) passed March 29, 2011. Born October 26, 1931 Ottawa, Ontario Canada. 36 years of service Royal Canadian Artillery and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Survived by his wife Maria Victoria FORCE-DECLARE, step-sons, Christopher and Steven Force, daughter-in-law Miriam Force, siblings Helen Oliver, JoanAnn Crepin, Earl and Bruce. Predeceased by parents, John and Mary Ellen of Manotick, Ontario.

OGBEMUDIA Bombardier Philip, C.D. Passed Sunday, March 20th, 2011, at the age of 48, after a long illness. He will be sadly missed by his beautiful children: Phil Philip, Philippa Lisa, Philys, Philian and Philishia. He will be remembered by many sisters, brothers and friends. Bdr Philip Ogbemudia was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to Montreal in 1988. He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Artillery’s 2nd Field Regiment, RCA in 1996. He transferred to Ottawa’s 30th Field Regiment in 2003 where he served until his death. Phil was a poultry farmer in Nigeria and owned and operated his own trucking business since coming to Canada. He also owned several residential properties in Ottawa. A highly skilled soccer player, Phil was a member of many clubs including the Montreal Impact and the Black Stars of Ghana. His high level of fitness was well respected in the army where Phil competed on his regiment’s Military Skills team. His competitive spirit and fitness set the example for all to follow. Phil’s ability to increase morale will be missed by all his comrades. He effortlessly put a smile on every face upon entering a room. Coming from a family of 14 brothers and sisters who now live all over the world, Phil was a man to bring and hold families and communities together. Family and friends are invited at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Rd., Vanier (613-241-3680) on Monday, March 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 320 Olmstead St., Vanier followed by a burial at Notre-Dame Cemetery. A reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the WO and Sgt’s Mess at Dow’s Lake, located at 79 Prince of Wales Dr, immediately following the burial.

NEWSTEAD Donald K, of Summerville, NB, Husband of G. Joyce (Short),passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Bobby’s Hope House in Saint John, NB. Born on April 2, 1932 in Arcola, Saskatchewan, son of the late John and Frances (Smith) Newstead, he moved with his family at a young age to the Interior of British Columbia. Besides his wife of 49 years Don leaves to mourn daughters Kelly Newstead of Summerville, Heather (Theron) Janzen of Calgary and Lisa (Mike) Hachey of Quispamsis and grandchildren Max and Carly Hachey.  Sisters: Delphine (Bob) Birkness, Trail, BC, Patrica (Manolis) Hiotis, Summerland, BC, Brothers: William Newstead, Prince George, BC, and John (late Georgina) Newstead, Blind Bay, BC, also several nieces and nephews.  After retiring from the military Don trained and worked as a carpenter then worked many years as a land surveyor for Murdock Lingley Land Surveyors, until his retirement in 1995.  Don served with the Royal Canadian Army (RCHA) from 1949 to 1971. Postings outside Canada included Korea, Indo China, Vietnam and twice in Germany. Special Duty Service in Canada included the 1970 FLQ Crisis. Don was a Life member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Peninsula Br. 62, Life member of the Korean Veterans Association Saint John, member of the Atlantic Gunners Association, Peninsula Pearls Seniors Group and Summerville United Church. Miller, Roger MBdr (Ret’d), passed suddenly away on 21 March 2011, at the age of 46, in Oromocto NB. Roger served the guns in Shilo and Gagetown.

HARPER Maj (Ret’d) Len passed  Friday, March 11th at York Central Hospital following a brief illness. Predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Mary (nee Potts), his daughter Marion, sister Mary (Ascah) and brother Norman, Len is survived by his children: Cathie, Wil, Anne, Helen, and Shelagh (Dennis McAree), and four grandchildren, Natalie and Richard Harper, and Ryan and Katie McAree. Born to Dr. Bertram H. Harper MDCM (Queen’s) and Mary Estella (Chapman) in Toronto, Len and his family moved from Bolton, ON to Oshawa before heading north to the mining communities of Schumacher and South Porcupine. After attending Schools in the (now) Timmons area, Len finally had his birth registered in 1944 when he needed a birth certificate to join the army.  While pursuing his BA and BSc from Queen’s University, Len met Mary Potts who was destined to be his wife. After their marriage, Mary joined Len on his nomadic trek around Canada while he plied his trade with Defence Construction Canada, setting up homes in Ottawa, Red Deer, Penhold, North Bay, Fredericton and finally landing in Richmond Hill for the past 30 years. A “not very” Civil Engineer by profession, Len had a myriad of other interests, including long time associations with the Masonic Lodge, the Anglican Church, and The Toronto Gunners. He had an undeniable zest for life; he loved meeting people, travelling, practicing his French, and would try anything at least once!  Even in his later years when his “SOB” and weakened “ticker” made him less physically able, he embraced learning new technologies, most recently learning to send text messages to his grandchildren. After Mary’s death, Len spent several happy years at Delmanor Elgin Mills and this past year at Sunrise Seniors’ Residence.  Cheerful and determined to the end, he was still whipping his daughters at cribbage during his last days in hospital – and with his eyes closed!

VERGETTE, LCol (Ret’t) Taylor – Passed March 2, 2011. Taylor, was in his 95th year; beloved husband of the late Helen Muriel Payne. A former Commanding Officer 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Veteran WWII, Royal Canadian Legion Member-Branch 593, former Chief of Lands Division Indian Affairs and Senior Negotiator of Office of Native Claims) He was a very distinguished Canadian in his own right – as a veteran of WW II, former Commanding Officer of 30th Field and a member of the Regimental Senate; a distinguished public servant – a life of service to his country.

NEWMAN, Henry, Feb 2011, Passed away in Fredericton, NB. He served with 2RCHA.

REID, Sgt (Ret’d) Richard (Rick) – 28 February 2011, He retired from 1 RCHA and lived just south of Shilo, MB.

BINCETTE, Paul – passed away February 24, 2011 at the age of 45 years and 6 months, Paul is a former member of the 6th ARC and 5 RALC. Husband of Lady Linda Caron. He lived in Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage. Co-operative Funeral of Two Banks, Funeral Centre d’Aubigny, 154 rue du Mont-Marie Lévis, Information: 418 835-5553, Sending a message of sympathy – Fax: 418 835-2313,,  On Friday, March 11, 2011, from 19 am to 22 pm and Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9 am to 11 pm 30. A Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated place Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11 am 30.

LAVERTY, The Rev Dr A Marshall – C.M., B.A., M.Div., L.L.D., D.D. The “Padre“ – 20 Feb 2011.  Chaplain with the RCA and RCCS of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division in France, Holland and Germany during World War 11, and subsequently “The Padre“ to generations of students at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.

CLIFTON, MWO (Ret’d) Jesse Neal – February 17, 2011 –  while vacationing in Costa Rica in his 80th year. Jesse Clifton of Petawawa predeceased by his late wife Inge Clifton (nee Hoffmann). Jesse left behind many friends and colleagues throughout his military career as an artillery gunner, real estate agent as well as his many years of service to the Shriners Tunis Temple, the Eastern Ontario Gunners’ Association and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 Petawawa.

Pauline MacLeod, beloved wife of Albert A. MacLeod (1917-1995) She died Feb 2, 2011.  Pauline, a war-bride, was born in Wales in 1920 and met Albert in Guildford, England. They spent time mainly in Ste. Foy and Shilo. Pauline last years were very happy living in Oak Bay near Victoria, BC., and is with Albert at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Esquimalt also called God’s Acre.

WALACE, LCol (Ret’d) Walter – 31 January 2011.  Walter was introduced to the military through Air Cadets in High School serving until compulsory retirement age 19. In 1969 he joined the 49th Field Regiment, RCA as an officer cadet. He served all battery officer roles and was promoted major and appointed Battery Commander in 1976. Following several years service as a Battery Commander, various District HQ Staff positions and Deputy Commander of the regiment, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of 49th Field Regiment in 1985. Following command, in 1989 he was transferred as Directing Staff to the Militia Officers Staff Course conducted in Toronto and at the Military Staff College in Kingston. He was posted to Northern Military District 1995 as a Senior Staff Officer and was appointed District Commander, overseeing the transition from Militia Districts to Brigades. With the close-out of Northern District he became Deputy Commander of 33 Brigade until reaching compulsory retirement age in 1998.

BRUNETTE, Bdr (Ret) Michael – January 27, 2011, at age 44, died Michel Brunette, husband of Denise Lepage and son of Mr. Andrew Brunette and the late Lise Nadeau. Michel Brunet has served in the Canadian Forces for 24 years and has received several honorary mentions.

MCLAUGHLIN, Frank Neil – 18 January, 2011 beloved husband of the late Ina McLaughlin, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital. He began a career in the Canadian Army in 1944, serving with the Artillery and the Airborne regiments. While on a “sandbag line” during the 1950 Winnipeg Flood he met Ina Hawkins, who was at that time teaching in Winnipeg. They were married in the fall of 1951 and resided in CFB Shilo. Shortly after their marriage Frank went overseas to serve in Korea.  Upon his return a series of military postings took them across the country, back to Shilo, to Germany and finally back to Shilo in 1966.  He retired from active service in 1968, however, he continued to work in Shilo as a civilian until 1980.  He enjoyed curling in his younger years.  In later years he enjoyed a daily walk, playing cards, vegetable gardening in the summers and “park activities” in Arizona during the winters.  Later he enjoyed the activities and company of the fellow residents of River Ridge Condominium in Lethbridge.

TURNBULL, Sgt (Ret’d) Newton Robert ‘Bob’ – January 12, 2011. It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce Bobs pass­ing – a boisterous, quiet, generous person who en­joyed a good time, and always had a quick smile and humour that made others smile. Born and raised in Dig­by, Bob joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1955, serving as a gun­ner for 27 and a half years. He was stationed in Deb­ert, Gagetown, N.B., Shilo, Man., Winnipeg, Man., and Cornwallis. Throughout most of his service, he was a member of 3RCHA, and trained recruits, taught courses such as defensive driving, and enjoyed his work as a drill instruc­tor. As part of 3RCHA  humanitarian missions, he engaged in flood control, fire fighting, and avalanche control. In the late 60s, Bob served as Detach­ment Commander with Ace Mobile Forces in an Artillery Battery to sup­port NATO for any hostilities that should erupt. He prided himself as a 155mm Detachment Commander, and attained the rank of Sergeant before retirement in 1983. He loved children, was an involved dad, and instilled an appreciation for music. He enjoyed playing baseball, golf and was an avid sports fan. In 1969 Bob was diagnosed with MS, and faced many other health challenges over the years. His deter­mination served him well in dealing with effects of his condition. In 1989 he and Grace moved back to Nova Sco­tia until 2002, when he settled in Riv­ers, Man., until moving to Tabor Home in Morden, Man. in 2006.

DUKE, Ron, Colonel (Ret’d) - 9 January 2011

MACLEAN, Fred, CWO (Ret’d) – 6 January 2011

FECTEAU, Pierre B, CD, Honorary Colonel, 2nd Fd Regt.   It is with deepest sadness that the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery announces the passing of Honorary Colonel (2nd Fd Regt) Pierre Fecteau, CD on 5 January 2010.  The funeral will be held Thursday January 13th at 2000hrs at Centre funéraire Cote-des-Neiges, 4525 chemin de la Cote-des-Neiges which is located slightly north of our the 2nd Fd Regt armoury. There will be visitations at that location from 1400hrs to 1600hrs and 1900hrs until the service. The family will receive visitors at those times. There will be no reception after the ceremony. A formal obituary is expected tomorrow and can be found at

POPE, Elsie (spouse Claude Pope) - 5 January 2011

McKINNON, Robert “Bob” – 4 January 2011

WALKER, Bruce, MWO (Ret’d) – 4 January 2011

BATTAGLIA, Warren passed away  on 13 December, 2009. Warren went through the RCA Battle School in 1982.



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