Sunday, January 10, 2021

Obituary Notice for Old Comrade James Henry (Ducky) Mallard 1943-2021

 James Henry (Ducky) Mallard 1943-2021

Jim was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years. He passed away suddenly, but peacefully at his home in Angus ON on Saturday, January 2nd in his 78th year. He is survived by his bride Janette (of 56 years). The loving father of Susan (Bruce Fraser) and Karen (Sylvain "Sly" Martel).  Cherished grandfather (whom he loved with all of his heart) Alicia Koopmans (Duane Henry), Adam Koopmans (Jessica Beveridge) and Matt de Silguy (Riley MacDonald). He will be sadly missed by his sisters, Betty Day, Barbara Goertzen and their families.

Jim was a very talented golfer and woodcraftsman, always delighting in making furniture for his families. "Grandpa could fix anything".  Jim will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his many relatives and friends.

At Jim's and the family's request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jim's life will be announced at a later date..

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society 549 Tenth Line, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0W1, would be appreciated by the family. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Obituary notice for club member Hector Francis MacKinnon, LM 373

 Hector Francis MacKinnon

Passed away peacefully at the Brockville General Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 79 years. Beloved husband of Laurette (Constant) MacKinnon and cherished father of Deborah Lee (Robert), Craig MacKinnon (Kathy) and the late Michael MacKinnon. Dear grandfather of Brandon (Kathleen), Andrew and Michael Jr. and great grandfather to Avery. Hector is survived by his siblings Michael, Patsy, Sandra, Terry, Maureen, Linda and Jake and by several nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by his daughter-in-law Jennifer MacKinnon and her son Jordan. He was predeceased by his parents Georgina and Hector MacKinnon Sr. and by brothers Wayne and Kenneth. 

Hector joined the RC Sigs Apprentice Plan in 1957 in Halifax, NS. He travelled with Terry Murphy and several maritimers to Vimy on 17 Sep 57 to begin training as Apprentice Soldiers. This was the 6th intake of  The Apprentice Soldier Program.  Hector graduated as a radio operator but later changed trades to Rad Tech. He was a very avid Ham Radio Operator. Upon retirement Hector moved to Brockville and worked at Automatic Electric and instructed electronics at a local college. 

A private family service will take place at the Irvine Funeral Home  and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville with interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in May 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimers Society Lanark Leeds Grenville or the Brockville and District Hospital Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Obituary Notice for club member Hugh John Mcinnis, LM 423


December 4, 1929-December 5, 2020 (Chief Warrant Officer, Canadian Armed Forces Ret)

Born in Mariposa Twp., Ontario on December 4, 1929, Hugh passed away peacefully at Fairmont Home on Saturday , December 5,2020 at the age of 91. He is surviied by his daughter Karin and sister Beatrice (Rideout). Predeceased by his wife Berta (Kuder), brothers Carlisle and Bruce, and parents Alex and Mabel (Langman). He will be fondly remembered and missed by his friends and family.

Hugh joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1949 and served in Korea and Egypt. After many postings in Canada and Germany, he retired as a CWO from the Communications and Electronics Branch (Kingston) in 1976 and began a second career as a teacher with Correctional Services Canada and several High Schools until retiring in 1989. That left him free to pursue his passions for travel and skiing with Berta and/or Karin. He never met a mountain he didn't like. An accomplished raconteur and history buff, Hugh was a welcome guest at any party.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation and internment have taken place. In Hugh's memory, you may make a donation to the Military Communications and Electronics Museum Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Obituary notice for club member Douglas Albert Hawley LM414

 Douglas Albert Hawley

February 4, 1942- July 23, 2020  (Warrant Officer, Canadian Armed Forces  Ret)

Douglas A. Hawley , passed away at the age of 78. Doug was born February 4ht 1942 to Winnifred Edwards, adopted son of Hiram and Yula Hawley. Doug is survived by his wife of 58 years Carol Ann, his son Michael (Leanna). Brothers William Truman,  Gary Hawley and Sister Joan Cooke.  Grandchildren Ashna, Shane, Jacob, Nickolas, Liam and Braedon, Great Grandchildren Isabella and Kaleb and many nieces and nephews.

Doug was pre-deceased by his son Steven "Timothy; mother Winnifred Edwards (Saunders), brother Robert, Sisters Eleanore, Joan and Shirley. 

Special thanks to the nursing staff at the Perth Hospital, the care and compfort you provided to Doug is greatly appreciated. In lieu of flower memorials may be made to the Great War Memorial Hospital of Perth District Foundation. 

Cremation has taken place and a private family service for Douglas will be held.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Notice of passing- Faye Pringle wife of Terry Pringle LM859

 With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Faye Pringle of Pembroke, Ontario, who passed away on August 31, 2020. Family and friends are welcome  to leave their condolences on the Neville Funeral Home, Pembroke, memorial page and share them with the family.

She was predeceased by : her son Duane, her parents, Eugene Rabishaw and |Loretta Rabishaw, and her siblings, Iona, Garry and Murray Rabishaw.

She is survived by : her spouse Terry Pringle, her children, Patti (Barry Moffatt) and Leslie (Shawn Nixon), her grandchildren Mackenzie and Sheridan, and her brother Bryan Rabishaw (Charlie). She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the constraints of Covid-19 regulations, a Private Chapel Service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Obituary notice for Old Comrade CWO Leith Ronald , CD (Retd)

 BOTTRILL, CWO Leith Ronald, CD (Ret'd)

August 30, 1934- July 29, 2020

Passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020. Beloved husband of Rena. Loving father of Heather (Mark), Robert (Samantha), Janice (Denis) and David (TJ). Also loving father to two sons by a first marriage. Leith also leaves behind his loving sister Jean, stepbrothers, various relatives and friends. Leith proudly served a combined military and civilian service career which spanned over 60 years. He enlisted at age 17 with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals which took him to various destinations in Canada and abroad, finally retiring in Ottawa. A private funeral will be held at the National Military Cemetery located at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. For messages of condolence please visit

Monday, July 20, 2020

Obituary notice for Old Comrade Peter Kilby 1933-2020

On Tuesday the 7th of July, Peter Kilby passed away quietly in his sleep at 86 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Kilby (Stobbs) who he shared 64 years of marriage; and his children Acton Kilby and wife Margaret Kilby, Elizabeth Spencer (Kilby) and husband Doug Stangeland, as well as grandchildren David, Thomas and Mary. He is survived by one of his siblings, Mrs Margaret Robertson (Kilby) of Prince George, BC and pre-deceased by his Brothers Gordon and Thomas Acton Kilby. All of those who remain are heartbroken at the loss of a partner, sibling, father, grandfather and friend.
Born at a young age (as he would say) in Vancouver BC, Peter started his life on the Kilby Family Farm in Harrison Mills, BC. He spent his early years chasing cows, riding horses and setting the stage for a life of adventure, dedication and education. As he moved on from Harrison Mills to attend Normal School and University, he carried with him a sense of commitment and devotion that would guide him through his many life choices. After completing his teaching certification, Peter taught for a short period in Vancouver, BC, and soon realized that in order to make himself complete he needed to marry Barbara Stobbs. They wed in 1956 and seldom spent any time apart from each other from that moment onward.
In 1959, he decided to join the Regular Army as a Signals Officer. He and Barbara packed everything up in their little car (a Morris Minor) and moved out to Kingston, Ontario. Following initial training, Peter and Barbara moved to London, Ontario where he served as a Signals Officer with the Royal Canadian Regiment. In 1962 Acton joined them, and shortly afterward they made the decision to return to BC. Peter released from the Regular Army and accepted a teaching position in Vancouver. They packed up themselves and Acton into a small MG sports car, and travelled back to BC. By 1964 they were back in Vancouver and Peter was teaching at a series of schools in the Greater Vancouver area. In 1965, Elizabeth appeared on the scene and the family was complete. Living in Coquitlam while Peter taught and took a sabbatical from teaching to complete a Masters Degree in History at Simon Fraser University. In 1970, Vancouver proved to be a city of challenges and change, Peter and Barbara sought an adjustment, and after several options were examined, they found themselves in Salmon Arm.
Life in Salmon Arm provided a wealth of experiences for Peter that included him being a Teacher, Vice-Principle and Principle within the School District. As a teacher he touched the lives of thousands of children, and up until his last days, many of them would make a point of visiting him or crossing the street to say hello and thank him for how he shaped their lives.
He was a dedicated Militia soldier, serving as a part time soldier with the Rocky Mountain Rangers then on to become the Militia Area Commander for all of British Columbia. His influence while commanding the Reserve forces in BC set conditions for organizational and procedural changes which were taken on by the Canadian Army as the model for all Reserve areas throughout Canada.
Following his retirement from teaching, Peter became an active volunteer with the region’s emergency management services assisting with emergency preparedness and response, and helping the region to develop better mechanisms to manage responses to both routine and significant emergencies. His personal efforts were most significant during Salmon Arms wildfires in 1998. As the fires threatened so many of the citizens, his support to the response effort ensured that resources were effectively managed and plans developed that reduced the overall impact of the fires and more broadly benefitted the greater community.
In early 2000, Peter decided that retirement should actually be retirement. This meant he increased activity with Rotary, Probus and other community groups. In addition, Barbara and he commenced a series of global travels that would make most people’s heads spin. They embraced retirement at full-speed. His active participation in the community good continued until the impact of his Parkinson’s disease prevented active support. Parkinson’s created significant challenges for Peter later in life. The onset of this unforgiving illness created conditions which significantly impacted on his mobility. Although physically impaired by the disease, he maintain a remarkable sense of humour and was always interesting and engaging to chat with.
Adventurous, compassionate, loving and welcoming are the words which come immediately to mind when remembering Peter. The memories etched in our minds are that of a leader, teacher, mentor and loving man. He enjoyed a life-well-lived. Making every effort to ensure that those around him were made to feel a part of anything he was involved in, and that it was done in a way that all voices were given an equal hearing.
Barbara, Acton and Elizabeth would like to specifically recognize Dr. Chris Weicker for the outstanding medical care and kind support provided to Peter, and the staff at Shuswap Lodge and at Mount Ida Mews for the most excellent and loving care they provided to Peter. They are the exemplary standard by which doctors and other assisted living and complex care facilities should be measured.
We also must highlight our immense gratitude to our cousin Marion Kilby for all that she has done for both Barbara and Peter. Her unwavering support and dedication to them has made everyone’s lives better and was central to the great quality of life Peter enjoyed. She has been an Angel and there are no words we can offer that would appropriately express our gratitude.
As Peter would have remarked; “It isn’t about the end, but the journey that got you there, that matters most.” His journey was remarkable.
Peter will be cremated and his ashes scattered at a later date. Due to the current COVID situation, the family has decided that a memorial service will be held at a later date. Once known, information will be provided in order to ensure all those wishing to share stories and remember his life may be included. In lieu of flowers or gifts we ask that donations be made in his name to the charity Marion Kilby volunteers at which is the North Okanagan - Shuswap Brain Injury Society (NOSBIS) at the ‘Donate Today’ button is at the top of the page.