Saturday, December 31, 2011

Obituary Notice for Herbert George Norris (LM402)

Peacefully, at KGH on December 29, 2011. Predeceased by his first wife Annie Norris (Amos). Survived by Diane Norris (Grey) and her family. Beloved father of James, Evelyn, George, David (Diane). Loving grandfather of Tony, Elaine, Christine and Shane and great-grandfather of six. Brother of Bill (deceased), Beatrice, Bob, Mary and Winston. Honourable member of the Korean Veterans Association. Friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME (49 Colborne St.) on Friday, December 30 from 7-9 pm and Saturday, December 31 from 11 until the time of the service in our chapel at 1 pm. Interment at Cataraqui Cemetery to follow. For those wishing, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Obituary Notice for Donald Campbell Kerr (Sigs Club)

Born Montreal, Quebec May 11,1921 – Departed Port Perry December 15, 2011. Quietly in his sleep after a brief battle with Lymphoma. Leaves best friend Yvonne Pepper, Children – Patricia, Deborah, Donald, Charles, Desiree, Grandchildren – Jesse, Jamie, Lauren, Ian, Deanna, Holly and Andrew, Great Grandchildren – Abbey, Liam, Victoria and Charlotte. Pre-deceased by Wife Doris (Pat), Son Campbell and Grandson Nicholas. After graduating University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and working for Bell Canada, Don joined the 2nd Division Signals as a signalman then attended the Officer’s Training Center rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He volunteered for overseas duty in 1942, landed with the troops at Gold Beach on D-Day and saw continuous action as part of Operation Market Garden, the liberation of Holland. Mentioned in Dispatches for Distinguished Service and decorated with the Oak Leaf Cluster, Don was promoted to Captain and, in the postwar years, to Major. He served as an Aide de Camp to Ontario Lieutenant Governors, the Honourable Keiller MacKay and Honourable Earl Rowe. To ensure that future generations of Canadians would know and understand the sacrifice made for freedom, Don produced a DVD and delivered lectures to schools across southern Ontario. In October 2011, Don received the Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation, an award recognizing those who provided outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans. Don had an outstanding career in the land development and Real Estate industry. A strong advocate for municipal planning, he participated in the development of Canada’s ``First Planned Community`` Bramalea, projects in Orange County California and ultimately assembled large tracts of land into what has become the heart of Mississauga. He had a strong sense of civic duty serving as a member of Etobicoke Council from1965-1982, member of the Conservative Party and a lifelong Kiwanian. For the last 10 years, Don became a well known and respected member of the community of Port Perry. He had a great passion for boats and music especially big band, swing and jazz. Though his last note has sounded, like a catchy tune, his memory springs easily to mind. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Donald Kerr was held in the chapel on Tuesday December 20, 2011. Memorial donations to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Obituary Notice for Albert Vernon McConnell LM393

Unfortunately the death of this member was missed in the regular review of local papers. It was recently brought to our attention by daughter Nancy.

McCONNELL, Albert Vernon (Veteran WW II) - Peacefully at Fairmount Home Kingston on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in his 95th year. Beloved husband of 63 years to Earla (nee Credicott). Loving father of Nancy Denny (Phil) and much loved grandfather of Jessica Denny (Jason Melo) and Larissa Denny. Dear brother of Ernest Kohnle (the late Ollie), James Kohnle (Marg), Ann Sawyer and the late Charles Kohnle (Barb). Funeral Service was held at ROBERT J. REID & SONS FUNERAL HOME, on Friday, October 28, Interment was at Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Obituary Notice for Valerie West

Valerie was an enthusiastic officer recruited by 736 (Thunder Bay) Communication Squadron. Logistics by cap badge she often excelled far beyond her Jimmy counterparts. Never lost for words, Valerie proved to be a loyal friend, a fierce competitor and a compassionate citizen. She will be missed by those who new her best.

Valerie Jane Dale (nee Sweet) West, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family at Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital on Thursday, November 10, 2011, age 54 years.
Born in Exeter, Ontario, Valerie had served in the Canadian Forces Reservist and had worked as a By-Law Officer in Thunder Bay and a Private Investigator in Kitchener. Valerie is survived by her sisters, Gail Graham of Stoney Plain, A.B., Cheryl Kee and Chris of Delaware, Ontario and a brother, Ian Sweet of Cambridge. She is survived also by nieces, Erin Kee-Lindsay (Neil), Allison Kee and Haley Sweet. Predeceased by her parents, Douglas and Marian Sweet. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Valerie's Life was held at the Waterloo Regional Police Association on Sunday, November 13th, 2011.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hope Spring would be greatly appreciated by visiting

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Obituary Notice for Don Clarke LM595

Just talked to Vera, Ottawa, and her husband Don Clarke, passed away today, October 22, 2011 at 1 PM at the Ottawa General Hospital. Further information to follow. Fred and Frances Arbuckle

CLARKE, CWO Donald MMM, CD - RC Sigs, H of C January 24, 1927 - October 22, 2011 Don passed away peacefully with Vera (nee Smythe), his devoted wife of 61 years, by his side on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the age of 84. Loving father of Scott (Teresa) and grandfather of Ian and Heather. Brother to Kenneth (Kay) of Estevan, Saskatchewan, and pre-deceased by his siblings James, Minerva, Dougal, Francis, Jack, and Vivian. A boy soldier in World War II, Don's military career spanned 34 years, including time with the Royal Canadian Signals Corps and UN peacekeeping missions, finishing as Military Secretary to the Minister of National Defence. His final civilian appointment was Assistant Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons. Don's smile, courtesy and good humour will be missed by all who knew him. The family thanks all of our friends for the visits and emotional support over the past few weeks. Sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus Neurology Unit and the General Campus Oncology Unit for the exceptional skill and compassion they demonstrated in caring for Don. A memorial service will be held in Ottawa at the Church of the Resurrection, 3191 Riverside Drive, at 1:30 on Monday, October 31, 2011, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association, 2319 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 500, Ottawa ON K1G 4J8, or online at designating the Ottawa COPD Maintenance Exercise Program. Online condolences may be made at 107

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Obituary Notice for David Fehr LM221

October 2, 1930 – September 21, 2011: In the early morning of September 21st, 2011, David Fehr passed away at the Norwood Care Centre in Edmonton following a short illness.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Irene, daughters: Dianne (JC), Gail (Butch), Beverly (Robert) and Barbara (Joe), 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, as well as 2 brothers and 4 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dave was a member of the Canadian Forces for over 25 years serving in Canada, Europe and several peace keeping missions around the world. He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Although retired from the military for many years, he still considered his life as a soldier his one true career and continued his association through military clubs and events.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, October 1st at Evergreen Funeral Chapel – 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton. Friends and relatives intending to attend are asked to contact Dianne or JC at 780-967-5014 or via E-mail: In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Military Communications and Electronics Museum, Kingston ON.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Obituary Notice for Wilfred Noel (Bud) Keddy LM238

KEDDY, Wilfred Noel “Bud“ - Surrounded by love, Bud died peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Friday September 9, 2011. Bud was a loving husband to Eleanor for 54 years. He will be greatly missed by his family, daughter Debbie (John) Gillis and son David (Darlene) Keddy. Bud was so proud of his grandchildren, Tim(Jenna), Jackie Gillis, Chrissy Keddy and his great- grandchild Kaiden. Bud has joined Julia in heaven. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Irene Keddy. Bud was a proud member of the military and a financial planner. He loved life and fought many illnesses to stay with us as long as possible. Family and friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOMES - 435 Davis Drive (Taylor Kidd Blvd. & Centennial Drive) on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A funeral service in our chapel will be celebrated on Monday September 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Final place of rest Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. For those wishing, donations may be made to the U.H.K.F. - Kingston General Hospital for their excellent Care or to the Parkinson's Foundation in memory of Bud. “He will be missed and always in our hearts

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Motorcycle of the Dispatch Rider

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The Triumph motorcycle company began designing its 500cc TRW model in 1943, but by the time the bike went into production the Second World War was over and the British military had a surplus of motorcycles used by dispatch riders.

Many were used by the military in countries around the world, including, Canada, Germany, Holland, Pakistan and South Africa. This incredible find was at the Mid-America Motorcycle auction in Monterey last month. The pictured 1957 Triumph TRW came out of Canadian Military storage approximately 40 years ago, and has never been out of the original factory shipping crate. This twin cylinder Triumph has chrome wheel rims and gold pinstriping accenting the green paintwork. It is supplied with the complete tool kit and other accessories, including the hardbound owner's manual and sold for $34,500.

One has to wonder what its new owner will do with it. Leave it in the shipping crate making it a fantastic museum piece, or remove it and assemble it? With a mere 15 test miles added by the factory, if the new owner rides it, every mile added to the odometer would devalue it. Tough decision.

How many Sigs Club members drove one?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Obituary Notice for Tom Reader LM178

READER, Thomas James (Ret.) Colonel - Passed away peacefully at KGH on the 24th of August 2011 in his 81st year. Loving husband of Frances (Frankie) Gillissie, cherished father of Kelly Laforest (Marc) and Leslie Dupre (Jon) and proud grandpa of Alexandra, Chloe and Sydra. Tom was predeceased by his first wife Margaret, his son, Terry James and his sister Norna Eidsness. He will be sadly missed by many including his numerous nieces and nephews and of course his dog, Roxy. The family will receive friends and family at the James Reid Funeral Home (1900 John Counter Boulevard) from 2:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, August 28th. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church (1111 Taylor Kidd Boulevard) on Monday at 11:00am, reception to follow at St. Pauls. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Communications and Electronics Branch, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the Lewy Body Dementia Foundation, or the charity of your choice in Thomas' memory would be appreciated by the family

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Obituary Notice for Sam Kennard LM348

WO1 GS (Sam) Kennard,retired- Royal Signals. Silent Key--Sam passed away yesterday,16 Aug 2011, in England from an aneurism. He was an avid ham radio operator,G4OHX, and operated his station from many different locations around the world. During the visit of Princess Anne at our 100th Anniversary we had Sam operating VE3RCS when she visited the Museum. He was a great supporter of the Signallers Club and unofficially acted as our liaison in the UK. He served his country with the Royal Signals and retired as the RSM of the British Signals Airborne Regt. One of my great thrills was to contact him "on-air" by phone and CW (he sure had to slow down for me to copy)

Terry, VA3TRM

Friday, August 5, 2011

Obituary Notice for Robert William Murphy LM422

Born July 24, 1926, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's of the Lake with the support of his family on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, shortly after his 85th birthday. Dear & loving husband of Brenda (nee Connolly) and cherished father of Beckie Harrison (Brian) of Ottawa; Stephanie Hook (James) of Sydenham; Bob (Mina) of Campbellford and Brenda Murphy (Chris Burke) of Dunrobin. Much loved Papa of Emily, Ben, Lauren (Jeremy), Sean, Brian, Jeffery, Jessica and Sarah. Brother of Katherine Burgess and John Murphy and predeceased by his sisters Helen, Charlotte, Margaret and Pat. Son of the late William & Agnes Murphy. The family will receive friends at the WARTMAN FUNERAL HOME “Kingston Chapel“ (980 Collins Bay Road at Taylor Kidd Blvd.) Kingston, ON - K7M 5H2 (613- 634-3722) on Saturday, August 6 from 10- 11 am. Liturgy of the Word to follow in the Chapel at 11 am. Reception to follow. Interment at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Basket Fund or St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital will be remembered with appreciation by the family. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Susan Sangster-Gibson, Dr. Ivan Stewart and staff of 2 South at St. Mary's of the Lake for the care and support to Dad and all of our family.

Bob retired as RSM of the School and was previously SSM of 1 CMBG HQ & Sigs Sqn,Calgary. He worked as a lineman for many years and as an instructor for the trade, he is fondly remembered by the lineman as one of the best "pot wipers"(lead) in the trade and he passed this knowledge to many of us. Lineman Forever.
Terry Murphy

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Obituary Notice for Horace John Selman LM186

John was LM186 and had the great "honour" of being my Troop Sgt in E-19,1957. For some reason he survived that. John was a nice man and will always be remembered. Terry

SELMAN, Horace John (British 1st Army and RCCS) - Peacefully at Trillium Centre on July 29, 2011 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Nellie. Beloved father to John and Judy (nee Clooney). Cherished Popa to Kimberly (Harm) Nouwens and Michael (Andrea) Selman. Great Popa to Matteus, Maiya, Mitchell and Willem. Dearly remembered by his sister Dorothy (Bob) Stirling of British Columbia, Fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law Madge (Harold) Charles and Jean (Paul) Cutts, and niece Phillippa (Rob) Bellhouse, all residing in England. You will always be in our hearts. At John's request there will be no visitation and service. Cremation followed by interment by Nellie's side at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in John's memory.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Belated Obituary Notice for Len Rae LM376

I recently found out that Len Rae died last October 24th, 2010 at his home in Wasaga Beach, Ont. Len joined the 11th intake of Soldier Apprentices of RC Sigs. 1962 -- 1964. Following the 2 plus years in Kingston he was posted out to 2 Sigs Squadron in Petawawa as a R & TG Operator. We took our pre-para course here together before taking the jump course in Rivers, Manitoba in March 1965. Len got out after five years and ended up in Toronto, primarily working for SIS Alarms and Wells Fargo Alarms until about 1980 when he moved back to his hometown of Wasaga Beach. His health was not good, but I was very surprised when I found out he had died. I don't believe anybody in the Sigs org has heard of his passing.
Larry Kennedy
E-37 62 -- 64

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Obituary Notice for Gerald Wellington Fleming LM527

Gerald Wellington Fleming - 75, of Canning, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Winchester, Ontario, he was a son of the late James and Edna (Jennings) Fleming. He served as a radio operator with the Signal Corps in the Canadian Army and also served as a Peacekeeper. He retired as a truck driver and enjoyed going for coffee with friends. He is survived by his wife, Heather (Harvey); three sons, Randy (Karen), Ontario; Keven (Susan), Lakeville; Jeff (Shelley), Edmonton; step-son, Chris (Natasha), Kentville; sister, Patricia; 17 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his second wife, Helen; a daughter, Beverley; two brothers, Robert and Ernest. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. There will be no visitation, by request. A funeral service will be held in Prescott, Ontario at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Obituary Notice for Leo Alexander "Buck"Buchanan LM256

Peacefully, at the Kingston General Hospital, on Sunday, July 17, 2011 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Doris May Buchanan. Loving father of Brian and his wife Marilyn of Penticton, B.C. and Kathy and her husband Butch Preston of Belleville. Cherished grandfather of Pat and his wife Jen (Gabriola, B.C.), Laurie and her husband Rod (Kingston), Dann and his wife Tammy (Brockville), Heather and her husband Alex (Osgoode), and Jenn and her spouse Carla (Belleville). Loving great grandfather of Brittney, Nicole, Lauren, Jordyn, Zachary, Brody, Ariana, Aidan, and Cadence. Brother of Frank (Deanna), Eddie (Rita), and Margie. Friends will be received at the Central Chapel of the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 49 Colborne St. (at Clergy St.) on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7- 9 p.m. Liturgy of the Word will be held in our Chapel on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. Rite of Committal Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family
Relayed by Merv Embury: Sgt Leo A. (Buck) Buchanan, WWII veteran was the training Sgt for the famous 1967 RC Sigs Motor Cycle Display Team that toured Canada during Canada's Centennial celebration.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Obituary Notice for James Edward Lankin (LM759)

Peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer, at LHSC Victoria Campus on Wednesday July 6, 2011, James Edward Lankin (Ed) of London passed away in his 71st year. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mamie. Loving father of Glenn and his wife Deb (Gabrielle) and his daughter, Susanne Goudswaard and husband Joe. Sadly missed by his granddaughters Emily and Maya Lankin. He is survived by his two sisters, Carole Boyd and her husband, Lawrence J Boyd and Barbara Friars and her husband Bill Friars of Harrow, Ontario. A special thank you goes out to the nurses of the palliative care and emergency units of LHSC Victoria Campus. A service to celebrate Eds life will be held on Saturday, July 16th, 2011, at Lambeth United Church, 4268 Colonel Talbot Road, London. Commencing at 11:00 am, with Rev. Mathew Penny officiating. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to The General Sir Authur Currie Memorial Project. ELLIOTT-MADILLE FUNERAL HOME M.T.Brydges, entrusted with arrangements.

Ed was in the 6th intake of Signals Apprentice 57-59. He graduated as a Rad Op. and was a Life Member of the Signallers Club of Canada (LM759). He was a very quiet soldier, a good operator with a wonderful smile on his face at all times.
Terry Murphy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Obituary Notice for William G Kiely (LM426)

WIELY, William G. 1929 - 2011 Passed away at home in Burlington, Ontario. Beloved husband of the late Georgina Kiely (nee Pineau). Loving father of Kevin, John, Scott, and the late Glen Kiely. Proud and devoted grandfather to Shawn, Adam and William. Dear son of Catherine (nee Skeans) and James J. Kiely. Caring brother of Richard (Marion Meehan), Ann (Harris Young), Margaret (James Britten), Rita (Joseph Howe), James (Thelma Gallant), Noreen, Marie (George Coughran) and loved by numerous nieces and nephews. William was a proud and decorated veteran, generous beyond compare, compassionate, loving, and a storyteller with no equal. He will be missed by all who had the great pleasure to know him. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Obituary Notice for Glen Megaffin Bright (Sig Club)

86 of Bridgewater, passed away June 8, 2011 in South Shore Regional Hospital. Glenn was the son of the late Stanley and Irene (Megaffin) Bright. Born in Baljennie Saskatchewan August 17, 1924. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces in The Royal Canadian Corp of Signals from 1943 - 1979 and in French-Indo China (Vietnam) July 1954 - August 1955. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer to Regina Saskatchewan but returned to live in Bridgewater in 1983. Glenn was a past member of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Golden K, Legion, Signalers Club of Canada and Osprey Ridge Golf Club. He is survived by his loving and loyal wife Liz (Hebb); son, Greg (Fran) Bright, Oakville ON; daughter, Beverley Bright (Marty Coshman), Ottawa; one grandson, Aaron (Vanda) Bright, Toronto, ON; one granddaughter, Jodi Bright, Mississauga ON; sisters, Shirley Miller, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Mel (Ted) Turner, Regina, Saskatchewan; brothers, Jim (Jane) Bright, Edmonton, Alberta; Wayne (Carol) Bright, Rosetown, Alberta; several nieces and nephews; several sister and brother in laws. Glenn loved sports, especially golf, hockey and football. He will be remembered as being a very proud man and will be sadly missed by his family and his friend who knew him well. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to any charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting

From Bob Shupe: With reference to Glen. When I first checked in with you folks on Ahern Ave. Halifax (Thelma K, Jerry Bellefontaine, etc) back in 1966 -67. Glen was a WO2 in CommGp. He was a WW2 vet. and had a chest full of ribbons similar to Bob Lackie.

Prior to the CommGp Hfx posting he was in Kingston at Sigs 2B or 2C. I recall him there when I was on my Gp3 crypto course in 1963. He was a proud Crypto Op. and very good at the trade. I believe he went from Halifax to Ottawa, and then back to 726 CommSqn on promotion to CWO around 1975-76. He retired from there in 1979 at age 55.

I got to work for him several times, and he was a great leader that mastered all the leadership styles, and he was always a gentlemen. That in itself was rare for a soldier of his time.

Glen was born in Sask. and was a career soldier. On retirement he and the missus moved back home. After a few years there he moved back to NS (approx. 1983) and built a home in Bridgewater. Over the years we would often have lunch, and I would always tease him about why NS won out as his retirement home.

He remained mentally sharp right to the end. He suffered a stroke about 2 yrs ago that set him back a little. However he quickly rebounded and was as sharp as a tack. About 2 months ago he became very weak, and he hospitalized. I visited with him every week, had a coffee, and yarn. He loved to talk soldiering, crypto trade, and all the good lads we both knew. During the past two weeks he failed quickly. I visited with him yesterday afternoon at 1500 hrs. and I could tell the life force was leaving him. On departure I said get strong Glen, and see you soon. He responded "I'm trying hard Bob!" He passed away later that evening.

I shall miss his presence. He was a great man.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Obituary Notice for Daniel L Smith LM 535

Daniel Laurence Smith May 5th 1937-May 31st 2011

Dan passed away suddenly with his loving family by his side. Dan was survived by his loving partner Patsy, his son Steve (Heather) and daughter Shelly (Tony). He was also survived by, 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 4 brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dan was born in Ottawa, joined the military at 16 and married Laura, the mother of his children. He moved to Campbell River in 1972 and worked for BC Tel. Since retiring Dan spent many hours doing what he loved the most; family, camping, golfing, gardening and traveling.

Celebration of Life @ 1:00pm on June 10th at the Legion.

Dan was larger than life and there are truly no words to capture his essence.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Obituary Notice for Harry A Russell (LM295)

Russell, Harry A (CWO) Born in Chatham NB on 04 Dec 1926 passed away in Fredericton NB on 18 May 2011, Harry served during the Second World War with RCNVR from 1944 to 1946 demobilized the re-enlisted in the Army and was posted to Royal Canadian Signal Corps in Kingston and retired in 1980. During his service his posting were: 1953/54 Cdn Comm. Z Dets in Kure Japan, 25 CIB Sigs, CMMFE Tokyo Japan, 1958/59 MCCD Vietnam (Indo-China) 1961 57 Cdn Sigs Unit (ONUC) Congo, 1974 Chief ComOp HQ UNEF Cairo. His decorations were Burma Star, CVSM & Clasp, War Medals 1939-45, ONUC (Congo), UNEF (Cairo) ICSC (Indo-China) CD & Clasps

During his school years Harry joined the Army Cadets and took training at Camp Utopia in New Brunswick. After finishing High School in Chatham in 1943 he tried to enlist in the Air Force but was too young. In 1943/44 he worked for #10 Air Observer School, in the meantime he enlisted in RCNVR and was called for duty in 1944. While serving in the RCNVR his duties were in the Atlantic, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean to India and Ceylon, through the MALACCA Strait clearing mines to Singapore then on to the Philippine Islands, Formosa Island and to Hon Kong until the war was over. Sailed to Wake Island then went on to the Hawaiian Islands where the shore was undertaken (seeing Pearl Harbour etc.) Then return to Canada (Esquimalt BC) for leave and demobilization in 1946.

Re-enlisted in the Army in 1946 and posted to Royal Canadian Signals Corps in Kingston Ontario from 06 Dec 1946 to 12 August 1948. In summer 1948 a shot posting to East Comd Sigs then posted to NB Area Sigs Tp from Aug 1948 to 23 Jul 1950. From 24 Jul 1950 to 04 Sep 1953 1 Army Sig Sqn in Ottawa Ontario.

From Sep 1953 to Sep 1954 posted to Japan/Korea while overseas was attached to Cdn Comm. Z Dets BCFK Kure, 25 CIB Sigs Tp, CMMFE Tokyo Japan returned to Canada and posted to East Ontario Sig Sqn (Kingston On) from 1954 to 1958, while in Kingston was attached to HQ East Ont Area (I Staff Trg) Signals Comms and Morse Code etc, to Army Cadets and Schools in Eastern Ontario Area.

Nov 1958 to Nov 1959 posted to MCCD Indo-China (Saigon) returned to Canada and posted to 1 Army Sig Sqn until May 1961 then posted to 57 Cdn Sig Unit (ONUC) Congo stationed in Elizabethville and opened station in Bukavu, returned to Canada and posted to 1 Army Sig Sqn in Ottawa until May 1963 then posted to Alta Sig Sqn Edmonton until July 1966, while in Edmonton was promoted to Master Warrant Officer.

1966 posted to NB Sigs Sqn Fredericton as QMS WO II (SSM) closed out NB Sigs and moved to CFB Gagetown CommDet (724 Comm. Sqn) from Jan 1967 to Jun 1973

1973 posted to HQ 73 Comm. Gp Winnipeg Manitoba (Comm. Supt) supporting stations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In Feb 1974 posted to HQ Canadian Contingent UNEF Middle East (Cairo HQ)

Harry was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 Fredericton, The Blue Helmets (Peacekeepers) and a volunteer with the Red Cross Canvassing and Diabetes Foundation.

The Funeral service will be held from Bishop's Funeral Home, 540 Woodstock Road Fredericton on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Monte Peters officiating followed by a Legion Tribute Service. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Obituary Notice for Benjamin Ronald Cyrus Pierce (LM 436)

PIERCE, Benjamin Ronald Cyrus - (Retired Warrant Officer, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and Correctional Officer, Collins Bay Penitentiary). Peacefully, with family by his side, at Kingston General Hospital, on Tuesday May 17, 2011. Beloved husband of Kathryn Nasheim. Dear father of Richard (Brenda) of Oakville and Gordon (Cindy) of Innisfil. Loving grandfather of Jason, Suzanne, Jackie, Liza and great grandfather of Emma. Also remembered by Jeff, Moira, Elaine, Jerry, Jim and longtime friends, family and Spooky the cat. Predeceased by his first wife Muriel Pearl Stevens, second wife Ruth Pierce, son Darold Roy Pierce and grandson Sean. Ben was loved for his sense of humor, anecdotes and his enjoyment of card playing. The family would like to thank the staff of Connell 3, KGH for their compassionate care as well as the management and staff at the Marriott Residence Inn. The family will receive friends at the Township Chapel of GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive on Friday May 20, 2011 between the hours of 7-9 p.m. A Private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations the Kingston Humane Society or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family

Monday, April 25, 2011

Obituary Notice for Howie Cook (LM302)

COOK, Howard "Howie" Clifford, BEM, CD December 2, 1921 - April 22, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Howard Cook; beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. Howie passed away in Calgary, the city of his birth, on April 22nd, 2011. Howie lived a life of purpose, passion, and commitment to his country and family. At sixteen years of age, Howie enlisted in the Canadian Militia, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, and in 1939 entered the Canadian Active Service Force. He was a veteran paratrooper and career military man of thirty-one years; serving in WW II, the Korean War, UN peacekeeper in the Middle East and as a member of the 1948 Cannon Turner rescue mission. Howard's military decorations included the British Empire Medal (BEM), Canadian Voluntary Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal, United Nations Emergency Force Medal, and the Canadian Forces Decoration with Clasp (CD). In 1946 Howard was awarded the symbol "P" as one of Canada's first Qualified Parachutists. After his retirement, he was Commanding Officer of the 2551 Canadian Airborne Cadet Corps in Edmonton. He concluded his military involvement as Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the 745 Edmonton Communication Squadron. Howie was an avid sportsman, loyal friend, mentor and dedicated family man known for his generosity, kindness and patriotism. Howie was a committed believer in Christ and an ardent follower of the 100 Huntley Street Mission. We are going to miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Cecile Bielech-Cook; sons Raymond (Harriet), Donald (Jennifer), David (Angeline); daughter Lorraine; grandchildren, Amanda (Lyndon), Geoffrey (Vanessa), Samantha (Henry), Andrew, Matthew (Becky), Rory, Adrienne, Anthony, Peter and Emily; as well as great-grandchildren: Nathan, Bradon, Joshua, Callie, Elijah, Isaiah, Nevaeh, Evie and Abby. Howard was predeceased by his first wife Blanche, his daughter Mariette Cook-Moore (Steve), brothers Blair and Doug, and sister Nina Cook. Friends and relatives are invited to a Memorial Service and Celebration of Howard's Life at the First Alliance Church, 12345 - 40th Street S.E., Calgary, on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through . If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made in Howard's name, directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Signals Museum in Kingston, ON (https// ), or Crossroads Christian Communications, PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, ON L7R 4M2. Telephone: 1-800-265-3100. HERITAGE FUNERAL SERVICES "Calgary Crematorium Chapel" 403-299-0111

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obituary Notice for Gayle Ruby Lemieux FM 004

Gayle Ruby LEMIEUX: wife of late "Pepe Lemieux" Suddenly, at the Kingston General Hospital, on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Gayle Ruby Lemieux of Napanee at age 65. Beloved wife of Lonnie Moss. Dear mother of Kevin of Gananoque and Shawn of Prescott and step-mother of Sylvia Charlebois of Barrie. Remembered by 3 grandchildren and sister of Donna Hunter of Quebec and Harold Hanley (Marie) of Almonte. Cremation has taken place. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. In the care of WANNAMAKER-TIERNEY FUNERAL HOME, Napanee. Memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at 9968525

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Obituary Notice for Thomas A Whittaker (LM371)

Sadly online searches indicate the tragic death on the evening of 2 December when his body was found in a burned out mini van near Kingsville.

WHITTAKER, Thomas A. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father Tom. Born at home April 16th, 1924 in Leamington, Ontario. Passed away suddenly Thursday December 2nd, 2010 at the age of 86 years. Late of Kingsville, Ontario. Reunited with the love of his life Clara (1995). Loving companion of Geraldine. Survived by his children Brian and Cathy, Rosemary and Gerry, Paul and Ann and Craig and Rainy. Grandpa to Wendi, Shaun, Caleb and Justin. Great grandpa to Emily and Zac. Predeceased by parents George and Annie, brothers Phillip, Leonard, William Stanley, brother-in-law Phillip and niece Elizabeth. Dear brother of Ester, Eileen and Doug. Also survived by sister-in-laws Dorothy of Leamington and Lillian Campbell of London. Predeceased by brother-in-laws Carl and Oscar and sister-in-law Florence. Dad was a proud veteran of WWII fighting in Holland and remained in the military until 1966 when he moved his family to Kingsville. Proud Legion member of Branch 188, Kingsville, Ontario. Dad worked at Kingsville District High School for several years before accepting a position with the University of Windsor until his retirement at the age of 66. Dad had a great love of sailing and was one of the founding members of the Kingsville Yacht Club.

May he rest in peace.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Obituary Notice for James Mitchell (LM 441)

Received a short notice from estate executor:
I regret to tell you of the passing of a dear friend " James Mitchell" He passed away November 19, 2010. He was a proud Canadian who served his country and was proud of it. We will miss him. Yours truly Lloyd Robb

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obituary Notice for Warren Porter Baskerville (LM307)

relayed from Merv Embury
BASKERVILLE, Warren Porter CWO (Ret'd) RCCS 1929 - 2011 Retired Chief Warrant Officer Warren P. Baskerville, in his 81st year, passed away at the Queensway - Carleton Hospital on the 24th January 2011 after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Lillian (nee Keats), son Brian, brother Grahame and sister Jane Dunkerley and his many nieces and nephews. Born in Coaticook, Que, on 20 November 1929, the beloved son of Leslie and Lloyd Baskerville. On completion of school he enlisted, in Nov 1948, in the Canadian Army Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and commenced a lifelong and rewarding career in telecommunications. Early in the 1950's he served with 27 Brigade HQ in Germany and Belgium. He spent many years at Vimy Barracks, Kingston, Ont with the Canadian Signals Regiment and as an Instructor at the School of Signals. A rewarding experience was his participation in 1960 with the Canadian Contingent of the UN Force in Congo, where as part of the Advance Party, he helped set up the UN Force Communications and Message Centre. After 21 years service he retired as a CWO and commenced a second career with the Federal Public Service. First with Indian and Northern Affairs. Later he became Manager of Telecommunications for the Dept of Supply and Services. He was proud, that in recognition of his dedicated service, he was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. He retired in 1989 with over 40 years of service to Canada. He has been an active and dedicated member of the "Signallers Club". Family and friends are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Ave., at Richmond Rd., Saturday, January 29, 2011 after 1 p.m. until time of Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m. Warren's charity of choice was the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Obituary Notice for Ed McWhirter (LM079)

Information provided by son David. Formal Obit to be published later in the week in Whig Standard

At 12:30 pm on January 25th, Ed passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. My wife Karen and I were by his side. He fought valiantly for months to overcome many health issues and to achieve his goal of returning to Kingston and his beloved wife, Cecile. Although his heart function improved significantly after the valve replacement in October, his lungs were finally too weak to carry on.

His spirit was admired by all the many doctors, nurses, specialists and staff at St. Michael's who cared for him over the months and to whom we are so grateful. He was lucid right to the end and we had good conversations as recently as the weekend. He failed rapidly on Monday, and the end came quickly.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend.

In lieu of flowers, we would be pleased if you would consider a donation to St. Michael's Hospital or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Funeral arrangements:

James Reid Funeral Home
1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston

Friday, January 28th
6:00 - 9:00 visitation

Saturday, January 29th
1:00 - 2:00 visitation
2:00 - 2:30 funeral service
2:30 - 3:30 interment at Cataraqui Cemetary
3:30 - 5:00 reception at James Reid Funeral Home

David McWhirter