Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Obituary notice for Desjardins PO (Pete) LM081

DESJARDINS, Peter - 1920 – 2013 WWII Veteran – L/Col. (Ret.) Passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 27 at KGH at the age of 93. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Winifred (Winnie). Dear father of Geri Kugelmass (Michael) and Mary Desjardins. Proud grandfather of Sara (Tim), Monica (Oren) and Leah. He will be remembered by nieces, nephews, longtime close friends Olive and Charlie and dear friends Jo and Fran. Peter served with the Canadian Grenadier Guards during WWII. After the war, he made the military his career for 30 years, followed by a shorter career with NATO. His travels through work and after retirement allowed for many friendships to be made in Canada and abroad. Peter's woodworking skills have left his family with some memorable furniture pieces. Many thanks to the kind and caring staff at The Waterford Retirement Residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JOSEPH'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (392 Palace Road) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KGH or the charity of your choice. 
This information was obtained from the
Kingston Whig Standard


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pictorial Report on Korean War Veterans Day/Armistice Commemoration ceremonies held at Korea War Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Brampton, Ontario

Veterans, we are pleased to present an on-line link to a 72-page interactive pictorial publication on the recent National Korean War Veterans Day/60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice ceremonies held at the Korea War Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Brampton, Ontario.

A Veterans activist, Hoojung Jones, is the deputy webmaster for the Korea Veterans Association of Canada.

Below the link that will open the interactive publication is a write-up reprinted from the Hamilton Community News.com that explains Hoojung’s philosophy and why she does what she does for Canada’s Korean War Veterans.


HooJung Jones is a tireless advocate for Canadian Korean War vets

HooJung Jones coauthored Canadians Our Heroes 1950–1953 Korean War and is an active member of the Korean Veterans Association of Canada.

Ask HooJung Jones about Canada’s involvement in the Korean War and her eyes light up.

The 47-year-old Ancaster resident has dedicated much of her life to helping Korean War veterans and spreading the word about what Canadians did in that conflict both in Canada and in her native South Korea.

“Many young people don’t know what the Korean War is,” said Jones, who came to Hamilton in 1987 to study commerce at McMaster.

She also worked in the telecommunications field and is the past president of the Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council that runs Its Your Festival at Gage Park each summer.

About 12 years ago she got involved with the Korean Veterans Association of Canada and is currently the organization’s project coordinator and assistant webmaster as well as a tireless
advocate for the Hamilton unit.
In 2005, she coauthored Canadians Our Heroes 1950–1953 Korean War and was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by Governor General David Johnston in Toronto on June 26.

A native of Seoul, her father is a former member of the South Korean army and her mother was among the 14,000 North Korean refugees who sailed to freedom on the S.S. Meredith Victory on Dec. 24, 1950.

Her parents came to Canada in 2000.

“We really appreciate the Korean War veterans who fought,” said Jones, who is always quick to point out that her family would not be in Canada today if the United States and the United Nations (including Canada) had not sent troops to Korea to push back the Communist attack from the North. “Many people don’t know 16 countries went to Korea and Canada (had) the third largest contingent.”


Friday, August 9, 2013

Obituary notice for Draper RE (Ron) LM576

ex Apprentice E12 Intake 4 1955-57

  Ronald Draper March 13, 1939 - August 5, 2013 DRAPER, Ronald Edward, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2013 in Burnaby, BC surrounded by family. Ron was born in Toronto on March 13, 1939 and proudly served in the Canadian Army with the Royal Canadian Signals Corp for 22 years. He was a dispatcher with the Burnaby RCMP and By-law Enforcement Officer. Scouter Ron was a dedicated volunteer with Scouts Canada and served within the Burnaby Region for 20 years. Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anna; son Richard Draper (Kristen) of Ottawa; daughter Michelle Meech (Roger) of Coquitlam; grandchildren Rion, Dylan and Jaden Draper and Madeleine and John Meech. Special thanks to the staff at George Derby Centre. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 at 10 am at First Memorial, Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer Foundation.

 Added tribute from Ron's son Richard:

My father joined in 1955 as a signalman apprentice (the green monsters) and graduated as a Wireless and Line Operator on 6 Sep 57. Throughout his 21 years of service his postings included CFBs Kingston, Petawawa, CFS Ladner & Leitrim, UNEF, and Germany.
On retirement from the CF in 1976, he continued as a Communications Officer with the Prince George RCMP detachment, relocated to Burnaby and continued serving as a dispatcher with the New Westminster Police Service and Burnaby RCMP detachment. In 1992, he became a By-Law enforcement Officer with the RCMP Traffic Section, and eventually transitioned to the Corp of Commissionaires at RCMP Headquarters in Vancouver prior to suffering a stroke in 2010 which unfortunately ended his employment escapades. He spent his remaining days at the George Derby Retirement home for veterans.

Ron was an extremely dedicated Scout Leader and served as the District Commissioner for the Burnaby Region.