Monday, December 29, 2014

Obituary announcement for old comrade General Ramsey Muir Withers, CMM, CD

General Withers, who passed away in his sleep on Dec 24th, was the oldest living past Chief of the Defence Staff.

Born in Scarborough, Ontario to Scottish immigrant parents, Withers spent 35 years in uniform, serving in the Korean War and in command and staff positions throughout Canada and overseas. He became Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1977 and then Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in 1980 before retiring in 1983.
From his retirement as CDS in 1983 until 1988, Withers served as Deputy Minister of Transport, during which time he was awarded the Commissioner's Award of the Northwest Territories and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada.
Withers was a professional engineer and a Fellow of Georgian College, holding earned degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada (student # 2951) and Queen's University. He was a graduate of the Canadian Army Staff College and Britain's Joint Services Staff College.
After retirement, Withers became president of a government relations firm, director of an aerospace technology company, a consultant to the Office of the Auditor General and Chairman of the Industry Government Relations Group.
He also continued to be active in volunteer work. In addition to chairing a committee that reviewed the undergraduate program at the Royal Military College of Canada (culminating in the Withers Report), Ramsey was the honorary director of the Canadian War Museum. He was a former Trustee of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Chairman of the Canadian War Museum Committee, former Director of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, and an Honorary Vice-President of the Boy Scouts of Canada.
General Withers was married, and he and his wife Allison (née Saunders) had three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
He was awarded the Commissioner's Award of the Northwest Territories and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada. He is the winner of the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award. He was an honorary graduate of the National Defence College and the NATO Defense College and held two honorary doctorates.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Basil McAllister just won his case against the Federal Government re his exposure to Defoliants and Agent Orange in Gagetown in 1956.
If you served in Gagetown since 1956, I was there for the first Divisional exercise since WW11. Many army types in 56 served on this exercise, West vs East.
Suggest you phone VAC 1 866 522 2122 and request an application form. Your claim starts the day you phone. Then visit your Dr. to find out if any if the diseases you have may have been from exposure to Defoliants or Agent Orange. If so, if you want I will assist you with that claim when I get back to BC in Mid-January. You do not have to be a member of CPVA for this assistance .Our organization has subject experts available. Well worth the effort. At present if you have a successful claim you will receive a onetime payment of $20k. This may also open the door for further benefits.
This may also allow for a claim for your wife and dependants.
Dave Munro CPVA Service Officer BC 
250 510 5332

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member McDonald TJ LM243

McDonald, Thomas Joseph (Tom, Mac)
Age 84, of Truro, Nova Scotia, passed away quietly at home, surrounded by his family, on December 10, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 17, 1930, he was the son of the late Cecilia and Gordon McDonald. Tom was a former Sergeant in the Canadian Armed Forces (Signals Corps), worked with the Truro hospital after retirement, worked with Saint John Ambulance, Search and Rescue, was inducted into the Knights of Columbus, and was a proud and active member, including two Presidential terms, with the Royal Canadian Legion. Tom loved to remain active in the community, tinker with electronics and his HAM radio, play darts, and was an amateur photography buff. Tom loved spending time with his wife, Rose, of 65 years, as well as his son and grandchildren. Tom is predeceased by his parents, sister Faith and brothers Jim, Ritchie and Gordie. He is survived by his loving wife Rose, brother Ted (Christine) McDonald, sisters Donna McDonald and Janet (McDonald) Bowser, son Gordon (Leah) Brookfield, NS, grandchildren, Whitney (Chris), Cornwall, PEI, Jeremy (Karine) Halifax, NS. A special thank you to the VON nurses. Cremation has taken place, and at Tom's request there will be no tribute service. Burial to take place at Bible Hill cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Children's Wish Foundation or the Truro Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 26) in Tom's name are welcomed and on-line condolences can be made at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Joe LeBlanc LM779 (CWO Ret'd)

Joseph Eloi Aime “Joe”
(Dedicated Serviceman to the Canadian Armed Forces for 39 years, Long-time Supporter of Veterans Affairs and the Royal Canadian Legion)

Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2014 at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital.
Of Almonte, at the age of 75.
Husband and best friend for 50 years to Lorraine. Will be missed by Paul (Kathy), and Lana (Johnny Spinks). Proud “Poppa” of Christopher, MacKenzie, Evan, Connor, and Jessica. Loved by family and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Committal Service on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11am in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. (Almonte, ON.) Reception to follow at the Almonte Legion. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Almonte Legion-Branch 240.

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care of
C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc.
(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., K0A 1A0)
Condolences and Tributes:     

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Charles Archibald MacQueen LM634

Charles Archibald MacQueen


MacQueen, Charles Archibald, 86, of Truro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Cedarstone Enhanced Care Truro. Born in Donkin # 6, Cape Breton, he was a son of the late Murray and Violet (Young) MacQueen. Charles was a Korean Veteran. He was a Construction Supervisor for many years, and after his retirement he took great pride in his gardening. His greatest love was his family and he really enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Charlie (Nancy), Regina; Marilyn (Grant) O’Laney, Truro; Mike (Chana), Vancouver; David, Truro; special daughter, Penny Horton, Truro; brother, Forbes (Jean), Regina; sisters, Carol (Angus) Hall, Chelmsford, ON; Dolores MacQueen, Sudbury, ON; 9 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Jane Lavinia McNutt; sisters, Annie, Beatrice, Etta and Betty; brothers, Stuart, John, Neil, Murray and Angus in infancy. By Charles request there will be no visitation or services. No flowers by request. Donations in Charles` memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Charles` obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member TOPLEY, M. Earle LM854

  • TOPLEY, M. Earle It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Earle on October 23, 2014 at the age of 67. Beloved husband of Janet, father of Kyle and Jodi and brother of Gail, Corte, Jack and Bev. Earle served in the R.C. Sigs and was a member of the Niagara Chapter of C.A.V.U.N.P. and the R.C.L. #163. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at the R.H.L.I. Veterans' Association, 1353 Barton Street East, Hamilton on Thursday, October 30th, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Obituary announcement for Kenneth MATHESON LM752

MATHESON, Kenneth Andrew Wallace Peacefully, March 12,
2013 in his 86th year, after dealing stoically for many years with several health problems. Loving and much-loved husband of Marjorie (née Ryan) for 61 years. Loving father of Patricia (Paul), Mark (Diana), and Rod (Margaret). Survived by sisters-in- law Eunice (late John), and Martha (late Wallace), as well as brother-in-law Harold (late Olive). Also loved by his grandchildren Kelly, Kenny, Michael, Erin, Chris, Thomas, Jack, as well as nieces and nephews. After graduating from Acadia and MIT, Ken rose through the ranks to become President of Armstrong Cork Canada. He touched many people's lives with honesty and integrity. A celebration of his life will be conducted at the Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore Rd., Dorval H9S 2E5 (fully accessible) on Sunday, March 17 from 3-6 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ken are asked to consider The West Island Palliative Care Residence, 265 Andre-Brunet, Kirkland, QC H9H 3R4. (514-695-7979). - See more at:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member ARBUCKLE, ALLISON ("ALLIE") LM452

February 12, 1931 - October 2, 2014
Glace Bay
Allie passed away October 2, 2014 at the age of 83 at his home in Taigh Na Mara, Glace Bay where he has lived for the past 4 years, following a stroke. With his passing, the world loses a generous and optimistic spirit who we are all better for knowing.
Born in Port Caledonia, he was the youngest child of William ‘Dickie’ Arbuckle and Nellie (Robertson) Arbuckle.
Allie is survived by his daughter (Lynn), granddaughters, (Amanda & Jill) and great granddaughter, (Scarlett) all of Edmonton. He is also survived by his brother, Freddie (Frances) of Port Caledonia, sister, Elizabeth (Bettie) Scott of Toronto, numerous relatives and many friends in Cape Breton, Edmonton and across Canada.
Allie was predeceased by his wife, Jean Arbuckle (Munroe) in 1995 after 39 years of marriage, and by his parents, his brothers, Norman, Jock, William, James, George, Robertson, Stewart and sisters, Janet, Susan, Agnes and Mary.
Allie proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years plus many more proud years in the Militia. He was always trying to convince others to "join up," believing that the military prepared you for life and offered many opportunities for education and travel. He was especially proud to have joined and served with his brothers, Freddie and Stewart, following the footsteps of elder brothers, Willie, Jimmie, Geordie, & Bobby. Following his years of service, Allie also enjoyed his time working with St. John’s Ambulance (Edmonton) and as a camp cook in many locations around Northern Alberta.

Both Allie and daughter, Lynn, have been very appreciative of the staff at Taigh Na Mara for the care and comfort provided to him. He loved that the staff appreciated his sense of humour and joked with him daily. He truly felt at home and was grateful to be able to live his final years on his beloved Cape Breton Island, of which he was so proud. We are also very thankful of the support he received from his brother, Freddie, sister-in-law Frances, and other members of his family in Cape Breton.
Cremation has taken place and, at Allie’s request, no service will be held. The family will celebrate his life in private, at a time of their choosing. We hope that, in spirit, you will join us in celebration by sharing a laugh, enjoying some "nibblies", and playing a game of cribbage. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Allie’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion or Taigh Na Mara.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at:
A photo of Allie is found on above website

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Frank Rawding LM474

RAWDING, Walter "Frank" - Frank passed away with his loving wife at his side after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital in his 77th year. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila (nee Wright) of 55 years. Beloved dad to Donna (Pete) Montgomery, Linda (Kevin) Cook, Janet (Steve) Evans. Cherished grandpa and pa to Dustin, Kaci, David, Cooper, and Tanner. Dear brother to Rosemary (Vaughn) Elliott, Marilyn (Paul) Saunders, Paula (Alan) Beaumont, Larry, and predeceased by his 3 brothers and parents Robie & Lottie Rawding. The family wish to extend a sincere thank you to Dr.'s Zaza, Kumar, Kankesan, Viola, Weston, and nurses Carol, Charity, Janet, KGH Cancer Clinic, to the staff of St. Mary's of the Lake Palliative Care, Hospice Kingston and to Nurse Ruth from St. Elizabeth Home Health for their care and compassion. Frank served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Signal Core and was a 40 year member of the RCL #92, Lifetime member of Signallers Club of Canada and member of FSNA. Following his retirement from the service, Frank owned and operated Frank's Upholstery Centre Ltd. in Belleville for 25 years. A celebration of Frank's life will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014 at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 268 Main St., Kingston (Barriefield) at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Final place of rest Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. For those wishing, donations may be made to the U.H.K.F. - South Eastern Ontario Cancer Clinic in his memory would be appreciated by the family. Sharing Memories at www.gftompkins-township.ca1

Monday, September 22, 2014

Obituary notice for club member Frank Rawding LM474

Frank Rawding LM474 deceased at Kingston ON Sept 19th, 2014
Submitted by Glen Parker
Just to let you know Frank Rawding passed away. Was orginally a lineman and then a tele op.Frank passed awaw at St Marys on Fri 19 Sep.Regards Glen

Monday, August 18, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Daniel Burris McNutt LM347

Daniel Burris McNutt
McNutt, Daniel Burris – 78, Truro, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2014 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Upper Onslow, the son of the late Lee and Edith McNutt, Dan served in the Canadian Army Signal Corp and was a proud member of AA for 46 years. Dan enjoyed morning coffee with his friends and was an avid Blue Jays fan. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan of 28 years, daughter, Lynn, son, Devin, brother, Harry, grandchildren, Ashley and Dwayne, 4 step children, Mike, Brian, Marlene, Darryl and 10 step grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Duane and Leland, 3 sisters and 5 brothers. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 20 from 12 pm until time of memorial service at 2 pm, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating. Interment will be held in Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences to the family may be made at:

From Terry Murphy:  Danny was a lineman,I worked with him in Gagetown in the late 50's

From Ken Kennedy:  Didn't know him that well but he was well known in local social circles. Don't know if he was an operator or lineman, although I believe he was a Rad-Op.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Ralph DeLuca LM255

DELUCA, Ralph - Passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3rd at the St. Catharines General Hospital in his 94th year. Beloved husband of 73 years to Gwen and dear father of Ralph Sr. (the late Valerie), Gordon (Pat) and Heather (Jerry) Downey of Newfoundland. Cherished grandpa of Scott, Kevin (Chrystal), Brent, Kirk, Karen and Kimberly (Todd), and much loved great grandfather of 7. Also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by sister Helen Carlesso, Lydia Berlingeri, brother Romeo DeLuca and brother in law Angelo Berlingeri. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place with arrangements entrusted to the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL CHAPEL , 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines. There will be an inurnment in Victoria Lawn Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Royal Canadian Legion-Branch 24 would be appreciated by the family. On-Line Guest Book - 12693471

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member John Hollett LM187

HOLLETT, John Nicholas - Peacefully in hospital Pembroke on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 in his 85th year. John Hollett of Petawawa, beloved husband of Gertrude Hollett (nee Leslie). Loving father of Patrick (Marie), Blaine (Lillian) and the late Pamela Hollett. Caring grandpa to Bradley (Whitney), Shawn (fiance Francesca), Adele and Myles. Dear brother of Helen and Hazel. Visitation at the Neville Funeral Home 491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8 (613) 732-7481 on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Petawawa on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment St. Columba's Cemetery, Pembroke. As an expression of sympathy, donations to your favourite charity would be appreciated. Members of the Knight's of Columbus, Council 1531 are requested to meet at the funeral home for prayers on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m., followed by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Bishop Smith Assembly, Guard of Honour. Online Condolences may be left at www.nevillefuneralhome.ca12660753

Obituary announcement for club member Walter Barabash LM572

Remembering Walter Barabash
March 30 1927~July 25 2014
Walter Barabash was a genuinely happy man; he rarely went a day in his long life without spending as much time as he could outdoors; and he never wore a shirt whenever possible. Unfortunately, since suffering a stroke while enjoying shirtless time in Arizona in December 2010, Dad was trapped indoors with not much to be happy about and he was constantly clothed. It is with sadness; of course, that we, his children, announce that Walter is gone but also with acceptance as he lost his spirit and his ability to pace, fish, build, fix, drive, shovel, climb, and whistle on that sad day in December. He did not; however, lose his sense of humour or his ability to accept life as it came. Walter passed away peacefully on 25th July in Drumheller, AB. More importantly, he lived a good life for over 87 years.
Walter was born in Ukraine on 30 March 1927; the third of four sons born to Maria and John Barabash. The family immigrated to Canada in 1929 and homesteaded in the wilderness for about eight years before settling in Gleichen in 1936. Dad began school there at the age of nine and soon after he watched with admiration as his two older brothers, Stephen and Michael, go off to war in 1939. Dad was much too young to enlist at that time but when the Korean War broke out in 1950 he enlisted and was sent overseas as a signal operator. The yellow line that Dad painted on the driveway of his last house in Grande Prairie is in fact his name “Barabash” in Morse Code – an understated way to remember his past. Walter was very active within the Korean Veterans Association and the Royal Canadian Legion throughout his life.
Walter married Doreen Lowry on 25 July, 1953 after he returned from Korea and they lived in Calgary before moving to Prince George in 1957. Michael was born in Calgary and Delores in Prince George while Janice and Rae were born after the family moved to Grande Prairie in 1958. Dad first worked at Steel Industries in GP before founding Bearing and Bolt Supply. He owned and managed a number of other companies before retiring in 1985. Dad employed many men who may have had trouble finding work elsewhere for various reasons and most of these men became his life long friends. He always saw the best in people and he was kind to everyone he met - then he would commence with the teasing and never stop. It should be noted that Dad took the time to write down his life story for us a few years ago but that none of it is about what he did for a living. Work was a means to enjoying life and Dad never defined himself according to his job.
Walter loved to fish and spent most summer weekends camping and fishing – family in tow. Many of our fondest memories are of our annual vacation to BC in the bus. Oh, how we all loved the bus! Dad especially looked forward each year to his annual trip to Terrace, BC where he fished for salmon. He was a great cook and his favourite herb was pepper and he used a lot of it! He was also known to be quite liberal with his use of Tabasco sauce. In the winter, Walter enjoyed skiing and antique refinishing and his home is full of his beautiful work.
Walter and Doreen began going south in the winter in 1991 and did so each year until Doreen’s death in December 1998. Dad packed up and moved to Drumheller in 1999 and it was there that he met Josephine Smith in 2002. Dad and Jo also travelled south in the winter and spent the summers fishing, gardening, and entertaining visitors in Drumheller.
Walter was one of those lucky few who lived life without regret. He did not dwell upon the past nor ponder the future: he lived in the moment and he did not waste time wishing his life away. He had a great sense of humour and was known to tease everyone who crossed his path. Dad especially loved babies and small children and he was not afraid to do the silliest things to make them laugh. He was still down on the floor playing horsey well into his eighties as well as doing all the other things he enjoyed such as “Wallyfying” his yard with signs designed to make people smile.
Walter’s phone message simply said “It’s a wonderful life” and it was. While not perfect, we were very fortunate to have such a great Dad throughout our lives. He was always there for us and he left us with so many great memories. Thanks Dad and we all hope you find your white comb!
Left to remember Walter are his children and grandchildren: Mike and Gaye Barabash, Tom, Simon, & Roy (Grande Prairie); Delores McKone (Drumheller); Janice and Dennis Mayer, Allison, Doyle, Shalon, Daryl, & Dwayne (Cranbrook); and Rae Barabash and Philippe Lusson, Emilie, Dante and Mateo (Clyde); his companion Josephine Smith of Drumheller; his younger brother Joseph and Lorraine Barabash of Calgary; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews; especially his brother Michael’s son Stephen and his wife Wendy and their two children Corrin & Fleur of Surrey, England; and his cousins Walter, Joe, Bernadette & Joyce Chudobiak; and finally, the very many people who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Walter during his life.
At Walter’s request there will be no funeral. Dad did ask that you take time to remember him by going to your local Royal Canadian Legion and having a drink while thinking about old times. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to The War Amps in memory of Walter. Courtney Winters Funeral Home Entrusted With Arrangments.

Obituary announcement for club member Bill Workman LM099

WORKMAN, Bill - August 15, 1916 - August 11, 2014 Maj. Ret'd RCCSWillis Walter Workman "Bill" passed away peacefully at Arbour Heights Nursing Home on Monday, August 11, 2014. Beloved husband and best friend to Ethel (nee Scrutton) for 74 years. Loving father of Linda McAlpine (Larry), Blaine Workman (Audrey) and the late Sharon Marshall (P.J.). Dear grandfather of Cathy, Michael, Andrew, Alexander, Alyson and Laura and great-grandfather of Kayla, Victoria, Joshua and Jasper. Predeceased by his siblings, Avis Nichol, Wilma Pengelly, Erma Porter and Robert Workman. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kennedy and the professional and dedicated staff at Arbour Heights for everything they have done over the years. Memorial Service will be held at JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME (1900 John Counter Boulevard) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:30am. Inurnment to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions in Bill's memory may be made to UHKF (Cancer Centre of SE Ontario).12

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Obituary Notice for Donald Bjarnason LM045

BJARNASON, Donald George (BJ) - Passed away in early hours of Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Kingston General Hospital at the age of 79. BJ served in the Canadian Armed Forces for thirty years, after retiring from Forces he worked as a security guard at Alcan for another twelve years. Don leaves his life partner of 38 years, Irene. Loving father of Joanne Cummings (Mike), stepfather to Frances Smith, Wayne Seymour (Lisa) and Sandy Seymour (Bob). Cherished grandfather of Brandon (Christine), Kyle Cummings and Steacy Knight. Great-grandfather of Collista and Jayse. Survived by a brother in Manitoba and British Columbia. As to Don's wishes, cremation has taken place. At a later date, a private family service and interment at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Ken White LM372

Frank Kenneth (Ken) WHITE

WHITE, Frank Kenneth (Ken) - Peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital on Sunday, Nov 9th, 2008. Beloved husband of Else Christensen.  The Signallers Club was only recently advised of this passing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Obituary notice for club member Walter Barabash LM 572

It was reported by Hugh McGinnis today that Walter Barabash
was deceased at Drumheller AB  July 25th, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Obituary announcement for club family member Jeanne McGillis FM034

Jeanne was the wife of deceased club member McGillis JJ (John)
McGILLIS, Jeanne d'Arc - 1922 - 2013 Jeanne d'Arc McGillis (nee Dumont) passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa surrounded by family on October 25th, 2013. She is survived by children Theresa, Doreen and Ron (Suzanne). Predeceased by her loving husband John and daughter Rita. Loving Grandmother to Sheena (Greg), Nicole (Mark), Keenan, Meaghan, Jason (Taryn), Scott and Sydney. Caring Great-Grandmother to Jordan, Brooke and Lola. Cherished Aunt to Lizette, Michel, Maryse and Michelle. Great-Aunt to Julie, Karine and Maude. The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeridge Health Oshawa for their wonderful care during her last days. Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234). Mass to be held at ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL (279 Johnson St., Kingston) on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Cataraqui Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or the CNIB. Online condolences may be made atwww.oshawafuneralhome.com12612062

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obituary notice for club member Dave Gatcke LM780

Submitted by Larry Rodgers: 

Sad news our friend and signaller David Gatcke 052 passed away today 20 July 2014 at
 approximately 15:00 hrs at the KGH.

 Larry V V V

Monday, July 7, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Larry Lowe LM252


Larry LOWE


LOWE, Larry V. CD.
1932 - 2014

Peacefully surrounded by family on July 2, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Marie Lawrence (Lou). Dear father to Ralph (Helga) and Lynda (Michael). Proud Opa to Rebecca (Josh), Eva and Emma. He will be especially missed by his southern belle, Ms. Josephine Brummer. Friends are invited to visit at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa, on Monday, July 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon when a Memorial Service will take place. Inurnment and Reception will follow. Memorial donations can be made to The Vimy Foundation, 1470 Peel Street, Suite 726 Montreal, QC H3A 1T1.
"But we in it shall be remember'd; 

We few,we happy few, we band of brothers." - See more at:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Obituary notice for club member Larry Lowe LM252

Larry Lowe was deceased July 2nd, 2014 Obituary announcement
will follow in a day or two.  Reported by Dick Wilbur

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Jim Shephard LM442

Deceased at Calgary 26 May2009

SHEPHARD , James July 23, 1924 - May 26, 2009 Jim went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the age of 84 years. He was born July 23, 1924 in Toronto, Ontario. He lives on in the memories of his wife Ruby; children Beverley (Wayne) Harris and Bill (Charlene) Shephard; grandchildren Daralynne and James Harris; and sister Eileen. Jim was a World War II veteran serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals. A certified gemologist, he was in the employ of Henry Birks and Sons for forty-nine years. A Memorial Service will be held at Westview Baptist Church (1313 Ranchlands Way N.W.) on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through . Arrangements in care of COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES FUNERAL DIRECTORS. Telephone: 403-265-1199. Calgary Family Owned
Published in The Calgary Herald from May 28 to May 30, 2009

Friday, June 20, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Boris Peter Kowaluk LM429

KOWALUK, Boris Peter - RETIRED - CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER - D.N.D. - Passed away suddenly at his home on Monday June 16, 2014. Peter Kowaluk beloved husband of Antonia Kowaluk. Dear father of Gerald. Dear brother of John (Cathy), Mary, Nadia and Helen. Predeceased by his parents Fred and Annie and sister Elsie. Peter will be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In keeping with Peter's wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario Suite # 4, 55 Rideau Street Kingston, Ontario K7K 2Z8 would be appreciated by the family. IN CARE OF SIMPLER TIMES CREMATION SERVICE 613-389-7223/613-382-3683 on-line condolences 12795683

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OMMC 419 - Saskatchewan Military Service Pin

I received this note from Don Reibin a short while back and recently from the Air Force Association and thought a further broadcast might well be useful. It will be of interest to any person who has served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Saskatchewan or to any member of a police service or police force who has served during military operations.
"The Lt-Gov of Saskatchewan has made available a military service pin for
members who lived in Saskatchewan, even if it was for training purposes.
You may be eligible or know others who are eligible to receive this
recognition. RCMP members, past and present, who have served in military
operations are also eligible.
Throughout our history, Saskatchewan men and women have served in wars,
dangerous peacekeeping missions, and vital domestic operations. They have made enormous sacrifices to represent our nation and to defend the principles of peace, freedom, and justice.
The Lieutenant Governor's Military Service Pin symbolizes the gratitude of the Crown and the people of Saskatchewan for those who have served with
honour and valour. The pin is intended to be worn on civilian clothing, so that we might recognize those who serve when they are not in uniform.
The Lieutenant Governor's Military Service Pin is intended for individuals who have lived in Saskatchewan at one time. The following are eligible to
receive the pin:
* Current and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular,
Primary and Secondary Reserves, including Canadian Rangers);
* Current and retired members of police forces who have served in
military operations (including municipal forces and the RCMP who have served in military operations).
Online Application Form 
Best regards to all,
David L. Stinson
Secretary, OMMC

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo and Biography of club member Joseph Burke LM448

View album

The picture was taken in the Mens Mess of the Cape Breton Highlanders,
in Victoria Park, Sydney NS,  Sept 29th, 2013

To all members of the Signallers Club of Canada
A lot of you will not know me as I’m 90 years old and retired from the Corps many years ago.  After 74 years of parading I decided it is time to hang up my spurs.
I started out in June 40 with the Cape Breton Highlanders and going overseas April 42 to the North Shore
(NB) Regt.  After a couple motorcycle accidents, I ended up going to Normandy with the 2nd Div, with the
Scottish Regt.  Returned to Canada for the Pacific War.  Worked with the Militia in Galt and Windsor.  I was Inf. Signaller and was supposed to go to the RCR, but was sent to Vimy in Feb  49.  Had to take Basic
Training under Addy K11.  Only 3 vets in the troop John Purdy, Tom Clark and myself.  We took the Line Trade, 3 trips up North, got to know the Beer stops, then 27 Bde in 52, then 1 Div Sigs Regt, when I got my 3 hooks,  RSM Addy gave me his stick that he used in the 40s as a drill Sgt.  That’s the stick I have in the Picture.  Posted to Halifax in 58, to 1 Line as Staff Sgt and all the jobs we had at that time.  Posted to the School for the first course of Foreman of Line Construction, which I passed, thanks to the help of the other 11 on the course, as I never had Algebra, Calculas or Geometry.  Not bad for a farm lad with only a Grade 8 education.  Posted to Carp and retired in 69.  Came back to Cape Breton and back in the saddle
Again as Sgt at Arms for the Legion and when the Atlantic Signals Association started, I got the job as
Parade Commander and Padre i/c Memorial Service for the next 20 years

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Frank Barber LM690

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Deceased at Kingston 14 May 2014
Barber, Frank After a 12 year battle with Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy (PSP), surrounded by his family, Frank has gone to the other side where he will regain his independence and will get to have a wee chat with his mother! While we will all miss him in our own ways, we are so glad that his suffering and pain is finally over. Frank was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 25th, 1940. His family immigrated to Canada when he was just 15 years old. At the age of 16, Frank joined the Canadian Forces. While he spent his career in Kingston, he did travel to the Middle East and the Belgian Congo. He retired from the military in 1977 after 21 years. He moved on to work at Collins Bay Penitentiary for 16 years and retired from there in 1993. After retirement, he enjoyed life to the fullest. It's no secret he took up shopping. No one owned more dress shirts and jackets than Frank! He spent many winters in Florida with his wife, he loved it there. He enjoyed spending time with his kids, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He was a true Irishman who loved spending time at the Toucan with his friends over a pint of Guinness. Left behind to remember him are his wife of 55 years, Shirley, his daughter Mary Jayne (Mark), his sons, Bryan (Bridget) and Barry (Susan). His grandchildren, Steven, Shirley (Ken), Tracey (Kevin), Alex (Natalie), Brendan, Matthew, Michael, Sarah and Kaitlyn. Also, his great-grandchildren, Shelby, Mark, Kevin and Kaleigh. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard (Gail) and John (Angela) of Toronto. Several nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his Mother, Mary Jane Barber (Scullion) 1991, his sister Jean Barber (2011). There will be no viewing or service at Franks request, however, friends and family are invited to remember him at James Reid Funeral Home Reception Center (please enter from the rear parking lot), 1900 John Counter Blvd. on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm. Please come and share your stories with his family and friends, he would like that. Private family burial at Cataraqui Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to CUREPSP (envelopes available at funeral home or can be sent to CUREPSP, 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium MD, USA 21093 would be greatly appreciated. When making the donation please specify money to be used for Canadian affiliate and or Canadian family conference to support Canadians afflicted with this terrible disease. We would like to thank everyone who helped with Franks journey and made caregiving bearable. Dr. Ivan Stewart and his team of palliative care physicians, Doctor Kalyanram Hota, whose compassion is truly amazing, every nurse that visited the house in the last four years, Greg Turnbull (simply the best PSW in the city), his therapists, the staff at the Kingston DVA office, staff at CCAC, the paramedics and firefighters who attended on a number of occasions. You all are terrific. Let's CUREPSP

Friday, April 25, 2014

It is done - STRAD article for the e-book

(In this article Carp will stand for all the various names used for CFS Carp).
The main authors of this article are CWOs (Ret’d) Len Grummett (Ops) and Paul Vaillancourt (Tech). I have just taken their notes and some info from an article written by BGen Martineau - A History of Canadian Forces Communication System (CFCS) and Canadian Forces Communication Command (CFCC) 1965-1994 - and massaged them hopefully into a story of the most important milestone in the history of Canadian Military Communications.

In September 1959 under Civil Defence Order 1959, the Army was made responsible for providing warning to the Public of attack and the radio-active fallout resulting from nuclear explosions and for the operation of Emergency Communications for the Government. This resulted in the need for an additional 900 RC SIGS personnel.
On 31 May 1960, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced a plan to provide each Province with a centre from which a small core of Federal, Provincial supported and manned by Army personnel could direct emergency operations within the province, even in the presence of nuclear fall-out, the loss of communications and possibly the destruction of the federal capital and some provincial capitals. The army became responsible for emergency command, for attack warning, for the prediction of fall-out patterns and for a number of other important services.

Planning proceeded for a network of survivable, underground and hardened shelters for the continuity of operations of the federal government and the governments of each of the provinces. Planners ensured that adequate communications capabilities with enough redundant landline telephones, cryptography machines, teleprinters, transmitters, and receivers were incorporated in the plans. The finalized plans for these federal government shelters reflected compromise and consisted of one large underground building and two widely dispersed antennae farms, one of which contained an underground transmitter facility.

The Federal Emergency site chosen was at Carp, Ontario with Provincial sites at Borden, Shilo, Penhold, Nanaimo, Valcartier and Debert.

State-of-the-art teletype and other associated communications equipment was installed in the Provincial Sites. At the Federal Site at Carp, the first computer operated message handling system called STRAD ( Signal Transmit Receive And Distribution) system was installed to control the flow of traffic through the network. The system provided a much improved service to the network users until it was retired to make way for a more modern system.

The Experimental Army Signal Establishment or “EASE” became the cover name for this facility, perhaps because there was an experimental Signals facility located in nearby Shirley's Bay, just west of Ottawa. The name for the Carp facility - the National Emergency Headquarters - was later changed to the Central Emergency Government Headquarters or “CEGHQ”. The main operating centre at Carp was called the Federal Warning Centre (FWC). It was headed by a LCol, with five Majors on rotating shifts. Artillery Sgt as Weather and Map Plotter and five rotating shifts (Communication Operators) in the operating centre with a Sgt as the overall daytime Supervisor.


In the late 1950s, the British military had developed an automated message switching capability called STRAD (Signal Transmit Receive And Distribution) system and TARE (Telegraph Automatic Relay Equipment) that was based on ACP 127 procedures and which in essence automated the Tape Relay Centre (TRC) function. Messages were received on STRAD, routed by TARE and transmitted by STRAD. STRAD’s core capability was a magnetic drum storage device that recorded and stored messages prior to their onward transmission.

On 22 Jun 1964, the Canadian Army Signal System activated a STRAD / TARE system at EASE in Carp, Ontario. The footprint of the STRAD equipment occupied 204 square meters. Carp’s STRAD was implemented to handle 69 teletype circuits and could be expanded to handle up to 90 circuits, operating at speeds of 60, 66 or 100 words per minute. The STRAD system was easily processing 9,000 messages per day, well below its maximum capacity of up to 83,000 words per minute. STRAD / TARE also saved much of the manpower required to operate the Tape Relay Centre (TRC). This was the first automated message system in the Canadian Forces, where a two or three person shift could do the operating work previously done by an entire TRC shift of a Sergeant (shift supervisor) and about five TRC operators – a significant manpower savings. Based on initial success, there were discussions on implementing this STRAD / TARE system at other TRCs.

The Carp STRAD was a first generation computer designed for use with digital communications systems. STRAD at Carp was the first installation of two similar British systems. The British system was installed at Boddington, UK and a similar system was installed in Australia. In Carp, the STRAD System was used to terminate both HF and LF radio circuits and conventional land-line circuits to all the Provincial Warning and Reporting Sites across Canada.

The installation of the STRAD at Carp and the installation of more modern teletype equipment at the Nanaimo, Penhold, Shilo, Borden, Valcartier and Debert Provincial sites revolutionized the narrative message handling for the Army and other services across the nation. Concurrent with many of these happenings came the unification of the Forces with the subsequent changes to the communication system. In addition, STRAD was connected to a sister system in Boddington, UK which provided an important portal for communications to Canadian Units deployed to NATO Europe and other countries since the early 1950’s.

STRAD was versatile in that it was always available to accept the input of messages and would then forward them immediately or if the system became too congested, the STRAD controller could place incoming messages in overflow storage, then retrieved and forwarded later. From 1964 until decommissioned in 1981, the STRAD system proved a highly reliable and secure message system.

Prior to STRAD, Canadian military communications consisted of Tape Relay Centres (TRC) and Message Centres (later known as Communication Centres). They were activated and operational throughout Canada and even with our Allies.

With the arrival of STRAD the whole concept of military communications changed.
There were still Message Centres but the TRC was gone. No more chad tape to step on and tear. No more an abundance of tape reels to store. The army now had to change the rank structure for STRAD. Shift leaders were no longer Sgts and Cpls but changed to WO1s.

I (Garry Dowd) personally remember working in the CommCen (as a Sgmn) and seeing these Sam Brown Belted Soldiers reporting for their shift duty in STRAD . Among the first of these were: WO1 Bud Mitchell, George Daunais, Harry Weins, Jim Strain, and Gordon Sandall. The Ops WO1 at the time was WO1 Don Buchan. It was definitely overkill because as time went by a Sgt/Mcpl was the shift leader.


In early 1962, 4 Sigs Techs were sent to Whitehall, North East side of England to Standard Telephone and Cables (STC). They were S/Sgt’s John Robertson, Rad Tech, and George Dixon, TE Tech, Sgt’s Donald Dutton, Tel Tech, and Robert Trottier, TE Tech. The STRAD / TARE (Signal Transmitting Receiving And Distribution) / (Telegraph Automatic Relay Equipment) system was a transistorised fixed-program automatic message handling system developed by STC in England.. The common logic part of the system was a fully duplicated and cross wired to its identical twin. The messages received were stored on a magnetic drum. Additional storage capacity was on an overflow, magnetic tape system.

At this time there were five STRAD projects under assembly worldwide. They were British Rail Crewe, (A) Royal Navy Mauritius (B), Royal Australian Navy Cranberra (C) and Melbourne (D), and the Canadian Army (E). Later there were more worldwide STRAD installations. The letter designation ‘E’ determined if a modification was applicable to our particular site.

In 1961 a team of Technicans (Tel Techs plus 1 Rad Tech) was assembled and hard at work in 1 Army Signal Squadron, in an old wartime “B” building in downtown Ottawa. Teletype Equipment was being stripped down and overhauled by the technicians for shipment to Carp.

Sgmn Paul Vaillancourt, the Rad Tech, worked for Sgt Don Dutton. They were two future STRAD Maintainers. They made several trips out to Carp hauling equipment and installing the equipment, wiring in the Tel Tech Workshop, Message Centre, Crypto Centre and the interim Tape Relay Centre on the 3rd floor.

4 January 1962 Carp went operational. All the teletype equipment was in place and the Primary TRC on the 3rd floor and the Message Centre on the 4th floor were fully operational.

In the spring STRAD equipment started to arrive from England along with STC personnel. Donald Davies, Project Leader and his staff of Roy Gillette, Chief Engineer, Colin Buckton, Nigel Brook and Alan Brown came on site. Vic Paquette was a Canadian Installer from Montreal. SSgt John Robertson was an inspector for STC and checked all modifications we carried out. Sgt Don Dutton was responsible for the military installation and modification team. This team consisted of Sgmn Paul Vaillancourt, Ernie Krepps and Doug Hawley. Note at this time Doug Hawley was a Tel Op. Much later after STRAD went operational in 1964 he remustered to TE Tech. He worked for the Canadian installer. Vaillancourt and Krepps were the modifiers. Later Sgmn Bernie Goulet and Doug Nightingale joined the installation group. Sgt Trottier joined us occasionally until STRAD went operational in 1964 as the demands in Toll Test were great resulting in SSgt Dixon never working in STRAD. All the other fore mentioned personnel later became STRAD Maintainers.

In October 1962 Carp had its first lockup. The Cuban Missile Crisis had the USA and its allies very concerned. It made little difference to STRAD personnel except for not going home at night.

The cabinets carrying the ‘books’ of electronic equipment were approx 3.5 feet square by 7.5 feet or so tall and weighed 1,000 to 1,500 lbs each. This equipment was unpacked in the tunnel and man handled onto a dolly and carefully taken into the site for installation. This was a very difficult and physical job. In total approx 80 cabinets were installed. One shipment arrived in 1963 where all the equipment had been damaged during shipment and a new order had to be made and delivered. This resulted in close to 6 months delay in the project.

Modifications to get the system working were coming in fast and furious. In 1963 Ernie, Paul and Bernie were put on double shifts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We later, on our request, were changed to work till 2100 every weekday. Then during the summer we also worked most weekends. Some new personnel were brought in. After training they were given modifications to be carried out on all the incoming and outgoing line books. They pinched so many wires they were both relieved of the job and we had many hours of extra work to correct the problems caused.
President Kennedy assassination in the fall of 1963 was about the only thing to slow our modification work as we huddled around the radio in the main lounge.

As said above, on the 22 June 1964, STRAD / TARE system went active. Sgt Ross Creed sent the opening message proclaiming a new milestone in the history of the Canadian Army Signal System. This activation was a full year ahead of any of the other systems being installed
After the installation and acceptance was completed Nigel Brook stayed on for a few years on contract. This was most beneficial as Nigel was the prime fixer and fault finder on the STC team. He wrote 18 training test papers which maintainers used to learn the system.
In 1964 on start up of STRAD the maintenance staff was:
Contractor Nigel Brook
Senior Maintainers - SSgt John Robertson, and Sgt’s Don Dutton and Robert Trottier.
Junior Maintainers – Cpl’s Bernie Goulet, Ernie Krepps, Don Medicraft, Doug Nightingale and Paul Vaillancourt, and Sgmn Doug Hawley
Senior Maintainers trained in the ‘60’s were WO2 Mike O’Brien, SSgt Ron Burnley and Sgt’s Jim Lane, Gerry Cheverie and Jim Letourneau.

In 1970 CWO John Robertson, having returned to STRAD and now the boss, with MWO Don Dutton ran a Senior Maintainers course. WO Don Medicraft returned to STRAD and he along with WO Gord Leroux and Sgt Garry Vanstone was on the course. They completed training as Senior Maintainer and then commenced weekday evening shifts. When the Senior Maintainer covered a week of on call they also did the evening shift. WO Paul Vaillancourt returned to STRAD in July 1971 and went on a self study Senior Maintainer course.

The last training for Senior Maintainers was undertaken in 1978. MWO’s Dutton, Medicraft and Vaillancourt rotated as instructors for Sgt McAra, MCpl’s Brian Holden and Dave Chaplin.

MWO Don Dutton retired in 1979 after 18 years of continuous and dedicated service working with STRAD. CWO John Robertson .followed retiring in 1980.
In the final 5 years of operation STRAD had a maximum of 15 hours of downtime.
STRAD personnel on closure of the system were:
Senior Maintainers – MWO’s Don Medicraft and Paul Vaillancourt, Sgt Bob McAra and MCpl Brian Holden; and
Junior Maintainers – Cpl’s Roger Cousins, Arnie Schmidt, Joe Smith, Jim Stevens, Pte Ralph and Clement Ricard.

Attending the parade were several former CO’s, LCol’s McNinch and Ellis, and Maj’s Green, Nottingham, Milne and Nightingale. Maj Green was the first CO and had been at Carp when the first STRAD shipment was received. WO Ross Creed who had sent the first message officially opening STRAD was also in attendance.

Sgt Bob McAra of STRAD Maintenance and Sgt Jack Devenney of STRAD Operations were given the task of coordinating the STRAD closure ceremonies. These were held on 2 July 1981 with a parade and a fly past by Capt L. Koski of 414 Sqn in a T33 Shooting Star. MGen PJ Mitchell (CDLO) was the inspecting officer and Maj Armstrong, CO of CFS Carp was the Parade Commander. WO Pat Murphy sent the final message. After the parade, the STRAD equipment shut-down was carried out by MWO's Medicraft and Vaillancourt with a number of High-Ranking Comm Officers and STRAD Maintainers in attendance.
STRAD Personnel Ops and Techs were posted all across the country. There was a two week delay for MWO Vaillancourt and Pte Ralph and Ricard. They stayed on to dismantle the drums and tape decks to turn them in for destruction.

STRAD / TARE closed 17 years and 61 million messages later, when the Strategic Automated Message Switching Operational Network or SAMSON – a computerized network using modern computers – went active.
Submitted by Garry J. Dowd (CWO Ret’d)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Obituary announcement for PENNEY, Geraldene Rae (nee Spurr) wife of club member Gordon Penney

PENNEY, Geraldene Rae (nee Spurr) - Passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on 22 April, 2014. Beloved wife of Gordon Penney. Dear mother of Cheryl O'Shea and Don Penney. Predeceased by her daughter Carla Penney. Dear grandmother to Colleen and Kerry O'Shea, and Wesley, Mia and Wyatt Penney. Loving sister of Darrell Spurr, Elwood Spurr and Dorothy Butler. As per Jerry's wishes, there will be no formal service. A private interment will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Obituary announcement for club member Jim Grace LM365

GRACE, James Douglas "Jim" -Passed away peacefully in his 77th year at the Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Loving husband of Ruby Grace (Hayden) and predeceased by Jessie "Agnes" Grace and brother Earl Grace. Retired Master W.O. and Correctional Officer, CSC. Jim will be sadly missed by daughter Kim (Dave) Camirand, Heather (Eli) Leeder, Tammy Grace, Kyle (Carla) Grace, Janet (Richard) Convery, Julie (Richard) Smith, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear brother to David (Betty) Grace, Eileen (the late David) Battite, Vincent (Marg), Philip (Norma), Shirley (Gerry) Andre, Linda (the late Austin) Richardson. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the paramedics, the Emergency Staff of Kingston General Hospital and Father Jan Kusyk for their care and compassion. Family and friends will be received at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME - TOWNSHIP CHAPEL 435 Davis Drive (Taylor Kidd Blvd. & Centennial Drive) on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., with reception to follow. Cremation to follow. Rite of committal prayers will be held at a later date in St. Barnaby's Parish Cemetery. For those wishing, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Jim's memory. Sharing Memories at www.gftompkins-township.ca12752763

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Obituary notice for club member Jim Grace LM365

Deceased at Kingston ON, 22 Apr 2014.  His death was
sudden, due to a heart attack.  More details will be announced
very shortly.  Submitted by Burt Haines.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Villeneuve NR LM431

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Norman R. Villeneuve of Brooks, beloved husband of Rena Villeneuve, passed away in Brooks on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of 79 years.  Born in Headford, Ontario, on January 5, 1935, Norm’s youth was spent in southern Ontario.  At age 18 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in Canada, England, Germany, Congo and Egypt.  Norm received the Canadian Forces’ Decoration, United Nations (Congo), United Nations (Egypt) and the Peace Medal.  He was honourably released from the Armed Forces in 1968 and traveled West.  Norm’s military communications background was well suited to work in the oil & gas industry in seismic.  This career took him from north of the arctic circle to the deserts in Africa.  Norm met Rena Albright, daughter of Ed and Anne Albright of Brooks, while they were both living in Calgary in 1968, and they married in Brooks in 1970.  They settled permanently in Brooks in 1974, and raised their two children, Mark and Michelle.  As a family they enjoyed camping, swimming and regular vacations to Ontario to visit Norm’s parents, Alfred and Wanda, in Hamilton.  Norm worked with Bow River Pipeline and later, Pan Canadian.  Norm enjoyed keeping up on politics and world news, as well as football and his Blue Jays baseball.  Norm battled COPD (Emphysema) for 25 years, and had an amazing will to live. Norm is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rena; his children and their spouses, Mark and Edie Villeneuve of Langdon, and Michelle and Robert Kiddine of Calgary; his granddaughters Anna and Erica Kiddine.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 AM from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Rev. Raul Hernandez celebrant.  Interment to follow in the Field of Honor at Brooks Cemetery.  In memory of Norm, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta   T1R 1B3.