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

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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

For photo and Obituary,see: http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=799654 
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