Thursday, January 19, 2017

C&E Association Extends Birthday Wishes to BGen (retd) Mike Webber WWII Veteran and Former Colonel Commandant

BGen (retd) Mike Webber will celebrate his 98th birthday on 29 January. He is healthy, “sharp as a tack” and still living at home in Ottawa. You may recall that General Mike   had a  most distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was  a Major at the end of  WWII and served as CO  1 Canadian Division HQ and Sig Regt, Director of Signals,  Colonel of the Regiment and one of the first Colonel Commandant’s of the C&E Branch . ( see bio attached) 

The C&E Association is collecting  messages and Birthday Wishes to be presented to General Mike on his birthday to make this a  special day. If you have been acquainted with this  fine “officer and a gentleman” please take the time to send  birthday wishes with a short email message   perhaps recalling a memory that  might complete the sentence " General Mike,  I remember the time that  ....." ? Please feel free to forward this email to others.   Please send your  email message to LCol (retd)   John Dicker  by  24 January . John  will work with our Branch Office to collate the messages  for presentation to General Mike  on 29 January.

If you wish to mail a personal Birthday Card  for General Mike, mail it to the address:

BGen (retd) Michael Webber
C/O Peter Webber
148 Beech St
Ottawa, Canada
K1Y 3S8

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comrade Robert Henry Drain

Robert (Bob) Henry Drain APR, FCPRS (H)
December 7, 1924 - December 25, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that Robert’s family announces his passing early Christmas morning 2016.

Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Marilyn (nee Davies), daughters Rebecca and Melanie (James).

Robert worked in Public Relations for the Manitoba Telephone System for 31 years and retired in 1987.

He was a life member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and in May 2016 was recognized as the 12th person in the history of CPRS to receive a certificate for 50 years of membership.

He was also a member of the Winnipeg Toastmasters Club as a District Governor and received an award in 1966 (Distinguished District Award) for club expansion.

In addition he was a member of the Militia, the Pioneers and St. John’s Cathedral.

He was also an accredited member of the Public Relations Society in Manitoba and in 1984 received an award from the National Public Relations Society.

Due to his interest in the Public Relations profession he co-authored a book “Successful Conference and Convention Planning” published in 1978
Upon his retirement Robert considered himself an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed travelling, the family farm and an archeology project in Portage la Prairie, landscaping and also continued some work projects as a consultant.

The family would like to thank the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital (5th floor) for their care and compassion during his illness, to Dr. Sobowale, and to the family caregivers without your support we couldn’t have fulfilled all of Dad’s wishes and needs.

Service will be held Saturday January 7, 2017 at 2 pm, Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St.

Flowers are greatefully accepted or donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba.
From Signallers Club Membership Officer: 
Bob was an Officer with the 10th District Signals


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obituary announcement for club member KEITH WATSON - LM732

WATSON, Keith James Keith passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016 at his home after a prolonged illness. He was born February 6, 1949 in Calgary, Alberta. Keith's primary career for over 30 years was with the Canadian Coast Guard in which he experienced many adventures. Predeceased by his son Richard James Taylor. Survived by his loving wife, Arlene, daughter Pamela, son-in-law Brian Rigler and grandchildren Abby Taylor, Madeline and Ethan Rigler. Memorial Service will be held on December 9, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 790 Kilmalu Rd, Mill Bay, BC at 12:30pm. Condolences may be offered at - See more at:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comradeWilliam Samuel Cree

CREE, William Samuel – 1942 – 2016. Passed away peacefully at home in Barrie, ON, with his family by his side on December 26, 2016 at age 74. Loving husband of 44 years to Vivian Costain Cree and father to Donald William Cree. Son of the late Bill Cree and Mary Jane Montgomery of Montreal, Quebec. Predeceased by his brothers Davie, James and Alex, sister May, mother and father in law Donald and Rose Jones Costain, brothers in law Gordon and Donnie Costain, sisters in law Lillian Latimer and Wanda Rice. William is a retired Veteran of 29 years in Royal Canadian Signal Corps as Master Warrant Officer. Celebration of Life to be held for family and friends on January 7, 2017 from 1-4 pm at the Barrie Legion on St. Vincent Street, Barrie, ON