Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Obituary announcement for old comrade George Jones (Taffy)

JONES, George TL "Taffy" - March 20th 1926 - February 24th 2018 We sadly announce today the passing of our father, George, at The Fairmount Home, at the age of 91. He was born in the town of Maesteg of the Llynfi Valley, South Wales, UK. - an ironworks and coal mining district. Early in his life he experienced the usual lot of his generation - economic hardship and World War II. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years Winnie, his parents Arthur and Blodwen Jones, brother Ron and sister Alice. He will be dearly missed by his family: son Peter (Margot), daughters Gillian Graham (Rick) and Kimberley Murphy (Mark), granddaughters Hailey (Kevin) and Tess, brother Tony and many additional family members. George served in the British Army in India in 1945 just prior to the end of World War II, with further tours in Burma, Malaya, and Singapore. He disliked the damp climate of Wales and in 1953 he joined the Canadian Army, and emigrated to Canada with Winnie and their 2 small children in Oct. 1954; settling in a farmhouse he had rented on the Mount Chesney Road just north of Kingston. Further postings included a UN tour to Gaza, Halifax, Ottawa, and finally Kingston again. While with the Heavy Line Troop of the Royal Canadian Signals Regiment, he worked from coast to coast and as far north as Ellesmere Island and overseas to Lahr Germany. George retired from the military in 1976 at the rank of Warrant Officer and then took a job with Corrections Canada until age 65, working at Kingston Penitentiary. George and Winnie purchased a house in 1976 on Sutherland Dr. where they lived for the next 40 years. During that time they were generous hosts many times to visiting family and friends from overseas. George enjoyed reading - subjects that covered the mind and spirituality, world affairs, politics, documentaries, automobiles, and science. He could have strong views on subjects and was also known to be able to talk the leg off a chair. He enjoyed the cultures he encountered during his early years in the Far East. Here he witnessed severe deprivation and poverty firsthand and it coloured his view of the world. He was known to be charitable - whether it be giving chocolates and cigarettes to Kosovo refugees in Kingston or supporting organizations such as Amnesty International, Operation Eyesight, and local organizations such as the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. The family would like to thank all the staff at The Fairmount Home for their splendid care of our father and for the "Gentlecare philosophy" that they practice. A Celebration of Life will be held at the TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME CENTRAL CHAPEL , 49 Colborne St, Kingston on Friday March 2 from 2-4 pm. Internment at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens later in the spring. "How green was my Valley then, and the Valley of them that have gone" 13256218

Friday, February 23, 2018

C&E Reunion 2018 Program of events

Reunion 2018
The C&E Association, C&E Branch and Signallers Club of Canada, in cooperation with CFB Kingston and the C&E Home Station Units, are in the planning stage of organizing a 2018 C&E Reunion.
This event is intended to involve all C&E Branch members, serving and retired with special tribute to the C&E Branch veterans of the Afghan Mission; and to celebrate the founding of the Communications and Electronics Branch ( 50 years) , Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, Royal Canadian Air Force Telecommunications Branch, and Royal Canadian Navy Communications Research Branch.
Reunion 2018 will be held at the C&E Home Station from 31 August to 2 September 2018.
The proposed outline program is as follows:
Friday, 31 August 2018:
  • Afternoon registration.
  • Evening meet and greet.
Saturday 1 September 2018:
  • Mini reunions; Afghanistan, Signals Apprentice, Airborne, RCAF Tech Te, UN Ops ( UNEF, Rwanda, etc).
  • Afghanistan veterans ball hockey tournament.
  • Evening dinner event and dance. 
Sunday, 2 September 2018:
  • Wreath Laying ceremony at the Vimy Gate Memorial;
  • Veterans Parade on the Vimy Parade Square
  • Association farewell gatherings.
Detailed information on this event will be disseminated as it becomes available.
Note:  The Signallers Club is not the leading organization in the planning for this event.
A further meeting is scheduled later this month and further info will be disseminated when available.  Including:
Locales, Times and Costs.  Costs are pay as you go.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Obituary announcement for old comrade Robert Lewis “Bob” Gauld

Feb 18, 1941 – Feb 4, 2018Bob (Robert) Lewis Gauld, who was born in London, Ontario, on Feb 18, 1941, passed away quietly on Feb 4, 2018 in Nanaimo.  He will be joining his first wife Helen (Borziak) Gauld and eldest son Michael Gauld in heaven. 
Bob will be greatly missed by his wife Norma (Waite) Gauld, his son Douglas & wife Kristy, his step daughters Darla & Juanita Waite, his step grandsons Christopher and his wife Amy Waite and Dylan Waite and brother Jim.  Also sadly missed by Douglas’s children Olive and August.  
Bob will always be remembered by his many friends across Canada and here on Vancouver Island and dearest friends in Nanaimo. 
A celebration of life will be held at Christ Community Church on Bowen Road on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 at 1 pm.

Obituary announcement for old comrade William Richard Oldford Major-General (Retd)

Richard passed peacefully, in Ottawa, on February 5, 2018, at the age of 80.   Beloved husband for 59 years of Mora (nee MacVicar).  Beloved father of Avril (Victor Tsang), Anna-Leigh Oldford (Michael Turk), Maureen Oldford, and Michelle (Peter
Richard passed peacefully, in Ottawa, on February 5, 2018, at the age of 80. Beloved husband for 59 years of Mora (nee MacVicar). Beloved father of Avril (Victor Tsang), Anna-Leigh Oldford (Michael Turk), Maureen Oldford, and Michelle (Peter Voyer). Cherished grandfather of Lindsay (Jay), James, Emma, Ivan, Stephanie, Caroline, Patricia, and Mary. Precious brother of Barry (Donna), Douglas (Mary), Blair (Sophia), Annette (Tom Boutilier), and Grace Marie (Gary Cameron). Dear brother-in-law of Shirley Buchanan. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Grace Oldford; and his sisters, Faye (George Hoban) and Myra (Rock Filion). Rich will always be lovingly remembered for his intellect, quick wit, and kind sense of humour by all who knew him, his extended family, and his friends. Born and raised in Glace Bay, N.S., Rich graduated from Morrison High School (Class of 1955). Subsequently, after graduating with his B.Sc. from Mount Allison University, he was commissioned as a Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During dedicated service to his country, his 34-year career included postings that spanned across Canada, the U.S., and Europe (NATO Headquarters in Belgium). Rich will be fondly remembered as a highly talented, amateur craftsman and exceptionally gifted woodworker. A lasting legacy to his incomparable skill and one of his most cherished places, his lake-side cottage in the Gatineau Hills, which he built by hand, will forever warm the hearts of his family as they remember the many fond memories of their time together at Lac McFee. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Manotick United Church. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences and Sharing Memories at