Friday, December 13, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Ron Knapton LM089



Passed away peacefully at the Kingston Health Sciences, Centre on Wednesday December 11, 2019 at the age of 89. Ron Knapton, beloved husband of the late Joan Garrah. Much loved father of Jim (Dawn), Bruce (Sandy), Donna Wright, Chris (Barb) and Cheryl Knapton. Cherished grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Predeceased by 1 son Steven Knapton, by 2 brothers William and Bob Knapton and by 1 sister Phyllis Lusk. Also survived by sveral nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service ill be held at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery on Monday December 16 at 11:30AM. A Celebration of Ron's Life will then be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Br#92 Gananoque from 1:30-3:30PM. As expressions fo sympathy donations made to the UHKF (ICU Dept) would be appreciated. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, nurses and doctors at the Kingston General Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion while Ron was in their care.

Obituary Notice for club member Raymond Clowes LM 040

Raymond Clowes
20 April, 1940-  27 November, 2019

We are sad to announce that on November 27, 2019 , at the age of 79 Raymond Clowes (Fenelon Falls Ontario) passed away. He was predeceased by his brother Leigh Clowes. He is survived by his wife Lynda Ann Clowes, his children, Jeffrey Clowes, Cathy (Kevin Smith), Todd Clowes (Denise) and Rob Clowes (Cheryl), his grandchildren, Nicole, Joshua, Tyler, Cody, Jennifer, Ashley, William, Coleman and Cora.

If desired memorial donations to Alzheimer Society Kawartha Lakes would be appreciated and may be arranged by Jardine Funeral Home, Cremation and Tribute Centre, 8 Princes St W. Fenelon Falls Ontario.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Obitutuary notice for Old Comrade David Burdette (Tiny) Williams


Notice of Passing Gloria Macleod wife of EM Mel Macleod LM562

Information has been received that Gloria Macleod wife of EM Mel  Macleod LM562 passed away on Saturday 16 November. Obit will be in the Ottawa Citizen on 20 November. A  Celebration of Life will be at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood in Ottawa.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Obituary Notice for Old Comrade LCol (Retd) Wilfred Joshua James Lefresne

LCol (Retd) Wilfred Joshua James Lefresne, CD- Passed away at home on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Kay for 51 years. Much loved Dad of Peter (Sheila) of Richmond, Indiana and B.J. "Brian" (Kimberly) of Guelph, Ontario. Proud Grandpa of Fiona, Brandon, Emily, Ellison and Quinton. Son of the late Joshua and Gertrude. Brother of the late Garth (late Vizma). Wilfred was a 1967 graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University (Webster Groves, Missouri) in 1982. He served in the Canadian Army in the Communications and Electronics Branch, including service in West Germany at CFB Lahr with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Signals Squadron (1974-77), and then returning to CFB Kingston as Commanding Officer of 1 Line Troop (1977-80). His later assignments included duty with NATO's Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (1987-91) in Norfolk, Virginia, and Allied Forces Central Europe (1991-94) in Brunssum , The Netherlands. Wilfred retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Upon his retirement, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie and became the Executive Director of the Algoma District Network (Adnet), working to improve cellular service and broadband internet connectivity for communities and businesses in the Algoma region. Visitation and memorial service to be held at the Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 starting at 3:00PM. Rev Pat Woods officiating. Internment will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Germfask, Michigan. Memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 are requested to assemble for a memorial service of the late Wilfred Lefresne on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 4:00PM.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Obittuary notice for Old Comrade Major(Retd) A. Thomas Hanway

Major A. Thomas Hanway

Major A. Thomas Hanway (Retired)
Tom, age 77, passed away at home in Halifax on October 30, 2019. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late squadron leader J.A. "Abe" Hanway, and Helen (Boylan) Hanway. He dearly missed his late wife, Lois (Adams) Hanway of Antigonish who passed away in 2014.
Tom spent his working career as a signals officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He and his family spent much of their life in Nova Scotia. After retirement, he and Lois moved to Cape George, Antigonish County where Tom was involved with the Harbour Authority in Ballantyne’s Cove, as well as Arras Branch #59, Royal Canadian Legion in Antigonish
Survived by his loving children, sons, Jamie of Dartmouth and Adam who resided with Tom in Halifax; daughter, Beth Jensen of Meaford, ON. He also leaves behind two special grandsons that he cherished, Joel Hanway and Jakob Jensen , who will miss him dearly. He also is survived by his brother David Beazley of Stittsville, ON. Tom had many extended family on his wife’s side that he considered his own kin.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral service to take place on Friday, November 8th in St. James United Church, Antigonish at 11:00 am, with Reverend Peter Smith presiding. Burial in St. David’s Cemetery, Cape George.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Pancreatic Cancer Canada in memory of his beloved wife, or another charity of your choice. Online condolences:
We will miss you, dad. Rest peacefully with mum for eternity. As your wedding rings were engraved:
"Yours Forever"

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Col Donald William Strong LM102

Donald William Strong

Colonel Donald William Strong Jul 15, 1927- Oct  17, 2019

Colonel Donald Strong
Don's death at age ninety-two in the early morning hours of October 17th released him from the grip of Alzheimer's Disease. We lost a beloved husband, father, father in-law and grandfather.
Having lost his father from a heart attack when Don was eight years old, the military became a strong male influence in his life. This began when he donned an army cadet uniform, followed by service in the militia and at enlistment age, as Private Strong in the Royal Canadian Regiment. Don rose through the ranks and was accepted into Royal Military College. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering with the "New One Hundred" Class of 1952 - the first graduating class when the college reopened at the end of World War Two. Upon graduation, he was sent to the war in Korea as a Signals Officer.
Don served in a number of postings within Canada and internationally. His out of country postings included England, Washington DC, the Netherlands and Brussels. Upon his retirement he was executive officer of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada for ten years.
A dedicated proponent of physical exercise with a love of the water, Don swam in the Atlantic, the St. Lawrence River and any body of water he was near. In his fifties, Don became a SCUBA instructor. At the age of sixty, he swam from the winter landing on Wolfe Island to the Vimy Officers' Beach on the mainland. He continued this swim every five years, completing his last swim on his eighty -fifth birthday. He always felt it would set a good example for those who served under him.
Don is survived by his loving wife Jeannie, a former Army Nursing Sister, daughters Patti and Linda (Larry) granddaughter Samantha, grandson Patrick, step-granddaughter Laurie (Danny) step-grandson Bruce (Carrie) and their families.
Following his wishes, Don's body has been donated to Queen's University Medical Research . It is our hope that this might help in finding a cure for Alzheimer's.
A reception in memory for Don is planned for Sunday November 3rd at 2pm at Vimy Officer's Mess, Kingston. Everyone welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP), or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be gratefully accepted.
Don's death occurred at Providence Manor, Kingston. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the devoted and caring staff, especially those on Montreal 5 who became such an important part of our lives.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Jack Thomson LM035

THOMSON, John (Jack) Alfred Palmer
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd)
June 22, 1929 - October 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Thomson at Kingston General Hospital on October 13, 2019 at the age of 90. Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Jack moved to Canada at the tender age of four months with his parents, the late John and Ellen Thomson. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario alongside his sister, Eleanor.

Jack was predeceased in 2007 by his beloved wife of 58 years, Diana Gertrude Fry. A true love story, Jack and Diana were married at 19 in Ottawa, Ontario and had four children, David, Jane, Martha and Anthony. Jack is also predeceased by his two adoring daughters, Jane (2016) and Martha (2010). In the years since Diana's passing, Jack had the good fortune of having Frances (Frankie) Reader as his loving companion.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Jack was a World War II Veteran, who was posted to several North American locations, as well as serving in Egypt, Vietnam and Kashmir on United Nations missions. After his retirement from the military, Jack went into the automobile import/export business in Seattle, Washington, with his brother-in-law Ben. Following that, he moved to Kingston and became Executive Director of the Canadian Red Cross, and finished his career starting a family-run business, Cedar Island Sales and Service Ltd. Working alongside his children in the business, Jack was also very fond of his 'other' daughter, Wendy Bryant (Stuart), who was devoted to the family and always 'held the fort' at Cedar Island Sales.

Jack's hobbies included boxing and hockey in his early years and, most significantly, golf throughout his entire life. He especially loved his games with the W.A.G.G. (Wednesday Afternoon Golf Guys) group at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. He always looked forward to his annual golf trips to Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst with his son Anthony and friends, the late John Smith and Dr. Steven Black. After his years of service, he remained connected to the military and was very involved and influential in the building and operation of the Communications and Electronics Museum of Kingston.

Jack is survived by his partner Frances, sons David (Karen) and Anthony (Martha), his sister Eleanor and niece Jane Berry-Blanar (Patrick). Forever cherished as the best Grandad ever by his grandchildren Ashley Brooks (Kevin), Jenna Veld (Doug), Jeffrey Thomson (Live), Alexandra Oldford (Rudy) and Emily Thomson. Jack also adored his great grandchildren, Nathan, Oliver, McKinley and Quinlyn. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Cynthia Mabus, brother-in-law Ben Mabus (Polly) and their children Victoria, Emily (Dean) and Matthew (Ryan). He also leaves behind his great nephews and niece, Duncan and Gabe Clarke, and Margo Fraser. In the past several years, Jack was pleased to become part of the Reader family including Frankie's children, Leslie Dupre (Cam), Kelly Laforest (Brian) and their children Alex, Sydra and Chloe.

Jack lived life to its fullest. He was devoted to his family, kind and generous to his friends and he always started each morning with his daily mantra ... 'look out world, here I come'. He will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched and loved him so dearly.

A heartfelt thanks to all the medical team at Kingston General Hospital for their excellent care, and in particular, to Petya Mineva whose kindness did not go unnoticed. A private family ceremony will be held for immediate family with a celebration of life to be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donation to the Communications and Electronics Museum Foundation, Kingston. Online condolences may be directed to:

Obituary notice for club member David Russell LM351

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret'd) -Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Korean War Veteran

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David Charles Russell on Thursday, October 10,2019. David is survived by the love of his life Jeanette (nee Lortie), in their 65th year of marriage. Loving father of Derrick and Tina (John). Cherished Opa of Dustin, Jessie, Mikael and Stephanie (Scott) and Great-Opa to Seth and Madison. David will be missed by his brothers and sisters, extended family and friends. David joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in December 1950 serving in Korea, Congo, and Egypt (twice). He saw many postings throughout his career retiring as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the1st Canadian Signals Regiment in April  1980. For the next 15 years, he was a Corrections Officer for the Solicitor General of Canada at Millhaven. David was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631 where he held numerous positions including President and Chair of many committees. He was the founder of the CAN AM Golf Tournament, was instrumental in setting up a Fund to assist the Greater Eastern Ontario Ice Storm Program and tirelessly supported the Poppy Fund. He will be missed by his fellow comrades. In keeping with David's wishes cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at GORDON F. TOMKINGS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive, Kingston on Friday, October 18, 2019. Visitation at 1000AM and Memorial Service at 1100AM. Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 631, 4034 Bath Road, Kingston. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa at 1030AM on Wednesday , October 23, 2019.  A graveside service will be held at 1100AM at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund (Branch 631). Online condolences

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Obtuary notice for Old Comrade Joseph Kenneth "Ken" Le Clair X-Soldier Apprentice, RC Sigs

Le Clair, Joseph Kenneth "Ken",  X- Soldier Apprentice, RC Sigs, Radio Operator, 9th Intake

September 30, 2019

Ken peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , Charlottetown, PEI on Monday  September 30,2019. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces, born in North Rustico, aged 76.
Ken is survived by his wife Cecelia (nee McNeill), his step-children: Andrea (Jeff), Paula, Rachael and Brad (Elaine): grandchildren: Laura, Justin, Luke, Brandon, Tyler: his children: Christy (Pete), Kelley, Joan(Brian) and Kenny (Terri-Lynn): grandchildren: Samantha, Maxwell, Samuel, Alex, Kyla and James: and great grandchildren: Asher, Damien, Daniel, Charlie and Claudia Marie.

He is also survived by his brothers, Michael (Carolyn) and Roger (Christine): sister, Diana (George) and Patricia (Art): and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, North Rustico, on Monday, October 7,2019  12:30- 1:445 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church following visitation at 2:00 PM. Internment in Stella Maris Cemetery. No flowers by personal request.
If so desired , donations in Ken's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the QEH Foundation would be appreciated.
 Online condolences may be sent by sending and email to


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Obituary notice for club member William E. "Bill" Merritt LM100

Age 94, of Salmon River, passed away in Wynn Park Villa, Truro, on Monday, August 26, 2019. Born in Harmony, he was the eldest son of the late Charles Red ford and Isabella A. (MacKinnon) Merritt. A Second World War Veteran, he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals. He returned to Canada in 1946 and went to work at the Ford Dealer in Truro as a mechanic, shop foreman, and retired as Service Manager. He was Past President of Truro Curling Club, Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion (twice) and was awarded LIFE membership and the Legion Meritorious Service Medal. Past President of the Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club and Treasurer of the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia. Bill enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Hart Lake snowmobiling and four-wheeling. He is survived by his half-brother, Jack, Salmon River; stepdaughters, Collette, Kathleen, Elizabeth, and Barbara; sisters-in-law, Marion Work, Truro; Betty Merritt (Bruce), Edmonton, Alta.; Linda Merritt (Russell), Truro; several nieces and nephews; stepbrother, Kenneth Merritt, Truro; and stepsister, Linda Wade, Sydney. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty (Fields), 1992; second wife, Faye (Condon), 2011; brothers, Russell (1997), Lorne (1989); half-brothers, James (2000), Bruce (1995); half-sister, Laverne (2010); and stepmother, Agnes Merritt (2008). Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where a Legion Tribute Service, conducted by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 Truro, will be held 6:45 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 28th, followed by visitation from 7 - 8:30 pm. Funeral service 2pm Thursday in the funeral home, Rev. Paul Worden officiating, followed by a reception. Interment to follow in Harmony Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to Harmony Cemetery, or to First Baptist Church Truro. Bill's half-brother Jack would like to extend special thanks to Pat MacLellan and Wynn Park Villa for all their kindness and care given to Bill over the last number of years. Private messages of condolence can be sent to the family by viewing Bill's obituary and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Col Peter Sutton LM454

SUTTON, Colonel Peter H., CD, (ret'd)
15 December 1932 - 24 August 2019

Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather Colonel Peter Sutton passed away August 24, 2019 in Kingston, Ontario, aged 86 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Audrey (nee Doerr), daughters Karen Sutton (Peter Heidinger) and Ann Hollett (Edward) and sister Ann Dunn. His life was enriched by five grandchildren: Bryan, Michael, and Eric Heidinger and Philip and Emma Hollett.

Colonel Sutton was the son of the late Dr. William D. Sutton and Mrs. Edna (Thompson) Sutton of London, Ontario.

The funeral service for Colonel Sutton will be held at Trinity Chapel, Canadian Forces Base Kingston on 27 August 2019 at 2:00 PM. Private interment in London, Ontario, will take place at a later date.

Colonel Sutton joined the Canadian Army in 1949. Commissioned in 1951, he held command and staff appointments including commanding officer of 1st Canadian Signal Regiment and Senior Staff Officer at Headquarters, Allied Forces North, in Oslo Norway. He attended the 1965 Australian Army staff college course and later served as directing staff, senior staff officer (plans), and assistant commandant of the Canadian Army staff college.

After retirement from the Canadian Forces, Colonel Sutton joined the Public Service of Canada and held senior positions with the Department of National Defence until his retirement in 1991.

Colonel Sutton was Colonel of the Regiment, 1st Canadian Signal Regiment from 1983 to 1988.

An active volunteer, Colonel Sutton was senior researcher at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum for 25 years. He was part of the team that produced a history of Canadian military communications for the 110th anniversary of the Communications and Electronics Branch in 2013. Colonel Sutton also volunteered with the Correctional Service of Canada as a mentor to inmates preparing for release.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Military Communications and Electronics Museum ( or to

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Obituary notice for Club Member John Poulos LM863

John Donald Poulos
August 17, 1939 - August 7, 2019
Poulos, John Donald
The passing of John Donald Poulos, husband of the late Lenora
 (Campbell) Poulos, occurred on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at
 the Dr. Everett ChalmersRegional Hospital. Born on August 17, 1939
 in Saint John, NB he was theson of the late John and Jenny
 (Winchester) Poulos. John joined the Army atthe age of 16 as
 a boy soldier and was a member of the Signal Corps. Following
 his service he joined the family business and caught the
 entrepreneurial bug, eventually opening several restaurants of
 his own. Hewas a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #93
, and a former member of Search and Rescue. John also taught
 firearm and hunter safety. A beloved father, brother and uncle,
 John enjoyed time spent with family andcruising in his convertible.
 He liked to play darts and cribbage he alsoenjoyed classical music.
John is survived by his sons, Peter  Poulos (Jennifer) and Stephen
 Poulos   (Cheryl); sister, Helena "Sister" Case; several nieces
and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, John was
 predeceased by his sister, Joan Poulos, and brothers, Arthur
and William "Sonny" Poulos.

Visitation will take place on Sunday August 11, 2019 from 2 to 4
 and 7 to 9 pm at York Funeral Home, 302 Brookside Dr.
 Fredericton, NB. There will be a Legion Tribute Service by
 Legion Branch #93 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm
 at York Funeral Home. A Private Graveside Service will take
 place at Erb's Cove Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
remembrance may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion
 Branch #93 ( or the Canadian Cancer Society
( Personal Condolences may be offered

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Notice of passing Larry Ferguson-Former Apprentice

Larry Ferguson 

2July 1946-27 Jul 2019

News received from Ross Campbell,  that Larry Ferguson, former Apprentice passed away on 27 Jul 2019 in Germany. Larry had been attached on posting to 1SSM Bty in Germany, married a local girl and stayed in Germany on release.   Ross is pretty sure that Larry was the last Canadian Soldier in Deilinghofen where he was posted to Fort Prince of Wales. Many of the former RCA members of 1 SSM Bty remember Larry, he was always a good source of information and what was going on. He will be sorely missed.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

C&E Branch Home Station Golf Tournament Kingston 16 August 2019




$300.00   Foursome w\cart- Four players. 2 carts. BBQ Lunch
$150.00   Twosome w\cart- Two players, 1 cart, BBQ Lunch
$260.00   Foursome  no cart- Four players,  BBQ Lunch
$130.00   Twosome  no cart- Two players, BBQ Lunch
$65.00     Single player-        One player, BBQ Lunch

Go to following link for further details:

Obituary notice for club member Fred Hulme LM837

Fred Hulme

May 25, 1938 – July 14, 2019

Our hero has gone to join his angel – July 14, 2019

Born May 25, 1938 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Fred was the son of the late Edmund and Gladys Hulme (nee Rossiter). Fred was predeceased by his loving and loyal wife of 56 years, Heather Hulme (nee Moyse). He will be greatly missed by his five daughters, Lori Hulme, Sheri Leadston (Jeff), Tracey Naysmith (John), Tammy Hulme and Chantelle Bennett (Jim), as well as his thirteen Grandchildren; Christopher, Jordan (Jessica), Scott, Noah, Connor, Scott (Miranda), Madeline, Joshua, Ian, Heather, Alec, Shaun and Andrew and his five Great-Grandchildren Camden, Braxden, Lukas, Rohklin, and Willow. He is survived by his brothers, Joe McKinnon (Gayle), Kingston, Rick MacDonald (Karen), New Brunswick, John McKinnon (Maureen), Harold Kethro and Rob Gorham (Angie) all of Nova Scotia, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother John Fredricks. Fred joined the Canadian Military as a young man and served 31 years in the signal corps. Along the way Fred made many friends and established a very large Military Family. Fred retired in 1986 and went on to open his own business which afforded him the time to follow his creative passions. Fred designed and created many beautiful and original pieces of furniture for his family, which will allow his legacy to live on and be passed down to future generations. The family wishes to thank the staff at KGH – Kidd 9 for their wonderful care. Cremation has taken place at Cataraqui Cemetery. Visitation will be held at JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME, 1900 John Counter Boulevard on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel of the James Reid Funeral Home on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00am. Interment to follow at Cataraqui Cemetery. Reception at James Reid Reception Centre, all welcome. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to UHKF (KGH – Oncology).


Friday, July 12, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Fred Arbuckle LM453

ARBUCKLE, CD (Ret’d), Corporal Frederick

Port Caledonia, Nova Scotia

It is with profound sadness that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father, Frederick Arbuckle. He passed away peacefully on July 8, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital at the age of 94. 

Born August 25, 1924, he was a son of the late William Dickie and Nellie (Robertson) Arbuckle. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances (Hamilton) Arbuckle; sister, Betty Scott, Toronto; sister-in-law, Joan Arbuckle, Toronto. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Norman, Jock, William, James, George, Robertson, Stewart and sisters, Janet, Susan, Agnes and Mary.

He was a beloved father of daughter, Heather (Stuart) Young of Maple Ridge, BC; son, Randy (Gigi) Arbuckle, Dieppe, NB and daughter, Colleen Arbuckle (Allan MacPhee), Westmount, NS. A wonderful grandfather to Patrick McGee (Stephanie Hirn), Fernie, BC, Margaret McGee (Tyson Visser), Surrey, BC, Marcella Arbuckle (Craig MacKay), Musquodoboit, NS, Sarah Gilmet, Glace Bay, NS, Cameron Gilmet, Grande Cashe, Alberta, Gabrielle Devine, Westmount, NS.; great-grandfather to Sway Hirn, Riley McGee, Theo Visser, Isla Visser and Ethan Frederick Gilmet, and uncle to many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Freddie was employed for 10 years with the Dominion Coal Company (No. 24) until he joined the Canadian Armed Forces with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals having served 25 years. His military career took him on many NATO and Peacekeeping missions, such as West Germany, Dec./’51 – Nov./’53; Korea, May/’54 – Nov./’54; Egypt, Oct./’57-Oct./’58; Belgium Congo, Mar./’62-Aug./’62;West Germany, Jan./’64-Feb./’64; UNFICyprus, Oct./’67-Apr./’68; West Germany, Jan./’72-July/’74 as well as coast to coast in Canada. On his retirement from the forces, he drove City Transit in Nanaimo, BC for two years, then drove the school bus with the Cape Breton District School Board for 12 years. 

Freddie was a member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Association (Atlantic Division); a Charter member of the National Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping; a Charter member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in UN Peacekeeping (Major General Lewis MacKenzie Branch); a member of the Signallers Club of Canada, and a 40-year member of Branch 5, Royal Canadian Legion, Donkin.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay. A funeral service will take place Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. in St. Luke’s United Church, Donkin, with  Rev. Bob Biggar officiating. Cremation will follow with burial at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to  a charity of one’s choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Douglas Frank Crookes LM667

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, Douglas Frank Crookes.
Doug will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Anne Marie, his wife of 42 years, their children, Eric (Paula) and Susan, and his sister Susan, as well as many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Alfred, mother Peggie, younger brother Stew, and father-in-law Eric Cormier.
Doug was born in Fort William, Ontario, on July 14, 1942. As his father was career military, they travelled a great deal through Canada and Europe. Doug joined the Army at 19, and spent 21 years in the Signal Corps. On his return to Canada in 1976, he was posted to Nanaimo, BC, where he met and married his sweetie pie Anne Marie. Their next posting was in Valcartier, PQ, where their kids, Eric and Susan were born. Doug's last posting was in Debert, NS where he retired as a sergeant. Eight months later he joined the RCMP as a civilian technician in Thompson, Manitoba. After 20 years the family moved to Winnipeg, where he retired.
Doug was always active with bowling, volleyball, softball, skiing and walking his dog. He loved family time, watching movies or playing board games. He was very involved with his kids' activities, including, scouts, bowling, skiing and St. John Ambulance.
He was a member of the ANAVETs (Army, Navy, Airforce Vets) for many years.
Doug and his family took many road trip vacations, where the trips were as much fun as the destinations. They visited most of the Canadian provinces and Northern United States, stopping along the way to see whatever caught their eyes. Summer trips to the East Coast were a time to relax with family and friends.
Doug is best known for his great sense of humour, sharp wit and kind heart. He was someone that people would immediately want to have as a friend as he was an intelligent, but very goofy guy who loved to have fun and make people laugh.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Pembina Place Personal Care Home for all their kindness and care while looking after Doug over the past couple of years.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Reception to follow. A private family interment will take place at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, Diabetes Association or Alzheimer Association.
Family and friends may sign a book of
condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home