Monday, June 3, 2019

Obituary notice For Club Member Charlie Jeffs LM080

JEFFS, Charles Maines - A WWII Veteran, Lieutenant in the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders, passed away peacefully on March 28th, 2016 at St-Mary's of the Lake in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 95. All who knew him would agree that he lived a full life and we are so blessed to have known such a great man. He cherished his beautiful wife of 72 years, Olive Jeffs (Brook) and their marriage was one to be admired. He was the most kind, patient and generous father to his children and their spouses Judith Haswell, Robert (Marilyn) Jeffs, Carol (Keith) Blake and Elizabeth (Stephen) Brinkworth. His values and legacies have been shared with his 9 grandchildren: Jette, Adrienne (Mathieu), Chris (Heather), Kelli, Elissa (Sean), Ian (Angela), Erin (Trevor), Eric and Heather (Marc) and 8 great-grandchildren Nicolas, Flora, Bentley, Olivia, Cameron, Teagan, Lily and Megan. He will also be missed by long-time family friends Geraldine and Mary. While his loss is felt deeply, we celebrate his life and the impact he had on all those he encountered. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Providence Care St-Mary's of the Lake, St-Thomas Anglican Church or the charity of your choice.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Funeral Details for Club Member Jim Gratto LM231

The funeral for Jim Gratto LM231 will be held on Saturday 25 May at the Tomkins Funeral Home, 435 Davis Drive, Kingston ON  K7L 4Y8.   Viewing will be from 2PM until 4PM. The service will be conducted at 4PM with a reception to follow.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Obituary Notice for Club Member Jim Gratto LM231

Jim Gratto  LM231

Jim Gratto passed away on Thursday 16 May at Kingston ON. Further details will be provided when available.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Obituary notice for old comrade Philip Shewchuk

Philip Shewchuck

(Retired Captain)
Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in his 93rd year. Son of the late Isobel and Peter Shewchuk. Beloved husband of Gwenneth for 33 years and the late Agnes for 39 years. Loving father of the late Ronald Shewchuk, Gerald Shewchuk and stepfather to Sheri Swerdfeger, Phyllis Davis (John) and Jim Costain (Patty). Much loved grandpa to Michael Shewchuk (Ashley), Jef Shewchuk and Caroline Shewchuk (Bryan), Chris Wylie (Becky), Tracy Klien (Bryan), Julia Buckland (Jon), Amanda Fournier (Josh), Jennifer Gauthier (Shawn) and Ashley Ladouceur (Justin). Proud great-poppa to Talya and Benjamin Wylie, Austin and Troy Klien, Graysen and Andrew Buckland, Carter, Owen, Emmett and Preston Fournier. Family will receive friends at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Inurnment to follow. In Memoriam donations to the Parkinson's Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at

Friday, May 3, 2019

Obituary notice for old comrade Joseph Norbet Maillet

Norbert “Joe” Joseph Maillet

Peacefully surrounded by his family at Picton Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in his 68th year.  
 Beloved husband of Nancy Maillet (nee Masterson).  Predeceased by his parents Albert Maillet (Lodia) and Ida Babineau.  Joe will be lovingly remembered by his children: Michael (Virginia), Don (Sue); grandchildren Gabrielle, Zoe, Michael, Isabella, Eric; great grandchildren Liam and Kieran.  Dear brother of Alcide and Marie. Uncle of Sylvie, Marie-Helene and Maurice.  Cremation has taken place.    Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held at the 413 Wing Centre, 230 North  Murray St. Trenton, ON on Saturday, May 4th  at 1:00 p.m.    In lieu of flowers, donations to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Bob Winsor LM555

WINSOR, Robert (Bob)

   Robert (Bob) Winsor of Kingston, Ontario passed away
 peacefully at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre,
 surrounded by his family on April 15, 2019 at the age of 71
. Bob made many friends in Kingston and the surrounding
 area throughout his extensive career in Real Estate, after
 spending 20 years serving with The Canadian Armed Forces
. A lifelong music lover, Bob was best known for his innate
 sense of humor and genuine love for his family and friends.
 Loving husband of 50 years to Lorraine (nee Parsons),
 devoted father to Allyson and Jeff (Caitlin). Cherished
 grandfather to Jake, Robbie, Megan and Chase. Predeceased
 by his parents Bernard and Genevieve and brother Vic. 
Bob will be greatly missed by his siblings Linda (Ken),
 Bill (Tina) and Marlene (Bruce). Adored brother-in-law
 of Sharon (John) and Lynn. He will be fondly remembered
 by many nieces, nephews and friends. The family would
 like to extend a special thank you to the ICU staff for their
 loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may
 be made to The Salvation Army, Kingston Health Science
 Center Intensive Care Unit or the Heart and Stroke 
Foundation. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration
 of Life will be held at the Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess,
 18 Craftsman Blvd., CFB Kingston, April 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM.13

Obituary notice for club member Derek Shaver LM054

With heavy hearts, at the age of 93, we announce the death of Derek Shaver (Kingston, Ontario), who passed away on April 14, 2019. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Derek Shaver to pay them a last tribute.
He was loved and cherished by many people including : his children, Dorothy Shaver (Bart) of Parry Sound and Doug Shaver of Trenton; his granddaughters, Christine (David) of Melbourne and Cindy (Chole) of Aurora, Ontario; his great grandchildren, Sebastian, Scarlett and Elizabeth. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 25th 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Friday, April 26th 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 26th 2019 at 11:00 AM at the St. George's Anglican Church (9 Byron St, Trenton, ON).

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Obituary announcement for old comrade Lt.Col(Retd) Donald(Don) Dingle

Lt.-Colonel (Retired) Donald (Don) Dennis Dingle died suddenly at home on March 25, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario at the age of 91. Don is survived by his wife, Doreen Elizabeth Dingle (nee Smith); Children: Ken, Nancy Akehurst (Steve). Liz Grimes, Peter (Susan) from Nova Scotia; Grandchildren: Robyn (Derek Pierce), Matthew (Candice Moore), Melanie, Riley; and Great-Grandchildren: Brooke and Jackson all from Ottawa. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vivian Dingle, siblings: Art, Russell, William, Iris and Bob. Don was born on July 3, 1927 in Calgary, Alberta. He was always interested in a military life. At age 11 he joined the Alberta Military Institute Cadet Corps. During World War II he rose to command this unit, leaving to join the Reserve Signals where he qualified as a Sergeant. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Alberta attaining a BSc in Electrical Engineering, attending summer training with the COTC at the school of Signals in Kingston. He was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was a decorated Military Veteran, having spent two years in Korea. He married Doreen Elizabeth Smith in 1952 after meeting on a blind date. The couple welcomed four children into their home. Because of Donald's military career, the family spent many years travelling extensively including stints in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Kingston, Ontario; Richmond, England; Rheindahlen, Germany; Ottawa, Ontario and Shilo, Manitoba and eventually landing in Ottawa where they purchased a home. He also spent time with two postings to Alert, NWT and time in Ghana, Africa developing an early alert warning system. They have lived in Ottawa since 1972. His children remember him as a very supportive and caring father. He was very proud of the achievement of his kids and enjoyed his time spent with his great grandchildren. Don was an active and dedicated member of Trinity United Church and often volunteered at their bazaars and events. Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home, Carling Chapel,
2313 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON,
K2B 7G3, 613-828-2313
on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Military Communications and Electronics Museum, 95 Craftsman Blvd, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 7B4. The family would like to thank his Personal Care Givers Christine and Jill, for their compassionate and attentive care during his final years.

Published on March 28, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Robert (Bob) Bryce LM795

Bob Bryce was deceased on Oct 8th, 2018 at Pickering Ont
He was cremated and there will be no Obituary announcement.
Reported by his wife Monika.  Those who wish to convey their
condolences may telephone Monika at 905-839-0941

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Obituary announcement for old comrade Honorary Col. David Hart Celebrated WW II vet, Dieppe hero

HART, (H) Colonel David Lloyd
After a week-long battle fought with courage and dignity, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in his 102nd year. Beloved husband and best friend, for seventy-five years, of Miriam Seidel. Loving, devoted and adored father of Michael Hart, and Leslie Hart. Father-in-law of Merrianne Hart. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Eddie and the late Phyllis Hart. Brother- in-law of Alan Seidel of Toronto, Ruth Costin of Calgary, the late Judy Spier. David will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and all those whose lives he touched. The family would like to thank Dr. Phillipe Michel and the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of the Jewish General Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. Heartfelt thanks to Colonel Sylvain Viau for his support and devotion. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean-Talon St. W., on Sunday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. Burial at the Chevra Kadisha B'nai Jacob congregation section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Shiva at 2255 Decelles, Ville Saint-Laurent from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The War Amps Canada

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Obituary announcement for club member Dennis Benke LM282


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Benke after a short illness, at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, on March 16, 2019.
Dennis was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law and friend to many.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 44 years, Joan (nee Elliot), and predeceased by special friend Beryl Wolfe.  Dennis is survived by his son Tom (Margaret).  He will be sadly missed by his cherished granddaughters Kristin, Alyssa (Francois Piche) and Katrina as well as by his sister-in-law Margaret (Dr. Richard Wall).  He was predeceased by his parents Rudolph and Martha (Renas) Benke, by his step-father Fredrick Timm, by his half-sister Evelyn Newcombe (Bob) and step-brother Robert Timm (Muriel).  Dennis served his country for 42 years in both the Canadian Armed Forces (33 years) and in the Public Service of Canada (9 years) with great honour and distinction.  Dennis was a proud life-member of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps.  Upon his retirement from the military, Dennis accepted a similar position with the Public Service in the Communication and Electronics Engineering and Maintenance Division until his retirement from the Public Service in 1991.  During his retirement Dennis was an active member in both the Canadian and American Volkssport Federation/Associations.  He completed sanctioned walks in all 10 Provinces as well as in all 50 states, completing a remarkable 20,000 km with both organizations.  Dennis enjoyed many years as a curler at Ottawa’s RA curling club.  He was also a member of the MG Club of Ottawa and took pride in his restoration of an MGB GT for which he won many awards for quality restoration.  He was very proud of his contribution during the 1976 Montreal Olympics where he was part of the on-water support and rescue for the sailing events held in Kingston.  Friends and family are invited to visit the Beechwood National Memorial Centre Hall of Colours, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 12 noon until time of a Memorial Service in the Sacred Space at 2 PM.  Interment to follow in the National Military Cemetery at 3 PM.  Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice, in Dennis’ name. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Obituary notice for club member Dennis Benke LM282

From club member Terry Murphy:
Dennis was a lineman (CWO) and retired as a Capt.  He was a member of the Sigs Club.  Many will remember him as an instructor with soldier apprentices, line instructor, career manager and a great friend. I first met him in 1957 as a 16 yr old soldier apprentice, he kept a close eye on me for the next 32 years and kicked my a..  when I stepped over the traces. RIP my friend.

From Dennis's son Tom:

I want to let you know that my dad passed away on Saturday March 16th at the Montfort Hospital

The funeral will take place at Beechwood Cemetery Ottawa on Tuesday March 26th

Visitation  12-2 pm

Service 2-3 pm

Interment 3 pm

reception to follow interment

Tom Benke

Obituary announcement for old comrade Jean(John) Emile Boucher

BOUCHER, Jean (John) Emile - 1939 - 2019 We are saddened to announce the passing of John on March 17, 2019 at the Kingston Health Sciences Center in his 80th year. Loving husband to Dianne of 52 years. Proud father to Lori Khammar (Michel) of Laval Quebec, Rob and pre-deceased by infant son. Will never be forgotten by granddaughter Mikayla. Survived by siblings Mae Harrington, Fernand Estey, Leo (Rose) and predeceased by sisters Lydia, Florence, Diane and brother Andrew. Family and friends will be received at the TROUSDALE FUNERAL HOME in Sydenham on Friday, March 22, 2019 between the hours of 11-1pm funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. and interment to follow at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. For those who wish; memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice. IN THE CARE OF TROUSDALE FUNERAL HOME 4374 MILL STREET SYDENHAM, ONTARIO (613)376-3022 13331087 

John was a Sigs lineman for a number of years back in the 1960s. He served for years with 1 Line Troop.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Obituary notice for Glenna Carkner wife of club member Don Carkner

Glenna Carkner passed away at Kingston Ontario today Mar 10th, 2019
due to complications during heart surgery.  More details to follow including
Obituary Announcement

Obituary announcement for old comrade BGen (Ret’d) James A. Bruce, MMM, CD, MBA

It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we the family announce the passing of Brigadier General James “Jim” A. Bruce, MMM, CD, MBA on 28 February 2019.

Born in Surrey, British Columbia, Jim was the son of the late James A. and Pauline Bruce.

Jim joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Boy Apprentice in the Signals Corps and when commissioned as an officer, joined The Royal Canadian Regiment and later transferred to The Princess Louise Fusiliers. He served a total of 54 years in uniform. He was the current Honorary Colonel of the Princess Louise Fusiliers Regiment having previously been their Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. He was also the Honorary Colonel of the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel).

Jim lived an extraordinary life of service. He was invested into the Order of Military Merit for exceptional and meritorious service and received the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for his action during a serious vehicle accident in which his actions saved lives. He was awarded three bars to his Canadian Forces Decoration, the Special Service Medal for service in Germany and the Silver Jubilee medal. Jim served three tours of duty in Germany with the 3rd Battalion a tour with 2 RCR in Gagetown, NB and was the Adjutant and Company Commander at the Infantry School. He also served in Western Canada HQ, Sydney Militia District HQ and Maritime HQ, Halifax. Jim was the Commander of 36 Canadian Brigade Group and the Land Forces Commander for the district of Halifax during Hurricane Juan and White Juan. His final service role was as the Deputy Commander of Land Forces Atlantic Canada (5th Canadian Division).

Jim married the love of his life and best friend Kathryn “Tabby” or” Kathy” Mae (Matheson) and together with Bootes lived an extraordinary partnership and set an example of love and respect to all who knew them. He was compassionate to a fault and mentored hundreds of leaders, always ready to offer guidance or his time freely. He was a past president of the Halifax Citadel and Halifax Army Museum and the current president of The Nova Scotia Branch of The Royal Canadian Association and a director of the National Association of The Royal Canadian Regiment Regimental Association. Jim was also a Director with the Army Cadets and enjoyed his time with the boys and girls serving with 117 Preston/Westphal RCACC.

Jim held a MBA from Cape Breton University and received the Governor General Gold Medal for academic excellence. He was a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces (Army) Staff College, the United States Command and General Staff College (Carlie) and the United Kingdom Royal Navy Staff College.

During Retirement, Jim joined SAIC and was their Eastern Manager and was a well-known expert in Emergency Management, Operational Planning and Evaluations, especially in the field of nuclear energy. He was the Chief Instructor of Public Safety Canada and developed the Emergency Management Cycle that guide all emergency planning and operations throughout Canada. Retiring for a third time, Jim was self-employed and formed a partnership with Atlantic Security Group. If you have ever travel to Newfoundland and Labrador, Jim was the key ingredient to making your ferry ride safe and secure and treasured his time working with the Marine Atlantic Inc team. Jim and Kathy travelled the world - Germany, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, China and many, many other locations to discover new cultures, language, food and enjoy their time together.

Jim is survived by Kathy, many brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces from British Columbia to Cape Breton. He was extremely close to sister-in-law Glenda and Martin McDonough and their girls, Melissa (Brian) and their children, and Amy. Bootes is going to miss their daily walks and his chats with special neighbors and friends who supported him and Kathy over many years. Jim was predeceased by his brother in law, Donnie Matheson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gordon Mahaney for his compassionate and care, the doctors and nurses at the VG Hospital, QE II and the Dartmouth General Hospital. You were always respectful, caring and attentive during this very difficult time.

A military celebration of life will be held at CFB Halifax Chapel (2710 Admirals Way Halifax NS B3H 4R2) on 05 March 2019 at 2:00pm and an overflow room has been coordinated at Juno Towers Officer Mess, Ward Room. Transportation has been coordinated from Willow Park Armoury, 3325 Husky Drive, Halifax (parking location) with a shuttle service from 12:00 and ending at 1:15. Return transportation will also be coordinated after the service and the reception.

The Family will receive friends at the Ward Room, Juno Towers following the service. Dress for military is uniform and medals. Special seating will be available for both his regiments.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Halifax Cancer Center, the Cancer Foundation of Nova Scotia or the VON Nova Scotia would be welcomed. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Obituary announcement for old comrade MASTER WARRANT OFFICER KAREN WILLOUGHBY (NEE STERLING) (TEL OP 212 / COMM OP 213 RET'D)

Karen Willoughby (nee Sterling)
September 20, 1947 ~ March 4, 2019

Mrs. Karen Lee Willoughby (Sterling), beloved wife of Mr. Lee Willoughby of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019 at St. Michaels Health Centre at the age of 72 years.
Karen was born in Melita Manitoba, on September 20, 1947 to Jean and Pat Sterling.  She completed school in Melita and moved to Winnipeg then Calgary where she took a key punch operator course.  Bored... she joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1967 as a Navy Radio Operator and was posted to Mill Cove N.S.
Karen realized the limits of being a Naval Radio Operator and changed trades to Teletype Operator.  Eager to see something other than a teletype machine she requested and was accepted as a flight attendant with the Canadian Forces.  She spent 4 years flying everybody, from the Prime Minister to the Queen of England, literally!  After returning from flying, bored again she volunteered for a UN posting in Egypt and was one of the first females to be accepted.  Upon returning she moved around and then got bored and volunteered to be the Senior Flight attendant and was again off flying.  After returning she was eventually posted to Penhold where she met Lee.  Lee was eventually posted to Colorado Springs and her to Goose Bay Labrador.  They decided this wasn't working too well, and Karen took her release to join Lee in Colorado, soaking in the hot tub, cutting grass, and chasing squirrels for the last two years there.  After Colorado they were posted to Vancouver and eventually Ottawa where they decided to call it quits and move to Lethbridge to be close to family.
Karen took a part time job at Safeway to keep busy in retirement and eventually retired from that to look after her beloved black lab "Mika”.  Her most memorable times she would say were definitely flying with the Royal Family and Prime Ministers and Governor Generals.  She enjoyed golfing curling and playing ball in her younger days.
The family cannot thank the nurses and staff at Palliative Care at St. Michaels enough, as well as Dr. Walsh and Vicky Dixon at Home Care for their devotion to Karen's wellbeing in her time of need.
Karen is survived by her husband Lee and Stepdaughter Jan (Chad) and their children, her mother Jean Sterling; sisters Patricia Downey and Ruth Zahrodney; brothers Bill (Cheryl) Sterling and Stephen (Darlene) Sterling, along with numerous nieces and nephews
Karen is predeceased by her father Pat Sterling and brother Robert Sterling, brothers in law Francis Downey, and Larry Zahrodney.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 960 19 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.
At Karen's request there will be no Service.  There will be a private Celebration of her Life in Melita Manitoba in the spring when she will be interred with her family.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Obituary announcement for old comrade John Arthur Roy

August 16, 1941 – January 30, 2019
Born August 16, 1941 in Vernon, B.C., passed away
 in Ottawa, Ont. January 30, 2019

Survived by his wife of 35 years Mana of Ottawa, 
sister Betty Lou (Jim) of Vernon, 
brother Ted of Kelowna, niece Janet and nephew Willie
 and their families. 
Also survived by cousins David, Jeanette, Linda, Fran, 
Gayle, Christine, David, 
Eva and  Joe (AKA “The Everitt Clan”) and their families
 and many great friends he met along the way.

Predeceased by his parents Ruby (nee Everitt) and 
Charles Roy.

While enjoying his time in the Army Cadets including 
several summers at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp John 
found his calling of service to his country,
 he left school at 17 and enlisted in the Canadian Army
 in the Signal Corp.  John transferred to the Canadian 
Foreign Affairs communications department. 
After 38 years of service John retired at 55 in Ottawa. John’s
 time in the army
 and foreign affairs took him to every continent 
except Australia including postings to the middle east,
 the Congo, Sweden, England, the Philippines and Thailand.

John had a great sense of humour, enjoyed life
 many stories that he loved to tell and nicknamed
 his buddies
 and family names like Peaches,
 Gumboot and the Brat to name a few. He will be
 missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of John’s life will be held later
 this year
 in Vernon, date and place
 to be announced when determined.