• Lieutenant(N) Mike Pilson

    Michael Pilson, CD
    29 Nov 1966 - 30 Aug 2013

    Attachment 9481

    The Cadet Instructor Cadre lost a long-serving member on August 30, 2013. Lieutenant(N) Mike Pilson died in hospital, several days after an incident that occurred while on duty. He had been on strength at HMCS ONTARIO employed at the rank of (Acting) Lieutenant Commander, and was partaking in a Regionally Directed scuba diving activity with Cadets.

    Mike Pilson was a 19 year member of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Cadet Instructor Cadre He had served in:

    142 RCACS Mimico
    758 RCACS Argus
    2736 Royal Regiment of Canada RCACC

    He also served as Directing Staff for RCIS(Central) and RCIS(Pacific), as well as having worked for the Directorate of Cadets, including working on the Tender Officer-In-Charge course. He was well established as a captain on both YAG and ORCA class vessels and was one of the few CIC personnel qualified to command the ORCA class. Through his work as Directing Staff, CSTC Staff, Seamanship Deployments, and TOIC Course work, Mike was well known, and a mentor to many fellow Officers and Cadets.

    Mike is survived by his wife Shari, and three children.

    Mike was also a member of Cadet-World.

    This page will serve as a memorial to a man who touched the lives of many in the Canadian Cadet Organization, and we will update it as more information becomes available. We encourage those who knew and served with Mike to share their thoughts in the comments. If you can add information or clarify dates please contact us or comment.

    Photos from Facebook courtesy of Nathan Brown.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Juice's Avatar
      From my facebook profile on 31 August:

      "I take this moment to pause and reflect upon the deeds of a good friend of mine as he moves on into whatever comes next. There are many individuals, myself included, who would not be the people they are were it not for your influence, guidance and support. The world weeps tonight, for another soul has been taken well before it was ready. Rest in peace, my friend, you will be greatly missed."

      You are relieved, sir.

    1. dbrooks319's Avatar
      This past summer I had the privilege of working for LCdr Pilson this past summer as a SCOP instructor. He was a wonderful man that will always be a part of my life, he taught me more then any one I have ever met. I know that I will always remember that he doesn't twerk as he made very clear during our trip to Belleville. I have still not fully come to terms with the situation. A wonderful man who I unfortunately did not take the proper opportunity to say farewell to. He will be sorely missed, I as many others wish him fair winds and following seas, and more importantly I would like to say thank you sir, thank you for everything you have done for the program, for the cadets, and for myself. You are relieved.
    1. LCdr Gene Fedderly's Avatar
      I had the pleasure of sailing with Mike for a week as he working for his ORCA OIC qualification. I was impressed by his good humour and intelligence, and I was gratified to see him attain this milestone in due course. I feel deeply for his family and I hope that they are getting all the support they need from the Navy.
    1. JacqWells's Avatar
      I first met PO Mike Pilson in the summer of 1982 on a cadet exercise to Penetanguishene. That summer, he was known as "Petty Officer Blue Eyes" as he had gotten some turquoise coloured contacts. He was, at that point, already an amazing personality and a leader who kept his division interested. We became friends, and served together as Staff Cadets at Tillicum Sea Cadet Camp in the summer of 1984.

      Throughout the 31 years since, we remained friends, touching base from time to time, and sharing many memorable stories and moments (and not a few very interesting pranks). Mike was a terrific cadet, an amazing officer and mentor, the type of friend everyone wants to have. His humour, quick wit, and genuine interest in everyone who served with him made him truly one of the great men I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His loss is absolutely immeasurable.

      I cannot begin to express my sadness at his passing. To his wife, Shari, and to Andrea, Liam and Taylor and the rest of his family, I offer my most sincere condolences and any support I can give them.

      Rest In Peace, my friend!
    1. ML88's Avatar
      You were a great OIC on Orca 55 when I was in Quadra, We will remeber you.
    1. RMC 24409's Avatar
      My thoughts are with his family and friends.

      I had the pleasure of meeting him on numerous occasions before and after his ORCA sails between 2010 and 2011. He always had a smile and was always keen to help and learn. He had a very high standard of professionalism and a good sense of humour. Working with him was easy.

      Rest in Peace