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  1. #201
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    Lowery, Alan John
    What a difficult thing for the squadron to deal with. Our condolences on your loss.

    KD
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    R.I.P. FSgt Lowery. I shall miss your weekly talks at the canteen table. Safe journey on your march.
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  3. #203
    For those of you who were at QUADRA this summer. RAdm Charles was an inspecting officer. He was also a former Sea Cadet himself.


    1. THE CHIEF OF MARITIME STAFF, VICE-ADMIRAL DEAN MCFADDEN, REGRETS TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF REAR-ADMIRAL JOHN ALEXANDER CHARLES IN VICTORIA, BC, ON SATURDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2010 2. REAR-ADMIRAL CHARLES DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN BOTH HIS MILITARY AND CIVILIAN CAREERS AND IN HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY 3. HE WAS BORN ON 27 MARCH 1918 IN ROULEAU, SK. HE JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN 1937. AT THE START OF WWII, HE WAS A MIDSHIPMAN IN HMS BERWICK, WHICH PATROLLED NORTHERN WATERS AND PERFORMED NORWEGIAN OPERATIONS. IN THE FALL OF 1940, HE JOINED HMCS RESTIGOUCHE FOR CONVOY DUTY AS PART OF THE CLYDE ESCORT FORCE AND, IN 1942, HMS LAFOREY FOR OPERATIONS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, PAGE 2 RCCPJAW4005 PROTECTED A SALERNO AND ANZIO 4. IN 1944 HE RETURNED TO CANADA FOR STAFF SIGNAL DUTIES AT ST HYACINTHE, ESQUIMALT AND WASHINGTON DC, BEFORE TAKING COMMAND OF HMCS CRESCENT ON 1 JANUARY 1948. HE COMPLETED ROYAL NAVY AND JOINT SERVICES STAFF COURSES AND JOINED HMCS MAGNIFICENT BEFORE HIS APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTOR OF NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS 5. ON 29 OCTOBER 1953, HE TOOK COMMAND OF HMCS HAIDA AND THEN BECAME COMMANDER CANADIAN DESTROYER FAR EAST AND WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN(N) 6. IT WAS UPON HIS RETURN TO BRITISH COLUMBIA THAT HE SERVED AS COMMANDANT OF THE CANADIAN SERVICES COLLEGE, ROYAL ROADS 1953-1957 BEFORE HEADING BACK TO OTTAWA TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF NAVAL OPERATIONS AND, LATER, RETURNING TO ESQUIMALT AS COMMANDER, 2ND ESCORT SQUADRON 7. HE HAS SERVED AS COMMODORE OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY BARRACKS, ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF AT NATIONAL DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS IN ONTARIO, COMMANDER OF MARITIME FORCE PACIFIC, ASSISTANT CANADIAN DEFENCE STAFF PLANS AND AS CHIEF OF MARITIME OPERATIONS. HE RETIRED FROM THE POST OF DEPUTY CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF IN 1974 8. HE WAS A NOTABLE GRADUATE OF THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1935 AND RECEIVED AN HONORARY DEGREE FROM ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY IN 2008. HE WAS A RECEIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT (CMM), PAGE 3 RCCPJAW4005 PROTECTED A THE CANADIAN FORCES DECORATION (CD) AND HAS BEEN MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES (MID) 9. HE FOUNDED THE FRIENDS OF HATLEY PARK SOCIETY, A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS WHO NOW WORK WITH ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY TO PRESERVE THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS 10. REAR-ADMIRAL CHARLES IS SURVIVED BY EIGHT CHILDREN AND SEVEN GRAND CHILDREN 11. THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR REAR-ADMIRAL CHARLES WILL BE HELD AT 1400 ON THURSDAY, 07 OCTOBER 2010, AT ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY, 2005 SOOKE ROAD, VICTORIA, BC. ALL MILITARY ATTENDEES ARE WELCOME TO THE FUNERAL. DRESS FOR MILITARY IS 1A WITH MEDALS. HIS ASHES WILL BE SPREAD AT SEA ON FRIDAY 08 OCTOBER 2010 FROM HMCS WINNIPEG 12. REAR-ADMIRAL CHARLES WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS OUTSTANDING DEDICATION, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO OUR NAVY AND HIS COUNTRY. HE WILL BE MISSED 13. MARLANT, MARPAC, NAVRESHQ, INCLUDING LODGER AND INTEGRAL UNITS ARE TO HALFMAST BETWEEN COLOURS AND SUNSET ON FRIDAY, 8 OCT END OF ENGLISH TEXT / TEXTE FRANCAIS SUIT
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    Cap't John Butterworth.

    I was informed this morning that the Cadet movement has lost a very important man.
    Captain John Butterworth has passed away at the Perley Rideau home in Ottawa.
    John had a 40 plus year relationship with 2332RCACC and our brother Corps 2870RCACC. John was a life member of the RCD's and anyone who met or knew him soon realized that his unit and the cadet Corps were the only important things in his life. Confined to a wheelchair in the last few years he still managed to attend weekly parade nights until a couple of years ago but only missed his first ACR this spring when he was too ill to make it. He had a memory like a trap and knew where many of his former cadets that went into the CF were and what ranks they held. I was always impressed at how everyone who came to our Corps knew John and went out of their way to speak to him including our last two CDS's
    When I know more regarding funeral arrangements I will post them here.

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    WOW! John was fixture at just about every cadet activity in the Ottawa area. He will be sadly missed.

    Please post details.

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    The funeral for John Butterworth will be on Monday Oct 18 at 11am at the Beechwood Cemetery chapel in Ottawa with interment in the family plot to follow.
    Many of our cadets are attending and 4 cadets as well as Legion members will be pallbearers. Our former Corps piper is coming in to play at the ceremony.
    John's leaving has left a big hole in the hearts of very many people whose path crossed with his over the years.

    BUTTERWORTH
    CAPTAIN (ret'd) JOHN W. BUTTERWORTH, CD
    John passed away peacefully at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health
    Centre on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, aged 85.
    John was born in Ottawa on January 6, 1925 - predeceased by his parents,
    Wilfred and Doreen Butterworth.
    John served with the Canadian Army in WWII and continued his service in
    the Canadian Forces with the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the
    Intelligence Corps until his retirement. Since then he has been deeply
    involved with the RCD Association 2332 and 2870 Army Cadet Corps and the
    Royal Canadian Legion, Bells Corners Branch 593.
    A memorial service will be held Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11 a.m. at
    the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa.
    Sincere thanks to all the staff at the Perley, especially those in
    Rideau 1 South for their excellent care and compassion.
    In John's memory friends may wish to donate to the Perley Rideau
    Foundation, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, ON, K1G 5Z6
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    My condolences to Mr. Butterworth's family, and the RCACC 2332. I had the opportunity to work with John a few times when I was involved in the 28 Svc Bn Museum, and he was always friendly.
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  8. #208

    A Friend and Mentor

    It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of a former commanding officer of 102 (Barrie Silver Fox) Squadron, Captain William John "Bill" Jack CD (ret'd). Bill died peacefully with his family at his side at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on 17 November 2010 - his 79th birthday.

    Bill Jack was born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario; joined the RCAF in 1954 and trained as a pilot flying various aircraft including the Neptune and the Argus. He moved to Barrie in the summer of 1977 and joined 102 Sqn in the fall of that year as flying scholarship instructor. He assumed command from Capt Rob Lockhart in the fall of 1979 and served as the squadron commanding officer until 1983 after which he remained with the squadron as administration officer until his retirement in the fall of 1996.

    It was during his time at 102 Squadron that Captain Jack was also employed at the Central Region Cadet Detachment (Toronto) in various capacities when it was still located at CFB Downsview.

    It is entirely possible that Bill was more active in retirement than he was before it. A long-time member of the Freemasons, he was also active at the local and provincial executive levels of the Air Force Association of Canada, was a member of the Probus Club, and was also very active in the Community. For his work with groups like the Victim Crisis Assistance Referral Service and Citizens on Patrol as well as his other work in the Community, he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal in 1992 and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

    A celebration of his life was held on 20 November 2010 in Innisfil Ontario.

    On a personal note, to say Bill Jack was my mentor would be the understatement of the year. To me, this guy was "Mister Air Force". He walked the walk and talked the talk and told us many stories from his career (warts and all). He taught me the customs and traditions of the RCAF and heaven help you if you didn't wear your wedge correctly (after retirement, he wasn't shy about informing anyone - including at least one general - about how to wear one). He was my first CO when I joined the squadron as a cadet and I had the great honour of being his last CO before he retired. I like to think that RCIS made me a CIC officer but Bill Jack made me an air force officer.
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  9. #209
    Quote Originally Posted by J-P Johnson View Post
    It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of a former commanding officer of 102 (Barrie Silver Fox) Squadron, Captain William John "Bill" Jack CD (ret'd). Bill died peacefully with his family at his side at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on 17 November 2010 - his 79th birthday.

    Bill Jack was born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario; joined the RCAF in 1954 and trained as a pilot flying various aircraft including the Neptune and the Argus. He moved to Barrie in the summer of 1977 and joined 102 Sqn in the fall of that year as flying scholarship instructor. He assumed command from Capt Rob Lockhart in the fall of 1979 and served as the squadron commanding officer until 1983 after which he remained with the squadron as administration officer until his retirement in the fall of 1996.

    It was during his time at 102 Squadron that Captain Jack was also employed at the Central Region Cadet Detachment (Toronto) in various capacities when it was still located at CFB Downsview.

    It is entirely possible that Bill was more active in retirement than he was before it. A long-time member of the Freemasons, he was also active at the local and provincial executive levels of the Air Force Association of Canada, was a member of the Probus Club, and was also very active in the Community. For his work with groups like the Victim Crisis Assistance Referral Service and Citizens on Patrol as well as his other work in the Community, he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal in 1992 and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

    A celebration of his life was held on 20 November 2010 in Innisfil Ontario.

    On a personal note, to say Bill Jack was my mentor would be the understatement of the year. To me, this guy was "Mister Air Force". He walked the walk and talked the talk and told us many stories from his career (warts and all). He taught me the customs and traditions of the RCAF and heaven help you if you didn't wear your wedge correctly (after retirement, he wasn't shy about informing anyone - including at least one general - about how to wear one). He was my first CO when I joined the squadron as a cadet and I had the great honour of being his last CO before he retired. I like to think that RCIS made me a CIC officer but Bill Jack made me an air force officer.
    My thoughts and condolences are with his family.
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  10. #210

    Passing of Amy (Evans) Slovick

    It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Amy Candace Slovick (nee Evans.) A former Sea Cadet and CIC Officer with RCSCC BICKNELL, and former Navy League Officer with NLCC MILLER, Amy passed away on Tuesday 14 Dec 2010 at the age of 45, after a 4 year battle with cancer. She leaves behind husband Greg (also a former Sea Cadet and CIC Officer) and 3 children: Andrew (also a former Sea Cadet), Charlotte, and Geoffrey. Both Amy's and Greg's families had siblings involved in Sea Cadets as well and they remained connected to the program in various ways over the years. Greg is also brother-in-law to past RCSCC CAPTAIN VANCOUVER Commanding Officer LCdr Peter Thomas. Many people in the Vancouver area Cadet and Navy League community have known Amy and the Slovick and Evans families over the years.

    I was privileged to have worked with Greg and Amy during my days at RCSCC BICKNELL, and to have had Andrew as a Cadet for a couple of years.

    Amy's obituary may be found here.

    KD
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    Lt. George Maurier

    It deeply saddens my heart of the passing of Lt. George Maurier, an officer of 2966 cadet corps, Fort Erie.
    "George passed away suddenly while serving at CTC-Blackdown at CFB Borden on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 in his 60th year."

    Lt. George Maurier was transporting two cadets home from Blackdown CTC, accompanied by a female officer. The black Dogde Caravan swerved to the opposite side of the road, rolled several times, and George was reported dead. The two cadets, and the accompanying female officer suffered minor injuries, but were okay.

    I remember the exact moment I was informed of his death, and I know that George will be forever missed and loved by all of those who have ever met him. I had the pleasure of working with George on several different joint Ftx's, and at summer camp. I remember the sense of pride I had in me, when he came to my annual this past June, and told me I did well.
    He was an amazing person, had a great sense of humor, and was always looking out for his cadets. If something wasn't right in his eyes, you would know about it.
    RIP George, you are forever loved, forever missed.
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    Former Cadet Sergeant Patrick Beatty

    It is with great sadness that I am announcing the death of a former cadet 102 Squadron, Patrick Beatty. Patrick joined 102 in 2005 and left us in 2009 at the rank of sergeant.

    Attached is an article from the Barrie Advance: Link

    Friends celebrate life of their ‘Eagleman’

    BARRIE - A small group of people from a fishing camp in Red Lake, Ontario is mourning the loss of a young Barrie man alongside his family.

    Patrick Beatty, 19, died in hospital a week ago after being hit by a transport truck on Highway 400 Jan. 6.

    He was in his second year at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, taking the fish and wildlife program.

    “Patrick came to our fly-in fishing camp last summer because I needed a young guy – someone with muscles,” said Enid Carlson, owner of Viking Island and Outposts.

    From May until September, his job was maintaining the boats, motors and portages, mowing the lawns, painting cabins, chopping firewood, and every other task of a maintenance man, she said. “He was an absolute necessity around the island, as well as great fun to be around.”

    Carlson said Patrick seemed older than his age, and was a hands-on learner.

    “It’s very difficult to just get someone to live in the bush. Most young people would want to go to town and not hang out with the older people here. He was more than what we required,” she said. “My only problem with him was that he never took breaks.”

    She knew Patrick was special when she saw him forming relationships with some of the older native people who live in the area. Ojibway is their first language, said Carlson. “They still live by their native culture, they have their own ways. You don’t just drop into an island and get along with them.”

    But Patrick took the opportunity seriously and set out to learn about their culture and language. “He liked the way they live and let live. It suited his personality.”

    He also made friends with Carlson’s 96-year-old mother, two-year-old granddaughter and the young pilots, mechanics and cooks who worked there.

    But one native woman, Jean Keesic, got along with Patrick so well she “adopted” him, believing people can have multiple parents. She even had an official naming ceremony and had asked Patrick to do a series of tasks. One was to find an item that would be presented to him in nature.

    “He had developed a relationship with the eagles,” said Carlson. “He fed them everyday, they recognized him and his boat.”

    He returned with an eagle feather, and was named Migizi Nini, which means Eagleman. In native culture, the eagle helps heal and guide and the feather is called the talking feather. It is used in various ceremonies for physical as well as social healing.

    “Jean went on to ask her band council if Patrick could live on the reserve for a while and go out onto the trapline this winter. This is a permission rarely granted in this part of the country,” said Carlson.

    Instead, he returned home to continue his studies.

    “He was here for just a summer, but he left more than a summer’s worth of impression,” said Carlson.

    Patrick had plans to return again this summer, and she was stunned to hear the news of his death. “It’s a very hard thing to understand. Sometimes people who are very empathetic feel other people’s pain, and as a result, they have more struggles in their own life,” said Carlson.

    Patrick’s mother, Yvonne Hargreaves-Beatty takes comfort that he’s with God now. “He was a beautiful person, a wonderful young man,” said mother Yvonne Hargreaves-Beatty. “He gave himself to everyone.”

    Police said a transport truck hit Patrick on Jan. 6 near the St. Vincent Street Bridge. He had brain damage and spent several days fighting for his life.

    “We’re devastated, he’s my baby, my only son. We’re torn in a million pieces. But Patrick is living on with four people; he donated his organs to save others.”
    As a kid, he’d give his time at senior’s homes, said Hargreaves-Beatty. “He was always giving.”

    He is the youngest in the family, with three older sisters. He was also a Sir Sandford Fleming College student, working towards a career outdoors. “He loved all of God’s creatures. He was all about protecting our land, protecting our water. He was right in there with the Site 41 thing.”

    A funeral service was held Monday at St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m.

    Donations are to the Brain Injury Association of Canada and the Terry Fox Foundation.
    “Patrick participated for 19 years. The first year I took him in a stroller, then the next year in a baby seat on the bike, and I did it until he started doing it on his own,” said Hargreaves-Beatty. “He should be commended for that.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-P Johnson View Post
    It is with great sadness that I am announcing the death of a former cadet 102 Squadron, Patrick Beatty. Patrick joined 102 in 2005 and left us in 2009 at the rank of sergeant.

    Attached is an article from the Barrie Advance: Link
    I heard about his passing about a week ago, and I remembered exactly who he was. Patrick was a nice guy, although I didn't know him too well, he will be missed. There is a group on facebook that has had a lot of posts from people who care for him. RIP Patrick, you will be missed.
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    It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Capt(ret'd) Colm Canavan. Capt Canavan inspired a generation of cadet musicians in Pacific region and will be especially remembered for the soft irish lilt that he never quite lost.

    A talented musician, an awesome officer and a true gentleman.

    Rest in Peace Colm.


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    RIP Colm! He taught me at my first Band clinic at HMCS QUADRA in 193 when he was a CPO2. May you be at peace now after a very long road.
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    MCCONACHIE, Andrew Donald - (Captain RCAF, 435 Squadron, Retired Captain Air Canada) Peacefully on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Don passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Survived by his loving wife Shirley and step-mother Margaret. Loving father of Campbell (Janice), David (Elaine) and Carol (John Shaikh). Brother of Earl (Jane) and Keith (Nancy). Loved by 9 grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600 ), Oakville from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011. A service celebrating Don's life will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Munn's United Church, 5 Dundas Street East, Oakville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Munn's United Church Memorial Fund.
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    R.I.P. Jessica Bondar -
    I never actually met her face to face, I've only heard stories about her in previous years.
    She passed away this morning while awaiting a heart transplant. She made the news - I'm not sure if I can post the link on here or not.
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    I first met Jessica at HMCS QUADRA when she was on Bos'n TG2. I was honoured to meet her. RIP Jessica, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. If you wish to read the articles, google "Jessica Bondar" and you will find them. She was a courageous young girl and was a huge credit to the cadet program.
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    I'm sorry to hear this. Best wishes to her family and friends. We are all behind you guys.
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    BEER, Colonel J.P. MBE, EM, CD, RCA (Retd) Born in Charlottetown, PEI, on 20 February, 1920. Married in England in 1943 to Rosalind Joan Whitburn. Father of two daughters (Anne and Jane); three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Served in School Cadets, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the Royal Canadian Artillery (Non-Permanent Active Militia) in Charlottetown prior to World War II. Transferred to the Canadian Active Service Force on 2 September, 1939, as a Bombardier in 8 Medium Battery, RCA. Commissioned in February, 1940, and sent overseas in July, 1940. Landing in Normandy on D Day as a Battery Captain with 12 Field Regiment. Promoted to Major in December, 1944, and given command of a battery in 14 Field Regiment, RCA. Returned to Canada in December, 1945, and transferred to the Regular Force in 1946 in the rank of Captain. In 1950 he was promoted Major for the second time and later served in the Directorate of Artillery, Army HQ, in Ottawa for nine months in 1951, before attending the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston in 1952. Posted as 2 I/C 81 Field Regiment, RCA, in Petawawa and proceeded with that unit to Korea in March, 1953. Upon the cessation of hostilities that year, was appointed Canadian Representative at the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission at Panmunjon. In May, 1954, he was posted to the War Office in London, England. September, 1957, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario. In 1960, he served in Indo-China as Deputy Secretary General (Operations) at the HQ of the International Control Commission in Saigon. He took command of 2 RCHA in Winnipeg in January, 1961 and took that unit to Germany (NATO) in January, 1964. In February, 1965, proceeded to Paris as a student at the NATO Defense College. Posted to HQ Mobile Command in St. Hubert, Quebec in August, 1965 and appointed Chief of Artillery. Promoted to the rank of Colonel in December, 1965. Served four years in that appointment before being posted back to the NATO Defense College (now in Rome) as a member of the Faculty. Served in Rome from July, 1969 to July, 1972 being then appointed Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, HQ Militia Area Pacific in Victoria, BC. Retired from the Regular Force in September, 1975 after 36 years service and remained in Victoria. Appointed Honorary Battery Commander (unofficial and unauthorized!) of 5th B.C. Field Battery, RCA(M) in Victoria in November, 1975. Assumed Command of Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1976 until standing down once again in September, 1979. Appointed Commandant of Royal Canadian Army Cadet Bisley Rifle Teams in 1981 and 1982. Appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 5 Battery in April, 1981, an appointment he relinquished in September, 1986. Colonel Beer has also served on the Executive of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (1977-1981), the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver Island (1980) and the Board of Governors of the Corps of Commissionaries (Vancouver Island Branch) (1984-1990). He was a devoted volunteer, working with the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre in Victoria. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30th 2011 at 2:00pm located at First Memorial 4725 Falaise Drive. A reception is to follow the Memorial service in the Garden Room at First Memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre

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