Monday, August 29, 2016


Received from BGen (Ret'd) Bill Richard. 

With great sadness, I inform you that Sandra Bender passed away in Gananoque on 15 August 2016.  Sandra was the spouse of Colonel Jim Bender who died much too young in March 2003.  Sandra and Jim extended their hospitality to many of us when they were in Lahr in the 1975-77 time period.  Their daughter Samantha (Bender)  and her brother Jeff have advised that they are hosting a Celebration of Life on Saturday 3 September 1-4 PM for family and friends who wish to attend at Jeff’s home in Manotick (address below).  For those who may wish to do so, condolences can be sent to Jeff Bender’s address or email to Samantha and Jeff at  
Jeff & Tracey Bender
5716 Watterson St.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Obituary announcement for club member Ernest Ross Creed LM346

CREED, Ernest "Ross"It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ross at the age of 86 on July 26, 2016 at the Ottawa General Hospital. Survived by his partner and best friend, Doreen McKee. Dear brother of Margaret Watson of Arizona. Uncle to Marlene Quirk (Paul) of Pontiac, Quebec, Betsi Skolaris (Fred) of Ohio, Joyce-Lee Horvath of New Mexico, Ed Creed (Wendy) of Winnipeg, Manitoba and many cousins. Predeceased by his parents, Jessie and Frank Creed; brother, Frank (Sonny) (Angie); nephew, Allan Creed of Springhill, Nova Scotia; and his sister, Joyce Chapman of Ohio. He will be remembered by his dear friend and caregiver, Richard Beck. Ross devoted his whole life to the military, 32 years as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Signals Corps and 30 years as a civilian with National Defence Headquarters. He was also a member of the NCO Sergeants Mess, and the Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and his jokes. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. In memoriam, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Condolences/Tributes/DonationsHulse, Playfair & - See more at:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Oral history interviews for KFPL StoryMe blog

Since 2012 Kingston Frontenac Public Library has been recording audio interviews with residents of Frontenac County and the City of Kingston for posting on our StoryMe blog at .  Participants are asked to bring along an old photo or small object, which we scan and return immediately, to use as a talking point for the interview.  Those photos or artifacts may be of historical interest or just significant personally to the participant; we don’t ask that they relate specifically to the history of Kingston/Frontenac.  

Within a week of the interview each participant is sent online links to the interview so that they may share their reminiscences with family and friends.  The photos and audio interviews are published online in two places: first  an edited version of the interview, about three minutes long, is posted with the photo on the KFPL StoryMe blog and second, the photo and the complete interview, of whatever length, are posted on the Internet Archive at .  All the full-length interviews may be found at .

Until now we have recorded the interviews at a library branch or at community programs where the library has a presence, but recently we have been awarded a Seniors Community Grant to allow us to expand the program to seniors, particularly those outside of the City of Kingston.  Between July 2016 and February 2017 we will be able to visit long-term care homes and retirement residences and collect interviews from seniors who may be unable to come to a library branch.   We have already begun contacting activities directors at those facilities to schedule interviews with their residents.

We would also like to reach seniors who are not residents of such facilities and so we are contacting organizations and clubs who might have senior members.  My late father (William V. Hall) was a member of your club and so I thought of contacting you.  Would there be Signallers or Linemen in the City of Kingston or Frontenac County  who might be interested in participating?   Perhaps some would like to talk not just about their own family history but also (or instead!) about the early days of the Signals Corps and the Signallers’ Club.  We would be happy to send our interviewer out to a meeting or other activity to interview anyone interested.  All that is needed is a quiet spot where we can sit down one-on-one for twenty to thirty minutes, where we can minimize background noise on the recording – perhaps at the C & E Museum.  If participants are able to complete a copy of the attached Permission Form ahead of time we can quickly scan the photo or object, then settle down to an interview.  We can schedule more than one visit if there is enough interest.

I am attaching a copy of our brochure and Permission Form.  If you’d prefer I can send large-print versions.  I do hope we can include at least a few Signallers and Linemen in our StoryMe oral history program.

Please feel free to share this email and to let me know if you have any questions.

Anne Hall
Librarian, Programming & Outreach

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
130 Johnson Street
Kingston ON   K7L 1X8

   fax: (613) 549-8476


Monday, June 27, 2016

Lmn 052 Pig Roast (others are invited)

From CWO Blair McKnight
I would like to invite you all to the Lineman Pig Roast which will be held at my cottage 1099 Bolton Lane (8 KM North of Sharbot Lake, 1 Hour drive from CFB Kingston). We will provide Roasted Pig and Corn on Sat 17 Sep  at approx 1600 hrs. You are welcome to bring a Salad or snacks to augment the meal and wild game (preferably cleaned) is always a welcome addition. The cost of the event is $10.00 / pers or $15.00 /family. Plse arrange payment to - Mullins Cpl RJ@CFJSR Line Sqn@Kingston - at 1 Line Sqn beforehand if possible or at least plse indicate your intent to attend as you can pay upon arrival. We will have music (RECORDS, 8-TRACKS, CASSETTES and maybe CD's and Karaoke) and plse bring your guitars if you play, because if it resembles last year, there is a lot of musical talent around the camp fire. We have electricity but no running water and our bathroom facilities include a single outhouse mainly for the ladies. Men can use the forest. (unless necessary). Plse ensure you bring your own tenting gear, lawn chairs, coolers, ice, beverages, and musical instruments. If you bring your children and dogs but please ensure they are leashed. WARNING - it was a late night last year! Car pooling and designated drivers are recommended. Feel free to pass on an invite to any linemen (past / present and future) and support staff including officers, operators, techs and any other brave souls that you see fit. We hope to see you all there for another fun filled day / weekend.
Carry On Canada!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Obituary notice for club member Sven Bolke LM840

Passed away at Lahr Germany area today June 19th, 2016
Received from Tim Majovsky:
I just received the most unfortunate news this morning from Mary Bolke that Sven died early today during a bicycle competition in the Lahr Germany area. He was second place behind another bicyclist on a 20km route but when the other person was on the return he spotted Sven lying at the side of the trail. Medical authorities could not revive him. I suspect it was heart failure.  Mary  has asked that I look after notifying his friends and associations. My good friend died doing what he loved all his life... challenging, physical competitive adventures. We had made plans to attend the Vimy centenary next year...still can't believe he is gone :

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Obituary announcement for club member Art Hillier LM415 CWO Ret'd

HILLIER, Arthur "Art"... Passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital with family by his side on June 14th, 2016 in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Jean Hillier for 64 beautiful years. Loving father of David, Cindy, Robert, Richard, Cathy and their spouses. Proud Pop of 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Art will be truly missed by his siblings Wally, Bernie, Cecil, Albert, Clayton, Hazel, Sharon and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Art was a proud and dedicated Rotarian…
 in the community and will be strongly missed by many.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Weaver Life Centre (Formerly East Chapel), 29 Bay Street, Trenton on Sunday June 19th, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM. Funeral Service will take place at
 1:30PM. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Salvation Army.
Online Guest Book & Condolences at

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Obituary notice for old comrade Katherine (Kate) Bruce, former Comm Rsch / Avis de décès - Katherine (Kate) Bruce, ancienne Ch en comms

Katherine (Kate) Bruce (nee Lankester) (25 Jun 1966 – 12 Jun 2016)

We regret to inform you of the passing of Katherine Bruce peacefully, surrounded by her family, after a valiant battle with cancer on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the age of 49.

Kate had served for many years as a Communicator Research and after retiring from the CAF had worked at CSE. Much loved wife of Kevin. Proud stepmother of Lindsay Gillies (Jason) and Hayley Bruce (Richard), and loving Nana to Jacob and Liam. Beloved daughter of John and Danka Lankester, and big sister of Richard (Sally), Hugh (Deanna), Christopher (Jonafe) and David (Kirsten). The family wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Susan Dent, and the many caregivers who cared and supported Katherine throughout her courageous journey.

A Memorial Mass will be held  at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, 1940 Saunderson Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 2C9 Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:00 am, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation would be appreciated:

Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at


Pour votre information et distribution,

Nous regrettons de vous informer du décès de  Katherine Bruce le dimanche 12 juin 2016, paisiblement entourée de sa famille après une courageuse lutte contre le cancer. Elle avait 49 ans.

Kate a servi pendant de nombreuses années en tant que Chercheur en communications et après sa retraite des FAC, elle avait travaillé au CST. Épouse bien aimé de Kevin. Fière belle-mère de Lindsay Gillies (Jason) et Hayley Bruce (Richard) et Nana bien aimé de Jacob et Liam. Fille bien-aimée de John et Danka Lankester et la grande sœur de Richard (Sally), Hugh (Deanna), Christopher (Jonafe) et David (Kirsten). La famille voudrait remercier la Dr Susan Dent et les nombreux aidants qui ont pris soin et soutenu Katherine tout au long de son courageux voyage.

Une messe commémorative aura lieu à l`Église catholique
Resurrection of Our Lord, 1940 Saunderson Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 2C9 jeudi le 16 Juin 2016 à 11:00, suivie d'une réception. Au lieu de fleurs, un don à la Fondation du cancer d'Ottawa régional serait apprécié: .

Condoléances, hommages ou des dons peuvent être faits à .

Avis de décès: .