Thursday, March 23, 2017

RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MWO TERRY HAMILTON

1. MWO TERRY HAMILTON WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED 
FORCES ON 15 MAY 2017 AFTER MORE THAN 31 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED 
SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS 
OF SIGNALS. 
2. HE ENROLLED IN THE CAF ON 7 APR 1986 UNDER THE YTEP PROGRAM AS A RAD 
OP. 
3. DURING HIS CAREER HE WAS POSTED TO 1 CSR KINGSTON, 727 COMM SQN ST 
JOHNS, 2 RCR GAGETOWN, 79 COMM REGT KINGSTON, CFJSR KINGSTON, CFCSU 
OTTAWA, CFSCE KINGSTON, CFJOSG HQ KINGSTON AND WILL COMPLETE HIS 
CAREER AT CFJSR KINGSTON AS THE 1 SQN SERGEANT MAJOR. 
4. TERRY HAS SERVED ON VARIOUS OPERATIONAL MISSIONS THROUGOUT HIS 
CAREER. HE SERVED IN OP RELIEF NAIROBI AFRICA (1993), BOZNIA HERZEGOVINA 
(1998), TASK FORCE BOZNIA HERZEGOVINA (2000), TASK FORCE HAITI (2004), AND 
TASK FORCE AFGHANISTAN (2006). 
5. TERRY AND DAWN WILL BE RETIRING IN THE MONCTON NB AREA WHERE 
TERRY WILL LIKELY BE FOUND ON THE GOLF COURSE OR CHEERING FOR THE 
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. 
6. A RETIRMENT CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN HIS HONOUR ON FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 
2017 AT THE ANAF ON GORE ROAD IN KINGSTON, ON, COMMENCING AT 1400. FOR 
PLANNING PURPOSES, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE TO THE OPI NO 
LATER THAN 21 APR 2017. IN ADDITION, ANECDOTES OR CONGRATULATORY 
MESSAGES MAY ALSO BE SENT TO THE OPI, MASTER WARRANT OFFICER TREVOR 
MCINNIS BY EMAIL, TREVOR.MCINNIS AT FORCES.GC.CA. 
MCINNIS, MWO, RHQ SSM, 4359 
MUNN, CWO, RSM CFJSR 5712

Friday, March 17, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comrade John P. Wolfe Maj Gen (Ret'd)

May 02, 1924 - February 26, 2017
John went to war as an underage soldier in 1941. During the war he went through terrible experiences - like all war veterans. He himself was injured by an exploding shell in Normandy and suffered the consequences of that shrapnel for the rest of his life. His academic achievements are particularly worthy given that he left high school to join the war effort. On return from war to Canada, he re-joined the military entering their university training plan and ultimately won the Gold Medal for Law from the University of Manitoba. He later returned to studies to obtain his Master International Law from King's College, University of London, UK. driven, passionate, private, and acerbically witty man - John (or Jack to friends) came from humble beginnings in Winnipeg Manitoba, an adopted boy raised mainly by his father. John was a man of serious convictions and principles - still, he lived most days enjoying a good chuckle with loyal companions and family.

His academic achievements are particularly worthy given that he left high school to join the war effort. On return from war to Canada, he re-joined the military entering their university training plan and ultimately won the Gold Medal for Law from the University of Manitoba. He later returned to studies to obtain his Master International Law from King's College, University of London, UK. As a lawyer within the Canadian Armed Forces his career took him all over the world. He represented Canada at the Geneva Conventions and other conferences across the globe. He was ultimately promoted to Judge Advocate General of Canada with the rank of Major General. Soon after leaving the military, he became Chairman of the Canadian Pension Commission in PEI. During his career he contributed to a number of developments in Canadian military law, United Nations agreements on Laws of War and while in Tanzania he was a major author in the National Defence Act for Tanzania. He was appointed to the Queen's Counsel (QC) for these accomplishments and received many other recognitions over his years.

Aside from his academic and professional credits, he was infamous for his wit and charm in social circles and with his family. John did not do anything in moderation - a hard worker professionally and in the home (many renovations!), a voracious reader, lover of music and the arts. Mostly, he loved to be with family and friends sharing food, drink and a lot of laughter. Many knew John as the decisive, strong and convicted soldier/lawyer. But he was a romantic at heart and would melt over music, art, poetry and family. His first wife Catherine was with him through law school, 4 children and many years before she passed. Emily and John married later in life, bringing John Francis, his only son. And so, his heirs are grateful for his many talents and interests, as they share passions for comedy, music and the arts. He leaves behind five children (Andrea (spouse Jack Little), Dr. Cathy (spouse Michael Cullen), Lorraine (spouse Phillip Schatz), Leslie (spouse Brian Sneddon) and John), six grandchildren (Mark & Brette, Megan, Katie, Matthew and Melanie) and three great grand children.John was definitely his own man - and he will be greatly missed.

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill

A memorial service will be held in Victoria, BC, on March 18, 2017, between 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please contact a family member if you are interested in attending.

If you wish to make donations you can make them to: The Mustard Seed 625 Queens Ave., Victoria BC, V8T 1L9.
mustardseed.ca Gifts $20 and over will be acknowledged with an official receipt. Registered Charity #11924 6213 RR001

Donor cards will also be available at the memorial service/tea.
Published in The Times Colonist on Mar. 4, 2017



Monday, March 13, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comrade John Francis Blackburn

John Francis (Jack) Blackburn July 26, 1921 - February 17, 2017 Jack, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed peacefully on the morning of February 17, 2017 in Langley, B.C.

Born in 1921 in Montreal, Jack proudly served in WW II with Royal Canadian Corp of Signals in Italy and was in Holland during the liberation. Retired from B.C. Telephone Company as an Engineering Technician in 1984.

Jack is survived by his English War Bride, Eileen of 75 years, 4 children, Dave, Marilyn, Phil (Julie), Karen (Gord), 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by parents Frank and Bella, Brother Dave, Son-in-law Don and Grandson Jason.

Our family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Simpson Manor, especially Irene for their exceptional care.

Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 1 - 4 pm at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #240, 2643 128 Street, Surrey, B.C.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Legion Branch #240 would be appreciated. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=john-francis-blackburn&pid=184450074#sthash.rjdXwggd.dpuf

Monday, February 27, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comrade Loton Harris

HARRIS, Loton Henery HARRIS, Loton Henery (Lou), passed peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on February 16th, with daughter Sue, holding his hand as he slipped gently away. Lou is survived by his three children, son Robert and wife, Johanne, and his granddaughter Josee-Anne, of Nepean ON, daughters, Sue of Sombra ON, and Dawn, of Bridgetown NS. Predeceased by wives Nancy, (nee Morrison) and Edna, (nee Bowen) also remembered, and greatly missed by his best friend Hazel Tuepah. In keeping with Lou's wishes, no visitation or funeral services were held. Cremation. Interment will take place later on a perfect sunny spring day at St Johns Cemetery, Rear of Leeds. Lou enlisted in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1941 age 18, relentlessly petitioning his M.O. until being sent overseas with the 5th Canadian Armored brigade in England, Italy, and Northwest Europe, ending his WW11 service in Groningen, Holland. Post war service with the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System at various Northern Radio Stations as a wireless radio telegrapher and meteorologist for ten years, also with the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in the Belgian Congo, surviving capture by insurgent rebels, retiring in 1966 after 26 years in the Canadian Army. Following retirement, he and his second wife Edna, built their little country Haven near Seeley's Bay, later moving to Kingston after 22 happy years. He was a popular tour guide at St. Georges Cathedral, a position he enjoyed immensely. Lou's three children were all born in the North, at Fort Simpson, NWT, Mayo YT, and Yellowknife NT. Lou loved Canada's North and kept his true northern spirit of fierce independence, generosity, adventure and fun, through all his life. He loved his children deeply,selflessly and protectively, with great pride in their accomplishments. His sense of humor, indomitable spirit,moral integrity faith, and an occasional beer or two sustained Lou through life's little adversities. He was dearly loved and admired by his children and friends, while in our hearts forever, he will be missed terribly. "Dad may you rest in eternal peace." Love Always, Sue, Bob & Dawn. " Bravo Zulu -... --.. " Profound Thanks to the compassionate care of all the Nursing staff at KGH, 9th floor Connell wing for helping ease our Dad's crossing from this life's path to the next.13150513

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Obituary announcement for club member Ted Koski LM792

KOSKI, Ted

Suddenly at his home in Searchmont, Ontario on Tuesday, July 13, 2010; Ted Koski in his 65th year. Ted will be dearly missed by his beloved companion and best friend Dorothy Ambeault. Loving brother of Rodney Olar (Eva) and Bob Olar of St. Mary’s, Ontario. Son of the late Toetor Koski and the late Alex and Dorothy Olar. Uncle to Kate, Anne and John Olar. Nephew to the late Tauno “Donald” and Tehno Koski and the late Robert Armstrong (Shirley), Lois Burton (late Paul), Eldon Armstrong (Lauris) and Stan Armstrong (Joan). Ted will be fondly remembered by his many friends. Family and friends are invited to visit at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation & Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Road 945-7758) on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. with Mary Alice Policicchio officiating. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. www.northwoodfuneral.com

Friday, February 24, 2017

Obituary announcement for old comrade Harold R. Knowles

KNOWLES, Harold R. C.W.O. (Ret'd) C.D. March 29, 1927 Died Victoria, February 18, 2017 Born to Reginald and Jessie, raised in Bathurst New Brunswick with 4 brothers, Donald, Clifford, Blair (predeceased), Kenneth, and sister Barbara Ann (Bathurst, N.B.). Married 48 years to Hannah Ann nee Kurbis (d.2003). Father of Lorna (Bill Finley), James (d.1985), Karen, Donald (d.2016) (Michelle) and Jessica (Tom Gregory). Proud and generous grandfather to Zoe, Maya, Lee, Ceileigh, Brandon, Shaylyn, Connor, Brady and Chloe. Enlisted R.C. Artillery Petawawa, April 1945. Re-enlisted R.C. Signal Corps 1949-1979. WWII & Korean War Vet. NATO Peacekeeper in Germany 1957-1959, 1970-1973. Family received Christmas cards from the North Pole (Alert) in 1964. Retired to Victoria from Ottawa in 1989 to resume vegetable gardening, canning and mind sharpening pass times. Thank you to PRT, Beacon, Home Support and medical team for supporting the home death he desired. Harold, stalwart, considerate and ironic to the end, lies now in peace. In lieu of flowers, donation to charity of choice appreciated.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

C&E Association Extends Birthday Wishes to BGen (retd) Mike Webber WWII Veteran and Former Colonel Commandant

BGen (retd) Mike Webber will celebrate his 98th birthday on 29 January. He is healthy, “sharp as a tack” and still living at home in Ottawa. You may recall that General Mike   had a  most distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was  a Major at the end of  WWII and served as CO  1 Canadian Division HQ and Sig Regt, Director of Signals,  Colonel of the Regiment and one of the first Colonel Commandant’s of the C&E Branch . ( see bio attached) 

The C&E Association is collecting  messages and Birthday Wishes to be presented to General Mike on his birthday to make this a  special day. If you have been acquainted with this  fine “officer and a gentleman” please take the time to send  birthday wishes with a short email message   perhaps recalling a memory that  might complete the sentence " General Mike,  I remember the time that  ....." ? Please feel free to forward this email to others.   Please send your  email message to LCol (retd)   John Dicker jonjo@magma.ca  by  24 January . John  will work with our Branch Office to collate the messages  for presentation to General Mike  on 29 January.

If you wish to mail a personal Birthday Card  for General Mike, mail it to the address:

BGen (retd) Michael Webber
C/O Peter Webber
148 Beech St
Ottawa, Canada
K1Y 3S8