James R.T. Smith

April 16, 1931 – October 28, 2022

Our gentle sailor peacefully passed away the morning of October 28th, 2022 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband and best friend of the late Shirley (nee New) Smith. Survived by his dear partner and caregiver, Johanna Rossiter. A wonderful dad to Thomas (Nancy), Laura (Dan) and Kerry (the late Jeffrey). Grandpa Jim to Gregory (Larissa) and David (Amy). Grump to Amy (Trevor) and a proud great-grandfather to Natalee and Emrie.

Jim was always a kind and giving man and was cherished by his family and friends. His 25 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy blessed him with lifelong connections that he never forgot.

We will celebrate Jim’s wonderful life at Cresmount Funeral Home (322 Fennell Ave. East, Hamilton) on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 3pm. Refreshments will be served after the service.

As per Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will occur before the service at 2:30pm at Burkholder United Cemetery (465 Mohawk Rd. E, Hamilton).

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences can be made at


Douglas Alexander Dodd

Friday, June 26th, 1936 Sunday, October 9th, 2022

Peacefully at the St. Louis Residence on Sunday, October 9th, 2022 at the age of 86. Dear son of the late Dorothy (nee McPherson) and the late Douglas Dodd.

Dearly beloved husband of Fernande (nee Cormier). Dear father of Denis Dodd (Chantal) and Brian Dodd (Megan) and Douglas Dodd. Cherished grandfather of Melyssa Lalande (Michel), Austin Dodd, Brooke Dodd, Bradley Dodd, Kyle Dodd, Brendon Dodd, Tanya Elmhurst (Patrick) and Danielle Stanway (Brandon), Dear brother of David Dodd (late Linda).

Predeceased by his three sisters : Patsy, Dorothy (late Josh) and Peggy (late Bill).

Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 518 Donald Street, Ottawa, on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 1 p.m. The family will receive condolences at the church from 12:30 p.m. Interment Capital Memorial Gardens.


Douglas Seldon Manion

Monday, April 6th, 1936 Sunday, October 9th, 2022

MANION, Douglas Seldon – Peacefully at home on Sunday, October 9th, 2022 in his 87th year. Douglas Manion of Ottawa, beloved son of the late Seldon and Rita Manion (nee Hogan). Loving father of Kevin (Jeanette) Manion, Sean (Donna) Manion, Danny (Barbara) Manion, Kelly (Michael) Hendriks and Kerry (Willard) Klentz. Caring grandfather of Holly, Liam, Patrick, Erin, Kate, Hilary, Taylor and Nikolas. Dear brother of Gail Manion, Mary-Lou (John) Flood and Pat (Thomas) Nieman. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Respecting Douglas’ wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of the
Neville Funeral Home
491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8
(613) 732-7481
on Friday, October 21st, 2022 at 12 p.m. Interment of Ashes in Wesley United Cemetery, Pembroke. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. 


Mike Watts

June 20, 1958 — October 5, 2022

Chalk River

WATTS, Michael John (Retired Sergeant-CFB Petawawa) – Passed away at the Deep River & District Hospital, on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at the age of 64 years.


Mike Watts of Chalk River, beloved husband of Theresa Watts (nee Pitre). Dear father of Jamie Watts, Ottawa; Chad Watts, Saskatoon & Amber Watts, Chalk River. Grandfather of Cameron & Jacob. Cherished brother of Colleen Wood (Rickard), Petawawa; Maureen Mackay (Scott), Hawkesbury; Patrick Watts, Pembroke & Sean Watts (Carol), Ottawa. Son of the late Philip & Dorothy Watts (nee Bouchard). Brother-in-law to Joe Pitre (Anne-Marie) & Lois Goldberg (Dennis). Will be missed by several nieces, nephews, and friends.


Visitation at the Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home, 141 Renfrew St., Pembroke, on Thursday, October 13 from 2:00 till 4:00 & 7:00 till 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022. Interment at St. Columba’s Catholic Cemetery. A reception to follow at the Chalk River Lions Club, 11 Kellett St. Arrangements entrusted to Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home, Pembroke. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association are appreciated. Online donations/condolences are available at
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Friday, February 18th, 1938 Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Richard passed peacefully on September 15th , 2022, at The Pines in Burns Lake, B.C. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, the youngest of 8 children of Mary Clough and Ranald McDonald. He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings (Herb, Bob, Pru, Ronnie, Marg, Stewart and Gordon) and his wife Lornalea. Richard started school in Chemainus and lived a life of adventure after joining the Canadian Military at HMCS Malahat (Victoria). He attended basic training in Cornwallis, and met Lornalea in Gloucester. They married in Ottawa and had 3 daughters (Lee, Ruth and Lynn). He was commissioned in Esquimalt to HMCS Saskatchewan. During his military career, he travelled to Pensacola, Alert and Massett. With his family, he lived in Aklavik, Moncton, Victoria, Churchill, Bermuda, Inuvik, Gander and Ottawa. Richard joined CSE and finally CP Rail in Calgary, retiring in 2003.

Richard will be remembered for his warmth, his sense of humour and his many talents. He was a self taught guitar player, led local bands and even had a TV Spot on CHEK (The Bugs). Music was near and dear to his heart and he shared his talent willingly, bringing endless hours of joy to friends and family. Richard was a story teller, with lots of material to work with. He could talk about anything to anyone and he loved to learn new things. He built a boat in Bermuda and a house in Beiseker. After Lornalea’s passing, Richard met and married Anna, and with her help, created a beautiful home at Tchesinkut Lake, where he happily spent his final years achieving a lifelong dream to live on a peaceful waterfront property.

Richard leaves behind his loving wife Anna, his daughters Lee, Ruth (Tony) and Lynn (Ian), Anna’s daughters Melanie (Dean), Dawn and Lorelei, 7 grandchildren (Marianne, Taylor (Casey), Shelby (Doug), Patrick (May), Amanda (Mike), Michael, and Matthew), and 4 great grandchildren (Claire, Ella, Theo and Leo), along with much loved nieces and nephews, treasured friends, and his sister-in-law Sandra. He was a nice man with a quick and sharp mind, soft spoken and wise, ethical and honest. He was well liked and loved. His life has left a profound impact on all he was close to. He is dearly missed.

Special thanks for the wonderful care provided by the Pines and Doctor Annandale.

According to Richard’s wishes, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, if you can, please reach out to an old friend, say hello and remember good times. Life is precious and short. We all need each other to make this world go around with happiness.
Dad, your country roads have taken you home. XO

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Robert Rutter

April 11, 1954   —   September 30, 2022


Retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert at his home with family by his side in his 69th year. Beloved husband and soulmate of Francie (nee Horvath). Loving father of Jessica and Justin (Amy) and their children Payton, Abigail, and Karter.

PROUD 1000PA of Cody and Karmen Rutter and father-in-law to Cathy Gelok.

Survived by sisters Wendy Ruiter, Becky Foster and sisters-in-law Betty Rutter and Noreen Rutter. Predeceased by his parents George and Ett Rutter and his brothers George Rutter and Tim Rutter.

Thank you to Dr. Newman, Dr. Luco, Home Care Nurses Angela and Jackie and his PSW’s Giovanna, Florence and Laura.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre 8749 County Road 2, Napanee, Ontario K7R 3L1 or Second Chance Ranch Canada 6038 County Road 2, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0 would be appreciated by the family.
‘Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway’


Kevin Bruce

November 18, 1958 ~ September 23, 2022

Bruce – Kevin Anthony

Suddenly at home on Friday, September 23, 2022 in his 64th year.  Beloved husband of the late Kate Bruce. Dear father of Lindsay Zink (Steve) and Hayley Perron (Rick). Loving grandfather of Heidi, Jacob, Ezra and Liam. Brother of Karen Green (Ken) and Kenny Bruce (late Sharon).  Predeceased by his brother Kerry Bruce.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Manotick Legion on Friday, September 30th from 1 to 4 pm.  Those wishing may make a memorial donation can do so to the Breast Cancer Society or to the Manotick Legion #314.



Patricia Marie Lawless

June 25, 1953 ~ June 28, 2022 (age 69)

With sadness, we announce the passing of Patricia Lawless on June 28, 2022 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 69 years after battling cancer. Pat served in the Canadian Forces and will be remembered for her generosity, and beautiful unicorn collection.




Richard (Dick) McDonald

Passed away 15 September 2022 (details to be provided when available)


It is with profound sadness that we share news of the death of LCol (ret’d) Joseph Patrick Costello, CD, who died peacefully August 26, 2022 in his home and surrounded by loving family after a brave battle with nodular melanoma cancer. He was 52 years young.

Joe is survived by his loving and caring wife, Margaret Deneumoustier of Ottawa, Ontario, his loving daughters, SLt Katherine (Lucas), Cleo, Jamie, and Lily, by his mother, Martha Costello (nee Patterson) and by his siblings, Capt(N) (ret’d) Brian Andrew (Maureen) and Lt(N) Sean Michael (Pam). Predeceased by his father, LCol (ret’d) Brian Denis Costello (2015).

Enrolling in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a reservist with 763 (Ottawa) Communication Regiment and following a brief (and unenjoyable) stint in the Royal Canadian Navy, Joe transferred to the Canadian Army. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering with first class distinction (1992) and a Master of Computer Engineering (2000).

He enjoyed a diverse career filled with both field and staff positions, including deployments to Croatia (1998), Bosnia-Herzegovina (2003-2004) and Afghanistan (2010). He spent time in Petawawa, ON, Trenton, ON, Kingston, ON, and Alert, NU, before concluding his distinguished military career in Ottawa, ON. After retiring from the CAF in 2012, he worked for the Department of National Defense supporting Canadian Army communications capability development, ensuring that Canada was capable of working with our NATO partners.

His hobby of collecting R.C.C.S. (Signals) memorabilia grew into a passion for collecting, preserving and sharing all manners of Signals Corps history on his website, His most meaningful work included Graves of our Fallen, a repository and tribute to fallen Canadian Signal Soldiers. He collected and published military files and photos of every fallen signals soldier’s grave, often recruiting friends to visit cemeteries abroad for him.

The family would like to thank Joe’s healthcare providers, notably Dr. Xinni Song, Dr. Nair, Dr. Alkerhayf, Dr. Sinclair, Dr. Bruni, Dr. Coté, Dr. Swami, and all of his dedicated nurses and caregivers.

Friends may pay respects on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (2-4 pm and 7-9 pm) and at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 7 at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre (National Military Cemetery) 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON K1M 8E2  613-741-9530.

Visitation will end shortly before the 1:00 pm funeral and the 2:00 pm military burial, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation – Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre.


Douglas Rossiter

May 16, 1938 – August 22, 2022

Surrounded by family, Douglas Francis Rossiter passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at the James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre in Gander on August 22, 2022 at the age of 84. He is now reunited with his beloved partner of 61 years, Eileen Rossiter, who passed earlier this year (May 7, 2022).

Leaving to mourn with many fond and loving memories are his children, Susan White (John), Debbie Hovanak (Joe), Denise Lambert (Ross), Catherine Rossiter (Remy), Lisa Rossiter and Rick Rossiter (Annmarie).

Also left with cherished memories and grateful hearts are his grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, Meghan (Brad), Brittany, Bryan (Kimberly), Julia (Ben), Conor (Melissa), Alexa, Claire, Erin, Charlie and David; and great-grandchildren, Miranda, Sheyanna, Reed, Jackson, Finn, Hayden, Emerson, Alaska and Atlas, Archer and Reign.

Douglas will be missed by his brother Wayne Rossiter (Florence – deceased); sisters Doreen Bancroft and Sandra Rossiter; sister-in-law, Mary Dwyer (Kevin-deceased), Gloria Scanlon and Sue Bonderski; brothers-in-law William Scanlon, Jerome Scanlon (Noreen) as well as a large circle of nieces and nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tori Hovanak; parents, Gerald and Catherine Rossiter; brothers William Rossiter, Gerald Rossiter and Tom Rossiter (Margaret); in-laws, Dominic and Emma Jane Scanlon; sisters-in-law, Elsie Mahar (Aloysius), Ellen Gould (Raymond), Alma Lee (Matthew), Elizabeth Prosper (Patrick); brothers-in-law, Leo Scanlon, Edward Scanlon (in infancy).

Douglas was born and lived his early years in St. John’s, NL where he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1957. During his time stationed in Torbay in 1960, he met and fell in love with Eileen. They got married and grew their large family while moving and experiencing different places within the country during his career. He proudly served in the Air Force for 20 years before retiring and entering public service with the Department of National Defence for the next 15 years.

Douglas was an avid sports fan. It didn’t matter what sport it was. If there was a game on he was watching. He often enthusiastically told stories about his time playing sports, most notably soccer in the Military. His passion for sports didn’t stop there. He developed a love for running later in life and inspired those around him to give it a try. He also was an avid hockey card collector, meeting many people over the years through this.

He was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends and was welcoming of everyone. Through his sobriety, which he was very proud of, he reached out and helped others in the community, making many lifelong friends along the way.

Douglas went by many names, son, brother, husband, Dad, Pop and Grampy. He was a big presence and will always be remembered for his big heart, generosity and witty remarks.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held for Douglas and his late wife Eileen at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church in Gander on Thursday August 25th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Father William Hearn with interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to Gander and Area Food Bank.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey’s Funeral Home Gander/Carmanville. Online condolences and inquiries may be directed to

It’s Me
By Kelly Roper

When the sun breaks through the clouds
And a warm beam shines down upon your face,
It’s me reaching out from Heaven to touch your cheeks
And whisper, “I’m alright.”

When a gentle breeze finds you and
Refreshes your mind and body,
It’s me caressing you and reminding you,
“You’re alright too.”


Beatrice Marie Hassard

August 12 1939- August 3, 2022

Beatrice Marie Hassard (nee Giem) passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on August 3, 2022. Beatrice lived a full and wonderful life of nearly 83 years, with 52 of those years married to Lorne, her high school sweetheart and love of her life.

Born to Katherine and Clements Giem on August 12, 1939 she grew up with her four siblings (Gerald, Gilbert, Darlene and Paulette) on the family farm and running the general store in Steelman, Saskatchewan. After completing her education she became a teacher, starting her career in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairies. After marrying Lorne in 1959, she would go on to move dozens of times as his career in the Canadian Armed Forces took them to both coasts of Canada, the far north, Bermuda and several other places in between. They eventually settled in Kingston, Ontario where she taught elementary school for the Frontenac County Board of Education for more than 25 years. She was a gifted and beloved teacher who was known for her innovative teaching methods, especially in mathematics. After retirement, Lorne and Bea moved to Port Hope, Ontario where she became an active and dedicated volunteer for The Giving Tree.

Bea’s pride and joy were her three daughters, who she often had to raise on her own while her husband was at sea or serving a tour of duty. Her strength, determination and achievements were an excellent role model and encouraged them to always reach for their dreams. In addition to teaching full-time while raising three girls, she found time to attend university part-time so that she could earn a degree. After much perseverance, she proudly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 1982.

A lifelong avid reader, she also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, taking long walks along the water, spending time at the cottage in the Kawarthas or at the ski hill in Vermont, and traveling with her family.  She had a quick wit, an incredible sense of humour and was always ready for an adventure. In her later years, she especially enjoyed starting each day with a coffee and muffin at Tim Horton’s (often being joined by a family member or friend). 

Affectionately called “Nan” by her six grandchildren and great-grandson, she enthusiastically attended all of their sports events, school plays, scooter park visits, competitions and milestone events to proudly cheer them on and lend support. Nothing gave her more happiness than spending time with her grandchildren.  

Beatrice’s memory will be forever cherished by her three daughters, Vickie (Neil) Dickinson, Sherri (Edward Kim McKenney) Hassard and Janie (Edward) Hermann, as well as by her grandchildren and great-grandson: Max (Remy), Caleb (Mariah), Noah, Quinn (Osama), Callum (Beril), Alex and Oaklan. She will also be greatly missed by her extended family members and many friends from all across Canada and the U.S.A.  She was predeceased by her husband Lorne in 2012 and it gives us great comfort to know that they are together again, dancing a waltz among the stars. 

The family extends our thanks and gratitude to the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living of Unionville for their care during her final 5 months. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, but (more importantly), we ask that you treat a family member or close friend to a coffee and muffin at Tim Horton’s in her memory. 

Burial will be a private ceremony in Victoria, BC at the Veteran’s (Royal Canadian Navy) Cemetery where she will be reunited with Lorne. Condolences received at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, Markham Ontario.


Marc-Andre Santoire passed away May 18th 2022

(no obituary available)


Rick Durand

July 8th, 1954 – July 10th, 2022

CANEX manager in Bermuda from 1986 to 1989

PhotoJoseph Gabriel Richard “Rick” Durand was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He passed away suddenly on July 10, 2022 at age 68.

He was born to the late Lucien Durand and Evelyne Bessette, on July 8, 1954 in Verdun, Quebec. Rick joined the military as a steward May 19, 1972 and retired August 17, 1998. He continued his work supporting the Canadian Armed Forces working as the Wardroom Function coordinator until the time of his death. He loved planning and coordinating events that brought people together.

While posted to Bermuda he met his wife, Joy, through his now Brother-In-Law Buckie (Shelley) Williams, and they were married in 1989. Through postings they lived in Chilliwack, BC, Kingston, ON and finally settled down in Lower Sackville, NS where they raised their two daughters Alanna and Laura. Rick loved to talk about his family and would tell anyone who would listen about their adventures and accomplishments. He loved music and attended many concerts over the years, always with family and friends in tow.

He spent many hours out at the shore- rarely hitting the beach but making sure everyone was well fed- whether it was bacon, burgers or lobster. He enjoyed fishing with his son-in-law Kelly, though they rarely returned with any fish. He was an avid dog lover- his dogs Randy and Kara were the light of his life. He was so loving to his grand-puppies Nova, Remi and Luna and could always be found giving them pets or throwing the ball.

He could always be found chatting with people, or more often tormenting those that he loved. He typically kept a straight face and has been described as scary to some, but anyone who knew him knew that he was always joking.

He will be greatly missed by his extended family and friends in Nova Scotia, Quebec and around the world.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the NS SPCA or the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his honour.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday July 17, 2022 at the C&PO’s Mess, CFB Halifax at 1300. A live stream link will be posted for those who cannot attend in person.


Daniel (Dan) Burke Passed away 30 June 2022

From Phil Colwill (no Obituary Located as yet):

We are sorry to say that Dan passed away peacefully of cancer in an ocean view room in Campbell River on Thursday June 30th 2022. Dan loved hot dogs, cheezies, playing Jimi Hendrix and terrorizing his oldest daughter on the Ferris wheel when she was a kid. He was a great dad and husband and anyone who knew him well has a death defying tale from going along on one of his many adventures. He survived too many near misses to list; he beat kidney cancer, only minor injuries after an ultralight plane crash, and went over a waterfall in his river raft. His inventiveness and creativity got him through many things, including a cold wet weekend after creating shelter from the remains of the raft and he dove to salvage some of his gear from the bottom of the river. He and his family also survived a cold 14 hours stuck in a rip tide off the coast of Alert Bay in that same patched up river raft after a transom he made to hold a 4 horsepower trolling motor got sucked down by the whirlpools. He loved flying in helicopters in the bush and living near the ocean. We like to think he is on one last river trip with a six pack of Kokanee and the sun’s warmth on his back.
He is survived by lots of beautiful watercolour art he created in his later years, his wife and two daughters.

On June 30, 2022, Stephen James LaBelle died peacefully in Chesterville, Ontario of ALS. He was 46 years old.

Steve is survived by his children James and Thomas (children of Laurie MacMillan), his parents Dora and Tony, his sisters Karen (Christopher), Lisa (John), his brother Mike (Shari) and his nieces and nephew. He is predeceased by his father Ralph.

Steve was born on August 14, 1975, in Montreal, Quebec.

Steve was active and was always in search of understanding why and how things worked the way they did. He loved golfing, hockey, biking, travelling, exploring new things, and spending time with friends and family. He loved being a father to James and Thomas and was passionate about teaching them new things. They were his greatest love and the hardest thing for him to leave behind.  

He had a distinguished military career with the Canadian Armed Forces since 1993 until he could no longer stand his post. Throughout that time, he had the opportunity to travel to various places across the world and was dedicated to his work, leading others, and keeping our country safe.

A memorial service for Steve is scheduled for Tuesday July 12, 2022, at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, ON. Friends and family are invited to arrive at 12pm where a memorial service will take place at 1pm followed by a burial ceremony and a reception from 2:30-4:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to ALS Canada, in memory of Steve.


Jeannette Labossiere (Lalonde)

June 13, 1936 – June 29, 2022

After a battle with cancer, Jan passed away at the Helen Henderson Care Centre. She was predeceased by her loving husband Armand Labossiere and daughter Debbie. She is survived by her loving companion Ian Bathgate for over forty years, her daughter Gloria Todd (Jim), her son Lenny Labossiere, and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As per Jan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private Family Service will be held. A Special Thank-you to the loyal staff at Helen Henderson Care Centre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Payne Funeral Home, 178 Main St., Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0 (613-386-7373).

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Ross Vandament

October 1 1942 – June 29 2022

Ross was born in Regina Saskatchewan from Eugene Vandament and Louise Aitken. Ross grew up in Saskatoon where he graduated. After graduation he joined the Navy and studied to become a telecommunications officer. He left Saskatoon with his wife Heather Vandament for his first posting to Bermuda. His next posting was to Gander NFLD , his last posting was to Alert and Masset. He then retired from the Navy and moved to Victoria with his family where he lived for few years.

Ross’s next job was a dispatcher for the RCMP where he was posted to Cranbrook BC. Leaving there in the early 80’s, where he was posted to the Comox Valley where he retired from the RCMP in the early 90’s, and spent the rest of his years in the valley.

Ross was active with the Royal Canadian Army cadets teaching mapping and compass. He was also involved in men’s fast ball and then Comox Valley slow pitch league, where he was involved in running teams and special events. During this time he met his second wife Cherilyn Zinck -Vandament.

Ross is predeceased by Eugene Vandament, Louise and Norm Aitken, Heather Vandament, Cherilyn Zinck -Vandament. He has left his loving family Daughter Kim Vandament ( Andre), Son Scott Vandament ( Leah), Daughter Kyla Vandament. Brother Grieg Erikson, Murray Aitken ( Heather),Sister Karen Racine (Glen), Also confidant and best friend Wilma Douglas.Grandchildren Ashley ,Deavon, William, Thomas and Janner, Great grand children Dante, Gabe, Alex, Scarlet. Plus lots of nieces, nephews , and friends.

His Celebration of life will be at undetermined time.


Joan Proulx-Batson (nee Miller)

July 28, 1944September 16, 2021

It is with profound sadness we wish to announce the passing of Joan (Miller) Proulx-Batson on September 16, 2021 at the age of 77 at her home in Heart’s Delight, Newfoundland.

Joan has been predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Flora (Stickland) Miller; and husbands, Raymond Proulx and Donald Batson.

She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Kevin) Carmody and Jeanne (Mark) Symons; grandchildren, Katie Carmody, Andrew Symons, Shane Carmody, Evan Symons, and Hollie Symons; sister, Ethel Piercy-Mingledorff; stepchildren, Steve (Cheryl) Batson, Bill (Monica) Batson, Dianne (David) Leard, and Tom (Julie) Batson.

Joan was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland where she married Raymond Proulx and later settled in Latchford, ON in 1979. She worked at the Temiskaming Lodge in Haileybury, ON  for 25 years where she had many fond memories of the residents, coworkers, and friends. Joan moved to Heart’s Delight, Newfoundland with her husband Donald Batson in 2007.It is here that Joan leaves many friends who were family in her eyes.  She was a devout Christian not only in her own church, the Salvation Army TBS Corps, but also very active in multiple denominations. Joan will be remembered for her fondness of quilting and knitting but above all her generosity, kind heart, and her purple hair!

A service of celebration for Joan’s life will be held on Friday, September 24 at 2:00 pm from the Salvation Army Citadel TBS Corps.  If you wish to attend this service please call 709-727-9503 (leave a message) or email with your name and phone number to be put on the list.

As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Warren’s Funeral Home, Dildo.

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Paul Holtby

29 November 1941 – 20 June 2022

Paul passed away at home with his wife Gailene at his side.

Paul and Gailene were married in Moncton, New Brunswick on 26 August, 1972. She then joined Paul in the many postings.

Paul spent 34 years in the military, mostly in the Suprad Command, apart from his posting to Egypt as a Peacekeeper in the mid-60s and of course Alert. Paul holds the record for the most time in Alert, with nine tours. His other postings were: Ladner, Bermuda twice, Masset, Gander, Inuvik, Ottawa three times and finally Kingston, where he retired. After his retirement from the military, Paul worked for Corretions Canada.

Paul was an avid hunter, fisherman, and curler.

In 2004, Paul had a massive stroke and Gailene looked after him until his passing.


Jim Frame

23 January 1947 – 21 June 2022

FRAME, James “Jim” Bruce– 75 of Cheverie, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jim on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, at his home in Cheverie, NS. Born in Nelson, BC on January 23rd, 1947, he was the son of the late Lloyd (father), Dick Palmer (step-father) and Shirley (Stevens) Frame/Palmer Jim traveled the world while serving his country as a Signals Intelligence Specialist (291) in the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years. Retired in Nova Scotia. Jim is survived by his wife Marlene Frame of Cheverie, son Daren (Vania) of ONT, grandson Nolan (Laura) of ONT, sister Sherry (late Bob) McIvor of BC, sister Jan (Peter) John of BC, Brenda (late Bob) of BC, his nieces and nephews and his immense chosen family. The family would like to share some of the many notes received: “Today the world lost a significant player. Jim Frame was that certain guy. That gregarious chap that added warmth to a crowd, light to fire, and added character to every music jam, house party, and festival he ever attended. By getting to know Jim you easily acquired a wealth of added friends simply by association. Jim Frame your memory will never fade, and it will continue to add warmth, light and bad jokes to every common gathering. “ “Gregarious, genuine, caring, comedic and a true gentleman.” “He was like the North Star, always shining just a tad brighter….” “Jim Frame was one of a kind, trouble making, joke telling, blue eyed devil designed to make other people happy” Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service respecting Jim’s wishes. A celebration of life will be announced by the family and take place at a later date REMEMBER; Jim does the jokes around here. Donations in memory of Jim can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation – Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 215, Summerville, NS phone 1-902-633-2431 or please visit our website at to sign the guest book and send private condolences.

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David Christmas

1945 – 2011

David Christmas, beloved husband of Betty Christmas of Taber, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 7, 2011 at the age of 66 years.
A celebration of David’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5205 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.
Besides his loving wife Betty, David is survived by two sons, David Christmas of Lethbridge and Shane (Jackie) Christmas of Lethbridge and their children Mya & Carly Rose. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Adele Reamsbottom of Taber; brothers-in-law Bill (Chris) Reamsbottom of Taber, Dan (Mary) Reamsbottom of Lethbridge, Tim (Nancy) Reamsbottom of Taber, David (Kate) Reamsbottom of Medicine Hat, Terry (Sandra) Reamsbottom of Lethbridge; sister-in-law Joyce Christmas of Salmon Arm; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous cousins in England, two in Edmonton and by his best friend, Mike (Cathy) Ross of Taber.
He was predeceased by his parents Bill & Bertha Christmas, brother Eric Christmas and father-in-law Stan Reamsbottom.
Dave was born January 5, 1945 in London, England. In 1956 he immigrated to Canada along with his parents and his brother Eric. They settled in Calgary. Following his schooling, Dave served with the Royal Canadian Navy, was a member of the Calgary City Police and drove for Greyhound Bus Lines.
In 1979 Dave married Betty Reamsbottom and started Christmas Trucking. In 1982 they moved their two sons, David & Shane and the trucking business to Taber. Dave later sold the business and began working for the MD of Taber and the Department of Highways. From 1988 until the time of his passing, he was employed with Volker Stevin.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in David’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7. 

Gerald Donald Rose

December 14, 1945 May 23, 2022

With sadness, Gerry’s family announces that he passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2022 at the age of 76. Gerry was the much loved husband of 50+ years of the late Donna (nee Wilkie).

He is survived by his children Alana (Paul), Tamara (Chuck) and Steven; his grandchildren Nickolas, Anthony (Kirsten) and Brittany (Dan); his great grandchildren Elliot, William, Isabell and Taylynn; his sister Beverly (Gerry); his sisters-in-law Manetta Hogan, Florence Schruder and Evon Leach; his brothers-in-law Albert Wilkie and Wesley Stuber, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Delbert and Pearl Rose of Haley Station.

Gerry’s Military Service began at age 16 and spanned 24+ years, with postings to:
RC Sigs, Vimy Barracks – 5 Sqdn E-38,(Soldier Apprentice as a 16-year old) (1962-64)
Base Petawawa (1964-65), Ottawa Wireless/CFS Leitrim (1965-70), (1984-85) Alert Wireless/CFS Alert (1966, 1968/1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1985). He was an original “291er”, fitting in Alert at the Communicator Research creation on Oct 1, 1966; CFS Inuvik (1970-1974), (1977-1980), CFS Masset (1974-77) CFS Carp (1980-1983), (1985-1986). He attended CFLS Ottawa – Russian Language Training (1983-84). Gerry retired from the military on Dec 24, 1986. He spent the following 26 years working with the Civil Service (DSS, PWGSC) in Ottawa-Hull, retiring on Dec 28, 2013. He and Donna enjoyed spending time together, visiting with their children and grandchildren and making the odd “tour to Ottawa”.

Professional arrangements entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew. Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Gerry’s life will be held in the future. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute. Tributes, condolences and donations may be made online at

NOTE: A celebration of life will be held for Gerry next Sunday, June 12 from 1-4 pm at the Arnprior Legion (Branch 174), 49 Daniel St N, Arnprior, ON.


Fuller, Harry – Passed away 3 May 2022

(Details to follow when Available)


Nigel Ward Van Loan

04-Aug-1940 – 15-May-2022

Peacefully with family at his side, Nigel Van Loan returned to the welcoming grace of God on the night of the fifteenth of May, 2022 at the age of 81.

Loving husband of Patricia for many years before she was stolen from him by the ravages of ALS on March 6, 2007. Loving father of sons, Ross & Andrew, and the late baby Stewart. Devoted grandfather of grandson and granddaughter, Mitchell & Holly. Dedicated younger brother of Paul, married to the lovely Amanda. And finally, faithful partner of the marvellous Alice.

Nigel proudly served Canada for over thirty-four years in the Canadian Armed Forces. After graduating from Royal Military College in Kingston, Nigel commenced his career in the Signal Corps. The bulk of his career was spent within the Signals Intelligence realm helping to protect this nation from foreign aggressions during the Cold War.

Nigel was a family man. He would spend time cooking up tasty meals for family gatherings and would be careful to select just the right wine to accompany his creations. Nigel enjoyed spending time and puttering around at the cottage he designed and built at Lake Skootamatta. He was a handyman and there was little he couldn’t fix. He was an avid sports fan having played many and coached some throughout his adult life. He was a loyal Toronto Maple Leafs fan and played goalie until at age 75 when he decided that he had pressed his luck far enough and donated his equipment. Being a man of many interests, he was a model railroader, a formidable bridge player and avid gardener. He was well known for his deep singing voice and was never happier than when he was singing with his various choirs. Nigel was a natural leader. Whenever something needed to be done, Nigel would soon find himself in charge. He was an adventurer at heart and loved travel. His military career took him and his family to some far flung places on the globe but Nigel always made the most of those assignments and introduced his family to his love of discovering new things. Some of his fondest memories were trips he took with his two sons to visit Civil War locations which he would research thoroughly ahead of time. Nigel always found time for charity work because he enjoyed helping others. Even though he has departed, his love continues to sustain us and the example of how he lived his life helps to light our way.

Donations can be made through the ALS Society Ottawa or Hospice Care Ottawa.

Funeral Service:

Thursday, May 26
11:00 AM
St. Patrick’s Parish Fallowfield
15 Steeple Hill Cres.
The funeral service will be live streamed from this site:
A reception will follow.


Michel Boislard’s funeral

This is to inform you that a military ceremony for Michel will take place on May 27th at 13:00 hours followed by the military service at 15:00 hours at 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. The ceremony will be in the Flags Hall.
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Funérailles pour Michel Boislard
Pour vous informer qu’une cérémonie militaire pour Michel aura lieu le 27 mai à 13h suivie par le service militaire à 15h, au 280, avenue Beechwood, Ottawa, Ontario. La cérémonie se tiendra dans la Salle des drapeaux.


Ross Hunter Forbes

June 11, 1942 ~ May 7, 2022 (age 79)

FORBES, Ross Hunter – Passed away peacefully at the Woodstock Hospital on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Una for 34 years. Devoted father of Derek (Angie), John (Racheal), Jason and Victoria (Steven). Dear brother of Barbara (Len) Boychuk. Cherished grandfather of Jeremy, Alexandria, and Brianna. Proud great grandfather of Carrie and Wilhelm. Survived by his nieces Kimberly and Pamela as well as 3 great nieces and 4 great nephews. Predeceased by his mother Isabel (2011) and his father Ross (2016). Ross Spent 22 years in the Royal Canadian Navy before retiring and moving to Woodstock, where he owned and operated a taxi Company for 20 years. Ross was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Moose Family Centre, and the Navy Club.

Friends and relatives are invited to join the family on Monday, May 9th for visitation at the Brock and Visser Funeral home, 845 Devonshire ave, Woodstock from 2-4, and 6-8.A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Royal Canadian Legion, The Moose Family Centre, or the Navy Club, would be appreciated. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at


John Dennis Stewart

1947 – 2022

Passed away at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Hodges) for 49 years. Proud and loving father of Jamie Stewart (Bobby John), Julie Stewart and Blair Stewart (Mandy) and cherished grandfather of Miesje, Tasha, Elisa, Logan, Vincent and Emilia. Survived by his sister Deena Batchilder (late Gordon) and brother Ed Stewart (Christine). Predeceased by his sister Cathy Gormley and by his parents Kathleen and Herbert Stewart. Fondly remembered by his extended family and his comrades in arms.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Wilton Hall (251 Simmons Road) on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 2-4 pm. Interment will be held at Wilton Cemetery at a later date. For those desiring, memorial donations to UHKF (University Hospitals Kingston Foundation) would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Payne Funeral Home, 178 Main Street, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0 (613-386-7373).

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Mary Winifred (Madore) Scribner

February 10, 1940 ~ April 29, 2022 (age 82)


Scribner, Mary Winnifred (Madore)  The family of Mary Winifred Scribner of Three Tree Creek, NB, wishes to announce her peaceful  passing on April 29, 2022. Mary was born in Minto, NB. on February 10, 1940, to the late Mabel (Rowe) and William Madore.  She was the loving wife of Vernon Scribner for over  62 years.

Along with her husband, Mary is survived by two daughters; Wilmalee (Gerry) Dugas and Lyn (Dan) Scribner, two sons; Fred and Carl (Lorna) Scribner, five sisters; Belinda (David) Lamon, Harriette (Bob) Orr, Mavis Rouse, Betty Pye and Tammy (Randy) Hoyt, one brother Alfred Madore, four grandchildren; Chrissy, Chantal, Natalie and Alex, five great grandchildren; Mady, Sophee, Georgia, Oliver and Mason, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mary was a kind and thoughtful person, her family was the most important thing to her!   Although Mary had many jobs outside the house, she last worked for Beaver Foods as a server.

As well as her parents, Mary is pre-deceased by a sister Rose MacDonald and three brothers; Eugene, Douglas and William Madore.

Donations would be appreciated by the family to Hospice House Fredericton, as the family cannot express how thankful they are that Mary was able to spend her last couple of days in their compassionate care.

Respecting Mary’s wishes, the family will have a private get together to Celebrate her Life.

Arrangements are in the Professional Care of Sunbury Funeral Home, Central Blissville, NB (368-2413).


Carlie McKie

Tuesday, January 12th, 1932 Friday, April 22nd, 2022

Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2022, at her home at the age of 90.

Beloved wife of the late Mike (2000).
Loving mother of Ian (Connie), Kendall (Hugh) Fulford and Anne Lee.
Will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Eric, Riley, Mike, Kaitlynn, Drake, Bryce and Bronwyn and great-grandchildren.

Carlie was a member of the Women Royal Canadian Navy Service from 1954 to 1960, and a long-time member and volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50.
One of her great accomplishments in life was raising her three great children. Carlie has a positive outlook on life and never let anything get her down. She was and will continue to be an amazing role model to her family

As per Carlie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Arrangements to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Visit for Carlie’s memorial.


Gilles Ruel

Passed away on April 13, 2022, at the age of 58.

Beloved husband of Susanne Ruel (nee Pasher). Loving father of Andrew Ruel (Rebecca).

He will be remembered by his brother Claude (Sylvie), his sisters Raymonde (Michel) and Claire (Georges), his father-in-law Sterling Pasher (Doreen) as well as many nephews, nieces and friends.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital for their support during this difficult time, as well as the team of healthcare providers who supported him at home.

In Memory of Gilles, donations to the Elisabeth Bruyère Foundation would be appreciated.

Joseph James Sulley

1939 2022

Sulley; Joseph James “Joe” – Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on March 31, 2022 at the age of 82. Beloved wife to Judith (nee Clarke) of 52 years. Dear father to Robert (Heather) and Karen Higley (Phil). Loving grandfather to Dryden, Devin, Emma and Kate. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Isobel Pilgrim (late Casper) and Dan Sulley (Helen). He is predeceased by his parents Herbert and Gladys Sulley (nee Saunders) and his sister Marie Osmond.
Cremation has been entrusted to James Reid Funeral Home. If desired, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation in Joe’s memory.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Joseph

Victor DeMaere

May 21, 1943 – December 27, 2017

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Victor DeMaere on Dec 27, 2017 at the age of 74. Left to cherish his memory are his wife and companion Anna Karpetz, children Darren (Wendy), Debbie (Ken), Glen and Daryl Karpetz. Brothers Ted (Carol) of Elliot Lake Ontario, Dean (Marina) of Qualicom Beach B.C. Dan (Lori) of Edmonton AB, Sister Mary (Ron) of Cold Lake, AB. Plus 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. Victor was proceeded by his parents Ted and Ellen DeMaere.

Memorial services will be held on January 5, 2018, 10 AM at Evergreen Funeral Home. 16204 Fort Road.


J. Catherine Steele (Nee Thornhill)

April 30, 1930 to March 6, 2022

Our beloved Catherine peacefully passed away at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, St. John’s, NL, on Sunday, March 6th, 2022. Catherine was born in Grand Bank, NL, the cherished wife of Harry Steele and daughter of the late Captain Arch and Ruth (Williams) Thornhill.

Leaving to mourn her loss are her proud sons Peter (Brenda), Rob and John (Darlene); grandchildren Kate (Jeff Robb), Diana, Laura (Colin Kaiser), Hayley, Eric, Wyatt and Sofia, and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Lauchlan Kaiser. Also survived by her sister Florence (Thornhill) Dobson and brother Roland J. Thornhill (Bonnie); Nephews Barry and David Dobson, Christopher and Jeff Thornhill, Paul and Andrew Thornhill and Geoff Tulk. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Steele, brother, Cyril Thornhill, sister-in-law, Sylvia (Mercer)Thornhill, sister-in-law, Audrey (Steele) Tulk, brother-in-law, Kenneth Tulk and niece, Marguerite (Tulk) Leyte.

At age 10 Catherine’s father gave her a gift that would change the course of her life forever. He surprised her with a piano he had purchased with a load of fish from one of his fishing trips on the Grand Banks. She began to take piano lessons and soon decided she wanted to be a music teacher. She was a gifted musician who also learned to play the violin by ear. Music was something that she would take with her throughout her life, saying that having music in your life was like having a good friend.

She graduated from Mount Allision University Sackville, NB with her Music Degree and moved to St. John’s, NL to teach at Prince of Wales Collegiate. She loved teaching and she loved the children, and often said that every child taught her something different. Her caring, nurturing personality and passion for music made her the perfect music teacher whom many children fondly remember to this day.

It was during this time that she met the love of her life – Harry. He was in the Navy and after a brief courtship, he left to go to Sea and they didn’t speak or see each other for a full year. When he arrived home they married on June 9, 1954 on Harry’s birthday.

Shortly after that time Harry was transferred to England and Catherine found herself living “overseas”, a time in her life that she thoroughly enjoyed. They then moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where sons Peter and Robert were born, and although Catherine was enjoying being a Mom, she also began to get in to the real estate business by purchasing distressed properties, renovating them and then selling them, something she was quite good at. When Harry was then transferred to Washington DC, their son John was born, and soon the Mother of 3 boys was busy entertaining and hosting parties with military dignitaries and guests. The next destination was back to their beloved province of Newfoundland, moving to Gander where Harry & Catherine purchased the Albatross Motel. Once again Catherine proved herself as a successful business woman as she helped transform the Albatross into a thriving hotel. Catherine was well respected by staff and patrons, and always treated people with kindness and fairness.

Catherine had a true gift for making everyone around her feel special, welcome and listened to. She was an extremely thoughtful person who did so much to help people, all the while quietly staying in the background. But she was a strong, determined, ambitious woman who was a fighter to the very end.

She loved spending time with her “Kaegudeck Travellers” friend group whom she travelled all over the globe with, but found their most special trip right here in NL. She treasured visits with her family, and she always made time for a good chat with those she loved and those whom she had just met. She was a smart dresser who had a true eye for fashion. During the last few years at Kenny’s Pond she often shared stories, jokes and spread a lot of joy to residents and staff through her piano playing.

Her compassion for all those who met her along her life’s journey will never be forgotten. She was the epidemy of grace and the embodiment of goodness. She truly was a great woman who left a beautiful mark on this world.
Special thanks are extended to the many people who provided care and friendship over the past four years while she was a resident at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Community.

Services to honor the life of Catherine Steele to be held at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Cathedral of St. John’s the Baptist Music or Choral Scholarship Fund at:


Allan Paul Gundrum

February 6 1941 – February 22 2022

Allan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 6 1941, and he passed away in Vancouver BC on Tuesday February 22, 2022.
He is preceded by his Son Dwayn; as well, his surviving relatives include his sisters Elise (Stanley) and Viida (Ruff), and brother Kent Gundrum.


André Bolduc

1940 – 2022

Entouré de sa famille, André est décédé au Centre hospitalier de Gatineau, le 19 février 2022, à l’âge de 81 ans et 11 mois. Monsieur André Bolduc était l’époux de feu Shirley Dunn et conjoint de Pierrette Tremblay.

Outre sa conjointe, il laisse dans le deuil son fils Alain Bolduc (Kim Morrison) et ses petits-enfants : Ryan Bolduc (Kayla Belanger), Jamie Bolduc (Courtney Furgeson) et Steven Bolduc (Alicia Ward).

La famille accueillera parents et ami(e)s à la Coopérative funéraire de l’Outaouais au 750, boul. Maloney Est à Gatineau le vendredi 4 mars 2022 de 9 h à 12 h. Suivront les funérailles à 13 h 30 à l’église Jean XXIII située au 1194, boulevard St-René Ouest à Gatineau. Après le service, une collation sera servie au sous-sol de l’église Jean XXIII.

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Surrounded by his family, André died at the Gatineau Hospital Center on February 19, 2022, at the age of 81 years and 11 months. Mr. André Bolduc was the husband of the late Shirley Dunn and spouse of Pierrette Tremblay.

Besides his spouse, he is survived by his son Alain Bolduc (Kim Morrison) and his grandchildren: Ryan Bolduc (Kayla Belanger), Jamie Bolduc (Courtney Furgeson) and Steven Bolduc (Alicia Ward).

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Coopérative funéraire de l’Outaouais at 750, boul. Maloney Est in Gatineau on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The funeral will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Jean XXIII church located at 1194, boulevard St-René Ouest in Gatineau. After the service, a snack will be served in the basement of John XXIII Church.

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Larry Simenac

LARRY JOHN SIMENAC, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 with his wife and niece by his side, at the age 77 years.

Larry was born and raised in Fort William, ON. He was a strong, kind, dedicated man to his family and he was always there for everyone no matter what. He would always bring joy, love and laughter to everyone who knew him. 

Larry was a member of the Canadian Navy Reserves, before working at the Great Lakes for a summer, followed by CNR, and finally, joined the Canadian Navy. Once he retired from there, he moved North to work for the Inuvik Government Liquor from 1971 to 1975, then to Whitehorse Yukon Government Liquor and once again, changed jobs and worked for the City of Whitehorse bylaws until he retired in 2002. Upon retirement, he moved to Breton, AB and in 2007, moved to Lethbridge AB. 

Larry is survived by his beloved wife Linda of 55 years, sister Pat (Terry) Stewardson of Thunder Bay, ON, sisters-in-law Judy Simenac and Linda Simenac of Thunder Bay, ON and many nieces and nephews. 

Larry was predeceased by his daughter Tracey (1967), mother Olga (2013), father William (1979), brother Allan (2003), brother Jerry (2019) and twin brother Melvin (2021). 

Should friends so desire, please donate to Muscular Dystrophy Canada ( or Stars Alberta ( in Larry’s memory.


John Allan – Passed away 12 February 2022

(Details to follow when available)


Est décédé à la Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie de Gatineau le lundi 7 février 2022 à l’âge de 60 ans.  Il était le fils de feu Cécile Vallières et de feu Napoléon Boislard. Il laisse dans le deuil ses fils Daniel et Christian (Hanna Bonneville), ainsi que son frère Claude (Jocelyne Sirois) et ses sœurs: Lucille (André Chenard), Huguette (Jean-Marie Roy) et France (Gilles Gauvin).  Il était l’oncle bien-aimé de nombreux neveux et nièces. Il laisse également dans le deuil ses anciens collègues de travail ainsi que plusieurs amis.

L’inhumation de l’urne aura lieu au Cimetière national des Forces canadiennes au printemps 2022.

En sa mémoire des dons à La Fondation Mathieu-Froment-Savoie seraient appréciés.

Passed away at the Maison Mathieu Froment Savoie of Gatineau on Monday February 7, 2022 at the age of 60. Son of the late Cécile Vallières and the late Napoléon Boislard. Loving father of Daniel and Christian (Hanna Bonneville), as well as his brother  Claude (Jocelyne Sirois) and sisters: Lucille (André Chenard), Huguette (Jean-Marie Roy) and  France (Gilles Gauvin). Will be dearly remembered by several nieces and nephews as well as his former colleagues and friends

Urn burial will be held at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian forces in Spring 2022. 

In memoriam donations to La Fondation Mathieu-Froment-Savoie would be appreciated.

July 29, 1934 – February 7, 2022

Ruth passed peacefully on 7 February at the Perth Hospital. Born in Sydney Mines NS on 29 July 1934. Predeceased by parents Harold Layton and Della Layton. Survived by husband George of sixty three years, loving mother of daughter Beverly (Ted Lutes) and son Darryl.

Ruth was a graduate of Mount Allison University Sackville New Brunswick (music and administration – 1954). Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital would be appreciated.


Larry Everett Freeman

May 21, 1947 – January 7, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Larry Everett Freeman on Friday, January 7, 2022 in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 74.

Larry was born in Toronto, Ontario on May 21, 1947. He lived in several places around Canada before retiring and moving to Cochrane, Alberta to be closer to family.

Larry was an avid skier, curler and golfer. In his earlier years, he also played hockey and baseball. Larry spent 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Electronics Technician.

Larry is survived by his wife, Roma; son, Drew and his wife Jessica; daughter, Julia and her partner Chris; grandchildren, Braydon, Makayla and Alyssa; sister-in-law, Lois; and brother-in-law, Calvin. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Margrete; and his brothers, Doug and Frank.

His survivors will honour his memory by continuing to live life to the fullest.

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John Raymond Ezard

19-Jan-1942 – 02-Feb-2022

In Loving Memory

EZARD, John R. CD, RCN Ret., Deacon

Jocelyne, the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sadly inform you of the death of their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Raymond Ezard, on the 2nd day of February 2022, at the age of 80.
John, husband of Jocelyne (nee Hart) for 57 years, childhood sweetheart for many more; Father of Angela Tessier, the late Dale Ezard (2021), and Lynn Shorts; grandfather of Maria Papps (Keenan), David Tessier (Rachel), Katharine Tessier (Cole) and Micah Shorts; great grandfather of Joey, Isabelle, Caleb,Jack and Olivia; son of the late Rex Ezard and the late Veronica Ezard (nee Wattie); brother of Joan Wissell (Kenny) and Barry Ezard (Mary); was truly blessed having those whom God chose to journey with him. God is good, all the time.

John, born in Cornwall on the 19th of January, 1942, was married to Jocelyne on the 5th of September, 1964. He was ordained Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Kingston on the 2nd of September, 1995. John was appointed Pastoral Minister to serve the people of God in Blessed Sacrament, Amherstview, St. Linus, Bath, St. Bartholomew, Amherst Island; Holy Family, Kingston and St. Barnaby, Brewers Mills.

Visitation will be held at GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME, 435 Davis Drive, (Taylor Kidd and Centennial Drive) on Tuesday February 8th 2022 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm – 9pm. Please call 613-546-5150 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register your attendance.

The Mass of Cristian Burial in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 490 Day’s Road, on Wednesday February 9th 2022 at 11am. Please call 613-546-5150 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register your attendance.
Cremation will follow the mass, with an interment at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to: Heart & Stroke, the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, will be appreciated.

Online condolences at

From Guy Savard:

I am very sad to learn of the passing of our former and amazing 291’er. I had the pleasure and honour of serving with John on several occasions (e.g., Inuvik, Gloucester, Kingston) and to attend courses with him including our “old” TG3 trade (TQ 6) course, and Russian course. I personally have many great and memories of John.

John was then ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Kingston and served in several capacities with Kingston area parishes including Blessed Sacrament (Amherstview(, St. Linus (Bath), St. Bartholomew (Amherst Island); Holy Family (Kingston) and St. Barnaby (Brewers Mills).


Mario Hebert

11 November 1963 – 02 February 2022

À Joliette, le mercredi 2 février 2022 est décédé, à l’âge de 59 ans, MARIO HÉBERT, époux de Josée Martin.
Outre son épouse, il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants Krystel, Tatjana (Jonathan) et Mélika Ann, ses petits-enfants Mikky, Jacob, Emma et Allyson, sa mère Jeannine Brodeur, ses frères Gilles (Céline), Serge (Hélène) et Pierre, ses neveux et nièces ainsi que d’autres parents et amis.
Considérant les circonstances actuelles en lien avec la Santé Publique, les funérailles seront célébrées en privé.
Votre marque de sympathie peut se traduire par un don à la Fondation des maladies du coeur et de l’AVC.
Vous êtes invités à transmettre un message de sympathie à la famille en utilisant la section ci-dessous.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of MARIO HeBERT 2022..

Note from Dany Archambault:

He must have joined in 1992-93, he was on the only Comm Rsch French QL3 ever taught. He retired as an MWO, I believe in 2018. Everybody knew him, he was involved in everything. He did so much for his troops, organizing amazing station Christmas party, fighting for the Station hockey team budget and ice time. He was very social and professional, always well turned out, and off course liked by everyone who crossed his path. We remained good friends after his retirement. He was very handy, he helped me with some personal projects such as swimming pool decks, etc. He has a few tours including Alert, Afghanistan and two or three at see with HMCS. As I mentioned in my post, life was never boring with him. After retirement he found himself a second career as a truck driver. He was quite a character. When his wife called me, it hit me hard. He was only 59. A great loss, he will be missed.


Harold (Harry) Raymond STEELE, O.C.

June 9, 1929 –January 28, 2022

Passed peacefully in Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, St. John’s, NL on Friday, January 28, 2022. Harry was born in Musgrave Harbour, NL, the son of the late Stanley and Kathleen (Power) Steele. He was immensely proud of his NL roots and that pride never wavered. Roots and values that were well established as a lad in Musgrave Harbour ultimately led to his strong sense of responsibility, ambition, hard work, compassion and “not being afraid to hire someone smarter than you”. Regardless of his success and where business took him, Newfoundland and Labrador would always be home.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 68 years, Catherine (nee Thornhill), his sons Peter (Brenda), Rob and John (Darlene); grandchildren Kate (Geoff Robb), Diana, Laura (Colin Kaiser), Hayley, Eric, Wyatt and Sofia, and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Lauchlan Kaiser. Also survived by his sister-in-law Florence (Thornhill) Dobson and brother-in-law Roland J. Thornhill (Bonnie); nephews Geoff Tulk, Barry and David Dobson, Christopher and Jeff Thornhill, Paul and Andrew Thornhill. He was predeceased by his sister Audrey Tulk, brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tulk, Cyril Thornhill and George Dobson, sister-in-law, Sylvia (Mercer)Thornhill and niece, Marguerite (Tulk) Leyte.

While attending Memorial University of Newfoundland he joined the University Naval Training Division. Although he graduated with his Bachelor of Education, he chose not to teach, and instead joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a junior officer. Harry served the RCN from 1950-1974, serving on numerous ships over the years; a posting in Portsmouth, England for specialized training in communications; HMCS Cornwallis the center for training new recruits where his communications training was put to good use; a posting to Washington, attached to the Canadian Embassy, and his final posting as Base Commander, Gander, NL. from which he retired. The navy training prepared Harry for his life in business – “If there was a problem, it had to be fixed, no excuses”.

Harry’s business life began with the purchase of the Albatross Motel in Gander, NL, leading to the acquisition and incorporation, over the years, of Sinbad’s Limited, Irving West Limited, and Hotel Gander Limited (now the Quality Inn) as well as The Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook. His business forays continued with his appointment to the Board of Directors of Eastern Provincial Airways and, years later, appointed VP Traffic and Sales. In 1978 he became the principal shareholder of EPA. In 1980 Harry formed Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, a holding company, which included Eastern Provincial Airways, Air Maritime and Atlantic Inns Limited. In 1981 NCC bought Clarke Transport which included trucks, ships, and a ferry service, including a 50% interest in Halterm container operation in Halifax. A difficult decision was made as a result of rising airline costs, and in 1984 EPA was sold to CP Air. NCC continued its growth with the purchase of Robinson-Blackmore Printing & Publishing and other printing and publication interests in Nova Scotia and Ontario, along with radio stations in PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. In the late nineties, the decision was made to divest of the transportation and printing and publishing sectors, remaining solely as a radio broadcasting company. NCC continued to grow as a successful broadcasting company, growing to 101 radio stations across Canada, until it’s sale in 2018.

In 1981, Harry made a personal acquisition of 51% becoming controlling shareholder of Universal Helicopters. In 1987, along with partners Norm Noseworthy and the late Paul Williams, the remaining shares were purchased. As with any business Harry was involved in, Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited eventually grew from an operation of nine helicopters to twenty-one when it was sold in 2013.

Business was Harry Steele’s hobby; he never considered something he loved to be work. The only other hobby in Harry’s life was fishing in Labrador. Being on the rivers of Labrador were times well spent with business acquaintances and long-time friends, both old and new. In Harry’s words, some of his best thinking took place on the riverbanks of Labrador.

He adored his wife Catherine, who was his anchor and often credited her for his success. He also cherished all the time spent with his family. He thoroughly enjoyed his road trips across the province where he met so many great friends along the way. One of his favorite things to do was to talk to people and hear their stories. He loved getting up early, a good feed of salt fish, watching the evening news, spending time with friends in Florida in the winter, and in recent years, his drives with Terry Hart.

Harry was a valued, highly respected Board member of various Canadian companies: Fishery Products International, Canadian Airlines International, CHC Helicopter Corporation, Dundee Bancorp Corporation, Southam Inc./Hollinger Canadian Newspapers GP, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Major Drilling Group, Canada 3000 Inc., and Inmet Mining Corporation.

He received the Order of Canada, an honor he was delighted to receive; however, it was humbling to Harry as he was, by nature, never one to expect recognition; in fact, he was content to do what he loved, doing business, and making it a success. He experienced joy and satisfaction in doing what he could for others, without fanfare.

Deservedly, but reluctantly, he accepted tributes: Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS; induction into the Newfoundland & Labrador Business Hall of Fame, and the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame; received the Ernst & Young Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award; Dalhousie Ocean Sciences building named the Steele Ocean Sciences Building on behalf of the Steele family and, lastly, the Gander Community Centre renamed the Steele Community Centre recognizing Mr. Steele, in particular, and the Steele family’s contributions to the community.

Special thanks are extended to the many people who provided care and friendship over the past five years while resident at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Community. Special thanks as well to Veronica Brown, Harry’s Executive Assistant of 42 years, and good friend and support to the entire family.

Services to honor the life of Harry Steele to be held at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal or to a charity of your choice.


Eric Inch

September 29, 1919 – January 15th, 2022

INCH, ERIC Caswell, born on September 29, 1919, in New Jerusalem, New Brunswick, died suddenly on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at the age of 102.  Eric was predeceased by his wife, Doris in 1998.  He was also predeceased by his brother, Robert and sisters, Enid and Rhoda. Eric is survived by his three children Larry (Hazel), David (Beatrice) and Marilyn (Steven), and two grandchildren Tyler Inch and Robin Hebb, as well as two great grandchildren, Cayley and Kiersten Inch.

Eric spent his final 17 years living at Unitarian House in Ottawa. He was able to drive his car and play golf until 2012 when his eyesight became too poor to see the road, let alone his golf ball. Eric survived open-heart bypass surgery in 2013.  

One of Eric’s passions was golf. He joined Carleton Golf & Yacht Club in 1967 and remained an avid golfer until his eyes gave out.  He was fortunate enough to have seven holes-in-one over the years. 

His other passions included listening to opera on Saturday afternoons and playing bridge with his numerous friends.

During the 60’s and 70’s Eric was a member of the World Federalists of Canada and of the Ottawa Memorial Society. He took great pleasure in pursuing these two causes and spent countless hours volunteering to make both organizations stronger.

Eric spent over three years during World War II operating radar stations in India and Burma with the RCAF. He sailed from Halifax in January of 1942 and returned in mid-1945.  

After graduating as an Electrical Engineer from the University of New Brunswick in 1948, Eric and Doris moved to Ottawa where he spent over 10 years as a Radar Instructor at HMCS Gloucester in Leitrim, Ontario. He then joined the faculty of EOIT (Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology), which later became Algonquin College. Eric taught Electronics there for many years, and then finished his career as an Administrator in the late 70’s.  

The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Unitarian House for the care they showed Eric for the past few years.   

There will be no funeral by Eric’s request.


Dexter Colin Zinck

May 18, 1934 – January 25, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dexter Colin Zinck on January 25, 2022. He leaves behind the love of his life, Florence Caroline, his wife of 64 years. Dexter will be deeply missed by his daughters, Arlette (Robert Betty) and Kelly Anne (Kevin Mitchell); and by his cherished grandchildren, Lee, Anna, Caleb, Arielle and Colin.

Dexter grew up in Blandford, where he spent his early years teaching himself to play violin and tormenting his beloved sisters, Maureen (Norm Ettinger), Sylvia (Gary Porter) and Alice (Ron Jackson). The late Lee and Hazel Zinck, Dexter’s parents, were farmers and fishers. Knowing he was cut out to be neither, Dexter left home at 17 for a life of adventure. He joined the Royal Canadian Airforce and served 28 years in the Communications Branch. He finished his career in the sales division at Maritime Telegraph & Telephone. His first posting was to Alert, Nunavut, but it was when Dexter returned to Maritime Air Command that his real adventures began. After a slight hesitation, the elegant blond who worked in the secretarial pool accepted his invitation to the annual military celebration. She learned he could jive. He learned she could sing. The two were inseparable ever after. They spent many happy years travelling Europe from their home base in Metz, France, and then again from Lahr, Germany and Decimomannu, Sardinia when they completed a second tour with their daughters. Dexter was a sublime musician. He was an accomplished fiddler who loved Cape Breton Reels and Scottish laments. He was also a guitarist who not only played, but also built his own instruments. Music was his passion, but his grandchildren were his joy. He leaves all he loved with memories of a home full of laughter and music.

The family wishes to thank Veterans Affairs Canada for the unstinting support they provided during Dexter’s long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. The team from Comfort Keepers, Bedford, became family to us as they cared so lovingly for both Dexter and Florence.

Cremation has taken place and a funeral mass will be held in St. Ignatius Parish, in Bedford, at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1st. The funeral will be available via livestream from St. Ignatius’s website:

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Zinck family.


Robert Lawrence (Bob) Boroski

April 28, 1936 – November 24, 2019


Peacefully, surrounded by his four children and many grandchildren, Robert “Bob” Boroski joined his beloved wife of 60 years.
Bob was predeceased by wife Peggy in 2017 and his son-in-law Ronald Bodie earlier this year.
Left to mourn are his children: Susan Bodie and children Kyle (Brittany) and their son Remy, Mathew (Alexandra), and son Caden, and Kara Bodie; Sandra and Lenn Carlson and their sons, Mark, Jordan (Lyndsey), Brett and Jason; Brenda and Trevor Westwood and their children, Leesa, Maiya and Peter; Bruce and Wendy Boroski and their children, Tia (Alex), Ali (Ryan) Wiebe, and Adam. Also mourning are his brothers, Richard (Heather) Boroski and Bobby (Marion) Garrett; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be missed at the weekly visits with close cousin Nancy Wasylyk, the Sunday brunch group, and wonderful neighbours, Bob Gruszecky and his family.
Bob was born in Winnipeg, MB April 28, 1936 to Nettie and Edmund Boroski. His early years were spent horsing around and getting into mischief with his brothers and cousin Denis Wasylyk on the farm in Narol.
After moving to Winnipeg he attended George V School where, after many years, he continued to see friends and attended reunions regularly. He attended Tech Voc for his high school education. Bob was a great athlete who loved all sports and passed this love of sport on to his children and grandchildren. He was especially good at hockey and regaled us with stories from playing shinny with the boys in the north end to being scouted in the Navy league and protected by the Rangers in the late 1950s.
Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955 and became both an electrical apprentice and a communications officer. While he was stationed in Ottawa for training he went to a local dance where he saw a beautiful girl with the blackest hair he had ever seen and fell in love with his darling Peggy at first sight. Three months later they married and moved to his new posting in Churchill, MB.
After leaving the navy and moving back to Winnipeg, being a true salesman, Bob took a job selling furniture and appliances. He then joined the family businesses: Polyethylene Bag Co. and Grainmaster Manufacturing. He retired from Grainmaster in 1988 and joined his brother Bobby Garrett, and Peggy at Sur-Seal Fastening Systems Ltd.
Bob and Peggy built their dream home in East St. Paul, where they raised their four children and were very involved in the community. Their house was the scene of many gatherings of aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbours. It was a house full of love and joy.
In his later years, Bob faced many health challenges; three different kinds of cancer, diabetes, blindness and the loss of his dear wife. Through it all he remained a positive and loving presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren, sharing dad-jokes and puns and always making people laugh. He loved to share his wisdom of many things, his favourite being financial advice.
Bob was a man of great character and integrity. He was kind, honest, hardworking, loyal and loving. He led by example and genuinely wanted the best for everyone he knew. He was a life-long learner and teacher, he even kept up to date with technology at 83! His gratitude for life and the people in it was apparent to all that knew him. He would thank nurses for administering injections and anyone who did anything for him, big or small. We would often joke that you could serve him a plate of leather and he would thank you for a great meal or if you stepped on his foot, he would apologize, then thank you for it.
Above all, family was his greatest pride and joy, and good luck escaping when he started to brag about his children and grandchildren!
Cremation has taken place and as per Bob’s wish, there will be no funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined.
Flowers respectfully declined. In lieu, donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
We would like to thank the home care workers who took care of him and the caring staff at Selkirk Regional Hospital who were so wonderful and kind to us during our time there.

Thank you Dad, for your unconditional love and guidance throughout our lives.
We always said we were the luckiest kids
in the world to have you and Mom
and we weren’t wrong.
We will love you and miss you forever

Robert (Bob) John Meikle

January 8th, 2022

Bob passed away suddenly at Trail Hospital in Trail, BC.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Aline in June 2018. He is survived by his children; Mark (Rebecca), Larry (Debbie), Tom (Bonnie) and Donna-rae (Des). Bob is also survived by several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all.

Bob was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 as a radio operator and served until 1968. He left the Navy to pursue his dream of owning a business. He and Aline bought the Russell Hotel and lived for many years in the area of Russell, Ontario. After selling the hotel Bob and Aline moved to Ottawa where they bought a small diner on Bank Street called Bob’s place. After moving on from the Diner he worked for The Federal public service. Bob and Aline retired in 1999 and moved to Elliot Lake, Ontario. He was active in his retirement volunteering, spending time with friends and neighbors, as well as, enjoying his leisure time as a ham radio operator. After several short moves to different parts of BC Aline and Bob settled in Fruitvale, BC which was closer to several of their children.

At the time of Bob’s passing he was residing with his son Tom and his wife Bonnie in Trail, BC.

Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing staff at the Trail Hospital as well as the First Responders that worked heroically to resuscitate Bob as they transported him to hospital.

As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Bob’s behalf are appreciated.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.

Call sign VE3 BAI signing off.


Richard (Rick) Craig Angus

September 15, 1942 – January 11, 2022 (79 years old)

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Richard Craig Angus (Kingston, Ontario), who passed away on January 11, 2022 at the age of 79. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Richard Craig Angus to pay them a last tribute.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his wife Cindy Jackson; his daughters, Jody Hanley (Jeff) and Ashley Weese (Matt); his grandsons, Ethan and Dylan Hanley; his siblings, Bob Angus (Carolyn) and Shirley Seeley (Don); his siblings-in-law, Jane-Ann, Norm Staples, Ron Jackson (Pauline) of Germany and James Campbell of Florida; and his nieces and nephews, Kim, Corrie, Shawn, Michael, Brian, David, Keith, Scott Staples (Shana) and Jaclyn Staples (Craig).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory to UHKF #4-55 Rideau Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 2Z8 – Providence Care, Heritage-2 Unit would be appreciated.


291 Birthday Oct 1, 2011

1 October 2011 marked the Birthday of the Communicator Research (Comm Rsch) occupation and 45 Years of excellence in SIGINT operations.

1966 Integration and Unification

July 19, 1966 – Integration and Unification, creation of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio System (CFSRS). Stations previously controlled independently, by the three services would now be directed by a Commander headquartered at HMCS Gloucester.

October 1, 1966 – Military Occupation (MOC) 291 (Communicator Research Operator) was created. RCN Radioman Special (RS) trade, along with the Radio Telegraphic Operators (R&TG) of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps and the Royal Canadian Air Force Communications (Comm Op) began their duties as 291’rs.

Now, the Comm Rsch occupation is not only involved with SIGINT operations but with EW and Network Operations as well.

Also this year, the 1 October 2011 marks the official stand-up of the new Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS) which is the new Signals Military Employment Structure which regroup the former Lineman (Lmn); Signal Operator (Sig Op); and Land Communications & Information Systems Technician (LCIS Tech) occupations. Happy Belated Birthday to those two occupations!

Michel C. Boislard
CWO | Adjc
CFIOG CWO | Adjudant-chef du GOIFC
Ph/Tél: 613.945.3153
Fax/Télécopieur: 613.945.3199



MOC 291 Passes Into History

From Tom Jenkins
The CF no longer has Military Occupation Codes (MOC) and therefore MOC 291 no longer exists. The MOC has been replaced with the Military Occupational Structure Identifications Codes (MOSID). They are a five digit code, and 291ers have been awarded MOSID 00120.
As for the name of the trade, nothing has changed there. We are still Communicator Research, though it is often printed in error as Communications vice Communicator.
That being said, I do believe we will continue to refer to ourselves as 291ers for a long time yet. Somehow “00120ers” doesn’t have the same ring to it!
Have a good one.

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