John Montgomery (Jack) Simpson CD
1947 – 2023

Jack was born at Toronto in 1947, the eldest son of the late William James Simpson and Loyola Helen Simpson, nee Harrington. He died at Windsor, Ontario on March 2, 2023. He was predeceased by his father William, a veteran of World War II and Toronto firefighter, and his brother Cpl. Michael William Simpson.
He is survived by his mother, Loyola Helen (Simpson) Park, Canada’s 1999
National Silver Cross Mother and his sisters, Janice and Theresa Simpson. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by them and his nieces, Jaime Shea, her daughter Victory, and Kate Simpson-Gallow, as well as his nephews, Aaron Simpson (Renata), William and Jack Simpson-Gallow and Aaron’s son, Mateo, and daughters Milena and Noemi.

Jack joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a Signalman in 1967. He had a varied and interesting career as a Communicator Research Operator (DF, Non-Morse, Sig Dev, 2 EW Sqn). He was posted to every region of Canada including Inuvik, Northwest Territories, (6 years) and Alert, Nunavut, 560 miles from the North Pole (2 1/2 years over several postings). He was an instructor and platoon NCO at the Canadian Forces Recruit School at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, (3 years) and the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School at Chilliwack, British Columbia. Other postings included 2 EW Squadron,1st Canadian Signal Regiment at Kingston, Ontario, (6 years) and Canadian Forces Station Bermuda (2 years). Jack retired from the Forces for medical reasons in 1987. He was a Sergeant, posted at CFS Leitrim (1 year).
Jack built his own business from home, as a training and development consultant to several federal government departments, at Carleton Place, Ontario, in 1988. He started work as an assistant to a federal cabinet minister in 1992 until late1993. Returning to his hometown of Toronto in 1996, he worked for several members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 1997 federal election. He retired from politics in late 2003. He moved from Toronto to Windsor, Ontario, to be closer to his elderly mother, Loyola, and sister Theresa’s family in 2010.
Jack was a member of the Inuvik and Carleton Place Lions Clubs for more than 10 years. He served on the Board of the Lanark County United Way for 5 years. He was an avid angler, a spirited, if unskilled, hockey player, and an ugly golfer. He played softball with the Carleton Place men’s league into his late forties.
Jack was among the leaders of a successful campaign to have August 9 of every year declared Peacekeepers; Day in Ontario, in 2004. The day recognizes his brother Cpl. Michael William Simpson, and eight other Canadian Forces members who died with him on August 9, 1974, when their plane was shot down by the Syrian Army, as well as all other Canadians who have perished or served on peacekeeping missions. Jack was among those who submitted briefs to the Commons and Senate Committees of the Parliament of Canada resulting in the declaration of August 9 of every year as Peacekeepers Day throughout Canada in 2008. He worked successfully to have the word “PEACEKEEPING” inscribed on several of Toronto’s war memorials in memory of all Canadians who have lost their lives on peacekeeping duty.
Jack’s father, William J. Simpson, a Toronto firefighter, died in the line of duty in 1966, two days after Jack celebrated his 19th birthday. 34 years later, on October 1, 2000, Jack spoke on behalf of the families of the city’s fallen firefighters at the dedication of the Toronto Firefighters Memorial, one of the most significant moments of his life. Subsequent conversations with the Solicitor General of Ontario assisted in the creation of the Ontario Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the Legislature in 2005.
There will be no funeral service at Jack’s request. Private interment will take place at a future date.
Donations to St. Michael’s Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, 30 Bond St., Toronto ON, M5B 1W8 appreciated.




Monty Montgomery

1959 – 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Monty (Douglas Neal) Montgomery on February 23 2023. Monty was a devoted Dad (to Morgan) and husband (to Beth), a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces Communications Research Trade and veteran, a survivor of a military plane crash of Alert resupply airplane BOXTOP22 on 30 Oct 1991, a Disney enthusiast, a CFL fan and long-time season ticket holder, Disability Mentorship Program member, a world leading analyst at the Communications Security Establishment and an active member of the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE). Monty made a difference in people’s lives.

Enduring close to 40 hours in an Arctic Blizzard, Monty sustained injuries due to frostbite and faced many challenges throughout his almost one year in hospital recovering, having amputations, enduring multiple reconstructive surgeries and learning how to live with a disability which he did with courage and dignity.

A few short months after retirement from CSE Ottawa, in January 2020, Monty was again to face a fight for survival against stage 3 esophageal Cancer. His trip to the Disney Parks around the world and plans to spend winters in Florida would be cancelled. With his son Morgan and wife Beth by his side, he again fought with courage for the next 3 years. He accepted every treatment that was offered along the way and was in hospital (with only a one week break) from Dec 17th to his last day of radiation on Feb 8th 2023.

His unfailing will to fight persevered, but throughout the many days in hospital, the cancer was rapidly advancing and his body weakened. He moved to Embassy West the week of February 16th receiving compassionate palliative care surrounded by family and friends who stood by his side 24/7 to ensure he was not alone.

Thank you to the many medical professionals and health care workers who helped Monty with the fight, the many friends who attended him bedside, well-wishers from around the world and his many supporters offering words of encouragement. “Support Monty in his Battle with Cancer” is a GoFundMe set up by the Macdonald family to help with his private medical expenses with the remaining funds to be donated to the Cancer Society. A celebration of life will take place after the snow is gone (per his wishes).

When asked how he retained his optimism throughout his challenges he faced, he replied “I’ve had a good life”. A proud Dad, a survivor, an exemplary fighter and true hero; he will live forever in our hearts.

Clarence John “Gary” Colp

1936 – 2019

Obituary of Clarence John Colp

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts, that we must announce the passing of Clarence “Gary” Colp. Clarence passed away peacefully at the Drew Nursing Home, Sackville, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 82.

Born on July 1, 1936 in Whites Lake, NS, he was the son of the late May Lillian (Christian) and Cash Cannon Colp.

Clarence was a Warrant Officer in the Canadian Navy for twenty years and then spent over 30 years as a mechanic.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.  Clarence has greatly missed his wife of over 60 years, Edith, who passed away in 2017.

Clarence will be lovingly remembered by his son, Mike (Sue) Colp of Middleton, N.B., as well as by his daughter, Dianna Finley of Sackville, N.B.; his two brothers, Nick (Lydia) Colp of NS and Charlie (Kathleen) Colp of NS; his three grandchildren, Allan Crandall, Colton Colp and Heidi Colp; his great-granddaughter, Claire Crandall, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith Lindsey “Edie” Colp in 2017, as well as by his brothers, Vern and Kenny.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville N.B. (506) 364-8188.  An evening of remembrance will be held for family and friends on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 7-9 pm at Campbell’s Funeral Home, Sackville. The burial will take place in the Dorchester Cape Cemetery, at a later date.

If so desired, donations in memory of Clarence may be made to the Dorchester Cape Cemetery, the Drew Tantramar Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences & sharing of memories may be forwarded to the family through our website or by visiting the funeral home Facebook page.



Thomas Paul Lane

November 11, 1935 – February 10, 2023

Thomas Paul Lane passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 in Ottawa. He was 87.

Tom was beloved by partner Caroline and children Tom (Lynn), Patti (Dave), Christine (Rick) and Bill (Della). He will be greatly missed by grandchildren Kirsten (Jeremy), Michael (Brianna); Dylan, Riley, Madison; Jason (Jenna), Jordon (Ashleigh); Charlotte and Nicholas; and great grandchildren Elijah and Hazel. Leaves behind sisters Patricia and Janet, predeceased by brothers Gerald and Michael. Mourned by former wife Theresa, boyhood friends Bill and Ed and many Ottawa friends including Dave, Roger and Frank.

Tom was born in Montreal to Thomas and Louisa. He joined the Navy after high school, landing far-flung postings from Halifax to Churchill, Manitoba and Inuvik. He later worked for three decades at Canada’s Communications Security Establishment.

Ever curious, Tom had a love for adventure, traveling the globe from Brazil to Romania, soaking up culture and languages along the way. He was an avid skier, hiker, cyclist, windsurfer and bird watcher, and in later years became a dedicated bridge player. Tom never stopped learning, and no day was complete without a cryptic crossword.

His true love was family, however, famously hosting Boxing Day brunch feasts for decades, serving up crab melts, tourtiere and smoked salmon while handing out scratch ‘n’ win cards.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Details will follow . In lieu of flowers, please donate to his favourite charities, The Ottawa Food Bank and Medecins Sans Frontieres.


Yvon Joseph Henri (Sam) Simard

Sam the Gorf, Papi, and Post One

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Yvon (Sam) loving husband of LOIS for almost 49 years, beloved “Papi” of Darlene and Dad to Kevin (Donna). A loving Grandpa to Dana and Dexter. Predeceased by his father Adélard, his mother Lydia, his brother Gilles and his sister-in-law Therese, and brother Michel (Ida). He leaves in mourning his brother Jacques (Raymonde) and his sister Ginette (Graham). He leaves behind many-in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sam travelled this Country far and wide with the Armed Forces, he proudly served for 33 years. His career took him to a United Nations 9 month tour in the Congo in the 1960’s, Quebec City, Inuvik NWT, Bermuda, Kingston, Gander NL, Masset BC, Washington DC, many tours at Alert NWT, and finally for the past 30 plus years, Ottawa. When he retired, he joined the Commissionaires and served for nearly 18 years at the Supreme Court as a Supervisor. 

Private cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his fabulous life will be held at Beechwood National Military Cemetery 280 Beechwood Avenue Ottawa, on Saturday April 8, 2023 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Words of Remembrance will be shared at 1:00pm. 



Jake Berry

Passed away 10 February 2023

It is with profound sadness that Jake’s beloved wife Sachie has asked that Jake’s FB friends be advised that Jake passed away on Friday February 10 at the age of 84 at the Abbotsford hospital as a result of complications following a heart attack.
Jake lived a full life His work and adventures took him all across Canada and around the world where he met and enjoyed many friends. Not only did Jake delight in Sachie’s amazing Japanese banquets, he himself was a terrific cook. Many of his friends treasured his special banana bread. Even on the day before he died, Jake was excitedly planning to bake a new batch of banana bread for his friends.




Roderick Neil Babcock

14-Mar-1936 – 16-Dec-2022

In Loving Memory of Rod

The family of Roderick Neil Babcock age 86 of Amherst are saddened to announce his passing on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Gables Lodge in Amherst.

Born in Fredericton, he was a son of the late William and Edna Babcock.

He served for 23 years with the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1st Canadian Signals Regiment, with postings in Ladner, BC (where he met Joyce), Kingston ON, and finally CFS Leitrim, Ottawa ON, where he worked in Comm Research with several postings to CFS Alert. After leaving the military he moved with his family to Amherst, NS where he retrained as a Stationary Engineer and worked at the APRCHH until his retirement. Rod pursued several hobbies including landscape painting, and ham radio.

Rod will be remembered by his wife Joyce (Williams), son Bruce (Stephanie), daughter Kathleen (Blake Patterson), grandson Andrew (Amy) Paterson, great granddaughter Amelia.

Beside his parents, Rod was predeceased by brothers Donald and Frank, and sister Mary Wilson.

There will be no visitation or service.

Condolences and sharing of memories may be shared with the family via: or by visiting Campbell’s Facebook page.


Donald James Walker


Walker, Donald James, CPO2, Royal Canadian Navy passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home in New Ross on January 8, 2023. Donnie was born in New Ross on June 5, 1942 to his parents, Errol and Bonah (Chandler) Walker. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Sally (Parsons) Walker; sister, Eleanor; step-granddaughter, Brooklynn; and nieces, Tracy and Tammy.
Donnie is survived by his beloved wife, Glenda; his much-loved children and stepchildren, Danny (Carolyn) Walker, Carstairs, AB; Barbie (Brian), New Ross; Dion (Shannon) Young, Kingston; Lindsay (Nate) Zwicker, Camrose, AB; his adored grandchild and step-grandchildren, Brooke, Austin, Dylan, Afifa, Ryder, Josh and Callie.

Donnie was very proud of his long military career and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer Second Class. He and Sally raised their children whilst being posted to many different military bases all over Canada and the USA. He loved the Navy, especially his time in the Comm Research Branch. He retired after more than 30 years and moved back to the place he loved most in the world – New Ross.

A funeral service for family and close friends will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4828 Highway 12, New Ross. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to Hope for Wildlife, 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth, NS B0J 2L0 (902-407-9453). Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to


Dwight Stephens

06-Jun-1944 – 11-Jan-2023

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Dwight (Dad, Poppa, D-Man, Dwighty) Stephens in the early morning hours on Wednesday January 11, 2023 after a determined 2+ year fight with cancer.

He is survived by his wife (Anne Harris), his two children Samantha (Jordan) and Bill (Julie), his stepchildren Kym and Lee (Paula), his brothers Jack and Donald and his grandchildren Liv, Emma, Liv, Ava, and Jack.

A veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a former public servant as Chief of Telecommunications, Dwight will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid golfer and ice cream cone aficionado. He loved quiet mornings at the cottage, overlooking the lake, and time spent with his family. Dwight never missed a birthday (sending cards that sing and explode with glitter), an anniversary, the nightly news, or advising his kids on the latest consumer reports and wise ways in which to save money. Affectionately known as “grumpy”, he was a quiet, loving man of few words and a giant heart.

Please join his family in celebrating his life at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Nepean ON in May 2023. Details of date and time to follow.
In memoriam, donations made to Hospice Care Ottawa: Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice are greatly appreciated.”


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Patricia Croft on Dec 29, 2022 at the age of 79. She is survived by her loving husband Capt (N) John Croft Ret’d, her daughter Susan Elizabeth Diotte and Grandson Christopher John Diotte. The best Wife, Mom, Uma, Friend, anyone could ask for!

Pat was born in St Thomas, Ontario on October 22nd 1943, but spent most of her youth in Oshawa Ontario. In 1961 she went to Queen’s University in Kingston where she met the love of her life, RMC Cadet John Croft and after graduation, the two were married in August 1964 and embarked on a life long adventure. A” honeymoon” trip to Halifax was the start of many postings between 1964 – 1980 with the Navy, and Debert NS and Virginia Beach, Virginia were 2 of her favourites.

After that, Ottawa was home, and she made anyone who came to the house, feel that way. Pat loved her family with all her might! She adored her husband John of 58 years, daughter Susan and her Grandson Christopher, as well as many, many, cherished friends. Pat loved to cook, entertain, travel, laugh and nobody’s Butter tarts were better than hers. She also treasured spending time at her special places, whether it was at the cottage in the Muskoka’s feeding the chipmunks or going to the theatre in Stratford Ontario, or travelling with family and friends worldwide. She was the best of all of us and will be so missed!

At Pat’s request there will no service or visitation. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a charity of your choice. 


Daniel Thomas Savage

28 April, 1941 – 26 December, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dan on December 26 at Peace Arch Hospital.

Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife Deirdre; children Darren (Jen) and Dallas (Jason); grandchildren: Austin, Taylor, Jaxon and Finn; great-grandchildren Braelynn and Harley; siblings John and Ralph. Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Hazel, as well as his brother Rod.

Dan was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. He served from 1958 – 1963 in Ottawa, Aklavik, Inuvik and Moncton. He worked for the Government of Canada in the External Affairs department from 1962 -1969 with postings to New Delhi, India and Accra, Ghana and West Africa. He later worked as a Financial Advisor from 1970 to retirement with Freedom 55 Financial.

Dan was an active member and instructor with the White Rock Power and Sail Squadron and was a Commander of the squadron from 1986 – 1988. He helped build the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 5 (Crescent Beach) into a first class, award winning unit. He was instrumental in creating Semiahmoo Peninsular Marine Rescue Society, a fundraising arm of CCGA Unit 5 Crescent Beach. For a time, Dan also served on the Board of Governors, at Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific Division, as a Director.

He enjoyed many, many years boating on the “Sea Savage” with Deirdre and family in the Gulf Islands. Playing his guitar and singing was his passion, whether for his own enjoyment or around a campfire with everyone joining in. Dan was a man larger than life, with a personality to go with it. He will truly be missed by everyone he touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 22 at 11:00am at Victory Memorial Park 14831 28 Avenue, Surrey. Please consider a donation to the Semiahmoo Peninsular Marine Rescue Society (SPMRS) in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Donations can be made at: or BOX 45583 – 2397 King George Blvd. Surrey, BC V4A5A4.


Roger passed away in the hospital on Friday, Dec.23 at the age of 71 of respiratory complications from flu and pneumonia with family surrounding him. Deeply loved husband of Linda Delorme (nee Calderone), loving father of Gayla (Eric O’Connor), Derek and Trevor and much-loved stepfather to Julianne Cameron (Richard Groen), Christopher Smith (Heather Sissons) and Lori Delorme. Lovingly remembered late wife Shirley (Sceviour). He adored his grandchildren Marissa, Mallorie, Brianna, Alivia, Jaden, Reid, and Ellie. Roger was very close to his sister Darlene Brewster (Donald), and his brothers Larry and Brian who live in New Brunswick.

Fiercely proud of his time in the naval branch of the Canadian military and his many years as a member of the 291-communications trade researcher and security family. He joined the military in June 1971 and finally retired in 2015. During this time, he was posted to Gander, Alert, San Diego, Inuvik, Bermuda, Masset, Leitrim, Ottawa and finally worked another 13 years for the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa.

Roger was an AVID fan of his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and his Toronto Blue Jays.

Special thanks to the ALS clinic team, Dr. Breiner, Dr. Buenger, Belinda Zehrt who was always there for us and especially to Marc Williams, an extraordinary nurse from Bayshore nursing who came to our home for the past two years and enriched the quality of our lives with his skill and humour.

A deeply heartfelt thank you to family and friends who helped give Roger 24-hour care at the hospital due to his special needs. There are no words that can truly acknowledge your commitment To Roger at our time of great need. It lifted his spirits and let him know how much he was loved.

Visitation at Beechwood Funeral & Cemetery on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 11:30 followed by the service at 1:30 and reception. Burial of ashes to take place at National Military Cemetery (Beechwood) on Thursday, June 8 at 3p.m.

 Donations to the ALS society in Roger’s memory would be greatly appreciated.


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

Online condolences can be left at


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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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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