Robert Curtis (Bob) Seebold


SEEBOLD, Robert “Bob” Curtis – Age 64 of Bridgewater, passed away on October 28, 2021 in Queen’s General Hospital, Liverpool. Born on August 28, 1957, in Halifax, he was a son of the late Leslie and Virginia (Seebold).

Bob was an Electrical Generating Systems Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces for 32 years. He completed multiple tours of duty in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and CFB Alert. He was a proud veteran and loved his country.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Donna Seebold; daughters, Natalie (Stephan) Dussault, Alberta; Gyna Seebold (Christian), Dayspring; grandchildren, Odin Seebold and Frances Dussault; sister, Cindy (David) Craig, Porters Lake; brother, Leslie (Debbie) Seebold, Halifax; brother-in-law, Merrill Ringer, Dartmouth; stepmother, Penny Seebold, Florida. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn “Missy” Ringer.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Sweeny’s Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater. A memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the MS Society of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.


Sandra Juleen Solomon

05-Nov-1947 – 08-Nov-2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Juleen Solomon on 8 November 2021 at the age of 74. Sandy was surrounded by family as her long battle with COPD came to an end.

Sandy was the loving spouse of Robert Bernard Solomon (deceased) for 41 years, and devoted mother of Lee-Ann Valencia (Pepe Valencia), Robert Patrick Solomon, and Erin Patricia Solomon (Patrice Guevremont).

Sandy is the beloved sister of (and survived) by Jack Otto, David Otto, Jeff Otto, Dale Otto, Garry Otto, and predeceased by Gregory Otto. Sandra will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Funeral care entrusted to Kelly Funeral Home – Kanata Chapel. For those wishing to do so, In Memoriam donations to the Canadian Lung Association are greatly appreciated. Sharing memories and online condolences may be made at


Hector MacKinnon

Friday, May 30th, 1941 Monday, December 28th, 2020

Passed away peacefully at the Brockville General Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 79 years. Beloved husband of Laurette (Constant) MacKinnon and cherished father of Deborah Lee (Robert), Craig MacKinnon (Kathy) and the late Michael MacKinnon. Dear grandfather of Brandon (Kathleen), Andrew and Michael Jr. and great-grandfather to Avery. Hector is survived by his siblings Michael, Patsy, Sandra, Terry, Maureen, Linda and Jake and by several nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by his daughter-in-law Jennifer MacKinnon and her son Jordan. He was predeceased by his parents Georgina and Hector MacKinnon Sr. and by brothers Wayne and Kenneth.

A private family service will take place at the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville with interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in May 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Brockville and District Hospital Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged. Send condolences or make a donation online at


Cynthia Anastasia Marsaw (Pelham)

August 31, 1948 – November 4, 2021

Cynthia Anastasia Marsaw (Pelham), age 73, passed away at Élisabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Unit, 4 November 2021

For reasons understood only by God Himself, our beloved Cynthia was called away in the afternoon of 4 November 2021. She’d had a good life, well spent with her husband, Roy, who loved her dearly ever since they met as teenagers in Fort Churchill, Manitoba.

Cynthia was born in the Halifax Infirmary in 1948 and grew up in Herring Cove, a small fishing village a short distance from Halifax. Her father worked for the Department of Public Works and was posted to northern Manitoba in 1964 where Cynthia first met Roy. Thanks to one of Roy’s many missteps, that first meeting was clearly not love-at-first-sight. However, after five years of courting, Roy finally matured enough to mail Cynthia an engagement ring and they were wed in 1969. Because of Roy’s military service and many postings to such places as Inuvik, Gander, Ottawa, and Bermuda as well as isolated postings and courses, Cynthia, like most military wives, was forced to raise the family, pay the bills and pack up and move the family many times, sometimes on her own.

She enjoyed her years working in the retail industry and most of her long time friends were made while working with Zellers and Giant Tiger. She cherished those friendships until the end. Although her love for her family exceeded all others, she also loved to write and spent many hours expressing her emotions through poetry.

Cynthia was predeceased by her father, Aubrey Pelham, her mother Marguerite (née McAvoy) and brother, Robert (at 20) as well as three brothers, Paul, Joseph and Andrew who died as infants. She leaves behind husband Roy and daughters Natasha Vaz (Len) and Sarah Marsaw (Nick). Her three sisters, Jennifer Henwood (Jack), Betty Goodall (Chuck) and Pat Gallop (Reg) reside in Winnipeg. She loved all of her grandchildren, Julien, Olivia, Kelsey, Justin, Hannah and Rose and great-grandchild, Gus. She knew they loved her as well.

The family will be happy to receive friends and relatives at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion Road) on Friday, 12 November 2021 beginning at 9:30 AM. Cynthia has requested a funeral liturgy, which will be conducted at 10:30 AM followed by a reception immediately following the service. Capacity restrictions are no longer in effect; however, proof of double vaccination will be required to participate.

The ceremony will also be available virtually at

We wish to acknowledge the tremendous support and dedication of the staff at the Élisabeth Bruyère PCU. They ensured that Cynthia was comfortable, pain free and peaceful during her final weeks. Instead of flowers, we would greatly appreciate donations be made to the Élisabeth Bruyère Foundation at in memory of Cynthia Marsaw.


It is with broken hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our cherished husband, father, and grandfather, Reid Scharfe on October 23rd, 2021 at the age of 78. Reid passed away in hospital with his wife and daughter holding his hands. 

Reid is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane Scharfe (nee Stubbs) and his daughter, Amie (Dave O’Neill). He leaves behind three adoring grandchildren (Kieran, Liam and Seamus) who miss their Boppa immensely. Reid was predeceased by his son Brandon. Reid also leaves behind several sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by several brothers and sisters. 

Reid left home at a young age to pursue a dream. He spent the next 28 years as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy and continued his dedication to Canada as a public servant for the remaining 18 years of his career. Reid’s warmth, fairness, and kindness touched everyone who came into contact with him. He always had a story to share, all told with a welcoming smile, and a bright twinkle in his eyes. He never met a stranger and loved nothing more than to share a laugh with someone. He was a lover of reading – anything military or history  related were his favourites. Being an avid gardener Reid felt at home with his hands in the earth. Reid was a devoted husband and built a beautiful life with his wife. He was a loving, supportive father and the best Boppa (grandpa) anyone could hope for. He will be forever missed. 

A private service will be held for Reid’s immediate family. We invite family and friends to leave a message in the virtual guestbook or to make a donation in Reid’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.



1935 – 2021

Peacefully on October 14, 2021, at the age of 86, with family by his side. Joseph was the beloved husband of Jean for 63 years. He was the devoted father of Patricia, the late Barbara, Tom (the late Anne Fisher), Christine (Henry Ebron) and Mary (Dave Brown), and the proud grandfather of Adam (Kayla), Rachel, Greg, Evan, Emily, Daniel and Sara. Joseph was the loving son of the late Joseph and Lilian Heenan. He is survived by his brothers Peter and David and predeceased by siblings William, Terry, Madeleine and Gregory. Our family would like to thank the staff at St. Patrick’s Home, Waterford House, for their outstanding and compassionate care of Joe. The family will be having a private service. Those wishing to do so, may consider a donation to St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa or to the Ottawa Mission


Raymond (Ray) White

October 6, 1932September 30, 2021

Raymond Peter White was born in 1932 in Verdun, Quebec to his parents Howard and Ellen, the third of seven children, including Howard, Jim, Shirley, John, Ken and Audrey.

Throughout his life he regaled family and friends with vivid accounts of his childhood in Montreal: growing up on Mullen St., the Royals, Expos, and the Canadiens.

At the age of 15, he was a cub reporter for the Montreal Star and attended the court case and trial of the infamous Albert Guay. He would be delighted for you to look it up.

At 17, he was given the opportunity to pursue a career as a journalist in Toronto. Considered too young by his parents to leave home, Ray committed a rare act of rebellion and at 18, joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the time of the war effort in Korea.

Sailing on various vessels, including HMCS La Hulloise and HMCS Cap de la Madeleine, Ray was a Cold War listener picking up USSR radio communications between bases, submarines, ships and aircraft.

He was posted across Canada and in the North, including Churchill, Frobisher, Aklavik, Coverdale, Inuvik, Gloucester, Alert, Ladner and Masset; and an additional posting in England as part of a military exchange.

After 22 years of service, he concluded his Armed Forces career at the rank of Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class.

Ray then joined the Department of External Affairs as a communicator, serving at our Canadian embassies in Brussels, Guatemala, Dublin, and Paris. He also undertook temporary assignments in Latin America, the Middle East, and a stint at the United Nations in New York.

After retiring in 1995, Ray volunteered his time as a researcher at the Canadian War Museum. Were you to visit him there, you would find him in his element, deep amongst the shelves of maps and documents, immersed in the military archives.

As for family, the characteristic sparkle in his blue eyes was surely the result of meeting the young and beautiful Corinne Leger of Moncton. On August 29th, 1959 they were married, and for 62 years they weathered the ups and downs of base life and international postings, raising three children, and welcoming four grandchildren.

Ray was proud ‘Papa’ to Carla (Nick) who inherited his sharp mind and his love of words and books; Tom (Lynne) who inherited his passion for photography, fishing, and impressive memory; and Paul (Leanne) (deceased April 26, 2021) who inherited his incisiveness, his love of music, and his gift of the gab.

He was tickled pink to also be called Papa by his grandchildren Paloma, Eryn, Evan, and Lia relishing every one of their talents and accomplishments.

Throughout his life, Ray was an avid and voracious reader earning him his reputation as a walking encyclopaedia and making him a challenging, if not frustrating, opponent in Scrabble. It was very rare to find him far away from a New York Times newspaper (the crossword done in pen), a book, or his shortwave radio. His propensity for words, a keen memory, and attention to detail served him well as an oft time scribe and amateur historian, whether contributing to Canadian navy history forums and publications or an occasional, erudite letter to the editor. Undoubtedly, Ray would have loved the opportunity to edit this tribute.

Fondly missed by his extended family and many nieces and nephews, Ray is affectionately remembered for his quick wit, splendid gift of repartee, and ability to intelligently converse on current events and innumerable topics. As they noted, while he did not have the opportunity to attend university, ‘mon oncle Ray’ did indeed graduate with many doctorates from the university of life.

To all who knew him in his personal and professional life Raymond Peter White will be remembered as the consummate gentleman with his natty bowtie, a Mont Blanc pen in his breast pocket, and his trusted Omega on his wrist.

Despite the effects of vascular dementia in his later years, he remained the natural, true communicator he always was and continued to astound family with his knowledge, memory of facts and events, courteousness, good humour and, of course, his notorious puns, good or bad, depending on your point of view.

Most importantly, he was a man who was deeply loved and respected by those closest to him. Though modest when receiving expressions of affection, he would often say, “I love you…those aren’t just words.” To that we can only say, “Back at you Papa.”

Due to COVID, the family will hold a private celebration of Ray’s life, but would be grateful for any shared memories and anecdotes about Ray.


Turcotte, Helen Elizabeth (nee Smith)

RN, Kingston General Hospital, Class of ‘56
5 May 1935 – 4 October 2021

Died peacefully of natural causes in her 87th year at the Bayshore Transitional Care Unit,
Amherstview, Ontario.
Daughter of the late Harold & Margery Smith (née Hewett) of Kingston, Ontario.
Recently predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Richard (Dick) Turcotte (16 May 2021).
Survived by her children Colin (Lisu Hill), Kate (Jay Parnell), and Adam (Louise Cooper), and
grandchildren Kaleb, Oliver and Ruby, Zepherin and Declan, Henry and Sam.
Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. An active member of Kitchissippi (Kingsway)
United Church for over 40 years and dedicated community volunteer; she believed in working
towards a more just and equitable society.
She will be missed.
Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main St Picton. For online
condolences and to share memories of Helen, please visit:



It is with much sadness that the McRae family announce the passing of Angus McRae on September 8, 2021 at the age of 91 at the Ottawa General Hospital. He was predeceased by Gladys, his wife of 70 years.
Angus is survived by his three sons Ian (Patricia), Shaen (Wendy) and Craig, his four grandchildren Brent, Tara, Laura (Matthew) and Danika (Victor) and his great-grandchildren Reanne, Madison and Brayden. He also leaves his niece Lucille O’Connor and grandniece Susan, of Calgary, and his nephew Lyle, of Geraldton.
Angus was born in Fort William. He joined the Navy in 1954 and was based in Churchill, Moncton, then Ottawa. In 1959 he left the Navy and joined the Department of National Defense from which he retired in 1987. He and his wife then spent their winters in Florida, where Angus joined the Moose Lodge and enjoyed lawn bowling both in Florida and many years in Ottawa.
In 2018, they moved to the Waterford Retirement Residence where he enjoyed the company of many new friends.
Our sincere thanks to the staff at the Waterford, the Ottawa General Hospital Palliative Care Team, Dr. Lotimer and Maddie, and Dr. Frank and nurses for the excellent and compassionate care in his final days.
A private family interment will be held at the Highland Cemetery, McGee Side Road, Carp, Ontario on October 23.


September 30, 1934 – September 23, 2021

On September 23, 2021 I lost my Mom Chick/Charlene Grimshaw and my Dad, Ernie lost the love of his life. Nobody knew July 10th what a battle she would have ahead. One fall and a trip to the hospital to get checked out, we thought with no obvious injury, she would be back home the next day like she had in the past, but not this time. One day turned into a week, a week turned into a month… turned into two months until finally a very rare neurological degenerative disease was diagnosed. This also explained much of her excruciating pain she lived so bravely with her whole late adult life. Pain that would have broken many of us yet she never complained, never let on just how much it hurt, never took the advised amounts of pain relievers because they would put her out for the day and Mom did not want to miss a minute of life. She loved life and loved to move and be on the move. She loved to dance and she loved to play games. She loved to go out for dinner and go on vacation. She loved old friends and family so much that a vacation to some exotic island far away meant nothing to her compared to a Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Reunion or the Halifax Victoria General Hospital Nursing Reunion. She loved entertaining. She loved the planning, the shopping, the cooking and she loved dressing her tables! She had a table theme for every holiday and special occasion and 5 or 6 different color combinations just for Sunday family dinners. Mom wanted everyone to feel special, important, loved and valued. Among the many, many charities she supported for years I will never forget the day we left a tanning salon and outside a young man was asking for money. I saw her reach inside her purse and give the guy a $20.00! The guy, stunned, stared at her, said “are you sure”? I stood beside her and said “Mom are you sure”? She didn’t need to answer, she shoved it in his hand and he was gone. Why? It didn’t matter. To her he was a young man, still a teen in many ways and it did not matter what we all thought he was going to use it for but what mattered to Mom was that for that moment, that second, that day, that person felt seen, not invisible, felt valued, not degraded. Mom just believed that someday that kindness will be paid forward. Her last 17 days were at the Elizabeth Bruyere Palliative Care Unit and I was given the most amazing gift to be able to spend every single day and night with her. I told her she would never be alone right to the end and when the end came her angels came for her so she would not be alone while passing through to her new destination. A place with no pain where she can walk and dance again. I told her that just because she is leaving here doesn’t mean her job is done. She will be busy forever watching and protecting us all from above and when it is our turn to pass through she will be there reaching out for us to carry us safely and softly to our next destination. My God I miss you so much already Mom and I know some day my tears of hurt will turn to more days filled with happier memories…. Love You Forever.


Robert James Starkie

29 August 2021

We did not have an obituary placed in the paper at all. The funeral Home was H.W. Wallace in Duncan and the urn with his remains will be placed in a columbarium niche at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in about 6 weeks when the memorial plaque is ready. Thank you Irene


Patricia “Susan” Oakes

1951 – 26 August 2021

Oakes, Patricia Susan (Jardine) – Age 70, Debert, passed away on August 26, 2021 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Susan was born in North Sydney to Theresa Jardine and the late Milton Jardine and raised in Sydney Mines.

Susan graduated from New Waterford Consolidated School of Nursing as a CNA and worked in the old VG Hospital in Halifax. She was an extraordinary worker and volunteer, serving on community and church committees from coast to coast and in the USA. Susan was a wonderful wife, being married to a military husband in 1971, as well as a wonderful mother and daughter. She was a longtime CWL member, Eucharistic minister and reader. She also spent many years as a Colchester Hospital Auxiliary member. Susan was a fantastic person who always searched for the good in any situation or individual, no matter the circumstances. She would arise to any occasion if there was a need to be filled. She will be extremely missed and always dearly loved.

Susan is survived by her mother, Theresa Jardine; husband, Thomas Gerard Oakes; son, Thomas Arthur Oakes; daughter, Vickie Lynn Groten; grandchildren, Sydney, Kylie and Garrett; brothers, Greg, Adrian (Diane), Terry (Judy) and Reggie (Denise); sisters, Brenda (Don), Geraldine, Sheila, Michelle (Brian) and Angela along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Milton Jardine and numerous relatives.

Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Kane’s Kitchen or the Debert Military Museum.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 2 from 12pm until time of funeral service at 2pm both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, with Cory Lunn, officiating. Family flowers only. Burial will take place on Saturday, September 4 at 2pm in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Sydney Mines. (All are welcome). Live Webcasting of the service will begin at 1:58pm (AST) on the day of service and is available with online condolences at:


Guy Chauvin

October 4, 1936 – September 8, 2021

Guy was born in Montreal, the only child of the late Marielle St Laurent and Henri Chauvin, in 1936 and died in Halifax on September 8, 2021. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Peggy (Margaret Cain), and their beloved son Max. He will also be missed by Max’s wife Sandra (Toohey), Peggy’s sister Dorothy (late husband Stainton Cunningham), and their children, Patricia, Jim (Teresa) and Carol (Philip), and many dear friends.

Guy joined the navy when he was 16 as an ordinary seaman radio communicator supplementary. He served on HMCS Micmac and was terribly seasick. He was released and later joined UNTDs, and upon graduation from McGill University in 1959, he joined the RCN as a supply officer. That year he also married Peggy. He served in VS881, HMCS Hochelaga, HMCS Cape Scott, RCAF Centralia, HM Supply Depot Halifax, HMC Dockyard Halifax, was the officer in charge of Central Victualling Depot and supply officer of HMCS Chaudiere. He resigned in 1966 at unification. That year Max was born.

Guy replaced Commander James Bond as Chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. A longtime member of the HMCS Sackville Trust, Guy especially enjoyed and reminisced about several trips to Londonderry with other trustees to attend commemorative ceremonies of the Battle of the Atlantic and the lives of the many Canadian sailors who served in convoy duty in the naval base at Derry during World War 2.

Guy returned to university, obtained an MA from Dalhousie, started teaching political science at Saint Mary’s, and later obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Guy was very active in the faculty union and was chair for many years. He retired in 2006 from Saint Mary’s after 40 years of teaching.

Guy and Peggy (and Max in his youth) traveled widely in Europe and most recently enjoyed river cruises. Guy was a lover of music, especially baroque music, and supported Symphony Nova Scotia. He loved to shop and valued many friends he made at the local farmers and brewery markets.

Cremation has taken place, and burial will be at sea.

If desired, donations in Guy’s memory can be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, P.O. Box 99000 Station Forces, Halifax B3K5X5 or Symphony Nova Scotia, 301-5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax B3J3R4.


Evelyn Joyce Mont (nee Wade)

July 01, 1935 – September 05, 2021

Passed peacefully away on Sunday Sept 5, 2021, at JPM Hospital, Gander, with her loving husband of 44 years by her side.

Predeceased by her father, Raymond, Mother Mary (Granter), brothers, Samuel, Roland, Robert, Roy, and sister Annie.

Leaving to mourn, husband Brian; sons Daryl (Sue Ann) and Jeffery (LeeAnne). Grandchildren, Bradley, Mitchell, Joshua and Bryce. Also a circle of family and friends.

Evelyn was born and raised in Gambo NL., and attended the one room school there until at the age of 15, she was diagnosed with TB. She spent the next three and one-half years at the sanitorium in Corner Brook “the SAN”. She fought the disease with courage, grace and dignity, three qualities that would define her life. On release from “the SAN” she continued her education in St. John’s and Gander, finishing high school, and collecting diplomas in advanced sewing, fashion design, cake decorating and food production methods. She quickly became an “in-demand” seamstress with a client list that included EPA, the RCMP, the Canadian Forces and several hotels and department stores in Gander. For most of her life those highly honed skills with the sewing machine, crochet hooks, knitting needles and cake decorating tools, enabled her to teach classes at home, an activity she enjoyed all of her life.

In 1974 Evelyn met and married her husband Brian who was in the Navy. The next 22 years saw them posted to Ottawa (X2) back to Gander (X2) and out to Masset, BC in the Queen Charlotte Islands; and finally in 1994 their final posting to Washington, DC. In 1996 Evelyn and Brian returned to Rockland, ON, and lived there for the next 24 years. This phase of her life included wintering in Bonita Springs, FL from mid-December to the end of March. In the summertime Evelyn enjoyed RVing, first to NL to visit son, Daryl and family; and then the following year RVing again to BC to see son, Jeffery, and family, an eagerly anticipated trip they continued for many years.

In 2016 Evelyn came down with SEPSIS and faced another tough medical challenge. During the next 75 days in hospital, those qualities of courage, grace and dignity again helped her through the ordeal. After her recovery, plans were made to return to NL. The couple arrived on the 18th of May 2020, the day of their 44th wedding anniversary. The next 14 days in quarantine were spent in the same hotel in which they spent the first night of their honeymoon.

The simplest pleasures in life brought Evelyn much joy. She treasured a quiet evening at home with a new quilt on the rack. She loved digging for clams on the beach in PEI or chasing after Dungeness Crabs at low tide in the Queen Charlottes. Her mouth watered at the prospect of strawberries and cream at any time. With many names on her contact list she joyously corresponded with friends by old fashioned mail.

Most of all Evelyn loved and cherished her family. She was a superb mother for them and instilled strong values in her boys that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Funeral Service arrangements entrusted to Pritchett’s Funeral Home, Gambo. Visitation Wednesday Sept 15, 2021 2-9pm, Thursday Sept 16, 2021 7-9pm and Funeral Service Friday Sept 17, 2021 at Salvation Army, Gambo, NL at 2pm, Interment Salvation Army Cemetery.

C’est avec tristesse que nous annonçons le décès de notre père, le 15 août, 2021, a 81 ans, qui s’est éteint paisiblement à la maison après une longue et courageuse bataille contre le cancer. Il a toujours gardé tout au long de son combat son sens de l’humour et la ténacité qui le caractérisait si bien.

Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse, Pauline Côté (née Rousseau) dont il aura su faire rire et taquiné jusqu’à la toute fin de sa vie, ainsi que ses deux filles Josée (Arthur McKenzie) et Martine (Michael Barnwell). Il fut également un grand-père dévoué à ses petits-enfants Cassiopeia et Rayden Côté-Barnwell dont il aimait leur jouer des tours et
les faire rire et à qui il aimait enseigner « les mots de grand-papa ». Fils de feu de Isidore Côté et feu Emma Côté (née Perreault) et frère de Sr. Viola (FMA), Rosalie (précédé), Lauréanne, Jeannette, Régina, Robert (précédé), Dianne, Zita, et Michel.

Né à Drummond, au Nouveau-Brunswick le 8 novembre 1939 et élevé à la ferme familiale, il a rejoint les Forces Armées Canadiennes à l’âge de 21 ans et a fièrement servi dans la Force régulière pendant 24 ans avant de prendre sa retraite au grade d’adjudant-maître en 1984. Il a ensuite continué à servir notre pays tant que civil au ministère de la Défense nationale pendant encore 15 ans. Il a terminé ses 39 années de service en 1999 en tant que chef des installations de sécurité, après avoir reçu nombreux mérites.

Papa, tu as voyagé et travaillé fort toute ta vie, il est maintenant temps de te reposer en paix.

Une citation tirée de son auteur favori, Robert Service:

“Ce n’est pas la montagne qui vous épuise, c’est le grain de sable dans votre chaussure. “

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, at age 81 years, peacefully at home on August 15th, 2021 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his fight he always kept his sense of humour and tenacity that characterized him so well.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Côté (née Rousseau), whom he laughed with and teased until the end of his life, as well as his two daughters, Josée (Arthur McKenzie) and Martine (Michael Barnwell). He was also a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren, Cassiopeia and Rayden Côté-Barnwell, whom he loved to play tricks to,
make them laugh, and to whom he enjoyed teaching “grandpa words”.

Son to Isidore Côté and Emma Côté (née Perreault), by whom he is predeceased. Loving brother of Sr. Viola (FMA), Rosalie (predeceased), Lauréanne, Jeannette, Régina, Robert (predeceased), Dianne, Zita, and Michel.

Born in Drummond, New Brunswick on November 8th, 1939 and raised in a farming family, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces at a young age of 21 and proudly served in the Regular Force for 24 years before retiring as a Master Warrant Officer in 1984. He then continued to serve our country as a civilian in the Department of National Defence for a further 15 years. He ended his 39 years of service in 1999 as Head of Security Installations, having received numerous commendations throughout his long career.

Dad, you have travelled and worked hard for so many years. It is now time for you to rest.

A quote from his favourite author, Robert Service:

“…..Lo! as I bent beneath the rod I raised my eyes….and there was God.”
from poem “The Quest”


Timothy Love

Celebration of life – 17 September 2021




Jenny died peacefully at home, as she wished, with dignity and surrounded by love.

Jenny had a career spanning over 40 years as a nurse, a career that wasn’t her choice, but at which she excelled, nonetheless. Jenny trained at The Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, University College Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital in London, UK. She worked in Bermuda where she married Doug Huff, a member of the Canadian military. She continued to work as a nurse in Inuvik, NWT; Ottawa, ON; Gander, NF; and finished the last 16 years of her career with the Good Samaritan Society in Edmonton.

Jenny’s life embraced historic moments, connections with the famous, longstanding friendships, endless curiosity, and a love of WWI poetry, ironed tea towels, and perfect cups of tea. In her 23 years of retirement, she travelled, took up tennis at 70, table tennis at 80, read extensively, gardened, enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow, and found love and much happiness again at 74. Ever pragmatic, she left her affairs in perfect order with lists detailing everything, including when the sheets should be changed.

She touched many lives in her 83 years and will be greatly missed. She leaves to mourn her daughters, Sue (Kevin) and Kris (Barrie); five grandchildren, Emily, Josh, Matthew, Hannah and Luke; two step-daughters Julie and Jane; her loving husband Adrian Leske and his family; siblings Terry, Nick, Sue and Paul; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, and countless friends around the globe. She is predeceased by her husband of 12 years, Michael Hawkins, her brother Tim and her sister Jill.

Thanks to Dr. Roberta Grynoch and the S.E. Palliative Care Team with special thanks to Sat Pal, RN.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Doctors Without Borders or the charity of your choice. A private ceremony for the family will take place at Trinity Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at the end of the month.

This obituary has been proof-read and approved by Jenny!

Gordon Hedley Mooers

March 12, 1938 – June 14, 2021

Passed away suddenly in hospital on June 14, 2021 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Beloved husband of Lorna, adored father of Michael (predeceased) and wife Eva, Deborah, Erin Monahan (nee Mooers) and husband Jeff, cherished Papa of Tyler, Tiffany, Andrew and wife Taylor, and Nicholas, great grandfather to Junior, Mikayla, Finnegan and Callum. Gordon will be sadly missed by his brother Doug (the late Winona), his sister Elaine Scott and husband Richard, and many treasured nieces and nephews. Gordon was the well respected step father to Bob Talbot and wife Katsue of Qatar, David Talbot and wife Emily of Nashville, TN, USA, and Steve Talbot of Ottawa, and much loved Papa Gord to Billy, Saya and Jennifer. Predeceased are his father Gordon (Duke), mother Adelaide, his brother Jack, and his sisters Margaret, Mary and Juanita.

Gordon grew up in Woodstock, New Brunswick and joined the Navy when he was 18 years old. After 14 years he left the Navy to study at Carleton University in Ottawa and eventually became the well respected businessman and owner of Affiliated Real Estate Group of Ottawa Inc. After he retired Gordon met and married his wife Lorna whom he dearly loved, moved to Newfoundland in 2002, and spent many enjoyable winters at the Travellers Rest Resort in Dade City, Florida. It was here that he taught golf, which he enjoyed immensely, and made everlasting friends.

With his infectious smile and that twinkle in his eye, Gordon had a love of life that came across the moment you met him. His deep love of family was always foremost in his mind. Gordon will be sadly missed by his many friends both in Newfoundland and Florida and all who were fortunate enough to know him.

A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11:00 am at Caul’s Chapel, 1118 Torbay Road, Torbay, NL. For anyone not able to attend, the Funeral will be live-streamed at

Refreshments will be served afterwards at 5 Old Road, Pouch Cove. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association



Phyllis Phelan

January 31, 2021

The death occurred peacefully at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, P.E.I. on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 of Phyllis Phelan (nee Elms) of Miscouche, P.E.I., aged 77 years. Phyllis was born in Stone’s Cove, Nfld. to the late Cecil and Nellie (nee Hatch) Elms.

Beloved wife of the late Leslie Phelan and loving mother of Duane Phelan (Mary) and Paul Lischynski. Also lovingly remembered by her 4 grandchildren Joseph Phelan, Nichole and Nathalie Lischynski and Hope Reeves, great grandchildren Amanda, Hunter, Leslie and Evelyn.

Survived by her brothers Jordan (Viola) Elms, Brian (Ruth) Elms and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her great granddaughter Violet Caissie and by her first husband David A. Lischynski.

Resting at the East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Road, Summerside. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private visiting hours will be held. Interment to take place in People’s Cemetery, Summerside at a later date. Memorial donations in Phyllis memory can be made directly to the Prince County Hospital Foundation.

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 Donald Franklin Medicraft

March 08, 1938 – June 07, 2021

Medicraft CD, MWO (retired) Donald Franklin – 83 of Greenwood, passed away Monday 7 June 2021 at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital. Born 8th March 1938 in West Dalhousie to the late Elvin and Margaret (Ramsay) Medicraft, and it became evident at an early age that Don would become a great woodsman by nearly chopping down the family tree at the age of three. Don graduated from Bridgetown Regional High School and later entered the Canadian Armed Forces and was a member of the Royal Canadian Corp. of Signals. He served 2 tours overseas, The Congo (1960-61) and Cyprus (1969-70), finally retiring in Masset, B.C. after serving 35 years. Don loved to fish, hunt for the perfect 16 point buck, square dance and curl. He also enjoyed watching hockey on TV, listening to hockey on the radio and playing bridge, often times simultaneously. He was a member of the Ionic Lodge No.73, A.F. & A.M., Middleton and the Mayflower Chapter No. 2, Order of the Eastern Star.  He was married to the love of his life Marjorie “Midge” (nee Batson) for 62 years. Through their years of shenanigans, they raised 3 children, “favourite son” Craig (Julie) Medicraft of Tupperville, “favourite daughter” Christine (George) Wojcik of Ottawa, and “other favourite daughter” Anne (the late Robert) Lightbourn of Nictaux West. He is survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; his brothers Arthur “Butch” Medicraft, and Tom Medicraft and sisters Joyce Mack, Janet Fredricks and Debbie White along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends and his faithful dog Penny. Don was predeceased by his sisters Francis Oikle, Barb Omond and brother David Medicraft. Donations can be made in Don’s memory to Wounded Warriors or Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Many thanks to Sarah, Barb, Sheena and Tammy his special care givers. In keeping with Don’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Masonic tribute will be held at 1:30 pm followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm in the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, toll free 1-855-825-3448. Rev. Eugene Foster officiating. Online guestbook may be signed by visiting:

                             “Our country is in mourning, a veteran died today.”


Randal Leslie Hughes More

BIRTH:9 Dec 1952 Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

DEATH:07 Dec 2016 Clarenville, Newfoundland


October 3, 1940 – April 8, 2008

VOGELSANG -Rodney Lane. With family by his side, Rod slipped peacefully away on April 8 at St. Paul’s Hospital. Rod is survived by his wife of 33 years, Linda and their four children, Julie Pendlebury (Victor), Stephen (Laura), Heather Kerluke (Blair), Glenn (Mary-Jo); as well as his brothers, Grant (Mona), Greg (Elaine) and Monte (Darlene); and his three grandchildren, Jonathan, Jordon and Annie; six nephews, two nieces and a grand-niece. Rod was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Lillian. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2008 at Park Funeral Chapel, 311-3rd Ave N, Saskatoon. Born October 3, 1940 in Perdue, Saskatchewan Rod certainly made the most of his 67 years. He was a fresh-faced youngster who left the family farm at age 17 to join the navy. Eight years later he went to work with the Canadian Immigration department in Vancouver and was transferred to Saskatoon in 1970 where he would live out the rest of his life, and what a busy life it was. A single parent of two, Rod met his true love Linda, also a single parent of two, in 1974 while on business in Winnipeg and when they married in 1975 they became an instant family of six. Doubling his fatherhood duties was no problem for Rod who loved kids and extended his affection outside the home as a coach in hockey and softball as well as a mentor for countless young employees. In 1977 Rod added another challenge by going into business for himself as an Allis-Chalmers lawn and garden dealer. Eventually Rod’s brothers joined him and the Farm & Garden Centre of Saskatoon flourished and Rod became known to many as “the John Deere Man ” after he and his brothers took over the John Deere Dealership, adding a second one in Rosthern and then a Bobcat-Kubota dealership in Saskatoon all while the brothers ran an extensive farming operation in Perdue. It was as a businessman Rod made his most significant mark on the community; he served on the boards of Crimestoppers, the Prairieland Exhibition and the Commissionaires, was president of the North-Sask Business Association, a director of the Sask-Man Implement Dealers Association as well as being the chair of the Kelsey Foundation. With his business life booming Rod and Linda made the move to their dream hometheir acreage which together they maintained with passion and Rod’s always-meticulous ways. Rod indulged his love of yard work, animals and woodwork on the acreage and spent some of his happiest years there. His spectacular Christmas light displays quickly became a local tourist attraction and it was while putting up lights in December 2002 that Rod suffered an aneurysm and then a stroke during the subsequent surgery. He then made his home at Sherbrooke Community Centre from March 2003 until the time of his passing. While at Sherbrooke Rod developed great affection (and teased!) their wonderful staff who returned his kindness with loving respect. With wife Linda at his side and strengthened by her faith and persistence he made extraordinary strides in his recovery allowing his family and many friends to enjoy his company in his final years. A husband, father, friend and businessman, Rod touched many lives and we celebrate his memory. Thank you to the staff of St. Paul’s Hospital for their care. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Sherbrooke Foundation Inc, 401 Acadia Dr, Saskatoon, SK, S7H2E7. Arrangements entrusted to Greg Lalach of PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 244-2103.


Kathryn Peachey

Sadly and unexpectedly on June 30th, following what was to be a routine heart surgery, Kathryn Peachey, 72, passed away at the Kingston Health Sciences Center with her beloved husband and daughters by her side. She will be missed greatly by her husband and best friend of 51 years, Michael, and cherished daughters Sharon Ward, Kim Peachey, and Korinne Peachey (Nick Constantinidis). Nanny’s laughter, fun and all of her life’s lessons will live on in her pride and joy, her grandchildren, Luke & Molly, Katey, Peter & Michael, and special bonus granddaughters, Stephanie & Emily. Also survived by big brother Don Melanson (Wanda), and numerous, much loved nieces, nephews, cousins and extended families.

Born and raised in Moncton N.B., she was a proud Maritime girl, and family vacations to the East Coast were often. She shared a bed with her twin sister and best friend Judi, until the day they were each married, and left their loving, boisterous family home. It was one evening in 1969 that Kathryn (Kathy at the time) went to the Legion with her parents, Ruth and Cab, for some Saturday night fun, and met a cute Navy L.S. who was just on his way out. Mike didn’t quite make the parking lot, instead making the best decision of his life to turn around and go find the beautiful girl who smiled at him on her way in. On June 19th, 1970 they were married, and the adventures began. Mike’s military career took the family to Bermuda (twice), Inuvik, Edmonton and finally Kingston, where they have made a home since 1983.

Kathryn spent their years of travel making incredible, lasting friendships that remain steadfast and true today. Her address book is burgeoning with names, her phone contacts are in the hundreds, and every single one of them would have a story about what an incredible woman she was. Her laughter was recognizable, and her zest for life plentiful. She was always present, always available for anything her family needed. She knew how to fix anything…a loose button, a gourmet meal, a kids broken heart. And if she didn’t know, she faked it with confidence. Mom was a social butterfly and our biggest (and loudest) cheerleader. She was the neighborhood Mom, who always had an open door and an extra seat at the table for whoever needed it. She was funny and sassy and cool. Our family was the center of her universe, and we all carry the same devotion to our own families because of her.  Although much too short, her time with her grandchildren has left them with an amazing foundation of which to grow upon….be strong, be kind, be confident, laugh often and loudly, stick together, and stick up for anyone who needs it.

Kathryn and Mike’s retirement years took them to Florida for the Winter months, where golf and sunshine and socials were the daily norm, and so many more incredible friendships were made. It was every January for all of those years that her daughters and grandkids met them for the annual ‘Nanny and Papa Florida Vacation’, whether at favorite resort ‘Orange Lake’, or on the cruise trip of 2020- for their 50th Anniversary Celebration, a treat for everyone from Nanny that will be forever remembered.

Her liver transplant in 1994 at University Hospital London, On, was handled by Mom, and Dad, with incredible strength and confidence at a time when liver transplants were fairly new and the outcomes unknown. She often said that her liver was the healthiest part of her, and we continued on for 27 well lived years before she began feeling a little tired, a little winded, and the mitral valve replacement was to be the fix. She never forgot the selfless act of the unknown donor family who saved her life all of those years ago, and never forgot to remind people of the importance of organ donation.

Hug a little longer today, laugh a little harder, and enjoy a big glass of well chilled, white wine. Mom would be doing the same thing. She is now with her twin sister and loving parents, and a celebration of her beautiful life will be held at a later date, hopefully sooner than later, when a larger number of friends can be safely allowed. Please if you are able, monetary donations sent in her honor would be appreciated to the UHKF (Kingston Health Sciences Center), or our local KFL&A United Way. Yet most importantly, invite someone in who may need a friend.


Melvin Simenac

27-Jan-1945 – 21-Jun-2021

Mel (Melvin) William (Bill) Simenac, age 76 years, a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2021, surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Fort William, he was a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. Mel 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. 

Mel was a retired veteran with our Canadian Navy, he was always so inspirational with his stories of his Navy days. Mel then worked for Avenor/Bowater and was a roll grinder operator until his retirement in 2001. He was a man who loved to be an adventurer, taking many trips, fishing trips and camping adventurers with family and friends. Mel had touched everyone he met in his own unique and special way. 

Dad, we love you and miss you. Melvin is survived by his beloved wife Linda, daughter Jody (Brian), grandchildren Amber, Jade, and Madison, brother Larry (Linda) of Lethbridge, Alberta, sister Pat (Terry) Stewardson of Thunder Bay, sister- in-law Judy and his friend and companion, Marley. Many nephews and nieces, and other relatives also survive. Mel was predeceased by his mother Olga (2013), father William (1979), brothers Allan (2003), Jerry (2019), and daughter Stacey (2018). A celebration of life will follow for the family at a later time. 

Should friends so desire, please donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Canada ( in Mel’s memory. 
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Janet Mary Bell

April-23-1951 – June-20-2021

Janet Mary Bell (Feeley) passed away peacefully at home on the morning of a bright and sunny Father’s Day. Janet was born in Winchester, Ontario, the first of Mac and Norma Feeley’s four children. Janet is predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank, and her father, Malcolm, while survived by her mother, Norma, three brothers, Philip (Betty), Mark (Janet Larkin) and Michael plus numerous nephews and nieces.

Following graduation from Algonquin College, Janet worked for many years in nursing, first at the Grace and then finally at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa. Janet immensely enjoyed her time at the QCH, especially working in the Mother Baby Unit, although a career in home interior designing would have also been appropriate based on her decorating skills. Janet and Frank moved to Kinburn, Ontario in the late 1980’s following the completion of their home and enjoyed the next thirty+ years in the community making numerous life-long friends while participating and supporting various community activities, including the curling club in Carp. Janet and Frank enjoyed travelling, with Cape Cod and Mexico being two of their preferred destinations, until Frank’s untimely passing in 2009. Janet continued the “tradition” of vacationing in Cape Cod in the summer with her girl friends while enjoying Mexico in the winter with Janet #2 and Mark. In-between vacation times were spent in the company of her good friends, with a shopping trip to Syracuse becoming an annual tradition. Janet was also an avid pet lover and enjoyed the companionship of her numerous pet dogs throughout her life.

Words cannot describe the sorrow and emptiness created by Janet’s passing but special thanks go out to all of her friends, especially Lynda, Henry, Betsy, Sue and Sandi, who visited regularly during the course of her treatments and subsequent home stay. We are especially grateful to family members, namely Janet #2, and the staff of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network for all of their hard work to ensure Janet was able to remain at home during the course of her treatments and ultimate passing.

Due to current restrictions, the service to honour Janet’s life will be held privately at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth on Saturday July 26th, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. Those wishing are invited to join the service by Zoom link at  In remembrance of Janet, memorial donations to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.) would be appreciated.


Ambrose Augustine Atkins

22-Nov-1933 – 06-Jun-2021

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret’d) Ambrose Augustine Atkins, MMM, CD

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ambrose Atkins on June 6, 2021 at the age of 87, peacefully and at his home in Ottawa.

Ambrose was devoted to his beloved wife Edna for 63 years. Cherished and loving father of Jim (Franca), Lisa (Tom), Dave (Heather), Leigh (Paddy), and Laura. Proud and doting grandfather to Andrew (Amber), Travis (Becky), Brady (Megan), Julie (Mark), Heather, Maggie, Vanessa, Danny (Brianna), Marco and Roberto. He will be greatly missed by his sisters Kay (Gerry) and Marjorie (James), brother Ronnie (Burnese), brother-in-law Sid, and sisters-in-law Pat and Norma. Always ready with a quick smile, corny joke, and kind words, he will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Ambrose was predeceased by his parents, Jimmy and Catherine; and siblings Simon, Butch, and Florence.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, Ambrose joined the Communication Research branch of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1952. He retired from the RCN in 1976 having achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He then worked at the Communication Security Establishment (CSE) in Ottawa from 1976-1995. In 1973, Ambrose was invested into the Order of Military Merit for exemplary service to Canada.

In retirement, Ambrose assisted the efforts of Campaign Life Coalition and dedicated his time to programs such as the annual Coins for Life campaign and National March for Life. He was a longtime parishioner at St Patrick Basilica and active in roles such as pro-life representative, choir member, and offertory collector. Ambrose and Edna worked tirelessly to bring Catholic books and literature to parishioners for many years in their monthly pop-up book store in the old baptistry, a precursor to the current book and gift shop at St Patrick Basilica. He held longtime membership with the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Old-Timers Associations of the Supplementary Radio System and CSE.

A “Spud Islander” to the end, Ambrose had a passion for all things related to Prince Edward Island and was happiest when visiting “home”. He dearly loved his family, his faith, fishing, and hockey, not necessarily in that order.
The family sends a heartfelt thank you to Dr Shamim Taherzadeh whose compassionate care for Ambrose in the last months of his life ensured that this humble and simple man could stay at his home with his family until God took him unto Himself. We also thank the palliative care team of PSWs and nurses for their outstanding dedication. A special thank you to Pamela, whose loving care of Dad brought him much peace and joy.

Due to current restrictions, visitations are by invitation only. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 15th at St. Patrick Basilica, 220 Kent Street, Ottawa. Livestreaming of the service will be provided (link will be provided)

In memoriam donations may be made to Campaign Life Coalition or a charity of your choice.


Neil J. “Mac” MacAskill

29-Apr-1932 – 06-Jun-2021

Age 89 It is with great sadness that we the family announce the passing of Neil on June 6, 2021 at the Dartmouth General Hospital.

Neil was married to Joyce (Cameron) for 66 years, who unfortunately passed away in 2019. Neil was born in Arvida, Quebec to Roderick and Alice MacAskill in April 1932.

He was predeceased by sisters Sadie and Viola and is survived by his siblings, Hugh (Barb), Victor (Margie), Winston (late Racheal) and sister Bernice (Bill) Naylor; sons Dan (Patricia) and Tom; beloved grandchildren Jeff and Kimberley (Sheldon) Lidstone; great grandchildren Paige, Anthony and Ethan Lidstone.

Neil had a 41 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces. As a young seaman in 1950, he started his career in Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands. Dad was a crew member on many ships in his early career, one in particular being HMCS Labrador. In 1954 it became the first large Canadian ship to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage and then rounded the continent. It was a total of 18,000 miles. Retiring as Master Warrant Officer in 1975. He said one day he took off his uniform and the next day he transferred to the Supplementary Reserve and took on the role of teaching communications until his official retirement in 1992 as Chief Petty Officer 2.

In he early days Neil participated in coaching ball, hockey and was involved in Scouts. Upon retirement Neil was involved with Halifax Wildlife Association and was a big participant in organizing the first Fish-a-Rama for children at Red Bridge Pond in Dartmouth. This ended up being a yearly event held in June. Neil and Joyce were very involved in Dartmouth Volksmarching. They were also early morning risers counting and watching out for the Piping Plovers. Neil was also very proud of his own locker at the Dartmouth Sportsplex as he was one of the original members.

Neil had his own piece of paradise on Soles Lake, Chezzetcook. He always loved the water and he would be in the water swimming before the ice was out. He had a friendly wave for every passer by and those who were lucky to stop by were greeted with a smile, a joke or two and just maybe a little something to quench your thirst. Due to current COVID restrictions a celebration of Neil’s life will be held at a later date. A private family burial will be held. Memorial donations in Neil’s memory can be made to Diabetes Canada.


Larry Thivierge

1937 – 2021

Peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Friday January 1, 2021 at the age of 83. Loving husband of Dawn Fossmark for 62 years. Cherished Dad of Peter (Susan), Andrew and Paul. Beloved Grampa of Sera, Jared (Kate), Hannah, Stephanie and Michael. Dear great-grandpa of Madelyn and Seth. Dear brother in law of Peter Fossmark. Predeceased by his parents Pete and Evelyn and his brother Gerald.

Larry was a veteran of the Canadian Navy and was involved in radio operations for 5 years. He was then employed by the Federal Government in the Department of Communications. He then became an amateur Ham radio operator and was known by the call sign VE3GT. He was the past section communication manager for Northern Ontario for many years. Larry and Dawn also enjoyed travelling to Florida and spending time there relaxing and golfing. He will fondly remembered by all of his friends.

A private visitation and service will be held at the Goulet Funeral Home. Donations in Larry’s name may be made to Kidney Cancer Canada, Renfrew Victoria Hospital or the Arthritis Society. Online condolences/donations may be made at


Clare O’Brien

May 27, 2021

O’Brien, Clare Francis (Finley)

With great sadness we announce that Clare passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on Thursday May 27, 2021 with friends and family close by at the age of 82. Daughter of the late Michael and Alice Finley (Maloney) and beloved wife of the late Ron O’Brien (2004), Aunt to Alex (Kit) O’Brien and Jessica (John) Hilborn.  She was a close family friend of Doris (late Gord) Morrow and her children. She will be missed at family gatherings. Clare had a passion for sports and could be found in the curling rink all winter and on the golf course all summer. She had a heart of gold, didn’t care what anyone thought, loved talking politics and sports, and was a farm girl at heart. If desired donations made to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, 566 Louise St. Winchester, ON K0C 2K0 would be appreciated. The funeral Service may be viewed on the Daley Family Funeral Home facebook page on Saturday June 5 at 10 am.


Stephen Patrick Madigan

April 6, 1955 – May 5, 2021

Passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at University Hospital, London, in his 67th year after an automobile accident on April 24, 2021. Dear son of Thomas and Amy Madigan. Cherished father of Lee Madigan Mitchell, and Matthew Madigan Mitchell (Fiona). Loving grandfather of Stefanie and Georgia Mitchell. Beloved brother of the late Paul Madigan (Katherine), Frances Weber (Peter), Margaret Beauchamp (late Edward “Ted”), Beatrice Fradette (late Lawrence Laurent), Carl Madigan (Peggy) and Marilyn Allen. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of Stephen’s life will take place at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, Woodstock (519-539-0004). Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed at


Peacefully at Trillium Ridge Care Community on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in his 54 year. Beloved son of John and Jocelyne Ezard. Cherished brother of Angela Tessier and Lynn Shorts. Cherished uncle of Maria (Keenan) Papps, David Tessier (Rachel), Katharine Tessier (Cole)and Micah Shorts and great-uncle of Caleb and Jack, Olivia, Joey and Isabelle. Fondly remembered by his many relative and extended families. Due to Covid, the visitation and Mass will be for the family only. For those wishing, donation to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Cancer Society or the Princess Margaret Hospital for Research, would be appreciated by his family. Online Condolences at


Judith Wells (Dick)

Wells; Judith Evelyn Wells, age 82, of Carmichael, Saskatchewan, passed away February 20, 2020. Judy is survived by her Husband: Miles (Dick) Wells. Sister/ Brothers: Iris Jones, Lorne Cooke, Raymond (Linda) Cooke and Ed (Jan) Cooke. Children: Jody (Colleen) Wells, Sandra (Bailey) Epp, Special Niece and Heart Daughter: Joyce (Scott) Cameron. Grandchildren: Aaron Epp, Kyle Epp, Alexandra Epp, Mandi Murray, Nakita Murray, Kimberly (Gary) Spence, Emily Rivera, and Jemih-lin Wells. Great Grandchildren: Grayson Murray, Jackson Murray-Peppin, Cashson Murray-Peppin, Ryan Evelyn Murray, and Myla Rivera. She was predeceased by her Parents: Florence and Albert Cooke, Sister: Joan (Bill) Hosborough, Brother: Hugh (Leah) Cooke. Judy was born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, June 27th, 1937. She attended school at Grassy Hill and Carmichael. Judy was a Domestic Goddess, School bus driver, and Home care worker. She was a member of Knox United Church, Carmichael Community Club, Tompkins Community Choir, Legion Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion (Tompkins Branch 140). Born and raised a prairie girl, Judy married Miles (Dick) Wells in April 1958 and left Saskatchewan to support Dick’s career in the Royal Canadian Navy living in various postings across Canada from Moncton, NB to Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (Queen Charlotte Islands). After Dick’s retirement in 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario; they settled back to their favourite place on earth, Carmichael, Saskatchewan. Judy continued to work in the Gull Lake area as a home care aid. Her hobbies and interests consisted of volunteer work with the Carmichael Community Club, Tompkins Royal Canadian Legion, Photography, Bird Watching, Gardening, Quilting, Knitting, and United Church Choir. More than anything, Judy had passion for her family, especially her Grand Children and Great Grand Children. She relished and looked forward to any time she got to spend with her “grannies” and “greaties”. Affectionately known as Ma, Momma, Aunt Jude, and Grama she was always available for long distance phone call, a quick coffee, a warm hug, a shoulder to cry on, or to share a laugh…and did she like to laugh! She loved to sing, cook and entertain. Her cinnamon buns, pies, and baking were famous wherever she lived or traveled. Judy loved to learn new things her whole life teaching herself the accordion and to sew as a teenager.  She was also very adventurous in senior years. Whether she was para sailing in Mexico, accompanying her Grand Children on their Graduation Trips to Seattle, Toronto, and Montreal; her annual trips to Victoria; fishing trips and road trips with friends and family; Judy was ready and rarin’ to go. In the last few years, she learned to play piano, getting her first computer and learning email; she was always willing to try something new! For all that knew her, Judy was a kind gentle soul who throughout her life had an affinity to attract those in need. Her home was a refuge for local teenagers who had been displaced, nieces, nephews, stray dogs, and cats…and the odd sailor. Her faith was her comfort in the latter stages of her diagnosis. She was brave, beautiful, and gracious even in her last hours. We feel grateful and privileged to have had her in our lives and to know she is at peace now that she has gone to be with her Lord Jesus Christ. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Tompkins Community Hall, Tompkins, Saskatchewan with Reverend Ken Schrag Officiating. The choir consists of members of the Knox United Church Choir and Tompkins Community Choir. The Eulogists will be Joanne Allison, Ruth Magee, Rhonda Martin, Aaron Epp, Kyle Epp, Alexandra Epp, Mandi Murray, Nakita Murray, Kimberly Spence, Emily Rivera. The Ushers will be Johnny Magee, Scott Magee, and Kyle Magee. The Urn Bearer will be Grayson Murray. An Honour Guard will be formed by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Tompkins Branch 140. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clare Kozroski and the amazing staff at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre for the great care they provided Judy during her short stay there. We also thank and are very grateful for the friends and family in the Gull Lake, Tompkins and most especially the Carmichael communities who have provided love, support, meals, rides, and who visited Judy during her final months. The prairie community is a remarkable place with remarkable people. The Interment Service will be held at the Tompkins Community Cemetery at a later date. In Judy’s memory, memorial donations may be made to the Tompkins Cancer Committee: Box 237, Tompkins, Saskatchewan, S0N 2S0. Warren’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information please call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to the family in our book of condolence.

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Richard  ‘Dick’ Georges Turcotte

Major, Canadian Armed Forces
16 Feb 1932 – 16 May 2021

Died peacefully of natural causes in his 90th year at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa. Son of the late Rolland & Evelyn Turcotte (née Grandmaison). Survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen (née Smith), his children Colin (Lisu Hill), Kate (Jay Parnell), and Adam (Louise Cooper), and grandchildren Kaleb, Oliver, Ruby, Zepherin, Declan, Henry, and Sam. Served 1950-55 (RCN), 1956-60 (COTC), and 1961-85 (RC Sigs). Caring husband, father and grandfather; enlightened and compassionate man. He will be missed.
Mr. Turcotte is resting at the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). A Private Interment will be held at the Glenwood Cemetery, Picton. For online condolences and to share memories of Dick, please visit:

Dick’s Military Career

RCN 1950-55 Ordinary Seaman, Communications Supplementary (Branch), Level 1.

1950:HMCS Cornwallis, ‘Niagara” Division, NS HMCS Gloucester, Ottawa, ON

1951-52: Naval Radio Station, Churchill, MB

1953: Naval Radio Station, Aklavik, NWT

1954: NRS Coverdale, Moncton, NB Frobisher Bay, NWT

1955: HMCS Jonquiere, Cruises to Honalulu, San Diego, and Hecate Straight.

NRS Masset, Masset, BC

Release from the Navy at Vancouver, BC

COTC (Infantry) 1956-60, Sir George Williams College, Montreal, QC

Royal Canadian School of Infantry, Borden, ON (Summer 1956)

Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Fort MacLeod, Westphalia, Germany (Summer 1958)

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 1961-84

1961-66, Royal Canadian School of Signals, No. 1 Line Troop RCS, and First Signal Regiment, Kingston, ON

1967-68, 1 RHC (Royal Highlanders of Canada – Black Watch), Gagetown, NB. UN Tour to Cypress.

1969-70, 2 Signal Squadron, Petawawa, On

1971-1973, 70 Communication Group, Trenton, ON

1974-76, Commanding Officer, CFS Gander, NL

1977-84, Communication Command HQ, Ottawa, ON

1984, Retirement from CAF

DND, Canadian National Distributing Authority (CNDA) later Canadian Forces Crypto Support Unit (CFCSU), Ottawa, ON 1985-2003


Timothy Glenn Love

Sept. 9, 1955 – May 14, 2021

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my husband, Tim Love, who passed away at home in Kingston, ON with me by his side. Tim was 65 years of age and we had 38 wonderful years of marriage.

Tim was born in Port Colborne, ON and joined the military in 1973 as a Communicator Research Operator, 291. He retired as a Warrant Officer having had a long and successful 28 year career in the military. Tim had many postings including Inuvik, NWT, Gander, NF, Masset, BC, Alert, Nunavut, Bermuda, Ottawa, ON and Kingston, ON.

Tim loved people and found it easy to strike up a conversation with most people he met. Among his passions were fast cars, reading, woodworking and travel. All of those shared with his wife Louise. He will be remembered for his quick wit, knowledge about everything and his great sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Louise, his father Glen of Grimsby and siblings Dean (Linda) of Richards Landing, Daria (John) of Toronto, Chris (Linda) of Guelph and Dalyce (Murray) of Cambridge as well as many nieces & nephews, friends and extended family. Tim was predeceased by his mother, Rose.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation or funeral. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Trousdale Funeral Home, Sydenham, ON. Online condolences available at

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Darryl Bruce Terris

November 16, 1943 – May 6, 2021

Here is Darryl Bruce Terris’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Darryl Bruce Terris (Victoria, British Columbia), who passed away on May 6, 2021. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Darryl Bruce Terris.


It is with great sadness that we announce that Sylvia Daniels (née Moss) passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on May 5, 2021. Predeceased by her beloved husband and soulmate Fred in 2010, Sylvia will be dearly missed by her three daughters Lisa Simpson (Roy), Lori Marcantonio (Peter) and Wendy Daniels (Raymond Bleau) and 7 grandchildren who loved and adored her, Gina, Christina, Domenic, Dylan, Matthew, Derrick and Rachael and 2 great-grandchildren Peyton and Jaxon. Sylvia had a profound impact on all her family and friends throughout her life. To be loved so deeply by someone as kind, generous and gentle as her has been a wonderful gift to all who had the privilege of knowing her. It is so difficult to say goodbye to a woman who was an inspiration and an exceptional role model. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the excellent care and compassion provided by Dr. Bright and the dedicated nurses and PSW’s at Saint Elizabeth Health Care and Assurance Home Care. Funeral to be held at a later date when it’s safe to gather. Arrangements in care of Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel (613-731-1255). In memory of Sylvia donations to The Arthritis Society or the Heart & Stoke Foundation. Condolences at


Fran Russell (Dave Berry)


Fran Ariel Russell passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021, giving her the opportunity to audition
for a heavenly choir where we are sure she will sing her joyful heart out.
Fran had a very loving relationship with her parents, the late Russell and Georgette Albert, growing
up with her three brothers, Robert, James and George. In later years, Fran lovingly raised her two
children, Dee Anne and Jeff on military bases in the Maritimes, including HMCS Coverdale, and CFS Gander; and Ottawa and later in the Parkwood Hills community. Fran was a generous and kind mother and equally loving grandmother to Madeleine, Noah, Kate and Lainey. Fran would try never to miss a Sens playoff run (it’s been a
while!), a Grey Cup party, and a Brier final. In her day, she was a quadruple threat, playing
badminton (RA Centre), softball (DARA), tennis (DARA) and golf at local par 3s. Connections were important to Fran and she found many in her work at Agriculture Canada, her faith community at Temple Israel, and through the friendships formed as a member of the Temple Israel choir and the Ottawa Carleton Choristers.  Like any grandmother worth her salt, Fran knew the secret to capturing the hearts of her grandchildren – pizza parties, fun times in the pool with candy and coins thrown in for good measure. Maddie, Noah, Kate and
Lainey will hold those memories forever. Fran had a weakness for red sports cars and fully loaded
SUVs , so we’ll have to break the news gently to her favourite car salesman. We still have to tell
her cat, Chelsea too – once we find her hiding place, that is!
Fran is also survived by the father of her children, Dave Berry, and we feel grateful for his kindness
and love at this time. He was always a great support to Fran over the years. Thank you to Rabbi
Daniel Mikelberg, and the staff at First Memorial Funeral Services for their guidance and support.
Thank you to Kyle and Melissa, very special neighbours, who were a great help to Fran and her
sidekick, Chelsea. With special thanks to the palliative care team at the Queensway Carleton
Hospital for their care and compassion.
The organization McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home will webcast the funeral ceremony of Fran Russell
on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 1:45 PM EDT to 3:30 PM EDT .
You can view the ceremony live or on replay at


Joan Cogdon

Through tears and gratitude for a life very well lived, the family of Joan Cogdon is sad to announce that she left this earth on May 3, 2021 at the age of 102. Born on November 29, 1918 in Sunderland, England, Joan and her mother boarded the SS Mauretania bound for New York City when she was just two years old. Her father had gone before them to find work and had sent word for them to come and settle in Canada because it was a “very welcoming place”. Most of Joan’s life was spent in London, Ontario. She studied the romance languages at Western University and then worked with London Life Insurance until she joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. She stayed with the Navy until the end of WWII, studying communications and rising in rank as an Officer to Sub-Lieutenant. After the war, Joan spent two years in Montreal translating Spanish for an investment firm and a few years as the Secretary to the President of Western University before deciding to go back to school to embark on a career in Nursing. Joan graduated from Nursing with a focus in Public Health in 1952. She held many roles in this field until her retirement in 1980 – including 15 years as a school nurse and a number of years as the liaison between Public Health and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After more than 80 years in London, Joan decided to move to Halifax in 2005 to live out the rest of her life by the ocean. Joan was known for her crazy socks and love of art. In 2018, she generously donated her original Maud Lewis, complete with a handwritten note from Maud herself, to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Those who knew Joan would describe her as adventurous, spunky, natural, creative, spiritual, determined and caring. From scuba diving to piano to tai chi, field hockey, flute, meditation and dance, if something piqued her interest, she tried it. Joan was passionate about nature and wildlife. Her great nieces and nephews looked forward to the acres of land in the rainforest she would protect in each of their names every Christmas. She also loved to travel and experience new cultures – visiting many countries including Japan, Venezuela, Hong Kong and Columbia throughout her life. Joan’s last major solo trip was to Brazil at age 90. To her family and friends, Joan was an inspiration. She lived her life to the fullest and will be used as an example of carpe diem, seizing the day, for many generations to come. There’s no doubt that the most important person in Joan’s life was her brother Noel. After losing their parents in 1956 and 1958, Joan and Noel looked out for one another and remained close until his death in 2000. Joan is survived by her niece, Ann Cogdon, her nephew-in-law Reed Wilson, her eight great nieces and nephews (David, Sunshine, Benjamin, Nora, Adam and Rachel Wilson; Deanna, Michael Cogdon) and their families which includes 10 great-great nieces and nephews as well as Deanna and Michael’s mom Anne who helped care for Joan in her last few years. She was pre-deceased by her parents, George Barnes and Olive Cogdon, her brother and sister-in-law Noel and Marion (Redfern) Cogdon as well as her nephew David Cogdon, niece Donella Wilson and great-great nephew Louie Barnes Cogdon. In recognition of her career in health care, Joan gave one final gift by donating herself to the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. Please consider a donation in her memory to one of her favourite charities: the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Wildlife Federation or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland


Paul Byron Barr

Barr, Paul Byron – We, the family of Paul Byron Barr, sadly announce his passing on April 29, 2021 in Truro, at the age of 83.

Paul was a son of the late Ted and Etta (Boyd) Barr of Millidgeville, N.B. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served for five years in the communications sector.

After leaving the service, Paul found joy working in radio and television broadcasting in the private sector while continuing his education.

Paul eventually found his way to the CBC where he had a stellar career in radio and TV news in both Fredericton and Halifax. His attention to details, quick wit, ready laugh and love of life earned him a faithful audience and the respect and friendship of his colleagues.

Paul was with CBC in Halifax for 22 years and was a long time member of the Armdale Yacht Club and served as Commodore, a job he took very seriously. His family knows he spent many happy hours there “just messing around in boats”.

He firmly believed his life would have been much more orderly if he hadn’t discovered sailboats, airplanes, scuba diving and golf.

Paul loved all things fun – including visits with friends and family and silly jokes, many made at his own expense. He also said he’d only believe in miracles if, just once, he could reach into a bag of bagels and find one sliced completely through.

Paul also said the most beautiful thing in a newsroom typewriter was a blank piece of paper and it was all his. He couldn’t wait to get at it. Then he’d say the scariest thing in a typewriter was a blank piece of paper and the clock was ticking to news time.

Paul is survived by his wife, Wendy Chapman; sons, Andrew and his partner, Achula; daughter, Kiersten MacGillivary; two granddaughters; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Tanya (Peter), Stacey (Kevin) and Jason (Tara); two step-granddaughters; four step-grandsons; sisters, Connie Heighton of Hampton, N.B. and Joan (Bucky) Cannon of Dartmouth; brother-in-law, Hugh Fraser of Fredericton and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jacqueline Fraser of Saint John; sister, Shirley Green; younger sister, Marilyn; younger brother, Randy; brothers-in-law, Jim Heighton, Lincoln Green and Angus Fraser.

Paul and Wendy enjoyed the last 12 years together travelling and visiting their many friends and wonderful home in Florida.

If so desired, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or VON Canada.

Many thanks to Dr. Smith, Angela, Dr. Rowe, Julia and the VON for supporting us and making it possible for Paul to remain at home during his illness.

A message of condolence for the family may be left by posting your comment as a guest in the area below.


Roger Allan Godden


GODDEN, Roger Allan – Age 65, of Dayspring, Lunenburg Co., passed away at home with his family by his side on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Charles Albert and Dorothy May (Belsey) Godden.

Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Joan (Smith) Godden; his daughter, Tracy (Sean) Hemus, Wooler, Ont.; grandchildren, Colin Pink, Victoria Pink, Lena Hemus and Courtney Hemus; sisters, Lynda (David) Kligman, Alberta; Heather Godden, Dartmouth; brother, Jim Godden, Ottawa; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Michael in June 2020.

No visitation at the funeral home by request. A memorial service will be held and live-streamed, 2 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021 from Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Private family interment will follow in Dayspring Cemetery, Dayspring. Rev. Willis Ott officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society of charity of choice.

We would like to especially thank the palliative care team, Dr. Gowan and Kim Berkeley; South Shore Home Care and the V.O.N. – Lunenburg County branch.

It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Alfred Arthur Watkins announces his passing on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the age of 79 years. Wayne was a resident of Kanata, Ontario, and a former resident of Hillier, Ontario. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by Georgia, his wife and best friend of 60 years, and his children, Carrie Lynn and Steven (Brenda). Wayne’s memory will also be cherished by his two granddaughters, Tasha (Eric) and Shelby, and his sister, Dylite. Wayne was predeceased by his brother, Gary. A private interment service was held on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Capital Memorial Gardens, Nepean. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Those who so desire may make donations in Wayne’s memory to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 244 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario, K0K 3L0 or the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, 1750 Russell Road, Suite 1742, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5Z6. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Nepean for their care and compassion.


Joyce Doucette

Friday, February 16th, 1951 Monday, April 26th, 2021

Joyce Doucette (née Ryan), passed away suddenly on April 26, 2021.
She is predeceased by her husband Harry, parents Earl and Doris, and brothers Fred and Ken.
Leaving to mourn are her children, Tina (husband Ian), Suzanne (husband Mitch), Sherri-Lynn (husband Jamie), Harry (wife Deanne), David (wife Heather), as well as her grandchildren Ryan, Emily, Lyla, Iestyn, Rhys, Freija, Isaac and Meredith.She also leaves nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
It was her wishes not to have a funeral or any viewings.
We will be keeping those wishes, however we are encouraging to write condolences and to share memories.
She was loved by many and will be missed by many.


James “Jim” Fairley

Sunday, October 4th, 1936 Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Entered into rest at the Lanark Lodge, Perth on March 7, 2021 at the age of 84. Predeceased by his wife Barbara (Goguen) Fairley. Father of Catherine Rock (Todd) of Merrickville, Christopher Fairley and Graham Fairley both of Ottawa. Grandfather of David Rock. Fondly remembered by caring close friend Lila Deir-Hayes. Jim was a 30 year Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Private cremation has taken place and interment will be in the family lot in Moncton N.B. with a celebration of Jim’s life there at a later date.

In honour of Jim, contributions to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care would be greatly acknowledged.

Send condolences or share a special thought of Jim on the Memory Wall above. Thank you.


Lloyd Philip Cara

August 14, 1927 – December 31, 2019

Life is not about the dates on either side but the hyphen in between.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father who passed away at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital at 92 years of age. Lloyd was born in Brantford, Ontario.
He joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 16 and travelled extensively. He then joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he spent another 34 years until his retirement. During this time, Lloyd met the love of his life Zena and made his home in Trail, BC.
Lloyd is survived by his son Raymond Cara and his wife Susan Cara (nee Langevin), his sister Doreen Anderson, many nieces and nephews in Ontario, his granddaughter Krystle, great-granddaughter Kara, and grandsons Dallas, Kyle and Cole.
The world is a better place because he walked through it. Lloyd will always be remembered for his love for animals and sadly missed by his many close friends. We will all miss his sense of humour and his love for sports.
At Lloyd’s request, there will be no service or Celebration of Life. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Servicesâ„¢ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Lloyd’s name may be made to your local SPCA.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at
God saw you getting tired
So He put his arms around you
And whispered, “Come to Me”
With tearful eyes we watched you fade away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay
A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands now rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best


John Stephen Steeves

Age 59, of Westville, Pictou County, passed away on March 4, 2021, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. John was born and raised in Crossroads Ohio, Antigonish, one of 14 children of Peggy and the late Donald Steeves. John wanted to join the Army like his dad, a WWII veteran, and at 18 he joined the Canadian Engineers as a demolition expert, rising from Sapper to Corporal. He was posted to Alert, Chilliwack, Gagetown, and Lahr, Germany, where his career ended with a medical discharge at the age of 31, the result of a serious injury during a planned bridge demolition. John lived in Pictou County where he restored a home in Westville. He loved to help his many younger relatives, almost as much as he loved country music and telling jokes. John was predeceased by his dad Donald and sister Jeannie. He is survived by his mom, Peggy; siblings, Donna (Angus) Coutts, Claude, Rebecca, Gary (Marilyn), Lila MacLean (John Connors), Linda (Dave West), Carolena (Andre Noel), Gordon, Mark (Debbie Levere), Martha (Jerry) Gurney, Donald (Mandy Sharpe), Kimberley (Tim) Walker, and Allison (Mike) Hennessey; and innumerable nieces and nephews and their children. Visitation will be held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish. Social distancing protocols must be followed, and masks are mandatory. A private funeral will be held in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph, with a link to the service available Tuesday afternoon on the funeral home website. Burial in the parish cemetery in the spring. Online condolences:


John Dougald Mclean

Of Whycocomagh. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of John Dougald McLean on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, at the age of 93. Born in Inverness, on January 13, 1928 to the late Dan C. and Margaret McLean. Survived by sons, Ted (Debbie), Halifax; Karl (Rachel), Ottawa; granddaughter, Melanie, Ottawa; step grandson, Daniel (Jen) and their children, Niagara Falls; brother, Sandy (Nancy), Port Hawkesbury. Also survived by former daughters-in-law, Roxanne Doran and Cathy Rowe, Ottawa; sister-in-law, Florence MacKeigan; brother-in-law, Ian MacKeigan (Shirley); sister-in-law, Sheila MacKay (Archie), all from Whycocomagh; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by parents; loving wife, Dorothy (MacKeigan); brother, Donald and wife Muriel; sister, Mary (MacAulay) and husband John E. Also predeceased by sister-in-law, Kate Turbill (MacKeigan) and husband Kenzie; brother-in-law, Archie MacKay (Sheila); several nieces and nephews, former spouses Glena Trépanier, Annie Mae Gillis, and many members of their families. Also known by many other names: Mac, Chug, Uncle Dougie, Grandpa, Dad, and of course, O.M. Proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1955 to 1972. Stationed at several bases across Canada, including three six-month tours in Alert, Nunavut. Also served in the U.N. Emergency Force in Egypt and the Congo. Worked for many years as Sergeant with the House of Commons protective staff in Ottawa, where he raised his family. Despite his interest in travelling the world, he always wanted to settle back in Whycocomagh. He was active in the community as a life member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 123, Whycocomagh; a proud member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh; a member of the Sircom Lodge No. 66 for over 67 years, and a staunch supporter of the Waterfront, attending as many events as he could, especially the Thursday night jam sessions with his brother Sandy after their weekly visit with their sister Mary. Never missing an opportunity to play cribbage (except on Sundays), he enjoyed many years playing with his brothers-in-law Ian and Archie. Archie’s son Ivan became his new rival, and many a game ensued, while keeping an eye on their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Many thanks to all the wonderful family and friends who looked out for him over the years. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral and burial arrangements will be made later, under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at:

Norm Armour

Norm Armour passed away on the 4th March 2021 in Hamilton Ontario at the age of 86.  He is survived by his wife Marlene, son Jason, daughter Joanne and 7 grandchildren. At Norm’s request, there will no obituary, nor funeral  service.


Natalie Shumovsky

Friday, September 17th, 1965 Sunday, February 28th, 2021

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Natalie Shumovsky at the age of 55, on February 28th, 2021 at May Court Hospice in Ottawa, Ontario. She is survived by her mother Helene (nee Tatarski), brother Serge, nephew Christian and niece Alyssa.

Natalie was born on September 17th, 1965 in Montreal, Quebec, to proud parents Theodore Shumovsky (deceased January 26th 2010) and Helene Shumovsky. At the age of 8 the family moved to Ottawa where Natalie attended Queen Elizabeth Public School, Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School and graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Medieval English Literature. After graduating from university, Natalie joined the Canadian Military in the communication field. After a few years with postings in Alert, Boston and Ottawa she started her career as a Senior Programmer/Analyst Consultant and continued this work until her passing.

Natalie was passionate about photography, scuba diving and weaving. These led her to scuba diving all over the world and incorporated her love for photography. Her passion for weaving led her to the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild where she was an active member. Her weaving also led her to starting her own business creating, weaving and selling her own works.

Natalie’s wish was to have a Celebration of Life event. This will take place when Covid restrictions are lifted and all her family and friends can come and share in celebrating her life.

For those wishing, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hospice Care Ottawa , would be greatly appreciated.


Major (Ret’d) William (Bill) John Vernon Berry, CD (CELE 42A)

June 26, 1931– September 15, 2020 (Updated Obituary from Oct 2020)

This obituary is for the friends of our father who passed away at the Perley & Rideau Veteran’s Health Center on September 15/2020.

When Canada announced its intention to send ground forces to Korea in August 1950 Bill joined the Canadian Army Special Forces  He trained at Fort Lewis, Washington & served with 2PPCLI-Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry & was in Korea from February 51 to April 52.  Serving on the front lines included the historic Battle of Kapyung for which the actions of the 2PPCLI & the 3rd RAR-Royal Australian Regiment received the US Presidential Citation.

Our father later joined the RCAF in December 1954.  He was commissioned from the ranks in 1967.  During his 36 years in the military there were many postings & positions which included Commanding Officer of CFS Alert & CFS Leitrim.  He was always proud of the men & women he worked with in the Communication and Electronics branch.

After retirement our father served as Alderman for March Ward, City of Kanata 1985 – 1991.  He was also active in the Royal Canadian legion.

Bill is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren. 

Cynthia Berry( David Carroll) & son Austin, Dunrobin. Constance (Darren Brash) & daughter Chelsea, Brampton. Sabrina Hamilton & daughter Hunter & son Brett, Vancouver.

We are so fortunate to have the memories of our youth of his steadfast love & support.  We had many family trips to Florida & Disney World, Key West & many trips to Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland.  When we moved to Dunrobin to live on part of the Berry Farm, our dad taught us the joy of raising calves & goats from birth to showing them at the local fall fairs.

Dad is also survived by his brother Tom (the late Moira Sutherland) and their son Matthew, Montreal and daughter Jennifer, Toronto.  Memories of our beloved father will rest in our hearts forever-true love never dies.


Howard Roy Garrett

GARRETT, Captain (Ret.) Howard Roy

Howard Roy Garrett passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 7, 2021. When he was just 17, Howard joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He spent his youth sailing to exotic ports-of-call and forging lifelong friendships. Later in his career, military postings took Howard, wife Helen and daughters Debrah and Carmen to big cities and small towns throughout North America. Howard was an avid cyclist and runner. He later became a passionate curler, a sport he enjoyed into his late 70s. In retirement, Howard and Helen re-connected with old friends and extended family. They lived on Vancouver Island for a decade before finally returning to Ottawa.

Howard was predeceased by his wife Helen Maretta (1936 – 2017) and his sister Lois (1938 – 1991). He is survived by daughters Debrah (Leslie – deceased); Carmen (Rick); siblings Patrick (Karen) and Bernice; grandchildren Jennifer (Austin), Shawn (Heather), Eric; and great-grandchildren Issac, Tyler, Addison, Jacob along with many nieces and nephews. Howard also leaves behind Sarah Maguire, his friend and loving companion in his last years.

The family is immensely grateful to the staff and caregivers at Orchard Walk Retirement Community for the compassionate and professional care they gave Howard and the unrelenting courtesy every person extended to his family. During a difficult time, made worse by the pandemic, they always answered the call. The family would also like to thank Dr. Gisell Delgado, Helen Hana, Kelly McBride, Margo Laporte, Isabelle Demers, Siroos Hozhabri, Pamela Johnson and their fellow nurses and PSWs at Champlain LHIN. Their care, attention and support was greatly valued by Howard and his family.

Howard lived a thoughtful, impactful life, and his challenge to we who survive him is to spend our time well. Condolences and Sharing Memories at


Paul Hartley Francis


Paul Hartley Francis – age 84, of Wolfville, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 in the Wolfville Nursing Home. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Ivan and Mary (Peake) Francis. Paul was a retired communications technician with the Canadian Armed Forces with 37 years of service to Canada, both at home and abroad. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan (Dunne), Wolfville; sons, Paul M. (Tracey) Francis, Milton, Ont.; David Francis (Angella Goodon), Kelowna, BC and brother, Brian (Patricia) Francis, Dartmouth, NS. He was predeceased by sisters, Carol Ann (in infancy), Joan Francis and brother, Clement Francis. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service, by request. A burial will be held in Newfoundland at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Parkinson Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.


Ernest Eugene Simmons

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of ERNEST EUGENE SIMMONS, loving husband of Dorothea Eloise Simmons; son of the late Albert Joseph Barclay Simmons and the late Ella Rose Simmons (nee Astwood); beloved father of Sheryll Kelly, Lynette Wilson (Trescot), Ernell Simmons and the late Effrem Eulo Simmons in his 91st year of Lefroy House Care Community in Sandys Parish. He also leaves to cherish his memory his siblings Reba Ratteray, Jacqueline Harris (Oliver), Eulene Simons, Everard Simmons (Edna), Carlyle Simmons (Marilyn) and Anthony Simmons; grandchildren Elroy Eugene Kelly, Sean Kelly, Jerome Wilson (Lunette) and Amanda Morris (Dwayne); great grandchildren Ta’ziyah Kelly, Kaden Kelly, Kamden Kelly, Kaylee Kelly, Ava Morris and Jacob Wilson; sisters-in-law Marilyn Philip and Patricia Simons; brother-in-law Edward Cann; special cousins Jean and Clermont Joell; Juliette Pearman, Claudette Simmons and Roseanne Astwood; special friends David and Marlon Darrell, Janet Gray, Roselle Nigg, Quinton Lightbourne, Shawnette Griffiths, Harland Landy and the Management and staff at Lefroy House Care Community; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The private service will be held at the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church, Beacon Hill Road, Somerset on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2pm. Interment will follow at the Somerset Methodist Church, Long Bay Lane, Somerset. A private service will be held for immediate family and close friends only due to Covid Restrictions. The service can be viewed via Zoom ID: 562 271 1209. Password: 441 234 2979 or Facebook Live on the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church. A viewing will be held at the Pearman Funeral Home on Saturday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, no more than 25 people at a time may enter to attend the viewing. Please utilize face masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines for both the viewing and the service. In lieu of Flowers please send donations to the Lefroy House Care Community. PEARMAN FUNERAL HOME


HEWSON, Major-General C. William,
CMM CD BASc (Civ Eng)
February 2, 1937 – February 3, 2021

Major-General Bill Hewson passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021, a day after his eighty-fourth birthday. His wife Norah was at his side.

Bill and Norah met at a party in Toronto in 1959, where he was a recent graduate from the Royal Military College gaining a civil engineering degree from the U of T. Norah was a student nurse at Sick Kids Hospital. They said goodnight, but Bill was smitten, and he called Norah the next day to ask her to dinner. Despite postings and deployments across Canada and to Germany, England, Cyprus, Australia and Belgium, he never really left her side again. He married Norah in 1961, and they made homes together around the world. After raising their sons Douglas and Richard, they retired to their property on Calabogie Lake, in the Ottawa Valley.

Bill lived his life with honour, courage and loyalty. His military service began with command of a rifle platoon in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility with the Patricias and in the Intelligence Branch. He served as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion PPCLI; Commander of the Canadian Contingent to the UN Force in Cyprus; Chief of Intelligence at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, and as Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence at SHAPE, the NATO Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. Appointments as the Colonel of the Regiment, PPCLI; Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Branch, and as a Commander of the Order of Military Merit reflected his dedication to his Regiment, his Branch, and his Army.

Bill was promoted to the rank of Major-General in 1985, and retired from the Canadian Forces in 1991. He served as Director General of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) until 2000.

He was a leader to all, and a mentor to many.

As a husband, father and grandfather, he showed us how to live a life with love, humour and integrity, and without fear or regret. At a ski hill or a hockey rink, at a board room table or a carpenter’s work bench, and in all our many different homes around the world, he was the steady presence that inspired us with confidence that no matter what happened, he’d always be there.

Bill is survived by Norah, the other half of the Dynamic Duo. He is survived as well by Douglas (Marisia), of Kanata, Ontario and by Richard (Stephanie) of Vernon, BC and their sons Mitchell and Spencer.

The family is grateful for the care Bill received from his physiotherapist Mr. Ben Wassell, Dr. Kristian Davis, Dr. Tilak Mendis, and the staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, including Dr. Sanjay Acharya.

A private service will be held at Beechwood Cemetery in the near future. All of Bill’s family, friends and colleagues will be welcomed at a Memorial Service, to be scheduled and announced as soon as better times return. In the meantime, please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada.


Otis James “O.J.” Darris


Otis James “O.J.” Darris –  73, of Coldbrook, Kings County, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Digby, he was a son of the late Otis Sr. and Mary (Hazelton) Darris. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years in the Signal Corps, later working in the Communications and Research branch. He then worked with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in various departments, including Justice, Health and Education. He was an active member of the Kentville United Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. He was a member of the Kentville Masonic Lodge No. 58 and affiliated with several other Lodges. He was also a member of the Shrine and his red “Shrine truck” and scooter were parade favorites. He is survived by his best friend, soul mate and wife, the former Isabel “Belle” Looker; two daughters, Yvonne Darris, Kentville and Karinne Darris, Mt. Albert, Ontario; three sisters, Helen Campbell, Niagara Falls; Brenda (Ron) Kelly, Shubenacadie; Joan (Bob) Foster, Charlottetown; brother, Gary (Elaine) Darris, Kentville; grandson, Kenny, Ontario; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Margaret; brother, Carl Darris; sister-in-law, Marie Darris; brother-in-law, Dave Campbell. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A combined Masonic Lodge service and funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the Kentville United Baptist Church, Reverend Doctor Gordon Sutherland officiating. Donations in memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital or the Kentville United Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. 


Joseph L. Thompson

Joe passed away at the age of 82 in Ottawa, on Thursday January 7th, 2021 with his children and Evelyn, his wife of 59 years, by his side. Best Dad ever for his kids Mike (Nancy) and Susan (Greg) and Papa to his grandchildren Connor and Duncan.
Joe and Evelyn travelled the world together after retiring. After the grandkids came along, not much slowed down. He helped friends and family build decks, lay patio stones, ran the website for the square dancing club and could still do a beautiful swan dive off a springboard in his mid-70s.
Things slowed down in early 2020 when we got the diagnosis of cancer. Joe went through chemotherapy like an absolute champion until there wasn’t any more to be done. We all huddled together for a very quiet Christmas this year and then we all huddled around him when he passed away shortly after.
We had a lot of conversations about the ups and downs of military life over the last week. He told me time and time again that it was the best career in the world and he loved every minute of it. As a military family our lives were nothing less than a series of adventures, some good … some not … but never boring.
Postings with the family included CFS Inuvik, CFB Chilliwack, CFS Masset and CFB Trenton. Like all 291ers, CFS Alert was Joe’s home for more then 4 years of his career. If you were there at the same time, you may remember him spinning platters on CHAR radio or even receiving a nice, clean haircut when he was the much needed base barber.
But the glue holding all of it together has always been, and always be, his wife and partner for 59 years, Evelyn, our Mom. We’re going to take care of her now like she took care of everything else for so long.
Joe’s ashes will be interred at the Canadian Military Cemetery at Beechwood in Ottawa at a later date.
If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider the Canadian Cancer Society.


de Gatineau est décédé soudainement à sa résidence le dimanche 3 janvier, 2021 à l’âge de 52 ans. Il était l’époux bien-aimé d’Annie Bourbonnais et le père adoré de Yanick et Noémie. Il laisse également sa mère Jeannette (née Tremblay). Il est prédécédé de son père Raymond Labelle. Il laisse égalment dans le deuil ses deux soeurs.

Passed away unexpectedly at his Gatineau home on Sunday January 3, 2021 at the age of 52. Beloved husband of Annie Bourbonnais and cherished father to Yanick and Noémie. He is survived by his mother Jeannette (née Tremblay) and predeceased by his father Raymond Labelle. He is also mourned by his 2 sisters.

En 1990 Dan s’enrôle aux Forces canadiennes à Montréal en tant que communicateur naval, il a été muté à Halifax et compléta son contrat de 3 ans. Il s’enrôle de nouveau en 1998 pendant la tempête de verglas et en 2005 il devient spécialiste en communications et renseignements. Pendant sa carrière Dan passera 734 jours en mer et servira sur le NCSM PRESERVER, NCSM FREDERICTON et la Station Leitrim.

Dan first joined the CAF in 1990 in Montreal as a Naval Communicator and was posted in Halifax and completed his 3-year contract. He re-enrolled in 1998 during the ice storm. He changed trades to Signals Intelligence Specialist in 2005. Throughout his career he spent 734 days at sea and was posted to HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS FREDERICTON, and  CFS Leitrim.

De Juin 2015 à février 2016 il est déployé à bord du NCSM WINNIPEG au soutien de l’opération REASSURANCE et l’opération ARTEMIS. Il était récipiendaire des médailles et décorations suivantes; Médaille du service spécial – OTAN (MSS-OTAN) / Médaille de l’OTAN Article 5 pour l’opération “Active Endeavour” / Décoration des Forces canadiennes (CD) avec 1ère barrette / Médaille du service en Asie du Sud-Ouest (MSASO + barrette Afghanistan). Avec le temps passé sur les navires canadiens en mer il devient récipiendaire de l’Insigne de service de mer (bronze).

He deployed on board HMCS WINNIPEG from June 2015 – February 2016 in support of OP REASSURANCE and OP ARTEMIS. He was presented with the following Decorations and Medals: Special Service Medal-NATO (SSM-NATO) / NATO Art5 – OP ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR / Canadian Forces Decoration – 1st Clasp (CD 1 st Clasp) / South-West Asia Service Medal and Afghan Bar (SWASM + Afghan Bar). His time spent at sea earned him a bronze Sea Service Insigna.

Daniel était un joueur passionné d’échecs avec un esprit stratégique. Durant certains jours tranquilles au travail, il tentait de recruter de nouveau joueurs ou à discuter la fine pointe du jeu d’échecs en jouant avec ses collègues. Il était également très passionné par son métier et tous ses collègues bénéficiaient de son mentorat, son humour et son professionnalisme.

Dan was a passionate chess player with a great strategic mind, on quiet workdays he would always be trying to recruit new chess players or discussing finer points of the game while playing with interested co-workers. Passionate about his trade, Dan was appreciated by his fellow colleagues for his mentorship, sense of humour and professionalism.

Son temps libre était dévoué à sa famille, le véritable centre de son univers. Il était l’exemple parfait d’un père doux, drôle, protecteur et attentionné, ainsi qu’un époux affectueux, attentif et aimant.

His spare time was mostly devoted to his family, the centre of his universe. He was the perfect fatherly example; gentle, funny, protective, considerate and an affectionate, attentive and loving husband.  

Les funérailles en présence de l’urne aura lieu en l’Espace sacré du Centre commémoratif national Beechwood, 280 av. Beechwood, le jeudi 14 janvier, 2021 à 13h suivit de l’inhumation avec honneurs militaires au Cimetière militaire national des Forces canadiennes. Étant donné les critères de limite maximale de capacité imposés en raison de la pandémie, ceux qui désirent assister à la diffusion en direct de la cérémonie sont priés de s’enregistrer en utilisant le lien suivant :

Funeral Service will be held in the Sacred Space of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. Thursday January 14 at 13:00 followed by interment with military honours at the National Military Cemetery. Given the capacity attendance limits imposed during the pandemic, those wishing to attend the service virtually can register for the livestream service with the following link

Au lieu de fleurs, des dons à l’organisme charitable de votre choix seraient appréciés.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice will 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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