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SUPRAD Oldtimers

March 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

April 11th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • April 11th;

  • June 6th (reunion planning);

  • June 23rd, 24th, and 25th; Annual Reunion

  • August 8th;

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

Member Bio – Ray Lebeau:

I was born in Cuckfield, England, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the SS AQUITANIA, with my war-bride Mom, in early April 1946. Before berthing at Pier 21 in Halifax, NS, I celebrated my first birthday in the middle of the Atlantic. I guess you could say that I was pretty much destined to join the Navy. Hey, I had my sea-legs when I was one!

In April 1961, when I was sixteen, I joined the Royal Canadian Navy (Voluntary Reserve) at HMCS Carleton. In August 1963, after two years with the Reserves, I transferred to the RCN Regular Force. Funny story about when and why I decided to join the Navy. In Grade XII at Glebe Collegiate, an angered teacher sent me to the Principal’s office and I was probably going to be expelled. So, rather than wait for the inevitable, I just walked out the front door, took the bus to the Spark’s Street Recruiting Center, and signed on the dotted line. When I got home that day, I told my parents that I had some good news and some bad news. They knew that I wasn’t a streamer in High School, so they weren’t disappointed by the news of my signing up with the Navy. Actually, I think they were relieved.

Basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, Terra Nova Division, was the usual kick-ass, suck-it-up, you’re nothing but a pile of sh.. experience. I clearly remember not doing very well on the dreaded assault course. I could not find my way through the wooden hut that was filled with a yellow coloured gas, and I ended up dropping my wooden rifle, and hurling up whatever I had in the bread basket. Our Division Chief, CPO Rigby, was not impressed with my lacklustre performance and I ended this memorable day by doing a few extra laps (on the double) around the parade square. If I did have to single out just one Cornwallis high-light, it would have to be my service number ending with the letter G for Gloucester, rather than H for east-coast Halifax, or E for west-coast Esquimalt. I was the only one in Terra Nova Division who got the G designation. Put that in your pipe CPO Rigby!

Cornwallis was followed by the successful completion of a Radioman Special Trade Group 1 Course at Glo, and then being posted to Churchill. Back then, Churchill was the only Navy station that provided personnel for Alert. Needless to say, I wasn’t in Churchill very long before I was off to my first of many tours to Alert. Upon my return to Churchill after six months in Alert, the station was going through the process of being de-commissioned. I was asked if I wanted a posting to Inuvik and quickly accepted. When I arrived in Inuvik, I was told they were experiencing a surplus of manpower and asked if I wanted to return for another six months in Alert. So another C-130 flight for back-to-back Christmas New Year’s (64-65 and 65-66) in Alert. I spent more than one third of my first few years in the Navy at the North Pole! Maybe that G should have stood for GD!

The rest of my forty-two plus years military career, (22 years as a non-commissioned officer and 20 years as a commissioned officer) have been nothing but enjoyable and fulfilling. I married in Gander, and took my new bride Muriel, to Masset. Masset was followed by many more courses, Alert tours and postings to just about every one of our SUPRAD stations. I had a great career, and if I had to do it all over again, I would not change a thing.

Our SUPRAD Oldtimers Association motto is “Friends Forever’. And when they say Friends Forever, they truly MEAN IT! I am proud to say that the many friendships I have enjoyed over the years, I am still enjoying today.

Спасибо

Obituaries

The following are the obituaries posted the SUPRAD Oldtimers website since the last newsletter:

Lane, Thomas Paul – 10 February, 2023

Colp, Clarence John (Gary) – 19 June, 2019

Montgomery, Douglas (Monty) – 23 February, 2023

Simpson, John Montgomery (Jack) – 02 March, 2023

From Greg Chesley on Facebook about Monty Passing:

After reading the following on The Facebook 291-ers Site, I contacted Greg for permission to run the piece in the next newsletter, and he said ‘yes’.

Here’s to Monty!

He taught us all a lesson in perseverance and resilience. Through all his personal challenges I doubt anyone who ever knew him heard him complain.
Judging by the response of so many to hold vigil it is obvious that he had a significant impact on many 291ers, particularly of a certain cohort, although he may have been of a somewhat more senior vintage.
Now, here’s to those who graciously and selflessly gave their time and emotional energy to stay by his side during this difficult period.
The entire 291 community has been following this harrowing journey, some more closely than others, for various reasons.
Monty became the face and to some degree the voice of one of the most tragic incidents to befall our close knit community.
Speaking for myself and I suspect some others this current turmoil has rekindled long suppressed memories of October 30, 1991. Particularly those of us who were in Alert at that time.
The determination to survive of those that were able, under the most severe of conditions, is a story that can never properly be told.
Also, those that organized and mounted a desperate ground and air search are truly to be commended. I’m not sure the truth will ever be told of how that rescue concluded unless those that broke all the rules to save lives wish to tell it someday.
Monty told me recently that he knew the Warrant Officer that led the SAR team that chose to jump that day under extremely difficult and challenging circumstances. Apparently he (Monty) had been in a ground search training course that the WO had conducted.
All this to say that our unique and intrinsic group, current, past, and long forgotten have a bond that will survive the years and touch even the most remote outliers.
Peace at last for Monty.


Friends Forever – more than just a slogan.

From Roger Murchison on Facebook – Pension Administration Contact information: There were a number of resources brought up. Here is a website with the information needed: https://www.pshcp.ca/contacts/pension-offices/

From Gilles Pare on Facebook: Every Home Game, the Ottawa Senators honour a veteran in Hero’s Ridge (a 200-level box suite at Canadian Tire Centre). It was nice to see a familiar face. Tonight’s honouree was our own Butch Whitlaw, who received a standing-O. Congrats! This is part of the OTTAWA SENATORS’ HONOURING VETERANS PROGRAM: https://www.rcl-zoneg5.ca/senators-program.html.

And, from Butch Whitlaw: Thanks, it was a very enjoyable evening. The Legion and Lepine Apartments combined efforts to supply enough tickets to take my entire family. Laurie Boschman presented me with a Senators jersey but the best part was the two tubs filled with free beer and pop. Couldn’t have asked for a better time. Thanks again.

From Dan Schulz: 3 amateur codebreakers set out to decrypt old letters. They uncovered royal history: https://www.npr.org/2023/02/10/1155701113/mary-queen-of-scots-ciphers-prison-letters?utm_source=pocket-newtab

From Kevin O’Keefe: Monthly Disability Pension Misscalculation

This communique will be of interest to those of you who are receiving (or have received) a disability pension from VAC. (Eligibility also includes families of deceased veterans.)
Thanks to 
Michael Norris for bringing this information to us.
Each year, as required by the  
Pension Act, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) calculates annual increases in monthly disability benefits to account for inflation. Through this certified class proceeding, Class Counsel has identified several errors in VAC’s calculations. These alleged errors date back to 2002.

Many to whom this may apply believe that they will automatically receive compensation. Regrettably, this is not correct.

The good news is that VAC has settled in favour of the complainants; the bad news is that the claimant registration process closes on 31 Mar 23. 

To read the details, go to this SITE.

To register, go HERE.

MissionVAV:

I have been participating in MissionVAV for almost three years, and the challenges are interesting and rewarding. It is an online Health and Wellness Program designed to improve the wellness of Vets and their families. Some of the programs are related to strength improvement, better eating habits, and weight loss, to name a few.

The Mission starting on Monday, March 6th is entitled Mastering Pain Mission, an 8-week program that for me, will be most educational due to my 60+ years of continuous back pain.

If you would like to participate, and/or join a team let me know. Here is a link to their site: https://missionvav.com/.

 

 

SUPRAD Oldtimers

February 2023 Newsletter

Editorial Note:

Every time we sent out a Newsletter, there are non-delivery email. Can I requrest that once per year you check on your contact details on the SUPRAD Oldtimer Map by typing your name in the search box at the top, and let me know if there are any changes to your address and/or email. Thanks in advance. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1BGFxik0S_N9DIRjYLWgYXJyJimm1Xbpq&usp=sharing

 

Request I have been contributing to World Community Grid for over 15 years (in that period, I have contributed over 4 years of CUP time), using spare CPU cycles to find cures for cancer, and other noble efforts. In the past few weeks, I have renamed my team SUPRAD Oldtimers (wonder why???). At any rate, if you would like to join my team, or create one of your own, here is a link with the details: https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about/how.s.

In addition, here are instructions on how to join an existing team: https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/help/topic.s?shortName=teams#3.

Give me a call if you have any questions, my contact information is at the bottom of all my emails.

 

NEXT GAGGLE:

April 11th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • April 11th;

  • June 6th (reunion planning);

  • June 23rd, 24th, and 25th; Annual Reunion

  • August 8th;

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

Member Bio:

I would like to publish a brief bio about one of our members on a regular basis, so send along a brief description of your military life, as well as a photo (recent, and/or from years ago) and I will put it in an upcoming Newsletter.

 

Obituaries

The following are the obituaries posted the SUPRAD Oldtimers website since the last newsletter:

Walker, Donald James – 8 January, 2023

Babcock, Roderick Neil – 16 December, 2023

Berry, Jake – 10 February, 2023

Simard, Sam – 14 February, 2023

Some Oldtimers have been asking about the Special Service Medal (SSM), with the Alert Bar. There is a description on the Oldtimer Links Page. Medal Applications Instructions For Retired CF Members and Civilians (Form d4010-e (Attached): https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/themes/defence/caf/militaryhistory/dhh/honours/d4010-en.pdf

From Ray Lebeau – an Article on Aging entitled And Then it is Winter by Norm McEvoy: https://theeducator.ca/and-then-it-is-winter/

From David Johnson on Facebook – Inside a Nuclear War Bunker Built to Save Canada’s Leaders:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/25/world/canada/diefenbunker-museum-ottawa.html?fbclid=IwAR1-9QcTfTa9SxDJ1mCsLB-E_DWqUhMdcpJTR2iTTmiTa-BDLQACcWMXPQ4

From Chris Jenkins on Facebook – Communication Research Trade Specs from years gone by (see attached images).

The History of Defence Science in the Canadian

Arctic: https://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc411/p815904_A1b.pdf

There is another Wordle type game (Wordiply) added to the Games section of Dave’s Page: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/dave-stuff/

From the 291er Facebook Page:

Congratulations to Butch Whitlaw on receiving the 60 year bar to his 50 year medal. Butch is the longest serving member of Branch 641 Barrhaven.

SUPRAD Oldtimers

January 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

February 14, 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • February 14th;

  • April 11th;

  • June 6th (reunion planning);

  • June 23rd, 24th, and 25th; Annual Reunion

  • August 8th;

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

From Eric Coles – Reunion Golf:

I have tentatively booked 10 foursomes for the 24 June 2023 at the RaceView Course, 4740 High Rd, starting at 10 AM.

This year the cost of the green fee and cart is $37.

From Veterans Affairs

Current rates for allowances and other financial benefits available from Veterans Affairs Canada. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/resources/rates

Member Bio:

I would like to publish a brief bio about one of our members on a regular basis, so send along a brief description of your military life, and I will put it in an upcoming Newsletter. This month, we are featuring Dave Williams:

I joined the Navy in May 1959 in Vancouver and after a five day train and ferry ride arrived
in Cornwallis. Like Gord I was stuck in the Sunset Guard, made one trip to Annapolis,
which meant an extra two weeks in Cornwallis. Finally off to training in Gloucester. Pay
was $106 per month. Pay parade was a bore, always the last to be paid and be told by
Boots Dunbar to get a haircut.
My first posting was to Aklavik with classmate Guy Savard, this was my first taste of the
north and the many canoeable channels of the MacKenzie delta. The second year the trip
was made across to East Three, (flush toilets)!! I was off Mids when Defenbaker arrived
to rename the town Inuvik. We were not allowed into the barracks till afternoon (the PM
might want to inspect the Quarters.) Not much to do for FIVE HOURS in East three in the
morning. Yes I am still choked.
EW training with Charlie Connelly and off to Naden C4 staff Punchy Gorden in charge. I
served on HMCS Sussexville, New Glasgow, McKenzie and St Laurent. Everyday was an
adventure. This was why I joined the Navy. The St Laurent was the first DDH and an
around the world tour” to show her off was planned. We finished workups and planned
to sail when I was posted back to Glo for 2’s course. Yes, I still am choked
for finishing my two’s by a year vacation in Frobisher. Met by Arnie Deans and
received the grand tour. Craziest watch rotation ever, I seldom knew what day it was.
Off to Bermuda to live in a refurbished chicken coop. I soon joined Ken Farmer in renting
rooms in a house found by Ralph Adams from the Mangrove Bay bar.. Loved it there,
diving and golfing and touring. Met my future wife Rita vacationing from Calgary!
We married in Calgary and I went to Masset house hunting. One afternoon Trevor Roberts
pointed out a notice of a new operator/ maintainer course in Glo. I applied, trained and
returned to Masset as a Tech.
Two years later back to Ottawa (Leitrim) while there I received a phone patch from Alert
saying I was expected next week. Could I pick up some booze in Thule followed by a long
list. I filled a blanket bag and dragged it to the plane only to be told by the load master
that I would have it all confiscated on arrival.
At Alert as the plane turned around to taxi in, it stopped. Some pounding on the door and
a voice asking for the emergency tech supplies which soon disappeared into the night.
That was a short stay and I went to Pensacola for four months. No sooner back at
Leitrim received word that Bill Norman had broken his foot playing volleyball. Back to
Alert for another six months.
My final five years were spent in Inuvik. The opportunity to maintain Xerox machines in
the area led to a job offer.
I enjoyed another twenty years in Yellowknife and northern Alberta with Xerox as the
senior service representative.
Dave “Busher” Williams

If You have any follow-up questions for Dave Williams, send them along, and we will try and get answers.

From Ray Lebeau:

Trudi Lalor song entitled Old Friends Are Best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06iiFwuuSQM

 

 

SUPRAD Oldtimers

December 2022 Newsletter

Member Bio:

I would like to publish a brief bio about one of our members on a regular basis, so send along a brief description of your military life, and I will put it in an upcoming Newsletter. To kick this off, here is one from Gord Beattie:

I joined the Navy in May, 1962 in Ottawa and after two weeks labour at Dow’s Lake and left by train to St. John , New Brunswick , ferrying on to Digby , Nova Scotia. Had my first doubts about Sea Duty across the Bay of Fundy as I got seasick right away. The only excitement to pass on at Cornwallis was that  our Columbia Division that summer was chosen to be the Sunset Guard.  What I found out that meant was excessive time on the drill square.  Finished up in September and reported to Ottawa having been selected to the Radioman Specialist group. Funny thing was that I grew up in west end Ottawa and had never been to Gloucester.

My first posting was to Coverdale in January of 1963, another place I had never been. Left Ottawa on a clear sunny but cold day and after stopping in Montreal arrived in Moncton at 8am the next day to 3 feet of snow and a stiff blowing wind. Met the Officer in charge and informed of my duties and group selection.  This posting turned out to be a very good place for me in that my 40 word a minute typing I graduated high school with apparently was valuable to keep up with Russian side winder senders. Really enjoyed my time there and Shediac Beach on our times off.

Frobisher Bay was my next destination and i couldn’t help thinking that I joined the Navy to see the world and ended up seeing Canada. for those of you that served in Frobisher I don’t have to go into the day to day survival stories except to say that l met some really good people in the base that helped me traverse the culture and respect of the native people we lived with. Arnie Dean was my group leader and I am sure my best teacher and mentor I depended on. Guy Savard was also there at the same time and looked up to by us junior support people. Finally Bernie Hall an Ottawa native and sarcastic funny man who kept us in good humour.

Left Frobisher for Ottawa again where my father was diagnosed with cancer and finished up at Gloucester.  I went to work for Nortel Networks in 1965  and after 12 years in Canada accepted a management role in San Jose, California where I became a Director and brought up two kids. The Navy came back to me while there because a Bell Canada transfer named Eric Ross from Bathurst arrived as a Director and he and I hit it off right away because of our common background in the Navy. He moved up the ladder pretty quick and in 1996 we were closing some plants in Canada and he asked me to go to Raleigh, North Carolina to take over global supply management of our Toronto/Raleigh merger.

Oh and I finally got to see the world on civvy street managing offshore contractors in Europe and the far East.

Thank you for your time and look forward to joining you in Ottawa one of these days!

Obituaries

The following are the obituaries posted the SUPRAD Oldtimers website since the last newsletter:

There have been no obituaries in the past two months, I guess it is a Christmas gift of sorts.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation – Nominate Someone Today!

Earlier this month during Veterans’ Week, Canadians from coast to coast to coast honoured the service and sacrifice of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Every year, countless Canadians volunteer their time and resources to help, honour and commemorate our Veterans. These volunteers are crucial to making Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day a success in communities across the country.

Do you know someone who volunteers to support Canadian Veterans?

Whether it’s someone from your own organization or in your hometown, we encourage you to nominate them for the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.

A diverse range of work performed in contribution to the care and well-being of Veterans, or to the remembrance of their achievements and sacrifices, is recognized through the MVA Commendation.

The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2023. Please share this message with your colleagues, and nominate someone for their volunteer work serving Veterans. 

Learn more and nominate someone today.

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-vac/who-we-are/department-officials/minister/commendation/nomination-process

MissionVAV:

I have been participating in MissionVAV for almost three years, and the challenges are interesting and rewarding. It is an online Health and Wellness Program designed to improve the wellness of Vets and their families. Some of the programs are related to strength improvement, better eating habits, and weight loss, to name a few.

If you would like to participate, and/or join a team that I am putting together in the new year, let me know. Here is a link to their site: https://missionvav.com/.

That’s a wrap for 2022, so Merry Christmas to one and all, and a Very Happy New Year.

SUPRAD Oldtimers

November 2022 – Newsletter (part II)

Christmas Luncheon:

Tuesday, December 6th 2022.

Please let us know No Later Than November 30th if you plan to attend. I neglected to mention that it starts at 12:00 noon.

Another thing, if you have issues with contacting Butch Whitlaw at his Rogers email address, send the email to me, and I will see that he receives any correspondence.

Also, if any of you have anything to donate for door prizes at the luncheon, please bring it along to the event; Thanks.

Christmas Giggle:

Giggle Lunch is planned for Monday, December 12th @ noon @ Red Lobster on Merivale Road.

Address: 1595 Merivale Road, Phone # 613-727-0035.

From Rob Dunbar:

New items for sale – All proceeds to SRS Oldtimers.

IS THERE ANY INTEREST IN THESE ITEMS?

The ball cap can be produced with any service, Royal Canadian Air Force, Navy, or Canadian Army. The wording is the same, just the service changes.

The crest on the hoodie is about 4 inches. This item also comes in crew neck, and 1/4 zipper front. (see attached images)

  • Cost:

  • Ball Cap $25.00

  • 1/4 zipper $55.00 plus tax

  • Hoodies $50.00

  • Crew neck $40.00 plus tax

IF ENOUGH INTEREST, I’LL GET BACK TO INDIVIDUALS. Rob Dunbar <bbsrobbyd@gmail.com>

From John Virag:

Does anyone have contact information for Mike Neal; planning a TQ3 reunion. Thanks;

Indexing rate – Retired members – Pension:

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board Secretariat announced a pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1 for federal public sector pensions.

The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2023, is 6.3 per cent.

https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/pension-plan/retired-members/rate-pension.html

Something a bit Offbeat – Using visual data to explore world flag elements:

https://flagstories.co/post/132213807903/when-is-it-national-flag-day#132213807903

October-November 2022 Newsletter

There was a touching article in the November Legion Magazine entitled Naming the Dead, about Canada’s Books of Remembrance. With Remembrance Day approaching, I thought it appropriate to share a link to these touching books: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/history

NEXT GAGGLE:

We have scheduled our next Gaggle for noon on December 6th, 2022. This will also be our annual Christmas Gathering, where you can bring your significant other as well. The lunch will be catered by Lolacher’s Catering and will cost $40.00 per person. Please make payment to Butch Whitlaw by cash, cheque or e-transfer, No Later Than November 30th.

From Ed Julien:

The Canadian Tulip Festival and the Royal Canadian Navy are coming together to celebrate the Naval Reserve’s Centennial in 2023: https://tulipfestival.ca/

Soldiers in Tech:

Check this out: https://www.rolandgossagefoundation.com/soldiersintech

Inside a US military cyber team’s defence of Ukraine:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63328398

Communications and Electronics Branch (CE Branch Standing Orders) (See attached file).

A bit off topic, but an interesting read that states: 53% Of U.S. Adults Don’t Fear Growing Old—Study Finds People Actually Fear Less As They Age:

https://www.forbes.com/health/medicare/fear-of-aging-survey/

September 2022 Newsletter

From Spud Roscoe spudrve1bc@outlook.com; These are the two books I have had published: Radio History Amateur Radio is 365 pages and describes the history of amateur radio from its beginning until the present time. This includes many photographs. Radio History Ship Shore is 701 pages and describes what ships used for navigational aids and communications from the beginning until the radio officer was removed in 1990’s. It includes a list of the various Canadian fleets over the years with many photographs and a number of distress incidents. Here are links to the first book:

https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000111686569/Spurgeon-G.-%22Spud%22-Roscoe-VE1BC-Radio-History

OR

https://www.radiohistoryshiptoshore.com/

Mike Blow Profile (nice write-up):

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-vac/who-we-are/department-officials/minister/commendation/bio/1472

 

August 2022 Newsletter

From William McConnell on Facebook: Veterans Affairs Canada Commemorative Partnership Program, honouring those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace, and to keeping the memory of their achievements and sacrifices alive for all Canadians. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/commemorative-events/commemorative-partnership

From Many on Facebook: A secret no more: Canada’s 1st codebreaking unit comes out of the shadows. Examination Unit’s covert nature kept it out of spotlight for decades.

From Dave Berry:

I have posted in the past articles on walking that I have enjoyed, and inspires me to keep moving, even with the constant sciatica and lower back pain, and this one does an excellent job of emphasizing those benefits: 8 Health Benefits of Taking a Morning Walk. If any of you find these sorts of articles too preachy, let me know, and I will leave them out of future Newsletters.

A bit off topic, but for people like me who have a rudimentary understanding of the French language, I found this video very enlightening: How to translate French words WITHOUT KNOWING FRENCH (3 clever tricks).

For any of You planning a road trip, this Manitoba site has road conditions for each province: Canada Road Conditions.

July 2022 Newsletter

From Greg Jensen – Elsa Lessard Interview

Here is a link to an article about a very special person, who celebrated her 100th birthday on July 2nd:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-veteran-remembers-role-as-secret-listener-during-second-world-war-1.2653884

From Rob Dunbar – Oldtimer Shirts

Over the Reunion Weekend I had a lot of interest shown in our shirts in different colours. Interest was also expressed by several of the ladies attending.

My supplier can give us shirts from SMALL to 6XL. Colours available are:

Black; Grey Heather; Hunter Green; Lt College Blue –  (the colour we have now)

Navy; Red; Stone; True Royal; White – No medium size; and Wine;

Colour examples at the bottom

Adding names would be an extra charge.

A shirt in any of the above colours, any size from SMALL TO 6XL, with the member’s or associate’s name on the side opposite the SUPRAD crest, to be picked up at Leitrim ARM at a Gaggle or other SUPRAD Oldtimers event including tax comes to $55.00.

You can contact me at: Rob Dunbar bbsrobbyd@gmail.com

June 2022 Newsletter

SUPRAD Oldtimers Charitable Donations

Here is something that we can all be extremely proud of; Our SUPRAD Oldtimers Association Donations since 2005. We have given over $13,000 to a wide variety of worthy causes, and here is the breakdown below:

QUILTS OF VALOUR (X 2) $ 1,100.00

MILITARY FAMILIES FUND $ 3,200.00

(FOUR ANNUAL DONATIONS)

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY $ 2,300.00

(THREE ANNUAL DONATONS)

A.L.S. $ 1,440.00

(4 ANNUAL DONATONS)

PROSTATE CANCER (ONE TIME) $ 600.00

SALVATION ARMY (ONE TIME) $ 600.00

SHEPHERD’S OF GOOD HOPE (TWICE) $ 500.00

DYSTONIA SUPPORT GROUP (ONE TIME) $ 350.00

OTTAWA MISSION (ONE TIME) $ 250.00

MANOTICK LEGION (ONE TIME) $ 100.00

Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District $ 1,000.00

MISCELLENEOUS $ 700.00

(4 MCPL TO CDS DINNER, GREELY LEGION ALERT

50TH, O’HARE SHAVING OF BEARD)

TOTAL $ 13,240.00

The history of Canadian Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM): http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/History_of_Canadian_CESM

From John Bennett – Crowsnest Articles

There are two articles in the July/August 1962 Crowsnest about our stations (see attached document). One is called Coverdale’s Picnic Ground, and the other is entitled The Far-Flung Radio Stations.

From Brian Hartnett – An article about Cece (Bob Foers wife Muriels’ sister)

https://www.nnsl.com/nwtnewsnorth/i-did-very-well-didnt-i-remembering-cece-hodgson-mccauley/

From Greg Jensen – Canadian Military Intelligence

Here is a link to a book that will be published later this year:

http://press.georgetown.edu/books/search-1/georgetown?keys=Charters

May 2021 Newsletter:

In order to keep the group in better contact, as there have been no Gaggle meetings for over year (the last one was back in February, 2020) we came up with the idea of putting together a quarterly newsletter.

By way of a refresher, if you want to find the location of a member on the Oldtimers Map, you can enter their name in the search bar near the top of the pane. For example, if you were searching for me (or Jake), enter the last name Berry, and click the link below to have the location pop-up. Then, zoom in using either the mouse wheel, or the plus/minus icons in the lower right corner.

 

September 2021 Newsletter:

Old Photos

During the past month, Pat Guevremont has sent me numerous photos, primarily of Kingston. Here is a link to those photos. If any of You can provide names to the group photos, that would be greatly appreciated.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17PrbLpoSdxEl5EHlsVBtE_ueYHgj47NH?usp=sharing

 

SAGE Newsletter
Our good buddy Gary Springer and his Mom are on the front cover of this month’s Sage magazine, a quarterly newsletter for Federal Retirees: https://www.federalretirees.ca/en/news-views/publications/sage-magazine

Rob Dunbar Announcements

Also from Rob on Facebook: Rob (bbsrobbyd@gmail.com) is putting together an order for White T-shirt with sweat wicking technology (see image below). Proceeds will be shared with the lions share going to SRS Oldtimers to allow them to keep doing work on our behalf. I will be able to publish a price when I gauge interest. Price won’t be more than any quality shirt.

 

November 2021 Newsletter:

Remembrance Day 2021 – Greely Legion

There were about 200 people in attendance at the Greely Legion for the Remembrance Day activities. I want to thank President Linda Wyman and her staff for putting together this event. In addition to my son and family, I saw Bob Spinney, Jim Humes, Bob Todd, Wayne Moore, Lou Kabesh, Howie Voight, Rob Dunbar, Gary Springer, and Bill Neelin. Also, thanks to Pete Hellier’s feedback, Bill Laidlaw, Eric Coles, Janet Lamothe were also in attendance. Pete further pointed out that the current RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and her Corps Sgt Major Al McCambridge were also at Greely.

Here is a link to some of the photos:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1De8HP-naKorY7H8OeDXLCGJUE1_6Pw7d?usp=sharing

 

From Terry Whalley

Does anyone remember IAN TREE. He was in Gloucester, Coverdale and Inuvik sometime during the 60’s.

He was a technician. He left the Navy in Inuvik and joined the Inuvik CBC radio station as a tech. And from there went to Whitehorse, etc.

He is in the Kemptville Retirement Home, and just down the hall from me. We are both trying to remember people we both might know., primarily techs. Also, maybe some of our Old Timers” might remember him.

I would appreciate any info, anyone can give me or him. Thanks, cheers Terry

 

From Butch Whitlaw:

Ian Tree was in Inuvik and Coverdale with me. He married Blanch a Moncton girl (waitress who worked with her three or four sisters at the cafe right when you came off the Peticodiac bridge. Paul Stevens, Arnie Lackso and a cook (can’t think of his name right now) married the rest of the sisters. In Coverdale I don’t recall him being on the same shift but do remember him from being around the base. In Inuvik in 1969 Blanch was our daycare sitter for Barry when Orlene was still working at the hospital. I believe Ian was still in the forces when I left Inuvik but I could be wrong on that one. I worked for the CBC with a contract to haul their garbage twice a week. Don’t remember him there as a technician but he could have already been released and working without me knowing. Memory starting to slip a bit.

From Nicolas Daniels
While people are going down “memory lane” about Vancouver wireless I’ve noticed that the old ops building of CFS Churchill is still standing. In fact the entire station was all in the same building.
Maybe it’s cheaper to leave it there than to tear it down and deal with possible asbestos contamination. It can be seen on Google maps and with “street view”. The footprints of the old rhombic antennae rosettes are still visible behind the building. There used to be a picture of this building in the mess, but it’s been moved to the entrance way of the Leitrim Ops building.

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/churchillnavalbase.shtml

 

A Canadian opens up about her secret wartime work — eavesdropping on Japan

A number of you have forwarded a link to this CBC Story about 97 year old, Marjorie Stetson.
The retired sergeant’s wartime work was so covert, she said, she had to sign 15 separate copies of Canada’s Official Secrets Act.
A very interesting glimpse into WW II Sigint work.

 

WAR MUSEUM – Homage Display
(Gaggle entry from 2019) Two members of the SUPRAD Oldtimers Association, Edna Atkins and Betty Ringrose were chosen to be part of a WREN’s display in the War Museum. This is an art project by local artist Elaine Gobel. Included in a group are four WWII and three post WWII Wrens. The other post WWII WREN besides Betty and Edna is Iris Stinson. Fran Tippet, Doris Hope, Gwen Paget and Mary Sinclair (now deceased) are the WW II WRENs.
(update from Vern Veinot – October 2021): War Museum Homage Display: https://www.warmuseum.ca/homage/; Betty and I were there as guests of the artist when the unveiling of fourteen new pieces of Elaine’s took place. Betty and Elaine have been friends since way back when Elaine who was just starting to do veterans asked Betty to introduce her to some veterans. The drawing of the five veterans from Branch 632 is of course at the Branch. Elaine has many drawings in the War Museum and soon if everyone can make up their mind a drawing of 3 WWII Wrens and 3 post WWII Wrens will be on display. Of the three post WWII Wrens Betty and Edna Atkins are two of them.

On a personal note, I also visited the display at the War Museum in December, and was very impressed.

 

Libraries and Archives Canada Need Our Help

Welcome to Co-Lab!
If you have some spare time, you can transcribe, tag, translate and describe digitized records from archives our collection. It was the Women of War collection that I have been working on, but there might be other collections that strike your fancy. The more work we collaborate on using the Co-Lab crowd-sourcing tool, the more accessible and usable our digital collection will become for everyone using the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website. https://co-lab.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng

From Ron Henderson

The following link was sent to me by a friend from B.C. It apparently aired on the CTV network in BC in August. It’s about a Bill Rogers who claims he worked at Vancouver Wireless Station back in the 1960s. I was there from 1965 to 1968 and don’t remember him but perhaps some of the Old Timers might.
https://globalnews.ca/news/8107994/cold-war-veteran-airport-surveillance-room/

Interesting anecdote from Ron’s time at Vancouver Wireless Station. Shortly after arrival, I went into Ladner to get a haircut. As I sat down in the chair, as barbers will, he started chatting with me. At one point he asked what I did. I responded that I was a radio operator working at “the station” and then fed him our cover story. Well, I swear, he damn near dropped his clippers. When he recovered, he said with a bit of a grin, that I was the first one to say I was an operator. He said everyone else that comes in from the station claims to be a “truck driver”.
Unbeknownst to me, I guess that was the VWS cover story; a whole station full of truck drivers!

 

December 2021 Newsletter

As 2021 fades into the rear-view mirror, it is time to put together a few items that might be of interest to our Oldtimer community. Also, as there are a number of new members, I have placed excerpts from the previous three newsletters on our Oldtimer site on a new page that I have been working on called ‘Dave Stuff’: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/dave-stuff/

From Jim Sedgwick – Trade Names

Communicator Supplementary 1948-1955 – Research by Spud Roscoe, Radio (S), RCN — By 1950 there was a CR, CS, CV, CC, rating all with the same badge with the exception of the letter in the circle. Shortly after that, the navy combined the CV and CR to CM and made them one and the same. The CM ratings did a watch in the radio room and then did a watch on the bridge as a Signalman. This only lasted a couple of years and it was just too much for one trade. They went back to CR and CV. CV was Communicator Visual, the Signalman. The CC disappeared sometime around 1953. Just before 1960 the trade name changed. CV became Signalman SG with crossed flags. CR became Radioman RM with the wings of mercury and knob. CS became Radioman Special RS with the wings of mercury and the DF Loops. These badges were changed in 1955 but the trade name did not change until later. The RS and Radioman (RM) branch badges were very similar. Both had the maple leaf with the wings of mercury. Where the wings of mercury joined, there was a solid knob on the RM badge and the loops of the MF/ DF antenna on the RS badge as shown above. The knob and loops were the same size and one had to look closely to see the difference.

From Jake Berry – Veterans Benefits

If any of you are having hearing problems or Tinnitus because of the work we did in the past, I strongly encourage you to call Veterans Affairs to get permission to have a hearing test done. I did about 10 years ago and did not take up the offer of free hearing aids. About a month ago I did another test and am now the proud owner of expensive (but not to me) hearing aids. It is nice to be able to hear again without trying to lip read. Here is a link that provides more details:

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/health-support/physical-health-and-wellness/compensation-illness-injury/disability-benefits/benefits-determined/entitlement-eligibility-guidelines/hearing_loss

February 2022 Newsletter

Ten Ways to Spot Phishing Email Scams:

The article at the above link proves a number of ways to spot Scam email, including: Unexpected Attachments, Incomplete URLs, and a variation on ‘You’ve Won a Contest!’.

Offbeat Story from Legion Magazine (Spies in New Brunswick)

I had never heard of this prior to reading the article:

https://legionmagazine.com/en/2022/02/the-new-brunswick-bridge-bombing/

Another Offbeat Story from Norm Weir and Others:

Scientists track Arctic hare’s ‘record-setting’ travels around Ellesmere Island https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/bbyys-journey-scientists-track-arctic-hares-record-setting-travels-around-ellesmere-island

From Monty Montgomery: Veterans Affairs Survey by ECOS Canada:

The following message is being sent to veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and former RCMP members of the National Association of Federal Retirees on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/…/we-want-to-hear-from-you

From BBC Travel – The Alaska Highway: A subarctic road to prevent invasion:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220210-the-alaska-highway-a-subarctic-road-to-prevent-invasion?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter

April 2022 Newsletter

Veterans Benefits Guide 2022

The Guide will help veterans and those assisting them navigate the paperwork to apply for benefits. As the guide is almost 30 pages in length, I have opted to attached the English version to this email. The French version can be downloaded from this site.

Reservists: Who are they and what do they do?

Any thoughts on coming out of retirement??:

https://www.canada.ca/en/ombudsman-national-defence-forces/education-information/caf-members/reservist-information/reservists.html

Importance of our Legs

Being a huge fan of walking, this article is very informative:

https://ageing-gracefully.hyy.com.hk/index.php/importance-of-our-legs/

May 2022 Newsletter

From Norm Weir: From growing up in rural NS to top secret work

From serving as a wireless air gunner in the Second World War, to experiencing a 35-year career with both Loran A and C navigational systems, to flying remote-controlled aircraft, at 98 years old, Don Stocker still enjoys plotting a course.

From John Bennett: On-the-Roof Gang: The U.S. Navy’s Cryptologic Pioneers

The predecessors of today’s naval enlisted crytologic professionals.

June 2022 Newsletter

The history of Canadian Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM): http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/History_of_Canadian_CESM

From John Bennett – Crowsnest Articles

There are two articles in the July/August 1962 Crowsnest about our stations (see attached document). One is called Coverdale’s Picnic Ground, and the other is entitled The Far-Flung Radio Stations.

From Greg Jensen – Canadian Military Intelligence

Here is a link to a book that will be published later this year:

http://press.georgetown.edu/books/search-1/georgetown?keys=Charters

CFB CORNWALLIS – Group photos

(Canadian Forces Recruit School)

I have been working with the webmaster of this site (see below), and if any of you have joining and/or graduation photos from Cornwallis, please send them to me as an attachment, and I will see that the site webmaster receives them. For example, I am in the 1960 photo of Margaree 2/60, along with Don Fisher, Frank Rohl, Bill Davidson to name a few.

http://www.forposterityssake.ca/GALLERIES/STN-CRN-BASIC.htm

July 2022 Newsletter

SUPRAD Oldtimers Reunion – 24-26 June 2022

All the details are available on the SUPRAD Site, including links to the additional photos: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/announcements/

On a related note reguarding June’s Reunion, I started receiving email and phone calls shortly after the Reunion about people who attended contracting COVID. Yes, one of our worst fears for these gatherings occurred, with at least seven people coming down with the virus. I immediately sent out emails to all in attendance, but there have been no additional reported cases to-date. As for the people who came down with COVID, I have checked back with them, and all are now feeling better.

SUPRAD Oldtimer Website Changes:

There is now a page that displays highlights of past newsletters: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/oldtimer-newsletters/, as well as a page with some of my favourite links: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/dave-stuff/. If anyone has suggestions for this page, send it along, and I will see that it gets added.

NEXT GAGGLE

We have scheduled our next Gaggle for August 9th.

From Greg Jensen – Elsa Lessard Interview

Here is a link to an article about a very special person, who celebrated her 100th birthday on July 2nd:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-veteran-remembers-role-as-secret-listener-during-second-world-war-1.2653884

From Rob Dunbar – Oldtimer Shirts

Over the Reunion Weekend I had a lot of interest shown in our shirts in different colours. Interest was also expressed by several of the ladies attending.

My supplier can give us shirts from SMALL to 6XL. Colours available are:

Black; Grey Heather; Hunter Green; Lt College Blue –  (the colour we have now)

Navy; Red; Stone; True Royal; White – No medium size; and Wine;

Adding names would be an extra charge.

A shirt in any of the above colours, any size from SMALL TO 6XL, with the member’s or associate’s name on the side opposite the SUPRAD crest, to be picked up at Leitrim ARM at a Gaggle or other SUPRAD Oldtimers event including tax comes to $55.00.

You can contact me at: Rob Dunbar bbsrobbyd@gmail.com


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