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May 2024 – Newsletter (part II)

30th Anniversary Reunion Update:

Cost

  • Friday – Meet-and-Greet – Pizza (2 pieces) $10

  • Saturday – Golf Tournament $40

  • Saturday – Turkey Buffet Dinner – $45

  • Sunday – Ceremony of Remembrance Brunch – $15

Door Prizes

Karen is collecting door prizes (alcohol, gift cards, etc) for the 30th Reunion Banquet.

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024)

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

New Members

Chris McBride

Gord Estey

Obituaries

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

Reynolds, Bev (Art) – April, 2024

From Chris Ingersoll – Kingston Klatch 25 May 2024

Hello all 291 Kingston Klatch folks

Just a note to remind you that we are meeting in Br 631 at 4034 Bath Road – 25 May at 1200 hrs

Food available and beverages of all types ready for the most discerning person.

If you know of any others who live close to Kingston give them a call or send me their email address.

Chris Ingersoll – chris.ingersoll@kos.net

From Karen Stacey – SPORT CHEK EXCLUSIVE OFFER & VIP PRICING – May 21-30, 2024

https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=e3ac4a30959c3a73fb47df888&id=0c34986850

From Ray Lebeau – Walk for Alzheimer’s

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m excited to tell you that I’m participating in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Rockland on Sunday, May 26th, 2024 to support the Alzheimer Society.

Please help me reach my goal by making a secure online donation through my personal Walk fundraising page – click on the link provided below.

https://support.alzheimer.ca/site/TR?px=1326673&pg=personal&fr_id=4641

Right now, more than half a million Canadians are living with dementia. By 2031, this number will increase to nearly a million. Your donation will help fund the growing demand for programs and services offered through the Alzheimer Society. These services make all the difference in the way that people affected by dementia are able to manage the disease and live life to the fullest.

Thank you for whatever amount you’re able to donate. I’m grateful for your support and will keep you posted on my progress. If you would like to participate in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, please visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca .

Sincerely,

TEAM KONNEKT

Click here to visit my personal page.

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

http://www.alzgiving.ca/site/TR?px=1326673&pg=personal&fr_id=4641&s_locale=en_CA&et=VwgnMJsZLNabCzgv3TLSV91Bt1RI8tyW8jNNyB5N8yYAL7u9kq5XCQ

Click here to view the team page for KONNEKT

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

http://www.alzgiving.ca/site/TR?team_id=27499&pg=team&fr_id=4641&s_locale=en_CA&et=OH1jHcxVdKNFXcjWQLJ-6ZdBtFvk9lBGlw2sTMJHWk5amR4ntWfYug

If you no longer wish to receive email messages sent from your friends on behalf of this organization, please click here or paste this URL into your browser: http://www.alzgiving.ca/site/TellFriendOpt?action=optout&toe=ded135e84f7e60f77bd2fe41f5a17e62d1500f8990685a92

From Rob Dunbar – Challenge Coin Details:

The details for the Challenge coin, with an updated image has been added to the SUPRAD Kit Page, and it looks great: https://supradoldtimers.ca/suprad-kit-shop/

From Greg Jensen – Transport Squadron makes massive fuel delivery to Alert: https://www.quintenews.com/2024/05/12/transport-squadron-makes-massive-fuel-delivery/

May 2024 – Newsletter

 

30th Anniversary Reunion Update:

Cost

  • Friday – Meet-and-Greet – Pizza (2 pieces) $10

  • Saturday – Golf Tournament $40

  • Saturday – Turkey Buffet Dinner – $45

  • Sunday – Ceremony of Remembrance Brunch – $15

Door Prizes

Karen is collecting door prizes (alcohol, gift cards, etc) for the 30th Reunion Banquet.

 

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024)

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

New Members

Wade Thornhill

Obituaries

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

Barkhouse, George Albert – 20 April, 2024

Wartman, Lynn – 23 April, 2924

From Rob Sherman, via email:

The Commander of CF Information Ops Group, Col Corey CROSBY is hosting a CFIOG Mess dinner on 6 June, 2024. His intent is to invite past Commanders and CWOs, and ask if there are any past CWOs who would be interested in attending. There will be a cost of course which is TBD, but, it could be up to $90-100, at the All Ranks Mess. Let me know if you are interested in attending.

From Pete Hillier – Federal Court approves $817 million settlement for disabled Canadian veterans: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/news/general/federal-court-approves-817-million-settlement-for-disabled-canadian-veterans/385590

From Ray Lebeau – Upper Canada WILLS offers Legion members 50% discount off national average rates on wills and powers of attorney https://www.ucwe.ca/royal-canadian-legion-members.html

From Rob Dunbar – Challenge Coin Details:

The details for the Challenge coin, with an updated image has been added to the SUPRAD Kit Page, and it looks great: https://supradoldtimers.ca/suprad-kit-shop/

April 2024 – Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024, which has been published in a separate email):

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

Editorial Note:

There is now a Calendar on the Announcements/Events webpage, listing upcoming Events of significance for our SUPRAD Oldtimers. https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/announcements/

If you have any suggestions, recommendations, critiques to improve this work-in-progress Calendar, drop me a note with your ideas. Thanks; davenberry43@gmail.com.

New Members

Dave Kidd

Wayne Chernow

Obituaries

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

Norma M. Cassidy-Lough (Dacre) – 09 April, 2024

Clarence Andrews (Andy) – 11 April, 2024

Calvin Ryburn Diamond – 09 April, 2024

From Facebook – Rob Dunbar Honoured by Capital City Chorus

one of our own getting recognized as a Babershopper of Renowned! Congratulations Rob Dunbar! Well deserved! https://www.facebook.com/OttawaCapitalCityChorus/

From Jerry Proc – Alert CCTV

Recently I received a photo of this Alert plaque. It indicates that there was a CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) on Channel 3.

In my documentation, I show Channel 11 as being the CCTV channel.

Did channel 3 replace channel 11 or vice versa?

What type of programming was shown on CCTV?

Does anyone have any backgrounder info about this plaque?

Jerry Proc E-mail: jerry.proc@sympatico.ca

From Chris Ingersoll – Kingston Klatch

our next 291 Kingston Klatch is the 25 May at 1200hrs Legion Branch 631 4034 Bath Rd Kingston kitchen open and bar as well

From Greg Jenson – Our North, Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/corporate/reports-publications/north-strong-free-2024.html

March 2024 – Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024):

09 April, 2024

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

Editorial Note:

We have been working on a project to add dates (year) to the Names in the Oldtimer In-Remembrance Archives page: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/in-remembrance-archives/.

If you have dates and/or links to an obituary for an individual on the list who has not yet been identified with a date, can you forward the information to me: davenberry43@gmail.com. Thanks.

From Eric Coles – 30th Anniversary Golf

I have confirmation that we have 10 T-times and 20 carts confirmed for 22 Jun 2024 at Raceview Golf Course, 4740 High Rd. Golf and Cart $40 per person. You can send your teams or if your individual names to me and can either pay with EFT(eecoles@gmail.com) or cash at the course.

New Members

Jacques Bolduc

Tracy Milne

RJ Walsh

Randy Verge

Obituaries

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

Stoker, Dale William – 04 February, 2024

Hendrican, Thomas (Deac) – 29 December, 2023

Finlay, Patricia (Dave) – 18 February, 2024

Cleghorn, Barbara Anne (Andy) – 14 February, 2024

Mclean, Peter (Pete) – 24 February, 2024

Smith, Richard Donald – 29 February, 2024

From Daryl Minifie on Facebook: Operational Service Medal – EXPEDITION (OSM-EXP)

If you think you might qualify for this medal, check out the criteria at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/medals/medals-chart-index/operational-service-medal-expedition-osm-exp.html

From Chris Ingersoll in Kingston: Klatch on 23rd of March

Kingston 291 Klatch is hosting another gathering at Branch 631 Legion 4034 Bath Road, Kingston On Saturday, March 23rd, at 12 noon. The kitchen is open at the time we arrive, we have an area downstairs booked, easier on some of our older bodies coming out.

Let Chris Ingersoll know if you plan to attend: chris.ingersoll@kos.net

From Dave Berry – National Archives Search

For years, I have been looking for information about my time at sea on the West Coast in the 1960’s. I finally came across this site: https://recherche-collection-search.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Home/Search, and it contains a wealth of information. For example, in 1965, while attempting to dock in San Francisco, we hit the jetty hard enough to stay in the local Dockyard for a couple of weeks making temporary repairs, prior to sailing back to Esquimalt. Well, I located this record: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.redirect?app=fonandcol&id=919708&lang=eng which describes the incident. Next time I am go down to the National Archives, I plan to pull up this file, and read it in detail.

The point I am labouring to make is that there is a wealth of information, whether it be about Alert, Coverdale, or Aklavik, so get creative, and dig up some interesting details about where we have served over the years.

From Howie Mackenzie – Codd-Neck Bottles


Hi guys. All these bottles were acquired during my Bermuda tour 1979-81.

Here is info on bottles. They were used until the 1920s. Replaced by the crown cap which is still being used. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codd-neck_bottle


Most of my marble bottles came from diving in RN Dockyard. Ships tied up there would just dump their garbage over the side. 80-100 years in salt water caused some degradation to the glass.


If you need any more info pl
ease email me directly: hmacnz@sympatico.ca.


Take care one and all.
Howie.

From Dave Berry – The Spy War: How the C.I.A. Secretly Helps Ukraine Fight Putin

Great long read, but might be behind a paywall for some: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/25/world/europe/cia-ukraine-intelligence-russia-war.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Zk0.baKC.zrFjH2LNYBin&smid=url-share

SUPRAD Oldtimers

February 2024 – Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024):

13 February, 2024

09 April, 2024

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

Editorial Note:

Every time we sent out a Newsletter, there are a number of non-delivery emails. Can I request that once per year you check on your contact details on the SUPRAD Oldtimer Map by typing your LAST NAME in the search box at the top, as typing the First Name does not always work. For example, I am listed as Dave and Joyce Berry, but the only way to be sure to find me, is by typing Berry, or berry, or BERRY. Let me know if there are any changes to your Contact infomation. Thanks in advance. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1BGFxik0S_N9DIRjYLWgYXJyJimm1Xbpq&usp=sharing

From Eric Coles – 30th Anniversary Golf

I have confirmation that we have 10 T-times and 20 carts confirmed for 22 Jun 2024 at Raceview Golf Course, 4740 High Rd. Golf and Cart $40 per person. You can send your teams or if your individual names to me and can either pay with EFT(eecoles@gmail.com) or cash at the course.

New Members

Fred Free

Claude Piche

Francis Vachon

Joan Klein

Serge Adam

Obituaries

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

Schijns, Olive Frances (Ferd) – 18 December, 2023

Hone, Allan E. – 03 January, 2024

Giles, Harlold Armstrong Harry – 04 January, 2024

Whittingham, John Joseph (Jack) – 08 January, 2024

Forward, Donald – 08 January, 2024

Scharfe, Diane (Reid) – 09 January, 2024

White, James (Jim) – 21 January, 2024

From Greg Jenson – Identify Names of 6A Class from 1976:

This is what he has so far:

FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT):

RUSS DUECK, BOB HICKS, UNKNOWN, GUY SAVARD, GEORGE FRASER, JIM FRAME, “SHORTY” GOULET, EARL POWERS, JIM McCARL

BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT):

UNKNOWN, GREG JENSEN, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, UKNOWN, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, V. GARBUTT (?)

From Jerry Proc – WW2 Bletchley Park codebreaker dies aged 99

Interesting read: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-66730683 , and also from the BBC, Unseen images of code breaking computer that helped win WW2: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-67997406

From Denise LaViolette on Facebook: Bill Laidlaw receives Quilt of Valour – Congratulations Bill

https://www.facebook.com/groups/QoV.Canada/

From Dave Berry – Failed North Pole Expedition

Norwegian Team’s attempt to reach the North Pole from Alert: http://www.radioalumni.ca/z_MauriceDrew_in_Alert.htm

From Facebook – List of Ottawa area Places that do Shadow Boxes:

NEW mission: Total Body Fitness Mission!

Are you interested in starting your 2024 fitness journey? We have a mission just for you!

Starting February 5th, 2024, the Total Body Fitness Mission will motivate you to focus on your strength, flexibility, and balance!

Over the course of this 6-week mission we will gradually be introducing the four main elements of fitness including: cardiovascular fitness, strength training, flexibility, and balance. Get a wide range of physical and mental health benefits with this comprehensive approach to exercise.

Important Information for the Mission:

• Registration is now open:
To register or log in:MissionVAV

•Mission Dates: 6 weeks from February 5th to March 18th 2024

Brian Mont and I have been participating for some time, and I have been voluntold to be a Team Captain this time around!

SUPRAD Oldtimers

January 2024 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLES:
 The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion are from 21-23 June 2024):
    • 13 February, 2024
    • 09 April, 2024
    • 11 June, 2024
    • 13 August, 2024
    • 08 October, 2024
    • 10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)
From Eric Coles – 30th Anniversary Golf
I have confirmation that we have 10 T-times and 20 carts confirmed for 22 Jun 2024 at Raceview Golf Course, 4740 High Rd. Golf and Cart $20 per person. You can send your teams or  if your individual names to me and can either pay with EFT(eecoles@gmail.com) or cash at the course.
Bio: Clayton Imeson
As I sit and reflect on my military career I realize I could probably write a book with a chapter dedicated to each of my assignments, with many stories but this is supposed to be a bio so I shall attempt to summarize my 35 years in a short blurb noting my assignments and the highlights of those assignments. I was born and raised in Windsor Ontario and began my military training like many in the Sea cadets and then joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves as a Boatswain serving aboard various ships (all now decommissioned and some serving as artificial reefs)  The highlight of my reserve years was being 1 of 4 reservist across Canada to be selected to serve aboard HMCS Saguenay as part of STANAVFORLANT. The fall of 72 found me at the recruiting centre with a fellow reservist. I was offered infantry right off the bat but I saw on the list of trades currently open Communication Research, which sounded impressive and since only 4 slots available I thought it would be interesting and certainly better than infantry.  Began basic training in Cornwallis Jan of 73 and graduated in April as recipient of the Commandants Shield for best recruit.  Next was MOC training at E squadron CFSCEE Kingston.  Upon completion I received my assignment to CFS Masset.  In Jan 74 I began driving across the country and took a freighter from Vancouver to the village of Masset.  As I said I could write a book but I digress. I spent 4 1/2 years in Masset and departed in the summer of 78 for an assignment as instructor at E Squadron Kingston.  While in Masset I was promoted to MCpl and attended a Non Morse course, did my first tour in Alert Dec 74- June 75, completed JLC in Esquimalt and was an honour graduate on an HFDF course in Pensacola.  I also had worked with RCMP as a guard and applied for the RCMP.  I was accepted and had to make a decision on remaining in the military or getting out.  I of course decided to stay. In Kingston I did various jobs.  I assisted on a few courses, did my second tour of Alert June – Dec 79, taught drill at the local Naval Reserve unit and was drill instructor for their summer youth program, was loaned out to the base as augmentee instructor for BDF and was placed in charge of the holding platoon for 6 months.  It was in September of  81 I was accepted for Officer training under OCTP(M) program and departed for Chilliwack BC to begin BOTC. Upon completion of officer training I began my Air Weapons Controller course at the underground complex in North Bay. Was commissioned as a 2Lt in April of 82 and assigned to 22nd NORAD Region.  After some time on crew I was selected for Weapons Assignment Officer Training, the only Lt at the time to be selected to fill this position. In summer of 84 I departed North Bay for the Long Range Radar site at Sioux Lookout to fill the position of Operations Officer.  As the junior officer I think I held down just about every position.  I was not only the ops officer but the Com Sec Custodian, Intel Officer, Search and Rescue Officer, PMC of the mess, Cadet Liaison officer for Northwest Ontario, election officer, Exercise director etc etc. I found this assignment very fulfilling.  During my 3 years here I took a basic space ops course in Winnipeg, a Radar Intercept countermeasures course at Keesler AFB and topped the course as an honor grad. I was promoted to Captain and operations received a Fighter Group HQ Commendation for achieving a level of operational excellence seldom seen. 1987 saw the closing of the site as part of the Pine Tree line and the beginning of my assignment to McChord AFB in Tacoma Wa.  I was assigned to the crew as a weapons assignment Officer and eventually upgraded to Senior Director. While here I went back to Canada to attend a Land and Sea survival course. In 1991 I returned to North Bay assigned to 21 Squadron as a weapons assignment officer. I was soon selected as the only Captain to be a flight commander and was given the French Canadian flight. Even though I spoke no French , language was not a barrier. My flight became the #1 flight in the Canadian NORAD Region, achieving an Outstanding on a NORAD Alert Force Evaluation. I was then selected as OIC Fighter Group HQ/CANR Exercise shop and spent the next two years training the battle staff for their NORAD Op Eval. The hard work paid off as the Region earned an Outstanding and I was presented a DCINC Commendation for the work. In 1995 I received a posting to the Missile Warning Center in Cheyenne Mt Colorado Springs. Upon completion of training I was assigned to a crew and very shortly had to step up, as the MWC crew commander became ill and I had to upgrade over a weekend to MWC crew commander. I upgraded, took over the crew and led the crew to an unprecedented 100% on a crew evaluation. The only CMOC crew to do so. While in Cheyenne Mt I augmented the NORAD IG Eval team as a weapons evaluator on various NORAD sector evaluations. I received a course by Public affairs and was designated a VIP briefer giving briefings on Missile Warning to many dignitaries including the Soviet commander of Strategic rocket Forces. During my tour here I also had the opportunity to participate in the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense program. Went back to Canada for a French course in St Jean and Staff School in Toronto. I was able to finish my bachelors degree through the U of M , promoted to Major and presented the Meritorious Service Medal for the work I did while stationed in the mountain. In 1999 I began my final posting at Elmendorf AFB , assigned as the Chief of Alaskan NORAD Exercise Division. After 4 1/2 years I decided it was time to transition to civil life. Since I began my military career as a sailor I decided to do my out clearance in Esquimalt. As I was being processed out for my clearance (degaussed I believe we called it) I ran into Robbie Robinson and had a good time reminiscing about our time in Masset. Chilliwack was my initial retirement home and after 3 years my wife and I moved to Oak Harbor Whidbey Island to build on 5 acres we owned. We have been here ever since. In 2015 I became a dual citizen of two great nations. It was an honour to have served alongside so many fantastic patriots and I look back with fond memories on my time as a 291er. It was a very special part of my career which I have and will always cherish.
Obituaries
The following are the obituaries posted the SUPRAD Oldtimers website since the last newsletter:
Soikie, Lawrence (Larry) – 16 May, 2021 
Strachan, Thomas (Tom) Albert – 29 November, 2023 
Stewart, Sheena Lee – 14 December, 2023 
Schijns, Olive Frances (Fred) – 18 December, 2023 
Spurgeon George (Spud) Roscoe – 28 December, 2023 
Fell, Rowland E. (Rolly) – 21 December, 2023 
Bouzane, Sandra (Sandy) (Wally) – 25 December, 2023 
From Jerry Proc – Frobisher Bay roundel
Great piece about our old base in Frob: Bottom of page: http://jproc.ca/rrp/rrp2/frob_other.html 
From Paul Batchelor – Article on 771 Det Wpg:
Paul would like to put together an article on 771 Det Wpg.   To assist, he would like to get in touch with 291 personnel who were posted there in the 1991-1999 period. Paul’s email is dpbatch823@gmail.com, and you can contact him directly.
From George Slade – Cyprus Pilgrimage November 2024
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/commemorative-events/event/14411
From Greg Jenson and Boyce Partridge – Russia Insists on Expanded Arctic Ocean Boundary: https://maritime-executive.com/article/russia-insists-on-an-expanded-boundary-in-the-arctic-ocean
From Greg Jensen: Ice Curtain and Polar Silk Road The Pan Domain Threat to the North:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ice-curtain-polar-silk-road-pan-domain-threat-north-dave-mcmahon-z1t4c/
From Karen Stacey – Government of Canada announces free daily admission to Parks Canada administered places for members and Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and their immediate family members: 
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-announces-free-daily-admission-to-parks-canada-administered-places-for-members-and-veterans-of-the-canadian-armed-forces-and-their-immediate-family-members-827289952.html

December 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLES:

The CFS Leitrim ARM is reserved for 2024 Gaggles on the following dates (In addition, the dates for the 30th Anniversary Reunion in June will be published in the weeks ahead):

13 February, 2024

09 April, 2024

11 June, 2024

13 August, 2024

08 October, 2024

10 December, 2024 (Christmas luncheon)

Obituaries

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

Newman, Jeanie Roberta – 12 December, 2022

Jamieson, Douglas Ross20 November, 2023

Cook, Dick – 1 December, 2023

Lockert, Jim – 2 December, 2023

Bouchard, Luc – 4 December, 2023

Hicks, Robert (Bob) – 6 December, 2023

Howe, Larry T – 5 December, 2023

Fowler, Marjorie (Sid) – 22 July, 2021

Sad to report, but with the above entries added to the Oldtimer Archive file, we now have 1,000 entries, since we started tracking people who have passed away: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/in-remembrance-archives/

From Chris Ingersoll – Kingston Klatch – 13 January 2024

It’s official. The Kingston 291 Klatch will be gathering at RCL Branch 631 4034 Bath Rd Kingston On. on the 13 Jan at 12pm (noon). We have not been able to get together since the pandemic and its taken a bit of time to get things rolling again. We hope that we will have many of you join us once again. I know that some have attended in past years from the Ottawa area and Kingston’s surrounding area. We invite you to come out and spend some time together. The bar and kitchen are open at 12. The kitchen may be cash only (bring some just in case. Please let me know if you have any questions by email chris.ingersoll@kos.net or on the Facebook page for Kingston 291 Klatch.

From Karen Stacey – Origin of the Military Christmas Dinner:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/military-history/history-heritage/origins-soldiers-dinner.html

SUPRAD Oldtimers History – by Wayne Moore:

The piece has been posted on the SUPRAD Home Page, and it is well written: https://supradoldtimers.ca/

From Les Lindstrom on the 291er Facebook page:

Pauline LeBlanc wrote: My husband J.P. LeBlanc had a serious stroke on Wednesday morning! He has lost the use of his arm and leg on the right side of his body. His speech has also been seriously affected and he will need lots of therapy to learn how to talk and walk again! Please say prayers for my husband who is in The Moncton Hospital in Moncton New Brunswick that he will regain the use of his right arm and right leg and his speech! I know it’ll be a long slow process but I’m praying that it will be successful after a lots of therapy! God Bless you all!

From Dave Berry – Fitness in the CEF during the First World War:

Life in the military 100 years ago: https://thediscoverblog.com/2023/11/30/are-you-fit-soldier-fitness-in-the-cef-during-the-first-world-war/

From Jim Humes – The Canadian Army in Afganistan:

3-Volume book in PDF format https://www.canada.ca/en/army/services/line-sight/articles/2023/11/the-canadian-army-in-afghanistan.html

From Dan McGean – CFS Bermuda – Down Memory Lane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt9YeUjGH94

From Yvan Barbe on Facebook – Tinnitus Claims:

Tinnitus = 291’s curse

First, thanks to this group, especially Bill Seguin, Eric Coles and Pat Duguay, for your help and advice.

Hopefully, this will help anyone with the VAC application process and the Appeal Board.

In January 2020, I finally went to an audiologist to see if anything could be done about this ringing in my ears (that had been bothering me for years). The audiologist determined that I had presence of bilateral constant tinnitus in both ears. She told me that since that I was a former CAF member working in communication, I should put in a claim with VAC. So, I started the process:

In February 2020, I contacted the Legion Rep who provided me with the necessary paperwork for the claim. I met with the Rep at the Orleans Legion who looked over the forms and submitted them to VAC on my behalf.

On May 1st, 2020, I received a letter from VAC stating that my tinnitus was not directly connected to my Regular Force service and that my disability claim was not granted.

On May 13, 2020, I contacted the Legion Rep regarding my disability decision. The Legion Rep stated the reason my claim was denied was because my release audiogram showed excellent hearing and did not mention any tinnitus. The Rep also stated, “It would be unlikely to be successful by going to the Review Board, but it is your decision, and if you wish, I will send your paperwork to get that started.” So, I said “Forget about it; I’ll contact the board and get the process started on my own.”

Through my VAC account, I contacted the Appeal Board and was provided with an attorney (free of charge). The attorney requested additional tests and audiograms and a detailed letter from the audiologist fully explaining my tinnitus. In addition, I submitted an explicit written description of instances of acoustic trauma within the CAF and Comm Rsch trade.

The best piece of evidence was the Task Statement Comm Rsch 291 form A-MD-154-000/FP-000 Appendix 2, Annex D outlines the general duties of the trade, which include wearing of headset for up to 6 hours per day, working in high ambient noise for 6 hours per day, and concentrating for long periods monitoring multiple sensors displays and audio outputs. I also provided evidence of the effect of exposure of loud noises such as gun fire and aircraft noises (Herc) while wearing poor hearing protection or even without any protection at all (especially onboard a Herc).

Finally, after over two years, the Appeal Board approved my claim and granted five-fifths of the disability compensation for tinnitus.

If anyone thinks about submitting a claim for tinnitus, all forms are available in your VAC account or if you wish you could request assistance from your local Legion, hopefully you’ll get a better service than I did.

That’s a wrap for 2023, so Merry Christmas to one and all, and a Very Happy, and Healty 2024 from the SUPRAD Oldtimer Committee!

SUPRAD Oldtimers

November 2023 Newsletter

Part III

NEXT GAGGLE:

December 5th at Noon (Christmas Luncheon – mixed, including significant other). Lolacher’s Catering will be putting on a buffet dinner consisting of: Chef Salad, Stuffing, Roasted Turkey, Tourtiere, Swedish Meatballs, Whipped Potatoes, Peas & Carrots, as well as Christmas Desserts and Tea and Coffee, at $45.00 per person, can be paid to Butch Whitlaw by cash, cheque or e-transfer to whitlawb13@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, once again this year.

Deadline for attending is 30 November, if you plan to attend.

Obituaries

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

Andrew (Andy) Ferdinand Choquette – 24 October 2023

Teresa May (Traves) Follick – 17 November 2023

From Pat Cornect on Facebook – Veterans Service Award

We just got back from the “Annual Ambassadors for Peace Awards Banquet” held in the Ojibway Hall, Mississauga – 11 November 2023. During the ceremony, I was presented with the Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) “Veterans Service Award” – one of two selected from a shortlist of 50 nominees. I was also presented with the “Veteran Ambassadors for Peace Medal”. Both were in recognition of my 35 years military service and my work as a volunteer; RCNA National Director, RCNA Sarnia Branch Director, Battle of the Atlantic Chairperson, webmaster for RCNA HQ, and 14 years as editor of the bi-annual National Magazine the “Yardarm”. www.rcnayardarm.com

It was an honour receiving this recognition in front of over 240 veterans and distinguished guests – including my wife Irene, my sister Rena, and my Brother-in-Law Kevin.

The UPF is an international volunteer organization bent on promoting Peace Worldwide. On behalf of the SUPRAD Oldtimers; Well done Pat!

From Butch Whitlaw – Brooding Soldier Monument

Excellent video: https://warheritage.royalroads.ca/broodingsoldier/

From John McGean – E Company Group Photos:

http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/E_Company_and_E_Squadron_Photos

From Phil Colwill – Alert Personnel in hot water

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/military-personnel-accused-of-killing-and-possessing-endangered-caribou-in-alert/

From Dave Berry and others – Gander featured on Still Standing on CBC

Scroll down to Episode 9 (you might have to sign in): https://gem.cbc.ca/still-standing/s09. Very interesting.

SUPRAD Oldtimers

November 2023 Newsletter

Part II

NEXT GAGGLE – Christmas Luncheon:

December 5th at Noon (Christmas Luncheon – mixed, including significant other). Lolacher’s Catering will be putting on a buffet dinner consisting of: Chef Salad, Stuffing, Roasted Turkey, Tourtiere, Swedish Meatballs, Whipped Potatoes, Peas & Carrots, as well as Christmas Desserts and Tea and Coffee, at $45.00 per person, can be paid to Butch Whitlaw by cash, cheque or e-transfer to whitlawb13@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, once again this year.

New Members

Dave Rodgers

Brent Stevenson

Roy West

Obituaries

None to report this time; thank goodness;

From Don Cherneski – Remembrance Day Tribute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc8ePlCQ1A8

Greely Legion Remembrance Day Photos

It was great seeing so many familiar faces;

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6r2t1MHsgGMvNSha8

Shawn Lodge – Awarded the Outstanding Career Contribution Award

Shawn was a 291er from September 1981 to August 2008. Upon retiring from the CAF, he immediately joined CFINTCOM where he is still dedicating his career. He was just presented with an Outstanding Career Contribution Award.

The citation reads as follows: Shawn’s leadership and expertise have been vital to safeguarding sensitive intelligence data. Leading a team of information system security professionals, Shawn has worked for more than 40 years to protect the security of critical intelligence information systems. He implemented IT network security policies and the marking standard for the Chief of Defence Intelligence, worked extensively with our Five Eyes partners to develop security policies and procedures, and mitigated numerous potential security incidents. The information security program he developed has since become a model within the DND/CAF, and his expertise is regularly sought by other agencies and intelligence partners.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2023/11/2023-celebrating-excellence-awards.html#toc2c

SUPRAD Oldtimers

November 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

December 5 (Christmas Luncheon – mixed, including significant other). Lolacher’s Catering will be putting on a buffet dinner consisting of: Chef Salad, Stuffing, Roasted Turkey, Tourtiere, Swedish Meatballs, Whipped Potatoes, Peas & Carrots, as well as Christmas Desserts and Tea and Coffee, at $45.00 per person, can be paid to Butch Whitlaw by cash, cheque or e-transfer to whitlawb13@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, once again this year.

Member Bio – Robert Lafosse:

I debated with myself (not a good thing, I can always see the other side’s plans) on whether it was worthwhile throwing my story into the ring. I had a decade of being a 291’er, from 1979 to 1989. We must be honest; these were not the hay days of the Canadian Armed Forces.

I would not give up the experiences I had – they were lessons that have stood in good stead over time and contributed to where I ended up in life – but admittedly, the ethos and mentality of the time did not endear the military to the rest of society.

It was the summer in 1979. High school was long over, and it was time to think about a real job, rather than working the midnight shift at Bata punching out shoe soles.

There was only one thing to do since I was a military brat as were all my friends. L and I hopped in his Mustang and drove the 75KM from Trenton to Kingston to see the recruiter. The exact sequence of events is a bit hazy; we did several tests and answered a bunch of questions. I wanted to be a firefighter and L wanted to get into auto mechanics. Unfortunately, the waiting list for firefighter was pushing over a year and I needed a job fast.

I knew about Comm Rsch since I spent two summers up on Alert working in the mess hall washing dishes (wherever man humankind roams, dishwashers will be needed). It was an intriguing name, they never talked about what they did so I assumed it must be interesting and technical (I was a sci-fi fan with a vivid imagination).

When I mentioned Comm Rsch to the recruiter he perked up. It seems there was not much of a waiting list at the time, I could be going to Cornwallis as early as the Fall.

So, I opted to be 291er. My friend was more patient and was going to wait the 6 months or so before he would be enrolled as a vehicle mechanic. We were so happy about finally doing something with our lives we popped into an alley afterwards and smoked a joint.

That November I was on the plane with the rest of the recruits, flying to Greenwood and then by bus onto Cornwallis.

Basic training was the same for me as everyone else who ever went through it at the time. A game that once you learned the rules is easy to play. Sleep under your bed, keep your boots shiny and do whatever you’re told.

The next course at E squadron didn’t start for a few months after basic was finished. At that time, you became a member of the base defence force, which required that you do the extra training, which fundamentally meant being yelled at – just like Cornwallis – but it only lasted a few hours a week. It was a matter of marking time until the fateful day came when your course started.

Finally, the date arrived and we were summoned through the gatehouse in the concrete battleship known as E-Squadron. Still without clearances we learned how to type, Morse code and how to clean a floor. We watched with envy and awe as those in the courses ahead of us went in and out of the locked rooms which were filled with secret treasures.

We hit the high points – the granting of the security clearance, the indoctrination, the getting of the 360-degree dental X Ray, the joy of SMX’s. We were allowed to go through those once forbidden doors and learned what would become a horrible realization, just because something is classified does not make it interesting.

My first posting was Leitrim. Not getting too far away from home yet – Trenton was only a few hours away.

Surely as night follows day it was off to Alert for my first tour. Luckily the line huts were no longer in use as accommodations, but the old ops complex was still there; a mishmash of huts bolted together and managing to be too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer.

Having not totally destroyed my liver on that first tour, I volunteered to do another right away. Stupidly I thought that back-to-back tours would put me in good stead with the higher ups going forward. This time it was the new Ops complex. Much nicer, still had that new intelligence operations centre smell.

At some point during that second tour a few of us on shift thought it would be a great idea to get a Bomb and take off for a trip to Crystal Mountain. I was checked out to drive the thing – one ski and one wheel on the front – you never know. It was an uneventful trip there, climbed the mountain, had a few beers, jumped around in our underwear – the usual stuff. It was all downhill on the way back, so some engine braking was needed. The transmission, housed in a wooden box within the cabin, protested this by overheating. And it set the box on fire. And we had to stop and put it out with the dry chemical fire extinguisher. We got on the radio and informed whoever was on the other end of our plight – a fire. Their response was “does it still move”? I tried it … “Yes, it can still move”. Then “bring it back” they said. All windows were open as we tried to inhale too much of the fire retardant.

Back from the second tour, it was Leitrim again. Due to some shenanigans by a friend, I lost my clearance for a few months while an investigation was undertaken. Something about smoking marijuana I recall. I didn’t know it at the time, but my father (an MWO in Rockcliffe) called the CO (Maj Berry then) and gave him shit for pulling my clearance without any evidence or cause. Soon after I had my clearance back and I was posted to Florida.

Homestead Florida and the US Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA they called it then). There were also Air Force people there, but no one talked to them. It was a learning experience. Castro was emptying his jails into the Keys, the Mariano boatlift was underway, druggies were flying regularity scheduled flights from Columbia and Mexico – and of course the US invaded Grenada. I was a Master Corporal by now and a shift supervisor.

Some fun things that can only happen in the US.

One morning after mids I was having breakfast when a US Marine Sergeant who could have been Gomer Pyles DI, sat down in front of me. On his uniform shirt was a big button that said, “I’d rather be killing commies”.

During a base defence exercise (it was taken seriously because Castro had threatened South Florida) I was given a shotgun and told to go to the roof. As I had my foot on the first rung at the bottom of the ladder, the seaman who was crawling up ahead of  me dropped his shotgun. I was lucky enough to jump out of the way before it brained me.

The American Navy likes to have parades. We would be part of those parades. They liked to play music during parades. Good military tunes, John Philip Sousa stuff – rousing patriotic rhythms. At one parade they played ‘In the Navy’ by the Village People. I shook my head.

Once I was back in Canada, they sent me to language school and tried to drive some Russian into my head. By now I was married and was starting to think seriously about the future. And it was off to Alert again. Since I was fresh off language training, they put me in the comm centre. Occasionally I did work in P and R.

One piece of information I looked at and translated said that a ship had a few hundred tons of ‘moka’. I looked it up in my handy Russian English dictionary. Seems it was sorrow and agony. Well; I could see that during the Soviet Era. But it also meant potato flour.

While in Alert I was posted to Gander. My wife had to do the house hunting since I was enjoying arctic delights and we were told there were no PMQs. Joanne found us a place and we moved into a basement apartment on a street named for some dead airman. Once I showed up and did my sign in, I was told there were PMQ’s available. So, we had to move again.

Gander was a hoot. Groups of three Russian men wandering around in track suits with shopping bags full of disposable diapers. Aeroflot IL62’s taking off and shaking the house so much that things fell off the wall. Trying to get to work but having a moose stubbornly block the road. Going to St. John’s on long days off and encountering every meteorological event known to man on the Trans-Canada (and more moose).

But Gander spelled the end of my military career. We packed it in the summer of 1988 and got off the rock.

No matter how much you try to get away from this business, it just keeps pulling you back in (kitchen scene GodFather III (I know, not the best of the series)). I ended up working at CSE for a few decades as an employee and as a contractor. Amazing the number of old faces that ended up at SLT and later the new Drake Building.

I would not have ended up there myself if weren’t for the fact that I was a Communication Researcher. It gave me the background to move into IT (after going to Trent U to get a degree).

I was planning on getting into teaching like my wife. I did end up teaching for 2 years at Lakefield College School just outside of Peterborough, computers of all things. I digitized their library and ended up back in Ottawa.. first becoming a Sys Admin for a European multinational with offices in Ottawa (ABB), then working at CSE and moving on to be a Project Engineer for Sun Microsystems. Finally, an IT consultant.

The skills garnered during those 10 years have benefited me greatly. As has the ability to make hospital corners on a bed, iron a pair of pants and type over 30 WPM. I never did that well at Morse though…

New Members

Mike Landry

Obituaries

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

Smith, Vernal Weldon (Vern) – 27 October, 2023

Ernie Wade Grimshaw – 29 JULY, 2023

Assistance Required:

Each time we sent out a newsletter, there are non-delivery messages for individuals. If any of you have contact information for the following, please get back to me with their updated contact info: Doug & Jeanie Newman; Joe & Karen Clarke.

From Facebook Discussion – Tradecraft Books

Here is a list of some of the books mentioned:

  • Doomsday Minus Four: Nuclear Brinkmanship and beyond in the Canadian North by Larry Clark

  • The Invisible War by Gill Murray

  • Spyworld by Mike Frost

  • Spy Catcher by Peter Wright

  • Radio History – Amateur Radio by Spurgeon G. “Spud” Roscoe VE1BC

  • Radio History – Ship Shore by Spurgeon G. “Spud” Roscoe VE1BC

From Bob Gray on Facebook: 1969 Alert Photo:

Title : Alert NWT 1969-70 Shift One: (Thanks to Brian Windle, we have all the names)

1st row L to R : Pete Charlton, Ken Weir, Art Solomon, Jerry Kotyluk, Mel Anderson, Jack Muir, Frank McLennan

2nd row L to R: John Crampton, Gary Anderson, Andy Andrews, Jim Dawson (supvr), Bud Smith, Lee Jones

3rd row L to R: Brian Windle, Jim Brock, Ebb Lloyd, Keith Forsyth, Bob Gray, Bruce Berton, John Halle

4th row L to R: Danny Miller, Hugh “Arnie” Arnott (cfr’d) , Georges Gingras, Rick Neydeli, Bill Emmett, Marc Nelson

SUPRAD Oldtimers

October 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

  • December 5th, 2023 (Christmas Luncheon)

New Members

William (Bill) Riding

Leigh Ostrom

Sachin Dwawan

Obituaries

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

Chabot, Gail Evelyne nee Fleming – 9 September, 2023

Thompson, Ronald John – 5 September, 2023

Brasier, Geoff – September, 2023

Corbin, Hubert A. – 02 October, 2023

Angrignon, Gene – 11 October, 2023

Going forward, if possible, I plan to put together a photo album of the individual, starting with Gene, and include the link in the monthly newsletter: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HANNdSmkDQG6fvax6

From Kevin O’Keefe: Book of Remembrance

C&E BRANCH 2ND BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE PROJECT

1. The Communications and Electronics Branch currently possesses a single Book of Remembrance

which resides in the Memorial Room of the Military C&E Museum. This book was a gift – a memorial –

entrusted to The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals by the late Brigadier-General E.D. Baldock MBE, EM,

CD who dedicated this manuscript of fallen names on the 22nd of September 1963. Its pages contain

names of those Corps members who died in the conflicts of the Great and Global Wars alongside several

UN operations and NATO campaigns up to the early 1960s. The actual criteria used for inclusion in the

Book is unknown.

2. Several concerted efforts throughout the years endeavoured to compile the names of Branch and

Corps members who died in the service of Canada. Several such initiatives date back several decades

with the most recent attempt carried out by the late Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Costello, CD (Retired).

Much of Colonel Costello’s work is archived within his rcsigs.ca website under the header ‘Honor Roll’.

Again, the actual criteria used for inclusion in Colonel Costello’s Honor Roll is not known, nor stated.

Unfortunately, Colonel Joe passed away recently so much of the context for his effort is lost.

3. As noted above, the existing RCCS Book of Remembrance dates to the early 1960s and cannot be

modified. However, several related initiatives do provide some tier of aid. The former Signallers’ Club

of Canada managed to maintain a roster of club members who passed away. However, this list included

all retired members who died, and not necessarily those whose death was related to military service. The

Afghanistan Honour Roll – maintained in the C&E Museum – includes only those who were killed in that

specific theatre. Joe Costello’s aforementioned list contains greater detail but is not up-to-date. There are

also lists prepared for the Semaphore to Satellite history book (dated 2013) and – of course – the Vimy

Gate Memorial re-dedication in 2014.

4. There also exist multiple VAC Books of Remembrance including the 7th edition titled In Service

of Canada Book of Remembrance. This volume lists some 1,900 members of the CAF who died while

serving Canada since 1947 excluding those who are commemorated in the Korean War Book of

Remembrance. The 7th volume leverages very specific criteria for inclusion. Included individuals must

have ‘died in conflict, peacetime training exercises, deployments abroad, or other military

duty’. Individuals who die after leaving military service are also eligible, even if they succumb to injuries

or illnesses attributable to military service.

5. Determining an individual’s eligibility for inclusion in an official Book of Remembrance

normally requires access to the member’s military service file. Access by an individual, other than a

family member, is not permitted under the Privacy Act. Veterans Affairs does have special access

permission for such research, and they routinely access such files as part of their primary responsibility

for maintaining the 7th Book of Remembrance. Using the VAC criteria, while somewhat restricted, would

permit the C&E Family to recognize its fallen while concurrently keeping the initiative to a manageable

effort. This approach will require coordination with VAC. However, even using the VAC parameters

will not eliminate all discrepancies. For example, after an initial check of the 7th Book of Remembrance

some C&E members’ names are missing despite meeting eligibility criteria. These discrepancies will

need to be addressed with VAC.

6. Attached is a consolidated list of all those included in the various Branch and Corps lists noted

above. Those highlighted require reconciliation based on the VAC criteria. Additional information on

some of these individuals is available from Colonel Costello’s website and will be used going forward.

The non-highlighted names are on one or more of our Branch and Corps lists, and are already included in

the VAC Book of Remembrance. Please feel free to pass on any additional or updated information to

Kevin O’Keefe at kevin.okeefe@cmcen.ca about those on the highlighted list or if you know of any

individuals who you believe might qualify based on the criteria listed above. If there are individuals

about whom you may be unsure, please send them along as they will be submitted to VAC for

adjudication though there are no guarantees that individuals will be accepted for inclusion. Also, there

are several RCCS personnel who passed away in 1946-47 who are listed in the VAC Book of

Remembrance but not listed in any C&E Branch list. Finally, there are many RCAF Radar personnel who

perished in the Second World War who are listed in Semaphore to Satellite and VAC, but no other lists.

7. Your C&E Association is determined to ensure that all our Branch and Corps personnel who died

in the service of our country are commemorated and immortalized in the 2nd C&E Branch Book of

Remembrance. Please help us do so.

From Pat Cornect – Autumn 2023 Yardarm: http://rcnayardarm.com/

From Rob Martin on Facebook 100th Anniversary RCAF:

Rob Martin is writing a paper for the RCAF 100th Anniversary next year and is planning to write on the station’s SIGINT contributions to the CBNRC and the Allied community.

Was there anyone on here who served at RCAF Station Whitehorse during the late 40s-through the 50s?

Rob will ensure to get ethics research board approval from RMC before commencing any history work.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

From Dave Berry: This interactive dataset shows where you stand relative to the world’s 8 billion people. https://population.io/

From Bob Gray on Facebook: 1969 Alert Photo:

 

 

We need your assistance filling in the names missing below:

1 Front row – ?, ?, Art Soloman, ?, Jerry Kotyluk, Jack Muir, Frank Maclennon

2nd row – John Crampton, ?, Andy Andrews, Jim Dawson, Bud Smith, ?

3rd row – Brian Windle, ?, Ebb LLoyd, ?, Bob Gray, ?, ?

4th row – ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Mark Nelson, Rick Neyedli

September 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:
October 10th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the
following Gaggle in 2023.
• December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)
New Members
Steve Watters
David Slade
Rick Salisko
Ted Kendell
Charles McCullagh
Martin Lanctot
Geoffrey Written
Darryllynn Kachur
William Johnson
Art & Marie Guthreau
René Ethier
Bradley Gibson
If you send an e-transfer to Butch, please include your contact
information, as we have received a couple from people (Bradley
Gibson), who we only know their name; Thanks.
Obituaries
The following are the obituaries posted the SUPRAD Oldtimers website
since the last newsletter:
Dixon, Leonard Joseph (Len) – 2015
Redick, Frances Ann (Cliff) – 7 May, 2016
Ellis, Rodney (Rod) William – 13 August, 2023
From Greg Jenson via email: Time to Increase Arctic Maritime
Domain Awareness

From Karen Stacey on Facebook – Reunion of 291 Women:
On 26 Aug 2023, Karen Stacey organized a special 291 Women Reunion at Hunter’s
Public House in Findlay Creek. The event was nothing but smiles, laughter, reminiscing
and catching up on each other’s lives.
Background:
Being the first women to join into a male dominated Communicator Research trade
from 1984 onward was not an easy task to fulfill but we did it with grace and now we
can celebrate this victory together.
The strength of the picture below has experience that I’m very proud to share. All of
these women completed at least one Alert tour (some 3) and followed the increase of
deployment lists around the world that became the new normal as missions evolved.
The most senior ranking woman in the picture is recently retired CPO1 Sherri Jones-
McDermand. She served her country for 32 years with 5 deployments around the globe
onboard HMCS Winnipeg x2, HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Regina. She was the very first
Female SIGINT Spec Senior Occupational Advisor in our trade. She’s now spending
quality time with her family.
Sandra Morissette served 20 years in the trade speaking 5 languages; French, English,
Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Creole. She deployed to Afghanistan, a tour onboard HMS
Northumberland and she accompanied the USAF in Haiti. Her career granted her a
Diamond Jubilee medal! She is now retired and holds the position of Legion President
to Branch 86 in Victoriaville, QC.
Janet Coles started her career with 4 years in the Reserves before switching to the
CAF. In her 32 years of total service she deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and led the
CDSE team aboard HMCS Algonquin. She also spent 4 years working in the Bosnian
Office at CFIOG DET, Forte Meade, Maryland. Janet is enjoying retirement with her new
husband Eric.
Karen Stacey served 25 years with multiple deployments onboard various ships to
include HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Regina and HMCS Algonquin. She was also a member
of the first Afghanistan Office team while serving at CFIOG DET, Forte Meade,
Maryland. She now volunteers for a number of military and community organizations.
Maryse Beaudoin served for 22 years. She was stationed at MRSOC Medina, San
Antonio, Texas when the Twin Towers fell in NYC on 9-11. She now holds a Public
Service position at CSE and devotes her spare time to her beloved horse Shatzi.
Dani Lapointe served for 12 years before changing careers and for the last 25 years
she has worked as an Access to Information and Privacy Consultant for many
government departments, currently with NRCan as an ATIP analyst/investigator.
Debra Parsons served 23 years in our trade being the first female to go to sea aboard
USS Constellation. She also served 32 years in the Cadet Corp. She achieved the rank
of Major and was the Commanding Officer for 2332 Major Holland VC Royal Canadian
Army Cadets. She is now enjoying a full retirement.
Joanna Gowler Walsh served 14 years in the trade, then decided to switch careers to
stay close to home at Dessureault YIG, where she continues to lead her department to
this day.
Stefanie Russel-Copping served for 21 years completing 3 Alert tours. After her
retirement she started a new career at Dwyer Hill and manages the security at the front
gate.
Michelle Bosse served for 25 years with a fulfilling four year posting to CFIOGHQ DET
Forte Meade, Maryland. After retirement she accepted a Public Service position at CSE.
Lisa Ducharme (Gott/Vance) served for 8 years before joining the Public Service at CSE
taking on various roles and winning multiple CFINTCOM Commander’s
Commendations. She’s currently the Director General at the Privy Council Office,
Intelligence Assessment Secretariat.
Brigitte Delisle served for 33 years with a deployment on board HMCS Ville de Quebec.
She was stationed for a few years at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia when she
unfortunately suffered a stroke. Brigitte was able to recover during a compassionate
posting to Gagetown, NB and now enjoys her retirement.
Nancy Dion served for 27 years as a Spanish linguist and deployed onboard HMS
Sheffield and HMS Northumberland. During Nancy’s posting to Imperial Beach, San
Diego, California she deployed on USCGC Boutwell, USS Fife (2), USS Oldendorf, USS
McCambell, and USCGC Sherman. She is now retired and loving life.
Every one of these women deserve a round of applause for everything they have
achieved, juggling a huge career along with being there for their families. As we all
continue on with extended careers, personal healing and the joy of retirement the
comradery we hold is a genuine gift.
Cheers to all,
Karen Stacey
Front Row – Joanna Walsh, Sandra Morissette, Brigitte Delisle, Stefanie Copping
Middle Row – Karen Stacey, Debra Parsons, Nancy Dion, Dani Lapointe, Lisa
Ducharme
Back Row – Nathalie Felteau, Kim MacPhee, Janet Coles, Sherri McDermand,
Michelle Dollimount, Marika Paradis, Maryse Baeudoin
New Web Pages:
We are working on TWO NEW WEB PAGES for the
SUPRADOldtimers.ca Site, with the first being SUPRAD Kit Shop:
https://supradoldtimers.ca/suprad-kit-shop/.
Check it out,
and provide me with feedback on the content/layout or
anything else; much appreciated. If you want to take a crack
at filling out any of the online forms, use the word TEST in the
First Name Field so that I do not forward them onto Rob
Dunbar. Also, if you prefer send me an email with your
findings.
The second site is called SUPRAD OLDTIMERS CAIRN
DEDICATIONS: https://supradoldtimers.ca/suprad-oldtimer-
cairn-honorees/
Background: The Oldtimers decided in 2006 to remember one
person from the SUPRAD Community. From 2006 until 2015,
the SUPRAD Oldtimers selected individuals to be honoured at
the annual Gloucester Cairn dedications. The photos of the
honourees are on the wall at the Greely Legion in the old
HMCS Gloucester gymnasium.
In order to make the information available to a larger
audience, the names, photos and bios will be posted on this
new site.
Thanks to Lynn Wortman, we have been able to all details for
some of the individuals to the site.
What I need from you people is any details that You might
have for the people on the list. I am sure some of you
Oldtimers have a few bits of information about the
honourees.
Thanks.
From Neil O’Hare on Facebook – Recognition of 45 Years of
Teaching with PADI (Professional Association of Diving
Instructors) – Well done Neil
From Gary Springer on Facebook – Bullet Pens Update
Good news everyone, I picked up all of the pens at the engraver this
morning. I put a rifle clip on all of them but I have a limited number of
deer heads, golf clubs or hockey sticks. Please send me an email at
ottawaflorida@gmail.com to arrange pick up or your address – mailing
( which will cost a couple of $s more ) and how you want to pay for
them. Email transfer is easy for me. $80 plus shipping if applicable…
thanks for your interest.If you fly and have one of my bullet pens – check it in your baggage or
it might get confiscated. I only did it once!

 

August 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

October 10th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggle in 2023.

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

New Members

Michel LeBrun

Obituaries

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

O’Gorman, Stuart – 8 August 2023

Funeral Services

Thanks to Terry Whalley, and Joe’s daughter Leslie Robertson, the obituary for Omer Levasseur has been updated on the SUPRAD site.

We read his name at June’s Service of Remembrance, but the details of his obituary were not available at the time.

Note the date for the funeral is August 23rd, at Kelly Funeral Home, at 1255 Walkley Rd; Visitation from 9:30 to 11, service at 11 in their chapel. This is followed at 13:00 burial at Beechwood Cemetery, at 280 Beechwood Ave.

From Charles P. O’Dale on Facebook – Virtual Tour of WAVES of Intelligence:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=gwHzD6xQf8U&fbclid=IwAR0hgWOqcAdRtRoHca7ygkDjTaC0_p_5YWLjvsAI-dwHgW_ThMwHxRjF_3E

From Sherri McDermand on Facebook – Members of the Order of St. John

Our own Eric Filion received the Order of St. John: https://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2023/2023-05-13/html/gh-rg-eng.html

From Gary Springer on Facebook – Bullet Pens – and Medical Update

As a number of you may know Gary Springer makes pens out of spent bullets (see photo below). I have one of his pens, and they are great. He is now making monogrammed pens, similar to the one below. Gary’s email is ottawaflorida@gmail.com, and this pen with name and trade would cost $80…with just the trade it would cost $60.

As far as the medical update from Gary: Maybe you already know but I went in for a hip replacement in March. In total I was in the General for 2 months. It got infected so they took it out…that one also got infected…I’m working on my third hip device. So I’m on a horrible antibiotic till the end of September. No smell or taste, a bit of the shakes… So making these pens has been good therapy for me but I generally feel a little bit groggy… Getting better each day…

From Dave St Amand on Facebook – 291 Joke

Bob Solomon used to tell “the first 291er joke” which I still find funny. I will repeat it here in case you haven’t heard it before.

“The first 291ers would lie in the swamp, bow and arrows at the ready, waiting to intercept carrier pigeons when they flew over. The BTC told his crew to be at the ready as the 0700 sked was getting near. As 0700 approached, a heavy fog settled over the swamp, visibility went to zero and the familiar “flap flap flap” could be heard as birds flew overhead. The BTC ordered his troops to fire, and a bunch of seagulls landed at their feet. “what do we do with these, asked the bowmen?” Without skipping a beat, the BTC says “throw them in the spinner bag, CSE loves that stuff.”

Somewhere, Bob is having a chuckle…

Test for Oldtimers; After the test, scroll down for the answers!

1. Johnny’s mother had three children.  The first child was named April. The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name?

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh?

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there in a hole… that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. What word in the English Language… is always spelled incorrectly?
6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.  How is this possible?

7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not?

8. What was the President’s Name…in 1975?

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

10. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

Here are the Answers: (No peeking!)

1. Johnny mother had three children.  The first child was named April.  The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name?

Answer: Johnny, of course.

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh?

Answer: Meat.

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet.  [You’re not very good at this are you?]

4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

Answer: There is no dirt in a hole.

5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.  How is this possible?

Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere.

7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not?

Answer: You can’t take pictures with a wooden leg.  You need a camera to take pictures.

8. What was the President’s Name in 1975?

Answer: Same as is it now – Joe Biden [Oh, come on …]

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

Answer: You would be in 2nd.  Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

10. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?

Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh]

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

Answer: One.  If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one.

TO ALL MY INTELLIGENT FRIENDS

Keep that brain working; try to figure this one out….

See if you can figure out what these seven words all have in common?
1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven
7. Assess

Give it another try….

Look at each word carefully.  You’ll kick yourself when you discover the Answer.  This is so cool…..

REMEMBER I ONLY SENT THIS TO MY SMART FRIENDS

NOW DON’T LET ME DOWN

No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters….

Answer is below!

Answer:
In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

July 2023 Part II Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

August 8th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

New Members

Gaudet, Floyd

Fardy, Joe

Syed, Ray

Member Bio:

As I have not received a bio in months, and based on feedback, this is one of the highlight features of each Newsletter, I will be obliged to put together my own story in the hopes that some of you will send along your life story as well.

Obituaries

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

Copeland, Dawn Joanne – 28 June 2023

Cummings, Keith Millard – 26 June 2023

Benedict, Gary Earnest – 3 July 2023

Sauntry, Francis Reginald – 10 April 2023

From Dan Payment on Facebook (4 July 2023)

For those friends, comrades and running mates who may feel that I have been derelict in my duties or AWOL, not so! I have sick bay chitties! Yes, more than one, I collapsed at home on the evening of 15 June in front of my poor wife who had just had her right shoulder replaced 3 weeks prior. While lecturing me that she told me I was sick, crying and dialing 911, trying to comfort me because I can’t get up. I was rushed to the Montfort where they determined that I had a blood clot blocking the portal vein to my common bile duct (when, where, how created unknown). Anyway over time this caused me to develop 4 major kidney and liver infections, which ultimately laid me out. I spent 2 weeks in ICU at the Ottawa General getting my liver and kidneys cleaned up to the point where they could put me back in the Montfort in the regular medical ward. Talking with my doctor yesterday it sounds like I will be here for at least another 2 weeks undergoing antibiotics and rehab treatment. I spend a lot of time sleeping, when the primadonna in the bed next to me let’s me. I have lost a lot of muscle mass and have practically zero stamina. Pretty big nut, but in a nutshell that’s me for now.

Unique License Plates

On Facebook, one of the guys (Andy Ravary) posted a photo of his license plate, and I made a comment that it would be a good project add license plate numbers to the Oldtimer Map, and within a day, there were about a dozen responses with a listing of their special plates.

Over the years, I get a couple of requests per month asking if I know who has such-and-such plate number, and every time I must answer ‘no’, unless it is 4V2404, which is mine.

If you would like to have your plate number added to the Oldtimer Map, send me an email at davenberry43@gmail.com, and I will add them

From Karen Stacey on Facebook – Soldier On Fund Reopening

Soldier On Grant Program Re-opening/ Réouverture du programme de subvention

Soldier On is thrilled to announce that the Soldier On Fund is reopening. Since its creation in 2007, Soldier On has helped thousands of ill and injured members to live an active lifestyle by providing financial assistance in acquiring sporting or recreational equipment and opportunities to participate in structured activities such as skiing, fishing, and golf. This program not only helps members develop new skills and build confidence but also allows them to connect with peers who are facing similar challenges.

The Soldier On fund will accept applications using applications windows going forward. The first window of application will be open from

August 1st to August 15th, 2023. Due to limited funding, only 250 applications will be accommodated per window. Valid applications will be treated in the order in which they are received, so it is recommended to apply as soon as the

application window opens. Please remember that the Soldier On Fund is financially supported by donations from Canadians, the Canadian Armed Forces, small businesses, corporations, and foundations, as it is an official grant program of the Canadian Armed Forces.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please follow the steps outlined below to ensure your application is complete and submitted correctly. The application

windows will be August, November, and February, and you can find the link to the application form on the Soldier On website when the application windows are active.

·

Step 1: Carefully read the

applicant guide to ensure you understand how to submit a complete application.

·

Step 2: Click on the link provided to submit your application.

·

LINK: https://www.soldieron.ca/Get…/Soldier-On-Grant-Program

·

*Note: The application form link will only be active during respective application windows.

·

Step 3: Once we have received your application, we will begin processing it and contact you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in the Soldier On Fund. We look forward to receiving your application and supporting you in your active lifestyle.

Sans Limites est ravi d’annoncer la réouverture du Fonds Sans Limites. Depuis sa création en 2007, Sans Limites a aidé des milliers de membres militaires malades ou blessés à mener une vie active en leur offrant de l’aide financière pour l’acquisition d’équipement sportif ou récréatif et des occasions de participer à des activités structurées comme le ski, la pêche et le golf. Ce programme aide non seulement les membres à acquérir de nouvelles compétences et à acquérir de la confiance, mais il leur permet également de communiquer avec leurs pairs qui font face à des défis semblables.

Le fonds Sans Limites acceptera dorénavant les demandes par moyen de fenêtres de demande. La première fenêtre de demande sera ouverte du

1er au 15 août 2023. En raison du financement limité, seulement 250 demandes seront acceptées par fenêtre. Les demandes valides seront traitées dans l’ordre dans lequel elles sont reçues; il est donc recommandé de présenter une demande dès que

la fenêtre de demande s’ouvre. N’oubliez pas que le Fonds Sans Limites est soutenu financièrement par des dons de Canadiens, des Forces armées canadiennes, de petites entreprises, de sociétés et de fondations, puisqu’il s’agit du programme de subvention officiel

des Forces armées canadiennes.

Si vous souhaitez présenter une demande de subvention, veuillez suivre les étapes ci-dessous pour vous assurer que votre demande est complète et soumise correctement.

Les périodes d’application seront août, novembre et février, et vous trouverez le lien vers le formulaire de demande sur le site Web Sans Limites lorsque les périodes d’application seront actives.

Étape 1 : Lisez attentivement

le guide du demandeur pour vous assurer de comprendre comment présenter une demande complète.

Étape 2 : Cliquez

sur le lien fourni pour soumettre votre demande.

LIEN :

https://www.sans-limites.ca/Obtenir-du…/Fonds-Sans-limites

*Remarque : Le lien ne sera actif que pendant les fenêtres d’application respectives.

Étape 3 : Lorsque

nous aurons reçu votre demande, nous commencerons à la traiter et nous communiquerons avec vous dès que possible.

Nous vous remercions de l’intérêt que vous portez au Fonds Sans Limites. Nous avons hâte de recevoir votre demande et de vous soutenir dans votre vie active.

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www.soldieron.ca

www.sans-limites.ca

SUPRAD Oldtimers

July 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

August 8th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas Luncheon)

Canada Day Edition:

Because it is Canada Day, I thought this Canada Day Quiz that contain actual questions given on the Citizenship Exam might provide a worthwhile challenge (it was touth, but I managed to pass!): https://www.citizenshipsupport.ca/free-simulation-test/

New Members

Deveau, Kenneth James

Nightingale, Wayne

Dyson, Samuel

Dyson, Victoria

Holland, Jim

Morrissette, Sandra

Wardle, Mike

Laliberte, Dennis

Roy, Jean-Pierre

Desilets, Mario

Williamson, Glen

Goguen, Dave

Lucas, Hugh

Member Bio:

As I have not received a bio in months, and based on feedback, this is one of the highlight features of each Newsletter, I will be obliged to put together my own story in the hopes that some of you will send along your life story as well.

Obituaries

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

Ripmeester, Ed – 19 June 2023

Ryan, Charles – 11 November 2022

McBride, Mervyn – 10 April 2023

LaVasseur, Joe Omer – 23 June 2023

Copeland, Dawn Joanne – 28 June 2023

Celebration of Life – Jake Berry – 8 July 2023

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, July 8th at 11 am.

2203 Guilford Dr, Abbotsford (Jake’s house)

We are planing that it will be really worm style of memorial. Anyone who knows Jake fell free to come or stop by his house, talking about his memory with his friends and enjoying his favorite foods.

If you can attend this memorial, kindly could you let me know by PME (Kayo Watanabe) or lupin3kayo@gmail.com.

Celebration of Life – Ed Ripmeester – 10 July 2023

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, July 10, 2023 at 1 pm, at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, ON.

This is not too far for many of us. I will be going to represent Oldtimers and anyone wishing to join me are most welcome.

Often we don’t get the chance to say goodbye. Hope to see some of the gang there

Rob Dunbar

From Paul Munroe on Facebook – Airline Baggage Allowance:

https://www.cmfmag.ca/airline-baggage-allowances-for-military-personnel-and-veterans/?fbclid=IwAR2uJoJB2BRFt5v7LuWei2ZEwukZe1s1YGHsOLUbTpnqLGNFKvCF1-lj6as

Mike Blow Received The Quilt of Valour:

Capt (retired) Mike Blow CD, was presented with a quilt of valour on June 22nd 2023, the quilt is given to recognize those who are ill or injured both physically and mentally, as a result of their service and sacrifice to our country.

Mike served as a communication research and re-mustered to fire fighter, he joined in 1972 and retired in 2008, during his service he had a number of incidents that resulted in fatalities, something that is never forgotten. The quilt is meant as recognition not only for those times that were traumatic but also as a means to provide some comfort and to make the member realize he or she is not alone and is supported by volunteers who support healing and recognition of service. s number of are recognized and honoured with a Quilt of Valour. At present there are approximately 185,000 Veterans, many of whom are eligible to receive a Quilt of Valour. To date more than 21,000 quilts have been presented. Each one a handmade hug, stitched with love and gratitude by grateful Canadians.

The presentation is done in 3 stages, first the member is presented the quilt by the volunteer, the second is the presentation where it is draped over the members shoulders by family members, this is to indicate family support, the third is when the member is alone with the quilt draped over the shoulders to help in comforting should remembrances of past traumatic surface.

Mike has stated that “it was an honour to have one presented to me and I will ensure it is kept in a place of honour”. https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/

Trust, Treason and Treachery: The Psychology of Spying: https://www.europeanbusinessreview.com/trust-treason-and-treachery-the-psychology-of-spying/

Interesting video on Sleep and Aging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RE08qza9es

From Brian Kebic, via Jerry Proc: Frozen Chosen Slide Show: https://www.veoh.com/watch/v27925328BYZsS52n (lots of familiar faces in this 25 minute compilation)

SUPRAD Oldtimers

June 2023 Newsletter

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you at this year’s Reunion

NEXT GAGGLE:

August 8th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • 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. Thank You!

Obituaries

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

Stewart (Urquhart), Jean Margaret – 19 May 2023

Montgomery, Ross – 15 May 2023

Cromwell, Richard – 19 May 2023

Greer, Gary – 25 May 2023

Davidson, Bill – 01 June 2023

Lowe, Carol Ann – 22 December 2022

One of our Oldtimers (Robert Blais) Lays Wreath at the Canada War Memorial

On June 4th, 2023, at the Canada War Memorial in Ottawa Robert Blais laid a wreath on behalf of the IOOF Grand Lodge of Quebec in honour of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

Class Photo Request:

Mike Bostwick has compiled a great collection of class photos from HMCS Gloucester and CFB Kingston. We are looking to fill in the gaps, so if you have a copy of a class photo, not listed on these pages, OR, if you have a photo listed with the names of the individuals, could you please pass them along so that Mike can add them to his site. http://tilley.servehttp.com/coppermine-1.6/index.php?cat=4

Preparing for the Public Service Health Care Plan transition to Canada Life This site has all the details for making the transition from Sun Life to Canada Life: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/benefit-plans/health-care-plan/information-notices/preparing-public-service-health-care-plan-transition-canada-life.html. Note: The Dental Care Plan is staying with Sun Life. This PDF file from Canada Life has additional details: https://www.welcome.canadalife.com/content/dam/rfp/welcome-sites/pshcp/VAC-EN-FINAL.pdf

Good Read – The 72-Year-Old Who Lied About His Age to Fight in both the Civil War, and World War I: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-72-year-old-who-lied-about-his-age-to-fight-in-world-war-i-180982279/

From Dave Berry: Driving to the Arctic Circle via The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway (and Dempster Highway)

This article brought back a lot of great memories for me: https://weexplorecanada.com/driving-to-the-arctic-circle/

Oldtimer Newsletter excerpts:

SUPRAD Oldtimers

May 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE (Reunion Planning):

June 6th 2023 at noon. We have reserved the mess for the following Gaggles in 2023.

  • 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. Thank You!

New Members Since the Last Newsletter:

Alex Arndt

Eric Filion

Sonya Haskell

Sherri Jones

Ed Julien

Scott McLean

Gail Roberts

Garth Saunders

Tony Cobden

Pete Van Roon

Sean Trottier

Mike MacDonald

Rick Carlson

Larry Cadman

Marika Paradis

Monty Montgomery Tribute – CFS Leitrim 28 April 2023

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oabHKy1_iWXX9xZF8h2UqU8e9XFLiCmB?usp=sharing

From Rob Allan on Facebook – Base Thule Gets Renamed

Going forward, Thule Air base will be know as Pituffik Space Base: https://www.spacebasedelta1.spaceforce.mil/Pituffik-SB-Greenland/.

From Daniel Bergeron on Facebook – 2023 Veterans Benefits Guide

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.

From Dave Berry – A Brief History of Secret Communication Methods, From Invisible Ink to Tattooed Heads:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/a-brief-history-of-secret-communication-methods/

FROM Bob Todd – The Military Career of Tom Jenkins

Here is a link to the well written two part article:

https://stmarysindy.com/news/article.php?The-military-career-of-D77-312-110-Captain-Tom-Jenkins-624

https://stmarysindy.com/news/article.php?Tom-Jenkins-military-career-took-him-around-the-world-643

Beechwood Cemetery Foundation Events – May 2023

https://www.beechwoodottawa.ca/en/foundation/events

 

SUPRAD Oldtimers

April 2023 Newsletter

NEXT GAGGLE:

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

  • June 6th (reunion planning);

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

  • August 8th;

  • October 10th;

  • December 5 (Christmas

    Luncheon)

Chuck O’Dale’s navy life and other stuff…

RCN 1964-1970

January 1964 at 17 I departed my home town Midland Ontario for Cornwallis, Terra Nova 1/64 to experience an adventure of a lifetime! The next 15 weeks was a hoot, sort of! I was a “blue band” class captain, so had it pretty good. I won a few inter-divisional swim races at the “temple of health” AKA the gym pool. I was told Radioman Special (RS) was my future. Cool! I turned 18 (the minimum RS entry age) while on basic training special leave.

At the end of special leave as an OSRSS, I hitch-hiked from Midland via highway 7 to Ottawa/Glo. An Air Force corporal picked me up at Peterborough and from there we stopped at every pub on the way. He gave me the lowdown on what to expect. I eventually made it to the main gate at pipe-down half in the bag. Good start EH? During TG1, my duty watch for the summer was life-guard, standing 1-in-8 watches! They even gave me a red station card by mistake. I didn’t know it was wrong 😊!! I got caught when I arrived back one evening at 2AM and the duty PO thought it was strange that an 18 year old had a red station card. Oh well, the good ride ended, I then served “gash-and-towels” punishment for a “little” while. I made it to OSRS.

September 1964 it was off to Churchill where I was shocked at how bad the morse was that I was supposed to translate. At Christmas I was the “Captain for the Day” and had a “vigorous” introduction to Cracklin’ Rose wine! I had a very interesting mid-watch that night. An old hand told me that if I wanted to be an operator, go to Alert!!

So, spring of 1965 I was on a C130 to Alert. There I hiked all over the area and got a pile of crystal after climbing Crystal and Pulen mountains. Got up close with a wolf!! They were more scared than I was. I did become an operator and was promoted to the dizzying heights of Able Seaman.

At end of our Alert tour we went direct to Inuvik Instead of returning to Churchill. There I made a few extra $$ working off shift for Hudson Bay, it sure passed the time. Caught a flight to Tuktoyaktuk and saw the pingo. I passed up the chance to buy a polar bear skin/rug there.

In 1966 it was back to Glo for the last TG2 course. They had combined TG1 and 2 over the years. Got married, passed TG2 and posted to Coverdale.

At Coverdale I was part of the “Hellyer Hookie” promotion stampede, it was a great raise in pay! I received a “jammy shift job” working at the Scoudouc transmitter site. I wanted to be a 291 tech so in my “spare” time at the transmitter site I started a correspondence course in electronics with Radio College of Canada.

In July 1969 I got my second Alert posting, with my wife six months pregnant. Oh goody! My son was born while I was up there. I first heard him cry via VE8RCS. I finished the electronics course and was then certified electronic engineering technician by the Ontario Certified Engineering Technologist and Technician (OACETT) organization. A military career manager arrived up there for an all-hands individual interview/career briefing. At my interview I stated my OACETT qualification and my preference to be a 291 tech or to be branch transferred to electronic technician. A couple of weeks later the answer came back, NO-repeat-NO!!! Facing reality, I sent my resume to various tech companies in Ottawa, setting up interviews during my two week special Alert leave.

January 1970, upon arriving in Ottawa from Alert was when I first saw my three month old son!! I went to all my appointed interviews and received good job offers. I picked the best one when Northern Electric Research and Development Labs (becoming NORTEL) offered me $575 per month as a junior technician. In 1970 as a Leading Seaman I was making $570 per month. So, for $5 a month I changed my whole life!! And the bonus, no duty watches or shift work!! I phoned the CO at Coverdale with my news/release request and a month later I was doing my military out-routine at Gagetown.

NAVAL RESERVE 1970-2000

Even though I was now a civilian, I couldn’t forget my navy experience. So I joined the navy reserves at HMCS Carleton here in Ottawa. And wouldn’t you know it, the parade GI there was none other than “Boots Dunbar”!! Oh well. I was racing sailboats at the time so I decided to start my reserve career as a Bos’n, AKA “anchor klanker”. I had a great ride serving with HMCS Chaudiere (receiving the last of the “Tots”), Royal Navy minesweepers in the Irish Sea and North Atlantic, the USN and the US Coast Guard (“Desert Storm” veterans). I retired from the reserves in 2000 after the Y2K scare was over.

NORTEL 1970-2003

I started as a technician with Nortel and thirty-three years later ended up as a scientist managing an electron microscope lab. In the navy we used volt meters and oscilloscopes for vacuum tube circuit troubleshooting at decimetre dimensions. At Nortel I used an electron microscope for microcircuit troubleshooting at nanometre dimensions. Another great ride!

MY HOBBIES

I could write a book about this, so if you have an hour or so to kill please GOOGLE: craterexplorer.ca

From Jerry Proc – Wartime Radio The Secret Listeners BBC (1979):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwbzV2Jx5Qo

This documentary; (I personally earned more about our trade-craft with this video than anything else that I can recall) traces the evolution of civilian involvement in radio-based intelligence during both world wars. It was the tireless work of amateur radio enthusiasts during World War I, that initially convinced the Admiralty to establish a radio intercept station at Hunstanton.

Wireless espionage was to play an even more important role during World War II, with the Secret Intelligence Service setting up the Radio Security Service, which was staffed by Voluntary Interceptors, a band of amateur radio enthusiasts scattered across Britain.

From Dave Berry – Elsa Lessard – 100-year-old Second World War veteran honoured for her contributions to the Canadian Navy: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/100-year-old-second-world-war-veteran-honoured-for-her-contributions-to-the-canadian-navy.

From Kevin O’Keefe – Korean War 70th Anniversary:

“The Korean War started on 25 June 1950, when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. United Nations forces soon joined the fighting, which would rage until an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict (including members of our C&E Branch and its founding elements in The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, RCN and RCAF). Sadly, 516 Canadians died.  Long seen as a forgotten war, the Korean War is now recognized as an important chapter in Canada’s military history. 27 July 2023 marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the fighting of the Korean War when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953.  Below is just one example of the courage of all who served during this conflict.

Military Cross citation for Lt. L.G. Cote, RCCS – 

During the night 2/3 May 1953, C Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, sustained a heavy attack by superior enemy forces accompanied by an intense artillery bombardment. At the time the attack was launched Lieutenant Coté was supervising the communications with a fighting patrol in the front of C Company. This patrol encountered the enemy and with the increased volume of traffic which occurred when it became apparent they had made contact with a large enemy force, it was necessary for this officer to remain on the position to supervise and assist the operators on the wireless and telephone communications, which he did in a most competent manner. As the attack developed, Lieutenant Coté assisted No.7 Platoon Commander of C Company to maintain his organization and visited section posts to report conditions of the defences. On one such tour he was twice blown from the trench into bunkers before he could return to the command post. In spite of this he carried on in a calm and confident manner, inspiring all concerned with his personal courage and coolness. At the height of the enemy assault, he left the command post to personally engage the enemy with pistol and Sten, and finally a Bren gun and grenades. He remained in the open trenches during the time that the Platoon Commander called for fire on the platoon positions and until the enemy had withdrawn, after which he once more toured the platoon locality and picked up four survivors whom he led to No.8 platoon position to the rear of No.7 platoon position. There is no doubt that his cool and courageous action in undertaking tasks for which he, as a Signals Officer need not have necessarily performed, contributed both directly and indirectly to the successful defence of the company locality. 

Your C&E Association is attempting to gather the names of our surviving Korean War veterans.  We wish to recognize their courage and service at this significant milestone. 

Please email me at: kevin.okeefe@cmcen.ca if you are aware of any of our Branch/Corps Korean War veterans.”

March 2023 VA Salute Newsletter:

There is an interesting piece on hearing loss: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-vac/news-media/salute/2023-03

Spring 2023 RCNA YARDARM:

http://rcnayardarm.com/

Suggested by Dan Schulz: The Female World War II Codebreaker Who Busted Nazi Spy Rings:

https://www.history.com/news/codebreaker-nazi-spy-rings-woman

From Jerry Proc – 100 Years of Military Communications

While rummaging through some old paperwork, I came across this 2003 first day issue by Canada Post to commemorate  100 years of military communications. On the backside are the badges that are applicable to the various branches of the Canadian Forces. Now to find a suitable home for this artifact in one of my web pages. (See attached PDF File).

From Gary King: HMCS Arnprior Booklet

One of my retired activities was putting together this short booklet on the Arnprior, a WWII Corvette. Arnprior was my hometown, thus the significance. I’m not sure if anyone is interested but I have a few copies available. Gary King <gis3882@gmail.com>

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


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