5 June 2013
Givins investigates S-76 Crash
McKay's Daughter in Miss UniverseCanada
35th Reunion Info
Requesting Band Info
RMC 76 on Facebook
Gebbie, Debienne and McManus - 2009 Penticton Triathlon
Givins investigates S-92 Crash
Gebbie, Debienne and McManus
Marty Tate's son gets wings
Maisonneuve at CMR
7 Squadron Mess Dinner
Class of 76 Links
'The Boys of 76'
Israel Probe to Meet
Marty Tate in Moose Jaw
Karmin McKay Cleans
Ted Givins investigates S-76 Crash
McKay's Daughter Michelle in Miss Universe
Rick Glen Dodson (11063) died on January 1st of 2013. He was living in Edmonton where he had remained since leaving the Army in the mid-90s after having been the Officer Commanding the CF Parachute Team (Skyhawks). For more information, see obituaries
Update on our 35th Reunion and our eventual Class gift - October 2011
35th Year since Graduation Reunion:
Our Class members started meeting each other at Friday's obstacle course. We enjoyed seeing the way the recruit flights worked together to get tasks done - like using strategy in getting everyone over the high wall. It contrasted strongly with the style of race we had which was much more individualistic and the goal was simply to get yourself to the end as fast as possible. Friday evening, we got together at the Cadet Mess and got a chance to chat with everybody to catch up on what was going on in everyone's life. On Saturday morning, we were able to witness the 'badging' of the Recruits by the Old Brigade entry class (1966) and got to see the new 1st year cadets join the Cadet Wing. Saturday afternoon was dedicated to sports - some events were intercollegiate and there were 7 competitions between Ex-Cadets vs Cadets. On Sunday morning, we formed up on parade under the direction of Chuck Oliviero. We looked very sharp on parade in the mist and rain as we treked out to the Arch for the annual service for fallen comrades. While the comments from the group were quite entertaining, the best quote was attributed to Cole Tokei after they read off the list of RMC Grads who passed away in the past year. Cole said "If you are going to die, make sure you do it in the year preceding one of our 5-year reunions so our boys will be on parade to hear your name called". On the return to the parade square, the presentation of the Piiper Challenge Cup was presented. The tradition calls for the RMC CWC to accept the trophy if RMC wins, or the senior Ex-cadet from a winning team if the Ex-cadets win. Most of the games were close, but the Ex-cadets won 4-3 so our Class of 76 was honoured to have the most senior ex-cadets participating and both were on winning teams. John McManus (Water Polo) and Dave Harvie (Rugby) marched out to accept the trophy.
Class Gift to RMC Foundation
For Class of 76 members, this link is a good
start. You can read about some of the ongoing projects available and they
may spur your creativity in choosing a 'Class of 76' endeavour. This is
part of the Foundation website which is easy to navigate through.
Request for Pipes and Drums Information
Hi Chuck Oliviero (Class 1976 Secretary) and John McManus
(Class 1976 webmaster):
Class of '76 is on Facebook
If you are on Facebook, join the Group RMC - Class of '76. If you are a Luddite, join Facebook, then join our group! You would get to read about Ken Watkin being selected to be on Israel's Turkel Commission
Tragedy strikes John Rose - 1 June 2010
TO: THE GENTLEMEN CADETS OF RMC, CLASS OF '76
FROM: #11018 COLEMAN TOKEI
SUBJECT: JOHN ROSE FUNERAL SERVICE - 5 JUNE 2010, INVERMERE, BC
Our Classmate John Rose shone on the sports field, was a loyal teammate and friend, and was personally very popular at RMC. Therefore, it should surprise no one then, that last Saturday afternoon, in scenic lakeside Invermere, a bright and shining sun pushed back the relentless rain that had, to now, been our B.C. Spring..........and revealed that over ten percent of the town's population of 3600 had come out to pay their final respects to their departed town doctor, colleague, and friend.
Clearly Dr. Johnson Albert Rose was well loved and respected by the townsfolk of Invermere. Besides the sheer numbers that swelled Christ Church Trinity that day, the constant sound of attending ladies' sniffles, throughout the three Eulogies offered up, underscored the deep sadness and grief that gripped the entire town. Indeed, even prior to my arriving at the Church, while assisting the two middle-aged owners of Invermere's Canterbury Florists, Joanne and Sandy, with the final touches on our Class of '76 floral arrangement, both ladies choked up when speaking of Dr. Johnson Rose, and the tragic accident that took him all too soon. At Ray Ray's Pub, overlooking Invermere Beach, where I lunched and changed into my suit, the patrons I talked to all knew our Classmate, and all mourned his loss. "Shocking" and "tragic" were the common adjectives most used, with one man cursing the rail line that split the town and impeded town peoples' progress.
The Service was simple and dignified as Paul Rose, the oldest surviving brother, was introduced by the Anglican Parson, and delivered a heartfelt and poignant Eulogy highlighting Johnson's many accomplishments, interests, and passions. Johnson, Paul told us, was the best oldest brother any boy could've had, and that Johnson had always wanted to be a doctor. Apparently, historical dealings with "the four Rose boys" growing up in nearby Cranbrook, included the concept of picking a fight with one, meant taking on the other three as well.
Paul spoke of the enormous pride and love Johnson held for his wife Denise, her skills and efforts as a great wife and mother.........and in her considerable Art talent and accomplishments. On two occasions, Paul emphasized the enormous level of Johnson's pride in his two sons Trevor, 20 and James 18.......and their tremendous accomplishments as two local area sports phenoms. I remember thinking then that "the apples didn't fall far from the tree." Paul lightened the sombreness a tad by referring to Johnson's penchant for British high-performance Sports Cars, his reluctance to operate them at less than their maximum rated speeds.........and "the account" he paid-off (over some time) with the local RCMP.
The second Eulogy was from an elderly physician who had recruited our Classmate as a young UBC Medical School Graduate, to intern there in the Columbia Valley. He spoke of John's determination on the ice, as he led the local area doctors to a Medical Association Hockey Championship over teams of MDs from much larger urban areas. That determination, zeal and passion was even stronger, he reported, when Dr. Johnson Rose took on the Provincial Health bureaucracy to obtain important and expensive resources for their local Hospital. In Johnson's soft-spoken manner, evidently visiting BC Healthcare reps would describe a long-awaited item in great detail.........John would politely let them finish.......and then say two words........"but, WHEN??!!!" Apparently the Dr. Rose "But When??!!" procurement methodology worked very well, as Invermere has more medical hardware today per capita than any other berg in Southeast BC!!
The final Eulogy was from a lady physician who was Johnson's Medical Practice partner. She was a little shaky at the beginning, but recovered very well to entertain us with stories of John's affinity for exceedingly strong coffee, his dry sense of humour, his off-the-wall observations...........and his ability to silently disappear out the office backdoor (usually down to the Hospital to check on a patient) without being noticed.
A reception followed, and I was able to meet John's lovely wife Denise, and his sons, Trevor and James. I also met John's three brothers, Paul, Kevin and Derek. I explained (to all of them) that I had known John (and it was "John" at RMC, and not Johnson, because everything in the military is abbreviated)........and that John had been the Rugby star from Royal Roads who became the fastest player on the RMC Redmen Football team, our starting halfback, and just a guy who was a naturally gifted athlete.........but more than that, John had been truly a great Cadet, comrade, Classmate, and buddy. No one had ever, I reported, nobody at RMC, staff or cadet, had ever had a bad word to say about John. The young John Rose had possessed a quiet confidence about him, soft-spoken yet very witty, with a instant and infectious laugh. He was a very easy guy to like, I said.
I made a point of emphasizing that I was there representing all 200-plus Class of '76 comrades of John's, and that many emails about John had gone around Canada, from coast to coast to coast, those past few days. Denise was particularly moved by our Floral Tribute, complete with one RMC insignia front & centre (could be alleged from a pre-worn RMC polo shirt I brought along in the car) and was most appreciative that our Class, from all those decades ago, would remember John so fondly and vividly. I told his sons that their dad was proud and confident, but never vain.........a fiery competitor on the sports field, yet easy-going in everyday situations. John had so many great traits and also strong values like loyalty, toughness, and courage. It was obvious, I said to his sons, that the good people of Invermere knew that Johnson was a great man, and that I was there to tell them, in all honesty and sincerity, that John had also been a great guy as a young man just starting out.
In the end, like the town of Invermere, our Class of '76 is poorer today than we were one week ago. This was a shocking and tragic accident which befell a Community Leader, a healer, a devoted husband and father, and an esteemed and valued comrade to us. As Paul Rose said in his heartfelt Eulogy.........
"we are all richer for having known Johnson Albert Rose!"
R.I.P. John Rose
Jeff Poste wrote:
2009 Class of '76 Triathlon
Ted Givins investigates S-92 Crash
Les Falloon retires from the Regular Forces
<------- Pete is famous - Seen in a newspaper and online
Hartley's First Law:
Lewis's Corollary to Harley's First Law:
Hartley's Second Law:
Notice that it does not mention juggling food from the dining hall or spinning milk over your head!
Others from the Class of 76 have Laws, Axioms, Maxims and Theorems (actually published)!
(Paul) Allen's Axiom:
When all else fails,
(Bruce Baldwin) Baldy's Law:
Some of it plus the
rest of it is all of it.
(Doug) Brooks's Law:
Adding manpower to a
late software project makes it later.
(Gord Brown) Brownian Motion Rule of Bureaucracies:
It is impossible to
distinguish, from a distance, whether the bureaucrats associated with your
project are simply sitting on their hands, or frantically trying to cover
(JD) Clark's First Law of Relativity:
No matter how often you trade dinner or other invitations with in-laws, you will lose a small fortune in the exchange.
Don't try it: you cannot drink enough of your in-laws' booze to get even
before your liver fails.
(Dave Rowesome) Dave's Law of Advice:
Those with the best advice offer no advice.
(Dave) Davidson's Maxim:
Democracy is that form of government where everybody gets what the majority deserves.
(Ron Funk) Funkhouser's Law of the Power of the Press:
The quality of
legislation passed to deal with a problem is inversely proportional to the
volume of media clamour that brought it on.
(Grant) Gibb's Law:
Infinity is one lawyer waiting for another.
(Dave) Hall's Law:
There is a statistical correlation between the number of initials in an Englishman's name and his social class (the upper class having significantly more than three names, while members of the lower class average 2.6).
(Tom) Howe's Law:
Every man has a scheme that will not work.
(Brett) Johnson's First Law:
When any mechanical contrivance fails, it will do so at the most inconvenient possible time.
Corollary: Never let any mechanical contrivance you are using know that you are in a hurry - submitted by 7077 Paul Wehrle - Class of 1966
Ka(r)min McKay’s Kamin's First Law:
All currencies will decrease in value and purchasing power over the long term, unless they are freely and fully convertible into gold and that gold is traded freely without restrictions of any kind.
(Dave) Marshall's Generalized Iceberg Theorem:
Seven-eighths of everything can't be seen.
(Dave) Martin's Law of Committees:
All committee reports conclude that "it is not prudent to change the policy (or procedure, or organization, or whatever) at this time."
Martin's Exclusion: Committee reports dealing with wages, salaries, fringe benefits, facilities, computers, employee parking, libraries, coffee breaks, secretarial support, etc., always call for dramatic expenditure increases.
Kevin M(a)c(d)onald McDonald's Second Law:
Consultants are mystical people who ask a company for a number and give it back to them.
(Bill) Miller's Law:
You can't tell how deep a puddle is until you step into it.
(Paul Amyotte) Paul's Law:
You can't fall off the floor.
(Roger Haag) Roger's Ratio:
One-third of the people in the country promote, while the other two-thirds provide.
(Bill) Schultze's Law:
If you can't measure output, then you measure input.
(Don) Shaw's Principle:
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
(Bob) Simmon's Law:
The desire for racial integration increases with the square of the distance from the actual event.
(Rob) Stephens's Soliloquy:
Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.
(Paul) Washington's Law:
Space expands to house the people to perform the work that Congress creates.
(Don) Young's Law:
All great discoveries are made by mistake.
Corollary: The greater the funding, the longer it takes to make the mistake.
The "Enough Already" Law:
The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
Class of 76 celebrated 30 years from Grad
Mike asks the 'Class of 76' to help guide young folks to CMR. Click here for Mike's email
Looking for work? Anyone looking for a full-time employment opportunity in the defence related sector and who is living in the Ottawa region please call Chuck at (613) 541 5010 ext 4386. The ideal candidate will have been out of the military for more than 1 yr but less than 3 yrs.
Tim Addison Retires - see the Photo Album
Our Class Secretary is a Doctor!
Check out these photos of a proud PhD graduate
12 Apr 06 - Brian Kroeker on his idea for a Class of '76 Project to honour Anthony Bowie. Please click here and read
6 Apr 06 - Our Class Secretary, Chuck, is putting together a '76' Database. We are not going to publish the information that we gather on the web, or distribute it to any outside agencies. It will only be used by 'Class of 76' members for keeping in touch with 'Class of 76' mates. Have a look at the snapshot in the link below and send your info to Chuck at Oliviero.CS@forces.gc.ca. Send only the info that you are comfortable sending.
12 May 05 - The boys head to a Mess Dinner: Ian Swain, Les Falloon, and Rick Taylor put on their fancy duds to go to the Esquimalt Wardroom to celebrate the "Battle of the Atlantic" Sunday. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
10 Feb 05 - Note from our Class Secretary: Our Class Bereavement Fund now stands at $1730 and next week I shall deposit it with the RMC Club at Panet House. They will give us between 3 and 4 % APR. I look forward to NEVER spending it. My suggestion to all is that in the unfortunate event of one of us passing away (or their mate or a child), someone contact me and I will arrange to send flowers or a donation in our Class' name to our Classmate. I suggest that we limit donations to classmate, his significant other or a child in order to make it equitable but am open to any suggestions anyone may have.
I have now built a rudimentary database for our class and am starting to populate it with pertinent details like phone numbers, email addresses, your DOB, your mate's name (first and last if different from yours) and your mailing address. My intent is not to gather personal info on you for an invasion of your privacy but rather to act as a central clearing house for any Classmate to find a lost bud. If you would rather not be found, then simply don't give me your data. Those who do give me their data can rest assured that I will hold it as confidential to those within the Class of 76.
Lastly, I am sad to pass on that David Hall's Mom pass away last week. Rossco Matthews and I attended the funeral in Toronto. Dave and Posy are OK.
Look forward to your feedback. TDV.
It has taken me a long time to acknowledge the gifts and donations that came in after Carol's death but I am sure you will understand - it has been a very difficult time for me. Nevertheless, I want to be sure to express my appreciation for the donation that was made to the Kidney Foundation in the name of "your brother officers in the Class of '76" - it is very much appreciated. Throughout this time I have been repetitively reminded of the ties between us. Friends and neighbours have all offered their support, but it is undoubtedly the support provided by you, my classmates, that has been the most consistent and most valuable to me. It has kept me going. I am tempted to name those of you who are closest to me, who have been outstanding, but I won't do that here as my intent is to thank you all for your contribution, for your thoughts and for your support. They are very much appreciated.
Give me a call or drop an e-mail anytime, I would love to hear from all of you.
Check out e-VERITAS online: http://www.rmcclub.ca/eVeritas/eVeritasMain.htm
6 Sep 04
- Note from our Class Secretary:
Fellow Classmates, the untimely
passing of Carol Lem made me realize that we need a Class Bereavement
Fund. I have spoken with the Exec Dir of the Club and he currently
administers two such funds and would be happy to do so for us. Should a
Classmate or a member of his immediate family pass away, I would ask that
someone inform me immediately. I would then ensure that the Club sent
flowers or made an appropriate donation to charity in our name. I have
made a donation to the Canadian Kidney Foundation for Carol in all our
18 Aug 04 - Obituary for Carol Lem (Cargo)
3 Jul 04 - As reported by Karmin, Paul Sunderland underwent an "Executive Makeover" sponsored by the National Post. Click here or on Paul's photo for info. The transition process was televised and was written up in the National Post. His goal was that this exposure would be to the benefit of his company, SI Inc. and to get a free wardrobe as well as fancy spa massages. Was the 'ugly duckling' transformed into the 'goose which will lay golden eggs'? I sure hope so! He has been to fancy spas, they are examining his closet at home (they may find old RMC sports jerseys, gray 'bimbo' flannel pants (waist too small etc) and buy him new clothes. Stand by; is this the Suds we all know and love? Has Bay Street exposure turned him into someone that would really want to be a CWTO and faint correctly on parade?
3 Jun 04
- Note from our Class Secretary: I write with
regret to inform you that I have collapsed the Class Fund. About a month
ago the Foundation sent me a letter laying out some legal obligations WRT the
fund as stipulated by CCRA. I have yesterday informed the current Ex Dir of the
Foundation that he can take whatever small amount was in the fund and disperse
it as he sees fit. All of my attempts to raise interest in this issue have come
to naught. Vox populi suprema lex esto. The voice of our classmates has spoken
by their silence and so I have discussed this with a half dozen classmates here
and abroad and made my decision on the Class's behalf. I have told the Ex
Dir that a strong part of our Class's reluctance has been both the "wish list"
and the monumental incompetence that the Foundation has
Dave Pentney and I have begun thinking about our
30th and will get info in the coming months so that we can collectively start
thinking this over.
Remember 1975's how to 'Faint on Parade'
Vancouver Sun 1978 'By the left! Paaaaaasss ... out!'
Col(ret) Tim Ryley's background Author's Reply
20th reunion photos in 1996 Photo Album
HMCS WINNIPEG with Falloon Photo Album
Now everybody can update everybody else!
RMC Club Homepage:
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The RMC Ex-Cadet Club is looking for help! It wants to broaden it's revenue base so it can reduce it's fees. Do you know of anything that the Club can do to make this happen?
You can make payments to the club automatically.
Serving members can pay by using an allotment.
The RMC Ex-Cadet Club Dues and Donation form is also