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Jaques Adams-Robenhymer CMR
Last updated: December 7th, 2021
Jaques Adams-Robenhymer (10795) Jacques était natif d’Amos en Abitibi et, dès l’âge de 13 ans, faisait partie des cadets de l’armée. Il envisageait dès lors aller au CMR. Il a gradué en 1976 au CMR avec spécialité Physiques. Il a d’abord été affecté comme Ingénieur de systèmes informatiques au QGDN puis a été muté à la SFC Senneterre. De 1981 à 1983, il a complété des études graduées en génie informatique au RMC et y est devenu professeur-assistant en GI. Il s’est retiré des FAC en 1990. Il a été de passage au Ministère des transports. De 1995 à 2000, il a été de retour au QGDN comme aviseur technique sénior (civil) et de 2004 à 2007, il a assumé les fonctions de Directeur de la sécurité des TI du Ministère des travaux publics et des services gouvernementaux. En 2008, il a pris sa retraite définitive. Il s’est alors adonné au piano, à la lecture sur la physique, l’histoire des idées et la philosophie. Il apprenait aussi l’allemand pour ultimement lire Einstein, Kant et Schopenhauer dans leur langue, toujours avide de savoir. Lui et son épouse Jocelyne ont eu 2 fils, André et Paul, et ils sont les grands-parents de trois petits-enfants: Caleb, Hakim et Félix. Jacques nous a quitté subitement le 26 octobre 2021 des suites d’une crise cardiaque, quelques semaines à peine après avoir participé aux retrouvailles de notre classe à Québec avec Jocelyne.
Jacques was born in Amos in Abitibi and at the age of 13 he was a member of the Army Cadets. He then planned to go to RMC. He graduated in 1976 at RMC with a specialty in Physics. He was first posted as a Computer Systems Engineer at NDHQ and then transferred to CFS Senneterre. From 1981 to 1983, he completed graduate studies in Computer Engineering at RMC and became an Assistant Professor in IM. He retired from the CAF in 1990. He then joined the Department of Transportation. From 1995 to 2000 he returned to NDHQ as a Senior Technical Advisor (Civilian) and from 2004 to 2007, he assumed the duties of Director of IT Security for the Department of Public Works and Government Services. In 2008, he retired permanently. He then enjoyed playing the piano, reading on Physics, the history of ideas and on Philosophy. He was also learning German to ultimately read Einstein, Kant and Schopenhauer in their language, always eager to discover new things. He and his wife Jocelyne had two sons, André and Paul, and are the grandparents of three grandchildren: Caleb, Hakim and Felix. Jacques left us suddenly on October 26, 2021 after a heart attack, only a few weeks after having participated in our class reunion in Quebec City with Jocelyne.
était définitivement un bon vivant, avec une personnalité extrêmement amicale,
toujours de bonne humeur, toujours positif, toujours prêt à aider. Persévérant,
déterminé, capable de fixer et d’atteindre ses objectifs personnels,
professionnels et familiaux, mais en gardant toujours un peu de place pour faire
la fête et avoir du plaisir. Vraiment un bon gars qui est parti beaucoup trop
vite, François personnifiait parfaitement la devise: ‘Vérité Devoir Vaillance’.
Décédé le 17 juin 1998, d’un infarctus foudroyant alors qu’il était en Floride travaillant pour CGI. Il s’est simplement arrêté de parler, aucun signe précurseur, juste un mauvais destin.
Les funérailles ont eu lieu à Montréal. A. Corriveau, A. Arès, D. Messier, J. Adams-Robenhymer et M. Whittingham ont assistés. Après la cérémonie proprement dite, tous étaient conviés à un restaurant. Christiane et ses deux garçons nous rappelaient sans cesse que c’était le souhait de François qu’on se commémore les bons moments passés en sa compagnie, et qu’on laisse la tristesse de côté. On reconnaît facilement la façon qu’il avait de nous rassembler.
Il y a des deuils qui ne sont jamais vraiment consommés, et la perte de ce grand ami figure parmi ceux-là. Pour reprendre les mots d’Anatole France, son décès nous «... a gâté l’univers.».
Préparé par: Christiane Legault et Daniel Messier. Contributeurs: Alain Corriveau, Alain Desroches, Jacques Adams-Robenhymer, Jean-Luc Desgroseilliers, et Michel Dagenais.
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Richart Wayne Russell Baccari
January 7, 1947 to February 3, 2018.
Richard (71 years old) passed away peacefully February 3, 2018 surrounded by his
family. He is survived by his loving wife Judith Easton and sons Mathew Easton
Baccari (Chelsea), Richard Todd Baccari (Marina) and Trevor Baccari (Rochelle).
He also leaves three beautiful grandchildren Samantha, Alexander and Kaden
(Trevor’s children). He was a loving uncle to Natalyee, Joshua, Ashlee, Sara,
Oscar, Chloe, Johnathan, Garrett, Crystallee, Jacqueline, Lori-Ann, Jason, Jerry
Jr. and Andrew. Fondly missed by his siblings Jerald (Doris) and Lauretta.
Wonderful brother-in-law to Barbara and Sylvia. Predeceased by his parents
Marjory Mayotte and Baptiste Baccari and his sister Roseanne Turgeon. Not only
was Richard a loving family member, but he was also a friend to all.
Richard entered the military as a private and became one of the first to graduate from the UTPM program at the Royal Military College in Kingston. After a 25-year military career, he became the head of transportation for the 1988 G8 Economic Summit in Toronto, the Francophone Summit in Quebec City and the Commonwealth Summit in Vancouver. He then formed Baccari Property Management Company in Kingston and ran it for 25 years. Richard was a member of St. Andrews by the Lake United Church and on the board of St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was the president of the Kingston Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award. After retirement, Judith and Richard spent 14 winters at their golf community condo in Fort Myers, Florida where Richard happily golfed to his heart’s content. While there, his contributions continued as he organized the building of the new club house for their Hideaway Golf Community in Florida. Judith and Richard travelled extensively during their 40 years together. In Kingston he was a long standing member of the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. Many of the members being close friends of Richard’s and a great support to Judith during this difficult period. The family would like to thank the staff of the Community Care Association which allowed Richard to spend 2 of his last weeks in the comfort of his home. They also wish to thank the supportive staff of the Providence Care Centre, Heritage Wing.
A Celebration of Life was held at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME Township Chapel at 435 Davis Drive on Saturday February 10, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.
David Grant Bayne July 8, 1945 – July 31, 2014) RCN, LCdr (Ret), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice Wellington after a very brief illness. Family meant everything to Dave and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for those he loved. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Bayne and his wonderful children Michelle Karker (Michael) and Peter Bayne (Jennifer). He was a proud Grandpa to Austin, Riley and Rachael Karker and Cate and Amanda Bayne and a devoted son of Francis (Frank) Bayne of Guelph, ON and Gladys Bayne of Barrie, ON. David was a brother, an uncle and a friend to many throughout this wide world of ours.
Dave served Canada as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years first as a MARS officer then as a Pilot. He was a graduate of VENTURE (Naval Officer Training Centre (1965) and the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) (1976). Dave’s career has spanned many facets of military and commercial aviation and he was most recently Director of Flight Operations for George Weston Limited. He was fortunate to have had a vocation which he loved and never considered to be work. Dave always embraced adventure and he and Liz travelled extensively throughout this amazing world of ours. Their favourite place was always "the Cottage" at Chance Harbour, Nova Scotia where family and friends would meet and celebrate being together. Dave was a respected leader and mentor to many within the military and aviation industry. His ability to recognize the capabilities and talents of individuals was remarkable. He was a loyal friend and colleague who considered others before himself. Dave had a great life but had so many plans for the future. The family is devastated that this disease brought down such a strong man, a loving man, a man who seemed at times larger than life, in such a short period of time.
Anthony Bowie (10915) Drowned in Navy Bay in September 1972 during our Recruit Obstacle Course. A tribute to our classmate was written by Brian Kroeker after the tragic event.
Tony, memories of all the too brief moments of life we shared with you still linger fresh in our minds. They always will. Some people think that men in the Armed Forces become accustomed to death or that they take it as part of their jobs. Don't believe them Tony. You yourself saw the buddy system in action during the brief span of time we were here. When we lost you, we lost a part of ourselves. A part that can never be replaced. We lost a smiling face in the midst of turmoil. We lost an example of spirit and determination to succeed.
Tony, you were on the verge of entering what could have been a very rewarding career. You're gone now and we'll have to carry on without you. We'll strive to do our best. I'm sure that's the way you would want it to be.
There's only one more thing I'd like to say to you Tony. Just before starting the obstacle course, we all heard you say that you were going to win. Thinking back to that fateful day, you must have won, Tony, because we all lost, we lost you.
On behalf of the Cadet Wing
Brassington (10917) Dean Gareth Jerome Brassington, 65, suffered a heart
attack on Wednesday October 16th, and died on Saturday, October 19, 2019. He is
survived by his loving wife of 36 years, CAPT Charlene Brassington, MSC, USN,
(ret), his mother Joy Brassington, and his brother M Adrian Brassington of
Hamilton, Ontario. He was preceded in death by his father Donald J. Brassington.
Dean was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with his parents to Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, when he was 4 years old. He graduated from Saltfleet High School and entered the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, where he was awarded a degree in Honors English and a commission as a Naval Officer in the Canadian Forces. His postings included the First Canadian Submarine Squadron, where he qualified as a diesel boat Submariner. He also had an exchange posting with the U.S. Navy at Commander Ocean Systems Command in Argentia, Newfoundland, and the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1985 and joined his Navy wife in Norfolk, Virginia. He achieved a Master of Education degree from Old Dominion University in 1996.
Dean had spent the last 30 years as a certified Financial Educator at various Navy Fleet and Family Service Centers, where he collected many friends and touched many lives. He enjoyed world travel and being at sea with the shipboard Return and Reunion trips. Dean was very active in numerous professional groups, especially serving as Secretary for the Financial Education Round Table of Hampton Roads. He was a dedicated member of the American Legion Junius F. Lynch Post No. 35 for over 30 years, adjutant for the Royal Canadian Legion, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Earl of Burma Post 180 (U.S.A.) Virginia, and was a member and boating safety instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 54 and 57.
Dean was known to his friends and coworkers as a compassionate, generous, and empathetic man ready to help anyone anytime. He loved living on the beach in Cottage Line, and was the primary 'Food Giver Man' to numerous rescue cats. Donations to Cat Rescue, Inc. 1917 Benefit Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322, or at http://catrescueinc.com/, may be made in his honor. A celebration of his life here and in Ontario, Canada, will be announced at a later date. In his last selfless act, Dean saved lives as an organ donor. Dean's light, love, and kindness will be profoundly missed.
Letter from Andre Langois:
Carleton Place, Ontario
22 October, 2019
It's a drab, wet, gloomy day here, making the atmosphere all the more sullen as I contemplate the sudden loss of one of our RMC Class of 76's finest. I remember an always well-dressed, well-mannered, ever-cheerful gentleman who would greet everybody with a broad grin, a glint in his eye, and his head slightly cocked to one side. Hail fellow, well met: to a tee.
I didn't know Dean very well during our short stay together at RMC, but I have a special place in my memories for Dean during our time as junior naval officers in Halifax, and especially with the Submarine Squadron. We were shipmates onboard the submarine OKANAGAN during a highly eventful 1979 deployment to the UK for workups, and a great port visit to London afterwards. Dean became (in)famous for painting the sub's mascot (the pink panther) on the fin, and for concocting a pink signature cocktail (secret recipe) to boot. We also spent two excellent weeks of annual leave together in 1981 as crew mates on a 33ft yacht from Southampton to Lisbon, braving quite a storm in the Bay of Biscay, and way too much port wine in, where else, Porto. Dean was our assiduous galley honcho at sea and charming social coordinator ashore, making the trip a most enjoyable experience. Later, after Dean and Char departed for Norfolk, it didn't surprise me in the least to learn that Dean took up financial counselling as a way to assist naive but suddenly very rich sailors coming home from long deployments. Caring for others is what Dean did best.
I am very sorry that my friend passed all too soon. He was a model of civility and compassion much too rare in today's society. I am convinced that all his classmates from RMC days, shipmates in the Canadian Navy, and indeed anybody who has ever met and worked with Dean, would agree that he was a very special guy.
Dolphin 70a*, Deano! RIP
(* Your social event was first class. Thank you).
10850 Andre Langlois
(11053) CALLAN, Randall (Randy) William
LCol (Ret), CD, B.A., LL.B. We are heartbroken to announce Randy's passing in
Prince George, BC on November 26th, 2017. He is survived by the loves of his
life: his wife Patti, sons Joel, Spencer, and Casey, and sister Jill Callan. He
is also survived by sisters-in-law Dr. Aileen Wight-Felske (Dr. Lorry Felske),
Peggy Wight, and brother-in-law Dr. Jim Wight (Irena Streibl). Randy's greatest
passions in life were being there for his family, and service to his country.
Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, on May 23rd, 1953, he completed both his
history BA and LLB at the University of Manitoba. Randy was active in the
Canadian Forces since 1972, first as a logistics officer, and then as a legal
officer. He served domestically and around the world in many different theatres
and capacities: Cyprus, Aviano, Afghanistan, Sudan, and two Olympic games. In
2012, Randy was sworn in as a Provincial Court Judge sitting in Prince George.
He was immensely respected, regarded, and enjoyed by his family and peers. His
real presence in a room, in both stature and personality, as well as his
welcoming nature and boisterous laugh will never be forgotten. His character was
as large as his frame and was equally unforgettable. He was always a great
friend, mentor, and inspiration to many. Randy always gave reasons to smile to
those in his company. He had many hobbies including reading history, scuba
diving, fitness (YMCA), novice fly-fishing and collecting and painting miniature
model soldiers. The warm love and great companionship that he shared with his
family, friends, and the world will be sorely missed. A service was held on
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, at 3:00pm, at the First Baptist Church in Prince
George located at 483 Gillette Street. A celebration of Randy's life was held in Victoria for his many friends and colleagues on January 13th, 2018,
at the Union Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer
Foundation or to Soldier On.
Gerald D'Aoust (10819) Gérald, surnommé «Gerry», était originaire de Gatineau. Gerry n’est resté que pendant l’année préparatoire. Il a laissé que de bons souvenirs, spécialement à ses deux cochambreurs unilingues, Jean-Guy Mathieu et Ted Scott. Gerry était la courroie de communication entre Jean-Guy et Ted. Il leur a grandement facilité les choses pour les directives pendant la semaine uniquement en anglais ou celle en français. Il ne se prenait pas au sérieux et il aimait faire rire et détendre l’atmosphère. Sa présence était toujours amicale et chaleureuse. Il est décédé le 8 février 2014.
Gérald, nicknamed «Gerry», was originally from Gatineau. He only stayed for the Prep year. He left only good memories, especially to his two unilingual roommates, Jean-Guy Mathieu and Ted Scott. Gerry acted as the link between the two roomates. He made it very easy for them to better understand instructions during the week only in English or only in French. He didn't take himself too seriously and loved to make people laugh and relax. His presence was always friendly and warm.
He passed away on
February 8, 2014.
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).
Rick started at Royal Roads in 1972 in 3 Squadron (Lasalle). He was always squared away militarily and had a fraction of the circles that many of us managed to collect. Nor was he intimidated by senior NCOs; this was evident when he reported one morning to Sgt. Buxton that the flight kettle (we used for making coffee/tea at night) was ‘N/S.’ After classes that afternoon he returned to report that a classmate had managed to repair the kettle so they didn’t need a new one. Sgt. Buxton informed him that he didn’t care; he had already received a replacement and needed a broken kettle. “So what did you do?” several of his fellow victim-rooks asked him when he was relaying the story to us, “I took him a broken kettle, of course.” Throughout his Military College time Rick gained an admirable reputation for integrity, reliability, sense of humour, and duty.
Between 2nd and 3rd year and 3rd and 4th years many of us had the opportunity to visit St. Thomas with Rick and meet Ruby and Hank, as well as Rick’s brother and sister. Summers, meanwhile, were spent in a decidedly un-picturesque part of the ‘picture province.’ On one memorable occasion, after three days crawling about in the wilds of Camp Gagetown, we proceeded back to the barracks to clean up. So caked in mud were we that most of us started to de-rig and drop kit outside the building. Not Rick. He just proceeded inside, in full kit; rucksack, webbing, rifle, helmet, the works – straight into the showers. So the rest of us did as well. If only we had pictures.
When we graduated we went our separate ways of course, and we only bumped into each other very occasionally. Fellow RCR and Airborne officers unanimously regarded Rick as a calm, cool and very collected leader, who was an excellent mentor to wet-behind-the-ears 2Lts who became his charges. He was, said one, “all about setting us up for success and taking all the precautions necessary to ensure we avoided failure.”
A service was held for Rick on January 15th in St. Thomas. In addition to his family, several retired officers (including Neil Anderson from our class) were present among the ‘packed to overflowing’ memorial ceremony. Together with Rick’s parents and brother and sister was Rick’s daughter Lauren, whom Rick raised in Edmonton. Her eulogy was bright and full of adoration, relaying several warm stories of life with a dedicated officer and devoted father. She seemed to embody all that was good about Rick, and no doubt he was hugely proud of her. Rick did a fantastic job raising such a cultured, warm and compassionate young lady.
We will always recall with deep gratitude the loyalty of those early officer cadet and army days and Rick’s unwavering faithfulness to his friends; as well as the many occasions when we personally experienced that friendship and good will. We sincerely hope that his loved ones may find in their hearts strength and peace, and that they can find some comfort in our heartfelt condolences.
Our class has made a donation to the Edmonton Military Families Support Fund, in accordance with the desires of Rick’s mother.
Rest in Peace Rick.
11035 Neil Anderson, 11036 Bill Ard, E1347 Don Denne, 11113 Dave Marshall, 11151 Pat Sweetnam
Pierre Gauvin (10835) Pierre a
passé ses trois premières années au CMR comme un membre de l’escadrille Tracy
pour ensuite aller se spécialiser en informatique à RMC. Il a par la suite
poursuivi sa carrière en communications, se retrouvant au QGDN en Recherche et
Pierre spent his first three years at CMR as a member of Tracy Squadron and then went on to specialize in computer science at RMC. He then continued his career in communications, ending up at NDHQ in Research and Development.
Nepean Nomads Walking Club, and Past Master of the Chaudiere Lodge #264. Gone too soon, finally at rest on Friday, June 8, 2007 at the age of 52 years. He remained strong, feisty, and funny, throughout a difficult 2-year fight with multiple myeloma. Beloved husband and best friend of Louise Ford. Loving father of Donna Dao. Dear brother of Andre (Lyse) and Louise (Roger). Special uncle of Nanette, Lacey, Christopher, Bradley, Jim, Andreeanne, Charles and Fredric. Great uncle of Tai-Lye, Riley, Torin, Hollie and Paige. Predeceased by his parents Conrad and Berangere Gauvin. He will be sadly missed by his in-laws Mac and Betty Tigwell. Louise and Donna are grateful for the compassionate care of all the staff of Module L, the BLT team, MDCU and 5-West at the Ottawa General Hospital. A Masonic service was held in the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean (between Bayshore & Baseline) on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 2 p.m. Donations to the Little Angels and Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, 501 Smythe Road, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6 would be appreciated.
Willard Gorrisen (11074) Willard passed away February 1st, 1994.
Gilles Harvey (10844) Gilles a
complété l’année préparatoire au CMR mais il a quitté à l’été 1972, peu avant
Chilliwack. Le 27 mai 1973, de retour chez lui à Val d’Or pour l’été après une
année de Cégep à Ste-Foy, il a été fauché par une voiture alors qu’il marchait
en bordure d’une route. Il a succombé à ses blessures peu après son arrivée à
l’hôpital. Il n’avait que 20 ans et 5 mois. Gilles était très apprécié de ses
pairs. Il sortait toujours dans les premiers aux évaluations mutuelles. C’était
une vieille âme, un sage. Il était rassembleur, empathique et à l’écoute. Ce
n’était pas un grand sportif mais il se débrouillait très bien et y mettait les
efforts qu’il fallait. Il était membre de la chorale du CMR et aimait beaucoup
les rencontres externes qui en résultaient.
Gilles completed the preparatory year at CMR but left in the summer of 1972, shortly before Chilliwack. On May 27, 1973, while returning home to Val d'Or for the summer after a year at the Cégep in Ste-Foy, he was hit by a car while walking along a road. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital. He was only 20 years old. Gilles was well liked by his peers. He always came out on top in the mutual evaluations. He was an old soul, someone wise beyond his age. He was a unifier, empathetic and a good listener. He was not a great athlete, but he still did very well and put in the effort. He was a member of the CMR choir and enjoyed the outings that resulted.
Greg Hilderman (11087) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gregory “Greg” Hilderman of Lloydminster, AB, on Friday, May 25 2018 at the age of 63 years. Greg is survived by: his loving wife of 40 years, Diane; son, Jeff and daughter-in-law, Tasha; grandchildren, Hannah, Leo and Bailey; sister, Marsha (Jaime) Fraser; sister-in-law, Debbie (Greg) Barr; nieces and nephews, Lance, Jennifer and Derek (Alyssa); and many other friends and family. Greg was predeceased by: his daughter, Pamela; sister, Judy; and parents, Florence and Manuel. A Celebration of Life in memory of Greg will was held at the Stockade Convention Centre, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Donations in memory of Greg may be made to the Lloydminster Rotary Club.
Douglas Moore posted a condolence:
Sorry for your loss. Greg was a classmate at Royal Roads Military College in 1972 He bunked up the hallway from me. We usually brought up the rear of the pack together, doing that regular 5km group run at Roads. I visited the grounds in later years, and every inch of the place is beautiful - didn't seem that way when we were on those runs struggling to breathe! Greg always regained his humour so much quicker than me; I always admired him for that.
Chuck Lefko (11106) CHARLES BARRY LEFKO May 4, 1954 - September 23, 2017 It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, husband, father and Gigi. Chuck loved life and did a lot of living in his 63 years. He travelled around the world as a young man and later in life took trips with his family. Most recently, spending time with his daughter Rhea and her family in Mexico, and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru with his son Brock and brother-in-law John. He grew up as a country boy in Cooks Creek. He enjoyed his Friday old guy motorcycle rides, camping with his wife, his annual Lefko fishing trip and decades of hunting with his dear friend Henry Payment.
Chuck will be forever missed by his loving wife of 33 years, Bev; his daughter Rhea (Mike); his son Brock; the light of his life, granddaughter Alice; parents, Tony and Nellie Lefko; sisters, Susan (Ross) and Linda; brother Mark (Kathleen); along with nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Sonia Sikomas; and extended family. A private family service has taken place. Thank you to our family, friends and neighbours for their kindness. We would like to acknowledge the service of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.
Please join Chuck in his belief and sign your organ donation card and respect those with hearing impairment.
Terry McKenzie (11121) Captain Terrance Allan McKenzie flew his CF-5 Freedom Fighter 116816 into a frozen lake during a descending turn 80 miles from CFB Cold Lake on 7 March 1983.
March 5, 1953
August 10, 1972
CAMROSE (VALLEYVIEW) CEMETERY
South-Northwest Quarter Plot 63G
Husband of Jeanne Carmine (nee Pitre) McKenzie and father of Kimberly of Camrose, Alberta.
Commemorated on Page 177 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance.
His memorial is displayed in the Peace Tower and on this Veterans Affairs website.
Dale McLaughlin (10972) After graduation and pilot training, Dale McLaughlin later became a highly respected and well liked Squadron Commander at the College. Dale was tragically killed in an automobile accident while serving at Trenton on 1 June 1986. Dale was the fastest short distance runner in our Class of 1976. Here are the results from the March 1975 OUAA Indoor Track Championships where Dale advanced to the Semi-Final in the 50m and ran a 6.2 second sprint.
Don Oxley (10984) The Ox hailed from Brantford, ON and entered RMC in August 1972. Don passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 1993 after a short but heroic battle with lung cancer. Born March 15, 1954 Don grew up in Brantford, Ontario where his parents had settled after World War II. Don had a wonderful childhood with devoted and caring parents, an older brother David, and many friends. He happily participated in a variety of sports, including being on his high school basketball team and achieving his bronze medallion in swimming. He participated in the local naval cadet corps and was excited to enter RMC in the fall of 1972. His four years at RMC were formative and rewarding. He worked hard at his academics, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in History. At RMC, like all cadets, he learned even more of the values of hard work, dedication, discipline, devotion to duty, and how to laugh at the best and even the worst of times. The Ox, as he was known, was a great friend, who always had your back and who always had a bright smile, kind word, and helping hand for others. His calm demeanor under pressure and his positive attitude held him in good stead to effectively tackle the rigors of college life. At RMC Don participated in the RMC choir, and was production editor for the college newspaper The Arch. Don was known throughout the college for his great love of music, especially the Beatles. He had an extensive record collection and it has been said he could have won any air guitar contest. He embraced the motto ‘Truth, Duty,Valour’ in all aspects of his personal and professional life. After RMC graduation in June 1976 Don traveled to Esquimalt to complete his MARS IV training, and then went on to Halifax to complete his Bonaventure course and to become MOC qualified. Following this training Don returned to Victoria, BC and was posted to ships HMCS Saskatchewan and Qu’Appelle from 1977-1980. In 1977 Don met Suszanne, a west coast girl, who he referred to as the love of his life. She says he ‘swept her off her feet’ with his smile, debonair demeanor, dashing uniform and kind and thoughtful manners! They became a fast team, but this career and Suszanne’s university studies had them located in different cities for a number of years. Don decided in 1979 that he would like to reclassify from MARS to Administration. He completed the necessary course work and was then posted in 1980 to CFS Shelburne, Nova Scotia where he enjoyed his first two year tour as a Base Admin Officer. Don and Suszanne were married in Victoria in July of 1982 and they began their married life with Don’s new posting as the Admin Officer at CFS Sioux Lookout - a small radar station in Northern Ontario. A great initiation to married life that was – along with initiation to small town living and the cold winters of northern Ontario! In 1983 Don was posted on a year-long French course back to Esquimalt, so a ping pong game of moving from coast to coast began. In 1984 Don and Suszanne were posted again, this time to a two year posting as the Admin Officer for Maritime Air Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After getting their feet wet as east coasters, in 1986 relocation was once again the name of the game as Don was posted as Base Admin Officer for CFB Cold Lake. 1987 was the year Don was promoted to the rank of Major, and with the new promotion came the challenges of a new job as Base Services Officer with another move to be stationed at CFB Edmonton. It was in Edmonton that Don and Suszanne welcomed their first child, Stephen (October 1988). In 1990 Don was posted back to the west coast to what was to be his final posting, as Aide de Camp for Rear Admirals Cairns and Waller at CFB Esquimalt. In November of 1990 Don and Suszanne were blessed and happy to announce the safe arrival of their second child, a daughter, Robyn Cathleen. Throughout his life Don had many interests. Music was very important to him, and he collected all genres of records and knew all the lyrics to most songs and much trivia about bands and singers. He also had an extensive comic book collection from the 1950s and 1960s. Don liked completing projects in and outside his home and most of all simply spending time with his family. He enjoyed running as a form of exercise, and as well liked a good golf game whenever there was an opportunity. It’s fair to say he was pretty good at any sport he tried. The Olympics were always a big event in his home – he, along with his family, cheered every Canadian in every event! Throughout his professional life over the years Don supported numerous cadet corps and was very involved with United Way fund raising. He was a member of the United Church of Canada. Don was physically fit and lived a healthy life style so there is no understanding regarding why he received the tragic diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. He was diagnosed in October 1992 and a short two months later he passed away January 1993. He fought bravely, never complained, and was strengthened by the love and support of the many people who came to his side during his final days. He died peacefully at home on January 5, 1993, and he is still missed every day by his wife Suszanne and children Stephen and Robyn.
Robert Pelletier (11196) Robert “Bob” Pelletier, un p’tit gars d’Arvida, parmi tant d’autres, entre au CMR en 1972, comme BA. Il joint l’escadrille Hudson (la 4) et se retrouve room mate avec ti-Marc! Un élof sérieux et calme, parfois gêné, il entreprend ses études en génie mécanique avec ardeur. On voit ici un 3e année Pelletier au RMC en grande discussion avec le professeur J. Dolphin.
Au sport, il choisit le club de karaté au CMR où il développe d’excellents réflexes et une grande concentration. En bonne condition physique, il accède au club des 400 dès sa première année et le demeure durant tout son séjour au CMC.
In 1974, he proceeded to RMC Kingston, to complete the Mechanical Engineering program, as a member of Frontenac Squadron. The transition was somewhat difficult given his French Canadian roots. But “Bob” persisted nevertheless, in all of his college endeavors, and during his second language training during the summer. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in his 3rd year final exam term, and was academically released in the summer of 1975.
Bob est retourné à la vie civile animé d’un vibrant goût d’aventure. Sans
attendre, il se procure une moto, et passe un été à explorer les routes du
Québec. En septembre 1975, il s’inscrit à l’Université Laval à Québec pour
compléter ses études. Tragiquement, un an plus tard, le 6 juillet 1976, il
succombe à un accident mortel alors qu’il aide des amis avec la réfection d’une
toiture. Il est inhumé dans le lot familial au cimetière Belmont, à Québec où il
repose aux cotés de ses parents. Il est désolant de constater que sa famille fut
lourdement éprouvée en l’an 1976, sa maman étant aussi décédée peu de temps
Robert était un gars pas comme les autres. Un chic type, il n’avait aucune rancune envers personne. He did not have a bad or angry bone in his body, a real team player! Toujours désireux d’apprendre, il était une âme affamée de curiosité. On se souvient d’ailleurs de sa passion pour les ovni, pour lesquels il avait imaginé le mode de propulsion, en bon ingénieur mécanique qu’il était. Très passionné, il ne se lassait pas de nous « brûler les oreilles » avec ses théories sur le transport interspatial!
Un bon camarade qui a vécu une vie trop courte mais remplie d’expériences et de belles aventures. On se souvient de lui avec un sourire! Bob, rest in peace! Préparé par Richard Payne (Arvida & CMR Hudson), Martin Caron (Arvida) et Marc Grondin (CMR Hudson & génie mécanique au RMC).
|John Poltz (10991) John completed his first year at RMC as well as BOTC before deciding to assume the challenges of Civy Street. He persued a degree in Chemical Engineering at U of T, but unfortunately was not able to test his skills. John Stefan George Poltz died at Oshawa General Hospital Thursday, April I, 1976. He lived at 169 Baldwin Crt. Oshawa. Born April 3, 1953 in Markdale, ON, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs John Poltz of Oshawa. He attended St. Gertrude's School, St. Francis Senior School, and Donovan Collegiate, Oshawa. He attended Royal Military College for one year, and for the past three years attended the University of Toronto and was to graduate in June in 1976. He was a member of St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church where he was a choir member. He was a member of the Oshawa Concordia Pops and was a former of the Oshawa Symphony. He is survived by his parents and grandparents. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Gertrude's Church with interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Father Bernard officiated, and Parish prayers were recited. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged.|
Johnson Albert Rose (11140) John passed
away suddenly near his home in Invermere, B.C. on June 1, 2010.
He was predeceased by his father, Herbert Rose in 1995.
John will be sadly missed by his wife Denise (Lemaster) Rose, sons Trevor and James, mother Edith, brothers Paul (Denise) Rose, Kevin Rose and Derek (Joan) Rose, nephews Glen, Wesley and Spencer, Eric and Joel and his many other family members and friends.
Johnson was born in Saskatoon, Sask. on May 17, 1954 and was raised in Cranbrook, B.C. where he graduated from Mt. Baker in 1972. Johnson graduated from RMC in 1976 with a BSc., went on to UBC where he attained a B.A. Psychology in 1979 and his Doctorate in Medicine in 1983. After an internship in Regina, Johnson returned to Cranbrook and established a practice in 1990. The family moved to Invermere in 2002 where Johnson continued to practice medicine. His great joys in life were his family, his passion for medicine, and his love of sports, especially hockey, skiing and golf.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, B.C. and Yukon Division.
(10996) Bill passed away
peacefully surrounded by his family on June 17 2020 after living with ALS for
the last ten years. Bill was born in Calgary and grew up there until the family
moved to Montreal when he was ten. He was a proud RMC alumnus (Engineering
Physics) before receiving a Master’s degree at the University of Alberta
(Electrical Engineering). He spent his career in Edmonton, eventually becoming
the Director of Clinical Engineering for Edmonton’s hospitals.
Bill led a busy life with his wife Joan and their four children, Steven (Jen), David (Ozlem), Beth (Keith), and John (Brittany). Bill had many loves and interests including playing and coaching soccer, hiking, skiing, and taking family road trips. He also enjoyed the arts including the Folk Festival, opera, symphony, and live theatre. Throughout his life, Bill was brilliant and loved to be a mentor, teacher and source of support for numerous family members and friends.
Bill developed ALS in 2010 but found meaning in his life every day. He developed deep friendships with his caregivers, some of whom were part of his family for years.
Bill’s parents Emma and Stanley, brothers Bob (Kitty) and Jim (Pam) as well as Judy Watling and Les Watling (Allison) also mourn his passing.
A private graveside ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 24. A recorded version of the funeral can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/2BBktYD. There will be a Celebration of Life for his friends and family when it is safe to do so. Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the ALS Society or to a charity of one’s choice.
|Richard Keith Taylor (11154) June 20, 1954 June 19, 2006 Captain(N) Richard Keith Taylor passed away, much too soon, on June 19th, 2006 at 7:31pm from his 34 month battle with brain cancer. He was four and half hours shy of his 52nd birthday. Family gathered at his bedside as he left this world with a joyous smile upon his face. His passing was without pain or discomfort and was peaceful in every sense of the word. It has been an amazing journey over these last several years. There were moments of shed tears and immense pain, but his determination and will to survive was nothing less than inspirational. Richard never wavered in his fight against cancer. He fought his battle like any astounding Naval Officer, with dignity and perseverance. Hope for a cure motivated Richard's struggle to survive. Richard devoted 32 years of his life to the Canadian Forces and he was very proud to wear the Navy uniform. He was a loving and charismatic husband, father, son, brother, friend and human being. His sense of humour and spirit lives on in the memories of the people who knew and loved him. You do not have to fight anymore dad. We all love you and miss you. Till we see you again. Richard is predeceased by his mother, Margaret Taylor (1999) and his father in-law John Tapp (2000). He is survived by: his father, Ronald (Fud), sister, Wendy (Naggy), brother, David, loving and devoted wife, Patricia, sons Ronald (26) and Robert (22), daughter, Melanie (24), mother-in-law, Josephine Tapp, sisters-in-law: Shirley, Caroline (Paul), Linda, Eileen (Gordon) and Judy. A special thank you to family and friends, Dr. Ross and staff at CDU1, Dr. Atwell, Dr. Pai, Dr. Sun, Dr. Yam, Wanda, Yvonne, Donna, Maggie, Richard, Ian, Dave, Peter, Hospice Staff, WeCare Nurses, Community Home Care Nurses, family and dear friends. All of you have made this journey for Richard and his family a little less painful. You have all honoured his wishes and his integrity. A Full Military Funeral was held at CFB Esquimalt, drill hall, on June 24th, 2006 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Veterans Commentary (God's Acre). A reception was then held at the Wardroom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Cancer Research Foundation. We imagine you cancer free, running through fields of golden yellow. We can imagine you cancer free, dancing on a sandy beach and you are a lucky fellow.|
|Daniel Trayling Dan passed away in Surrey on Friday, June 2, 2006 at the age of 52. He was a gentle, artistic soul who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. "This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you".|
Bertin Tremblay (10893) Bertin, surnommé «Tintin» est
arrivé au CMR du Lac Saint-Jean (Alma) et il était très fier de ses
origines. Très sportif de nature, il a profité de toutes les occasions pour
faire du sport et surtout jouer au hockey. Cette passion pour les sports est
d’ailleurs ce qui l’a mené à son poste d’officier des sports de l’escadron
Wolfe à RMC en 4e année. Il a dû parler en bien de son séjour aux collèges
puisque son frère Richard l’a suivi dans ce parcours.
Bertin a terminé ses études en génie électrique au RMC et il s’est très bien acquitté d’un cours rendu encore plus difficile pour lui puisque tout se passait en anglais. Pendant ses cinq années au collège, Bertin s’est distingué par son sérieux et sa ténacité au travail. Il était reconnu comme un type taquin mais très loyal à l’égard de ses confrères. C’est pendant son passage à Kingston qu’il a rencontré sa future épouse Debi Borenko de Napanee. Ils ont eu trois enfants ensemble, Philippe, Stéphanie and Danielle. La famille était animée par un sentiment profond de charité chrétienne. Après une intéressante carrière comme officier des communications, Bertin a quitté les Forces canadiennes en 1993 et il s’est joint à la compagnie Valcom à Ottawa.
||Michael Whalen (11162)
WHALEN, Michael James Suddenly on February 21st, 2005. Son of Robert Whalen
and Pearl Smith. Beloved husband of Lina. Brother of Catherine (Dale
Saunders). Godfather of Olivia, Stephanie and Johanne. He will also be
missed by his sisters-in-law: Diane (Leon Simard), Sylvie (Denis Guay),
Mireille (Roger Lapointe) and Suzanne; his brothers-in-law: Serge (Lise
Ostigny), Yves and Gilles (Diane Truchon), and by many nephews, nieces and
friends. Predeceased by his sister Karen Anne (Jim Billard); his brother
Douglas John and by his brother-in-law Jean Tremblay. Visitation was at
Funerarium Beauchamp, Saturday, February 26, 2005. A service with ashes was
held the same day at 1 p.m. in St-Franois de Sales church, 799 Jacques
Cartier, Gatineau. In memory of Michael, donations to the Canadian Cancer
Society would be greatly appreciated.
Mike was born in PEI in a family of four siblings. He decided to follow in
his mother’s footsteps, Mrs Pearl Smith, who enlisted in the Royal Canadian
Air Force (Women's Division) in 1943 and served until 1945. Mike enrolled at
Royal Roads in 1972 and transferred to CMR where he was inserted (as best as
possible due to his height at 6’ 10’’) into 3 Squadron. He had special
everything such as uniforms, bed and even FNC1. Mike endeavored to
concentrate mainly on his Physics Honors studies. He wanted to become a
Military Engineer which he successfully achieved upon graduation. Mike was
known as a quiet, warm, studious guy but not very sportive. He learned
French and found the love of his life in the person of Lina Lévesque. He was
retired by 1992 and was a Research Programmer working for Arthur Henderson
Co. He later joined ‘Thoughtworks’, an international consulting firm in IT
|Brian Wesley White
(11028) Brian, age 66, of
New Glasgow, born in Truro, died January 7, 2021 at home after a brief
illness. He entered RMC in Aug 1972 and was roommates with Paul Sunderland
in the first term and Mick Audy second term. He did find the physical side
of his training the hardest. He decided to leave RMC following first year.
Survived by wife Deborah (Richards), son Geoffrey, daughter Shannon (Robert)
Donald, mother Audrey, mother-in-law Jean Shaw, brother Wray (Gwen),
brother-in-law Darrell (Ruth) Richards, grandsons James and Joseph, aunts,
uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Predeceased by father Kenneth, father-in-law Alvin Richards, brother Dale
(Tammy), several aunts and uncles. There will be no visitation or funeral.
Private burial at a later date. Brian's life exemplified both the Cub Scout
motto Do Your Best and the Rotary motto Service Above Self. Trained as a
Chartered Accountant, he worked in public accounting, government accounting
(municipal and NSHA), hospitality management and as a university instructor,
and served in various positions with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and
United Way. He was also skilled with a hammer and power tools, and completed
many major projects at home and elsewhere. He excelled at finding creative
solutions for problems, believed in making fact-based decisions, and held
himself to the highest ethical standards. Both publicly and privately he was
kind, fair and respectful to all. If you wish to honour his life and
contributions, please make a donation to a charity of your choice or do
something good for someone in need. Many thanks to the palliative care,
chemo and VON teams, and to family, friends, co-workers and neighbours for
their kindness and support.
|David Wilson (11029) Dave passed away 22 Nov 1996 afer a mess dinner while serving in Petawawa.|
|John Wroe (10901)
John Wroe was born in Milford Bay, Ontario. He then went to CMR in
Saint-Jean where he completed the Preparatory year and did quite well
academically while becoming a close friend to many fellow officer-cadets. He
was very good in math and helped others with calculus! However, he decided
on a different career path and left the military while on Basic Officer
Training in Chilliwack. John then attended Canadore College in North
Bay where he studied journalism. He worked at Timmins Daily Press, Northern
Daily News, Barrie Examiner, North Bay Sun as editor, Innisfil Scope
newspaper as general manager, and then returned to the Northern Daily News
as New Liskeard bureau chief. He became the executive assistant for the
Timiskaming MPP David Ramsay. John then went to work for Grant Forest
Products as communications director, after which he began a five-year
contract as Temagami-Latchford economic development officer.
He enjoyed following motor racing and was involved for a few years with the
Canadian Race Communications Association. He enjoyed motorcycling, sailing,
spending time at the family cabin, and walking with his dog, Kyro. He was a
member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was very proud of his father’s role
in World War II as a sergeant and as one of the first to step on shore at
Normandy on D-Day. John was an avid student of World War II history.
John passed away on 30 July 2013 after a brief illness with cancer and is
survived by his wife Darlene and his daughter Becky.