Unfortunately we only post those obituaries that come our way, therefore, your understanding will be appreciate if someone you know has been missed./Soyez avisés que nous ne pouvons que publier les annonces de décès qui sont portées à notre attention par les membres et Il se peut malheureusement que quelqu’un que vous connaissiez ait été oublié.
Major (Retd) Gerald (Gerry) Gordon Vickers, CD (MAO)
Gerry was born in 1925 in Blackville, N.B. Deceased on February 3rd, 2017, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. Served in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps 1941 to 1982. Past Grand Secretary and past Grand Master (Honorary) of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, AF&AM. Loving and beloved husband of Reta Catherine (Powys) and father of Penelope and Martin. Predeceased by son, Anthony “Tony”, 1965. Cremation under the care of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd. Final resting place Heritage Oak Columbarium, Christ Church, Dartmouth.
Captain Donna Hooper, CD, Retired (Nurse)
Most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Capt(Rtd) Donna Hooper, Case Management Supervisor at CF H Svcs C (P) in Esquimalt BC. Donna’s passing carves a huge loss in the medical community. She has always a consummate professional, a fierce patient advocate, so caring and dedicated to her clients!! She will be so sadly missed and we will remember her!! A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 17, at 1:00 p.m., at the Naden Wardroom, CFB Esquimalt, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, a memorial tribute in memory of Donna may be made directly to the Victoria Hospice, Canadian Red Cross or the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com. McCall’s of Victoria, BC 1-800-870-4210
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Squadron Leader Roy Holding, CD, Retired (Pharm)
Roy Holding of Calgary passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Roy was born to Ethel and George Holding in Torquay, England, the youngest of three sons. The family operated a blacksmith and Coachworks business before immigrating back to Canada when Roy was six years old. The family lived in Welwyn, SK, both in the village and on a farm during the depression. In 1941 Roy joined the RCAF and trained as a navigator. He was transferred to England where he ended up flying in the Lancastor Bombers with 12 Squadron out of Wickenby, Lincoln. Upon arrival, Roy and his crew were immediately sent into action over Berlin. He completed 30 missions over enemy territory and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On his return to Canada after the war, Roy obtained his BSc. in Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. Roy rejoined the Air Force after graduation and began a career as an officer in the Medical Corp., serving on Air Force bases in Western Canada. He spent the last years of his career working as the Commanding Officer of the Medical Supply Depot in Calgary with the rank of Squadron Leader.
Roy continued to work as a pharmacist in Calgary, until he could no longer perform his job due to hearing loss. He spent his retirement travelling with his wife Mary to various countries in Europe, attending air crew reunions and researching the family tree. He was an active Shriner and volunteered with several charity organizations in Calgary. Roy was an avid gardener and loved to socialize. He enjoyed nothing more than telling jokes over a pint of beer.
Roy is survived by his second wife of forty years, Mary Holding (nee Davidson); his children Patricia Robson, Ruth and Tom Louie, Donald and Karen Holding; his eight grandchildren, Jeffrey and Stephanie Robson, Leah and Mike Holub, Eric Louie, Stephen and Ellie Robson, Aimee Louie and Jamie Hastings, Robyn Louie, Taylor Holding, and Paige Holding. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, Grace Robson, Brooke Robson, Finn Robson, Dax Robson, Anna Holub, Michaela Holub, Adam Holub, Abby Hastings, and Alan Hastings. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Bert and Keith; his first wife Joyce Holding (nee Lonsdale); and his son-in-law Arthur Robson.
A Family Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Roy was a founding member of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, BM which serves as a memorial to the men who fought in the air war of 1939-1945. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Roy’s memory directly to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, 300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y5. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Colonel Belcher Care Centre for their loving care of Roy over the past five years with special thanks to Dr. Vivian Ewa.
Surgeon Captain Derek (“Piet”) John Kidd, D.S.C., O.M.M., O.S.J., C.D. Retired
Piet Kidd adored husband, father, doctor, researcher, inventor, and WWII Veteran, died peacefully at home in the presence of his family. Survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia, sons Derek (Darci) and Adam; half-sisters Diana Grant and Patricia Crate (England), many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his first wife Vera (1981). Born in London England, July 1922. He joined the RNVR as a seaman in 1940, served in the North Atlantic (Arctic Convoys), Mediterranean, and Pacific theatres. In 1943 he was awarded an operational Distinguished Service Cross and was twice mentioned in Dispatches. Piet trained as an orthopedic surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital, London (1945-52). He joined the RCN in 1953, and served as Principal Medical Officer aboard HMCS Labrador (1954-56) during its historic transit of the North West Passage; was appointed to the Chairman, Defence Research Board in 1957, then Officer-in-Charge, RCN Personnel Research Unit, Institute of Aviation Medicine, Toronto, tasked with creating a Canadian Naval diving research facility. His research (with Roy Stubbs) in hyperbaric medicine resulted in the invention of the analogue decompression computer, as well as other devices for life support and management of casualties in the field. He was a proud member of the Canadian Naval Divers Association. He retired in 1979 as Chief Medical Officer, Maritime Command Pacific. In retirement he designed and built a remarkable rhododendron garden around his Moss Street home. His first son was born the year he became a senior citizen, his second two years later. The remainder of his life was spent shepherding and glorying in the happiness and accomplishments of his beloved family. VIHA were instrumental in offering the most compassionate care at home: with special thanks to Christine, Kelly, and Patricia D. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice whose compassionate intervention allowed ‘Piet’ to die in the home he loved so well. Deepest thanks are offered to Dr. Michael Miles for the dignity and care with which he treated his charge. Piet’s family is profoundly grateful for the invaluable assistance of the RCN and the CNDA, in the commitment of his ashes to the sea.
Published in the Victoria Times Colonist April 16, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel Roger Flinn, CD, MD (Retired)
We regret to announce the passing of Roger Flinn on March 31, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 70 years. Roger served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years as radiologist. Click here for Roger’s obituary.
Captain Colleen Howard (Nee Zavislake), CD, Retired (Pharm)
It is with great sadness that the family of Colleen Howard (nee Zavislake) share the news of her sudden passing on 20 March 2016 in Comox, B.C. at the age of 65. Click here for Colleen’s obituary.
Lieutenant Commander Harold Jamieson, CD, Retired (Pharm)
Harold Jamieson passed away peacefully March 11, 2016, in the Westbury Long Term Care Facility Etobicoke, ON. Harold was one of our few remaining WW II veterans and post war military pharmacists. We salute his service and offer our sympathies to his family. Click here for Harold’s obituary.
Major René Latulippe, CD, (HCA) Retired
René nous a laissé le 29 février 2016 à l’hôpital de St-Jérôme, Qc, dans les Laurentides.après une brave bataille contre le cancer.
René passed away on February 29, 2016 at the St-Jérôme hospital in the Laurentians following a battle with cancer.
Lieutenant Colonel Harriet (Hallie) Sloan, C.M., C.D., B.N., Retired
Hallie passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2016, her 99th birthday. Predeceased by her sister Clare (Ted), she will be greatly missed by her brother Bill Sloan (Joan), and her nieces and nephews. Born in Winnipeg, she grew up in Saskatoon and qualified as a nurse in Vancouver. Hallie served overseas in France with the 8th CDN General Hospital during World War II after D-Day, participated in the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands, and chose to remain in the Army to serve during peacetime. Nursing and teaching became her passions and she rose to the rank of Matron-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces Medical Services. After retiring from the military she began a second career as a director of the Canadian Nurses Association. Her second retirement signalled the beginning of her tireless volunteer life supporting the establishment of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, the Nursing Sisters’ Association of Canada, and fundraising to support education for military nurses through the Canadian Nurses Foundation. She was privileged to participate in several pilgrimages commemorating WWII Campaigns in Asia and Europe. It was her sincere wish to continue to keep alive the memory and respect for the military and civilian contributions made for Canada and freedom. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of her outstanding leadership for 50 years and advancing military nursing and patient care. She was also a Dame of the Order of St John, and last year as a D-Day veteran received the Legion of Honour.
A Service in Memory of Hallie took place Friday, February 19, 2016. Donations in memoriam to the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the Alzheimer Society, the Salvation Army, or the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre would be greatly appreciated by her family.
Click here to read more about Hallie Sloan
Major Susan Groves, CD, RCMS (Pharm), Retired
It is with sadness we advise of the passing of Maj Susan Groves, who lost her battle with cancer. Susan’s funeral was held at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, on Friday February 5th. The service was at one, the interment at two, followed by a reception and refreshments back in the warmth of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please make donations to any health related charity. Susan’s obituary will be post when available.
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Lieutenant Colonel Melville (Mel) McFarland, CD, MD, Retired
It is with sadness we advise the passing of LCol Mel McFarland in Victoria BC. Born in Montreal, Melgraduated in Medicine from McGill in 1955. Mel practiced medicine in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years and retired at CFB Esquimalt as the Base Surgeon, Commanding Officer of the Base Hospital and Fleet Surgeon.
No service as requested but a Celebration of Mel’s Life will be held at CFB Esquimalt Officer’s Mess on December 18th, from 2 to 4pm.
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Major Denis Thibaudeau, CD, Retired, March 12, 1928 – December 27, 2014
It is with regret that we advise the passing of Denis Thibaudeau late last year. Denis passed away peacefully on December 27, 2014 at his care home in Vancouver, Yaletown House. He was predeceased by his parents Margarite and Urban Thibaudeau and his loving sister Muriel Rhodes. Denis is survived by his niece Linda Foslien and his nephew Bob DuVernet as well as his great-nieces Tanya Foslien, Tara Foslien and Morgan DuVernet and great-nephew Ryan DuVernet. Denis was born in St. Paul, Alberta and moved to Vancouver with his family in 1940. He graduated from King George High School and entered UBC’s Pharmacy Program, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was then recruited by the Canadian Armed Forces and spent most of his career overseas as a Pharmacist, retiring with the rank of Major. Travelling was definitely his passion and his family always enjoyed hearing the amazing stories of his overseas adventures. In retirement, Denis worked at YVR as a volunteer “Green Jacket” greeter – he loved the gift of the gab! Services will be held at Oceanview Funeral Home on Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 10, 2015
Captain Garth Stanley Chalmers, RCAMC, Retired (1919 – 2015)
It is with sadness that we advise the passing of Capt Garth Stanley Chalmers September 27, 2015, in Bedford, NS, at the age of ninety-eight. Visitation will take place at All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford, on Thursday, October 1, from 7-9 p.m., where the funeral will take place on Friday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial in All Saints Cemetery. Click here to read Capt Chalmer’s obituary.
Major Jacqueline (Jackie) Brewe, CD, RN, Retired
It is with sadness that we advise that Maj Jackie Brewe passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in her 78th year. A service will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. Interment to follow.
Chief Warrant Officer Gerald “Ross” Deveau, CD, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Warren Harrison, CD, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, Retired
Warren Harrison passed away at home, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his best friend and partner, Barbara Malone, his children Chloe (Shon), Martin (Val) and Patrick (Catherine), and their mother, Eileen. Dr. Harrison had a long and distinguished military and medical career. Touching generations of Canadians by delivering more than 3000 babies, he spent his life caring for his patients with compassion and love. Warren will be deeply missed by his extended family and many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (East of Vanier Parkway) on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. with Words of Remembrance to be shared at 7 p.m. Interment will take place at Beechwood Cemetery at a later date. In memoriam donations in Warren’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Parenteau, CD, MD, Retired
LCol (ret’d) Pierre Parenteau passed away on April 29th 2015 in Kingston, Ont. where he retired. He was 74 years old . He served until retirement in the CFMS as a psychiatrist. He retired in Kingston where he practiced for many years. Décédé à Kingston, Ont. le 29 avril 2015 à l’âge de 74 ans le LCol (ret) Pierre Parenteau a servi jusqu’à la retraite dans les SSFC en tant que psychiatre puis a pratiqué de nombreuses années à Kingston
Major Alexandra St-Amant, CD, RN, LLB
C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous annonçons le décès du Major Alexandra St-Amant, connue de tout le monde comme Alex. Alex est décédée paisiblement au Centre de Santé Élisabeth Bruyère le jeudi 14 mai 2015 au jeune âge de 52 ans. Une fière Canadienne, un soldat honorable et une avocate honnête, mais surtout une mère dédiée à Jonathan et Camille et la meilleure amie et épouse de PierreSt-Amant pour 23 années. Alex s’est jointe aux Forces Armées Canadiennes en 1990 et a servi à Chilliwack, Borden, Ottawa, St-Jean sur Richelieu, Valcartier et en Afghanistan. Alex est prédécédée de ses parents Jean Mattei et Christine Labat et de ses deux soeurs, Laurence et Marianne Mattei. Alex laisse dans le deuil sa belle-mère Beverley St-Amant, sa nièce Carole Kane et sa famille, ses beaux-frères, sa belle-soeur et leurs enfants et beaucoup de bons amis dévoués, tout particulièrement Dominique, Sarah, Mélanie, Nathalie, Gabriel, Anne-Sophie, Ageliki, Mylène et Natasha. La famille recevra parents et amis à la Salle des drapeaux du Centre commémoratif national Beechwood 280, av. Beechwood (à l’est de prom. Vanier) Ottawa le vendredi 22 mai de 18h à 21h et samedi à compter de 8h. Le service funèbre aura lieu en l’Espace Sacré le samedi 23 mai à 10h suivi de la Consécration avec Honneurs militaires au Mausolée Beechwood. L’inhumation privée aura lieu au Cimetière national militaire des Forces canadiennes à une date ultérieure. Au lieu de fleurs, des dons à la Fondation canadienne des tumeurs cérébrales à la mémoire d’Alex seraient appréciés.Salon funéraire, cimetière et crémation Beechwood Tel: 613 741-9530 ou 1 866 990-9530 Télécopieur: 613 741-5238 280, av. Beechwood Ottawa, Ontario K1L 8E2 St-Amant, Major Alexandra CD, RN, LL.B It is great sadness that we announce the death of Major Alexandra St-Amant, known to all as Alex. Alex died peacefully on Thursday May 14, 2015 at the Elisabeth Bruyère Health Centre at the young age of 52. A proud Canadian, a honourable soldier and a honest lawyer, but most of all a devoted mother to Jonathan and Camille and best friend and wife to Pierre St-Amant for 23 years. Alex joined the Military in 1990 and served in Chilliwack, Borden, Ottawa, St-Jean sur Richelieu, Valcartier and Afghanistan. Alex was predeceased by her parents, Jean Mattei and Christine Labat and her two sisters, Laurence and Marianne Mattei. Alex leaves in mourning her mother in law Beverley St- Amant, her niece Carole Kane and her family, her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law and their children and many good and devoted friends, in particular Dominique, Sarah, Nathalie, Melanie, Gabriel, Anne-Sophie, Ageliki, Mylene and Natasha. Friends are invited to visit the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) Ottawa, on Friday May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday May 23 after 8 a.m. Funeral Service will be held Saturday May 23 in the Sacred Space at 10 a.m. followed by the Committal Service with Military Honours at the Beechwood Mausoleum. A private family interment will be held at a later date in the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in Alex’s memory would be appreciated. Published in The Ottawa Citizen on May 16, 2015
Chief Warrant Officer John Quevillon, CD, Retired
It is with sadness that we advise the passing of CWO (Retd) John Quevillon in Barrie, ON, on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the age of 78 with his wife of fifty-eight years by his side. Thirty-eight years service in the Canadian military, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in Borden, Ontario in 1992. Loving father to Angela (John) and Robert (Linda). Cherished grandfather of Tyanna (Mathieau), Ashley (William), and Erinn (David). Great grandfather of Maxime, Tanner, Sophie and Jameson. Dear brother to Carmel (Henriette), Gilles (Francois), Marjel (Denise), Alain and Odette (the late Richard). Friends may call at Adams Funeral Home (445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie) on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 12 p.m until the time of the Funeral Service which will be held in the Chapel at 1 o’clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Simcoe Hospice would be appreciated. Messages of condolences may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca
Commander Gordon MacKay Clifford, CD, BA, MD,DPH, MSc, Retired
Cdr Gord Clifford passed away at his home April 22, 2015. Gord spent 30 years in the Canadian Force both in Canada and abroad. Following his retirement he worked for Health Canada as an Occupational Health physician. Click here to read Gord’s obituary from the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
Honorary Colonel Richard (Dick) Butson, GC, OMM, CD, MB, BChir, Retired
HCol Dick Butson, who passed away March 24, 2015, at the age of 92, was awarded the George Cross for saving the life a fellow member of a research expedition who fell into a crevasse in the Antarctic in 1947. In 1956 Dick joined the Canadian Militia as medical officer to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Regiment, later transferring to Hamilton’s Militia Medical Company as commanding officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his command, the unit twice won the trophy for the best militia medical unit in Canada. He qualified as a parachutist at the age of 55 and on winter he commanded a Canadian field surgical team on a Norwegian Army field hospital exercise. HCol Butson was president of the Defence Medical Association of Canada and for four years represented Canada in medical matters on the NATO Reserve Officers Association. In 1977 he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to the Queen, and in 1982 an Officer of the Order of Military Merit of Canada. He was awarded the Polar Medal for distinguished service in Antarctica. Click here to learn more about this amazing Canadian
Lieutenant Colonel Francis (Frank) Carl Glenn Souter, CD, MD, Retired
Frank passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the age of 70 years after a battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Elena “Helen” (nee Arnone). Loving father of Andrew (Jin “Jill” Wang), Patrick and Robert. Cherished grandpa of Damien and Xavier. Survived by his brothers Gord (Joanne), Sam and his sister Jeanne (Paul Roberts). Predeceased by his brother William “Bill”. Frank had a long affiliation with the CFMS/RCMS both in uniform and as a public servant and has left a significant legacy in the CAF and for Canada in the area of CBRN medical defence and preparedness. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Road), Nepean on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 1 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com
Major General Wilson (Bill) George Leach, CMM, CStJ, CD, QHP, BA, MD, Retired It is with deep regret that we advise the sudden and unexpected death of former Surgeon General, MGen (Retd) Bill Leach, on February 11, 2015 in Ottawa. Click here to read obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen February 16, 2015.
Major Jimmie James.
Peacefully, after a long illness (Motor Neurone Disease), Major Jimmie James (late SCOTS DG and RAMC) passed at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, on Monday, January 12, 2015. Dearly beloved husband of Sheila and father of Angela and Lyn. Major James served as the Royal Army Medical Corps Exchange Officer at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre in the 1990s. Funeral service will be held at Doune Church, Macduff, on Friday, January 23, at 1 pm. Memorial service at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, on Friday, January 30 at 2 pm. The link to the site for those wishing to offer condolences is: http://announce.jpress.co.uk/scotsman-publications/obituary/james-major/40451844
Colonel Roger Cunningham, OMM, CD, Retired
It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Col (Retd) Roger Cunningham shortly after 1400 hrs., Sunday, January 11, 2015. No further details except that his wish was that no service be held. There will be a family gathering in the spring. The Cunningham Family’s address is: 1045 Haceienda Way Windsor, ON N9G 2T7 Click here to read obituary published in The Windsor Star on January 16, 2015. Note: Roger’s ashes were interned at the National Military Cemetery, Beachwood, Ottawa, on July 24, 2015.