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2009

 

Name: Barry Philipps - #083
Date of message : 7 May 2009
E-mail address : bandep@shaw.ca
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: Victoria, BC
Comments:

Good Afternoon All,

I received the following from Danielle Sullivan this AM:

…………..Tom passed away on Dec. 26 this past year. It has been a rough time for me as we were together for 40 yrs and I deeply miss the old geezer.

We did not have a service as per his request.

Enclosed is a write up from the skydiving magazine –  Click here

Should you wish to pass your personal condolences along, please contact me.

BJ Phillips (250) 598-5517 (r) (250) 661-1680 (c)

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Name: Aaron Greyling - #082
Date of message : 6 May 2009
E-mail address : aojgreyling@gmail.com
Website address : http://cdnforces.wikia.com/
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments:

Let me begin with saying that I am currently a serving member of the Canadian Forces, a former infantryman of eight years and a current supply technician. I’m also the webmaster of a new online community geared towards our common interest – the Canadian Forces. Our official title is Duty & Valour, the Canadian Forces Wiki and we can be found at http://cdnforces.wikia.com/ . I first came up with the idea of this site in the final weeks of my recent tour to Afghanistan, where I got the desire to create an online encyclopaedia and repository for all information about the history and current on-goings of the Canadian Forces. Thus, earlier this year, I created Duty & Valour.

I feel that Duty & Valour’s community is now at the point where I would like to start communicating with other Canadian Forces online communities, as well as other military online sites, about the possibility of doing cross-linking between Duty & Valour and these other sites. What this would mean is that a “Official partners of Duty & Valour” box will be added to our front page with the names of all partners who have agreed to cross-link with us. These names on the front page will then be internally linked to that site’s article in our encyclopaedia where any or all information about that site can be added, including any number of external links to the site and its possible aspects.

The aim of this, I am hoping, is two-fold: that Internet/viewer traffic to both ends of the cross-linking will increase over time; and that it will help create a tighter and more familiar “web” on the Internet of online Canadian Forces communities for viewers and visitors.

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Name: Patricia Elford - #081
Date of message : 6 May 2009
E-mail address :
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments: I was looking through your site, gathering some materials for the language course I'm teaching on base. (Reference: milestones) When I read the prayer, I noticed a small error you might wish to correct. The Son of Righteousness shall rise rather than the Son or Righteousness shall rise. It's only a typo, but thought you might like to know. BTW, my second cousin, Edward (Ted) Scrutton, was in the Devil's Brigade and was almost overlooked when they were picking up survivors in Italy.

ARAC: Thank you for taking the time to let us know. It is important that prayers be worded properly.

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Name: WO J.M.S. Gallant - #080
Date of message : 15 April 2009
E-mail address : SYLVAIN.GALLANT@forces.gc.ca
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: JTFCHQ, J3 Sgt Maj, Office; 416-633-6200 ex 5398, Mobile; 416-894-6073 Fax; 416-631-5345
Comments: Retirement of CWO Durelle at a luncheon on the 21 April 2009 at Denison Armour in Toronto

Denison Dining Hall. The cost for those attending CWO Durelle's retirement will be $15 payable at the door. Please confirm attendance NLT 13 Apr 2009 to MWO Darren Read, WO Robert Kanash or CWO Rick Quickfall

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Name: Colin - #079
Date of message : 27 March 2009
E-mail address : blaster@theedge.ca
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments: BLUDD, Timothy Jaye - (Retired Warrant Officer and Paratrooper) - passed away at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in his 51st year. Tim Bludd of Pembroke, beloved husband of Judy Bludd (nee Pleau). Dear father of Sherry Venasse (Carl Ranger), Pembroke; and Richard Venasse (Kim), Georgetown. Papa to Halle and Nolan Ranger. Brother of Mike (Mary), Edmonton; Brian (Sandra), Pembroke; and Tara, Georgetown. Predeceased by brother Brady. Son of the late Terrance & Marina Bludd (nee Emmerson) and grandson of Lena Emmerson, Georgetown. Also survived by many aunts, uncles & cousins; nieces & nephews; and brothers & sisters- in-law. Visitation at the MALCOLM, DEAVITT & BINHAMMER FUNERAL HOME, 141 Renfrew St., Pembroke, on Friday from 7 to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Spring Interment in Wesley United Cemetery, Pembroke. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion are requested to assemble at the Funeral Home for service Friday at 8:00 p.m. (As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.) Online condolences and donations are available at www.malcolmanddeavitt.com.
28 Mar 09...Further update from John Clarke in Petawawa...Resting at, Malcolm Deavitte Binhammer limited Funeral Home, 141 Renfrew St, Pembroke, ON, K8A 6X1 PO Box 74, Phone 1-( 613 ) 732-3637

Viewing Fri, 27 Mar. From 1900 Hrs to 2100 Hrs

Sat 28 Mar. From 0900 Hrs to 1100 Hrs

Service at Malcolm Deavitte Funeral Home Chapel at 1100 Hrs Sat 28 Mar. Interment at a later date TBA

A small number of ARAC members from the Petawawa area will attend the service on Sat.

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Name: Charles McCabe - #078
Date of message : 27 March 09
E-mail address : cnmccabe@sympatico.ca
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments:

Regret to notify you of the death yesterday of Vonnie, wife of CWO (Ret.) Don Reekie - former RSM 2RHC, 2RCR and CAR.

Based on her wishes there will be no service however a memorial “social” function will be held in May.

Condolences may be sent to:

CWO (Ret) Donald B. Reekie
4 – 27 420 Township Road 540
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3S7

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Name: Chris - #077
Date of message : 26 March 09
E-mail address : chris.vowles@talktalk.net
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: +44 (0)1903 507075
Comments: Can you help me with what Canadian Parachute Regiment was stationed at Westdown Camp, Tilshead, Wiltshire, England in September 1951.

Thank you, for your help in this matter.

Regards, Chris

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Name: Patrick Newton - #076
Date of message : 15 March 09
E-mail address : webmaster@mylosttrails.com
Website address : http://mylosttrails.com/
Unit served: Airborne Service Commando
Present Location: Retired - Prince George BC
Comments: Great website. I have added your link to mine and thank-you for adding mine to yours.

I have put up a Memorium for LCol Mike Rafferty on mine. Please let your members know that this is another place that they can remember a fallen comrade complete with a picture. Thanks

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Name: Len Milne - #075
Date of message : 13 March 2009
E-mail address : salty.10@hotmail.com
Website address :
Unit served: 1 AB FLD Sqn
Present Location: HMCS Preserver
Comments: I am looking for any Thumperheads who with the Sqn in 1975 to 1977. I would like to renew old friendships.

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Name: ARAC - #074
Date of message : 13 March 2009
E-mail address : kitshop@airborneassociation.com
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: Gatineau, QC
Comments: It is with great sadness that we in the Airborne Regiment Association of Canada (ARAC) learned of the passing of Bill Greenshields who served with the PPCLI and the Airborne Regiment 2 CDO in Edmonton during the 70's. Bill also served with the Sky Hawk team.

We will communicate more information as it becomes available.

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Name: Wayne Dehnke - #073
Date of message : 2 March 2009
E-mail address : Wayne Dehnke.... wdehnke@me.com
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: Edmonton
Comments: Good evening all,

I have spoken to Barb Clee reference her wishes for a Celebration of Life for John. Due to facility availability the date has been changed to Saturday, March 21st at 1330 hours. It will be held in Cobble Hill at the Main Community Hall which is right in front of the town cenotaph. Refreshments will be served after the Celebration.

I am working with Sam Mechbach and Steve Brodsky and once Barry Phillips returns from the south I will have him confirm that we have contacted all Airborne folks on the island. For Sam Mechbach - I will bring an RCR, Airborne and a Canadian Flag and an appropriate stand to accommodate 3 staffs. I just read Grant McLean's e-mail and if you could please check out the music for the RCR and Airborne. I have asked Barb to check with the Hall to see if there is a PA system.

The details of the Celebration will be worked out between myself, Sam and Steve. If anyone has any suggestions please contact us. There will be an opportunity for those wishing to say a few words at the Celebration to do so.

Barbara will be sending me a copy of the obituary sometime Monday and I will circulate it.

If any of you have Mike Barr's e-mail address, please forward it to me. Please give this message widest distribution.

Airborne!

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Name: Tom Walton & Wayne Denhke - #072
Date of message : 1 March 2009
E-mail address : Tom Walton.... paratp@telus.net
                          
Wayne Dehnke.... wdehnke@me.com
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: Edmonton
Comments:

Barb Clee has asked me to do a survey to see how many of you would be able to attend a memorial service for John. She is looking at holding the service on Saturday, March 14th at Cobble Hill . If you could please let me know by this Monday, March 3rd, if you plan on attending. The main reason is that the proposed facility for the memorial on the 14th will only accommodate 75 people. If there are more than 75 she will have to consider an alternate date and location.

C COY SGT MAJOR JOHN CLEE ... By Billy Willbond

I went away to Florida to swim and work the muscles around each knee
And I came back to the news we had lost our AIRBORNE’s John Clee
John was an English Commando he stood tall and apart
Clee was a great soldier with a tough soldier’s heart
He went to the Sergeant’s Mess, in his slippers and housecoat
CFB Greisbach’s SWO entered and in his book wrote a note
Clee was barred for thirty days for his improper dress
You can’t wear your slippers in the Greisbach AIRBORNE Sgt’s mess?
The mess was his living room, he argued his case
He didn’t think being barred was really a disgrace
He had us young Sergeant’s take him huge jugs of beer
To his quarters next store, upstairs to the rear
There will be great discussions in that Mess in the sky
That old band of jumpers will greet this great guy
He had a wry sense of humour - A real deadpan grin
In that heavenly mess, in his housecoat again !!

RIP Sir John ``Oh Wright lads let’s all adjust our plastic frogs!``

After a canteen fight between the 1Cdo and 2Cdo lads in the Jr ranks club those with black eyes and scarred faces stood on the square and John’s voice rolled across the square as he stood in front of C Coy. His lads had done well in the fracas and frey – all of us signed CDV’s for the damage to the mess and hey it never even made the newspapers or TV of course that back before cam corders and telephone cameras and the English / French activities of soldiers was competitive rather than hateful – these same troops patrolled the streets of Quebec during the War Measures Act. Bless them all!

Billy Willbond Canadian Soldier Poet http://iwvpa.net/willbondwha

Sat Feb 28 Saanichton BC 1102 hrs

SWO – RCAF BASE SENIOR WARRANT OFFICER

Please circulate accordingly.

Cheers.

Wayne Dehnke, 604-858-0305

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Name: Jim Cox - #071
Date of message : 28 February 2009
E-mail address : james.cox2001@rogers.com
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Comments:

Fellow Paratroopers,

For those of you who may not yet know, the Discovery Channel will be airing a series of six episodes, beginning 10 Mar 09, focused on 1 Platoon, Mike Company (Para), 3 RCR, who have been serving in Afghanistan since last September. The series starts at the beginning of their pre-deployment training and follows them through to the initial stages of combat in Afghanistan – warts and all.

Advance notice of the series and an informative trailer can be found at the link in the first attachment above. Watch the trailer and review the ‘Meet the Soldiers’ link.

The second attachment is one brief segment of the final episode, in which 1 Platoon gets through its first firefight at an isolated strong point at Zanghabad. The series looks to be interesting.

Well... alright, I do have a family tie to one of the characters, but it’s not like I carry around pictures of my kids in a wallet or anything!

Airborne,

James S. Cox

Note from the webmaster: Jim's e-mail refers to two attachments that I was not able to attach to this entry in the manifest. However, please click on the follwoing link to go to the actual page on the Discovery Channel Website.... http://www.discoverychannel.ca/showpage.aspx?sid=14403

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Name: Grant McLean - #070
Date of message : 27 February 2009
E-mail address : ggmclean@telus.net
Website address :
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments:

Capt. (Ret'd) John Clee. It is with much sadness that I advise you of the passing of my dear friend and brother in law, John Clee. He was a couple of months shy of his 80th birthday.

Barb found him lying on the bathroom floor today and paramedics were summoned. It was too late to save him. It appears that cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a future date. I will keep you posted.

Tena will fly to Victoria tomorrow to be with Barb.

John was a great soldier with a very keen mind. He was a very proud of the regiments he served with, namely: the Royal Artillery, the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. We will never see another quite like him. Airborne trials and evaluations will never be the same!
Note from webmaster: John qualified for his British airborne wing in 1948 in England while serving with the Royal Artillery

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Name: Marco Rancourt - #069
Date of message : 26 February 2009
E-mail address : MARCO.RANCOURT@forces.gc.ca
Website address :
Unit served: CFLAWC
Present Location: Trenton
Comments:

It is with great regrets and profound sadness that I must inform you of the death of one of the most known members of CFLAWC, WO Mike (Hammy) Hamilton.

WO Hamilton was on a tasking in Cold Lake last week and was involved in a car accident as a passenger around 22h30 MST Friday. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Royal Hospital in Edmonton. He passed away on the operations table at 14h41 Sunday.

WO Hamilton was born in Halifax and leaves behind his wife, a daughter, three sons, and a grandchild. You will find attached some info on him.

For those that would like to attend the various ceremonies, here are the rough timings:

Public Viewing: Friday 27 Feb, 1900-2100, Base Chapel at 91 Namao Drive East, Trenton. Dress: DEUs with ribbons. A large crowd is expected to attend.

Funeral: Saturday 28 Feb, 0930, St-Peter's Church at 140 Dundas Street West, Trenton. Dress: DEUs with MEDALS. A large crowd is expected to attend. VIPs are asked to let us know if they intend to attend.

Interment: Saturday 28 Feb, 1530, Beechwood National Military Cemetary at 280 Beachwood Avenue, Ottawa. Dress: DEUs with MEDALS. VIPs are asked to let us know if they intend to attend.

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Name: James Steed - #068
Date of message : 24 February 2009
E-mail address : cdn.ab.brotherhood@sympatico.ca
Website address : www.cdnabbrotherhood.ca/
Unit served:
Present Location:
Comments: COSTELOE, Major (Ret.) James Geoffrey Geoff passed away peacefully on February 22 at the age of 88. He was born, the son of a vicar, in Nottingham on December 4th, 1920. He spent his youth in Cumberland where he attended St. Bees School. He was the last remaining of nine siblings. After school and a brief stint with the Merchant Navy, Geoff enlisted in the Border Rgt. in May 1939.

As a part of the 1 st Btn., he served in WWII in North Africa and in the glider borne invasion of Sicily. In March 1944, he was assigned to the First Airborne Reece Sqn. and fought in the Battle of Arnhem. After the war, Geoff went to Burma as an Officer with the Burma Frontier Force, later becoming Superintendent of Police and a rubber planter in both Burma and Malaya where he met his beloved wife Betty. They were married in Singapore on March 18th, 1950.

Having been rescued from Arnhem by Canadians, Geoff proudly enlisted with the 3rd Btn. PPCLI in 1951 and served in Korea. In 1952, he began his career with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada stationed in Germany and Canada. Betty and Geoff made many household moves in this time period but finally settled in Victoria, their home for the past 28 years. He led a full and wonderful life. He was a true gentleman until the end.

We will miss his twinkling blue eyes and great sense of humour. Geoff is survived by Betty, his best friend and wife of 58 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Tim (Brenda) of Wellington, NZ and Nigel (Janet) of Calgary, his beloved grandsons Geoff, Derek, Michael and Ben and by many nieces and nephews. Details for a Celebration of Geoff's life will be made at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made in Geoff's memory to

Victoria Hospice
1510 Fort St.
V8S 5J2

"So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. " 528362

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Name: Clarence (Johnny) Bowers - #067
Date of message : 8 February 2009
E-mail address : gcrafty@telus.net
Website address :
Unit served: 1 RCR- 2 RCR - FCoy 2 Com AB Regiment -CFPMD
Present Location: Kelowna, BC
Comments: Just checking out your site, like what I see. If anybody out there remembers me drop me a line at gcrafty@telus.net ....Airborne...

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Name: ARAC - #066
Date of message : 3 February 2009
E-mail address : airbornekitshop@sympatico.ca
Website address : www.airborneassociation.com
Unit served: Kitshop
Present Location: Gatineau, QC
Comments:

Passing of Laurent Lancette who served with the Royal 22 e Regiment and the Airborne Regiment 1 CDO in Edmonton during the 70's.

He served in Cyprus 1974 during the crisis. He passed away the 5th of February in Val Belair, Quebec, of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 67 years.

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Name: ARAC - #065
Date of message : 3 February 2009
E-mail address : airbornekitshop@sympatico.ca
Website address : www.airborneassociation.com
Unit served: Kitshop
Present Location: Gatineau, QC
Comments:

Passing of Real Gagnon who served with the Royal 22 e Regiment and the Airborne Regiment 1 CDO in Edmonton during the 70's and 80’s. He served in Cyprus 1974 during the crisis.

There will be a memorial service at 19.00 hrs on Sat 7 Feb 09 at Cooperative Funeraire de l’Outaouis, 1369 boulevard La Verendrye, Gatineau, QC J8T 8K2 Web Site: www.cfo.coop

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Name: ARAC - #064
Date of message : 3 February 2009
E-mail address : airbornekitshop@sympatico.ca
Website address : www.airborneassociation.com
Unit served: Kitshop
Present Location: Gatineau, QC
Comments:

Passing of HARB, Charles Ganim "Charlie"

65, New Glasgow, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Charles Ganim and Josephine Cecelia (MacKay) Harb. He served from 1962-1982 in the Black Watch, completing 570 jumps in the Airborne, serving in Cyprus and retiring with the rank of Sergeant. He later obtained the rank of Master Warrant Officer serving with the Militia. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 28, Stellarton and the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Black Watch. He was inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in July 28, 2007 for amateur boxing. He enjoyed fishing with his wife, gardening and writing cards. Charlie was a dedicated worker, readily applying himself to the task at hand. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Louise (MacGillivray) Harb; sons, Stephen (Lisa) Harb, Charles (Jackie) Harb, Edmonton; grandchildren, Jessica and Stephanie; sisters, Shirley (Mike) Zahara, Alberta; Marie Harb, Halifax; Connie (Hussan) Durbes, Weymouth, Mass; Zeana MacLeod, Abercrombie; brother, John (Frances) Harb, Abercrombie; Wayne (Marcella) Harb, Stellarton; stepdaughter, Michele Mascola, New Jersey stepsons, Michael (Lisa) Mascola, New Jersey; Kevin (Laura) Mascola, New Glasgow; stepgrandchildren, Michael, Jordan and Joey; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Nagzie. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Royal Canadian Legion Tribute Service 6:30 p.m., all Wednesday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel with Rev. Gary MacPherson presiding. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. www.pkmacdonald.ca

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Name: ARAC - #063
Date of message : 3 February 2009
E-mail address : airbornekitshop@sympatico.ca
Website address : www.airborneassociation.com
Unit served: Kitshop
Present Location: Gatineau, QC
Comments:

Passing of Hockett, Charles Edward 6 June 1933 - 12 December 2008

Chuck died peacefully at noon 12 Dec 2008. He is survived by his wife Vivienne, son David (wife Debbie), daughter Sara, son Andrew (wife Corrine), granddaughter Louise, grandson Joshua, granddaughter Alicia and grandson Kyle. Sgt Hockett was a member of the British Army for three years and the Canadian Army for 23 years; as a member of the Black Watch (RHR), Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) and the Canadian Airborne Regiment (2 Commando). He served two 6-month peacekeeping tours in Cyprus, and postings in Gagetown, Germany and Edmonton. A celebration of Chuck's life will take place at 1 p.m. on 17 Dec 08 at St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Cobble Hill, Rev Scott Pittendrigh officiating. Reception to follow. No flowers please, but a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.- - - -

Vivienne Hockett
32 - 912 Brulette Pl
Mill Bay BC V0R 2P2
250-743-3125

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