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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#36231, Cpl. Douglas B. Heaton

Toronto Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#36231 (Rtd) Cpl. Douglas Brent Heaton died December 29, 2009 at Winnipeg, MB.

Cpl. Heaton served from 1980 to 2001 in 'O' 'K' and 'O' Div's.

He was the son of Reg.#17660 / O.716 A/Comm'r. and Mrs Don Heaton.

Jack White

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#19055, Sgt. James D. Brooks

Toronto Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#19055 (Rtd) Sgt. James Douglas Brooks died December 28th, 2009 at Bowmanville, ON.

He served from 1955 to 1980 in 'L' and 'O' Div's.

Jack White

Friday, December 25, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14322, S/Sgt.Melvin E. Linden

Nova Scotia Div. Vets advise that;

Reg.#14322 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Melvin Edgar Linden died Dec 25, 2009 at Halifax, NS.

He served from 1941 to 1965 in 'H' & 'A' Divs.

S/Sgt. Linden was Life Member of the Nova Scotia Vets.

Jack White

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#13863, Commissioner Maurice Jean Nadon

I am advised that;

Reg.#13863 / O.484 Commissioner Maurice Jean Nadon (Rtd) died Dec 21, 2009 at Ottawa, Ontario.

Commissioner Nadon served from 1941 to 1977 in 'C', 'A', 'E', 'C', 'HQ', 'O',and 'HQ' Div. He was our 16th Commissioner from 1973 to 1977.

Commissioner Nadon was also a Life Member of the Ottawa Div. Veterans.

Jack White

Monday, December 21, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#22622, Sgt. William (Ted) Whelan

From 'L' Div. Vet's

Reg.#22622 (Rtd) Sgt. William Edward 'Ted' Whelan died suddenly of massive heart attack on Dec 21, 2009 at his home in Cumberland, PEI. 

Ted served from 1963 to 1983 and he had been posted to 'L', 'O' and 'B' Div's.

Sgt. Whelan is buried in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery, Cumberland, PEI.

Dave Holmes

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#12830, Cst. Charles Edward Copus

Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#12830 former Mess Boy Charles Edward Copus died December 20, 2009 at Halifax, N.S.

Cst. Copus served from 1936 to 1937 in Marine Div., then in the Canadian Armed Forces in WWII.

Jack White

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#32656, Cst. Larry Paul Hershberger

Vancouver Div Vets advise that (Rtd) Cst. Larry Paul Hershberger died Dec 17, 2009 at Chilliwack, B.C.

Cst. Hershberger served from 1975 to 1997 in 'E' Div, mainly at Burnaby Detachment.

Jack White

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#17046, Cpl. George R. Dobie

Toronto Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#17046 (Rtd) Cpl. George R. Dobie died Dec 14, 2009 of cancer at Markham, ON.

Cpl. Dobie served from 1951, with broken service, to 1979 in 'O' Div, retiring from Security Service.

Jack White

Reg.#17192, S/Sgt. C.W. Kary

Obituary - Reg.#17192, S/Sgt. C.W. Kary

KARY, C.W. (Kelly) January 31, 1933 - December 14, 2009 At the Ottawa Hospital General Campus on Monday December 14, 2009 at the age of 76. Predeceased by his beloved wife Maureen (Martin), by his parents John and Helen (Weir), by his brother Stanley and sister Louise.

Beloved father of Alan (Anne), David (Michelle), Doug (Barbara) and Ken (Mona) and Grandpa to Abbie, Sam, Chelsea, Lindsay, Nicholas, Clara, Emma and Stephen. Dear brother of Leslie Weir (Peggy). Friends are invited to visit at the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road at Aviation Parkway on Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, December 18 at 11 a.m.

As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Last Post: Reg.#17192, Clarence W. 'Kelly' Kary

Received from the Vets Net;

Reg.#17192 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Clarence Wilbur 'Kelly' Kary died December 14, 2009 at Ottawa, ON.  He served from 1951 to 1976 in 'F' & 'HQ' Div. and he retired from Security Service.

S/Sgt. Kary's older brother, Reg.#15258 S/Sgt Stan Kary, now deceased, was member of Kamloops Vets Div.

Jack White

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#12850 Alvin R. Hart

Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#12850 former Cst. Alvin Roy Hart died Dec 14, 2009 at Edmonton, AB.

Cst. Hart served from 1937 to 1943 in 'F' Div. He then volunteered for WWII when he joined the RAF. He served in 608 Squadron, 8th Bomber Group. He had 80 hours in Mosquito fighter-bombers and of the four navigators, Cst. Hart was the only one to survive the war.

The funeral service for Cst. Hart will be held at St. Albert, AB on December 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm.

Jack White

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#17760, S/Sgt. Theodore 'Ted' Gangdal

Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#17760 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Theodore 'Ted' Gangdal died Dec 10, 2009 at Surrey, B.C.

S/Sgt. Gangdal served from 1952 to 1987 in 'E' Div with the majority of that time on Vancouver Drug Section. He was known far and wide for his abilities in that investigative field.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#21444, Cpl. Roy L. Soluk

I am advised that;

Reg.#21444 (Rtd) Cpl. Roy L. Soluk died Dec 11th, 2009 at Regina, Sask.

Cpl. Soluk served from 1960 to 1990 in 'M' and 'F' Div's.

Jack White

Friday, December 11, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#26696, Cpl. David L. Hierlihy

Our local Division Treasurer of the past four years,

Reg.#26696 (Rtd) Cpl. David Lloyd Hierlihy died Dec 10th, 2009 at Kamloops, B.C.

Cpl. Lierlihy served from 1968 to 1993 in 'F' and 'E' Div's, retiring from Kamloops City Traffic.

Jack White

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Last Post: C/M, Edward Julian Tworek, MD

Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

C/M Dr Edward Julian Tworek died Nov 30, 2009 at Edmonton, AB.

Following a life practice as physician and surgeon, he was the Force Doctor in 'K' Div for a number of years.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#17983, Cst. George L. Leatherdale

From an obituary;

Reg.#17983 former Cst. George Lewis Leatherdale died Dec 1, 2009 at London, ON.

Cst. Leatherdale served from 1952 to 1959 in 'H' and 'A' Div's.

Jack White

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#18302, S/Sgt. Kasimir 'Bill' Klama

Regina Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18302 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Kasimir 'Bill' Klama died Dec 2, 2009 at Saskatoon, SK.

S/Sgt. Klama served from 1953 to 1979 in 'A' & 'F' Div's. Afterwards, he went with Saskatchewan Telephone Security for 15 years.

In 1969, with other members, S/Sgt. Klama received a Commendation for stopping a youth with a stolen pick-up and a rifle.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#0.1500 Charles J. Doyle

Toronto Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#21578 / O.1500 Supt. Charles J. Doyle died Nov 30, 2009 of cancer at London, Ontario.

Supt. Doyle served from 1960 to 2000 in 'O' Div.

Jack White

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#17319, Sgt. Ernie A. Bruch

Cypress Hills Vets Div advise that;

Reg.#17319 (Rtd) Sgt. Ernie A. Bruch died Dec 1, 2009 at Medicine Hat, AB.

Sgt. Bruch served from 1951 to 1978 in 'K', 'E', 'B', 'O', and  'K' Div's mainly in Ident Services.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#23376, Cst. Donald L. Tunney

Victoria Div Vets advise that;

Reg# 23376 former Cst. Donald Lawrence Tunney died January 19, 2009 at Courtenay, B.C.

Cst. Tunney joined the Force in 1964 and he served in 'F' Div.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#13358, Cst. George A. Stevens

Victoria Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#13358 former Cst. George Albert Stevens died Nov 27, 2009 at Winnipeg, MB.

Cst. Stevens served from 1940 to 1943 in 'F' Div when he was dismissed for marrying without permission.

After the RCMP, he then joined the RCAF for service in WWII.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#12375, Cst. Hugh J. Ferguson

Victoria Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#12375 former Cst. Hugh J. Ferguson died Oct 21, 2009 at Dearborn, Michigan.

Cst. Ferguson served briefly in 1934.

Jack White

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#22399 (Rtd) Cpl. Donald J. Scott died Nov 30, 2009 at Vancouver, B.C.

Cpl. Scott served from 1962 to 1989 in 'E' Div.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#41948, Cst. J.M. Gaetan Montpetit

Montreal Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#41948 Cst. J.M. Gaetan Montpetit died Nov 29, 2009 at Valleyfield, Quebec.

Cst. Montpetit had served from 1987, as S/Cst to 1990 and thereafter, as Regular Member until his death in 'C' Div.

Jack White
Reg.#20857, Cst. R. W. Kitchen
Vet of the Month: December, 2009

Our Vet of the Month story has been contributed by Joan Woodward  the fiancée of Cst. R.W. Kitchen.

Over the years on a frequent basis, I arduously searched the web for the name "RCMP, Cst. Robert ‘Bob’ Wentworth Kitchen" but to no avail.

Recently, I was surprised when I found his name. My heart nearly stopped! Bob’s name was noted and he was remembered on an RCMP Vets website thanks to the efforts of ‘Buffalo Joe’ Healy and many others of
the RCMP Vets. I contacted ‘Buffalo Joe’ to thank him. In turn, Joe invited me to write a story about my memories of Reg.#20857, Cst. R. W. Kitchen.

This is my story. These are my memories.

Bob was an active member of the Force for only about a year or so after finishing training. I don't know of any heroic or memorable incidents or notable achievements about him, other than his graduation, during his brief service but I knew him.

I knew Bob for two years. We fell in love at first sight. He was a big, jolly, fun-loving, generous, and dedicated guy and his impact on my life was profound. I learned through his example. Bob was willing
and capable of putting someone else's well being before his own.

Cst. Kitchen and I met in the autumn of 1959 at a dance in the Nurses' Residence of the Ottawa Civic Hospital. We had both just arrived in Ottawa for training. I think Bob was born in August (4th?), 1939 and he was accepted by the RCMP in 1959 in his hometown of Fredericton, NB after graduating from high school. He wanted to serve in the Force and, like others who continue to do so, was willing to put his life on the line. His recruit training was at ‘N’ Division in Ottawa.

On the night of the dance, I and the other nurses eagerly watched

the young men in sport coats, shirts with ties, pressed pants and

polished shoes, enter the dimly lit ballroom. These were the recruits

from ‘N’ Division who had been invited to the Nurses' dance.


This big man, about 6 inches taller than me, came up and glancing

down and looking somewhere past my left ear said, "I suppose you'd

like to dance?" "Not with you," I replied put off by his seeming arrogance. We

locked eyes. After an eternity, he glanced down, blushed and said,

"I'm sorry. That didn't come out right...I'm kind of nervous..."

That was it! We danced the night away. We wanted to dance forever.

A highlight of our social life was the last formal dance we went to

at ‘N’ Division. (I think it was New Year's Eve 1961). The room was

resplendent with handsome men in their formal Red Serge tunics and

women in formal gowns. I felt really grown up and sophisticated as I

was introduced down the receiving line of the Commanding Officers and

their wives. Once again we danced the night away. One of the last

dances was a conga line to the "Hawaiian War Dance" and, as always,

the very last waltz was "Good Night Ladies". Walking in the snow after

the dance Bob asked me to be his wife on the day when he would have

been in the Force long enough to qualify to marry.

After his recruit training, Bob and I contrived to see each other as

often as possible which was tricky as we often worked different shifts.

He was posted to at ‘A’ Division and assigned to guard duty on "The Hill".

A couple of my friends, other young nurses, also had met their guys too.

Sometimes extreme measures were called for in order to catch a glimpse

of our loved one, even at work, standing guard on Parliament Hill.

We'd go to The Hill just to look. It was easier when the weather was

warm, but on cold winter nights, from a distance, the RCMP were

silhouettes, massive silhouettes encased in shaggy buffalo coats,

standing in the archway at the front entrance to Parliament.

But, even at a distance, I could recognize my guy. Up close, frost

rimmed eyes and a red nose were framed by the ice rimmed buffalo coat

collar and the beaver hat. We stood in the cold in the light of the

portico exchanging glances through clouds of steamy breath

(more accurately we girls looked and the men tried to maintain their

posture, without talking or laughing). Did he and his mates assigned to

the Hill like standing in the cold? No. Did toes and noses get cold? Yes.

Why did they do it? Duty.

In the spring of 1961 Bob left Ottawa to take up his post at the

Detachment in Truro. In the late summer of 1961, Bob sent me an Air

Canada ticket so that I could join him and meet his family.

In Fredericton he proudly introduced me to family and friends. He

also gave me a family heirloom engagement ring. Next, the round of

parties, dinners, and dancing clearly showed that Bob was known by

many and obviously held in high regard. I took the train back to Ottawa,

and waited for him to arrive on his leave in a couple of weeks. Bob

went back to his Detachment in Truro.

Bob was dedicated to his career as a Mountie. He loved it. It made

him happy and he was one of the happiest people I've ever met. However,

his career didn't get a chance to unfold.

At 8:30am, September 20, 1961, Bob died in the Victoria Public

Hospital in Fredericton, NB. The cause of death was from injuries

suffered when the car in which he was a passenger, driven by a friend

whom he'd known since childhood, missed a turn and crashed on the

Trans Canada Highway near Fredericton around 2 am on the day he was to

leave to come to me. He had just turned 22 years of age.rcmp crestRIP

The inquest report writes that: “RCMP Cst. R. Douglas Rushton,

arrived on the scene around 2:25am and had a conversation with a man who,

told me his name was Robert Kitchen, his Regimental number being

#20857 and he was stationed with the R.C.M.P. at Truro in Nova Scotia.

Further that he had arrived home on leave just that day and he wanted

me to notify his parents that he was involved in an accident. I

briefly went to each of the other two individuals lying on the ground

and was of an opinion that Kitchen was the least hurt. He seemed to

be rational in his conversation and told me his name and so forth. I

noticed a few minor cuts around his face but other than that he

appeared to be in fairly good shape. He did complain of a pain in his

left side."

I can only imagine what Cst. Rushford felt a few hours later when he

was called to the hospital to identify the body of his fellow

Mountie, to be present at the autopsy and to testify later at the


Cst. Rushford was doing his duty and, whether he knew Bob or not,

being in the same room as death isn't easy. Duty is doing what we

have committed to do no matter what our feelings.

Cst. Robert W. Kitchen was carried to his grave in the Fredericton

Rural Extension Cemetery, Section 4, by Constables Fred Blair, George

Singfield, J.C. Munro, N. Fleeton, T. Kozij, and G. G. Patterson.

Nearly 50 years later the gravestone was found by another RCMP

Officer and the name and dates were posted on Buffalo Joe’s RCMP Graves

Website where I found it. That matters: I had worried over the years

that Bob would be forgotten. There seemed to be no one to care after

his mother, father, and brother died and I knew of no other relatives.

Bob is remembered. That matters.

When Bob asked me to marry him he said that just as he was dedicated

to doing his duty as an RCMP officer, in whatever conditions arose,

he would, as a husband dedicate himself to my happiness.

The memory of that expressed understanding of the right to feel safe,

secure, and happy stayed with me and surfaced often in the years

after he died giving me the strength to do what needed to be done and

to have a couple of successful and satisfying careers. The memory of

his lived expression of duty and the desire to serve stayed. His

influence has been felt by and helped many he would never know.

"May all beings be happy, may they be peaceful, may they be free."

'Maintain Our Memories'

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#0.1564, Inspector John A. Bain

Golden Horseshoe Div. Vets advise that;

Reg.#24059 / O.1564 Inspector John Albert Bain (Rtd) died Nov 27, 2009 at Burlington, ON

Inspector Bain served from 1965 to 1995 in 'N' (the Band), 'D', 'O' and 'K' Divs.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#15623, Cst. Arthur F. Tomsett

Nova Scotia Div. Vets advise from an obituary that;

Reg.#15623 former Cst. Arthur Fredrick Tomsett died Nov 16, 2009 at Saanichton, B.C.

Cst. Tomsett served from 1948 to 1953 in Marine, 'G', 'N', & 'K' Divs. He lef the Force from Red Deer Sub Division HQ.

In 1950, he served as 3rd Engineer on the St Roch voyage from Vancouver to Halifax via the Panama Canal.

Jack White

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#34615, Cst. Phil Callen

Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#34615 (Rtd) Cst. Phil W. Callen died Nov 25, 2009 at Sheburne, N.S.

Cst. Callan served from 1978 to 2006 in 'K' 'G' & 'H' Divs. He retired from Shelburne Det.

Jack White

Monday, November 23, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#15180, S/Sgt. Ian Keith Taylor

The Ottawa Vets advise that;

Reg.#15180, S/Sgt. Keith 'Ike' Taylor, (Rt'd) (RCMP1948-1968) and retired also from Kodak Canada (1968-1992) passed away peacefully on November 22, 2009, at the Fairview Manor Long-Term Care Facility, Almonte, Ontario in his 84th year.

Obituary: Reg.#768, Constable J. A. Simons, NWMP

Obituary: Reg.#768, James Arthur Simons
The Calgary Herald. January 15, 1893

Mr. J.A. Simons an ex-member of the NWMP died at his residence, Atlantic Ave. yesterday morning of typhoid fever. Mr. Simons illness was not of long duration.

The deceased came to this country from England in 1882 and joined the NWMP Force. At the expiration of his term of service he went home to the old country on a visit. returning to Calgary he again took on with the force, but purchased his discharge some time after.

A widow and a small boy survive. At the time of his death Mr. Simons owned considerable property in Calgary.

Dalcy Gripich

'Maintain Our Memories'

Friday, November 20, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#45423, Cpl. Dean H. Adams

Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#45423 Cpl. Dean Hamilton Adams died Nov 16, 2009 at North Vancouver, B.C.

Cpl.Adams served in 'E' Div since 1996. He was posted at Sea to Sky Detachment, Squamish, B.C. at time of his passing.

Jack White

Last Post: Reg.#27304, Cst. B.M. Garnett

Relayed to me from obituary;

Reg.#27304 (former) Cst. Bruce Melvin Garnett died Nov 12, 2009 at St John, N.B.

Cst. Garnett joined the Force in 1969 and he served in 'D' Div.

Jack White

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14676, Cst. Graham Toomey

Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg#14676 (former) Cst. Graham Toomey died April 28, 2009 at White Rock, B.C.

Graham Toomey served in the Force from 1946 to 1948 in 'F' Div. He then went to Canada Customs, retiring as Chief of Operations Pacific Highway, South Surrey, B.C.

Jack White

Part Five: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

File update: Part Five: by: Reg.#51083, Cst. G.L. (Greg) Deagle

Hi folks!

Thank-you so much for your hard and diligent work on our request so quickly. Clearly retirement has not affected your investigative skills in any way!

We had knowledge of a Cynthia LELLIOTT already but had no idea of how to find her as all our attempts from up here had reached dead ends. We had the same results from Mary MILMINE. Dom FRENCH advised he thought she may have re-married.

Joe: Thanks for drawing in all your contacts. The snowball is definitely gathering momentum!

Sophie: I think I have asked this before but do you have access to any records for LELLIOTT or MILMINE?

Dan: Thanks for tracking down the LELLIOTT family home. Please let me know if you are able to establish further contacts through that avenue. So the family that lives in the house now is no relation to the LELLIOTTs? Thanks also for tracking down Colin's Troopmates. I would have had no way of doing that! Since he was relatively junior in service (like so many of us up here) perhaps he was still in touch with some of his troopmates before his death.

Jim: I see you contacted Jim WATSON who now lives in the Victoria home of the Lelliotts. I don't suppose the Cynthia to whom he is married is the same Cynthia LELLIOTT?

S/Sgt. WRIGHT: FYI... I contacted "Buffalo Joe" from the RCMP Graves program and he was kind enough to mention our little project to his contacts. The flood of assistance since then (Sunday night!) has been nothing short of amazing.

Again folks, thanks for your hard work. We here in Cambridge Bay feel a deep connection to fallen members as Chris WORDEN (Hay River, NWT) and Doug SCOTT (Kimmirut, NU) were both killed in the fall of 2007 when most of us here now were either already here or well into the planning stages of transferring here. We feel the connection between the Inuit and the RCMP is so strong and the two groups have depended on one another for so long, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to recognize the occasion and build on the relationships.

Keep the Faith!

Reg# 51083, Cst. G.L. (Greg) Deagle
General Duty Investigator
D.A.R.E. Instructor
Cambridge Bay RCMP
P.O. Box 700
Cambridge Bay, NU., X0B 0C0
ph: (867) 983-0123
fx: (867) 983-2498

'Maintain Our Memories'

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Part Four: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

Update to file: by Victoria Vet. James B. Forsyth: []

Hi Greg,[]

Vet Jack White asked me to contact Hatley Memorial Gardens where Lelliott was buried to see if their records would show anything. I did contact them and spoke to a 'Judy'. She advised that the only information on file is that of the parents who lived at 3031 Pickford Rd., Victoria, BC.

I did a reverse search and got the phone number of that address and called them. A Dan Watson and Cynthia live there now. They explain that about 2 years ago they did some major renovations on the house and within a wall they found an envelope and in it were papers and drawings apparently done by Lelliott when he was attending Brentwood Elementary School (no longer in existence now). They tried to find relatives but only found on the web the item of Lelliot being killed.

They put the envelope back in the house. Dan thinks he can find it again if given a bit of time. From it he believes there were three children living there. So Lelliott may have two siblings. If we locate any relatives he would like to get the envelope to them.

As you likely know Bob Milmine retired in 1974 when he was i/c Cranbrook Det. He died in 1992 and is buried in Vancouver. I have tried to track down Mrs. Milmine. I don't know yet if they had any children or not. I have spoken to members who worked with him In Nanaimo in the early 60's but haven't got any positive leads on Mrs. Milmine yet.

All I have for now. May get some more from Dan Watson in a few days.


James B. Forsyth
Victoria, BC
V8V 4T5
(Founder and CEO of the RCMP VETS NET)

Part Three: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

File update from: Reg. #15230 - S/Sgt. Daniel B. Lemieux (rt'd)

Cst. Greg Deagle and Cst. Dan Martin are stationed at Cambridge Bay, NWT (Nunavit). They are planning a commemorative ceremony for Reg. #19731, Cst. Colin Eric Lelliott who was killed on duty fifty years ago in Cambridge Bay.

They are attempting to locate family and troop members. The following retired members have regimental numbers close to that of Cst. Lelliott. If you trained with Colin, could you please provide Troop number and date of graduation. If possible, could you please provide names and e-mail addresses of other troop members so they may be contacted.

#19749 - Ken Booker
#19710 - Jim Clarkson
#19730 - Dave Green
#19733 - Wayne Skolrood
#19717 - George Wooten

E-mails are being sent to these five members to let them know there will be a memorial service in Cambridge Bay on Jan 11th, 2010. If any of you are interested could you please contact Cst. Deagle in Cambridge Bay. If you have photographs or can provide information as to the location of Colin's relatives, it would be appreciated.

You may also be interested in sending written tributes to be read or displayed at the service. I would appreciate it if you would cc me if you were in his troop.

Reg.#15230 - Retired S/Sgt. Daniel B. Lemieux
Honour Guard Coordinator - RCMP Vets - Vancouver Division.

From an Infant Force: Reg.#2653, Cst. John Salmon, NWMP

It can be said that Reg.#2653, John Leonard Salmon was representative of many of the earliest members of the North West Mounted Police --most of these members had unique and diverse abilities, skills and strengths. They had the knack of overcoming life's difficulities. Most made their mark in one way or another on the early development of Canada.

We are not sure when or where Cst. Salmon was born. But, he joined the NWMP about 1891. He served in 'D' Div. (Emerson, Manibota) and in 'F' Division (Saskatchewan). He purchased his discharge from the NWMP on October 18, 1893 (the notion of 'purchasing a discharge' was custom in the Force until circa 1970's).

After his short NWMP career, Cst. Salmon displayed his varied skills in that he became the first driver of the first electric car in Winnipeg, MB. Afterwards, life for Cst. Salmon must have become boring as he quit his driving job and was appointed a guard at Stoney Plain Penitentiary!

John Salmon also volunteered for WWI. He died in April, 1938 and he is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Edmonton, AB

Research & thanks to:

Vet. AJH 'Joe Collinson for the photo of Cst. Salmon's grave stone and to Vet. Jack White for his historical research of Cst. Salmon's life.

Last Post: Reg.#23903, Sgt. Fred J. Kummer

Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#23903 (Rtd) Sgt. Fred J. KUMMER died Nov 7, 2009.

He served from 1965 to 1984 in 'K', 'HQ', & 'O' Div. He then transferred to the new C.S.I.S.

Sgt. Kummer had resided at Half Moon Bay, B.C. but his actual place of death is not yet known.

Jack White

Part Two: In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

Re: Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott - Dedication, Cambridge Bay, 'V' Div.

Hi Greg, (Cst. Greg Deagle []

I found a bit of information.

Colin Eric Lelliott was born Jan 19, 1938 in Worthington, Sussex England. His parents were Eric William Lelliott B: 1914 and Dorothy I. Lelliott (Rogers) B: 1914. He had a sister, Cynthia M.B. Lelliott.

The family came to Canada in 1947 and settled in Hamilton, ON then Kitchener ON before moving to Colwood, BC.

According to George Knuckles "In the Line of Duty", Cst. Lelliott's remains were flown back to his mother in Colwood, BC and as you know were buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens. This sounds like his father was possibly deceased in 1960.

The 1960 issue of the Quarterly indicates "prior to joining the Force in 1957, he was living with his parents, Mr. & Mrs Earl L. Leslie at Colwood, BC. Survivors include a sister, Cynthia."

It would appear from the information in the Quarterly that his mother remarried. His mother would be 94 if she is still living. If she passed away, there is a possibility his parents are also buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens (250) 478-1754. If they are, the next of kin would have to be Cynthia and the cemetery should have her name etc (if she married) on file.

Perhaps someone could call Hatley Memorial Gardens, using both names, Lelliott and Leslie.

Reg.#19749 Ken Booker is a member of Toronto Div. Vets. I'm guessing he was a troopmate of Colin Lelliott. I'll pass your information on to Ken.

Reg#15293 Bob Milmine retired as a S/Sgt in 1974 as i/c Cranbrook Det. He died Sept 01, 1992 at Parksville, BC.

Good Luck,

Jack O'Reilly
Toronto Division Vets

Cambridge Bay Detachment members Greg Deagle and Dan Martin are planning a commemoration of the death of Reg.#19731 Cst. Colin Lelliott on or about January 12th 2010, which will be 50 years to the day that Cst. Lelliott was shot and killed on duty.

Read: Part One of Cst. Lelliott's story on BuffaloBlog, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#16153, Sgt. M. 'Hap' Kuiack

Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#16153 (Rtd) Sgt. Ambrose Michael "Hap" Kuiack died Nov 13, 2009 at Saskatoon, Sask.

Sgt. Kuiack served from 1950 to 1980 in 'F' Div., retiring from S & I, Saskatoon.

Jack White

In Memory of Reg.#19731, Cst. Colin Lelliott

Hello Joe,

It was with great pleasure and some relief that my partner and I read the article on you in one of the latest "Frontline" magazines. You see, Cst. Dan Martin and I have undertaken a little project but we have run into a couple of roadblocks.

We are currently posted to Cambridge Bay in V-Division on the infamous Northwest Passage.

In January of 1960, Cst. Colin Lelliott (Reg.# 19731) was shot and killed on duty by a man named Jimmy Ayalik. We have found out that Cst. Lelliott is buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. However, we have been unable to locate any family members for him. Personnel at the funeral home say they have no information on his family and do not recall anyone coming to visit the grave recently.

At the time of his death, Cst. Lelliott's co-worker was Cst. Dominic French, great grandson to George Arthur French who was the First Commissioner of the NWMP. I located Mr. French at his home in Manitoba. He, of course, remembers the events surrounding Cst. Lelliott's death quite well. Unfortunately, he was unable to provide any contact information for people we need.

Also at the time of the shooting, Csts. Lelliott and French were supervised by Cpl. Bob Milmine. Mr. French thinks he might be buried in British Columbia but is unsure as he passed away in the mid-1980's.

Dan and I are planning to have a commemoration of the death of Cst. Lelliott on or about January 12th 2010, 50 years to the day since the tragic event. We will be having some sort of ceremony to mark the occasion, how the actions of one person do not represent the feelings of the public, and how the RCMP and the Inuit have depended on one another for so many years.

The event in January, in whatever form it takes, will ring somewhat hollow if we can not have some representatives from the Milmine or Lelliott families involved. Mr. French has already stated that since his wife is quite ill, he will not be making the trip. It is hoped he will contribute in other ways. There are still many relatives of the Ayalik family in Cambridge Bay, including his many brothers and sisters.

We would appreciate any assistance you can give us in locating any family members for Cst. Lelliott, the grave for Cpl. Milmine, his widow, and/or any family.

Thank-you in advance for your assistance.

Cst. G.L. (Greg) DEAGLE, Reg.#51083
General Duty Investigator
D.A.R.E. Instructor
Cambridge Bay RCMP
P.O. Box 700
Cambridge Bay, NU., X0B 0C0
ph: (867) 983-0123
fx: (867) 983-2498

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#18734, S/Sgt. R.C. Jones

Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18734 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Robert C. Jones died Nov 14, 2009 at Lower Sackville, N.S.

S/Sgt. Jones served from 1954 to 1990 in 'H' 'A' and 'H' Divs.

Jack White

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Reg.#422, Cst. Leslie Norman

Hello Joe,

Reg.#422, Cst. Norman Leslie was my great grandfather.

He served with the NWMP from 1873-1875. He later served as a Civilian Scout during the North West Resistance in 1885.

Cst. Norman is buried in Saskatoon and his grave is rather non descript. Are there resources available to enhance his grave site?

Thank you,
Tim Jelinski
Prince Albert, SK

Friday, November 13, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14393, C/Supt. 'Marc' Marcus

Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#14393 / O.533 (Rt'd) C/Supt. Marvin 'Marc' Marcus died Nov 8, 2009 at Edmonton, Alberta.

C/Supt. Marcus served with the RCMP from 1942 to 1947 in 'K' Div. He left the Force to join the BCPP (BCPP Reg.#1131) until the BCPP was absorbed by the RCMP in 1950.

He continued to serve in the RCMP until 1976 in 'E', 'K', 'F', and 'E' Div. C/Supt. Marcus retired as the CIB Officer at Victoria, BC

Jack White

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#14631, TLJ 'Nick' Carter

Ottawa Division Vets advise that:

Reg.#14631 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Thomas Lawrence John ('Nick') Carter died at Sudbury, ON on November 10th, 2009.

Cremation. Wife, Phyllis Carter says 'Nick' will eventually be taken to 'Depot' for internment.

'Nick' was 87 years of age.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.

The RCMP Honour Roll Cenotaph has recently been rebuilt/renovated at the RCMP Academy, 'Depot' Division.

The photo of the new cenotaph was taken by Sgt. W.P. Sutton, Military Police, RCMP Academy, 'Depot' Div.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Last Post: Reg.#S/10660, Roger Earl Latham

Nova Scotia Div Vets advise that;

S/10660 former Marine Cst. Roger Earl Latham died Nov 8, 2009 at Dartmouth, N.S.

Cst. Latham served from 1952 to 1957 in Marine Services 'H' Div.

Jack White

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last Post: Reg.#43362, Cpl. Ray Arcand

Edmonton Div Vets advise that;
Reg.#43362 (Rtd) Cpl. Ray Arcand died Nov 7, 2009 near Enoch, Alberta.

Cpl. Arcand served from 1971 to 1991 as a S/Cst, then he was promoted to Cst. to 2005 in 'K' Div, retiring from Aboriginal Policing at Edmonton.

He had been Chief of Alexander First Nation but did not run in most recent election because of his illness.

Jack White

Monday, November 9, 2009

RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.

The newly renovated RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' Div.

The photos were taken by Sgt. W. P. Sutton, Military Police, RCMP Academy at 'Depot' Div., SK and sent to Friend of the Force, Mr. Peter Clarke, QC.

Mr. Peter Clarke is the nephew of the late Reg.#12572, Peter Seddon Oliver who died in the Dieppe raid on August 19th, 1942. Peter Seddon Oliver's name can be seen clearly in the close-up shot of the RCMP Honour Roll.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Reg.#1683, NWMP Cst. Charles J. Lennox

Read our Vet of the Month story for November, 2009.

Reg.#1683, NWMP Cst. Charles J. Lennox served in the NWMP for about five years (1885 to 1890).

Some years later, his body was found. After the Force, he had apparently lived a lonely life and died alone in an isolated cabin on the shore of 'Deadman's Lake', Alberta on March 1, 1896.

Deadman's Lake was named after Charles J. Lennox.