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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Reg.#26166, Sgt Tim O. Kelly


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Prince Albert Div Vets advise that;

Reg.# 26166 (Rtd) Sgt. Tim O. KELLY died during the last week of Feb, 2010 at Laronge, SK.

Sgt. Kelly served from 1967 to 1998 in 'F' Div. He will be buried at 'Depot' Div.

His son, Reg.#45518 Cpl. Brian Kelly, currently serves in 'F' Div.

Jack White
 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reg.#20145, S/Sgt. Douglas Clifford Hall


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I have been advised that;

Reg.#20145, (Rtd) S/Sgt. Douglas Clifford Hall died February 19, 2010 at Kamloops, B.C.

S/Sgt. Hall served from 1957 to 1994 in 'K', 'O', 'E' 'G', and 'E' Div's. He retired as i/c Castlegar Det.

He was a member of Kamloops Div. Vets and a brother of Reg.#19623 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Howard 'Howie' Hall who served in 'E' and 'O' Div's.

Jack White
 
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Reg.#33219, Cst Brian Anthony Furlot


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The Vets Net advises that;

Reg.#33219, (Rtd) Cst. Brian Anthony Furlot died February 13, 2010 at Kelowna, B.C.

Cst. Furlot served from 1976 to 1998 in 'E' Div.

Jack White
 
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reg.#14977 / O.542, C/Supt. Louis G. Pantry


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P.E.I. Div Vets advise that;

Reg.# 14977/O.542 C/Supt. Louis Gwynne 'Lou' Pantry (Rtd) died Feb 17, 2010 at Guelph, ON.

C/Supt. Pantry served from 1943 to 1946 in the Bermuda Volunteer Engineers -- I believe that his father had once been the Commissioner of the Bermuda Police.
C/Supt. Pantry served in the Force from 1947 to 1975 in 'J', 'HQ', 'H', 'M', and 'L' Div's. He retired as CO 'J' Div'. In days gone by, as CO of 'L' and 'J' Div, 'Lou' Pantry was characterized as a professional police officer par one. He was a leader fully respected by his Officers and subordinates. It was also widely known within social circles that on the dance floor, Lou Pantry and his first wife could 'step lightly'. He was a great public speaker and he could hold an audience by embellishing stories of his golf game.

Vets around the country who knew C/Supt. Pantry will miss him. He was a true gentleman from his silver hair down to his spurs. I recall him especially from my years in 'L' Div. during which time C/Supt. Pantry often asked me to be his chauffeur.

In photo (top) then Supt. L. G. Pantry, CO 'L' Div. greets former Prime Minister Trudeau to the Island circa 1972.

Above, CO 'L' Div. Supt. Pantry welcomes former Island Attorney General Gordon Bennett on board the P.V. Nicholson in Charlottetown Harbour. Also in the photo, accompanying Supt. Pantry in Red Serge is Cst. J. J. Healy and to my left is the Nicholson's Skipper Peter Clarke.

C/Supt. Pantry was a Life Member of PEI Div. Vets. In 1998 he received the Caring Canadian Award.

I too will miss him.

JJH

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Reg.#12295, Pilot Officer Thomas Watterson

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WATTERSON, Thomas Albert Kidd, P/O (P) J/21312. From Manotick, ON. Killed February 14, 1943 age 30. #145 BR Squadron.


The crew of Hudson #771 were on a navigational training flight between Torbay, NFLD and Dartmouth, NS when they crashed eleven miles from RCAF Station, Dartmouth. The crew of P/O T. A. Watterson, FS R. C. Rolfe and WO Stick and passengers F/L J. T. Hook, F/O W. H. Thompson and U.S. Army Lt. Snell were also killed. The aircraft was not found until November 6, 1944.

Son of Lt.-Col. T. A. Watterson M. D. and Jessie G. Watterson, of Manotick. PO Watterson in buried in the Elmview Cemetery (Anglican - Presbyterian) Plot G.5. Kars, ON.

Source: http://ngb.chebucto.org/Newspaper-Obits/npexcerpts-ns-misc-1.shtml
and Vet. John Henderson, Ottawa, ON


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Friday, February 12, 2010

Reg.#13651, Cst. John H. Turner


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The Vets Net advises that;

Reg.#13651 former Cst. John Henry Turner died February 11, 2010 at Ottawa, ON.

Cst. Turner served from 1940 to 1950 in the Band, 'D', 'N', and 'A' Div's. He was a Life Member of the Ottawa Div Vets.

Jack White
 
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reg.#18853, S/Sgt. J.P. Dunbar


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Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18853 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Joseph Parker Dunbar died February 10, 2010 at North Vancouver, B.C.

S/Sgt. Dunbar served from 1955 to 1980 in 'K' & 'E' Divs. He retired from North Vancouver Detachment.

Jack White

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#15594, S/Sgt Bruno Toews

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Ottawa Vets announce that:

Reg.#15594 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Bruno 'Bud' Toews died February 6, 2010 at Ottawa, ON.

S/Sgt. Toews served from 1948 to 1968 in 'O' and 'HQ' Div's. Afterwards, he was the Director, Race Track Division, Agriculture Canada.

Jack White
 
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Last Post: Reg.#19148, Supt. Watson L. Ring


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Ottawa Vets announce that;

Reg.#19148 / O.1065 Supt. Watson Lloyd Ring (Rtd) died February 6, 2010 at Stittsville, Ontario.

Supt. Ring served from 1955 to 1992 in 'H', 'A', 'H', 'Depot', 'H', 'HQ', 'N' and 'E' Div's.

Jack White
 
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#18281, S/Sgt. Gordon W. Elkeer


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Toronto Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18281 (Rtd) S/Sgt. Gordon Wiggo Elkeer died February 5, 2010 at Kitchener, ON

S/Sgt. Elkeer served from 1953 to 1975 in 'J' and 'O' Div's. For the past 35 years he had the Waterlot Restaurant & Inn at New Hamburg, ON

Jack White
 
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Last Post: Reg.#24285, Cst Brian K. Boyle


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Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#24258 (former) Cst. Brian Kent Boyle died February 6, 2010 at Vancouver, B.C.

Cst. Boyle served from 1965 to 1971 in 'K' Div.

Jack White

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#25057 & O.1556 Supt. Gary A. Stait

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Reg.# 25057 / O.1556 Supt Gary A. STAIT died Feb 3, 2010 at Kelowna, B.C. He had been holidaying in Mexico when he suffered a heart attack, was airlifted home and died shortly afterward.

He served from 1966 to 2002 in 'F' 'HQ' 'D' 'B' 'E' & 'H' Divs. Regrettably Gary STAIT suffered a heart attack while holidaying in Mexico. He was medivaced back to Kelowna and passed away. Stait, Gary (2010-02-02) STAIT, Gary Allen passed away suddenly on February 2, 2010 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 64. Devoted husband to his wife of 41 years, Laurie and their three children: Stephanie (Chris Oriwol) and their three children: Curtis, Ryan and Ethan; Suzanne (Joe DiRocco) and their daughter Mia; son Bill; two brothers: Bob (Judy), Vern (Judy) and a large extended family. Gary was a proud member of the RCMP for 35 years, retiring to Kelowna in 2004.

 A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 8th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC, 4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077 - 250-860-7077. Gary was born in Hamilton, ON to Eric and Marion (nee Reid) Stait.

As the youngest of three boys, Gary grew up and formed his strong and competitive character. After high school, he spent one year working in a steel factory before discovering his true calling at the RCMP in 1966. Gary’s first posting was Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he met and married Laurie Hobbs. Their two daughters Stephanie and Suzanne were born in Saskatoon before the young family moved to Regina, where son Bill was born. From Saskatchewan the family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba then St. John’s Newfoundland, and on to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

By the time all three kids were in University, Gary and Laurie were transferred to Victoria, British Columbia and then Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Gary was a proud and devoted member of the RCMP. Through hard work, humility and dedication he enjoyed a long successful career with the force. In 2002, Gary retired from Wolfville as Superintendent after 36 years in the force.

Retirement was a joyous and busy time for Gary and Laurie. They loved to discover new places together and with friends. They traveled extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and Hawaii. They spent summers in Kelowna and winters in Arizona. Gary was an avid golfer and was a member of the Kelowna Springs Golf Course.

He was also an active member of the RCMP Veterans’ Association, the Rotary Club of Kelowna and the Royal Canadian Legion. Gary made a lasting impression on the people he met. He will be remembered for his loyalty to friends and family, generosity with his time and his overall good humor. Throughout Gary’s life he displayed energy and diverse interest including collecting, bee keeping, brick laying, furniture restoration, hiking, fishing, golf however first and foremost Gary was a family man devoted to his wife and partner Laurie, his three children and four grandchildren.

Gary will be deeply missed by his wife and family, as well as the many friends he made throughout his life across Canada and the US.


FFF – 10-02-10


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Last Post: Reg.#18148 former Cst. James H. Sowden


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Vancouver Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18148 former Cst. James Henry Sowden died Dec 27, 2009 at West Vancouver, BC.

Cst. Sowden served from 1953 to 1962 in 'K' Div. He then worked for Alberta Corrections and in 1971 he went with BC Tel Security.

Jack White

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Last Post: Reg.#18029 Cst. Gordon A. 'Sam' Steele


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Edmonton Div Vets advise that;

Reg.#18029 former Cst. Gordon A. 'Sam' Steele died Feb 2, 2010 at Edmonton, AB.

Cst. Steele served from 1953 to 1957 in 'B' Div. He then went into Insurance Adjusting and by 1968 was Owner / President of Air General Adjusters for North America and Europe.

Jack White

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#14473, Sgt. Raymond Bradford


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Vancouver Div. Vets advise that;

Reg.#14473, (Rtd) Sgt. Raymond Bradford died January 31, 2010 at Duncan, B.C.

Sgt. Bradford served from 1942 to 1968 in 'M' and 'D' Div's. After retirement from the Force, he moved to Ladysmith, B.C. where he was the Wharfinger & Harbour Master.

Jack White
 
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Seems Impossible yet a Star is Within Reach

Seems Impossible yet a Star is Within Reach

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines astronomy as: 'the study of the universe and its contents [stars]beyond the bounds of the Earth's atmosphere'.

Essentially, stars can be seen in the night sky but they are beyond human reach. In our lifetime it's unlikely that a spaceship will ever make a visit to a star. In spite of that, many people around the world choose a star and it becomes their life long friend.

Yet, Canadians have a very special star within our spacial earthy boundaries. This star has been a friend for over forty years going back to her early celebrity days on Prince Edward Island. I too worked on 'the Island' between the years of 1970 to 1973 and it's where I first met Anne Murray.

I received this kind letter and snap recently from Ms Anne Murray. She is one star that should be shared by all Canadians. She shines the brightest!
 
Thank-you Anne
 
Joe
#23685

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Vet of the Month: Reg.#12626, Cst. H.C. 'Duff' Ellis


 Vet of the Month: Reg.#12626 Cst. H.C. 'Duff' Ellis
February, 2010

Reg. #12626, Cst. 'Duff' Ellis was born in 1911. He served from June 1935 to March 1936 with the RCMP at Weyburn and Regina in 'F' Div.

After his short stint with the RCMP, 'Duff' turned to coal mining. At the outbreak of WWII, 'Duff' joined the RCAF but he had to leave pilot training because of hearing problems. With an onging hope to serve Canada, 'Duff' Ellis became a police officer again but this time with the RCAF Service Police. He held the rank of Corporal with Service #R142087.

'Duff' Ellis was wounded by a German bomb dropped on London on February 23, 1944. He received serious injuries as a result of the raid. A month later, 'Duff' died on the operating table while doctors were trying to remove shrapnel from his body.

RCAF Corporal Herbert Clarence 'Duff' Ellis of Bienfait died on March 30, 1944.

A Geographical Memorial (lake) was named after RCMP and RCAF 'Duff' Ellis. The Memorial Lake is north of Wapawekka Lake and east of La Ronge, Saskatchewan (73P1) 55˚05’ 104˚29’).

'Duff' Ellis is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery near London, England.

Duty comes first. Thus, 'Duff' deserves to be our February, 2010 Vet of the Month.


Our thanks to Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson, Edmonton, AB