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Friday, June 25, 2010

Public Servant, Florence Helen Cooper


COOPER, Florence Helen (nee Cosgrove) RCMP (Ottawa).

Retired peacefully at St. Patrick's Home on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the age of 92. To the end of her days, Flo kept her sweet smile, humour and strong spiritual faith. How lucky and blessed we all are for having had her in our lives.

She was the much loved sister of Patricia Keelan of Ottawa and cherished stepmother of Helen Kelly of Belleville. Loving grandmother of Alan, Donna, Lisa, Aimee, Helen, Margaret, Eric and Michael. Dear aunt of Sheilagh Marie Keelan; Dan, Paul, Brian, Michael, and Maureen Coffey. Treasured great aunt, great grandmother, cousin, neighbour, and friend. Daughter of the late Henry and Louisa Cosgrove, Flo was predeceased by her beloved husband Eric Cooper; sisters Mary, Margaret, Bertha, Violet and brothers William and Michael; and stepson Michael Cooper.

The family is forever grateful to Louise Marsden for the devoted care and companionship she gave Flo in her final years and also extends its deep appreciation to the staff and volunteers of St. Patrick's Home.

Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 585 Somerset St. W. (Centretown) Ottawa, Saturday, June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Funeral will be celebrated on Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 399 Victoria Ave, Belleville. Interment at St. James Cemetery, Belleville.

In Memoriam, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Belleville General Hospital Foundation or St. Patrick's Home Foundation appreciated.

The Ottawa Citizen from 6/24/2010 - 6/25/2010

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*Whenever I met Florence during my visits at St. Patrick's Home in Ottawa, she would fondly recall yonder days when she was Assistant to senior Officers including deceased Reg.#12001, Deputy Commissioner William 'Bill H. Kelly.


Reg.#262, Sub-Const. Frederick Brown

Regimental numbers

How does a mix-up differ from down-right confusion?

The photo which shows Sub/Constable Brown and inscribed Reg.#262 was sent in by Ms. Denise Farwell from Assiniboia Detachment, 'F' Division (SK).

On the surface, does anything appear irregular with the Regimental number (Reg.#262)?
Well, since the inception of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1873, there began a mix-up in the regimental numbering system for recruits as well as Officers -- it seems that the Comptroller's Office in Ottawa and other recruit sign-up points all issued regimental numbers which added to long reign confusion. In short, no one kept track of regimental numbers through the use of a single 'master list'.

As well, in the early days, regimental numbers were recycled -- if a member quit it was easy to reassigned his number to an incoming recruit. The Force was very small and apparently no one considered reserving assigned numbers in the event that an ex-member might rejoin the NWMP at a later date.

This early 'error' resulted in Sub-Constable Brown and many other NWMP actually being assigned three different regimental numbers -- one number (OOS115) was assigned when Brown first joined the Band in Regina, another number (Reg.#262) when a 'new system' was implemented and another number (Reg.#171) when he re-joined the NWMP after a short absence.

I explained to Denise Farwell that when I tried to enter Brown’s Reg.# in the database, I discovered that another old timer (Constable William D. Armstrong) already had also been assigned Reg.#262 -- the reason was because there was a short period when Constable Brown was out of the Force so his original number 262 was given to new recruit Armstrong and when Brown rejoined in 1878 he was given another old recycled number of 171!

This whole mix up has confused historians since 1873 and it means that the entire regimental numbering system is out of wack --- some believe that everyone presently in the Force should have a number about 3 less or 3 more…

Anyway, it's all part of history and it can be counted among the least of our worries today.

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Joe Healy
Reg. #23685 more or less

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reg.#16404, S/Sgt. W.A.A. (Tony) West

Recalling S/Sgt. 'Tony' West

Hi Joe ...

May I add my thanks to those of many others for the fine work you have done in creating this most valuable resource for our Members.

I see that you have indicated the NCO's that you served under, i.e Ernie Ruttan who was my NCO i/c at Maillardville Detachment and Roland Harding who was my NCO i/c at Haney following the retirement of S/Sgt. Tony West who was my NCO i/c when I went to Haney in 1964. Tony was a former BCPP and had some wonderful stories to tell about his time when he and his white steed, also named Tony as I recall, patrolled the vast areas surrounding Burns Lake.

Upon retirement he was very much involved in the local riding club and founded a mini-muscial ride for children and had them outfitted in our Review red serges. I was unable to find anything about him on your site and was wondering if in fact he has been included.

Thanks again Joe and continue to keep up the wonderful research and work you are doing on behalf of all of us.

Best regards ...

Ron Mangan,
#22196, S/Sgt. (RTD)
formerly NCO i/c Powell River, Detachment.

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Reg.#14679, S/Sgt. William George Campbell


William George Campbell passed away peacefully on June 15th, 2010 in his 86th year.

Beloved husband of Isabel for 55 years. Loving Father of Margaret, Betty (John), Scott (Zenaida). Cherished Grandfather of Will, Michael, Maria and Victoria. He was a serving member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 25 years retiring in 1971, and the same year joined Commonwealth Hospitality as Director of Security for Canada, the Caribbean and United Kingdom.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Heart and Stroke or Alzheimer Society. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held in Georgetown, ON.

Rick Roy
RCMP London Veteran's Association

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Reg.#21074, Cpl. Charles Gary Easter


Easter, Charles Gary. 70 years, Kingsville. RCMP Veteran.

Passed away June 20th at Malden Park Palliative Care Unit. Loving husband of Sheila (Brimner). Respected father of Scott and friend Nora (Brampton). Cherished “Papa” of Grandson Scott Jr. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Lorraine Easter, and also sisters Nancy Hellyer and Elaine McLarry and brothers Malcolm and Bruce Easter. Survived by two sisters, Sue (Claire Jackson) Brockville; Faye (Larry Bissonette) Oshawa and stepmother Jean Easter, Orillia, step mother-in-law Jackie Brimner, sister-in-law Jane Regan (Leo), brother and sister-in-law Larry and Nadine Brimner all of Kingsville, also survived by sister and brothers, Joanne Mazyk, June Lee, John, Jeff and Jim Brimner and families of Windsor and several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at the gravesite in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville on Friday June 25th, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. Followed by “Happy Hour” at the Kingsville Legion Branch 188 from 3-6 p.m. in Gary’s honour.

If desired, donations may be made to the Palliative Care at “Malden Park Continuing Care”, 1453 Prince Road, Windsor, Ontario N9C 3Z4.

Toronto Vets Jack O'Reilly

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Reg.#58586, Cst. Chelsey Alice Robinson


Commissioner's Broadcast: It is with extreme sadness that we learned of the death of Cst. Chelsey Alice Robinson. Cst. Robinson was killed in a traffic accident last night. As she was patrolling for an impaired driver, her vehicle was struck by a truck as she crossed the highway near Stony Plain, AB.

Our thoughts and sincerest sympathies go out to her family at this difficult time. Also our thoughts are with Chelsey’s coworkers, as well as all members who knew or worked with her and those members having to deal with the investigation of this tragic situation. All support services will be involved to assist the family in this time of need. Cst. Robinson had been stationed in Stony Plain, AB. She was originally from Picture Butte, AB. Chelsey was 25 years old and had seven months of service.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cst. Robinson’s family and her colleagues.

This tragedy is a sad reminder of the dangers police officers face every day carrying out their duties to serve and protect Canadians. Details on funeral arrangements will be provided once they have been made with the family.

William J.S. Elliott, Commissioner.

and S/Sgts. Abe Townsend and Brian Roach, National Executive Staff Relations Representative Program

Funeral arrangements have been made for Cst. Robinson. A regimental funeral will be held Saturday, June 26th at 1100 hrs. at the South Minster United Church, 1011 - 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reg.#15237, S/Sgt. Kenneth O. Preece


Staff Sergeant Kenneth Orville Preece - retired (Reg.#15237), passed away in Prince George, BC on June 14, 2010 at the age of 81.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Lorraine, 2 children, Allane (Rick) and Brian (Kris), 4 grandchildren, Loni (Dave), Jared, David and Michael plus 2 great-grandchildren, Kale and Hailey.

S/Sgt. Preece joined the Force in 1946 and following training in Regina was immediately sent north where over the next 24 years he served in many communities; Whitehorse, Old Crow, Resolute Bay, Stony Rapids, Prince Albert, Regina and finally Ottawa. He enjoyed telling stories about his time in the North whether it was about his dog team and winter trips or setting off “fireworks” on New Year’s Eve on a frozen lake.

In 1970 he retired whereupon he packed up his family and moved across the country to the community of Prince George, BC. After enjoying his retirement for about 6 months he went back to work, this time for Prince George Pulp & Paper.

In his leisure time, S/Sgt. Preece he enjoyed times out at the cabin on Norman Lake, hunting by himself and with his brother-in-law, Jim Lees. He was a man skilled in the use of all types of power tools and he enjoyed working down in his shop on any projects involving wood.

In his later years he enjoyed sitting out on his deck feeding the birds and watching the squirrels.

Appreciation for contribution to: Backwater []

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Reg. #19186, S/Sgt. D. G. Clubb


CLUBB, Douglas George. December 12, 1935 - June 11, 2010 (retired RCMP). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas George Clubb. Doug died peacefully at home with his family beside him, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2010 in his 75th year after enduring a long frustrating battle with cancer over the past 4 years.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Birgit, and his two daughters, Debbie Baird of Oakville (husband Dan, grandsons Michael and Marcus, granddaughters Danica and Brianna) and Sandy Clubb of Niagra Falls. Brother Robert Clubb (Edna) of Regina and sister Doreen Doyle of Saskatoon and several wonderful nieces and nephews. Doug was born in Southey, Saskatchewan and joined the RCMP at the age of 19 and enjoyed a lucrative career as a proud member for 34.5 years.

Doug retired with Birgit to a country home outside of Pakenham where they lived happily for 26 years, the last of which were spent farming, before recently moving to Renfrew. Arrangements by The Boyce Funeral Home Chapel, Visitation and Reception Centre 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior.  A memorial service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arnprior on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

Cremation and burial at RCMP Depot in Regina (TBA). Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Renfrew Victoria Hospital "Dialysis Unit" or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Special thanks to Dr. Musawir and all the staff in the Dialysis Unit at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Condolences / Donations at

Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 6/13/2010

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Reg.#17941, S/Sgt. Doug D. Smith

Last Post

Vets Ottawa Div. announce the death of retired S/Sgt. Doug D. Smith.

There will be no visitations. The funeral for S/Sgt. Smith will take place on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 1061 Pinecrest Road, Ottawa, ON

Further details about the funeral to be announced soon.

Pierre Belanger
Vets Ottawa Div.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reg.#22671, Cst. Allen Richard Cowell


COWELL, Allen Richard

It is with great sadness the family of Allen Cowell announce his passing at the age of 72 years, on June 7, 2010 after a short, but hard fought battle with cancer. Late of Kingsville, previously Ottawa, Ont. Pre-deceased by his parents, Arnold Cowell (1974) and Maxine Cowell (2003). Dear brother of Douglas Cowell and his wife Ruby and Lloyd Cowell and wife Mary-Ann. Proud uncle of several nieces and nephews; Donna Nelson (Bob), Debbie Augustine (Denis), Rick Cowell (Deb), Diane Eastman (Ron), Linda Kerr (Bob), Rob Cowell and Jeff Cowell (Connie) and Jason Cowell.

Allen lived over 50 years in Ottawa, Ont. where he began his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1962 to 1972. From there he was employed with the House of Commons, Ottawa Post Office for over 20 years. He enjoyed travelling and the outdoors, where he travelled to many places throughout the world.

Cremation entrusted to the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. S. Kingsville, Ontario with a private family memorial service at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 366 Talbot Street South, Leamington, Ontario on Monday, June 14, 2010.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mystery of 'Sgt. Stevens': Body guard on Canada's 1939 Royal Tour

Sergeant Stevens : 1939 Royal Tour Bodyguard

Dear Joe;

I'm not an RCMP Vet but still an 'ole' retiree with a special hobby in old letters, stamps and vintage cars.

I'm sending you a photo of an envelope from my collection which was sent to a person living in Toronto in 1939. The envelope shows the writing of someone who identifies a 'Sgt. Stevens' as the sender. Apparently 'Sgt. Stevens' was a body guard for the Royals.

I'm now very curious about 'Sgt. Stevens'. Is it possible for you to find a photo which shows Sergeant Stevens working as an RCMP bodyguard to Their Majesties on the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada?

An additional clue is that 'Sgt. Stevens' was with the Royals throughout their tour in Canada, from Quebec on arrival until their departure.

Is this a tough one?

Thanks for whatever help you can provide to me.

Yours truly,

Stan Atherton

Dear Stan;

The 1939 Royal Tour was slightly before my time, but throughout my career with the Force I heard alot of stories about the 1952 Royal Tour. In fact, some of the RCMP members assigned to the '52 Royal Tour (including former Sgt. W. F. MacRae) are living and I've kept in touch with them.

I hope that our readers will find a photo of the 1939 Royal Tour for you which shows Sgt. Stevens in his role as body guard.

This file will remain open...

Yours truly,


Friday, June 4, 2010

Reg.#17754, Cst. Ken C. Johnson


Ken C. Johnson of Calgary passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the age of 76 years. Ken was a proud member of the RCMP, the Calgary City Police and a long-term employee of Imperial Oil Limited. My husband, our father, our grandfather, our great-grandfather was one of the greatest gifts in our lives and will be sadly missed by his loving family - Irene, wife of fifty-three years; daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Russ Roy, and Kathy and Mark Fredine; sons and daughters-in- law, Allen and Kim Johnson, and Gord and Noelle Johnson; and his many grandchildren. Ken is also survived by his brother Gord Johnson and family, and sister Helen Worgan and family.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Lung Association of Alberta & NWT (Toll free 1-888-566-LUNG (5864), E-

In living memory of Ken Johnson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and; Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-243-8200.

Source: FFF 09/06/2010

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The Mystery of the Mad Trapper - A file revisited

First Here:

Presented here is a copy of the first RCMP report written by Reg.# 7536, Cpl. Richard S. Wild.

The 1931 report alludes to the need for the RCMP to identify a 'strange man' known as Johnson.

Over the following seven weeks, RCMP attempts to speak to the 'strange man' set off the search to identify and capture of  'Johnson' otherwise known as the 'Mad Trapper'.

More to follow...

J. J. Healy

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Reg.#16752, S/Sgt. Fabian Stephen Pavelick

Last Post by Stephen Pavelick

My father, Fabian 'Fabe' Stephen Pavelick was born on May 2, 1927 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan. Our family is sad to announce that he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:45am at the age of 83. After his career with the RCMP, he had retired to Sidney, British Columbia in 1986.

Dad's Reg.# was 16752. He was posted to many 'E' Div (BC) locations such as Qualicum, Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops and Nelson BC. Later, Dad was in Charge of Traffic for 'D' Div. based out of Winnipeg from 1971-1986. He retired as a Staff Sergeant.

He married our Mom (Betty) on December 28, 1957 and their three children are Stephen, Michael and Suzanne Pavelick.

Condolences and memories of Fabian can be sent to my Mom at: with copy to me (Stephen) at: .If you have any information on his career you can share, it would be appreciated.

Service will be on June 11, at 11:00am at: St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030-3rd Street, Sidney‎ BC‎ V8L3B3
Canada. +1 (250) 656-7433

There is an online memorial book at:

Thank you,


*PS: 'Fabe' Stephen Pavelick joined the RCMP on November 28, 1950.

On June 9, 1976 S/Sgt. Pavelick along with members: Reg.#18788 Belfry, Reg.#26417 Graham and Reg.#27583 Montemurro each received a Commendation for their rescue of a pilot and two members from an RCMP traffic observer aircraft which had crashed.

Over the years, S/Sgt. Pavelick was posted to 'D' and 'E' Div's. He retired on April 2, 1986.

Credit: from the History files of RCMP Vet. Jack White

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Reg.#14847,Sgt.,Kenneth Edmund Goodrich

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RCMP Sgt. RTD, Reg.#14847, Life Member - GOODRICH, Kenneth Edmund Canadian Scottish Regiment Reserve 1937-1938 WW11 Veteran Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry 1939-1945 RCMP 1947-1970 Passed away peacefully on May 31, 2010 at the Rideau Veterans Centre at the age of 90.

Beloved father of John (Prescille) and Kathryn (Roch). Proud grandfather of Kenneth, Isabelle and Christopher. Uncle to Marshall (Rose), the late Shane (Jill) and Wendy (John); Great Uncle to Sabrina, Tarik, Haley, Ben and Natasha. Predeceased by his sisters Ruth and Iris.

Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 11 am until Service time in the Chapel at 1 pm. A Reception will follow the Service. In lieu of flowers, the family wish donations to the Boys & Girls Club .

Ottawa Vets Div.

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