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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Obituary: Reg.#16531, Charles Warren Atchison, RCMP

Cranbrook Herald: The Courier Aug 17,1981

Born at Cranbrook, Jan.28,1914 to Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Atchison, a son.

Atchison- Mr. Charles (Bunny) Warren Atchison of 218-12th Ave. South, Cranbrook, passed away in Cranbrook, on August 14,1981 at the age of 67 years.

Mr. Atchison was born in Cranbrook, B.C. on January 28,1914. He spent most of his life in Cranbrook with the exception of about 16 years in the Province with the B.C. Police and the R.C.M.P. Mr. Atchison is survived by his wife Bertha of Cranbrook, two daughters Mrs. Mike (Muriel) Pachara and Mrs. Alan (Karen) Gordon, both of Cranbrook, five grandchildren, Karen, Kevin, Arthur, Cathy and Jim. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for the late Bunny Atchison will be held from McPherson Memorial Chapel, Cranbrook on Tuesday, August 18th,1981 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Norman Tanner officiating. Cremation to precede at Kootenay Crematorium. Friends wishing to remember Charles (Bunny) Atchison may make memorial contributions to the Terry Fox Memorial Fund, c/o any of the local banks. Arrangements have been entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service Ltd.

Ashes scattered on grave of his father W.J. Atchison, Old General Cemetery, Cranbrook, BC

Dalcy Gripich


Joe, What a great resource you have created!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Offer to help Grave Information - from Europe

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Dear Joe;

I am a retired member and presently living and working n Europe. I also often have an opportunity to travel so I thought I might be able to help you.

I can offer my help to photograph any known RCMP member's graves in Europe.

If I could be of assistance, please feel free to contact me on my email account.


Jean-Marc Laperle

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PS: I have replied to Jean-Marc and his offer has been accepted and much appreciated.

Buffalo Joe

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reg.#887, Sligo Warren Kerr, NWMP

Research Notes about Reg.#887, Sligo Warren Kerr from 'F' Div. Vet. Ron Smith

(1) Cst. Kerr was always well dress and clean and everyone address him as 'Sir'.

(2) He never showed any interest in sharing his life with anyone male or female.

(3) He liked cats and allowed them to share his table.

(4) Cst. Kerr was friends with two neighbour families and one were two young boys who listened to his tales of the early days, Vince, now dead, was the one who started my research and supplied a lot of info.

(5) In a very serious event by Battleford a year prior to the rebellion was when about 60 NWMP tried to arrest a native for assaulting the Indian agent several hundred braves from three nearby reserves where having a sun dance at the time and refused to give up the fugitive. They were armed and fired guns in the air etc. It appeared like the start of rebellion then but Cst. Kerr went into the crowd, and dragged the wanted person out by his bandana. The story is in several history books but is in The Quarterly referred to in the article (Almost forgotten.)

(6) For whatever reason, Cst. Kerr left Ireland and no one will ever know the reason, Was it religion, sex, family fighting, or whatever? Kerr never would and never did contact family again regardless of coaxing by his associates. A lawyer contacted a surviving brother in Ireland after Kerr died, but the brother refused an item of Kerr's estate.

Yours truly,

Vet. Ron Smith

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#19819, Hugh (J.H.A.R.) Fortin

It is with heavy heart and sadness that we announce the passing of Hugues on November 23, 2010 at the age of 72.

Beloved husband of Laurette. Cherished father of Marc, Ron and Lynda. Loving grandfather of Jean-Francois, Roch, Jean-Luc and Valerie. He will also be missed by many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.

For over 39 years, Hugh served proudly as a member of the RCMP and CSIS. He was stationed in Saskatchewan, Montreal and Ottawa. He was an avid golfer, an outdoors person and he enjoyed the wintering in Florida for many years.

A celebration of Hugh's life will be held at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood ave, Ottawa on Friday December 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. In memory of Hugh, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Special thanks to the nursing staff of St-Vincent Hospital and to Dr. Crabtree for the excellent care given to Hugh.

Mrs. Fortin would welcome the presence of the Veterans Association. Visitation will be just prior to service. There will be internment following the memorial service and the family would appreciate the presence of veterans at the grave site. The pall, boots, stetson and gloves will be provided for the Beechwood Service.

Notice: Gord Ireland []

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Last Post: Reg.#15318, S/S/M David Willoughby Thurston

Peacefully, on Monday, November 22nd, 2010, retired Staff Sergeant Major David Willoughby Thurston of London, ON passed away. Loving father of Judith Ann Thurston of London.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Sarah Joyce Thurston (2003) of London; parents Fred (1975) and Annie (1972); brother Howard (1943, missing in action during World War II over Hamburg, Germany); sister Annie 'Betts' (2003) and infant brother John (1928) all of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

For 25 years, David served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during which time he was stationed throughout the Maritime provinces and Ontario. During his early years in The Force, he toured North America as a member of the RCMP Musical Ride.

Upon retirement, David spent twenty years working in the Investigations Branch of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. Upon retirement from Federal Service, David was an active community volunteer, working with the RCMP Veterans' Association, SARI Riding School (an organization providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons for people with disabilities), the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and Big Brothers of London.

Throughout his life, David's love of literature and learning lead him to pursue studies in English, History and Journalism at Carleton University, The University of Windsor and The University of Western Ontario. A private family service has taken place with interment at Zion Cemetery. Westview Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.

The family wishes to acknowledge the efforts made and express their gratitude to Carrie Blissett, Maggie Garlick, Bonnie Champagne, Nellie Plouffe and the Extendicare Team. We are deeply indebted for the care provided on David's behalf.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#C/1434, Melva Eleanor (Nee Smith) Turnbull

TURNBULL, Melva Eleanor (Nee Smith) Retired RCMP C/1434.

Peacefully at The Perley and Rideau on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 after a prolonged illness. Predeceased by her husband Jack. Loving mother of John (Nancy), Robert (Donnene), and Diane.

Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren; Derek, Kristin, Michael, Erin, Adam, and Amanda-Kate, and by her friends and relatives who knew her generous, kind and caring soul.

Visitation at Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Rd. on Saturday, November 20th, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Liturgy in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Many thanks to the staff at G1S wing at The Perley and Rideau who made her last years safe and comfortable.

Donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa.

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By: Ottawa RCMP Vets

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#22219, S/Sgt. Harris Kelly Palmer

Palmer, Harris Kelly (RCMP S/Sgt, retired) 68 years, of Halifax (previously of Coxheath, NS) passed away peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Sydney, NS in 1942, he was the son of the late Harris Harding and Janet Helen Alice (MacDougall) Palmer.

At age 19, he joined the RCMP in 1961 and served in numerous locations in Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, retiring in 1995 to enjoy precious time with his wife and true love, Beverly Grace (Green) of Whitney Pier. In 1999, they chose Coxheath, NS for their retirement home, close to family and friends.

After losing Beverly to cancer in 2007, he continued to enjoy life despite his sorrow, bravely fighting cancer himself while enjoying the company of family and friends, and a newly discovered passion, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. All will remember Kelly as a role model and a man of amazing positive energy and talents, as he touched the hearts of so many.

He is survived by his brother, Donald Palmer, Toronto; sister, Barbara Palmer, Sydney; son, Scott (companion Susan Fontaine);and grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexandra Palmer, all of Halifax; their mom, Jane (Dillman), Toronto, as well as an extensive list of close family and friends that made up his life network.

Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Welton St., Sydney, NS, on Friday from 2- 4 and 7- 9 p.m. Funeral will take place at St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Whitney Pier, on Saturday at 11 a.m., with reception to follow in the church hall.

Donations in memory can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Bruce Estabrooks

PS: Sorry I don't have more info, just read this today.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#16602, Sgt. Thomas Foster

Retired Sgt. Thomas Woodhouse FOSTER passed away in Langley, BC on November 13th, 2010.

Tom Foster served as a Chief Petty Officer on destroyers from 1941 to 1945. After the war he opened a bakery in Kaslo, BC. He later joined the BC Provincial Police and then became a member of the RCMP in 1951 during amalgamation. He served in Crescent Valley, Nelson, Port Alice and Campbell River. In 1954 he was transferred to Fairmont Training Academy in Vancouver and then to "Depot" Division as an Academic Instructor.

In 1966, he was transferred back to Fairmont as a senior disciplinary NCO. He retired in 1971 and took employment with Brandon Construction as a Safety Officer which involved travelling all over the province.
He remained in that position until 1982 when he retired. Tom was a Life Member of the RCMP Veterans and attended regular and annual general meetings. He founded Dogwood Masonic Lodge in Aldergrove and was very active in the Masonic Order.

A memorial service is in the process of being planned by his son Tom Foster (604-922-9821). When a time, date and location of the service have been determined, a further notice will be issued. Tom Foster devoted life to helping others. He attended and helped arrange many memorial services and funerals for RCMP and BCP members.

Frank’s Facts & Funnies – 10-11-24

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Memorial Service – November 15, 2008 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg, Ontario


Some weeks ago, I was contacted by PEO 65548, Jim Becksted, Toronto Police Service. Each November, he and his mother lay a Wreath of Remembrance at the graveside of his Dad. Jim found his Dad’s name in the RCMP National Grave databank and he invited me to attend his father’s grave this year.
Jim's Dad, RCMP Reg.#13613, Cst. Clare Meredith Deeks Becksted was born on August 4, 1916 in Morrisburg, Ontario. He joined the Force on August 30, 1940 and during his service, he worked in ‘D’, The Musical Ride, ‘H’ and ‘A’ Div. He left the Force to get married on November 25, 1946.
Cst. Becksted died in Toronto on August 12, 1982 and he is buried in the family plot at Mount Peasant Cemetery in Morrisburg, Ontario.
It was an honour for me to be invited by Jim Becksted to his Dad's resting place. Some spiritual readings from the Bible were read and afterwards Jim layed the Wreath of Remembrance in memory of his Dad. Jim had the headstone and badge recently cleaned so it's a real gem, mostly due to the talents of Upper Canada Granite in Morrisburg.
 We salute Reg.#13613, Cst. Clare Meredith Deeks Becksted.

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Last Post: William John 'Jack' Hooper

December 13, 1952 - November 12, 2010

With profound sadness, we announce the recent sudden passing of Jack Hooper at his home in Toronto. Jack is survived by his Mom and Dad, Ernest and Katherine; his wife Maureen, daughter Erin (Michael) and granddaughter Clara; son Bryan (Michelle) and granddaughter Sophia; Sister Brenda (Sam), Brother Warren (Carolyn); and Brother Gordon. Also are the siblings of Maureen who considered Jack another brother including Monna, Sharma, Lon, Jess, and Trevor as well as Jack's father-in-law, Brian. He was also well-loved by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack will be well-remembered for his adherence to strong moral principles and work ethic through the RCMP, CSIS, and Public Mobile. Even more importantly, his love and compassion for family and friends was continuously demonstrated with his wit and sense of humour, notably with his annual Christmas letter.

Friends may visit at MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY & VISITATION CENTRE, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto (east gate entrance north of St. Clair Ave., 416.485.5572 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416.485.5572 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ), Tuesday evening, November 16, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with funeral services to follow at the same location on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for friends and family to celebrate Jack's life.

A memorial service will be held in Edmonton at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to , an organization dear to his heart. Information and condolences available at .

Notice by: RCMP Vets Ottawa []

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Last Post: Reg.#19611, S/Sgt. Robert Warren Burchett

Peacefully, on November 11, 2010 at the age of 73. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Heather (nee McAskill); his children Drew, Chris and Trevor; grandchildren Zoee, Benjamin, Nolan and Maisie. Bob was born October 15, 1937 in Hespler, Ontario to Francis (Frank) and Mildred.

A proud member of the RCMP for over 25 years, he joined in 1957 at the age of 19 and served throughout "D" division (Manitoba) before transferring to Ottawa in 1978. He served as Staff Sergeant of the Training and Development branch until his untimely retirement in 1982, in the months following a brain aneurysm. Bob's passion and commitment to the RCMP was evident to all who met him, and that his eldest son followed in his footsteps was a matter of great pride.

The RCMP was truly his second family. During his retirement, Bob made countless friends with everyone he met in the halls of the National Defense Medical Centre, and, for the past 15 years, his home at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre. Our family is truly grateful for the dedication and compassion of the friends, volunteers and professionals who have assisted with Bob's care over the past 3 decades, particularly those of the Perley and Rideau.

For friends and family, a celebration of Bob's life will take place at the chapel of the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, on Wednesday, November 17 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Perley Rideau Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Online guestbook at

Notice by: Vet. Pierre Belanger []

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Golden Gumshoe Graves - More Mince to the Mystery

Subject: Golden Gumshoe Graves

Hi Joe;

I may be able to cast some light on one of these graves. I worked as a CPR operator at Golden on two separate occasions in the late 1950's and the early 1960's. The railway company provided us with a caboose in which to stay which was often spotted on a track in a gravel pit by the oil tanks where the grave of William Ross, NWMP was located, as the Mystery article states.

The author of "Golden Gumshoes" mentions that the grave was moved in 1955 but perhaps he is mistaken because it was still there on the two above occasions that I worked at Golden; a wooden marker with a neat little wooden picket fence around it, both unpainted.

I wanted to show friends the gravesite when I was at Golden about 6 weeks ago (October 2010), but of course it has been moved. My research as to where it had gone led me to this article in Joe's Buffalo Board.

My understanding of what happened is based on something I read somewhere perhaps "The National Dream" by Pierre Berton. I think, there was a New Year's Eve dance to be held at Donald that night and Ross, wanting to attend, waited to grab a ride there on a train from Golden. Bear in mind that the track had only reached Donald at the end of the construction season in the fall of 1884 and there was no regular train service west of Alberta. So the only trains would be the odd supply train at this time and season. It would be a case of \"catch-as-can-catch".

Anyway, after a long wait at Golden no train arrived and Ross set out to walk to Donald, about 15 miles North. Not unusual in those days when people were used to walking long distances. Anyway, it turned very cold and Ross was found frozen to death betweem Golden and Donald, (not Palliser which is East of Golden).

Ross is now buried in the Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery at Golden with the standard Mounted Police headstone. His date of death is given as January 1st, 1885, whereas I think his original grave was marked December 31st 1884.

Type in "Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery, Golden, East Kootenays, B.C. Canada" for the internment list.

Hope this might clarify things,

PS: **Although there is the descrepancy between the place of death and the date of moving of Ross's remains to their final resting place.

Doug Turner
Burnaby, B.C.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reg.# 4308, Robert George Watson

I've attached a 1914 photo (turned into a postcard) of my great uncle Robert George Watson taken just before Lord Strathcona's Horse Regiment left to fight in theWWI as part of the CEF. My great uncle is seated on the left hand side.

Given the historical relationship between Lord Strathcona's Horse and the RCMP, I thought it might be of some interest to you - or the family members of those others in the photo (I don't have any names).

Watson was wounded three times in that service including a gunshot wound to the head. Fortunately, he was able to return to service after they put a plate in his head. He was promoted to corporal while serving.

It was a very difficult service (487 went over and 800+ were killed or wounded). He was quite disturbed by the horror of that war when he returned home.

I just recently encountered your site. I think it's a wonderful thing.

Yours truly,

C. Watson
C Watson []

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Last Post: Reg.#17949, Sgt. John Michael Hilash

I am sad to announce that John Michael Hilash (one of my Squad Mates) passed away on November 13th, 2010 at Edmonton, AB. I attended his service.

John joined the Force on November 10, 1952. He was posted to a variety of jobs including 'O', 'A' & 'HQ' Div. He retired from Security Service on October 19, 1983. He was a Life Member of the Edmonton Vets. Association.

John has been laid to rest at Grave 4, Block 7, Section 2 of the Rose Hill Cemetery in Edmonton, AB.

Yours truly,

Ian Brownlee
Vets. Calgary  Div.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who am I?

Guess my idenity. Who am I?

I joined the NWMP in its early days. I was born and lived in a capital city in eastern Canada.  I lied about my real idenity so that I could join the Force. Eventually, I was the first NCO to receive an annual pension from the Force.

Now it's 2010. Superintendent Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing Services in 'H' Div. is an avid historian and he has caught on to me. He knows my real name and the story behind the story.

Who am I?

Buffalo Joe Healy

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Monday, November 8, 2010

In Memory of Reg.#13119, Cpl. Nicholas Chmara

Good evening Mr. Healy,

Thank you kindly for updating Nicholas Chmara's data sheet so quickly. I'm also sending a picture of him, I think it was taken in 1938 or 1939 in Regina. Somewhere deep in the family albums I know I have a picture of his RCMP grave headstone, sooner or later I'll find it and send it to you.

What a great project you and the other Vets have undertaken, Mr. Healy!! It is fitting and proper that all deceased members be remembered and memorialized.

As for myself, when I graduated from high school in the mid 60's, I wanted to be a member almost more than life itself. Unfortunately, there was still a minimum height requirement in those days, which I missed by a quarter of an inch. Although disappointed, I've spent my life from then to the present supporting and learning about the Force. I think I have most of the books ever written about the RCMP, and I'm always still looking for more.

Warmest regards,

Nephew to Cpl. Chmara,


Reg.# 11079, Sgt. Samuel Wrigglesworth - Vet of the Month. October, 2010

Dear Joe;

There are tears in my eyes as I write this.

Thank you so very much Joe, for honoring my father as 'Vet of the Month' and including some of my stories about our life in the RCMP!

Dad could never imagined his name and my story would someday be written for the world to see. He would probably be embarrased, as he was just 'doing his duty' as so very many, (passed and present) members of the Force.

Thank you for making such a positive difference in many people's lives.

Warren Wrigglesworth,