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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Minister (of Veteran Affairs Canada) Must Review Veterans Files

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RCMP Veteran News

Topic: MINISTER (of Veteran Affairs Canada VAC) MUST REVIEW VETERANS FILES IN LIGHT OF DORNAN DECISION

 OTTAWA - The Veterans Affairs Minister must move quickly to review the files of many veterans who have been turned down for disability benefits by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) says New Democrat Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore).

"I am pleased that the Minister and his Department has finally granted Steve Dornan of Nova Scotia a disability pension by overturning multiple denials by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board," said Stoffer. "What this shows is that the Minister himself does not have confidence in VRAB’s decisions. It also means that the Department should undertake a review of all veterans’ files who have been repeatedly denied disability benefits by VRAB."


Stoffer also noted that the Conservatives have taken no action on reforming the Veterans Review and Appeal Board as they promised to do prior to the 2006 federal election.
"I would like to see VRAB eliminated. So many veterans that I speak to have no confidence in the decisions that this quasi-judicial board makes. It angers them to know that the members of VRAB are often appointed because of their political connections and have little military or medical experience."

"If the federal government refuses to eliminate VRAB, they should reform it completely by appointing members to the board who have experience in the Canadian Forces and RCMP or have medical qualifications."

"It has taken the Dornan’s eight years to succeed in this fight and I know so many veterans who have repeatedly been denied disability pensions that are attributable to their military service. I call on the Minister to immediately conduct a review of all veterans’ files who have been repeatedly denied disability pensions by VRAB."

For more information, please contact:
Office of Peter Stoffer: 613-995-5822



Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:41:09 -0400 
Source: The news published above was taken from FFF's dated March 30, 2011


J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#14366, Cst J. N. Pratt

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In Memory of Reg.#14366,
Constable John Norman Pratt

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Constable J. N. Pratt joined the Force in 1942 and he retired in 1962.

During his career he worked in 'F' and 'D' Divisions. Cst. Pratt died in 1984 and he is buried in Peachland, B.C.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Marker Photo Credit: to Friend of the Force Ms Allison Glass and Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz, NWMP

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In Memory of
Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz, NWMP

This interesting update about Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz, NWMP has been received from S/Cst Jim E. Jackson, Prince Albert RCMP Provost.

'Hello Joe,

I was just talking with one of my guard friends, George Robins, this week and the name of Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz came up.

Mr. George Robins actually owns the home quarter that Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz once settled on. Years ago, Mr. Robin's father purchased this land from a Mr. Frank Kasko who originally bought it from Reg.#3005, Josef Sinkiewicz. The homestead is also on the same quarter section that the Old Catholic Cemetery is located on east of Prince Albert, SK. 

Your database information shows Reg.#3005 as deceased at age 40 in 1928. Mr. Robins thinks that Reg.#3005 lived to be an old man when he passed away. Anyway, Mr. Robin is going to talk to his aunt who is from the same area. She will check her old history books.

Mr. Robins also believes that when he was a young boy in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, he remembers Reg.#3005 as an old man living down the road from the Robin's family.

Finally, I will go out in the spring and take some pictures and get the GPS coordinates of Reg.#3005 grave. I'll also be more than happy to follow up with more information as well.'

Yours truly,

S/Cst Jim E. Jackson,
Prince Albert RCMP Provost

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***Additional information about the 'Sinkiewicz' family also came in recently from Supt. Brian Brennan, 'H' Div.

Supt. Brennan says: ' I read the blog entry on Sinkiewicz with interest given I was stationed in the Prince Albert Sub-Division at the start of my service and have visited a number of the old cemetaries in that area.

I quickly read Cst. Sinkiewicz's service file on line and learned a few interesting things. The information on the data base is correct in regards to the dates of his engagement and discharge. 
One interesting point is that he joined at the age of 35 which means he was born in 1859. If the date on his death is correct at 1928 it would mean that he was 69 years old when he died. While this is not "old" it might still be in line with S/Cst. Jackson's info. It will be interesting to see what information is on the grave marker.

There is a letter on his Service File from his daughter to the Force dated 1958 looking for possible information on her date of birth as she is interested in applying for Old Age Security. The Force records were of no assistance to her.' 

Brian Brennan, Supt
Halifax, NS
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**and a further note from Jim Jackson of PA...
Jim says; 'I have discovered that there was a Josef F Sinkiewicz (RNWMP) and a Joseph M Sinkiewicz 1888-1928. They lived about a 1/2 mile apart. Joseph M Sinkiewicz died of typhoid fever at age 39 in 1928. The history book that I read states that Josef F. Sinkiewicz  served 8 years in the RNWMP; 5 years on Mounted Patrol, one year as a Special Constable and two years in the secret service in WWI. 

He lived into his late 80’s or early 90’s (still trying to verify the exact date).  But, I did see a picture of he and his wife celebrating their Diamond Anniversary in the history book.


My friend, George Robins has a brass RNWMP pin that he found years ago sticking out of the mud in a cow track over by the old Sinkiewicz homestead.'
 
Take care,
Jim Jackson  

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg. #23685

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#3005, Cst. Joseph Sinkiewicz

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In Memory of Reg.#3005,
Cst. Joseph Sinkiewicz 
Born 1857. Died 1948

Constable Josef Sinkiewicz joined the Force in 1894 and he left in 1899. He is buried in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Photo source: Thanks to S/Cst Jim Jackson Prince Albert Provost   
'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Searching for a friend...

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Searching for a friend


**This note received from Mr Cam Fisher. If anyone can help him, please do so. 

Hello there!

Let me introduce myself, my name is Cam Fischer. I found your contact information on the rcmpgraves.com. I saw an article where you mentioned Pete Garvey. I am an old friend of his from when he was in southern Saskatchewan (Assiniboia).

I am sure you are reluctant to forward on any of his contact information, but could I ask a favor? Would you be so kind as to forward this email to him?

My contact information is cam@fischer.ca.

Thanks in advance!

Cam

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23686

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Magnificant, Monumental, Memorable Mystery

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A Magnificant, Monumental,
Memorable Canadian Mystery
Part Two

Instructions:
Go to Home page: www.rcmpgraves.com
Scroll down to center of page
Click on red bar which say 'Part Two Posted' 
or
Click on 'Vet of the Month' in the side bar
Scroll down page to April, 2011


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In Part One, published a month ago (February 23, 2011), I celebrated that I had received a very special gift on the eve of the tenth anniversary of my retirement from the RCMP. A parcel had arrived in the mail. I had waited a very long time to hold it.

Part Two. Published March 23, 2011. To grasp the deep significance of the parcel, I have to go back many, many years and connect with my childhood heroes including TV cowboys, teachers and well known members of the Force.

Heroes inspire. It's a gift donated freely. Throughout my youth, each hero contributed precious principles to my life. Heroes inspired me to join the RCMP. I experienced a long, exciting and rewarding career in the Force which allowed me to serve all across Canada and to work in several countries around the world.

The sum of the admirable qualities of my heroes equals the priceless value of the contents of the mysterious parcel.

Part Three will be published on April 23, 2011

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#18084, S/Sgt. M. D. Walker

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In Memory of Reg.#18084,
S/Sgt. Milton Donald Walker
'Friends Not Forgotten'

S/Sgt. Milton Donald Walker was born in 1934 and he joined the Force in 1953. Over his career, he was posted to 'E', 'G' and 'E' Divisions.


S/Sgt. Walker retired in 1981. He died in 2008 and he is buried in Penticton, BC.

Photo: courtesy of Alison Glass, Friend of the Force and Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson

'Maintain Our Memories'
J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#15636, A/Comm'r. Phil Mantha

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Last Post :
Reg.#0.666, A/Comm'r. Phil Mantha

Obituary

Phil Mantha, Reg. #15636 & O.0666, died March 16th, 2011 at 10h30, in Orléans, Ontario. 

A service will be held next Monday in Orléans in the St-Joseph Parish on Blvd St-Joseph, Orleans.  

He will be buried in St-André Avelin Parish in Quebec later this year. Funeral service details will be forthcoming.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Celebration of Ms R. D. Jackson - Burnaby Detachment

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'Ms J'
A Very, Very Special Burnaby Friend Not Forgotten


Ms Jackson beautiful, youthful and radiant was employed at Burnaby Detachment for many, many years. The photo of Ms. J was taken at Burnaby Detachment's 60th Year (1950 to 2010) Celebration Dinner.

Now retired, Ms Jackson keeps in close contact with members of Burnaby Detachment. In fact, it's also well known that members on patrol will stop in at Ms Jackson's home to be assured that she is safe and secure.

Ms Jackson was Assistant to the NCO i/c Traffic, Sgt. Henry Klick, when I arrived at Burnaby Detachment in 1965. She has an extremely keen mind and a wonderul recollection of former members posted to the Detachment. She also has a colorful collection of photos of 'ole' timers that dates back to the 1950's and the early days of Burnaby Detachment.

From memory, here's a partial list of members who served in Burnaby Traffic about the time that I was posted there; Ben Duncan, Lyle Nurse, Bruce Boudreau, Leo Langois, Dan Hickey, Bob Bernstein, Ed Sellner, Ted Jones, Bill Haycock, Cpl. Gerry Griffin, Dale Featherstone, Don Arndt, Ray Keilan, Cpl. Van Casile and Grant Ward.

In recent weeks, I received a wonderful, newsy and memorable letter from Mrs. J. in which she brought me up to date on her life, health plus all her activities after retirment from Burnaby Detachment. She recalled many of the NCO's under which she served in Burnaby Traffic including my 'ole' friend, now retired, Reg.#15409, S/Sgt. Mert Rowden.

It's no secret today, and although Ms J didn't outright admit it, she led me to believe that I was her most favorite member from among all the thousands of members who ever passed though Burnaby Detachment over the years! Thank you, Ms. J.

All my love and affection in these sweet days of your retirement. You are a warm and loyal friend to me and to the Force.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, March 14, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#17394, Erwin Bartkowski

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'Friends Not Forgotten'

Reg.#17394, 2/Cst. Erwin Bartkowski was born in Whitemouth, Manitoba in 1933. He joined the Force in 1951 and he purchased his discharge in 1955.


Reg.#17394, Erwin Bartkowski


The two photos of Erwin Bartkowski were sent in by his daughter, Ms Debbie Fournier. Thank you!

The first pictue above may have been taken while Dad was posted in Two Hills, Alberta. It's one of my favourites.
The second photo is of Dad and a German Shepherd which he got as a pup and trained to be his partner.  The dog's name was Buck and from all that I heard about Buck from Dad, family and other people who knew them was that Buck was incredible. 

According to my Dad, Buck was a direct decendent (the Vergo line) of the lead dog in the show The Littlest Hobo.
Erwin Bartowski died in 2007 and he is buried in Red Deer, Alberta.

Thank you again for these memorable photos of your father.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Last Post: Reg.# 21908, Ernest Winston Crandall

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'Friends Not Forgotten

Obituary,
Reg.# 21908,
Ernest Winston Crandall



'Maintain our Memories'

Credits:
Chronicle Herald. Halifax, NS March 10, 2011
Supt. Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing. 'H' Div.

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Deep Water Mounted 'Marine' Mystery

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R C M P/G R C



A Deep Water Mounted 'Marine' Mystery
by
Ottawa Vet. John Henderson


After swimming into a deep water mystery, Ottawa Vet. John Henderson has had to drop anchor. He's stuck. John needs help from anyone who might be able to identify the RCMP members in the above photo.

John found the photograph in an antique shop near Greenwood, NS. The photo was torn and rather neglected. The shop owner knew nothing about the photograph or its origin.

So far, John proposes the following guesses:

-Marine Division - maybe in Halifax?

-Post WW II given the uniform and the number of members with post WW II medals?

-Taken on a boat -- given the water in the background and the nautical gear Perhaps as a Marine Course photograph?

-Identified with the mark N11,502 on its reverse. Did the RCMP ever hold Marine Courses at 'N' Division in Ottawa?

-One Officer, maybe the CO of 'H' Div or the OIC Marine Division? It appears that the Officer might be a Sub/Inspector (maybe three pips can be seen)?

John Henderson is an avid RCMP Historian. He's trying to identify men with medals as part of his RCMP Red to Air Force Blue History Project - John says; 'perhaps some of these members served with the RAF of RCAF Air Sea Rescue Units'?

John asks that you jump in and swim out to help him to identify the members in photo.

'Maintain Our Memories'

Contact: John and Barbara Henderson [mailto:jandbhenderson@sympatico.ca]


J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Friday, March 11, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#49108, Cst. James Lundblad

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'Friends Not Forgotten'


In Memory of
Reg.#49108, Cst. James Lundblad

This message was received from James Lundblad's sister, Michelle.

'Hello.

My brother, Constable James Lundblad, is in your database and I would like to submit this picture of his gravesite.

He is buried at the Valleyview Cemetery in Valleyview, Alberta'. 

Thank you,



PS: Cst. Lundblad joined the Force on November 5, 2001. He was killed in a highway traffic accident on May 5, 2009.


'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Last post: Joe Wieclawek, Ottawa, Ontario

Canada


Obituary

Joe Wieclawek passed away on March 9th, 2011. 

A funeral service in Joe's memory will be held in the Chapel of the Heritage Funeral Home, 2871 St-Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, ON at 13:00 hrs., Saturday the 12th of March. 

Joe's daughter have asked RCMP Vets Chaplain, Pierre Belanger to preside over the service.

Joe's family have also accepted for the RCMP Veterans Association participation.  Any members wishing to attend there will be a short visitation period on Saturday at the Funeral parlour at 12:00 hrs.

Note: I will list Joe's Reg.# soon.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Log Cabin by a Trinity of Members; Reg.#3887, Reg.#3342 and Reg.#5838

Canada


'Friends Not Forgotten'

This note (summarized) about a memorable event was received from Vet. Jack O'Reilly of Toronto today. 

Jack O'Reilly says;

'After working on the Reg.#3887, Hayward file off & on for the past three years or so, I finally confirmed yesterday that is he buried in St. Matthews Anglican Church Cemetery, 116 Plains Road, Burlington, ON.

 The church records are not very complete and only show Hayward's age as 87 and that he died in 1971 at Milton, ON. We knew he was in bad health in April 1971 at the Halton Centennial Manor in Milton and he thought he wasn’t going to last long. It appears he was right, as he passed away sometime between April & December in 1971. I can’t find an obit for him yet. I also confirmed that his wife Dora died in 1974 and she is buried with him. I don’t think there is a headstone for Hayward, but we'll check in the Spring.


Replica of a log cabin
used by the NWMP
in the western regions of Canada.

Jack continues...

'In 1935, Reg.#3887 Hayward, Reg.#3342 Augustus Rust and Reg.#5838 George Purrott built a replica of a log cabin used by the NWMP in the western regions of Canada. This log cabin was located at the corner of Queenston Road and Parkdale Ave in Hamilton, ON. It was used as an Information Bureau and also a club house for the Hamilton area RNWMP Veterans’ Association.

The cabin still exists but it was moved to the Westfield Heritage Centre in Rockton, ON (just West of Hamilton) See photo attached. Bill Helland (now London Vets) did an article on the log cabin in the October 1969 issue of The Quarterly'.

Credit: Vet. Jack O'Reilly, Vets Toronto Div.

Thanks for the story and the snap, Jack!

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

No.3 Troop, Reserve Division, Indian School, Regina, Sask Xmas 1914

'Friends Not Forgotten'





No.3 Troop, Reserve Division,
Indian School, Regina, SK. Xmas 1914.

This photo was sent in by Vet. Sheldon Boles, 'E' Div.

Sheldon adds: 'Above noted photograph and details were given to me back in 1981 by Mrs. Stinson shortly before she died.  Her husband was a member of “B” Squadron RNWMP which went to Siberia in 1918 and returned in 1919'.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last Post: Kenneth L. Tilbury

'Friends Not Forgotten'


Obituary:
Kenneth L. Tilbury,
WWII Veteran (RCN), RCMP

TILBURY, Kenneth L. WWII Veteran (RCN), RCMP Peacefully at the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre on Monday, February 28th, 2011, age 91 years.

Beloved husband of Evelyn (MacLachlan). Much loved father of Cathy (Ken Watson), Stephen (Susan), Sandra (Mark Flanagan) and step-father to Steven Kobe (Sonya) and Sandra Kannemann (Tom). He will be greatly missed by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Perley Rideau for the very kind care and attention given to Ken during his stay there. At Ken's request there will be no visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring. Donations to the Perley Rideau Foundation or a charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated.


Credit: Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 3/5/2011

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, March 6, 2011

1958 RCMP Regimental Dinner - 'HQ' Div.

'Friends Not Forgotten'




Dinner Among Friends - 1958


1958 RCMP Regimental Dinner
'HQ' Division., Ottawa, ON

This photo, among others, was sent in by Supt. Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing, 'H' Div. We are trying to identify the members in the photo.

Please let us know if you recognize someone.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685


Members thus far identified in the photo by Vet Dave Bland...



Hi Joe:

I recognize three of the members, from the left, D/Comm'r Charles E. Rivett-Carnac, Corps Sgt. Major Jock Taylor, and, of course, Commissioner Leonard H. Nicholson.

Dave Bland
Reg.#20342 Rtd.

Thanks Dave! JJH

Saturday, March 5, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#13138, Sergeant R.I. Rolstone

Canada


'Friends Not Forgotten'



Reg.#13138, Sergeant R. I. Rolstone

This note about a memorable Sgt. Ivan Rolstone was received from Vet. Don Klancher.

R. Ivan Rolstone was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1913.  In 1931, he joined in the RCAF, Service #5191.

In 1937, Rolstone joined the RCMP Reserve; he was appointed a Constable in 1938.

Upon completion of his first five year term with the RCMP; he took his discharge and subsequently joined the RCNVR, as Service #76876. After naval training on several ships he was posted to HMCS Antigonish.

Rolstone was demobilized on October 30, 1945, and re-enlisted in the RCMP on November 15, 1945.

In 1946, he received a Commendation for the attempted rescue of a drowning man despite real danger to himself.

In 1949, Rolstone and a Inuit S/Cst. were lost in a blizzard at Fort Reliance almost one month while on patrol in the Thelon area with their two dog teams. Both men lost almost 50 pounds from lack of food. It was almost a month later when they were spotted by a search aircraft and rescued.

In 1950, Sgt. Rolstone received another Commendatation for courageous action in risking his life to save three people.

Sgt. Rolstone retired on January 16, 1965.  He died in 2003 and he is buried in Victoria, BC.

Credit: Vet. Don Klancher and The Quarterly, 2002.

'Maintain Our Memories'


J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Friday, March 4, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#4308, Robert George Watson

'Friends Not Forgotten'



 Reg.#4308, Robert George Watson

This letter was received from the family of Robert George Watson, NWMP.

From the RCMP Historical Records:


"Robert George Watson, Reg.# 4308, engaged with the Royal North-West Mounted Police at Calgary, Alberta on January 4, 1905. He was stationed at Regina, Saskatchewan, Stand Off and Macleod, Alberta during his service with the Force.

Cst. Watson was invalided from the Force on August 7, 1907."

I don't know if it's appropriate for your site but I attached a 1914 photo (turned into a postcard) of him taken just before Lord Strathcona's Horse left to fight in the First World War 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).

Cst. 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 (800+ were killed or wounded) and 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 [cjnwatson@hotmail.com]

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, March 3, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#9026 / 0.215, Inspector Honore Giroux

 

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Inspector Honore Giroux

Inspector Honore Giroux was born February 13, 1864 in St Scholastique, Quebec. He joined the RCMP from the Dominion Police on February 1, 1920.

Inspector Giroux died in Ottawa on March 5, 1933. His gravesite is not yet known.

'Maintain our Memories'

Credit: Supt. Brian Brennan, OIC Federal Policing, 'H' Div.

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Last Post: Civilian Member J. P. Rioux

'Friends Not Forgotten'


Obituary : Last Post
Civilian Member Jean-Paul Rioux

RIOUX, Jean-Paul -- It is with great sorrow that the Rioux family announces the passing of Jean-Paul Rioux on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at age of 67.

Beloved husband of Carmen Marleau of Hammond. Dear father of Pierre (Veronique Beland) of Rockland and Luc (Ashlee Morgan) of Prince George, B.C. Loving grandfather of Noah and his twin brothers Jeremy and Mathias. Brother of Rebecca (Rino Michaud) of St-Catherines, Laurie (Adrian Stone) of Kaleden B.C., Huguette (the late Jean-Guy Arcand) of Sturgeon Falls, Pierrette (Jim Brant) of Kitchener, Rosemarie Gingras of Ottawa, Lynda (the late Paul Fagan) of Moncton and Micheline (Rheal Gagne) of Thunder Bay.

Will be fondly remembered by many in-laws Yvon and Louise Marleau, Marie-Paule and Hector Roberge, Jean-Guy Ayotte (the late Madeleine) all of Sturgeon Falls, Roger and Sandra Marleau of North Bay, many nieces and nephews that he admired very much.

Jean-Paul worked 27 years for the RCMP (Special ''I'', 'A' Division).

Donations may be made to CHEO, 415 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, Ont., K1H 8M8. Funeral Service will be held at St-Mathieu church Hammond, Ont. on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 11 a.m. You may express your condolences to the family on Friday, March 4th, 2011 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at THEO BRUNET & SONS FUNERAL HOME 2419 Laurier Street Rockland, Ont.

Credit: Vets, Ottawa Div.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In Memory of Reg.# 21512, Cst. A. Lepine


In Memory of Reg.# 21512,
Cst. Achille 'Archie' Lepine
Honour Roll # 119

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Cst. Lepine joined the Force in 1960. After basic training at 'Depot' Div., he was transferred to 'E' Div. and he was first posted to Pattullo Bridge Detachment.

Throughout the late 1950's and the 1960's, the RCMP maintained a small Detachment of police cars and motorcycles at Pattullo Bridge. The principle job of the Pattullo Bridge Detachment members was to help regulate traffic over the narrow, four lane Bridge which connects New Westminister, BC to Whalley, BC which is at the northern tip Surrey Detachment's patrol area.

On July 15, 1962 Cst. Lepine was on motorcycle patrol near Patullo Bridge. It was dark. A motorist turned his car into Cst. Lepine's lane of traffic and he hit the car. It was established that the car driver did not see Cst. Lepine on his Harley nor did Cst. Lepine expect or see the car turing into his direction. Cst. Lepine died a few days after the accident.

Cst. Lepine is buried in Prince Albert, SK.

The Harley-Davidson of the style and variety driven by our members during the 1960's.
Here, the Harley is under the control of Cst. T. C. Smith, Experimental Farm, Ottawa, ON


Photo credit: 'E' Div Vet. Don Klancher
Driver identified as Cst. T.C. Smith., 'A' Div. Traffic by Vet. Reg.#20342, Dave Bland

'Maintain Our Memories'


J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685