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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#21616, Sgt. Murray D. Strickland

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Last Post: Reg.#21616, Sgt. Murray D. Strickland

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Obituary:
'Murray Strickland passed away 29 Dec. 2011 in High River, Alberta. He was stationed in 'F' Div in the 1990's. 

Murray was swimming and suffered a massive heart attack in the water. The paramedics could not resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital 45 minutes later.
Murray's funeral will be  held at 2:00PM on  Friday, January 6, 2012 at Holy Cross Anglican Church, 2828 - 19th Street NW, Calgary. The funeral home is McInnis & Holloway, 14441 Bannister Rd SE. Calgary, AB.
Murray served in the Force from 1960-09-29 serving in 'J', 'B', 'HQ' & 'F' Div. before his retirement in 1995-09-22.' 
'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mystery Woman of Canada - Mrs Gerda Hnatyshyn

MYSTERY WOMAN OF CANADA



Mrs Gerda Hnatyshyn

wife of 

The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn
Governor General of Canada
1990 to 1995


'MAINTAIN OUR MEMORIES'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#29071, Sgt. A. F. 'Gus' Schmid



Last Post: Reg.#29071, Sgt. A. F. 'Gus' Schmid

'Friends Not Forgotten'
Obituary

Reg. # #29071 (Rt'd). Sgt. A.F. 'Gus' Schmid  passed away on December 29, 2011 in the Saskatoon Hospital shortly after arrival in an ambulance.

He was having breathing problems at home and an ambulance was called. Both his sons accompanied him to the hospital.

Lorraine, his wife, advised that Gus' funeral will be Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at the Knox United Church 838 Spadina Cres., Saskatoon, SK. at 1:00 p.m. 

Gus joined the RCMP on 1971-06-15. He retired on Aug. 2003-08-12. He served in "F", "O" and "K" Div's. He last served with Special "I" and had been a member of the RCMP Dive Team.

At the time of his death Gus was a S/Cst with the Saskatoon City Police. He was due to retire at the end of this month.

Steve Holotuk CFE, CIP
778-471-1365 Res
778-257-1325 Cell

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, December 25, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#18745, CSM W. 'Bill' Pomfret

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In Memory of Reg.#18745, CSM W. 'Bill' Pomfret

'Friends Not Forgotten'


'MAINTAIN OUR MEMORIES'

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Update: Supt. Jim Newman, Ottawa, Retired.



Subject: Update on Vet Jim Newman, Ottawa, ON

Friends,

I spoke to Jim again yesterday.  He was at home and in good spirits. 

He has seen his oncologist twice and is scheduled to commence six weeks of chemo in early January, 2012.  He asked me to continue to pass along information to his friends as he hasn't opened his e-mails since the start of his health ordeal. 

Jim said he'd try to get something personal out when he's able.  He also asked me to thank everyone for thinking of him. 

I am sure he'd love to have short supportive chats with friends & former colleagues.  He may be reached at : jwnewman2006@yahoo.ca

Vet Rod Smith
New Brunswick Div.


In Memory of Reg.#19520, F.E. 'Sonny' Saunders


OBITUARY



In Memory of  Reg.#19520, F.E. 'Sonny' Saunders

'Friends Not Forgotten'

'Maintain Our Memories'


Obit Contributor and Appreciation: C/Supt. Brian Brennan, CROPS, 'H' Div. and
The Charlottetown Guardian: August 27, 2011

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685


Friday, December 23, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#7332, S/Sgt. William C. Tyack



In Memory of Reg.#7332, S/Sgt. William C. Tyack

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Reg.#7332, W. C. Tyack had broken service in the Force. At one point he left in 1921 and then rejoined again in 1923. He retired to pension in 1949.

In years gone by, the grave site for William Tyack could not be found. It was generally agreed that he must have been buried in an unmarked grave.

Not so. In recent weeks, London Vet Merle Armstrong was successful in following up on more leads. Merle found the grave marker of Reg.#7332, W. C. Tyack in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, ON.

Great news. Bravo to Vet. Merle Armstrong!

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#o165, Sub/Constable John T. Cherry

A selection of photos follow. They were take at the Memorial Service held in honour of
Reg.o165 S/Constable John T. Cherry (faternal grandfather to Mr's Don and Dick Cherry) on November 16, 2011 in Kingston, Ontario.

o165CherryMemorialOttawaVets


o165CherryMarkers


o165CherryMemorialDonCherryAndVet Kraus


o165CherryO'ReillyCherryHealy

o165CherryMemorialHealyAndStrachan

o165CherryMemorialHealyAndStrachan

o165CherryMemorialHealeyHealy

o165CherryMemorialGuestZack


o165CherryMemorialvetsAndMembersParade

o165CherryMemorialVetO'ReillyAndCherry


o165CherryMemorialNewStoneMarker

o165CherryMemorialMrCherryAndVetHealy

o165CherryMemorialMrDonCherryAndBuffaloJoeHealy


'MAINTAIN OUR MEMORIES'
J. J. HEALY
REG.#23685

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

O.2030, Commissioner Paulson's Holiday Message 2011

Commissioner Paulson's Holiday Message
2011

December 19, 2011

                                            
Hello everyone,

Christmas and New Years are just days away now, and I want to take a moment to thank you for all your efforts and hard work on behalf of Canadians.

During this holiday season, I hope you are able to relax and enjoy some downtime with your families and loved ones. It’s important to take the time to focus on those closest to us – the ones who support us day in and day out, and indeed indirectly support the work of this entire organization.

If you are on shift this Christmas or New Years, please be safe out there, and know that your efforts and dedication are not overlooked by Canadians.

To those of you who will spend Christmas overseas, far from your family and loved ones, I want to say a special thank you for your generosity and commitment to bringing peace and stability to those very troubled parts of the world.

And as we ring-in the New Year, I ask that we all resolve to pay particular attention to how we care for one another in the workplace. When we respect each other, we create a safe environment and a more accountable, trusted and productive police force.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who took the time over the past few weeks to connect with me as I assumed my new responsibilities as Commissioner. I am humbled by your kindness and I am energized by the encouragement and support you have shown me. I look forward to working with you all in 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In Memory of CM, Catherine Villemere


In Memory of CM, Catherine 'Cathy' Villemere

'Friends Not Forgotten'


'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, December 19, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#17452, Constable J. McWhinney



In Memory of Reg.#17452, Constable J. McWhinney

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Cst. John McWhinney's grave stone had sunk into the ground at a cemetery in Toronto. It went unnoticed and undiscovered for many, many years. A lengthy search by our Toronto Vets; Rick Morris, Wayne Berry and Jack O'Reilly finally brought the grave back to light.

Our Vet's investigation led them to The Toronto Star dated June 25, 1953. It had an article about two RCMP, age 21, killed in the plane crash. Cst. Willard Boehler originally from Morris, Manitoba and Cst. John D. McWhinney originally from Toronto. 

The Star reported: “…Both [RCMP] died in the crash of an Ottawa Flying Club light aircraft two miles south of the city limits last night (June 24).  [Constable] Boehler was the pilot of the single engine Cessna 140 when the engine quit at about 800'.  He tried landing in a field but crashed into a fence and demolished the plane…”.

Constable McWhinney's grave has been added to the RCMP “O” Division list for yearly inspections. 

Congratulations to the Toronto Vets! Bravo!

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mystery Canadian Woman


An 'ole friend.

Guess: Who is the Mystery Canadian Woman?


'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Friday, December 16, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#18745 CSM W. D. Pomfret

C A N A D A

Reg#18745, CSM W. D. 'Bill' Pomfret passed away at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre
29/08/2011.

Briefly; CSM 'Bill' Pomfret had a heart bigger than a Parade Square. His job was to yell at recruits. And he did so.

But, Instructors at 'Depot' got to see another dimension to CSM Pomfret. In truth, he was a very sensitive man. I recall, in particular, how he would jest with us (Corporals) as we stood at attention on the Parade Square for Noon Parade. He had a unique sense of humour and on occasion he purposely would try to ignite a laugh. 

One day, as he inspected us prior to Parade, he mumbled only loud enough for us to hear and to get the joke. He said, '...he had heard some rumours or to be more precise, he said he had heard some allegations. For that reason, he said that for the rest of the afternoon, he would be looking for ... alligators!

CSM W. D. Pomfret will be missed.

Appreciation and photo Contributors: S/M Bob Gallup and C/Supt. Brian Brennan.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#21409, S/Sgt. G.W. Sanford

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Last Post: Reg.#21409, S/Sgt. G. W. 'Gerry' Sanford
'Friends Not Forgotten'
It is with regret that I advise you of the passing of  Reg.# 21409, Gerald W. Sanford on Wednesday,  14 December 2011 in the hospital in Saint John, New Brunswick.  

No other details are available at this time and funeral arrangements have not been completed.  You will be updated later.  

S/Sgt. Sanford joined the Force in 1960. He retired in 1995 after spending his career in 'J' Div. He was a former Secretary of the NB Vets Association.
Gary Bolton
'J' Div.
'Maintain Our Memories'
J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reg.#16250, S/M Keith Sherman Hall

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Reg.#16250, S/M Keith Sherman Hall
Thank you for asking: I'm alive and well

This note of great tidings rec'd today from Friend of the Force, Mr. Dick Pulisfer, 'H' Div.

Dear Joe;

I am pleased to report that S/M Hall is not deceased. Keith lives at Wolfville, NS and I was talking to him 1 week ago at our annual RCMPVA Christmas Dinner.

We discussed the days he spent in the Newfoundland Rangers. S/M Hall had a recent fall that put him in a Halifax hospital, for fluid on the brain. He has had a full recovery and is back driving his car.

At about age 82, S/M Hall is "sharp as a tack" and we always have him give Grace at our dinners. ---- Information passed so you can update your file.

Regards,
Dick Pulsifer
Friend of the Force
(NS Vets)

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#30956, Constable M. L. B. Kennedy


In Memory of Reg.#30956,
Constable Michael Lee Brant Kennedy
'Friends Not Forgotten'
Constable Brent Kennedy was born in 1953. His dream was to join the Force which he successfully did in October, 1973.

On November 17, 1974, Constable Kennedy died in an single car motor vehicle accident near Banff, AB. He was off duty at the time.

Following Constable Kennedy's death, his mother sold six acres of land to build a new school.  As well, she donated a further four and one half acres to the school in memory of her son. Constable Kennedy had lived nearby and he had attended local schools.

Brent Kennedy Elementary School in Creston - Kaslo Crescent Valley, British Columbia, was named after Constable Michael Lee Brent Kennedy. 

He was buried his home town at Nelson, BC Memorial Park.
'A tradegy in a family is another way of expressing
the loss and pain of someone who is much loved'. (JJH)

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Appreciation for story line: Vet Historian Jack White (deceased)

Monday, December 12, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#3188, H. R. Skirving



Reg#3188, Constable H. R. Skriving was born in 1879 in London, Ontario. He joined the Force in 1897 and shortly afterwards was shipped off to the South African War.

Constable H. R. Skriving is the younger brother of Reg.#2772, Corporal G. M. Skriving who was killed in South Africa in 1901.

Reg#3188, Constable H. R. Skriving died in 1959. He is buried in an unmarked grave in London, Ontario. His final resting place is visited by London Vet. Merle Armstrong.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#25763, Sgt. Kenneth F. Taylor

Last Post: Reg.#25763, Sgt. Kenneth F. Taylor
'Friends Not Forgotten'
Obituary:

Kenneth F. Taylor  (Retired RCMP)  Knights of Columbus 485.

Peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 67 years.

Beloved husband of Susan (nee Phelan). Loving brother of Ross and Karen (Bill Hall).
Predeceased by his parents Fred Taylor and Flo Griffiths. Dear uncle of 16 nieces and nephews. 

There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Church, 1303 Leaside at Merivale. In memoriam donations to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Research or St. Elizabeth's Church would be appreciated.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy, Reg.#23685

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Unknown And The Forgotten

C A N A D A

THE UNKNOWN AND THE FORGOTTEN


'FRIENDS  NOT FORGOTTEN'

This marker has rested at the Cemetery at 'Depot' for nigh over a hundred years. The person for whom it was intended has never been identified.

Let this Momument and Cross represent all the members of the Force who are buried in unknown grave sites in Canada, at sea or in distant places around the world. 

Pax Domine Semper Vobiscum

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy
Reg.#23685

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Commissioner Paulson's First Official Day

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THE CREST OF THE FORCE

COMMISSIONER PAULSON UPON RECEIVING 'TIP STAFF'



MARCH PAST IN HONOUR OF COMMISSIONER PAULSON


THE RCMP'S MEMORABLE CHAPEL AT 'DEPOT'

 
COMMISSIONER PAULSON (RIGHT) WITH SUPERINTENDENT HEALY (RT'D) (LEFT)

Today was a memorable day for the RCMP as we welcomed our newly appointed Commissionner. As a Vet, I attended the Change of Command Ceremony and I sensed strong positive energy through the event.

First, I am very proud of the appointment of Commissioner Paulson as the twenty third Commissioner of the Force. It was an honour to meet him.

Secondly, I was extremely impressed by the Commissioner's inaugural speech today in front of all ranks of the Force, Minister Mr. V. Toews, other dignitaries and guests. He spoke as an experienced police officer with clarity and determinination. His goal is to provide policing of an excellent calibre to Canadians. I believe he's the person to do so.

Thirdly, the Commissioner did not portray an image of being daunted. To the contrary, he gave solid examples of changes which are required within the Force and he has already begun to implement some of them.

Finally, Commissioner Paulson deserves every support from every source and from every member of the Force. I believe he's the right police officer for the job that lies ahead. Congratulations Commissioner Paulson.

Commissioner Paulson's wife Erin and his family also deserve three loud cheers. It's Team Paulson Time.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

In Memory of Reg.#9330, Constable J. H. Irwin

C A N A D A

In Memory of Reg.#9330, RNWMP Constable John Henry Irwin

'Friends Not Forgotten'

These details were received from family members about the life of Reg. #9330, Constable John Henry Irwin.

John Henry Irwin was born in 1900 in Northern Ireland. He went overseas in WWI with the RAF, then came to Canada and joined the RNWMP in 1920. He served in 'D' Div. and 'Depot'.

Constable Irwin died in 1980 and he is buried in Brantford, Ontario.

By the way, Cst. Stephen McCullagh of 'O' Div. is the grandson to John Henry Irwin. One from the RNWMP and one of the RCMP. Both winners, eh?

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Contributors and Appreciation: Stephen McCullagh and Eleanor Irwin McCullagh

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last Post: Reg.#29591, Gerald B. Crummey

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OBITUARY

'LAST POST REG.# 29591, GERALD B. CRUMMEY

'FRIENDS NOT FORGOTTEN'

Reg.#29591, Gerald Boivan Crummey was born in 1953. In 1972,  he joined the Force and he left in 1979.

Constable Crummey was buried in Western Bay North Cemetery, NL.

Contributor and Appreciation: 'B' Div., Robert Medd

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, December 4, 2011

C A N A D A



'FRIENDS NOT FORGOTTEN'

According to History Notes made by Vet. Jack White, Charles Ross was a Scout for the US Army. In 1877, he participated in the Nez Perce Campaign, the Bannock Campaign of 1878 and the Ute skirmishes of 1879.

He joined the NWMP in 1884 and he was present in 1885 at the start of the Riel Rebellion at Battleford, SK. Soon afterwards, he was in the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in the capacity of  Chief of Scouts under Colonel Otter.

Charles Ross also served in the South Africa War. His rank was Major with Robert's Horse Regiment. He recieved the DSO in 1901 and on three ocassions was mentioned in dispatches. 


Contributors and Appreciation:

Vet. Jack White, and
C/Supt. Brian Brennan, CROPS, 'H' Div.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685