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Colonel (ret'd) W.H. (Humph) Sheridan, late RCCS, died of heart failure on Tuesday at the age of 81.

Humphrey was a first rate engineer, a good field unit commanding officer, an all round good officer, a true gentleman in the best sense of that word, a trusted mentor and a dear friend. The world was better for his being here; I will miss him

He had some innovative training ideas, more than one of which I copied, including the one about detachments not being able to have all the 'comforts' of their trailers until every detachment member could back the trailer into a tight spot in the woods, in the dark. It made corporals teach their younger det members how to do things right, the first time.

He was also not afraid to "speak truth to power," I was 'shadowing' him (at his invitation) one exercise when he, patiently, explained to the brigade commander why his (the general's) wishes were not going to happen ... little things like the laws of physics got in the way; the brigade commander wasn't happy but he accepted a bit of a very polite but very firm 'dressing down' from a major. That example also helped me in later years.

My thoughts go out to Kathleen and the family.



 

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In case you knew him or dealt with him during his time in ...
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our loving husband and father, Mr. David Allan Wilkie, age 68 years, on Friday, October 12, 2018.

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David began with the Militia as a Private at the age of 16. He continued his commitment throughout the years, working his way up the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Officer of Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (LSSR). He was most recently the LSSR Senate Chair.

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More in the full obit here.
 

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Colonel (ret'd) Paul E Morneault, RCCS ...

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I first met Paul in the 1960s, he was, then a pretty senior major but highly regarded by his subordinates for his brains, ability and willingness to get involved in the day-to-day details of the work. (At that time he was CO of Canada's embryonic tactical Electronic Warfare  Unit). Paul was probably promoted a bit more slowly than most others because he was a French Canadian in a corps other than the Infantry; that's the way things were in the 1940s and '50s.

He was a demanding task master but a brilliant teacher; he was also a quiet, reserved, I guess introspective man, who functioned best in small groups where his very real charm and erudition could sparkle. He died at the age of 91 but, sadly, in his last few years, he suffered from senile-dementia (Alzheimer's) and his friends and family watched as both the charm and the erudition faded.  :'(

I know he was a devoted husband and father ~ some of you will know his son Paul Jr who was blamed for part of the Somalia fiasco.

Paul Morneault was, above all else, a gentleman as I, at least understand that term: honest, upright, caring and generous, and all that but a man who practiced what he preached and did his very best to always set a good example, in both his professional and personal affairs, for others.
 

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I don't know how many here would have known him, but it is my sad duty to report that Cpl (ret) Jerome Harley Fitzherbert passed away in his sleep this past friday. No further details available as of yet. Hold Fast, old friend, see you on the far bank one day.
 

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LCol (ret'd) John Davidson, RCHA, passed away on 4 Feb 2019, funeral services will be held in Ottawa at the Beechwood memorial centre on 15 Feb 2019.

A very sad loss for the Regimental family, he was my first Battery Commander and was quite a charismatic leader; sincere condolences to his family and friends

https://beechwood.permavita.com/site/JohnADavidson.html?fbclid=IwAR3fDFZqbotno79HZKS4N87ALMWisYCXzXMRSlS25SrBBxJyFEnlBN3EGz0
 

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I met John in Shilo in 1967. We used to take my canoe for a paddle on Sewell Lake where we would solve the army's problems. A month or so ago we had a long email exchange, where we told me that his situation was not good. I told him in turn that we would get together on my return from Arizona, but it looks like our reunion is postponed indefinitely.
 

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Brigadier General (Ret’d) James A. Bruce, MMM, CD, MBA

It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we the family announce the passing of Brigadier General James “Jim” A. Bruce, MMM, CD, MBA on 28 February 2019.

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/obituaries/bruce-james-a-1303135
 

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Warrant Officer (ret) Kevin O'Keefe
March 27, 1946 - March 04, 2019

It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce that Warrant Officer Kevin Patrick O`Keefe (ret.) Field Engineers Squadron, Royal Newfoundland Regiment passed peacefully in the early morning hours of March 4th, 2019 at 72 years old surrounded by his loving family at his home in Mt.Pearl, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his parents James and Catherine, brother Walter, and loving aunts Mary and Shelia. Leaving to mourn his son, Sean, his two adoring daughters Susan and Barbara, and most especially by his loving granddaughter, Sara Kristina.  Kevin is survived by his brothers Dennis, Brian, and Barry, his sister Noreen Lee, former wife Patricia, as well as his large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to his dedicated and loving caregivers and the entire team at 4NorthA, Health Sciences Complex. Resting at Caul`s Funeral Home LeMarchant Road. Visitation on Tuesday from 7-9:00pm and Wednesday 2-4:00pm and 7-9:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 10:00am at Mary Queen of the World Church.  Cremation to follow. Inurnment to follow at a later date. Flowers graciously accepted or donations can be made to the Diabetes Association of Newfoundland, Royal Canadian legion (Mount Pearl Branch), or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Warrant Officer (ret) Kevin O'Keefe
March 27, 1946 - March 04, 2019

It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce that Warrant Officer Kevin Patrick O`Keefe (ret.) Field Engineers Squadron, Royal Newfoundland Regiment passed peacefully in the early morning hours of March 4th, 2019 at 72 years old surrounded by his loving family at his home in Mt.Pearl, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his parents James and Catherine, brother Walter, and loving aunts Mary and Shelia. Leaving to mourn his son, Sean, his two adoring daughters Susan and Barbara, and most especially by his loving granddaughter, Sara Kristina.  Kevin is survived by his brothers Dennis, Brian, and Barry, his sister Noreen Lee, former wife Patricia, as well as his large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to his dedicated and loving caregivers and the entire team at 4NorthA, Health Sciences Complex. Resting at Caul`s Funeral Home LeMarchant Road. Visitation on Tuesday from 7-9:00pm and Wednesday 2-4:00pm and 7-9:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 10:00am at Mary Queen of the World Church.  Cremation to follow. Inurnment to follow at a later date. Flowers graciously accepted or donations can be made to the Diabetes Association of Newfoundland, Royal Canadian legion (Mount Pearl Branch), or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Sad news, Kev was quite the character. Rest in peace old man.
 

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WO (Ret’d) Jordon (Jordy) Christopher Ochoski, CD

It is with heavy hearts the family of Jordon (Jordy) Christopher Ochoski announce his sudden passing at the age of 48 years.

Jordy is survived by his parents Bob and Judy Ochoski, fiancée Carrie-Ann Bettinger, brothers Jason (Susan) and Joel (Amy), niece Quinn and nephew Jackson. He is also survived by loving “Auntie” Anne-Louise; uncles Peter, Barry and Michael; Grandma Gwen Cull; cousins Pamela, Kim, Adam and Angela; and Otto his faithful and loving dog.

Jordy was a loving partner, son, brother and friend. He was loyal, protective and generous. While he portrayed a tough exterior, he was a ‘softie’ inside as those closest to him will attest. “It’s all good”, he’d say when asked how he was. His family and friends are heartbroken and he will be missed by all who loved him.

Jordy spent 25 years serving his country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. He served, with distinction, on five tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He completed his military service as a Warrant Officer in Ottawa as an ACISS-CISTM ITSEC INSP. Upon retiring from the military, Jordy went on to a successful career as a computer specialist with Department of National Defense and the Canadian Border Security Service.

Friends and family are invited to visit at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa on Monday June 3, 2019. from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11 o’clock. Interment will take place at the National Military Cemetery. A reception will follow.

Donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
 

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Colonel Peter Sutton, aged 86. A few of you will know him, the rest are unlucky.

Colonel Sutton was a good soldier and better man.

 

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Colonel Peter Sutton, aged 86. A few of you will know him, the rest are unlucky.

Colonel Sutton was a good soldier and better man.

It is very sad to know that he left us. I am really sorry and pray that more of people like him stay with us for long.
 

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CWO (Ret'd) RSM Dave Russell, RCCS

Dave Russell joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in December 1950 and served in Korea, the Congo, Europe and Egypt (twice). He saw many postings throughout his career retiring as the Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 1st Canadian Signal Regiment in April 1980.

I first met Dave in the early 1960s when I was a young corporal Radio Mechanic posted to 2SSM Bty (RCA) in Camp Shilo. Dave (a radio operator) was the Signal Troop sergeant. We became friends and he gave me a lot of good, solid advice about being a better soldier and NCO.

Fifteen years later, when I took command of 1 Cdn Sig regt I was pleased to have Dave as my RSM. He continued to offer me good advice. I counted him as a friend.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Jeannette (nee Lortie), they were in their 65th year of marriage.

RIP, old friend.
 

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