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Rick Easton

Easton Richard "Rick"

March 5, 1951 – May 31, 2019 It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Richard (Rick) Easton who lost his battle with cancer on May 31st, 2019. Rick was born in Aldershot, England on March 3rd, 1951. He moved to Canada with his parents in 1960. His father joined the RCAF and Rick lived in various places in Canada as a base brat. Rick graduated from St. Thomas High School, Chatham, NB and joined the Canadian Air Force in 1969 as a communications research tech and later switched to base photographer. Throughout his career he was posted to Ottawa ON, Inuvik, NWT, Bermuda, St. Margaret’s, NB, Chatham, NB and Comox, BC where he retired opening a dive shop. Rick then went on to work various civilian jobs, one of which took him to Drumheller, AB for 8 years. Upon permanent retirement in 2016 he moved back to Courtenay and chose it as his final home. Rick loved scuba diving, his photography and camping. He and his wife Kaye and his faithful canine companion Charlie spent the last 2 winters camping in Arizona. Rick is survived by his wife Kaye Easton (Guyader), his son David (Texas), his brother Stephen (Courtenay, BC), his brother Tony (Sydney B.C.), 4 grandchildren, Cody and Brock, (Ontario), Brynne and Taryn (Texas) and 2 great grandchildren Tate and Wren (Ontario). He is pre deceased by his father Richard Easton, his mother Violet Easton, daughter Rikki Anne Easton. Private family arrangements. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory would be appreciated.

Red Cheyney

Cheyney George Arthur "Red"

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my father. He passed away with his family by his side. Love you dad. George (Red)Arthur Cheyney January 20, 1936 - June 7 , 2019.

On June 7, 2019 George "Red" Cheyney of Ponoka, Alberta, originally from Paddockwood, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 83 years. Red will be lovingly remembered by his wife Diane; children Kathy, Teresa (Robert), Wendy (Vic), Rick, Randy (Felicite), and Sean (Alicia); grandchildren Steven, Christina, Natascha, Dion, Jessica, Ewan, Jasmine, and Trystan; and great-grandchildren Bella, Emir, Sophie, Olivia, Kate, and Madison. Red was predeceased by his son Dion (1976), grandson Evan (2013), great-grandson Atli (2013), son-in-law Cliff, his parents Bill and Minnie Rose Cheyney, and his brother Brian. A Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Ponoka at a later date. Details will be announced. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to Prostate Cancer Canada. To express condolences to Red's family, please visit

Fernand-Pierre Cyrenne

Cyrenne Fernand-Pierre

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Fernand-Pierre Cyrenne, 76, on May 2, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Son of the late Henri Cyrenne and late Gloria Laliberté, of Trois-Rivières, QC. Husband to Solange Michaud, the love of his life since 1964, who survives him. Loving father to daughters France (Andrew Full) and Sylvie (Daniel Fortin), grandfather to Patrick Fortin (Marie-Josée), Stéphanie Fortin (Samuel), and Christopher Full. Great-grandfather to Geneviève, Marianne, Thomas, Sébastien, Malik, and Catherine. Fernand-Pierre is survived by his youngest brother Richard (Claire). He was predeceased by his siblings Germaine, Paul, Gilberte, Maurice, and Michel. He leaves numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Pierrette Gauvin, Jeanne d'Arc Michaud, Jacqueline Sergerie, Bernadette Michaud, Monique Michaud, Rachel Michaud, Alfred Michaud (Madeleine), Yves-Léo Michaud, Irené Michaud, and Henri Michaud (Denise). Fernand-Pierre will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Fernand-Pierre worked as a military in the Canadian Forces from 1959-1975. He then transitioned to a civilian communications specialist role at the Canadian Security Establishment (CSE) until retirement in 1996. He was an avid supporter of amateur radio (VE2GPF) and was a member of the 'Club radioamateur de l'Outaouais VE2CRO' since 1998. Fernand-Pierre took up Karate at the age of 57 and achieved his black belt second degree. The family wishes to offer special thanks to the compassionate doctors, nurses, and health care workers who provided palliative care, and to friends and relatives for their loving support. Fernand-Pierre will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 6 p.m. at LA COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L'OUTAOUAIS, 95 Cité des Jeunes Blvd in Gatineau (Hull sector). The family will receive condolences as of 5:30 p.m. The family prefers that people make donations in support of cancer-related charities, in lieu of sending flowers. Online condolences may be made via

Derek John Yeoman

Yeoman Derek John

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Derek John Yeoman at the age of 61 years. Derek was a very caring, compassionate man, who loved life to the fullest. Derek is survived by his wife and best friend, Sandra. Also, mourning his passing, Sandra's children, Leah (Arlin) Webster and Ross (Amber) Zieroth. Derek is survived by two daughters, Jessica and Lisa, and three grandchildren, his mother and father, Percy and Elsie and brothers Richard and Robert, sisters Maureen and Barb. As well as many nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances he touched during his lifetime. Derek was predeceased by his son Marty. After serving 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, Derek retired only to start 2 new careers. He became a commercial pilot and then owned and operated "Direct Security". At the ripe age of 58, he graduated from Malaspina University College with a diploma in Culinary Arts. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 28th at 11:00 am at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Parksville, 146 W Hirst, Parksville, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations are being put towards a Memorial Bench in Derek's memory. Please send donations to Sandra Yeoman, c/o Yates Funeral Service, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC, V9P 2A9. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (248-5859) in care of arrangements. yatesfuneral(a) 299007 Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 9/27/2006.

Betty Hansen

Hansen Elizabeth

Betty Hansen ( April 10, 2019 ) HANSEN, ELIZABETH “Betty” (Maxwell)

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our mother, grandmother and friend Betty Hansen on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at the age of 93. Cherished wife of the late Hjalmar ‘Hank’ Hansen. Beloved mother of Karen (Ted Gardner), Eric (Christine), Carl (Linda) and Kirk (Kathleen). Proud grandmother of Mitchell, Thomas, Andrew, Carey, Derek and Janine. A woman of incredible strength and spirit, she will be missed by all who knew her. Services will be announced at a later date.

Don Dingle

Dingle Donald "Don" Dennis

Lt.-Colonel (Retired) Donald (Don) Dennis Dingle died suddenly at home on March 25, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario at the age of 91. Don is survived by his wife, Doreen Elizabeth Dingle (nee Smith); Children: Ken, Nancy Akehurst (Steve). Liz Grimes, Peter (Susan) from Nova Scotia; Grandchildren: Robyn (Derek Pierce), Matthew (Candice Moore), Melanie, Riley; and Great-Grandchildren: Brooke and Jackson all from Ottawa. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vivian Dingle, siblings: Art, Russell, William, Iris and Bob. Don was born on July 3, 1927 in Calgary, Alberta. He was always interested in a military life. At age 11 he joined the Alberta Military Institute Cadet Corps. During World War II he rose to command this unit, leaving to join the Reserve Signals where he qualified as a Sergeant. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Alberta attaining a BSc in Electrical Engineering, attending summer training with the COTC at the school of Signals in Kingston. He was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was a decorated Military Veteran, having spent two years in Korea. He married Doreen Elizabeth Smith in 1952 after meeting on a blind date. The couple welcomed four children into their home. Because of Donald's military career, the family spent many years travelling extensively including stints in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Kingston, Ontario; Richmond, England; Rheindahlen, Germany; Ottawa, Ontario and Shilo, Manitoba and eventually landing in Ottawa where they purchased a home. He also spent time with two postings to Alert, NWT and time in Ghana, Africa developing an early alert warning system. They have lived in Ottawa since 1972. His children remember him as a very supportive and caring father. He was very proud of the achievement of his kids and enjoyed his time spent with his great grandchildren. Don was an active and dedicated member of Trinity United Church and often volunteered at their bazaars and events.

Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home, Carling Chapel, 2313 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7G3, 613-828-2313 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Military Communications and Electronics Museum, 95 Craftsman Blvd, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 7B4. The family would like to thank his Personal Care Givers Christine and Jill, for their compassionate and attentive care during his final years. Published on March 28, 2019

Trevor Roberts

Roberts Trevor

Trevor Roberts January 16, 1945 - March 12, 2019

Passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital March 12, 2019 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Isabel Hope Hale. He is remembered for his loyal dedicated service to Canada; 23 years (1962-1985) in the Royal Canadian Navy and an additional 29 years (1985-2016) with the Canadian Government. Trevor was a charter member of the Greely Lions Club. His active life included volunteering as a board member for the Osgoode Care Centre and assisting with fundraisers for the Cancer Society. Donations to the Heart and Stroke or Cancer Society would be appreciated. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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291 Birthday Oct 1, 2011

1 October 2011 marked the Birthday of the Communicator Research (Comm Rsch) occupation and 45 Years of excellence in SIGINT operations.

1966 Integration and Unification

July 19, 1966 - Integration and Unification, creation of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio System (CFSRS). Stations previously controlled independently, by the three services would now be directed by a Commander headquartered at HMCS Gloucester.

October 1, 1966 - Military Occupation (MOC) 291 (Communicator Research Operator) was created. RCN Radioman Special (RS) trade, along with the Radio Telegraphic Operators (R&TG) of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps and the Royal Canadian Air Force Communications (Comm Op) began their duties as 291'rs.

Now, the Comm Rsch occupation is not only involved with SIGINT operations but with EW and Network Operations as well.

Also this year, the 1 October 2011 marks the official stand-up of the new Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS) which is the new Signals Military Employment Structure which regroup the former Lineman (Lmn); Signal Operator (Sig Op); and Land Communications & Information Systems Technician (LCIS Tech) occupations. Happy Belated Birthday to those two occupations!

Michel C. Boislard
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From Tom Jenkins
The CF no longer has Military Occupation Codes (MOC) and therefore MOC 291 no longer exists. The MOC has been replaced with the Military Occupational Structure Identifications Codes (MOSID). They are a five digit code, and 291ers have been awarded MOSID 00120.
As for the name of the trade, nothing has changed there. We are still Communicator Research, though it is often printed in error as Communications vice Communicator.
That being said, I do believe we will continue to refer to ourselves as 291ers for a long time yet. Somehow "00120ers" doesn't have the same ring to it!
Have a good one.


Missing the Service Life

Relayed from Ron Lauzon: and courtesy The Sigs Club blog............

Occasionally, I venture back to one or another military post, where I'm greeted by an imposing security guard who looks carefully at my identification card, hands it back and says, "Have a good day, Sir!" Every time I go back to any Military Base it feels good to be called by my previous rank, but odd to be in civilian clothes, walking among the servicemen and servicewomen going about their duties as I once did, many years ago. The military is a comfort zone for anyone who has ever worn the uniform. It's a place where you know the rules and know they are enforced -- a place where everybody is busy, but not too busy to take care of business.

Because there exists behind the gates of every military facility an institutional understanding of respect, order, uniformity, accountability and dedication that becomes part of your marrow and never, ever leaves you. Personally, I miss the fact that you always knew where you stood in the military, and who you were dealing with. That's because you could read somebody's uniform from 20 feet away and know the score. Service personnel wear their careers on their uniforms, so to speak. When you approach each other, you can read their name tag, examine their rank and, if they are in dress uniform, read their ribbons and know where they've served.

I miss all those little things you take for granted when you're in the ranks, like breaking starch on a set of fatigues fresh from the laundry and standing in a perfectly straight line military formation that looks like a mirror as it stretches to the endless horizon.

I miss the sight of troops marching in the early morning mist, the sound of boot heels thumping in unison on the tarmac, the bark of drill instructors and the sing-song answers from the squads as they pass by in review. To romanticize military service is to be far removed from its reality, because it's very serious business -- especially in times of war. But, I miss the salutes I'd throw at senior officers and the crisp returns as we crisscrossed with a "by-your-leave" sir.

I miss the smell of jet fuel hanging heavily on the night air and the sound of engines roaring down runways and disappearing into the clouds. I even miss the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that enlisted men gripe about constantly, a masterful invention that bonded people more than they'll ever know or admit. I miss people taking off their hats when they enter a building, speaking directly and clearly to others and never showing disrespect for rank, race, religion or gender. I miss being a small cog in a machine so complex it constantly circumnavigates the Earth and so simple it feeds everyone on time, three times a day, on the ground, in the air or at sea. Mostly, I don't know anyone who has served who regrets it, and doesn't feel a sense of pride when they pass through those gates and re-enter the world they left behind with their youth.

Face it - we miss it............ Whether you had one tour or a career, it shaped your life.

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