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Lest We Forget

Bob Dunham

Dunham Robert "Bob"

Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Complex on October 29, 2018, age 85 years of CBS.

He was a Retired Sergeant in Canadian Armed Forces and served his country with pride for 31 years. Left with fond and loving memories his loving wife of 44 years Myrtle (Baird). Also a large circle of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation in the James J. Hickey Memorial Funeral Home, Kelligrews on Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Funeral service will take place from All Saints Anglican Church, Foxtrap on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to The Children's Wish Foundation, Shriner’s Foundation or Canadian Wildlife Foundation. To sign the guest registry, or to send a message of condolence, please visit

Gary Wirth

Wirth Gary Ross Mar 11, 1946 – Jan 25, 2018

Garry Ross Wirth passed away peacefully on January 25, 2018 surrounded by his beautiful family. Sunlight streamed through the window and there was serenity.

Garry loved his bride Judy for 48 years. He will be remembered by his dear children Debra (Richard) and Dean (Lisa), his beloved grandchildren Ava, Isabella, Kayla and Chase, his siblings Marj (Jack), Sharon (Jim), Vern (Carmen), Don (Mary), Vance (Pat), his extended family and his many friends.

Garry enjoyed camping, fishing and in his later years took great pleasure in playing golf with Judy. He had particularly fond memories of a favorite fishing trip to the Kitwanga River with Dean and Richard. Garry was always quick to laugh, whistling a jingle in the background or singing a tune with the wrong lyrics. He was larger than life.

The family would like to thank the ICU nurses, Dr. Yacyshyn, Dr. Vaz and Dr. Pienaar for their professionalism, compassion and respect. Garry’s family will honor his wishes and forego any funeral or memorial service.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s on-line obituary @

Robert Robinson

Robinson Robert

Passed away afternoon of 11 Oct 2018. Obit to fol when made available.

Beverley Hebb

Hebb (Green) Beverley Janet May 1940 - September 2018

Peacefully on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Stonebridge Nursing Home, Carlton Place. Formally of Eganville. Dear wife of Wade for over 56 years, Loving mother to Stephen (Carol). Beverley was predeceased by her parents Les Green and Maude Green (Sutherland), sister Elizabeth Wilcox, brother-in-law Willis Freitag. Proud Grandmother to Christopher (Kristen) and Kaitlin (Ethan). She will be missed by sister Keitha Freitag and brother Tom (Delores).

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Stonebridge Nursing Home for their friendship while she was in their care. Friends and family are invited to pay their respect at Zohr Family Funeral Home, Eganville On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. A Funeral service will be held at Melville United Church, Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Lett's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Beverley's memory can be made to Parkinson Canada or a charity of your choice. Tributes, condolences and donations can be made online at

Ed Collins

Collins Edward "Ed" George

Passed away on September 17, 2018 at 81 years of age. He was the son of Edward James Collins (deceased) and Myra (Cox) Collins (deceased). He will be missed by his wife and best friend, Yvette (Leroux) Collins, his four children: Michael, Robert, Mark and Rosette (Yvan Paquin); his grandchildren: Medya (Jean-François Audette), Louis-Philippe (his mother, Danielle Campeau), Nicolas Séguin, Christian, Jonathan and Xavier Collins (their mother Danielle Labine) and his great-grandchildren: Leela and Éloi Audette. He also leaves his sister Catherine (Ed Hailley), his brother James Fraser (Nancy), his uncle George Young as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A funeral mass will be celebrated, with his ashes present, on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10 a.m. in St-Antoine-de-Padoue church, 5 rang St-Joseph, Val-des-Monts (Perkins), Québec. The family will receive your condolences beginning at 9 a.m.

The members of the family wish to acknowledge the good care he received from the team of the Intensive Care Unit at the Papineau Hospital (Buckingham), especially from the very sympathetic Isabelle Dufour, one of his nurses. In lieu of flowers, you may want to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Bob Solomon

Solomon Robert Bernard "Bob"

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Retired Chief Petty Officer First Class Robert (Bob) Bernard Solomon on August 19, 2018 at the Ottawa General Hospital. As a Communicator Researcher, Career Manager and Trade Group Executive, Bob had a long and successful career as a proud member of the Canadian Navy.

Bob was surrounded by family as his long battle with cancer came to end. He is survived by his loving wife Sandy, his daughters Lee-Ann and Erin, his son Robert and sons in-law Patrice Guevremont and Jose Valencia. Son of the late Margret and Arthur Solomon. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home-Kanata Chapel, 580 Eagleson Road, Kanata, ON K2M 1H4, 613-591-6580 on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 for a celebration of Bob's life between 12:00 noon & 3:00 p.m. For those wishing to do so, In Memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are greatly appreciated. Sharing memories and online condolences may be made at

Aleksander De Grave

De Grave Aleksander "Al"

Peacefully at Haliburton Hospital on Friday morning, January 26, 2018 in his 84th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Doreen De Grave (nee Hopper) for over 56 years. Loving father of David, Leigh (Rick) and Brian (Louise). Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Alex, Andrew, Brad, Nick, Travis, Tyler and Julie. Al served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1956 - 1966. He worked at Dana Canada Corporation for 25 years. He retired to Gooderham, Ontario in 1994. He was a Starter for Pinestone Golf Course for over twenty three years. He was a member of the Haliburton Curling Club and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #129 Haliburton.

Celebration of Life & Reception

A Celebration of Life will take place at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #129 Haliburton, Ontario on Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2018 at 1 o'clock. Reception to follow. Interment to take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Thorold. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the HALIBURTON COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME 13523 Hwy. #118 Haliburton, Ontario (705) 457-9209.

Charles Gault

Gault Charles Basil

Charles Basil Gault of Red Deer, Alberta passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday June 23, 2018. After a courageous fight with cancer over a number of years, Dad needed a good rest and his body agreed. We are sad, but grateful that his suffering has ceased. Sonny was born August 5, 1940 in Ottawa, Ontario to Basil (Slim) and Mary Gault. The youngest of five siblings Johnny, Eddie, Doris and Joyce, Sonny looked up to them with respect and pride. He was an avid athlete participating in numerous team sports during his youth and well into midlife. In 1959 Charlie chose to join the Canadian Navy and venture the life of the military. In 1960 he met Ann Holmes, fell in love and they were married. 1961 introduced Steve into Charlie and Ann’s life, followed in 1962 by Ricky and 1966 by Linda. As though sailing the worlds oceans was not already enough of an adventure for Dad, after learning Russian the Canadian Navy thought his skills would be best served in Inuvik NWT as part of the DEW Line. Subsequently he would also serve 6 months in Alert NWT. In 1969 Charlie decided that being away for long periods of time was enough, he studied and received a BA in business through distance learning, moved the family to Fort McPherson NWT, and spent a year as Assistant Town Administrator, then moved back to Inuvik. In 1975 the family moved to Bonnyville AB, where Charlie served as the towns Secretary Treasurer, then Transportation Manager. In 1987 tragedy struck as Ann passed away suddenly. Charlie met and married Helene Severyn in 1989 and with her children Michael, Patrick, Jennifer, Sarah, and James shared their lives together for a while, but chose to part ways. They remained friends and Helene helped to celebrate his 75th birthday in 2015. In 2005, Charlie retired from his position as Transportation Manager and moved to Red Deer AB to be with Linda. Charlie enjoyed reading and getting out to socialize in his retirement. He will be dearly missed and survived by his children, Steve (wife Joy), Ricky (wife Lila), Linda (husband Dave), grandchildren Erik, Carrie, Teddi, Sean, Kendra, Kristen, Tammi and Brandon as well as step grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. Rumour has it that Dad was also the proud owner of a 29 hand in the crib. In lieu of flowers please feel free to contribute to a cancer charity of your preference. As for Dad’s wishes there will not be a funeral service, instead please raise a glass with your favourite spirits and give a toast in remembrance of our Dad, Chasbo.

Jack Janes

Janes John (Jack) Franklin

Jack, darling husband, lifelong love and best friend of Ingrid and devoted father to Jayda (Shawn) and Vicki (Aaron) left us with a lifetime of beautiful memories. He was predeceased by his parents Pearl and Nelson; sisters: Myrtle Kean & Brenda Hearn and brother Obie. Leaving with the most fond and loving memories the Kuehn family and their large circle of friends in Germany; sister Barbara Gill; sister-in-law Ann Janes, brothers-in-law: Captain Caleb Kean, Cator Gill, John Hearn and their families. Jack will be missed by their many loyal and supportive friends. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to a charity of one’s choice. At Jack’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stacey’s Funeral Home Gander/Carmanville and to leave a message of condolence please visit our website at

Ron MacLean

MacLean Ronald Wallace

MacLEAN, Ronald Wallace, RCN CPO Born: March 16, 1933 Montreal, PQ Died: July 25, 2018 Duncan, BC "An honest man here lies at rest, As e'er God with his image blest: The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform' If there's another world, he lives in bliss: If there is none, he made the best of this." Robert Burns Forever in my heart - Joanne.

Pat Adams

Adams Patrick Joseph

Patrick Joseph Pat, 72, passed away suddenly on July 9, 2018. A beloved father, devoted husband, and respected member of the Edmonton business community, he will be lovingly remembered by his wife Janet, his sons Brendan (Aisha) and Bevan Adams, and his brother Sean. Born in Wiarton, Ontario in 1946, he was raised in Alberta.

Out of high school, he joined the Navy, which was a source of pride and great memories for Pat. Throughout early adulthood, he worked many jobs and travelled extensively, all the while maintaining contact with Janet, the woman he loved and eventually married in 1981.

A lifelong learner, he obtained a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University. Pat was an avid motorcyclist and was in the midst of his most recent adventure when he left us. He will be remembered as a man who lived his life in service to those around him, always ready to listen to and support others regardless of the challenges he faced himself. He was a man of many talents and passions who never ceased to surprise throughout his life. He left his mark on the landscape of Edmonton, and on those who knew him both within the city and around the world. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at The Oasis Centre, 10930 - 177 Street NW, Edmonton. For those who wish, donations in Pat's name may be made to Inclusion Alberta, 11724 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, T5G 0X5. To send condolences, please visit

Margaret Swain

Swain Margaret (née Baggs)

Oh, what a wonderful life I had! Born in Calgary January 20, 1934. Got my social and playful nature from my crazy Dad Wally Baggs from Heart's Content, Newfoundland. Lost Mom early. Grew up with my wonderful older sister Shirley. Loved horses, all animals really, and would treasure many pets in my life like Bandit and Ginger. Met my first husband Bruce Merklinger, a dashing pilot, and through the armed forces we lived across our great country Canada, and raised our pride and joy, our three kids, Dave, Bill and Anne. Fell in love with the sport of curling. Loved to party and dance. Have to say I could light up a room! Met and married Eddie Swain, the love of my life in 1981, and spent the happiest years of our lives at our cottage on Lake Kennebec near Sharbot Lake, eastern Ontario. Spent many a good night in our retirement years touring the lake on our pontoon boat, beverage in hand, with our dear friends Wayne and Joanne Carruthers. Hosted many Lake Kennebec Olympics on Labour Day weekends with our families. Had the time to develop and show my talents as an artist. Enjoyed singing with Eddie and our friends in the local church choir. Always loved kids, and leave my legacy of 4 grandchildren: Connor, Meagan, Jennifer and Mike and 2 great-grandchildren: Lily and Gavin. Do I have any advice for you based on how I lived my life? Be compassionate, kind and caring to people and animals, never miss a good party with friends, always stand by your kids and make them your top priority, work hard when you have to, be proud of who you are and do not let people walk over you, enjoy sports and hobbies, let a smile light up your face as mine always did, and move on when it is time to do so, as I did on July 6, 2018.

Harvey Quackenbush

Quackenbush Harvey - 1936 - 2018

Harvey Quackenbush, passed away peacefully at The Moncton Hospital on July 2, 2018 at the age of 82. Harvey was the son of the late Garnet and Rachel Quackenbush.

Harvey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Faye, sons, Gregory (Tammy), Allan (Julie), and Bruce; siblings, Arthur, Marjorie (Wayne Evoy), Linda (Harold Lockett), Ronald (Judy), six grandchildren as well as his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harvey was predeceased by his sister Charlene.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at The Moncton Hospital and the extra–mural nursing team.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Fair Haven Cemetery.

The family would appreciate donations to The Royal Canadian Legion in Salisbury Branch #31.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton (506) 852–3530. The family invites you to send online condolences to

Aline Meikle

Meikle Aline Irene Marie (nee Daigneault) November 23, 1937 - June 2, 2018

Aline passed away peacefully at Rosewood Village in Trail, BC. after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years Robert (Bob) Meikle. She will be sadly missed by her children Mark (Rebecca), Larry (Debbie), Tom (Bonnie) and Donna-rae (Des). Aline is also survived by several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all.

Aline was born in Kirkland, Lake Ontario and lived for many years in Russell, Ontario, as well as Ottawa. She spent over 30 years in the Public service before retiring to Elliott Lake, Ontario. She was active in her retirement volunteering, spending time with friends and neighbours, and continuing to travel to new destinations. After several short moves to different parts of BC Aline and Bob settled in Fruitvale, BC which was closer to several of their children.

Our family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to the amazing staff at Rosewood village for the exceptional care provided to Mom. A special thank you to Alex, Laura and Robin. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society are appreciated.

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
CWO | Adjc
CFIOG CWO | Adjudant-chef du GOIFC
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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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