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Lest We Forget

Marie Pielak

Pielak Marie

Passed away on January 9, 2019. More to follow if and when available.

Ida Coles

Coles Ida Dorothy

February 9, 1949 - January 2, 2019 Ida Dorothy Coles (née Best)

Passed away on January 2, 2019, peacefully at her home with family at her side at the age of 69.

Daughter of the late George and Sarah Best of Fogo, NL. Loving wife for 41 years to Eric. Loving mother of William Eric, sister of Elizabeth Hulan, Stella Best, Ray best and Stan Best. Cherished Grandmother (aka nanna) of McKenzie, loved by many nieces and nephews.

Born in Lion’s Den Fogo Island, Ida graduate from Western Memorial hospital in Corner Brook as a Registered Practical Nurse. She and Eric married December 9, 1977, began their life together raising William and later she would welcome Andrea to the family. Over the years a whole lot of stray or homeless cats, such as Casey, Boo Boo and Tiny, all had a special place in her heart. As a military wife, she managed her family and household, moving with humour, and love, always looking forward to the next adventure wherever that took her. Nothing meant more to her than her family.

Ida became friends with everyone she met, whether it was through the military or the last few years on the beaches of North Myrtle beach, she will be missed by all.

Lois Harder

Harder Lois Marie

August 4, 1944 – November 23, 2018

It’s with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Lois after a long battle with Lupus. She is survived by her husband Dennis of 57 years, her 4 children, Beverly, Robert, Michael and Shari (Bert), her 8 cherished grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

No service per request. If so desired a donation may be made to the BC Lupus Society.

Paul Morneault

Morneault Paul-Émile

Paul-Émile Morneault - June 19, 1927 - December 9, 2018

Paul Emile Morneault died peacefully on December 9, 2018 at the age of 91. He is predeceased by his wife Martha with whom he shared 55 years.

He is survived by his 4 children, Paul & (Celeste), Mike & (Debbie), Cindy & (Raimo) and Pam & (Pete) as well as his grandchildren Philip & (Pam), Danielle & (John), Steven, Ashley, Brandon & (Klaudia), Mikayla and Elizabeth & (Quintin) and 3 great grandchildren, Kiera, Jack and Isla.

He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as a Colonel after 35 years of dedicated service with the Communications and Electronics Branch. His career was highlighted by command of the 1st Canadian Signal Regiment, the School of Communications and Electronics, and the Supplementary Radio System. He retired as the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Forces Communications Command. After retirement he was appointed to the honorary position of Colonel Commandant of the Communications and Electronics Branch. He also pursued a second career with Radio Canada International as director of the technical department during the era of shortwave radio broadcasts.

He will be remembered as a gallant man, a gentleman and a loving father. He was fiercely independent, brutally honest and somewhat of a perfectionist. Special thanks to the staff of Golden Home Care, Reseau Selection and Manoir Beaconsfield, and to all those who helped take care of him in his final years.

A memorial service will take place on Friday January 4th at 11am with visitation prior at 10am. Services will be held at Rideau Funeral Home.

Bob Pretty

Pretty Robert Edward "Bob"

November 13, 1954 - December 10, 2018

It is with great sadness and much heartache that we announce the passing of Robert Edward Pretty on Dec 10 at the Ottawa Hospital. He served his country for 22 years, where he spent much time in remote postings such as Alert, Masset BC and Gander NFLD. For the past 20 years he was employed as a Commissionaire, attaining the rank of Captain. He is predeceased by mother and father Joan Elizabeth Pretty and Robert Arthur Pretty. He is survived by siblings Linda Marion Chace, Cheryl Ann Pretty (Scott Whitehead), Kenneth Nathaniel Benjamin Pretty (Valerie) and Kim Arthur Pretty (Michelle St Pierre). He will be dearly missed by all. A celebration of his life will be held at the Orleans Legion branch 632, 800 Taylor Creek Drive, on Fed 02 from 2pm until 5 pm. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and condolences may be left at

Ed Monkley

Monkley Edward Wesley "Ed"

On November 30, 2018, Edward Wesley Monkley of Charlottetown, PE, age 77, peacefully passed away at the Garden Nursing Home in Charlottetown, PE. Edward was the son of the late G. Lorne and Edna Monkley and was born in Summerside, PE, on February 11, 1941. Edward was predeceased by his wife M. Claire Sirois and his brother Allen Monkley of Stratford, PE. Edward is survived by his brother and wife, Errol and Evelyn Monkley of Charlottetown, PE and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Monkley of Stratford, PE. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and their families including; Sandra (Terry) Pauley of Stratford, PE; Steven (Noella) Monkley of Summerside, PE; Christopher (Kristen Wight) Monkley of Charlottetown, PE; Lisa (Darren) Gray of Stratford, PE; and Allana Monkley (Amanda Dowe) of Truro, NS. Edward will be laid to rest next to his wife at the Church of Saint-Anne, NB, in the parish cemetery. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel from where a Royal Canadian Legion Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday at 9:50 a.m. immediately followed by the funeral service. A reception will follow in the Morrie Room. In memory of Edward, donations can be made to the Shriner’s Sick Kids Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Peter Fletcher

Fletcher Peter

1935 - 2018

FLETCHER - Peter, of Gore Bay, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Sunday December 2, 2018, in his 76th year. Beloved husband to Jane and dear father of David, John, Camm, Tyler, Victoria (Ray), Mary Jane and Tracy (Tim). Peter will be sadly missed by his brothers Paul (Dorothy), Phil (Sheila), Andy (Jane), John (Sylvia) and sisters Miriam Wailes, Esther Gordon and Eunice (Norm) Courvoisier, as well as grandchildren Naomi, Jalen, Michael, Thomas, MacKenzie, Allyssa, Tyler and Jenna. Predeceased by his parents Stephen and Muriel (St. Clair) Fletcher and brothers in law Howie Wailes, Don Gordon and Wayne Upton.

At Peter's request there will be no visitation or funeral. Interment at Gordon Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Manitoulin Lodge Auxiliary (Angel Bus), Rotary Club of Gore Bay (Gore Bay Medical Centre) , Manitoulin Hospital Auxiliary or the Northern Cancer Foundation (Daffodil Terrace Lodge) as expressions of sympathy and may be made through

Bob Craft

Craft Bob

1935 - 2018

Peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 83 years old. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Killeen). Loving father of Ethel (Baldvin), Robert (Julie), and Kevin. Cherished grandfather of Katrina and Lukas. He is survived by his sister Betty Ferris (Doug). Predeceased by his sisters Vivian Garfield (Don), and Helen Davidson (Bill), and by his brothers John, and Daryl (Dolores). Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Home, 403 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, Corkery, on Thursday at 11 am. Burial at the parish cemetery. In memory of Bob, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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
Ph/Tél: 613.945.3153
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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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