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Lest We Forget

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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John Roy

Roy John Arthur

August 16, 1941 – January 30, 2019

Born August 16, 1941 in Vernon, B.C., passed away in Ottawa, Ont. January 30, 2019

Survived by his wife of 35 years Mana of Ottawa, sister Betty Lou (Jim) of Vernon, brother Ted of Kelowna, niece Janet and nephew Willie and their families. Also survived by cousins David, Jeanette, Linda, Fran, Gayle, Christine, David, Eva and Joe (AKA “The Everitt Clan”) and their families and many great friends he met along the way.

Predeceased by his parents Ruby (nee Everitt) and Charles Roy.

While enjoying his time in the Army Cadets including several summers at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp John found his calling of service to his country, he left school at 17 and enlisted in the Canadian Army in the Signal Corp. John transferred to the Canadian Foreign Affairs communications department. After 38 years of service John retired at 55 in Ottawa. John’s time in the army and foreign affairs took him to every continent except Australia including postings to the middle east, the Congo, Sweden, England, the Philippines and Thailand.

John had a great sense of humour, enjoyed life accumulating many stories that he loved to tell and nicknamed his buddies and family names like Peaches, Gumboot and the Brat to name a few. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of John’s life will be held later this year in Vernon, date and place to be announced when determined.

Charlie Weaver

Weaver Vernon Manning ("Charlie", "Butch")

Passed away peacefully at Lakeside Homes, Gander on Monday, February 25th, 2019, Vernon Weaver, age 76.

Left to mourn with loving memories are his daughters Julie Weaver, Jeanne (Trevor) Dixon; grandchildren Tyler, Chase and Autumn; sisters Bootsie (Gabriel) Lewis of Saint John NB, Dawn Chedore of Saint John NB and Sally Theobald of Burlington ON; sisters-in-law Olive Burke of Corner Brook, Linda Rodgers of Montreal; brother-in-law Gordon (Paula) of Paradise, and many other relatives and friends.

Resting at Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander on Thursday, February 28th from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

A small private funeral service will take place. Interment will follow. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in Vernon’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 107-835 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, NL. A1N 3J6.

Arrangements entrusted through Stacey’s Funeral Home. To sign our online memorial guestbook, please visit

Rosalind Goulette

Goulette Rosalind

Rosalind Goulette - April 11, 1945 ~ August 29, 2018 (age 73)

The death of Rosalind Goulette of Dalhousie occurred at the Campbellton Regional Hospital August 29, 2018 at the age of 73. Born in Dalhousie, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Florence (Duguay) Dawson.

Rosalind is survived by her husband Emile; son David (Brenda) of Stoney Plains, Alberta; grand daughters Angela and Christine as well as her sisters Debbie Donato and Freda Wilson. She was predeceased by her sister Norma.

Her funeral will be held at the St. John Bosco Church, Dalhousie on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 at 11 am.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of MacMillan’s Funeral Home, Black Point.

Evelyn Domingue

Domingue Evelyn

In Loving Memory of Evelyn Domingue Domingue, Evelyn, 82, of Moncton passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Monarch Hall on February 6, 2019. Born in Albert Co, NB, she was the daughter of the late Stafford and Mary MacEachern.

She bravely battled MS for most of her life, but was still able to pursue her many hobbies including sewing, knitting, and quilting for her grand and great grandchildren. She will always be remembered and missed as a devoted wife, loving mother, nanny, great grandma and good friend to many. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Charles), Lori (Rick); grandchildren; Nicholas (Melissa), Jillian (Daniel), Cara, Candace (David), Amy, Aron, great grandchildren, Kylie, Aiden, and Luca.

She is also survived by her siblings, Gordie, Bert (Myrna), Harold, Marie (Gary), Grace (Wayne), and Deanna (Roger). In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Ronald, son, Marc, daughter, Jeanine, siblings, Jerry, and Eleanor.

Resting at Fair Haven Funeral Home with funeral service Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00pm at Fair Haven Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Fair Haven Cemetery. Donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the MS Society.

Bill Warshick

Warshick William G. "Bill"

Captain William G Warshick Published: February 11, 2019

Bill Warshick, age 95, passed away peacefully February 4, 2019. A first generation Canadian who grew up in Saskatoon. Bill was the son of Ukrainian immigrants Michael and Paulina Varoshik. Defined by his military service, Bill joined the Signal Corps at age 18, partaking in the Juno Beach landing and the Liberation of Holland. His military career saw he and his wife, Ruby, and their growing family posted to Belgium, France, Whitehorse, Winnipeg and various Ontario towns before moving to Dartmouth and ultimately St. John's. These post-war years included a posting in Alert, Nunavut on the Distant Early Warning Line, where Bill employed his knowledge of signals and the Russian language. Bill later used his fluency in multiple languages while working at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and later as a Fisheries Officer in St. John's. Upon retirement, Bill and Ruby moved to St. Catharines. Bill was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion who sold poppies each year, talked in schools, and actively worked on the Juno Beach Centre initiative. He and Ruby participated in many commemorative trips to Holland and France recognizing the efforts of Canadian troops during the Liberation of Holland and D-Day. Bill was an avid gardener known for his magnificent sunflowers. A born raconteur, Bill entertained with his stories and puns. He loved knowledge, valued education, and especially loved puzzles, cryptoquotes, and riddles. Bill, or "Bop" to his grandchildren, had a great sense of humour and was a devoted family man. Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruby (Key); daughters, Sam McCarty (Michael), Toronto, Annalea Masiello (Jim), Grand Island, N.Y.; grandchildren, TJ, Gray and Haylen McCarty (Henry Short), Samantha and Alex Warshick, Nicholas, Andrew and Kristopher Masiello; daughter-in-law, Cathy Boyd, Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his son, Brian; and sisters, Annette, Genevieve, Marion, and Ruby.

Frank Doucet

Doucet Frank

Passed away January 22, 2019, at 83 years of age. He was the spouse of the late Lucienne Arseneau and son of the late Albénie Doucet and the late Catherine Martin. He leaves behind his companion Louise Paquette; his children : Darlene (Mark Evans), Lorna, Rebecca (Daniel Leduc) and Karen (James Langham); his grandchildren : Philip Bigonesse (Chanelle Papineau), Sarah Langham, Monika Bigonesse (Maxime Proulx), Thomas Langham and Gabriel Leduc. He also leaves his brothers : Auguste (Beulah), Domitien (Marie) and Richard (Mary); his sisters : Dorina (Jean-Claude), Marie Anne (Raymond) and Elodianne; sons of his companion : Éric and Kevin Brebanov; as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his daughter Tina, his brother Tony and his sisters : Fernande and Sophie.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L'OUTAOUAIS at 95, Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes in Gatineau (Hull sector). The celebration will follow at the same location at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Our family would like to thank the staff on the 8th floor of the Hull Hospital for their excellent care.

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Donald Cameron

Cameron Donald A. "Don"

Donald A. Cameron 1925-2018. Served in the RCNVR & RCN 1944-1969, retiring as a C1RS4.

Employed with the City of Ottawa 1969-1990 as a Personnel Officer.

Past member of the Masonic Lodge #564 in Ottawa.

Member of the C&PO's Association, Victoria, B.C.

And proud member of the SUPRAD Oldtimer's Association.

Don was predeceased by his wife Patricia D. Cameron (nee Higgs), and is survived by his three children Randy, Heather and Janice, 6 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at PRVHC for their wonderful care during our father's residence there (2016-2018).

Marie Pielak

Pielak Marie

Passed away on January 9, 2019. There will be no funeral or obituary as all Marie wanted was her family to be near.

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.

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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