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Lest We Forget

Jim Battershill

Battershill Jim

From Phil Colwill-----------Jim Battershill passed away last evening 21Apr18 in Nanaimo, B.C. Obit will be posted when available.

Marina Alain

Alain Marina

Posted Dec 20, 2017 5:34 PM

Marina Alain, passed away unexpectedly at The Moncton Hospital on April 15, 2018 at the age of 83. Born in Moncton, NB, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Syble (Black) Smith.

Marina is survived by her husband of 58 years, Yvan “Scotty” Alain, children; Marieanne Alain, Marc (Shelley) Alain, Rob (Maureen Crabb) Alain, grandchildren; Tara (Richard), Krissie (David), Ashley (Randy), Dylan (Kendra), Maia and her great–grandchildren; Ian, Chloé, Kylee, Aiden, Rosie and Lincoln. She is also survived by her sisters; Joyce Smith, Irene Robb and her many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Marina was predeceased by her brothers; Jimmy, Johnny and her sisters; June, Joan and Francis.

Resting at Fair Haven Funeral Home with visitation on Thursday April 19, 2018 from 1:00pm until service time. The funeral service will be on Thursday at 2:00pm. Interment will take place in Fair Haven Cemetery.

Donations in Marina’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, (506) 852–3530. A book of condolences may be signed at


Lois Murison

Murison Lois

Posted Dec 20, 2017 5:34 PM

Mom had an adventurous spirit and as a child embraced a wide spectrum of activities including horseback riding, piano, swimming and many other things. She could be found riding a horse through the orchard and hanging from an apple tree. She excelled at everything she put her mind to. In 1951, Mom enlisted as a Wren in the Canadian Navy. She was proudly serving her country when met our father, John Beverly Murison (d. 2016). Mom and Dad married on May 15th, 1953 and soon after welcomed 5 children into their lives: Judith in 1955, Linda in 1956 (d.1958), Janet in 1959, Peter in 1959 and Melody in 1961. Mom loved life and was an incredible role model for everyone. She was a powerful force; strong, brave and relentless whenever she was faced with adversity. She taught us all so much and instilled in us core values which we all maintain to this day.

Mom was an adoring grandmother to all of her grandchildren: Jennifer (Derrick), Beth, Todd, Dustin (Paige), Whitney (Josh), Nichole, Erik, Kristen (Josh) and Nicole (Casey). Her great grandchildren, Alora, Rachel, Benjamin, Evelyn, Ruby, Olivia and Weston were also her pride and joy. Mom will be missed by her sister-in-law and best friend Marjorie and her lifelong friends, Norma and Irene. She will also be missed by so many others whose lives she enriched.

Many who make “mother-in-law” jokes would be stopped in their tracks by our Mom. She embraced everyone as family and was a loving and caring mother-in-law to Kim (Peter), Mark (Melody), Carl (Janet), David and Knute. She held them all in her heart as members of her family. To list all of the charities she donated to or describe her other accomplishments within the community would be a monumental task. She was active within the community right up to the time of her passing. We must acknowledge her never ending attendances at the Blood Donor Clinic to give blood and many years of involvement in the Second City Civitan Club.

A private internment and celebration of Mom’s life will take place in the spring, Mom’s favourite time of year. In lieu of flowers, Mom would have appreciated that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Barrie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Mom you are forever in our hearts.

Lyn McBurney

McBurney Ethelyn "Lyn"

Peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Lyn McBurney (nee Duncalfe) at the age of 91 years. Beloved mother of Dawn (Dan Braund); Laurie (Wayne Bower); and Scott (Kim Hender). Cherished grandma of Jaclyn (Matt) Dobbs and Rachael Braund; Katie (Daniel) Steinfeld and David (Amanda) Bower; Shilo, Tessa, Liam, and Aiden McBurney; and great-grandmother of Emily, Jacob, Joshua, Sarah, Liam, Charlotte, Aalia and Ella. Also survived by her brothers Lyle and Delbert, her sister Ione, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband "Mac" and her brothers Stewart, Lester and Jack.

Dedicated Navy wife ( 1949-1975), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful hostess and baker. She touched the lives and hearts of many throughout her travels and in her family life.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn, 2451 County Road 15, Maitland on Wednesday, March 28th from 1-3 pm. Light refreshments will be served. A funeral service to honour and celebrate Lyn's life will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 3 pm at the Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn, Maitland. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brockville Wesleyan Church or the OSPCA Leeds and Grenville Branch will be gratefully acknowledged. Send condolences, place a donation, light a memory candle or share a special thought of Lyn online at

Floyd Finnessy

Finnessy Floyd

Toney River, NS - Floyd William Thomas Finnessy, age 80, of Toney River, Nova Scotia passed away March 10, 2018 in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Born in Ottawa, he was a son of the late Stanley and Mildred Finnessy.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Dianna (Shaban); daughters, Susan McKee and Pamela McKee (Randy), both of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Gregory and Stephanie; brothers, Brian (Anne), Moncton, New Brunswick and Gary (Edna), Ottawa; sister, Carol McCrea, Cobourg, Ontario; many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no services at this time.


John Ward

Ward John

John Ward - "I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau Mr. John Ward at Heartwood Long Term Care Facility, Cornwall on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of 59 years to Patricia (née Cairnduff) Ward. Loving father of Donna Johnston (Brian), Bonnie Loney (Brent), and the late Stephen Ward. Sadly missed by his 5 grandchildren Celty (Vince Zeiglar), Josh Loney (Alex), Jenna Loney (Chase), Haley (Stephanie Coleman), Taylor (Stephen Noseworthy); 5 great-grandchildren Georgia, Maddox, Morgan, Harrison, and Ava; and predeceased 2 great-grandchildren Emerson and Harper. Loved son of the late Sydney and Edith (née Newton) Ward. Dear brother of George Ward (Ruth). Family and friends will be received for a time of remembrance at the home of Bonnie and Brent Loney, 1728 Cumberland Street, Cornwall on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1-4 PM. Funeral arrangements entrusted to WILSON FUNERAL HOME 822 Pitt Street, Cornwall. If so desired contributions in his memory to Heartwood Long Term Care would be appreciated. Online messages of condolence may be made in the obituary section of: www.wilsonfuneralhome.ca13258245

Lloyd Atwell

Atwell Lloyd Henry James

Lloyd Henry James Atwell - Nov.22, 1939 - Feb.21, 2018

Lloyd Henry Atwell was born in Nelson, BC in 1939, leaving to pursue a 22 year career in the Navy. Lloyd and family moved to Masset where he was a fisherman and then eventually he and Denise settled in Chilliwack, in 1993 until his passing Feb 21, 2018.

Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Denise, son Ron (Tammy), daughter Angie (Ivan), brother Sheldon (Eileen), sister Kathleen (Bob), several grandchildren, one great grandson, nieces and nephews. No service will be held. Donate to charity of choice in lieu of flowers.


Jens Madsen

Madsen Jens Erik

Born on September 5, 1941 in Spirit River, Alberta to Danish immigrants Jens Christian and Astrid Aase. Jens passed away at Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Friday, January 26, 2018. Beloved husband to Fernande (Drouin) for 50 years and the proud and loving father of Priscilla and Eric (Stephanie). Cherished grandfather to: DeAndre (Jessica), Charlee, Roman Madsen and Kendall Boucher. He will be missed by his brothers: Peter (Germaine), Albert (late Joan); his sisters Julie (Ken Wiebe), Siri (Jim Stewart) and Linda (Don Hansen) as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Christian and his sister Frieda Juzwishyn (Robert). Jens will be remembered for being a faithful Christian family man with a huge and caring heart.

In his earlier years he enjoyed many different sports. He had a unique sense of humour and loved making people laugh. From 1960 to 1984, Jens was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Army and RCAF). His military service involved peace-keeping in the Congo, the Golan Heights, Germany and many Canadian postings.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, family, the home care team and all involved in his long-term care. The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L'OUTAOUAIS, 95, boul. de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Hull. Interment will be at the Beechwood Cemetery with military tribute. Donations to Operations Smile Canada or Leprosy Relief Canada would be appreciated.

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Mervyn Brown

Brown Lawrence Mervyn

Dale Hodge

Hodge Dale William

Dale William Hodge, son of the late William Douglas Hodge and Lorna Helen Hodge (nee Clarke) passed away peacefully on January 7, 2018 at the age of 67 in Ottawa after a short illness. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Michele, and his cherished cat, Darcy. He is survived by his sister, Karen Rae (Andrew), step-daughter, Shannah Bickford, nephews, Andrew Rae, Jamie Rae, niece, Tara Rae, and many cousins.

Dale was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 24, 1950. At the time of his passing, he resided in Ottawa and had retired after a full career as a communications specialist. Dale began his career serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, continuing on to serve as a Communications Officer at various Canadian embassies overseas. Dale completed his service at the DND Communication Centre in Ottawa.

Dale was an avid reader who especially enjoyed the topics of history and politics. Dale enjoyed sports, a pastime he shared with his nephew, Jamie, to whom he was very close. Donations in honor of Dale can be made to a charity of your choice. A private family service will be held in the late spring in Ottawa.

Jim Low

Low James Stevenson Junior

Jimmy Low was retired RCAF rad tech who remained in Masset after his retirement. He loved the Queen Charlottes spending many hours hunting and fishing and whatever else he preferred. He passed away recently and will be sadly missed by everyone who had the good fortune of meeting and knowing him.

Doug Fletcher

Fletcher Douglas "Doug" Charles - Aug. 11, 1943 - Jan. 25, 2018

Retired Canadian Navy Veteran Doug at the age of 74, passed away peacefully at KGH with family by his side. Beloved Husband of Carol for 46 years. Loving Father of David, Michael (Nicole), Craig (Heather), Susan. Predeceased by Daughter Pamela Christine (1975). Lovingly remembered by Grandchildren Kyle, Emma, Joshua, Owen, Chloe and Jacob. Survived by Sisters Noreen (Michael), Linda (J.J.) and predeceased by Sister Anita (Earl). Fondly remembered by Nieces and Nephews.

Cremation has taken place. At his request no service. A Celebration of Life will be held at 560 Legion on Friday Feb 2nd from 3-6 pm.

Bill Reitsma

Reitsma Gerard "Bill" - May 30, 1931 - January 9, 2018

Gerard's life came to a peaceful end on January 9 at the KinVillage Care Home in Tsawwassen, BC. He was 86 years old. Gerard was one of eight children born to Gerrit Reitsma and Tetje Wynia of Bentley, Alberta.

Gerard joined the Royal Canadian Navy in May 1949 and received his basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. He served in the Korean War on board HMCS Cayuga 1950-1952. After the war, as part of the Navy's Special Services Branch, he became an expert in signals intelligence and served at HMC NRS Churchill. It was here, in 1953, that he met Wren Doreen Patterson (1927-2000), whom he would later marry in 1960. From 1955 to 1971, Gerard was stationed at the Vancouver Wireless Station VWS-Ladner, which was then a centre of Cold War operations. He also accepted unique missions at the wireless base in Alert, located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

In later years, Gerard worked as a bookkeeper for Sparmac Timber, and in his retirement, developed his artistic side as he photographed and painted many of Delta's historic buildings. His paintings were made into a series of art cards, and his artwork today graces the walls of many homes. Gerard was also a member of the Tsawwassen Curling Club, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 289 Tsawwassen.

The family wishes to thank the staff at KinVillage for providing Dad with excellent care, Dr. Stewart Noble for his support as family physician, the kind volunteers at Delta Hospice Society, and Kim Muzyka for her dedicated friendship to Dad over the years.

Please join Gerard's sons, Raymond Reitsma (Will Fong) and Richard Reitsma (Michelle), and their families in a celebration of life for Gerard Reitsma on Saturday, February 3, at 11:00 am, at the Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Avenue, Delta. Reception to follow in the Church Hall.

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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