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ADDISON, Herb.  1928 – 2002. Raised in Toronto, Herb completed a year at U of T, then joined the RCN as an OS in 1946, then went on to Officer Trg in the UK in 1947. He served on HURON in Korea; then QUEBEC; attended P&RT Course in 1952 and became OIC Naden P&RT School; at sea on ONTARIO; then RRMC; Stadacona; BONADVENTURE; Cornwallis; JONQUIERE; NEW GLASGOW; Marpac; NDHQ; Norfolk VA, USA then back to Marpac. He retired in 1975 as a LCdr and lived in Sidney BC where he worked with Canada Trust; was an Alderman of Sidney Council;chaired the Saanich Water Board, then became a professional golf caddy for 10 years. At age 71 he decided to stay at home and work on his own game. He passed away at home in Aug 2002 in Sidney.

ADKIN, Billy.  1890 – 1972.  Billy joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914, serving in France with the 1st Artillery Brigade. Selected for training as a Bayonet Fighting & Physical Training Instructor he became his unit’s PTI. (Note the Hat Badge!!) Retiring as a S/Sgt in 1919, he returned to Biggar and the CNR. In 1941Billy enlisted in the RCAF, attending the RCAF PT&DI course. He was discharged in 1943 (he had lied about his age). He retired to Victoria BC until his death in 1972. Retiring in 1973 his son “Sandy” joined the RCAF in 1940 (a year before his Dad) and was a PT&DI, Rec Spec and PERI.

ADKIN, Charles (Sandy) Earnest. 1921-2010.   Sandy enlisted in the RCAF in 1940 and qualified as a PT&DI, spending a lot of time in manning depots. By 1945 he was a WO2 in the PT&DI trade and served overseas. In 1946 he reverted to LAC and remustered as a Safety Equipment Technician. He returned to the PT&DI trade in 1947. One of the original members of Rec Spec Branch in 1952, Sandy served in Seneterre; Comox; Lachine; Halifax; Trenton and Cold Lake. He retired from CFSPER in 1973 as a MWO. Sandy passed away at the Toronto General Hospital after complications during surgery on 13 Jan 2010.

                              Click here   for a short discourse on Sandy, written by Scotty Fuller                

ALLEN, Dick  1921-2008  Retired RCAF Physical Education and Recreation Branch, Founder in 1986 of the Annual Dick Allan Charity Golf Tournament and Reunion for former Physical Education and Recreation Branch and current Personnel Support Program members and their guests.                                   (Click for his Obituary)

ANDERSON, Rod.  1952 - 2002.    Rod was born in Burgeo, Newfoundland and settled in Victoria with his wife and friend Ethel who is a nurse manager. Ethel still lives in Victoria with their dog "dockboy" that went everywhere with him. He owned a Yacht Sales business and was skippering a vessel for a client in Alaska at the time of his passing. Anyone who has ever spent even just a few minutes in his company knows the energy he put into every speck of his life for he had just come back off a run when it happened. One of his heros was Bruce Lee so weights and body building was only part of his all round regime to keep himself in shape. He was also a bush pilot and scuba instructor. He had many friends here in Victoria and two sisters , Linda and Sandy, and their families. As a tribute to his love of the sea, his ashes were spread both on the waters off Vancouver Island and Burgeo. A statue was also erected on Arbutus Island (photo attached) that you can see from the British Columbia ferry as you come into port at Sidney on Vancouver Island. The last Arbutus tree died since the first dives we had together on Arbutus Island but a few of us are nurturing some seedlings to plant in his honor. We’ll never forget Rod.     (More)

ANGRIGNON, George. 1933–2000. George Charles Jean-Joseph, RCN (Ret'd) of Sandy Cove,Digby Co. died at the age of 67 on September 25, 2000 in the Valley Regional Hospital NS.  Born in Verdun, Quebec he was a son of the late George and Eleanor (Woodbury) Angrignon.  He served in the Canndian Armed Forces for thirty-seven and a half years. George was a member of the RCN gymnastics team and was also heavily involved with as a coach and official. He served as PERI career manager before retiring in 1988 as a CWO.  He was a member of the Digby Pines Golf Club. He is servived by his wife, Marion and is interred at Sandy Cove NS.

ARNOTT, Jim ? - ?.   LCdr. Jim was first generation PTI. He headed the P&RT School in Cornwallis in the 1950's.After retirement he lectured at the University of Ottawa..

BAMBRICK, Charles "Boots" 1936 - 2011. A former RCAF member,"Boots" qualified on the RCAF R&PE SPEC Course 6402(Sept- Dec1964).Click on the following link for the photo (RCAFRecSpecCrse6402.   Boots had recently been employed as a Commissionnaire. He passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Campus Hospital on Monday, December 12th, 2011, at the age of 75. Loving husband of Rita. Beloved father of Darcy and Patrick (Patricia). Proud grandfather of Natasha, Sean and Siri. Dear brother of Lily. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Rd (east of Bank) Ottawa on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated.

BARBEAU, Art.   1930 - 2006.  Born in Ottawa in 1930, Art attended Ottawa Technical HS, McGill (2nd yr Engineering) and earned a Certificate in Recreation Administration from Western.  He served in the RCAF from 1948  to 1974, mainly as a RecO and retired as a Maj. Art was a member of the Cdn Jr Gymnastic Championship team in 1947, winner of the trombone solo at the Ottawa music festival in 1946 and was a member of many orchestras over the years and directed church choirs at many military churches during his career. Art was active in real estate, but his interests are varied and changed over the years in intensity since he continued to be very active in exercising and intellectual activities. He was very active in church choral work and learning how to get around on the web. He was writing a novel since one of his abilities throughout his life was a facility to express himself in writing. This contributed to his success during his 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and fifteen years in Real Estate. He was very actively pursuing the establishment of a PE&R memorial cairn in Trenton. Art passed away in Pierrefonds QC on 24 July 2006.

Click to view his obituary and BarbeauArtBio for his biography.

BATEMAN, John   ? - 1981.  John joined us in the late 50’s as an extra-regimentally employed officer from the Canadian Provost Corps. After acting as the Chief Instructor at CFSPER, John served as the BPERO of CFB Petawawa. In 1970 he retired to become the Superintendent of Recreation for the NWT in Yellowknife. John passed away in Sep 1981 in Annapolis NS  .                      

BEATTEAY, Gerald "Gerry" 1943 - 2012 Gerry was born in St. John, New Brunswick on March 1st, 1943. He was member of the Royal Canadian Regiment and remustered to the PERI 851 from Glocester Hall in London ON. An excellent vaulter, diver and trampoline performer, he was a star in many displays across Canada including the 1967 Tattoo Gymnastic Team. Gerry retired from the CF while in Chatham NB.



BEAUCHENE, Joe   1950-2013. Born in New West Minster B.C. on 10 January 1950, he enlisted in the RCAF in 1967 then subsequently in 1971 he attended a PERI TQ5 course in Borden after which he remustered to the PERI family. Due to his self motivation, course acheivements and personal pride, he was voted as the "Most Improved Student" by his peers on the course and was awarded the Misener Memorial trophy.
He served in C.F.B. Cornwallis, C.F.S. Ramore, C.F.B. Ottawa, C.F.S. Bermuda, C.F.B. Edmonton, C.F.S.P.E.R., C.F.B. Lahr and C.F.B. Chilliwack. In 1990 he was awarded the M.M.M. and retired from the Military in 1993.
Joe was one of the founders of the recently rejuvenated Western PER Reunion and was the Administrator of our website


BEAUDOIN, Andre 1940-2016.  Andre was a former RCAF member and served his country from 1958 to 1992. In 1965 he qualified as an RCAF Recspec by attending his PL 5 Course in Camp Borden. He retired from the PERI Trade and the military as an MWO and passed away on 2 August 2016.


André était un ancien membre de l'ARC et a servi son pays de 1958 à 1992. En 1965, il est qualifié comme un Recspec RCAF en assistant à son Cours PL 5 à Camp Borden. Il a pris sa retraite du commerce PERI et les militaires comme un MWO et décédé le 2 Août ici 2016.




BERMAN, John  1935-2009.   Born in 1935 in Halifax NS, John enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1953 with the RCAMC and attended the PT Course that was used to qualify personnel for the Army PT Cadre. He has served at Borden; Shilo; Gagetown; Petawawa; North Bay; Trenton; CFSPER and Halifax.  Awarded the MMM in 1982, John retired in 1990 as a CWO.  


BERRYHILL, Wally  1940- 2014. Wally was former member of the RCEME who remustered into the trade in the early 1960s. He qualified on the  Army Group 3 PTI course in 1962 and moved around the country serving in Gagetown, RMC and other bases. He was a good gymnast an excellent instructor and an avid fisherman. He retired as an MWO and was a very active and longtime member of the Trenton Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110 having served two terms as President.



BEST, Bill.  1932-1993.  Born in St John NB in 1932 he joined the CF in 1952 as a member of the PPCLI. He re mustered to the PT Cadre mid 50s. He had served in Calgary; Edmonton; Soest; Borden; Halifax; Winnipeg and Gagetown. After retiring in 1980 he was employed with Industrial Securities in St John NB. He was an active member of the Lions Club and the Jervis Bay Branch of the Royal Canadian legion. He is interred in St John NB.  (More)

BEVAN, Dick.   1937-2000.  Dick was born in Ketton, England and received his education in Victoria BC. He joined the RCAF in the mid-fifties and attained every non-commissioned rank, retiring as a CWO. He served in Baldy Hughes; Gander; Chatham; Summerside; Shearwater; Borden and Esquimalt.  Next to family, Dick enjoyed basketball, golf and boating. He served as manager of the National Basketball Team for two years

BJOLA, Len.   1932 -2016.  - Active service in the Korean war as a ships gunner and served 27 years in the Navy as a Physical Education Instructor. His proudest moment - as a leader in the 1967 Gun Run Tattoo and many stories - most notable, his trainees (victims) of 40 years ago still call to say hi.
- 17 years operating the Sooke Arena, proudest moments - a staff of 4 doing the work of 15, and his world famous hand built beautiful wood bleachers.
- 10 year volunteer at Metchosin Golf Club - proudest moment - his team of volunteers.
Len passed away on 4 May 2016.


BLACKABY, Alf. 1934 - 2006.   Alfred (Alf) passed away May 9, 2006 at age 72. Survived by his partner Deborah , daughter Jennifer (Shaun), grandchildren Jake and Danika, brothers Henry (Marilynn) and William ( Margaret ) and their families.

Memorial Service Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in Towers Baptist Church , 10311 Albion Road , Richmond , B.C. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 360 1385 West 8 Avenue, Vancouver , B.C. V6H 3V9.

BLANCHE, Bill.  1943 – 1986.  Bill Was born Feb 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario and attended Number 13 P&RT2 Course Aug-Dec 1965 at the Royal Canadian Navy School of Physical and Recreational Training. He served two tours at Cornwallis and also served at CFB Halifax, CFB Cold Lake, CFS Beausejour and CFB Petawawa. Bill’s last posting was at CFB Winnipeg where he suffered a heart attack.
BONDE, Larry. ? - ?
BONELLO, Ted. ? - 1996. In Winnipeg

BONNER, Reg 1941 - 2014.  A former member of the RCHA and PERI, Reg retired in Lahr in 1980 and took an NPF position as Arena Manager. On CFE closeout, he became involved with Branch 002 of the Royal Canadian Legion. At the time of his passing, he was the Zone Commander for European Legion Branches. Reg had a great attitude and personality; always laughing and joking. Regardless of what task he was assigned should it be arena manager or organization, you could count on him for excellent results. A great person, a great PERI and a great friend. He will be missed. Click here to read the Lahr Germany obituary on Reg which outlines his dedication and achievements as Zone Commander in Europe.

BORDEN, Wilf.  1932– 1990. After few years of army cadets, while in high school, Wilf anxiously joined the RCAF in 1951.  Wilf started his military career as an aero-engine tech then remustered to Rec Spec after eighteen months. then served at Greenwood; St. Jean, Trenton, Stadacona and Shearwater.  He also did a tour in Egypt. Wilf retired in 1976 as a MCpl. He won many awards in recognition of his athletic talents and was posthumously honoured in the early 90's when CFB Greenwood named the Summer Basketball League trophy after him.  His brother George was also a RecSpec.

BOYCE, Trevor Henry. 1923 - 2006    Trevor was born March 4, 1923, in Swift Current, SK.  He joined the RCN and served as a Wireless Operator during WWII.  Trevor met Jean before his enlistment and they were married June 17, 1948.  After working several years with the C.P.R. in Swift Current, Trevor rejoined the Armed Forces as a “ Rec Spec” and he and his family lived in North Bay, ON, Edmonton, AB, and  Marville, France, before settling in Kamloops in 1967.  Trevor retired from the Forces in 1970 and continued working in Government positions in Kamloops until 1976 when he retired due to health issues.  Trevor enjoyed his golf games, travels to Reno and gardening. (More)

BREAU, Fred.   1945 - 2004   Born in St John NB in 1945, Fred was a PERI for several years. After his release from the Forces, he served with the Coast Guard, Ice breakers, Auxiliary Vessels, the Dockyard and the Corps of Commissionaires. He is interred in St John NB.  (More)

BRICKER, Scott  1925 - 2012  Born in 1925 Scott served as a tail gunner in Lancaster bombers during WW2. After being released at the end of the war he attended U of T and received his BPHE. Re-enlisting in the Canadian Army in 1948 he served as a commissioned officer in the QOR of C, retiring as a Major in 1975. During the period 1964-67 he was the Commandant of the APTC, then the CFSPER in Camp Borden. Upon retirement in 1975 he worked for Alberta Disaster Services. 


BROUGH, Robert (Rick).     1929-2008  Rick was born in1929 in Knightswood, Glasgow, Scotlan. At twenty, he enlisted in the British Armed Forces as a regular, rather than do three years compulsory National Service which was in operation then (l949).  His ambition was always to be a PTI, and especially to be chosen to enter the Army Physical Training Corps, but you have to qualify and be transferred to it, after being a Unit PTI.  Preliminary service was with the RASC.  In 1950 he was posted to Malaya, Singapore to be precise, where he completed his preliminary courses for APTC requirements. He'd also made Staff/Sgt (WO) in 1952.  Rick served with the Royal Scots and The Royal Scots Fusiliers, one on the East coast, the other the West. In 1958 he was posted back to Aldershot and was on Staff at Mons Officer Cadet School, until transferring to the Canadian Armed Forces in 1960. He was on the staff of the PT School at Camp Borden until Sep 1961. From there his postings were London,Ont; Germany, back to London, CFB Downsview, CFB Petawawa, CFS Alert and finally CFB Esquimalt, where he retired in 1980, having by now served in all three elements -Army, Air Force and Navy!!! Whichever cap badge he wore, whether the uniform was khaki or green and to whichever element he was attached, he was always 100% dedicated to his trade and his job. If he could be summed up in one word, it would be integrity. (More)

Irene's address can be found under "Spouses and Friends" on the Locator Page.

BULLOCK, Douglas David  1937-2012  Born March 9, 1937 in Edmonton, AB, Doug passed away in West Kelowna with his family at his side on January 26, 2012. Doug grew up in Welling, AB, joined the RCAF in 1954, and then married Judy his childhood sweetheart in July of ’57.  He served as a recreation specialist with the RCAF at several bases across Canada and Germany.  After he retired from the service he spent 8 years in real estate in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan.  In 1987, he and Judy moved to Sicamous, BC where they retired at their home on the Shuswap Lake.  His last years were spent helping his brother-in-law, Doug; in the development of Doug and Karen’s property at Shuswap Falls RV Park.  This became a very special place to him for which he was very proud.       Obit

BURNSIDE, Ron.  ? –  1982. Ron was one of the original RCAF Recreation Specialists and retired in 1967as a F/Sgt. For many years afterwards he was the Secretary/Manager of the Ontario Arena Association. He passed away in Niagara Falls ON on 6 October 1982.

BYRNELL, Wesley Edward 1925 - 2012 Wes was born 19 Aug 1925 in British Columbia, the youngest of three children.  As a lad, Wes was always active, very athletic and venturesome and so he joined the Navy (RCNVR) in 1944 at the tender age of seventeen. He was promptly shipped out to London, ON to the Pilot Selection Unit. The ending of WW II changed any plans Wes had of becoming a Pilot for the Navy.  Following the end of the war, Wes returned to Vancouver with the intent of becoming a YMCA Instructor. At this time he began his boxing career, which saw him win 136 amateur bouts including the Golden Gloves, Diamond Belt, Silver and Bronze Awards and numerous RCAF and Military Boxing Championships. He retired from the ring with an undefeated record which is somethingto which very few boxers can lay claim.

He rejoined the Canadian Forces in 1952 in the RCAF and was sent to Aylmer, ON, where he became a Recreation Specialist (Rec Spec); later to become the Physical Fitness and Recreation Instructor (PERI) Branch. During the course of his military career, Wes, became very interested and proficient as an Athletic Sports Therapist. An occupation he was to pursue and perfect long after his release from the CF in 1977. He was recognized in his prime as a pioneer in this field and for a number of years was one of the very best and most highly respected Sports Therapist in Canada.   Wes received the Canadian Order of Merit in 1976 was selected as B.C. Sportsman of the Year in 1981 and selected into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He officially retired from the Canadian Forces as a Master Warrant Officer in 1977 while at RRMC but continued his career as a Sports Therapist full time until 2001.   


Photos and stories                              Farewell poem

CALDWELL Charles Roy 'Chick.'   1944 - 2016

Charles Caldwell, affectionately know to us as Chick passed away on 13 April 2016 in Annapolis Royal NS. Along with other former PERI's Fred Williams, Chris Seymour, Bill Compagnon and spouses attended the funeral of our friend Chick Caldwell. His death was unexpected and was the result of a heart attack. The celebration of his life was attended by family, friends, colleagues, and the funeral home was overflowing with as many as 100 ‎people having to listen via speakers outside. It was a beautiful sunny Annapolis Royal day with temperatures around 16 degrees. Many of his current and former students spoke of their love and respect for Chick. The superintendent of schools for the Western Valley spoke of his unwavering dedication to the students, fellow teachers and referred to him as a true ambassador of education. We have lost a very fine man and friend.


CARMICHAEL, Dick   ? -2017  Dick was a former Rec spec in the RCAF.  In addition to being a good badminton player he held the Canadian Forces Track and Field records for the 1, 3 and 6 mile runs. He attended most of the Dick Allen golf Tournaments and National Reunions held in Kingston ON.


CASTLE, Robert (Bob) 1937 - 2013. Bob was an RCAF Rec Spec. More to follow.




CATHCART, John1931-2003    Born in New Waterford (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia.  John enlisted in the RCAF in 1951.  He was a member of the infamous "Down Home Gang" on Rec Spec Course number five, including both Bordens; young Hubbard; "Cussie Fells" and the "old leprechaun" himself.  John's personalized Irish accent; devilish smile; constant limericks; and "Top-O-the-Morning!"salutations made him a welcome addition to the Rec Spec fraternity.  He served on units, stations and bases across Canada, Europe and the Middle East.  Following his retirement in 1980, John went on to spend two more decades in uniform as a commissionaire in NS and PEI.  John is remembered for his stern advocacy in all matters "personal," which reflected his tough miner-town upbringing and firm Catholic convictions.  He was in no way a conformist without good reason for being so.

CHAISSON, Bernie.  ? - ?  


CHANDLER, Gordon ( Jeff ).   ? - 2010. "Jeff" Chandler a former FCO that remustered to RecSpec,  passed quietly at home in London ON Saturday afternoon November 27th, 2010 at the age of 73. Father of Philip, widowed husband of Brenda (deceased January 1999), brother of Christine, Dianne, Joyce and Audrey.

CHELLEW, Peter. 1935 - 2009. Born on Sept 29th, 1935 in Sturgeon Falls, ON Pete proudly served in the Air Force for 33 years. was Photo of CHELLEW, Peteran athlete and avid sports enthusiast winning many awards as an all-star pitcher and goaltender during his service career. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends and particularly enjoyed the stories (lies?) replayed around the campfire each night. After retirement, Pete developed a fascination with recycling and will be remembered by many Valley residents as the friendly “can man”...great for the environment and not bad for the pocket book either!   Peter passed away on Sept 4th, 2009 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital following complications from heart surgery.   A Celebration of Pete’s life was held on Thursday, Sept 10th at the RCAF Association 888 Wing, Lazo, BC. Click for his Obituary
CHESSON, Tommy.  ? - 1988. Tommy was a member of the Canadian Guards and transferred to the Army PT Cadre in the late 1950s. ChessonWith the imminent implementation of unification Tommy decided to retire from the PTS(RCIC).  During 1957-58 Tom was the Canadian Welterweight Boxing champion and in 1958 he was voted as the Most Outstanding Boxer in Canada. Because of these achievements he was inducted into the CF Sports Hall of Fame.
CLARK, Gerry. 1937-1996    Gerry was a remuster from the RCHA. He joined the Army in 1955. An avid boxer he also enjoyed playing hockey, particularly as a goalie.           Obituary

COE, Bob. ? - ?.    C1PT4: Bob was a first generation PTI. He was a university level football referee,soccer, fastball and basketball coach and player.

COELL, Ron    1928 - 2006 Born in Vancouver BC, Ron joined the Merchant Navy in 1951 then moved to the RCN where he served 23 years on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; part of this time he served as a P and RT Officer. After retirement he worked with the EMO of NS and retired as the director. In the early 1990's he returned to Victoria and did extensive work with Scouts and St John's Ambulance, for which he was awarded Knight by the Governor-General. Ron was an active participant in the Bosn's breakfast group in Victoria before his illness precluded his attendance. He passed away in the Royal Jubilee Hospital on 20 Dec 2006.              Obituary

CONROY, Earl.    1936 –  1976. A PERI Cpl at Chilliwack BC, Earl passed away on 3 Sep 1976 after a lengthy illness. 


CORNER, Raymond.   1893 – 1978.  A Sgt in the Army Medical Corps with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in WW 1, he attended  the 1916 Bayonet Fighting and Physical Training Course in Victoria BC at No 11 Military District School of BF &PT. In 1918 he became a F/O in the RCAF and on returning to Canada became a successful fruit grower and poultryman. He was the Clerk of the District of Glenmore BC for 30 years.


CORNETT, Lloyd  ? - 2008.   Lloyd was member of the PPCLI who, in the eary 1950s, was extra-regimentally employed as the PT Wing CO of the RCS of I. He attended the British Army PT Corps Advanced Course with Jack Savage and Ken MacDonald in 1952. Shortly after returning to Canada, Lloyd returned to regimental duty with the PPCLI as a Company Commander and eventually retired as a Major to work  as a stock broker. He resided in Tsawwassen BC and after several severe medical problems, Lloyd succumbed to a massive heart attack on 21 Jan 2008.   (Obit)

CORSCADDEN, James "Corky" 1934-2011. "Corky" Corscadden late of Abbotsford BC, passed away on September 12, 2011 at the age of 77 at Delta View Habilitation Centre. He is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughters, Jo-Ann (Andy), Lori (Mike); and son, Kevin (Delo); step children, Chad (Karyn), Char (Con), Danielle (Bryan); grand-children, Matthew & Nathan, Jordan & Adrian and Gloria & Amanda; great grand children, Brandon, Tyler, Ethan, Liam, Mikiya, Martyne, Billy, Sebastien, Jules, and Gwendolyn. He was pre- deceased by his first wife,Julie in 1995. Corky was a retired Recreation Specialist with the RCAF and a former member of Corrections Canada. He loved spending time with family when he wasn't travelling the world. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


COSS, Eric  ? - 1996?

COX, Fred. ? - ?   Fred was a surface officer in the RCN and re-classified to "sub" service completing the RCN Clearence Diving Officer (CLDO) course #1965, qualifying as a naval clearance diving officer. He served in that capacity for several years and was later seconded to the RCN Physical Training Branch as a P&RT Officer. As a LCdr Fred returned to the Clearance Diving Branch at the Diving Trials and Evaluation Unit at DCIEM for several years, contributing to the development of both mixed-gas and oxygen diving rebreather systems and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). He retired from the CF at DCIEM to take the position of Training Officer at the Canadian Underwater Training Centre (CUTC) in Toronto and died a natural death in Toronto five years later.      More
CROMER, JD.   ? - 1968Pte. At Chibougamau QC

CURTIS, Jack  ? - ?    Jack retired from Borden to his mobile home in Angus Ontario in 1966 (?) after a very long and distinguised career in the RCAF Phys Ed and Rec trade. He was a pioneer of that service's "Rec Spec" trade and a pioneer instructor and examiner in both the Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Service and the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada. He was among the first to recommend the formation of a Canadian National Lifeguard Service and later attended its founding meeting


CYR, Charlie 1928-2006      Charlie was a member of the R22eR  before remustering to the trade. He served mostly in Quebec;  however, one of his postings was to Shilo where he honed his golfing skills. He retired from CFB St. Jean. Predeceased by his wife Cecile De Glandon, Charlie passed away on 26 December 2006 at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He is survived by his daughters Denyse and Lynda, his son Julien his grandchildren and many friends.      Obit

DAWSON, R "Duke" 1925-2010.   Duke joined the RCN in 1944 and was demobilized in 1945.  He re-enlisted in Nov 1946    and being active in Canadian Football and Lacrosse, he .transferred to the P&RT trade completing his initial course on 13 May 1949.  Following a number of drafts ( postings for you other types) he returned to the PT school for his trade group 3 course 14 Aug - 15 Dec 1954.  Duke's career spaned 20 years under the old part 4 system. On retirement he took up residence and employment as a farrier in White Rock BC.  He later moved to 108 Mile Ranch and became a school bus driver.  He held this position until he suffered a major stroke which left him wheelchair bound for the balance of his life.  Subsequently he moved to the Fraser Valley for a period prior to settling in Kelowna B.C.   
DAY, Alan. 1926-2017.Al spent most of his life in Victoria BC, except for the four years he spent with the RCN at the end of WW2 where he served on corvettes during convoy duty, however chronic sea sickness ended his sailing career and he transfered to the P&RT Trade.   On release from the RCN, he entered the fire service working for the Saanich Fire Department, the provincial fire service and finally as the Fire Chief of the DND Fire Department. He retired in 1991 at age 65. At age 91 in Calgary at the 2016 Western Canadian 100% Raw Power-lifting competition, he bench-pressed 144lbs, a Canadian record for his age group and weight; it was also apparently beyond any US record for that age and weight. Al quite regularly attended the monthly PTI Brunch in Victoria.

A celebration of his life will be held between 2-5 PM on 21 Jul 17 in the Naden Wardroom, 1586 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria BC        More

DE LA GORGENDIERE, Bryan  1943 - 2006.   Bryan, born December 3, 1943, passed away peacefully April 27, 2006 at Worthington Photo of De La GORGENDIERE, Bryan FrancoisPavilion at the age of 62 years. Predeceased by his parents, Bryan is survived by his wife Lynn, son Graham (Marla), daughter Nicole (Brian), brother Marcel, 4 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Bryan was loved and will be missed by his family and those who knew him. He was a member of Royal Canadian Navy. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 11:00 am from Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd.

DENNY, Bill. 1934 -  2003. Born in Cornach, Saskatchewan, Bill joined the Army in 1957. In the early 60s, Bill transferred to the PT Cadre from the PPCLI. An excellent athlete, he excelled in fastball and boxing. He served on many bases including Chilliwack and Alsask from where he retired.  After his release he moved to Yahk, BC, where he owned and operated a gas station.

deROSENROLL, Glen  1926-2006  Commodore deRosenroll was the Colonel-Commandant of the Branch from 1981-1990.

(Service of Thanksgiving Program for the Memorial Service)

(Photo from Glen's Memorial Reception taken by Ken Mac)

DESBIENS, JJ.   ? – 1976.  Jack was a former Assistant PT Instructor with the 2e R22eR in Valcartier and Germany in the mid 60’s. On his return from Germany, he remustered to the PT Cadre and remained in Valcartier until he was again posted to Germany. He was an excellent PERI and a very talented athlete who excelled in all sports and was particularly outstanding in both hockey and fastball. He was a member of the CFE Representative hockey team. He was a Cpl in Germany when he passed away at the age of 27.

DESROSIERS, Des.  1940 - 2004    Born in Nelson BC, Des joined the Navy as a Radar Plotter while living in Princeton BC in 1958. A Desrosiershighly rated boxer, he won five golden glove titles across N America. As a LS in 1964 he fought his way to became the Canadian National Welterweight champion. In 1965 he repeated the process, only this time he won the Lt Heavyweight Championship.  For these feats he was inducted into the CF Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.. Des retired as a PERI from CFB Edmonton in 1975 and moved to Victoria where he worked at U Vic, then as a Corrections Officer for 12 years then retired in 1992. After living in Victoria at his "high 8" farm for a few more years he eventually moved to Kelowna.

DIAMOND, Herbie  ?-? Herb died in the mid 70s in either Belleville, Trenton or Picton area.

DIXON, Ed.  ? - ?   A former PPCLI member, Ed was involved in several sports, but one of his true loves wa s boxing. He transferred to the PT Cadre in the 50s. In the late 60’s Ed remustered to the Airborne Regt and retired as an MWO then joined the Militia in Edmonton as a Capt. He subsequently hired on with the City Parks and Recreation Board. After retiring from there he began traveling extensively in his RV and visited many old friends.

DOLHUN, Wally. ? - ?  P2PT3. Wally was a member of the RCN gymnastics in 1957.

DOMINEY, Rodney (Rod) 1936 - 2017. The family wishes to announce Rod's Rodney Dominey Obituarypassing in the early morning hours of Saturday June 3 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Burgeo Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Charles and Varina (Guy) Dominey. He was keenly interested in sports throughout his entire life, having played football, hockey and golf from a young age. He carried this love of sports into his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, working as a Physical Education and Recreation Instructor. In this capacity, he was stationed in many areas throughout the country. Following retirement from the military, he pursued a civilian career as Equipment Manager at the gymnasium at HMCS Stadacona in Halifax, retiring at age 65 in 2001. He and his wife Marcella established many close friendships throughout their travels, and have maintained these in the years since. Surviving are his wife of 58 years Marcella (Crane), sons Gary (Nancy Hakeman) of Golden, B.C., Rodney (Adele MacDonald), Halifax, daughter Jillian (Jim Joyce) of Dartmouth, grandchildren Kristin Dominey (Barry BJ Banks) of Halifax, Matthew Dominey (Jenna) of Summerside) , Ryan Joyce of Dartmouth, Jordan Hakeman of Calgary, Krista Hakeman of Golden, five great grandchildren, and former daughter in law Karen Dominey of Summerside. Also surviving is brother Ernie (late Betty) of Edmonton and sister Shirley Conrad (late Gordon) of Dartmouth, as well as several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff at 3 West of the Dartmouth General Hospital for keeping Rod comfortable in his final days. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth. As per Rod's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice. A private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Online condolences can be made at

DORION, Paul   1946 - 2007. A member of the CF Sports Honour Roll, Paul joined the Army as an apprentice soldier in the early 1960s. Paul Dorion, Recreation Director in Borden, receives the PSP Certificate of Merit from Laurie Ogilvie, National Recreation and Youth Services Manager.then remustered to the PERI trade from the RCASC and became a very highly regarded instructor and officer in out branch. His reputation as a volleyball coach was so impressive that following an RMC vs West Point Exchange Weekend - when RMC really kicked Army butt - the West Point Superintendent offered Paul the position of head coach at West Point. He turned the offer down to pursue his CF military career. And what a very successful military career it was! Following his time at RMC, he was soon promoted to Warrant Officer and shortly after was commissioned from the ranks and retired as a Captain. He later joined the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) as a Recreation Coordinator at CFB Borden. He retired December 2005.


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DRUMMOND, John ? - 1972    John's last posting was at CFHQ as the first CF PERI-Musicians-Stewards Career Manager. Prior to that he was the PERI at National Defence Medical Centre. When his brother Don was killed in a car accident John took in his brother's three kids.....adding to JOHNs four kids.

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