Zone Commander, Europe

Reginald C. Bonnar 1941 - 2014

Reginald Carl Bonnar was born on 5 July 1941 and grew up in Boiestown, New Brunswick. In 1959, Reg at the age of 18 joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery serving in Canada and Northern Germany. In 1965 he would remuster to become a Physical Education & Recreation Instructor. During his distinguished Army career he would do several tours of duty in Germany. During his last posting to Lahr from 1980 to 1984 he served with the PERI Branch at the Arena on the Airfield.

After retirement he would be offered a civilian position with the Base Physical Education Branch at CFB Lahr. As Arena Manager he continued applying his skills and knowledge until the closure of the base in 1994. His combined service to his country was well over 35 years.

His legacy however has to be the work he did with and for The Royal Canadian Legion. He was a founding member of Branch 002 in Lahr and would become the Deputy Zone Commander, Europe. In 2003 he took over the position of Zone Commander from his predecessor Andy Andrews who had suffered a stroke. Reg's endless work and dedication in organizing remembrance ceremonies throughout Europe was outstanding and was recognized both by Veteran Affairs Canada and Dominion Command who honoured him with the Meritorious Service Medal. His Legion work went far beyond ceremonies in providing assistance to those unable to look after their well being such as Veterans, widows of Canadians, the sick and elderly.

Unfortunately Reginald fell sick in February/March with treatment to be starting in April. Although already touched by illness he still chaired a Zone Meeting in the Netherlands on the 22nd of March. Reg started treatment shortly thereafter but his immune system did not take this on too well. After a short battle, Reginald passed away on the morning of Easter Saturday the 19th of April 2014. In his last days he was comforted by his wife and daughters.

With deep sorrow we say good bye to our Zone Commander and Comrade Reginald Bonnar who was well respected within the Legion organization and community. His friendship has touched us all over the years. Our condolences and sympathy go out to his family.