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SAUNDERS, John ? - ?  John (see  History page) qualified on a Bayonet Fighting and Physical Training Course held at Long Branch ON in 1917 where Billy Adkin (see above and the History page) was an Instructor at one of these Schools during WW 1. John attended a few graduation courses at CFSPER as an invited guest.

SAGE,  Al.     ? – 2001. Former RCAMC

SAVAGE, Jack.  1931-1975.  Born in Toronto, he was an RCR Pte when he attended his first PT Course in 1951 at Camp Borden. On successful completion of the course he was taken on strength of the PT Wing (RCS of I) as a staff instructor. In 1952 he attended the Advanced and Probation PT Course at the ASPT in Aldershot UK. An excellent instructor and all-around athlete he excelled in aquatics and basketball. After several postings he retired from Anderson Gym in CFB Kingston as an MWO and briefly owned a camp/resort on a lake in the Bath ON area. He later moved back to his hometown of Toronto.

SCAIFE, Frederick William 1941-2015  Born on September 4, 1941 Fred retired from the RCAF after 25 years of service. In his retirement he enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean with good friends and family as well as crosswords and Sudoku.

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SCHAMEHORN, GC (Skip). 1927-2003. Born in Saskatoon, Skip was a skilled boxer, hockey player and sportsman. A former “Boy-Soldier” with the RCE, he served in Korea as a Sgt in the 1st Bn PPCLI. In 1955 Skip successfully completed his PTI Course  at the PT Wing (RCS of I) and became a member of the Army PT Cadre.  He served in Calgary, Germany, Chilliwack, Churchill, RMC and then in 1965 he was promoted to WO1 and became the first RSM of CFSPER. In 1970 he was posted to Esquimalt where he later retired to work with Electrolux, Canada. Eventually he retired again and moved to Edmonton by way of Victoria and Westbank BC.

SCHILDS, Ron   1934-2015. Born August 23,1934 in Dawson Creek where he played minor hockey in the 40’s with his two brothers, Doug and Fran. After trying a few jobs after high school he left Dawson Creek to a career of 35 years with the Canadian Airforce. Ron was an avid sports lover.  In his military days, it was hockey, running or walking the trails in Germany or lunch hour time playing squash. Ron could easily be coached to referee football which he did in Moose Jaw. In Lahr, you could hear him on the radio as a radio broadcaster for many a hockey game. Ron and Betty and children travelled to many a base in Canada and there were two postings to Germany. One of his favorite postings was to Moose Jaw where he trained to fly Snowbirds.

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SCOPIE, Don ? - ? P2PT3. Don was a strong boxing and squash player. He Operated the Dartmouth arenas after retirement.

SEARLE, James 1923-2010.  Jim was a prairie lad who joined the RCN as a boy seaman. During WW2 he was a member of Joint Operations and acted as a landing craft driver for the invasion of Italy. Among other ships, he served on HMCS Prince Robert during the war.

 

                

SENOS, Ed  1928-2014  Edward SENOS March 25, 1928 - Dec. 3, 2014 peacefully in hospital in Calgary, AB. at the age of 86, after a brief illness. Loving husband of the late Lorraine (Lecasson), predeceased by his son Scott, twin brother Eric and sister Joyce (Saunders). He is survived by his sons Tom and Stephen (Edmonton), brother James (Bev) Claresholm, AB., nephews Sean and Brennan who cared for him personally during his final years, and several other nieces and nephews. Edward was a retired RCAF warrant officer and also retired from Myers Motors. He was a golden glove boxer, inducted into both the Ontario and Canadian Boxing Halls of Fame. His many friends and family will no doubt miss his charming personality and outstanding zest for life. Cremation in Calgary followed by a memorial service in Ottawa in the spring. Donations may be sent to the Bethany Care Centre, 916-18A St. NW, Calgary, AB. T2N 1C6

SHEPPARD, Ron 1937- 2011  Ron was born on August 20, 1937 at Curling, Newfoundland. He grew up in both Curling and Cox's Cove Newfoundland until he left at the age of 17 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1954. While stationed in Senneterre Quebec as a Fighter Control Operator, he met and later married Barbara Kramer on his birthday in 1957. In 1966 Ron re-mustered to a Recreational Specialist. Ron had many other postings in Canada including Foymount, Clinton, Gander, Greenwood and finally Penhold where he retired from the Air Force in December of 1980. However no matter where Ron was, Newfoundland was always still his true home. Ron was best known for his athletic abilities. He played and excelled in all sports and won numerous championships and tournaments. After retirement Ron managed multiple curling rinks and golf courses as well as had a custom golf club business. In most recent years Ron worked part time at both River Bend Golf Club and as a Commissionaire at Bowden Institute. Ron loved to teach all sports, but especially loved to play and give golf lessons to friends and family.          (Obit)

SIMMONS, Al.  1934-1996.    Al served as a gunner in the RCN for five years during which time he served in Korea then remustered to PTI. Among other postings he served at Cornwallis, Naden, Royal Roads and the RMC.

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SIMONS, Herb  1938 - 2005     Born on 5 May 1938, Herb Joined the Army and served with the RCR before remustering to the PERI Trade.  He served in Halifax, Stadacona, Dockyard (All East Coast) and finally retired from Sherwater. Herb was a strong competitive swimmer, free fall parachutist and loved the outdoors. He passed away on 26 October 2005.   Obituary photo

SKAVINSKY, Judy 1943-2016.     Judy was born in Oakburn MB on 13 November 1943. At the age of 18 she joined the CF as an Admin Clk 831. She later remustered to PERI 851. During her 15 years of service, she served in Winnipeg MB, Baden Germany, Kingston ON, Shelburne NS and Cornwallis NS. Judy's passion was running. She was a National Champion in Badminton (both doubles and singles) and her loves were music, painting, gardening, cooking, and needle point. Over the past 10 years, Judy took up Golf and guess what became her next passion. After a long and hard battle with cancer, Judy passed away on 20 October 2016. In keeping with her wishes, there will be neither an Obituary published nor a ceremony held.

SMIEGAROWSKI, Mike? - ?   F/S RCAF Rec Spec 

SMITH, Fred.   ?-1988. Fred became a member of the PT Cadre in the mid 1950s after completion of his PT Course at the PT Wing (RCS of I). He had served in WW2 and was a member of the RCACS. A transplanted “Brit”, Fred was well known for his jovial attitude and sense of humour. In 1977 Fred retired as a WO from CFB Kingston and became a prominent restraunteur in Trenton ON. He was an active member of Branch 110 of the Legion and was scheduled to run for an executive position in the year of his death.

SMITH, Horace H. 1932-2014. HH was former RCR and attended his first PT Course in Camp Borden in 1951. After further posting and courses he finished his training by completing the Army Group 4 course at CFSPER, CFB Borden.

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SPECK, Donald  1948 - 2011.  Affectionately referred to as "The Fonz," Donnie was a former member of the RCR and the Airborne Regiment. After qualifying on his TQ5 Course in 1977 he re-mustered to PERI 851 and was posted to CFB Edmonton. After several more posting and 26 years of service Donnie retired to Crystal Beach ON. Donnie passed away suddenly on 11 Dec 2011 at his home.

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ST LOUIS, Dick ? - 2007

STODDARD, Al  ? - 2013      Al Passed away on 14 June 2013. More to follow.

STODDARD, John. ? - ?   CPO 1

 

 

STORRIER, Brian. 1945 - 2013  Born in Dundee Scotland, Brian came to Canada with his parents in 1948. He grew up in Alberta and joined the RCN in 1962 where he eventually became a PTI. He stayed in the trade until he took his release in 1970 to pursue a career in municipal recreation.

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SWAINE, Ron   5 Dec 1934- 14 Apr 2008 

Born in Yarmouth NS, Ron grew up in Yarmouth and joined the Army (RCHA) at age 16. He was a PTI and served in Winnipeg and Rivers MN, retiring to Piney MN after 21 years of service.

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TETT, John.    ? -  1975. W/C and founder of  RCAF Rec Spec Branch. Retired 1964 to enjoy bird watching.

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THOMS, Ernie.  ? – 1982. John became a member of the PT Cadre in the 50s as an extra-regimentally employed officer from the Canadian Provost Corps.  He later reclassified to the PSPT(PER). He first served as Central Command F&RO and later as a Staff Officer of DPERA in NDHQ, Ottawa. He retired in 1970 and became the executive secretary of the Canadian Water Ski Association in Ottawa.

 

TOBIAS, Jim  ? - 2006      Born in Saint John, NB, Jim served in the RCNVR during the Second World War, on convoy duties, minesweeping during D-Day. He was engaged in the Liberation of Cherbourg, France, Channel Islands and Bordeaux. He was demobilized in 1945, re-engaged in RCN in 1948 and commissioned from the ranks in 1960. He served in Buckingham, New Waterford and was Weapons Officer on Cayuga. He was Physical Education and Recreation Officer at Cornwallis, NS; Esquimalt, BC and Greenwood, NS. He served as Commanding Officer of HMCS Acadia, a National Sea Cadet Camp at HMCS Cornwallis for a number of years, retiring in 1980. In civilian life he was a motel manager, clothing store manager and real estate agent. He was also a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 24, Conquerall Bank Fire Hall, NS Naval Officer's Association, Atlantic C & PO's Association and a volunteer driver for Senior Wheels in Bridgewater. During his retirement he enjoyed boating on his boat, Jambar, oil painting of which family heirlooms are many, travel, darts, bowling, golfing, time spent on the computer and time spent with family.                                                                                      Click for Obituary

TRAVIS, Wally  1932-2017  Wally joined the CF in 1952, where he served with the Black Watch RHR of Canada. In 1954 he transferred to the PT Cadre after completion of all the necessary training. He served in Gagetown with the 2Bn Black Watch and RHC Depot. In Germany at Hanover, Soest and Iserlohn, as well as Petawawa, RMC, Cornwallis, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Halifax, and CFSPER, where he retired as the SCWO. One year after retirement, he became the Recreation Facilities Director for the NS Department of Education, and remained in that position until 2002. Wally was a great leader, teacher, mentor, coach and a true gentleman.

 

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TREADWELL, Jack.  ? - ?    SSgt Former RCR

 

 

TREPANIER, Albert ? - ? C2PT4. Considered one of the top swim referees in Canada, Trip refereed at the 69 Canada Games in Halifax.


TURNER, William (Bill) 1934 - 2013. Billy was an ex Cdn Guards member who remustered to the PT Cadre in 1959. He was a boxer and gymnast as well as an avid curler and fisherman. Among other postings, he served at London, Petawawa, Gagetown, Germany and Naden. For the past few years he was living in a care home in Victoria.

 

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UPSHAW, Hubert “Gus?”.  1938 – 1987. A former RCE member, Gus retired as a Sgt in 1963. He had served with the PT Cadre from 1956-1963. Two of his postings included Gagetown and Chilliwack.

 

VADEBONCOEUR, George. 1934 – 1990.  Schooled in Manitoba, George graduated from UBC in 1954. Postings included Claresholm, Headquarters, #1 Air Division in Metz, France, Decimemano, Sardinia, Headquarters, UNEF 1 in El Arish, Sinai, RCAF Station North Bay as SRecO, promoted to Major then posted to CFB Borden as Comdt of CFSPER,then to NDHQ as DPERA..........and promoted to LCOL..   He then attended (first Phys Ed officer to do so) National Defence College, returning to DPERA.   After he left DPERA, he became the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Gloucester. He retired from that position after ten years and moved to Penetang where he died in 1990.

VANDALE, Armand "Cliff" 1934 -2012. Cliff was a former Black Watch soldier who re-mustered to the PT Cadre in 1961 while serving in Gagetown. He served 29 loyal and productive years at Gagetown; Picton; APTS; Borden; RMC, CFB Kingston and also squeezed in a peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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VANIER, Gaston (Pete)  1921-2008.  Pete passed away in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on April 3 at the age of eighty-six.

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VARALEAU, James P (Jack) 1922 - 2004  Jack was a British Commonwealth HeavyWeight Weight-Lifting Gold Medalist and VaraleaulaterWorld Champion Silver Medalist Heavyweight Weight-Lifter. He retired from the RCAF as a FSgt in 1968 to become the Director of Recreation for the Corporation of the City of Vancouver, BC and died in 2004 after suffering from Alzheimer's and failing health.. He served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Weight Lifting Association and later judged Pan-American Games Weight-Lifting, World Weight-Lifting Championships and Canada Games Weight-Lifting Championships. 

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VERMAAT, Vic "Dutchie" 1931 - 2017   Vic was a former RCASC soldier who took PTI training at the RCS of I in the mid 1950s and became a member of the Army Physical Training Cadre. An avid and excellent soccer player he competed on many Base Teams.  He retired as a CWO PERI and was a regular attendee at the annual Dick Allen Golf tournament and subsequent National Reunions in Kingston ON.

 

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VERNER, George (Norm).  1914 - 1981. A member of the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in 1934, he was seconded to the RCMP and later with the Manitoba School Board. A master of Indian Clubs, gymnastics and hockey, he had served in Calgary, PT Wing  (RCS of I); RMC and various bases. He retired in 1960 as an MWO to become the Chief Recreation Specialist at the Calgary Correctional Institute, where he remained until his death.

WALDRON,  John Clement "Jack"  1920-2008  Born in Halifax NS, Jack and his parents William and Barbara Waldron moved to Victoria when Jack was six years old. He grew up in Esquimalt with his brother Bill and sister Betty and attended Lampson St School. In 1937, at the age of 17 he joined the RCN as a boy seaman. Jack proudly served on many destroyers during WW2, advancing to the rank of CPO at the age of 23. He then carried on his career as the Chief PTI at Stadacona and Naden, A tremendous athlete and avid soccer player, he was one of the few "A" squash players on the Pacific Coast. Jack retired from the RCN in 1962 after 25 years of service.       (Obit)

WALLER, John "Wally"    1942 -2010

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WALTERS, Wilfred (Wish) 1935-2015.   Born on October 22nd, 1935 in Carlton Place, Ontario,  Wish was a former member of the QOR joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a young man. He subsequently remustered to PERI and served in many locations; his final one being London ON where he received his discharge in 1965. Wish then worked as a Civil Servant with the Alberta Giovernment in the Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) providing assistance to Albertans in overcoming the barriers to employment created by their disability until retiring in 1990. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed wood working. He volunteered many hours for the Poppy Campaign, the CNIB as a driver and helped stroke patients with rehabilitation.

  

 

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WARREN. Harry.  ? - ?   

 

WESTFALL, Bill (Punchy)  1925-2014 Born in Trenton ON  4 Sep 1925, he joined the RCAF at age 18 in 1943 and was discharged in 1946 as an Air Gunner. For the next three years he earned a living by boxing professionally as a welterweight having boxed 54 bouts at $200 per bout. In 1949 he hung up his gloves and donned a uniform again, this time as a Trenton Policeman. This lasted until 1951 when he decided to join the Army. He enrolled as an Officer Cadet and after graduating from OCS, he completed Phases 2, 3 and 4 and was promoted to 2/Lt. After spending five years as a Pl Cdr with the QOR of C he attended the Officer’s PT Course at Aldershot UK.  After three years at the RCS of I in Borden, he went back to Aldershot in 1955 to attend the Advanced and Probationers PT courses. On returning to Canada he became the Chief Instructor at the Army School of PT in Borden for three years. He then did a three year tour in Germany as the SOPT in Soest, then as a Coy Cdr with the 2 QOR of C during which time he was promoted to Maj. His next tour saw him spend seven months in Cypress in 1967 with a subsequent posting to Tanzania in 1978 as the training Officer of the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force in Nachingivea, S. Tanzania. On his return again to Canada he spent a year at the RCS of I before being posted to Victoria as the Regional Cadet Officer. He retired in 1974 and worked in Victoria for five years as a car salesman. He then spent the next 17 years running his own charter fishing company “Best Way Charters” and also served as a fishing guide at River’s Inlet. He and his wife Joan have a daughter Susan, two sons Rick and Robert and two grand children Alyssa and Matt. Punch regularly attended the Muscle Bosn’s breakfasts in Victoria and kept his 80+ year old body slim and trim by swimming every morning at the Oak Bay Rec Center.

More       No.7 Army GP 3 Course 1960     11 PT Course Boxing Mill 1960 

                          

WEATHERBEE, Roy.   ? - 2001.  Roy Weatherbee was an air force Rec. Spec. through and through. He grew up in Halifax and was playing Jr. A hockey in that city for Saint Mary’s in the mid-1950s prior to enrolling in the RCAF. Roy was an All Star caliber hockey & ball player at the national level.  He coached the RMC Redmen hockey team for three years. He was fondly referred to as the “Howie Meeker” of CF hockey during a good part of the 1970s.   He probably is best known as one of the original designers of the hockey goalie mask. At his peak, a number of NHL goaltenders, including Bernie Parent, from the Stanly Cup Philadelphia Flyers were among his clients. 

WEATHERALL, Terrance Lee (Terry) 1922 - 2014. Anyone who knew Terry will recall how removed he was from personal contact and to use one of his favourite expressions and/or camaraderie; in fact given his accent and how he seemed to be talking to himself, rather than to a person or group of students, most of the time it was difficult to communicate either professionally or socially with him . . . . so bear with us since what follows is what we could extract from a few memories, Jim Noble his estate executor and an article published some time ago in a sports magazine. Terry was born in Ireland on 26 Feb 1922 and moved to England about 1941 where he joined the British Army, eventually becoming a member of the British APTC. After Aldershot, he served in Gibraltar, Malaya and Italy during WW2. Apparently after the war and release from the Army around 1945 he went back to Italy to study art (painting). Being a Z reservist in the British Army, in 1950 he was conscripted back into the Army and was seconded to Australia where he served for three years. He was de-mobed back to London and somewhere in this time frame he attended Loughborough College for some sort of PhysEd and teaching programme. After this training he applied for and was accepted into Ashbury College in Ottawa as an English and PhysEd teacher from where, in 1954 he mysteriously appeared as a QMSI (MWO) in the Cdn Guards (possibly due to his proximity to NDHQ in Ottawa?) and was employed at the PT Wing of the RCS of I, just as or because of the formation of the Army PT Cadre. During this period he established contact with the AAU and the national and provincial boxing, T&F and soccer associations and worked with these associations contributing to their expansion and development programs. He also used his coaching expertise with several military athletes such as Marie Dupuis, Babe Mason, Tom Chesson, Mike Mercredi and Jim Kin and several others ensuring them a place in national and international competitions. After retiring from the CAF as a CWO, he became an expert collector and dealer in 18th and 19th century paintings and was financially involved in the Aspen-rent-a car company, a travel agency and a couple of antique stores.

Terry was a very talented, respected and feared coach and a man whose fire and enthusiasm ensured he would be a success in whatever field he pursued. As Terry used to say quite frequently . . . .  well done, fine, fine.

 

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WHITNEY Ken.  1933 - 2016   Born in Hillier, ON, Ken joined the RCN in 1951 and graduated from H.M.C.S. Cornwallis P&RT School in 1955. He was stationed there in 1956, left the CAF, then re-entered in 1957 in the P&RT Branch and served at HMCS Shearwater 1957 to 1959. He then remustered to the Clearance Divers Branch. He was a member of the 1957 Shearwater Flyers Football team, (Dominion Champions), also the Football Team was inducted into Military Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Sport Nova Scotia Hall of Fame. In Judo he was inducted into Judo Canada Hall of Fame, Military Sport Hall of Fame, Judo Nova Scotia Hall of Fame (twice). In all phases, his nominations were as a builder and at the 1976 Olympics was a member of the Judo Canada Olympic Team officiating representatives. So in actual fact he never left the P&R branch but only expanded on it throughout the rest of his service life.

 

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WILLETTS, Fran. ? - 1991   Fran was a very proud W.D. (RCAF, Womens Division).  She was trained as a Recreation Specialist at RCAF, Aylmer, Ontario.  Fran was mainly interested and highly skilled in a number of Arts & Crafts.  Her forte was organizing and administrating leisure time activities for Base personnel, often, at the expense of her own normal off duty time. For most of her career she found herself as the lone female on a PE&R staff.  She often had to “lock horns” with the male members of the staff – regardless of the rank or position - to make her point.  She was always regarded as a team player and will be remembered as a strong advocate for the importance of a well rounded Base PE&R program. Sgt Fran Willetts spent 25 years serving her country finally retiring at CFB Trenton in 1983. She remained in the area where she operated her own ceramic arts & crafts business until her death in 1991 from cancer.

WILLIAMS, D “Tex”  ? - ?    

WILLIAMSON, John.  ? - ?  

 

 

WISCOMBE, Sam  1946 - 2010   PO2 Samuel Andrew Wiscombe, CD (retd) 64 of Conquerall Mills, Lunenburg Co., passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 18 April 2010. Born in Marystown NL, he was the son of the late Herbert and Susan (Hooper) Wiscombe. Sam served his country for 27 years with the Royal Canadian Navy, first as a Radar Plotter and Ships Diver and then as a Physical fitness instructor. He served in many places including on board Canada’s last Aircraft Carrier the HMCS Bonaventure. After his retirement from the navy he drove school bus for the South Shore Regional School Board for 17 years. Sam was a loving and caring husband and an exceptional father; he enjoyed all sports, both playing and watching, and was also a great cook. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Bridgewater Branch No. 24 and a founding member of Osprey Ridge Golf Course. Sam enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved the outdoors. He was involved in the Scouting movement and coached little league baseball for many years. He is survived by his wife and life partner Carole Ann (Cormier); son Mark (Sandra Sofalvi), Edmonton AB; sisters Mary (Wavell) Moulton, Marystown NL; Diane Randell, Manuels NL; Donna, Mount Pearl NL; Aggie (Dave) Petten, Fort Saskatchewan AB; Paula (Gary) Rideout, Fort Saskatchewan AB; brothers Louis (Judy), Marystown NL; Steve (Barb), Armprior ON; Herbie (Brenda), Manuels NL; numerous nieces and nephews; dear Mother-in law Lillian Cormier, Bridgewater and special cousin Billy Hooper. Sam was a collector of many treasures and will be remembered for his being true and faithful friend to many throughout Canada. Visitation will be held 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., Friday 23 April in Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater, from where a Legion Funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday 24 April, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date. Family flowers only, please. Memorial donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.sweenysfuneralhome.com

WOODARD, Robert  1935-2012Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario on September 12, Bob was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf. He had many wonderful friends and aquaintences over his lifetime and will always be remembered for having a great sense of humor and enjoying life to the fullest. Bob served proudly for 32 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Recreation Specialist and PERI After he retired, he served twelve years with the BC Corps of Commissionaires. Obit

WOOLFORD, Jack 1940-2017. Born in Duncan BC and attended Royal Oak HS and joined the RCN 1957 and later became a P&RT Instructor. He retired from the RCN in1969 and worked as a custodian for the Greater Victoria School Board, retiring in 1995.

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YETMAN, Gerry ? - ?

ZINCK, Bob  1929 – 2011. Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Bob attended school at Bridgewater High School, Horton Academy, Acadia University and the University of British Columbia. Bob had many Base and Headquarters postings and no matter where posted, he provided a positive impact on many officers and NCMs. Of particular note he was the driving force behind achieving our Branch status; an amazing feat when you realize he did it as Acting DPERA with the rank of Major. He retired in 1984.

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