VANDALE, Armand 'Cliff' -

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at McKenzie Richmond Hill Hospital in his 78th year. Cliff, of Wasaga Beach, will be sadly be missed by his wife Sylvia of 57 years. Cliff will always be cherished by sons Don (Judy) and Richard (Julie). Cliff is predeceased by his son Derek. Cliff will always be special “Pops” and “Grampy” to 4 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. Cliff is fondly remembered by a brother and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Cliff had a distinguished career of 29 years with Canada’s military that included one peacekeeping mission to Cyprus and he was also an accomplished gymnast that toured Canada with the Military Tattoo.

After retiring he remained busy as an active member of many service clubs. His passion for music kept him very busy over the years entertaining many seniors.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Noel Chabanel Roman Catholic Church, 133 Dunkerron Avenue (at 19th Street), Wasaga Beach on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association would be appreciated.

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“Cliff was attached to the 2nd Bn Canadian Guards in Picton. He replaced me that summer of 63 when I was posted to the Citadelle with the Vandoos. Rest in peace my friend.”  Leo Boudreau 30 Aug 12


“I had always liked this guy!! Always sad to hear but c'est la vie!! (how ironic!!)” Louise Maziarski 31 Aug 12


“Cliff was and will always be remembered as a gentle giant in our trade and the military.  I am so sad at his passing; things seem to happen in threes and with the passing of Our Boxer and now Cliff, and one begins to wonder who the third will be.  What a prince of a fellow. 

Such is life as stated.  It actually breaks your heart.  Regardless of who were are and what we became we all had a job to do and Cliff did just that. Blessing in heaven mon ami.”   Dale and Barb Dirks 31 Aug 12


“Cliff was a great guy. I always liked him.”  Jack McBride 31 Aug 12


“I had the privilege of serving in several capacities with Cliff and treasured his friendship. We had a nice visit with him in Wasaga Beach last June (2011) while we were at the Kingston reunion.”

Ken MacDonald 31 Aug 12


“Condolence to his family.  Cliff & I were In Gagetown at the same time in the 60ies. Rest in Peace Bro.” Mel McGraw 31 Aug 12


“My sincere sympathy to the Vandale family. I knew and admired Cliff. We were course-mates on a number of courses. You will be missed, Brother, by everyone who knew you.”  Ed Sullivan 31 Aug 12


# 10 AI Gp 2 Course 5 Oct – 13 Nov 1959

Back L-R: George Fraser; Ed Lagace; Bob Buckley; Tony Matias; Bareham; Deschenes; Leclerc; Plouffe

Center L-R:  ?  ; Larry Piva;   ?  ; Ed Sullivan; Luxton;  ?  ; Day; Turenne?; MacGee?

Front L-R:   ? ; Cliff VanDale; Bouchard; Ralph Grant; HJ Mayne; Gil Oram; Gauthier; ?  ; Cookie Collicott



Back L-R: Paddy Warren; Ed Savage; 3-7 unknown; McGillvary

Center: unknown; ; Ed Dobson; Harvey Burgess; Alouf; 5-7 unknown; Herb MacAulay

Sitting; unknown; unknown; Bill Best; Buz Bezaire; Willy lever; Cliff Vandale; Gus Upshaw; unknown


The Staff are wearing crests L-R: Cliff Vandale; Ken MacDonald; Willy Leaver; Gus Upshaw

Among the students you will find Archie Pyke; Frank Fazio and George who continued on to the PT Cadre.


RMC STAFF 1970-71

Back L-R: Stan George; Red ?; Jack Lynch; unknown;

Center: George Fraser; Bruce Porter; Dennis Bradley; Max McClelland; Ray Bootland; Bob Lowe; Wally Berryhill; Tom Walton; Cliff VanDale

Sitting: unknown; Jane; Ken MacDonald;Dudley Hill; Bob Swan; Francois Plamondon; unknown;


Back L-R: Ross Greenan, Ev Swan, Colin Gibson, Doug Fitzgerald, Burley, Larry Hinkley, Bud Burgess, Wilf Johnston, ----?

Front: Glen McGhie, Ron Carlton, Cliff Vandale, Ken MacDonald, Bob Renaud, Roy Kemp



                          Some Members of the APTC Display Team 1961                          


L to R: Bob Spence, Bill Richardson, Ed Thibodeau,

Ed Sullivan, Lee Roberge; Cliff Vandale 

Gagetown Display Team St John NB 1963


On Trampoline: Cliff Vandale and Ken MacDonald,

Spotters L-R: Mel McGraw; Alouf; Babe Mason; Ed Savage. In Background; Brian Harrison; John McNeil;