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I have some sad news regarding 2745 Don Cleveland (Entered RMC in 1940). He passed away early Friday morning (18 March). I had gone in to visit him on Friday at 2pm and I was told that he had passed away early that morning. I will let you know when his obituary is in the newspaper.

As we know, Don lived a very long and productive life. He will be missed.

8120 Bill Gard

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5249 Fallon, Donald Edward – RRMC – RMC 1961

5249 Fallon, Donald Edward – An avid racquet ball player, cycler and travel buff, Donald Edward Fallon, 79, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Hilde Fallon who was his constant companion and loving caregiver in his final days.

Don protected and served our country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria and Royal Military College in Kingston. He began his military career as a Captain and served in various roles including UN Peace keeping missions in the Middle East.

Don was predeceased by his parents Patrick and Bess Fallon. He was also the much loved father of Carolann Aitken of North Bay and Steven Aitken (Egle) of Calgary. He was also the proud grandfather of Emilie and William Aitken, and Benjamin Zeligson. Don is also survived by his loving sister Nancy Fenton and brothers Mick and Bill Fallon. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences can be made at www.hillsidefuneral.ca

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6663 MALLORY, Edwin A. – RRMC / RMC 1965

Devoted husband of Irene for 51 years (this March 20), proud father of Christopher and Phillip, loving grandfather of Alexandre, Nicolas, Benjamin, Angelica and Anastasia, he died peacefully March 12, 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland, before his 73rd birthday (March 31).

A graduate of Royal Military College (6663-BSc-1965) and Queen’s University (MBA-1970), Edwin served as lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy, industrial engineer in the private sector, trade commissioner in the Canadian foreign service and consultant in international affairs and business development – a distinguished career that led him all over Canada, Switzerland, Russia, the U.S., Romania, Germany, Belgium and the U.K.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 22, at Holy Cross Church in Edinburgh; a private family ceremony will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to your local hospice. Messages may be shared at www.williampurves.co.uk/obituaries.

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 M0006 Captain John Scott Dewar, RCN (ret) – RRMC Class of ’78

Captain John Scott Dewar, RCN (ret), Chair of the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee and Chief Executive Officer of Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon, passed away on Thursday 10 March 2016 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC, after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.

John was appointed CEO of Commissionaires Victoria in 2012 and was elected Chair of the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee in 2013.

John joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1969, rising through the ranks from sailor to Captain. He spent many years at sea, commanding Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships CHIGNECTO, MIRAMICHI and HURON. In the mid-1990s, he served on exchange with the United States Naval Doctrine Command, where he was awarded the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution to multinational naval operations. He served as the Director General Maritime Development and Operations in Ottawa where he provided direction on maritime operations, identified emerging naval requirements, and managed strategic business planning.

Upon retiring from the Navy in 2000, John simply transferred his abundant talents to industry, making an indelible mark on the shipbuilding industries in Ottawa, Chile and St. Catharines. Prior to joining Commissionaires he spent five years as the Vice President, Strategic Services for Upper Lakes Shipyards.

John was a graduate of Royal Roads Military College (B.Sc. Physics and Physical Oceanography in 1978), the University of British Columbia (M.Sc Physics in 1980), the Canadian Forces College (Command and Staff Course in and the Advanced Military Studies Course) and the Lockheed Martin Institute of Leadership Excellence (Management Strategies).

John will be tremendously missed by members of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires across Canada, his team at Commissionaires Victoria, and his former colleagues with the Royal Canadian Navy. John leaves behind his wife Diana, son Scott and daughters Jessica and Ellen and three grandchildren.

John Dewar’s passing leaves an enormous void for his family and his many friends around the world. He was totally committed to the Commissionaires as an organization and to the people who make up the Corps. He worked exceptionally hard at both the Divisional and National level to ensure the prosperity of the business and the well-being of the individual Commissionaires. We could not have asked for a more caring and dedicated leader.

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Passing of  11696 David McKillop Merry, CMR / RMC Class of ’78

It was with great sadness that the Class of 1978 recently learned that our friend and classmate David McKillop Merry passed away on October 20th, 2014 in New Hampshire, USA.

David was living and working in New Hampshire when he learned that he had cancer, which he fought valiantly for 3 months. David is survived by his wife, Maria Giammaria-Merry. David met Maria when he was based in Lahr and she was a teacher at the CF School. He also leaves behind his sister Janet and family, his brothers George and Andrew, and Maria’s four brothers, two sisters and 17 nephews and nieces and 27 grand nieces and nephews.

David attended Beaconsfield High School before signing up as a CMR Recruit. He was well known in the CMR Prep Class of 1973 for his quick wit and wonderfully sardonic sense of humour. David very much wanted to be an engineer and worked hard to succeed academically. Maria reports that David could not recount his stories of his CMR days and hijinks without breaking into peals of laughter. He was a good friend to many classmates. In particular, he was a great friend of our classmate 11611 Jim Baldaro who tragically passed away in 1996.

David graduated from RMC with a Bachelor in Engineering and Management. His first posting after his LORE training was to CFB Chiliwack as the Base Workshop Control Officer. He then was posted to Lahr as Administrative Officer for a Support Workshop and then as the Commander of a Maintenance Recovery and Support Platoon. He was posted to the Land Engineering Test Establishment in Orleans and promoted to Major when he became the System Engineer for the LAV acquisition project at NDHQ. David then attended the British Army Staff College at Shrivenham and then returned to Ottawa and NDHQ as Project Manager for the LAV mid-life service extension program. In this capacity he chaired the LAV User Nation Engineering Group.

David retired from the Canadian Forces in 1994 and joined General Dynamics/ AV Technology in Detroit, Michigan where he again worked with armoured vehicles. He was Program Manager for a U.S. Army program for the design, manufacture and delivery of a new armoured vehicle that won the 2000 US Defense Acquisition Executive Certificate of Achievement.

David and Maria then moved to Hookset, New Hampshire in 2000 where David worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager for Colesman, a defense electro-optics company. In 2004 he moved to Insight Technologies, a producer of advanced night vision and electro-optical systems in Londonderry, New Hampshire where he was Director of Business Development.

David and Maria built their dream home in New Hampshire on 11 acres of rural property with a “river running through”. David was quite an avid fly fisherman and was on the Board of Directors of Trout Unlimited. Maria says Dave was particularly proud of the fact he could fish his own river with a fly rod he had made himself, using a fly he had tied himself. He also indulged his dream of being a forest ranger in maintaining the property and got very good with a chain saw. David took up cooking and loved to repair discarded things of all types including old clocks, Singer sewing machines, a wine press and many small appliances.

Maria has chosen to commemorate David’s great love of rivers and fishing with a Memorial Bench and Tree at the Chapman Mills Conservation Area beside the Rideau River.

Our hearts go out to Maria. Dave leaves a big hole that cannot be filled and we will miss him.

11623 John Carswell

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4834 Glen Hamilton Hyslop – Class of 1960

Glen died as a result of a sudden, and unexpected heart attack at his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 14, 2016. His wife Wendy, son David, his wife Cathleen and two grandsons, Ian and Cody, and his brothers’ families mourn his passing in private.

Glen is predeceased by a daughter Debbie, from his first marriage.

Glen was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, in 1938, but grew up in southern Alberta, in the Crowsnest Pass area. He entered RMC in 1956 and was a proud member of #4 Squadron, and a smart-as-a whip Commerce and Economics graduate.

I first met Glen during the summer of 1957, as part of a contingent of aspiring navigators at the Air Navigation School in Winnipeg. For three summers we became proficient at determining where our airplane was, and where it was heading, over thousands of lakes in Northwest Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Minnesota and North Dakota, relying on a combination of academic training and practical navigation techniques.

While we were awarded our Navigator’s Wings at the end of August, 1959, we never got to wear them until we graduated from RMC in May, 1960. Our first posting together was as Flight Directors at the Reserve Officers School at CMR St. Jean, followed by attending the Operational Training Unit to learn how to become long-range navigators on the iconic (and noisy) ‘North Star’ aircraft of 426(T) Squadron. A year later Glen and I qualified as navigators on the much larger and faster CC-106 ‘Yukon’ aircraft of 437(T) Squadron, also based in Trenton.

Navigating the Yukon involved flights in support of United Nations peace-keeping initiatives in the Belgian Congo, Cyprus and other international hot spots, as well as supporting NATO and Canadian defence priorities. In 1964 Glen and I combined our navigation skills to jointly develop a map to guide RCAF airplanes like the Yukon and Hercules through much of the northern hemisphere. This map is still being used today.

Glen had the distinction of being the first navigator from the Class of 60 to be promoted to Squadron Leader, and was transferred to Training Command in Winnipeg. He resigned his commission in the late 1960’s and applied his skills and talents in “civvie” life with Bristol Aerospace and HBC Northern Stores in Winnipeg. A move to Alberta followed, where he became Senior Vice President of Finance/Administration of the Calgary General Hospital for 17 years.

He married Wendy in 1975 and their son David was born in 1978. Glen, Wendy and David then moved to Edmonton in 1989, where he was engaged by the Alberta Government, retiring as Deputy Minister of Labour. During the 14 years in Edmonton, Wendy was employed with Transport Canada and subsequently was transferred to Winnipeg. She and Glen moved back to his birth province in 2003.

In retirement, Glen was always organized, and active – keeping in shape by walking everywhere. He was also involved in some volunteer activities, as well as major house renovations for his family and friends. His skills were very much admired and he was always available to lend a helping hand. His manual skills and critical thinking were recognized and appreciated by his family and friends.

Glen’s classmates and fellow navigators will remember Glen as a consummate bridge player, with a wry sense of humour. The family’s wishes were to remember and honour Glen in private.

4778 Len Kubas