Following are obituaries for several classmates from the class of RR/RMC 48-52. Sent to us by 2925 Bob Swartman – Class Secretary 1948-52. Some but not all of these notices were previously posted in e-Veritas.
2958 Michael C.W.Piddington
Born 26 December 1928, and died 8 September 2016, Michael is finally at peace. Predeceased by his loving wife Patricia in 1997, he is remembered by his children Peter, Geoff (Wendy), Emily (Garry) and Sandi (Byron), as well as his grandchildren James, Christopher, Stacy and by his great granddaughter LilaJade. Also fondly remembered by his sisters Phyllis and Helen (Dane), sister-in-law Judy (Bill), numerous nieces and nephews and a great many friends. Michael was an Anglican minister throughout his life and found great joy in his calling. He was born and raised in Esquimalt and ended his career at the same church where he started his journey of faith as a child. The funeral service will be held on Saturday 1 October 2016 at St Johns Anglican Church in Cobble Hill. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you make a donation to the Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society of Canada (Condolences at carefuneral.com). Michael’s obituary appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist 24 & 25 September 2016
2861 Dan Loomis
Dan Loomis passed away 5 december 2013 in the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He had a stroke on 25 November 2013 and went downhill, very fast.
Dan had not been in good health for years and was guarded by his second wife, Lorna who screened all the incoming phone calls and all people coming to the house. She was a pain to Veterans Canada and insisted there be an autopsy because she claimed Dan had been killed by the medical staff! Lorna died about the time the results of the autopsy were released. The ashes of both Dan and Lorna were buried together at Beechwood National Military Cemetery on 2nd October 2015.
After graduation (and out of jail but that’s another story) Dan went to Korea to take command of a platoon in the 1st Battalion of the RCR.
While occupying Hill 355, a critical position in the front line of the Canadian Brigade, he was ordered to conduct a patrol to capture an enemy prisoner. In the heavy fighting that ensued, he was forced to call artillery fire on himself to enable his men to withdraw. Although wounded himself he would not allow treatment until ensuring that all his men were safe and sound. He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in this engagement.
Dan was the grandson of Major-General Sir Frederick Loomis, Commander of the 3rd Canadian Division in the First World War, so his grandfather’s initials are on the ceiling of Currie Hall where Dan received his diploma in 1952.
H2951 Ramsey Withers
Ramsey Withers died suddenly on 24 dec 2014 at the Royale in Kanata, ON, from a heart attack.
Ramsey achieved great things as a soldier and civil servant. He was founding Commander of Canadian Forces Northern Region (Yellowknife) and ultimately Chief of the Defence Staff. He is survived by a son and two daughters.
There was a “big deal” Celebration at the Canadian Military Cemetery in Ottawa. Five of our term mates attended the visitation and the service and three made it to the gravesite to place the wreath from the RR-RMC class of 48-52 (McLoughlin, Wishart and Lochead).
2902 Peter Hendrie
He was born in Hamilton, ON on 6 March 1929 and passed away 6 June 2016 at Vancouver, BC. Peter was predeceased by his parents Ian and Eleanor Hendrie, his 3 brothers John, William and Hugh and his wife Letia. He is survived by his sister Frances, his brother Hugh’s wife Marjorie, his first wife Althea, mother of his 3 children Timothy (Susan), Jane (David), Angus and his grandchildren Greg, Rhonda and Benjamin and many nieces and nephews.
He left RMC at the end of 3rd year and worked as a bank teller with CIBC. Eventually he worked for Dofasco in Hamilton ON. In 1970 he relocated his family to Vancouver, BC, and began a new chapter in his life pursuing an interest in Fine Art which led him to become the Financial Administrator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He became an avid art collector and met his second wife Letia through the Art Gallery. As a boating enthusiast Peter purchased his first powerboat “Inuit” soon after his arrival to Vancouver. He joined the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 1972 and spent his summers cruising the Gulf Islands and inland waters of BC. With his second boat, “Tarun” he ventured into the world of offshore racing and sailed the boat in the 1978 Victoria-Maui race with a crew that included his eldest son Timothy. His final boat was “Gypsy” a powerboat in which he spent several more years cruising the coastal waters of BC. There were also many trips abroad with Letia to explore other countries including China and Russia and numerous trips to visit family across Canada. He was an excellent Bridge player and continued to play whenever there was an opportunity. Celebration of Life was held on 14 June at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. His father WIS (Ian) Hendrie entered RMC in 1908 (college # 797).
2919 Bob Simpson
Robert Ernest Simpson died on 3 June 16 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB with his wife and family by his side. Loving memories are shared by Rose (Bob’s second wife) and four children. His first wife, Beulah, died in 2003, his brother in 1973, a sister in1969, and a daughter-in-law in 2013. Bob was born on 5 April 1927 and raised in Brockville, Ontario. Despite a childhood bout of rheumatic fever, he excelled scholastically, taking lead roles in musicals and serving as Brockville Collegiate Institute’s yearbook editor.
Bob loved spending time on the St. Lawrence River with his family and with Sea Cadets, eventually building a cottage overlooking the river with his Dad after his mother’s death. He returned frequently to visit his roots; savouring family reunions, river traffic, the Thousand Islands, RMC Club reunions and Old Brigade parades. Bob graduated from RMC with a BA in History and Economics, and married his high school sweetheart, Beulah Louch, on August 15, 1953.
He joined the Marketing Division of Shell Canada, working in sales and real estate development in Ottawa, Brockville, Halifax and Montreal. After working for Brunswick Canada (1965), he joined the Area Development Agency of the Department of Industry in Ottawa; receiving his bilingual designation, and completed his graduate diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University, and the industrial development program at the University of Oklahoma.
He continued his career in economic development with DREE, DRIE, and Western Economic Diversification in Winnipeg, retiring in 1991 after 25 years with the federal government. With each career move, Bob oversaw the construction of a new home for his family. He strove to ensure his children had a good education and loved to talk about history and current events. Each summer the family embarked on extended camping trips visiting sites and Throughout his life, Bob volunteered with the Canadian Forces Militia (Major in the Artillery); Industrial Developers Association of Canada; Boy Scouts of Canada; Rotary Club. Upon retirement, Bob and Beulah travelled and spent winter months in Sarasota, Florida. When Beulah became ill with ALS in 2002, Bob renovated their Winnipeg home to accommodate her needs and later visited her daily in hospital until she passed away in 2003. They were married 49 years.
In 2005, Bob married his second wife, Rose, and they shared a love for traveling, visiting family, working out at the Wellness Institute and going for coffee at McDonalds. Both Bob and Rose were determined to stay in their own home as long as possible. Rose will miss her kind and caring partner with his sense of humour.
Bob enjoyed singing with Sturgeon Creek United Church choir, the Winnipeg Male Chorus and the Southwinds Chorus. A celebration of Bob’s life was held June 18 at Kildonan Community Church in Winnipeg.
2920 Ian Bongard
Ian Bongard died 23 November 2015. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Nancy (nee Turville) for over 59 years and father of Rob and Trish, Ian and Nancy lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake for 35 years and spent many happy winters skiing at Osler Bluffs. They opened their chalet many times to welcome ex-cadets for a day of skiing.
His degree was in Civil Engineering but he worked in the investment business that his grandfather had started. The funeral service was attended by Hugh Franklin, Ben Young and Cam Crowe.
2857 Murray Thomson
Murray Thomson died at the St. Catharines General Hospital on 24 November 2015. He and his beloved wife, Jeanne, lived in nearby Vineland. He leaves three children, four grandchildren, and a brother, Rev. David Thomson & Mary Houston. He was predeceased by brothers Robert and Garth. Murray was a tank squadron commander in the Royal Canadian Dragoons and managing editor of the St. Catharines Standard from 1980 to 1994.
2901 Dave Lochead
Dave Lochead after helping to lay a wreath on Ramsey Wither’s grave in early 2015 was in Ottawa General Hospital for several months with various ailments including
pneumonia. Dave was moved to the Orchard View Living Centre in Manotick, near Ottawa but he diagnosed with cancer and passed away on 8th January 2016 after a valiant battle, in his 87th year. After RMC, Dave went to Queen’s for a degree in electrical engineering and then joined the RCN Electrical Branch. Brian Simons, a term-mate at Royal Roads, RMC and Queen’s was an usher at Dave’s wedding in Ottawa in 1954 when he married Ann Dalgleish, a Kingston girl. They had five children and years after graduation, whenever Dave visited his son in Chilliwack he also visited Brian. And Dave always faithfully attended our RR and RMC re-unions.
Brian first met Dave in June 1948 at an Army Cadet Camp in Ipperwash sponsored by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Dave lived in Forest which is close to Ipperwash. So Dave started with the army but obviously changed his mind later and went Navy. David was active for over 30 years, in the Kiwanis club of Manotick, where he was Club President and Lieutenant Governor.
3001 Donald L. Bethune
Died at the Ottawa Hospital on Thursday, 1 September 2016. Dearly loved husband of Di Bethune and devoted father of Margot Hare and Andrew Bethune (Amy). Loving grandfather of Madeleine and Cameron Hare and Graham, Rowan and Greta Bethune. Son of the late Norman and Lois Bethune, brother of the late Norman Bethune (Barb). Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, Ottawa. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church (125 MacKay Street, Ottawa), on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Humane Society. Messages of Condolence may be left at www.beechwoodcemetery.com. Don’s obituary appeared in the Globe & Mail 3 September 2016.