In This Issue 42

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Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award Public Lecture 4 Nov – Currie Hall 7PM


A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: 4556 Ron James; 6108 Jean-Claude Beaudet;10981 Lawrence O’Keeffe; 16094 Judge Conrad R Hewson; 20552 Owen Brine; F27240 Maj Luc M Laverrièr – 4 year Friendship; 26881 Matthew Weeks – Lifetime Membership.


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In This Issue 42:

Class Notes

Ex-Cadets in the News

Lost Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Coin

Keeping Tabs…

The Week that Was & More…

Training for the M: Cadets Preparing for Annual Drill Competition

Katherine Silins:The Dreaded Midterms

Claude Scilley & 6772 Bob Mason

RMCC Fingerprints Highly Visible @ CAF Sports Award Ceremony

Sports…& Fencing Update

Sailing Close to Becoming Mainstream Again at RMCC

2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads

RMC Cadets & Armed Services Raise 100 Year Old Ship



A big thank you to the following for recent e-Veritas 2014 sponsorship support:

(101 Sponsors)

Family & Friend John Semple;

5780 Bernard Laliberté;

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Power Workers Union (PWU)

(2,000.00 Plus Club)

Dr & Mrs Romeo Tan

Full 2014 sponsorship list here


Full Know The World Tours – Brochure - Here



22945 Carrie Topping Off to Nicaragua 28 Dec – Looking for Help!

Jobs – Careers / Carrières



Welcome New Sponsors. Thank You! Bienvenu aux nouveaux Sponsors. Merci!Updated


QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK – Quotes from General William Tecumseh Sherman (Uncle Billy):

“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueller it is, the sooner it will be over.”

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.”

“If you don’t have my Army supplied, and keep it supplied, we’ll eat your mules, sir.”

“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the Army.”

“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”

Note from Mike: Sherman sounds like he must have been related to Sir Charles !

William Tecumseh Sherman 


William Tecumseh Sherman’s early military career was a near disaster, having to be temporarily relieved of command. He returned at the Battle of Shiloh to victory and then gathered 100,000 troops destroying Atlanta and devastating Georgia in his March to the Sea. Often credited with the saying, “war is hell,” he was a major architect of modern total war.

Early Life

William Tecumseh Sherman was born to a prominent family in Lancaster, Ohio, on February, 8, 1820, one of 11 children. His father, Charles Sherman, was a successful lawyer and Ohio Supreme Court justice. When William was 9 years old, his father died suddenly, leaving the family with few finances. He was raised by a family friend, Thomas Ewing, a senator from Ohio and prominent member of the Whig Party. There has been much speculation on Sherman’s middle name. In his memoirs, he wrote that his father gave him the name William Tecumseh because he admired the Shawnee chief.

Early Military Career

In 1836, Senator Ewing secured William T. Sherman an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. There, he excelled academically, but had little respect for the demerit system. He never got himself into deep trouble, but had numerous minor offenses on this record. Sherman graduated in 1840, sixth in his class. He first saw action against the Seminole Indians in Florida and had numerous assignments through Georgia and South Carolina, where he became acquainted with many of the Old South’s most respected families.

William T. Sherman’s early military career was anything but spectacular. Unlike many of his colleagues who saw action during the Mexican-American War, Sherman spent this time stationed in California as an executive officer. In 1850, he married Eleanor Boyle Ewing, the daughter of Thomas Ewing. With his lack of combat experience, Sherman felt that the U.S. Army was a dead-end, thusly resigning his commission in 1853. He stayed in California during the glory days of the gold rush as a banker, but that ended in the Panic of 1857. He settled in Kansas to practice law, but without much success.

In 1859, William T. Sherman was head master at a military academy in Louisiana. He proved to be an effective administrator and popular with the community. As sectional tensions rose, Sherman warned his secessionist friends that a war would be long and bloody, with the North eventually winning. When Louisiana left the Union, Sherman resigned and moved to St. Louis, wanting nothing to do with the conflict. Though a conservative on slavery, he was a strong supporter of the Union. After the firing on Fort Sumter, he asked his brother, Senator John Sherman, to arrange a commission in the Army.

Service in the Civil War

In May 1861, William T. Sherman was appointed colonel in the 13th U.S. Infantry, and was assigned command of a brigade under General William McDowell in Washington, D.C. He fought in the First Battle of Bull Run, in which Union troops were badly beaten. He was then sent to Kentucky and became deeply pessimistic about the war, complaining to his superiors about shortages while exaggerating the enemy’s troop strength. He was eventually put on leave, considered unfit for duty. The press picked up on his troubles and described him as “insane.” It is believed Sherman suffered from a nervous breakdown.

In mid-December 1861, Sherman returned to service in Missouri and was assigned rear-echelon commands. In Kentucky, he provided logistical support for Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant’s capture of Fort Donelson in February 1862. The following month, Sherman was assigned to serve with Grant in the Army of West Tennessee. His first test as a commander in combat came at Shiloh.

Likely fearing renewed criticism of appearing overly alarmed, William T. Sherman initially dismissed intelligence reports that Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was in the area. He took little precaution shoring up picket lines or sending out reconnaissance patrols. On the morning of April 6, 1862, the Confederates struck with Hell’s own fury. Sherman and Grant rallied their troops and pushed back the rebel offensive by day’s end. With reinforcements arriving that night, Union troops were able to launch a counter attack the next morning, scattering Confederate troops. The experience bonded Sherman and Grant to a lifelong friendship.

William T. Sherman remained in the West, serving with Grant in the long campaign against Vicksburg. However, the press was relentless in its criticism of both men. As one newspaper complained, the “Army was being ruined in mud-turtle expeditions, under the leadership of a drunkard [Grant] whose confidential adviser [Sherman] was a lunatic.” Eventually, Vicksburg fell and Sherman was given command of three armies in the West.

In September 1864, William T. Sherman took Atlanta and burned it to the ground. With 60,000 men, he began his celebrated “March to the Sea,” ripping through Georgia with a 60-mile-wide path of total destruction. Sherman understood that to win the war and save the Union, his Army would have to break the South’s will to fight. Everything was ordered to be destroyed in this military strategy, known as “total war.”

When Grant became president in 1869, William T. Sherman took over as general commander of the U.S. Army. One of his duties was to protect construction of the railroads from attack by hostile Indians. Believing the Native Americans were an impediment to progress, he ordered total destruction of the warring tribes. Despite his harsh treatment of Native Americans, Sherman spoke out against unscrupulous government officials who mistreated them on the reservations.

 QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK Courtesy of 12570 Mike Kennedy

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Class Notes

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6757 Mike Potter (CMR RMC 1966), in the Robillard Brothers Mustang (photo left) , rolls out after another successful mission to escort a Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum aircraft.

Kittyhawk pilot 15626 Rob Erdos (RRMC RMC 1986) searches for his wing man as he takes off from Vintage Wings’ home airfield in Gatineau, Quebec.

Article & more photos



15969 Adam Gray (RMC1987) photo left – is a Senior Supply Chain Analyst on the Automated Identification (AIT) Project in Gatineau.

19309 Ghislain Boivin (RMC 1994) photo right - is the Deputy Project Director on the Automated Identification (AIT) project in Gatineau.


9928 Pete Edwards (CMR RMC 1974) – Remembers the FLQ crisis and the War Measures Act.

In light of the news out of Ottawa yesterday and the reaction of the Commandant with respect to dress on leaving the college, this brought back memories of October, 1970, the FLQ crisis and the War Measures Act.

On the Friday prior to the kidnappings, I left CMR where I was a first year cadet to attend my brother’s wedding in Kitchener. Dress at the time for first year cadets leaving the college was 4’s (blue tunic). I had to return on Sunday for the football game as this was the caveat that Coach Wally Peters attached to my going to the wedding.

I arrived in Montreal the Sunday morning in all innocence, wondering why I was seeing various military personnel & not knowing that for those leaving the college grounds, dress was civilian clothes. I proceeded innocently through Montreal on the Metro to Longueil subway station where I boarded the bus to St. Jean.

Also on the bus was a fourth year cadet, who looked at me in utter amazement and asked why I was in uniform. When I told him my story, he immediately told me to take off my kepi, keep my head down and we would take a cab together back to the college. Clearly we arrived without incident however the Commandant’s decision is not unprecedented.

What goes around, comes around.


Canada’s Heart & Soul

“I am composing this blog from inside the Reading Room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill. This is the room where our government has its national caucus every Wednesday morning. We have been in lockdown in this room since tragedy struck Ottawa just after 10AM this morning. It is now almost 4PM and my mind is swirling with a mixture of anger, sadness and discomfort so I hope writing this will help me process this sad day in the capital.

Canada’s heart and soul were struck this morning in a vicious attack. Parliament represents the heart of Canada’s parliamentary democracy and our strong democratic institutions are something Canadians deeply value despite the apparent frustrations with day to day political discourse…” more…

19894 Erin O’Toole (RMC 1995)

Much More Here

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

A very special thank you to the four Ex Cadets that recently took out a 212 Business Sponsorship for 2014:

7278 Peter Fosberry - Fosbery Insurance Agency;

15737 Bryan Brulotte – MaxSys;

12833 Pierre Lafond – Holonics; and

14019 Edward Gallagher – Patriot Law Group

We look forward to more Ex Cadets (and others) who have a business web site to take out a 212 sponsorship. For more info on sponsorship options – please contact Bill Oliver – at our business e-mail –

Caption: 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, takes questions in front of a screen showing Canada’s support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a technical briefing on Operation IMPACT in Ottawa.

 Six Canadian jets leave for Iraq combat mission on Tuesday


Déclaration du Chef d’état-major de la Défense à la suite d’une réunion avec les partenaires de la coalition – La réunion était axée sur la campagne en cours contre EIIL

Statement by CDS Following Meeting with Coalition Partners – Meeting focussed on the ongoing campaign against ISIL


Ottawa shooting: Canadian Forces ‘will not be deterred’

‘Canadians stand with us in condemning these two hateful attacks,’ says top general



CT-114 Tutor: 50 years of inspirational flight

“The CT-114 Tutor is an ideal aircraft for both pilot instruction and air demonstration,” said 16952 Colonel Alex Day, 15 Wing Moose Jaw Commander.



Trenton’s military community weathers a rough week, but vows to soldier on



Inspector. Thomas Wellington Chalmers: A Royal Military College graduate who joined the North West Mounted Police and was later killed in battle during the Boer War in South Africa. Article

Previous e-Veritas article on RMC Cadet # 99,  Captain Thomas Wellington Chalmers – Entry Year – RMC 1880 Here


Historian travels through time … in his RMCC office

Maj. John Grodzinski (lifetime member, RMC Club), an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College, has written a new book about a regiment of the British Army from New Brunswick that was in Kingston during the War of 1812.

Read the full Kingston Whig article here

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Lost Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Coin

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Lost Coin

(Click on photos for better viewing)

Good morning Mr. Oliver,

I was wondering if through your channels you may be able to help me with reuniting a lost coin with its owner. I’ve tried through my channels to find the owner with no luck.

The coin was likely lost on reunion weekend, and was found by one of my cadets at the SSM. The coin is a Royal Canadian Horse Artillery coin from Maj (now LCol) Stephen Gallagher, and was given to approximately 55 military personnel from the RCHA and from 1 Bn PPCLI. There is also a chance it could belong to Nichola Goddard’s family, or perhaps a cadet who had a parent that served with LCol Gallagher.

Thank you for your time,

Russell Ready

Captain | Capitaine (RCD)

1 Squadron Commander

(613) 541-6000 ext 6328

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Hospitality Professional

District Vice President, Western Canada at AGF Management Limited

Contributor to recording of naval technical history through the Canadian NavalTechnical History Association (CNTHA)

Manager at NATO

Assistant Professor Royal Military College of Canada

Military Professional

President at Abbotsford International Airshow

Manager at Walmart

Airworthiness Engineer for RCAF

Inside Sales Coordinator at Festo Inc.

Executive Committee member RMC Club

Longtime business partner with e-Veritas & Veritas magazine

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The Week that Was & More…

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Caption: The Commandant and Principal were pleased to host representatives from the Indonesian Defence University (IDU) lAst week. The visit was focused on the academic programs at RMCC, specifically those provided at a distance. The IDU delegation included: Professor S. Hartati Reksodiputro, Col. Zainal Abidin, Ltc. Lisa Soviana as well as a representative from the Indonesian Consulate in Toronto. (Photo by Curtis Maynard)


Fighter Flight Formally Welcomed Into LaSalle Squadron

Article by: NCdt 27097 (II) Gregory JohnstonePhotos by: OCdt 26822 (II) Yevgen Vazhaylo 

On Tuesday, October 14th, Fighter Flight was formally welcomed into LaSalle Squadron at the First Year Initiation. This ceremony represents an important milestone in a Cadet’s time as part of LaSalle Squadron and has been a long-standing tradition at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Early Tuesday morning, Fighter Flight stood outside Mackenzie Building bell tower as the rest of LaSalle Squadron lined the main staircase inside. One-by-one, the First Years ascended the stairs to the top of Mackenzie Building and recited why they believed they deserved to be a part of the squadron.

All members of Fighter Flight performed under pressure and earned their spot with pride and a little bit of fun too.

A special thanks goes out to the entire LaSalle Squadron for coming out to support Fighter Flight and to the 2 Squadron Commander, Capt Watson, for helping create another successful First Year Initiation ceremony!


Go ENG Girl

Article submitted by: Dr. Sarah A. Creber | Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

On Saturday, October 25th, RMCC and Queen’s together hosted Go ENG Girl on Queen’s campus. It was a fantastic day of hands-on activities, speakers, and information sessions for over 40 girls in grades 7 to 10 and their parents.

RMC engineering students NCdt Richard Barnes, OCdt Victoria Shortridge, OCdt Rabia Soni, and OCdt Cassandra Wuerth helped the girls learn how to build robotic arms and experiment with different toothpaste compositions. They also engaged the girls and their parents in discussion, answering various questions about life as an officer cadet.

RMC staff were also on hand to welcome participants, review admission procedures, and provide examples of careers in the Forces. Go ENG Girl is sponsored by the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and is designed to help girls and their parents learn more about engineering as a profession and a course of study at university.

A huge thank you goes out to all RMCC students and staff for making Go ENG Girl 2014 a wonderful success!


All Smiles as the First Years Await their Vaccinations

This past Saturday, October 25th, the first year cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada attended their second vaccination parade. The first years were surprisingly cheery as they awaited another step in their medical process as officers in training.


Draw the Line Training Sexual Assault and Harassment Brief

This past Saturday, October 25th, the second and third year cadets of the Royal Military College had the pleasure of attending the Draw the Line presentation to learn about some of the issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

Given by capable military presenters, the Deputy Director of Cadets, Major Jakubiec and the D Division Commander, Major Higuchi, the presentation outlined the different types of bystanders in a sexual assault situation and the responsibilities of an RMC officer cadet to his/her peers and others. The floor was opened for the officer cadets to ask questions from the experienced presenters and the message was clearly communicated to the second and third year classes.


J’aimerais publié ce petit message dans e-Veritas afin de remercier la fondation du CMRC d’avoir rendu possible une activité au théâtre fort enrichissante.

Le mercredi 1er octobre, 18 étudiants du département de français ont assisté à une pièce de théâtre intitulée”Being at home with Claude” au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde à Montréal. Au nom des professeurs responsables de l’activité, Mme Bastien et M. Lagueux, ainsi que tous les élèves-officiers ayant assisté à la pièce, j’aimerais remercier la Fondation du Collège militaire royal du Canada d’avoir rendu possible une telle sortie culturelle.


27103 Evelyne Gauvin Élof (II) Escadron 3 Collège Militaire Royal du Canada


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Training for the M: Cadets Preparing for Annual Drill Competition

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Preparing for the Big Drill Competition: Year by Year

Article Coordinated by: 26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela Cadet Wing Internal Information Officer

As is customary for every year, the Cadet Wing is preparing for the annual drill competition which takes place on Sunday the 9th of November.

Year by year the 12 squadrons of RMC will compete in different aspects of drill including foot drill, sword drill, rifle drill and flag drill to win points towards the Commandant’s Cup.

The following is a year by year account of the training that took place last Wednesday, October 22nd.


On Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, Alpha flight completed a successful drill practice during morning PMT. Although the session was only a couple of hours, Alpha showed considerable improvement not only from our previous sessions, but from the beginning to the end of Wednesday’s practice as well. Alpha Flight benefits from having experienced instructors including one of the drill team’s captains, Ms. St. Onge, who provides exceptional step-by-step visual instruction for the first years. On Wednesday, our flight rehearsed the entire 1st year Foot Drill sequence while abiding by the following criteria: ensuring proper usage of words of command, perfection of team member’s and team captain’s personal drill, keeping drill movements within requested regions, and ensuring that members stayed in cadence.

In conclusion, our flight’s perspective on the drill competition preparation is that a practice session is a positive use of our time. Not only did drill practice allow further development as officer cadets at the college, it provided an opportunity for the flight to work together towards a common goal: placing high in the upcoming drill competition.

- OCdt (I) 27365 Belanna McLean

Cette semaine, au cours du PMT, la classe de deuxième année était sur le terrain de parade pour se pratiquer pour la compétition de drill qui aura lieu lors de la fin de semaine du commandant. La classe de deuxième année exécutera la portion de drill avec arme lors de la compétition. De plus, les deuxièmes année ont eu l’opportunité d’apprendre de nouveaux mouvements. Cela rendra certainement la compétition de drill plus intéressante cette année puisque les escadrilles de deuxième année devront démontrer qu’elles sont capables de travailler en équipe pour mettre en pratique et perfectionner des mouvements appris en une courte période de temps.

Élof (II) 27044 Alexis Laviolette


This past week’s PMT was designated as a training period for the upcoming flag party competition. For 3rd years tasked with representing their squadrons on flag party, it provided some much needed preparation. For many of us this is was the first experience with flag party drill and as such, PMT kicked off with a demonstration run by some more experienced 4th years on the parade square. After this introduction, squadrons were given the opportunity to break off and practice under the supervision of their respective flag party commanders. The opportunity to represent the squadron is a distinguished position that cadets take pride in and training was well utilized by all.

- NCdt (III) 26647 Matthew Hammond

IV Year write-up to come…

More photos of the drill practises by Curtis Maynard – Here

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Katherine Silins:The Dreaded Midterms

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The Dreaded Midterms

Article by: 26670 NCdt IV Katherine Silins

Katherine Silins is one busy young lady. The Ottawa native has helped us out from time-to-time with interesting articles. In between she was the Editor for the outstanding production of the 2014 Yearbook and has volunteered for the same position again for 2015. The fourth year engineering student also finds time to – carry out Master of Ceremonies for high profile RMCC events and is a member of college First Response Team. Her extracurricular activities do not stop there. She is  an 8 Squadron CFL. Finally, as a  Student Therapist for the hockey team she attends a minimum of two practises a week and works both home and away games.

Enjoy her timely article on midterms.

One of the most dreaded words in the vocabulary of a university student is: midterms. No matter how much a student plans and prepares, they somehow seem to sneak up with the stealth of a mountain lion and, unlike exams, are in the middle of the term, meaning that study time is split between preparation for these massive tests and regular assignments, labs and quizzes.

Being at a military college only exacerbates the stress of studying as in addition to academic pressures, cadets must still keep their rooms to walk-through standard, prepare for inspections and carry out any addition duties they may have.

Below are some testimonials as to how students prepare for the busiest two (or three or four) weeks of the term:

“Studying for midterms was chaotic and a little exhausting for first year Art’s students. While attempting to study, many assignments were due along with the days of different midterms. However, through some long nights and rough mornings, most seemed to prevail with their midterm results.”

- Kassandra Byrne (I – Arts)

“With the newfound freedom that comes with being a second year, midterms tend to sneak up on you. However, as we’ve been through the grind once before, it’s easier to get through the second time around. This time, we figured out how to study better, and, more importantly, what is important. This is why grades are usually higher in second year.”

- Mary Iver (II – Psychology)

“Despite what many engineers may believe, studying for Economics and Business Courses does not involve as much X-Box and Playstation as one might think. If it’s not another Case Study that needs to be done, then there are sure to be at least 3 other group assignments that are due for the next class, in an environment where it seems almost impossible to find a suitable time when the whole group can meet! On top of that, there are always presentations, midterms and papers that seem to creep up on you just when you think you have a moment to reach for that controller.”

- Davy Ackerman (III – Economics and Business Administration)

“Juggling studying for midterms and completing class projects with handling my duties in the squadron at RMC keeps us engineers quite busy. I like to keep pushing through by arranging study sessions with colleagues and keeping my work week organized with the official RMC day planner.”

- Nevin Williams (IV – Computer Software Engineering)

Suffice it to say that the struggle of completing midterms at the College will prepare us well for the duties that await us upon graduation. Next up, Physical Performance Test.

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Claude Scilley & 6772 Bob Mason

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Fulfilling diplomatic career followed Bob Mason’s fine athletic days at RMC


It seemed a pretty innocuous request at the time.

6772 Bob Mason, 1996 Royal Military College graduate, was trade commissioner, the 2IC at the Canadian embassy in Kuwait that summer. “I was supposed to be in charge of the embassy in August,” he recalled, but his daughter and son, who themselves were attending RMC at the time, wouldn’t be able to see him then, so he asked his boss if he could delay his vacation by a month and come to Canada in August instead.

“Do you mind if you and I are both away at the same time?” he recalls asking the ambassador, whose August vacation was already booked. “He said it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s very quiet there in the summer.”

It was 1990.

“Little did we know that Saddam Hussein was going to visit.”

Before he knew it, Mason, the former two-sport varsity star, was summoned to Ottawa to work on a task force and then he was on his way to Bahrain, to establish a temporary embassy where the Armed Forces would be putting their headquarters for Canada’s role in the Gulf War.

“It was interesting being the trade commissioner and doing all this war-related stuff when all my friends from RMC were leading the Canadian troops.”

When the war ended, it was diplomatically imperative to re-establish the embassy in Kuwait as quickly as possible. “The war ended in the morning,” Mason said. “We flew in with a military jet in the afternoon.

“(The ambassador) said, ‘Bring a suitcase, you’re not coming back until it’s safe. When it’s safe, let me know and I’ll come back in.’ I was there for three weeks trying to get the embassy going again.

“That was the most interesting job I’ve ever done, because there were military people everywhere and I’d had the military experience. It was quite a fascinating part of my life.”

That says a lot, because Mason has had an extraordinary life, in a career that has taken him to Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Japan, Indonesia and the Middle East. It’s a long way from Bronte, Ont., a small town near Oakville that was surrounded by farmers’ fields when Mason left in 1963 to study at College Militaire Royal.

He was three years in St-Jean, Que., before he came to RMC to complete his studies in chemical engineering.

“I was a jock,” Mason says, without hesitation and not a little bit of pride. At CMR he played basketball, was goalkeeper on the soccer team and did the horizontal jumps on the track team. He played football and basketball at RMC, was a league all-star in both, and was drafted to play football for the Toronto Argonauts after his senior year. “I never went to camp because I had surgery on my knee,” he recalled. “I don’t know exactly when it (happened) but I graduated from the college and went right to the hospital.”

An end on the football team, Mason set a school record for catching passes in his third year. “I can’t remember what it is because it was so long ago,” he said. “We had a good team in my third year but we were not as good in my fourth year.”

Hank Tatarchuk, now a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, was coach of the basketball team at the time. At 6-foot-3, Mason, the Redmen’s centre—“today that would be guard size”—was a second-team all-star his first year and a first-team all-star his second year, when he was the second-leading scorer in the league.

“We had a good basketball team,” Mason said. “We were second in the league two years in a row (to Carleton). Carleton was a really good team.”

Mason recalled the night he set a record by scoring 50 points in a game against Macdonald College. “It didn’t last very long,” he said. “Dave Gorman at Carleton, a few days later, when he saw my record, he went out and got 60-something.”

Mason’s athletic endeavours took him down almost as many paths as his diplomatic career. As a basketball player, he later played on the city team in Ottawa, on a senior B team in Montreal and a club team in Japan, which, for two years in a row, he helped propel to the national championship there. He played squash—his father, James Mason, was a national-team coach and is enshrined in the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame—and he played rugby for the Hong Kong sevens, in international matches against Canada and Australia.

At the age of 19, Mason’s brother, Martin, was the Ontario Amateur golf champion in 1966, the last year the title was contested in match-play format. “He was my younger brother and by the time he was 14 he was beating me,” Mason said. “My claim to fame is I was his caddy.”

Did he give him any good advice?

“All the time.”

Mason continues to be an avid golfer. He divides his time between Ottawa and Melbourne, Australia, in his wife’s homeland. He’s a member of clubs in both places and in Australia, his home course, the Kew Golf Club, is the same one where his grandfather was club champion in 1901 and 1904. “You don’t understand golf until you go to Australia,” he said. “They’re very competitive.”

But he never played football again.

“Yes and no,” he said, asked if he regretted not being able to take advantage of the opportunity to play professionally. “I managed to get first-class honours when I graduated and I had scholarship opportunities to three places: Columbia, Virginia and the University of Toronto. A good friend of mine also had a scholarship to the University of Virginia so we went down to Virginia together.

“If I had not had surgery, I had the option to go to the University of Toronto and I would have tried out at that time, but I was still in the military so it was hard to do things (outside of that). I was disappointed that I couldn’t do it from a how-would-I-have-done perspective. It was the Bobby Taylor era and the Argos were not bad at that time, but I don’t regret not going because I went down to Virginia and I found out two things: I didn’t like engineering, after six years of it, and I met my wife.”

The future Janette Mason was from Australia, and she was completing an exchange nursing program in Charlottesville. “She had been away for two years, and was just going home,” Mason said. “We met and she never got home. We’ve been married 47 years now.”

When he came back to Canada, Mason fulfilled his commitment to the Armed Forces in Ottawa. “I was not very pleased with what I was doing,” he said, so he decided to leave the service and pursued his MBA at McMaster, where he came first in his class.

That led him to the federal Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce, part of a group that was helping Canadian companies export defence equipment. At that time, Canada and the U.S. had a defence-production sharing agreement, whereby defence contractors in the U.S. had to employ a certain amount of Canadian content. Mason’s job was to help Canadian firms gain access to that segment.

That group became part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner’s Service, which eventually morphed into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In his work there, he spent almost 22 years outside the country, about half of it in Japan.

“I enjoyed Japan,” he said, “even though I’m tall.

“I joke that I went to Japan at 6-3 and came back 6-2, because I kept hitting my head on the doors all the time.”

Part of language study there was finding ways beyond the classroom for students to apply what they’d learned. That led instructors to discover Mason’s interest in basketball and that led him to helping to coach a university women’s team, and playing with the team at the local YMCA. Being part of a club in Japan, he explained, “is a lifetime commitment.”

“I’m still with those guys today, 40 years later. One person who joined the club at the same time I did, every time we go to Japan, I stay at his house.”

Mason said he has fond memories of the college.

“I miss RMC a lot. The main thing was the sports, going out, travelling, on a Friday getting on the bus, playing on a Friday night or a Saturday. When I was a prep, I liked it because I missed a lot of parades. Marching was not my forte.”

He said the structure of the college gave him athletic opportunities he may not have enjoyed at a civilian university, but there was one part of the regimen of which he was not enamored.

“Your classes were between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; 4 p.m. to 7 o’clock was practice time. Then you came back and you had your meal,” he said. “I remember we had a special room we used to go and eat, but whenever they had spaghetti, I hated it. They made it for 4 o’clock and by the time you got there at quarter to 7 it had been sitting in the water for two and a half hours. It was not the nicest spaghetti.

“I never ate spaghetti for years afterwards.”

Mason recalled his third year at the college, when football ended one Saturday and he played his first basketball game the following weekend. A week and a half after that he began a stretch of 12 exams in 13 days.

“I found that the most difficult period, those Christmas exams,” he said. “After basketball season would end in March, you had a month and a half before the exams, so you finally had a chance to study and find out what you were really doing, rather than cramming the night before.

“All I know, at the military college, there’s a lot of cramming. Everybody was the same, because we were so busy.”

Mason retired after 37 years in the public service. . “When I retired I said, ‘I used my brain a lot and now I want to use my hands.’” To that end, he and his son began renovating homes in Ottawa, and he later undertook to do one in Australia.

With a father who was half Spanish and a wife who’s Australian, Mason said it wasn’t difficult to adjust to living abroad, but the irony of having moved 26 times is not lost on a man who chose the foreign service after leaving the nomadic life of the Armed Forces shortly after graduating from RMC in 1966.

“It was hard because you had to adjust each time but it was also exciting,” he said. Mason lamented that his children didn’t have the opportunity to establish childhood friendships. “They don’t have the continuity with friends that you have forever.

“It’s the same with our lifestyle. Our friends are within the service and from RMC, rather than friends you’ve made because you lived next door to the person for 25 years or you’ve known somebody at work for 40 years. We know people from work, but one guy goes to London and another guy goes to Paris, so you see them for two years in one place, but you don’t see them again for 30 years. It’s a different type of lifestyle.

“For most people in the military that is a lifestyle problem. You make sacrifices. Do you go for the promotion? Or do you go for staying in a place? That’s the one hard part of military life but most of the people who have gone through RMC have the aptitude to adjust and adapt.”

All of Mason’s children followed him to military college. Mason’s daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from RMC in 1991 in the same class as her husband, Darryl Nicholson. A varsity water polo player, she was an aeronautical engineer at Uplands in Ottawa but they now live in Portland, Ore.

A son, Peter, now a major, graduated from CMR in 1992. A finance officer, he was recently posted from Kingston to Ottawa. Rob, an all-star rugby player who graduated in 1998, is also a major, an army engineer stationed in Ottawa who is working on a Masters at RMC.

Notwithstanding the demands on a varsity athlete, Mason says the best education a person can receive is from a military college. “Look at the number of people from military colleges who have done well in life,” he said.

“People say, I don’t have enough time to do things, but you make time. You learn, you don’t spend all your time doing something over and over again. You have to do it once and do it right. The military college taught you leadership skills. You couldn’t graduate from the college without leadership skills, or if you weren’t physically fit. We had a cadet in third year, two and a half years at the college, and he was let go because he couldn’t pass the physical fitness exams.

“You have to be physically fit, you have to be academically fit, you had to be bilingual and you had to show leadership, how to handle yourself. I don’t find that in most universities.”

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RMCC Fingerprints Highly Visible @ CAF Sports Award Ceremony

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Former RMCC Athletic Department – Sgt “Dick” Hartnett – PERI (retired later as a Captain) inducted into the CAF Sports Hall of Fame

Last Friday evening in Ottawa at the 26th Annual Canadian Armed Forces Sports Award Ceremony former RMC – PERI / running coach during the mid 1980s, Dick Hartnett was inducted in the CAF Hall of Fame.

21909 Joe Boland (RMC 2001) who is best remembered for his skills on the basketball floor while at RMC made it into the CAF Sports Honour Roll.

These special honours headlined other awards that included a number of Ex Cadets.

The ceremony also recognized the greatest armed forces athletic achievements of the 2013 sports year. Of the five major awards presented to individuals – four were Ex cadets:


(Click on photo for better viewing)

BGen Al Meinzinger, commandant was on hand at the ceremony and saw the RMCC Men’s Fencing Team capture team of the year honours for individual sports.

Representing the Fencers at this gala event were: Officer-Cadet Graham Austin; Officer-Cadet Kyle English; Officer-Cadet Harrison Kelertas and, of course, head coach, Mrs. Patricia Howes.

There were several other major award nominees with RMCC connections which included: 25515 Lt Kim Archibald, (Class of 2012); 23533 Capt Heather Smith, (Class of 2006); 21909 Major Joe Boland, Class of (2001); and 22888 Capt Dugald Thomson, (Class of 2004).

The (M) rugby team were finalist in the team sports category.


Details on all of the nominees can be found Here

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Sports…& Fencing Update

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Men’s and Women’s Fencing OUA – Fencing
Hockey OUA- Men’s Hockey CIS – Hockey
Rugby OUA – Men’s Rugby
Men’s Soccer OUA – Men’s Soccer CIS – Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer OUA - Women’s Soccer CIS - Women’s Soccer
Men’s Volleyball OUA – Men’s Volleyball CIS – Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball OUA – Women’s Volleyball CIS – Women’s Volleyball


Recent OUA Results:


Fri 24 Oct RMC 2 @ Carleton 4 Box Score

(M) Volleyball:

Fri 24 Oct Western 3 @ RMC 0 Box Score

Sat 25 Oct Windsor 3 @ RMC 1 Box Score

(W) Volleyball:

Fri 24 Oct Western 3 @ RMC 2 Box Score

Sat 25 Oct Windsor 3 @ RMC 0 Box Score

Upcoming Games:


Fri 31 Oct RMC @ Windsor 7:30 PM

Sat 1 Nov RMC @ Windsor 7:30 PM

(M) Volleyball:

Fri 31 Oct RMC @ Toronto 8 PM

Sat 1 Nov RMC @ Ryerson 8 PM

(W) Volleyball:

Fri 31 Oct RMC @ Toronto 6 PM

Sat 1 Nov RMC @ Ryerson 6 PM

Fencing Update

The RMC men’s fencing team was named the Canadian Armed Forces Individual Sports Team of the Year at the CAF Sports Awards Ceremony held in Ottawa on Friday, while fencer and ex-Paladin Chantel Helwer (photo left) was also recognized for her achievements, winning female athlete of the year honours.

Also on Friday, RMC Varsity Fencing Head Coach Patricia Howes (photo right)was named the new Cadet/Junior Women’s Sabre National Coach by the Canadian Fencing Federation. Howes, who has twice been named OUA coach of the year and whose teams have won 6 OUA championships, has coached the Paladins’ men’s and women’s teams since 2002. Her selection as a national coach means that the RMC varsity fencing teams and the Cutting Edge Fencing program now have two national coaches on their staff, as husband David Howes was recently named the Senior Women’s Epee National Coach. No other club in the country can boast having two national coaches leading their programs.

The Paladins will also host their annual RMC Invitational Team competition November 1 -2 at the KMCSC. Admission is free and information regarding Cutting Edge Fencing’s programs will be available.

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Sailing Close to Becoming Mainstream Again at RMCC

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Milestones Reached and the Way Ahead for the RMCC Yacht Club

By: OCdt P. Scotty Marshall, C.D., M1041, Commodore of the RMCC Yacht Club

One of my favorite musicians talks about how “the past didn’t go anywhere,” the idea being that history surrounds us, and is the thing upon which we have created the world we live in. The work I have done both with the RMCC Yacht Club over the past few years, along with the research I have done in writing the last three articles on sailing at the military colleges has proven this idea over and over. Whenever I have to dive in Navy Bay for some sort of maintenance function, I see the beams and stones that were once cribs that supported the old piers or the former boathouse. Whenever I rebuild the mooring cans, I find wooden bodied blocks that must have been installed before I was born. Within a kilometer from the opening of Navy Bay lie the remains of several great sailing ships that once plied the waters of Lake Ontario, some from as long ago as the War of 1812. Progress is good, but at times the best one can hope for is to live up to the principles or the accomplishments of times gone by; this is the very essence and value of tradition.

As an example of history waiting to be refound, in my third article I mentioned the former gentleman cadet (599) LCol. “Leary” Grant, and his outstanding accomplishments building the sailing program at RMC and in the region in general. Beyond his volunteerism developing CICSA and LYRA, he was a fierce competitor who won a series of awards in his day including the Freeman, Baldwin, and Sodus Cups, as well as the Lake Ontario Trophy in 1954. This was all accomplished in a boat he had built for this purpose name the Tramp Royale. When I first read the history, I assumed that like so many wooden boats of the era her design details would be lost and her fate would have been consignment to the deep or a bonfire in years past; then, I found her. It would seem she has been well cared for over the years, was most recently moored in Deadman’s Bay, and is currently on the hard at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor. History doesn’t go away. We may misplace it, it may fade or deteriorate, or we may forget, but the very bones upon which we build the present are the past.

Sailing traditions at the College have similarly been an exercise in trying to create what once was, often against claims that ‘we have never done that before.’ The old chestnut “those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it” can also be rethought as “those who forget their history are doomed to not know what is possible.” There are comparisons one could make in the wider military regarding procurement or force redevelopment as compared to at the outbreak of the conflicts of the last century, but I digress. Prior generations were smart, resourceful, and hardworking, and we bear the same collective capacities. With respect to sailing, we once had inter-squadron competitive sailing, we once raced competitively against other Canadian institutions, and we once had a matched fleet. After the lean budget years in the mid-1990s, all of these ceased to be a part of our traditions, and in most cases, our collective memory. Some twenty-odd years later, they are once again a part of College life: IM Sailing is back, has been exceptionally popular, and has been progressing well; our racing team has competed well over the last few years both against Canadian institutions and against military colleges from around the world; and, a major procurement over the past season has brought four J/24s to the College that are rigged for match racing, and an Aloha 27 has been acquired for cruising and long distance navigation training. Already we have had success with these new boats, winning first and second places in the J/24 one design class during the Amherst Island Pursuit Race, and adding to our pride in that race the fact lesser crews dared not race that day due to the extreme conditions.

I have been asked a few times over the past few months about my overall level of satisfaction with the huge advances that sailing has made at the College over the past few years. I would suppose that I associate the word ‘satisfaction’ with a conclusion, and I don’t think that we have concluded the rebuilding process. I reply that although I am ecstatic with the support from the Club, the College chain of command, the Unit Fund, the RMC Foundation, and PSP, satisfaction remains elusive. The only way I can describe my feelings on the subject is to metaphorize the process; it is as though we were lost in the woods, and have now managed to work our way up a large hill. Now that we have climbed as high as we have, we can start to see which way to go to reach our destination. The vision is simple, if profound in implication: Young Canadians will want to go to RMCC in order to have a chance at competing in our sailing program.

From the perspective of the overall organization of RMCC sports and distribution of resources, this is a logical focus with respect to return on investment. Certain sports occupy a place in our Canadian mythos which places them in a position where, if a student has not played them aggressively their entire lives, they have no real chance of competing once they arrive at the College. Sailors have an edge, in that they can go from very basic skills to real competence and international competition during their tenure at the College. Add to this the unparalleled access to waterfront that our cadets enjoy, and the pre-existing physical infrastructure that is the envy of every collegiate sailing program in the country, and we have a means to fulfill that vision. Just through the acquisition and race-readying of our J/24 fleet, we now have an asset for keel boat racing that, to my knowledge, no other university in Canada can boast.

These acquisitions and successes are a good start, but our past tells us how much more we can accomplish. Our physical infrastructure requires a great deal of attention over the coming years, such as the redevelopment of the boat ramp that is used for both RMCC and HMCS Ontario trailer launches, the shoring up of the retaining walls that hold together the boathouse jetty, the acquisition of a shore crane so that we control the length of our own sailing season and can do our own hull maintenance, improvements to the docking and breakwaters to facilitate safe berthing for our fleet, and the acquisition of a sailing center that can be used for instruction for large groups of cadets. As I mentioned in my second article, infrastructure can seem like the “boring bits,” but having the boats means nothing without the ability to care for them properly or train the crews to man them. Similarly, as the sailing community grows it may well become necessary to once again expand the fleet. The J/24s have already become so central to our operations that increasing their number to six would be welcomed. In the very long term, larger matched keelboats requiring larger teams would be an outstanding addition, and I for one would like to see some smaller craft unlike the others we have access to, such as Hobie Cats or ice boats, become a part of the resources the College has to offer.

The racing team has also been working to expand its scope, and has been assuming a wider role in competitive sailing. Aside from their own training and intercollegiate racing activities, they are the group that is training and running the competitions for IM sailing, which both increases their knowledge base, and creates a pool of people that the team can use in future years to swell their ranks. They will also be playing a pivotal role in the CICSA National Championship that will take place at RMCC over the weekend of October 24th, and for which huge numbers of universities across Canada were invited. Because they wish to expand their experience beyond competitions in Canada, they will continue to compete in internationally, as they did in Liverno, Italy during the past two seasons, and they are hoping to represent Canada in sailing at the Military World games in Korea 2015.

In the third article I wrote on sailing at the Canadian Military Colleges, I stated that “our effect on history has been disproportionate to our size.” Our student body is relatively small, and so too the resources base that sailing has access to relative to the expense of the sport. With that said, the advances we have made with our fleet and physical infrastructure have been disproportionate to the money we have spent. I would happily take sweat equity on the part of passionate people over large amounts of funds if it meant the indifference of those who participate. This is not to say that we do not require the assistance of our many benefactors, the Unit Fund, the RMC Foundation, and PSP being primary among them. It is merely to say that the gains we have made with the resources we have been given have been disproportionate in terms of the gain for the College. There remain many serious challenges that will require the dedication, innovation, and cooperation that has facilitated our current state of affairs. With that said, satisfaction for me remains elusive, because if the last three years have taught me anything, what we can be and where sailing at the College can go is far greater than our current state. There are many unknowns, but like all problems, they won’t be solved until someone tries to solve them. So too are there limits to what is practical, but as yet we have not reached them.

One day I will be sitting at work or in a mess talking with friends, and someone will ask me where I went to university. I will respond that I was a proud gentleman cadet of the Royal Military College of Canada. Unprovoked, they will respond something along the lines of “did you sail while you were there?,” or “how about that sailing team?,” and only at that point I will know what is possible now. In the meantime, I will continue to rely on the generosity of the alumni, the hard work of the RMCC Yacht Club, and try and realize a vision of our alma mater as great as what once was. History is proof of what is possible, and it is our duty to respect tradition and seek a future in which we are second to none.

Stories, anecdotes, corrections, or digitized media can be emailed to the Club at


1. Image #1 – LCol “Leary” Grant’s winning boat, the Tramp Royale, second from the end on the St. Lawrence Pier ca. 1940, courtesy of the Massey Library Archives; the Tramp Royale afloat in Deadman’s Bay, Summer 2014; the Tramp Royale on the hard at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor, Fall 2014.

2. Image #2 – The new J/24 fleet from the bow, summer, 2014; the J/24 Obsessed under sail at sunset with a club crew, summer 2014; the new J/24 fleet from astern, summer 2014.

3. Image #3 – NCdt Derek Frank in a ‘hero pose,’ sailing back from Bath, summer 2014; the racing team prepares the J/24 fleet for a team practice, fall 2014; Cadets Yanick Barette and Stuart Clow, two outstanding workhorses on the RMC waterfront during the summer of 2014, on board the new Aloha 27, summer 2014.

Ed note: Over this weekend there was a University Fleet Racing Nationals being held here at RMCC. We were hoping for a report which is not available at press time. We look forward to providing an article for next week.

Previous Sailing articles by Scotty Marshall:

Sailing at the Canadian Military Colleges;

Sailing History at RMCC 101

RMCC: Birthplace of Both Canadian and North-American Intercollegiate Competitive Sailing


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2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads

In 2015 Royal Roads will be celebrating 75 years of excellence in Education and Training – 55 years as a military institution/college and 20 years as a university.  Both the Vancouver Island Ex Cadet Club and Royal Roads University are jointly working on conducting special events throughout  2015 to honour these 75 years of excellence.  The first event will be a Sunset Ceremony (last conducted on 12 May 1995) on the former parade square at Royal Roads and is scheduled for Saturday 25 April 2015.  Planning is well under way to have the Snowbirds open the event, then the ceremony to include officer cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada’s  Pipes and Drums band, members of the Naden RCN Band, participation of other bands, 101 mm guns from the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, cadets from the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) and perhaps other surprising participants.

Further details and updates on participants for this event will be provided in future e veritas newsletters.  Questions or suggestions for the Sunset Ceremony can be forwarded to Cindy Goodman at Royal Roads University:

Other events will also be planned in 2015, including a President’s Formal Gala, alumni awards/convocation ceremonies, and a special 2015 Homecoming (11-13 Sep 2015).

Notice:  For any classes who are celebrating a special entry or graduation year from Royal Roads Military College in 2015, it is requested that a class secretary contact Al Kennedy, Secretary for the Vancouver Island Ex Cadet Club, – as planning for the 2015 Homecoming  will commence soon.  Your assistance in advising your fellow classmates about this Homecoming weekend  is much appreciated.


David B. Bindernagel


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RMC Cadets & Armed Services Raise 100 Year Old Ship

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

The end of Oct ’52 was rich in influential events…

27 Oct 52

After supper we heard General McNaughton speak on the International Joint Commission. It was really a very timely lecture since on 28 Oct the Commission announced the approval of the St. Lawrence Seaway project.

28 Oct 52

Intersquadron soccer got underway tonight. We played 3 sqn and won 2-0. Incidentally the senior soccer team won their first game in about 4 years and defeated their old rivals Kingston United.

29 Oct 52

We played 4 sqn tonight and took them too! Boy this soccer really needs conditioning – I’m still stiff from last night’s game. The hockey season started tonight and we won our game with Flyers. This afternoon the Intercollegiate track meet was held here and the boys came through with a win, way out in head of the other teams. If McDougall & Gill had been running we’d have done even better.

30 Oct 52

This morning an RCAF crane arrived from Trenton to lift out the sunken boat and there was great excitement around noon when the thing was finally hoisted up and loaded onto a truck transport to be taken up to Fort Henry. The old Cueball & Bizzy were around all morning and had a great time. I missed nearly all the excitement by having classes all morning.

31 Oct 52

The team left this afternoon without me for Montreal to play Loyola. I decided not to go since we have an intersqn rugby game on Sunday and because I have an essay to finish, and a lot of odds and ends to tidy up.

1 Nov 52

It was very relaxing to spend a lazy Saturday for the first time this term. I walked into Kingston, got a few things I had been needing and came back and hit the sack for 18 hrs!

2 Nov 52

We played #3 sqn in our first intersqn rugby game and lost 18-6. We only had about 15 men dressed since there was some great mix-up and our boys couldn’t all get uniforms. Dave Dillon got a badly broken leg shortly after getting our only touchdown. After that with little Freddy Joyce doing the passing we didn’t click too well (Freddy couldn’t see over the line). I had a great bit of luck and snaffled a poorly kicked ball – me with no eyes. Oh it was a lot of fuss even if we did lose. The boys got back from Loyola and apparently were pretty well outclassed, lost 31-0. The American downfield blocking rules really had them stopped I guess. Some of the boys lost a lot of money stolen out of the dressing room during the game.

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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on October 26th, 2014

Kingstonians pay respects to fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

More photos & Kingston Whig Standard article here


3932 GOODWIN, Donald Class of 1957)

On October 19, 2014 at home at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Sophyann (nee Smith). Loving father of Susann Buhr (Scott) and Michael (Susie). Proud grandfather of Stephen Buhr and dear brother of Peter (Lee). Don Goodwin was a passionate and authentic communicator.

He never judged people and always enjoyed talking with whomever crossed his wide path. Don was a graduate of Eastview and the Royal Military College of Canada and later attended McGill and Carleton Universities. He trained as a mechanical engineer and although he once considered the Royal Canadian Navy to be his his home he left the military in the mid-’60s for Sun Oil Company (Sunoco). Corporate life was just not his “thing” and in 1967 he joined Industry, Trade and Commerce in Ottawa.

In the twenty-five years that followed Don held numerous key policy and program positions in the federal government including in Environment, the Privy Council, Office of the Comptroller General, and Indian and Northern Affairs where, in 1992, he retired as Assistant Deputy Minister (Land, Revenues, and Trusts). Don was a superb downhill skier, voracious chef and gardener, artist and loving grandfather. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering to be held in the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) on Tuesday October 28, after 2 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at 3:15 p.m. Source


Lynda Baynton wife of 8613 Bill Baynton (Class of 1971) & Robert Smart (brother of Lynda)

Lynda Mary Ann (nee SMART) BAYNTON (August 16, 1949 – October 18, 2014)

Robert Charles SMART (July 23, 1953 – October 18, 2014).

Fatal motor vehicle accident on Hwy 401 (Long Sault), just west of Moulinette Road in South Stormont, at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Bob was pronounced dead at the scene. Lynda was airlifted from Cornwall Community Hospital to the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, where she succumbed to her injuries at 5:00 p.m.

They were en route from Toronto to Montreal to celebrate the birthday of their granddaughter and niece, Chloé.

With their mother, Ethel, they were a close family, following the death in 1971 of father, Wes. They became closer still, following the death of Ethel last year.

Lynda leaves husband, Bill; children, Lindsay (Jérôme), Kristy, Ashley (Eric), and Scott; and grandchildren, Logan, Chloé and Madeleine. Rob never married or had children.

Lynda was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher, preparing for the next chapter in life to dote on her grandchildren and future great-grandchildren. Bob was an unusually attentive, involved and loving uncle and great-uncle, illustrated by the many trips he – alone, or with Lynda – would make to visit family and participate in celebrations, such as this last trip together. Their simultaneous loss is enormous and incalculable.

The family would like to especially recognize their Arrowsmith and Smart relatives.

Lynda and Bob were well liked and respected by their colleagues at Fieldcrest Elementary in Bradford and State Farm in Aurora.

The family is grateful for the superb level of care at scene of accident through care of family by the O.P.P. and medical personnel. Source

Flowers to any Senior Home or donations in support of diabetes or heart charities welcome. A gathering to celebrate their lives and mourn their loss will take place at Springdale Christian Reformed Church, 1466 5th Side Road, Bradford West Gwillumbury, Saturday, November 1st. Visitation at 11 a.m. Service to take place at 1 p.m.

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