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Maj Mike Kartusch, CM CD
Mike Kartusch was born September 30th, 1907 in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. After attending Regina’s Normal School in the mid 1920s he went on to become a teacher at various schools in the Regina area. In 1932 he began his long career as an army cadet instructor. The cadet corps in the Regina area were disbanded in 1938 and reformed in 1939. From 1941-43 he served with the Auxiliary War Services (Knights of Columbus) at #7 Initial Training School RCAF in Saskatoon. From 1944 to 1968 he served each summer at army cadet camp in Clear Lake Manitoba, Dundurn Saskatchewan and Vernon BC. In 1945 he was promoted to Captain and to Major in 1952. From 1946 to 1952 he was Chief Instructor for all the separate school cadets in Regina. In 1953 he took command of #155 Regina Rifles Regiment Cadet Corps until his retirement in 1968.
He contributed much to local sports especially hockey, managing and coaching hockey teams from 1932 on. In 1949 he became associated with Regina Pats Hockey Club. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Regina Junior Football League in 1944. Mr Kartusch coached St. Joseph’s girl’s basketball clubs for several years in the inter-church league.
Mike Kartusch was awarded the Order of Canada April 3, 1974 for a lifetime given to teaching, youth work and the promotion of community sports