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Our friends shall never be forgotten
CWO Glen Eversfield, CD
15 Dec 2011
CWO Glen Eversfield served Vernon ACSTC as the RSM in 2009-10 after a lengthy career in the CF.
LCol Pierre Labelle, CD
1948 - 4 Aug 2011
LCol Pierre Labelle of Outremont Quebec was only one week away from retirement when he was struck and killed by a motorist as he rode his bicycle on a quiet road near St Gabriel of Valcatier QC. LCol Labelle, a native of Chicoutimi Quebec has been a very active member of RMC Club, giving his time as a translator for our VERITAS magazine.
Pierre is known as an outstanding officer, a real gentleman, a defender of the french language and bilingualism. He joined the Canadiian Forces in 1965 and served in numerous places in Canada and Europe, in an examplary manner. LCol Pierre Labelle will be remembered by all, and we convey our sincere and deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
LCol Pierre Labelle de Outremont Quebec n’etait qu’a une semaine de sa retraite quand il fut happe et tue par un motoriste lorsqu’il etait sur sa bicyclette pres de Saint Gabriel de Valcartier. Le Lieutenant Colonel Labelle, originaire de Chicoutimi Quebec a ete un membre actif de notre Club, donnant son temps comme traducteur pour le magazine VERITAS.
Piierre est connu comme un officier de grande valeur, un gentil homme, et un defenseur de la langue francaise et du bilinguisme. Il a joint les Forces Armees Canadiennes en 1965, et a servi a de nonbreux endroits au Canada et en Europe, et de facon examplaire. Le Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Labelle restera dans nos memoires, et nous exprimons nos plus sinceres sympathie a sa famille et amis.
SHEGELSKI, Michelle "Mic" (nee Ernst)
June 29, 1985 - June 15, 2012
With overwhelming sadness we announce the passing of Michelle Shegelski on June 15, 2012.
Michelle is survived by her loving husband, Victor; parents, Peter and Cheryl Ernst; sister, Christine (Nigel) Ernst-Lomond; brother, Kenneth Ernst; grandmother, Sheila Haywood; many other family members and friends too numerous to mention.
Michelle, or 'Mic' as she was fondly nicknamed, was born in High Level, AB on June 29, 1985 and lived there until she moved to attend the University of Alberta in Edmonton at age 18.
The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp 2979 of High Level was Michelle's focus during her teenage years; she was a good shot with a rifle (awarded the Crossed Rifles and Crown, their highest award for marksmanship) and especially loved all the outdoor activities including night games and Wilderness Challenge hikes of 10 to 40 km. En route to Vernon for army cadet summer camp, she chatted - animatedly as she always did - to the crew organizing the Hercules aircraft they were to fly in. When they began loading the cadets, she was pulled to one side; instead of sending her home, as she was worried they were about to do, the pilot invited her into the cockpit, and allowed her to fly the aircraft for about 15 minutes. It probably took the whole 6-week camp for her to come back down to earth after that.
Her other great love from a very young age was reading and writing. She was reading by the time she started grade one, wrote poems and short stories growing up and then moved to blogging. Some of her favorite topics were women's issues, especially being a woman working in a male-dominated profession. She twice participated in National Novel Writing Month, producing novels of 50,000 words.
She graduated from the U of A in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. A relative at one point complimented her "intestinal fortitude" when Michelle shaved her head as part of a school fundraiser. She enjoyed debating, gaming, and made friends everywhere she went, cracking everyone up with her wonderful sense of humour, flair for impressions and comedy routines. She was always ready to take on something new: volunteering at the southside Edmonton City Police Station, Chinese language lessons, capoeira martial arts, and belly dancing. Most recently she had begun to seriously work out at the gym, where she regularly received complements on her "guns." She had been training for a triathlon and was going to compete in her first one at the end of June.
Michelle had fears, but she faced them head on. A fear of traveling alone didn't stop her from rewarding herself on graduation from university with a trip to Europe: one week in London and one in Rome, all by herself. And fear of the dark didn't stop her from getting work with G4S as a security guard, initially during the day at a grocery store, before transferring to night security in an office building, all by herself. It took real courage for her to face the boiler room on her own, but she sucked it up and did it. When the company occupying the building moved out of Edmonton, she took the opportunity to transfer with G4S to their armoured division.
In 2009, Michelle met the man she would eventually marry: Victor Shegelski. She had been working with G4S armoured division for a year and had started training new employees. When she was asked to train Victor, things just clicked. She had finally found someone who not only appreciated her weird and wonderful sense of humour, but also encouraged her in all that she did. Their spare time was spent rock climbing, back packing, hiking, camping, skiing, even gold panning. On April 21, 2012, they had a Victorian-themed wedding at Fort Edmonton Park. Michelle showed off her fabulous dress – complete with queen-size bustle – and cracked everyone up with her constant jokes. It was the best day of her life.
Michelle was predeceased by: her grandmother, Elsie Blachut; great-grandmother, Catherine Blachut and grandfather, Ken Haywood.
Michelle's Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, June 26, 1 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home; 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Victims of Violence.
Capt Leonard "Roy" Aylesworth, CD
November 4th 1936 - June 23rd 2012
Roy was born in Innisfail, Alberta. In 1952 at the age of 16, Roy
joined the Army, At the age of 19, Roy became the youngest Sergeant in
then Canadian Armed Forces. Roy was a dedicated military man with the
exemplary career. He was a life time member of the Esquimalt Dockyard
Legion Branch 172 where he held many positions including President and
Sergeant-at-arms. He was awarded the very coveted Palm Leaf and the
Meritorious Service Medal. Roy's dedication to the Legion is
evident, he is held in high regard by his fellow members and is
immortalized in the mural he had commissioned for the Legion. Roy is
survived by hiis three children, Bill Aylesworth, Cheri Mactier nee
Aylesworthand Andy Aylesworth, three grandchildren, Dave Mactier,
Briane Mactier and Liam Aylesworth, his brothers Arnold Aylesworthand
George Aylesworth. Roy had many friends and will be sadly missed. The
family would like to thank the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their care
and compassion and the Legion Branch 172 for all their help and
A celebration of Life will be held July 6th 2012, at 2:00 at the
Esquimalt Legion 622 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to the BC Lung Association or the Royal Canadian
Legion Branch 172. Funeral arrangements by CARE funeral services Roy
served in Vernon in 1977, Lt Capt Qual Courses.
Times Colonist 29 Jun 2012
Maj Enid M. Carpenter, CD
1921 - 2012
Enid passed away in Burnaby on October 31, 2012, at the age of 91. Although she was a strong Sergeant Major, she easily showed her family nothing less than love, leaving them with a lifetime of memories to cherish. A Chapel Service will be held in her honour on Friday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. Fraser Heights Funeral Home, 14835 Fraser Hwy, Surrey. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the SPCA in Enid's name.
Maj Carpenter served 1970-86 at Vernon Army Cadet Camp and had a profound influence on many of us.
LCol John Seed Edmondson, CD
EDMONDSON, John Seed Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret'd) WW II South Saskatchewan Regiment On the 5th of January 2013 at the Sunnybrook General Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Frances Edmondson, wife Louise Edmondson, and brothers William (Bill) and Richard (Dick). Survived by his son John R. and Valerie Edmondson and grandchildren Michael, Neil, Jill and Ian, and great-grandchild Connor, by his son Douglas and Anita Edmondson, by his daughter Dianne and David Dares, and grandchildren Robert, Christopher and Alex. John was raised on the prairie in Estevan Saskatchewan. He joined the PPCLI serving in Winnipeg and Calgary as a training instructor before receiving his commission and going overseas with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. He fought at Dieppe and at the battle of Verrieres Ridge, Normandy the two bloodiest days of action in the regiment's history. Wounded during the capture of Falaise, he survived to serve in the peacetime army with the Black Watch Regiment in Nova Scotia, Canadian Forces headquarters in training, operations planning, and logistics. John served with the British Army on the Rhine (NATO) as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General for the 4th Division and later as a UN peacekeeper in Kashmir. He concluded his career in Vancouver supervising militia training before retiring to Victoria BC. In Victoria he enjoyed working with the Sergeant-at-Arms at the BC Legislature. John was active in the Legion and in the SSR regimental association. He was the last surviving officer of the regiment. He took pleasure in helping several veterans obtain the Veteran's benefits to which they were entitled. During his later years, he took much pleasure in the fresh air and physical activity of maintaining a family garden. He participated in international affairs club and was an avid world traveler, having visited Red Square, the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, Oz, the Munich beerhalls, the Pyramids, Krueger Park, the Amazon jungle and family in Buenos Aires. A memorial service was held at the Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens in Oakville Ontario on Saturday, January 11th.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on January 19, 2013
LCol Edmondson served as commanding officer of Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1966
Major (Ret’d) Alexander Charles Bolin, CD, BA, LLB, MSc
March 15, 1946 – December 10, 2013
Alex Bolin passed away in Fort St. John hospital following a six-month battle with cancer.
Alex enriched many lives through his profession as a Teacher with School District 60, his avocation as a Canadian Forces Reserve Officer with the Cadet Instructors Cadre Branch and as a Friend.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday January 18, 2014 at North Peace Senior Secondary School 9304 - 86th St. Fort St. John, BC. A luncheon will follow in the school cafeteria. Following the luncheon, an invitation is open at the Royal Canadian Legion for those who wish to continue reminiscing and visiting.
The requested order of dress for military members is: 1A (Canadian Forces dress uniform) with medals. It is appropriate for attendees who possess Orders/Decorations/Medals to wear the full-sized insignia to this service with civilian attire.
Donations in lieu of flowers are requested and can be made to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation (accessible on-line or donation information will be available at the service).
Major Bolin served many years on staff at Vernon ACTSC in various positions including Company Commander and was very much a friend and mentor to many.
Lieutenant-General J.E. "Jack" Vance, CMM, CD (Ret'd)
28 July 1933 - 10 September 2013
The most sad news reached Regimental Headquarters yesterday evening of the passing of a Regimental giant. On behalf of the Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel W.J. Aitchison; the Chairman of the Regimental Senate, Brigadier-General J.B. Simms; and the Chairman of the Regimental Executive Committee, Colonel J.P. Davis, it is my unhappy duty to inform you that Lieutenant-General J.E. "Jack" Vance, CMM, CD (Ret'd) passed away peacefully, in Tweed, Ontario on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. Lieutenant-General Jack Vance was 80 years of age.
Lieutenant-General Jonathan H. Vance, Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command at Naples, Italy, is returning from Europe and is expected to be on the ground as of Friday, 13 September.
Lieutenant-General Jack Vance was a legend in his own lifetime and will be remembered, along with a very small handful of others, as one who had a transformational effect upon The Royal Canadian Regiment, who recast the structure of the Regiment and insured its well being for generations to come. His name will forever be mentioned in the same breath as those of George Joseph Maunsell, William Dillon Otter, Lawrence Buchan, Milton F. Gregg, Eric Snow and Dan Spry. He will surely also be remembered as a man of indomitable character, uncompromising integrity and outstanding intellect.
Jack Vance was born into difficult times on 28 July 1933, near Tweed in Hungerford County, Ontario. His life course was set in September 1952 when he enrolled at Royal Military College, Kingston. Lieutenant-General Vance attended RMC from September 1952 - June 1956. He completed Phases One and Two of Officer Training at the Royal Canadian School of Infantry (while Colonel Peter R. Bingham of The RCR was Commandant) at Camp Borden and in Meaford. When confronted with difficult problems other candidates always went to Jack Vance for calm advice and foolproof solutions. Jack Vance completed Phase Three at Fort York, Soest, West Germany in 1955 as a Platoon Commander with 2nd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment. From June 1956 - September 1957 he was posted with 2 RCR at Wolseley Barracks, London, Ontario, where he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Anti-Tank Platoon Commander and as Para Officer.
Lieutenant Vance attended the University of Toronto from September 1957 - June 1958 and obtained a degree in history. He then served at Camp Ipperwash, Ontario with 1st Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment (with Lieutenant-Colonel Frank "Klink" Klenavic as Commanding Officer) from August 1958 - June 1960, first as a Platoon Commander and then as Intelligence Officer. Promoted to Captain, Jack Vance was posted to Army Headquarters in Ottawa in June 1960, serving as a staff officer in the Adjutant-General's Branch until September 1963. From February 1961, Captain Vance served as the Personal Assistant to the Adjutant-General. He subsequently attended a two year course at Staff College in Kingston from September 1963 - June 1965.
In June 1965 Captain Vance was posted to 2 RCR at Wolseley Barracks, becoming OC of "C" Company. He was promoted to the rank of Major in December 1965. Major Vance remained with 2 RCR until June 1967. From June 1967 - August 1968 he held the appointment of Brigade Major of 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade at Gagetown, New Brunswick. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, he served as the SSO Training at Force Mobile Command (FMC, i.e. the Canadian Army) HQ at St. Hubert, Quebec from August 1968 - 1971. In 1971 Lieutenant-Colonel Vance assumed command of a mechanized infantry Battalion at Baden-Soellingen, West Germany: 3 Mechanized Commando (3 Mech Cdo). 3 Mech Cdo was a hybrid unit consisting of soldiers from both The RCR and the PPCLI that existed from 28 June 1970 - 13 July 1977. Lieutenant-Colonel Vance remained in command until August 1972 when he was promoted to Colonel and posted to FMC HQ. Here Colonel Vance was DCOS Training until 1973. He was posted to NDHQ, Ottawa as Director Indiv Training from 1973-1975.
Colonel Vance was promoted to Brigadier-General in 1975 and remained at NDHQ as Director-General Recruiting, Education and Training until July 1976. Posted to Lahr, Germany, Brigadier-General Vance commanded 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group at Lahr and Baden-Soellingen from July 1976 - July 1978. Returning once more to FMC HQ he served in the pivotal role of COS Ops from July 1978 - July 1979. Brigadier-General Vance attended National Defence College from July 1979 - May 1980 and was promoted to the rank of Major-General on this latter date. From May 1980 to May 1983 Major-General Vance was, initially, chairman of the Unification T.F. Review and then C Postings, Careers and Senior Appointments at NDHQ. During this time the present Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel W.J. Aitchison, was the staff officer to General Vance. In May 1983, less than 12 years after assuming command of a battalion in Germany, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General. Still at NDHQ, Lieutenant-General Vance was responsible for CF Personnel from May 1983 - June 1985. In 1983 Lieutenant-General J.E. Vance was invested in the Order of Military Merit, grade of Commander (CMM). As of June 1985 he became Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS), the second highest appointment in the Canadian Armed Forces. Lieutenant-General Vance would continue to serve as VCDS until 1988.
Lieutenant-General Jack Vance would retire from the CF in 1988, at the age of 55, having completed 36 years of most dedicated service. He had already made a huge contribution to Country, Army and Regiment, but his service to the larger community and indeed to The Royal Canadian Regiment was far from over. Shortly after retirement Lieutenant-General Vance accepted the position of Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, an appointment he exercised from 01 September 1989 - 1992. For the rest of his life he would continue to associate his name and provide support to the Cadet movement. Not surprisingly, Lieutenant-General Vance was honoured with the appointment of Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps from 1992-1995. With his many years of distinguished service in higher command and a reputation for wisdom and integrity, he was named the Senior Military Advisor to the Privy Council for the Somalia Inquiry.
Most fittingly, Lieutenant-General J.E. Vance, CMM CD, was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of The Royal Canadian Regiment on 01 July 1997. This was indeed a well-deserved honour. During the tenure of his appointment he was an active and inspirational Colonel of the Regiment. In the Cold War/Peacekeeping era his positive influence on developments within the Regiment was greatly significant. During the 1970s and 1980s he had worked tirelessly with Major-General Dan Loomis to reform and adapt the structure of The Royal Canadian Regiment. The transformation wrought by Lieutenant-General Vance insured that the Regiment could face the future and continue to flourish. The Royal Canadian Regiment as it is today is in large part a reflection of the vision of this great man. In his life he became an embodiment of all those qualities and virtues that make our Regiment great. In describing Lieutenant-General Jack Vance I will leave the final words to his son, Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance. In accepting the Vimy Award in 2011 he said of and to his father:
"...I could not have asked for a better role model of leadership and wisdom than you.
Many of us curse when we start to sound like our parents...
Well, just to let you know, more often than not I gave silent thanks.
Maj (ret'd) Gerald Richard Venn, MMM, CD
March 08, 1933 - August 08, 2014
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Gerry Venn. Gerry was married to Shirley Edna Hamilton on August 20, 1955. Gerry was recognized for his conspicuous merit and exceptional service to the Canadian Forces. He served 28 years with the Canadian Army and after retiring from the 3rd PPCLI, Gerry spent another 18 years instructing at Albert Head, Vernon Cadet Camp and the Katimavik Program. Gerry dearly loved and was proud of his family. He is survived by his wife Shirley, children Debbie (Brett), Danny (Lana), Donnie (Lee-Ann) and grandchildren Stephen, Tyler (Sarah), Charlie, Corey and Michael. Another love of his was devoting time to his dogs. Gerry was extremely Honorable, Courageous, Loving and Devoted. He will be sadly missed by all. The Family would like to thank Dr. Gordon Christie, Dr. K Forghani and Nurses Jen, Hillary, Courtney and Marion for their care and compassion. There will be a Celebration of Life on September 13, 2014 (1:00 PM) at the Langford Legion.
Maj (ret'd) David Osborne Dornan, CD
September 19, 1928 - July 29, 2014
Major (retd) Canadian Forces Medical Corps
Suddenly, but not unexpectedly, David (Dave) Dornan finally lost his decades-long battle with heart disease as he was preparing to go out for lunch with family.
Fighting numerous and increasing physical challenges, he was a beacon of strength as he tried to hang on to continue caring for his wife of sixty eight years, Gwyneth Olwen Dornan (Jones).
Dave lived long, saw much. He excelled at everything he put his mind and body to. In high school, Dave won awards and scholarships for drama and track and field. After enlisting in the Canadian Forces, he consistently scored at the top or near the top of his class as he trained in the demanding occupation of Field Medicine. Dave was one of the original Canadian Peacekeepers, Serving on the first United Nations Emergency Force in the Gaza Strip in 1956-1957. He received his Officer's Commission from the Queen in 1965. He finished his regular forces career as Chief Administrative Officer at Canadian Forces Hospitals at Naden (Esquimalt), Stadacona (Halifax) and Lahr (Germany), rising to the rank of Major. Upon his retirement in 1978, he returned to his home town of Victoria, but continued to serve Canada for many years on a part-time basis with the Canadian Forces Cadet Corps.
Always the life of the party, and often the organizer, everyone around him appreciated his quick and sometimes sharp wit. Not everyone appreciated his love of puns.
With Gwyneth, his high school sweetheart at Esquimalt High School, David was the proud father of Patrick David Dornan, Paul Leslie Dornan, Raymond Ernest Dornan, Jeffery Neal Dornan and Karen Gwyneth Dornan. He also lived long enough to see eight grandchildren become adults and to see four great-grandchildren enter the world.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral. -
Maj Dornan spent numerous summers at VACC between 1959-85
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