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Our friends shall never be forgotten

Daniel Christopher Spencer Bickford 

September 10th, 1986 - September 20th, 2006 

Do not stand at my grave and weep. 
I am not there. I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glints on snow. 
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain. 
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
When you awaken in the morning’s hush, 
I am the swift uplifting rush, 
Of quiet birds in circled flights. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry. 
I am not there. I did not die. 

Daniel Bickford was previously a cadet with 828 RCACs; he was a Civilian Instructor with 263 RCSCC Victoria and 2289 RCACC Victoria before enrolling as a CIC Officer with 2289 RCACC. Daniel worked at Vernon during the summers of 2005 and 2006, thus starting his CIC career with the Army Cadets. Daniel was also the President of the pre-law class at the University of Victoria where he was studying. Daniel always put 110% into every task that was asked of him, and always tried his best. Daniel was truly an extremely motivated intellectual who always went over and beyond for those who needed his help. Daniel had a promising future ahead of him. He was a good friend to those who knew him and loved him. 
Daniel had gone missing on September 20th 2006. He was later found approximately 1.6 km from Ogden Point in Victoria by Auxiliary Coast Guard after being spotted by a local fisherman. They did not know it was him until the morning of Friday September 22. 

His mother had explained to us in a web blog on his MSN Space after his death that Daniel had been suffering form anxiety problems, and that life had just gotten to be too much for him to handle, and that he did in fact take his own life. 
“At the age of four, Daniel was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. As such, he had difficulties with social situations and expectations. He had also lifelong occurrences of acute anxiety. I have only had one anxiety attack in my life. Strangely, it was right after Daniel was born. I was panicked by the realization that I was given the huge responsibility to take THIS child to adulthood; something that I hadn’t experienced with Daniels sister. This anxiety was so intense and frightening, that when it subsided I prayed never to have such an experience again. From reading Daniel’s private journal, we understand that these anxiety attacks were an ever-increasing occurrence in his last few weeks. Without condemning, I can understand why he didn’t want to live with it. In our eyes, he acted with dignity and with courage. It is not for us to judge each other, but only to love and to learn. It has been my privilege to be the mother of this beautiful, beautiful boy. You are always in my heart, Mr. Daniel.” 

The day that he passed away, he wrote a poem that could have shed light on his problem on his MSN Space blog. 
O Pity the Woeful Machine 
Daniel Bickford 
September 20 2006 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
Its labours had benefited many, 
But blemished itself, was the woeful machine, 
For ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine 
Dutiful its commands were fulfilled 
Great efforts and fruit made the woeful machine, 
But ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
Grateful its users had felt, 
How satisfied they were with this woeful machine, 
But ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
Freedom had it often desired, 
The pain of its woe strained the woeful machine, 
For ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
Too many people had it pleased, 
Thus ne’er shall the users free the woeful machine, 
But ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
What cruel imbalance is this, 
It pleases but ne’er pleased is the woeful machine, 
For ne’er did it feel content. 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
“I shall go” it had said at last, 
“No longer I suffer as this woeful, machine, 
For ne’er did I feel content.” 
O, pity the woeful machine, 
But not its loss, 
For replaced it can be, this woeful machine, 
And ne’er did it feel content. 

Maj (Ret’d) Derrick Humphreys

6 November 1913 - 6 August 2006

Maj (Ret’d) Derrick Humphreys, the first Commanding Officer of our cadet corps, passed away on August 6th 2006 at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. He was 92 years old.


Maj Humphreys helped to found 2573 RCACC 50 years ago. He held a keen interest in the well-being of the corps and until a few years ago, when his health began to fail, enjoyed attending the annual ceremonial reviews and talking with the cadets.


HUMPHREYS _ Derrick - Passed away on August 6th, 2006 at the age of 92. Born in Croydon, England, November 6th, 1913. As a young man, Derrick Humphreys emigrated to Australia, where he graduated from the West Australia School of Mines in Kalgoorlie to work as a mining engineer, a mining company manager, and the Inspector of Mines at Broken Hill, N.S.W. During World War 2 he served in the Australian Army in New Guinea and the South Pacific. After the war he managed a De Beers industrial diamond plant in South Africa before moving to Edmonton in 1950 to run an oilfield equipment company. Subsequently he joined Trans-Mountain Oil Pipeline Company and then Fabco Manufacturing in Vancouver. Thereafter, he consulted on projects that ranged from peat moss processing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, mining in Brazil, to rebuilding the town of Churchill. He was a Life Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. Between 1956 and 1986 Derrick held elected office on the North Shore serving as Alderman in North Vancouver and then West Vancouver. In 1978 Derrick was elected Mayor of West Vancouver and served until 1986. He represented West Vancouver as a director of the GVRD. The Provincial government appointed Derrick as Chairman of BC Transit where he oversaw the planning and initial building of the Skytrain system. In recognition of his many contributions to the community, he was made a Freeman of West Vancouver in 1995. Derrick founded the Royal Canadian Engineer Cadet Corps in North Vancouver, was a founding Director of Junior Achievement of B.C., and worked to create the West Vancouver Foundation. At various times, he was president of the West Vancouver Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, chairman of the West Vancouver Masonic Hall Society, president of the West Vancouver Kiwanis Club, president of the West Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, a Life Member of the Royal Society of St. George, a Life Member of the Terminal City Club, a National Director of the Progressive Conservative Party, a member of the National Parole Board, and a member of the B.C. Gaming Commission. Predeceased by his second wife Margaret, Derrick is survived by his close friend Susan Jaggs, sons Anthony of Victoria, B.C., Graham of Queensland, Australia, Rodney of Delta, B.C., Gregory of Calgary, Alberta, daughter Elisa of Balzac, Alberta, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his stepsisters Olive Letchford and Muriel Clack of Poole, England. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 885 22nd Street, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to the West Vancouver Foundation are encouraged.

William Desjarlais

1987  - 11 Dec 2006


A local family is struggling to understand how a man described as a great uncle, funny brother and inspiring cadet could have been the victim of murder. William Desjarlais's beaten body was found in his Rivercrest Apartments suite early Dec. 11. The 19-year-old had just moved out on his own for the first time and was looking forward to his future, says his older sister Jennifer Nieman. "He was very excited to be living in that apartment. It was supposed to be a safe place. There were video cameras." Two men have been charged in relation to Desjarlais's death. Dale Keenatch, 22, and Charles Townsend, 19, are charged with second-degree murder and will appear in court later this week. Meanwhile, Desjarlais's family and friends are left devastated.

"He was a good person," Nieman said in a telephone interview Monday. "This is such a huge shock. You never expect something like this to happen to such a great person." The little brother "Billy," as he was known to family and friends, was a good kid who stayed out of trouble, loved spending time with his nieces and nephew and was very involved with the 390 Royal Canadian Army Cadets. 
"He was always good natured," said Neiman, 21. "He was always there when you needed him. "We never worried about Billy. He was never in trouble. He was a good boy." But the Sunday before he was found, Nieman said her mother had a sinking feeling something was wrong. Nieman told her mom she was worrying for nothing.

Monday morning, Desjarlais's mother finally couldn't take it anymore and she went to his apartment to make sure he was OK. Instead, she found his cold body. "It's really hard for her," Nieman said of her mother. "The first night she had a lot of nightmares." When Nieman was told her little brother was dead, she dropped to her knees and cried. She couldn't believe it. His funeral was Thursday. Nieman said she had no idea how many friends her brother really had until his funeral. "He was really good at making friends," she said.

Cadet Captain Marcel Dagenais, who was Desjarlais's captain for the past seven years, said 16 cadets and six officers attended the funeral. "We were devastated," he said when asked how the cadets took the news of Desjarlais's murder. "William was a very bright individual. He was always prepared to learn and he did learn." Desjarlais finished the cadet program at the rank of chief warrrant officer when he turned the maximum age of 19 in June. Dagenais said Desjarlais had wanted to return to the cadets as a civilian instructor in about a year. Nieman remembers how much her brother loved being part of the cadets. "He'd take forever polishing his boots," she said with a slight laugh. Nieman said her brother, who worked at Superstore at the time of his death, dreamed of finishing his schooling and becoming an RCMP officer.

Now, he is buried at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens. "I guess it was his time," said Nieman. The family has gotten some relief in dealing with their grief knowing two men have been charged in connection to his death. Nieman said she had never heard her brother speak of the two men charged and didn't think they were friends. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

Brian Burns

9 Dec 1963  - 25 Jan 2007

Brian was a Sea Cadet with 189 RC(Sea)CC Port Augusta that attended Vernon Army Cadet Camp from 1979-83 as both a cadet and call-out NCO (Staff Cadet). A tremendously funny person, he could make anyone laugh, especially when it was most needed.


Brian Neil Burns

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of “Burnsy”.
His life too short, but very full.
Brian was born in
Ocean Falls . Brian spent his childhood living in Fair Harbour, Zeballos, Comox Valley , and Mahatta River , graduating from NISS as valedictorian of his class in 1982.
After completing High School, Brian joined the Canadian Navy, where he spent 6 and a half years travelling the world, and earned an education in steam engineering. Brian was most proud of this accomplishment and after leaving the Navy went to work at the Port Alice Pulp Mill for 14 years as a 4th class steam engineer.
After leaving the Mill, Brian became an entrepreneur, manufacturing and distributing wood chips. While building a business he most recently also went back to work with the District of Port Hardy as arena staff, providing a service that kept him on the ice,
where he most loved to be.
Affectionately known as Burnsy, with his easy going, contagious upbeat personality he was a friend to all that knew him. Burnsy always made time for family, friends, hockey, golf, baseball and a cold beer. Whether playing, coaching, or refereeing, he also spent time volunteering on various committees and organizations. Earning him Volunteer of the Year 2006. His commitment to minor hockey on the
North Island has left a lasting positive impact on many of our youth.
Brian was 4th out of seven children. Predeceased by his Paternal and Maternal grandparents, mother (Fay), brother Kyle, Uncle Tim, and Aunt Alicia. He leaves behind his father Paddy (wife, Norma), sisters Patricia (husband Malcolm, daughter Emma), Susan (late husband, Robert, daughters Sara, Jessica), Frankie (daughter Katie), Corrina (her mother, Marliene, husband Lyn, daughters Sydney, Larissa), brother Lyle. Will also be missed by his adopted family Bruce and Carol (
Dylan , Jordan and Carly), and long time friend Dara (her daughter Katlynn).
A special thank you to Dr. Marlene Smith, and the staff at the
Port Hardy Hospital for their excellent care and concern for our dear friend, beloved brother and devoted son.
A memorial service to honour Burnsy’s life will be held
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at Seven Hills Golf Club at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Minor Hockey on the North Island or the Junior program at Seven Hills Golf Club.
Forever in our thoughts.
Those we love we never lose,
for always they will be,
Loved, remembered, treasured,
always in our memory.


William Thomas Sidney 

aged 73 years

 passed away at Armstrong on Tuesday, January 23, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 8, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Armstrong. Reverend Father Leo Boyd, O.M.I. celebrant. Interment in family plot of Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery. Tea to follow at St. Joseph’s Hall.

Tom attended Vernon Army Cadet Trades Training Camp 1949-51, an original. In recent years he was a friend of the camp, making kind donations and was the reviewing officer for Bravo Coy's 2006 Grad parade.

C/MWO Sean Gould

8 July 1988 - 3 June 2006

Sean Gould is a 17 year old , from Almonte, Ontario. He is in 2332 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp, Sean is the RQMS and Sergeant Major of Colour Party in his unit, and attended District High School, and was on his graduating year. He likes to participate in all types of sports, such as paintball. Sean was hoping to join the Regular Force once he graduated out of high school. Sadly on 03 June 2006, at 1100hrs, Sean Gould and Blake Cawley were involved in a car accident, both of which were pronounced dead at the scene. Sean Michael Gould will be remembered in all of our hearts as an amazing son, brother, friend, and cadet.

GOULD, Sean Michael of Almonte (July 8, 1988 - June 3, 2006) Tragically as the result of a car accident of Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 at age 17. Sean Michael Gould cherished son of Michael Gould and Una Coffey, Almonte. Loving brother of Nolan Gould at home. Loving grandson of Mary (the late Benedict Coffey) and Shirley and Vernon Gould. Loving nephew of Paul and Christine Coffey, Anne and Brian Dillabaugh, David Coffey, Maureen Virtue, Clare Coffey, Brendan and Lisa Coffey, Maeve and Robert Dick, Florence Attwell and Lawrie Snetsinger, Joan and Tom Semple, Alfred and Christine Hambley and Tracy Attwell, Elwood and Lilian Gould, Audrey and Ron Crole, Ron Gould (the late Murray Gould) and cousins Yvonne (Joe), Molly, Cory, Tyler, Maureen, Kerri, Carly (Chaz), Tara, Melanie, Kaiti, Julia, Brian, Sheila, Lynne, Gail, (the late Steven Attwell) and many other relatives. Friends may call at the Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte for visiting on Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thence to Holy Name of Mary Church, Almonte for Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Name of Mary Parish Cemetery, Almonte. Donations made in memory of Sean to Almonte & District High School would be most appreciated by the Gould family. Condolences at


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