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Major (ret'd) Vic Ramsbottom, CD  

 Dec 22, 1925 - Feb 17, 2010 

Maj (ret'd) Vic Ramsbottom CD, of Calgary passed away peacefully on February 17, 2010 at the age of 84. He was pre-deceased by his good lady, Flo, and his sister, Ella Hobman of Australia.

Vic will be lovingly remembered by his family, the 5 D’s: his sons Darryl (Donna), Douglas (Sylvia), and Dale (Rose) and his daughters Darlene (Calvin) and Donna (Paul), eleven grandchildren: Dean, Robin, Alexander, Maureen, Kimberley, Christopher, Dustin,  Richard, Alyson, Randi and Kelle Murie; nine great-grandchildren: Angela, Hannah, Megan,  Zachary, Cody, Tyson, Olivia, Addison, and James-Wyatt; brother Eugene of Westbank, B.C. and cousin Stuart Richardson of Kelowna, B.C. Vic will also be lovingly remembered by his family in New Zealand and his sister’s family in Australia.

Vic was born December 22, 1925 in Elk Point, Alberta. He served in the CA(A) during WWII (1943-1946). In 1947, after consultation with his new bride Flo, he joined the regular force and during the next 35 yrs  served in the PPCLI,  the QOR of Canada and Airborne units, closing out his military career as DCO of the Banff National Army Cadet Camp in 1983.

Vic was passionate about his 50+ years in the Masonic fraternity and the Shrine, taking on many key roles as well as being the official photographer of the Circus and everything Masonic. 

Vic and Florence, his dedicated military wife of 57 years enjoyed 30 years of retirement where they spent much of their free time as part of Calgary’s volunteer community, as well as golfing, curling and traveling.

Cremation has taken place.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Vic’s life at the Al Azhar temple, 5225 101 ST. NW  at 3 P.M. on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010. If you are unable to attend, Vic has suggested that you tip a glass on your next visit to your favourite “watering hole” in a toast of remembrance and a final farewell.

Vic’s request was that any memorial donations be made to the Foothills Country Hospice where he sincerely appreciated spending his last three weeks visiting with many of his numerous friends and family.

MWO Ian Barry Culbertson, MMM, CD

 March 15th, 1949 - Oct 08, 2008 


WO  Ian Culbertson was born in Brandon, Manitoba, on March 15th, 1949. After serving for five years in the Army Cadets attending Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1964 and 65, and retiring as Cadet RSM. Ian joined the Canadian Forces as an Infantryman in 1967 at the age of 17. He immediately began his Regular Force service with the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and served with 3 Canadian Mechanized Commando in Baden-Soellingen, Germany until 1971. During this period he performed extremely well and quickly gained a reputation as an excellent soldier, a description that stayed with him throughout his entire career. In 1973 Ian requested a posting to the Airborne and began his service with 1 PPCLI in the Canadian Airborne Regiment at Edmonton. He was exceptionally proud of his service as a paratrooper, having served with the Regiment from 1974 – 1979 and from 1981 – 1985, and maintained very strong ties to the ‘Brotherhood’ up until the time of his passing. His overall service is exemplified by his performance in Cyprus in April 1974. Over a very tense period of 30 days, while under daily machine gun firefights between the Turkish village of Louroujina and the Greek village of Lymbia, (then) Cpl Culbertson quickly drew the attention of his Platoon and Company Commanders. He was described as “very astute, quick thinking, physically fit, frank and forthright… and he craves responsibility.” For his sustained dedication during this period he was awarded the Order of Military Merit. Ian continued to be recognized for these kinds of personal attributes as his service extended into the Reserve Force beginning in 1991. While serving in this capacity he continued to win friends and earn the respect of all who knew him, remaining in uniform until this very day.

Warrant Officer Ian Culbertson faced his death with the same straight forward, determined and professional approach that garnered him the outstanding level of respect and admiration that has been shown to him throughout this difficult time. His presence will be greatly missed not only by those closest to him; Darin, Tanya, Isobel and Susan, but also by his extended family and those very many friends that he influenced over 42 years of professional and dedicated military service.


Cpl Michael Starker 

  6 May 2008 

Corporal Michael Starker was killed in action in Afghanistan on 6 May 2008. He was working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Force Protection Company (B Company, 1 PPCLI). Cpl Starker was wounded when his patrol came under fire in an ambush in the area West of Pashmul, a village in Zharey District, Southwest of Kandahar City. He was evacuated to Kandahar Airfield, and was pronounced dead on arrival. Corporal Starker was born in Calgary on 16 February 1972. AS a member of the army cadets, he attended a course at Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1988. He joined the Regular Force as an infantryman on 16 August 1990. He was posted to 1 PPCLI upon completion of Battle School. Corporal Starker served in the First Battalion from August 1990 until August 1991, and served in Cyprus with the Battalion. Upon his return from Cyprus, he was posted to 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment, and served with the Airborne Regiment until it disbanded in 1995. Corporal Starker returned to the First Battalion in Calgary and served with the Battalion until he took his release in February 1996. Corporal Starker worked as a paramedic with Calgary's Emergency Medical Services for the past nine years. He joined the Reserve Force as a medic in 2003 and worked with the Calgary Detachment of 15 Field Ambulance. Corporal Starker was married. His wife and family live in Calgary.

LCol (ret'd) Don Ardelian, CD

   June 22, 1932 - June 22, 2010 


ARDELIAN, Donald (Don), Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) June 22, 1932 - June 22, 2010 Don passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the age of 78 years. Don will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Alvina of fifty-six years, his children: Blaine (Faye) and Fern Hawker (John). Don was blessed with four grandchildren: Kelly and Lisa Hawker and Ted and Chloe Ardelian. He was very proud of his family. Don was born in Truax, Saskatchewan in June, 1932. He served thirty-three years with the PPCLI regiment. During his career he served in Korea, Canada, Ghana, Germany and Norway. During his army career, Don completed his BA and MBA degrees. After his retirement, Don commanded the Vernon Army Cadet Camp in the summers of 1982 and 1983. In 1985, he joined the Okanagan University College as Professor in Business Administration and retired in 1992. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, canoeing and cross country skiing with his family. Don will be forever loved and missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's name directly to the charity of choice.


Maj (ret'd) Jack McDonald, CD

December 30, 1930 - July 13, 2010

McDONALD, Jack Davis December 30, 1930 - July 13, 2010 Jack McDonald, beloved husband of Lorna, passed away at the Foothills Hospital July 13, 2010. He is survived by wife, Lorna, sons: Brian McDonald (Susan), Ian McDonald (Patty), daughters: Barbara Newman, Nancy Villeneuves (Mahadar), brother Tom Davis (Elva), nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce Doreen, and daughter Mary Morel (Daryl). Jack enjoyed many years working with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Upon retiring, he continued on as a consultant in the fair industry. A life he truly loved. Many thanks to the staff at Mount Royal Care Centre for all your kindness and gentle care you gave ""Papa Jack"" during his years with you. Also thanks to the amazing staff on Unit 91 at the Foothills Hospital. You treated Jack with such kindness and respect. We are truly grateful for everyone's help and support. As per Jack's request, no Services will be held.

Maj Jack MacDonald was a long time CIL/CIC officer with 2554 PPCLI RC(Army)CC in Calgary, he was instrumental in organizing the annual Calgary Cadet Tattoo for many years in the 1970s to 1981. He was also on course and staff in Vernon ACSTC in 1975 and 1978.


Col. Geoff Parker, CD

1968 - 2010


Col. Geoff Parker, the highest ranking Canadian to be killed in Afghanistan, leaves behind a wife and two young children after he was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide car bomb today.

Col. Parker, 42, was the 145th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. As a commanding officer, he was often quoted speaking about the deaths of soldiers under his own command, always treating them with compassion and respect.

One Canadian Forces member travelling in a NATO convoy was killed after an insurgent detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device between the convoy of vehicles in Kabul at approximately 8 a.m. local Afghanistan time on May 18, 2010. Colonel Geoff Parker killed this morning in the suicide bomb attack that also killed 5 US servicemen.

“There was no hesitation in his mind that that was the place for him … happy to do what was required of him in theatre,” he said of a soldier who died in 2008, the year after he moved to CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick.

Col. Parker’s official biography, published by the Department of National Defence, describes him as a natural leader and career soldier born in Oakville, Ont. Flags in his hometown have been lowered to half mast. In 2007, Col. Parker moved his family to CFB Gagetown to take over a Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. He and his family looked forward to exploring the Maritimes.

He joined the military in 1989 while still a student at the University of Western Ontario. When he graduated the following year with a Bachelor of Engineering Science, he finished his Infantry Officer training and was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in London, Ont., the following year. In 1992, Col. Parker moved north to Petawawa, Ont., with the battalion and wound up commanding a M113 rifle platoon, among others.

From there, Col. Parker moved to Belleville, Ont., for another posting. He returned to Petawawa in 1996. Four years later, he was promoted to Major. In 2003, his ascending career took him to Toronto, where he attended the Canadian Forces College. He then returned to Petawawa as the G3 of the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG). During his tenure, the force generated three Afghanistan Rotations. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2006, and shortly thereafter moved to CFB Gagetown.

A few months ago, Col. Parker and his family moved back to Ontario. When he died, he was in Kabul as part of a NATO team preparing for their upcoming mission, DND said in a statement.

Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, said in a statement:

“This barbaric act of aggression in the middle of rush hour reminds us of the many dangers our brave military personnel and the Afghan population are exposed to every day. Despite this tragedy, the will of Colonel Parker’s brothers- and sisters-in-arms to protect the Afghan people remains unshaken. Together with NATO forces, they are fully committed to fulfilling their difficult mission of restoring justice and peace to a country ravaged by decades of oppression and injustice.”

Col. Parker leaves behind his wife, M.J., and his children, Charlie and Alexandria.

Col. Parker was a cadet in 1188 Lorne Scots RC(Army)CC in the 1980s


Capt (ret'd) Howard "Howie" Clifford Cook, BEM, CD 

December 2, 1921 - April 22, 2011

COOK, Howard "Howie" Clifford, BEM, CD December 2, 1921 - April 22, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Howard Cook; beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. Howie passed away in Calgary, the city of his birth, on April 22nd, 2011. Howie lived a life of purpose, passion, and commitment to his country and family. At sixteen years of age, Howie enlisted in the Canadian Militia, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, and in 1939 entered the Canadian Active Service Force. He was a veteran paratrooper and career military man of thirty-one years; serving in WW II, the Korean War, UN peacekeeper in the Middle East and as a member of the 1948 Cannon Turner rescue mission. Howard's military decorations included the British Empire Medal (BEM), Canadian Voluntary Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal, United Nations Emergency Force Medal, and the Canadian Forces Decoration with Clasp (CD). In 1946 Howard was awarded the symbol "P" as one of Canada's first Qualified Parachutists. After his retirement, he was Commanding Officer of the 2551 Canadian Airborne Cadet Corps in Edmonton. He concluded his military involvement as Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the 745 Edmonton Communication Squadron. Howie was an avid sportsman, loyal friend, mentor and dedicated family man known for his generosity, kindness and patriotism. Howie was a committed believer in Christ and an ardent follower of the 100 Huntley Street Mission. We are going to miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Cecile Bielech-Cook; sons Raymond (Harriet), Donald (Jennifer), David (Angeline); daughter Lorraine; grandchildren, Amanda (Lyndon), Geoffrey (Vanessa), Samantha (Henry), Andrew, Matthew (Becky), Rory, Adrienne, Anthony, Peter and Emily; as well as great-grandchildren: Nathan, Bradon, Joshua, Callie, Elijah, Isaiah, Nevaeh, Evie and Abby. Howard was predeceased by his first wife Blanche, his daughter Mariette Cook-Moore (Steve), brothers Blair and Doug, and sister Nina Cook. Friends and relatives are invited to a Memorial Service and Celebration of Howard's Life at the First Alliance Church, 12345 - 40th Street S.E., Calgary, on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through . If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made in Howard's name, directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Signals Museum in Kingston, ON (https// ), or Crossroads Christian Communications, PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, ON L7R 4M2. Telephone: 1-800-265-3100. HERITAGE FUNERAL SERVICES "Calgary Crematorium Chapel" 403-299-0111



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