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Lieutenant Colonel G.E. Vitali, CD 

deceased February 19, 2005

L/Col Vitali enjoyed a very diverse and challenging professional career in the fields of Police Services, Teaching, Business and the Military.

L/Col Vitali’s military career began in Sudbury in 1963, with the local Militia Unit. He was first a member of the 58th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery and then became a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Regiment of Canada in 1965. In 1970, he received his Queen’s Commission into the CIL, and became a member of 696 RC(AIR)CS in Blind River. In 1977, he transferred to 2912 Sudbury Irish RC(ARMY)CC, He commanded the unit to 4 Strathcona Shields for excellence in NOA, from 1983-1986. In 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1987, he was awarded the Canadian Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. L/Col Vitali had been active in such various appointments as: Area Representative for the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario), Commanding Officer of 2912 from 1989 to 1990, Director of the Army Cadet League of Ontario and Regional Cadet Advisor for NOA. L/Col Vitali was promoted to his current rank in October of 1993 

He returned to 2912 as Commanding Officer from January 1998 to October 2000. The corps had gone from 40 cadets on strength to over 100 in a period of 2 years. Once again, he restructured and rebuilt the corps financially and morally. He also created a Parent’s Fund Raising Committee to assist the corps in their fund raising and community activities. The traditions and high standards had been reinstated. His ability to speak and motivate the people that surround him have created a high level of enthusiasm and commitment. The corps has achieved many merits and awards, including receiving once again, the Strathcona Shield for the #1 Army Cadet Corps in Northern Ontario as well as the Col. John H.C. Clarry Trophy awarded to the top Army Cadet Corps in Ontario, in 2000 and 2001. He was appointed Regional Cadet Advisor for Northern Ontario from September 2000 to October 2003. In October 2003, he once again returned to 2912 as Commanding Officer where he continued to make a difference in the lives of the cadets and Officers.

L/Col. Vitali was awarded the Queen Jubilee Medal 2003.

L/Col. Vitali was employed at Blackdown Army Cadet Summer Training Centre, located at CFB Borden during the summers of 1998 to 2004. He was Company Commander for the Cadet Leader and Basic Cadet Training Programs.

For over 30 years, L/Col Vitali was a Senior Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police. He has enjoyed numerous positions of responsibility throughout his diversified career: Royal Tours, Papal Tour, and the 1976 Olympics. In 1992, on his own time, he established the OPP Auxiliary Unit in Sudbury and later became the Supervisor and Liaison Officer. In his final posting, L/Col Vitali was appointed to the Transportation and Dangerous Goods Branch. In 1988, he was awarded the Provincial Police Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct and in 1993, the Federal Police Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct. L/Col Vitali retired from the OPP in 1996. 

L/Col Vitali is involved in numerous community activities, such as one of the founding members of the OPP Strike Force as well as managed and directed teams for Sports North Minor Hockey. Since his retirement from the OPP, he became an entrepreneur in the Private Investigation field, taught part-time at Cambrian College and at Canada Career College.

He was a member of the Sudbury Old Guard, the Sudbury Irish Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Masons and the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

He will always be remembered as a concerned and generous man always there for anyone who may have needed him. Sadly missed by Madeleine (Coulombe) Vitali of Sudbury. Loving father of Christopher of Sudbury. Beloved son of Armando and Eva (Belanger) Vitali predeceased. Loving brother of Robert (wife Doris) of Sudbury, Ron predeceased, Doug (wife Germaine) of Wasaga Beach, Ed (partner Patricia) of Sudbury and Doreen predeceased. Fondly remembered by loving nieces and nephews and their families.

MGen William A. Howard CM, CMM, CD, QC,

deceased June 15, 2005


HOWARD, William Arnold CM, CMM, CD, QC 1918 - 2005 Bill Howard passed away at the Colonel Belcher on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at the age of 86 years. Bill was born and raised in Calgary, attended Western Canada High School and received his BA (1940) and law degree (1941) from the University of Alberta. After serving overseas with the 31st Alberta Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, he co-founded the law firm of Cairns and Howard which later became Howard Mackie. He was President of the Calgary Bar Association and a Founder of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He was well known for his attention to detail, passion for the law and military, and for his ability to function without sleep.

His Directorships included NOVA, CANA, Trilogy, Bow Valley Industries, and SNC Group. He was Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission as well as Chairman and National Governor of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. As an avid supporter of Canada's armed forces, Bill Howard earned a reputation for speaking up for the rank and file. He was a retired Major General (Chief of Reserves) of the Canadian Armed Forces, Founding Governor and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association, and perhaps most proudly, Honorary Colonel of the King's Own Calgary Regiment. In 1994 he received the Vimy Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to defence and security and preservation of democratic values. He was a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and a Member of the Order of Canada. 

Bill was a voracious reader with a penchant for cigars, port, Disney television shows, and raw onion sandwiches. He had unquestionable ethics and integrity, tremendous generosity, and a larger-than-life personality that will be remembered fondly by his family and colleagues. Bill is survived by his children, Mary Howard (Said Nemiri), John Howard (Joanne Howard), and Barbara Howard (Mike Gardner); and five grandchildren, Zak Nemiri, Katie and Mac Howard, and Ross and Stuart Gardner. Bill was predeceased by his wife Margaret Elizabeth Howard (nee Hannah) in 2001; his son William George Howard in 1975; and his infant daughter Katherine Elizabeth Howard in 1953. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Hal, Bert and Arthur Howard. 

Announcements later by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. (Telephone 403-243-8200). Forward condolences through . Thanks to the staff at the Colonel Belcher and, in particular, to Marlene Collins who has been Bill's special advocate for many years. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, No. 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (Telephone 403-290-0110, ) or to the Calgary Health Trust - Carewest: Colonel Belcher Hospital, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, AB T2W 3N2 (Telephone 403-943-0615, ). In living memory of William Howard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Sat, June 18, 2005
Soldier and lawyer
But William Arnold Howard was also family man

The rich military history of this city has lost one of its finest with the death of William Arnold Howard, said the man's son.

Howard, a retired soldier, prominent lawyer and family man, died June 15 at the age of 86, said his son, John Howard. "He had three parts to his life: the law, the military and his family," John said.

"He always commanded respect from everybody because he worked harder than everybody.

Born and raised in Calgary, Howard received a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1941, before serving overseas as a member of the 31st Alberta Reconnaissance Regiment. After returning to Alberta, he co-founded the law firm Cairns and Howard -- which became Howard Mackie.

Howard's legal career lasted more than 50 years, including a stint as president of the Calgary Bar Association. He was one of the founders of the University of Calgary faculty of law.

He also kept a close relationship with the Armed Forces, be it as a retired major-general (chief of reserves) of the Canadian Armed Forces or honourary colonel of the King's Own Calgary Regiment.

He also served as chair of the Calgary Police Commission, was director of Nova and CANA, among others, and was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

But when he was at home, Howard relished in family life.

"There's nothing he liked better than having everyone out around the dinner table, having some sort of raucous discussion," he said. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Howard's funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethany Chapel, 3333 Richardson Way S.W. 

Michael Semeniuk

deceased April 2, 2005

Andrew Scott Spittal

On September 19th, 2005 a mere 9 days after his 22nd birthday, OUR Andrew was tragically taken from us.~ Andrew was so full of life!~ He had recently finished his fabricating course and finished with honors. His passion for hunting, fishing, camping, dirt & street biking allowed him to live his life to the fullest. He is physically gone from us now but, his love for life, love for his family and his, legacy will live on! He will always be in our hearts!  Andrew was a member of 903 RCACC, Kelowna for 1996-2001.Andrew played in the National Pipes and Drums band in 1999. 

A memorial service was held at The Salvation Army in Kelowna on Saturday September 24th at 10:00 am. Many of Andrew's family and friends attended.  It was a wonderful tribute to Andrew, with a Drummer's Call performed by Tim Simpson, Andrew's close friend.

Those wishing to make a donation to "Andrew Scott Spittal Trust Fund" can fwd to my attention at 12762 Oyama Rd., Oyama, BC  V4V 2A7.  It is our hope to purchase a bench in Andrews name and hold a dedication ceremony during the summer.



James Doohan

Deceased July 20, 2005

Army Cadet 102 RC(Army)CC

(Reuters Gene Blevins)


James Doohan

Capt. James Doohan passed away on July 20, 2005
- best known to Star Trek fans as Scotty ("Montgomery Scott"), the chief engineer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original Star Trek series.

Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent his early years in there and in Sarnia, Ontario where he was an army cadet in 102 Sarnia Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps, rising to the rank of C/LCol. Surviving the anguish of living with an alcoholic father, he left home at age 19 to join the Canadian Forces, fighting with the Allies in World War II. After outscoring his fellow soldiers on an officer's exam, he became Captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery. While leading his men into battle on D-Day, Doohan was wounded in the leg and hand, and eventually lost a finger. For the remainder of the war, he became a pilot observer, and received the dubious distinction of being called the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces."
Doohan lived in Redmond, Washington, with his wife Wende and his sons, Eric and Thomas. In April 2000, James and Wende gave birth to another child, Sarah.
James Doohan passed away at his home. Wende, his wife of 28 years, was at his side. UBIQUE



Peter Carl Gerrie

deceased July 3, 1965

CS of C Officer, staff at Vernon Army Cadet Camp 1952, 1955

Chilton - Captain William 'Bill' 

Captain William 'Bill' Chilton on Monday, at the age of 90.

Capt Chilton had a varied, distinguished, and long career in the Permanent Forces, the Non-Permanent Forces, and the Canadian Armed Forces spanning 52 years. A marvelous soldier, some highlights of Bill's service include: joining the militia prior to World War II as a Gunner; serving with the 11th Army Field Regiment in Italy, North-West Europe, and in North Africa; and serving as Regimental Sergeant-Major (Chief Warrant Officer) in multiple Royal Canadian Horse Artillery units and also as the Base Regimental Sergeant-Major of Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg. Upon retiring from the Regular Force, he transferred to the Cadet Instructor List, accepting the Queen's Commission thus becoming a Captain. I have also been told that Bill served as the Chief Instructor at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp. Bill is survived by his wife Anne. In lieu of there not being a funeral, Mrs. Chilton is organizing a reception which will occur at the Officers' Mess at 1400hrs on 16 September 2005. 




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