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RUSSELL, William, February 16, 1939 - April 30, 2014


Service: Navy, Location: Victoria, BC


William Russell,passed away peacefully at Oak Bay Lodge on April 30 2014. Bill leaves behind his loving wife Beverley of 49 years. Predeceased by his mother Pearl Russell, father James Russell and sister Patsy. Leaves behind his twin brother Bob (Cynthia), brother Fred, sister Joan and nieces and nephews in Ontario, sister-in-laws Rita (David), Doreen, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and dear friends in Victoria. Bill served in the navy for 27 years and worked 10 years at the Auxiliary Fleet in Dockyard. He enjoyed fishing and camping and spending time with Bev at home. There will be no service at Bill's request. In lieu of flowers a donation in Bill's name may be given to the S.P.C.A. May 12, 2014.

(May 12, 2014) I served with Bill from August 66 thru November 67 on the Canadian Forces Tattoo as part of the Naval Gun Race Teams. A great friend, RIP. Bill Leaman, Cranbrook, BC.

(May 12, 2014) Fair winds and following seas my friend you were a great shipmate, Wes Henderson.

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PETERSON, Larry Edward May 8, 1940 - November 2, 2013

Service: RCAF, Location: Portage la Prairie, MB

Larry Peterson was a gymnast on the tattoo and it was not only a great experience for him but it changed the direction of his life. When he left the armed forces, he went to university and studied Physical Education and became an elementary Physical Education teacher. He was a wonderful teacher, well loved by his students and parents alike.

Larry Peterson

MILNE, Ronald E.J., Captain, April 11, 1921 to February 9, 2014


Service: Army, Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Captain Ron Milne

While in the Black Watch


"Ronnie" was a singer and band director. He was also a composer and musical arranger who is known for his band arrangements and original compositions. He spent his formative years and the first years of his career in the United Kingdom. He subsequently auditioned to join the Canadian Army as a musician, was accepted in the rank of sergeant, and immigrated to Canada in 1953 to join the Band of The Royal Canadian Enginners in Chilliwack, BC where his talent was well respected not only as a musician but as a singer as well. The high point of his military career was arguably the Tattoo that took place in 1967 to mark the centenary of the creation of the Dominion of Canada. He was in charge of the music for this event, which concluded with a performance of his Marche Vanier, a work dedicated to George Vanier, the Governor General who had died just months before he died.

Ron Milne

Members of the Woman's Service Group


PO1 Wilhemina Cottorell, Navy, Scotland February 2, 1993

Flo Brucker, Kelowna, BC 2000

Fran Willets, Air Force, Trenton, ON 1991
Fran was a very proud W.D. (RCAF, Womens Division). She was trained as a Recreation Specialist at RCAF, Aylmer, Ontario. Fran was mainly interested and highy skilled in a number of Arts and Crafts. Her forte was organizing and administration leisure time activities for Base personnel, often, at the expense of her own normal off duty time. Sgt. Fran Willetts spent 25 years serving her country finally retiring at CFB Trenton in 1983.

Gerri Restoule, Air Force, North Bay, ON February 12, 1997

Irene Kirmey, Air Force, Wiarton, ON April 21, 1999

Jean Stettler, Army, Unknown place and date


PELLETIER, Joseph Alfred Julien, passed July 29, 1969

Service: Army, R.C.E.M.E., Location: Germany


Julien was a Keystone Cop in the Lost Patrol Scene. Julien was parachuting in Germany in 1969 when the plane crashed on take-off, all on board died. He was the son of Leofred and Gabrielle (nee Poitras) Pelletier of Hull, Quebec, Canada, born February 13, 1946, Saint-Adalbert Quebec. Brother of Lucie, Odette, Mariette, Gaston and Private Joseph Raymond Serge Pelletier, Royal 22nd Regiment, who prdeceased him on 28 October 1968 and who was also laid to rest in Werl Cemetery, Germany. Julien is commemorated on Page 145 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance.

Julien Pelletier


FOX, Eric, CWO March 16, 1928 - November 23, 2014

Service: Royal Canadian Engineers, Location: Comox Valley, BC

Chief Warrant Officer Eric Fox, Royal Canadian Engineers, passed peacefully at home November 23, 2014. Born in Brighton, England March 16, 1928, Eric served for two years in the RAF. In 1949, he married Linda Venes and in 1954 joined the Royal Canadian Engineers where he proudly served for 25 years in stations at Chilliwack, Germany, Petawawa, Picton, Montreal, Churchill, Gypsumville, Halifax, and best of all, the Comox Valley.
He ran the set-up and tear down for the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo 1967, the largest military tattoo in Canadian history, with 150 shows across Canada. He also captained and coached many Army soccer teams. His civilian hobbies included golf, fishing, opera, and history; he was a great autodidact. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Linda; son Bernie, granddaughter Siobhan; daughter Chris, daughter-in-law, Arleen Paré and their children and grandchildren. He was a stoic and a kind, loving man. Orders: no service. Linda and the family offer great gratitude to Dr. Harris, all Eric's health care providers, and to the kind ladies at Shoppers Drug Mart Comox.

Eric Fox


KERR, John, MWO Born in Scotland - passed, October 1, 2011

Service: RCAF, Location: Kanata, Ontario

We are sad to report the passing of the renowned pipe band drummer John Kerr on October 1, 2011, aged 82. In 1953 John Kerr immigrated to Canada, drawn to the Canadian Air Force after being approached by Pipe-Major J.T. MacKenzie. In Canada with the military he served initially in Calgary, but then in 1959 he joined the RCAF Rockcliff Pipe Band, which won the North American Championship in 1960.

John Kerr


KNOWLES, Ben, passed on December 19, 1981, Bathurst, NB

Service: Army, Motorcycle Display Team

Ben was in the Signal Corps for 20 years and was a participant in Tattoo 1967 in several scenes including scene 10 using his skill riding motorcycles. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Heather, Holly, and Hope.

Ben Knowles


SUGG, Judy Diane, 1947-2015

Service: Army, Location: Waterville, New Brunswick

The peaceful passing of Judy Diane Sugg occurred on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, NB. Judy is survived by her loving and caring husband Bernie who cared for her with love and compassion during her illness. In addition to her husband, Judy is also survived by her mother Thelma, a brother Brian and sisters Wendy, Debbie and Gail, all of Ontario. Judy was predeceased by her father Frank Jones and a brother Bruce. Judy’s younger years were full of dance as she was an accomplished dancer who made appearances on TV on "The Pig and Whistle Show". She also toured Canada as part of the 1967 Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo, to which she was very proud to have been a part of. Judy was known during the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo as Judy Jones.

1967 Judy Jones


BEATTEAY, Gerald Daniel “Gerry”, 1943 - 2012

Service: Army, Location: St. Thomas, ON

Gerry was born in St. John, New Brunswick on March 1st, 1943 and passed away on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, at his late residence, in his 70th year. He was a members of the Royal Canadian Regiment and remustered to the PERI 851 from Glocester Hall in London, ON. An excellent vaulter, diver and trampoline performer, he was a star in many displays across Canada including the 1967 Tattoo Gymnastic Team. Gerry retired from the CF while in Chatham, NB.

Gerald Beatteay


ROSEWARNE, Robert "Bob", 1926 - 1974

Service: Department of National Defence, Location: Ottawa. Ontario

Robert Rosewarne, who was art dirctor of the 1967 Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo. He died Wendnesday, January 2, 1974 at tge age of 48 after a long illness. Mr. Rosewarne designed costumes and sets for the military tattoo which toured 40 Canadian centres and was seen by thousands of visitors at Expo '67 and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The Ottawa-born artist worked from 1951 to 1968 for the national defence department. In 1968 he joined the public archives. He was chief of displays and publicity.

Robert V. Rosewarne


BOIRE, Robert, 1945 - 2010

Tattoo 1967 Light and Sound Crew: Belleville, ON

Robert passed peacefully, with his family at his side, at QHC-Belleville General Hospital on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in his 66th year. Husband and best friend of Diana of Belleville. Father of Jeannette (Jason) Westall of Winnipeg and David Boire (Fiancée Jen Sears) of Ottawa. Grandfather of Rebecca and Ryan Westall. Bob is also remembered by his brother, sister, mother-in-law, two brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 10:00 o'clock. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. The family would like to acknowledge all of the caregivers attending Robert. Thanks to their compassion, Robert maintained high spirits and dignity throughout his illness. Thank you also to friends, family and members of the community for all of your support. (Published in The Ottawa Citizen and The Belleville Intelligencer)

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GUNN, Gary Douglas, 1948 Lloydminster, AB - 2008 Sechelt, BC

Royal Canadian Navy

Gary was drawn to the sea early in his life. He joined the navy in 1966 and performed in the naval segments of the Canadian Armed Forces Centennial Tattoo in 1967, and then served on the HMCS Mackenzie.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8, 2008

Gary Gunn


BJOLA, Leonard N.J., July 06, 1932 - May 04, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy, Victoria, BC

27 years in the Navy as a Physical Education Instructor (Drill sergeant): proudest moment - as a leader in the 1967 Gun Run Tattoo and many stories - most notable, his trainees (victims) of 40 years ago still call to say hi.

Published in The Times Colonist from May 10 to May 11, 2016

Leonard N.J. Bjola


CAIRNS, Archie, Major, 1928 - April 1, 2016, London, Ontario

Archie served 52 continuous years in the Canadian Forces, with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (PL), 2nd Battalion The Canadian Guards, RCAF and the Reserve Force Cadet Instructor's List

Archie was the first to be appointed Senior Pipe Major in the Canadian Forces. His contributions to the world of piping can not be overstated. Performance highlights include piping on many occasions for the Royal Family, piping the first Maple Leaf flag from the Centre Block to its place on Parliament Hill, P/M on the Production Staff of the Canadian Forces Centennial Tattoo, Guard Mounting in Ottawa, piping 3 State Funerals, and multiple performances at the Edinburgh Tattoo. Further, his work as an adjudicator, teacher, composer, and arranger put his training from the Pipe Major course at the British Army School of Piping (1964), where he graduated 1st in his Class with a Distinguished Pass, to prolific use. As a Pipe Major in the Canadian Forces, he led his bands to performing excellence. His manuals for piping and drumming inspired a generation of cadets.

CAIRNS, Major Archie, MMM, CD


LEVESQUE, Aurele Joseph (Jim), 1924 - June 25, 2006

Canadian Guards and Royal Canadian Regiment, Petawawa, ON

LEVESQUE, Aurele Joseph (Jim) Ret. CWO, R.C.R. Canadian Forces Member Knights of Columbus Fr. Holly Council, Petawawa 4TH Degree Bishop Smith Assembly Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517, Petawawa Suddenly at his home in Petawawa, on Sunday morning, June 25, 2006 in his 83rd year. Jim was also a member of the "Devil's Brigade" in WWII.

Jim Levesque


MOREAU, André, 1949 - June 25, 2016

Black Watch of Canada, Ottawa, ON

LES FAMILLES MOREAU ET FORTIN ont le regret de vous annoncer le décès de MONSIEUR ANDRÉ MOREAU décédé le samedi 25 juin, à l’âge de 68 ans. Il fut prédécédé par son père : Lucien Moreau. Il laisse dans le deuil sa conjointe Maureen Fortin; sa mère Irène Vanier; la mère de ses trois fils, Yolande Bisson; ses enfants : Martin, Patrick (Mélanie) et MarcAndré (Stéphanie); ses bellesfilles : Meredith, Katie (Sean) et Helen (Serge), ses petitsenfants: Olivia, Hudson, David, Émilie, Ayann, Léïa, Loïc, Léanne, Leif, Lennon, Harrison, Dylan, Marshall, Alexis, Vaughan et Tyler; ses frères: Raymond et Daniel et sa soeur Suzanne, ainsi que plusieurs parents et amis. Monsieur Moreau laisse également dans le deuil tous ses anciens confrères policiers de la ville de Hull et ceux de l'Armée Canadienne (1st Battalion Black Watch).

André Moreau passed away on June 25, 2016 at the age of 68. He was predeceased by his father, Lucien Moreau. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Fortin; his mother, Irène Vanier; the mother of his three sons, Yolande Bisson; his children: Martin, Patrick (Mélanie) and Marc-André (Stéphanie); his stepdaughters: Meredith, Katie (Sean) and Helen (Serge); his grandchildren: Olivia, Hudson, David, Émilie, Ayann, Léïa, Loïc, Léanne, Leif, Lennon, Harrison, Dylan, Marshall, Alexis, Vaughan and Tyler; his brothers: Raymond and Daniel; his sister Suzanne and several relatives and friends. Mr. Moreau is also survived by his former colleagues, policemen from the city of Hull and those of the Canadian Army (1st Battalion Black Watch). André was on Tattoo 1967 Red Train and Stadium shows with the 2nd Battillion Black Watch.

André Moreau


McRae, Frank "Red" Murton, September 29, 1939 - July 9, 2016, Kamloops, BC


Red was working at CN Railway in the 1960's when he met colleague Colin Stewart, who became his best friend. Red and Colin left their jobs at CN and ended up at Colin's parents home where Red met Colin's little sister Barb. The boys joined the Canadian Navy from there and were joined by the Stewart family in Victoria where they were stationed. It was at that time, Red began dating Barb and their lives began together. Red and Barb were married on September 1, 1962. While Red was in the navy they had 6 children from 1963 to 1971. Years later they made their way to Kamloops which become their final home and where they raised their children. Red spent years employed by Weyerhaeuser which ended as a result of a serious work accident in October 1996. He was just 57 years old at the time of the accident and never returned to work after. He volunteered his time with Kamloops Minor Hockey, the Kamloops Blazers and with the Norkam Music Department. Red passed away on July 9, 2016 with Barb and family by his side at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home.

Frank McRae


Clarke, Ronald A., Captain (retired) Passed on August 7, 2016, Fredericton, NB

Black Watch, 1960 to 1968
403 Helicopter Squadron in Gagetown, until retirement

Captain Ronald A. Clarke (retired) passed away August 7, 2016 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Louise (Maxwell); children Jill Clarke Doucett and Scott Clarke; granddaughters Devon Doucett and Morgan Doucett; sisters Marjorie (Bill) Pallan, Nancy (Dick) Diadone, and Jean (Tony) Henry; nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Ron was a musician from a young age, starting the bagpipes while in high school which then led him to becoming a member of the Black Watch from 1960 to 1968, stationed in Germany and CFB Gagetown. He then took his trade and joined the 403 Helicopter Squadron in Gagetown, which eventually led him to teaching at CFB Chatham. Late in his career he took his commissioned officer training and finally retired as the SAMEO for 403 Squadron in CFB Gagetown, ending his 35-year military career where he started.

Along the way Ron and Louise made many great friends, through their travels and varied activities. Ron’s favourite activities after retirement involved bluegrass festivals. He had played the banjo and guitar for many years but his last instrument of choice was the mandolin which he played at bluegrass jam sessions in Kingsclear. He passed his musical talent on to his granddaughter Morgan whom he took great pride in teaching.

Ronald Clarke


Greene, Norman Bruce, Maj. MMM, CD (Ret'd), October 13, 1940 – April 24, 2016, St. Albert, AB

Black Watch, R.C.R., Airborne, P.P.C.L.I., Rocky Mountain Rangers and the Loyal Edmonton Regiment

Norm loved his family, his life and the Canadian military. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick to Norman George Greene and Isabel Martha Pope, he grew up in a family who had proudly and honourably served, fought and died in the Canadian military for generations. At an early age, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and began his own military journey.

A recruit in Black Watch depot, he served in 2RHC in Gagetown, Germany and Cyprus. He was selected to serve abroad with the United Nations, completing peacekeeping tours in Cyprus (UNFICYP 1966), India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP 1978-79), Syria, Lebanon and Israel (UNTSO 1982-85 and 1990-92).

Norman Bruce Greene


Randy Quesnelle, WO, May 21, 1947 - June 10, 2018

Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

(Notice posted on Facebook by Randy's son, June 15, 2018), Randy Quesnelle who served as a volunteer Fire Fighter with Kawartha Lakes, served as long as he could until his illness was to much and he retired. Sadly he lost his 14 year battle with cancer in various forms. He passed away peacefully in a deep sleep on June 10th 2018 at 9:35 pm at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay Ont. I know my father was proud of the service he did for Kawartha Lakes, as I am I proud of what he contributed to your organisation, in an effort of saving lives. I just thought you all may have wanted to know that he was no longer in pain and at peace. If anyone who knew him can testify he was a fighter in life, right to the bittersweet end.

Randy was from Orillia, ON and lived in Lindsay, ON

Randy Quesnelle


Bill Leaman, February 15, 1947 - July 12, 2018

Navy, Halifax, NS

(Notice posted on Facebook by Bill's daughter, July 13, 2018), It is with the deepest sadness that I want to share with all of you, that Bill passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon, surrounded by his family. My dad was a very passionate, but simple man, and in keeping with his wishes, there will be no service. However, there were a few thing that made him so happy - his family and friends were his anchor and he loved nothing more than a heathy debate about politics...he loved his interactions with his Navy friends online, and shared many stories about his time in the service, which was one of the best times in his life. Reconnecting with everyone in his later years was such a joy for him. My Dad loved a good story and was a great storyteller, so please have a glass of rum and remember him that way. For those who have asked, if you wish to make a donation in his name to Wounded Warriors, he would have truly appreciated that.

Bill was from Trail, BC and lived in Cranbrook, BC

Bill Leaman



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