Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada.
Classe d'entrée 1952 / 1952 Entry Class
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À cette page sont publiées des communications des anciens aux sujets qui seraient peut-être d'intérêt aux membres de la classe. Elles sont publiées dans la langue d'origine.
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On this page are published communications from ex-cadets on subjects of possible interest to the class. They are published in the language of origin.
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Michel Simpson, 20110902
Edmond Lanthier, 20110901
Terry Jones, 20110809
Plawski re Larry Washbrook, 20110208
Bob Theakston, 20110116
Lou Couillard re Dr. Serge Morin, 20100920
Ted Taylor re Sandy Lapsley, 20090925
Dean Wellsman re Murray Copeland, 2009/01/28
Ted Taylor, 2009/01/06
Jacques (Ernie) Boucher, 2008/12/23
Loïc Pagé, 2008/09/25
Colin Curleigh, 2008/09/08
Yvon Bégin, 2008/02/13
Michel Simpson
De Michel Simpson, 2011/09/02
Merci pour votre charmante invitation pour la fin de semaine prochaine, Malheureusement je ne pourrai en faire parti car la saison touristique à Québec est en grand essor avec la venue des bateaux de croisières de retour.
Encore merci et franc succès.
Bien à Vous.
Michel Simpson no 3784
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Edmond Lanthier
D'Edmond Lanthier, 2011/09/01
Bonsoir Bill et tous et toutes,
J’aimerais beaucoup me joindre à vous pour cet évènement (fin de semaine des anciens 2011) mais, heureusement ou malheureusement je suis responsable d’un barrage routier le 10 septembre qui regroupe quelques 70 bénévoles et 5 coins de rue de la Ville. Ce barrage est dans le but de récolter 10,000$ pour les œuvres du Club Rotary de Hull, dont je suis le président pour la 3ième fois depuis 20 ans. Donc, impossible pour moi d’y être. Salutations de Suzie et moi à toutes et tous, et au plaisirs de se revoir possiblement l’an prochain.
Merci de l’information et bonne fin de semaine.
Edmond et Suzie Lanthier, No 3761
Gatineau, (Hull), QC.
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Terry Jones
From Terry Jones, 2011/08/09
Well, hello there, Bill.
Yes, the address is a good one, although my personal email would be better - tsrjones at
I actually retired for awhile in 2006 but almost went nuts, and my losses in heli-logging ate all my RRSPs, so the finances weren't the best. Anyway, a fellow I mentored back in the early 80s put me onto this position when it became available unexpectedly and I leapt at the chance to get actively involved in the industry again. I'm having the proverbial ball managing 20 bases with 42 helicopters and honestly don't think there's a place I'd sooner be. We're loving Vancouver, too.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Best regards,
Terry Jones
Operations Manager
Highland Helicopters Ltd.
4240 Agar Drive
Richmond, BC V7B 1A3
Ph. 604 273 6161
Fx. 604 273 7766
Ce. 604 290 6099
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Plawski re Larry Washbrook
From Ted Taylor, 2011/02/15
Thank you for letting everyone know Larry Washbrook passed away. Bob Hillmer, Sandy Lapsley , Murray Caldwell, Larry & I were great friends while in "A" Flight back in 52 & 53. We also saw each other from time to time in later years.
Sandy & I were Officers together in The Royal Regt of Canada here in Toronto until Sandy moved to Victotia. Sandy Lapsley passed away 14 Jun 2009. I see you have his e-mail on your list. (Now deleted, WBL)
I last saw Murray Caldwell at the 50th Reunion in 2002. Also a former RCN Pilot, he had been living in Chicago for many years and worked for United Airlines. I have lost contact with him since then. Do you have any contact information for Murray? (Lost, WBL).
Are there plans for a 60th Anniversay in 2012, if we should live so long? (None that I have heard of yet, WBL)
I see Reg Paterson here in Toronto from time to time. I left a message for him to call me. I don't believe he does e-mail.
Best regards, Ted.

De Jean Carrière, 15/02/2011
Hi everyone;
I was sorry to hear of Larry's passing, I well remember the gentle giant, when they made us line up by size on the parade square we, Larry and I, would be standing at opposite ends of the line.
Thanks for informing me Bill.
My best to everyone
Jean E. Carrière 3778 (never did forget my college number)

De Serge G Morin, 15/02/2011
Cc: Lynn, Bill ; Campbell, Bill
Subject: To Larry's family.
I am very sadenned to learn through the communications network of the Military Colleges of the passing away of Larry.
Larry was a member of the founding class at the opening of Collège Militaire de Saint-Jean, and we were classmate for the three years he studied at CMR. Life after that separated us.
We retained of Larry the souvenir of a gentleman, a great camarade and and outstanding sportman. Please accept our most sincere condolences.
Serge G. Morin

De Jacques Petit, 14/02/2011
Bonjour Bill
C'est une bien triste nouvelle. J'offre à la famille mes sincères condoléances.
Le message vient de George Plawski un collègue de travail et ami de Larry et moi dans la marine sur différents navires pendants plusieurs années. Je vais communiquer avec George d'ici quelques jours. Who's next??? Jacques Petit

De Bill Lynn, 14/02/2011
Bonjour les gars / G'day Gents,
Le courriel suivant m'est arrivé d'une route complexe et je ne connais pas l'originateur, mais le message vous sera d'intérêt.
The following email came to me via a complex route and I do not know the originator, but the message will be of interest to you.
Bill Lynn

Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:48:43 -0800
Subject: Larry Washbrook

I am deeply grieved to inform you of the passing of our friend Larry Washbrook early this morning. He died in the company of his family, wife Eli, son Brian and daughter Lisa. Larry requested that no service or other ceremonies be performed in his name.
I will forward to you any further information which his family might wish me to convey.

686 Blueridge Dr., North Vancouver , BC , V7R 2J3
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Bob Theakston
Just a small historical piece to brighten your year.
We may not look like much, but we are all made in the image of GOD.
Keep Smiling;
Bob Theakston VDV

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill .. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: "What goes around comes around".

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
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Lou Couillard re Dr. Serge Morin
FYI- Please refer to the Montreal LaPresse – Saturday September 18th, 2010 – Page A26 article “Recalé à Montréal, Docteur à Paris” – concerning our colleague and friend Dr. Serge Morin, (RMC 1952) – Please Extend our Congratulations to Serge since I don’t know his E-Mail address. – Please tell he’s always been a fighter LIKE WE LIKE HIM!
Lou Couillard
Ed. note: See La Presse 18 sep 2010, Recalé à Montréal, docteur à Paris.
Lou now lives in Repentigny. Email
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Ted Taylor re Sandy Lapsley
Sandy Lapsley died 14 Jun 2009 in Victoria BC. He is survived by his wife Carol. They had been married for 30 years. After Sandy left CMR in 1954, he joined The Royal Regiment of Canada (Militia) in Toronto and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. He began a career as a Chartered Accountant and moved to Victoria. Carol's address is 109-196 Simcoe St, Victoria BC, V8V 1L1
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Dean Wellsman re Murray Copeland


Details from AK Roberts 2009/01/27

Friends may call at the MARTYN FUNERAL HOME (across from North Bay city hall) on Thursday, 29 January afternoon and evening from 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Masonic Lodge service to be held at 7:00 pm.
Funeral services to celebrate Murray's life will be held in Trinity United Church at 1:30 pm on Friday January 30, 2009.

The following info for Murray's funeral came from his daughter - info to all

----- Message Forwarded on Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:24:59 -0500 -----
From: Karen Hunt
Subject: Update - Visitation and Funeral, other arrangements.
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 21:15:12 -0500


Tom and Mom got back from Mexico yesterday, and are now in North Bay. If all goes as planned, we will have visitation on Thursday and the funeral on Friday. Please contact me if you are planning to attend and I can provide updated information when it is available, including maps and a suggestion as to where to stay.

In Lieu of Flowers, Mom would like donations to benefit the Shriner's children's charity that Dad worked so hard to support. Cheques can be made out to

> Rorab Klown Unit
> Shrine Club
> 1260 Brookes Street
> North Bay, ON, P1B 2P1

Please pass this information on to any others who need to know, and send me the email of anyone else that needs to know about the final details.
Don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
> Karen Hunt
> 416 250 5424 (home)
> 416 200 2470 (cell)

Information from Karen Copeland - Murray & Pat were at the airline counter in Mexico City about to get on a connecting flight when Murray had a massive heart attack. (he had two previous attacks over the past few years). Three Doctors who were right there could not bring him back. The Mexican Hospital called Karen as did the Canadian Consul and they looked after Pat until Tom (son) could get there from Toronto. Pat and Tom will probably be home in next two days with Murray's remains coming a few days later.Funeral homes in Mexico and North Bay are in close contact and making all necessary arrangements. For info:
> Mrs. P. Copeland
> 128 Willingdon Drive
> North Bay, ON P1C 1E9
> 705-474-9898

Bill - Murray passed away yesterday in Mexico as they were arriving for a short vacation. Their son, Tom is on his way to look after Pat. I don't have any more details. Dean
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Ted Taylor
Mon cher Jacques,
I was sorry to hear of your health emergency on 10 Dec.
I trust you are now recovering well after a successful encounter with the emergency health care system.
I wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year.
Best regards, Ted.
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Jacques (Ernie) Boucher
Original Message -----
From: Jacques E.Boucher
Cc: ; ; ;
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 1:40 PM
Subject: A great note of thanks/ Un grand merci

To all concerned at the following / A tous concernes
Fairview Commercial Centre: Information desk & Security personnel / Centre d'information & agents de securite
Pointe Claire Fire Dept: First Responders / Service d'incendie: Premiers repondants
Urgence Sante: Unknown & Unsung technicians / Urgence Sante : Techniciens inconnus
Lakeshore General Hospital: Emergency Dept./ Urgence
Jewish General Hospital: Coronary Care Unit / Centre Urgence Coronaire
And all others I am sure I forgot to mention./ Et tous autres que j'ai certainement oublie

On Dec.10th, I suffered a heart attack at Fairview & to make a long story short, the above mentioned people made sure that I would be around this Christmas to enjoy my children , grandchildren & my lovely Lady.
We may & do complain about our Health system, but let me tell you that once you are in it, the professionalism of all concerned comes through loud & clear.

My incident happened approx. 1.30pm & by 5.00pm, I had had an angioplasty intervention & in bed at the CCU at the Jewish General.
At 75, it does not get any better than this.
Many thanks to all

Jacques Ernest Boucher
Dollard des Ormeaux

Le 10 dec., j'ai subi un infarctus au Centre d'Achats Fairview, & pour faire une histoire courte, les personnes ci-haut mentionnes sont responsables que je sois toujours ici a Noel avec mes enfants , petits enfants & ma jolie Dame.
Nous nous plaignons souvent de notre Systeme de Sante, mais croyez moi, qu'une fois admis, le professionalisme de tous est grandement demontre.

Mon incident s'est produit vers 1.30pm & vers 5.00pm, j'avais subie une intervention d'angioplastie & dans mon lit au Centre d'Urgence a l'hopital Juif de Montreal.
A 75 ans, il y a rien de meilleur.
Grand merci a tous.

Jacques Ernest Boucher
Dollard des Ormeaux
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Loïc Pagé


Merci pour les informations transmises. Très intéressant. J’espère que tous les tiens sont en forme et heureux. Lorsque tu les rencontres, s.v.p. saluts les confrères pour moi.

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Colin Curleigh, 2008/09/08
Hi Bill - Its great to see you still active looking after our tribe. Many thanks from all of us.
Nancy and I moved to our now year-round cottage in Parrsboro a few years ago. My new coordinates -
277 Gilbert Road
PO Box 217
Parrsboro, NS, B0M 1S0
(902) 254-3598
curleigh (at)

All the best Bill, Colin
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Yvon Bégin
Bonjour Bill,

Je te précise que je suis actuellement en traitement de cancer.

Nos deux enfants, ma fille France et mon fils Guy, aidés de leurs conjoints et leurs enfants, ont fêté notre 50e anniversaire, le 21 juillet (122 convives). En mettant un vêtement acheté moins d’un mois plus tôt, j’ai remarqué que je maigrissais et que je devenais facilement essoufflé à l’effort physique un peu intense. Je ne m’en suis pas préoccupé. Tant que je perdais le surplus de poids, je n’en préoccupais pas. À la mi-octobre, je me suis mis à me sentir faible. Mon docteur de famille m’a fait passer une gamme de tests. Avant la fin de ces tests, j’ai dû être hospitalisé d’urgence, juste avant Noël. Pour me permettre de passer Noël à maison, on m’a enlevé 1-½ d’eau sur le poumon gauche. Ré hospitalisé le 29 décembre on m’y en a enlevé 3-½ litres (l’équivalent de 2 sacs et demi de lait).

J’ai, après de sérieuses inquiétudes, appris que :
- Mon poumon avait été affecté par mon cancer, mais n’était pas cancéreux.
- Ma colonne n’était pas affectée, ni ma moelle épinière`.
- Je n’avais qu’un cancer, et non trois; ce qui aurait pu nécessiter des traitements contradictoires.
- Que j’avais le cancer le plus facilement traitable, le non hodgkinien. Le même qu’a eu le joueur de hockey Mario Lemieux et qui est revenu sur la glace. Je recevrai mon deuxième traitement ce vendredi. Ces traitements dureront environ 6 mois.
- Tout va mieux que je ne l’espérais à date.
- Ma pneumologue m’a dit, la semaine dernière, que mon poumon était complètement rétabli, que ma petite difficulté à respirer partirait avec la guérison de mon tumeur cancéreux qui compresse le pas de mes deux poumons.
À bientôt,

Yvon E. Bégin,
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