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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Gerry Wharton re Heather (2018/12/23)
Terry Jones re Shifty Yeager (2018/03/28)
Terry Jones re Réal Leduc décédé (2017/11/11)
Yvon Bégin: Réal Leduc décédé 2017/11/07
Terry Jones re 40 Years of Marriage 2017/10/30
Terry Jones re Drones 2017/10/23
Hugh MacNeil re North Hatley 2017/08/22
Peter Harrison re Bike Accident 2017/08/22
Emails re Colin Curleigh 2017/08/14
Emails re Colin Curleigh 2017/08/07
Email from Terry Jones 2017/07/13
Gerry Wharton 2017/07/09-11 re Lalancette photos
Andrée Magny Lalancette messages 2017/07/07
Terry Jones Emails 2017/06/01
Courriel de Jacques Gauthier 2017/05/28
Emails from Wharton & Jones 2017/05/25
Email from René Bisnaire 2017/05/24
Emails from Jeep Fortier & Gerry Wharton 2017/05/22
Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/19 re Art Clare Memorial
Email from Terry Jones 2017/05/13 re Lost Friends
Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/12 re art Clare Stained Glass
Email from Hugh MacNeil 2017/05/12 re 2017 Reunion
Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/12 re Art Clare Date Change
Email from Terry Jones 2017/05/11 re Art Clare
Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/11 re Art Clare
Email from Dean Wellsman 2017/05/10
Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/09
Emails from Gerry Wharton 2017/03/28

Gerry Wharton re Heather (2018/12/23)
Voici des souhaits de Gerry Wharton avec des informations au sujet de son épouse Heather / Here are wishes from Gerry Wharton with information about his wife Heather.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from this little Christmas village in our home to yours.

I put the houses together and painted them from a kit and hand painted all the figures. The crèche is 5 cms long and Mary is 2 cms tall.

Some of you may not know Heather has been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for some ten years and sadly she reached the point where I was unable to care for at home. On 30 August she went into a long care residence and is managing as well as can be expected. She is receiving better health care and mental stimulation that I could possibly provide and I am comforted by that.

Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.


Terry Jones re Shifty Yeager (2018/03/28)
Note: This is not the Chuck Yeager of test pilot fame, but no less memorable.
Bill Lynn

Chuck Yeager: This hero died with barely anyone's notice.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them. Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 ..." at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped. I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem .." I was standing with a genuine war hero ... and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes.. And it’s real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24x7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right!
Let's give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.
Rest in peace, Shifty.
Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]
P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & the like.

"SHIFTY" - an incredible American hero.

Terry Jones re Réal Leduc décédé (2017/11/11)
J'offre mes sincères condoléances à la famille et aux amis du Real Leduc, dont je me souviens comme un cadet très sympathique au CMR de St.Jean, et un vrai plaisir de savoir.
Plus sincèrement,
3763 Terry Jones

Yvon Bégin: Réal Leduc décédé 2017/11/07
Bonsoir, Bill et les amis,
J’ai la triste mission de vous annoncer le décès de mon grand ami Réal Leduc à la suite d’une courte maladie. L’église Sainte-Croix de durham est celle où il a été baptisé.
3621 Yvon E. Bégin

Terry Jones re 40 Years of Marriage 2017/10/30
40 years of marriage
A married couple in their early 60s were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table.

She said, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other all this time, I grant you each a wish.'

The wife answered, 'Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband.'

The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hand.

The husband thought for a moment, then said, 'Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again.
I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.'

The wife and the fairy were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish!

So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!...

(If you can’t see this coming, you shouldn’t be allowed to drive or own weapons.)

Scroll down ...

... the husband became 92 years old!

The moral of this story:

Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember fairies are female .

Terry Jones re Drones 2017/10/23
This is from Ace Jewell, CDR, USN (ret) now about 88 years old, fighter pilot in 3 wars and LSO extraordinaire.
(Damned few like Ace left anymore!):
    Drones will not be late to briefings, start fights at happy hour, destroy clubs, attempt to seduce others' dates, purchase huge watches, insult other services, sing ‘O'Leary's Balls,’ dance on tables, yell "Show us yer tits!!", or do all of the other things that we know win wars!
    I see no future in them.

Hugh MacNeil re North Hatley 2017/08/22
Hi Peter, a voice from the past. Sorry to hear you won't be able to make the reunion after your tryst with the bike. I had not realized you were in North Hatley. Wonderful place. If there are any who remember events of the past, ask them if they have ever heard of some called William H. MacNeil who arrived from the US in the 19thC. It was quite a story.

Peter Harrison re Bike Accident 2017/08/22
From: Bill Lynn
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
To: Peter Harrison
Subject: Re: Réunion CMR 2017, 25-26 août.
Peter, me lad, it’s time to admit that we’re not teenagers any more. Take it easy, and we’ll be thinking of you.
Bill and the gang.

Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:44 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Réunion CMR 2017, 25-26 août.
Hi Bill,
Carol and I will not be attending the Lunch on Sat 26Aug. Fell off my bike in North Hatley yesterday, and spent last night in the Magog Hospital, and will be taking it easy for a few days.
Give my best regards to those who attend.

Emails re Colin Curleigh 2017/08/14
N.B. L'obituaire de Colin est publié à la page / Colin's obituary is posted at: cmrsj52/classe52/curleigh.htm

From: Gerry Wharton
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:39 PM
To: ; Paul Baden ;
Subject: Fwd: Colin Curleigh Obituary w/Photograph

Bill, Phil and Paul....
Just received from Nancy.
..... Gerry

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Curleigh" <>
Date: August 10, 2017 at 16:39:09 EDT
To: "Gerry Wharton" <>
Subject: Fw: Colin Curleigh Obituary w/Photograph

My dear Colin passed last evening at 6:40 on 9 August, resting quietly but happily on an old gurney on his deck - the place he loved most.... George, our eldest son, Sara, our daughter and I were with him. It was a peaceful and quiet passing with no stress. He simply breathed his last. We could not even believe he was gone! He certainly is at peace with no frustrations or suffering. Thank you for your friendship and love. Please pass on to Colin's Comrades. I will call Peter Gwynn as he is in Nova Scotia.

God bless.
De Pierre Sénécal, 2017/08/10
Hello Bill: Colin a laissé des traces, nous étions de bons amis. Veuille passer mes condoléances à Nancy et la famille. Je me souviens.
From Terry Jones, 2017/08/11
Good morning, Bill,
I'm deeply saddened by news of Colin's passing. He was yet another of the 1952-54 class whose constant high spirits and zest for life remain in my memory.
I offer my sincere condolences to Colin's family and classmates.
Most sincerely
Terry Jones

De Serge Morin, 2017/08/11
Bonjour Bill,
It is always with great sorrows that we learn the passing of one of our classmates of 52. Collin was the youngest member of our class and his jovialness was a moral booster to us all. Please extend our deepest sympathy to Nancy and all his family.
De Jacques Petit, 2017/08/13
Bonjour à tous les Anciens CMR 1952,
Colin was a highly competent officer in the Canadian Armed Forces...and a true Gentleman in all aspects of his life. Mes sincères condoléances à Nancy et toute sa famille.

From Dean Wellsman, 2017/08/14
Please add my name to any condolences you are sending to Colin’s family. He was a great member of our class who contributed much to Canada.

De Yves Lemieux, 2017/08/14
I am very sad for the loss of Colin.
He and I began our naval career aboard the Oriole, sailing the Bay of Fundy and then boarded the Cruiser QUÉBEC for the rest of rhe summer. Then the West Coast for 3 summers.
He was a joyful companion, and a most hepful mate.
My most sincere condolences to his family.
Yves Lemieux

Emails re Colin Curleigh 2017/08/07
From Gerry wharton 2017/08/06 (Forwarded to the Class 2017/08/06)
It is with regret that I have to advise you that I have just received an email from Nancy Curleigh who writes that Colin went into cardiac arrest on 2 July and a day later suffered a stroke. He remained in hospital until 29 July when the family moved him home as was his greatest wish.
Their home is in Parrsboro on the NS North Shore with a breath taking view of the Mina's Basin in the Bay of Fundy. The family have him in a bed in the living room so he is able to enjoy his favourite view.
He is going down rapidly but is at peace. More to follow when known.
....... Gerry

From Bill Lynn, 2017/08/07
Hi Colin (and Nancy),

You seem to bring such fond memories from all your CMR classmates despite being one of the youngest in the class, and even though many never saw you after you left CMR for your illustrious service career (initially Navy, but later Air Force – not sure you were keen on that change). I remember having to ask you who you were at our 2002 CMR reunion, the first in 50 years. Your stature had grown along with your status, but you were the same wonderful person. I remember (I think) you telling me that the Sea King is the most reliable aircraft flying, because all its parts have been replaced (am I imagining that?).

So as not to inundate you with even more emails by forwarding them, I am trying to copy the ones I have received so far in this one message, although many of them were already copied to you.

Enjoy that amazing view that Gerry tells us about.
Bill Lynn

From Serge Morin, 2017/08/06
Bonsoir Bill,
Although the message appears pessimistic, please transfer to Nancy our sincere wishes for a recovery for Colin.

From Pierre Sénécal, 2017/08/06
Hello Gerry and Bill: This is one of the First Bunch and one who made a real mark on the group. One of a kind. My best wishes to Nancy and strength to cope with the situation. Je me souviens.

From Jacques Petit, 2017/08/06
Bonjour les Anciens du CMR '52
A very sad news indeed. And to Colin, my best wishes for a speedy recovery .

From Jack Reilly, 2017/08/06
To Colin from many, many, many of your classmates - there is no doubt in my mind they will all agree your joyous spirit, sense of humour and propensity to see the fun side of everything made our days together at CMR enormously more enjoyable . You were , and I suspect still are a " bRight light" Warmest memories and regards.
Jack Reilly,

From Jacques “Ernie” Bouchard, 2017/08/06
Best regards & hope for the Family
Prends soin, camarade
Jacques "Ernie" Boucher

From Tobie Cossette, 2017/08/07
I wish Nancy and Colin my best wishes to go through that sad event.
I understand what they have go through since my wife Tonia and my daugter Marie-Josée, both went through heart surgery this year. Marie-Josée spent the last 3 months in intensive care units in 2 Montreal hospitals.
I will pray for Colin.

From Kempton Hayes, 2017/08/07
Hi Bill,
Sad news about Colin. We have both lived in Nova Scotia for years but our paths never crossed. I hope he will improve but the prognosis is not positive.
Our mothers journeyed together from Halifax to attend opening ceremonies those many years ago. My everlasting image as we marched around the square is of two ladies totally inadequately dressed huddled in the corner of a building trying to avoid the cold wind and prevent freezing to death. They both survived!
All the best,
Kempton Hayes MD CCFP
217-530 Starboard Drive
Halifax NS B3M 0G9
(902) 477 3960

From John Lawson, 2017/08/07
So sorry to hear about Colin.
While it doesn't look good at least he is at home where he wants to be and I'm sure that will give him some comfort at this difficult time. Regards to you all.
John Lawson

From Terry Jones, 2017/08/07
Hello Gerry,
Sad news indeed. I always remember Colin as one of the most outgoing and upbeat of the first year's class. I'm pleased that he's able to choose where he spends his closing days.
Best regards,

From Edmond Lanthier, 2017/08/07
I would like to extend my best wishes to confrère Colin. Nice to see that his wishes are being well looked after. Courage to Nancy and his family.
Salutation a vous tous.

Email from Terry Jones 2017/07/13
Hi Terry,
Ain’t it the truth? Although I tend to think it’s Mother Nature who is venting her wrath, and I don’t think we can blame it on menopause.

From: Terry Jones
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:04 PM
Subject: Born 1925 - 1955 ?
Although we may not be excited about growing old, we can be thankful that we lived through these wonderful years. It is all true also!!!


Our Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!

To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1955:

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said.
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank While they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs Covered with bright colored Lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, We had baseball caps, Not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.


Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day ... And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building Our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, Only to find out We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned To Solve the problem.

We did not Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes.
There were No video games,
No 150 channels on cable,
No video movies
Or DVDs,
No surround-sound or CDs,
No cell phones,
No personal computers,
No Internet and
No chat rooms.

And we went Outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, Broke bones and Teeth, And there were No lawsuits From those accidents.

We would get Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, And no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, And mud pies Made from dirt, And The worms did Not live in us forever.

We were given
BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and
- although we were Told it would happen - we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just Walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts And not everyone Made the team.
Those who didn't Had to learn To deal with Disappointment.
Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent Bailing us out If we broke the law was unheard of ...
They actually sided with the law!

These generations have Produced some of the best risk-takers, Problem solvers, and Inventors ever.

The past 60 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned How to deal with it all.

If YOU are One of those born Between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
The quote of the month by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us... go ahead and delete this..
For the rest of us..... please pass this on.
Steve Shiffman

Gerry Wharton 2017/07/09-11 re Lalancette photos
De Gerry à Andree 2017/07/11........
Although Roger and I did not see each other very often after CMR, I always consider him to be a close friend. His warmth, kindness and humour made him a very special person.
Even now I smile when I think of him.
...... Gerry
On Jul 9, 2017, at 20:05, Andree Magny wrote:
Hi Gerry,
It was a pleasure for me to send these pictures of your youngest part of your life. Hope life is good with you. Roger would be glad to talk to you but unfortunately passed away too soon.
Have a nice summer.
Andrée Magny Lalancette
De Gerry à la classe 2017/07/09

What a wonderful experience to see this after all these years. Merci Andree.

The group photo was taken at the Royal Canadian School of Infantry at Camp Borden on our last phase of basic officer training in August 1955.
Roger is in the 2nd row, 3rd from the left.
Peter Harrison is in the 3rd row, 3rd from the right.
I'm in the first row, centre.
..... Gerry

Andrée Magny Lalancette messages 2017/07/07
Bonjour Bill, Je viens de passer mes photos et j'ai une photo de Roger mais je ne sais pas l'année...probablement au début des études. Vous en saurez plus que moi sûrement. Que de doux souvenirs.

Chez Shell à Montréal Est
A Port Alfred pour Shell (Il avait été malade, opéré d'un rein...erreur médicale)

Bon été,
Andree Magny Lalancette

Terry Jones Emails 2017/06/01
Good thinking, Bill, and I could hardly agree more. I fear our children may even be in for some very, very rough time before they're gone. And, should the pace of man's depredations and lunacy increase exponentially, we may yet see some pretty rough times ourselves. Although, as we've reached the point where more of our contemporaries seem to be departing, that may well not be the case.

My considerable reading hasn't included that particular work of Brown's as yet, Bill, but he is fun reading, so I'll get to it soon.

Our helicopter development appears, at last, to have locked in some quite substantial investment, so I may yet be around to see it at least near fruition. Having the battery-powered design at least flying in prototype would be greatly satisfying.

Lastly, Bill, I'm truly pleased to have gotten in close touch with some of our CMR classmates as a result of the flurry of correspondence surrounding Art Clare's passing. What a treat it is to learn, firsthand, of their experience and accomplishments. I'm looking forward to some 'face to face' discussions.

Best regards,

On Jun 1, 2017, at 6:23 AM, Bill Lynn wrote:

Interesting perspective. My concern is that the fundamental cause of most of the world’s ills is the unbounded exponential growth of the human population.

From this perspective, the people mentioned are leaders (perhaps unwittingly) in the momentous task of saving the earth from the disaster that will require our descendants to find another planet to destroy within a hundred years (Stephen Hawking’s proposal).

My suggestion to slow this disaster is to give a free vasectomy (or female equivalent) to every human who has pro-created two or more offspring. Or for science to come up with a non-surgical alternative as invented by the villain (hero, in my opinion) in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”.

I almost wish I could be around to see how this plays out, although life may become too gruesome to enjoy by the time our grand children or their grandchildren are experiencing the results of our destructiveness.

From: Terry Jones
Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:19 AM
Subject: A noteworthy reality about Europe's political leadership

Newly elected French President Macron,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
British Prime Minister Theresa May,
Italian Prime Minister Paola Gentiloni,
Holland's Mark Rutte,
Sweden's Stefan Lofven,
Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel,
Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon, and
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission


Thus, a grossly disproportionate number of people responsible for making decisions about Europe's future have no direct personal stake in that future!

Courriel de Jacques Gauthier 2017/05/28
Salut Jacques.
Merci de ta réponse. À date j’ai six non et quatre oui. Pas encore certain de qu’est-ce que ça prédit.
From: Jacques M. Gauthier
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:31 AM
To: 'Bill Lynn'
Subject: RE: Réunion CMR 2017: dates changées aux 25-26 août / dates changed to 25-26 Aug
Je ne participerai pas.
Jacques Gauthier CD

Emails from Wharton & Jones 2017/05/25
On May 25, 2017, at 12;41 AM, Terry Jones wrote:
Clearly, Art's still a positive force with that great big heart of his.

On May 24, 2017, at 8:01 PM, Gerry Wharton wrote:
My congratulations to you and Raymonde on your up coming sixtieth anniversary.
A beautiful outcome of Art's funeral is that many of us who have not communicated for years are now talking together.
Thank you for responding to this conversation and to Bill Lynn for holding us together.

Email from René Bisnaire 2017/05/24
Hello Bill,
Raymonde and I are also celebrating our sixtieth wedding anniversary on that week-end although the correct date is the 3rd of August. Big family spread through out the globe made it impossible to get them together for the 3rd. We will, therefore, not be at the reunion.
My congratulations to Gerry and Heather…sixty years is worth a party. Party may be bit of a stretch but it sounds more exciting than a get-together!!
Have a fun filled reunion and regards to all who attend.

Reply from Bill Lynn
Hello René,
Congratulations to you and Raymonde. As you say, 60 years is worth a party, and I don’t think the CMR 65th anniversary reunion would quite cut it. But we will be sorry not to see you there.
Dean Wellsman told me that they are also celebrating their 60th in August, but I did not know about Gerry and Heather Wharton.

Emails from Jeep Fortier & Gerry Wharton 2017/05/22
From Bill Lynn 2017/05/22

Hi Jeep,

I was quite taken aback when Gerry pointed out that you were not on my list, but happy that I have been able to fix that.

Yes, Marg and I are planning to go to the CMR reunion, based on the possibility that we may not be up to it in five years. I’ll send you the emails that the class has received (I hope I have not missed anyone else).


From Jeep Fortier 20170522

Hi Bill, Nice to hear that I am not in, but am now. Tks. I heard about Art's funeral from Bill Campbell and also from the obits in Ottawa Citizen. It was a fine funeral in a lovely log cabin style church. It was great to see Gerry W. and Pierre Senecal. It had been ages since I had seen them.

Are you going to the CMR reunion? I had not planned on it. We will certainly atteng the RMC one. Hope to see you and Marg there.

Cheers, Jeep

From: Bill Lynn
Sent: May 22, 2017 9:53 AM
To: Jean-Pierre Fortier
Cc: Gerry Wharton
Subject: Fw: Art's Funeral - Jeep Fortier not on list

Hi Jeep,

Gerry Wharton asked me how you knew about Art's funeral, since you are not on my distribution list. Yikes! He is right: You were not on my list, but you are now.

I suspect this happened when Windows 10 mail sucked all the contacts from my Windows Live mail, leaving me to attempt to rebuild the Windows Live list from the Windows 10 list. Looks like I missed you.

My apologies. I'll send you some emails re CMR 2017 reunion 25-26 August.

By the way: How did you know about Art's funeral service?

Bill Lynn

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerry Wharton
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 1:08 AM
Subject: Art's Funeral


How did Jeep Fortier hear about the funeral? I don't see him on your distribution list.

... Gerry

Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/19 re Art Clare Memorial
Photos taken at Art Clare's memorial service 19 May 2017 at Knox United Church, Nepean, Ontario.
(On peut cliquer sur les photos voir une version plus grande / One can click on the photos to see a larger version.)

The stained glass window donated by Art Clare
in memory of his wife Nancy,
who died 3 November 2007

and the window with CMR Originals
Pierre Sénécal, Gerry Wharton and Jeep Fortier.

Email from Terry Jones 2017/05/13 re Lost Friends
Gentlemen & once fellow Cadets,

With the passing of one of my best friends from my days at CMR, and with whom I'd been out of touch far too long, I felt a need to at least touch base with those of you that left the best, and most friendly, impressions on me.

Too many of our class of '52 have already passed on, and I much regret not having been in touch with them. Ergo, this brief note to just let you know I left the College in '54 having enjoyed knowing all of you, and wish I'd found it opportune to maintain contact with you. However, I have followed many of your careers, and been pleased to know of some of your accomplishments and ranks attained. It's particularly interesting to me that, in my 17 years of Army service, I made more good friends than in my subsequent 48 in the commercial helicopter industry.

I'd be highly pleased to hear from any of you, and to share whatever might be of mutual interest, but I'll be completely understanding if you find little, if any, merit in the idea.

Regardless, I wish you all continued health, well-being and happiness.

Warmest regards,

Terry Jones

Email from Gery Wharton 2017/05/12 re Art Clare Stained Glass
Bill et All.....

When l visited the church this morning the parson showed me a most beautiful stained glass window that Art donated to the church in Nancy's memory.

It is a rendition of one of their favourite anchorages on the Rideau Waterway where they berthed in their beloved houseboat. It portrays two hill masses in autumn foliage with two loons, one very close and the other distant with a rendition of the near loon wailing to his distant mate.

I also might add that this church is made of logs aka log cabin so it is very much in keeping with the surroundings.

Best wishes to all of you, my old comrades, who read this email.

...... Gerry

Ed Note: The address of the church is 25 Gibbard Avenue, Nepean, Ontario, K2G 3T9; Phone: (613) 829-2266. Website: Knox

Email from Hugh MacNeil 2017/05/12 re 2017 Reunion
Hello Bill,

Thank you once again for doing all you do to keep things together. I have booked at the new place, Auberge Harris (en francais no less!)

My bride Alison won't be able to come as she is continuing to get over a stroke of a year ago and is not yet sufficiently mobile, but still of good spirit.

Instead she suggested and I have asked my son Ian MacNeil (age 59) to come to keep track of his father. I hope this will be OK.

What was the reason CMR had to change the dates for CMR 1952? Commandant giving a party? In any case it is good thing to press ahead with this reunion for all the reasons that you initially suggested to go for 2017 and not wait for 2022!

Many thanks Bill, cheers for now, Hugh.

Reply from Bill Lynn 2017/05/12

Hi Hugh,

It's good to hear that you will be able to make it despite the date change. Sorry that Alison will be unable, but we'll be happy to meet your son, Ian, at the reunion.

And No, I have not yet learned why the change of date. If the Commandant is giving a party, I did not receive an invitation, and I guess you did not either.

We'll see you in August.


Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/12 re Art Clare Date Change

I was the only one in the church this morning.

The service is at 11:00 on 19 May.

..... Gerry

Email from Terry Jones 2017/05/11 re Art Clare
Hi Bill,

So very sorry to hear about Art. He was a roommate in B Flight of Cartier from day one. I really admired Art and greatly valued his friendship. We never saw one another after I resigned from the College, but kept in touch occasionally over the years. I sincerely hope his passing was gentle and not preceded by long pain or suffering.

Thank you for the notice, Bill.

Best regards,


Email from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/11 re Art Clare

I shall be there.

On a happier note. Heather has come through all her treatments and is currently in Elizabeth Bruyere rehab hospital. It is too early to project how long she will be there to recover from her broken hip but all is going to plan.


On May 11, 2017, at 19:52, Bill Lynn wrote:

Voici un message du décès et de la célebration de vie vendredi 12 mai d'Art Clare. Je n'ai aucune autres détails en ce moment.
Here is a message about the death and celebration of life Friday 12 May of Art Clare. I have no further information at the moment.

Bill Lynn

-----Original Message----- From: Bayne Perrin
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:11 PM
Subject: Art Clare

Hi Bill.
Just found out....
Art Clare has passed away. There is a "Celebration of Life" being held at Knox United Church, 25 Gibbard Ave., K2G 5H3, at 1100 hrs tomorrow, Friday, 12 May.

Sorry for such short notice, but I just received news from the church earlier. Since I received the notice from the church instead of classmates, I have no idea who has been informed.

Sam Perrin

Email from Dean Wellsman 2017/05/10
From: Dean Wellsman
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:44 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Réunion CMR 2017: dates changées aux 25-26 août / dates changed to 25-26 Aug

Bill – Hello from Dean and Joan. We will not be attending the reunion = that week is our 60th wedding anniversary and we are booked for a cruise out of the USA.

Regards Dean

Hi Dean
Wow! Sorry we won’t see you at CMR, but have a great 60th anniversary cruise.
Bill & Marg

Emails from Gerry Wharton 2017/05/09
(Reply to announcement of 2017 CMR Reunion date change to 25-26 Aug)

Thank you. We will not attend.
Secondly Heather had a fall on 29 Apr and broke her hip. She was operated on the next day. She was moved to a Rehab hospital to day, (9 May) and will likely be there for at least two weeks.
Hi Gerry,
Sorry to hear that we won’t see you and Heather in August. I hope Heather’s hip heals well. Falls seem to be a common scourge of our maturity.

Emails from Gerry Wharton 2017/03/28
This email was sent by the ANAVETS Secretary/ Treasurer to the Dominion Executive. It gives her thoughts and comments on the Veterans issues included or otherwise in the latest budget.Be advised these are her thoughts but I believe them to be a correct and understandable recap of those issues.

Please note that this is a first review comment by ANAVETS put together immediately in receipt of the government's first announcement of the budget. It is possible that subsequent announcements will add further clarity to the situation.
(ANAVETS = Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans in Canada - Ed.)
Link to the referenced email.