The forums here are fairly quiet these days and the front page of the website has turned into a death watch. Everyone has moved on to the Facebook groups which are easier to use and more interactive.
Because of this, I am thinking about winding down parts of the site. I will not be closing the site.
An initial, off the top of my head plan, would be to keep all the photos, stories, badges, etc., but delete the forums and change the front page of the site to give a brief history of the regiment and maybe link to the Facebook groups and other Airborne websites. All of the posts will still be available, just not on the front page of the site.
Before I do this, I want to reach out to readers of the site and get your opinions. If you have ideas, please comment below.
A former Signaler and member of the Airborne Regiment, Sven Bolke passed away during a bicycle race near Lahr, Germany. More information can be found on the Signaller Blog.
April 27th, 2016 by Bobby
McTAGUE, Ronald William ‘Jim’ – October 1, 1937 – April 24, 2016
Ron devoted his life to his country serving with the Marines, Canadian Army and the Airborne Regiment.
Passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the age of 78.
Beloved husband of Barbara for over 40 years.
Loving dad of Dave, Valerie (predeceased) and Richard. Janet (Jesse) and Kevin.
Amazing Papa to Brittan, Jessicah, Jenna, Bradley, Kaden, Nico, Kyleigh Tyler, Nolan and Keagan.
Dear brother of Evelyn, Carrie and Jack. Brother-in-law to Jackie and Jim.
Predeceased by his brother Bob and his sister Janet.
Norman Alexander MacInnis, age 72, of Westville, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Born in Guysborough he was a son of the late Alexander and Margaret (Ross) MacInnis.
Norm dedicated a large part of his life to the service of his Country and later to his community. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Regiment for many years which included time served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment. His military career took him to many parts of the world including postings to Baden-Sollingen, Germany with his family and five overseas UN Peacekeeping tours in Cyprus. He retired at the rank of Master Warrant Officer in 1994 after 32 years of service before returning to his home Province of Nova Scotia to enjoy his retirement. This was short lived however as Norm liked to be busy and involved so he started a part-time career with Hankin Fuels delivering oil to local customers for ten years.
Norman was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 28 years with most of that time as a member of Branch 29, Trenton NS. During his time with RCL, Norm held positions as Padre/Service officer (10yrs), flag bearer in the colour party (20yrs), the poppy committee (8yrs) but most notable was his position as the Zone/Branch parade marshal for Remembrance Day services. Norm could be seen at the hospital on occasion as a commissionaire for a few years while also giving back to his community by volunteering as a Legion liaison to 397 Trenton Air Cadets for their survival training, and also with the Northumberland Veterans wing in Pictou.
January 1st, 2016 by Bobby
MACDONALD, Marven – At Victoria Hospital, on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, surrounded by his family, Mr. Marven G. MacDonald of London in his 80th year. Loving husband of 57 years to Helen (Lake) MacDonald. Cherished Dad of Ron (Susann) and Lloyd MacDonald all of London. Dear brother of Floyd (Joyce) MacDonald of Canning, Nova Scotia. Proud Pappy of Drew and Kailie, Annalise and Steven. V
Condolences to Marv’s family and friends.
Fair winds and soft landings Marv. May you R.I.P.
Very suddenly, on the morning of June 8, 2015, we lost Bert Rajotte at the age of 85.
Bert was a doting husband, proud father and grandfather, and nearly giddy great- grandfather.
He leaves behind his beloved Mary Ellen and their five children, Kathy (Russ), Joe (Lovie), Gerrie (Bob), Chriss (Tom) and Therese (Tom); grandchildren, Doug, Nicola, Andrew, Erin, Jordan, Lesley, Troy, Jeremy, Albert, and Ellen, Quinn; and four great-grandchildren, Colby, Carter, Amelia, and Maxwell. We will miss him dearly, and continue to tell his stories to his descendants in the years to come.
Passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Milton District Hospital in his 43rd year. Beloved father of Brianna, Ashley, Devin and Meah, dear son of Marie and John Woods. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.
Woods served in the the Airborne Regiment. He was a decorated war veteran who proudly served his country overseas on two separate occasions.
Joseph’s family will welcome friends to the Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Vigil Prayers will be celebrated at 3:30 pm, and a memorial service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Hespeler Branch #272 will be celebrated at the funeral home on Sunday at 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, 16 Cooper Street, Cambridge on Monday at 1 pm.
Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the PTSD Association, 93 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ontario, N6C 1K3.
Claude Roy Gomes, known to his friends as Buzz passed away at Parkwood Hospital on March 12, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Buzz was born in Halifax N.S. on August 13, 1947, son of the late Victor and Irene (Lillies) Gomes. Buzz is survived by his loving wife Dale, his step-children Yvonne Cormier, Adrian Trenchard and Wanda (Rob) Knight. Grandchildren: Erin, Cole, Joshua, Lindsay, Mackenzie, Spencer, Olivia, Weston and Charlotte. He is also survived by his sisters: Marina (Nelson) Burkey, Daphne Gomes, Cindy (David) Johnstone and Kelly Gomes. Brothers: Victor (Teresa) Gomes, John (Sharon) Gomes and Nephew Colin Johnstone, nieces: Jessica and Kaley Gomes.
Buzz served his country proudly for 42 years with the Canadian Armed Forces: the Queen’s Own Rifles, The Canadian Airborne Regiment and The Royal Canadian Regiment, he retired as Chief Warrant Officer and Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 4th Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment in 2002 – 2007.
Buzz was an avid Golfer at Westminster Trails and a Wednesday afternoon bowler with a group of seniors from Nortel. Buzz will be greatly missed by family, friends and fellow soldiers. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Parkwood for their care and compassion for Buzz during his brief stay.
A Memorial Service will take place at Needham Funeral Service (520 Dundas Street, London, ON) on Tuesday, March 17 at 1:00 with a visitation for one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in N.S. at a later date at Gates of Heaven Cemetery on Lower Sackville. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Friends and relatives are invited to sign Buzz’s online book of condolences.
January 13th, 2015 by Rob
We received some tragic news today. CWO Ernie Hall was hit by a car in Pembroke on Sunday. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but passed away yesterday. CWO Hall served with both the Airborne Regiment and the RCR. Rest in peace brother.
There is a short article in the Daily Observer, Petawawa man dead after Lake Street crash.
I will update this post as I hear more. Anyone with information on arrangements, I would appreciate it if you could contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
December 12th, 2014 by Rob
Fellow Jumpers, it is with great sadness that the Airborne Regiment Association of Canada (ARAC) learned of the passing of MWO (Ret’d) Ken Smith, MMM, CD, who served with the RCR, the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1968 and the AB School. On behalf of the Airborne Regiment Association of Canada, we would like to express our deepest condolences to all the members of his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who have known him.
May he rest in Peace and we will meet again on the big Drop Zone.