Canadian Airborne Memorial CairnWork is progressing on the Airborne Cairn Project in Edmonton and they are planning on a simple unveiling ceremony at approximately 1215 hrs on 10 August to dovetail with the end ceremony at the PPCLI Plaza in Griesbach that same morning. Their plan is to just have a simple, yet significant, dedication/ unveiling ceremony supported by a military Honour Guard and attended by those VIPs, Airborne Association members and guests who can make it, and who have contributed to the program in various ways since the beginning.

They plan to hold the production of the bronze Donor Contribution/Support Plaque for a brief period after the ceremony, but not for long. If you want to get your Association/ Organization name on the plaque it’s a minimum of $2500; for individual names $1000. This is a chance to have your name in history, especially when this Cairn gets registered as a National Memorial! If you are interested, cheques should be made out to the Canadian Airborne Memorial Cairn Project and sent to:

Canadian Airborne Memorial Cairn Project
PO Box 414
St. Albert, AB T8N 7A2

For more information please contact Bill Dickson, Project Coordinator at abn339@shaw.ca or call 780-459-0947.

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We lost another one of our Brothers last week.   Bob Paterson suffered fatal injuries when involved in an accident while riding his Motorcycle.

Not a lot of details at this time but we send our sincere condolences and prayers to Bob’s family.

Bob served as a member of the 2nd Airborne Commando from 1975 to 1977 and was a proud member of the 1st Battalion PPCLI.  He remustered to Struct Tech in 1977.

 

Fair winds and soft landings brother.

Robby (Jay) Robinson

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Robby (Jay) Robinson passed away on 5 May 2014.
Robby was a proud and active member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 32 years, 28 years of which were served as a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.  To quote Blaster “Robby worked as a rigger with the Regiment for many years and I would hazard a guess that there are not many that served there that did not know him. Rest in Peace, Robby.”

Our sincere condolences go out to all of Robby’s family.

If you are in the Ottawa area, please come on out to support the Festival’s generosity in showing this ground-breaking documentary. Dale Stevens did a great job showing Canadians the depth of the problems encountered by veterans in seeking help from the country they sacrificed for.

Broken Soldiers is a one hour documentary that explores the plight of Canada’s injured and disabled military veterans. The film also highlights the struggle of those veterans challenged by PTSD and homelessness – injustices and misunderstandings that affect thousands of people across the country.

Many well-known veterans and their family members appear in the documentary adding a human face to the growing tragedy in how veterans are neglected or mistreated by Canada’s often insensitive senior bureaucracy.

November 2, 2013
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington, Ottawa
Room 156
11:00 AM

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For further information about the documentary and the film festival, please visit:
www.freethinkingfilmfest.ca

BETTERIDGE, Bryan Anthony age 79, QOR/PPCLI/CAR February 12, 1934 – July 27, 2013

Bryan passed away peacefully due to complications with pneumonia with his family by his side. Bryan was born in North Bay, Ontario and was the second of four children to Horace and Lil Betteridge.

He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 17 in 1951; he enjoyed a 36 year career and many experiences with them. In his years with the Canadian Forces he spent time with the Queen’s Own Rifles, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the Canadian Airborne.

Bryan had many fond memories of his times in the forces and was always happy when there was someone to listen to one of his many stories. One of his greatest joys came from his time with the Airborne and the brotherhood that was formed there. Bryan retired from the forces in 1991 as a “Master Warrant Officer” and settled in Didsbury, AB.

Bryan was the father of three children and one of their fondest memories was the countless hours their dad spent at the swimming pool coaching them in competitive swimming, although they did not really appreciate the 5:30 a.m. wake up calls. He spent his retirement caring for his parents and sister while also enjoying his favorite pastime; golf, and traveling with his wife, Shannon. Bryan was predeceased by his daughter Cindy Laing, his father and mother Horace and Lil, his brother Pat, and his first wife and lifelong friend, Donelda Cresswell. Bryan is survived by his wife Shannon, son Bruce (Terri), daughter Kelly (Ralph), sister Karen and brother Art (Bernice). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michelle (Adam), Blake (Kaylin), Jodi (Jeff), Andrew, Ashleigh (Scott), Jim (Staci), Scott (Lindsay), Cole and his great-grandchildren, Logan, Zachary and Alexis. Bryan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held at The Elks Hall in Didsbury, AB on September 14, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Airborne Social Club in Bryan’s name. Airborne Social Club (PO Box 71034, 9308 – 137 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5E 6J8).

To express condolences please visit http://www.mountainviewmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-272-5555.

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Published Calgary Herald Aug 2 2013

Many will remember MWO Betteridge from the Edmonton years.

Rest in Peace, Bryan.

Just received some sad news that Terry Lewis passed away in his 61st year on the 24th day of July 2013, from injuries that he had acquired from an accident.  Terry joined the military as a young man and was proud to serve his country as a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment,  2nd Airborne Commando  and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Terry also served in Cyprus with Delta Company, 2 Commando, during the Turkish Invasion in 1974.  I had the privilege to serve with Terry on a six week exchange trip with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was an excellent soldier and well liked by everyone who knew him.

Terry is survived by his six siblings Darlene, Roger, Sandra, Michael, Katherine and Deborah and their families. He also leaves to mourn, his  daughter Kyla and her husband Brett Murrell, as well the Morton family, the Jager family and many friends. Condolences from all members of Commando.org go out to Terry’s family.

At Terry’s request there was no service and donations can be made to a charity of your choice on Terry’s behalf.

Fair winds Jumper

RIP

Airborne Reunion 2013

The Airborne Social Club in Edmonton will be holding a reunion to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Airborne Regiment at the Air Museum Edmonton on June 7th, 8th and 9th, 2013. The Reunion will follow the Annual D-Day Ceremony at the Airborne Monument, to be held June 6th, 2013 at Siffleur Falls, Alberta.

To register, download the PDF General Information and Registration Form, fill it out and send it to Airborne Reunion 2013, PO BOX 71034, 9308 – 137 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5E6J8 along with a cheque or money order for $75 per person payable to Airborne Reunion.

More information is available on the Airborne Social Club website under Events, but pretty much everything you need to know is contained in the PDF General Information and Registration Form.

On the 10th of August 2012 we lost a very good friend and comrade and Canada lost another great soldier and veteran.

"Andy" Anderson lost his battle with cancer with his family by his side.

We are saddened by his loss and our prayers and condolences are offered to Andy’s family.

A good husband, father, soldier and friend, he had the best attitude to life  right to his last seconds. He was a Patricia and an Airborne soldier through and through.

All who knew him would say we were all blessed to have known him for a few minutes or for many years.

Go well friend. Save us a small spot in the RV. Rest in Peace, Andy.

 

My helmet, now a halo
Wings replace my chute
To fly amongst the eagles
No Soldier would dispute
No aircraft is needed
To take me to the sky
Your prayers from below
Have lifted me so high
My spirit is my engine
No need to refuel
No runway required
A rainbow`s edge will do
No need for maps or compasses
My angels are my guides
Their strength and love have gifted me
To soar the sky with pride
The heavens here are endless
My soul’s now free to roam
There is no need to cry my friends
This Airborne Trooper found his home.
- Unknown

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Michael Sikora sent a photo of the basic para course from January 1969. I have added it to the Unit Photos section of the site, so click on the image above for more information and to see the photo full size.

If anyone else has unit photos collecting dust in a drawer or old album, pull them out, scan them and send them in.

Basic Para Course 9006 23 Apr to 10 May 1990

I’ve uploaded a photo of Para Course 9006 courtesy of Jim Nissila. Click on it to see the full size version. I recognize at least four people, how about you? Check it out with the other Unit Photos

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