Maj Sam Meckbach

SamSam Meckbach, the former DCO of 2 Cdo passed away on the 1st of Feb after a final battle with cancer.

Sam began his military career in 1956 in a High School Cadet Corps #109 in Ingersoll Ontario. He attended cadet leadership and communication courses in London, Ipperwash and Blackdown and took the Banff National Cadet Camp in 1960.

He joined 3 RCR (The London and Oxford Fusiliers) in 1959 and then attended Officer Training in Borden in 1962. Sam served with 2nd and 1st Bns of The Canadian Guards and on their reduction in 1969 he was transferred to 2 PPCLI in NW Europe.

Sam was posted to the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, 2 Commando in Edmonton, and then 3PPCLI in Victoria. Subsequent postings with the RSS Pacific in 1979 at Bay Street Armouries and 1982 in Vancouver linked Sam to the Militia units in BC and the cadet participation in many BC unit activities.

In 1985 Sam left the Regular Forces and joined 11 Svc Bn as DCO and later his civilian job took him to Vancouver where he served with Militia Area HQ at Jericho.

In 1996 Sam was asked by RCSU Pacific to address some cadet issues and as a result he volunteered to serve as C Coy Commander in Vernon CSTC and later as the DCO. This led to his appointment as CO of 3005 RCAC (11 Svc Bn) in Saanich. In 2000, Sam went to Connaught CSTC and was privileged in 2001 to take the National Rifle Team to Bisley UK.

After five summers in Connaught Sam was again given one of those once in a lifetime opportunities to command Whitehorse CSTC, in 2005 and 2006. In the past, Sam has managed a convenience store in Victoria for ten years and for four years was the Director of the Provincial Emergency Program Academy at the Justice Institute in Vancouver.

Recently he has delivered the Harassment Advisor and Harassment Investigator courses for the Admiral and conducts Administrative Investigations into Human Rights violations for the Base Commander Esquimalt.

Sam is a graduate of many courses including Staff Colleges at Kingston, ON and Quetta, Pakistan. In addition, he has completed the US Ranger course, the Australian Jungle Warfare course and the Royal Marines UK High Angle training. Sam served with the UN in Cyprus in 1964 and 1974 (as DCO of 2 CDO during the Turkish invasion). He retired in 2007 after 48 years of Regular and Reserve Force service.

Sam was currently serving as the Executive Director of the Army Cadet League of Canada – BC Branch and he was a past president of the Vancouver Island Branch of the RCR Association. Sam Meckbach was married to Marjorie (nee Purkiss) and they have two children and six grandchildren, all residing in BC.

6 Responses to “Maj Sam Meckbach”

  1. on 02 Feb 2012 at 5:43 pmTom Thorne

    I am saddened by Sam’s death. At a recent funeral of Major Craig Mills in Ingersoll Sam was in good spirits at a dinner held the night before Craig’s funeral. We laughed and talked about a time when the Army was a special place to be a young officer. My condolences to Marjorie and the family. Although Sam went to The Other Speaking Regiment and to the Guards he always had a soft spot for his RCR roots. Pro Patria my friend.

    Tom Thorne
    Lt. 3RCR

  2. on 02 Feb 2012 at 6:34 pmBrian Colgate

    I join Tom in sadness at Sam’s passing, having first met Sam during our parallel time in Cadets, he in Ingersoll and I in Woodstock, then later in the Militia battalion of the RCR, and later yet in both our lives in 3PPCLI, Work Point Barracks.

    My condolences also to Marjorie and the extended family.

    Pro Patria/VP

  3. on 02 Feb 2012 at 10:26 pmBrian Colgate

    From Ken Washbrook via Dennis Tabbernor:

    Sam was cremated and there will be a small family funeral at a date to be confirmed.

    A Celebration of Life for Sam will be held in the Chiefs & POs Mess at CFB Esquimalt from 1330 to 1600 hrs on 26 Feb 12.

    Sam had decided to provide a trophy that will be awarded annually to the top BC Army Cadet on the Basic Para Course. Marjorie has requested donations in lieu of flowers to the Army Cadet League of Canada – BC Branch in support of this trophy as a fitting memorial of Sam’s service to Canada.

    The League address is:

    Army Cadet League of Canada – BC Branch
    Lieutenant General Ashton Armoury
    Room 21
    724 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria BC V8Z 3B5

  4. on 02 Feb 2012 at 10:49 pmGB

    R.I.P. Jumper.

  5. on 04 Feb 2012 at 4:31 pmBobby

    RIP Sir. Fair winds and soft landings.

  6. on 17 Jul 2013 at 3:26 pmRob O'Gorman

    I had the pleasure of serving under Sam in ‘A’ Coy, 3 PPCLI (Victoria, BC). He was both a fine officer and distinguished gentleman. RIP Sam!

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