CWO Claude Roy (Buzz) Gomes

Claude Roy (Buzz) GomesClaude 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.

4 Responses to “CWO Claude Roy (Buzz) Gomes”

  1. on 16 Mar 2015 at 10:50 amblaster

    I think a lot of people that served in the AB Regiment knew Claude. He was a good friend of mine and it was sad to see him go out this way. Fair winds and soft landings. Rest in Peace, Buzz.

  2. on 17 Mar 2015 at 3:46 pmMike Sikora

    One of the originals from 2 Queens Own to go to 2 Commando. I last saw him at the CAR Reunion in 2003 and prior to that in 1974 when I left the Regiment. A solid guy and good soldier.

  3. on 18 Mar 2015 at 2:52 pmBobby

    Rest in Peace buzz.
    Fair winds and soft landings brother.

  4. on 18 Mar 2015 at 6:37 pmFrank MacNeil

    Buzz was one of the best and a real good man, we had a lot of laughs together and had a lot of fun on the courses we attended together, Buzz you will be missed brother, Airborne. We will meet again brother.

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