CWO Ernie Hall

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 with the details.

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.

Brad Elms

We have lost another brother. The funeral for Brad Elms will be held at 14:00hrs 8 Nov at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 130 Clergy Street East, Kingston, Ontario K7K 3S3. Internment will follow at Cataraqui Cemetery, 927 Purdy’s Mill Rd, Kingston, followed by a reception at Fort Frontenac.

Rest in Peace brother…

WO James (Jim) Buffett

Jim BuffettWe regret to inform you of the passing of James Buffett. James joined the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1956, served 32 years with the forces retiring from the Airborne Regiment in 1987 as a Warrant Officer. He served in the CAR ( 2 CDO, CABC, HQ and last off as CQ Svc CDO), 1 & 2 RCR (Fort York, Germany) and a short stint with the Black Watch prior to disbanding.

James, age 76, passed away at the James Paton Memorial Health Centre, Gander on Monday, September 1st, 2014. Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife Karla, Son Ben, daughter Karin, grandchildren Kyle, Julia, James, Matthew, Holly and a large circle of relatives and friends.

As per James’ request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service at this time.

The Buffett family would like to thank all family and friends for their support during Jim’s battle with cancer.

To sign the online memorial guest book, please visit

Airborne MemorialThe Airborne Memorial Cairn in Edmonton has been unveiled, but there is still a chance to have your name on the Donor Honour Roll Plaque and be a part of history. The deadline has been extended to 15 Semptember 2014 if you are interested.

As a reminder, the criteria for this means you must put in $1000 or more, for individuals, associations or corporate. The cheques or money orders should be made out to the Canadian Airborne Memorial Cairn Fund, Box 414, St. Albert, AB T8N 7A2.

Remember, the drop dead deadline for getting your name on the bronze plaque at the Canadian Airborne Memorial Cairn site in Griesbach is 15 September 2014.

There are also about 50 Airborne Memorial Cairn coins left. $25 each plus any shipping if required, all proceeds go to the Cairn Fund. If you are interested, download the attached PDF file describing the Airborne Memorial Coin.

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 or call 780-459-0947.



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

gerald-robinson-obituaryROBINSON, Gerald James “Robby”

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:

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 Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-272-5555.


Published Calgary Herald Aug 2 2013

Many will remember MWO Betteridge from the Edmonton years.

Rest in Peace, Bryan.

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