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.

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 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


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

Rivers CJATC serial 435 Jan 69_0011

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

Airborne Reunion 2013

2013 will mark the 45th Anniversary of the formation of the Airborne Regiment and as such the Airborne Social Club (Edmonton) is in the process of planning a Reunion to be held at the Air Museum Edmonton for June 7th, 8th and 9th, 2013.

The Organizing Committee and members of The Edmonton Airborne Social Club extend an Airborne Brotherhood welcome for all to attend JUMPERS REUNION 2013. This reunion is open to all former members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, current and former members of Regular and Reserve Force Parachute Units, former members of the Canadian Airborne Centre, Canadian Forces Parachute Maintenance Depot, 1 Canadian Parachute Association, Allied Paratroopers; and all other paratroopers, whether or not they have served in an active parachute role or not.

The organizing committee has themed this reunion as "REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN", be it from battle, past or present or whatever means caused our brethren their departure from out ranks.

The Reunion will follow the Annual D-Day Ceremony at the Airborne Monument, to be held June 6th, 2013 at Siffleur Falls, Alberta.

In addition to the above members themselves, a grateful welcome is extended to all Honorary Club members, wives, spouses and partners of members no longer with us.

The attached registration form provided initial information on the reunion. Updated information will be posted on the Edmonton Airborne Social Club website as activities are finalized.

Although we are endeavouring to reach as many as possible via all means possible, it is requested that you pass on this information to those you are in contact with and who we may not have contacted.

Hope to see you here, Airborne!

Download the Registration Form here.

Passing of Jan de Vries

Jan de Vries, President of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association passed away on 27 May 2012, after a fall in which he suffered a serious head injury.
Jan and his wife Joanne were planning to be in attendance in Normandy this year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 3rd Parachute Brigade and 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.
Jan’s battalion was seconded to the  3rd Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division, commanded by Brigadier Stanley James Ledger Hill DSO, MC.   At 0010 hours on 6th June, as a member of “C” Company, Jan 20 years old at the time jumped in to Normandy.
Jan was wounded by a sniper in July 1944 and evacuated to England but in September after treatment, rather than convalesce, he returned directly to the battalion. He continued the fight with his battalion in the Belgian Ardennes, fought in Holland on the River Maas and jumped into Germany on Operation Varsity in March 1945.
Our sincere condolences go out to Jan’s wife Joanne and his family.
R.I.P. Jumper. Fair winds and soft landings.

Remembering Roland Benoit

BenoitRoland Oscar Joseph Benoit, known to everyone as Benny, passed away from lung cancer Sept 21st 1988.

Benny served his country from 1957 to 1984, much of that with the Airborne. He served in Edmonton from 1971 to 1973, with Special Services from 1977 to 1978 and in Petawawa from 1978 to 1980.

He was a strong, hard Airborne soldier who never passed a fault. He enjoyed nothing more than to be in the field and around the troops. Benny was well liked by all who worked with him and is missed by all who knew him.

R.I.P. Brother.

CWO Don Reekie

dsc_0009A well-known Canadian soldier and former Assistant Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo has passed away.

Don Reekie served in the Canadian Forces from 1951 to 1980. He was the Regimental Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton and in Petawawa.

He became the Assistant Director of the NS Tattoo in 1981 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2010. He was also the Assistant Director of the Canadian Forces Tattoo that toured Canada in 1985.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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