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

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.

Sgt Albert Duperré

dupereC’est avec regret que nous vous informons du décès du Sgt Albert Duperré, CD (ret) décédé le 22 avril 2012, à l’âge de 71 ans.

Le Sgt Duperré s’est enrôlé dans les Forces canadiennes le 19 septembre 1961. Sa première mutation fut au 2e R22eR de 1961 à 1967. Il quitta pour servir au Régiment aéroporté de 1967 à 1976. Durant cette période, il servit outre-mer pour les Nations-Unis à Chypres lors de l’invasion turque de 1974. En 1976, il fut transféré au 1er R22eR en Allemagne où il y servit jusqu’en 1980. À son retour au pays, il servit 1 an à l’école de combat avant de prendre sa retraite le 9 juin 1981.

La famille recevra les condoléances le vendredi 27 avril de 19h00 à 22h00, ainsi que samedi, le 28 avril de 09h00 à 10h00, au complexe funéraire F.X. Bouchard inc., 2258, ave Larue, Beauport, Québec, G1C 4A3. S’en suivras une cérémonie religieuse à 10h30 en l’Église de l’Ange-Gardien, 6357, ave Royale RR4, L’Ange-Gardien, G0A 2K0. Les responsables de la Légion Royale Canadienne, filiale 249, La Beauce seront présent pour l’hommage aux anciens combattants.

Le Drapeau Régimentaire sera mis en berne le 28 avril 2012.


Duperre_Albert 2It is with regret that we announce the death of Sgt Albert Duperré, CD (Ret’d) died April 22, 2012, at age 71.

Sgt Duperré joined the Canadian Forces on September 19, 1961. His first posting was 2nd R22eR from 1961 to 1967. He then served with the Airborne Regiment from 1967 to 1976. During this period he served overseas for the United Nations in Cyprus during the Turkish invasion of 1974. In 1976, he was transferred to the 1st R22eR in Germany where he served until 1980. Upon returning home, he served a year in Battle School before retiring on June 9th, 1981.

The family will receive condolences on Friday, April 27 from 7pm to 10pm and on Saturday from 9am to 10am at the funeral home, FX Bouchard Inc., 2258 Avenue LarueBeauport, Quebec G1C 4A3. A religious ceremony will follow at 10:30 am in the Church of the Guardian Angel, 6357 Avenue Royale RR4, L’Ange-Gardien, G0A 2K0. Officials of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 249, La Beauce will be present for a tribute to veterans.

The Regimental Flag will be flown at half mast on April 28, 2012.

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