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.

IMGIt is with deeep regret that I am informing you of the passing of CWO RQMS John Burns (Chuck) at the age of 70. John served his country for 32 years before retiring. After a brief battle with cancer he passed away on March 24/2012 in deep river Ontario. He will be sorely missed.

A service will be held on Thursday March 29/2012 at 11 a.m. in Deep River at Valley Funeral.

Passing of Leo McGRATH

LEO McGRATH recently passed away at the age of 74. Leo was a proud member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment as well as a highly respected Parachute Instructor at the Canadian Airborne Centre in Edmonton. Leo was well known in the Airborne circle and no doubt trained many of us on here at Leo also served with the Queen’s Own rifles, and the Royal 22nd Regiment. On behalf of 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 and served with him. RIP Leo. Fair winds and soft landings brother.

Passing of Peter Fairbridge

It is with deep sadness that the family of Peter Fairbridge announces his passing after a long battle with asthma.
Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, Peter came to Canada in 1949, but returned to England where he and his wife Marjory were married in 1952. They returned to Canada in 1953. Peter was a proud member of the Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch of Canada)  and served in Germany with the unit in 1959.  He returned to Canada and stayed with the Black Watch in Gagetown, New Brunswick.   Peter was also a proud member of 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served 20 years in the Canadian Forces then retired. RIP Jumper.

RSM Edward Hansen

RSM Ed Hansen passed away on January 29, 2012 at the age of 83. Ed was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1928. He served as a Boy Soldier" with the Fort Garry Horse in the Non-permanent Active Militia from 1943 to 1945. In 1947 Ed joined The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). A career soldier, he proudly served with the PPCLI until his retirement in 1973 as Regimental Sergeant Major of 3 PPCLI in Victoria. In his military career Ed served two tours in Korea as a platoon Sergeant, with the Canadian Airborne Regiment as a Senior Jump Master, three NATO tours in Germany, and a tour in Cyprus with the United Nations

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.

Steve was a proud member of 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment.   He was also a qualified Pathfinder.  Steve was a very good friend to all who served with him including many of us on here at Commando . org.  He served 20 years in the Canadian Forces stationed at Gagetown, Edmonton, Petawawa, London and Cyprus.  He retired from the Forces after 20 years of dedicated service to his country.  He will be sadly missed by his family and all his Airborne and RCR brothers.

Fair winds and soft landings Brother.

The producers of the Paratroopers movie project have commissioned a limited edition print by the world famous aviation artist Robert Bailey to support the movie. Prints are available for $149 from or directly from Dixon Christie at

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For those who have not heard about the project, Paratroopers is the history of Canada’s military as told by Canada’s Airborne soldiers and veterans. It is in its fourth year of production and will be an eight part series. It has a goal of bringing our stories to as many people as possible.

The eight part DVD series is also available for pre-order from the website for $129. The pre-order Director’s Edition will ONLY be available in the special packaging on the PRE ORDER. The package will be hand signed by veterans from each of the movies and include bonus items that will make the series highly collectable. The DVD pre order campaign and print sales are the only way that they can raise the funds they need to finish production and edit the movies this winter.

Basic Para 8101

Alan Thomas sent in a copy of his 8101 Basic Para photo and I have uploaded it to the unit photos section of the website. Head over and see if there is anyone you know.

If you have copies of unit or course photos that we don’t have, scan them and send them in.

Basic Para 8101

Basic Para 7806

Colin Bokovay was good enough to send in a copy of the course photo from Basic Para 7806, so I have uploaded it to the Unit Photos section of the website. Head over and see if you can identify anyone and if you have photos of your own that you would like to share, send them in and I will get them up.


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