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Autobiography Purpose

This is another page for the use of VETS NET members. It is intended that those who so wish, may enter a short autobiography of their career, family and particularly what they are doing since they left the Force. We encourage folks to add their history through the Contact form.

ABBOTT, Dan - Regimental #34324 where others have the opportunity to share in the beauty and majesty of God's handiwork.
Dan Abbott Reg #34324 June 5, 2007

As a former regular member who received an idyllic posting to the southern tip of Vancouver Island after his six months of basic training in Regina, Saskatchewan, I came to love the west coast clime and surrounds. The moderate temperatures and the excitement of coastal life, after growing up on a farm on the Canadian Prairie, drove me to promise my new bride that someday we would come back this way to retire. Heading off to make my fortune in places that spanned the entire continent, I resigned myself to that day which stood like a distant star in some far off galaxy.
The new millennium came and went, our kids grew up, and grandkids started to come along. The house was paid for and the retirement nest egg was growing. One day an article from the Wall Street Journal crossed my desk that rolled my memory back to the day when I solemnly vowed to return to the lush coastal environs of the northwest. It spoke of the "blue hole" of the Olympic Peninsula that acted as a rain shadow (a region of reduced rainfall on the lee side of high mountains) to the whole area. It all made sense. The mystique of perfect summers and mild winters had a reason behind it.
Having only viewed the majestic view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains from the north shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, namely the city of Victoria, BC, I had to take a trip back to discover the Olympic Peninsula. This adjoining locale, which included a state-side mountain and coastal environment, seemed to fulfill that dream and beckoned further investigation. I set a budget to acquire acreage sufficient to make a down payment on my youthful promise. That eventful May weekend trip in 2002 resulted in the discovery of a waterfront property that held the best views of the Olympic Peninsula in perfect balance. Today, that dream has grown into George Washington Inn

ABRAMS, Brian - Regimental #37205

I joined the RCMP on September 29, 1981, as a member of Troop 13. Upon graduation I was transferred to “D” Division from 1982 to 1988, where I was posted to Norway House Detachment, Stonewall Detachment and the Division Drug Intelligence Unit. In 1988 I was transferred to “G” Division, where I was posted to Rankin Inlet Detachment and Yellowknife Drug Section. I returned to “O” Division in 1992, where I was posted to Toronto Anti-Drug Profiteering Section, later known as Proceeds of Crime Section.
I attended Queen’s University in Kingston in conjunction with my B.A. and thereafter Queen’s Law School where I earned my LL.B. in 1996. After my call to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1998, I returned to the Force as a member of the Tainted Blood task Force. Thereafter I practiced law in private practice with an emphasis on litigation until my appointment as a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in February of 2011. I have been married to Tanya Abrams (nee Thomson) for 29 years. We are the parents of John (21) and James (19), who both attend Queen’s University and perform as musicians: The Abrams Brothers –
Brian Abrams April 4, 2012

ANDERSON, Jerry W. - Regimental #21404

I trained at N Division Ottawa - & posted to D Divison Jan 1961. I was posted to numerous detachments in every part of Manitoba that meant a total of 17 transfers during my 25 years service. During 1976-78 I was Detachment Commander of Churchill Detachment & my life long interest in wildlife photography really took off there due to the numerous photo ops involving polar bears etc, I transferred to D Div HQ's NCIS from Churchill & retired as Staff-Sgt i/c Winnipeg GIS in 1985. I spent 1985 - 2000 as Corporate Security Mgr with TD Bank for Manitoba, Sask & N.W. Ontario., retiring from thst position in May 2000. Commencing in fall of 2000 I travelled to Churchill. every OCT-NOV to lead international clients as an interpretive guide for Frontiers North/Tundra Buggy Adventures Ltd - to view,,study & photograph the magificant polar bears & other sub arctic wildlife,flora & fauna in that area. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with Parkinson's desease in June 2010 that ended my dream "retirement" job. I have established an extensive collection of digital images of polar bears during my 10 years guiding tours at Churchill. The Winnipeg zoo is spending $200 million on a state of the art arctic addition to the current zoo that is due to open during summer of 2014. 5 of my Churchill photos have been selected for permanent display in this new "Journey to Churchill" exhibit along with various other Manitobs wildlife photograper's images. The zoo now has 4 live polar bears at their new facility that will be part of the overall exhibit area when it opens in 2014. I am still very much involved in my wildlife photo hobby albeit despite my Parkinson's hangups that dictate my ability to get out into some areas or to lead Eco Tours etc. I have 2 children - Lisa married to an RCMP member of Wpg drug Unit & they have our only 2 grandaughters & our son Mark who is also in the RCMP - currently on Edmonton Drug Unit. My wife Rose & I just sold our house in Wpg where we have lived for past 35 years since transferrinn to Wpg. in 1978 & moved into a new apartment block 5 minutes from our former home in St. James on west side of Wpg. etc......

ARMET, T.W. (Tom) - Regimental #31172

I joined the force on February 11, 1974 at Red Deer Alberta (from Rocky Mountain House) and served for nearly 26 years in numerous locations in BC. My first posting was to Terrace for a year and then on to Bella Coola for a year. My next stop in the Northwest was Prince Rupert for the next 2 years during which time my duties included GD, rural policing, temporary duty in Atlin and court liaison work. My next transfer took me Kamloops from 1978 to 1983 and then down to the Lower Mainland for a 4 year posting at Vancouver GIS. During this memorable posting, I was involved in several high profile investigations (ie: Air India).
In 1987 I was transferred back to general duties at Maple Ridge Det and a year later, took over the Records Management Unit until being promoted to Cpl in 1989 and sent to Gibsons for a year and then 15 miles up to Sechelt for the next 3 years. In July 1993 I was appointed NCO i/c Pender Island Det (Outer Gulf Islands) where I spent 6 months before being beckoned to Dawson Creek with a promotion to Sgt in December 1993. During the next 3 years (1 long winter) I served as the Ops NCO at Dawson Creek. In September of 1996 I was appointed NCO i/c Ladysmith and retired from the force in December 1999 to put down permanent roots in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island.
A short time later I embarked on my final career with the Regional District of Nanaimo Bylaw Department. My wife was finally able to settle into her own career and our four children are currently attending school in Nanaimo.
March 29, 2004

ATKINSON, Moe - Regimental #21494

I joined the RCMP in July of 1960 (from Weyburn Sask) and after training at "Depot", was posted to the lowermainland of British Columbia. After serving a number of years at several detachments, on a variety of duties, I was transferred to Prince Rupert. Seven years later I was transferred back to civilization, in Victoria, on CIB duties.
At the end of five years in Victoria, I again moved to Ottawa, where I spent seven years in HQ. I transferred one more time, in 1985, to Winnipeg Manitoba. During my time in the force I was employed on General Duties, Traffic, CIB and Staffing duties.
I retired from the force as a S/Sgt, in Winnipeg, in 1988 and assumed the duties of a Security Director, at a large, core area hospital in Winnipeg (Health Sciences Centre). After eleven years at the hospital, I retired for good. A year later we moved to Victoria, where we are settled for good.
I have a daughter living in Whistler BC and one in Los Angeles California, and we do spend considerable travelling around the country. Of course there is no problem with finding something to do in the retirement capital of Canada
Oct. 4, 2003

BELLWOOD, W.C. (Bill) - Regimental #31147

I joined the Force on Feb. 5th. 1974 and was sworn in at H.Q. on Jarvis Street in Toronto Ontario. Graduating in August of 1974 it was off to Colwood Detachment on Vancouver Island. After serving for two years in the Greater Victoria area, it was off to Alert Bay, a small island at the north end of Vancouver Island. After two years of small community policing, it was the bright lights of Campbell River from 1978-1981 on General Duty and then Municipal Traffic duties. Since I didn’t have a ‘brother in traffic’ and ‘no sister’, it was time for a career change and I was off to ‘K’ Div. F.I.S. in St. Paul Alta. Following my one year understudy, Prince Rupert welcomed me with open arms in 1983 where I spent many a day flying the coast in the Force’s Grumman Goose to places like Atlin, Bella Bella, and Queen Charlotte City.
In 1986 it was again back to Vancouver Island where I enjoyed the next three years with Nanaimo F.I.S. After eight years with F.I.S. and missing the action of General Duty I was transferred to Williams Lake Detachment as a Watch Commander; probably the best six years of my service in the Force. In 1995 I was transferred back to Vancouver Island to the small community of Gold River where I spent the next four years as Detachment Commander. Following my stint as Chief of Police, it was off to Parksville Detachment, again serving as a Watch Commander. In 2003 I was transferred to Coquitlam Detachment.
In thirty years, the two things that I had managed to avoid were the breathalyser course and the Lower Mainland and I decided to take my leave from the Force and remain on Vancouver Island. In August of 2004 I was sworn in as a municipal police officer with Oak Bay Police Department in Victoria where I am serving as a uniform patrol member. For the past four years have also served as the president of our Police Association. I am still having fun doing what I have done all of my adult life. RCMP or Municipal, I am proud of my roll as a peace officer and proud of the men and women with whom I have served.
To our younger members; being a peace officer is a life style, not a job, enjoy every moment of it!
W.C. (Bill) BELLWOOD, Cst. #64 Victoria, BC
[email protected] (250) 592-2424 - office (250) 818-5430 - mobile Feb. 3, 2009

BIGGEMANN, Lou - Regimental #19033

In July 1955 I joined the RCMP and graduated in May 1956 when I was transferred to Vancouver. In October 1956 I was transferred to Squamish. There was no road at that time so I arrived by train. The single members took turns working in the Pemberton Detachment as well. While stationed in Squamish I met my wife Janet and we were married in April 1959 and we were transferred to North Vancouver where our four children were born.
In July 1965 I was transferred back to Squamish and promoted to Corporal. In 1968 I was transferred to Gibsons and in July 1972 I was transferred back to North Vancouver and promoted to Sgt.
I took every course the R.C.M.P. offered me and was involved in Search and Rescue and mountain climbing. I was one of the investigators in the Byron Blue murder case in Squamish and after 33 years went back to court and he was convicted.
In August 1974 I was transferred to Parksville Detachment and promoted to Staff/Sgt. I retired there in July 1979 and live in Coombs, have 4 married children, 12 grandchildren and 1 little great-grandson.
My son Edward is a member and is stationed in Port Alberni after serving in Saskatchewan and northern B.C.
Since leaving the force I was manager of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, retiring in 2001 and in November 2002 I was elected as Director for Regional District of Nanaimo Area "F" which is the position I still hold.
L.W. Biggemann Sept. 30, 2007

BLACKWOOD, Jim - Regimental #30578

I joined the force 25 June 1973 Centennial Year in Troop #9. I went to "B" Division and served in Grand Bank, St. John's, Clarenville and Wesleyville Detachments. I left the force in 1980 and took a job with Stellarton Police Department and then Westville Police Department. In 1992, I was employed by the Chignecto Central Regional School Board and retired Nov 2006. In Jan of 2007 after some computor courses I enterered the world of Convergys as a support person for Microsoft Office/Outlook section where I remain today. I just recently joined the RCMP Veterans Association and am living outside New Glasgow, NS. I have two children both grown who are still in St. John's, Nfld.
Jim Blackwood

Churchville, N.S.

BOND, Peter - Regimental #21843 or email us at: [email protected] If you are visiting the Sunshine Coast please drop by. Norma and I love to show our waterfront gardens and visit over coffee.
Peter Bond January 21, 2009

The urge to join the R.C.M.P arrived in each of us in different ways. For me the seed was planted one hot summer afternoon. I was living with my folks on Langford Lake on the outskirts of Victoria. A large brush fire was threatening the houses along the lake. I quickly became a part of a group of neighbours and volunteer firemen. Together we were successful in extinguishing the fire. At that point I realized I enjoyed being part of a team keeping the community safe. Then I realized a significant member of that team was a young lone member of the R.C.M.P. controlling traffic and on-lookers and by joining the R.C.M.P. I could become a part of a team safeguarding communities.
In April 1961 I and about 10 fellows who would become troop-mates arrived by train in Regina at 4:00 AM. We were convinced our rail car would be dropped off so that we could sleep undistrubed until 7 or so. That notion was quickly cast aside by duty drivers from a senior troop insisting we get our sorry butts up and running pronto. Having survived training two of us were marched into the “F” staffing office and I was posted to Prince Albert. I was ecstatic as I saw it as a homecoming of sort as I had spent a pleasant early boyhood in Peace River in North Alberta. During training one instructor expressed that we would remember our training through fond memories. Needless to say the comment was met with howls of laughter. However, almost 50 years later his forecast is true.
After a year and a half on Prince Albert Detachment I was transferred to Prince Albert Highway Patrol. During this period I met Ann Asher of Saskatoon. We were married in the summer of 1963. After 5 years of service I left time expired and with Ann and daughter Karen returned to Victoria. However, after a brief period the Force again drew me and upon re-joining I was posted to Richmond. In 1974 I accepted a promotional transfer to the Finance Section at “Depot”. By then Ann and I had been joined by son Chris and daughter Kelly. When in 1977 my position was converted to that of a public servant I was transferred to Property Management Branch in Ottawa. In 1985 after stints in “HQ” Finance and “P” Directorate I was transferred to FSSB in Vancouver where I retired in 1996. In 1990 Ann lost her courageous battle with a brain tumor. In 1993 I married Norma.
After living in urban Richmond for a number of years Norma decided we should live on waterfront property. After initially rejecting the idea I agreed and we purchased a ½ acre on Porpoise Bay near Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. To make the purchase financially viable we have developed a two suite bed and breakfast and after 3 years of being in business we find we quite enjoy welcoming guests from far and wide into our home. You can visit our website at

CHABOT, Marc - Regimental #24245

I joined the RCMP in Edmonton, Alberta, in September 1965 and retired in January 1996 in Ottawa. After graduating from "Depot" I was posted to "C" Division. In Quebec I served in General Investigation Section for a sort stint and then transferred to Canada Shipping Act/Migratory Birds Convention Act for two years. With the FLQ activities increasing I was recruited by the Security & Intelligence Branch. In 1971 I was transferred to Chicoutimi, still with S&I where I earned my Corporal's stripes.
In 1974 I became an instructor at "Depot" Division and in 1977 was transferred to Ottawa where I worked in Public Relations Branch for four years, including one year attending university. Then I requested a compassionate transfer to Peace River, Alberta, and obtained it. I served one year in "K" Division and returned to Ottawa where I spent four years with Compensation Branch and a few months with FSSB.
In 1987 I was posted again in "Depot" where I obtained my Sergeant's hooks and served in Planning, Admin and Official Languages. After two years in Regina, I returned to Ottawa, this time with Officers Staffing & Personnel Branch as the NCO i/c Officer Candidate Program. From 1994 until my retirement I was posted to "HQ" Admin Services which was eventually amalgamated with "A" Division Admin. During these last two years, I was temporary assigned to International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in Haiti where I trained the 1st promotion of the Haitian National Police (Jan - Jun 95).
With the Force I had the opportunity to travel across all provinces and overseas. I attended many training courses and enjoyed many years as a volunteer with the "HQ" Tactical Troop. After retirement I purchased a franchise, but the business failed even before it got off ground because the franchisor declared bankruptcy. Fortunately, a few months later I obtained employment with the United Nations and worked in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo for ten years before taking a second retirement.
I am now living in Ottawa with my wife Francine and where our three sons have settled with their little families.
March 2, 2008

CHADBOLT, Donald - Regimental #S/1531

Donald G Chadbolt     "A" Troop 1975
With a family history that involved the force (grandfather Jack Chadbolt member RNWMP 1920-24) and at 30 yrs of age, with a wife and three kids I quit a good job at Ford Motor Co in Oakville On and joined as a special Cst for $9900.00 a only ambition in life had just been fulfilled.(I had been rejected by every force within 50 miles of home due to my vertically challenged stature).
I spent my time at depot, it was made a little easier with a grandmother that lived in Saskatoon (who happended to have a first cousin working in the mess at depot).. I was very honoured to be selected as troop leader.. I was assigned to Toronto Airport detachment and was made a promise of "converting within 12 months", after several attempts to have them make good on the "promise".. I made a decision based on a childish rage and have regretted it ever since. I applied to the Metro Toronto Police Force and was hired on within 7 days in Aug 1977.
I attended Ontario Police College in order to be qualified to be a police officer in Ontario, I was again made a class leader in both the A and B parts of the basic training..Over the past 27 years I have worked CIB. various uniform duties and for the past 9 years have been in traffic.. I am retiring in July, I considered submitting a request to convert again, but if they said Yes! I might make the second dumb decision of my career and actually go. After all these years my heart is still with the buffalo soldiers....
Feb. 20, 2004

CLARK, Murray - Regimental #29402

I joined in November 1971 in Troop 18/71-72. We were a bilingual troop so half of the members were French speaking. After Depot, I was posted to Houston BC where I served for 1.5 years. From there, I was transferred to Ocean Falls. As I had completed by B.Sc. before joining, I applied for Crime Detection Laboratory in Vancouver and was accepted into the Toxicology Section. I worked there for 10 years, completing my M.Sc. Degree at UBC which enabled me to give expert witness in the identification of Cannabis (which was the subject of my Master's Thesis). As drug analysis was being taken over by Health Protection Branch of Federal Government, I left the RCMP in 1984 to join Hewlett-Packard. At HP, I served in several roles in Canada, Americas and Worldwide positions. I retired from HP in 2012 after 28 years. My wife (former CM C1439 Dorothy Clark) & I now enjoy traveling & retirement. Our troop has held reunions at 35, 40 & now 42 years with great attendance!
27 April 2014

CYR, René - Regimental #18907

I joined the Force April 7th, 1955 at Ottawa. Trained with "B" Troop ("Depot" - 1955) subsequently "21" Troop ("N" - 1955)
Posted to "H" Div. Dec. 1955. Served at Halifax ( NCO - i/c Irving Corkum), Yarmouth (Don Black), Bridgetown (Bruce McKinnon), Kentville (Bill Taylor), Meteghan (Clare Dent) and Halifax again (Ken Frazer and Al Cart). Was a member of the Halifax Race Track Detail (Bud Howe i/c).
In 1961, I was transferred to S. & I. Directorate in Halifax, where it was re-discovered that I was bilingual. This triggered an immediate transfer to "C" Division S. & I. (Phil Isber i/c). I quite enjoyed S. & I., but this did not prevent my transfer back to C.I.B. Montreal to take charge of the Race Track Detail in 1964. I was promoted to Cpl. in November, 1964.
In February 1965, Ass't. Comm'r Hervé Poudrette, retired, who was then Director of Security at Expo '67, invited me to join his staff. This offer represented a 50% increase in pay and the opportunity to attend University, which I had considered for a long time. I purchased my discharge in February 1965 and joined Expo `67, which was a great experience for the next two years. The Dean of Commerce at McGill suggested that I back-up my police background with an accounting degree, since he foresaw white collar crime as a promising field of investigation. How right he was! I started the Certified General Accountant program at McGill at once. What a challenge to rediscover algebra ten years after high school.
In 1967, the Superintendent of Bankruptcy was staffing to enforce the revised Bankruptcy Act. I became a Bankruptcy Officer at Head Office in Ottawa, while pursuing my studies toward a Certified General Accountant designation, which I attained in 1970. In 1972, I was appointed Assistant Director of the Corporations Branch and trained with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.
In 1973, I was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Bankruptcy responsible for Detection and Investigations. I thus renewed my contacts with the Force (Hank Jensen and his Commercial Crime group) since the Force conducted all criminal investigations on behalf of the Superintendent. I lectured Commercial Crime recruits at "N" Division for several years on the mysteries of the insolvency world. I still wonder if I succeeded in convincing them that a "fraudulent preference" is not a crime! From 1973 to 1981, I travelled the country widely as a member of the National Examination Boards for aspiring trustees
Some of my fondest memories of that period are rides in a horse drawn sleigh, complete with buffalo robes, to the Officer's Mess at "N" Division to attend Christmas functions!
In 1981, after eight years as Assistant Superintendent, I left the Public Service to join the Trustee profession, with a licence for the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
I first assumed the insolvency practice of Touche, Ross Ltd. in the Ottawa - Hull area, a largely consumer orientated practice. Seeking more challenging commercial experience, in 1982, I accepted the invitation of Mercure, Beliveau, a leading commercial insolvency practice in Montreal, to join them. I was soon admitted to partnership. There, I was responsible for major corporate insolvencies, ranging from foundries to helicopter airlines to hatcheries to furniture manufacturers. Most of these appointments were private, by financial institutions, to evaluate, re-structure, supervise or liquidate businesses in financial difficulty.
In 1987, I continued my insolvency career as a partner with another major Montreal firm where I undertook the transition from a totally manual to a computer orientated practice.
In 1989, I was ready to slow down from the hectic professional life in Montreal and I returned to Touche, Ross in Hull, now Deloitte, Touche Inc.
In 1994, I semi-retired. I continued to administer a very significant bankruptcy transferred to me from Deloitte's at the request of the creditors and I accepted a few more appointments before finally retiring in 1997.
Along the way, I was admitted to membership into the Certified Fraud Examiners' Association as well as the Certified Insolvency Practitioners' Association.
In recent years, I have had the pleasure of meeting many retired members at the annual RCMP picnic at Tierra Verde, Florida and I look forward to more of these occasions, since my wife and I spend as much winter time as her schedule will allow golfing and boating near there. She is Madam Justice Johanne Trudel, formerly of the Quebec Superior Court, now of the Federal Court of Appeal.
(This autobiography is submitted on the 50th anniversary of my joining the Force, April 7th, 2005)
Updated June 4th, 2007


DOUCETTE, William Lloyd - Regimental #32789

Joined the force as an Airport special cst. in 1973 and was posted to Sydney airport. When the marriage regulations changed I returned to Depot in 1976 and left with reg. # 32789. I was posted to Sheet Harbour, N.S. From there, I was posted to Bedford HP, Lr. Sackville Det., Cole Harbour Det.and GIS, Tantallon Det.and GIS, where I retired after 30 service. I loved my time in the RCMP and I've had many fond memories, experiences and friends throughout my career. Now live in Lakeview, NS and enjoy playing golf all summer and photography and editing in the winter months.

ELLIOTT, Robert S. - Regimental #33228

I joined the force on January the 19th, 1976 in North Bay Ont., my hometown. I was assigned to 24 Troop 75/76 and spent the next 6 months in Regina. I was then posted to Killarney Man in D Division. After 6 months on Detachment the force and I decided that I was perhaps best suited for a career outside of the RCMP. I received an honorable discharge on February the 4th, 1977.
I returned home to North Bay Ont. and in May of 1977 joined the Sarnia Township Police force in Sarnia Ont. I served with STPD until August of 1980 when I resigned to go to the University of Waterloo. After school I was briefly employed as a youth detention officer but found there was simple no money in the work.
I began my sales career with the Hudson Bay Company in 1983 leaving HBC in 1989 as a Store Manager. I then became Sales Manager at CFNO Radio in Marathon Ont. and then to CJRN in Niagara Falls in 1991. I have been working in the sales and marketing field since and I now run my own outbound telemarketing center for financial planners all across Canada. Niagara is now home. I have 2 adult sons Rob and Derek, both of whom are still single and enjoying it!
Though I have been "out of the force" for many years, you never loose the sense of belonging that the force teaches you during those 6 months in Regina.
Nov. 2, 2003

FORSYTH, Jim - Regimental #16642/0.778

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I joined the B.C. Provincial Police in December of 1949 and was absorbed into the RCMP on August 15, 1950. Upon engagement with the BCP in Victoria, I was sent to Burnaby Det. then to North Vancouver Det. and within two weeks I was transferred back to Victoria. In the following years I was stationed at Victoria, Ladysmith and Courtenay detachments. 1956 saw me in a C.I.B. reader position in "E" Div. HQ., Victoria. 1957/58 was a year at the University of B.C. followed by a short time in Vancouver S/Div. G.I Section and then back to CIB Reading at "E" Div. HQ. In 1959 I was promoted to Cpl. In 1962 I was transferred into the Finance field at E Div. HQ, promoted to Sgt. in 1966 and in the same year transferred to NCO i/c the Financial Services & Supply section at the training site of "P" Div., Penhold AB. 1967 brought a promotion to S/Sgt. Upon the closure of "P" Div. in 1969 I was moved back to FSSB in "E" Div. HQ and in 1971 I was transferred to "A" Div. Ottawa, as NCO i/c the FSS section there.
In 1972 I was commissioned and transferred into "S" Directorate of HQ where in subsequent years I served in the Estimates and Financial Branch, the Directorate Admin Office and the Materiel Management Branch. In 1979 I was promoted to Supt. and transferred to the Officer i/c HQ FSSB position where I remained until I retired in Jan. 1985.
After I retired from the Force, I worked for 5 years as an investigator in the office of the Information Commissioner of Canada in Ottawa. In 1990 I called it quits and retired for good and came "home" to Victoria, BC. My wife Dodie and I enjoy fairly good health and do get out on the water in our 36' trawler. Sometimes as long as 7 weeks at a time. We have 3 children, Lynda, in school
administration in Victoria, married to Jim Ireland (now retired)and they have two grown children. The oldest, Steve, now married and he and his wife, Bethany, have given us a lovely great grand son. Robyn the youngest - married just last summer to Jon Larose who is a very nice young man.. Our second daughter, Leslie, is a teacher in Abbotsford, married to John Eno with their four children, the oldest, Holly-Anne, having obtained her masters at UBC, is now working at a hospital in Chilliwack, BC, her sister, Sarah, the artist, spent two years at UBC and is now taking a course which in a couple of years will lead to a graphic arts degree. - The two boys are doing well. Sean has trained for being a fire fighter and is now looking for such a job. Michael, the youngest, will be the millionaire. He is apprenticing as a plumber. Our youngest, our son Brett, married Meredith, a lovely young lady, two summers ago. Due to the major economic down turn in Arizona they have recently moved from Phoenix, AZ to Dallas, TX, where Brett found work in the computer related technical field.
Between boating, motorcycle riding (in good weather),my work as a Director at the National level of the RCMP Veterans' Association and maintaining my web site, the RCMP VETS NET - I keep pretty busy.
Oct. 1, 2003 (Update January 2011)

(Update June 23, 2011 - I'm slowing down now - I suppose that come with age. At the end of January I underwent open heart surgery resulting in a 6 by-pass operation. I'm recovering OK but don't have my full stamina back yet. -- JBF

FURTHER UPDATE - Oct. 8, 2013.
I'm sorry to report that my wife of 62 years suffered a fatal stroke on February 6, 2013. Dodie was a wonderful wife, mother, grand mother and great grand mother. Life is not the same without her. The spark in my life is gone. I've sold my motorcycle, am in the process of turning the administration of my web site over to someone younger than me. If it could happen to Dodie it could happen to me. So I need to provide for the carrying on of my VETS NET web site as I do not wish to see it die.
Thanks to all that have supported me over the years.
Best regards to all, Jim

GAILLARD, Mark Regimental #35043

I served in the RCMP 1978-1985. After recruit training at Depot, I was posted to Burnaby Detachment in "E" Division. In 1982 I was transferred to "G" Division where I served at Rae-Edzo and Resolute Bay detachments. In 1985 I left the Force to go to law school in Victoria, BC.
Upon graduation in 1988, I became a foreign service offircer in the Department of External Affairs (now Department of Foreign Affairs). I am currently First Secretary and Deputy Political Advisor with the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.
Maintiens Le Droit
Mark Gaillard
Feb. 20, 2004

GALLAGHER, Ed - Regimental #23556

Member of "D" troop 64/65 Service: Burnaby Detachment - Dec. 1964 to Nov. 1974 Special "O" - Nov. 19074 - Jul 1979 Vancouver Commercial Crime - Jul 1979 to May 1982 Burnaby Detachment - May 1982 to Jan 85 - Pension
After completion of recruit training in Regina, I was posted to Burnaby Detachment serving on General Duties and G.I.S. until my transfer to Special "O" Section. I was one of the original members sent to establish this section and subsequently received promotion to Corporal and then Sergeant before a transfer to Vancouver Commercial Crime.
At Commercial Crime I was involved with the RCMP/DNR Section prior to returning to Burnaby Detachment as a Watch NCO until pension.
Since leaving the Force I have been involved in a number of projects including brining the "House Arrest" into Canada for use on Sentenced Prisoners, as a alternative to a jail sentence.
I became involved in Security X-Ray design and servicing directly as a result of the Air India Aircraft Bombing. This led to the installation of new Backscatter X-Ray Units in many Canadian Airports resulting in very large drug seizures by Canada Customs. Further involvement with Bomb Detection equipment and Hazmat Robots for "ERT" and Bomb Detection Units led to a network of contacts and involvement with private agencies of Ex-FBI, Secret Service, and Navy Seal Firms in the U.S.
I also founded Canada Payphone Inc. which was the first alternative public payphone provider in Canada and partnered with A.T.&T in this process. Presently I own Cable T.V. Stations in the U.S. and am involved in Joint Venture Telephone Companies in Mexico and Guatemala.
Ed Gallagher
August 25, 2004

GEDDES, Graham L. - Regimental #28672 / 0.1596

I grew up in Truro, NS and in 1969 attended St. Mary’s University, Halifax. That same year my older brother Jeff was joining the RCMP and his influence led me to apply as well. In February 1971 I joined Troop 23 in Regina. My first posting was to Powerview (Pine Falls), Manitoba. While there I also had a summer posting at Falcon Beach Det. In Nov 1972 I was posted to Winnipeg Beach. My NCO there was the late S/Sgt. Howard Leslie Comba who became by greatest mentor and friend in the RCMP throughout my whole career. In March 1974 I was transferred north to Thompson Municipal Detachment, however, after only 4 months I was sent further north to Lynn Lake Detachment. I have many memories of flying into the several First Nation communities and staying in the patrol cabins. At the end of my 2-year stay in Lynn Lake I met my future wife Linda who was a Registered Nurse in the local Hospital.
In April 1976 I was transferred to Intelligence duties at the Winnipeg International Airport, a joint forces with the Winnipeg Police Service. In 1978 I went to General Investigation Section and in February 1981 I asked to go back to uniform duties to get supervisory experience. I was then transferred to the Winnipeg suburb of Headingley as senior constable on the rural side. In January 1983 I received my first promotion to Cpl. at Fisher Branch Detachment but in May 1984 they were looking for volunteers for Lynn Lake so my wife and decided to go back. By this time we had our 3 children Jeff (after my brother), Pamela and Sandra.
A year later I was approached to become the Native Policing Coordinator for D Division. As a prerequisite I was sent full time to the University of Winnipeg to undertake 1 year of Native and Race Relation studies. This meant a transfer to Winnipeg in 1985. In April 1986 I became the Native Policing Coordinator. In June 1987 I was asked to go to Commercial Crime Section in Winnipeg and in December the same year I was promoted to Sgt. to open the first detachment at God’s Lake Narrows.
In February 1989 I was transferred to the Winnipeg suburb of Oakbank as Detachment Commander. The next year in October 1990 I was promoted to S/Sgt. to become the Operations NCO at Thompson Municipal Detachment, which was at that time the only officer detachment in Manitoba.
I was commissioned in March 1991 and was transferred to Ottawa to become the O i/c Multicultural Liaison Branch within Personnel Directorate. From April 1993 to Jul 1994 I was in French Language Training in Ottawa and Hull where I received my “C” levels. During that time my position in Personnel Directorate had been eliminated. I was then sent to Community, Contract & Aboriginal Policing Directorate where I was seconded to the Solicitor General’s Aboriginal Policing Directorate as a Special Advisor. My job there was ensuring consistency in the tri-partite agreements under the new First Nations Policing Policy across Canada.
I had been placed in the Executive Development Program which in itself meant a further commitment to the Force both in terms of advancement as well as postings to attain that goal. My children were 17, 15 & 13 and in a 10-year span my family had lived in 7 communities. As a family it was becoming more evident we were not happy. While on holidays in 1995 I came across a poem entitled “The Man In The Glass” and it struck home that I did not like “the man in glass” and led to some serious reflection on where I was at in life. I decided our family needed some form of normal stability so in October 1995 I retired and moved back to my hometown of Truro. My family had supported my advancement in the RCMP and I know what I gave up in that regard by retiring, however, I also know what my family gave up for me. In the end retirement led to me becoming a better husband and father. I have a beautiful supportive wife and I’m so proud of my 3 children.
My lowest point in the RCMP was the death of a great co-worker Cst. Wayne Moore who died in a single motor vehicle accident after leaving my going away party at Powerview Det. My proudest moment was a photo taken with my brother Jeff after our Commissions in Ottawa where ironically we ended up working in the same building. Two east-enders from Truro did OK.
Graham L. Geddes July 12, 2010

GIBBINS, J.W. (Rusty) - Regimental #28642

I was born in Barrie Ont. in March 1951. We resided on our family farm in Stroud Ont. till 1954 when my dad was selected to be the first policeman in the small community of Fenwick, Ont. (now integrated with other small areas and called Pelham). There were two hired. I had great respect for his job and as I grew admired the way he dealt with the town folk and knew as graduation from secondary school approached it was the kind of career I wanted. When I suggested the O.P.P. my Dad told me to pick the best and go with the R.C.M.P. I submitted applications to both and as luck would have it I got a response from the R.C.M.P. first. I, Reg. #28642 joined Troop #22 - 1970/71 at Depot. Around the 2 or 3rd week my Troop supervisor and drill instructor Cpl. Bill PITCHER said I marched "like an rusted tin can" and that is when and where my moniker "Rusty" was born. My first posting was to Quesnel then after 11 months to Fort. St. John Hwy Patrol where during a theft auto investigation I met a lovely girl named Joyce, a RIA (Registered Industrial Accountant) doing the books at the local Ford dealership and our romance blossomed from there. On Nov. 22/73 being the wild and crazy guy I was, proposed to her at the A & W. across from her office during her lunch break. Hey burgers were 2 for 1! I/we were transferred to Vanderhoof Hwy Patrol and in Sept 1974 went back to Fort St. John and were married. In 1976 we transferred to Burns Lake Hwy Patrol and enjoyed the area and people tremendously. In 1980 we were sent to Chase Hwy Patrol and it was there we realized winter wasn't so bad after all. Joyce was elected to the Village counsel in 1982 and re-elected in 1986. In 1989 staffing made the dreaded call and were thinking of sending us to Burnaby. Yikes! At that time one still didn't say no to Staffing or expected/accepted the forthcoming punishment. Our punishment? You either take Terrace Hwy Patrol or Prince George Hwy Patrol. Prince George Hwy Patrol here we come, no punishment at all. Phew! In 1996 we were transferred to Kamloops and I was placed on the "infamous" photo radar until 1999 when I joined the Kamloops City Traffic Section. I retired in May of 2001 as I was finding even though I had my thirty years in and we lived in a great city the work was starting to interfere with my golf addiction/affliction. I really enjoy the sport and still am living proof that practice does not make perfect. I've met many wonderful people on the various courses through out this Province and Internationally. I am a Member of the Kamloops R.C.M.P. Vets Association for the past 12 years. Joyce and I enjoy retirement and Kamloops is our forever home.

GRIER, Allan D. (Al) - Regimental #19366

I was born in the Vita, Manitoba Hospital, southeast of Winnipeg, and raised in the farming community of Woodmore, Manitoba, near the U.S. border and 17 miles east of Emerson, Manitoba.
On one of the exciting and infrequent visits to Winnipeg when I was about 7 years old I spotted my first policeman, and to my mother's chagrin (and his amusement), remained gawking at him until she was almost a block away with my brother and sister in tow. That day I decided I wanted to be one. My older brother joined the Force in 1952 and that further confirmed my desire, as he was somewhat my idol.
After being interviewed by a member from Emerson Detachment, as a suspect (another older brother was indeed the culprit) in a watermelon theft (popular pastime for young folks in the fall in those days), I was further determined to join the Force.
I joined in Calgary in 1956, after being advised by my older brother (also Al) to get used to abuse. He told me that training was tough, that the first three months was the worst as during that time particularly they told you how useless and insignificant you were. He said that once you started to believe that it wasn't too bad. I soon learned his assessment was accurate, but was determined to show them otherwise.
I did manage (to my surprise) to graduate as the head of my class (troop), and was stationed at various Detachments in Regina Sub/Division. Weyburn was the fatal one, where on the third posting there, I met my wonderful wife, of now 48+ years. I was posted to then S+I in Ottawa in 1961, we were married in1962, and we remained there until just after an intriguing stint at Expo 67 in October 1967 when we returned, with our 2 1/2 year old son, and a second on the way, to Moose Jaw Detachment. After 3 years there and a third son (those cold prairie nights), in March 1970 we transferred to Pierceland Detachment, northwest of North Battleford, near the Cold Lake Air Base, where I was Cpl. I/C. There we encountered as much adversity and community disdain from happenings prior to our arrival, as I would ever want to put my wife through, but due a great part to her perseverance, we became heavily involved in the community and in 1972, were jointly named the community's "Citizens-Of-The-Year", for our work with youth.
From Pierceland we were transferred in October 1972 to Kindersley where I was Sgt. I/C, until July 1977. A number of interesting events occurred there, including a shot gun shot through the Detachment front door window while we were asleep in quarters adjoining, my event of a lifetime (other than my wife and kids), when I was selected as a personal escort to the Queen for the RCMP Centennial visit in June 1973, plus the Commonwealth Conference in Ottawa which followed in August. I also had the pleasure/honour of being the president of the community group to raise funds and instigate the building of a new area and swimming pool complex, which was completed a couple years after we left.
From Kindersley it was back to North Battleford Sub/Division, where I was north, then south, Section NCO, until retiring in November 1978 to take a position as Property Manager in "K" Division Property Management.
After a brief stint with "K" Property Management, I went to the Provincial Government as a security consultant, as Security Manager on the Legislature grounds, then as a Property Manager across Alberta. I returned to "K" Property Management in 1993 for 5 years, then went on to be the Housing Manager with National Defence, from 1998 to 2003, where I acquired 1500 "new wives", in Edmonton, Calgary, Wainwright and Yellowknife. About 1475 of those "wives" were great to deal with, but those remaining 25 made me very happy to go home at night to the one I cherished. I did enjoy the work, many trips to Ottawa, and meeting many fine Military personnel, from the basic private to the Commander of the Canadian Forces, and taking an active part in closing the Griesbach Base in Edmonton and transferring it to Canada Lands Corporation.
Since "retiring" from the Military job in 2003, I have helped sons build houses and cabins, and worked part-time at Home Depot where I learned, despite my previous belief, how much I don't know about electrical, and learned a lot about it too.
Now fully retired, we moved to our last home in Sherwood Park in July 2008, where we enjoy the community and the many new friends we have made, even though we venture back to Spruce Grove quite often. All-in-all, almost 55 years have really gone fast since I was sworn in April 24, 1956. Our sons and their wives are all elsewhere, but it gives us reason to travel frequently, and some great Skype visits with them and the grandchildren.
Al Grier, Mar 7, 2011

HAATAJA, Risto - Regimental #36988

I was born in Finland in the summer of 1957. When I was two (2) years old, my parents went to Taiwan as missionaries. Except for a 1 year of holidays during that time back in Finland, it wasn't until 1970 that we went moved back to Finland. Thus, my first year of school was in a Chinese (Mandarin) school in southern Taiwan, after which I attended an American boarding school in the city of Taichung. In 1972 my father took up an assignment in Oklahoma, in the US. At the end of this we moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where I finished my high school in 1975, and went to Sault College studying accounting. After spending a year in Europe and working on a kibbutz in Israel, in 1977, I married for the first time in my life. After completing College, my wife and two children, David and Kati, moved to White River, Ontario, a small northern town, where I worked for Abitibi-Price Ltd., as a cost accountant.
In 1979, I had applied to join the Force - it wasn't until 1981 that I was contacted to finalise all interview and testing processes, and I was finally accepted an sworn in at A Div. in Ottawa on the 30th June, 1981. I joined Troop 7 and graduated from Depot Div. on 21st December 1981, and was posted to F Div. Milestone Det. This felt like one step from retirement, but it was an enjoyable and happy time for me, as my second daughter Melisse was born in Weyburn, Sask. In what was then an unusual step, I joined the F Division Emergency Response Team (ERT) with only 2 years service. These were the early days of the ERT program, with training occurring in Ottawa and in Montreal. In 1984 I was transferred to Fort Qu'Appelle Rural Det., and was present when the new detachment in Fort Qu'Appelle was opened for use. In 1988 I was transferred to A Division ERT in Ottawa on a full time basis. As a sharpshooter, I was involved in all major VIP visits to Ottawa, as well as with different protective services operations. During this time, the Teams were deployed operationally on two (2) occasions; the first related to the Yacoub hijacking of a Greyhound bus onto Parliament Hill in 1989, and the second was during the Oka crisis in 1990 when I was deployed to Akwesasne Reserve near Kingston, Ontario. In early 1990 I also was temporarily transferred to C Division Special I to work on a drugs importation Project.
At the same time I had divorced, and taken custody of my three (3) children. I met my second wife in Ottawa in 1989. Being Australian born, she wanted to raise her three (3) children in Australia, and I decided to seek my fortunes there with her, so in September 1991 I received and honourable discharge from the Force. IN October 1991 the eight (8) of us arrived in Australia, and settled in the suburb of Frenchs Forest, in Sydney. Life was pretty hectic with children ranging from 3 to 13 years old. Early in 1992, I got work as the Security Manager of a five star hotel in Sydney harbour. In 1994 I took over as head of security and investigations with one of the major banks in Australia. I was also involved in the establishment of the Australian Centre for Security Research, and taught Intelligence Analysis in the University of Western Sydney. As a result of my work at the Bank in developing methodologies to detect fraud by using advanced analytical methods, and work related to the export of security screens (rising pneumatic screens) for protection of financial institutions from robbery, I left the Bank in 1998 to work independently as a consultant. Since that time, until today, I have been in contract consulting positions around the world. I have worked in China with the Ministry of Public Service (Police), in Malaysia with the Prime Ministers Security Department, in Brazil and Uruguay with various institutions relating to the promotion of the rising security screens, and of course extensively in Australia. In 2004, my second marriage ended. After completing a number of projects there, I decided to seek new projects through my friends and contacts around the world. As a result, through what can only be described as a series of incredible coincidences, in late 2005 I ended up in the Ukraine in the City of Kharkov. Here, I met my wife Natasha, and married her in Finland in 2006. If you had ever told me that I would be living and working in the Ukraine even a few years ago, I would have found it unbelievable. Today is the 19th of March 2007. I am still in the Ukraine.
Risto Mar. 20, 2007

HISCOCK, Ian - Regimental #31780

I was born and raised in Newfoundland and joined the Force at 22 years old at “B” Division HQ St. John’s on September 4, 1974. I trained in Troop 16- 74/75. February 18, 1975 I was posted to “O” Division, Toronto Sub Division at 225 Jarvis St. The building is now some sort of elite hotel since “O” Div HQ moved to London. After recruit field training I worked Commercial Crime as a body guard on a protected witness for a few months and than Customs section.
I couldn’t wait to get out of that rat race and managed to get transferred to “E” Div Prince George City Detachment on March 27/76 where I worked GD and a stint on GIS fraud detail.
I met and married the love of my life CM/1797 Cynthia (Skilton) on August 12/77. She served in Prince George telecoms as a Dispatcher (TO-3) from July 2/73 to Oct 1/79. We had two sons Jason in 79 and Johnathon in 82.
We transferred to Alexis Creek July 1/83. It was a two-year limited duration post with a third year option, which we took. It was one of the most enjoyable postings.
We moved to Hope - May 30/86 where I worked GD for a couple of years and than onto Hope Highway Patrol.
We moved to Kamloops City Detachment October 20/94 where I worked on a watch for a year and then went on City Traffic. I finished up going to the Integrated Traffic Camera Unit (Photo radar) Kamloops on August 4/96 and retired from the Force on April 21, 1999. My son Jason joined Calgary Police Service (Reg. No. 3731) in November 2003 as a regular member.
My twin brother Ivan (31678) is Cpl i/c Kamloops City Traffic
I have been working as Bylaw Compliance Officer for The Thompson-Nicola Regional District since than. Cynthia is working as a commercial insurance agent, one of many jobs she has done following me around. I have to do at least another five years and will consider retiring full time. At this point it looks like Kamloops is where we will stay.
Ex. Cst. Ian J. Hiscock 31780
March 1, 2005

HOBSON, R.W. (Bob) - Regimental #16884

I was sworn in at Saskatoon, March 9, l951. I had to wait 4 months for a second attempt at my written composition. I trained in both Regina and Ottawa. I traveled by train in Review Order from Ottawa to my first posting at Vernon B.C. My first duties were shaking hands with door knobs on the night shift, in other words checking property. This was by pony shanks as I was under age to operate a police car. I was also too young to go into beer parlors.
I opened up a new Detachment at Tahsis with 5 years service and stayed there four years. I was told they forgot to place me on the transfer list after three years at this isolated Saw Mill Town. My entire policing career has been in the province of British Columbia. I was in charge of the following Detachments. Tahsis, Sicamous, Queen Charlotte City, Castlegar and Nelson.
I was also stationed at Lake Cowichan, Port Alberni, Special D Section at Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George and Sidney. There were two temporary postings at Race Track Detail in Richmond and Prince Rupert with 30 other members on riot control. I enjoyed duties at Lumby, Falkland, Kelowna and Armstrong Detachments.
My role as police officer included special appointments of interest. These included: Judge for Citizenship Purposes; Driving Examiner; Customs Officer; Fire Marshal; Brands Inspector; Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages; and last but not least, Marriage Commissioner. I had the honor of performing many Civil Marriages in the Province.
In those early days on small Detachments we did not have the luxury of lawyers, Court Clerks or Sheriffs. We housed and fed prisoners. My wife Mary prepared the prisoner meals, and we were responsible for all escorts. We had never heard of overtime or stress leave, and single member transfers were usually immediate. My last posting was at “E” Division H.Q. in Victoria, where I retired from the RCMP in 1981.
My next career began in the Office of the Premier of BC where I worked five years. “Keep your head down and your mouth closed was their motto”. When Premier Bill Bennett retired, I moved on to head up Police Security for the Greater Victoria Transit Authority. This also included the rest of the province outside the Greater Vancouver Area. This was a new position, and I stayed on that job until I was 65 yrs old. I then picked up another pension.
During the past eight years, my wife Mary and I have traveled to many interesting places. We have a 22 foot covered boat for our summer home on Lake Cowichan, and for fishing salmon out of Port Renfrew. We also have a travel recreation trailer for snow-bird travels to Yuma and Palm Springs. I am very active enjoying my gardening, golfing, bicycling and playing horseshoe at our home in Sidney B.C.
We have a son, Richard, who is a S/Sgt at “K” Div H.Q. He has several University Degrees; some are compliments of the Force. Our daughter Cheryl, also like her brother, has a Masters Degree. Her career was mostly as a Community Health Nurse in the Yukon. Currently she is a nurse practitioner at Victoria, BC
So from humble beginnings on a small farm and attending a one room school near Clair Sask., I consider myself a lucky guy to have been accepted in the RCMP. In the words of Old Blue Eyes, I will close with, "Regrets are too few to mention, but then again I did it my way". I would like to be remembered as a front-line detachment man, who devoted his life to safe and caring communities.
June 2, 2004

HOSHOIAN, Ralph - Regimental #31112

I spent 32 years in the Force, mainly in "O" Div. I did the Musical Ride back in the 70's and two tours of Bosnia with the UN.
August 12, 2014

INGLANGASUK, Roy - Regimental #31477

I did not spend a lot of time in the “Force” (three years). However, I am proud of my service. As an Inuk I am especially proud of the fact I was accepted into the Force when there was no “special programs” for Aboriginals and minorities.
I went through Depot as a regular member of the troop and passed through with my troop. (Troop Five, 1974)As I grew up in a “Native Residential School” which was operated as a “military institution” - attending depot was an easy transition for me. The easy part of the training was academics but I had to work on the physical part and had 8-9 troop members in the same boat. The camaraderie helped. For many members (Aboriginal, Women and other minorities) you had to work doubly hard to “fit in’”
I had a number of good people pulling and supporting my goal to be a member, A S/Sgt. at the Inuvik detachment, a Corporal who was i/c of Aklavik detachment a couple of cousins who were already in the force one been from Aklavik and another who was a S/Cst. who joined as a regular and was in a troop three months behind me.
I have a Bsc with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Physics. I wanted to be in the crime lab (my goal), however, the Force was trying to attract more Aboriginals and putting me in a lab would not have me “out there” visible to Aboriginal people.
Since leaving the Force I have obtained my BA (Arts) I am still a practicing Pharmacist (in between jobs), I have an Executive MBA from Queen’s University (Kingston).
I have had long successful career as both a negotiator for Aboriginal land claims and often as the lead negotiator for the company in collective bargaining.
I have worked with good and poor detachment commanders, excellent police investigators and have learned much from both. The skills and the discipline I obtained in the Force is still a driver for me, of course, you tailor them to your current situation.
The “Force” thrived on an old culture with traditions, yes, for many, change is difficult and I am happy to see the Force in the last number of years, evolving to a more accountable organization.
As a past member of the “Force” it is discouraging to see a beloved institution lose some if its’ luster but the “Force” has always thrived and I expect with a new Commissioner and “lessons learned” our “Force” will again regain its former status.
I expect many Canadians feel as we, the current and former members.
Roy Inglangasuk (Regimental # 31477) Bsc, BA, MBA

JALBERT, Richard - Regimental #37695

I joined the Force in March 1982 in Montréal and was stationed to “O” Division where I served at several Detachments. The bulk of my service was spent in Drug Enforcement, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering Sections as well as the Provincial Outlaw Motorcycle Biker Unit. I retired in July 2006 and have been working for Scarlet Security since March 2008 when I moved to Iqaluit, NU to work at an iron ore mine located on Northern Baffin Island. I later worked on the ice road project located in Yellowknife, NWT when I became the company’s General Manger. I can be reached at [email protected] or 867-446-1067.

September 2014

LAURIE, Michael - Regimental #19956

Upon completion of High School in Newfoundland, I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended basic training at St Jean-D'Iberville, Quebec, on January 5, l953 and while the Korean War was in process as it ended in July, l953. My Regimental Number was 201288. I was then sent without a choice to begin firefighting training at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario and which base has been the training depot of the Ontario Provincial Police for about forty years now.  Upon completion of this course, I was posted to a stafff position at the RCAF FireHall in then RCAF Station Camp Borden, Ontario which is now united with the abutting army camp of that era. In l954, I was posted to #1 Air Division Headquarters, RCAF at Chateau de Mercy, Metz, France.  After six months service at this headquarters I was posted to #2 Fighter Wing HQ, Grostenquin, France which was near to the German border near Forbach.  At the end of my three years engagement having reached the rank of Leading Aircraftsman, Group 3, Firefighter, I was repatriated to Quebec and following three weeks annual leave, I received an honourable release to the sub-reserves.
Upon arrival in St John's, NL within days of my release, I applied to Chief of Police Llewellyn Strange of the Newfoundland Constabulary now Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for a position on the St John's Fire Department which at that time was a provincial force and other than NCO's and officers, the firemen were known as "Fire Constables."  A superintendent was directlly in charge of the three fire halls but the Chief of Police was top dog over both police and fire services which was the custom in Newfoundland prior to Confederation with Canada on April Fool's Day, l949. (Joey insisted on entry two minutes before midnight so that is not correct). Chief Strange suggested that I join the Constabulary as other members of my family, including my father had done after WW I.  I spent a few weeks in training at the barracks at Fort Townshend, St John's under Head Constable White and then was assigned to the street patrol and accompanying the sergeant as he boarded French fishing ships in port from time to time as an interpreter as I had gone to French immersion at the Air Force's expense while in France and as a the token Newfoundlander, I suppose. 
Because sectarianism had been a real problem in Newfoundland from the riot of l883 between Orangemen and Irish Catholics in Harbour Grace, the tempest was quietened when each denomination shared power.  Chief Llewellyn Strange was a Protestant and his predecessor during the colonial stint under Commission of Government from l934 to l949, was Michael O"Neil.  I was not very happy about being hired on the basis of religion and told Strange so and he agreed.  The Canadian system had spoiled me already.
Shortly afterwards at the request of Premier Smallwood, Chief Strange went to pension and was successfully elected as a Member of the House of Assembly in l956 for the electoral district which includes the town of Bay Roberts, Conception Bay.  The next chief was a rough disciplinarian and I decided I wanted out. I resigned but he made me report daily with pay for three weeks in pursuance to the Newfoundland Constabulary Act, now ultra vires the Canadian Constitution. This man caused a furore within the Constabulary and shortly after my departure, a wildcat strike was begun, and the RCMP policed the City of St John's while it was continuing. Due to this Chief's demeanour and actions, the police brotherhood of the now Royal Newfoundland Constabulary came to life and it is has done yeoman service to personnel over the succeeding years.
I applied to join the RCMP and was accepted and posted to Regina, Saskatchewan in May, l957.  A couple of weeks later we were squaded as "C" Troop and we passed out in February, l958.  I thoroughly loved military life notwithstanding the strenuous training and equitation at Regina.  While some troops might have good reason to hate their instructors, we had a great bunch of guys instructing us lead by Corporal Armstrong at the stables,  Tom O"Connor in driving and Corporal Maguire in the Gym and Mr. Dean as our civilian swimming instructor.  It was a wonderful year and I was surprised to find within the thirty-one guys making up our squad that one, Cst Couture, had served in No. 2 Fighter Wing , RCAF, Grostenquin, France, in administration while I was a member of the fire crash crew at that base two years earlier. He worked in administration and I think was posted to
"C" Division upon graduation at Regina, Saskatchewan.
Following training, I was posted to the Highway Patrol at Sidney, Nova Scotia. Then, I was posted to Inverness and Cheticamp Detachments in western Cape Breton Island of "H" Division.  When Sergeant Cunning of Inverness detachment was posted to Truro Detachment, he had me transferred there too.  I applied for northern duty and was allowed to go.
Six members of the Force including me and two Inuit pilots during the spring of l961 sailed the RCMP Vessel Jennings from Hay River, NWT the complete length of the Mackenzie River to Inuvik Sub/Division, a distance of about l,500 linear miles, I would guess.  The others left the ship there but I remained aboard and accompanied it to Aklavik, NWT which was a ten-hour-steam through the Mackenzie Delta, where I had been posted. Upon arrival and meeting Sgt Smith, I was informed that I would be going on to Tuktoyaktuk, on the Beaufort Sea, a one-man Detachment as the regular member, Cst Johns, was required by the Force elsewhere.  I spent the summer alone at the Detachment there. Upon returning to Aklavik, other members allowed me to take their dog patrols and I was out in the bush most of the autumn and early winter.  I never got along with Smith, a Nova Scotian, and spent as little time at the Detachment as possible, the bush being a relief to living in the same building.  I have only seen him once at an AGM but we did not have any wish to speak forty years afterwards.
I was posted to O Division HQ in Toronto, Ontario as Interior Economy Clerk (now: FCIS). I remained there till my five-year enlistment had expired and then I moved to Edmonton, Alberta as an insurance investigator.  By l964, I was promoted to Chief Inspector with Hooper-Holmes Bureau (HO in Morristown, NJ), and posted to the company's Victoria office.   At Victoria, B.C., I was permitted to complete my Arts degree at the University of Victoria and since  there was no law school at that institution at the time, the company then transferred me to its Vancouver office to its special investigations branch and remained there till I completed my law degree from the University of British Columbia in May, l973.
ICBC was then on the scene  and the general insurance portion of the company's business in British Columbai was no more.  The company arranged for me to go to Home Office in New Jersey and after a pilot period, I choose not to immigrate to the United States.
I returned home to St John's and entered articles with the Newfoundland Department of Justice. I was called to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador on February 7, l974 as a barrister and solicitor.  I practised in all courts of the province as Defence Counsel till I retired upon reaching my sixtieth birthday.
My wife, Dr. Alexa M. Laurie, physician, being younger than me, is still working as Chief Medical Officer of the local hospital at Bell Island and we have one home here as Strathlaurie House and a townhouse in St Thomas, now a bedroom area of St John's, on land held by my family for over two hundred years.  We have three adult daughters all in university and enroute to joining the legal and medical professions but theirs is each a separate story.
I was appointed for life by the then Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and sworn by then Judge of the Trial Divsion of Newfoundland James Higgins on August 30, 1974 at St John's, Newfoundland a Notary Public in and for the Province of Newfoundland. It now reads" Province of Newfoundland and Labrador" and I still have my seal and practice as a Notary here still. I intend to keep this appointment while competent to do so.
I have a restricted farm here and no longer keeping any goats or cattle, I keep ducks, geese, turkeys and chicken only. My wife loves this province even though she was born and raised in London, UK and immigrated here eons ago with the thought of only spending six months in this jurisdiction and she is still there. We make it a point to vacation outside of the province a couple of times a year.  I intend to live like my aunt Eliza Stapleton whose life ranged from l881 to l982, at least one year more than five score years.
Mike Laurie

Oct. 15, 2004


MacDONALD, Bruce - Regimental #34270

I joined the Force in Sydney Nova Scotia on October 7, 1977 and joined Troop 17. We graduated April 17, 1978. My first posting was St. Lawrence, Newfoundland followed by St. John's, Goose Bay, Hopedale and Baie Verte. I transferred to "G" Division in 1982 serving in Frobisher Bay, Cape Dorset and Inuvik. In 1987 it was back home to "H" Division serving in Ingonish Beach, Lr. Sackville GIS, Criminal Intelligence, Halifax Drugs, Major Case Management and finally Emergency Management. I retired as a Sergeant on December 14th 2011. For the last 23 years of my service I was a member of the "H" Division Emergency Response Team and the Team Leader for 11 of those years. May 1, 2014

MCALLISTER, Francis (Frank) - Regimental #19787

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I was sworn in on February 4th, 1957 (50 years ago today) at "B" Division Headquarters in St. John's, Newfoundland by Inspector Mike Keough. I left St. John's by train the next day for "Depot" Division. I spent six and a half days on the train and arrived in the afternoon of February 11. A duty driver was there to pick me up. Thus started my life in "S" Troop, "Depot" Division.
On November 9th, 1957 I was posted to "A" Division in Ottawa. While there I worked at the Royal Canadian Mint, The Bank of Canada, the Supreme Court, 24 Sussex Drive, Rideau Hall and the Parliament Buildings. It was cold in the winter but beautiful when spring arrived. Memories of the Plaza and the Bi-town are still vivid in my memory. I have a wonderful memory of Ottawa that I would like to share. On Valentine's Day, 1958 I was outside of 24 sussex freezing my butt off. Of course we were dressed in boots and breeks and I was numb with the cold. Mr. Dieffenbaker, who was prime minister at the time. came out and asked me if I was cold. I replied yes and he invited me to the staff's kitchen and the staff made some toast and coffe for me. It was great and needless to say he had my vote, when I would be old enough of course. My 15 minutes of fame.
In June, 1958 I was transferred to "H" Division. After orientation in Halifax I arrived in Amherst where I eventually met my wife-to-be, on June 13th, A Friday. I often teased her about arriving on Friday the 13th but she took it in good spirit and oft times gave better than she got.
I spent two years in Amherst and in June, 1960 I was transferred to Pictou Detachment. Pictou is where I got into real policing and learned from the school of hard knocks. We did town policing there and I shined a good many doorknobs during my two and a half years service in Pictou.
In November, 1962 I purchased my discharge and returned to St. John's, Newfoundland with the hopes of working as an insurance adjuster, like many ex-members had done. Alas, that was not too be. I ended up working for a finance company for 5 years in St. John's and Clarenville, Newfoundland. As jobs go it was about the bottom of the barrel but when you have a family to support you take what you can get.
In March, 1968 I went to work with the Government of Newfoundland as a social worker. I went back to university on a part time basis and completed my B.A. degree. I then completed a 3 years social services certificate program. I officially retired from the Government on August 23rd, 1991 and have been enjoying my retirement ever since. Ottawa does not print enough money for me to go back into the labour force.
I was married at Amherst on June 25th, 1960. I had six children, four girls and two boys. Two live in Ontario, three in Alberta and one in B.C. I have 12 grandchildren and they too live in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta. I also have two great-granddaughters who live in Nanaimo. My wife died accidently on January 21, 1995. I remarried on March 17th, 1999 and as the bible says I am three score and ten and now living on borrowed time.
My email address depicts my service but would only be apparent to members and ex-members. People often think my name is STROOP. Anyways, my e-mail address is   
[email protected] Of course the stroop57 is self explanatory.
Frank Mcallister Feb. 4, 2007

MCKENNA, G.S. (Steve) - Regimental #32020

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I signed up in Salmon Arm, BC and was sworn in Nov. 1st 1974 at Kamloops Subdivision "E" Divison. I made my way to Regina Nov. 4 to join Troop 25. I was posted to Boston Bar Detachment General Duty in the Fraser Canyon in April ’75 & married Lisa in May. We had our first child Erin in Hope in ‘77. I transferred to Chilliwack Sub-division Drug Section in Jan ‘78 and our first son Geordan was born in ‘79. I was transferred to Chilliwack Sub-division G.I.S. in ‘83 and we had our third child Glynnis in ‘84. We lost Geordan in a tragic accident in March ’85 and this same year moved on to a two-year isolated post in Northern BC called Cassiar, an asbestos mining community. We had our fourth child Seamus in Whitehorse, Yukon. From there we were posted in ‘87 to a second two year isolated posting in Canada’s most northern ice-free port called Stewart, south of Cassiar. We then took a transfer to Courtenay Detachment on Vancouver Island where I was promoted to Cpl of “C” Watch in ’89. In ’91 I was posted to Courtenay subdivision Drug Section until ’93 when I transferred to i/c of Courtenay Detachment G.I.S. In ’96 I was next posted to i/c North Island Serious Crime Unit and remained until a promotional transfer to Sgt. i/c Prince George Detachment Serious Crime unit. I enjoyed my involvement in ground security of the Pope’s Visit to Abbotsford in 1984 and the APEC Summit in 1998 where I was i/c of the “Singapore Floor”. All great experiences.

In Dec. ’99 I retired with 25 yrs service and returned to Courtenay where I was involved with computer servicing and eventually started a CCTV sales & installation business. I was also a BC Coroner for about five years before retiring from that. During this time I also obtained a P.I. Licence. My hobbies have long included computer’s and database programming.

Lisa works as a computer tech with the local School District. Erin is now a Psychiatric R.N. working for the Vancouver Island Health Authority enjoying her family life with her beau Dale and my grandson Jordan. Glynnis will soon be done at B.C.I.T. and working in the Humboldt/Saskatoon area in the Sonography field being with her beau and farmer-extraordinaire Gene out of Watson. Seamus is busy in the oil fields earning lots of money and driving his truck.

Now very busy with Wayne Rushton continuing on with Jim Forsyth’s website “The RCMP Vets Net”
October 2013.

MCMURRAY, Doran A. - Regimental #25771

In June of 1967, I joined the force at Calgary headquarters and set out with fellow troop member Hal Anderson to Depot division in Regina Saskatchewan and to a way of life that would be totally different to us and change our lives forever. After three months of rigorous training, we were then transferred to Penhold Alberta for the last three months of our training. During one of our Phys Ed classes in which we were being taught Police holds I suffered a dislocated neck and had to wear neck brace for the remainder of training. I spent approximately a week in the Red Deer Hospital and after being released I was excused from Phys Ed, Drill Instruction and suddenly training became much easier!
After Pass-out from Penhold in December of 1967, with some teary eyes and lumps in the throat, we said our goodbyes to fellow troopers and started on our journey. Myself and Darryll Kettles traveled together until we reached Vancouver. My posting was to Vancouver and I was stationed at Vancouver Town Station. My duties included, Court Duty, the transport of inmates to and from the different correctional facilities to court. My other duties included the serving of summonses and subpoenas and the execution of warrants and general investigation. In December of 1968 I was transferred to Chilliwack Municipal Detachment and Assigned to General Duties. In June of 1969 I was discharged from the force.
I returned back to Calgary and started working for a security company and decided that was not the type of work that I wanted to continue doing. From there I started working for a furniture company as a shipper - receiver until November of 1971 when I was out for a evening of swimming, I dove into the swimming pool and hit my elbows and head on the bottom of the pool and as the result, I broke my neck at C-3,4,5, vertebrae which left me paralyzed from the neck down. After a spinal fusion and numerous other operations and 8 months in the Rehab center I was well enough to leave.
After my release from Rehab I lived with my mother and girlfriend (Helen) until we got married in 1973. My wife and I then started our new life together in a small one-bedroom apartment. At that time my wife was working for an insurance company and also caretaker of the apartment that we lived in. I am able to get around quite well with an Electric Wheelchair and have limited movement in my left arm which I use to drive my Chair.
In 1975, I started working for a schoolmate of mine who had a small oil field service company in Calgary here. My job was contacting the operations managers of different oil companies and lining up perspective clients for the company. However when the oilfield took a turn for the worse unfortunately so did the business and my job. To keep myself busy I started selling cars for a friend of mine who had a body shop and managed to make a few dollars at that. I still managed to keep busy doing that sort of thing but not on the scale that I used to.
In 1981 we bought our first home which was a duplex and then in 1988 after the Olympics we purchased a single-family dwelling in Marlborough Park. These days I keep busy with the computer finding different things for friends and searching mostly for car parts and marine parts along with other miscellaneous items. I got into the computer world approximately five years ago and am continuing to learn. I use a program called Dragon Naturally Speaking or a stick in my mouth to operate the numeric keypad which navigates the mouse.
We like to travel and our first trip to the states in 1975 was to Southern California and in particular the San Diego area. We have tried a lot of different places in most of the Southern states however we always seem to end up in the San Diego area or in Las Vegas. We also vacation quite frequently in British Columbia particularly in the Mara Lake area and Kelowna area.
My wife and I do not have any children however we have raised six children (nieces and nephews) over the years which has kept us busy. Helen is an office supervisor for CBL Oxford Insurance. I have recently been in contact with some members of our troop and have been updated as to their careers and their whereabouts now since we left Penhold in 1967, oh so many years ago!
Doran A. McMurray.
Mar. 11, 2004

MEIJER, Hendrikus (Rick) -- Regimental #26141

I was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Southern Ontario. I joined the RCMP on 21 September 1967 at London, Ontario. After training I was posted to Vancouver Town Station and a few days later to Richmond Township Detachment. 1973 to Terrace, BC. Christmas 1974 a short stint at Telegraph Creek and then onto Queen Charlotte City in 1975. Vanderhoof in 1977 and Kitimat in 1981. It was there that I was promoted to Cpl. On Boxing Day of 1984 I transferred to Hudson's Hope Det and in 1987 to Kelowna S/Div Migratory Birds. Eventually onto Kelowna S/Div Drugs and Kelowna S/Div C&E.
In 1993 I retired from active duty and took a job as court liaison at Terrace Detachment. I stayed in Terrace Detachment until 2007. I have fortunately had vast opportunity of travels throughout BC and enjoyed all my postings. My wife Chantal and I are presently retired in Terrace, BC and often travel to visit our children. Mark (Canada Border Services at Kingsgate). Matthew (RCMP at Nanaimo). Christine (University of Victoria) and Michael (CNR Terrace).
I am presently involved in the Air Cadet Movement in British Columbia as Chair of the Northern Wing, and Board of Directors member for British Columbia. I also sit as a Director of the Prince George and Area Veterans Association actively involved in the program.
Rick Meijer November 2009..

MEIKLE, Patrick W. - Regimental #22787 He and his partner operate Anabel Associates - , a communications and translation (English-to-French) service.
Patrick has just taken on a new challenge, Associate Editor of two magazines: Frontline - which offers a forum for intelligent analysis of issues relating to Canada's uniformed services. (Defence-Security-Policing) - ; and Executive - Canada's forum for senior executives - . This latest job recently took him for a five-day fact-finding trip to Finland. (He often writes in the third person ;-)

Patrick is a former member of the RCMP Security Service who specialized in domestic intelligence and human source development. He trained in Regina, where his Troop, "H-62/63", had the distinction of graduating with a full compliment of 32, evidently one of the first since the war. He was posted to Prince George, B.C. where he purchased his discharge in early 1964, to try the Oblate priesthood. After about a year and a half, he re-joined the force and was posted to HQ as a "retread" and served in exciting Central Registry. His "Centennial" project was to return to the field, which he did in 1967, to Yorkton, Sask. In 1970 he joined the Security Service and was posted to "A" Division, just in time for the FLQ Crisis... "Just watch me!", said Trudeau.
1971 saw a four-year posting to Sudbury, then back to HQ (1975) for a little over four years, running the "Quebec desk" in "L" Ops (human source development) and instructing the "L" Ops portion of training to new members of the Security Service. In 1979, the great white north beckoned and he was off to Yellowknife for a year. (He thought Sudbury was the largest geographical area covered by a member of the sec-serv... try Yellowknife... the whole NWT! He'd tell you what he did, but then he'd have to kill you!)
Back to Ottawa in 1980 to finish off his service in domestic intelligence. The writing bug took over and he took a 20-year pension out of HQ in February 1984 to pursue writing and editing. As that career developed he worked as a freelance writer, councillor assistant to various City of Ottawa councillors, keyboard musician, community newspaper and housing newspaper editor, and finally as a staff writer/editor for Ottawa's transit company, OC Transpo.
Around 1997, Patrick and his partner (and ex-C/M), combined their talents for writing, editing and translation, to start a home-based communications firm, specializing in translation (English-to-French). As a writer/editor a few of his interests include newspapers, magazines, current affairs/politics, computing, Internet, persons with disabilities, environment, police, national security and intelligence, federal and municipal government and public transit.
For over 20 years he has contributed to the Ottawa writing community as an executive and member-at-large of several writing organizations as well as offering Web page writing resources and an ongoing Internet mailing list (listserv) to over 280 professional writers and wannabes. He is currently a member of the National Press Club.
For 15 years, he taught Freelance Writing with the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, Internet subjects with the Internet Institute and Algonquin College, and most recently was an online news editor for Monitor (computer) Magazine. He writes a weekly column in his community newspaper and is the editor of a community news Web site called the Canaan Connexion -

MILLAN, Earle T. - Regimental #15559

Editor's Note: This biography was submitted by Phil Grosssmith as tribute to an old friend.
Earle T. Millan - brain tumor, (b) Nov. 28, 1929 (d) Aug 10, 2003
'Get me one of those too, please'. Earle asked me in June 1948. His request came after he saw my application to join the RCMP upon graduation. I dutifully found a copy for him and we both expected this would mean long periods away from home at some Arctic outpost and he was not to be disappointed. Several months older than I, by October he was training at Regina's RCMP Academy where I arrived, in January.
Earle was 'Right Middle' with Toronto's Central Technical School's always successful football team. Active also in the school theatre and choir he was Shirley's big brother. Both Millan children were born in Quebec but in the early '40s moved to Toronto when their family was re-located and where we first met.
After six months training in Regina and Ottawa, he was posted to Minnedosa, Manitoba. The following spring as the wild waters of the Red flooded the Manitoba valley we were back together on emergency dike patrol in Winnipeg for two months. A year later we were again seconded, to Equitation school in Rockcliffe (Ottawa) as "riding proficiency" was still required. Next we were chosen for Musical Ride' training as Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, on their first visit to Canada were to be the audience - their first RCMP Musical Ride in Regina and we in it!
Earle was posted to the BC Drug Squad, married Isabel, his first wife and, later in Vancouver, Terry was born. As RCMP pay then was $3.50 per day an extra $1.00/day 'Northern Pay' was enticing and they decide that earlier dreams/expectations could come true in the Yukon. Theresa was born in Whitehorse and later the family was dispatched to Carmacks where Earle was the lone 'Mountie'. Duties in this tiny settlement on the Yukon River included patrols by boat and car in the summer and where, in the winter the police car required he light a fire under the transmission to start it. His handy fishing rod usually hooked exactly the right size arctic char for family dinners. Various duties as 'father-confessor', para-medical and family-adjudicator to local First Nations people, made him very essential to the community.
Earle retired a sergeant in 1970 after 22 years. An avid golfer who dreamed of his own golf course but settled in a business venture in Collingwood where they purchased a Dairy Queen. Elected President of the local Rotary Club the business prospered but the hours were punishing. Earle later would say his whole life was working 24hours/7days a week in the Force and that was enough. This pressure led to marriage break-up and he went to work at the Jockey Club in Toronto. Several years later, he met and fell in love with Lorraine they married and retired to Lagoon City on Lake Simcoe where both continued to enjoy golf, their children and winters in Florida.
Earle experienced a stroke Christmas Eve, 2002 in Acton. After 3 months in a coma he transferred to Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia and there, miraculously seemed to improve. Lorraine was there every day during this long ordeal and took him 'home' in May. A seizure in June however revealed an inoperable brain tumor. Lorraine and his sister Shirley were with him at Soldiers Memorial when he passed away on a bright and sunny Sunday morning. Lorraine, Shirley, Terry (Terrace Bay), Theresa (San Francisco) step-daughter Susan (Acton), grandchildren Josh, Tiffany and great grandson Cyan will forever remember the big smile and hearty laugh. His many friends and associates in the RCMP Veterans' Association too remember his wicked golf game. Earle's ashes, at his request will be interred at the RCMP Cemetery in Regina.
One of Earle's favourites ballads, "Ride Forever - You can't keep a horseman in a cage" by Paul Gross (star of 'Due South') is a fitting tribute to Earle's memory.
Father, grandfather, golfer, volunteer and (ex 15559)
Submitted by long-time friend and ex stable-mate, Phil Grossmith
August 27, 2004

MOLOTKIN, Mike - Regimental #34890

I joined the RCMP and was sworn in as full member at A Division in Ottawa back in July 1978. Prior to engagement I worked underground at the now defunct Kerr Addison Gold mines as a hard rock miner from June 1976 to May 1978. I then ventured from my home in Virginiatown Ontario to Regina , SK to eagerly begin the 6 months of training at Depot Division.
Upon graduation from Depot on January 14, 1979 I was posted to Pincher Creek , Alberta .
I decided a career change offered more opportunity, with better pay and work hours, so I joined Canada Customs in Lethbridge on May 5, 1980 and was then posted to the border port of Coutts , Alberta .
I met my future wife Penny in Coutts ( as she was a civilian member of Canada Customs) and after gaining valuable “ front line” experience in Coutts as a journeyman Customs officer, I then transferred to Emerson, Manitoba in September of 1983. Penny had already been transferred to Emerson a few months before me. We marred in 1985 in Winnipeg . I had a variety of assignments and short duration postings all over the land border along North Dakota and Minnesota , including several Regional assignments in Winnipeg in plain clothes capacities. In 1991 I was promoted to Shift supervisor at Emerson, and became responsible for Customs officers at Gretna , Tolstoi, Winkler and Windygates Ports of Entry.
In April 1995, I took over responsibility for the South Manitoba Flexible Response team and remained until January 1997
In 1997 I transferred to Regina , SK ( back once again ) to take over the Management of Regina city and Moose Jaw Customs operations. I remained in this position until I was given a lateral transfer in May of 2003 to Winnipeg , as my wife’s promotion to Winnipeg with the Federal Government.
I am currently stationed at Winnipeg Airport ’s Air Cargo section.
Penny and I have two wonderful sons, Kyle 26 and Kevin 23 and we make our home in SW Winnipeg . We enjoy spending time each winter in Mexico , attending Minnesota Twins baseball games each September, golfing and taking care of our 2 cats.
Mike Molotkin Mar. 5, 2012

NOSEWORTHY, Wilson - Regimental #23515

Service summary - Joined April 16, 1964 - Discharged June 7, 1985. Graduated grade 11, Bell Island, NFLD June 1956 and moved to Galt (now Cambridge) Ont. in Aug 56. Worked in various factories as general labour, machinist, receiver, shipper and tow motor operator. Applied for the Force in fall of 63 and was accepted and placed on a waiting list, expected to be a couple of years. Was called in Feb 64 and sworn in on 16 April 64, left for Regina for training.
Finished training in Dec 64 and posted to "H" Division. Arrived Halifax and then posted to Truro S/Div for the Christmas season at Truro Det. Was transferred to Antigonish Det right after the New Year where I remained until July 1,65. Transferred to Tatamagouche Det. While in Tatamagouche, I was sent to Pictou Town Det for relief on two occasions when members were O.D.S. Transferred back to Truro Det in May 66. I got married on 6 May 66 to Georgeanne in Galt. Ont and we will celebrate our 38th anniversary this coming May. While at Truro I worked on race track duties, 3 nights a week at Truro raceway(harness) and 2 at Halifax(Sackville Downs) between May and Oct. each year, Lands and Forest(deer jackers) in the fall and regular detachment duties from Dec. to May.
Posted the "H" Div Telecoms in Nov. 69 and then to HQ Ottawa on Sep 1, 1970. I worked in "C" Directorate, Management Analysis, Statistics section. Promoted to Cpl in May 74. I was transferred to "O" Div in Aug. 75. Worked Toronto Airport Security until Aug. 78 when I got moved to "O" Div F.S.S. Aug. 78, spent three weeks at C.N.E. in Red Serge and really enjoyed talking with the public - especially Americans. Transferred to "N" Div F.S.S. in Aug. 80 and then to H.Q. Div. F.S.S. Made Sgt Sep. 82. Retired to pension in June 7, 85 and moved to Windsor, Ont.
I have one sister in NFLD and the rest of my family are in Cambridge, Ont. My wife has one sister here in Windsor. When I came here, I spent 3/4 mo working on my home(decorating, land scapeing and building a fence and running all over on the weeknds. Finally got tired of doing nothing and went to work as head of security for The Indian Corp. A holding company for 4 auto parts manufacturer and a tool and die company. I left there in June 87 to lose my shirt in a franchise, the second cup coffee shop - wrong place, wrong time. In Aug 89 got a job at another parts maker as a machine operator, press operator and mig welder. No improvement in the coffee shop and when franchise came up for renewal, I just walked away, nobody wanted to buy it, wonder why?
The first day I went to work at the plant I made up my mind that this was no place for me. I found another job through an ex-member here in town and in Dec 93 went as a manager of two paid parking lots at the VIA rail station. Recouped my losses and started to make some money after 5 years of struggling. Then, wouldn't you know it, in Dec. 2002 I took sick. Ended up in hospital in Mar. 2003, had my bowel removed, heart stopped while on the table for 8 min. Another operation 4 days later because of fluids gathering in the cavity. I was out for 4/5 weeks. I lost over 80 lbs, don't recommend this as a diet. Left hospital 25 July.
Gave myself an awful fright when I first looked in the mirror in May. I looked like a skelton with the skin pulled over it. I did not recognize myself. Am still recovering and should be OK by the summer. I am getting involved with the London Vets and hope to get back to my lousey golfing. Now fully retired and hopefully (knock on wood) will start to enjoy life.
March 27, 2004

NURSE, Noel E. - Regimental #26594 / 0.1571

[email protected] Noel Nurse July 31, 2007

I joined the Force on 1968-04-16 and was then posted to Nova Scotia where I served in Dartmouth, Shelburne, and Kentville. Then on the "B" Division during the Spring of 1974 where I served at various locations until moving to Regina, Sask. during the Fall 0f 1990. where I was commissioned as Asst. Staffing Officer ((what a treat). Regina was great, but S&P left a lot to be desired. Then during the Spring of 1995 on to London, Ontario as Staffing Officer for two years, and then Proceeds of Crime.
Having enough after 30 years, my wife and I, and our two children moved back to Newfoundland where I worked in the Real Estate industry for a little while, then during the Spring 0f 2000, I took a job with the Canada Firearms Centre, and am still working there. What goes around comes around...........The Canada Firearms Centre is now under the umbrella of the RCMP..........

OSIKA, Ron - Regimental #20062

It was a proud day for two Polish immigrant parents when they watched their youngest son graduate from the RCMP training academy in Regina, in April, 1958. It was for me as well since I did not dream that there could be a greater honor or privilege.
After a brief sojourn as Troop Leader at the Depot, I was sent directly to Virden Detachment, Manitoba. A 1959 summer stint at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, then in June, 1960 off to the Preventive Service Branch (Customs & Excise Squad –‘Liquor Squad’) in Winnipeg. After 4 ½ years chasing moonshine and contraband, in December, 1964 I was sent to Grand Rapids in north central Manitoba where a giant hydro power dam was being built on the Saskatchewan River. It was not really the most pleasant place to be however being single with over 7 years service it served me right. Nevertheless my experience with customs and excise paid off because the following summer I was transferred to Kenora, Ontario, on Lake of the Woods. My faith in humanity was restored.
Still single and mobile, the end of summer brought a move to Portage la Prairie and Town policing. Before I had my trunk fully unpacked and settled Sub/Division H.Q. called to inform me that I was immediately required to proceed to Hodgson, Manitoba, in the Interlake, to assume temporary in charge duties. Seems the NCO had made a sudden decision to leave and it just happened to be the Christmas season of 1965. This temporary posting lasted until November of 1966.
Members will recall that in 1962 the Force initiated a Migratory Birds Act Section across the country. Jack Barrie was the first member in Manitoba largely due to the fact that he was an avid waterfowl and upland game sportsman. For me, I didn’t know that there was more than one kind of duck in the world but since Hodgson was a Corporals detachment, Jack went there to be promoted and you guessed it I was moved to the MBC Act Section in Winnipeg in November, 1966. After five months working with Canadian Wildlife Service biologists and biologists at the Delta Waterfowl Research Station under the watchful eye of Dr. H. Albert Hochbaum, I was prepared to accept the challenge. I got to rather enjoy sharing my new found knowledge with detachment members as well as visiting some of the best hunting areas throughout the Mississippi Flyway. My promotion to Corporal came in 1968 (same year I got married) in spite of the enjoyable responsibilities as “The Birdman”.
In the summer of 1970, a transfer to NCO i/c Fort Francis Detachment, Ontario came as a welcome move. (I didn’t care to shoot any more waterfowl nor did I care to clean them). During that winter there was talk of the “D” Division detachments in Ontario being transferred to the Ontario administration. Since I made it known that I would prefer to remain in “D”, I was offered a position in the newly formed Division Training Branch. I remained as "D" Division Training Supervisor until my departure from the Force in the spring of 1981. I was promoted to Sergeant in June 1973 and Staff Sergeant in October 1974.
In the spring of 1981 I was selected from a cross Canada competition for the position of Field Operations Training Supervisor with the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, Regina. The new challenge began in May of that year with a subsequent promotion to Manager of Field Operations, overseeing 32 field offices province wide in April, 1983. I also served as Director of Field Services and Public Relations and subsequent to the head office moving from Regina to Melville, Saskatchewan, my position was that of Executive Manager, Corporate Affairs. That career ended with a change in Government during the October, 1991 provincial election. Despite the fact that some of us remained totally a-political, a number of my colleagues and I were caught up in “restructuring and reorganizing” objectives. (That’s when I realized the major role politics played in this province).
During 1992, I was involved as a Case Worker with the Federal Business Development Bank as well as office manager and director with the Melville & District Chamber of Commerce for which I received a Chamber Member of the year award. In June, 1993 a move to Fort Qu’Appelle involved the role of Advertising and Public Relations Manager for the Fort Qu’Appelle Times weekly newspaper. It was during the ensuing year and a half while with the newspaper business that my latent desire to become involved in politics seriously surfaced.
During late summer of 1994, Liberal Leader Lynda Haverstock called to ask if I might be interested in being a candidate in the Melville Constituency for the 1995 election. My name had been suggested by the Melville Chamber of Commerce. After serious consideration, and support from Barb, I entered the three way nomination race. On February 5, 1995 I garnered the nomination and subsequently won the election on June 21st and became the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Melville Constituency. (I was wishing that my parents had been around to see that)
In November the same year, Lynda Haverstock resigned and I was chosen as the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan and Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Legislature. (I thought going to Grand Rapids and Hodgson was bad). I served in that capacity until a new leader was elected the following November. Dr. Melenchuk was not an elected member of the Legislature so the role of Opposition Leader went to his runner up, who was an elected member. My role changed to Deputy Leader and Justice & Gaming Critic.
In the summer of 1997, several members of the Liberal Caucus defected, joined with the four Conservative Party members in the Legislature and formed the Saskatchewan Party. As a result the numbers of the Liberal opposition were reduced to five consequently the Speaker ruled that the new Saskatchewan Party with eight members would form the Official Opposition. The unelected Liberal leader then appointed me Leader of the Third Party in the Legislature for the balance of the Legislative session which ended in September, 1999 with the call of a provincial election.
The results of the election were, NDP 29, Saskatchewan Party 26 and Liberals 3, thus resulting in a minority NDP Government. Leader Dr. Melenchuk, yours truly and the Member from North Battleford were in the position of holding the balance of power. After some serious discussions between Premier Roy Romanow and Dr. Melenchuk, they arrived at an agreement to form a coalition government with specified terms and conditions. (About this time I would have gladly gone back to Grand Rapids). Nevertheless, at a called sitting of the Legislature in December, my two colleagues were sworn in to Cabinet and I was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Now this was an honor and a privilege that this little Polish boy from Northern Saskatchewan never anticipated in his wildest dreams.
Following Premier Romanow’s resignation from politics in the fall of 2000, a multi candidate leadership campaign for the NDP saw Lorne Calvert elected. In January of 2001, the Member from North Battleford decided to leave the coalition and ultimately seek election for the Liberal leadership. One of the toughest decisions facing me as a result was whether to remain in the Speaker’s office, or join Cabinet to support my leader and have a direct voice on behalf of my constituents and the province. I chose the latter and on February 8, 2001 was sworn as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Along with that, Minister Responsible for Sask. Water.
In the fall of 2001 the Sask. Liberal Party elected Mr. David Karwaki as the new leader (not an elected member of the Legislature) He was adamantly opposed to the coalition agreement and demanded that Dr. Melenchuk and I leave the coalition immediately to sit in the opposition benches or face being expelled from the party. We felt that we could be more effective in serving our constituents by being in the game rather than sitting on the side lines therefore we agreed to have the Speaker of the Assembly recognize us a Independent Members. (Just as a footnote: As former leaders we were lifetime members)
During 2002 and leading up to the election in November of 2003, I was Minister of Government Relations, Minister of the Liquor and Gaming Authority, Minister of Sask. Water Corporation, Minister of Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation and Minister of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company. In addition, I also served on various Municipal Boards as well as on the board of the Crown Investments Corporation.
My bid for re-election in November, 2003 failed in a newly re-configured constituency. After the recent rather tumultuous years, it was in fact a welcome relief, although I did enjoy the cut and thrust of political life as well as the honor and privilege of serving my province. At this point my wife Barb and I are becoming reacquainted and together spending a fair amount of time with our grandchildren (girl and boy, 4 & 2) who live in Melville. The adrenalin is still going however and the willingness to serve prevails. That is to say, I believe, that the Force instilled in all of us I’m sure, the willingness to serve without fear favor or affection and I look forward to continue doing that again one day in the not too distant future.
I was honored to receive the RCMP Long Service Medal and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 then the Queen’s Jubilee medal in November, 2002. Also had the privilege of speaking with the Queen and Prince Andrew while in London and Edinburgh at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in September 2000. Barb and I had met Prince Edward and his wife (Sophie) during a meeting in Charlottetown, then again when he was in Regina at the Legislative Building where I introduced him to an executive committee room named in his honor.
January 21, 2004

PARSONS, I.T. (Ian) - Regimental #22033 / 0.1240

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I joined in July of '61 and trained at "Depot". Transferred to "K" Div after BRT, spending the next 9 years at various detachments in Edmonton S/D. In 1970, posted to "Dpt" Div as an Academic Instructor, returning to Gleichen Alta. as Ops NCO in 1973. In 1975, HQ called. After one year in Planning Branch, I was pulled over to CPC where a major expansion was taking place. After three challenging years on the Management Training Unit lecturing SPAC, and completing a BA, I won the position of NCO I/C Academic Section in Dpt. In 1983 I was commissioned and posted to St. John's Nfld as the Division Audit Officer. In 1986, "D" Division beckoned, and I opened Carman S/D. Having yearned for an "E" Div posting all my service, I whined, simpered, pandered and finally secured the position as A/O/C Courtenay S/D on Van Isle. After arriving, I knew I had found paradise. Five years hence in 1994, I took my pension.
Since then, we have cruised the west coast in our various boats, done the Snowbird thing in Yuma, and recently gave that up to return to boating. I have not held a job since retiring, but have been involved in many volunteer organizations....Rotary, Power & Sail Squadron, Yacht Club, Mountain Avian Rescure Society, Kidney Foundation and Community Justice. Both Lynne and myself enjoy excellent health and try to maintain this through walking and biking. Life is good!!!!
Nov. 2, 2003
Updated December 18, 2013

PITCHER, W.D. (Bill) Regimental #23182

Initially I thought it was perhaps a little vain to want to place ones autobiography on a website. I have since re-considered, as I figured my career was perhaps a little different from most.
My father was Sgt R.F.(Reg) Pitcher, he was a dog handler for many years, before assuming a position with Gazette & Crime Index in F Division, which was at that time located at Depot. So I grew up on the square as we lived on Dewdney Ave., just minutes away across the park. I learned to swim under the eye of Ralph Canning & later swam competitively for Dave & Betty Dean who coached a speed team at the YWCA downtown. I developed my life long love of horses & used to ride on the back of one of the team horses with Dan the garbage man, as he made his rounds on the square. I learned to ride under the tutelage of many riding instructors, However Ralph Cave probably had the greatest influence, along with Fred Rasmussen, as I rode Fred’s privately owned horse “Calta” for several years. We also had a boxing club on the base & Jimmy Coughlin & big John Primrose taught us kids how to handle ourselves, which led to my becoming interested in the martial arts. I also met my wife of 40 yrs., as she was the daughter of Supt. M.R. (Bud) Godfrey (Rtd).
When I first applied to join the Force I was turned down owing to a stigmatism in one eye, so I joined the Canadian Army Provost Corps. I was posted to Security guard H.Q. in Ottawa, & dating my wife, as they had been transferred to Ottawa. There was a temporary relaxing of medical standards by Commissioner Nicholson, allowing sons of members who had other attributes to join, & I jumped aboard. The glitch was that I was to take my recruit training in Depot & owing to many escapades growing up, I figured I was done like dinner, once guys like Canning, Cave, Rasmussen & Perry got their mitts on me. Fate lent a hand & they put me in Rockliffe in “N”Div., I was number 33 in a troop that had been squadded for a month, but I survived & my first posting was Alberni on Vancouver Island. There were two Detachments there in the 60's, as the communities of Alberni & Port Alberni did not amalgamate until later. I spent 7 yrs there & also got to play some of the best basketball, as I played senior A ball with the Alberni Athletics. We were a well-funded team that played an interlocking schedule with teams in Vancouver & Victoria, & won the Canadian Championship in 1965.
I was transferred to Depot as a self-defense instructor in 1970, just imagine, I’m now working shoulder to shoulder with instructors who I had looked up to as a kid. Another momentous moment occurred in 73, it was the RCMP Centennial & I had the distinction of being part of the three-man color party that marched off the old Guidon, then her majesty the Queen presented the new colors to the Force. Ray Mercier & myself also served as emissaries to her Majesty & as we were standing outside a small anteroom in the Sask Hotel just prior to the government dinner, we were invited to join her Majesty & Prince Phillip for a sherry before dinner. So here we are two shmuks chatting informally with the Queen & Prince Phillip, what a memory.
1973 was also the year I was selected to Canada's National Karate team & remained a member for the next five years, fighting in competitions all over the world including Brazil, Peru & culminating in the World Championships in Tokyo in 74. We were stationed in Prince Rupert at that time, and then transferred to Vernon in 1978. I retired in 1986 & worked as a professional ski patroller at Silver Star in the winter & trained horses during the summer. I ran the patrol as Resort Safety Manager for 2 yrs., then new owners took over & the big sweep saw me retire for good in 2002. We have lived on a farm outside Armstrong for over 25 yrs., where I still train horses in the summer & ski during the winter. Kind of a charmed life, wouldn't you agree?
October 6, 2005

RICHTER, Frank A. - Regimental #23305/0.1186

I joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on January 30, 1964 from the rural community of Beiseker, Alberta.
After completing recruit training in Regina, Saskatchewan, I was posted to Burnaby, British Columbia where I served in both uniformed general duties and general investigation section.  In 1973, I was transferred to commercial crime section in Vancouver, BC.  This was followed by assignments in Kelowna, BC, Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, Alberta in progressively senior positions in commercial crime duties. For eight months in 1984, I was an investigator for a Commission of Enquiry into allegations of drug trafficking and corruption in The Bahamas.
From 1986 to 1989, I held the position of Assistant Officer in Charge, Financial Services and Supply Branch, "K" Division, Edmonton, Alberta. From 1989 to 1994, I was the Officer in Charge, Budgeting and Accounting Branch, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, HQ Ottawa.
In 1994, I became the Director, Finance and Supply, where I was responsible for the corporate functions of Finance, Materiel and Property Management. In 1997, I became the Director, Corporate Management, with the added responsibilities for Strategic Planning and Audit and Evaluation.
I obtained a Certified General Accountant designation in 1983 and studied Law and Commerce at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
Since my retirement in 1999, I have undertaken a variety of contract engagements.  I am currently associated with RFPSOLUTIONS, an Ottawa firm who provide “Procurement Strategies for Government”.  I am their Senior Advisor – Fairness Issues and I act as a Fairness Monitor or Fairness Advisor, primarily participating in the bid evaluation process for large dollar value or high-risk procurements, where I act as an independent observer to ensure that all bidders are treated fairly and equitably.
I am also active in a variety of community volunteer activities and I publish a weekly email newsletter of current events in the RCMP called “Frank’s Facts & Funnies”.
My wife, Denise, and I currently reside in Kelowna, BC and we have three children who live in Alberta and Ottawa.  
Dec, 2, 2003

ROBERGE, Réne - Regimental #20123

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R.C.M.P. Troop 39 from 7 August 1957 to 1 April 1966 F.U.I.B. until 1976 R.A.M.Q. until 1998 For the last 6 years, 6 months in Québec from May to November...and 6 months in Acapulco from November to May...

ROUX, Jean - Regimental #25539

It all started in 1966 when I saw an ad in the local newspaper of my hometown, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Before I knew it, I arrived in Regina during the warm weather of March 1967. Three months of training in Depot and another three months in "P" Div. in Penhold, Alberta. Transferred to "C" Div., I arrived in Montreal just in time to have my picture taken hundred of times by tourists at the Canadian pavilion of Expo 1967.
My service in "C" was spent in various detachments : St.Regis Indian reserve, Drummondville, St.Hyacinthe, Gaspe, Quebec City and Montreal. I also spent three years at Depot as an instructor from 1975 to 1978 where I taught federal statutes for one year and made several friends as a drill instructor for the other two.
Counterfeiting, drugs, illicit alcohol, customs, fraudulent bankruptcy, VIP security and surveillance were some of the police work I was involved in. I was also implicated in a major undercover drug operation where I posed as the manager of a money exchange bureau for over a year. I was also part of "C" div. training section for several years and had the chance to travel across Canada, to the USA and to Panama in the name of the RCMP. I was also part for 9 months of a Canadian sponsored training program in Haïti in 1996-1997 where middle management of the Haïti National Police was trained (for whatever good that did !!). I retired as a S/Sgt in November 1997 to take on another challenge, this time with the Quebec Commissioner on Police Ethics. In June of 2003, I realised that one heart attack was enough and decided to spend more time at home with Diane whom I married in 1971. My son Patrick (born in Gaspe) is now an accountant and my daughter Isabelle (born in Regina) is still working hard at a Master Degree in International Public Relations. I enjoy spending time on my Yamaha RoadStar Silverado touring Eastern Canada and New England.
I have met very interesting people during my career and made several friends. I am certain that I would be welcome anywhere in Canada by people that are wearing or have worn the same uniform. I would not change one minute of it.
May 2004

RUSHTON, John (Wayne) - Regimental #25250 / 0.1604

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I joined the Force as an Army brat from Nova Scotia, then living in Toronto, and trained with "N" 66 troop in Regina, and was part of the second wave to move to Penholdt, AB. I was posted to "D" Div. where I was stationed at Virden, Oakbank, Carman, and then promoted to Cpl. at Russell. My first detachment command was a 3 year LDP at Snow Lake which the family loved and we remained for nearly 7 years, and then promoted to Sgt. at Gillam, all on general duties. I was transferred to Staffing and Personnel in Winnipeg where I spent the next 5 years interviewing members in all corners of the province, as well as doing succession planning. If you were stationed in "D" from 1966 to 1991, we probably know of each other. In 1991, I was commissioned and took over as O i/c Iqaluit S/Div for the next three years, and then on to Courtenay as the A/O.C. of Courtenay S/Division. Three years later, after 30 years and 9 moves, and having ended up in this heavenly part of Canada, I knew it was time to retire. I enjoyed every day of my career and all I miss are the good friends we made along the way. I started my private investigation firm, Glacier-View Investigative Services Inc., in 1997 and continue to do business in the Comox Valley. My wife Margie and I have fond memories of great friends within the Force and from all communities where we were posted. Our two children Jason and Marnie both live in B.C.

RYAN, Wayne - Regimental#32945

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In 1975, after obtaining my BA degree at the University of Saskatchewan, I joined the Force. I was stationed to Shawnigan Lake and Parksville on Vancouver Island. In 1981 I transferred to Prince Rupert where I did a few years of drug and GIS duties. In 1985 I transferred to Surrey Det and spent 10 years on Major Crimes. I retired in 1996 as a Sergeant and immediately began a career in Real Estate. I've enjoyed success in that field and have acheived Top 5% in Canada status every year. In 2013 I wrote and published a book called "Souls Behind the Badge" which discusses the emotional, personal and professional challenges faced by police officers and provides a much different perspective than is normally portrayed by media. In other words, it's a view into the world of law enforcement throught the perspective of a police officer! I reside in Surrey with my wife Helene, our two grown children and our five grandchildren. I also own a home in the Phoenix area and enjoy golf and relaxing... and they're not the same thing!!I remain a VERY proud RCMP Veteran and truly value the many friendships I made during my service.

SECONDIAK, Edward (Ed) - Regimental #27717

I joined the force in February 1970.After training I was posted to Banff Detachment with a subsequent transfer to Lake Louise than to Canmore upon my marriage to Carol in 1972. In 1974 I was transferred to Calgary Drug Section for just over 6 years to to the position of CP/PCR Sub/Div Coordinator for a further 3 years in Calgary. I was transferred to Bassano Detachment in 1984 on on to Brooks Detachment where I retired in 1994. In 1995 I started my company called ECS Safety Services Ltd which now has 7 offices and is managed by my youngest son, Chad. My oldest son is a S/Sgt with the Medicine Hat Police Service. My wife Carol is an RN and has been involved in the business from the start. We specialize in drug and alcohol testing (where did that come from??) and I currency own 40 breath alcohol testing devices and conduct well over 10,000 alcohol tests a year. We do significant more drug tests and overall help contribute to public safety. I have many retired members working for me and have many occasions to reminisce. I had an excellent career in the force and the things I learned continue to benefit me and my family to this very day.

SEAR, D.L. (Dave) - Regimental #19230

January 6, 1956. Russ Durling and I were sworn in at "J" Division HQ, Fredericton. We left for Regina by train and arrived at "Depot"a few days later. Training commenced January 12th and we survived to hold a "passout" parade on September 12th. The next day 5 eager members; Denty, Munroe, Salt, Wilson and I left Regina by train for the long journey to "B" Division. We stopped for an overnight visit at Russ Wilson's home in New Waterford (Cape Breton).
We travelled across the gulf on the MV Burgeo from North Sydney to Port aux Basques. Then by train (Newfie Bullet) to St. John's. The entire trip was made in red serge and needless to say we were ready to get into "civies".
We met Sgt. Major Delaney at HQ and had to go to the local range and shoot for "crossed revolvers", even though we had just gone through the "shoot" before leaving "Depot". The next day we were all back on the train and returned to Corner Brook.
We were all on Corner Brook City Det. for a short time and then were moved around within the sub/division. This was a very busy Det. which provided service to both rural and City areas. I was one of four members to form the first Corner Brook Highway Patrol. We covered a large area of the Western part of the Province. There were no police services such as dog section, Ident etc. in Corner Brook at that time. Members were required to do such duties as court prosecution, etc, which provided everyone with much more experience than would be expected. I was married on December 29, 1959 and was transferred back to the City Det. as I did not have 5 years service. Punishment I guess??
I was transferred to Channel-Port aux Basques Det in June, 1961 where I performed general duties. In 1962 I initiated the Channel Highway Patrol as the final link across the Province for traffic duties. Because of the ferry connection to Nova Scotia this Detachment was very busy on the watch for the Criminal element.
In June, 1965 I was transferred as i/c Stephenville Highway Patrol. Ernest Harmon Air Force base (US) was a large and busy place and this provided the extra duty of dealing with US citizens living off base. There were different challenges but interesting events made everything worthwhile.
In March , 1967 I was transferred as i/c Buchans Det. and promoted to Corporal.
In October, 1967 I was again transferred to Harbour Grace Detachment. This was a big and busy unit covering a large population.
In August, 1970 I transferred to St. John's Sub/Division HQ as Clerk. This was an interesting post and I found the administration very enjoyable. It was nice to have regular hours after the busy life on Detachments.
In June, 1974 I was transferred to HQ Ottawa, "A" Directorate, Discipline and Transport Claims Section and promoted to Sergeant.
In August, 1976 I transferred to "C" Directorate, Contract Policing Branch, Traffic Services Section where I remained until I retired on November 1, 1991. I was promoted to S/Sgt. in 1986.
Upon retirement I formed a Canadian subsidiary of a US company selling the in car video cameras used by most police agencies. I travelled across Canada contacting police and security agencies until June, 1994 when I fully retired. This was a great experience and I was well received by all agencies. It showed me what a huge family we have in the police and security community.
In 1995 the Florida bug hit and we spent January, Feb and March in the warm climate. In 1996, my wife Fran contracted "Good Pastures Syndrome" while we were in Florida. I then became a "care giver" as she was on Dialysis fulltime. She passed away at St. Vincent's Hospital in Ottawa on September 1, 2003. We have a daughter, Catherine. She teaches Nursing at Georgian College in Barrie, is married and lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario. She has a daughter Katelyn.

SCOTT, James R.H. (jim) - Regimental #21648

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I served from 1960 to 1991, retiring with the rank of S/Sgt.
I signed up in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, November 4th, 1960, with three other applicants. After recruit training in "Depot" ("F" Troop 1960) I was transferred to ‘E’, Vancouver Town Station. Then to North Vancouver on General Duties and Traffic Section. On 1 JUN 62 I was sent to the Vancouver Airport when it first opened. I wanted a move from the Lower Mainland, so I applied for a transfer to "G" Division, and while awaiting that transfer I was posted to Richmond Detachment.
In August of 1963 I transferred north to "G" Division and did what we all did up north; investigate, arrest, prosecute, escort, and join in the local sport and social scene at the detachments where we served. I began at Inuvik Detachment, and on my days off I accompanied the pilots flying our Single Otter, CF-MPW around the Western Arctic, visiting each detachment in that S/Division; some more than once or twice.
A year later I was transferred to the Yukon where I did general duty at Watson Lake, Teslin, Whitehorse, Carmacks, and Whitehorse Detachments. After a short stint in Whitehorse S/Div Readers, I was given the same job at "G" Division HQ in Ottawa. In 1972, after much pleading with the CO "G", I managed a transfer back north, to I/c Fort Rae and Tuktoyaktukt Detachments
When "G" Division HQ moved from Ottawa to Yellowknife, I was transferred there to CIB Readers. A couple of years there, and with the expansion of "G Division HQ, I opened the Division Planning Section, and later the Division Audit Section. Later I was transferred to 2 I/c Crim Ops for three years, and finally in 1987, was elected the DSRR for two terms.
I retired from "G" Division on 7 SEP 91.
I was one of the fortunate members who had a number of great NCO`s and Officers from whom I learned a lot about people, policing, and life in general. Those 28 years of Northern Service, were the best of my 31 years in the Force.
Our eldest daughter lives with her husband and two children in Brandon, MB; our youngest daughter lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
My wife, Frona and I retired in Brentwood Bay, BC, and for the past 20 years have enjoyed cruising our sailboat along BC's west coast during the summer; I play old timer hockey during the winter months.
Finally, in 2009, for the first time in my life, I began my attempt at the game of golf.
Jim Scott Mar. 19, 2011

SPARROW, David W. - Regimental #27672 and
Lest we forget, I salute two of my patrol partners who were shot and killed on duty: Cst. Rob Thomas, Reg. #S2886, and Cst. Dennis Strongquill, Reg. # 40120.
February 24, 2004

Born (1948) and raised in Winnipeg. Graduated from University of Manitoba in 1969 with Bachelor of Arts degree. Joined the Force January 1970. While at Depot I became a certified scuba diver and in later years became a member of the D Div Underwater Recovery Team. My first posting was Beaverlodge, Alta. I purchased my discharge in the Fall of 1971 to attend the Faculty of Law at the U. of Manitoba. I re-engaged in the Fall of 1973 and was posted to Minnedosa, Man., then to Treherne H.P., Man., then to Forensic Lab training, Ottawa. In November, 1976, I was transferred to Powerview, Man.. In 1980 I was transferred to Official Language training. Upon completion of the language program in 1981, I was again posted to Powerview where I served on general duties until my retirement as Cst. in September 2000.
I continue to reside in Powerview with my wife, Dee. My step-son, Chris, is completing his Engineering degree at the U. of Manitoba. I enjoy golfing and boating in the summer and curling and playing hockey in the winter. I also assist my brother, Bill (Reg. #31391) in promoting our two family owned hotels in Winnipeg:

ST-AMAND, Fidele Regimental #35485

I have served twenty-five years (1979 to 2004) with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). I did my first 11 years in the RCMP as an investigator in all Federal Statutes (General Investigation, Drugs, Customs & Excise, Immigration, Income Tax Fraud, Small vessel Regulations, to name a few Federal Regulations) in the Provinceof Ontario(Ottawa, North Bayand Cornwall). The last fourteen years, I joined a specialized unit and worked as a Forensic Specialist. A Forensic specialist in the RCMP does crime scene examination, collecting evidence such as: fingerprints, footprints, hair and fibre, tool marks, blood, etc… found at crime scenes. Then, to compare that evidence recovered against known criminals. I also have been involved and investigated a number of accidental death or accident in the mining business as well as in the industrial field.
I retired from the RCMP in November 2004 and started my own business: Forensic & Private Investigation (St-Amand) Agency, owner/investigator of Forensic & Private Investigation (St-Amand) Agency, located in Beresford (next to Bathurst), New Brunswick, Canada. This Agency is licenced (#0559694 49 000) with the Provinceof New Brunswickto do Private Investigations and Security Services in Eastern Canada.In this Agency I work alone and provide exceptional and Professional services.
Fidele St-Amand June 23, 2011

TANNER, Dan - Regimental #30135

I joned the Force in November 1972 at Halifax, Nova Scotia and following training was posted to Swan River, Manitoba. Following a stint in Winnipeg and some drug work in Edmonton and Vancouver, my wife Leila and I transferred to Selkirk, returning to Winnipeg in 1981. In 1988 our family and I were posted to Ottawa, returning briefly to Manitoba before being commissioned and moving on to Vancouver in 1993, and then Nanaimo in 1995. I left the Force in 1998 to work as Security Director in private industry in Saint John, New Brunswick. Re-joining the Force in 2000, we were posted to Halifax, and after six years in Federal Policing there I retired a second time to take a job as Manager, Security at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in May, 2006. I'm currently Acting Director Operations there.
We have three children, Heidi, Joel and Olivia. Heidi is married and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Joel married recently and lives in New Haven Connecticut and Olivia is finishing her studies in Halifax.
Dan Dec. 6, 2007

TAYLOR, George - Regimental #25040

Thank you for the time. Recent updates, a little late. Val & I moved to Sundre , AB in 2002 after retiring in 2001and live at 1 Alder Close, T0M 1X0. We are enjoying our retirement in a small town of 2500. I was elected to town council in Oct 2004 and have enjoyed the transition. Val volunteers at the local social services and the Aquaplex. We travel throughout the country, USA & England . We joined the Red Deer Vet but found the trip every month not what we were looking for and have formed a local group of Earl & Kathy Peters (rtd RCMP) and meet weekly over supper and wine.
New email address is:
[email protected] for those interested.
George Jan. 10, 2007

WHITE, John Wesley (Jack) - Regimental #16721/0.795

I served from 1950 to 1985, retiring as C/Supt Contract Policing Officer, ‘E’ Div.
After recruit training in Depot & ‘N’, transferred to ‘E’ and first posted to Kelowna for 1½ years of night shift foot patrol. In those days, those under 21 were not allowed to drive a PC in ‘E’! Blindfolded, put a door knob in my hand and I could tell you where I was. Then to Golden & the whole gamut - investigate, arrest, prosecute & escort. 1954 to Kamloops and back on city duty until 1956, then 2 years as i/c district detail. 1958 to Sub/Division CIB (now GIS) and end of 1962 to New Westminster GIS ending as Sergeant i/c. 1969, after brief stop in Burnaby GIS, on to Vancouver i/c GIS as S/Sgt, then Victoria as Section NCO and commissioned beginning 1973. In this same period I travelled monthly to the Canadian Police College lecturing senior investigation courses on homicide investigation. Temporary posting as Centennial Coordinator for ‘E’, then as OIC Vancouver Drug Section until 1976. One year on Drug Intelligence - U/C operations and off to ‘B’ Div as OC St John’s Sub Division and promoted to Superintendent. 1981 and another slingshot across Canada as OC Victoria Sub Division, then 1982 promoted to final position in ‘E’ HQ Vancouver. Two commendations for homicide investigations. Canada Centennial Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal & RCMP L.S. Medal with gold stars.
On retirement, joined RCMP Vets at Kamloops and was promptly appointed Historian / Bulletin editor. The historian role led to creating a "member service biography" file for the Veterans’ Association that has grown to being a service history of every regular member from 1873 to date, now with over 50,000 files x-indexed to historical events etc and is a valued resource for historians, genealogists or simply retirees attempting to locate old "Troop mates." Kamloops Division Veterans’ Association licences use of the file to other Divisions and responds to enquiries outside those licenced @ $5.00 per enquiry. We can hardly keep up leaving scant time for motorcycling in the summertime!
Nov. 10, 2003

WRAY, J.A. Norman (Norm) - Regimental #19220

After graduating in September, 1956 with the sharpest troop of RCMP recruits to come out of “Depot” Division, I was transferred to “A” Division, Ottawa and a week later transferred to Brockville, Ont. detachment. With the Corporal i/c we covered investigations of various matters under Federal laws of Canada such as customs/excise, income tax Act, applicants for classified government positions, etc. The stopping and searching of suspected cars and trucks crossing the US/Canada border was quite an experience for a “rookie” constable.
After almost a year in Brockville, I was transferred to a two man Detachment in Maniwaki, QC which was also part of “A” Division. I replaced a constable who was leaving the Force to attend university and who later became a Minister of Municipal Affairs under the first separatist PQ government of Quebec under Rene Levesque.
The Maniwaki posting was a new experience, particularly with the large protected First Nations (Indian) Reserve, just outside of town. Most of our duties was patrolling the reserve and monitoring the local liquor outlets that would often be caught passing expensive booze out the back doors contrary to the Indian Act at the time. Other duties were again under the Federal laws but in addition we had a number of illicit liquor stills making “moonshine-booze” for the huge Quebec and Montreal market. We also monitored the attendees by occasional surveillance of “un-Canadian” activities at a communist meeting place in the region of the upper Laurentian mountains north of Montreal.
I was seeing my “teen age love” Eileen during my service and in less than three years with the Force, we decided to get married while I was still a member. However, I soon reported my marital status to my NCO i/c and he immediately demanded in a formal letter that I resign and immediately make application to purchase my discharge. I was happy to have received an “honorable discharge”.
Eileen and I have four children, two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 22 years of age. An unusual happening to Eileen and I was that we divorced after 28 years but found each other again 12 years later and married for the second time in August of 1999. This time, its forever! Promised.
After my discharge from the Force, I became a licensed Insurance Claims Investigator and Adjuster in Quebec eventually specializing in fire, crime and related insurance claims for 14 years. Quebec at the time was experiencing a high rate of fires, and natural gas explosions etc. This experience provided me with an abundance of so-called “expertise” in the assessment and evaluation of all types of insured building and moveable property losses for which I recommended settlements to the insurance companies in the millions of dollars annually.
After 14 years investigating and evaluating insured property losses, I decided to start my own company, (Total Restoration Inc.) to meet the increasing demand of the insurance industry for the restoration of buildings damaged especially by fire, explosion, oil, water and related insurance losses. Total was the only company specializing in this business and it became such a success that it qualified to become a “public” company listed on the Montreal Stock Exchange. Years late I sold the operating assets to senior employees and kept the “public” shell with a new name Total Group Inc. In a reverse take-over, I sold my control block of shares in the shell to a Toronto company which after another name change currently operates as a merchant banker to small Canadian businesses. It is still listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE-V).
I diversified into other business activities, including purchase and conversion/renovation of a church which was no longer being used as such and developed it into a seniors’/nursing home (Pointe Claire Villas Inc.) and recently sold it after almost 18 years of operations. Another business was the set-up with partners of a junior mining (gold/silver) exploration company (Abior Explorations Inc.) which we brought “public” on the Montreal Stock Exchange. I later sold my block of shares and from the profits lost most of it in Montreal real estate of apartment buildings just before mortgage interest rates went to 18%. With partners, we actually one day went to the lender and handed them 180 sets of a building’s apartment keys, leases and the title deeds to the building. Tenants were defaulting on their rents and mortgage costs became unsupportable.
With partners, we founded (Dalcom Communications Inc.), which engineered, developed, manufactured and sold remote video surveillance equipment by standard telephone lines (a first in Canada) to the security and police community. The RCMP in Ottawa was a regular customer. Several years later we had to close Dalcom as Microsoft had developed and started to sell similar equipment at less than half of our selling price.
Just before the beginning of development in the early ‘90s in Mont-Tremblant, QC, now a major year-round recreational resort headed by Intra-West Corp. out of Vancouver, my partner and I had acquired a small mountain site just 2 klms from the Intra-West resort. After building condos, (Immo-Total Inc.) we decided to sub-divide the land into residential building lots which have been selling quite well over the past several years and should soon be sold out. That project has proved to be quite successful.
Over the years, I have invested in a number of businesses, some quite successfully and some quite un-successfully.
A business experience I had in the early ‘90s was the subject of a one hour documentary on Global TV 2004 when my company (Total Group Investments Inc.) and I were subject of an attempted fraud. It was first shown last September and has been repeated several times as part of a series of documentaries on frauds and attempted fraud cases in Canada including the Bre-X mining fraud amongst others. It is occasionally shown on Star Choice satellite TV channel 595 under “Matters for Investigation”.
I have kept in contact with some ex “A” Troopers” of the Force including George Farris and Andy Marsan before their passing as well as current members. From my regular activities in the RCMP Veterans’ Association – Quebec “C” Division, I became Vice-President a number of years ago and have been acclaimed unanimously to remain as VP by the members each year.
Eileen and I have attended several AGM’s and met several ex “A” Troop “56” members including Bill Monroe, Dave Sears, Neville Saunders, Garth Hampson and also, ex- Cpl. Armstrong, our riding instructor, and I forget his name, (could it be “Forbes”?) the heavy-set swimming instructor who could “float like a whale” – remember ! He had me tread water for almost two hours once – I could probably still do it today as I consider myself fortunate to be in reasonably good health but with medication for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Regardless of the “ups and downs” of our active lives, we have so much to be thankful for.
Eileen Stewart Wray: When we were first married, Eileen was a schoolteacher and eventually became a full time mom raising four wonderful healthy children. She later attended university to become a geriatric nurse and was in charge of the seniors’ residence and nursing home that I had set-up after the purchase and conversion of an un-used church in Pointe Claire, QC.
From 1973 until 1986 we lived on a farm outside of Alexandria, Ont. near the Quebec border.
Eileen became quite experienced in the farm operations while I was away taking care of business in Montreal. We had about 50 head of Hereford beef cattle and horses including some Thoroughbreds that raced under a trainer in Toronto and Fort Erie. Of course from my RCMP riding experience, it was a delightful experience to show Eileen and our children the “fine art” of horsemanship and equitation as I had experienced at “Depot”. They later introduced me to the more recent “finer art” of horse "whispering" in the training of horses!
Eileen and our daughters became quite proficient riders and competed in dressage competitions in Ontario and Quebec. Our sons preferred our Quarter horses in western competitions. Their ribbons and photos decorated their bedroom walls.
Jennifer, our eldest is a Social Worker with the Childrens’ Aid Society in Cornwall, Ont. Michael is an Officer with the Canadian Air Force in Trenton, Ont., Suzanne is a Teacher in Alexandria, Ont. and our youngest, Marc owns and operates a major food import business in the UK.
In closing, may we all enjoy life as it is together with our children, grandchildren, loved ones and friends in these, our senior years.
With my best regards to all.
Norm Wray Ex. RCMP reg. # 19220 May 29, 2006

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