CME Family Retirements

The CMEA posts a notice of the retirement of all members of the CME family as soon as we are notified. If there is a function marking the retirement, we will need the time, date, place, cost and the name and contact details for the organizer.  It is expected units will initiate appropriate steps to ensure all members of the CME family are duly recognised on completing their service.

You can search our list of retired members by year or by name. Our current records go back to 2006. If you find any errors or omissions in your retirement details or those of another Engineer, let us know and we will fix them.  If you retired before 2006 and want your retirement details posted, send the details to us.  We need the full name, rank, decorations, date of retirement and if possible, a biography of all retiring or retired members. 

Writing a good retirement narrative is an important task and should not be taken lightly.  We owe our departing comrades an appropriate good-bye, thank you and best wishes for the future when they leave.  A narrative reflecting their service, sacrifices and achievements should be recorded and made available to friends and family. Click here for a short guideline that should prove useful if you are the person who has been assigned the honoured task of writing a comrade's retirement narrative.

Retirement Certificates are distributed by the CME Adjutant.  Members requesting these certificates are to complete, save and email the downloadable form below to the CME Adjt  at CMEAdjtGMC@forces.gc.ca.

If there are errors in any retirement notice or if you do not want your retirement details published on our site please contact the Webmaster

  • 06 Jan 2012

    Captain Don McNeil will retire from the CF on the 06 Jan 2012 after 36 plus years of service as a Firefighter and Construction Engineer. Captain McNeil joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1975 as a direct entry Firefighter. Upon completion...
  • 31 Dec 2011

    1. COLONEL RAY BAKER WILL RETIRE FROM THE CF ON 31 DEC 11 AFTER MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. 2. COL BAKER ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN FORCES IN SEPT 1976. FOLLOWING CANADIAN MILITARY ENGINEER...
  • 27 Dec 2011

    WO McCarville joined the Forces in August 1981. In January 1982, it was off to the Artillery School in CFB Shilo. After his TQ-3 course, he went to Edmonton Alberta in March 1982 and earned his Jump Wings. He was then posted in April to “E...
  • 19 Dec 2011

    LCol Fleet receiving CDS Commendation
    Lieutenant-Colonel Fleet attended both Royal Roads Military College, Victoria BC, and the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, graduating with a BEng (Civil) degree in 1980. After completion of Engineer officer training at...
  • 15 Dec 2011

    WO James Lippert, CD
    Warrant Officer James Lippert has finally decided to retire after 35 plus years from the Regular Canadian Armed Forces while serving in all the branches of Army, Airforce and Navy. James was born in Kitchener, Ontario (lived in Maryhill)...
  • 09 Dec 2011

    MWO Rick Arnot, CD – CE Supt (former Structures Tech) - retired from the CF on 9 Dec 2011, after serving over 37+ years (31+ years in the regular forces and a further 6+ years in the reserves) of dedicated and loyal service to the CF and...
  • 06 Dec 2011

    MGen Daniel Benjamin, CMM, CD (Ret’d)
    Major-General Daniel Benjamin enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and then started his career as a military engineer. MGen...
  • 30 Nov 2011

    Sgt Kirven joined the CF on the 6th of June 1986 as a Firefighter under the YTEP program. Within days he was standing in Cornwallis by the Bay of Fundy wearing a paper thin green short sleeve shirt in a snow storm wondering what the heck...
  • 24 Nov 2011

    L’adjudant J.R.G.P. Gagné est né en janvier 1969 à Granby dans le compter de Shefford. Il s’enrôle dans les Forces canadiennes comme ingénieur de combat en septembre 1990. En juillet 1991, il complète ses cours de recrues et de langue...
  • 18 Nov 2011

    MWO Robert (Bob) Norton, will be retiring 18 Nov 2011 after 22 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the National Defence Fire Service, CME Branch and the CF. Bob enrolled in the CF in 1989 as an artillery officer and, after...
  • 17 Nov 2011

    Cpl Bryan Cobb enrolled into the CF on 13 Jun 1991 as a member of 56 Engr Sqn, as a Cbt Engr. Cpl Cobb has spent his entire career with 56 ES and has completed many task at CFSME and Range Control Gagetown. Cpl Cobb has also been involved...
  • 08 Nov 2011

    Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario MWO Shavalier joined the 57th Field Regt as a militia gunner in March 1969 and  was issued with third hand wool battledress, hob‐nailed boots and Korean War web‐ gear.  After hearing the clothing...
  • 07 Nov 2011

    MWO Tim Lonsdale will be retiring from the CF on 07 November 2011 after 21+ years of dedicated service. He was born in Prince George, BC in 1968 but spent the majority of his childhood in Kamloops, BC. Tim joined the military for the first...
  • 03 Nov 2011

    Sgt Allen G Brown will be retiring on 03 November 2011 after 32 + years in the CF His career started June of 1979 in Kingston Ontario; fresh out of high school & looking for a challenge he hit the road for Boot Camp in Cornwallis NS....
  • 03 Nov 2011

    Capt Ken Hoffer will be retiring on 03 November 2011 after 42+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Forces. Capt Ken Hoffer from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan enrolled in the Canadian Forces in Calgary, Alberta on 20 March 1969...
  • 31 Oct 2011

    LCol Gyula Gergely will retire from the CF on 31 Oct 11 after more than 29 years of distinguished and dedicated service to our country. LCol Gergely enrolled in the CF in Feb 1983 as part of the regular officers training program (ROTP) and...
  • 28 Oct 2011

    Sgt Richard (Rich) Galbraith will retire from the CF on 28 Oct 2011 after 20 plus years of loyal and dedicated service. Rich enrolled into the Canadian Armed Forces in Vancouver on 12 Jul 1990 and was shipped off to Nova Scotia for Basic...
  • 27 Oct 2011

    LCol Rod Keller, CD (Ret'd)
    LCol Rodney Keller joined the Canadian Forces in 1985 under the Regular Officer Training Program. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, ON with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Civil) in 1989 he completed...
  • 26 Oct 2011

    Major Beaulieu was born in Quebec City; he enrolled in the CF in 1980 and attended College Militaire Royal in Saint -Jean for one year and then four years at Royal Military Collage in Kingston. Completing his Bachelor in Mechanical...
  • 21 Oct 2011

    Exactly 34 years after joining 2 Fd Engr Regt (21 Oct 1977) in Toronto, Maj Kevin Montgomery (Monty) will attend his final release appointment from the Regular Force (21 Oct 2011). Originally from Southern Ontario, Major Montgomery joined...
  • 16 Oct 2011

    LCol Charles (Chuck) Armstrong will retire from the CF on 16 October 2011 after more than 37 years of Regular and Reserve Force service. LCol Armstrong joined the CF in 1974 and graduated from CMR – St-Jean with a BSc in 1979. After...
  • 16 Oct 2011

    1. AFTER 25 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CF, MAJ BRUCE WALSH WILL RETIRE ON THE 16 OCT 11. 2. MAJ BRUCE WALSH JOINED THE CF IN JUNE 1986. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE HAS SERVED WITH LOYALTY AND DIGNITY IN CANADA AND WHILE ON...
  • 06 Oct 2011

    Capt (CWO) Sutton will be retiring from the military after 33 + years of service to the Engineering Branch. He joined the Military in Mar of 78 as a Structure Technician and stayed the course throughout his career with one obvious...
  • 05 Oct 2011

    Major Doré joined the Canadian Forces (CF) for the first time in 1984 as an infantryman in the Reserves and that same year he transferred into the Regular Forces as a Naval Combat Information Operator (NCI OP). After two years, he decided...
  • 03 Oct 2011

    MWO Tim Murphy will retire from the CF on 03 Oct 2011 after 24 plus years of loyal and dedicated service. MWO Tim Murphy enrolled into the Canadian Armed Forces in Winnipeg on 27 Nov 1986 and was shipped off to Nova Scotia for Basic...
  • 15 Sep 2011

    MCpl Troy Durocher joined the Canadian Forces on 10 July 1990 as an Infanteer. After completion of basic training in Cornwallis, NS, Pte Durocher went to the RCR Battle School in CFB Petawawa, ON, and was posted to 1 RCR in London ON in...
  • 15 Sep 2011

    Born in Montréal, Colonel Lescoutre enrolled in the Canadian Forces on 26 August 1974. Over the years, Colonel Lescoutre has occupied various engineering, staff and command positions at CFB Halifax, CFS Beaverlodge, CFB Summerside, CFB...
  • 11 Sep 2011

    LCol Jon Burbee, CD
    Lieutenant-Colonel Burbee will be departing the CF after 23 years of service to take up a position with the public service at CFB Esquimalt as the Manager of Real Estate Services. Originally from Prince George, BC, Lieutenant-Colonel Jon...
  • 06 Sep 2011

    WO Dave MacDonald will be retiring from the CF on 06 September 2011 after 31 + years of dedicated service. Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, NS, and raised in Welland, Ontario, WO MacDonald enrolled in the CF on 17 April 1980 in St...
  • 06 Sep 2011

    Maj Dale Scherr, Construction Engineer, will retire from the CF on 6 Sep 11 after more than 31 years of dedicated and loyal service to our country. From Private to the rank of Major, Maj Scherr has worked in various capacities. Over these...
  • 02 Sep 2011

    WO Tim Mamye will be retiring from the CF on 2 Sep 11 after nearly 26 years of service. He joined the CF on 2 Oct 1985 at CFRS Charlottetown, PEI. After successfully completing his basic training at CFB Cornwallis he was off to the bright...
  • 31 Aug 2011

    Major Nicholas Vlachopoulos, PhD, CD, PEng
    Originally from Markham, Ontario, Canada, Major Nicholas Vlachopoulos joined the Canadian Forces in 1991 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering. Upon completing his training...
  • 26 Aug 2011

    After 37+ years of reserve and regular force service, Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Laughton will depart the CF August 26th, 2011. A native of Ottawa, Lieutenant-Colonel Laughton first enrolled in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa on his...
  • 19 Aug 2011

    Sgt Sylvain Lacas, CD, will be retiring on 19 august 2011 after completing 21 years of dedicated service to the Canadian Forces. Sgt Lacas joined the CF in May 1990. Upon completion of his basic training in St-Jean, he completed his trade...
  • 13 Aug 2011

    Sgt Dominic Gosselin, CD
    Effective 13 August 2011, Sgt Dominic Gosselin will retire after 20 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Forces and the Combat Engineer Trade. Sgt Gosselin joined the Canadian Forces 13 August 1991 in Trois-Rivieres QC as a...
  • 11 Aug 2011

    1. WO KEVIN KOSOWAN RETIRED FROM THE CF EFF 11 AUG 11 AFTER OVER 24 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CANADIAN MILITARY ENGINEER BRANCH, THE CANADIAN FORCES AND CANADA 2. IN JUN 87 WO KOSOWAN ARRIVED IN CORNWALLIS FOR BASIC TRG....
  • 10 Aug 2011

    1. AFTER 30 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE CF, COL DANIEL GENEST, CD, WILL RETIRE FROM THE REG FORCE ON 10 AUG 2011. TO HONOUR HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION, A DEPART WITH DIGNITY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON 02 JUNE 11....
  • 03 Aug 2011

    On 3 Aug 2011, Maj Bryan Manson will commence his retirement from the Regular Force having completed 28+ years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada and the CF. Born in Toronto ON, Bryan enrolled in the CF under the Youth Training...
  • 02 Aug 2011

    After 39+ years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada and the CF, CWO Kenneth Earl Warbis will retire from the CF effective 02 august 2011. CWO Warbis joined the CF 28 June 1972 in Saskatchewan as a WSP Tech. Throughout Earl's career as...
  • 01 Aug 2011

    MWO Kevin Clayton, CD
    On Aug 1, 2011 MWO Kevin Clayton will be semi-retiring from the Regular Force after 37 years of dedicated service and taking up a Reserve position with 14 CES in Bridgewater. Kevin joined the CF in Sept 74 as a WSP Tech and through out his...
  • 27 Jul 2011

    Sgt Jim Young will be retiring after 26 plus years of dedicated service to the CF and the Fire Service. Sgt Young spent 8 years as Reservist with the Argylls and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton, ON and then entered the YTEP...
  • 22 Jul 2011

    Chief Warrant Officer Chris Towler will be retiring after 28+ years of enjoyable and rewarding service to the Canadian Forces, on or about 23 Jul 2011. He enrolled in the CF on May 30th 1983 as a RCR and was posted to CFB Gagetown 2 RCR...
  • 18 Jul 2011

    Capt Scott Critch, CD
    Captain Scott Critch enrolled in the Canadian Forces in December 1987 and after 23 years and 193 days of dedicated service; Scotty has decided to take off the uniform. He will remain part of the Engineer Family having secured a position...
  • 15 Jul 2011

    Warrant Officer Corey O’Blenis will be retiring after 21+ years of enjoyable and rewarding service to the Canadian Forces, 15 Jul 2011. He enrolled in the CF in Jun 1989 as a Pilot under the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) to attend...
  • 08 Jul 2011

    MCpl Chris Budgell joined the CF on 4 November 1988 in St. John’s, Newfoundland as an Armoured Corps soldier. Upon completion of Basic Training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, he was posted to Gagetown, New Brunswick in February 1989. After...
  • 07 Jul 2011

    MWO Gagnon was born in Messines Quebec. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on the 4th of March 1971. Following basic training in St Jean QC he received his certification as an Underwater Weapons Technician at CFB Halifax, and was...
  • 06 Jul 2011

    WO Officer Boucher will be retiring from the Forces after 20 plus years of loyal and dedicated service. WO Boucher joined the Forces in November 1988 and was sent to StJean QC for basic training. After his basic training, he went to...
  • 05 Jul 2011

    Warrant officer Caron is a single child, born in Haute-Rives, on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River, QC. He spent his childhood in Sept-Iles and Port-Cartier. He joined in April 1990 and went to Borden for a 5 months English course...
  • 30 Jun 2011

    1. AFTER CLOSE TO 37 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE CF, MGEN DANIEL GOSSELIN, CMM, CD, WILL RETIRE FROM THE REG CF ON 30 JUNE 2011. TO HONOUR HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION, A DEPART WITH DIGNITY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON...
  • 30 Jun 2011

    After 29 years of service to the CF, within the PPCLI and the Engineer Branch my time is up, release day will be the 30 June 2011. Well it all starts with initial enrolment Jan 1981, with basic training at CFB Cornwallis then depot...

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