Col Allan Jack Tattersall, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Colonel Allan Jack Tattersall, CD (Ret’d), peacefully, on Sunday 29 December 2019 in Kingston, ON. Alan served with the Canadian Military Engineers in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost 35 years in Canada and overseas.
Alan was a graduate of the Royal Military College, Kingston ON in 1958. His first posting was to the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, BC after which he was posted to 4 Field Squadron in Werl, West Germany (1961- 62). Alan was then posted as the Canadian Exchange Officer to the Royal School of Military Engineering in the United Kingdom at Chattenden for three years.
After returning to Canada and completing the Canadian Army Staff College Course in Kingston he was assigned to 1 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General (1967- 69). He was next appointed Base Construction Engineering Officer, Canadian Forces Base Chatham, NB (1969-72) and then posted to National Defence Headquarters where he held Staff appointments in ranks of Major and Lieutenant Colonel in the Office of the Director General Military Engineering Operations (1972- 76).
Alan then held the appointment of Commandant Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering for two years after which he returned to Land Force Staff College as Instructor (1978- 80). Promoted to Colonel, he was first posted to NDHQ then to Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) HQ in Brunssum NL as Secretary to the Chief of Staff (1984-86). He then returned to NDHQ where he was DGMEO and Canadian Military Engineering Branch Advisor (1987-88) until he retired from the Canadian Forces in 1988.
An avid outdoorsman, Allan enjoyed hiking, skiing, and both white water and flat water canoeing. He was Past President of the Rideau Trail Association. Al enjoyed over fifty years of hunting and fishing at the family cottage, the "Tatts Trap," in Northern Ontario.
A private celebration of life for Allan was held on 2 January 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to the "Wounded Warriors" or "Soldier On" foundations, in support of Canadian Military veterans. Online condolences can be sent to the Funeral Home.