Col Gilbert Peter Joyce, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Colonel Gilbert Peter Joyce, CD (Ret’d) of Ottawa ON, peacefully at home on 13 July 2021 at the age of 84 years. Peter served a full 37-year career as a Canadian Military Engineer officer.
Peter grew up south of Montreal and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1958. His career as a young Military Engineer Officer included postings to 3 Field Squadron in Chilliwack BC, 1 Field Squadron in Petawawa ON and 4 Field Squadron in Germany. As a senior officer, his postings included S02 Log Ops with 1 Service Battalion in Calgary and with the Base Construction Engineering Section in Esquimalt BC before proceeding to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa for a tour with ADM(PER)/DGPS/DNPFS. Peter then served in Training System Headquarters in Trenton as SSO Quartering before moving to Washington DC - first as SO Liaison and then as the Canadian Military Attaché. Returning to Canada, Peter served at Maritime Command Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Staff Construction Engineering. For his final posting, Pete returned to NDHQ where he became Director General Works with the Chief of Construction and Properties.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Peter worked with Public Works and Government Services Canada. He was also Executive Director of the Military Engineering Association of Canada during its transition to the Canadian Military Engineers Association. Peter was a model railroad enthusiast and he modelled the Montreal and Southern Counties electric railway. He was a long-time member of the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders and was involved in the Streetcar 696 project that worked to restore one of the original Ottawa Car Company streetcars to running condition.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In memoriam donation, to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home.