Capt Ronald "Ron" Edwin Coldham (Ret'd)

    • Capt Ronald "Ron" Edwin Coldham (Ret'd)
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    We regret to advise of the death of Captain Ronald Edwin “Ron, Ronny” Coldham (Ret’d), peacefully on 24 April 2003 in Nanaimo, BC at the age of 86.

    Ron joined the Canadian Army General Staff Geographic Service in May 1934 and trained as a topographical surveyor. In January 1940 he deployed overseas with the 1st Corps Field Survey Company. After the war he remained in the army Geographic Service and served on many field parties including one of the Army Survey Establishment’s first horse-transported parties. In 1952 he was commissioned. He subsequently served as a liaison officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force for the locating and mapping of the Mid-Canada Radar Chain, followed by appointments as inspector on the Short Range Navigation operations in the Northwest Territories; as Chief of Survey of the Gaza Strip for the United Nations in 1958-59; and as an exchange officer to the 42nd Survey Regiment of the British Royal Engineers in Cyprus 1961-63.

    He retired as a Captain in 1964 after 31 years of service. It is believed that Ron was the last living member of the pre-war General Staff Geographic Service and his passing marks the end of an era. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. SANDS-NANAIMO, BC.{gdJan2016kh}