Maj Bob "Boomer" Parent, RCE (Ret'd)
We regret to advise that Major Bob "Boomer" Parent RCE (Ret'd) passed away suddenly in Kingston, ON at home on 23 September 2008 after a lengthy illness .
Bob graduated from Laval University, Quebec City, with a degree in Forestry Engineering and then joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served during the Korean conflict with 59th Independent Field Squadron. He then focused on Survey and Mapping where he served in the Mapping and Charting Establishment and spent many summers in Canada's North breaking trail and running survey lines through virgin forest. Furthering his education, he completed the Long Survey Course in the United Kingdom and his Masters Degree in Survey Engineering at the University of New Brunswick.
Bob then accepted a teaching position at the Royal Military College of Canada in the Civil Engineering Department Bob arrived at RMC to begin work as a professor within the Civil Engineering Department in December 1966. His wealth of practical experience along with his academic background made him an ideal addition to the RMC faculty and set the stage for moulding a generation of young Sapper cadets who were to come to enjoy the many pleasures of his annual survey camp. Bob retired from the military in 1972 but remained an instructor at RMC for another 20 years. He retired from RMC in 1992 kept busy playing competitive bridge (reaching the Masters level).
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was at The Church Of The Good Thief (743 King Street West), on Saturday, 27 September. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Association, Kingston Humane Society or the charity of choice, in Bob's memory.