Maj Donald “Don” William Heaslip CD, (Ret’d)

    • Maj Donald “Don” William Heaslip CD, (Ret’d)
    • Maj Donald “Don” William Heaslip CD, (Ret’d)

    We regret to advise of the death of Major Donald “Don” William Heaslip CD, (Ret’d) peacefully at home in Ottawa ON, on 20 July 2010 at the age of 75.

    Don was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force for 27 years and served his last seven years with Mapping and Charting Establishment.  During his flying career he served as a fighter pilot with the 414 Air Defence Squadron on CF-100 and later on CF-101 Voodoo Interceptor aircraft in North Bay ON; as a flight instructor on T-33 aircraft in Portage LaPrairie MB; with 446 Surface to Air Missile (SAM) Squadron (Bomarcs) in North Bay; 414 Electronic Warfare Squadron: and 412 Fanjet Falcon VIP Squadron in Ottawa.  From 1975 to 1982 Don held the position of DCarto 4 (Air) and led the air staff in the production of Flight Information Publications and aeronautical charts.  He was heavily engaged in the Canada\US (CANUS) Military Cooperation Committee, successfully leading the Canadian delegation of the Mapping and Charting Plan (MCP), on an annual basis, for the defence of North America.  On retirement from the Canadian Forces he became the Director of the Aeronautical Charts program at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources where he continued to support the MCP. 

    Following his retirement from the government, Don pursued his business interests as a consultant and an entrepreneur forming Lyndon Systems.  He was an amateur radio enthusiast (VE3 NJH) for 35 years and a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association.  He donated his time coaching children’s’ baseball and softball.

    A funeral mass will take place on 24 Jul at St. Augustine’s Church, 1060 Baseline Road, Ottawa.  Donations may be made to the Tamir Foundation for adults with developmental disabilities in the Ottawa area or the Canadian Cancer Society.  {gdMar2016kh}