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Date Deceased: 27 Feb 2009

We regret to advise of the death of Sapper Edward J. Abbott (Ret’d) on 27 February 2009 in Winfield, AB at the age of 87 years.

Edward was a Second World War veteran who served with the Royal Canadian Engineers.  He was a Life member, Past President and Charter Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #236 in Winfield.

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Date Deceased: 13 May 2003

We regret to advise of the death of Master Corporal Joseph Edwin “Ed” Achorn, CD (Ret’d) on 13 May 2003 at the Saint John, NB Regional Hospital. 

Ed was born in Glen William, PE.  He joined the Canadian Army as a Field Engineer and was a Korean War veteran.  In his 35-year career, he served in Canada, Japan and the USA. He took part in the Atomic Bomb testing in Nevada in 1954.  After retiring from the Army he served as a civilian for the Department of National Defence.  Ed was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #53 in Baddeck NS, the Atlantic Retired Sappers, Atlantic Korean Veterans, and the National Defence Retired Civil Service Workers. 

Visitation will take place on 14 and 15 May at 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  A funeral will be held on 16 May at 11:00 AM at Brenan's Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Ocean View Memorial Gardens, Saint John.  Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick.  {dcJan2017gd} [zpi, zsp, zcc]

Date Deceased: 07 Jan 2004

We regret to advise of the death of Firefighter Frank L. Acker who passed away suddenly on 7 January 2004, in Roseway Hospital in Shelburne NS at the age of 70 years.

Frank was borne in Churchover, Shelburne County NS. He was a member of the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years and was employed as a firefighter with the Department of National Defence for 23 years.

Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Roseway Hospital Foundation. Memorial Service was held in Christ Church, Shelburne. Family committal service at a later date.

Date Deceased: 27 Feb 2010

We regret to advise of the death of John Thomas Ackerman on 27 February 2010.

John was born near Balgonie, SK in 1917. He served in the Royal Canadian Artillery during WWII and joined the Permanent Force after the war as a clerk in the Royal Canadian Engineers. He served in Japan during the Korean War and was later posted to Regina. SK where he served until his retirement in 1967. Shortly after his military service he became an employee of the Interprovincial Steel Corporation (IPSCO) in Regina until his retirement in 1982.

A Funeral Mass for John will be held on 4 March 2010 in Christ the King Church in Regina. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Salvation Army or to the charity of your choice.

Date Deceased: 21 Nov 2011

We regret to advise of the death of David “Steaky” Roger Adams on 21 November 2011 in Nanaimo, BC.

Dave was a veteran of the Second World War where he served with the 8th Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers. After the war, David played in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders from 1946 to 1948, was a member of the League All-Star team in 1946 and 1947 and was a member of the Calgary Stampeders’ first ever Grey Cup winning team. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Date Deceased: 09 Dec 2001

We regret to advise that Master Warrant Officer Leonard James Adams, CD (Ret'd) passed away 0n 9 December 2001 at the age of 73, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Montreal, QC, Len joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1948. He spent 28 years in the service and retired as a Master Warrant Officer. Len then worked with the CFB Chilliwack Roads and Grounds Section as a civilian until the time of his final retirement.

At Len's request, a private ceremony was held with the immediate family.  If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. {admin}[zsd. zpp]

Date Deceased: 25 May 2000

We regret to advise of the death of Leslie Ernest Adams of Stellarton, NS in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, NS on 25 May 2000 at the age of 88 years.

Leslie was born in New Glasgow but lived most of his life in Stellarton.  In his younger years, he worked in the mines.  He was a veteran of the Second World War who served with the Royal Canadian Engineers.  After demobilization, he was employed with the Canadian National Railways where he had a 35-year career until his retirement.  He then became the owner of the “Bar S” Campground in Scotch Village, NS for eight years.  He was involved in many community organizations including: member and Elder to the Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton; past Chancellor of the Liberty Lodge 22, Knights of Pythians; past Noble Grand of the Fuller Lodge 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Stellarton; and member of the Curren Masonic 68 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Lodge, Hopewell, NS.

Visitation will take place in H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Home, Stellarton on 27 May from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and 28 May 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 Pm.  The funeral service will be on 29 May in Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton.  Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. The Fuller Lodge 5, Stellarton will meet at 1:30 PM; the Liberty Lodge 22, Knights of Pythias will meet at 1:45 PM; the Curren Masonic Lodge 68, AF & AM, Hopewell will meet at 7:30 PM in the funeral home on S28 May to conduct their services.  Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 28, Stellarton will meet at the church 29 May to attend the service and will conduct their graveside service in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Pictou County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton.
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Date Deceased: 02 May 2013

We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant William “Roger” Adams, CD (Ret’d) at the age of 72 on 2 May 2013 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, NS.

Born in Sydney, NS, William served a 31-year career as a Firefighter with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #98 Kingston and the Greenwood Amateur Radio Club VE1 VK. Cremation has taken place.

A Legion tribute will be held 2:00 PM, 7 May 2013 in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #98 Kingston. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. By request, family flowers only. Donations in memory of Roger may be made to the Celiac Society of Canada or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. [zsp]

Date Deceased: 11 Jul 2011

We regret to advise of the death of Thomas James Adamson peacefully on 11 July 2011 at the Kipnes Center for Veterans in Edmonton at the age of 87 years. Tom served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Engineers. After his military service Tom had a career spanning 37 years with the Alberta Attorney Generals Department, retiring as a Director of Court Services in 1981.

Funeral Services will be held on 16 July 2011 at Crestwood Presbyterian Church in Edmonton. Interment to follow at Westlawn Memorial Gardens, Edmonton.

Date Deceased: 04 Apr 2020

We regret to advise that Arnold Clifford Adrain of Amherstview ON died on 4 April 2020 at the age of 89 years while visiting his daughter in Abbotsford BC.

Arnold was born in Cumbermere ON. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1948 at age 18 and served for 28 years including three tours in Germany.

Arnold spent ten years as a corrections officer after retiring from the army. He was a Life Member of the Amherstview Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Arnold will be interred at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa once the COVID crisis has abated and will allow for a service.  

Date Deceased: 02 Dec 2007

We regret to advise of the death of James R. “Jim” Aellen in Red Deer, AB on 2 December 2007 at the age of 93 years

Jim was born in Calgary, AB.  He began his working life as a telegram deliverer with the Canadian Pacific Railway at a young age and supporting his family after the untimely death of his father.  In 1936 he entered the painting/decorating trade.  Jim was a veteran of the Second World War -  first in Canada with the Royal Canadian Engineers and then overseas with the 7th Canadian Infantry Training Regiment.  After the war Jim and his family ranched west of Cochrane, AB before settling in Red Deer in 1952.  Jim resumed his career as a painter at Michener Centre in Red Deer (and its predecessors) for over 26 years, retiring in 1978. 

Visitation will take place at Eventide Funeral Chapel in Red Deer on 5 February between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.   A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer on 6 February at 6:00 PM.   Donations may be made to the United Church Museum & Service Fund, care of Sunnybrook United Church.  {dcApr2017gd} [zsd, zpp, zsp]

Date Deceased: 12 Mar 2010

We regret to advise of the death of David Ahenakew on 12 March 2010 in Shellbrook, SK at the age of 76.

David was born on the Sandy Lake reserve in northern Saskatchewan and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1951. He served in the Canadian Army for 16 years until 1967, during which time participated in the Korean Conflict, peacekeeping duties in Egypt and Vietnam and was stationed in Germany and Chilliwack, amongst other locations. His medals include the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and the 125th Anniversary of Confederation.

Upon leaving the Regular Force, David joined the Reserves at the rank of Sergeant. Immediately upon his release from the Regular Force, David Ahenakew held a position with the Saskatchewan government and became active in the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). Within a year he was elected to the position of FSIN President at age 35 - the youngest man ever elected as chief of the FSIN. He served  ten years in that position. During his time as FSIN president he released a report entitled "Indian Education in Saskatchewan" and played a role in the founding of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College and the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in 1972.

David was awarded held an honorary LL.D. Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1976 for his human rights work. In 1978, he received the John Stratychuk Memorial Award from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission In 1982, he was elected Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the national representative body for Canadian aboriginals. He was a founding member of the National Indian Brotherhood and the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He will be remembered as a courageous and intelligent native leader whose career was a major achievement for Indian people.

The funeral for David Ahenakew was held on 16 March 2010 on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation where he was born and raised.


Date Deceased: 06 Feb 2016

We regret to advise of the death of Captain John Edgar Akerley (Ret’d)  P.Eng on 6 February 2016, suddenly, at his home near Princeton, BC.

Born in 1938 in St. Leonard, NB, John graduated in 1960 as a Chemical Engineer from the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON and Queen's University. His first posting was for two years at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, BC, followed by a three-year posting as Second in Command of No. 5 Army Works Company in Quebec City. John then took his release from the Canadian Forces and embarked on a life-long career in project management.

John first worked in Montreal as a construction engineer for Imperial Oil before returning to Quebec for two years as a consultant. He relocated to Vancouver in 1970 but that was only his home base as he spent 20 years on various projects in Africa, including a copper mining complex in the Republic of Congo with two mines, five villages with 35,000 direct dependents, a 100-bed hospital, three primary schools. a secondary school, and a 1000-hectare farm.

John then returned to Vancouver in 1992 and worked on the Rogers Arena project in 1994/95.  Next was the Air Canada Centre in Toronto followed by several years in the Southern United States. In 2003 he 'retired' but that was short-lived as he soon became involved in the design and construction for the South Okanagan Event Centre. This was followed by a two year stint in Algeria for a one billion dollar trade and conference centre and a five-star Meridian Hotel. His latest project was as Project Manager and owner’s representative for "Centre Vidéotron" - the new Quebec City NHL-sized multi-purpose arena.

John was a dedicated and highly respected member of the Princeton community, serving as a volunteer in several organisations, including the Princeton Hospice and Palliative Care Society, the Princeton and District Skills Centre, the Princeton Committee of the South Okanagan Similkameen Community Foundation, and the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee. He was recently elected a Director on the Support Our Health Care Executive. {khMar2016}

Date Deceased: 14 Dec 2005

We regret to advise of the death of Sapper Raoul Albert (Ret’d) at the Edmonston, NB Regional Hospital on 14 December 2005 at the age of 82 years.

Raoul was a veteran of the Second World War who served with the Royal Canadian Engineers.  He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #25, Edmonston.

Visitation will take place at the J.B. Côte and Sons Ltd Funeral Home, 160 rue de l’Eglise in Edmonston on 16 December at 2:00 to 4:00 and  7:00 to 9:00 PM and 17 December 9:00 to 11:00 AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Edmundston, NB.  Donations may be made to the Georges-L. Dumont Foundation in Moncton, NB. {dcJan2017gd} [zpp, zsp, zcc, zsd]

Date Deceased: 24 Jun 2004

We regret to advise of the death of David Joseph Alexander, P.Eng. peacefully at home in Hantsport, NS on 24 June 2004 at the age of 75. 

David was born in St. George's, NL.  He attended the Nova Scotia Technical University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He was commissioned that year into the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers and posted to the 57th (Independent) Field Squadron with which he served in Korea followed by a posting to Germany.  

After returning to Canada and completing his service, David was employed with National Research Council in Ottawa, ON for a year before returning to Newfoundland where he worked for the Department of Highways as an assistant engineer in the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway along the island’s west coast.  In 1956, he worked as an engineer at the United States Air Force base in Stephenville, NL rising to the position of Chief Base Engineer.  In 1958, he joined Parks Canada in Newfoundland working on the construction of Terra Nova National Park, the restoration of Cabot Tower on Signal Hill in St John’s, the John Guy Memorial, the hydrological and geological survey of the Viking site at Lance-Aux-Meadows and the restoration of the King's Bastion including the Chateau St. Jean at the Fortress of Louisbourg, NS.  In 1966 he went to work for Bell Canada and worked in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and London, before retiring in 1992.

A funeral mass will be held on 28 June at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Windsor, NS. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.  {dcJan2017gd}  [zpp, zsd]

Date Deceased: 29 Dec 2009

We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant James Howard Alexander, MC (Ret’d) on 26 December 2009 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania at the age of 86 years.

James was born in Toronto, ON and attended the University of Toronto. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was assigned to the 6th Field Company in March 1944, landing in Normandy on D-Day and served with the unit until February 1946.  James was awarded the Military Cross for actions as a bridge commander at Retranchement the Netherlands.  His citation reads:

“At Retranchement in on the morning of 30 October 1944, Lieutenant Alexander was detailed as bridge commander to construct a Class 40 Bailey bridge over the canal. The orders given were that the early completion of the bridge was vital to the final collapse of the South Scheldt Estuary pocket. This officer arrived at the bridge site at 1045 hours with his reconnaissance party and discovered that although the infantry held the village of Retranchement, no bridgehead was at yet established on the far side of the canal. At 1200 hours, this officer decided to attempt to make a cross section of the gap and he accordingly crossed to the far side but was immediately subjected to intense small arms fire. In spite of this, he eventually succeeded in securing enough information to make preliminary plans for his bridge and thus accomplished one-third of his task many hours ahead of schedule. Throughout the construction of the bridge, this officer was a source of constant inspiration to his men. Without regard to his personal safety, he stood on the most exposed part of the bridge, constantly exhorting his men to greater efforts. By his courage and determination, the bridge was completed much sooner than otherwise would have been possible and his gallant action allowed the leading brigade to bring up quickly the required fighting vehicles, ammunition and supplies which caused the ultimate defeat of the enemy at Knocke and Heist on 2 November 1944.”

The 6th Field Company lost two soldiers that day and named the after Sgt J.L.Hickman. The original Bailey Bridge has been replaced but still bears the name 'Hickman Brug'.  Beside it stands a section of Bailey Bridge on a brick plinth, together with a bronze plaque with an inscription in English, French and Dutch.

Following the war, James joined Shawinigan Chemicals in Quebec and, then, in 1964 joined Bayer Corporation and worked with them as President of Verona-Pharma Chemical Corp. in New Jersey and later as Senior Executive Vice President of Mobay in Pittsburgh.  After retirement, he became President of Valley Care Association and the Pittsburgh Blind Association.

Visitation will take place on 29 December from 1:00 until 2:00 PM in the R.D.Copeland Ltd-Irvine Chapel in Sewickley with a service at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Blind & Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. {dcApr2017gd}[zsp]

Date Deceased: 26 Jul 2012

We regret to advise of the death of Corporal John "Blackie" Alexson on 26 July 2012 at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon SK at the age of 91 years.

John was born in Hazel Dell SK and was a veteran of the Second World War. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1941 and served in Italy and Northwest Europe. He was discharged in 1946. After returning to Canada, John farmed at Quill Lake and later with Canada Post and BC Packers until his retirement in 1980. He was active in sports and the Quill Lake Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion where he was first vice-president for four years and Sergeant-at-Arms for ten years. 

A Funeral Service will be held on 2 August 2012 at Hillcrest Funeral Home with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Saskatoon. Condolences may be sent to the website {khmay15dc}

Date Deceased: 28 Mar 2020

We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant ​Christo “Chris” Spiro Alivisatos, CD (Ret’d) suddenly, on 28 March 2020 in Ottawa ON at the age of 63 years old.

Chris was a Heavy Equipment Operator who served with the Canadian Military Engineers in 5è Regiment du génie de Canada in Valcartier QC, 4 Combat Engineer Regiment and a tour with the Airfield Damage Repair Squadron in Germany, the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack BC, Canadian Forces Base Shilo MB and his last posting in 4 Engineer Support Regiment in Camp Gagetown NB, before retiring. He was a proud Army Veteran and cherished the many friendships and memories he made while serving his country.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Chris’ memory can be made at that time. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home. {khApr2020}

Date Deceased: 30 Jul 2021

We regret to advise of the death of Master Warrant Officer Floyd Royce Alkenbrack, CD (Ret’d) on 30 July 2021 in Ottawa ON at age 87.

Floyd was born in Timmins ON. He enlisted as a Soldier Apprentice at age 16 in 1954 with the first Apprentice intake of the Royal Canadian Artillery at Camp Shilo MB. After graduating in 1956, he went on to serve with 2 RCHA in Camp Petawawa ON and then returned to Shilo as an instructor in the RCA Depot. Floyd was part of the CL89 Drone program in Montreal in 1965 when he remustered as a Topographical Surveyor and joined the Mapping and Charting Establishment in Ottawa.

Floyd served in the School of Military Mapping and as a Troop WO in Survey Division. His Arctic survey experience includes: Canadian Forces Station Alert Antenna installation survey (1967), Op ARCTIC 72 Baffin Island Electronic Distance Measure Traverse (1972) and Op ARCTIC Pangnirtung & Frobisher Bay, Electronic Distance Measure Traverse (1974). Floyd was OPI of the JMR Doppler procurement program in 1978 and was the Technical Warrant Officer for Op ARCTIC 79 out of Pond Inlet that was the first MCE Doppler Survey. He was the Technical Warrant Officer for Op YUKON Kluane Mountain, St. Elias Doppler and Vertical Angle Traverse survey (1980).

Floyd took his release from the Canadian Forces in 1982 and accepted a position with the Ottawa Carleton Regional Government . He later returned to MCE in charge of the Resource Centre where he became a DD6. Floyd continued to pass on his vast knowledge as he continued to teach Geodesy to many courses.

Floyd was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1978. During his service in MCE, Floyd was also heavily involved with the Warrant Officers and Sergeants' Mess where he served as President of the Mess Committee during the closing of the old Beaver Barracks Mess and the move to the new mess at Cartier Square. Floyd volunteered extensively with MCE activities such as Christmas parties, picnics, and the Mappers Club.

Funeral details will be advised when known.

Date Deceased: 08 Dec 2010

We regret to advise of the death of John Donald 'Don' Allan on 8 December 2010.

Don obtained degrees from the University of Alberta (BSc Engineering), Queens (MSc Geology) and MIT (PhD Geology). He served as an officer with the Royal Canadian Engineers during WWII. Upon returning to civilian life, he joined the Manitoba Mines Branch in 1946, followed by a career with California Standard (Chevron) in 1951 where he worked until his retirement in 1981.

Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Park Memorial Chapel, Calgary on 15 December 2010. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Calgary Food Bank. In living memory of Don Allan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial Chapel, Calgary.