Obituaries

Corporal Aaron Michael St James

Corporal Aaron St James was born 20 April 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began his 7 year service to Canada on 26 March 2014. Following Basic training, he was posted first to the RCEME School at Canadian Forces Base Borden, and then to 1 Service Battalion at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, to complete his Vehicle Technician training. Upon achieving his trade qualifications, Corporal St James was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba in 2018. In June of 2019 he deployed to Latvia with the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group as part of Operation REASSURANCE, Rotation 19-02.

Throughout his career, Corporal St James proudly served the Army of the  West. His pride in the RCEME Corps and his personal pride of serving the  nation was evident to all who served with and knew him. The military and  especially the RCEME Corps were more than a career to Corporal St James;  his fellow soldiers were truly an extended family to him.

Corporal St James passed away on 27 April 2020 and is survived  by his wife Joanna St James, his mother Heather MacDonald, his  brother Special Constable Matthew St James, and his sisters  Samantha St James, Kierra Cardinal and Neo Cardinal.

 

Sgt Kathryn Elisabeth Howard

After 29 years of loyal service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Sgt Kathryn Elisabeth Howard passed away suddenly on 14 April 2020.

Sgt Kathryn Howard was born in Smith Falls, Ontario. She joined the CAF in August of 1991 as an EGS Technician and attended basic training at the CF Recruit School Cornwallis. Upon successful completion of her training she was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Gagetown, NB where she voluntarily transferred to the RCEME corps as a Vehicle Technician. She was posted to 1 Svc Bn, Edmonton in October of 1992 after passing her QL3 training and spent the next 4 years honing her skills as a technician.

Sgt Howard married her wife Jonna in August of 1995 and three short years later welcomed their beautiful son Dylan into the world in January of 1998. She completed her QL5 training in the early months of 1996 and was posted shortly after to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa, Ontario. While in Petawawa, Sgt Howard deployed on two separate tours of duty. One was with Task Force Golan on OP DENACA in 1997 and the other was with the Infantry Battle Group on OP PALLADIUM to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2003.

She was posted to CFB Cold Lake in December of 2004 and bounced between 4 Construction Engineering Squadron and 4 Air Combat Service Support. She attended the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with OP PODIUM and was deployed to Afghanistan in the same year on ROTO 11.

In the summer of 2016, Sgt Howard was posted to 1 CER in Edmonton as the B-Veh Section commander. While on IR she spent countless hours on the road between Edmonton and Cold Lake visiting her family whenever she could. When a position opened up in the summer of 2017 in Cold Lake she jumped at the chance to get home and become the Maint IC for 4 CES.

Sgt Howard had several hobbies ranging from making chainmail to 3D printing various objects. She enjoyed tinkering with electronics and using her virtual reality which she brought in to the unit for some morale days. She was a very caring and empathetic person that would do anything she could to help someone in need and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.

“Arte et Marte”

 

Retirement messages

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For any retirement messages wished to be sent out to the RCEME family, please send to our mailbox: DND.RCEME-GEMRC.MDN@forces.gc.ca.

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June 2020

  • 14 June: Cpl A. Muroyan – After 5 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Cpl Muroyan will retire on June 14th, 2020. An official Departure with Dignity (DWD) Ceremony is not planned at this  time, but we will be saying farewell to him at a luncheon in early June. If  you wish to have any anecdotes of your experience with Cpl Muroyan read  at the luncheon, please send them to MCpl Krob at  jeremy.krob@forces.gc.ca as soon as possible.

May 2020

  • 13 May: Sgt P. Hayduk – After 33 years of loyal service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Sgt Hayduk will retire on 13 May 2020. His Depart with Dignity(DWD) will take place 1300Hrs on 24 April at Mr. Mike’s in Saskatoon Please send any congratulatory messages, photos or anecdotes to MCpl Peel at john.peel@forces.gc.ca.

April 2020

  • 27 April: Cpl W. O’Leary – Cpl William O’Leary will retire April 27, 2020 after more than 30 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a member of the RCEME Corps. A DWD ceremony will take place (to be determined) at the Earl of Bessborough, 8 Wg Trenton to celebrate his many career years. Messages of congratulation, stories and/or anecdotes can be emailed to Sgt Vaillancourt at: ERIC.VAILLANCOURT@FORCES.GC.CA. All are invited to join the celebration.
  • 19 April: Cpl C. Lauzon – Cpl Colton Lauzon has retired from the CAF on April 19th 2020 after more than 11 years of loyal service. There will be no Depart with Dignity for Cpl Lauzon at this time, Any messages or stories can be passed on to WO Charlie Hasson Charlie.hasson2@forces.gc.ca

March 2020

  • 31 March: MWO S. BoucherMWO Stéphane Boucher has retired on March 31, 2020 after 35 years of good and loyal service within the CAF and RCEME corps. He has retired in Quebec on March 31, 20 with his wife Ana-Paula and her daughters Caroline and Paula. Anecdotes should be sent to sylvain.trudel@forces.gc.ca, CSN: 667-4559
  • 23 March: WO MittonWO Jeff Mitton is retiring after more than 39 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on 23 March, 2020. There will be an informal get together at Veh Coy a week or so before his retirement date.
  • 19 March: Cpl Hetherington – Cpl Jason B. Hetherington, born on November 30th, 1985 is retiring after more than 13 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on 19 March, 2020. Cpl Hetherington does not wish to have a DWD celebration, any well wishes can be sent directly to the member.
  • 14 March: WO Blundon – After 30 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, WO Blundon will retire on 14 March 2020. Congratulatory messages and anecdotes can be send to the DWD OPI WO Baker at 422-2000 ext 1711 or WESLEY.BAKER@forces.gc.ca.
  • 1 March: MCpl ChapmanMCpl Matthew Chapman will retire on March 1, 2020, after 14 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) as a vehicle technician. A dignified departure ceremony will take place on February 26, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. at La Cochonne Rit restaurant located at 1670 Avenue Bourgogne, Chambly, Qc. Please confirm your presence and send your anecdotes, messages and photos to MCpl Jimmy Deschamps. Jimmy.deschamps@forces.gc.ca
  • 1 March: MCpl MarshallMCpl Donald Marshall is retiring after more almost 10 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and Corps of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on 1 March, 2020. There will be a private ceremony at Vehicle Company before he leaves. Congratulatory messages can be sent to WO Watson at Michael.Watson@forces.gc.ca.

February 2020

  • 28 February: Capt TaylorAfter 30 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Capt. Taylor will retire on 28 February 2020. A Departure with Dignity (DWD) Ceremony will be held on 26 February 2020 at 1300, at the Normandy Officers’ Mess. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, messages and photos to Julia Laporte at Julia.Laporte@forces.gc.ca.
  • 26 February: WO P.M.J. PlourdeOn 26 February 2020, Warren Officer Patrice Plourde will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after 19 years of loyal and dedicated services to the CAF in which 17 of them served as a member of the RCEME Corps as an Electronic-Optronic Technician. A DWD ceremony will be held from 11h30 to 13h00 on February 7, 2020 at Restaurant Chuck’s Road house bar & grill, Angus, ON. Please confirm your attendance and send any congratulatory message, photos or anecdotes to Sgt Perron: Eric.Perron4@forces.gc.ca before 31 Jan 2020.
  • 23 February: MWO D. Merrill – On 23 February 2020, MWO Donnie Merrill will retire after more than 29 years of loyal and dedicated service with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps. A depart with dignity luncheon will be held in honour of MWO Merrill on 21 Feb 2020, 1200h at Raxx Bar & Grill, 665 Development Dr, Kingston, ON. Any RSVP, retirement wishes, stories and/or anecdotes may be sent to WO Andrew Wallace – andrew.wallace@forces.gc.ca
  • 18 February: Cpl MontgomeryAfter almost 5 years of service to the CAF and RCEME Corps, Cpl Montgomery will release on 18 Feb 2020. There will be a small DWD ceremony for him on 13 Feb 2020. Please send all messages of congratulations and anecdotes to Michael.guerette@forces.gc.ca.
  • 17 February: Cpl S. Mathieu OuelletAfter 5 years of loyal service with the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Cpl Mathieu Ouellet will be taking an early retirement, due to medical reasons, on February 17, 2020.A farewell dinner will be held on February 11, 2020 at the St-Hubert restaurant located at 2000 rue de l’Interlude, Québec; starting at 11:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend should contact Cpl Bissonnette via e-mail at Gabriel.Bissonnette@forces.gc.ca.
  • 12 February: MWO S. Morissette – After more than 33 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps (RCEME) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), MWO Stéphane Morissette will retire on February 12th, 2020. A Departure with Dignity event will take place at 11h30 on January 31st, 2020. The event will take place at the Senior NCO Mess on CFB Valcartier, Quebec. Please confirm your presence, and please send all stories, anecdotes, message and photos, to WO Jean-François Gravel no later than January 9th, 2020. jean-francois.gravel@forces.gc.ca

January 2020

  • 30 January: Maj D.B. Jose – After 30 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Maj Douglas Jose will retire on 30 January 2020. A Departure with Dignity Ceremony will be held on 19 Dec 19 at 1330 at La Station 611 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Gatineau, QC. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, messages and photos to MWO Mark Zelinski at Mark.Zelinski@forces.gc.ca.
  • 17 January: WO E. Poelzer – After 20 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Erik has decided to retire and his last day in a military uniform will be on 17 Jan 2020. A Departure with Dignity (DWD) Ceremony will take place in January with time and location to be confirmed at a later date. Congratulatory messages or anecdotes can be sent to MWO Sean Kaiser at Sean.Kaiser@forces.gc.ca.
  • 10 January: Cpl M. Parent – After 11 years of loyal service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Cpl Parent has retired on 10 Jan 2020. There will be a luncheon on 20 Feb 2020 1400Hrs Dooly’s Oromocto Mall. If you would like to attend or have a congratulatory message or anecdotes please send an email to: Cpl Patrick Cormier patrick.cormier@forces.gc.ca
  • 8 January: MWO J.R. Martin – After nearly 32 years of outstanding and loyal service with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps (RCEME) in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), MWO Reginald Martin will retire on 8 January 2020. A DWD will be held at the Centre Castor Restaurant at CFB Valcartier on 7 January, 2019 starting at 11:30 am. Those wishing to participate in his DWD are asked to communicate their intention to the OPI, MWO Éric Jobin via email Eric.jobin2@forces.gc.ca.
  • 6 January: Cpl S. St-Pierre – After more than 10 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Cpl Simon St-Pierre will retire on January 6th 2020. There will be no depart with dignity ceremony. Please send your message of congratulations and anecdotes to alexandre.lebel1@forces.gc.ca.

December 2019

  • 17 December: MWO HampelOn 17 December 2019, MWO James (Jimmy) Hampel will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after 39+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF/RCEME Corps as a Material Technician. A Luncheon will be held on the 9th December 2019 from 11:30- 13:30 at Buffet des Continents De Gatineau 4 Impasse de La Gare Talon Gatineau Qc. Please send R.S.V.P or any congratulatory Messages / anecdotes to MWO Jason Papineau: Jason.Papineau@forces.gc.ca NLT 29 Nov 2019.
  • 15 December: Sgt Marceau – After 21 years of good and loyal service as a regular force member in the RCEME Corps, Sgt Marceau will retire on December 15, 2019. A departure dinner will be held with his fellow workers whom he wishes to thank. Retirement messages and anecdotes can be sent to WO Steve Morissette (Steve.Morissette@forces.gc.ca).
  • 11 December: Sgt Maves – After 20+ years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Sgt Maves will retire on 11 December 19. A Departure with Dignity (DWD) luncheon will be held on 25 November 19 at 1130hrs, at Boston Pizza, 2939 Petawawa Blvd, Petawawa, On. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, messages and photos to WO Patrick Lebel at Patrick.lebel@forces.gc.ca.
  • 8 December: WO Morris – After 37+ years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), WO Morris will retire on 08/12/2019. A Departure with Dignity (DWD) Ceremony/luncheon will be held on 29 November 2019 at 1200hrs at Wainwright’s WOSM. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, anecdotes and/or messages and photos to MWO Phillips at Donald.Phillips2@forces.gc.ca.

November 2019

  • 30 November: MWO GosselinAfter nearly 30 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), MWO Steve Gosselin will retire on November 30, 2019. A Departure with Dignity Ceremony will be held on October 30, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Montreal Garrison Sgt/WO MESS located at 6560 Hochelaga Bulding 154. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, messages and photos to WO Jonathan Richard to jonathan.richard@forces.gc.ca.
  • 21 November: Sgt RaymondAfter 27 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), Sgt Raymond will retire on 21/11/2019. A DWD ceremony will be held at 12:00 on November 8, 2019, at Ambrosia restaurant located at 5910 Chemin de Chambly, Saint-Hubert, QC, J3Y 3R4. Please confirm your attendance and send any congratulatory messages, photos or anecdotes to Sgt Thibault at simon.thibault@forces.gc.ca.
  • 15 November: Cpl Schwaier After 5 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) as a Vehicle Technician (Veh Tech), Cpl Schwaier will retire on 15/11/2019. A Departure with Dignity (DWD) Ceremony will be held on 01/11/2019 at the Tenne Club above the JR. Ranks in Shilo. Please confirm your attendance and send your stories, messages and photos to Sgt Nederlof at ROBERT.NEDERLOF@forces.gc.ca.
  • 15 November: MWO Dugas After 22 years of loyal service to the RCEME Corps and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), MWO Steeve Dugas will retire on November 15, 2019. A small DWD ceremony will be held on November 15, 2019, followed by a meal with colleagues to mark MWO Dugas’ last day of service with the CAF. Congratulatory messages and anecdotes can be sent to MWO Nadeau at steve.nadeau@forces.gc.ca.
  • 13 November: Col Lavoie – Col François Lavoie will be retiring on 13 November 2019 after 29 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME). A DWD will be held on Friday 8 November 2019 @ 11h30 at the Aulde Dubliner Pub, 62 William St, Ottawa ON K1N 7A3. RSVP and anecdotes can be sent to LCol Jeff Spitzig, DLEPS 3.
  • 07 November: CWO Beaumier – After 31 years of loyal and dedicated service in the Canadian Armed Forces and to the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, CWO Eric Beaumier will retire on 15 Nov 2019. A Depart with dignity will be held at the WO’s and Sgt’s Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa on 7 November 2019 beginning at 1130 hrs. Those wishing to attend Eric’s DWD are requested to RSVP your intent to the DWD OPI, CWO Kevin Northorp by email at Kevin.Northorp@forces.gc.ca .

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