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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
PTE. GORDON C. COMPTON, A110245.
Gordon (Mr. C) Compton passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at Chelsey Park. He was met by the loving arms of his true love, Atty and their eldest daughter, Carla. Theirs was a true love story spanning over 75 years after they met in Sneek, Netherlands over a shared stick of gum, during WW II where he was serving with the Perth Regiment.
He will be remembered by his daughters: Linda McDougall (Gord), of London, ON; Sandi Stephens (Paul), of Sherwood Park, AB; and Debbie May (Jeff), of Wellesley, ON. He is survived by 15 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered by Atty's family in the Netherlands and all his friends in London and Bayfield.
Gord's life was full with family, slo-pitch (playing and umpiring) travelling with his children, grandchildren and friends and 50 years at Paul Bunyan Camp in Bayfield. His work life was spent as an OR Tech at Victoria Hospital, a vehicle maintenance sub-contractor at Bell Canada and, after his retirement, 11 years driving school buses.
Thanks to all the staff at Chelsey Park LTC facility who made Gord's last years comfortable.
A/CPL. DELWIN CHARLES DORSCHNER MM, B132671. In his ninety-sixth year, and more suddenly than we could ever have imagined, Dad left us on Friday February 12th, 2016 having lived a life that can only be described as extraordinary. We will miss Dad's incredible zest for life, his joy of family and the unconditional love he held for each of us.
Loved and loving husband and best friend of Kay (nee McKenzie). Dad was born in Mattawa, Ontario on November 17th, 1920 to John (Jack) Dorschner and Rozilda Didier. He was a freight conductor with the CPR, having joined the company soon after his return from overseas. Dad proudly served with the Perth Regiment in WWII with tours of duty in England, Holland, Italy and Germany. Dad was a highly decorated 'soldier' and it was during the Italian campaign where he received the Military Medal for bravery along with many other commendations from the various campaigns he fought in. Dad retired from the CPR in 1984 but kept his hand in the contracting business for many years after.
Dad was the loving and much loved father of Joanne Warren (Brian) of London, Michael (Donna) of Ridgeway, Jeffrey (Lise) of Bonfield and Maureen Fredson (Dan) of Beamsville. He was a proud and devoted grandfather to Brett Warren (Victoria), Jeremy Warren (Tracy); Rebecca Pitt (Jason), David Dorschner (Irina), Dana Dorschner, Jordan Hughes (Shannon), Brittany Drouin (Ryan), Mallory Hendle (Bill), and Jesse, Alex and Thomas Fredson. Dad was also the proud and loving great grandfather of Avery and Abigail Warren, William and Findlay Hughes, Jack Drouin and Emilia Dorschner.
Del was predeceased by his sisters Arina Beauregard, Marie Feeney, Helen Boylan and his brothers Rudolph, Gerald and Bernard. He is survived by his loving sister Betty-Ann Dorschner of Gatineau, QC and his beloved sister-in-law, Veronica Frair of Stouffville.
Dad is also survived by his many nieces and nephews who loved and admired him and who he loved in return.
To everyone who knew Dad, family was at the centre of his universe. In the years before Mom passed away; Dad was her constant caretaker. Although we will miss Dad more than words can ever describe; he is with Mom now; happy, joyful, smiling and looking down upon us.
SGT. ROY WILDFONG. Roy Wildfong, 92, of Mitchell passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell on Monday, January 12, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Wilma Wildfong (2015) for 66 years. Dear father of Marj Ebel (Bill) of Woodstock, David Wildfong (Maureen) of Central Huron and Lois Costello (Ben) of Mitchell. Loving grandfather of Kathy Ellis (Mike), Billy Ebel (Kim), Jackie Gibb (Paul), Danny Wildfong (Meagan), Kerri Catalan (Jody) and Nancy Vanderwielen (Wes). Cherished great grandfather of twelve great grandchildren. Dear brother of Elva Forbeck. Dear brother-in-law of Mildred Petley, Carmetta Hayes and Dorothy McNichol. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents George and Ethel Wildfong, brothers Elliott (Ethel) and Elmer (Lucy), sisters Eileen Dahlmer (Harry) and Margaret Wiltshier (Hugh), brothers-in-law Charles Forbeck, Ralph McNichol (Anna), Glen McNichol, Tom Petley, Con Hayes and grandson Patrick Culligan. Roy was a Veteran of WW2 having served with the Perth Regiment. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 70 years. He farmed in McKillop Township until moving to Mitchell in 1967. He was employed at Blackstone Industries until his retirement. Also known as "Rainbow Roy", he enjoyed hunting and fishing all of his life.
LCol Edmund Hutchinson
HUTCHINSON, Edmund Mann Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret.) In his 98th year, after a long and happy life well-lived, Ed died peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at his retirement residence with his family at his side. He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Anne McMahon (Michael) and Cathy Peters, as well as great friend Gordon Peters, all of Ottawa. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends across the country and around the world. Ed was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (McKeough) Hutchinson, and his parents Edmund and Christina (Kemp) Hutchinson. As the eldest in his family, he was also predeceased by all of his siblings, including sisters Catherine Hutchinson, Elsie (Hutchinson) Moore, and Elizabeth (Hutchinson) Buscher; and brothers, Murdoch, David, James and John Hutchinson. Born in Evanton, Scotland on July 14, 1916, Ed immigrated to Canada with his parents at a very young age, and built a successful life here that included a 30-year career with Employment and Immigration Canada. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving overseas as a member of the Perth Regiment, and later as the Regiment’s Commanding Officer. During his many years overseas, Ed also served with the HQ2 Canadian Corps, where he had the privilege of being part of the planning operations for D-Day. Ed was recognized for his service to his country and his many medals included both the American Bronze Star and the Mentioned in Dispatches – Oak Leaf on Victory Medal. Ed’s daughters would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Duke of Devonshire for the wonderful care provided to their dad throughout his residency there. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Stratford, Ontario with internment to follow in Avondale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Restoration Fund of St. Joseph’s Church, 96 Huron St., Stratford, Ontario or a charity of choice. Ed was an officer and a gentleman who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. www.kellyfh.ca
SCISLOWSKI, Stanley. Passed away suddenly at the age of 90, on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Oak Park Retirement Home, LaSalle. Stan will be overjoyed to be re-united with his beloved wife Joyce, who passed away on April 24, 2001. He leaves behind his loving children, Pat and the late Joe Rispoli (2010), John and Toni Scislowski, Jerry Scislowski, Cindy and Phil Goldwater, Carolyn Scislowski, Julie and Chris Phillips. He was a beloved Papa to Joey and Anne, Jesse, Lauren and Russ, Peter, Alyssa, Tonya, Christopher, Patrick, Mary Anne and Allison and a great grand-papa to Abby and Ben. Stan was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Tekla Scislowski, and his four brothers and two sisters. Survived by his sister-in-law Joanne Scislowski and many nieces and nephews. Stan lived a very full energetic life. His greatest pride and joy was his family. He served in World War II in Italy with the Perth Regiment until he was wounded carrying a fallen comrade to safety. His war years proved to be fertile ground for the writing that he undertook for the rest of his life, culminating in his first published Book at age 73, “Not All Of Us Were Brave”. Stan was a self-taught chemist and used those skills in the family electroplating business. He was a founding and lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 594 and the editor of the branch Newsletter for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Windsor Historical Society and the Windsor Military Institute. Stan never slowed down, despite suffering two strokes over eight years ago. He spent much of the day at his computer, still writing, reading emails, surfing the net and watching YouTube videos. But most of all Stan loved people. He was never at a loss for words and was a master story-teller. He touched many people and will be greatly missed. We salute you, Dad. If you so desire, donations to the Windsor Public Library Gift and Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Friday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral under the auspice of RCL 594 and WVMSC Saturday 10 a.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Cremation to follow. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca
PTE. JOHN WACHNIAK, H203146. September 26, 1922 - March 19, 2011 Peacefully in his sleep at home, Saturday March 19, our father, gramps and great-grampsy passed away. He has left us to join his dearly missed wife Ann. He will be forever missed by his sons Ron (Debra) and Dutch (Doraine) and his ever attentive daughter Joanne (Ken Barkley); grandchildren, Ron Jr. (Laurie), Ryan Wachniak (Michelle Hansen), Gindy (Greg) Klein, Kori, Jody, Trent (Trish) Wachniak, Jonathon and Kevin Barkley (Lauren Willems) will cherish the memories that have been created over the years. He leaves six great-grandchildren, some too young to have known him personally. John is survived by his brothers Steve (Ollie), Wally (Lovey) and Peter (Diane) Wachniak as well as his sisters Kay Swack and Levia Markewitz. He also will be sadly missed by his neighbours and a long list of friends and family. John was born in Brooksby, Saskatchewan, September 26, 1922. In 1930 his family moved to Winnipeg where his father started J. Wachniak and Sons Auction business. John was involved with the family business travelling to many small towns in Manitoba and Saskatchewan holding auctions. In 1943 he joined the Canadian Army; he was deployed to Italy to join the Perth Regiment, 5th Division, 9th Army. He served his country proudly. When the war ended John returned home to be trained in the upholstery trade at Ideal Brass and then eventually he opened his own upholstery business on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg. In time he returned to the family run auction business until his retirement in 1987. John was respected for his honesty and has maintained many friendships with former auction room customers. In 1947 he married the love of his life, Ann Budzan. They raised their family in the North End of Winnipeg. Their home was a welcoming hub for family and friends; never was there a shortage of food, a raised glass and a sincere happy to see you smile. Both John and Ann enjoyed summers at the family cottage in Grand Marais and several trips to sunny Hawaii. John was a respected member of The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral as well as the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch 141 Legion of the Royal Canadian Legion. John kept very busy at Branch 141 it was; in all sense of the term, his Home Away from Home . In 1964 he was elected Sergeant-at-Arms and he held that responsibility up to the date of his passing. John's color party was well represented in all Legion Memorial parades including Stonewall, Stony Mountain, Gimli, the International Peace Gardens and all parts of Winnipeg. He was in charge of all funerals for veterans at his Legion; during his tenure he assisted in the burial of over 1,000 legionnaires. He honored his fellow comrades with the marching on colors, the reading of the Legion ritual, the Last Post and Reveille at funeral homes, churches and gravesites. The respect he had for each veteran showed in his attention to details during the service and in how he presented himself in his Legion uniform. The Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Command Color Party and the 573 Air Cadet Squadron both benefited from John's wealth of knowledge about Legion affairs. Collectively he volunteered 40 years between both groups. In recognition of his contribution to the community he was honored with the highest award in the Royal Canadian Legion, the Palm Leaf. If there ever was a time when things just won't feel the same it will be on Saturdays at Legion Branch 141 where John would find comfort visiting, reminiscing and just enjoying life with friends and family. And while his dedication and commitment to the Legion was very evident his love for family and friends was first and foremost in his life. The family wishes to thank both Dr. Mark Kristjanson for his many years of thoughtful care and John's neighbour Joe Bras for his continual watchful eye and helping hand. Dad would be proud to know that his six grandsons will be the pallbearers and that Legion services will be conducted by MB/N.W. ONT. Command Color Party, under the Command of Dennis Harvie. Ritual read by Brian Wilson. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 28 at l:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. with Rev. Isidore Dziadyk, OSBM. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery. A Celebration of John's Life will take place at the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch 141 Legion, 618 Selkirk Ave. after the interment. Online condolences may be submitted at . Dad your guiding hand and loving smile will remain with us forever.
PTE. KENNETH (KEN) PAWLEY, A103079. Surrounded by his family at Victoria Hospital, London on Monday, February 16, 2009. Kenneth 'Ken" Pawley of London in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Theresa (Quirk) Pawley (January 1, 2009). Proud father of Kenney Pawley Jr., Ronald Pawley and his wife Betty, Doreen Smith and her husband Bill and Marilyn Surette and her husband Lee all of London. Also loved by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special brother of Madelene George, Hilda Smith, Ruth Phillips and Mary Wamsley. Also survived by his several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his daughter Judith Edgar and his sister Thelma Federation. Ken served in WWII with the Perth Regiment from 1942 - 1946.
LCOL. JOHN (JACK) SEIGER WHYTE KSTJ. E.D. U.E., age 90, of 201-30 Front Street, Stratford, passed away at People Care Stratford on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Born in Toronto, he was a son of a Perth County pioneer family Robert S. Whyte and Robina (Johnston) Whyte.
He was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Guelph. He came to Stratford in 1937 to join the Whyte Packing Co. Ltd. and joined the Perth Regiment as a second Lieutenant and went on active service with them in 1939 serving in Canada, England, Italy and NW Europe. He was seriously wounded in action and commanded the regiment from 1946-50.
He became the president of Whyte Packing Co. in 1950 and remained there until he sold the company in 1965. He subsequently was associated with Sun Life Assurance Co. until retirement and was a senator of the Stratford Festival Theatre. Jack was active in community affairs having headed up the Stratford Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Stratford Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow) and was a member and Rectors Warden of St. James Anglican Church. He was chairman of the Meat Packers Council of Canada in 1959 and a member of the Tecumseh Lodge 144, AF&AM. Jack was also an active member of St. John Ambulance in Stratford for over 35 years and had been a member of the Stratford Legion since 1946. He was a great advocate of the benefits of Tai Chi and was a regular member of the 9:45 coffee club at the Garden Grove restaurant.
He is survived by his beloved wife Anneli Beatrix (van Dijk) Whyte, two sons Robert and John and his wife Ingrid and their two children Alexandra and Brianne, sisters Robina and Anne, one brother Robert A. and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister Margaret. Jack was well regarded by his many friends and will be missed.
Relatives and friends may call at St. James Anglican Church, on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lorne Mitchell will officiate. Cremation with interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. John Ambulance, Stratford General Hospital or a charity of one's choice through the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford.
GALLAGHER, George Alvin Q.C. A Veteran of WWII having served with the Canadian Army in Italy and Holland and recipient of the Bronze Lion Medal from the Netherlands. Passed away peacefully at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Penetanguishene, on Wednesday July 29, 2009, in his 89th year. The late George of Port Severn was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Renee, on June 19th, 2009. Born in Port McNicoll, George is the loving father of William and his wife Prudence of Toronto, and Michael and his wife Sophie of Leamington. Dear Grandfather of Andrew, Emily and Peter. George spent many summers working on the CPR passenger boats before attending the University of Western Ontario and joining the Perth Regiment of the Canadian Army in 1941, attaining the rank of Captain. After the war, George studied law and settled in Leamington, Ontario where he practised law and pursued his lifelong passions of curling and golf. Upon retirement George and Renee moved to Gloucester Pool where they spent their remaining years among many good friends. A Memorial Tree will be planted by the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes.
L/CPL. KEITH ODREY MCNABB (B145718) Passed away on February 23, 2007, in his 88th year, after a courageous battle with cancer. Keith slipped away peacefully at home in Sebright surrounded by his family. Beloved husband and life companion for over sixty years of Tillie. Dear father of Jean Wilson, Linda Hegler (Peter), Christine Ireland (Kevin), Sharon Woodard (Bill), and Margaret Barnes (Phil). Loving grandfather of Bryan Wilson, Jenna Hegler, Graham Hegler (Jen), Grant Barnes, Scott Barnes and Kyle Woodard. Special great grandfather of Steven and Sarah Wilson and Reece Hegler. Dear brother of Aubrey McNabb (Ruby). Cremation will take place with interment at Mud Lake Cemetery in Sebright. No formal memorial service will take place at this time according to Keith's wishes. A celebration of Keith's life will be held during a private family service at a later date. The family thanks the many friends and caregivers who have been a wonderful support during this difficult time. A special thank you to R.N. Elizabeth of ParaMed Home Health Care.
JOHN FICKLING - Suddenly at McCormick Home on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, John Fickling was “Promoted to Glory” in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Shirley (Youde) Fickling. Loving father of Sharron Millard (Mike) of Mississauga and Sheila Fickling of Goderich. Predeceased by a son Danny Fickling. Brother of Edna Winslade of Chatham. Loving grandfather of Lisa (Ron) Scott, and Andrea (Mike); great “pappa” of Joshua, Emma and Noah. Dear brother-in-law of Betty Fairful and Edna and Jack Youde and several nieces and nephews. John was the owner of Fickling Cartage and Storage London and WWII Veteran (Perth Regiment), long time member of the Salvation Army London Citadel, and a band member, member of the “Vimy” Legion.
MICHAEL B. O'DONNELL, A11867 of Cambridge, Ontario passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 5, 2004 in Cambridge, Ontario with his family at his side. Visitation at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St., Cambridge, Ontario on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral at St. Patrick's Church, 53 Wellington Street, Cambridge, Ontario on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.
PTE JAMES FREDERICK A. HARGRAVE of Durham, Perth WWII Veteran, died on May 28th, 2004 in Mount Forest at the age of 86.
HARRY J. DOMIANCZUK, Perth WWII Veteran, died on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at Southampton, Ontario, in his 83rd year. Harry served in Sicily, Italy, Africa, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Born in Preston, Ontario, he moved to Southampton after retiring from the shoe business. Beloved husband of Eva Domianczuk (nee Franklin) of Southampton. Dear father of Kathleen Roth of Beaumont, Alberta, Cheryl (Don) Kingston of Paris and Ralph of Southampton. Sadly missed by his five grandchildren, Tim and Jason Kingston and Roxane, Victoria and David Roth.
PTE NORRIS (GIG, BUD) CHADWICK of Sarnia, Perth WWII Veteran, died on October 17th, 2003 in Sarnia at the age of 83. He had a good and full life as a man and had 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a retired Iron Worker, Local 700, Honourary Life member of Point Edward Ex-Servicemans Club, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #62, member of the Steam Threshers Association and former member of the Bluewater Model Flying Club. His grandson, James Chadwick, would like to thank his brothers in arms for the hard fight and helping to bring him back to Canada to live out a full life. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him but now he is in God's hands - God Bless!
GLENN A. TIMS of Sarnia, Perth WWII Veteran formerly of Petrolia passed away on June 12, 2003 in Petrolia, ON.
WILLIAM DAVID "BILL" MACKIE, a veteran of the WWII Perth Regiment, passed away at the Guelph General Hospital on Monday, June 9, 2003 in his 79th year. Loving husband of Joan (LeGrand) Mackie for 50 years. Will be dearly missed by his children, Cindy McAlister (Dan) of Guelph, Jeff Mackie (Jennie) of Toronto, Warren Mackie of Guelph and the late Fred Dykstra (Friesland, Holland). Granddaughters, Ashley, Lindsay and Caeleigh McAlister; Jennifer and Michelle Mackie. Brother of Dorothy Pearson of Burlington, Marg Pearson of Grimsby and the late Jack. Brother-in-law to George, Thelma, Russ and the late Marjorie. Cremation has taken place, inurnment Memory Gardens.
MAJOR WILLIAM JOHN (SAMMY) RIDGE, a Perth veteran of World War II 1939 - 1945. Bill saw action with the Perth Regiment, 5th Armoured Division, in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Holland. Mentioned in dispatches for bravery.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved husband of Bea (nee Medland) for 56 devoted years. Loving father of Donna Boychuk and her husband Bob, John Ridge and his wife Toni. Proud Papa of Aaron Wright (Liz) and Andrew Boychuk. Dear great Grandpa to Autumn. Eldest brother of Robert (deceased), Joanna of Coburg, Mary of Millbrook, Fred (Gladys) of Port Hope, and Carol Donaldson (Jack, deceased) of Whitby. Son of the late Elizabeth and John Ridge Sr., formerly of Millbrook. Uncle Bill will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Bill has 34 years service with Bell Yellow Pages - Salesman, Sales Manager, and last 20 years, as a District Sales Mgr. He was a long-time active member of Islington United Church. A visitation and reception will be hosted by the family on Saturday, March 22 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.). A graveside Funeral Service will be held in the spring at the Ridge family plot at the Pontypool Cemetery, Pontypool, Ontario. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the charity of your choice.
"And so another one of our Perth Regiment's stalwart leaders has climbed the long stairway to eternity. We who knew William (Sammy) Ridge have always looked upon him, both in battle and in the post war years as a man of integrity, keen mind, and as a caring gentleman who did not sacrifice his men on the altar of personal gain and glory. He guided us through our training and made us into battle-ready infantrymen. He led us through the smoke, noise and fire of our battle baptism outside Ortona, thence through the Liri Valley to our eventual stunning victory in the Gothic Line. And then, without let-up he took us in successive advances from Hill 204 to Coriano Ridge and into the mud and the river lines of the Po Plains up to the Senio dike and the final thrust north of Ravenna. His leadership was of the highest calibre and he displayed it with firm resolve. As long as Sammy led the way, we knew we were in good hands and that we'd take our objective. And so, we remaining few of Dog Company, along with those of the other companies of the Perth Regiment salute Sammy in his final journey. He did his job, and we were fortunate that he was a Perth all the way, brave and true."
Written by Stan Scislowski, Pte Perth Regiment, D Coy
CAPTAIN ROBERT EDMUND CROUCH, a Perth veteran passed away peacefully January 24th, 2002 at his home in Ottawa.
JAMES CAMERON MURDOCH, Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Perth Regiment WWII veteran, died 1st, August 2001. He served in Italian and Northwest European campaigns and attended Perth Regiment reunions every two years. His brother, George, would like to correspond with Perth Regiment veterans who knew him. Write George Murdoch, 94348 Carlson Heights Lane, North Bend, OR 97459, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM CHARLES HIDER, late of Oakville, Ontario, passed away on April 2nd, 2001, while on holiday with his wife Norine, visiting their daughter and granddaughter at their home in Oxford, England. Bill Hider was born in Stratford, Ontario in 1922. He served as an Officer with the Perth Regiment seeing active service during World War II in Italy and Northwest Europe. Later he became Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada.
CPL. ROBERT J. ARNDT DCM (M107678), a Perth veteran, passed away March 1st, 2001 at his home in Edmonton, Alberta.
LIEUTENANT ROY MAXWELL STOREY, a former Perth Regiment veteran formerly of Rockwood, Ontario, passed away January 27th, 2001. He was enlisted with the Perths from 7 February 1941 to 21 February 1946, serving in the Italian and Northwest European campaigns. After the war he was active in the Royal Canadian Legion, serving 9 terms as President of Br.197 in Acton and becoming an Honourary Life Member. He became well known across southern Ontario as a farmer and auctioneer until his retirement. Please contact his son, Brian Storey, at Brian.Storey@peelsb.com if you have any stories or pictures.
WILLIAM ARTHUR HOLT CREE, a former Perth Regiment veteran, passed away January 10th, 2001, age 83, at the Leamington Nursing Home. He was born in Burvey, Ontario.
CHARLES MORRIS, a former Perth Regiment veteran passed away Tuesday October 24th, 2000. He was a resident of Comber, Ontario, just outside of Windsor.
ROWE, ‘BLACKIE’ Lance Sergeant KENNETH MEDCALF, DCM, (A11385) of Kincardine, Ontario, passed away on July 16, 2000 at the age of 79. Ken was born in Greenock, Bruce County, on August 7, 1921 and enlisted with the Perth Regiment Stratford in 1939 at age 18 assigned to “C” Coy. Just before departure from England to Italy, he was transferred to “D” Coy. He first saw action in the Battle for the Arielli River. He was awarded the DCM for distinguished conduct with the Perths in the battle for the Gothic Line on August 31, 1944. Ken retired from Ontario Hydro in 1985. He was past president of the RCL Branch 183 Kincardine and was an active member of the Executive. On Remembrance Day every year, he proudly led the veterans’ march to the cenotaph. Ken shared his Perth Regiment experiences and fondly remembered friends. He was often quoted saying “There is a bond that develops between combat soldiers, especially those that shared the same experiences, that is stronger than any family tie.” Please contact family at email@example.com if you have pictures or stories.
THOMAS SMITH (A11204, C. Coy), a former Perth Regiment veteran passed away Monday, June 5th, 2000 at Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario. Services were held Thursday June 8th.
PRIVATE WILFRED H. MARTIN (B155974,) a Perth veteran of both the Italian and North-West Europe campaigns passed away Tuesday April 18th, 2000 at his home in Windham Centre. He was in his 85th year. Funeral services to be held April 22nd, 2000. In 1939, Wilfred Martin volunteered for the armed services. Originally, he was a carpenter with the 3rd Field Ambulance but was later assigned to the Perth Regiment. He saw action in Italy, France, Holland and Belgium. Remaining in Europe until January 1946, he returned home on the Queen Elizabeth, docking in New York on January 14th, 1946. Wilfred was one of the 367 to return to Stratford on January 16, 1946.
LIEUTENANT GERALD GETTY, former Platoon Commander, Perth Regiment, passed away Apr.4, 2000 in his 88th year.
PTE. LAMBERT JOHN HUBER, a Perth veteran, passed away on New Year's Day, 2000. Enlisting in 1942, he served with Regiment in Italy where he was wounded twice before returning to Canada.
MAJOR GENERAL BERTRAM MERYL HOFFMEISTER, OC, CB, CBE, DSO, ED. General Officer Commanding, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, March 1944 - May 1945, passed away at his home in West Vancouver, December 4th, 1999 at the age of 92. As one of Canada's best and most respected General Officers of WWII, he will be sadly missed.
"On December 4th, Retired Major-General Bert Hoffmeister, Commanding 5th Armoured Division in WW 2 passed away in Vancouver at the age of 92. In his passing, Canada lost one of the best, most admired and successful General Officers of that war, a man who knew not only how to command, but also how to gain the respect and confidence of his men. And by this, I mean he got it from the pinnacle of command right down to the private in the infantry and the trooper in the tank.
Let me quote here briefly what Ian Bailey of the Vancouver Sun had to say about this inspiring man, "He was hailed as one of Canada's greatest soldiers for a style that included sharing the risks of war with his men." He most certainly was no 'Dug-out Charlie'. He was not the kind of General the ordinary soldier rarely, if ever, saw from up close, the kind that made himself known only on inspections or reviews. He was forever appearing right up front to cheer up his men, and not at any time when under fire was seen to flinch. These visits up at the so-called 'sharp edge' did not always go well with his staff, for it sometimes left them to fight the battle while he was off risking life and limb in what they and common logic would say was not the right way to run the show. But that was his way.
To those who may not know Hoffmeister's progress through the ranks, let me enlighten you in a small way, but only in regards to his war service. After working his way through the ranks and several postings, Bert returned to his home Regiment, the Seaforth High-landers on Oct. 11, 1943 to take over command. He led the Regiment with distinction throughout the Sicilian Campaign and well into Italy where 1st Div. Commander Chris Vokes gave him command of 2nd Infantry Brigade as it arrived on the very doorstep of Ortona.
Despite Chris Vokes' questionable and even faulty manner in conducting the overall battles on the approaches to Ortona and the subsequent week-long street fight for Ortona, Hoffmeister's 2nd Brigade did an exceptional job under the circumstances. The street by street, house by house, room by room vicious struggle for the town, according to the world press, became known as Little Stalingrad, a battle in which the Canadians bested the best of the German elite divisions, the 1st Parachute Division, many of them veterans ofthe Eastern Front, Crete, North Africa and Sicily.
The Brigadier's reward for capturing Ortona was his promotion to Major-General Commanding 5th Armoured Div. His introduction to higher command, however, had not been the way he wanted things to go, since mistakes had been made above him, and gross deficiencies in planning became obvious as his Mighty Maroon Machine fought its way down the length of Liri and Sacco valleys on its way to Rome where it was brought up short, for the reason, as some claim, to allow the Americans and British to gain the limelight in the world press as its liberators.
His crowning achievement, however, was the performance of 5th Armoured Division in the battle of the Gothic Line. After the Perth Regiment had pried open the door using WW 1 tactics of a bayonet charge against machine-gun positions on the heights overlooking the wide, mine-infested flats, Sherman tanks of the British Columbia Dragoons went barging through the opening like gang-busters, blasting away at everything, infantry, anti-tank guns, vehicles, tanks and every suspected strongpoint in its path with their 75 mms and their ball-mounted MGs. Although they lost heavily in tanks and men, including their CO, Lt.Col. F.A. Vokes, who was killed outside his command tank, (brother of Chris Vokes), inside a day and a half, along with the infantry and their squadron brothers, the 8th New Brunswick Hussars and the Lord Strathcona Horse, they had the Germans back-pedalling furiously all the way back to Coriano Ridge some 20 miles to the north. Not long after the battle, 8th Army Commander Gen. Oliver Leese sent a message to Montgomery saying that 5th Armoured Division had fought with the same terrific dash that the famous British 7th Armoured Desert Rats had shown in North Africa. Further praise came from a British General known to be highly critical of the Canadians' training methods and operations, when he said that the Gothic Line battle as fought by 5th Div. may have been the finest by any Canadian formation in the war.
This then tells the reader something about this man and his personality (charisma may be a better way of putting it), his leadership, skill in command, and above all, the confidence and the respect he gained from those above him in command and those beneath him.
"We will remember him."
by Stan Scislowski, former member Perth Regt., 11th Inf. BDE, 5CAD.
JERRY MARTINAK who was in the Perths throughout the Italian campaign passed away Nov.15, 1999.
PTE. LLOYD (CASEY) GEORGE CASEMORE (A11759) Born in Wingham, Ontario on October 2, 1917. Casey passed away peacefully and with dignity surrounded by his loving family on January 23, 1999 at age 81 years. He joined the Perth regiment in Stratford on June 17, 1940 and on October 3, 1941, he boarded a troopship in Halifax harbour, bound for Liverpool, England. The 1st Battalion, Perth Regiment with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division served in England from October 17, 1941 to October 1943 until their duty called them to Europe. He served throughout the Italian and Northwest European campaigns.
Casey returned to Wingham in September, 1945 and resumed work at Western Foundry. In October 1945, he joined Branch 180 of the Wingham Legion serving on its Property Committee and continued as an active member of the Branch until his death. During post war service from Feb. 3, 1947 to Feb. 28, 1966, he was Staff Sergeant with the 99th Battery, 21st Field Regiment RCA (Militia). In 1981, he retired as a foreman at Stanley Door Systems in Wingham.
He always enjoyed and looked forward to the biannual reunions of the Perth regiment in Stratford and in April, 1975 he travelled with others from the Perth Regiment to Italy for the 30th anniversary. In the years to follow, he made over 20 trips to Holland and Europe visiting the battlefields and cenotaphs of Europe, rekindling an important and compelling time in his early life. His legacy for community service is widely acknowledged in the Wingham area and his contribution lives on in organizations he actively participated in, namely: Wingham Lions Club (Life membership award), Masonic Lodge, Wingham Curling Club (Life membership award), Terry Fox Foundation. He will be remembered for bringing hope and encouragement to many who battled cancer, a disease he fought valiantly for many years. He was proclaimed Citizen of the Year for the town of Wingham and the township of Turnberry in 1996. Casey married his childhood sweetheart, June, on July 4, 1964 and they lived happily until her death in 1979. He continues to inspire his three step-children and their spouses, along with 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Casey is missed by his family and friends. Anyone caring to share stories about Casey are asked to email his step-daughter, Patti at Sisler@sympatico.ca.
Casey in 1941
Casey and fellow soldiers in Delfzijl, Holland, May 5, 1945.
Casey is sitting on the tank, the rightmost person in the second row from the top.
SGT. GEORGE EDWARD GRANT, MM, CD, (A11200, 18Pl, D Coy.) late of Chilliwack, BC, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 1998 at the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminister, BC, at the age of 75. George was born in Barrie, Ontario, April 11, 1923 and had resided in Chilliwack for the past 28 years. At the age of 16, George enlisted in the Perth Regiment on 17 Sept 1939 and served in Canada, United Kingdom and Italy. George was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry during his service as a Platoon Sergeant in Italy. On demobilization in 1945, George re-enlisted in the Canadian Army (Active Force) in the Canadian Provost Corp. He retired as a Master Warrant Officer from the Canadian Forces in March 1970. His family would like to contact other members of the Regt. to learn more of George's wartime experiences. Contact .
PTE. WALTER E. HANSFORD (A11888) Walter Hansford served in the Perth Regiment alongside his brothers Bill and Roy. Upon his return, he worked for a time for the City of Stratford. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1956, after a brief career with the Stratford Fire Department. He joined the RCAF as a fire fighter. His postings included Camp Borden, Mount Hope, Dunnville, CFB Downsview, CFS Armstrong, and CFB Kingston. He retired from the Forces in 1972, as a sergeant, in Kingston Ontario. He eventually became Safety Officer at Queen's University. He died on December 24th, 1987. He was a predeceased by a son, Edward, in 1973. His wife, Marion (nee Sloan) died in 1994. They are survived by a daughter (Linda) sons David and Jim, and six grandchildren.
CPL. ANTHONY ADAM HUBERCHECK (A603919), formerly of Preston, and former Perth Regiment veteran, France and Germany, born July 7, 1918 passed away October 21, 1996. Enlisted March 9, 1943 and was discharged February 28, 1946.
RALPHAEL (RAY) VISCONTI, and former Perth Regiment veteran of both the Italian and European campaigns passed away Februay 28, 1996. Would anyone with any photos or information on my father's role in the Perths during the war please e-mail his son, Joe Visconti, with the information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTE. BRUCE ASHTON CHARTERS, former Perth war veteran, passed away October 26, 1994. He was surrounded by his family. I also would like anybody who knew him or has any photos to contact me (John Charters) at 3 Ward st. Simcoe Ontario N3Y 3G2 or email@example.com. They should not be forgotten. Thank you.
PTE. CLAYTON (The Baron) HONSBERGER (SA42266), a Perth Regiment veteran of the Italian and Northwest Europe campaigns, passed away on 26 December 1993 at the age of 72. Originally enlisting with the Elgin Regiment in September 1940, he transferred to the Perths in time to join the embarkation to England in October 1941. Among other positions he was a dispatch rider with HQ Company.
Following the war he returned to Tillsonburg, married Leona Buchner (who served as a sergeant with the CWAC in Ottawa during the war) and started the Aero Taxi company. He re-enlisted in 1951 and served in both the Intelligence and Ordinance Corps until 1957. During a 2 year posting to Germany he took his family to visit the Belgian family in the little village straddling the French border where he had been billeted for several weeks before leaving to fight for the liberation of Holland. After working as one of Tillsonburg’s first letter carriers, he started his own painting and decorating business, working in this until he retired.
He is the father of Wayne of Simcoe and Joanne DiPierdomenico of Amherstburg and the proud grandfather of 5 grandsons.
PTE. KENNETH WILFRED MCDOUGALL (B111344), former Perth Regiment veteran of both the Italian and European campaigns passed away 1992.
PTE. LAWRENCE JOSEPH JACOBS (D138946), died April 9, 1992 at age 81. He is interred at the Pine Hills Cemetery (Military Section) Toronto, Ontario.
PTE. JEROME SCHARLACH (A106993 7Pl A Coy), of Waterloo, Ontario, passed away on April 10, 1988 at age 65. A Perth veteran of Both the Italian and North-West Europe Campaigns, he was wounded in action twice before returning to Canada in June 1945.
PTE. HENRY J.R. MONONEN (B145468), a Perth veteran born January 14th, 1924 passed away February 6th, 1988.
JAMES RONALD ST.JOHN (L65067), born Sept. 23, 1919 at Antelope, SK, died on Feb. 4, 1984 at Swift Current, SK. He enlisted on Jan. 23, 1942 and joined the Perth Regiment on June 17, 1943 (support company) in England. Served in Italy, wounded in action on Jan. 17, 1944 and was discharged on Jan .23, 1946.
PTE. JAMES WILLIAM "JIMMY" HANAGAN (A11547), born 1919, died September 9, 1980, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Son of Annie Hanagan. Brother of Thomas, Russel, Helen, He served in the Armed Forces (Perth Regiment) from 1939 - 1945. Saw action in Sicily, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Father of three children. James died while visiting Ireland. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada.
LANCE CORPORAL CARL SCHMADL, MM, died on Dec. 9th, 1977 of a heart attack. He served with the Perth Regiment in Italy and Northern Europe and received the Military Medal in Italy in 1944. He was wounded 2 times in Italy and Holland. Lance Corporal Schmadl is survived by his wife and 4 children.
PTE. JAMES GORDON WOODS (B132170), enlisted in Toronto on August 31st 1942 and served with the Perths in Italy where he was wounded in action. He was discharged April 27th, 1946. Born January 3rd, 1923, he passed away in Toronto on February 6th, 1976 at age 53.
PTE. ALLEN HENRY DOUGLAS MCMILLEN (B64499), served with the Perths in Italy as an anti-tank gunner, born February 12th, 1921 in Brantford, Ontario died January 3rd, 1973 in Toronto of a heart attack. He is buried in the Veterans section of York cemetery in Toronto.
A/CPL. JOHN PAUL OSTER (L41400), joined in Saskatoon, May 24, 1941, served with the Perths in Italy, lost left eye to mine explosion, invalided home, discharged November 1, 1944. Passed November 14, 1971.
PTE. WILLIAM WALTER BELL (D72061), served with the Perths in Italy and North West Europe. He was born July 7th, 1907 and died on January 21st, 1971.