English & French
Air Force, Second World War, Remembrance, Cold War, Domestic Service
Born in Winnipeg, I grew up as an air force brat. My early teenage years were spent in England RCAF STN LANGAR and 3WING ZWIEBRUCKEN GERMANY. I joined the R.C.N. in 1965 and spent 16 weeks of grueling boot camp at HMCS Cornwallis. My trade was Supply Tech. I served on HMCS St Laurent (destroyer) then transferred to HMCS Bonaventure in 1966 (Canada's only aircraft carrier for which I served 3 year). Remembrance Day is a very special and meaningful day for me. My father who was in the RCAF at the time was on parade November 11, 1966, coming back from the parade he was killed in a car accident. I was serving aboard the Bonnie at the time. My father served in the Second World War with combat against the Japanese in Burma. When I visit schools, it is his stories I pass on, as well as my own.