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Christmas Lime Lunch - Thursday, December 7, 2023
Date: Thursday, December 7th @ 1230am
Milestones Restaurant, 1080 Baxter Road, Ottawa ON

If you are interested RSVP Barrie directly.

Advise: Barrie Thomas if you are attending.

More than you ever wanted to know about Liming.

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August 5, 2023 - Passing of Gene Gullason

Gene Gullason Tehran1 Gene Gullason Tehran2

Eugene Lance Colin Gullason
It is with profound sadness that the family of Eugene Gullason announces his passing on August 5, 2023 at the age of 83.
Eugene will be lovingly remembered by his brother, Randy (Shareen) Gullason; sister, Shara Gullason as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eugene was predeceased by his father, Colin Gullason; mother, Stella Gullason; sister-in-law, Barbara Gullason.
Eugene was born in Canora, Saskatchewan on June 29, 1940, and grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he completed his high school education, before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy and working in communications. After completing his service with the Navy, Eugene was offered the opportunity to continue his work in communication with the External Affairs department of the Canadian Government with full diplomatic accreditation.
Eugene spent his entire career working with External Affairs in Canadian Embassies around the world. Living in many countries throughout South America, South East Asia, Pakistan, Iran, Britain and France, Eugene has a unique ability to become adept at many of the local languages of the host countries he was living in and was fluent in many languages. Though Eugene lived thousands of miles from his family during his work life, he forged very close, life long friendships with many lives he touched through the meandering path his life took, and would often return to Canada in the summers to enjoy time with his family.
When Eugene decided to step away from life as a public servant abroad, he moved back home to Saskatchewan and made up for lost time rekindling relationships with his brother Randy, and sister Shara, as well as his many nieces and nephews. Always a great communicator with many stories to share and a quick wit, Eugene always found himself surrounded by people engaged by his presence.
Eugene was often referred to as a true gentleman and will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Safe travels Eugene, safe travels.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 2:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Funeral Home (210 Wess Road), followed by an interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

April 12, 2023 - Passing of Mervyn McBride

Merv McBride

The following was posted to Merv's facebook page by Ron McBride.

Quote We are very sad to announce the passing of Merv McBride (Brent) on April 10, 2023 at the age of 84. Merv was born on July 7, 1938 with very humble beginnings with his older brother (Gordon) and his twin brother (Kent)…and (Marjory) younger sister.

Merv met and married Mary Joyce McCagg and raised three kids (Phil, Kathy and Ron).

Merv is survived by his older brother (Gordon, wife Shirley and their daughter Shelley and husband Warren). Younger sister (Marjory and her son Jason and wife Tina), Son (Phil and wife Sherry), Daughter (Kathy and her husband Gregg and children Franklin and Johanna), Son (Ron and wife Susan and Ron’s daughter Zoe).

Merv is also survived by his second wife, Kathleen Nemeth.

Merv is predeceased by his wife Joyce and his twin brother Kent and his wife Julie (survived by their children (David, Peter and Lynn)

Despite his humble beginnings in a very small town of Starks Corners (near Shawville), Merv excelled in sports which led him and his twin brother to join the Navy. (Instead of following Gordon to the Air Force).

His career in the Navy led to another career in External Affairs, where he traveled the world, including postings in New York, Lima, Ghana, Brussels, Mexico City, Bonn, Paris and finished his career with a repeat posting to New York. Anyone touched by Merv quickly were embraced by his enthusiasm for socializing, wine, soft ball, beer, darts, cards and anything else he could do to enjoy other people’s company. He lived life large and touched many people’s lives. If there was not a soft ball or dart league when he arrived at a post, he quickly organized one.

After retirement, he continued enjoying life in Florida and made many friends in Labelle, Florida where he escaped the winter weather in Ottawa.

Merv, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, Husband, Friend will be remembered fondly and missed by many. Unquote.

April 12, 2023 - Passing of Ralph Guitard

Ralph Guitard

Ralph "Grandad" Guitard
June 14th, 1920, in Campbellton N.B - March 27th, 2023, in Ottawa On.
Retired after a long career with External Affairs.
Ralph passed away peacefully at the young age of 102 years old. Loving husband of Ivy Guitard nee Henthorne (pre-deceased), proud father of William "Bill" Guitard, Tineke Guitard (Norm DeRepentigny), Anthony "Tony" Guitard (Ruth). Beloved Grandad to Lyndsay Walsh (Blayne), Dylan DeRepentigny (Erica Boucher). Greatest of Great Grandads to Maggie Walsh (Julio), Alex Walsh, Caleb Boucher- DeRepentigny and Quinney Boucher-DeRepentigny. Will be greatly missed by good friend Bobby Goodings. The patriarch of the Guitard family. He was the ringer for the annual Christmas Trivial Pursuit game. His stories of growing up in the 20's & 30's in rural Campbellton N.B. and as a code breaker in Holland in the 50's, will be missed but not forgotten. Neither will his humour. Which he had in abundance. A true Acadian and Canadian.
Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9 (613-731-1255) on Monday, April 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m. Service Tuesday, April 4th to Holy Cross Parish, 685 Walkley Rd, Ottawa for Mass at 10 a.m.

February 17th, 2023 - Notice of passing of Jake Berry

Sachi and Jake Berry

The following was published to Facebook and copied to our group page: "It is with profound sadness that Jake’s beloved wife Sachie has asked that Jake’s FB friends be advised that Jake passed away on Friday February 10 at the age of 84 at the Abbotsford hospital as a result of complications following a heart attack.
Jake lived a full life His work and adventures took him all across Canada and around the world where he met and enjoyed many friends. Not only did Jake delight in Sachie’s amazing Japanese banquets, he himself was a terrific cook. Many of his friends treasured his special banana bread. Even on the day before he died, Jake was excitedly planning to bake a new batch of banana bread for his friends.

January 20th, 2023 - Obituary for Ron Wensel (former CM) deceased July 15, 2022

Ronald Scott (Ron) Wensel
Born: Aug 16, 1934
Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2022
Ron passed away on July 15, 2022, in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the age of 87, with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mireille (Mimi), son William (Judi), granddaughters, Emily,
Madeleine and Penelope, sister Peggy Jordan (Murray) of Winnipeg.
Ron was born in Winnipeg on August 16, 1934 to Rudolph and Edith Wensel.
Cremation has taken place in Halifax.
As published in Winnpeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2022
We have not found an obituary published in Nova Scotia at this time, and Ron's son has advised that Mimi passed away in early 2023.

Reunion 2016 Photos

A few Photos from George at the Pre-Reunion Legion Lunch.


Photos from Virginia's Retirement Lunch

Virginia Ellis

Virginia Ellis's Retirement Lunch


Foreign Affairs Retirement Team Lunch

Date: Friday, October 31, 2008

Time: 11:30 am

Place: Dragon Lee Restaurant, 2583 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Photo from Yves' Retirement Lunch

Yves Bachand

Yves Bachand with his 35-year retirement certificate and a bottle of Fat Bastard (French chardonnay) at Lotus Royal Thai restaurant, Gatineau, QC, August 28th, 2008. Click on photo for larger image. His official day of retirement was September 4th.

Photo by Laura Jackman


Photos from Gary's Retirement Lunch

Gary Black

Friday, August 29, 2008 - Gary Black's Retirement Lunch


Photos from Cliff's Retirement Lunch

Cliff Swelin
Thursday, March 27, 2008 - Cliff Swelin's Retirement Lunch


Old CM Stud Books Now On-Line

David Smith has uploaded CM "Stud Book" Photos in colour. These particular books were produced while we were in the Pearson Building. Unfortunately, the book containing photos from T to Z has been irretrievably lost in the Department but for those who joined prior to 1971, chances are their photos will be in the CM photo album of black and white photos of this era.

These photos are in colour and add a different dimension to our smiling (and youthful) visages. The individual pages were scanned and as such includes some data and up to four photos. All are sure to bring a smile to many faces and reminders of those CM colleagues who have passed on. Amongst this "field of daisies" is one weed. An EL colleague has somehow been included in our stud book. When you come to this photo, you will probably agree that this person spent more time in the Comcentre than any other EL and as such, I think my CM colleagues will agree that we must bestow honourary CM membership to our one and only Lou Bèrubè. Instead of his having to determine why the OCAMS hard disk drives would jump across the floor, he now turns car mirror's into works of art!

All photos are alphabetized by the LAST name in this album viz the FIRST name in the album of older CM photos. Happy viewing.

Photos from Rick's Retirement Lunch

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - Rick Pomeleau's Retirement Lunch
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