Obituaries

ESLARY, Leslie A.

ESLARY, Leslie A. ( d. 2020)  It is with deep regret to report that our friend and fellow member Les Eslary (L178), passed away unexpectedly on 2 January 2020. As a long time member of the CSMMI, he was a strong supporter, contributor and pillar of the society. His service and devotion to the development and continued success of the CSMMI was rewarded with a well deserved life membership. As an avid toy soldier collector Les was also a member of the Ontario Model Soldier Society (OMSS). His passion for military history and collecting militaria, especially medals was reflected in the quality and quantity of his collection. We shall always remember his outstanding and creative award winning displays and presentations at the CSMMI and OMSS annual shows Though most of us have known Les for years, there are only a few of the Old Guard left to recall the early days dating back to the 1960s and 70s. A brief account of the life of Les during the golden years of the CSMMI is aptly summarized by a welcomed contribution by Clay Marston (64)

LES WAS ONE OF OUR ORIGINALS FROM THE START, APPEARING AT ALL MEETINGS BACK IN THOSE DAYS WHEN I STILL RESIDED IN AND AROUND TORONTO AREA AND ABLE TO ATTEND EVERYTHING FROM 1960s THROUGH TO LAST OF THE 1980s WHERE WE ALL HAD A GREAT DEAL OF FUN TOGETHER -WE ALL LEARNED MANY DIFFERENT THINGS BY PAYING ATTENTION TO HIM -
LES DID A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DIFFERENT THINGS OVER TIME IN SUPPORT OF CSMMI EFFORTS WHICH WOULD FEEL THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEMBERSHIP AFTER 2000 MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF OR KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT. ADDITIONALLY, LES WAS A FORWARD / PROGRESSIVE THINKER, OF WHICH THERE WERE FEW OF US THEN AND LIKELY EVEN FEWER NOW, WHO WAS ON TOP OF MANY ASPECTS OF WHAT CSMMI WAS ALL ABOUT AND TRYING TO DO IN OUR REMEMBERING, EDUCATING AND COMMEMORATING THIS WHOLE IDEA OF EVERY ASPECT OF MILITARIA RELATED COLLECTING WITHIN ALL AREAS / ASPECTS OF WORLD WIDE MILITARY HISTORY. HE WAS VERY POPULAR WITH EVERYONE FROM DAY ONE, A MUCH TOO LARGE NUMBER OF WHOM ARE ALSO NOW AMONG THE DEPARTED - HE SHALL BE GREATLY MISSED.

posted January 8, 2020

 

KEEGAN, Bernard James

KEEGAN, Bernard James (1921-2017) Known for his story telling and sense of humour, Bernard died surrounded by family on August 28, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He had time to greet everyone he met, sometimes in foreign languages his family didn't know he could speak, and had a joke for every occasion. He kept his sense of humour and the nurses laughing until his last breath. Bernard was predeceased by Doreen (his loving wife of 75 years) and is survived by his brother Ken (Marg), and his five children: Denys (John Rempel), Bob, Ken (Femie), Kevin (Mary), Sean (Bev). He was a granddad to 14, a great-granddad to 25, a great-great-granddad to one, and an all-around great guy! Special thank you to Rosemarie and Jacqui for their care and comfort, which allowed Bernard to age gracefully in his own home. Bernard was a veteran of WWII and served with the Lorne Scots Brampton Regiment from 1939-1945. He was a member of Local 18 Carpenters' Union. A celebration of life will take place at the Copetown Community Centre (1950 Governors Rd., L9H 5E3) from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, September 8. Cremation has already taken place. Despite his eternal optimism Bernard couldn't will the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win another Grey Cup in his lifetime. There are four generations of Ticat fans to keep his hope alive. Oskee Wee Wee!

posted September 4, 2017

 

 

SWAN, John

To the Membership 

With saddness, I am posting the loss of another long time member of the military collecting community. John Swan died on June 18, 2017. Below a message from his sister:

This is John's sister, Sharon Fleck. As you may have heard, John passed away peacefully at Central West Hospice on June 18th. His was a brief, but well fought battle with aggressive metastatic renal cancer and I have never been more proud of him. Being a private person, he waged his war with cancer quietly, as in keeping with many things he did.

He was a true historian and his research knew no bounds if it meant he could find out the whole story behind the man whose artifacts he possessed. As a nurse, I was often enlisted to help explain what war injuries or hospitalizations these soldiers endured after obtaining their medical records. He always wove the pieces of history together to try and create a clear picture of the past.

On behalf of myself, my Mom and family, we would like to invite you join us in a celebration on his life, Thurs., June 29th from 2 - 4 pm at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Ave. (at Richmond Rd.)

posted June 22, 2017

 

 

LAW, Clive Michael

To the Membership 

If you have not heard by now Clive Law (MCC&C member #2808, CSMMI member #1666) passed away on June 10, 2017. His funeral service was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with his interment at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery with full military honours. I have included the obituary published in The Ottawa Citizen on June 14, 2017

 

LAW, Clive Michael
Born in London, England, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the age of 63. Beloved father to Kathleen and Richard (Geneviève) and husband to Elizabeth Fournier-Law. Predeceased by his mother Eithne McNamara of Galway, Ireland. Former officer of the Governor General's Foot Guards, Public Servant with Transport Canada, Global Affairs, and the RCMP. Clive deployed to Haiti as a civilian member of the RCMP with the UN in 2009 where he became a philanthropist for numerous local causes. A passionate researcher, Clive authored and co-authored 12 books and published over 100 titles through his publishing house, Service Publications. Funeral arrangements in care of Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (East of the Vanier Pkwy). Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. Funeral service in the Sacred Space at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the St. John Ambulance, GGFG Regimental Association, or the SPCA would be appreciated.
 

I have provided a Wikipedia link to Clive Law which provides a very good summary of Clive’s service and accomplishments. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_M._Law

Canadian Military History and collectors and researchers of military artifacts including members of the MCC of C, the CSMMI and the Company of Military Historians have lost a champion. I have lost a mentor and friend, I will miss him. Condolences again to his family.

 

Thank you to Martin Urquhart, Secretary-Treasurer, of the Military Collectors’ Club of Canada for writing this announcement.

posted June 22, 2017