Obituaries

FLOYD MIGORY #L15

We are sad to announce that Floyd Migory passed away on Dec 14th, 2021. Floyd was one of the 18 founding members of the Society when it was organized in 1965 and assigned membership #15. He was a member of the CSMMI for 56 years and energetically supported the organization until his passing.   He was a fixture at any CSMMI get-together, and, it is said, that Floyd did not miss a monthly or annual show for 55 years.  His loyalty, trustworthiness, and contribution of time and experience to our Society over these many years has been invaluable. He held many roles and led special projects for the CSMMI, including, being Vice-president from 2005-2006 and President from 2007-2010. Floyd was bestowed with the Silver Medal of Service to the Society and Life Membership Award (#L15) in 1992 which were richly deserved.

posted January 10, 2022

 

RUDY SAURO #L97

CSMMI lost one of its greatest supporters on November 18, 2021 with the passing of RUDY SAURO. Rudy had been a member of our Society since December 1966 joining the CSMMI a year after it began in 1965. With the society membership #97, he was considered one of our “original” members.

A retired jeweller, Rudy has been collecting and restoring medals since the early 1960s. He was also very active in the numismatic world as an active member of the Ontario Numismatic Association. Rudy is a prime example of a person who turned his hobby into a thriving business adventure after his retirement.

He was actively engaged in his trade until just a couple of months before his passing at the age of ninety. He was a regular dealer at the CSMMI monthly and annual shows, as well as, at other militaria and numismatic shows in Ontario.  He was also regarded as one of the experts in mounting medals and badges.

He will be remembered as the quiet genius in our field, a man who listened more than he spoke, gave wise council when asked and was a mentor to many military collectors over the years. Rudy was honoured by the CSMMI with a Life Member designation at the 2019 annual general meeting. He is survived by his wife Barbara. Rudy will be sorely missed by us all

posted January 10, 2022

 

WAYNE CLINE #L713-1

On Friday, June 11, 2021, we lost a great man to cancer, a man who was an RCMP Veteran, entrepreneur, a father, grandfather and friend to many. Wayne Cline, 80, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side.
Born in Sidney, Manitoba, Wayne grew up in the town of Glenboro, Manitoba. Many days were filled with exploring, playing and mischief. In his teens he was a paperboy, who realized he could expand his route and pay by jumping on the train to the next few stops, or finding antiques to sell at his father's shop. He spent many days and nights with his friends exploring the area; hunting, fishing, even drinking in the basement of the local church! Wayne, being over 6'4", was the one tasked with going into the hotel beer vendor to buy the beer. This worked well, until his uncle was walking in one day as he was walking out!
A memorable story about Wayne happened the night before he joined the RCMP. A friend and Wayne were driving around Glenboro when they hit black ice and crashed through the plate glass window of the hardware store. Because Wayne needed to have a clean driving abstract his friend took the blame (thank you).
Wayne's first job as an adult was at Marshall Wells Department store in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He later joined the RCMP, seeing the sights of Saskatchewan during his career. This is where he met Margaret by stopping her for speeding and issuing her a warning instead, but only if she would go out with him!
While a member of the Force he started a hobby business out of his love of collecting, buying and selling of Militaria. In 1987 he began Marway Militaria, the "Mar" being the first three letters of his wife Margaret's name, the "Way" the first three letters of his name. For over 30 years, he built and grew a company that is known world wide.
Wayne assisted many collectors in adding special pieces to their collections, helped many museums, including the War Museum in Ottawa, and other local museums with artifacts, advice and guidance. Many items from the store and his personal collection have been used in movies, including his own Red Serge that was worn by Leslie Nielsen in Due South. He had a brush with a celebrity when Robin Williams came into the shop, and when asked if he got his autograph, Wayne was quick to say, "only on his AMEX receipt"!
The word Integrity has been used to describe Wayne and how he conducted business. Wayne retired from the day to day of the shop at the beginning of Covid, passing the torch to Jaime and Jim to continue. He was enjoying working from home and a slower pace of life.
He was a regular at his favourite auction house, McSherry Auctions in Stonewall, making many friends and bringing home "treasures" every week. There wasn't a garage sale he could pass up, and he looked forward to going "picking" on the Free Give Away weekends, first with his daughter Nicole, and later adding in grandkids, Faith and Myka.
Wayne was a life member of the Canadian Society of Military Medals and Insignia and the Military Collectors Club of Canada. Wayne was one of the longest continuous vendors at the AACCA yearly Easter Gun Show in Calgary, Alberta, attending 53 consecutive yearly shows! He met and made many lifelong friends while travelling the country, setting up and selling at shows and conventions. His friends were very important to him.
Up until his last days, he was still searching online for Militaria stock and placing orders. A collector will tell you, "You can quit smoking and drinking, but you never stop collecting"!
Wayne was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his parents, Earl and Mary, his mother and father-in-law Milton and Helena, his sister Linda, brother-in-law Arnie, sisters-in-law, Beth, Sheila and Sandra, nephews, Dave, Curtis and Pearce, and his great-niece Rosie.
He leaves behind his brothers, Terry (Nancy) and Rick (Heather), sister-in-law Shirley (Bill), brothers-in-law, Reg, Duncan (Judi) and Albert; his daughter Nicole (Mike), his two granddaughters, Faith and Myka who he loved more than words could explain, and his daughter Jaime (Jim) and grand-dog Captain; numerous nieces and nephews.
Faith will always remember grandpa Wayne and their connection of riding horses. Myka in more recent times will remember elbow bumping with him.
We cannot express our gratitude to Wayne's niece, Michelle, who helped us navigate Wayne's last days and kept him comfortable.

"Thanks Dad, you made a difference."

There is no service or memorial planned at this time. Wayne and Margaret will be interred in Glenboro, Manitoba once the Covid restrictions ease.
Memorial donations can be made in Wayne's memory to the Wounded Warriors of Canada at https://woundedwarriors.ca or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch at https://kidney.ca
Please visit www.willmorchapel.com where you may share stories and photo's of Wayne. Friends may also sign Wayne's memorial register book by calling 204-827-2480 or email us at jamiesonsfuneral@gmail.com and we will insert your name.

Jamieson's Funeral Services
of Glenboro, MB, in care of arrangements.

 

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

 

RICHARD "Dick" MALOTT (Maj. Ret) #446

To the Membership of the CSMMI

I was informed this morning of the passing overnight of Member #446 Richard “Dick” Malott (Maj. Ret.) of Ottawa, ON. There is no other information at this time. For those who may or may not have known “Dick”, he was a well known and respected collector, researcher and long time member of the MCC of C. This is another significant loss for our Club and Hobby. Thanks to MCC of C Secretary-Treasurer Martin Urquhart for the email notification.

Emailed to members February 1, 2020

 

LESLIE A. ESLARY #L178

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