Craig MOffatt

William Craig Moffatt RMC Class of 1955

Craig passed away peacefully in Kingston after a short illness, two days shy of his 91st birthday.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Marlene (née Agar) and is survived by his son Cam (Sera), daughter Stacie Stanton (Ray), and grandchildren Will, Meg, Connor, Jane, and Isabella. He also leaves his brother Denis (Diane) and various Moffatt cousins across the country.

Craig’s journey began in Owen Sound, where he was born to William Harold and Beryl Elizabeth Moffatt (née Small). His academic path was set in motion at Owen Sound C.V.I. when a teacher suggested he consider attending the Royal Military College. In the fall of 1951, he arrived at the Commissionaire’s gate, marking the start of a lifelong association with teaching, the College, and Kingston.

Accepted to the Mechanical Engineering program, Craig excelled academically and embraced the challenges of being a cadet (#3342). Summers taught him to fly Harvards and T33s; he received his pilot’s wings in 1954. That same year, he had the good fortune of meeting Marlene, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1956 and enjoyed 62 years of deeply caring companionship.

After graduating from RMC (1955), Craig opted to take the civilian route. He enrolled at Queen’s University, obtaining a BSc (1956) and his MSc (1958). In the summers between degrees, he worked on Canada’s famous Avro Arrow. In 1958, he and Marlene moved to Boston, where Craig pursued a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1961. He spent another five years on the faculty of MIT while simultaneously working for a U.S. Engineering consulting firm. In 1968, with a young family in tow, Craig moved back to Canada and joined the academic team at RMC. He proudly served as the Mech Eng Department Head (1969-78) and as Dean of Engineering (1984-94). He felt fortunate to have enjoyed two sabbaticals (Brussels and then Australia) and was humbled to be the first recipient of the RMC Teaching Excellence Award in 1992.

While officially retiring in 1997, he continued teaching at RMC as a Professor Emeritus and helped formulate the curriculum for its new Aeronautical Engineering program. In 2009, the first annual W.C. Moffatt Aeronautical Engineering Award was presented to the outstanding class-selected Aero graduate. In recognition of his contributions to the College, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 2015.

While Craig was honoured to receive these accolades, he was most proud of the accomplishments of others: the three generations of students he taught, his family, and, most of all, his grandchildren. Always humble and understated, Craig much preferred asking and listening rather than speaking.

Along with flying, Craig loved to sail. He and Marlene sailed for over 40 years on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, often meeting friends and entertaining on Dock Island in the Thousand Islands. They both loved to travel, visiting over 50 countries, and especially enjoyed their post-retirement winters in Australia.

Craig was active in the Kingston community, teaching night classes at the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron for 25 years and teaching computer skills at the Kingston Seniors Centre.

In his later years, Craig enjoyed his self-described “daily shuffle” through the neighbourhood and car rides down the Thousand Island Parkway. He kept up to date by reading two daily newspapers and various engineering/aviation magazines and would challenge himself to the daily Sudoku. With curiosity and a love of continuous learning, Craig was an ongoing adopter of technology; he loved to read on his KOBO, FaceTime with family, and email friends and colleagues.

Craig was, first and foremost, a gentleman with high moral standards and a passion for what is right. He leaves behind a legacy of scientific contributions, dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, and, greatest of all, enduring love for his family.


David Neil Primeau RMC 1967

Interment

WHEN:  Saturday, June 22, 2024 1:00 pm  1:30 pm

WHERE: National Military Cemetery of Canada

It is with sadness we share the passing of David Neil Primeau on May 7, 2024.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland on December 14, 1944, David first and foremost found happiness as a husband, father and grandfather. He and his wife Sheila would have celebrated 54 years of marriage on May 23rd, 2024. He leaves his wife to mourn him and his dear daughters Sarah Thivierge (Marc) and Elizabeth Primeau LeBlanc (James), as well as his beloved grandchildren, Mason, Andrew, Shelby and Kiersten, and Howie the granddog.

David will be missed by his siblings Mitchell (Alice), William (Rose), Robert and Jane (Terry), his brother-in-law Michael in Australia and his nieces and newphews.

After graduating from Quebec High School, David completed a B.A. (History) in 1967 at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario followed by completing an MBA at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

David served as a Naval Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years, followed by a successful career as an executive in the Federal Public Service. David was a recipient of the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals in recognition of worthy and devoted service and reflected the esteem in which they were held by their associates.

From a young age, David was a keen model railroader and train enthusiast. He had long lasting and special friendships with those who shared this interest, as well as from his time at RMC and in the RCN.

The family would like to thank our friends who provided invaluable support to David and his family over the last 3 months as well as the many doctors and nurses who provided care during David’s illness. A special thank you to Christina, Henry, Avry and Gwen, the dedicated doctors of his palliative care team and the many others who provided care throughout his illness.

Family and friends are invited to the interment on Saturday, June 22nd  in the National Military Cemetery of Canada (280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa, ON) at 1pm.  Friends are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the interment and to report to the main building.  A reception will follow from 1:30 to 3:30.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 


Peter Gifford RMC Class of 1955

Peter Alan Gifford, 1934-2024

Died peacefully at home on May 16, 2024. Beloved husband of Marilyn, father of John, Paul and Laura, and grandfather of Carson, Emily, Katie, Mathew, Jake, Maggie, and Ameilia. Peter was born on March 19, 1934, and graduated from Rothsay School in New Brunswick in 1950, Royal Military College in 1955, and Osgood Hall Law School in 1959. Peter married Marilyn in 1960 and moved to Guelph that same year. Peter took a job at the law firm of Kearns McKinnon and practiced law in Guelph for 54 years.

A service will be held at St George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 1:00 PM. with visitation at the church at beginning at 12:00 noon, and a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the music program at St George’s Anglican Church, where Peter and his family were members of the congregation for many years. Arrangements under the direction of the Brombal Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph. Share online tributes and condolences at www.brombal.ca


Marilyn Anne Treddenick (Wife of Jack Treddenick RMC Class of 1960)

Marilyn died in Kingston General Hospital ICU on May 14, 2024, peacefully, finally out of pain, and surrounded by a family that adored her. Technically, she was still on the return part of a transatlantic cruise. She made it as far as Kingston, but before reaching home a deteriorating medical situation made a stop at KGH ER necessary. She was admitted to the ICU, where, despite the valiant efforts of a dedicated medical team, she succumbed two days later.

This final chapter of a life well-lived typified her entire life. She was a voracious traveler. While she didn’t consciously count countries, she seriously visited well over 100 of them. She has seen the Demilitarized Zone in Korea from both sides, was held up by an armed militia in Yemen, built a Yurt on a windy Mongolian plain, snorkeled in the South Pacific, the Red Sea, and the Caribbean, explored the shores of the Arctic Ocean and kayaked in the waters of the Antarctic.

Marilyn faced a panoply of difficult medical challenges throughout her life. But with her grit, and to the chagrin of some travel insurance companies, she never let these interfere with her travelling or any other activity. She may indeed hold the record for the number of times a passenger has finished a cruise being evacuated by ambulance. In New Zealand she was once unceremoniously disembarked for medical reasons but found a cooperative hospital doctor who certified her fit to travel, then chased the ship by air to its next port and successfully reboarded.

Marilyn was born in North Bay, Ontario on March 1, 1937, the second daughter of Tom and Helen Foster. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Jean, brother-in-law John, and brother-in-law George (Char).  She is survived by her husband Jack, her daughter Laura (Michael), her grandchildren Olivia and Matthew (Jillian), three great-grandchildren, Sullivan, Macauley, and Patterson, brothers-in-law Dennis (Debi) and Alan (Chris), as well as several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was particularly proud of her great-grandmother status, but wrestled with what she wanted her great-grandchildren to call her. In the end her playfulness won out: she first trained them to call Jack “Great” and then, slyly, herself “Greatest”. Marilyn is also mourned by her special friend and travelling companion, Elizabeth Hunt.

Growing up Marilyn was an extremely active young girl and young woman, despite some early medical issues. She excelled in high school, which was somewhat burdensome as her father was the principal of her school.   She was a Queen’s Gold Cord Guide, an accomplished pianist, a mediocre clarinetist, a cheerleader, a lifeguard, a competitive swimmer, an excellent skier, a curler and more.

Marilyn graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston, with a degree in General Arts. She had originally enrolled in an Honours Arts Programme but ultimately opted for the three-year program allowing her to work for a year, making it possible for she and Jack to marry directly after his graduation from RMC. They married in North Bay on May 23, 1960.

As a newly minted Navy junior officer Jack was posted to Halifax. There they found a barely affordable one-room apartment, but they loved it, and they loved Halifax. The day after arrival Marilyn walked to the Halifax Children’s Aid Society and applied for a job. Despite having absolutely no experience or academic preparation she so impressed the Director that he immediately hired her. She began working the next day.

Six months later Jack was posted to his first ship.  They moved to Victoria where they were able to upscale into a delightful two-room apartment. Upon arrival in Victoria Marilyn repeated her Halifax experience and walked into the Victoria Family and Children’s Service, but this time as an experienced social worker, she was immediately hired.

Jack ultimately left the Navy to return to Kingston to do graduate work at Queen’s. And, yes, unsurprisingly, Marilyn quickly obtained a position with the Kingston Children’s Aid Society where she worked for the next 30 years, ultimately retiring as Supervisor of Children’s Services.

They were to remain anchored to Kingston for the next 60 years. But Jack’s career took some unexpected turns and Marilyn found herself commuting to Ottawa for a year, Aberdeen, Scotland for a year, Rome for five years and finally, after she had retired, to living in Bavaria for 15 years. Shortly after arriving in Bavaria, she took curling broom in hand, walked into the local ice stadium and despite knowing not a word of German talked them into letting her join the local curling club. That encounter marked the beginning of 15 years of curling all over Europe.

In Kingston, they eventually built a home on the shores of the St. Lawrence, a home they loved, with its wonderful dock that provided them with endless hours of fun and priceless family time with their growing daughter and then with her growing family.

On moving to Germany in 2000 they sold their home but purchased a condominium in the Royal George before returning permanently in 2015. By some very good luck, the community they moved into in the Royal George proved to be a delightful and very satisfying place to live, a place where Marilyn established many new friendships.

Marilyn was perhaps the most nonthreatening person one could hope to meet. She had an almost childlike sense of awe and curiosity of the world around her and took an immense delight in just being alive. She was adventurous, determined, a fighter, who rarely let any personal adversity slow her down. When her mother was dying of cancer in North Bay and the commute to visit her became just too onerous, she decided to take flying lessons and soon was making that commute in a couple of hours. She was a remarkable woman, a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, and, especially, a loving wife. We will all miss her terribly.

A funeral service for Marilyn will be held at St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, presided over by the Reverend Canon Peter Case.  A private interment will be held at Cataraqui Cemetery.  An informal celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held later in the summer, subject to the successful repair of the Lasalle Causeway.


Gordon Walt RRMC RMC Class of 1962

Gordon Leslie Walt, age 84, of Stittsville, passed away peacefully on Monday May 6 at May Court Hospice. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years – Heather Gates Walt (nee McNabb), his 4 sons and their spouses – John (Sylvie), Andrew, James (Tina), and Michael (Amanda), his 6 grandchildren – Lexi (Colton), Owen, Henry, Samantha, Cameron and Ruby, 2 great-grandchildren – Jean and Violet, and sisters – Margaret Armstrong (of Parry Sound) and Marian Dumouchel (of Scarborough). Gordon was born in Barrie, October 31, 1939. He attended Barrie Collegiate, then entered ROTP at The Royal Military College, graduated class of 1962 with a degree in Civil Engineering. As a passionate civil engineer, he held many interesting roles within various Federal Government departments and was also a lecturer at Algonquin College. Gordon loved to build things in his spare time; including his family’s 2 cottages, 2 garages, and a house he also designed. Gordon made significant contributions to his community, church, theater, and politics, and will leave a lasting and profound impression on everyone who met him. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kanata. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to May Court Hospice in Ottawa.


Robert Bird CMR RMC 1962

Robert Chesley Bird died of natural causes in Almonte, Ontario on May 5, 2024 at age 83.  He was surrounded by his wife and five children who read him his favourite poem, sang him his favourite hymn, and held him as he took his final breaths.

Robert was born September 19, 1940, in Whitehorse, Yukon, the third and last child to Sidney Leonard Bird and Edna Mae (nee Hamilton).  At age nine the family moved east and eventually settled in Hull, Quebec.  Robert graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston at age 19 and served as an officer in the Armoured Corps.  After the military he became a high school teacher in Napanee, where he met the love of his life, fellow teacher Cora Ann (nee Roxburgh).  They went on a ski trip together and have been inseparable ever since.  They settled in Almonte where Robert was the Head of the English Department at ADHS; Ann taught high school math in nearby Smiths Falls.  Together, Robert and Ann have five children and nine grandchildren: Michelle Josephine Kay (h. Roger O’Connor, children George, Alexandra, Izabelle, and Robert); Stephanie Marie Bird (h. Gerrard Klaus, child A.J.); Robert Alexander Bird (w. Andrea Bird, child Charlotte); James Andrew Bird; and Elizabeth Ann Anderson (h. Ryan Anderson, children Sydney, Thomas, and Olivia).

In 1978, Robert and Ann moved to the country and had a hobby farm.  He built several houses in the summers.  After retirement from teaching Robert continued working with renovations and other jobs.  He had an income tax filing business which he ran until his death.  The driving force of his businesses was his heart for those in need.

Robert believed that love is shown by action.  He built houses with Habitat for Humanity.  He was active in the Lions Club, the church, the soccer program, and innumerable community events and causes.  Robert and Ann sponsored Cambodian refugees Huoy and Try Tan who escaped the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s, welcomed them as family, and built a house for them.  Huoy and Try have been fixtures at Bird family gatherings ever since.  Robert was capable of virtually everything and quick to lend a hand to whomever needed it.  He was proud to be delivering groceries to shut-ins while in his eighties.

Robert and Ann loved travelling.  They spent two years, 1982 and 1988, in England, on a teaching exchange, and toured Europe with their family.  Robert and Ann took extensive RV trips throughout North America.  Robert especially loved visiting with his many relatives in Western Canada.

Robert was a voracious reader with an insatiable curiosity.  He had a quick mind, a sharp wit, and a mischievous sense of humour.  He always made the room come alive.

Robert vowed that he would always be there for his family, and he always was.  Our loss of him is beyond measure.

A funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Almonte at 3:00pm on Saturday May 11.

20 Comments

  1. Joel Primeau on May 24, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Dr. Moffatt was my favourite teacher ever… I credit him for my love of thermodynamics… he genuinely loved to teach and it showed. The world is a sadder and dumber place without him. Sincere condolences to his family.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind words – they mean a lot to us, Stacie (daughter)

  2. H-5276 J. R. Digger MacDougall on May 24, 2024 at 8:54 am

    I am saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Primeau. Dave was a bastion of strength and knowledge during the formative years of the Second Career Assessment Network, SCAN, Program. We worked together in tabling instructions and presenting workshops and seminars that provided seamless transitions to civvy street for all ranks in the National Capital Region. Dave was particularly effective in working on the financial and pensions aspects of retirement and the private counselling Generals and Colonels during the annual seminar at NDHQ. The models he designed and assistance provided were long used within the SCAN network.
    He was a proud member of the Ottawa Branch of the Ex Cadet Club and Alumni Association of RMC/CMR AND helped supplant two monthly luncheon/meetings to HMCS Bytown Wardroom yearly.
    He will be missed.
    Sincere condolences to the family, friends and all whose lives were touched by David.
    “They shall not grow 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.
    We will remember them.

  3. H-5276 J. R. Digger MacDougall on May 24, 2024 at 9:09 am

    Sincere condolences to Heather, the Walt family, friends and all whose lives were touched by Gordon. Gord was a friend, neighbour in Stittsville and brother officer of The Fort Garry Horse. We were separated by one year at Royal Roads and RMC and enjoyed a friendship across those environments.
    (Regimental and Corps associations have been notified and numerous messages of condolences for family, classmates and friends have been received. )
    He will be missed. Rest well old friend…..mission accomplished.

  4. 21787 - Col Mark Hickey on May 24, 2024 at 9:29 am

    Dr. Moffatt was, without a doubt, one of the greatest teachers I have ever had. He taught generations of us, so his legacy will live on for years to come. A true gentleman as well – we are all richer for the time that we spent with him. Very saddened by his loss. My condolences to the family.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much for you kind words – Stacie (Craig’s daughter)

  5. Matt Oliver, class of 1987 on May 24, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Dr Moffatt is the reason I’m an engineer. In 1985 at Roads I was feeling academically disheartened after a supp in calculus. Dean Moffatt came to talk to us individually. I expressed concern at not being able to handle math in 3 & 4 year. He was very encouraging, suggested my marks weren’t as bad as I thought, and that I should give it a try. That conversation was one of those big life decision points, as I’d already decided not to pursue engineering. Just passed 37 years of practice.

    My thanks for his presence and influence on many.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story – and congratulations on 37 years as a practising engineer!
      Stacie Stanton(Craig’s daughter)

  6. 6533 James Gordon Forbes on May 24, 2024 at 11:14 am

    I remember Dave Primeau when he was the Supply Officer aboard HMCS Huron. He led a very good department and was always ready with a witticism. His post-navy work was exemplary. In later years, my wife and I often met Dave and his wife at social occasions, and he was always good company.

  7. 4139 Sam Dunbar on May 24, 2024 at 11:43 am

    As an Owen Sound boy in the 1940s and 50s I knew Craig Moffatt and his family well (his father was my Public School Principal) and Craig was a role model for me (and Al Morrison) to follow in applying to RMC three years after him. As a recruit in my first year, when Craig was a Cadet Wing Squadron Leader, he always gave me friendly guidance and remained a friend in the following years. He was a brilliant and kind soul whom I have always remembered with gratitude and respect.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:04 pm

      We love hearing these stories. Thank you for sharing them. Owen Sound was a great place to grow up; Dad often spoke of his family and friends from there fondly. Stacie Stanton (Craig’s daughter)

  8. 11574 Doug Tudor on May 24, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    Doctor Moffatt, an outstanding individual whose impact was phenomenal. A truly gifted, caring mentor and educator.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to write these kind words, Stacie Stanton (Craig’s daughter)

  9. 9477 Tony Chong on May 24, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    Dr. Moffatt was without question one of the world’s best educators. His superb technical knowledge combined with his obvious calling as a teacher have inspired many officer cadets to pursue a career in Engineering both in and out of the military. Dr. Moffatt was truly “a Gentleman and a Scholar”! I’m very blessed to have known him during my time at RMC. He was a great mentor to me! A heartfelt thank you to you Dr. Moffatt for your kind and patient advice when I needed it!
    My deepest condolences to his family…

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you for your kind thoughts – “world’s best” is pretty awesome! We appreciate that you took the time to comment – Stacie Stanton (Craig’s daughter)

  10. Ray Richards, 11551, Class of '77 on May 24, 2024 at 10:56 pm

    Echo the comments about Doc Moffatt … I don’t have a lot of specific memories of my time in class, but I certainly have very vivid memories of his class and how enjoyable and relatively easy he made learning thermodynamics. It was only several years later when comparing notes with many of my civilian friends who also took engineering that I was so surprised to hear how just about everyone hated their thermo classes – how tough it was, didn’t make sense, etc. Just goes to show you, you rarely know at the time when you had it good!

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you for passing this along – I am also learning that making thermo relatively easy was a gift. We appreciate you taking the time to comment – Stacie Stanton (Craig’s daughter)

  11. George Vanderkuur 6577 on May 25, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    I remember. Gord as a kind, quiet, considerate teammate on the basketball team.

  12. TOM ZIEGLER on May 27, 2024 at 9:41 am

    Tom ziegler 3391….Craig Moffatt was a scholar and a gentleman. He always upheld the TDV values of the college. I will miss our monthly phone calls. My condolences to the family God bless you.

    • Stacie Stanton on May 30, 2024 at 2:16 pm

      My dad spoke fondly of his phone calls with you. He enjoyed keeping in touch with ex-cadets, and we appreciate your kind comments. Stacie Stanton

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