H3918 A.K. Roberts, Secretary, RMC Class of 1957, recently contacted eVeritas with a list of deaths of members of the Class of 1957 that may not have been reported to Panet House. The list is reprinted below in its entirety, along with individual obituaries where they are available.

3848 Sig Carlsen, died 26 August 2019.

3786 Doug Tufts, died 18 November 2019.

3638 Fro Renaud, died 5 December 2019.

3961 George McClure, died 13 April 2020.

3745 Bob Stewart, died 13 August 2020.

Died 21 May 2021:  3853 Col (Ret’d) Neil Russell.  Obit already submitted to eVeritas.

3965 Peter S. Campbell

Peter died at La Residence St Joseph at Maria, Quebec on 21 August 2019, with his funeral held in his parish church in New Richmond a few days later.  He is survived by his wife Pierrette (Tremblay), their daughter Josée, four grandchildren and elder brother, Colin.  A son, Gary, who predeceased Peter, was the father of one of the grandchildren.

Peter spent a year at St Mary’s University in Halifax where he was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team.  He then entered RMC in the fall of 1953, graduating four years later with his Class of 1957 in Mechanical Engineering.  This was followed by a year at McGill University, also in Mechanical Engineering.  At RMC Peter played on the Senior Football Team for four years, the first two alongside his brother, 3389 Colin.  Peter was defensive linebacker, behind Colin at defensive end.  Colin recalls that whenever he missed a tackle, brother Pete would come to his rescue and hammer the incoming runner.

Summer training was with the Royal Canadian Engineers at Chilliwack, B.C.  Peter endured himself to many during a Mess function at which the Phase 1 cadets spoofed their officers in good-natured fun.  The skit went over well and there is a hilarious photo which shows him as a disgruntled and very bored soldier with a rifle during a mock inspection being conducted by one of the troop commanders.

His first job was as an engineer at the mill in La Tuque, Quebec where he met, wooed and married Pierrette.  They subsequently moved to New Richmond where their children were born, and Peter worked at setting up a new paper mill.  He eventually became mill manager, his last task being its decommissioning in 2006.

Small town living has its advantages, and the Campbell family made the most of it.  They also loved to travel with trips to Africa (Gambia), an Alaskan cruise, the UK and skiing in Europe to name a few.  Skiing, swimming and golf were his main hobbies.  Peter was also active on public issues and served as Chair of the local hospital board for a number of years.

A stroke three years before his passing meant that he was confined to a wheelchair thereafter.  We are confident that he has gone to a better place.

3951 Spencer Volk

A Renaissance man of many interests and talents, Spencer was the son of Wing Commander Spencer Volk of the RCAF and his teacher wife, Alma.  His passing, in Salt Lake City, on 2 November 2020, was unexpected and peaceful.  Born in Ottawa into one of the early families of Manor Park, “Spence” as he was known to his friends, graduated from Lisgar, Royal Roads and Royal Military College, followed by an Honors degree in Math and Economics from Queen’s University, Kingston.  He was also a member of the RCAF air force reserves in Penhold, Alberta.

Spence started his career with Proctor and Gamble in brand management in Canada and Central America.  He then joined Pepsico International where he moved up to a senior position with Pepsico Canada before assuming the role of Senior Vice President, International of the Southern Hemisphere.  Subsequent President positions included Church and Dwight and Tropicana Products, which grew exponentially under his leadership before being acquired by Seagrams and Sons.

Spence loved the outdoors and was an avid skier.  A lover of the arts, his international roles exposed him to many cultural experiences and his baritone voice was enjoyed whether he was making a business presentation or singing a Broadway tune.  His zest for life was contagious, as was his joyous and infectious laugh.

His many accomplishments were exceeded only by his concern for others, whether family, friends, colleagues or the underserved.  Working in challenging countries as well as the Americas, he was unapologetic about raising the living standards of the underserved and worked tirelessly to achieve the results that supported his policies.

He leaves behind daughter Carmelita to whom he was a doting father as well as son Spencer Arthur and stepson Jonathan to whom he was a loving Dad.  As the older brother of three siblings, he was a protector and pal to his brother Sinclair and sister Bonnie who, along with her husband Julijs, were close to him until his death.

In addition, he leaves loving granddaughters Tessa and Juliette and grandson Patrick, as well as saddened nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was predeceased by his former wife Carmel as well as his wife Mary Ellen for whom he was a devoted caregiver in her difficult final years prior to her death in March 2020 in Chicago.

He began a new life a few months later in May 2020 with his beloved daughter in the west (Utah) and was looking forward to a future that included skiing.  His laughter, charm and love will live in our hearts forever.

3920 Clarke Moggridge

Born on 8 November 1934, Clarke passed away peacefully at Victoria General Hospital in British Columbia on April 25, 2021.  He is survived by his children; Mike (Leslie), Lise, Matt, Tim (Angela) and Susan (Peter), his 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and his sister Joan Jones.

Clarke grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, the youngest of three siblings.  He was an RMC graduate and a commissioned artillery officer with 10 years of service.  He spent the next 20 years in the federal public service and was a Director of Human Resources when he retired.  Clarke then moved to Salt Spring Island where he built a house with an extensive garden on Bullock Lake.  He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Salmon Enhancement.  He enjoyed carpentry, making wine and restoring old cars and scooters.  RMC reunions and the chance to reconnect with old classmates from the Class of 1957 were always highlights for Clarke.

We will remember his sense of humour, competitive spirit and homemade pizza. He will always be in our hearts.

3971 Paul Romyn

Paul Franklin Romyn died peacefully at his Pawleys Island home on June 11, 2021, at age 86. Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Paul was the eldest son of Peter F. Romyn and Gertrude Franklin Romyn. He graduated from Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC, Royal Military College and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After retiring from the Canadian Army with the rank of captain in 1962, Paul began a career with Corning Glass Works.

In the 1964, Paul moved his young family to Martinsburg, WV where his career continued as Plant Manufacturing Engineer, Consumer Products Division. In 1971, he moved to Corning, New York where he was instrumental in the development of the flat glass for the “counter that cooks”, as well as other Corning Ware products and Steuben Glass. Retiring in 1991, he and his wife, Carolyn, retired to Heritage Plantation, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

As an avid golf enthusiast, Paul was a past member of several golf clubs. He was most proud of being in the winning foursome at the 1980 LPGA Corning Classic Pro-Am and in sinking his one-and-only hole-in-one at Heritage on March 22, 2013. In his youth, Paul played team baseball and Bantom Hockey. He played hockey through his military college years, playing against Army. In retirement, Paul began painting in oils, sharing his beautiful works with his family. “Chef Paul” took great joy in preparing his recipes with family and friends.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Carolyn Romyn; daughters Nora Worsech, Rebecca Warner and Rachel Dean; sons-in-law Randy Worsech, Ken Warner and Greg Dean; grandchildren Eric, Sean and Camille Worsech; Madelaine (Warner) Ferrell, Michael and Lauren Warner; Matthew, John and Cate Raemore; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Sister Judy Ragan and husband, Edward, of Barry’s Bay, Ontario and brother Richard Romyn and wife, Laura Teskey, of Ridgeway, Ontario. He was preceded in death by his son Peter Romyn.

The family will hold a private celebration of Paul’s life, graveside, at his family plot, in Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe, Ontario. Although he was a man of few words, Paul touched many people’s lives. He had deep love for his family, his friends and his cherished RMC Ex-Cadets, especially from his Class of 1957.. He loved sharing his life with Carolyn. Paul’s strength of character, wisdom, loyalty, and sensitivity leaves a legacy for his family that they will carry on in their hearts and lives. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A quote by Thoreau described Paul’s philosophy. “My life is like a stroll upon the beach ~ as near to the edge as I can go!”

3886 Bayne (Sam) Perrin

Passed away peacefully at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice on 7 January 2019 at the age of 84.  Beloved husband of Elizabeth Anne nee White (“Bette”) for nearly 60 years.

Loving father of Michael Charles Sharpe Perrin of Richmond Hill, ON and Donald Bayne Stewart Perrin (Kathryn Plamback) of Las Vegas, NV.  Beloved father-in-law of Vicki Allin-Perrin, Mississauga, ON.  Proud grandfather of Troy William Perrin of Calgary, AB and Alexis Michela Perrin of Meaford, ON.

Predeceased by his parents Donald and Louise Perrin, brother Ken and sister Dale Perrin.  Bayne was born and received his early education in Kitchener, ON and went on to graduate from the Royal Military Colleges in Victoria BC and Kingston, ON finishing his Electrical Engineering degree at Queen’s University.  His life’s work was spent in the Canadian Forces, RCEME, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Upon retirement he began a small computer business, Perrin Data.  Bayne loved Barbershop singing and sang with the Capital City Barbershop Chorus, the “Fallen Arches” and the “Capitol Letterman” Quartets for many years.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Home and Community Care – LHIN and the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice for all their compassionate care.

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