THE PERTH REGIMENT OF CANADA
|OBITUARIES|This page contains obituaries of Perth Regiment Veterans posted at the request of their family or friends.
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They shall grow not 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.
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LCOL. JOHN (JACK) SEIGER WHYTE KSTJ. E.D. U.E., age 90, of 201-30 Front Street, Stratford, passed away at People Care Stratford on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Born in Toronto, he was a son of a Perth County pioneer family Robert S. Whyte and Robina (Johnston) Whyte.
He was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Guelph. He came to Stratford in 1937 to join the Whyte Packing Co. Ltd. and joined the Perth Regiment as a second Lieutenant and went on active service with them in 1939 serving in Canada, England, Italy and NW Europe. He was seriously wounded in action and commanded the regiment from 1946-50.
He became the president of Whyte Packing Co. in 1950 and remained there until he sold the company in 1965. He subsequently was associated with Sun Life Assurance Co. until retirement and was a senator of the Stratford Festival Theatre. Jack was active in community affairs having headed up the Stratford Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Stratford Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow) and was a member and Rectors Warden of St. James Anglican Church. He was chairman of the Meat Packers Council of Canada in 1959 and a member of the Tecumseh Lodge 144, AF&AM. Jack was also an active member of St. John Ambulance in Stratford for over 35 years and had been a member of the Stratford Legion since 1946. He was a great advocate of the benefits of Tai Chi and was a regular member of the 9:45 coffee club at the Garden Grove restaurant.
He is survived by his beloved wife Anneli Beatrix (van Dijk) Whyte, two sons Robert and John and his wife Ingrid and their two children Alexandra and Brianne, sisters Robina and Anne, one brother Robert A. and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister Margaret. Jack was well regarded by his many friends and will be missed.
Relatives and friends may call at St. James Anglican Church, on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lorne Mitchell will officiate. Cremation with interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. John Ambulance, Stratford General Hospital or a charity of one's choice through the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford.
GALLAGHER, George Alvin Q.C. A Veteran of WWII having served with the Canadian Army in Italy and Holland and recipient of the Bronze Lion Medal from the Netherlands. Passed away peacefully at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Penetanguishene, on Wednesday July 29, 2009, in his 89th year. The late George of Port Severn was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Renee, on June 19th, 2009. Born in Port McNicoll, George is the loving father of William and his wife Prudence of Toronto, and Michael and his wife Sophie of Leamington. Dear Grandfather of Andrew, Emily and Peter. George spent many summers working on the CPR passenger boats before attending the University of Western Ontario and joining the Perth Regiment of the Canadian Army in 1941, attaining the rank of Captain. After the war, George studied law and settled in Leamington, Ontario where he practised law and pursued his lifelong passions of curling and golf. Upon retirement George and Renee moved to Gloucester Pool where they spent their remaining years among many good friends. A Memorial Tree will be planted by the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes.
JOHN FICKLING - Suddenly at McCormick Home on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, John Fickling was “Promoted to Glory” in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Shirley (Youde) Fickling. Loving father of Sharron Millard (Mike) of Mississauga and Sheila Fickling of Goderich. Predeceased by a son Danny Fickling. Brother of Edna Winslade of Chatham. Loving grandfather of Lisa (Ron) Scott, and Andrea (Mike); great “pappa” of Joshua, Emma and Noah. Dear brother-in-law of Betty Fairful and Edna and Jack Youde and several nieces and nephews. John was the owner of Fickling Cartage and Storage London and WWII Veteran (Perth Regiment), long time member of the Salvation Army London Citadel, and a band member, member of the “Vimy” Legion.
MICHAEL B. O'DONNELL, A11867 of Cambridge, Ontario passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 5, 2004 in Cambridge, Ontario with his family at his side. Visitation at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St., Cambridge, Ontario on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral at St. Patrick's Church, 53 Wellington Street, Cambridge, Ontario on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.
PTE JAMES FREDERICK A. HARGRAVE of Durham, Perth WWII Veteran, died on May 28th, 2004 in Mount Forest at the age of 86.
HARRY J. DOMIANCZUK, Perth WWII Veteran, died on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at Southampton, Ontario, in his 83rd year. Harry served in Sicily, Italy, Africa, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Born in Preston, Ontario, he moved to Southampton after retiring from the shoe business. Beloved husband of Eva Domianczuk (nee Franklin) of Southampton. Dear father of Kathleen Roth of Beaumont, Alberta, Cheryl (Don) Kingston of Paris and Ralph of Southampton. Sadly missed by his five grandchildren, Tim and Jason Kingston and Roxane, Victoria and David Roth.
PTE NORRIS (GIG, BUD) CHADWICK of Sarnia, Perth WWII Veteran, died on October 17th, 2003 in Sarnia at the age of 83. He had a good and full life as a man and had 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a retired Iron Worker, Local 700, Honourary Life member of Point Edward Ex-Servicemans Club, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #62, member of the Steam Threshers Association and former member of the Bluewater Model Flying Club. His grandson, James Chadwick, would like to thank his brothers in arms for the hard fight and helping to bring him back to Canada to live out a full life. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him but now he is in God's hands - God Bless!
GLENN A. TIMS of Sarnia, Perth WWII Veteran formerly of Petrolia passed away on June 12, 2003 in Petrolia, ON.
WILLIAM DAVID "BILL" MACKIE, a veteran of the WWII Perth Regiment, passed away at the Guelph General Hospital on Monday, June 9, 2003 in his 79th year. Loving husband of Joan (LeGrand) Mackie for 50 years. Will be dearly missed by his children, Cindy McAlister (Dan) of Guelph, Jeff Mackie (Jennie) of Toronto, Warren Mackie of Guelph and the late Fred Dykstra (Friesland, Holland). Granddaughters, Ashley, Lindsay and Caeleigh McAlister; Jennifer and Michelle Mackie. Brother of Dorothy Pearson of Burlington, Marg Pearson of Grimsby and the late Jack. Brother-in-law to George, Thelma, Russ and the late Marjorie. Cremation has taken place, inurnment Memory Gardens.
MAJOR WILLIAM JOHN (SAMMY) RIDGE, a Perth veteran of World War II 1939 - 1945. Bill saw action with the Perth Regiment, 5th Armoured Division, in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Holland. Mentioned in dispatches for bravery.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved husband of Bea (nee Medland) for 56 devoted years. Loving father of Donna Boychuk and her husband Bob, John Ridge and his wife Toni. Proud Papa of Aaron Wright (Liz) and Andrew Boychuk. Dear great Grandpa to Autumn. Eldest brother of Robert (deceased), Joanna of Coburg, Mary of Millbrook, Fred (Gladys) of Port Hope, and Carol Donaldson (Jack, deceased) of Whitby. Son of the late Elizabeth and John Ridge Sr., formerly of Millbrook. Uncle Bill will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Bill has 34 years service with Bell Yellow Pages - Salesman, Sales Manager, and last 20 years, as a District Sales Mgr. He was a long-time active member of Islington United Church. A visitation and reception will be hosted by the family on Saturday, March 22 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.). A graveside Funeral Service will be held in the spring at the Ridge family plot at the Pontypool Cemetery, Pontypool, Ontario. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the charity of your choice.
"And so another one of our Perth Regiment's stalwart leaders has climbed the long stairway to eternity. We who knew William (Sammy) Ridge have always looked upon him, both in battle and in the post war years as a man of integrity, keen mind, and as a caring gentleman who did not sacrifice his men on the altar of personal gain and glory. He guided us through our training and made us into battle-ready infantrymen. He led us through the smoke, noise and fire of our battle baptism outside Ortona, thence through the Liri Valley to our eventual stunning victory in the Gothic Line. And then, without let-up he took us in successive advances from Hill 204 to Coriano Ridge and into the mud and the river lines of the Po Plains up to the Senio dike and the final thrust north of Ravenna. His leadership was of the highest calibre and he displayed it with firm resolve. As long as Sammy led the way, we knew we were in good hands and that we'd take our objective. And so, we remaining few of Dog Company, along with those of the other companies of the Perth Regiment salute Sammy in his final journey. He did his job, and we were fortunate that he was a Perth all the way, brave and true."
Written by Stan Scislowski, Pte Perth Regiment, D Coy
CAPTAIN ROBERT EDMUND CROUCH, a Perth veteran passed away peacefully January 24th, 2002 at his home in Ottawa.
JAMES CAMERON MURDOCH, Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Perth Regiment WWII veteran, died 1st, August 2001. He served in Italian and Northwest European campaigns and attended Perth Regiment reunions every two years. His brother, George, would like to correspond with Perth Regiment veterans who knew him. Write George Murdoch, 94348 Carlson Heights Lane, North Bend, OR 97459, or email: email@example.com
LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM CHARLES HIDER, late of Oakville, Ontario, passed away on April 2nd, 2001, while on holiday with his wife Norine, visiting their daughter and granddaughter at their home in Oxford, England. Bill Hider was born in Stratford, Ontario in 1922. He served as an Officer with the Perth Regiment seeing active service during World War II in Italy and Northwest Europe. Later he became Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada.
CPL. ROBERT J. ARNDT DCM (M107678), a Perth veteran, passed away March 1st, 2001 at his home in Edmonton, Alberta.
LIEUTENANT ROY MAXWELL STOREY, a former Perth Regiment veteran formerly of Rockwood, Ontario, passed away January 27th, 2001. He was enlisted with the Perths from 7 February 1941 to 21 February 1946, serving in the Italian and Northwest European campaigns. After the war he was active in the Royal Canadian Legion, serving 9 terms as President of Br.197 in Acton and becoming an Honourary Life Member. He became well known across southern Ontario as a farmer and auctioneer until his retirement. Please contact his son, Brian Storey, at Brian.Storey@peelsb.com if you have any stories or pictures.
WILLIAM ARTHUR HOLT CREE, a former Perth Regiment veteran, passed away January 10th, 2001, age 83, at the Leamington Nursing Home. He was born in Burvey, Ontario.
CHARLES MORRIS, a former Perth Regiment veteran passed away Tuesday October 24th, 2000. He was a resident of Comber, Ontario, just outside of Windsor.
ROWE, ‘BLACKIE’ Lance Sergeant KENNETH MEDCALF, DCM, (A11385) of Kincardine, Ontario, passed away on July 16, 2000 at the age of 79. Ken was born in Greenock, Bruce County, on August 7, 1921 and enlisted with the Perth Regiment Stratford in 1939 at age 18 assigned to “C” Coy. Just before departure from England to Italy, he was transferred to “D” Coy. He first saw action in the Battle for the Arielli River. He was awarded the DCM for distinguished conduct with the Perths in the battle for the Gothic Line on August 31, 1944. Ken retired from Ontario Hydro in 1985. He was past president of the RCL Branch 183 Kincardine and was an active member of the Executive. On Remembrance Day every year, he proudly led the veterans’ march to the cenotaph. Ken shared his Perth Regiment experiences and fondly remembered friends. He was often quoted saying “There is a bond that develops between combat soldiers, especially those that shared the same experiences, that is stronger than any family tie.” Please contact family at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have pictures or stories.
THOMAS SMITH (A11204, C. Coy), a former Perth Regiment veteran passed away Monday, June 5th, 2000 at Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario. Services were held Thursday June 8th.
PRIVATE WILFRED H. MARTIN (B155974,) a Perth veteran of both the Italian and North-West Europe campaigns passed away Tuesday April 18th, 2000 at his home in Windham Centre. He was in his 85th year. Funeral services to be held April 22nd, 2000. In 1939, Wilfred Martin volunteered for the armed services. Originally, he was a carpenter with the 3rd Field Ambulance but was later assigned to the Perth Regiment. He saw action in Italy, France, Holland and Belgium. Remaining in Europe until January 1946, he returned home on the Queen Elizabeth, docking in New York on January 14th, 1946. Wilfred was one of the 367 to return to Stratford on January 16, 1946.
LIEUTENANT GERALD GETTY, former Platoon Commander, Perth Regiment, passed away Apr.4, 2000 in his 88th year.
PTE. LAMBERT JOHN HUBER, a Perth veteran, passed away on New Year's Day, 2000. Enlisting in 1942, he served with Regiment in Italy where he was wounded twice before returning to Canada.
MAJOR GENERAL BERTRAM MERYL HOFFMEISTER, OC, CB, CBE, DSO, ED. General Officer Commanding, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, March 1944 - May 1945, passed away at his home in West Vancouver, December 4th, 1999 at the age of 92. As one of Canada's best and most respected General Officers of WWII, he will be sadly missed.
JERRY MARTINAK who was in the Perths throughout the Italian campaign passed away Nov.15, 1999.
PTE. LLOYD (CASEY) GEORGE CASEMORE (A11759)
Born in Wingham, Ontario on October 2, 1917. Casey passed away peacefully and with dignity surrounded by his loving family on January 23, 1999 at age 81 years. He joined the Perth regiment in Stratford on June 17, 1940 and on October 3, 1941, he boarded a troopship in Halifax harbour, bound for Liverpool, England. The 1st Battalion, Perth Regiment with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division served in England from October 17, 1941 to October 1943 until their duty called them to Europe. He served throughout the Italian and Northwest European campaigns. Please click here to view a photo of Casey and fellow soldiers on Casey's tank in Delfzijl, Holland in a dated photo, May 5, 1945.
PTE. WALTER E. HANSFORD (A11888) Walter Hansford served in the Perth Regiment alongside his brothers Bill and Roy. Upon his return, he worked for a time for the City of Stratford. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1956, after a brief career with the Stratford Fire Department. He joined the RCAF as a fire fighter. His postings included Camp Borden, Mount Hope, Dunnville, CFB Downsview, CFS Armstrong, and CFB Kingston. He retired from the Forces in 1972, as a sergeant, in Kingston Ontario. He eventually became Safety Officer at Queen's University. He died on December 24th, 1987. He was a predeceased by a son, Edward, in 1973. His wife, Marion (nee Sloan) died in 1994. They are survived by a daughter (Linda) sons David and Jim, and six grandchildren.
CPL. ANTHONY ADAM HUBERCHECK (A603919), formerly of Preston, and former Perth Regiment veteran, France and Germany, born July 7, 1918 passed away October 21, 1996. Enlisted March 9, 1943 and was discharged February 28, 1946.
RALPHAEL (RAY) VISCONTI, and former Perth Regiment veteran of both the Italian and European campaigns passed away Februay 28, 1996. Would anyone with any photos or information on my father's role in the Perths during the war please e-mail his son, Joe Visconti, with the information at email@example.com.
PTE. BRUCE ASHTON CHARTERS, former Perth war veteran, passed away October 26, 1994. He was surrounded by his family. I also would like anybody who knew him or has any photos to contact me (John Charters) at 3 Ward st. Simcoe Ontario N3Y 3G2 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They should not be forgotten. Thank you.
PTE. CLAYTON (The Baron) HONSBERGER (SA42266), a Perth Regiment
veteran of the Italian and Northwest Europe campaigns,
passed away on 26 December 1993 at the age of 72.
Originally enlisting with the Elgin Regiment in
September 1940, he transferred to the Perths in time to
join the embarkation to England in October 1941. Among
other positions he was a dispatch rider with HQ
Following the war he returned to Tillsonburg, married Leona Buchner (who served as a sergeant with the CWAC in Ottawa during the war) and started the Aero Taxi company. He re-enlisted in 1951 and served in both the Intelligence and Ordinance Corps until 1957. During a 2 year posting to Germany he took his family to visit the Belgian family in the little village straddling the French border where he had been billeted for several weeks before leaving to fight for the liberation of Holland. After working as one of Tillsonburg’s first letter carriers, he started his own painting and decorating business, working in this until he retired.
He is the father of Wayne of Simcoe and Joanne DiPierdomenico of Amherstburg and the proud grandfather of 5 grandsons.
PTE. KENNETH WILFRED MCDOUGALL (B111344), former Perth Regiment veteran of both the Italian and European campaigns passed away 1992.
PTE. JEROME SCHARLACH (A106993 7Pl A Coy), of Waterloo, Ontario, passed away on April 10, 1988 at age 65. A Perth veteran of Both the Italian and North-West Europe Campaigns, he was wounded in action twice before returning to Canada in June 1945.
PTE. HENRY J.R. MONONEN (B145468), a Perth veteran born January 14th, 1924 passed away February 6th, 1988.
JAMES RONALD ST.JOHN (L65067), born Sept. 23, 1919 at Antelope, SK, died on Feb. 4, 1984 at Swift Current, SK. He enlisted on Jan. 23, 1942 and joined the Perth Regiment on June 17, 1943 (support company) in England. Served in Italy, wounded in action on Jan. 17, 1944 and was discharged on Jan .23, 1946.
LANCE CORPORAL CARL SCHMADL, MM, died on Dec. 9th, 1977 of a heart attack. He served with the Perth Regiment in Italy and Northern Europe and received the Military Medal in Italy in 1944. He was wounded 2 times in Italy and Holland. Lance Corporal Schmadl is survived by his wife and 4 children.
PTE. JAMES GORDON WOODS (B132170), enlisted in Toronto on August 31st 1942 and served with the Perths in Italy where he was wounded in action. He was discharged April 27th, 1946. Born January 3rd, 1923, he passed away in Toronto on February 6th, 1976 at age 53.
PTE. ALLEN HENRY DOUGLAS MCMILLEN (B64499), served with the Perths in Italy as an anti-tank gunner, born February 12th, 1921 in Brantford, Ontario died January 3rd, 1973 in Toronto of a heart attack. He is buried in the Veterans section of York cemetery in Toronto.
PTE. WILLIAM WALTER BELL (D72061), served with the Perths in Italy and North West Europe. He was born July 7th, 1907 and died on January 21st, 1971.
Prepared by: J. McRae PerthR@yahoo.com
Updated: September 1, 2009.