Remembering a Grandfather…

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  1. His pilot was G.A. Nye from Toronto

    http://rcafmoncton.blogspot.ca

    Course 52: March 28 – July 17, 1942
    Group Captain Brown presented wings to the graduates and afterwards led the remainder of the parade with three rousing cheers for the new pilots. The graduating class led the March Past and Group Captain Brown took the salute.

    (J/12866) Harvey Edgar Jones – led the class

    +(J/12867) Robert Harry Smith – 403 Sqn., (J/12868) Walter Arnott Irwin – DFC 614 Sqn.; (J/12869) William Minor Hess, (J/12870) John Martin Zelko; (J/12871) H.S. Bowler; (J/12872) Richard Thompson

    Gerald Ralph Prince, John L. Andre Chalot, Kennth Hewson, Reginald Gordon Gilbert, (R/109807) Ralph Hofer, Thomas Donald Farrell, Robert Grand Disbrow, Charles Rowland Brown, Stanley Gaunt, Casper Herbert Wertz, Albert John Walker, John David Dunlap, Warren Edmund McMurray, Robert Lamar Pearson; H. Clair Truscott, Hamilton; W.H. Armstrong, Orangeville; Bob Beckett; G.W. Besley, Toronto; H.S. Bowler, Hamilton; C.R. Brown; G.R. Brown, Bartonville; G.R. Buckwell; Carr, Chalot; Clarke; Cochrane; Coleman, W. Crews, Hamilton; Disbrow; Dunlap; J.K. Easson, Toronto; D.J. Farrell, Colborne; W.B. Frederick, Lindsay; Stanley Gaunt; Gilbert; A.E. Grainger, Toronto; F.E. Gullison, Toronto; Harris; Hess; Hewson; Hicks; Hofer; McMurray; McNeil; Nicoll; G.A. Nye, Toronto; Bob Pearson; R.T. Pogue, Toronto; Porter; Prince; Smith; Swan; J.W. Temple, Toronto; R.B. Thompson; R.D. Thompson; C.H. Truscott, Hamilton; Ed Vincent; Walker; Wertz; Williams; Zelko; W.A. Irwin, Toronto; H.E. Jones, Niagara Falls; P.J. Kirwin, Ingersoll; B.R. Milligan, Orillia; W.D. McLeod, London; Leslie Birket Foster, Bob Gildersleeve

    +(NZ416455) George Percival Carr

    Posted in from:

    No. 11 EFTS: Foster

    No. 17 EFTS: Irwin

  2. One of the crew member

    Obituary for Alexander Shaw

    Alex Shaw, beloved husband of the late Isabella (Betty Sylvester) Shaw, of Carstairs passed away at the Didsbury Health Centre on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the age of 95 years. On July 15, 1917, Alex was born on the Shaw homestead on the Rosebud creek near Carstairs which was originally known as the “Sam Scarlett Ranch”. He was the fourth and youngest child born to Robert Alexander and Vera Elizabeth (Towers) Shaw and had two brothers, George (Eileen) and Frank (Hazel) and one sister Bessie (Ivan) Pointen.
    Alex will be loved, remembered and missed by his children: Edward (Sandra) Shaw of Carstairs, AB; Barry (Shirley Luft) Shaw of Carstairs, AB; and Donna (Andy) Morton of Olds, AB; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, his sister-in-laws and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Alex was predeceased by his parents Robert and Vera, his wife Betty, his brothers George and Frank, his sister Bessie, and several sister-in-law’s and brother-in-law’s.
    Alex attended Davenport and Grand Centre schools before enrolling at SAIT in building and construction. In December, 1942, he joined the RCAF and in May, 1943, he was accepted as an Air Gunner. He was sent overseas and was stationed at Bournemouth and Yorkshire, England, and flew in Wellington’s and Halifax’s as a Rear Gunner with the 425 Allouette Squadron. After the war Alex returned to the farm and farmed with brother Frank until his marriage to Betty in February, 1949. Alex and Betty built a farm site ½ mile north-east of the original homestead where Alex actively operated a mixed farm until the age of 88 when he fractured his hip. After that time Alex received excellent care at Edgemont Village, Aspen Ridge Lodge and on Unit 4, Didsbury Health Center.
    Alex contributed to the Carstairs community as a volunteer, donator, sponsor and participant. Some of the organizations which he was a part of include: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53, Carstairs, where he was a Life Member, Carstairs Community Chest, Air Gunner’s Association, Mountain View Ratepayers Association, Handicap Riding Association, Special Olympics, Camp Horizon, 4-H Clubs, War Amps, World Vision, Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Diabetes Association. When asked why he did so much for his community he simply said “It was a way of life.” Alex received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and The Carstairs Citizenship Award in 2005 in recognition of his many volunteer activities.
    A celebration of Alex’s life will be held at 2:30 pm, September 14, 2012, at the Carstairs Community Hall, Carstairs, AB.
    In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rosebud Health Foundation — Unit 4, or to the charity of ones choice.
    Heartland Funeral Services

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