On Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the age of 82, Vic took his leave for blue skies and fair winds, a victim of Covid 19. He will be deeply missed by Patricia, his wife, best friend, travelmate and partner in so many things. Life will never be the same without him. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Lee-Anne (Chuck) and Liese as well as his stepson Ian (Becca) and stepdaughter Krista (Jeff). His grandsons Bob, Benjamin and Jacob will have fond memories of time spent with him. Predeceased by his brother Richard (Ingrid) he leaves behind his sister Jean (Jack), and brothers Reginald (Paulette), Frank (Simonne), Gary (Dona) and many nieces and nephews.
Vic had a full, exciting and successful life, serving Canada for 39 years in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Not only did his service take him right across Canada but he spent time in Germany, Italy, the UK, the USA, Norway, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. He enjoyed all the postings, all the challenges that he faced but his favourite by far was his time as an Air Observation Post Pilot.
Upon retiring Vic maintained his military affiliation, actively involved with the Conference of Defence Associations, the Canadian NATO Defence College Association, the North Atlantic Council, RUSI Vancouver, Air OP Pilots Association and the Ottawa Gunners. He made his mark in so many projects but one, most important to him was the Honour House in New Westminster, BC. His vision and drive provided the impetus to get it off the ground. More recently, his efforts and involvement in launching the Canadian Army Aviation website gave him much satisfaction.
On a personal level Vic was loved and admired by friends and family, old and new. He enjoyed being out on the golf course, would never refuse a chance to go flying, was a somewhat unique bridge player, loved a fine meal with his favourite folks, was an enthusiastic traveller and truly appreciated a single malt scotch. With that – raise a glass to Vic!
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the ACE Unit of Queensway Carleton who treated him with such care and respect right up to the end. It is hoped that a Celebration of Life can be held at a later date, arrangements to be made at Beechwood Cemetery.
So come my friends be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love we are made.
It is in love we disappear.
John and Jo-Ann Dicker
No words can express our deep, deep sadness at Vic's untimely last flight. He was the epitome of a fine military officer and gentleman. It goes without saying just how big a void he leaves in all our lives, and particularly the leadership he provided in the management and execution of the Canadian Army Aviation Website. Know that he will never be forgotten Pat as the great man and dear friend that he was to all of us. Love and strength to you and all the family during this time of great sorrow.
Steve and Ann Marie Jones
We were fortunate to be members of the “Autumn 8” travel group so we had the great pleasure of travelling with Pat and Vic every fall! We so enjoyed Vic’s company! A fine gentleman, full of wonderful stories! We will miss his company! We send Pat and their family our deepest condolences at this very sad time!
Condolences to the family - May your memories sustain you at this difficult time!
Lorna and Laimonis Gailis
All our love and virtual support to all the family at this terrible time. Will look forward to being able to celebrate Vic's life together in person in the not too distant future.
I am so sorry for your loss - sending lots of hugs your way
A wonderful man that made a difference in some many lives. Till I see you again
My first Battery Commander. A true leader and fine gentleman. End of Mission sir. Rest.
LCol(Ret) JJ Jerry Donahue, RCA
We will never forget. Vic was a Gentleman and a good friend in and out of the Artillery world. He was always there when needed and helped everyone along the way. My deepest sympathy to Pat and the family and in particular to his sister Jean who is my friend here in our Retirement Home. Jerry
Our deepest sympathies on behalf of Uncle Willie Diehl and his children. Dad has many fond memories of Vic and his siblings. Take care in this unstable situation we are living in.
Robert and Darlene Beadry
So sorry - a great guy. Vic and I served together in Germany many years ago. Our condolences to his family