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.
Elaine and Tony Salame
Zenek Konieczny and Michelle Loyey
So many good years, great dinners and much laughter. You rocked the Cherries Jubilee?
Fly now to your hearts content. Our hearts are with you Pat. Keep those wonderful memories close.
LGen Jan and Penny Arp
Our sincere condolences are extended to Vic’s family. Although we never shared a posting together, we do have fond memories of our joint ski adventure in 1980 in Schruns, Austria with Vic’s sister-in-law Nancy Wilson and the children from our three families. Over the years we have had the pleasure of meeting up with Vic and his lovely wife Pat at various venues, including the Army Officers Mess in Ottawa. Vic was a true gentleman with an affable sense of humour. He will be sorely missed. LGen Jan and Penny Arp
Wayne Douglas (LCol Retr)
I served with Vic in Shilo , MB many years ago. The last time I saw Vic was a few short years ago, at the Menin Gate, sunset ceremony, in Ypres, Belgium - Vic as laying a wreath. You will be missed. End of Mission, Cease Firing!
My father was always a great man in my eyes and an inspiration. He will be sorely missed.
LCol(Ret) JJ Jerry Donahue, RCA
We shall not forget. Vic was always a gentleman and a friend to everyone he met. He was a contributor in many ways to all organizations he was involved with during the years with his knowledge, his wisdom and his kindness. My deepest condolences to Pat and the family and particularly to his sister Jean who is a Resident and good friend here at The Ravines with me. God Bless you all. Jerry
Ruth and Malcolm Vant
Our hearts go out to you, Pat, and the family and close friends who will miss Vic. I wish I was there in person to give you a hug.
Lucille and Bob Hall
Our deepest condolences are being expressed to Pat and Vic's family for their loss.
Vic and I first met at Staff College Kingston in 1967 and continued to bump into each other over the years. Most recently he joined our Cdn Gds Lunch Group who met every Thursday. We have lost a dear friend, and gentleman in every sense of the word.
On behalf of my father David Struthers a fellow Artillery officer Andrew AOP Pilot ,I would like to pass on my condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.