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Current Oatmeal Rag Newsletter
#31 Spring

Upcoming Association & Regimental Activities: 

Cameron Association Executive Meeting Schedule:

 Next Executive Monthly Meeting: 

CHANGED TO:Monday, 14 January 2019 
#4 St James Legion
VA Rm downstairs

 Regular Executive meetings: 2018 - 19 TBC per above at #4 St James Legion  VA Rm
04 March 2019

06 May 2019

TBC AGM & Elections Sept-Oct 2019

Cameron WO's & Sgt's Robbie Burns Dinner
Saturday, 26 January 2019
Fort Garry Hotel
NEW! We're in The Provencher Room
1830 for 1910 hrs
 Or any member of the WO's & Sgt's Club

2019 Robbie Burns Poster

Cameron Association Membership Information

 - Please read the information provided at the link below:

 Cameron Association Constitution & Bylaws 26 Sept, 2011

  - Please contact the site administrator regarding any further questions and how & where to pay your dues
    via the "Contact Us" link near the top of the page.  

My Grandfather/Father was a Cameron, where can I find out more about his service ?
Here is a link to the Library and Archives Canada web site. You can contact them to obtain the military service record of your ancestor:

 Library & Archives Canada (link confirmed 30 March 2018)

 I need a piper for a Cameron Association member’s funeral. What do I do ?

 For those of you who are trying to plan ahead or suddenly need to book a piper for one of our Comrades and don’t know how it is done here you go:
 1. Contact the President of the Cameron Association or the Editor of the Oatmeal Rag at a reasonable hour; and

 2. We’ll pass you the contact information of the current Cameron Pipe-Major (because the appointment does actually change from century to century or so and otherwise you may call the wrong guy); and
 3. The P/M will help you to make the appropriate arrangements.

 Verification of Former Service DS Solution:
 You can make a request under the Access to Information Act, which will provide you with proof of your service with the Camerons.
 Thanks very much to Sgt V. Sellars of the WGOR. 
 Please click on the link:
(Link last confirmed 30 March 2018)
Link to start a VFS request




 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia Dorothy Will, age 79, on Saturday, December 29, 2018. 

Pat was born to Harry and Vera (Hinam) Attwood, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 3, 1939. Pat grew up at 441 Arlington Street and spent summer holidays and weekends with her mom and dad at their cottage in the Grand Beach Campsite. When the C.N.R. sold the Grand Beach site to the Province in 1962, they purchased a cottage in Grand Marais. The weekend trips home from the Beach involved a stop at Weston's Bakery to load Harry's truck for the next morning's deliveries which she sometimes accompanied him on.

Pat enjoyed swimming and spent many years at Sherbrook Pool with her mother Vera as members of the Women's Amateur Swimming Club. She also taught swimming and lifesaving both in Winnipeg and in Grand Beach. In addition to swimming Pat loved cross country skiing, skating, camping and canoeing. She was also actively involved with Canadian Girls in Training at St Matthews Church, Explorers at St Jude’s Church and in later years was an active member of P.E.O., Chapter L.

Pat attended General Wolfe School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and following graduation she was employed by the Manitoba Telephone System at the 138 Portage Avenue office. Pat also worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia and in recent years as an Elections Officer for the Provincial and municipal elections.

She met her husband, Sandy, at Grand Beach in the summer of 1957. They were married June 16, 1962. In 1964 they moved into their lifelong home on Harvest Lane where she took up breeding and showing West Highland White Terriers. Their son Blair was born in 1969 followed by Glenn in 1971. 

Summer with Sandy and the boys were spent at the cottage in Grand Marais or camping in a canvas tent and later a tent trailer in Northern Ontario, North Dakota and Minnesota. The couple also travelled to England, Scotland, Wales and France. As well they enjoyed cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the UK. 

Pat and Sandy were actively involved with Winnipeg Scottish Country Dance (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) and were part of the demonstration dance group.

Pat was also involved with Government House and accompanying Sandy as he served as an Honorary Aides-de-Camp for the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba from 1987 till 2015.

Pat was an avid crafter and her hands were rarely still. She loved sewing, knitting, ceramics, painting and making outfits and dance costumes for her grandchildren. She also had a zeal for Bingo, figure skating, curling and Babycham.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents Harry (1991) and Vera (2011). She is survived by her husband of 56 years Alexander (Sandy) Will, sons Blair (Terri) and Glenn (Shona), and grandchildren Allannah (Peter), Braedy, Kadeyn, Zackery, Jennifer (Sam) and Tyler. She is also survived by cousins Katherine Halliday, Irene Hinam, and William Hinam.

A special thanks to Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service and The Winnipeg Police Department for their sympathetic and kind care. A celebration of Patricia's life will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019. The Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Miles will be officiating. Interment to follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


DUNCAN MACDOUGALL Passed away on June 3, 2018, in his 97th year. Predeceased by his wife Loreen, who has been waiting for him to join her. "Dochie" is survived by his four children, Douglas, Frank, Roberta and Elizabeth, with their loved ones, including nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Duncan worked for 42 years with the Bank of Montreal. He served in a number of towns and cities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan including Winnipeg, Maple Creek, Siemens, Gladstone, Portage La Prairie, Limerick, Belmont and Souris. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces, (CANLOAN) during the Second World War and was wounded in combat in Belgium. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Palliative Care Centre for their compassion to Duncan for his last few days. We also want to thank Dr. Junaid, Dr. Harding, Dr. Racette and the CancerCare doctors and staff. Dad was as sharp as a tack to the end and never lost his sense of humour or dry wit. We have many fond memories and will miss him. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 09, 2018

Born: Nov 04, 1929
Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2018

NORMAN ANDREW MACDONALD Peacefully on October 30, 2018 at Grace Hospital, after complications from a short illness, Norman Andrew MacDonald passed away. Norman was born in Winnipeg on November 4, 1929. He is survived by his four children, Brian (Valerie), Heather (Craig), Colin (Glenda), and Ken (Anna), seven grandchildren, Tracey (Pat), Karyn (Tom), Nicole (Matt), Staci, Scott, Cameron, and Christian, and six great-grandchildren, Mylo, Rylan, Maddex, Easton, Nixon, and Addilyn. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald (New York) and Robert (Edmonton) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen in 2004, his father Andrew in 1982, his mother Violet in 1985, and granddaughter Danielle in 1985. Norm went to school in Winnipeg, attending Riverview School, Lord Roberts School, and Kelvin High School. He was employed with the CNR as a Carman for 43 years, retiring in 1989. Norm was well known in the Scottish Pipe Band Community. He joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Cadets in 1941 where he learnt how to play the bagpipes. He moved to the main regiment in 1946, retiring as a Warrant Officer in 1984. In 1969, Norm joined the Khartum Shrine Pipes and Drums, where he was an active playing member for over 45 years. Norm was also one of the founders of the Manitoba Massed Pipes and Drums in 1973 which eventually became the Manitoba Pipes and Drums. He served as Pipe Major of all the above bands and was recognized as a Pipe Major Emeritus of the Shrine Pipes and Drums. Playing the bagpipes gave him the opportunity to travel all over the world. In 1976, Norm was chosen by the Canadian Government to represent Canada as a piper at the World's Fair in Japan. Some of the other many highlights of his piping career were playing in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California three different years (including being the only non-American band until that time to have ever lead the parade), and playing at The World Curling Championships in Sweden, Germany and in Canada. Norman was particularly proud to have been presented a City of Winnipeg Community Service Award in 1994 by Mayor Susan Thompson. Norm's favorite place was his cabin at Grand Marais where he loved to spend as much time as he could. He had many friends at the lake that he enjoyed having a beer or two with especially his "Grand Beach Boys" and eventually the "Grand Beach Girls". He loved to reminisce about his years as a teenager at the lake and his work at the Dance Hall in Grand Beach. In the last few years, he loved his winter getaways with family and friends to Huatulco, Mexico and Costa Rica where he went zip lining at the age of 85. A celebration of Norman's life will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Shrine Temple, 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Shrine Transportation Fund at 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 1B9 or by calling 204-925-1430. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 03, 2018


WO Bruce Breustedt
PPCLI & Cams of C, late Oct 2018, notice only



Born: Jun 22, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 22, 2018

VICTOR JOSEPH PETERSON Peacefully on August 22, 2018, at the St. Boniface Hospital, our loving father and grandfather, Vic Peterson passed away at the age of 93. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Joanne (Lloyd), Vic (Ann) and Larry (Ann); daughter-in-law Shara; sister Margaret; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Alice; grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) and Brett (Kim), Chelsea (Mark) and Wade, Kyle (Christy), Carly (Duelle) and Colin; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Devin, Malcolm and Jacob; and his many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Evald and Ingeborg Peterson; his beloved wife Gay, and his youngest son Ron. He was also predeceased by his five brothers, Gotthard, Alvin, Hartley, George and Art. Vic was born on June 22, 1925 in Teulon, Manitoba and grew up in the Norris Lake District on the family farm. He was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War until his discharge in 1946. He then completed Auto Mechanic training in Winnipeg and initially worked at a local garage until 1951 when he joined the CNR. He worked as a brakeman and conductor on freight trains with the CNR for 32 years until he retired in 1983. After retirement, he devoted his time and energy to curling and golf with the Heather Seniors group and to his beloved cottage at Wanipigow Lake where he cultivated many lasting friendships. Vic was an active member of the Henderson Highway Legion Branch No. 215 for over 50 years. A gathering of family and friends celebrating his life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Klassen Funeral Chapel, 1897 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB. Luncheon will follow at the Henderson Highway Legion No. 215, 3600 DeVries Ave., Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norris Lake Cemetery or a charity of your choice. LECLAIRE BROTHERS 475 Provencher Blvd., in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 28, 2018

The Passing of Fred MacLeod- 1931-2018

by Sheena Cook • 06/20/2018     

The BCPA has lost one of its well-known members, piper Fred MacLeod, on June 17th, 2018.

Fredrick John Patrick MacLeod was born March 17, 1931. He was the son of Donald MacLeod, former P/M of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1911….



Ladies and gentlemen,

          I am sad to report the passing of one of our Board stalwarts.        

            Margaret said that Fred Granger died peacefully early yesterday morning at Deer Lodge Centre. 

            She said it was his wish that there be no funeral, adding the hope is  to have a small celebration at a later date, and she will let us know when a date is set.  A full obituary will be in Saturday's Free Press.

            Warm regards,

Murray Burt


Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Board




RANDOLPH B. MCNICOL, Q.C. July 31, 1950 - June 8, 2018 It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Randy McNicol after a tragic and accidental fall. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 43 years, Catherine, his children, Curran (Erin), Scott (Nikki), Shannon (Chris Ateah) and Colin. Randy is also survived by his brother David (Cynthia), aunt Gloria Busch (Ken) and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was adored by his five grandchildren, Isla, Declan, Cohen, Quinn and Lily. Randy will be markedly missed by his family, many great friends and colleagues. He was a loving husband, father, papa and mentor. Randy touched the lives of those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with him. Randy was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended St. Paul's High School and ultimately the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Randy had a distinguished 30-year career at Fillmore Riley as a lawyer before retiring in 2003 after suffering a stroke. During his career, Randy was known as a force in all aspects of advocacy. He was a litigator with tremendous work ethic and unquestionable ethical standards. Randy was involved in many significant cases during his career, including several public inquiries that impacted the legal landscape in Manitoba. Randy served as a Bencher of The Law Society of Manitoba and in 1990 was appointed a Queen's Counsel. Randy loved his job and had a true passion for the law and helping others. In addition to his professional activities, Randy also gave his time to Marymound School, Legal Aid Manitoba, St. Paul's High School and acted as the Honorary Solicitor of the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg. Although his stroke robbed him of his illustrious career, Randy showed courage and fortitude in dealing with adversity. Randy was proud of his Scottish heritage and of the time he spent piping in The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Pipe Band. Randy had a tremendous passion for the outdoors and, in particular, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed the genuine camaraderie developed on hunting and fishing excursions with friends and family to Delta Marsh, La Rivière, Sparrowhawk Lake, Shoal Lake, Winnipeg River, Nejalini Lake and Lake of the Woods. Most of all, Randy loved his family unconditionally. He was a devoted and kind husband and a supportive and giving father. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and served as an exceptional role model. Randy enjoyed countless trips with his family to Longboat Key, Florida, his favourite place. Randy was also fun and enjoyed humour, even if at his own expense. He was loyal, generous and made all those around him better in every way. A celebration of Randy's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at The Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Randy's memory to the Randolph B. McNicol, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, which can be found online at THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to
Publish Date: Jun 16, 2018



Cameron Association in Canada mailing address:

 Please address your mail to the appropriate member.

 The information given below is current to 31 July 2017


CURRENT OFFICER LIST 2018 - 2019     All phone numbers are (204) unless otherwise noted.

R3J 2Z7




 R3G 3M2





 R3C 5L7


 R4J 1B1
 204 -889-5655
Members at large:  LEN JOHNSON

R1A 3L1













Previous Issues of the Oatmeal Rag newsletter: 

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 01 Jan 2010    

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 02 Apr 2010 

Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 03 July 2010

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 04 Oct 2010 with 100th Info

  Oatmeal Rag Issue 05 100th Anniversary is only available in hard copy from the Association.


  or Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_06_May_2011.pdf

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 07 Aug 2011  







 Oatmeal Rag issue 14 Oct 2013

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 15 Jan 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 16 April 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 17 Oct 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 18 Jan 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 19 May 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 20 Oct 2015