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Current Oatmeal Rag Newsletter #28
March 2018




Upcoming Association & Regimental Activities: 

Cameron Association Executive Meeting Schedule:

 Next Executive Monthly Meeting: 
 1900 hrs 02 April 2018  #4 St James Legion VA Rm downstairs

 Regular Executive meetings: 2017 - 18 1900 for 1930 hrs #4 St James Legion  VA Rm
 
  Je 04,  2018

  
 SOCIAL: SPEEDWORLD RACING RESULTS
 CAMERON ASSOCIATION vs CAMERON JUNIOR RANKS


 Association: 3 & JR's: 0

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
 


 

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AGNES (BUNTY) MARY BEATTIE
(Former Cold War Cameron P/M Sandy Beattie's widow)
http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-245934/BEATTIE_AGNES
On Friday, May 12, 2017, Bunty passed away peacefully at Golden West Centennial Lodge, at the age of 87 years. Remaining to cherish Bunty's memory are her daughter Anne Gray (Mark); and grandchildren as well as her great-granddaughter Bodhi. In Scotland she leaves one sister and one brother. On April 6, 1930, Bunty was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the oldest of 14 children. She married Alexander (Sandy) Beattie in 1952 and their daughter Anne was born in 1953. The family immigrated to Canada in 1957 and settled in Winnipeg. After Anne left home, Bunty and Sandy moved to Carman where Bunty remained until returning to Winnipeg in 1999. Bunty was a true Scot and returned to Scotland many times to visit family.
A private family gathering was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may still be made to the Salvation Army Golden West Centennial Lodge, 811 School Road, Winnipeg, MB R2Y 0S8. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com

Full obit published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 20, 2017
 

PIPE-MAJOR DONALD ALEXANDER MORRISON (Cold War)
http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-249525/MORRISON_DONALD
November 15, 1926 October 8, 2017 Peacefully, Donald Morrison slipped away in the early morning, surrounded by his family. In the course of almost 91 years, Don touched a great many lives with his laughter, charisma, musicianship and wisdom. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Rose; daughters, Catherine (Howard), Carolyn, Colleen (Mark); son Colin; special niece Sandi Mitchell and numerous other nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Don grew up in the West End of Winnipeg and, with his father a teamster, had a lifelong fondness for the "heavy" horses. Losing his father in a tragic accident at age 12, Don had to grow up early as the family struggled in the hard times of the Depression. His father had started teaching him the Highland bagpipes at age nine, and this would be one of the defining aspects of Don's life. He began playing with the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band even prior to reaching the minimum age for joining (12), and played with them until he was 19, leaving as Pipe Major.
Piping, Minto Armouries and his Cameron buddies were the formative influences in his adolescence. He joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Reserve as a 17 year old and maintained a life-long association with the Camerons and their Pipe Band. In 1947, he joined the Winnipeg Police Force and immediately joined the Police Pipe Band. Don went on to be a member of the Police Force for 39 and one half years (retiring as Acting Superintendent) and incredibly, a member of the Pipe Band for 53 years (18 years as Pipe Major).
During his busy years as a police officer and as a member of the Police Pipe Band, Don was also father to a young family. He juggled shift work, piping and home commitments, all while serving as the band instructor of the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band, a position he held for 20 years (retiring as a Captain in the Reserve Army). Piping and drumming lessons were delivered in his home basement to anyone with an interest and willing to practice free of charge.
Don believed in passing on the craft, as he himself had been the beneficiary of legendary instructors such as Doug Will and Sandy Cameron, and many former students became his fellow band members. Long before trips for young people became somewhat routine, Don took his Cadet Band to Texas to compete, even supervising Grade 12 Departmental examinations en route so everyone could attend. The Band did well, achieving international honours and Don, competing individually, won the North American competition. At the same time, the Police Pipe Band was one of the finest Pipe Bands in North America and travelled extensively throughout the Continent.
In 1960, Don was chosen as the solo piper accompanying the Pine to Palm Tour, a three bus campaign comprised of prominent politicians, business owners, and press promoting tourism and commerce along the route from Winnipeg to New Orleans. This culminated with Don being made an honorary citizen of New Orleans. Don was selected as Pipe Major of a Massed Military Band comprised of Reserve Army and Cadet Band members that played at the Hemisfair in San Antone, Texas. He was Pipe Major of the 200 member Massed Pipe and Drum Band of Winnipeg for the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. Don was also the designated piper for innumerable official functions and played for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Lieutenant Governors, Prime Ministers, Provincial Premiers and Mayors.
He also played at the Dieppe Reunion in France in 1983, after which he was able to visit his brother Colin's grave in Sage, Germany, where Colin had been shot down in one of the last raids of the Second World War. His enthusiasm never waned and in 1992 he founded the ANAVET #283 Legion Pipe Band, which continues on to this day. Don continued playing and in his last competition in 1993 at 66 years of age, he took 1st prize in the Masters category at the Fergus Highland Games.
To put those achievements in perspective however, a listing of Don's many other awards and acknowledgments is required. Don was also intensely interested in politics and history and virtually never missed a day reading the newspaper or watching the news on television. He was an avid reader and, until just a couple of weeks ago, was still reading three to four books weekly. He could equally discuss the antecedents of the First World War or the re-opening of Portage and Main!
There was another side of him too though, and this was his humanity something almost palpable you could feel when you were with him. He loved his family, taking pride in their achievements and development as they became young adults. That warmth extended too to animals, and he loved his dogs. While slightly cynical, as you might expect after 39 plus years as a police officer, he never lost a belief in the basic goodness of people, nor indeed in the greatness of this city, province and country, though the Winnipeg Jets did vex him from time to time. Don was intensely proud of his Scottish heritage, but equally proud to be Canadian. He left as a proud Scot and a true Canadian. A Celebration of Life was be held on Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 61 Picardy Pl. (Portage Ave. and Canora - east of Vimy Ridge Park).

Full obit published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 13, 2017

Editor's note: Yet again this year another Cameron legend has passed on and his celebration of life was just that. The massed bands of the Camerons, the Winnipeg Police (and I think I saw more than a few #283 ANAF members in the mix too) were simply magnificent. I have no idea when First Prebyterian last saw so many pipers of such high caliber present, but from Lord Lovat's Lament to Highland Cathedral those playing sent Donny off in style. I'm pretty certain that Monty and Don were looking on from the Great Band Room Above with approval.


FRANCES THERESA (FRAN) PARYNUICK
(SWW and Cold War Cameron RSM Tim Parynuik's widow)

http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-247321/PARYNUICK_FRANCES

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frances Theresa Parynuick, of Newton, Manitoba, on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the Portage General Hospital, at the age of 93 years. Left to mourn her passing are her son, Timothy Parynuick Jr., brother, Reg Omichinski, and other family of in the Omichinski and Parynuick families. She was predeceased by her husband, Timothy Parynuick Sr.
Frances was born in Ladywood, Manitoba on October 25, 1923. About the age of 10, she moved with her parents and siblings to the Oakville, Manitoba district where her parents had bought land to continue farming. There she attended Elm River School and helped on the family farm. During the latter part of the Second World War, she moved to British Columbia to live with her married sisters, Lee and Kate where she worked making plywood, repairing damaged bombers and constructing new airplanes. Her job in the aircraft factories was riveting.
At the end of the war, she returned to Manitoba where she married Tim Parynuick, a Second World War veteran, on January 1, 1946. In the spring of 1946, Frances and Tim moved to the farm owned by Mike Parynuick, Tim's grandfather. There they began their life long occupation of farming.
In July of 2006, Tim passed away and Frances continued operating the farm. Because she rented the farm out on a crop share basis, she was considered a farmer until the day she passed away. Throughout her life, Fran (Franny) worked hard. Besides running a household and raising a family, she had to participate in the daily routine of operating a farm. Fran and Tim had a mixed operation with grain, chickens and a cow/calf herd. The early days of farming did not incorporate the labour saving devices we now see. Manual labour was the norm. Even as a teenager on her parents' farm, she worked at farming, such as taking teams of horses out to the field during the busy times of the year.
Yet throughout this life of work, Mom had time to enjoy herself and the friends and relatives around her. She was low key but really enjoyed a good get-together. There were many family parties at the farm. In later years when they could afford it, Mom and Dad made several trips to Europe to commemorate Dad's involvement in the war and to visit Dad's sister in Ukraine.
Fran was a good community person. She was a member of the Curtis Ridge Community Centre for many years, helping to put on their Fall suppers and other events. Mom did many things.
Fran enjoyed people. Mom would talk to people at the drop of a hat. She had opinions but rarely spoke negatively about anyone. Mom loved life even at some of its darkest times. After a cry or a rant, she would pick herself up and get on with things.
Her funeral Mass was held at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and interment was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
If desired, donations may be made in memory of Fran to a charity of one's choice. Messages of condolences may be made online at www.omegafuneralhome.com Omega Funeral Home - 204-857-4621

Full obit published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 15, 2017

 

Cameron Association in Canada mailing address:

 Please address your mail to the appropriate member.

 The information given below is current to 31 July 2017

 
CAMERON ASSOCIATION IN CANADA
CURRENT EXECUTIVE LIST

CURRENT OFFICER LIST 2015 - 2016     All phone numbers are (204) unless otherwise noted.
PRESIDENT:  STEVE MACMILLAN

  351 AINSLIE ST
R3J 2Z7

 

 204-831-0542

VICE-PRES:  FRED WESTPHAL

  fwestphal1286@gmail.com

 
SECRETARY:  HUGH O'DONNELL  713 CAMBRIDGE ST
 R3G 3M2

 

 204-285-7222

TREASURER &

MEMBERSHIP: 

 DAVID GIBSON 104 WILLIAM GIBSON BAY
 R3C 5L7

EXECUTIVE BOARD

     
PAST PRES:  TAFFY GRAY  194 SEEKINGS ST
 R4J 1B1
 204 -889-5655
 
Members at large:  LEN JOHNSON
 LAST POST DIRECTOR

 1094 BAY RD, ST. ANDREWS MB
R1A 3L1

 204-757-2023  

 STEVE SMITH
SPECIAL PROJECTS & RECRUITING DIRECTOR

TBC TBC
 

 

   
 

 

 
   

QOCH of C   ORDERLY ROOM MINTO ARMOURY  204-786-4300
969 ST. MATHEWS AVE   Extn:430
REGIMENTAL LIAISON  CSM JAMES CLARK

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES:

BLAIR WILL
(2017-2019)

  MARC GAUTRON
     (2016-2018)
SICK & VISITING TEAM  LEN JOHNSON
 (AS ABOVE)
  HUGH O'DONNELL
 (AS ABOVE)

 

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.

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_06_May_2011.doc

  or Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_06_May_2011.pdf

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 07 Aug 2011  

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_08_Nov_2011.doc

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_09_March_2012.pdf

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_10_July_2012.pdf

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_11_Nov_2012.pdf

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_12_March_2013.pdf

 Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_13_June_2013.pdf

 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