Air Chief Marshal L.S. Breadner, CB, DSC. Breadner served as Dominion National President until 25 May 1951. For more on his career, please visit this Wikipedia link.
National Executive Council:
Air Vice-Marshal F. G. Wait, C.B.E., C.D., a member of the executive council over the past seven years; president, 1958-60, grand president, 1960-62 and chairman. 1962-63.
Leonard N. Baldock, vice-president. 1954-60; president 1960-62; and past-president 1962-63.
John `Andy’ Cooper, vice-president, 1961-62-63.
Group Captain S. M. Sznuk, CBE. vice-president, 1956-58, 1958-59; vicechairman, 1959-63; and chairman of special committee on communist ideology.
Elsie Traill (Mrs.), W.D. Representative (Central), 1962-63.
Miss E. L. Frederickson, W.D. Representative (Western), 1962-63.
Group Executive Council
George Cattiny, DFC, president, Quebec group. 1962-63.
William H. Caverly, regional vicepresident, Quinte region, vice-president, Ontario Group; and president, Ontario Group, 1961-63.
Stephen T. Coote, president No. 500 (Winnipeg) Wing, 1959-60, 1962-63; and president, Manitoba N. W. Ontario Group, 1961-62.
Miss Loraine B. Currie, an executive member of 306 (Maple Leaf) Wing. Dyke D’Andrea, secretary 501 (Lake Head) Wing, 1963.
George Ellis, a Charter member of 306 (Maple Leaf) Wing, who served with distinction at Wing, Group and National levels.
James Gillespie. secretary, Ontario Group, 1961-63.
F/L D. Hindson, RCAF Liaison Officer. 1962-63. For his assistance to 503 (Flin Flon) Wing in its formative stages and money raising plans.
Milton Moffat, an executive member of 702 (Lethbridge) Wing, and president, Alberta Group.
P. F. CONNELL, DFM, the new president of the RCAFA, a native of Saint John, N.B., had an outstanding record during World War II. Completing two tours of operational duty as an air gunner, he was a Charter Member of the Pathfinders Group. Mr. Connell was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal and commissioned in 1943. Phil returned from overseas in 1944 to take part in the Victory Loan Speaking Tour. A Charter Member of 250 (Saint John) Wing, he has progressively held executive positions at Wing, Group and National levels. He has served as a member of the Saint John City Council and has been a director of several Civic improvement organizations. These credentials bear elegant testimony to his election as National President of the RCAF Association at the 12th Annual Convention. The President’s Message DELEGATES to the Twelfth Annual Convention have done me great honour by electing me National President. I am pleased to have this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the confidence and trust placed in me. I wish to assure you of my desire to further, at all times, the aims and objectives of the Association. I expect that all members have now been advised as to the outcome of our national meeting in Halifax. This meeting must go down as one of the most successful, in all respects, that we have held to date. Never before has our Association attained such a lofty plane with respect to pagentry and conduct of business. All members of the Association will take pride in the manner in which their affairs were conducted on this occasion. It is my intention that all Wings be provided with a resume of the Halifax meeting so that all our resolutions and other matters of major concern can be communicated to Wing committees and members. The most urgent problem that faces us at the moment is our membership. This was brought to our attention forcibly at Halifax when we learned of the substantial deficit we are budgeting for this year. In order to defray our overhead costs we must boost our membership immediately to 15,000 members and eventually to 20,000 or 25,000 members. I hope that every Wing will make November, which is proclaimed as Membership Month, a success and a preliminary step to strengthening the fibre of our organization. It is a source of great pride to every member of our Association to hear, and see, the continuing activities of our Wings and Groups. Every phase of community endeavour is covered: sponsorship of Air Cadet Squadrons, foster children programmes, bon voyage and to many other projects so essential to our success as an Association. I commend you all for your interest and concern in these worthwhile community affairs. On behalf of all members of the National Executive Council, I wish to pledge to you all that sincere and earnest efforts will be directed to the conduct of the affairs of our Association during the coming year. CONNELL, PHILIP F. – The death of Philip Frederick Connell, DFM of Saint John, husband of Mary Kathleen (Daley) Connell, occurred on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Saint John on July 7, 1923, he was the son of the late George and Jean (Alexander) Connell. Mr. Connell was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Bomber Command 83 Squadron of the R.C.A.F. He was a founding member of the Path Finder Force in 1942 and was wounded in action in 1943. He received the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) from King George VI at Buckingham Palace on February 29, 1944. In 1945 Philip joined F.J. Brennan Co. Ltd. Investment Finance, from where he began his long career as an Investment banker working with Nesbitt Thompson in various capacities, retiring as President in 1995 from McDermid Miller McDermid. Mr. Connell was National President of the R.C.A.F. Association, past member of Saint John City Council, past manager of Saint John Board of Trade, allied member of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Vancouver Stock Exchange. He worked with the Founding Committee of UNBSJ, the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority, Halifax/Dartmouth Bridge Authority, Quebec Hydro, the Province of New Brunswick, Alberta Telephone the City of Edmonton and assisted in founding the BC Municipal Finance Authority. Besides his wife, he is survived by his seven children, Mary Kathleen Ablett (Richard) of Ottawa, ON, Colleen Ablett (David) of Toronto, ON, Michael Connell of Halifax, NS, Susan Witiuk (James) of Winnipeg, MN, Anne Yatkowsky (Lawrence) of Vancouver, BC, Mary Raper of Peterborough, ON and Ellen Connell (Peter Johnson) of Victoria, BC, two sisters, Noreen Bennett of Montreal, QC and Eileen Duffley of Saint John, 20 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son-in-law, Douglas Raper, brother, Raymond, sister, Jean Cooke and an infant sister, Mary. Resting at Brenan’s Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, Clarendon Street, Saint John on Monday, February 19, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Remembrances to the Poppy Fund, Alzheimer’s Research or the charity of the donors’ choice would be appreciated. The Royal Canadian Legion will hold a tribute to a Veteran service on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. www.brenansfh.com
George Penfold. George E. Penfold, of 26 Moccasin Trail, Don Mills, Ont., a member and charter president of No. 437 York Wing, Toronto, was elected president of the association for the 1964-65 year. He has been a vice president of the National Executive Council since 1962 and has participated actively in association work since he joined the association in 1951 as member of 404 Kitchener-Waterloo Wing. Prior to helping found No.437 York Wing in Toronto he was a member for a short while of No. 412 Wing in Windsor, Ontario. During the war George served in the RCAF, having enlisted in 1942 and served as an observer on Coastal Command and in India with No. 435 Squadron which was engaged in transport activities, which unit he was with until the end of the war. During his very active career since joining the association in 1951 he has held the following additional offices: Secretary of the Ontario Group Executive, 1955; vice president, Ontario Group, 1956; president, Ontario Group, 1957-59; membership chairman, National Executive Council, 1957-58 and 1961-62; chairman, National Executive Council 1959-61; vice president, National Execuitve Council, 1961-62; vice president, National Executive Council, 1962-64. George has also been a member of the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada. His business career for many years has been with Household Finance Corp., Toronto, with whom he is a merchant representative.
1965-66 National Executive Council
Grand President: A/M W. A. Curtis, CB, CBE, DSC, Toronto. Ont.
National President: George A. Ault, QC, Ottawa, Ont.
Vice-president: Herbert M. Bell, Winnipeg, Man.
Director I-yr: Stanley H. Wootten, Winnipeg, Man.
Director I-yr: F. A. Connolly, Fredericton, N.B.
Director I-yr: A. T. Goodwin, Moncton, N.B.
Director 2-yrs: G/C A. M. Jardine, AFC, CB, Victoria. B.C.
Director 2-yrs: W. H. Caverly, Kingston, Ont.
WD Representative: Mrs. Norma Berry, Toronto, Ont.
Immediate Past President: George E. Penfold, Don Mills, Ont.
Director, Atlantic Group: W. D. Young, Summerside, P.E.I.
Director, Quebec Group: A. L. Hilton, Montreal, Que.
Director, Ontario Group: Thomas G. Farmer, North Bay, Ont.
Director, Ontario Group: Robert Ross Mills, Waterloo, Ont.
Director, Man.-N. W. Ont. Group: Arthur D. McLeod, Brandon. Man.
Director, Sask. Group: F. W. Jardine, Moose Jaw, Sask.
Director, Alberta Group: J. F. Way, Calgary, Alta.
Director, B. C. Group: F. S. Porter, Victoria, B.C.
Honorary Chaplain (P): The Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, DD, Brandon, Man.
Honorary Chaplain (RC): The Most Rev. Bishop N. S. Gallagher, DD, CD, Ottawa, Ont.
JARDINE, Alexander Myles Group Captain AFC, CD, (RCAF Ret’d) March 16, 1914 December 14, 2008. Independent to the very end, with Ursula and family close beside him, Alex lived a full and vibrant life. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ann, sisters Marjorie and Theo, Alex is survived by his daughters Marjory and Louisa (Peder), grandchildren Jens and Claire, partner Ursula, sisters June, Ruth and Deirdre, many nieces, nephews and friends all who loved him dearly. From a Bridge Messenger on the RMS Empress of Canada in 1930 to a short service commission in the RAF in 1935, Alex became a flying boat pilot and was posted to 205 Squadron Singapore. The Squadron was in Java in March 1942 when the Allies capitulated and Alex became a prisoner of war of the Japanese. His characteristic courage, determination and leadership served him well through this ordeal. After the war, Alex returned to Canada and joined the RCAF where he commanded stations including Rockcliffe, St. Hubert and Penhold. He attained the rank of Group Captain and served as Canada’s Air and Military attache in Prague. After he retired from the RCAF, Alex’s life touched so many people through his involvement with organizations such as Project North, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Glendale Gardens, the Mustard Seed, the Arion Male Voice Choir, the RCAF & Air Crew Associations. For many years, his love of sailing, hiking, kayaking, gardening, travelling, singing, reading and painting kept him active. Who else but Alex would hike to Garibaldi Lake at age 77 or go on a llama trek in his 80’s? His girls and his grandchildren meant the world to him and he to them. His love and care for his family and friends will be sorely missed we were so lucky to have you, Alex. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alex’s memory may be made to the Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Bank, 625 Queens Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 1L9 or to a charity of your choice. Memorial service to be held Sunday, December 28th, 2 pm at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 4733 West Saanich Road, Victoria, B.C. 518211
Her Majesty the Queen
Honorary Grand President
His Excellency the Right
Honarable Roland Michener, CC,CD.
Air Marshal Hugh Campbell, CBE, CD,
A. T. Goodwin
Frederic D. Way
Immediate Past President
A. M. Jardine, AFC, CD, ADC, ARAeS.
S. H. Wootten-Winnipeg
T. G. Farmer-North Bay
E. L. Sayle-Ottawa
W. A. Gryba-Ottawa
J. M. Wilson-Fredericton
G. A. Ault, QC
Mrs. Jean Clifford-Ancaster, Ontario
Tom James-Atlantic Group
W. T. Kelly-Quebec Group
R. W. Henry-Ontario Group
G. W. Ruland-Ontario Group
A. J. Skene-Manitoba Group
W. Hogg-Saskatchewan Group
L. E. Larcombe-Alberta Group
W. L. Stevenson-B.C. Group
The Venerable E. S. Light, CD, (Prot)
The Most Reverend N. S. Gallagher,
DD,CD, (RC) Montreal
Frank W. Ball, DFC, CD.
S/L (RET.) A.S. LOGAN DFC, CD.
Albert Stewart “Spoof” Logan passed away on January 6, 2008, in his 84th year. The son of Albert Fraser and Belinda Logan of Pictou County, he was born on November 18, 1924, in the family home in Lyons Brook. After graduating from Pictou Academy in 1942 Stewart enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a navigator. On completion of training he went overseas and flew on Mosquito bombers with 142 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. He completed thirty-nine missions over Germany and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He re-enlisted in 1948 and flew with Royal Canadian Air Force 426 Transport Squadron for four years which included two years in the Korean airlift. After a short stint as the Commanding Officer of the RCAF Recruiting Unit in Halifax, he trained as an Airborne Interception Navigator and was for five years the Chief Instructor of the Airborne Interception School in Winnipeg. In 1959 he attended the RCAF Telecommunications Officer course and spent two years in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. In 1962 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and was sent to Summerside, P.E.I. where he was the Station Telecommunications Officer. In 1964 he was assigned to the Canadian Embassy in Washington and served on the staff of the Air Attaché. Squadron Leader Logan retired from the service in 1969. After retirement he was employed as President and General Manager of Spartan Electronics in London, Ontario. In 1977 Stewart returned home to Nova Scotia when he became Director of Marketing for Hermes Electronics in Dartmouth.
In 1951, while stationed at McCord Air force Base in Tacoma, Washington, he met Lieutenant Jean Anne Sullivan, a nurse in the United States Air Force. The couple were married in the base chapel on September 7, 1951. Their romance lasted for almost fifty years and they provided each other with the strength to overcome life’s many challenges. They raised seven children together and loved each one unconditionally, and Stewart’s love for Jean and his family continued until his death.
When Stewart retired from Hermes he and Jean returned to the family home in Lyons Brook. An active member of the community, he served regularly on the local school and health boards, and was a long-time volunteer for the local Help Line. Stewart was always willing to lend his tireless support to any cause that needed it.
For many years Stewart served in various capacities at the local and national level of the Air Force Association of Canada and was elected National President of the Association in 1996. He was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou, serving as its treasurer.
Stewart lived with strong convictions and tremendous integrity, but had a wonderful sense of humour and was always able to laugh at himself. He will be deeply missed by his children and grandchildren, and by the countless friends made over the course of a long, honourable life.
Surviving are children, Stewart, Jr. (Denise), Qatar; Mary Anne (Stephen) Mesjarik, London, Ontario; James (Amanda Reagh), Lyons Brook; John David, Victoria, British Columbia; Gerald (Tara), Toronto; Christopher (Christine), Victoria, B.C.; daughter-in-law, Marie Claude Logan, France; nine grandchildren. Stewart was predeceased by his wife, Jean Ann; son, Michael; sisters, Jean Bell, and Marguerite Sweeney. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 2-4, & 7-9 PM on Monday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou.