Midweek Moan and the passing of another RCASC (A)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

With Sadness I received the news of yet another Soldier Apprentice, who has moved to the Advance Party;

Major Wilfred D. “Bill” Rankin 1940-2018 RCASC Soldier Apprentice Retired as a Major.

With heavy hearts the family of Major Wilfred (Bill) Rankin want to share that he passed away peacefully with his Family at his side at the Moncton Hospital on Friday March 2, 2018. Born on February 1, 1940 in Peterborough, Ontario he was the son of the late Wilfred and Francis Rankin. Bill was a loving, devoted husband to Marilyn (Embree). Devoted father to Tanya, Tara, David and father in law to Eric. Grampie to Justin (Nathalie), and Big Grampie to Alex and Chase all of Moncton. He will leave a huge void in their lives. Bill also leaves his brother Dave (Helen), sisters, Mary and Lil, nephews, Tim (Nicky), Dillon, niece Tammy and cousins, Charney, Sheila and Eddy all of Peterborough. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jim and Ted. Proudly, with a note from his Parents Bill joined the RCASC as an Apprentice in 1956. His Military career took him from Peterborough to Borden, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Germany, Calgary, and Moncton. He did Peacekeeping missions to Egypt and Cyprus. It was an exciting and satisfying time for him when he did a Tour to Virginia, USA as a Logistics Instructor. His last posting was to Ottawa where they lived in Russell, Ontario. After retirement in 1995 Bill devoted himself to his Town. He was an active member of both the Russell Legion and the Russell Lions Club and headed the fund raising for the expanded building which became the home of the Lions Club and Legion in Russell where he enjoyed playing pool and shuffle board. He was also the go to guy in Russell for income tax returns. He was always willing to help his neighbors with anything they needed help with. His carpentry skills weren’t the best, but he was willing to give it a try. His hobbies were golf, golf and if he could find time an extra golf game. He also tried his hand at gardening. He loved to play in his flower beds and would wait and see how it worked out later. He had an annual passion to go hunting with his Buddies. He would return unshaven, empty handed and announce another successful hunt. Spring 2012 the time came to move back to Moncton to be close to his children and grandchildren. The move gave him new hobbies; he found great pleasure and enjoyment to sit out on his front deck with his morning coffee and paper and the occasional chat with a walking neighbor. Evenings was the time to go for a walk and check things out around the neighborhood. Bill only had one fear, family pets. If met by one he would quietly suggest they “back off “and this is how they shared their love for each other. His greatest passion was his family and family get togethers. The more the merrier for him. He loved to host large family dinners; everyone had a seat at the table. His dinner table was his art, forks on the left, knives on the right and cloth, not paper serviettes folded a certain way. He enjoyed family trips south. Always ready to go explore and try anything. He would always be ready and usually the first one in the car.

With heartfelt thanks to Brother Apprentice Bob D’Avignon for sending this fine obituary. Farewell Bill from all your BROTHERS. Our thoughts and prayers are with those you left behind.

Rest in Peace Old Soldier Your Duty Done

DISTURBING   NEWS : Trudeau Considering Mass “AMNESTY” For Immigration & Refugee Claimants.

If there is any truth in this article. I will seriously consider turning in my Citizenship and Canadian Passport?


This is outrageous, that possible and in some cases comvicted  criminals will be allowed to remain in Canada……. and to vote???? is this something he has learned from countries under the thumb of the Government. WHERE is the money coming from for these people to remain many not working?? From our taxes that’s where and out of the pockets of seniors and veterans. This is the most daft idea this clown has ever had thus far.

South of our Border the Orangeman lays further sanctions on North Korea despite this news article:


As John Lennon used to say “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” c’mon Donald get with the programme.

Please remember our Veterans and their Families, as well as our Serving Troops and the Military Families.

Nil Sine Labore





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