Charles Goodchild

Four veterans receive “Quilts of Honour” at Legion meeting


By Ron Giofu


Four local veterans received “Quilts of Valour” as part of a meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 last Thursday night.

Richard Girard and Charles Goodchild, both Korean War veterans, joined Ernie Fryer and Garry Marshall in receiving quilts from Quilts of Valour Canada representatives. Fryer and Marshall both served as peacekeepers with Fryer serving in Cypress and Marshall stationed in Halifax.

“I think it’s an incredible honour,” said Marshall. “I don’t know if I’m as deserving as everyone else.”

Marshall added he was very appreciative of being one of the recipients.

“I am very honoured to receive it,” said Fryer.

Fryer thanked those who created the quilts and believes they should be blessed for their work.

“I feel overjoyed,” said Goodchild, after receiving his Quilt of Valour.

Goodchild remarked that it must have taken a lot of effort to create each quilt.

“It’s really an amazing amount of work they put into this,” he said.

Girard also admired the amount of effort the volunteers who made the quilts put into it.

Four veterans received a “Quilt of Valour” at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 last Thursday night. From left: Richard Girard, Charles
Goodchild, Ernie Fryer and Garry Marshall.

“It must take a lot of work to do something like this,” said Girard.

Girard added he was approached by his son Tim and spoken to about such an honour three months ago.

Afghan veteran Teresa Kitzul was also scheduled to receive a quilt but she was unable to attend.

Janet Bergeron, an Amherstburg resident who serves as the regional representative for Quilts of Valour, said the organization has distributed over 10,000 quilts to members of the Canadian Armed Forces both past and present. The quilts are designed to be “quilts of comfort” for members and veterans.

“It’s to say thank you for their service,” said Bergeron.

Bergeron noted that Quilts of Valour Canada is a charitable organization that runs with the aid of volunteers.

“All of the quilts are very different,” she added, noting all quilts made in the Windsor-Essex County areas have a maple leaf on them.

Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume (right) shakes hands with the recipients of the Quilt of Valour last Thursday night. The presentations were made at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume was also on hand, and presented each recipient with a “Chief’s Award of Excellence” coin. He said it is awarded to individuals, organizations or institutions that have made “a significant contribution to the Amherstburg Police Service or community.”

“What you’ve done for us and your community is incredible,” Berthiaume told the veterans. “We do not give these out unless you’ve earned it.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said it was his privilege to bring greetings on behalf of the town, saying the meaning behind quilts is “amazing.”

“Our freedoms and rights are thanks to you,” said DiCarlo. “We should remember veterans not just on Remembrance Day, but all year long.”

For more information on Quilts of Valour, visit, e-mail or or call Bergeron at 519-726-5016.

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Legion Week gets started with parade and awards



By Ron Giofu


Legion Week began in Amherstburg last Saturday morning with the annual parade with some awards and medals following.

The parade took place Saturday and left from in behind General Amherst High School and went down to the Cenotaph where a “drum head” service took place. It was explained by Zone Sgt. At Arms Richard Girard that in times of conflict, pipe bands that were utilized often piled their drums so that ministers could use them for altars when needed.

That was re-enacted Saturday morning with the aid of the Sun Parlour Pipes and Drums with Rev. Maynard Hurst blessing the drum head. Hurst also recognized the veterans and those who served, as well as Rev. John Burkhart.

Burkhart, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157’s regular chaplain, couldn’t attend Saturday’s service due to his health.

As part of the Legion Week parade, a drum head ceremony was held Saturday at the Cenotaph.

Legion Br. 157 recognized the people who saw it move to its current location, as president Laurie Cavanaugh pointed out Legion members talked about making things easier for the Ladies Auxiliary. The Ladies Auxiliary previously had to go up flights of stairs with food after preparing meals at home but the Legion was able to address that need in 1981 and the current design of the Legion was created.

Cavanaugh added the Legion has always been thankful of its volunteers, and that continued today.

“It’s about the volunteers,” she said. “We are thankful to our volunteers. Thank you to everyone who comes and helps out at the Legion and to everyone who showed up (for Saturday’s Legion Week ceremonies).”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said there are those in the public who only realize what the Legion does on Remembrance Day but pointed out the Legion does good things for people in the community every other day of the year as well. He encouraged other people in the community to join the Legion.

“If you are not a member, please become one,” he said.

Charles Goodchild was recognized for his 60 years as part of the Legion. Patti Hayes, executive assistant to Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, presents him with a certificate.

DiCarlo thanked the Legion and those who fought for Canada for what they have done for the town and country.

“We will be forever in your debt,” he said.

Among the associate members recognized for ten years of service were Judith Bondy, Jacqueline Carroll, Sheila Meunier, Brian Sukarukoff and Amber Turner.

Warde Yorke and Richard Girard salute during the Sept. 16 Legion Week ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Those reaching the 15-year mark as an associate member are Tracy Beaudoin, Ronald Haystead, Alvin Jackson, Marguerite Jones, Virginia Moore, James Repaye and John Purdie. Recognized for 20 years are Tim DeHetre, Ed Delisle, Gerald Langlois, Linda McCourt, M.J. McLean, J.R. Murray and Pete Reid.

Those reaching the 25-year milestone as an associate member are Brian Barrett, Ronald Belward, Jennifer Brunett, Margaret Cote, John Richard Crozier, John Gorgerat and David Iler. Hitting the 30-year milestone are Bea Gibb, Janet Martlin, Peter McEwen and JoAnn Mooney.

Recognized for 35 years as an associate member are Marion DeCarlo and Randy Fox while 40 year pins went to Val DiPierdomenico, Kathryn Lancop, Charles Sanford and Robert Vance.

Linda McCort (left) and Pat Amlin (right) present Richard Girard and Charles Goodchild with watches in recognition of their Korean War service.

Awards to affiliate voting members went to Peter Thyrring (10 years) and Albert Beneteau, Carol Cormier, Michael Duby, Carl Gibb, William McLean, D. Ross and Michael Sullivan (20 years).

Pins for ordinary members went to Bryan Giles and Frederick Wilkinson for their 10 years of service, Fifteen-year pins went to Cornelis Heeren, Leo Lapage, Terrance Sawchuk and Jeff Turner, while Bart DiPasquale, Nick Hertlein, Reg Major, Marcel Pare and John Walsh will receive 20-year pins. Chris Bebbington will be recognized for 25 years as an ordinary member while Gary Rung will be honoured for 30 years. Recognized for 35 years will be Lori Parent and Richard St. Aubin while W.C. Briand and M.R. Hagarty will be recognized for 45 years.

Linda McCort (left) presents Pat Waugh with a pin for her 55 years of service to the Ladies Auxiliary.

Charles Goodchild was on hand to receive his 60 year pin, with Nadine Abiraad and Patti Hayes making presentations to him on behalf of Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and Essex MPP Taras Natyshak respectively.

Goodchild and Girard were also presented with watches as part of the Royal Canadian Legion’s recognition of Korean War veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard also received Legion Volunteer Service Medals.

The Ladies Auxiliary honoured Pat Waugh for her 55 years of service while Vera Botting was recognized for her 25 years of service. Kris Martin, Mary Ann Hasson, Bea Gibb and Ruth Ann Rocheleau were honoured for their 20 years of service to the L.A., while Dianne Breault, Debbie Sullivan and Jeannine Theriault were honoured for 15 years of service.

Melissa Pelletier, Linda McCort and Pat Sheardown were recognized for ten years of service while Mary Ann Brooker was honoured for five years of service.