Richard Girard

Legion Week parade helps kick off festivities



By Ron Giofu


Legion Week is underway in Amherstburg with the local branch kicking it off last Saturday with parades and awards.

Legion Week, the origins of which date back to 1953 when an open house was held in Dresden, is traditionally celebrated the third week of September. Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 held its parade and gathered back at the branch afterward. Capt. Jeff Turner, commanding officer of the #202 Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, acted as master of ceremonies and read proclamations from Ontario Command and other dignitaries, including Premier Doug Ford.

Ford’s statement included comments about it being a good opportunity for members of the community to come out and discover more about their local Legion branch.

Zone Commander Gayle Brown congratulated Legion Br. 157 for its parade and hoped the community would go to the Legion to find out what it’s all about.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard leads the Sept. 15 parade down Dalhousie St. (above) and Sandwich St. S. (below).

“I invite everyone to come in and see what the Royal Canadian Legion does and why we are part of this organization,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale brought greetings from the town, as Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was in Ohio with local Miracle League players at the Miracle League all-star game. DiPasquale stated the Legion is a very worthy organization.

“This building and the people who work inside of it make it go,” said DiPasquale. “It’s a great place.”

The parade returned to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 upon its conclusion.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh thanked those who helped put Legion Week together.

“A lot of work goes into this week,” she said. “It takes a lot of people, a lot of volunteers.”

Cavanaugh said the Legion is hopeful of having people come in and see what it offers.

“This week, if we get one or two members or if we get one or two people come out that have never been here before, it’s an accomplishment,” said Cavanaugh.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 also recognized members with Years of Service Awards.

Awards for affiliate members included Mark Denunzio (10 years) and Michael J. Duby (20 years).

Associate member ten-year awards included James Cyrowski, Martina Heeren, Christina Hindi, Diane C. Langlois, Judith Loomis, Murray Loomis, Amber Turner and Constance Sinasac. Cavanaugh and Jocelyn Hagerty received 15-year awards while 20-year award went to Gary Cooper, Ed J. Delisle, Dawn M. Fryer, Dennis Pajot and Karrie Thrasher. Receiving 25-year awards were John D. Bradt, John Richard Crozier, Mark Fox, Ulyses Wayne McKinnon, Clark Moore and Michael Prue.

Associate 30-year awards went to Carol Ann Goodbout and B.B. Sprague Jr. while J. F. Fox, I.J. Goulin and Cameron Jones were recognized for 35 years of membership. Receiving awards for 40-years were Kathryn Lancop and G.G. Murray Jr. while J.P. Mertens received a 45-year award.

Capt. Richard Girard received an award for his 55 years of service to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Years of Service Awards for ordinary members went to Allan Carroll and Shawn Cooper (10 years), Laura Gazdig, Terry Hall and Russell Revington (15 years), Tracy Cooper (25 years), William St. John (30 years), John Copland (35 years), Wayne Surtees (45 years), Wayne Hurst (50 years) and Richard Girard (55 years).

Activities and events the remainder of Legion Week include a veteran appreciation dinner Wednesday night at 7 p.m. where veterans eat free, a general membership meeting Thursday at 7 p.m., a Ladies Auxiliary dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, a chicken wing special Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and a Sunday breakfast from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. where veterans eat free. There will also be music and other events during the week as well.

To view more photos from the Sept. 15 Legion Week parade in Amherstburg, visit our Facebook album.

Quilt of Valour presented to Navy veteran at Richmond Terrace



By Ron Giofu


A resident of Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Home has been honoured with a Quilt of Valour.

Roy Grant, who served in the Canadian Navy the latter part of World War II, received his quilt Thursday morning in a ceremony held at Richmond Terrace. It was an honour that the 93-year-old Grant was happy to receive.

“It feels good,” he said, adding he was also proud to receive it.

Grant served in the Navy from 1944-46.

“I was out of Halifax on a frigate,” he said.

Roy Grant receives his Quilt of Valour from Pauline Gaudette last Thursday morning. In the back row are Capt. Richard Girard, Quilts of Valour regional representative Janet Bergeron, Grant’s son-in-law Carl King and Tim Girard.

During WWII, Grant was a cook on the HMCS Stettler and was later assigned to the tug Glen Eagle after the war until he was discharged.

“After the war was done, they weren’t done with me, so they put me on the Glen Eagle,” he quipped.

While stationed on the HCMS Stettler, Grant recalled several instances when the seas were rough, and his shipmates weren’t always ready for it. One day while the ship was on the north Atlantic, he recalled seeing his shipmates laying about on the deck seasick. He joked that he thought it was his cooking.

Another time, while he was peeling potatoes, a wave came up and sent the pot of potatoes overboard, he recalled with a laugh.

Janet Bergeron, regional representative with Quilts of Valour, noted that it was local member Pauline Gaudette who created the quilt for Grant. All quilts made locally have a red maple leaf sewn onto a corner of them.

Bergeron explained that the program started in Edmonton in 2006 when several quilts were distributed to injured veterans.

“In 2009, it became a registered charity,” she said.

Bergeron added that Quilts of Valour have reached its goal for the number of quilts created and distributed to veterans.

“Our goal for 2018 was to get 10,000 quilts distributed across Canada,” she said. “We succeeded in that.”

The quilts are intended to provide some comfort for veterans as well as existing members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“It’s to say thank you for your service,” stated Bergeron.

Grant was also presented with a Chief’s Award of Excellence, an award which came through the Amherstburg Police Service.

Roy Grant (left) received a Chief’s Award of Excellence from his son-in-law Carl King.

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

Quilts of Valour is also on social media with their Facebook page being found at and their Twitter page being found at

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.

Quilts of Valour is also on social media with their Facebook page being found at and their Twitter page being found at

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.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets recognized in 40th annual review



By Jolene Perron
Before the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets are sent off to summer camp, they were reviewed and recognized for their training June 14.

“The presentation today is the accumulation of the entire year of work that the cadets have put together,” explained Captain Commanding Officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Core, Jeff Turner. “All their training and everything comes down to one night where they get to showcase their talents to their parents, their families, their friends, their commanding officer, their staff, their volunteer people, basically the community in general.”

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different cores, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other cores.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different corps, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other corps.

Turner explained in addition to the cadets being able to showcase their talents, a handful of them are also recognized for going above and beyond. He said all of the cadets are good, however some of them take an extra step to do a little bit more and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
The Cadets who won awards are as follows:

Best First Year Cadet
Cdt. Garant

Deputy Commanding Officer’s Award, Best Second Year Cadet
Cpl. Bisson


Best Junior NCO Award
M. Cpl. Howard

Major John Brown, Most Improved Cadet Award
Cpl. Matlock

Pat Thrasher Memorial Award
MWO Bezaire

Best Attendance
MWO. Bezaire

Top Marksman
M. Cpl. Stratichuk

Community Service Award
Mcpl. Howard

Roy Northrup, Best Senior NCO Award
WO Ashton

Commanding Officer’s Award
CWO Holborn

Best Overall Cadet
WO Ashton


202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th celebration this year, a band was on site to march with the cadets, as well as showcase some of their skills as well.

“The band was a new one tonight and that’s really cool, it’s a group of cadets from two different corps, the cores are sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments,” said Turner. “I was talking to one of the other commanding officers a couple of months back, and he said ‘we have a band, you want them to come out?’ and I said that would be awesome. It was absolutely fantastic and it adds to the night.”

Captain Richard Girard CD Ret. was also present at the reviewing June 14. He served a total of 17 years in the force, and was one of the original officers to begin the cadet corps. Turner explained they invite commanding officers back every year to see the current CO. is doing the right job and ensuring the corps is in good hands. He said “they put all the time in years ago, this is their legacy.”

For more information about the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets, contact the regiment at 519-736-4900.