FHG 29 Frederic L. Tolleson

October 29, 1932 – June 10, 2021 

We were saddened to receive the following message from Lieutenant Colonel R.L. (Bill) Cody, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and FHG 30:

“It is with heavy heart that I must report Colonel Fred Tolleson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) recently passed away peacefully at home, in Seattle Washington.   Fred has been a devoted supporter of the Fort Henry Guard for many years.

He will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date to be announced. (Arlington has a waiting list of several months.)

Fred cherished the time he spent with his friends in the Fort Henry Guard. He is survived by his loving wife Cyd, and several children and grandchildren.”

Bill’s message continued:

“At a time like this we Marines bring into mind the following verse of our Corps’ Hymn:

IF THE ARMY AND THE NAVY EVER GAZE ON HEAVEN’S SCENES,

THEY WILL FIND THE STREETS ARE GUARDED BY UNITED STATES MARINES…

Let us pray that when our time comes, Colonel Fred Tolleson finds us worthy of passing through the Pearly Gates.

SEMPER FIDELIS, FRED. R.I.P”

Fred, Richard (Bill) Cody and his brother Joe (FHG 22) were an important part of the Club’s awards program for many years.  In addition to donating trophies for two awards (Col. James B. Ord Memorial Award for best fifer, Lt. Col. Joseph F. Cody Award for most proficient gunner), the three Marines also came to Kingston for more than 15 years to see the Guard, to remind them of the link with the USMC, and to participate in the Awards Ceremony.  Joe Cody became an honorary member of the Guard in 1970.  Fred Tolleson and Richard Cody were recognized as honorary members of the Guard in 2008, and we will always remember and cherish these special and unique friendships.  

Colonel Frederic Tolleson, USMC (ret) and FHG 29, presenting the General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. Bowl to Guard Captain Brendan Monahan in 2014.

Mae Rombough recently shared this note on the FHGCC Facebook page: 

It is with a heavy heart I post this note. My husband, FHG 407 John Rombough, passed away on March 11, 2021 after a courageous battle with heart and Parkinson’s. John and I both had a great love for the Fort in 1959 and 60 and picked up again when we returned to Kingston in 1998.  John served on the Guard Club Board of Directors as Vice President and President. I worked with Fred McConnell with member news and later had the pleasure of working with Guard Members when I coordinated the volunteers. Due to the border closure we will plan a memorial in Kingston at a later date.. Love Mae.

Many members of the Guard Club have fond memories of working with John and Mae, and appreciate their long support of the Guard.  We are grateful to John for his service on the Board of Directors, and offer our sincere condolences to Mae and her family on their loss.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of William “Bill” Truelove, FHG 356, who passed away on March 3rd at the age of 85.  Bill joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1957, and was a member of the Fort Henry Guard Club for many years. 

After graduating from Queen’s, Bill and his wife Liz moved to Thunder Bay, where he worked as a physical education teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent.  He later spent 12 years with the Simcoe County District School Board, and retired in 1996 as Deputy Director.

We offer our sincere condolences to Bill’s family, friends and former students.  If you would like to read the full obituary or share your memories with his family, please visit here

David Cruickshank, FHG 265, passed away on February 5 at the age of 83.  David joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1955, and it remained an important part of his life for more than 60 years.  David was part of the Guard that went to the Royal Tournament in 1956, and he organized a reunion of that group in 2009.  He was also a member of the Fort Henry Guard Club board for a number of years, and the award for Most Proficient Drums Recruit was named after him.

Several former Guard have shared thoughts about David on the Fort Henry Guard Facebook page.  You can also find his obituary here:  The Kingston Whig-Standard

For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to Trinity Church Wolfe Island, the Humane Society, or Breakfast Club of Canada.

We extend our sincere condolences to David’s wife Jean, to his children and grandchildren, and to his friends, colleagues and former students.

 

We learned recently of the passing of William (Bill) Beattie, FHG 599, who joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1965.  Bill passed away on December 26, 2018 at the age of 71.  Bill was a teacher for the Lambton Board of Education for many years, and passed on his love of French and German to both his students and colleagues.

You can read more about Bill’s life in his obituary:  The Sarnia Observer

Robert (Bob) Greggs, FHG 192, passed away on December 3, 2020 at the age of 90.  Bob joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1951, and after a completely an undergraduate degree at Queen’s, he went on to complete a Master’s and PhD at the University of British Columbia.

From his obituary:  During this time of the pandemic, we are unable to gather to mark Bob’s life as we would like. Raise a glass of decent red in Bob’s name, and should you wish to make a memorial donation, anything avian or green would meet his approval.

You can read the full obituary here:  Kingston Whig-Standard

We offer our condolences to Bob’s family, friends, and to all of the students he inspired.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Stevenson, FHG 533, on January 5, 2021 at home in Halfmoon Bay, BC.  His son Scott wrote to share the news, and said that John was always very proud to be a member of the Fort Henry Guard, and that he cherished those experiences and friendships throughout his life.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers donations to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.  For more information about John’s impressive achievements, please read his obituary

We offer our condolences to John’s family and friends.