Larry Goucher, FHG 760, passed away on April 16, 2022 with his wife Nancy at his side after a long illness brought on by an infection. 

Larry will probably be best remembered by many Cadets in the early 1970s, when he was I/C of the Advanced Battery, in charge of two locker rooms of high school students.  Larry took on the important task of molding these young men into members of the Drums and Drill Squad for future seasons. 

He will also be remembered by his fellow gunners on the 1967 Cadet Armstrong team under Dave Lisson (FHG 626, and a corporal at the time), who won the Armstrong competition, much to the chagrin of the older university students on the Drums and Drill Squad teams. 

Larry retained his connection with the Guard over the years with donations to the Fort Henry Guard Foundation and attendance at the Guard Reunions.  Larry’s wife can be reached at nancygoucher72[at]gmail.com

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Henry, FHG 486, on November 12 in Toronto.  Howard joined the Guard in 1961 and was a proud member of the Fort Henry Guard Club, as is his son Chris Henry, FHG 1395.

Howard was a member of the Squad from 1961 to 1964, and was the Right Marker at the Royal Tournament at Earl’s Court in London, England in 1963.  He touched many lives – in Canada, Barbados and abroad – during his long and successful career, and was very proud of his 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

The community is invited to join the family via Zoom on November 17 and 18 for a service and to share memories of Howard.  The Zoom room will open at 7:30 pm with a service beginning at 8:00 pm.  The link is here.

We extend our condolences to Howard’s family and friends at this difficult time.

We recently learned that Canon Alexander Wakeling, FHG 219, passed away on September 6, 2019.  Canon Wakeling joined the Fort Henry Guard in the summer of 1952, and he later served as a chaplain in the military for 27 years, both in Canada and abroad.  He was also a priest in the diocese of Calgary, and was Vicar at St. Georges Cathedral in Kingston until his retirement. 

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Patricia, his children, grandchildren, and great grandson.

Obituary:  The Kingston Whig-Standard

 

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Peter Franchi, FHG 1480, who passed away in Surrey, BC on August 12.  Peter was a cadet in the summer of 1988, and he joined the Drill Squad in 1989. 

After completing his studies in Kingston, Peter began his career on Bay Street and then moved to Vancouver in 2005, where he later pursued a career in consulting services.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held in Surrey on August 23, and another celebration will be held in Kingston at a later date.  If you would like to make a donation in Peter’s name, his family has suggested support be directed to the Melville Hospice.

Full obituary: Dignity Memorial

 

We recently learned of the passing of Donald Murphy, FHG 375.  Don passed away on May 22, 2021 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Don joined the Guard in 1958, and worked as a lawyer in Halifax, Calgary and Ottawa during a long and distinguished career.  He was also a Trustee for 21 years with the former Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board and served as both Chair and Vice-Chair during his tenure.

We extend our sincere condolences to Don’s wife Sharon, his family and friends.

Full obituary:  The Ottawa Citizen

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.