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.



We are sad to share the news that Donald “Ian” Rothwell (FHG 686) passed away on October 29, 2020.  Ian joined the Fort Henry Guard in 1967 and was a member of the Drums. 

We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County or the Granite Ridge Care Community.

Ottawa Citizen Obituary