Walter William Gulka, FHG 171, was a member of the 1949 Fort Henry Guard for only one year. I had talked him into joining because of his tremendous musical talent and thought he could train more buglers and fifers, but the Director was more focused on a fife band. He left the Guard after the one season for a better paying summer job.

Walt was born on September 18, 1931 in Toronto and his family moved to Kingston in 1943. He joined the Grade 8 class at Rideau Public School , went to KCVI and then to the University of Toronto where he was also the conductor of the U of T Marching Band. He had an exceptionally successful career as an educator and as a professional musician. He was a principal at several Toronto high schools before moving to Thunder Bay in 1970 where his wife Lillian’s family was from. He was principal at several high schools there as well.

During the 1950’s and 60’s he played trombone professionally with many of the leading dance bands in Muskoka and Toronto, playing with some of the top entertainers of the era. In Thunder Bay he spent 44 years with the Thunder Bay Symphony, retiring at age 80.

He moved to an Ottawa retirement residence in 2021 to be closer to his family there and passed away on May 29, 2022. He is survived by his daughters Lianne, Leslie and Larissa, grandson Marko, several nieces and nephews and sons-in-law, as well as his sister and brother-in-law Joanne and Roger Campbell. Lillian passed away in 2011.

It was written about Walt that as much as he embraced life, life certainly embraced him.

By Doug Thompson, FHG 154

Dr. Cameron M. Stevenson, FHG 167, died peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on June 15, 2022 after a brief illness, with his children at his side.

Cam joined the Guard in 1949. He was born in Picton but grew up in Kingston, attended KCVI and then Queen’s Faculty of Medicine where he graduated in 1955. He was appointed Guard Captain in 1951 but left the Guard after 1953 for summer work in hospitals related to his medical studies. He established a Family Practice in Kingston and later pursued his interest in mental health and was certified in Psychiatry in 1963. In 1977 he was appointed Medical Director of the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital. He retired in 1989 and continued with a private practice until recently.

Cam is survived by his sister Frances Crowe, who was married to FHG 260 Gary Crowe, children Brian, John, Carol and Janet, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cam loved to golf, worked out at the gym and fitness centre at Queen’s, was a member of the KCVI Old Boys Coffee Club and attended Guard Club reunions, especially with his life-long friends, Doug Thompson FHG 154 and Bill Patterson, FHG 211, the last one being in 2018.

We extend our condolences to Cam’s family and friends, and offer thanks to Doug Thompson and Bill Patterson for sharing this.

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.