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STANLEY, George Francis Gillman

Editor's Note. Well past our submission deadline we received this brief notice of the passing of one of our famous Honorary Vice-Presidents.

Stanley was dean of arts at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario when he was asked to submit his ideas for a new flag and came up with the one we use today.

Born in Calgary in 1907, he spent 33 years teaching at the University of British Columbia, the Royal Military College and Mount Allison University in Sackville.

Stanley, a World War veteran, was sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor in 1982. At 82, he was perhaps the oldest Canadian to receive the Canadian Decoration [CD].

Married for 56 years to Ruth [Hill], the Stanleys had three daughters: Della M.M. Stanley, Laurie C.C. Stanley-Blackwell and Marietta Stanley.

His funeral was held in Sackville, NB on 16 September 2002.

ARMSTRONG, Robert Melvin UE

Bob and his wife Bea have been members of Chilliwack Branch from its beginning. Bob was awarded his certificate for John Thornton UE in 1998. Bob and Bea (Daniel Keith UE), became our first husband and wife team to achieve this heritage honour. It meant a lot to Bob and he never missed a meeting as long as his health permitted. Bob was born in Vancouver on Dec. 28, 1925 but moved at a young age with his parents, Harry and Lillian (Thornton) Armstrong to Promontory Heights overlooking Chilliwack. Bob's grandfather George Israel Thornton and George's brother Edward were the first settlers there in 1891. Bob served in the RCAF, and married Bea Gorham. He is also survived by his two children Robbie and Cindy, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many Thornton cousins. Shirley Dargatz UE and Clay Tornton gave eulogies at the service. The family, with guitar accompaniment sang, The Little Green Valley, a fitting tribute to Bob's life long appreciation of his beautiful valley.

Submitted by Lois Dickinson UE, CMH


The death of H. May Bartlett UE, occurred at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Fredericton on December 10, 2001. She was born on November 21, 1918 in Barlett Mills, NB, the daughter of the late E. Hollie and Georgie (Lawrence) Bartlett.

She is survived by five brothers, Lawrence (Marion) of St. Andrews, Bernard and Lester (Mardi) of Fredericton, Marvin (Moira) of Bartlett Mills, Rev. Hubert (Lois) of Bayside and two sisters Frances (Perley) Steeves of Moncton and Lois (Ron) Booker of Fredericton. She was predeceased by brother Beverley (Audrey) of Woodstock and sister-in-law Bettie (Bernard) of Fredericton and a nephew Edward M. Bartlett of Fredericton. After graduating from St. Stephen High School, she attended the Provincial Normal School, graduating in 1937. She received a B.A. and B. Ed from Acadia. In 1980 she earned her M. Ed. from UNB. She also studied at the University of London, St. Ann's College, Oxford and Regents Park College of Oxford in England. She taught for 17 years in New Brunswick elementary schools, principally in Moncton. She was an elementary school principal in Oromocto for 7 years and was appointed assistant superintendent of schools in District 24 and 25, retiring in 1978.

Her service in the Baptist denomination included work on various boards and committees at Brunswick St. United Baptist Church. She served as president of the U.B.W.M.U. and as editor of Tidings for 17 years. She was on the Board of Governors of Acadia University and the Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College. She was very active in the work of the Canadian Bible Society, and the UELAC, Fredericton Branch.

Interment took place at Oak Bay Rural Cemetery, Oak Bay, Charlotte County.


Died Mar 10, 2002 age 63 years, of Cold Lake, Alberta, passed away at the age of 63 years. Bob attended High School at Queen Elizabeth in Calgary. He resided in RCAF Station Lincoln Mark and Westhillhurst.

Bob is survived by his father, Jerry Strachan of Calgary, AB; wife Shirley of Cold Lake, AB; two sons and step-son: Brad (Kim) of Vancouver, BC; Kevin (Arlene) of Vancouver, BC; Scott (Ellen) of Calgary, AB; daughter and step-daughter: Lisa Cameron (Chris Graham) of Cold Lake, AB; Michele York (Casey Wannamaker) of Picton, ON; brother Don (Pat) Strachan of Calgary, AB; three sisters: Joanne (Clarence) Baxter of Calgary, AB; Peggy (Andy) Johnson of Calgary, AB; Wendy Strachan (Bengi Thomas Boden) of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren: Brendon Robert Cameron, Alana and Jeremy Cameron, Brittnie and Taylor York; Trevor and Matthew Calam.

Bob was predeceased by his mother Verna Strachan in 1981, his father Robert Cameron in 1941, and his sister Cheryl Strachan in 1951.

Although it was about a two-hour drive for Bob to attend meetings in Edmonton, he seldom missed one, even in the dead of winter. Some time ago he had presented the branch with a Canadian flag, but due to the lack of a flag stand we never flew it, until one of the last meetings he attended, bringing a stand with him. We will remember him warmly every time we raise that flag, that he donated as a tribute to Loyalist John Cameron.

CLARK, Paul Silas UE

(28 July 1939 - 01 July 2002)

Paul Silas Clark UE passed away in Cobourg on Monday, 01 July 2002. He was former Dominion President, President of Upper Canada Branch and President of Kawartha Branch.

Paul was the beloved husband of Norma, loving father of Angela Clark and Jeffery Clark and dear grandfather of Holly and Tyler as well as the brother of Marie Blute and Nadine Readman. Friends were received at the Allison Funeral Home, Port Hope, where Hope Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 114 G.R.C. conducted a Masonic service and Paul received a Loyalist tribute from Robert McBride UE, President, Kawartha Branch UELAC and Myrna Fox UE, UELAC Dominion President.

Paul Clark UE thoroughly enjoyed his involvement within the UELAC, his Loyalist ancestor being Sergeant Robert Perry UE. Robert Perry was born in Rehoboth in 1737. Robert married Jemima Gary Washburn and with her and their Walker and Shorey cousins moved to the choice valley lands in Vermont. At first they were able to avoid the clashes of the Green Mountain Boys of Ethan Allen and the New York authorities but, when General Johnny Burgoyne approached Fort Edward on the Hudson River, Robert offered his services to the British and joined the Loyalist Regiment, the Queen's Loyal Rangers, under Lt Col. John Peters. He fought in the Battles of Bennington and Saratoga in 1777 and when the British lost the final Battle, he was forced to retreat to Sorel, Quebec. A year later his wife Jemima and their three children were transported, under a flag of truce, up Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River to Sorel and then the refugee camp at Machiche. When spring finally arrived in 1784, Sgt. Robert Perry, now part of Jessu p's Loyal Rangers, and his family were transported up river by bateau along with other United Empire Loyalist families to Cataraqui Township #2, (Ernestown), where they became part of the critical mass of people that founded what was to become the Province of Ontario.

Paul's keen interest in the heritage and history of the United Empire Loyalists is well known. He became a member of the Upper Canada Branch of the UELAC, and was their Branch President in the late 1980s. Then from May 1992 to May 1994, he was Dominion President of the Association. With the folding of Upper Canada Branch, Paul became a member of Kawartha Branch, serving as its Branch President from February 1999 to February 2001, and was in his second year as our Immediate Past President.

Every member in Kawartha Branch is going to miss Paul very much. Paul knew how to bring out the best in those he met and was always most encouraging of others. His infectious smile, hearty laugh and easy-going manner, as well as his warm personality, drew people to him as he inspired confidence in the membership.

Paul always had the best interests of the Branch in mind in all that he did. An excellent example of his dedication to our Branch occurred this past June 7th when he drove all the way from his home in Cobourg to Waterloo, where this year's UELAC annual conference and AGM was being held. Paul knew that Kawartha Branch will be hosting the national conference and AGM in the year 2004 and he had obtained some pamphlets and other literature describing both Port Hope and Cobourg that he wanted to ensure that would be available to the delegates in Waterloo. Paul spent a few hours manning the branch display booth that afternoon and then joined Kawartha's delegation for dinner, spending a few relaxing hours with the evening's festivities before driving all the way home to Cobourg from Waterloo that same night.

We will indeed miss our dear friend, Paul Clark UE, and remember all the significant contributions he made towards the promotion of Loyalist heritage and lasting friendships with our members across Canada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Submitted by Robert C. McBride UE

HALCROW, Wilma Jean UE

Friends in Edmonton and elsewhere will be saddened to learn of the passing of Wilma Jean Halcrow UE of Chilliwack Branch. "Billie" Halcrow was a long time resident of Chilliwack, where her late husband was a secondary school principal. Billie received her certificate at the Edmonton Conference in 1999. This was very special, because she had been born there.

A memorial service was held Feb. 16th in Chilliwack, and Chilliwack Branch extends its sympathies to her son and daughter, and all the other family members.

Submitted by Barb and Ed Wilson UE

ILER, Robert (Bob) Lawrence UE

Died July 30, 2002 aged 78. Born at Orchard Park MI, Apr 2, 1924, the son of Earl Bruce Iler and Lois Minnie Towne. Brother of Ronald Bruce & Thelm Iler, Fort Collins CO, Nola Jean & Lee Russel Polk, Dryden MI, and Ruth Earlene Iler, MI. A descendant of Henry Wright UE, Bob was a valued member of Bicentennial Branch UELAC, and involved in other heritage organizations. Interment took place at Iler Baptist Cemetery, Colchester South Tp, ON.

LAKE, Jarvis Gilbert UE

(30 July 1913 - 26 March 2002)

Jarvis Gilbert Lake UE, son of the late Marshall Lake and Mae Anderson, passed away in Peterborough, Ontario, on Tuesday, 26 March 2002. A direct descendant of the Loyalist, Thomas Lake UE who settled in Wolford Township near Brockville, Jarvis thoroughly enjoyed sharing genealogy with his wife, Jean Lake UE, also a member of Kawartha Branch, who is a direct descendant of Captain John Dafoe UE. Jean is a former President of Kawartha Branch and continues to serve on the Executive as a Director and Social Convenor. Jarvis would accompany his wife to many UELAC functions and enjoyed spending time on the golf course, having joined Kawartha Golf and Country Club in 1951. He also enjoyed bird watching, playing chess, and was an avid gardener and reader. Born and raised in Oakwood, near Lindsay, he was wounded during World War Two on 30 April 1945 as a member of the Irish Regiment of Canada. Jarvis and Jean were married 13 June 1949. Jean worked for Bell Telephone in Peterborough while Jarvis was employed by General Electric where he worked in the office looking after the plant's production facilities and retired in 1977.

Submitted by Robert C. McBride UE

LOVEKIN, The Hon. Eric Richard (Dick)

Died May 15, 2002 in his 79th year. Predeceased by his parents Clarence R. Lovekin and Helen B. Anderson, and his brother Professor James P. Lovekin, (a former Toronto Branch member). Survived by his wife Lynn, daughters Kathy Ewert, Carol Little, Janet Lovekin, and Son Rick Lovekin, and stepfather of Susan David and Michael Housley. Remembered by several grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a retired judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and a R.C.A.F. World War II veteran. A memorial service was held at St. George's Anglican Church, Newcastle, ON.

MacCRIMMON, Hugh Ross

PhD., F.S.A. (Scot). UE, Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. Died peacefully in Guelph, August 17, 2002. Survived by his wife Irene, son Ian Ross of Winterbourne, daughter Carol Laura MacCrimmon-Pugliese and husband Rick of Waterdown, and grandchildren: Sarah Jane, Daniel Alex, Hannah, David, Patrick, and Matthew. Hugh was born Oct 4, 1923 in Hamilton ON. In a career spanning over forty years he worked first with the Department of Lands and Forests and then at the University of Guelph, training more than 50 Graduate students in Biology. Dr. MacCrimmon had a passion for all things Scottish - music, Burns dinners, Clan MacLeod of Canada (President), bagpipes, etc. He developed the 'Piping Heritage Centre' on the Isle of Skye. He was also involved with First Baptist Church, Guelph, the Wellington Men's Club, and he was a Past President of Hamilton Branch UELAC. Interment took place at Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton. Our sincere condolences to Irene UE (John Adair UE and John Mills UE).

McCord, Brian David

Died June 6, 2002 in his 61st year. He is survived by his wife Diane (Orr) McCord and daughters Lori, Nicole, and Katherine. Diane has been the capable Office Administrator of Toronto Branch UELAC for many years, and our condolences go out to Diane and the family.

McGILLIVRAY, Mary Eleanor

Died peacefully at her home in Toronto on July 5, 2002. Mary's life spanned almost the entire twentieth century, with its societal changes, including two world wars, a world depression, and the advent of the global village. She married Basil Robert Percy McGillivray in 1942. Their children Zella Dawne, Dale Kenny and Jacqueline Lota are married and live in the Toronto area. Few members of the UELAC can boast of such steadfast service. It extended from 1922 to 2002. She began as a child, when she helped her mother at Loyalist events. She particularly dedicated her time to the Toronto Branch as social convener and genealogist. She was also on the editorial committee for the publication of both volumes of Loyalist Lineages. Her Loyalist families settled in the Ernestown and Hay Bay areas of Ontario, and among her surnames are Booth, Fraser, Dorland, and Parks. Mary was born July 2, 1914, the eldest of six children of J.R. Robertson and Zella Lee Parks. (Her sister, the late

Isobel Robertson was also a Toronto Br anch member.) Her first duties were to care for her younger brothers and sisters, until she left home to attend Macdonald Institute at Guelph. After graduating in Household Science, she worked at food inspection in Toronto. She particularly loved the family cottage at Sable on Georgian Bay. Members of the Dominion Council were invited to the cottage for weekends. She compiled military Loyalist records, which were housed at the Archives of Ontario. In 1990 she served as Dominion Genealogist together with Angela Johnson and Eleanor Moult. In 1987 she with Louise Beck and June Pierson, (who also passed away in July of this year), co-founded the Costume Branch. Mary drew patterns for historically correct costumers of the period. Interment took place at the Shoeman Parke Cemetery, which is fitting, because she often spoke fondly of the family home on the north shore of Hay Bay. She is buried not far from her birthplace. The Hon. Charles Tupper said, No man is fit to be entrusted with the control of the present who is ignorant of the past and no people who are indifferent to their past need hope to make their future great.

McNAIRN, Stanley UE

It is with deep regret that the St. Lawrence Branch announces the passing of Stanley McNairn UE, a founding charter member, and a past president of the Branch. John Chard said that, Stanley McNairn was a wonderful, considerate, thoughtful man. He was always promoting the Loyalists and attempting to preserve History. He also took a very active role in many other historical societies. On its 20th anniversary, St. Lawrence Branch awarded the meritorious service award to Stanley. He also served his country overseas during World War Two. Stanley McNairn was the kind of man we would like to emulate. The service was held April 18, 2002 at St. Andrew and St. Mark Church, Long Sault, ON.

Submitted by George Anderson UE

MERSON, Richard

Chilliwack Branch lost another strong supporter in early May with the passing of Dick Merson, husband of Laura Merson UE. He had been a faithful attendee since our Charter Night 18 Oct 1990. As long as he was able, Dick was always there helping, and he aided Laura in the kitchen when she was Social Convenor and hosting Executive meetings in their home. Dick was proud of his wife's certificate for Daniel Keith UE, and happy when family members, especially great-granddaughter Samantha Reisig, participated in UELAC events. He was very proud of his girls: Judy Stevenson, Arizona; Gayle Cross, Chilliwack; and the twins Fay Kiovula, Kamloops; and Bonnie Reisig, Chilliwack. Dick had historic links to Rosedale, east of Chilliwack, where he was born some 80 years ago. He was the son of pioneers Frank and Ruby Merson. After service in the RCAF, Dick married Laura Gorham in 1942. Dick's Memorial was tremendous with an overflow crowd of Rosedale and Camp River people, Municipal workers, Lodge members and Legion represent atives with whom Dick had marched so proudly on so many Remembrance Days. Lois Dickinson UE spoke briefly on Dick's supportive role to schools, teachers, and the UELAC. Chilliwack has lost another fine citizen.

Submitted by Lois Dickinson UE CMH


Died July 16, 2002 in Toronto. Born in Hallowell Tp, Prince Edward County, ON, she grew up near Wellington. June was a retired elementary school teacher, with many years' service with the Toronto School Board. She was also a devoted member of the UELAC, having served as President of Governor Simcoe Branch, and as President and a founding member of the Costume Branch. She also spent a considerable amount of time working on Special Projects. She will certainly be missed. June's Loyalist ancestor was John Shibley UE.

RAWLS, Charles Sr.

Sorry to report the passing of yet another one of our American friends and members, Charles (Chuck) Rawls Sr. of Warner Robins, Georgia. He passed away in January, too late to be reported in our spring issue, but recorded in the February issue of Toronto Branch's Fidelity, courtesy of Dorrine Macnab UE.

Charles was not a Loyalist descendant, but for all his support and friendship for the UELAC, he could have easily been mistaken for one. Dorrine referred to Charles as, one of our most gracious southern gentlemen, and I can add no words that would better describe him.

Over a period of years, Charles and his wife Elizabeth attended UELAC conferences, even making the lengthy trip from their home to Vancouver in 1994. One of my most vivid memories of Charles was at Lennoxville in 1989, when we were able to meet Prince Philip. I can recall Charles telling the Prince about his experiences in England during Word War II, when he was in the American Air Force.

Another event was related in Fidelity, Vol 17 No. 1 (Sep-Oct 1994), Aug. 15th was cold and windy, but Union Cemetery was a hot spot, as members from Toronto, Bay of Quinte & Kawartha Branches gathered to celebrate with Elizabeth and Charles Rawls at the dedication of the new plaque on Elizabeth's ancestral Allen marker...Past Association Presidents Paul Clark & Evelyn Drew were present as were some Past and Present Branch Presidents.

This pleasant event in Port Hope, ON, gave Elizabeth and Charles a chance to honour her Loyalist ancestors, Baltus Harris UE and William Thum/Thorne UE, in a manner that set a good example for all.

The Association has lost a true friend. Our condolences to Elizabeth and the family.

Submitted by Peter W. Johnson UE

WESSELL, Robert Edwin

(19 April 1923 - 24 April 2002)

Robert Edwin Wessell, son of the late Edward Wessell and Isabelle Dundas, passed away in Lindsay, Ontario, on Wednesday, 24 April 2002. Bob was the husband of Anna Isabel (Irish) Wessell UE, Kawartha Branch Historian and Archivist, the direct descendant of Peter Irish UE of Vermont who settled in Ernestown, west of Kingston, after the Revolution and later moved to Haldimand Township, Northumberland County, where he received his land grant as a UE. Bob Wessell served in the RCAF and then the Canadian Army in World War II, as a paratrooper. After the war he taught school for a while and, on 01 October 1955, married Anna Isabel Irish who was a secretary with Imperial Life in Toronto. Bob owned a farm near Lindsay and was a certified construction and maintenance electrician. Bob's favourite hobbies were reading and model aeroplanes. He was a member of the Kawartha Lakes Flyers, a Lindsay model aeroplane flying club, and Clerk of Session at Zion/Fenelon United Church. He also thoroughly enjoyed accompanying Isabel to all functions pertaining to Loyalists, as Bob participated in the events as an associate member of Kawartha Branch. Bob and Isabel are the parents of two children, David Wessell (Ruth) and Ruth English (Jim), and the grandparents of four grandchildren, Quintin and Erica Wessell and Kristen and Philip English.

Submitted by Robert C. McBride UE
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