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Jim Lyon

October 10, 2017 6:11 am

Comrade Jim Lyon passed away on October 2nd. He will be greatly missed. He joined the Legion Branch 459 on September 29th 1992 and filled several positions, including President until his passing. Comrade Jim was a reserve Veteran and served his country well.

Robert (Bob) Murray

November 26, 2015 3:01 pm

Comrade Robert (Bob) Murray passed away on November 24th, 2015, surrounded by his loving family in his eighty-first year at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. He is survived by his beloved friend and companion Cecil Hepburn, daughters Janet Murray (Allan) and Karen Pellizzari (Larry), stepsons Martin Jupp (Lynn) and Gordon Jupp (Cathy), grandchildren Jonathan, Matthew, Heather, Craig and Robert. Bob was a kind man that always had a sense of humour and always looked on the bright side of life. Being a snowbird, he will be greatly missed by his many friends both in Toronto and down in Florida. Family will receive friends at The Stouffville Legion (150 Mostar St., Stouffville) from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service time at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stouffville Legion would be appreciated by the family. If so desired, online condolences may be made atwww.oneillfuneral.ca

John McCracken’s Notice

May 21, 2015 5:26 am
Comrade John McCracken’s Legion Service is Sunday, May 24th, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Stouffville Legion ,150 Mostar Street, Stouffville, 905-640-1714, in the banquet hall.
A Memorial Service will follow, with visitation of family and friends til 4 p.m.
 
McCRACKEN, John L. February 4, 1937 – May 10, 2015 Passed away suddenly at Markham-Stouffville Hospital in his 78th year.
 
Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956, where he served as a submariner on exchange with the Royal Navy from 1958 until his discharge in 1962. After the Navy, John worked in several fields including construction, millwright/ machinery mover, and 17 years at the Toronto Transit Commission where he retired as an inspector, as well as operating his own business J&J Plumbing Repairs and Installations.
 
John was also a life member and past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459 Stouffville, the Kinsmen Club of Stouffville and a charter member of the Ballantrae Lions Club.
 
John is survived by his wife of 49 years Joan, sons David (Maria), John Jr., sister Betty Smith and brother Thomas. Proud grandfather of Cassandra and great grandfather to Caleb, Ethan and Lincoln. The McCracken family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Markham-Stouffville Hospital for their compassion and professionalism.
 
Family and friends are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459, 150 Mostar St., Stouffville for a celebration of John’s life on Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 1 – 4p.m.
 
Please make a donation to the Canadian Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation instead of sending flowers.

Awesome Canadian Tune

February 22, 2015 11:49 am

For the love of Canada and our troops, give this a listen. They will be playing at the Stouffville Legion March 7 at 9:00 PM. Dave Thomson is Gerald Thomson’s brother.

https://soundcloud.com/dave-big-wheel-thomson/canadian

Marcus Cirillo Trust for the son of Corporal Nathan Cirillo

October 30, 2014 7:43 am

The Argyll Regimental Foundation and True Patriot Love Foundation announce the creation of a Marcus Cirillo Trust for the son of Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Hamilton, ON (24 October 2014): The calm of Canadian public life has been shattered this past week by the tragic deaths of two members of the Canadian Armed Forces: Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. The latter’s death occurred while mounting silent, respectful, and unarmed vigil at the Canadian War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Canadians of all ages and walks of life have expressed their collective sadness and their profound shock at these horrific events. The decency of ordinary Canadians has been expressed in concern for the families of these two soldiers and, in particular, Corporal Cirillo’s young son, Marcus.
In the digital age, gestures of support are oft expressed by “clicks or likes”. Looking to move beyond that, a group of concerned citizens launched theStand on Guard Fundto raise money in support of the families of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. “The outpouring of grief and emotion online should be turned into real action to honour their memory” said Kasra Nejatian, who co-founded the project late this past Wednesday.
TheStand on Guard Fundis working withTrue Patriot Loveto disburse all monies raised between the families equally. As Shaun Francis, Chair of True Patriot Love eloquently expressed, “Grassroots movements like the Stand on Guard Fund are the truest demonstrations of our nation standing together in their support for the members of our Canadian Armed Forces and their families.”
Announcement – the Marcus Cirillo Trust
It is with great pride that the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, theArgyll Regimental Foundationon behalf of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, and True Patriot Love are announcing the creation of a special trust for Corporal Cirillo’s son – the Marcus Cirillo Trust.
Every dollar raised by the Argyll Regimental Foundation and by the Regiment will go directly to the Marcus Cirillo Trust, while the monies raised by the Stand on Guard Fund will be divided equally between the families. The TD Bank has generously set up a trust account for Marcus so that individuals anywhere in Canada may also make a direct contribution at their local bank (TD Bank, Transit # 2221, Account #6391935).
Kathy Cirillo, Nathan’s mother and Marcus’ grandmother, is overwhelmed by the compassion, the concern, and the condolences for her son and her grandson. She has expressed her abiding thanks to all Canadians for their thoughts, their prayers, and this generous act of lasting remembrance.
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About True Patriot Love
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of mental health, physical rehabilitation, family support and veteran transition. TPL is also committed to changing the conversation about our nation’s veterans, hosting an annual multinational symposium and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has raised more than $18 million to support military charities across Canada.
For more information, please visitwww.truepatriotlove.comor contact:
David Fascinato
True Patriot Love Foundation
647.248.8567
About The Argyll Regimental Foundation
The Argyll Regimental Foundation was established in 1981 with the broad objectives to promote the efficiencies, welfare and well-being, and the traditions, of the Regiment. An initial fund-raising campaign – with a goal of $200,000 – was launched and, happily, within a short period of time, the target was met and exceeded. Then and in the intervening years, the ARF has enjoyed broad financial support from within the serving battalion, the Regimental family, and the community at large

For all inquiries about the Marcus Cirillo Trust and the Argyll Regimental Foundation, please contact:
Lieutenant-Colonel Rick Kennedy
Argyll Regimental Foundation
905.902.5988

Steve Wilkinson

June 29, 2014 3:02 pm
Steve Wilkinson Performing in the Clubroom.

Steve Wilkinson Performing in the Clubroom.

Canadian Award Winning Songwriters in Our Clubroom

Canadian Award Winning Songwriters in Our Clubroom

John Heaton, William Wallace, Steve Wilkinson.

 

Cliff Thorburn Feb. 1, 2014

February 3, 2014 4:01 pm

Cliff Thorbun Feb 1, 2014

Was an entertaining afternoon in the Clubroom.

LEWIS, Robert Sydney ‘Bob’

September 11, 2013 10:31 am

LEWIS, Robert Sydney ‘Bob’ –

Bob’s life journey came to an end early Sunday morning, September 8, 2013.

A life well lived with endless curiosity and eagerness to learn, giving of his time and talent to many causes and organisations. Bob stood up for what he believed in, even if it did not make him the most popular person in the room.

Bob was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba July 9, 1928. His parents were Lillian and Edward Lewis. Bob was a member of the RCAF in WWII and a 43 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Bob lived in Stouffville, Ontario for more than 50 years and raised his family there. He was a formation member of the Kinsmen Club there, served two terms on Municipal Council, followed by a foray into Provincial politics. He was a long time member of Music Mania, Stouffville’s answer to Broadway. He volunteered for the Cancer Society, Scouts & Cubs, Care & Share, and Christ Church Anglican Stouffville.

Bob and his wife moved to Orillia in 2009 and Bob got involved as Restore Committee Chairman for Habitat for Humanity, and he saw the store up and running. Bob enjoyed life in Orillia with family near and get togethers a frequent occurrence. It was only his cancer diagnosis that finally slowed him down.

He will be missed by his wife Gunda, his children Ted (Kate) in Newfoundland, David (Kathy) in Orillia, and Gregory (Rachel) in South Korea, by his step children Luz (Kevin) in Kamloops and Marc (Glenna) in Oxford Mills, by his sister Shirley (Jim) Hutton of Florida, and by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and by his large extended family.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place in Orillia on Friday, September 13th. Inurnment will take place at the Stouffville on Friday.

If desired memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Legion Rider units

May 11, 2013 11:18 am

With the arrival of warmer weather, motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere in Canada have begun riding their bikes. Motorcycling is more than just a means of transportation… it is a way of life. It is with this thought in mind that the Legion has now authorized all branches the opportunity to create Legion Rider units. A more formal national press announcement of the Legion Riders will be made sometime in May 2013. At that time we will include an official launch, news release and motorcycle group logo distribution plan. Dominion Command Supply is actively sourcing new products for Legion Riders including leather vests and logos which will be available on or around Canada Day 2013. See image of Legion Riders’ logo attached. This program was initiated following a request by several Legion members who were already motorcycle enthusiasts to the Legion Senior Elected Officers. The aim is to help generate more awareness about the Legion, its presence across the country and its services to our serving and retired Veterans and RCMP personnel and their families as well as engaging in community service work. Pending the announcement of the official launch date, Commands are invited to spread the word to all branches. Branches in turn, are encouraged to tell members that Legion Rider units may now be established based on the following criteria: All members of the Royal Canadian Legion Riders shall be current members, in good standing, of The Royal Canadian Legion. A group of Royal Canadian Legion Riders could be gathered in units but would be under the jurisdiction of the Branch to which the majority of the unit members belong. Units could meet in their Legion branch or other facilities. A unique identifying crest has been created and is presented in the attached PDF document; the crest is trademarked by Dominion Command and sold through the Dominion Command Supply department. Each Royal Canadian Legion Rider member would establish and maintain membership by owning a motorcycle licensed and insured as required by Provincial law, at their expense. The Royal Canadian Legion Rider program may allow for continued membership for those members who have given up motorcycle ownership because of age, illness, injury or other reasons as approved by the governing body. All Legion Rider members shall strive to maintain the image of The Royal Canadian Legion at all times upholding our Aims and Objectives as well as our name and emblems. All Royal Canadian Legion Rider units shall avoid the perception of being a “motorcycle gang or biker gang”. All Royal Canadian Legion Riders shall obey the motorcycle laws of their provinces or any laws where they may be traveling. The Royal Canadian Legion Rider unit or The Royal Canadian Legion Branch under whose jurisdiction the unit exists will not be held responsible or liable in any way in cases of injuries or death, or damage to property of any member during any riding event. All Royal Canadian Legion Riders and members ride and participate on planned or unplanned event rides at their own risk and under their own responsibility in regards to abiding by traffic regulations and governing laws. Individual Riders are themselves solely responsible for their own actions, legal responsibilities and consequences of their actions and/or inactions while participating in any and all Legion Rider events or activities. Pending our formal News Release and announcement it is requested that you please distribute this announcement broadly throughout your respective commands and let them know that units may now be established.

Lunch at the Legion

April 3, 2013 7:14 am
Menu Choices and Specials. Delicious and affordable. All welcome.

Lunch at the Legion

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