Deceased Conservation Officers

In memory of past Ontario Conservation Officers and Game Wardens

Researched and prepared by Donald J. Weltz
Retired Conservation Officer #328 (1975 – 2007)

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SurnameGivenLocation/LinksServiceBadgeBornPassedHistory Notes
AckertEric Edward (Ted)Owen Sound30+29/Sep/193517/Mar/2013Worked as a Conservation Officer out of Owen Sound. Peacefully at Kelso Pines in Owen Sound, on Sunday, March 17th, 2013. Eric Edward “Ted” Ackert, of Owen Sound, in his 78th year.
ArmstrongJackKenora District Sioux Narrows14/Jul/2011From Bob Easton - Worked in the Sioux Narrows area. From Rich Henry - Jack Armstrong worked out of Sioux Narrows when I started in Kenora and retired around 92 or 93 and passed away a couple of years ago. From John McDonald - worked as a C.O. in the Swastika District (Kirkland Lake) and then moved to Sioux Narrows about 1968-69. Jack retired there and he and his wife had a successful restaurant business. Jack passed away about 2010.
AttardBenMaple1997From Bob Easton - Ben served faithfully on the board of the OCOA. A great organizer who played a big part in some of our biggest convention for OCOA and NAWEOA. From Al Giesche - Ben graduated SSFC in 1971 and then went to the Ontario Land Inventory Group. ‎Started in the late 70s as a CO when their Unit folded. Ben went to Maple as a CO and then the SIU in the 80s. His specialty was surveillance and photography. He passed in 1997 after a long battle with cancer. There is a Patrol Boat named after him I believe.
BaileyHarold Jameshttp://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=irishclark&id=I2355026 years, started with L&F 193722-Aug-189312/Jul/1977BAILEY James Harold, male, 22 August 1893, Burpee Township, Manitoulin. Appointment of Harold Bailey - Little Current. Mr. Harold Bailey, Dear Harold, At a meeting of the Executive Com. for the Island last night the Committee recommended to W.L. Miller that you should be appointed Game Warden for Manitoulin Island. Let this be your authority for getting in touch with Mr. Miller. Sincerely yours G.E. Baxter Secretary of the Committee. Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook (green ledger) transcribed by Marilyn Irish Photo Party for Harold Bailey (handwritten 1963) A stag party was held on Wednesday, September 11th in the Gore Bay Community Hall in honour of Harold Bailey, of Gore Bay , who retired this summer after twenty-six years of service as a conservation officer of the Department of Lands and Forests. Friends, neighbours and colleagues of Mr. Bailey from Thessalon, Sudbury, Espanola, Killarney and Manitoulin Island together with the Department of Lands and Forests, Wildlife Branch, Sudbury district, presented the honoured citizen with a TV set and a purse. Mr. George R. Boyd, of Gore Bay, made the presentation. Among the guests were Charles Bibby, fish and wildlife supervisor, Keith Acheson, regional forester, and John Fullerton, MPP.
BaldwinRickTweed District 1974From Bob Easton - during the time that I was associated with him worked as a C.O. in Parry Sound in the mid 70’s before transferring to Terrace Bay area with a promotion. From Rusty Rustenburg - Rick Baldwin was the Enforcement Supervisor in Terrace Bay. From Al Giesche - Rick graduates SSFC in 1971. His street name at college was Black Duck. Not sure why. Ian Anderson and him were close in college. His career as a CO stared in the east. He was based at White Lake Fish Hatchery at Sharbot Lake. His career ended in Parry Sound where he died unexpectedly. Not sure there were posts in between.
BarnettGeorge (Curly)
BelangerRomeoKemptvilleSenior Consevation Officer. From Gary Tupling - He was in the Kemptville District Office when I worked there in 1968. When Kemptville became a region office in 1971, I think he stayed on maybe as law enforcement coordinator. I seem to remember him still being there when I returned as Fisheries Management Officer in 1972. From Bob Easton - served as C.O. in the Hawkesbury area for years after service with the RCAF in WW2 I believe. He was promoted and worked in Kemptville as Wildlife Management Officer and later became the District Enforcement Specialist. He retired to his new home on the St. Lawrence river at Johnstown where he enjoyed perch fishing.Died at a senior home in Ottawa. From Jim Ballantyne - Regional Enforcement Specialist for the Eastern Region Kemptville office in 1974. From Rick Dodd - When I was 14 or 15 years old, a friend & I were walking along a railroad track near our home of Hawkesbury in eastern Ontario; we were out crow hunting in the summer. I recall I was carrying a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun with double hammers and damascus barrels. As we arrived at a road crossing, Romeo, the local C.0. pulled up in an unmarked station wagon. He got out to talk to us and asked us our names; as soon as I revealed the name Dodd, he immediately acknowledged knowing my brothers. I still recall his words to me;he said "I want you to turn that big double barrel gun around and follow it home & I expect to see you at my Hunter Safety course in September at my home". Needless to say, I showed up for the course in the basement at Romeo's home; I subsequently passed the test & got my first hunting licence.
BellangerJosephhttp://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=13978962305/Feb/2010BELANGER, Joseph Romuald WWII Veteran-RCAF Conservation Officer with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources for 30 years, passed away at age 90 on Monday February 15, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
BerthelotJoseph (Joe) Adeland1949-early 1980'sConservation Officer, Sultan (Chapleau District MNR and L and F – I think he was in the Chapleau District his entire career probably from the early 50’s to the early 1980’s.  I am sure that he is now deceased.
BibbyKent? Years01/Jan/1974The exact date of Officer Bibby's death is unknown. Conservation Officer Kent Bibby collapsed and died in 1974 while he was checking night anglers on Agimak Creek, near Ignace, during the spring pickerel run. Bibby, the son of long-serving warden Charlie Bibby, was a particularly hard-working officer with ten years experience. He suffered from diabetes and had been diagnosed with a brain tumour about five years earlier. From Dave Kenney - Charlie Bibby is buried in Seguindah, Manitoulin Island beside his son Kent who was also a CO. From John McDonald - was Charlie's son and was a C.O. in Ignace from 1966-1974. Kent suffered from diabetes and passed away in 1974 in Ignace at approximately 35 years of age.
BibbyCharlie (Charles Frederick)28/Oct/1999From Dave Kenney -Charlie Bibby only ever worked in Sudbury. I seem to recall that he began his career in the early 1940's during WW Two and was F&W supervisor almost from the very beginning. From John MacFie - "Charlie" Bibby was Senior Conservation Officer for the Sudbury Dist. during the 1940s to 1960s. From John McDonald - worked his entire career in the Sudbury District. I worked for Charlie from 1967-1969. Charlie was the best supervisor I ever had in my entire career. He never attended Ranger School even though Lands and Forests tried to get him to go. The only course Charlie ever attended was the Ontario Police College in Alymer. Also, Charlie was the only Fish and Wildlife Supervisor in Ontario who had all of the "game wardens" report directly to him. No officer was ever going to report to a Chief Ranger or a Deputy Chief Ranger. We were his boys and he looked after us. Charlie retired in 1973 (re-organzation) and lived his retirement years in Lively. I exchanged Christmas cards with him and also visited with him if I was in the area. He died in approximately 1997.
BillingsJohnhttp://ocoa.ca/tributes/fallen-officers/game-warden-john-billings/08/Jan/1926Warden Billings, age 47 had made his plans known to his brother Mark. He and a guide Joe Stringer were heading to an area south of Whitney to search for a Whitney trapper who was poaching in that region. They expected to be gone for three or four days. After a week had passed, Mark Billings was dismayed to learn the two men had not even returned to Whitney. He contacted the Department of Lands and Forests and the police in Pembroke and began to organize a search party. Several theories were posited: the men might be lost or delayed due to a mishap; they might have fallen through the ice and drowned; or they might be the victims of foul play. According to the reports of the day, the trapper that Jack was pursuing had threatened his life after an earlier arrest. The search party left Whitney on the morning of January 20 and within a short time discovered a grisly scene on Birch Creek, 13 miles south of Whitney; a burnt cabin and charred human remains. Underneath some bones, a ring of keys, a wristwatch and a revolver were discovered and identified as Jack’s. Other items were found which were positively identified by Stringer’s widow. A shell casing of the same type sold by a Whitney storekeeper to the illegal trapper was discovered among the ruins. Also, several snares were found under Stringer’s remains. Footprints led from the clearing to another cabin some miles distant on Hay Lake, which was known to be frequented by the poacher. A native trapper in the vicinity claimed to have seen flames in the sky on the night of January 9. As a result of these discoveries, the police suspected a double murder and issued a warrant for the arrest of the Whitney trapper. A native trapper in the vicinity claimed to have seen flames in the sky on the night of January 9. As a result of these discoveries, the police suspected a double murder and issued a warrant for the arrest of the Whitney trapper. Six days later, as Police Inspector Stringer was leading a search for the suspect deep into the bush, the wanted trapper reappeared in Whitney where he was arrested, without a fuss. The suspect claimed he had been in Whitney on the day of the deaths, a story which was corroborated by the testimonies of his grandmother, his uncle, and a Whitney resident who had seen him at Post’s store on January 9. He then left for the Sand Lake area where he spent a week tracking two fishers, and at the time of his arrest was able to present the two pelts. He claimed that he knew nothing of the deaths of Billings and Stringer until he found a note left by his father at a cabin on Sand Lake. Realizing that he was wanted on murder charges, he returned to Whitney where he was arrested on January 26. The suspect was detained first at the hotel in Madawaska where he was questioned by Police Magistrate Crown and later at a Whitney boarding house where he waited for the inquest. The inquest was concluded on Friday, February 5 with Magistrate Chown giving the Whitney trapper his freedom. Twelve witnesses had given depositions at the inquest. Some witnesses were certain the deaths were a result of foul play but Police Inspector Stringer and others felt the deaths had been accidental. The inquest determined the evidence for foul play was inconclusive and the suspect’s alibi was sufficient. The Pembroke Standard reported on February 11 that this double tragedy would "go down in history as one of the many unsolved mysteries of the woods."
BilmerCharley Richard14/Nov/2009His passion for nature led him to many years of dedicated service as a Conservation Officer before retiring in 2004. From Allan Hyde - Charlie worked many years as a CO in Algonquin Park. I know that he was respected for his dedication to the Park's natural environment and for his commitment to serving the Park's patrons. This was a CO working circumstance that occurred in a very limited way throughout the province, because Algonquin Park was a very special place to be as a CO. I know that Charlie would have been an ambassador for the park. Charlie came to the Pembroke District with the re- organization and creation of the Enforcement Branch in 1996. I met Charlie when I came to Pembroke as supervisor. (Much to the chagrin of most I suspect) Charlie quickly became a work partner and a confidant. Charlie met my expectations of effective field patrols. He could be relied on him to conduct thorough investigations, particularly in program areas that others had limited interest. He investigated a theft of timber in which he locked up the largest penalty that I ever prosecuted. I was happy to see Charlie begin to enjoy a much deserved retirement. Charlie unfortunately was one of those who got to enjoy too little of it. He was a great family man with a caring family. He was also a friend.
BittleBillTweed
BlackGordGord Black Retired Conservation Officer, Gord Black, died of a heart attack on Friday, Sept. 15, 2006. Gord was in his 76th year and had many happy years of retirement between Rainy River and Texas. Gord and his wife Audry had just celebrated 57 years of marriage.Cremation has already occurred and there will be no ceremony or service. Cards and letters can be sent to: Audry Black, P.O. Box 366, Rainy River, ON P0W 1L0 Donations can be made to: Rainy River Health Care Centre P.O. Box 236 Rainy River, ON P0W 1L0 Or Thunder Bay Regional Hospital 980 Oliver Road Thunder bay, ON P7B 6V4193015-Sept-2006From Bob Easton - during the time I knew him was the Regional Enforcement Specialist in Kemptville and moved to the Rainy River area.I think he worked in the Shining Tree area before Kemptville. From Michael Kindree - Gord Black was Enforcement Supervisor in Kirkland Lake (Swastika) in 1979. Gord worked at one time for Dale Gartley. From Rick Dodd - The"reverend" Gord Black was my mentor in Gogama district when I moved there from Ottawa in the fall of 1972. Gord served at an outpost in Shining Tree. Gord had a reputation as being a tough guy & I must admit he looked the part too. I was out on a road check with Gord on the 560hwy leading to Shining Tree; we were stopping moose hunters on the way in the road for the opening of the moose season the following day. We stopped a vehicle at night & found an unencased rifle with no clip; the man got out of the vehicle & when questioned by Gord about the missing clip; he told Gord he didn't have the clip; however, in his nervousness the gun owner put his hand in his pocket and Gord heard some coins making contact with the metal clip. Gord told the man to produce the rifle clip in his pocket or Gord would be forced the take the man's pants off. This poor bastard made the mistake of challenging Gord; the next thing I knew Gord's flashlight came up and smucked the guy on the side of the head. In the end, Gord got both the gun and the clip. Eddie McGregor was our fish & wildlife management officer and Craig Jessop was our supervisor.Gord & I spent quite a few hours in Beaver aircraft and helicopters doing fish stocking & moose surveys. Gord & I were also responsible each fall & winter as liaison with a Cree family from Rupert House, Quebec by the name of Diamond. Gord moved on to become the C.0. co-ordinator in the northeast (I can't recall the district). He was replaced by Norm Brown. I got along well with Gord & his wife Audrey. Gord retired in the Head Office & golf became his passion. From John McDonald - I first met Gord Black in 1967 when he was working as a C.O. in the French River. Gord was an excellent officer but unfortunately he had to report to a Deputy Chief Ranger and they did not get along. The District Forester in North Bay wanted to fire Gord. Charlie Bibby heard about it and he said he would hire him. Gord went to work in Shining Tree (near Gogama) and then moved to Kirkland Lake and then to Chapleau as Fish and Wildlife Supervisor. Gord was then promoted to Provincial Enforcement Co-ordinator. After retirement, approximately 1995, Gord and his wife moved to Rainy River to retire and planned to spend the winters in Arizona. Gord died approximately 2000.
BlackmanEdKemptville DistrictFrom Mike Hart - Ed Blackman was a CO in Leeds County, I think he worked out of Gananoque, old Kemptville Districk died in or around 1970. - Addition -Ed Blackman, worked out of the Gananoque office and died on the job. Truck stuck in snow and had a heart attack while trying to shovel out.
BlackstarEdwinCree first Nations - SaskatchewanFrom Dave Kenney - He is buried on the Moosomin First Nation Cemetery north of North Battleford Saskatchewan. From Lorne Punshon - Ed Blackstar was a C.O. who worked in Thunder Bay and patrolled the Armstrong areas . I understand that after his death that a local lake in his area was renamed in memorial to him. From Klaas Oswald - Ed Blackstar was a Cree from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He was hired into the old Port Arthur/Thunder Bay District of the Department of Lands and Forests in about 1971 to work out of Armstrong Chief Ranger Base, situated at the NW corner of Lake Nipigon. When the TB District got advance notice of the major reorganization of 1973, they pulled Ed out of Armstrong and re-assigned him to the Spruce River Road patrol area. I know of this because I then became the CO responsible for the area from Nipigon to Dorion, then north in the whole Black Sturgeon and Armstrong patrol areas including all the fly-in country north of Lake Nipigon. Ed stayed in the Spruce River Road patrol until he contracted cancer a few years later, which unfortunately he did not survive.
BlahutDonhttps://www.baytoday.ca/obituaries/blahut-don-james-1949-2004-61374 http://www.nugget.ca/2011/09/16/mnr-boat-dedicated-to-blahut-photo-gallery31 years of service00-00-194926/Dec/2004Don dedicated his services in the protection of Ontario's natural resources with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was the proud winner of the Jules Perron Award, presented by Fur Harvesters Auction for contribution to the promotion of the trapping industry and to the conservation of all fur bearers and their habitat. Mark Downey of the Fur Harvesters, where Blahut worked after retiring from the MNR, said Blahut was a "loyal, true friend" who was deeply committed to his family and whatever job or challenge facing him. "I never once heard him complain about anything," Downey said, describing how Blahut would find a way to get something done no matter how tough the situation.
BompassBillLanark & Carlton Place DistrictsFrom Peter Aunger - Bill was a WW2 vet he flew anti submarine patrols of the east coast of Canada to Bermuda until the wars end. His family owned a large farm in what is mostly Bells Corners in Ottawa where he worked while doing what he loved trapping. He also shipped prize cattle from the farm by air to Argentina and once took enough beaver pelts to Eva Peron wife of the president for a coat she requested. He started nuisance beaver trapping and this lead him to his CO job in Kemptville Lands and Forest in the early 60s. Never married he love his job,trapping and his "prondarosa" near calibogue Ontario. Bill worked his entire career in Lanark and Carleton Place District and was a coach officer to many young COs. He retired mid 90s and passed away during the deer hunt in 2004. Once Bill locked on to a poacher he never let go,he always got his man.
BoothbyRhodes GrenvilleMatheson & Kirkland Lake192613/Jul/2010In loving memory of Mr. Rhodes Boothby, of Charlton, who passed away at Englehart & District Hospital, on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the age of 84. Rhodes started work with the Department of Lands & Forest in 1946. He was game warden in Matheson & Kirkland Lake areas until he became assistant manager of the Hill's Lake Fish Hatchery. He retired from the Ministry of Natural Recourses after working 35 years. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman & storyteller.
BorutskiMax F.http://images.ourontario.ca/hcmpl/105697/data23074 L&F18/Jun/190816/Aug/1987n expert carpenter, dog team driver, axeman, cook, woodsman and a man of many other talents. By Gary Johnston: I am not sure how many cabins Max had a hand in building, but I do know that a directive came out that the government wanted to burn most of these cabins. A number of issues arose with regards to conflicts with campers who figured they had a right to stay in them plus of course the liability issue as the government was not maintaining them and basically did not want anybody using them. Max was very reluctant to burn these down and the Chief Ranger at Stonecliffe (Frank Mitchell) had a delicate task pleading to Max to “at least burn one down so I can tell Main Office”! I think the last one Max burnt was at High Falls on the Nippissing River. He went by himself one day on snowmobile in the early spring when the crust was good. He wouldn’t take me with him. He was not a happy CO when he returned. There was finally some blow back by the public when they discovered this campaign and burning stopped as these were now historic buildings. There is a book called “A Few Rustic Huts” giving some detail about a number of these cabins authored by Stan R Gage. Max’s cabin is on the front cover and there is a quote by Max about the forest fires in Algonquin Park plus a photo of him live trapping a beaver on page 26. Reading the quote is exactly how Max talked.
BousquetJ. W. (Web)Sudbury1937
BowcottSteve17-Oct 2010From Michael Kindree - C.O. in Niagara District in 1984 for a few years before heading to NER including Folyet (NER); Enforcement Branch, Ptbo, passed away in Peterborough while working for Ontario Parks; his wife Marnie still lives in Lakefield
BowesFredMapleFrom Mike Thede - Fred worked the north end of Maple District (Midland area) and may have been moved to the Angus or Orangeville area. From Richard Manley - worked with Fred in the late 60's out of the Coldwater office. I believe before that he was in Kenora. In the 70's transferred to Maple. I believe he is buried with his 1st wife in Waubaushene.
BoydTimMidhurst and FonthillFrom Jim Ballantyne - Conservation Officer Niagra District, Enforcement Co-ordinator Huronia District. From Michael Kindree - Tim Boyd, worked as Enforcement Supervisor in Fonthill (Niagara District) in 1984
BranscombeLee3 yrs.01/Nov/1955Nov 1st 1955. Officer Branscombe had only been a Conservation Officer for about two years when he set out with Deputy Warden Jim Noble in a motor-powered skiff to cross Collins Inlet channel, near Killarney, on a windy November evening in 1955. The officers were planning to check deer hunters at a camp beyond the commonly choppy waters of the channel. Hours later, the empty skiff was washed up on shore and a search began for the missing men. Although the waters of the channel were dragged for several days, the effort recovered only a lever from Noble's rifle and a boot belonging to Branscombe. The wardens were swept out into Georgian Bay, or so it is surmised. Their bodies were never found. 33 years old
BuckEdTweed District 196459323/Mar/2017Graduated Dorset Ranger School in 1963. From Bill Tye - I knew him when he worked out of White Lake, in the Tweed District, from Aug 67 to late 69(?) when he transferred to Parks... superintendent of Bon Echo Park. From Blake Simpson - I have him working as a CO, out of the Palmer Rapids office during the period of 1965 - 1967. This was Tweed District prior to re-organization. Palmer, although geographically within Renfrew County was, as I understand it, part of the Tweed District and administered from the Bancroft Chief Ranger Office. His L&F Conservation Officer badge was #593.
CampbellRonald WesleyFrom Mike Hart - Ron Campbell was a CO out of Mattawa, North Bay District. Never got to retire, died while the Wildlife Manager, North Bay District.
CarswellGordBracebridge34 yrs.00-00-19262001From Bob Easton - Gord Carswell - was the C.O. Co-ordinator ( could have been actually a F&W Deputy under the old Chief Ranger system in Bracebridge ) I remember a call from him late one fall on a Sunday morning. He asked if I felt like doing some diving for him. Seems he chased a guy right through his cottage and down to the dock where the scoundrel through a paper bag into the lake. Stated it was just some bullheads he decided he did not want to take home. Gord directed me out about 50 feet and said dive so I did and found a paper bag with some out of season trout. Gord said it was worth the overtime he paid me for a part day off. From Richard Manley - knew him well. Gord started in White River & later in the 60's & 70's as co ordinator in Bracebridge where he is buried. His son Doug lives in Gravenhurst. From his son - Gord was in the Canadian Army during World War Two. He began his work as a Conservation Officer in Whitney in 1947. then posted to Wawa from 1951 until 1960 then moving to Bracebridge. He worked as a C.0. until 1973 and was promoted as a CO Coordinator. Gord retired in 1981 and continued to live in Bracebridge and passed away at the age of 75 in 2001.
CarswellJoehttp://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=51660327/Oct/191810/Jul/2011It is with sadness, the family of Joe Carswell announce his death on July 10, 2011 at Pinecrest Home for the Aged with his family by his side. Joe was born on October 27, 1918 at Whitney, Ontario. Then came WW2 and he joined the Canadian Air Force and spent 4.5 years overseas in England, Italy, Africa, France and Germany. Upon returning home, he worked in Hamilton, Ontario for a year and then went back to Temagami and spent a couple of years at Keewaydin Camp. He then joined the Ontario Lands and Forests and spent a year at Ranger school in Dorsett, Ontario. He then worked as a Conservation Officer out of North Bay and Temagami area. In 1951 he came to the Kenora District and was stationed at Sioux Narrows for 4.5 years. From John Macfie - Gordon Carswell was a CO in White River Dist in the 1950s, and attended Forest Ranger School in 1954. In about 1960 he transferred to the Parry Sound Dist., working out of Bracebridge, where he was stationed for the remainder of his career.
CarterTommyChatham District (Old Lake Erie District)
CatcherJohn Brina (Jack)http://www.dodsandmcnair.com/book-of-memories/2339167/Catcher-John/obituary.php00-00-192211/Jan/201692 years old and a WWII Vet. From Dave Montgomery - At the end of Jack's obituary they mention that they will plant a tree in memory of Jack at the Island Lake Conservation Area. The significance to me of this is Jack and I trapped and banded many ducks together there. We also released 46 Giant Canada Geese and started one of the first Giant Canada Goose populations in Ontario ....also building and placing many goose nesting platforms out there. The goose population later grew to thousands of birds. We also released 3000 Coho salmon yearlings together at the Forks of The Credit which led to the first introduction of Coho Salmon into Lake Ontario.
CeolinWalterhttp://ocoa.ca/tributes/fallen-officers/conservation-officer-walter-ceolin/25+ years, Sault Ste. Marie21/Jan/2003Officer Ceolin was working as a member of a crew conducting aerial moose surveys in a remote location approximately 80 km north of Sault Ste. Marie when their helicopter encountered system difficulties. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing, however the helicopter rolled over and crashed into the bush a short distance from a railroad siding. Loggers working nearby witnessed the accident and were on the scene almost immediately, but there were no survivors. Also killed in the crash were two Resource Management technicians, Bruce Stubbs, 39, Chantelle Walkey, 27, and the chief helicopter pilot, Michael Maguire, 50, all from MNR Sault Ste. Marie. Officer Ceolin had come in to work on his day off to fly that day. Officer Ceolin had 25+ years with Ontario Ministry of Resources. Officer Ceolin is survived by his companion and a son. From Don Weltz - I went to the old SSFC in Lindsay at the old convent with Walter in 1970-1972
ClemensGeorge Jessehttp://forest.denningfuneralhomes.com/tribute/details/4116/George-Clemens/obituary.html#tribute-start 30+26/Jun/201787 years old and with L&F &MNR for 30+ years.
ComfortAlCochrane01/Jan/1967The exact date of Officer Comfort's death is unknown. Al Comfort suffered a miserably cold and lonely death on the shore of Shipsands Island, a bird sanctuary at the mouth of the Moose River. Aged in his mid-20s, Comfort had made for the island to collect crippled geese, an annual task undertaken by C.O.s to relieve the suffering of birds wounded by hunters. There, he beached his canoe, but a fast-moving tide swept in and carried the craft out to sea. Comfort made a desperate bid to get it back. Once his race against the tide had failed, Comfort returned to the shoreline to sit beside the willows along the bank where - cold, wet and without footwear - he died of hypothermia. An extensive land and air search soon located his canoe in the Moose River, but it was another two weeks before his frozen body, covered in seaweed, was discovered. Just after freeze-up, a nearby resident gathering driftwood along the shore noticed a gun barrel sticking out of the ice. On closer inspection, he found the gun cradled by Comfort's body, which was huddled in the fetal position.
CookCharlieWorked out of Sudbury with Jim Sheppards father ?
CoteLenNorth BayConservation Officer, Marten River (North Bay District); Len retired in 1969 and I think spent his entire career with Land F and the Game and Fish Commission in the Marten River headquarters. Len died in the late 1980’s/
CoussonTed (Bear)Worked out of North Bay
CroskeryPeterFrom Bob McGillivray - Peter Croskery was a Biologist at Chapleau and moved to Ignace in1973 – 74 as District biologist and F&W supervisor.
CurtisBernard Ernest (Bernie)http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=bernard-ernest-curtis&pid=162728329&fhid=148474-Nov-192626-Jan-2013Bernie was born in Hastings, England and emegrated to Canada in 1951. He worked for the L&F and then MNR in several communities in Northern Ontario and the Parry Sound Bracebridge area. Bernie was WW II merchant marine.
D'AgostiniDinohttp://northridgefuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1930287/Dino-DAgostini/obituary.php?Printable=trueHired 1947 L&F-Sudbury02/Apr/191706/Aug/2014The family and friends of Dino D’Agostini sadly announce his passing on August 16, 2014 at the age of 97 in Fort Frances, Ontario. Dino was born in Toronto on April 2, 1917 to Teodora and Filippo D’Agostini. The D’Agostini family later moved to Espanola and then settled in the Gatchel area of Sudbury where they lived in a house that had no basement, toilet or running water. It was in Sudbury, where Dino worked as a Conservation Officer, that he met the love of his life, Gertrude McMullen. Gert and Dino were married on June 15, 1951. Dino’s career took them from Sudbury to Thunder Bay and then to Fort Frances where he retired as the District Manager of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Throughout his career, Dino’s fairness, character, and common sense approach earned him the respect of peers, the industry, and members of the public alike. Dino was the ultimate outdoorsman and shared his passion for fishing and hunting with generations of friends and family. Many stories of the Manion Lake moose hunts, Rainy Lake duck hunts, and limits of fish on secret lakes have been shared over a glass of Dino’s homemade wine. To all he met, he left an impression as large as his size 14 boot print. He was also a generous member of the Fort Frances community; many local organizations have benefited from his benevolence over the years.
DaniherWilliam (Bill) Earlhttps://www.sootoday.com/obituaries/daniher-william-earl-bill-aka-leatherface-81464538 yrs.14/Jan/2018
DavisonR. J.Flinton1946 - 1962176From his son John - Right after the war wheredad was wounded at Juno Beach in Normandy, hecame back to Flinton Ontario where he was born and joined the L&F (MNR) as a Game Warden for the Tweed District. This was in 1946. He remained a game warden in that area until 1962 when he was transferred to Parks and we moved to Picton where he was the Superintendent at the Outlet Park,(now Sandbanks) North Beach and Lake on the mountain until we moved to the Outlet Park. I still have his old badge #176 fastened to an old L&F canoe paddle here in Sault Ste Marie as well as his snow shoes made for him by a first nations friend from the Golden Lake Reserve.
DeGrootD.C. (Dick)http://thedrydenobserver.ca/2013/09/dick-de-groot-february-17-1955-august-22-2013/30 yrs.17/Feb/195522/Aug/2013
DenyesNelsonNiagara District26 years service3920-0-195729/Jun/2005NELSON DENYES (1957-2007) CO Badge #392, Agricultural Investigator Badge # 1008. Graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College, in Lindsay on May 14, 1977. Contract position in Red Lake doing lake surveys 1977, 1978, 1979. Contract position doing moose surveys (Geraldton). Deputy CO Position at Napanee 1980. Full time Conservation Officer position in Toronto (Maple Office) 1981 for Ministry of Natural Resources at Hudson Bay Co. (Fur Harvest, Fur Management & Conservation). Conservation Officer/Intelligence Officer in Guelph (Niagara District) 1982 - 2007. Agricultural Investigations Officer in Guelph (Niagara District) 2002 -2007. In 2006 he was presented with plaque for pioneering work in the establishment of the Wildlife Forensic DNA laboratory by Dr. Bradley White founder of the lab at Trent University, Peterborough. (Nelson was at a presentation at an OCOA meeting in Owen Sound in mid 80s by Dr. White, where Dr. White gave a talk about his then new lab and the potential use of DNA technology for fish and wildlife enforcement. Nelson was the first field officer to contact Dr. White and use DNA to help solve a deer investigation.) In 2003 Nelson was one of the Agricultural Investigators involved with the Alymer meat probe into tainted meat. (Illegal processing of dead stock at Aylmer Meat Packers Inc.) In 1990s Nelson fought forest fires in the north during the summer.
DorerCyrilointed as a conservation officer, and at certain times conducted regular enforcement patrols. All of Cyril's service was in the Parry Sound Forest District. From Bob Easton - Cyril Dorer - was one of many youths shipped to Canada by heir parents who could not support them. He worked in many logging camps for long hours and low pay. He coached minor hockey teams in Parry Sound and at one time coached Bobby Orr. Cy was “engineer” on the old L7F patrol boat Karanne which had Harry Walker as it’s captain.They both were functioning as Conservation Officers although neither had been to OFRS. Cy was classed as a ranger because of his lack of education.
In a union job evaluation program the union fought for and got him classified as a Co. After all, that was the job he was doing. He also was heavily involved in winter deer range management.He always appreciated how life had treated him. He and his wife Zella had three children - Arthur, Ron and Aileen. He looked forward to many hunting and fishing trips with his wife when he retired at age 65 but heart problems permitted only a short retirement. He was a prince of a fellow to work with. He and I were heavily involved in the spring with walleye research work with Guy Winterton, the fisheries bio.

DoreyDavehttp://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=72088228 years0-0-194206/Jul/2013Started in Wawa and worked there his entire career until he retired in 1994. From Bob Easton - Dave Doery - spelling of surname is Dorey. I went to OFRS with Dave in 1965 where he was was affectionately known as “ two draft “ Dorey. We worked together during the summer of 1965 out of the Blind River Chief Ranger office and were doing regeneration survey of part of the Mississaugi burn area north of Elliott Lake. Worked out of the Portelance Lake Junior Ranger camp. He served as a C.O. in Franz ( a little drop of nothing on the northern rail line.) Last I saw Dave he was a C.O. in White River or Wawa. From Klaas Oswald - Dave Dorey (not Doery) began his work as a CO at the Franz Deputy Chief Ranger Base of the White River District of the Department of Lands and Forests, about 1968 or so. The base, located at the intersection of the main line CPR and the Algoma Central Rly was shut down shortly after, and he moved to Wawa where he completed his career. He was not well in his later years, having contracted leukemia.
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DuffySharonhttp://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=89917103/Aug/2015Sharon was a former Conservation Officer in Quetico Provincial Park and Parry Sound, and was an accomplished lawyer, more recently working in the Department of Fisheries at the Peterborough MNR.
DungavellW. James (Jim)http://www.ferrisfuneral.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=292875&fh_id=1061509/Aug/195021/Nov/2008From Richard Manley - CO in Simcoe in the late 70's & early 80's. Went to Parks as Supt of TPPP in the early. 80's. late 80's/early 90's because supply/assets manager in Simcoe.
DunnePatrick GeorgeSault Ste. Marie1931/1932-193402-Sept-1872Patrick George Dunne, born 02 September 1872 worked out of Sault Ste Marie in 1932 and worked with Warden J. Bussineau trapping nuisance beaver on St. Joseph Island. Local records show Dunne living in the Sault in 1917 and working for various lumber companies from 1918 through 1930. Unconfirmed records show Dunne being hired as a Warden in 1931 and working as such through 1934 when the newly elected Hepburn Liberal government fired all wardens. After that, information shows employment was an intermittent affair for Patrick as times were tough and jobs scarce although he was listed as working for a lumber company from 1937 through 1941.
DykeRobert (Bob) Daveyhttp://mackeys.ca/book-of-memories/2832036/Dyke-Robert/obituary.php30 years+30/Jan/2017By Don Weltz - I knew Bob when I worked for Lindsay in the summer of 1971 on the Kawartha lakes Fisheries Management Unit. He was a great guy, very dedicated and always had a smile and an easy and friendly manor about him. I was able to track him down in August 2016 in a nursing home in Lindsay and with the help of his nurse was able to speak with him on the phone. I was amazed he remembered me but the nurse said his long term memory was very good still but his short term memory was failing. Bob spent his entire CO career in the Lindsay District. From Al MacFadyen - He must have started with L&F around 1956 as I remember talking with him and his wife and sometimes looked after his children at the time. Believe he originally started in a Fish Hatchery in southwestern Ontario.
I took the Ranger School Course at Dorset in 1961 and I know he went before me.
I was on a Special F&W Course in 1965 with Bob and it was a law enforcement &/or management course.
EklundGlennhttp://www.fftimes.com/obituaries/glenn-eklund29/Nov/2009Glenn, 70, of Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 with his loving family at his side. Glenn was born in the Nestor Falls, Ont. area and lived there until moving to Thunder Bay to attend Lakehead University. After graduating with a diploma in forestry management, Glenn went to work for the Ministry of Natural Resources as a conservation officer. After brief stints in Timmins and Nestor Falls, he and his family settled in Atikokan, Ont., where they spent the next 15 years. In 1984, Glenn and his wife, Lorraine, purchased Canadian Haven fishing resort in Nestor Falls, which they ran until retirement in 1997.
EliukMichael 25/Dec/193804/Jun/2009. Honour guards were members of the Sioux Lookout Fire Fighters, Knights of Columbus, and conservation officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009. It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Michal Eliuk, 70, on Thursday, June 4, 2009 in Sioux Lookout, Ont. Michal was born Dec. 25, 1938 in Stuartburn, Man. to the late Steve and Annie Eliuk. He started his working career with the C.N.R. as a newsy for a short period of time, and Rusty Myers Flying Service, then was employed with Lands & Forests in Fort Frances. He later was transferred to Sioux Narrows and then Rainy River, where he continued his career with Ministry of Natural Resources for more than 35 years in fish and wildlife. He was very proud to be a conservation officer, and wore the uniform with pride, respect, and dignity. He enjoyed fishing, and especially hunting, with relatives and friends. When he lived in Fort Frances, he was involved as a volunteer fireman, in Sioux Narrows he helped organize the first ambulance service, and in Rainy River he was on town council. Having lived in Sioux Lookout for more than 30 years, Michal enjoyed being a part of the community by being a volunteer fireman, snowmobile instructor, F.A.C. instructor, safe boating course instructor, and trapping course instructor.
ElleringtonWilliam (Bill) CharlesBracebridge (Dorset)Hired in 1946 - L&F31 May 2008By Don Weltz - I remember Bill when I was stationed out of the Burk's Falls Detachment in the Bracebridge District 1979-1981. Bill was very knowledgeable in Fish and wildlife and respected by the people in the area. I do remember Bill telling me a story of tracking some poachers in Algonquin Park where he had to go back and snowshoe in and spend days until he got the men he was persuing. I had a lot of respect for Bill as he was a fair and honest man and I would not have wanted to go up against him in his younger years when he was an officer. From Doug Marshall - Conservation Officer Bill Ellerington was overseas during the second World War. He returned with a war bride in 1945 from Belgium.Her name is Jerry and she is still living in the same house next to the old Lands & Forests headquarter in Dorset,.She is sharp as a tack and is in her nineties.
Bill started his carreer as a CO in 1946 working with Bob Batrick out of Burks Falls. In 1947 he was posted to Dorset and was the CO there until he became the Fisheries Management Officer in 1973 working out of the Bracebridge office and retired in 1982.
ElseyC. A. (Charles)http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chroniclejournal/obituary.aspx?n=charles-elsey&pid=174132000Hired in 1947- L&F28/Nov/2009Charles Allan Elsey former Regional Biologist for the Ministry of Natural Resources and respected member of the community passed away on November 28 2009 at the age of 92 in Burnaby British Columbia. Allan first completed Normal School (teacher's training) and briefly taught in one-room schoolhouses in small communities in Saskatchewan. He then enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he completed a Master's Degree in Fisheries Biology. For the next 37 years he worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources, where he served for many years in small communities around Northern Ontario as a conservation officer. The last 17 years of his career were spent in Thunder Bay, ultimately as Regional Biologist. He turned down promotions to Head Office in Toronto to provide his family with stability during their high school and university years. He was known internationally for his leadership in the area of wildlife conservation, having started the first moose conservation program in the world. Although he was valued for his management and leadership, Allan's first love was field work. In his waning years, some of his clearest memories were of his work with First Nations communities in the far north. In a generation before feminism, he recognized the value of women in the workplace, hiring and supporting female conservation officers for field work, and encouraging his daughters to pursue the careers of their choice.
EmoJerryFrom Gary Tupling - Jerry Emo—When I worked along the Ottawa River in the early 1970s,  I seem to remember that Jerry left L&F and went with the Canadian Wildlife Service or possibly the Quebec wildlife to work in Quebec.
EmondGerryserved somewhere in N. Ontario and transferred to Hawkesbury until the mid 60’s when he went to work for Indian Affairs specializing in trapper management.
EnglishGerald, Robert (Gerry)17/Jan/200157 years old. For 31 years he worked for the MNR as a Conservation Officer, Fish & Wildlife Supervisory and Enforcement Specialist. He thoroughly enjoyed his career especially the many strong friendships he formed over the years. Being retired for the past 7 years, Gerry often commented that it was the best job he ever had. He love going hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his family and friends.
EvansGarfield David Thunder BayFrom Rusty Rustenburg - Very close friend of mine was Nipigon CO in 1950's Took him on patrols and he help me run the Peregrine Falcon release. I have some stuff he gave me, but he passed away over 12 years ago
FaubertWilfred (Wilf)Hired 192601/Mar/1945Warden Faubert was run over by a train on the Canadian National tracks east of Minaki. His death poses many unanswered questions. "The suspicion was," said Charlie Bibby, former fish and wildlife supervisor for Sudbury District, "that Faubert was getting too close to operators in the illicit fur trade, that he was murdered and his body laid on the tracks so that people would think he had killed himself." Proof was elusive and no one was apprehended.
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ForsonC.J. (George)Parry Soundhired on in 1947From John Macfie - George Forson, also a WW2 Vet. George didn't live to retire; he died of cancer maybe at around 50, while still on the PS staff.
FrancisGeorgeMaple District1961-19650-0-2011CO – Maple District (1961(?) to 1965(?) L and F. CO – Hearst Detachment, Kapuskasing District (1965 to 1969), L and F Fisheries Management Officer, North Bay District (1969 to 1974), L and F/MNR Senior Management Officer, Sudbury District (1974 to 1978), MNR CO – Chapleau District (Foleyet) (1978 to 1980). George quit MNR around 1978 and started a tourist business/gas station. He developed MS in or around 1981 and after several moves ended up in North Bay where he died in 2011.
GingrichHarryhttp://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I382580&tree=generations00-00-192310/May/1923From Gary Tupling - Harry Gingrich was my FMO when I was F&W Supv. In Cambridge from 1977-1982. He was from the area and I expect he retired there
GrayCharles (Chuck)http://www.stoddartfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/2683831/gray-charles-chuck/obituary.php24/May/192614/Aug/2016Introduced at age 11 to Algonquin Park by scout leader Frank Braucht, Chuck never outgrew the life of a woodsman. His early years were spent building friendships, huts in the woods and guiding canoe trips for Taylor Statten Camps. In his 20s, Chuck built his beloved cabin on Canoe Lake where he spent 78 seasons, with his final visit cut short by a marauding bear. As for the bear, Chuck didn’t see what the fuss was all about. Chuck’s career started in Cochrane working for Lands and Forests with transfers to Timmins, Pembroke and Lindsay where he retired as District Manager for Ministry of Natural Resources. After retirement there were trips to distant places and experiencing the wonders of the world but none compared to a good plate of spaghetti and a piece of Dot’s apple pie at the cottage with family and friends around.
GreenwoodGordon Thomas (Gord)Passed away at the Hanover and District Hospital on Friday, October 27th, 2006. Gordon ThomasGREENWOOD, of Hanover, at the age of 90 years.Belovedhusband of the late DorisANDREWS.Lovingfather of Sharon and her husband CliffTURNERof Orillia, Wayne of Michigan, and Jim and his wife Dixie of Simcoe. Fondly remembered by his 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Survived by his brothers GrantGREENWOODof Durham and MurrayGREENWOODand his wifePatof Holstein. Predeceased by his daughter-in-law Nancy and his sister SusieKERR.Gordonwas a Conservation Officer with the Department of Lands and Forests, now known as the Ministry of Natural Resources in Essex County, was a Fisheries Management Officer in Aylmer, retiring as Fish and Wildlife Supervisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Chatham. Prior to his employment with the Department of Lands and Forests and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Gordon worked at the Durham Furniture Factory and later was the clerk for the town of Durham. He was enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the second World War and was the past master of the Masonic Lodge in Durham in 1946.Started 1951. 27 yrs. L&F 432 & 462 MNR 05628/Sep/191627-Oct-2006 90 years of age.Hired 1951, Essex County, former Lake Erie District. 1957 attended Ontario Forest Ranger School, Department of Lands and Forest, Special Course Fish and Wildlife. 1963 became the Fisheries Management Officer former Lake Erie District Aylmer. 1972,(1973) (note- when L&F became MNR )Fish and Wildlife Supervisor Chatham District. retired 1978. Prior to his employment with the Department of Lands and Forests and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Gordon worked at the Durham Furniture Factory and later was the clerk for the town of Durham. He was enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the second World War and was the past master of the Masonic Lodge in Durham in 1946.
GuentherBob01/Oct/1965Conservation Officers Bob Guenther and Carl Liddle died in October, 1965, while patrolling Luther Marsh, a duck hunters' paradise lying between the communities of Arthur and Orangeville. The exact date of their death is unknown. Guenther and Liddle, a younger officer who was unable to swim, were on duty in an airboat on the day they died. The first indication of a serious mishap came with the sighting of the boat, abandoned and drifting near the shore, the propeller broken. The authorities were notified and a search was initiated. On the fourth day of the search - conducted by 200 men, many boats and several aircraft - skin divers recovered a hip wader and a Lands and Forests' parka. The following day, the officers' bodies were found three metres apart in two metres of water. Liddle's body was fully clothed while Guenther had apparently stripped in a bid to rescue his colleague. An inquest later ruled the deaths had been accidental.
HalidayBobFrom Gary Preston - Bob Haliday was a co in quetico park when i worked in Fort Francis in the 60s he retired about 1967.
HamiltonGordon, Turnerhttp://www.henrywalser.com/book-of-memories/461216/Hamilton-Gordon/obituary.php?Printable=true24-Mar-19140-0-2011The experience of growing up “back at the lake” prepared him well for a 31 year career (1948 to 1979) as a conservation officer with the Department of Lands and Forests, Pembroke District. He had been an excellent poacher as a young man and perhaps this aided in his superb skills as an enforcement officer: many poachers were very relieved when he retired. In his 97th year.
HannsonCarl EdgarVermilion Bay - Dryden, Chief Ranger division Kenora District.196315127/Jun/2005Department of Lands & Forests – 1963 to 1974. Ministry of Natural Resources – 1974 to 1987 Retired 1987 - Deceased 2005. Badge Number – 151 - Natural Resources. Training – OFRS – Fish and Wildlife Course 1965. Believe Carl attended OFRS Dorset and Ontario Police College, but have no information on the year. Enforcement Course conducted by Percy Thompson. Work History – Vermilion Bay. Dryden Chief Ranger division Kenora District, which became Dryden District. Worked entire career at Vermilion Bay. Started career as Forest Ranger – Vermilion Bay Appointed Conservation Officer - 1963. Carried out duties in Enforcement, fisheries management lake surveys, creel census, fish stocking, commercial fish inspections, wildlife management, moose and caribou aerial surveys, wolf poisoning program, trapline management, baitfish and wildrice management and enforcement. Participated in Deer Yard surveys in Southeastern Ontario.
HarrisVictor (Vic) EricLindsay37 yrs.24-May-192502-Sept-2004Lived in Gores Landing and served in WWII over seas. From Al Giesche - Vic Harris was a CO in Lindsay with a Patrol Area around Rice Lake. Employed by Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests after serving in WWII. Born Sunday, May 24, 1925 at Gore's Landing, Rice Lake, ON. Died June 9, 2004. Buried in St. George's Cemetery, Gore's Landing. Wife: Jean Harris, Cobourg, ON. Daughter: Lyn Ford, Cobourg, ON. Son: Terrance Harris, deceased. I am his cousin, Nancy Dalgarno. I remember he spent time in Dorset, ON. and was active in Northumberland County regarding his job. I have tried to get some stories from his wife but she is in her nineties and doesn't remember any specific details. The attached info was copied from the back of his photograph. Vic died of an aggressive form of cancer in June of 2004.
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HerronGeorgeAs passed on by John MacFie - George Herron wasa C.O. in the Foleyet area of the Gogama Forest District when I arrived in Gogama in 1956. I believe he was also basedin the Rhonda (Shining Tree) deputy chief ranger headquarters, and elsewhere in the Province.Upon retiring George settled in the Parry Sound area, and died a number of years ago.
HimburgGarryhttps://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68229125/garry-frederick-himburg1967 -14323/Jan/194406/Oct/1999From John McDonald - I went to Ranger School with Gary in 1966. After graduation he got a C.O. job in Matheson in 1968. I saw him a few times after that but lost touch with him. From Ron Fabian - Garry passed on in 1999. He started his career in the Kirkland Lake district onto Pembroke, Chatham, Tweed, And retired from the Napanee district.
HoganPatrick (Pat) Bernard Martinhttp://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Patrick-Hogan&lc=3768&pid=173935323&mid=629034730+10-June-194021-Jan-2015(Conservation Officer & Trainer- Ministry of Natural Resources for over 30 years) He was a great guy. Started off as a ranger in Dacer (old Pembrooke District) in the late 50's and got a job as a CO in napanee. Then to Nipigon and then to Pembroke as a CO co-ordinator. Then to Midhurst District as CO co-ordinator and then to Kemptville as Regional enforcement specialist. Then to Toronto as Provincial Training Officer just prior to head office moving to Peterborough and then worked out of the old Frost Centre until he retired..
HolmesBillhttps://www.baytoday.ca/obituaries/holmes-william-john-north-bill-76833830+193714/Nov/2017Bill joined the MNR in 1957 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON as a Forest Ranger, 1964 Conservation Officer, 1969 C.O. Coordinator, 1987 Fisheries Management Officer, 1989 Hatchery Manager from there he moved to North Bay and spent many years until he retired in 1992 as a Professional Angler Jig Maker.
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HotsonJohn (Jack) Wilfred25 years service03-Dec-194116-Nov-2016Jack was from a farm in the Queen's Bush and moved to Elliot Lake with his parents in the late 50's. He worked at Mississagi Park before attending Sault College and becoming a CO in Sault Ste Marie.
HughsonDon R.http://www.islandfuneralhome.ca/obits/obituary.php?id=45844914-Mar-2014Espanola -Manitoulin Island. From Dave Kenney - Don Hughson started as towerman at the Shakwa Lake tower north of Espanola in the early 1950's and then worked as a C.O.min Killarney beginning in about 1955. From there he worked as C.O. at Penage Lake and then Fisheries Management Officer in Sudbury until reorganization in 1971 when he became F&W Supervisor in Espanola until his retirement. From John Macfie - "Don" Hughson was the CO on Manitoulin Id. of the Sudbury Dist. in 1950s and 60s.
HumberstoneJeffJeff Humberstone who worked in Lanark when I first started. He then left to join Gerry Emond with Indian Affairs in Quebec. He was a development officer with Indian Affairs in the Abitibi whose job was part of a gov’t program of native rehabilitation and scheduled hunting and fishing trips and oversaw the Indians that were running the show.
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Jean-MarieRonald James (Ron)http://www.reynoldsfuneral.com/book-of-memories/2114516/Jean-Marie-Ronald/obituary.php?Printable=true 30+ years Cambridge20/Apr/2015Ronald James Jean-Marie passed away peacefully on April 20, 2015 with family by his side. Treasured uncle of Wendy and Jim Reid, and Michael and Margo Jean-Marie; and their children Megan, Olivia and Evan; and Jenner, Douglas and Melanie. Predeceased by his children Robert, Ronald and Andrea and his devoted partner Carolyn Moore. Born in Port Sydney in 1941, Ron's heart never left Muskoka, although his life and work took him to far corners of the world. He had a thirty year career as a Conservation Officer with The Ministry of Natural Resources. He was passionate about protecting our wildlife resources and had opportunities to work at the provincial, national and international levels. His greatest efforts were in coordinating investigations into illegal commerce of birds of prey. Upon retirement he returned to his family's beloved Homestead in Juddhaven, where he and Carolyn worked hard to restore the home and gardens of his grandparents' day, which have become a source of peace and pleasure for many. He loved nature, and the Homestead is now a mecca for songbirds, deer, bear, wild turkeys and most recently a rare white squirrel. Ron will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues. He was always generous with his time and interest, and we are all better for having known him.
JeffriesCliffordhttps://obittree.com/obituary/ca/ontario/cochrane/salon-funraire-irvine--irvine-funeral-home/clifford-jeffries/3067428/2005-201757309-Dec-197120-Aug-2017Clifford Jefferies was a former CO Pilot, serving with Cochrane District as a CO Pilot circa late 90s-2000.
JohnsonFred J.Sudbury1946Apr 1913Jan 2003Johnson Fred J. 1946 Sudbury. Badge # 15. Ranger School Dorset. Worked in Sudbury, Peterbell, Hearst and Chapleau 1946 - 1977.
JohnsonEricFrom John Downey - I worked with Eric in the old Cornwall district and I know he was also a co in Oba of the old Hearst district. Eric's brother 'Pud' was a district forester I believe. From Mike Hart - Eric Johnson was a CO working out of either Iroquois or Morrisburg on the St. Lawrence River, old Kemptville District.
JohnstonBarryDeputy Chief Ranger base - Shinning Tree1957From John Macfie -Barry joined the F&W ranks as a CO at Gogama (based at the deputy chief ranger base at Shining Tree) in I believe 1957. He had the distinction of being a first cousin of renowned pianist Glenn Gould. Earlier in life Barry had a bout of rheumatic fever, which left him with a damaged heart. In the summer of 1958 or '59 he was found dead, slumped over the gunwale of his boat tied at the Shining Tree dock, with his head submerged. It was assumed he had passed out while doing something with the outboard motor, maybe cranking it.
JonesDavehttp://www.hannahfuneralhome.com/notices/David-Jones 28 Sept 193829 Apr 2017From Tim Taylor - I worked with Dave in Napanee where he was the Enforcement Co-ordinator. He was such an easy going, knowledgeable man who loved to bird hunt when the opportunity presented itself.
JordiOtto01/Jan/1940The exact date in the 1940's is not currently known. Warden Otto Jordi, an officer based in Port Arthur during the late 1940s, suffered a heart attack as he pulled a toboggan laden with supplies across the snowy wastes of Shebandowan Lake. In his early 40s, Jordi was returning from an expedition checking traplines. When he failed to show up as expected, a search party found his body on the ice.
JuckKenhttp://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82246161191524/Jun/1994Ken JUCK joined the Ontario Department Lands and Forests after World War II. He served for many years in the Aylmer, Ontario office and eventually became a supervisor of conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was well known for his extensive use of the organization's radio system (on Lake Erie District call letters XLO-52)as he kept in touch with his officers. Mr. Juck served as a Warrant Officer with the Elgin Regiment of the Canadian Army during World War II.
KendallGeorge Westonhttp://boards.ancestry.ca/localities.northam.canada.ontario.kenoradistrict/303/mb.ashx32 years07/Apr/193923/Feb/2003George Weston Kendall passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 23, 2003 in Sioux Lookout, at the age of 63 years. George was born in Sioux Lookout on April 27, 1939. George started as casual staff in 1961 as a Ranger III for the Ministry of Natural Resources, Sioux Lookout, ON. He later joined staff in 1963 as a Warehouseman in Sioux Lookout. From there he worked as a unit crew leader, Conservation officer and Senior Fire Technician. George retired October 20, 199 after 32 years of service. George and Nancy lived on Lake Street and later moved to his parents' home where he resided up until the time of his death.
KindreeMichael Anthony http://www.maccoubrey.com/notice/4644 1978 Gogama34803/Apr/195028/May/20171975 - 77: Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay - Fish and Wildlife Program. 1979 - 84: CO, Gogama District. 1984 - 86: CO, Niagara District. 1986 - 89: CO Co-ordinator, Kapuskasing District. 1989 - 97: Enforcement Supervisor, Sault Ste. Marie. 1997- 2003: Provincial Enforcement Advisor (Wildlife), Main Office, Provincial Enforcement Branch, Peterborough. 2003 - 2008: Manager, Evaluation and Special Services Unit (ESSU), Provincial Enforcement Branch, Peterborough; title later changed to Manager, Intelligence and Investigations Section (IIS). Other duties: Peer Supporter. Training (e.g., FWCA, Search Warrants, etc.) Helped develop the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA). Retired in 2009
KujalaHenry19 years- Started 196805/Oct/1987Officer Kujala was killed in a helicopter crash. Henry Kujala was from Parry Sound. He was taking aerial photographs of pickerel spawning beds near Serpent Rapids on the Seguin River when the chopper in which he was riding veered into the river gorge. The pilot, David Buzzell, also lost his life. The downed blue and white helicopter containing the bodies of the two men was found in dense bush after an intensive four-day air and land search. Officer Kujala, was a nineteen-year Ministry of Natural Resources veteran.
LacoursiereLeoWawa District5 years1999Started in Wawa and worked there his entire career until he retired in 2004
LambieJohnOwen Sound2602009From Peggy Lambie - John's wife - John’s first full time position was in Owen Sound. After completing university he was hired as a full time Forester without a distict and as a result worked for a short time in Aylmer and Wingham before being assigned to Owen Sound. From Anne Purdy - former Forestry Clerk and then F&W Clerk at the Owen Sound Office of MNR. In Feb 1981 when I was hired at MNR, he was the Bruce County Forester. In October of that same year, Verd Fisk retired as Forest Management Supervisor (don’t think it was because he had had enough of me as his forestry clerk) and John became the forestry supervisor. In 1992, thru another “reorg” John became Supervisor of Grey County Team until 1996. John was surplussed in spring of 1996 and shortly after that he was placed in position of Enforcement Supervisor until his retirement January 2007. He passed away July 2009.
LandriaultAurelle1948-to about 1970Aurelle (not sure of spelling) LANDRIAULT – Conservation Officer, North Bay District MNR and L and F – Probably from early 50’s or late 40’s until about 1970; he is deceased
LegaceFrankParry SoundConservation officer Parry Sound early 1980s. Had been a manager in southern Ontario but job was made redundant. Left Parry Sound to become the MNR's liaison officer at the North Bay fur auction. Died of a heart attack at his desk.
LiddleCarl01/Oct/1965Conservation Officers Carl Liddle and Bob Guenther died in October, 1965, while patrolling Luther Marsh, a duck hunters' paradise lying between the communities of Arthur and Orangeville. The exact date of Officer Liddle's death is unknown. Guenther and Liddle, a younger officer who was unable to swim, were on duty in an airboat on the day they died. The first indication of a serious mishap came with the sighting of the boat, abandoned and drifting near the shore, the propeller broken. The authorities were notified and a search was initiated. On the fourth day of the search - conducted by 200 men, many boats and several aircraft - skin divers recovered a hip wader and a Lands and Forests' parka. The following day, the officers' bodies were found three metres apart in two metres of water. Liddle's body was fully clothed while Guenther had apparently stripped in a bid to rescue his colleague. An inquest later ruled the deaths had been accidental.
LorbetskiSylvester T. (Silvio)79Hired in 1959 in the Pembroke District - From Gary Preston - Silvio worked in Whitney in 1964 when Gary was there.
LoveGeorge Francis0-0-2011CO – Maple District (1961(?) to 1965(?) L and F. CO – Hearst Detachment, Kapuskasing District (1965 to 1969), L and F. Fisheries Management Officer, North Bay District (1969 to 1974), L and F/MNR. Senior Management Officer, Sudbury District (1974 to 1978), MNR. CO – Chapleau District (Foleyet) (1978 to 1980). George quit MNR around 1978 and started a tourist business/gas station. He developed MS in or around 1981 and after several moves ended up in North Bay where he died in 2011.
MaaRussellThunder BayMarch 1996From Rusty Rustenburg - Russell Maa- Thunder Bay...made papers with shooting the antler of two bull moose locked together and they took off. From Dave Kenney - I believe Russell went to the Ranger School at Dorset in 1964. From Klaas Oswald - Russell Maa was already a CO for a couple of years when I started as a CO in the Port Arthur (the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William amalgamated in 1970 and it became the City of Thunder Bay) District in 1969. He worked there until he contracted cancer.
MantleChristopher Edward (Ed) F.https://www.sootoday.com/obituaries/mantle-the-very-reverend-christopher-edward-f-78652626 yrs.192704/Dec/2017From Retired CO Will Samis - I became friends with Ed , later "Father Christopher"(but you can call me Ed...he would say.) when I worked in Sault Ste Marie in 1968. He was a very competent, engaging and energetic Wildlife Management Officer. He spent many days working in the local deer yards on his beloved cross country skis. He got Elaine and I interested in the sport and helped us buy our first skis from a local Finnish craftsman named Rastas. He had transferred to Sault Ste Marie from Virginiatown in the Kirkland Lake district where he was a Conservation Officer. He studied for the priesthood part-time while still working at MNR and during that time he was an extremely entertaining and engaging conversationalist. He really enjoyed philosophy and enjoyed challenging his friends. One favourite memory of Ed is an all night card game with him and District Biologist, Charlie Olver at my wilderness camp. Another is of him coming into the coffee room at the District Office in Sault Ste Marie with a very stern (Lenin- like) expression on his face. Everyone looked at him and after a short pause he started waving his right index finger in the air and loudly exclaimed," Two momentous occasions mark the downfall of western civilization. The first was the death of Queen Victoria and the second was when women were allowed to vote. He then abruptly turned and left leaving dead silence in his wake. He was an avid deer hunter and reminded me on more than one occasion that "Scripture endorses hunting". He was a very talented craftsman and made his own long bows and arrows with which he harvested deer, usually on St. Joe's Island but sometimes with his good friend Fred Jensor at his hunting cabin near Iron Bridge. He was a devoted husband to Mary and was very proud of his children. He loved his country home among the hills near Karalash Corners. From retired CO Russ Filmore - Ed was the wildlife management officer in the Soo in the mid 60's when I was CO in Elliot Lake - hell of a nice guy always very helpful ,kept the CO's involved and made sure you got the credit for what you did. From retired CO Klaas Oswald - When I transferred to Wawa in 1975, Ed was the Fish and Wildlife Supervisor in Sault Ste. Marie, leaving a few years later to become a priest. From retired CO Bryon Hall - who worked in the early 70's in Sault Ste. Marie for Ed when Ed was the F&W Supervisor and Bryon was a young CO.
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MartinArthttp://www.fftimes.com/obituaries/art-martin35 years07/Oct/193530-May-2006See the hyper link to the left for a bit of his life.
MartinCarlAylmer in the 60's
MartinWilliam (Bill)http://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=53343017/Nov/194307/Sep/2011Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. Having a great love for the outdoors he starting working for Lands and Forest at a very young age, then later becoming a Conservation Officer for 32+ years. Worked as a Conservation Officer in the Timmins district.
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MaynardKen07-Aug-195024-June-2015From Will Samis - Ken Maynard was raised in Elliot Lake and went to Sault College. I was the CO in Elliot Lake and I hired him as a student doing lake surveys and he volunteered as a deputy. He was working on Lake surveys when he got a CO job in the New Liskeard area. I think he worked there until his retirement. From Roger Weber - Ken Maynard started in the Kirkland lake Dist in April 1974 and worked from the Matheson sub-office. There were 2 positions in KL, he took the Matheson one and I took the Englehart one.
McCormickWayneCochraneSept 2002From Bob Easton - during the time I knew him was a C.O. working out of Carleton Place office. He worked closely with Dave Arbour, Peter Evans, Gary Martin. From Steve Aubry - he was a CO in Carleton Place and then Kemptville. Sometime around 2000, he was close to retirement and was off on sick leave. He never returned to work and died of a heart ailment a short time after. From Allan Hyde - Wayne spent most of his career in Leitrim and Carleton Place district. Wayne was highly respected for his steely investigative skills. He also looked better than most in uniform to which I think he may have been a photo model for the Branch at one point. In 1981-83 Wayne was seconded to the Enf. section to participate in the early stages of the intel and investigative section developing skills and protocols for both activities. He returned to the district to later become the Investigator. Wayne died much too early of a heart condition but not before making a significant contribution to the growth of MNRs intelligence and Investigative capabilities. Wayne was also an early mentor of mine.
McCullaughJohnLindsay District (Franz first)Started work in late 50's to early 60's. After starting in Franz John worked in the Lindsay District the rest of his career.
McGilvaryKenneth, Picardhttp://www.obittree.com/obituary/273014/McGilvary-Kenneth.php01/Jan/191527/Jan/2010On leaving the RCAF in 1945 he enjoyed a brief period in the Onaping Lake area and soon joined the then Ontario Department of Lands and Forests as a Game Warden. (Conservation Officer) In 1948
McKewonBillnot sure where he started but was a conservation officer in the old Thunder Bay District until about 1966; then CO Coordinator in Trout Mills, North Bay District from 1966 to 1969; then Fisheries Management Officer in North Bay from 1969 until his retirement in 1975? He died in about 1980
McKinnonWalterPerry Soundhired on in 1947From John Macfie - Walter MacKinnon hired on at Parry Sound in the latter 1940s, later was at Geraldton as trapline mgt. officer, then went with Indian Affairs at Sudbury. He was an air gunner on bombers with the RCAF and was shot down, with minor flak wounds, over enemy territory, and endured the infamous long forced march westward in the winter of 1944-45. Re. his wartime woes, after parachuting to earth he was hidden by the Underground, but a wound to his hand worsened until he had to turn himself in. A German doctor did such a good job of amputating a middle finger that you would not notice he had only three fingers, until he showed you, with a chuckle.
McLennanK. A. (Kenneth)Kemptville04/Aug/194430/May/2012Ken was born August 14, 1944 in Cornwall, Ontario to Angus and Grace McLennan. He started his career as a Conservation Officer in 1966 in Kemptville, Ontario after graduating from the Ontario Forest College.
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MeddowsEdCambridgeFrom Gary Tupling - . He worked out of the Hespeler Office in the 60’s. I was president of the Chamber of Commerce in Port Elgin at the time and invited him to give a talk at one of our suppers in 1967. From Richard Manley - F&W supervisor the old Lake Erie district in the 60's.
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MillerMelville (Mel) CharlesMonetville1961 - 198919/Jun/193519-Aug-2011 Father-in-law to CO Jim Fry - Mel Miller- June 19, 1935 to August 19, 2011. Mel was a hunter, fisher, trapper and sawyer. Started out as a park Superintendent at Finlayson provincial park and then Martin River provincial park. Returned to school at the Ontario Forest Ranger school on Dorset. He was appointed as a Conservation Officer in Monetville in 1961. After Monetville Mel transferred to Espanola and finished his career as a Fisheries Management officer in 1989. I remember him having dual roles as a wildlife and fisheries management officer. And I also remember him being a senior Conservation officer which probably became the CO coordinator as you and I knew it. As a side note Mel was responsible for the start of many CO careers including Ian Anderson and myself.
MillerJohn (Johnny)From Mike Hart - Johnny Miller, CO out of Gananoque, old Kemptville District, then CO Coordinator in the new Brockville District. He was the CO Coordinator for the newly formed Brockville District. Johnny developed the Ganoque Provincial Wildlife Area ( stocked pheasant hunting always good for charges involving hunters from Toronto / Montreal and an assortment of hunting violations ) which now lies idle and abandoned. You would never know now what a busy place it was once was.
MonkCarlhttp://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=89801201-Aug-2015From Gary Tupling - Carl Monk used to work liaison with the fur auction in North Bay and travelled all over the north—might also have been involved in the deer and moose hide program. I remember him but details are vague. Since I’m 75 and he was older than I. From Bob Swanson - Carl Monk,if my memory is correct, was a senior officer in Sioux Lookout. I used to put gas in his car in the 50’s at the base when I was a student ranger. There is a kids book written about C.O.’s which is dedicated to Carl. Came out in the 60”s. From Michael Kindree - MONK, Carl of Noelville - Peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the age of 87. Loving husband for 60 years to Julie. Beloved father of Joanne, Jeannette, Jacqueline, Jerry and Jim. From Klaas Oswald - Carl Monk was the "Senior Conservation Officer" in the Port Arthur District of the Department of Lands and Forests when I started there in 1969. I don't know if that was an official position, or an unofficial one; it kind of morphed into the Enforcement Coordinator position in the re-org of 1973. From John Macfie - Carl Monk was a CO in the French River region of Sudbury Dist. in the 1950s and 60s. He attended Ranger School in 1954 and finished his career working at Queen's Park. From John McDonald - I think Carl started with Lands and Forests in the French River area as a Game Warden. Carl wasn't very well liked by some of the poachers and one night they pushed him of a cliff in the area of the French River. He survived and was lucky to be alive. Carl then moved to Sudbury District, next to Sioux Lookout, and then to Thunder Bay as Senior Enforcement Officer. He then moved to Main Office in Toronto in the early 70's and then to Cochrane as Regional Enforcement Specialist. He retired from there and moved back to the French River. I could tell some other stories about Carl but will keep them for later. Carl died in 2013-14.
MoonDennisKenoraFrom Don Weltz - Dennis worked the Kenora District and attended the OPC in Aylmer in 1975. From Rich Henry - Denis Moon was a CO in Kenora district and retired around 1989. Prior to being a CO he was a hatchery technician in Minaki and was given the CO job when it closed.
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Muma Roy A.http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/results.asp?sk=browse&q=295&key=29&start=1&pp=212&db=5 See pictures of Roy Muma in the link to the left #'s 41 - 48.
MunroWilliam15/Dec/1964Officer William Munro was killed in an automobile accident on Provincial Highway 43 near Winchester, Ontario, when a dump truck crossed into his lane and struck his patrol car. Bill Munro - served for many years in Apple Hill, Glengarry County. He was killed
in a highway accident on his way to a meeting in Kemptville by a gravel truck which crested the hill in front and the truck’s tie rod broke. When I first went to court in Rockland, Ontario I introduced my self to Judge Archambeault in his chambers. He told me of the high esteem in which he held Bill Munro. He said in all his years of dealing with Bill in court that Bill had never asked any favours. On the day Bill was killed, Bill asked if his cases could be heard first as he had to get to a meeting in Kemptville. When the OPP delivered a note to him during court proceedings that Bill had been killed he told me he felt so bad he cancelled court for the day.
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NodwellSamCochraneFrom John Macfie - Sam Nodwell was for a long time, perhaps his entire career, the Senior Conservation Officer for the Cochrane Dist, which then included the present Moosonee Dist. Sam attended the year-long course at the Ranger School in 1954, the year that I did.
O'DonnellArnold Patrick (Arny)http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?pid=16314515226/Feb/193117-Feb-2013Arny was a longtime Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was passionate about the outdoors, loved canoeing, was an avid birder and enjoyed sports particularly baseball and football. Sudbury Levak Patrol area in the 60's, then to Lindsay. He died at age 82.
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PalmateerNormMaple District (now Midhurst District)1950-1250-0-1988Died at 75 and his badge number was 125. From Mike Thede - Norm worked in Bass Lake Provincial Park. By retired CO Dave Montgomery - Officer Norm Polmateer was a very special human being. He is the only Officer that I know of that did the job of a Conservation Officer with a major disability. One of his arms was half the size of the other and his hand on that arm formed into what looked like a lobster claw, one thumb and the other fingers formed into one finger. In the fall of 1976 Huronia District CO's put on a big push to catch as many jacklighters as possible and send a message out to illegal deer poachers. We were out in force in our respective patrol areas and used an aircraft at night with an experienced pilot and Conservation Officer to spot anyone using a jacklight. Norm specifically requested that he wanted to come and work with me on the first night in my patrol area. I backed my cruiser in to a small road at the top of Mansfield ski club. From there we were high enough that we could look down an entire valley. About 1 am Conservation Officer Dave L Ferguson radioed from the plane that he had spotted a vehicle jacklighting at the end of that valley and it was moving towards our position. We watched them come up the valley and when they reached the highway, they turned north and then turned west on a side road. I raced to the next side road north of them hoping we could cut them off. We were able to get to the end of the road before them and I backed my cruiser into the bush far enough that they would not spot us as they passed us. As they neared our position, before I could say anything Norm jumped out of my cruiser and ran out on the road flagging them down with his flashlight. Norm was 62 and did things the old way that worked for him all those years. The driver accelerated right at him and he would have been hit if he had not taken a dive into the ditch. I quickly picked him up and pursued the vehicle for about a mile and was able to overtake him and cut him off. During that time fuses blew both on my red lights and radio. Officer Ferguson was above us but he could no longer see my red lights and could not communicate with us. Norm was out of the cruiser before I even stopped. I watched him go to the driver's side and with one hand drag him out through his open driver side window and cuff him. I dealt with the other two. An OPP buddy of mine was on duty that night and he found us later on since the plane had communications with Barrie OPP. Norm overheard one of the other men say to me "he is not a very young man is he". Norm replied, "No, but I can f.. king well take care of myself" End of story. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him, worked with him...and to call him my friend. I held his hand as he died at the hospital in 1988.
PaulDavid CO in Elk Lake, Swastika District. Then with OPP and finally retired with Canadian Wildlife Service in Sackeville, New Brunswick.
PearsonWilliam, Thomas (Bill)http://www.lifenews.ca/announcement/1855819-obituary30+29/Mar/193517/Apr/2012Bill graduated as a Game Warden and Conservation Officer from the school of forestry at Dorset in 1963 and relocated with his young family to Meaford in December of that year. He will be remembered as a dedicated Conservation Officer, a career which he thoroughly enjoyed and often shared with his family. Bill was an enforcement co-ordinator in Owen Sound in the 80's and 90's and on retirement became the mayor of Meaford. One of the better co-ordinators I worked for. He would support you on anything as long as you had the evidence even to the point of investigating the Minister of Natural Resources fishing without having a fishing licence on his person, by (Don Weltz).
PeeverBarrySault Ste. Marie1967Killed in a car accident. He attended the Dorset Ranger School in 1964 and worked casual part time in Bancroft until 1966 and then became a CO until his death in 1967.
PerryDonhttp://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=1008115193206/Mar/2017Went to Ranger school Dorset in 1961.
PetersonKeithShebandowan -Old Port Arthur DistrictFrom Klaas Oswald - Kieth Peterson was a CO for a fairly short time at Shebandowan in the Port Arthur District, probably about 2-3 years. When he quit in the spring of 1969 to join the Fish Research Station located on Shebandowan Lake, I got his job. Later, he became the warehouseman for the Region Fire Cache at the Thunder Bay Airport. From John Todd - Kieth Peterson graduated from Ranger school Dorset 1965. Took CO Job Shebandowan Thunder Bay District At that time Port Arthur? Late 60s Then at some point transferred into Fire at the Port Arthur Regional Fire center? about 1970/71? I remember him getting several awards from Staff Suggestions concerning fire pumps etc.
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PowelDougMinden to Lindsay and then to OronoWorked his whole carrer in Lindsay District
PozzoElio (Al)White River in 19691982CO and CO Supervisor, White River District, Franz Headquarters probably from 1950’s to 1973; then Regional Enforcement Supervisor, Sault Ste Marie from 1973 until approx 1982 when he died.
PrashawBobhttp://ocoa.ca/tributes/fallen-officers/conservation-officer-bob-prashaw/19/Aug/2004CO Bob Prashaw from the MNR’s Guelph District passed away on August 19, 2004. He had just returned to the Vineland office from a day’s patrol when he suffered from a massive heart attack. Despite attempts to save him, he died a short time later. He is sadly missed by his family, friends and fellow officers. This is a description of his last day as written by his patrol partner and friend Deputy Conservation Officer Kathy Richardson: “On August 19th, 2004, Bob and I were out checking people fishing at Navy Hall in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Navy Hall is a well known fishing spot on the Niagara River. Bob went down to talk to a couple of individuals who were fishing at the base of the steep embankment. When he came back up, he complained of chest pains, a tightening in his chest. We talked about it, he thought it was nothing, yet he agreed to go to the doctor’s the next day to have it checked out. Because he wasn’t feeling well we returned to the office. I went to my office and he went in to the main office to chat with staff member and close friend Greg Belmore before he left to go home. It was there he collapsed. Emergency 911 was called. Conservation Officer Nelson Denyes was right there and did what he could to assist Bob. CO Nelson Denyes is a volunteer firefighter, I am sure he knew what he was doing, until the paramedics arrived. The paramedics tried several times to restart the heart. He was promptly transported to the Hotel Dieu Hospital in nearby St. Catharines Ontario, where he was pronounced dead. Not only was he a great partner to work with, he was my best buddy, we shared many laughs and sorrows, and neither the office nor the field will ever be the same.” DCO Kathy Richardson Vineland Office Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
PruceLinda Phyllishttps://www.sootoday.com/obituaries/pruce-linda-phyllis-86767253518/Mar/2018Linda was a long time Deputy CO, F&W clerk in Sault Ste Marie and for a time was a CO and supervisor at the PCU in Sault Ste. Marie.
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RamsbottomRobert (Bob)Cornwall District (Bancroft)From John Downey - Bob was from Bancroft area originally and was the WMO in Cornwall when I was there. From Mike Hart - Bob Ramsbottom, CO in charge of the Alexandria Detachment, old Kemptville District. From Tim Taylor - Bob Ramsbottom was the Detachment Head in Alexandria where I started my career with L&F. I have more stories than I could possibly share about those early years and the wonderful lessons that Bob taught me. Those messages stayed with me for the balance of my career and certainly were a major factor in helping me as I advanced within the organization.
RettieAlexhttp://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/3627677-alex-rettie/Alex Rettie was also a former conservation officer who finished his career as a F&W Management Officer (retained his badge). Alex was so fastidious with the cleanliness of his equipment that he would qualify at the range with someone else's sidearm. When I became a contract officer in 83, Alex had just retired. I was issued his .38, original box, original oil paper and there were spots I had to clean off the factory grease
ReganTomFrom Gary Preston - Tom worked in Whitney when 1964 at the same time Gary worked there.
RiceDougKenora1968From Bob McGillivray - Doug Rice worked in Kenora in the i970’s and was killed while working out on Lake of the Woods in an accident.
RichardsGeorgeAylmerFrom Don Weltz - I worked in Aylmer District from 1975-1979 and had the pleaseure of working with George. George was a WWII vet in the same tank unit as Ken Juck and Ken told me a story of an incident that happened to George one day while at a refuling/rearming centre in Europe. George was down in the tank taking live rounds that were handed to him, one at a time and locking them into their holders when one exploded due to a primer which was proud of the case and when he slamed the base into the holder it applied pressure on the primer and the shell went off. Ken said that they heard the explosion and saw flames shoot out of the turret and thought George was dead but a few seconds later George clalled out of the tank stuned and burned but alive. He was sent back to the local army hospital for treatment and returned several months later to continue the fight. George was always a cheery fellow and had a new joke every time you met him. A great guy and a great kidder. He had my back a few times up at the Fanshaw dam during spring fish runs.
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RuskMurray Theodorehttp://www.logansfuneralhome.com/death-notice/murray-rusk/25 years service25-Mar-2011From John Macfie - Murray Rusk was taken on L&F staff at Parry Sound in the 1960s, while I was Senior Conservation Officer for Parry Sound District. Previously he had served with the Toronto police force. Murray worked extensively in the deer range improvement program, and his enforcement patrol area in the latter years included the commercial fishing industry of eastern Georgian Bay. Murray passed away about five years ago. Murray's interest and passion for law enforcement brought him to his early career as a Metro Toronto Police Officer and later 25 years as a Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Parry Sound. In his 83rd. Year. From Bruce Tomlinson - He was assigned to commercial fish and operated the Karanne II which was a very small fibreglass cabin cruiser. You could set your watch by when and where Murray did his patrols. To the point that, I believe it was Pointe au Baril, he always docked the same way. He's on patrol with Baldwin and Rick is piloting the vessel. Rick docks the opposite side. As always Murray wakes up at 2 in the morning to answer the call of nature and step off the boat where he always steps off. Rick is awaken by the splash and cursing. He was responsible for a lot of the commercial fish duties in Georgian Bay and was heavily involved in winter deer yard work predominately in Shawanaga deer yard.
RussellSamuel Clarkhttp://ocoa.ca/tributes/fallen-officers/game-warden-s-clark-russell/218 Mar 188703/May/1926See the Hyper Link to the left for his full and tragic story.
SalarPeterhttp://www.mgdalyfuneralhome.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=490&Itemid=4316/Sep/2015Worked in Bancroft. From Fern Blais - Peter Salar lived near L'Amable south of Bancroft on Bay lake I believe.
SaundersFrankNorth Bay District – Again I think that he spent his whole career as a CO in the North Bay District with L and F and the Game and Fish Commission retiring in about 1974. I think he started right after the war. He died in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s
ShannonJohnhttp://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-209703-john-jack-shannon.html3-Nov-2010From John Macfie - John Shannon served as a CO in the White River Dist. in the 1950s, and in the 1960s transferred to the Research Branch at Maple, Ont., acting as a field man under biologist Douglas Pimlott who was studying wolves in Algonquin Park. John passed away at a comparatively young age. From John McDonald - I know John worked in the Sioux Lookout District as a Fur Management Officer but do not know about his careen before that time. He moved to Wildlife Branch in Main Office and did a lot of work studying wolves in Algonquin Park. He was an expert on wolves. Unfortunately I don't think John had a chance to retire before he passed away from cancer. John was a real gentleman and died way too young.
ShearsEdTweed, Sharbot Lake1999From Lorne Hudson - L & F , OMNR . Ed was a veteran , finished up his career in old Tweed District at Tweed 91. I worked L & F with him for about 5 years ? In Frontenac Addington Hastings Counties . Ed gave me this advice. He said" there are twelve prisons around Kingston, and when they get out, they come here " referring to Frontenac /Addington . Ed survived WW 2, but he almost didn't survive life as a CO in Frontenac !
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SheppardJimSudbury District01/Nov/192925/Apr/2017
SherkHughhttp://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7923964830/Jan/193324-Oct-2011Hugh SHERK worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for many years. Colleagues, friends, all and sundry knew him simply as Hughie. Commencing his public service in the late 1960s with the then Department of Lands and Forests in Pinery Provincial Park, Hugh quickly rose to become park foreman, signing on as permanent staff on September 1, 1972. During a working year, Hugh turned his energy and talent to maintenance and development projects, but his forte came during the main park operating summer season when for years he was the well-known and respected Pinery night foreman. In the early 1970s, a youthful and numerous baby boom generation discovered camping. From the Victoria Day holiday weekend in May until Labour Day, the Pinery attracted substantial numbers of young tenters. On busy summer weekends, it was not uncommon for 5,000 or more campers to populate the large natural environment park on Lake Huron. Unprecedented and often disturbing visitor use incidents resulted, as exuberant young people partied the night away, often clashing with nearby family campers in raucous late-night confrontations over loud music and lewd behaviour. Hugh drew the almost hopeless job of keeping law and order at nights during scenes reminiscent of the worst excesses of the iconic Wild West. With his larger-than-life physical presence, Hugh led a team of security officers to enforce the Provincial Parks Act, a task that was facilitated when the provincial government designated staff as park wardens in the early 1980s. Although armed with more powers of arrest, eviction and the statutory right to charge offenders, park wardens often found themselves diffusing situations through diplomacy and a sense of humour. Hugh was one of the first Ontario provincial park wardens and filled the job admirably. Under his watch, Pinery slowly evolved into a park where visitors had more respect for its significant natural resources and for each other. Hugh played an integral part in this positive change. Throughout his career in Pinery, many summer students looked up to Hughie's example. In 1985, Hugh transferred to MNR's nearby Petrolia Detachment. He served as a conservation officer enforcing primarily fish and game legislation in Lambton County and area and the adjacent Great Lakes waters. After retiring from the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1993, Hugh began a second career as a transport truck driver, reverting to an occupation from his earlier days. Hugh was one of the first Ontario provincial park wardens and filled the job admirably. Under his watch, Pinery slowly evolved into a park where visitors had more respect for its significant natural resources and for each other. Hugh played an integral part in this positive change. Throughout his career in Pinery, many summer students looked up to Hughie's example.
SilvaHaroldhttp://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=10696132 years. Hired in 1947 - L&F10/Aug/191417/Sep/2005A Conservation Officer in the Sudbury - Espanola area. Harold was a veteran of the North Atlantic naval campaign and after VE day, served in the North Pacific. He was boat captain and Conservation Officer for Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (subsequently the Ministry of Natural Resources). He worked out of Espanola and Little Current until his retirement in 1979 when he moved to Sault Ste. Marie.
SilverKirk Anthonyhttp://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=69576011 years32100-00-197102/Apr/2013He was a member of the O.C.O.A. Executive and an avid Toronto Maple Leafs Fan. Kirk had a true passion for the outdoors. He was a skilled fisherman and excellent hunter. The true light of his life was his family especially his wife and boys, who gave his life meaning.
SmithRobert Blake32 years46403/Jul/193113/Nov/2008In 1960, Blake began his 32-year career as a conservation officer with the Ontario Department of Lands & Forests (now the Ministry of Natural Resources).  He had great integrity and risked his job on several occasions by refusing to follow orders which he considered to be ill-advised, e.g. refusing to allow a provincial park to be sprayed with DDT, which was the practice in those days.   He was given an ultimatum but stood firm, and the chemical was banned shortly thereafter.  Blake was a truly unique person – what you saw was exactly what you got. In 1979 he was transferred to Owen Sound, where he worked as a Conservation Officer, then as Fish and Wildlife Management Officer until his retirement in 1992.   He was then free to work on his beloved outdoors environment without the constraints of secrecy imposed by government bureaucracy. Blake was past president and life member of the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association, a director of the Sydenham Conservation Foundation, Chairman of the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters Zone H Native Affairs Committee, a member of the Rankin Resource Group, the Grey/Sauble Arboretum Committee, the Shallow Lake Advisory Committee, the Grey County Forestry Management Advisory Committee,  a member of the Ontario Forestry Association, Chairman of the SSA Forests, Wetlands and Wildlife Committee, a member of Ducks Unlimited and more. Extremely knowledgeable on many aspects of the natural environment, Blake has been described as a man of "great integrity". "His entire life was intensely devoted to the preservation and enhancement of nature for all creatures, for humans and birds, from large animals to insect life. He worked tirelessly to preserve and create habitat for all wild creatures."
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SprigingsRonald (Ron) MarvinCornwall District2010From Ron Fabian - Ronald Marvin Sprigings passed away in 2010. He worked as a C.O. In the old Cornwall district, Tweed and then Peterborough after amalgamation.
ST. JulesSylvio Joseph Zacharyhttp://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=42558823/Sep/2010Not sure where he was a CO but think it was either Kap or Hearst and perhaps other places before that. He was Fisheries Management Officer in North Bay from 1965 to 1969; Conservation Officer Coordinator in Temagami Chief Ranger Division from 1969 to 1973 and Fish and Wildlife Supervisor in the new Hearst District from 1973 until his retirement in about 1987. He was a wonderful man!!
St. PierreWilfred Joseph (Bill)http://www.mcguintyfuneralhome.com/notices/WILFRED-Pierre40 years03/Jan/191003/Mar/1996North Bay District working out of Sturgeon Falls for his entire career (I believe) starting at the end of the war with the Game and Fish Commission and then L and F and retiring in about 1970? I am not sure when he died.
StewartJack G. (White Haired Jack)Tweed
SturgeonGlen DaltonWingham District16/May/2004Passed away at his home at the age of 65.
ThibideauJackBancroft
ThompsonWilliam (George)http://www.rainyriverrecord.com/node/11351958-1986 (28 yrs) Rainy River25-Oct-193526-Jan-2004When I started in Fort Frances in 1985, George was working out of Rainy River. I only worked with him for 6 months. He was an old time game warden who loved to be in the bush and catch bad guys. The MNR gave him a brand new dodge van as a patrol vehicle. He took out the back seats and used the space to drive his snow machine or 3 wheeler in. He would also sleep there during his overnight patrols. His last major investigation involved a night hunting case. The poacher was one of those guys that even the police were scared of. When George caught him night hunting the poacher ran from his vehicle into the bush. It was everything we could do to keep George out of the bush, pursuing this guy. He got caught and plead out in court. It was the last time to my knowledge a poacher ever lost his 1/2 ton to the crown. George wanted to park it in front of the guys house and burn it. Just to send a message. It was a different job back then. Even the poachers were different. The younger officers don't understand. I was the only MNR guy to attend his funeral. I did so in full uniform. I said a few words in his honor. His family was glad I did. I also gave them a framed scanned picture of George's graduating class at Dorset. I was going to give it to George but he passed before I could. One memory that sticks out is that eighteen years after he got let go, just before his death, I visited him in assisted living apartment. He met me at the door in a brand new pair of brown CO pants. The wool ones that we all wore on those hot summer days on patrol. Were he got them, I will never know.
ThompsonCliffCliff Thompson was a WWII veteran and F&W Deputy (CO Coordinator) in the old Kemptville District. He worked out of the Westport Detachment. Cliff passed away - still on the job - in 1973, I think. I was working as a CO in Bourget at the time and recall going to his funeral. Earl Lemke worked with Cliff in Westport and Earl would know about Cliff.
TroddLionel Lenordhttp://www.obittree.com/obituary/958999/Trodd-Mr-Lionel.php - Thunderbay35 yrs.586 LF, 081 MNR07/Sep/19302-Aug-2014For 35 years he was a Conservation Officer first with Lands and Forests, badge 586, and eventually the Ministry of Natural Resources, badge 081. In 1950 he began his career in Kapuskasing as a rookie. After completing his training in the Forest Ranger School in Dorset in 1953 he returned to Kapuskasing as a full-fledged CO. He was transferred to Espanola in 1958, then to Pembroke in 1966 and finally Terrace Bay were he ended his career in 1985. He was proud of the work he did and enjoyed the outdoor life even after his retirement. Fishing, hunting, bird watching, canoeing, camping and berry picking with Lou were his favourite things to do. His family meant everything to him and family gatherings were where he was at his very best. His sense of humour and his love of story telling will be sorely missed by all of us.
TollJohn10/Nov/2011From Ron Harvey: - John was a Conservation Officer in the Niagara District and worked out of the Dunnville Office in the old Lake District prior to that. Before beginning his career with the Department of Lands and Forests, John was a Ontario Provincial Police Officer. John obtained his B.A. in Geography from Brock University late in life and was very proud of his accomplishment as was his family and the Officers in the old Niagara District.
TrumbleFloyd
TurnerBruceKemptvilleFrom John Strachan - Bit of an update on Bruce Turner, he was in Kemptville as a wildlife management officer when I moved to the district 1n 1967, may brother went to Masonic Lodge with him for a number of years , he passed away a few years ago. From John Macfie - Bruce Turner was a CO in the Whitney area of Pembroke Dist in the 1950s, and transferred to Gogama Dist. as Trapline Management Officer in 1957. In the 1960s Bruce moved to Kemptville District, where he completed his career. From Glenn Warren - Kemptville District office for many years after a stint in Gogama. Bruce was a close family friend and he was responsible for getting me interested in a career with MNR as a CO and Fisheries and Wildlife Management Officer. I worked for Bruce as a summer student back in 1969 and 1970.
TuviHarryFrom Stan Woodside - Harry Tuvi started with Lands & Forests in 1956 at the Mobert Chief Ranger base out of the White River District . The last I remember of him , he was working for Fisheries Research branch out of Maple (mid to late 60s} . From Wray McQuay - I believe he was a CO in the Lindsay / Bobcaygeon area.
Van RooyenAdrianhttp://www.obittree.com/obituary/45469/VAN-ROOYEN-Mr-Adrian.php03/Dec/193922/Apr/2004Born December 3, 1939 in Harmelen Holland, he immigrated to Canada in 1948 where his family settled in St. Catharines Ontario. When he was 19, he joined the Ministry of Natural Resources which brought him to Northwestern Ontario. Later he worked as a Forest Ranger and Conservation Officer throughout the Northwest. He was the Assistant Superintendent of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Quetico Provincial Park and in June 1993, he retired as Senior Land Technician. After his "official� retirement, he also worked for Home Hardware and the Boy Scouts of North America.
WalkerHarryFrom John Macfie - Capt. Harry Walker, formerly aGreat Lakes ship's captain, assumed charge of the Georgian Bay patrol vessel "Karanne" in the latter 1960s, after the passing of Capt. Alvin Dube. He was appointed as a conservation officer with the responsibility of enforcing commercial and sport fishing law. All of his service took place in Parry Sound District. Harry passed away several years ago.
WalrothDebGogama
WarnerGary00-May-2001ork Commercial Fish Enforcement with Al Giesche as our Supervisor, Gary and I continued to work together until December of 1990 whey I transferred to Bracebridge. I was once asked in a job interview who was the best CO I had ever worked with and why, I replied Gary Warner, I always knew where Gary was going to be, about 3 feet in front of me. Gary certainly was the best Officer I ever worked with and a best friend, there are very few days I don’t think about Gary.
WattsWilliam (Bill)Parry Sound - Byng InletFrom John Macfie - William "Bill" Watts joined the Dept. following WW2, and served his entire CO career in the Byng Inlet area of the Parry Sound Forest District.
WhitefieldGeorge Boydhttp://obittree.com/obituary/ca/ontario/thunder-bay/sargent-and-son-ltd/george-whitefield/2790207/Port Arthur - 194607/Apr/192004-Dec-2016From John Macfie - George Whitefield was appointed trapline management officer for the Port Arthur District about the same time that I was for the Patricia Central District.Most such appointments, like George's, came from the C/O ranks, but I entered F&W by a side door, following one year on seasonal staff at Parry Sound. George was a tank commander with the rank of Leutenant in WWII and served in France where he was Knighted for his service by the French Government. https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/tank-commander-receives-french-knighthood-406665
WindsorRegFrom John Macfie - Reg Windsor I believe joined the Game & Fisheries Dept. in the 1920s, serving first in the Lindsay Forest District, then at Port Arthur (Thunder Bay), where he was Senior Conservation Officer during the 1940s and '50s.
WintersClaudePrince Edward County1964As a result of a vehicle accident
WissellAugustNorth Bay
YoungErnieBlind RiverFrom Klaas Oswald - Ernie Young was an old-time CO at Blind River. He was famous for attending one of the big sportsman shows, I think in Chicago, and wrestling a sort-of-tame bear in full uniform. He was also famous for having a fondness for the barley, and one time riding his horse up the steps and into the Blind River Legion. He was still around in the time 1975+ when I moved to Wawa from the west. Probably somebody like Will Samis can tell you a lot about him.
ZimmermzanArtSudbury - Manitoulin2001From Klaas Oswald - Art Zimmerman was an enforcement supervisor at Sudbury. His son is an inspector on the Sudbury Police Department. From Stan Woodside - The last I saw Art Zimmerman , he was the C.O.in Little Current on Manitoulin (1970s ?)
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