There is a story behind that picture.
I will tell you after the funeral.
Dennis passed away at Ste. Anne’s (Veterans) Hospital on April 25, three days after his 95th birthday. He is predeceased by his eldest son, Michael.
Memories of Dennis will be cherished by, Lilian, his loving wife of 71 years; his children, David (Christina), Patricia (the late Stephen Shaar), Terry (Lee) and Sharon (Mike Schofield); his grandchildren, Andrea, Brian C. (Crystal), Brian S., Christopher, Jessica (Richard Ferrell), Katie (Derek Lagimodiere), Kevin (Rachel), Lauren (James Bush), Lynn (Mike Taylor), Mark (Leah), Matthew (Renata), Shawn and Will (Julie); his great-grandchildren, Adam, Aeden, Alexandria, Arianna, Cameron, Cassidy, Emilia, Jade, Liam C., Liam T., Lola, Michael and Sofia, and his dear friend, Dennis Copley. He was our hero.
Dennis was born in England but raised and educated in New Brunswick. From the time he was a young lad, his sole ambition was to be a pilot. He trained with flying clubs until WWII broke out and then joined the Air Force. With the rank of Sergeant Pilot, he was shipped overseas in 1941 where he fought with RAF 91 Squadron, 222 Squadron, RCAF Squadron 411 (Spitfires) and met his bride-to-be. Following 178 operational trips, including six sorties on the Dieppe Raid, he was posted back to Bagotville, Quebec to instruct on Hurricanes, to Vancouver to a Kitty Hawk squadron and then to Patricia Bay where he was Flight Commander and then Acting O.C. of 163 Squadron.
In 1944, he joined Trans Canada Airlines and, after thirty- one plus years, left Air Canada to pursue a retirement that lasted thirty-seven years.
“Con” had a genuine lust for life and greeted every day with a smile. He was a true patriot, a dedicated family man, a sportsman, a musician, a confidant and a mentor. He has “slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings”.
Dear Dad, until we meet again. The family extends its deepest and sincere thanks to the amazing staff of the Ste. Anne’s Hospital, particularly the 4th Floor Staff. You weren’t just his caregivers, you were his friends. A funeral mass in celebration of “Con’s” life will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson, Quebec, on Tuesday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion, Hudson Branch. Some family members will be available to greet friends at the Church at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation (www.fondationhsa.ca) or to NOVA Hudson (www.novahudson.com).