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Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association

The Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association (ROFFA) was founded in 2010, by a group of Ottawa Retired Firefighters for the purpose of establishing an organization dedicated to serving retired Ottawa Firefighters, their spouses, widows and widowers.

Once an active Ottawa Firefighter retires, he or she automatically becomes a Member of ROFFA.

Please inform us of your retirement to be added to the ROFFA email alert list.

Latest News

Remembering Walter Gretzky

Friday March 5, 2021


ROFFA members will fondly remember Walter when he attended the September 2013 OFFCF Dinner Dance where he kindly donated two autographed pictures, one of his son Wayne and another one of the Gretzky family homestead near Brantford. Walter participated in the auction and helped raise more than $1,600 for the two photos.  He graciously took pictures with many of the attendees and he truly was the star of the night. The next day, he attended our Firefighters Memorial Ceremony.


Walter and ROFFA member Charlie Henry were the best of friends, In late September 2013, Charlie and Walter travelled parts of Europe together and later joined a group of ROFFA members  for a few days at a hotel in Rome where we were spending time before heading out on a Greek Islands Cruise. Many will remember our amazing tour of the Vatican with Walter and Charlie.


Walter was an extremely generous and humble person who participated in countless charity events. He just loved being with people. He genuinely enjoyed signing autographs on his little note pads which he always carried with him.


I had the pleasure of visiting Walter several times at his home in Brantford with Charlie over the  years. A few years ago. I also had the honour of reading a special birthday message written by Walter to his best friend Charlie at his 75th birthday party when Walter was unable to attend in person.


Walter Gretzky died last night at age 82.


Our deepest condolences to the Gretzky family and Walter’s best friend Charlie Henry.

Bob Larochelle

ROFFA Vice-President


A letter from members of Toronto Professional Firefighters Association (TPFFA)


Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The Phoenix Group is a substance abuse recovery group exclusively for Fire Fighters and other First Responders. We would like to extend an invitation to any Fire Fighter who is interested in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, to join our regular Wednesday evening meetings. If you are struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse, there is a solution – You are not alone.

The Phoenix Group began two years ago as a group of Toronto Firefighters meeting to share their journey of recovery. Since that time, we have grown to welcome other Fire Fighters and emergency service personnel, active and retired, from around the GTA and beyond.

Our group is primarily focused on the twelve-step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous, but we welcome anyone interested in recovery, who may follow a different path. While the Phoenix Group aligns itself with the AA recovery program, we are a private meeting for First Responders only. We recognize that protecting the anonymity of First Responders, working in the public eye, has special importance. We also understand the special pressures, and stress that we all face as First Responders.

We meet on Wednesday nights, at 8:00 pm via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 918 4698 9450

Passcode: TFS12step

During non-pandemic times, we also meet face-to-face, on the first Wednesday of each month, at the Toronto Professional Fire Fighter Assn. union hall - 14 Cosentino Dr., Toronto, ON (Midland & Progress Ave.). Though we grew out of the TPFFA, the Phoenix Group is independent. We are run by First Responders, for First Responders and there are no dues or fees.

If you have any questions please contact us at

Yours truly,

John K.

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Tribute to Firefighters 2020

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Bytown Fire Brigade

For more info and/or to be included in the draw please e-mail

Fire Fighters' 50/50 DRAW

November 2020 Winner


Steve Mattice – 23’A’

More information about the 50/50 draw >

Upcoming Events

Annual Charity Golf Classic

August 23, 2021, 12:00 PM


eQuinelle Golf Course (40 Equinelle Dr, Kemptville ON)

Our Annual Charity Golf Classic will be taking place on Monday, August 23rd at eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville and will be raising funds to support The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services program in Ottawa. 

Enjoy 18 holes at eQuinelle Golf Club, the Ottawa area's most awarded public Golf Course, with great company, conversation, on-course contests and great prizes, free golfer gifts and an exciting online silent auction. Registration for The Salvation Army's Annual Charity Golf Classic will open on April 19, 2021 with Early Bird Savings of $200! 

Tee Times every 9 minutes with best ball scramble format.

The Salvation Army will be working closely with eQuinelle Golf Club to ensure a COVID-19 Safe golf tournament for all our golfers. For more information, please visit 

Thank you for your ongoing partnership! Looking forward to seeing you on the green!

Heather Prystanski
Divisional Events Coordinator
The Salvation Army - Ontario Division
820 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 3V7
W: 613-233-8428 x. 221
C: 613 292 0950

The 4th Annual ROFFA Golf Tournament

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


eQuinelle Golf Course

Registrations will open on May 15th.

Death Notices

Martin Raymond Charbonneau

Passed away on March 9, 2021

Surrounded by the love of his family and friends, with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Martin Raymond.

Charbonneau, age 49, following a short but determined fight with cancer.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Read More >

ROFFA member/former OFD Captain Bud Moffett

Passed away on February 28, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing early this morning and peacefully in his sleep, Baird “Bud” Moffett at the age of 92.


More details will be posted as they become available.

Ottawa Fire History

2021 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremonies

Come together to pay tribute to local, national and international fallen Firefighters.

Ottawa Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial Site

Ottawa City Hall

Time: 11:00am

Canadian Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: CFFF Memorial, Lebreton Flats

Time: 10:30am

International Firefighters

Memorial Ceremony

When: TBD

Where: IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Colorado Springs

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