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ROFFA member/former OFD Captain John Wortley passed away

January 26, 2022

Born: August 29, 1936

Joined OFD: January 4, 1960

Retired August 31, 1996

More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

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ROFFA member André (Andy) Roy

Sunday, December 26, 2021

André Roy, ancien pompier de Vanier, est décédé le 26 décembre 2021, à l’âge de 90 ans. Fils de feu Lucien Roy et Lucia St-Denis, il a été précédé par sa femme Laurette Longtin (décès 2002).

Il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants : Daniel (Thérèse Lavallée), Josée (feu Richard Cousineau), Yvan (Lisa Givens) et Dominique (Sylvain Brisson). Il était le Papi de Marie-Andrée, Josianne (Adam), Alexandre (Christine), Gabrielle (Alex), André-Jacques, Mackenzie, Mauranne (Marc) et Louis-Félix. Il était le Grand-Papi de 7 filles et un garçon. 

Merci au personnel de la résidence Le Pavillon à Embrun et au personnel de l’hôpital Montfort pour les soins. 

En raison de la pandémie, il y aura une cérémonie dans l’intimité familiale seulement. Vous pouvez faire un don à la Fondation de l’hôpital Montfort.

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ROFFA member/former OFD Captain Robert Pagé

Wednesday, December 23, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Robert (Bob) Pagé, retired Captain of the Ottawa Fire Department.

Beloved husband of Sylvie, loving father of Christian (Adèle) and cherished grand-father of Amélie.

He was a proud third generation representative of the Pagé family to serve on the Ottawa Fire Department.

Our deepest gratitude goes to Dr. Hébert and the palliative care team at the Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital for their support and exemplary care.

As per Robert's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital in Robert's memory are greatly appreciated.

Dignity Memorial Website


ROFFA member/Former OFD District Chief Robert (Bob) Lawson

July 22, 1936 - September 28, 2021

Robert (Bob, or ‘Chief’) Lawson, born July 22, 1936 in Ottawa, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021, in his 86th year, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Dear husband of Frances (nee Nicholls), loving father to Heather (Cyril Butler), proud grandfather of Ann Marie (Khalid), Robbie (Courtney), Kelly, Annie and Owen, and new great-grandfather of Nour. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Ada (Barrett), his dear brother and sister-in-law Cliff and Carmen, his wife Ann, and his beloved daughter Kelly (Steve). Bob will be lovingly missed by so many friends and family, particularly his brother-in-law Barry Nicholls and his wife Myrna, his brother Kevin, his sister Mary Ellen, and all of Cliff and Carmen’s children. The island of Barbados will also miss Bob.

Bob was a firefighter for 37 years and retired as a District Chief; his brothers in the OFD were his second family. He loved and was loved by his family and friends; he loved his job; and he loved his life.

A kind and gentle man. He was one of the good guys.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ottawa Mission or to a charity of your choice.

The service will take place at St. Paul Anglican Church 20 Young Rd, Kanata on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, people wishing to attend the funeral must register with Hulse, Playfair and McGarry by calling 613- 233-1143. Those attending will be required to wear masks and socially distance. The service will also be streamed. To view the service, please visit St. Paul's Anglican Church homepage and click on "Webcast Services".


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Marvin Campbell

ROFFA member/Former OFD District Chief Marvin D. Campbell 

August 6, 1932 - September 20, 2021

Born in Port Arthur, ON, Marvin spent his early years exploring Northern Ontario before moving to Ottawa.  He joined the Ottawa Fire Department in 1953 where he climbed the ladder to become a District Chief, making lifelong friends along the way.  He retired in 1988.

Marv met the love of his life, Norah, on a double date in 1964.  He was immediately captivated by this beautiful nurse, and they were married the following year.  Theirs was a love story for the ages; they collaborated on countless projects over the years, raising a tightly knit family and always caring for each other with deep affection. An avid music lover, Marv enjoyed sharing his favourite tunes with friends and family. 

He joined the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa as their bass drummer and travelled extensively with his ‘brothers in the band’, competing in Highland Games and bringing the joy of Scottish pipe band music to many civic celebrations. The Camerons became a second family for all of us. 
Dad loved to laugh.  He was always quick with a joke or a pun and some of our fondest memories are of him getting halfway through a joke but laughing too hard to deliver the punchline.  His humour and optimism saw him through many tough situations in life, none more challenging than his MS, which he lived with for 54 years.  He never complained and always chose to focus on the positive -- a trait that inspired everyone who knew him. 

Although we will miss him dearly, we count ourselves lucky to have had his generous presence for 89 years.  He leaves behind Norah, his beloved wife of 56 years, children Steven (Melyn), Heather (Loren), Carolyn (Duncan) andgrandchildren, Kimberly (Judd), Kristen (Redd), Chelsey (Matt), Jefferson, Leah, Zane (Reid) and four great- grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother John (Rosalie) and parents Anne and Robert Campbell. 

We invite you to join us to celebrate Marvin’s life on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  Visitation from 10 am until service time in the chapel at 11 am. and mass (which will also be livestreamed at at Kelly’s Funeral Home, 580 Eagleson Road, Kanata, ON, K2M 1H4 613-591-6580. **Due to COVID restrictions, friends must register their attendance for the Funeral Service by registering at  Masks and physical distancing required** **Due to COVID restrictions, friends must register their attendance for the Funeral Service by registering at  Masks and physical distancing required** 

Wayne Foster

ROFFA member Wayne Foster
(Brother of ROFFA member Bob Foster and son of the late Platoon Chief John Foster)

July 28, 1947 - Sept. 3, 2021

*A Celebration of life for Wayne will be held tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 from 2pm to 4pm at the Calabogie Highlands Golf Club . 981 Barryvale Rd, Calabogie, ON (613) 752-1234


Retired Ottawa Fire Department Captain

Wayne Foster of Burnstown, Ontario. Dearly loved husband of Sheila (Tosh) of 54 years. Cherished father of Corey (Becky) of Arnprior and Nancy (Barry Fulton) of Calabogie. Former co-owner of the Ottawa West Golden Knights Jr. B’s. Long-time, avid golfer at Calabogie Highlands & Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wayne was a proud two time hole-in-one golfer. Son of late Platoon Chief John Foster and Jessie (Moffitt). Treasured Papa of Jessica (Sam Flynn), Curtis Foster (Madi), Mackenzie Foster (Liam), Grace Foster, Monica Fulton (Neal), Lindsay Fulton (Jacob) and Zach Fulton. Adored Great-Papa to Ben Flynn. Step-Papa to Jacob Fulton (Mary) and Molly Mullen (Denver) and families. Much loved and respected older brother of Glen (Laura), Debbie (Al Fleming), Robert (Ann), Brian (Rita) and Gordon (Ann). Special brother-in-law to Paul Tosh (Wendy), Shirley (Tom Holly) and the late Brian Tosh. Wayne will be loved and remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews. An outdoor Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at the Calabogie Highlands from 2:00-4:00 pm. Covid protocols will be in effect. Donations may be made to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital or Hospice Renfrew. Online condolences/donations may be made at


ROFFA Member/former Platoon Chief Claude Poulin passed away

Passed away on August 25, 2021

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Claude at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Monique Poulin (née Groulx) of 40 years. Predeceased by his father Nelson and mother Régina (née Levesque). Loving father to Nelson Blakeney (Sylvie Gendron), Claude Jr. (Amanda Bélair). Adored stepfather to Pierre Guitard (Wendy Yendall) and Lynn D'Aoust (late Gaëtan). He also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Jessica, Claude, Alexandre, Christian Renaud and Miguel D'Aoust. Dear brother of Jean-Guy (Christine Crossland), Roger (Françoise Gervais), Raymonde Bougie (late Gérard), Pierrette Richer (late Oscar) and Adèle Cléroux (Denis). He will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Jean-Pierre Groulx a.k.a. "M. Milkshake" (Diane Rivet) as well as his sisters-in-law Lise Daley (Alonzo), Marie Tucker (David) and Françoise Gray (Kenneth). He will be also missed by many nephews, nieces and friends. Claude had a long and distinguished career of 37 years as a firefighter with the City of Ottawa. He was famously known as "Iron Jaw". He shall be forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations in Claude's memory to Parkinson Canada would be appreciated. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Claude's Memorial Service will be private. Attendance will be restricted to a limited number of individuals, personally invited by the family.

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ROFFA member and long-time OFS Band member Bob Leach 

Passed away on August 18, 2021

Robert E. Leach

Born: Dec 10, 1947                                                                                             

Joined OFD: Aug 26, 1968


Died: August 18 2021


Surrounded by love and with family at his side, Robert passed away on Wednesday August 18th, 2021 at the Montfort Hospital, while in palliative care.


Son of the late Ernest and Marion Leach (née Marcellus). Beloved husband to Sheila Leach (née Gaudry). Loving father to Rob Leach and Melisa Lessard (Andre). Proud grandfather to Laura and Kennedey. Dear brother of Nancy Barthelette (Joe), Norman Leach (Nancy), Sue Gougeon (Dennis), Diane Erdstein (Rob Mathison), Linda Brennan (Pat), and Cheryl Raymond. Pre-deceased by his sister and brother in-law Margarette Marentette (Al). Brother in Law to Judy and Victor Miron. Also loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Retired Captain of the Ottawa Fire Department, Robert was a founding member of the Ottawa Fire Services Band, proud member of the Second Time Arounders Marching Band out of St Petersburg Florida, as well as the Teakwood Troubadours in Largo Florida.


The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater FL, The Civic Hospital Neurology Department in Ottawa and the 6th Floor staff at the Montfort Hospital.

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ROFFA Member/former Captain Ed Albert

Passed away on August 9, 2021

Edmond "Ed" Joseph Albert

FEBRUARY 22, 1944 - AUGUST 9, 2021


With very heavy hearts, the family of Ed Albert announce his passing at the Ottawa General Hospital Palliative Care Unit on August 9, 2021 at the age of 77 years.  He was always surrounded by his loving family during his final days amidst hospital restrictions.


Beloved husband of Rosemarie for almost 55 years, devoted father of Alana (Gerald Ardell) and Jennifer (Mike Seguin) and doting grandfather of Joseph Ardell.  Predeceased by his father Joseph Alexandre, mother Ethel Mae (Forsythe) and sister Jessie Milc (Albert).


Retired Captain from the City of Ottawa Fire Department after 37 years of service.


Friends are invited to visit the family at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, on Sunday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will be private and in light of COVID restrictions, there will be no reception.


Donations in Eddie’s memory may be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Active Firefighter Ryan Hill

Monday, December 20, 2021

First Class Ottawa Firefighter Station 13 Platoon A

Active member, First Class Ottawa Firefighter Ryan Hill answered his last alarm on the afternoon of Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age 37. He was lovingly surrounded by his family at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus and celebrated his birthday the day before, where he lost his hard fought 1-year battle with brain cancer.

 Ryan will be deeply missed by his loving parents Roger and Debbie Hill (Seward) of Lindsay.  He adored his family and the love of his life Patti (nee Anderson) who will miss him forever. Superhero and wonderful loving dad to his four-year-old twin boys, Reilly and Ryker.  He will be deeply missed by his brother Andrew (Danni) and sister Sarah.  Ryan was a wonderful son-in-law to Neil and Chris Anderson of Vankleek Hill and a fun-loving brother-in-law of Dave Anderson (Jen), Julie Smith (Mike) and Stephanie (Blake McDonell). Ryan was a special uncle and loved by Lyla, Kye, Hayden, Beckett and Rhys Anderson.  

Ryan grew up in Lindsay, Ontario, where his lifelong passion for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s was born, a passion that he shared with his Mom. Hockey was not a sport he played until he joined the OFD East End League in the recent years. As a novice player, he was quite improved, but more enjoyed it for the camaraderie and laughs with his OFD brothers. That hidden talent was a spinoff from his school days, starting at the young age of 10, where he discovered his passion and talent for playing rugby for the Lindsay Rugby Football Club and playing Varsity for three years with the Carleton University Ravens. 

Ryan had a real talent for landscaping and gardening, which he learned from his dad, while growing up in the greenhouses. He loved nothing more than spending time with the boys and Patti turning their gardens into an oasis and a beautiful home.

Ryan dedicated 10 years of his life to the Ottawa Fire Department and one year to the City of Kawartha Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. He was well liked and respected. His service, dedication and friendship will be greatly missed by his fellow firefighters, especially Station 13 Platoon A.  

We hope you are setting off fireworks to 90’s grunge music, eating ice cream out of the carton one spoonful at a time, and reading the occasional comic book. “Rest Easy Brother, we’ll take it from here.”

A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be announced at a future date.

To help families like Ryan's, please consider a donation in his memory to the Ottawa Firefighters Cancer Support Fund or to Team Morgan a charity that Ryan supported to help children's cancer research at CHEO. Donations for both charities can be mailed to Frontline Financial Credit Union, 365 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7. This would be greatly appreciated by his family.

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Brian Ross

ROFFA member/Former Dispatcher
Brian Ross

Passed away on June 29, 2021

Brian passed away following a short illness.

A private family service has taken place.


More details will be posted as soon as they become available.

Gordon Hay

ROFFA member/former Nepean Fire Gordon Hay

Passed away on June 7, 2021

May 1, 1949 - June 7, 2021


Gordon passed away peacefully with family by his side after a short but strong battle with cancer. His 72 years in this world were an example to all that met him of what it is to be a caring son, a loving sibling, a wonderful husband, an extraordinary father, and the best Poppa there could ever be. If you knew Gordon, he probably helped you and was never one to pass on lending a hand. 

When you think of Gordon, you probably smile at the memories, whether it was his sense of humour or his love for life or others. Gordon was proud to serve the City of Nepean as a firefighter for 30 years.  His work didn't stop when he retired, having been a carpenter for 42 years, Gordon was still going to job sites to lead many projects. He was always happy with a hammer in his hand. 

Gordon will be greatly missed by many. He was the devoted husband and best friend of Arlene for 51 years. He was the loving father of Robert (Michelle) and Angela (Jason). He was the greatest Poppa to Emily (Jared), Jordan, Jessica, Spencer, and Tori. He will be missed by his brother and sisters, as well as their spouses, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbours.

He was quick to make friends with everyone and was loved by so many. We celebrate the fact that he is with his sweet Jesus, walking the streets of gold today. Until we meet again, you are in our hearts. 

The family would be honoured for you to fill out this form in remembrance of Gordon Hay: If you do not have a gmail account you can add your memories and pictures to the Hulse, Playfair, McGarry site. 


Please feel free to visit the families personal website for Gordon Hay which will be updated regularly with responses coming in through the Google form and through the funeral home website:


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to as Gordon is passionate about helping others.


Hélène Mombourquette, wife of ROFFA member Paul Mombourquette and Firefighter Mathieu Mombourquette

December 7, 1955 – April 27, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Hélène Mombourquette (nee Tittley) on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the age of 65 years at the Ottawa General Hospital, following complications after a very recent cancer diagnosis.  She is survived by her adoring husband Paul, of 34 years, and her beloved son Mathieu (Samantha).  She also leaves to mourn her siblings Bob (Céline), Luc, Céline and Michelle (Michel) and her brothers and sisters in law Tim (Jenny), Danny, Cynthia and Robin, as well as her many nieces, nephews and Godchildren.  Hélène is predeceased by her parents Marcel and Cécile (nee Montion) Tittley, and brothers Denis and Gilles, as well as her in-laws Paul and Terry Mombourquette.  Hélène will be remembered for her devotion to her many friends, notably the Fab 5.  Hélène was a highly respected Labour Relations expert and spent 36 years in the Public Service before retiring in 2011, followed by another 10 years as a consultant.  She was generous with her time and knowledge and will be remembered by many colleagues.

Hélène enjoyed playing golf, reading, listening to music, as well as travelling with her family and friends. In addition to being an excellent mother and wife, she adored cooking, tending to her many flowers and plants, and caring for her four legged princess Maggie. Hélène lived life to its absolute fullest. Renowned for her fashion sense, she brightened everyone’s day with her contagious smile, and her positive outlook on life. She will be remembered for her endless kindness and generosity towards others. She will forever be in our hearts and memories.  

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses who cared for Hélène at the Heart Institute and the Ottawa General Hospital, in particular Dr. G.A. Nicholas and the oncology team, for the outstanding medical care and compassion. 

A special thank you to the Ottawa Fire Department, our extended family, for their kindness, generosity and support during this difficult time. 

In memory of Hélène donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (

Due to the current restrictions, a memorial service and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

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Martin Raymond Charbonneau

Passed away on March 9, 2021

01-Jul-1971 - 09-Mar-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.

Beloved husband of Cristin for 25 years and proud father of Keegan (Brittany) and Ally.

Cherished son of Diane and Gérard Charbonneau of Hawkesbury, Ontario. Loving brother of Luc Charbonneau (Shirley) and Benoit Charbonneau (Emilie).

Dear son-in-law to David Campbell (Judith) and the late Annie Campbell (Fraser). Loved brother-in-law to Don Campbell (Jenny), Drew Campbell (Darla), and Angela McLaughlin (Jason).

The fun uncle to Colin, Ryan, Dalyah, Rose-Gabrielle, Rory, Sadie, Cailin, Tegan, Antoine, and Camille.

Martin was the light in every room.  His from the belly laughter and incredible sense of humour could make anyone’s day brighter.  He was a tireless volunteer who was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He spent many years with his wife and children as a Beaver Leader, Cub Leader, and Scout Leader with Scouts Canada in the Carleton and Nepean areas. Martin was known at campfires for his rousing renditions of the Tall Silk Hat.  

He volunteered on the bench with his son’s hockey teams and refereed for the Nepean Minor Hockey Association.

He became a volunteer firefighter with the City of Ottawa and later a full time firefighter working throughout the city but called Stations 22 and 41 home. He was proud his son Keegan’s career path followed his.

Martin enjoyed sipping scotch with family and friends, fishing with Jamie on the Green Pearl, and making stained glass.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Clinic, Tina from Carefor, and Dr. Jeanette Dionne of WCFHT for their care during this difficult time.  Our gratitude for the tremendous support received from the City of Ottawa Firefighters. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.


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




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.


Former OFD Firefighter Ed Dale 

Passed away on December 30, 2020

Ed peacefully drove off into the sunset on December 30, 2020, he will be greatly missed by beloved wife Lynda. Proud father of Kenneth (Pam), Stephen (Lav), Jeffrey (Janet) Horsman. Loving Grandfather of Joey (Tara), Jessie (Adam), Jason (Hailey), Justin (Morgan). Cherished great-grandfather of Ally, Luke, Lane, Brody, Mason, Aubree, Emery, Myla, Hudson, and Navy. Predeceased by parents Cedric and Ethel Dale, sister Carol, and Norman (Judy) Dale. Ed's memorial service will be private for the family. In honour of Ed, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Society of Lanark County 115 Christie Lake Rd Perth, ON, K7H 3C6 would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are in the care of Blair & Son Funeral Directors, Perth.             


ROFFA member/former District Chief Martin Michels

Passed away on January 26, 2021

Martin Michels passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021 at the age of 67 with his family by his side. Martin left this world with dignity, as he had lived his life, as an honourable son, brother, father, grandfather, and husband. Married to Elaine (Atherfold) for 47 years, she will mourn the loss of Martin, as will their sons Jeffrey (Elizabeth) and Richard (Renée). Cherished grandfather to James Michels Ferguson.

Martin’s loss will be felt deeply by his brothers Peter (Noreen), Jack, Jim, and Roger, and his sisters Geraldine, Theresa (Rick), Betty (Gerard), and Sylvia (Daryle), and he will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews and the Atherfold family.


Martin was predeceased by his parents Maria and Henry, and his step-mother Doris.

Martin became a professional firefighter in 1980, retiring as a District Chief after 33 years. Martin was not just a firefighter but a mentor to so many young firefighters who have spoken of how the wisdom and knowledge Martin shared with them helped them in their careers and in their lives. He was privileged to have worked with amazing firefighters who became lifelong friends.

An adventuresome spirit, Martin loved to travel. He toured Canada and the United States with his buddies on his motorcycle, travelling to every province and state except Hawaii. He put hundreds of thousands of kilometres on his snowmobile and loved to get out on a bright sunny day with his friends and brothers. Martin loved anything with an engine, especially trucks, and throughout his career as a firefighter always had a second job as a truck driver.

Martin was an avid fisherman and spent summers at his cottage on Norway Lake fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Martin touched the lives of so many people, and he will be sadly missed.

We say a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Elisabeth Bruyère who showed both Martin and our family the utmost respect and kindness during Martin’s time there.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice will be appreciated by the family. One suggestion is the Metcalfe Agricultural Society at Box 29, Metcalfe, ON, K0A 2P0 or by email to which Martin enjoyed contributing to during the Metcalfe Fair for many years.

A family service will be held at a future date.  Condolences can be left at Daley Family Funeral Home.


ROFFA member/retired Nepean FD Firefighter Roger LaBrash

Passed away on January 18, 2021

Roger passed away on Jan.18, 2021 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Beloved husband of 52 years to Dale (Campbell). Proud father of James (Heather) and Dana. Loving grandfather to Quinn, Delaney and Owen. Survived by siblings Paul (Jean), Peter (Anne) LaBrash, Jeannie (Ivan) Coleman and sister-in-law Bev LaBrash. Predeceased by Mary Lou (Leo) Aubrey, Margaret (Bernie) Cuthbert and brother Ted. Brother-in-law to Sherry (Richard) Hanson.

Roger was born in Parry Sound, ON, a special place where he and his family shared happy memories over the years. Roger's interests included boating, travel, cottage life, golf, hockey, happy hour and cards to name a few. He always said he was practising for retirement. A firefighter to his core, Roger was always quick to lend a helping hand or assist anyone in need. He will be dearly missed. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations to charity of your choice appreciated.

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ROFFA member/retired Lieutenant Robert (Bob) Morin

Passed away on January 8, 2021

Born: Feb 18, 1938                                                                                             

Joined OFD: May 01, 1958

Retired: Mar 18, 1990

Died: January 08, 2021


Robert Bernard MORIN

February 18th, 1938 – January 8th, 2021

Robert (Bob) passed away peacefully at home in his 83rd year in the presence of his beloved wife Yvette.

Bob is survived by his wife Yvette, along with his six children, his son Bill and grandson Shayne, daughter Debbie (Mark) and grandson Josh, granddaughters Melissa, Jessica, and Natasha, daughter Patty, son John (Maria) and twin granddaughters Johna and Gioia, daughter Kim (Jimmy) and grandsons Rufus and Hank and son Michael (Sheree) and granddaughters Savannah and Michaela.


Predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Eileen (nee Brady), and his brothers Raymond and Leonard.

Bob served as a professional fire fighter joining Ottawa Fire Department in 1958 and after over 32 years; retired from service. Bob was an Ottawa boy known from an early age to be an entertainer like his brother Leonard and his father Wilfred.

We would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the team and special people who provided compassionate care to Bob over these past years: Dr. Giovanni Bonacci, Nurse Practitioner Suzanne Menard, PSW Francis Muhal, the many nurses from Carefor Health and Community Services, and The LHIN Champlain Network.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date due to current COVID restrictions.  For further information and to register, please email

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Parkinson’s Society or the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.


Sharing memories and online condolences at – Orleans Chapel.


Myrna-Lynn Bowker, mother of Lt. Derek Bowker (station 57B) 

Passed away on January 4, 2021

Myrna -Lynn Bowker

January-15-1952 - January-04-2021


 Myrna gave up her long and courageous fight against Picks disease on January 4th with Billy at her side. Myrna loved her children Derek, Cassidy and Courtney, she spent her life looking over them. She was Billy’s girl for 50 years of marriage. Myrna was simply the best mother and wife any family could ask for. She was always happy helping others or knitting hundreds of hats for each of her children’s hockey teams. She gave so much of herself to all of us or anyone that needed a smile to pick them up. Myrna loved getting ready for Christmas, birthdays and her  grandchildren, spending time at the cottage filled  her heart.  It was family time that made her shine. She loved the outdoors and her time on the Pagwa river and the beaches of  Belize with Billy, they were a team.


Myrna was taken from all of us and her seven grandchildren far too early. We are all thankful for the time Myrna shared her life with each of us, she gave us so much to make us strong.  We will protect the special  memories Myrna created for each of us.


In remembrance of Myrna, contributions to Carleton Place Girls Hockey Association would be appreciated.

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ROFFA member/former Vanier-Ottawa Firefighter Ken Gascon

Passed away on December 19, 2020

Ken passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth Bruyere/ palliative care after a three month battle with an aggressive bone Metastasis cancer.

Dearly beloved husband of 59 years to Mary Gascon. Loving father to Jeffrey (Marie) James (Roslyn). Proud grandpa to Kaitlyn and Kyle

Son of the late Ken and Daisy Gascon

Loving brother of Carole (the late Bob O'Hearn) Marilyn (Gary Sirna) Linda (Denis Dubuc) Brenda (Terry Ranger) Wendy (Larry Hotte) Brother in law to Jessie Smith . Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Ken a professional fire fighter, joining the Eastview (Vanier) fire dept. In 1963 and retiring from the Ottawa Fire Dept. in 1997.

A proud 56 year member of the Eastview Legion Br. 462
A special thank you to Bill and Ray for all their phone calls, well wishes along with updating his other Legion buddies at table #1 George, Harold, John, Paul and Leo.

At Ken's request, he was cremated. A family interment will be held at Notre Dame Cemetery.


Bob Gorman

ROFFA member/ retired OFD District Chief Bob Gorman

Passed away on December 18, 2020

Bob passed peacefully at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital following a short illness. He was a loving and devoted spouse to Elizabeth (Betty) Holmes for 60 years and a proud Dad to Jennifer (Tom Macdonald) and Leslie (Steve Zlepnig). Cherished Grampy to Autumn and Della and Grandfather to Neale and Carthy.

A fond brother-in-law of Josephine Gorman, Merle (Yvonne), Charles (Lorna), Raymond (Doris), Donald (Judy) Holmes. He will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Born in Ottawa, Bob grew-up in Little Italy, raised his family in Elmvale Acres, and spent his retirement years enjoying life in Greely. He provided the very best to his family including camping every summer with cousins and travelling across Canada.

Bob is now in heaven with his parents Allan and Eleanor (Lynch), siblings Donald (Josephine), Patricia Little (Milton) and his dogs Happy, Scooter and Misty.

The family would like to thank Dr. O'Connell, Gord, Nurse Pam Roberts from Winchester, the staff at Waterford Retirement Ottawa, and the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital's Palliative Care Unit including Dr. Watt, Joy, Claire, Chris, Shawn, Jackie and cleaning staff.

A service will be held at Our Lady of Visitation Church, 5338 Bank St. on Wednesday, December 23 at 10 am. Please call McEvoy-Shields to schedule your attendance at the Mass  1- 800-343-4464

In lieu of flowers, please thank firefighters, front line workers and consider giving to Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital Foundation or an organization of your choice.


·    Elizabeth (Betty), Wife

·    Jennifer (Tom), Daughter

·    Leslie (Steve), Daughter

·    Autumn, Granddaughter

·    Della, Granddaughter

·    Neale, Grandson

·    Carthy, Grandson

·    Donald (Josephine), Brother (deceased)

·    Patricia (Milton), Sister (deceased)

·    Bob will also be missed by his many close in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Orville Woodruff

ROFFA member/former NFD District Chief  Orville Woodruff

Passed away on December 10, 2020

Orville Woodruff, 80, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the Heart Institute in Ottawa, Ontario. Dearly missed by his loving wife Barbara. Predeceased by his parents William and Edna Woodruff (née Deavy), sisters Louise, Dorothy, Doreen and brothers Edward, Donald, Jimmy, and Brian. Orville will be fondly remembered by his brother Allan (Barbara), sister Marion (Roger), sister-in-law Gail and brother-in-law Stan. Sadly missed by his nephew Brad Parks (Janet) and Grandnephew Brennan.

Orville was a retired district fire chief from the Nepean Fire Department with 34 years of service. The family would like to give a big thank you to the Critical Care Unit at the Ottawa Heart Institute for their compassionate care. For those wishing, a donation made in Orville’s memory to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be greatly appreciated.

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Marcel Budd

Marcel Budd, ROFFA member/Former GFD Platoon Chief

Passed away on December 5, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of our dear Marcel Budd at the age of 78 after a long and courageous battle with cancer on December 5th 2020. He was the son of late Frank Budd and late Jeannette St-Jean. He leaves behind his wife Madeleine (Labelle), his children Julie Budd (Luc Lavictoire) and Jean-François Budd (Marie-Josée Vinette). He also leaves behind his brother John Budd (Jocelyne Morin) and Steve Budd, his grand-children: Élodie, Sandrine, Mannix, Trystan, Makaila, and Taylor and many brothers and sisters in law, cousins, nieces and nephews, cousins and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his sister Roseanne Budd and first wife Angèle Trudeau. Retired from the Gloucester Fire Department and member of the Knights of Columbus of Orleans , Marcel enjoyed life to the fullest by playing in many different hockey, baseball and football teams, gardening and taking on millions of construction projects as well as share countless stories with friends and family which he adored. The family would like to thank the LHIN home care services, specifically the palliative care team and the health care staff at The Ottawa Hospital 7th floor NW. Instead of flowers, a donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a ceremony will be held in private with the family. Heritage Funeral Complex will webcast the funeral ceremony on Friday, December 11th, 2020 starting at 1:45 p.m. EST. You can view the ceremony live or on replay by following this link:  

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Cornelis deHooge, father of ROFFA member/former Fire Chief John deHooge passed away.

Passed away on December 2, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Cornelis deHooge, born August 25th, 1928 in Amsterdam The Netherlands. Dad passed on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2020 at Holland Christian Homes in Brampton as a result of Covid-19.

Following WWll, Cornelis served his apprenticeship in the steel fabricating industry before getting married to Johanna Hermina Balke and emigrating to Canada in 1953. Travelling by ship they arrived in Canada and settled in Toronto where they were soon joined by Cornelis’s younger brothers Peter, Maarten, Hans and younger sister Corrie in 1954, who they sponsored and helped raise. Cornelis began his career in Canada with the John Inglis Company as a sheet metal fabricator. Hard work and perseverance brought him to Dominion Bridge Company where he ultimately became a Chief Estimator for large pressure vessels.

Cornelis is predeceased by his wife Johanna in 2000 and brother Peter in 2015. He is survived by his sister Leny and brother Maartin in The Netherlands as well as his brother Hans and sister Corrie in Canada.


Cornelis was very proud of his three children, Cornelius Peter deHooge, John William deHooge (Heather) and Margaret Price (Greg). Cornelis was a loving Opa to 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Dad and Mom proudly embraced their new country and spent many summers travelling and camping throughout much of Canada with three kids in tow. Coming from a cycling nation, Dad taught us how to strip and rebuild our bicycles.  Dad was a great story teller and had a witty sense of humour. In retirement Dad enjoyed visits with his sister Corrie out west and they also travelled to The Netherlands to visit their brother and sister together, some great stories and memories were shared.

The family wishes to thank Holland Christian Homes for providing Dad with over 20 years of community and Christian fellowship. When conditions permit, the family will gather for a private celebration of life. Donations can be made to Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., at if so desired. Arrangements entrusted to Rod Abrams Funeral Home, Tottenham, 905-936-3477.

Charles William Oxborough (Charlie)

Charles William Oxborough (Charlie)

Passed away on December 2, 2020

After a long courageous fight with heart failure, it is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father and loved one, Charles Oxborough.
Leaving behind his caring partner of many years, Molly Harper. Cherished father of Karen-Ann (Michael Bandler), Diane (David McClintock), Brian, Karin Parker (Alec Corry) and daughter-in-law Diane Oxborough.

Predeceased by his father, Horace Henry (George) Oxborough and mother Reta Grace (McGrath) Bradley, his sister Phyllis Cowie and his greatly adored grandmother, Pearl (Lumsden) McGrath.
Beloved grandfather to Kayla (Julien Machabee), Jay Hebert, Charles and Julia McClintock, Kyle, Kadie and Bennett Oxborough. Great-grandchildren Mya, Masen and Preston Machabee. He will be fondly remembered by his nephews, niece, great-niece, great-nephews, extended family and many friends.

He will also be missed by Kelly Harper (Jorma Beckstrom), Jason Harper (Lisa) and their children Jameson and Jake.

Born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, he moved to Ottawa as a teenager. Attended Ottawa Technical High School where he found his love of sports. His passion for football led him to the semi-pro leagues including the "Sooners". He was an avid fan of the Ottawa Rough Riders. He spent several summers as a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards. Among other hobbies and interests, he pursued and received his private pilot's licence flying Cessna 140 planes while working for TCA.

He joined the Ottawa Fire Department at the age of 18 and retired as a Fire Prevention Officer.
Charlie loved his golf and was a member at many courses over the years. He summered for the last 20 years in Westport, playing at the Evergreen Golf Course. A fitness enthusiast with a long-standing membership at the YMCA, he participated in aerobic classes, squash and racquet ball. His children fondly remember his encouragement, enthusiasm and devotion to their own sporting pursuits, rarely missing an event. He had a passion for hockey which he shared with his grandchildren. He was a huge supporter of all their sporting and artistic endeavours.
He sang and competed with the Capital City Chorus and performed at the National Arts Centre annually. He enjoyed his social breakfast club for over 60 years.

What Dad enjoyed most was being surrounded by his family and his friends. Nothing brought the people around him more joy than his big smile, his hearty laugh and telling stories. He was larger than life and rarely showed up for a holiday meal without his signature dish of turnips.
Those moments will be cherished forever and never forgotten by everyone who had the privilege of getting to spend time with him.

We would like to thank all the dedicated doctors and health care providers over the last seven years, especially Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Lisa Cross and spiritual guidance from Reverend Shaun Seaman. We cannot thank the May Court Hospice enough for their professionalism, compassion, care and support in helping our dad find peace.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the May Court Hospice through Hospice Care Ottawa ( or the University of Ottawa Heart Institute ( would be greatly appreciated

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