A celebration of life for Captain Robert H. (Bob) Spring will be held on 4 June 2022 at 1300 hours in Bessborough Armoury, 2025 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Captain Robert Harry Spring passed away 30 June 2021. He served with 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA from 1959 to 1962 and from 1964 until 1967. He was the Adjutant of the unit for some of this period. In his later life he remained active with the Regiment as an Associate Member of the Officers’ Mess, a director and an active volunteer with the Regimental Museum Society and a member of the Vancouver Artillery Association
Lieutenant-Colonel James Barrett (Commanding Officer, 15th Field Artillery Regiment 2007-2011) has retired. It was a grand evening of recognition of the service, dedication and commitment celebrating thirty-nine years of uniformed service. Well done, Jim! See more photos here.
Yearbook Update 2022
Simon Ritchie posted some Yorke Island photos on the Forgotten BC Facebook page. See all the photos here.
Gunner Robert John Cook has been added to our nominal roll and to our list of Fallen. Gunner Cook was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan on 27 March 1920. He came from a farming family and joined the 85th Heavy Battery, 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA, CASF on 31 January 1942. Almost a year later he volunteerd for European service and was taken on strength with 4th Medium Regiment, RCA, CASF on 16 June 1944. He landed in France 9 July 1944 and died of wounds in Germany on 25 February 1945. He has been laid to rest at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, in the Netherlands. Lest we forget.
Additional photos taken by Gunner Sam Blake from the 39 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs team have now been uploaded. Check out the photos here.
Additional photos of the Freedom of the City parade taken by Gunner Sam Blake from the 39 CBG Public Affairs team have been uploaded. Check out all the new photos here.
Passing of Suzanne Veuger
The obituary for Suzanne Veuger has been placed in the 2022 Yearbook page.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our Mum on April 10, 2022 at Lions Gate Hospital. Mum was born on September 15, 1942 in Emsworth, England to Dennis and Anne Hibbert. She grew up in England but also spent time in Nigeria where her father worked after WW 2. She became a teacher and immigrated to Vancouver in 1968 where she taught the remainder of her career in West Vancouver. She loved teaching and made lasting impacts on her students. Mum married Peter in 1969 and they created a happy life and home for their sons. She loved boating and spent many happy times cruising on the M.V. Tenakee along with friends from the RVYC. Her relationships with family and friends near and far were very important to her. In later years, Mum committed herself to volunteering at the RVYC, 15 Field Regiment RCA, Lions Gate Hospital and St. Francis in The Wood where her thoughtfulness and kindness shined through. Mum was predeceased by her adored grandson Matthew and her loving husband Peter. She is survived by her sons, Andrew and David, her daughters-in-law Yvette and Cynthia, her granddaughters Ashley and Caitlin, who loved their Grannie and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fred and Sheila. We would like to thank West Vancouver Fire and Rescue and the Doctors and Nurses at Lions Gate Hospital for their wonderful care of Mum. A service will take place at St. Francis in The Wood on June 8, 2022 at 1:30 pm. We love you Mum and we will miss you.
Please, no flowers but for those that wish, a donation to Canuck Place would be gratefully accepted.
Slowly but surely, our numbers are growing for the weekly Vancouver Artillery Association lunch in the Officers' Mess at Bessborough Armoury.
The doors open at 11:00 for coffee and cookies. Bring your lunch, or order it delivered from one of the many restaurants in the neighbourhood. We'll set some tables with table cloths and let's compare what you found to dine on. Bring a few friends!
Need to get away from your desk in the Orderly Room or at Brigade for an hour? Need to renew an acquitance from your former service with the Army? Drop on in for a casual lunch experiences. All ranks welcome.
The date for the dinner is fast approaching! After two years of postponements due to COVID, the date is now final - 23 May 2022! Did you know that there are still tickets available for this event? $150.00 per person. Did you know that the event is open to all ranks? Did you know that it is open to members of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA (serving and retired) plus all its friends and family? That's right, if you want to dine with the Gunners - now's your chance! Contact Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Don Foster email@example.com and order your ticket today, before they're all sold out.
Captain Rob Wishnicki's DWD was a success with a large crowd of friends celebrating his many years of service. It was also a great opportunity to meet up with some faces from the past! See more photos here.