Gary Chapman's wife Cynthia died September 24, 2015. Her Obituary.
New Ontario estate taxes:
Effective January 1, 2015 the Ontario "Estate administration tax" is charged on the total value of the deceased's estate. The total value of the estate is the value of all assets owned by the deceased at the time of death
ROYAL - “Welcome, Councillor Hurlburt” was how Annapolis County
municipal clerk, Carolyn Young, responded as the former town of Bridgetown
mayor, Horace Hurlburt, was sworn in as an Annapolis County councillor at
a special session of the council on April 1.
This message is for the next web master. I don't worry about www.ofarts.ca being mobile-friendly.
Google Webmaster Tools Team
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:34 AM
Subject: Fix mobile usability issues found on http://www.ofarts.ca/
Fix mobile usability issues found on http://www.ofarts.ca/
To: webmaster of http://www.ofarts.ca/
Google systems have tested 157 pages
from your site and found that 99% of them have critical mobile
usability errors. The errors on these 156 pages severely affect how
mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will
not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore
be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.
sure how to proceed? (Well, don't ask Stan. He will give you a
complete copy of the web site and you can take it from there.)
"lunch with the ladies" is scheduled for December 10, 2014 at
Turkey, tortiere, ham
and the customary trimmings are planned.
preferences may be accommodated if we can alert the cook to your needs in
Please send a message
to David Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are able and intend to attend. This will enable the cook to
plan his purchases and arrange
The bar will be open at 11:30 with soft drinks, wine and beer available.
Cameron has retired after 35 years of service.
join me for a farewell lunch to show our appreciation on:
October 3rd, 2014 at 11:30am
Please drop by Sophia Pauser on D2 to sign his farewell card and to provide a contribution that will go towards a gift. For our colleagues at missions or currently retired from the Public Service, you can send an email to email@example.com and we will include your personal note in a booklet to be presented to Glenn.
Gordon Craig's sharp eyes detected the obituary for Eric Carter's youngest daughter Marie Lyn Carter in the Ottawa Citizen. It has been reposted here. with Eric's permission. Condolences may also be mailed to Eric and Lynne Carter at 27 Crossing Bridge Crt Stittsville ON K2S1S2.
From: Richard Kalla
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: 2014 Pacific Northwest CANDOER Luncheon
a link to the CANDOER Blog page that posted a few photos from the event.
The text that was included with the photos was:
Pictures of the Pacific Northwest CANDOERs at their Spring 2014 Luncheon in Victoria, Canada were posted to the Picture Gallery! The pictures were taken by Phil Wold and Tom Gaither. The group picture did not include two of our Canadian counterparts, Leigh Shankland and his wife, because they left before the group picture was taken! The group picture did include one other Canadian, Guy Price!
Richard Kalla [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 18:32
Subject: 2014 Pacific Northwest CANDOER Luncheon
Ladies and Gentlemen, I got your names off of Bob Catlin's website for
retired U.S. Foreign Service communicators. I remembered a few years
ago when he announced that a few Canadians were becoming members.
have a small group of F.S. communications retirees out here on the U.S.
west coast, mostly Washington and Oregon. We meet twice a year for
lunch somewhere on the west coast. This spring we have decided to
hold our luncheon in Victoria, B.C..
understand that both of you are a long way from British Columbia, but I
wondered if you knew of any Canadian communications retirees and their
spouses in B.C. who might want to join us? Currently, there are
about 17 of us who plan to travel to Victoria. We will be meeting
for lunch on May 15 at noon.
met at least one Canadian communicator from B.C. during my 33 year Foreign
Service career. He can't be the only one.
If you do happen to know of someone, I'd very much appreciate it if you could send me his/her contact information. I apologize for troubling you with this, but it struck me that since we would be up in Canada, there might be a Canadian retiree or two who would like to join us. Thank you. Dick Kalla - email@example.com
Harper, Brian -CSNB
Sent: March-26-14 4:08 PM
To: *AIS; *AISN; *AISZ; *AISH; *AISL; *AIST; *AISC; *ATTI; *ATTO
Subject: Retirement Lunch for Kevin Johnston
Johnston is retiring after 39 years’ service. Please join us at
Peter Devine’s, next to the Heart and Crown, on Friday April 04 at 11:30
to give Kevin “A Grand Farewell”.
Kevin Johnston prendra sa retraite après 30 ans de
loyaux services. Joignez-vous à nous au Peter Devine’s, voisin du Heart
and Crown, le Vendredi 04 Avril à 11 :30 pour lui souhaiter “A
Pour confirmer votre presence, veuillez utilizer le
bouton de vote..
Anne Kinsman, the daughter of Lee Kinsman and her late father Bill died February 25th. Here obituary is posted here.
Al Couture reported on December 8th 2013:
24 October 2013
Two new "articles" have been added to the site with the gracious co-operation of David Smith and John Kruitof.
The CM is a collection of historic newsletters contributed by David Smith.
Kruithof's Corner is the repository of research conducted by John Kruithof
Lou and Marg have listed their chateau!
2013 Telecommunications Reunion
I hope everyone
had a great Christmas and festive season and didn’t put on too
much weight. I guess it’s something we know is going to
happen every year, and we love doing it. Now we have to pay the
price! In my last email, I gave you all a heads up on the upcoming
Reunion in September. Now, this email is a bit long, but I have a
lot of information to pass on to you; so please bear with me.
This Reunion is
open to anyone who worked in or, had contact with the telecom
division in Foreign Affairs such as clerks, secretaries, guards etc.
And, if you have friends you would like to bring along, no problem.
The Reunion will
be held on Saturday, September 28th
starting at 5 PM for drinks. The buffet style dinner
will be at 7 PM. See attached menu. It will be held at the Hellenic
Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa.
That is the same place the 2000 and 2005 Reunions were held. It’s
between Meadowlands Drive and Baseline Road, and has plenty of
parking in the front, with an overflow parking lot in the rear. The
tickets for the Reunion will be $50
per person. As in
the 2010 Reunion, we will be having drinks
on Friday, September 27th at 12 noon at
the Vanier Legion, Eastview
Branch 462, 294 Cyr Avenue in Vanier,(613)
If you would like lunch, it can
be ordered from a menu. The Reunion registration does not cover
this event on Friday.
As in the 2010
Reunion, we will have door prizes and a jackpot. The jackpot tickets
will be $5 for three tickets; which can be purchased at the
registration desk just inside the main entrance to your right when
you walk in. The last jackpot prize was over $400. A cash bar will
be set up in the outside hallway as in the previous two Reunions.
Wine for your dinner can also be purchased there.
to register for the Reunion
email to me advising that you are sending a cheque made out to
Thomas. Send your cheque to:
receive your cheque, I will send you a confirmation email.
then be added to the official list of Reunion attendees, and your
name will then be checked off when you register at the event itself.
registration, you will be given tickets for the door prizes. Do not
lose them! Please register before going to the bar or, inside the
send your cheque, please include your personal information for
the database i.e. full postal address, phone numbers, any other
email addressees. This is the only way I can keep the database
up-to-date. Many people do send new information to me, but
unfortunately, many do not, thus the gaps in the database
reiterate. You are officially registered when I receive your
cheque, not before.
To save banking
costs, I am doing the same thing I did for the last Reunion. When I
receive your cheque, I will deposit it into an account I have set
aside just for the Reunion. All costs for the Reunion will be taken
out of that account, i.e. door prizes, buffet payment to the
Hellenic Centre and any other expenses. All revenues/expenses will
be listed and be available for inspection.
I had a lot of late registrations in the last Reunion. Whilst I
recognize that it might be difficult for some of you to make an
early commitment, I do ask that, if you have plans to attend, please
register as early as possible. It is difficult to make concrete
plans when I am not sure exactly how many are going to attend.
Therefore, your early registration would be most appreciated. As
well, if you do register, and find that you cannot attend at the
last minute, I will give you a full refund; but please keep in mind
that there is a point of no return when I have to give numbers to
the Hellenic Centre. The cut-off date for refunds will be
Monday, September 23rd.
I will be sending
out update emails from time to time, but if you need more
information, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email
Ontario K2V 1B2
TELECOM REUNION BUFFET MENU
salad with carrots, red cabbage, radish and broccoli florets
potato salad with green onion cilantro and shredded carrots
with feta cheese black olives and red grapes
pasta with bacon and caramelized onions
casserole consisting of shrimp, mussels, sole served in white wine
with carrots, onions, celery and red peppers infused with bay leaf
and fresh herbs
decaf or tea
beverages are not included with the meal, but can be ordered from
The OFARTS have been invited to join in the Branch golf tournament Check for details here.
Roly just reported on Facebook:
http://maillord1.blogspot.ca/ for Roly's Ramble
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:51
Daniel Demarce will be joining us for lunch on March 21, 2012 before moving to Windsor Ontario and entering retirement this summer..
TechTalk has been added to to this site as a tool for exchanging ideas, achievements, comments and greetings. The old guestbook will be removed at the end of January if this new initiative proves successful. The guestbook has been attracting unwanted SPAM at ever increasing volumes. Mainly from Russia and China. Please leave a comment in Techtalk.
Suzanne Levesque, formerly of DFAIT, will be retiring from the Public Service/CBSA at the end of this month.
Buck Arbuckle's daughter Karen Ann McKinna has donated Buck's home made wine to a further celebration of his life at Stillwater Creek on Wednesday October 5th, 2011 between 14:00 and 16:00. She invites all who knew Buck to join her and share their stories and enjoy his wine.
Buck Arbuckle died September 1, 2011. His obituary is posted here.
Michele Trepanier will retire September 15th 2011. He will join us for lunch on September 14th.
Luncheon menus are now posted here.
Cindy McKeown contributed material for her Dad's obituary which is posted here.
James Graham, the eldest son of Lynn and the late Donald Graham died 13 July 2011. His obituary is posted here.
Hewitt (Hugh) Elliott died 11 June 2011. His obituary is posted here.
Raymond Bordeleau died 2 June 2011. His obituary is posted here.
Bob McCabe's son Steven has died. A service will be held Monday 30 May 2011. Steven's obituary is posted here.
Sent: March 8, 2011 2:16 PM
To: *AID-All staff/Tous les employés; *Mission LEITPs; *CST; OFARTS Canada
Subject: Retirement of Jacques Larose / Départ à la retraite de Jacques Larose
From: Hines, Lissa -AIM
Sent: January 25, 2011 3:05 PM
Subject: Diane L'Ecuyer Retirement - Lunch
would like you to know that as of Wednesday January 19, Diane
retired after 39
years and 10 months of service to DFAIT . We would
like to thank Diane for almost 40 years of outstanding service
to the department and in wishing her well as she prepares for
Diane's Retirement Celebration Photos are but a click away.
Once again we are asking for $10 contributions so that we need only conduct a fund-raiser every 5 years.
Contributions should be sent by cheque payable to:
Raymond FortinP.O. Box 502 Embrum, Ontario, K0A-1W0
FYI. the site has been operating as OFARTS.CA since October 2006 when the domain name was acquired and registered for us by the AFFSC. We hope the AFFSC will again cover the domain name registration cost before it expires in October 2011.
Raymond Fortin / Stan Fockner
Horace Hurlburt will be retiring from the Public Service after 37 years of service.
We gave him a proper send-off and celebrated his retirement on:
Please look at his retirement photos.
Executive Director | Directeur exécutif
Information Technology Client Support Division | Division du soutien à la clientèle en technologie de l'information
Telephone | Téléphone: 613-944-0753
Facsimile | Télécopieur: 613-995-3087
125 Sussex Drive | 125 promenade Sussex
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada | Affaires étrangères et Commerce international Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
From: James Rogers
Norma Arbuckle (wife of Buck) passed away 23 August 2010. A celebration of Norma's life for her dear friends will be held at the Stillwater Creek Retirement Home on September 13, 2010 from 2-4, 18 Robertson Road, Bells Corners.
From: Bob & Winnie Davidson
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 12:40 PM
Subject: PASSING OF OUR SON "ROB DAVIDSON"
I have sad new regarding our son Rob. After an intense battle with his Stomach Cancer which Rob appeared to have under control. He was beginning to live somewhat of a normal life, Quite suddenly he showed some terrible symptoms that all was not well. The cancer had spread to the lining of his brain. He was suffering severe pain which the Doctors were fighting with powerful pain medicine. Rob passed away with Winnie, Shawn (his younger brother and Shawns son Fraser) by his side. I was suffering from a Low Blood Sugar reading and had to leave his side to go home and get some medication to counter the low reading. He is in a better place now and of course we miss him so much. Robs wife Carmen is grieving and her family is at her side.
Stan, would you be so kind as to pass on this info to the rest of the gang for us. I know some of them were visiting Moscow when Rob was visiting us. We are busy doing an obit at this time.
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:04
Subject: 2010 Telecom Reunion - Update
From: AFFSC Admin
Some very sad
news, I have many fond memories of working with Ken and also
remember how he loved his singing.
Robert Peacefully, surrounded by his family on
There was a ground shaking event after our lunch on Wednesday. Check here for pictures of how it affected Lou Berube.
Arthur (Mac) McFarlane has passed away. His obituary is posted here.
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:44 PM
Subject: 2010 Telecom Reunion - Update
Bill Kinsman died at 9:00 PM Thursday April 15, 2010 in hospital of a pulmonary embolism. His obituary is posted here.
John Dolan died Wednesday April 7, 2010. Check here for his obituary from the Ottawa Citizen.
From: Ray Hopton
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 18:02
Subject: Don't pay the ransom - I ESCAPED !!!!!!!!!!! - update Ray's health
David Balser has learned that Ray Hopton suffered a stroke in Palm Springs on December 23, 2009 and was evacuated to Kelowna. Ray's wife Karen has asked that his many friends in the EL and AS Community be informed of Ray's situation. Messages of encouragement can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This email will be of interest to all former CM’s, EL’s, family members and friends (any occupational group) ofthe Association of Former Foreign Service Communicators
any commitments can be considered viz booking a suitable venue, we need
to determine the level of interest and to that end, we are circulating
this email for your views on this idea.
responses to the following questions would therefore be most appreciated
whether they indicate a little, a lot, or no interest.
to Barrie Thomas at email@example.com
you and family members consider attending another reunion in the fall of
2010, most likely the 2nd or 3rd week
your opinion, what sort of interest do you think there is in our CM/EL community
for a reunion?
3. What sort of activity would be of greatest interest i.e. Afternoon event, evening event, or a replica of the past two reunions (Friday night meet and greet with a Saturday night dinner/dance) or a Saturday afternoon drinks with dinner in the evening?
live outside Ontario, would you be willing to travel to Ottawa for a
Any comments you wish to offer would be most welcome as we consider another possible get-together and we thank you in advance for your participation.
Since we are not sure of the accuracy of the address list, please pass this on to whoever you think might be interested.
George McKeever, Barrie Thomas, Eleanor Ryan, David Smith, Howie Abbott
Donald Saunders, long a friend of OFARTS, died Friday December 18 2009. Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen
There was an obituary noticed by Ray Fortin for Robert Wayling in the Ottawa Citizen last week. Several OFARTS have confirmed this was one of "our" Bobs. His obituary has been added to this site. Here.
From: TERRY HAYES
From: sean flanigan
Subject: Re: Donny Butt
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:37:10 -0400
When: April 2, 2009 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Dan Kenny will retire after 35 years of exemplary service to the Government of Canada.
We will celebrate his retirement Thursday April 2, 2009 at 12:00
Heart and Crown 67 Clarence St. (ByWard Market)
I have a card at my desk (A1-149) and I
will accept contributions for a gift.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!!
Lynn and her son James Graham joined the Old FARTS and their wives for lunch on January 21, 2009
Dave Sanderson has contributed an new article article describing a memorable ad-hoc trip he took through Africa some years ago.
Donald Graham died suddenly November 17th 2008 in Ottawa at home at 1600.
Postal mail of condolence can be sent to his wife Lynn and family at::
34 Briston Private , Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5P5
Or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org for forwarding to his family.
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