Death: Brigadier-General E.A.C. (Ned) Amy, DSO, OBE, MC, CD
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with sadness that The Regiment announces the death of Brigadier-General (Retired) Ned Amy who passed away on the 2nd of February. General Amy was a former wartime serving officer of the Ontario Regiment, the King's Own Calgary Regiment (in Italy where, while in command of A Squadron, he was awarded the Military Cross) and the Canadian Grenadier Guards (in Northwest Europe where, while in command of No. 1 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order). He is a former Director of Armour. He was the 25th Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Dragoons (December 1953 to September 1956), and he later served as the Colonel of the Regiment from 1970 to 1975 followed by service to the Armour Corps as our Colonel Commandant from 1978 to 1980. In his long and distinguished career, General Amy commanded the Royal Canadian Armour Corps School, the first Canadian contingent of the UN force in Cyprus, the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Calgary, and the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany. Other awards bestowed upon General Amy are the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and the US Bronze Star for meritorious service whilst serving as the Senior Operations Officer in the Commonwealth Division in Korea. In 2007, France awarded General Amy with their highest distinction - the prestigious Legion d'honneur - for his role in the liberation of the villages of Cintheaux and Bretteville during the breakout from Normandy and subsequent fighting in Falaise.
Most amongst you will recognize General Amy as the namesake of Amy Tank Park located at Petersville in the CFB Gagetown Training Area – fittingly the starting off point for all of us as we set out to try to emulate the accomplishments of this great leader. As you can see in the picture below, General Amy was in fine form when the tank park was re-dedicated on the 3rd of May 2008.
An article written by Col (Ret’d John Boileau) and contained within the August 2007 edition (02/07) of The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia's Dispatches provides a very fitting synopsis of his wartime service and career highlights. It can be found at the end of this email. There is also an article in today's edition of the Halifax Chronicle which can be found at the following address: * http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1226001.html
Funeral Arrangements. The life of General Amy will be celebrated during a 'Soldiers Funeral' at the Trinity United Church on Edgewater St in Mahone Bay (tel 902-624-9287) commencing at 1400hrs on Thursday the 10th of February. His service will be followed by a reception in the hall at the rear of the church.
Visitation. An afternoon and evening visitation will take place at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, located at 2666 Windsor St, Halifax (tel 902-423-7295) on Tuesday the 8th of February. Precise timings will be contained in an obituary to be published in the Halifax Chronicle on Monday the 7th of February.
Dress. Dress for serving members is DEU 1A (tunic with medals). Mourning bands for CWOs and Officers will be available at the entrance to the church. It would be quite appropriate for retired members to wear their medals.
Condolences and Remembrance Anecdotes. Condolences and remembrance anecdotes can be forwarded to Colonel (Ret’d) John Boileau at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Further, should you wish to do so, and in lieu of flowers, a donation in General Amy's memory can be to organizations and associations near in dear to General Amy, the details of which will also be contained within his obituary in the Monday edition of the Halifax Chronicle.
Tasks. Tasks are simple:
RCD. Overall OPI for CF support. Provide ceremonial altar accoutrements and photographer.
C Sqn (RCD), of 2 RCR. Provide Quarter Guard, Bearer Party, Ushers, and a Piper. Include participation from: Armd Sch, Halifax Rifles, 8CH, and the PEIR. Note that there will not be a firing party as the interment will occur later in the Spring during a private family ceremony.
Col (Ret'd) John Boileau.
Col Boileau (the singular POC to the family) will coordinate the celebration of life, in terms of CF support, in accordance with the family's desires.
If I have missed anyone, the fault is mine and mine alone. To ensure all within the Corps have been notified, I encourage you to please pass this email as freely as you like.
In light of the limited time to effect coordination, I do not intend to forward any greater detail than what is contained herein unless it becomes absolutely necessary. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email me direct at the addresses and numbers contained within my signature block below.
Many thanks to all of those that have been, or will be, assisting us in bidding a fitting adieu to one of the Corps' great leaders.
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