Order of St. George


Rear Admiral Fred J. Mifflin, PC, CD, KCStG, 1938 — 2013
Rear Admiral Fred J. Mifflin, PC, CD, KCStG
1938 — 2013

Fred J. Mifflin, PC, CD, KCStG (February 6, 1938 – October 5, 2013) was a Rear Admiral in the Canadian Forces and a politician. After retiring from 32 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy, Mifflin entered politics and was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1988 election. Mifflin became the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista-Trinity-Conception. After the Liberals came to power under the leadership of Jean Chrétien in the 1993 election, Mifflin was appointed parliamentary secretary to the ministers of national defence and veterans affairs on the same day his first granddaughter was born.

In 1996, he was appointed to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. In a 1997 cabinet shuffle, he was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Mifflin decided that he wasn't going to run in the next general election, and was dropped from Cabinet in August 1999. He did not run for re-election in the 2000 election. He supported Stéphane Dion for the leadership of the Liberal Party. Rear Admiral Fred Mifflin was invested into the Order on October 13, 2012. Mifflin died on October 5, 2013 with his wife, Gwenneth, at his side and is survived by his children Cathy, Sarah and Mark.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Charles Frederick William Leggatt, 1924 - 2011
LCol. Archibald Kenneth "Archie" Beare, KStG
1933 — 2011

Passed from this life to the next on 30 December 2011 from cancer - Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Archibald Kenneth Beare, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at a grand age of 78 years. Loving husband of over 54 years to Marcia Roberta (nee Murray - and lovingly named Bobbie by Archie). Archie grew up in Quebec, Winnipeg and Edmonton, joining the Canadian Forces at Royal Roads Military College in 1952. After two years in the Navy he transferred to the Army and was commissioned as a Gunner officer - serving first in Winnipeg in 1956. Archie was invested into the Order of St. George at the ceremony of investiture held in Wainwright on the 4th October 2008. Archie was an important member of the Wainwright Commandery and he will be sorely missed by his fellow Knights and Dames in his home community...click here for the entire obituary.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Charles Frederick William Leggatt, 1924 - 2011
Charles Frederick William Leggatt, KStG
1924 — 2011

In true Shakespearean style, Charles 'shuffled off this mortal coil' and crossed the bar to join fellow Shellbacks on Saturday, February 5th in Toronto. He was surronded by his loving wife, Dianne, his daughters, Jannet Nordemaan and Jacqueline Leggatt; his son, Max was there in heart. Private family internment on Thursday. We welcome our friends to join us in celebrating Charles' life at the Boulevard Club, 1491 Lakeshore Boulevard, on Friday, February 11th at 5 pm. Donations to Toronto General Hospital's Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit gratefully accepted.

A Prayer for Charles from the Grand Prior, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011

Frank J. Merlo, 2010
Captain Frank J. Merlo, CD, KStG
19?? — 2010

Passed away in Toronto on July 6, 2010, beloved son of Angelica Merlo. Predeceased by his father Vito. Cherished brother of Angela (Donato) Tocci and Josie (Lucio) Nespolo. Loving uncle to Kristin, Jennifer, David, Stephanie and doting great-uncle to Sarina. Frank was born in Sicily, Italy and arrived in Canada at 22 months. His love for music was evident at a very young age. It is not surprising that he became a vocal music teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board where he had a long musical career, engaging thousands of children in various performances. Frank was extremely creative, dedicated and resourceful as well as being instrumental in promoting the talents of his students. Frank joined the Canadian Forces as a bandsman in February 1976. He transferred to the Governor General\'s Horse Guards in 1979 where he served first as a non-commissioned member achieving the rank of Master Warrant Officer in 1994 and then commissioning to Captain in 1995 as the Director of Music. Frank was awarded the Canadian Forces decoration in February of 1988 with clasps in 1998 and 2008. Frank joined the Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem in July 2001. In 2009, he was inducted into the Order of St. George. The void that will be felt by his absence can only be reconciled by recalling the many happy shared memories. Visitation will be at the Bernardo Funeral Homes (2960 Dufferin St., south of Lawrence Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Fidelis Catholic Church (33 Connie St. - off Rustic Rd., east of Keele St.). Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Mausoleum (4570 Yonge St., north of Highway 401 - entrance of Franklin Ave.). In lieu of flowers, a donation in Frank's memory may be made to the Governor General's Horse Guards.

Friday, July 9, 2010