gone but not forgotten               

Jane Bowers

Jane Elizabeth Bowers passed away on December 26, 2021

Jane worked for Canada Customs in the Pacific Region. She worked her way from border inspections to secondments to the RCMP in international drug enforcement and child protection. The degree of responsibility she took in these investigations earned her the respect of lawyers, judges, and her colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, Jane would have appreciated donations to the charities she so passionately supported:

Animal Advocates - https://www.animaladvocates.com/donate/

BC Cancer Association - https://bccancerfoundation.com/

Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - https://www.gibsonswildliferehabcentre.org/

SPCA - https://spca.bc.ca/donations/sunshine-coast/


Christoper Chong

Passed away on December 30, 2021.

Chris started work in 1976 with the Canadian Border Services Agency at the Peace Arch border. He was well respected at the border and finished his career at the downtown Customs Center located in the Main Vancouver Post office.

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Alice Louise Barrett

Alice Louise Barrett passed away on December 8, 2021.

Alice worked at a variety of jobs including Mills Brothers and CJCH radio. She then followed in her father’s footsteps by entering the civil service, becoming a customs inspector, working for 25 years at locations such as the container pier and the Halifax International Airport.

Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army


Sheila Batchelor

Passed away in Hamilton on December 6th, 2021, in her 76th year.

In 1987 Sheila was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of National Revenue, Customs Programs Branch.

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Suzanne M. Kennedy

Sue passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021. 

Sue was known as a very kind, and generous colleague and friend.  She enjoyed a 30-year career with the Federal Government including time with the CBSA as Finance Manager in the Greater Toronto Area Region.

If friends so desire, donations in Sue’s memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation or the SPCA.


Robert David Landry

Robert David Landry passed away on November 21, 2021.

David served in the Artillery, Military Police, and as a drug enforcement officer with Customs Canada in the Atlantic Region. David was larger than life and one of the funniest and most kind-hearted people you could ever wish to meet.

In  lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Souls Harbour. 


Rosalind Bell

Rosalind Ann Bell (nee Ball), passed away peacefully on November 15th, 2021.

Ros was an active life-long learner and readily shared her knowledge and wisdom.  Her experiences as an elementary school teacher and a Customs Officer in Vancouver and Montreal, led her to become an instructor at the Canadian Border Services Agency College.  She also taught at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough.  Upon returning to Customs, she added Superintendent to her list of roles there. Subsequently, she was an IT trainer and project manager with the Canada Revenue Agency. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation; Canadian Amateur Musicians / Musiciens amateurs du Canada (CAMMAC); or Habitat for Humanity, Greater Ottawa.


Richard John Kowalski

Richard John Kowalski, passed away on November 10, 2021.

Over the course of his 30 year career with the federal public service, Rick worked in many different capacities across IT and management positions. Equipped with a great sense of humour, he took on all of his work with passion and dedication. He leaves behind his legacy as the Manager of CBSA’s Emergency Management where Rick was a valued member of his team. He will be remembered fondly by his work family.


Joseph Ralbosky

 Joseph Peter (Butch) Ralbosky passed away on November 8, 2021.  Joe had a distinguished 38-year career with Canada Customs, retiring from Criminal Investigations in the Greater Toronto Area Region.


John A. Mallett

John A. Mallett passed away on October 16, 2021, at the young age of 98. 

John was a proud Canadian Veteran who served in WW2 with the RCR First Regiment. John’s working career also included Calverts as an Excise Officer then transferred to the Tunnel as a Customs Officer, where he retired after 30 years of service. 

In lieu of flowers, John would appreciate the support to his local Legion branch 157.


Gregory Manchester Inglis

Gregory Manchester Inglis, died October 15, 2021 in Ottawa. 

Greg had a long and diverse career. He began with Canada Customs and Excise as a young man in Winnipeg. He soon worked in investigations and was then transferred to Ottawa, then acted as a liaison officer in London, England and Belgium for five years. Greg returned to Ottawa to finish his career with Customs, retiring in 2003.


Ralph Hector Wright

Ralph Hector Wright passed away on September 12, 2021.

Ralph was employed with the Canada Border Services Agency for 38 years in the Prairie Region as a customs officer and retiring as a superintendent.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Emerson Elk’s lodge #479.


Blair Sander MacDonald

Blair Sander MacDonald passed away on September 23, 2021 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Blair was raised in Yarmouth until he began his career with Canada Border Services Agency in Kentville in the Atlantic Region. Blair worked with CBSA for 36 years, with the last 18 years as a Criminal Investigator. Over those years, Blair was the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work organizing Christmas gifts for families in need. Blair was also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to law enforcement and the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal. Blair took great pride with his job and will be truly missed by his colleagues he called dear friends.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Blair’s memory to St. Thomas Anglican Church, Fall River, NS.


Randy George Lawrence Crowder

Randy passed away suddenly at home in Cornwall, Ontario on September 22, 2021.

Randy worked as a Border Services Officer at the Port of Cornwall, in the Northern Ontario Region.

Donations in memory of Randy can be directed to the National Gaucher Foundation of Canada.


Michael Joseph Sloan

Michael Joseph Sloan passed away peacefully with his
family surrounded by his side on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Michael worked in the Southern Ontario Region for the Canada Border Service Agency for 33 years and was very passionate about his work. Michael will be remembered for his humour, knowledge, and smile.

Donations will be entrusted to Corpus Christi Parish.  


Lorna Budgell

Lorna Edna Budgell (nee Jackson) passed away at the James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander, Newfoundland on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, aged 52 years.

The most important thing in Lorna’s short but full life was family. Growing up in Cavendish, she learned the importance of community and being there for others.  Lorna served as  Border Services Officer at Gander International Airport.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Lorna’s memory will be accepted to purchase resources in order to provide comfort to other patients and their families as they navigate through illness.


Charles Hutchings

Charles “Charlie” Hutchings passed away at the St. Joseph Health Centre on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the age of 76.

Charlie worked for Canada Customs and the CBSA in the Greater Toronto Region in Airport Operations as well as serving as the Canada Customs Court Liaison Officer.  He was known as a hard working and caring person who always took the time to enjoy moments in life.

In memory of Charlie, a kind smile to a friend or even a stranger would be appreciated.


Roger Ouelett

Joseph Francis Roger Xavier Ouellet passed on May 26, 2021.

Born on January 18, 1946, Roger joined the Canadian Customs Service in 1972 and retired in 2002 after which he moved to B.C.   Prior to that Roger was a member of the RCMP.  Roger made long-time friends in both careers.   

Jacques Saucier

Jacques passed away on June 28, 2021 at the age of Seventy.

Jacques worked at MacDonald-Cartier International Airport and Headquarters.

Donations may be made in Jacques's honour to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Ted Lackey

Ted passed away on July 20, 2021 at the age 84.

Ted was a Commodity Specialist with Customs and Excise in the former Winnipeg Region.

Ted's family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at EthicalDeathCare.com.

In remembrance of Ted's life, his children ask that any memorial contributions be made to an animal shelter/rescue of one's choosing.


Lorraine Hyland

Lorraine passed away on July 17, 2021 at the age of 59.

Lorraine had a successful career of over 30 years with Canada Border Services Agency working in Atlantic and  Prairie Regions and at Headquarters at the National Targeting Centre. She was admired and respected by all levels of staff and management.

Lorraine lived her life with a ‘pay it forward’ approach. We encourage those who loved her to do something kind for someone else in her honour.

Her daughters would appreciate any memories, stories, photos, and good deeds done in her memory to be shared with them at loveforlorrainehyland@gmail.com.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Bryony House or the Nova Scotia SPCA.


Joseph Creighton

Joseph Creighton AKA “Smokey Joe” passed away on June 12, 2021, at the age of 87 years.

Joe worked at Pearson International Airport in Passenger Operations and had retired in November 1996.

“Smokey Joe” was a pleasure to work with, certainly one of the interesting characters of the day that always brought me a smile at the workplace.

Paul David Rath

Paul David Rath passed away on June 4, 2021, at the age of 63 years.

Paul devoted 25 years to the Canada Border Service Agency and retired at the rank of Superintendent in the Pacific Region.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Paul’s favourite Canadian charities: World Vision, Operation Smile, the Heart and Stroke Society, the MS Society, and the Red Cross. 


Joseph Patrick Ryan

Joseph Patrick Ryan passed away at the age of 58 on May 12, 2021. Joe worked in the CBSA  Southern Ontario Region for over 30 years and was a member of the CBSA Honour guard.  Donations can be made to CAMH (The Center for Addictions and Mental Health) or Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention. 


Jim Duncan Murray

(Jim) Duncan Murray passed away on May 4, 2021, at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

Jim retired from Canada Customs after working 28 years as a Customs Officer between the Emerson and Winnipeg locations.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre

Edward Daniel Whitten

Edward passed away at the age of 96.  He was born in Orangeville Ontario and he served in World War II for 2 years working in the engine rooms of the Bowmanville & Arnprior ships.  Ed retired from Canada Customs after working 21 as a Customs Officer at Vancouver International Airport and Vancouver Marine.  Ed had the honour of being one of the last WWII Navy Veterans working in the Public Service. 


John Mellor

John Mellor passed away on April 28, 2021.

John worked for Canada Customs in the Mail Room, Ottawa District, Northern Ontario Region.

A donation in John's memory can be made to the Arnprior and District Humane Society or the Arnprior Food Bank.


Marie-Klaude Langlois

Marie Klaude Langlois passed away on April 16, 2021. Marie Klaude started as a Customs Officer in 1983 at Douglas. She worked her entire career at Land Borders, starting at Douglas then Huntingdon then Pacific Highway. MK worked in the US Nexus enrolment Centre as well as the Canadian Processing Centre. MK was respected and loved by her peers. She will be missed by all. 


Daniel James "Dan " VanBuskirk

Daniel James "Dan" VanBuskirk passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the young age of 55. Dan worked for the CBSA in the Greater Toronto Region. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa. Dan was a Big Brother in Toronto many years ago and greatly enjoyed his time with the organization

Jean Pierre Carriere

Jean Pierre Carriere passed away peacefully on April 9th, 2021. J.P. was happily retired from the Federal Government (Customs). His family is grateful to Dr. Ryan, the Ottawa Heart Institute for giving him nine extra years following his heart transplant, the many doctors and nurses at The Ottawa Hospital for his five years of treatment, and the palliative care staff. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice gratefully accepted.


Laurel Annette Randle

Laurel Annette Randle passed away on April 8, 2021 at the age of 58.

Laurel worked as a Customs Inspector with Revenue Canada (Customs and Excise) in Niagara Falls. Her career choice was a perfect fit for her extraordinary sense of fairness and compassion, which led her to becoming the local President of the Customs and Excise Union (CEUDA). She followed that passion, and in 2002 moved back to Ottawa, to pursue a job opportunity as a Labour Relations officer at the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) where she worked for the past 19 yrs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (https://www.heartandstroke.ca/), The Hospital for Sick Children (https://www.sickkids.ca/), and the Ottawa Humane Society (https://ottawahumane.ca).


Jeevan Singh Sull

Jeevan Singh Sull recently passed away suddenly.  Jeevan worked for CBSA in the Pacific Region. Jeevan was a kind and gentle soul. He had a passion for gardening and cooking.  In lieu of flowers a tree can be planted in his honour.


Valerie Fung

Valerie Fung passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021 in Vancouver. She was a lifelong employee of Canada Customs downtown and at the airport before retiring in 2013.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to UBC Hospital Foundation.


John Szewczyk

John Szewczyk passed away peacefully, on Friday, March 12, 2021.  John worked for the CBSA in the Greater Toronto Region, where he retired as Chief of Operations.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. 


Richard "Dick" Paul Nadon 

Richard “Dick” Paul Nadon  passed away on March 18, 2021 at the age of 76.

Dick retired from Canada Customs after 30 years; he worked in Cornwall, Lahr West Germany, Niagara Falls, and the Canada Customs College. Dick enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul in Welland, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your local St. Vincent De Paul or the Welland Office; this would be greatly appreciated by the family.


Ralph Schoenig

Ralph passed away on March 21, 2021, in his 66th year. 

Ralph felt blessed by the love of his family, and enjoyed sharing laughter, interests and life's adventures with his family and many dear friends. He gave to his country and community through his service with The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, The Toronto Police Auxiliary and Canada Border Services Agency, retiring as a Chief of Criminal Investigations with CBSA.

If desired, donations may be made to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sunnybrook Hospital or Wounded Warriors Canada.


Eleen Jeanette Catlin

Eleen Jeanette Catlin, passed away on March 20, 2021.  Jeannette worked in the GTA Region at Toronto Airport.  She was a great coworker with a great sense of humour.


Michael Anthony Spencer

Michael passed away on March 3rd, 2021, at the age of 68. He worked for the Federal Government for 38 years, where he held positions as a Custom Officer, a Manager in Hamilton, ON with assignments in Emerson MB and Regina District before he moved to CCRA Tax for his final years, ending his career in Windsor ON.