To our dear friends of the Canadian Guards regimental family: Kit and I have lost our beloved grandson Liam. This portrait (below)is of our boy is my watercolour impression of him as he looked in 2009 at the age of 17. That summer he travelled with us to our Reunion marking the 50th anniversary of the first ceremonial guard mounting on Parliament Hill, in which his Granddad was the Guard Sergeant of the first Division of the first new guard. We had bought him a regimental tie and a shirt with regimental crest from our kit shop especially to wear at the several events. When he was presented his tie he said, I'll wear it proudly." And he did. Our dear grandson was accepted openly and warmly into our regimental family, for which we give our heartfelt thanks to all who met him. There could have been no happier time for Liam and us, and we could not have been more proud of him. Nor could we have loved him more in the twenty rich, short years he shared with us, with his loving sister, our Fritha, and his adoring parents, our Victoria and Geoff. Forever in loving memory of our Liam,

His Nana and Granddad Kit and Steve

Michael Brodsky – Obituary

BRODSKY Michael Alexander Olgerd, MM, CD died peacefully on 14 July, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in the Borough of Fulham, London, England, on 4 September 1919, he emigrated as an infant to Canada with his parents Gregory and Myrtle Brodsky (née Newton). Following a brief sojourn in Lunenburg and Pictou, NS, he grew up in Brantford, Ont.

After attending Brantford Collegiate Institute where he excelled in gymnastics and prepared for a military career as captain of cadets, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE) in 1939. In World War 2 he served in Britain, and from D-Day onward throughout the campaign in Northwest Europe, earning the Military Medal, presented by HM King George VI for his “initiative and courage beyond the bounds of duty” and his “coolness, leadership and skill under fire”, as a “source of inspiration to all ranks”. After a brief period as a civilian following the war, he reenlisted and served as a cartographer with the Army Survey Establishment (Ottawa) until 1968, retiring shortly afterward to Victoria.

In 1973 Michael suffered a sudden catastrophic loss of sight. Undaunted, he rallied with extraordinary bravery and determination. Over the following three decades he achieved an outstanding record of dedicated community volunteer service, ranging from CNIB Advisory Board membership to assisting Vietnamese refugee immigrants, mentoring for literacy with the READ Society, serving as the Victoria Toastmasters’ Club’s grammarian, and volunteering as a Crisis Line counselor. In 2004 he was recipient of the prestigious Valued Elder Recognition Award, presented by the University of Victoria Centre on Aging for his exceptional and selfless volunteer contributions to the well-being of others.

Predeceased by his sisters Olga and Eve and his brother Andrew, Michael is survived by his daughter Christine Ingham (Stanley) of Calgary, his son Peter of Ottawa and Bermuda, grandsons  Michael, Parker, and Peter Ingham, his brother Stephen Brodsky, and nieces Gwendolyn, Victoria, Susan, Catherine, and Tanya and their families. Universally respected, he is remembered with great affection by his devoted family and a vast circle of loyal friends.

Michael’s family is grateful to his many dedicated caregivers and support workers over the years and through his final days. No memorial service by request. Donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Victoria, BC.