Dieppe Military Veterans' Association



Last Post Fund

Budget 2016 provided an expansion of the eligibility for The Last Post Fund Program so that more families of low income veterans will receive financial assistance under this program. The Budget proposed to increase the estate exemption for The Last Post Fund from roughly $12,000.00 to roughly $35,000.00 and apply an annual cost of living adjustment to this estate exemption going forward.

As we have often stated, it is puzzling indeed that, during the lives of veterans, the Department has recognized the cumulative and synergistic impact of both their pension and non-pension conditions, approving many health care and treatment benefits on their behalf but, in death, ignores the relationship between these conditions.Although these improvements made over the last two Federal Budgets are indeed helpful, it remains our position that a Seriously Disabled Veteran should be entitled as a Matter of Right, to receive funeral and burial benefits pursuant to the Veterans Burial Regulations.

In this context, it is inconceivable in our submission that the impact of the veteran's pension and non-pension disabilities did not play a part in his/her ultimate demise. In this overall analysis the principle of presumption should be fully applicable to this area of VAC adjudication.

I would advise however, that recent developments in this area insofar as the treatment of Seriously Disabled Veterans continue to be extremely encouraging. Adjudication over the last number of months with reference to our Last Post Fund applications on behalf of veterans such as war amputees and Hong Kong veterans, has demonstrated a far more liberal interpretation by the Department of these policies such that nearly all of our applications on behalf of surviving families have been granted. We are presently pursuing the question of retroactivity in relation to this entire area of Last Post Fund applications given this dramatic change in adjudication policy from the Last Post Fund regime.    Link   Link



JUNE 30, 1914 / APRIL 19, 2018

Last Post and Rouse on Violin- Includes one minute of silence

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Robert Donald Dunham


Robert Donald Dunham, Riverview N. B. passed away at the Moncton Hospital on October 15th, 2021 at the age of 91. Born in Chartersville, NB, he was the son of the late Donald and Helen (VanGilder) Dunham.

Robert was a Veteran of the Korean War, having served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 35 years and served 5 years with Corrections Canada. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church, Coverdale Massonic Lodge #52, F&AM Moncton Shrine Club, Korean War Veterans Association, Riverview Veterans Association, Moncton Legion #6, and The NB Square and Round Dance Association. 32-year member in good standing with the Dieppe Military Veterans' Association.

Robert is survived by his sons Alan (Donna), Andrew (Jenny), Peter (Marilyn); Grandchildren Hayley (Andrew), Matthew (Ava), Joseph, Jacob, Kyler, Jessica (Ryan), Brandon, and Amanda; great great granddaughter Winter; sister Betty Ayer (Richard), several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Frances (Clifton) and sister Gwen Downey.

Arrangements under care of Fergusons Funeral Home 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).  Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the NB Alzheimer’s Society ( or the Canadian Cancer Society (

Online condolences for the family may be shared on the Fergusons Funeral Home Facebook Page or at


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Joseph Alfred Claude LeBlanc

Joseph Alfred Claude LeBlanc February 25 1946 September 8 2021 (age 75)

 Joseph Alfred Claude LeBlanc of Moncton passed away on September 8, 2021 at the CHU Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital at the age of 75. Born in Cormier’s Cove on February 25, 1946, he was the son of the late Denis and Lucie (LeBlanc) LeBlanc. He was a proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring after 26 years of service. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He will be sadly missed by one son Joey (Jennifer) LeBlanc, one daughter Leann Saunders, six grandchildren Amanda, James, Corrilyn, Kyle, Josh and Makayla, four great-grandchildren Dylan, Chloe, Jack and Ella, two sisters Denise Belliveau (Donald Gautreau) and Paulette (Dave) Kendall, two brothers Camille (Debbie) and Roger (Tammy) and by several nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife Margaret, his step-father Jaddus Pellerin, and by two brothers Euclide and Normand. There will be a graveyard service held at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Annonciation cemetery, Pre-d’en-Haut on Sunday September 12 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are in the care of Dupuis Funeral home, Memramcook.

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Husband. Father. Grandfather. Brother. Son.

Proud Family Man. Loyal Veteran. Gifted Photographer.

With heavy hearts we announce the passing this week of a one of a kind man, Donald “Rob” Robichaud. After a courageous battle with cancer, we said goodbye on February 11th, 2021.
He will be forever loved and missed by his wife Hazel (Hogan) Robichaud and his children Angela MacIntyre Harris (Stephen) and George MacIntyre (Vanessa Smith) He leaves behind two of the brightest lights of his life, his cherished grandsons Campbell and Quinn, who will miss him so incredibly much.

Donald Joseph came blazing into the world on February 14th, 1949 to Amédée and Rita Robichaud of Amirault, just a stone’s throw from Sainte-Anselme Church in Dieppe, NB. Born the 4th of 8 children, he was a bit of a mischievous black sheep and always had a quick comeback and a twinkle in his eye.

Donald joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1966 at the young age of 17.

It was then that he received the nickname “Rob” which would be his for the rest of his life. Whether you called him Donald, Don, Rob, DonRob or Pépère, he always had a kind smile, a listening ear and a story or two to share. 
DonRob dedicated his life to his country and travelled the world for 25 years collecting memories, accolades and stories. He loved to share stories of his journeys and of the places he went and the people he met along the way. As a steward on many international military flights, he had the privilege of crewing for a number of esteemed and well-known dignitaries.
His postings took him from coast to coast and to Israel as well. He seemed to have the most stories from his days in CFB Comox and Baldy Hughes BC. A meticulous organizer and manager, he held numerous roles over the years in the CANEX military stores and in the Junior Ranks Clubs and Senior NCO’s Mess. He would use these strengths and talents for years to come as he organized and “directed” family trips, dinners and events.
DonRob met the love of his life Hazel on a fateful outing in CFB Wainwright and they made their family official in a quaint ceremony in April 1987.  He proudly retired as a Warrant Officer in 1990, and it was then time to return home to Dieppe and to return his family back to the Maritimes. Rob and Hazel bought their first non-PMQ home on Chartersville Road and they took great pride and joy in raising their children and grand children there. There was always someone dropping in (usually unannounced), a family party happening or some commotion going on with Hazel front and center and Rob smiling quietly in the back.

DonRob spent 16 years working for Correctional Service Canada and was happy to officially retire in 2008 with Hazel to spend more time traveling, volunteering and enjoying his computer and countless hobbies.

Known for his love of photography, DonRob took great pride is what he called “just a fun hobby”. A humble man, he was, in fact, a talented photographer … most notably in sports and portrait photography. He was dedicated to his craft and became well respected in many of the sports organizations in Greater Moncton. What started as a favour to his daughter, a rugby coach, soon became a calling, as he honed his skills and learned more about the game of Rugby so that he could be at “just the right angle” to capture “just the right shot”. And that he sure did. He spent many years photographing the Bernice MacNaughton Highlander athletes and loved working with the Moncton Black Tide Rugby Club as well.  He loved doing event photography and volunteered as a photographer for many years with the Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association, with the Catholic Women’s League and for countless other events, weddings and gatherings. It was one of the first things that cancer took from him and it broke his heart when he eventually had to give it up. Besides his beautiful wife Hazel, his favourite photography subjects were his two grandsons Campbell and Quinn. They grew up with the camera ever present and were always game to play and pose for whatever fun project Pepére had on the go. DonRob loved to take photos of his grandsons playing sports, and he was always happy to take team photos and to capture special requests from many other parents as well. It truly filled him with pride to be asked and we are sure that there are hundreds of mementos of his work from over the years.

DonRob took pride in his health and made it a priority to stay active especially as he got older. After a quadruple heart bypass in 2005, he focused his efforts on walking and then running. He joined the Running Room the very next year and completed the Blue Nose Half Marathon at age 56. He told anyone that would listen (sorry Rob you know it’s true) that he had successfully gotten off ALL his medications over the years. With hard work and his signature determination, he lost weight, and focused on his health to make it happen.

He loved his family fiercely and he took great care to say goodbye to each of his 7 siblings. It filled his heart that they stayed so close and had such great family gatherings over the years. He was the proud brother of Cecile Capson (Gary), Alphonsine Millican (Bill), Clarence Robichaud (Lita), Florence Robichaud, Yvette Noel (Bob), Bernice Robichaud (Russell), and Bernard Robichaud.

He leaves behind a long list of friends, nieces and nephews and extended family from Hazel’s side as well; he will be missed dearly.

Just like he dealt with most things in his life, DonRob managed his illness with the same strength, dry humour and fierce determination, never once complaining about his diagnosis. He will forever be remembered with a twinkle in his eye and for his exceptionally sharp mind. He made it very clear (yes Rob I am still following instructions!) that he wanted to thank all of the nurses, doctors and caregivers who made life so much easier for all of us the last 2 years. A special thank you to Dr. Ravi Comstock and Lenora Tower who went above and beyond to provide such great care and love to our family.

Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held later in the year. He would not want us to cry or to be sad and he would definitely have gruffly insisted that we carry on. And of course he did NOT want to be rushed.

Donations to The Rebecca Schofield Fund ( #beccatoldmeto) would be greatly appreciated by the family and would have meant a lot to him. In lieu of flowers, our family asks that you do something kind for someone else. In this unprecedented time in the world and in all of our lives, kindness can go a very long way.



Léo-Paul Siméon Bourgeois
1945 - 2021

Scoudouc, NB - Léo-Paul Siméon Bourgeois, 75, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, on Monday, February 8, 2021. Born in Shediac, NB, he was the son of the late Siméon and Rita Bourgeois (born Vautour). Besides his mother, Léo-Paul will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Francine; his sons: Mario (Jacky) and Marc; his brothers: his twin Jean-Paul (Martial), Roger (Carmella), Guy (late Gertrude), Donald (Irma) and Maurice (Louise); also by his niece and his four nephews.  Léo-Paul was a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He was also a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, District #11 and Council #10271 and a member of the Golden Age Club of Scoudouc.  Public visitations will be held at Passage in Shediac Bridge, on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Funeral will be celebrated with the family only and will be broadcast online at: at 4:30 pm
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the St-Jacques-Le-Majeur Parish in Scoudouc or to a charity of your choice. The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:


Paul Douthwright
1933 - 2020

Paul Douthwright 87 of Moncton NB passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020,
Paul was predeceased by his parents, Frank Douthwright and Flora Douthwright; and his siblings, Edna, Yvonne, Flora, Marjorie, Freda, Pauline, Robert, and Frank Jr...

He is survived by his sister Josephine Vickers (Bob) of Moncton; and his friend Lucille Mitchell. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Paul was a member of the Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association.  Paul served in the CAF as a Gunner with Z Battery (Para) Shilo Manitoba from 1950 to 1955  

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Passage Funeral Chapel (625 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB E1C2P1). A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Passage Chapel (625 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB E1C2P1). Everyone attending the visitation will be mandated to wear a mask.

A donation can be made to the Dieppe Military Veterans' Association  or to a charity of your choice.



Rudi Saueracker, 62, of Dieppe, passed away on FridayMarch 3rd, 2017 at the Moncton Hospital.

Born and baptised in Timmins, ON; he was the son of Doris (née: Rivers) and the late Heinrich Saueracker.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Saueracker had worked as a Communication Research Operator "291" for the Canadian Armed Forces and was also a master cabinet maker. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; the Dieppe Veterans; Amateur Radio Community; Farmall Cub Tractor Community, Sida-Aids Moncton and followed local Politics.

He is survived by his mother, Doris of Ottawa; his wife, Emilie LeBlanc; his children: Duane of Moncton, Sabrina (Stéphane) Beaulieu of Gibbons, AB, Samantha and Amanda, both of Moncton and Kristina of Dieppe; his sister, Cristel of Ottawa; his brothers: Randy (Laura) of Edmonton and Leonard of Ottawa; one granddaughter, Abbigail; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Heinrich; his sister, Marlene and his brother, Ronald (MARCH 3RD, 2017).

Visitation will be held from the Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, (857-1901) on Tuesday from noon until time of service.

Funeral service will be held from the Cartersville Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 2 pm, with Pastor David Milette officiating.

The Dieppe Veterans will hold a prayer service Tuesday at noon.

Interment in Notre-Dame du Calvaire Cemetery, Dieppe.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation or Sida-Aids Moncton would be appreciated by the family.

A scent-free environment is requested by the family.

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Norm Bourgeois
1944 - 2018

Dieppe, NB – Normand Bourgeois, 73, passed away peacefully at Dr. Georges–L.–Dumont University Hospital Centre, Moncton, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, January 7, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Dismas and Marie–Anne (Robichaud) Bourgeois.
Normand will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Ursula (Bauta) Bourgeois; his son, Normand Jr. of Saskatchewan; his three daughters, Elizabeth “Liz” Mazaris (Quinn) of Barrie, ON, Christine Bourgeois of Peterborough, ON and Laura Duchesne (Darren) of Callander, ON; his five sisters, Doreen Yates (Ed) of Dieppe, Shirley Bourgeois, Carol Plourde (late Dave), Nancy Bell (Todd) all of BC and Sharon Bourgeois of Pickering, ON; his brother, Robert Bourgeois of Pickering, ON; his step–brother, Danny Donovan (Madj) of Pickering, ON; his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also by several uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Justin; his step–brother, Douglas and his step–mother, Alma (Robichaud) Bourgeois.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:
Funeral arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Co–operative and Cremation Centre 3754, Route 134 Shediac Bridge, NB, E4R 1T3 Tel: (506) 532–1050





Barbara Caines

Barbara Caines–Thorne passed away suddenly at the Moncton Hospital on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Born in Havelock, daughter of the late Leo and Freda (Corey) Thorne.
Barb will be sadly missed by her three daughters; Anita (Richard) Gillman, Stephanie Caines (Steve), Nicole Goodwin (Luke), two granddaughters; Mackenzie and Alysha. Also survived by three brothers; Bernard (Donna), Blaine (Sandra), Byron (Linda), one fantastic sister Berneta as well as several nieces, nephews and father of her daughters, Art.
Besides her parents, Barb was predeceased by her loving partner Claude.
Barb was very active with various RCAF Veterans Associations. She was an avid gardener, animal lover and enjoyed home renovation projects. She loved traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She was always on the go; hence her nickname “Roadster”.
Thank You to the Neuro ICU Staff for their care and dedication, with special thanks to Annette.
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Joseph (Joe) Gautreau


At his residence, Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the age of 96 years, passed away Joseph Gautreau. He lived at the Veterans Affairs Center in Moncton, New Brunswick. 
Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Eloi and the late Marguerite (née Lirette) Gautreau.
Before his retirement; Mr. Gautreau served with the Canadian Army for 25 years, was posted to Chilliwack, BC, Whitehorse, YT and Gagetown, NB. He was a veteran of the Second World War; he parachuted during the Normandy invasion.

Joe's memory project   & Pegasus Bridge where Joe Jumped on D-Day

He also served during the Korean War. Joseph was a member of the Associations: 1 st Canadian Parachute Battalion, Royal Canadian Engineer, Dieppe Veterans, Korean War Vets and Canadian Legion Branch # 6. He was a passionate bowler and a good dart player. He was a member of the Dieppe Golden Age Club and the Sainte-Thérèse Parish.
He is survived by a daughter, Gisele (Micheal) Murray of Moncton; four sons: Terry (Lucille) of Moncton, Ron (Sharon) of Fredericton, Jim (Barb) and Micheal, both of Moncton; a sister, Gloria de Pheonix, AZ; a brother, Claude (Pat) of Mississauga, ON; three stepchildren; special friend, Jeannine Daigle; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; as well as several nephews and nieces.
His first wife, Exelda (née LeBlanc) in 1975; his second wife, Marie (née LeBlanc) in 2011; a girl, Bernice; a son, Bob; two sisters: Marguerite and Dolores and a brother, René preceded him in the grave.
Interment will be at Notre-Dame-du-Calvaire Cemetery, Dieppe.
A donation to the CHU Dumont "Veterans" Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

A note from Joe's friends in Dieppe France; 

Toutes nos condoléances à la famille de ce personnage  « hors normes » que nous avions, avec vous ; eu la chance de rencontrer.

Après une vie si chargée, au service de son pays ;

Qu’il repose en paix…………  il l’a ,bien mérité.