WILLIAMS, William Ivor
At London Health Sciences, Victoria Hospital, on Friday, January 13th, 2017, in his 94th year. Ivor was the much loved husband of the late Dulcie (née Williamson) (2014). Dear father of Garry (Heidi) and Judie (Gerry) Wheaton. Proud Grandpa of Jill Kazakoff (Jason), Beth Wheaton (Geoff Milsom), Megan (Mark Letellier) and Darcy Williams (Mike Pearson). Great grandfather of Madeline and Allison Kazakoff, of Edson, AB; Sydney and Michaela Dulcie Milsom, of Edmonton; and Ben Williams, of London. Fondly remembered by his niece Myra Henry (Bill), of Goderich, as well as by other members of his extended family. Predeceased by sister Eluned McNair (2014) and brother Maldwyn (WWII).
Ivor participated in the Normandy Landing (RCAF) in June 1944. Post-war, he became a journalist, eventually taking the position of managing editor of the London Free Press. Later in his career, he was editor of the Regina Leader Post for about 15 years.
Active at Westmount Presbyterian Church, Ivor also took part in professional organizations and volunteered in his community. He enjoyed his time with a wide circle of friends. Many thanks to the caregivers at Inspirit and Highview Residences in London, where Ivor spent his last 5 years, as well as to the Ortho and Palliative Care staff at Victoria Hospital.
Thanks also to Ivor’s friends who faithfully visited him, took him for coffee and drives and shared memories with him. Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Ivor’s life will be conducted at WESTMOUNT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH , 521 Village Green Avenue, London at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Westmount Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex Inc., or to the charity of your choice.
Information and online condolences are available by visiting http://www.westviewfuneralchapel.com13136576
A comment from a reader…
I flew in and flew this beautify bird on the 7th July 2016. A pure pleasure.
The fact that this plane has a real history is fantastic and to have flown in it is a real honour.
Steve Davies. “Redcar”
At first he was an unidentified pilot on a group picture.
Just to let you know the unknown squadron 443 member kneeling in the front row beside Luis Perez Gomez is Sidney Bregman (not EH Fairfield). When the Step-Daughter of Sidney e-mailed me she confirmed that after looking at the photo copy of the squadron picture I sent her she knew right away that Sidney was the unknown squadron member. I was saying to Tara that I’m curious now to figure out which one is EH Fairfield in the squadron picture?
More after this comment…
I am pleased to learn that Sidney Bregman lived a long and full life with a large family. The reason for my interest is that on my 58th birthday (27th. September 2016) I will be flying in Spitfire MJ627 in which, as a member of RCAF 441 squadron, on the same day in 1944, P/O Bregman shot down a Messerschmitt Bf109 over Arnhem. I have many reasons for making this flight, but mainly it is as an act of respect and remembrance, also to try and gain a greater appreciation of the difficulties and discomfort that the men who took part in this conflict underwent. To say nothing of the thrill of a lifetime in actually flying one of these beautiful aircraft.
David Kluey commented once more…
As a result of this unfortunate mishap, I was always intrigued with Vampires, leading to my flight in 2012 in UK with Matt Hampton of The Vampire Preservation Group. In 1948 many people were quite interested in viewing a propellor less aircraft actually fly. We watched in awe as F/O Hodgins aircraft slowly spiralled downward from a high altitude with no attempt to recover. Personally, I have always believed he was probably unconscious at the time. The original Vampires became known for oxygen system failures and were not fitted with ejection seat systems at that time.
Someone who commented on this original post.
As an 8 year old lad and my dad with 412 Transport Squadron in Rockcliffe, I sat on the hill overlooking the runways and witnessed the crash of Vampire jet #17037 on June 11, 1948, piloted by F/O Rooney Hodgins approx. 1/2 mile off the east end of the runway in the bush. Now in my mid 70’s, I never forgot that horrible site. Also, I finally flew in a Vampire T-11 in UK in 2012. What a memory.
Who remembers Flying Officer Rooney Hodgins?
Paul-Émile Piché’s granddaughter sent me this message.
Hi Nicole and Pierre,
This is some brief info that I found on Rooney Alexander Hodgins. Please see below.
Find a Grave
April 3, 1923 Campbell’s Bay, Québec – June 11, 1948 in Ottawa, ON
Hodgins was repatriated to Canada in December 1944. He retired from the RCAF in September 1945, but rejoined in May 1946. On June 11, 1948, Flight Lieutenant Hodgins was killed in a flying accident with a Vampire Jet which crashed
The first two fatalities involved very experienced pilots. They were Flying Officer Rooney Hodgins, killed June 11, 1948, and Squadron Leader Stanley Broadbent, killed June 18, 1948. Not surprisingly, pilots soon expressed misgivings. Wing Commander R.W. McNair, writing on Aug. 31, 1948, reported: “During recent flights at 25,000 feet for periods up to one and a half hours, I experienced serious deteriorations of vision due to frosting of the inside canopy and windscreen. In fact, during one flight the restriction became so great that I was totally unable to map read or see other aircraft in the formation.”