9:30 a.m., July 29)
WWII veteran passes away at the age of 98
By Fred Sherwin
(ret) Ed Timson carries the Olympic torch
during the 2010 Olympic Torch Realy as his
son Renaud wheels him down St. Joseph Blvd..
World War II veteran and Royal Canadian Legion Branch
342 charter member Ed Timson has passed away at the age
served with the RAF, RCAF and Royal New Zealand over a
27 year period from 1941 to 1968. During the Second World
War he served as an airframe technician helping to keep
the RAF's Boston MkII light bombers and Typhoon fighter
planes in the air.
was a fixture at the Legion's annual RCAF anniversary
mess dinner and he was always in attendance at the Branch
632 Remembrance Day ceremonies where he often took part
in the wreath laying ceremony on behalf of his fellow
World War II veterans..
highlight of Timson's post military career was taking
part in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Timson, who was
confined to a wheelchair at the time, held the torch high
as his son Eric pushed him down St-Joseph Blvd. near Tenth
on April 4, 1918 in Birmingham, England,. Ed joined the
RAF in 1941 and served as an Airframe Technician until
the war's end. After the war, Ed worked in a car plant
for three years until he grew board and decided to runoff
to New Zealand where he joined the Royal New Zealand Air
Force and served for four years in Auckland and Fiji.
leaving the RNZAF in 1952, Ed returned to England, but
he didn't stay long. In 1955, he saw a Royal Canadian
Air Force recruitment ad in a London newspaper and off
he went to Canada to join the RCAF.
first posting was in St. Hubert, Quebec where he met his
future wife Jeanne. He was there for seven years before
being posted to Trenton in 1962 and eventually Marville,
France in 1967, When the base was closed a year later
he retired from the air force at the age of 50 and returned
to Canada where the couple settled down in Orléans.
his military career, Ed worked at various jobs until he
retired permanently in 1973. In 1981, he helped establish
RCL Branch 632 in Orléans, and as such, was a charter
member and an active one.
and Jeanne volunteered for every fundraising event the
Legion held, but he had a particular passion for the annual
Poppy Campaign. He was also an avid golfer and bowler
until his health and age prevented him from doing so.
Jeanne passed away in 2007, Ed continued to volunteer
for Legion activities including the Poppy Campaign.
With notes from Bud Dion
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