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(Posted 9:30 a.m., July 29)
Orléans WWII veteran passes away at the age of 98

By Fred Sherwin
OrléansOnline.ca

Airman (ret) Ed Timson carries the Olympic torch during the 2010 Olympic Torch Realy as his son Renaud wheels him down St. Joseph Blvd.. File photo

Orléans World War II veteran and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 342 charter member Ed Timson has passed away at the age of 98.

Timson 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.

Timson 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..

The 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 Line Road.

Born 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.

After 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.

His 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.

Following 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.

He 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.

After 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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