McCAUGHEY, Gerald Sheldon CD
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WWII Veteran & Professor Emeritus
4 October 1925 - 23 June 2012
Victoria, British Columbia - Anglican service on June 25, 2012 at "God's Acre" (the Veterans Cemetery), Esquimalt, British Columbia by Rev. Glenn A. Sim for World War Two Veteran, Gerald S. McCaughey, 86, who joined the Lord on June 23, 2012. Born Montreal, October 4, 1925, second son of late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gilmore McCaughey and younger brother of Andrew G. McCaughey. Served in Canada, U.K. and on High Seas as pilot with RCAF and Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in World War Two. Flew more than 25 aircrafts, accumulating over 2,500 flying hours and awarded Campaign Stars and Service Medals. After the war, served 4 years with 401 Squadron (City of Westmount) and with RCNVR VC922 Squadron 11. Recalled in 1978 to serve in NATO exercises and as training commander at Albert Head (1979 to 1982). Active member of naval officers associations: Non-such in Edmonton (awarded a silver medal), Vancouver Island Naval Officers Association, and Association of the United States Navy (made life member). Alumni of McGill and University of Washington, Seattle, taught at military college Royal Roads (1952 to 1963), and University of Alberta (English Dept) (1963 to 1987). Was Visiting Professor at McGill, University of Oregon (Eugene) and San Fernando Valley State University (Los Angeles) where was voted "best professor" by student body, and served as External Examiner of Baccalaureate programs at Princeton University, USA. On retirement, lectured 12 years at the Seniors' Spring and Autumn Flings at Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, and speaker with University of Victoria Speakers Bureau. Dearly missed by wife Jennifer A. McCaughey; mother-in-law Mdm Wee; children Liam (Trish), Regan (Tim), Sean, Christopher (Satpal,) and Deidra (Gwen); brother Drew; sisters-in-law Lorraine, Bee and Sally; brother-in-law K T Ang (Jenny); nephews Sandy, Matthew, Kok Ann (Mandy, Tim); nieces Jennifer, Çhing Hwei, Hsien Hwei, Hsien Ming, and Hsien Fei; and grandchildren, Adrin, Tamara, Mary, Nathan, Kevin, Theresa, Aaron, Gavin, and Claire and many friends and colleagues.
"Good night sweet prince and flights
of angels sing thee to thy rest" - Hamlet
Published in National Post on June 30, 2012