CONLON, Cleve W.
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Governor General's Foot Guards
(21st Canadian Armoured Regiment)
Overseas Veteran WWII
Passed away peacefully after 10 months of failing health. Loving Father of Onough F. Hache of Bible Hill, NS; Dr. Melodie A. Conlon of Ottawa, ON.; Roxanne R. Conlon (Jerry) of Bridgewater, NS; Mary K. Conlon ( Dale) of Fredericton, NB; Colleen T. Conlon ( Eric) of Dartmouth, NS. Grandfather of much loved Kelly-Anne Baker; Amy Kathleen and Benjamin Cleve Ganong. Survived by sister, Carol (Frank) Rees of Aylmer, QC. Also many cherished nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife, Nursing Sister Edith Pearl Langille of Martin's River, NS. Brothers John (Margaret); Father Laurie Conlon O.M.I. of Ottawa, ON.; Ked (Winnifred); Ross (Doreen) of Ottawa, ON.; Sisters Dorothy of Ottawa, ON.; Genevieve (Bert) Martin of Perth, ON.; Kathleen (Ken) Norton of Ottawa, ON; Carmel (Bill) Regan of Toronto, ON; Baby Sister Onough of Ottawa, ON. Predeceased by loving companion Betty E. Goodfellow-Hay. Cleve joined the Governor General's Foot Guards in 1938 at 17 years of age. He was on parade in May 1939 when King George VI and his Queen Elizabeth dedicated the War Memorial in Ottawa. Cleve went on active service January 1942 as a private in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. He landed in France as a Lieutenant Troop leader with the 21st Canadian Armoured Regiment, GGFG shortly after D- Day, and fought in all the major battles with the regiment through Normandy, the west coast of France, Belgium, and Holland to Rasteed in Germany, just south of Wilhelmsaven, finishing as a tank squadron commander. He retired from active service January 1946 as a Major. Cleve joined the Canada Life Assurance Company as a salesman in Ottawa in 1947. He was appointed to head office in Toronto in January 1950 where he excelled in the training department, and was later appointed an officer of the company in charge of managing Eastern Canadian business branches. His major ambition was sales which led to further appointments managing the Nova Scotia branch where he won the prestigious President's Award as most efficient and best branch in the company for North America two consecutive years, 1974 and 1975. During his time in the Nova Scotia branch, he was President of the Canada Life Managers Association for Canada for two terms. He was active in the Rotary Club, Life Underwriters Association, Canadian Managers Association, Senior Board of Trade, Crippled Children's Society, Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Canadian Legion, Easter Seals, Irish Society, City Club of Halifax, and Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron to name a few. He retired in 1976. He enjoyed his retirement years in Martin's Point (Mahone Bay), NS and later in Russell, ON spending cherished years with Betty Goodfellow-Hay, the love of his life. Following a serious illness and a brief period of recuperation, he enjoyed being a volunteer at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Center in Ottawa for a number of years. Wherever he went, he made a host of warm friends. Cleve's wishes were granted when he was accepted as a resident at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Center which was always near and dear to his heart, for the last 4 months of his life. Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home, Somerset Chapel
585 Somerset St. W. Ottawa ON. K1R 5K1
Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. A Mass in Memory of Cleve will be held at Holy Canadian Martyrs Church Thursday at 11:30 a.m. In memoriam donations to the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Center or Holy Canadian Martyrs Church appreciated. The family would like to thank the many people who helped during this very challenging period of his life….especially the caring and compassionate staff of the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Center.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 23, 2013