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WITHERS, Ramsey Muir
General (Retired), CMM, CStJ, CD, LLD
July 28, 1930 - December 24, 2014
Suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 in his home at The Royale in Kanata. Strong and courageous to the end, he rejoins his beloved wife, Jean Alison Saunders (d. 2011), but leaves a grieving family. The son of William Withers (d. 1952) and Alice Hannah (d. 1989), he was born in York Township on July 28, 1930. His brother Scott Withers is deceased. He will be greatly missed by his children James Withers (Caroline), Leslie Gray (Paul), Deidre Brown (John), his grandchildren Rebecca and Iaian, Samantha and Erik, Lauren and Kristen, Justine and Laine, and Paul, Emily and Erin, and his great- grandchildren, Ramsey Cecil and Makenna Elizabeth Alison. General Withers' long career as a soldier and civil servant was marked by deep integrity and professional excellence. A decorated Korean War veteran, General Withers began his service at HMCS Royal Roads (H2951, Honorary President – RMC Club) in 1948. As an officer of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, General Withers served with both the Royal 22e Régiment and the Royal Canadian Dragoons. General Withers held senior appointments in Yellowknife, Germany and Ottawa, culminating with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff. After retiring, he also served as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Governor-General's Foot Guards. In 1983, General Withers was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport, and later worked in the private sector. He also dedicated much of his time to volunteering, particularly with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and Scouts Canada. General Withers will be missed and fondly remembered by his friends at the Royale in Kanata, and by the other members of the Canadian War Museum's "A Team", with whom he served as a volunteer interpreter even up to the week of his passing. Family and friends are invited to visit at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on January 9, 2015 from 1700 - 2100hrs, and on January 10, 2015 from 1100hrs until time of a Memorial Service at 1300 hrs. Interment to follow in the National Military Cemetery of Beechwood. In memoriam donations should be to the Canadian War Museum, the Military Families Fund, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. For complete details please see www.beechwoodottawa.ca.


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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015
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