Black Watch Comrades:
Following is a message sent by Chuck McCabe on December 23:
"It is with great sadness that I must inform you that our friend George Logan passed away tonight at 2030 hrs Eastern.
George was suffering from flu-like symptoms at our last Black Watch lunch on 11 December. I spoke to him twice last week and on both occasions he said he felt quite weak. On Friday he was admitted to the Ottawa General where he spent the weekend. A few moments ago his son, Bill, phoned to say that George had passed away.
Arrangements have not yet been completed but will circulate details as soon as known.
I am in contact with Maureen and Bill.
George, whose regimental service included several tours with 2 RHC, was a long-time member of the Pacific Coast Branch dating back to his appointment as Comdt, Royal Roads Military College circa 1980s. He was a close personal friend and I had the good fortune to have lunch with him on November 29 in Ottawa. We shall all miss a true gentleman and loyal regimental officer.
Colonel (Retired) George Lake Logan
November 23, 1934 - December 23, 2013
As a result of rapidly progressing acute myeloid leukemia complicated by pneumonia, George died last Monday evening, December 23, with family at his side while receiving palliative care at the Ottawa General Hospital. He will be hugely missed by Maureen, his wife of 56 years, his 3 children, Susan, Bill and David (Suzanne) as well as his six grandchildren, Eleanor, Joel, Andrew, Brendin, Hannah and Kayla, and his first great grandson, Matteo. His sister Bev, brothers Dick and Steve will also mourn his death as will sister-in-law Pat, and brothers- in-law Bill (Brenda), John and Gary (Louise). A graduate of Royal Military College and Royal Roads Military College, George served over 35 years with the Canadian Army and was very proud of being a member of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and remained active in the Regimental association until his death. Besides doing just about anything and everything he could to help his family, along with other charitable activities, he volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and with the Canadian War Museum. Cremation has taken place. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date, details to follow. A donation to The Black Watch of Canada Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Ottawa Citizen, 31 Dec 13
Tom Drummond: 30 Dec 13
We shall very much miss George. As already stated, he was a true gentleman.
As part of his wonderful personality, George also had a zany sense of
I am told that during his time as Commandant of Royal Roads, George was
working in his office at the castle, when one of the resident college
peacocks crashed through his office window. After recovering from the
initial shock, George went over to his office locker and put on his steel
helmet, then returned to his desk pretending to work knowing that the staff
would soon rush in to see what the commotion was all about. They found
George, with helmet, ignoring the peacock that was staggering around the
office on a floor covered with broken glass. George informed me that the
peacock survived the incident (getting it out had its difficulties), but the
staff were killing themselves laughing.
George---a classmate, a gentleman and a dear friend.
Len Pitura: 30 Dec 13:
I was saddened to hear about George's demise . I found George to be a decent , caring individual who had a pleasant sense of humour. He roomed across the hall in our final year so we saw a lot of each other .
George proved you could eventually become a Comdt without keeping in step with your fellow marchers !