1957 Review


Obituary, Ottawa Citizen, 04 Oct 11

CADIEUX, Brigadier General "Jack" John Paul Anthony
Peacefully, with family at his side in his cherished cottage Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the age of 76. Jack was proud to call the Royal Military College (RMC), McGill and Harvard his Alma maters and received word Friday, September 30 that he has been designated to receive a Doctor of Military Science Honoris Causa from RMC at the fall convocation in November. He led a full life with distinguished military service followed by many years in federal public service and the private sector. He was passionate about work, love, family and friends and in his retirement was fortunate to be able to often stop and smell his beautiful roses. He is survived by his beloved life partner Ruth Watson, children Paula, Michelle, Roisin, Jaqui (Marc), Eileen (Martin) and John (Justyna) and their mother, Agnes McBride. Grampa Jack to Noemi and Dalina (Paula), Giuliana and Felix (Roisin), Jordan and Bernadette (Jaqui), and Olivier, Sophie and Henry (Eileen). Brother of Lorna Kelly and uncle and great-uncle to many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother (Clare O'Grady), father (Tony Cadieux), younger brother Gerry, niece Danielle and his eldest son Patrick. We would like to give special thanks to palliative care nurse Gini Jarvis and Dr. David Gold for their compassion and tremendous help. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) Wednesday, October 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial Mass to be held at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, 385 Sussex Drive, Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Interment and reception to follow at the National Military Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue. Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers.


(from Bill Campbell)

Visitation will be at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Family Chapel, 85 McLeod St, Ottawa on Wednesday, 5 Oct 11 from 1400 to 1600 and 1900 to 2100 .
The service will be at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame, Sussex Drive on Thursday 6 Oct 11 at 1400 .(opposite the National Gallery)
Interment will follow at the National Military Cemetery at approximately 1530, followed by a reception at the Beechwood Reception Centre. (When you drive into Beechwood proceed all the way to the east end of the cemetery and park along the roadway.)
For those attending from the Class of 1957 I am asking for the gentlemen only to gather in the foyer of the church while your spouse/partner is seated. The service will start with a procession of the Class members following the urn going to the altar. There will be a block of seats reserved for the Class members (not for spouses/partners). Berets are not required 
We are expecting a military presence at the interment service at the NMC to be provided by cadets from RMC and CMR St Jean. I encourage you to also attend this part of the ceremony. The reception will follow in the Beechwood reception centre.


(from Bill Campbell)

BGen Jack Cadieux’s funeral was held Thursday, 6 Oct 11. The Memorial Mass was held in the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica followed by the interment under a warm sunny sky at the National Military Cemetery (NMC). Seventeen of our Classmates acted as honourary pall bearers. Those attending from the Class were Denny Boyle, Bill & Dora Broughton, Bill & Muriel Campbell, Don & Joyce Coulter, Georges Desbarats, Jeep & Jean Fortier, Jake & Leone Freill, Don Goodwin, Ed Healey, Frank Hlohovsky, George Logan, Jim McPherson, Serge Morin, John Plant, Al Roberts, Earl & Shirley Schaubel, Roger Wainwright. Mary Rose Gagne was also in attendance. For the interment service at the NMC eight cadets in scarlets, four from RMC and four from CMR St. Jean, a piper and a bugler provided the military presence.

The theme of the homily by Monsignor Kevin Beach was taken from the RCAF motto: “Per Ardua Ad Astra” – “Through Adversity to the Stars”. It was very fitting under the spectacular star-studded canopy of the Cathedral.
It was a sad but impressive day to remember as we said goodbye to Jack.


Bill Broughton and Georges Desbarats


Don Coulter, George Logan and Don Goodwin


Bill Campbell, John Plant, Al Roberts, Bill Broughton, Earl Schaubel and Roger Wainwright


BGen “Jack” John P Cadieux - Obituary for Veritas

Class of 1957


Jack entered 4 Squadron RMC on 11 Sep 1953. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this event on 11 Sep 2003 Jack inaugurated an annual party for his Classmates at his cottage home in the Gatineau . Nine very successful “Day One Parties” were held each with a roast pig and two salmon decorated by Jack. This event exemplified Jack’s love of RMC , CMR St. Jean and his Classmates. His last party this year was a demanding challenge for Jack but with his typical drive and determination and with the love and support of his partner, Ruth Watson, the event was another great success. Jack was a top student at RMC winning the Governor-General’s Bronze and Silver Medals for Best Cadet in Class in 1954 and 1955. He was Cadet Squadron Leader of 8 Sqn in his senior year. After RMC he was awarded a B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) by McGill, an M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering - Radio Astronomy) from Queen’s and a M.B. A. (Distinction) from Harvard. He had a tour as a lecturer in electrical engineering at RMC in the 1960s. During 1969-71 he was CO of 433 ETAC, a C-5 tactical fighter squadron that conducted operations in French. Perhaps his most significant career accomplishment was when as Commandant of CMR St. Jean, 1971-1973, he revitalized the bilingualism program. In one year the participation rate improved from 55% to 94% with cadets in the top two performance levels increasing from 24% to 40%. This program was adopted by the two sister Colleges.  This success led to the decision to declare him an honorary graduate of CMR and giving him an Honorary (CMR) College number H12478 on the 20th anniversary of the College in 1972 with Governor Roland Michener in attendance. This explains how Jack ended up with the very rare distinction of having two college numbers. He then took on assignments in Ottawa, the first in Treasury Board and the second in DND as Director General, Recruiting, Education and Training. From 1975 to 1977 he was the senior Canadian Air Force officer in NATO as Commander, No. 1 Canadian Air Group in Lahr, West Germany. After leaving the Forces he served in senior management positions for 10 years: Transport Canada as Director General Airports & Construction Services, Office of the Comptroller General as Assistant Comptroller General , Management Practices and Correctional Services Canada as Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Planning and Administration. In 1987 Jack took up employment in the private sector, first in Canadair Inc. Surveillance Systems Division as Vice President and General Manager, and then as Executive Vice President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. From 1991 to 1994 he was President and CEO of the Banff School of Advanced Management. From 1994 until his illness intervened he was President and CEO of UESUGI Management & Advisory Services offering consulting, facilitating and marketing services to private and public sector clients. During his career Jack sat on many advisory boards and led two successful United Way Campaigns. In the kitchen Jack was a passionate chef who was fastidious in preparing wonderful meals for his guests. Jack went to Japan to study the art and science of Japanese gardens. He then designed and built a beautiful Japanese stroll garden on the grounds of his cottage in the Gatineau, north of Ottawa. His garden was his pride and joy and he received many accolades from the experts. Jack passed away 1 Oct 11. The day before he died  he learned he had been designated to receive a Doctor of Military Science Honoris Causa from RMC at the convocation in November. He had a sip of champagne to celebrate the news. Jack is survived by Ruth Watson, his beloved life partner, children Paula, Michelle, Roisin, Jaqui, Eileen and John and their mother Agnes McBride. Son Patrick predeceased him. Many grandchildren and nieces and nephews will miss him dearly. The Class of 1957 has lost one of its most distinguished members. He will be sorely missed.

3837 William M Campbell


Here are photos taken at Jack Cadieux's Doctor of Laws honourary degree ceremony on 17 Nov 11. John Plant  missed out on the photo op.

left to right - Muriel Campbell, Bill Campbell, Jackie Cadieux (Jack's daughter), Roger Wainwright, MND Peter McKay, Don Coulter, Ruth Watson, Jake Freill, Denny Boyle




On Saturday, 19 MAY 2012, Ruth Watson make the inaugural presentation of the "Patrick Joseph Anthony Cadieux Memorial Award for the Top Officer Cadet (in the first year of studies)".

Group photo with the CDS

Winning Cadet

Muriel and Ruth

Bill Campbell: 22 May 12

My first visit to CMR St-Jean was on Saturday, 19 May 2012. It was a very memorable day. In the presence of the CDS, Walter Natynczyk, Ruth Watson (Jack Cadieux’s widow) dedicated a plaque at CMR St-Jean to honour the memory of Patrick Joseph Anthony Cadieux. Patrick was Jack’s eldest son who passed away at the age of eleven from leukemia. The plaque will record the names of those cadets who are the recipients of the “Top Officer Cadet Award in the First Year of Studies”. The award is for the top overall performance in the four pillars of the College curriculum: Academics, Leadership, Sports and Bilingualism.  Jack, Commandant of CMR from 1971 to 1973, funded this award from his estate with a gift of $40,000 to the RMC Foundation. He wanted it to begin on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the opening of CMR St-Jean. During the parade which followed the dedication ceremony Ruth presented the award to the winning cadet. He was given a cheque for $500 and an iPad. Some photos from the dedication and the parade are included.

At the Convocation held the Friday evening before, Al Roberts presented several bursaries provided by the RMC Class of 1957. These were: 1) Junior and senior officer cadets who have demonstrated the highest military performance, 2) Officer cadets who have shown the most improvement in French and English as a second language, and 3) Officer cadet who has shown the most academic improvement between his or her first and his or her last semester at CMR St-Jean.

Thanks to Al’s efforts the Class of 1957 has a very high profile at CMR. On the few occasions when I mentioned to someone that I was a member of the Class of 1957 I was warmly acknowledged because of the high esteem held for our Class. It was an eye-opener for me to see how many awards sponsored by the Class of 1957 Al presented at Convocation. It is very clear to me that our Class efforts are very much appreciated by the CMR staff. Al told me he will soon be giving an update to the Class on what we are doing for CMR.

Ruth Watson and Bill Campbell with the plaque.

English wording on the plaque

(This is a big enlargement of a small piece the former photo. When French is included, it's not readable.)