Honorary Colonels and
Lieutenant Colonels of The
Colonel Skip MacDonald
2010 - June 2012
Colonel Robert James Sinclair Gibson, CLJ, MMLJ
August 2001 - 2010
Robert JS (Bob) Gibson was born in Bently,
Alberta in 1946, the eldest son of a homesteader farming near Rocky Mountain House, and
was raised in a number of Alberta towns. By his fifth birthday, Gibson's father had
become employed with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as a farming instructor,
and the family of six moved to High Prairie. His childhood included activities with
cubs, scouts, sports teams, as well as service with the King's Own Calgary Regiment's
Cadet Corps in Gleichen.
graduated from Bow Valley Central High School in Cluny, Alberta, and joined the Royal
Canadian Navy as an officer cadet. After his initial year at the University
of Alberta, he worked for several years as a surveyor in the seismograph industry
throughout Western Canada. After leaving seismic, he returned to the University of
Alberta for another year and became a realtor, later joining Southland Canada and becoming
District Sales Manager for thirty-one 7-Eleven stores.
Becoming involved in real estate development led to a stint as Area
Manager for Western Realty Projects with responsibility for Southern Alberta. In
1976 he accepted a position as President of United Management Ltd., and ultimately
Managing Director of Alsten Holdings, Ltd., the holding company of the Singer Family of
Calgary, where he still serves.
In 1986, Colonel Gibson had acquired the
Bobtail Ranch in Penticton, BC, where he raises a commercial herd and pedigree Angus
cattle with his wife, Brigitte. His other interests have included sailing, flying,
and the military, and is a certified offshore sailor, fixed wing, and helicopter
pilot. He has served as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 15th Edmonton Medical
Company, and assumed the same position with the Calgary Highlanders on 8 August 2001.
That December, he assumed the position of Honorary Colonel with the Regiment.
Colonel Gibson sits on a number of committees
related to the Army Reserve and is active in many charitable works through the Order of
St. Lazarus as well as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program. He has two sons and
GW Cameron, CM, LLD
1 Jul 2000 - 31 Dec 2001
Gordon Wallace (Scotty) Cameron
was born on May 26, 1931 in Mankota, Saskatchewan. He belonged to both the Army and Air Cadet movements between
1946 and 1951, and attended summer training and officer courses at Camp Borden (now
Canadian Forces Base Borden) in Ontario. Graduating from the University of
Saskatchewan in 1955 with a degree in Economics and Commerce, he soon held a number of
senior posts in the Saskatchewan Provincial Government. From 1960 he held
such positions in the Government as Deputy Minister of the Department of Industry and
Commerce (1964-1970), and moved on to senior positions in both oil companies and the Energy Council of
Canada. He is most well known as the President and CEO of PanAlberta Gas
(1974-1994) and also served as President of the Energy Council, President of
the World Energy Council, President of the Calgary Petroleum Club and
Chairman of the Oilmen's Golf Tournment.
Extensive community involvement in Calgary was
also a focus of Colonel Cameron's life, sitting on the boards of many cultural,
educational and charitable organizations, and chaired campaigns for the
Calgary United Way, Easter Seals, Light Up a Child's Life, Cancer Society
and the University of Saskatchewan.
made a member of the Order
of Canada in 1995 and he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Petroleum
Industry Hall of Fame on June 11, 1997. His interest in the military saw him
become involved with The Museum of the Regiments as a director, as well as
the Calgary Centre for Military Strategic Studies. Honorary Colonel Cameron served in his appointment
with The Calgary Highlanders from 1 July 2000 to 31
December 2001. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the
University of Saskatchewan, received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and
Confederation Medals for both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
"Scotty" Cameron passed away on June 18, 2013. He was survived by his wife
Joan (nee Schnell) Cameron, wife of 58 years whom he met at the University
of Saskatchewan, daughters Maggie (Bill) Pringle and Catherine (Bruce)
Gerus, was predeceased by a son, Gordie, in 1976.
24 Jul 1994- 1 Jul 2000
Rogers McDaniel was born 18 March 1926 in High River, Alberta. On 14 June 1943 he
joined the 2nd Battalion, Calgary Highlanders in Calgary with the rank of Private.
He transferred to HMCS Nonsuch in Edmonton on 12 October 1944, and left the service in
August 1945. He attended the Universities of Alberta and Oklahoma and graduated in
1947 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. In 1948, he married Marilyn McDaniel
and raised two children. Marilyn passed away in 1995.
Professionally, Mr. McDaniel established McDaniel and
Associates Consultants Ltd. in 1955, an engineering firm providing oil and gas reservoir
studies and evaluations. In addition to building his own firm, he maintained
associations with other corporations, such as holding the position of Chairman of Canadian
Airlines International Ltd for 17 years before retiring from the Board of Governors in
1991. He was also President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary
Petroleum Club, Chairman of the Calgary Parking Authority, and a member of many Boards of
Directors of public institutions including the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board.
Beginning in September of 1993, Colonel McDaniel served on the Canadian Council of
Honorary Colonels of Canada and for a period was Chairman of the Board.
He became Honorary Lieutenant Colonel on the Regiment's
birthday, 1 April 1992, and raised to Honorary Colonel on 24 July 1994. He
retired from this honorary position on Canada's birthday, 1 July 2000.
Mannix, OC, AOE, CD
Fred P Mannix was
born in Calgary, Alberta, on 24 February 1942. He attended the Strathcona Boys
School, Ridley College and the University of Alberta where he earned a Bachelor of
Commerce degree. During his Ridley years, Mr. Mannix joined the Army Cadet Corps
earning the rank of Corporal. He was appointed Quartermaster to the Band and was an
instructor on the Bren Gun Squad. His interest in sports during his school years led
to appointment as Captain of the fencing team and President of the University of Calgary
Judo Club as well as being a brown belt member of the judo team for five years.
His sports activities have included polo, squash, tennis, shooting and flying
remote control model airplanes. His strong work ethic was formed at an early age; at
twelve he worked as a water boy on the IOCC Railroad from Seven Islands to Shefferville,
Quebec. At fifteen he was a labourer and powder monkey in the Taber, Alberta Coal
Mine. At sixteen, he operated a bulldozer at the Brazeau Dam. He later held a
succession of project management jobs from foreman to project manager.
Mr. Mannix later served as Vice President and General
Manager, and later Chairman of the Board, of Loram Company Ltd. He continued as a
director of Loram, parent company of the Loram Group and Chairman of his own personal
company, Manvest Inc. He has also served as Director of the Calgary Polo Club,
served on the board of Siemens Electric Ltd, the Alberta Microelectrical Centre, Calgary
Research and Development Authority, and the Investors Group of Winnipeg.
In 1978-79, Mr. Mannix attended the National Defence College
course XXXII, and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in March 1981. In 1986
he was promoted to the position of Honouary Colonel and was deeply involved in the visit
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 when Her Majesty presented The Calgary
Highlanders with a new Queen's Colour, as well as dedicating the Museum of the Regiments
in which the Regimental Museum and Archives are housed.
Honorary Colonel Fred Mannix - affectionately known as
"Colonel Fred" - retired in 1994 but remained very active in regimental and
Reserve Army affairs, perhaps the most tangible sign being the donation of the Weaponeer
small arms simulator.
In May 2014
it was announced that Mr. Mannix had been be admitted to the Alberta Order
of Excellence on 15 October 2015, bringing the total membership of the order
||SC Nickle, Jr.
Sam C. Nickle was born on 5 April 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Gudrun Olga Mylada
Simonson and Samuel Clarence Nickle. In 1917, Sam moved to Calgary with his family,
attending school at Sunalta, Connaught, South Calgary and Western Canada High Schools. In
November 1926, he enlisted in the 13th Division Signals, Royal Canadian Signals (R.C.S.),
and in May 1932, he enlisted in the 23 Field Battery and 19th Artillery Brigade, Royal
Canadian Artillery (R.C.A.). Sam founded the Nickle Map Service Ltd. in 1935, during the
Turner Valley oil boom. He joined the Calgary Highlanders in February 1938 and served
overseas from 1939 to 1945. He was commissioned in the Canadian Intelligence Corps
(C.I.C.) in April 1943. Sam married Rosemary June Ellison on 7 December
1945. In 1946, Sam was discharged from active duty, rejoining the Highlanders until retiring in 1948.
After the war he returned to the Nickle Map
Service, which was one of the principal suppliers of maps of all types to the oil
industry. He spent many years in the oil and gas industry and became a director and
officer of a number of oil companies. Sam was the Owner, President and Director of Nickle
Map Service Ltd., he was also the President of Juclare Equities Ltd., Canadiana Fine Arts
Ltd., Canadiana House, Canadian Williston Minerals Ltd., The 10th Battalion (Bn.) Calgary
Highlanders Association, and Norcan Oils Ltd., and was Vice-President of Canadian Gridoil
Limited, Gridoil Freehold Leases Ltd., Oil and Natural Gas exploration and production,
Norcan Oils, and Scenic Oils Ltd., and was Exploration Manager and VP of Anglo-American
Exploration Ltd.. He was the Director of Producers' Pipelines Ltd., Westspur Pipe Line
Ltd., Panarctic Oils Ltd., Photographic Survey Corporation Ltd., PSC Applied Research
Ltd., Kenting Aviation Ltd., Field Aviation Ltd., and BNA Philatelists Ltd. Sam was a
Member of the American Petroleum Institute, the American Society of Photogramatists, the
Newcomen Society, the National Postal Museum Advisory Committee of the Canada Post Office,
the Stamp Design Advisory Committee of the Canada Post Office, the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Sam belonged to the Calgary Petroleum Club,
the United Services Institute, the Canadian Military Intelligence Association (Assn.), and
was past president of the Calgary Highlanders Association
In 1971 he succeeded his father, S.C. Nickle, as the Honorary Colonel of the Calgary
Highlanders, a position which he remained in until 1986.
Sam received the 1939-1945 Star, the France - Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal and Bar, and the Canadian Efficiency
Medal (1939) which was awarded to him in 1978. In 1993, Sam was awarded, for merit, the
rank of Toshach, which is the highest level of achievement in the Clan of Gallant
Canadians. Sam and Rosemary had one daughter, Suzanne Patriquin.
Sam C. Nickle died in Calgary on 26 January 1994 at the age of 80 years.
||SC Nickle, Sr.
Nickle was born in November 1889, the son of a Philadelphia shoemaker. After moving
to Canada with his family, he married G Olga Simonson in Winnipeg in 1912 and produced two
sons and two daughters. His son Sam later became Honorary Colonel of the Calgary
The Nickle family moved to Calgary in 1917, and Sam Sr.
entered the oil business in 1924 while maintaining a family shoe business.
Unfortunately, both ventures were failures and Nickle sold pea soup to eke out a living,
and he continued with business ventures in the oil industry until 1944 when his fortunes
well established at last, he turned to philanthropy, and made substantial gifts to the
University of Calgary over the years. He became a widower in 1966, and remarried, to
wife Althea Catherine, in 1967. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in 1964
and Honorary Colonel in 1970, a position he held until his passing on 28 June 1971.
||EL Harvie, OC, CD, QC
Harvie was born in Orillia, Ontario on 2 April 1893. He spent a happy and busy
childhood there before moving to Calgary in 1905, and he entered law school in 1911.
He continued his studies after the outbreak of war, though he enlisted in the 15th
Alberta Light Horse in October 1914 and graduated law school in 1915. He was
transferred to the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles) and went to the 56th Battalion, CEF in
March 1916. By June 1916 he was a Lieutenant with the 49th (Edmonton) Battalion.
On 8 October 1916 he was wounded at Ancre Heights, and though he recovered, was
sent to Barrie, Ontario on sick leave in February 1917. In August he was training
with the Royal Flying Corps in Barrie, and later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and
eventually ended the war serving as a Captain in the 49th Battalion.
Harvie married Dorothy Jean Southam (of the famous newspaper
family) and had one daughter and two sons. He became a successful lawyer and
businessman, working as a corporate lawyer into his early fifties and amassing wealth in
the oil business.
civic life, Harvie was instrumental in the development of the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park,
the Devonian Gardens, the Calgary bicycle path system, and was a patron of the Banff
Centre of the Performing Arts. He was also involved with the raising of the statues
of Robert the Bruce at the Jubilee Auditorium and that of General Wolfe at the Planetarium
(now the Calgary Science Centre). His greatest passion was for collecting, and he
had no specific field of interest - his wide ranging interests led to the creation of the
Glenbow Museum and its supporting foundation. The museum itself was named after his
ranch near Cochrane, Alberta.
Mr. Harvie became interested in
Highlanders following the Second World War, being appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in 1948
and Honorary Colonel in 1950, in which capacity he served until retirement in 1962.
He passed away in 1975 at age 82.
||The Right Honourable
Viscount RB Bennett, PC, KC, LLD
Bennett was born on 3 July 1870 in Hopewell, New Brunswick. He graduated from the
Dalhousie University in Halifax and in 1893 was admitted to the bar. In 1897 he
migrated to Calgary and served in the legislative assemblies of the Northwest Territories
and Alberta. Mr. Bennett had a forty-year long political association with Calgary
via the Calgary West Riding (1897-1937). His association with the community ran
deep, from joining the law firm of Senator James Lougheed (also a main director of the CPR
and Hudson's Bay Company) to his involvement in creating the Calgary Power Company, a
brewery, a flour mill and several grain elevators. He was a resident of the Palliser
Hotel, at that time the tallest building in the City and one of the most elegant.
In 1911 he entered the
House of Commons as a member for Calgary, and in 1916 became Director General of National
Service, becoming acquainted with and later working closely with Lord Beaverbrook.
In 1921, he was appointed Minister of Justice, and became Honorary Colonel of the newly
formed Calgary Highlanders that same year. His relationship with the Regiment would
continue until his death.
In 1927, R.B. Bennett
became leader of the Conservative Party and in 1930 became the eleventh Prime Minister of
Canada. The Great Depression held many challenges, and in October 1935 Bennett was
defeated by Mackenzie King in a federal election. Bennett's political legacy
included building the Bank of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He
also left a blueprint for many things like universality, unemployment insurance, minimum
wages and pensions.
In 1937, Colonel Bennett left politics and moved to England
in 1938. He was made a Viscount in 1941, and died unmarried on 27 June 1947 at
- June 2012
Michael Shaw was born in Montreal, Quebec and educated at Queen's
University, graduating with Honours with a degree in Commerce in 1977.
He was a managing director of Global Enterprises, ATCO Group from 1979
to 2009. Semi-retired, he sits on the board of several companies and
institutions, including Aviva Insurance, Great Western Brewery, Cash
Store Financial, ITC Construction Group, Chariot Carriers Ltd, Canadian
Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Calgary Petroleum Club and the
Grief Support Committee of Calgary Health Services. A former Army Cadet
at Lower Canada College and Upper Canada College he currently resides in
Calgary with wife Linda June Sinclair, and his daughters Amanda and
||Robert JS Gibson, CLJ,
8 Aug 2001 - 31 Dec 2001
Robert J.S. Gibson was born in Bently, Alberta, in 1946, the eldest son of a
homesteader, farming near Rocky Mountain House. Bob was raised in a number of towns
in Alberta. By the time he was five his father was working for the Department of
Indian and Northern affairs as a farm instructor and settled with his wife and four
children in High Prairie where Bob began his schooling. He graduated with honours
from Bow Valley High School in Cluny, Alberta, and was active in the King's Own Calgary
Regiment Cadet Corps in Gleichen.
in the Royal Canadian Navy followed, as an officer cadet, and Mr. Gibson attended his
first year at the University of Alberta. His schooling was interrupted by several
years working as a surveyor in the seismograph industry throughout Western Canada, after
which he returned to the University of Alberta for another year. He became a
realtor, joined the team at Southland Canada, and became District Sales Manager with
responsibility for thirty-one 7-Eleven stores.
Mr. Gibson went on to become involved in real
estate development, rising to Area Manager for Western Realty Projects, responsible for
southern Alberta. In 1976 he accepted the position of President of United Management
Ltd. and ultimately Managing Director of Alsten Holdings Ltd, the holding company of the
Singer Family of Company, a position which he held for over twenty years.
In 1986, Mr. Gibson returned to his family roots
and acquired the Bobtail Ranch in Penticton, BC, where he and wife Brigitte raises a
commercial herd as well as a reputable herd of pedigree Angus cattle. His other
interests included sailing, flying and the military, and Mr. Gibson is a certified
offshore sailor, multi-instrument rated pilot, and helicopter pilot who has served as
Honorary Colonel of 15th (Edmonton) Medical Company and sat on a number of committees
related to Army Reserve restructuring. Charitable works include activities with both
the Order of St. Lazarus and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. He later
served as Honorary Colonel (see above.)
||GW Cameron, CM, LLD
24 Jul 1994 - 1 Jul 2000
A full biography is
given above under Honorary Colonels. At left, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Cameron
is piped into the annual military band display at the Museum of the Regiments in August of
1996 by Piper Paul Ritchie (left) and Piper Mark MacDonald.
1 Apr 1992 - 24 Jul 1994
A full biography is given above under Honorary Colonels.
Pierce created Ranger Oil in 1958 and grew it into a major firm among the many Oil and Gas
related companies in Alberta. Prior to embarking on this business venture, he had
graduated from McGill University in 1948 with a degree in Geology. A veteran of the
Second World War, he flew with the Royal Air Force and RCAF Ferry Command. His death
while on a cattle drive at the age of 67 was a surprise to the Regiment; Colonel Pierce
was survived by his wife Erna May, three sons and two daughters.
FP Mannix, OC, CD
A full biography is given above under Honorary Colonels.
||Mark Tennant, CM, ED, CD
Tennant was born on 27 June 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, attending school at St. Rose du
Lac, and later moving to Alberta where he completed his schooling in Lethbridge. In
1925, Tennant joined the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, leaving that organization in 1929
when he joined the Militia, enlisting in the South Alberta Regiment.
On 27 August 1939, two days after Militia units
across the country were placed on active service, Tennant re-enlisted in the 20th
Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was given Regimental Number
M7. On 6 September 1939, five days after the Calgary Highlanders were mobilized,
Tennant transferred to the Regiment as a Private.
was promoted very quickly, by 1940 he was a Platoon Sergeant Major, an experimental
position which was abolished in 1940. Along with many of the other PSMs, Tennant was
commissioned as an officer and made a full-fledged platoon commander. As orderly officer,
he earned the nickname "The Green Hornet" after a popular radio show character
who always knew what the "bad guys" were thinking. Promotion to captain
followed in June 1942. Tennant was still with the battalion in July 1944 when the
unit landed in France. Tennant served in Support Company and specialized in
reconnaissance missions. Captain Tennant seemed fearless and performed all manner
of dangerous missions under fire, including spotting for field artillery and using
universal carriers to move ammunition and wounded men. He was with the CO of the
Black Watch, Lieutenant Colonel Cantlie, when he was killed just prior to the disastrous
Verrieres Ridge attack on 25 July 1944. In August 1944 he was promoted to
major, and in October was severely wounded during the fighting to open a path onto the
South Beveland Peninsula. During a fierce German counter-attack, Tennant was hit by
20mm gunfire as he mounted the steps of a church. The CO, Lieutenant Colonel
MacLauchlan, was moved tears on news of his injuries and proclaimed "There goes a
stout fellow! Worth three men to us."
Tennant was wounded a total of three times
during the war, and the wounds suffered that day were serious enough to have him
hospitalized for several months. In 1945, after being informed he would be sent
home, he convinced the medical authorities to allow him to rejoin the Highlanders, and he
commanded "D" Company in the absence of George Stott, who was on leave, during
the action at Doetinchem and later at Groningen. Company rolls have him commanding
"B" Company in June 1945 after George Stott returned to "D"
Company. In addition to his wounds, he had been Mentioned in Despatches three times.
After the war, he remained with The Calgary
Highlanders, serving as the Training Officer and in 1948, he became Second in Command of
the Regiment. In June 1950, Tennant married Joyce Jalland, a marriage that would
endure until Tennant's death. He commanded the battalion from 1953 to 1956, and
retired from the military in 1962. In civil life, he had founded the North Hill Auto
Body Works, and he served as an Alderman for the City of Calgary for twelve years.
On July 13, 1977, he was appointed Honorary
Lieutenant Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders, and held that post until 1981. In
June 1981 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. As a measure of thanks on the
fiftieth anniversary of Holland's liberations, the City of Doetincham named a park
"Mark Tennant Plantsoen - A Canadian Liberator" in his Honour in May 1995.
Lieutenant Colonel Tennant's last public act as
a Calgary Highlander was to lay the wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, proudly
wearing his Regimental Glengarry headdress.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Tennant, CM, ED, CD was
buried with full military honours, his casket borne by serving non-commissioned officers
of the Regiment he served faithfully, and draped with the Union Jack by special request.
RSM McCumber collection via Guy McCumber
|HO Wagg, CD
Wagg was born on 6 January 1929 in Ravenna, Ontario. He was educated at Queens
University in Toronto and became a Doctor of Medicine as well as Master of Surgery.
In 1959 he joined the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and specialized in Gynecology
until his retirement.
His military career began in 1950 when he joined the Queens
University Contingent (COTC), and on 1 October 1952 went to 1 Field Ambulance of the Royal
Canadian Army Medical Corps.
postings included 110th Manning Depot in Calgary (1 July 1954), 16th Medical Company RCAMC
(1 July 1955) and Regimental Medical Officer to the Essex and Kent Scottish from 1 January
1957 to 1 September 1960, when he joined The Calgary Highlanders.
He was appointed company commander and later
Deputy Commanding Officer. On 12 January 1962 he assumed command of the regiment
with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, serving until 31 December 1966. In civilian
life, he maintained his medical practice, and on 1 January 1970 assumed the duties of
Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders, serving in that capacity until 1
January 1975. He also continued to hold an active rank of Lieutenant Colonel with
the Southern Alberta Militia District, serving from 1 January 1973 to 30 June 1973 with
the headquarters of that formation, before promotion to Colonel and assuming command of
the District, serving from 1 July 1973 to 15 August 1975. He was then promoted to
Brigadier General and commanded Prairie Militia Area from 1 July 1975 to 15 August 1978.
Brigadier General Wagg was also a member of the
Order of St. John, eventually being made a Knight of Justice. He had three daughters
and a son with his wife Joan Foreman, and Doctor Wagg retired from his medical practice on
1 November 1996, moving to Collingwood, Ontario.
SC Nickle, Sr.
A full biography is given above under
A scene from 1961; Colonel Fred Johnson talks to a
factory representative (at left) and Harry Critchley, in the boardroom of the Motor Car
|FH Johnson, MC
Hope Johnson was born 20 October 1898 in Dublin, Ireland. During World War I, he
served with the Irish Company, 6th Battalion, Black Watch, part of the famous 51st
Highland Division of the British Army. He was commissioned in 1917 and won the
Military Cross in 1918. He also served as a battalion second in command in
Emigrating to Canada after the war, he joined the Militia in
Calgary and served with the Calgary Regiment as a Captain, and later on staff with 3rd
Infantry Brigade. He was credit manager for the Motor Car Supply Company in Calgary,
and in 1939 was selected by J. Fred Scott to become second in command of the First
Battalion, Calgary Highlanders. He was known as "The Black Douglas" within
the Regiment, and was invalided back to Canada in 1941. He served as
Lieutenant Colonel from 1961 to 1963 and passed away on 9 April 1978.
EL Harvie, OC, CD, QC
A full biography is given above under Honorary Colonels.
JH Woods, CMG
Hossack Woods was born in Quebec City on 12 July 1867 and was educated in Quebec and later
McGill University. After completing his studies at the University of Manitoba, he
joined the Toronto Mail and Empire in 1893 as a newspaper reporter, first as
House of Commons parliamentary reporter and later rising to City Editor. He moved on
to work for the Montreal Herald as news editor and later became business manager
for The Toronto News. On 21
March 1907, he came to the Calgary Herald as managing director, and negotiated
the purchase of the paper by the Southam family of Hamilton, Ontario. He ran the
newspaper for 28 years. During the First World War, he was deeply involved in many related
projects, such as chairing the provincial branch of the Belgian Relief Committee,
assisting the Victory Loan campaign, and visiting war related destinations such as the
front line in France and Flanders as well as munitions factories and the Royal Navy
anchorage at Scapa Flow. He managed the founding of several press organizations, and
traveled extensively after the War.
In 1922, he became the first Honorary
Lieutenant Colonel of the Calgary Highlanders; he was thereafter nicknamed
"Colonel" at the Calgary Herald. Civic projects also interested
him, and he was involved in the creation of the cenotaph at Central Park in Calgary.
He retired from the newspaper in 1935, and intensified his involvement in the Boy
Scouts movement after meeting Mr. and Mrs. Baden Powell. At the outbreak of World War
Two, he once again became a war loans organizer. JH Woods passed away on 20 May