Jon Lynn Moffat was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan to proud parents, William and Nina Moffat. As a farmer’s son and the middle child, Lynn grew up with strong rural work ethic and was also guided by his two sisters Donna Laverty and Deveene Lueke.
Lynn’s life was full of accomplishments, perpetual motion and excitement. He lived his days fully embracing the many varied challenges he faced. This journey started on the farm, but continued as a Queen Scout, an air cadet, and as a Corporal in the Saskatoon Light Infantry, where he also began his career as a bag piper. After high school, Lynn was selected in 1956 to The Royal Military College of Canada attending College Militaire Royal in St. Jean and the Royal Military College in Kingston. Lynn loved RMC as he continued his musical interests tasked as duty piper on many occasions and his leadership was evident as the Cadet Band Master. He learned to speak and write French fluently, and he saw athletic action as a boxer, a diver, and a football player. For his perseverance, good sportsmanship and true RMC spirit, Lynn was a two-time recipient of the Marshall Memorial Award. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with the RMC ‘Class of 61’ Lynn was posted to serve three years with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) and served with the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in West Germany. He was to meet his wife Maureen Connolly and had his first child Jon Moffat in 1963. Their daughter Karen was born in 1965.
As a Captain, Lynn transferred from the regular army to attend Dalhousie University and continue his military passion by joining the Princess Louise Fusiliers. He added a Bachelor of Education Degree and subsequently moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1965. Lynn signed on with The Calgary Highlanders and this new military adventure paralleled his prolific teaching career in the Calgary Catholic Separate School System. In 1970, Lynn attained his Master of Educational Administration and his accomplishments continued as he was directly responsible for creating the Army Reserve High School Credit program resulting in many new recruits into the Canadian Forces. Lynn also won the Alberta Meritorious Award for his work with teens coping with substance abuse. As a Calgary Highlander, Lynn went on to serve in many battalion leadership positions, and as a Major was posted as Operations and Training Officer with the Southern Alberta Militia District Headquarters. In 1975, Lynn achieved his Basic Parachutist qualification with the Canadian Armed Forces, but not before he was a keen civilian sports parachutist with over 150 free-fall jumps. This led to the Black Bear Club that saw the legendary Lynn and others jump from civilian platforms into military training in support of, or as enemy force against the Calgary Highlanders. In 1976, Lynn was appointed Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders.
Lynn continued his leadership with The Calgary Highlanders serving as Field Officers’ Exam coordinator and trainer which helped many reserve and regular force officers achieve a number of senior officer examinations. In 1991, he was appointed for the second time as Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders. In addition, Lynn continued as the lead trainer and administrator of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR). For his excellence leadership in these areas and more; in 1993, LCol Lynn Moffat was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit.
Upon his retirement from the Reserves in 1994, Lynn continued to serve the Regiment as the 10th Battalion and Calgary Highlanders’ Association President and the Regimental Secretary. Lynn began playing the bagpipes again and he joined the Pipes and Drums as a civilian Piper and administrator. He was seen everywhere facilitating many activities of the Regimental Family. Lynn’s pipe drones were listened to at the Royal Military College, at funerals, mess dinners playing the Piobaireachd, playing in parades, special functions, and he was found teaching pipers of all ages. Lynn is credited for writing his own pipe music and tune for the Regiment.
Lynn retired from the Alberta Teachers’ Association as the Department Head of Religious Studies at Bishop Carrol High School (please note – this ceremony is held in the shadow of Lynn’s last teaching position). Lynn married Marilyn in 1989 and they were happily married for 30 years. They retired to the lower mainland and Victoria. Marilyn passed away suffering from cancer on 6 April 2019. They were inseparable in life and now forever together.
Memorial Service to Honour Lieutenant-Colonel J. Lynn Moffat, OMM, CD
A Service was held inside of the Military Museums atrium.
The Military Museums (TMM)
4520 Crowchild Trail SW