Jack Whyte passed away at the Kelowna Hospice House on February 22, 2021, with his wife of over 50 years, Beverley, at his side. He leaves to mourn his loss a large extended family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, to honour Jack’s memory, read a good book, sip a great scotch, and/or make a donation of your choice. For more about his life or to leave condolences for the family please visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

Our regimental bard, Jack Whyte, has been associated with the regiment for more than three decades, and though he no longer lived in Calgary, there was a time when he was justly well-known for entertaining the regiment’s personnel at all levels and in all messes with a series of concert-style entertainments called Songs and Poems of War and Empire. He was best known as Canada’s premier historical novelist, with many much-loved, bestselling, internationally published novels to his credit, detailing stories that range from post- Roman, 5th century Britain, through the rise and fall of the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages, and into the 14th century struggles of Scotland’s greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.

He was also intensely proud, however, of his association with the Calgary Highlanders, and most particularly of the three poems that he has written to mark the regiment’s battle honours over the course of its first hundred years of existence. He performed Kandahar, the third and last of those poems, at the Calgary Garrison Ball in November 2010.

Jack was born and raised in Scotland but has lived in Canada since 1967. He had been an actor, orator, singer, poet, and businessman at various stages of his life, and he held an honorary doctorate of letters (PhD Litt) for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. Jack Whyte passed away at the Kelowna Hospice House on February 22, 2021, with his wife of over 50 years, Beverley, at his side and his wishes to honour his memory were to read a good book and sip a great scotch.

Passing regimental bard, Jack Whyte

Jack Whyte passed away at the Kelowna Hospice House on February 22, 2021, with his wife of over 50 years, Beverley, at his side. He leaves to mourn his loss a large extended family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, to honour Jack’s memory, read a good book, sip a great scotch, and/or make a donation of your choice. For more about his life or to leave condolences for the family please visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

Our regimental bard, Jack Whyte, has been associated with the regiment for more than three decades, and though he no longer lived in Calgary, there was a time when he was justly well-known for entertaining the regiment’s personnel at all levels and in all messes with a series of concert-style entertainments called Songs and Poems of War and Empire. He was best known as Canada’s premier historical novelist, with many much-loved, bestselling, internationally published novels to his credit, detailing stories that range from post- Roman, 5th century Britain, through the rise and fall of the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages, and into the 14th century struggles of Scotland’s greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.

He was also intensely proud, however, of his association with the Calgary Highlanders, and most particularly of the three poems that he has written to mark the regiment’s battle honours over the course of its first hundred years of existence. He performed Kandahar, the third and last of those poems, at the Calgary Garrison Ball in November 2010.

Jack was born and raised in Scotland but has lived in Canada since 1967. He had been an actor, orator, singer, poet, and businessman at various stages of his life, and he held an honorary doctorate of letters (PhD Litt) for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. Jack Whyte passed away at the Kelowna Hospice House on February 22, 2021, with his wife of over 50 years, Beverley, at his side and his wishes to honour his memory were to read a good book and sip a great scotch.