BENNETT, Major (Ret) Caleb


Suddenly at home on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the age of 70.

Husband and best friend of Sharla for 24 years. Father of Allison, Lesley and Bronwen. Step father of Chandra (Dan), David and Chad. Survived by sister Donna Routledge (late Fred) and brother Rick (Jane). Predeceased by sister Joanne. Brother-in-law of Randy Taylor (Chris).

In 1963 following the initiative of the U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Caleb was heralded North American Walking Champion by walking 50 miles in 10 hours, 45 minutes. Top student at BMDHS and graduated from Royal Military College in 1968. Caleb excelled in sports and played on two RMC rep teams – Rugby and Judo.

Following flying training at Moose Jaw and Portage La Prairie, Caleb was posted to CFB Shearwater and in 1970 played for the Nova Scotia all-star rugby team. Caleb was a Pilot and Crew Commander on three operational maritime command aircrafts: VS-CP 121 Tracker (Carrier Borne Anti-Submarine Warfare); VP-CP 107 Argus (Long Range Patrol); HS-CH 124 Sea King Helicopter (Ship Borne ASW). His last posting before retiring regular force was as Air Detachment Commander on HMCS Algonquin where he accumulated more than 100 deck landings.

Recipient of Canadian Forces Medal and Clasp (CDI) for Meritorious Service. Recipient of the “Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award” for a lifesaving rescue while flying a Sea King Helicoper.

In keeping with Caleb’s wishes there will be no Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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