Comrade Ron Dutfield passed away Sunday, February 10, at the Rideau Perley Veterans Hospital in his 96th year. Ron is a WWII veteran and a long standing member of the Osgoode Legion.
Wake will be at the Kelly’s Funeral Home on Walkley St, on Thursday, Feb 14, 4-7 PM, with a Legion Poppy Service at 5 PM. In uniform, if you have one.
Funeral Service is on Friday, Feb 15 at 11:00 AM at the St John R.C. Church in Enniskery. We will remember him.
Short bio of Ron:
Born December 15, 1922
Served in the Royal Army Regiment of Canada from 1943 to 1946, saw lots of action in Europe.
January 1987 – transferred from Montgomery Branch 351 to Osgoode Branch 589.
1987 to 1989 Bingo Chairman
1989 to 1992 Nevada Chairman
1990 to 1992 Service Officer
1989 to 1990 2nd Vice President
1990 to 1992 1st Vice President
1992 to 1994 President & Bingo Chairman
1996 Awarded the Order of Osgoode
Volunteered many years for Meals on Wheels
1994 was honoured as a Life Member
1994 to 2008 Poppy Chairman
2003 was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
2012 was awarded the Queen Jubilee Medal
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60th Anniversary of our Legion Branch 589 – by Ken Pettigrew
Back on March, 1959, a group of 16 members of Manotick’s Legion Branch #314, who lived in the Osgoode area, voted to form an Osgoode Platoon of the #314 Branch. The first Platoon officers were: Comrade Fred Ingram, who was the Platoon Commander; Comrade Steward Clelland, the Deputy Platoon Commander; Comrade Brian Buckley, Secretary; and Comrade Gordon Yetter, the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The first task was to buy land and a building. In June of that year, the group purchased a former barracks at RCAF Rockcliffe – which was in the process of being demolished. Comrade Steward Clelland sold the property to the Platoon and a local building mover brought the barracks to the site.
So, for a total investment of eleven hundred dollars ($1,100), Osgoode had a Legion. Now that sounds like a small investment of money in today’s dollars, but back then it was a huge amount and we had to arrange for a payment schedule that ran over several years.
Many people contributed their time and energy to bringing new life to the barracks. The first Remembrance Day was held on November 8th, 1959. So just eight months from that initial March vote, a central meeting place for Osgoode veterans and their families was established.
The following year, a new Ladies Auxiliary was formed and its executive were installed in April 1960.
When the Legion received its official Charter on April 5th, 1961, there were 33 Legion members.
The Osgoode Legion has always been a community supporter. In 1959, it hosted polio clinics for local residents. In1960, weekly Bingo games began, and they continue to this day.
In January 1961, the Branch purchased hockey sweaters for the local Pee Wee hockey team, and, 60 years later, we still sponsor the team – the grandchildren (or great grandchildren) of the original team are playing now. This is the kind of legacy that the Legion has built in Osgoode.
Local businesses have always supported the Legion. One example is our Cenotaph. Frank Boyd, one of the Legion’s Charter Members , and maker of the cement blocks that were used in may of the buildings in Osgoode, spent many hours designing and carving the Cenotaph that sits out front. That kind of contribution to the Legion is still seen today.
The new paint and decor that we see here is the result of many people volunteering their time and talents. The mural on the outside of our building was designed by Laurie MacDonald, our Bar Manager, and was painted by her with help from comrades Elsie Hickey and Vicki Mason. George Hickey carved the soldier and the wooden mural on that same side of the building.
The Osgoode Legion has been, and continues to be, a community hub. Before the Community Centre was built, the Legion hosted spelling bees, regular Cub and Scout Troop meetings and showed children’s movies once a month – when travel to Ottawa to see a movie was considered a luxury, and a long drive. Today they sponsor, but not host, the RCACC 2951 Cadet Corps.
The Legion hosts diverse community activities such as the Osgoode Outreach Luncheons, Foot Clinics, Card Tournaments, Dart Nights, annual Steak and Chicken Barbeques, and Osgoode Winter Carnival events.
From donations and fund-raising, the Osgoode Legion gives back to the community that helped establish it. It’s an ongoing cycle of giving. The Legion is a are Gold Sponsor, from their annual summer raffles, for the Citadel Canine’s Boots 4 Pups service dog charity. To move forward into modern times, the Legion now has a Facebook page (rcl589) and a website (www.rcl589.ca ).
Need a place to house an event, anniversary party, retirement party, wedding reception or celebration of life? Osgoode Legion rents out its hall to community residents. Cash bar is available depending on your event.
To enquire about availability, call the Legion after 4 PM from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Q. What is the cost to book an event at the hall?
A. Cost is $200 + tax
Q. How do I book a date?
A. Call the Legion at 613-826-2777 during their opening hours (after 4 PM on Tuesdays to Saturdays). The bartender has the calendar to book you. You'll then need to meet with the Bar Manager to sign a contract.