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Silver Cross Mother

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A Silver Cross Mother (French: Mères décorées de la Croix d’argent) is chosen each year by the Royal Canadian Legion to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on behalf of all mothers who have lost children in the service of their country. The title is named for the Silver Cross, a medal awarded to such mothers by the King or Queen of Canada.


Year Name Address In memory of
2023 Gloria Hooper St. Claude, Manitoba son, Sapper Christopher Holopina, d. July 4, 1996 in Bosnia[1]
2022 Candy Greff Lacombe, Alberta son, Master Cpl. Byron Greff, d. October 2011 in Afghanistan[2]
2021 Josee Simard Les Méchins, Quebec daughter, Cpl. Karine Blais, d. April 13, 2009 in Afghanistan[3]
2020 Debbie Sullivan Summerville, New Brunswick son, Lt. Chris Saunders, d. 2004 on submarine in Atlantic Ocean[4]
2019 Reine Samson Dawe South Frontenac, Ontario[5] son, Capt. Matthew Dawe, d. 4 July 2007, in Afghanistan
2018 Anita Cenerini Winnipeg, Manitoba[6] son, Pte. Thomas Welch, d. 8 May 2004, in Petawawa, Ontario
2017 Diana Abel Brampton, Ontario[7] son, Cpl. Michael David Abel, d. 3 May 1993, in Somalia
2016 Colleen Fitzpatrick Prince George, British Columbia[8] son, Cpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick, d. 20 March 2010, in Afghanistan
2015 Sheila Anderson Yellowknife, Northwest Territories[9] son, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, d. 4 July 2007, in Afghanistan
2014 Gisèle Michaud Edmundston, New Brunswick[10] son, Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, d. 4 July 2009, in Afghanistan
2013 Niki Psiharis Laval, Québec[11] son, Sgt. Chris Karigiannis, d. 30 May 2007, in Afghanistan
2012 Roxanne Marie Priede Grand Forks, British Columbia[12] son, Master Cpl. Darrell Jason Priede, d. 30 May 2007, in Afghanistan
2011 Patricia (Patty) Braun Raymore, Saskatchewan[13] son, Cpl. David Braun, d. 22 Aug. 2006, in Afghanistan
2010 Mabel Girouard Bathurst, New Brunswick[14] son, CWO Robert Girouard, d. 27 Nov. 2006, Afghanistan
2009 Della Morley Winnipeg, Manitoba[15] son, Cpl. Keith Morley, d. 18 Sep. 06 in Afghanistan
2008 Avril Dianna Stachnik Waskatenau, Alberta son, Sgt. Shane Stachnik, d. 3 Sep. 2006, in Afghanistan
2007 Wilhelmina Beerenfenger-Koehler Embrun, Ontario son, Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger, d. 10 Feb. 2003, in Afghanistan
2006 Alice Murphy Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador son, Cpl. Brendan Murphy, d. 27 Jan. 2004, in Afghanistan
2005 Claire Léger Stittsville, Ontario son, Sgt. Marc Léger, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2004 Agnes Dyer Montreal, Quebec son, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2003 Charlotte Lynn Smith Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia son, Pte. Nathan Lloyd Smith, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2002 Doreen Coolen Hubbards, Nova Scotia son, Pte. Richard Anthony Green, d. 17 Apr. 2002, in Afghanistan
2001 Ina Galvin East Bolton, Quebec son, Cpl. Daniel Galvin d. 29 Nov. 1993, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2000 Carol Isfeld Courtenay, British Columbia son, Master Cpl. Mark Isfeld d. 21 Jun. 1994, in Croatia
1999 Loyola Helen Park London, Ontario son, Cpl. Michael William Simpson d. 9 Aug. 1974, in Syria
1998 Anna Zuk (Prygroski) Winnipeg, Manitoba son, Emil Prygroski, d. 1950 from wounds sustained 19 Aug. 1942, in France
1997 Alice Taylor Ottawa, Ontario son, Tpr. Richard Taylor, d. 17 Aug. 1944, in France
1996 Margaret Langille River John, Nova Scotia son, Pte. Lawrence Alvin Langille, d. 16 Aug. 1944 in France
1995 Elsie Wells Edmonton, Alberta son, Pte. Fredrick Orman Wells, d. 8 Mar. 1951, in South Korea
1994 W. Baerr Yorkton, Saskatchewan son, Tpr. August Baerr, d. 2 Oct. 1943, in Italy
1993 Isabella Hutchings St. John's, Newfoundland son, AB Samuel Grenfell Hutchings, d. 10 Oct. 1945, in the Pacific
1992 Ida Orser Hartland, New Brunswick son, Sgt. Ivan Malcolm Orser, d. 28 Feb. 1945, in Germany
1991 Alice Taylor Ottawa, Ontario son, Tpr. Richard Taylor, d. 17 Aug. 1944, in France
1990 Elsie Pearce Trenton, Ontario son, F/O Stewart William Pearce d. 12 Dec. 1942, over the English Channel
son, F/Sgt. Jack Gordon Pearce, d. 27 July 1944, over France
1989 Rachel Morin Rimouski, Quebec son, Pte. Camille Joseph Morin, d. 6 Aug. 1952, in South Korea
1988 Hazel Driscoll Halifax, Nova Scotia son, AB Kenneth Driscoll, d. 11 Feb. 1941 off Bermuda
1987 Secondina Di Persio Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia son, F/Sgt. Querino Di Persio, d. 16 July 1942, in Egypt
1986 Mabel Bateman Richmond Hill, Ontario son, Pte. Russell Ernest Bateman, d. 25 July 1944, in France
1985 Rose Bernst Thunder Bay, Ontario son, Pte. Clarence Robert Bernst, d. 29 Aug. 29, 1941, in Nova Scotia
son, AB Ronald William Bernst, d. 24 Nov. 1944, in Cabot Strait
1984 Olive (Rumball) Hunter Summerland, British Columbia son, P/O Harold Marland Rumball, d. 15 Jan. 1945, over Germany
1983 Constance Wylie Vancouver, British Columbia son, Pte. Lloyd Wylie, d. 7 Mar. 1951, in South Korea
1982 Janet Fraser Debert, Nova Scotia son, F/Sgt. George William Fraser, d. 24 Aug. 1943, over Germany
son, Pte. John Robert Fraser, d. 13 Oct. 1944 in the Netherlands
1981 Isabel Harrison Bury, Quebec son, L/Cpl. Argyle Clayton Harrison, d. 19 Dec. 1941, in Hong Kong
son, Rfn. Edmond Cameron Harrison, d. 9 Sep. 1943 in Hong Kong
1980 Greta Steeves Elgin, New Brunswick son, Sgt. John Chesley Steeves, d. 7 July 1941, in the United Kingdom
son, L/Cpl. Russell Weldon Steeves, d. 14 Oct. 1945 in New Brunswick
1979 Eliza Beatty Carlyle, Saskatchewan son, Pte. Melville Douglas Beatty, d. 19 Aug. 1942, in France
son, Pte. Walter Earl Beatty, d. 19 Aug. 1942, in France
1978 Janet Cantley Montreal, Quebec son, Sgt. Alexander Crawford Cantley, d. 17 Apr. 1943, in France
son, L/Cpl. Charles Robin Cantley, d. 13 Sep. 1944, in France
1977 Mary Boutilier Niagara Falls, Ontario son, Pte. Douglas Albert Henry Boutilier, d. 29 Aug. 1944, in France
son, Cpl. William Charles Boutilier, d. 10 Sep. 1944, in Belgium
1976 Olive Rae (Jubb) Victoria, British Columbia son, P/O Harold Oliver Rae, d. 25 June 1944, in France
son, P/O Leslie Elmer Rae, d. 16 Mar. 1945, over Germany
1975 Alta Wilkinson Ottawa, Ontario son, Pte. Arthur Campbell Wilkinson, d. 18 July 1944, in France
1974 Annie Margaret Rudd Stettler, Alberta son, Sgt. Francis Rudd, d. 9 Oct. 1943, in Germany
son, Spr. Thomas William Rudd, d. 19 Sep. 1944, in France
1973 Maragaret Santo Bender, Saskatchewan son, W/O Class I Frank Robert Santo, d. 5 May 1943, in the United Kingdom
son, P/O John Alexander Santo, d. 1 Aug. 1944, in France
1972 Marie Louise McLeod Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Ontario son, Pte. Alfred Joseph McLeod, d. 17 Jan. 1944, in Italy
son, Tpr. John Joseph McLeod, d. 27 Jul. 1944, in France
1971 Mary Anderson Selkirk, Manitoba son, Pte. Vernon Anderson, d. 14 Dec. 1943, in Italy
son, Pte. John George Anderson, d. 21 July 1944, in France
1970 Mary Josephine Meech North Sydney, Nova Scotia son, F/Sgt. William Ian Meech, d. 13 Apr. 1942, in the United Kingdom
son, P/O Lloyd Remington Joseph Meech, d. 19 Feb. 1944, in the North Sea
1969 Wilhemina Gray Vancouver, British Columbia son, F/Sgt. John Balfour Gray, d. 27 Feb. 1942, in the United Kingdom
son, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC, d. 9 Aug. 1945, in the Pacific
1968 Pearl Rich son, Private William Rich, d. 2 Nov. 1943, in Italy
son, Private George Rich, d. 22 Dec. 1943, in Italy
daughter, Wren Mary Rich (Rech), d. 12 Jul. 1944, in Nova Scotia
1967 Elsie Adams St. Catharines, Ontario son, Lt. William George Adams, d. 15 Aug. 1944, in France
son, Sgt. Allan Frederick Adams, d. 27 Sep. 1944 in Belgium
1966 Mrs. George Stephens Toronto, Ontario son, F/Sgt. William Freeborne Colville, d. 6 May 1942, in Newfoundland
son, F/O Alexander Colborne Colville, d. 16 Mar. 1944, in the United Kingdom
son, F/O John Spencer Colville, 18 Aug. 1944, in France
1965 Nora Wagner Teeterville, Ontario son, Pte. Ivan Samuel Wagner, d. 18 July 1944, in France
son, Cpl. Harry Everett Wagner, d. 12 Aug. 1944, in France
son, Pte. Bruce Howard Wagner, d. 31 Jan. 1945, in France
1964 Bernadette Rivait Windsor, Ontario son, Pte. Leon Maxime Rivait, d. 19 Aug. 1942, in France
son, Pte. Alphonse Cecil Rivait, d. 19 Aug. 1942, in France
son, Pte. Lawrence Rivait, d. 23 Nov. 1944, in the Netherlands
1963 Mary E. Stodgell Norwood, Manitoba son, Pte. Stanley Fredrick Stodgell, d. 19 Dec. 1941, in Hong Kong
son, Pte. Garnett James Stodgell, d. 20 Mar. 1943, in Hong Kong
son, Cpl. Cyril Angus Stodgell, d. 11 Sep. 1944, in Belgium
1962 Vitaline Lanteigne Caraquet, New Brunswick son, Pte. Jean Baptiste Lanteigne, d. 12 June 1944, in France
son, Pte. Philippe Joseph Lanteigne, d. 14 Aug. 1944, in France
son, L/Cpl. Arthur Lanteigne, d. 15 Sep. 1944, in Italy
1961 Sylvia Kimmel Mission, British Columbia son, Rfn. Gordon Leroy Kimmel, d. 8 June 1944, in France
son, Cpl. Richard Kenneth Kimmel, d. 18 Jun 1944, in France
son, Cpl. Clifford Howard Kimmel, d. 5 Dec. 1944, in Italy
1960 Julienne Cantin McCreary, Manitoba son, Pte. Wilfred Cantin, d. 4 Nov. 2940, in Ontario
son, F/O Clement Francis Cantin, d. 9 Oct. 1942, in Egypt
son, F/O Maurice Raoul Cantin, d. 26 Nov. 1943, over Germany
1959 Dagnie Asta Anderson Craigmyle, Alberta son, F/Sgt. James Sangster Anderson, d. 17 Oct. 1942, in the United Kingdom
son, F/O William Boyd Anderson, d. 20 Jan. 1943, in the Bay of Biscay
son, F/Sgt. Lloyd George Anderson, d. 31 Mar. 1944, over Germany
1958 Helen Forestell Coniston, Ontario son, W/O Class II Daniel Arthur Forestell, d. 5 Apr. 1943, in the English Channel
son, W/O Class II Thomas Bernard Forestell, d. 20 Mar. 1944, in Ontario
son, F/O Robert Samuel Forestell, d. 8 Aug. 1944, in the Bay of Biscay
1957 Zylpha MacFarlane Truro, Nova Scotia husband, Pte. John Henry Griffiths, d. 9 Apr. 1917, in France
son, F/Sgt. David William MacFarlane, d. 26 May 1943, over Germany
son, Sgt. Robert James Griffiths, d. 8 July 1944 in France
1956 Gertrude Edna Reynolds Chatham, Ontario son, F/O Hugh Gordon Reynolds, d. 16 Jan. 1943, in the United Kingdom
son, W/O Class II Arthur Mac Reynolds, d. 31 Jan. 1943, in Malta
son, P/O Douglas Glen Reynolds, d. 15 Apr. 1944 in Nova Scotia
1955 Regina Leboldus Vibank, Saskatchewan son, F/O Peter John Leboldus, d. 13 Feb. 1943, in France
son, F/Sgt. John Anthony Leboldus, d. 24 Nov. 1943, in Italy
son, Sgt. Martin Benedict Leboldus, d. 20 Feb. 1944, over Europe
1954 Margaret Heeney Ottawa, Ontario son, Cpl. Cecil George Heeney, d. 29 Dec. 1941, in Ontario
son, F/O Robert Tilton Heeney, d. 9 Aug. 1943, in France
1953 Mary Casey son, W/O Class II Raymond Francis Casey, d. 14 July 1942, in the United Kingdom
son, F/O John Joseph Casey, d. 31 Mar. 1945, over Germany
1952 Hannah McCann son, P/O Leonard Myles McCann, d. 24 Mar. 1944, over Germany
1951 Alice Rochon son, Maj. Robert Lionel Rochon, d. 25 Apr. 1945, in the Netherlands
1950 Susan Beasley son, AC 1st Class William Harold Beasley, d. 12 June 1944, in Ontario
son, F/O Joseph Ronald Beasley, d. 24 Dec. 1944, in Belgium
1949 Marie Aline D’Aoust son, Lt. Gerard Raoul D’Aoust, d. 14 Aug. 1944, in France
1948 Catherine Helen MacDonald son, Sgt. Neil Richardson MacDonald, d. 30 Apr. 1941, off the coast of Ireland
son, Sgt. Ian Alistair MacDonald, d. 20 Oct. 1941, in England
1947 Martha Labarge son, F/Sgt. Leo John Labarge, d. 30 Sep. 1942, in Libya
son, P/O Bernard Henry Labarge, d. 12 Mar., 1943, over Germany
1944 - 1946 Jessie Isobel Olga McCleery son, F/O Raymond Norman McCleery, d. 17 Dec. 1942, in the Netherlands
1943 Edith Louisa Coldrey son, Spr. Kendall Augustus Coldrey, d. 3 May 1917, in France
1942 Sarah Wilkins Lamplough son, Cpl. Leonard Alderson Lamplough, d. 9 May 1915, in Belgium
son, Gnr. Frank Wilkins Lamplough, d. 10 July 1918, in France
1939 - 1941 Catherine Lewis Ottawa, Ontario[16] son, Pte. Henry Bartle Lewis, d. 27 Nov. 1915, in Belgium
son, Pte. Charles Walter Lewis, d. 18 Nov. 1916, in France
1936 Charlotte Susan Wood Winnipeg, Manitoba son, Pte. Frederick Francis Wood, d. 24 Aug. 1914, in Belgium
son, Pte. Peter Percy Wood, d. 5 May 1917, in France


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  2. ^ "Mom of last Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan chosen as Silver Cross Mother". Global News. November 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Mom of Quebec soldier killed in Afghanistan named Silver Cross mother". CTV News. November 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Mom of naval officer killed in 2004 submarine fire named Silver Cross mother". CTV News. November 1, 2020.
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