Passing of Past Grand President – Comrade Charles Belzile

Passing of Past Grand President – Comrade Charles Belzile

 Passing of Past Grand President - Comrade Charles Belzile

Passing of Past Grand President – Comrade Charles Belzile

The following message is released on behalf of Dominion President, David Flannigan.

Comrades;

It is with great sadness and infinite respect that I announce that Past Dominion Command Grand President, LGen. (Ret’d) Charles H. Belzile, C.M., C.M.M., C.D. passed away on 5 December 2016. In recognition of his long service to the country and to the Legion, I direct that all flags at Legion Branches will be lowered at half-mast in accordance with the Legion’s Ritual and Awards Manual, Section 930 (a).

Comrade Belzile, a native of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, was a Korean War Veteran and a former Commander of the Canadian Army (1981-1986). He served in the Canadian Armed Forces with distinction for 35 years. He was, since 1986, a “Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur” of France and in 1999 was the recipient of the Conference of Defence Associations’ Vimy Award which recognizes Canadians who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values. In 2000, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was also made a Commander of the Order of Military Merit.

Comrade Belzile served as the Legion’s Dominion Command Grand President between 2001 and 2010. During this time period, he was particularly busy chairing the Veterans Consultation Group of the Royal Canadian Legion which sought to bring a common unity between the various veterans organizations to better advocate to the government.

Comrade Belzile was a distinguished champion of Canada’s Veterans and will be greatly missed for his insight and leadership. The Legion has expressed its sincerest condolences to his widow Janet and daughters Denise and Suzanne.

Flags will remain at half-mast until the evening of the funeral service which will be confirmed at a later date.

Lest We forget/We will Remember Him.

Respectfully,

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See the official release from Command here