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David Walter Page Pretty
August 23, 1925 - January 6, 2014
David's volunteer career with the Lifesaving
Society spanned eight decades beginning in the 1930s when his
mother - Olive Pretty, Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Branch -
recruited him to help prepare the Society's candidate awards for
In 1954, David became Treasurer of both the
Ontario and national Society. He served in this dual capacity until
1967, when he relinquished the Ontario portfolio to devote himself
to the Society's national finances. From 1973 to 1977, David served
as a national vice president. From 1980 to 2002 he served as
Governor of the Lifesaving Society Ontario.
David earned all Royal Life Saving Society's
Commonwealth Honour Awards: Certificate of Thanks (1958),
Recognition Badge (1961), Service Cross (1963) Bar to Service Cross
(1968, 2000) and Honorary Life Governor (1972). In 1993, David was
invested as a Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Vice President
- the Society's highest volunteer honour award. The Society awarded
him the 125th Confederation Medal in the same year. In
2002, the Society honoured David with the Queen's Golden Jubilee
medal. In 2008, The Society presented its Centenary Medal to David
in recognition of his outstanding volunteer contribution.
In his personal life, David was a
prominent member of Toronto's business community. David retired in
1980 as president of North American Life Assurance Company after an
impressive career as Treasurer, Vice President Finance, and
Executive Vice President that began in 1947.
David was an intensely private and humble man
whose unassuming style belied a sharp and inquisitive mind. He
tended to the financial health of the Society for 20 years and took
a keen interest in all aspects of the Society's work. He knew that
what the numbers meant was just as important as what they were. He
was equally at home in a committee meeting or at a Buckingham
Palace reception on occasions when he represented Canada at Royal
Life Saving Society Commonwealth meetings.
David was keenly interested in the preservation
of the historic record of the Society in Canada - a record that
bears witness to his own tremendous contribution over so many
years. The Olive Pretty Archives honours his mother's memory. The
Society will find a suitable way to honour David's own generous
CHARLES ROBERT "BOB" WOOD
JANUARY 4, 1932 - NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Bob was a very active Instructor Trainer and
volunteer Examiner in the Society's Lifesaving, First Aid and
National Lifeguard training programs. He was a strong promoter of
the Distinction and Diploma proficiency awards. He was one of the
most experienced Examiners in the province, and one of a handful of
people who were certified to examine the Diploma Award - the
highest lifesaving level of the Society.
Bob served as the Lifesaving Society's Area
Chair for London-Middlesex from 1980 until 2002. It is no
coincidence that during his tenure, London developed the
extraordinary bench strength in lifesaving leadership which
continues to this day.
Bob was awarded the Royal Life Saving Society
Commonwealth Society's Certificate of Thanks (1979), Recognition
Badge (1982) Bar to Recognition Badge (1986), Service Cross (1993),
and Bar to Service Cross (1998). Bob earned the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Society's Centenary Medal (2008) for
his outstanding service and contributions to the Society.
We remember Bob as a highly skilled Society
leader whose commitment to excellence motivated a whole generation
of lifesaving leaders in the London area and throughout southern
GLEN lOUIS RUPPEL
October 2, 1949 - February 11, 2013
Glen was a Lifesaving Society Exam Coordinator
and Committee Member in Kitchener-Waterloo and served as Area Chair
for the Oakville area from 1973 until 1975. In 1976 became the
inaugural Chair of the Society's Aquatic Emergency Care Committee -
a position he held until 1985.
With his expertise in emergency first aid (he
served as a Paramedic with Toronto EMS for 36 years) Glen played a
major role in the development and growth of the Society's Aquatic
Emergency Care certification.
Glen helped author the Society's first aid
program content, standards and instructor notes. He was engaged in
national program revisions in 1980 and 1985 and wrote first aid
training materials for the Society's programs.
It was Glen who established the first aid event
as a cornerstone of lifeguard championships. He was an important
lifeguard competition official and one of the earliest first aid
situation designers in Ontario.
His Commonwealth Honour citation noted, "Glen's
vision of providing emergency care candidates with a central
workable core of information that will enable them to save lives
has surely become an objective of our whole Society."
Glen was awarded the Commonwealth Society's
Certificate of Thanks (1972), Recognition Badge (1975) Bar to
Recognition Badge (1979) and Service Cross (1984). The Society
awarded Glen with its Centenary Medal (2008) for his outstanding
service and contributions to the Society.
Glen was an intelligent, dilegent,
down-to-earth man who cared passionately about helping others. He
devoted both his professional and avocational life to this end. The
Lifesaving Society is forever grateful.
january 23, 1954 - December 12, 2011
Rod-Paul was a Lifesaving Society volunteer in
Ontario and then a staff member in British Columbia. He earned the
Eva McDonald Memorial Prize in 1984 for his significant
contribution to aquatics at both U of T and the Lifesaving Society.
He was named to the President's List in 1986, 1987 and 1988 as one
of the most active Examiners in Ontario. Rod-Paul was a Provincial
Instructor Trainer and served as Ontario's Instructor Training
Chairman from 1988-1990 when he moved to British Columbia.
Rod-Paul served as Education Director for the
Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon from May 1991 to October 2002. He
was the B.C. & Yukon representative for national program
revisions and also served in national positions as Revisions
Project Team Leader and Policy Team Leader. Rod-Paul was awarded
the Commonwealth Society's Certificate of Thanks (1989) and the
Service Medal (2000).
After leaving the Lifesaving Society, he spent
time in England, France and Germany working on language
certifications and skills. He returned to Vancouver where he
dabbled in ESL work and laboured part-time for the NDP and the
Rod-Paul will be remembered for his delightful,
infectious personality, his charm and his lifelong dedication to
Kirk Albert Walter Wipper, C.M., MA,
December 6, 1923 - March 18, 2011
Kirk was a builder of the Society in Ontario
and in Canada. He was the Society's first Field Rep. He served as
the 7th President of the Lifesaving Society Ontario
(1965-1967), and subsequently as the 7th President of the National
Kirk was largely responsible for introducing
the mouth-to-mouth method of artificial respiration into the
Society's Canadian training program in 1959. He was a builder of
the National Lifeguard Service in Canada. He chaired the National
NLS Technical Committee (1965-1969) and hosted (1972) at Camp
Kandalore the first national NLS conference following the Society's
assumption of responsibility for NLS.
Kirk was a past owner/director of Camp
Kandalore near Dorset. Over a 45-year period, Kirk collected
hundreds of canoes, kayaks and rowing craft and housed them in the
Kanawa museum situated at Camp Kandalore. This historic collection
now forms the greater part of the exhibits at the Canadian Canoe
Museum in Peterborough.
Kirk retired from the faculty of the University
of Toronto's School of Physical and Health Education where had had
taught from 1950-1987. He received numerous honours for his
contributions to the university, to conservation and to camping.
Kirk was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. He was invested
as a Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Vice President in 1986.
For outstanding volunteer service to the Lifesaving Society, Kirk
was awarded the Society's Centenary Medal (2008). The Society's
Kirk A.W. Wipper Cup is presented to the affiliated University or
Community College with the largest lifesaving program in
Michael R. Davis
January 17, 1942 - August 11, 2010
Michael joined the Society's volunteer ranks in 1975 as
chair of the Examiner Committee. He served as president of the
Ontario Branch from 1980-1982. Michael was
extraordinarily talented and incapable of seeing his
achievements as anything out of the ordinary. He was an artist and
entrepreneur. He was a great thinker, terrific communicator and
legendary wordsmith. He combined a shrewd, analytical mind with an
abiding respect and passion for people. Whomsoever you see in
distress, recognize in him a fellow man was not just a motto
to Michael, it was a way of life.
Michael had a delightful wit and laughed a lot. Working
with him was intellectually rigorous and always fun. He was genuine
and down to earth. He cared not for ceremony or status - but he did
cut off his pigtail when he became president.
Michael's years of dedicated works as a
committee member, Provincial and National Chair, and Ontario Branch
President are well documented in the Society's literature, its
minutes and its archives. For outstanding volunteer service,
Michael was awarded the Society's Service Cross (1987), the Queen's
Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Society's Centenary Medal
(2008). But the lasting impact of his contribution can be seen
throughout Ontario communities in behaviour which places high value
on human life and its preservation through lifesaving
March 19, 1960 - January 12, 2010
Evadne joined the Lifesaving Society
Ontario office staff in 1992 serving as Leadership Secretary
and subsequently Training Programs Admin Assistant. Since 2002,
Evadne served the Society's members as our premier order processing
On first acquaintance, people made
the mistake of taking Evadne for a shy and reticent person. Evadne
had a thoroughly wry and occasionally wicked sense of humour.
One-line zingers were her specialty. She was a feisty
and gutsy woman who refused to let disability interfere in any way
with her ability. She took on curbs, slippery floors and door knobs
with calculation and determination.
Evadne was determined to do something
worthwhile with her life and we are forever grateful she chose to
help prevent drowning. She was a beloved and rambunctious member of
the Lifesaving Society family.
DIANE (leduc) TOZER
February 18, 1949 - December 20, 2009
Diane became a Lifesaving Society Instructor over 40 years ago
and at her death was still current as a National Lifeguard. She
held numerous Lifesaving Society certifications and portfolios in
her aquatic career. She served as Area Chair for the Upper
Ottawa Valley. She was a dedicated champion of drowning prevention
in all its forms. She was a prolific Examiner and busy Instructor
Trainer and Provincial Trainer. Diane's participation at the
Society's Think Tank always ensured the Society's priorities were
in tune with community needs. In her youth, Diane was a member of
the Society's "Demo Team" which traveled the province in the summer
months. Diane was awarded the Lifesaving Society's Bar to Service
Medal for her outstanding volunteer contributions to the Society's
mission over many years.