Memorial Report 2015

As Summer 2015 has come to an end, I hope each of you had a safe and relaxed season. I’d like to take this opportunity to catch you up on events here at the FFAO, in my role as Memorial Chairman.

The Memorial Parade and Service at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst was a great success, thanks to the support from the OFC, King Township Honour Guard and various chapters of the Red Knights. We hope to see you all there next year on Saturday June 25, 2016.

The Memorial Parade and Service held at the FFAO Convention in Wainfleet also had a good turn out. The event was officiated by our Padre, the Rev. Stephen Berryman. I know most of the membership stayed the weekend, not wanting to miss the parade and service to our departed.

In September, I attended the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade in Ottawa. First, I attended the Ottawa Fire Department service and parade for their fallen members on the Friday. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Sunday was the national event, and although we all got drenched in the rain, it did not deter us from paying our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to the families they left behind.

On October 2 and 3, I attended the funeral of acting Captain John Kovacs, of the Tillsonburg Fire Department.

The Ontario Memorial Parade and Service to be held on October 4, 2015 was cancelled due to construction around the site at Queen’s Park. Due to safety reasons, the organizing committee deemed fit to honour the names of those departed at a ceremony next year. I will post that date when it is confirmed.

In closing, I would like all of you to consider attending some of these memorials as it is a special time to remember and honour those we have worked with, and those who have made the fire service what it is today. For more details contact me at

Stay safe. Regards to all,

Dennis Thain

FFAO Memorial Chairman