Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt.) Mike Gamble

It is with deep sadness the family of Michael announces his passing at his home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Cherished father of Sarah Gamble of Burlington and Michael (Mikey) Gamble (Naomi) of Niagara Falls. Dearly loved brother of Helen (Honu) MacIver (Sandy) of Welland and Marion (Doody) Gamble (Jane) of London. Loving uncle of Stephanie Gamble of Guelph and Matthew Gamble (Natika) of Baden. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 30 years Micheline Gamble (nee Bisson), parents Helen and Marion “Alabama” Gamble. Detective Sergeant Gamble commenced his career with the Niagara Regional Police Service in 1971 as an eighteen year old Police Cadet. In 1974 he achieved the rank of Police Constable, and in 1986 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his career he had various assignments which included uniform patrol duties in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and Welland. He had further assignments to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls CIB and Street Crime Units, the Fraud Unit, Intelligence Unit, Major Crime Unit, and was also a Polygraph Examiner for the Service. He was very active in the Niagara Regional Police Association and served as President of the NRPA. After a 36 year career, Detective Sergeant Gamble retired from the Service in 2007. Michael went on to work as an Inspector for 10 years with Brock University Campus Security Services. Michael was known for his complete dedication to his family and his career. Those who had the pleasure of knowing him would recognize his generosity, kindness and witty humour. Michael took the utmost care in loving his family and ensuring all their needs were met. Arrangements entrusted to the H. L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland. A private service has taken place. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be deeply appreciated by Michael’s family. Online condolences available at

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FYI – PPAO – Retirement and Satisfaction Survey Results

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Attached is the paper prepared by Dr. Parnoby and Broll on retiree resilience and satisfaction with life, which almost 1000 of our members participated in. The PPAO Board of Directors would like to thank those from our membership who participated in this very informative study. The PPAO Board would also like to thank Dr. Parnaby and Broll for their time and commitment into understanding our members issues post retirement. Continue reading

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (Insp) Clay Marriott

It’s with deepest sadness that we announce Clay’s passing on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the T. Roy Adams Centre at Linhaven, with his son Rod at his side.

Clay was the much loved husband and best friend of Janis (nee Winchester) for 62 years. He will be sadly missed by his son Rod (Shirley) Marriott of St. Catharines and his daughter Lynn (Jim) Windjack of Thorold. Much loved Papa to Jennie (Dean) Coulson, and adored great grandpa of Nash and Reid, of Lloydminster, Alberta, and beloved Papa of Kim Marriott (Ephryn Giesbrecht), of St. Catharines. He was the step grandfather to James Windjack and Lisa (Jeremy) DiFranco, both of St. Catharines and step great grandpa to Ben DiFranco and Sammy Windjack. Clay is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Rae (late Gus) MacKenzie, of Halifax, and Sarina (late Sam) Marriott of Niagara Falls, his brother Rick Marriott of Stevensville, Clay’s best friend of over 65 years, Merv (Ann) Connor, of Pembroke as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Dola Marriott, his brothers, Walt, Graham and Sam, and his sister, Helena and her three daughters, Lila, Jessica and Elizabeth.

He was born in Marmora, Ontario, on July 15, 1937 but raised in Chippawa. Clay joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955 and was honourably discharged in 1960 with his proudest moments being a member of the Queen’s Household Guard in Ottawa in 1957,and piping Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il ashore during her royal visit in 1959. Clay joined the City of St. Catharines police department in 1969 and retired from the Niagara Regional Police with the rank of Inspector in 1998*. He was extremely proud of being the only constable to teach at Aylmer Police College and was relied upon by numerous police departments, lawyers and others for his expertise in the Canadian Criminal Code.

Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude for the wonderful, compassionate and respectful care that Clay received at the T. Roy Adams Centre. They made the difficult journey through dementia easier and for that we are forever grateful.

In honouring Clay’s wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no service. The family would appreciate any memorial donations in Clay’s name be made to the T. Roy Adams Centre for Dementia Care at Linhaven, to be able to assist them in their work for dementia patients and their families. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 905-937-4444.

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*Inspector Marriott commenced his career as a Police Constable with the St. Catharines Police Department in 1966.  He continued his career with the Niagara Regional Police Service after amalgamation in 1971.  During his career he had various assignments of which included uniform patrol duties in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, and further assignments to St. Catharines CIB, Youth Bureau, Fraud Unit, Training Unit, Professional Standards Unit, and the Chief’s Office.  After a 28 year career, Inspector Marriott retired from the Service in 1994.

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PPAO – FYI – NDP Scott Duvall Private Members Bill C-259

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope this message finds you all well.

PPAO Secretary, Wayne Omardeen, received information through the Canadian Federation of Pensioners regarding two Private Members Bills that have been introduced by NDP member Scott Duvall. They are Bills C-258 and C-259. Below is an excerpt from the summary in Mr. Duvall’s submission to Parliament for Bill C-259. Although the effects of bankruptcy does not affect members in OMERS, there are certainly plenty of examples of how friends and family can be affected by the dissolution of a pension through bankruptcy. I believe we will all agree that pensions should be a priority for protection during a bankruptcy, which is not currently the case.

Here is a link to Bill C-259 provided for your information.

“This enactment amends the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to ensure that claims in respect of unfunded liabilities or solvency deficiencies of a pension plan are accorded priority in the event of bankruptcy proceedings. It also provides that an employer has to maintain group insurance programs that provide benefits to or in respect of its employees or former employees.

This enactment also amends the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 to empower the Superintendent of Financial Institutions to determine that the funding of a pension plan is impaired or that the pension plan administrator is at risk and to set out measures to be taken by the employer in respect of the funding of the plan in such cases”


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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PPAO Newsletter – December 2020

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PPAO – FYI – Border Restrictions Update

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PPAO – FYI – OPP Cst Hovingh Funeral Live Streaming Link

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have been provided with the below link for those interested in paying respects to OPP Cst Mark Hovingh lost in the line of duty.

The link below provides details for attending the ceremony virtually, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 28th, at 1:00pm ET.

May Cst Hovingh Rest In Peace.

Terry Hill,
Director PPAO.

The OPPA represents all civilian and non-commissioned uniform Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on labour and contractual issues.
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Death of Former NRPS Civilian Member – Joanne Walker

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