Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt.) Barry McDowell

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Barrie’s passing on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in his 73rd year with his angel, Szu-Ying, by his side. Predeceased by his loving parents Roy and Esther (Hettie) McDowell. Cherished father to Jason and Justin (Kimberly) McDowell. Special Poppa to Meghan, Alexandra and Ashley. Barrie will be deeply missed by his sister Trish (Terry) Riva and brothers Robert (Maryanne) and David (Heather) McDowell. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. Barrie had a distinguished career with the Niagara Regional Police for over 30 years. In his retirement he enjoyed buying vehicles (“GM only, goddammit”), golfing, and running his fingers over his goatee. In keeping with Barrie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and private family burial will be held at VICTORIA LAWN CEMETERY. Memorial donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society in St.Catharines will be appreciated by his family. You are invited to share memories and condolences at the Royal Canadian Legion, where Barrie was a member, at 2 Chestnut St E, in Merritton on Sunday, December 12th between 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.. The Royal Canadian Legion requires all guests to provide proof of vaccination and identification upon arrival.

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FYI – Going To USA via the Land Crossings Soon for the 72 Hour Limit?

Don’t think you can come back to Canada is as easy as providing your vaccination proof at the point of entry.

All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, continue to be required to submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.

Bottom line, you’ll need to submit your vaccine information, within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada, in the ArriveCan App.

HERE is the link that will guide you through the process.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst.) Bill Gill

Bill was born on March 22, 1945 in Motherwell, Scotland and he died on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 76 years of age in St. Catharines. He immigrated to Canada in 1953. He leaves behind his children; Cynthia (Andrew), Peter (Leesa) and Andrea (John Paul). Proud grandfather of Jacob (Rebecca), Lucas, Matthew, William, David, Shelby and very proud great-grandfather of Theodore. He is predeceased by his parents, Jack, Margaret, as well as his sisters; Jeannie and Heather Gill. Bill will be missed by the many friends he has made throughout his life. Bill had retired in 1996 after 30 years of service with Niagara Regional Police Service. He was dedicated to the Martial Arts being an instructor holding an 8th Degree in Ju-Jitsu, 1st dan Chinese Kenpo Karate and 1st dan Japanese Kendo. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and International Budo Federation. In honouring Bill’s wishes a private family service has taken place. Memorial donations to Hotel Dieu Shaver – Parkinson Program would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (S/Sgt) Edd Felstead

With heavy hearts we announce Edward’s passing on Friday November 19, 2021 in his 81st year. Beloved husband and best friend to Bonnie for 59 years. Cherished father to Shawn (Elana) Felstead, Penny (Jim) McClean, Kerry Felstead, and Holly (Mike) Pietrangelo. Special Grandpa to Brittany, Alyssa, Emily, Palmer, Marcus, Emma, Rachael, Rory, Elijah and Dante. Edd will be sadly missed by his sister Joanne (Norman) Jefferys, as well as his sister-in-law Judy (Keith) and his brothers-in-law Tim (Debbie) and Kerry (and the late Elaine). He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family, many friends and colleagues. Edward had a distinguished career with the Niagara Regional Police for over 25 years. In his retirement he enjoyed fishing, he was an avid reader of military history and volunteered for GNBA Ladies Auxiliary. Prior to his police career he was the voice of the Niagara Falls Flyers in the 1960’s with CHVC and CJRN radio stations. In keeping with Edward’s wishes cremation will take place. A private family inurnment will be held at PLEASANTVIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association will be appreciated by his family. You are invited to share valued memories and condolences on-line at

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Death of PPAN Member – (Supt) Jack Braun

With his loving wife by his side, Jack died peacefully on November 18th, 2021 at the age of 91. Devoted husband to Pat for nearly 60 years. Jack is survived by his sisters; Irmy Woelk, Helen Unrau, Anne Letkeman, his brother John Braun, and brother-in-law John Giesbrecht. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Sara Braun, as well as his sisters Hilda (Charles) Handziuk, Agnes Giesbrecht, Irene (Dave) Rempel, Mary (Frank) Letkeman, Katie (Cornie) Friesen, and Herta (Orlin) Anderson, and his brothers-in-law Daniel Woelk, and Eddie Unrau.

Born in Manitoba, Jack was raised on a farm and as a 22-year-old, travelled and enjoyed many motorcycle adventures in Vancouver with his cousin Henry. He returned to Ontario in 1954. Ever the hardworking man, he took a factory job until he began his passionate career in policework with the Niagara Regional Police.

Jack was most proud of his 30 years of service with the NRP, swiftly moving up through the ranks from Constable to Superintendent. He most enjoyed his work as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit. Jack was active in several types of sports including baseball, skiing, and as a longstanding member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club he won many tournaments. He played bridge to please his wife and could be found spending many hours in his garden.

Jack was a hero to many, to his family, friends and members of the community in which he so proudly served.

In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Guests will be received on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. A Celebration of Life will take place in the Ceremony Room at 11am with a reception to follow. In keeping with current Covid guidelines, proof of double vaccination is required for all guests who wish to attend the ceremony. Masks must be worn while in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Hospital (Chest Program/Thoracic Surgery) or the Niagara Health System would be appreciated by the family.

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2022 Police Pensioners Association of Ontario – Memorial and Meritorious Service Scholarships

The PPAO Scholarship Award program is now accepting applications.

This year, there will be up to six $2000.00 scholarships and two new meritorious service scholarships (Dale Allan scholarship and Paul Bailey scholarship) both $3000 each.

These scholarships will be awarded to a child, grand child or great grandchild of a PPAO member in good standing. Eligible members include deceased members who were in good standing.

Applications are judged by the Scholarship Selection Panel. The Panel will review all applications and select successful applicants based on approved selection guidelines.

Online applications are eligible for submission 01 November and 31 January of the following year.

Online applications will be available on the PPAO website along with detailed instructions for submission.

The PPAO is proud supporter of these scholarships and strongly encourages all eligible students to apply.

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PPAO – Update on Out of Country Travel Insurance

With the cold weather on its way, we are attaching the update from SunLife on travel.

Important information for those snowbirds. Travel Safe

Police Pensioners Association of Ontario

Click HERE for the update (pdf)

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst) Harley Turner

Passed away peacefully at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the age of 91. Predeceased by his wife Hilda (1992). Dear father of the late Harley Jr. (2014) and Ricky (Margaret). Dearest friend of Gail Chmay for over 20 years. Harley was an active Police officer for 32 years with the Grantham Police, St. Catharines Police and the Niagara Regional Police. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #24 , St. Catharines for a number of years. In his spare time, Harley loved to fish, woodworking and painting. He also loved camping and being in the outdoors. The Turner Family will receive visitors at PLEASANTVIEW FUNERAL HOME 2000 Merrittville Highway, Thorold on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Please share your condolences, photos and memories at

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PPAO – FYI re: Covid-19 Test Coverage – Sun Life

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Questions have been posed regarding the coverage of Covid Tests. Here is the response from Sun Life regarding the coverage.


* COVID tests in order to return to Canada are not eligible expenses under Travel as it is considered a non-emergent medical treatment.
* COVID tests are not eligible under EHC as it is publicly funded by the government

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PPAO September Newsletter

Mon, Aug 23 at 3:33 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are happy to share the latest newsletter from the PPAO prepared by retiree Bob Pearson. We hope that you enjoy the content.

Below is a link to the PPAO Parade Room on our website.

Once there, you will see a button at the top of the list of articles for the “PPAO Newsletter September 2021”. This is a new method of distributing the newsletter that is more efficient and causes less problems in distribution. Once you open the newsletter you can download the document and/or print out a copy to share with your members.

Many thanks to Bob Pearson for stepping forward to offer his assistance as our new PPAO Newsletter Editor. Bob can be reached through if you have comments.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe.


Terry Hill, Director PPAO

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