Squadron Leader John A. Newbegin CD
Royal Canadian Air Force
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing, due to cancer, of John Arthur (Jack) Newbegin on November 27, 2010 at University Hospital in London, Ontario. He was pre-deceased by his father, John Henry (Jack), his mother, Eliza Coulson (Arkley), his sister Gwen (Thrower) and his wife Dorothy Jean (Bryan). He leaves behind his daughter, Barbara Newbegin, of Ottawa.
Jack was born in 1917 in South Shields, England and immigrated with his family to Vancouver in 1927. When World War 2 began, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was later posted to a secret Radar Station to be Chief of Operations, where he remained until VJ Day. He then worked as radio service manager at a company in Calgary. In 1948 he joined the permanent Air Force. Postings included NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) Communications and Electronics Staff Officer and Deputy Director C&E Officer of Grand Forks Air Defence Sector in the United States. After 25 years of service, he retired in 1966 as Staff Communications Officer for Northern NORAD Headquarters at the underground complex in North Bay. Jack held the permanent military rank of Squadron Leader, and received many awards, including Certificates of Achievement for meritorious service from both NORAD in the United States and Northern NORAD in Canada.
After retirement from the RCAF he worked at Northern Electric (Nortel) Research and Development Laboratories in London and retired from there in 1980 in charge of electronic component engineering and standards for the Apparatus Division.
Since 1980 Jack was on the sponsoring committee with 614 Air Cadet Squadron, was with the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex, and was a director (including two years as president) of the Royal London Military Institute. He also spent over 10 years on the Planning Committee at the University of Western Ontario Senior Alumni and six years on the Board of Directors of London Goodwill Industries, the last year as vice chairman. He was also an Elder Emeritus of New St. James Presbyterian Church. In 1993 he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Confederation.
Through the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex, Jack served as a volunteer for 17 years at Ealing Public School in London, Ontario. In 2005 he was presented with the Thames Valley District School Boards' highest honour, the "Award of Distinction”. He was well loved by the staff, the students and their families and was of great influence on the students.
Jack’s family and friends wish to express their appreciation to the nurses and doctors at University Hospital for their caring and support, including the staff of the dialysis unit who helped give him 8 extra months to serve others.
Visitation on Thursday from 7-9 pm and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted at New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E. at Wellington, on Saturday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. by The Rev. Andrew Reid. Interment Woodland Cemetery.
7-9 Thursday & 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday
10 am Saturday, December 4 at New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. at WellingtonClick here to view the map with James A. Harris Funeral Home location