This ArticleOriginally Appeared in the 41st Edition of the Busted Kncukle Chronicles 2010
Aggressive Pacifists. Will Fight to Keep the Peace!
Today’s article is going to deviate from the throw a leg over and let’s ride variety, but I am sure you will indulge me.
This past June I lost my father whose health failed after a 20 year battle with several major ailments.
My Dad was a truly amazing man. His formal education stopped at grade 6 and he went to work to help
support a large depression family…it was the way things were done back then. He joined the military to go to
Korea but through the weird twists of fate he wound up with the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of the tank
corps in the Occupation army of the Rhine post World War II. My Dad was very mechanically inclined even as a
young boy and wound up with one of the shortest military transfers in history and re-mustered to RCEME
( The Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). After retirement from the military he went on to work as a heavy equipment mechanic, industrial mill Wright, welder, welding instructor, and so on. If it broke and he couldn’t fix it,
it probably really needed to stay broke. He held licenses to fix just about anything that moved including motorcycles.
But all that paled in comparison to his unwavering sense of right and wrong….
One of the things he was most proud of was his year’s tour of duty in the early days with the United Nations Forces in Egypt.
This experience was to shape how he viewed himself, the military, Canada, and our place in it. He believed that you were a Canadian first and foremost and if you didn’t like it, go somewhere else. Oh, and don’t for a moment believe you were French Canadian, Irish Canadian or any other such. You are a Canadian of French descent, Canadian of Irish Descent and so on. He went on to serve as one of the founding members of the William Hall VC UN Peacekeepers Association in
Greenwood Nova Scotia, where he served as President , Past President and was a tireless fundraiser for Children’s charities.
DJ or Grampy, also believed that you must stand up for what you believe in, toe the mark and be counted. There was no need to go looking for a fight or trouble, but if it showed up, it was incumbent upon us to defend our beliefs and unwaveringly guard our rights to live in Peace.
To that end I have launched the Aggressive Pacifists. It is done to honour a great man who believed in that order to have the right to live in peace we must be willing to fight to keep it. Aggressive Pacifist patches (Aggressive Pacifist, will fight to keep the Peace) are available at a cost of $15.00 through myself. If you choose to wear one, please forward cheque, or Money order to myself. Contact me for paypal instructions. All proceeds will be donated to “Trapper” , President of the CAV to help with wounded Canadian soldiers suffering from PTSD( More to follow in a later article). This patch crosses club and organizational lines. If you believe it, wear it.
Dad, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. The true legacy of a man is written in the hearts of the ones who love you.
What a legacy. GBNF!
Medric “Sea Dawg” Cousineau
Magician, Entertainer & Writer
Member Canadian Lonewolves NS