Captain C.J. (Cliff) Collison, CD

(1936 – 2017)


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cliff Collison, long time devoted museum volunteer, prominent member of The RCR and of The RCR Association. In one capacity or another, Captain Collison has served as a Royal Canadian for the past 60 years.  

Captain Collison joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1956 as a Private Soldier and served in the 2nd Battalion, The RCR Depot and the 1st Battalion, including a tour in Cyprus.  He rose to the rank of Sergeant and was commissioned from the ranks in 1974. He completed officer training and was posted to the CF Leadership Academy in Borden as a Lieutenant. Promoted to Captain he subsequently served in the Special Service Force Headquarters in Petawawa, the Combat Training Center in CFB Gagetown and as Regular Support Staff with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. In 1985 he was posted to CFB London as the Base Personnel Admin Officer from which he retired in April 1992 having completed 37 years of service. 

Upon retirement, Captain Collison served the Regiment as Vice President, followed by President of the Home Station, London and District Branch of The RCR Association. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Association rising through the positions on the Board to become the Chair, not only once, but for a second time when his services were in dire need. During his first term as Chairman, he represented the Association when the Regiment conducted the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. In his subsequent term he organized the challenging task of moving the National Association Headquarters from London to Petawawa. As Chairman, his positive influence over the Associationknew no bounds.

Captain Collison has represented the Regiment to the highest standard within the wider veteran community. He served for many years as the Treasurer of the Armed Forces Pensioners Association and, in the past, has served as the parade commander at the City of London Cenotaph.  As a Trustee and secretary Captain Collison served for 20 years on the Regimental Trust. He also volunteered at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum since the 1970s in a double capacity: volunteer tour guide and Director on the museum Board of Directors since 2007.

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The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, as a component of The Royal Canadian Regiment, will preserve, collect and present artifacts, archives and other militaria that are relevant for the history of the Regiment in order to assist in building pride, esprit and solidarity amongst all members of The RCR family. The Museum will also foster a deeper understanding of the Regimental experience, within the broader context of military and Canadian history, among other veterans, communities in the London area and all Canadians.

The RCR Museum will promote and enhance the pride that Canadians have in their military and its achievements through ensuring they know the story of one of our nation's great Regiments.