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The Black Watch is the oldest highland regiment in Canada.
Volunteers have served since the regiment's inception in Montreal on January 31st, 1862 as the 5th Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada. The rise of American military strength during the Civil War concerned Canada. The government authorized formation of militia regiments. Each of six Montreal Scottish chieftains responded by raising an infantry company for the 5th Battalion. Eventually, eight companies were raised for border service. Since then, thousands of Canadian citizens have served in the Black Watch. In addition to Canadian border security, they have fought in the Boer War, WW1, WW2, Korean War; bolstered NATO operations in Europe and UN peacekeeping worldwide; and provided aid-to-the-civil-power, most recently during the Quebec and Eastern Ontario ice storm disaster.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Victor G. Chartier, OMM, CD, AdC

October 7, 1934 - April 6, 2016

vgc-queenmum-1987It is with sincere regret that the Regiment announces the passing of Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Victor G. Chartier, OMM, CD, AdeC on April 6.

LCol Chartier served over 50 distinguished years with The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He joined the Regiment in the 1950’s as a private soldier and earned his way to the appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major, serving as such from 1974-1978. He then commissioned from the ranks and held various officer positions, culminating in Commanding Officer from 1986-1989. During his command one could argue that the highlight of his career was overseeing the Regiment’s 125th Anniversary in 1987, including the week-long visit of the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

His dedication to the Regiment persisted after his command, with his appointment as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel as well as Vice-President of the Black Watch Foundation.

In civilian life, he served as Vice-President of Weider Fitness, and more recently as Director of Executives Available, both of Montreal.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Doreen (née Smart), his son Rick and daughter Cindy, several grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, donations may be made in LCol Chartier's name to the Black Watch of Canada Foundation (2067 Bleury St., Montreal QC, H3A 2K2 or online through www.canadahelps.org) or to Mt. Sinai Hospital Palliative Care (5690 Cavendish Blvd, Montreal QC, H4W 1S7).

Visitation will take place Friday April 8, 2-5pm and 7-9pm at Kane & Fetterly, 5301 Decarie Blvd (corner Isabella, valet parking available). A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 9, at 11am at St. Richard's Parish, 7070 Guelph Rd., Côte Saint-Luc. Condolences may be sent to www.kanefetterly.com.

Dan O'Connor
Honorary Colonel


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