van der Schee, Wynand (Wyn) L.Col (ret)
March 13, 1942 – January 2, 2019
Born in South Holland in the Netherlands during the
Second World War, Wyn’s parents (Arie and Neetje) immigrated with him to
Southwestern Ontario in 1947.
Wyn joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1959 as a
Cadet at Collège
Militaire Royale (St Jean, QC),
and completed a BA (Military History) at the Royal Military College (Kingston,
ON). He went on to serve with The Fort Garry Horse and then Lord
Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), and after retiring, went on to
command The King’s Own Calgary Regiment.
The military remained an important part of his life,
and post-military, Wyn was active in initiatives such as Reserves 2000. He was
an avid collector of Militaria, and was a member of the Military Collectors
Club of Canada. His collection of historical military books and documents,
which were amassed over his lifetime, were donated to the Fort Frontenac
Library. The contents of the Wyn van der Schee collection are an invaluable
source of military history and data, and are used as research tools by students
at RMC and beyond.
Wyn spent the second part of his career working with
the City of Calgary as the Recycling Manager and oversaw the startup and
maturation of the recycling program, from the late 1980s to his retirement in
Wyn met his beloved wife Gail in Calgary, and the two
married in 1967. They had two children: Jennifer and David. Wyn became the
cherished Opa to three grand-children – Jillan, Alistair, and Kathryn.
Wyn and Gail retired to Kingston in 2004 where Wyn
continued his involvement in the military community, and was a member of the
Royal Kingston United Services Institute (RKUSI). He was a parishioner at St George’s
Cathedal and and organized the RMC “Copper Sunday” for several years.
Wyn passed away at home on January 2, 2019 at the age
of 76. He is survived by Gail, his children, and grandchildren, as well as his
siblings Jacob, Ben, Sylvia (Head), and Trudy (Dipasqaule) and joins his other
siblings Harry, Nancy, and Cornelius.
Friends are invited to celebrate Wyn’s life on Monday,
January 7 at 2:00pm at St George’s Cathedral, 270 King St E, Kingston, ON. A
reception will follow in the great hall.
in lieu of flowers are welcome to be made to “Lunch by George” (http://www.osgk.org/Donations.html)