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Honouring AC2 Stanley Peacock on 13 October, 2023


On Thursday 13 October 2023, Royal Canadian Air Cadet AC1 Stanley Peacock was honoured at a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite in St. James’ Anglican Cemetery, Orillia. AC1 Peacock was killed 80 years ago that day while helping as an electrician’s apprentice to build a Fairmile Motor Torpedo Boat at the Hunter Boats shipyard on 13 Oct 1943.


The annual commemoration was initiated by the late Raywin Raaflaub, a friend of Stanley Peacock’s in 99 RCAC Sqn, Orillia. The moving ceremony included the 441 Wing Colour Party, the traditional Last Post, minute of silence, the Rouse by Tony Beresford, the Act of Remembrance, the reading of “High Flight” by Norm Marion, and the laying of a wreath in memory of AC1 Peacock by his family members escorted by RCL Branch #34 President Rick Purcell, and a Closing Prayer by Legion Padre Gerry McMullen. In addition to the ten members of 441 Wing present were Orillia Mayor Don McIssac, OPP Inspector Coyer Yateman, Fire Chief Michael Clark, Bugler Tony Beresford, along with RCL Branch #34 Pres Rick Purcell and Rob McCron & three members of Stanley Peacock’s family.


Members of 441 Wing then walked over to Ray Raaflaub’s grave and laid a wreath in his memory before going to the Orillia Legion for light refreshments. Ray would have been pleased to know that the ceremony to honour Stanley continues even after he has passed away.

Legion President Rick Purcell and the Peacock family members laying a wreath in honour of AC1 Stanley Peacock
441 (Huronia) Wing's Colour Guard at AC1 Stanley Peacock's memorial service, St James' Cemetery, Orillia
Orillia Mayor Don McIssac saying a few words in honour of AC1 Stanly Peacock in St. James Cemetery, Orillia while 441 Wing Chair Bill Sergeant looks on.
Legion members with OPP Insp Coyer Yateman, Orillia Fire Chief Michael Clark, Jane Connolly and Marcel Pigeon during the ceremony.
Members of 441 Huronia Wing Honouring Ray Raaflaub by laying a wreath at his grave, Orillia, 13 Oct 23. They are (L-R) Jean Maurice Pigeon, Andy Galton, Andrea Sloan, Wally Capsticks, Les Ball, Murray Conley, Jane Connolly, Bill Sergeant and Norm Marion
441 Wing laid a wreath at Raywin Raaflaub grave in St. James Cemetery, Orillia 
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