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Alex Matheson Oral History on Video​​

Aex Matheson was a long-time volunteer at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. He was well respected and liked for his easy going manner and true interest in people with who he interacted. In 2001, Alex sat in on a CATP Museum Oral History video interview conducted by the museum’s Kathy Sheppard in her first job with us as Oral History Facilitator. In the hour long interview, Alex, with the help of Kathy presents a comprehensive and interesting explanation, with a dash or two of humour, of training for an airman new to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. This include the first stop in the RCAF – the Manning Depot – to the last – graduation and the wings ceremony as airman eligible for operational training. View this truly enjoyable hour on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYGM9fDZuWg&t=25s

Alex died at the age of 91 years on May 16, 2016. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 33 years first enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July 1943. He completed his BCATP training as a pilot, but due to his graduation coming close to the end of World War II, he did not see action in an operational unit. He transferred to the army and built a career as an officer in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, an Armoured Corps Regiment. His military career took him to various locations in Canada as well as Korea, Cyprus, Laos and South Vietnam. He retired in 1975 as a Colonel and Commanding Officer of CFB Shilo.

In retirement from the armed forces, he became an art illustrator at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon where he eventually became President of the school. Alex was active in many community groups in Brandon such as President of the 1979 Canada Winter Games, the Brandon Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion and CATP Museum where he was a frequent Master of Ceremonies and also, the artist for over 60 issues of our CONTACT newsletter.   Alex is survived by his wife Peggy and four sons.