William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


Big John was a real Commando, he was really tough
One learned it in unarmed combat quite soon enough
John was a good soldier and way, way too young to die
The hard life in the ranks might be a reason why?

A pathfinder soldier John was one in the know
JC jumped and served Canada those long years ago
When I went up to RHQ, Griesbach’s AIRBORNE head shed
John stayed back in 2 Commando’s Recce Platoon, instead

From those mean back streets, of old Montreal
John joined the Canadian Army, to give Canada his all
Off to the Korean War, Private John, then voluntarily went
The Infantry was where his youth and mid life was spent

I was a young soldier, and yes, I did get into some fights
He taught me to keep my guard up, and lead with my right
John was a good paratrooper and he led off the buffalo ramp
And he built the Airborne ski school up at Kananaskis Ski Camp

Now he’s gone to join his old nemesis, the 1st Battalion’s Rod
Both of them now up there on that cloud square with God
JC passed by JWT, which gave him a cold shiver chill
On his last hard road run – up on heaven’s steep hill

Author’s Note: RIP JC – We are coming soon – SAVE ME A SEAT IN THE WETS buds; and say Hi to Shakey, the Greek, and the Rat for me

Original Message
From: John-Ward Leighton
Sent: November-25-08 2:36 PM
To: Billy Willbond
Subject: John Carson

Just heard from Barry – I’ve had chill pass over me this morning and didn’t know what it was. If I believed in that sort of thing, I would believe it was John Carson saying good-bye.

John-Ward Leighton

Obituary: Times Colonist: November 29, 2008

CARSON, John Matthew

John Matthew Carson
John Matthew Carson
Husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, born in Montreal, January 26th, 1931 passed away unexpectedly on November 25th, 2008 in Victoria. John is survived by his loving wife, Marie, of 56 years, daughters, Marni/Jorge, Julia/Mel and son Paul/Jan, grandchildren, Michelle/Sterling, Christopher, Tamera, Kellin, great-granddaughter Sydney, brother in-law Gordon/Fran and nieces and nephews. John touched many lives in his 77 years here on Earth. His accomplishments were many, a professional lightweight boxer, hockey player, hockey coach, golfer, curler and armchair quarterback.

He served in the military joining the navy at a very young age, then transferring to the army, where he served with the PPCLI, Air Borne Regiment and Queens Own Rifles. After retiring from military service he began a second career as a guard and prison councillor at William Head. John was a dedicated member of the Masonic Fraternity, being the Worshipful Master of United Service Lodge AF & AM #24 and many other concordant bodies. He was a Shriner, Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Korean Veterans Association and Legion #172. He was a kind man with a generous heart and spirit, putting others needs before his own. Relentless in his work for charities and the underdog, he never tired and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road, Esquimalt BC on Wednesday December 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.