William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE THINNING OF THE RANKS

Don Rochester had us troops form hollow square.
He was an old Engineer who was tough and fair.
Bill Batt was our Squadron CO[•] and Bill Earl he was our SWO[•].
Beside me in the front rank was MCpl[•] Koenig, Hank.

In the Sig Squadron[•] our people did the heavy drop drills,
Delivering toboggan with radios to the Wainwright Hills.
The heavy drop teams all honed their professional skills;
Dropping big D8 cats just like a couple of anvils.

In the paper this morning was a picture of my old buddy, Hank:
Another addition to the roll of our thinning AIRBORNE ranks.
Raise your glasses lads; wish him God Speed and RIP[•] from here.
In Heaven’s AIRBORNE Sergeant’s Mess there is always free beer!

Henry Edward KoenigKOENIG, Henry Edward

September 30, 1933 – July 14, 2009

Paratrooper, prankster, fisherman, marksman, beloved family man: Hank Koenig was born in Montreal Sept. 30, 1933 and died peacefully in Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, July 14, 2009. Known as Henry to his parents, Ginger to his wife, Grumps to his grandsons, Red to his army buddies and Hank to everyone else, he served 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, including peacekeeping tours in Cyprus and Egypt. But he always said the best years were those in the Canadian Airborne Regiment (1969-73) and the Canadian Airborne Centre (1973-78). Retiring from the military in 1979, he went on to a career in the Correctional Service of Canada, and later retired again, to chase salmon in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Predeceased by his father, Hugo Carl Koenig, and mother, Martha Rindt Koenig, Hank will be deeply missed by his wife Jean, daughter Kim Pietrzak (John), grandsons Curtis and Dustin Plested, and legions of friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Ave., Colwood on Monday July 20, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Arbor Reception Centre.