Yerxa, Alfred Douglas

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Alfred Douglas Yerxa
15 March 1937 – 20 April 2012
Nickname Doug
Place of birth Fredericton New Brunswick
Place of death Kingston Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel

Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Douglas (Doug) Yerxa (15 March 1937 - 20 April 2012) ...

Early Life


Summary of service

Collège Militaire de St Jean, 1955-1958
Royal Military College, Kingston, 1958-60
Signals School for advanced training 1960
3 Signal Squadron, Gagetown, 1961-3
Promoted Captain 1963
Royal School of Signals, Blandford UK 1963-65
Signals School Kingston, 1965-68
Tanzania, 1968-69
Promoted Major 1969
Promoted LCol 1976
Montreal for Olympic Games 1976
COMD 73 Group, Winnipeg 1976-1979
NDHQ 1979 -1983
NDHQ, Director of Land Armament Electronics Engineering and Maintenance, 1983-1996(?)
NDHQ, DLCSPM, Chief Engineer, Army's Tactical Command and Control and Computer System Project, 1997 – 2003

4677 Alfred Douglas YERXA

Alfred Douglas Yerxa, Lieutenant-Colonel (ret) Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, passed away 20 April in Kingston General Hospital after a month of intensive care for heart failure and a stroke. He is survived by his wife Diane and his sons David and Andrew.

Doug was raised in New Brunswick. He graduated from College Militaire Royale de St Jean in 1958 and Royal Military College of Kingston in 1960, with a BSc in General Science. He quickly expanded that degree with the two-year Telecommunications Engineering course in Blandford, UK, became a qualified Electrical Engineer and served in field Signal units, the Royal Canadian School of Signals, Tanzania, fixed-station communications and NDHQ. In 1976 he organized and controlled all communication systems for the Canadian Olympic Games. Upon retirement from the Army he became a senior Engineer with the C&E Branch systems development staff.

Doug obtained his amateur radio certificate shortly after graduation, was licensed as VE1ADQ and VE3GFX, and became a life member of the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society before he left England in 1963.

He was an exceptional leader as well as a dedicated communications technician.

A small memorial service was held in the Anglican Church in Sharbot Lake on Friday, 27 April.

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