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We say farewell to Edward Daniel Bogan.

June 19, 2024

Our one-of-a kind father passed away suddenly in his 89th year on June 19, 2024. With a little help from his son, dear friends, watchful neighbours, and his wonderful doctor, he proudly lived an independent life. As a former military fitness instructor, he was still lifting weights and doing crunches daily.

Edward had a distinguished military career. The discipline and structure of military life suited him. He signed up with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles but he later transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles. Edward also served as a peacekeeper with a Canadian army special force in Korea. Edward had always been very athletic and participated in many activities including swimming, gymnastics and hammer throw. He continued his education in the Forces and became a physical education and recreation instructor (PERI).

Ed met his wife, Brigitte, while stationed near lserlohn, Germany. Before shipping back to Canada, Dad experienced a self-proclaimed stand out day in his life. The event was getting married twice on the same day to the same woman, the love of his life. Both Canadian and German services were required.

ln 1959 they were posted home and arrived in Canada with their daughter, Susanne and infant son Edward, Jr. After several moves across Canada, MWO Bogan was posted to Chilliwack. He was put in charge of the fitness program and infrastructure for CFB Chilliwack in 1974...

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06 jul

I had the pleasure of serving with Ed in Chilliwack. I always thought of Ed as a loyal and dedicated serviceman who loved tradition. As his BPERO, Ed never hesitated to let me know when I needed a hair cut. We loved visiting Ed whenever we were in Chilliwack and Ed remained a kind and thoughtful friend. He will undoubtedly be missed by many! With fondness ….. Tom and Jean Walton ❤️

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Sad to see another member of our family. Ed was my MWO in Chilliwack from 1980-83. He was all that his son described. Ed had to work with an old drill hall as a gym, but finally we received a brand new gymnasium in !982, just in time to have the base close. I had Ed and Major (retd) Harry Mayne organize the rebadging ceremony in 1983. He was certainly proud to do so. He was well known and respected by the senior staff and no doubt they too regret his passing. To me , he was one of a kind and very supportive of our program.

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