MASSE'S NATIONAL STATEMENT TRIBUTE TO RALPH EARL SCOFIELD

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November 7, 2012

MASSE’S NATIONAL STATEMENT OF TRIBUTE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO RALPH “EARL” SCOFIELD

Ottawa, ON – Today, Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) stood in Parliament to deliver a statement and honour the memory of Earl Scofield a WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran.

Mr. Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West, NDP): “Mr. Speaker, sadly Windsor lost a truly inspirational man in Ralph “Earl” Scofield who passed away peacefully this past Friday.

Earl was a Senator with the Métis Nation of Ontario, a well respected community leader, and a lifetime member of the Can-Am Friendship Centre. He was a member of the CCF and a founding member of the NDP.

He was also a World War II RCAF Veteran who enrolled in the Reserve Army in 1943 at just 16. He then served as an Air Gunner Pilot completing 17 missions in Germany and achieving the rank of Flight Sergeant Air Gunner.

This past August, Earl was recognized by the Métis Nation of Ontario with the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions of Métis service in the defense of Canada. He was invited to lay a wreath during the 2012 National Remembrance Day Ceremony on behalf of the Métis.

He will be deeply missed at our local Remembrance Day Service this year, as he was always seated in the front row. On behalf of the Member for Windsor-Tecumseh and I, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary Rose and his family. Earl was a great inspiration to all and a personal hero of mine.

His legacy will, no doubt, inspire future generations.”

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