The passing of Dr. Major (retired) Pascal Pignal, CD2

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Dr. Major (retired) Pascal (Pat) Pignal, CD2, on Friday, 21 March, after a brief period of hospitalization. Pat was a 35-year veteran of the RCASC and CF, and a long-time member of the Personnel Selection Branch, who held senior PSO positions in many of the functional areas that existed over the course of his career; he was also a life member of the PSOA. He retired from teaching at the MPL Department of RMC in the late 1980s, after which he served at the CF Recruiting Centre in Kingston for a period of time. Pat was a man of honour and commitment to the CF and the PSel Branch, as well as a good friend and excellent colleague to those who served with him.  He was one of only two PSOs who, while serving, earned a doctoral degree, using only his own resources. Over the course of his career, he  made many and varied contributions to the PSel Branch–including training and orienting many novice PSOs. Very importantly, in 1984, he headed up a four-member (other members were Majors Digger MacDougall, Karol Wenek and Reg Ellis) in-Branch Career Development Committee, the recommendations of which led to a greatly improved PSel Branch organization and career structure.

Pat had been residing in Kingston, ON, with his wife, Alice, since his retirement and he and Alice enjoyed golfing and bowling until his health deteriorated .

A private family service will be held at the Heavenly Rest Cemetery and Mausoleum, Windsor, ON, on Sat, 29 Mar. Messages can be passed to Alice at 975 Hudson Drive, Kingston, ON; pignala@queensu.ca.

The Pignal family has requested no flowers but have indicated that  memorial donations to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish—I assume in Kingston–would be appreciated.

Franklin C. Pinch
Colonel(Retired)