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Monday November 9, 2009

ADMIRAL ROBERT HILBORN FALLS CMM, CD (1924 - 2009 ) Suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by family present and in spirit, on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the General Hospital in Ottawa at age 85. Married for 63 years to the love of his life, Isabelle Falls (nee Urie). Beloved and much loved father of Robert Falls (Karen Dempsey) of LaHave, Nova Scotia and Janice (Richard Slowikowski), and David Falls (Lori) of Ottawa. Proud and cherished grandfather of Dylan, Sean and Ryan Falls and James and Chloe Slowikowski. Much loved brother of Gwen Sheppard (Don) of Aurora, Ontario and Howard Falls (Muriel) of London, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Doris Falls and sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Robert joined the RCAF in late 1942 and trained as a pilot. He transferred to the navy after WWII, moving through a series of naval flying and command responsibilities (including HMCS BONAVENTURE) to senior management positions at headquarters and a period as Commander of the Canadian Flotilla Atlantic. Vice Chief of the Defence Staff 1974-77, he became the first naval officer to serve as Chief of Defence Staff 1977-80. He was the first Canadian to be Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the alliance's senior military authority, 1980-83. He involved himself thereafter in disarmament causes, and in 1985 became President of the Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament (now the Canadian Council for International Peace and Security) with which he remained affiliated after his presidency. Robert was a humble man of integrity, intelligence and many talents. A respected member of the Canadian Armed Forces, his life can be more tr uly measured by his relationship with his loving and extended family and many friends. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, November 12, and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, November 13. A Celebration of his Life will immediately follow in the Chapel. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the doctors and staff at the ICU and Critical Care Unit of the General Hospital for their professional and compassionate care. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to the Shear water Aviation Museum of which he was a founding director, at P.O. Box 5000, Station Main, Shearwater, Nova Scotia B0J 3A0 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Condolences/Tributes/Donations www.mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143

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