Lt. Col. (Ret.) Roger P.L. de Gobeo





Obituary for Roger Gobeo

de GOBEO: Lt. Col. (Ret.) R.P.L. de Gobeo, 19th June 1925 - 5th March 2012, 86 years. Roger was born in Birmingham England to Jessie Eckersley and Richard de Gobeo, on June 19, 1925. Roger was attending Monmouth College, an extension of Oxford University when England went to war. He joined the British army and was commissioned as an officer in the Worcester Regiment - from there he joined the parachute regiment and became a glider pilot and saw action in Europe during WWII. After the war Roger married Rita Beach of Worcester, England and resided in Birmingham, England where he had his first two children Philippa and Clifford. He owned and operated a senior complex. In 1951 Roger & Rita sold their business and moved to Ohio in the U.S.A. Roger found employment in Ohio but missed the military life, so in 1952 he moved the family to Canada, joined the 2nd Battalion "Royal Canadian Regiment" and his third child Christopher was born. In 1954 Roger was stationed in Germany until 1955 when he was sent to Shilo and was officer in charge of the parachute jump towers in Rivers. At this point Roger's marriage to Rita ended. Roger was ordered to Korea where the conflict was just wrapping up. Roger then returned to Canada where he remained until he was sent to Vietnam in 1958 to aid the international commission for supervision and control of Vietnam. He spent time in both Hanoi and Saigon respectively. While in Vietnam, Roger met his soon to be second wife, Claire Miquelon. Roger had his fourth child, Nancy, in 1960 when he returned to Canada and was stationed in Halifax. Then from 1961 - 1963 Roger was stationed in London, Ontario. Roger was again returned to Germany in 1964 where his fifth child Anne was born and returned to Ottawa in 1966 where his sixth child Genevieve (Gigi) was born. In 1968 Roger was sent to Cyprus where he was a peacekeeper with the United Nations. In 1969 Roger was sent to be Base Commander at Rivers where he presided over the closing of the Base in 1971. By 1972 Roger and the family were sent to Ghana, Africa where they remained until 1976 when Roger retired from the Military and decided after living in so many places all over the world, that Brandon was the place to be. He purchased a McDonald's Franchise and was the Owner/Operator for 15 years until he retired again in 1991. During his time back in Brandon Roger's marriage to Claire ended and in 1989 he remarried, this time to Pamela Heath and in 1996 Roger had his seventh child, Richard. This marriage ended in 2002 and Roger resided in Brandon until 2004 when he relocated to Souris where he stayed until relocating to Kelowna, BC in 2011. His last year at home and in Texas was filled with visits from most of his family. He passed away peacefully in his home in Kelowna on March 5th, 2012. The Ceremony to Celebrate Roger's life will be held at Memories Chapel on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Padre Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in the Veterans' section of the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Roger may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, Unit 202-37 11th Street, Brandon MB R7A 4J2.

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The Rivers Base Banner in Mr. DeGobeo's home, Souris Mb. 2010.



Lt. Col. (Ret.) R.P.L. de Gobeo, with Brandon Mayor Magnacca and troops.