John Tucker C.D. Captain Royal Canadian Air Force Retd.

14 May

This letter was sent to my old site a few years ago.

Alan Parkinson deserves to be commended on an excellent and most interesting account of his time spent during his period of National Service. I am certain that these memoirs will provide many other National Servicemen with thoughts pertaining to their own military experiences.
In my opinion, National Service in a relative short time, served to make men out of young boys. Many, I am sure, benefitted from this experience and the training that prepared them for it.
Good Show!!
Captain John Tucker C.D.,
Royal Canadian Air Force (Ret.)
The above man John Tucker was my brother-in-law. He was a schoolteacher who married my wife’s sister Audrey; they had two sons Chris and Kevin. In the early fifties John and Audrey immigrated to Canada where the sons were born. He resumed his teaching career and he told me parents of the pupils he taught, were offering him money etc. to push their children along. John didn’t like this one bit and resigned. He joined the Royal Canadian Air force and took a commission. Finally after fifteen years’ service and many postings he retired as a Captain. He absolutely loved being in the Air Force and certainly missed it after retiring.
He had many jobs after retiring from the Air force, including Chief Recreation Officer for Ottawa. John also worked in Saudi Arabia for a few years. When I was in John’s company, I found him very Friendly and so intelligent in conversatios. To finish off this short story John died last year after a short illness. There was no doubt John Tucker was a man of principle
Alan

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