Christopher Redfearn Sr.

Post date: Feb 24, 2015 11:48:54 PM

We are saddened to announce the passing of Christopher Redfearn. Our condolences are extended to his immediate and extended family, his many friends and the large family of volunteers, officers and Air Cadets throughout Ontario who came to be associated with Chris.

Christopher John (Maj Ret’d CD) Redfearn passed away peacefully at home on February 21st, 2015, in his 77th year surrounded by his family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Christine (Tina). Dear father of Barbara (Chris) Johnson, Christopher (Sarah) Redfearn, and Pamela Redfearn-Smith. Grandchildren Matthew (Erica), Natasha, Isabel, Emma, Bryanna, Eric, Christopher, Rebecca, Ethan and great grandson Colton.

Chris joined the Air Cadet League Ontario Prov. Committee (OPC) as a Director in 2004 and served on the Sponsoring Committee of 3 (Striker) Squadron, which stood-up that year. Chris brought a wealth of aviation experience to his appointment, as a retired air traffic controller, former aircrew member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, a CIC Officer and former Commanding Officer of 364 (Lancaster) Squadron in Windsor; as well as extensive service in community service and youth organizations.

In the fall of 2007, Chris Redfearn joined the OPC Board of Governors as Area Vice-Chair for Western Ontario. In close cooperation with the RCSU Western Ontario Detachment, he established an effective network of communication and cooperation amongst the Squadrons in his jurisdiction. Uniquely, Chris was a catalyst amongst a small group of energetic and determined volunteers who formed the Aeronca Aircraft Project Committee. Based in London, the group took responsibility for restoration of a 1947 Aeronca Chief aircraft which was donated to the OPC. They have partnered with the London District Catholic School Board and local industry, to offer a four-week summer school course for Air Cadets, which provides hands-on experience in restoring the vintage aircraft while earning a high school credit.

For his efforts as an Area Vice-Chair and on the Aeronca Project, Chris was recognized as the OPC Area Vice-Chair of the Year in 2009 (photo) and a Board of Governors Certificate of Recognition in 2008.