(Canadian Air & Space Museum)



The news was passed to us by Terry Ward: a fellow Arrow Replica builder. Many who worked with Vince over the years expressed their sympathies and fond memories.

Vince’s obituary has been posted here, at the Vescio Funeral Home in Maple, ON. Due to the current COVID situation, the funeral will be for family only.

Donations may be made in Vince’s memory to the Mackenzie Health Hospital Foundation, or Canadian Cancer Society.

As memories are collected, they will be posted here. (Opinions expressed are personal, and may not reflect those of the Collection volunteers.)


Vince has passed away last Saturday from complications of cancer. Vince has been fighting his cancer situation for the last year and a half. He was a good friend to all of us since joining the museum.

He will be missed by us all.

The funeral will be held at Vescio Funeral at the Maple location for family only.

His obituary can be found  there. ...Terry Ward (Volunteer, Arrow Replica Builder)


I am short of words and have difficulty believing it...my condolences to all, particularly his family, though I, myself, badly need a shoulder to cry on and share my pain of losing a great friend. ...Nassy Fesharaki (Past Volunteer)


Wow ...Very sad to hear of Vince’s passing. He was always a very positive force at the Museum pre and post Downsview

... Ken Swartz (TAM Board, Director)


to Vince’s family.

Like many I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss.

Vince was a treasured friend to us all.  In many ways he represented the best of the museum volunteers. He stood out as a member of a select core group who together made an enormous contribution to the museum. He worked hard but in addition he was always positive, determined to be constructive, supportive, and always guided by endless common sense.  He stayed above the destructive machinations typical of volunteer organizations and enjoyed the trust of everybody he worked with.  A director described him years ago, as “a very good person who wants to get things done.”  I quickly saw how true this was and understood how important he was to sustaining the outsized contributions of a small group who kept the effort to preserve the collection intact. 

Please know that he is remembered and much missed by all of us. ...Ian A. McDougall (Collection Trustee)


I will remember Vince for all of the good times we had at the museum, all of the figuring out how to put together the jigsaw, the times spent in the ceiling looking down at the plane, crawling around inside while discussing who will do what, his research into all of the finishing touches on the replica. As sad as it is to have him gone, I will remember him for all of those years. ...Alan Stummer (Past Volunteer, Arrow Replica Builder)


Very sad to hear this news. I always looked forward to seeing Vince at the museum. It was great to work with him and talk about aviation. Many people will miss him a lot. ...Chris Imber (Past Volunteer, Arrow Replica Builder)


Hi Guys,  I certainly join this group and others who enjoyed working with Vince on the Replica.  His talents were well used on many parts of that project and, along with Alan Stummer, Vince excelled in the researching and fabricating details for the landing gear. His passing saddens many including  myself. ...Claude Sherwood (Past Volunteer, TAM CEO, Arrow Replica Builder)


Having met Vince for the first time when the office was moved from Downsview to Pearson, I echo the comments posted earlier. Vince was an enthusiastic volunteer who worked hard on every task he took on. I'll miss his presence, knowledge and humour. ...Brian Quan (Volunteer, Photographer, Collection IT Support/Webmaster)