John McMaster Obituary, Death Yesterday, we learned of the demise of our longest serving member, SMI John McMaster BEM, and it was with the utmost grief and profound regret that we found out about his departure. After a brief bout with illness, John went away quietly while he was surrounded by the people he loved and appreciated the most. Not only did John tirelessly serve, but he was also a friend to many people. He will be sorely missed by members of the ACF, both from the past and the present.
We are grateful to him for his outstanding service since he was not only an outstanding example to follow but also a motivation and a natural leader. He was also an excellent role model. Even if we can no longer see him, he will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever. During this extremely difficult time, we want the family and friends of John to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are truly sorry for their loss.
John was the embodiment of a volunteer. John served in the Army Cadet Force for close to 45 years, rising through the ranks to become a SI, then a CSM, and most recently an RSM. We shall be eternally grateful to him for the guidance and kindness he provided to each and every one of us, whether we were a Cadet or a Volunteer, and his unflinching and honorable service earned him a British Empire Medal.
A golden heart ceased to beat, and laboring hands found themselves at ease. In order to demonstrate to us that he chooses only the very finest, God crushed our hearts. The leaves and flowers may wilt and the brilliant sun may go down, but the hearts of those who loved you deeply will never forget you.
RIP John McMaster BEM