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Memorable Manitobans: Roderick William “Bill” Slaughter (1939-2013)

Pilot, civil servant.

Born at Winnipeg in 1939, son of Rod and Ada Slaughter, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1958 and flew as a jet pilot, solo performance pilot, and later lead soloist for the Golden Centennaires aerobatic flying team. He played a key role in development of the air safety division in the Canadian Armed Forces. After retiring from the military with the rank of Brigadier General, he continued working for flight safety through employment with the Ministry of Transport. He returned to Winnipeg as Chief of the Air Reserves at Winnipeg Air Command after which he resumed his work with the public service in Ottawa. In 2001, he retired as Executive Director of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 31 October 2013 and was buried in the National Military Cemetery of Canada.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 2013.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2013

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