The Cape Breton Highlanders
Charles Russell 'C.R.' McKinnon

Charles Russell 'C.R.' McKinnon
81 Halafix

Charles Russell McKinnon (C.R.), 81, of Halifax, passed away on July 7, 2003, at the Camp Hill Veteran's Memorial Building, QE.

Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of Joseph Clarence and Mary Ann (Gillis) McKinnon.

C.R. was a veteran of the Second World War. A member of the Cape Breton Highlanders; he was stationed in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy from 1939 to 1945.

C.R. and his brothers, Joseph and Jimmy, served in Italy with the Cape Breton Highlanders. Along with his comrades, C.R. fought numerous major battles in Italy including the battle of Coriano Ridge, where many Canadian soldiers lost their lives.

He was wounded in the fighting at the Po River. Also, his brother Jimmy, now deceased, was severely injured at the Po River battle. C.R.'s brother Joseph died of wound sustained at the Battle of Ortona.

C.R . also served in the Korean War with the Black Watch, Second Battalion. He remained in the Canadian army until his retirement in 1966.

In 1999, C.R. represented the Cape Breton Highlanders on a pilgrimage to Italy. He and his wife Anne visited numerous monuments and grave sites of Canadian soldiers. Also, in 1999, C.R. was introduced to the N.S. House Assembly and given tribute for the contributions he; his brothers and the Cape Breton Highlanders made in the effort.

C.R. was a lifetime member of the Chiefs and P.O.'s Mess, Windsor Park and Stadacona. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, Sydney. Following his retirement from the army, C.R. worked for the N.S. Liquor Commission and later, the Victoria General Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Anne (Gillis); daughters, Dawn (Bruce MacKeigan) and Valerie (Glenn Crowdis);grandchildren, Lisa Ripley (Brian), David MacKeigan (Christina McCarthy), Jeanne Crowdis (Daniel Pitcher) and Lori Beth Crowdis. `Poppa' is also survived by great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Fallon and Mary Jean Ripley. There are also several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents. C.R. was also predeceased by his first wife, the former Ella Jean MacInnis, sisters, Lucy, Mary, Annie and Marie, brothers, Alex, Johnny, Joseph and James.

In the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We shall remember them