St. Lazarus - Calgary Commandery

Past Commanders Of The Calgary Commandery

LCol (Ret'd) Richard Goebel CD, KLJ, OMLJ 2018-

Richard Goebel was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario and studied at Wilfrid Laurier University in next-door Waterloo, Ontario. He began his working life in corporate sales with BFGoodrich in Kitchener and transferred with that company to Calgary, Alberta. He later changed careers to the travel industry where, after concentrating on the technical and financial side of the business, he eventually retired as a partner in the largest privately-owned travel agency in Alberta. In parallel to his civilian career, he served thirty-one years in Canada’s Army Reserve as an Infantryman and an Infantry Officer including one year of peacekeeping in former Yugoslavia. His final job in the military was as Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders where he hopes he helped to foster the culture of service that resulted in the unit sending more than twice as many volunteer soldiers to Afghanistan as any other reserve unit in the Canadian Forces. He has worked with a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations primarily related to the military and the church.

Dame Glynis Grigg, DCLJ, OMLJ 2012-2017

Glynis Grigg has been a member of the Order of Saint Lazarus since 2006. After a 4-year term as Vice-Commander, Glynis assumed the role of Commander of the Calgary Commandery in March 2013. In addition to her role in the Order, Glynis has been very active with other local charities, including The Samaritan Club - a 106-year-old Calgary group that aids local families and also Dreams Take Flight – a 26-year-old charity that provides disadvantaged children a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland. In addition to her charitable activities,Glynis has also served as a Director of Valour Canada; a Director of the Calgary Military Museum Society; the Co-Chair of FundFest for the Calgary Health Trust; on the Highland Ball Committee; Director of the Calgary Exotic Automobile Group; Director of the Southern Alberta Children’s Hospice Society; and the Co-Chair of the Art Lotto for the Glenbow Museum Acquisition Society.

Mr. Britton Osler Mockridge, MSM,CLJ, MMLJ 2010-2012

No biography available.

Dame Barbara Hongisto DLJ CMLJ 2008-2009

Barbara Hongisto DLJ, CMLJ was Commander of Calgary Commandery 2008-2009. She joined the Order in 2002 after retiring as a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. Barbara is active in The United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, Calgary Finnish Cultural Association and The Alberta Retired Teachers Association. A long time volunteer at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Barbara continues to take an active role in the activities of the Calgary Commandery.

Chev. E. David Thompson Ingoe †, KLJ 2006-2007

No biography available.

Chev David Hongisto KCLJ, CMLJ 2004-2005

David Hongisto KCLJ, CMLJ was Commander of Calgary Commandery 2004-2005. He joined the Order in 1997. His working life included two careers: first as a public accountant and subsequently as a kiltmaker, retiring in 2013. Besides the Order of St.Lazarus, he is active in the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, Ordo Constantini Magni, Calgary Finnish Cultural Association and many branches of the Masonic Order.

LCol. Richard J. Goebel, CD CLJ 2002-2003

Richard James Goebel was born and educated in Kitchener, Ontario on 1 May 1952, studying the Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1967, Goebel enrolled in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada as a Fusilier and transferred to the Calgary Highlanders in March 1983 with the rank of Captain. He served in UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia from May 1993 to June 1994 in high level staff positions. On 2 February 1997 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders, with his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel coming in April.

Lieutenant-Colonel Rick Goebel and his wife, Dr. Pamela Jayne Goebel, always brought life to regimental social gatherings. In the civilian world, Goebel worked for Goliger's Travel in Calgary, and enjoyed a keen interest in military history, fitness activities, computer war gaming, singing and reading.

HCol Robert James S. Gibson, KLJ, MMLJ 1999-2001

Robert J.S. (Bob) Gibson was born in Bentley, Alberta, in 1946. His childhood included activities with Cubs, Scouts, and sports teams, as well as service with the King's Own Calgary Regiment's cadet corps in Gleichen. Gibson graduated from Bow Valley Central High School in Cluny, Alberta, and joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer cadet. After his initial year at the University of Alberta, he worked for several years as a surveyor in the seismograph industry throughout western Canada. After leaving seismic, he returned to the University of Alberta for another year and became a realtor, later joining Southland Canada and becoming district sales manager for 31 7-Eleven stores. Becoming involved in real estate development led to a stint as area manager for Western Realty Projects with responsibility for southern Alberta. In 1976 he accepted a position as president of United Management Ltd., and ultimately managing director of Alsten Holdings, Ltd., the holding company of the Singer family of Calgary, where he still serves. In 1986, Mr. Gibson acquired the Bobtail Ranch in Penticton, B.C., where he raises a commercial herd and pedigree Angus cattle with his wife, Brigitte. His other interests have included sailing, flying, and the military, and he is a certified offshore sailor, fixed wing and helicopter pilot. He has served as honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 15th (Edmonton) Medical Company, and assumed the same position with the Calgary Highlanders on 8 August 2001. That December, he assumed the position of honorary colonel with the regiment. Mr. Gibson sits on a number of committees related to the Army Reserve and is active in many charitable works through the Order of St. Lazarus as well as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program. He has two sons and three daughters.

Chev. Peter J. Mortimer-Rae, KCLJ,CMLJ 1995-1998

No biography available.

Chev. Frederick F. Abbott KCLJ, CMLJ, FCA 1992-1994

No biography available.

John Klemp 1985-1991

No biography available.

1982-1984 No minutes on file for this period

LCol Dr Michael O’Sullivan CD, GCLJ, CMLJ 1976-1981

No biography available.