Statement made on 10 February 2011 by Senator Wilfred Moore
Hon. Wilfred P. Moore:
Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to the late Brigadier-General Edward Alfred Charles "Ned" Amy, who passed away on February 2, 2011, at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, on March 28, 1918, Ned graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, in 1939. During World War II, he was a feisty, fearless tank commander. Ned participated with distinction as an officer in three Canadian armoured regiments — the Ontario Regiment, the King's Own Calgary Regiment and the Grenadier Guards — the 22nd Canadian Armoured Regiment — in the Allied invasions and liberations of Sicily, Italy, and the Normandy to Germany campaign.
With the end of World War II, Ned commanded the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, the 1st Canadian Contingent to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Calgary, and the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany. He served as the 1st General Staff Officer to the Commonwealth Division in Korea, and as a staff officer to both SHAPE and NATO headquarters.
At Canadian Forces headquarters in Ottawa, he served as Director of Armour, Director of Operational Support Requirements, and as Director-General of Land Forces Operations.
Upon his retirement in 1972, Ned marshalled his talents with immeasurable energy into volunteer service. He was President of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia, President of the Army Cadet League of Nova Scotia, member of the Citadel Hill Army Museum board of governors, Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.
He was a founder and active participant in the "Ko Canadian Unity Group," a gathering of concerned retired Canadian Forces personnel who, since 1995, have met regularly at Ko's Restaurant in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Perhaps his most beloved volunteerism was that as one of the Friends of the Halifax Rifles. He led us in that campaign which achieved victory on September 5, 2008, with the reactivation of that historic regiment as an army reserve unit.
Ned was one of Canada's three most-decorated soldiers. Ned proudly wore the Distinguished Service Order, the Order of the British Empire, the Military Cross, the Canadian Decoration, the Bronze Star of the United States of America and the Cross of Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur of France. On November 14, 2007, I spoke in this chamber about Ned's battle heroics.
Predeceased by his loving wife, Jean, we express our heartfelt sympathy to Ned's sons, Robert and Michael, and other members of his family. He will be interred in the cemetery at Indian Point, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, overlooking his beloved Mahone Bay.
Canada has lost a very special son. I am honoured to have been his friend. We shall remember him.