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In Memoriam
CAAA Remembers

Celebrating the memory of our CAAA artists who have passed on.

 Geoff Bennett (1930 - 2018)
Geoff Bennett

Geoff was a founding member of the CAAA and long-serving CAAA Atlantic Regional Coordinator. Geoff was one of Canada's premier aviation artists - a fact attested to by his prolific contribution of artwork on display in many aviation museums and at Air Force venues across Canada. A former RAF and RCAF pilot and Ministry of Transport aviation inspector Geoff had a passion for aviation and aviation art his whole life. Geoff passed away in October 2018 and we maintain this gallery entry in remembrance. [click to view gallery]

Trio of Stearmans - by Geoff Bennett

 Jim Bruce
Jim Bruce

Jim Bruce was a founding member of the CAAA, our first AerialViews editor and designed the original CAAA logo. He was a prize winning artist whose works are in many private and public art collections. A number of his aviation art paintings are on permanent display at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa. His work has been awarded 1st prize in three ArtFlight competitions. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta he lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and then in Baie d'Urfé, Québec. Jim had a successful career as an illustrator with his designs being accepted for two coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint and his artwork used in numerous publications including Reader's Digest. He also received a special commendation from Parks Canada for his artwork. [click to view gallery]

Final Approach - Fairchild FC-2 Aerial Photography - by Jim Bruce
 Don Connolly (1931 - 2023) and Liane Connolly (1933 - 2024)
Liane and Don Connolly

Don was a major proponent in the founding of the CAAA and has served several years as president and then another five as editor of the CAAA newsletter, AerialViews. He was also an active member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society and the American Society of Aviation Artists. His wife Liane was also an active member and supporter of the CAAA since its inception and served ably for many years as the CAAA Treasurer.

Don specialized in capturing aviation history on canvas and extensively researched his paintings to ensure accuracy. He was a former RCAF navigator and was recognized for his expertise in both aviation art and history. He described himself as "an aviation nut who paints".

Don's work was widely distributed and can be found in many museums, such as the Canada Aviation Museum, the Canada War Museum, the British Columbia Aviation Museum, the RCAF Museum and the USN Aviation Museum. [...More]

Sabres Supreme by Don Connolly
 Chris Driver
Chris Driver

Chris, our dear friend who passed away on March 22nd, 2010, was a founding member of the CAAA and a past Vice-President and assistant editor of AerialViews. Chris served in the RAF briefly in his native England and later retired as college teacher. Chris was a very active member of the CAAA and had a major role in many CAAA projects. Chris was involved with a variety of organizations such as the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, radio controlled modellers and motor racing associations. He worked mainly in acrylics on aviation, motor racing and wildlife themes. Chris resided in Kingston, Ontario. [click to view gallery]

Snowbirds Performing Over Kingston Ontario - by Chris Driver
 Charles Kadin (1935 - 2013)
Charles Kadin

Charles was a founding member of the CAAA and a past President. Following a successful career of fifty years in the graphic arts, Charles began a second career pursuing his lifelong interest in aviation history and art. Since 1986 his work has been exhibited and published in Canada and the USA. A member of the American Society of Aviation Artists since a chance meeting with Keith Ferris in the early 1980's, Charles was extremely proud to have been elected a Fellow Member of ASAA in April 2012. One of the original founders of the CAAA, Charles was serving as its president when the CAAA was awarded the prestigious "Belt of Orion" award by the Canadian Aviation Historical Society in 2002.
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Canadarm II - by Charles Kadin
 Dale MacMullin (1959-2020)
Dale MacMullin Dale MacMullin graduated from Mount Allison University with a degree in Fine Art (BFA) in 1986. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Education at UNB (BED) to teach art at the high school level in 1991 as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1993 from St. Thomas University. His appetite for learning was expressed again when he completed the NBCC Certificate in Digital Communication-Graphic Design & Multimedia Authoring in 1997.

Dale was passionate about aviation since childhood and joined CAAA in 2010 where he found a "home" with a group of people he fondly referred to as his "airplane cronies". He went on to serve as president of the association for four years and shepherded CAAA through the process of making CAAA the first virtual chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS), which was completed just before his passing on the 11th of November, 2020.

His primary artistic focus was depicting 20th Century Canadian aviation and military life and events, always with meticulous research and execution. His preferred medium was traditional egg tempera, with occasional works in intaglio and woodblock printmaking. Dale exhibited his work in a number of Atlantic Canada public and private art galleries and won several awards including the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Tom Acheson Prize in Art Education from the University of New Brunswick (B.Ed '91).
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My Best Day Yet - Spitfire Mk.XVI (early version) KH * "D” (Serial No. RR256) RCAF No.403 Squadron, RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force. P/O Stephen Butte DFC  - Evere, Belgium - by Dale MacMullin
 B Frank Oord (1940 - 2007)
Frank was a founding member of CAAA and was an active contributor to the association.

Frank received most of his education in The Netherlands, where he studied industrial design, engineering as well as graphic design, with further studies in Canada at the University of Toronto, College of Education.

He moved to Canada after serving two years in the Royal Dutch Navy. He travelled and worked throughout Canada as artist, teacher, and designer while at times engaged in diverse projects such as jet-engine development, communication satellites, earth-station antennas, and mobile telephone equipment. Frank maintained gallery-artist status during those years.

His aviation paintings were selected for most of the annual juried ArtFlight exhibitions at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. His work is among the prize winners, with several of his paintings forming part of the Museum's permanent collection.

His artwork remains as a testament to his talent, unique style and interest in aviation art.
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ArtFlight II - Canadair Challenger - by B Frank Oord
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