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Lt. Col. Stuart P. Northrup C.D.

1930-2019

Lt. Col. Stuart  P. Northrup C.D.
Lt Col Stuart Percy Northrup
Stuart Percy Northrup passed away at Ridgewood Veterans Wing in Saint John on March 16, 2019 in the company of loved ones. He was 88 years old. Stu was born August 25, 1930 to Percy and Maude Beryl Northrup (nee Seely) in a United Empire Loyalist farmhouse in Kingston built by his ancestor Benijah. He is survived by his wife Beatrice, stepdaughter Lynda and daughters Julie, Patricia, Sandra and Wendy (Dave), three half-sisters, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a large extended family. Stuart was predeceased by his son Christopher (Grazyna) and his siblings Olive Hatt (Clyde), Laurence and Ruth Anne.
Stuart joined the NB Scottish in 1947 and volunteered for the Korean War in 1950 where he saw active combat with 2 RCR as a rifle platoon commander. Stu’s army career opened up a world of adventure for him and created lifelong friendships with those with whom he served. He graduated from the Canadian Army Staff College and the US Ranger/Special Forces Course. He was Commander and Chief Instructor of the Airborne Centre and first Regimental Major of the Airborne Regiment. He was a founder and active member of the Armed Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks. During his career, Stu had postings across Canada as well as to Germany, the U.S., Kashmir and Belgium.
Stuart was an accomplished athlete, a dedicated coach and an innovative trainer. A champion shot, he captained the Army Championship team, won numerous matches in Canada and competed internationally. He trained and captained the 2 RCR Commonwealth competition team, winning the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s trophy an unprecedented three times.
In retirement, Stu became a scratch golfer and had time to enjoy his life long love of family, bridge, animals, beautiful cars, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays. In the tradition of many Maritimers, he was a great storyteller.
His family thanks the professional, caring staff at Ridgewood Veterans Wing. We are very grateful to you all.
A celebration of Stuart’s life will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest at Trinity Church Cemetery, Kingston, NB.