Roger Edward Acreman
Colonel Roger Edward Acreman OMM CD passed away September 24, 2019 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Born 27 January 1942 in Cuckfield Sussex, England he was the son of the late Major Douglas Edward Acreman and Mrs. Barbara Acreman (nee Vickers). Roger was predeceased by his brother Robert Austin Acreman.
Roger is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 55 years Nancy (nee Ross), two adult children Graham (Lenka) and Robin Corey (Shawn), six talented grandchildren: Jillian Acreman (Matt Carr), Douglas Acreman (Lauren Scott), Nolan, Regan, twins Max and Zoë and great granddaughters Addison and Violet.
The son of a WW II veteran and career soldier, Roger was educated in various parts of Canada, notably North Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Roger joined the Canadian Army (Militia) in 1958 as a private with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He transferred to the Canadian Army (Regular) in 1961 as an officer cadet. He retired in 1997 as a colonel having served as a Strathcona and as a Dragoon in various parts of Canada and overseas including two tours in the Federal Republic of Germany and four years in the Republic of Korea as the Defence Attaché, Canadian Member of the Military Armistice Commission, and Canadian Liaison Officer to the United Nations Command. Roger loved the military profession and considered it a privilege and honour to follow, lead and work with the best soldiers in the world.
Following retirement and for ten years, Roger helped Nancy operate a bed and breakfast aptly named The Colonel’s In B&B. During this period Roger also served as the provincial director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and completed a BA degree, which he jokingly referred to as "my 40 year project", from the University of Manitoba. Roger was active in the Fredericton Garrison Club and Fredericton Golden Club for many years and served as president of both organizations. He was also a member of the board of two PC NB riding associations and volunteered with various tourism associations. Roger was a proud recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.
Roger enjoyed politics, history, genealogy, writing, education and fitness training.
In accordance with Roger’s wishes there will be a private family service. Those who would like to pay their respects are cordially invited to meet with the family on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at The Picaroons Roundhouse located at 912 Union Street to share recollections and to celebrate a life well lived.
In lieu of donations, Roger asked that you perform an anonymous act of kindness towards a stranger.