Cliff Chadderton, who served as chief executive officer of The War Amps until 2009, has died and the Prime Minister said Canada has lost a “great man.”
Chadderton was 94.
The War Amps announced Chadderton’s death in a statement and said he was recognized both nationally and internationally as an influential developer of innovative programs and services for war, civilian and child amputees, and as founder of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.
Chadderton was a D-Day veteran and lost part of his right leg in October 1944 while in command of a company of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, battling for the Scheldt Estuary in Belgium and Holland.
Following the war, he held several positions in The War Amps before his appointment as executive secretary (later chief executive officer) of the Association in 1965. He was also Chairman and, at the time of his passing, Honorary Chairman, of the National Council of Veteran Associations.
Among other awards, Chadderton was a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario.
“Cliff was a truly remarkable advocate who dedicated his life to protecting the interests and rights of veterans and their families,” said Brian Forbes, chairman of The War Amps executive committee.
“Cliff was an inspirational leader of the veterans’ community in Canada and once he took on a crusade, his tenacity and determination were legendary.”
A statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office offered condolences to Chadderton’s family.
“Canada has lost a great man but his legacy will live on in the many people whose lives he has touched,” Harper said.
Chaddeton was a “truly great Canadian,” Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said in a statement.
“We have lost not only a friend of the Veterans’ community, but a strong advocate for those who have served and sacrificed,” Fantino said.
“Through his leadership, compassion and determination, Cliff lifted up those in need of hope, served as a mentor to fellow amputees of all ages and set an example for Canadians everywhere.”