Motto: Ducimus - We Lead

McCurdy, Earl Lindsay, Lieutenant Colonel – 78, of Lantz, passed away on June 30, 2017 at the family cottage, Isaac’s Lake, Westchester Mountain. Born in Middle Musquodoboit, he was the son of Everett and Pearl (Hamilton) McCurdy. Earl attended Acadia University from 60 to 67 while completing RCAF ROTP program. He started his career as a pilot in the RCAF in Zweibrucken, W Germany. Postings followed in Bagotville, Kingston, Petawawa, Greenwood, Halifax and Chatham. The pinnacle of his career as a military pilot was commanding 405 Squadron in Greenwood, N.S. After retiring from the air force, Earl spent 7 enjoyable years flying fishery patrols with Provincial Airlines. He loved fishing, hunting, golf and curling. But his happiest days were spent at the cottage with family and his dogs. He is survived by his wife, the former Linda McCully; sons Dan (Judy Butt), Bonnyville, AB; Barry (Chérie), Cochrane, AB; Chris (Janice), St John, NB; grandchildren, Ben, Matthew, Renée, Jessica, Cameron and Cara McCurdy; and Sabrina and Gillian Davidson; and sister Ruth; as well nephews, nieces, cousins and other extended family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro (902-895-5587). The funeral service will be held 2pm, Thursday, July 6 in the Funeral Home, the Rev. Carolyn Rushton officiating. A reception will follow the service. Private family interment will be held at the Debert (Plains Rd.) Cemetery. Donations in memory of Earl may be made to the VON or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting:  

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The crest of 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron depicts an eagle's head facing to the sinister and holding in the beak a sprig of maple. Its motto refers to the fact that this was the first and only Royal Canadian Air Force  Pathfinder squadron. The eagle's head which faces the sinister suggests leadership, is derived from the pathfinder badge