As Remembrance Day approaches, amputee Melissa Shapiro, 24, of Winnipeg, recently paused for a moment of silence at the local cenotaph to pay tribute to the late Cliff Chadderton. 

Known to Canadians as “Mr. Veteran,” Mr. Chadderton was renowned as Canada’s most influential developer of innovative programs and services for war, civilian and child amputees, and as a tireless advocate for veterans. A D-Day veteran, he lost part of his right leg in 1944 while in command of a company of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles battling for the Scheldt Estuary in Belgium and Holland. 

On returning to Canada, he became a member of The War Amps and held several positions within the Association until his appointment as Executive Secretary (later CEO) in 1965. 

He was also Chairman of the National Council of Veteran Associations (NCVA). Mr. Chadderton passed away in 2013. 

A lake in the Duck Mountains in southwest Manitoba, his home province, was named Chadderton Lake in his honour.

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