COLONEL COLIN W. MARMO, Phd (NISNAWA)
Coast Tsimshian, December 29, 1941 - January 18, 2009
Thunderbird and Kate's Brother, Shannie and Erin's Uncle
fierce Canadian patriot and brilliant scholar,
Lieutenant Colonel Marmo
his life, from the age of eighteen in the service of his
country, first in the Armed Forces for over thirty years, in which
he became a leader as regards Canada's National security. After retiring
from the military in 1990 after twenty-six years of loyal service, he moved full-time into national (homeland)
security working with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). He spoke five languages and was one of the first during the
Cold War years to be able to speak fluent Russian. His language facility brought
him to the attention of the federal government and set him on the road
to military and national security fame. His actions, decisions, policies,
and sheer brilliance are
legendary in the higher echelons of this country earning him
fiercely loyal friends. LCol. Marmo, also studied for more than
two years during his graduate studies years at Carleton University under
the tutelage of former Canadian Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson.
his Tsimshian Warrior Sisters, he feared no one, and his eccentricities
were such that he didn't always bother to concern himself with the political correctness
needed to succeed in places like Ottawa. Yet, succeed he did. He marched to his own
drummer, made an enormous difference by making the Army a better place,
particularly after the Somalian debacle in the 1990's. It blows his
sister's minds that he managed to traverse the often treacherous
hallways of Ottawa reasonably unscathed for twenty-six years before finally calling it a day! He walked the
walk, talked the talk, never wavered in the love of his country and people loved him for it.
"I had a
great visit with LCol Colin Marmo and on behalf of the Army thanked him
for his remarkable service to the nation and all of us. I presented him
with the Army coin, to which he was thrilled, proud and quite emotional.
We had a great chat covering all of our past moments together, and
received well reasoned advice on how to equip the army of the future,
and some thoughts on junior artillery officer training....On behalf of
us all I wished him god speed and peace on his last adventure. He is
very proud to have served the Guns and Canada and he sends to his many
friends his best wishes."
(LGen Andrew Leslie, Chief of Land Staff -
January 15, 2009
Photo left: General Leslie and his Adjutant salute Colin)
23, 2009, at his military funeral, the
Canadian flag flew at half mast as Lieutenant Colonel Colin William Marmo
was laid to rest in the beautiful and
historic Beechwood Cemetery, National Military Section in Ottawa, ON.
To paraphrase the words of the great
Shawnee Warrior, Tecumseh,
"Colin's purpose was in the service of the
Canadian people. He prepared a noble death song for the day when he went
over the great divide.
He always gave a word or a sign of
salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely
He showed respect to all people and
When it came for his
time to die, he was not like those whose hearts were filled with the fear of death, so that when their
time came they wept and prayed for a little more time to live their lives
over again in a different way.
He sang his death song and died like a hero going home."
Stand Easy, Brother, you served your people and your country well. Our
Ancestors are well pleased.