Wall of Honour
Anishinabek Police Service sends its most sincere condolences to family members of our family who have passed on these past few years. We hope that your memories comfort you and help you find strength through these difficult times. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
In Memory of Sr. Constable Brian Boissoneau
On Wednesday June 27, 2001 Senior Constable Brian Boissoneau was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident near Terrace Bay, Ontario. Brian who was a 14 year veteran officer with the Anishinabek Police Service in Garden River was on his way to visit his brother in Long Lake when his personal vehicle struck a moose.
When the Garden River Detachment received the devastating news of Brian’s death it was one of disbelief as we not only lost a dedicated police officer we lost a personal friend and mentor. Brian began his policing career at the Landsdown House First Nation territory north of Thunder Bay. He then worked as a police officer at the Pic Mobert First Nation before joining his hometown police service in 1996 in Garden River.
Brian was a hard working experienced officer who managed to balance the heavy demands of his policing with his home life as a dedicated father of four children whom he was extremely proud of. Brian brought humour and an easy going disposition that made him quite approachable to all community members both young and old.
“Buzz’ whom he was fondly known as always amazed his fellow colleagues with stories of his policing days in Pic Mobert. Although he was the office prankster Buzz also displayed leadership as a coach officer, acting Detachment Commander, peer support councillor and basically a shoulder to lean on.
Brian’s personal file is filled with many letters of commendation not only by the Anishinabek Police but other police services and agencies who had recognized Cst. Boissoneau’s exceptional work. Some of his praises include the apprehension of four undesirable individuals who were wanted by Canada Immigration. Brian also assisted the OPP in a massive and successful search for two young boys who went missing in Heron Bay for two and a half days.
Brian was a unique individual who in one way or another touched all of our lives. He is sadly missed by his fellow co-workers who fondly remember his wisdom and laughter and of course those stories back in Mobert.
In Memory of Constable Mike Duguay
Passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Sault Area Hospital on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at the age of 62. Mike served proudly for 37 years with Royal Canadian Mounted Police. During this time, he also found time to volunteer as a Beaver and Cub Leader, coach lacrosse, become a CIC officer, TRGO, DCO, CO, Drill Instructor with 155 GC, Royal Canadian Air Cadets Sgn, Regional Cadet Advisor for Northern Ontario, be an active member of Sault Search and Rescue, CASARA, Downtown Kiwanis Club as past President, also past Lieutenant Governor for Division 2 EC&C, as well as a Legion member. Upon his retirement Mike continued to serve his community and was employed with the Anishinabek Police Service Garden River Detachment until his passing. Mike was a provider of love, comfort and guidance. He was selfless, loyal and dedicated to his family, his friends, colleagues, and the communities he served. He was a mentor and role model to many who had the good fortune of knowing him. And god did he ever love his coffee.
In Memory of Sergeant Tim Palmer
After a courageous three year battle with colon cancer, Timothy Mathew Palmer, 47 years of age, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2011, with family and close friends by his side.
His Police career began in 1992, where he was stationed as a Constable with the Saugeen First Nation detachment. In 2002 he accepted a promotion as Detachment Commander/Sergeant for the Pic Mobert/Heron Bay APS Detachment, where he remained as a well respected leader.
Timothy’s love for life was very evident; not only for his family but also in his work. He believed in people and looked for the good in all. He worked hard at promoting community and gained a lot of respect from all that came to know him and his family. He was keen to identify the needs of the people and diligently worked at finding innovative ways that promoted the “greater good” for the community members he served and loved. Timothy’s love for others included so many community projects that involved the youth and the Elders; and for that it is hoped his legacy will continue on.
In Memory of A/Sgt Dave Conley
On August 1, 2010 the APS family lost A/Sgt Dave Conley when he suddenly passed away in his home at the age of 59. He had only been with us for 5 years but he brought many years of experience and wisdom to the service.
Dave started his policing career with the Owen Sound Police in 1972. He had been described by his colleagues as being “like a brother” and “a hell of a good guy”. He had a particular talent for talking with people in delicate situations such as domestic violence assaults and sudden deaths. Owen Sound Police Service Retired Deputy Chief Verle Barfoot described him as having a “big heart” and would often follow up with people on his own time to console or counsel them. He retired from Owen Sound Police Service in 2005.
He then joined the Anishinabek Police later in 2005 as a Constable stationed at our Saugeen Detachment and later moved to Christian Island detachment where he assumed the role of liaison officer with a senior’s group and was active with kids, whom he had a natural ability to communicate with.
Dave brought warmth and compassion to the communities he touched and he will be sadly missed.