This (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, our community received the sad news that our friend and colleague, Major (retired) Charles Edmund Thomas passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 10th due to a heart attack. Edmund was a long-serving member of the Canadian Forces, principally serving as a legal officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Canadian Forces. Edmund was a a passionate advocate who served in a variety of functions in the Office of the JAG.
In particular, he served for a number of years with Defence Counsel Services and was a diligent and resolute advocate for CF personnel brought before courts martial. Even after he retired from the Canadian Forces in 2017, his passion for military justice led him to pursue a PhD in Law at the University of Western Ontario in order to further scholarship in this field. He was working toward this goal at the time of his death.
Edmund joined the Global Military Justice Reform blog as a contributor earlier this year in order to share his years-long passion for military justice with a broader community of scholars. Edmund, you will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.