S/Cst. Wayne Philip BOSKILL – January 8, 1986

Reg. # S/2427, S/Cst. Wayne Philip BOSKILL

January 8, 1986       Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan                 Age: 33 yrs.

S/Cst. BOSKILL was born at North Battleford on May 2, 1952.  He has three siblings; brothers Ronald George, Gary Richard and sister, Lorraine Dorothy.  He attended St. Thomas College and the North Battleford Comprehensive High.  He was involved with hockey officiating, Scouts Canada and reached the rank of Sr. Warrant Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.  He was issued a Private Pilot’s Licence on August 11, 1970.   He married Patricia Rose Usselman at the Church of Notre Dame in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on September 8, 1973.

S/Cst. BOSKILL was engaged into the Force at Regina on January 14, 1975 and became the ‘right marker’ of Troop 30 – 1974/75.  Upon graduation from Basic Recruit Training on July 18, 1975, he was transferred to Rosetown Detachment.  On August 10, 1976, daughter Corinne Renae was born and on August 19, 1977, son Corey Wayne was born at Rosetown.

S/Cst. BOSKILL received his Commercial Pilot’s Licence in 1978.

On October 1, 1979, S/Cst. BOSKILL was transferred to La Loche Detachment.

He continued to upgrade his flying knowledge and experience and on AUGUST 5, 1980, he converted to Regimental # S/2427, S/Cst. LES-AC-01 and was transferred to Edmonton Air Detachment.

Sadly, on August 9, 1982, daughter Corinne passed way in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

On July 12, 1985, S/Cst. BOSKILL transferred to “F” Division La Ronge Air Services, La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

On Tuesday, January 8, 1986, S/Cst. BOSKILL was at the controls when he and S/Cst. WILSON and two government employees took off for an inspection of RCMP buildings in northern Saskatchewan.  Accompanying the two policemen were Jim MURRAY, the assistant property manger for “F’ Division, and Arvid LUNDQUIST, an employee of the Department of Public Works from Saskatoon.  On Tuesday, the foursome flew from La Ronge to Pinehouse and then back home again in the evening.  On Wednesday the eighth, the same four flew from La Ronge to Wollaston Lake, which lies in the frozen northeast corner of the province.  Here they were to examine the construction of a new detachment building.  At 1:00 pm, after completing their inspection at Wollaston Lake, they boarded the RCMP single engine Beaver aircraft (CF-MPQ) to fly to Fond du Lac.  This settlement is located on Lake Athabasca in the most northerly section of the province near the border of the Northwest Territories.

Their take-off was normal enough, but they were no sooner airborne when the plane banked and began turning back – presumably in attempt to return to the runway.  It was in that turn that the wing tip struck the ice of the lake and flipped the aircraft into a horrible crash.  The airplane was demolished and all four men on board were killed.  It was later determined that the probable cause of the crash was engine failure.

On January 13, 1986, a funeral service was held at the Third Avenue United Church in North Battleford with interment at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.  S/Cst. Wayne BOSKILL was survived by his wife, Patricia, and one child.

At the opening of the new detachment building at Wollaston Lake in September 1986, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the four public servants who died during its construction in the crash of RCMP aircraft CF-MPQ.

(Personnel File reviewed – Photo available