John Lafosse

Reg. #105
Name: John Matthew Lafosse
Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1921
Location at Birth: New Harbour, Newfoundland
Status: Deceased
Date of Passing: Mar 3, 2015
Location at Passing:


LaFOSSE, John "Jack" Matthew - (RCMP Superintendent, retired). Passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Jack LaFosse aged 94. Jack was born in New Harbour and raised in Belleoram, Fortune Bay, Nfld. He joined the Newfoundland Ranger Force in 1942 and remained with them as a Peace Officer until the force was absorbed by the RCMP in 1950. He remained with the RCMP until his retirement at the rank of Superintendent in 1977. Jack was an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman loving the marshes, streams and bays of his beloved Newfoundland. Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Louise (nee Jacobs). He leaves to mourn his daughter Cheryl, son Darrell, daughter-in-law Sharon and two grandsons, Andrew and Matthew. He will also leave behind many friends and former colleagues. Cremation has taken place. Visitation and celebration of Jack's life will be held at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Ave. on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. To sign the online memorial guest book, please visit

Ranger Force Career

Regimental Number: 105
Date Enlisted: May 18, 1942
Date Discharged: Jul 31, 1950
Length of Service: 8 years 3 months

Posting History

Detachment Start Date End Date
Whitbourne Headquarters May 12, 1942 Sep 1942
Deer Lake Detachment Sep 1942 Jun 11, 1943
Badger Detachment Jun 12, 1943 Jun 29, 1943
Kilbride Headquarters Jun 30, 1943 Jul 31, 1950

Rank History

Rank Start Y-M-D End Y-M-D
Ranger 2nd Class 1943 Apr 1 1943 Nov 30
Ranger 3rd Class 1942 May 18 1943 Mar 31
Ranger 1st Class 1943 Dec 1 1945 Mar 31
Corporal 1945 Apr 1 1950 Jul 31

Beyond the Ranger Force

Occupation History

Teacher, pre-Ranger Force.
RCMP until retirement in 1977 as Superintendent.

From the Library

Census of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1945, District of St. John's West, Section Kilbride
Author Dept. of Public Health and Welfare
Date Published
Attribution The Rooms Provincial Archives, Microfilm Census 1945, St. John's West
General Orders, 1943-12-04
Author Fraser, R.D.
Date Published Dec. 7, 1943
Attribution The Rooms Provincial Archives, MG 621, Box 8, File 72

Fyle Ref 63-47 Circular No. 792

Five men of the Newfoundland Ranger Force with dogs, Kilbride
Date Published 1944
Attribution The Rooms Provincial Archives, MG 612, Series VA 126-128 VA 127-23.1

Identified: Gerard Short (Regt. #151); Chesley Parsons (Regt. #152); Walter Greene (Regt. #153); John (Jack) Lafosse (Regt. #105) and W. Thomas Warfield (Regt. #149).

Monthly Conditions, Deer Lake, 1943-01
Author LaFosse, J.
Date Published Feb. 9, 1943
Attribution The Rooms Provincial Archives, GN 13/4, Box 4, File 2