Province’s longest serving Mountie to retire in June

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After more than 44 years as a member of the RCMP, Staff Sgt. Maj. Dave Tipple will hang up his spurs on June 25.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Maj. Dave Tipple will retire in June as the longest serving Mountie in Newfoundland and Labrador. — Submitted photo

Tipple, who joined the RCMP on March 23, 1970, will retire as the longest serving Mountie in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 “I simply loved my job,” he says, when asked why he served for so long.

Tipple is originally from Corner Brook. After recruit training at the RCMP’s Depot in Regina he was posted to Flin Flon, Man., and throughout his career served in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Over the years, he served in general duty policing to highway patrol, customs and excise, drug enforcement, national intelligence, human resources and federal enforcement.

He was on duty at the G8 Summit in Toronto, the Francophone Summit in Moncton, the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler, and the G20 Summit in Toronto.

He has served on the protective teams for several prime ministers of Canada from Pierre Trudeau to present Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and for governor generals.

Tipple was also assigned to protective duties for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Pope John Paul ll, numerous heads of state and ambassadors, including presidents of the United States George H.W. Bush and George W Bush.

And he was a pall bearer for the last father of confederation, Joseph R. Smallwood.

In 2008, Tipple was a member of the RCMP Ceremonial Troop that performed in Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne. During this tour he had the opportunity to Vimy Ridge Memorial and Beaumont Hamel in France.

In 2009, Tipple was promoted to the coveted position of RCMP Staff Sergeant Major for Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no higher grade of rank for noncommissioned officers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and no greater honour. The person in this position carries out policies and standard of the performance, training, appearance and conduct of all police officers.

He has received the following awards: Member of Merit of the Police Forces, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, RCMP 40 year Long Service Medal gold and silver clasp with 4 Stars and National French Defense Bronze Medal.

Tipple is married to Valgene Tipple (nee Sheppard) from Bell Island. They have two boys, Mark (Renee) and Sean (Natasha) and three grandsons (Parker, Spencer and Samuel).  Sean is a serving member of the RCMP stationed at Trinity Conception.

Organizations: RCMP, G8 Summit, Francophone Summit Queen's Long Service

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Regina Flin Flon Prince Edward Island Ontario Manitoba Toronto Moncton Americas Quebec City Vancouver Whistler Canada Hamburg Berlin Cologne Bell Island

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  • Jim Case (retired RNC )
    May 16, 2014 - 00:47

    Well , RCMP, Staff Sgt. Maj. Dave Tipple , Congratulations on your retirement. Its time now to hang up your duty belt and pick up the fly rod, enjoy your well deserved retirement,

  • Rick Delaney
    May 15, 2014 - 16:02

    Thank you for your service. May your retirement be as long as you're service.

  • Don Pelley
    May 15, 2014 - 07:41

    Congratulations Dave. Enjoy your retirement as much as you enjoyed your vocation/career. All the best in whatever you do. Sincerely Don

  • Alex Chaulk
    May 14, 2014 - 19:44

    Congradulations. Dave on your retirement. I can still remember the day you swore me in for acceptance in the R.C.M.P in St. John s. I did make the right move after Ha ha