So, farewell, then, Peter Underhill.
The Royal Canadian Legion’s embattled director of supply, who has been mysteriously absent since August’s biennial Dominion Convention in Winnipeg (Frank 122), won’t be back. A terse Nov. 14 email to staff advises of his resignation as the Legion’s Chief Swag Officer, effective, er, now.
Dominion President Tom Irvine, executive director Brad “El Blanco” White and the gang somehow made it through the financially crucial annual poppy drive and Sunday’s Remembrance Day observances without Peter’s able stickhandling.
The former Lee Valley toolman joined the Legion in ’03 to oversee Dominion Command’s new central supply and distribution system, cranking out poppies and related tchotchkes to help keep the lights on at HQ as membership (and fees) have steadily shrivelled in the demographically doomed vets’ club.
Also MIA since this summer’s Winnipeg confab, Legion IT manager Karen Harris. Both absentees collected their full salaries, pensions and benefits throughout this ill-explained sabbatical, an enlightened accommodation on the part of the Legion.
The last time anyone remembers seeing the delightful duo was at HQ sluggos’ celebratory post-convention dinner and pissup on the evening of Aug. 28. They were among the last to leave the party, and accounts of what happened later that night, er, diverged sharply.
El Blanco, a golf buddy of Peter’s, was more receptive to the he-said side of the story, while director of administration Steven Clark, was firmly in the #ibelieveher tent.
Whatever surfaced in the ensuing investigation, which reputedly included a look-see through Underhill and Harris’ work computers, Legion brass respectfully waited until after Nov 11 to gently tootle The Last Post for Peter.