Garth Sparling Webb, MSC
Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton
Garth Sparling Webb was born in Midland, Ontario in 1918, and spent his youth in Calgary, Alberta. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1942, serving in “C” troop of the 14th Field Regiment. Lieutenant Webb landed on Juno Beach in Normandy with the Canadian 14th Field, as part of the Allied forces, on the morning of June 6, 1944. Despite experiencing significant losses on D-Day, his unit continued their advance through Northwestern Europe over the following months eventually making it to Germany in 1945. Following the war, Garth returned to Canada, and Queen’s University in Kingston. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, he started a successful career in real estate, as a broker and appraiser. Garth was the founder and President of the Juno Beach Centre Association, and helped to raise $10 million to build the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France, on land donated by the Town of Courseulles-sur-Mer. The Juno Beach Centre opened on June 6, 2003. For his efforts, Garth Webb was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross from Canada in 2003. He was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2004, and in 2005, he was honoured by the French with the Legion of Honour medal. Garth Web died on May 8, 2012, at the age of 93.