Lt John Roberts Kenmure Lane

On Wednesday November 15th there was a naming ceremony for Lt John Roberts Kenmure Lane in the south east part of Regal Heights.

The following is a note from Councillor Palacio:



Dear Friends,

Hope this e-mail finds you well.

Earlier this year, my office worked in partnership with Ms. Debbie Vrbicek to name the public laneway adjacent to 14 Alberta Avenue after her uncle, “Lieutenant John Roberts Kenmure”. This resolution was adopted at the Etobicoke York Community Council meeting on April 4, 2017.

Lieutenant John Roberts Kenmure better known as Jack, died on July 20, 1944, near Caen France in World War 2. Lt Kenmure’s grandfather (William Mortimer Roberts) built the house at 14 Alberta Avenue and lived there from the 1930’s to late 1960’s.

I have taken the liberty of providing some background information about Lt. Kenmure:

  • July 27, 1920 born to John Wallace and Reta May (Roberts) Kenmure. Note that Jack’s middle name is Roberts – in honour of his grandfather’s surname.
  • 1938 Graduated with honours from Oakwood Collegiate Institute
  • 1938 Attended Connaught Rangers Camp in Ottawa
  • 1942 Graduated with honours from Victoria College – U of T
  • 1942 Engaged to Laura Young
  • February 15, 1943 Departed from New York City for training in England via ship
  • Lieutenant in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa M.G. (Machine Gun unit) 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, “C” Company
  • June 6, 1944 part of D Day operation landing on Juno Beach
  • His unit proceeded inland  and was involved in battles attempting to free Caen and the Road to Falaise
  • July 20, 1944 died near Caen, France one week before his 24th birthday
  • Buried at Beny-sur-mer Canadian War Cemetery Plot XVI, Row F, Grave 15


The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.) was an organization of machine gun units. The unit landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, as the machine gun battalion of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and served in that capacity throughout the North-West Europe campaign.
On behalf of the family, I am writing to invite you all to the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. by the public laneway adjacent to 14 Alberta Avenue. Representatives from the family and Legion will be in attendance.

I hope you can join us for a wonderful celebration as we pay tribute to Lt. Kenmure.

Thank you,

Councillor Cesar Palacio
Ward 17-Davenport

Laneway Naming Event

Event Invite

Event Invite


Thanks to Councillor Cesar Palacio and his staff for the photos from the event


Additional Photos of the Cememony

Thanks to Debbie Vrbicek and family members for these photos of the event


Lt John Roberts Kenmure

Jack Kenmure - 1942
Jack Kenmure - Portrait
Jack Kenmure - portrait (2)

Thanks to Debbie Vrbicek for the photos of Lt. John Roberts Kenmure