Gladys Osmond

Gladys Osmond, who wrote thousands of letters to soldiers, mourned
A Newfoundland grandmother, who hand wrote “hundreds of thousands” of letters to troops overseas, has passed away at the age of 91
By Nick Logan Global News, January 16, 2015 6:56 pm
Gladys Osmond, who became known as “Dear Gladys,” founded the Granny Brigade to “bring valuable and tangible moral support to the men and women in uniform” serving overseas in the Canadian Forces, the Dept. of National Defence (DND) said in a statement on Friday.
According to DND, Osmond passed away on Wednesday.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Ms. Gladys Osmond’s passing this week in Springdale, Newfoundland,” Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson said in the statement. “She was a dear and true friend of the Canadian Armed Forces.”
Global News spoke with Osmond in 2011, when she said she composed “more than a thousand letters every month,” not to mention countless emails.
“Just because I’m available to do something and I want to make something useful of myself,” Osmond told Global News reporter Ross Lord at the time. “I’ve got time on my hands.”
Osmond began writing to troops in 1983.
She wrote whatever was on her mind, from the weather to what’s happening in Canada. She said she felt like the troops she wrote to were “like [her] children.”
In 2006 she received the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service for her efforts.
Osmond, who also wrote a book about her years of corresponding with Canadian soldiers, told Global News she had hoped to continue writing her messages until she reached the age of 100.
She will be laid to rest in her hometown of Springdale, where she was born on Aug. 12, 1923, at the Salvation Army Citadel.
With files from Ross Lord