Major (Ret’d) Harry McCabe, MMM, CD


Major McCabe was born in Dundee, Scotland and immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1957.

Major McCabe started his military career on April 27, 1961 with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.  He achieved the rank of CWO and was appointed RSM in 1980.  He was subsequently appointed District Sergeant-Major for the Toronto Militia District in 1985 (now 32 Brigade) and later Standards CWO for both the Central Militia Area and Land Force Central Area.

He transferred to the CIC in 1994 joining 748 Markham Army Cadet and was appointed Commanding Officer in 1999.  He was the Regional Cadet Advisor (Army) for Central Area Cadet Detachment from 2001 to 2006.  He was Officer Commanding of Alpha Company (Drill and Ceremonial) at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre from 2003-2006.  He was officer Commanding Golf Company in 2007 and Service Support in 2008 and 2009.  From April 1, 2005 to April 27, 2010, Major McCabe served as the CIC Branch Advisor for Central Region.

He joined the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario) September 2011 as League Liaison Officer for 2817 Lindsay Cadet Corps and in September 2012 was appointed onto the Board of Directors for the League  and in September 2013 he was appointed as 2nd Vice President. In April 2014, he became 1st Vice President. Subsequently became the President of the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario) April 14, 2018.

Major McCabe was awarded the Order of Military Merit in 1971 for saving the life of a recruit who had dropped a grenade during a live fire exercise.  He was awarded the 3rd bar to CD in May 2003.  He has also been awarded the following medals and decorations – the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal; Canada 125 Anniversary Medal; Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; Serving Brother of the Order of St. John and St. John Long Service Medal and Bar.

Major McCabe worked for IBM Canada for 37 years and held various management positions in Manufacturing, Human Resources and Corporate Security.  He took early retirement in January 2004.  He holds a diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources from Centennial College, Toronto.

He is married to the former Gail Bedley and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Major McCabe retired from the Canadian Forces on April 27, 2010 after 49 years of service.