Jack Vance (general)

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Jack Vance
Born28 July 1933
Tweed, Ontario
Died10 September 2013(2013-09-10) (aged 80)
Tweed, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army / Canadian Forces
Years of service1952–1988
Commands held
RelationsJonathan Vance (son)

Lieutenant-General John Elwood "Jack" Vance CMM, CD (28 July 1933 – 10 September 2013) was a retired Canadian Forces officer who became Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in Canada.


Vance joined the Canadian Army in 1952 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1956.[1] He became Commanding Officer of 3 Mechanized Commando at CFB Baden-Soellingen in 1971, Deputy Chief of Staff Training in 1972 and Director Individual Training at National Defence Headquarters in 1973.[1] He went on to be Director-General Recruiting, Education and Training in 1975, Commander of 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in 1976 and Chief of Staff Operations in 1978.[1] After that he became Chief of Postings, Careers and Senior Appointments in 1980, Chief of Personnel in 1983 and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1985 before retiring in 1988.[1] He died in September 2013.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Daniel Mainguy
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
John de Chastelain