Ties that bind: RMR connection to Westmount

Official portrait of Peter F. Trent, former mayor of Westmount and honorary colonel of the RMR, sporting his regimental tie.

Westmount, Quebec – 23 June 2018: As per the traditions of Westmount, the official portraits of former mayors are hung in the council chamber, and now there is a permanent reminder of Westmount’s ties (pun intentional!) to the RMR on display.

On Thursday 14 June 2018 at an intimate gathering of approximately 50 guests held at Westmount city hall, mayor Christina Smith unveiled the portrait of Westmount’s longest-serving mayor (and the RMR’s former honorary colonel), Peter Trent.

Both of the RMR’s current serving honoraries, Colonel Andrew Molson and Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Robinson, were on hand to witness the unveiling and were delighted that Peter had chosen to wear his regimental tie for his official portrait, a point that the artist, painter Trevor Goring, was very pleased to note when introducing the portrait.

Peter Trent served as mayor for 18-years from 1991 – 2001 and again from 2009-2017. Colonel Peter Trent was one of the longest serving honoraries in RMR history.  He devoted more than 14-years of selfless energy, as both the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and then as the Honorary Colonel, helping the Regiment in every conceivable fashion.  Serving as an honorary from 1994 – 2008, he led by example and set the highest standard for leadership and integrity.  Recognizing the crucial importance of physical fitness to an Infantry unit, when he retired from service as honorary in 2008 he donated the “Trent Cup” which is awarded annually to the most deserving soldier who displayed the best attributes of physical robustness in the previous training year and who is considered to have set the standard for excellence in overall physical fitness.

Not one to rest on his laurels, former honorary colonel Peter Trent was appointed to the Ordre national du Québec, installed as a Knight of the order on 22 June 2018.