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John Francis Archibald Pyke
Grant of Arms and Badge, with differences to Jeanita Marie Badner and Wendy Lyn Pyke
May 20, 2010
Vol. V, p. 515
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Argent on a fess cotised Vert between in chief two acorns slipped and leaved and in base a cubit arm in armour proper fesswise holding a cross patonce fitché Gules, a northern pike Argent;
A Chinese demi-dragon Gules its dexter claw resting on a plate;
SEASAIDH MI GU CRUAIDH CHA BHI AN T-EAGAL ORM;
The green of the fess is taken from the tartan of Macdonald of Sleat, denoting Mr. Pyke’s membership in the Clan Donald. It also resembles the belt worn by practitioners of Asian martial arts, of which Mr. Pyke is an accomplished instructor. The pike is a common charge on Pyke arms in Great Britain and it is a pun on Mr. Pyke’s surname. The northern pike is native to the Thames River that flows through the city of London, Ontario, the hometown of Mr. Pyke. A fish on a fess also alludes to the former arms of the province of Nova Scotia (1868-1929), where Mr. Pyke was born, and to his many fishing ancestors. The acorns refer to the badge of Mr. Pyke’s reserve unit, the 22 (London) Service Battalion, which features two oak trees, and to the Oakridge Acres neighbourhood in London where he resides. Their number represents his two daughters. A hand clutching a red cross is a common charge on Macdonald arms. The cross patonce recalls a maple leaf, representing Mr. Pyke’s particular service to his clan in Canada.
In the Chinese martial arts community, Mr. Pyke is known as Li Tai Leung, the “deep dragon”. The white disc represents the pearl often depicted as an attribute of the Chinese dragon. Called a besant in French, the disc also represents a silver coin and thus Mr. Pyke’s employment as an automated banking machine technician, in which capacity he is entrusted with the protection of others’ money.
Meaning “I will stand fast; I will not be afraid,” the motto is a free translation of a line from the song “Sergeant MacKenzie” by Joseph Kilna MacKenzie.