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Joseph Frendo Cumbo

Courtice, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
August 15, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 136

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Blazon

Arms

Azure a chevron between three towers, on a chief embattled Or two swords in saltire proper hilts and pommels Azure, interlaced by a reef knot also Azure;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves in autumnal tints proper alternating with Maltese crosses Argent, an arm in armour embowed gauntleted and holding a sword proper hilt and pommel Azure;

Motto

FIDELIS ET PARATUS;

Flag

A guidon, the Arms in hoist, the fly per fess Azure and Or charged with the Badge;

Badge

A mural crown Or masoned Azure, each tower charged with a Maltese cross Argent, enfiled by two swords in saltire proper hilts and pommels Azure;


Symbolism

Arms

The arms design of towers and a chevron has been used by Capt. Cumbo in the past. Here it has been differenced by the addition of a chief. The embattled chief line and the two swords refer to Capt. Cumbo’s military career, first in Malta, then with the British Army, then with the Canadian Army, and finally as a commander of Cadets. The reef knot is also from arms used by Capt. Cumbo’s family.

Crest

The arm in armour holding a sword indicates Capt. Cumbo’s military service. Added to it is a circlet of maple leaves in autumnal colours, a reference to the badge of the Ontario Regiment, and Maltese crosses, a reference to his birthplace of Malta.

Motto

FIDELIS ET PARATUS, a Latin phrase meaning “Faithful and prepared.”

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on February 22, 2003, in Volume 137, page 517 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Eva Pilar-Cass

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Individual