John Mark Heinrichs – 25 June 1956 to 17 November 2017

It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of our beloved John. At 1302hrs on 17 November 2017, John – known to many of you as minicapt or JMH – passed away peacefully in palliative care. The ambulance and emergency room personnel tried very hard to revive John, but ultimately he went without oxygen to his brain for too long. Since you have now gathered that this email was not sent by John, I would like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Nolan, and I am one of John’s many nephews. Be rest assured, John (always a Strathcona) was always quick to poke fun at my naval career despite my belonging to the Senior service.

As you well know, John was a quiet and reserved man, and I have not had the pleasure of knowing any of the people from whom he drew comfort from in his worldwide online community. I do, however, know the intelligent, quick witted, and dignified man who honourably served his country for many, many years before retiring to his family home. John had unfortunately suffered from several medical issues these past few years, and I am relieved to report that his passing was peaceful and painless surrounded by family.

John was blessed with an excellent memory, a penchant for random acts of kindness and seeing to the needs of his friends and family. He had a unique sense of humour as well as a eclectic collection of books, swords and military paraphernalia which he loved to share with the people in his life, especially his youngest neices and nephews. They could often be found sitting with John checking out his latest acquisition in awe. John was the families resident Macintosh expert and frequently preached the virtues of the newest IOS or apple product.

In keeping with John’s desire for peace, quiet and lack of public spectacle, there will not be a memoral. I would ask that you please keep John’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.


Nolan (on behalf of JMH and the Heinrichs clan)

p.s. If you wish to contact a family member, please email John’s sister Martha at the following address: heinrichs.martha at

 minicapt1 at

  • Minicapt is gone?

    We won’t ever experience his dry sense of humour?

    I am beyond sorry to hear of this.

    • Clausewitz

      So sad to hear of his passing. One of the good ones.

    • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ


  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    That’s a horrible shame!
    I hadn’t seen him in about a week and a half here.

  • canminuteman

    I am sorry to here this. From his avatar it was obvious to me that we used to travel in the same circles (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps), and I often wondered if he was someone I had at one time known in “meatspace”. Now I know his identity, and it turns out that we have never met, he is a decade older than me. I will miss his commentary here.

  • Tooth&Claw

    I know the ‘handle’ and always found his commentary insightful. He will be missed. RIP.

  • simus1

    Minicapt …………………. one more candle ……………….

  • mobuyus

    He seemed to be possessed of an unrestrained civility, not uncommon in Soldiers.

    • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

      I think the angriest he ever got was telling someone here to “Have an OK day.”

  • xavier

    My condolences

  • Alain

    May he rest in peace and my condolences to all his family and close friends.

  • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

    Dear Nolan Heinrichs,

    Although I don’t use disqus much anymore and have had something of a hostile exchange with BCF’s readership in the course of this year, I wish to express my condolences on the loss of your uncle. He indeed had a talent for witty remarks (one I still remember was him indicating that rap music was technically hallal because it wasn’t music, had me laughing for a while), and that will be sorely missed along with his presence in general. I occasionally lurk on BCF for news, and this is one of those moments I wish I hadn’t. I’m sorry I can’t be of much help as I’m just another guy sitting behind a computer on the other side of the Atlantic, but do know that his passing is also missed outside of ‘Canadia’.

    Rest In Peace.

  • Brett_McS

    Minicapt often chimed in with a dry and trenchant comment, but more often than not at the end of a thread after most commentators had moved on. If he had been first to comment they would have garnered a lot more up-votes and appreciative replies.

    I still don’t know what the name Minicapt signifies.

    • HalfJudean (Destroyer-Drone)

      Minicaptain? Just as clueless as you are tbh.

  • Clink9

    Awful news. I always found his comments very intelligent and funny.

    RIP minicapt.

  • Shebel

    Thanks Nolan- I will always miss him . I loved his one sentence logic.
    I will catch him on the Other Side –maybe.

  • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

    Thanks for posting this Nolan.

  • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

    Among other things.. he was meming before it was cool, and he expanded the vocabulary of those around him.


  • Exile1981

    Rest in peace, you’ll be missed.

  • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

    There was this one time his wife came on here, as “Minicapt’s Wife” and posted “Come back to bed..” Sometimes when life reminds me about spending too much time online I remember that and inwardly chuckle.

    • Ha!

    • Mrs Capt

      Suzanne. That was me. He sent me flowers everyday. I loved him. He loved you and your comments.
      I love you John.
      Mrs Capt

  • Millie_Woods

    Damn! I’m going to miss his presence here. He was an asset to the BCF community.

  • I was at work when the email came. This is such a sad day for John’s family and also for us here at BCF.

    John was a good man.

  • This is very sad news. I’ll miss him. I’ll miss seeing that tank.

  • ontario john

    A sad day. I will feast with you at the warrior’s table in heaven some day.

  • Blacksmith

    What a loss, I always enjoyed his comments, Heartfelt prayers to his family and friends in this sad time.

  • Bataviawillem

    What a shame.

  • K1

    I enjoyed his comments very much
    I am sad….

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  • mib515

    Just got the news through the military network. Sad indeed. Way too young. John and I crossed paths only a few times in the 90s, and had a unique personality that stood-out from the rest. His powerpoint presentations were legendary. full of wit and dry humour that one had to stay focused to pick up. RIP. It’s time for that coffee on the Objective!