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Gerald Francis Walsh


Victualling Storesman, 29023-H, RCN


Born: 09 Jul 1937, Quebec, QC


Died: 09 Apr 2017, Cole Harbour, NS


WALSH, Gerald Francis - Age 79, of Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully at home, on April 9, 2017, with family by his side. Born in Quebec City, he was a son of the late Lila May (Russell) and Joseph Walsh. Gerald started his military path first by joining sea cadets, then reserves only to join the Navy as a Victualing Storesman. His first posting was HMCS D'Iberville then he went on to serve on HMCS Crusader, Nootka, Athabaskan, Kootenay, Iroquois, and Saguenay. He also worked at both Stadacona and Dockyard Clothing Stores. After retiring he rejoined as Class B only to work with the Nova Scotia Tattoo in his retirement as their Storesman. He will be sadly missed by his sister, Jane; brothers, Robert (Solange), Ralph (Liette), Ronald; his children, Kevin, Jane, Sharon (Jeff Lawrence), Lisa (Frank Dwyer); his grandchildren, Arlea (David Watts), Lindsy, Ashlea, Stacey, Isabelle; and great-grandson, Colby who he admired every time he came into the room and great-granddaughter, Harmony. Besides his parents, Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Carol (McVean); sister, Maureen (Louis) Devito; bothers, Justin, Michael and Richard. Special thanks to Northwood Home Care, VON, April Negus (Nurse Practitioner), Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Cole Harbour Funeral Home, family and friends for all their support and well wishes throughout this difficult time. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens at a later date.


Ships served in:


HMCS CRUSADER - Served in Crusader 23 Apr 1956 - 14 Jan 1958 as an AB.VS1, RCN

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka 23 Oct 1959 - 08 Jan 1961 as an AB / LS.VS1, RCN


HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville 13 May 1963 - 25 Nov 1963 as an AB.VS1 / LS.VS2, RCN

HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac 26 Nov 1963 - 30 Mar 1964 as a LS.VS2, RCN

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin 20 Apr 1964 - 13 Jun 1965 as a LS.VS2, RCN

HMCS KOOTENAY - Served in Kootenay 09 Feb 1968 - 06 May 1970 as a LS.ST


HMCS BROCKVILLE - Served in Brockville 26 Apr 1954 - 04 Dec 1954 as an OS, RCNR


Webmaster's note:  According to Gerald's obituary he served in Athabaskan, Iroquois and Saguenay, however, according to his service records he did not serve in them.  His list of ships served in is based on his service records.


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(1-4) Certificate of Service - RCN(R)   (5-8) Certificate of Service - RCN

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(9) Unknown sailor at CP train station somewhere in the Rockies - photo has developers date of Jan 1955. Photo likely taken when Gerald Walsh was returning from HMCS Brockville in Esquimalt to HMCS Montcalm, Quebec  (10) Unknown sailor in mess deck on unknown ship - photo has developer date of Dec 1956  (11) unknown sailors in mess deck on unknown ship  (12) Sailors on parade - date / location / event unknown  (13) Unknown sailor - date / location unknown  (14) Unknown sailors - date / location unknown







(GS15) Canteen at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS16) Dining Hall at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945 

(GS17) Whaler and boat falls on the jetty at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS18) Recruits on the parade square at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS19) View from the rifle range at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945







(GS20) Base Commanders residence at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS21) Train Station at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS22) Jetty and Boat shed at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS23) OS Walsh's platoon at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS24) Holdstead at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945




(GS25) "Shock" at HMCS CORNWALLIS - c1945

(GS26) CORNWALLIS recruits on board HMCS Toronto 319



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