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John Aeneas Carpenter


Able Seaman, V56031, RCNVR


Born:  23 Sep 1924          Died: 09 Oct 2018


CARPENTER, John Aeneas - In his 95 year, passed away on October 9, 2018. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Annie Elizabeth (Barwell) Carpenter (2005). Cherished father of John Stewart (Helen), Bruce Andrew (Barbara), Brian Aeneas (Sara), and Joanne Elizabeth Paolozzi (Michael). Loving grandfather of Beverly (Andrew), Brent (Renée), Christine, John, Christopher, Becky (Richard), Ashley (Daniel), and Annie. Treasured great-grandfather of Cole, Lauren, Claire, Harrison, Madeline, and Juliet. Predeceased by his parents Aeneas Carpenter (1931) and Jean (McLachlan) Carpenter (1964) and sisters Margaret Schmaltz, Myrtle Bolton, and Mary Bolton. John was a veteran of the Second World War. Proudly serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic. He was a member and former president of the Royal Canadian Naval Association (Niagara) and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 73 years. John retired from the Ontario Paper Company as the Director of Human Resources after 42 years, having held various positions within the company. He was the James Whyte Award recipient given to the Most Valuable Athlete for the Town of Thorold in the year 1942. He also coached and managed various minor sports in the Town of Thorold. John was long time member and warden of St. Johns Anglican Church, Thorold and continues to this day to be a devoted member of St Columba Anglican Church, St. Catharines. His community and charitable involvement was widely acknowledged and appreciated, he was truly a person who cared deeply for his fellow citizens. The family would like to give special thanks to the NHS St. Catharines Site and the compassionate third floor staff. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Raymond Harb, dad’s family physician for many years. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Heatherwood Retirement Residence staff, and to his fellow residents and friends for the good times had. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cancer Research Society (Canada) and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel , 75 Church Street, St. Donations: Heart & Stroke Foundation or Cancer Research Society.

Ships served in:


HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent in 1945

HMCS CRESCENT - Served in Crescent in 1945


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(1) Photo of Seaman Carpenter - 1943  (2) John's medals - the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the CVSM and, the 1939-45 War Medal.  The lower two medals are RCNA medals and not service medals  (3) Dominion of Canada - Registration Certificate  (4) Certificate of Discharge for AB Carpenter  (5) War Service Badge certificate  (6-8) CNS 264 - Divisional Officer's Assessment form


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(9) CNS 264 - Divisional Officer's Assessment form (last page)  (10) War Service Gratuity form  (11) Receipt for payment for furniture through War Service Gratuity (re-establishment credit)  (12) Letter to John re the Soldier Settlement and Veterans' Land Act  (13) Letter advising John of a meeting re his application under the Veterans' Land Act  (14) Veterans' Land Act Certificate of Qualification  (15) Form to return the Re-establishment Credit (photo 11) in order to qualify under the Veterans' Land Act  (16) Certificate of Recognition of Service


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(17) unknown friends/shipmates  (18) John Carpenter (left) and unknown friend  (19) unknown friends / shipmates  (20) John Carpenter (left) and unknown friend  (21) John Carpenter (left) and friend  (23-25) unknown friends / shipmates of John Carpenter ashore, location unknown


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(26-39) John Carpenter and friends / shipmates ashore at Fort Anne, Annapolis County, NS. (26) John Carpenter on left  (27) John Carpenter  (32) John Carpenter on right  (33) John Carpenter in the well  (38) John Carpenter on left  (39) John Carpenter on left


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(40-41) unknown sailors - possibly as HMCS Cornwallis  (42-46) unknown corvettes


Webmaster's note:  In photo 43, the last 2 pendant numbers on the corvette in the foreground appear to be 40 - so this corvette could be Beauharnois K540, Owen Sound K340 or Vancouver K240


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(47) group of sailors enjoying a day of swimming  (48 & 49) unknowns sailors ashore - location unknown  (50) Sailors ashore with local children. Location unknown - possibly Jamaica  (51) unknown sailor sitting on ice-over depth charges on unknown ship  (52) unknown sailors on bridge of unknown ship  (53) Depth charge exploding astern of unknown ship


Webmaster's note: photos 47 through 50 are identical to photos in the collection of H.J. (Jack) Simmons.  It appears John Carpenter and Jack Simmons were shipmates at one point - it is just not known on which ship


Memorial Cards for RCN ships lost during World War 2



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