For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
BELCHER, Frank - Veteran World War II; Past President Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 371, Bolton; Member Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls - Suddenly on Monday, February 22, 1993, Frank belcher, Fenelon Falls, formerly of Bolton, in his 76th year. Beloved father and father-in-law of Paul and Christine, Owen Sound; Alan and Grace, Cincinnati; Bruce and Chrystyna, Ennismore; Marilyn, Beeton and Victoria, Toronto. Much loved grandfather of Melissa, Kirsten, Alastair, Noah, Nathan, Adam, Daniel and Steven. Best friend and companion of Rose Anne Kulmala. Predeceased by his sister Meryl Butler. Will be greatly missed by all his friends in Bolton, Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon. Funeral and committal service was held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. S., Bolton on Thursday, February 25th at 2o'clock followed by cremation. Legion service was held on Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock.
Frank served in the RCNVR from Mar 1943 to Nov 1945. He trained at HMCS York in Toronto, Digby, Nova Scotia at HMCS Cornwallis and then to Victoria, BC with the frigate Beacon Hill. He sailed to Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland and was at Sea for six week periods. On two occasions the ships that replaced them were sunk by German torpedoes. He was scheduled to be trained as an officer but the war in Europe ended before the class was organized. (Information provided by Velma Norris Belcher (Walker))
Ships served in:
(1) AB Frank Belcher (2) HMCS York Naval Field Gun Crew, Aug 1943, Frank Belcher, 7th from right ( Ian MacNeill Collection, Ancestry.com) (3) Frank and Velma (nee Norris) Belcher on their wedding day, Toronto, 18 Apr 1944 (4) Frank and Velma Belcher on their wedding day with his paternal grandparents (5) Frank Belcher (back row 2nd from right) with Bolton Legion Branch 371 executives circa 1990 (6) Portrait of Frank Belcher
Photos courtesy of Alan Belcher