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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


Keith Murray Young, O.M.M., C.D.


Capt (N), RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 1929, England


Died: 08 Feb 2019, Victoria, British Columbia


YOUNG, Keith Murray - In loving memory Born in England 1929, immigrated to Kelowna, BC early 1939, died in Victoria, February 8, 2019. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Gillian, whom he married in 1954; his children Nicola, Ian and Catriona (Michael); grandchildren Mathew, Paige, Jocelyn, Caitlin, Graeme, Evan, and Sean; great-grandson Gavin; and brother Gavin (Lorna); as well as his step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. On graduation from Kelowna High School, Keith entered RCN-RCAF College Royal Roads in 1947. On graduation in 1949 he subsequently served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 37 years principally in Halifax and Esquimalt. He was very proud of and grateful for his commands of five HMC ships and of his three years as Commander CFB Halifax. He was honoured to be appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit two years before his retirement from the Navy in 1986. In Keith's words, he was most proud of his family, which came with him wherever he served, making new friends, adjusting to new schools, different home situations and lengthy separations. But ultimately, he was most grateful to his wife Gillian, who even after his Navy life allowed him to pursue interests in the Canadian Coast Guard (four years), H&R Block for eight years, and sandwiched into that, over twenty years of frequent sailing in their sloop "Hale Kai." There will be no funeral service. A private family and close gathering will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank all who cared for Keith, with special thanks to Comfort Keepers homecare, and in recent months, Victoria Hospice. In memory of Keith, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice. (Victoria Times Colonist 16 Feb 2019)


Ships served in:  

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 20 Oct 1952 as a SLT, RCN. Served in Athabaskan for her 3rd Korean War tour.

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent in 1958 as a Lt, RCN

HMCS BEACON HILL - 15th Commanding Officer

HMCS STE THERESE - 12th Commanding Officer

HMCS SAGUENAY - 12th Commanding Officer

HMCS QU'APPELLE - 11th Commanding Officer

HMCS PROVIDER - 8th Commanding Officer



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