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Ivan Edward Chamberlain


Able Seaman, Anti Aircraft Gunner 3rd Class, RCNVR


Born: 1925


Died: 05 May 2013, St. Catharines, Ontario


Awards and Decorations: 1939-1945 Star, France and German Star with Atlantic Bar, CVSM with Bar, War Medal 1939-45, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, Police Department Long Service Medal, French Overlord Commemorative Medal (50th Anniversary of D-Day)


CHAMBERLAIN, Ivan Edward - It is with great sadness the family of Ivan Edward Chamberlain announce his passing Sunday May 5th 2013 at Pioneer Elder Care in St. Catharines Ontario. Fittingly, Dad passed away on the Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, a date in history that was close to his heart since his Military Service during WWII. After his varied and interesting life, making friends wherever he went, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and the magnificent staff at Pioneer Elder Care. As a veteran of WWII Ivan served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the Corvette the "HMCS Lindsay" and also saw service on the Frigate "Swansea". During WWII he saw action in the North Atlantic and Europe and he and his shipmates were involved in preparations and landing for the D-Day invasion on Juno Beach. Ivan returned home to St. Catharines at the end of the war and in 1951 joined the St. Catharines Police Department. His marksmanship was exemplary and after years on "the beat" he became a Patrol Sergeant, as well as becoming the Firearms Instructor for the Niagara Regional Police Service at the training facility on Cataract Road in Fonthill. As a police officer he faithfully served the people of St Catharines for 34 years. In addition, on his return home from WWII he married his childhood sweetheart Marjorie (Marnie) (nee Boyd). Together they raised four children and he eventually became the proud Poppa of 10 Grandchildren, 9 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren. Ivan will be tremendously missed and remembered by his four children: A.E., (Ted) Chamberlain (Janet Lindley Bates) of St. Catharines, Ivan David Chamberlain, (Connie Pepin) of St. Catharines, Janis Boston (Barry Spinner) of Fredericton N.B. and Laura (Jerry Martin) of Stoney Creek Ontario. With great pride in their achievements Poppa leaves behind his 10 Grandchildren Tim Boston (Christine Ferguson) of London Ontario, Scott Edward Chamberlain (Rochelle Radu) of Roatan Nicaragua, Denise Chamberlain, Stacey Chamberlain, Daniel Chamberlain, Lisa Chamberlain each of St. Catharines, David Chamberlain (Samantha Pie) and Kevin Chamberlain of St. Catharines, Isaac Terry (Emily) of Calgary Alberta, and Julia Terry MacNeil (Greg) of Innisfil Ontario. Ivan also leaves behind his 9 Great Grandchildren: Taylor Chamberlain of Ottawa, Abby Boston and Jordan Boston of London Ontario, Major MacNeill of Innisfil Ontario, Carter and Jackson Chamberlain Lorge of St. Catharines, Sienna Irene Chamberlain Haycox, Kayden Daniel Ivan Chamberlain Ford of St. Catharines, Tyr Laffrenier of Haileybury along with his three Great Great Grandchildren, Ostara May Laffrenier, Alexander (Zander) Laffrenier and Jace Laffrenier of Haileybury Ontario, along with his Foster Daughter Marcia Ellis and her daughters Danica and Natasha in Langley British Columbia. Ivan was an involved citizen in his hometown throughout his life. He was an active member in many Civic organizations, and contributed much to his community through them. Among other positions, Ivan served as the President of the Carribean Club, was an original member and President of the Niagara Twinning Association, formed his own steel band - the Sunburst Steel - and was active in the Frontier Pistol League. Until recently Ivan, as a veteran, was a National Director and the Supply Officer for the Royal Canadian Naval Association Niagara Chapter. On November 24th 2002 Ivan received The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition to his significant contributions to Canada and his community. Dad was a Past Executive Member of the St. Catharines Game and Fish Association and an Honourary Executive Director of The Sporting Clubs of Niagara. As recently as last week he received his 40 year pin as one of the longest serving members of the International Police Association. He had also served as a Regional Director of the Royal Canadian Naval Association. Dad was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion on Spring Street, Niagara Falls. Ivan is predeceased by his brother Alan Chamberlain, (Sonja ) of St. Catharines ) (Eileen), of Tumbler Ridge British Columbia and by his brother Ross Chamberlain (Shirley) of St. Catharines. He will be remembered by his brother Earl Chamberlain (Joan) of St. Catharines and his sister Norma Chamberlain Didemus (Bill) of St. Catharines. Ivan will be sadly missed by his family, extended family, many friends and shipmates. He will be remembered forever in our hearts. Details for his Memorial Service will follow at a later date.


Ships served in:


HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea 08 May 1945 - 15 Aug 1945







(1) Portrait of ABAA3 Chamberlain

(2) Discharge Papers

(3) Germans stamps from the Hitler era

(4) HMCS Renown Sea Cadet Corp - 1939

(5) Name on back of photo #4






(IC06-IC09) It is not known if these photos show a U-boat surrendering or if they are of a rendezvous with an Allied submarine





(IC10-IC12) Whaler alongside with survivors from a torpedoed merchant vessel. In photo IC11, the officer by the boat's mast is wearing the rank of 4th Engineer, British Merchant Navy




(IC13) L-R: Unknown corvette, HMCS CAMROSE K154 and HMCS COLLINGWOOD K180 circa 1945







(IC15) Ivan Chamberlain, Marnie and Fred Skinner, Remembrance Day 2006

(IC16) Ivan Chamberlain and Fred Skinner, Remembrance Day 2008

(IC17) Ivan Chamberlain and HMCS Lindsay shipmate Ted Castell - RCNA Niagara Region Battle of the Atlantic Sunday 2010

(IC18) Ivan Chamberlain - Battle of the Atlantic Sunday 2011


Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain



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