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Martin Philip (Marty) Cowal


Stoker 1st Class, V71640, RCNVR


Died: 11 Oct 1999


Awards and Decorations:  The War Medal 1939-1945,  The Atlantic Star, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal


COWAL, Martin (Marty) - At the St. Catharines General Hospital on Monday, October 11th, 199 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of 56 years to Margaret (Vanstone) Cowal of St. Catharines. Loving father of the twins Lynda Hopkins, Carolyne (richard) Nichols and Martin (Valerie) Cowal all of St. Catharines. Lovde DoDo of Philip Hopkins of Toronto, Jeffrey (Colleen) Hopkins of St. Catharines, Lisa (John) Jell of Los Angeles, California, Lynda Nichols of Toronto, Mackenzie and Travis lattimer and great DoDo of Cortland Jell. Dear brother of Stanley (Shirley) Cowal of Dorset, "Ola" Moore of Hamilton and the late Joh Cowal. A Veteran of Wold War II serving as a stoker 1st class, active convoy from Halifax to Ireland on HMCS Bowmanville. A member of the Canadian Corps Unit 44, Thorold. Marty retired in 1984 as manager of the Civic Employees Credit Union after over 40 years. He was a Director of the Ontario Credit Union League Board from 12 years and Past-Director of the Co-Operations Insurance Company. Marty is resting at the Karl A. Hammond Funeral Home and Chapel, 26 Ormond Street, South Thorold for visitation on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Thursday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Canon Beverley J. Shanley officiating. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Thorold. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lung Association Niagara Branch would be appreciated by the family.


Ships served in:  



HMCS BOWMANVILLE - Served in Bowmanville 02 Jan 1945 - 27 Aug 1945 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR



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(1) Martin Cowal at HMCS Cornwallis  (2) Letter from Dept. of National War Service delaying report to camp date for Martin Cowal  (3) Internal memo from Martin's employer stating that his military training has been postponed till Sep 1942.  (4) Internal memo from Martin's employer stating their the company's request to have his military training delayed has been denied  (5) Naval Training and Active Service Record  (6) Martin's certificate for purchase of Victory Bonds  (7) Certificate of Discharge  (8) Martin Cowal's Permission to Wear Uniform after his honourable discharge


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(9) Statement of War Service Gratuity  (10) Letter or review and final closing of pay account  (11) Letter to Carolyne Cowal with regards to her rehabilitation grant from Martin's service  (12) German flare pistol. Martin told his family that the pistol game off a German U-boat.  HMCS Bowmanville was not involved in the boarding of a U-boat during the war, but she was present at Lisahally when the surrendered U-boats came in - which is when this pistol was likely acquired.  (13-14)  Engraving on the butt of the pistol.  (15) Stoker Training Course photo - 91 Class - Jan 1944  (16) Names on back of photo #15


Courtesy of Martin Cowal Jr.



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