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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 

 

Donald Raymond Patterson, C.D.

 

Leading Seaman, 35692-H, RCN

 

Born: 09 Jun 1939, Port Colborne, Ontario

 

Died: 03 Dec 1969 at sea

 

Book of Remembrance

 

PATTERSON, Donald Raymond, LS, 35692-H, RCN, died - 03 Dec 1969, HMCS BONAVENTURE - son of Stanley Raymond and Lucille Margaret Patterson of Sherkston, ON; husband of Bonita Rose Patterson and father of Deborah, Donald and Raymond Patterson of Spryfield, NS.

 

On 03 Dec 1969, during the ship’s decommissioning cruise, the aviation fuel tanks (AVGAS) on HMCS Bonaventure were required to be emptied and cleaned. Tragically, one fuel tank did not vent properly, and the first two sailors who entered the fuel tank were overcome by deadly fumes. A second pair of sailors lost their lives during the rescue attempt.

 

Awards and Decorations: Canadian Forces Decoration, Special Service Medal

 

LS Patterson is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Sackville, NS

 

Ships served in:

HMCS BONAVENTURE

 

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