For Posterity's Sake
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In memory of those who have Crossed the
Seaman, 59799, RCN
Born: 23 Feb 1945, West Head, Cape
Sable Island, Nova Scotia
Died: 03 Dec 1969 at sea
Book of Remembrance
Gary Lee, LS, 59799, RCN, died - 03 Dec 1969, HMCS BONAVENTURE - Son of
Elmer Donald and Doris Azuba (nee Nickerson) Swim of Ferguson's Cove,
Halifax, NS; husband of Donna Ralphine Swim of Halifax, NS; and, brother of
Donald, Richard, Roger, Mary, Marcella, Brian, Gregory, Bradley and Timothy.
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.
Swim is buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, NS
the Bar Index