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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


John Frederick (Jack) Ironside


Leading Telegraphist, RCNVR


Born: 13 Apr 1920, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Died: 28 Jul 1997, Abbotsford, British Columbia


IRONSIDE, John Frederick (Jack) - in his 78th year. With much sorrow, Irene announces Jack's death July 28, 1997, at MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, B.C. Predeceased by his parents, Gordon R. and Sarah S., bothers Robert G (Greda) of Red Deer, Norman D. (June) of Brandon and son-in-law Michael F.S. Laughlin. Jack is survived by his daughter Margaret L. of Langley and sons John S. (Cyndi) of Richland, Washington and Robert W. of Vancouver; granddaughter Kate and grandsons Alex Ironside and Calen Laughlin; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. As Jack had requested, no formal funeral service will be held, but for those desiring, donations in his memory, to your favourite charity would be greatly appreciated. Family and friends are invited to gather at Oakhurst Park Recreational Hall, 32959 Nelson Ave., in Abbotsford, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. for a memorial celebration of Jack's life.


"After my dad passed in 1997 to honor him his ashes were spread in various sectors including the day we boarded HMCS Sackville in Halifax and my (now) late mother was given permission for us to discreetly scatter some ashes. My mom, my sister and a nephew quietly and discreetly proceeded amidships and completed said task with my mom signing a guestbook aboard ship prior to our disembarking. To this day that visit and tour of the ship, one of four my father served aboard, an incredible and for ever indelibly etched part of my life, one I shall never forget." submitted by Rob Ironside


Ships served in:

HMCS COWICHAN - Served in Cowichan Jul 1941 - Jun 1942 as a Tel, RCNVR

HMCS WETASKIWIN - Served in Wetaskiwin Aug 1942 - Feb 1943 as a L/Tel, RCNVR

HMCS SACKVILLE - Served in Sackville Mar 1943 - Feb 1944 as a L/Tel, RCNVR

HMCS LOCKEPORT - Served in Lockeport Jun 1944 - Jul 1945 as a L/Tel, RCNVR



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