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Percy J. D'Aoust


Leading Cook, 40901, RCN


Born: 1923


Died: 25 Jun 2018, Ottawa, Ontario


D'AOUST, Percy J. - The family announces with sorrow his death, June 25, 2018, at the The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa, at the age of 94 years. Son of the late Omer D'Aoust and of the late Catherine D'Aoust (née Allan). Husband of the late Isabel D'Aoust (née Connors) and the late Patricia D'Aoust (née Farmer). Loving father of Robert "Bob" (Margaret Babcock) of Waterloo, Joanne McCarthy (Tim) of Ottawa, James "Jim" of California, and Jennifer McKay of Toronto. Predeceased by three brothers Albert (Myra Colwell) of Jemseg NB, Edward (Albina McIntyre), and Robert (Betsy Boreham) and sister Anna all from Ottawa. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Lee-Anne D'Aoust of Dubai, Jason D'Aoust (Vicky Lin) of Taiwan, Alexander D'Aoust, Andrew D'Aoust (Brittany Carolin) of Guelph, Amanda Glaus of Ottawa and David McKay of Toronto, brother-in-law of the late Ray Farmer of Ottawa. Also survived by his great-grandchildren, Max and Anna (Dubai), Carson and Christian (Guelph), as well as many nephews, nieces, and friends. Percy was raised in Ottawa all his life, attended St. Bridges elementary school and Ottawa Technical High School, graduating in June 1941 at the age of 17. The following month Percy joined the Canadian Navy (RCN) where he served within the Atlantic and Pacific Theater of War from Jul-15-1941 - Aug-15-1946. He served on the Armed Merchant Cruiser, HMCS Prince Robert, Canadian Flower Class Corvette, HMCS Ville de Quebec and the Bangor Class Minesweeper, HMCS Ungava and a number of shore bases. On his return to Ottawa he joined the Ottawa Fire Department on October 1, 1947, retired after 36 years as Platoon Chief, December1, 1983 at age 60. After retirement Percy worked at Custom Trim in Waterloo for a number of years before moving back to Ottawa in 1992. For many years Percy enjoyed his work outs at a local Ottawa in gym, he also enjoyed reading a number of daily newspapers and was an avid book reader, and he followed local, provincial and federal politics closely. He also spent his time volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society. Percy spent many hours at the Ottawa Library, City of Ottawa Archives and the Canadian National Archives in Ottawa helping his son Bob researching for the D'Aoust Genealogy Project. Percy was a devoted family man, was very generous and loyal, and believed he had an obligation to his family and friends. We will all miss you Dad.


Ships served in:

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert 24 Oct 1941 - 18 Nov 1942

HMCS UNGAVA - Served in Ungava 18 Mar 1943 -27 Mar 1943

HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC - Served in Ville de Quebec 12 Aug 1943 -15 Aug 1944


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(1) Photo of Percy D'Aoust  (2) Service Summary for Percy D'Aoust  (3) Cook trade badge  (4) Leading Cook trade badge  (5) Percy D'Aoust on HMCS Sackville (The Last Corvette), Halifax, NS.  The depth charge thrower Percy is standing beside was his action / battle station when he was on the corvette HMCS Ville De Quebec 12 Aug 1943 - 15 Aug 1944  (6) Portrait of Percy D'Aoust



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