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Laurence Arthur (Laurie) Manuel




Born: 06 Feb 1914, Thunder Bay, Ontario


Died: 02 Feb 2001, Thunder Bay, Ontario


MANUEL, Laurence Arthur (Laurie) - Born Feb. 6, 1914 in Thunder Bay. Son of Elijah and Sara Elizabeth Manuel. Died Feb. 2nd, 2001 at St. Joseph Hospice. Educated at Frances St. School, and Fort William Collegiate. Served overseas in Canadian Navy. Former owner of Laurie's Cabins Orient Bay. Predeceased by parents, infant brother and wife May. Moved to Gillies Township in 1975. Survived by his wife Joan and numerous relatives. Cremation has taken place, a memorial service will be held in the summer. Should friends so desire, donations to the Alzheimers Society or the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra would be appreciated. (Published 05 Feb 2001)


Laurie served in HMCS Matapedia in 1941-42 and in HMCS Port Arthur in 1942-43. Later in the war I believe that he served in the Arctic escorting ships to Russia on the Murmansk run. After the war Laurie built a fishing resort and cabins at Orient Bay on Lake Nipigon. He also had quite a large cabin cruiser the Laurie "A" and took guests fishing on Lake Nipigon. Laurie had a keen interest in ships throughout his life. After they retired, he and his wife Joan often used to take a picnic lunch and go down to the docks in Thunder Bay and watch the salties that were in port being loaded. (Submitted by Bruce Hulbert)


Ships served in:

HMCS MATAPEDIA - Served in Matapedia 1941-1942 as a Stoker

HMCS PORT ARTHUR - Served in Port Arthur 1942-1943 as a Stoker


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(1) Newspaper article on the presentation of comforts and gifts to the crew of HMCS Port Arthur  (2) Photo of the presentation with ship's CO and dignitaries


(3) Three Lakehead men in Port Arthur crew - L-R: Telegrapher C.F. Brooks, Stoker I.L. Manuel and, Stoker I.E.C. Sorel


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(4) Port Arthur crew members - L-R: Front - J.R. Elderbroom, C.J. Barrett, C.F. Brooks, J.J. Reeves, A.J. Gallo, V.T. Robson, E.O. Williams, M.Craing.  Back - S. Wilson, A. Crilly, T. Brooks, H. Winslow, L. Manuel, J. Skinner, N. Longworth, H. Quance, E. Sorel, K. Robertson, R. Batchelor


(5) Officers of Port Arthur:  L-R: SLt G.S. Richardson, Lt Simmons, DSC, CO, LT L. Hoare and SLt R. Cowan



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