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William (Bill) Warwick


Lieutenant-Commander, O-76200, RCN(R)


Born: 08 Jul 1913          Died: 23 Aug 2013


WARWICK, William - Long time native of Saint John and Westfield, Bill Warwick passed away August 23, 2013, just 46 days after an exuberant and very happy 100th birthday celebration with family and friends. born July 8, 1913, son of Harry (O.H.) and Nina (Bulyea) Warwick. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Mary in 1997, and his beloved daughter Charlotte who passed away of MS two months later. In addition, his newborn daughter Elizabeth Ann died shortly after birth in 1944, and his best friend and brother Harold passed away at the age of 94 in 2009. Bill is survived by his energetic 102 year old sister Marjorie, living in Penticton, and his 95 tear old sister Phyllis, bowler and golfer extraordinaire, living in Westfield. He is also survived by his two daughters Heather Carlin (David), Kelowna, BC; Mary Ann Bibby, Edmonton, Alberta; son-in-law Gary Thurston (his partner Helen) Amherst, NS. He was much loved and will by missed by his 5 grand children: Stephanie Taylor (Mike), David Carlin (Darren), Ken Bibby (Kim), Andrew Bibby (Julie), Craig Thurston (Nancy) and his 7 great grandchildren: Graham and Laura, Chloe and Brooklyn, Shea, Cole, and Owen. Bill grew up in Saint John graduating from high school in 1930 and then joined the Bank of Nova Scotia where he retired in 1973. As a highly respected and well loved bank manager, Bill and his family were transferred around the Maritimes about every two years: to Summerside, to Woodstock, to Kentville, NS and to Yarmouth and then back to Saint John. He was a very long time member of The Westfield Golf Club, an active member as a young man, then in later life as a social member. Both Bill and Mary always participated fully in the communities in which they lived. Dad was always a volunteer in many services and organizations, among them Rotary, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, school boards and the several United Church Boards in the various communities. In Westfield, after he retired he worked for several years for the Village of Westfield and took on several positions with the Westfield United Church. These were never "a duty" for him - he enjoyed the opportunities for social interactions, story telling, and laughter. Having been transferred by the Bank to Montreal in 1940, Bill began his naval service at the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, Montreal Division in March of 1941. He and Mary were married in Saint John in August of 1940 and shortly after he was sent for Officer Training to Royal Roads in Victoria. After his training, for the next year and a half he served as Lieutenant on board H.M.C.S. Captor II in Saint John, NB. Warwick's service on the HMCS Arrowhead, based in Halifax, began in January 1943. Warwick spent 955 days escorting Allied merchant ships across the Atlantic and down the Atlantic Coast to New York and Boston. On May 9, 1945, in the middle of the North Atlantic, Warwick received a signal from the Admiralty that the "German high command has surrendered unconditionally". His last assignment was to return the Arrowhead to the Royal Navy. With a small crew, he put it "on the mud" in Milford Haven in June 1945. Warwick was honorably discharged September 23, 1945. Bill continued to have a great respect for nature and a continuing love of the River. He was one of the last survivors of the Sand Point Canoe Sailing Club from the 1920s and spent many hours salmon fishing in Northern New Brunswick and on the Miramichi with close friends. Lake Wedderburn however, a camp and lake belonging to the Warwick family for generations, truly became perhaps one of the most important parts of his life. Fishing with his buddies and his brother Harold during the fishing season, and then taking family and friends out in the summer for weeklong holidays were annual summer highlights. In these past years, since 1997, Bill became a very happy traveler. He made several trips to BC and Alberta, the most recent being 2 years ago, for his sister Marjorie's 100 birthday. His more local trips were to Halifax, Woodstock, Fredericton, Charlottetown perhaps two or three times a year to visit old friends about his same ago. Friends and family will remember Bill not only for his sense of humour, his incredibly quick wit and his enjoyment of a good practical joke, but also for his positive attitude and love of life and his devotion to his friends and family. he was also known for his love of dogs and not least, for his fudge making abilities. His fudge has been eaten by friends, family, and colleagues across Canada for decades and he handed out the recipe at his 100th birthday party; he loved making it and he loved giving it away. Bill was a true gentleman. He loved life to the fullest and had utmost respect for every person he met. He leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love - and fudge. A very special thanks goes out to Bill's several caregivers but especially: Valerie, Sharon, Brenda, Lynne, Edith and Valerie who have been so helpful and loving over the past few years, and to Dr. Jim West who through his home visits, his kindness, consideration and medical skills, helped make it possible for Bill to continue to take pleasure in living in his riverside home. Visitation will take place at Brenan's Bay View Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Road, Saint John West (634-7425) on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Westfield United Church. Interment will take place in Fernhill Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances to the Multiple Sclerosis Society Would be appreciated by the family.


Ships served in:

MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Mar 1941)

HMCS ROYAL ROADS - Appointed to Royal Roads 01 May 1941 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Jul 1941)

HMCS CAPTOR II (Depot Ship Saint John) - Appointed to Captor II 22 Aug 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 01 May 1941) (Navy List Oct 1941). Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 01 May 1942) (Navy List Sep 1942)

HMCS ARROWHEAD - Appointed to Arrowhead 11 Jan 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943) (Seniority backdated to 01 May 1941 (Navy List Feb 1944).  

HMCS HUMBERSTONE - Appointed to Humberstone 19 Apr 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, XO (provisional) (Navy List May, Sep 1944)

HMCS ARROWHEAD - Appointed to Arrowhead 05 Mar 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, XO (Navy List Nov 1944).  (Note: Lt Warwick was appointed to HMCS Humberstone while under construction.  It appears his appointment to Humberstone was cancelled prior to commissioning and he was re-appointed to Arrowhead effective 05 Mar 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, XO)  Lt George C. MacDonald, RCNVR was appointed XO of Humberstone, 06 Sep 1944, in his place)

* Retired list as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 01 May 1941) (Navy List Apr 1946)

* Appointed LCdr, RCN(R) on the retired list (seniority 01 May 1949) (Navy List Jul 1950)

HMCS BRUNSWICKER (retired list) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1952)

HMCS QUEEN CHARLOTTE (retired list) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1955). Last noted in the Jan 1960 Navy List at HMCS Queen Charlotte as a LCdr, RCN(R), retired list.



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