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John Henry Labelle, C.D.


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, Steward, RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 10 Dec 1939, Montreal, Quebec


Died: 03 Dec 2019


LABELLE, John Henry - age 80, born October 10, 1939 in Montreal, Que., passed away suddenly at home on December 3, 2019. He was predeceased by his parents, Jean Baptiste and Jeanne (Jodoin) Labelle; brothers, Rolland, Yvon (Claudette) and Michel; his father and mother-in-law, Earl and Florence (Newcombe) Allen; brother-in-law, Jack (Hilda); sisters-in-law, Elsie (Chuck) and Alice (Harry). He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence (Allen); children, Paul (Jackie) and Peter (Mary Ann); grand sons, Marcel (Lauren) and Aiden; brothers, Leo, Andre (Camille), Pierre (Jeannine); sister, Suzanne (Marc); brother-in-law, Earl (Lorraine); and many loving family members and friends. John joined the Royal Canadian Navy October 29, 1956 at HMCS Donnacona. He trained at HMCS D'iberville-CFB Cornwallis. He was educated in the French language and continued education through night schooling in the English language in British Columbia to grade 12, BC level 4. Graduated from Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Leadership Academy in 1986. He was trained and employed in Food and Beverage Services, Retail Management, NPF and Public Accounting, Internal Auditing, Financial Counseling / Insurance / RRSP training, Fire fighter Leader/Helicopter Fire Fighter Leader, First Aid and Certificate level. He served with the RCN and the CF from 1956 till 1994 for a period of 38 years. He began his career in food and beverage services and moved on to managing and establishing a number of large retail, grocery, snack bars, gasoline operations and central warehouses. He transferred to the Maritime Command Financial Counsellor position, CSM of the Steward training company, Marcom HQ, SO STWD and retired as the Canex Military Operational Manager for the Atlantic Provinces. He accumulated 20 and a half years of operational/isolated services, 15 years at sea in HMCS New Liskeard, Bonaventure, Chignecto, Lanark, Granby, Restigouche, Ottawa, Skeena, Preserver, including retail management in isolated units such as CFB/CFS Lac St Denis, North of Montreal, Goose Bay, Labrador and Massett on the Queen Charlotte Islands. He was awarded the Maritime Commander's Commendation for dedication to duty as the Maritime Command Financial Counselor on December 4, 1982. He was appointed Chief Petty Officer First Class on November 30, 1984. Presented the CD2 bar on October 29, 1988, Awarded the Veterans Ombudsman's Commendation on October 20, 2008, The SSM-Nato bar Medal and awarded The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Presented the Memorial Silver Cross Ribbon December 29, 2015 (Duke Abbott). He was a 25-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, member of the Atlantic Chiefs & Petty Officers Association, Member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Lutheran church. Since 2005 he was the Military/RCMP Veterans CPP Pension Reduction Coordinator. John was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, family member and friend to many. He also had a passion for honesty and fairness. Always willing to go out of his way to help and support others. Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9 p.m. The Legion will be doing a Legion Service at 6 p.m. Memorial services will be held in Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 2096 Windsor St., Halifax at 11 a.m. on December 12th. A reception will follow in the church. Committal Service will be held from 1:20-1:40 p.m. in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 593 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Family flowers only. Donations can be made in John's name to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection or a charity of your choice. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 09 Dec 2019)


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