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In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar

 

Archie MacArthur

 

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, Electrical Technician, 6093-H,

 

RCN / C.A.F.

 

Died: 26 Oct 2017, Simcoe, Ontario

 

MacARTHUR, Archie - Passed away peacefully on 26th day of October, 2017 at Norview Lodge, just 5 days before his 90th birthday. Predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Ora (Sept. 7, 2011). Predeceased by four sisters and 2 brothers. Loving Father of Barry MacArthur and Colleen Coons (Douglas). Grandfather to Laird MacArthur and Averil Claroni (Greg) and Keegan Coons and Callum Coons. Great-Grandfather to Lily Anne Mae Claroni and Mason Claroni. Archie was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as Chief Warrant Officer, 1st Class, C.D. (Electrical Engineering Branch) from 1946 - 1971, Halifax, N.S., and at the Ontario Generating Station, Nanticoke from 1971-1988. Archie was known as a problem-solver and could fix anything except a broken heart and the break of day. In keeping with Archie's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family committal of ashes will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Archie's memory to the "Norview Lodge Work of Heart", in person at Norview Lodge, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by mail at 44 Rob Blake Way, Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y 0E3. Special thanks to all the considerate and compassionate staff at Norview for taking care of Archie. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel Ltd.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 12 Jul 1976

HMCS NADEN

HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda 16 Nov 1946 - 28 Jan 1947 as an OS, RCN

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois 10 Feb 1947 - 17 Jun 1948 as an OS and AB, RCN.  Rated AB 12 Oct 1947

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent 30 Aug 1948 - 04 Jan 1950 as an AB, AB.EM1 and LS.EM1, RCN. Rated ABEM1 27 Aug 1948. Rated LS.EM1 01 May 1949

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent 30 Apr 1950 - 19 Apr 1953 as an LS.EM2, LS.ET3 and P2ET3, RCN. Rated LS.ET3 06 Apr 1951. Rated P2ET3 15 Jun 1951

HMCS LABRADOR - Served in Labrador 20 Jul 1954 - 06 May 1956 as a P2ET4 and P1ET4, RCN. Rated P1ET4 15 Jun 1954

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Served in Algonquin 23 Jun 1958 - 14 Jan 1959 as a P1ET4, RCN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan 16 Feb 1959 - 31 Jul 1959 as a P1ET4, RCN

HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Served in Cape Scott 19 Sep 1960 - 11 Jul 1962 as a P1ET4 and C2ET4, RCN. Rated C2ET4 01 Dec 1960

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in Restigouche 12 May 1965 - 14 Jan 1968 as a C2ET and C1ET, RCN.  Rated C1ET 01 Apr 1967.

 

 

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(AM01) Archie and Ora MacArthur at a dance at a Nova Scotia hotel - 1951  (AM02) Launch of HMCS SAGUENAY programme - 1953  (AM03) Arctic Cruise Certificate - HMCS LABRADOR - 1954  (AM04) Tickets to the first HMCS CAPE BRETON Apprentice Graduation Dance - 18 Apr 1956  (AM05) Invitation to HMCS CAPE BRETON C&POs "Cabret"  28 Apr 1956  (AM06) NBCD School Gas Hut qualification card.

 

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(AM07) Stadacona - Miss Arbuthnot, Archie MacArthur, Manuge, and Rowat  (AM08) Certificate for the award to the Canada Centennial Medal to CPO MacArthur - 1967  (AM09) Letter to CPO MacArthur from the Commandant of CFFS(H) on the occasion of his retirement  (AM10) Life Membership Mess Card, CFB Halifax  (AM11) Newspaper article - The RCN in its heyday - 1985  (AM12) Letter notifying CPO1 A. MacArthur that he has been awarded the SSM for his service during NATO deployments - dated 09 Nov 1994

 


 

COURSE PHOTOS

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(AM13) HMCS STADACONA, "C" block - L-R: unknown, Len Keen, Archie MacArthur  (AM14) HMCS STADACONA, ET"1" Class, "L" School - 09 Jan 1950 - 09 Apr 1951  (AM15) Names on back of photo "AM14"  (AM16) Damage Control School training  (AM17) Sonar Class - Archie MacArthur - left front  (AM18) ET'1" Course - Graduation

 


 

HMCS IROQUOIS

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(AM19) Fo'c's'le of HMCS IROQUOIS - photo taken from by the bull ring  (AM19a)  HMCS MICMAC under repair after being rammed by SS Yarmouth County on 16 Jul 1947. Photo taken from HMCS IROQUOIS  (AM20) Divisions on HMCS IROQUOIS

 


 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

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(AM21) Frank Mattatal on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1949  (AM22) Smoker on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 14 Oct 1949  (AM23) MAGGIE Smoker - names on back of photo  (AM24) HMS VICTORY - 1950  (AM25) Archie MacArthur on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1949  (AM26) Archie MacArthur and Frank Mattattal - 1949

 

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(AM27) Archie MacArthur on the flight bridge on HMCS MAGNIFICENT  (AM28) Unidentified Tribal class destroyer  (AM29) HMCS IROQUOIS G89 coming alongside HMCS MAGNIFICENT to fuel - 1950  (AM30) A/C landing on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1949  (AM31) A/C aborting landing (AM32) A/C about to crash in the ocean

 

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(AM33) Sea Fury crash on deck of HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1950  (AM34) Sea Fury crash on deck of HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1950  (AM35) Lee Stewart on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1950  (AM36) HMCS NOOTKA R96 fueling from HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1950  (AM37) Unknown destroyer fueling from HMCS MAGNIFICENT - 1951  (AM38) Portsmouth - 1951

 

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(AM39) Gibraltar.  HMCS MICMAC 214 alongside - 1951  (AM40) Riviera - 1951  (AM41) Lee Stewart and Archie MacArthur - 1951  (AM42) Pompeii, Italy - Archie MacArthur in middle  (AM43) newspaper article on 1951 cruise to Mediterranean  (AM44) MacElvoy on HMCS MAGNIFICENT- date unknown

 

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(AM15) Entrance to Valetta, Malta  (AM46) L-R: Chatterton, Archie MacArthur, Lee Stewart, Len Keen on HMCS MAGNIFICENT, Malta  (AM47) Len Keen (centre), Malta  (AM48) Valetta, Malta - 1951  (AM49) Valetta Harbour, Malta - 1951  (AM50) Archie MacArthur, Lee Stewart, Chatterton in Malta

 

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(AM51) Archie MacArthur in Malta - 1951  (AM52) Archie MacArthur in Malta - 1951  (AM53) Chatterton, Keen and Archie MacArthur in Malta  (AM54) Jack Chatterton, Malta - 1951  (AM55) HMS OCEAN and HMCS MAGNIFICENT, Malta - 1951   (AM56) Location unknown - possibly Valetta, Malta

 

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(AM57-AM58) Archie MacArthur in Athens - 1951  (AM59) Archie MacArthur in Southern France - 1951  (AM60) Lee Stewart and Archie MacArthur in Athens - 1951  (AM61) Lee Stewart on right  (AM62) Possibly Stern on HMCS MAGNIFICENT

 

 

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(AM63) Len Keen (left) and Archie MacArthur (AM64)  Len Keen (left) and Lee Stewart  (AM65) San Juan, Puerto Rico  (AM66) Archie MacArthur (left) and Rod Chandler, Grenada - 1954

 


 

HMCS LABRADOR

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(AM67) RCMP vessel Alexandra Fiord 7302

 

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(AM76-AM78) Sled dogs onboard HMCS LABRADOR

 

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(AM80) HMCS LABRADOR's Helo  (AM84) Local vessel named "MONTE CARLO"

 

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(AM86-AM87) Supplies being transferred from LABRADOR to smaller craft for local Eskimos  (AM89) Sailor from LABRADOR by sled dog pen with Polar bear hide  (AM90) HMCS LABRADOR's boat - HMCS POGO

 

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(AM97) Archie MacArthur on left  (AM98) Franklin Expedition grave  (AM102) Iceberg in the Hudson Strait - 1948

 

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(AM103) Iceberg - 09 Sep 1948  (AM104) Iceberg - Wakeham Bay 09 Sep 1948  (AM105) HMCS LABRADOR's helo  (AM107) USCGC EASTWIND W279 coming alongside HMCS LABRADOR  (AM107) USCGC EASTWIND W279 alongside HMCS LABRADOR  (AM108) Walrus on an ice flow

 

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(AM109-AM110) Archie MacArthur on HMCS LABRADOR - 1954

 


HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

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(AM111) CANCORTRON 3 - MAPLE SPRING 66 Certificate - HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS SKEENA  (AM112) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE 257 - Crossing the Line (Equator) booklet - 31 Jan 1966  (AM113) Chief MacArthur's Crossing the Line Certificate - 31 Jan 1966  (AM114) Chief MacArthur's Crossing the Line certificate - wallet size card.  Note: If a ship crossed the line and a sailor was not able to produce his card or certificate that he had been initiated, then he would have to go through the ceremony again as a tadpole

 

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(AM115) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE  (AM116-AM120) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE iced-up (webmaster's note:  I bet the crew was looking forward to a trip south for exercise Maple Spring)

 

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(AM121) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE fueling from Station 3 on HMCS PROVIDER  (AM122) Personnel transfer by jackstay from HMCS RESTIGOUCHE to HMCS PROVIDER  (AM123-AM124) The results of a mortar firing on HMCS RESTIGOUCHE  (AM125) Unknown location  (AM126) USS TRITON 586 alongside submarine tender USS FULTON  11 at the State Pier, New London Connecticut

 

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(AM127) Amtrak Bridge, New London, Connecticut  (AM128) HMCS PROVIDER  (AM129-AM130) unknown port  (AM131) USS YELLOWSTONE 27 berthed with destroyers USS JOHN CRAIG 885, USS BARTON 722, USS JOHNSTON 821 and USS CONE 866 - location unknown  (AM132) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE departing Puerto Rico - Castillo San Felipe del Morro coming up on the starboard side

 

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(AM133-AM135) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE departing Puerto Rico - Castillo San Felipe del Morro up on the starboard side  (AM136-AM137) Unidentified cruise ship passing HMCS RESTIGOUCHE as she departs Puerto Rico.  Cruise ship seen in the distance of photo "AM134"

 

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(AM138) HMCS ANNAPOLIS 265 approaching HMCS RESTIGOUCHE to conduct jackstay  (AM139) Jackstay between HMCS RESTIGOUCHE and HMCS ANNAPOLIS - you can see the jackstay lines between the ships.  (AM140-AM141) Jackstay complete - HMCS ANNAPOLIS picks up speed and moves off  (AM142) HMCS ANNAPOLIS 265  (AM143) Bermuda Island

 

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(AM144) Bermuda Island  (AM145) Two sailors from HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, Elbow Beach, Bermuda  (AM146) Elbow Beach, Bermuda,  with the Elbow Beach Surf Club in the background  (AM147) Elbow Beach, Bermuda  (AM148) Looking aft from the flag deck on HMCS RESTIGOUCHE  (AM149) A choppy day at sea

 

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(AM150) Unknown location  (AM151) Choppy seas  (AM152) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE during river transit - Dunc Bishop on right  (AM153-AM154) Sunset at sea

 

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(AM154) Family Day cruise - Aug 1966 - HMCS SKEENA seen from HMCS RESTIGOUCHE  (AM155) Demonstration of rescue by helo - Family Day cruise - Aug 1966  (AM166) Sea King Helo - Family Day Cruise - Aug 1966  (AM167) Invitation to Ship's Company Dance 01 Dec 1967  (AM168) Chief MacArthur, Chief ET on HMCS Restigouche, receives the award for the best illuminated ship, Christmas 1967

 

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(AM169-AM174) Expo '67, Montreal

(AM169-AM171) HMCS RESTIGOUCHE alongside Montreal for Expo '67  (AM172) Archie MacArthur with his wife Ora, son Barry and daughter Colleen, Expo '67  (AM174-AM174) The Schooner Bluenose at Montreal for Expo '67

 


FAMILY DAY, HMC DOCKYARD c1966-70

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(AM175) Naval band plays in HMC Dockyard for Family Day  (176) Ora MacArthur beside old fire department wagon  (177) Toot - dockyard tour train - Family Day  (AM178) RCN's submersible PIECES  (179) Webmaster's note - looks like a sailor jumping into the harbor for a man overboard demonstration for Family Day - HMCS BONAVENTURE on the right  (AM180) HMCS ONONDAGA on the synchrolift for refit

 

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(AM181-AM183) Crossing the Line re-enactment in HMC Dockyard for Family Day

 


 

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