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Laurence Patrick (Lou) Farrell


Lieutenant-Commander, O-23083, RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 27 Jul 1935, near Elfros, Saskatchewan


Died: 10 Jan 2020, Victoria, British Columbia


FARRELL, Laurence Patrick (Lou) - passed away peacefully at Victoria, BC January 10, 2020 in the presence of family. "Lou" was born on a family homestead near Elfros, Saskatchewan, grew up in Virginia Town, Ontario and finished high school at Moose Jaw, Tech. After high school, Lou joined the navy. Lou was a member of the inaugural class of cadets at HMCS Venture, where Lou and his classmates formed lifelong bonds of friendship. Lou served thirty-five years with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving aboard HMCS Margaree among other ships and in postings to Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal and Victoria. After retirement, Lou and Marlyn moved to Central Saanich where Lou enjoyed his weekly swim with the "SOBs." Later, they would settle on Gabriola Island where they made many deep and lasting friendships and where Lou took up watercolour painting and a passion for gardening. Lou was a member and proponent of the AA program for over fifty years. Through the program he made close and lasting friendships with people on Gabriola, in Victoria and across the country. Laurence is predeceased by his wife Marlyn, and sons Kelly and Sidney. He is survived by his son Casey and daughter Desirea, and grandchildren Zoe, Jill, Shane, Sidney, Madelaine, Jacqueline, Jonahs (Taewyn), Calvin (Sarah), Trevor, Darien, Dawson, and Aaron. Lou is remembered fondly for his lovely garden, his kindness to all, his enthusiastic support for the interests and passions of family and friends, and his wise and compassionate aid to anyone on the journey of recovery and sobriety. Family and friends are invited to gather to remember Lou and celebrate his life at 11:00 am Thursday March 26, 2020 at the Centennial United Church Assembly Hall, 612 David St., Victoria, BC. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Feb 2020)


Ships served in:

HMCS VENTURE - as a Naval Cadet, RCN (SSA) (seniority 12 Sep 1954) (Navy List Apr 1955)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 14 Sep 1956 as a Midshipman, RCN (Navy List Jul 1957)

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 10 Jun 1957 as an A/SLt, RCN (Navy list Jan 1958)

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 09 Apr 1958 as a A/SLt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1958)

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Appointed to Antigonish 22 Dec 1958 as a SLt, RCN (Navy List Jan 1959). Appointed Lt (Navy List Oct 1961)

HMCS MARGAREE - Appointed to Margaree 20 Dec 1961 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1962)

HMCS VENTURE - Appointed to Venture, Training and Transient 27 Jan 1963 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1963)

HMCS THUNDER - Appointed to Thunder 19 Jul 1963 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Oct 1963)

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Appointed to Victoriaville 17 Mar 1964 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1964)

HMCS HOCHELAGA - Appointed to Hochelaga, Training and Transient 18 Jan 1965 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1965)

HMCS NEW WATERFORD - Appointed to New Waterford 26 May 1965 as a Lt (Supply), RCN (Navy List Oct 1965)



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