In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Claude Kenneth Darrch, M.B.E.


Lt*, O-17990, RCN(R)


Born: 17 Jan 1903, Herring Cove, Nova Scotia


Died: 05 Aug 2000, Halifax, Nova Scotia


DARRACH, CLAUDE KENNETH - Capt., M.B.E., 97, died in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII on Saturday, August 5, 2000. Born in Herring Cove, he was a son of the late Frederick and Harriet Darrach. His entire life was associated with the sea, beginning with his early years as a crew member on the Bluenose during her racing years. He was then employed with the Department of Fisheries until 1940 when he enlisted in the RCN (R) and served until 1945. He was awarded the MBE for his naval service. Upon discharge he continued employment with the Department of National Defence, serving on naval auxiliary vessels involved in oceanographic research. During his retirement years he was a captain on the harbour touring boat, Haligonian. He was a 65-year member of the Masonic Order, St. john's Lodge 2. Also, he wrote and had published two books, "From a Coastal Schooner's Log," and "Race to Fame," which chronicles his years on the Bluenose. He was a devoted father and grandfather and will be missed by his daughters, Jean and husband Si Malloy, Ruth and husband Nick Garapick, Carol and husband Harley Sanford, all of Halifax. He leaves grandchildren, Dr. David (Susan) Malloy, Meridian, Miss.; Dr. Susan (Tom Coolen) Malloy, Halifax; Janet Garapick Papirmeister (Charles), Post Mills, Vt.; Nancy Garapick, Kitimat, B.C.; Peter (Elsa Natvik) Garapick, Highgate, Ont.; Dr. Jillian Sanford Sibbald (Ian), Fruitvale, B.C.; Michael Sanford, Halifax; great-grandchildren, Alex, Scott and Lisa Malloy; Matthew and Sara Papirmeister; Christopher Coolen; Reidun and Anne-Lise Garapick; sisters, Mary Darrach, Helen Carter, Halifax; Olive Stoddard, Wolfville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Eva, in 1985; and a brother in infancy. He is resting in Snow's Funeral Home. Funeral will be today, August 8, at 2 p.m. in St. James Anglican Church, Herring cove, Rev. Dennis Andrews and rev. Doug Chard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorials may be sent to the Veterans' Memorial Garden Fund, Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, or a charity of choice. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 08 Aug 2000 / Researched by George Newbury)


Citation for M.B.E:  DARRACH, Claude Kenneth, Chief Skipper- Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE), RCNR, Halifax Examination Service - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944.  "This Officer has been in the Halifax Examination Service since 1940, and has always displayed ability and great devotion to duty, keeping his small ship on station in all weather. In many cases, during gales and thick weather, he has been responsible for the safe entry of ships which could not obtain a pilot."


Ships served in:

HMCS ANDREE DUPRE - Appointed to Andree Dupre 31 Jan 1940 as an A/Skpr, RCNR

HMCS MONT JOLI - Appointed to Mont Joli 10 May 1941 as an A/Skpr, RCNR.  Re-appointed 23 Oct 1941 as an A/Skpr, RCNR, CO. Appointed ch Skpr 01 Jan 1942.  Appointed Skpr-Lt 01 Jul 1943

HMS CULVER - Appointed to Culver 20 Aug 1944 as a Skpr-Lt, RCNR

HMCS EASTORE - Appointed to Eastor 15 Jan 1945

HMCS LLOYD GEORGE - Appointed to Lloyd George 09 May 1945 as Skpr-Lt, RCNR, CO

*Demobilized 04 Jan 1946

* Retired List as a Skipper-Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Jul 1943) (Navy List Jun 1947)

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) - as a Lt*, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Jul 1943) (Navy List Jul 1952). Last noted in the Navy List for Jan 1960 on the Retired List at Scotian as a Lt*, RCN(R)




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