In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
BIRD, Frederick - passed away at Nanaimo Hospital, after a courageous battle against cancer, December 26, 1993 at the age of 72 years. Predeceased by his first wife, Kay. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; son, Fred Jr. (Rhonda); sister, Olive Merrick of Comox, BC; and Joyce's family, David Coleman, Linda Ewing (Swede); and their children, Stephen and Jennifer. Mr. Bird served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1964. After his retirement from the RCN he worked for the BC Ferry Corp for 21 years until his retirement. He was a long time standing member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Chief Petty Officers Association and also the Royal Canadian Legion. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, January 3, 1994, in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. Reverend Doug Dunn officiating. Cremation. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC.
Citation for Mentioned in Despatches: BIRD, Frederick, Leading Seaman, 3345, Mention in Despatches, RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943. "This rating displayed courage and high devotion to duty in taking away a boat's crew to rescue two airmen under hazardous conditions in the presence of the enemy." "For bravery, resource and devotion to duty." (London Gazette)
Ships served in:
HMS VERNON - Torpedo School, Portsmouth, England
HMS WARREN - Combined Operations Base, Scotland
Retirement notice for CPO2 Frederick Bird
The CROWSNEST magazine May 1964