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Leslie Arthur (Les) Fitch, CD


40403, RCN


Lieutenant (S) *, O-23830, RCN


Born: 02 Jan 1914, Chelmsford, England, UK


Died: 10 Aug 2011, Ottawa, Ontario


FITCH. Leslie Arthur (Les) - Peacefully, after a short illness, Leslie "Les" Arthur Fitch, aged 97. Born January 2, 1914 in Chelmsford, England, he emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1928. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1933, and spent the war years in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, aboard the SAGUENAY, the RESTIGOUCHE and the PRINCE HENRY, being present at the evacuation of Dunkirk, the D-Day landing, and the liberation of Italy and Greece. After a long career in the Navy as a supply officer, he retired in 1967, and then worked another 10 years for the Department of Supply and Services in Ottawa. Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen (nee Campbell) and his dear daughter Mary Lou Ellerton (Brett). He is survived by his son Frank (wife Mary), five grandchildren -- Michael Fitch (Heather), Thomas Fitch (Shannon), Helen Lanctot, Patrick Fitch, and Caroline Brett, three cherished great-granddaughters -- Robyn, Vanessa and Sloan Fitch, a nephew Hedley Fitch, a niece Marilyn (Shires) Moore, and dear friend Althea Cameron. As a keen photographer, he was the chief recorder of family events. He also enjoyed fishing, curling, travelling, and following the stock market. Friends and family are invited to visit McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Rd, on Sunday, August 14 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 400 St Laurent Blvd, on Monday, August 15 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for their kindness and attentive care. Donations to the Perley-Rideau Foundation, 1750 Russell Rd, would be appreciated.  (Ottawa Citizen 13 Aug 2011)


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HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Appointed to PRINCE HENRY 15 Nov 1943 as a Warrant Supply Officer, RCN (Navy List Nov 1944)


Article dated 10 Jun 1944



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