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Morson Leith (Bill) MacRae


Ordinary Seaman, RCNVR


Lieutenant, O-45680, RCNVR


LCdr, O-45680, RCN(R)


Died: 16 Jan 2005, Oakville, Ontario


MacRAE, Morson Leith (Bill) - Peacefully, at Wyndham Manor, on Sunday, January 16, 2005, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Holly Macrae. Loving father of Jamie (Jane), Stuart (Marianne), Lorna McKay (Stuart), Jock (Val) and Gord. Survived by his brothers John (Bubs) and Don and sister Eleanor Abbott (Sis). Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Derek, Christopher, D'Arcy, Matthew, Kyle and Samantha Macrae, Leith, Martha and Fraser McKay, Andrew (Lisa), Cameron and Vanessa Macrae. Bill was a life time resident of Oakville and played a key leadershp role in community organizations. A Lakefield Old Boy, Bill's two passions were his family and sailing. The family would like to thank Wyndham Manor for their loving care and support. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at St. Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville, on Friday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at the Oakville Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oakville Historical Society or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. (The Globe and Mail 18 Jan 2005)


Bill MacRae's service biography



Youtube video of Bill's time at HMS RALEIGH and onboard HMCS PENETANG



Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted Jun 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman, RCNVR (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Add'l awaiting passage to the UK (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

HMS REVENGE - Add'l for passage to the UK (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

HMS RALEIGH - Appointed to RALEIGH, Officer Training Establishment - Mess 16 - 1940

HMS DRAKE - Draft depot  (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

HMS FURIOUS - Appointed to FURIOUS Dec 1940 (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

HMS KING ALFRED - Appointed to KING ALFRED - Officer Training Establishment  (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

* Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 30 Dec 1940) (Navy List Jun 1941)

HMS ALETES - Armed Yacht with A/S loop (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

HMCS AVALON - Appointed to AVALON, Operations Staff 20 Jul 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS SACKVILLE - Appointed to SACKVILLE 04 Nov 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Feb 1944).  Served in SACKVILLE as Gunnery Officer (Memoirs of Bill MacRae).  Served in SACKVILLE as 1st Lt under Tony Hicks (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

* Seniority back-dated 30 Dec 1939 (Navy List May 1944)

HMCS PENETANG - Appointed to PENETANG 11 Sep 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, 1st Lt, Commissioning crew (Navy List Nov 1944 / May 1945)

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to CORNWALLIS for Demobilization  (Memoirs of Bill MacRae)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 30 Dec 1939) (Navy List Apr 1946)

* Appointed LCdr, RCN(R) (on the retired list) (seniority 30 Dec 1947) (Navy List Jul 1949)

HMCS YORK (Retired List) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1952)

* Last noted on the Retired List at HMCS YORK as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960)





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