In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Leonard Rutledge Woolsey


Telegraphist, V10860, RCNVR


A/Lieutenant, O-79775, RCNVR


A/Lieutenant, O-79775, RCN(R)


Born: 1922, Penzance, Saskatchewan


Died: Oct 2008


WOOLSEY, Leonard Rutledge - Left us peacefully in his 86th year with his children at his side. Loving husband of the late (Mary) Alice Dickson; father of the four D's - Diane, Doug, Dixie and Debby; their spouses Joe, Linda, Dave and Jim; Grandpa to 7 grandchildren (J, Luke, Matt, Mark, Kevin, Johnny, Kate) and 2 great-grandchildren (Jake, Kash). Survived by his brothers and sisters Ardelle Kuchinka (George), Maynard, Marlene Dow (Hazen) and Clair (Remy). Preceded by his parents Hulbert and Barbara, and brothers Hulbert, Horace, Eldon, Boyd, Donald, Rowland, and Gerald. Born in Penzance, Saskatchewan in 1922; Navy Veteran of WWII; Mechanical Engineering graduate of The University of Saskatchewan; Senior Executive with Gulf Oil and Scotiabank; volunteer with the Better Business Bureau of Canada, Council for Canadian Unity, United Way and the YMCA. Len especially loved family reunions in Muskoka over the last 26 years, the Donalda Club where he was a Charter Member and Past President, and the many friends he made in Canada, Texas and beyond. There will be a private family service. In memory of Len, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. In Heaven the Roughriders win the Grey Cup, the Leafs win the Stanley Cup and a band of angels are playing the boom-bass and the gut-bucket. At the Ultimate 19th Hole there will be a short, sharp one in center field waiting for you. Rest easy Dad, and give Mom a hug from all of us. We miss you already. Love always, the four D's. (The Toronto Star 19 Oct 2008)


A few wartime letters between, Len, his brother Eldon and their parents


Ships served in:

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Commissioning crew.  Served in ATHABASKAN as a Telegraphist, RCNVR. Was serving in ATHABASKAN when she was hit by the glider bomb. (re: "Unlucky Lady" and family records)

HMCS CHAUDIERE - family records indicate he served in CHAUDIERE

HMCS UNICORN - Appointed to UNICORN 07 Aug 1944 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1944)

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to CORNWALLIS 14 Oct 1944 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Nov 1944)

* Appointment Terminated (Demobilized) 07 Jan 1946 as an A/Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS UNICORN - Appointed to UNICORN 03 Feb 1947 as an A/Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 02 Jan 1945) (Navy List Jun 1947)

* Retired List as an A/Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 02 Jan 1945) (Navy List Jul 1950)

HMCS QUEEN (Retired List) as a A/Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 02 Jan 1945) (Navy List Jul 1952)

HMCS GRIFFON (Retired List) as a A/Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 02 Jan 1945) (Navy List Jul 1955)

* Last noted n the Retired List at HMCS GRIFFON as an A/Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960)



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