In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Herbert John Dow, C.D.


Lieutenant, O-20560, RCNVR


Lieutenant-Commander, O-20560, RCN(R)


Born: 06 Jan 1920, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Died: 24 Dec 2021


DOW, Herbert John - beloved father of Bev, Bill, and Doug (Louise), and grandfather of Nellie, Théo (Tianna), Malcolm (Melissa), Stuart (Zoe), Amus (Sabrina), passed away quietly on December 24, 2021. Born in Saskatoon, Herb grew up on a Saskatchewan farm with his siblings - Nora, Dave (deceased) and Liz, where he acquired a relentless work ethic and a deep respect for people, the land, and animals. While attending the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan, he interrupted his studies to serve in WWII (Royal Canadian Navy, Lt-Cmdr). After graduating with a BSc., he married his wartime sweetheart, Frances (deceased), and went on to a full and happy family life, and a significant career as an investment advisor with Houston and Willoughby, ultimately retiring as Senior Vice President. After retirement, he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Securities Commission where he served until 1997. Herb was Naval aide de camp for five Lieutenant Governors and active in many service and community groups and activities: Royal Canadian Legion, U of S Alumni groups and Senate, St. Luke's Anglican Church, Rotary, to name a few. Herb was an inspiration to all who knew him and is much missed and deeply loved. Kindly consider making a donation in Herb's memory to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph: 306-244-5577. (The Globe and Mail 15 Jan 2022)


Ships served in:

* Listed as a Prob SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Mar 1943)

HMCS FORT RAMSAY - Appointed to FORT RAMSAY 28 Jun 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 12 Feb 1943) (Navy List Aug 1943)

* Appointed A/Lt, RCNVR (seniority 15 Feb 1943) (Navy List Feb 1944)

ML Q116 - Appointed to Q116 10 Apr 1944 as an A/Lt, RCNVR, 1st Lt (Navy List May 1944).  Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 15 Feb 1944) (Navy List Jan 1945)

ML Q112 - Appointed to Q112 29 Jan 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Mar 1945)

ML Q085 - Appointed to Q085 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945).  5th Commanding Officer 01 May 1945 - 04 Jul 1945 (Mcpherson-Burgess - Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

* note - there are no listings for Herbert Dow in the Navy Lists between May 1945 and Jul 1951

HMCS QUEEN - Appointed to QUEEN 01 Mar 1951 as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 15 Feb 1944) (Navy List Jul 1951). Appointed LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 15 Feb 1952) (Navy List Jul 1953).  Appointed X.O. HMCS QUEEN 01 Mar 1955 as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1956)

HMCS QUEEN (Retired List) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1959)

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




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