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Roy Campbell Denny


Lieutenant, O-19120, RCNVR


Born: 24 Nov 1909, Victoria, British Columbia


Died: 28 Aug 2010, Victoria, British Columbia


DENNY, Roy Campbell - passed away peacefully August 28th in his 101st year. Born November 24th, 1909 into a large pioneering family, Dad spent a happy childhood in a home overlooking Gonzales Bay in Victoria. His childhood beach adventures instilled a lifelong passion for boating and the sea. He married Helen Catherine Watson March 18th, 1939 and they shared 70 years of love and devotion to family before her passing March 16th, 2009. He was predeceased by parents Arthur and May Denny, brother Tom, sisters Doreen (infant) and Eleanor (Stenner). He is survived by his children, Derek Denny (Lene), Sue McGorman (Bruce), Cathy Denny (David Anderson) and John Denny (Sharon); seven grandchildren, Kyle Denny (Heather Clark), Kwyn Maxwell (Aaron), Simon, Dane and Danica Straith, Lee and Shannon Denny; four great-grandsons, Nathan and Aidan Denny and Noah and Keaton Maxwell. Roy is also survived by cousin Doris Davenport (Larry), in-laws Dorie and Al Salter of Edmonton, Elsie Adamson of Victoria and numerous nieces and nephews. Roy and his brother Tom owned Standard Furniture, a Victoria business begun by their father in 1909. During World War Two Roy served as Lieutenant Commander in the navy (V.R.) on Corvettes and Fairmiles on the North Atlantic convoys. Upon retirement from the furniture business, Roy took up watercolour painting, at which he became very proficient, still exhibiting and selling his art at age 100! "Papa " was a lifelong learner, a prolific and extensive world traveller. He was a highly principled man with a poet's heart. Not one to sit still, he was happiest outside, sailing, exploring or puttering on boats or at the family cottage in Ardmore. He was our loving patriarch with endless patience, wisdom and humour. He lived his life to the fullest. He was devoted to his family and served as an extraordinary role model. We will miss him forever. Roy was very active in the community in many ways, including past president of the Victoria Rotary Club, member of the Union Club, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Probus and the Victoria Sketch Club, with whom he shared a century. Special thanks to both Dr. Rosenberg and the staff at Sunrise for the tremendous care and understanding during the three and a half years he lived there. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m., September 9th at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road. Flowers gratefully declined but for those so wishing, a donation to the Cancer Society or the Canadian Red Cross would be greatly appreciated. (The Victoria Times Colonist 03 Sep 2010)


Ships served in:

RCNVR DIVISION VANCOUVER (Supplementary Reserve) - Enlisted 15 Sep 1938 (Note. Members of the R.C.N.V. R (8. R) hold no rank until they are granted temporary commissions on or after mobilization). (Navy List Oct 1938- Apr 1940)

* Appointed Prob. SLt, RCNVR in 1939 (The Nauticapedia)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX For Disposal or Under Training 12 Sep 1940 as an A/Lt, RCNVR (seniority 06 sep 1940) (Navy List Oct 1940).  Appointed Lt (seniority 06 Sep 1940) (Navy List Dec 1940)

RCNVR DIVISION WINNIPEG - Appointed to NADEN (Depot ship) for duty at Winnipeg Division Headquarters 08 Jan 1941 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Feb 1941)

HMCS ALGOMA - Appointed to ALGOMA 11 Jul 1941 as a Lt, RCNVR, 1st Lt (Navy List Aug 1941)

NAVAL SERVICE HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NSHQ, Assistant Staff Officer Navigation (Naval) 15 Mar 1942 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Apr 1942).  Appointed to Operations Division, Section 1, Staff Officer Coastal as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1942)

ML Q057 - Appointed to Q057 09 Jun 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer (Navy List Aug 1943)

ML Q112 - Appointed to Q112 25 Oct 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer (Navy List Oct 1943)

HMCS VENTURE - Appointed to VENTURE 19 Apr 1944, Staff of Captain ML, as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1944)

* Seniority backdated to 06 Sep 1939 (Navy List Jun 1944)

ML Q127 - Appointed to Q127 01 Jun 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer (Navy List Jul 1944)

ML Q126 - Appointed to Q126 10 Aug 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, Commanding Officer (Navy List Sep 1944)

* Appointment Terminated - Resignation Accepted 09 Dec 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jan 1945)


Roy and Helen Denny aboard ML Q112



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