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Harry Cecil Rowsell, O.C.


Lieutenant, O-64080, RCNVR


Lieutenant, O-64080, RCN(R)


Born: 29 May 1921, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 03 Feb 2006, Lindsay, Ontario


ROWSELL, HARRY CECIL - O.C., DVM, DVPH, Ph.D., LL.D, DSC - Dr. Harry Cecil Rowsell, peacefully after a brief illness and a determined struggle with Parkinson's disease, at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario on 3 February 2006. Born in Toronto 29 May 1921, of Newfoundland parents. He served in the North Atlantic in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII. After his return from overseas, he took a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. He completed a PhD at the University of Minnesota. Harry taught Pathology in the Veterinary schools at the University of Guelph, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and in the medical school at the University of Ottawa. He built the Canadian Council on Animal Care and was its first executive director. He conducted research and published on atherosclerosis, hemophilia and other topics. Research fellowships and professional awards have been established in his honour. The welfare of animals was always a prime interest of his, and his work contributed to his being invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the first veterinarian so honoured. Well known and well travelled, a member of many professional associations and societies, Harry had friends and colleagues around the world. His work took him to the trap-lines of Ontario, the ice floes off Newfoundland, and to each continent. He seemed to know everyone in Fenelon Falls where he and his wife Anne enjoyed a happy retirement. Harry loved swimming and dogs and cats and his family; a good man who lived a wonderful life. Married 14 September 1946 to Anne Bradshaw he enjoyed a long happy and fruitful marriage. Predeceased by his parents Joseph Bede and Ida May and his brother Baxter. Survived and missed by his wife Anne, his twin brother Roy, his daughter Carole, his three sons Paul, Craig and John, his daughters-in-law Lin and Kristi and his grandchildren, Bronwyn, Claire, Philip and Graham, his nieces and nephews, and a large extended family. At Harry's request there will be no funeral. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Our thanks to the kind attentions of Dr. Gallagher, Dr. Jones, and the staff on the 4th floor and in the Palliative care unit Ross Memorial Hospital. (The Globe and Mail 06 Feb 2006)


Ships served in:


HMCS KINGS - Appointed to KINGS, For Disposal or Under Training, 07 Jul 1943 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS CAPTOR (Depot Ship Saint John) - Appointed to CAPTOR 04 Oct 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 24 May 1943) (Navy List Oct 1943).  Appointed to CAPTOR Operations Staff (Navy List Feb 1944).  Appointed A/Lt, RCNVR 24 May 1944 (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Jun 1944).  Seniority backdated to 24 May 1943 (Navy List Jul 1944)

HMCS HEPATICA - Appointed to HEPATICA 25 Jun 1944 as an A/Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Nov 1944 - May 1945).  Appointed Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945)

* Appointed Terminated (Demobilized) 24 Nov 1945 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Apr 1946)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS STAR - Appointed to STAR 26 Nov 1946 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jun 1947)

HMCS STAR - Appointed to STAR 23 Nov 1950 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List 23 Nov 1950)

HMCS YORK (Retired List) - as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Jul 1952)

HMCS STAR  (Retired List) - as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 24 May 1944) (Navy List Jul 1955)

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


Identical twin brothers Harry and Roy Rowsell, RCNVR



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