In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


John Stuart Stephen


Lieutenant, RCNVR


Born: 20 Apr 1917, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 23 Nov 2011, Toronto, Ontario


STEPHEN, John Stuart - died peacefully in his sleep at North York General Hospital November 23, 2011, surrounded by members of his family.
Stuart was born in Toronto April 20, 1917. He graduated with his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1939, and received his M.A. in Public Administration in 1941. Joining the RCNVR in 1942, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and C.O. of a Fairmile, the ML109. He met the love of his life, Elaine McLeod, while on patrol in Bermuda. They were married there in 1945 and enjoyed 62 years of wedded bliss until her passing in 2007. They are survived by four children, Katherine (Fred d. 9/2/11), Barbara (Rick), John (Jane) and Kenneth (Massi). They were the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


Stuart Stephen spent his working life as an Ontario Public Servant - first as Civil Service Commission Executive Director of Personnel until 1964 and then as Assistant Deputy Minister of Education until his retirement in 1976. He was active in public administration organizations throughout his working life. In addition, he was a singing member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 42 years, serving on the Board of Directors for 45 years and as President 1980-1984.
Friends may call at Trull 'North Toronto' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge St., Toronto, (5 blocks south of Lawrence Ave.), on Wednesday, December 28 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of his memorial Service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (The Globe and Mail 05 Dec 2011)


John's brother, Lt Gordon Stephen, RCNVR, died when his ship, HMCS TRENTONIAN, was torpedoed on 22 Feb 1945 by U-1004.  John was serving in ML Q109 at the time of his brother's death.


Ships served in:

ML Q109 - Served in Q109 23 Jan 1945 - 17 Jul 1945 as Commanding Officer



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