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Harold Lawrence (Pick) Rafuse


Merchant Navy / RCNVR


Died: 08 Mar 1996, Windsor, Nova Scotia


RAFUSE, Harold Lawrence (Pick) - 76, Ste. Croix, Hants County, died March 8, 1996, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. He was the son of the late Kenneth and Ada (Benedict) Rafuse. A veteran of the Second World War, he served in the Merchant Navy (Murmansk Run), where he was awarded the Russian Star along with other decorations. He also served in the Royal Canadian Navy, aboard the corvette HMCS KENOGAMI until being honorably released following the war. He continued to remain at sea until 1957 serving aboard the S.S. Ottawa Valley, S.S. Gypsum Queen as chief boatswain. In 1957 he worked at Imperial Oil Refinery, Dartmouth and numerous construction sites before retiring due to ill health. He was a past member of Nova Scotia Labour Union and a 40-year member of Royal Canadian Legion, Hants County Branch 9. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Winnefred "Winnie" Cochrane; sons, John and wife Sheila (Brewster); Kenny and wife June (Davis); Michael and wife Valerie (Barker), Windsor; Brian and wife Irene (Sheppard); Thomas "Tom" and wife Daphne (Chaffey), Gander, Nfld.; grandchildren, Tabitha Harnish, Trevor, Kevin, Ronald, Lisa, Cynthia, Larry, Stephen and Justin Rafuse; Trevor Barker; three great-grandchildren; sister, Edna (Mrs. Stewart Gordon), Dartmouth; brothers, Roy "Dynie", Greenwood; Arthur "Art", Lower Sackville; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son Darrel Edwin; sisters Alma Gollan, Gladys Randall, Hilda O'Connell; brothers, William "Bill", Leslie "Paddy" and Clarence. Visitation 7-9 PM tonight, 2-4, 7-9 PM Sunday. Legion service 7 PM, Sunday, funeral 2 PM Monday, all in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, Rev. Ron Baxter officiating. Burial is in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor. Family flowers only. Donation to Canadian Cancer Society or any charity. (The Halifax Chronicle-Herald Friday 09 Mar 1996 / Researched by George Newbury)


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