For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ASSELIN, Omer Ernest - Peacefully passed away at his residence, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the age of 90 years. Son of the late Lorenzo and of the late Elizabeth (nee Forget) Asselin. Beloved husband of Joan Asselin (nee Scully) of Sudbury. Loving father of Richard Asselin (Nancy), Sherry Gervis (Robert), Mark Asselin (Patrick Peters) and Neil Asselin. Predeceased by his son Michael (Carol). Also predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Silvio 'Curly', Ivan (Enid), Rinaldo 'Skipper', Emerencienne (Aimé), Anita Fera (Mally), Vivian Leake (David) and Nora Charron (Julien). Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Lynn, David, Lisa, Patrick, Carrie, Christopher, Vicki, Leah, Rachel and his great-grandchildren, Tanner and Jayden. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Sudbury and joined the Burgess family in the Burgess Bakery before enlisting in 1942 with R.C.N.V.R. and was stationed on the H.M.C.S. Kamloops Corvette and served with the Navy until 1945. Upon his discharge, he then returned to purchase Burgess Bakery which he operated until 1973. He was one of the very few active remaining members of the War Pensioners and the Lockerby Legion. He enjoyed being very active until ill heath restricted his activity late last fall. He was active with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially walking as well his daily readings. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Co-operative Funeral Home, 222 Lasalle Blvd. E. (at Notre-Dame), Friday from 2-5 and 7-9:30 p.m. and after 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Vigil prayers will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Christ the King Church, Sudbury. A memorial service under the auspices of the War Pensioners of Canada will be held Friday at 4:00 p.m. Donations (by cheque only) to C.N.I.B. would be appreciated.

 

HMCS KAMLOOPS

BALDWIN, John H. (Jack) - Navy Veteran of WWII, Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52, and retired employee of Pittsburgh Paints) Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on October 2, 2011, in his 95th year. Loving husband of the late Marion (nee Lyons). Dear father of Ron Baldwin (the late Linda) of Newcastle, William Baldwin of Havelock, and the late Jack Baldwin. Beloved Father-in-law of the late Gloria Wadsworth (Mervin) of Ennismore. Adored by his Grandchildren Tracy, Ronnie, the late Ricky; Jackie, Debbie; Lisa, Lynn and 12 Great Grandchildren. Brother of Richard Baldwin (Barbara) of Kingston; the late Robert Baldwin and Sally Prete. Brother-in-law of Jack Lyons (Barb) of Cavan. Special uncle to Mary-Helen Burgomaster. Relatives and friends may call from 10 am to 12 noon Saturday October 8, 2011 at the Highland Park Visitation and reception Centre, 2510 Bensfort Road (at River Rd. S.), Peterborough. Funeral service and reception to follow in the chapel at 12:00 noon. The family would like to thank all of the nurses on B4 and A2 at PRHC, especially Dr. Saiza Hameed for her wonderful care. They would also like to thank the employees of Jackson Creek Retirement Home for the care they gave to him over the past 2 years. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Peterborough Humane Society.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI

BARBEAU, Richard (Dick) Ivan - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Barbeau at the Grace Hospital on January 11, 2004 at the age of 82. Dick leaves to mourn his beloved wife Margaret (nee Grace) daughters, Deborah Hickson (Jim) and Janice Bain (Sandy) and son Donald (Lorrie) along with five grandchildren, Kelly, Jaime, Colin, Jared Hickson and his newborn grandson Taige Richard Cy Barbeau who will all lovingly remember him as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Dick, lovingly called "Poopsie" by family and friends was known for his generosity, concern and care for other people. He had a great sense of humour, which helped us all in his final days. He was an active member of St. Charles Roman Catholic Church and became acquainted with most of the parishioners, many of whom became good friends. He loved the little children who came up to him to "give him five" every Sunday. Richard was born in Montreal in November 13, 1921. At the age of 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served aboard the HMCS "Forest Hill" on convoy duty between Newfoundland and Londonderry, Ireland. His passion was golfing - how he loved being on the course with his buddies Art King, Fred Auger, and Gerry Desjardin, as well as many other golf friends at the air base. The family is very appreciative of all the support, assistance and kindness so generously given by many friends and the nursing staff 2nd floor South and 4th floor South who were so very attentive to his every need. They are indeed "Angels" and may God Bless them all. A special thank you to Captain Faye Shail, Chaplain, who was so very kind to the family and especially to Dick, who "saluted" her every time she came in to visit as well as when prayers were over. Thank you Faye for all the hugs, songs and prayers. Cremation has taken place. To celebrate Richards life a Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Society. Rest in peace, my darling, we love you and will miss you. Margaret and Family.

 

HMCS FOREST HILL

BECKNER , Floyd Wayne - passed away peacefully with his loving wife Martha by his side, on April 13, 2009 at the Olds Hospital. Son of Harry and Lauretta (Umbach), Floyd was predeceased by sisters Alberta (Ole) Rostrup, Rheta (Norman) Campbell, and Evelyn (Carl) Pearson. Born in 1920 in Didsbury, Floyd lived his entire life in Carstairs, with the exception of six years serving as a Signal Trained Operator in the Communications Branch of the Royal Canadian Navy. Floyd volunteered for service in 1939, and served 1027 days on the high seas on the Q077, the HMCS Kitchener and the HMCS St. Boniface. Floyd married Martha in 1953 and together they operated a small business in Carstairs until their retirement in 1996. Floyd served the Carstairs Community as a founding member of the Carstairs Legion, as Boy Scout Master and District Commissioner, founder - Carstairs Gold Club, and two terms on Town Council. Being a Beckner, Floyd loved music his entire life, playing trombone in the Casrtairs Band, and singing in many vocal groups in town. Upon retirement, Floyd and Martha traveled the world by sea, taking tremendous enjoyment on seeing new cultures and people. He is survived by sons Douglas (Wendy) and David (Christopher); grandsons Bryce (Jodi), Scott and granddaughter Lyndsay (Gil), and great-grandchildren Taylor, Carson, Kadin and Kayl. Floyd is also survived by brother Delbert (Ruth), and sisters Eileen (Alf) Lockwood and Donna (Ken) Ing. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Carstairs-Bancroft United Church, Carstairs, Alberta, with Reverend Bryan Derksen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made to the Carstairs-Bancroft United Church Memorial Fund.

 

HMCS KITCHENER, HMCS ST. BONIFACE, ML Q077

BERTHELET, Alfred Zebriski, RCNVR (07 Dec 1920 - 26 Jan 2008) - WWII Veteran, at home on January 26, 2008. Loving husband of the late Thelma (Dagenais) who passed him June 4, 2001. Loving father of Nancy Lunn who died in Red Deer, AB, in June of 1991, and son William (Bill) of Ottawa. Grandfather of Brett Lunn, Karen Crosby, Linda and Sharon Berthelet and Erik Momy. Great-grandfather of Sydney, Lucas, Lily, Sadie and Alyssa. Fred is the son of the late Hilaire and Elizabeth Berthelet. Predeceased by brothers Laurent (Bud), Francis (Frank) and Gordon and by sisters Mary Tennant and Evelyn LeBelle. Survived by sisters Agnes Berthelet and Irene Wheeler. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and by his close friend Kate Davidson. Fred enlisted in the RCNVR in March 1939 and was called up for active service Sept. 3, 1939. Fred joined his first ship HMCS Cartier in October 1939 and went on to serve in Husky, Caribou, Nanaimo, HMS Narborough, Qu'Appelle and Forest Hill. He also served at shore bases Stadacona, Captor, Cornwallis, Avalon and Niobe. Fred was a member of the RCL Branch 462, Ottawa-Hull Naval Association and the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers Association. Fred was honourably discharged July 25, 1945, and was employed in the Federal Public Service until 1975. Fred was a strong swimmer, enjoyed high-diving, played football, skied and skated, but liked fishing the best. After retirement, he spent the summers at his cottage in the Gatineau. He enjoyed cooking and was an excellent baker. His family and many friends appreciated his culinary skills. Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home 585 Somerset Street (centretown) Thursday January 31 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A brief Memorial Service will take place in the Spring of 2008 at the National Military Cemetery.

 

HMCS FOREST HILL, HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS CARIBOU, HMCS HUSKY, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS CAPTOR II, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS AVALON, HMCS NIOBE

BLAIN, James (Jim) - Dad left us on Friday, February 9, 2007 to be with his beautiful doll, Esther. Dad was born, the oldest of five boys, in Tarbrax, Scotland July 19, 1920 and came to Canada in 1924. They settled in Drumheller and then moved to Calgary in 1930. He left school in 1938 to work and help support his family. He applied for the Navy this same year and joined in 1939. Dad served on the HMCS Naden, HMCS Sackville and the HMCS Drumheller as leading telegrapher. While still in the Navy, at the end of the war in Toronto in 1945, he met his "beautiful doll" Esther and they were married in Toronto on November 14, 1945. Mom and Dad settled in Calgary where dad tried to get employed by Calgary Transit as a streetcar driver but after just three days on the job was let go due to being colorblind. He also tried out for the Calgary Stampeders in 1945 but due to a hip condition was unable to make the team. He then worked for Allied Chemicals, Canada Post, Alberta Livestock Co-op, Parslow & Denoon, Calgary School Board and ending with Lucern Foods. Dad also worked for many years as a part-time employee for Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, parking cars. Dad had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, day trips to Canmore, holidays in BC, fishing, tying flies, golf, gardening, his rose bushes, woodwork, general handyman and watching his granddaughters grow and spending time with them. Although dad loved to sing and play the squeezebox, this was usually done by himself behind closed doors. Dad played the harmonica and was a fabulous whistler. Dad is survived by his loving daughter Sandra; his son Dale and granddaughters, Megan, Victoria and Dianna. He is also survived by his brother Bill (Sandra) Blain; as well as numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews. He was predeceased by Esther, his loving wife of sixty-one years in December, 2006 and his brothers, David, Bob and Hank. Although dad seemed gruff on the outside, inside was a very loving, caring, emotional man. He will be remembered for his sparkling blue eyes, his sarcastic dry sense of humour and his ability to say it as it was! "Buenas Noches dad, breathe easy and rest in peace." Those interested in attending the Memorial Service on Friday, February 16, 2007, please contact Sandra at 229-0801 or 861-5464 or Dale at 276-3713 or 804-1692. Thank you to all the staff, especially in Flanders, at the Colonel Belcher. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 (Telephone 1-888-566-5864). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Jim Blain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS DRUMHELLER, HMCS SACKVILLE

BLORE, Russell James - Passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in his 89th year, Russell James Blore of Burlington, formerly of Millgrove. Beloved husband of the late Irene Pearl Blore, nee Shelton (2010). Adored father of Lynda and the late Larry McDonald, Cathy and the late Bob Krueger, Jim and Gail Blore, Don and Cori Blore, Nicole Blore, Sandy and Terry Alyman, and Kelly Blore. Loved grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Russell is survived by his sister Betty Best and sisters-in-law Jen Blore and Jean Blore. Also remembered by his lifelong friend Victor Best and his wife Mary. Russell was a veteran of WWII, serving with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic aboard HMCS Frontenac from 1943 – 1945. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Martha’s Landing for the support and attention and Dr. Garland and the 4 East Staff for the special care they provided. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

BRITTON, John - 89, Annapolis Royal - With sadness, the family of John (“Jack”) Britton, husband of Dorothy, announces his peaceful departure from this life on March 16, 2011, at his home. Born in Doaktown, NB, on May 3, 1921, the son of the late Rev. Canon Reginald and Mrs. Ada (Clements) Britton, he grew up in Welsford, NB, later graduating from Rothsay Collegiate School in 1940. “Jack” joined the Canadian Navy (RCNVR) for the Second World War in 1940 as a volunteer, later also volunteering to serve on a Landing Craft (LCI (L)) for the D-day invasion of France. He served on the Corvettes HMCS Weyburn and HMCS Dundas. After the war, John graduated from University of New Brunswick as Certified Engineering Technologist and began his career with the Water & Sewage Dept. of Saint John, NB. He worked on the design and construction of Camp Gagetown. While in Saint John, he met and married his wife of 57 years, Dorothy. In 1958, they moved to the home in Annapolis Royal where he lived out his life. Together they renovated this 150+ year-old home in Annapolis Royal while raising a family. John worked as Site Representative for Defense Construction Limited of CFB Cornwallis from 1958 until retirement in 1985, also commuting to handle DCL duties at CFB Greenwood, South Shore, Summerside and other sites. John had a lifetime dedication to serve his community and country. For many years, he served as Church Warden and member of Church Council for St. Luke’s Anglican Church. He was on the Annapolis Royal Town Council for eight years, during which he was instrumental in the extensive upgrading of the Water & Sewage System and led the setting up of the town’s existing Street Numbering and Name Signage. In his 70’s, he was still helping, laying out plans for community sidewalks. For over 36 years, John served on the District Planning Commission and its successor organization, including periods as Chairman. For ten years he was a member of the Regional School Board, five years as Chairman. He was named Provincial Volunteer of the Year 1998. John was a Lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He received a Medal celebrating the liberation of France in the Second World War as well as a certificate for 35 years of loyal service for the Government of Canada. He held posts in Seniors Sight and Sound, Port Royal 400th Society, Historic Restoration Society, Public Works Committee and was instrumental in creating the HMCS/CFB Military Museum at Cornwallis. Dad was a humble man who valued his family. He was an avid Montreal Canadians fan and loved gardening, sports and travel, from camping trips as a young family to flights in retirement. John authored two books – “October Moon” and “HMCS/CFB Cornwallis Military Museum”. John is survived by his wife, three children, Diane, David and Stephen; and by several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Armstrong and Florence Brown. His family wished to express heartfelt appreciation for the kindness and caring provided by Nancy, Angela, Marilyn and Faye as well as by our regular VON Home Care Workers and Dr. Hancock. Visitation will be held Thursday 7 to 9 pm and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm with a Royal Canadian Legion Service Port Royal Branch #21, to be held Friday at 7pm. from the Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday March 19, in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Annapolis Royal, with Rev. Canon Ken Vaughan officiating. Interment will follow in St. Albans Cemetery, Lequille. Family flowers only. Remembrances may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Cornwallis Military Museum or the Royal Canadian Legion, Port Royal Branch 21.

 

HMCS DUNDAS, HMCS WEYBURN

BRODIE, Clarence, AB, V/64072, RCNVR,  Died-  01 Sep 1944, Aged 19 - (22 Dec 1924 - 01 Sep 1944) Son of Clarence and Isabelle Agnes Brodie of Amherst, NS. He is buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. John's, NFLD.

 

HMCS LA MALBAIE

BROWN, Norman Gregory (Norm) (17 Aug 1925 - 20 Dec 2006) - Passed away peacefully at the Rocky View General Hospital, Calgary due to complications of Parkinson's and heart disease. Born and raised in Edmonton, Norm joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and served as a radar operator on the Corvette HMCS La Malbaie in the North Atlantic. After the war, Norm attended UBC where he met his wife, Beth. In 1950 he graduated in Mechanical Engineering and they were married in October of that year. Norm and Beth spent the early years of their marriage in Edmonton and Calgary, followed by a time in Vancouver, twenty-two years in Calgary, and much traveling. Norm was an active member of several Professional Engineering Associations and the Rotary Clubs in Calgary and Duncan BC, and was a founder of the Probus Club in Duncan. He owned and operated a successful oil and gas equipment company in Calgary before retiring to Maple Bay, BC in 1990. Throughout his business career and retirement, Norm was an active mentor and advisor to many small businesses and a generous donor to a wide range of charities. Norm was predeceased by his loving wife, Beth, in 2005. Norm is survived and missed by his loving children, Patricia McCarthy, David Brown (Adrienne), Sandra Penner (Roy); and grandchildren, Natalie, Sean, Daria, Lindsay, Madeleine, Leslie, Erin and Robyn. Norm will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and dear friend and for his sharp wit, dreadful puns, entrepreneurial spirit and love of sailing. The family would to like express their deep gratitude to Dr. Roy and the staff from Harmony Health Care in Duncan for the love and special care Norm received over the last two years. They would also like to thank Dr. Feng and the staff on Unit 73 at the Rocky View Hospital for their kindness and consideration. A Memorial Celebration of Norm's life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Leyden's Funeral Home, 304 18 Avenue SW, Calgary (403) 228-4422. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Parkinson's Society..

 

HMCS LA MALBAIE

BROWN, Vernon Robert (19 Oct 1925 - 16 Mar 2014) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Vernon Robert Brown. Vern passed away quietly at Providence Place on March 16, 2014. Vern served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He was a sailor on the HMCS Edmonston and the HMCS Sherbrooke. One of his proudest moments was celebrating VE Day in London, England. After the war, Vern arrived in Moose Jaw in the fall of 1950. He was hired as one of two auctioneers by the Moose Jaw stockyards to set up the first live cattle auctions in Saskatchewan. He continued this business for 15 years. During this time he also set up his auction business at the corner of 1st Avenue NW and River Street in downtown Moose Jaw, where the Saturday afternoon auctions were a regular event in the downtown area. In addition to running his auction business and selling for the stockyards, he also took on the job of developing the North Shore of Buffalo Pound Lake, selling lots, and building a summer home that became a focal point for many of the Brown Family activities for more than 50 years. It became a place where both friends and family from all over the world visited and enjoyed Vern and wife Joan's hospitality. Over the years Vern's business continued to grow and expand as Vern Brown's Fine Furniture and Auction, located for many years at 60 River Street E. Along with the store, Vern also ran a successful farm auction business which took him to all areas of the province. In 1996, Vern was named to The Auctioneers Hall of Fame in North Battleford, Sask. Vern was also heavily involved in charitable work and was a longstanding member of the Moose Jaw Lions Club, where he served as president in the early 1960's. Vern's charity work included contributing monetary support for several local projects, including the new Union Hospital. However, the one he was the most proud of is being a driving force in the establishment of the John Chisholm School for the Mentally Challenged. As an avid sportsman and hunter, Vern was also heavily involved in Ducks Unlimited and the World Wildlife Federation. In 1987 he was the auctioneer for the Ducks Unlimited and World Wildlife Federation dinner and auction, where His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was in attendance. Vern was also active in the Federal Liberal Party where he ran for the party in two federal elections. During this time Vern met with and sat in on policy discussions, with then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, as well as several cabinet ministers. He was pleased to be able to provide a Saskatchewan perspective. Throughout his many years in the community, Vern was given several awards, including the 1972 Moose Jaw Citizen of the Year. He and his wife Joan were also invited to meet and have dinner with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during her 1978 visit to Canada. Vern was an avid horseman. He enjoyed saddling up his big Palomino, Golden Boy and going on wagon trains during the summer months. In 1971 he organized and was the wagon master for the Saskatchewan Home Coming Wagon Train from Fort Qu'Appelle to Moose Jaw. This event was featured in the CBC television show "Telescope". Vern is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan, his children, Art, Scott (Liisa O'Hara), Michael (Deborah), Margaret (the late Doug Neff), his grandchildren, Kara (Frank Galasso), Bridget (Michael Law), Brenna, Travis (Rhonda Vander Vyver), Alexandra, and his great-grandson, Lennox Law. He is also survived by his brothers Murray in Saginaw, Texas and Roy (Bette) in Langley, BC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Vern's life will be held at St. Joseph's Church, 1064 Third Ave. N.W., on Thursday May 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Providence Place Foundation or the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. In living memory of Vern, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Home.

 

HMCS EDMUNDSTON, HMCS SHERBROOKE

BRYAN, Francis (Frank) - Frank passed away in his sleep June 9, 2009 after a short illness in his 94th year. Dear husband of the late Jean Bryan. He will be sadly missed by his son Paul (Colette) and grandchildren Bill and Krista. He served on the HMCS Lethbridge in WWII, worked for the TTC for 30 years and was a Staff Sgt. with the Toronto Police Services Auxiliary Unit and Auxo Group for over 45 years and was a longtime member of Motorsport Marshalling Services. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of the Tony Stacey Centre for their kindness. Visitation will be on Monday, June 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Church, 56 Lawson Rd., Scarborough. Funeral Service will be held in the Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. followed by a reception. Interment at Prospect Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Arthritis Society appreciated.

 

HMCS LETHBRIDGE

CARPENTER, L.F. (Bud) - Passed away peacefully on December 8, 2013 at the age of 89 years at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Beloved husband of 63 years to Theresa (nee Simard). Loving and devoted father to Wayne and wife Mary of Tecumseh; Lori Patterson and the late Steven (2009) of Mississauga. Cherished grandpa to Michael and Sean Carpenter and Jeffrey and Kelly Patterson. Dear son of the late Evelyn (1967) and Frank (1981). Survived by his brother Elwood and wife June. Dear brother in law to Harvey Reaume, Bill Simard, and Marie Simard. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Bud was a Veteran of WWII having served from 1942-1945 in the Royal Canadian Navy on McNabs Island and aboard the corvette HMCS Kenogami. He retired from the Windsor Fire Department as District Chief after 35 years of dedicated service. Bud will be remembered for his love of travel, photography and anything electronic. He loved his winters in Florida and his summers at the family cottage on Lake Erie. Special thanks to Dr. Henry Fortuna for his friendship and support, the nurses of Hotel Dieu 7 west and Dad's PSW Ade Dawodu for their kindness and compassion. Resting at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home (Banwell Chapel) 519-253-7234 11677 Tecumseh Rd. East on Wednesday December 11, 2013 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Thursday December 12, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel under the auspices of the WVMC. Cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society or to the Lung Association.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI

CHARRON, Walter Edmund (23 Jun 1922, Montreal - 29 Nov 2013, Montreal) - On June 6, 1944, a date forever to be remembered as D-Day, Lt. Walter Charron delivered troops in a landing craft onto a Normandy beach stained by spilled blood. He returned again and again over the following days, sending several thousand men into battle against the Germans. “After the first day,” he once said, “it was like driving a bus.” Six months later, Charron was back in Canada, where he temporarily traded his naval uniform for that of a football player. He suited up for a squad known as St. Hyacinthe-Donnaconna Navy, also called the Navy Combines, who claimed the Grey Cup national championship by defeating the Hamilton Wildcats, 7-6. The navy team had been organized as a pick-up crew for sailors based in Montreal, and the club had a revolving roster over the football season. Charron was one of two men on the squad who had been involved in Combined Operations on D-Day. The Donnies’ points came from a Dutch Davey rouge, a Davey pass to Johnnie Taylor, who juked 10 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, and a convert. Joe Krol scored a touchdown for the Wildcats, a civilian team. Only 3,871 fans paid to watch the game at Civic Stadium in Hamilton, Ont. Contemporary accounts described several fist fights in the grandstand between civilians and those on active duty. Charron was born into a French Protestant family who owned a leather tanning business specializing in fine goat, sheep and cowhide leathers. After graduating from St. Lambert High School and turning 18, Charron enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was trained in electrical and depth-charge maintenance as an ordinary seaman in Halifax before undergoing officer training on the other side of the country at Esquimalt, B.C., adjacent to Victoria. As commander of landing craft, he conducted troop and equipment landings in North Africa, Sicily and the Italian mainland before taking part in the D-Day invasion. His final wartime assignment was a posting board HMCS Halifax, a corvette patrolling the waters from Newfoundland to Ireland. Charron went to work for the family firm after the war. He coached football and was active in local curling clubs. (“Curling is like sex,” he once told sports columnist Tim Burke of the Montreal Gazette. “You don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it.”) In recognition of his contribution to the sport, he was invited to join the Governor General’s Curling Club in 1985. The championship St. Hyacinthe-Donnaconna football team for which he played was inducted into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Charron was active in the local Legion, spoke to high school students about his war experiences, and was a regular at Remembrance Day ceremonies. “What I learned is that war is a very poor way of settling things,” he once told a reporter. “Everyone loses, and the one who loses the least considers themselves the winner.”

 

HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMCS HALIFAX, LCI(L) 288

 

CHURCHILL, Bernard Henry (Bernie) - 86, of Bridgewater, passed away with his family by his side on Thursday October 13, 2011 at the Camphill Veteran's Memorial Building , Halifax. Born August 31, 1925 in Halifax, he was a son of the late Henry A. and Gwendolyn (Hooper) Churchill. He served overseas during the second world war for a two-year period aboard the Corvette HMCS Lindsay, and was involved in D-day operations. In his earlier years he volunteered his time as a coach in Bridgewater with both minor hockey and baseball. Bernie was well-known for his many contributions within the community particularly his life-long association with Branch 24, Royal Canadian Legion; Bridgewater Lion's Club and Bridgewater volunteer fire department, having held executive positions and life-long status within each organization. He was married to Gloria (Fudge) Churchill on September 4, 1950 until her passing on July 3, 1987. Together they raised and are survived by two sons, Douglas (Lana Hirtle), Halifax, Peter (Heather) Laconia; brother Harry & wife Barbara Churchill, Halifax, wife, Marion Kelly, Bridgewater; grandchildren, Matthew Churchill, Summerside P.E.I., Emma Churchill, Halifax, NS , Eva Churchill, Bridgewater, NS and Angela Churchill, Mahone Bay, NS.5 step-children and 11 step grand-children. He was predeceased by brothers, Ray, George; a sister, Helen Paddon and granddaughter, Sarah in infancy. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm with a public legion tribute service being held at 7pm all in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Funeral service will be held 11am Monday October 17 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bridgewater, The Very Rev. John Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS LINDSAY

COATES, Paul Douglas Stuart - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and friend Paul Douglas Stuart Coates. Paul was born on December 23, 1924 and passed August 10, 2013 after many days surrounded by his loving family. Paul proudly served his country as the ASDIC operator aboard the flower class corvette HMCS LaChute. He and his crew bravely defended vital convoys from Canada to Great Britain in the Battle of the Atlantic. He was a lifelong member of the Charleswood Legion. Paul worked many years at CN Rail before retiring to spend more time at home with his wife and family. In his retirement years he could always be found in his garden or reading in his recliner. Grampa's favourite joy was spending time with his grandchildren and he took great pride in each of them. Grandpa was known for his gallery of family photos, which surrounded him in each room of his home. To his grandchildren he was an endless source of love, caring, encouragement and support. Paul lived a life of few regrets and taught us all to cherish each and every day. Paul was predeceased by his wife Johanna (1992) and is survived by his five children; Doug Coates (Cathy), Janice Dack, Dale Coates, Cheryl Timmerman (Dave), Steve Coates (Dawn) He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Barrett (Janelle), Jordan (Ashley), Evan, Sarah (Jess), Erin, Alana (Greg), Melani (Jason), Madison and great- grandchildren Taylor, JD, and Brody. The family would like to thank the staff at the Health Sciences Centre specifically the nurses and caregivers in GA3. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at his home on Friday, August 16 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Friends of the Harte Trail, 5006 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, R3R 0G7

 

HMCS LACHUTE

COCK, Peter John Bligh (07 Oct 1918 - 29 Jul 2011) - a great friend to many and a wonderful and honourable man died on July 29, at the General Hospital in Ottawa. He proudly served in the R.C.N.V.R. throughout World War II serving on HMCS Skeena, HMCS Kenogami and HMCS Algonquin as convoy escort, on the Murmansk Run and on the D-Day invasion. He joined Crawley Films in Ottawa after the War and produced and directed many films. He was the son of Harry and Nancy Cock, brother of the late Pamela Cock and Tony Cock. He is deeply mourned by his family in England, his sister Molly Bonsor, his nephew Tony Bonsor (Antonia), great uncle to their children Kitty and Tia, his niece Xandra Von Furstenberg (Karl-Gustav) and great uncle to their children, Francesca, Johnny and Eduard. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 Mackay Street, Ottawa, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 11 am. Family flowers only.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ALGONQUIN

CUNNINGHAM, Daniel (Dan) - On February 2, 2007 in Montreal at the age of eighty-nine years. Beloved husband of Audrey Chisamore for over sixty years. Brother of John and the late Malcolm; William and Violet. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Dan was Chief Petty Officer (RCNVR) on the HMCS HEPATICA in WWII. Visitation at the Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd. (corner Isabella) on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service at the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 10 at 12 noon. Special thanks to Joan Foster, Peter Vavougios and the staff at Heritage Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Quebec Special Olympics SWIR, 7765 Denise, LaSalle, QC H8N 2A5 would be appreciated.

 

HMCS HEPATICA

DAVIES, William Arthur - died after a valiant fight with cancer on October 11, 2012, aged 90. Born in Vancouver in 1922, Bill attended King Edward High School, graduating in 1938. He joined BC Sugar in 1939. At 19, he served during the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Navy as a coder on the HMCS Drumheller, escorting the merchant convoys across the Atlantic. He returned to his job at BC Sugar where he worked for 44 years. It was at BC Sugar he met and married the love of his life Phyllis (née Bond). They were married for 59 years and enjoyed their retirement at Boundary Bay, vacationing in Maui and playing golf. Bill was appointed president of the Canadian Industrial Traffic League in 1971 and was elected as President of the Beach Grove Golf club in 1985. Bill was at all times a gentleman, known for his civility, integrity, generosity and kindness. He is survived by his two sons Ken (Julie) and Alan (Kitty); grandchildren Blaine, Nina, Rachael and Jane; and nieces Connie and Linda. He departed in the same manner he lived - smiling and even-tempered. A Service in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012 at St. David's Anglican Church, 1115 51A Street, Delta, BC. A reception will follow at Beach Grove Golf Club, 5946 12th Avenue, Delta, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Delta Hospital Foundation, 5800 Mountain View Blvd, Delta, BC, V4K 3V6.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

DEORKSEN, Jacob D. - With much sadness the family announces the death of Jake Deorksen on September 24, 2006. He was born on August 9, 1923 on the family farm in southern Manitoba. In his early years he experienced the transition of agriculture in Canada from essentially pre-industrial practices to full mechanization. In 2002, he would publish The Barbed Wire Threshold, an intimate account of these times focused on the life of his father and mother. In 1943, Jake broke with Mennonite tradition and volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in the Battle of the Atlantic, notably on the corvette HMCS Kamsack, until the end of the war. The sense of commitment and camaraderie in the Navy at war was a defining experience for him, and he maintained contact with his fellow veterans as an active member of the Vancouver Naval Veterans Association in his later life. In 1945, he obtained leave to marry Leona Brown, and their marriage would last for 61 loving years and produce four children. After several years of farming after the war, Jake went into management in the retail co-operative movement. This career took the family to a variety of locales including Grandview and Morden, MB, Edmonton, AB, and Grand Falls and St. John's, NF. By 1975, he had become a recognized expert in this field, and he was engaged by the United Nations International Labour Office to provide advice in developing countries. This led to memorable years in a number of countries including India, Indonesia and Botswana, during which time he re-wrote the ILO manual for retail cooperative management, a document distributed worldwide. Jake and Lee were inveterate travellers and made it a point to travel extensively, take in the culture of their host countries and receive numerous visitors from home. For the last 19 years they made their home in Vancouver, developing many new friendships and repeatedly solving the world's problems with their Granville Island coffee group. Jake and Lee enjoyed entertaining, and the memories of many will turn to the numerous dinners and open houses that they hosted. Throughout his life, Jake was favoured with good health, but the last several months were trying as he battled bone cancer. The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care that he received through the public health care system, with special thanks to the staff at the Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre and St. Paul's Hospital. He is survived by his wife Lee; his daughters, Audrey and Cristina; and sons, Tom and Kern. Of his 10 brothers and sisters, he is survived by Louise, Fred and Anne, and the families of Bertha, Kate, Henry, Sadie, Herman, Mary and Martha. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Anita, Carol, Daniel, Jacob, Joanne, Kayla, Shane and Zachary; his great-grandchildren, Andy, Brandon, Charles, Ellie, Jonathon, Katie, Melanie and Rory; and a wide circle of extended family and friends. There will be a private family memorial at First Memorial Funeral Services in Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS KAMSACK

DUFFY, Mervyn Ross (15 Dec 1923 - 13 Sep 2011) - Mervyn Duffy passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary after a lengthy battle with asbestosis. He is survived by his partner in life Evelyn; sister Donna; son Dale (Gail) and their sons, Travis (Isabelle) and Jarett (Natalie); daughter Terry (Brian) and their children, Nicolle, Joel (Suzy) and Michael; and two great-granddaughters, Jayden and Summer Belle. Merv joined the navy in Saskatoon in January 1942 at the age of eighteen. He completed his basic training at HMCS Unicorn, Saskatoon and then joined HMCS Galt as an ordinary seaman. He was later promoted to leading seaman at an Asdic rating. Most of his service was on a corvette running from St John's, Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland. He made the "Newfie - Derry" run across the Atlantic eighteen times. He took his release and returned to Saskatoon where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a locomotive fireman and then an engineman. Merv was very talented and had a wide range of interests including; dance band vocalist, square dance caller and teacher, and disc jockey. He sometimes sustained himself by tapping into those talents when he was in between careers. He joined C.N.V.A. in 1992 and was a very active volunteer always available to help. Merv became a very involved member of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 264 Kensington Branch, attaining the offices of executive member and president. For years he took great pleasure, as entertainment chairman, coordinating the branch entertainment. He maintained the status of a branch past president up to 2008. Merv was very proud to have acquired lifetime member status in both the C.N.V.A. and the Royal Canadian Legion. As per Merv's wishes, there will be no Funeral Service. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund Veterans Food Bank, No. 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6 (Telephone 403-265-6304). The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. S. O'Keefe for his care and kind attention to Merv. In living memory of Merv Duffy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS GALT

DUNBAR, Hugh C. - He joined the RCN in 1936, one of the last of the "boy seamen" who had to have parental consent. It was the Depression, and he felt he had to contribute to his widowed stepmother by earning money. He retired in 1956 (as a CPO1), and went to work as a marine electronics technician, installing and repairing deep-sea-going-vessels' radios and radar (we lived in Vancouver). The fishing captains especially loved him and would request him specifically - he would often come home after one of those jobs with a 40-pound salmon that had been swimming just hours before. Unfortunately Dad died much too young - he suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm when he was only 57.

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS FRASER, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS COWICHAN, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ATHABASKAN

EISENHAUER, Irvin (Ike) - passed away peacefullyin the presence of his family on September 2, 2012, at Riverside Health Care Facility in Fort Frances. Irvin was born at Lower LaHave, Nova Scotia on August 9,1918, a son of John and Lillian Eisenhauer (Adams). Irvin was a member of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia. As a boy he walked two and a half miles to Church, twice on Sundays. His father sang in the choir for fifty years and his mother taught Sunday School class for forty years. In March of 1952 he married Olive Ward of Fort Frances, who survives him. He is also survived by a brother Harry (Ruth) of Calgary, AB, sisters in law, Alice Eisenhauer of Riverport, NS, Florence Eisenhauer of Upper La Have, NS, Gladys Kerr, Marjorie (Bert) Smeeth of Fort Frances, ON, Violet Lawrence of Vancouver, BC, and brothers in law Albert Ward of Victoria, BC, Stanley (Millie) Ward, Bob (Elsie) Ward, Sidney Ward of Fort Frances, ON and Don (Sybil) Ward of Thunder Bay, ON. He was pre-deceased by his parents, sisters Pearl and Hazel and brothers Cecil, Bruce, Grant, James and Royce and brothers in law Leslie Ward, Don Kerr and Charles Lawrence and sisters in law Ollie Ward and Joan Ward. Irvin went to sea as a teenager to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and the West Indies. In 1938 he joined the marine section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was seconded to join the Royal Canadian Navel Reserve at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the Halifax auxiliary fleet and the Corvette H.M.C.S. "Lethbridge", on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Irvin returned to the RCMP in 1945. He served in various parts of Canada and Newfoundland, including one summer as First Mate on the R.C.M.P. " St. Roch" in the Canadian Arctic. During his service he acquired a Master's Home Trade Certificate and he was a graduate of the Canadian Police College at Regina. Irvin had the honour to stand vigil over the coffin of Angus Lewis MacDonald who was the former Premier of Nova Scotia at his passing in 1954, and while serving in Ottawa had the honour to stand vigil over the coffin of Governor General Vincent Massey who was our first Canadian born Governor General. In 1971 Irvin was in charge of security on two separate occasions- when the President of the SFR of Yugoslavia and when Premier Alexey Kosygin of the USSR stopped over at Gander, Newfoundland. He retired in 1973 as Officer Commanding St. John's Sub-Division, with the rank of Superintendent. Irvin and Olive retired to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where they spent sixteen years in Irvin's home province. In 1988 Irvin and Olive built a new home and settled in Fort Frances. Irvin loved the game of golf and spent countless hours practicing his swing. He enjoyed sitting in his chair in the evening completing his daily crossword puzzle and cryptoquote. Irvin enjoyed and spent many hours reading at the library. Anyone that knew Irvin knew that he was a very generous person. Irvin and Olive travelled extensively in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean and spent many winters in Lake Wales, Florida. They enjoyed their travels but always looked forward to coming home. Family and friends may visit Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at the Knox United Church, Fort Frances, Ontario on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating. Luncheon to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Irvin's nephews. How sleep the brave who sink to rest by all their countries wishes bless'd. When spring with dewy fingers cold, returns to deck their hallowed mold. She there shall dress a sweeter sod, than fancy's feet have ever trod. "Collin" In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fort Frances Knox United Church - Renewal Fund or to Riverside Health Care Facility - Digital Mammography Campaign Fund

 

HMCS LETHBRIDGE

ERICKSON, Walton Earl (28 May 1920 - 21 Feb 2012) - A lifetime resident of Saskatoon, Dad served in the Navy during World War II. He was leading telegrapher on several minesweepers, including the HMCS Strathcona, HMCS Miramichi and HMCS Kitchener. Upon return he worked for Hudson Paper, Bowman Brothers and Canada Post. He was happiest when doing carpentry work, and toiling in his garden. Wally leaves behind ex-wife and friend, Myrtle Erickson; daughters, Janis Mack (Bob) and Lois Wakeman (Rick); grandchildren, Solah Mack (Erin), Christy Mack (Ian), Kailee Wakeman (Roger), Kent; best friend, Ray Ellis; and siblings, Ken Erickson, Lawrence Erickson and Daisy Jean Spurgeon. We will miss you, Dad. Get that hammer flying in the sky. A family memorial will be held at a later date, along with a Meewasin tree planting.

 

HMCS KITCHENER, HMCS MIRAMICHI

FERGUSSON, Otway Charles (Fergy) (09 Aug 1920 - 02 Jul 2009) - Passed in his sleep in the early morning in Brock Fahrni, Vancouver, BC. He is survived by his wife Cora, two brothers, daughter Krista Gail, sons Robert, Donald and Terrance, five grandchildren and extended family. He would want to be remembered for his contribution to the Canadian Navy during WWII where he served in the Atlantic on the HMCS Kenogami. After the Navy, Fergy made a substantial contribution to the commercial fishing and boating industry in BC designing and building over 100 vessels some of which ply the west coast of North America to this day. He lived with the understanding that rules were meant to be challenged and made point of pushing them whenever there was an opportunity. As every Fisherman should have a wake, we are holding an Open House July 19th to celebrate his life. Please, no flowers but contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association of BC or Veterans Affairs Canada on his behalf.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI

FERSTER, Raymond Francis - Born 16 Oct. 1919 Dowling Lake, Alberta Died 19 April 2009 Victoria, B.C. Predeceased by his wife Vera 16 Sept. 2004. Joined the Canadian Militia 1937-39, the 50th Calgary Regiment. From 1940-45, RCNVR served on HMCS Galt. Original member of the Barber Pole Convoy Group. From 1945-70, he was with the RCAF. Member of the #7 Brittania Legion, well known by curlers and lawn bowlers and good friends at the James Bay Inn pub. Survived by sons Mike (Susan and Matt of Calgary) Rick (Gail of Edmonton), adopted daughter Jayney of Gadsby, Alberta, 3 granddaughters (Kim, Fran, Lonnie) 3 great granddaughters Destiny, Cheyanne and Aurora, sister Jean Douthwright of Calgary, brothers Jim (Calgary) and Everett. Special thanks to Art Bamford, more than a son-in-law. No service at Ray's request, cremation by First Memorial Victoria.

 

HMCS GALT

FRASER, Donald George (12 Jun 1925 - 19 Feb 2004) - It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Don Fraser announces his passing at the age of 78. Don was predeceased by his parents Annie and Alexander Fraser; and brother Alistair. He will be sadly missed by his wife Sophie of 31 years; daughters, Sharyn Margach (Ross), Susan Shore (Stephen), Sandie Fraser (Rob) granddaughters, Katelyn and Kennedy; sisters, Dorice Atchison (Frank), Joan Ryland (Jim) and many nieces and nephews. Don grew up in Winnipeg, MB. He was a proud veteran of the Second World War, serving with the RCNVR on HMCS Halifax. His career as a machinist took him across the country to Atikokan, ON, Thompson, MB, and finally to Saskatoon where he was a foreman with PCS Cory Porash Mine. Don was a long standing member of the Legion, Masons and Shiners Club. Donations to the Shrine Children's Fund or charity of choice can be made in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Services will be held on Monday, February 23, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Free Methodist Church, 130 Kingsmere Pl., Saskatoon, SK.

 

HMCS HALIFAX

GORGES, William Mathias (Bill) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Gorges, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather on Thursday February 3rd, 3022 at 9:15pm. Bill died at his home in Kelowna surrounded by his beloved wife of 59 years Eleanore, his nine children Liz (Lorne) Smith, Craig (Pam), Sue (Robert), Pat (Susan), Frank (Corinne), James (Gina), John, Jerome and Will Gorges, his sister Ann Prior, as well as 25 grandchildren three great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed and remembered forever. The second youngest of seven, Bill Gorges was born April 15th 1926 on a farm in Manitou, Manitoba. As a young boy in between farming chores, Bill sang and loved to play ice hockey. In 1943, at the tender age of 17, Bill enlisted in the Canadian Navy and on Dec 24th 1944, he was sent to Europe aboard the HMCS Halifax, which was responsible for safely escorting US Naval Warships across the icy North Atlantic. After the Liberation of Europe in 1945, Bill returned to Canada and was discharged from the Navy in December of 1946. In 1947, with the help of the Veterans Land Act, Bill purchased a farm in Sperling, Manitoba. In the spring of 1951 he moved to Winnipeg where he met and fell in love with Eleanore Missler, a young city girl, and on October 27th 1951, he married her. One year later on October 4th 1952, Bill and Eleanore welcomed the first of their nine children. Between the years of 1951-1960 Bill worked the Sperling farm and was also employed by The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) as a switchman. After selling the farm and leaving the CPR in 1960, Bill moved Eleanore and their 6 children to Atikokan Ontario, a booming iron-ore town on the US border. In Atikokan, Bill owned and operated a Texaco Service Station. After the birth of his 9th child in 1965, Bill once again packed up the family in the station wagon and headed west to Kelowna B.C. in 1966. In 1967 Bill and his family would settle in their home of 42 years on Sarsons Road in the Mission. Between the years of 1967 and 1971 Bill worked for his brother-in-law Guido Prior managing several businesses ranging from restaurants to super markets. In 1972 they bought their first Dairy Queen and today 3 of his boys continue to own and operate 3 of them. A devout and lifelong Catholic, Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic School Board and the Catholic men’s choir. In his later years, Bill enjoyed curling, bowling and sports spectatorship of all kinds. He was especially proud to watch his grandson Josh play for the Montreal Canadiens. When not playing scrabble or bridge with his wife, Bill could often be found in the garden, bringing beauty to the neighborhood. We would like to thank the nursing staff at the Kelowna Cancer Clinic, particularly Debbie Opitz. Funeral services will be held on Thursday February 10th at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church with a Prayer service to be held Wednesday February 9th at 7:30 pm at ICC Parish. Bill Gorges will be laid to rest Friday Feb 11th at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to either The Kelowna Right to Life or The St.Vincent De Paul Society of Kelowna.

 

HMCS HALIFAX

GRABOWICKI, Frank - Canora boy was a man of the sea. A sailor who grew up in Canora, Frank Grabowicki never liked to talk about his service during the Second World War, but he had a story to tell. When he died on April 19, much of the sailor's story was lost, but with the help of his brother, Joe, the crux of the story can be pieced together. Proud of his brother's service, Joe said he understood Frank's reluctance to talk about it. Frank liked the navy but hated the war. There were odd occasions when he spoke about several events, but those were few and far between. Grabowicki served with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Montreal, a patrol frigate, which was credited with sinking at least two submarines. The corvette patrolled the Pacific coastline, paying special attention to the area around the Aleutian Islands, just south of Alaska. It also provided escort services for cargo and troop ships. Frank had spoken about constantly scanning the water through binoculars. A submarine would first appear as a white streak under the water, he said. If they were close enough, they could make out the periscope. As soon as a submarine was spotted, the captain would order the corvette in that direction. The submarines would submerge and the corvette's crew would use the technology of day to estimate its location. It was Grabowicki's job to prepare the depth charges. After one confirmed submarine kill, he and several other members of the crew had the job of retrieving bodies which floated to the service. Joe said that was an event that Frank desperately wanted to forget. Out in small boats, they pulled mangled bodies from the water. The scene was disturbing. After that event, when Frank was home on a 30-day leave, he was very happy to get out of his uniform and get into some casual clothes, Joe said. Grabowicki served aboard the HMCS Montreal until the end of the war. When the hostilities ended, he was reassigned to the HMCS Athabaskan, a minesweeper working the Halifax Harbour on the east coast. Grew up in Canora The Grabowickis grew up in Canora, but moved to Stenen in 1938 with their parents, Joe and Anne. They opened a general store. When the war started, Frank was eager to get involved, Joe recalled of his younger brother. Frank and a friend (the son of the Stenen station agent) traveled to Regina and enlisted in 1941. After 30 days of basic training, they were sent home on leave. When Frank returned, he was sent to Comox, B.C. for further training and assignment to HMCS Montreal. After the war, he and Joe became partners when they bought Grabowickis' Store from their parents. Frank used the $700 that he had coming in navy pay to pay for his share. He helped manage and operate the store for only a couple of years, and then went to work for the Canadian Nation Railroad. In 1950, he started work as a fireman (shovelling coal) on a steamer, but soon afterwards, the diesel engines were introduced. He trained to operate the new power plants and was a locomotive engineer for the rest of his 35-year career with the CNR. Frank worked out of several stations, but towards the end of his career, he worked mainly on the northern track that extended through Gillam. When he retired, he continued to live in Canora. Frank loved the north country," Joe said. "He liked hunting and fishing. Above everything else, he loved fishing and took every opportunity to go fishing. Service honoured Shortly after the war, while still living in Stenen, Frank joined the Royal Canadian Legion, but his association was short lived. The political mood of the area was shifting and the membership began to play politics, Joe said. Frank said he wanted no part of it and he left the Legion. He put his navy service behind him until 1994, when he and fellow crew members were invited to attend the commissioning of a new corvette named the HMCS Montreal at the Clock Tower Pier in Montreal. There he met his former captain, who was 93 at the time. Frank had to be talked into going, but was really glad he went," Joe said. Frank's house recently sold and when Joe was cleaning it out, he came across a framed certificate from the 1994 commissioning reception, stating that "Frank Grabowicki is forevermore an honourary member of HMCS Montreal". (Canora Courier, November 8, 2006 Page 9)

 

HMCS MONTREAL, HMCS ATHABASKAN

GRAHAM, John Charles - Peacefully on September 22, 2003 at the Grace Hospital, Dad passed away at the age of 79 years. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife Margaret; daughters, Susan (Trevor) McDougall, Jocelyn (Dan) Noyd and Moira (Monty) Summach and nine grandchildren. Dad also leaves to mourn his brother Neil and wife Margaret as well as his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Russell and his wife Gertrude. Dad was born on June 29, 1924 in Cambridge P.E.I. At the age of 18, he joined the Navy and served his country in the Second World War on the HMCS Lindsay, seeing action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Following the war, Dad and Mom were married and in 1953 moved their family to Red Lake, ON, where Dad worked for the Madsen Gold Mines. In 1963, the family returned to Winnipeg and Dad worked for Dominion Bridge until his retirement in 1993. Dad was a gentle, quiet man who enjoyed reading, travelling and sporting activities, especially soccer and golf. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. at the Good News Mennonite Church, 2764 Ness Ave., Winnipeg, MB with interment to follow at the Mennonite Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Back to the Bible or Compassion Canada. The family wishes to thank Pastor Rick Bettig, the Grace Hospital, 3N staff and all those that provided compassion, care and support over the last year since Dads stroke. Dad is safe in the arms of the Lord.

 

HMCS LINDSAY

GUILDFORD, Thomas Kerr - died 22 May 2013 at Veterans' Memorial Hospital. Thomas Kerr Guildford was born at home in Bedford N.S., 12 July 1919 to Frederick Moir Guildford and Ellen (Douglas) Guildford. He was educated in Bedford and Halifax, and from 1939 to 1945 he served in the Royal Canadian Navy, much of it in corvettes on North Atlantic Convoy duty. In July 1945 he married Jean Vey Diamond of St. John's, Newfoundland. After the war Tom took up a position with the family business, Guildfords Limited, in Sable River, Shelburne County, N.S. where he established a plant that produced insulation from eelgrass. From 1951-1953 he was based in Saint John, New Brunswick, returning permanently to Halifax following that. He later served as president and chairman of the board of Guildfords Limited, and established Navy Island Marine, Dartmouth, which manufactured fibreglass fishing and utility boats. He was a member of St. David's Presbyterian Church, serving for many years as a member of the Session. He was an active promoter of amateur competitive swimming, a strong proponent of the building of Centennial Pool and was the chair of the swimming events for the first Canada Games held in Halifax in 1968. He was active in Nova Scotia Voluntary Economic Planning from 1973 to 1988, and chaired the Research and Development sector, a forum where academic research scientists and engineers could meet informally with industry and entrepreneurs to effect the transfer of technology. Following his retirement he actively participated in the work of Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, also serving as president of that organization. Tom's greatest pleasure was found outdoors. He was an enthusiastic yachtsman, salmon fisherman and hiker, and he had a special fondness for the family cottage on Moser Island in St. Margaret's Bay. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Eleanor, Bobbie and Mary (McGinn) and his wife Jean. He is survived by daughters Janet and Mary, sons Doug (Don Hannah) and Peter (Peter MacKenzie); grandchildren Emily Duke (Cooper Battersby) and Peter Duke (Maya Williams) and Tommy Guildford (Jordan) and Jamie Guildford (Nicole) and great-grandchildren Lily Diamond and Gabriel Guildford, Kinley Guildford and Lucia Duke. Tom was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and an inveterate story teller. Our thanks to the staff of 4 East at the Veterans Memorial Building for their efficient and tender care to Tom, and to Danielle Weickert for her care and friendship. Visitation will be at Cruickshanks Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Friday 24 May from 6-8 pm. The funeral will be held Tuesday, 28 May at St. David's Presbyterian Church, Grafton Street at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Tom's memory to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS GALT, HMCS ORILLIA, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS THETFORD MINES, HMCS OTTER

HAGERTY, Bernard I. - On Friday, July 31, 2016 we said a fond "So Long Old Buddy" to a loving husband, a dedicated father, a doting grandfather and great-grandfather, a devoted brother and faithful friend. Although deeply saddened by this loss, we are thankful to have had him as part of our lives. Bernie Hagerty was born on July 10, 1926 in Glenmont, on North Mountain in the Annapolis Valley. He was born the youngest of three boys to Obediah and Edith Hagerty but years later would have a younger brother and sister. His early years were spent in various communities within the Valley and it was there he would come to a appreciate the value of family and an honest day's work. At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Army where his older brothers were already serving. From 1943-1946 he served in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. It was during the Second World War that he lost his brother Charlie in the Netherlands. He spent a number of years working in Hamilton, Ont., but found himself compelled to return to military service, this time in the Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force from 1951-1973 including two tours to the Far East during the Korean Conflict. It was on a trip back home to Port Williams (for the birth of his sister) that he met and eventually married his wife of 55 years, Gloria (Meisner). From this union came two children: Beth (John Coolen) and Brent (Natalie Goulding). The family lived for 52 years on Central Avenue, Halifax where they shared many happy ears with family neighbours andy friends. He was an active member of the Chiefs and P.O.'s and enjoyed the time spent there with his shipmates who served with him on vessels such as the Bonaventure, the Haida, the Assiniboine and many others. He leaves behind granddaughters, Trina Coolen and Tanya Coolen (Dan Morash), grandsons, Eric and Colin Hagerty, and great-granddaughters Maddy and Ava Morash. Also saddened by his passing are his brother, Blaine (Diane) an his sister, Nora. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Vaughn and Charlie. Special thanks to our new friends - the doctors and nurses of 8-1 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre for their great care of our dad and of us. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home at 6552 Bayers Rd. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A service of celebration will take place on Thursday, August 6 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to QEII Health Sciences Centre or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

HALL, Gordon Frederick (29 May 1925 - 29 Jul 2015) - Passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years. He was born in Stratford, ON. Gordon was a machinist for the CP Rail after he completed high school. He later moved to the west coast and joined the RCN. He met and married the love of his life, Kathleen Hall (nee Walshe) in 1946. After many fulfilling years in the navy, serving in WWII and the Korean War, he left his final ship the "Crusader" with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He then returned to school to obtain his teaching degree. He began teaching in 1964 at Royal Oak. Through his teaching career he taught many subjects. He was the most amazing counsellor and mentor to staff and students alike. He coached the track and field teams at Mt. View and Mt. Doug for many years. He retired from Mt. Douglas High School in 1984. He then enjoyed his farm in Duncan BC. He is predeceased by his two brothers; Victor Hall (Etta), William Hall (Betty) and his two beloved sons; Gregory and Christopher Hall. He leaves to cherish his wife Kathleen and his children; Therese Bullin (Stewart), Maura Bourdon (Gary), Andrea Hall, Kathleen Hall (Don), Anthony Hall (Julie) and Genny Williams (Gord). He leaves 15 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Funeral Services will be held at McCall's Funeral Chapel, Vancouver & Johnson Streets. at 1:00pm on Wednesday August 5, 2015. Internment will follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. We would like to thank all the staff at Broadmead Lodge Veterans Care Centre for the wonderful care given to Gordon over the years. A special thanks to the nursing staff and Doctors Vorster and Tourrney at VGH for their compassionate and excellent care of our father. He lived a fulfilling life with humor, respect and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations supporting our veterans at the Broadmead Lodge Care Centre at www.broadmeadcare.com.

 

"One day, the entire ship's company at Naden had fallen in on the parade ground and when the battalion was dismissed, CPO Hall tripped, fell and was trampled by men seeking to clear the parade. When the initial wave of humanity had passed, a number of slower people noticed him sprawled on the asphalt and teasingly encouraged him to get up. But,,, he couldn't. He had a broken leg."

 

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HAMILTON, Patrick Arthur - born November 26, 1923 in Maryfield, SK passed away peacefully July 25, 2004 surrounded by his family; wife Gully Soodeen, son Patrick Arthur, daughter Lesley Rosina and sister Donna Mittlestead. His brother George (Gerry), numerous nieces, nephews and friends are left to mourn him. Paddy was raised in Radville, SK and left on his own at age 17. He served in the RCNVR as a Signalman on the HMCS Lindsay during WWII. He later completed a B.A. at UBC and an H. Dip. Ed. at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He was a member of UA 170 for 32 years. Paddy taught in several parts of the world and passed his love of learning onto the many who had the pleasure of knowing him. Paddy was a truly inspiring person and will be remembered for his intelligence, humour, strength (stubbornness) and kindness. Paddy's varied life was always eventful and interesting. Books and education provided him with lifelong interests that he pursued determinably in his own way. His bright smile and cheerful disposition will be greatly missed. Service will be held Friday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey, BC. It is asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Comfort Fund Burnaby Home Health in Memory of Patrick Hamilton, 400 - 4946 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC, V5G 4H7.

 

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HAMILTON, Robert Rowe (Puck) - 91, died peacefully on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Pioneer Ridge Long-term Care Facility in Thunder Bay following a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Marguerite (Vint) Hamilton; his daughter, Susan Jackson and her husband, Brian Kinahan of London, Ontario; his son, Terry Hamilton and his wife Eva of Thunder Bay; his son, Wayne Hamilton and his wife, Sally of Winnipeg; in-laws, Wally and Geri Vint and Maurice and Olga Vint; grandchildren, Drew and Jessica Jackson and Brendan and Carson Hamilton; nieces and nephews, Betty Gottfred, Linda and Greg Lawrie, Nancy Viljakainen, Jim and Teresa Hamilton and Maureen and Dennis Griffen; great-nieces and great-nephews, Melanie and Kimberly Gottfred, Michelle and Matt Lawrie, Luke and Gabe Viljakainen, and Joshua and Julia Hamilton; and many close friends. Born on March 2, 1921, in Fort William, Ontario, the son of John Hiriam and Pearl (Farrell) Hamilton, Rowe was a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. He was previously deceased by his father in 1949, his mother in 1977, his sister, Edith Dyer in 1982, and his brother and great pal, Morris Hamilton, in 1990. After attending Fort William Collegiate Institute, Rowe signed up for active duty in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and worked as a radio signalman on the HMCS Fergus. Following the war, Rowe had the opportunity to play hockey for the Hibbing Saints. He returned to Thunder Bay to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a trainman and later became a conductor with Via Rail. Rowe met his beloved wife (his ‘little honey’), Marguerite Vint, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church and they were married in this church in 1952. They sang together for many years in the St. Luke’s choir. Rowe was a life-long athlete and sports enthusiast; playing baseball, hockey, curling, and golf, his passion. He was a longtime member of the Fort William Country Club and his great ‘golf tips’ will be sadly missed by his family, his golf buddies, and his ‘protégés’. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Pioneer Ridge for their tender care and compassion over the last year. Visitation will take place at Jenkens Funeral Home on Monday, August 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Tuesday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be kindly appreciated by the family.

 

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HICKMAN, Norman Bruce - On Saturday the 26thof January, 2013 we all lost the most humble man, Norman Bruce Hickman. Norm died peacefully in Nelson surrounded by family. Norm was born in Winnipeg on June 20th, 1924. He was the youngest of 11 children and one of three sets of twins born to Jesse and Sarah Hickman. Norm started playing his beloved game of hockey as soon as he could stand on his “hand me down” white figure skates from his sister. When Norm was 11 his father inherited a substantial sum from family in England that Jesse and Sarah used to re-located and purchase a home in Victoria. There was also enough money to buy new bicycles for the younger kids. Norm delivered telegrams on his bicycle and walked horses for work as a young man. When he was 18 he joined the Canadian Navy and arrived in Halifax for Christmas 1942. Norman served on the HMCS Dundas and LaMalbie working as convoy protection from New York to South Hampton. After the war Norman was invited to come to Trail to play hockey and work by his childhood friend Headley Marshal. He worked at Cominco for a short time then took an electrical apprenticeship at Bennett electric in Nelson. He met his future wife Claire Grace Forsythe at a house party in Nelson. Norman and Claire had two kids Jim and Donna Jean. Norm retired from school district #7 in Nelson after 38 years of service to the community he loved so much. Norm continued to play Sunday morning hockey for 62 years earning the nickname “Hacker” Hickman. Norman touched so many people with his humility, his smile and a ready joke. WE all looked forward to seeing him again and again. Norman’s surviving relatives are his son Jim, daughter Donna Jean and Larry Mydansky, Grand children, Jessica, Amanda, Cody and Hayen. Not to forget the loves of his life Great granddaughters Alivia and Alora. He was also survived by his twin brother Jim and many loving nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of life in the late spring that will be announced at a later date. Norm, we all feel your loss deeply and crave to be touched by your spirit just one more time. We now look to our memories and our dreams to see you again. God bless you and rest in peace sweet man.

 

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HORNE, Leslie Esmond, RCNVR (09 Sep 1918 - 25 Jun 2007) - at Victoria, B.C. Born in Victoria, son of William Henry Horne and Joan Margaret Stevenson. Survived by son Rolfe (Deirdre Rice), Victoria; daughters Leslie (Greg Weber), Vancouver, and Peggy, Toronto; grandchildren Liam and Christopher Horne, Ben Weber, Jesse Mykolyn, Ashley Perkins and Marshall Horne; brother Ian and sister Dafeny, Victoria; stepchildren Christopher and Dennis Trumpy and Pamela Cecco. Predeceased by wife Margaret Rolfe Seaborne (1966), son Ian (1999), sister Peggy and brothers Edgar, Harold, and Derek, as well as Shirley Horne and stepdaughter Alison Bodinetz. Remembered by sisters-in-law Noela Harvie, Toronto and Anne Thomsen (and Poul), Wolfville, N.S., nieces and nephews across Canada, and Maureen Haddow, Montreal. Es attended Victoria College and the University of Alberta before serving with the RCNVR during WWII. He was commander of the HMCS Halifax from September 1944 to December 1945. He met Margaret in Liverpool, N.S., during a ship's refit, and they married in 1944. After the war, Es and Margaret lived in Toronto, where he continued his medical studies and completed his specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1954, the family took up residence in Victoria, Es' beloved native city. Es practiced medicine there for four decades. An avid sailor and builder of boats from childhood, Es was a past Commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. His respect for and knowledge of the sea were immense. Thanks to the staff at Broadmead, especially Julie, and to Dr. Alec Walton and the staff at RJH. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to World Vision Canada. A tribute to Es will be held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road, Victoria, on Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

 

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JENSEN, Carl Gunnar Rorbeck - With sorrow the family of Carl Jensen, late of Chilliwack, announce his death on August 9, 2006. Predeceased by his brothers Martin and Wesley, he is survived by his loving wife Aulda, whom he married in 1946, his four sons, Gerry (Beverly), Greg, Steve, and Bill (Barb) and his four grandchildren, Kari and Sarah, Paul and Julia all of Maple Ridge and Mission. He is also survived by his sister, Oline Smith of Penticton and his brother, Elmer (Doreen) of Chilliwack, his two sisters-in-law, Betty Jensen and Joan Jensen, many nieces and nephews and extended family in Saskatchewan, U.S.A. and Denmark. Carl was born in Saltum Denmark on July 27, 1921 and came to Canada with his family in 1924. Though always a proud Canadian - he served overseas in WWII with the RCNVR- he never forgot his Danish heritage, language or traditions. Carl loved people and always found a way to communicate, no matter what language barriers. We will always remember his wonderful sense of humour and love of the outdoors. He was a storyteller extraordinaire and will be deeply missed. A special thank you to the Chilliwack Home Care Nursing and Support Services. A memorial tea will be held in the Club House, Promontory Lake Estates, 6001 Promontory Rd, Chilliwack BC on Sunday, August 13, 2006, 1-4 pm. If any so desire in lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Cancer Fund would be appreciated. Jeg elske dej, Aulda.

 

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KEATINGE, Rex A.F. - After a lengthy battle with heart disease, on February 24, 2001, at the Deer Lodge Centre, Rex Keatinge passed away at the age of 80 years. Rex is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myra, and son Condren of Winnipeg, as well as sister Eileen (Miller) brother-in-law Jim; nephews, Kevin (Karen) and Glenn, all of Woodstock, ON. Born in Gladstone, Manitoba on May 18, 1920, to Frederick and Anne Keatinge, the family moved to Winnipeg, where dad received his education. At an early age, Dad developed an interest in Ham Radio and on April 27, 1935, became one of the youngest licensed amateur radio operators in Canada. The interest and worldwide contacts lasted a lifetime. During the Second World War, Dad served aboard the HMCS Levis until the ship was torpedoed during action with U-74. Fortunately, Dad survived when others didnt. After discharge, Dad continued his service with RCNR. In peacetime, Dad was employed with Canada Post until retirement. Thank you to Valerie for your support. Special note of appreciation to the nurses and staff of Deer Lodge Centre, especially T7 during his final months, Dr. Czarnecki and Janice Samimi, R.N. of the Manitoba Clinic and the Winnipeg Office of Veterans Affairs Canada - their thoughtfulness and compassion were comforting to the family. At Dads request, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Rev. Aubrey Hemminger. "An Irish Blessing" May the road rise to meet you May the wind be at your back May the sun shine upon your face The rains fall soft upon your field And, until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Rest in peace Dad. Your wanderlust has come to an end. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, 301 - 352 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8 or The Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2L 9Z9.

 

HMCS LEVIS

KEIR, George Alfred - With much sadness we announce the passing of George Alfred Keir at Riverview Health Centre on Sunday, February 27, 2005. George is survived by his wife of 59 years Edna; daughter Lois; brother Gordon in England; nephew Tom (Elfie); and nieces, Linda and Kristine (Ron). He was predeceased by his parents, William and Florence May; beloved oldest brother Ransome; nephew Barry; sisters-in-law, Jean and Barbara. George was born on February 2, 1919 and lived his life in the Fort Rouge area of Winnipeg attending Lord Roberts School and Kelvin High School. From childhood until 10 years ago he enjoyed vacationing and visiting friends in Detroit Lakes, MN. He, Ransome and families also spent many years at the cottage his father built in Boundary Park at Winnipeg Beach. In his youth he liked playing his guitar and played baseball and hockey, and later became an armchair athlete. Like their father, the Keir boys loved driving and big cars. Getting his first driver's license, buying his first car (a 1938 Nash), and still driving up to last year meant a lot to George. During the Second World War he joined the Canadian Navy and was a stoker on corvettes. His last assignment was on the HMCS Lethbridge. He had many adventures as a sailor and would recall stories including surviving ship attacks and the sadness of losing many school friends in the war. While home on leave, he met Edna at a dance, they corresponded while he was overseas and were married in June, 1946. After the war, George became an auto body mechanic and took pride in his meticulous work on cars. A health concern related to paint fumes forced him to leave a profession he loved. He worked for Manitoba Telephones and then as shipper at ITT Grinnell for 20 years until retiring at age 65. George was a quiet, dependable, honest man, very devoted husband and loving father. His great sense of humour and wisdom will be greatly missed. He kept up with current affairs, sports, and politics. He was a Mr. Fix-It around the house, and enjoyed doing yard work, travel, reading and crosswords in his leisure time. If you needed to find George, he could usually be found in the garage tinkering with or polishing his car. George never went out without wearing one of his vast collections of baseball caps that he or his daughter picked up on travels. He had a few favourites but each one had a little story about where it came from. Everyone knew of his great sense of humour. He was famous for saying I'm only 39 and holding. This always brought questioning looks from strangers but a chuckle from those who knew him. And sometimes he truly believed this as he was young at heart. This especially amused his daughter who has been considerably older than her dad for years. George was also an animal lover particularly dogs and birds. There was always a budgie in the house. His last bird he proudly trained to talk. Over the last six years George overcame a few health problems but this last battle was one he couldn't win. God looked around his garden And found an empty space; He then looked down upon the earth And saw your tired face. He put His arms around you And lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful He only takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, And knew that you were in pain, So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered Peace be thine. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you The day God called you home. Lois would like to thank her coworkers at Riverview Health Centre and the staff on 3E for their support and the care and compassion given to her father. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Riverview Health Centre, Palliative Care, 1 Morley Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4 or the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent Rd., Winnipeg, MB R2L 9Z9. I accordance with George's wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at the Riverview Health Centre, 1 Morley Ave., on Thursday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.

 

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KOLBEINSON, Ivor - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ivor on April 3, 2008 at St. Paul's Hospital. Ivor was born on May 27, 1923 in Quayfjord, Borkenes, Norway. He emigrated to Big River, SK. with his parents in 1925, moving later to Saskatoon. Ivor joined the R.C.N.V.R. in 1941, serving on the two ships, H.M.C.S. Fredericton and H.M.C.S. West York, escorting convoys from Saint John's, Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland. He was discharged in August, 1945. He joined Bowman Brothers Automotive in 1946, which later became Ackland's Automotive. Ivor married Shirley Hinitt in July of 1947, celebrating 60 years of married life with her, and enjoying many years of square dancing, curling, bowling, travelling and golf. He was a founding member of Trinity United Church, Montgomery Place. Ivor is survived by his wife, his brother-in-law, Bob Hinitt; brother, Carl (Elsie); sister, Clara (Leon); and several nieces and nephews. At Ivors's request, there will be no funeral service, and arrangements are being made by Prairie View Chapel and Crematorium. Memorial Donations may be made to Trinity United Church, 3318 Merritt Street, Saskatoon, S7M 3P6 or the S.P.C.A., 5028 Clarence Ave. S., Saskatoon, SK, S7T 1A7

 

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LEFROY, Peter Anthony (Tony) - Our beloved Tony died on June 30, 2010. He had celebrated his 90th birthday (born in Edmonton Alberta. June 25, 1920) and his 66th wedding anniversary to Betty his high school sweetheart (June 7, 1944).He was proud of his three children Patty, Peter (Kouka), and Stuart (Kate). He loved his grandchildren Ian (Casey King) and Suzanne King; Teta (Aaron Brind), Tiffanie (Paul Cartwright), and Tony (Jessica Colborne); Lisa (Joel Jacques), Rob (Jess Lefroy), and Dani (Ben Enskaitis). He also loved his five precious great-grandchildren Rhianne and Owen King, Nathan and Ava Brind and Micah Enskaitis. Tony served in the Navy during WW 2 and rose from ordinary seaman to Lieutenant. He served aboard HMCS Eyebright. He and Betty travelled extensively. They also loved entertaining a vast number of friends and family particularly at their summer home in Point Roberts which Tony built (by himself!). A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2P.M. at St. Alban's Anglican Church, 7260 St. Alban's Rd. Richmond. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT

LeMESURIER, James M. - The death of James Matthews LeMesurier, of Rothesay, NB, beloved husband of Marion (Farquhar) LeMesurier, occurred on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Quebec City, Quebec in 1924, he was the son of the late Sydney and Grace (Matthews) LeMesurier. Jim grew up and attended schools in the Montreal area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the R.C.N.V.R, sailing on the corvette HMCS Kamsack, on convoy duties in the North Atlantic. After the War he served with the Royal Montreal Regiment Reserve, and retired with the rank of Captain in 1956 and moved to New Brunswick in 1957. He was a manufacturers' agent and was President of H. G. Rogers Ltd. for over 36 years , operating throughout the Maritime Provinces. Jim was a member of St. Paul's (Valley) Anglican Church, active member of the Byng Boy's Club and the Westfield Golf and Country Club. He was one of the pioneers of downhill skiing in the Saint John area, taught many others to ski at Hammond River, Rockwood Park and Mt. Douglas and started the Nancy Greene children's program in the area. Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling in recent years. Besides his wife, he is survived by sons, James F. and his wife Holly and their children, Anne and Ross of Saint John, W. Andrew and his wife Linda and their children, Emily and David of Rothesay and John G. and his wife Kelly and their children, Garnet and Colin of Hampton, special cousin John Glen of Savannah, Georgia and several nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother J. Garnet LeMesurier. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111Paradise Row, Saint John (506-634-7424), visiting will take place on Monday May 19, 2003 between 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A Memorial service will be celebrated at St. Paul's (Valley) Anglican Church, Saint John on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 11:00 am. A private family interment will take place at Fernhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of the donors choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS KAMSACK

LESHIEN, Robert James (25 Mar 1924 - 10 Jun 2010) - Bob passed away peacefully with his son Brad and his daughter in-law Lorna by his side. Bob leaves his sisters Lorraine and Mary and his brother Bill, all from Ontario. Bob proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII along with his brother in-law Jim Coleman (Ruth) on HMCS Lindsay. Bob moved his family from Ontario to Maple Ridge in 1956. He started his career with Corrections BC in 1957 and retired after 20 years as a probation officer in Kelowna in 1988. He was respected in his work and developed lifelong friendships with the people he worked with. Special thanks to Wally and Bonny Heinrichs for being such dear friends to Bob and also for their thoughtfulness and kindness to us. No service by request.

 

HMCS LINDSAY

MARGESSON, Robert (Bob) James - It is with great sadness that the family of Robert (Bob) James Margesson announces his passing on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at his home in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 93. As Bob's family mourns his passing, we fondly recall the joy and love this wonderful man freely expressed and shared with his family, friends and everyone who crossed his path. Bob leaves two sons with Marjorie (deceased), John (living in Vancouver, BC) and Hugh (living in San Clemente, CA with his wife Marlene Mills-Margesson) and is missed by grandson Robert (Rob) James Margesson, Ph.D., living in Denver, CO with his wife Shawna and two great-granddaughters, Emma and Sage, and Rob’s mother Deb and husband Scott Snyder. Through a second marriage to Lynette Margesson (deceased), Bob's love for and commitment to family extended to his niece Lynne Margesson her husband Bill, and daughters Claire and Dawn Danby, nephews David (Nina) Margesson, D’Arcy (Vicki) Margesson, and Richard (Phyllis) Margesson. At the age of 83, Bob was blessed with another opportunity to love and marry. Josi and Bob were married and moved to Victoria in 1998. Josi loved our Bob in a way that enabled him to be more fully alive than at any other time in his life. One readily sensed the pure and beautiful love they had for each other. He is missed, but will never be forgotten. His love still permeates his family and friends.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT

MARSHALL, Calvin (Cal) born on October 21, 1925 in Regina, Saskatchewan passed away suddenly on July 27, 2004 in Victoria, BC. He is predeceased by his loving wife Ann in 2001, and two brothers Robert (Bob), and Patrick. Cal is survived by hisson Wells (Karen), grandsons Luke (Heather Christopherson) and Jared, all of Yellowknife. Cal is also survived by his stepmother Eleanor Marshall, sisters Rita (Nick) Henderson of Victoria, Linda May Marshall, and Patricia (Murray) Field of Whistler, his God-son Bob (Linda) Marshall of Victoria, and loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Captain Cal of the schooner Fennel spent his early years in Regina, Ottawa, and Toronto before moving north to Norman Wells, Fort Churchill, Yellowknife and then south to retirement in Victoria. Cal served in WWII on the Corvette HMCS Fennel. The family would like to thank the Hillside Community Dialysis Clinic and the doctors and nurses of the cardiac care unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their kindness and wonderful care. Funeral service will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 292, Pro Patricia, 411 Gorge Rd, Victoria, BC on Friday, July 30th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients' Association, PO Box 5145, Postal Station B, Victoria BC.

 

HMCS FENNEL

MATTICE, Gerald (Gerry) B. - age 81, died at the Moncton Hospital on Sunday, December 24, 2006 after struggling with significant health challenges for several years. Dad was born in Ottawa, Ontario, a son of the late Prudence and Walter Mattice. He also lived in Haileybury, Port Credit, Toronto, Bracebridge, Perth and Guelph Ontario before moving to New Brunswick. His working life included many and varied occupations, such as salesman, prison guard, and entrepreneur. He dedicated himself to the well-being of his two children, Sandra Renowden (Peter) of Melvern Square NS and Wayne Mattice(Linda) of Riverview NB. He found enormous personal fulfillment in providing his skills and enthusiasm to family and friends with all manner of household renovations, building projects, or simply sharing advice based on his own experience. He relished the sense of accomplishment that comes from a hard day’s work. His Royal Canadian Navy service during WW II aboard the HMCS Sussexvale, the HMCS Ottawa, the HMCS Fennell, and at HMCS Mining Base Bedford Basin, remained of great importance to him throughout his life. Dad, known to his brothers and sisters as “Sonny”, is also survived by his granddaughter Danah Smith (Russell) of Riverview NB; great grandchildren Caleb and Cassandra; sisters Gladys Brothers of Montreal, Iris Hodgins of Whitby ON, and Hazel Murdoch of Markham ON; brother Eric Mattice of Bradford ON; former wife Elsa Mattice of Ajax ON; and nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his wife Vera; granddaughter Heather Mattice; brother Bruce; and sister Dorothy. His blue-eyed charm, youthful good looks, mischievous sense of humour, and single-minded independence endeared him to many. He had a passion for reading and current affairs, and was not hesitant to express his opinions. The courage, strength, and perseverance with which he embraced life and met its challenges will remain an inspiration to all who knew him. We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the caregivers of The Briarlea residence and Royal Court residence for their compassion and friendship that, in Dad’s own words, made his recent years bearable. We are also very thankful for the dedicated medical support of Doctors Kim DeWare and Greg Donald. Although we are saddened by the death of our father and will miss him dearly, we are grateful for his release from the escalating pain and dependence that had come to dominate his daily life. At Dad’s request, cremation has taken place and there will not be a memorial service. A committal service will be performed at sea by the Royal Canadian Navy.

 

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MAWSON, Edward Harvey, WWII Veteran - Peacefully with his daughter by his side at the Toronto East General Hospital on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the age of 93. Predeceased by his dearly loved wife Florence (nee Everitt) of 68 years. Loving father of Karen. Dear brother of the late Eleanor and Charles. Served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic in WWII as Petty Officer on the Corvette HMCS Dundas. Worked for many years as an Electro- Plater for Electric Chain Co (ECCO) Gorel and Rembrandt. Will be missed by his daughter, friends and neighbours. Friends will be received at the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. (at Main St. Subway), 416-698-3121 on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 1-2 p.m. Service to follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS DUNDAS

MILES (TOAZE), Nelson Robert - Born Nelson Robert Toaze on February 25th, 1925 in Conwy, Wales., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 30th in Kelowna BC. He was raised in Fort William (Thunder Bay). He married June (Rackette) on June 9th, 1951. Nelson and his wife moved to Alberta where he spent time working on the DEW line in Northern Canada. He and his wife and 2 daughters then moved to Victoria, had two more daughters, and spent 35 years there. Upon retirement in 1992, he was an expediter at HMCS Esquimalt. Nelson was a World War II veteran, providing his country's service aboard the HMCS Lachute, protecting convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. A natural athlete, Nelson enjoyed participating in and watching the sports of bowling, curling, hockey, basketball and baseball, but especially golf. He also enjoyed the hobbies of collecting stamps and coins and loved playing pool and bridge. He was an avid reader and enjoyed many discussions of literature and world events. He loved his crossword puzzles and Sudoku books. He had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. Nelson is predeceased by his daughter Karen (Fulton) 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, June, children Cindy (Dave) Hurl, Tracy (George) Meikle and Suzan (Randi) Bochinski. Grandchildren David Hurl, Kristen (Matt) Tipman, Nikki and Devyn Reid, Ashley, Kaitlin and Maegan Fulton , and Blake Bochinski, as well as extended family members in Alberta, BC and Ontario. Nelson was a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grampy/ bubba, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed deeply. A family gathering will be held in the Field of Honor at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the BC Cancer Society. Memorial arrangements by First Memorial Services.

 

HMCS LACHUTE

MUNROE, Kenneth Guy - 93, Whitehead, Guysborough Co., passed away peacefully, Thursday February 21, 2013, with family by his side in the Veteran’s Unit of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Whitehead on December 4,1919, he was a son of the late Berton and Lola (Feltmate) Munroe. He was an inshore fisherman all his life. Additionally, he worked as a stevedore and labourer as opportunities came about. Dad was a veteran of the Second World where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941, serving with the multi-role patrol surface frigate vessel "HMCS Frontenac". He made many trips from Newfoundland to Ireland escorting 5 to 6 ships at a time. It would take them anywhere from 14 to 16 days to sail across the Atlantic waters. It was known as the "Newfie Dairy Run". Kenneth was honourably discharged in 1945. Torbay Branch #117 is thankful to Kenneth for his contributions during his time served. He had a number of hobbies such as hunting "Ducks", fishing, trapping rabbits, eeling, and mechanic work. Dad was never afraid to "tackle" a new job. He would say "ya just take your time and figure it out and then things will fall in place". Kenneth is survived by his wife Pauline (Fougere); daughters, Beverly (Russel) Nicol, Dunmore Road; Leona (Roger Raynard) Munroe, Shelburne; Pauline "Polly" (Fred) Gurney, Canso; sons, Guy (Sharon), James River; James (Betty),Whitehead; Brian, Lower South River; sister, Bertha Farquharson, Cranbrook, B.C.;The pride of Dad’s life were his 11 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters, Geraldine Theriault, Beryl MacMillan, Virginia Barrie, Evelyn Munroe, Leona Munroe, brothers, Arklo, Lawrence, Raymond Eric, Randolph and Irving. Cremation has taken place. At the request of Kenneth there will be no visitation or service at this time. Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of the G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour.

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

MURPHY, John W. (Bill) - It is with profound sadness that we express the passing of a kind and loving man on December 13, 2012, surrounded by the love of his family at the age of 87. Reunited with his beloved Lillie (nee Caza) (November 2010). Loving and devoted father of Judy Knight and husband Paul of Kitchener, ON and David and wife Linda of Holland, Mich. Cherished Grandpa to six grandchildren and great-grandpa to six great-grandchildren. Loved brother of Elaine Soulliere, Quebec, Jean Callaghan, BC., the late Muriel Roberts, Eva Gates, Florence Medrick, Norah Moran, May Tierney, Helen Groulx, Ann McEwea, Eleanor St. Onge, Fred, Joseph and Eric Murphy. Dear brother-in-law of Gerald Caza and late wife Louise Caza of Azilda, ON, the late Lucille Souilliere (2002) and late husband Lawrence (Bib) (2010) of Windsor, Harvey Caza and wife Mae Caza of Ottawa,ON., Lawrence (Ben) Caza and partner Louise Daigle of Kingston, ON., Romeo Caza and wife Ruth of Chelmsford, ON., Mary Jane Bratt and late husband Donald of Richmond, B.C. Dear Uncle to Helen and Earl McWhineey and Mary Jane Brazeau and Partner Lyle and will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Mr. Murphy retired from Chrysler Canada in 1980 and was a member of CAW Local #444. He was a Navy Veteran (RCN & RCNVR) serving in WWII - North Atlantic (HMCS Lethbridge) and served during the Korean War, Life Member of Naval Veteran's Association and Past Member of HMCS Chief Petty Officers Mess, Longtime member of the RCL Branch 261 & Navy Club. A sincere thank you to Jack and Barbara Block, Susie Thibert and Caregiver Lisa for your love and support shown to our beloved "Bill." He will be remembered for his honesty and for always being a true gentleman. Visitation at Windsor Chapel Funeral Home (Banwell Chapel), 11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. at Banwell Rd. on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parish Prayers will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. A Veteran's service under the Auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service Committee will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family on Monday, December 17, 2012 at St. John Vianney Church (385 Dieppe) from 9:30 a.m. until time of Bill's funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment St. Anne's Cemetery. In kindness memorial donations may be made to the Navy Club.

 

HMCS LETHBRIDGE

MUXLOW, John Roger - 65 of Dartmouth Nova Scotia passed away at his cottage, a placed he loved on Monday, August 3rd, 2015. Born in Sheffield, England, he was the son of Ada “Joan” Brooks and the late Leslie Brooks of Comox, BC. He was a collector of Popular Science, Popular Mechanic and Mechanix Illustrated magazines. His collections date back from 1878 to current time. John was a master wood crafter and artist who used his creativity to make and built things without a pattern. His famous words were “No one would know if I made a mistake because I create in my head”. He was also a collector of antique clocks parts and crafted clocks in amazing shapes and styles. John was a member of the Canadian Arm Forces, Naval Division for 31 years. After his retirement in 2000 he worked for Promaxis Systems Inc as a senior Hull Technologist. He is survived by his loving wife of 37years Jo (Josephine) Muxlow, Mother Ada “Joan” Brooks, brother David (Pamela) Brooks, sister Barbara (Ian) Brooks, nephews Daniel and Michael. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Sunday, August 9th at Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main Street Dartmouth. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 11th at 1PM, Victoria Road United Baptist Church, 36 Victoria Road, Dartmouth with Pastor Sherolyn Riley officiating. Family Flowers only. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thank you to Amanda and Forrest, Tangier Fire Department; Teroz and Mike, EHS Sheet Harbour; Francis and Christina, RCMP Sheet Harbour Division; Patricia and Scott, The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service. Reception after the service will be at the Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth.

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS PRESERVER

MYERS, Alexander James (Alex), R.C.N.V.R., Veteran WW II - “Mr. Amigo” Peacefully at Groves Park Lodge, Renfrew on Friday afternoon, January 23rd, 2009. Alexander James Myers of Arnprior at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of Audrey (Nee McLaurin; formerly Scharfe) and by a former marriage the late Jane Bennion. Dearly loved stepfather of Steven Scharfe, Hal Scharfe (Janet), Gina Keindel (John) and Cindy Burns (Mark). Dear brother of Fred Myers (Irene), Beth Bennion (late Jack) and Lillian Ayers. Predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Steadman. Cherished “Grampa” of Coady, Kevin, Christal, Matthew, Kai, Megan, Wesley, Andrew and Robert and “Great-Grampa” of Sarah, Ashton and Isaac. Alex was very proud of his naval career. He served his country with passion and dedication. During his many years in the navy, he sailed the North Atlantic Ocean countless times on the following ships: HMCS Gananoque, HMCS Stratford, HMCS Eyebright and HMCS Victoriaville. Alex was also a longtime member of the Full Gospel Businessman’s Fellowship. Friends may join us for visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home, 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. A Service in celebration of Alex’ life will be conducted in Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 116 Baskin Drive West, Arnprior on Tuesday morning, January 27th at 11 o’clock. Cremation will follow with interment to take place at the Templeton United Church Cemetery, Templeton, Quebec in the spring. For those wishing, a donation made to Groves Park Lodge, Renfrew would be greatly appreciated by the family. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 174, Arnprior will assemble at the funeral home for a tribute service on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT, HMCS VICTORIAVILLE, HMCS GANANOQUE, HMCS STRATFORD

MacARTHUR, Lloyd George (John) - born January 13, 1916, in O'Leary, PEI, died quietly in Halifax, NS, on September 12, 2013, at the age of 97. Lovingly known to friends and family as John, he was the youngest child of Eliza (nee Whalen) & Nathaniel MacArthur. He is predeceased by his parents, five sisters and five brothers, daughter, Donna MacArthur, and grandson, Richard Tannous. John now has been reunited with Norris (nee Cormier), his wife of more than 72 years, who died on August 28, 2013. John is survived by daughter Ruth (Jerry) Tannous, son Douglas (Catherine Schulz) MacArthur, daughter Deborah (Bruce) Rogerson; six grandchildren, Victor (Christine Hanson) Tannous, Sarah (Andrew Lewis) Rogerson, Thomas Rogerson, Brendan MacArthur, Ian MacArthur, and Rowan MacArthur; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Rogerson, Madeline Tannous, Sophia Tannous and Joseph Lewis, and a host of nephews, nieces, kin and kind. The MacArthur family relocated from O'Leary to Amherst, NS, when John was just a little nipper. John was a member of the legendary 1936 Citizen Amherst Canucks hockey team that, in pursuit of the coveted Memorial Cup, captured the Maritime Junior Championship. He also was Maritime boxing champion in the light featherweight division. In 1941, John married his teenage sweetheart, Norris, whom he met while working as an Amherst rink rat, warming her heart with her favourite candy and his affection. He was an Army reserve gunner before signing on with the Navy to see the world. "Johnny Frig," as he was known to his Navy mates, was among those who participated in Battle of the Atlantic convoys. In the early hours of September 19, 1941, his ship, the Corvette HMCS Levis, was torpedoed off Greenland. It was the first Canadian warship to be sunk by a German U-Boat attack. John continued active service throughout World War II and the Korean War, ultimately achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, First Class, and completing his tours of duty in 1965. From there, he went to work at Camp Hill Veterans' Hospital until retiring in the mid-1970s. In August 2013, he returned to Camp Hill as a resident, and then, for the first time in 72 years, lived under a roof other than that of his beloved bride. During the royal tour of 1959, John cooked for Queen Elizabeth II and her entourage and, as the story goes, performed barber duties, cutting the hair of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In 2010, he and Norris were invited guests queued up quayside as the royal couple once again visited Halifax. Known to be a scrapper with a tender heart and a modest pride, John worked with determined passion to provide opportunity and a comfortable life for his family. He saved for and bought in 1950 a Queensland cottage and then purchased a lot and built a home on Piers Avenue in the Fairmont subdivision of Halifax where he, Norris and their children moved from College St. in 1960. His love and affection for his children, their spouses and his descendants will be well remembered. John most certainly promised himself and his lovely wife that he would watch over and protect her for all of his days. His last act of kindness was to fight gallantly to stay the course and open the door for Norris to lead the way into the happy ever-after. We salute his long life well-lived. Visitation will be held in Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 20 in St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation, 5855 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, or on-line at www. iwkfoundation.org,, or to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS LEVIS

McCALLUM, William Aubrey 1924-1987. William was a gunner on HMCS Kitchener K225

 

HMCS KITCHENER

McCREATH, Robert (Bert) - passed away peacefully on March 18, 2011 at the age of 92. Bert was born on March 7, 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, who he married on September 27, 1943 in Vancouver; daughters Nancy (Barry) and Murdine (John); son Scott (Grit); grandchildren David (Alison), Scott (Laurie), Kris (Natasha), Amanda, Andrew (Camille) and James (Amber); as well as greatgrandchildren Amelia, Jasper, Bennett, Cooper and Kael. Bert was predeceased by his parents Meg and Bob and his brother Tom. Bert will be remembered as a true gentleman and loving family man. Like many World War II veterans Bert rarely discussed his time in Navy, having proudly served his country securing shipping lanes on the Atlantic on the HMCS Buckingham, Ottawa and LaMalbie. For 30 years, Bert was manager of Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) Company in Saskatoon where he oversaw the installation of windows in many landmarks including the Mendel Art Gallery, the University of Saskatchewan Hospital, and Arts Building, and the stained glass windows in many churches and cathedrals in Saskatoon. Bert was also active in the Saskatoon community through the Kinsmen and K40 Clubs, Rotary Club and his involvement in the founding of the Saskatoon Art Council (now the Mendel Art Gallery). In their retirement, Bert and Nancy moved to an acreage in Riverside Country Estates where they loved entertaining family and friends. They also tended to their immaculate flower and vegetable gardens and "Grandpa" could often be found tinkering on a project in the garage. Moving to the country also brought them closer to Riverside Country Club where they were members for 58 years. In his later years Bert spent many hours completing watercolour paintings of Saskatchewan landscapes. Funeral Services will be held at Knox United Church (838 Spadina Crescent East) on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation (279 3rd Ave N ,Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8).

 

HMCS LA MALBAIE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS BUCKINGHAM

McHUGH, James (Jim) Chase - a Canadian Veteran, passed away on April 10, 2014, in Calgary, at age 90. Both Jim (Second World War) and his dad, James (First World War), fought for peace. In the Canadian Navy Jim was on the HMCS Edmundston, a Flower Class Corvette, on HMCS Kamsack, Castle Class and was a sick berth attendant on the HMCS Kapuskasing, Algerine Class. Jim spent happy years in Winnipeg, Sydney, BC, Saskatoon and Calgary. Jim was also a true Snowbird, wintering on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Yvette; three daughters: Renee Duddridge (Allan), Jamie McHugh-Lachiver (Michel) and Patrice McHugh; friend, Merv Enes; his grandchildren: Kyle, Kent and Kurtis Magnusson, Natalie Duddridge and Blaise Lachiver, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Thanks go to many caregivers: Saskatoon Home Care and Veterans' Care, Carewest Colonel Belcher and the Calgary Foothills Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 3, 2014 at the Centennial Branch Legion, 9202 Horton Road S.W., Calgary, AB. Here's to Jim, who last saw snow on April 10, 2014.

 

HMCS EDMUNDSTON, HMCS KAMSACK, HMCS KAPUSKASING

McMULLEN, Joseph, LCdr - Passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 22nd, 2011. He is survived by his wife Joan (Walsh), his daughter Elizabeth, and his sons Chris (Rosemary) and Robert (Lorraine). Joseph was born in 1919 in Westmount, Quebec. In 1940, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves as Acting Sub-Lieutenant. Between 1940 and 1945, he served primarily on Corvettes and Frigates (including HMCS Thetford Mines and Lethbridge) on North Atlantic convoy duty. Between 1945 and 1964 he had various rotations through Ottawa, and notably was loaned to the United States Navy serving in the Mediterranean, and to the NSA in Washington DC. Other postings included Commanding Naval Officer at Fort Prince of Wales, Churchill, MB and Commanding Officer at Coverdale, Moncton, NB. Joe retired in 1964 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy. Between 1964 and 1984, he worked for the Ontario Ministry of Health as Administrator of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Toronto, and Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, Whitby. Subsequently, Joe was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Progress Place, a community-based organization that focuses on mental health recovery. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday November 25th at 11:00 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3 Briscoe Street, Amherstview, ON. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS LETHBRIDGE, HMCS THETFORD MINES, FORT PRINCE OF WALES Churchill, MB, NRS COVERDALE

McVEY, Milne (Mac) (1918 -2007) - Passed away peacefully at the West Island Palliative Care Residence on Saturday, November 3, 2007 with his family at his side. Beloved husband of the late Jean Glass, and loving father to Donald (Ginette Beauchesne) and Marilyn (Michel Faubert). Fondly known as Baba, he will always be remembered by his cherished grandchildren, Jennifer (Christopher Aumais), Michelle (Michael Rennie) and Maxime. Predeceased by brothers John, Ewart and Gordon (Eileen). He also leaves behind his sister Edith McElligott (Jack) and many other family and friends who will miss him dearly. Mac served proudly aboard HMCS Kenogami in World War II and was at home hunting and fishing at the Balsam Club. He loved to make us laugh and would be happy today if we just raised a glass or two. A private family funeral is being held.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI

NEIL, Douglas - of Nackawic passed away September 13, 2004 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. Doug was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on June 7, 1923, a son of the late David William and Catharine Elizabeth (Corrigan) Neil. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving on convoy duty as Chief Petty Officer on the HMCS Dunvegan and HMCS Springhill. Doug was employed as a millwright supervisor with St. Anne Nackawic Pulp Company from 1970 until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Lr. Southampton Branch 27, the Nackawic Lions Club, the Shriners and a life member of Granite Lodge #54. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene P. (Dillion) Neil; a son, Larry Neil (Lois), Nackawic; two grandsons, Bruce, Nackawic and Stephen, Fredericton; several nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by a son, Brent Neil in 1985 and several sisters and brothers. Resting at Flewellings Funeral Home, 585 Otis Drive, Nackawic with visiting hours Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Clements Anglican Church, Prince William on Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 2 p.m. The Venerable Walter Williams officiating. Interment will be in Otis Cemetery. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Doug, the family has suggested the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The family mailing address is 14 Bird Street, Nackawic, NB E6G 1A7.

 

HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS SPRINGHILL

NEWELL, Clifford Allen - 90, McGrays, NS, passed away on 5 December 2011. Born 31 March 1921 at Newellton, NS, he was the son of the late Harold and Evelyn (Doane) Newell. Clifford was a Navy veteran having served aboard the corvette HMCS Kamsack out of Halifax, NS during WWII. His stories of life on the North Atlantic convoys captivated his children and grandchildren, and have been recorded for posterity with the Dominion Institute. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 148. In 2005, he travelled to Ottawa on the Veteran’s Train and participated in the National Remembrance Day ceremonies. Leaving the Navy after the war with a commendation as an “exceptionally good cook”, he then worked with hydrographic survey ships in Canada’s Far North before returning to the fishing industry in NS. Due to his father’s influence, Clifford could speak at length about history, world affairs and the geography of other parts of the world with the knowledge he had gathered largely through reading and an active and enquiring mind. From his mother he inherited his beautiful singing voice and ability to play, by ear, several musical instruments. He was devoted to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, asking for constant reports on their progress and looking forward to their calls and visits. Clifford was a dedicated baseball fan and during the season his world revolved around the games. Until recent years he travelled to parts of Canada and the USA to watch his grandsons “play ball” and he was not timid about handing out tips on how they could improve their game. Other activities he enjoyed were puttering around the shore, his yard and navigating amongst the local islands in his small boat. During his 90th birthday party, he was honoured to be surrounded by family, Newellton neighbours, Legion members, and former crew members, including Captain Carl Atkinson, First Mate Paul Penney and the Pubnico fishermen. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Smith); daughter, Brenda (David Cleaver), Brass Hill, NS; sons, Merle, McGrays, NS; Owen, Ottawa, ON.; granddaughter, Josephine Belleau (Mike), San Diego, Calif. and their daughter, Emily, San Francisco; grandsons, Robert Baker (Lisa Nielson), and their children, Riley and Logan, Parkland, Florida; Thomas Baker (Denise Fougere) and their children, Molly and Clifford (Sam), Phoenix, Arizona; sisters, Pauline Sprague, Liverpool; Violet Eisnor, Barrs Corner; brothers, Lloyd, Rothesay, NB; Albert, Oak Park; John and David, Port LaTour; and special nephew, Captain Herbert Newell (Lorraine), Vogler’s Cove and Port LaTour. He was predeceased by siblings Forman, Kenneth, Lindsay, Ena Smith, Ethel Dagley, Beatrice Newell, Marie Bateman, Evelyn and Muriel Newell. A private family graveside funeral took place in Newellton with his good friend, Pastor Don Smith, officiating.

 

HMCS KAMSACK

 

NICHOLSON, Murray Everett, V45998, RCNVR - It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Murray Everett Nicholson, husband of the late Joan Aileen Nicholson (Finley). He left this world peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Ridgewood Veterans Wing surrounded by his loving family into the arms of angels to be with his loved ones who have entered eternal rest before him. Murray was born in Chatham on October 18, 1922 son to the late James Nicholson and Jennie (Gorveatte) of Fredericton. Murray was a veteran of WWII serving overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy throughout the war on the HMCS Lindsay. He spent many happy days with his daughter Susan and son-in-law Robert, grand-daughter Kimberley and husband Keith and great-grandchildren Mercedez, Nevada and Keiffer. They were the apple of his eye and he loved them dearly. He was a very loyal, loving, giving and devoted father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He loved to play hockey as a goalie in his youth, bowl, throw darts and was an avid fan of Saint John Flames and Saint John Sea Dogs. Murray spent many years at Wally’s Trailer Park with friends and family on the Washdemoak in Cambridge-Narrows. He worked for DVA Hospital, Cash and Carry Cleaners, New System Dry Cleaning and Laundry, Dr. Wm Roberts Hospital School and St. Joseph’s Hospital from where he retired. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Robert) Ouellette; grand-daughter Kimberley (Keith) Ryan; great-grandchildren Mercedez, Nevada and Keiffer all of Saint John; Brother, John (Marion), Sisters, Shirley Greer, Florence (Henry) Freisen, all of Fredericton Nan and Molly from Ontario; and several nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his loving wife Joan Aileen; son-in-law Dennis Peterson; Brothers, Robert, Garnie, Abbey, Donald; Sisters, Dot, Jean, Beulah, Betty, Marjorie, Florence Rae. Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424) with visitations on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a tribute to a Veteran Service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held from Fundy Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Cedar Hill Extension Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick, Heart & Stoke Foundation of New Brunswick or SPCA Animal Rescue.

 

HMCS LINDSAY

ORR, Douglas, the father of legendary Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr, died Saturday. He was 82. His daughter, Patricia, confirmed his death to The Canadian Press from Orr’s home in Parry Sound, Ont., but would offer no further details. Much like his son, Douglas Orr was a terrific athlete who excelled in hockey and track. But rather than pursuing a professional career, he ended up joining the navy and serving in the Second World War. Don Cherry, who once coached Bobby with the Bruins, mentioned Orr’s death on Hockey Night in Canada. A picture of the two standing with Bobby was shown on Coach’s Corner while Cherry spoke. “This has been a tough day for me,” said Cherry, his voice quivering with emotion. “He had a great hockey career at one time but he gave it up to go in the Second World War as a sailor. “He was a great guy.” Orr and wife Arva settled in Parry Sound, Ont., after the Second World War and had five children, including Bobby, who would revolutionize the way hockey was played with his attacking style from the blue-line. Known for his breathtaking end-to-end rushes with the puck and his hard-as-nails fortitude, Bobby Orr became the first defenceman to lead the league in scoring in 1969-70 and set a record with 102 assists the following year — a mark that still stands for defencemen. Bobby Orr would dominate the NHL for nearly a decade before chronic knee problems forced him to retire.

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

OTTAWAY, Eric Stone, Sto 1c, V46481, RCNVR, died - 24 Jul 1944 - Born: 14 Mar 1921, he was the son of Maurice and Hilda Ottawa of Hamilton, Ont. Buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland.

 

HMCS GIFFARD

OWEN, William St. Clair (Bill) - 96 of Dartmouth passed away on April 1, 2014 at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Facility in Halifax. He was the son of the lateRichard and Margaret Owen. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer aboard the Corvette HMCS Frontenac protecting convoy ships running supplies from St. Johns Newfoundland to Londonderry Ireland during the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. Before and after the war, Bill worked for the T. Eaton Company. In 1956 he married the love of his life Gladys and was happily married for over forty years. In 1967, Bill and Gladys started the very successful Dahlia Market meat and grocery which they jointly operated till their retirement in 1994. During his retirement, Bill actively pursued his interest in bowling and played in several Dartmouth leagues as well as ran a horseshoe club which met weekly during the summer months for many years in his Waverley Road back yard. Bill enjoyed both of these sports until the age of 95 and treasured attending the Port Wallace United Church suppers and breakfasts with his friends and family. Bill took great pride working in his garden and spending time with his loyal cat "Cooker" and will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and friend by all. Bill is survived by his three sons Bill (Noriko), Tim (Dale) and Mark and his daughter Eva (Dave) and five grandchildren Jacob, Joshua, Katelyn, David and great grandchild Roxiee. He is predeceased by his wife Gladys (nee Ross) Owen who passed away in 2001 and will be deeply missed by his special friend Jeannie and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks are extended to the compassionate staff of the Camp Hill facility for looking after Bill in his last days. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at the Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Road, on Sunday April 6th at 1:30 PM by Rev. Ivan Gregan. Burial will take place the following day at the Christ Church Cemetery in Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Camphill Veteran's Memorial Hospital.

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

PAUL, William Keith (16 Jun 1922 - 04 Jan 2006) - Keith was born number eight in the large Paul family that began in 1905. Though the adversities of war brought depression, early deaths in the family and often near poverty, they emerged proud and caring members of their community. It's Keith's wish that the following generations maintain this image. Keith spent his formative and educations years at Tyvan, Brownlee, Kisbey and Weyburn. After his education, he spent a few years on a farm, but joined the RCNVR and was trained in Regina, Esquimalt, BC, Halifax, NS and Baltimore, Maryland. He was then posted on the corvette HMCS Kamsack and spent the next two years doing convoy duty on the North Atlantic. At war's end, Keith returned to Weyburn, thankful he had survived and not knowingly had to take a human being's life under the guise of war. In the Fall of 1945, Keith started a 41 year career in psychiatric nursing. The first few years, due to custodial care philosophies, there was little personal satisfaction, but with advances and changes in the mental health field and more progressive personnel, this career grew into a rewarding and satisfying life until his retirement in 1987. Most of his career and retirement years were shared by his wife, Clara for over 57 years. she helped Keith around many rough corners over the years. Keith was the last of his family, being predeceased by his parents, seven sisters and two brothers. He was also predeceased by his wife, Clara, daughter, Arla Johnson and granddaughter, Kelly Paul. Surviving are two sons, Terry (Wanda) Paul and Brian (Verna) Paul, and one son-in-law, Morris Johnson, three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, also numerous nieces and nephews. At heart, Keith was a proud, kind and caring individual with a good sense of humor, however, this was often over shadowed by his cynical and self-directed disposition. Also Keith was very conscious of any form of hypocrisy. This affected relationships and molded his unorthodox philosophies of life. On his request, cremation will take place. There will be no religious services. His ashes will be placed alongside those of his wife in the Columbarium at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, date pending.

 

HMCS KAMSACK

SIDORCHUK, Norman - Peacefully, on Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at Seven Oaks Hospital, Norman, beloved husband of Stephanie passed away at age 84. Norman will be lovingly remembered by his wife Stephanie of 59 years; daughter Lorraine and son-in-law Chuck of London, ON. He also leaves to mourn his passing his brother Jim (Elsa) and sisters-in-law, Vera and Freda and many nieces and nephews. Norman was predeceased by his parents Alex and Mary, his brothers Steve and Walter and his only sister Mary Ranick. Norman was born in Winnipeg on April 14, 1917 and has lived in the North End his entire life. He married Stephanie on April 11, 1942 at the Blessed Virgin Mary Church by the late Msgr. Stefan Semczuk. Normans younger years where spent by being a good parishioner of the B.V.M. Church with his parents and family. He was a devoted husband and father. He was employed by the CPR, retiring in 1982 as a Locomotive Engineer. Norman joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve on October 1942, was sent to Halifax and was assigned to the H.M.C.S. Charlottetown, then went to England and was transferred to a K338 Corvette H.M.C.S. Lindsay and stayed overseas till the end of the war and received many medals awarded to those who saw combat at sea. The H.M.C.S. Lindsay was at sea on the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Upon retiring from the Navy, Norman joined the newly formed Royal Canadian Legion Branch #141 and has been a good standing member for many years. In 1974, Norman and Stephanie transferred from the B.V.M. Church to St. Josephs Church on Jefferson Avenue. Norman joined the St. Josephs Mens Club under the leadership of John Shewchuk and was an active member in his younger years. He was a devoted parishioner of his church. His passion for the outdoors was fishing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Josephs Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Edward Sydorchuk, Donald Sydorchuk, Brian Sidorchuk, Ted Ranick, Glenn Stadnyk and Robert Chornley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Normans memory to the St. Josephs Van Committee. Norman will be missed by all who loved him. May he rest in Peace. Vichnaya PamYat.

 

HMCS LINDSAY, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

PIETRYK, William Walter - Peacefully on January 4, 2007, Bill Pietryk passed away at the Pembina Place Mennonite Personal Care Home. William (Bill) Pietryk was born in Winnipeg on April 13, 1917. Bill grew up in the Fort Rouge area where he attended school at Earl Grey and Kelvin High School. He served in the Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1945. He was stationed on the east coast of Canada aboard H.M.C.S. Lachute on convoy duty to England and in the mid-Atlantic. Following the war, Bill joined the Canadian National Railway where he worked for 35 years prior to his retirement on July 31, 1981. Teammates called Bill Smokey in his baseball playing days with the Canadian Stars in Fort Rouge. An avid sports fan throughout his life, he could argue the pros and cons of outstanding players in the many sports he followed. Bill much enjoyed the regular visits of friend John Mazur over the years when they talked about the old times and common friends. He leaves to cherish his memory his sister Mary Groch (Pat/Minnie); nephew James Pietryk (Carol); niece Lynda Boone (Joe); great- nieces, Tammy MacDonald (Bill), Karen Letham (Rob), Nancy Wiebe (Trevor), and Kathryn Pietryk and great-great nieces, Tori MacDonald, Jensen and Taylor Letham and great-great-nephew Brett MacDonald. He was predeceased by his parents, Apolonia and Nicholas Pietryk; sister Evelyn Slowik (Walter); brother Joe Pietryk (Edmee); and brother-in-law Michael Groch. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6 at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main St. with Fr. M. Gnutel officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery. The family thanks the nurses and support staff of Pembina Place for the love and attention they gave to Bill. He enjoyed their company immensely and was at home under their care. If desired, donations can be made in Bill's memory to St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation, D1003-409 Tache Ave., Winnipeg, MB.

 

HMCS LACHUTE

POLISCHUK, John - Peacefully, on July 14, 2003 at 5:27 p.m., John Polischuk passed away at West Park Manor with his family at his side. Beloved husband of Kate (nee Greenway) of 57 years. Johns memory will also be cherished by his three sons, Jack, Gerry and Jim. Jacks wife Marion and their children, Maureen (Hauman) with daughter Darya, Kathleen (Richard), Walter and Nathalia. Gerrys wife Karen and their children, Trevor and Melissa. John will also be sadly missed by his sister Jean Plant of Thunder Bay. John was born in Winnipeg on January 18, 1919, resided at 487 Basswood Pl. for over 50 years. He was predeceased by his parents Eva and Fred and his brother Victor. John was a faithful and quiet family man who was always eager to help his family. He was employed by the CNR from 1937 to 1984 as a boilermaker. John took time out to serve his country by joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939. He was Chief Petty Officer aboard the corvette HMCS Fennel in the North Atlantic. John was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Oak Leaf. In 1946 he was discharged and continued to serve with the naval reserve at HMCS Chippawa. The family would like to extend their warmest thanks and appreciation to Chaplain Ken Perry and the staff at West Park Manor. Memorial service will be held on Monday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of West Park Manor, 3199 Grant Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB.

 

HMCS FENNEL

PRESTON, Russell M., V/81442, Veteran of WW II, RCNVR - Suddenly in his 77th year, with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Mary Preston (nee Doughty) for 55 years. Father of Linda, David and Jo-Anne. Father-in-law of Cheeyen Lee-Tung. Proud grandfather of Andrew and Jordan Lee-Tung. Son of the late Stanley and Lillian Preston. Brother of Mary, Stan, Ken, Reg, Cliff, Muriel, Merle, Fred and the late Audrey, Helen and Had. Family will recieve friends at the W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby on Thursday, April 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, April 5, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service in the chapel on Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m. Interment Highland Memory Gardens, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

 

HMCS HAWKESBURY

RADFORD, Russel - Peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at Sudbury Regional Hospital at the age of 83 years. Loving husband of 59 years to Audrey. Beloved father of Doug (Denise), Russ (Laura), Jeanne Dumas (Gerald), Ken (Debbie) and Laura Harten (Roy). Cherished grandfather of Andrew, Erin, Josh, Tracey, Chris, Karen, Melissa, Sarah, Stephanie, Katherine, Gord, John, Heather, Sherri, Michael, Brandilyn, David, Jason, Sarah, Mandy, Beth, Emily and the late Eric. Great grandfather of many. Brother of Ethel Fletcher (late Gordon) and the late Evelyn DeGraw (Roy), Art (Grace), Helen Parr (Gord Weeks), Ron (Dorothy), George (Marjorie), Mary Caldwell (Ray) and Ruth Radford. Brother-in-law of Evelyn Roesler (late Ed) of Virginia and the late Stanley Cappellini (Pauline) of Pennsylvania. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Russel was involved with the community through Scouting, Tyros, St. Johns Ambulance, Navel Vets Association, a Legion member, Newman Foundation & Cadet Corps and a member of Willowgrove United Church. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Thursday, June 9, 2005 from 6-9 and again on Friday, June 10, 2005 at Willowgrove United Church from11:45 am -12:45 pm. Funeral service on Friday, June 10, 2005 at Willowgrove United Church at 1 pm. Rev. Bruce McLiesh officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS HEPATICA

REDSHAW, Robert Leslie - After a lengthy illness; died peacefully with family at his side, on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. Loving and devoted husband to the late Dorothy Ann (Levine) and beloved father to Robert Alan Bob and his wife Lynda, Dr. James Douglas and his wife Evelyn, Leslie Ann and her husband Michael Orr. Cherished grandfather of Janice, Jeff and Tim Redshaw, Heather and Christopher Orr; devoted brother to Ruth Morley, Myrna Toke and Roland Sonny Redshaw and predeceased by beloved sisters Jackie Waldron, Doris Brophey, Joan Jackson and Edith Gerlie Deans, and brothers Gordon, John, Albert and parents John Herbert Redshaw and Gertrude Miriam Barnett. A dearly missed brother-in-law to Ruby, and Betty Redshaw, Tom Waldron, Bill Brophey, Sonny Toke and Murray Jackson. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Born in Montreal, Les was a WWII Royal Canadian Navy Veteran and Leading Seaman on Corvettes, most notably the HMCS Giffard. Relocating to Toronto in the mid-1950's Les was a successful businessman; first as a rope salesman and later owning his own safety-belt business. Les moved his family to Ballantrae in 1972. He was a gentle bear who taught us love of family, responsibility and the value of a dollar. His wonderful genuine personality and sense of humour will be greatly missed by all. Gratitude goes to the Nurses and staff of Southlake Residential Care Village 3 East, for their compassionate care. Service to be held at PINE HILLS VISITATION, CHAPEL AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Road, Toronto, on Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of York Region or Southlake Residential Care Village, 3rd Floor East, in lieu of flowers.

 

HMCS GIFFARD

REGAMEY, Marc Stephen (15 May 1920 - 27 Mar 2009) - It is with great sadness, the family of Marc Regamey, announce his passing on the afternoon of March 27, 2009. Survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Julie; children, Barbra (Peter) McDonald, Marc (Sherry Dahl) Regamey, Rebecca (Douglas) Trapp, Donald Baril, and Dee Hobbs; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as his brothers John Regamey, Philip (Sonya) Regamey and sister Jackie (Earl) Beck. Marc was predeceased by his first wife Joan Patricia (Kinsey) in 1984. Born in Switzerland, he immigrated to Canada at age 2. During WWII Marc served aboard the Corvette, HMCS Galt and made many hazardous North Atlantic crossings while protecting the re-supply convoys bound for Europe. A carpenter all his life, many familiar local buildings bear testament to Marcs' talent and skill. Marc continued to work with wood until the last several years, when failing eyesight and health made it impossible. The family thanks the staff at Rosedale for their care and compassion and would like to join with you, family and friends, in a service to his memory on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Howard & McBride Chapel of Chimes (10179 - 108 Street). In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the SPCA in memory of Marc's love of animals.

 

HMCS GALT

REID, William Peter - Eighty-two, of Falmouth, Hants Co., passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 in the QEII Halifax Infirmary Site. Born in Rougemont, Quebec, he was the son of the late William and Bertha (Wright) Reid. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, aboard HMCS Huron and HMCS Dunvegan. After the war he worked at Canada Customs in Hemmingford, Quebec and Windsor, Nova Scotia. Peter always enjoyed meeting people so after his retirement in 1987 he began working part-time at Lohnes-DeMont Funeral Home, where he still continued to help out in his spare time. He was an active member of Windsor United Baptist Church and the Gideons. In recent years Peter joined the Trecothic Creek & Windsor Railway and became an active model railroader. He is survived by his sister, Edna Reid, Chateauguay, Quebec; daughter, Karla Lynch, Upper Rawdon; son, John, Dartmouth; stepson, William Winter, Hemmingford, Quebec; stepdaughter, Linda Lawton, Bridgetown; and their spouses; grandchildren, Jason, Sarah, Amy, Adrienne, Matthew, Andrew and Brittany; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Victoria, Brianna, Gabriel and Emma-Joan. He was predeceased by his wife, Amy (Donnelly) and stepson, James Winter. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317), where the family will receive visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 27. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 28, in Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Chapel, Rev. Jeffrey White officiating. A reception will follow the service in the funeral home's Elmcroft Reception Centre. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Peter may be made to Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation-A1 Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 5850 College Street, Halifax, NS B3H 4H7 or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS HURON

ROBINSON, William Edward (Hap) - 90, Halifax, and a summer resident of Hubbards, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Margaret Ann "Madge" Brennan (1888-1949), formerly of St. John's, N.L., and William "Tanky" Robinson (1870-1932), formerly of Halifax, who owned Robinson's Ferry and Boathouse at the end of South Street, next to the Northwest Arm Rowing Club. Bill was a Ham Radio operator (VE1NP) from the age of 16. Bill volunteered in 1939 for active duty during the Second World War, holding the position of leading telegraphist. Bill served on many ships, the longest stints being on the Prince David, the Hepatica and the Louisburg. He was a survivor of the original HMCS Louisburg which was sunk in the Mediterranean. He retired from the navy in 1945 and shortly thereafter Bill married Teresa Marjorie Johnson of Mill Cove. He joined Maritime Tel & Tel in 1945, retiring as a manager in 1980. He was involved for several years as a member of the executive and union negotiator in the IBEW Local 1030. Bill was a very active civic volunteer. He was an avid golfer and member of Chester Golf Club. Bill was a keen reader, who loved spending time with his family at their cottage in Hubbards. Bill and his wife, Marjorie, had an open door policy at both their homes in Thornhill Park and Mar-Bill Castle in Hubbards. Both residences were always spilling over with laughter, tea, cards and food. Bill was a super father and grandfather. He was the kind of person who maintained friendships from childhood, career and community throughout his life. He enjoyed meeting new people and learning new things. Bill thought he was very blessed to daily share his life with his grandchildren, Dakota and Cheyenne. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, Bill will be sadly missed but never forgotten for his humour, kindness, strength of will and willingness to help all. Bill is survived by his daughters, Rosanne Marjorie (Dale) Coates, Prospect; Kathy Jane (Tim) Martin, Harrietsfield; cherished and honoured grandchildren, Dakota and Cheyenne, Prospect; Landon, Alberta; brother, John "Jack" (Sem) Robinson; sister, Alice McGinn, British Columbia; sisters-in-law, Violet Marie (Johnson) (Jack) Carter, Joanne (Johnson) (Don) Eldershaw, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He loved his family and friends dearly. He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa "Marjorie" (Johnson), and brothers, Ron, Hal and Jim. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, in Emmanuel Anglican Church, Spryfield, with a reception to follow in Emmanuel Church Hall. His ashes will be committed to the sea during a naval ceremony at a later date. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS HEPATICA, HMCS LOUISBURG

SANGER, Herbert Edgar - Peacefully on August 18, 2009, at the age of 91, Herb Sanger passed away with his family by his side. Herb was born in Winnipeg to William and Margaret Sanger on January 6, 1918 and attended Lord Roberts and Kelvin High Schools. To further his education, he went to Success Business College. He commenced working at the Standard Chemical Company in 1937 and then in 1938 started with the City of Winnipeg in the Treasury Department. After serving three years with the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War on North Atlantic Convoys aboard the H.M.C.S. Eyebright as a Leading Coder, Herb returned home to work once again with the City of Winnipeg, transferring to the City Clerk's Office in 1945. He served originally as a Committee Clerk and through hard work served in each position in the Department. In 1976, he was appointed City Clerk and served in this capacity as head of the department until his retirement in 1979. During his 41 year career, he also served as Secretary of the Mayors and Reeves Association for ten years and gained considerable knowledge of community affairs in the Winnipeg area. In his younger days, Herb was quite active in many sports, particularly with the Civics and the Home Provisioners Fastball Teams. He was also on the Executive of the Winnipeg Senior Fastball League. Herb also served on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators for many years. In 1966 he was awarded the A.W. Goodbody Prize having attained the highest marks in the British Commonwealth for research and paper on taxation. In keeping with his life's work with City Council, Herb, after retirement kept a keen interest in City Hall activities. He met over lunch regularly with other retired City Clerks office staff until his health no longer permitted. Herb also enjoyed reading, playing bridge, gardening and travelling with Mary to many different countries. He leaves to mourn, his beloved wife Mary, with whom he shared 63 happy years, his son John Sanger, daughter Peggy Madden, grandchildren Andrew Sanger and Wayne Sanger (wife Sara) and nieces Judy Whiteway (Bill), Janice Redden (Terry), Ginny Huovinen (Jarmo) and Lori Pownall and nephew Eddy Gladu (Val). Recently, Herb had been associated with St. Chad's Church and the Reverend Gordon Shields has been requested to conduct the service. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so wish, a donation may be given to the Herbert and Mary Sanger Fund of the Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 -1 Lombard Avenue. Pleasant dreams, Dad Thomson In the Park.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT

SAUNDERS, Harry Earle - The death of Harry E. Saunders of Saint John, formerly of Hampton occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on February 22, 2004. He was born in New River, NB and was the son of the late Benjamin P. Saunders and Alice J. Cox and husband of Mae (Killam) Saunders and the late Helen Marjorie (Silliphant) Saunders. Harry was a veteran of WW II and served as a signalman in the Royal Canadian Navy overseas from 1939-1944, on the HMCS Fennel. He was a member of the Main Brace Navel Veterans Association, was a former member of the Westfield Golf and Country Club and Hampton Golf and Country Club. Besides his wife he is survived by one son William "Benny" Saunders, four daughters Barbara (Raymond) Wasson, Gail Mabey, Norah Mawhinney, Nancy Saunders and two stepchildren Marilyn (David) Bradford, Bill (Corinne) Killam. Also survived by grand children, Shelley, Susan, Jackie, Billy, Robbie, Sherry, Sean, Shane, Shannen, Hilary, step grandchildren Dawn, David, Peter, Stephen and eighteen great grandchildren and three nieces. Predeceased by four sisters and three brothers. Resting at the A.W. Cavanagh Funeral Home, 91 Leinster Street (634-1712), with visiting on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A tribute to a veteran service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7p.m. The funeral service will be held in Cavanagh's chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m. followed by a reception. Following cremation a private family burial will take place on Friday in Cedar Hill Extension Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Kidney Foundation or the charity of choice.

 

HMCS FENNEL

SAVOY, Murray Albert - 84 of Dalhousie, NB, died on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Born in Dalhousie, he was the son of the late Peter A. and Florine (Valdron) Savoy. Murray joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 16, serving mostly on the corvette HMCS Halifax performing convoy duty. He sailed across the Atlantic countless times between ports in Canada, the UK, Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Azores. After the war, he returned to Dalhousie and worked at the NBIP mill until retirement in 1987. Murray married Lillian Cantin in 1952 and became the father of three children Kevin, Sharon and Shelley. Murray was active in a variety of community and sports organizations, including the Royal Canadian Legion's Dalhousie branch. But outside of his family, golf was his true passion. Murray was a former president and lifetime member of the Restigouche Golf and Country Club. He was a natural at all sports and games and was well known in the Dalhousie area. In later years after Murray was predeceased by Lillian in 1993, Murray's life focused on his growing family, golf and wintering in Florida. He was also predeceased by a sister Dorothy and four brothers Howard, Willard, Wallace and Richard. He is survived by three children, Kevin (Denise) of Dalhousie, Sharon (Michael) of Toronto and Shelley (Henrick) of Ottawa, and eight grandchildren Geoffrey, Kristopher, Alastair, Emily, Todd, Patrick, Tristan, and Annika, a sister Vivian and a special friend Vera Wood. Resting at Maher's Funeral Home, 421 Victoria Street in Dalhousie, on Tuesday April 13th from 2 to 4pm, 7 to 9pm and on Wednesday from 9:30am until time of funeral. The funeral service will be held from the Saint John Bosco Church in Dalhousie on Wednesday April 14th at 11am followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke foundation would be appreciated by his family. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Maher's Funeral Home, Dalhousie.

 

HMCS HALIFAX

SCHARF, Clayton (Red), WWII Veteran - EB Eddy Co. Retired Peacefully at the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre on Thursday, October 4, 2007 in his 91st year. Son of the late William Edmond and Mary Jane Scharf. Loving husband and best friend of over 60 years of Aldean (nee Chambers). Adored father of Kevin (Debbie). Cherished grandfather of Erin, Megan and Shawn. Dear brother of Alton (Marjorie) and Muriel Carwardine (Jim). Predeceased by brothers Ernest, Earl, Delmer, Harris and Wallace and by sisters Olive, Edna, Hazel and Inez. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore Dr. and Baseline Road), Nepean on Friday, October 5th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Following the reception interment will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kanata. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society.

 

HMCS HALIFAX

SCHOLEFIELD, Donald - Passed away at The Carpenter Hospice, Burlington after a battle with cancer on Friday October 11, 2013 in his 94th year. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Betty (nee Dafoe), his daughters Patti (Bruce) McFadyen, Toni Scholefield (Eric), Kim Scholefield (Rick), and Lori (Gary) Mountford, grandchildren Jim (Mia), Courtney (Frank), April, Lewis, and Lydia, great grandchildren Eiva, and Elliot, brother in law Bill MacLaren, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Percy and Minnie, and siblings Jack (Ann), Bob (Dorothy), Bettie, Audrey (Bob), and sister in law Peggy (Jack). Don was born in Leicester, England and came to Canada at the age of six. His family settled in Montreal. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of twenty and proudly served as an aircraft gunner aboard the HMCS Giffard through the Battle of the Atlantic. After his five years in the Navy, with peace restored, he and his brothers Jack and Bob started Laurentide Aviation in 1946, a successful flying school that taught many people to fly over the years. In the 1970's it became the largest flying school in Canada. In 2004 the three Scholefield brothers were inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame. In 1985 Don and Betty moved to Ontario and settled in Burlington. Don is currently a member of the BurlOak Naval Association, the RCNA, Halton Naval Association, and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 where he recently received his 40 year pin. Over the years Betty and Don were great travelers and saw a lot of the world. Don had a great sense of humour and could keep us entertained with many stories! Thank you to Dr. William Evans, Joseph Brant Hospital, and to the wonderful staff at Sunrise where Don spent the summer, who all make their tough jobs seem easy. Also, thank you to the Carpenter Hospice where Don was treated with care and respect. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday October 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. Interment, Burlington Memorial Gardens. If desired, as an expression of sympathy donations to The Carpenter Hospice, or Burl Oak Naval Veterans would be sincerely appreciated by the family. We love you, and we will miss you!

 

HMCS GIFFARD

SEREDA , Joseph (02 May 1920 - 04 Jan 2010) - It is with very sad hearts that we announce Joe's passing at 89 years of age. Joe was born in Roundhill, Alberta, and was raised, schooled, and played Bantam hockey in Riverdale community in Edmonton. When World War II broke out, he volunteered to serve his country as an Able Seaman in the Battle of the Atlantic, crossing the ocean several dozen times on destroyer escorts, mostly on the HMCS Fredericton. He fell in love with Olga "Tiny" Lewko when he met her at a dance while on leave. He was a great dancer and later, he and Tiny entered and won various dance contests. In 1945, he returned home to Edmonton and married Tiny. Their first child, Linda Adele, was born in 1946, and Gregory Joseph followed in 1947. Joe pursued his career as a provincial highway patrol officer mainly in the Lethbridge region for many years, ultimately gaining the position of head of the Highway Traffic Board in Calgary. After thirty-seven years with the service, he retired, and he and Tiny spent many years volunteering in the community, opening their hearts and home to family, friends, and those in need. Together they pursued golf, travel, and, most especially, spending time with their grandchildren Kelly Christopher and Leslie Jill, as they grew to adulthood. Although Tiny passed away in 2006, she left her love and her heart to Joe and the family, and to her as yet unborn great-grandchildren. Joe had the delight of seeing two wonderful great-granddaughters, Amanda Jordan and Alyssa Morgan, being born and bless him with their joy and happiness. He was past president of the Huntington Hills Community Association and the Alberta Retired Civil Servants Association, and was a member of the Calgary Numismatic Society, Calgary Corvette Club, the Calgary Senior Men's Club and the Legion. Joe is survived by his sister Jean Woroschuk, Edmonton; children Linda Sereda, Los Angeles, and Greg Sereda (Diane), Chestermere; grandchildren Kelly Sereda (Jamie), Calgary, Leslie Bradshaw (Rob), Calgary; and great-grandchildren, Amanda and Alyssa Bradshaw, Calgary. A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at Foster's Garden Chapel, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe's memory, may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB.

 

HMCS FREDERICTON

SILVESTER, Henry - The Rev. Harry Silvester passed away peacefully on June 23, 2013 at the age of 93. He will be missed by his sons Harry (Catherine), Bill (Winnie), Ken (Jokie), Tim (Catherina), 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, his brother Jim, brother-in-law Steve and many nieces, nephews and friends. Harry was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in December 1919 and immigrated to Canada in 1921 with his mother to join his father in Winnipeg. He enlisted in RCNVR in 1936 and was amongst the first called up when war was declared in 1939. He served in the Battle of the Atlantic throughout most of the war and afterwards remained in the RCN until he retired in 1965 as Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He was ordained in the Anglican Church and served the West Coast Mission in Tofino and Ucluelet before being transferred in 1968 to the combined parishes of Sooke, Port Renfrew and Metchosin. In 1974 his duties were confined to St. Mary the Virgin in Metchosin. He also served as Padre for the Legion and Chief's & P.O.'s Association. He retired again in 1987. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eleanor, in December 2010. There will be a memorial service for Dad at 1 pm, June 28, 2013, at St. Mary of the Incarnation, 4125 Metchosin Road, Rev. John McQuarrie officiating. Many thanks to the staff at Victoria General Hospital. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to www.cysticfibrosis.ca or www.diabetes.ca

 

     

Biography of Henry Silvester

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WINNIPEG HALF COMPANY RCNVR, DEMS HANNINGTON COURT, HMCS NADEN, HMCS WOLF, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS FOREST HILL, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS QU'APPELLE

SMITH, Howard - died peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, on December 31, 2013. Born in Sambro on June 27, 1921, he was a son of Mable Gilkie and Frederick Smith. Howard was a veteran of WWII, performing escort duty as a gunnery officer between Newfoundland and Ireland on HMCS Drumheller and Peterborough, and patrolling the St. Lawrence on a Q boat. In 1943, Howard met the love of his life, Sadie MacMullen, through his best friend and future brother-in-law, Russell Hamm. Sadie and Howard were married in 1946. Following the end of the war, Howard studied carpentry, working initially for Lawrence Construction and under Rex Burgess, and later founding his own home building business. He was very proud of the homes he built, including all of his own and many others throughout the Fleming Heights area of Halifax and other parts of the city. In his later years, he enjoyed driving around inspecting homes under construction, having admiration for quality and a critical eye for shoddy workmanship. When the economic climate worsened around 1960, Howard turned to other labours, managing the Port Hawkesbury Motel for a few years and then joining L. E. Shaw Limited in 1963, where he worked in sales until his retirement in 1986. Howard enjoyed reminiscing about the many guests and dignitaries who stayed at the motel during his time as manager there, and was always a loyal company man who spoke fondly of the Shaw Family. Howard had a deep love of all things outdoors and sporting. He was an avid hunter of rabbit, pheasant, duck and deer and had many happy and often funny stories of sharing these endeavors with friends. He enjoyed both fly and deep sea (sword) fishing, and was as comfortable on the water as he was on land. In 1956 Howard took up a hobby that became a passion – competitive skeet and trap shooting. An accomplished marksman, Howard won many maritime championships. In his retirement, he took up golf for the first time, scoring a hole-in-one on a Par 3 course on more than one occasion, and often lamenting that he hadn't started golfing earlier in his life. Camping was a favourite family activity for decades, from traveling with a tent or camper trailer to a more permanent set-up in Sherwood Forest Camping Park. Howard loved country and bluegrass music. He had numerous musician friends and enjoyed many an evening at home, playing the guitar with them and sharing some food and drink, and in later years, going to concerts by local artists and especially to hear his good friends, Alan Spinney, and the Spinney Brothers. Howard valued integrity and hard work, one of the last of a dying breed where a handshake was as good as a contract. A 'man's man' but with a soft heart, Howard would easily tear up when speaking of his family or the things he admired (Yes, Dad, we noticed.) Howard was a vital man, sharp of mind, until he suffered a brain injury after a fall on October 30th. In the delirium following, he would speak of all the things he enjoyed as if they were there or happening – Sambro Island, lobster traps, Cape Breton, dogs, ducks, guns and musicians, assuring us that he was in a contented place. He is survived by Sadie, his wife of 67 years; beloved daughters, Donna (Wayne) Comeau, Denise (Colin Davey); cherished grandchildren Wayne (Lori) Comeau, Francesca and Olivia Rhodes; adored great grand-daughter Rebecca Comeau, all of Halifax; brother, Gerald Wagner, Whycocomagh and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Bertha and brother, Harold. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 3 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, (455-0531). Funeral service will be at 11 am on Saturday, January 4, 2014, in Emmanuel Anglican Church, 322 Herring Cove Road.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER, HMCS PETERBOROUGH

SPENCER, Donald Milford - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Donald Milford Spencer on February 2, 2012 in Estevan, Sk. Donald was born on October 25, 1918 in the Glen Ewen district, to Bill and Rachel Spencer. He came into this world in the midst of a raging flu epidemic at the end of WWI. He received all his schooling at Glen Ewen. Times were tough in the aftermath of the Dirty Thirties, so further schooling was impossible from a financial standpoint. He took a position with the local meat market and worked as a butcher for a few years. In 1940, he was accepted for naval training and spent the next 5 years in Her Majesty's Service training at HMCS Naden on the west coast. He was posted to HMCS Kamloops for two months prior to spending the next four years at sea aboard the HMCS Antigonish frigate. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Glen Ewen, at which time he entered into the farm implement business with his Dad. He operated Spencer Farm Equipment for the next 28 years. He also farmed a half section of land during this time. After leaving the business in the late 70's, he served as the Glen Ewen postmaster until retirement. In 1955, he married Doreen Curle and had two children, Junanne and Kevin. During the 49 years spent in Glen Ewen, Don's passion was gardening, and with each year, his gardens grew bigger and produce flourished. Don and Doreen took great pride in their yard and gardens and this was the basis of both a great deal of enjoyment and hard work for many years. Don was interested in sports of all kinds, however, focused on baseball as his number one, with hockey a close second. He played junior baseball for two years with the Estevan Maple Leafs and spent several seasons playing senior ball with both Glen Ewen and Carnduff. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and played for their farm team in Portage, MB. There was no money in playing hockey during those years and his folks could not afford to let him remain with the sport. Throughout his life, Don continued his enjoyment of sports in general and was an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. Over the years, Don and Doreen made numerous trips to attend ball games in both Toronto and Minneapolis. In 2000, Don and Doreen moved to Humboldt to be closer to family. After Doreen's passing in 2004, he remained in Humboldt and could either be found at a garage sale or a Muenster Red Sox ball game. In 2008, due to failing health, Don returned to Oxbow and lived with Jackie and family until he moved into the Estevan Regional Nursing Home in 2010. Don is survived and lovingly remembered by his children; Junanne Spencer of Prince Albert, Sk, and Kevin (Carolyne) Spencer of Burr, Sk; granddaughter, Jackie Spencer (Vince Parker) of Oxbow, Sk; great grandsons, Cole Spencer and Carter Morrice of Oxbow, Sk; brother-in-law, Gerald Curle of Carnduff, Sk. He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen Spencer (nee Curle); parents, Bill and Rachel Spencer. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at the Glen Ewen Cemetery on May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Memorial Donations in Don's Memory can be made to the Glen Ewen Cemetery Fund or the New Estevan Regional Nursing Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, Sk. " Dad. You will be missed!"

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS KAMLOOPS, HMCS ANTIGONISH

STEPHEN, John (Jack) McKay - Peacefully on February 22, 2006 at 89 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Grace. Loving father of Sandra and husband David Pravica of North Carolina, and Gary and wife Lisa Stephen and his only granddaughter Maxine Stephen, all of Vancouver, B.C. He is also survived by his younger brother, Ronald Stephen, his sister, Lorraine Thomas (husband Johnny), both of Windsor, and Jack Stephens (wife Alexandra) of Michigan, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Jack was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 11, 1916 and came to Canada when he was 11 years old. He married Grace Helen Belleperche on April 25, 1942. He served in World War II on the HMCS Hunter. He was a kind, gentle, loving husband and the most wonderful father, and a very talented artist. He will be immensely missed by his large family, neighbours, friends and the staff at Extendicare at Southwood Lakes. If you so desire, donations to the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre, MRI Campaign, Humane Society, and Jazz Purr Society would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Sunday 2 - 4pm and 7 - 9pm, Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service Committee, Sunday 7:30pm. Funeral Monday 12:30pm at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute (969-5841), 3260 Dougall Rd. Cremation to follow.

 

HMCS HUNTER, HMCS DRUMHELLER

TAGGART, James, RCNVR 1942-1944, North Atlantic - P.ENG. Retired System Mechanical Officer (Motive Power), CN Rail Special advisor, Canadian Transport Commission, 1977 to 1988 President, James Taggart Consulting Services, 1984 to 1988 1944, Born Glasgow, Scotland, March 29, 1917 Peacefully in hospital on Friday, February 24, 2006 in this 89th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (Humphrey); dear father of Jim (Susan) and Doug (Kim); loving grandfather of Amanda, Michael, Joanne, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Gordon; and great-grandfather of Lily, all of Kanata. Also survived by sister Margaret Stoddard of Cleveland, OH; brother-in-law Basil Humphrey (Dorothy) of Thunder Bay; sisters-in-law, Jean St. Mars of Winnipeg and Cynthia Croucher (Don) of Capistrano Beach, CA and many nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States. James joined the Mechanical Department of CN Rail in 1936, enlisting in RCNVR in 1942. He served on corvettes HMCS Midland and HMCS Dunvegan until the end of the Second World War. After discharge, he attended the University of Manitoba graduating in 1949 with a BSc., Mechanical Engineering, returning to CN Rail from which he retired in 1976. The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff of the trauma and intensive care units at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd. (between Baseline Road and Bayshore Drive), Nepean, ON on Monday, February 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation followed by interment of cremated remains at Beechwood Cemetery (National Military Cemetery) at a later date. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS MIDLAND

TAYLOR, Edward (Penn) - Passed away peacefully at Inglewood Care Centre on the evening of April 29, 2004, just days before his 91st birthday. Predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou; brothers, Donald, Jack and Bob, and daughter-in-law Nancy. He is survived by sons, Ross and Gary (Pat); granddaughters, Gillian (Scott), Kim (Scott), Stephanie and Justine; great-granddaughters, Gemma and Gracie, and step-grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Melissa, and Chris. Born in Vancouver, Penn began a lifetime passion for sailing as a boy in Caulfield in the 1920's. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy throughout WWII, and spent the latter years in command of the Corvette HMCS "Galt" before returning home in 1945, settling in West Vancouver with his wife and sons in their home of 50+ years on Nelson Avenue. Penn built a successful career for himself with Horne, Taylor & Co., Insurance Agents but always enjoyed time aboard the Corsair 1 as member of both the West Vancouver and Royal Vancouver Yacht Clubs. An avid skier, he could be spotted on the slopes at Whistler, where he enjoyed a cabin with his son's families, with his granddaughters and the "O.G.B.'s" well in to his 70's. In his later years, Penn welcomed the chance to "escape" retirement home living for a pint with friends at the #60 Legion, where he will be remembered by many. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the staff at both West Van and Inglewood Care Centres. Donations to a charity of your choice is requested in lieu of flowers. A reception in his memory will be held on Thursday, May 20th from 4 - 7pm at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.

 

HMCS GALT

TESSIER, Cyrille Antoine Jules McKenzie (Mack) (07 Jun 1918 - 11 Aug 2014)  - Son of Joachim Tessier and Ninette Painchaud. Predeceased by his brother Charles and sisters Simone (Herbert Hartley), Lucille (Marc Donohue) and Marcelle (Ken Johnson) Mack will be missed by his brother Andre (Marthe). Also left to mourn will be a host of nieces and nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Served as an instructor in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1943. Then sea duty on board HMCS Drumheller for North Atlantic patrol and escort duty as well the Normandy Invasion. As a great Badmignton fan and player (Montreal Badmington & Squash Club) Mack was very active in the sport. Visitation will be held Sunday August 17 at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Homes 222 Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire, H9S 3X6 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A Church service will be held Monday August 18 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joachim Church, 2 Ave. Sainte-Anne, Pointe-Claire, H9S 4P5. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS DRUMHELLER

THOMSON, Alexander (Alex) (Sandy) - passed away in the early morning hours peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre, on September 29, 2013. Sandy was born on July 11, 1922 at the Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg. Sandy was predeceased by his wife Ethel, his son Tommy, his parents William and Rella Thomson, and Enid McKay. Sandy is survived by his daughter Geraldine Gledhill, his son Garry and wife Susan, granddaughter Tracey Gledhill, grandson Grahame Thomson. Sandy received his education in St. James in Winnipeg. After finishing high school Sandy joined the RCNVR in April, 1942 and served on the HMCS Rimouski, the Lethbridge, the Truro, the New Glasgow, and the Snowberry. Sandy was a sonar operator and served 1283 days with 862 days on active service overseas serving in the North Atlantic and the France to Germany run as well in the United Kingdom. Sandy received his honourable discharge in September 1945. Sandy was extremely proud of his Navel Service. After the war Sandy drove Taxi for Moore's until he started his own Taxi company having a fleet of four cars. Sandy then went into the trucking industry and travelled all over Canada and the United States for many years. Sandy then went to drive for Grey Goose Bus Lines where he drove on regular runs and charters. He also drove for Eagle and Southern Bus Lines returning to Grey Goose until his retirement. Sandy was a member of the Winnipeg White Ensign Club where he was president from 1990 to 1994. He was also a Shriner and a member of the Vintage Car Club. Sandy was a Legion member for 60 years at #4 Legion St. James. Sandy was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Free Masonry. Sandy was a kind hearted person who was always ready to help those in need. Sandy will be missed by all who knew him. Service will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with a viewing prior to service. Interment will be in the Garden of Last Supper, Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

 

HMCS LETHBRIDGE, HMCS RIMOUSKI, HMCS SNOWBERRY, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS TRURO

THWAITES, Harold Morton (19 Ap 1925 - 11 Jun 2010) - passed away bravely at the age of 85. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1943, serving on HMCS Eyebright on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic until August 1945. Harold spent thirty-eight years in the general insurance industry, in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. He retired in Calgary in 1988. On March 3, 1983 he married Alice Jean Butler in Calgary. Jean predeceased him on April 9, 2000. Harold and Jean spent their retirement years happily traveling in their motor home. He is survived by his son Harold (Hal) Thwaites, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, stepdaughter, Linda Edser (Alan) of Kelowna and stepson, Ward Butler (Kathy) of Calgary. Special thanks to the Palliative Care Team and the staff and volunteers at the Agape Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1B8. Donations in Harold's memory may be sent to the Agape Hospice.

 

HMCS EYEBRIGHT

TURNBULL, John Edward (Jack), V32450, Sto 1c, RCNVR - Crossed the Bar in 1991

 

HMCS DUNDAS

VANDERVOORT, Earle Henry, WW 2 Veteran - Peacefully in his sleep, at his residence in Brampton, on Monday, May 9th, 2005 at the age of 82 years. Earle, beloved husband of Jeannette (née Kortan.) Loving father of Troy and his wife Nancy, Tammy and her husband Russell, and Jason and his wife Lenore, all of Brampton. Cherished grandpa of Oliver, Jillian, Devin, Nikolas, Cory and Olivia. Dear brother of the late Jenny DOIG. The family will receive Friends at the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 289 Main St. N., 905-451-1100, on Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday, Service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Cremation. In memory of Earle, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

 

HMCS FRONTENAC

WALLACE, Ron - The family of Ron Wallace announces with great sadness the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Ron, 91, died peacefully at his home of 50 years on Bloomingdale Terrace, Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 20, 2008 surrounded by his loving family. Ron will be deeply missed by his cherished wife, the former Patricia McColough, son-in-law Bill Presse, husband of Ron's eldest daughter Barbara, who predeceased him in 2005, and children Suzanne (Don Presse), Mary Beth (Adam Antczak), Ian (Gail Hogan), Mark (Anita Lorelli) and Jennifer (Sergei Shirokov), and grandchildren Andrew, Nick, Allison, Barbara, Ian, Elizabeth, Stuart, Claire, Duncan, Kate, Kevin, Jack, Julia and Jacqueline, and by sisters Ruth, Mona and Eleanor. Ron was beloved by many for much but was primarily defined by his love of family. He said marrying his wife Patricia 60 years ago was the smartest thing he ever did. Every day, he was uplifted and fulfilled by the love and devotion of his wife and children. Ron treasured his 14 grandchildren, sharing his love of literature and poetry with them, taking pride in their accomplishments and providing them with endless hours of fun at the family cottage in Queensland. Throughout his long and prolific life, Ron made immeasurable contributions to his city and country. Professionally, he was an optometrist who owned and operated Wallace Optometrists. He was also an accomplished athlete, elected to the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame for his many boxing accomplishments. In 1937, he was the Maritime Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight Inter-Collegiate Boxing Champion and Maritime Open Middleweight Champion. Ron also contributed his leadership and talents to military service, graduating from Royal Roads Naval Academy and serving as Gunnery Officer on HMCS Dunvegan in the North Atlantic, and HMCS Loch Morlich in the English Channel from 1942-1945. Outside of family, Ron's deepest passion was for politics and community service. He was the Liberal MLA for Halifax Citadel from 1970-78 and the longest-serving Mayor of Halifax, elected for four terms from 1980-91. Ron also left a lasting legacy for his community as a founding board member of Pier 21, and as a board member of the Discovery Centre, Old Burial Grounds and Waegwoltic Club. He also served as Honourary Vice President of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Chair of the capital campaign for construction of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and St. Vincent's Guest House. He was public relations coordinator for the United Appeal and the Knights of Columbus. For his remarkable public service and leadership, Ron was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2001, and awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from Saint Mary's University in 1995. Ron firmly believed that: "Life is God's gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to God." Ron's life was indeed a great gift to God, as well as to his family, who were so blessed by his unending devotion, and to the many, many people whose lives he touched. Ron's family expresses their sincere gratitude to Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, his team and the staff of Unit 8.4 of the Halifax Infirmary. Donations may be made to "The Barbara Presse Courage and Confidence Scholarship", by cheque to the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, 5820 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 1X8, or on-line at www.shsh.ca Funeral mass 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Oxford St., Halifax. Reception to follow at Halifax Hall, City Hall, Argyle St.

 

HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS LOCH MORLICH

WATSON, Charles William - Passed away peacefully in Victoria on October 14, 2009 surrounded by family. Charlie was the second child born to Mabel and Charles Watson on March 1, 1924 in Victoria BC. He served on the HMCS Kamloops from 1943 to 1945, escorting convoys between St. John's NLFD and Londonderry, Ireland. While based in St. John's, he met Bessie Maude Penney and they were married on July 6, 1944. After the war they settled in Victoria where they built a house on Cook St. and, in 1962, moved to their current home. Dad worked for Bapco Paint and the City of Victoria before spending most of his working days at New Method Dry Cleaning. He served with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for ten years, retiring in 1984. He was an active Sea Cadet, Sea Scout and Boy Scout Leader for many years. Dad thoroughly enjoyed his lifelong hobbies of model railroading, model ship-building and wood working. We all cherish the wonderful wooden toys and garden ornaments he crafted for us. His siblings Jean (Williams), Violet (Bissett), Iris (Emerson) predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Bessie, his three sons Arthur (Karen), Russel (Betty), Bruce (Kim); grandchildren; John (Maria), David, Sheila Mansell (Matthew), Andrew, Brenda Jordison (Rob), Adam and Kyle; and great-grandchildren Taylor, Ty, Michael, Katelyn, Emma and Logan, and many other family and friends. Dad you were a very gentle and caring husband and father. We miss you so dearly. Many thanks to the staff of Beacon Services and VIHA for their care. Service to be held at First Memorial Funeral Services , 4725 Falaise Drive, Royal Oak on Thursday, October 22 at 10:00AM. Internment to follow at Veterans (God's Acre) Cemetery. For those so wishing, donations may be made to Scouts Canada (by calling 1-888-855-3336 ext. 298) or the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS KAMLOOPS

WHITE, Edward, Officer, RCN - died 1992

 

HMCS LEVIS

WILLETTS, John Harold (Jack) - beloved husband of Barbara of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Jack was born April 16, 1925 in Hillcrest, AB to Norman and Elizabeth. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Fergus and was an engineer for CP Rail, retiring in 1985 after forty-three years of service. Jack married Barbara, the love of his life, in 1949 and became the proud father of Jacqueline (Mark) Van Fossen and Deborah (Tom) Benedict. He will also be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Kelly (Jenna), Karen (Trent) and Josh; great-grandson Britton; siblings, Norma and Walter (Norma); as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Jack was predeceased by his grandson Edward Van Fossen and brother Ken. He enjoyed travel, golf, spending time with his family and a good practical joke. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. The family kindly requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, No. 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6. In living memory of John Willetts, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS FERGUS

WILLIAMS, Walter (Henry) - Following a number of years of convalescence at the Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus on Wednesday September 4th, 2002. Walter Williams of Fergus formerly of Beaver Ave, Toronto in his 82 year. Dear brother of Margaret and her husband John Alliston of Fergus. Loved uncle of Virginia, Patricia, Jim, Bradley and Guy. Walter will also be missed by his sister in law Georgina Williams of Toronto. Pre-deceased by his brothers Norman and Gordon. Walter was a employee and drove bus and subway for the T.T.C. for over 33 years. He also served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the second world war and his last ship was the H.M.C.S. Lindsay. The family will receive their friends at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home and chapel, 280 St. David St., S. Fergus from 7-9 P.M. on Friday September 6th. Complete service will be held in the chapel on Saturday September 7th at 2:00 P. M. with Pastor Peter Lisinski officiating at the service. Interment will be held in the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto on Tuesday September 10th. Remembrance to the Groves Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS LINDSAY

WITHERS, Kenneth Roy (28 Apr 1925 - 24 Sep 2010) - At the age of 85, Ken left us after a long illness. Left to mourn are his beloved wife of 61 years, Molly (Wallace Eggett) and his 13 children: Linda Howarth (Ed), Earl (Karen), Drake, Roy (Joan), Joseph (Judy Grant), Ross (Evonne), Leslie Couture (Pat), Scott, Kathy (Jim Stanton), John (Jane), James (Linda), Kerri (Brian Buckle) and Sarah (pre-deceased). He will also be dearly missed by Ralph and Connie Wallace, Benjamin Ralston, Walter Reiss and dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ken was predeceased by his brothers Ambrose Withers, and Reginald and Charles Blunt. Ken was a veteran of WWII serving with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard at HMCS Stadacona and aboard HMCS Niagara, HMCS Lindsay, HMCS Husky, HMCS Hochelaga and at HMCS Protector. After the war, Ken returned and settled in Hamilton where he and Molly made a life together and raised their family. In 1990, Ken retired after 28 years service with the City of Hamilton. He was a member of CUPE 5167 and Legion Branch 58. Throughout his life, he was a supporter and volunteer of the Liberal party. Ken was a character, a passionate and committed individual and an involved and concerned citizen. He was a person who loved life, and a fighter, right to the end. Special appreciation is owed to the Nephrology and Kidney Dialysis Unit of St. Joseph's Hospital and the staff and support workers at Extendicare. Friends will be received at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 615 Main Street East (east of Sanford), Hamilton on Monday, September 27 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in the Marlatt Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to your charity of choice.

 

HMCS STADACONA, HMCS LINDSAY, HMCS HUSKY, HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS PROTECTOR, HMCS HOCHELAGA

ZAPORZAN, Walter (27 Jul 1925 - 29 Sep 2012) - Peacefully after just two weeks in hospital Walter passed after a long, healthy life. Walter was predeceased by his loving wife Donna and is survived by his son Robbie, daughter Leora (Bruce Harvey), and his wonderful granddaughter Madison. He was born and raised in the Ukrainian community of Vita and left there to join the Navy at age 17. He served in the Second World War on the corvette HMCS Hawkesbury doing escort duty on the “Murmansk Run”. After the Navy Walter joined CNR where he worked until age 55 when he retired so he could golf every summer day at Pine Ridge Golf and Country Club. He also loved hunting, fishing and curling many times with brother Bill. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m., at HMCS Chippawa, 1 Navy Way.

 

HMCS HAWKESBURY

 

 

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