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)

 

AINSLIE, Robert Henry  - Retired from Bell Canada, with over 31years of service. Passed away peacefully with family by his side at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Thursday November 22, 2012 in his 90th year. Robert, beloved husband for 70 years of the late Marie Ainslie. Much loved father of Deborah Wilson and the late Lynn Ainslie and his wife Beth. Proud Grandpa of Michelle (Mike), Marnie (Wayne), Sarah, and Katie; and great Grandpa of Matalynn, Sophie and Mia. Dear brother of the late Jack Ainslie (Gwen), late James Ainslie (Colleen), late Shirley Dovey (George) and their parents the late Ernest and Eva Ainslie (nee Booth). Dear Uncle Bob of Suzanne, Pappy, Jane, Judy Magahay, Lee (Colleen) and Judy Ainslie. Robert will also be missed by his many friends and past coworkers of Bell Canada and Corp Commissionaires. Robert served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941-1948 and was leading seaman on HMCS Prescott. Visitation and service will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home Oshawa on Friday November 30th. Friends will be received from 11am until the service time at 12pm. Reception following the service at Armstrong Funeral Home followed by the graveside interment at Little Lake Cemetery, 915 Haggart Street Peterborough Ontario. The family would like to thank Carey Snow and Debbie Lamoureux who thoughtfully visited him every day and kept his spirits lifted. A special thank you to the 5 OC nursing staff for their care and compassion, Dr. Vieira for her wisdom and advocacy and Dr. Hall for his continued care and support over many years.

 

HMCS PRESCOTT

AUDETTE, Louis de la Chesnaye (07 Apr 1907 - 02 Apr 1995) - was a Canadian lawyer, soldier, and civil servant. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Louis-Arthur Audette and Mary-Grace Stuart, the tenth child of Andrew Stuart, he was educated as a lawyer and practiced in Montreal during the 1930s. During World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy and commanded several ships (HMCS Pictou, Amherst, Coaticook, and St. Catharines) in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He was mentioned in dispatches and left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant commander. As a reserve officer, he was later promoted to commander. After the war, from 1947 to 1959, he a member of the Canadian Maritime Commission. He was also chairman from 1954 to 1959. from 1959 to 1972, he was Chairman of the Tariff Board of Canada. In 1974, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS ST. FRANCIS, FFS SURCOUF (1941), HMCS PICTOU, HMCS AMHERST, HMCS COATICOOK, HMCS ST CATHARINES

AUST, Edward G. - On December 19th, 2009, at the age of 93, he passed away peacefully from pulmonar y pneumonia at St Anne's Hospital near Montreal. A caring, loving man, his family and friends will deeply miss him. Edward G. Aust was born on January 11, 1916 in London Ontario. He was the first child of Blanche Girardot and William Charles Aust. His grandfather Edward J. Aust had come from South Gloucestershire region in England, near the village of Aust. He had immigrated to Canada to work on the construction of the Victoria Bridge in the Province of Quebec. Following this, the family settled in Ontario in the mid 19th century. His mater nal grandfather, Théodule Girardot, was instrumental in the founding of Assumption College, which later became the University of Windsor. Edward graduated from the University of Western Ontario, with an Honors degree, in Business Administration. On June 5th, 1943, he married Manuelita Murray, the daughter of William Arthur Murray, the industrialist and Manuelita Grandsaul of Port of Spain, Trinidad. They shared life for 64 years until she died on December 15, 2007. During World War II, he served as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. He saw action during the Battle of the Atlantic both on HMCS Port Arthur and HMCS Beacon Hill. After the war, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant upon articling with Price Waterhouse in Toronto. He spent most of his professional career with Domtar in Montreal, as a financial executive. The Austs raised their family in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, where he was active on the Catholic School Board and in Annunciation of Our Lady Parish. He was a founding member of the Inverugie Golf Club, in Georgeville on Lake Memphremagog, Quebec where he was the Senior Golf Champion several times. Edward was also a member Emeritus of the University Club of Montreal. During their winters, after retirement, they vacationed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he continued to golf well into his eighties. He is survived by his four children, Jacqueline Louise (William P. Sutton) of Toronto, A. Edward (Claire Laporte) of Montreal, Murray P. (Maureen McClintoch) and William Charles of Toronto. He is also survived by his sister Anita (Bud McInerny), his seven grandchildren, William Sutton, Tara Sutton (Faisal Kedairy) James Sutton, Thomas Laporte Aust, Charles Laporte Aust, Charlotte Aust, Edward M. Aust and two great-grandchildren. The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR, HMCS BEACON HILL

BAXTER, Duncan (07 Jan 1924 - 22 Jan 2005) - Dearly loved father and grandfather, Duncan Baxter passed away on January 22, 2005 at the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris, MB at the age of 81 years. Duncan is survived by son Melvin and wife Yvonne of Morris; grandchildren, Bruce and wife Michelle of Ottawa, Lynda of Morris, Heather of Calgary, and Ian of Morris; as well as sister Chris of Montreal, and brothers, Donald, Jack and Ken, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Jeannette. Duncan was born and educated in Montreal, QC. At age 18, he joined the Canadian Navy and served on convoy duty from 1942 to 1944 aboard the corvette class HMCS Orillia in the North Atlantic. Many interesting stories were told of stops in St. John's, Newfoundland and Londonderry, Ireland while on these tours of duty. After the war, Duncan joined the RCAF where he served 22 years on a number of Canadian Forces bases with long postings in Winnipeg, Summerside, Prince Edward Island and Trenton, ON. Upon retiring from military service, Duncan and Jeannette returned to Winnipeg where Dad was employed by the City of Winnipeg as a zookeeper at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Duncan was a member of Fort Garry Legion for many years, and recently of the Morris Legion branch. His hobbies included travel and sports. He coached minor baseball on many of the military bases he served on. He was especially proud of his son's achievement as a graduate Pharmacist from the University of Manitoba. After Mom's death and the onset of Alzheimer's disease, Dad moved to Morris to be closer to his family. Cremation has taken place. Many thanks to the Morris area Homecare workers, Meals On Wheels volunteers, doctors, Fraser and Manness and the staff of the Morris General Hospital, and staff of the Red River Valley Lodge. If friends so desire, donations in Duncan's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society. While Dad's memory may have faded, his cheeky smile never did.

 

HMCS ORILLIA

BEDFORD, Joseph Evison (06 Oct 1920 - 09 Dec 2012) - Joe passed away on December 9, 2012, at the age of 92, after a very brief illness. Born the youngest of three siblings in Saskatoon, SK to Jessie Isobel Creighton and Albert Evison Bedford, he is survived by daughters Susan (Kurt) Williams of Saskatoon, SK, and Jane Smith (Brian Nowak) of Crossfield, AB; his sister, Doris J. Leckie of Montreal, QC; and granddaughters Meagan Williams, Catherine (Benson) McCulloch and Catherine Nowak. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Catherine (née Miscampbell), and his sister, J. Louise Martin. The son of a station agent, Joe and his sisters grew up in communities across Canada. They settled in Saskatoon, where Joe attended elementary (Victoria Collegiate) and high school (Nutana Collegiate). During the Second World War, Joe served in the Navy as a radar operator on the HMCS North Bay. After the war, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he graduated in 1948 with a degree in Agriculture. Joe met Cathie of Harris, SK in 1947. In 1949, Joe got a job with Imperial Oil in Winnipeg, and Cathie followed Joe there. They married at Winnipeg in 1951. In 1966, Imperial Oil transferred Joe to Edmonton, where Cathie and Joe made their permanent home. Joe retired from Imperial Oil after 38 years of service. Joe loved life, loved his family, loved golf and curling, loved the Derrick, and loved being out in the world until the very end. He leaves behind many people who know him as "Grandpa Joe". A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club, 3500 - 119 Street N.W., Edmonton, on Saturday, December 29, 2012. In memory of Joe just go out there and love life as much as he did. Loved and always remembered.

 

HMCS NORTH BAY

BENN, Philip F. (1924-2014) - Phil was born in Regina but grew up in Fernie, then Brentwood Bay. His war years were spent in the North Atlantic on board the corvette HMCS Louisburg. After the war he returned to Brentwood where he met and married the love of his life, Jacqueline. He loved all sports, but his main claim to fame was playing third base for the powerhouse Brentwood Aces with his brothers Ron and Bill. After his playing days he coached for Brentwood in both softball and basketball. Phil's work life started off at the Brentwood Mercantile as a clerk and driver and then to running their small Postal Outlet. As Brentwood grew so did the Post Office, and soon Phil became the first Postmaster of Brentwood Bay, where he worked for over 20 years. He was involved with local politics and spent 8 years on the Central Saanich council. He then moved to Gold River and Lillooet as a District Postmaster. After retirement he moved back to Victoria. Phil is predeceased by his wife Jacquie, and his brother Ron. He is survived by his brothers Bill, Dave and sister June, children Kathy (Mike), Vern (Glynda), Dianne, Randy (Heather), Nancy, Marlena (Jim), 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. At Phil's request there will be no service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favourite charity.

 

HMCS LOUISBURG

BIDDLE, George - On January 28, 2006, at 80 years of age. Beloved husband of Margaret (nee Brown). Loving father of Cynthia and husband Keith Brown, Kevin and wife Debbie Biddle, Ronald and wife Carol Biddle. Cherished grandfather of Jamie, Kylee, Jodie, Adam, Alyse, Corey ,and Catherine. Papa of Aiden. Dearest brother of Clara wife of the late Leonard Benessette, William and wife Rose Biddle, the late Robert husband of Rose Biddle, and the late Lillian and Emmanuel Bois. George was a member of the Knights of Columbus Riverside Council #4924, the Sandwich East School Board, a member of the Legion Branch #255, and a member of the Seniors Card Club at the K. of C. He also served in WWII on the H.M.C.S. New West Minister. If you so desire, donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or Windsor & Essex County Regional Cancer Centre Foundation would be appreciated. Visiting Monday 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Veteran's Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Service Committee at 7:00 pm. Prayers Monday 7:30 pm at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (969-5841), 3260 Dougall Ave. On Tuesday, friends are invited to meet the family after 10:00 am at St. John Vianney Church (385 Dieppe St.) followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery.

 

HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER

BONHOMME, Jean-Louis (06 Apr 1923 - 01 Mar 2012_ - Suddenly on March 1, 2012 Jean-Louis Bonhomme passed away at his home at the age of eighty eight. He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude (Nicki) and a loving father of Jean Marc (Shirley Dea), Jean Paul (Pierrette Jarry), Diane (Paul Rollinson) and Lorraine (Steve Carleton). Dear brother to Margaret Parisien and the late Gerry Bonhomme; devoted Papa to Nathalie, Andrew and Garrett, Nicolas, Ashley and Cory. He accomplished many great things in his lifetime including volunteering at the St-Anne's Veterans Hospital for the past thirty two years as well as being a Bell Canada Pioneer and retiring as Director of Security. Jean Louis was a Second World War Veteran, who served with the Navy HMCS Long Branch and will be buried at the Field of Honor with his late wife. He will be cherished and missed by his family and friends. Family will receive condolences on Tuesday March 6,2012 from 2 pm-4 pm and 7 pm-9 pm as well as on Wednesday March 7,2012 from 10:00 am-11:00 am with a memorial service following at 11:00 am at the Chapel of the Funeral Home.

 

HMCS LONG BRANCH

BRADLEY, Eric, AB, V/18106, RCNVR, Died 15 Aug 1943, Age 25, Ireland - Eric Bradley was born in Durham, England, 22 Jul 1918, the son of William and Edith A. (nee Trnbull) of Gananoque and before the war worked as  clerk. He enlisted 23 Aug 1940 at age 22 and served in the RCN. After training he was drafted to HMCS Mayflower. He died of meningitis brought on by a head injury just after his ship had escorted a convoy to Northern Ireland.

 

HMCS MAYFLOWER

BRIDLE Charles - passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 1999. Charlie, born in Winnipeg on October 27, 1923 was the eldest son of William John Bridle and Sarah Jane Park. Predeceased by his parents and a brother Raymond, he leaves his family he loved so much, Ruth (Russell) his mate of 48 years; children, Jane (Eduard), John, Joel and Joan and a precious grandchild, Sarah. Charlie is survived also by his brother Wezer (Joyce) and many relatives and friends, all he loved dearly. Following service during the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.V.R.) on board the Corvette H.M.C.S. Owen Sound and the Frigate H.M.C.S. New Glasgow, he worked for a short period for Osler, Hammond and Nanton and with the Canadian National Railways for several years. For almost 30 years, Charlie enjoyed his association with people throughout Manitoba and elsewhere in his employment in the Provincial (Manitoba) Department of Education. He also enjoyed serving various organizations such as Riverview and Grand Beach Community Clubs, Pan-Am Games (1967) Committees, St. Albans Anglican Church for and with his family. He was a member of the Fort Rouge Branch No. 97 R.C.L. and the White Ensign Club. On retirement Charlie continued to enjoy life in the company of The Bent Nail Construction Society, the Fort Rouge 65 Curling Club and with his family and friends wherever his travels led. In the closing years of his life, Charlie was blessed with old friends who corresponded with him continually and gave him a special interest in watching for the daily mail delivery. We wish to express heartfelt thanks to everyone for their many kindnesses and friendships given to Charlie throughout his life and now to us in the time of our sorrow. Many thanks to Dr. Elisabeth Giesbrecht for her compassionate attentions to Charlie. A memorial service will be held in St Albans Church, Rathgar and Osborne St. at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. Our family would like to welcome friends to the church hall following the service. Should friend so wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Flowers are gratefully declined Please forgive my trespasses.

 

HMCS OWEN SOUND, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

BROWN, Charles McGillivray - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charlie Brown, who died peacefully while on vacation in Cuba, on February 12, 2006. Dad, a native son of Victoria, B.C., was born June 4, 1920 to Charles Ernest Brown and Florence McGillivray Brown (nee Munsie). He was predeceased by his beloved wife Noni in 1999, infant son Stuart in 1949 and his sister Anne Screaton in 1984. Charlie leaves behind his loving family; sons Brian and Bruce, daughter-in-law Carol and his two cherished granddaughters, Michelle and Andrea, along with many relatives and friends who will miss his warmth, sense of humour, charm and gener osity. Dad had a rich and full life. Determined to see the world, at 16 years he became an indentured apprentice with the Monarch Steam ship Company of Glasgow, Scotland and trav elled the ""seven seas"" having many adventures along the way. During the war he served with the Merchant Marine Service on the S.S. Jasper Park, the S.S. Bowness Park and with the RCNR as a S/Lt. on the HMCS Quesnel. After the war Dad served as 3rd officer on the Princess Mary and Princess Norah, plying the coastal waters of B.C., further developing his love of the ocean. He joined the B.C. Provincial Police in 1948, trans ferring to the RCMP in 1950 and proudly served in many Detachments in B.C. until his retirement as a Staff Sgt. Major in 1975. Following retire ment Dad and Mom travelled well, first in their boat and motor home then having many trips and cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska. Despite his interesting past Dad loved to live in the present. He treasured his family, including Carol's mom Marguerite Lee, and could always be counted on to liven up any discussion. He read every word in the paper, enjoyed the news and could talk about any current event that was going on in the world. Charlie turned 21 in Cuba in 1941 and always wanted to return there. With Brian's help he made this journey with his last days spent enjoying the sun, cigars, rum, lobster and a wonderful catamaran trip. Dad was a wonderful man; courageous, honest, loving and kind. We will miss him but he will always be in our hearts. A special thanks to Brian who cared for Dad so well and to Carol who treated him like her own father. There will be no service at Dad's request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dad's memory to the Victoria Hospice Society.

 

SS JASPER PARK, SS BOWNESS PARK, HMCS QUESNEL

BUTTERFIELD, James (25 Aug 1922 - 23 May 2009) - Master Mariner, slipped his cable and set sail from Victoria on Swiftsure Day, Saturday May 23, after a brief bout with cancer. He leaves his beloved wife Sybil in the 60th year of their marriage; sons Christopher (Merrie-Ellen), Philip (Tracy), Peter (Sarah), Benjamin (Anne); grandchildren Marco, Sarah, Oonagh, Rosanna, Claire, Harry, Julian, Felix, Robin and Marijn; brothers Philip (Jenifer), Aidan (Aileen), John Sebastian (Mary). He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Robin (1951), and daughter Joy (Stefano) in 2006. James was born in Reno, Nevada on August 25, 1922, the first son of James Butterfield, of Vancouver, and Virginia (Tener), of Wheeling, West Virginia. He grew up in Vancouver and in Summerland, BC. He attended the Duncan Grammar School, and in 1936 went to Liverpool (UK) to train for three years as a cadet in the Merchant Navy training ship HMS Conway. On leaving the Conway he joined the Canadian Pacific Steamships – RMS Empress of Russia – and for two years sailed to the Far East from Vancouver. In 1942 he was Deck Officer in three Foreign Going merchant ships, the last of which SS Jasper Park was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean. He spent the next two years as Navigating Officer (RCN(R)) in HMCS North Bay on convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. In 1945, he attended Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he met and fell in love with Sybil Agnew. They both graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1948, and James then returned to the Navy. After being commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RCN, he married Sybil in Kingston, Ontario in April, 1950. James served in Vancouver, Halifax, St. Jean, Halifax again, and Victoria; his last naval posting was as skipper of the training ketch HMCS Oriole. After retiring from the Navy in 1968, James served briefly in the Canadian Hydrographic Service, and then joined BC Ferries as Chief Officer, Master and then Senior Master. His last command was M/V Queen of the North, from which he retired in 1986. For some years afterwards he acted as Master of M/V Charlotte Princess for the summer, taking her on positioning cruises to the Queen Charlotte Islands; in this way he passed on his profound knowledge of the coast he loved to a younger generation. James loved the sea and ships, books, poetry, music, dancing and friendship. He will be warmly remembered by his shipmates in the Company of Master Mariners; The Conway Association; The Thermopylae Club; The Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island and by many friends up and down the West Coast, and around the world. He was contented and true-blue. His enthusiasm, love of life, and of people will forever be an inspiration to those who were fortunate to have known him. The family would like to thank Dr Cox, the staff at Victoria Hospice and Beacon Services for their care. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, on Saturday, June 13 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Mission to Seafarers, 401 East Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC, V6A 4G9

 

HMCS NORTH BAY, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS BORDER CITIES, HMCS MIDDLESEX, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS ORIOLE

CAW, John (Jack) - Born May 17, 1924 gently passed away, on November 3, 2009. Jack was born in Vegreville, Alberta, the 2nd son of John and Elsie Caw. The family settled in Virden, Manitoba where his father was the Manager of the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Jack and his older brother Bruce both served in WWII, Bruce in the army and Jack in the Navy where he ser ved on the Corvette HMCS Peterborough, escorting convoys across the Atlantic and protecting troop ships from submarines. Jack married his soul mate Nina in 1948 and had one son Greg. They lived in Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Seattle and finally settled in San Francisco where he retired in 1981. After Nina's death in 2006, Jack moved to North Vancouver to be near his son and family. Jack will always be alive in the happy memories of his friends and family. He is survived by his son Greg, daughter-in-law Sandra and grandsons Brandon and Alexander of North Vancouver. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, November 13th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road North, Vancouver, B.C.

 

HMCS PETERBOROUGH

CHISHOLM, Roderick Thomas (08 Oct 1925 - 31 Jul 2009) - Rod was born in Calgary, the only child of Nancy and Dan Chisholm. He resided in Bowness from 1931 to 1954 where he spent a happy childhood playing hockey, swimming in Bowness Park, fishing in the Bow River and wandering in the surrounding hills. He joined the RCVNR in October of 1942 and was called to active duty in April of 1943. He was proud to have served in the Corvette Navy of the North Atlantic on the HMCS Napanee. Rod married Ruth Thorpe on August 7, 1948, they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary with family last year. Hockey was a great part of Rod's life. When he no longer played, he spent a great many years organizing, coaching and managing teams in Meadowlark Park and for the Buffalo Hockey Association. A founding member of Pinebrook Golf Club, Rod played for many years, achieving every golfer's dream, a hole in one. He greatly enjoyed the company of many friends from the club. Rod retired in 1982 after a thirty-five year employment with General Motors. Rod will be sadly missed by his wife Ruth; son Dan (Shannon) and their children, Jenny (Stuart) Leckie and Jim; daughter Janeen (Colin) Van Orman and their children, Thomas, Eliza (Nathan) Whitesides, Kate (Dana) Hedquist, Dan, Camilla and Sarah; daughter Liz (Jim) Goertz and their children, Amy and Jack; great-grandchildren, Sadie and Rory Leckie; as well as many old and loyal friends. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, August 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion & Veterans' Organizations (No. 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6). In living memory of Rod Chisholm, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial.

 

HMCS NAPANEE

COLBERT, Kenneth Wilson, CPO (11 May 1922 - 27 Mar 2013) - Beloved husband of the late Frieda (Goebel) Colbert. This kind loving uncle will be dearly missed not only by his family of four nephews and nieces, 9 great nephews and nieces and 18 great great nephews and nieces in eastern Canada but also by a large number of family in Western Canada. In particular his dear sisters-in-law Phyllis (Goebel) Roy and Geraldine (Goebel) Howorko and brothers-in-law Milton Goebel and Harvey Goebel. Ken was predeceased by his parents Henry (Harry) Colbert and Mary (McLellan) as well as brothers Harold and Donald and sister Lorraine Murdock. Ken joined the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. After training he travelled on the HMCS Prince Rupert thru the Panama Canal to Scotland where he joined the crew of the HMCS Mimico. After the war he joined Kellogg's Canada where he remained a loyal employee for 39 years. Ken has been cremated and a private family interment will be held at a later date in Arva Cemetery, London, Ontario. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Evans Funeral Home, (519) 451-9350, entrusted with arrangements. A tree will be planted, by the Evans Funeral Home, as a living memorial to Mr. Colbert.

 

HMCS MIMICO, HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

Comeau, Gerald L. (Gerry) - The family of Gerry Comeau, 93, of Moncton, are saddened to announce his passing on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Forest Dale Home, Riverside Albert. Gerry was born in Arichat, NS, and was the son of the late Adolphe and Violet (LeBlanc) Comeau of Moncton. As a young man, he loved the ocean and spent many summers sailing with his grandfather. During World War II, he served 3.5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Prescott (corvette) as chief petty officer and saw action in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Bay of Biscay, and the English Channel. After his discharge in 1945 he returned to Moncton and took over management of the family Business - the Moncton Fish Market (1945 – 1988). He ran his business with a generosity that touched all who knew him. Gerry was active in many community and charitable organizations. He was a past president of VON Moncton, VON New Brunswick, Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation, and Gyro club of Moncton. He served 25 years on the board of NB Housing Authority and six years on the board of Extra Mural New Brunswick as Financial Chairman. Other memberships included Moncton Friendship Club, the Probus Club, the Moncton Golf Club, the YMCA Century Club and he was a chartered member of both the Beaver and Beausejour Curling Clubs. Sailing was one of his favourite pastimes and a very important part of his life. For many years, he was a member of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club and the captain of the "Misty Morn". After retirement, he and his wife, Mona, travelled throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. In his later years he enjoyed playing bridge and poker with his family and many friends. His great sense of humour, kindness, and laughter will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Mona (Leet) Comeau; two daughters Lorraine Comeau (Bob Downe), Teri LeBlanc (Paul Nowlan); three granddaughters Kristine Black (Nathan), Danielle LeBlanc, and Sarah LeBlanc; one great grandchild Rowan Black; sister Lucille Cormier and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Lorraine Leger, sisters- in-law Joyce Pope and Shirley Leet; brothers- in-law Dollard Cormier, Carl Leet, and Wally Pope. In respect of Gerry’s wishes there will be no visitation or service. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the care givers at the Forest Dale Home, the nursing staff at the Moncton City Hospital (4600) and to Dr. Suzanne Hall-Losier for the care and attention they provided to Gerry in his last days. In Gerry’s memory, donations to The Friends of The Moncton Hospital or to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS PRESCOTT

CONSTABLE, H. T. (Lloyd) - Peacefully passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville, in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Virginia (nee Graham). Loving father of David, and Darlene and her husband James. Proud grandad of Graham, Bradley, and Morgan. Dear brother of Bruce and the late Gladys. Lloyd will be sadly missed by his caregivers Anna and Jocelyn, his canine companion Zachary The Little Guy, his family and many friends. Lloyd served in the RCN from June 8, 1942 to September 20, 1945. He was attached to the Royal Navy and was in Combined Operations on landing craft assault of the HMS Ortranto, where he ferried troops into the beaches during the invasion of Sicily and Italy in 1943, after which he served convoy duty in the North Atlantic on HMCS Napanee until the end of the war. After the war, he and his twin brother made their mark in Bala, Muskoka, establishing Trafalgar Bay Cottages. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Toronto (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 1 p.m. Interment Meadowvale Cemetery. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

 

HMCS NAPANEE

COOK, John (Jack) (17 Apr 1924 - 18 Mar 2014) - Born in Edmonton, RCN Gunner Corvette K339, Star Weekly 15 years, Publishers Rep. 25 years. He will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 64 years Ella, sons Doug of Vernon, Dave of Coquitlam and grandson Jason.

 

HMCS NORTH BAY

CORKUM, Maxwell Fred Leopold (Max) - 91, Halifax, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Born in East Lahave, Lunenburg County, he was the son of the late Capt. Leo and Mary (Deal) Corkum of Lunenburg. He graduated from Lunenburg Academy and at an early age became interested in radio electronics. He graduated from the Radio College of Toronto, attended Dalhousie University, and with the exception of his World War 11 service, he spent his working lifetime until retirement in broadcasting. In 1942 he joined the RCNVR and during the war served in corvettes in the Atlantic and English Channel. His ship, HMCS Moosejaw, participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-day. After his wartime service, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Sackville NB and later transferred to television in Halifax where he held various engineering positions. After thirty-eight years he retired from the CBC. He always continued his association with the Navy as a member of the Naval Reserve, at sea and ashore. During this period he had an active interest in the restoration of the last Corvette, HMCS Sackville. He served as Commanding Officer from 1986-1992. He was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Nova Scotia and was given both the bronze and silver medallions for his contribution toward the restoration of HMCS Sackville. He was a life member of the Royal United Service Institute and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Lunenburg. He always maintained an interest in marine and boating activities, including the building of three yachts starting at age 14 when he built a snipe sailboat. He was a long time member of the Armdale Yacht Club and served as Commodore. He enjoyed sailing and cruising the waters around Nova Scotia and in the Caribbean. He was a member of Parkhill United Church, Jollimore. He is survived by a daughter, Susan (Wally) Campbell Halifax; son Peter, all of Halifax; grandchildren Jennifer Campbell (Jan Michael) Halifax, Andrew Campbell (Johanna) Dartmouth, Scott Campbell (Krista) Ottawa; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Alexander and Max; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Meisner), in 2004 and sister, Irene Young. His body has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered at sea at a later date. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2, 2011 from 3 – 6 p.m. at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 290 Purcell's Cove Road, Rev. Keltie VanBinsbergen officiating with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the HMCS Sackville Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, PO Box 99000, Stn Forces, Halifax NS B3K 5X5 or a charity of choice. Many thanks are extended to the staff of 3W Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for their dedicated and compassionate care over the past two and a half years.

 

HMCS MOOSE JAW

DAVIS, Gilbert (Gil) Born November 15, 1922, Gilbert Davis passed away at age 90 on May 18th in Victoria after a brief hospital stay. Lovingly devoted to each in his family, Gil is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Marie, and by his daughters Karen and Laurel (Gus), his sons Grant (Melody) and David (Jamie), and his two grandsons, Garrett and Parker. Gil's full and blessed life was filled with interests in many sports, particularly golf, hockey and baseball. He had dedicated much of his time to coaching youth sport teams in his younger years. He also enjoyed travel, big-band music, billiards, photography, gardening and collecting stamps and coins. He had a passion for the beauty offered by nature and the many species of animals and birds. Although his retirement was from Island Floor Centre in Victoria, Gil retained a close fondness toward his early employment at the Canadian Pacific Railway and often reflected proudly on his wartime service in the Royal Canadian Navy. Gil's service was, in part, as Leading Stoker in the C-7 group aboard the HMCS Merrittonia, escorting supply convoys from Newfoundland to Londonderry in support of England and the European Allies during WW2. Gilbert committed generously to charities, especially those to benefit children. In remembrance and in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes your contribution to local children charities including; Jeneece Place, the Variety Club of BC, or the BC Children's Hospital. A celebration of Gil's life will be hosted on Saturday, June 8th, 2:00 PM at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria BC. "Youthful reader, passing by... As you are now so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare yourself to follow me"

 

HMCS MERRITTONIA, HMCS BELLECHASE

DOBING, Sidney (14 Apr 1922 - 29 Sep 2013) - Passed away peacefully in his 92nd year. Born in Edson Alberta. Joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman 10 May 1939 at Sheerness, Kent. First ship was the Tribal Class HMS Mashona, seeing action in the North Sea, Norwegian Campaign and the Atlantic. Sid was the last remaining survivor of the sinking of Mashona (May 1941) following battle with German battleship Bismark, which was also sunk. Sid transferred to the RCN in June 1941 and survived when HMCS Ottawa was torpedoed and sunk 13 September 1943. He was one of 76 survivors, but 114 of his shipmates perished. He was one of only two remaining survivors of the Ottawa. Continued his Navy career, serving on several HMC ships including Pictou, Antigonish, Fairmile ML124 (as Commanding Officer), Digby, Athabaskan and Margaree retiring as CPO First Class in September 1960 before starting a second successful career with Veterans Affairs. Sid was an avid gardener, walker and reader. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Masonic Lodge, Shady Creek United Church, Chief and POs Association and an Honorary Life Member of the Broadmead Veterans Care Society. Predeceased by wife Bonney, he is survived by brother Fred (Norah); son Brian (Xiying); daughter Lynne (Garry); granddaughters Kimberly, Hilary (Caleb), Selina, Janelle; and great granddaughter Scarlett. Service will be held Friday October 18 at 2:30 at Shady Creek United Church in Saanichton.

 

HMCS PICTOU, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS DIGBY, ML Q124

DODDS, John Oswald - died on December 25, 2008. Born in Montreal on February 19, 1923, son of the late Thomas Walter Dodds and Hilda Helen Barbara Smith. Predeceased by his older brother Bill in 1979. He was educated at Selwyn House School and Lower Canada College. After two years at McGill University he left to join the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He served as a Visual Signalman on the Corvette HMCS Midland on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He received his commission in 1944. After the war he returned to McGill University and graduated from its Faculty of Law in 1949. He is survived by his sons, Geoff (Paulette), Charles (Jane) and his daughter Angela (Moise) - also by his estranged wife Frances (Ewing). No service by request. Burial of the cremated remains will take place in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"

 

HMCS MIDLAND

DRURY, J. Stewart - Died in the Palliative Care Unit of Dartmouth General Hospital on June 8, 2006. Born in Maccan, in 1922, he was the eldest son of Dr. David Drury and Evelyn (Bishop) Drury. His early education was in Maccan followed by high school in Amherst. He graduated from Mount Allison University with a B.A. Highlights of those years included playing rugby for the Mount Allison team, escaping from his third-floor room in the fire which destroyed the university residence, obtaining a commission as a second lieutenant and becoming adjutant in the Mount Allison Canadian Officers Training Corps. He served for three and a half years in the navy in the Second World War on various vessels including the corvette HMCS Lunenburg and the frigate HMCS Carlplace. At various times he served on these ships in the North Atlantic, the Irish Sea and Northern Scotland. After receiving an L.L.B. from Dalhousie and being admitted to the bar, in 1948 he opened his own office in Dartmouth. Robert Huestis later joined him and the firm became known as Drury Huestis. In the subsequent 31 years, the name of the firm changed as others joined. While practicing law in Dartmouth, he was the city solicitor for 12 years. He was a member of the Dartmouth School Board for six years, three of which he was chairman, and this at a time when the number of schools under the Board's responsibility increased from seven to 27. He was later appointed Chairman of the Nova Scotia Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities where he served for 12 and a half years. Throughout his career, he took special interest in protecting Dartmouth's lakes and green spaces, as well as Nova Scotian wildlife. While a member of Brightwood Golf Club he successfully represented the Club before City Council to prevent the extension of a highway through the centre of the golf course. Without fee, he arranged the sale of Oakwood House on Lake Banook to the City of Dartmouth. As city solicitor, he expressed such strong opinions to the Planning Department about the importance of locating Highway 118 far enough away from the shores of Dartmouth's lakes that a hard hat appeared on his desk one day. With the assistance of Ducks Unlimited, he arranged the sale of Cheticumchec Island to the Province of Nova Scotia and ensured that this 66-acre island, located just behind Martinique Beach, would remain undeveloped. For many years he was a member of St. George's Tennis Club, the Dartmouth Curling Club, the Kiwanis Club, Brightwood Golf Club, the Dartmouth Choral Society, and the Dartmouth Community Concert. He was a trustee and an elder of St. James United Church where he was also a member of the choir for 17 years. He was a director of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, a member of the Regional Planning Board and a lifelong supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party. He is survived by his wife, Mary (MacKeigan) Drury, and daughters, Janet, Montreal, and Cathy (Roger McKelvey), Dartmouth; his sister, Ruth Naylor, and his brother, Kenneth Drury, both of Amherst; grandchildren, Ian and Patrick McKelvey, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughters, Margaret (1975) and Elizabeth (1998). The body has been cremated. Visitation will be today from 2-5 p.m. in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, in St. James United Church in Dartmouth, Rev. Glen MacLean officiating. Private family burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Dartmouth General Hospital for their always devoted care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG, HMCS CARLPLACE

FARIS, John Ward (Jack) - Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in his 81st year. Beloved husband and best friend of Jean (nee Cairns) for 54 years. Proud father of John (Toronto) and Cameron and his wife Susan (Guelph). Loving papa of Matthew, Brenna and Jessica. Predeceased by his sister Jean Faris. Jack cared for several generations of Hamilton families in his more than forty years in general practice. In WWII he served as a Lieutenant on loan to the Royal Navy on Landing Ship Tank 163 for 2 1/2 years, taking part in invasions in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno and Anzio in Italy and Normandy. On returning to the Canadian Navy he served on Corvette HMCS Oakville on Atlantic convoy until the end of the war. Friends may call at the J.B. Marlatt Funeral Home, 615 Main Street East (east of Sanford), Hamilton, on Sunday 2-5 p.m. A Memorial Service to celebrate Jack's life will take place in the Marlatt Memorial Chapel on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 2 p.m. Private cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation or charity of your choice.

 

LST-163, HMCS OAKVILLE

FRENCH, Beverley - a resident of Chatham and formerly of Thamesville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October, 18, 2012 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 90. Born in Chatham, the first of two boys of the late Frederick and Florence (Montgomery) French. Bev went to business college and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in WWII as an able seaman, on the HMCS Port Arthur. He served from Halifax including North Africa, England, Ireland, Gibraltar, and more and was at D Day. He returned at the end of the war and started at International Harvester where he worked in the customs dept. for 39 years. He is a life member of Branch 367, Thamesville and volunteered there for many years. Bev will always be remembered fondly for his willingness to help others and his caring nature. Beloved husband of Margaret (Rose) French. Loving father of Gary French (Esther) of Thamesville, Janet Martin of Dresden, Judy French of St. Catharines. Sadly missed by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Predeceased by a son Tom French, a son-in-law Fred Martin and a brother Maurice French. The French family will receive friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria St., Thamesville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 1:00pm. Interment in Mayhew-Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Ontario Lung Association or War Amps. The Royal Canadian Legion Br.# 367 will hold a memorial service on Sunday evening at 6:45pm.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

FREWER, John Delafosse - On Friday December 12th, 2003. Dearly loved husband of Joyce for 59 years. He was father to Cindy and Michael. Brother of Betty Keeley, Peggy Cornish, Fred (Gill) of Ottawa and Philip (Betsy of Vancouver). Uncle of many nephews and nieces. A graduate of Lakefield College School, John served in the Royal Navy participating in the evacuation of Dunkirk, later in the cruiser, H. M. S. Edinburgh torpedoed off Murmansk in 1941. He was mentioned in Dispatches for 'distinguished service' during rescue operations. Later he served as Commanding Officer of H. M. C. S. Matapedia and H. M. C. S. St. Boniface and Senior Officer of Escort group W 4 operating out of Halifax. His interests included the Board of Governors of Lakefield College School, past Master of Harcourt Masonic Lodge, The Walking Sticks Club, past warden of St. John's Church, York Mills, York Downs Golf Club and curling at T. C. S. C. C. The funeral service will be held in Christ Church Deer Park, (corner of Yonge and Heath Streets), Toronto, Wednesday, December 17, 11 a. m. If desired, donations to the Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 700 University Ave. 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z5; Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre Foundation or Lakefield College School, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0 would be appreciated. (the Globe and Mail, 2003-12-15)

 

HMS EDINBURGH (1942), HMCS MATAPEDIA, HMCS ST. BONIFACE

GIBSON, Clarence C., (Hoot) - Peacefully at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital with family by his side on Monday November 15, 2010. Clarence C. (Hoot) Gibson, a life long resident of Strathroy in his 93rd year. Predeceased by his wife Amy Gibson (2006) and dear father to Gail MacCarl (Ray), Jane Gibson and Patricia Brown (Robert). He was a loving Grampa to 6 grandchildren Michelle, Brad and Amy, Adam, Genny and Carrie and 4 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Hoot was predeceased by his sister Rheta Patterson and; brother Raymond, Russell, Earl and Austin Gibson. Hoot was a veteran of WW# II serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was well known as the arena manger at the West Middlesex Arena in Strathroy from 1953 to 1978. Hoot was a proud and dedicated member of Beaver Lodge #83 AF&AM of which he was a 44 year Past Master and Beaver Chapter #74, both in Strathroy. He was also a strong supporter of the Strathocha Shrine Club in Strathroy, Mocha Shrine Centre in London and the Royal Order of the Jesters. Hoot will fondly be remembered on Christmas Eve as Santa by many families and their children. Funeral Service was held Friday November 19, 2010 at 11:00 am from Strathroy United Church, with Rev. Charles Seed officiating. Interment to follow service, in Strathroy Cemetery. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home under the direction of Beaver Lodge #83 Strathroy. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Hoot to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

GOULET, Eugène 1923 - 2008 Au Foyer des Vétérans du CHUL, Québec, le 3 août 2008, à l'âge de 84 ans 11 mois, est décédé monsieur Eugène Goulet, époux de dame Madeleine Nolin. Né à Québec le 18 août 1923, monsieur était le fils de feu dame Clara Thibault et de feu monsieur Albert Goulet. Vétéran de la seconde guerre mondiale (1939- 1945), monsieur Goulet était retraité de Postes Canada. Les funérailles seront célébrées le mercredi 6 août 2008 à 11h, en l'église de La Nativité de Notre-Dame, 25, rue du Couvent, arrondissement Beauport, où la famille vous accueillera à compter de 10 h. Les cendres seront par la suite déposées au columbarium La Seigneurie. Outre son épouse, monsieur Goulet laisse dans le deuil ses enfants: Richard (Joyce Ferlotte), Michel (Marie-France Martineau), Jocelyn, Céline (Daniel Labbé), Danielle (René Langlois), Jean-François (Valérie Baudart), Bernard, Denis; ses petits-enfants: Philippe Goulet, Dominic et Mathieu Goulet, Martin, Julie et Caroline St-Pierre, Mathieu Côté, Jean-Michel et Catherine Langlois, Jérôme et Étienne Goulet; ses arrière- petits-enfants: Xavier Abgral-Goulet, Vincent Benoit; ses frères, soeurs, beaux-frères et belles-soeurs: Georges-Henri Goulet (feu Madeleine Desrosiers), Jean-Charles Goulet (feu Gilberte Gauvin), Fernande Goulet (feu Lauréat Giguère), Paul Brindamour (feu Thérèse Goulet), Roger Chantal (feu Jeannette Goulet), Pauline Nolin (feu Patrick Blais) ainsi que plusieurs neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et ami(e)s. Monsieur Goulet était également le grand-père de feu Christian Goulet (1973-1982), feu Marie-Claude Goulet (1972-1976), il était également le frère de feu Paul Goulet (feu Jeanne D'Arc Laroche), feu Marguerite Goulet et le beau-frère de feu Gabrielle Nolin, feu Thérèse Nolin (feu Normand Landry). La famille remercie tout le personnel du Foyer des Vétérans (CHUL) pour l'attention portée et la qualité des soins prodigués. Vos témoignages de sympathie peuvent se traduire par un don à la Société Alzheimer de Québec, 1040, avenue Belvédère, bureau 312, Québec (Québec) G1S 3G3 Tél.: 418-527-4294. Des formulaires seront disponibles à l'église. Les funérailles sont sous la direction de La Seigneurie Coopérative Funéraire 2450, St-Clément, Beauport Québec G1E 1E8 (Le Soleil 05 Aug 2008)

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

GRAHAM, Cecil Charles (Ike) - The death of Mr. Cecil (Ike) Graham of Duke St. Saint John, NB formerly of Red Head, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday, July 18, 2003. Ike was the son of the late Thomas Peter and ?Elizabeth (Lanteigne) Graham and was born on June 16, 1921. He was a lifelong resident of the city. He was in the Navy from August 21, 1941 to September 23, 1945 and served in the Battle of the Atlantic and the Murmansk Run. Ike served as a Radar Operator aboard four ships; HMCS Midland, Brockville, Riviere du Loup and the Huron. He played softball in his younger years and coached the Jervis Bay Legion to three championships in his later years. Ike was also a life long member of the Jervis Bay Legion No. 53, the Main Brace Naval Veteran Club and the Royal Canadian Naval Association. He worked as a stevedore for 35 years. Besides his parents, Ike was predeceased by his five brothers; Francis, Fred, Joseph, Lou and Thomas (T.W.) Graham, two sisters; Mary Stevens and Dorothy Hunter. He is survived by one sister; Rita Graham of Brighton, Massachusetts, several nieces and nephews including Theresa Bezeau and Ralph Hunter both of Red Head, NB, Marilyn Van Beelen and Barbara Jennings both of Saint John, NB and many friends especially Mrs. Ruth Kirkpatrick of Saint John, NB. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (506-634-7424). Visiting on Sunday and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service from Brenan's Chapel on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. with interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery Field of Honour. Remembrances may be made to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS MIDLAND, HMCS RIVIERE DU LOUP, HMCS HURON, HMCS BROCKVILLE

GRANT George H. Capt - 82, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in La Tuque, Quebec on May 27, 1925, he was a son of the late Harry and Laurence (Belanger) Grant. A veteran of the Second World War, George proudly served on board H.M.C.S. Louisbourg II Corvette on the North Atlantic. Active during the entire operation, he took part in the invasion of Normandy. Following the war, George served, and studied, in the Merchant Marine, working his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming Captain. While living in Quebec, Captain Grant's commands included the ocean going salvage tugs Foundation Venture and the Vigilant as well as the Trans Atlantic tanker, James Transport. He was also a lecturer in navigation at the Institut Maritime. Throughout his career, Captain Grant was recognized as an outstanding sea captain. In 1974, George officially became a Cape Bretoner when he moved to Port Hawkesbury, near the birthplace of his wife, Rose. Prior to retirement, he served as a ship's pilot out of Port Hawkesbury. After retiring, with his skills in great demand, he returned to the sea, once again serving as Captain on Trans Atlantic tankers. Captain Grant was a member of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (Sackville), the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and the Port Hawkesbury Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43. Throughout his life, George was an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and, a lifelong Liberal, he was always ready and willing to talk politics. Surviving are nieces and nephews, Luc (Annie Bergeron) Bigaouette, Anne (Udo) Bigaouette Stundner, Richard (Danielle Cheron) Bigaouette, all of Montreal, Juanita (Michael) Healy, Dartmouth, Deborah (Jay) Campbell, Calgary, Robyn (Ron) Peterson, Halifax and Elizabeth (Garnet) Sampson, Sydney. Also surviving are cousins Monique Boissonnault, Martha Morton and Tony King. George was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rose in 2002, brother Francois, sister Rosette and niece, Marie-Helene. A man of honour, strength, duty and discipline, he was warm hearted, generous and good humoured; truly a hero to his nieces and nephews. His was a happy ship; he will be remembered with fondness and love. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Homes, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax from where a memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. A reception will follow. Burial of ashes will take place at a later date. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS LOUISBURG

GREENWOOD, Howard Hamilton (Ham) - Born: 1918 Vancouver, BC, Died: 1990 Cohasset, Butte County, CA, USA

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

HADDOW , Peter D.H.  - passed away March 8, 2010, at the age of 105, at Calgary, AB. Peter was predeceased by his wife Jean in 1981, and is survived by his son Glen (Joan) Haddow of Dartmouth, NS, two daughters Patricia (Chuck) Faulkner of Calgary, Joan Haddow of Calgary, AB, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Peter was born in Scotland on November 21, 1904. He served three years in the Second Battalion of the Black Watch (1925 to 1928) prior to immigrating to Canada in 1929. He had been booked to go to Australia, but due to the Depression immigration was stopped there, however there were openings in Canada. "Poor Scotland, it will have to do without me." After many adventures crossing Canada, he arrived in Brandon, Manitoba to captain a Soccer team and start work at the Prince Edward Hotel. He met Jean, the daughter of the team's trainer (another Scot.) courted and then married his Jean in 1936. In 1935 he was asked to transfer to Saskatoon, for the opening of the Bessborough Hotel, where he worked with the exception of the war years until he retired in 1969 as a Sous-Chef. He served in the Navy on a corvette (the HMCS Pictou), in the North Atlantic, protecting the convoys. Peter was a long-time and loyal member of Victory Lodge No. 144 A.F. & A.M., Honourary Member of the Asquith Lodge No. 146 A.F. & A.M. and Lodge Progress No. 92 A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Rose Croix. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday the 13th of March, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Saskatoon Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Amanda Currie, with Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorial donations be made to the charity of one's choice.

 

HMCS PICTOU

HATCH, Henry Clifford - (1916-2006) - Liquour Distiller, he followed in his father's footsteps and took a business built on supplying bootleggers and turned it into a roaring success called Hiram Walker -- Was Scottish whisky maker Tommy Dewar thinking of Henry Clifford Hatch when he said "success is merely a matter of buying your experience cheap and selling it at a profit"? Cliff Hatch followed in his father's footsteps as head of Hiram Walker, Canada's second-largest liquor distiller (after Seagram), and made the liquor trade in this country as respectable as it could get. That wasn't always easy, given that the Hatch family rose to prominence in the heyday of bootlegging in the United States. But through business practices that may now seem quaint, harkening to a time when a person's word was his bond, Mr. Hatch cemented an upstanding reputation through tough but always civil competition, anchored by his deep Roman Catholic faith. Besides, he sure sold some fine hooch, namely, the ubiquitous Canadian Club rye whisky, Ballantine's Scotch, Kahlua and Tia Maria liqueurs, and Courvoisier cognac. In many ways, Mr. Hatch's career paralleled that of the other great Canadian liquor barons, the Bronfmans and their signature brand, Seagram. Mr. Hatch's father, Harry, was archrivals with the Bronfman patriarch, Sam, but only in business. Cliff Hatch, notes his son, chaired Mr. Sam's 80th birthday party in 1971. Mr. Hatch also had kind things to say when the Bronfman family's Fairview Corp. entered into a 50-50 partnership with the Toronto-Dominion Bank to build the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower in downtown Toronto. At the time, he was serving on the bank's board. Mr. Hatch was remembered as a gentleman both in and out of the boardroom. A favourite son of Windsor, Ontario, where Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. still fronts the Detroit River, he gave generously to a variety of charitable and civic causes. On his retirement, Hiram Walker employed 5,000 people worldwide, and annual profits were $250-million (U.S.). "He was a wonderful fellow, an industry leader and a good friend," said Charles Bronfman. "My father and Harry Hatch had a great feud going for many years, but they built great businesses, so Cliff Hatch and I could afford to compete as Friends. I told him there's nothing I enjoyed more than switching somebody from Canadian Club to [Seagram's] V.O. and he laughed and said, 'There's nothing I enjoy more than the reverse.' Neither of us wanted to put the other out of business. We worked as competitors, and as very good Friends. "But much more important to me, frankly, he was a fine human being." The groundwork was laid by Mr. Hatch's father during Prohibition in the United States. His father had tended bar in some tough saloons in eastern Ontario and ran a liquor store in Whitby, Ontario Harry Hatch made his money, though, first by going into the mail-order booze business and then by coming to the attention of Montreal tobacco-and-liquor magnate Sir Mortimer Davis, who hired the young go-getter as sales manager at his Corby whisky plant. Within two years, production went from 500 gallons a month to 50,000 gallons. Historian Bill Hunt, author of Booze, Boats and Billions, relates that, at about the same time, Sir Mortimer paid Mr. Hatch $1 for every case of whisky he could sell to American bootleggers. Mr. Hatch, his brother Herb, and future distiller Larry McGuiness recruited a fleet of fisherman to ferry the liquid gold through the Thousand Islands in an operation that came to be known as "Hatch's Navy." Harry Hatch prospered and, in 1923, he and some Toronto investors paid $1.5-million for the idle Gooderham and Worts, which had been the country's largest distiller. Three years later, the descendants of Hiram Walker, a Detroit grain merchant and father of Canadian Club whisky who died in 1899, sold the family concern to the elder Mr. Hatch for $14-million. Mr. Hatch merged his companies into Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts, headquartered in Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, and was dubbed "the king of Canadian distillers." By the time Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the elder Mr. Hatch had built the world's biggest distillery in Peoria, Illinois, capable of producing 50 million gallons of whisky a year. In 1937, he acquired Ballantine's Scotch Whisky, and just before the Second World War, built a huge distillery in Dumbarton, Scotland. His son, meantime, had been sent to boarding school in Montreal to learn French. He was 8. After high school at Saint Michael's College School in Toronto, Mr. Hatch considered studying for the Catholic priesthood. But, at his father's urging, he became a travelling salesman, at 17, for the T.G. Bright wine company, which the senior Mr. Hatch bought in 1933. Four years later, his son moved to Windsor to begin his ascent at Hiram Walker. In 1940, the younger Mr. Hatch personally received a British royal warrant from Lord Chamberlain at Buckingham Palace for Hiram Walker to purvey its goods in the Royal Court. Also that year, Mr. Hatch enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in corvettes on convoys that escorted fighting ships across the treacherous North Atlantic. It was dangerous work: At the height of the U-boat campaign, as many as half of the ships were sunk. Mr. Hatch served on three escorts. He was lieutenant commander on HMCS Napanee and captain on HMCS Drummondville and on HMCS Ville de Quebec. While leaving Halifax Harbour one day, a semaphore message signalled him that his wife, Joan, had given birth to a son two weeks earlier. He saw the worst of war up close but kept a stoic silence, recalled H. Clifford Hatch Jr. Instead, "his stories about the war were funny. He never talked about death and horror and the number of men he saw die." Harry Hatch died in 1946. Author Peter C. Newman relates in his book The Bronfman Dynasty that, a few weeks later, the Hatch family received a "sizable" offer for their controlling interest in Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts that was believed to have come from the Bronfmans. It was turned down flat. Cliff Hatch, meantime, built on his father's innovations. Brands, for example, had come to be an important aspect of whisky marketing and, following Prohibition and the Second World War, consumers restored their loyalties to Canadian Club and labels such as Imperial. In the area of merchandising, Hiram Walker was the first to gift-wrap its liquor. Unlike the generation that succeeded him, Mr. Hatch never attended university, save for a six-week executive training course in New York in the 1950s. He was crowned company president and Chief Executive Officer in 1964, and among his first tasks was the acquisition of Courvoisier cognac. He also engineered the purchase of the company's most profitable brand, Kahlua coffee liqueur. Company policy was to buy fewer labels and concentrate on marketing them. Of course, tasting was important. Mr. Hatch would sample the goods personally, "always before lunch because that's when your taste buds are most active... about 11 o'clock in the morning," says his son, who also became president and Chief Executive Officer of Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts. Mr. Hatch became company chairman in the late 1970s, and, in 1980, he initiated the merger between Hiram Walker Gooderham and Worts and Consumers' Gas Co. of Toronto to fend off a rival's bid for the liquor concern. A corporate shuffle in 1982 returned him as president and Chief Executive Officer following the $630-million (U.S.) acquisition of oil and gas properties in the United States from Davis Oil Co. of Denver. Hiram Walker stumbled badly when it was discovered that the properties held much less proved and probable oil reserves than originally thought. Mr. Hatch announced his retirement in 1984. But, when the Reichmann family of Toronto launched a $3-billion hostile takeover bid in 1986 for the renamed Hiram Walker Resources Ltd., the company sold the liquor subsidiary to Allied-Lyons PLC, based in Britain. Mr. Hatch finally retired in 1987. Today, Hiram Walker is owned by the French firm Pernod Ricard as a result of that company's acquisition last year of Allied Domecq, and the various brands have been parcelled out. Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. on Riverside Drive in Windsor still produces and bottles Canadian Club, sold in more than 150 countries, and several other labels, but it's all under contract to Kentucky-based Jim Beam. Its latest offering is pomegranate schnapps. Mr. Hatch left several major legacies in Windsor, despite having moved back to Toronto in 1994 to be closer to his children and grandchildren: He was founding chair of the Greater Windsor Community Foundation, which has supported the Basilian Fathers and the Art Gallery of Windsor. The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation has donated substantial sums to women's legal aid, Scouts Canada, and L'Arche Canada. And the Joan and Clifford Hatch Wildflower Garden commemorates the couple's contributions to the city's riverfront and parks system. In a particularly long struggle -- from 1938 to about 1980 -- Mr. Hatch was involved in efforts to remove rail lines from Windsor's waterfront. Like his own father, Mr. Hatch was a taciturn man who shunned the limelight. He made no public statements on the demise of the company his father founded. He never missed Sunday mass. "My father was very old-fashioned," said H. Clifford Hatch Jr. "He believed that good business was good for both sides. He believed his word was his bond. He always believed in never doing anything in the short term that would hurt the business in the longer term. And he believed that people made a big difference." Henry Clifford Hatch was born in Toronto on April 30, 1916, and died there on September 23, 2006, of cancer. He was 90. His wife, Joan, died in 2004. He leaves four children -- Cliff, Gail, Mary and Rick -- nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S7 Toronto)

 

HMCS NAPANEE, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE

HENDERSON, Gordon Hudson - passed away at Caressant Care-Bonnie Place on Sunday July 18, 2010 in his 85th year. Gord is survived by his beloved wife Louise Henderson (nee Keillor); his loving children David Henderson, Paul Henderson both of St. Thomas and Elizabeth Johnstone (Jeff Boughner) of London; grandchildren Stephanie Marshall, Melissa Marshall both of Sarnia, Kayla Congdon of Thunder Bay, Timothy Johnstone (Tammy Macdonald) of Kingston; and his four legged friend Razor. Gord was born November 27, 1925 in Lynn Massachusetts. He moved to Canada in 1927 residing in Lindsay, Ontario. In 1931 he moved to Temiscaming, Quebec where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and served on the H.M.C.S. Orillia and Port Hope. After the war he married Louise Keillor in 1950 and in 1951 started his career in railroading, working for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway for 35 years. Gord enjoyed volunteering at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Emergency Department for 15years, the Boy Scouts for 25 years and the Elgin County Railway Museum since it's inception. Visitation will be held at Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Wednesday July 21, 2010 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am. Interment in Union Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Lung Association or the Elgin County Railway Museum would be appreciated.

 

HMCS ORILLIA

HOLDER, Clinton E. (09 Sep 1922 - 20 Jun 2007) - Clint was born the youngest of three children in Davidson, Saskatchewan, and graduated from high school in Duncan, B.C. At twenty-one he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served as a radar artificer on the corvette HMCS Peterborough in the North Atlantic. After graduation from UBC, Clint began his thirty-five year career with the Department of Finance, Government of B.C. Clint was an active member of Central Baptist Church for many years. Upon retirement, he organized the Prime Timers and spent many happy years planning activities and bus tours for seniors. Sadly, the onset of dementia increasingly impacted the last 15 years of his life. Clint's final four months were spent at Broadmead Lodge where he received outstanding care, for which the family is most grateful. Clint is predeceased by his parents, his sister Mildred in 1946, and his son Dale in 1977. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean; his sister Dorothy Rhodes (Nanaimo); three daughters and their husbands: Ruth and Peter Pappas (New Westminster), Dana and Ken Baerg (Kamloops), and Pauline and Lech Bekesza (Cobble Hill); as well as six grandchildren: Noel (Kate) Pappas, Kelsey and Nadine Baerg, and Rachel, Abby and Levi Bekesza, and one great-grandchild, Alexander Pappas. Clint had a strong, unshakeable faith in God and lived a life which reflected his Christian beliefs. He will be remembered as a faithful and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and friend, displaying these qualities even in his last days. He will be greatly missed by us all, until we meet again. Memorial Service to be held at Central Baptist Church, Monday, June 25 at 1.30 pm. If desired, donations may be made in Clint's memory to Camp Qwanoes Camperships Program, Box 250, Crofton, BC, V0R 1R0.

 

HMCS PETERBOROUGH

HOLLAND, Kenneth Gerald (Buck) - 87 years, peacefully on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Loving husband for 66 years to Janet Nisbet Thomson Holland "Netta" (nee Meredith). Dear father of David and his wife Theresa of Kingsville, Randy and his wife Carol Ann of Leamington, Cheryl LeClair and her husband Keith of Leamington, and Mark of Leamington. Grandfather to Janet Mills and husband Josh, Johnny Bechard, Sarah and Matthew Holland, Chantel and Kyle Holland, Jennifer and Brian Langille, and great grandson Lincoln Mills. Also survived by a son-in-law John Bechard of Leamington, brothers Milford (the late Kay) of Dartmouth, N.S., Monte and wife Frances of Leamington, and brother-in-law Jim Wheeler of Windsor. Predeceased by a daughter Patti Bechard, parents Maggie Ann Brown and Wilbur Hugh Holland, brothers Ray (Madeleine) and Ronnie (Delores), and sisters Beverley Wheeler, May Holland, Ruby Countess (John), Bernice MacGregor (Lyle). Ken was a Veteran of World War II, as Petty Officer of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He enlisted October 28, 1940 at the age of 17 years, and was discharged August 10, 1945. He served on HMCS Lunenburg, K151, Flower Class Corvette, HMCS Iroquois, G89, Tribal Class Destroyer, HMCS Teme, K458, River Class Frigate, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br.#84 Leamington. Visiting at the Hammond Funeral Home 318 Erie Street South, Leamington (519-326-8423) on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service from the funeral home on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Liz Chaplin officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Royal Canadian Legion Br.#84 service Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS TEME

HOLLINS, George - Able seaman, pioneer of head Lake shore land, builder. Born January 19, 1923, in Toronto. Died July 10, in Kingston, Ontario, of cancer, aged 80. George Hollins was born to George Sr. and Alice, from Staffordshire, England, who had settled in the Oakridge area of Scarborough, Ontario Like many of this generation, he was raised in the Anglican Church. George was active in Cubs, Scouts, choir, Sunday School, Bible class, and the Anglican young people's association. As a young father, he devoted 12 years to church leadership as Sunday School superintendent. George attended Oakridge Public School and Scarborough Collegiate. Between church and school, lifelong Friendships were forged. He recorded, "in 1932, a sister, Margaret Rose, was born." He developed a fascination and, more significantly, a love for his childhood sweetheart, one Isa TIPPING who later became his wife and mother of their three children. Butting in on everyone's career, marriage and family plans, came the Second World War. George applied to the Royal Canadian Navy recruiting office at the Argonaut Rowing Club on Lake Ontario and was told they were not taking any inexperienced volunteers for "seaman" ratings. He was ultimately accepted as an "Engine Room Artificer -- Apprentice in Training." In his Life Story, George wrote: "There was no swearing-in ceremony, no documents to sign and no uniform was issued. Just simple instructions and a rail ticket to Galt, Ontario, in April 1941." George served in the Atlantic campaigns and moved in rank to chief petty officer. His ship's name was H.M.C.S. Midland. Like many who came of age in the war, this was the formative experience. Life's other milestones were captured in terms of "before the war," "during wartime," "after the war was over." George was honourably discharged and returned to his Toronto east-end home a sick man only to find his mother deathly ill with stomach cancer. Married in 1946, first child in 1947, second in 1949 and a third in 1955, George spent his working career with Ontario Hydro, starting as a clerk and finishing as a recruiter of engineers. At age 57, he retired to the family cottage and followed his true calling. What was his true calling? George loved nature: plants, trees, fish, birds, animals. For several years he hosted a fishing club with his buddies. His place became a virtual bird sanctuary as he distributed bird seed for every species. Dogs were his house companions, all of them rescued. He supported Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the lake, he will be most remembered for his gardens. On top of sandstone and thin soil, he built raised beds and co-operatively gardened with neighbours. He gave away vegetables and flowers and Friends returned it as winter preserves. To be with him in his beautiful garden was to be near paradise. For more than 20 years, George lived with his dogs in the family-built home at head Lake. He enjoyed independent living right through his 80th birthday. A persistent sore throat sent him to Kingston General Hospital on April 1. He said a choked good-bye to his dog Bozo and walked through the blizzard to the car where the cancer volunteer driver held a door open for him. In hospital, he fought valiantly for his health and his life. Never short on charm, he captured the hearts of many nurses -- "This one's a heart-breaker," they cried. He didn't want to die. He wanted to return to the garden. He remained positive and hopeful to the end even though he described this fight as being "like going to sea in a sieve." When he died, this larger-than-life lover-of-life left large footprints on many hearts. Gayle is George's eldest daughter.

 

HMCS MIDLAND

HONEY, Gilbert Leonard - Gilbert Leonard Honey passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years at the Foothills Hospital, Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Gil was born in Calgary on July 29, 1920. He attended SAIT before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. From 1941 to 1942 he served on the West Coast aboard the patrol vessel HMCS Meander. In 1943 he was transferred to the corvette HMCS Port Arthur, which fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and was part of the screening force that defended the Allied invasion fleet to Utah Beach on D-Day. He married his loving wife Marion Gibson of Rosedale, Alberta in 1947. After the war, he worked for R. Smith and Company, and then for twenty-five years at Economy Carriers. Gil was a kind and caring husband and father, and volunteered as a Cub Scout and Sea Scout leader. He was an outstanding handy-man and with great patience he passed these skills on to his two sons. From the words in his school yearbook to the words spoken by the nurses that last cared for him, "Gil really was a honey." We all feel fortunate to have shared the life of this great Canadian and wonderful human being. Gil is survived by his wife Marion; sons, Jamie (Donna), Cam (Deb); granddaughter Lauren and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Calgary Crematorium Chapel, 3219 - 4 Street N.W. (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery) on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 2:30 p.m., with the Reverend Jan Craig of Parkdale United Church officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Gil's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Second Floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR, HMCS MEANDER

HULBERT, John Adrian (Jack), L/Tel, RCN - died: Mar 2012

 

HMCS HUSKY, HMCS FLEUR DE LIS, HMCS THE PAS, HMCS SOREL, HMCS NANAIMO, HMCS THORLOCK

INGLIS, John Paterson, V965, RCNVR - Veteran WW 2. Born in Montreal on May 21, 1923. Beloved husband and best friend for 64 years of Patricia Joan Inglis (nee Cutler). Beloved father and mentor of Katherine (Leo Buckley), Susan (Peter Hubbard), Barbara (Bruce Brown) and J. Timothy Inglis. Adored grandfather of Krista (Tim O'Connor), Jonathan (Kelly Buckley), Andrea (Nathan Breedyk), Heather Brown, Kaylie Inglis and Bryn Inglis. Great-grandson Patrick O'Connor. Very much loved godfather of Tracy McReynolds. Predeceased by sister Patricia Bourne (the late Alex), parents John Andrew and Anna Inglis. Survived by nephew Ian Bourne (Heather) and niece Jane Kreig (Ron). Graduate of McGill University 1950. Employed by AECL, Chalk River Laboratories. Navy veteran of WWII. As per John's request, his body has been donated to Queen's University Medical/Science Department for Educational Studies. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Deep River on Thursday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. In memoriam donations to the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre, Deep River or the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Valley Funeral Home, Deep River.

 

HMCS MOOSE JAW, HMCS NENE

IRVING, William Anderson (03 Mar 1920 - 21 Jun 2013) - Born in Calgary, Alberta on March 3, 1920, Bill sailed to calmer seas on Friday, June 21, 2013. Bill served for five years aboard the HMCS Midland during World War II then embarked with a career as a machinist and millwright for various well known Calgary based companies, ending his very successful career with Cominco Ltd. Bill has left behind a career and noble past as a dedicated, devoted tradesman, there are many cars still on the road today that have benefited from his expertise. He was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, an honorable and genuine Calgarian and Canadian. William is survived by son Chris Irving, daughter Marianne MacDonald, son-in-law Stu MacDonald, grandson Shaun MacDonald and granddaughter Leanne MacDonald; long-time friend Marnie Staub and her family and Taso and Colleen Mentzelopoulos and family. He was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia and son William (Bucky) Irving. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 - 14 Street S.W.) today, June 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. A Graveside Service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Southwood Hospice (211 Heritage Drive S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1M9. Telephone 403-252-0620). In living memory of Bill Irving, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS MIDLAND

JACKSON, Herbert William, Lt, RCN - North Atlantic Convoy Duty. Herb went to be with his Lord in a peaceful sleep on December 28, 2008 at Georgetown, Ontario. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Virginia Terais (neé East). Herb was the much loved father of Bill Jackson (Margaret) and Terry Jackson Mason (Daryl) and grandfather of Bradley Jackson (Kelli), and Kevin Grubbe. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Catharine Alyce Jackson Napier. Herb was also a great-grandfather to Lauren and Ainsley Jackson and Michael Grubbe. He was honoured at Buckingham Palace for his service as Lay Chaplain to the Mission to Seamen, Sarnia Region. Herb was inducted to the Lambton Sports Hall of Fame, awarded the Order of Huron by the Diocese of Huron for exceptional ministry and was the oldest veteran to be inducted as a member of the Acton Legion Branch 197. Cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance will take place at the time of interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia, Ontario at a later date. Remembrances to the Mission to Seamen, Pier 51 – 8 Unwin Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1A1 would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

JENSON, Latham Breton (Yogi), Cmdr, CM, RCN - Born in Calgary in 1921 to the late Ernest and Sarah (Holgate) Jenson, he is survived by his wife, Alma (Doupe); daughter, Sarah (Carlyle); sons, Lynn (Helen), Middle Musquodoboit; Tom, Sydney; grandchildren, Sam, Luke, Jessie Lee, and Molly. He was predeceased by grandson, Ben; sister, Margaret; brother, Gerald. In 1938, he joined the RCN and trained with the RN until 1941. He served in HMS Renown, searching for Graf Spee in the South Atlantic and engaging battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau during which he lost all his possessions; HMS Matabele and Hood, leaving that ship just before she was sunk with all hands in battle with the Bismarck; HMCS Ottawa on convoy duty - year later she was sunk with great loss of life in battle with German submarines; HMCS Niagara as XO. In 1943 he briefly commanded the corvette Long Branch; destroyer Algonquin as XO taking part in raids on German ships, including the Tirpitz, and being one of the first ships to open fire in the invasion of Normandy. Algonquin completed the war raiding German ships and escorting Allied convoys to Murmansk. After the war, he attended Naval College, Royal Road, HMCS Stadacona, and NATO Defence College in Paris. He served in naval intelligence, HMCS Cayuga; commanded Crusader, Micmac and Fort Erie, and the 7th Escort Squadron. Cmdr. Jenson settled in Nova Scotia and illustrated a number of much-loved books, including, "Vanishing Halifax", "Nova Scotia Sketchbook", "Last of the Tall Schooners". "Saga of the Great Fishing Schooners", and wrote his autobiography, "Tin Hat's, Oilskins & Seaboots". As president of the Heritage Trust he took part in the campaign to stop the demolition of historic waterfront buildings in Halifax and prepared conceptual drawings of the restored waterfront. He was a member of the board of governors of the first Schooner Bluenose foundation and served more than 22 years on the board of the Nova Scotia Museum and as chairman of the advisory council of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. In this capacity, he instigated the acquisition of HMCS Sackville, the last corvette remaining from the Second World War, and its restoration to its wartime configuration as a memorial to those who fought and won the Battle of the Atlantic. Earlier this year, he was made a member of the Order of Canada for his heritage work. Family memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Foundation or HMCS Sackville Trust.

 

HMS EREBUS (1938), HMS FROBISHER (1939), HMS VINDICTIVE (1939), HMS RENOWN (1939), HMS MATABELE (1940), HMS HOOD (1941), HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS LONG BRANCH, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS FORT ERIE

JONES-FRANCIS, James CD, Commodore, RCN - Born 1914 in Liverpool. Passed away June 1, 2001, West Vancouver, B.C. Predeceased by wife Marjorie (nee Jowett) of Lachine, Quebec and daughters Lynne and Kimberly. Survived by daughter Lesley Jones of Toronto; son Barrie Jones of Vancouver; grandchildren Mariah Crawley, Bianca, Alexi and Steffan Jones. Served on HMS Persian, HMCS Saskatoon, Mimico, Matane, Cape Scott. Former director B.C.S.P.C.A. Send memories to Barrie Jones, 3392 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6R 1Y4.

 

HMCS MIMICO, HMCS SASKATOON, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS MATANE

KATHRENS, Harold Arthur (1923 - 2005) - It is with great sadness that we announce Harold's passing at the Chinook Hospice on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at the age of 82. Harold served with the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Port Arthur as a sonar operator while on convoy and mine-sweeping duty in the North Atlantic and English Channel during World War II. He later served with the Royal Canadian Air Force for fifteen years, as well as logging some time with Canada Post, working on Alberta's oil rigs and at Jack Carter's Auto Dealership, and a number of years as a restaurant operator (with wife Evelyn) in Courtenay, BC. Harold comes from and has fathered a large family. Predeceased by son Steven (Diane); brothers, Stan (Betty) and Vic (Louise); sisters, Betty (Bill) and Marge (Roy). Harold is survived by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Evelyn; sons, Martin (Deborah), Kelly (Kathy), Randy (Theresa), Harley (Denise), Rick (Pauline) and Rob (Debra); sister Audrey (Al); sixteen grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Harold will be remembered as a gentle man of few words, and a man who was always there for his family. He used to say he would live to one hundred, and in our hearts, he will. We would like to thank Harold's many Caregivers for their compassion, patience and good humor. Private Interment at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted, with thanks, by the Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary, T2V 4Y8. Leyden's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

KIRK, H.W. (Bill) - Born in Sussex, NB, October 14th, 1923 Passed in Halifax, NS September 18th, 2010 - With great sadness the family of Herbert Willis 'Bill' Kirk announces his passing, at age 86, in Halifax, NS hospital on September 18, 2010. Survived by his loving wife Anne (nee Hirtle) of 56 years, his daughter Debbie Morley (Ross) and grandchildren Alexandra & James of Toronto. Bill Kirk, born October 14, 1923 to James Herbert Kirk and Marjorie Bolton Kirk (nee Willis) in Sussex, NB. Bill joined the RCN (Permanent Force) as Boy Telegraphist in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII, serving on Canadian Corvettes, most memorably HMCS Lunenburg. Upon his naval engagement expiring in 1948, Bill joined the RCMP and was well-known on his motorcycle patrol of the Bedford Highway and as head of RCMP Highway Patrol over Nova Scotia thoroughfares and New Brunswick. Bill was honoured with RCMP assignments as personal bodyguard to various officials and dignitaries including HRH Duke of Edinburgh on Royal Family tours of Canada. Following his retirement from RCMP in 1961, Bill took the position of Supervisor in the province of New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Division for 24 years, residing in Fredericton NB. Bill retired in 1985, and in 1988 he and Anne returned to home port of Halifax, making their home in Clayton Park. According to Bill's specific wishes, cremation has already occurred and there will be no funeral service. Family and friends are invited to a reception of remembrance at the Kirk residence in Clayton Park, Saturday September 25th, 2pm - 4pm, followed by a family-only service of interment at Fairview Columbarium.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG

KIRTON, George Alvin - Peacefully on July 4, 2003 George Alvin Kirton, beloved husband of Ivadell (nee Burns) passed away at the Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 79 years. Besides his wife Ivadell, George is survived by his two sons, Brian (Gail) and Craig (Debbie). Grandchildren, Brianne (Ken), Bradley, Joel, Todd and Ryan. Great-grandchildren, Rhiannon and Cade as well as many relatives and friends. George was predeceased by his father Charles and mother Annie (Hill). George started with CNR as an apprentice in 1941 at the Fort Rouge Yards and moved on to the Transcona Shops as a Carman until his retirement in 1985. George served his county as a seaman on the HMCS Mimico, corvette service in the North Atlantic during the Second World War. George had been a member of the Sons of Scotland Melrose Camp 136. George served on the vestry at St. Saviours Anglican Church. George was active in the 1960s and 1970s with the Cub Scouts of the 29th Morse Place Peguis District receiving two dedicated service awards. Georges recreational activities were square/round dancing and curling. During his retirement years, George enjoyed his time at the cottage he built on the Lee River. Our sincerest thanks go to the staff at Deer Lodge Centre T6 for the kindness and support. His family, friends and all those who knew him will sadly miss George. His memory will always be cherished. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. with Rev. Ray McMurray officiating. Cremation will take place and interment will follow at a later time. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS MIMICO

LANCASTER, Cullis Stanley Jardine (Cully) - passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital on Sunday May 4, 2014 at age 94. Loving husband of Cynthia for 54 years, proud father of Lisa Kershaw (Jim) and Mark, and enthusiastic grandpa of Gillian, William and Robert Kershaw. Cully was born March 7, 1920 in Vancouver and raised in Moose Jaw, SK. When the Second World War started, he volunteered early for the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He trained at HMCS Royal Roads, Victoria as an officer and was at sea for most of the war, serving in the Battle of the Atlantic and in convoys across the Mediterranean aboard HMCS Moose Jaw and HMCS Ribble. On D-Day, he carried troops to Juno Beach aboard LCI(L) 135. A cherished memory, at the age of 89, was returning to Normandy with his grandchildren. He graduated from Queen's University in 1947 and began a career in transportation, initially with Hamilton Street Railway and latterly Johnson Terminals. Queen's held a special place in his heart and he was thrilled when his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter all graduated from there. He was a committed volunteer with the Naval Officers' Assoc of BC and Canada, the Pacific Open Heart Assoc and St Christopher's Church, where he worshipped for over 50 years. But it was his family from which he derived the greatest pleasure: golfing, cruising, and attending hundreds of his grandchildren's sports events. Sincere thanks to Dr Robert Scott and the palliative team at Lions Gate Hospital for their compassionate care. A celebration of life will be held at St Christopher's Anglican Church, 1068 Inglewood, West Vancouver, Saturday, May 17 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Naval Endowment Fund or Pacific Open Heart Assoc. will be gratefully appreciated.

 

HMCS MOOSE JAW, HMCS RIBBLE, LCI(L) 135

LANGSTON, Charles Ewing (Charlie) - Navy veteran, family man, career banker. Born Sept. 7, 1924, in Montreal. Died Aug. 2 in Burlington, Ont., of complications from diabetes, aged 85. - Charlie Langston arrived in Westmount, Que., as the firstborn child of John and Isobel Mary Langston. He was often described as a miracle baby because his father was 60 and his parents were not sure a family was in the cards for them. As a youth, Charlie led the Lewis Avenue gang, who met in the basement "clubhouse" of the Langston home. They would wait outside the Montreal Forum on father-and-son nights, when they could get in to see the Habs play for a special admission of 50 cents - as long as they could find and convince an "adopted" dad going to the game. Charlie was a tough but devoted older brother to Catherine and Harry, and was often left to mind them when his parents went out to play bridge. In 1943, Charlie joined the navy. He faced his father's death the same year. Charlie served in the Battle of the Atlantic on the HMCS Mayflower. In recent years he recounted more of his navy memories, including the many hours spent chipping ice off the deck in frigid seas to keep the ship balanced. After the war Charlie returned to Montreal, married Marge Armstrong, the love of his life, and joined the Bank of Commerce, as it was known at the time. Their only child, Susan, was born in Montreal in 1950. After postings in Winnipeg and New York, he was summoned to the head office in Toronto, where he ultimately became senior vice-president of international banking at CIBC. Charlie travelled the world for the bank, building its global business and making friends at every stop. A busy banking day in Toronto nearly always ended on time for Charlie, with a sprint to the GO train. Only rarely was a dinner with Marge and Susan missed. Charlie and Sue always took on the after-dinner cleanup, debating the important topics of the day. Charlie and Marge shared a love of gardening and spent many hours cultivating flowers and growing vegetables. In addition to manicuring his own garden, over the years he helped Susan landscape her homes. Always generous with his love for his family, he taught his grandchildren, Diane and Jeff, the finer points of skipping rope, model railroading, sledding down a frozen hill, enjoying a family meal and swimming in his backyard pool. After Charlie's retirement in 1984, Agnico-Eagle Mines needed his expertise. Charlie served as a board member for 15 years, stepping up to board chairman after the death of the company founder. Life's challenges were many for Charlie but he always started and finished every day with a smile. He treated me like the son he never had and I am blessed to have shared the last 45 years of his life. (The Globe and Mail 12 Nov 2010)

 

HMCS MAYFLOWER

LAWSON, Graham, Lt - Born July 31, 1913 Victoria, BC, Died July 30, 1998 Brockville, ON

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

LITTLE, Vernon Earle, CPO1 WU  Born: 1924  Died: 1979

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS LUNENBURG, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

LUCKRAFT, Alen Miller (20 Feb 1923 - 27 Nov 2008)  - Passed away peacefully in Surrey Memorial hospital after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Clara, step-son Wayne Jardine (Elvie), step-daughter Betty Morris (Tom) and their families. Al will also be missed by his nieces, nephew and cousins. Al was born Star City, Saskatchewan, and served in the navy including the Normandy invasion during WW2 aboard the HMCS Lunenburg. After leaving the navy Al resided in BC where he enjoyed quiet times fishing and canoeing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Surrey Hospital Foundation. Special thanks to Dr. D. Fransen and Dr. Andrew Wong.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG

LYONS, Douglas Burnell - In hospital Thursday, April 19, 2007, age 82. Beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, proud Veteran, and former President of local Square Dance Association. He retired from Maclaren Industries (Thurso Pulp & Paper) as manager in 1989. Survived by his loving wife Dorothy Patteeuw; children James (Jeanne), Allison, and Gaylin; daughter-in-law Kathy; grand-children Scott, Laura, and Sarah; sisters Eleanor (Ed) Lowery and Elizabeth (Howard) Janes and their families; step-children Lynn, Andrea, and Maureen (Phil); step-grandchildren Amanda (Paul), Tracey, Kirstin, Ryan (Heather), Chris, Val, Kara, Cassie, and Krystal; and great-grandchildren Riann and Belle. Predeceased by first wife Iris (nee White) and son Ian. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday April 25 at 11 a.m. in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel, 2500 Baseline Road, followed by a reception. Private inurnment. In remembrance, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

MARTIN, Douglas Paul - WWII Veteran, Retired CNR Brass Shop. Peacefully, in Ottawa, surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the age of 90 years. Beloved husband of Edna Ray Kelsey. Dear father of Kelsey "Syd" (Michele), and Shelley (Gary O'Toole). Cherished grandfather of Andrea, Taylor-Ann and David. Also survived by his brother Joey (Tillie), nieces Carole Cholewicki (Henry) and Ruby Ranger (Lionel) as well as several other nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the staff at Peter D. Clark Centre for their wonderful care. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline Rd.) Nepean on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. until time of memorial service in the chapel at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Society would be appreciated.

 

HMCS PICTOU

MARTIN, Douglas Sutherland - formerly of Red Springs died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center at the age of 94. Mr. Martin was born in England on June 11, 1918, to the late Alan Martin and Beatrice Farquhar. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Bullock Martin, and his second wife, Bobby Fields McGirt Martin. Mr. Martin honorably served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve during WWII and the Korean War. He was a member of the Red Springs Presbyterian Church where he served on many committees. He was employed with Sinclair Lumber Company in Laurinburg as a purchasing agent. Mr. Martin enjoyed spending his spare time maintaining his yard. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Gibson-Martin of Lumberton; a son, Alan D. Martin (Sue) of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; a daughter, Margaret M. Garrard (Kenneth Williams) of Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada; a step-son, Pem McGirt of Pinehurst, NC; a brother, Kent Martin (Joan) of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada; grandchildren, Christa Huberdeau (Mike), Scott Martin (Leah), Craig Martin, Michael Kelly (Teresa); great grandchildren, Tyler, Olivia, Chase, and Cohen, many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the home of Douglas & Rosemary Gibson-Martin in Lumberton. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Alloway Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Red Springs Presbyterian Church, Reverend Shuford White officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Red Springs Presbyterian Church, 117 N. Vance Street, Red Springs, NC 28377 and/or The Salvation Army, 220 E. Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

 

HMCS MAYFLOWER, HMCS SUDBURY

MATHESON, Daniel Alexander - 93, of Front Lake Road, Dutch Brook, passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. Born in Glen Tosh, Victoria Co., he was a son of the late William and Catherine (MacAskill) Matheson. Dan was a veteran of the Second World War and served for the RCNVR naval services in 1942 on the HMCS Pictou and was the last member of this ship's crew. After honorary discharge in 1946 he went to work at the Sydney steel plant, until the early 1950s. In the mid 50s Dan was employed in the barbering trade on Charlotte Street until his retirement in 1978. Dan was a member and Elder of Bethel Presbyterian Church and was a member of Knights of Pythias and the Matheson Clan. He was a very strong Christian and travelled around Cape Breton taking part in church services especially Gaelic services. Dan is survived by one daughter, Lynda (Richard) Munroe, Dutch Brook; one son, Ron (Coreen), Sydney; grandsons, Marc and Andrew Munroe, Dutch Brook; granddaughter, Kim (Matheson) (Eric) Bourgeois, Montreal; great-grandson, Mathieu Matheson Bourgeois, Montreal; one brother, Norman (Dot), Hansport, N.S.; one sister, Jessie (Donald) Ross, Baddeck; brother-in-law, D.J. MacDonald, South Haven; many nieces, nephews and friends, very special friend, Barbara Crosby, Sherbrooke, N.S. Dan was predeceased by his wife Donna (Buchanan) Matheson in 1990, one sister, Annie MacDonald. Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in Bethel Presbyterian Church Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Lyle officiating. Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pine Hill Cemetery, Box 15, Englishtown, N.S., B0C 1H0.

 

HMCS PICTOU

MAY, George Edward, Petty Officer Stoker - was a passenger aboard the Newfoundland ferry 'S.S. Caribou' on 14 October 1942, when-without warning-it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat. "The Caribou served the North Sydney-Port Aux Basques ferry run from 1925 until 1942, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. It sank with a loss of 136 lives. (Newfoundland Provincial Archives)

 

HMCS MORDEN

MAYHEW, John Lawrence (Jack) (1922 - 2008) - Peacefully, with his family by his side, at the Heritage Green Nursing Home on Saturday, December 27, 2008, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Mildred Mayhew. John served in WWII with the R.C.A.F. on the H.M.C.S. Matapedia. John enjoyed a lifelong career with Mutual of Omaha and later R.B.C. Insurance. Loved father of Robert Mayhew (Hilda), Bonnie Friesen, Randy Mayhew, Douglas Mayhew (Shelley), and Gloria Turner (Donald). Loving grandfather of Lesley (Matt Bond) and James Mayhew, Laura and Sarah Friesen, Brett and Amy Mayhew, Melissa Stewart (Jason) and Michael Turner, and a great- grandson, Braeden Bond. Private cremation has taken place. An open house to celebrate Jack's life will be held at the Stoney Creek United Church, 1 King Street West, at Lake Ave., Stoney Creek, on Sunday, January 18, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Heritage Green Nursing Home. In John's memory, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS MATAPEDIA

MERRYWEATHER, Bruce - passed away at the Misericordia Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the age of 85. He was born in 1923 in Fallis, Alberta and spent many years in the west Wabamun Lake area, a place he treasured. Grandad will be lovingly remembered by his son, Frank and grandchildren, Emma and Daniel along with their mother Cherie. He will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bruce was predeceased by his wife Marion in 1992 and his brother Hugh (lost when HMCS Louisburg was sunk) in 1943. In 1941, at age 18, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Port Arthur from April 1944 to the end of the war. He had a distinguished career with Canada Customs spanning 35 years including four lovely years in Jasper in the 1950s. An avid curler, golfer and walker, Bruce participated in these activities well into his eighties. He loved the outdoors and animals. He was an active volunteer for the Cross Cancer Institute for many years. For the last four years, Bruce lived at Canterbury Manor and Canterbury Court. Funeral Services will be held at Foster and McGarvey Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bruce's honor may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2, (780) 432-8771 or to St. Aidan and Ste. Hilda Anglican Church, c/o The Anglican Diocese of Edmonton Synod Office, 10035 - 103 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5J 0X5, (780) 439-7344. Frank would like to send a grateful thank you to the nurses and doctors in the Misericordia Hospital, Unit Six East, for their compassion, help and friendship in Bruce's last months here on Earth.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

MONEY, John Alexander (Jack), Sig, V24556, RCNVR - With great sadness the family announces the passing of Jack Money on December 2, 2000 at his residence after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1919 in Minto, Manitoba he moved to Winnipeg. He spent his working life in the Canadian soft drink industry beginning his career with Coca-Cola in 1939. During the Second World War, Dad served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a signalman aboard HMCS Louisburg I. He continued his 45 year career retiring from the Dr. Pepper Company in 1984. Moving to Niagara Falls in 1989, Dad joined the Royal Canadian Naval Association (RCNA) where he enjoyed the company of many shipmates and friends. Jack is survived by his loving wife Beth; children, John (Jean), Tom, Kellie Hillman (Bill), Cathie Muirhead (Ken) grandchildren, Jason Hillman (Shirley), Dawn and Bryan Money, Kelly and Christine Money, Nicole and John Muirhead and great-grandchildren Ashley and Jeffrey Hillman. A memorial service will be conducted by the RCNA at the Niagara Funeral Home, 5647 Main Street, Niagara Falls, Ont., on December 6 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Donations to the Hotel Dieu Hospital Oncology Department, 155 Ontario St., St. Catherines, Ont., L2R 5K3. (Winnipeg Free Press 04 Dec 2000)

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS STADACONA II, HMCS AVALON, HMCS LOUISBURG, HMCS FORT RAMSEY, HMCS TURPLE HEAD, HMCS GIVENCHY III

MacDONALD, Harry Bernard (08 May 1921 - 17 Jul 2010) - 89, formerly of Shubenacadie, passed away suddenly July 17, 2010 at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, Halifax, NS. Born in Shubenacadie, he was a son of the late Robie and Alice (Miller) MacDonald. Harry was a veteran of the Second World War serving in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Morden, Summerside and Fort Erie. Sailing with the naval fleet off the coast of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, he participated in the Allied invasion of Europe. Following the war, he trained as a carpenter and was employed by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. He then worked in the construction industry mostly in the Halifax area. With its technological advancements, he often spoke of his experiences during building of the Victoria General Hospital. In the early 1970s, he trained as a vocational teacher at the Moncton Institute of Technology. He taught at the Colchester Regional Vocational School in Truro, retiring in 1986. Harry was an avid hunter, fisher and enjoyed the outdoors, telling stories and sharing a laugh. He had a great interest in baseball and was a Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was a member of Shubenacadie United Church and Shubenacadie Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 111. He is survived by his son Bernard "Bernie" (Ann), Truro; daughters Betty (Jim) Fulton, Shubenacadie; Connie King (partner Dwayne Doucette), Cow Bay; grandchildren, Jason (Philippa) MacDonald, Auckland, New Zealand; Cari (Harvey) Gray, Bridgewater, Andrew Fulton, Denver, Colorado, and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Alex and Ashleigh MacDonald; Mara Gray, and Jordan Fulton; several nieces and nephews and son-in-law Ray King. . He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis (Sargent); brothers Trevlyn "Trev", Clarence "Clem" and Ralph. The family wants to thank all the staff on 5 West, Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building who cared for Dad so compassionately and respectfully. Their special care of Dad and their concern and kind words for us are very much appreciated. The funeral service will be at the Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie on Tuesday, August 10th at 2 p.m. with M. Dale Crawford, DLM officiating. A reception will follow. Interment in Preeper Hill Cemetery, Shubenacadie. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shubenacadie United Church or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS MORDEN, HMCS SUMMERSIDE, HMCS FORT ERIE

MacLAREN, David James- Lt D.J. MacLAREN DROWNS AT SYDNEY - Lieut. David James MacLaren, 23, Heathdale Rd., was drowned yesterday at Sydney, N.S., when a whaler he was sailing with two other men capsized. Harbor craft from the shore establishment, HMCS Protector, picked up the three men, but efforts to revive MacLaren were unsuccessful. Lieut. MacLaren enlisted in October, 1941, and following a course at King's college, NS, severed three years as first lieutenant aboard HMCS Midland, which is now being decommissioned. A brother, Ian, was lost when HMCS Valleyfield went down off Newfoundland in 1944. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth MacLaren, Heathdale Rd., and one brother, Kenneth, at home. (Toronto Star, 1945)

 

HMCS MIDLAND

MacLEOD, Gordon Irwin, Killed 06 Feb 1943 - Gordon was born in Sydney in April 1923. He attended Ashby School and came to the Sydney Academy in 1939. He enlisted in the Navy in August, 1941, and took his basic training at Sydney and St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. From March to September, 1942, he served in the North Atlantic Patrol, and was a Signalman aboard HMCS Louisburg when she was sunk in action with the enemy in the Mediterranean on February 6, 1943. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. James D. Macleod, 251 Union Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia (from the Sydney Academy Memorial Booklet)

 

HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMCS LOUISBURG

MacPHAIL, John Angus, Coder, V1588, Killed - 06 Feb 1943 - John was born at Argyle Shore, PEI on Feb. 3, 1923. He enlisted in the navy in July 1941 and training at HMCS Queen Charlotte. He was a wireless operator on the Corvette Louisburg, which was torpedoed and sunk on 06 Feb 1943. John was 20 years of age.

 

HMCS LOUISBURG

McCARRON, Silverius James (20 Jun 1921 - 18 Jul 2011) - Passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Place Nursing Home in Cambridge in his 90th year. Jim was born in Montague, PEI to Frank and Lavenia (McKearney). As a teenager, Jim was learning the blacksmith trade from his father. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Jim enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and spent time first aboard H.M.C.S. Prescott and then H.M.C.S. Quesnel. After the war, Jim moved back to Montague and married his sweetheart Mildred. After a few years, they moved to Hamilton and Jim started with Dominion Glass (DomGlas) and spent the next 38 years working in the glassworks. He was also active in H.M. Army and Navy Veterans Club in Hamilton in the early years. After retirement, Jim spent his time between the family cottage, his grandchildren and the Glass Workers Retirees Club. Jim is predeceased by his wife Mildred (July 2005) and his grandson Robert (April 2008). He is survived by his sons Frank (Brenda) of Kitchener and Michael (Sandy) of Hamilton, grandchildren Catherine, Kristine and James, and survived by his sister Teresa McKeeman of North Rustico, PEI. Friends may call at the Upper James Chapel of Cresmount Funeral Home , 1020 Upper James Street, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (1694 Upper James Street) on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Luke's Place Foundation.

 

HMCS PRESCOTT, HMCS QUESNEL

McDONALD, Mel - Following a lengthy illness Mel passed away on June 23, 2011, enveloped in the warmth of his family's love. Mel was born in Winnipeg on September 26, 1923 and lived his entire life here. He grew up on Polson Avenue enduring the tough times of the Great Depression and was always proud of his North End roots. With the Second World War raging, in 1940 he lied about his age and enlisted in the Canadian Navy at the age of 17 years. He served onboard the corvette, HMCS Louisbourg and the minesweeper, HMCS Kentville providing escort duty for convoys crossing a very dangerous Atlantic Ocean. He left as a boy and returned very much a man. Just prior to enlisting he met Isobel Elrick, a beautiful girl from the West End. She was the love of his life from the moment he saw her. They married in 1945 and enjoyed 66 years of love and life together raising their boys in their Elmwood home. Following the war Mel worked briefly for Hudson's Bay and then found his true calling in the petroleum industry first as a serviceman with North Star Oil and subsequently his own business Beaver Pump Service. If you bought gas for your car at a North Star or Shell Oil station in Manitoba in the 1950s through 1980s it was through pumps and tanks that Mel had installed. Mel's mechanical abilities were astounding - he was the go-to-guy in the neighbourhood when someone needed something built or repaired and his small garage held as much stock as Home Depot. Mel was an avid and competitive bowler for over 40 years and represented the province at several international tournaments. He also greatly enjoyed golfing especially with King Fenske, whom he regarded as his third son. Mel's greatest passion in life though was his family. Dad, Grampa and Great-Grampa never missed a school concert, graduation or sporting event if one of his family members was involved and Uncle Mel's Christmas fudge was the stuff of legend. Mel retired at age 62 and enjoyed a busy 25 years with lots of travel to Hawaii, California, Barbados and numerous other destinations. Mel was the last of the McDonald boys' being predeceased by brothers Albert, Ray, and Arnold. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Isobel, sons Ken (Patty), Bob (Alice), grandchildren Cathleen (Tony), Shannon (Darren), Dereck, Jamie, Cody and Kelsey, great-grandchildren Brendan, Reid, Shane and Tanner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doreen and Frank Scherer and sister-in-law Alma. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Mel's long time doctor, Denis Caners and the staff on the third floor at Concordia Hospital who provided such compassionate care in his final days. A celebration of Mel's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 30 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face The rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

HMCS LOUISBURG, HMCS KENTVILLE

McKENZIE, Colin Craig (13 Mar 1923 - 05 Oct 2011) - A Veteran of World War II – Canadian Navy Retired Winnipeg Firefighter Proud member of the White Ensign and Royal Canadian Legions - Surrounded by his loving family, Colin McKenzie passed away at Riverview Health Centre at the age of eighty eight. Carrying on the memories of Colin's life are his beloved wife of sixty three years, Judy; his children Richard, Carol, and Sandra (Joey); his grandchildren Katie Rose, Caitlin, Amelia, and Jillian; and Pia Carroll. Colin grew up in West Kildonan with his parents, Samuel and Gertrude, and his brother Gordon. He was in the midst of a winning 1942 hockey season with St. Boniface when, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted with his friend Richard McDonald in the navy. The majority of his three years of service was as an Able Seaman – Leading Seaman Torpedo Man on the H.M.C.S Lunenburg. Throughout his life, Colin remained active in the White Ensign and Royal Canadian Legions, doing his part to honour the stories of the war and those like his chum Richard who never returned. He served as the White Ensign's Vice-President, spoke on many Remembrance Days to high school students, and was involved in many Legion initiatives, such as the Poppy Campaign. Colin was a man who lived to serve others and when he returned from the war he became a Winnipeg Firefighter. During the thirty sixth year of his career, he was on vacation and one day shared with Judy that he didn't really feel like going back to work. She agreed that it was fine with her, so he retired on holidays in 1985 as Acting District Chief. He always loved telling that story. In his retirement, Colin was able to spend time doing things that brought him joy, like curling, golfing, gardening, and traveling with his family. He was a life-time member of the Pembina Curling Club and golfed for many years at Transcona, although perhaps his secret favourite was the little nine-hole Crescent Drive, a three minute walk from home in the heart of his frequented and best loved walking path of Crescent Drive Park. Colin tended a bountiful and beautiful garden. Colin was a special man, a fun, funny, sometimes grumpy, and always loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Our family holds so many wonderful memories of his spirit and will forever cherish the gifts he brought to our lives. We would like to warmly thank the staff of Riverview's 2West for your excellent care of Colin over the past few years; thank you also to all our Riverview friends for your smiles and handshakes and companionship. We also extend our appreciation to staff of Deer Lodge Centre, St. Boniface, and Grace Hospital for your care of Colin. A celebration of Colin's life will take place on Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 2:00pm at Thomson Inn on the Park, 1291 McGillivary Blvd. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Colin's name to the Winnipeg Firefighters Burn Fund Inc., 303-83 Garry St. Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4J9.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG

PALMER, Clifford Palmer, Warrant Engineer - Born March 1892 Cheverie, NS  Died Oct. 1983 Windsor, NS

 

HMCS NIOBE, HMCS PORT ARTHUR

PATTERSON, Malcolm Allison - Age 83, of Hantsport, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at home. Born December 25, 1930 in West Apple River, Cumberland Co., he was a son of the late Freeman and Jennie (McWhirter) Patterson. Malcolm worked at Minas Basin for 43 years as a boiler operator. He was also a loving parent who loved to have children around him. He belonged to the Hantsport Baptist Church for many years. Malcolm is the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by sons, Douglas (Linda), Oromocto, New Brunswick and Wayne (Bev), St. Croix; daughters, Dona (Raymond) Peach, Falmouth and Lana (Bob) Shay, Hantsport; 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, the former Daisy M. Moore (October 6, 2013); daughter, Jennie; brothers, Leslie, Millard, Emerson, Freeman and Reginald and Edward in infancy; sisters, Gertie Patterson, Elizabeth McCuspey, Christenna White and Myrtle McCully. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., PO Box 981, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0 (902-798-8317), where the family will receive visitors from 7-9 p.m. Monday, August 18. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19 in Hantsport Baptist Church (corner of Main and Willow Streets), Rev. Mark Hunter officiating. Interment will be held in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport, followed by a reception in the Church Fellowship Hall. Donations in memory of Malcolm may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Box 245, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 or Hantsport Baptist Church, PO Box 152, Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0.

 

HMCS NAPANEE

PETERSON, Ralph - Son of Helga Peterson and the late Wm. Peterson, Ralph was born on July 31, 1924, at Langruth. He attended the town school and remained on the farm with his parents until he enlisted in the Navy, August 2, 1943, at Winnipeg, and had his initial training there. He went to Esquimalt, B.C., on December 14, and was drafted to H.M.C.S. Owen Sound, based at St. John, Newfoundland, and Londonderry, Ireland. Later he was drafted to H.M.C.S. Lewis, and served until June, 1945. Source: "A Tribute to the Soldiers and Pioneers of the Langruth District", published 1950 (Webmaster's note: There was no HMCS Lewis, suspect it was HMCS Levis K400)

 

HMCS OWEN SOUND, HMCS LEVIS

PINDAR, Charles Joseph - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Charles Joseph Pindar, at the Grace General Hospital on August 7, 2001. Charlie, or "Chuck", as many friends knew him, was born in Winnipeg, November 2, 1921. He is survived by his loving wife Edith (Ede) May (MacWilliam), daughter Shelly Hartle, granddaughter Kaylee Hartle, sister Roxie Vernon (Jim), nephew Tom Vernon (Gwen, Zac and Jay) of Burlington, ON, niece Suzy Kowaluk (Ken, Sam, Ben, and Drew), his dear Aunt Beryl Clegg (102 years) of Fairview, AB, with whom he kept in constant touch. He is also survived by Edes sister and brother-in-law Doris and Art Oliver of British Columbia and their families. Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Marie and Sam Pindar; and by his first wife Mary Beth. Charlie retired from the Manitoba Telephone System in 1983, after more than 42 years of service, during which time he served a term as President of M.F.T.W. He was also a founding member of Decibel Credit Union. Charlie was a quiet man with a devillish sense of humour and always enjoyed telling how the Credit Union started in a "shoe box". Charlie was proud of his Naval Service as CPOEA3, on the Corvette HMCS Moose Jaw during the Second World War and at being at "D-Day". He became a member of the Winnipeg White Ensign Naval Club and was on the board of the proposed museum at HMCS Chippawa. In addition to the Volunteer Medal 39 - 45 and France, Germany Star Victory, Charlie received special recognition by being awarded the Queens Medal in 1977. The award of this medal is an expression of appreciation of worthy and devoted service rendered by the recipients in their various walks of life and of the esteem, in which their associates hold them. Charlie was a longtime devoted member of the South Winnipeg Kiwanis Club, serving as President from 1975 to 1976 and as Treasurer from 1973 to date. He took pride in his 20 years of service as a Board Member of Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts on Ness Avenue, serving two terms as Chairman of the Board from 1987 to 1988 and 1998 to 2000. To his great satisfaction, the new addition was completed during his last term. It was his desire to see a "solarium" constructed for the comfort and pleasure of his beloved residents of the Courts. With that in mind, if friends so desire, donations in Charlies memory may be made to the Solarium Project at Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts, 2300 Ness Ave. Special thanks to Grace Hospital ER, 3rd and 4th floor staff, Majors John and Cath McFarlance and his soulmate at Kiwanis Courts, Heather Ritchie. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Marys Anglican Church, 3830 Roblin Blvd. on Tuesday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Gordon Dixon officiating. "He sailed lifes seas with truth and love His heart as big as the sky above Now his ship is sailing on a far away sea To a place where he will always be Safe and happy and free of all ills To watch over us from heavens highest hills God Speed Sailor!" Roxie Neil Bardall Inc.

 

HMCS MOOSE JAW

PRIEL, James Daniel (Jim) - of Edmonton passed away on February 15, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Jim will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances Toots (nee Clarkson); his eight children, Patricia (Al Stang), Rodney (Joe-Anne Lewicki), Joan (Paul Hampaul), Mona, Michael (Candace Hilbert), Susan (John Hails), Kathy, and Shari (Cameron); fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his sister, Irene Poirier and brother, Ed (Marj Demoskoff); many in-laws, nieces, nephews and close friends. James was predeceased by his parents, Irene (nee Flanigan) and Patrick of Saskatoon; three brothers, John, Bill and Pat, and two sisters, Muriel Kavanagh and Evelyn Williams. Jim was born on May 20, 1925 on the family farm near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 1942 at the age of 17 joined the Canadian Navy and saw action in the North Atlantic. After the War, James returned to work on the farm for a short time and eventually started working in the oil industry in the late 40's. He worked for the next thirty years in this industry throughout Western Canada and internationally. This strong, proud Canadian was a larger than life man with a great booming voice, whom unwaveringly stood by his creed 'walk tall and stand tall', and was an inspiration to us all. He passed on his sense of adventure, love of reading and travel to us all. In later years, Dad would share his many colourful stories, adventures and misadventures of his young life in rural Saskatchewan, of his beloved mother and family of his pioneer days in the oil industry and his naval experiences in WWII. After his retirement, his grandchildren had the great privilege of growing by his side and sharing much of his life, and he was proud of each and every one of them. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service on Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 111 Avenue. Cremation will follow.

 

HMCS ORILLIA, HMCS JOLIETTE

PUGH, Glen Evans - Passed away peacefully in Chatham after a short illness on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 in his 91st year. A native of Chatham Township, he resided in Chatham-Kent all his life and served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945 on the HMCS Pictou. He is survived by his wife, Christena (Gillespie) Pugh and his three children: Brenda Campbell (and her husband Bernie) of Windsor, Vaughan Pugh (and his wife Martine) of Chatham and Patricia Pleli (and her husband Phil) of Windsor. Loving and proud grandfather of Ian, Peter and Jamie Campbell, Colin and Kyla Pugh and Jillian and Christopher Pleli. Brother of the late Helen Burlock of London, Willard Pugh of Chatham Township and Owen Pugh of Dorchester. Survived by sisters-in-law Janet and Beatrice Pugh, Donna (Ralph) Houston, Helen Reade, Rita, Billie and Diane Gillespie and many nieces and nephews. In his prime, Glen was very active in sports, including hockey and baseball. He was also a great music lover and thoroughly enjoyed the Chatham Concert Band's summer concerts. The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to the staff of Residence on the Thames, the staff of 2nd Floor Surgical at CKHA and Drs. G. Walker, J. Turnbull and J. Leigh. Visitation at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2005. Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Heather Scott officiating. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Glen Pugh are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Diabetes Society or charity of choice.

 

HMCS PICTOU

QUIRT, Merv died: 09 Jan 1999

 

HMCS PICTOU

REEVES, Joseph John  Born: 1919, Died: 13 Mar 2000, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

RICHARDSON, Raymond George - 88 years old, passed away peacefully in the early morning, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband of Lois Mary Richardson, loving father of Randy (deceased) and Carl (Surrey, B.C.), father-in-law of Susan, cherished grandfather to Jennifer and her husband Carl Torode, Kevin Sherman, Ray's "Little Brother" and great- grandchildren Julien and Clara. Ray will always be remembered for his cheerful presence, warmth, care for family and service to his country. A decorated WWII Veteran, he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant Royal Canadian Navy Reserve and served on the H.M.S. Persian, H.M.C.S. Port Arthur and as 2nd in command on the H.M.C.S. Mimico. After the war, his entrepreneurial talents led to establishing the Richardson Equipment Company, a systems engineering integrator for industrial hydraulics and pneumatic power control systems. In retirement, he served his community and was an active member of the Burloak Veterans Association. A celebration of Ray's life will be held at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, (905) 844-3221 with visitation Sunday, May 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Chapel service will be held on Monday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory can be made to the Oakville Humane Society and the Big Brother's Association of Oakville. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses, staff, and physicians of Wards 1E and 2E at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital who cared with friendship and compassion for Ray in his final days. "Press-on Vigorously Ray, Press-on"

 

HMS PERSIAN, HMCS MIMICO, HMCS PORT ARTHUR

ROBERTSON, Alexander - was born in 1907 in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. He married Angela Julie Baccanale of Montreal in 1943. They had four children: Jennie, James, Anthony, and Alexandra. He died September 10, 1986 in Montreal. At age 18 he travelled to Vancouver, where he graduated from business college. Through the 1930s he worked as expediter, foreman, and service and production manager, first in Halifax, and from 1935 in Montreal. In 1941, he enlisted in the naval reserve at HMCS Donnacona Montreal RCNVR and left the next year for the regular Navy as a Petty Officer Writer, stationed at Stadacona, Halifax. In 1943 he was drafted on a destroyer leading a convoy to Ireland. After the war he returned to Truro, Nova Scotia. He moved to Montreal in 1949, and worked in the textile industry. He worked in the payroll department of Royal Victoria Hospital from 1967. He retired in 1972 and then did two more years of volunteer work in the hospital's credit union. After that he devoted most of his time to his hobbies. As a child he had piano and violin lessons, and as a teenager he played banjo and organized an orchestra that played at school dances and socials. During the time he was in the Navy, Alex became interested in jazz and started what was to become a major collection of jazz recordings. His research in Montreal newspapers led to a chronology of musical performances, including jazz, in Montreal between 1913 and 1970. For four decades he researched the record industry, specializing in American jazz recorded in Canada.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR, HMCS KAMLOOPS

ROWSELL, H. Roy Rowsell (29 May 1921 - 02 Jul 2013) - Peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, in his 93rd year. Son of Ida May and Joseph Rowsell. Predeceased by his brothers Baxter and Harry. Survived by his wife of 60 years Blaikie, his children Allan (Kathie), Harry (Debbie), Anne and Mary (Mike) and grandchildren Emily, Blake, Blair, Sarah, Jen, Kevin, David, Derek, Allison and Rachel. A graduate of Bloor Collegiate in Toronto. He and his identical twin brother, Harry, joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve having never seen the ocean. They served together at sea on HMCS Columbia before going their separate ways after officer's training at King's College. Roy served in motor launches and ended the war on the corvette HMCS New Westminster on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Like so many of his generation he took advantage of the veteran's programs. He attended medical school at the University of Toronto graduating in 1950. He met Blaikie while on summer duty with the Naval Reserves in Halifax and married her on December 6th, 1952 at the Naden Naval Base on Vancouver Island. He found a home in 1956 at the Oshawa General Hospital where he remained for 50 years. He served as both Chief of Staff and President of the Department of Medicine. He was active in the community serving as president of the Victorian Order of Nurses, a director of the United Way, member of Westmount Kiwanis and many other organizations, as well as a longtime supporter of the Oshawa Generals. As a medical volunteer he traveled to Newfoundland (Grenfell Hospital & United Church Hospitals;) northern British Columbia Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Sahel Region in Africa. He made 18 trips to Guyana with various teams. Overall he made more than 35 medical trips to various destinations. He loved his family, the cottage and farm. He devoted his life to helping others. He leaves a legacy with all who knew him as a kind and gentle man who cared deeply for his patients. Special thanks to all the caregivers who assisted in keeping him in his home until the end. They are too numerous to mention and they know who they are. Donations to the Canadian Memorial Naval Trust, Northminster United Church, the Lakeridge Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. A Memorial Service will be held at Northminster United Church on Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King Street West.

 

HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER, HMCS COLUMBIA

SALMON, Thomas - A Veteran of World War 2. Peacefully passed away after a short illness at the Centenary Hospital on July 7, 2005, in his 85th year. Founder of Thos. Salmon Mfg. Co. Ltd. Beloved husband of Grace for 60 years. Loving daddy of Linda (Scott MacMillan) Marilyn Spragge and Carol (Brian Duggan.) Cherished poppa to Shawn, Krista (Steve Montgomery), Lindsay, Sarah, Jamie, Katie and Emily. Dear friend of Marjie and Charlie, Bill and Edna. Family will receive Friends at the McDougall and Brown Funeral Home (2900 Kingston Rd., Toronto), 416-267-4656 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Chapel service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment: Resthaven Memorial Gardens. If so desired, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the charity of choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS MIMICO

SANDEL, Paul (29 Jul 1921 - 19 Aug 2002) - beloved husband of Janet, passed away in Yuma, Arizona on August 19, 2002 following a lengthy battle with diabetes and heart disease at the age of 81 years. Besides his loving wife Janet, Paul is forever loved and will be dearly missed by his daughter Joanne of Calgary, and his sister Nadeen (Ed) Hemmerling of Edmonton. He is also survived by many cousins and dear friends in Canada and the United States. Paul was predeceased by his father Fred (1955), his mother Anna (1997), and his nephew Dale (1998) and two infant brothers. Paul was born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 29, 1921. He enlisted in the RCNVR, during World War II and served in the North Atlantic on the Corvette HMCS New Westminster. Following his naval service, Paul studied mechanical engineering at UBC. He pursued a career in industrial product sales with Fairbanks Morse, Bay State Abrasives and Dresser Industries in Vancouver, Toronto, Sudbury, Calgary and Mount Vernon, Washington. Paul loved life and pursued his many interests with enthusiasm. These included skiing, flying, hiking, fishing, camping, astronomy, history, and wine making. He was a genuine, humourous, gregarious and easy-going man who easily made friends wherever he went. His smiles, jokes, enthusiasm, and positive attitude will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. "Until we meet again, Dad, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." Funeral Services were held in Yuma, Arizona. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.

 

HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER

SMITH, Kenneth Neil - On January 4, 2014, at the age of 91, Kenneth Neil Smith passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Born in Winnipeg on September 22, 1922 where he met and married his wife of 55 years Christina (Barr) who predeceased him in 2004. Ken served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War as Quartermaster on the Corvette HMCS Lunenberg. After the war he obtained his Masters in microbiology from the University of Manitoba. He taught chemistry and biology and coached boy’s curling at Northern Collegiate Secondary School for 25 years before retiring in 1986. Survived by his brother Ian of St. Catherines; predeceased by his sister Audrey (Ken) McGavin. Will be deeply missed by his fiancé Henny Weymarshausen and family, his children Kathryn (Rick) Elias of Dallas, Texas, Barry (Debbie) Smith of Sombra and Mark Smith of Toronto along with six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Ken’s family invites relatives and friends to join them for a time of fellowship and refreshment during a memorial open house at #308-166 Beckwith St. in Corunna on Wednesday January 8th, 2014 between the hours of 1-4 p.m. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Bluewater Health-Palliative Care Unit or to the Lambton Wildlife Fund. Arrangements entrusted to the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna.

 

HMCS LUNENBURG

SMYTH, Joseph Gordon - Surrounded by family, at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Martha (Zalefski). Dear father of Joseph, Marsha Richardson (Bob) of Burlington, Cheryl Smillie (John) of Haliburton. Predeceased by his loved son Larry in 1965. Cherished Grandfather of Kathy (Mike), Amy, Ryan (Erin), Chelsea, Catherine (Tim) and 6 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his siblings; Harry, David, Bruce and Hazel. Survived by his sisters-in-law Frances Vere, Anna Martin of Hamilton, Mae Zalefski of St. Catharines and Rose Wilkovesky of Toronto. Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Joe was a dedicated member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Burlington. He was instrumental in the erection of the Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park, dedicated May 14, 1995 while a member of the R.C.N.A Burlington. Member of the R.C.N.V.R during World War II serving aboard the H.M.C.S Ontario and the H.M.C.S Oakville. Joe retired from Dofasco after 42 years, working in Mechanical Maintenance, except for the time spent with the R.C.N.V.R. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall), Burlington, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin Street, Burlington on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Burlington. If desired, donations to Ontario RETT Symdrome Association or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. W.C. Procter and to the nurses on 5 South at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital.

 

HMCS OAKVILLE, HMCS ONTARIO

STEVENS, William Bradfield - Galiano, BC; Queen's University, 1951; gunnery officer, RCN (HMCS Midland), WW II; former staff, Burnaby General Hospital. Died Mar. 9, 2002, aged 78; survived by his wife, Jean, and 5 children. “He spent endless hours in his little boat, trolling back and forth, always optimistic that the next pass would see a fish strike.”

 

HMCS MIDLAND

STEVENSON, James Charles Ronald, LS, V/5282, RCNVR, killed - 06 Feb 1943 - HMCS LOUISBURG - 32, whose wife lives at 390 6th avenue, Verdun, has been officially reported missing, believed killed in action. He is the son of Fred Stevenson, of 7963 Berri street. Born in Chesterfield, England, he came to Montreal as a young boy. He was employed here as a steamfitter with the R.J. Leggeit Company. Previous to the outbreak of war he had been in the naval reserve for abut ten years and immediately went into active service. Mrs. Stevenson, whom he married in 1939, was formerly Miss Gladys Gettins of this city.

 

HMCS LOUISBURG

SUNNUS, Cyril Anthony - Born March 1, 1924 in Nanaimo, BC. Passed away January 13, 2002 in Nanaimo hospital. Predeceased by his wife Margaret in 1992 and his brother Lou in 1970. Survived by his brother Art (Mary), Sisters Ann, Kay (Leo), Joan, Jackie, Sister-in-law Doreen, numerous nieces and nephews, also great nieces and nephews. Cy served with the R.C.N. during WWII of which a period of time was spent on the HMCS Nanaimo. Cy has been a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion #256 and also of the Royal Canadian Naval Association. A memorial service will be held at the 256 Legion on 1630 East Wellington Rd., Nanaimo, BC Monday, January 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

 

HMCS NANAIMO

SUTHERLAND, John Francis (Frank) (1913-2002) John Francis Sutherland of Sydney, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Port Hood, NS, he was the son of the late Angus S. and Mary Ann (Chisholm) Sutherland. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Regina (Jeanie) and one sister, Sr. Mary Margaret Sutherland, Connecticut. He was predeceased by brothers, Josn, Joseph and Donald and sister, Helen. Also survived by two daughters, Susan (Kurt) Pyle, Dartmouth, and Laura (Francois) Lemore, Ottawa; one son Stephen (Christine), Halifax; and five grandchildren, Paul, Terrence and Alexander Sutherland, Rebecca Pylie and Olivia Lemire. There are alos many nieces and nephews, especially Mary (Tiny) Sutherland, Louise March, Joan Bison, Anita Aucoin and Debra. Hee is also foundly remembered by his in-laws, especially Leola Leck, Mary and John MacIsaac, Suzanne and John Power, Harold Moss and Ed Langille. Frank was a 1931 graduate of Sydney Academy and received his radio certification after the Second World War. Frank served in the Second World War in RCNVR on the corvette HMCS Prescott (K-181) and was an overseas veteran from 1942-1945. He was a life member of Branch 12 Canadian Legion having joined in 1946. Frank worked for the Government of Canada as a professional radio operator in the telecommunications department. During the course of his career he worked in airports at Sydney, Monction, Dorval, Sept Isles and Cape Harrison. He worked as a radio officer on HMCS Acadian which is now in the Museum of the Atlantic. He also worked in the early 50s with the Department of National Defence at Victoria Park. He retired from Sydney Airport in 1978. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, with Fr. Errol MacDonald officiating. A reception to follow immediately in the Fr. Stanley Room. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Arrangements entrusted to T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. (The Cape Breton Post 17 Oct 2002)

 

HMCS PRESCOTT

SWANLUND, Peter C. - Peacefully, with his family at his bedside, Peter passed away Monday afternoon August 22, 2011 at the Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg; after a lengthy illness. He leaves to mourn his wife of 58 years Patricia (nee Maclean); his two sons Dr. Clifford Swanlund (Cathryn) of Calgary and Dr. Tom Swanlund (Julie) of Winnipeg, and his seven grandchildren; his brother Bob Swanlund and family; his sisters-in-law Alix Donald and Daphne Thomson and their families; plus cousins in England. Peters was born in Winnipeg in 1924, the eldest son of Florence and Claude Swanlund. While attending Kelvin High School Peter enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17 and served on the Corvette HMCS North Bay, crossing the North Atlantic several times guarding relief convoys to Britain. Following the War, he took two years of Architectural Studies at university before Peter was employed with the City of Winnipeg Assessment Division until retirement, as Assistant Director. He was a long time member of St. Andrews R.H. United Church; Lord Selkirk Masonic Lodge; the Roughriders Unit of the Shrine and the White Ensign Association all of Winnipeg. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. The family would like to thank all the staff at Deer Lodge Center Tower 7 who took such great care of Peter; their care and compassion for Peter was shown everyday and made the difference in Peter's last journey. Donations in Peter's name can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.

 

HMCS NORTH BAY

TEMPLETON, Roy Munroe died: 15 Jul 1990

 

HMCS MOOSE JAW

THOMPSON, Robert Keith (08 Aug 1922 - 03 Jun 2010) - As the result of congestive heart failure, Bob passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital at 87 years of age on Thursday, June 3. He leaves to mourn him, his wife Lilly, daughter Judith (Werner) Danchura, son Lindsay (Christine), and daughter Karen (James) Froese; his grandchildren, Andrea and Stuart (Suzie) Thompson, and Jordan and Braden Froese; his great-grandchildren, Matthew and Shawn Thompson; his sister Helen Hudson of New York; his sisters-in-law, Florence Thompson of BC, Gerda Bouchard, Anne Winmill, Margaret Goodridge; brother-in-law Gordon Petersen of Calgary and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Margaret; his brothers, baby Russell and Rae; and his sisters, baby Jean and Doreen; nephew young Rae; brothers-in-law, Edwin, Joe, Art, Norman, Paul and Victor; and sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Kathy. Bob was born and raised on a farm in La Riviere, MB and moved to Winnipeg in his teen years. He attended Daniel McIntyre, completed grade 11 and he began work at the Canada Cement Plant in Fort Whyte. In June of 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and proudly served overseas in dangerous waters on the HMCS Mimico as an AZDIK operator, or ping merchant until his discharge on November 19, 1945. He returned to Fort Whyte to work at Canada Cement for the next 42 years until his retirement in 1987. For over 20 years, he was president of the United Cement Lime and Gypsum Workers' Union, Local 274. Upon his return from the war, Bob also met the love of his life, Lilly Petersen, and they just recently celebrated 64 years of marriage on May 16, 2010. Bob and Lil spent many happy hours playing bingo at the Fort Garry, Fort Rouge and St. James legions. Bob was also a sports lover. He was an avid curler, bowler, hunter and golfer until back pain forced him to become an armchair sportsman. Dad was a large presence in all our lives, both physically and emotionally, and he will be missed dearly. The family would like to thank Dr. Permack and Sandy, home care nurse Leanne, and the pharmacy team, Jan, Barb and Gail for all their help throughout the years. We would also like to thank the care team on the 4th floor at the Victoria Hospital for their care this past month. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral home, 4000 Portage with a reception to follow at the same location. Cremation has already taken place. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS MIMICO

TIVY, Philip Morgan - 77, passed away peacefully at his residence at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., on Sunday, April 20, 2003. Morgan was born in Timmins, Ont. on Oct. 27, 1925, then moved with his family to Emo, Ont. in 1927. He lived the rest of his life in Rainy River District. Morgan enlisted with the R.C.N.V.R. on July 30, 1943, where he served on the H.M.C.S. Peterborough on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. After his service, Morgan returned to Fort Frances, where he began his employment with O&M Pulp and Paper Company until his retirement in September, 1987. Morgan greatly enjoyed travel and was an avid historian, spending many hours reading while building an extensive library. Morgan was predeceased by parents, Philip Arthur Tivy in 1933 and Gladys Ethel Tivy on May 10, 1979. He is survived by his sisters, Winona (Henri) Morrissette of Emo, Ont., and Betty (Mihlan) Cawston of Fort Frances, Ont.; one brother, Brian (Shirley) Tivy of Kenora, Ont.; along with several nieces and nephews of which he was very fond. At Morgan’s request, there will no funeral service. Cremation has taken place, with a private family interment to take place at Emo at a later date. donations may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation of Ontario, P.O. Box 33240 STN BRMB, Toronto, Ont., M7Y 5V1 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, Box 655, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9.

 

HMCS PETERBOROUGH

TOMLINSON, James Little ( 1925- 2013) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Tomlinson on November 12, 2013 at his home. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his son Dave (Judy) Tomlinson, grandsons Terry (Alicia) and Reed Tomlinson, granddaughter Jade (Chris) Hopkins, great-grandchildren Caitllin, Lucas and Connor, sisters Margaret McDougall, Violet Francis, Lydia Labossiere, brother Andy (Diane) Tomlinson. Dad will also be missed by Clint Colquhoun and his coffee shop friends plus numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded by his parents Catherine and James, brothers David and Ewan, sisters Cathy Semkiw, Nan Bodnarchuk, and Mae Hopps. By dad's request cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Jim attended Lord Roberts School and later Kelvin High, leaving to join the navy in 1943. He served on the HMCS Owen Sound from 1943 - 1945. After returning from the war he was employed by Systems Equipment Ltd where he met and married Betty Davy, who preceded him in 2006. In the early 1970s Jim relocated to Kelowna, BC and worked for Ehmann Printing until his retirement in 1990. Following his retirement Jim moved back to Winnipeg and spent the remainder of his life enjoying and encouraging his family (grandchildren and great-grandchildren). Jim was a caring and loving son, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Special thanks to Mary Ashcroft and her team of nurses, Suzanne and Mary Ann of palliative care program of Riverview. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. We love you and will miss you. Rest in Peace.

 

HMCS OWEN SOUND

TURNER, Harry W. - 85, of Windsor, formerly of Hantsport, died peacefully in Unit 500 at Hants Community Hospital on October 30, 2010. He was born in Hantsport on July 21, 1925. It was in there that he spent most of his life, but he never regretted the move to Windsor six years ago. Harry loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed a good joke, whether he was telling one or hearing one. Harry was always ready for a good laugh. He was a keen card player, enjoying many hours playing cribbage, canasta, or bridge. Harry was a veteran of World War II, having served overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1945. He was proud to have been part of the escort of Canadian troops to the Normandy beachhead on D-Day, 1944, while serving on HMCS Mimico. As well, while on loan to the Royal Navy, he made two harrowing trips to Russia on the famous Murmansk Run. After the war, he returned home and sailed with Fundy Gypsum Company until 1951 when he went to work for CKF Inc. He worked there until 1987 when he retired from the position of production superintendent. Harry was a committed volunteer with a number of community organizations. He was a past Master of Poyntz Lodge 44 of Hantsport, due to receive his - 50 Year Jewel쳌 in October 2010. Harry was a lifetime member of St. James United Church of Hantsport, where he held various positions over the years. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Maxine (Miller) Turner, daughter Susan (Russ) Yeaton of Port Williams, sons Bud (Yvonne) of Stratford, ON, Steven (Annette) of Hantsport, Michael (Angela) of Wolfville and Scott of New Minas. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Allison, Kyle, Angela, Michelle, Ryan, Alyssa, Nathan, Caitlin, Damon and Athena. As well as one great-granddaughter, Claire. Surviving brothers are Paul (Phyllis) of Victoria, BC and Dick (Frene) of Lower Cunard. Harry was predeceased by sisters Ruth Morehouse, Norma Longmire, Dorie McDade, Patricia Schurman and brothers Tom and Frederick (Ted). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Harry will take place at Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home, Wolfville, on Tuesday, November 2 from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 6:45. The celebration of Harry's life will be at St. James United Church, Hantsport on Wednesday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating, assisted by Rev. Heather McDougall. Internment will be at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in Harry's memory can be made to St. James United Church, P.O. Box 414, Hantsport, B0P 1P0, the Hantsport Fire Department, 5 Oak Street Hantsport, NS, B0P 1P0 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home & Crematorium, 568 Main Street, Wolfville, NS, B4P 1E7.

 

HMCS MIMICO

WALKER, James Thomas (31 Mar 1925 - 05 May 2011) - was born in Edmonton to Louella May and Thomas Thornton Walker. Although he was raised in Grand Forks, B.C., he was a lifelong sailor and during WW II he served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the Corvette "HMCS Matapedia" in the North Atlantic. After the war, Tom began a long and successful career with Noranda Mining Exploration in the Greenwood, B.C. office. He ended his career as chief Geophysicist for Noranda Exploration, West Coast, in Vancouver. Tom built many boats during his life, ending with his 30' retirement ketch "Tikiti" that he and Virginia sailed up and down the coast for many years. He spent many happy years in retirement teaching every course that Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offered, up to and including Senior Navigation. Tom was known for his wonderful sense of humour, sharp intellect, love of telling a good yarn, good music, home-made beer and wine, and love for his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia, sons Tom (Susan), Rob (Michelle), Barry (Arleen), and Bruce (Angela), 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a loving extended family. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS MATAPEDIA

WALKER, William James (Jim) - of Govan passed away peacefully at the Nokomis Health Center on January 17, 2013. Jim was born July 12, 1922 at Govan. He was predeceased by his wife Alta in 1982, grandson Jason, sister Evelyn, and brother Fred. During WW2 Jim served in the Navy on the HMCS Moncton and HMCS Vancouver. Jim married Alta Mollison on December 3, 1947. They raised five children - Bill, Bob, Janie, Sherry and Colleen. Jim farmed all his life and still drove to the farm early every morning for coffee with Bob. In his retirement years he was very involved in music. He played the guitar and banjo, sang, and did a lot of traveling to entertain with "Mary and Friends". His singing was always enjoyed and he made a recording called "Oldies by an Oldie". All the tapes were sold immediately. He met a lot of wonderful people through his music and was affectionately known as "Jimmy" to all of them. He was also involved in the monthly "Jam Session" in Govan, phoning everyone to come and entertain, was the MC and always sang a few songs. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and loved him. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He leaves to mourn his passing his children - Bill, Bob (Noreen), Janie (Ron) Hendry, Sherry (Philip) Joanette and Colleen, Grandchildren and great-grandchildren - Rhonda Frohaug, Tristen and Kylee; Michelle Walker, Julie (Kirk) Cassell, Preston and Blake; Chris (Alysha) Joanette and Noah; Steven Joanette, Amber Joanette, Landon (Melissa) Magnes, Kayden, Claire, Kennadie and Kharington; and Leona (Colin) Kitchen and Reid and brother Don. A celebration of his life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim's memory to the Nokomis Health Center or the Govan Community Hall. Hansen's Funeral Home, Strasbourg in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS MONCTON, HMCS VANCOUVER

WHEELTON, John Michael (Jack) ( 04 Sep 1921 - 15 Dec 2006) - Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, at Brantford General Hospital, on Friday December 15, 2006, a longtime resident of Paris, in his 86th year. Jack served overseas in WWII with the Canadian Navy, he was a lifetime member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 29, Paris, a longtime member of Sacred Heart RC Church where he belonged to the Knights of Columbus, and he retired from Massey Ferguson after 40 years of employment. Beloved husband to Marie (nee Moriarity); loved father to Catherine Skokun (Tony) of Brantford, Terry (Dorothy) of Brantford, Elizabeth Elliott (Rick) of Mt. Pleasant and John of Paris; cherished grandfather to Marie (Terry), Michael, Sean, Charlie, Christopher, and Stephen and great grandfather to Nicole and Ashley; dear brother to Veronica Carruthers (the late Gordon). Predeceased by his brother Robert and a sister Jean Hussey. Friends may call at the Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, 184 Grand River St. N. Paris, on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Morning prayers will be recited from the funeral home on Monday at 10:40 AM followed transfer to Sacred Heart RC Church for Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM with Father Michael Bennett celebrant. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Parish Prayers will be recited on Sunday at 8:45 PM and a Legion Service under auspices Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 29 at the funeral home on Sunday at 6:30 PM. Donations to the Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or Sacred Heart Church would be appreciated.

 

HMCS PORT ARTHUR

WILLAN, Royce - 85 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at Leamington District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, February 13, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Jean Willan (2007). Devoted father of Linda Colussi (Michael), Ralph Willan (Margie). Cherished "Papa" of John David Penner (Leanne), Heidi Klotz (Robert), Jen-nifer, Cindy and Karen Willan, and great grandfather of Hannah, Nathan, and Rachel Klotz. Dear brother of Erla Gervais (the late Roy), Russell Carder (Jean), brother-in-law of Ruth Miner (the late Robert), Dorothy Shanks (the late Jack). Several nieces and nephews also survive. He will be sadly missed by his extended family in Estero, Florida, his friends at Tim Hortons and his canine companion Sadie. Royce was a very successful businessman and always lived by the motto "work hard and play hard." He was an avid pilot and enjoyed travelling the world with his late wife Jean. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and enjoyed boating, fishing, and summers at his cottage. He was a veteran of WWII, served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the corvette Maritonia HMCS which was stationed in Halifax and crossed to Londonderry, Ireland. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Royce's life, from the funeral home on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. Rev. Liz Chaplin officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Leamington Masonic Lodge # 290 service Tuesday at 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Leamington Hospital Ladies Auxiliary or Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS MERRITTONIA

WILLCOCK, David Noel - died peacefully, surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness on Sunday, February 3, 2002. David is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Elizabeth; his children, Michael (Geraldine), John (Ginny), Peter (Dolfi), Shelagh and Mary-Kay (Brian) and his daughter-in-law Lynne; his grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Shelagh, Evan, Mimi, Michael, John and Elizabeth; his brothers, Maurice (Andrea) and Tom (Lee) and his sisters, Barbara Butler and Brenda Lunney; his brothers-in-law, John (Yolande) and Rev. T.G. Walsh S.J. and sister-in-law Do-Rene; and many nieces and nephews. Born in Curling in the British Colony of Newfoundland, on December 15, 1925, David moved to Montreal as a boy and attended St. Ignatius School and Loyola, beginning there a long and fulfilling spiritual association with the Jesuit fathers. At the age of 17 he joined the RCNVR. Having served on the HMCS Norsyd in the North Atlantic during the Second World War, he received the Volunteer Medal, the North Atlantic Star and the 1939-1945 Star. Following his discharge he returned to Loyola and then pursued a career in corporate and consumer finance. He married Elizabeth Walsh on July 29, 1950 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. They raised a growing family initially in Montreal then London, England, before moving to Winnipeg in 1968, where David took up a position as the Vice President of Walter E. Heller of Canada. He remained active in the finance business, in a number of positions in Winnipeg, until his retirement as the Manager of Central Trusts Manitoba operations. He was active in supporting his church and community in Winnipeg. He was instrumental in establishing the HMCS Crusader Trust at St. Pauls High School, a proud member of the Naval Officers Association and the Flower Class Corvette Association and an ardent member of the Progressive Conservative Party, which he served in many capacities through many campaigns. In 1992 he was awarded the Confederation Medal and in 1993 he was awarded the Macdonald Cartier Award by the Prime Minister. Before his hospitalization, David received excellent home care. Through the last months of his illness a very patient, dedicated and compassionate staff on the third floor of the Grace General Hospital attended to him. Father M. Koryluk, Father J. Driscoll S.J. and Father J. Perry S.J. attended to his spiritual needs. The family is forever grateful for this kindness. Prayers will be at St. John Brebeuf Church, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 5. The funeral mass will be at St. John Brebeuf at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the HMCS Crusader Fund, St. Pauls High School, 2200 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, R3P 0P8 or the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba, 218-210 Masson St., Winnipeg, R2H 0H4.

 

HMCS NORSYD

WINDLE, John Patrick (Bubs) (26 Feb 1925 - 02 Feb 2005) - passed away at the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge after a courageous battle with cancer. Raised on the family farm at Munson, Alta. (homesteaded by his father in 1909), he was born at Bellingham, Wash. (where the family resided in winters while father Jack worked as a blacksmith for a logging concern). The youngest in his family, Jack was nicknamed "Bubs", a name still used by old friends and family. He was schooled in Munson until 1941-1942, when he attended Campion College in Regina, Sask. Joining the Canadian Navy in 1943, during World War II, he served on a corvette as a sonar operator (HMCS Matapedia (K112). In 1945 he returned home and moved to Drumheller, Alberta and worked in Red Deer Valley coal mines (the Commander and the Atlas) until 1961 when he joined Alberta Gas Trunk Line (later Nova Corporation) until he retired in 1985. Jack loved reading, especially biographies and was an avid reader of newspapers. Keenly interested in current events, he enjoyed nothing better than a spirited discussion on politics. He would converse with friends and strangers alike. His quick sense of humor was a gift to all who knew him. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian Legion. Golf and curling brought him immense pleasure and he was a long-time member of Drumheller Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club and Nanaimo Golf Club. Jack was married to Margaret (Margie) Guterson for thirty-eight years and raised a family of eight. He is survived by his wife Annice; children, Patrick (Sandra), Gregory (Helen), Peggy Weddell, Dolly McArthur (Brian), Mary Greene (Bob), Trudy Greene (David), Jack Jr., Connie Chunn (Ken); twenty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by wife Margie; his parents Molly and Jack; his brothers, Jerome and Jim; and sister Catherine Evanson. In 1984 Jack married Annice Luck (Mahoney) and lived in Nanaimo since that time. Jack liked to travel and after retiring in 1985 was able to indulge his passion for seeing far-away places and golfing on motor trips across Canada and the USA. He also enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and southeast Asia. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Drumheller, Alberta on Monday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. Thank you and gratitude goes to Dr. David Stronge for a long and supportive care, also to wonderful nursing care at Travellers Lodge and Nanaimo General Hospital. Special thanks to Jean Ann Berring O.S.B. and friends at the Bethlehem Centre. All flowers are graciously declined. If so desired, donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS MATAPEDIA

WOOD, Robert Lorne - Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital on Monday, October 18, 2010 of Simcoe in his 92nd year. Much loved husband of Vesta (nee: Jack). Robert and Vesta were originally from Charleston Lake and then moved to Simcoe to raise their family. Loving father of Richard (Barbara), Rob (Cheryl), Ronald (Donna) all of Simcoe, Randy (Kim), Hamilton, and Roger (Michelle), Princeton, grandfather of many grandchildren and step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Pre deceased by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Robert served in WW II with the Navy Overseas and on the HMCS Napanee as a wireless radio operator. Robert was a retired employee of Ontario Hydro. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. at the Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Baldock Funeral Home, Simcoe. Cremation to follow. Interment of Cremated remains will take place on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to donate in Robert’s memory are asked to consider The Heart & Stroke Foundation or Old Windham United Church.

 

HMCS NAPANEE

YULE, George Bruce, CD, Sgt - Passed away quietly at Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario on Friday May 6th , 2011 at the age of 87. Born in Prince Rupert, B.C. Son of the late Thomas Duncan Yule and Christian Jean Yule. Survived by his wife Alice (57yrs) and children Kenneth Yule (Paula), Christine Gibbons (Marshall) and Donald Yule (Tracey), 6 grandchildren, Cameron, Scott, Vanessa, Usa, David and Janine, 5 great grandchildren and Bil Kenneth Davidson (Beldie) of Scotland. A proud Canadian, George was a World War 2 Veteran. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1945. George attained the rank of Petty Officer. He sailed on board the H.M.C.S. Rostherne K169, H.M.C.S. Teme K458 and the H.M.C.S. Owen Sound K340. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces serving 30 years in Germany and Base Borden. He loved to travel, fish and watch his beloved Montreal Canadians on "Hockey Night in Canada". His believe to be ourself, be honest and faithful has been passed on to his family. He will always be loved by each and everyone of us. A very special thank you to the wonderful Nurses and Staff at Parkwood Hospital. The wonderful care and true friendship given George the past 4 yrs did not go unnoticed. Memorial Service to be held Wednesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissioners Road East, london, Ontario with Rev. Darrell Shaule. Refreshments will follow. Internment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery with family only. For those who wish, memorial tributes to the Veteran's Care Program" at Parkwood Hospital would be appreciated. Tis hard to part with those we love, though parting days will come, yet let us hope to meet above, for this is not our home.

 

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