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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ASHDOWN, James Harry - With grace and dignity in his 87th year, James Ashdown died, surrounded by family, at the Deer Lodge Centre on Monday, March 2nd, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruby, his sons James, (Connie) and William, (Heather) and his daughter Mary Grace Ashdown-Durst, (Bryan), his seven grandchildren; Larissa, Jennifer, Tricia, Nicholas, James, Kendall and Tyler, and one great-grandchild, Avery, as well as his brother, Judge Philip L. Ashdown. He was predeceased by his father, Harry Crowson Ashdown and his mother, Grace Langlois Ashdown. James Ashdown was born in 1922. After receiving his education in Winnipeg, he went to sea at an early age, taking a summer job crewing on an elderly island freighter servicing ports up and down the BC coast. Despite conditions that could be charitably termed appalling , he developed a lifelong love of ships and the sea. He enlisted in the Canadian Navy, leaving aside University life for a wartime career as an able seaman. He crewed aboard several ships, chiefly HMCS Skeena, and survived many Atlantic runs on convoy duty, as well as action off the French coast during and after D-Day. In October, 1944, during an early winter gale, Skeena was driven ashore on the rocks of Reykavik Harbour, Iceland, and shipwrecked with the loss of 15 men. Of his mess, he was the sole survivor. His business career was primarily with the family firm, the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company, one of the pioneer businesses of early Winnipeg. Starting in the Lethbridge branch, quite literally in the basement, as a stockboy, he progressed through almost every part of the company, finishing as Executive Vice-President in 1968, when the company was sold. Following this, he had a number of business interests, particularly Bluewater Industries, manufacturing fine fiberglass boats. Additionally, he served on a number of corporate boards. Following family tradition, he devoted a great deal of time to community and charitable activities. Among these were terms on the boards of United College, the Winnipeg General Hospital, the Manitoba Museum, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Manitoba Forestry Association, which he chaired for many years. He had many interests. Through the business, he acquired a unique collection of antique hardware and tools. He pursued model railroading. But it was as a ship modeller, that his real love emerged, creating hundreds of models of all sizes. Many of his best pieces, together with his book collection, have been gifted to the Naval Museum of Manitoba. In addition, he created thousands of children's toys, that were donated to several charities to aid in fundraising. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club. He was also a dedicated duck hunter, and enjoyed a long association with the Country Gun Club and the Passawa Shooters Society. All of his life he loved the Lake of the Woods and the family camp, where he had spent so many years. As a family, our fondest members are of Dad and his beloved Athendune cruising the Lake, usually with a load of grandchildren. Dad was a thoroughly decent, kind and loving man, devoted to his wife and family. He taught us well, and filled our lives with fun and joy. We will miss him enormously. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2009. The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation for the efforts of Kathy, and the staff of the Deer Lodge Centre for making his last days comfortable and enjoyable. (the Winnipeg Free Press on March 21, 2009)

 

HMCS SKEENA

ASKIN, John Murray - Died on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at Parkwood Hospital, London, at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinsons disease. Beloved husband of 64 years of Rose Askin (LeBlanc), dear father of Terry Askin and his partner Betty-Lou Donkin of Toronto, Ontario, Jill Askin and her partner Mike Morin and Tim Askin and close friend Sue Walters of London. Loved by his grandson Andrew Whittaker, his partner Nicole Yurkoski, great grandson Leo of Marsh Lake, Yukon Territory, granddaughter Shannon and partner Marcos Costa and great granddaughters Carlyn and Keira and great grandson Mateus of Toronto, granddaughter Maren and partner Pedro Fonseco of Mississauga, grandsons Brooke Askin, Nathan Morin, Brett Askin, Scott Askin of London, and granddaughter Carly Morin of Toronto. Predeceased by his mother Alice and father James Askin of Windsor, Brothers James and Alfred (Bijou) of Windsor and sister Mary McMurtrie of Detroit, Michigan. John served on the H.M.C.S. Haida in WWII, Union steward with Local 195 UAW, Windsor and past President and Union Representative for over 30 years with London & District Service Workers Union Local 220. A Memorial to celebrate Johns life will take place at the Byron Royal Canadian Legion Branch 533, 1276 Commissioners Road West, London at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2009, followed by reception. The family would like to thank all the staff of Parkwood Hospital, 5B South, for their dedicated care of John for the last three and a half years. (The Windsor Star 05 Sep 2009)

 

HMCS HAIDA

ATKINSON, Roy Thomas (01 Oct 1924 - 06 Nov 2010) - Born and raised in Victoria. Growing up in both Oak Bay and Gorge areas, Gramps spent many hours fishing for herring, and swinging from the tree into the waterway. The summers were spent in Comox following his older and much admired cousin Howard around. He joined the war when he was just 16, working in the engine room on the HMCS Niagra and HMCS Algonquin. Keeping many stories about the ugly side of war to himself he entertained us with ones that referenced shenanigans and the lighter side: friendships made, jumping off the yard arm into the Mediterranean, watching a torpedo go beneath the ship, and singing on a wing and a prayer" over the ships P.A. system while heading into port. He married Eileen Oakman in 1945, growing his family a year later with daughter Jill Maudeen being born on his birthday the most expensive present I ever received" he would often say with a twinkle in his eye. When the war ended Gramps returned to Victoria to work at his dad's garage, Thos. Atkinson's Garage, at the corner of Vancouver and Collinson and was involved in the early days of the Automotive Retailers Association. Roy and Eileen were then graced with a lively baby boy, Richard Howard. As Rick grew, and the Beatles became more popular, Grandpa would immediately turn to Rick and demand he get his hair cut whenever he saw a long haired musician on the television, no matter what the length of Rick's hair. Buying his parents (Thomas and Hilda) home in Saxe Point. They had a swimming pool built it is now a look out on the south west end of the point. Leaving the garage business behind he moved to the Provincial Government as a Stationary Engineer, retiring 10 years later. Roy and Eileen spent years traveling around North America in their motor home. With a bumper sticker requesting you to ask me about my grandchildren". We, the grandchildren, would all roll our eyes as we watched the bumper sticker head down. Cowichan River area was a family favourite. The first camping trip of the year was always Easter weekend, where he donned white long johns and a painted paper bag bunny head and revealed himself as the Easter Bunny. He hopped around Skutz Falls campground handing out chocolate to the swarms of children and adults, and hollered Happy Easter" to all in a rather shrill voice. Though not an avid fisherman he would often tag along with son Rick and much loved son in law Gordie to favourite fishing holes where he caught a feisty S shaped stick (it was a keeper, he then varnished and displayed in the garden), ended up in the river after a bank gave way, and was even hooked in the forehead while trying to assist in the landing of the big one". When the party goers became too much in Saxe Point they sold to the municipality and moved to Saanichton, and bought a place in Honeymoon Bay RV. Gramma passed away a short time later. Through the many close friends he met there, he later met, and married Betty Morphet in 2004, combining families very successfully with her son Rick, and daughter Laurie and their spouses and children. Betty was known for her love of baking and family values and as family and friends were everything to Roy they were a match. Roy was reliable, hilarious, loud, sensitive, strong, and a defining person in our family. Predeceased by wife Eileen, sister Faith DeCorte, daughter-in-law Janie and son-inlaw Gordie Pengelly. He leaves behind his wife Betty, daughter Jill Pengelly and her family Todd (Sue) and Tish (Duncan); son Rick and his family Jen and Dru (Angela); Stepson Rick Morphet (Joanne) and family Shaun (Dawn) and Chris (Stephanie); Stepdaughter Laurie Morphet (Laurie Money) and family Kama (James) and Tristan (Jolene); 8 great grandchildren Nick, Quinn, Else, Josh, Haley, Aiden, Keegan and Keira; and Brother-in-law Robert Oakman (Margaret) and many nieces and nephews. The Atkinson family would like to thank Betty for making Roy happy and for looking after him so well, making the last few years so much nicer for all of us. As well, a special thanks to Dr. G. Ganz, Dr. J. Antonsen, Dr. A. Marthyman the Kidney Dialysis Team and especially Patrick for being such a good friend to Roy this past year. No flowers by request, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of B.C. @ #200-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G-4K6. A celebration of Roy's life is planned for early July in Honeymoon Bay. Forever Loved (The Times Colonist 12 Nov 2010)

 

HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS ALGONQUIN

AYLWARD, William (Bill) - Age 80, of Eastern Passage, passed away suddenly on June 8, 2014, in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Charlottetown, PEI, he was the son the late William & Margaret (Peters) Aylward and wonderful husband to the late Phyllis Aylward. Bill served proudly in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1951 to 1977. When he returned from Korea in 1953 he married his child hood sweetheart and neighbor in Charlottetown PEI, Phyllis Douse. Bill was posted to HMCS Stadacona and moved to Nova Scotia with his family. Bill served on the HMCS Haidi, Iroquois, Fraser and many more. Bill always said out of his 25 years 276 days in the military he spent 18 years of that at sea. Upon his retirement, he worked for the Dartmouth School Buses as an assistant mechanic for 15 years. Bill loved to go camping and for drives and drop in to visit friends, family, especially his extended family the Moore’s of PEI. He would just get up in the morning and say let’s go for a drive and off they would go. Bill is survived by his two daughters Sonja (Dave Whiting) Lifford of Woodstock, N.B. and Nancy (Steve Henneberry) Aylward of Cow Bay, N.S., his two grandsons Troy (Janice) Lifford and Chad Lifford. Great grandchildren Tyler, Claire, Abby, Brett and Wynn all of NB. Sisters: Shirley McKenna, Wilma Stewart, Cora McKinnon, Linda Dietrich Brothers: Gary Aylward, Lester Peters Later in life Bill met his soul mate Jean McMullen and they spent 10 amazing years together. We would like to thank Jean’s family for being part of Bills life: Susan Munroe, Billy McMullen, Nancy Glessing, Mark McMullen, Larry McMullen, Darlene Eddy, Cheryl McMullen, Derek McMullen. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life on Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m., Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth Chapel officiated by Rev. John F. Smith. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the Canadian Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

 

Bill and Phyllis' wedding day photo

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS FRASER

BAND, John Trumbell - Executive And Art Collector (1915-2005) Navy officer who hunted U-boats during the Second World War returned home to become an insurance broker and a collector of Canadian art  - Although he was a distinguished veteran and a former insurance executive, John Band found his true calling in companionship and art. He was passionate about collecting, gardening, fitness, the navy, red wine and crossword puzzles. A good listener, he was the master of drawing people out. Born into a family of prominent Canadian art collectors, he inherited his parents' eye and their zeal for collecting. "I wish I knew the first time I shook his hand," said art collector Ken Thompson, chairman of The Globe and Mail. "I think it was in the mid-50s and it must have been about art." For half a century, the two men discussed upcoming auction sales, although their Friendship meant they never bid against each other. "I respected his judgment on paintings," Mr. Thompson said. Whenever Mr. Band was "adamant" about a picture, such as The Steamship Quebec, painted by Cornelius Krieghoff in 1853, "I jolly well bought it. There wasn't going to be any doubt about that," Mr. Thompson admitted. "He was always around the corner from my house and up here," tapping his forehead with his finger, "he was right beside me all the time," Mr. Thompson said. "I never got along with anybody better." Mr. Band's love of art was ingrained growing up in a home where Arthur Lismer and Fred Varley were frequent guests and painting was a major dinner table topic. "John had a very keen eye for choice works and he sometimes went about acquiring them as though he was a detective," said Lisa Balfour Bowen, a family friend and art critic. "To my knowledge, he was filling gaps in his collection virtually until the time of his death." There was nothing passive about Mr. Band. "He spoke his mind, but it was something that you welcomed. There were no shades. He was always direct and clear," said Dennis Reid, chief curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario. "I have to say I loved him." John Trumbull band was the eldest child and only son of insurance broker and art collector Charles Shaw band and his wife, Helen Warren. His parents moved to New York in 1914 when Mr. Band was transferred to the American office of James Carruthers and Co. Mr. Band was born there a year later. While they lived in the United States, the bands bought canvases painted by the Hudson River Valley artists. They sold that collection when they returned to Toronto in 1923 with John and his younger sisters, Priscilla, Barbara and Helen. "They wanted to collect what was important in the life of Canada their country and the countryside they knew," said Mr. Band's stepdaughter, management consultant and corporate director Jalynn Bennett. The bands bought an island in Georgian Bay and became good Friends with several members of the Group of Seven. "Their home was a testament to the art of the Twenties and Thirties in Canada," said Mr. Reid. " The dining room was stupendous because it was all Lawren Harris's Arctic sketches. There must have been 10 of them." Two years after the bands moved back to Toronto, they sent John to Trinity College School in Port Hope. He was 10. His daughter Sarah, an entrepreneur and retailer, has his first school report framed in her bathroom. "He is rather backward for his age, but he has ability and is a neat and careful worker," his teacher wrote. In 1929, the year of the stock-market crash, the school's main building burned down. Hard economic times and the school's rebuilding difficulties persuaded his parents to withdraw him in 1931, the year he would have graduated, and send him to Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto instead. Nevertheless, Mr. Band was a committed Trinity College School old boy. With his family's help, he gave himself an 80th birthday gift in 1995 by endowing an annual history prize. Mr. Band went to work in 1937 for Irish and Molson, a firm of insurance brokers that became Marsh and McLennan and later Marsh Canada. After war broke out, he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1941. About the same time, he met Mona Morrow (later Campbell,) daughter of financier and company director Frederick Morrow. They married in 1942. During the war, Mr. Band served on HMCS Swansea, a river-class frigate in 1943 as first lieutenant. The ship, which was known as a happy and successful one, helped to sink three German U-boats in the North Atlantic in March and April of 1944 and assisted in essential enemy sweeps before the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. He transferred to HMCS Stonetown, another frigate, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, that November and served as its commanding officer until August of 1945. For decades afterward, Mr. Band caught up with his wartime cronies at an annual navy lunch he organized, inviting specialist speakers on military subjects. One of the regulars was Tony Griffin, another distinguished naval veteran. "There were very few officers I could put in the same class as John Band," he said this week. "He knew how to handle ships and men and he had a keen appreciation of the Navy." Michael Whitby, senior naval historian at the Department of National Defence, agrees with that assessment. "He was one of the typical Canadians who volunteered to go fight the war and who did an outstanding job." Mr. Band's strength was to lead by gentle persuasion and quiet example. On Swansea, for example, he insisted that classical music was played on Sundays. When peace came, he went back to Toronto and to Marsh and McLennan, working mainly on Toronto establishment accounts until he retired in 1980 as a senior executive. He needlessly regretted that the war disrupted his plans to go to university, according to Paul O'Donoghue, a business colleague from Marsh and McLennan who became a lifelong friend. "He was the best-informed man I ever met." Mr. Band and his wife Mona had three children, John, Sarah and Victoria (Vickie), but the marriage fell apart in the mid-1950s. After an acrimonious divorce and custody settlement, Mr. Band married Elizabeth Lumbers Rogers, a widow with two children (Jalynn Bennett and Jennifer Rogers,) in 1959. His son lived with them and his daughters stayed with their mother. "We weren't allowed to see him for a long time," said his daughter Sarah, who became extremely close to her father in the past few decades. "He was my best friend," she said this week. "We talked four times a day." As a stepfather, Mr. Band was "warm and caring and curious about our lives without being intrusive," says Ms. Bennett, who was 15 when her mother remarried. He was very outgoing and had a keen sense of whimsy. He once jokingly confided plans for his funeral: a procession down Bay Street at noon with a Brinks truck following the hearse with a big sign on top saying: "Who says you can't take it with you?" Some years after his second wife Betty died in 1992, Mr. Band formed a new attachment with Patty Fischer, the former wife of industrialist Michael Degroote, owner of Laidlaw Transport and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Mr. Band turned 90 in late August. He celebrated his birthday two weeks ago at a party he organized himself at the Toronto Hunt Club, where he'd belonged ever since his mother had bought him a membership for his 20th birthday. His friend Ken Thompson tried to give him a small J.E.H. MacDonald painting of the family island in Georgian Bay as a birthday gift. Knowing the value of the painting, Mr. Band refused to accept it, although he delighted in pointing out familiar landmarks. Finally, he agreed to "borrow" the painting after attaching a note to the back saying it belonged to Mr. Thompson. He only had a few days to enjoy it. The painting has now come back to Mr. Thompson, layered with "priceless" sentimental value. He plans to hang it near his desk in his office until he gives it eventually to the Art Gallery of Ontario. "But that paper is going to stay with that picture," he insisted. "That's a condition." Last Tuesday, Sarah band took her father to a medical appointment where he learned that his cancer was terminal. He went home, made a final "to do" list to settle his affairs and then "crumpled." John Trumbull band was born in New York on August 25, 1915. He died on Sunday of metastasized sarcoma. He is survived by one sister, three children, two stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A private family burial took place on Thursday. A memorial service is planned for September 30 at noon at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto. (Toronto Star By Sandra Martin, Saturday, September 24, 2005, Page S9)

 

HMCS DAWSON, HMCS STONE TOWN, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS POUNDMAKER

BARCLAY, James Carleton - Peacefully at Leisureworld Nursing Home - O'Connor Court, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in his 75th year. James, dearly loved and devoted husband of Carol (Willson) Barclay. Cherished father of Stuart and his wife Lindsay Barclay of Whitby. Proud and loving grandfather to his first grandson due next month. Jim joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18 and served on board the HMCS Haida. His next thirty years of employment was with the Toronto Granite Club as a chef. He was a longtime member of the Couples Club and a member of Kew Beach United Church. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and neighbours. The family are most grateful for all of the loving care and support from all of the staff at Leisure World Nursing Home - O'Connor Court. Memorial Services will be held at Leisure World Nursing Home - O'Connor Court Chapel, 1800 O'Connor Drive (south of Eglinton Ave. E., west of Victoria Park Ave.) on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS HAIDA

BEATTIE, John Wilfred - Wilfred was born Dec. 28 1921. Passed away Aug.27 1978. Buried in Colborne Cemetery. He joined the RCNVR in London Ont. and went to HMCS Cornwallis for his basic training. He served on the minesweeper HMCS Cowichan J146

 

HMCS COWICHAN, HMCS CORNWALLIS

BENNIE, Frederick Alexander - Family and friends are deeply saddened by the passing of Frederick Alexander Bennie who passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on December 25, 2001. Fred is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Winifred; his daughter Barrie and husband, Doug; his son Michael and wife, Debbie; and his daughter, Sally and husband, reg. He is also survived by his grandchildren Shane, Rob, Tara and Michael; his great-grandson, Bryce; nephews, Don and Bruce; nieces, Joan and Carol; and very special great nephew, Ian. Fred was born in Cove, Scotland on November 16, 1913. He immigrated to Canada at age seven and settled in Ontario. He rode the box cars out west in the hungry 30sand settled in B.C. Shortly after Fred and Win were married, he joined the Navy. His active duty was on the frigate, the HMCS Swansea, a sub-chaser. He was on duty during D-Day with his ship providing coverage in the English Channel. Fred and Win settled here in Williams Lake in the early 50's. Fred worked as a miner, a faller, a powderman, and an icemaker and was city parks manager. When Fred first worked at the arena, the ice was flooded by hand with a 45-gallon drum. He enjoyed his association with the "rink rats" (who scraped the ice). He was very supportive of the skating and hockey clubs. An outdoorsman, Fred loved and respected the outdoors. In his younger days, he enjoyed bird-hunting trips with family and friends. He was a skilled fly fisherman and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren to fish. Fred loved hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing. He was one of the founding members of the Williams Lake Field Naturalists and took part in the many activities of the club. Fred enjoyed the view of the lake from his seat the table at home on Yorston Street and from the bench on top of the Stampede hill. He also loved the view of the mountains from the cabin at Nimp Lake. Always physically fit, Fred prided himself on keeping in shape. He played hockey, lacrosse and even boxed in his younger days. Even in his final days, courageously battling a failing heart, he continued to exercise. A longtime, active supporter of the NDP, Fred was recently made an honorary life member. A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 29, 2001 at St. Andrew's United Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cariboo foundation for the CT scanner or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS SWANSEA

BOWLING, Arthur Francis - The death of Arthur Francis Bowling husband of the late Maureen (O'Brien) Bowling, occurred on Thursday April 1, 2010 at The Ridgewood Veterans Wing. Born 1925 in Newcastle, he was the son of the late James and Annie (Lumsden) Bowling. Art was World War II veteran who served on the H.M.C.S Haida from it's commissioning for the duration of the war. He was a humble hard working-man who will be remembered by his family for his sense of humor, his love of hunting and his devotion to his family. He is survived by his son Michael Bowling (Brenda), daughter Kimberlea Bailey (Corky Thompson), grandchildren Ian Bowling (Angela Carpenter), Carly Maillet (Mike), Melissa Dyckow (Linwood Hatheway) and great grandchildren Sydney, Michaela, Matthew and Aysen; sisters Rebecca Harris and Jackie Toole. Besides his parents and wife, Arthur was predeceased by his daughter Susan, brother James and sisters Estelle, Dorothy, Wilamina, Evelyn and Kaye.

 

HMCS HAIDA

BROWN, Donald (Max) (14 Aug 1920 - 13 Apr 2012) - beloved husband of Joyce of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Max was born in Cardston, AB on August 14, 1920. He was a Canadian World War II veteran who proudly served his country on the HMCS Haida. Following the war, Max moved to Blairmore, AB where he met his soul-mate Joyce, and together they ran several successful businesses before retiring to Kelowna, BC in 1986. In 2002 they relocated to Calgary. Max is survived by and was the loving husband of 62 years to Joyce and "Dad" to Myrna (Allan) Normey of Maple Ridge, BC and Marilyn Brown of Calgary, AB. Max is also survived by his sister Yvonne (Bonni) Brown of Calgary, AB and her family and his special brother-in-law Dr. J.A. "Jack" Greenway of Qualicum Beach, BC and his family. He was predeceased by his brother Merlin (Red) Brown of Vancouver, BC. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Poppy Fund, 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6 (Telephone 403-265-6304). The family would like to thank the staff of both Intercare at Millrise and The Beverly Centre Glenmore for their kind and compassionate care of Max over the past four years. In living memory of Max Brown, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgary Herald 21 Apr 2012)

 

HMCS HAIDA

BROWNLOW, Daniel (Dan) Patrick (19 Jan 1920 - 24 Jul 2013) - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father Captain (RCN-NR) Daniel Patrick McCartney Brownlow, CD (ret’d) 93, January 19, 1920 - July 24, 2013. Dad was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 51 years Genevieve (O'Hara), his parents Robert and Mary (McCartney) Brownlow, brothers Robert, George, Jack and sister Margaret. He is survived by his sons Patrick (Elizabeth Daley), Michael (Maureen O'Neill), Sean (Michelle Rivest), and Tim (Beverly Cunningham), grandchildren Bridget (Bernie), Daniel (Krista), Joanne (Danny), Sarah (Sean), Charlie (Jennifer), Christopher (Sonja), John, Genevieve (Tim), Matthew (Erin), Emily, and Hannah. Great grandchildren Darcy, Lola Wan, Ian, Angela, Daniel, Deanna, Elsie, Dameko, Quintin, Sondrea, Kyan, Ronan, and great, great grandson Evan. Sister-in-law Pauline (O’Hara) Collins, brother-in-law Robert Gauchie (Francis O’Hara) Victoria BC, numerous nieces and nephews in Canada, Ireland, and throughout the World, and special lifelong friends Rose and Cecil Brooks and their family. Dad treasured each and every moment with his sons and their families, especially the time spent with his grandchildren. Before his death Dad was asked what was his greatest accomplishment in life in addition to marrying Mom and having a family. He said “it was becoming a Catholic. My faith has provided me with the focus and grounding necessary to help me through all aspects of my life.” Dad travelled with his family from his native Ireland and settled in Alberta in 1927. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1939 as an Ordinary Seaman first serving on HMCS Annapolis and received his officers’ commission in 1943 at HMCS King’s (Present day King’s University). Dad met Mom in Saint John, NB in 1944, and later that year were married in St. Ann’s Church, Montreal, Quebec. They then returned to Edmonton where he completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, while serving as Staff Officer, HMCS Nonsuch. After graduation he re-turned to active duty and was transferred to Halifax in 1952 where he served on HMCS Huron during the Korean Conflict. Following this posting he served as commanding officer of HMCS Granby, HMCS Quinte and officer in charge at the Shannon Park Married Quarters. Dad retired from the Navy in 1958, but continued with the Reserves, where he would later become Commanding Officer of HMCS Scotian. He joined the federal Public Service in 1958 and served for many years as Master Attendant and Assistant Queen's Harbour Master. Dad became active in civic politics in 1963 when he successfully ran for alderman in Dartmouth's Ward Four. In 1976 he was successful in his bid to become Mayor of Dartmouth, a position he would hold for nine years until his retirement from politics in 1985. His nine consecutive years as Mayor is the longest in Dartmouth's history. Many residents and friends still fondly refer to him as “Your Worship or Mr. Mayor.” Dad began his community involvement being appointed to the Dartmouth Rink Commission and then in his political life he served on many Municipal, Provincial, & Federal Boards & Commissions such as President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Commissioner, with the Commission of Public Education Finance-Province of Nova Scotia; President, Society for Canoe Championships; Treasurer Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and Member, Canadian Military Colleges Advisory Board to mention a few. On May 21, 2004 Saint Mary’s University presented him with an Honorary Degree as a Doctor of Civil Law. He has also received numerous medals for his service to Canada and recognition for his contribution to his community. Dad’s life was characterized, not by the titles and honours bestowed on him, but by the small things, the intangibles – the things he did for others and for the right thing to do. Each day we learn more about the many ways he touched so many, by bringing comfort, support and inspiration. Dad also had a creative soul that saw him dabble in oil painting, wood carving, carpentry projects (inspired by house needs or Popular Mechanics magazines), and up until his late 80’s he continue in his Pilates class at (his) Dartmouth Sportsplex. Dad served his church in many ministries and was a 4th Degree Assembly 2223 Knight of Columbus St. Peter’s Council 3133. His religious care was well served in his later days with special attention from Father Charles Burke, Father Albert Cosgrove and Deacon Gordon MacKinnon to whom we are eternally grateful. Our Family wishes to express our utmost appreciation to the staff of both the 9th floor of the Abbie J. Lane Memorial Hospital and 6 West Jubilee floor at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital for the respectful and dignified manner in which they showed our Father as they attended to his medical and personal needs during his final days. Special gratitude is also given to grandchildren Joanne and John for their friendship and home and in hospital support to Dad the past number of years. Cremation has taken place with visitation at St. Paul’s Church 199 Windmill Rd. Friday August 2nd 5:00 – 9:00 pm. A Funeral Mass celebrating our Father’s life will be held Saturday August 3rd 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Church with reception to follow at the Ramada Hotel on Brownlow Ave. Burnside. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. We as a family thought it only fitting to hold the burial on Natal Day weekend. Irish quote On Dad’s 90th birthday he closed his short remarks with the following: “There are two kinds of people in the World, those of us who are Irish and the rest that wish they were” Even though he was a very proud Canadian for 86 years he always remembered his Irish roots.

 

HMCS NONSUCH, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS HURON, HMCS GRANBY, HMCS QUINTE

BUCHANAN, John David (Buck) April 13, 1922 - January 17, 2014 A wise, independent and compassionate man who was a proud Canadian passed away peacefully a few months short of his 92nd birthday. Born in Toronto, Ontario to parents Montgomery Buchanan and Georgia Leeson, he was the youngest of three children. John joined the Canadian Navy in 1939 and served on the H.M.C.S. St. Laurent in World War Two. From 1950-1953 he served his country again in the Korean War. A Mariner at heart, he spent the remainder of his working career aboard the B.C. tugboats and knew the Coastline intimately. In 1943, while on leave from the navy, he met Mary (Berg) at a Purdy's Chocolate shop in Victoria. After a hiatus of 25 years they happened to meet up again and were married in 1971. John also inherited a ready made family of five from Mary's former marriage and readily embraced his new life. Mary and John settled in Parksville and shared the next 30 years of lovely times together especially enjoying all holidays that involved ocean life. John is predeceased by his beloved Mary, and sisters Adele Kmit and Lois Weir. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and supportive daughter Lynda McConnell and husband John, grandson Wayne Margretts and wife Sue, great grandchildren, Jessica and Garrett, family members, Vicki, Jay, Janice, Lori and their families, niece Michele Maybury and husband Michael and very special friends Steve and Terra. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the truly marvelous staff at "The Lodge" on 4th in Ladysmith. Their commitment to dignity and care was stellar. Upon his cremation John and Mary will be laid to rest at sea in the springtime at "High Tide" as requested. "The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat."

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

CAIRNS, Elmer Crossley - The family announces, with profound sorrow, Elmer's passing on March 9, 2011. Elmer was born on July 20, 1925 to Mildred and George Cairns at Glenella, Manitoba. Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife Dorothy; daughter Dorell (Arthur) Schulz, granddaughter Dayna; son Brad (Deb), granddaughters: Averi and Kiana; as well as his brother Jack and sister Ethel. Elmer had a varied and interesting life. During the Second World War he served as a Radar Operator (after naval training) on the Destroyer H.M.C.S. St. Laurent and received his commission after the war with R.C.N.V. R. Elmer worked for Canadian National Railways for 40 odd years and retired at 60 years old as Employee Relations Officer. Highlighting his railway years were four years spent in Zambia, Africa from 1970 to 1973 and again for one year in 1983. He and Dorothy travelled extensively when taking holidays. Elmer was a curler and a golfer. He went to many bonspiels and was a member of the St. Vital Curling Club. He also golfed at the Canoe Club and many, many years at Niakwa - becoming a life member. Elmer and Dorothy enjoyed going to Corpus Christie and then Palm Springs for winter months until health reasons stopped their travelling. The sun now has set on a dear one we'll never forget. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3. In keeping with Elmer's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the Niakwa Country Club, 620 Niakwa Road. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. Coutu Co. Funeral Directors 680 Archibald St. 253-5086 (the Winnipeg Free Press 19 Mar 2011)

 

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CALDWELL, Frank Birch, Commodore, O-011210, RCN (15 Sep 1914 - 28 Oct 2007) - Passed away suddenly at home, in Ottawa, on Sunday, October 28, 2007, in his 93rd year. He was a veteran of the Second World War. He was the beloved husband of Sally; loving father of Stephen (Wendy); proud and loving Grandpa to Scott (Marlene) and Erin (Ryan); great-grandfather to Elliott; brother to Robert, Truro; and the late Rear Admiral, J.B. Caldwell. Frank grew up in Amherst and left in 1932 to attend Royal Military College for two years and then finished his training with the Royal Navy. He returned to Canada in 1938 and served in the RCN until his retirement in 1969. Frank then spent 13 years with the Navy League of Canada until his second retirement in 1982. He was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund. Burial will take place at sea. In memory of Frank, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

 

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CAMERON, Robert M. (Phi) - age 83 years, a resident of Thunder Bay died in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Sunday, December 7, 2007. He was born and raised in Fort William and started to work at the Dominion Bank, then with Emil Anderson Construction on the Alaska Highway. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and at war's end was serving on the H.M.C.S. Haida. After working for Gateway Grocers and Great Lakes Paper Co. he joined the Abitibi Woodlands in 1947 where he worked until 1979 retiring as Chief of Control. He was also affiliated with the Airlane Hotel for 25 years and managed Abitibi Woodlands Credit Union. Phil enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially his many trips to Summit Lake and Western Provinces with his friend Alex Lambert. After retiring he enjoyed fishing Lake Nipigon on board the Donna and fly in trips to lakes in Northwestern Ontario with family and friends. He and his wife Verna traveled throughout Europe and the U.S.A. and they enjoyed 28 years at their winter home in Gulfport, Florida. Phil was a member of the Abitibi Woodlands Quarter Century Club, the Thunder Bay Naval Association and also a member of Corpus Christi Church. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Verna, sons Philip (Kristine Czinkota) and Robert (Anne Nolting), daughter Cynthia (Patrick) Poulin, son-in-law Gary Johnson (Kim Morgan), and four grandsons: Lyle and Kerri Poulin and Skyler and Sean Cameron. He is also survived by brothers: Len, Jack (Angela), Ernie (Mary) of Calgary, and Sandy (Rosalie); sisters: Helen Foulds, Mary (Donald) Brownlee of Winnipeg and Emily Halverson of Toronto; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Phil was predeceased by his parents Jack and Ellen Cameron, sister Elsbeth, brother Gordon, daughter Donna and daughter-in-law Beverly Suzick. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2008 when family and friends will gather in Corpus Christi R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Richard Kowalchuk. The services will be complete in the church with cremation to follow. Visitation for friends will be held on Thursday, January 3rd from 6-8 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, where the Vigil Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (the Chronicle Journal 02 Jan 2008)

 

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CAMPBELL, Lawrence Newton, PO, V/14372, RCNVR, HMCS Avalon - PO Campbell died in the Royal Canadian Naval Hospital, St. John's NFLD  on 09 Mar 1944 as a result of a fractured skull; an injury received during HMCS Columbia's accident at sea, when on 26 February 1944, due to heavy fog and faulty radar, she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Nfld.

 

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CHARNEY, Frank Lawrence - Born: 19 Apr 1916, BC  Died: 05 Nov 1963, BC - AB V-49921 Frank L. Charney Served in the RCNVR during WW2 of 1939-45. He enlisted at Vancouver BC on 23 Apr 1940 at age 24 and served on Haida as a cook. After the war he settled in New Westmister working as a Cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway until his death in a Train accident in Boston Bar BC on Nov. 5th 1963 at age 47. He was buried in the Veterans Section of the Frazer View Cemetery in New Westminster BC.

 

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CHISHOLM, James Albert - 75, St. Francis Harbour, died Tuesday in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in St. Francis Harbour, he was a son of the late John J. and Clara (Brennan) Chisholm. He was a retired stationary engineer with Bedford Institute of Oceanography. He was a member of St. Francis Church, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81, Guysborough. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving as Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He is survived by his stepmother, Mary (Diggins) Chisholm, St. Francis Harbour; two half-sisters, Cecilia (Mrs. Alex MacLeod), Hamilton, Ont; Ann (Mrs. John Power), St. Francis Harbour; four half-brothers, Billie, Jack, both of Hamiliton; Joseph, Bramalea, Ont.; Lewie, St. Francis Harbour. He was predeceased by a brother, Tom. The body is in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough, visiting 7-9 p.m. today, 2-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday in St. Francis Church, St. Francis Harbour, Rev. Benard MacAdam officiating. Burial will be in parish cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to St. Francis Parish Cemetery Fund.

 

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CLARK, Kenneth Guy, Lt, RCNVR - Born: 24 Apr 1910  Died: 24 May 2002

 

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CUMMING, William Robert Munro - 67, of Saint John, NB passed away peacefully on September 26, 2006 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Hammersmith, England in 1939 he was the son of the late William Robert and Sarah (Gemmell) Cumming. Bill spent his early youth in England and Scotland prior to immigrating to Canada in 1957, where he served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Haida. Bill loved working with his hands. He was a hard working and creative millwright; well respected in his field. Retired from Irving Paper in 2003, Bill had previously worked for Dalby Machine Shop; Procor; and A.B. McKay and Associates. Bill enjoyed the challenge of devising new methods for efficiently completing tasks. Bill was known for his dedication to his family, thick Scots brogue, and booming tenor voice. Those who had the pleasure of hearing him sing did not often forget the experience. He was an avid rugby player in both Canada and England during the 1960's and 70's. Bill fulfilled a life-long dream to learn to play the bagpipes. Bill could often be found at the East Branch of the Saint John Regional Library checking out a half-dozen books at a time. Bill was an active blood donor for over 30 years, a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Oakville Lodge # 400, and Albion Lodge # 1 and was a piper in the Kiwanis and Caledonian Pipe bands. He will be sadly missed by his wife Bridget (Logue); daughters Roseanne Cumming of Winnipeg, MB and Sheelagh (Drew) Semper of Edmonton, AB; sisters Jeanette Henderson (Cranston) and Ann Taylor (Martin) both of England; numerous nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends in Canada, Scotland and England.

 

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DAHMS, Kenneth (1916-2002) - Passed away peacefully Friday, February 1, 2002 at Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital. Ken Dahms, in his 86th year, was the beloved husband of Marguerite (nee McGrath) Dahms for 56 years. Loving father of Lynn McLaughlin and his late wife Ruth of Waterloo, Gail Bonine and her husband Jon of Boise, Idaho. Dear grandfather of Carol, Stephen McLaughlin and his wife Lydia, all of Waterloo, Hillary and Cody Bonine of Boise, Idaho. Brother of Earl Dahms and his late wife Erma of Kingston. Survived by 2 nieces Frieda and Sharon and 1 nephew Wayne. Ken served in the navy overseas on HMCS COLUMBIA and then as a naval diver from 1939 - 1942 in Halifax. Ken's family will receive friends from 7-9pm Sunday and 2-4 & 7-9 pm Monday at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St, Kitchener (749-8467). Funeral service 11AM Tuesday February 5, 2002 in the chapel of the funeral home. Private interment Woodland Cemetery on Thursday. As expressions of sympathy donations to Grand River Hospital Emergency would be greatly appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). He will be greatly missed.

 

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DAMON, Ronald Arthur - passed away at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday November 11th, 2005. Ron was born on December 19th, 1922 in Saint John NB. to the late Francis and Gladys (Wannamaker) Damon. Ronald is survived by his son Larry (Christine) of Saint John, daughters Linda (David) Cook and Joyce (Andrew) Somerville, both of Saint John. Three brothers, Hazen (Doreen) of Hampton, Kenneth (Frances) of Saint John, and Douglas also of Saint John, two sisters, Florence (Lionel) Marshall of Ontario, and Dorothy MacNamara of Hampton NB. seven grandchildren, Candace, Lisa, Stephanie, Timothy, Christopher, Michael, and Caitlin, two great grandchildren Rebecca and Callie and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and loving wife Mildred (Moore) Ronald was predeceased by brothers Robert and Walter. Ronald was a veteran of World War II Royal Canadian Navy HMCS St. Laurent from 1942-1945. Ronald loved harness racing, baseball, hockey and was an avid Blue jay fan and a great cook.

 

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DAVIS, Donald Harold Born February 1, 1933 passed away peacefully on November 2, 2004 in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC. His loved ones wish to express their gratitude and thanks to the nurses, doctors and support staff for their gentle care. Don is remembered with much love by his family, three stepchildren, four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; his aunt Thora (Bob) Nicholls of Niagara Falls and her sons Alex and James; by his `adopted' daughter Elaine Fitch of Victoria and his close friend Glenda Corker, also of Victoria. Don leaves behind his cherished cockatoo, Chief, who will now be cared for by For the love of Parrots Refuge Society in Coombs, BC. Bob was a very proud Korean War Veteran who served on HMCS Haida. No Service by Don's request. If friends so wish, donations in his memory may be made to: For the Love of Parrots Refuge Society, P.O. Box 645, Coombs, BC, V0R 1M0.

 

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DOLL, Donald M - of New Lowell, passed away peacefully at Leisure World Care Giving Centre in Creemore on Sunday March 20th 2011 in his 87th year. Over 30 years of dedicated military service. WWII Veteran - RCNVR. Original Crew Member of the HMCS Haida. Donald was awarded the 1939-1945 Star with France/Germany Clasp, The Atlantic Star and the North Africa Star, and numerous Peace Time Medals. Donald received medals from the Governments of France and the USSR for war time efforts to their respective countries. In 1950, Donald joined the RCR and served in Korea. He continued military service to Canada, and retired in 1974. Donald was a member of the Federal Public Service from 1974-1984. Beloved Husband of Joan Goodrow. Loving Father of Michael Doll (Cathy), Robert Stephen Doll, and Geraldine La Chappelle (Neil). Dear Grandfather of Phillip, Matthew, Joshua, Holle and Jayney. Cherished Great-Grandfather of Devan, Alex and Nicole. Lovingly remembered by his brother Carl Doll. Predeceased by his son James. Donald will be sadly missed and always remembered by his many relatives and friends. Friends may pay their respects at The Steven R. Bridge Funeral Home, Angus on Tuesday March 22nd 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00pm. Funeral service will take place in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 11:00am. Interment immediately following at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cemetery Brentwood, ON. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated by the family.

 

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DOWLING, Michael - Passed away peacefully at Tufford Manor on Friday August 26th, 2011 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Lorraine. Predeceased by his first wife, Florence (2002). Loving father of Robin (Wayne), the late Bryan (Debbie) and Tony (Jo-Anne). Proud Papa of Michael, Lisa, Krystin, Heather, Michelle and Carolyn. Brother of Annette (Cyril) Handley. Mike will be fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends. Predeceased by his siblings Leonard, David and Alice. Special thanks to the staff at Tufford Manor for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton Street on Wednesday August 31 from 11 - 12:45p.m. A celebration of Mike's life will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Walker Family Cancer Centre would be appreciated by his family.

 

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DUNLOP, Dan Turnbull (1920-2012) - Passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the age of 92. Beloved husband for 68 years of Lowis. Loving father of Bill (Marlene), Dana Bowles (Mike, predeceased) and Hamish (Martha). Cherished Papa of Matthew Bowles, Michelle Ovens (John), Sarah Hill (Matthew), Katie, Graeme, Jordan and Meghan Dunlop and 9 great-grandchildren. Dan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and immigrated to Canada at age 5 settling in Windsor, Ontario. Dan joined the Canadian Navy in 1940 as an ordinary seaman, retiring in 1945 as a Lieutenant - Commander. Dan was a torpedo officer of HMCS St. Croix, responsible for the sinking of the German U-boat, U90 in 1942. Later serving as the flotilla torpedo officer with the 21st RN Destroyer Flotilla, and senior instructor officer at the torpedo school at HMCS Stadacona. While in service in Halifax, Dan met and fell madly in love with Lowis and they married in 1944. After the war, Dan enrolled at the University of Toronto School of Architecture and graduated first in the largest class of architecture ever (1950), winning the R.A.I.C. Gold medal in 1953. After working for several architectural firms, Dan established his own firm in 1953, Dunlop Architects. The firm was a leader in the design of facilities in the acute and long-term health care, justice and educational markets. His accomplishments include: winning the Massey Medal for Etobicoke's Richview Library, numerous hospitals including Credit Valley Hospital and many schools, homes and churches all over Ontario. Dan and Lowis enjoyed their retirement at their farm in Mulmur Township with family and friends. They also travelled the world together, including their last trip to Norway in May. Family and friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home "Oakville Chapel", 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville on Friday from 4-6 p.m. A Celebration of Dan's Life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in the chapel at 11 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

 

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ERNST, David Samuel - passed away, peacefully, on Friday, December 24, 2004 at the age of 85. Predeceased by his loving wife, Catharan, whom he missed dearly. David was devoted to his family, a caring and compassionate physician, a dedicated Elder for St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and a member of The Rotary Club of Kitchener and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. During the Second World War, he proudly served as Surgeon Lieutenant on board the destroyer, H.M.C.S. Haida. He enjoyed life fully and cherished his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and a very special island in McGregor Bay. He maintained a sense of humour, humility and dignity through life's triumphs and tribulations. He is survived by his son, David Ernst and his wife Wendy of Burlington; his daughter, Elizabeth Quinn and her husband Gerry of Mississauga; his son, Richard Ernst and his wife Christine Fisher of Kitchener; his son Peter Ernst and his wife Sheila Crowe of Charlottesville, Virginia; and his sister, Joye Brown and her husband Dr. Tom Brown of Toronto. He will be sadly missed by loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike. To celebrate David's life, a memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Queen and Weber Street), Kitchener on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Vern Tozer and Rev. Grant MacDonald officiating. There will be opportunities for visitation with the family from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church in the Elizabeth Room and following the service in Iona Hall. Cremation has taken place. Donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Friends of H.M.C.S. Haida or Canadian Celiac Association would be greatly appreciated by the family and can be made by calling the Edward R Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South Waterloo at 745-8445 or through. (The Record 29 Dec 2004) - passed away, peacefully, on Friday, December 24, 2004 at the age of 85. Predeceased by his loving wife, Catharan, whom he missed dearly. David was devoted to his family, a caring and compassionate physician, a dedicated Elder for St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and a member of The Rotary Club of Kitchener and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. During the Second World War, he proudly served as Surgeon Lieutenant on board the destroyer, H.M.C.S. Haida. He enjoyed life fully and cherished his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and a very special island in McGregor Bay. He maintained a sense of humour, humility and dignity through life's triumphs and tribulations. He is survived by his son, David Ernst and his wife Wendy of Burlington; his daughter, Elizabeth Quinn and her husband Gerry of Mississauga; his son, Richard Ernst and his wife Christine Fisher of Kitchener; his son Peter Ernst and his wife Sheila Crowe of Charlottesville, Virginia; and his sister, Joye Brown and her husband Dr. Tom Brown of Toronto. He will be sadly missed by loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike. To celebrate David's life, a memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Queen and Weber Street), Kitchener on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Vern Tozer and Rev. Grant MacDonald officiating. There will be opportunities for visitation with the family from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church in the Elizabeth Room and following the service in Iona Hall. Cremation has taken place. Donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Friends of H.M.C.S. Haida or Canadian Celiac Association would be greatly appreciated by the family and can be made by calling the Edward R Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South Waterloo at 745-8445 or through. (The Record 29 Dec 2004)

 

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FAIRBARNS, David Keith (09 May 1924 - 09 Jan 2011) - David was born in Bromley, Kent and moved to Montreal with his mother Eleanor and his brother Patrick in 1938. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served on HMCS Haida as she provided convoy support in the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean and cleared enemy shipping in support of the Normandy landings in June 1944. He met Helen Kendree on a transatlantic voyage in 1948 and they married in 1949. He studied agriculture and economics at McGill University and at Oxford. He then began a career in the federal public service, in Ottawa. After retiring in 1979, he threw himself into studies of the early philosophers of ancient Greece. He prepared voluminous notes on them and was writing a book on the subject when his dementia unfortunately took hold. Upon the birth of their grandchild Nicholas, David and Helen moved to Victoria. Some time after Helen's death, David courted and married Muriel Roddis and was welcomed into her large and loving family. David died peacefully in his residence of St. Charles Manor in Victoria, after suffering a gradual decline in health. Predeceased by his first wife, Helen in 1999, he is sadly missed by loving wife, Muriel; two daughters, Kathy Fairbarns and Julie (John) Landon, his son Matthew; his grandson Nicholas Fairbarns, his loving almost-daughters Elizabeth Barker and Cynthia Lewis; his step-children Hugh (Mary) Roddis and Linda (Alan) Thomson and their many children and grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 17 at St Mary's Church, 1701 Elgin Rd., Victoria with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Plan Canada.

 

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FELDMAN, Arthur Electrical Art. 4C, V23593, RCNVR died of wounds on 27 Feb 1944 received during HMCS Columbia's accident at sea, when on 26 February 1944, due to heavy fog and faulty radar, she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Nfld. He was trapped by the bulkhead in the Asdic compartment. His shipmates tried to save him but he died of his wounds. Arthur enlisted at the age of 18.

 

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FERENS, Thomas Anthony (25 Dec 1931 - 28 Jun 2009) - After a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer, with the support of his family, Tom Ferens passed away peacefully shortly after noon on June 28, 2009 at Scarborough General Hospital, at the age of 77. Tom is mourned by his wife of 38 years, Evelyn; sons Greg and his wife Lori of Nova Scotia, Tony and his wife Debbie and children, Melissa and Danielle of N.C., Rex and his wife Cathy of Scarborough, Arnold Mohler and his wife Sandi and children, Jeremy and Jenifer of Maryland and daughter Tracey of Scarborough. Tom is also survived by his late brother Ted's wife Marion of Winnipeg, MB and their four children, Karen Klos (Jerry) Kim Summers (Marion), Shelly Ferens and Dr. Grant Ferens (Mona) also of Winnipeg. Tom was predeceased by his father Anthony, mother Mary and brother Ted of Winnipeg, MB. Tom was born in Winnipeg and in his youth attended the Naval Academy. He developed strong leadership skills as a Cadet and was very athletic running track and playing football in high school. Tom attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He had a long and illustrious career in Engineering and worked his way up through management to become Vice President of Chikoppee Manufacturing in Kitchener, ON. All who knew Tom respected him for his strong work ethics and his fairness. Retirement brought Tom back to his roots, volunteering his time aboard the HMCS Haida. He belonged to the UNTD Association. Tom also had a passion for travel and together with his wife Evelyn enjoyed many vacations abroad. Above all, Tom's greatest passion was food and cooking new as well as old favourites for his family and friends. Tom will be sadly missed. The family would like to thank the staff at Scarborough Grace Hospital, Scarborough General Hospital and St. Elizabeth Nurses for their compassionate care. Thanks also to St. John's United Church for their kind support and prayers. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge St., North York (2 lights south of Steeles Ave.). Flowers graciously declined. Donations may be made in Tom's memory to Scarborough Grace Hospital. Jerrett Funeral Homes North York (The Winnipeg Free Press 03 Jul 2009)

 

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FINCH-NOYES, Edward William, Rear-Admiral, O-023590, RCN - Born Jun 1909, Hamilton, Ont.   Died: 16 Sep 1982, Victoria, BC

 

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FORREST, John - (Radio Communication Officer with the Merchant Marine - H.M.C.S. Haida; Retired Federal Government Fire Department Training Instructor for Indian Affairs; Ham Radio Operator VA3XJF; Retired Town of Caledon Fire Department Volunteer) At Toronto General Hospital, on Monday, February 21, 2005, John FORREST, Bolton , in his 76th year, beloved husband of Joyce NELSON and the late Orma Geddes. Dear father of Wendy and Dominique Guay, Bagottville, Quebec; Carole and David Ciooper, Orillia Nancy Forrest and David Wright, Brampton. Loving grandfather of Kenny, Heather and Cindy. Private family service will be held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S., Bolton (905-857-2213). Followed by cremation. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

 

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GARTNER, Eugene (Gene) (06 Apr 1923 - 02 Jun 2012) - It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Gene Gartner peacefully passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Regina General Hospital. He is predeceased by his first wife, Lillian (Power); son, Wayne in infancy; second wife, Darlene (Edmunds); parents, Olga and Joe; siblings, Peter, Molly, Mary, Eleanor and Hilda in infancy; nephew, Glen and step-son Ray. Gene will be lovingly remembered by the Gartner children, Sharon, Anita, Don and Doreen; grandchildren, Raena, Justin (Deanna), Tyler, Brandy (Mike); great granddaughter, Ally; sister, Evelyn Young; nieces and nephews, Carol, Arlene, Colleen, Bob, Gae, Tim, Rhonda, Kim, Scott, Bryon, and Kelly; step-children, Anne (Allan) Wilhelms, Faye (Dennis) Hugo, Shirley Edmunds, Beth (Charles) Lasater, Lyle (Jan) Edmunds and Pat (Shirley) Edmunds; step- grandchildren, Desiree, Lee, Jason, Shyler, Megan, Devon, Kirsten and Braden; best friends from Tisdale, John and Elaine Guest, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Gene was born and raised in Dilke, SK. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and served on the HMCS Haida. After WWII Gene returned to the prairies with his wife Lillian to raise a family, and farm in the Dummer, SK area. He was the kind of father who never used a foul word, who would drive through snow storms to pick up his kids, who knew the value of chocolate and ice cream and who always lit up when any of his kids walked into a room. After becoming a widower, he married Darlene Edmunds of Tisdale, SK and they travelled frequently between the farm and their home in Tisdale. He had lots of friends and loved to get together for coffee and a game of cards. He loved to drive his tractor and looked forward to farming each spring. He was a loving, generous, devoted family man who will be sorely missed. The family would like to thank all the medical staff who cared for Gene, especially the Renal Unit at the Regina General Hospital. Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Broadway United Church, 105 Broadway Avenue, Regina SK with Rev. Jim Balfour officiating. Interment will follow in Regina Memorial Gardens. Paragon Funeral and Cremation Services entrusted with arrangements. 359-7776 (The Regina Leader-Post June 4 to June 5, 2012)

 

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GERMAN, Donald Ross, RCN - Veteran of WWII 1942 1945. Peacefully on Saturday March 29, 2008 at Milton District Hospital in his 85th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Gwen, son Donald, and an infant daughter. Father of Valerie (Aurele) Lanois. Grandfather of Michael (Claire) Lanois, Christopher (Jennifer) Lanois, Pamela (Steve) Gingerich and Donald (Sarah) German. Great grandfather of Bridget, Lauren, Brycen, Jayden, Samantha and Katie. Also missed by his daughter-in-law Catherine German. Friends will be received at the J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James St., Milton (905) 878-2669 on Tuesday from 7:00 9:00 p.m. with a Legion Tribute service at 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the chapel on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. If desired, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 136 Poppy Fund would be appreciated.

 

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GOODALE, Norman A. - A proud veteran of WWII. Passed away peacefully on March 1, 2006 in his eighty-third year, beloved husband of Joan Duffey, dear father to; Karen (Thurstan Berkeley), Norman, Danny (Paula Godden), Nancy (Clemens Machilek) and Peter, loving grandfather of Makaila and Dawson. Predeceased by brother William (Bill), will also be sadly missed by sister Elizabeth and several other relatives and friends, specially Gerry Duffey and all the Duffey family, Resting at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White funeral home, 222 highway 20, (Exit 49 Cartier) Pointe Claire, (514) 483-1870, Monday March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. Funeral ceremony to be held Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home, thence to the Field of Honor cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation or to the Friends of H.M.C.S. Haida, 658 Catherine St. North, Hamilton On, L8L 4V7 would be greatly appreciated.

 

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GRAVES, Willard Murray - of Burton NB, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Born December 30th, 1925 in Saint John, NB he was predeceased by his loving wife Majorie Hazel Graves (Neilson). He is survived by his children, Dianne Barnes (Peter) of Burton; Murratte Graves (Joe Foote) of Saint John; ReBecca Paterson (Wayne) of Sussex; Melinda Mallery (Curtis) of Gagetown and Raymond Graves (Jeannie) of Fort St John, BC; his grandchildren, Winnifred, Charity, Adam, Patrick, Niomia, Tyrone, Rebecca, Jordan and Cole; great grand children, Makayla, Trinity, Jade, Delaney, Connor, Peter and Teagan have all lost a great pillar of strength in their young lives. Other close family members he leaves behind are his sisters, Marjorie of Hampton, Vella of Quispmasis, Barbra and Ruth of Toronto and Nancy of Saint John; and his sisters-in-law, Leona Maynard and Shirley Stennick, both of Oromocto. Murray had a great love of the water. His journey started as a deck hand on the SS Majestic, serving in WWII on the HMCS Valleyfield and HMCS Haida plus his own boat, the Nova Dawn, on the Saint John River. He was known to have the best and tastiest tomatoes in a 100 mile radius of his home. He joined the Canadian Army after the war and served in Germany, Whitehorse, Sussex, Borden and Gagetown leaving the service after 24 years. He had a great mind for computers and carried on a very intellectual conversation for those who dared test his knowledge. His thoughts on religion, government and the weather were always up for chatter. He missed the love of his life after 62 years of marriage very much since her passing 3 years ago end July. His passing was as Murray wanted, quietly and with determination. Family and friends will gather Saturday, July 6th, from 2 to 5 at Murray's home in Burton to raise a glass and celebrate his life . In lieu of flowers, Murray's wishes were for families to take their loved ones out for dinner and have a cheer for him. Murray's family wish to thank those for the great care received from Dr Gowan, Dr Snell and the great Extra Mural nurses of Oromocto.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS VALLEYFIELD

GRENON, Albert Joseph, AB, 4467, RCN - 19 years old. He joined the RCN as a boy seaman in July 1941. He was born in Radville, Sk, but after his fathe Joseph Grenon was killed in a car-train accident in 1928, his mother remarried and the family moved to Somerset, MB. He was survived by his mother Ida Grenon, who lived in Somerset, Grenon Lake west of Hogg Lake, was named after him in 1995. His brother, Flight Sergeant Alfred Joseph Grenon, was also a casualty of the war, as he died on 22 May 1943. (Naval Museum of Manitoba)

 

HMCS ST CROIX

GUILLET, Burton - WWII Navy Veteran Retired Post Master of Canada Post Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Fahey). Loving father of Geoff (Jenn). Cherished grandfather of Kelsey. Dear brother of Gloria Libock of Kitchener. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Rita Wiese and brothers Charles and Dennis. Mr. Guillet was a survivor of the HMCS Skeena, the first Post Master for the City of Nepean, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 6217 and present President of the Perley Rideau Veterans' Association. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Ave. (west of Carlingwood) Tuesday, November 24 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Knights of Columbus will have prayers Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Funeral Wednesday to St. Patrick's of Fallowfield Church, for Mass of Christian Funeral November 25 at 10 a.m. In Memoriam donations to the Perley Rideau Foundation appreciated.

 

HMCS SKEENA

HANNAM, Jack Lcdr, CD - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jack, our beloved husband and father. He succumbed to cancer in the loving and caring company of his family. He will be greatly missed. As a career sailor, set sail on his final voyage from Saanich Peninsula Hospital on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Born in Vancouver B.C. on June 19, 1924, he had a storied 33 year career in the Canadian Navy and also taught successfully in the Victoria School District for 10 years. Left home for the sea at 15, served in the Canadian Merchant Marine and joined the Canadian Navy in the last class of boy seamen at 17. During WWII served in corvettes, destroyers and frigates. Took part in the Battle of the Atlantic, North African Invasion, Murmansk Convoys, D-Day Landings, English Channel night actions, and while on HMCS Haida helped rescue survivors from HMCS Athabaskan's sinking. During peacetime rose through the ranks to Lieutenant-Commander and eventually served as the captain of the Porte de La Reine. Loved to play golf and lunch with his buddies, especially at the Royal Colwood. Kept up with his life at sea in his boat, the Jorobsu, with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Victoria Cruising Club. Had many hours of enthusiastic volunteering with a number of charitable organizations. Was a long-serving and committed Mason and Shriner. Belonged to the C&PO's Association, the NOAC, the Haida Association, and the Fourandex of Canada. He leaves to mourn the love of his life, his wife of almost 63 years, Vivian, son John (Nicky), son Robert (Boudien), daughter Susan Bowes, (Bob), granddaughters Kirsten Hannam, Jackie Chandler, Jamie Hannam, Delaina Williams, and Lindsay Hannam, grandsons Adrian Hannam and Nathan Bowes, and greatgrandchildren Kiana, Olivia, Matthius, Gabriel, Briar, and Kylon. Many thanks for the professional support and kind comfort extended by Dr. Richard Kennedy, the Home Care Nurses, especially Lynne Erskine, and the caring staff of the palliative care unit at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. A funeral and internment service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at St. Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church, 4733 West Saanich Road. A reception in the church hall is to follow immediately after the service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial gifts may be sent to the B.C. Cancer Clinic.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS PORT DE LA REINE

HAWKINS, Floyd Franklin - Unexpectedly, at the Saint John Regional Hospital on February 19, 2007, Mr. Floyd Franklin Hawkins, husband of Kathleen (Flagg) Hawkins of Beaver Harbour, NB. Born in Beaver Harbour on September 3, 1921, he was a son of the late Arthur and Lena (Dickson) Hawkins. A loving husband, father, grandfather and brother he is survived by his loving wife Kay; three sons, Colin of Ottawa ON, D. Kevin (Kerrie) of Blacks Harbour NB and Daniel of Grand Manan NB; three daughters, Ruby (Bill) Scott of Halifax NS, Coralie (George) Losier of Saint John NB and Sally (Tony) Nabuurs of Beaver Harbour; one daughter in law, Darlene Hawkins of Pennfield; 11 grandchildren, Neil (Mary) Hawkins, Sean Hawkins, Katie (Dave) Valiquette, Suzanne Hawkins, Robert Scott, Andrea (Wayne) Thomason, Sarah English, Zachary and Stephanie Nabuurs, Lindsay and Sarah Hawkins; eight great grandchildren, Tyler and Jonathan Hawkins, Spencer, D. Tyler and Lacey Hawkins, Kathleen and Joshua Thompson and Maria Valiquette; two sisters, Gladys Stewart and Lila Wright both of Sudbury ON; one brother, James (Florence) Hawkins of Beaver Harbour; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sons, Rodney and Derwyn; and by one brother, Malcolm. Floyd was born a man of the sea and a Sea Captain for many years. Remembered fondly as skipper of the W.A. Moore. In his early years he worked in the fishery until he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. The first ship he was assigned to was the HMCS ACHATES which was sunk only ten days after he began his service off the coast of England. He then was assigned to the HMCS HAIDA full time, until the end of the war. After returning home to Beaver Harbour he again made his living on the Bay of Fundy, fishing Lobster and Ground Fish. He was also a dedicated Weir fisherman. Floyd was well known and well respected and an advocate for the Maritime Fisheries. The family will receive friends at the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage St, St. George NB, on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 pm. The service will be held at Christ Church (Anglican) Pennfield NB on Thursday at 2:00 pm followed by interment in the Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Fundy Nursing Home in memory of Floyd. (www.stgeorgefh.ca)

 

HMS ACHATES, HMCS HAIDA

HENAULT, Roland Joseph (09 Jul 1930 - 12 Sep 2011) - In loving memory of "Blackie " - Blackie leaves behind his wife of 52 years Marie, his four sons Bruce (Sandy), Micheal (Shirley), Mark (Kelly), Garth (Jeannine), three daughters, Sherry (Toby), Debra (Steven), Michelle; fourteen grandchildren Andre (Sara), William, Greg, Ross, Ellen (Jesse), Ryan, Slade, Darla (Marcel), Darryl (Nicole), Graham, Joseph (Ashley), Joshua, Tianna (Jesse), Kaitlyn; 4 great grandchildren, Siris, Zeden, Matthew, Jordyn also brother in law Tony (Joy) and many nieces, nephews. His loving nature and generosity earned him a great many friends and the love and respect of family. Blackie was born in Lenore, Quebec, and raised in Woodstock, Ontario. As a young man he worked his away across the prairies . He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949. Blackie served in the Korean War on the HMCS Haida, and also spent time as a submariner in the U.K.. After retirement from the Navy in 1971, he worked for BCBC. until he retired in 1995. Blackie loved spending time with friends and family and spent many hours telling of his Journeys around the world and was known to tell the odd fish tale. The family wish to thank Victoria Hospice for their kindness. A special appreciation to Dr. Pocock, and nurses Christine and Laura. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sooke Hospice. The Henault family would like to invite you to join them at their home for a memorial tea Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

 

HMCS HAIDA

HICKS, Clarence E. - 88, of Moncton, with loving family members at his side, passed away peacefully at The Moncton Hospital on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Born in Moncton, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Crawford) Hicks. Clarence was a retired Supervisor with C.E.I.C. (U.I.C.) with 34 years service. He was a member of St. John’s United Church, former life time member of Wesley Memorial United Church, member of Wesley Memorial Men’s Group and former Church Board member. He was a member of Acacia Lodge # 49 F. & A.M., the Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick, the Atlantic and Miramichi Salmon Federation and the Federal Superannuates Association of Canada. Clarence was a Veteran of WWII, having served overseas from 1943 – 1945 on H.M.C.S. St. Laurent, R.C.N.V.R. and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Moncton Branch #6. Clarence was an avid sports fan and was active with the Ostomy Association and was a volunteer for the Dobson Trail. His hobbies included fishing, furniture refinishing and caning, solving word puzzles, socializing and teasing his family and friends. He loved spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Clarence will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Lois (Oulton) Hicks; daughters, Linda Hicks of Moncton, Cathy Booth (Brian) of Munster, ON; son, David (Yvette) of Fall River, NS; precious grandchildren, Jody, Susan, Patrick, Michael and Christine; cherished great grandchildren, Lily and Everett (Clarence’s namesake); as well as several special nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Harold. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Moncton Legion Branch #6 Veterans’ Service on Friday evening at 6:30 pm at the Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service for Clarence to be held at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 am, Rev. Lloyd Bruce officiating. Reception in the Funeral Home Reception Centre following the service. Interment, Fernwood Cemetery, Port Elgin. In Clarence’s memory, donations to the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Foundation (Oncology Unit) or the Friends of The Moncton Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

HOLMES, Raymond Wilson (26 May 1923 - 11 Sep 2009) - We regret to announce the passing of Raymond early on September 11th, 2009 at the age of 86. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Thelma of 63 years. Also survived by his only son Bob (Carol) of North Delta; grandsons Bradley and Matthew; his sister Adah (Jim) Butchart of Edmonds, Washington; brother-in-law Harold Norris of Victoria; sister-in-law Sybil Coleman of Victoria and nieces and nephews in Canada, USA and the Isle of Man. Raymond was predeceased by his only daughter Dawna-Rae in 2000 and also by his brother Tom. Raymond was a veteran of the RCN, WW2 and spent 5 years on HMCS Niagara in the Atlantic. He was employed by the City of Vancouver for 33 years & retired to Sidney, BC and later to Westbank. Special Thank you to all at the Village of Smith Creek Care Home for their care of Raymond for 2 years, especially Joane, Lisa, Cheryl, Leanne, his care givers. Ray was active in Minor Lacrosse and Manager of South Vancouver Legion Lacrosse #16. Ray and Thelma spent 20 years in their motor home down at Magic Waters in Desert Hot Springs. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19th in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society, 600-890 W. Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9 would be appreciated. "Mission Complete" Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, 250-762-2299.

 

HMCS NIAGARA

HUMPHRIES, Charles Terrance - 77, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2011, in the QEII Health Sciences Center. Born in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Charles and Delphine (Seward) Humphries. Charles served during the Korean conflict with the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Haida, and was proud to have been present on the HMCS Quebec for the coronation review. Later he worked for the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission until his retirement. He was a long time member of the Lions Club and was an avid hockey fan. Charles was a loving husband, father and grandfather who doted on his grandchildren. He will lovingly be remembered and never forgotten by his wife, Margaret (Short), Halifax; son, Terry (Diane), West LaHave; daughter, Anita (Laird) Bolt, Halifax; grandchildren, Amanda and Graham Bolt; brothers, Robert (Ruby), Corner Brook, NF; Grace (Joe) Feltham, Ontario; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of J. A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. In keeping with Charles wishes, there will be no visitation. A service of remembrance will be held on Monday, March 28 at 1PM in Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rev. Dianna Brett-Frye officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles memory may be made to the QEII Health Center Foundation.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS QUEBEC

HUNTER, Roy Scott, Ordinary Telegraphist, V/61071, RCNVR - MPK 25 Nov 1944 - Born: 11 Jan 1925

 

HMCS SHAWINIGAN

IVANCIC, Milorad - peacefully at Bridgepoint Health Centre, Toronto on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in his 81st year. Dear brother of Novak "Nick" Ivancic of London. Also survived by his cousins Angie and Lou Mergasky of Windsor. Dear friend of David and Bonnie (Knezic) Webb. Milorad will also be fondly remembered by relatives in Serbia. Milorad proudly served in the Navy on the H.M.C.S Skeena during WWII. The funeral service will be conducted at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 5567 Wonderland Road South on Saturday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. Memorial contributions to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 5567 Wonderland Road South, London, ON N6P 1N8 would be gratefully acknowledged.

 

HMCS SKEENA

JACUZZI, Bruno Christopher (1928-2007) - Passed away peacefully at his residence in Kitchener, with his beloved wife Bonny at his side, on Sunday, April 1, 2007. Besides his beloved wife Bonny, best friend and partner of 57 years, Bruno is survived by his son Anthony and his wife Shirley, his daughter Mary Anne Jacuzzi Huhtanen and her husband Glen, two grandsons, Eric and Bryan Jacuzzi, his sister, Sister June Jacuzzi and his brother-in-law Brian Tucker. He was predeceased by his parents Antonio and Emma Iacuzzi. Bruno was born in Windsor, joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served on the H.M.C.S Nootka and H.M.C.S Haida. Bonnie and Bruno were married in Moncton NB, moved to Sudbury for a short time, back to Windsor to raise their family, and then settled in Kitchener in 1975. He worked as a Chef Manager for a restaurant chain until his retirement. Friends are invited to share their memories of Bruno during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish Prayers to be held at 8:45 p.m. The Funeral Mass to celebrate Brunos life and faith will be held at St. Francis R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 2 p.m., the Rev. Joseph de Viveiros as celebrant. Reception to follow. Cremation will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre may be arranged through the funeral home, 519.745.8445. In living memory of Bruno, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning program by the funeral home.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS NOOTKA

JENSEN, Eric Gordon in his 86th year, passed away peacefully at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 60 years, his children David (Sandy) and Patricia (Glenn) and his grandchildren Bruce (Janet), Ben (Megan), Spencer, Zachary and Jenna. At seventeen, Eric enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served for two years on HMCS Haida during World War II. Over the years, he continued his involvement with the Haida Association and at one point served as President. He established and maintained the association's Book of Remembrance. Eric visited local schools and shared his experiences with students. He was a loyal employee with Lever Brothers for 39 years, working first in the cafeteria and later, the warehouse. A dedicated volunteer, Eric delivered Meals on Wheels for 21 years, donated blood and assisted with chapel services for the Veterans' Ward at Sunnybrook Hospital. He was an active and longtime member of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church where he met and married Ruth. Eric's greatest joys were his family and friends. Throughout his life, he believed in helping people and willingly offered assistance to those in need. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St., at Goulding, south of Steeles) with visitation from 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ansgar Foundation of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS HAIDA

JIPPES, Albertus (Al), age 81, passed away at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, on Friday, February 20th, 2015 with his family by his side. Born in Assen, Holland on February 2, 1934 to the late Jacob and Dina (Lanting) Jippes, Al immigrated to Canada when he was nineteen arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax onboard the S.S. Groote Beer on March 26, 1953. Al served thirty years as a “stoker” in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1986. He moved to his beloved “Goose Hills” and became a lobster fisherman for many years, before retiring for a second time. Al met Bonnie (Bonita Burgess) at a dance in Halifax during the fall of 1956 and they were married on July 12, 1958 in Port Mouton. Al and Bonnie have two daughters, Rika (Brian) Bolivar, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia and Belinda (Michael) Doyle, of Kingston, Ontario; five grandchildren, Jillian Payton, Whitney Payton, Allen Wolfe, Justin Wolfe, Christian Wilkins; two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Lincoln Roy. Al also leaves behind one brother, Bennie; four sisters, Rika Trip, Marge (Jan) Steenbergen, Alie Blaauw and Jopie (Roel) Huizing and their families in Holland. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. At Al’s request, there will be no visitation or service. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Soldier On Fund (cfmws.com).

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ALGONQUIN

JOHNSON, Douglas R. - Born 0 3 Sep 1921 in Delia, passed away 0 5 Dec 2006. Predeceased by Joan his wife of 47 years he leaves his sisters Margaret McKay of Kelowna, her family and Winona from Princeton and her family. Doug was a WWII Veteran with the RCN, served on HMCS Haida, worked and retired from City of Kelowna. Was a member of Kelowna Pipe and member of Esquimalt and Kelowna Legions for over 60 years. Enjoyed annual trips to Mexico since 1982. He will be sorely missed by many young and old. Special thank you to all care professionals and to the kindness of Rose Manor employees. No service by request. (The Times Colonist 15 Dec 2006)

 

HMCS HAIDA

KINGSLEY, Harry, Capt, RCN - Born: Sep 1900, Shanghai, China   He retired on 21 Nov 1950 and died on 07 Mar 1976 in Victoria, BC

 

HMS ERIN (Midshipman, 1919), HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN (as Midshipman, RCN), HMS CAIRO (28 Jun 1922 as Slt, RCN) HMCS PATRICIAN, HMS IRON DUKE (13 Feb 1929), HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE

Kovac, Peter - Peacefully with his family by his side, Peter Kovac, age 87 passed away on June 19th at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Peter was raised in the East End on McIntosh Street and attended St. Peter's school. His first job was driving the Star Bakery truck to the rural areas exchanging bread for chickens, vegetables, etc. At the beginning of WWII he worked in a stainless steel department of Canada Car where he met his wife, Claudine Perrin who worked in the riveting department. Peter enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and was a wheelsman on board HMCS Skeena which was a destroyer, where he saw action in Brest, France and D-Day. He was at sea during WWII for 666 days until his ship was sunk off the coast of Iceland where 15 of his crewmates perished. Upon discharge in 1945, he married Claudine on December 7th, 1946. In order to purchase their first home, Peter spent eight months working in the far north as a sheet metal worker in the building of the dew line. On his return home, he gained employment at Abitibi mill until his retirement at the age of 64. Peter's main hobby was the Royal Canadian Legion serving as president of the Slovak branch #129 from 1966-1968, Deputy Zone Commander 1972-1973, Zone Commander 1974-1975, and District # 8 Commander 1976-1979. Peter was Honourary President of Slovak Branch 129 since 1994 and was also Honourary President of Manitoba & NWO Command. Peter was a recipient of all Legion medals including life membership 1970, Meritorious Service Medal 1976, and the Legion's highest reward, the Palm Leaf in 1989. Peter is survived by his wife, Claudine and their 5 children, Richard, Sandra (Roger), Kenneth (Pam), Randy (Helen), Barbra (Garick), and 5 grandchildren, Ashley, Kayla, Ronald, Bruce, and Megan. A celebration of life will be held at the Slovak Legion on Thursday, June 25th, beginning at 10:30. Burial to take place in the Military Plot of Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. (the Chronicle Journal 23 Jun 2009)

 

HMCS SKEENA

KRAMP, Lloyd - Passed away peacefully on May 13, 2014 in his 85th year. Loving husband to Joan (Williams). Dear father of Larry (Salem) and Sherry (Bob). Grandfather to Christine, Jennifer (John), Robert (Laura), Michael and Matthew. Great- grandfather to Tyler and Zachary. Lloyd will be missed by his sister Vida (John). Predeceased by his sister Shirley. Lloyd served proudly in the Korean War and spent 21 years in the RCN, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. A special thanks to the staff of Allendale Long Term Care Facility. A private celebration of Lloyd's life will be held by the family. (the Toronto Star 17 May 2014)

 

HMCS HAIDA

LANCASTER, Malcom Carl - 91, Halifax, died 22 July 2013. Born January 10, 1922 in Athol, Prince Edward County, Ontario. Malcom was one of 12 children born to the late William and Elizabeth (Turner) Lancaster. Malcom joined the Navy in March 1942, spending 309 days on the H.M.C.S. Hamilton in 1943. The Navy brought him to Nova Scotia where he fell in love with the Atlantic Ocean and his late wife, Margaret. At the end of his naval career, he captained a harbour patrol boat in the Halifax Harbour. After leaving the Navy he drove transport trucks in the Naval Dockyard and later became a heavy equipment operator. While driving transport trucks, Malcom represented the Halifax Dockyard in truck rodeos, winning several awards for skilled driving. Malcom was a devoted and beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He is survived by daughters Pam (Mrs. Renato Gasparetto), Halifax; and Margo (Mrs. Ross Sullivan), Moncton, N.B.; sister Barbara Baker; grandchildren Beth Sullivan and Angela, Amy and Michael Gasparetto; great-grandson, Francesco Malcolm; many nieces and nephews in Ontario, including Linda, Shirley, Irene and Roxy; and dear friends Sharon and Bev Sheppard. Funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday August 1st at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax. Visitation at 10am, followed by the funeral service. Private committal service to follow. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the IWK.

 

HMCS HAMILTON

LINDSEY, Kennth Alexander - of Sundridge WWII Veteran 1942 – 1945 - Suddenly at the North Bay General Hospital – Scollard Site on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 in his 85th year. Kenneth Lindsey, beloved husband of Reta Lindsey (nee Bettles). Dear brother of Thelma Breen of Newmarket, Jim Lindsey (Muriel) of Bramalea and the late Howard Lindsey. Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and many friends in the area. Ken served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 – 1945 as a torpedo man. Member of H.M.C.S. HAIDA Association and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 467, Sundridge. Family will receive visitors at the Opatovsky Funeral Home – Moore Chapel, 9 Paget Street, Sundridge on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 467, Sundridge will conduct a tribute service in the chapel at 11:30 A.M. A service to celebrate the life of the late Ken Lindsey will be conducted in the chapel on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12 noon with the Reverend Les Drayer officiating. Interment at the Bond Head Cemetery, Newcastle, Ontario. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

LONG, Harold - Peacefully, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer, Harold passed away at the Grace Hospice, at the age of 84 years. Beloved father of Gale MacFarlane and Leslie Nosworthy; father-in-law of Garth Nosworthy; dear grandfather of Darin MacFarlane, Lindsay and Gregory Nosworthy; brother of Bernice Reisenauer; uncle of Bill Reisenauer; and Laurie Sisser. Harold was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary Long; and wife Elizabeth Long. Born in Brandon, MB on February 4, 1921, Harold joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving aboard the HMCS Haida, in the Second World War. He had a career in the oil industry, firstly with North Star Oil, and subsequently Shell Oil in commercial real estate. Upon his retirement, Harold worked with Canada Permanent Trust as a realtor. Harold was a loving father, a grandfather and great friend who will be sadly missed. He dedicated himself to his work and his principles. Harold loved his family and as a proud grandfather, was always there for school events, music and ballet recitals and those cold hockey arenas. A celebration of Harold's life will be held on Friday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, 3830 Roblin Blvd. Our family wishes to thank the staff at the Grace Hospice for their outstanding care and support. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Harold's memory may be made to the Grace Hospice, 260 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3R5 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. (the Winnipeg Free Press 10 Feb 2005)

 

HMCS HAIDA

LOVE, Edward Ernest (Ernie) McLeod (1918-2002) - beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Love of Calgary, passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at the age of 84 years. Besides his loving wife, Ernie is survived by his sons, Jim (Bernice), Michael, and Peter (Carol); stepsons, Gerald (Margaret) and David (Jacquie) Manning; brother, Donald (Penny) Love; sisters-in-law, Emily Love and Jean (Max) Dawson; grandsons, Jonathan, David, Christopher, Andrew, Russell, Chas, and Neil; and step grandchildren, Cheryl, Catherine, Kathyrn, Scott, Jessica, Jennifer and Elizabeth as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Gwyneth (nee: Evans). Ernie was born in Calgary in 1918. He completed his High School education there and then attended the University of Alberta where he received his B. Comm. He served as a Lieutenant Commander on the Destroyer HMCS Skeena during the Second World War. Following the war he joined the family business, J. E. Love & Sons Ltd., where he was active until recently. Always a leader and innovator, Ernie enjoyed an illustrious career in the Livestock feed and grain business, including a term as the Chairman of the Canadian Feed Industry Association. Ernie has been a strong supporter of Grace Presbyterian Church for the past five years. Prior to that, he had been a long-time member of St. Paul's United Church. Two activities that were near and dear to Ernie were his long-term association with Rotary through his membership in the Downtown Rotary Club and his earlier involvement on the Board of Wood's Homes, where he served two consecutive terms as Chairman. In addition, he greatly enjoyed his membership at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. Always the perfect gentleman, Ernie was both patient and understanding. His twinkling eye and sense of humor endeared him to everyone he knew. As his brother, Don said, 'Ernie never had a bad day!' His was a life of grace. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & Holloway's 'Park Memorial Chapel', (5008 Elbow Drive SW.) on Wednesday, July 3, at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Victor Kim of Grace Presbyterian Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Wood's Homes' Foundation, c/o 805 37th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3C1 Telephone: (403) 270-4102. In living memory of Ernie Love, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Times Colonist on July 3, 2002)

 

HMCS SKEENA

LOWE, Alan Gordon – Born March 20, 1928, in Toronto, Ont. Passed away July 20, 2010, in Halifax after a brief illness. He was a son of the late John and Mary Lowe and brother of Murray Lowe. Beloved husband of Ruth Bentley, Truro. Father of Heather VanWoodenberg, Lilongue, Africa; and Murray Lowe, Redondo Beach, Calif. Alan is survived by his dear wife and children as well as their spouses, Floris VanWoodenberg and Stephanie Lowe; his grandchildren, Colette Pope, Christopher Shee, Amy McFadgen, Ian Lowe, Scott Lowe, Victoria; and his great-grandchildren, Madison and Adam Pope and Emma McFadgen. Alan’s 37-year naval career included Royal Roads, service at sea with the Royal Navy, the United States Navy and the HMCS Haida in the Korean war, Commanding officer on the HMCS La Hulloise and the HMCS Annapolis. Communication specialist and graduate of the RCAF Staff College. Upon Retirement from the navy, Alan served as Fleet Manager of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central Region, for 10 years. In 1992, Alan retired and relocated with Ruth to Halifax and was active with HMCS Sackville and St. Andrews United Church. At his request, there will be no visitation or memorial service. Alan dedicated his remains to medical science. Any donations, in lieu of flowers, should be made to the charity of your choice.

 

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MAINGUY, Edmond Rollo, Vice-Admiral, O-045990, RCN - Born: 11 May 1901, Victoria, BC  Died: 29 Apr 1979, Nanaimo, BC

 

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MANN, Walter William - Peacefully on April 11, 2010, at Hamilton General Hospital, in his 85th year. Much loved brother of Jimmie (Patricia). Predeceased by his elder brothers Jack (Marie), Harvey (Barbara), and Henry (Irene). Son of the late Jack and Lottie Mann. Walt served in all three branches of the Canadian Forces, first, Air Force, then Army, then Navy, during and after the Second World War. He completed his military career serving aboard H.M.C.S. Haida. A talented artist , passionate naturalist, and an outspoken opponent of the Red Hill Expressway. Walt preserved many of Hamilton's most scenic locations through his paintings and photographs. An avid reader, he will be missed by the staff and patrons of the local libraries. He will also be remembered with love and admiration by his "second family" the neighbours and children in his apartment building. The family will receive friends at L.G. Wallace Funeral Home, 151 Ottawa Street North (905-544-1147), on Wednesday April 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family interment to follow. To honour his memory, donations to McMaster Children's Hospital would be deeply appreciated.

 

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MARK, Malcolm Ernest - Passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on Thursday, October 15, 2009. Malcolm Mark of Burlington, formerly Simcoe age 75 years. Son of the late Hugh and Veril Mark and beloved husband of Lynnet Haxton of Burlington, loving father of Shane Mark (Markie) of Tilbury, Christine Robinson (Darrell) of Hamilton, Sherry Johnson (Ian) of Chatham and Paul Mark of Chatham and cherished grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother Paul Mark (Stella) of Simcoe and sister Ruth Kitchen (Keith) of Tennessee and was predeceased by sister Helen McLeod and her husband Alex . Nieces and nephews. Mr. Marks served in The Royal Canadian Navy from 1952 – 1957 in Korea on the H.M.C.S. Haida. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 12 noon till 2 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where the funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Cremation with interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

 

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MARSHALL, Lawrence (Larry) RCN (12 May 1926 - 21 Apr 2013) - Dad passed away peacefully at the Carewest Colonel Belcher Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta on April 21, 2013 at the age of 86. A life-long resident of the Oshawa area, he is survived by his daughters Heather Marshall of Oshawa and Laurie Eaton (John) of Calgary, his sister Gail Ertel (Ron) of Kitchener, niece Stacy Aarssen (John) and nephews Scott Tamblyn (Tracey) and Stephen Tamblyn (Cheryl). Being an optimist by nature, Dad spent a lifetime in sales and entrepreneurship. He saw the positive side of people and life. He will be truly missed. A private family interment will take place at St. Gregory's Cemetery in Oshawa this fall. Charitable donations if desired can be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. (Published in the Toronto Star on May 4, 2013)

 

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MAWER, Charles Needham (Chuck) (1917-2006) - of Calgary passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Foothills Medical Center on Sunday, October 29, 2006, at the age of 89. Chuck was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the eldest of one brother and two sisters who are all now deceased. His formative years were spent in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary. After High School in 1935 he joined Richardson Graves as a CA Article Student. In 1936 Chuck joined the Naval Reserve and served throughout the war in staff operations and at sea. His duty at sea was aboard the HMCS Haida where he was involved in actions in the English Channel and escorted troop convoys to France on D Day, June 1944. He retired from the Navy in 1945 as Commander and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at sea. Chuck then returned to Richardson Graves and in 1947 he joined the Mannix Company. In 1951 he entered the investment business with Tanner & Company. He joined McLeod Young Weir in 1953, and served as the Manager of the Calgary office and Alberta Director. In 1974, at the age of fifty-seven, Chuck started Mawer & Associates. Throughout his business life he was a member of the Calgary Petroleum Club, the Ranchmen's Club and the Calgary Golf and Country Club. He was an active fundraiser for the Naval Museum of Alberta and a board member of the DDRC. He retired in 1995 when he was seventy-eight. Chuck was predeceased by "Nibs", his wife of sixty-two years. Chuck and Nibs' most memorable and happiest times together were spent at beautiful Premier Lake. Chuck is survived by his family, Stephanie and Paul, Pam and Ken, Peter and Susan, Martha and Doug; grandchildren, Jonathan and Rhonda, Jilla and Steve, Adam, Tim and Olivia, Mollie, Jenny and Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Graycen, Isabelle, Eric, Clara and Gabriel. A private family Memorial Service has been arranged. Friends are invited to a celebration of Chuck's life to be held at the Calgary Golf and Country Club (one and one half blocks west of Elbow Drive on 50 Avenue S.W.) today, November 11, 2006, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. We would like to extend our thanks to the wonderful staff at the Fountains of Mission and to his many friends who were so supportive of Dad during the last few years. In living memory of Charles Mawer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W.

 

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MILLS, Leslie - Surrounded by his loving family, Leslie passed away peacefully at Cowichan District Hospital on June 30, 2011. He was born in Grimsby, England on March 1, 1919 to Jack and Ivy Mills. At the age of seven his family migrated to Canada, eventually settling in Esquimalt where he graduated from high school in 1935. After apprenticing at Yarrow Shipbuilders, Leslie served as a chief engineer in the Canadian Navy for 25 years. During World War II he earned a Distinguished Service Medal for devotion to duty and coolness during a prolonged hunt which resulted in the destruction of U-588. After finishing his career in 1979 in the engineering department at Cowichan District Hospital, he spent 32 wonderful years of retirement in Saltair, B.C. fishing, traveling, driving his tractor and making violins. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 67 years Alice (Molloy), children Debbie (Vernon) Kornet and David, grandsons Nicholas and Trevor, nephew Robert E. and nieces Dianna and Darlene. He was predeceased by his brothers Jack (1941) who was lost on the HMS Hood and Ernest (1944) who was lost on the HMCS Athabaskan. A service of remembrance will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 3318 River Road, Chemainus, B.C. at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 5, 2011. No flowers by family request. Those wishing to, may donate to the charity of your choice. Many thanks for the care and kindness shown by Dr. Gee and the staff of Cowichan District Hospital. (The Times Colonist on July 3, 2011)

 

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MOORE, Maurice Albert - Born in Cambridge, England on June 24, 1932, Maurice passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital on June 12, 2015. Maurice was a lifelong marine and strongly identified as a submariner. He joined the British Navy at 16 years old and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. he was a loving husband to Joan Moore (Harrison) for 56 years. Son of the late Percy and Bertha Moore, he is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Carlton, Dartmouth; and Shaun, Winnipeg; brothers, Albert and Denis, both living in England; grandchildren, Alex, Danielle, Madison and Emily as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces around the world. Maurice was predeceased by his son, Garnet (2003) and sisters, Joan (1983) and coral (2001). After leaving the navy, Maurice spent several additional years sailing the glove as a merchant seaman followed by a few years working with the Commissionaires and other odd jobs until he finally decided to retire and sped time on two hobbies he thoroughly enjoyed, woodworking and computerized photo restoration. Maurice was an avid reader and after losing the majority of his sight several years ago resorted to audio books for hi enjoyment and over the years donated his books to different organizations. Maurice continued to maintain ties with the Legion and the Submariners Associations, which kept him in touch with his other passion, military history. Lying in hospital, and unable to speak, Maurice, being true to his character, wrote Joan a note. "I've had a good life and accept the bill". Maurice's funeral will take place Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. At Maurice's request, there will be no visitation prior to the funeral or reception after. Family flowers only. Should you chose to make a donation in Maurice's memory, please consider the ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia or Canadian National Institute for the blind.

 

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MORRISON , Robert Charles - age 83 years of Dartmouth passed away May 11, 2011 at Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Bathhurst , New Brunswick he was a son of the late Robert & Julia (Doucet) Morrison. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy serving from 1945-1965 . During this period he was in the Korean Conflict onboard H.M.C.S. Haida , he also served on several other naval ships . He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st. class . He never lost his love of the sea or the navy. Following his naval career he moved to Ontario where he was employed with several technology firms , but mostly with Howden Parsons of Canada on electrical generators at both coal and nuclear plants. Upon retiring in 1991 he moved to Nova Scotia where he enjoyed fishing , gardening and exploring Atlantic Canada. Over the last nine years he was a constant and dedicated caregiver to his wife Frances who is suffering from Alzheimer's .Through this dedication he has meet many wonderful friends , both in the community and at Ocean View Manor where his wife is a resident. He is survived by his wife of 56 years the former Frances Bishop, sons Robert " Bob " ( Catherine ) and Foster , both Ontario. Grandsons Kevin and Brian . Sisters Joanna , Thelma , Freda , Millie and Ursulla . Brother Douglas . He was pre deceased by brothers Gordon and Roger , sisters Geraldine , Margaret , Iona and Julia . Visiting will be 2:00-4:00 P.M. with family remarks and tribute at 3:00 P.M. all Sunday May 15 , 2011 in Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home , 5 Cow Bay Road , Eastern Passage . In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation - Ocean View Manor Foundation or a charity of choice.

 

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MUZYKA, Simon - passed away 10 July 2012, at the Burnaby Hospital with his Granddaughter Karen at his bedside at the age of 91. Simon was born 10 April 1921, in Wishart, Saskatchewan. Simons parents Anna and Lawrence Muzyka immigrated to Canada from Krasne Skalat, Austria, in April 1909. Simon was a member of the Canadian Forces and served on the HMCS Haida during the period 1943-1945. He was an active member of the HMCS Haida Association as well as the Local Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 2 (New Westminster). Simon enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling within Canada and abroad throughout his life. He made many friends and acquaintances along the way. He will be greatly missed by his extended family and friends at the "Mulbury", the place he called home. Simon was a man of many talents including at 91 being able to master the computer, email and Facebook. On Canada Day Simon enjoy lunch out at one of his favourite fish and chip restaurants in New Westminster. He took pride in the fact that at age 91 he was able to live independently. Simon is survived by his daughter Karen, his brothers Walter and Edward and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Simon was predeceased by his spouse Iris and daughter Marjorie, his parents Anna and Lawrence Muzyka, his sister Mary and his brothers Frank, John, Joseph and Mike. It was Simons wish not to have a service and to have his ashes scattered at sea as a tribute to his memorable years serving in the Canadian Navy.

 

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MacDONALD, Elwood J. - Born Jan.4, 1922 in Ladysmith, B.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep May 21, 2005. Elwood moved to Victoria in 1928. He joined the Navy in 1940 serving on many ships during his 25 year career including HMCS Haida and HMCS MacKenzie where he was coxswain. After leaving the Navy Elwood worked for the Department of National Defense until his retirement in 1985. Predeceased by his loving wife Irene in 1999. He will be greatly missed by daughter Linda (John) Rippon, son Larry (Cindy) MacDonald, grandchildren Penny (Darryl) Gordon, Jennifer (Bruce) Kelly, Mark and Amy MacDonald and great grandchildren Taylor and Hayley. No service by request. (The Times Colonist 27 May 2005)

 

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MACDONALD, Roderick Clark - A WW II Veteran - Peacefully in hospital on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Audrey Gallagher. Loving father of Joy Tapp (the late Martin), Barry (Sue) and Bonnie Lockhart (Ken) and predeceased by son Gordon. Cherished Grandpa of Danny and Jeffrey; Julie and Eric; Rob, Nat, Jordan and Joshua. Fondly remembered by great-grandchildren Logan, Robin, Mandy and Colin. Dear brother of Jean MacDonald and Gerald. Son of the late Pipe Major Donald MacDonald and Margaret Clark. Friends may visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue at Richmond Road, Ottawa on Monday, November 17, 2003 after 10 a.m. until service time in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Pinecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the charity of one's choice. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus - ICU for their kind and compassionate care. (The Ottawa Citizen 14 Nov 2003)

 

HMCS HAIDA

MACDONALD Samuel Arthur - fondly known as Sandy, died on October 21st, 2003 in Victoria, BC. Sandy was born on September 7th, 1904, in Charlottetown, PEI, where he attended Prince of Wales College. He took further studies at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh Medical School. While in Scotland, he was selected for the British Olympic Hockey team and was to have competed in St. Moritz Switzerland in 1928. However, at the last moment he was disqualified on the basis of his Canadian citizenship. During his surgical residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, he met his future wife, Bodine Keene Forder. They were married in 1935 in St. Louis. Sandy began his medical career in London, Ontario. During WWII, he served in the Canadian Navy as Surgeon Lt. Commander aboard the destroyer HMCS Haida. He claimed that his was a charmed ship, surviving her hazardous convoy assignments on the 'Murmansk Run'. After thewar, the family settled in Montreal, Que., where Sandy became a prominent and well respected urological surgeon. He also held a professorial position at McGill University Medical School. He was the author of numerous published articles in his field, and contributed a chapter to Campbell's textbook on Urology. He also had the honour of serving a term as President of the Canadian Urological Association. Sandy was never happier than when he was on the water and he became a well known competitive sailor. He was a long time member of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in Montreal. He sailed for Canada in 2 Olympic Games: in 1960 he skippered the Dragon Class yacht in Naples, Italy, and in 1964 he was skipper on the 5.5m Class yacht in Tokyo, Japan. In the 1963 Pan American Games, Sandy won the gold medal in the Dragon Class for Canada. Bodine and Sandy enjoyed many happy retirement years in Keppoch, PEI, where they both kept busy with hobbies and volunteer community work. Sandy developed an interest in silversmithing and became a skillful and artistic jeweller. He was pleased to accept a position as Chairman of the Board of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. After his wife's death in 1986, Sandy moved to Victoria, BC where he continued to enjoy his hobby of silversmithing well past his 90th year. He is survived by his 3 children: Mrs. Elizabeth Ward of Savannah, Georgia, USA; Dr. Angus MacDonald of Dover, Delaware, USA; and Mrs. Jane Ramsay of Victoria, BC. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. We will all miss this remarkable and courageous adventurer with the charming twinkle in his eye. Sandy will be buried beside his loving wife, Bodine,in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. A memorial marker for him will also be placed in the People's Cemetery in Charlottetown, PEI. (The Times Colonist 24 Oct 2003)

 

HMCS HAIDA

MACGILLIVRAY, John (Jock) - Born: circa 1909   Died: 12 Aug 1988, Ottawa, Ont.

 

HMCS ARMENTIERES, HMCS FRASER, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMS BLACK PRINCE, HMS MINOTAUR, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS UGANDA

MacLELLAN, Raymond Nelson - Born January 26, 1922 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and passed away September 8, 2006 after a brief struggle with cancer. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Don and Faye MacLellan of Surrey, granddaughter Nicole MacLellan of Vancouver and sister Vivian Johnson of Arcadia, California, as well as many nieces and nephews. Ray served his country in the Navy in H.M.C.S. Haida during World War II. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was deeply committed to his family. Ray was predeceased by his loving wife Dona O'Neill MacLellan of 50 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at Kearney Funeral Chapel, 1096 West Broadway, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the BC Cancer Society, 200 - 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2. (The Vancouver Sun 10 Sep 2016)

 

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McAVOY, James Ross (Jim) (13 May 1934 - 21 Feb 2013) - With great sadness we announce the passing of Jim McAvoy on February 21, 2013. Jim led an extraordinary life, including circumnavigating the world on HMCS Haida and transiting the Northwest Passage on Ice-Breaker, HMCS Labrador, all before the age of 21! Jim spent 30 outstanding years working in the Labour Movement as an IBEW Representative, including serving as Business Manager of IBEW, Local 230 and as IBEW International Executive Council Representative for Canada. Jim served as President on many Councils including the Vancouver Island Building Trades and he was a member of the BC Labour Board for 12 years. Jim is survived by his loving companion of 14 years, Paulette Senger; Daughters, Patricia, Cary Lee and Jackie; Grand Children, Chandra, Amanda, Erica, Byron, Lee Ross and Jamie; 2 Great Grand Children; and many close friends including, Bob Moore and Laird Cronk. At Jim's request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MS Society of Canada, BC and Yukon Division, 1501-4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4G

 

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McCONNELL, George - passed away peacefully Saturday October 26th, 2002. Survived by his wife and companion Agnes, daughter Lorraine, son-in-law Lindsay Wareham, extended family and cherished friends. Born in Vancouver January 11, 1917. George proudly served on the HMCS Haida during WWll. Successful in business he co-owned and operated Lions Gate Cleaners from 1948-81. An active and long retirement followed of golf, boating and winters in Palm Desert. In his later years George was a member of both the North and West Vancouver Stroke Clubs and the West Vancouver Lawn Bowling League. He lived life to the fullest. A memorial service in celebration of George's life will be held at the West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave, on Thursday November 7th, at 2pm. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to The North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre,105 West 12th Ave, North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 1N2, or the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS HAIDA

McCORMICK, Jack E. - passed away on April 18, 2014 at the age of 92 while spending his last days surrounded by family. Jack was born on October 17, 1921 to John and Josephine (née Milner) McCormick. Jack grew up with his six siblings in Evansburg, Alberta where he helped his father at McCormick's Lumber Company. In 1942, Jack joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving on the HMCS Niagara and HMCS Kirkland Lake accompanying merchant supply ships to England, Ireland, and Gibraltar. Jack was discharged in Victoria, BC where he met his future wife, Grace Giles. Jack and Grace were married in 1946 and had three children together. Jack began working for Vancouver Island Coach Lines in 1947 where he drove on routes to Jordan River and Todd Inlet and later to Nanaimo and Franklin River Camp after moving to Port Alberni. When the company merged with BC Electric Railway and later became BC Hydro Transit, Jack enjoyed doing sightseeing and charter work. Through further company transitions Jack continued to drive buses and taught training courses before retiring from BC Transit in 1985. For the following two years Jack drove on charters for Grayline. After retirement Jack enjoyed spending his time curling, participating in hiking and walking groups, travelling, and spending time with his family. Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Grace; his children: Carolyn, Don, and Scott along with their spouses; two siblings; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many more loving family members. There will be an intimate family gathering in remembrance of Jack.

 

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NEW, Gerald Ashfield (Gerry) (16 Dec 1920 - 29 Jun 2013) - husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died peacefully in Burnaby, BC, in his 93rd year, surrounded by family. Gerry was born in Carleton Place, Ontario to Beatrice and Eric New, the first of four children. He grew up in a musical family, which lead to a life-time bringing his rich baritone to United Church choirs. A railroad man, Gerry worked for CP Rail from 1939 to 1984. He started his career as a machinist in Carleton Place and, with technical training, designed rail cars including the iconic Canadian in the 1950's and air brake systems in Montreal. He worked on the development of coal trains to transport southeast BC coal to port in the 1960's which lead to his move with family to BC. Gerry served in the Navy during WWII on HMCS St. Laurent in the North Atlantic. His service was cut short when he contracted TB. Upon return to civilian life he met his life-long love and wife, Mary Camelon. They married on June 28, 1947 and were together for 61 years in Montreal and Burnaby; raising three children and cherishing their time with their grandchildren. Gerry was always willing to help his children, whether it was lacing up skates, heading off on camping trips or, later on, helping with home renovations. He was very active in his church community, where he applied his skills to church improvements and events. He and Mary had a terrific circle of relatives and friends; enjoying visiting, dinners, playing bridge, golfing, watching sports, and traveling. Gerry was a determined, calm, and generous gentleman, who was always willing to "get to work" with a warm smile. Saddened by his loss are his children, Jan (David Lowe) and Steve (Jean Wallace), grandchildren Libby (Andrew Porter) and Jocelyne, sister Dolores Gilmore, brother-in-law Bob O'Neil, sisters-in law Elsie Lowe and Doris Camelon, and many cherished nieces and nephews, as well as his caregivers Lucy, Joyce and Julita. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, son David, sisters Frances O'Neil and Shirley (Norm) Hunter, and in-laws Martin Gilmore, Art (Retta) Camelon, Art Lowe, Donald Camelon, Jim (Leona) Camelon, Kathleen (Oswald) McPhail, Margaret (Gordon) Drummond, Murray Camelon, Russell Camelon and Ruth (Borden) McGill. A celebration of Gerry's life will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 10:00 am in Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Avenue, Burnaby. A Fall interment and memorial will take place in Carleton Place. In memory of Gerry, and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to First United Church - a city-centre church serving the poor - at 330 Hastings St. E, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P4. (The Gazette 04 Jul 2013)

 

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NEWTON, Arthur G. - of Whytewold, Manitoba, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital at the age of 82. He was predeceased by his parents, Bertha and George, and his son Gregory in 2004. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; sons, George (Alana), Stan (Jill), and Guy; grandchildren, Cheryl (Dave), Brenda (Dale) parents of Connor, Mitchell, Jonathan, Bradley, Joshua and Ashleigh. Art spent his early years in Winnipeg, later moving to Molson, MB. He voluntarily joined Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18 serving in the North Atlantic and the English Channel on board the H.M.C.S. Skeena, a destroyer in the fleet. Upon his return from the war he married Betty in 1946. Together they raised four sons in Molson and Beausejour. Prior to moving back to Winnipeg we spent many good times at Hoban's Park with family and all our friends. Art was employed as a carpenter with the Marymount School Division up until health forced him to retire in 1985. Art and Betty retired to Whytewold where he enjoyed working in his shop on lawn ornaments, birdhouses, and whatever else required his skills. He loved his life in the country and greatly enjoyed the many types of birds he encountered. Art and Betty had many good friends and neighbours that they shared many an anniversary and dinner with over the years. We would like to thank Bob and all our many friends for their help in this time of need. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and physicians at the Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion throughout Art's stay. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home with reception to follow. Rev. W. Gordon Shields officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 1 McDonald's Place, Toronto, ON, M3C 3L4. Arrangements entrusted to: Glen Eden Funeral Home 4477 Main St. 338-7111 (the Winnipeg Free Press 21 Feb 2007)

 

HMCS SKEENA

O'BYRNE, Elmer Arthur (17 Nov 1922 - 05 Nov 2011) - passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2011 just 12 days before his 89th birthday. Family members kept a 24 hour vigil for 14 days; an offering of love to return the love he gave to them during his life. He was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Ida (McFall) O'Byrne; all his brothers and sisters: Lionel (Sophie), Robert (Margaret), Cecil (Pearl), Helene (Phillip) Scheibel, Mildred O'Byrne and Evelyn (Jim) Deausy; stepbrother Meredith Golden; his in-laws: Jack (Phyllis) Kosior, Val Kosior, Sim (Nora) Kosior and Mike Romanowich; and his greatgrandchildren Stephen and Anne Rite. Elmer is survived by Viola Mary, his loving wife of 65 years (October 29, 1946); his children: Connie (Anthony), Barbara Christensen, Norman (June), and Patrick (Melinda); his grandchildren: Denise (Ray) Rite, Collin O'Byrne, Crystal O'Byrne, Kevin O'Byrne, Starla (Lorne) Bilkowsky and Kalen (Bianca) Christensen; his greatgrandchildren: Ethan Rite, Brendan Rite and Kloey Christensen; in-laws: Vera (Terry) Brown, Monica Romanowich, Leo Kosior and Kit Kosior; as well as many nephews and nieces. Elmer was born on his parent's farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan. His mother Ida passed away when he was two-and-a-half years old. Elmer attended elementary school at Yankee Ridge and high school at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Elmer enlisted in the Navy in October 1942 and graduated as a wireless operator. He was temporarily assigned to an old destroyer, the St. Francis, and then to a new frigate, the HMCS Springhill which protected convoys from German U-boat attacks. He traveled 200,000 miles in the line of duty. On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1943, he proudly feasted his eyes on the shores of Ireland, the land of his ancestors. After the war ended, Elmer started his farming career. By 1960 he was farming two-anda-quarter sections, one being 55 miles from the family farm. Elmer was active in the Wilcox community. He was a HAM radio operator, St. Augustine Parish secretary, Yankee Ridge School trustee, a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool committee member, a Big Brother and taught Morse Code to the Wilcox Boy Scouts. He was the manager of the Regina Curling Club for two years and met curlers from around the world when the club hosted the Silver Broom world curling championships. At 55, Elmer successfully passed his Real Estate and Brokers exams specializing in farm and residential sales for Campbell and Haliburton then Block Brothers Central. He received many sales awards and earned a three week Hawaiian holiday. Elmer was an excellent swimmer and enjoyed RVing, boating, fishing, curling, boxing, lacrosse, hunting and shooting skeet. Elmer and Vi travelled to Niagara Falls and Yellowstone National Park, took a cruise through the Inland Passage, BC, had a three week Golden Anniversary Vacation in Phoenix, Arizona and a 10 day "dream vacation" on Vancouver Island. Elmer's strong Catholic faith was lived out and known to all his family and friends by his loving kindness, understanding and respect which he gave to all: a true gentleman. Special thanks to Dr. Moustapha and Dr. Van Heerden and all the General Hospital Unit 3F nurses and staff for your care and compassion to Elmer and kindness extended to his family. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 5020 Sherwood Drive, Regina, SK on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elmer may be made to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, 3535 8th Avenue, Regina, SK S4T 0T6 or Habitat for Humanity, 1740 Broder Street, Regina, SK, S4N 2H7

 

HMCS ST. FRANCIS, HMCS SPRINGHILL

PARSONS, Edward John - passed away peacefully at his home in Welland, with his family at his side, on Sunday February 5, 2006, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Olivia and loving father of Bryan Parsons (Karen) of Welland and Kirk Parsons (Dianne) of Barrie. Also loved by his grandchildren: Chad, Jennifer, Tonya, Glen and his his great-grandson Trae. Ed will be missed by his precious dog Becky. Predeceased by his 12 brothers and sisters. Mr. Parsons was a World War II Veteran, served on the HMCS Skeena and survived the loss of his ship off the coast of Iceland in October 1944. Ed worked for 30 years as a salesman for Crane Plumbing Supplies prior to his retirement 20 years ago. Friends will be received by the family at the James l. Pedlar Funeral Home Pelham Street, Fonthill, on Wednesday February 8th 2006 from 2- 5 pm. At Ed's request cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. Private interment will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Welland & District Humane Society or to a charity of your choice. A donation in memory of Mr. Parsons is being made to the Welland Hospital Foundation through the Pedlar Funeral Home Lifetime Memories Program.

 

HMCS SKEENA

PARSLOW, Robert Frederick (1917- 2010) - It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the age of ninety-two years. Bob is dearly missed by his wife of sixty-eight years, Oriel, his children Bonnie Reed (Bob), Robert Parslow (Madeleine), Wendy Cass (Tim Ellis), Corinne Whelan (Ken), Keltie Kimball (Ted), his sixteen grandchildren, Trevor, Bradley (Shelley), Duncan (Karen), Matthieu (Anne), Geoffrey, Shannon (Richard), Richard, Jenn (Marc), Amanda, Gregory, Spencer, Kellie, Danny, Fraser, Brady, and Raymond, as well as his nine great grandchildren, Carter, Sydney, Thomas, Emma, Logan, Zaerah, Logan, Carson, and Aiden, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was born and raised in Edmonton and spent four and one half years in the Royal Canadian Navy during The Battle of the Atlantic. He was proud to have served as SPO on the destroyer, HMCS St. Laurent for most of the war. Bob enjoyed a thirty-five year career at the Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton, retiring in 1979. Bob and Oriel enjoyed many active and happy years of retirement in Victoria where Bob was a member of the Trafalgar/ Pro Patria branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association. The family is very grateful for the loving care that Bob received from the staff at the Lodge at Broadmead during the past nine months. A memorial service to celebrate Bob's long life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lodge At Broadmead, Victoria, in Bob's memory would be appreciated.

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

PARTON, Phil - passed away at Heritage Manor on October 27, 2005 at the age of 84 years with his family by his side. Phil was loved and will be greatly missed by his wife, Shirley of 53 years; and his children, Stephanie (Alfred) Hildebrandt, Leduc, AB; Leon (Liz) Parton, Kindersley, SK, Marian (David) Barclay, Swift Current, SK; Lorne Parton, Calgary, AB; Eric (Rhonda) Parton, Kindersley, SK; Neal (Deb) Parton, Camrose, AB. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kelly and Alan, Russell, Mitchell, Mathew and Jill, Gina and Gilbert, Leighanne, Kerry, Nicole, Brooke, Christin, Bailey, Cody, Draper; and also three great-grandchildren, Brennan, Dawson and Carter. He is also survived by his brother, Bert of Saskatoon; sister, Tillie (Les) Manson, Lanigan, SK and predeceased by his parents, William and Annie of Kindersley, Phyllis Roth of Chase, BC. He was born June 17, 1921, the second of four children born to William and Annie Parton with Phil's older sister being Mathilda and younger brother and sister, Bert and Phyllis. He continued his childhood in the Verendrye district helping his father farm the land. When Phil was 21, he traveled to Saskatoon to join the navy. Phil's first tour of duty was aboard the H.M.C.S. Columbia, formerly U.S.S. Haraden and then transferred to the H.M.C.S. Kokanee in June of '44 for convoy escort duty. Phil was discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy on October 17, 1945 and traveled back to Kindersley area. Phil and his brother, Bert began a trucking business, Parton's Transport and together they delivered goods from many points of interest to Kindersley and Saskatoon for many years. He enjoyed curling, fishing trips with his kids in northern Sask., and many years as a member of the Canadian Legion. His greatest source of pride and joy was his family and their celebrations they had over the years. Shirley and family will dearly miss his company, great listening skills and witty sense of humour. Whether you knew him for a long time or only a short while, he was unforgettable. A Service was held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and following the service the Royal Canadian Legion formed an Honor Guard. (The Star Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2005)

 

HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS KOKANEE

PETERSON, Dolphus Mason (Pete) - of Victoria, passed away peacefully at home on May 14, 1993 at the age of 62 years. He is survived by his loving wife Jocelyn and six children: Dane, Gail, Owen, Lori, Faye, Donna and all his loving family. Pete had served 25 years with the navy and then spent 17 years as a corrections officer. The family would like to sincerely thank all of Pete's freinds and family for their kindness and support. Private service by request. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. In Pete's memory, family have requested that donations may be made to Hospice victoria, C/o royal Jubilee Hospital, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, V8R 1J8.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

PHILLIPS, Raymond Capt. RCN (1921-2014) - died peacefully at the age of 92. Ray was educated at Brentwood College on Vancouver Island, Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, and briefly Queens University in Kingston. Ray joined the Navy in 1939 and was already at sea when war was declared. He served aboard HMS Southampton, HMCS St. Laurent and, for four years, HMCS Haida including escort duty across the North Atlantic and to Murmansk. After the war, he earned his wings in England and then flew from the carrier HMS Triumph with the Fleet Air Arm. On his return to Canada as a career Officer in The Royal Canadian Navy, he commanded HMCS Antigonish and later HMCS Fraser and was Commander at HMCS Venture (cadet training) in Esquimalt. After retiring from the RCN, Ray continued his service to Canada with the federal Department of Supply and Services, Treasury Board and National Defence before finally accepting full retirement in 1987. He was predeceased by his parents Capt. (RCN) Tom and Elizabeth Phillips, his brothers Geoffrey and Adrian, and his daughter Carolyn. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Beryl, their son John and their daughter Moira, his daughter-in-law Cathy and his grandchildren Kate (Arthur Ruff), Michael and Jamie and his great grandchildren Charlie and Tenzin Ruff. Ray also leaves his sister Evangeline Murray of Montreal, his sister-in-law Sheila of Vancouver and many nephews and nieces throughout Canada. Ray's entire family warmly and sincerely thanks the staff at Saint-Vincent Hospital who with joy, charm and compassion made Ray's last months as tolerable as they could possibly be. A memorial service will be held at The Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 MacKay Street in Ottawa, on Thursday February 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For those who wish, please consider making a memorial contribution in Ray's memory either to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in support of The Battle of the Atlantic Place, PO Box 99000, Stn Forces, Halifax, NS, B3K 5X5 www.canadasnavalmemorial.ca or to St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, The Diocese of The Arctic, PO Box 190, 4910 51st Street, Yellowknife.

 

HMS VINDICTIVE (1939) , HMS BELFAST (1939), HMS SOUTHAMPTON (1941), HMS LIVERPOOL (1941).  HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS ANTIGONISH

POWELL, R.A., (Bob), RCN - A Veteran of WW II the Korean War, passed away peacefully on October 3, 1983 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC at age 61. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Frankie, two sons, Doug and Kelly, two daughters, Joan and Laurie, seven grandchildren, brother Arnold and two sisters, Isobel and Marjorie. Funeral service in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Sts. on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. P. Ross officiating. Interment at Royal Oak Burial Park. (Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations to the Hospice, 1900 Fort St., Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 2206 Richmond Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 4R5, would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

REID, John Donald (Jack) - WW 2 Veteran - Navy With great sadness the family announces the passing of John Donald Reid in his 93rd year at the Niagara- On-The-Lake Hospital on July 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of the late Carmel (nee Ruscio) Reid. Also predeceased by his parents Robert and Mary Catherine (nee Kelly) Reid, his siblings William Reid (Doreen), Robert Reid (Gladys), Gladys Reid, Evelyn Hills (Alfred), Edward Reid (Marlene) and Elizabeth Reid. Survived by sister-in-law Margaret Custode and many nieces and nephews from the Custode, Reid and Ruscio families. Jack was a proud WW 2 veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the HMCS Skeena which was assigned to the North Atlantic Convoy. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 350, the St. Catharines Rowing Alumni Association and the St. Catharines Old Boy's Lacrosse Association. Jack's team won the Gold Medal in 1937 at the Royal Henley Regatta and he and his brothers Bill and Bob played a large role in funding, participating and promoting the Regatta at Port Dalhousie in its early days. Newspaper articles credit the Reid trio with being one of the driving forces in the Henley Regatta's start. Jack was an avid St. Catharines' historian and spent many hours visiting retirement homes and homes for the aged, bringing cheer to his countless friends and colleagues. He worked at GM as a security guard for many years. Special thanks and deepest appreciation go to Dr. K. Taylor, Dr F. Viviers and to the angels on staff at the N-O-T-L Hospital for their tender loving care. Deepest gratitude to his neighbours and friends for their loyalty and assistance. Jack was our diamond in the rough and will be sadly missed by all including “Sammy“ his cat. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. An interment will take place in the Veteran's Site at Victoria Lawn Cemetery at a later date. Family and friends are invited to celebrate “Uncle Jack's“ Life on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 from 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. at Branch 350 Port Dalhousie Legion. Donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS SKEENA

RICKETTS, Allen G. - The death of Allen George Ricketts of Saint John, NB, husband of Irene (Verner) Ricketts, occurred on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on August 20, 1923 in Saint John, he was a son of the late George A. and Kathleen (Chipman) Ricketts. Allen was an electrician with the Department of Transport - Marine Division from 1966 until his retirement; previously he had been employed by Wasson Drugs. In 1939 he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving overseas until his discharge in 1945; served on HMCS Outremont and HMCS St. Francis. He was a life member of Main Brace Naval Veterans Association, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59, Silver Falls United Church and formerly a member of Centenary Queen Square Church. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene; four daughters: Valerie Gallant (Don) of Winfield, BC, Brenda Wright (Brian Dick) of Saint John, Dawn Wisted (Patrick) of Calgary, AB and Maxine Ricketts at home; his faithful companion, Axel; one sister, Connie Clark of New Glasgow, NS; one brother, Harold (Ann) of Surrey, BC; six grandchildren: Troy and Michelle Gallant of BC, Terry, Billy-Jo and Kyle Wright of Saint John, and Sean Wisted of Calgary AB; five great grand- children: Jacob Wright of Saint John, Julia Wright of Minto, Emily and Landon Bennett of Saint John, and Tianna Thomas of BC; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Allen was predeceased by a son, Terry; a daughter, Linda; and a brother, Lawrence. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (506) 634-7424 with visiting on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Royal Canadian Legion will hold a tribute to a Veteran service on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be held from Brenan's Chapel on Monday, August 13, 2007 at 11:00 p.m. Interment will be in Fernhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate remembrances to the Palliative Care Unit of the Saint John Regional Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society or any charity of choice.

 

HMCS ST. FRANCIS, HMCS OUTREMONT

SADLER, James - On Friday April 27, 2012, James Sadler passed away at the age of 88. Predeceased by his wife Hilda and daughter Carolyn. James will be sadly missed by his son Rodney (Lily), grandsons Nigel (Sarah), Devan, Brandon and four great-grandchildren Rayne, Amira, Aidan and Ethan. Survived by his brother Merrill (Berdette) Richardson, sister Jean (Wayen) Austin. James served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII for eight years. Memorial Services will be held at the Calgary Naval Association Corvette Club, 1302 - 6 Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta on May 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment Services will be held at Monarch, Alberta to be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in James' memory to Calgary Poppy Fund & Veterans Food Bank, Bay 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 3Z6 (The Calgary Herald 30 Apr 2012)

 

HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS JOLIETTE

SALT, Henry Stuart passed away at his home in Halifax on 06 Dec 1963. His ashes were committed to the sea from HMCS Resolute off the approaches to Halifax Harbour on 20 Dec 1963 at posn 44 31 1N, 063 29 9W

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

SANDHAM, Ernie - age 86 years, passed away peacefully with family by his side in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Thursday, October 18, 2007. Born December 10, 1920 in Port Arthur, Ernie was a life long resident of Thunder Bay. Ernie was educated locally. In 1940 Ernie joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served as a Signalman on the HMCS St. Laurent. After the war he spent time trapping with his brother Richard and later became a carpenter until his retirement. Ernie enjoyed traveling, music and was a member of the West End Bowling League but was happiest seeing and spending time with his great grandchildren who were the joys of his life. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter-in-law Joanne Hargreaves (Dan Martin), grandsons John Hargreaves (Michelle) and Michael Hargreaves (Rachel Gilliland) of Ottawa, great grandchildren Andrew, Chantal, Cole and Carter, daughter Kathleen Fast (Alan) of Victoria, B.C. , grandchildren Laurie, Glen, Richard, Alan, David and their families, sisters Isabelle Peters and May Miles of Victoria, B.C. , sister-in-law Cora Sandham, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Ernie was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Louisa Sandham, brothers Victor and Richard, sister Beatrice, his soul mate Mae Hargreaves and son Richard Hargreaves. The family extends many thanks for all the care and compassion from the staff at The Walford Retirement Home. Ernie spent his last year there enjoying the friendship of the staff and residents, the entertainment, food and late night chats with the staff. A special thanks to Dr. Kennedy for all his care over the years. A celebration of Ernie's life will take place on Monday, October 22, 2007 at the home of his grandson John at 275 Gorevale Road (6 km up Onion Lake Road, past Melbourne Road), between 6pm - 9pm. As per Ernie's wishes cremation has taken place. If friends so desire donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Sargent & Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street.

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

SHIRLAW, James Douglas., Lt, RCNVR - Born: 1910, Scotland   Died: 1987, New Westminster, BC

 

HMCS ST. FRANCIS

STEINHOFF, Leighton (25 Feb 1924 - 16 Aug 2007) - 83, Naval Veteran and the community anchor of the 5 Points in Kitchener where he was well known as Leo the Barber for 50 years, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, August 16. Born in Windsor, the oldest of 12 children, Lee enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 at the age of 18 where he served aboard the destroyer the HMCS Skeena. Together with his crewmates, he guarded the Atlantic entrance to the English Channel against German subs. On Remembrance Day, Lee would share his many stories and in particular the memory of the night the HMCS Skeena was shipwrecked in the icy waters off the coast of Iceland and he lost 15 of his crewmates. In 2004 and again in 2006 Lee proudly traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, to commemorate the HMCS Skeena's tragic end. He treasured the opportunity to thank the family members of the man who came to rescue the crew and he was so proud to have been instrumental in locating the ships' anchor which was hence erected as a monument on Videy Island, Iceland. Lee was a long time member of the KW Naval Association and in the past year, he was instrumental in erecting the Canadian Veteran's Memorial that stands on University Ave. in Waterloo. Lee married Lorraine in 1948. Together they built a business centered around the home on the 5 Points. With a barbershop in the basement and 6 rental units on the property, Lee, in addition to being a barber, was a self-taught jack of all trades, a handyman that enjoyed being a part of his kid's lives as they grew up. Lee retired to Heather Ave where he was the anchor of the neighborhood and handyman for his dear neighbors. He was a curious man of many interests gardening, fishing, wine making and traveling. You name it and he could do it. And he enjoyed doing it all with a passion. He never shied away from learning something new and never hesitated to find time to share his many skills, with friends and family. Above all, Lee was a kind man and he always found the good in any situation or person. He will be very much missed by his family and many friends. Lee lost his beloved wife, Lorraine of 57 years in 2005. He is survived by his son Gary and his wife Carolann of Victoria, his daughter, Deborah, husband Toshi and beloved grandson, Kenneth, of Santa Barbara. Also he is survived by his sisters and brothers, Tom, Joe, Loretta, Mary and Gladys of Windsor and Katherine of Florida. Lee's family will receive relatives and friends on Monday August 20, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. Parish Prayers 8:30 PM Monday evening. Prayers will be offered in the funeral home chapel at 10 AM Tuesday August 21, 2007 followed by procession to St. Mary's RC Church, 56 Duke St. W., Kitchener for Lee's Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Private family interment at Williamsburg Cemetery followed by a reception at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

 

HMCS SKEENA

THOMAS, James (Jim) - The death of James (Jim) Thomas, husband of the late Margaret Thomas occurred on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his residence The Ridgewood Veterans Wing just four days short of his 93rd birthday. Born 1917 in Moncton, he was the son of the late Elmer and Ella (McRae) Thomas. Jim joined the navy on October 6, 1939 serving on Armed Merchant ships, HMCS Athabaskan and St. Clair. He was a member of the Main Brace, RCL Branch #69 and the Greenwich Branch. He was an avid outdoorsman and musician and will always be remembered for his guitar playing. He is survived by his sons Bruce (Helen Young) Thomas of Middleton, NS, Russell (Diem) Thomas of Calgary, AB; daughter Susan (Tom) Bull of Edmonton, AB; brothers Leonard and Hubert Thomas both of Hampton and Paul Thomas of Knightsville; four grandchildren James, Andrew, Brandon and Ryan; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brothers Vernon, Sam, Bob and Harold Thomas; sisters Muriel Hickey and Jennifer Simpson and his half-brothers Earl, Howard, Ray, Lee and Charlie; and his half-sister Bessie Bullock. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Ridgewood Veterans Wing for the kind and compassionate care given to James. Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Rd. Saint John (646-2424) with visitations on Friday August 6, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Tribute to a Veteran service will be held at the funeral home Friday evening at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Fundy Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday August 7, 2010 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS ST. CLAIR, HMCS ATHABASKAN

TOUGH, William Francis - Bill passed away on July 2, 2015 at the Riverview Health Centre, with his daughters by his side, after a lengthy struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife Bernice (Bunny), his parents Frank and Eleanor Tough, and his four younger brothers, Don, Les, Art and Bob. He is survived by children: Frank (Amy Lam) of Edmonton, Elizabeth (George) Caragannis of Edmonton and Lesley (Roman Kozak) of Winnipeg, and grandchildren: Lesley (Dave Sandl), Phillip (Lauren) and Bethie (Scotty Korotash). Born in Winnipeg, he had a happy childhood despite the deprivations of the Great Depression. He and his brothers experimented with explosives and somehow survived rafting on the Red River on a homemade craft. He left school at the age of 16 to work for the Canadian National Telegraph Company to help his family out. There, he began by delivering telegrams by bicycle in the winter and summer for three cents a telegram. At 17 Dad joined the Royal Canadian Volunteer Navy and after training in Toronto and then at the signals school in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, he became a telegrapher for the Royal Canadian Navy. Dad never forgot the Morse code. He was briefly stationed in Halifax before he was on the crews of the HMCS Lockport, HMS Lightfoot, HMS Malaya, and his favourite, a Flower class corvette called the HMCS Mimico. Dad participated in Operation Neptune and then Operation Pluto aboard the Mimico and was a gunner on the ship for D-Day. After the European war ended, he volunteered for the Pacific, but the Americans dropped atomic bombs on Japan before he reached the west coast where he was reassigned to refit the telegraphy office of the HMCS Waskesiu for tropical missions. Dad returned to CN after the war and worked there in various capacities for 48 years, retiring in June, 1988, although without a rail pass. He was a proud and dedicated trade unionist. He was legislated back to work several times and with the big rail strike of 1950, he never gave any credence to the corporate claim that the 40-hour week would bankrupt the country. On account of the strength of his unions, his children had opportunities he never did. Dad preferred walking, never owning a car, and marched with Councillor Zuken against the closing of Portage and Main to pedestrians. He was a strong believer in social justice and equal rights. Throughout life, Dad was fascinated by the universe, outer space and UFOs. He married Mom in 1951 and was a loving husband and father, always kind and devoted himself to his family. His fascination with explosives lived on and he set off fireworks every Victoria Day, ostensibly for the children. He also took care of us when Mom worked, and on payday there was Tahiti Treat and Chip Night. Dad read widely and valued education, as one would who did not have such opportunities. He was tremendously proud of his children's academic and professional achievements. His family appreciated his quick wit. He loved all animals and considered many to be close friends but chief was Mike (1966 to 1976) with whom he had many adventures on the banks of the Red River. Dad always believed that all animals had souls. Dad was a major influence in Bethie's life and was extremely proud to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. He loved to hear granddaughter Lesley's tales about her menagerie during her many phone calls and visits. He was proud of Phillip and his accomplishments in the restaurant business and enjoyed Phillip's visit shortly before he died. Foster daughter Anita remained in his heart all his life. Frank and Lesley wish to thank Elizabeth for her complete devotion to Dad's care in the last six months of his life. The family is grateful to all of the kind caregivers from Manitoba Home Care, Palliative Care, St. Boniface Hospital, Riverview Health Centre and Comforts of Home. Dad had detailed memories of everything that happened to him from the age of two and his descendents know many of his stories verbatim. He is much loved and will be profoundly missed and he will live on through his stories. Cremation has taken place, and the family is planning a memorial service which is to take place on the Labour Day long weekend. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors. (Winnipeg Free Press 11 Jul 2015)

 

HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMCS LOCKEPORT, HMS LIGHTFOOT, HMS MALAYA, HMCS MIMICO, HMCS MIMICO, HMCS WASKESIU

WAKEHAM, Gordon (Borge), RCNVR (08 Sep 1921 - 14 Aug 2012) - Passed away of cardiac arrest in his own home, as he wanted it. Born in his family home in Langford, BC, one of seven children, Dad didn't have it easy when at 9, he lost his father during the Great Depression. Forced to leave school in grade 8 to help support the family, he didn't get the chance to better hone his considerable mathematical skills. When Canada entered the war, he joined the navy, seeing action aboard the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent in the Battle of the North Atlantic and on anti-submarine patrol in the English Channel during D-Day. And he even sent most of his pay home to his mother. Shortly after the war, he met the love of his life, his dancing partner Evaline, who predeceased him by three and a half months, and together they raised three children, Linda, Daryl and Deborah, who survive them. As well, he leaves his sole surviving brother James, and his deceased brother Ray's wife, Eileen, of Victoria and many nieces and nephews. At 6 feet 4 and a half, weighing always over 200 pounds, armed with size, voice and deportment, he could joyously fill a room with the opening of a door. As with many of his generation, he chose to concentrate on the positive and lived to laugh, to enjoy his life to the absolute fullest, choosing to put the Depression and the War as far behind him as he could. With his wife, Dad made sure their home was always open, even when they had little to spare, to those who were hungry or needed a bed or a few dollars to make ends meet. Quite often, when his five brothers and sister and their spouses and their children, and lifelong friends like the Wilsons, descended, the home appeared as if the circus was in town and Dad, he was the ringmaster. He always worked hard, whether it was as a butcher with Safeway and later in his own grocery store, or as a highly successful Sun Life of Canada unit manager and salesman from the age of 44 until his 74th year, continuing to work past retirement age because he genuinely liked people. "Not bad", he would say, "for someone who didn't get past grade 8." Besides his legendary laugh, his willingness to play the trickster or be Santa or dress up as the biggest 'new-year's baby' ever, Dad also had a generous heart – especially for his children and for his only sister Doris. He'd stop his car to help some driver in distress, pay a bill for a stranger looking for his wallet in a restaurant, or ask just the right question to help someone deal with a loss. A loyal supporter of his extended family, he even agreed to be a last minute caddy for his nephew Billy Wakeham, helping him to win the BC Open. He was also in a word, fearless. And while this meant that at times the term 'boundaries' was something for him to blissfully ignore, right up to the end, even when his arthritis made movement difficult and painful, even when confined at times to a wheelchair or forced to used a walker, he was always up for an adventure, ever ready to share a story, a crib game or a song. The way he chose to go out, with his thoughts on the needs of others, especially with Anna and Pearlie, his loyal and tireless caregivers, made him an inspiration. We, along with family and friends and neighbours like Rose and Gordon, will miss him, will feel the loss of his kindness and his joyful telephone voice, when after identifying ourselves, he'd always say, 'where the hell are ya?' He had one last party…over in Victoria, at Rob and Shirley's, to celebrate his niece Judy's birthday, the last weekend of his life. There, he was showered with love and gratitude and dance, even in his wheelchair. He returned home from that last father-son road trip feeling cherished: "Not bad Dad, not bad at all, indeed." There will be a memorial to honour him, on September 16th, at the Coquitlam Legion, 1025 Ridgeway Ave, at 12:00 pm. (Victoria Times-Colonist 18 Aug  2012)

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

WATSON, Donald - Died: 30 Jan 2014

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT

WHEELER, Terrance (Terry), Telegraphist - Died: 13 Aug 1987

 

HMCS CHAMBLY, HMCS HESPELER

WHITTIER, Harold W. - 90, Black Point, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on September 11, 2010, in Camphill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. He was the son of the late George Clayton and Lillian (Giles), Whittier/Hains. Born in Chester, Mass., he moved to Nova Scotia with his parents as a young boy and was trained in Carpentry by his father in Berwick. Harold joined the Navy during the Second World War and served aboard HMCS Sault Ste. Marie and HMCS Niagara conducting convoy duty in the Atlantic, out of Newfoundland, Halifax and New York. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 44, Chester. Harold was the owner and operator of H. W. Whittier & Sons Building Supplies Ltd., established in 1953 in Black Point. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Richards); sons, Timothy (Joan), Black Point; Daniel (Jamie), Dartmouth; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth D'Angelo, Georgia, USA; and a half-brother, Murray Wentzell, Ontario. Predeceased by his brothers, Millard, Ralph and a sister, Virginia. The family will receive visitors 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 15. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, September 16 both in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd., Tantallon, Rev. Alfred Woodworth officiating. The family would like to make a special thank you to the staff of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Hospital for their kindness and care over the past three years. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 6009 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, NS B3K 5J7.

 

HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS SAULT STE. MARIE

WILLIAMS, Charles Theodore (Tim) - A WW II Veteran, 2008 Inductee to the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame. Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, at Hastings Manor, on Saturday, December 29, 2012 in his 94th year. Son of the late Charles & Effie Williams. Beloved husband for 67 years, of Helen (nee Salisbury) of Belleville. Loving father of Marilyn O'Brien of Belleville. Cherished grandfather of two grandsons, Paul (Amanda) and Brodie O'Brien. He is also remembered by several nieces, nephews and extended family. Tim is predeceased by his son, Paul Williams, his son-in-law, Peter O'Brien and by his sisters, Hilda Graham and Shirley Haskins. The family wish to extend their thanks to the staff at Hastings Manor for their kindness and care. Friends are invited to call at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with the Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment Belleville Cemetery. If desired, Memorial Donations to the Hastings Manor Auxiliary would be appreciated.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

WILSON, James H. (Tug) - On Monday August 31, 2015, Jim died peacefully in his room at Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Joyce Woodburn (April 2013) and is survived by his children James (and Patricia) and Deborah (and Alexander) and his grandchildren, Andrew, Brendan, Connor and Mackenzie, of whom he was very proud. He is remembered by his nieces and nephews and their families, his Goddaughter, Susan Carmichael, and by Kelly Mills. Jim was born in Charlottetown, PEI on March 10, 1927, and raised in Hamilton and Montreal. In 1942, with a falsified birth certificate, he joined the Navy, and at the age of 15, went to war. He would go on to serve in WWII and in Korea, and remain in the Navy for 22 years. Jim was a Clearance Diver and demolition expert and was one of the first divers to go beneath the ice in the Canadian Artic. His Navy adventures took him around the world more than once, and instilled in him, and his family, a great love of the sea. Upon discharge from the Navy Jim became the Manger of the new Hyperbaric Unit at the then Toronto General Hospital and he remained at TGH for the next 25 years. Jim and Joyce travelled extensively and were most happy on the Gulf Coast, or anywhere on the ocean. Upon retirement Jim started an active consulting practice and throughout his life, Jim was very active in the Diving and Navy communities. Jim was a member of the team that developed National Decompression Diving Tables at the then, Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine. He served with Canadian Standards and worked extensively to keep both recreational and commercial divers safe from harm. Jim was the President of the Friends of Haida Association for many years, and was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Underwater Contractors. He held many positions with the Great Lakes Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd, Toronto. Jim’s family is profoundly grateful to the Veterans’ Affairs Canada and to the amazing staff of K Wing for their care and kindness over the last five year. Flowers are greatfully declined. Donations to Sunnybrook Health Centre Veterans’ Comfort Fund, 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 would be very much appreciated.

 

From Andy Barber - Good Day Shipmates. It is with very deep regret that I inform you that Jim Wilson, who was past President of the HMCS Haida Association has “Crossed the Bar” this past Monday August 31st from congestive heart failure. Jim spent many years both as the President of the Association and as a member in good standing while helping out on the various committees. He was also a member of the Friends of HMCS Haida and served on their Executive for several years as a third party observer, offering his advice on matters that effected the ship. Many aren’t aware that he was a Chief Petty Officer in charge of the Guns aboard our beloved ship during Haida’s Trainbusting days in Korea. He also served aboard HMCS Kokanee during WWII and fired upon a German submarine while enroute to Sydney N.S. He was a great personal friend of mine and we, along with his late wife Joyce, spent several hours chatting about our Naval experiences during my visits with him in Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital. I spoke to his son James last night and I offered my condolences, as well as those of our Haida Association and FOH Members, to him and his family. He will truly be missed by us as well has his family. Lest We Forget Andy Barber - Vice President Friends of HMCS Haida Association

 

From Jerry Sullivan - Sailed with Tug in 1951 Magnificent, he was PO/2 Quarter Deck at that time.

 

HMCS KOKANEE, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT

WULOWKA, Olie Ernest - of Castlegar, passed away with family by his side at the Kootenay boundary Regional Hospital on January 12, 2004. Born November 11, 1929 in Ladysmith, Manitoba. Olie joined the Navy in 1951, retiring as a CPO2nd Class in 1979. during the time her served, Olie was in the Korean Conflict, traveled around the world and served on various ships and land bases, lastly at CFS Aldergrove. Survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean and his sons Tim and Peter all of Castlegar. Also survived by his brother Nestor and his sisters Kay Cott, Diane White, Elsie Merkley, Julie Bolen as well as numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Memorial will be held on Friday, January 16, 2004 at the Castlegar Legion at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jim Blonde presiding. Burial to follow at Park Memorial Cemetery. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Cancer (Lung Research) fund, Box 3292, Castlegar, BC, as an expression of sympathy. Bill Clark of Personal Alternative Funeral Service is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

HMCS CRUSADER, CFS ALDERGROVE

 

 

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