For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ANNESLEY, John Crispo Leckie, LCdr, RCN - Born: 04 Nov 1917  Died: 01 Dec 1964

 

HMS EXETER (1935), HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS PRINCE RUPERT, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS NEW LISKEARD

BEATON, John Rogerson - 86, of Laurel, Maryland passed away on December 21, 2011 at Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, Maryland. John began his career as a medical researcher with the Defense Research Board in Canada. He then joined the faculties of the University of Western Ontario as a professor, the University of Hawaii as a department chairman ,the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay as Dean of the Colleges, retiring from the University of Maryland at College Park as the Dean of Human Ecology. John served in the Canadian Navy during World War II as a radio operator on HMCS Huron including the infamous Murmansk run.For many years during his young adulthood, John was the drummer for the Boyd Valleau orchestra. In his later years, he was an avid golfer. John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Beaton, two sons, John Beaton of London, Ontario, Canada, and Eric Beaton of Green Bay, Wisconsin, two daughters,Catherine Pagan of Laurel, Maryland, and Barbara Carlson of Beloit, Wisconsin, one brother George H. Beaton of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, thirteen grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren He was predeceased by his sister, Dorcas Kane. The family will receive friends on Thursday December 29, 2011 from 6:00 PM until 8:00PM at the Fleck Funeral Home 7601 Sandy Spring Rd, Laurel, Md. 20707. In lieu of flowers , the family asks that donations be made in Johns name to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. Street, NW, Washington, DC.

 

HMCS HURON

 

BEAUDRY, Roger Albert, PO1 - passed away suddenly on July 18, 2013 at the age of 78 from complications related to an ongoing illness. Roger was born on August 8, 1934. He left home at an early age and joined the navy, a career lasting 38 years. From there, he continued to enjoy a life rich in travel and adventure. Roger is predeceased by his wife, Joyce and brother, Leo. He is survived by three sisters, Monique, Francis (Jimmy), and Suzanne, a son, Michael (Jodi), and two grandchildren, Dustin and Rehana. The family would like to thank all of Roger's friends for their friendship during his life and thoughts and support upon his death. They would also like to thank the RJH doctors, nurses, and social workers for their professional and compassionate care during the event of his passing.

 

HMCS CRUSADERHMCS ORIOLE

BEST, John George (Jack) - Born January 4, 1924 in Sunderland, England. Passed away peacefully on October 25, 2006 in Victoria, B.C. Predeceased by his sisters, Edith and Margaret and daughter-in-law, Sue. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Joan; sons, Larry and John; daughter, Carol; grandchildren, David, Jacquey and Chris; greatgranddaughter, Celyna; brother, Norman (Ruth); as well as many nieces, nephews and great friends. Jack served on the HMCS Jonqueire during WWII. He was scout leader of the 2nd Douglas Scout Troop and a member of the Kent Road Allotment Gardens for 30 years. Funeral Service will be held at St. Martin in the Fields, 550 Obed, Victoria, B.C. on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 1:00 pm followed by interment at Royal Oak Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. (The Times Colonist 27 Oct 2006)

 

HMCS JONQUIERE

BOURNE, Lynford Roy (Pete) - Dad passed away at home on August 6, 2008 with family by his side. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Ada Mary Bourne, dear wife Joan (nee Shannon), infant son John Thomas, brother Fred of Victoria, and infant granddaughter Kelly Anne Chamberland. Lovingly remembered by his nine remaining children, Mary Joan "Binkie" McLean, James, Patricia (Peter) Nalleweg, Shannon (Jean) Boivin, Susan (Bill) Jackson, Barbara (Gilles) Chamberland, Alan, Michael (Sherri), Peter (Melanie MacIsaac), sister Edna Paton of Victoria, brother Doug of Calgary, Alberta, and sister-in-law Rita LaPlante of Peterborough, Ontario, nieces and nephews, 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Dad was born in Victoria, BC on June 3, 1921. He grew up in James Bay, attending Beacon Hill and South Park schools. Because his father passed away while he was just a teenager, he went to work holding down various jobs to help support the family during the 1930s. He would tell us stories from those early days in Victoria, including bicycling over to watch airplanes land at Lansdowne field. During World War II, Dad enlisted in the Navy, serving most of his time in the North Atlantic on the HMCS Iroquois. It was at this time that fate intervened and Pete met his future bride, Joan. They were married in Newfoundland in 1945, and soon settled back in Victoria. Ten children followed. Dad worked hard to support his family. Over the years, Dad's resume included tour bus driver, driver examiner for the Motor Vehicle Branch, ambulance attendant, driving instructor and orderly with the Veterans Memorial/Royal Jubilee Hospital. Dad was a great ambassador of the city for visiting family and friends, and knew almost every road in Greater Victoria! A family home was built in 1958 on Roseberry Ave. We children have many fond memories of growing up in such a large household. Dad was strict, but fair; patient and loving. He was always willing to build/repair/fix anything that was broken. He cared deeply for everyone in the family. Finally empty-nesters, Dad and Mom moved to the Gorge Pointe condos in 1994. Despite his own failing health, he cared for Mom at home in the years leading up to her death in 2002. Dad remained very involved with his family, attending many events with his children and grandchildren. We will remember him with love and admiration, and will miss him greatly. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at McCall's Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Streets, on Tuesday, August 12th at 12:30 p.m. Reception at CFB Esquimalt "Ward Room." Directions will be provided at the Chapel. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

BOWLER, William - It is with great sadness that Lynn (Colin Webster) and James (Amanda Stacey) announce the passing of their dear father, William Bowler on November 7, 2013 at the age of 92. Beloved husband of 67 years to the late Irene Bowler. Cherished and very special grandfather to Brett, Gillian and Abigail. He will be missed by sister-in-law Marie Kirby as well as his extended family. Predeceased by sisters Betty, Kathleen and Ruth. Bill was a proud employee of the CNR Research Centre for over 40 years participating in numerous research and design projects including the "Test Car". Bill also bravely served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer during World War II primarily on the HMCS Huron. The family would also like to thank Stonehaven Manor for their support and care. A chapel service and interment will be held at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS HURON

BRINDLE, George Frederick (Fred) - Born in Montreal in 1922, he died in Miami on June 7, 2012. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Iroquois, participating in the Normandy D-Day invasion. He graduated in Medicine from McGill University in 1952 and practiced Anaesthesiology at the Montreal Neurological Institute before serving as the first Department Head at the University of Sherbrooke. Subsequently, he practiced at the University of Miami where he was Vice- chairman for Education for 22 years until retirement in 2003. An avid hockey player, skier and runner, he was also on the medical team of early Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix races at Mont-Tremblant. He is survived by his loving wife Judy, his sister Ivy (Keith Marsden), his daughter Anne-Marie, his son Steven (Michele), his son-in-law Dr Jonas Johansson (the late, beloved Laura), grandsons Duncan and Connor Brindle and Erik Johansson, and nieces and nephews. Many have lost a good friend, esteemed colleague, and mentor. His wisdom, kindness and wit will be forever missed. Special thanks to special caregiver and friend Panise. A Memorial gathering took place in Miami. Funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday July 21, 2012 at the Chapelle de la Résurrection of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery (4601 Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC) where burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dean's Fund, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, 1555 Peel Street, 9th floor, Montreal, QC, H3A 3L6.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

BROWN, Bruce Alexander (06 Sep 1925 - 06 Feb 2014) - A World War II Naval Veteran, having served aboard the HMCS Iroquois, November 1943 - January 1946. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on February 6, 2014 in his 89th year at the Golden Plough Lodge, Cobourg. Bruce passed away peacefully and comfortably after a lengthy illness of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Bruce leaves behind his loving wife Ruth Naomi (Clayton) of 58 years, children Holly Nickerson (Nelson), Leeta Vinson (Paul), Karen Kennett (Alan), Dan Brown (Donna), and Linda Brown-Bond (Mike), 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Bruce is predeceased by his parents Bruce and Harriet, sister Margaret, brother Leonard, and granddaughter Tamara. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Bruce during his residency at the Lodge, and for the support and compassion extended to the family during the past few weeks. Visitation at 12 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King St. E., Oshawa, with a service to follow at 1 pm. Interment at Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospital for Sick Children or the Alzheimer's Society, if so desired.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

BROWN, William Irvin, Sto 1c, A/4212, RNCR - MPK 10 Sep 1941 - William Brown was born 19 Nov 1916, at Toronto, Ont. He enlisted on 20 Jan 1941. On 10 Sep 1941, HMCS Chambly and HMCS Moose Jaw attacked U-501. U-501 surfaced and the crews opened the sea valves and abandoned ship. An eight man boarding party boarded the sub and, knowing that she was sinking, entered the sub in an effort to get equipment and documents that might result in saving lives but nothing of value was found. The boarding party abandoned the sub, but Stoker Brown did not make it off: his body was never recovered. He married Florence May MacNeill on 13 Apr 1940. He was survived by his wife and one child, Gail Marion, 270 Sumach St., Toronto, Ont.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY

BRYAN, Charles A. (Skip), C1PT, 3142-E, RCN (served 04 Apr 1938 - 11 Nov 1963) - Passed away peacefully in the arms of Barbara, November 24, 2008. Skip was born in Red Deer AB, November 11, 1919. He was schooled in Edmonton, Stettler and Victoria (Mountview). Skip joined the RCN in 1938; he was a WWII Veteran having served on the destroyer HMCS Huron. Skip retired from the Navy in 1963 and went on to 22 great years as Supervisor of the Equipment Room of McKinnon Gym at UVIC. Predeceased by his first wife Edith, brothers Nelson and Willoughby and sister Dorothy. Skip is survived by his lovingly, devoted wife Barbara, who will cherish his memory. As well his sister Lauretta (Tom). Skip also leaves behind his families, stepson Harold (Jan) Gregg, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren all of whom loved him and have special memories of Skip. With Barb he leaves six stepfamilies, including 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. For all of whom he had a special love and all of who had the same love for him. Also survived by nieces and nephews, left with memories of Uncle Charlie. Skip was an ardent sports fan and played many sports as a young man. He was a fierce competitor, always getting the best out of the competition, even grandchildren didn't get a let win". Skip had memberships in The Gorge Vale Golf Club, The Victoria Curling Club, The CPO's Assoc., The Royal Canadian Legion and the HMCS Huron Assoc. Skip was a true gentleman, a loyal friend and beloved prankster; there was always a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He loved to dance and many Saturday evenings were spent at the Dockers Club with Barb. Skip's family had humor as their common bond and friends and family were often caught up in one of Skip's practical jokes. He just loved to see the expressions on the grandkids faces after pulling something on them or just telling them a tale. The Lodge at Broadmead was Skip's `home' away from home in his final years where he was well cared for by the exceptionally devoted staff. The family would like to thank all that cared for Skip on Magnolia Lodge and for the support you gave Barb. She will always have fond memories of the staff. A Celebration of Skip's Life will be held at the Chief's and Petty Officers Assoc., 618 Admirals Rd. on December 17th, at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Lodge at Broadmead would be deeply appreciated for all the loving care the Veterans receive. P.S. St. Peter, Skip will be the one wearing the plastic nose and glasses.

 

HMCS HURON

BURBIDGE, Frederick Stewart (30 Sep 1918 - 03 May 2013) - The family of Frederick Stewart Burbidge announces the passing of Frederick in his 95th year at Knowlton House, Knowlton, Quebec on Friday, May 3, 2013. He was born in Winnipeg, the second son of Frederick Maxwell Burbidge and Susan Mary (Stewart) Burbidge. His brother, George Wheelock Burbidge, died in 1943. Frederick was educated at Grosvenor Public School and Ravenscourt School and then attended the University of Manitoba, where he earned a BA in the spring of 1939. He entered the Manitoba Law School in September 1939 and studied there until enlisting in the R.C.N.V.R. in June 1941. After training at H.M.C.S. Royal Roads, Esquimalt, he served at H.M.C.S. Kings, Halifax, a navy training school, and then overseas on H.M.C.S. Huron and later H.M.C.S. Victoriaville on the Atlantic run. He was discharged in September 1945 and returned to the Manitoba Law School, completing his law degree in the spring of 1947. The same year he joined Canadian Pacific Railway Company's law department in Winnipeg as assistant solicitor. In 1950, the CPR appointed him to the law department in Montreal. He rose to position of Assistant General Counsel and then moved to the marketing department in 1960. He held a number of positions in the marketing and operations department and for a time was the executive assistant to then chairman N. R. (Buck) Crump. In 1971 he became the Senior Executive Officer of the railway and in 1972, President of Canadian Pacific Limited. In 1981, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Pacific Limited, retiring as Chairman in 1986. During his time as CEO, a new nine mile long tunnel was constructed in Rogers Pass, greatly increasing the capacity on the railway to move coal from B.C. and wheat from the Prairies to the West Coast. In addition, the charter of Canadian Pacific Limited was changed from that of a purely statutory railway company to that of a standard business corporation. He was a director of several Canadian Pacific subsidiary companies and served on the boards of the Bank of Montreal, C.I.L. He was a member of the Mount Royal Club and St. James Club in Montreal. In June 1986 he was named Officer of the Order of Canada. All of his life, he was an active participant in community activities, serving on the South Shore Protestant School board for a number of years. For many years, he worked as a volunteer at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, serving as the chairman of the hospital board for eight years, and on the advisory board of the Institute for many years. He was a faithful Anglican all his life, and complained that as he got older and knew all the answers, no one asked him the questions. He was known for his attachment to The Wall Street Journal, which his wife of 70 years once dubbed the "The Walled Street Journal". He loved his wife. He loved his two boys, he loved his daughters-in-law and he loved all his grandchildren. He knew that he had had a wonderful life for which he was very grateful. Frederick married Cynthia Adams Bennest in Winnipeg 27th of April, 1942, who died in Knowlton House February 22nd this year. Frederick and Cynthia will be missed by their sons John and George, daughters-in-law, Heather (née Pippy) and Jenifer (née Lind), a niece Judy Harmon (née Counsell), six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank our friends in Quebec who helped them live in their own home in Frelighsburg until late December 2012, and then the staffs at the Brome Mississquoi Perkins Hospital in Cowansville and Knowlton House who were of great comfort in their final months. Frederick and Cynthia will be buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. A memorial service for Cynthia was held at Grace Church, Sutton, Quebec, on Saturday March 30th. There will be a memorial service for Frederick at Grace Church Saturday, May 11th at 2:00.

 

HMCS ROYAL ROADS, HMCS KINGS, HMCS HURON, HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

BUTLER, William - Served with the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII on HMCS Huron Peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in his 88th year surrounded by his family. Beloved husband and best friend to his wife, Luella and proud father of David (Belinda), Stephen (Cheryl), Karen (Rick), Robin (Craig) and Heather (Steve). He will be sadly missed by his nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A congenial man he was both liked and admired by everyone who knew him. He was predeceased by Helen and Josephine, his brother Jim and his sister Anne. The family will receive friends at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, on Sunday, August 11th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home on Monday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made to SickKids Foundation or the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS HURON

CAIN, Arthur - passed away at home September 4, 2001 with his family by his side, aged 76 years. Predeceased by his daughter, Shannon in 1980. He is survived by his loving wife, Thelma; sons, Terry (Darlene), Michael (Dolores) and Danny (Colleen) all of Victoria, B.C.; daughter, Maureen (Leo) Hebert of Prince George, B.C.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arthur spent 26 years in the RCN as Chief Warrant Officer and 10 years with the BC Government. No service by request. Special thank you to dr. Desai and Dr. Johnstone and the marvelous Hospice staff and S.O.S. workers. In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice. "Goodbye Dad"

 

HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS ONTARIO

CARTER, George M. (Rusty) - After a brief illness, George peacefully passed away on January 11, 2008 in St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 83 years. Rusty was predeceased by his parents; son, George; daughter, Virginia; brother, Jack (Gwen); brother-in-law, Bill Daniels (Fran) and adopted brother, George Forrest. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie; grandchildren, Debbie McCormick (Pete), Donnie Henry (Courtney); great-grand-children, Carter and Wesley; sister, Nora (Dick) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He served as an artillery gunner on the Glace Bay and the HMCS Iroquois in the North Atlantic and was discharged in 1946. Rusty met and married Marjorie in 1947 and they raised their family in Winnipeg. He was a member of the Winnipeg South Legion #252 and the Fort Garry Horse Reserve. He was employed with Air Canada for 10 years and spent many years as a hardware salesman. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, with interment to follow in St. Vital Cemetery. Thomson Funeral Home 669 Broadway - 783-7211 (the Winnipeg Free Press 14 Jan 2008)

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS GLACE BAY

COFFILL, Gerald RCN - 80, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at the QEII Stroke Unit March 3, 2012. Born in Wolfville he was the first son of the late Joseph and Hazel (Cahoon) Coffill Jerry started his Military career with the Royal Canadian Navy at age 18. Jerry was sent to Korea with the HMCS Iroquois DDE 217 on her second Korean deployment in 1953. Retiring from the RCN in 1974 he completed his working career with Honeywell in 1992. Jerry was a loving family man who took his greatest joy in the lives of his five grandchildren. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years Judy ; son Nicholas "Nick" Coffill partner Janet of Eastern Passage; daughter Nancy (Kent) Monteith of Vestal, New York; grandchildren, Russell, Nicole, Kelsey, Laura and Alex. He was predeceased by his brother Emerald (Bim Coffill). He is also survived by sister Joan Scheuer of Ottawa, sister, Marilyn (Peter) Yeadon of Dartmouth, sister Enid "Cookie" (David) Saxton of Yarmouth; brother, Stephen (Carroll) Coffill, Halifax and many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed blue grass, country music and times playing 45's with his close friends. He spent many happy years enjoying his cottage in East Dalhousie. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the QEII Stroke Unit 8.1. Visitation will be held in the Atlantic Funeral Home 771 Main Street Dartmouth on Wednesday from 5 - 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 11 am. in St. Thomas More Church, Kuhn Drive Dartmouth. Followed by interment at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to be held in the Church Hall.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

COMSTOCK, George Walter - Call Sign VE1 GWC, 77, Hantsport, passed away peacefully at home after a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Hantsport, June 14, 1925, son of the late Walter D. and Morey (Pearson) Comstock. George served overseas on the HMCS Huron in WWII from 1941-46. After returning from active duty, George had a diverse career until becoming an electrician at Fairey Aviation from 1954-68 and later at Canadian Keyes Fibre until his retirement in 1988. He was a faithful member of the Hantsport Fire Department for 22 years; in 1994 he became VE1 GWC and enjoyed many hours on the airwaves. George is survived by his daughters, Debbie (Hugh) Stewart, Antigonish; and Julie (Dale) Rayner, Hubley grandchildren, Luke Stewart, Morey (Jason) MacLellan, Shannon (Chris) Bower, and Candace (Terry) MacQuarrie, and great-grandsons, Justin Bower and Cameron MacLellan; sister, Kathyrn Anderson, Armdale; extended family, Marie MacFarlane and Debbie and Alastair Day; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen (nee Caldwell), infant daughter, and sister Ruby (Clifford) Wyman. Visitation will take place 2-4pm and 7-9pm in Lohnes~Beazley Funeral Home, 419 Albert St., Windsor, on Tuesday, April 8th. Cremation to follow with memorial services to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at the Hantsport Fire Hall, Oak Street, Hantsport, Rev. Michael Boyd officiating. Interment to follow in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS HURON

COWAN, Thomas David - WWII Veteran, Gunner on the H.M.C.S. Huron, Owner of Cowan Pontiac. Tom's many accomplishments include Chairman of the Catholic School Board & he opened St. Joseph's Catholic School, Former President of the Rotary Club, Member of Kinsmen and K40, Clarington Sports Hall of Fame, President's Triple Crown, Outstanding contributions & Founder of Bowmanville Memorial Hospital Foundation - Peacefully passed away at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville. Beloved husband of Vivian for 64 years. Loving Dad of Barb & Raye Wallace, Ellen Cowan & Grant Brock, Lori & Steve West. Cherished grandpa of Vanessa Wallace, Adam Wallace, Sommer West, Dallas Van Dam, Lindsey Cowan, Jennell West, Cody Brock & Nicola Brock. Loving great-grandpa of Dylan Wallace, Maria Walker, Taylor Spence, Brody Van Dam & Brooklyn Van Asten-West. Visitation will be held at the Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division St. N. Bowmanville, on Monday February 25th from 7 - 9 pm and Tuesday February 26th from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 127 Liberty St. S. on Wednesday February 27th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Bowmanville Memorial Hospital Foundation. Legion Service will be held at 6:45 pm Monday and Parish Prayers will be held at 8:30 pm.

 

HMCS HURON

CRAWFORD, William Thomas (Bill) - 78 of Bridgewater passed away on Wednesday July 22 2009 in the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Consecon, Ontario, he was the son of the late Jack and Margaret (Byrne) Crawford. Bill was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy serving for a total of 7 years which was also during the Korean War aboard the HMCS Huron. After the Navy he joined the Halifax City Police Force in 1955 and after 35 years of distinguished service, he retired in 1990 at the rank of Sergeant. Much respected by his fellow officers he will be missed. Bill was a member of the Retired FUZZ of Halifax County. He is survived by his wife Maureen; daughters Kim Schwartz, Conquerall Mills; Pam (Clay) Hubley, Chelsea; Jennifer Lee (Andy), Conquerall Mills; son Philip Schwartz, Bridgewater; sister Peggy (Jack) Hollas, Vancouver B.C.; brother Ray Crawford, Oromocto N.B.; grandchildren Anne (Dwayne), Kate, Libby, Shaun, Nathen, Simon, Brooke; Great grandchildren Emma, Raine, Desiree. His dog Deeogee and cat Toffee. Bill was predeceased by his brothers Ralph James “Jazz” Crawford and Gerald “Nick” Crawford. There will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Friday 31 July in the Bridgewater Baptist Church, Rev. Eric Campbell officiating. A private family burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Family flowers only, please. Memorials in Bill’s memory may be made to the Canadian cancer Society or S.H.A.I.D. animal shelter.

 

HMCS HURON

CROSSLEY, Sidney Ross - 88, New Ross, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 12, 2008, in South Shore Regional Hospital. Born in Edmonton, Alta., on April 16, 1920, he was the son of the late Frank and Minnie (Kennedy) Crossley. Sid retired from the RCN as a Chief Petty Officer 1st. Class after a career of over 25 years. During the second world war he served on many ships as he was one of the few fully qualified ASDIC operators. Sid also instructed in that field in Londonderry, Ireland and in Halifax, N.S. He served with distinction in Korea aboard HMCS Huron. His last commission was as the Coxswain of HMCS Terra Nova. Sid was an avid golfer. He was instrumental in the beginning of Hartlen Point Golf Club and was a long-standing member of the Avon Valley Golf Club. As a good golfer, he referred to his long, straight shots as "another mistake". Sid was the Founding Father of the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers Association. His continued influence and input allowed the Association to become the viable organization that it is today. He was a member of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association and the Centennial Legion. In his final year, Sid enjoyed living with his daughter, Shirley and her family. He loved spending time with family and in particular with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sid with his wit and personality will be greatly missed by his many shipmates, friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Bonita (Stuckless); daughters, Alice Giddy (Kevin Wood), Kathleen (Harold) Boudreau, Shirley Crossley (David Temple); son, Frank (Marie) Crossley; sister, Edith Powell. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and stepchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Viola Kathleen (Ewell); second wife, Marie Yolanda (Collier); daughter, Joan Edith O'Toole and brother in-law, Charles Powell. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. G. Jollymore, South Shore Regional Hospital Emergency Department, paramedics and Dad's good friend, Gaylord Kingston, for their kindness and compassion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, where visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral and memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday with Rev. Pat Malin officiating.

 

Photo: Sidney Crossley and his wife in Edmonton, 1943

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS NOOTKA, HMS OSPREY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS ARROWHEAD, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SWIFT CURRENT, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS MELVILLE, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS WENTWORTH, HMCS TILLSONBURG, HMCS SEA CLIFF, HMCS PORT COLBORNE, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS HURON, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMS FERRET, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS TERRA NOVA

DANKO, John Boris (09 Aug 1922 - 08 Dec 2009) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of John Danko on December 8, 2009 at Humber River Regional Hospital. Born in Winnipeg in 1922, John was a vital part of the Ukraine community in Winnipeg. He served with distinction as a telegrapher aboard HMCS Huron during the war. John married his high school sweetheart, Helen Ozahan in 1944 (deceased 2007). John was well known in the jewelry industry as Marketing Director of Timex Watches of Canada. He moved from Toronto to Australia with Timex in 1976 and started a new adventure. Australia became home for 29 years, with golf 365 days per year. In 2004, John and Helen returned to Canada and took up residence in Waterloo. John was an interesting man and amazing raconteur, always ready and willing to share a joke or story. He was the proud father of Philip John (deceased 1981) and Daria and her husband Hank Mueller. He mourned the passing of his buddy and granddaughter Susanne Mueller (2009) and will be sadly missed by grandson Stefan Mueller, his wife Lisa and great-grandchildren Rebecca, Eric, Rachel, and best friend of 78 years Michael Harack and his wife Kit. Friends may call at the Turner Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., Toronto, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (the Winnipeg Free Press on December 09, 2009)

 

HMCS HURON

DARK, Gordon - passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 1995 after a long and courageous battle with emphysema. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Anne; daughters, Joanne (Keith) Hart, Genny Dark and Jean Buxton; and grandchildren, Teresa Hamilton (Dave), Todd Hart, Rick Buxton Jr., Christine Kopetski (Barry) and great-granddaughter, Brooke; and Darcie McNeill; also by his sister, Betty Garbutt; and many nieces and nephews. Gordon served for 25 years as CPO Cook, in the Royal Canadian Navy. Memorial Services will be held at St. Andrew's Chapel at HMCS Naden on Monday, August 14 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend H. Silvester officiating. In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society or the Better Breathers' Club. Special thank you to Dr. L. Mackay, Victoria Hospice Society and C.R.D. Nurses for the kind care given to Gordon.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

DEMERS, Jean-Claude (1923-2008) - Peacefully in his sleep, Claude died today, May 29, 2008 after a long fight with cancer. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Isabelle, daughters Claudette (John Godley), Michele, Jo-Anne and son Gerald (Anna), his sisters Marguerite Racicot (Jean), Lise Malamatos (John) and his brother Michel, his grandchildren Julie, Philippe, Brigitte, Alexandre, Patricia, Robert, Julien and great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Margaret Jennings and many nephews and nieces and friends. Claude served in the navy during World War II, notably on the HMCS Huron. His successful career at the Post Office lasted thirty five years and he enjoyed a long and happy retirement. Services will be held at Visitation Sunday, June 1, 2008 from 1 p.m., service at 4:30 p.m. The family wishes to thank the Santa Cabrini's doctors and its staff for their kindness and support in this difficult time. No flowers please. Donations to the hospital foundation would be appreciated. We loved him well, this husband, father, friend But could not keep him at the end He was not ours. He was not mine He was God's child in the sky. Love forever Isabelle & children.

 

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DRIEMEL, Harry H., 22373-E, RCN - born in Riga, Latvia on March 30, 1927, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2002. He will be lovingly remembered by his family; wife Nina of 54 years; daughter, Arlene (Tub) McKinly , sons, Jeff (Jan) Driemel, Robert (Leslie) Driemel, Daryl (JoAnn) Driemel. Predeceased by his son Morris Driemel. Grandfather to: Stacey, Justin and Dale McKinlay; Brodie, Colson, Liam, Adam Morris, Cheryl, Shelley and Leah Driemel; Darla (Jason) Roberts; great grandfather to Keely Roberts and his faithful companion Tasha. Harry was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1945 to 1965. He was a popular figure in the hospitality business in Victoria for 30 years. Harry liked to share his great sense of humour and worldly ways. His family will have fond memories of camping, fishing, hunting and his green thumb. A special thank you to the Doctors and staff at the Cowichan District Hospital ICU and the Royal Jubilee Hospital CCU. A celebration of Harry's life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Malahat Branch #134, 1625 Shawnigan - Mill Bay Road, on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, if so desired, memorial remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

 

Photo of Harry Driemel

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS NADEN, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS SAULT STE MARIE, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

DRISCOLL, George R. - At University Hospital, London, on Saturday April 26th, 2008, George R. Driscoll of London in his 84th year. George is a cherished husband and best friend to Verna (Whipps) Driscoll. An irreplaceable father and teacher to his children Douglas (Lori), Nancy, Kathy (Mark) and David (Trish). Also an unforgettable and loved Papa to his grandchildren Angie, Alana (Mike), James, Shaun, Tammy, Biz and Becky (Mighty Mite) and his great-granddaughter Maren. George was a veteran of World War 2 and proudly served the HMCS Huron as an (underage!) chief petty officer. George was a well respected entymologist, an amazing card player, and had an enviable green thumb. At George's request, a private family service was held on Sunday April 27th. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. George meant everything, after all these years, what else could he mean George will be indescribably missed by his family, Friends and his queen bees.

 

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FEDORICK, John - It is with heavy hearts the family of John Fedorick announce his passing at age 82 on March 7, 2006. Left to mourn his passing is his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Laura; and his two daughters, Gail Wence (David) and Irene Kazuska (Howard). He will be deeply missed by his beloved grandson Mitchell Wence (Rochelle). John was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Irene; and his brother Tom; and his sisters Marie and Olive. John is survived by his brother Bill. John was born in 1923 in Malonton, MB. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served on the H.M.C.S. Iroquois Destroyer as a gunner. John served his country proudly and was honoured with numerous service medals. John had a passion and gift for fixing things, particularly cars, and was employed in the automobile industry for 35 years. He started his career with Inman Motors, then Gateway Chev Olds and finally Terry Balkan Chev Olds. He was well respected by his peers for his ability to get the job done right . John loved life and had a wonderful sense of humour. His home was filled with laughter and love where his family was his greatest joy. John was an avid sportsman who enjoyed being outdoors. He loved nature and took great pride in his yard and garden. The family would like to extend a grateful thank you to Dr. Aldor for his compassion and dedication and a special thank you to Dr. Lee and the nursing staff on 5E at St. Boniface Hospital. According to John's wishes, no service will be held and cremation has taken place. A private family interment will follow. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

FINLAYSON, Wilfred Lister - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Wilfred Finlayson. Wifred went missing November 1, 2005. His body was found May 20, 2006 near Revelstoke B.C. Wilf was born to Robert and Florence Finlayson in Creston B.C. on June 20, 1924 and grew up in Vancouver B.C. Wilf served during WWII with the Naval Forces, most notably as a Stokerman First Class with the HMCS Jonquiere. Wilf met and married Evelyn Canham and together they moved to Surrey to raise their family. Wilf retired at an early age from B.C. Telephone Company where he was nicknamed Sir Wilfred of Guildford. Wilf was an avid fisherman and traveler, traveling to Australia and making many train trips with Eve. One of the loves of Wilf's life was the cabin in Tulameen where Wilf and Eve spent a lot of their time surrounded by family and friends. Wilf was predeceased by his mother, father, brothers Gordon, Norman, and wife Evelyn. Wilf is survived by sons Bruce (Susan) of Surrey, Gerry of Rock Creek, daughter Florence (Butch) of Beaverdell. Grandchildren Richard (Nikki), Christopher (Anthea), and Derek (Dani) all of Surrey, Mitchell of Kelowna, and Sarah of Beaverdell. Great-grandchildren Calvin, Lily, Jessica, Ivy, and Olivia all of Surrey. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. A celebration of Wilf's life will be held at the Cloverdale Legion, July 15, 2006 at 11 am.

 

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FOX, Alexander Edward (Alec) (Foxy) - Born: 14 Mar 1925, Duncan, BC  Died: 10 Dec 2001, Ottawa, Ont.

 

HMCS UGANDA, HMS ULYSSES (1945), HMCS HAIDA, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (1949), HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS BONAVENTURE

FREEMAN, Paul Douglas -78, of Waterside, Pictou County, passed away June 21, 2010, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Millertown, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late William and Gertrude (Reccord) Freeman. Paul joined the Navy in 1950 and served in Korea aboard the HMCS Iroquois. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 28, Stellarton and the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Admiral Murray Branch. He was a faithful supporter of the Caribou District Fire Department, helped with the RCMP Reserve for eight years, and was a volunteer at the Northumberland Veteran's Unit. Paul was also a member of St. James Anglican Church, Pictou, and had served three terms as Warden. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gerine (Mott); daughter, Darlene (Grant) Kehoe, Calgary; grandchildren: Tammy, Tanya, James, Jill, Adam, Laura; great-grandchildren: Cavan, Madison, Kaylee; brothers, Bryan (Margie), London, Ontario; George, St. John's, Newfoundland; sisters, Mary (Joe) Boomhower, Stanbridge, Quebec; and Beatrice (Bit) Boomhower, Lansing, Michigan. He will also be missed by his faithful friend, Max. He was predeceased by his son, Paul in 1993. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Cremation will follow. Funeral will be held 3 p.m. Friday, from the McLaren Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill White officiating. A reception will immediately follow in the St. James Parish Hall. Burial will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only please. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

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FREWER, Philip George, M.I.D., O-25460, Lt (N), RCNVR - Born: 22 Aug 1922, Toronto, Ont  Died: 01 May 2015, Vancouver, BC. He was the brother of Captain Frederick Charsley Frewer RCN. He was a graduate of Lakefield College School. He graduated from UBC. He worked in forestry for Canadian Forest Products. He was General Manager for Richmond Plywood. He worked for Anil Harbdoard in Nova Scotia.

 

FREWER, Philip George (Phil) - was born in Toronto, ON in 1922. He enlisted in the RCNVR in 1941 at HMCS York and was sent to HMCS Royal Roads for Officer Training. He served in HMCS Prince Robert in the Pacific for convoys to the Aleutian Islands in 1942. In 1943, he served in HMCS Haida on convoys to Murmansk and then with the 10th Destroyer Flotilla based with Plymouth Command. During the build up to D-Day, Phil was involved in many engagements with teh German Navy in the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. In Nov 1944, Phil was sent to HMCS Kings in Halifax for the Long Navigation Course. After VE day, he volunteered for service in the Pacific and joined HMCS Hespeler. The war ended while Hespeler was heading to Esquimalt to take on ammunition and Phil was discharged on 10 Oct 1945. He then completed his university studies. Phil was Mentioned in Despatches for rescuing survivors of enemy attacks in the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.

 

FREWER, Philip George, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Haida - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 15 August 1944. "For courage, resolution and devotion to duty in HMCS Haida in action with enemy destroyers in rescuing survivors from HMCS Athabaskan."

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS HESPELER

GERIGS, (GERRICKS?), William Frederick (Bill) - Respected employee of Massey Ferguson since 1940. Quietly at home on Monday October 8, 1984, Bill, revered son of Emily and William Gerricks. Beloved brother of John and George. Respected uncle of Cheryl, Robert and Scott. Served in RCNVR during wartime in the North Atlantic aboard HMCS Jonquiere. Friends may call at the Trull Funeral Home, 1111 Danforth Ave. from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Complete service in the chapel on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Cremation.

 

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GRAY, John Teaton (25 Nov 1924 - 23 Jun 2005) - Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, John succumbed to his illness in Kingston General Hospital. He was born in Central Kingsclear, New Brunswick. He served on the H.M.C.S. Huron during the Second World War. He married Mary Neilson in 1946. Together they raised four daughters Cathy (John), Sheila (Terry), Susan (Frank) and Kim (Jim). Papa will be sorely missed by his grandchildren James, Kelly, Colleen, Wally, Trevor, Jesse, Sarah, Andrew, Martin and Gary. John is survived by brother Bruce (Pat), sisters Huldah and Marjorie (Ron) and many nieces and nephews. John received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1950, Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province of New Brunswick from 1954 to 1957, joined the Air Transport Board in 1962 and was appointed Assistant Counsel with the Canadian Transport Commission when it was founded in 1976. Named a Commissioner in 1974 and Chairman of both Water and Railway Transport Committees, appointed Vice President, Law in 1982. He retired in 1985 and received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada from Her Excellency Governor General Jeanne Sauve in 1986. John was a quiet humble man, with a strong love of nature. His passion was playing the fiddle and he entertained many with his music and his quick wit. He was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers Association of Tucson, Arizona. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in New Brunswick, Ottawa, Sharbot Lake and Tucson. Rest in peace. A service will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Blair and Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth, Ontario followed by a reception for family and friends. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Research Centre in Kingston. Arrangements are in the care of Blair & Son Funeral Directors, Perth. (613) 267-3765.

 

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HALL, Alan Lancelot (10 Dec 1925 - 12 Aug 2010) - Surrounded by his loving family and friends Alan passed peacefully. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret (Ord), sons, lance (Maureen), Bob (Dawn), Peter (Jonnie) and John (Angela), eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, sister Margaret, cousin Flossy and extended family. Throughout his naval career Alan served on eight destroyers including the Crusader in Korea. Alan loved being in the garden where his specialty was growing Chrysanthemums. The family would like to thank Doctors Nero, Tang, Amson Moher, the wonderfully compassionate nurses at VGH, and Dr. D. Braithwaite from Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations to charity of choice. A celebration of Alan's life will be held at the Chief and Petty Officers' Mess, 1575 Lyall Street, on Sunday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m.

 

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HARPER, David L., R.C.N.V.R (1924 - 2010) - Surrounded by his loving family, David died peacefully at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital on February 10, 2010 at the age of 85. Beloved husband and cherished friend of Margaret (nee O'Grady). Beloved father of Margaret (Rudy), Mary (Brian), Theresa (Pierre), Paul (Sarah) and predeceased Joan (Dwight). Beloved grandfather and well respected friend to Laura (Brent), Monique, Michelle, Justin, Anne-Marie, Patrick, Emma and Luke. Beloved brother to Dolores (Robert). David will be greatly missed by his family and friends. David was a successful employee of Ontario Hydro for 38 and a half years, a certified engineering technologist and life member of OACETT. The family would like to thank attending EMS paramedics and the staff of the emergency ward at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Drive, Burlington (905- 527-0405) on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 287 Plains Road East, Burlington on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations can be made in David's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

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HARRIS, Robert Leith - At the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre on April 1, 2006 in his eighty-sixth year. He served in WWII in HMCS Huron. Survived by his loving wife Elaine, dear daughter Karen (Peter), beloved sister May Gore, dear niece Patricia (Gerry), as well as many other nieces and nephews and dear close friends. Predeceased by his brother Tom (Charlotte). Special thanks to the Doctors, nurses and staff in Unit 3 for all their loving care and compassion. At Bobs request, the service will be private. Arrangements by Rideau Funeral Home (514-685-3344). "Love you. Until we meet again!" (The Gazette 05 Apr 2006)

 

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HARTLEY, Mike, RCN - Died: 17 Jun 2012

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

HAYES, Commodore William Prine MID, CD, RCN, RMC 2576 - of Mahone Bay, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at his home. Bill Hayes was born in Swift Current, Sask., December 18, 1919. He attended schools there and entered the Royal Military College in 1937. He left the college in 1939 to join the Royal Canadian Navy as a cadet. He began his service as a Midshipman with the Royal Navy's Eastern Mediterranean fleet. He served aboard HMS Liverpool early in the Second World War, and action occurred when the fleet was returning to Alexandria in October 1940, having escorted a convoy to Malta. Excerpts from Bill's midshipman's journal describing the torpedoing of HMS Liverpool are in the naval archives. On November 11, 1940, the Royal Navy launched the first all-aircraft naval attack in history, flying a small number of aircraft from the aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and attacking the Italian fleet at Taranto. They inflicted severe damage on the Italian Fleet and helped to tip the balance of Mediterranean Sea power in favour of the Allies. In March 1941 he was aboard HMS York when it was torpedoed and sunk in Suda Bay. His Midshipman' journal lost for many months survived intact and arrived in the mail many months later. This account is also in the naval archives. In 1941 he took part in the evacuation of Greece and Crete and the Syrian Campaign. He was serving in HMS Isis when she was struck by a bomb during that time. In 1942 he was appointed to HMCS Iroquois. He was assigned to convoys to the treacherous northwest Russian port of Murmansk and on December 26, 1943, he was part of the action that brought about the destruction of the German battleship Scharnhorst. He was gunnery control officer in a number of night actions in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel. He was twice mentioned in despatches in November 1944 and July 1945. In the post war years he attended the Royal Navy Staff College, the United States Naval War College Naval Command Course and the National Defence College. He commanded two destroyers, one of which was HMCS Cayuga in the Korean theatre in 1953, two destroyer squadrons, and the Atlantic Fleet. In 1960 Bill was Commanding Officer of HMCS Columbia for her voyage to West Africa to represent Canada at Nigeria's formal acquisition of Independence He was also Commandant of Royal Roads Military College, the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces Staff College from 1971-1973. He was an Honorary ADC to the Governor General, the Right Honourable Roland Michener from 1967 until he retired in 1973. On retirement from the Navy, for a brief period Commodore Hayes was General Manager of the Financial Post Conference Division. He moved to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, in June 1974 where he was once occupied with a small hobby farm operation. Bill's other interests have led to his serving as President of the Royal Military College Club of Canada, President of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia in 1981. In 1978 he was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Marine Rescue Auxiliary (Coast Guard) Maritime region and served as Vice President. He was an honorary member of the Sir Archibald MacDonell branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Kingston, Ont. Close to home, he served on the board of Directors of Fisherman's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg from 1980-1984; he was treasurer 1980-1981 and Chairman 1982-1984. To recognize his involvement with the Mahone Bay 225th Anniversary celebrations Bill was made an honorary citizen of the town of Mahone Bay. He was awarded the Centennial medal in 1967. In May 1983 he received the honorary degree, Doctor of Military Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. Bill married his childhood friend Ruth Ironside, March 30, 1944. He is survived by his wife; his sister, Mary Ellen Horne of Mississauga, Ont.; daughter, Jane (Lou) Altobelli of Georgetown, Ont.; and sons, Fred (Cheryl) of Victoria, B.C. and Jim (Anne) of Sooke, B.C. He also leaves behind many wonderful grandchildren, Nick, Dan, Kelly, Allison, Alexandra, Lydia and great-granddaughter, Lily. It will be a far less interesting place without him. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 13, in St. James' Anglican Church on Edgewater Street in Mahone Bay. A reception will be held following the service at the Oak Island Resort. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 505, Stn B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6.

 

HMS LIVERPOOL (1940), HMS YORK (1941) HMS ISIS (1941), HMS VALIANT (1941), HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS COLUMBIA

HICKS, Lorne N. - Passed away on July 15, 2006 at 84 years following a courageous battle with A.L.S. Husband of fifty-one years to Gladys (deceased), beloved father of Barry, Ken and Jo-Anne, Grandpa of Charlotte, Katherine and Lorne Alejandro, Father-in-law of Leonarda, brother of Dorothy and Gordon (deceased), friend to Jean. Further survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lorne lived his life with valour serving his country and his community. In World War II Lorne saw active duty with the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the Tribal class destroyer HMCS Huron. Huron escorted a record number of convoys to Russia on the notorious Murmansk Run. Huron also saw extensive action in the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. It was during the war while in Newcastle- upon-Tyne he met Gladys A. Donaldson who was to join him in Canada in 1946 as a war bride. At war's end Lorne continued to serve the safety of the community as a firefighter with the City of Ottawa Fire Department, retiring in 1981 after 35 years on the job. On retirement, Lorne and Gladys choose to live in Australia close to their grandchildren Charlotte and Katherine. Lorne fit right into the Australian way of life embracing year round gardening, lawn bowls and Tooey's Old with enthusiasm while living in the beautiful coastal town of Tuross Heads NSW. Lorne enjoyed his life in Australia, but in 1990, it was time to return home to Ottawa where he enjoyed the company of life-long friends, and reunions with shipmates from the Huron Association. Lorne lived a good life, loved and was respected by friends and family and for this we are eternally grateful. We will always remember our Dad and all he taught us. "Ready the Brave" We would like to thank the staff at Garry J. Armstrong for their care and comfort to both Lorne and his family. Following a private service internment took place at Pinecrest Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

 

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HILL, Walter John (1917- 2010) The passing of Walter John Hill, age 93 years of Vanscoy, Sask. occurred October 21, 2010 at Royal University Hospital. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon) officiated by Rev. Jordan Cantwell. Walter is survived by his loving family: his wife Clara, daughter Eleanor (Glen) Yellowlees, son William (Deborah) Hill; grandchildren: Joanne (Jim) Richardson, Jonathon (Lianne) Yellowlees, Ryan (Victoria) Hill, Erin Hill, Morgan (Jordan) Schumacher; great-grandchildren Kelsey and Kyle Richardson; Paige, Mitchell and Scot Yellowlees; Lucas and Evelyn Hill. Also survived by his sister Dorothy Lambden, sister-in-law Doreen Fairburn, brothers-in-law Calvin (Marie) Fairburn and Jack (Elsie) Fairburn and numerous nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Flora; his brothers Wilfred, Frank (Gwen) and James (Florence); his sisters Edith (Dick) Scott and Florence (Ray) Benoska; brother-in-law Lee Lambden; his in-laws John and Evelyn Fairburn, sister-in-law Merrilly (Wilfred) Nugent. Walter was born at home Sec. 18-34-10 W of 3rd on March 19, 1917 in Jasper District. The family later moved to the Creekfield District where Walter began farming. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy, serving on the HMCS Huron until the end of the war when he was discharged as Chief Petty Officer. In 1949 he married Clara Fairburn and moved to Vanscoy to farm. Walter served as Reeve of RM of Vanscoy for 24 years. His tenure included the development of the area's first potash mine, paving of grid roads and establishment of district fire and rescue service. In recognition of his many years of volunteer and public service he was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. Walter's life was his family and the farm. He was especially devoted to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He took pride in his land and was happy to have completed his 72nd harvest the week before his passing. Walter has touched the lives of so many and will be sadly missed. Memorial donations may be sent to Vanscoy Cemetery, Box 480, Vanscoy, SK, S0L 3J0.

 

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HILLYARD, James Cameron, RCNVR (21 Aug 1924 - 01 Feb 2009) - Passed away quietly in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family, at Hill House Hospice. Predeceased by his beloved wife Elizabeth. Loving father of Bill (Rosa), Jim (Judy), Mary Elizabeth 'Meg' (Mike), Judy (Tim) and Ralph (Ellen). Cherished grandfather of 14 and great- grandfather of 10. Survived by his twin brother George, brother Mervin, nieces Mary-Lou and Carolyn (Burford) and nephew Bruce Brotherton. Jim was a WWII Veteran, having served on the HMCS Iroquois and was a member and Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 112 Whitby. Friends may call on Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the R. S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 6 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. Interment to follow at Elgin Mills Cemetery. In lieu of floral tributes, donations to the Hill House Hospice, Richmond Hill would be appreciated.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

HLADY, John - It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our Dad, John Hlady at St. Joseph's Hospice on February 15, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 28, 1922 in Fort William. He served proudly and courageously with the Royal Canadian Navy for 3 1/2 years on the HMCS Huron. He worked for Great Lakes Paper for over 40 years until his retirement in 1987. Other than his family, his great loves were his garden and fishing (9lb 13 oz pickerel!). He was predeceased by his loving wife Evelyn in 1986, infant daughter Catherine, brothers Peter and Bill, and sister Anne Bodnar. He will be sadly missed by his children Linda (Ken) Stewart, Judy (Allan) Otway, Don (Donna) Hlady, Wendy (Chris) MacNeil, David (Mary) Hlady, Darlene (Dave) Buob, eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his furry buddy Benjamin. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at a later date. Donations to St. Joseph's Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Sure going to miss you Dad! (Chronicle Journal 17 Feb 2003)

 

HMCS HURON

HOFFMAN, John - peacefully at home in Sooke, on August 12, 1990. Born in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, July 20, 1929, he is predeceased by his youngest son, Geoffrey Stephen in 1998. Survived by his wife, Thelma; sons, Tim (Mary), Victoria; Michael (Kim), East Sooke and grandson, John Geoffrey; sisters, Betty, Lorene and Zelma and brother, Herb, of Saskatchewan and many loving nieces and nephews. John served with the RCN for 25 years and was a veteran of the Korean War. John was a loving and caring person and his memory will be cherished by his family, friends and all those whose lives he touched.

 

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HONEYCHURCH, Raymond - Born April 24, 1924, the eleventh child in a family of twelve children, in Calgary, Alberta, Ray died in his sleep in hospital at the age of 81 years on February 19, 2006. Those whom he loved that died before him include his parents, Annie and Thomas Honeychurch; siblings, Herbert, Arthur, May, Ivy, Cecil, Lillie, Anne, Leslie, Wilfred, Florence; and his son Thomas Raymond. He is survived by his wife Monica Honeychurch (nee Ashmore); his three daughters, Kathleen (Michael Dunda) Honeychurch, Eileen (Barry) Bryant, Nancy (Clayton) Phair; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Marques, Jacqueline Marques, Heather Phair, Evan Phair, Simone Phair, Kurt Phair, Gabrielle Phair, and Ellen Honeychurch-Dunda; and numerous nieces and nephews. Raymond attended Parkhill Elementary School, and Western Canada High School. He served in the Navy from September 2, 1942 to November 12, 1945 on the destroyer HMCS Huron. He worked for the Canadian National Railway for thirty-four years. Later he volunteered and worked part-time for Calgary Handibus for a few years. An able and willing self-taught handyman, his interests included fixing cars and electric appliances. He loved to share a joke, play bridge and cribbage, and do the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper. He was a devoted husband to Monica and loving father, father-in law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and grandfather. A Public Viewing will be held at Heritage Funeral Home , 1708 - 16 Avenue N.W. (across from the North Hill Shopping Centre) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church, 2223 - 34 Street S.W. on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., Reverend Robert Dielissen, Presider. In lieu of flowers, our family would appreciate donations to The Salvation Army, 822, 420 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0R9.

 

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HUGHSON, Geoffrey Drummond Knowlton - July 3, 2009 - Survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Joanie Creighton Hughson. Father (with Nancy Gigot Grant) of Janet (Michael White), Ward (granddaughter Heidi), Mary (Terry Mosher) and Sally (Peter Carpenter, grandchildren Scott and Emily). Step-father of Joanie's children Lindsay Lowe (Ron) and Creighton Jones (Rhoda). Predeceased by his siblings Ward Campbell Hughson, Ruth Helena Strickland and Nancy Elizabeth Binks. Born in Ottawa on June 8, 1924, Geoff attended Ashbury College and before completing his chemical engineering degree at McGill University, served on HMCS Huron during WWII. Geoff worked for Canadian International Paper and its affiliates from 1949 - 1986. On retirement, he was the company's Vice-President, Planning and Technology. An active member of the (Progressive) Conservative Party, Geoff also belonged to numerous professional societies, sat on Ashbury's Board of Governors, the Queen's University Engineering Advisory Council and was a director of Racquettes Brome. Many of Geoff's happiest days were spent at the family cottage at Blue Sea Lake, where his spirit will live on. Memorial service to be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 24 St. Paul Road, Knowlton at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Hospital Foundation, 950 Principale Street, Cowansville QC J2K 1K3. (The Ottawa Citizen 07 Jul 2009)

 

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Humble, Cecil Hobson (Jack), LCdr, CD (20 Sep 1920 - 18 Mar 2009) - Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Joined the Royal Navy as a Ganges Boy at the age of fourteen and became a commissioned Gunner in May 1945. Emigrated to Canada in 1956, and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as a Gunnery Officer (Lt). Postings included Gunnery School (Osborne Head) 1956-58; JONQUIERE 1958-60; and VENTURE 1960-66, where he helped develop the Sunset Ceremony and survival training at EXPED. Promoted to LCdr, he was posted to the Bos’n School (Cornwallis) in 1966, followed by Seamanship Division at Fleet School (Halifax) in 1968. Served as Base Social Conditions and Welfare Officer (Stadacona) 1968-70 during the KOOTENAY disaster. Retired to Victoria in Feb 1971 after 37 years of naval service. Following his retirement from the Navy, he dedicated his life to the service of others as a volunteer; and worked as a Social Worker with the City of Victoria and the BC Provincial Government. Recognized for his 35 years of tireless dedication and leadership in the Boy Scouts of Canada, rising to the level of Assistant Provincial Commissioner. Established and served Fairfield New Horizons as the Musical Coordinator and Director of the Weekly Fairfield Sing-Along for 12 years. Predeceased by wife Joy (Dunn) in 2005. Survived by son Christopher (Shelley) of Victoria, BC; grandchildren Jade of Calgary; Craig (Shima) of Tokyo; Amber (Clayton Mulholland) of Courtenay, BC (great grandchildren Owl, Coyote and Raven); son Cdr. Robert of Halifax, NS; grandchildren Arwen of Pensacola FL (great grandchildren Bronwen and Atticus), Linnet of Fredericton, Elspeth, Meade, and Rowan of Halifax; Survived by brother George; nephew Deric (Marie); and brother John (Patricia) of Toronto, ON. Visitation will be held on Monday 23 March 2009, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, at McCall’s Funeral Directors, 1400 Vancouver St., Victoria, BC. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Tuesday 24 March 2009, at Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, BC. Reception will follow. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to the “Keep a Song in Your Heart” music program at the Fairfield Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. Victoria, BC V8V 3X7; a community organization to which Jack devoted his retirement years.

 

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HUTTON, Gilbert Jerome (Gil) (08 Jun 1928 - 12 Nov 2010)  - Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Hamilton General Hospital. Gil will be sorely missed by his son Nick Hutton (Margaret Webster-Hutton), and daughters Susan Hutton (Richard Hache), Esther Clark (Garry Clark) and Rachel Hutton (Darren Brewer). Beloved grandfather of Shwaan and Blake Hutton, Gillom and Robyn McNeil, and Andrew and Laura Burney. Dear friend and brother of Donald (Stephney). Survived by nephews and nieces Don Jr., Lisa, Virginia and Glenn. Gil grew up in Hamilton. His father, Gilbert (Bert) Lawrence Hutton played First Cello for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Gil enjoyed a lifelong love of classical music. His mother, Edna Eloise Hutton (nee Jerome), was a graduate of the University of Toronto and taught home economics in the Hamilton Board for over 40 years. Gil was proud of his United Empire Loyalist roots and was a member of many historical organizations. He received his Bachelor of Science from McMaster and did his graduate work in metallurgy at the University of Toronto. He was a Don at Hart House and lectured at Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston. While at Mac, he joined the UNTD (University Naval Training Division) and later interrupted his graduate work to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Korean War, including a tour of duty in the Pacific aboard HMCS Huron. While at RMC after the war, he noticed a picture of Catherine May on her brother's dresser and asked for an introduction. Catherine and Gil were married for 20 years and had four children. He accepted a position with the Defence Research Board (DRB) - Atlantic and the newlyweds relocated to Halifax in 1960. Gil loved Halifax and the Maritimes in general and was able to avoid being transferred back to HQ in Ottawa for 14 years. During the Halifax years, he and Catherine played a pivotal role in the civic effort to save the Historic Properties on the Halifax Waterfront from demolition. Gil served as president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia and as chair of the Halifax Landmarks Commission and single-handedly wrote the Call For Proposals when the project was finally given a window of opportunity. While at DRB, he worked extensively in the Canadian Arctic including one memorable field study conducted from tents outside CFB Alert in February. Following retirement from the Department of Defense, he returned to Hamilton and was active in many local historical groups. He also participated in the Naval Officers Association of Canada (NOAC) and was a founding member of the UNTD Association. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Canadian and naval history and enjoyed organising tours, talks and contributing articles on the many topics that interested him. He was awarded the NOAC gold medal for his years of service in many roles including organising several national conventions. In 2002, he asked former WREN Eileen Church on a date to see the Buffalo Symphony. They were quickly inseparable. On June 7, 2008, Eileen and Gil celebrated their combined 170th birthdays (his 80th and her 90th) and were married at HMCS Star in Hamilton. Unfortunately, shortly after their honeymoon, Eileen contracted a rare condition (polyarteritis nedosa). She fought courageously for 18 months before she passed away last January. Gil seldom left her side and poured the last of his enormous energy and vitality into her care. Despite his failing health, he was determined to attend his daughter Susan's wedding in Ottawa on October 2, just over a month ago - and convinced the doctors to release him from hospital in order to do so. With the help of many people, including his attendants Donna Baxter and Katalin Dyke, he went to Ottawa and for three days he enjoyed the type of large social gatherings he thrived on - his last big hurrah. On November 11, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, with good humour and great affection, he made his final good-byes, before falling asleep for the last time. He left us peacefully the next day. A celebration of Gil's life will be held at HMCS Star in Hamilton (650 Catharine St. North) at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 27. All who knew him are invited to attend. The family asks anyone wishing to share stories or photos being collected for the Celebration to please send them to memoriesofgilhutton@hotmail.ca. For more information please contact Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home in Burlington: 905-637-5233. Gil strongly supported the following organizations, but in lieu of flowers donations to any charity of your choosing would be entirely appropriate: 1. The Endowment Fund of the Naval Officers Association of Canada. 2. The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (HMCS Saskville) PO Box 99000 Station Forces, Halifax, NS, B3K 5X5. 3. The Friends of HMCS Haida, 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON L8L 4V7 (the Ottawa Citizen 20 Nov 2010)

 

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Jaeger, Roger Maurice - of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Mrs. Edna Jaeger, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2007, at the age of 83 years. Along with his loving wife Edna, Roger leaves to cherish his memory four children: Roger Milton (Beverly) Jaeger, Rodney Albert (Sandra) Jaeger, Wade Douglas Jaeger and Cheryl Lynn (Robert) Storrs; six grandchildren, Robert Wade Storrs, Trevor Joel Storrs, Roger Neil Jaeger Jr., Shannon Dee Jaeger, Conrad Otto Jaeger and Cameron Albert Jaeger; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Kernney of LaSalle, Quebec; one brother, Frederick Tom Jaeger of Calgary, AB.; two sisters-in-law, Alice Haskell of Medicine Hat and Evelyn Glass of Kelowna, B.C., as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including special cousin, Dorothy Drewitt of England. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Edith Jaeger; two brothers and one sister. Roger was born on October 3, 1923 in Lachine, Quebec. He joined the Navy in the fall of 1942, and was deployed to Calgary for training. He met Edna Boen and they were married in Calgary on December 18, 1943. Roger was deployed overseas on HMCS Huron which actively ran the Murmansk Run between England, Norway and Russia. His swimming training came in very handy when he dove off the ship at Barry Rhodes Bristol Channel and saved a fellow sailor from drowning. Roger was an avid swimmer who was taught to swim by his mother in the St. Laurence River, and then started to compete in competitions at the Lachine YMCA. He qualified for the Canadian Championships and won the right to compete in the Olympics which were cancelled due to the war. In 1946 Roger and Edna settled in Medicine Hat after he was discharged from the Navy. He worked at Dominion Glass, IXL Industries, Crystal Dairy, and Canadian Pacific Railway. He left the CPR when he was transferred to Calgary and bought the Marvel Confectionary in Riverside. In the early 60's, Roger went Potato, Onion & Corn Farming. He ran Town & Country Packers and supplied fresh produce to the local grocery stores and wholesales. When he turned 78, he decided it was time to retire and he closed the doors of Town & Country Packers. Over the years, he volunteered and ran the local outdoor swim club. He was active for many years as well as a Cub and Scout Leader spending his holidays at Cub/Scout camps. One year, he spent many hours on the river teaching canoeing, culminating in a week long canoe trip from Calgary to Medicine Hat. For numerous years he took children to Havre on a Scouting exchange program to interact with American scouts. Roger believed in giving back to the community by donating countless hours to different organizations to ensure our community was a good place to live. Roger came to love Medicine Hat and never wanted to leave. Since he could not be near the ocean, he decided to take up his second love which was flying. He worked diligently and acquired his license to fly on August 16, 1977. He flew for many years until he no longer could fly due to his diabetes. When he was not flying he was skiing or hunting. He finally had to give these sports up at the age of 80+. Roger and Edna loved to travel and spent many weeks in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. His most memorable trip was going with shipmates and their wives to retrace their travels during the war. Not only will Roger be remembered by his wife and family, he will be remembered by many for his commitment to children and the community. He loved life and believed you received what you gave many times over by seeing children become good community-minded adults. He continually took the time to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren so he could support and encourage their various endeavors. Roger's positive attitude towards life and people was what friends and family loved about him most. His belief in life was a legacy to us all, and by believing in life and people, each day was made special and lived to the fullest. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, July 26, 2007, between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The celebration of Roger's life will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 635 - 4 Street S.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, July 27, 2007, at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Dr. Shane Andrus officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 Crestwood Square One, 1865 Dunmore Road S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1Z8; the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102, 73 - 7 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1J2, or to the charity of one's choice.

 

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JAMES, Charles Creelman (Charlie) - Proud Veteran of WWII Peacefully, at the summer cottage on Knowlton Lake, early in the morning of Sunday, August 10, 2008. Charlie James, age 83, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Robertson, in their 60th year of marriage. Dear father of Susan Creasy (Tim Byrne) and David James. Affectionately known as 'Grandad' to his grandchildren, Rebecca Creasy (Aaron Buchner) and Jack Creasy. Dear brother of George Crossen James (the late Carolyn) and much loved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Margaret James, son Michael James, son-in-law David Creasy, as well as his sister, Anne Louise James. Charlie joined the RCNVR, in late 1942, with his parents' permission, at the age of 17 and a half years. He served on the frigate HMCS Jonquiere, based in Londonderry, Ireland, until the end of the war. Charlie and Betty were married in 1949. After completing his education, he joined the T. Eaton Company in Toronto and continued his career with them until his retirement in 1989. Throughout his lifetime, Charlie was very fond of nature and was an avid sports enthusiast, and he enjoyed downhill skiing, golf, curling and fishing. In respect of Charlie's wishes, cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in Cobourg Union Cemetery, at a later date. A memorial service will be held at St John's Anglican Church (41 Church Street), Kingston, on Monday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Canon Christopher Doering officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C.N.I.B. (Kingston Branch), 826 Princess Street, Kingston ON, K7L 1G3, in Mr. James' memory.

 

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KEITHLIN, Ronald Sinclair (1919-2007) - Passed away peacefully with family present on May 16, 2007. Dearly loved husband of Con, and a proud and loving father to his three sons, David (Diane, Gatineau), Bill (Lynn, California) and Russ (Rosemary, Dorval) and his grandchildren, Ken, April, Matt, Philipe, Hilary, Dylan, and Devynn. Ron served on the HMCS Huron during WWII, and following the war he was employed by the Ford Motor Company for 35 years. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the staff of the Ste. Anne's Hospital for their caring and devoted support. A private family service is being planned. Ron's family would deeply appreciate that donations in his memory be made to the Ste. Anne's Hospital Foundation (514-457-8484). (The Gazette on May 22, 2007)

 

Portrait of Petty Officer Ronald Keithlin during WW 2

 

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LANGLOIS, Ted (02 Dec 1927 - 08 Apr 2006) - With much sadness we say goodbye to and celebrate the life of Ted. He passed away peacefully at Sandringham Care Facility with his family by his side. Ted was predeceased by his wife Gwen in May 2004. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters Janie (Ian) and Cindy (Don). Much loved by his two granddaughters Melissa and Michelle (Shane). Great-granddaughters Rebeka and Ashley will sadly miss their 'Ted'. Ted proudly served in the Canadian navy for over twenty years and went on to become a fire fighter for DND. Ted was an avid sports person and golfing at the Gorge Vale was a mainstay of his life for many years. When his health no longer allowed him to play golf, he continued to cheer on his family's sports and life achievements. His last years were difficult, but he was gracious, loving and demonstrated a new sense of humour that the family will cherish forever. As you think of Ted today, is is our hope that you will have good memories of the time you spent with him. The family would like to gratefully thanks the staff at Sandringham who provided such wonderful care for our Dad. We always knew that when our visit was over, the staff, who we felt became part of our extended family, would continue to care for him until our next visit.

 

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LAWRENCE, Henry (Harry) - Suddenly, at the West Park Health Centre, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Thelma Lawrence (Sept. 8, 2000). Loving father of Bruce (Colleen) Lawrence and David Lawrence. Papa will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Haley and Brady. Predeceased by brother Frank and sister Dorothy. Harry was a Korean War Veteran H.M.C.S. Huron, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #138, Merritton, Canadian Corps Unit #44, Thorold and the president of the bowling league for Tuesday Night Bowling. He loved to spend his free time hunting and fishing. Harry worked for Domtar Paper Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1989. A special thank you to staff and nurses at the West Park Health Care for their special care and compassion. Harry's family will receive friends at the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home , 2 Regent St., Thorold on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in The Lamb Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #138, Merritton will conduct a Legion Service for Comrade Harry on Friday at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Harry to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #138, Merritton or to St. James Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.

 

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LAWRENCE, Albert Grant (Bert) - February 12, 1916 - August 29, 2012 Bert was born in Rosedale, BC, the eldest of 4 children. Bert’s family moved to the Princeton area when he was 12 years old. While living in Allenby, he started to play hockey as a goalie – which became his greatest pleasure. He enjoyed hockey his whole life. In 1941, Bert married Grave Powell, the love of his life. During the Second World War, he served proudly as Chief Petty Officer aboard the H.M.C.S Springhill. Bert was an entrepreneur, owning and operating several businesses during his working life including; logging, road building and ownership/operation of equipment at the old Copper Mountain mine. During his long and happy retirement, Bert enjoyed his hockey, ATVing in the local mountains and camping. He took up the computer at the age of 80. Bert took great pleasure in family gatherings. Of course, he liked a shot of scotch, which he called his “favourite medicine” to keep his spirits up. Bert was predeceased by his sister Beryl, brothers Bob and Leslie and his daughter Jeraldine. Bert loved Princeton and often said “I never found any place better”. A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 P.M., Sunday September 19, 2012 at the Princeton Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56,officated by Eric Goodfellow. Donations in memory of Bert may be made to Ridgewood Lodge, 98 Ridgewood Dr., Princeton, BC V0X 1W0. (Hansons Funeral Home)

 

Lawrence, Albert Grant (Bert), CPO2 Crossed the Bar 29 Aug 2012 - Bert left his job at Allenby Copper in Princeton in 1941 to join the navy. He served on the HMCS Spring Hill, which helped protect convoys crossing the North Atlantic. As the flagship of a Group of Seven ships forming an electronic blanket with their ASDIC (submarine detecting equipment) around a convoy, the Spring Hill was usually at the front of the convoy. Bert says the worst part of a voyage was not the danger of being attacked by German U-boats, but the heavy seas of the North Atlantic. One of Bert’s grimmer memories was sailing past ships sunk outside Halifax Harbour even before they could form a convoy. He says his frigate had to sail past survivors because stopping would have endangered his ship and crew and the supplies carried by freighters. Despite their being the enemy, Bert came to respect the sailing skills of the German submarine commanders. He remembers one convoy in the St. Lawrence being attacked before it had even reached Gaspe. He says the U-boat commanders “had to be something, because to navigate underwater all the way through the ocean, and up the St. Lawrence River ...boy.” He says the war was “an experience one wouldn’t want to go through again. But I’m glad I did it.” (Source: War Service Recognition Book, Yukon Legion, BC)

 

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LENNOX, Duncan Craig - On September 29, 2005 Duncan Craig Lennox Q.C., LL.B., Lieutenant Commander RCNVR WWII, passed away at the age of 91 years. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Freda of 60 years and his six children: Craig (Bette), Robert, Carla (Gerald), Shelley (Norman), George (Madeleine), Bruce (Laurie); his 11 grandchildren: Scott, Andrew, Patrick, Daniel, Victoria, Duncan, Adam, Mariah, Isabelle, Malcolm and Emily. His greatest joy was his family; his presence, wisdom and good humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Duncan was born on May 28, 1914 in Winnipeg, the only child of Maud and George Lennox and was a lifelong resident of the city. He received his early schooling at St. John's College School. He attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with Bachelor of Science and Law degrees. He was called to the Manitoba bar in 1940. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1940 and saw five and one half years service at sea during the Second World War. During the war, Duncan was in charge of the underwater gates guarding the entrance into Halifax harbour from enemy U-boats. This was followed by service as Executive Officer in the escort vessel HMCS Medicine Hat patrolling the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Sydney, Cape Breton. Thereafter as Executive Officer in the frigate HMCS Jonquiere he engaged in convoy duty on the North Atlantic followed by patrolling the Western Approaches including service on D-Day in the English Channel. Duncan's most treasured memory was of British Admiral D's exhortation Well done Number One! on a jetty in Londonderry, Northern Ireland at the end of the war. Those who knew Duncan well would not be surprised that his hockey skates and golf clubs always accompanied him on sea duty. He was demobilized in 1945 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander and remained a long-term member of the Naval Officers' Association of Canada. In 1946, Duncan married Freda McEwen of Maxville, ON, a WRCNS officer he met while in the Navy. In civilian life, Duncan had a long and distinguished career in the law. He served as a law officer for the Veterans Land Act before joining the City of Winnipeg's legal department. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1966 and was named City Solicitor for Winnipeg in 1971. He appeared at all levels of courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. Following his retirement in 1979, he sat on the Manitoba Municipal Board. In 1967 Duncan was awarded the Centennial Medal for service to the Nation. From childhood, Duncan loved the Lake of the Woods and later delighted in his cottage on Coney Island: fishing off his dock, admiring sunsets and exploring the Lake in his red boat. He had a great love for nature and animals especially his dogs Mose, Skipper and Laddie. Duncan had a lifelong passion for hockey as a player, coach and spectator watching his children and grandchildren play the game he loved. Well into his 80s he enjoyed public skating at River Heights Community Centre. From an early age Duncan was an active member of St. Luke's Anglican Church where he was a choirboy, taught Sunday school, was People's Warden and Rector's Warden. Duncan's humility, concern for others, honesty and integrity informed all aspects of his life. Funeral services will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg on Thursday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. If so desired the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Duncan's name. (the Winnipeg Free Press 04 Oct 2005)

 

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LINKLATER, John Reginald (Jack) (06 Aug 1921 - 05 May 2003) - Jack passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Jean by his side. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Jean; by his daughter Pat Lee; his son Jack (Dorothy) Linklater; his grandchildren, Jason (Rhonda) Linklater and their children Anya and Aidan, Peter Linklater, Naomi (Mark) Glockzin and their children Brayden and Kalen, David Linklater, Ruthe Linklater, Cory Lee, and Brenda Lee. He will also be sadly missed by Wayne and Carol Lee and their children, Adam and Kylin; as well as by numerous nephews, nieces and friends. His loss will also be mourned by May Linklater and her son Jeff Linklater. Jack was a devoted husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather. He served his counter with honour and distinction in the Second World War as a leading seaman aboard HMCS Huron. Following the war he re-mustered to the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he served as a bandsman (trumpeter) with the Tactical Air Command Band (known to all his fellow servicemen as "Snuffy"), and as an aircraft electrician at bases in Canada and in Germany. Jack was a gentle man with a caring and loving heart and a great sense of humour. It is hard to say good-bye but we find peace in knowing that he is at home with his Maker. In keeping with the generous way in which he led his life, Jack has donated his body to Medical Science. Those who wish to may make donations in memory of Jack to the Salvation Army. His family wishes to extend special thanks to all home care workers and nurses who reached out to Jack in his later years. We rejoice in the life we had with you Dad and miss you hugely already. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 133 Niakawa Rd., 17th floor. (the Winnipeg Free Press 10 May 2003)

 

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MEIKLE, James Edward - On July 19, 2005, in Toronto, at the age of ninety-four. Born in Montreal, Jim Meikle returned to the city following overseas service aboard the H.M.C.S. Huron during the war. He raised a family, built a successful electrical contracting business, which he ran for nearly thirty years, and took up gardening and golf. In 1976, he "retired" to Prince Edward County, Ontario, to become a strawberry farmer extraordinaire. Those who knew him will not surprised to learn that he was up and about, and in full charge, until just days before he passed away. Jim is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Patricia (nee Mulcair); by his six children and their partners: Victoria; Susan and Ross Coyles; Jamie; Heather and Adrian Johnson; Thomas and Melanie Rockliff; Gregory and Rachel Jewell; and by his six grandchildren: Jamie and Gillian Coyles, Kieran and Devon Johnson, and Natasha and Dunham Meikle. He is also mourned by his sisters-in-law, Barbara Mulcair and Sister Anne-Mulcair C.N.D. Friends may call at the Trull "North Toronto" Funeral Home& Cremation Centre, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence), (416) 488-1101, on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until time of service in the chapel at 2:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations made to the Sunnybrook Foundation (2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto) would be appreciated by the family. (The Gazette from July 20 to July 21, 2005)

 

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MELANSON, Gilbert Paul Sr. - 79, Plymouth, Yarmouth Co., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at home. Born April 27, 1931 at Springhaven, he was a son of the late Joseph Cyril and Mary Rose (Doucette) Melanson. Gilbert was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a gunman aboard HMCS Huron. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 61, Yarmouth, as well as a member of the Kespu'kwitk Metis Council. He also worked with Bens Bread, drove taxi and was retired from Dominion Textiles, Yarmouth. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing crib and going to the Saturday night dances at the Legion. He is survived by his children, Lisamarie (Jason) Boudreau, Plymouth; Paul G. Melanson Jr., Ontario; step-children, Norbert J. Pothier and Stella A. (Winston) Middleton, both of Ontario; grandchildren, Crystal, Jamie-Lee, Arielle, Andrew, Matthew, Timothy, Coave; great grandchildren, Christopher, Abigail and Riley; sisters, Evelyn (Charles) Crespo, Florida; Edith Tremblay, Comeauville; Joyce (Hubert) Comeau, Meteghan; Agnes (Sid) Dixon, Ontario; a brother, Ulysse (Edna) Melanson, Springhaven. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Doris Evangeline (Pothier) Melanson, as well as by sisters, Margaret (Clifford) O'Connell and Georgina (George) Smith, and a brother, Gustave (Betty) Melanson. Visitation took place from 2-4 and 7-9 Friday, with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 7:30 p.m., followed by prayers at 8 p.m., all in H. M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, 29 Albert Street, Yarmouth. The funeral mass was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11 at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Yarmouth, Father John MacPherson officiated. Interment followed in St. Michael's Parish Cemetery, Wedgeport. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Canadian Cancer Research Foundation.

 

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MOORE, Carmen S., PO SBA - Carmen was a SBA instructor at Cornwallis before he volunteered for overseas duty and was commissioning crew on Loch Achanalt. After the war he graduated from Dalhousie University Pharmacy. He worked as pharmacy manager in various Halifax - Dartmouth Pharmacies and had his own pharmacy from 1960 to 1977 in Dartmouth North. He also served on the council of the NS pharmaceutical society for 8 years. He passed away in 1980.

 

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MOORE, Ronald Armor (1925-2010) - passed away peacefully in Calgary after a lengthy struggle with heart failure on January 9, 2010. He is survived by daughter Marsha (husband Gord) of Rocky Mountain House and two sons, Randy (wife Shou-fang) of Vancouver and Terry (wife Marni) of Heriot Bay, BC as well as friend Doreen McBeath of Calgary. In addition he has two surviving sisters, Audrey and Elaine, both of Calgary as well as four grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife Esther and two brothers, Everett and Byron. Born in Delia, Alberta, he was raised on a farm in Depression-era Alberta. After graduating from high school in 1941, he immediately enlisted in the navy where he served over the next five years as a radar rating on the destroyer HMCS Huron. On discharge from the navy, he attended business college and went into the grocery business. He married Esther in 1949 and had three children moving to Lacombe in 1955. He had an IGA store in Lacombe which he ran until selling in 1966. He then continued a career with Westfair Foods across Alberta and eventually went to work for the Alberta Government in Co-operative Affairs. Seeing the need for better political representation he was elected to the Alberta Legislature as the representative from Lacombe in 1982 and served under three administrations before retiring in 1993. Since retiring he authored a political column in a number of weekly newspapers, kept engaged in the periphery of politics and travelled extensively. He was particularly proud of organizing the Boulevard of Honour in Lacombe whose trees continue to grow. Always interested in the development of the community he will be remembered for extensive involvement with business evolution in Lacombe, the Legion and youth sports during his younger years. He continued that commitment to community development throughout the constituency during his terms in the Alberta Legislature. His family will remember him as a fine father who communicated an intense interest in the news of the day and the importance of personal involvement within the community. He had an enduring interest in the ecology of Alberta, collecting wild seeds in the fall and redistributing them in the spring earning him the family title of Ronnie Appleseed. He has moved the entire family with this sense of community and personal responsibility. A celebration of life for Ronald Armor Moore will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 - 50 Avenue, Lacombe, Alberta. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army Agape Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1B8.

 

HMCS HURON

MORNINGSTAR, Douglas Leslie, Sto 1c, V78656, RCNVR - Passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Monday June 6, 2011 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of 61 years to Anita (Derhodge) Morningstar. Dearly loved father of Michael (Joanne) Morningstar of Toronto and Dale Morningstar of Toronto Island. Cherished grandfather of Miranda and Adrian Morningstar. Dear brother-in-law of Dick (Mary) Derhodge and uncle of Zachary Derhodge. Predeceased by his brother Melville “Bugs“ Morningstar and his brother- in-law Mickey Derhodge. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Mr. Morningstar had worked for the Norton Company, retiring after more than 40 years of service. He was a decorated veteran of World War II having served with the Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Huron and actively participated in the Murmansk Convoy. In his earlier years he was a member of the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department and in his later years he became an accomplished woodcarver. A private family Funeral Service took place on Wednesday June 8th at the Patterson Funeral Home, 6062 Main St. Interment followed at Holy Trinity church Cemetery, Chippawa. In memory of Mr. Morningstar donations to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by his family.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS HURON

MOSS, Joseph Franklin (Frank) - Retired Captain, City of Toronto Fire Department, passed away peacefully at King Gardens on Saturday, November 12, 2005. Predeceased by Mary, his beloved wife of 54 years. Loving father of Patricia (Jonathan), and Frederick. Proud grandpa of Suzanne, Allison, Sarah and Cindy; great-grandpa of Joshua, Madison, and Brandon. Dear brother of Margaret Leitch. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Frank served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War 2 on the Corvette HMCS Huron and Calgary. He joined the Toronto Fire Department in 1945 and retired as Captain after 36 years of service. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by all who knew him. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of the Queen Elizabeth Way) from 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2005 until the time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m. If desired, donations to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS HURON, HMCS CALGARY

MACKIE, Edward James (Red) Ed - born November 11, 1934, passed away on February 9, 2007 in Victoria, BC at the age of 72. Ed was born in Vancouver and grew up in Pouce Coupe. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his loving family. He will be sadly missed and always remembered by his children; Heather Richardson (Jim), Larry Mackie (Britta), Karen Haysey and Dale Mackie (Debby): grandchildren Gordon (Karen), Kristina, Colin, Travis, Timmy and Katrina and great grandchildren Brianna, Kodi, Trenton; longtime friends Tom, Mel and Sharon. Dad was a member of the RCN/CAF from 52-79 as a Naval Signalman, retiring as a PO2 HMC Ships Cayuga, St Croix, Jonquiere Chaudiere, Saskatchewan, Qu'appelle and a civilian employee of the Nanaimo RCMP from 80-94. The family would like to thank Joyce for her companionship and caring of Dad over the years. A private viewing will be held from 7-9 pm, Friday February 16, 2007 at the First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive with a service at 2pm on Saturday, February 17, 2007. In lieu of flowers a donation in dad's name can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Times Colonist 15 Feb 2007)

 

HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS JONQUIERE

MacRAE, William Fraser - It is with heavy hearts that we provide notice of the passing on February 24th, 2014 of William Fraser MacRae. Bill was born in Manor, SK on June 24, 1926 to John and Edna MacRae (Rennie). Bill spent the majority of his youth in Arden, MB. In 1944 Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served overseas during WWII on the HMCS Destroyer Huron. In 1948 Bill was engaged in the RCMP. Bill spent 31 years in the RCMP and is best remembered for his time stationed at Depot Division in Regina, arriving in 1960 as the Sergeant Major/Corps Sgt. Major and later as Training Officer for the Division. Bill retired in December, 1979 with the rank of Superintendent. After his retirement from the Force, Bill continued to work. He served as President and Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Golf Association (1979 -92) and was the CEO of the Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1987-1992). Bill served as a part time member of the National Parole Board and lectured at the University of Regina. Bill leaves a legacy of accomplishment and contribution over the years: President of the Saskatchewan Association of Retarded Children, 9 years as a member the Regina Chamber of Commerce, Chairman 1978 Canadian Special Olympics (Regina), Aide de Camp to two Lieutenant Governors, Life Member of the RCMP Veterans Association and Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Golf Association, Brother of the Order of St. John and Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Regina. Bill and Muriel moved to Regina Beach in 1981. Above all, Bill loved his family and friends. He was a kind, generous man who was loved by many and who touched many lives. Bill is predeceased by his parents, John and Edna; brother, Robert and much loved daughter, Rebecca. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Muriel; sons, Fraser (Debbie) and Graham (Heather) and daughter, Cynthia; grandchildren William (Myriam), Taylor (Angie), Allison, Mira (Mike), Daniel (Christi) and Katelynn; great-grandchildren Ava, Madison and Sophie (Mira). The MacRae Family would like to thank the staff of the Wascana Centre for their loving and professional care of Bill during the last two months. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the RCMP Chapel at Depot Division Barracks, Regina, SK. In lieu of flowers it would be appreciated that donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (Alzheimer.ca).

 

HMCS HURON

McCRIMMON, William Henry (20 Apr 1924 - 15 Mar 2013) - Known variably as Harry, Mac and Bill he passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by his wife Mary, daughter Heather and brothers Jim and Dave. He leaves behind daughter Lorena (Greg) Madill, grandchildren Willow (Joe) McConell, Jairus, Jevan and Alyssa, great-grandson Eddy, brothers Don and Ken, sisters Margaret Brown and Ruth Potvin and many nieces and nephews. Born in Edmonton to Norman and Olive, Harry joined the Navy in 1942 at the age of 17. He served in the Battle of the Atlantic and was a young stoker on the HMCS Port Colborne during the Invasion of Normandy. He served two tours of duty during the Korean War as a CPO2 on the HMCS Huron and HMCS Nootka. Post war he was stationed mainly in Halifax where he met Mary. He finished his regular service in St. John's as a recruiting officer before retiring to Edmonton. Bill worked as a stationary engineer at the Charles Camsell and Edmonton General Hospitals, Hotel Macdonald and Edmonton Convention Centre while continuing to serve in the Naval Reserves. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit in 1982 for his exemplary service and retired after 42 years as a CPO1. He was an active member of HMCS Nonsuch, RCNA, Chief and PO'S Association and the Overlanders Trailer Club. He and Mary travelled across Canada many times in their motor home making numerous stops to visit friends and family. They moved to Dartmouth, NS in 2000 where Mary died in 2011. Mac spent his last year in Victoria to be near Lorena and her family - a gift for them all. He was a warm, kind and generous gentleman, genuinely interested in people and well loved by all who knew him. A Memorial Reception will take place at 10:00 a.m. on his birthday, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 16102 Fort Road. Interment in Dartmouth, NS will take place at a later date. Stories of remembrance to be shared and given to the family for a keepsake album are encouraged.

 

HMCS NONSUCH, HMCS HURON, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS PORT COLBORNE, HMCS CHIGNECTO

McDOWELL, Russell Robert (12 Mar 1920 - 14 Jun 2010) - Born in Drumheller, Alberta, Russ passed away in Victoria on June 14, 2010. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and is survived by his love of more than 65 years, Isobel, his children, Robert (Sandy) McDowell, (Rosemary), Patricia Fairbairn (Bill). Rusty McDowell (Donna), Colleen Cook (Bill), his grandchildren, Scott McDowell, Susanne McKinstry, Jillean and Colin McDowell, Billy and Sara Cook, and his great grandchildren, Anna, Jonathan, and Keeva McDowell, and Madeline (Maddy) McKinstry. Russ lived and contributed a life of service to his country and his community. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941-1966 and was a decorated World War II and Korean War Veteran. He served his community through leadership and service to the Chief & Petty Officers' Association, Masonic Lodge, and the Royal Canadian Legion (a proud member of more than 60 years). Russ was an avid sportsman enjoying many athletic and recreational activities over the years. He was active in lacrosse, curling, softball and golf with the latter providing much enjoyment both as a participant and a spectator. He loved the comraderie and the friendly competition. with family, friends, and all who knew him, Russ was a caring, compassionate man with a wonderful sense of humour that never waivered. His quick and easy smile would often erupt into rolling laughter. Russ will be missed but not forgotten. When we think of him, we may shed a tear or two, then smile, savouring the many happy memories. The family would like to thank the staff of Cringe Center for Seniors and the Royal Jubilee Hospital for extending their professionalism, kindness, and care during this difficult time.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

McFARLANE, Robert Gordon, CPO1 (31 Sep 1933 - 30 Jun 2006) - Bob was born in Carmen, Manitoba and passed away quietly on Friday in Victoria. Predeceased by his sisters Doris Klassen and Pat Denoon, he is survived by an adoring family: his wife Sannee, children Janice and David, step-sons Steve, Craig and Chris, their spouses and children. Also his sister Marge, brothers Red and Ken and their families. Bob idolized his grandchildren. Bob served in the Canadian Navy for thirty years. He had enlisted on a whim and remained to serve with honour. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Upon retirement from the service he joined the Federal Public Service in Victoria, retiring from there in 1986 after 5 years. Bob had a wonderful, wry sense of humour as well as a passion for golf, hockey and bridge. Prior to enlisting he was a member of the Detroit Red Wings farm club. He was a life member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. Bob had high moral and ethical standards, providing a role model for many. He will be sorely missed. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the medical practitioners at Royal Jubilee Hospital for their outstanding care. At Bob's request there will be no funeral.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

McLAUGHLIN, Robert John (19 Jan 1921 - 30 Oct 2006) - In Ancaster, Cambridge, Ridgeway, Lowville, and Burlington, there are similar clocks on walls in each of the five homes. The clocks are strong, dependable, and determined timepieces and they can be counted on by all whom live there. The clocks were made by John McLaughlin when he took up woodworking as a hobby in retirement and they are a symbol of the love he had for his family. Family was very important to John all of his life. The McLaughlin family emigrated from Ireland to the Bobcaygeon area in the early 1800s. Some of the McLaughlins were doctors, lawyers, and successful businessmen. In 1900, after completing high school in Lindsay, Johns father, John Adam McLaughlin went west as a pioneer to a small town 60 miles north of Regina and started a general store and logging business. He met Allie Currie there and they were married in 1908. The McLaughlins moved to Winnipeg in 1915 with their daughters Peggy and Dottie, and several years later they had a son named Hugh. On January 19, 1921, Robert John McLaughlin was born. While in Manitoba, John Adam McLaughlin successfully ran for a seat in the Manitoba legislature although later resigned his seat to a man who went on to become premier of the province. The McLaughlins moved to St. Catharines with their 4 children and that is where young John McLaughlin started school. Later, the family moved to Lindsay and John began high school at age 12. While John was at high school, a manure spreader mysteriously showed up inside the school one morning and Johns brother Hugh was involved in the prank. In Lindsay, Johns father remained active in the Liberal party and chaired a large campaign banquet for William Lyon Mackenzie King, who went on to become prime minister. When John was growing up in Lindsay he enjoyed canoeing and swimming at the family cottage. John loved the outdoors and his first summer job was in Dwight near Algonquin Park. A memorial tree will be planted in Algonquin Park in Johns honour It was in his mid-teens, that John first met a girl by the name of Betty Telford one day while skating. Following high school, John joined the Toronto-Dominion Bank in Lindsay and worked there until enlisting in the Navy. On February 10, 1942, John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Huron. The Huron was a destroyer escort, similar to the Haida that has been restored and is in Hamilton Harbour. The Huron made many escorts across the ocean including trips to Russia. John McLaughlin and Betty Telford were married on October 15, 1942 and after a short honeymoon John returned to the Huron, based out of Halifax.After his wedding, John wrote a poem while on the Naval Ship Huron off the coast of Russia. The poem was called The Girl I Made My Wife

 

Ill tell you how I met Betty, /  The pride and love of my life, / Ill tell you all the whys and whens / Of how she became my wife / I was skating at the playground / In December, young and gay / A piece of ice glanced off my head / And oh what a screech I gave / I didnt know who threw it / But I very soon found out / Her name was Betty Telford / How Id love to make her shout / Instead I asked politely / For a skate around the ice / This just goes to show you / That all men are partly mice / I saw a lot of Betty / From then until the break / It lasted through till August / Then I left her in my wake / For five long years I drifted / Not settling with any girl / And then back to Betty / At the end of my merry whirl / I courted her as a lover / For I loved her more than life / And that dear friends is how I met / The girl I made my wife

 

John wrote Betty a number of letters from the HMCS Huron although they had to develop code words as Johns mail was read before it went out and he could not disclose his location in the letters. At one point during a trip at Sea, the Huron engaged the enemy with the heavy guns on the ship. John was operating the guns without his hearing protection and had some hearing loss as a result of the incident. Years later as I sat in his living room there were times that John appeared not to hear Betty, although I was aware of a sly smile that revealed he may have used hearing loss as an excuse to avoid a conversation or two. Following his discharge from the Navy, John returned to banking, and was transferred to Sudbury in 1949. In addition to working in the bank, John was the ticket manager for the Sudbury Arena, an active facility with a professional hockey team. John was a hockey fan and for many years followed the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. John was able to listen to the games on radio and then watch them when television was invented. John resigned from the bank shortly after his mother-in-laws death in late 1952 to return to Lindsay to support the care of his father-in-law, Glad Telford. During this time, he also kept the books for his parents business in Gravenhurst. John found his niche in the Federal Government where he moved quickly into a management role. This led to successive promotions and moves across Southern Ontario during the 1960s (Walkerton, Belleville, Fort Erie, and Leamington) until John and Betty put down roots in Welland, where they lived for 38 years. John retired in January 1983 after 25 years of service. John and Betty have four children, Barb, John, Rob, and Mary. Johns love of the outdoors that he acquired as a child continued with camping trips to Bon Echo and trips to Pennsylvania to see his sister Peggy. All of his children and grandchildren continue to enjoy the love of the outdoors through camping or going to cottages, and Johns red canoe is often found on the roof of one of the vehicles headed for vacation. Johns favourite times were spent with his family and music was a big part of the family. John would think nothing of it to come home from work and see all of the furniture in the living room pushed aside and listening to his teenage son John jamming with a group of friends. He was also amused when his son promoted rock concerts during the Welland Rose Festival, and Betty had the opportunity to meet the group Rush. John enjoyed listening to Betty play the piano and Betty played on a daily basis. To John, the annual Christmas carol sing song at Barb and Als home was a highlight of Christmas. In the house on Church Street in Welland there is still a set of drums that belongs to Johns grandson Jeremy, who would often go over to play, and was always willing to lend a hand to his grandparents with things around the house. John took pride in all of the accomplishments of his children and sons and daughters-in-law. Each new family member was gathered into the fold and loved along with the others. John could be seen many times with his son-in "law Al at the local Canadian Tire. Barb and Betty could never figure out how a trip to Canadian Tire, always resulted in bacon and eggs at a local restaurant. John enjoyed reading biographies and books about politics. He had political beliefs that he acquired from his family and he supported the Liberal Party. When Mary and I made the mistake of impulsively getting a kitten at a pet store one day, in honour of John, I named it Tory. We had many conversations about politics over the years. Wood working and home renovations were something that John enjoyed doing. When his son, John Telford McLaughlin was 4, John made a workbench for him. John Telford McLaughlin still uses the bench today. John always did an excellent job in any household project although he used a super size box of bandages in the process. John enjoyed time spent with his extended family. He took great enjoyment in visits with his cousins Bob and Ev McElheaney from Burlington and his nephew John Cozzens from Washington. John and Betty also enjoyed their visits out to John, Ann, and Janes home in Ridgeway, and the many delicious meals that were prepared for them by Ann. He appreciated the view and sound of the lake from the deck that overlooks their property. John was happy at family get-togethers in Collingwood, Parry Sound and Burlington. Johns favourite dessert was trifle, prepared by his daughter in law Holly. John enjoyed good food and good conversations so he looked forward to visits from Rob and Holly. Rob and Holly are excellent cooks and always brought special treats for John. John played cribbage with Holly. John also enjoyed visits with Hollys father Ike. Just last Christmas John passed on his annual tradition of making the Christmas Shortbread to Mary. John, Betty, Barb and Mary spent a pleasant evening in Barbs home in Burlington making the traditional cookies that had been made over the years. It may take years for Mary to perfect the shortbread cookies the way John was able to make them but Betty, Barb, and Mary will remember that day for many years. John had a sense of humour even when he was sick. A couple of months ago a doctor showed Betty how to stop John from choking if John were to due so. When the doctor left the room, John made a comment asking Betty why the doctor had his arms around her. Three weeks ago, on October 15th, John and Betty celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. John was thrilled that the whole gang was able to visit. John and Betty even remembered what the weather was like on their wedding day 64 years ago, and shared fond memories with us. John was a real gentleman, honest, kind, and he always put his family first. The memory of Robert John McLaughlin as husband, father, grandfather, and father in law will remain in the hearts of the family members just like the clocks that John made will continue to be an important part of our homes. Grandpas clock sits on the kitchen wall in the Goodfellow home in Ancaster where I live with my wife Mary and my daughters Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Juliana. Above the clock leaning on top of it is a cross that one of Johns granddaughters made at school last year out of toothpicks and wooden clothespins. In the base of the clock is a yellow beanie baby chic that one of Johns granddaughters placed in the clock, presumably at Easter, and there is also a palm tied in the shape of a cross on the clock from some past Palm Sunday. Somehow, the additions made by his granddaughters make the clock even more special. I think John would agree.

 

HMCS HURON

McMASTER, James Ross - passed away peacefully on September 19, 2006, while visiting family in Calgary. Ross was born in Winnipeg in 1925. He served in the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Huron during the Second World War from 1942 -1945. Ross returned to Winnipeg where he worked for Modern Dairies and Beatrice Foods for 47 years where he held various positions from milk man to accounts manager. Ross married Ada Betty Adkin in 1965 and they raised two children, Christopher Ross and Lucinda Jean. Ross is also survived by four grandchildren, Morgan, MacKenzie, James and Nicholas, as well as his son-in-law Rob and daughter-in-law Madelaine. Ross always put family first and ensured that they never lacked for anything. His love was in the giving of himself to meet the needs of his wife and children. He treasured his early morning walks with his dogs come rain, shine or 40 below. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the National Cancer Institute of Canada will be appreciated. (the Winnipeg Free Press 23 Sep 2006)

 

HMCS HURON

PAUL, Robert James, LCdr - Born in Alberta, September 15, 1919, died February 10, 2010. Neither event had his permission. Predeceased by his only daughter Laurie, brother Joe and brother Richard. Robert's human assets in life were generally cancelled by his human liabilities, so that his course in life from womb to tomb tended to be somewhat erratic and to swing to port and swing to starboard like a new helmsman. Late in life the course steadied. He was wild when he was young and drew mild as he grew older. In many respects he was an average human being in which case one could wonder ... 

 

Why should the spirit of mortal be proud, 

Like a fast flying meteor, a swift flying cloud.

A flash of lightening, a break of a wave

Man passes from life to his rest in the grave.

T'is the wink of an eye,

t'is the draft of a breath,

From the blossom of health

to the paleness of death.

From the gilded saloons

to the bier and shroud.

Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?

When all life's paths are as footprints in the sand leading to dust

 

Further deceased and survivors: Ina, wife of 64 years, grandchildren Paul and Jillian, and son-in-law Gary Speed.

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS QUINTE, HMCS ATHABASKAN

PAYNE, Douglas Bennett, LCdr - Veteran, WW II and Korea With great sadness, the family of LCdr Douglas Bennett Payne announces his sudden passing on December 31, 2010 at the age of 86 years. Douglas was born on September 17, 1924 in St. John's, NL, the son of Arthur William Payne and Melina Bennett. Throughout his life, Douglas remained a proud Newfoundlander. He was a generous and courageous man who contributed tirelessly through his service with the Royal Canadian Navy, the City of Ottawa, and the Government of Canada. While with the Navy, he served in HMCS Rockcliffe (1947-49), HMCS Huron (1950-51), HMCS Ottawa (1958-59) and HMCS Terra Nova (1959-60). Above all, he was a devoted family man who always made time for his children. No request was too trivial to earn his attention. In his later years, he remained an avid reader and enjoyed yearly trips to Florida during the winter months. He will be lovingly remembered and much missed by his longtime companion, Justine O'Brien. He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Shirley Croft. He was a loving father and a constant inspiration to his daughters Janice Payne (Russell Lyon), Jacqueline Carnegie (James Carnegie), Corinne Kingdon (Moira Coady) and Laurie Armstrong (Kip Armstrong). He was a proud and caring grandfather to Ryan, Jeremy, Beverley, Erin, Stephanie, Amelia, Christopher, Jessie, Sarah, Catherine, Stuart, and Tyler. He is survived by his sister, Mabel (Donald Murphy) and his brother, Ronald and is predeceased by his brothers Raymond (dec'd WW II), Sidney and Arthur. The family would like to thank the staff at Governor's Walk for the dedicated care provided to Douglas Payne during the past three years. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor), on Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. and to join his family to Celebrate his Life at a Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, January 7th at 3 p.m. Reception to follow in the McGarry Family Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Ottawa Heart Institute or to a charity of your choice.

 

 

HMCS HURON, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE

POTTS, Gordon Brack -  Born in Feb 1921 at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England and emigrated to Canada with his parents Jack and Flo in 1922. Gord grew up in Windsor, Ontario, attended Victoria Road Elementary School and W.D. Lowe Secondary School. In Dec 1940 at age 19, he enlisted at the HMCS Hunter in Windsor and by late 1941 had completed training at HMCS Stradacona in Halifax. Gord joined the crew of the HMCS Moose Z14 in Oct 1941 as it performed its local defence duties on Canada's east coast. In Oct 1943, having achieved a leading Seaman he was transferred to the HMCS Lunenbug K151 as it was deployed overseas to perform escort duties crossing the Atlantic and Channel duties during the D-Day invasion of France. Gord was transferred to the HMCS Haida G63 in Dec 1944 until it returned for refit in Jul 1945. His military service ended with his discharge in Sep 1945. Immediately after the war, Gord held various jobs including bookeeper and manager in a Greeting card company. He was hired by the Windsor Fire Department in 1953 and by the time of his retirement in 1982 had achieved the rank of Captain. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather as well as an avid golfer. Gord died in 2011 shortly before his 90th birthday.

 

HMCS MOOSE, HMCS LUNENBURG, HMCS HAIDA

PERKINS, J. David (1937-2006) - 69, of Riverport passed away suddenly in Riverport, N.S. on Sunday, August 13, 2006. Born in Oshawa, Ontario, he was the son of the late John and Eva Perkins. In 1954 at the age of seventeen-and-a-half he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Ordinary Seaman in the old Torpedo Detector branch. While serving in the destroyer HMCS Haida he went for a day trip aboard the British submarine HMS Alderney off Bermuda and got hooked on submarines. He then went to England where he served aboard HM Submarines Solent, Scythian and Alliance. While serving in England he met and married his wife, Patsy in 1958. Then in the spring of 1961 they journeyed to Canada. He joined the Canadian O-class submarine HMCS Ojibwa in 1966 where he remained in the first Canadian Submarine Squadron until retiring from the Navy in 1979. At that time he was a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, Weapons Underwater Technician. While working as a Project Manager for Industrial Services in the Naval Dockyard at Halifax, he started researching Allied submarines in Halifax during World War Two. This led to five years of research that culminated in his first book, Canada's Submariners, 1914-1923. Then he self published two of his own titles, The Canadian Wartime Submariners, and, Submarine Sailor. In 2000 his second trade book, The Canadian Submarine Service in Review was published. After working for an engineering consultancy firm as an Engineering Technician for over twelve years, Dave quit his office job in the summer of 2002 and he and his wife moved to Riverport and set up the Backman House Bed and Breakfast. His free time was divided between answering naval history questions on the internet and constructing a model railway layout and rolling stock. He loved all aspects of nature, especially birds, and enjoyed many happy times watching them on his walks with his dog, Amber. David is survived by his wife, Patsy, daughters, Nicky (Sue), Lesley, Gillian (Daryl), son, Malcolm (Helen), grandchildren, Brooke, Malcolm, Kayla and Heidi and his brother Peter (Trish). There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Middle LaHave. Following the service a reception will be held at the family's home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Riverport Volunteer Fire Dept.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS ONONDAGA, HMS SOLENT, HMS SCYTHIAN, HMS ALLIANCE

PETERSON, Raymond (R.J.) - With great sadness we announce that Ray passed away peacefully on Jul 14, 2008 in Duncan, BC with his loving family by his side. R.J. had many friends including shipmates, car salesmen and just plain buddies. 'If you're a pal of R.J.'s, you're a good person.' Ray left to mourn: Dorothy LeCours, Long Beach, Cal., Lon (Anne) Peterson, Langley, BC, Mark (Gloria) Peterson, Langford, BC, Dan (Jean) Peterson, Langford, BC, Rock (Carol) Peterson, Sidney, BC, Gina (james) Kelly, Cobble Hill, BC, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fair winds and following seas, Dad. Say hi to Mom.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS FRASER

PICARD, Clifford I. (1925 - 2013) - Its with great sadness to announce the passing of Clifford I Picard on August 8 2013,in Nanaimo B.C. Cliff had just recently lost his wife of 67 years Mary C. Picard (nee) Nahu, who passed away peacefully August 5 2013.Cliff leaves behind his 6 children, Terry (Greta), Joan (Rob), Bonita (late husband Brian) Jacqueline, Gibert and Suzanne (Dan). He leaves behind his grandchildren and great grandchildren all of whom love him dearly. Cliff served in the Second World War as a stocker on the HMCS Huron in North Atlantic from 1942-1945. He was honorably discharged with medals. Cliff worked for the postal service in B.C. with Pony Express and later with Alert Services-Royal Mail for 30 years. After he semi-retired he also worked in the Armored Car Services on Vancouver Island and in Okanogan. Before retirement Cliff worked as a representative for McDonalds Restaurant and Hudson Bay Company. A special thanks to the home support for their care in the last year. There will be no service be request. (The Nanaimo Daily News 13 Aug 2013)

 

HMCS HURON

PLAMONDON, Orance - On January 20, 2012 Mr. Orance Plamondon passed away peacefully at Kamloops at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his loving wife Marie; three daughters Muriel (Doug) Wright of Prince George, Louise (Mack) Seaman of St. Albert, Alberta and Germaine (Willy) deCraene of Ashcroft; three sons Gerry (Elaine) of Leduc, Alberta, Julian (Karen) of Port Coquitlam and Ron (Oi) of Ban Tha Chang, Thailand; eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and his brother Leo. Orance was predeceased by his parents Amedee and Angelina, and his five brothers Adrien, Aurel, Laurent, Bruno and Lucien. Born August 11, 1925 in St. Front, Saskatchewan, Orance joined the Navy in 1944 and served on the HMCS Huron. He returned to St. Front after the war ended and started courting Marie Picton, who he married on June 14, 1948. While raising their six children, he worked as a diamond drill operator in Ontario and Manitoba, and a street-car driver in Winnipeg, while Marie held down the fort in Bellsite, Manitoba. They moved to 100 Mile House, B.C. in 1966 where he worked at the Hendrix Lake Mine, diamond drilling and at the Weldwood Plywood Plant until its closure in 1984. Orance and Marie then moved to Fort Nelson, B.C. where he worked for Tackama Forest Products until his retirement in 1991. Retirement saw them living in Okanagan Falls, Ashcroft and finally Kamloops, and gave them the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, the Caribbean, France, Japan and Thailand. Although always a hard worker, devotion to his church and his family is what truly defined him. A quick wit, he always had a joke or amusing anecdote in his heart to share. He was happiest when surrounded by family, friends, laughter and good food, especially Marie's pie. He mastered the art of a good nap, and graciously passed this skill to his descendants. No matter where in the world he went, he could strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger and within minutes discover a common acquaintance. Prayers will be recited on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The Reverend Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate the Funeral Mass in the church on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Private Interment will take place in the Ashcroft Cemetery. Should friends desire, donations to a charity of donor's choice would be appreciated in his memory. Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops.

 

HMCS HURON

PLANT, Gordon (Gordie) - It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Gordon Plant (87) on December 23, 2010. He was at home with the love of his life and his wife of 62 years. They were to celebrate their 63rd anniversary next week. Known as “Gordie” to his close friends, he was truly devoted to his wife and family. He was always supportive and extremely proud of their accomplishments. At 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and proudly served for 25 years, including during WWII and the Korean War. He retired as a Warrant Officer and served on the HMCS Haida, Huron, Magnificent and Assiniboine over his career. He often reminisced about those who served with him in the engine rooms and how hard they worked, Remembrance Days and news of fallen military personnel impacted him gravely. After his first retirement from the Navy, he worked as the shore engineer for the National Sea Products’ fleet for 10 years, based in Halifax. He then returned to the Navy Dockyard where he worked until full retirement from the federal public service. Gordie was a hard-working man whose hands wore the signs of grease until he decided to take up gardening instead, sharing the fruits of his labour with others. As a man who puttered around constantly, he wondered how he ever got things done when working because he was so busy during retirement. Gordie was a loyal friend to Bill Wilson for 58 years and was known by his favourite phrase, “It’s swell to be well!” He always saw the good in people and their potential and had a quiet inner-strength, providing guidance and support to hundreds of people over many years. He was community-minded and was a member of the Cole Harbour Service Commission for several years. Gordie was very proud to see the new Fire Station built in Cole Harbour back in the 1980’s. A devout Christian, Gordie was a member of St. John’s Anglican Church of Westphal for 47 years, the “Little Church with a big heart” – a very fitting sentiment for a man who was so generous, trusting and caring to his friends and neighbours, always willing to help and share whatever he had in his possession. Married to a “Spud Islander”, Gordie wore a path between Nova Scotia and PEI over 62 years of marriage. All of his in-laws, nieces and nephews held a special place in his heart. Gordie was never negative and never complained. He was a t all man, with a big heart and was very sensitive to the needs of others. His extremely positive outlook on life, constant smile and sense of humour proved him to be a true positive role model for his family. He will be sorrily missed by his wife, Gladys (Vincent) son Roy Plant (Pam), Upper Sackville, daughter Karen Harrie (Jack), Whites Lake; grandchildren Sara, Vincent and Jennifer, and, most recently, his great-grandchildren Brayden, Jolee and Makenna. One brother, Earl, remains in Toronto and the extended families of his predeceased brothers Mel and Roy. Gordie will be a great loss to his family and friends from Ontario to NS to PEI. However, he would not want us to be sad, especially at this time of year. Please join us on Tuesday, December 28, at 2 p.m. for a reception in Atlantic Funeral Home on Main St,. Dartmouth (beside Memorial Gardens Cemetery) to celebrate his life. No flowers please, donations may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Lake Major Rd., Dartmouth.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

PRESTON, Anthony John LCdr, RCN - born Beckenham Kent 15th August 1925. Died peacefully, aged 82, April 17th, 2008 at Victoria. Predeceased by wife Ann (2005), parents Major William Forbes Preston and Maude Margaret Preston (Stainforth). Survived by children Christopher (Diane), Felicity (David), Bridget (John), Jeremy (Tiffany), and special grandchildren Jayne (Marc), Megan Zachary, Angelica, Ricky and Conner, loving sister, Elizabeth Parnis (Alfred) Victoria; brother Peter (Kay) Edmonton, and special sister-in-law, Sister Patricia Dickinson SSA; and many nieces nephews, relatives, comrades and friends. His life read like a novel. Joined the ships company of HMS CONWAY at the age of 14, learning the trades of the sea which became his life for the next 50 years. While training as a merchant navy officer he survived German bombing raids on Liverpool harbour in 1941. Joining the Blue Funnel Line his first voyage was to deliver massive land mounted naval guns to Jahorebaru base Malaysia. Enroute his ship SS Glenartney narrowly survived an Atlantic hurricane then became probably the last ship to escape Java before Japanese invasion. On to Tasmania 1942 where ship narrowly missed attack by Japanese submarine. Voyages continued throughout WWII through the Mediterranean, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans where off Africa in 1943 his ship survived wolfpack attacks by German Uboats. By wars end he was the holder of 4 campaign stars and Burma Star bar. Immigrating to Canada in 1950 he joined the RCNR. He soon met Ann who in 1952 became his wife for the next 53 years. Transferring to the RCN he served on HMC Ships BEACON HILL, HAIDA, JONQUIERE, MICMAC, and ST LAURENT until 1968. Joined Dept. of Fisheries Victoria and became Captain of FPV TANU where there were many more adventures, rescues and hunting foreign fishing vessels until final retirement in 1995. His love of the sea was second only to his devotion to God and his family. Tony had many special affilitiations: Merchant Navy Association, Burma Star Association, HMS Conway, RCN Officers Association, Outward Bound, Mt. St. Mary's Care Home, Monarchist League, AlAnon, and his church family. Special thanks wonderful staff at RP1, RJH and RP3 Victoria Hospice. Funeral mass April 23rd at 1210PM St. Patrick's Church, 2060 Haultain Street. Flowers gratefully declined. Please donate to Tony's special cause: the Dover and District Merchant Navy Memorial Fund which is building a beautiful MN seaman statue looking out to sea and recognizes the crucial contributions of MN to win WW II. To donate please contact 250 381 8208.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS FORT ERIE

RENEAU, Frank (21 Jul 1924 - 15 Sep 2014) - Born in Guildford, England. Loving husband of Marion (Oakley) 1981 and Stella (Oriel) 2006. Much loved dad of Clayton and Mary Reneau, Cold Lake, Alberta; Lance Reneau of Iroquois Falls, Ontario; Sandra and Richard Poublon of Kingsville, Ontario; and Gary Reneau (2005). Beloved stepfather of Alice Dennis of Leamington, Ontario. Big brother of Lloyd and Marilyn Reneau of Leamington, Ontario; and Shirley Lauzon of Amherstburg, Ontario. Predeceased by Garnet (2008) and Bill (1981). Also survived by 10 precious grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Frank was past president of Legion Branch 188 in Kingsville and member of the Kingsville Historical Museum. He retired from Peterson Springs as a Millwright. Frank lived at the Sun Parlor Home for the last three years in Leamington. Frank was proud to have served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII. Friends will be received at the C. Stuart Sykes Funeral Home, 91 Division St. South, Kingsville from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014. Funeral Service from the funeral home on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Bryan Girling officiating. Interment in Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville. Donations, if desired may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 188 Kingsville, Kingsville Historical Museum or the Sun Parlor Home.

 

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REYNOLDS, Linton James - Peacefully passed away on October 6, 2010 at Scarborough Grace Hospital. Proudly served on the HMCS Haida from 1942-1945. Dear husband of Maisie Robinson, loving father of Robin, Mark (Kim) and Karen (Les), proud grandfather of Allison, Sarah and Bryan. Will be affectionately remembered for his artistic paintings. The family will receive friends at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Pickering Village (Ajax), on Wednesday, October 13th from 10-11 a.m. Funeral Service to follow in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment Claremont Union Cemetery. If desired, donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation would be gratefully appreciated.

 

HMCS HAIDA

ROBINSON, Charles MacGregor (09 Jul 1921 - 23 Nov 2008) - of Owen Sound and formally of Meaford, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 23, 2008, in his 88th year. Loving husband of 61 years and survived by his wife, Catherine (Sanderson). Dear father of Mac, father-in-law of Jennifer and doting, proud and much loved grandfather of Duncan and Laura. Known as Charlie or Mac to family and friends in Meaford and Greg to friends, fellow fishermen and customers in Owen Sound, he was the son of E. Leonard Robinson and Marjorie (Sewell). Orphaned shortly after birth, he was raised in the Meaford home of his grandparents, Leonard B. and Alice Maude (Glover) Sewell, and under the care of his mother’s siblings, Naine, Gordon and especially Laura. A Veteran of WW II, he served aboard the destroyer HMCS Huron during North Atlantic convoy mission and in 1988 was decorated with the USSR’s Medal of Victory. Following the war, he was employed for 41 years by Grafton & Co. until his retirement. Greg was a member of North Star Masonic Lodge and The HMCS Huron Association. A Private Graveside Service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

 

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ROE, Mervin W. (1926-2012) - Peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Monday, January 16th 2012. Mervin W. Roe of Karn Road, Woodstock in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Jean Roe (nee German). Loved father of John (Pam) Roe of Woodstock, Dan (Angel) Roe of Ingersoll and Jim (Darlene) Roe of Woodstock. Cherished grandfather of Sarah Roe; Sophie, Danielle and Trent Roe; Callie and Tyler Roe. Dear brother of Leola (Durle) Gilmore of Burgesville and their son Dale of Australia. Mervin served in the Navy during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic aboard the HMCS Huron. Mervin was a member of the O.C.N.V.A. and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 495, Beachville. Friends may call at the Brock & Visser Funeral Home 845 Devonshire Ave. Woodstock, (519-539-0004) on Thursday January 19th 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday January 20th 2012 at 11:00 am. Interment in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. If desired, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or the London Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated. A legion service under auspices Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 495 Beachville will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 pm at the funeral home.

 

HMCS HURON

SAVILLE, William James (Jimmy) - Passed away peacefully at the age of 97. He was married to the love of his life, Mary (Kachmar) for 72 years. He will be dearly missed by his three children, Marlene (Rae) and her husband Jim, Nancy (Chester) and Jamie and also by his five grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Jimmy was assigned to the HMCS Haida in WWII, where he did duty in Canada, the North Atlantic, the English Channel and the Arctic Ocean. He was a professional boxer in Canada, the United States and England. He worked for the CNR for 38 years. Jimmy was a private person and never spoke of the honours bestowed upon him over the years. He just did what was right. He was respected and admired by all that knew and loved him. A shining example for all of us to follow. Many thanks to the staff at Mackenzie Place and Southlake Hospital in Newmarket. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. The funeral will be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., four lights north of Hwy. 7, in Markham on September 28 at 10:00 a.m.

 

HMCS HAIDA

SHEPPARD, Lindsay Ernest (Lynn), CD ( 1922- 2011) - Lynn passed away on November 18, 2011, at the age of 89 at his home in Mill Bay with his devoted wife of 16 years, Phyllis, by his side. He is predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy, with whom he shared 50 years of happy marriage. He will be dearly missed by his six children, Gary, Darlene, Bruce (Paula), Dorothy, Susan (Dennis) and Ann (Dale), 10 grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren. Lynn was born in Portsmouth, England, and immigrated with his family to Canada when he was six years old. This was a great adventure for him and he recalled that he was the envy of his school mates as he was "going to live with the Indians in the wilds " of Victoria, BC. Lynn joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 at the tender age of 17 by falsifying his age to enlist. He proudly served in WWII and later in the Korean War. He rarely talked about his war years, but occasionally related stories of serving on the HMCS Huron in the dangerous North Atlantic campaign escorting the convoys between England and Murmansk, Russia. Lynn was proud to serve his country and retired a Chief Petty Officer after serving 25 years 67 days and 3 1/2 hours. Lynn spent the next twenty years with the Provincial Government in the then Department of Mines and Petroleum. He retired to Mill Bay, BC, with his first wife, Dorothy, built their dream home on the hill and taught communication and navigation with the Power Squadron. After losing Dorothy to a long battle with cancer, Lynn was lucky in meeting and marrying Phyllis with whom he happily shared the last 16 years of his life. Lynn was an avid sport fisherman and owned a number of pleasure craft throughout his life. He loved plying the waters along the east coast of Vancouver Island and he could tell the most implausible, hard to believe fish stories. He sometimes left his family and friends in quizzical disbelief while he maintained his straight face at any such incredulity. But if you looked closely, you'd see his quick wink and his little smirk at his fishy tale. In keeping with his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in the sea he loved so much, with close family in attendance. Ready Aye Ready

 

HMCS HURON

SHORTEN, Harry, Commander, RCN - Died: 11 May 1986, Moncton, NB

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS KOOTENAY

SIRETT, John, F. - Born November 10, 1920, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2008 in his 88th year, at his home in Ottawa. John, beloved companion of Marion Ardley, husband to Norma (deceased) and Glenna Forsyth (Vancouver). Loving father of Barb and Greg Sirett (Christine), stepfather of Joanna Lewy (Jules), Cathy Vogel (Richard) and Paula Jeckell (Simon), and his extended family Brian Ardley (Nancy), Janet Shouldice (Craig), Stephen Ardley (Dorothy), Kevin Ardley (Kelsey), Judy Miceli (Jim) and Allan Ardley (Judy). Papa John will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Christopher, Robert (Donna), Steven, Lisa, Alan and Joanna Sirett and his step-grandchildren Ira Lewy, Joey Vogel, Aaron and Max Jeckell, Paula Jensen (Mike), Heath Ardley (Becky), Jessica, Ken and Jon Shouldice, Erik, Kristian and Sonya Ardley, Kelysha Ardley, Tyler and Amanda Ardley, and Katie, Rick and Jenny Miceli. He is also well-remembered by many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters Lynn, Jeff, Lacey, Don, and Beth. Many thanks to the Ardley family who made his last years full and happy, especially the summers at the cottage. John was a WWII naval veteran who served active duty in the North Atlantic on the HMCS Portage and the HMCS Haida. He served the City of Ottawa as a Firefighter from 1946 to 1979 retiring as a District Chief. He spent his life helping others and will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a good neighbor and great friend. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Avenue (west of Carlingwood), Thursday, May 1 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Chapel on, Friday, May 2 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario - 4 East (CHEO-4E) or the Salvation Army would be appreciated.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS PORTAGE

SKEATES, Charles William - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of "Charlie" Charles William Skeates on August 30th, 2009, at Vernon Hospice House. He was born in Swift Current, SK, on the 24th of October, 1924. Charlie lied about his age (much to his mother's dismay) and joined the Navy at the age of 17. He served on the HMCS Huron on the Murmansk Run during World War II. After the War, Charlie returned home with his wife Dorothy (Horwood) Skeates from Halifax, NS. They had 3 children, Peggy Lynn, Maureen and Stephen. Charlie worked in the CPR Roundhouse in Swift Current and then pursued a career of Mining. He worked in Elliot Lake, Ontario, and so often said ’that he never knew a Miner who came out of the Elliot Lake Uranium Mining Area who survived past the age of 70. At the age of 84, he was still saying this. He raised his family in Capreol, ON, and worked in various Mines in the Sudbury Area. In 1967, he moved to BC where he continued to mine and then at the age of 59, retired as a Superintendent for Fry Associates. He became a Snowbird and enjoyed many years of travelling with his companion and wife of 24 years, Doris Gemeroy. Charlie was predeceased by his infant daughter, Peggy Lynn, Swift Current, SK; his parents, Charlie Bessie Skeates, Swift Current, SK; sister, Margaret (Skeates) Milbank Charles Milbank, Cambridge, ON; and his wife Doris, in October 1999. He is survived by his daughter, Maureen Primrose (Vic Rantio) of Vernon, BC; his son, Stephen Skeates of Nanaimo, BC; their mother, Dorothy Skeates, Vernon, BC; his grandson, Greg Primrose of Vernon, BC; nieces, Gail (Bob) Cryderman, Peterborough, ON, and Elaine Ellis, Cambridge, ON; great niece Tammy/Paul Litehouse family; and great nephew Rod/Lara Jones family. He was a hard worker, extremely strong willed and a character. We loved him and we will miss him. By his request there will be no service.

 

HMCS HURON

SLADE, Edward (Ted) - Died: 11 Jun 2011

 

HMCS HAIDA

SMALL, William James (Jim) (03 Aug 1922 - 13 Nov 2007) - Passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 13, 2007 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Ella Madeline (nee MacDonald). Loving father of Joan Cope & late husband Jim of Kingsville and Nancy Miller & husband Wayne of Amherstburg. Treasured grandpa of Joe Swinhoe & wife Lucy, Tanya deJong & husband Ed, Tasha Slater & husband Jim and Jeff Miller & wife Michelle. Dearest great grandpa of Russell, Beau, Cordane, Addy, John & Jacob. Predeceased by parents William E. and Gertrude L. Small (nee Freeman) and brothers Joseph and Robert, all of St. Thomas. Survived by sisters-in-law Frances Rickwood and Donna Lockwood & husband Wally of St. Thomas. He will be sadly missed by many friends and family. Jim was a Naval Veteran of WWII, having served aboard the HMCS Huron. He was a member of the War Pensioners of Canada, R.C.N.A., and was a past member of the R.C.L. Branch #594 and the Windsor Sportsmen Club. If you so desire, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held. Interment of cremated remains in St. Thomas Cemetery.

 

HMCS HURON

SMITH, Benjamin Frederick (16 Feb 1921 - 19 Jul 2012) - Ben often said: "I've had a great life!" Now he and his beloved Ethel are "together at last". Ben was a loving son to Gertie and Dick Smith and admiring brother to June Bourdon. He doted on tribes of Bourdon and Olson nieces, nephews, grand- nieces and grand-nephews, was a faithful brother- in-law and an unforgettable cousin. He collected friends, hub caps, jokes and cigarette lighters in large numbers wherever he went. Above all, Ben and Ethel were inseparable over their 47 year honeymoon. Ben loved working alongside his Dad on the family dairy farm near Aldergrove, a forty acre "stump ranch". He served as an Engine Room Artificer RCNVR on a variety of ships during the Second World War, mainly on the HMCS Jonquiere escorting huge convoys and performing sub- marine patrol during the battle of the Atlantic. Ben joined the Union Steamships Co. in 1946, but quit the sea for good after marrying Ethel Olson, "the girl of my dreams", in 1950. Ben had a long and successful career with BC Tel. "Beans 'n' Apples" enjoyed their careers, their lovely homes on W. 46th Ave., a series of flashy cars, long road trips – above all, they enjoyed each other's company. Ethel's unexpected passing in 1996 was heartbreaking. Ben occupied his time with volunteer work for ERA vets' reunions, Speed Watch and community policing, and the Vancouver Navy Museum and Heritage Society. He wrote extensively about his family, war experiences and the histories of Aldergrove and Union Steamships. Bennie will be fondly remembered for his unique sense of humour, amazing 70-year driving career (over 70 km/h?!), artistic bent, support of causes such as cancer research, and loyalty to his family. He continued to make friends to the last. Ben really did have a great life! Please join us for a Service of Remembrance / Celebration of Life this Sunday, July 29 at 2 pm, Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC.

 

HMCS JONQUIERE

SMITH, Herbert Hartley - Born: August 31, 1920, Youngstown, Alberta Died: June 30, 2007, Victoria, BC Survived by seven children James, Susan, Catherine, Anne, Lydia, Denise and Frances, two siblings Beth and David, along with nieces, nephews, grandchildren and countless friends and business friends. Herb served as a Canadian Naval Officer, last rank of Lieutenant Colonel, from 13 Sept. 1937 to 16 Mar. 1969. Some areas he served: HMCS Haida, HMCS Micmac, HMCS Huron, and as Executive Officer, HMCS Cornwallis. Herb then became a businessman and traveled, with his family, from Halifax NS to Bermuda, BVI, Puerto Rico and other areas. In Victoria BC, he created several beautiful properties, which will become a part of his legacy. His soul was generous. He had a special quality of always seeing each individual in a positive light, no matter what. Herb was loved by so many. He was also an amazing artist in painting and a phenomenal naval athlete. After the Navy, squash became a major accomplishment. Herb requested that his ashes be scattered along with Hazel, his second wife, who died in March 2005, whom he felt like a boat without a rudder. This was done on July 10 at Saxe Point a beautiful, serene location, which they both dearly loved. He also did not want to have a Memorial Service, but to let us think of him sailing on his boat out in the Caribbean with his beloved Hazel. His last request was that his children reunite that was done on his behalf. Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of your choice. To live is to go on a journey; to die is to come back home," Unknown

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS MICMAC

SPENCE, Wilbert (Bill) Carson (22 Dec 1923 - 27 Feb 2013) - WWII Veteran having served on the HMCS Haida Passed away Wednesday February 27, 2013 at Canterbury Gardens, Peterborough in his 90th year. Beloved husband of 67 years to Norma (nee Garlick). Adored father of Wendy Yeates and her husband David and Cathy Moss and her husband David. Proud grandfather of Brent Yeates and his wife Stephanie, Kim Yeates and her partner Richard Lubbers, Jeff Moss and his partner Amy Allison and Stephen Moss. Very proud great grandfather of Mason Yeates. Bill is predeceased by parents James and Jane Anna Spence, siblings Samuel, Jack, James, Phyllis, Wincell and Winnifred. There will be a private family interment at Lakefield Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to a charity most meaningful to the donor.

 

HMCS HAIDA

SPICER, Wylie Carlyle, Cdr, RCN - Died: 29 Dec 2003, Dartmouth, NS

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS HURON, HMCS FORT ERIE

SPURR, Vernon Morse - 72, Dartmouth, died February 2, 2002, in Dartmouth General Hospital. His battle with cancer was not courageous, he detested every moment he had to endure the disease that robbed him of years of his well-planned time of retirement and relaxation. He has been unhappily dragged from this world with many of his projects incomplete and his plans undeveloped. Born in Paradise, Annapolis Co., November 8, 1929, he was a son of the late Alfred T. and Elsie M. (Whynot) Spurr. Mr. Spurr was retired from the Department of National Defence (DND), where at the time of his retirement, he was the manager of the Naval Architectural Design Office, Naval Engineering Unit Atlantic and had completed a 35 year career with DND in naval ship design, repair and modification. Prior to his DND career he was employed with Halifax Shipyards Limited for a 10 year period where he was first with the Shipwright Department, next with the Mould Loft and finally as a hull design draftsman. While at DND, he was recognized for his dedication to the Canadian Navy by being selected for the Deputy Minister's Merit Award in 1989, was presented with the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1978 and with a Certificate of Achievement in 1992 for his work in preparing the Canadian naval ships for their role in the Persian Gulf War. A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve (HMCS Scotian), he attended both the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London and the last of the great naval reviews held at Spithead in 1953. He had the honour of being an honorary Texan having served in HMCS Haida in 1949. In religion, he was a Baptist and was a charter member of Stevens Road United Baptist Church in Dartmouth. In recent years, he was most unhappy with the degeneration of the present day Baptist service from the dignified and orderly service reminiscent of his youth, to something that to him was often approaching a carnival in nature, such is progress? Mr. Spurr was also a charter member and life member of the Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist of Nova Scotia (SCETTNS), being the first certified in Nova Scotia at the technologist level. He was a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) course of studies in industrial management and the Canadian Institute of Science and Technology (CIST) in structural engineering and design. Interested in Nova Scotian history and genealogy, he was a fellow (FRNSHS), life member and long-time treasurer of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society and for four years, president of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS). He was the author of an extensive genealogy of the Nova Scotia Spurr and related families and a number of shorter genealogical papers. Surviving are his wife, the former Germaine Martin; sons and their families, Michael (Kathleen Greene) and Shawn (Diane King), Dartmouth; as well as grandchildren, Colin, Zachary, Christopher, Caroline and James. He was predeceased by his brother, Alfred T. Spurr (Wilmot); half-brothers and sisters, Guilford, Irvin, William, Lewis, Philip, Marie Daniels, Laura Blakeman, Marion Spurr, Grace Goucher, Marjorie Boudreau and Thelma Devaney. As the thirteenth child in this family, he became the instant uncle at birth to a large number of nieces and nephews and to his pleasure, some of them always called him uncle. At his direction, cremation has taken place immediately following his death and there will be no visitation. At his request, a memorial service will not be held. Burial will be a private family event in Paradise at some future date. A reception is to be held for family and friends at the residence of Michael Spurr, 914 Waverley Rd., Saturday, February 9, from 2-5 p.m.

 

HMCS HAIDA

STEPHEN, William Alexander (Bill) - Suddenly, on October 28, 2005 at the Grace General Hospital, William Alexander (Bill) Stephen, beloved husband of Eleanor, passed away. Bill was born on September 10, 1925, the youngest child of Peter and Emily Stephen. He was raised in Fort Garry and attended General Steele and General Byng Schools. Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944, following his two older brothers, and served on the H.M.C.S. Haida. After the war, Bill spent a year at United College. In 1949, Bill joined B.F. Goodrich Canada Ltd. where he would later meet Eleanor. Bill retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1983 as a Sales Service Supervisor. Bill enjoyed curling and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He belonged to the Granite Curling Club and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. He enjoyed many summers at the cottage at Victoria Beach with family and friends, especially after retirement. Bill was proud of his Scottish heritage, making three trips with Eleanor over to Scotland to visit family. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers Don (1944) and Andy (2001), sister Margaret in infancy, his brother-in-law Frank Reith (1995), and sister-in-law Eileen Reith (2002). He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor, his daughter, Scotti of Morden, his son Don, daughter-in-law Cheryl, grandchildren Gordon and Alexandra, all of Ottawa, sisters-in-laws Mae Reith of Vancouver, and Margaret Stephen of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Alex Reith of North Vancouver, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street with Rev. David Murata officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg R3L 0K6 or to the DuVal Foundation of Knox United Church 400 Edmonton St., Winnipeg R3B 2M2. (the Winnipeg Free Press 31 Oct 2005)

 

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STEVENSON, William (Bill) On December 25th, 2003, at the age of 83 years, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside. He is survived by his loving wife Doreen, sons Tim (Rhonda) and Davey (Lianne), daughters Joanne and Melody, sister Jean Speer, Lillooet, B.C. and grandchildren Sarah, Liam and Ryan and Eden. Bill came to Canada with his mother, brother and two sisters from Musselburg, Scotland in 1929, to join his father in Mountain Park, Alberta, where he was raised. He is predeceased by his father Thomas, mother Agnes, brother Tommy and sister Mary. Bill served in the RCNVR and was on the first commission of HMCS "Haida." He served for 33 years with the Edmonton Police Service and retired as Sergeant in 1980. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave, Edmonton, T6G 1Z2. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 30th at 1:00 p.m. at the Highlands United Church, 11305 - 64 Street, with Rev. Peter Lim officiating. Foster & McGarvey Limited. 428-6666. (The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 28, 2003)

 

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TOPPING, William R. - With his family at his side, on May 2, 2010 at Leamington District Memorial Hospital at the age of 90 years. William R. (Bing), C.D., born September 3, 1919 at Elgin, Ontario. Son of Josiah H. Topping and Maud Adrain. Pre-Deceased by his dear wife Helen Dulhanty of Halifax, (May 9, 1986), sister Alma Gifford and brother Gerald Topping of Forfar, Ontario. Dear father of Reg Topping (Victoria) of Essex; Kenneth Topping (Peggy), of London; Lois Van Zetten (Bert), of Windsor; and Ellen Topping, of Guelph. Also survived by grandchildren Annette Topping, Deborah Loeffen, Cheryl Cascio (Joe), Reginald Topping, Jeffrey Topping (Debbie), Paul Topping, Adam Van Zetten (Carole), Andrew Van Zetten (Jen), Helen Van Zetten, and Sean, Brooke and Lauren Adam. Also surviving are 17 great-grandchildren in Windsor and London. William served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, and 20 years with the Canadian Consul General in Detroit, Michigan, until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Topping served on the H.M.C.S. Haida in WWll and was a member of the H.M.C.S. Association. The family would like to acknowledge the care and compassion of the nurses and staff of 2 North and East at Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Visiting at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, 1700 Tecumseh Rd., East on Tuesday May 4, 2010 from 2-5 pm, and from 7 pm until time of Funeral Service to celebrate William's life at 7:30 pm. Rev. Lance Smith officiating. Cremation to follow. As your expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Essex County Lung Association.

 

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VAN CAMP, Robert Speers, V50073, RCNVR - With sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of our father, grandpa and great-grandfather on September 28, 2014 at Deer Lodge Centre. Bob was predeceased by his dear Marge, wife of 66 years, parents Reuben and Olive (Speers) Van Camp, and sisters, Gwen Irma, and Arleigh. He will be greatly missed by his five children, Keven (Gloria), Joan (Lawrence), Wanda (Dean), Arla (Jim), and Laura (Brad). His grandchildren, David, Keven, Erin (Mark), Scott (Jessica), Deanna (Greg), Tyler (Ashlee), Jill and Troy will remember him lovingly, as will step-grandchildren, Armando, Laura, Irene and Lonnie. His great-grandchildren Charlie, Molly, Burke, Callie and Chloe were a source of joy and delight and he looked forward to two more babies joining the family in the coming year. Bob was born February 7, 1920, in Roblin. In 1924, the family moved to St. Vital, where Bob attended school until the realities of the Depression forced him to leave in Grade 10. In the fall of 1937, he trained and was hired as apprentice clerk for the Hudson Bay Company. February, 1938 saw him begin his career as a fur trader in Green Lake, SK. Later, Bob transferred to Lac la Ronge where he met the new public health nurse, Marjorie Proctor, in the spring of 1940. On August 19, 1940, he enlisted at Prince Albert, was selected for Navy Intelligence, and undertook training in Ottawa and St. John, NB as a Huff Duffer' (High Frequency Direction Finder). He began war service as a Leading Telegrapher, Special Operations, tracking submarine activity. On a weekend pass, he and Marge were married on November 7, 1941, at St. Mark's Anglican Church, St. Vital. Bob was stationed at Cap d'Espoir and St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, and in Churchill. There, in Northern Manitoba, he also worked for the National Research Council of Canada, studying the effects of the ionosphere on radio transmissions. In the last months of the war, he served on the H.M.C.S. Jonquiere in the North Atlantic. With a V.L.A. settlement, Bob began farming in Woodlands in 1946. In 1950, he secured a job with Rusco Windows and retired from the sales department of Accurate Dorwin in 1982. Bob and Marge raised their children in the home and on the quarter section originally belonging to Marge's parents, just outside of Woodlands. For 32 years, he commuted to Winnipeg for work to provide for his family. At home, Bob enjoyed gardening, picking wild berries and tending to the large yard. Late summer and fall saw him chopping wood to warm that chilly house. Winter days were long and he and Marge often passed the time with cribbage or Scrabble; no doubt, he holds the record for games lost to his wife. Bob was a voracious reader with a remarkable memory for what he had read. He loved poetry, particularly that of Robert Burns, and would often quote passages from memory. For so long, he would be turned to for answers to questions of general knowledge, history or literature. His children recognized in him a genuine sense of generosity and a spirit of compassion toward those less fortunate. Perhaps, he will be best remembered for his sense of humour, often irreverent, and his ability to create laughter. Bob and Marge's home had a feeling of warmth and acceptance enjoyed by so many visitors over the years, particularly the young. In 1994, Bob and Marge moved to Lions Manor, Stonewall, and enjoyed many happy years there with friends, old and new. With the loss of Marge and declining health, he took up residence at Deer Lodge Centre in 2011. Recently, Bob was the recipient of his 65 year bar from Masonic Lodge #12, joining in 1947 and serving as Grand Master in 1986. He was also awarded his 70 year service pin by the Royal Canadian Legion, having joined in 1943. Sincere thanks are offered to the Stonewall Home Care team and all those individuals who helped Dad maintain his independence at Lions Manor after Marge's passing. The family would like the staff and volunteers of Tower 5, Veterans' Wing at Deer Lodge Centre to know that the exemplary personal care they provided to Bob consistently has been noticed and appreciated more than they can know. They helped him retain the dignity that was so important to him in his last years of life. Cremation has taken place. In accordance with Bob's wishes, a private family service will take place at St. George's Cemetery, Woodlands, where his ashes will be interred beside those of his beloved Marge. Cards of condolence may be sent to the Van Camp family, c/o Box 333, Warren, MB, R0C 3E0 and they will be shared. Dad's Masonic membership was important to him. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Masons Care Program, Masonic Foundation of Manitoba, 420 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0N8 and will be used to purchase vans which transport patients receiving cancer treatment. (the Winnipeg Free Press 04 Oct 2014)

 

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VYLES, William (Jack) - Peacefully and courageously after a long struggle and surrounded by his family, Jack in his 83rd year of Fergus went to be with his loving wife Audrey (2000) on Tuesday April 26, 2005 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Hamilton. Loving and devoted father to Gary and his wife Susie of Burlington and JoAnne and her husband David Webley of Elora. Loved grandfather to Darrin and his wife Jacqueline, Dawn and Sean. Great grandfather to Noah. Jack was proud of his war service as an original crew of HMCS Haida. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and acquaintances at cards, curling and Tim Horton's. The family will receive their friends at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home and Chapel, 37 Church Street, Elora from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Friday. A complete funeral service will be held at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Church Street in Elora on Saturday April 30, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev Kees Vandermey officiating. Followed by cremation. Remembrances to the Groves Community Hospital Building Fund, Knox Presbyterian Church Elora, Diabetes Association or charity of ones choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

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WALLACE, Harold McMurchy, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Died: 05 Aug 2002, North Bay, BC

 

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WARD, Victor Vincent (Dick), 87 years, of Springhill, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2011 in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Nappan, after a lengthy illness. Born in Springhill on June 24, 1923, he was a son of the Late Vincent and Laura (Sterling) Ward. A veteran of WWII, Dick served on the HMCS Haida. He also survived the Springhill Mine disaster of 1956. After moving to Montreal, Dick retired from Air Canada in Moncton, NB, before returning to Springhill. He will be sadly missed by three daughters, Jean (Mark) Ethier of Edmonton, Joan (Paul Kavanagh) Fraser of Toronto and Jane (Ohan) Karabachian of Montreal; four grandchildren, Michelle, Michael, Lana and Kayla; two great grandchildren, Kalob and Evie; as well as a special friend, June Jewkes; one brother, Keith (Bev) Ward; three sisters, Doris Howard, Hazel Brown, and Candice (Morley) Brown. He was predeceased by his wife the former Evelyn Beatrice McKay; son, Richard Vincent; brothers, Frederick, George T. "Jack" and Harry; sisters, Ann, Hilda and June. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to A. H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill, (902 587 2361). Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 2 pm from St. Andrews Wesley United Church, Springhill, with The Reverend Wayne McCarther officiating. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Dick may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

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WEAVER, Thomas Wayne - Served with the Royal Canadian Navy as a seaman aboard the HMCS Huron from 1960 - 1963. Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Saturday December 12, 2009. Wayne Weaver of Cavan in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Evelyn (Hajnik). Dear father of Susan (Troy Beckingham) of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Wendy (Mark Orlowski) of Oakville. Loving grandfather of Tessa and Corey. Brother of Pat Dodd of Peterborough and Karen Weaver (Leo Levesque) of Omemee. Wayne will also be missed by his faithful dog “Toughie”. Friends will be received at the Peterborough Naval Association, 24 Whitlaw St., on Wednesday December 16, 2009 from 1: 00 - 2:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate Wayne's life in the Admiralty Hall at 2:00 p.m. Please join the family immediately following the service for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Inurnment will take place at a later date. If desired, condolences to the family, directions to the service and donations to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, (Palliative Care Unit or Oncology Department).

 

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WEBBER, Reginald Amand, Capt., RCN - “Jumbo” Webber, as he was known throughout his career, actually started his military service with eight months in the Army Reserve (1st Field Brigade, R.C.A.). He entered the Royal Canadian Navy as Cadet on 28 December 1929 and was “Honourably Released to Pension” on his 50th birthday on 24 December, 1961. He died at his home in the Algarve province of Portugal on December 3rd 1968.

 

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