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)

 

AIKINS, James Oliver - At North York General Hospital on Friday, February 24, 2012. Jim Aikins, beloved husband of Margaret Hilliker Aikins. Loved father of Wade Lawrence. Dear grandfather of Ethan James Lawrence and Jennifer Montoni. Loved great-grandfather of Sophia, Gabriel and Remo Montoni. Also survived by cousin Ann Aikins and brother-in-law John (Barbara) Hilliker. Jim served with the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII and served on the HMCS Athabaskan and was an employee with Air Canada for 32 years. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel Ltd, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery. If desired, donations made to the Toronto General Hospital Foundation or to the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation - Veteran's Wing would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

ALLABY, Donald Glendon (14 Aug 1936 - 13 Oct 2010) - Don Allaby of Rothesay went home to be with his Lord and loved ones who went on before. Born in Saint John, he was a son of the late James Spurgeon and Charlotte "Lottie" (nee Jones) Allaby. Surviving him is his beloved wife, Ann (nee O'Brien) Allaby; four children, Glen (Kay) Allaby of Miramichi, Beth (Blair) Bartlett of Saint John, Aaron Allaby of Rothesay and Wendy (Curtis) Delaurier of Pembroke, Ontario; nine grandchildren, Alexandria (nee Allaby) Lackie (Mitch), Charlotte Allaby, Hannah Allaby, Benjamin Bartlett, Nathaniel Bartlett, Rebecca Bartlett, Zechariah Bartlett, Kara Delaurier and Andrew Delaurier; three brothers, Alden (Joy), Stanley (Karin), both of Ontario and George (Fran) of Fredericton; two sisters, Carol (Ken) Smith and Della Allaby, both of Ontario; several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and one sister predeceased him; Percy, Douglas and James Spurgeon "Spurge" and Margaret Day. Between 1954 and 1959, Don served with pride with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the destroyer HMCS Nootka as a Radar Operator. After being discharged from the Navy he became a certified Welder and was employed in several industries, including the Canadian Coast Guard. He took pride in his work and was a tremendous asset to his employers. In his leisure time and younger years, Don coached in the Minor Hockey League. His approach to coaching was very unique. As long as the kids enjoyed themselves playing hockey, it did not really matter if they won or lost. Don was an avid collector of radios and enjoyed listening to CHSJ's Sunday Night Country Jamboree. A Baptist by faith he attended Kennebecasis Baptist Church. Resting at Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Road, Quispasmsis, NB, (506) 849-2119, with visitation on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. A funeral service will be held from the chapel of Kennebecasis Funeral Home on Saturday, October 16th, 2010, at 2:00 PM, immediately followed by a reception. Interment will take place in Cedar Hill Old Cemetery, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

HMCS NOOTKA

ALLAN, John (Jock) Vice-Admiral, CMM, OStJ, CD - Passed away peacefully, with family at his side, at the Glebe Centre in Ottawa on May 1, 2014 at the age of 86. Predeceased by his beloved wife Isabel Anne (nee Jamieson) in 2009; his father William Allan (d. 1967); mother Isabella Allan (nee McInnes) (d. 1996) and brother Robert McInnes Allan (d. 1998). Jock is survived by his brother William Allan (sister-in-law Barbara) of Toronto, and sister Mary McCrank (brother-in-law Douglas) of Wawa. Much loved father of Sandy Dunn (Paul), Kathy MacEachern (Shaun), James Allan (Carroll Roblin), and Bill Allan (Mary Gracie). Beloved ‘Bampi’ to John, Katie, Ewan, John Campbell, Scott, Christopher, Robynn, Annie, Stuart and Cameron. Jock will also be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews. Jock was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 as an Ordinary Seaman. For the next five years he served in the Fleet before attending Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario from which he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1955. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an acting Sub-Lieutenant. Over the next 13 years he served on HMCS Nootka, Columbia, Yukon and Bras D’Or before assuming command of HMCS Qu'Appelle in 1968. He was subsequently promoted Captain and became the Project Manager of the DDH-280 Program at National Defence Headquarters in 1970. He then became Commander First Canadian Destroyer Squadron in 1973. The following year Jock was appointed Chief of Staff in Maritime Command Headquarters. In 1975 he became Director General Maritime Engineering and Maintenance, which led to his promotion to Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Materiel in 1977. His last operational postings were as Commander Maritime Command in 1979 and then Deputy Chief of Defence Staff in 1980 before his retirement in 1982. He enjoyed a rare and unique career path in the history of Canada’s Navy. Friends and family are invited to gather and celebrate Jock’s amazing life on Saturday May 10th 2014 at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa, Ontario. Visitation will be held in the Hall of Colours from 12-1:45pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 2pm and burial at 3pm in the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Armed Forces. A reception will be held from 3:30-5:30pm in the Borden and Fleming Suites at Beechwood. A very special thank you is extended to the staff at the Glebe Centre for their excellent care and support during the past three years. Donations in Jock’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society, The Glebe Centre or Soldier On - Canada would be appreciated.

 

HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS YUKON, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS BRAS D'OR, Commander 1st Canadian Escort Squadron - 1973

ALLEN, John (Jack) William (14 Sep 1924 - 08 Sep 2012) - With heavy hearts we announce that our father passed away peacefully in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Earl and Florence (Newcombe) Allen. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia LaPierre and Carol Doucet and sons, John (Paula) and Russell; grandchildren Robert (Michelle) LaPierre, Cherie LaPierre, Sean (April) Laidlaw, Jason (Shaun) Allen, Jennifer (Shane) MacKinnon, Nastassja Allen, Seneca Allen and Shelbie Allen; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Breigh and Brooklyn and Carter; sisters, Florence (John) Labelle, Alice Veinotte and brother, Earl (Lorraine) Allen; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Harold (Eleanor) Foley; sisters-in-law, Naomi Burns and Betty Crocker. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Hilda (Foley) Allen in 2006 whom he missed everyday; his sister, Elsie Schwab, brothers-in-law, Charles Schwab and Harry Veinotte; sons-in-law, Robert LaPierre and Thomas Doucet. Jack was a resident in Veterans Memorial for almost two years, where he received excellent care. As a young boy he belonged to his uncle’s marching band playing the flute. He was always singing or playing the harmonica - enjoying entertaining everyone. He served in the RCN on the HMCS Sioux and retired from DND after 42 years of loyal service. He was truly a loving family man, bringing great joy to all. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his time at the cottage where he spent many hours tending his garden and preparing for the visits from his children and grandchildren, especially the Labour Day weekend golf and crib tournament. He loved to drive his car and he and mom had many trips to Florida. He loved to cook and Christmas Eve and Boxing Day open house were always something to look forward to. A special thank you to all the staff on 3 West, VMB for the kindness and compassion they showed to dad and to all of us. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. Memorial service will be held in the Royal Canadian Legion on Sackville Cross Roads on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the service in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reception will follow in the Legion. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial Garden, Callow Wheelchair Buses or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS SIOUX

ALLERTON, Donald Peter - It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Donald Peter Allerton on January 18, 2005, aged 71 years old. Dad is lovingly remembered by his sons and daughters-in law, Peter (Tracey), Chris (Victoria), and Andrew (Dana); Loving Grandpa of Trevor, Kyra and Lachlan. He will also be remembered by his sisters-in-law, Joyce (George) Van Wynsberghe of Pinawa and Sheila Nikiforuk of Edmonton and their families. Don was predeceased by his beautiful wife Sandra on September 16, 2004. Don was born on March 22, 1933 in Brandon to Jack and Helen Allerton. He graduated from Brandon Collegiate and joined the Navy. He served his country during the Korean War as a Communications Specialist aboard HMCS Sioux. After four years with the Navy, he worked for Equifax (formerly Retail Credit Company) as an Investigator until his retirement in 1992. Dad lived for his boys. He was so proud of his sons' achievements within their education, careers and sporting activities. We knew he would always be there for us and he would literally drive miles to offer his support no matter what time of day. From the very first moment Dad met his future daughters-in-law he made them feel a part of the Allerton family. He loved to tease his girls and strived to ensure they were taken care of through thoughtful gifts and loving gestures. As a proud Grandpa he would brag about his grandchildren's milestones from that first step to that first report card. Like Mom, he was also thrilled with the news of having another grandchild in the spring. We know that Dad and Mom are their grandchildren's own personal Angels from above and keeping them safe. He had such a zest for life. He was happy and excited about the world around him. Dad loved to learn about the world through newspapers and travelling the provinces and within the U.S. He would pour over maps to determine new routes so he and Mom would experience new things. He loved to meet people and was blessed with many friends. He was proud of all his friends and their life accomplishments were like his own. Dad enjoyed the search to make a good deal and was lucky in winning prizes from the many draws he loved to enter. He was an active volunteer, spending many hours at the North Kildonan Community Centre. Also, volunteering with the Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association and River East Minor Hockey Association. For over 40 years, Dad treasured spending time with his family and friends at his West Hawk lake cottage on Moonlight Bay. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Nursing and Health Care Aide Staff at Concordia Hospital (N1-South Ward) and Dr Bergen. Once again, we were blessed with the tremendous support from our families, friends and co-workers during this time. In lieu of flowers and if friends so desire, donations in Don's memory may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation Manitoba Chapter (P.O. Box 1943, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3R2). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler (at Henderson Hwy.). We love you so much Dad and you are greatly missed. You will be forever remembered in our hearts. Give Mom a hug and kiss for us. (the Winnipeg Free Press 21 Jan 2005)

 

HMCS SIOUX

ANDERSON, Ian Frank (04 Feb 1932 - 24 Aug 2007) - With profound sadness the family announces the passing of Ian, peacefully at their home in Richmond. Beloved, and cherished husband of Marlene for 54 years. Ian is survived by sons Kevin (Ella), Mark (Cheryl), daughter Laurie (Mark) Matsuzaki and loving grandfather to Aaron, Marisa, Brandon, Nicholas, Robert, Patrick, Meghan, Gabriel, sister Jeanette Bunker, brother-in-law Rick (Heidi) Jones, sister-in-law Bev (Clive) Gallagher, 5 nieces and 5 nephews. Predeceased by brothers Howard and David. Ian was born in Edmonton and moved to White Rock in his younger years. Ian served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Athabascan during the Korean War. In 1957, Ian joined the Vancouver Fire Dept and served with selfless dedication until his retirement in 1990. Ian was greatly active in the Richmond Riding Club and supported every activity his children participated in. As a grandfather, Ian took pride in all his grandchildren's schooling and sporting events with great enthusiasm. Ian's voice of support will resonate across the playing fields and hockey rinks of the lower mainland for years to come. Ian gave of himself, his guidance and wisdom to hundreds of boys through Scouting. Ian was a kind, generous and good-hearted man who gave unconditional love and support to his family and lived a full and adventurous life. No matter what we write, our deepest love of our Dad can not be described. Our Dear Ian, we will love, cherish and never forget you. Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 pm, Saturday, September 8th, 2007, at the Steveston United Church, 3720 Broadway Street, Steveston, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CKNW Orphans Fund. Our special gratitude to the Richmond Home Support & Home Care and Drs. Myckatyn, Koehler, Howie and Nixon for their years of kindness and dedication to Ian. (the Province 31 Aug 2007)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

AYER, John Carleton III (03 Jul 1925 - 06 May 2011) - Autodidact, Visionary John Ayer was born in Banff, Alberta. He grew up in cities across Canada with his parents, John and Alice, and his brother, Donald. John was a student at St. Mary's High School, where he met his sweetheart, Noreen McCullough. They were to have a lifetime of love and friendship. During World War Two, John served in the Navy aboard HMCS Micmac at Halifax. After the war, John and Noreen were married. They had four children. John managed Alberta Tire in downtown Calgary, and was active in civic life. Largely a self-taught man, and a prodigious reader, he loved to think and talk with others, contemplating the world. From 1966 to 1977, John was an alderman on city council. It was a time of great change in this city. He led a committee of citizens whose goal was to recover the birthplace of Calgary - the site of the original NWMP Fort that was built at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. This was an ancient place where First Nations people had been coming for millennia, but it had been buried and forgotten, and there were plans to build a freeway. John wrote hundreds of letters to people in companies that owned or leased land on the site, as well as to people at all levels of government. His persistence and fortitude came to fruition. In 1974, the City of Calgary bought the site in time for the centennial year of the fort's founding. "If you know where youve been and where you are," he said, "youve a good chance of figuring out where you are going." In recognition of John's accomplishments, he was the recipient of various honours, including: City of Calgary Heritage Award, Western Heritage Award from the Calgary Stampede, Honorary member of the RCMP Veterans Association, the Heritage Park Historical Society, and the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. John's family and friends were inspired by his vision and integrity. He was a humble man who had respect for every soul he met. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a contagious laugh. John was predeceased by Noreen; his parents; his brother, Don; extended family members, Ernest, Dorothea, and Danny McCullough, Susanne Shannon, Robert, Ellen and Mary Ayer. He is survived by his children, John IV (Elizabeth) Ayer, Andrea Ayer (Garth Racher), Paul (Diana) Ayer, and Mary Ellen (Jim) Pollock; grandchildren Paula Ayer (Shaker Paleja), John Carl V, Paul, and Alex Ayer, and Aaron and Sally Pollock; great-granddaughter Sulekha Noreen Paleja; extended family members Ernie and Sue McCullough, Barbara McCullough, Shelley McCullough, Mel Shannon, Colleen McKenna and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Andrea Ayer for her many years of caring for John. Thanks also to Tessie Gascon, Lindi Rempel, Dr. Vivian Ewa, and the wonderful staff at the Colonel Belcher. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Community (800 - 85 Street S.W.) on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with The Rev. Julian Studden, Presider. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Calgary Preservation Society, Fort Calgary, Box 2100, Station M No. 106, Calgary, T2P 2M5

 

HMCS MICMAC

BAMFORD, John Carmichael - was born in 1923 in Victoria and passed away peacefully on July 5th in his 86th year after a lengthy struggle with cancer. John will be deeply missed by his family and friends. John is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Verne, (nee Russell); his children, Linda (Tony), Mike (Lezlee), Harvey and Wendy; his brother, Gordon; his grandchildren Blair (Vanessa), Antonia (Scott), Teneel (Aaron), Bree-Anne and Karlee; and his great-grandson, Christian. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served until the end of World War II, mainly on HMCS Sioux. John met the love of his life, Verne Russell, soon after the war and they were married in 1949. A large part of his working life was spent as a driver with Vancouver Island Coach Lines. His natural leadership and caring, responsible nature allowed him to make friends easily and forge lasting relationships. His children, grandchildren, relatives and friends all benefited from his wisdom, intelligence and integrity. Above all he enjoyed his family, taking pride in their many achievements. He was an excellent father and a loving, playful grandfather and great grandfather. A memorial will be held on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 2 pm at First Memorial Funeral Services at 4725 Falaise Dr., Royal Oak. John's family extends its gratitude to the caring staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Richmond Pavillion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS SIOUX

BELL, Walter Emerson (1922-2012) - Walter slipped away peacefully on October 24 after a brief illness. He was 90. Born in South Shields, England, he was just two when his family moved to the Edmonton area. As a youth he joined the Sea Cadets, a choice that influenced much of the rest of his life. Walter signed up with the Royal Canadian Navy as an ordinary seaman at the outbreak of the Second World War, serving aboard minesweepers and corvettes for the greater part of the Battle of the Atlantic. Shortly after war's end, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Owen, of Edmonton. During the Korean War, Walter served aboard HMCS Cayuga for two tours, rejoining his family in Victoria in 1952. He remained in the navy during the Cold War, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a full lieutenant, an uncommon feat for a sailor of that day. Toward the end of his career he became a naval systems analyst in Ottawa and range officer at the Experimental and Test Range at Nanoose Bay. He left the navy when unification was imposed upon Canada's military forces in 1968. Marjorie predeceased Walter in 1990. He leaves his sons Jack (Penelope) of London, Ont., and Dennis (Janet) of Edmonton; daughter Linda (Clifford) of Toronto; grandchildren Jennifer Radons (Geoff) and Paul Bell of Victoria, Jesslyn and Carys Bell of Edmonton; and three great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the kind staff of the Lodge at Broadmead, Walter's home for the past several years, and Doug Popejoy, his dedicated friend.

 

HMCS CAYUGA

BISAL, Marvin Allen Emery, CD - Born May 17, 1932, died peacefully at home on November 16, 2009. Predeceased by his father Jacob (1964), wife Margaret (nee McMunagle) 2002 and his mother, Hazel, October 17, 2009. He is survived by his daughters, Anne (Jason) Jones, Sara (Hazen) Bezanson and son David (Jo-lee Bertrand), grandchildren Payne & Finlay Jones, Margaret-Anne Bezanson, Owen & Evangeline Bisal; his sister in law Anne McMunagle, nephew John (Anne Clarke) McMunagle; step uncle Grant (Judie) Ireland; his step brothers and sisters, Lawrence (Linda) Sapieha, Elaine (Jerry) Stadnyk, Ken (Donna) Sapieha and Ron (Vonnie) Sapieha, as well as various cousins and extended family in Saskatchewan. Marvin was born near Rush Lake, Sask. His parents were forced to leave the family farm during the Depression and so he spent most of his youth in Saskatoon. He joined the Naval Reserve (UNDT) in 1951 while at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduating from Law School he articled in Vancouver and was called to the Bar in 1957. Instead of going into private practice he decided to go to sea. His early career was spent aboard various ships including the HMCS Cedarwood, HMCS Sioux and HMCS Terra Nova. During this time he met Margaret in Victoria and they would later marry in Halifax in 1962. He joined the Judge Advocate Generals Branch and during his career was posted to various bases in Canada, France, Germany and East Africa. He retired as a Commander from the Navy in Victoria, in 1982. After retirement , he joined the Veterans Affair's Department as a Pension's Advocate. He enjoyed this job immensely, particularly helping Veterans and their families. Special thanks to Dr. Maskey and to Flaminio Blanco for their support, care and understanding during this difficult time. A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros, Johnson and Vancouver on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS CEDARWOOD

BLADES, William Norman (Bill), P2SG, CD (15 Oct 1931 - 14 Jan 2011)  - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Blades at his home in Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria, B.C. Bill was in good spirits and happy up to his sudden departure. He is predeceased by his father Norman Blades and his mother Florence Blades (nee Muirhead). Bill was the grandson of Christopher and Jane Blades, who immigrated from England to Round Hill, Alberta. Bill grew up in the farming community of Camrose and joined the Canadian Navy while still in his teens. He described his days serving in the RCN as the happiest of his life. During his 23 years of service he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer. He served on the HMCS Sioux on a mission to police the post-war truce in Korea and was twice decorated in 2005 as a participant in what became the foundation for Canada's military peacekeepers. Bill left the Navy and worked as a Living Unit Officer for Corrections Canada, serving 10 years at the Matsqui Medium Security Facility in Abbotsford. After retirement from service with the Government he moved to a home on Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford, where he enjoyed nature, his many dogs, various cats and chickens. In retirement he was an exemplary volunteer, winning an Award for Meritus Service from the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club, Certificate of Outstanding Service from the Big Brothers of Central Fraser Valley and one of the highest awards in scouting, the Medal of Merit, for his service in creating in 1983 Canada's first Venture Scout troop for handicapped boys, the 4th Abbotsford Special Ventures (now Adventurers). In the mid-1990s Bill's ill health required a move to care facility and finally to Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria in 2002. There he enjoyed teasing care workers and regular visits from his family. We are especially grateful for the loving care given to Bill by the staff of Oak Bay Lodge these past eight years. Bill is survived by his brother John (Steph) Blades, his children David (Edith), Barbara (Gordon), and Jim (Darcy) Blades, his stepchildren Kim, Kevin (Joanne) and Kraig (Sandra), nieces Kristin and Michel and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will miss his smile, good humour, playful approach to life and love of the outdoors. According to his wishes, Bill will be interned in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers of condolences, donations of remembrance may be made to the Abbotsford Special Adventurers, care of the Abbotsford Kiwanis Club.

 

HMCS SIOUX

BOLDUC, Ramon, CD - Dad died at hospice on Sunday, July 29th with his family at his side. He fought a tough battle with cancer right until his last breath. Dad retired from the RCN as a Petty Officer Bosun. He served during the Korean war on HMCS Athabascan. He received his CD Medal personally by HRH Prince Phillip as a LS. He was proud of his four peacekeeping medals and his commitment to his country. Dad served on numerous ships and visited many countries. The sea never left his heart nor did his shipmates. Dad moved to Grand Forks/Christina Lake after his retirement where he worked for the school board and was president of Cupe 917. He was also president for the NDP in the Boundary district. Dad served as a special constable with the RCMP for many years, a role he really enjoyed. He was Past President of the RCL Branch # 59. Dad was an amazing athlete in his younger years once running against Roger Bannister. He started playing lacrosse in New Westminster which began a passion for the sport. He built the Belmont Lacrosse Box where his son and Grandsons all grew up enjoying the game. He coached lacrosse for many years in Victoria. Dad enjoyed his youth skating on Christina Lake and playing ice hockey. This began his lifetime passion for Hockey and the Montreal Canadiens. Survived by daughter Lisa Church (Rick), Lynne Wilson, Davida Patten, son, Ramon Malcolm (Denise). Grandchildren, Graedon, Connor, Kelsey, Travis, Keisha, Nathan, Gianna. Aunt Bonnie and Cousin Denise your support was appreciated during this difficult time. Thank you to Dr. Christine Jones for stepping up and helping dad. It meant the world to us. Esther, Beth & Sue....Bless you. Fairwinds and Following Seas Dad. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. (The Victoria Times-Colonist 01 Aug 2012)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

BOYLE, Denis Richard, Rear Admiral, CMM, CD, RCN (10 Apr 1935 - 14 Aug 2014) - Predeceased by his wife Joanna (Jo to all those that knew and loved her), Denny passed away peacefully in the home that he had shared with Jo during their retirement years. Survived by sons Kris and Marcus, grand-daughter Stephanie and daughter-in-law Michelle. Denny is also survived by his two “best-friends” Ozzie and Ben (the three legged wonder dog). Many thanks to Denny’s neighbours who have been so supportive during his declining years. Denny served for 39 years in Canadian Navy and was a very proud member of that family. Many friends and memories were made during this long career serving the cause that was so close to him. Friends are invited to visit at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (East of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1330hours until time of a Memorial Service at 1530hours. Donations in Denny’s name to National Service Dogs, 1286 Cedar Creek Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S5 would be appreciated.

 

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SUBJ: DEATH OF REAR-ADMIRAL (RETIRED) DENIS RICHARD BOYLE, CMM, CD


1. THE COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, VICE-ADMIRAL MARK NORMAN, REGRETS TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF REAR-ADMIRAL (RET D) DENIS RICHARD BOYLE, CMM, CD IN OTTAWA, 14 AUG 2014


2. KNOWN TO MANY AS DENNY, REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE HAD A DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN THE RCN AND CAN IN MANY RESPECTS BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF THE MARITIME ENGINEERING BRANCH

 

3. BORN IN LONDON, ONTARIO, REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL RESERVE IN 1952 AS AN ORDINARY SEAMAN IN HMCS PREVOST. HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN 1953 AS A CADET AND ATTENDED ROYAL ROADS MILITARY COLLEGE AND HMS THUNDERER, THE ROYAL NAVAL ENGINEERING COLLEGE, FOR TRAINING. PROMOTED TO ACTING SUB-LIEUTENANT (E) IN 1957, HE JOINED H MCS NOOTKA AS JUNIOR ENGINEER OFFICER IN 1958. IN 1959, HIS PROMOTION TO LIEUTENANT (E) BROUGHT HIM BACK TO HMS THUNDERER FOR THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SUB-SPECIALIST COURSE. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A POSTING TO HMCS SAGUENAY AS ASSISTANT ENGINEERING OFFICER IN 1960. LATER, IN 1962, HE ARRIVED IN HMCS STADACONA IN THE ENGINEERING DIVISION AS THE MARINE ENGINEERING TRAINING OFFICER AND EVENTUALLY BECAME THE ENGINEERING OFFICER OF HMCS ST. LAURENT. PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER (E), HE WAS THEN ASSIGNED TO MARCOM HQ AS SENIOR STAFF OFFICER SHIP MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT 1966. IN 1968, HE ATTENDED THE CANADIAN FORCES STAFF COLLEGE AND REMAINED IN THIS UNIT AS DIRECTING STAFF UNTIL 1971. HE THEN CAME BACK TO THE MARITIME ENGINEERING COMMUNITY WITH A POSITION IN CFHQ DIRECTOR MARITIME SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AS A PROJECT OFFICER ON THE DDH-280 PROJECT. THIS WAS FOLLOWED IN 1972 BY HIS PROMOTION TO COMMANDER AND POSITIONS IN NATIONAL DEFE NCE HEADQUARTERS DIRECTOR MARITIME MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS AS SECTION HEAD MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND SECTION HEAD MARITIME MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS SECTION. IN 1975, FOLLOWING PROMOTION TO CAPTAIN(N), HE BECAME DIRECTOR MARITIME ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT. AFTER ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE OF CANADA IN 1978 HE RETURNED TO MARCOM HQ AS COMMAND PERSONNEL AND TRAINING OFFICER IN 1979. ON PROMOTION TO COMMODORE IN 1983, HE WENT BACK TO OTTAWA IN NDHQ AS DIRECTOR GENERAL RECRUITING EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND, THREE YEARS LATER, AS DIRECTOR GENERAL MARITIME ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE 1986. HE COMPLETED HIS ADMIRABLE CAREER WITH A PROMOTION TO REAR-ADMIRAL IN 1988 AND A LAST APPOINTMENT IN NDHQ AS CHIEF ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE 1989. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE RETIRED IN JULY 1990

4. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE WAS A TRUE LEADER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE MARITIME ENGINEERING BRANCH OVE R THE YEARS AND THE PROGRESS OF THE CANADIAN PATROL FRIGATE AND TRUMP PROJECTS. HE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE REMAINED VERY ENGAGED IN NAVAL AFFAIRS AFTER RETIREMENT AND COMMITTED HIMSELF FOR A LONG TIME AS DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SUPPORT FOR THE NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA AND A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERING. HE WAS ALSO A TRUSTEE IN THE CANADIAN NAVAL MEMORIAL TRUST: HMCS SACKVILLE. REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE WAS OFTEN HEARD SAYING QUOTE HIS LIFE BEGAN WHEN HE JOINED THE NAVY UNQUOTE


5. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD 6 SEP 2014 AT THE BEECHWOOD NATIONAL MILITARY CEMETERY IN OTTAWA. A RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 1330 TO 1530 FOLLOWED BY A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT 1530


6. MARLANT AND MARPAC INCLUDING THEIR LODGER AND INTEGRAL UNITS ARE TO HALF MASTS BETWEEN COLOURS AND SUNSET ON 6 SEP 2014. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO SHIPS AT SEA

 

HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS ST. LAURENT

BRIDAROLLI, Evaldo (Val) Rudolph (06 Mar 1926 - 06 Apr 2010) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Evaldo (Val) Bridarolli who passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the age of 84 years. He is predeceased by his father Guido Bridarolli, mother Carmen Bridarolli and son Val Jr. Survived by his children: Rick Bridarolli, Marla (Jim Crowley), Leanne (John Allen) and Teresa (Morgan Crowley); grandchildren Adam and Courtney Span, Shelby and Carson Crowley, and Colton Britzius. Special thank you to his close neighbours who watched over him and to the Doctors, Nurses and all the Care Staff of the Burnaby General Hospital. Val was the Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion BC/ Yukon Command. He was a Life Member of Hastings East Branch #185 East Hastings and most recently North Burnaby Branch #148. Val was a recipient of the Meritorious Medal which is the highest award given by the Royal Canadian Legion. Val was a veteran of World War II, serving overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944 to 1946, as a gunner LR3, on the HMCS Algonquin. Val held a variety of positions in BC/Yukon Command over a period of more than 25 years. He served four terms as President of Branch #185 and was Sergeant-At-Arms at Zone, before becoming Zone Commander for Vancouver East Zone in 1986. He was elected to the Executive Council in 1989, holding the positions of Second and First Vice President, before being elected Command President in 1995. Val was the Chairman of the Board of the Legion Foundation from 1997 to 1999. The Legion Foundation is the Charitable Arm of BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion. For most of his post-navy life, from 1946 to 1991, Val worked at Terminal City Iron Works, starting as a machine operator and ending as Foreman Supervisor. He was a proud Parishioner and served as a Lecturer at our Lady of Sorrows Church for many years. In recent years he was also a member of the BC Naval Veteran's Association. He enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, accordion playing and walking. He was extremely proud of his children and his 5 grandchildren. In whatever spare time he may have had, Comrade Val, taught fly-tying and fly fishing courses in Continuing Education, coached Little League Baseball and coached Minor Hockey. Prayers will be offered Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. from Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 555 S. Slocan St., Vancouver, where Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. All are welcome to attend a reception at 12:00 p.m . at Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition Building, 1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver.

 

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BROOKS, William John - Passed away peacefully in his 92 year and with his loving family at his side on Friday, March 29, 2013 at Hospice Niagara. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Charlotte and brothers Harvey, George (Minnie) and Charlie. Bill leaves behind his beloved wife Helen of 65 years. Honoured and proud to call him dad are daughters Joanne McDowell and Ruth (Doug) DeYoung, and sons Alan (Sheila), Donald (Kimberly) and Andrew. He was also the loving grandpa to Todd, Sean, Robyn, Blair, Erin, Anne, Graham, Patrick, Lauren, Cody, Caitlyn and Cameron and great grandpa to Jordan, Evan, Ellie, Madison, Kieran, Devon, Keesen and Annika. Bill will be sadly missed by his cherished sister Eveline Anger and sister-in-law Sophie Brooks both of St. Catharines, sister-in-law Marie Viau of St. Laurent, Que and brother-in-law Ted Brown of Cobourg as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and his "adopted" American family. As a young man in Saskatchewan, Bill enlisted with the navy and spent the next 3 1/2 years in the RCVN (Royal Canadian Voluntary Reserve). He served aboard the HMCS Algonquin and was headed to the Pacific when the war ended. The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff at Hospice Niagara not only for Bill's comfort and care, but for the tremendous support given to them over these past few weeks. In accordance to Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place & private service will occur. For those who wish, memorial donations to Hospice Niagara on Ontario St. or the Ina Grafton Gage Village on Linwell Rd. would be greatly appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

BROWN, Clifford Allen (Cliff), a longtime resident of Victoria, passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 22, 2005. Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen, he will forever be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughter, Janice Coady (Wendell); son, Tom Brown (Shirley); five grandchildren, Amber Coady (Michael); Bonnie Smith (Corey); Kevin and Stephen Brown; Jennie-Lynne Renton (Andrew); and two great-granddaughters, Ella, 4 yrs. and Tess, 18 mos. whom he adored. Cliff was a bright, charismatic man, who had an optimistic outlook and an insatiable curiosity. He lived life to the fullest with a passion for travel, gardening, building projects, cuisine, music, the theatre and "learning new things." He was a true Renaissance Man. In the last few years of his life, he enjoyed the companionship of his dear friend, Claudia Robbins. Cliff will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him. In 1939, Cliff met and married Helen Eileen Mullen, the beautiful love of his life. During WWII he served on HMCS Algonquin with the British Home Fleet out of Scapa Flow, Scotland, participating in operations against the Tirpitz. In June of 1944, the Algonquin was part of Operation Neptune and carried out shore bombardment during the D-Day invasion. In 1968, LCDR. C.A. Brown retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in Victoria as the senior Medical Administrative Officer to the Regional Surgeon, Maritime Pacific. Cliff carried on with an active career in hospital administration, joining the Royal Jubilee Hospital in 1968 as the Assistant Director. He was later appointed the first Administrator of the Eric Martin Institute of Psychiatry, which he opened. Cliff was a serving Brother in the Order of St. John; a Master Mason; a past Director and Active Member of the Victoria Rotary Club; a member of the Uplands Golf Club; the Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island; and a member of the Officers' Mess in CFB Esquimalt. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Cliff's life to be held on Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, from 2-4pm. at Sunrise Senior Living, 920 Humboldt St., Victoria, B.C.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

BUCKLEY, Charles, C2ER, 9668-E, RCN (Served 14 Mar 1949 - 19 Mar 1970) - of Victoria, BC, after a courageous battle with cancer, passed away on November 20, 2010. Charlie was born on 24 Oct 1924, in Liverpool, England to Charles and Ann, the only boy among three sisters. His wisdom, patience and experience will be sorely missed. He enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1942 at age 18 and saw action during WW2 onboard HMS Verdun. During a tour of duty in Canada in 1945 he met, fell in love with and married Millicent (Millie) Hughes of Esquimalt. He immigrated to Canada in 1947 and joined the Canadian Navy in 1949. He served onboard HMCS Athabasca during the Korean War. Retiring from the Navy in 1970, as an Engineering Chief Petty Officer, he continued to work with ships at Esquimalt Dockyard. A few years later he went to work with Yarrows Shipyards until his final retirement in 1988. After his retirement both Charlie and Millie travelled extensively in the southern US and Mexico, most notably Palm Springs. He was also an avid fisherman and spent many days in his boat hoping for a couple of salmon and a bit of crab. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Chief and Petty Officers Association. He was an active volunteer in amateur sports in Esquimalt for many years. He was predeceased by two of his sisters, Mary and Ann. He leaves behind his loving wife Millicent, his sister Chris, sons Ken and Steve, grandson Tyson, granddaughters Kris and Kala, great granddaughters Kysha and Kayle and many other relatives in England and Canada. He will be with Norm, Jim and Muff at last. A Celebration of Life will be held for Charlie at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, December 1st, at the Chief & Petty Officers Mess in Esquimalt. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation.

 

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CAMPBELL, Henry (Harry) - Peacefully, on September 9, 2006 at Health Sciences Centre, our beloved father, grandfather and brother, Harry Campbell, passed away at age 82 years. Harry was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret; brother Herb and his parents, May and Sam. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, daughter Cathy and her children, and his sister Betty (Elizabeth) who cared for him and looked out after his interests while at home and while in the hospital. Born at St. Boniface Hospital on March 20, 1924, Harry grew up in St. Vital, attending Norberry School. He had proudly served his country aboard the HMCS Sioux as an Azdec Rating, in the North Atlantic during the Second World War. In later life, he and Marg enjoyed re-connecting with their old friends at various reunions that took place across Canada. Harry took an active role in the St. Vital Legion, working on various committees, but also enjoying the social side of the Legion. Harry had a commitment to serving his community and he had contributed his time to the Greater Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association, as well as the Shriners and the Masons. He was also a volunteer driver for cancer patients. Harry had been a well respected employee for over 40 years at Peerless Carbon and Ribbon. Harry and Margaret moved to Transcona in 1961 and Harry lived in their home until his passing. Harry was devoted to his little family, caring for Margaret through her illness with Alzheimers and missing only three days of visiting in three years. He was a loving and proud father to Cathy of Melbourne, Australia and they shared a special bond, especially their sense of humour and fun. He was a doting grandfather to Stefan (22), Avril (18), Rhys (14) and Isabella (six), all of Australia, who all say Grandpa rocks. . His granddaughter Avril was fortunate enough to spend the last month of his life with him and will treasure their time together. Harry will be deeply missed by his family and his many good friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Transcona Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day St. with interment at a later date. Your memory is our keepsake With which we will never part. God has you in His keeping, We have you in our heart. Transcona Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 15 Sep 2006)

 

HMCS SIOUX

CHAPMAN, Kenneth N. - Peacefully with family at his side Kenneth Nelson Chapman passed away on November 13, 2010 at Tuxedo Villa Care Home. Ken was born in Rossburn, Manitoba, July 17, 1931, to James and Lois (nee Cumming) Chapman. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1939. He received his schooling at Fort Rouge Elementary School, Earl Grey and Kelvin High School. Unfortunately when Ken was only 13 his father died. When Ken finished school he was taken on as an apprentice at CN in Fort Rouge and began a 39 year career with the railroad. He retired in 1988, having worked as a Carman in Fort Rouge, Transcona and Symington Yards. After retirement from the CN, Ken worked as a Commissionaire with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. Ken became involved with HMCS Chippawa during the 1950 flood. He joined the Navy as an Ordinary Seaman and worked his way up through the ranks retiring as a Chief Petty Officer 1st class in 1986. He was one of the few Winnipeg sailors chosen to attend Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. Ken was an active sports person. He loved the game of Curling and curled with the navy for many years. Five pin bowling and later ten pin bowling were great pastimes for him. Ken was active in his church community of St. Bernadette - if something needed to be done Ken was always ready to volunteer his time. In his younger days he worked with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at St. Bernadette Parish. He was a member of St. Bernadette Men's Club and Windsor Park Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the 4th Degree K of C, Sir Francis Patrick Kennedy Assembly. Ken was an active member of the Prendergast Seniors Association, CN Pensioners Club, Manitoba Naval Museum and the Winnipeg White Ensign Naval Club. Ken and Anita (nee Baxter) were married in 1960, they lived and raised their three children in Windsor Park. Predeceased by his father and mother, Ken is survived by his wife Anita and children Roberta, James (Tanis) and John; grandchildren Crystal (Felix) Berthelette, Blake Chapman and Caitlan Chapman. He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law, Rev. R. Baxter and Gloria and Dave Fairweather and family, as well as cousins on his mother and father's side of the family. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Parish, 820 Cottonwood Road, Windsor Park, with Rev. Fred Olds officiating. Viewing before funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Our thanks to the staff at Tuxedo Villa and Grace Hospital for the care given to Ken. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Friends of the Naval Museum of Manitoba, 1 Navy Way, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J4 or The Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 9A9. (the Winnipeg Free Press 17 Nov 2010)

 

HMCS SIOUX

CHRISTIE, Robert William, PO1, Med A 711

 

CHRISTIE, Robert William: A resident of Chatham and formerly of London, Robert William Christie died at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham on Friday February 17, 2006 at the age of 68 years. Born in Port Colborne, son of the late William and Beatrice (Randall) Christie. Beloved spouse of Carol Neaves. Father of Patti Ann Shields of Dartmouth N.S., Bruce Christie of Newfoundland, Scot Christie of Toronto, Diane Christie of N.S., Laurie Clark of Sarnia, Susan Cassibo and Jeff (Kim) Baughman of St. Thomas. Grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 3 Brother of Beatrice and Al Smith of Komoka. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a retired delivery person for Shoppers Drug Mart. He was a former employee of Westminister Veteran's Hospital in London. Funeral arrangements have taken place. Donations made by cheque to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated (McKinlay Funeral Home Ltd., Chatham and Ridgetown, Ont.)

 

CHRISTIE, Robert William - 68, Chatham, Ont., formerly of Dartmouth, passed away Friday, February 17, 2006. Born in Port Colborne, he was a son of the late William and Beatrice (Randall) Christie. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. He is survived by his wife, Carol Neaves; daughters, Patti Shields, Dartmouth; Diane Goodhew, Kentville; sons, Bruce, Newfoundland; Scott, Toronto; stepchildren, Laurie, Susan, Jeff; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice (Alvin) Smith, Komoka; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home, Chatham, Ont. (The Chronicle Herald 21 Feb 2006)

 

CHRISTIE, Robert William: A resident of Chatham and formerly of London, Robert William Christie died at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham on Friday, February 17, 2006 at the age of 68 years. Born in Port Colborne, son of the late William and Beatrice (Randall) Christie. Beloved spouse of Carol Neaves. Father of Patti Ann Shields of Dartmouth, N.S., Bruce Christie of Newfoundland, Scott Christie of Toronto, Diane Christie of N.S., Laurie Clark of Sarnia, Susan Cassibo and Jeff (Kim) Baughman of St. Thomas. Grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 3. Brother of Beatrice and Al Smith of Komoka. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and a retired delivery person for Shoppers Drug Mart. He was a former employee of Westminster Veteran's Hospital in London. Funeral arrangements have taken place. Donations made by cheque to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, Ontario. (The London Free Press 21 Feb 2006)

 

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CLARK, Lloyd Mansfield (03 Feb 1931 - 24 Oct 2006) - Lloyd passed away peacefully in the early morning hours. He was predeceased by his loving wife Edna on January 17, 2003. He will be loving missed by daughters Kathy (Tim) grandchildren Gwen and Ben, Shannon (Orland) grandchildren Siobahn, Desiree and Jeremy and son Michael (George). Lloyd served in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Korean War on the HMCS Athabaskan. He worked at RCA until his retirement. Lloyd was a loving Husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed. A special thanks to all the staff of the George Derby Center for all their loving care and kindness. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at #5 - 7179 18th Ave., Burnaby, B.C. (Vancouver Sun 27 Oct 2006)

 

CLARK, Lloyd Mansfield - was born in Hydro, ON in 1931. He enlisted in the Navy during the United Nations' involvements in the Korean Conflict. He served on several ships, including HMCS Ontario and Athabaskan. His planned naval career was shortened by an injury in Korea. Lloyd worked at RCA until his retirement. He spent his last years in the George Derby Centre in Burnaby. (RCL Book of Remembrance Vol. 4)

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ATHABASKAN

COATES, Allen Arthur (14 Sep 1925 - 14 Feb 2012) - It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Allen Arthur Coates. Al is lovingly remembered and cherished by his wife of 53 years, Ellen; his son Allen (Karen); his daughter Aleda (Steve); brother Doug; nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. Al was second generation, Victoria BC born. His great grandfather arrived in Canada with the British Army in the 1812 war; thus, making Al a third generation Canadian. Al served his country in the Korean War onboard the HMCS Cayuga. He later met a Norwegian girl named Ellen Sjerdal in 1957 and lived his entire life in Victoria raising his family. After the war, he was employed with Capital Iron where he worked until his retirement. Al also served as President of the Sons of Norway from 2000-2002. A celebration of Al's life will be held at the Sons of Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue, on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 2-4pm including a Last Post ceremony. The family wishes to express extreme gratitude to the staff of The Lodge at Broadmead and also the support of Lynn Bowker and Barbara Duncan. In lieu of flowers, kindly donate to Broadmead Care Society.

 

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COSTIN, Frank William, LCdr, CD, RCN passed away suddenly on December 12, 2004 at the age of 76. Frank Costin served in HMCS ATHABASKAN during the Korean War, specialized in Navigation with the Royal Navy then joined the Navigation Direction school in STADACONA in 1956.In 1958 and '59 he was Navigating Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN and was also Cancorton One's Squadron Navigating Officer. Following that, he served in the Operational Evaluation Organization on the East Coast, then was appointed to HMCS KOOTENAY as Executive Officer in August 1963.In January 1965 he joined the Operations Division of the Fleet School in Halifax as head of the Navigation Section. He subsequently headed the Operations Trainer section and was highly successful in modernizing that facility and its associated training. Many naval officers and other ranks benefited from his dedication, leadership and example. A fine officer, gentleman and friend. He will be greatly missed!

 

HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS GASPE, HMCS RESOLUTEHMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS IROQUOIS

COTTER, Leo Keith (Buzz) (31 Jan 1922 - 25 Aug 2007) - Leo Keith (Buzz) Cotter, beloved dad and grandpa, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at the age of 85 years. Buzz was born on January 31, 1922 in Vegreville, AB and raised on a farm north of Viking as a part of a large and loving family. He joined the Navy during World War II and served on the HMCS Algonquin. Following the war, he returned to Alberta where he began working in the booming oil patch and continued to do so until 1983. Buzz married Kay Rutherford on November 5, 1948. During their married life, they resided in many small towns in Alberta. They raised their family in Red Deer and moved to Calgary in 1967 when Buzz was transferred to the Calgary office of Bow Valley Industries. In his last year of work with Bow Valley, he and Kay lived in Jakarta, Indonesia. Their retirement years were spent travelling, visiting family and friends and spending time at their cottage at Sylvan Lake. In his spare time, Buzz enjoyed wood-working, welding, gardening, and watching sporting events. Buzz is survived by his two loving daughters, Colleen (Mac) Hann and their children, Derek and Lindsay; and Sharon (Jim) Mansfield and their children, Todd, Ryan and Shannon, all of Calgary; and his devoted son Terry (Stephanie) of Geraldton, West Australia. He is also survived by his sister Adelle; brother Jay; sisters-in-law, Jean, Shirley (Ted) and Ada; brother-in-law Don; and numerous nieces and nephews. Buzz was predeceased by his darling wife Kay in November 2005; and his siblings, June and Bob. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 (Telephone 403-521-3433) or to the charity of the donor's choice. Special thanks goes out to Unit 32 at the Foothills Medical Centre, staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic, friends and staff at Lake Bonavista Village, as well as Dr. Christine Fletcher, a long-time caring family doctor to Buzz and Kay. In living memory of Buzz Cotter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

CRUICKSHANK, Robert Douglas (Cranky) (28 Sep 1927 - 19 May 2014) - passed away on May 19, 2014 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Born in Winnipeg, Bob grew up in the bustling port of Prince Rupert where the sea and activities of thousands of US troops stationed during WWII influenced his decision to join the Navy. Starting with the Canadian Naval Reserves (1950) and then the RCN (1954-1969), he travelled the world with the Atlantic Fleet, serving as a supply officer (LtN) on HMCS Micmac, Skeena and New Waterford. Early retirement from the forces lead to a second career with Sun Life in Montreal and final relocation to landlocked Alberta in the 1990s. A husband to two fine ladies, proud father of five children (Tammy, Robin, Doug, Cheryl and Bruce), grandfather of eight and great- grandfather of one. He was an active member of the Royal Alberta United Services Institute at the Calgary Mewata Garrison and the Naval Officers Association at HMCS Tecumseh, where he volunteered and enjoyed many great friendships. A story teller by nature, with interest in politics and current affairs, he loved to share and debate topics of the day. The family wishes to thank his dedicated family physician Dr. Agnes Thompson, the staff and caregivers of the Calgary Palliative Home Care Team, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Foothills Hospital Unit #31. Military Service and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Officers Mess at Mewata Armories (801-11 Street SW, Calgary, AB; telephone: 403-265-6628) on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

HMCS MICMAC, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS NEW WATERFORD

DALTON, Edward Victor (Kips) Cdr (R), RCN Funeral services were held for the late Edward (KIPS) Dalton, on July 27, 2007, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Ed passed away on July 20th after a long and courageous battle with many illnesses. Ed was born on November 19, 1930 in London England. Shortly after immigrating to Canada, in 1948, Ed enlisted in the RCN as an Ordinary Seaman. Ed saw combat action during two tours of duty in Korea, aboard the HMCS Athabaskan. Ed rose through the ranks to Chief Petty Officer, and was commissioned in 1967. He retired from the regular forces as a Lieutenant (Navy), October 24, 1974. Ed joined the Naval Reserve on the same date, reached the rank of Commander, and assumed command of the naval reserve unit HMCS Griffon. Ed was a long time member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess HMCS Naden, the Royal Canadian Naval Association, and the Naval Officers Association of Canada. Ed has left to mourn his passing, loving wife Betty, sister Marjorie Townson, sons Mike (Mary), Kevin (Nancy), David, Bob (Laurie), daughters Karen Taylor (Bill), and Kathy Kerr (Rob). He will be sadly missed by his much loved 11 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. According to Ed's wishes, his ashes will be returned to sea near Race Rocks at a later date. (Times Colonist on Aug. 4, 2007)

 

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DALY, Gerald (Gerry) - passed away suddenly with his family by his side on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the age of 82 years. He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Bertha; brother Terry and sister Patricia. Gerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, of 53 years, Sally; children: Maureen, Terry (Pauline), Susan (Tom), Michael, Kevin (Jennifer), Brad (Tanice), Jason; nine much loved grandchildren: Brett, Kris, Alyssa, Jordan, Trisha, Matthew, Andrew, Connor and Keaton; and numerous very special friends, relatives, nieces and nephews. Gerry was born January 10, 1924 in Odessa, SK. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy for three years aboard the HMCS Athabasca, before returning home to Regina. He married Sally Jermunsen in 1952 and their first child Maureen was born a year later. The family lived in Regina until 1975 and then moved to a farm near Condie. Gerry and Sally then moved back to Regina in 1994. He had a long and rewarding career at SaskTel that lasted 41 years, establishing many life long friendships along the way. He enjoyed an extensive and active retirement often traveling throughout North America with his family. He had a great love for God and the church and received great comfort from attending mass on a daily basis. A celebration of Gerry's life will be held at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 315 Douglas Avenue East, Regina, SK on Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at the SICU Unit at the Regina General Hospital, especially Cliff Geiger, for their care and compassion. Donations may be made in Gerry's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 2360 2nd Avenue, Regina, SK S4R 1A6.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

DAVIES , Omer (Bud) (19 Sep 1932 - 26 Jul 1009) - Our dear father and friend passed away peacefully on July 26, 2009 at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Centre after a courageous battle with Cancer surrounded by family and friends. Bud was a kind and loving father, leaving to mourn Bud are his beloved daughters, Shannon (Dave) Befus, Tara (Alan) Briggeman, Kerry Davies and Aran (Daryl) Wiebe, his wonderful siblings, sister Marjorie Gal, and brother Don (Amy) Davies, his five beloved grandchildren, Samantha (Dalan), Steven, Kylee, Nicole, Jesse, and great-grandchildren, Tatum and Maverick and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Marg, his father Claude, his oldest sister Lois (Dawn), his two wives, Margaret and Evelyn, and his brother-in-law Chester Gal. He was an avid golfer, loved to play pool with his grandchildren and great-nephews, and spend time with his many friends. He was a Naval officer in the Korean War serving on the HMCS Cayuga, and a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In his younger years Bud was an avid sportsman and horseman. He was dedicated to his family and friends and will be sadly missed by all. The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you for the wonderful care Bud received during his time at the Colonel Belcher, the staff was exceptional, an extra special thank you to Hydie, Cecille, Carol Anne and Pauline. A Celebration of Bud's Life will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion Bowness Branch (138 Bowness Centre N.W.) on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. A private family Interment will take place at a later date.

 

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DAWSON, Gerald Aloysuis (Jerry) - 75, Dartmouth. It is with sadness that the family of Gerald Aloysuis Dawson announce his passing on January 17, 2007, after a short, courageous battle with lung cancer and a very short stay in Dartmouth General Hospital. He was the son of the late Geoffrey and Johanna Dawson (Bay Roberts, N.L.). Jerry served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1949 at the age of 17 until 1973, retiring as Petty Officer 1st Class. He served aboard various HMCS ships including HMCS Nootka during the Korean War as a Naval Communicator and at various Canadian Naval Land Units. After retirement from the navy, he enjoyed working as a cab driver for many years, driving the airport run in "CAR 403" with Blue Bell Taxi, Yellow Cab and Station "A", finally retiring in 1999. He is survived by daughter, Joan (Kevin), Mount Uniacke; sons, Gerald C. "Jerry" (Theresa), Dartmouth; Geoffrey (Helen), Kingston, Ont.; Richard (Wanita), Edmonton; Michael (Teresa), Lindsay, Ont. "Popie" will be sadly missed by his 16 grandchildren and nine and a half great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Dorothy "Dolly", and son, James in infancy. Visitation 6-9 p.m. today, funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday, both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Goodbye my family, my life is past. I loved you all to the very last. Weep not for me, but courage take, Love each other, for my sake. For those you love don't go away. They walk beside you every day.

 

HMCS NOOTKA

deROSENROLL, Glen Michael, CD, Commodore, RCN - Peacefully at home in the company of his family on 30 January, 2006. Predeceased by his beloved wife Edlin (d'Easum), parents Arthur and Irene (Gibson) and brother Jim (Joan), he is survived by his daughter Hilary, sons Christopher (Diane), Tony (Adele) and Gregory (Rose), and grandsons Lucas, Jason, John, Geoffrey and Alex. Born in Edmonton on 19 May, 1926, he spent his youth in Moose Jaw before answering the call of the sea and enrolling at Royal Roads as a cadet (1943-45). After training with the RN at sea in HM Ships Duke of York and Implacable, he returned to Canada in the late1940s to serve as a Lieutenant in HMC Ships Cayuga, Athabaskan and Beacon Hill. After marrying Edlin in November 1950, he came ashore to serve as a Sqn Cdr at Royal Roads and subsequently as Flag Lieut. to the Flag Officer Pacific Coast. After specializing in Torpedo Anti-Submarine (TAS) warfare, he served as TASO in HMCS Saguenay before proceeding inland to be Flag Lieut. to the Naval Board in Ottawa. After returning to sea as XO (and a short stint as CO) in HMCS Skeena, he enjoyed a number of sea commands in Canada including HMC Ships Antigonish and MacKenzie, the 1st and 5th Destroyer Squadrons. After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, England in 1973, he was promoted to Commodore and assumed command of NATO's multi-national Standing Naval Force Atlantic during Canada's flagship year. He rounded out his active service with terms as Chief of Staff Operations and Plans in Maritime Command in Halifax (1975-78) and finally as Director General Personnel Services in NDHQ retiring in December 1979. After retirement, he continued to serve the CF as Colonel Commandant of the nascent Physical Education and Recreation Branch from 1981 to 1990. A member of the Victoria Golf Club for twenty-two years, he lived for the competition and companionship offered by his good friends at the club especially since Edlin's passing in 2001. The family would like to thank all of Glen's family, friends and colleagues for their love and friendship during his lifetime, as well as Darshan Baines RN and the attending PRT for their outstanding care and support in his last days. A memorial service to celebrate Glen's life will be held on Saturday, 4 February, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Church, 1701 Elgin Street, Oak Bay. A reception will follow at the Wardroom at CFB Esquimalt (near the entrance to HMC Dockyard) commencing at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre would be most appreciated.

 

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DIDUR, Norman John (01 Ag 1933 - 11 Feb 2003) - During a courageous battle with cancer, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at the age of 69. Norman, beloved husband and best friend of Geraldine. Loving father of Gregory and Janet, father-in-law of Danae and Jeff. Cherished grandfather of Bo, Celeste, Danika and Gaylin. Dear friend of cousins Bill, Phyllis, Uncle Dan and sister-in-law Eleanor and so many more. Norman was the son of the late John and Pauline (Dzumaga) Didur. He served three years with the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Athabaskan during the Korean war and proudly received the United Nations, Commonwealth and Canadian Volunteer Medals. Prior to his marriage with Geraldine in 1955, he was employed by the Manitoba Telephone Company. His lifelong career in the Canadian natural gas industry saw him work his way up from a draftsman with Greater Winnipeg Gas to executive positions nationally and was past chair of the Canadian Gas Association. He was a passionate gardener, fisherman and wood worker. An active member of the Vancouver Island Wood Workers Guild and the Haig-Brown Fly-Fishing Association, his humour and contributions will be missed by his colleagues. The family requests donations, if desired, to be made to the Vancouver Cancer Foundation, Research, #200-601 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z4C2. (The Times Colonist on Feb. 14, 2003)

 

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DUNLOP, Gordon MacFarlane (Mac) (1925-2009) W.W. II RCNVR - Beloved husband of Ruth, father of Judith (Fritz Lerch) and Scot. Son of C. Gordon Dunlop and Reta MacFarlane. Brother of the late Audrey Saunders (John). Grandfather of Alex Lerch, Sherry (John Webb) Elizabeth and Rebecca Dunlop. Funeral private. Arrangements Hulse, Playfair & McGarry. Interment Capital Memorial Gardens.

 

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DZIADYK, William Carter (Bill) - Korean War Veteran - died peacefully after a series of strokes, on October 23, 2012 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. BC. He was born to the late Nick and Annie Dziadyk on 21 March 1929 in Sutherland Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his wife Gladys May Constance (nee Healey) in 2002; sister Mary in 1988 and brother Julian in 1992. He will be greatly missed by his dear friend Yvette Cross. He is survived by his children: Bill (Dale) in Ottawa, Tom in Courtenay, and Ron (Linda), Susan (Bill Jackson) and David all in Victoria; his grandchildren: Doug, Mike, Erika, Ron, Chris, Jessica, Will, and Julia and his many great grandchildren. He will be missed by many other relatives and friends. Bill served in all three branches of the service. In 1945 he joined the Edmonton Fusiliers only to be discharged in 1946 when he was discovered to be underage. A few months later he joined the RCAF and was again discharged for being underage. He then served in the Merchant Marine (SS Burcross) out of Vancouver. Finally at age 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1948. During his service on HMCS Athabaskan on its first tour to Korea, (as well as being a Leading Seaman, cook, and the ship's baker), he was a gunner on the 4 inch gun crew for shore bombardments during the Battle of Ichon and he participated in amphibious landings and "raiding parties" on the Islands of Orang (with ROK marines), Taku, Kupo, Ryanku-to and Pium (off Kunsan). For these and other actions, HMCS Athabaskan was awarded the "Presidential Unit Citation" from Syngman Rhee (President of ROK). Bill was recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Defense in recognition of his service during the Korean War. Bill returned to civilian life in May 1952. He worked in many jobs to support and raise his young family. He was a hospital cook, a logging truck driver and for many years he worked at the BC Forest Products sawmill in Victoria. Through self study and determination he changed careers and became a qualified welder (boilermaker). He worked on the construction of the new fleet of BC Ferries and the repair of naval and other ships in Victoria Machinery Depot (VMD) and in other shipyards. He leveraged these skills and experience to get a position in HMC Dockyard. He loved working for the Navy again. He was a well respected "Dockyard Matey" who was often called upon by ships' staff to tackle complex jobs requiring his specialized welding expertise. He eventually joined the Base Construction Engineering (BCE) section of CFB Esquimalt where his duties included inspection and ensuring the safety of the cranes and lifting equipment. He retired in 1987. Bill enjoyed many activities. In the early years he enjoyed wrestling on the mats at the HMCS Naden gymnasium. He was a philatelist and an accomplished artist and musician. He became a licensed pilot. He purchased his tiny Cessna in Thunder Bay and then flew it back to Victoria solo. His heart was never far from the Navy and he was very interested in reading and studying naval and military history. He was a Mason and a Shriner, and a member of the Gizeh Clown Unit, appearing as 'Tulip' at many May Day parades and children's charitable functions. He valued the comradeship found in the Royal Canadian Legion (Trafalgar / Pro Patria Branch), Korean Veterans Association (Unit 27) and with his distinguished comrades in "Fourandex". He was also a pretty good poker player. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the kind staff of Selkirk Residential Care Facility and 2W Royal Jubilee Hospital. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive on November 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, 411 Gorge Road East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

 

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EDNEY, Gilbert (Gil) Roy - It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gil Edney announce his passing at St. Paul's Hospital Palliative Care Unit at the age of 75 years on Thursday, June 2, 2005 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Gil was born to George and Katherine Edney on November 10, 1929 in Saskatoon, SK. He attended King George School and Saskatoon Technical Collegiate. From December 10, 1947 to February 16, 1953 he served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Athabascan, which included an active tour of duty in Korea. Upon his release from the Navy he was employed by St. Paul's Hospital as a Power Engineer until 1964. In 1953 he met Alice Sen whom he married on September 1, 1956, and with whom he had two daughters. In 1964 they moved to Uranium City, SK where he worked for Eldorado Mines. He greatly enjoyed exploring the beautiful countryside and spent many hours fishing with his family. In 1972 they returned to Saskatoon where he was employed with Cory Potash until retirement in 1994. Gil is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters, Robin Cisse (Jim Sullivan) and Cheryl (Phil) Haughn; grandchildren, Adam, Karia, Ayesha and Abbie Cisse; step grandchildren, Scott and Sherry Haughn; brothers, Lloyd (June), Bruce (Evy) and Jimmy Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews; a large extended family; and his dog, Lonesome. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Katherine Edney; brothers, William and Harold; and sister, Dora. Gil was a happy, friendly and easygoing man, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His greatest wealth was his family and friends who loved him very much. He took a very active part in the lives of his children and grandchildren, including those who he "adopted ". He was always there for everyone doing what he could to help. Gil had a wicked sense of humor and loved to tease. He enjoyed working in his yard, growing flowers, working on cars and other projects in his garage. Gil was an avid reader and never missed doing the puzzles in the newspaper. He loved sports and was a longtime Saskatoon Blades season ticket holder. He also enjoyed the occasional game of bingo with his family and friends. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Paul Taillon, Dr. Ken Stakiw, Dr. Kent Bailey, ND and staff, and all the nurses and volunteers in the St. Paul's Palliative Care Unit for their care and support. The Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK), officiated by Rev. Margaret McKechney. The committal of ashes will take place in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Neysa Gruening of Park Funeral Chapel, 244-2103. (The Star Phoenix from June 3 to June 6, 2005)

 

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FEATHERBY, David Elmer - 90, passed away May 4th, at home surrounded with love. David was born, April 11, 1920 and was the 3rd of 5 children. He leaves behind his wife Edna of 44 years, children Faye (Ez) Ford and David (Cathy) Featherby. He also had an extended family, Debbie (Darrell) Mayzes, Barbara (Mark) Jette and Kevin (Lisa) Frost. David also leaves behind many grandchildren, great grandchildren and close friends both in Victoria and Arizona. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served 12 years, with 1 year in Korea as a Chief ERA on HMCS Sioux. Davis was a proud WW2 and Korean Veteran. For the next 25 years, David worked and retired with, the Federal Government as a Special Excise Officer. During his life David was always willing to MC for all kinds of functions and his jokes and stories were very popular. As an active person he was always ready for a game of golf, his much loved square dancing, cards and lunches. David's affinity for entertaining and making people laugh was his passion. He will be dearly missed by his Old Buddies and special friends in Mesa AZ and Victoria. Special thanks to the amazing people at Hospice Palliative Care and Beacon Community Services. Donations can be made in David's name. No service or flowers at David's request with Many Thanks Cremation arrangements will be with First Memorial. (The Times Colonist 07 May 2010)

 

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FOSTER, Donald Irvine - 77, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Thursday September 4, 2003 in the Infirmary Site, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. Born January 1, 1926 in Lincoln, N.B. He was a son of the late Kenneth and Edith (Patterson) Foster. In August 1948 he married Leytha (Bailey) and they moved to Halifax in 1949 after Don served in the Royal Canadian Navy on board the HMCS Algonquin during Word War II. He was past Worshipful Master of St. Andrew's Lodge #1 AF & AM. He was a Major in the 1st Halifax Anti-aircraft Regiment, RCA. Donald was self employed for the past 25 years and was owner of the Key House Ltd. For many years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was on the Board of the Dartmouth Arrows Junior Hockey and was an avid hockey supporter. For 45 years they loved playing bridge with their bridge club. In the most recent years, Don relished the company of his good friends in the Coffee Club at the Dartmouth Seniors's Centre. He most cherished his time spent with family and close friends. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Leytha and their children Eric (Janice), Lumby, B.C., Janice (Mark) Reynolds, Liverpool, Mark (Brenda), Suzann (Stephen) Sykes, Donald (Michele), all of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Nathaniel Foster, Tracy and Luke Reynolds, Chris Foster, Andrew and Geoffrey Sykes; brother, Charles (Faye); sister, Helen MacKinnon and brother-in-law, James MacAdam; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald and sister Betty MacAdam. Special thanks to the wonderful staff of 5.2 and 7.2 at the Infirmary. Visitation Sunday, September 7th 1-4 pm at Mattatall's Funeral Home, Dartmouth. A memorial celebration of his life will be at First Baptist Church, Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, Monday, Sept 8, 2 pm. Reception to follow. Donations may be made to Parkinson's Support and Research Society, Bedford.

 

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FREEMAN, Oscar (1924 - 2004) - On January 26, 2004, Oscar Freeman died peacefully at Victoria General Hospital surrounded by family. Oscar is survived by his loving wife Evelyn; son Bruce (John) daughter Valerie George (Stephen) and grandchildren, Kaitlin, Megan and Robert. He also leaves behind his sister Marie Stevenson, and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Born in Otto, MB, and raised in Lundar, Oscar was proud of his Icelandic heritage, and often told stories of his days on the farm where a bedside glass of water would be frozen upon waking the next morning. Vinarterte was a Christmas staple in the Freeman home. He also embraced the Scottish heritage of his wife, Evelyn, and for many years was actively involved in the Winnipeg Highland Dance community. In the Second World War, Oscar served on the HMCS Algonquin, an irony he found amusing - a prairie boy who couldn't swim serving at sea. His career as an accountant for General Motors spanned more than three decades, the last 25 years with Birchwood Motors, and he always proudly wore the GM ring honouring his service. Since retiring in 1991, Oscar continued to live a full and active life, faithfully supporting and enjoying his wife, his children and his grandchildren. To his last day he was healthy, active and happy. He will be lovingly remembered, sadly missed. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Maurice Shnider for his compassionate care and friendship. Thanks also to the doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room and on the fifth floor at Victoria Hospital who provided comfort for the family and made Oscars passing as easy as possible. Special thanks to hospital Chaplain Ron Long for his attention and care. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Thomson Funeral Chapels, 669 Broadway. Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Oscars memory to Victoria General Hospital Foundation, 2340 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3T 9Z9. THOMSON Funeral Chapels - 669 Broadway - 783-7211 (the Winnipeg Free Press on January 29, 2004)

 

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GERMAN, Andrew Barry Crafurd (Tony), CD, Cdr, RCN - Tony died peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital near his home in Port Hope, ON on July 12th in his 87th year. He is remembered with love and fondness by Sage, his loving wife of 63 years, their children Rick (Debra Pepler), Kiloran (Elizabeth Fowler), Sarah and Andrew (Alison); their grandchildren Andrew (Jennifer), Gillian and Matthew German, Isabelle, Dennis, Lucy and Zoya Lynch, and Finlay German; Tony's sister Gillian Frewer of Ottawa and his many family and friends from around the world. Born in Ottawa, he was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. He served at sea in every naval theatre during World War II and then at sea and ashore in Canada and the U.K., until he retired in 1965. He then worked as an executive, entrepreneur, consultant and writer bringing hovercraft to Canada for Expo 67, establishing the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa and writing books, short stories and screen plays. Tony was awarded the "Admirals' Medal " by the RCN for his significant contribution to Canadian maritime affairs. A memorial reception will be held at HMCS Skeena, 17 Mill Street S, Port Hope at 14:00 on Monday, 18 July, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony's memory to the Northumberland Navy League Board, P.O Box 232, Port Hope, ON L1A 3W3 would be appreciated. (The Times Colonist on July 15, 2011)

 

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GETTINBY, Ronald - It is with great sadness that his family announces the passing of Ron on Thursday, April 24, 2014 after a brief illness. Beloved husband for 66 years to Eleanor. Cherished father of Wendy Filipuzzi and her husband John, David and predeceased by his son Wayne in 2003. Proud grandfather of six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He served his country as a proud member of the Canadian Navy serving on many ships including HMCS Sioux. After his service Ron spent many years as the maintenance superintendent at OSCR in Oakville. His friends will remember him as a man who had a wondeful sense of humour and as a person who could always be counted on when they needed help. Ron's family offers thanks to Doctor Lynn Benjamin and the nursing staff of St. Elizabeth's Hospital for their kindness and support during his illness. A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Rd. W. Oakville (1 block east of Kerr St) Donations in memory of Ron the The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

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GOLESKI, Bernard (Bernie) - It is with great sadness that Michael, David and Sharon wish to announce the passing of their father. Bernard (Bernie) M. Goleski, age 74, owner and president of Bernie’s foto source, died at Lakeridge Health Hospital (Oshawa) on Monday, March 20, 2006 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 17, 1932 in Oshawa, ON to the late Anthony and Pauline Goleski. He served in the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Nootka during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Cornwallis, NS. Also, he was very proud to have been a Century Club blood donor of the Canadian Red Cross Society. On September 10, 1955, he was united in marriage to the late Frances Helen Rout. Bernie was a charter member (Member 02) of Foto Source Canada Inc., this countries largest buying group of independent photo retailer/marketers and he served many years on their board holding various positions such as treasurer and secretary. As well, he served as a Territorial Vice President of the Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI – Jackson, MI) for the Central Canada Region. As a customer of his said just last week, “Bernie is an institution here in Oshawa.” Bernie is survived by Michael, his son and his wife Marie of Courtice, ON, David, his son and his wife Pamela and their children, Rachael and Lauren of Port Perry, ON, and Sharon, his daughter and her children, Christopher and Gregory of Oshawa, ON; three sisters, the late Mary (Vincent) Kolodziej, Olga (Tom) Krout, and Jennie (Paul) Hulaj, all of Oshawa, ON and two brothers, Stan (Shirley) of Whitby, ON, and Edward (Edith) of Oshawa, ON. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and he was especially proud of his great great grand nieces and nephews. At our father’s wish, that we will honour, he has requested he be cremated; therefore, in lieu of a funeral service, a reception for family and friends celebrating our dad will be held at Harmony Creek Golf Centre, 1000 Bloor St. E., Oshawa, ON on Sunday April 2, 2006 between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. As well, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Charity of your choice. To the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Durham Access to Care, and the ancillary arms that support them, we thank you for your care. An African proverb says, “When an old man dies, a library burns down.” All who knew him will sadly miss Bernie’s knowledge and compassion. Arrangements entrusted to the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa.

 

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GUTTORMSSON, Kristjan Vigfus (19 Dec 1929 - 15 May 2010) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the quiet passing of Kris at the Vancouver General Hospital in his 80th year. He is predeceased by his parents and eldest brother, Thor. Kris is survived by his loving family: Alice, his wife of 47 years; son, Erik; daughters, Karen and Leah (Patrick); sister, Norma; brother, Myrle; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Quinn and Lauren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kris was born in the mining town of Flin Flon, Manitoba to Dr. Petur Guttormsson and Salin Reykdal. He took pride in his Icelandic heritage. In 1943, he moved with his family to Vancouver graduating from Prince of Wales in 1947. Kris completed his BA at the University of Manitoba. As a university student in 1951, he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and trained at HMCS Esquimalt. He served on HMCS Beacon Hill and HMCS Sioux. In 1953, Kris completed his commission as Sub-Lieutenant. Before terminating his service in 1956, he served as watchkeeping on board HMCS James Bay and held the position of Instructor on the Naval Base in Esquimalt. In 1961, Kris acquired his designation as a Chartered Accountant embarking on a career in Vancouver as an accountant and comptroller primarily with the ESCO Steel Foundry as VP of Finance. Previous to this position, he had been employed by White Pass & Yukon Railway and travelled to Whitehorse for accounting assignments. Before accepting full retirement, Kris continued to provide financial advising to many Lower Mainland companies, including Wedge Clamp, and also, found time to travel. Kris was a member of the Shaughnessy Golf Club and the Arbutus Club where he enjoyed tennis, curling and spending time with his family. Dad will always be remembered for his endless thirst for knowledge, unfailing sense of right from wrong, his generous nature and his great sense of humour. His laughter will always be in our hearts. Grateful thanks from the family to the ACE staff at VGH. To honour Dad's wishes, a family gathering will be held to celebrate his life in June. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Kris's memory to a charity of choice.

 

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HARICH, John Louis - Passed away peacefully on May 29, 2014 at 87 years of age. Predeceased by his wife Verna (2010). Beloved father of Danny (Brenda) Deziel, Bill (Karen) Deziel, Bob (Pat) Ford, Wendy (Rick) Fairbrother, Valerie Deziel, Kevin Deziel, Angela (Bill) Haskell and the late Judy Henry. Loving grandfather of many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Dear brother of the late Christine and her daughters Goldie Ann and Bonnie Lee. Johnny was a WWII Navy Vet and served on the HMCS MICMAC. He was a member at the Legion and an avid dart player for many years. If you desire, donations to the Alzheimer Society Windsor & Essex Co. would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Monday at 11:00 a.m. until time of Veteran's Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. at Families First 1065 Lauzon Rd, East Windsor (519-969-5841).

 

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HEMINGER, William (Bill) David - Surrounded by family, William (Bill) David Heminger passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 5:15 p.m., February 4, 2012, on a sunny, quiet afternoon. Bill is missed terribly by his wife Lillian, and by his children, including son Tim and daughter-in-law Candace, daughter Debbie and son-in-law Ken, sons Neil and John, and stepchildren Bev and Bill. He also leaves behind three nieces, Cathy, Shirley and Linda. Linda and husband Curtis gave incredible around-the-clock support at the hospital. Bill will be remembered with love by grandsons Chad (wife Jessica), Ryan (fiancée Tracey), and Liam. He was also blessed with five granddaughters: Alexandra, Anna, Cayly, Nicole, and Venus, and great-granddaughters Trinidi and Taylor. Bill was predeceased by his brother John and sister-in-law Doreen, and nephews Tommy and Allen. Bill was born in Kenora, Ontario in 1931, the son of Margaret and William Heminger. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17, and went on to serve aboard the HMCS Athabaskan during the Korean Conflict. After honourable service in the Navy, Bill became an investigator with the Canadian Pacific Police. On retirement, Bill drove a school bus drive for the Rolling River School Division. He enjoyed his' kids, and it was a treat for him to hear about them as they grew up and got married. Bill fought hard during his illness, but retained his sense of humour and an interest in those around him. He was a caring man who loved baseball, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and 'fixing' things. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Korean Veterans Association. Bill took great delight in Christmas decorating and in his wonderful rose gardens. The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at Brandon Regional Health Centre, with special thanks to Nurse Christie and Pastor Evert. The family also thanks Dr. Egan for her care and compassion and the staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home. If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. An interment ceremony is planned for the spring. A celebration of Bill's life will be announced at a later date. (the Winnipeg Free Press 11 Feb 2012)

 

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HENDERSON, Colin Edward - died peacefully September 11, 2003 at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Colin leaves to mourn his loving, devoted wife and best friend of 52 years, Jean, his three daughters Tina (Ken) Kathy (Dave), and Janet (Wayne), his son, Stephen (Josie), as well as seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Colin was born June 12, 1930 in Victoria and grew up in Comox. As a young man, he served on the HMCS Sioux during the Korean War and continued in the navy until 1968. After leaving the navy, Colin worked at various jobs in the Cowichan Valley including 23 years at Pacific Builders while maintaining Fordell Farm in Shawnigan Lake. Colin was also involved in many community activities including the Canadian Legion, 4-H, the Farmers' Institute, and the Regional District. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed travelling, reading, and gardening. Colin contributed greatly to the lives of his family and friends with his wit, warmth, generosity, and humour. He will be sadly missed but always remembered. His life will be celebrated and remembered at a memorial service held at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre on Saturday, September 20, at 1:00.

 

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HEWITSON, Thomas Whittaker - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father and grandfather on November 6th, 2011. Tom was born September 26, 1919 in Nelson Lancashire, England to parents Thomas and Annie Hewitson. As a young boy the family immigrated to Canada to reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This is where he spent his childhood. When war broke out, Tom proudly enlisted in the Navy and served on board the HMCS Algonquin. When the war was over Tom moved with his wife Rose and daughter Sharon to Victoria, BC. Daughter Penny was born and Victoria was to be his home for the rest of his life. He was first employed by the Sidney Roofing Company and later with the Saanich School Board. In 1982 he retired and was now able to spend time doing what he loved skiing, boating, fishing and especially gardening. Tom was predeceased by his wife Rose and sisters Edith Hodgson and Jennie Staley. He is survived by his daughters Sharon (David) Nisbet and Penny (Jim) Doswell, also grandchildren Christine (Jerry), Cathy (Chris) and Kyla (Adam) and great grandchildren Brenden, Ryan, Madeline, Emily, Henry and Dehlia. Tom was able to stay independent in his own home until his last days. Dad we are proud of you and miss you. There will be a celebration of Tom's life for family and close friends.

 

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HINTON, Peter Robert, Capt (N) - Born in Shanghai, China, April 18, 1921. Died peacefully, surrounded by his family on December 19, 2008. Peter grew up in Victoria, attending Monterey Elementary, Vernon Prep, St Michael’s, and Brentwood College where he excelled at rugger, cricket and sailing. Family summers were spent at Deep Cove and Peter first stepped into a dinghy at age 9, setting sail for a lifelong love of the sea. As a lad, he played the violin and string quartets with his father, a cellist, which contributed to Peter’s passion for classical music and jazz, and to the end of his life, he recognized and was comforted by the music of the great composers. In 1941 Peter joined the navy and after service in the minesweeper HMCS Kelowna, he was given command of Landing Craft Infantry (L) 262, landing troops in France on June 6, 1944. He was demobilized in Canada in 1945. Rejoining the navy in 1951, Peter held a number of commands including HMCS Fortune, destroyers HMCS Athabaskan, and HMCS Columbia and was the first Captain of HMCS Protecteur, commissioning her in New Brunswick in 1969. Shore appointments included Commanding Officer of the leadership school, HMCS Cornwallis; Director of Manpower Planning, Ottawa; Chief of Staff, Canadian Flotilla Atlantic; Base Commander, HMCS Stadacona, and CFB Esquimalt. He retired in 1976. Peter’s next challenge came when he assumed the position of Executive Director, Victoria Branch, Canadian Red Cross, providing the leadership for a new building on Fairfield Road. Interested in Victoria Hospice Society; he volunteered, becoming a member of the Society board, and subsequently chairman. Peter was a gentleman, a natural leader and mentor to young naval officers. He read voraciously, was a storyteller extraordinaire, a man of courage with determination and energy who lived life fully, enriching and inspiring others. Predeceased by first wife Margaret in 1982, Peter is survived by sons Peter (Lyn), Stephen (Nikki), and granddaughter Jennifer (Joel). He also leaves his loving wife Geri, her children Stephen (Erica), Andrea, grandchildren Michael and Caitlin Toombs, and sister-in-law Francis Martini. He will be remembered by many nieces and nephews, and by friends around the world . The family wishes to thank Dr. David Leishman for his professional and compassionate care of Peter and support to Geri; Peter’s wonderful companions, Rose, Doreen, Julie, and Heather; and the staff of The Lodge At Broadmead for their dedication and loving care. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2pm from Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra Street, Victoria B.C. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Peter’s memory be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC, the Broadmead Care Foundation or the Victoria Hospice Society.

 

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HOLTSMAN, Donald G.  - "All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity." William Shakespeare Grateful for so many good years together, but so very saddened by his loss, the family of Don Holtsman mourns his passing on July 14, 2012. Don was born in Saskatoon on September 25, 1927, and lived his whole life in this city that he was so fond of. Don grew up on the west side of Saskatoon, and left school at sixteen to serve his country in the Naval Reserves aboard the HMCS Athabaskan out of Esquimalt, B.C., towards the end of WWII. An athlete in his youth, Don played hockey, basketball and softball on school and commercial teams, but remembers his five seasons and one Provincial Championship with the Saskatoon Senior Merchants' Softball team, with special pride. Don continued to enjoy participating in and watching sports his whole life: curling at the Granite curling club for many years, and golfing, running and walking to stay in shape, well into his eighties. Don married Doris (Morphy) Holtsman, his wife of almost 60 years on September 6, 1952. Together they raised three children and enjoyed many lasting friendships and enriching activities, including being proud members of the Diamond Athletic Association, a group of lifelong friends that originated with a basketball team, The Diamonds, in the late 1940s. Don spent most of his working life in advertising, first at CKOM Radio, and later at CBC Television, forging many long-lasting friendships with colleagues and clients around the city. Together Don and Doris enjoyed several winters in Arizona, and twenty-six summers at Waskesiu, sharing their cabin and creating many fond memories with their children and five grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Hattie Holtzman, and bothers Eldred and Len. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Doris and their children: Brenda (Bob) Prescesky, Bob (Patti) Holtsman and Dean (Marian) Holtsman, and grandchildren: Michael, Jordan and Kate Prescesky; Jennifer and Daniel Holtsman, along with extended family and many dear and valued friends. At Don's request, a casual memorial Gathering of Friends and Family will take place at St. Martin's United Church from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012. A private family Committal of the Ashes will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens later. Flowers are gratefully declined; memorial donations may be made to St. Martin's United Church, 2617 Clarence Avenue, Saskatoon, SK. Martens Warman Funeral Home 402 Central Street West Warman, SK.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

HOTCHIN, Robert H. (Bob) CD, Chief Petty Officer (1927 - 01 Jun 2006) - He was raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Bob served in the RCN (Medical) on several ships for 25 years including a tour of duty in the Korean War on HMCS Cayuga. He then joined the GVHS (Helmcken Hospital) where he retired after 20 years. Bob enjoyed a happy retirement with his computer, oil painting, fun trips to Reno, and playtimes with his grandsons. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, wife and best friend (of 53 years) Bea, devoted son Tim, daughter-in-law Amanda, and grandsons Jacob and Joshua. Also, one sister Joyce (Ross) Skuse in Hamilton, Ont., and sister-in-law Elsabeth Bouchard, Victoria, many nieces and nephews. Our deep appreciation to Dr. James Dryden, Dr. Manjeet Mann, Dr. John Antonsen, and Dr. Paul Singh. Hearfelt thanks to the Emergency teams for their valiant efforts and compassion. Private family arrangements. In lieu of flowers and donations, we encourage you to cherish God's gift of life.

 

HMCS CAYUGA

HOUSTON, James Henry (Hank) - Age 73, of Windsor, Hants Co., passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2007, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Born on April 9, 1934, in Truro, Colchester Co., he was a son of the late Alexander and Annie (McAloney) Houston. Hank moved at the age of eight to South Porcupine, Ont., where he spent his youth. He joined the RCN and served on the HMCS Micmac and at the Newport Naval Radio Station. On April 9, 1961, he started working for the Sobey's Group and retired on April 9, 1999, from TRA/Sobeys, after 38 years. Hank was a member of Windsor United Church, the Men's Club and a former member of Windsor Fire Department. Hank is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Eleanor Dorman, whom he married on April 7, 1955; daughters, Elizabeth Betty and Vivian Vee , both of Windsor; his chosen family, Helen and Dewar Lindsay; granddaughter, Margaret Maggie Sangster and husband Paul, and their children, Anthony, Mark and Lindsay; granddaughter, Amy Elizabeth Lindsay; grandson, Rob Lindsay and wife Melanie, and their children, Kathleen, Steven and Ryleigh. He is also survived by maternal aunts, Sally (Earle) Jackson and Vivian McAloney; sister-in-law, Isobel (Bill) Houston; special sister-in-law, Katherine Dorman and her family; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Guy LeRoy; his twin, William Arthur; sister, Ann Small and her husband Matthew; also brother-in-law and best friend, Dale Dorman. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King St., Windsor. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bill Gibson officiating. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor. Flowers will be gratefully received or donations may be made to Lung Association of Nova Scotia. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 23 Oct 2007)

 

HMCS MICMAC

HUGHES, George William - On Monday, November 30, 2009, at St. Boniface Hospital, George W. Hughes passed away at the age of 77 years, after a lengthy illness. George leaves behind his loving wife, Carole, children: Melanie Arbuckle (David Arbuckle), Vandi Hughes (Michael Albu), and his granddaughter, Kacey Fields (Vandi). George was predeceased by his parents, Eva and Jack Hughes, and his siblings, John, Glenn, David, and Irene. George was born in Olds, Alberta in 1931. After school, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served his country on the HMCS Athabaskan in the Korean War. He further served in the Royal Canadian Air Force to his retirement in 1974. Following his retirement from the service, he and his family settled in Miramichi, New Brunswick. In 1984, he and his family moved to Winnipeg, where he worked for several years as a Security Officer at Seven Oaks Hospital. George retired in 1994. A loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, he was very proud of his family and was very happy to see them secure in their work and family life. George was a very kind man who will be dearly remembered by his family. Kacey will miss her Bompy very much. Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 709 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at a location, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba or the Manitoba Kidney Foundation.  (the Winnipeg Free Press 03 Dec 2009)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

HUXTABLE, John Charles - passed away on September 28, 2011 in his 90th year at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (K2 Veterans Wing). Predeceased by his "darling" wife, Lillian McCarthy, his daughter, Carol Burden (Wayne) and his sister, June Applegath. Survived by his sons, Bradley (Susan) and Brian. Proud grandfather to Christian, Devon, Lauren, Thomas and John Burden. John was born in Toronto in 1922 and grew up bicycling southern Ontario and motoring through Quebec and the U.S. From 1940 to 1943, he served in the Merchant Navy on the Great Lakes and the Atlantic on the CSL Renvoyel, the Delwarnic, Cayuga and HMCS Acadia, now a National Historic Site in Halifax Harbour. He wanted more action than watching U-Boats on the surface outside St. John's Harbour and so, in 1943, he joined the RCAF and was assigned to Second Tactical Air Force, 143 Wing, Squadrons 438, 439 and 440 (Advance Party). His Typhoon Fighter-Bomber wing took part in the Normandy landings at Creully (Caen) and the Falaise Pocket. He got his action, and more - through Brussels, Eindhoven, across the Rhine River, to Bremen and Flensburg where he watched the surrender in 1945. The war did not curtail his travels and he toured like a tourist in Europe. He journeyed through all of Normandy during the invasion, the ancient City of Caen before it was flattened by bombing and Paris before it was liberated by the Free French. He said he could not believe he made it through those years unscathed when all around him others were not as lucky. After returning from extended duties with the European Occupation Forces, he joined the Toronto Hydro Electric Commission Meter Department but his true love was still his First Mate, Lilly and sailing with her out of the Etobicoke Yacht Club. In the 1970's, he and Lilly sailed their sloop "Boondoggle II" down the U.S. Atlantic coast to the Bahamas to live on the sea for a year. Cruising ships and long freighter ship trips then took over, with numerous side trips to Las Vegas. They cruised the world. They visited the Middle East numerous times and would mail audio tapes to the family describing what they were seeing and doing. One such tape had machine gun fire in the background as they described sailing through an ongoing coastal battle in Israel. In another, a Caribbean hurricane screamed in the background as they listened to other boats' distress calls on their yacht's V.H.F. After he lost his First Mate, John managed one last sailing trip on a tall ship in the Adriatic, but he was adrift. He talked to everyone, had many friends, and he always had someone he wanted to help. John was cremated and his ashes will lie with Lilly in Park Lawn Cemetery. The family is grateful to the staff at Sunnybrook K2 Wing for his care. John's wit, humour and sense of adventure will be greatly missed.

 

HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ACADIA

JENKIN, Raymond Charles (Bud) (01 Dec 1924 - 19 Sep 2011) - passed away Monday, September 19, 2011 at the age of 86 years. He leaves behind his wife Avis; children Karen, Janet (Steve), Gordon and Lorie (Mark); 29 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Bud was predeceased by his brother Bill, sister Florence, son Nevin, daughter Drinda and great-granddaughter Taylor. Bud joined the Navy and was an "Able Seaman" on the destroyer HMCS Algonquin. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later served with Avis in the Florida Tampa Bay Mission. Bud loved spending time with family, everyone will miss his sense of humor and generous nature. A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Crescent Road Chapel, 202 Crescent Road N.W. on Monday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bud's name to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

KNOWLER, John William (Jack) - Peacefully on September 25th 2005, at the age of 79 years at the Windsor Regional Hospital Western Campus with his family by his side. Cherished husband & best friend of Norma ( nee Naugler) for 59 years. Beloved father of Brian & wife Wendy , David & wife Maureen, Jeffrey & wife Debbie and daughter in law Lina Knowler. Loving grandfather of Brian Jr. & wife Cathy, Sandra Hodgins & husband Erick, Debbie Cox & husband Bruce, Kristin, Kyle and Kiara and great grandfather of Grace & Thomas Cox and Jack & Brady Knowler. Dear brother of Norma Campeau and predeceased by Elmer, Edward, Cameron, Kenneth and Helen. Dear brother in law of Elsie & the late Harding Corkum and the late Walter Naugler all of Nova Scotia. Survived by many nieces & nephews. Jack served with the RNVR ( during WWII ) & RCN during the Korean War - serving on the HMCS NOOTKA ; a long time dedicated employee with Canada Customs retiring with 28 years of service and a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church. Visitation at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, 1700 Tecumseh Rd East on Tuesday from 3:30 pm - 5:00pm and 7 - 9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday September 28, 2005 at 11:00am in the chapel. Rev. Stanley Mantle Officiating. Interment Victoria Memorial Gardens. In kindness memorial donations may be to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Grace Baptist Church. (The Windsor Star on Sept. 27, 2005)

 

HMCS NOOTKA

KOWALSKY, Karl James - passed away at Park Lane Terrace Nursing Home Sat., Dec. 27 in his 76th year. The eldest son of the late Jerome and Ruth Kowalsky of Simcoe, Karl is survived by his wife, Joyce (Stone) of 45 years, sons, Jim (Kim), Gord (Carrie) and daughter Terina ( Shane) Wakeford, and grandsons Christopher, Neil, Dan, Jason, David, Preston, Dalton and great grandson Cassius. Predeceased by brother Earl (Cathy), Karl is also survived by sisters Joan (Dan) Rossi of Chesterfield, Virginia, Marilyn (Howard) Bint, Simcoe, Dolores (Roger) Noppe of Westmeath, ON and Donna Kowalsky of Simcoe as well as brothers Ken (Jeannine), Bob (Jane) Rick (Deb) and Ron (Judy) Kowalsky all of Simcoe. Karl served in the Canadian navy aboard the HMCS Micmac, stationed out of Nova Scotia. He was an avid sports fan and player. In accordance with Karl's wishes cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held on January 2, 2009 at the Princeton Centennial Hall from 1-4 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a local branch of The Alzheimers Society of Canada or through Wm Kipp Funeral Home, 184 Grand River St N., Paris, ON, N3L2N1 (Simcoe Reformer, 31 Dec 2008)

 

HMCS MICMAC

KYLE, Arthur B. - A Veteran of WW 2. Peacefully, in his sleep, on Thursday, November 24, 2005. He will ever be cherished by his loving wife Margaret (née Lemon) Beloved father of Wayne (Robyn) and Karen Martin (Craig.) Proud grandfather of Katherine, Erin, Meghan, Ryan, Kailyn, Kyle, and Christopher; great-grandfather of Mary, Noah, and Luke. Dear brother of Reginald (Shirley) and family. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Hilltop Chapel, 243 LaRose Avenue, Toronto, on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to the Missionary Service Committee, 3950 14th Avenue, Suite 509, Markham, Ontario. L3R 0A9 would be appreciated.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

LINDAL, Robert Carl (Bob) (12 Aug 1936 - 06 Dec 2008) - I is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bob Lindal, loving husband, father and grandfather on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at the age of 72 years. Remaining to forever cherish Bob's memory are his devoted wife of 32 years, Norma and their children; Jon (Tarra) and Carl, as well as his three grandchildren; Kiana, Logan and Brooke. He also leaves in his memory his brothers and sisters; Don, Gerry (Florence), Bud (Marguerite), Manan (Gary), Frank (Dorne) and Kristine, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, family and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Vinnie and Emily Lindal. Bob was born on August 12, 1936 in Winnipeg, MB, the second of seven children. He grew up and spent his school years in the St. James area. He spent five years in the Navy as an Able Seaman and served on both the HMCS Sioux and Margaree . Bob moved to Montreal in 1970, where he met and married his wife Norma. They had their first son, Jon, in 1976. They moved to Winnipeg a few short years after, where their second son, Carl, was born in 1980. After a brief move to Vancouver in the mid 1980s, Bob and his family settled back in Winnipeg, where he worked at Air Canada until he retired in 1996. After his retirement, Bob worked as a Commissionaire for a while. He enjoyed his last years at the cottage along Lee River in Lac du Bonnet, MB. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Silver Heights United Church, 199 Garrioch Avenue (Corner of Mount Royal Rd. and Ness Ave.). For those who wish, additional parking will be available in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church parking lot located on Ness Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6. (the Winnipeg Free Press 09 Dec 2008)

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS MARGAREE

LITTLE, Donald Lister- Lovingly surrounded by family, the passing of Donald Lister Little occurred at McLean Memorial Hospital, McAdam, N.B. on Thursday, September 5, 2002, at the age of 79 years. Born in McAdam, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Doris (Lister) Little. A veteran of WWII, Donald served with the Royal Canadian Navy, aboard the HMCS Iroquois. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 7, McAdam. Donald was a Carman for the Canadian Pacific Railway for 42 years. Donald is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ruth (McLeod Moore): his children Sharon (Larry Swan); Terry (Glenna); James (Sharon); Donna (Bruce Tufts); Michael (Brenda); and Mitchell (Debbie); stepson Gerald (Doreen) Moore; twelve grandchildren, Darren, Tanya, Wendy, Candice, Joshua, Robin, Chris, Jeffrey, Meghan, Tracey, Michelle, Talitha, Tabatha and Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Ross (Virginia); two sisters, Sandra (Robert Gillespie); Norma (Jimmy Little), several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, his stepmother Elizabeth, first wife Alice, and brother, Ralph. Resting at St. Paul's United Church, McAdam, N.B., where visitation will be held on Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 2:00p.m. Rev. Ellen Beairsto and Rev. Terry Kennedy will officiate. Internment at Rockland Drive Cemetery. Pallbearers will include his four sons and three of his grandsons. As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the charity of one's choice. A legion tribute service will be held at the graveside. Arrangements by Swan Funeral Home, Harvey Station.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

LOCKHART Douglas McKenzie (Red) - passed away Sunday, August 17, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Muriel, son David (Trudy) grandchildren Peter & Jennifer, brother Keith (Phyllis), sisters-in-law Gerry Banister and Joanne Ash, nieces, nephews, cousins and his little dog Chelsea. He was predeceased by his sister Wilma MacGregor (2002). Doug was born in Penticton and raised in Vancouver. After leaving Magee High School, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on many ships on the Atlantic Convoy during World War II and the HMCS Cayuga in Korea 1951-52. Doug retired from the Navy in 1961 and worked for the BC Govt. for 24 years. He was a life member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and the Victoria Hospice Association. Doug volunteered at Victoria Hospice for many years where he was quite famous for his 6 am coffee. The family wishes to thank Dr. John McCracken, Dr. Gary Steinhoff, Dr. Mike and JenniferPutland, Victoria Hospice - Palliative Care, the McMorran family, friends and relatives for such moral support during Doug's lengthy illness. Friends and relatives are cordially invited to a celebration of Doug's life at: McMorran's Beach House 5109 Cordova Bay Rd Wednesday, August 27th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Donations if so desired can be made to Victoria Hospice. "Twilight and evening Bell, and after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of time and place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my pilot face to face When I have crost the bar." (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) (The Times Colonist on Aug. 23, 2003)

 

HMCS CAYUGA

LOWE, John Douglas (Darky) (14 Sep 1919 - 18 Dec 2009) - With profound sadness our family announces that Dad, age 90, passed away peacefully at Kiwanis Pavilion on December 18th. John was the first born to Douglas and Eleanor Lowe in Red Deer, Alberta and was predeceased by brother Don, sisters Betty and Peggy and partner Betty Campbell. John is survived by Phyllis Lowe-Lewis, mother of his children, Doug (Jane), Libby, Dal (Janet), Laura, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. At age 10 while on a trans-Atlantic boat trip to England to visit relatives, Dad announced to his mother that he was going to join the navy when he grew up. He did precisely that in May 1937 and was rapidly promoted over the years until obtaining the rank of Commander. John was an Exchange Officer with the United States Navy, CO of a Destroyer HMCS Sioux, CO of Helicopter Squadron 50 and Executive Officer of CFB Shearwater. After retiring from the navy, John took on several new careers, which included real estate, accounting and counsellor at Opportunity 45 in Calgary. John was a talented athlete in hockey and rugby and enjoyed curling, skiing (an instructor at the Ottawa Ski Club), fishing, hunting, chess, bridge and cribbage. Many thanks to Dr. Chris Pengilly, Rommell, Ariston, and the dedicated, caring staff at Kiwanis Pavilion. Service at St. Paul's, 1379 Esquimalt Rd., Victoria on December 29th at 1 p.m.

 

HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS LONG BRANCH, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMS MACAW, HMS RINGTAIL, HMS WARRIOR, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS BONAVENTURE, CFB SHEARWATER

LUNA, Kay - devoted husband to Georgina for nearly sixty-five years, peacefully passed away April 28, 2014 at the age of 85. Kay was born July 1, 1928 to Niels and Karen Luna in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was certainly devoted to the passions of his life and the commitments he made to the Canadian Navy. He wore the pride and love of his wife and family and the pride of his naval career as badges of honour. Kay was never far from either and was always eager to share stories about both. He recounted stories about the beautiful little girl that trained both he and Georgina and the son with a mass of dark hair, unlike what he expected for a Danish descendant. It took a third attempt and low and behold there arrived a blond haired, fair skinned son to finally display his Danish ancestry. On the career side, he recounted fond memories of his time assigned to HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Algonquin and Defense Research work on the DDH 280 missile program. Kay stated he felt privileged to have worked alongside high powered team members such as Marc Garneau and Admiral Gordon Edwards. He overlooked a third high powered team member, Himself! We could all feel the pride of an incredibly fine man whose values surfaced through family and career. He will be forever remembered by his wife Georgina; children: Linda (Rex) Watson, Garry (Sandra) Luna, Brian (Teresa Hart) Luna; grandchildren: Kelly, Veronica, Taylor, Robyn and great-granddaughter, Victoria. A gathering in Celebration of Kay's Life will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations in memory of Kay may be made directly to The Salvation Army Agape Hospice (1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1B8).

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ALGONQUIN

MAHONEY, Leo James, Surg. LCdr - It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Leo Mahoney announces his peaceful passing, surrounded by his family, on February 27, 2003 at Princess Margaret Hospital. The son of Dr. James Leoand Esther Mahoney (Beaupre), Leo was born in Niagara Falls, New York on September 17, 1920. Predeceased by his children, Helen and Joseph, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dr. Margaret Mahoney (nee Young) and his children, Dr. Jim (Mary Anne) of Toronto; Dr. Bill (Mary Margaret) of Dundas, Ontario; Tom (Jeanne) of Oakville, Mary of Toronto, Peggy (Byron) of Victoria, B.C., Anne of Toronto, Dr. John (Karen) of Ottawa, David (Camilla) of Truro, Nova Scotia, Katy (David)of Toronto, Jenny (Craig) of Toronto, and his 21 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Eileen Murray of Toronto, Hugh of St. Catharines, Jack of London, Ontario, Earl of Castro Valley, California, Anne of Renfrew, Ontario; and his many nephews and nieces. Leo received his medical degree and his Master of Surgery from the University of Toronto. He served during the Second World War as a Surgeon-Lieutenant Commander on the HMCS Micmac. A R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship gave him the opportunity to travel and study in England and Sweden in 1953 and 1954 respectively. After returning to Canada in 1954, he joined St. Michael's Hospital as a staff surgeon and became head of the Division of General Surgery. For almost half a century, Leo has dedicated his career to improving the techniques of early detection and treatment of breast cancer as a surgeon, clinician, teacher and researcher. He was the founder, director emeritus and senior consultant of the St. Michael's Hospital Breast Centre. Established in 1972 to improve the quality of life and the treatment for women with breast disease and breast cancer, the Breast Centre still maintains the gold standard for all such centres in Canada. He was also a consultant surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and associate professor of surgery at the University of Toronto and received the coveted Bruce Tovee award in 1992 for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the Department of Surgery. One of his many great moments was receiving the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He was also appointed a lifetime member of the OMA and the CMA and was designated an honourary consultant of St. Michael's Hospital in 2003. Leo was also a member of the Janes Surgical Society, the Breast Committee of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Canadian Oncology Society, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet ClSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet ClSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet ClSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet ClSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet ClSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society and was a consultant with Canadian Trauma Consultants Inc. He was also a member of the Franklin Club, the Badminton and Racquet Club.

 

HMCS MICMAC

MELENKA, Edward Fred - On January 31, 2006, Edward Fred Melenka of Vegreville, formerly of Warwick, Alberta passed away at the age of 75 years. Edward is survived by his three sons, Michael (JoAnn) their children (Ashley, Nicole, Jarrett, Jaden) of Vegreville; Dale of Calgary; Dennis (Tenille, Brandon) of Vegreville; and two daughters, Rosemarie (Daniel) Thomson (Daniel Jr., Natasha) of Aldergrove, British Columbia; Donna (Ken) Krawec (Emma, Andi) of Edmonton and special granddaughter, Shannon Melenka (Gavin) of Abbotsford, British Columbia; three brothers, Bill (Marie), Eugene (Madeleine) and Allan (Sheila); two sisters, Marion Lazaruk and Lorraine (Al) Trudeau; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Edward was predeceased by his loving wife, Rosie (Rutar), daughter Darlene; parents Jacob and Jennie Melenka (Warwick). Edward served in the Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the H.M.C.S Athabaskan. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at a Viewing on Friday, February 3, 2006 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Autumn Rose Funeral Home (5036- 51 Avenue) in Vegreville where a Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.. Pastor Mark Lobitz officiating with interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the "Vegreville Legion" or a "Charity of One's Choice." Autumn Rose Funeral Home Ltd., Vegreville, 780-603-5800. (The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 2, 2006)

 

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MILLS, Charles Edward (Ted) - passed away on Monday October 15, 2007 with dignity and courage, his 5 children at his side. Born on June 6, 1920 in Prince Rupert, BC. He is survived by Phyllis his devoted wife and best friend for the past 66 years; daughters Carol (Hal), Diane (Don), Gail (Peter), Pam (Steve) and son Greg (Cindy); brothers Bruce (Joan) and Richard (Helen); 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren + 4 step grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren (two more on the way) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Dad was a huge presence in our lives and will always be remembered for his wonderful and endearing qualities. He was quick witted and always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell and a magic trick for the little ones (we big ones loved it, too). Our children adored him and couldn't wait to go to see Grandpa Mills just to see what little trick he had up his sleeve (literally). Educated in Prince Rupert, BC he left in 1939 on Naval Service at the outbreak of World War II. While serving on the HMCS Iroquois he experienced action off the French Coast escorting Russian Convoys. During the Korean conflict he served on the HMCS Sioux and retired as Chief Petty Officer after 25 years of service. The following 17 years Dad had close association with most law enforcement agencies while employed in Victoria Provincial Court as Criminal Court Administrator and Justice of the Peace. He was a long-standing member of PCL Branch 91 and Chief Petty Officer's Association. An avid outdoorsman, boater and fisherman, Mom and Dad spent many happy days travelling the continent in their motor home. Following Dad's wishes, no service will be held and flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of BC. A huge thank-you to everyone who helped us through this past week. (The Times Colonist 19 Oct 2007)

 

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MOSES, Russell Copeland, CD (08 Aug 1932 - 22 May 2013) - Delaware band, Six Nations of the Grand River. Beloved husband to Helen Monture. Loving father to James (Pat Doyle) and John (Denise Corbett), and beloved Pappa to Quinn Kateri. Also survived by his sister Thelma (Leslie Davis) and a large extended family among the Moses, Davis, Monture and Claus families at Six Nations and Tyendinaga. Survivor, Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. Veteran, Korean War (RCN/HMCS Iroquois), Cold War (RCAF). Pioneer Aboriginal broadcaster (CBC Radios Indian Magazine), deputy commissioner general, Indians of Canada Pavilion, Expo 67. Federal public servant. In his character Russ demonstrated all that was best in the human spirit. Sailor sleep, Thy last voyage over, Dream of fighting seas no more. Sleep the sleep that knows no waking. Sleep for now and evermore. Safe home and we'll see you back in port. Russ, we are so proud of you. Memorial service will be held at Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel (2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON) on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Queensway Carleton Hospital would be appreciated.

 

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MacKECHNIE, Donald Campbell - Passed away peacefully February 11, 2006 in Burnaby. Don was born October 11, 1926 in Red Deer, Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII as a Coder in HMCS Algonquin, Grou, Lockeport, and HMS Arethusa. He went on to work in securities and in the media. Don was a Life Member and very active in the Vancouver Naval Veterans Association. For many years, he edited the monthly publication 'The Sea Bag'. Predeceased by his father, James, mother, Arabella, and daughter, Dawn. Survived by son, Dave, daughters Dallas and Denise and their families. Sincere thanks to the staff at Fellburn Care Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Naval Museum Society, PO Box 91399, West Vancouver, V7V 3P1. Service will be held Monday, February 27 at 2:00 pm at the Burnaby Funeral Home, 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby. Rev. Ray McColl, Naval Chaplain, officiates. (Vancouver Sun and The Province on Feb. 23, 2006)

 

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MacKENZIE, James Edward (Jim) (23 Mar 1927 - 20 Mar 2008) - beloved husband for fifty-eight years of Patricia, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the age of 80 years. Jim was born on March 23, 1927, on a farm near Wroxton, SK and he grew up in Yorkton, SK. During his seven years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he served at The Albro Lake Radio Naval Station in Dartmouth, NS and on the destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan during the Korean War. He returned to Saskatchewan to attend University in 1952. A turn of events gave him his term at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON where he was granted his commission in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Flying Officer. Following his graduation from the U of S with his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Jim moved to Calgary and was employed by Shell Oil for eighteen years in the Finance and Crude Oil Supply. The next fourteen were spent with the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission where he retired as a Board Member. Jim was an avid athlete, playing ball, hockey and was a member of a track and field team that competed in the Highland Games in Nova Scotia. In Calgary he played ball, curled, and golfed with the Oil Industry competitive leagues. He served for many years as a President, Treasurer, Operations Manager, Vice Chairman and Chairman for figure skating events such as City, Provincials, Nationals, Skate Canada, Worlds and Olympics. He has also coached and managed in the Minor Hockey League, as well as for community ball teams. Jim is survived by his loving wife Pat (McNeil) from Halifax, son and daughter-in-law, David and Lolly, and by his granddaughter Madison of Scottsdale, AZ. He will also be remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Anne of Prince Albert, SK, sisters Barbara and Audrey of Calgary, AB, Louise of Parksville, BC and by Glenna of Kaslo, BC. Jim was predeceased by his daughter Wendy Anne, parents George and Isobel MacKenzie, brothers George (Donalda), Neil and Douglas in infancy. A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Hospice Calgary, Suite 900, 833 - 4 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 3T5 (Telephone 403-263-4525, www.hospicecalgary.com ) or directly to the charity of the donor's choice. We would like to thank Unit 61 at the Foothills Medical Centre and the Agape Hospice for helping Jim get through this period. He fought bravely over these many years with COPD. In living memory of James MacKenzie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

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MacLELLAN, Allan Francis - 80, Sydney It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Francis MacLellan of Sydney, announce his death at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Allan was the son of the late Ronald and Margaret (MacNeil) MacLellan of Sydney Mines. Allan worked in retail for a number of years with Zellers and K-Mart in Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and Toronto. He later worked with the Federal Government, as an employment councillor, retiring in 1987. He was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy having served in Korea aboard HMCS Nootka. Allan was a proud member of the Cape Breton Naval Veterans Association, and was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12 in Sydney. Some of his many interests were wood crafts, (for which he was well known); stamp collecting, gardening and road trips with his wife Mary. He and Mary belonged to the Highland Capers Modern Square Dance Club, and the Celtic Round Dancers for a number of years where they made lifelong friends. Allan will be especially remembered for his love and devotion to his family and his wonderful sense of humour. He was always able to bring a smile to the faces of others. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary (nee Walsh); his constant companion for almost 50 years; two sons, Robert (Susan) of Halifax, Darren of Sydney; his daughter, Kimberly of Sydney; and two beloved grandchildren whom he adored, Connor and Nikki of Halifax. Also surviving are his sisters, Rita (Gaza) Soltesz, Halifax, Cathy Pederson, Millville, Toni (Dan) Prince, Sydney, and Sr. Alma, Port Felix; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Ronald, Angus, John and Paul, sisters, Eldine MacLennan and Ann Marie in infancy. A special thank you to Dr. Liam Orrell and Dr. D. Brake and the staff of the ICU Department of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for the care he received. Visitation for Allan will take place Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating. Cremation to follow. Interment in Lakeside cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Members of the Cape Breton Naval Veterans Association will conduct a service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

 

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MacWILLIAM, Herbert Dawson - passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice on August 31, 2008. He was born September 30, 1923 in McAdam, New Brunswick and graduated from Mount Allison University before embarking on a degree in Medicine from Dalhousie University. In 1950, he joined the Canadian Navy and served during the Korean War as Fleet Doctor on many ships including the HMCS SIOUX. While in the Navy, he went with his family to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal to specialize in Otolaryngology. He retired from the Navy in 1960, as Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander and went into private practice for the next 30 years as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in Victoria. He was predeceased by his parents Helen Dawson, Alexander James and his beloved son Jamie. He will be loved and missed by his wife of 60 years Elizabeth Ruth, his son David and wife Barbara and their children Kent and Hailey; Rob and his wife Sirje and their three children Reece, Tyler and Amanda; Jamie's children Matthew and Paige; Scott and Susan and their children Tristan and Darby; also his brother Edgar and wife Kay and nephews Alex, Roy, Don and their families. Herb was a loving father, a caring husband, and a respected doctor who was known around Victoria's hospitals as a surgeon with a confident and compassionate bedside manner. He was also a long time member of the Victoria Golf Club and in his later years he enjoyed lunches with "The Cane Brigade ". The MacWilliam family wishes to say special thanks to Victoria Hospice at the Jubilee Hospital for their care and compassion and to Dr. Geoff Luckhurst for his support and kindness. Dr. Mac requested that there be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Victoria Hospice in his memory. (The Times Colonist 05 Sep 2008)

 

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McARTHUR, Donald F. - 75, Halifax and Yarmouth, passed away October 20, 2002, at home, after a short battle with cancer. Born in South Branch, Nfld., he was a son of the late Angus and Lena McArthur. Don was a veteran of the Korean War and served on HMCS Iroquois. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 152, Spryfield, where he enjoyed many hours playing darts and cribbage. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Yarmouth and the Royal Canadian Legion, Jarvis Bay in Saint John, N.B. He was an adherent of Gospel Light Baptist Church, Harrietsfield. Mourning their loss are his wife, Geraldine "Deane" (Grant); daughters, Diane (John) Caswell and Heather McArthur, Dartmouth; stepdaughter, Karen (Tom) Cronk, Rothesay, N.B.; sons, Donald and Barry, Calgary; stepsons, Jeff (Lori) Reid, Quispamsis, N.B.; Charles (Kim) Reid, Pisquid, P.E.I.; sisters, Margaret (Joseph) St. Croix, South Branch, Nfld.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters, Jessie, Mary, Sarah, Stacia, Janie, Rose; brothers, Archie, Cyril, Raymond; grandson, Jason Meagher. Donations may be made to the Gospel Light Baptist Church Building Fund or Canadian Cancer Society. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, Pastor Reg Lewis officiating. A Legion service will also take place at the same time. Burial will be held on Thursday in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John, N.B. Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

 

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McENTYRE, Peter Michael - Born: 15 Aug 1917,  Westmount, Que - date of death unknown - After his naval service he worked as an accountant. he was elected as the Mayor of Westmount, Que 1969-1971. He was the President of Comtrust Holdings and Chairman Cement Lafarge.

 

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McGOWAN, Harold Austad (Jun 1924 - Sep 2010) - passed away in his 86th year. Born in Trail, BC; schooled in Kimberley and served his Machinist Apprenticeship at the Kimberley Concentrator (Cominco). His mother died when he was 2 years of age. In 1946, he married his school sweetheart Ruby Williams and had two children. In Kimberley, they built their home but moved to Victoria in 1952 when Harold joined the Canadian Navy and sailed on a various ships including the Fraser, Settler, Cowichan, Provider and more. From 1962-64 he and his family lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he served on the HMCS Cayuga and travelled to England and the Netherlands. He belonged to the Chief & Petty Officers Association. After 23 years he retired from the Navy as (C1ER4) Chief Petty-Officer1st Class, Engine Room 4, then spent the following 10 years working at Dockyard, Esquimalt. Through out his life he enjoyed bowling, swimming and a variety of other sports. He was a loving father who donated what time he had to teaching his daughter math and son the repairs and mechanics of cars. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby of 64 years, daughter Marilyn Lorenz (Dwight), daughterin-law Linda, brother David (Helen) and sister Margaret Barr aged 96; grandchildren Corey (Sarah), Dean, Colette (Ryan), Brandon (Becky) Fontaine; Sheila/Cameron McGowan; Travis/Jason Lorenz (Shannon). He also has three great grandchildren Azriel, Hendrik, and Daxton and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son John. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, September 27th at the First Memorial (Royal Oak) @ 2.00 PM. No flowers by request, Please donate to the charity of your choice. (The Times Colonist 21 Sep 2010)

 

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MCINNIS, Donald (Don) (21 Jun 1925 - 17 Jun 2007) - Quietly, at the age of 81 years Don McInnis, a husband, father, grandfather and brother left his family with a lifetime of memories. A Saskatchewan boy who valued his word, a World War II navy veteran who valued freedom, an entrepreneur, mentor, and a friend to many. Don was proud of his rural beginnings and of his strong prairie roots. At the age of 17 he served on board the destroyer HMCS Sioux during World War II. He started in the warehouse of Western Supplies in Regina, became a partner in the start up of Engineering and Plumbing Supplies Ltd in Western Canada and rose to become VP of Westburne Plumbing and Heating. Don inspired his children and grandchildren to live a life of integrity, honesty and generosity. He will live long and well in all those who knew and loved him. A loving husband of sixty years to Helen; a father to Rod (Judy), Carol (Mike Major), Cindy (Phil Swift) and Mike (Brenda); grandfather to Trevor and Krista, Jamie and Margot (Major), Morgan and Gabe (Swift); Duncan, Logan and Colin. Brother to Joan (Rick Richards) and Dave (Mary Faye). Don was predeceased by his parents Archie and Jean, and by his brother Ken. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Make a Wish Foundation of Southern AB, Bay 5, 2308-24Street S.W., Calgary, AB, T2T 5H8. In living memory of Donald McInnis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

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NICHOLS, Jack (Born: 1921) - Canadian painter, draftsman, printmaker, educator. Born in Montreal, Nichols is one of the best-known official Canadian World War II artists. Unable to afford traditional schooling, he was mainly self-taught. However, he occasionally worked with the Montreal artists Louis Muhlstock and Frederick Varley, and considered the former his mentor. After he enlisted in the Merchant Navy in the fall of 1943, the National Gallery of Canada commissioned him to produce drawings during his service on Caribbean-bound ships. In 1944, he was appointed an official war artist with the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. Nichols witnessed the D-Day landing, and traveled on a number of warships, including the HMCS Iroquois, which together with British warships destroyed a German convoy as it attempted to evacuate the town of Brest in 1944. Nichols depicted this event in at least two compositions: the drawing Men on HMCS Iroquois at Action Stations represents a crowd of Canadian soldiers and their varying reactions to the violence at sea. Action Aboard His Majesty's Canadian Ship Iroquois again represents a dense mass of soldiers, three of whose massively muscled arms seem to press against the picture plane, while other sailors ready weapons in the background. Nichols' characteristically dark palette and his attention to facial expressions conveying fear, anguish, and suffering draw the viewer's attention to the vulnerability of his subjects as they face their mortality. One of Nichols' most famous paintings, the expressionistically rendered Drowning Sailor, depicts the screaming anguish of a seaman desperately trying to extricate himself from the maelstrom of water encircling him. Many of Nichols' compositions have Christian overtones. For example, Ammunition Passer is reminiscent of traditional depictions of Christ carrying the Cross. The oil painting Taking Survivors on Board portrays a prone man supported by another figure in a position which recalls a Pietà. At the time he left the navy in 1946, Nichols had created 20 works on paper and nine oil paintings. In 1947, Nichols won a Guggenheim fellowship which enabled him to paint and study printmaking in different parts of the United States. He taught at the Vancouver School of Art in 1948. In 1952, he garnered a prize at the Second International Exhibition of Drawing and Engraving in Lugano, Switzerland. Six years later, his lithographs were displayed at the Venice Biennale. Nichols lived and worked in Toronto. The artist had exhibitions at the Ellen Gallery at Concordia University, the McCord Museum, Montreal, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among other venues. His work is owned by the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa and the Canadian War Records Collection.

 

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NYKOLAYCHUK, Joseph (03 Jan 1926 - 08 Feb 2010) - long time resident of Grande Prairie, passed away peacefully on February 8 at the age of 84. Joseph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Violet, his sons Kenneth (Linda), Dale (Kaewma), Dwayne (Agnes), Gerald (Lamduan) and Steven (Leanna). He also leaves to mourn for him his sister Anna (Kaz) of Lethbridge and his stepsister Irene (Don) Luft of Phoenix, Arizona. He will also be remembered by his numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Joseph was born in Crodek, Poland and immigrated to Canada with his father in 1932. He spent his childhood in Saskatchewan and then in the Crowsnest Pass. At 16, he worked on the barges and paddle wheelers in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. He joined the Navy during WWII and served on the ship HMCS Iroquois. After the war he worked up north again as a cook for the American air force, who were building the Alcan highway. He also worked as a derrickman on the oil rigs and truck driver. He then started work with the NAR Railroad (now CN) and worked for them in Grande Prairie until his retirement. Joseph was an avid sportsman -playing baseball and hockey in his youth and turning to hunting, fishing, curling and golfing during his later years. He was also an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In memory of Joseph, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Viewing and service will be held on February 16 at 11:00 am. Cremation to follow.

 

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O'HAGAN, Denis James Patrick, GM2 - was born in Wallesey, England. At 16 years of age he came to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to live with Harvey Doane Senior, a friend of his father’s. After returning from a two year sailing trip around the world, Hagan joined the T. Eaton Co. in Halifax and later transferred to MacCulloch Co. Ltd. as a book keeper. When WW 2 broke out in 1939, O’Hagan was one of the first to apply for service in the Royal Canadian Navy. In England he was assigned to the hazardous bomb disposal organization that had come in demand because of the German bombing of UK. After some training, he was attached to the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit. After a few month’s service in the UK, he was posted to the Middle East where he engaged in mine disposal work in the ports of Alexandria, Algiers, Suez, Tunis and other key shipping centres. Back in England, O’Hagan’s ingenuity and courage led to several notable achievements. At the main power station in Manchester, O’Hagan used live steam from a railway locomotive to melt and drain the explosive from an air dropped mine, who's fuse and anti-tamper system were new to British Intelligence. During that operation he was in danger of instant death, but he continued with complete disregard for his own personal safety. This incident resulted in O’Hagan being awarded the George Medal (GM). He was the first Canadian Naval Officer of the war to be so honoured. Note: The George Medal was established in 1940 to recognize "acts of heroism or of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger" is one of the Commonwealth’s most senior awards for gallantry. A few months later, O’Hagan was awarded a second George Medal after a similar incident in Liverpool. At the request of the Canadian government, O’Hagan undertook two Canadian speaking tours to raise Victory Bond subscriptions. Returning to England, O’Hagan underwent demanding commando training and was placed in charge of the only Canadian Beach Commando Unit for "Operation Neptune", the naval portion of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. After Normandy, O’Hagan joined the destroyer HMCS Algonquin in which he made the Murmansk convoy run in the North Atlantic and Arctic seas. At war’s end, O’Hagan demobilized in Halifax and returned to his former work with MacCulloch Ltd. Still wanting to serve in the Navy, he joined the newly formed HMCS Scotian in 1949. He retired from HMCS Scotian in 1957 with the rank of Commander. In civilian life O’Hagan became a purchasing agent for the Department of Fisheries in the Maritimes in 1960 and in 1966 moved to Saint John NB with the Department of Supply and Services. He passed away in Montreal in 1974.

 

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PATRY, Robert Joseph - Peacefully at Leisure World Scarborough on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the age of seventy-seven. Robert, beloved husband of Ivy (nee Pyke). Loving father of Lillian and Robert and his wife Arlene. Cherished Grampa of Eric and Stephanie Brown. Dear son of the late Aime and Oliva (nee Savaria), brother of Yvette and the late Roger and Rosa. Robert will be fondly remembered by his in-laws Helen Craig, Robert and his wife Kathleen Pyke, Doris Pyke and Judith Pyke. Robert will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Robert served proudly for the Royal Canadian Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War aboard HMCS Nootka. Following his honorable discharge, he joined CN telecommunications in Montreal in 1951, moving to Toronto in 1966 as part of CNCP until his retirement in 1987 as director of marketing. After retirement he served as president of his Pensioner's Association. Special thanks to all the staff at Leisure World for their compassionate care. Memorial visitation at the Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 10 a.m. Wednesday morning until the time of the Memorial Service in our Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at a later date in Montreal. (The Gazette on July 25, 2006)

 

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PETRONY, Edward Charles, Jr. - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Edward Charles Petrony Jr. (Ed) “Papa”, 87, at the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater on Friday, July 27, 2012. Born in Montreal, Quebec on December 16, 1924, Ed was the son of the late Edward and Florence (Anderson) Petrony Sr. In 1940 at the young age of 17, Ed joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served our country for 25 years. During that time he was involved in the Second World War and also the Korean War. Within this time, he, in 1950 married Sophia Kewachuk and soon after they had their daughter Florence Marie. Being a military family, they moved a lot, living in Quebec and also many different areas in Nova Scotia. Once retired from the Navy, Ed worked for Riverport Seafoods as a shore captain for a few years and in 1968 moved to Lunenburg, where he was Superintendant of Public Works before retiring in 1986. He was a well-known man to his community and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23, Lunenburg. Ed was an amazing man who loved his family. He was a very active outdoorsman who always had a new project on the go. Always lived life to the fullest, enjoying a lot of time spent with his family, camping, travelling and spending time most summers at “the camp.” For the past several years he had been living in Victoria, BC, but he made it a point to always come home each year to visit. In Victoria he made many wonderful friends who loved him dearly, especially his loving companion, Vida. Reunited after many years, Ed and Vida enjoyed their special time together. In November of 2010, Ed and Vida were invited to Korea where he was honoured and received medals for his accomplishment on the HMCS Iroquois. Last July he returned home where he resided in Chester Grant with his daughter. He was a wonderfully loving and generous man, who could always bring a smile to your face. He will be greatly missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing him, and his sense of humor, which he had until the end. Ed will be sadly missed by his only daughter, Florence (Flossy) , Chester Grant; known always as “Papa” to his grandchildren, Shauna (Darren), Upper LaHave; Selina (Wade), Chester Grant; Scott (Nicole), Chester Grant; his great-grandchildren, Devyn, Hannah, Matthew, Maddison, Samuel, Noah, Dannika, Landon and William, niece, Doreen, Cornwall, Ont., several other nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by his loving companion, Vida Guthrie, Victoria, BC. Besides his parents, Ed was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Sophia, brother, Dennis, Aunt Norah , Uncle Joe, cousin, Stella and nephew, Jimmy. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy # 3, Lunenburg and where a memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Alvin Westgate, officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or to a charity of your choice.

 

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POTVIN, Maurice Jean-Paul - Served in the RCN as a Radio Operator

 

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PRAVDA, Robert Bohumil (1921 - 2004) of Calgary passed away at the Bethany Care Centre on Thursday, March 25, 2004 at the age of 82 years. Bob was born on August 16, 1921 in Rosetown, SK. He received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan and his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Bob was a retired Art Teacher who had taught at St. Francis High School from 1967 to 1986. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a radio operator from 1943 to August of 1945 on the HMCS Unicorn and the HMCS Algonquin. Bob is survived by two sisters, Bea Anderson of Delisle, SK, Anne (Lionel) Desilets of Powell River, BC; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Lydia, May, and one brother, Jim. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (640 - 19 Avenue N.W.) today, March 28, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (640 - 19 Avenue N.W.) on Monday, March 29, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Krystian Golisz SDS, Presider. Graveside Service to follow in St. Joseph's Section at Queen's Park Cemetery. To forward condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) c/o St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 640 - 19 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 0Y5 (Telephone 289-2591). The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Addison, the nurses and caregivers for the wonderful care, love and attention given to Bob at the Bethany Care Centre. In living memory of Bob Pravda, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley.

 

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REID, Douglas Charles Thomas (03 Sep 1924 - 17 Mar 2007) - had a long, full and wonderfully varied life. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. and spent many years in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver and in Richmond, B.C. As a boy, Doug displayed natural talent in all areas of athletics. He went on to become a skilled equestrian, downhill skier, ice skater, and tennis, hockey, rugby, and football player. He is famous for his rugby ('rugger') and football prowess, at Kitsilano High School, and at the University of British Columbia. He was the 1944 recipient of the Howie McPhee Trophy for best rugby player. In 1944, Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy, during the 'hostilities' of the Second World War. He served aboard the ships H.M.C.S Discovery, Protector, and Algonquin between 1944 and 1946, and saw active duty in the Mediterranean. After the war, Doug continued with professional sports, and was especially proud of his football years, forming the first B.C. Lions team in 1954, and later playing for the Calgary Stampeders. He was inducted into the U.B.C. Sport Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2004, his name was entered onto the B.C. Lions' "Wall of Fame." During the post-war years, Doug trained as a teacher, and completed his B.A. at the University of British Columbia in 1949. He began working for the Vancouver School Board in 1952 and continued that work for the next 37 years. During that time, he taught Elementary school for two years, Secondary school for 13 years, and was in Administrative positions for five years, including one year as interim Head of Student Services. He completed his M.A. at Simon Fraser University in 1976. The rest of his school working years were spent as a skilled and highly respected Elementary School Area Counsellor. He especially loved his work training teachers, and was admired for his group counselling work with children. His education career ended after a number of years in Vancouver's particularly challenging east-side and inner-city schools. He retired in 1989. Doug is also well-known in B.C. Equestrian circles. He was actively involved in a wide variety of equestrian activities, from pleasure and competitive riding, to raising, breeding and showing horses. He actively supported Pony Clubs and Young Riders groups, and worked for many years as a Canadian Equestrian Federation Judge. He was especially proud of his daughter Leslie Reid, delighted in supporting her throughout his life, and thrilled to watch her develop into a highly accomplished dressage rider, keen competitor, and talented riding instructor. Doug moved to Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, 15 years ago with his wife, Joanna Neilson, and their daughter, Caitlin Reid. There he enjoyed a number of years of good health, and was actively involved in Tai Chi, horse-show judging, bicycle riding, gardening, and sailing. He also enjoyed camping, holidaying in Mexico, whale-watching, garage 'sale-ing', attending auctions and symphony concerts, drinking Spanish coffees, and doing crossword puzzles. For the past 18 years, Doug delighted in being an 'at-home dad'. He took extraordinary pleasure and pride in watching his daughter, Caitlin, grow and become an amazing, kind, gracious, intelligent and multi-talented young lady. Doug's last 10 years were marred by declining health, and the many tediums, frustrations, disappointments and limitations of deteriorating mental and physical abilities. After a courageous and tumultuous 10-year struggle with Lewy Body Syndrome, he was recently suddenly stricken with a very aggressive form of cancer. He passed away at his home with Joanna and Caitlin by his side. We know that Doug joins with us in extending our heart-felt thanks to the 'cast of hundreds' who have cared for him and supported us over the past decade. Thanks to all the medical and other professional support workers who helped Doug be as well as possible, as independent as possible, as happy as possible, and at home as long as possible. Doug will be remembered for his dry humour, his quiet, gentle, kind and generous personality, his positive attitude, his love of family, his storytelling, his love of dancing, his passion for native art and culture, and his many interests, skills, talents and life accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, Joanna, his daughters, Caitlin and Leslie, and his brother, Don, and by many extended family members. Donations in Doug's memory may be sent to the Providence Community Association Therapeutic Riding Program, or to the Cowichan Rugby Club. Flowers are gratefully declined. A celebration of Doug's amazing life will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 6636 Pemberlea Road, Duncan, (turn left off Maple Bay Road) with an informal gathering and open house between noon and 6 p.m. "Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville... Mighty Casey has struck out!"

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS PROTECTOR, HMCS ALGONQUIN

ROBERTS, Bernard - A veteran of the Second World War, who served on HMCS Micmac, Royal Canadian Navy, peacefully passed away at Extendicare Nursing Home in London, on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at the age of 89 years. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Radchuk) for 66 years. Loving father of Dr. Bernard Roberts and his wife Sheila of Ingersoll. Dear grandfather of Trevor and his wife Trish, Alex and Avery. Predeceased by brothers and sisters, Martin, Jack, Paul, Mickey, Kay, Anne and Francis. Godfather to Arlene Massey, Barbara Berzins and Janis Tomkinson. Loved by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence), Weston, on Thursday, November 16, from 1:00 p.m. until service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. (the Winnipeg Free Press 15 Nov 2006)

 

HMCS MICMAC

ROBERTSON, Owen Conner Struan, OC, GM, RD, Cdr, RCNR, RCN - Born: 16 Mar 1907, Victoria, BC,  Died: 22 Nov 1994 - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Victoria, British Columbia on 16 April 1907. Went to sea in Canadian Government Merchant Marine in 1924 as an Ordinary Seaman, Cadet and Mate in CN Steamships between 1925 and 1928. Joined the RCNR in 1931. Qualified with Master's Certificate (Foreign-Going) of Competency in 1931. Acting Lieutenant in RCNR in 1931. Served as Navigating Officer in HMCS Saguenay in 1931. Served in Canadian National Lady Ships. To Naval HQ as Staff Officer Merchant Service Intelligence in 1938. To HMCS Venture as First Lieutenant in October 1938. Mobilized for War Service on 27 August 1939. Commanding Officer of HMCS Fundy (Fundy Class Minesweeper - J88) from 27 August 1939 to 22 February 1940 and Senior Officer First Minesweeping Flotilla until 22 February 1940. Promoted Lieutenant-Commander and to Naval Service HQ for Naval Personnel Division in 1940. Promoted to Commander and became Commandant of Kings (Officer Training Establishment, Stadacona III) on 7 May 1940. Executive Officer in HMCS Prince Robert (Armed Merchant Cruiser - F56) in 1941. Commander HMC Dockyard Halifax and King's Harbour Master in 1943. Promoted Acting Captain (1 July 1947) and made Commanding Officer of Scotia and Commander of HMC Dockyard and King's Harbour Master in 1944. Transferred to RCN in 1946. First Commanding Officer of HMCS Cayuga (Tribal Class Destroyer post-war construction - R04) from 20 October 1947 to 1 January 1949. To Royal Navy Senior Officers Technical Course in 1948. Commanding Officer of Niobe and Naval Member Canadian Joint Staff London in 1949. Labrador Construction Project in 1952. First Commanding Officer of HMCS Labrador (Arctic Patrol Vessel - 50) from 8 July 1954 to 29 October 1955 and again from 1 December 1955 to 12 February 1956. Circumnavigated North America in HMCS Labrador in 1954 to 1957 and first naval officer to transit the Northwest Passage. Commanding Officer of USN Task Group 6.3 on loan to USN as Deputy Commander for Polar Operation in 1955. Assigned Special Duty as Chairman of Defence Research Establishment in 1956. Promoted Commodore in 1957 and made Canadian Naval Attaché and Naval Member Canadian Joint Service Staff Washington and Senior Officer-in-Charge. On loan to USN for Polar Operations and member of crew of Blimp ZTG-2 on voyage to Arctic ice Island T-3 in 1958. Ice Pilot in USS Sargo (USN Submarine) under polar pack in January 1960. Ice Pilot in USS Seadragon(USN Submarine) for multiple submerged polar transits in 1960 including submerged transit to the North Pole August to September 1960.. First person to transit the Northwest Passage both on the surface and submerged in a submarine. Retired in 1962. Became Deputy Director of Arctic Institute of North America. On loan to EXPO '67 as Scientific Advisor. Conducted panarctic sealift to Melville Island. Member Maritime Appeals Board. Died on 22 November 1994, age 87, in Oakville, Ontario. Awarded RCNR Officers' Decoration (RD) on 27 September 1943. "For distinguished service in taking over command of a vessel, loaded with explosives, which caught fire in Bedford Basin, Halifax, in 1943, when the officers and crew had abandoned efforts to save the ship. Commander Robertson directed the fighting of the fire with complete disregard for his personal safety, and brought the ship down harbour, finally beaching her. Due to his efforts, a major explosion in the harbour was avoided and the ship was salvaged." Commander Owen Connor Struan Robertson, six-feet-seven and known throughout the service as "long Robbie" was the Commander of the Dockyard at Halifax. At 0720 hours on 3 November 1943, he was informed that the U.S. Freighter S.S. Volunteer was on fire in the harbour and loaded with ammunition. Twenty-six years earlier, the Mont Blanc had destroyed much of Halifax and it was 36 year old Robertson's job to prevent it from happening again. The S.S. Volunteer carried more than 500 tons of light ammunition, some 2,000 drums of highly combustible magnesium, and 1,800 tons of heavy howitzer ammunition, plus depth charges and cases of dynamite. At 0515 hours, a stoker in the engine room attempted to raise steam but accidentally detonated the burners causing the fuel lines to rupture and flaming oil to be spewed out. The Master, The Chief Officer, Chief Engineer and Second Engineer had been playing poker in the Master's cabin and had consumed a fair amount of alcohol. The Radio Officer tried to contact Turple Head (Naval Signal Station) but sent out the signal on the wrong wave length and aimed his lamp in the wrong direction. At 0650 hours, the American crew, seeing that their officers were incapacitated, abandoned ship. While the Fireboat Rouille was pumping foamite into the stokehold, Commander Robertson boarded the S.S. Volunteer and went to the Captain's cabin. Finding most of the crew gone and the officers drunk, Robertson pulled on an oxygen mask and asbestos hood and climbed down into the stokehold. After assessing the situation, he returned to the Master's cabin to obtain the cargo contents and distribution list. With no help from the Master, he found the list but explosions now began in Number Three Hold. Along with Stoker William Carson (awarded the British Empire Medal), Lieutenant Charles Spinney (awarded a Mention in Despatches) and William Cody of the National Harbour Board's Fire Department, Robertson tried to get the Master to allow the Number Three Hold to be flooded. The Master refused permission so Robertson called for the U.S. Naval Liaison Officer and began rigging hoses to flood Number Three Hold. Lieutenant-Commander E.F.B. Watts, Senior Boarding Officer in Halifax and Lieutenant-Commander Stanley, USN, arrived. The Master was still trying to give orders but Stanley stripped him of his command, took command himself and turned full control over to Robertson. Further inspection of the ship showed that the fire was spreading to Number Two Hold and Robertson decided to remove the ship from the harbour. Tugs were called in to theS.S. Volunteer to McNab Island where the sea bed off Mauger's Beach dipped into a trough. However, before this could be done safely, something had to be done about the buildup of cordite fumes that threatened to blow up the ship immediately. Robertson and his party went below deck to stack tobacco bales around the drums of magnesium. Holes were cut in the main deck above the magnesium and Robertson fired a rifle at the magnesium drums. They exploded with flames shooting high into the air through the vent holes. About ten minutes passed before the noise and flames subsided. Robertson again went below to assess the situation and determined the immediate danger of an explosion had passed. The S.S. Volunteer was towed to Mauger's Beach on the south end of McNab Island and Robertson and his men opened the sea cocks at 1545 hours. With the S.S. Volunteer fully beached by 1600 hours, Robertson left the ship, a second Halifax explosion averted.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS LABRADOR

ROMBOUGH, Ashur C. - It is with great sadness that the family of Ashur Rombough announces his passing at age 74 on Friday, August 22, 2014 at The Moncton Hospital. Ashur was born in Sudbury, Ontario, June 22, 1940. He received his primary and secondary education in Napanee, Ontario. After high school he apprenticed with a “rural cheese maker”; he then served in the Royal Canadian Navy for three years after which he served as an electrical apprentice and was awarded the inter-provincial seal. Later, he and long-term friend, Maurice Kimmett operated a successful electrical business in Napanee. Afterwards, Ashur graduated with honours from UNB Fredericton with a teaching degree. He taught for a total of 28 years both in Moosonee, Ontario and Moncton at MacNaughton and Harrison Trimble High Schools. After retiring from teaching in 2000 he went to work for Kent where he remained for 14 years, first in The Human Resources Department and then his love of interaction with people led him to work at the project desk until shortly before his passing. Working was never a burden for Ashur. He was happiest when puttering and doing for others – he was never self-centred. He used many old sayings. Rather than becoming frustrated with a difficult job, he would say “There is no such thing as a small job”!! Ashur was a quiet man with a very positive attitude and mellow sense of humour. He did not speak negatively about anyone or anything. A man of few words, he did not raise his voice or lecture others. As a father and husband he never failed to support his wife and children. He was extremely proud of each one and loved to listen to their stories. He offered little advice, except “live and let live”. He was a wonderful role-model for all. Ashur will be sadly missed by loving wife Barbara (nee Graham), son Christopher (Lorie), Sackville, NB; daughter Wind Jen (Sam), Denman Island, BC and beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Graham, Moncton, NB, as well; his brothers Mike (Charlotte) and Barney (Gladys) Rombough their children and grandchildren; sister Penny her children and grandchildren in Manitoba. His late sister Paulette’s children, grandchildren and brother-in law, Albert Mulders. In addition he leaves sister-in-law; Mary Woods (Barry deceased) Gary, children and grandchildren; Marilyn Graham (Kim deceased) children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Rita Einwechter (Rick) and Paulette Mulders (Albert.) A Celebration of Life Service for Ashur will be held at Fergusons Funeral Home Chapel, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:30pm. Reception following the service in the Funeral Home Reception Centre. Interment will take place at a later date in Napanee, Ontario. In Ashur’s memory, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick or memorial of donor’s choice.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

RUSSELL, James Henderson (Jim) - After a brief battle with cancer, Jim passed away December 3 in his 87th year at Juravinski hospital with daughter Barbara at his side. Predeceased by wife Jo (Norma), and son Steven. Beloved grandpa of Emily and Peter, father-in-law of Paul Morse, and brother of Arlie Hobson (George) of Manotick, Allen (Marion) of Toronto, and Bob (Margaret) of St. Mary's, he will be missed by all in his extensive family. As a prominent educator, Scouts Canada leader, member of the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton board of directors, church trustee and president of Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 8, Jim was one of those special people who touched the lives of many in the Hamilton region. It was impossible to go out with him in public without someone rushing up to say, "Well, hi, Mr. Russell, I bet you don't remember me … " Born in Dundalk, Ont., Jim served as Artificer in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War aboard the destroyer HMCS Algonquin. He graduated from McMaster University post war and began his teaching career in math and physics at St. Catharines Collegiate, and Central Secondary and Westdale Secondary in Hamilton. In 1961-'62, he served as elected president of OSSTF Hamilton. Known as one of his era's 'Great Principals,' Jim led Barton Secondary (1966-'72), where he championed and pioneered semestering in Hamilton as well as the house system, followed by terms as principal at Hamilton Collegiate Institute and Westmount Secondary. Jim was a lifelong Scout dedicated to helping youth in their physical, mental and spiritual development towards becoming constructive members of society. A Medal of Merit recipient, Jim served as president of Scouts Hamilton-Wentworth Council, Troop Scouter of 6th Ancaster, and Scout Councillor of the 44th and 27th Hamilton. He loved the outdoors, in particular canoeing and fishing. A favourite haunt was the trout-filled Rocky Saugeen River. Jim served as Trustee of Marshall Memorial United Church and in recent years spearheaded its outreach program and food drives for Living Rock, a ministry for street-involved youth in Hamilton. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 18 at Marshall Memorial United Church, 20 Gilbert Avenue, Ancaster. Donations to Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) or Marshall Memorial in lieu of flowers are appreciated.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

SAVE, Bernard (Kelly) (20 Jul 1925 - 14 Jul 2014) - Passed away peacefully at home in Penticton. Predeceased by wife Leona (2010) and survived by children Kelly Jr. of Oliver, Bonnie (David) of Penticton, brother Norman (Diana) of Vancouver and best friend John Will of Edmonton. He served on the HMCS Iroquois in WWII as a machine gunner where he earned his nickname Kelly. He raced #88 stock car regularly at Stampede Speedway. Kelly had a gypsy spirit moving Leona 27 times. In Calgary, he started Save's Sound Service and owned several service stations; then Save's Music Centre, Victoria, 1967; Save's Southside Volkswagen Service, Calgary, 1969; Forbes Landing Hunting and Fishing Lodge in Campbell River, 1972 - a 13 room lodge with cabins and the Cougar Room bar featuring weekend sing-alongs and Leona's favourite "Bill Bailey;" realtor in Calgary, 1975; Save's Carpet Centre, Penticton, 1980; and finally, Save's Auto Body from which he retired. He was a jack of all trades, a wheeler dealer, and had many good friends. He enjoyed his Salmon Arm fishing trips with his cronies, including John Will who was a great strength for Dad after Mom left us. Anyone who met Dad liked him: he was a "kibitzer" and a kind and generous man. We'll miss you more than you'll ever know Dad. You've no more pain, so go ahead and have a drink of Gibson's! You were the best of the best! We love you forever. Kelly and Leona will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery, Penticton. (The Calgary Herald on July 26, 2014)

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

SCOTT, Everett Howard - 83, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, with loving family beside him through his illness and passing. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Holden Bower) on January 11, 2003. Everett was the first of 11 children of Thomas and Ella Scott, Barrington. Surviving are his children Donald (Paula), Sharon (Pete) Blakeney, Everett (Catherine), Sandy, Laura (Shurben) Brannen, Bruce (Kimberly) and siblings Stanley, Barbara, Audrey, Carol, Lillian, Fred, Phil, Patti and Ruth; predeceased by his brother Rene in 2007. Everett was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed time spent with the family. As a youth, Everett was involved with the logging operation and guiding with his father, brother, Stan and uncles. He joined the navy at a young age, served on various naval ships, travelled extensively and served on the HMCS Iroquois during the Korean War. Over the years he had a barber shop, started a trucking business and was employed at C.F.S Barrington until his retirement. Everett spent many enjoyable hours building small boats in his little workshop where friends would stop by for a visit and story-telling and is well known locally for his quality canoes, many are proud to say they own an “Everett canoe”. In younger years competing at the Beaver Dam Sports Meet was among his favourite sporting events. Everett loved time at his camp on Barrington Lake, a passion he passed on to all of his family. A Celebration of Life was held at H.M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Barrington on January 21, a true celebration of a man who leaves behind a legacy of many stories of his life adventures. Donations may be made to the Wesley Heritage Community Seniors Association or any charity of choice.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

SHEA, Gordon - Celebrating the magnificent life of Gordon Shea (1925-2011) affectionately known as Gordie, Pops and Pappa. Gordon was born August 10, 1925 in Lanigan, Saskatchewan to Herb and Ethel Shea. Gordon had five brothers and five sisters. Gordon joined the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1944 to serve with his three brothers during WW2. Gordon completed a 4 month course at HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia then onto CFB Stadacona in Halifax. Gordon shipped out as an anti aircraft gunner on "The Savage Destroyer" Q-081, a fairmile motor launch that was sunk, and he was then moved to the H.M.C.S Algonquin which was involved in the D-Day attacks. A few quotes from shipmates: "Hi Guns, May your stay on 081 be long & merry & full of fun because you the best guns we have had" -Pee-Wee "Dear Gord: We'll hitch old Adams to the Shea and we'll head like fury to the Saskatoon brewery in the good old summer time" Bill Adams HMCS Algonquin Trindad 10/13/1945. Following the war Gordon worked along side his Dad at Maddock's Farm in Victoria, BC (Canada). Gordon then started Bar S Ranch in Victoria, B.C. training horses and ponies with his wife Lila. His children Susan, Shelley and Michael were born in Victoria. In 1960 Gordon answered an advertisement for a horse trainer position in Tucson, Arizona, and went there to train Fox Trotters. He loved the lifestyle in Arizona, and soon returned to Canada to commence formal immigration procedures. Doug and Pat White sponsored the entire family to relocate from British Columbia, Canada to Tucson, Arizona in 1962. Gordon put his heart and soul into the horse world, training all breeds of horses, building arenas, and hosting gymkhanas, roping, cutting and cowboy polo and rodeos. He participated in many re-enactments, parades and some movies in Old Tucson. Gordon trained trotting ponies, twelve white mules to drive for a movie, quarter horses, Arabians, and a buffalo to ride, he loved all breeds. He rescued many horses and ponies from the slaughterhouse, providing a second chance at life for many. In 1966 Gordon moved his family to Scottsdale, accepting a position working for Clays Arabians. He transitioned to become the manager and horse trainer for prestigious Gainey Arabians' three locations (Scottsdale, California and Minnesota) for eight years with many national champions to his credit. He became an icon in the Arabian Horse world, including the Director of the Arabian Horse Association of AZ from 1982 to 1985. More importantly, he was a mentor to many in the horse world and in life in general. In 1974, Gordon and the Shea family created Shea, Inc., based in Owatonna, Minn., beginning a long successful career in the Arabian Horse World. Shea Inc transformed over the years and became Gordon Shea Arabians headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. Gordon garnered many National Champions and acclaimed accomplishments over the years. Most memorable being the unparalleled success with his prized stallion, Serinask. Serinask and Gordon became known throughout the world as an incredible "driving team" unbeatable in the show ring, Serinask was his dream horse. Gordon trained and raised many Champions, but Serinask was his pride and joy. Serinask became the leading sire of performance horses in the Nation for years and had 3 National Champion titles to his name. Gordon loved to: drive any horse, wheel and deal, swap anything at a swap meet, tell his stories of his life, dance with his wife and family, spend time with his beloved family. Gordon touched many hearts and had a very colorful personality, quick wit and a generous smile. He always had time for anyone needing an ear or wanting his help. Dearest to his heart was his wife of 56 years, Lila, and his family, the most recent additions being his granchildren twins who were the light of his life. The twins would tell their Pappa "You are the best Pappa in the whole world". Wonderful Father, Loving Husband, Brother and Uncle, Cherished Friend, Mentor to many, always had a moment to all who crossed his path. Gordon the "Irish Leprechaun" loved to dance (he and Lila won many dance contests) Big Band Music being his favorite. Phoenix Suns basketball, Coyote's hockey, Diamondbacks baseball, you name it sports was his ultimate pastime! If only the coaches, players and ref's could hear the words Gordon shared with the TV! Gordon is survived and dearly missed by his wife Lila, his children, Susan, Shelley, Michael, and Stacey, his grandchildren, Nicholas, Jason, Jesse, Heather and Justin, his brother Erwin (Barbara), his sisters Beatrice and Louella and Pearl and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday May 28, 2011 at Messinger Mortuary Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ. at 10:00 a.m.Celebration of Life to follow at Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona. In Lieu of Flowers donations to www.horsemensdistressfund.com and Horses Help (www.horseshelp.org) teaming horses with Autistic & special needs children.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS ALGONQUIN, ML Q081

SOVA, Arnold McCrimmon - Peacefully passed away on July 13, 2006, at the age of 89 at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ethel in 1993, his parents Thomas and Annie Sova, brother Gordon, sisters Geraldine Sova, Beatrice Curson, Ruth Mowat, and niece Anne Foulds. Left to cherish his memory are his children Carolyn (Augie) Thorvaldson, Lenore Sova, Gary Sova and wife Joyce Wong, Debbie (Neil) Rostkowski, grandchildren Cheryl (Brian) Dempsey, Shelly (Kevin) Maslechko, Robert Thorvaldson, Raquel and Riley Sova, great grandchildren Steven and Sera Maslechko, Matthew Dempsey, many nieces, nephews, and friends. Arnold was born in Winnipeg on October 22, 1916, and lived most of his life in the West end of Winnipeg. As a young man he worked at Eldorado and Gunnar Gold Mines with his brother Gordon. Arnold served in the Royal Canadian Navy for five years during The Second World War and sailed on the HMCS Iroquois Tribal class destroyer. While in the Navy he trained as an electrician and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Years later, Arnold was very proud to receive a medal from the Russian Government for escorting ships back to Russia on the Murmansk Run. On June 29, 1946, Arnold married the love of his life Ethel Johnson. Their door was always open to family and friends and many good times were enjoyed around the kitchen table. Arnold looked forward to family Sunday dinners where he often reminisced about his years in the Navy and working in the mines. He enjoyed summer vacations with family and friends for over 47 years at West Hawk Lake where we played many games of cribbage and enjoyed evenings by the campfire. He always claimed he wrote the book on playing crib. Following the war, Arnold worked for Kummen-Shipman until he joined the City of Winnipeg as an electrical inspector, retiring as the Chief Electrical Inspector in 1981. He was well respected by his peers. He was a long-standing member of Royal Canadian Legion No. 1; was an avid curler at the Valour Road Curling Club and enjoyed league bowling at Polo Park Lanes right up into his 80's. Arnold's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Bethania Personal Care Home for their kindness and compassion. Pallbearers will be Robert Thorvaldson, Kevin Maslechko, Brian Dempsey, David Mowat, Don Brethauer, and Ron Povey. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday July 19, at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway. Interment to take place at Brookside Cemetery. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, July 18, from 7:00 8:30 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Arnold's memory to the ALS Society of Manitoba or CancerCare Manitoba. (the Winnipeg Free Press 17 Jul 2006)

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

SOWCHUK, Alexander, CM, CD, MWO, RCN, CAF - Veteran WWII and Korean War In Ottawa Civic Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2003 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Sadie Sowchuk (nee Milley). Loving father of Adriann Sowchuk (husband Michael Knight) and MaryAnn Sowchuk (husband Scott McClennon). Proud grandfather of Morgan and Aaron. He is survived by his sister Vera and his nieces June Zamokski and Brenda Ulley and their families. He is predeceased by his parents Nicolas and Anna Sawchuk (nee Prodan) of Montreal, his sisters Mary Towrnicki and Elisa Ulley, his brothers Peter and George, and his nephew Howard Ulley. He served during the Second World War on Board HMCS Chebogue, torpedoed in the Irish Sea, as well as during the Korean War aboard HMCS Nootka, and aboard numerous other ships during his 28 year naval career. After his retirement he continued work as an Electrical Technician in HMC Dockyard, Halifax and later as a Commissionaire in Ottawa. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1606 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa on Friday, November 21 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at 3 p.m. in the hall. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mark's Church or to a charity of choice. We request due to severe allergies that no scented products be worn. (The Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 19, 2003)

 

HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS CHEBOGUE

STANLEY, Alan Douglas (Peter) - Age 91, born August 13, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec, died peacefully on October 9, 2009 at Brock Fahrni Pavilion, Vancouver, B.C. Survived by his brother Malcolm Stanley (Joan) of Markham, Ontario, daughters Joanne Oake (Donald) Victoria, B.C., Judy Gray-Iaukea, Maui, Hawaii, and Pamela Harris, Vancouver, B.C., 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Margaret, sister Elsie Steeves, and brothers Teddy and Norman Stanley. Peter served as a Lieutenant Commander in the RCN during WWII aboard HMCS Algonquin. He was in the North Atlantic on the Murmansk Run and took part in the Normandy Invasion. Peter was one of the original members of the Naval Officers' Association of B.C. and remained active in the NOABC for much of his life in Vancouver. Peter joined the Montreal accounting firm of McDonald, Currie & Co. in 1936 and returned to the company after WWII, becoming a partner in 1949. He moved to Vancouver in 1951 where he was the managing partner for McDonald, Currie & Co., which was a predecessor firm of what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Peter retired in 1974 and remained active in the Vancouver community, serving as a Governor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Chairman of the B.C. Development Corporation, and as a director of several public companies. He was a man of principle, devoted to his profession and his community, tireless in his pursuit of criminals in the world of finance, and an expert in the field of insolvency. He loved his golf and snooker, and was noted for his dapper and flamboyant style of dress. Peter had an unmatched sense of humour and was a masterful storyteller. His love of language influenced us all. "He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour." Psalm 112, verse 9. Peter's daughters give thanks to the staff at Brock Fahrni Pavilion for their loving care and appreciation of their father. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to 3H Craftworks Society, 2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6K 1N8, Ph: 604-736-2113, would be appreciated. Peter and his wife Margaret shared an interest in this charitable organization, a group close to their hearts. (The Province 30 Oct 2009)

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

STARNES John - passed away on October 9, 2007 at Christine Morrison Hospice. He is survived by daughter Ashley, sisters Arvena (Harold) Courson, Juanita (Joe) Kafer, Thelma (Bud) Diack and Denelda Starnes, as well as many other relatives, and friends in the trucking industry and motorcycle clubs. He was predeceased by his wife Pamela, parents Art and Ethel Starnes and brother Merle. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Iriquois from 1966-1969. He enjoyed living life to the fullest. A funeral service will be held on November 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Henderson's Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation in John's memory. The family would like to thank Mission Hospice for their care and compassion. Henderson's Funeral Home 604-854-5534 (The Province 02 Nov 2007)

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

STEVENS, Ronald Gerald - passed away quietly on May 15, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Ron will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his sons Mark (Heather) of Victoria, Jack (Julianne) of Toronto, Robert (Lori) of Victoria and daughter Judy (Mike) Barber of Shawnigan Lake; his grandsons Angus and Maxwell Barber, and Jak (Lannette) New of Vancouver; his brother Bob (Joan) of Courtenay; Janet Stevens of Victoria, the mother of his children; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Born in Vancouver on August 7, 1927, Ron was the youngest of eight children in a very patriotic family he and five siblings answered the call to arms. Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and later served two tours of duty in Korea aboard HMCS Cayuga. After retiring from the navy in 1965, Ron acquired his small vessel master's ticket and worked for many years as mate and captain of numerous support vessels at HMC Dockyard. Ron spent his last years at the Lodge at Broadmead, where many will miss his cheerful attitude and distinctive singing voice. His family would like to thank the staff at the Lodge and at the Memorial Pavilion for their help and kindness over the years. 'Now reunited with his mother, Etta, father, George, and brothers and sisters Lawrance, Norman, Jack, Margaret, Muriel and Gwen'. A Celebration of Life will be held in Victoria at McCall Bros. Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Friday, May 23, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Lodge at Broadmead would gratefully receive donations in Ron's memory. (The Times Colonist on May 21, 2003)

 

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SWIM, Ronald Floyd - It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Swim on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at L.H.S.C. Victoria Hospital in his 79th year. Reunited with his beloved wife Ann Swim (nee Hoonaard) who predeceased him in 2010. Ron was born in Port L’Hebert (Queens County), Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Mary (nee Lloyd), twin brother Roland, brothers Roby, Lindy, and sister Viola. Dear Father to Lois Hardman (Grant), Brian Swim (Leanne) and Tara Swim (Mark). Loving Grandfather to Erin, Tyler, Alyssa, Payton, and Brianna. Survived by his sisters Dorothy (Theodore) and Alice, brother Burrows (Phyllis) and sister in law Pauline. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Ron served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1954 to 1959 and retired from Labatt Breweries in London. Cremation has taken place. A private family service and interment will be held at Woodland Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in care of arrangements.

 

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TAGGART, Norman Reid (06 May 1930 - 31 Dec 2009) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our amazing father at the age of 79 after a sudden battle with cancer. Norm was predeceased by his wife Sally Anne (Lockyer), his father Samuel Reid Taggart and mother Vera. Survived by his children, daughter Erin Brownlee (Pat), son Kit (Lyndsay), and grandchildren Jessica, Sarah, Jenna, Samantha, Pat's son Blake and great-grandson Jack. Norm was born and raised in Vancouver, he attended Magee High where he met Sally Anne. After he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy for 5 years from 1948 to 1952. He saw active duty in Korea aboard the HMCS Cayuga which played a major role in the assault at Inchon and the evacuation of allied troops on the Taedong River. When he returned home Norm married Sally Anne in 1954, they had an exceptionally happy life together. He worked at BC Telephone Company from 1953 to 1986 (33 years). Part of his early time with BC Tel (from 1954 to 1957), was spent building the Mid Canada Line, an Air Defence Early Warning Line, stretching across Canada's 55th parallel of latitude from Labrador to British Columbia. Most of his career was spent as a network supervisor for radio, microwave and television transmissions. After he retired from BC Tel, he worked for Syncrotel as a consultant for another 8 years. He was a man of incomparable honour and integrity who dedicated his life selflessly to his family and we miss him deeply. There will be no formal service for Norm, however there will be a celebration of his life for family and friends on Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 PM at 812 Baker Drive, Coquitlam, BC. (Vancouver Sun June 4, 2010)

 

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THOMPSON, Donald Lloyd (Don), DDS  (13 Dec 1921 - 23 Feb 2013) - On Saturday, February 23, we said goodbye to a great friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Dr. Donald Thompson enjoyed a very long and charmed life. He was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the son of Jack and Jean Thompson, and brother to Helen Hardy of Saskatoon. Don enjoyed all sports and was a member of his high school football, basketball and swimming teams. Don served his country in WWII joining the navy, where he served overseas on the HMCS "Algonquin". While still in high school, Don fell in love with the beautiful Mary Johnston of Moose Jaw. In 1945, as soon as Don returned from overseas, he and Mary were married. They have spent the last sixty-eight years exploring life together. After being discharged from the navy, Don applied and was accepted into the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, Don and Mary headed west to Calgary where they lived until Don's retirement. During his working life, Don was very active serving the local community and especially his dental community, serving for years at the local, provincial and national levels with terms as president of the local and the provincial dental societies. Don and Mary had four children, John (Lesley Ostrosser), Donna Price (Askey) (Bob), Pam Thompson (Ted Fullerton) and Pat Peters (Mat); three grandsons, Paul Askey (Cori), Colin Askey and Spencer Brown; as well as two great- grandsons Ethan and Marco Askey. After Don retired, Don and Mary moved to their Windermere cabin. They spent these last summers in Windermere with family and their many golfing friends at Fairmont, then escaping the Canadian winters enjoying the company of friends and family in Palm Desert, California. Don enjoyed a life with good health, many good friends and much laughter. By living life as it should be lived - respectfully, honestly, honourably and thankfully, he showed that the good do not always die young. His friends and family will remember a man with a million stories, a quick enquiring mind and a great sense of humour, which he maintained to the end. We will miss you and we will continue to celebrate your life well lived. A Celebration of Don's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), 303 Forge Road S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 0S9 (Telephone 403-253-5250). The family would like to thank Dr. Watson and the nurses on Unit 32 at Foothills Medical Centre for their compassion and care. In living memory of Dr. Don Thompson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

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TIVY, Robert Harrison - born at Rivers, Manitoba, June 23, 1921 died of cancer, April 27, 2004 in White Rock BC. Bob attended the University of Manitoba graduating in Electrical Engineering in 1943. He was active in student affairs, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Manitoban. During the war , he served on the HMCS Algonquin. After the war, he joined the Manitoba Power Commission working on the farm electrification program until 1953. Bob then joined CNR and served in Moncton, New Glasgow, Toronto, and Montreal. One career highlight was his implementation of the on-line railcar tracking system, TRACS. He retired from CN in 1984, but continued as a consultant until 1993 on projects in Argentina, Brazil, the US and India. In July 1949, he married Marjorie Anne Walker, mother of his three children: Robin, Maria and Jim. He lost her to cancer in 1971 and married Frances Mona Toomey in 1972. Bob is survived by his wife Frances, his sister Mary, his brother Bill, two sons, Robin and Jim, daughter Maria, and grandchildren, Caley, Wolf, Chilko,and Kira Service at St. Marks Anglican Church, 12953 20th Ave, South Surrey, at 10:00 AM Monday May 3 with burial at Gethsemani Cemetery. Instead of flowers, please donate to the BC Cancer Agency or Peace Arch Hospital. (Winnipeg Free Press 01 May 2004)

 

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WHEATCROFT, Ernest Albert - Died: 16 May 2015

 

HMCS CAYUGA

WINTER, David Arthur - Surrounded by his loving family, he returned to the Lord, from Wellington Hospice in Guelph after a ten month battle with cancer, at the age of 81. Born in Windsor, ON, son of the late Reginald and Mary Winter (nee Moore), he was married at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Truro at a Naval wedding to his beloved wife and partner, the late Judith Winter (nee Wilson). He is survived by his daughter Merriam (Barry Stairs) of Kingston, Andrew of Kitchener, and Bruce (Deena Petrou) of Waterloo. David was very proud of his loving grandchildren Adam, Sam, and Josh (Merriam's children) and Sarah and Olivia (Bruce’s children). He is also survived by former daughter-in-law Leanne Winter; brothers Paul, John, and Bruce Winter; brother-in-law David Wilson; sisters-in-law Jans Henderson, Rose Wilson, Sheila Winter, Dale Winter; Cristina and Nickolas Petrou and by 19 nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his brother Kenneth Winter and brothers-in-law Scott Henderson and Peter Wilson. Dave and Judy lived in Kingston, Halifax, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. He retired in 1994 from the University of Waterloo with Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Kinesiology. Prior to his appointment at Waterloo, he held appointments in surgery at the University of Manitoba, served as Director of Biomedical Engineering Research at the Shriners Hospital in Winnipeg, and held faculty appointments in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, at the Royal Military College, Kingston, and served for several years as a Naval Officer on the HMCS Nootka. He received many awards and distinctions during his career including Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the first recipient of the Career Investigators Award by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the Lifetime Achievement award by the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, and the Muybridge Medal by the International Society of Biomechanics. When not working, he loved spending his time with family at the cottages in Bayfield and Shortts Lake, playing tennis, and embarking on large building projects to make the family home and cottage more enjoyable. He and Judy loved to travel. His conference circuit brought them to many beautiful locations around the world, from London to Vienna, Copenhagen to Lisbon, Australia, USA, and Canada where they enjoyed the people, the culture, and the scenery. He would like to thank Dr. Rodney Bruce, the Community Care nurses and staff, and the sensitive care he and his family received at the Wellington Hospice in Guelph. Friends will be received at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, on Wednesday, February 8th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate David’s life will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener, on Thursday, February 9 at 2 p.m. Reverend Canon Christopher Pratt officiating. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist or Wellington Hospice.

 

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WRIGHT, John Arthur, CD, MWO, RCN - passed away quietly in his sleep at the Northeast Florida Hospice Center early May 25th after a long illness. John was born in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 28, 1926. After attending Ridgeway Public and High school schools, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserves (RCNVR) in March of 1944 and served honorably until 1969. Mr. Wright survived the torpedo attack on the HMCS Magog In the St. Lawrence River in 1944. During continued service as a diesel engineer on The HMS Iroquois, he was on duty in the engine room when she was hit by enemy fire. The HMS Iroquois was the only Canadian ship to take enemy fire in the Korean Conflict. He received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal, 1939-45, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal and received not one but two Canadian Forces Decorations. Retiring from the RCN in the spring of 1969, he also worked for the Nichols School as a maintenance engineer, retiring after 19 years. An exemplary man, he is survived by his wife Gail of St. Augustine; sisters, Etta, Lois, Marilyn; and brother, Deardon, all of Ridgeway, Ontario; sister, Glenna, of Thompson, Manitoba and daughter, Darlene of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sister Jean and brothers Charles and Wayne predeceased him. A memorial service for MWO John Wright will be held at the Bertie Bretheren in Christ Church, in Stevensville, Ontario at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2002. (The St. Augustine Record 21 Jun 2002)

 

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YATES Eugene W. (Gene) - passed away peacefully at home on August 31, 2003 at the age of 71 years. He is survived by his loving family, his wife Sheila; his two sons, Bob (Denise) and Kelly (Amanda); two grandsons, Jason and Joshua; two step-daughters, Cathy (Ken) and Elizabeth; two granddaughters, Merissa and Layla; two brothers, John (Joy) and Bud (Bev) and their families. Gene was born in Calgary, Alberta on January 11, 1932. As a young man, he served on the HMCS Athabaskan during the Korean War. After his Navy career he opened his own Barbershop and maintained a successful business for several years. At the same time, he worked as a volunteer firefighter for the District of Langford. Gene retired about seven years ago after working for the Municipality of Saanich for 25 years. He loved to fly in his younger years and obtained his pilot's license in 1964. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Gene was a kind and caring man who always helped others in their time of need. Gene will be sadly missed and never forgotten by his wife, family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated that donations be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and/or Lung Association. By request there will be no service.

 

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