For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ANDERSON, Leonard - Peacefully, on February 3, 2008, after a courageous six-year battle with cancer, Leonard Anderson passed away at the age of 56. Left to mourn his loss are his devoted wife Fran, sons Adam and Aaron, sister Marty, father Roy and wife Eleanor, and extended family, Tracy, Kelly and Marvin, grandsons, Kyle and Liam, granddaughter Kayla, seven nephews, three nieces, many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Patricia Cunningham and sister Margaret. Len served as a signalman in the RCN from 1970 to 1972 on the HMCS Columbia stationed in Esquimalt, BC. Upon his return to Winnipeg he met the love of his life Fran, and they married in 1974. Len was as a machinist by trade and worked at many different manufacturing companies since 1973, most recently employed at Custom Castings. Len loved to travel, fish, take photos, listen to music and watch movie classics. He cherished the beauty of nature, especially mountains, waterfalls, flowers, trees and sunny days. He loved being a Granddad and the time he spent with his grandchildren. Len was a member of West Kildonan Legion for 33 years. He played house league darts there in the late 1970s and early 1980s as well as in an inter-legion league, and was active in the MB Darts Association also serving on its Board of Directors. Always a good sport, he enjoyed playing Yahtzee with his Dad and numerous card games with friends and family. He was a proud member of his church and enjoyed talking about Scriptures with Rose. Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anne's Anglican Church. In honour of his faith and in gratitude for the love and support from fellow parishioners, donations may be made in his memory to St. Anne's Anglican Church, 253 Burrin Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2V 1E6. (the Winnipeg Free Press 07 Feb 2008)

 

HMCS COLUMBIA

ARMSTRONG, George Gordon, Captain, RCN - Died peacefully at his home in Ottawa, on December 22, 2007, surrounded by family. Beloved husband, for 48 years, of Elizabeth Adair MacManus of Edinburgh, Scotland. Loving father of Michael Gordon of Victoria, B.C., (Katharine), David of Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A., (Wendy), and James of Ottawa (Deena). Proud grandfather of Michelle and Sarah of Victoria, Stephen, Philip and Claire of Virginia, and Tyler and Caroline of Ottawa. Dear brother of James and Jean McLean. Uncle to his many cherished nephews and nieces. Remembered by his many relatives and friends. Captain Armstrong was born in Regina and spent his formative years in Saskatchewan. He was educated at the University of Saskatchewan graduating with an Honours BA, after which he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Cadet. In his 34 years in the Navy he served in many appointments at sea on both coasts and ashore, culminating in his Command of HMCS MacKenzie and Commander Sea Training (Pacific). He also served on the Staff of the Supreme Allied Commander (Atlantic) in Norfolk, Virginia. Post retirement from the Navy, Captain Armstrong was the Executive Director of the Navy League of Canada, and was a Friend of the National War Museum. He was a Life Member and Gold Medallion recipient of the Naval Officers' Association of Canada. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 315 McLeod Street on Friday, December 28, 2007 from 10 a.m. until Service in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m.. Interment will be in the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions to the Ottawa Regional Cancer foundation 704-265 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ,ON K1S 2E1 would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS FORTUNE, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS QUINTE, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS MACKENZIE

ASTLES, Kenneth Harold (Chief), CERA, 32970-H, RCN (served 15 Sep 1942 - 31 Aug 1972) - At Victoria Hospital after a brief illness on Friday, November 10, 2006. He is survived by his loving wife Agnes, now residing at Meadow Park Nursing Home. He will be lovingly missed by his children Barry (Alice), Gregory (Pat), Gail (Peter) and Johnathan (Patti). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Sean, Mark and Kelly Astles, and great-grandson Benjamin, Andrew, Mathew and Erin McLaughlin (father Kevin) and Dylan and Devin Astles (mother Cindy.) He will be sadly missed by brother Gale (Sheila). Nieces Tracey (Terry) and Julie (Ken) and nephews Brian (Mary Ellen) and Chris (Kathleen) and his best friend "Valley" Ken was predeceased by his parents Harold and Nellie Astles and sister Lucille Bolt. Ken was born August 21, 1922 in Saint Thomas, Ontario. He pursued a career in the Navy from September 1942 until June 1971 serving on numerous ships including HMCS Labrador, HMCS Columbia, HMCS Assiniboine. Following his service in Wold War II he worked for a time at New York Central Railroad in Saint Thomas as a machinist before resuming his naval career and being stationed in Nova Scotia until his retirement in 1971. He was a founding member of the Navy Club and a proud member of the Branch 501 Lambeth Legion. Ken could be found on many a Saturday with his friend's and his dog Valley at Cubby's. He enjoyed many pool parties at his home with family and Friends and also enjoyed time spent in Toledo with Gale and Friends at State Aerial. A memorial service will be held at the Lambeth Legion, 7097 Kilbourne Road, Lambeth on Sunday, November 12, 2006 from 1: 00-5:00 p.m. Westview Funeral Chapel 519-641-1793 entrusted with cremation arrangements.

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS LABRADOR, HMCS COLUMBIA

BAGSHAW, Mark Leonard - Passed away, 13th March, 2014. Aged 50 Years. Much loved Husband of Tracey, Father of Jack and Gabrielle. Father and Grandfather of Jana and her children (Canada). Family and Friends of Mark are invited to attend his Funeral, to be held in the Hemmant Cemetery Chapel, Hemmant - Tingalpa Road, Hemmant, on Wednesday, 19th March, 2014 at 10 a. m. , followed by burial in the Lawn Cemetery. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to the P. A. Research Foundation would be appreciated. Anton Brown Funerals, Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia (The Courier-Mail on 17 Mar 2014)

 

HMCS YUKON

BANDOIAN, John Vartkas, V40052, RCNVR / P2NS, 16161-E, RCN (served RCNVR Oct 1941 - Sep 1945 / RCN Apr 1952 - Oct 1965),  (08 Jan 1923 - 29 Oct 2008) - Passed away peacefully, his way. John is survived by his beloved Anne and faithful pet A.J.; his children: Maryann, Rita, Georgina (Art), Ken (son in law) and Sylvia (daughter in law). His grandchildren: Duane (Colleen), John, David (Shannon), Anita (Steven), Brandon (Tracy), and Shane (Karen). He also had 8 beautiful great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents; Altoon and Hagop, siblings; George, Isabelle and Charlie, children; Bonnie, Madeline and David. John was a member in the RCN, serving overseas in Combined Operations and in the Landings of North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy. After WW2 he came back to Canada and rejoined the RCN from 1951 to 1965. He, his wife and six children were transferred to Victoria where John served on the HMCS Stettler HMCS Digby, HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Yukon. In later years he did many things. One of great importance to him was his commitment to the Chief & Petty Officer's Association where he had a new alignment with friends that he greatly enjoyed. He worked as the Service Officer for a number of years, lived a rich life and loved his family very much. Memorial service will be on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street. Friends who wish may make donations to the Chief & Petty Officer's Association Veterans Assistance Society.

 

HMCS YUKON, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS DIGBY

BARFOOT, Clayton Gordon Crozier, P.O. - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Clayton G. C. Barfoot, on December 13, 2013. Born on May 29, 1936 in Durham, ON. He was the son of Gordon and Dorothy (Marshall) Barfoot. Clayton served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years as Petty Officer 2nd class, Weapons Underwater. He was one of the five men in the RCN to experience both explosions while serving on the Nipigon and Kootenay. During this time he was stationed in Halifax, NS. After completing his service Clayton moved to Saint John, NB where he resided for another 20 years as a successful business owner. From there Clayton re-located to Ontario where he held a Commissionaires position at the Toronto Pearson Airport. Clayton was a Mason and member of the Legion No. 527. He loved to spend his winters in Florida and playing Golf. Clayton will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Lisa Barfoot. He is survived by his three daughters, Sherry Weisshaar (Richard), Michelle Merzetti (Donald), Kelly Lyver (Dion) and his seven grandchildren: Clayton, Madeline, Channing and Sajan Boudreau, Julian and Jaden Merzetti and Alexis Weisshaar. Clayton was survived by: his brother, Melville and family, several nieces, nephews, cousins and the Beazley family. He will also be missed by many friends from Goderich, Florida and Casa Abruzzo. A Memorial will take place on May 18th at 338 Falstaff Ave., Toronto, ON. His final resting place will be at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS KOOTENAY

BEASLEY, Douglas Harold, C1ER (07 Feb 1948 - 02 Sep 2012) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Harold Beasley after a two year battle with cancer. Doug was born February 7th, 1948 in High Prairie Alberta to Stephen (deceased) and Ruby Beasley. Doug was raised in Langley with 4 brothers and 1 sister. (Ernie, Bruce, Don, Steve, Maxine) He spent his last year of school in New Denver before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965. Doug served 30 years on the West Coast with lots of sea time before retiring in 1995 as a CPO1. He was married to Dayle for 43 years and had three children, Stephen, Matt and Heidi. During his Navy career he worked as an engineer, was the CERA of the HMCS McKenzie, and Coxswain of the HMCS Provider, served as the President of the Chief and Petty Officers Mess. Doug enjoyed playing, coaching and watching sports with family and friends. Doug convinced Dayle to participate in martial arts; he achieved a Black Belt in Karate. Doug continued his pursuit in life learning earning a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine running an active acupuncture practice and teaching Security courses. Doug enjoyed riding his motorcycle, motor home trips, cruises, most especially his grand children and life. Doug will be missed by all his family and friends, too many to name. A memorial service to be held September 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the Shoal Activity Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. Please no flowers. If desired donations in Doug's name to the Victoria Cancer Clinic or Queen Alexandra Centre for Children.

 

HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS MACKENZIE

BEAUDOIN, Donald Thomas (Tom), PO1 - Passed away suddenly at his home in Canim Lake, B.C. on Saturday October 20, 2012 at the age of 59, formerly of Coldwater. Adored father of Timothy and companion to Zeb, their dog. Beloved son of the late Don & Donna Beaudoin. Loving brother of Terry Petroff (Brent), Wanda Beaudoin (Norm Marion), and Tim Beaudoin (Sandra). He will be missed by his nieces, nephews and their families. Tom was proud to serve Canada in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years as a Marine Engineer and visited numerous foreign ports around the globe. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent countless hours of his youth fishing off the banks of the Coldwater River. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at the Matchedash Community Heritage Centre, R.R. #1, Coldwater on Saturday July 6, 2013 from 12:30 p.m.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

BECKETT, Brian Harwood (21 May 1936 - 29 Aug 2013) - Brian left peacefully on his final voyage August 29, 2013. Survived by his wife and best friend Deanna Joy Beckett, sons John (Lorene) and Jim (Marilyn), daughters Jennifer (Danny), Judith (Duffy), Jane (Rob) and Julie (Rob) and his 11 grandchildren and 1 great grand child. Brian was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1936 where he went to school until grade 9 and dropped out to take on various jobs. Brian joined the Navy in 1953 at the mature age of 17 as an ordinary seaman. Brian had a stellar career in the navy even though it appears he could not hold a job longer than 2 years. By 1962 he had risen to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. After being asked twice to become an officer he attended prep school in 1964/1965. He was posted to Cornwallis NS from 1965 to 1968 for navigation training and finally posted to HMCS Annapolis for watch-keeping duties. He then attended a long operations course from 1970 to 1971 on HMCS Kootenay after which he was posted to the west coast aboard HMCS Chaudiere. He was promoted to the St. Croix as the XO from 1973 to 1974 and then sent to staff college in Toronto from 1974 to 1975. After a brief and unrewarding stint in Ottawa, he was promoted to XO of Yukon and Provider from 1979 to 1980. He then became the Captain of Kootenay from 1980 to 1982. Brian then spent 3 years in Norfolk, Virginia planning and executing navel exercises with NATO forces. His last post was as Base Commander of CFB Esquimalt from1987 to 1989 where he retired at the rank of Captain (N) CD OMM. He met and fell in love with Deanna while on leave from the navy in 1955. It did not start well, as she thought he was arrogant and he called her for another girls phone number. However, with the help of Deanna’s best friend Valerie, who also happened to be Brian’s sister, he married to what was to become his life partner in 1956. After raising 6 children together and serving his country for 37 years, they set off on a two year around the world sailing cruise that lasted 10 years. The cruise, which they had planned all of their lives, started in Cyprus, went around the Mediterranean, up the midi canal through France, northern seas, down the coast to the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic and eventually ending in the Chesapeake. Brian was happiest at sea with Deanna when land was nowhere to be seen. He then established a successful boat surveying company which lasted 12 years and saw Brian crawling over 1200 boats. Brian was a lifelong learner and serviced his community until the very end. After settling in Oak Bay in 2000 Brian joined the Oak Bay Kiwanis, and eventually became President. His real passion was being on the Board of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion and making sure the Willows Tea Room was kept running to ensure ongoing funding for Pavilion activities. Fair winds and fair seas my love. A private family ceremony will occur on Tuesday, September 3rd. A Celebration of Life with friends and family will be held Wednesday, September 4th from 1pm to 4pm at his home. Donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion or the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS YUKON, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS PROVIDER, CFB ESQUIMALT

BLAKE, Douglas Craig - May 03, 2010 Petty Officer 2nd class Douglas "Craig" Blake died after an improvised explosive device detonated about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. The 37-year old Simcoe native was returning to camp yesterday afternoon after disposing of another IED when the blast occurred. Blake leaves behind a wife and two boys in Halifax. He was a navy clearance diver and began a tour of Afghanistan as an explosives disposal expert.

 

HMCS GATINEAU

BOURRET, Pierre Serge, LS, 48188-H, RCN - Born: 27 Mar 1945, Drummondville, Que, Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Patrice and Marguerite Bourret of Weddon, Que; husband of Roberta Sandra (nee Rapp) Bourret of Halifax, N.S.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

BOYLES, Alex Foster (25 Dec 1935 - 15 Sep 2013 ) - 77, of L’Ardoise and formerly of New Glasgow and Halifax passed away , September 15, 2013 at the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Born on Trenton NS, he was the son of the late Rupert and May Boyles. Alex served in the Royal Canadian Nay for 20 years, serving on many Canadian Naval Ships and was on board HMCS Kootenay at the time of the explosion in October 1969; he later worked for the Corps of Commissioners. He was involved in the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program and prior to his illness; Alex thoroughly enjoyed being out on the water, fishing. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Elizabeth; his daughters Shelley, Edith (John) Heather and Holly; stepsons Hilary (Pat) Mombourquette and Barry Mombourquette; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; daughter in law Heather Mombourquette and her companion Darrell Hermiston; sisters Joyce (George) and Eva; a brother Fraser and an extended family of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Clifford, Walter, Charlie, Ben and Doug. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and his loyal companion “ Chewy” Resting in Holy Guardian Angels Funeral Parlor, L’Ardoise Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday a 2pm from Holy Guardian Angels Parish L’Ardoise with Rev. Mariadoss Loudusamy presiding, burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In memoriam, donations to the Canadian Cancer society or Charity of the donors choice, appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Pluta, Dr. Pahil, home care nursing staff, Strait Richmond Hospital staff for their exceptional care and to the many friends and relatives for their visits and calls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS PRESERVER

BUSHNELL, Robert - It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Bushnell announces his passing on October 11, 2007. Robert is survived by and leaves to mourn his wife of 40 years, Sheila, daughter Anna, son Brian (Melanie), half-sister Judy (Doug), and their daughter Hannah; brother and sister-in-law George and Ada Wilson, and their children Carla and David; as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Robert served his country for 20 years in the Canadian Navy, stationed in BC, NWT, and Saskatchewan, as well as on the Naval Ships HMCS Provider and HMCS MacKenzie. After his military career, he worked at the CNIB and was the Administrative Director of The Persephone Theatre. In 1983 Robert graduated with a certificate in Health Care Administration which he put to use as Nursing Care Administrator in Kamsack, SK and Hospital Administrator in Coronach, SK. Robert touched many lives, every place he had been. A Celebration of Robert's life will be held at St. Andrew's United Church, 60 Athabasca St. E., on Wednesday October 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm. Reverend Nobuko Iwai will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 104 - 2301 Ave. C. North, Saskatoon, S7L 5Z5 or the Sask. Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2360 2nd Ave., Regina, S4R 1A6, would be appreciated. In living memory of Robert, a tree will be planted in Besant Park by W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Home.

 

HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS PROVIDER

CANTRIL, Frederick Earl John (Jack), Lt, RCNVR - Died: 12 Jan 2000 at Penticton, BC.

 

HMCS SARNIA

CARDINELL, Kenneth (Pat) Patrick Freeman - 63, of Comox, BC passed on December 17, 2013. Pat was born in Edmonton, Alberta March 18, 1950 and spent most of his life in British Columbia. He is survived by wife Mary Ellen; sons Darrell (Bailey), Trevor (Rebecca); daughters Shauna, Paula and their mother Sandra; grandsons Cody, Sean and Julian, and great-granddaughter Makenzy Mae; father Darrell; mother Lucy Aldridge; sisters Felicity (Drew), Linelle (James), Susan (William); step-sister Toni Kuiack; stepbrothers Bryan Stoddart (Bernice), Wayne and Steve Aldridge. As well as countless special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and honorary relatives (you know who you are). He was predeceased by stepfather Hal Aldridge, step-mother Dorothy Cardinell and in childhood, a brother Robbie. Although we make distinction here with regard to his step family, there was no such distinction in Pat's heart. Pat was proud to serve as Leading Seaman on the HMCS Terra Nova from 1969 to 1974. He graduated from police academy in 1975 and retired after 25 years of service as a career Constable with the Vancouver Police Department. He was a Lieutenant (N) in the CIC Naval Reserve and in addition to being the first CIC officer to receive his orca class ticket; was also recently awarded his 32 year service bars. Pat was an avid marksman, fisherman and loved being on the water for any reason. He was known for being a professional jokester who never let the truth get in the way of a good story. He cherished his time spent surrounded by his beloved cadets; instructing them, mentoring them, inspiring them and being inspired by them. In respect to Pat's wishes, there will be no service. It is his family's hope that those who were close to him will find a way to mark his passing in their own private and special way. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the Navy League of Canada in support of the cadet program.

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS QUADRA (RCSCC)

CAVENAGH, Orfeur John Alan (O.J.),  CD, Cdr, RCN - Died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, six weeks before his 90th birthday. Born April 6, 1925, son of Phyllis and Major Orfeur (Bob) Cavenagh, predeceased by his sister, Jill Kelly-Watten. He is survived by a sister, Anne Jackson (Derryck) of Mill Bay and nieces, Sue Foley (Alex), Andrea Phillips (John), nephews Alan Kelly, Sam Jackson, Reid Jackson (Lily), and 6 much loved grand-nieces and nephews. A devoted brother, uncle and friend, Alan held an important place in many lives and will remain in our hearts forever. After completing his education at Shawnigan Lake Boys School and Brentwood College, Alan entered Royal Roads Naval Academy in 1941 to become a career naval officer, serving in the South Pacific during the last years of WW2. Widely known in naval circles by his nickname "Kelpie" Cavenagh, in 1954 he served as navigator on the icebreaker HMCS Labrador when the ship conducted the first hydrographic survey of the NW Passage; Alan was appointed to the Royal Staff College in London, later returning to Canada to the Staff College in Toronto. In 1964 he was appointed commander of the frigate HMCS New Glasgow and in 1967 in command of the destroyer HMCS Mackenzie; in 1969 Commander Sea Training Unit Pacific. Alan also served as A.D.C to Lieutenant Governor George Pearkes during his term in 1960-68. His final naval appointment was Queen's Harbour Master, Esquimalt. A longstanding member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Alan was an avid sailor. He crewed in several Swiftsure classics and also sailed as navigator in two Victoria to Maui races, winning in 1976 aboard Albin Nelson's yacht, Lucifer. Alan retired in Victoria, B.C. and thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years. He managed to get in a trip to Kenya, lots of fishing and playing his personal brand of tennis and golf, all combined with a keen interest and participation in thoroughbred racing, here and in the East. A Memorial Reception for family, friends and former colleagues will be held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 27th, 2015

 

HMCS UGANDA, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS LABRADOR, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS MACKENZIE

CLEUGH, Ray - passed peacefully on May 28 at the age of 62, after a battle with cancer. His courage throughout was admirable. Blessed with family, Ray is survived by his wife Edith, mother Cleo, sons Dave (Sheri) and Steve (Melody), step sons Mike (Lyanne), Andreas (Melanie), sister Marilyn, brother Don, seven grandchildren Monica, Gilbert, Daelen, Chelsea, Jayden, Charlene, Anneka, a large extended family and friends. In the Royal Canadian Navy, Ray was stationed on the HMCS MacKenzie as a Leading Seaman and deep sea diver (rescue training). After service, Ray established a career as a successful electrical contractor. Ray was a man whose passion was sky high. His most exciting accomplishment was learning to fly. Ray's love for planes kept him young and full of life. He had an incredible thirst for knowledge and always welcomed the challenge to learn new skills. He was a man who believed in justice and was active in its pursuit on behalf of so many. He enjoyed great adventure with all that he did. He passed in peace with a clear conscience in a room full of love. God bless him and the love he left behind. Special thanks to the outstanding staff at the Cancer Clinic, Victoria Hospice, and Dr. Mark Thiessen. His celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at 3:00pm at the Royal Oak Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue in Victoria. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Victoria Hospice Society.

 

HMCS MACKENZIE

COCKS, Robert William James, Commodore, RCN - Died peacefully at home July 6, 2006, with all of his family present. Born in Victoria, B.C., February 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Arthur William and Minnie Louise Cocks. Bob enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17 and after graduating Royal Roads he served overseas attached to the Royal Navy and served in the Indian Ocean during the Second World War in the battleship HMS Valiant, and on motor-torpedo gunboats. He then undertook pilot training with the RAF and the RN before returning to Canada with his Scottish war bride Alexina Sinclair Davidson in 1946. His subsequent career was spread between naval air and general service appointments ashore and afloat. He loved to fly and eventually became Base Commander of Shearwater. His sea-going appointments included command of HMCS Antigonish and HMCS Yukon and the 3rd Canadian Escort Squadron. His postings to Ottawa included serving as Director of Maritime Force Combat Development and Director of International Plans. Bob resigned from the navy in 1974 rather than face another appointment to Ottawa. He turned his attention to voluntary planning for tourism development on Nova Scotia's South Shore. Bob was an opponent of nuclear weapons. In the mid 1980's he joined and later became president of Veterans Against Nuclear War. Bob was greathearted and convivial. He took part in and organized many community events, the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival being just one of many of his causes. He was a great friend to so many. Bob, we will miss your intelligence. Predeceased by his wife, Lexie, Bob is survived by his son, Iain and daughter-in-law Yvonne; daughter, Kathryn; grandchildren, Jennie, Hannah, Jessica, Logan, and Sarah; great-grandson, Alex; stepson, Chris; friend and companion, Audrey; and let us not forget his faithful sidekick, Floyd. Cremation has taken place. Donations may be made in his name to Shaid Tree Animal Shelter in Bridgewater.

 

HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS YUKON, HMCS SHEARWATER

CRABBE, Thomas Gordon LS, N53650, RCN - Born: 21 Apr 1940, Alonsa, M.B., Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Jean (nee Milne) and Phillip Fawcett Crabbe of Neepawa, MB. Husband of Kathryn Suzanne (nee Fowler) and father of Brian and Bradley Crabbe, Dartmouth, N.S.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

CRAN, William Roger (Bill) - age 68, of Vancouver, BC passed away on August 8, 2013 at Purdy Pavilion, UBC Hospital after a battle with degenerative lung disease. Bill was born in Vancouver on March 20, 1945. He was the second child to the late William Thomas Cran & Mary Ellen Cran. Bill is survived by his younger brother Robert (Bob) Cran, nieces Debbie & Jordan and nephews Ed & Ryan. A Navy veteran, Bill fondly recalled his days on the HMCS Yukon, a Mackenzie class destroyer. Bill enjoyed Sunday outings to the airport to watch the air traffic. A long time member of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club, Bill toured western North America on his Honda Goldwing. But Bill's favorite place was the Lahaina Shores resort on Maui. He visited many times but never realized his dream of retirement in Hawaii. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses & staff at both VGH & UBC who took good care of Bill over the last 7 1/2 months. Your efforts allowed him to pass with dignity. A special note of thanks to Gay & family for their regular visits. (The Vancouver Sun 17 Aug 2013)

 

HMCS YUKON

DODDS, Terence Lorne (Terry) (03 Nov1962 - 13 Nov 2013) - of Wetaskiwin passed away at the age of 51 years. Terry is remembered by his loving family; wife, Lynn Metcalf; children, Lee Dodds, Jason Metcalf, Brice Verhoog, Joey St. Hilaire, Colby Dodds, Randi Sulyok and Chelsey Sulyok; grandchildren, Dominic, Blake, and Jayden Sulyok, Triston and Brody St. Hilaire; mother, Margaret (Al) Brandon and father, Mervin (Peg) Dodds; siblings, Kim (Chris), Mike and Kelly (Bob) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial service: Baker Funeral Chapel, 5302-50 Avenue, Wetaskiwin on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Terry, donations are gratefully accepted to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta. Baker Funeral Chapel, Wetaskiwin in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS YUKON

DRAIBYE, Mark - (25 Jul 1930 - 20 Jun 2014) - following a long battle with skin cancer and other debilitating conditions. Mark Draibye spent most of his life devoted to the Canadian Navy. He left home at thirteen and started his career working as a dishwasher while living on the streets of Montreal. He later worked at a logging camp in northern Quebec and for the merchant marines - but he found his true calling and love when he entered the Canadian Armed Forces. A natural leader, following his service in the Korean war and a number of positions on warships and a minesweeper, he became a deep sea clearance diver and later the Executive Officer for the Diving Unit in Esquimalt, lead the western team to victory in the Navy Gun Run competition for the Queen's visit in 1979, and ultimately rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander as the Deck Officer on the Supply Ship, Provider. Following retirement he became the Commander of the cadet camp at HMCS Quadra in Comox, B.C., a position he was immensely proud of, and one he often said he felt he had worked towards for his entire life. Mark Draibye loved beauty and he spent much of his life creating beauty - whether it be creating the perfect meal, bringing an exquisite flower to life, or sculpting the character and abilities of young cadets, he worked tirelessly, always aiming for perfection. A man who had experienced poverty, he was well known for his generosity. Mark Draibye is survived by his wife of sixty years, Joan Draibye, with whom he fell in love the first time he saw the auburn haired beauty in her green Eisenhower jacket standing across the room at a dance in Montreal. Mark is also survived by his three grown children, Kathy (Jim), Sandra, and Gordon (Lucie); five grandchildren, Renee (Doug), Sarah (Steve), Andrea, Elizabeth and Sebastien, and six great grandchildren, Brandon, Ryan, Jonathan, Ethan, Sophie and Cooper. He will be missed. The service for Mark Draibye will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at "Our Lady of the Rosary Parish" on 798 Goldstream Avenue in Langford, B.C.

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS PROVIDER, CFB ESQUIMALT (FDU (P))

DUNBAR, Roy, RCN - Born in Windsor Ontario February 27, 1933, passed away February 4, 2004 at home peacefully surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer. Predeceased by his parents and brother Don. He leaves his beloved wife, Margaret (Andrews), of 50 years; three beloved sons, Steven (Erin), David (Leslie), and Michael (Ana Maria); six adored granddaughters, Ceilidh, Bronwyn, Jacqueline, Amanda, Kathleen, and Ainsley; as well as many relatives and friends. Roy served in the Navy 1950-1975, his last posting was as Coxswain of HMCS Restigouche. There was no service at Roy's request. Donations can be made in Roy's name to The Canadian Cancer Society - Prostate Cancer Research. "He Will Live In Our Hearts Forever" (The Vancouver Sun 14 Feb 2004)

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

FRENCH, Winston Oswald, LCdr, RCNVR - Died: 16 Jul 1999, Ottawa, ON.

 

HMCS SARNIA

GALLOWAY, Nelson Murray AB, RCN - Born: 07 Jul 1950, Vancouver, B.C., Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Dave and Elizabeth Galloway of Hamilton, Ont.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

GAMMIE, Wayne 1948 - 2015 Passed away suddenly at his home in Fergus on January 24, 2015. Beloved husband of Carol Gammie (nee Bowyer) for 44 years. He will be sadly missed by daughter Marj (Bill), Amber, Megan, Brianne and Serina of Victoria, daughter Jackie (Scott), Jesse, Charles and Colton of Fergus and son Doug (Monika), Klaudia and Alex of Milton. Survived by brother Gordon (Gail), Tracy and Corey of Fergus and sister-in-law Pat (Mike), Brian and Michael of Nanaimo. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Harold and Pete (Beatrice) Gammie of Elora and Dorothy and Cliff Young of Elora. Wayne spent over 25 years in the navy and moved back to Fergus when he retired. He was a long time Legion member and was active in the community. Visitation will be held at the Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Elora on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:00 - 1:00 pm. There will be a Legion service at 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service. Fair winds and following seas. Gone but not forgotten.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS QU'APPELLE

GARDNER, Raymond Arthur, CWO, M.M.M., CD (11 Jan 1936 - 03 Aug 2012) - Survived by his wife Marie (aka Maggie) and children Terry (Marcus, James), Jeff (Naomi, Emma, Teegan, Oliver), Les (Monique), Liane (Cam, Brian, Steven, Carli, Morgan). Dad retired after serving 35 years in the Canadian military. His first posting was to France, where he met and married Mom. In 1981 he was awarded the Order of Military Merit. One of his postings was on the HMCS Kootenay. Having joined the Air Force originally, he often didn't have sea legs. This resulted in the ship doctor and staff to present him with a hard hat that read "If down, call Doc". Little known was the fact that he was artistic...so when the sky is spectacular, that will be Dad painting.... Dad had a gift for words. We all thought he should have been a preacher by all the sermons were heard throughout our childhood. Much thanks to Dr. Lintern, the doctors and nurses at the Victoria Cancer Clinic, RJH and VGH and the Westshore Homecare. He is missed, yet no longer suffers. One of his granddaughters said it best.. "You are always in my heart". In lieu of flowers, we would be honoured if donations were made to the Victoria Cancer Clinic in his name. A Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, August 26 at 1pm at the Prince Edward Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 761 Station Ave. in Langford. (Victoria Times-Colonist from Aug. 18, 2012)

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

GARNEAU, Gerald Clifford - Stories never die, they continue on as remembered by the one who's told them. Gerald (Gerry) Clifford Garneau of Sooke, B.C. was born on October 24, 1939 in Red Lake, Ontario to Clifford and Miriam (nee Ketola) passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at age 73. Gerry is survived by his wife Shirley (nee Tenhunen), children Randy, Nadina Kelso and Dana Vowles, son in-laws Mike Kelso and Gray Buchanan. Grandchildren Brent, Kari, Aaron, Cole, Clay, Sylas and Mika. Brother Bernie, sisters Margret and Sharon, step-sister Sonja. Also survived by several sister and brother in-laws and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was raised by his Aunt and Uncle Irja and Antti Puska on the farm in Intola. He attended Intola and Five Mile Schools and Port Arthur Tech/Hillcrest High School. Gerry joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1957, travelling from coast to coast until settling with his family in Sooke in 1969 and serving until 1975. He continued his career at sea for the Institute of Ocean Sciences and worked on the John P. Tully, retiring in 1990. Gerry was the owner operator of Jet-Vac & Gerry's Oil Burner Service for 6 years and served with the RCMP Auxiliary force in Sooke. He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Sooke Branch. Gerry loved to be on the sea, thus was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed trolling the shores of One Island Lake. Gerry's favourite saying was, "A sailor's place is on the ship, the ship's place is out at sea and land is a navigational hazard!" I am Free Don't grieve for me for now I am free, I'm following the path God laid for me, I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all, I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play, Tasks left undone must stay that way I found that place at the close of day, If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy, A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss, Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you sunshine of tomorrow, My life has been full; I savored much Good family, friends, good times, a loved one's touch, Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't' lengthen it now with undue grief, Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free! In respect to Gerry's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of cards and flowers, donations to be made in memory of Gerry Garneau to the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society, Charters River Salmon Stewardship Center, 2895 Sooke River Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0Y1.

 

HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS RAINBOW

GODIN, Jacques (1951-2010) - passed away suddenly Sunday evening December 19, 2010 at home from a massive heart attack. He retired after 28 years of service with the CAF and enjoyed his retirement, he leaves a wife and friends. A short and simple funeral service with friends was held on Friday, December 24 at First Memorial Funeral Services. The spreading of his ashes will be done at a later date, time and place to be announced.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

GRAINGER, Robert Keith C.D. (06 Nov 1935 - 12 Jun 2007) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our brother, uncle and friend in Victoria, B. C. on June 12, 2007. Keith was born and raised in Moose Jaw where he attended King Edward, Ross and A.E. Peacock. After a short time with the C.P.R., at the age of 19, Keith decided to join the navy. Following basic training in Halifax, Keith served at Edmonton, Cold Lake and Naden. Keith served aboard 8 navy destroyers: HMCS St. Therese, Oshawa, Margaree, Assiniboine, Qu'Appelle, Chaudiere, Yukon and Saskatchewan. Keith was a very proud and loyal member of the armed forces. Keith received his 25 year certificate upon retiring from the navy in 1980 and then continued to serve at the CFB Esquimalt Tool Crib. When Keith decided to finally retire and no longer punch a clock, he had served for 40 years. Keith had a love for a great story, whether it was one-on-one, a great movie or factual stories of W.W.II. Keith's large collection of historical war volumes have been donated and accepted by the base library at CFB Esquimalt. He was passionate about human rights, our civil liberties and was a very proud Canadian. Keith was easily engaged in a political discussion and was deeply affected by our current losses of service men and women overseas. He shared his unique sense of humor and kindness with everyone he met. Above all, Keith was intensely loyal and generous with his love for his family. Distance was never a hindrance for Keith to send his love to us at home. Keith was predeceased by his father, Robert James (March 22, 1971) and his mother Agnes (February 14, 2001). Left to mourn and deeply miss our brother are Ian and wife Vi of McLean, SK, and sister Muriel and husband Colin of Moose Jaw, SK. Keith was a kind and generous uncle to Heather and Dan Owens and family, Brent and Monika Grainger and family, Brenda and Mitch Bauck, Pam and John Foster and family, Chere and Shawn Gilbert and family and Dave Howard. We will treasure and hold dear our memories of a very special man. Our brother, our friend, our protector, we will miss you more than mere words can convey. As well as his loving family in Saskatchewan, Keith will be dearly missed by his special circle of friends in Victoria that he met on his daily rounds. Special mention to his best friends Rose and Mirek Prusa, his other" family at Chapter's and his long time friend Jim Munro and those he touched we have yet to meet. Cremation was performed and his ashes, along with a beautiful bouquet of his favorite roses were scattered at sunset on the Pacific Ocean at Victoria, BC. McCall Bros. Funeral Directors, 1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 3W3 assisted our family in our time of loss.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS YUKON, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS STE. THERESE, HMCS OSHAWA, CFB EDMONTON, CFB COLD LAKE, CFB ESQUIMALT (NADEN)

GRANT, Richard Ronald - born February 17, 1938 in Calgary, AB, suddenly passed away in Victoria, BC, on June 8, 2014. He joins his sister Darlene and his daughters' mother Dawne. He leaves behind his sister Judy, and brother Alec as well as 9 nieces and nephews with families and extended family throughout Alberta. In Victoria he leaves behind 2 daughters: Susan (Rob), and Kathleen (Michael), 1 granddaughter Erin and a step-grandson Damian. All who knew Richard will miss his love of the Royal Canadian Navy and he has also been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion throughout his 35 year military career. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 21, 2014 at Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the BC Cancer Agency. (The Times Colonist June 14, 2014)

 

HMCS YUKON

GRIFFIN, Edward Joseph (Ted) - 60, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at home. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Edward and Josephine (Weaver) Griffin. Ted served in the Navy for 25 years. Following his time in the Navy, he worked for various computer repair businesses and later owned and operated his own business. Ted then went to work for the Commissionaires with the Police Department, West Division, until his retirement in February of this year. In his spare time he enjoyed working on computers and was a devoted family man who enjoyed cottage life in Linden, NS. Ted will be lovingly remembered and never forgotten by his wife of 38 years, Valerie (Doney), Halifax; sons, Edward Joseph Jr. (Carolyn Walker), Timberlea and Michael David, Halifax; brother, David Michael (Theresa), Windsor, NS; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Margaret (McCarthy); several aunts and uncles, most recently Douglas Weaver; nephew, Jason McCarthy. Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield (477-5601), where visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, July 15 at 10 AM from the funeral home chapel, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Divya Virmani, Dr. Lynn Bussey and the staff of QEII 8.2 for their compassionate care and support.

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS KOOTENAY

GROSSE, Bradley John George - suddenly passed from this life to the next in Edson, Alberta on December 13, 2007. Brad was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 12, 1959. Brad leaves behind a grieving daughter, Tanya Grosse of Victoria, British Columbia; an older brother Mark (Betty) Grosse of Regina, Saskatchewan and their three children Hiedi, Cara and Matthew; two sisters Angel (Dean) Romano of Cranbrook, British Columbia and their children Adam, Shannon and Benjamin; also sister, Cindy Haines of Regina, Saskatchewan and her three children Lyle, Dustin, and Nicholas; and a younger brother John Henry Grosse of Fillmore, Saskatchewan. Brad is predeceased by his father Frederick Rudolph Ernest Grosse, and his mother Elsie Hazel Grosse. Brad began his adult life proudly serving his country with the Royal Canadian Navy and was posted aboard the HMCS Terra Nova. Brad loved to sail the oceans and enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world during his service. Brad later settled in Massett, British Columbia where he practiced and instructed wilderness survival, enjoyed hunting and fishing and he became an award winning marksman. The last two years of his life, Brad found himself living and working for the town of Edson, Alberta. A celebration of Brad's life was held on Wednesday December 19th, 2007 at 1:00 PM at the Foothills Memorial Chapel in Edson, Alberta with Mark Grosse leading the service. Interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date. The family suggests that in lieu of a floral tribute that a donation be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut; 10985 124th Street Edmonton, Alberta T5M 0H9 or to the Alberta Diabetes Association 12834 163 Street N.W. Edmonton, Alberta T5V 9Z9 in Brad's memory. Edson Funeral Home Ltd. (780 723 3575) entrusted with all the arrangements. (The Leader-Post Dec. 20, 2007)

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA

GUNN, Gary Douglas, born February 14, 1948 in Lloydminster Alberta, passed away quietly in his sleep August 2, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital in Sechelt, after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Eydie (nee Edith Smith); their sons: Gerald (Marcie and grandsons Jordan and Griffin); Grant (Holly and granddaughters Sierra and Gabrielle); his sister Carol Harris (Philip and nephew Logan); his sister-in-law Lana Gunn (nephews Cole, Adam, and Taylor); and many other friends and relatives. Gary is predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Marilyn Gunn, and by his brother Ron. Gary was drawn to the sea early in his life. He joined the navy in 1966 and performed in the naval segments of the Canadian Armed Forces Centennial Tattoo in 1967, and then served on the HMCS Mackenzie. Gary worked in the oil fields for Schlumberger briefly before returning to the coast to log salvage and then fish farm in Cowichan Bay, Port Alberni and the Sunshine Coast. In his later years he operated a transport truck out of Sechelt. Gary will be remembered by all of us for his wonderful sense of humour, his independent spirit, and his colourful recollection of the many adventures he experienced. His mechanical know-how and ingenuity got him and his co-horts out of many scrapes both big and small - some downright life-threatening. Gary had a passion for bracket racing his red Blazer, and proudly displayed his winning trophies. He loved to golf with his friends, especially during the annual golf tournaments; and he especially loved the family and friend barbecues at Cooper's Green. The family would like to thank the Lions Club; all the Doctors and Nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer Clinic and Sechelt Home Care; as well as the respiratory therapist - for their compassionate care and assistance.

 

HMCS MACKENZIE

HARDY, Michael Alan AB, 58548-H, RCN - Born: 22 Jul 1948, Sarnia, Ont., Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Alan and Helen (nee Dunford) of Sarnia, Ont., and husband of Sandra Faye (nee Edward) Hardy of Dartmouth, N.S.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

HARMAN, Eric George CD, PO1, H30595, RCN - born: 17 Feb 1927, Winnipeg, MB, Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Harold William and Anne Sophia Harman of Vancouver, BC. Husband of Mary Eileen (Nee Omand) Harman and father of Anne, Eric, Darlene, Franklin, Susan and Shawn Harman of Dartmouth, NS.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

HARPER, Richard Warren (25 Nov 1956 - 08 Aug 2012) - It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Warren Harper announce his unexpected passing on August 08, 2012 at Bear's Pass Ontario. Richard started his life in service, he was a Sea Cadet in 1970 and then in the Military Service for 26 years. He retired a Veteran and was a legion member for the past 12 years. He was a quiet man who enjoyed fishing and hunting after he moved to Fort Frances. Every year he would spend months contemplating and constructing his Christmas village for the children to come and see. Richard always had a story to tell and a smile for everyone. He had a gift for animals and children. During his career with the military as a cook he served with multiple postings in all three branches; Air, Land and Sea. His service in Canada included: Shilo MB., Shelburne NS., Edmonton AB, Alert NT, Victoria BC. and Petawawa ON. He also served extensively across the pond in Germany, Turkey, Haiti, Dubai, and Bosnia. He circumnavigated the globe while on the HMCS Calgary then 6 months in the Adriatic on peacekeeping duties. Other ship postings were with HMCS Yukon, Annapolis, and Vancouver. Married to Kerry, Aug. 1980 in Shelburne NS. He lived from coast to coast in Canada and also 6 years in Europe with his family. His family travelled to Fort Frances and Sault St. Marie often for visits. Since settling in the Fort in 2001 he was a Chef at the Adventure Inn, and a Chef for the Fort Frances Jail the last 11 years. He enjoyed cooking for family and friends at the Bears Pass cabin (Rebel Acres), he was always proud to show off what he had had a part in building. He also volunteered with the Air Cadets and was an active member of the Sportsman Club of Fort. Richard was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on November 25, 1956. He was predeceased by his father Thompson Harper (SSM), mother Connie Holmes nee Brandow (SSM), step father Harry Holmes (SSM), granddaughter Savannah Harper (Wilmot NS). Richard is survived by his loving wife and companion Kerry Frances (Kiki) nee Adair and sons Jeffery T A Harper and spouse Amanda Bremner of (Wilmot NS) and Timothy W A Harper. His siblings Vicki Legg (Winnipeg), Vera and Allan Taylor (SSM), Dennis Holmes (Lynn Lake, Man), Doug and Wanda Holmes (Lynn Lake, Man), Donna and Andrew Teare, (Windsor, Ont) Shaune and Vicki Holmes (SSM) and all their children and grandchildren Aunt Rita Conway, Aunt Marlene Harper, (both of SSM) and Bob Brandow (Dryden). The members of the Adair family, mother in law Faith Adair (FF) predeased by Bill Adair, Terry Michiel (Calgary Alta), David and Rhonda Happy (Atikokan,Ont), Merry Sue Adair-Gill (Winnipeg), George and Valerie Adair (Winnipeg), Jeri and Dave Lefleche (Orillia,Ont) Jesse and Barb Adair (FF),John Adair (Fort McMurray, Alta) and all their children and grandchildren. Also the extended family of Bosko and Jovanka Stopa and family. Uncle Ricki will be missed by all his family especially by his frizzbee throwing companion Shaelyn. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 7 – 9 pm. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11 am. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Fort Frances on August 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations made to The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, 40 Rue Ruskin Street Ottawa ON K1Y 4W7.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS YUKON, HMCS CALGARY, HMCS VANCOUVER

HATCH, Christian Douglas (07 Dec 1970 - 17 Nov 2010) - Its with tremendous sorrow that we announce the passing of Christian Douglas Hatch, LCdr (N). He was taken from us at just 39 years of age after a 3 year struggle with ALS. He is survived by his wife Karin, sons Harrison and Gareth, parents Dorothy and Douglas Hatch, parents -in-law Teri and Richard Sobo, Eric VanWolde and Ross Murray. Christian attended Markham District High School ('89), then Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC, where he was a '93 alumnus, graduating as Cadet Wing Commander and as top cadet for his year. He served on the HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Regina, and HMCS Ottawa before being posted to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He was fully committed to his career that took him around the globe and relished the challenges it offered. Christian was a devoted husband and father, openly demonstrating his love for us and treating us to many adventures. His passing has broken our hearts but we take strength from the character, integrity and courage he showed us throughout his life but especially as his illness progressed. We were able to care for Christian at home with the assistance of the Canadian Military and Veterans' Affairs, the generous love and support of family, the compassion and understanding of friends, neighbours and even strangers. We wish to thank Jessica and Dr. Patterson, and especially Paul and Ruby for their kindness and personal care. All of these incredible efforts, humanity and generosity helped us to feel peace and fill our home with love and laughter right to the end. Friends will be received at the Dixon- Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street N., (Markham Rd.) Markham, ON on Friday 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service at St. Andrews United Church, 32 Main Street N., Markham, ON. on Sat. 12:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Boulevard Toronto, Ontario Canada M5M 3H9, immediately following the service. Interment at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a college fund for Harrison and Gareth at any branch of TD Canada Trust, account 631 0148. (the Toronto Star 18 Nov 2010)

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS REGINA

HIBBARD, Earl George - (Former employee of J.H. Ryder Machinery Inc.) Passed away peacefully on March 24, 2014. Predeceased by his wife Carol and his father Duke. Loving father of Errol Hibbard and his wife Andrea Martin and Candice Fischer and her partner James Green. Paco of Zachary and Emma. Brother of Wayne Hibbard and Gail Hull. Earl will also be missed by his nieces, nephews and friends. As per Earl's wishes, a private cremation has taken place. If so desired, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada at www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS CAP DE LA MADELEINE

HODGES, Leslie J. - Died: 24 Jun 2014

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS FRASER, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS HOCHELAGA

HUTTON, Gary Wayne LS, N63018, RCN - Born: 25 Sep 1945, Edmonton, AB, Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of Oliver Hutton and Ruth Conway (nee Parliaman) Darling of Edmonton, AB. Husband of Carol Edith (Nee Conway) Hutton of Bedford, NS.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

JOHNSON, Steven Harold (19 Jan 1949 - 24 May 2009) - Steve died suddenly on a bright sunny Sunday while preparing to visit his father in Powell River. Predeceased by his mother Irene. Left to grieve his passing are Frank Johnson ("Pop's"); his two sisters ("Sis's"), Delores (Bill) Harrison and Carol (Paul) Johnson; his "first and last love" and life partner of 13 years, Linda Warnock; his beautiful daughters Jennifer Johnson, Marlena (Matt) Conroy, Sarah (Jay) Johnson-Miller, Amy Johnson and his precious grandchildren Jordan, Caide, Shayla-Rae, Chessie Brie, Daylon and Kyler. At Age 17 his mother "urged" him to join the navy. Steve graduated from Cornwallis (TERRA NOVA 1/66) in 1966. He won awards for running and traveled coast to coast with The Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo (Expo 67). Steve served as a navy diver on the HMCS St. Croix. In 1968 he married Linda Warnock. Their marriage didn't last but their love did and they reconnected years later. When Steve left the navy he continued to upgrade his diving skills. In April 1972 Steve was in Fairhaven, MA, training with Hyco (later International Hydrodynamics). He learned the skills needed to pilot manned submersibles and in August 1974 he piloted the Pisces V to a depth of 4,838 feet. Steve piloted Pisces XI during test runs in the Jervis Inlet and later traveled to Russia to help train the Russian crew. Steve was a partner in Offshore Engineering, a company that did underwater surveying and pipe laying. In later years Steve enjoyed spending time with Linda as well as the visits from his children and grandchildren at his home in Qualicum Beach. A memorial service will be held June 18 at 2 pm at St. Dunstan Anglican Church, 3025 - 264th St., Aldergrove, BC. A reception to follow in the church hall. Please bring photos and stories to share. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. We love you greatly and miss you dearly. (The Province 06 Jun 2009)

 

CFB CORNWALLIS, HMCS ST. CROIX

KELLY, Frederick Walter - 53, of Lower Sackville, NS passed away quietly at the Dartmouth General Hospital, surrounded by his family on April 24, 2013 after a short but courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Born November 19, 1959 in Gambo, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Frank and Eileen (Stockley) Kelly. Fred retired from the military after 11 years of service then he spent 17 years working as an RN. Fred will be remembered for his outgoing and vibrant nature, his true strong Newfoundland roots, his gift for song and the insurmountable love for his family and children. Fred is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Eileen Kelly. Left to mourn is his wife Andrea, his daughters Jessica (Patrick), Rebecca and infant daughter Ava. Siblings Brian (Frances) Kelly, Bob (Charlene) Kelly, Gar (Rolla) Kelly, Maureen (Paul) Henderson, Sharon (Geoff), Frank (Kate) Kelly, NL, Ross (Cathy) Kelly, Josephine (Albert) Janes, Ian (Linda) Kelly, Kate (Gene) Yeomans, Noel (Jennifer) Kelly, Wayne (Anna) Kelly, and Jason (Jeha) Kelly. Also many nieces and nephews, his in-laws; Ada (Bob), Harold (Darlene), Angie (Barry), Annette (Jeff). Visitation will be at Pritchett’s Funeral Home in Gambo on Monday April 29th from 7pm-9pm and on Tuesday April 30th from 10am-12pm. A funeral service and burial will be held on Tuesday April 30th at 2pm at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Gambo, Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the ALS society of Canada.

 

HMCS NIPIGON

KIRBY, Richmond Hill, Capt., RCN - Died suddenly on October 8, 2006. The son of Halder and Bessie Kirby, he was born on July 12, 1929 in Victoria, B.C. He grew up in Quebec City, attended Military College at Royal Roads and then served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1949-1981. During his service, he commanded HMCS Qu'Appelle, Restigouche, Mackenzie and Kootenay and ended his naval career as Captain of HMCS Provider. Settled in Oak Bay, he joined the University of Victoria in 1981 as the Administrator of the Chemistry Department and remained there until his retirement in 1988. Always active, he had a great love of the outdoors and wilderness canoeing. His expeditions included trips with wife Mary down the Nahanni, Liard and Mackenzie rivers, and round the Queen Charlottes and Vancouver Island. He was a member for many years of the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, serving a term as president. He enjoyed hiking the mountains of Vancouver Island, often accompanied by one or more Labradors. His interest in plants seen on his hiking trips led to his memberships in the Vancouver Island Rock & Alpine Garden Society and the Rhododendron Society. His other love was salmon fishing - an endeavor that met with variable success. Interested in politics, he campaigned for the Liberal Party in several provincial and federal elections. After building a cottage at Shirley, he became treasurer of the local volunteer fire department and pursued his interests in cultivating apples and rhododendrons, thwarting the marauding wildlife and walking his dogs along beautiful French Beach. He is survived by Mary, his beloved wife of 54 years, daughter Sarah and sons Michael and Mark, four grandchildren, James, Lizzie, Edward and Julia and his brothers Peter, Graeme and John. A memorial service will be held at the Interdenominational Chapel of the University of Victoria at 1:00 pm on October 18, 2006. Reception to follow at the University Faculty Club. Parking in lots 6 or 10 is suggested. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Western Canada Wilderness Society or the Sierra Club of Canada or the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS OUTREMONT, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PROVIDER

KREITZ, David (Todd) - Age 50, Halifax, passed away May 26, 2013. Born in North Battleford, Sask. He was a son of Robert and Roberta (Wittig) Kreitz. Todd served in the Royal Canadian Navy, for approximately 30 years, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served in both Halifax and Esquimalt, BC. He was currently pursuing a career as a computer systems technologist. Todd was an avid sports fan, in particular a supporter of the Halifax Mooseheads. He was a kind and gentle man who despite many challenges always remained positive. He is survived by his daughter, Cassidy, Halifax; parents, Robert and Roberta; brothers, Brad (Elisa); Darby (Traci); nephews, Jennor, Bobby, Tommy, Bronson; nieces, Erica, Elle, Julia, all of Prince George, BC; his ex-wife Trish Dominie. He was predeceased by son, Alex. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1234 Cole Harbour Road, where a Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st. Youth Pastor Melissa Boyd officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alex's Safe Harbour.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

LARABIE, David Edward Paul - With deep sadness the family announces the death of David Edward Paul Larabie of Victoria, BC, formerly of Cobalt, ON. Dave passed away suddenly on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the young age of 54 years. Born in Haileybury on October 20, 1959 he spent his childhood and teenage years in the area forming deep bonds and lasting friendships. Continuing his path, Dave had a proud and rewarding career in the Royal Canadian Navy based out of Esquimalt, BC. Dave was a devoted father, son, brother and friend to all who knew him. His gentle, fun loving and happy nature will remain in our hearts forever. Predeceased by his father Denis Larabie, Dave leaves to mourn his loving mother Janet Larabie; children Eden(Tyson), Geir(Shari) and Sean(their mother Janice), partner Janice McCoy; brothers: Peter, Bern(Dinara), Dan (Karen) and sister Claire(Rudy); and his best friend Harold. He will also be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. The Larabie Family will welcome family and friends at the Branch 54 Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Haileybury, on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00pm followed by a Celebration of Life and Legion Memorial Service at 3:00pm Lunch and refreshments will follow. Internment at the Cobalt Catholic Cemetery to follow. Memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or charity of choice, will be gratefully acknowledged.

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

LEGAARDEN, John Thomas, Cdr, RCN - Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and loyal companion Maudie, in the early morning hours of Monday, February 17, 2014, aged 70 years. Beloved son of the late Lars Legaarden and Anna (McLeod) Legaarden. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Wendy, his adoringly proud daughters Thea, Kristi, Kelly and Terri (Peter), and his many extended family and friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. Shamji, the staff of 6 West at the Ottawa General Hospital, as well as the wonderful home care team including all of his doctors, nurses and PSWs, most notably Anatoli (Tony), Allison, June, Kristen, Kathleen, and Shari. A visitation, service and celebration of his life will be held Monday, February 24th at HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess, 78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa starting at 1pm (elevator access available and parking is available across the road at City Hall). If you wish to make a donation in memory of John please consider the Esophageal Cancer Awareness association. www.ecaware.org 1-800-601-0613 or directly to Esophageal Cancer Research via cancer.ca. (The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 20, 2014)

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS OTTAWA

LOCKHART, LCdr John Stewart, LCdr - Born: 16 Jul 1949 -  Died: 2011 - recently passed away, peacefully at home at the age of 62. John was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Upon graduating from high school, John enrolled in the Naval ROTP program, joining the Canadian Navy in 1967. He obtained an Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, and served for 38 years as a Marine Systems Engineering Officer, with postings in Halifax; Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon, England; Ottawa; St. Catharines; and Victoria. He attended Senior Staff College at Greenwich, England in 1984 as one of two Canadians in a class of international Naval Officers. John served as the Engineering Officer (EO) of HMCS Annapolis in Halifax, and of HMCS Protecteur in Victoria. He was EO during Protecteur’s six month deployment on a peacekeeping mission to East Timor commencing 27 Sep 1999. After hanging up his uniform, he continued to work for the Navy as an engineer for another 5 years, retiring in 2010. He was well respected by all who worked and served with him. In 1976 John met the love of his life, Cheryl (Stevens). They were each other’s best friend and champion. Together they travelled the four corners of the globe, always delighting in each other’s company and raising a glass of wine with international friends. During Cheryl’s illness, John was her devoted caregiver, never far from her side, both at home and in care facilities. Following her death, John volunteered at the Glengarry Hospital, always providing a cheerful smile and joke to those in need. John enjoyed many activities including gardening, bicycling, cooking and was an insatiable reader. He relished sailing, both racing and cruising, particularly the cruising trips in the Gulf and San Juan Islands with friends and family. John is predeceased by his wife Cheryl (Stevens), mother and father, Jean (Stewart) and Bill Lockhart, brother James, and sister Anne. John is survived by his brother, David (Mary Jane Newbold) of Calgary, and his sister Jane Lunney of Mississauga, brother in law Greg Stevens and his wife Judy (Rennehan) of Victoria, and mother in law Rae Stevens. He will be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews: Michael and Jeffrey Stevens; Crystal (Lockhart) Keenan; and Alissa, Thomas, and Eileen Lunney, and of course his much loved cat, Taz. John was a warm hearted soul who welcomed anyone and everyone into his life, and was loved and appreciated by all knew him. He will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held later in the winter. "Let me square the yards, while we may, old man, and make a fair wind of it homeward." - Herman Melville Moby Dick (1851) Fair Winds and Following Seas, dear John. Donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS PROTECTEUR

LOEWEN, Calvin (Cal) (1925-2006) - Born in Altona, MB. Cal passed away in Victoria Hospice April 1st. Cal was a Second World War veteran and was serving aboard HMCS Sarnia when she went to the aid of the crew of HMCS Esquimalt torpedoed and sunk on April 16th, 1945. In later life he worked in construction. Cal leaves his wife Margaret, son Dale (Janice), daughter Darlene (Jim), stepdaughters Lynn (Curtis), Anne (Steve), sister Dolores, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and long time dear friends, Don and Elaine (Surrey). Thanks go to all health care workers involved with Cal's needs over the years, also to D.V.A. for their unwavering support. Special thanks to all Victoria Hospice staff for their compassion and care during Cal's final days. No service by request. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. Flowers are declined but if you so wish a donation in Cal's memory to the Victoria Hospice, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, V8R 1J8 would be greatly appreciated. (The Times Colonist on Apr. 7, 2006)

 

HMCS SARNIA

LUKE, Robert John, RCN - age 81, born June 30, 1931, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side in Victoria BC, St David's Day, March 1, 2012. Bob was the son of Josephine Hampson and daredevil dirt track racer Jack "Lightning" Luke of Cardiff Wales. Looking for a different sort of adventure Robert chose the call" of the sea and at the age of 14 ventured off to train for that career aboard the famed HMS Worcester in Chatham England. In 1948 Bob joined the Royal Mail Lines shipping company as an officer and sailed worldwide with RML until 1956. It was during his tenure at Royal Mail Lines that he met the love of his life Barbara Jeremiah, who coincidentally had grown up in a small village an hour outside of Cardiff. Barbara was a passenger onboard the cargo ship Alcantra where "Bobby" was the 3rd officer. Legend has it that Bobby actually jumped rank to ask Barbara to dance at the evening festivities and the rest became history! Following their courtship and marriage Robert joined the Canadian Navy and thus followed a successful and rewarding Naval career until his retirement in 1986. Through his career Robert served on both coasts moving to Victoria from Halifax in 1980. Bob had the honor and pleasure of commanding three different ships: the HMCS Fundy, the HMCS Saguenay and finally the HMCS Qu'Appelle. His career culminated with receiving the Order of Military Merit in 1987 for outstanding performance from then Governor General Jean Sauve. Robert was also an avid rugby fan and took great pleasure in not only playing the game up until well into his 60's (with the Ebb Tide rugby club in Victoria) but throwing his weight around (!) back in his "prime" days at HMCS Stadacona. The house at Olympic View Drive in Victoria was also filled with old VCR tapes of Welsh victories past and a few present as he was a rabid supporter of the Red Dragons! Robert was also an active runner and was a bit of a pioneer back in the 70's and 80's and could be seen in midwinter running across the MacDonald bridge to work at 6:30 in the morning. For the past 30 plus years Bob and Barbara have resided in Victoria and gave thanks every day for their little piece of paradise in Metchosin. With a spectacular view, great neighbors and endless tasks to add to his daily 'to do' lists Bob and Barbara led a fulfilled retirement that included many excursions abroad and plenty of puttering around the house. Robert is predeceased by his daughter Jacqueline and is survived by his wife of 54 years Barbara (Victoria BC), sons Gareth (Carolyn) and Peter (Ruth) and grandsons Jack and David all of Halifax. A celebration of Robert's life will take place Wednesday March 7th at Naden Wardroom, Signal Hill at the end of Esquimalt Road, Victoria from 1:30-3:30. The family would like to thank all of the support given to Barbara and Bob over these past few months by their neighborhood and Naval friends and the fine staff at the Vancouver Island Health Authority. (Victoria Times-Colonist 06 Mar 2012)

 

HMCS OUTREMONT, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS QU'APPELLE

MAHON, Brian Alphonsus - 47, Cole Harbour, passed away June 9, 2000 at home. Born in Perth, Ont., he was a son of Jean Mahon and the late Al Mahon. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in March of 1974 as a Marine Combat Systems Engineering Officer and after two years of training, was posted to HMCS Saguenay in 1980. After two more years of training he was then posted to HMCS Annapolis immediately followed by a three year posting to HMCS Margaree, as the ship's Combat Systems Engineer. In 1983 he was posted to Canadian Forces Fleet School, Halifax. As modernization took hold of the Canadian Forces, Brian was posted to Toronto to the TRUMP Offices, and using his expertise there he was posted to Ottawa to continue with the TRUMP work. In 1991, he was selected for ammunition technical training in London, England. It was there that he met his wife, Bette and after a whirlwind courtship, he brought her back to Canada where he was posted to CFAD Bedford. In 1994, he was posted to the Naval Engineering Unit in Halifax and in 1996 he was posted to FMF Cape Scott. Surviving are his wife, the former Bette Hickman; daughter, Tracey Sear (Kevin), United Kingdom; sons, Simon (Sue), United Kingdom; brothers, Bill Mahon (Bette), Carp, Ont.; Rick Mahon, Brockville, Ont.; Wayne Mahon (Donna) Arnprior, Ont.; sisters, Arlene, Smith Falls, Ontario; Marlene Fox (Barry), Brockville, Ont.; grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Connor; nieces, Sarah, Jessica and Jill Mahon; Amber Bissonette; Jennifer Hodgson. He was predeceased by sister, Colleen Hodgson. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home. A military service will be held at St. Brendan's Chapel, Stadacona in CFB Halifax at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, followed by a celebration of life at the CFB Halifax Officer's Mess. Friends and family are welcome to share in Brian's life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS SAGUENAY

MALKEWICH, Laurie James (29 Oct 1950 - 06 Aug 2003) - Laurie passed away suddenly in the Royal Jubilee Hospital Victoria B.C. after a brief illness. Laurie was predeceased by his parents Russ and Audrey Malkewich. He leaves to mourn his loving wife and high school sweetheart Mary Anne and son James. Laurie is also survived by brother Garry, wife Linda and nephews Jason and Kelly, Edmonton. Brother Randy, Calgary. Sister Arlee, husband Darrell Stroink and niece Sophie, Duncan. Mother in law Peggy Matheson, brother in law Don Matheson, wife Joanne and nephews Bryan and James, Campbell River. Laurie joined the Navy in l968. He rose to the top of his field in the forces in radar, with the best marks in his trade. His ship the HMCS Chaudiere was part of the training squadron for the Armed Forces Laurie inspired many ten pin bowlers & always leant a helping hand. He rose to meet any challenge always going the extra mile. Laurie's sense of humour, courage and spirited friendship will be missed by family and friends. A Celebration of Laurie's Life will take place at the Esquimalt Legion Dockyard Branch #172, 622 Admiral's Road, Victoria B.C. September 26, 2003 at 3 p.m. (The Times Colonist 12 Sep 2003)

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE

MATHESON, Duncan Leslie, Lt (N), C.F. (1961-2005) - son of Donald (Bud) and Patricia Matheson, was a quiet hero. In his uniquely elusive way, without ever saying much, he went about his business of making this world a better place. To those who knew him well, Duncan's heroism was very private. His presence in our lives brought us laughter and joy and strong sense of belonging to an extended family that was very special in so many ways. In exchange for his commitment to his family and friends, Duncan was unconditionally loved and supported by everyone he knew. For those whom he never met - the citizens of Canada for whom he worked and the citizens of countries in the Middle East where he was stationed on peacekeeping missions - he was an anonymous hero. They never knew, and will never know, how his actions contributed to their ability to live their lives with safety and security. Day after day, year after year, Duncan committed his life to those around him. From the time that he was a small child, he was caring and giving and loving. No request for support was ever turned down. No call was ever left unanswered. No detail was ever missed. He was always there for all of us. And for this, we love him more dearly than we can express in words. Duncan enrolled in the Naval Reserve in 1985, after graduating with a BA from the University of Saskatchewan. In June of 1988, he was transferred to the Regular Force as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant and was posted to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, where he conducted training at Venture Naval Officer Training Centre and on the HCMS PORTE DE LA REINE and the HMCS MACKENZIE. In 1989, Duncan was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant and was posted to the Canadian Forces Fleet School at Canadian Forces Base Halifax. He reached his present rank of Lieutenant (N) in 1991. Over the course of his distinguished career, Duncan served and trained in Maritime Forces Atlantic on the ships HMCS PROTECTEUR, PRESERVER, TERRA NOVA, AND FREDERICTON, Canadian Forces Station Shelbourne, the Acoustic Data Analysis Centre and the Canadian Forces Naval Operations. While with HMCS PROTECTEUR he was deployed as part of Operation FRICTION to the Arabian Gulf (January to April 91). During his five years on HMCS FREDERICTON, as the Command and Control Information Systems Officer and Officer of the Watch, he was deployed to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia on Operation SHARP GUARD (December 1995 to March 1996) and as a Military Observer to Lebanon as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (January to August 1999). In 2002, Duncan was posted to Esquimalt, BC, where he served on board the HMCS CALGARY. January 2003 brought his final posting to Ottawa as an Operations Watch Officer within the National Defence Command Centre, where he was responsible for maintaining contact with all deployed Canadian Forces units and keeping the leadership of the Canadian Forces informed. Duncan was a great uncle, a great brother, a great son, a great friend, a great athlete, a great intellect, and a great officer. He was a great man. And he was our very own hero. Duncan's immediate family will miss him very, very much - mother, Pat Matheson; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Sandie Matheson with their children, Foster and Emma; sister, Lisa Matheson, Michael Healey and their children, Ronan and Calen; special friend Karen Bash; and extended family, Mark, Mike, Murray and Heather Hinds. And to all the others that loved Duncan in your own private way, you are his family as well, and we share the pain of your loss and know that you will miss him as deeply. Visitations will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, April 15 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Rd., Ottawa, ON (613) 737-7900. The funeral will take place on Friday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. at CFB Uplands Base Chapel, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Foster Parents Plan Canada or the Children's Wish Foundation in memory of Duncan, who loved children everywhere. (the Winnipeg Free Press 14 Apr 2005)

 

HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS CALGARY, HMCS FREDERICTON, HMCS PORTE DE LA REINE, HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS PROTECTEUR, CFB ESQUIMALT (NOTC VENTURE)

MAYLED, Harry - passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving girls on April 28th 2013. Born in 1939 in Calgary, Alberta, Harry joined the Canadian Navy in 1956 and served proudly for 33 years. First and foremost Harry loved his family, followed closely by his love of traveling and enjoying life. Survived by his beloved wife, Janet, daughters; Linda (Rob), Kathy, and Debbie. Also by his little buddy/grandaughter Nicole, and his four legged friend, Hayley, his siblings; Ron (Sharon), Babs, and Marlene. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Doris (Heinz) Mayled. Memorial Service will take place at First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. On Monday, May 6th at 2pm with a reception to follow in our First Memorial Garden Room. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the SPCA.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE

MILLEY, Gary Gordon - Passed away September 21, 2014. 

Beloved brother, uncle and great uncle.

Once ashore for good

We grow humble about our navy days,

When the seas were a part of us

and a new port of call was ever over the horizon

Forever loved and remembered, Georgia, Corey, Chris & Marnie (Zoe & Jax) Donaldson; Ger, Derrick, Brad & Heather Blasco.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS PROVIDER

MOLDE, Marvin S. - Passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in the company of his devoted wife, Sandra (Cindy). Marvin was born on May 30, 1950 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and raised in Chaplin. The best town in the world to grow up in he said. Upon graduating from high school he worked in the mines in Thompson, Manitoba and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Being a Radar Plotter he spent all of his service years at sea and saw a lot of the world. But that changed when he married Cindy in 1975. He decided that he wanted to be home more and left the Navy to move to Brooklin, Ontario and commence work at Lasco Steel (Gerdau), retiring in 2012. He was a proud member of the United Steelworkers and valued his Union brothers. In 1998 he moved to Little Britain, Ontario and loved his house by the lake. Marvin was predeceased by his father, Seigfreid and will be terribly missed by his loving mother, Margaret of Chaplin, Saskatchewan. Beloved brother of Rosalind Sinclair (Dale) and uncle to Celine Hicks (Kurt) and Jesse Scandrett (Kathy) of Saskatchewan. Marvin is survived by his four step-children, Vicki Gilbert, Jon Price (Lorraine), Peter Price and Sandee-lee Hillier (Derrick). Marv adored his grandchildren and they will miss him so very much: Darla Price (James), Linda Jane Babineau (Colin) Rachel Wittenburg (Scott), Roth Gilbert, Clifton Price, Rebecca Parker and Rob Parker. He was extremely proud of his great-granddaughter, Taylor Hughes and was looking forward to her spending time at our house in the fall when she starts college in this area. He is also survived by his great-grandsons, Joshua and Flynn Vivian and his great-granddaughter Ava Lane. Marvin's family would like to express enormous gratitude to Dr. Petrella, of Sunnybrook Cancer Centre, Dr. Koreru and Deb of Lakeridge Hospital for their care over the past 3 years. His wife would especially like to thank Community Care, especially Michael, Patty, Heather and Kathy, who made it possible for him to remain home. We would also like to thank Cindy's co-workers for allowing her to come and go as the need arose, generously filling her shifts. Heather and Murray Story have been such good friends, coming at the drop of a hat to help, even at 3 a.m. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 26th, Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N., Whitby, with a celebration of Marv's life at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th. A reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, Baldwin Street, Brooklin. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your local humane society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS YUKON

MOSKOS, Leo James (18 Jul 1925 - 21 Nov 2006) Arnprior Ontario (Moskos Sugar Bowl) WW II - HMCS Sarnia Past president Arnprior Legion Branch #174 Passed away in Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital Tuesday November 21, 2006 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of the late Mary Doreen Gahan. Dear father of James Leo (Maria) of Toronto and Lea (Chris Emard) of Cornwall. Cherished grandfather of Casey and Hannah Emard. Predeceased by his brother Peter (Pete), sister Constantina (Tina) Bedford and his parents James Moskos of PaleoPanagia, Greece and Evangeline Matthew of XiroKambia, Greece. Survived by his brother-in-law Mervin Bedford. Resting at the Boyce Funeral Home Ltd., 138 Daniel St. N. Arnprior, Ontario. Visitations will be held Thursday Nov. 23, 2006, 7-9 p.m. and Friday Nov. 24, 2006, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Saturday. Royal Canadian Legion Service- Friday at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Service: Saturday Nov. 25, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Boyce Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Arnprior Albert St. Cemetery. Donations to the Arnprior Hospital or the Arnprior Legion Branch #174 would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS SARNIA

MURRAY, Douglas Charles, LCdr - 65, New Glasgow, passed away August 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by those he loved. Born in Kingston, Ontario on November 10, 1948, he was a son of Ronald Charles Murray and Geneva Rachel (Holland) Murray. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patricia Bland; his son, Nikita Duggan (Leisha Carrier), Burlington; step-daughters: Meghan Elizabeth Chapman, Hamilton; and Katrina Leigh Chapman, Victoria; brother, David (Donna), Calgary; sisters: Angela Aragona, Mississauga; Nancy (Len), Courtney; Julia, Belleville; sister-in-law, Dianne, Foxbrook; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Donald and Daniel. He attended Queens University but did not graduate as his love of “booze, broads and bridge” exceeded his devotion to academics. He was in the navy from 1968-1995 and served in HMC Ships Preserver and Assiniboine (Halifax), Qu’Appelle and Restigouche (Victoria), and Nipigon (Halifax) as well as in Canadian Forces Fleet School, Halifax; Maritime Command Headquarters, Halifax and 1st Canadian Submarine Squadron Headquarters, Halifax as shore based Headquarters Commanding Officer. Following his retirement, he was a full-time parent for several years, earning his nickname of “Mother Doug”, and then worked part-time for Nautilus Aquatics and Hobbies and Design Group Displays. He was a dedicated wine maker and consumer and was known for calling passers-by up onto the front porch for a glass of wine. Doug was a charmer who had a special way with people and pets. He chatted up everyone he met and especially loved talking to women. He had so many foibles that amused and charmed us all. No-one did denim like Doug, and he couldn’t resist organizing everyone and everything in his wake. The day before he died he was giving instructions on what time supper should be served, to accommodate his mother-in-law, and it was clear our scheduling wasn’t cutting the mustard. He loved to travel and had a passion for life, especially the little things that so many of us don’t notice. He was the official researcher, organizer and photographer of all family vacations, holidays and get-togethers. He revelled in recent trips to England, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey and never missed an opportunity to have fun (preferably with wine glass in hand). An avid model railroader and World War I airplane buff, he organized the Shearwater Hobby Show for many years and was active in the Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders and the Sackville Memorial Trust. He spent much of the last year building a model railway in his hobby room. It was a standing joke that, no matter what tools or equipment anyone needed, it was “in the hobby room” and, darn me, it always was! He had more useful stuff in that room than many people have in their entire house. He was an inveterate problem solver and could always come up with an ingenious solution to suit any challenge. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by so many people! We have only lived in New Glasgow for a little over three years, but will be forever grateful for the kindness and support we have received from friends, neighbours, co-workers and health care providers during Doug’s final journey. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow, from where a Celebration of Life will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, New Glasgow.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS PRESERVER

MacDONALD, John MacLeod (Jack) - It is with broken hearts and deep regret that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of Jack MacDonald due to a motor vehicle accident on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Born in Sydney and raised on Beechmount Road, he was the son of the late John Angus and Jennie Mae (MacLeod) MacDonald. In his earlier years, he was in the Canadian Navy serving on HMCS Skeena, Sagueney, and Nipigon as a P2ER. He was a member of Branch 12 Legion, Sydney. He was employed with Nova Scotia Power, Lingan Plant, until his retirement. Jack loved life, always liked meeting and talking with friends both new and old. He enjoyed his many morning visits to Robins and the many chats. He had a great love for animals and would be seen taking the fur kids, Chance and Ruby for their evening walk. He enjoyed travelling, biking, diving and golfing. His garage was of particular enjoyment to him spending many hours working on his lathe, turning out many metal parts. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Carol (Peters) MacDonald; sisters, Jane Ball, Leitches Creek, Lowell Gaudet, (Hugene), Oromocto, N.B.; brother, Stanley (Marion) MacDonald, Beechmount Road; many nieces and nephews; his furry pets, Chance and Ruby as well as his Robins’ friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Frank. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Nova Scotia Cape Breton SPCA or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS SKEENA

MacKNIGHT, Wayne - husband of the late Margaret MacKnight, of Miramichi Senior Citizens Home, formerly of Wesley St, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his late residence at the age of 74. Born in New Jersey, NB, he was the son of the late William Dougald and Laura (Johnstone) MacKnight. He was a marine engineer in the Navy for 25 years and a stationary engineer at the Campbellton Hospital for 20 years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and of the United Church. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Durette (Ron) of Miramichi; his sons, Blair MacKnight (Kelly) of Ottawa, ON and Earl MacKnight (Dinah) of Barrie, ON; his sister, Audrey Stymest; and his 7 grandchildren, Leigha Durette, Danny MacKnight, Derek Blanchette, Harvey MacKnight, Candie Jabil, Connor and Corey MacPherson. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife. Mr. Wayne MacKnight is resting at Davidson’s Funeral Home, 597 Old King George Hwy, with visitation on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9. Please note, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3 are asked to assemble on Sunday evening at 6:45pm at the funeral home for a memorial service. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Davidson’s Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30pm with Dean Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Burnt Church Cemetery. In his memory, donations may be made to the Veterans Unit of the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home or to a memorial of one’s choice would be appreciated. Arrangements are in the care of Davidson’s Funeral Home.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

McCOMB, Gerald Edward Christopher (Red Rooster) - passed away, in Victoria, B.C. , on August 13, 2001, in his 68th year. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Enid McComb and his wife, of 24 years, June; he is lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen; children, Darrell (Po), Dale, Darlene (Richard Spearman) Bogdan, Dawn (Steve) Jones and Loren McInerney; grandchildren, Michael, Neil, Sheri (Clay), Kimberly, Jamie, Christopher, Mark, Sarah, Alanna and Kendra; Steven; great-granddaughter, Taylor; brothers, Jim (Simone) and Harry; sister, Barbara (Ted) Sabourin. Red served in the Royal Canadian Navy for over 30 years and loved fishing, curling, dancing, Karaokee, hunting and his grandchildren and to have a good time wherever and whenever. Service of Remembrance will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood, B.C. , on Friday, August 17, at 12:00 noon. Cremation entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. Donations in Chris' memory may be made to The Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. , V8R 1J8 or the Palliative Care Unit, Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS YUKON

REIFFENSTEIN, Clark Edward, Slt, RCN / C.F. (Navy) - (27 Dec 1946 - 19 Nov 1969) - He served in HMCS Kootenay as Navigating Officer and Diving Officer 1969. He was buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, QC. In 1972 he was awarded the Star of Courage.

 

Star of Courage Citation - The late SLt Clark Edward Reiffenstein , of Montreal, Navigation Officer on HMCS Kootenay made repeated efforts to rescue crew members following the explosion and fire. Slt Reiffenstein put on "aqua-lung" equipment, underwater gear not designed for use in fire-fighting, to enable him to breathe and function in the smoke and heat-filled deck immediately above the scene of the explosion and fire in the engine room. He saw that those in the area of the ship's cafeteria got clear to safer parts of the ship, dragging one man to safety who had been overcome by smoke. Then Slt Reiffenstein made his way into the boiler room to see that it was cleared and eventually turned his breathing apparatus over to the Petty Officer who stayed behind in the boiler room to maintain steam pressure necessary for operating the firefighting equipment. Slt Reiffenstein survived the disaster aboard HMCS Kootenay but died several months later.

 

HMCS DONNACONA, HMCS KOOTENAY

McMURRAY, Leonard Denison, LCdr, RCN(R) - died peacefully on Sunday, November 21, 2004, at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg at the age of 86. He was the only child of Douglas and Nora McMurray. Leonard is survived by Grace, his loving wife of 61 years; and their four children, Barbara Kirk (Brian) of Winnipeg, Shanly Donahue (Jack) of Calgary, Douglas (Jola) of Mexico, and Suzanne of Vancouver; his dear grandchildren, James (Rebecca), Graham and Andrew of Winnipeg, and Kate, Ashley, Meghan and Christie of Calgary. Leonard served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 - 1945. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, later serving as National President of the Navy League of Canada from 1970 - 1972. He was a graduate of St. Johns Ravenscourt School, and later served as Chairman of the Board. He joined Investors Syndicate of Canada in 1947 and retired in 1983 as President of Investors Syndicate Realty. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and "The Lodge", and was a director on the Board of Ducks Unlimited Canada for many years. He served his church faithfully, and was a founding Director of St. Georges Memorial Fund Inc. He enjoyed golf with his many friends, and will be sadly missed by "The Boys of Friday". Leonard was a kind and gentle man who will be remembered with love by all who knew him. A special thanks to Dr. John Rabson, and to the nursing staff on 5B at the St. Boniface Hospital. A memorial service in honour of Leonard will be held on Thursday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Georges Church Crescentwood, 168 Wilton St., Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Georges Memorial Fund Inc. (the Winnipeg Free Press 25 Nov 2004)

 

HMCS GANANOQUE, HMCS SARNIA, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

McPHERSON, John Rodney, 46433-E, CPO2, rcn - Peacefully in Ottawa on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at the age of 62. Loving husband of Marilyn (nee Landry). Dear father of daughters Jennifer Beaulieu (Armand) of Victoria, BC and Terry Lee McPherson of Ottawa, On. John is survived by sister Clare Feuillatre (Ray) of McCreary, brothers Roger (Barb) and Fred of Kelwood and Tim (Tammie) of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the caring staff of the ICU at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus for their compassion and support. John, fondly known as J.R. or MAC, had a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces retiring in 1981. He served in Cornwallis NS, Ottawa and Kingston ON, Moncton NB, Inuvik and Alert NWT, and aboard the HMCS Terra Nova. Memorial services to be held 11:00 am Friday, December 19 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 4 Perry St. Nepean. Internment at Knox United Church Cemetery, McCreary Manitoba.

 

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NAIRN, Herbert John - Passed away suddenly at home on Saturday May 12th, 2007 following a lengthy struggle with heart disease. He was born in Saint-John, NB. and is predeceased by his parents John and Alberta. Herb is survived by his wife Anne of 56 years, his four sons; Michael (Michelle), Prince George, BC; Brian (Laurie), Metchosin, BC; Donald (Debbie), Campbell River, BC; and Mark (Cheryl), Calgary, AB. He also leaves a sister, Jean Moris in Saint-John, NB, twelve grandchildren, six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews across Canada. Herb joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1952 and served in Korea, Germany, and various bases in Canada settling in Victoria in 1970. He was one of the first Army Medics to serve on HMCS CHAUDIERE and HMCS SASKATCHEWAN. He worked at HMCS Naden Hospital both as a military and civilian employee. A Remembrance service and a Celebration of Life will be held for the family and friends at the Chief's & PO's Mess, located at 1575 Lyall St., Victoria, BC. on Friday, May 18th, 2007 starting at 13:00 hrs. The family declines flowers but remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice. A private family interment will be held at a latter day. (The Times Colonist 16 May 2007)

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS NADEN

NEAL, Derek James (Dick), CD, LCdr, RCN - Died peacefully at his home overlooking St. Margaret's Bay in Seabright, N.S. March 27, 2003. Born in Newport, Gwent, Wales, in 1931, he was the son of the late James andRose (Mahoney) Neal. From the age of 17, he followed the sea, first with the British India Steamship Company, and later with ships of the P & O Line, until, in 1957, he enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve, serving as Sub-Lieutenant on HMS submarines, Sea Scout and HMS Spiteful. When the RCN introduced submarines to its fleet, he was transferred to Halifax with the Canadian Navy. He served on the frigate, HMCS Outremont, the destroyer, HMCS St. Croix, and on submarines Oracle and Ojibwa, retiring in 1985 with the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. He obtained his Master Mariner (Foreign Going) certificate and was awarded the Admiral Sir Max Horton Prize for Submarine Training, 1963. A proud moment in his RCN service was when hewas chosen to stand watch at the catafalque of Sir Winston Churchill, the only Canadian officer to do so. Sailing and travel, books, music and gardening were among his chief interests until poor health, in the last few years, forced him to forgo all but his vast reading and enjoyment of music. He was predeceased by his sister, Maureen Milner, and beloved son, Richard. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are his wife, Olga (Davis, Baker); his daughters, Melinda, Victoria, B.C.; Penny, Lars, Scotland; Sarah, The Hague; his sons, Philip, The Hague, and David, Meppel, Holland; his step-daughters, Libby Baker, Oakura, N.Z., Ann Baker, Petersburg, Alaska, Jo Bird, Nelson, N.Z. and Sarah Horner, Ahaura, N.Z. He leaves also his dearly beloved grandchildren, John and Alex Ball, Alexandra and Richard Neal; Dylan, Maegan and Reuben Bird, Sara Quilter, Sam and Bevan Horner, and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation and a memorial serviceat St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Tantallon, will be held April 3rd at 10:00 am . Family flowers only, with contributions to the charity of your choice.

 

HMS/m SEA SCOUT, HMS/m SPITEFUL, HMS/m ORACLE, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS OUTREMONT, HMCS OJIBWA

NEUFELD, Henry (Hank) - Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital at the age of 75. He was born in Bassano, Alberta. Dear husband of Marianne for 43 years. Cherished step-father of Terry Cowan. Much loved grandfather of Andy, Mike, and Penny. Cherished great- grandfather of Megan, Mackenzie, Kyara and Asylinn. Predeceased by his parents David Neufeld and Marie and Katharina Neufeld. Dear brother of Selma Taves (Richard), Eva Wiens (Harry) and Margie. Predeceased by brothers Abe, Jake, David and brother-in-law Richard Garber, sisters Anne Cornelson, Mary Thiesen, Katie King and Agnes Neufeld. He will be remembered by many nieces, nephews and his pets (Charlie & Katilynn). Hank had an exciting life in the Navy for 8 years, he was on the HMCS Saskatchewan #262. In 1962 he came to Leamington and worked at Chrysler for 25 years. Hank loved golf and was a member of Erie Shores Golf and Country Club for 40 years. He was one of three who started the "Monday Morning Golf League". From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Leamington District Memorial Hospital and Bay Shore who were so caring. As per Hank's wishes, cremation has taken place and funeral arrangements to take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell St. Leamington. (The Windsor Star 10 Jan 2014)

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

NORTON, Neil St. Clair (1928- 2010) - I wish to tell of the death of my beloved husband, Captain Neil Norton, on 15 October in Victoria. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Barbara Mae; sons Bill, Derek, Kevin and Sean; daughters Carol and Thirell; daughter-in-law Lisser; grandsons Blake, Bruce, Dale, Fraser, Mark, Richard, Riley and Sebastian; granddaughters Alana, Dakota and Sara; and great granddaughters Dakota and Elle. Neil was born and raised in Vancouver. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944, graduated from Royal Roads Naval College and became a navigator. One of his favourite appointments was as Hydrographic Officer in the icebreaker HMCS LABRADOR. In 1959 he received the Shadwell Testimonial Prize for excellence in hydrographic survey. Neil was the Commanding Officer of four of HMC Ships: FUNDY, NEW WATERFORD, KOOTENAY and SASKATCHEWAN. On leaving the navy he joined the Hydrographic Service and became Captain of the icebreaker Baffin, completing several Arctic surveys. He loved the sea, the Arctic, his men and good Scotch. In lieu of cards and flowers, please donate to the organization of your choice. A celebration of Neil's life will be held in the spring at a time I shall announce. Barbara Mae.

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS LABRADOR

NUTLEY, Robert G. - Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at St. Joseph's Health Centre at the age of 62 years. Cherished son of Ethel and the late Robert. Beloved brother to Richard (Helen), Glenn (Roma) and Wendy (Peter). Dear uncle to Maytina (Chris) and Nikki and great-uncle to Richard, Helena and Daphne. Robert will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Extended family and friends are invited to visit the Lynett Funeral Home, 3299 Dundas St. W. (one block east of Runnymede Rd.) on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chapel service will follow. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation. (The Toronto Star 11 Mar 2010)

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

O'BRIEN, Allen Rolland - On Saturday, May 30, 2009 Allen Rolland O'Brien passed away peacefully at the age of 80. He will always be lovingly remembered by his wife Norma, his sons Rik, Alan and Kerry, his daughters-in-law MaryAnne, Cecile and Susan, his grandchildren Sherry, Alanna, Marie and Allen, his sisters-in-law Evelyn and Vicki and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was sadly predeceased by his daughter Sherry Lynn O'Brien. Allen served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Stoker on the HMCS Sioux during the Korean War and continued to be a proud member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Association. Upon his return from the Navy he married his sweetheart Norma, his wife of 57 years. Allen worked in the private and government sectors as a mechanic and supervisor until his retirement. Allen was a true family man, always putting his family first. He will be remembered for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humour through all adversity. Allen had wonderful story-telling abilities and would entertain his many eager listeners with tales from his colourful adventures. Also known as "Mr Fix-It", Allen rarely replaced anything that he could repair himself. He was an avid collector of just about anything - rocks, gems, coins, electrical plugs... we will miss him. The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of Allen's caregivers for their help and support over the past 13 years. A graveside service for Allen will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at The Hillside Cemetery (750 Notre Dame Drive), followed by an open house at 1:00 p.m. at The Hamlets at Westsyde Retirement Residence. Should friends desire, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. We will always remember Allen as a loving husband, a good father and a great friend. He will be deeply missed.

 

HMCS SIOUX

O'CONNOR, Don Patrick - On December 16, 2009,  passed away in Boundary Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was born on June 5th, 1950 in Pat Bay on Vancouver Island, and lived in La Chine, Quebec; Downsview, Ontario; and Langley, B.C. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1968, travelling the Pacific Rim as a Fire Controlman on the HMCS Yukon and Mackenzie. He left the Forces in 1975, settling in Langley, B.C. In 1992, he moved to Greenwood, where he made great friends, owned a business, and served as Greenwood Legion's President for many years. He is greatly loved and remembered by his girlfriend Deborah Black; his children Shevaun and Kit; and his siblings Vickie, Michael, William, Randy, Glen, Lorraine and Kelly. He was a fine man who led by example, and will be missed by many. A service for Don will be held on December 27, 2009 at the Greenwood Legion Branch 155. (The Vancouver Sun 23 Dec 2009)

 

HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS YUKON

OLIVER, Thomas (23 Jul 1926 - 05 Mar 2013) - It is with profound sadness that the family of Thomas Oliver announces his passing on March 5, 2014, at the age of 87. Tom is survived by his loving wife Sigrid, his daughters Sherry (Alan) and Kelly (Tim), stepdaughter Kim (Brian), stepson Mark (Roberta) and grandchildren Noel, Jennifer, Tommy, Jessica, Ryan, Kevin (Kindra), Michael (Kristie), Samantha and James. Tom proudly served in World War II aboard the HMCS Sioux. He enjoyed working for Lafarge Canada for 35 years, was a longtime member of Quilchena Golf Club and spent many happy weekends at Birch Bay Leisure Park. In keeping with Tom's wishes, a service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS SIOUX

PAKENHAM, Norman Bruce,  CD (17 Oct 1923 - 23 Sec 2011) - passed away peacefully on the 23rd of September 2011 after briefly receiving excellent care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He joined the Royal Canadian as a box seaman aged 17 in 1940. He actively served throughout WWII and then all of the Korean War in HMCS Sioux. He survived Whale Island at H.M.S. Devonport to become a Commissioned Officer serving for a time with the Royal Navy. He retired in 1968 having received the Canadian Decoration. A kind husband to his loving wife of 66 years, Alice, he will be missed by his sons Marc and Paul and grandsons Andreas and Bryce. Heartfelt thanks to Laurie, Dr. Houghton, Susan and Lindsay. He would want this to end with these words, ALL FINISHED WITH MAIN ENGINES" (Victoria Times-Colonist 28 Sep 2011)

 

HMCS SIOUX

PARTANEN, Vaino Olavi CV, CD, CPO1, 8833H, RCN - Born: 27 May 1928, Antrea, Finland, Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. For his courage, CPO Partanen was posthumously awarded the Cross of Valour, Canada's second highest bravery decoration.

 

The citation reads "CWO Vaino Olavi Partanen was Chief engine room artificer aboard the HMCS Kootenay. He remained at his post to inform the bridge when an explosion and fire devastated the engine room. HMCS Kootenay, one of seven "Restigouche"-class-destroyer-escorts in the Canadian Navy was conducting full power trials on October 23, 1969 in the Western Approaches to the English Channel with eight other Canadian ships. At 8:21 in the morning there was an explosion in the engine room. Intense heat, flame and smoke engulfed the engine room almost immediately and spread to adjacent passageways and to the boiler room. There were immediate orders to clear the engine room but CWO Partanen, in full knowledge that he was in mortal danger, remained behind in order to report the situation by telephone to the officer of watch on the bridge. He died moments after attempting to make his effort."

 

He was the son of Ivar Partanen of LaSalle, Quebec; husband of Ethel Anne Partanen and father of Lesley A. Partanen of Dartmouth, NS.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS KOOTENAY

PELLEY, Bruce A. (25 Jun 1956 - 13 Jun 2012) - It is with heavy hearts, the family wishes to announce the sudden passing of Bruce Alan Pelley. He was working is Wainwright Alberta with the Department of National Defence. Bruce spent most of his life in Halifax. He went to Chebucto School as a child he later attended QEH High School and played for the Lions Hockey Team. He attended Dalhousie University before joining the Canadian Navy where he served as a lieutenant on the HMCS Okanogan and HMCS Annapolis. He was a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Pi fraternity in Halifax. He was self employed in many different business ventures over the years. He was avid hockey fan, loved to debate politics, sing Maritime and Irish Tunes and loved playing cards. He is survived by his parents William and Mary (Crewe) Pelley, his brothers Wayne (Najiba), Gary (Nancy) of Halifax and his sister Dale Bungay (Jim) of Cole Harbour. Nephews - Jim (Kimberly) Bungay, Steven (Kristy) Bungay of Cole Harbour, Galen Pelley of Toronto, Niece - Charmaine Al Molky. Great Nieces & Nephews, Alexander, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Rylea, William and Emma Bungay, all of Cole Harbour. He is predeceased by his grandparents John & Hazel (Pink) Crewe & Stephen & Evelyn (Butt) Pelley, all of Newfoundland. Visitation will be held at Cruikshanks Funeral Home, at 2666 Windsor Street Halifax, on Thursday from 2:00 till 4:00, and from 6:00 till 8:00. Funeral and Burial on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Bruce will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS OKANAGAN

PLOURD, Lindy Merlin (Len) - age 61, which came to a peaceful end in the early morning of Nov. 10, 2012, at the Prince Edward Palliative Care Unit in Charlottetown. Len put up a valiant fight from injuries sustained many years ago while serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. On Oct. 23, 1969, at 8:20 a.m., the HMCS Kootenay was in the North Atlantic when there was an engine room explosion and fire - nine seamen lost their lives, others were seriously injured, many with Len, trapped in the cafeteria full of thick black smoke and flames. The survivors suffered PTSD, as well as long-term physical and medical difficulties. Len was transferred to CFB Summerside, Slemon Park, to await a transfer to a different ship - around the same time his future wife Cora moved to the base. It was love at first sight - they met Jan. 16, 1970, engaged Feb. 7 before Len was transferred back to sea duty. Len and Cora were married on Dec. 19, 1970. In early 1971, Len was medically discharged from RCN and moved to his home town Lethbridge, Alta. Len and Cora enjoyed their early married life and many friends in Lethbridge and then moved on to Cora's home province Prince Edward Island in the summer of 1993. Len was an easygoing man with a great smile and laugh, always willing to help anyone in need. He was a terrific husband, supportive partner to his wife of 42 years, loyal friend and a committed pet "dad" to Niki, Freddie, and Sassy. Left to treasure his memory are his wife Cora (Nicholson) Plourd, his brothers Paul (Gail), Coalhurst, AB, Trevor (Carolyn), Lethbridge, AB; sister Shelley (Conner), Calgary, AB; Aunt Ev Plourd (Victoria, BC). Len will be missed by in-laws Alan and Jan Nicholson (Regina, SK), Blair and Barb Nicholson (Ottawa, ON); Cynthia Nicholson, (Mt. Pearl, NF) and a host of nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Len adopted PEI as home including Nicholson relatives Dave and Paula and Ron and Mary Duchesne, Mrs. (J.P.) Grace Nicholson and their extended families. Also, the surviving crew members of the Kootenay, We Are as One. Len was pre-deceased by his parents Paul Vincent and Haroldine (Sorensen) Plourd, Lethbridge, AB., and his parents-in-law Douglas and Maude (Smith) Nicholson of Rocky Point, PE. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Len can be made to the Cat Action Team PEI or the PEI Humane Society, or Lethbridge Animal Shelter. Out of respect for Len's final wishes, there will be no visiting hours or formal funeral service. Honouring his wishes and looking after final arrangements is MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel, Charlottetown.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

PRATT, John Gareth (Gary) (February 8, 1936 - October 14, 2011) - 75, Lower Sackville, passed away October 14, 2011 at home. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was the son of the late Randall and Margaret Alice (Simser) Pratt, and step-mother Doris (Wagar) Pratt. Gary served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 24 years as a weapons technician. he then worked for the Bedford magazine Ammunition Depot. He was a member of the Sackville Legion for over 20 years. Gary was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time at the cottage in Lake Torment, East Dalhousie. He is survived by his loving wife Faye (Gallant); daughter Linda (Robert) Doherty, Lower Sackville; sons Keith (Joni) Pratt, Hammonds Plains, Timothy Pratt (Debbie), Lower Sackville, William Pratt (Judy), Beaver Bank; sisters Heather (Brian), Judy (Lennox), all of Ontario; brothers William (Freda), Geordie (Anne) all of Winnepeg, Jimmy, Ontario; seven grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by brothers Christopher, Herbie, Davey, Robbie, Randy and grandson Kyle. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 11 am Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at the Sackville Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road. Rev Bob Chapman officiating. Burial at Oakridge memory Gardens. A reception will be held in the Legion following the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

PRICE, Hugh John Korean War Veteran It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father. Hugh passed away peacefully on November 19 in Victoria BC, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was born on May 9, 1930 in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (53 years Before the Mast" as he would say teasingly); adoring daughters Jane (Eric) Kahler of Ottawa, Bonnie (Tony) Faganello of Victoria; his grandchildren Erin and Bret Kahler, Sonya Faganello; great granddaughter Jaelyn Stromberg; his brother Leighton (Lorraine) Price and sister Phyllis Forcier. He will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. Hugh served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a weapons technician, from 1953 1978, primarily in Victoria BC. This was highlighted by being a part of The Queen's Coronation in London, England in 1953 and by a deployment to Korea from 1954-1955 in the HMCS Sioux. Afterwards, he joined The Corps of Commissionaires at Rocky Point in Victoria, from 19781995. Over the years, he enjoyed operating his CB radio; RC model airplanes; watching professional hockey, flying kites and spending time with family and friends. Hugh will be lovingly missed for his charm, humour and unwavering dedication as a husband, dad and grandpa and will be remembered always, for the compassion and love he held for his family. Dad our Hero, we are so very proud to be your daughters. Hugh, my SP" you are the love of my life forever and ever. Special Thanks to the many Doctors and Caregivers through this time of need. Visitation to be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets on Friday, November 23 at 11:00am. Service to follow at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Parkinson's Centre, 813 Darwin Ave., Victoria, BC, V8X 2X7.

 

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REDFERN, Michael William (31 May 1939 - 26 Aug 2005) - passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by Pat, his devoted wife and best friend of 46 years; the loves of his life, children Karen (Gilles), Michael (Fayon) and Kevin (Lynda); cherished grandchildren Michael, Ashley, Brian, Lucas, Olivia, Nathan and Phoebe; loving sister Monique (George) Martin and brother Patrick (Phyllis) Redfern; treasured in-laws Tom and Joan Larkin and Bernie and Bonnie Leavitt; beloved nieces and nephews Rick, Judi, John, Kenny, Kim, Kara, Tarra, Angela, Alfred and Jennifer, their spouses and extended family. Predeceased by mother Aline, stepfather Alfred and nephew Tommy. Mike began his military career as a 10 year old with the Navy League Sea Cadets followed by three years with HMCS Rainbow Sea Cadet Corps. He then went astray as an Air Cadet for a year as well as enrolling in the RCAF ( R ) for a year. He enrolled in the RCN in 1956 and served on HMCS Cape Breton and HMCS Mackenzie and retired as a CPO1 in 1983. In 1984 he was commissioned and assumed a full time position in 1998 remaining with the CIC until his release in 2004. He was promoted to LCDR in 1986 and retired from his full time position in 1998 remaining with the CIC until his release in 2004. He was also awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee in April 2003, which is awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada. Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Mike Raymond who traveled from Calgary, and unselfishly sacrificed his time to lovingly care for Dad and Mum during Dad's final days. Is it Corona time, yet? Special thanks to the staff at Hospice and the Palliative Response Team for their dedication, care and support. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, August 30 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 785 Burnside Road West. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society of Victoria Hospice Society. Dad will still be watching so go, Canucks, go! Bravo, Zulu Mike!

 

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REID, John Maxwell (Max), Captain (N), OMM, CDs -  Born and raised in a succession of remote northern Ontario communities, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 and served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships ( DEMS ) Commissioned from the lower deck after the war, he met Helen, a member of the WRNS in Portsmouth and they were married in 1949. His service in the RCN, aboard 9 ships and a few shore appointments, included command of HMCS Lanark and Terra Nova. He retired from the Regular Navy in 1974 but continued with the Naval Reserve in Hamilton, Ottawa and as a Convoy Commodore to complete almost 45 years of naval service. From 1977 until 1997 he worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade promoting Canadian aerospace and defence products around the world. Upon retirement he devoted himself to community projects, historical research and volunteer work, particularly at the Canadian War Museum. He died on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and, at his request, there will be no memorial service. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by Helen and the boys, Carl and Mark, who would also like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Ottawa General Hospital. (The Ottawa Citizen 29 Oct 2005)

 

SS PRINCESS JOAN, SS BEATON PARK, SS DUNLOP PARK, MV RIO BRANCO, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WALLACEBURG, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS LANARK

ROBERTSON, Douglas Wayne (28 Aug 1945 - 04 Dec 2014) - passed away peacefully at home with his wife of 47 years, Georgette and brother Don by his side. He proudly served his country on land, by sea, in air with the Canadian Armed Forces for 43 years. Wayne was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 and the 888 (Komox) RCAF Wing. Wayne will be forever loved by his family, wife Georgette, sons Chad and Craig and their families and his furry baby Luxy Bear. A Celebration of Life service will held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm at the 888 (Comox) RCAF Wing, 1298 Military Row.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

ROBICHAUD, Edgar Joseph (Rob) - With deepest sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of Edgar “Rob” Joseph Robichaud, 64, at The Moncton hospital on July 17, 2014 after a hard fought private battle with cancer. Rob was the President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport and a retired RCAF Lieutenant Colonel with 32 years’ service. Born in Moncton, he was the son of Anne (Horsman) Robichaud of Moncton. In addition to his mother, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Frances “Fran” (McCarthy); children James of Bathurst, Patricia of Riverview and Michael (Kimberly) of Ottawa ON; cherished grandchildren, Chloe, Kyler, Brianna, Camron, Eaden, Tyler, Addison and Jake; brother Dan (Judy) of Shediac; mother-in-law Gert McCarthy, brothers-in-law Bill McCarthy (Nancy) and Ken MacQuarrie (Anne Marie). Rob joined the RCN in 1967, surviving the HMCS Kootenay explosion in 1969, the worst Canadian peacetime naval disaster. He received his pilot wings in 1976, attended the Command & Staff College, commanded 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron at CFB Gagetown and served with NORAD. He retired in 1997, but continued serving as NB Liaison Officer in Canada’s Reserve Force until 2001. In 1998 he became the President / CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport. He served on several boards and councils such as Canadian Airports Council, the Canada East Air Cargo Gateway Group, TIANB, the Southern NB Gateway Council, Moncton Rotary Club, past President of Atlantic Canada Airports Association, Friends of the Moncton Hospital and co-chair of the new Moncton Transportation Discovery centre. He so loved his grandkids, spending as much time as he could with them, being involved in their lives as much as possible, along with reading history and riding his motorcycle. Visitation at Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd, Moncton (858-1995) on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 am, with Rev. Allison Carroll officiating. Reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass. Interment, Elmwood Cemetery. In Rob’s memory, donations to Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

RUSK, Harry - Born May 16, 1928 in Ottawa, Harry Rusk passed away surrounded by his family on April 26, 2012. Harry is survived by his wife Margaret and by his sons Stephen and David. Harry joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1947, eventually commanding the destroyers HMCS Saskatchewan and HMCS Chaudiere. Following his navy career he worked for the British Columbia government. Always a sailor, Harry went on to skipper the family's sailboat Lark around the Gulf and San Juan Islands with Margaret. Harry always had a job to do, always had a plan, and was utterly reliable. He delighted in family, in old friends, and in friends newly-made. You always knew he was glad to see you. He will be missed by friends and family across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For the last two years, Harry was cared for by the kind, competent staff of Vancouver Island Health Authority and We Care Home Health Services. Thanks also to cousins Harold and Anita for supporting Harry and his family throughout. An informal gathering to remember Harry will take place at Harry and Margaret's home on Saturday, May 12 from 2-6pm. No flowers by request; for donations in Harry's memory, please consider the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. (Victoria Times-Colonist 08 May 2012)

 

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (1947), HMS FLEETWOOD (1947), HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS BROCKVILLE, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS CHAUDIERE

RUSSELL, William (Bill) (16 Feb 1939 - 30 Apr 2014) - passed away peacefully at Oak Bay Lodge on April 30 2014. Bill leaves behind his loving wife Beverley of 49 years. Predeceased by his mother Pearl Russell, father James Russell and sister Patsy. Leaves behind his twin brother Bob (Cynthia), brother Fred, sister Joan and nieces and nephews in Ontario, sister-in-laws Rita (David), Doreen, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and dear friends in Victoria. Bill served in the navy for 27 years and worked 10 years at the Auxiliary Fleet in Dockyard. He enjoyed fishing and camping and spending time with Bev at home. There will be no service at Bill's request. In lieu of flowers a donation in Bill's name may be given to the S.P.C.A.

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS PROVIDER

SALTER, Albert Evans, LCdr, RCNR - Died: 1988, Toronto, Ont.

 

HMCS SARNIA

SINYERD, Vincent Orville -77, passed away on March 18, 2012, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness with COPD at the QE II Halifax Infirmary. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Marcus and Norma (Langille) Sinyerd. He had served 20 years in the RCN, part of which was spent on the HMCS Kootenay at the time of the explosion in 1969. He also worked for 22 years at TD Bank. Vincent is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Noreen (Hartlen); sons, Steven (Carolyn), Mark (Audrey) and Kevin (Sherri); sisters, Veronica and Beverley ;eight grandchildren, Lindsay (Andrew) Crocket, Nicole, Craig, Jennifer, Michele (Jason) Thomson, Cassie (Jacob) Hiltz, Jesse (Jessica) and Alex; three great grandchildren, Sophia, Ramona and Kaeto. He was predeceased by an infant brother. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax. Visitation will be begin at 1pm on Friday March 23, 2012 followed by a memorial service at 2pm. Interment to follow in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Many thanks to Dr. Kevin Carbyn and the nursing staff of 7.2 at the Halifax Infirmary. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Lung Association.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

SMITH, Christopher Gordon, Cdr, RCN - Born: 09 Nov 1920, Victoria, BC, Died: 14 Sep 1997, Saanich, BC

 

HMS FROBISHER, HMCS VINDICTIVE, HMS BELFAST (1939), HMS SOUTHAMPTON (1939 - survived the sinking of HMS Southampton), HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS OTTAWA, HMS FULMAR (1947), HMS IMPLACABLE, HMS BLACKCAP, HMS FALCON, HMS TRIUMPH, HMS DRAKE, HMCS HURON, HMCS COMOX, HMCS FORTUNE, HMCS TERRA NOVA

STEMMLER, Leslie - Passed away on May 21, 2007 at his residence with his loving wife and friends by his side. Husband and best friend Lynn Sampson and beloved husband of the late Blanche (nee Desjarlais). Father of Wayne and wife Sandy Stemmler, Carolyn wife of the late Pete Leduc and the late Michael Stemmler. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. Predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Leslie was a former Executive with the Chrysler Corporation. He was a Naval veteran in World War II with the HMCS Sarnia. He was an avid sailor and sports fisherman and had a love of gardening. If you so desire memorial donations to the VON or the HMCS Hunter would be appreciated. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. The family of Leslie would like to send a very special thank-you to Kelly Kopcok of CCAC, to Jackie, Sheri, Linda of the VON, and Linda Davey of the Red Cross. Our deepest thanks to Kevin Stubbington and RuthAnne Quennell for all their help especially during the last few weeks. 

 

HMCS SARNIA

STEPHANSON, Darrell Philip (1956-2006) - It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Darrell, dearest loved husband and father of twenty-two years to Lori and Joshua. Darrell died Saturday, January 7th, 2006 at the age of 49 years after a courageous ten year battle with brain cancer. Darrell was so dearly loved and will forever be missed by his parents, Philip and Marjorie Stephanson; little sisters, Sherri Stephanson (Grant), Ardith Stephanson (Ron); mother-in-law, Eleanor Pearson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dana and Shelley Pearson, Tim and Lisa Beechinor; beloved nephews, Michael, Steffan, Kristjan, Nathan, Ashley, Dylan, Quinlan, Brogan and Josh's sweet Kim. Darrell was very involved in Minor Hockey and Baseball during his school years in Saskatoon. After graduating from Walter Murray Collegiate in 1974, he served in the Canadian Navy stationed on the HMCS Saskatchewan from 1977 1979. Darrell attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a degree in Engineering (Geophysics) in 1987. He began an eighteen year career with Schlumberger in 1987 as a Field Engineer in Grande Prairie. With Schlumberger Geco Prakla, he worked from 1992-1995 as a Field Safety Health and Environment Advisor, then in 1995-1996 as a Party Manager. From 1996-2005 he was a Log Analyst with Schlumberger, in Calgary. Darrell loved his family and friends. He was so proud of his son Joshua. His passions included fishing and watching all kinds of birds, especially the Blue Jays whether they were winning or not. He was truly a wonderful person. He lived his life with such kindness and integrity and compassion that his spirit and his love will ripple outwards through his family and friends forever. A special note to thank all the staff at the Chinook Hospice for their care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services, Calgary (240 17th Avenue SW) on Saturday, January 14th, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Darrell's memory directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Brain Cancer Research, 1331 29th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2 or by telephone at (403)-521-3433. Arrangements and Cremation in care of Firt Mmorial Funeral Services. (The Star Phoenix 13 Jan 2006)

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

STRINGER, Lewis John CV, CD, PO1, RCN - Born: 03 Aug 1930, Hamilton, Ont, Died: 25 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay on 23 Oct 1969. PO2 Stringer died of his injuries two days after the explosion. For his courage, he was posthumously awarded the Cross of Valour, Canada's second highest bravery decoration.

 

The citation reads "Sgt Lewis John Stringer of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Hamilton, Ontario, who died from the effects of smoke inhaled while he organized the evacuation of men from the ship's cafeteria following an explosion aboard HMCS Kootenay. HMCS Kootenay, one of seven "Restigouche"-class destroyer-escorts in the Canadian navy was conducting full-power trials on October 23, 1969, in the western approaches to the English Channel with eight other Canadian ships. At 8:21 in the morning there was an explosion in the engine room. Intense heat, flame and smoke engulfed the engine room almost immediately and spread to adjacent passageways and to the boiler room. Sgt Stringer, a supply technician, was off-duty in the cafeteria. He understood the danger immediately and stepped into the exit to use his body to block the way to the smoke-filled passageway. He instructed others in the cafeteria to get down on the deck, breathe through their sleeves and crawl out by way of the galley. Sgt Stringer waited until the last man had made good his escape before attempting to leave himself. He collapsed in the galley and although rescued, he succumbed later."

 

He was the son of Joseph and Annie Stringer of Hamilton, Ont.; husband of Christina Stringer and father of Louise, Susan and Jacqueline Stringer of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

TAYLOR, Richard Keith, Capt(N)  - passed away, much too soon, on June 19th, 2006 at 7:31pm from his 34 month battle with brain cancer. He was four and half hours shy of his 52nd birthday. Family gathered at his bedside as he left this world with a joyous smile upon his face. His passing was without pain or discomfort and was peaceful in every sense of the word. It has been an amazing journey over these last several years. There were moments of shed tears and immense pain, but his determination and will to survive was nothing less than inspirational. Richard never wavered in his fight against cancer. He fought his battle like any astounding Naval Officer, with dignity and perseverance. Hope for a cure motivated Richard’s struggle to survive. Richard devoted 32 years of his life to the Canadian Forces and he was very proud to wear the Navy uniform. He was a loving and charismatic husband, father, son, brother, friend and human being. His sense of humor and spirit lives on in the memories of the people who knew and loved him. You do not have to fight anymore dad. We all love you and miss you…till we see you again. Richard is predeceased by: his mother, Margaret Taylor (1999), father-in-law, John Tapp (2000), and his sister-in-law, Ruby Tapp (1998). He is survived by: his father, Ronald (Fud), sister, Wendy (Naggy), brother, David, loving and devoted wife, Patricia, sons Ronald (26) and Robert (22) daughter, Melanie (24), mother-in-law, Josephine Tapp, sisters-in-law: Shirley, Caroline (Paul), Linda, Eileen (Gordon) and Judy. A special thank you to family and friends, Dr. Ross and staff at CDU1, Dr. Atwell, Dr. Pai, Dr. Sun, Dr. Yam, Wanda, Yvonne, Donna, Maggie, Richard, Ian, Dave, Peter, Hospice Staff, WeCare Nurses, Community Home Care Nurses, family and dear friends. All of you have made this journey for Richard and his family a little less painful. You have all honored his wishes and his integrity. An open casket viewing will take place June 23rd, 2006 2-6pm. Please call Sands Funeral Home (Victoria) for further information - #388-5155, 1803 Quadra St. A Full Military Funeral will be held at CFB Esquimalt, drill hall, on June 24th, 2006 at 10:00am followed by interment at Veteran's Cemetery (God’s Acre). A reception will be then held at the Wardroom. An invitation is extended to all those who wish to say farewell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain Cancer Research Foundation.

 

HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS CHALEUR, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS KOOTENAY

THOMPSON, Henry Michael (Hank), CPO (16 Apr 1922 - 05 Sep 2010) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 5, 2010, in his home at the age of 88. Hank has been reunited with his beloved wife Betty (2009). Hank was dearly loved by his children Michael (Jan), Lisa, Megan (Bob), Shiona (Tedd), Heidi (Doug), also by his grandchildren Lauren, Aaron, Kristin and Andrea. Hank is survived by his nephew Fr. Bill Thompson, and his many friends. Hank was a veteran who served with the Canadian Navy during WWII. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hank's visiting team of nurses whose gentle care and support helped make Hank's last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible: Carma, Monica, Toni, Denise, Sandy, Vivienne, Delores, Teresa, Barbara and Barbara; Nicole from the Palliative Care floor at SCGH; as well as to Mike, Hank's wonderful PSW from the Red Cross (It is truly God's work that each of you do). Thank you also to Andrea LaCasse from CCAC and Dr. Arvente, consulting palliative physician. Our special gratitude goes to Lynne, our angel from St. Elizabeth's, who guided the palliative team and our family through this time with calm skill, exceptional dedication, and great compassion. Hank's family will receive family and friends at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St., on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will take place at Star of the Sea Church, 34 Elgin St., on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11a.m. Cremation to follow service. If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salvation Army. "God bless you and keep you safe until we see you again Dad."

 

HMCS PICTOU

TIFFIN, Burton (May 21, 1933 - March 10, 2012) - a resident of Wallaceburg, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Sydenham Campus, Wallaceburg, at the age of 78. Burt was a son of the late Cecil and Mabel Tiffin. He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Greenwood, Br. 155, and was a Past Officer, Executive Committee Secretary Treasurer, Poppy Chairman, Membership, 1st Vice President, Past President and Service Officer. Loving father of Christine (Jim Kupiak), Michael Tiffin, Wayne (Tracy) Tiffin and David (Patricia) Tiffin. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Janine, Brad, Shawn, Jason, Crystal, Melissa, Rebekah and his great grandchildren Keevah, Keira, Layla, Carter, Ben, Madelyn and Emma. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two children Johnny and Steven and his brothers and sisters Willard, Edith, Merle, Audrey, Bob, Bud and Barb. Arrangements are entrusted to the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home Ltd. 639 Elgin St., Wallaceburg. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 18, Wallaceburg, at 11:00 am with a Legion Service beforehand at 10:30 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 18 may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial, a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Burton Tiffin.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

BOUDREAU, William Alfred, CD, CPO2, N12368, RCN - Born: 02 Feb 1929, New Glasgow, NS, Died: 23 Oct 1969. He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. 

 

Chief Petty Officer William A. Boudreau, 40, of 37 Circle Drive, Spryfield, died at sea Thursday in an accident aboard HMCS Kootenay. He was the son of the late Willia and Mrs. Cecilia boudreau, Stellarton, and was the father of five children. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, the former Esther Murphy; four sons, William, Michael, Daniel and Dana; and a daughter, Shelly, all at home; five sisters, Jean (Mrs. Earl Anderson, Moncton, N.B.; Margaret (Mrs. Herb Henderson), Stellarton; Phyllis (Mrs. Al Stokan, Hamilton, Ont.; Eleanor (Mrs. Stanley Murphy), Bedford and Marjorie (Mrs. Robert Humphries), Spryfield. CPO Boudreau will be buried at sea.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

 

TUDOR, Maurice McKee (Moe) - Born May 24, 1918, died suddenly but peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on May 18, 2004. He will be greatly missed by his family: loving wife, Vera; three sons: John (Debbie), Jim (Linda), Jerry (Susan); grandchildren: Bruce, Tara, Craig, Chris, Henry, Nicole and Dustin; brother, Jack Tudor; sister, Margaret Parker; and many nieces and nephews all living in Ontario. Before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941, Maurice played Intermediate "B" Baseball for the team of Hensall, a small town in Ontario and pitched the winning game against Toronto to win the Ontario championship in 1940. After joining the RCN, Maurice coached the Navy Baseball team for several years. Once in the RCN, Maurice became CPO Electrician which included Convoy duty on the North Atlantic. Later he served on the Cruiser Uganda in the pacific and finally spent 13 months in the Korean Conflict. Since retirement from the navy, he was part owner of the Cranberry Hotel in Cedar, he remained a member of the CPO Mess in Naden, and became an ardent golfer as a member of th Nanaimo Golf Club for many years. He was also an active member of the Cedar Area Fish Club. for the years he spent in the Cedar area, he gardened and was an avid wild bird watcher. Maurice will be remembered by all who knew him for his friendliness and great sense of humour. There will be an Open House for friends and family on Saturday, May 29th, 1-4:30 pm, at the Tudor residence, 2320 Muriel Place. The family wish to extend their thanks to all the staff on the Cardiac Floor, royal 4, for their kindness and professionalism.

 

HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS UGANDA

WATSON, Robert Bruce (Doc) - born February 14, 1920 at Winnipeg Manitoba passed away peacefully on December 4, 2009 at home with his daughters by his side. Predeceased by his wife May Elizabeth, son Robert John, granddaughter Pamela, brother John Sheriff and his close nephew Vincent Frank Waring. He is survived by his daughters Sharon (George Faber), Brenda (Don Carr), Karon (Joe Gillis), his sister Gladys May, 10 grandchildren, Shelley, Robert, Lindsay and Chelsea Watson, Bruce Faber and Jolene Robinson, Michael and Ian Carr, Ronda and Joe Watson and special nephew David A. Watson, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Doc spent 39 years with navy and DND. Last ship he served on was the HMCS Mackenzie. Thank you to all his many friends over the years for their support and kindness. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172; Past president of Chief and Petty Officers Association and life member of C.P.O`s Mess; Chief and Petty Officers Association; Masonic Lodge #73; Royal Arch Chapter #1; Western Gate Preceptory #30; Acme Counsel #14; Saxa Rubra Conclave #26; York Rite College #48; 32nd degree Scottish Rite; Gizah Shrine Temple; Queen City #5 OES; Columbia #2 Lodge IOOF; Fourandex #6 Company; Korean Veterans Association Unit 27; Eagles Aerie #12; United Ostomy Association Victoria Chapter. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul`s Anglican Church on Esquimalt Road on Tuesday December 8th at 1:00pm. Reception to follow at Esquimalt Legion on Admirals Road. Donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the charity of your choice or a donation in Doc`s memory may be made to The Chief and Petty Officers Association.

 

HMCS MACKENZIE

WEAVER, Robert G. (28 Dec 1947 - 11 Nov 2014) - Rob passed away peacefully on Remembrance day at Saanich Peninsula Palliative Care unit surrounded by his family. Rob leaves behind his loving wife Pam of 43 years, son Mike (Alia), grandchildren Noah and Kaiya, daughter Donna (Rino), grandson Aidan and his beloved dog Pepper. He also leaves behind his brothers Jack (Janet) and Rick (Janice). Rob served in the Royal Canadian Navy in Victoria for twenty-five years, retiring to the Comox Valley in 1990. No service by request at this time. Celebration of Life will take place at "The Pond" in the Spring. Donation can be made in Rob's honour to St. Joseph's Hospital Cancer Clinic, Comox, BC. Please watch over us. Rob's gone campin' (Times Colonist 23 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS YUKON, HMCS ST CROIX

WEIR, James Neil, Lt, RCN - Born: 17 Mar 1929, Edmonton, Alta  Died: 05 Jul 1994

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS FORT ERIE

WICKWARE, Michael John (04 Jan 1947 - 10 Mar 2014) - passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. Mike was predeceased by his father, Robert John Wickware; his mother, Nancy Wickware and mother and father in-law, Marg and Ron Emmerson. Mike will be always be remembered by Sharon, his loving wife of 44 years; his much loved sons, Steven (Brenda) and Brian (Brooke) and by his 5 wonderful grandchildren, Hillary, Sabrina, Justin, Phoenix and Cassius. They brought joy to his life. Mike is survived by his sisters, Roberta Barbazuk and Kathy (Dale) Hempstock, and brother in-law, Gary (Bonnie) Emmerson. Mike was a loving and caring son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend and his most favorite title was grandfather. Mike had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh that made him the man we will all miss. At this time there will be no service scheduled. In lieu of flowers please donate to Victoria hospice (online) or to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS COWICHAN, HMCS FUNDY, HMCS MIRAMICHI

WILSON, Wayne (Tug) - 59, Lawrencetown, passed away December 20, 2000, at home. Born May 15, 1941, in New Liskeard, Ontario. He was the son of the late Eric and Edna Wilson and stepfather Bill. "Tug" spent 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, and 14 of those years were in the submarine division. He also spent four years with the Department of Fisheries. He is survived by his wife, the former Joan (Davie); daughters, Kim (Ron) Smith, Lawrencetown; Toby (Blaine) Smith, Dutch Settlement; Nichola (Luc) Simard, Quebec; son, Trege, at home; sister, Edith Matthews, Ontario; grandchildren, Adam and Lindsay Smith and Sierra Wilson. He was predeceased by brother, Earl. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral Service will take place Saturday December 23, at 11 a.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, N.S. with burial to follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS OKANAGAN

 

 

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