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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ABBOTT, Duke Charles George, CPO2, CD - Age 75, of Bedford, passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by family in the early morning of Friday 14 November. Born in Musgrave Harbour, Nfld, he was the second son of the late Roland Winfield and Ina Hazel (Stratton) Abbott. Duke is survived by his loving wife Sheila Marie; his children Mitchell, Halifax, Murray, Alberta, and Melanie (Darren) of Halifax; grandchildren Chelsea, Brittany and CJ; and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are step children Beth (Aaron) Grady, Calgary, Marc (Xiaoyu) Bailey, Fort McMurray; brother Roland (Bonnie), Nfld, nephew Thomas (Karen) USA, brother-in-law Larry (Kim) Puzach, USA, and mother-in-law, Mary Coombs, Halifax. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet and his older brother Murray. Duke served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Forces for 34 years. During his time of service, he served aboard several ships and in various postings ashore leading to his last employment as Manager of the Navy Wardroom, a demanding job at the top of his profession which he conducted in outstanding fashion. He served also as a flight Steward aboard the RCAF 412 VIP Squadron aircraft, a period of time he remembered fondly and often talked about since he felt privileged to be rubbing shoulders with royalty and senior military and government officials. In fact his services were personally requested by several notables including Princess Anne, Indira Ghandi and Gov General Michener. In retirement he continued to share his skills. He was a quiet, unassuming man who knew contentment when meeting the needs of others. He was a hospitality minister for St Benedict Parish which involved greeting worshipers and visitors to the church, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Calais Branch, Lower Sackville, NS. In his leisure time, he enjoyed painting, music, dancing, winter visits to Florida, and cooking, particularly his incomparable chicken soup. The family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Fitzgerald, the nurses of the VG hospital (5A-50), and all the caregivers who showed unlimited compassion and exceptional professionalism during a difficult time. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass celebrating Duke’s life will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 21 at St Benedict Parish, officiated by Father James Mallon. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will take place in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Middle Sackville. Following the church and internment ceremonies all are invited to a reception at the Calais Legion located on Sackville Cross Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

ADAMS, Floyd Hugh (Bert) (19 May 1917 - 14 Nov 2014 A WW II veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic, serving aboard HMCS Pictou and HMCS Fergus, Dad fell ill on Remembrance Day and passed away suddenly three days later at Royal Columbian Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Walter and Margaret, wife Helen, brother Len and sister Helen. He is survived and lovingly remembered by sister-in-law Irene, beloved friend Joan, son David, daughters Shelley and Debbie (Dennis), grandchildren Crystal (Shawn) and Paul (Sara), great-grandsons Mason and Braden and many nieces and nephews. Dad was born in Calgary, Alberta, but moved to Vancouver in January 1918 with his parents and, except for his wartime service, spent most of the rest of his life in Vancouver and the metro area. After the war, he settled down to the challenge of raising a family, working for many years as a truck driver for Johnston Terminals and Home Oil, before following his dream in the 1970s of becoming his own boss as the owner of the Ogopogo Motel in Penticton, BC. Dad was an avid fisherman and loved camping. Retirement in the early 1980s also allowed him to pursue his love of travel in Mexico with Mom, often with friends Percy and Lorraine Tremblay from a base in Yuma, Arizona where Dad and Mom maintained a winter residence for 16 years. Later, he fell under the spell of the Hawaiian Islands and was a regular visitor to the Big Island for several years. His was a life well lived. We miss him dearly. A Celebration of Dad's Life is being planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the B.C. Cancer Agency or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS PICTOU, HMCS FERGUS

AGGAS, Robert (Bob), CPO, RN, RCN - Truro. Bob's family is saddened to announce his passing at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the age of 98. Bob was born in Lavenham, England, on July 7, 1916, to the late Robert and Winifred (Smith) Aggas. He will be sadly missed by his children, Bobbie Sears (Gordon), Victor, Roger (Debbie); grandchildren, Jennifer, Greg, Holly, Becki, Rob; great-grandchildren, Allie, Mitchell, Connor, Charlie; sister, Marie. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by Vera, his loving wife of 72 years; brother, Bill; sister, Margaret. Dad joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, rising to the rank of CPO during the Second World War. He was deployed as a telegraphic air gunner and saw action in North Africa, Scotland, Italy and the North Atlantic. He was stationed on HMS Suffolk when they located and shadowed the Bismarck, resulting in its sinking. After the war, Dad emigrated to Canada where he was briefly employed with Northern Electric before joining the RCN and serving at Shearwater until retirement. He was then employed at Bedford Institute of Oceanography on research ships for several years. The family lived in Montreal, Dartmouth, Coldbrook, Fall River and most recently, Truro. Dad was a devoted husband and father. He was a ham radio operator and loved to sail in his younger years. We admired his stamina despite many health issues. We would like to thank the staff of Parkland Estates, Truro, who have provided caring assistance to our parents over the past few years. There will be a private service for family at a later date. Donations can be made to your local chapter of SPCA in his memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.

 

HMS SUFFOLK

ARNOLD, John Martin (Stretch), LCdr (P), RCN - Naval Aviator John was born in Lindsay, Ontario on May 31, 1933. He passed away on November 5, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Beth); his sons, John (Chantal), Bryan (Mai) and Jeffrey (Cheryl and son Blake) and was the proud grandfather of Christopher (Grandpops), Linh Sa and Gabriel (Grumpy) of Victoria. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Diesing (Heinz) of Caledon East, Ontario; sister-in-law, Theresa Quartermain (Art); brother-in-law, Gerard Begley (Bernice) of Ontario and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Kingsley Arnold, Lt (P) RCN. The family wish to thank the caring Doctors and Nurses, (especially, Jeff, Sandra and Celina) on 3rd floor, North Jubilee Hospital, for their care and compassion. Thank you Rev. Canon Dr. John Steele for your presence and prayers during John's final hours. No service by John's request. His cremated remains will wait for Beth to join him, then to be scattered by their sons in a few of the special places that gave John and Beth pleasure in times past. If desired, donations in John's memory may be made to the ALS Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Quote from Leonardo da Vinci (the Times Colonist 08 Nov 2014)

 

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, USS LEXINGTON

ASH, Maurice (Moe), CD - Age 83 of Porter's lake, passed away peacefully at Parkland on October 20, 2014. Born in Portland, Bonavista Bay, N.L., he was a son of the late William and Ruth (Hancock) Ash. A career Canadian Naval Communicator he joined the RCN in 1949 retiring in 1976, serving the majority of his career on the east coast. He retired from a second career as a Purolator Courier in 1993. Moe was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 161, Gaetz Brook, where he was a charter member. He was also a life member of the the Atlantic Chief's and PO's Association. He served many years as an executive with the Naval Communicators Association, and on the reunion committee. A community minded individual, Moe was a founding member of the Lake Echo Fire Department and the First Lake Echo Scout Troop, where he was the first Scoutmaster. A long-time member of St. Anne's Parish in Lake Echo, he served many terms on parish council, and was ready to volunteer for any task, which he would do with a smile. He also served terms as a trustee for Lakeview Schook, Porter's Lake. Survived by children, David (Patty), Hampton, N.B.; Daniel (Janette), Kingston, Ont.; Janice Thompson (Bob), Rusagonis, N.B., Paul, Montreal; Que.; grandchildren, Amy, Jesse, and Willie Ash, Olivia and Matthew Ash, Casey and Annie Thompson and Kyla Sepp. "Uncle Ash" will be missed by his family in Nova Scotia while "uncle Maurice" will be missed by those in Newfoundland. Predeceased by his loving Barbie, wife of 60 years (April 2014); son, Peter (July 1983); all his siblings Jim, Ruth, Dick, Gen, Don, Nell, Phoebe, Ed, Cal and Dolly. Resting in Atlantic Funeral home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, where visitation will be held from 2-04 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 23. The funeral service will take place on Friday, October 24 at 11 a.m. in St. Anne Mission, 3293 Highway No. 7, Lake Echo. Reception and interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS

AUBUT, Roger - Age 82 of Dartmouth, died peacefully in the VG Site, QEII on the Palliative Care Unit, October 13, 2014. Born in 1932 in Val Brilliant, Que., to Anna and Joseph, he was the oldest son and second oldest of 10. He was a husband, a dad, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a navy man, a fixer of all things broken and man who loved his gadgets. He is survived by his loving wife, Rose; daughter, Maureen (Kelly); sons, Stephen (Valerie), Brian; daughter, Denise (Tami); stepdaughter, Debbie; stepsons, Mark and Michael (Tammy); granddaughters, Tiffany, Lindsey and Tina; grandsons, Jacob, Matthew, Michael, Trevor, Kevin, Terry. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet and brothers, Andrew, Germain and Renault. He was a farmer's son who left his small village for the world of the navy. After more than 30 years of serving his country he retired to do, as he often said, whatever he wanted to. Rose and Roger had many adventures in their camper and made many a trip to his home village. He will be missed, but he will always be remembered. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Roger's life will take place 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, with a reception to follow. Family flowers only please. Donations in Roger's memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

 

HMCS SKEENA

BAKER, Roy Harold - 1923 - 2014 With much sadness, we announce that Roy's life journey ended peacefully on November 1, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen (2008) for 64 years. Cherished father of Warren and his wife Jananne. Devoted grandfather of Craig (Christina) and Jennifer (Tony) and proud great-grandfather of Addisen, Jackson, Natalie and Aren. Fondly remembered by extended family, friends and neighbours. Youngest and last surviving of the immediate family of George and Miriam Baker. Predeceased by siblings Minnie, Jack, Steve, Edna and Jean. WWII Veteran, RCN, serving aboard the HMCS Uganda. Longtime member of the Weston Silver Band. We are grateful for his long, healthy and contented life and were blessed to have his presence in ours for so many years. Special thanks to the palliative care staff at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held at Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Private cremation and interment to follow. If desired, memorial donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated by Roy's family. ( the Toronto Star 04 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS UGANDA

BEAVER, Kenneth, July 25, 1928 - September 3, 2014 - It is with great sorrow yet with great relief that we announce the passing of Kenneth John Beaver, of Porters Lake, NS, on Wednesday September 3rd after a long battle with cancer. Ken's strong will to live and force of spirit sustained him throughout a 10 year struggle with mesothelioma. Ken was born July 25, 1928, in Dutch Settlement, Nova Scotia. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in April 1949 and served a twenty-five year career, sailing on a number of vessels as signalman and spending time at Stadacona and in Cornwallis, teaching his trade. His vessel postings included the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent 1950-51, the frigate Algonquin 1953-54, the cruiser Quebec 1955-56, destroyers Crusader 1958-59 and Columbia 1963-65, and aircraft carrier Bonaventure. He was proud to be a member of the crew who travelled to Belfast, Northern Island, for the initial commissioning of the HMCS Bonaventure and her maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1958 and was once again back on board the "Bonnie" when she was decommissioned at the end of her sailing years in 1970. He ended his twenty-five year career with the navy in 1974 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, stationed at CFB Halifax and Maritime Command. His naval career was his great source of pride throughout the rest of his life. His other sources of pride included his family of four children, and his extensive volunteer time with with the Boy Scouts of Canada, where he served a number of years as District Commissioner in Dartmouth. Following retirement at the age of 67, he lived in Dartmouth and Porters Lake. He was an avid bowler for over three decades, playing in leagues well into his mid eighties and still showing the "young ones" how to do it! Ken was predeceased by his parents, Aubrey Wilson Beaver and Annie Elizabeth (Logan) and his brother Lewis. He is survived by his sister Pearl (Bob McNeil) of Bible Hill, and brothers Cecil (Elizabeth) of London, Ontario, and Harley (Doreen) of Elmsdale. He leaves behind him his loving wife for 64 years Ina Pearl Beaver of Porters Lake, sons Kenneth Richard in Edmonton, Aubrey Carl (Maggie LeRue) in Halifax, and Mark Kevin (Marion Shaw) in Halifax, and his favourite daughter Leanna Irene (Ray Boudreau) in Dartmouth, and three grandchildren, Holly Beaver (Lethbridge, AB) and Darien Boudreau and Daniel Boudreau, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The family would like to express their greatest appreciation to the staff and physicians of the Cancer Center at the QE-II Hospital in Halifax and to the dedicated nurses of the Victorian Order Of Nurses, who were such a great source of comfort and support during the last ten years. Visitation will be held from 7-9pm Monday September 8 with a memorial service 10am Tuesday September 9, reception to follow, all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS BONAVENTURE

BECKINGHAM, William (Bill) - With his family by his side, William went to be with the Lord, on Friday, November 2, 2012, following a courageous battle with vascular dementia. Irene, his ever loving wife of 58 years, his five children; Michele (Andreas), Charles (Celyne), Anne (Tom), Louise (Michael) and David (Beverly), his sister, Ruth and seven grandchildren survive him. Born August 28, 1924, in Victoria and raised in Metchosin, BC, William left school early in Grade 11 to work for several years on CPR's Princess Victoria. From 1942 to 1945, he served as petty officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.V.R.). In 1947, William continued his formal education studying mechanical engineering at Victoria College and then in 1953, graduated from UBC Law School. After being called to the Bar, William established his law firm, Beckingham & Company, in Port Alberni where he practiced general law for 50+ years before leaving the practice to his son, Charles. A dedicated and gifted lawyer, William's outstanding contribution to the field of law was recognized by appointment to the Federal Queen's Council and Gold Award from the British Columbia Bar Society. Exceptionally well read, William's keen mind, natural leadership qualities and unfaltering commitment to social justice resulted in several prominent, elected appointments, including Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce President, Port Alberni Harbour Commissioner and District 70 School Trustee. An outdoors man at heart, Bill was passionate about being near the ocean and he loved to fish and boat at every opportunity. He deeply appreciated nature and over the latter part of his life dedicated himself to gardening and the study of local wildlife, especially birds. Above all passions and obsessions, Bill loved his family and there was nothing that pleased him more than to have them all around him. Bill's seven grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as Grandpa Beach, will always treasure his love of life and family, sense of humour and bold, energetic spirit. His wife and children will carry with them fond memories of Bill's excellent home cooking, baked goods, tireless thirst for knowledge and visions of him puttering in the garden at his beach front home in Qualicum -- his favourite place on earth. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10th, at 1:00 p.m., Chapel of Memories, 4005 Sixth Avenue, Port Alberni, B.C.

 

HMCS CHAMBLY

BELL, Russell Benjamin - June 10, 1923 - October 14, 2014 Ben passed away peacefully at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby. Predeceased by his father R.D. Bell, mother Edith Challenger, sisters Patsy Bell and Tillie Cuthbertson. Ben will be missed by his loving wife Joan, his daughter Lisa Bell, his stepson Tom Stock, other family members and many friends. In WWII, Ben served in the R.C.N. on the Ship Prince David from 1940 - 1948. He also worked for Transport Canada as electrical supervisor at Vancouver Airport and throughout B.C. I wish to thank the wonderful staff at George Derby for caring for him. A Service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. at White Rock Legion Br.8, 2290 152 Street, Surrey, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the George Derby Centre or the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

BOLT, Randolph Berkley (February 1, 1951 - October 2, 2014) - It is with great sorrow Randolph Berkley Bolt  passed away on October 2 in the VG Site QEII in Halifax with Randy’s daughters, Marie and Wanda; son, Randy's son-in-law, Billy; daughter-in-law, Stephanie and his wife Donna. We stayed with him until he drifted away with all the love my Randy had. He was a Chief Engineer in the Armed Forces for 35 and a half years. Randy was a man who was always there to serve his country and his family. He gave so much and didn’t ask for much in return. His heart was made of gold. Randy was always there when I needed him. His family was his life in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. We will miss you Randy and the life that we had was everything a family needed and could ever ask for: Marie, Wendy, Randy Jr., Blair and his grandchildren Alexis and Payton. He was the son of Julia and William Bolt of Newfoundland. I would like to thank South Shore Regional Hospital and the 8th floor doctors, nurses and chaplain, VG site. You all took great care of Randy and the family thanks you so much. God bless you. Randy will be sadly missed by his sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to South Shore Regional Hospital.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS HALIFAX

BONDY, Martin - In loving memory of Martin Bondy April 11, 1924 - May 19, 2008. Martin enlisted in the RCN March 3, 1943 and served aboard HMCS Matane K444. Thank you dad and all veterans for the freedoms we have and enjoy today. Always in our hearts. Danny, Dennis, David, Douglas, Diane, Deborah and families. (The Windsor Star, 11 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS MATANE

BREWSTER, Harry Henderson October 6, 1923 – November 30, 2014 The family of Harry announces his passing at the age of 91 years in Salmon Arm, BC. Harry was born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan to parents Arthur and Jean (Thomson) Brewster. Harry served for 3.5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a fireman/ stoker aboard the HMCS Gananoque. Harry met Doreen Smith (deceased), he is survived by their two daughters Linda Van Os (Brian) and Cheryl Adams (Harry, deceased), granddaughters Jennifer (Mike), Jillian, Courtney and Danielle, great-granddaughters Ella and Syndney. After Doreen's passing in 1989, Harry later met and married Irene Small (deceased), with stepdaughters Sue (Rick), Debbie (deceased), grandchildren Rick, Bill, Stacey (Stephen) Lindy and great-grandchildren. Harry is survived by his sister Melba and many nieces and nephews. While living in Chase, BC, Harry became involved in the Legion serving as President and Zone Commander. He received his Life Member award in 1996. Harry loved to play crib, always looking for the illusive 29 hand. The family would like to thank Dr. Bratty and all the wonderful care that Harry received at Piccadilly Care Centre. A Celebration of Life Service for Harry will be held in early the spring of 2015. (the Vancouver Sun 17 Dec 2014)

 

HMCS GANANOQUE

BROWN, Norman Frank, February 2, 1917 - August 21, 2005 - Peacefully passed away with great dignity at the Veterans' Care Facility of Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Services Centre on Sunday afternoon. Beloved husband for 59 years of Lillian Ruth (nee MacLean), dedicated and loving dad to David, Duncan and Catherine. A loving father-in-law to Tim and Sheila. Proud and adoring Grandpa to Marina, Desiree, Deirdra, Darla, Christopher, Alexandra and Elizabeth. Norman proudly served on the corvette HMCS Camrose as a Petty Officer - Stoker, in the Navy during the Second World War. Norman enjoyed a dedicated 36 year career at Texaco Canada Inc. from which he retired in March of 1982. A private service was held August 24, 2005 at the Humphrey Funeral Home, A.W. Miles Chapel; interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Our family wishes to thank everyone who cared for Norman during this difficult time. Words cannot express our deep sorrow, but we take comfort knowing that he is in a better place.

 

HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS MINAS

BUCKNELL, A. Lloyd - A. Lloyd Bucknell, formerly of Sheffield, ON, peacefully, at Granite Ridge Long Term Care Facility, Ottawa, on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the age of 88 years. Beloved husband of Joyce Bucknell (nee Farmer), loving father of Taber and his wife Lisa, dear grandfather of grandson Kalen. Survived by sister Edwaena Cheales and predeceased by sister, Dorothy Girvan. Will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Lloyd served in the Royal Canadian Navy, then was a locomotive foreman for the CNR in Transcona, MB, then employed by Linde, Union Carbide and finally, served in the Corps of Commissionaires. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Road (between Bayshore and Baseline) on Saturday, October, 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing may make donations to the Alzheimer Society, 1750 Russell Road, Suite 1742, Building 2 Perley Centre, Ottawa, ON, K1G 5Z6. (the Winnipeg Free Press 05 Oct 2013)

BURR, Brian Passed away suddenly on February 1, 2010 at work, of heart failure, at Rocky Point Ammunition Depot at the age of 61. Born in Prince George on October 8, 1948, he is survived by his mother, Bernice and his brother, Robert. Predeceased by his father, Frederick in 1960 and his brother, Barry in 2009. Brian joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 18 and retired in 1995, Petty Officer 2nd Class. His greatest passions in life were his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and his Dalmatians. Brian's family sincerely thank his co-workers, Rocky Point Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service, who did their utmost to save him. Service to be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road, Victoria at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. A reception will follow at The Chief and Petty Officers' Mess, Rainbow Room, 1575 Lyall Street, Victoria at 2:00 pm. A Navy man to the end, his remains will be committed to the sea by his Navy family. 577710 (the Times Colonist 5-6 Feb 2010)

 

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

BUSH, Charles Leonard - passed away at Health Sciences North, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at the age of 90. Charles, also affectionately known as Charlie is predeceased by his parents, Leonard Blake and Cordella Bush (Furlong), wife Aline Bertha Bush (Lacelle), and sister Eileen Furlong (Charron). Charlie is lovingly remembered by his sister Patsy Furlong (Gervais), brother Arnold (Bud) Furlong, sisters Stephanie, Patsy, Mary (Maggie) and brothers Leonard, Frisco (Leonard), Tony (Joseph), Michael (James), Conrad (Arthur) and John (Mark) Blake. Charlie will be missed by his children Jeanne Bush (Newcomb) of Ship Harbor, Nova Scotia, Gary and Diane Bush, of Surrey, British Columbia, and Clifford and Sue Bush of Chelmsford, Ontario. Charlie will also be missed by many grandchildren. Charlie was born and raised in Wahnapitae, Ontario, in 1924. Charlie enjoyed playing hockey. His love for the Montreal Canadiens endured his whole life. Charlie was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion. At the age of 17, Charlie joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served for 25 years, retiring in 1967. Charlie served during WWII and did two tours to Korea in the Royal Canadian Navy. After his release from the Navy, Charlie worked for Falconbridge Ltd, retiring in 1989. The family expresses their appreciation to the staff at Health Sciences North, 5th Floor South Tower and St. Gabriel’s Villa staff for their excellent care and compassion. Visitation in the Lougheed Funeral Home, 252 Regent St., Sudbury, 2-5; 7-9pm Monday with a memorial service at 7:30pm Monday under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #76, Sudbury. Funeral Service in the Lougheed Funeral Home, Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, at 11:30am. Cremation with interment in the family plot at the Park Lawn Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. (Lougheed Funeral Home)

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS HURON, HMCS ALGONQUIN

COX, Peter S. - Following a short illness, Peter passed away peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital with family holding his hand. He was predeceased by Joan, his beloved wife of 70 years and his sisters, Peggy Hickel and Pauline Coleman. He will be sorely missed by sons Mike (Maggie) and Bob (Jan) and brother Tony. Dear to Peter's heart were his grandchildren Nicole (Brian) Lotz, Tara (Mike) Nevard and David Cox and his great grandchildren, Oliver, Logan, Abigail, Danika and Dorian. Peter was born in Walsall, England and moved to the Wycliffe, B.C as an infant. His family lived in the Kootenays until Peter was twelve when a move to Victoria kindled his lifelong love of the ocean. He remained a man of the sea and sail until his passing. He began building boats as a hobby in his teens. In April 1938, at 17 and just prior to high school graduation from Vic High, Peter enlisted in the Canadian Navy as a boy seaman. He served throughout the war including convoy duty in the North Pacific and sailed on the St. Laurent, Baddeck, Sackville and Matane. It was during this war service in England that he met and married 'Joan' the love of his life. Peacetime service saw him serve on many other ships including the Ontario, Fortune and Cape Breton. However, as would be expected, his last posting as skipper of HMCS Oriole, was the highlight of his career. Following Navy retirement, employment at the Dockyard on the Navy Auxiliary vessels kept him on the boats and financed his final boat project, the 36 foot "Alioth", which he built in his backyard over five years. This sailboat provided Peter and Joan years of enjoyment on the waters around Vancouver Island. Peter was a great walker and a dog lover. Daily he and Joan could be seen on the streets and trails near his home with his own dogs, Bob and Jan's dogs and many a neighbour's dog as well. Peter will be remembered as a gentleman and sailor. A quiet, kind, dedicated and pragmatic man who loved his family and asked for little in life but his home, boats, newspaper, dessert and talk about ships and seafaring of any sort. Many people made it possible for Dad to remain in his home in Saanich until this July. Our family wishes to thank his neighbours who always kept an eye on him and Mom - Carol and Mike, Rob and Lenore, Peggy and Brian. Many thanks also to Dr. Benjamin How for his years of excellent care, Broadmead Veterans Health and Berwick Royal Oak, Dad's lovely home for the past five months. Dad spent his final days with the wonderful staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Bosenberg for his generosity of time, patience and interest during Dad's stay and to nurses Judith and Sara who cared for him in his final hours. Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw, Dad. No service by request. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services. A gathering to honour Peter will be held in the coming weeks. If desired, donations in Peter's memory may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, 101-1537 Hillside Ave., Victoria, B.C., V8T 4Y2 (Published in the Times Colonist 08 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS BADDECK, HMCS SACKVILLE, HMCS MATANE, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS FORTUNE, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS ORIOLE

DARTNELL, Clinton Leroy - Clint died peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre on September 27, 2014 at age 94. He was born in Winnipeg on January 10, 1920 to the late Edward and Valerie Dartnell. He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen (2004), sister Rita (2013) and brother Lorne (2009). He is survived by his sons Terry (Carol), Mike (Mary Kay); grandchildren, Michael, Lindsay, Erin, Jenean and great-granddaughter Kyla. Clint grew up during the Great Depression on Washington Avenue in East Kildonan. ln 1940 he enlisted with the RCNVR and was assigned to the HMCS Dauphin (Corvette) to convoy duty on the North Atlantic between St. John's, NF and Derry, lreland. He was discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945 as a Petty Officer. He had a long and varied retail sales career in furniture, carpets, tile and real estate beginning in the 1930s and ending in the late 1990s. During these six decades, he was employed by Eaton's (Winnipeg), Chappell Furniture, Garry Furniture (Fort William), Simpson Sears (Guelph), Canadian General Tower Ltd., Building Products, Llentrad Carpets (Winnipeg), Sheraton Carpets, Toole and Cote (Calgary, Victoria), and Erhardt-Streu Flooring (Selkirk). Harmonica playing, running marathons, reading the Bible and weight training occupied his leisure hours. Many summer vacations were spent at Oak Point on Lake Manitoba, Victoria Beach, Balsam Bay and Beaconia. The Dartnell family is deeply appreciative of the excellent care Clint received at Deer Lodge in Tower 7 and Lodge 7. Care which reflected not only the highest level of medical skills and knowledge, but also compassion and support for the person and family. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday October 24 at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, R3C 4G2 or Elim Chapel, 546 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, R3C 0G3. (the Winnipeg Free Press on 18 Oct 2014)

 

HMCS DAUPHIN

DAVIDSON, Ian -  "This is your world - it is a feast. Look into the greatness of the whole thing,...look, look...and then look further." Chogyam Trungpa, (Tibetan Buddhist Philosopher.) Ian Davidson considered his life to be "a journey of discovery of the visual world." On July 22nd, 2007 that journey came to an end. Ian died at St. Paul's Hospital after a brief illness, a day after his 82nd birthday. It was a journey that took him to the four corners of the globe, encompassed eight decades and was peppered with the colorful and often famous characters of the art world that shaped the artistic tastes of the 20th century. He was a man who looked carefully at his world and saw much that interested him. He remained powerful and feisty to the end, his courage and grace touching those who surrounded him. Ian was a graduate of Trinity College, Royal Roads Naval College and The University of British Columbia. He is survived by his brother Derek and wife Helen, his nephews Jim and Hugh and wives Lori and Bonnie and his niece Susan, his grand-nieces and nephews, Nicole, Natalie, Cameron and Leah who remember him fondly for his passion and eccentricities. He began his professional life in partnership with his father Jocelyn Davidson and in 1976 began a long and distinguished career in the Architectural partnership of Davidson Johnston Architects with Douglas Johnston, with whom he had a happy and productive working relationship. As a leader of Canada's artistic community, Ian's civic contributions were considerable and varied. He was a member of the Vancouver and West Vancouver civic design panels and a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He served as a director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery as well as the Advisory Board of the National Gallery of Canada, the City of Vancouver Special Committee on the Arts, the B.C. Place Citizens Advisory committee and the Canadian Cultural Property Review Board. He guest lectured at various Architectural schools in Canada and internationally and was a special consultant to the Banff Centre and the Canada Council. Mr. Davidson also served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Art Fair and was the recipient of the Seattle Art Fair "Art Leadership Award" in 1995. Ian was an avid and astute collector of Art and a champion of many emerging artists. In addition to contributions of time, Ian left a rich endowment of Art to a number of public Institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital. It is however his friends who were the greatest beneficiaries of his generosity, as his greatest pleasure in the feast of life, was to share the bounty of his remarkable vision. He will be remembered as thoughtful and loving; a man of enormous charm, wit and knowledge, but most of all for his childlike delight and infectious laughter a comedy of divine attributes. Goodbye dear friend. Memorial donations can be made to St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Art Program at 604-682-8206. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Ian's life at the Elliott Louis Gallery, The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver on Friday, August 10th, 7 - 10 pm.

 

MTB 748

DAWSON, Donald George passed away on Thursday August 14, 2014 at Pioneer Ridge. Don was born May 3, 1923 in Fort William Ontario. He attended Fort William Collegiate and was a veteran of World War II having served aboard the Ville de Quebec. After the war, Don worked as a government grain inspector. He was an avid football and baseball fan and gardener and was a charter member of the Fort William Redskins and the Canadian Legion Branch 6. Don is survived by step-children Diane Eaton (St. Catharine’s), John Lamke (Shelly Gibson), David Lamke, sisters Dorothy Kushner and Verna Gallaway, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Irene Edna Dawson (Biggs) and sisters Edith Dawson, Violet Evans and Florence Antoniak. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the kind staff at Pioneer Ridge. According to Don’s wishes, cremation has taken place. (the Chronicle Journal 16 Aug 2014)

 

HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC

DEITER, Clayton Lloyd - Age 71, of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully on December 4th, 2014, in the Halifax Infirmary, QWII with family at his side. Clayton was born September 13, 1943 in Mindemova, Manitoulin Island, Ont. to Carl and Grace Deiter. He served 26 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, in the Navy. He is survived by loving wife, Pearl; son, David; sister, Patricia Buchan of Ontario; brother-in-aw, Richard (Bertha) Foley, Mount Uniacke; sister-in-law, Ethel Chisholm, Windsor; stepsisters, Mary, Sheila and Carole and stepbrother, Danny, all from Ontario. Besides his parents, Clayton was predeceased by sister, Anita; brother, Gregory; brother-in-law, Donald Foley and stepsister, Jean. There is no visitation and a memorial service will be held on December 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Mosaic Church, 28 Willett St., in Clayton Park, Pastor Bill Wozney will officiate. Special thanks goes to EHS, Emergency staff, Dr. Moller and staff CCU, especially Lisa for the exceptional care given to Clayton. Also to VON, especially Sandi Moss who provided 13 years of service to Clay. Memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS PROTECTEUR

DIXON, Lancelot George (Lance), LCdr, CD, RCN 1956-1989 - Revenue Canada Ret'd. 1989-1999. Peacefully on October 12, 2014 at the Élisabeth Bruyére Hospital after a courageous battle in his 75th year. Lance is survived by his beloved wife, companion and friend of 53 years, Marjory Rosalind Dixon (nee Vaillancourt). Loving father of Lance (Lorie) of Fredericton, NB, Deborah-Lynn (Bruce) of Ottawa, ON. Proud grandfather of Kaitlyn, Kendra, Samantha, Kathleen, Lance, Michael and Courtney. Survived by his sister Mary W. Williams of Vancouver, BC and Vincent W. Dixon of Edmonton, AB. Lance joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956 at the age of 17. He served faithfully with pride and devotion until 1989 at which time he joined the Canadian Forces Reserves until 1994. Friends are invited to visit the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa Monday, October 20, 2014 after 11 a.m. followed by Interment with Military Honours at the National Military Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital for their compassionate and dignified care provided to a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, RCN Hospital Halifax

DUNBAR, Charles Irving - Age 88. Died August 23, 2014, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born October 16, 1925 in Montreal, Que., he was a son of the late Sidney Irving Dunbar and Gertrude (Maguire) Dunbar (of Mulgrave). He was also predeceased by his stepmother, Nora (Keating) Dunbar; his brother, John Allister Dunbar and sister, Eleanor Grant Humby. Charlie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch No. 31, the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Peregrine Branch and HMCS Sackville - Canada’s Naval Memorial. Growing up in Mul­grave and the town of Guysborough, Charlie developed a lifelong love for the sea and sailing. Shortly after his 18th birthday the pull of the sea took him to Halifax where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. His sea time was spent in the engine room of the corvette HMCS Chicoutimi and for a short period of time in the frigate HMCS Stone Town before returning to civilian life. He soon joined Foundation Maritime Co. with their ocean­going tugboats. Several years later he returned to settle in Montreal. There, he worked with Construction Equipment Co., another branch of Foundation Co. Charlie never lost interest in sailing. The joy and challenge, always present from Lake St. Louis, Pointe Claire, Que., to the unlimited waters of Nova Scotia. The Eastern seaboard, Newfoundland and the Caribbean were always for him a source of renewal. Charlie is survived by his wife, Martha (Meeks); his brother, Robert George Dunbar, Calgary; nephews, Sidney Humby, Hubbards; Robert Dunbar, Halifax; and nieces, Susan Evans, Toronto; Mary Walsh, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Nancy Humby, New Ger­many; Karen Logan, New Glasgow. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Church of Our Saviour, 255 Portland Street, Dartmouth, Rev. Andrew Cooke officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HMCS Sackville - Canada’s Naval Memorial, PO Box 99000, Stn. Forces, Halifax, NS B3K 5X5 or to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS CHICOUTIMI, HMCS STONE TOWN

EBNER, Ernst Fredrick - Passed away peacefully in Penticton, BC on August 31, 2013 at the age of 83 years. Ernst will be remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife, Joan, daughter, Christine, son, Dennis, granddaughters, Jae and Emma. Sadly predeceased by his son, Fred, in 2007. Ernie served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years and in dockyard for 6 years. He was an avid gardener and loved his dogs. No service by request. (The Times Colonist 6-7 Sep 2013)

 

HMCS GRILSE, HMCS GATINEAU

EDWARDS, Charles William (Bill) (Charlie), Age 86. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charles 'Bill' Edwards of Pleasant Harbour on December 21, 2014. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in Twin Oaks Hospital, Musquodoboit Harbour, after a brief illness. Born in Ship Harbour, he was a son of the late Charles Otis Edwards and Ursula Helena (Hartlen) Edwards. As a young man, he joined the Merchant Marines and then was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on HMCS Cayuga, Swansea, Maggie, Quebec, Haida, New Liskard, Huron, Cape Breton and Restigouche. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Later, he and his first wife Irene owned and operated Edwards General Store in East Ship Harbour for about 20 years. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Irene (Power); sisters, Dorothy, and Glenda (Robert) Drover, and brother, Robert Edwards. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Amelia 'Millie' (Drover); daughters, Billie (Leon) Myers, Mineville; Ramona (Roger) Coolen, Lower Sackville and son, Andrew (Andrea) Townsend, Halifax; brother, Ken (Jean) Edwards, Musquodoboit Harbour, and sister, Sheila Touhey, New York. 'Poppie, Skipper' will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Jeffrey and Philip (Jill) Myers, Lillie Jane Coolen, Zachary and Charlie Townsend and great-grandchildren, Henry, Gabe and Emma; godsons, Sherman Power and Derek Drover. Also survived by brother-in-law, Rennie (Jean) Drover and sisters-in-law, Stella Hartling, Shirley Hall, Clara Edwards, Amy Graves. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and wonderful friends and comrades. Special thanks to the very caring angels and Dr. Price at Twin Oaks, and to niece Jennifer Mckay and nephew Michael Drover, who sat faithfully through the final vigil. Bill and Millie enjoyed many adventures together, travelling, exploring our beautiful countryside and camping, meeting friends, wherever they went and always inviting new friends to drop by. They loved little pranks and dressing up for foolishness sake and for laughs. Always active in the community, Charlie/Bill was a member of Four Harbours Branch Legion for over 50 years and besides serving in a number of positions at his home branch, also served as zone commander for a time. He was also an active and faithful member of St. Peter’s Church, Murphy Cove and was most recently serving as parish warden for the parish of Tangier. Visitation will be held Monday, December 29th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Legion tribute 7:30; family prayers 8 p.m. in D.S. Crowell and Son Funeral Home, Sheet Harbour. Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 30th, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Murphy Cove, Rev. Lorraine Otto officiating. Re­ception following in Branch 120 Four Harbours Legion, East Ship Harbour. Family flowers only. Me­morial donations may be made to the Twin Oaks Hospital, IWK Burn Unit or Royal Canadian Legion, Four Harbours Branch 120.

 

HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS HURON, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

ELLIOTT, John Edwin, CPO, RCN - 84, Shelburne, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving family on May 30, 2008, in Roseway Hospital. Born in Pointe Ste. Charles, Montreal, John was the son of Arthur and Adelaide Elliott and the loving husband of the late Muriel Theresa Charlie Sullivan. He lived in England during the Second World War, joining the Homeguard at the age of 15, armed only with a broomstick, and a bayonet taped to the end. He joined the Royal Navy in 1942 and served on the minesweeps HMT Richard Crofts and HMT Braconmoor until the end of the war. He then was sent to the Pacific War, where he helped rescue Canadian Prisoners of War in Hong Kong. He joined the RCN in 1949 and fought in the Korean War aboard the HMCS Haida. He proudly served in the Canadian Navy for 26 years, including training young recruits at C.F.B. Cornwallis, performing ship duties (H.M.C.S Saguenay, his favourite), served at C.F.S. Shelburne, and the Bedford Rifle Range, to name few. When retired from the Navy (C.F.S. Mill Cove), he retired in Western Shore, then later moved to Shelburne. He was a member of the Shelburne Legion Branch No. 63, the HMCS Haida Association, the Atlantic Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and the Royal Naval Patrol Service. He is survived by his children and their families, Diane (Jim), Shelburne; Linda (Chris), Bridgewater; John Gary (Margo), Elmsdale; Maureen (Mike), Shelburne; Mike (Susan), Jordan Falls; grandchildren, Shawna, Luke, Brian, Nicolle, Karl, Alyssa, Guylaine, Alan, Dawn, Megan, Erin, Matthew, Christian, Stephen; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Skyla, Hailey, and Elliott; brother, Ron, Annapolis Royal. He will also be missed by his beloved Yorkie, Sullivan "Sully". He was predeceased by the love of his life, wife, Muriel; his parents, Arthur and Adelaide; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn, George Elliott; brothers, Arthur Jr., Albert, Robert, and sisters, Jean, Violet, May, Olive and Rosie Mabel. John was a unique individual who was loved by many. He will be missed beyond words. As per the family's and John's request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service was held on Sunday, June 1, at 1 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Chapel, Shelburne, Rev. Sidney Snow officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army. 

 

HMT RICHARD CROFTS, HMT BRACONMOOR, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS SAGUENAY

ELLIS, Robert Beverly - Born January 22, 1935 at the Toronto General Hospital and grew up in Grimsby Beach, Ontario, attended Grimsby Park School and Grimsby High. He tried to join the Navy at the age of 15 and was accepted, but his mother would not give her consent. On January 22, 1952, at the age of 17, he re-enlisted and was officially signed on February 13th, he was then sent to HMCS Cornwallis in Nova Scotia for training. Robert proudly served for 30 years and would do so again. The Navy was a good life. He always looked out for his junior ranks and took repercussions for it. His time in the Navy was split between HMCS Stadacona and 14 plus years at sea. While he would be a serious man he was found of practical jokes. He once released a dozen baby chicks into the Captain's cabin on the HMCS St. Laurent on Easter weekend. His best posting was as an air crew on HS 50 Helo Squadron. When not at sea or working, he devoted his time volunteering in Shannon Park-Wallis Heights coaching football, hockey, working at the rink and rec centre. Upon retirement from the Navy, Robert moved to Saltsprings in Pictou County, Nova Scotia with his wife and family where he worked for 10 years as a millwright in New Glasgow and Dartmouth. After retirement from millwright, he spent time as a Commissionaire off and on until 2005. Robert greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing with his log camp buddies. Gone now are Jake, Keith, Gerry, Jim and Ted. Robert is predeceased by his wife Leona, daughter Beverley, two sisters, Jackie and Karen, father and mother. He is survived by children, Tracy, Paul, Susan and Jennifer, grandchildren Matthew and Robert, sisters, Vivian, Isabelle and Barbara and brother, Ron and special friend Kathy. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Ave. Dr., Stoney Creek on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 12 noon in the Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Association or the Veteran charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. "You can stand down now Bobby, your watch is over", "Following seas and fair winds."

 

HMCS ST LAURENT

ENGSTROM, Stanley Robert - It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the peaceful passing of Stanley Robert Engstrom on September 27, 2014. Stan is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 71 years, Margaret Engstrom (née Fraser); his children, Karen (Norm), Linda (Gary), and Stanley; his grandchildren, Jamie (Mark), Steven (Lisa), and Kristina (Michael); and his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Megan, Graham, Raelee, Jordan, Shane, Luke, and Alexander. Stan served as a Master Seaman in the RCN during World War Two, on HMCS Matane, which sank two U-Boats and survived a glider bomb attack. After the war, he worked for 35 years as a proud IWA union mill worker. Throughout his long life, we always knew where Stan was happiest: among his family, and among the great varieties of plants in his many gardens. His gentle, caring manner nurtured us all. A funeral and celebration of life will be held for Stan on October 4, at 1 p.m., at Matsqui Lutheran Church. (the Vancouver Sun 01 Oct 2014)

 

HMCS MATANE

FAULKNER, Donald William -67, Dartmouth, passed away suddenly Saturday December 6, 2014 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Newcastle, NB, he was a son of the late Vincent and Ruthene Faulkner. Donald served in the Royal Canadian Navy, and later moved on to the Canadian Coast Guard. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, BR 160. He was an avid sports fan, participating in Darts, Softball, and bowling. He is survived by, daughters, Donna, Sheri, both of Dartmouth; sons, Donnie, Beaver Bank, Billy, Dartmouth; granddaughters, Heather, Amber, Caitlin; brothers, Kenneth (Sandra), Hart Lake; Chesley (Nora), Bass River; Arthur, Truro; Rod (Margaret), Bass River; Robert (Kathy), Bass River; sister, Marlene Harvey, Woodstock, Ont; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Road, where a memorial service will be held 2 PM Tuesday December 16th. Private family interment at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to Nova Scotia Diabetes Foundation or charity of choice.

FERGUSON, Harry Campbell, age 92, of Little Harbour, passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late John and Elizabeth (MacKenzie) Ferguson. Harry attended New Glasgow High School and Maritime Business College. He worked for a short time with the C.N.R. Hotel System in Charlottetown, PEI. In 1942, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served in the North Atlantic on convoy duty and on D Day on June 6, 1944. Harry worked for the Unemployment Insurance Commission from September 1945 until September 1966, when he became Manager of the Canada Pension Plan for mainland N.S. until he retired in 1979. He was a county councillor for 2 terms and recreation co-ordinator for the Municipality of Pictou County from 1980 to 1983. He served on the board of Valley View Villa for 19 years. He was the first Fire Chief of the Little Harbour Fire Department in 1958 and still belonged to the Department at the time of his death. He was active in sports and played high school hockey, rugby, junior hockey, senior hockey, curling, softball and baseball. He was Past President of the New Glasgow Kinsmen Club and Little Harbour Community Centre. He was a member of Normandy Branch, Royal Canadian Legion and the Admiral Murray R.C.N.A. He was a member of the Little Harbour Presbyterian Church, where he was former Clerk of Session and Church Treasurer. He sang in the Little Harbour Church Choir, Barbershop Chorus and as a soloist. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by sisters: Lottie and Maude; brothers; John and Herbert; daughter-in-law, Catherine (Walsh) Ferguson. He is survived by his wife, Thelma (Baird); sons: Robert N., Little Harbour; James W., Saint John, NB; grandson, Ryan; granddaughters: Carly, Ashley, Katelyn and Jennifer (Bill) Jeffers; great grandson, Wyatt Jeffers; great granddaughter, Hailey Jeffers. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 pm Monday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service 11 am Tuesday in Little Harbour Presbyterian Church with Rev. Pat Rose officiating. Burial will be in Church Brook Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or a charity of choice. Royal Canadian Legion Br 34 New Glasgow and the Admiral Murray Royal Canadian Naval Association will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 pm Monday to conduct their service.

FINLAN, Joseph Terrance - 1924 - 2014 On Monday, May 5, 2014 Joe passed away at home. Joe will be deeply missed and be forever remembered by his family and friends. Survived by his sons Terry, daughter Sharon (Terry MacDonald), Tony (Darlene) and Bill, brother Pat (Mary), sisters, MaryEllen Younger, Eunice and Alfred Buelow, Jean Bowes, Annie Lacroix and Lila and Ed Rokosh, 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his parents Bill and Annie, two loving wives Diane Daman and Jean Dyck, son Pat, brothers, Tony and Frank and sister Margaret. Joe proudly served in our Navy during the Second World War and participated in action of D-Day. Joe came back to Winnipeg married Diane (Daman) and raised their five children in Winnipeg and Calgary. Retired to Pender Island, BC where he was a working member of the Legion. He spent the last 20 years in Winnipeg. We will all miss Joe's great sense of humour, giving nature and his ability to entertain. A celebration and service of Joe's life to be held in Beausejour on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. (The Winnipeg Free Press 15 May 2014)

FISHER, Ralph Ervin. August 1922 – December 29, 2014 After a short illness but a remarkably long and happy 92 years filled with accomplishments, travel and the love of family and friends, Commander Ralph E. Fisher, RCN (retired) left us quietly at North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver, BC. Predeceased by his wife Shirley in 2013, whom he missed dearly. Survived by son David (Janice), daughter Sue (John), four grandchildren (Michael, Shawn, Allison and Christopher), his sister Ann Fitchett and many nieces and nephews. An electrical engineer and 28-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, he made significant contributions to the service during and after his career, including his work on the Bras d'Or hydrofoil project and the successful campaign to give long overdue recognition to Canadian WWII veterans through the creation of the Bomber Command Bar award. We will remember his infinite capacity for mental math calculations, his home and car repair skills, and his sage investment advice. Ralph brought his intelligence, energy, wit and generosity to every endeavour. He was a loving husband, supportive father and affectionate grandpa, and he will be missed. Memorial Service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by First Memorial, North Vancouver, BC. (Published in the Vancouver Sun 03 Jan 2015)

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS CAPE SCOTT

FITZGERALD, Gerald (01 Feb 1924 - 23 Jan 2011) Peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital on January 23, 2011. Husband of the late Noreen. Loving father of Bryan (Arlene), Tara (Mark) and Kerry and the late Sean and Erin. Grandfather of Colleen, Stephen, Collin, Brenna, Alannagh and Michaela. Great-grandfather of Reegan, Tommy, Ryan, Olivia and Peyton. Brother of Viola. Will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff of the Veteran's Hospital. Visitation at the Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd. (corner Isabella) on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service from the funeral home chapel on Friday, January 28 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ste Anne's Hospital Foundation, 305 Boul. des Anciens-Combattants, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, H9X 9Z9.

 

HMCS KAMSACK

FOGG, Walter A.  August 2, 1921 - October 12, 2014 Walter lived his life, guided by dignity and loyalty; and filled with humility, kindness and gratitude. In his 94th year, as gently as he lived, Walter passed away at Tudor House in Selkirk, with family surrounding him or thinking of him. Walter was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth; his father Walter; his wife Joan; his son Paul, his sisters Irene and Grace; and, his brothers Russ and Ron. He is survived by his brother Roy; his brother-in-law Ed; his daughter Sherrin (Marvin); his grandchildren Marshall (Sherry Lee), Andrew (Jodi), Iain, Erin (Jim), Jordan and Evan (their mother Martha Dheere), and Cody. Also, by his great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Emma and Nate; his extended family and friends. Walter was born in Winnipeg. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and served his country with pride aboard the HMCS Waskesiu. In August of 1945, he married Joan Williamson in Halifax. With his "Joanie", they moved to Winnipeg and later to Selkirk , where they filled a life dedicated to each other for 60 years. Following the war, Walter studied at the Winnipeg School of Art. He worked in the display department at Eaton's. In 1951, he joined Bristol Aerospace. He remained there for 32 years, until his retirement in 1983. Walter's artistic passions included mural painting, wood carving, photography, calligraphy, and landscape painting and sketching. Walter was a long-standing member of the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan. He loved his long distance bike rides, the sounds of the pipes and drums, his harmonica, the family camping trips, reminiscing and story telling, the times he spent near or on any river, lake or ocean, and fishing, especially with his little girl. Dad was always attentive, appreciative, and generous towards his entire family and all of his friends. A truly kind and gentle man. This was Dad. Although sad to let him go, he sure had a good run. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the dedicated staff at Tudor House, who took such great care of Walter. A private family interment at Glen Eden is planned. Although flowers are gratefully declined, donations in Walter's honour, are welcomed to the Selkirk Food Bank, Tudor House, or a charity of choice. A celebration of Walter's life will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 2 at the Bronx Park Community Centre, 720 Henderson Hwy., in Winnipeg. Please join his family to celebrate the life of their dear father, grampa, great-grampa, brother, uncle, and friend. "A man cannot be measured by the colour of his skin, or by his speech, or by his clothes and jewels, but only by his heart" by Mika Waltari (The Winnipeg Free Press 25 Oct 2014)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

FOX, James (Joe) - It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of James Fox (Joe), announce his passing on December 11, 2014, after a short but bravely fought battle with cancer. Born on March 18, 1964, he was the son of the late Brian and Mary Fox (Gallant). Joe proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years. He was well-liked and respected on base and at sea. Joe had an enormous heart that he openly shared with family and friends. He had a passion for photography, often volunteering his time to take photos of minor league sports teams, particularly those of his young cousins'. He loved to travel, whether to places in Canada, or sunny destinations. He especially loved taking cruises with family. Joe will be sadly missed by his sisters, Kim (Al), Tanya (Steve); nieces, Courtney, Kellie, Traci; nephew, Travis; beloved cousins, Pat and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation has taken place. At Joe's request, a small family "Celebration of his life" will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's name to Canadian Cancer Society are welcome. Special thank you to all the nurses of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Prince Edward Island, for their care and compassion during his toughest moments.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS CALGARY

FREEMAN, Keith Ingram It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Keith. Born in North Vancouver on March 18, 1945, Keith passed away peacefully at his home in Victoria in the early morning hours of October 24, 2013. Keith served proudly in the Canadian Navy for 25 years. After his service with the Navy, he worked as Commissionaire until he retired in early 2013. A true "Old Salt", Keith would gladly share his tales of the sea with everyone and anyone who would listen. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Stacey (Kelby) and his adoring grandchildren Nathan and Laila, sisters Joan Scott, Millie Thompson and Kathleen Currie and brothers David, John, Ron, David and Philip as well as extended family and many friends. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Go in Peace dad, with "Fair Winds and Following Seas" (the Times Colonist 02 Nov 2013)

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

FREW, Jay A., 26 July 1952 - 21 December 2014 - Retired Lt (N) Jay A. Frew 62, of Cambridge, Ontario passed away December 21, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born July 26, 1952 in Calgary, Alberta the son of Nona and the late James R. Frew. He served proudly in the Canadian Navy for over 35 years as a Clearance Diver; receiving medals, one of which was the Medal of Bravery. A sage advisor, Jay was the pillar of strength to his family. A man of integrity, he was selfless in his actions to the very end. His sense of humour, his laugh and his comforting hugs will be sorely missed. A zest for life and great food. His other passions included photograph, archery, his dogs and playing his banjo. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Penny; daughter Chasin (Will); son Robert (Syreena); grandchildren Chanel, Liam, Carter, and Aurelia; sisters Jackie and Joanne (Al) and niece Jade. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Waterloo Regions Lisaard House. ( the Victoria Times Colonist 24 Dec 2014)

GABLE, Lloyd George (1924-1997) Funeral service was held Thursday, August 14th, 1997, age 73, of Blenheim who died August 12, 1997 at Public General Hospital in Chatham. He was born in Harwich Township, son of the late Charles Gable and Lillian Reynolds. He was a member of the Board of Stewards Blenheim United Church, Past President and Life Member Blenheim Kinsmen Club, Member Branch 185 Royal Canadian Legion, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow Blenheim Rotary Club, Kent Elder Abuse Committee, Chair Board of Directors for Family Services Kent, member and avid supporter Blenheim Minor Hockey and Minor Baseball, World War II veteran Royal Canadian Navy, member Royal Canadian Naval Association, Blenheim Seniors Committee, Liaison for Ontario Advisory Board, member Blenheim town council for eight years, member Blenheim Recreation Committee and fundraising committee for the Blenheim Leisure Centre and Blenheim Pool* and Supervisor for the Construction for the Blenheim Aquatic centre due to open in September. He was also an avid bridge player. Surviving in 1997 are his wife of 49 years, the former Verna Butcher, daughter Janice and Lance Fletcher (Chatham), daughter Linda and Bill Karnas (Blenheim), son Garry and Kathy Gable (Saskatoon), son Ron and Louise Colussi (Oakville, ON), 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter; brother Jack Gable (St. Petersburg, Fla), sisters Winnifred McIntosh (Windsor), Ruth Roadhouse and Meda Babis (Blenheim). Pre-deceased by brother Edward (1955). A Royal Canadian Legion memorial service was held at J.L. Ford Funeral Home Wednesday evening. Rev. Bruce Cook officiated, assisted by Rev. Alvin Armstrong at the service at Blenheim United Church. Son Garry Gable sang “Without a Song” and son Ron Gable gave words of tribute concluding with “Home and Love” by Robert Service. Pallbearers were grandchildren Jeff and Brian English, Diane, Todd and Kim Karnas and nephew by marriage Don Gammage. Flower-bearer was granddaughter Devon Gable. Memorials can be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Blenheim Community Pool or the Blenheim United Church Memorial Fund. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. (Footnote 2008: Blenheim Community Pool was formally rededicated the Gable Reese Rotary Pool.)

 

HMCS LAURIER

GALLAGHER, Cameron William August 15, 1924 - September 26, 2014 Cameron William Gallagher died of pneumonia in Ottawa, Ontario at 90 years of age. He was born in Port Nelson, Ontario. Cameron was the only son of Doris Clarabell Gallagher (née Gibb) and George Bell Gallagher. Cam was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Beth Barry, his wife of 35 years, Helen McKenzie Gallagher (née White), and his granddaughter, Morgan Tara Gallagher. During WWII, Cameron first worked on the construction crew of the Alaskan Highway and then – after enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy at 19 - served on the HMCS CHAUDIERE. After the war, Cam, who was known for his good nature, became the proprietor of a Hamilton, Ontario advertising company, The Lumberman's Catalogue (which produced catalogues for tradesmen, building industries, and lumber yards). Later, he worked for a hardware wholesaler. Cam is survived by his loving companion of 29 years, Frances Pearson. He also leaves behind three children, Bruce Cameron George Gallagher, Brenda Gail Gallagher (Peter McMullen), and Dawna Doris Moore (John). Cameron's memory will also be cherished by his second cousin, Daniel Gallagher (Shobha), by Doug MacLeod, and by grandsons Lachlan Cameron MacLeod and Patrick Henry McMullen. In accordance with Cam's wishes, there will be no funeral or flowers. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army. Cameron Gallagher's ashes will be scattered at his beloved cottage. (the Ottawa Citizen 11 Oct 2014)

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE

GENTLES, Leonard Francis - Age 72, of Greenwood, Kings, Co., got his legs back when he passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, in Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born on September 22, 1942 in Halifax, he was a son of the late Arthur and Laura (Horne) Gentles. He was a retired member of the Sackville and District Fire Department. He also served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 13 years. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus in Lower Sackville, a member of Knights of Columbus in Greenwood, amateur radio operator (VE1 LEN), a former Morristown Community Center President, former Legion members; square dancer, and a permanent fixture of Greenwood Mall. He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Short; his daughters, Veronica (Jason) Chesley, Yvonne Keneford, Christina (Kenny) Stokes and Lauralee Blank (Brad Ferrish); 10 grandchildren; brothers, Don (Eva), Halifax; laurie (Genevieve), Halifax; Jack (Betty), Trenton, Ont.; Ronnie, Halifax; sisters, Gloria Dempsey, Halifax; Paulette (Lowell) Goulden, Halifax. He was predeceased by his sisters, Florence, Bev and Betty-Lou. There will be no visitation by request. Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29th, in Queen of Heaven Chapel in Greenwood, Father Rory MacDonald will be officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Oakridge Memory Gardens, 1087 Old Sackville Rd., Lower Sackville. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS PROTECTEUR, HMCS PRESERVER

GOLDEN, Gerald Peter (Gerry) - Age 89 of Halifax. Passed away peacefully on Saturday October 4, 2014 in the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Born in Halifax he was a son of the late John and Katherine (Murphy) Golden. Gerry served in the Navy during the Second World War. After serving in the navy Gerry enjoyed working as an auto body repair man along with 30 years of service as a firefighter with Halifax Fire Department. He is survived by his daughters, Verna Wiseman, Diane Golden, Janice Sheppard (Les), Deborah Bertram (Jorg), Carolyn Lovett (Michael); son, Randy Golden (Millie). He is also survived by grandchildren Cory, Nicolle, Allison, Kate, Matthew and Meaghan; great grandchildren Emmy and Soren. Gerry was predeceased by Emma Golden, his son, John Golden; brothers, Leo, John, Ronald and Harold; sisters, Mary “May”, Ethel, Hilda, Christina, Margaret and Minnie. The family would like to thank the staff of 6 East of the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital for the loving care they provided the past year. Cremation has taken place and as per Gerald’s request there will be no visitation or service. Dad will be remembered for his great sense of humour. He carried this with him until the very end.

GOLDRING, Gerald Allan (Gerry) (Goldy) 1931-2014. No time to say 'good­bye'. Gerry left us quietly in the early morning hours of December 30, 2014, from Northwood Centre. Born in Toronto, to the late George Henry Goldring and Agnes Lemon (Christie), the eldest of nine children. Gerry joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942, trained as a cook and served on several ships including Stettler, Magnificent, Terra Nova, Granby, Preserver, with postings to land bases Shearwater, Stadacona, Hochelaga, and Goose Bay, Labrador. Twenty-five years to the day, he retired from the Navy as CPO2. He was employed at Dalhousie University for the next 10 years (not as a cook, but with the security detail)! A loyal Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan, Gerry loved all sports and playing with his grandsons. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Eleanor (Butch) and their children, Shelli Goldring, Halifax; Melanie (Bill) Filtness, Ger­ald Jr. (Janice) Goldring, Brett (Angela) Goldring, Victoria Goldring (Ken West); and grandsons, Keelan, Camden, Tynan Filtness; Brett Goldring Jr., and Benjamin and Simon West; three step great-grand­children courtesy of Janice Goldring. Gerald was predeceased by brothers, Harold and Ronald. Survived by sisters, Barbara, June and Rosalie; brothers, Gary, Gordon and George, all still living in Toronto and area. Gerald and Eleanor were founding members of the Royal Canadian Naval Association Branch 'Peregrine' in Halifax and both served in various positions over the years. Gerald’s stay in Northwood Centre was only a little over three months but during that period he was looked after with loving care from all the staff and volunteers. The family wish to thank everyone involved with his care. As per his wishes there will be no visitation or service, cremation has taken place with his brain tissue going to Dal­housie Medical Alzheimer Re­search. A family and friends Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. (Originally published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald) (webmaster's note: as HMCS Preserver was not launched until 1969, Gerald most likely served on HMCS Provider)

 

HMCS STETTLER, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS GRANBY, HMCS PROVIDER

GREVILLE, John Edward Alan - Passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on August 24, 2013 in his 89th year at South Muskoka Hospital in Bracebridge. Beloved husband of 33 years to Gaye (nee Anderson). Loving father of Dawn Greville, Vikki Harper (Kelly), and Nicholas Klymson (Bianca), Cherished grandfather of Michael (Larissa), Alyssa (Mike), Reilly, Quinn and Brandon. Great grand-father of Katrina and Jenna. Dear brother of Russell (Barb). Deeply missed by his niece and nephew: Christine (Mark) and Paul (Cathy) and their families. Born and raised in Toronto, WWII veteran (HMCS Middlesex), worked for Howden's Hardware, then owned Oakville Hardware for 8 years, later Oakville Wholesale Hardware before spending his retirement in Muskoka, on Henshaw Lake in Port Carling then Gravenhurst. Assisted in starting the 1st Oakville United Appeal Bathtub race. Oakville Harbour Master in the 60's. He loved his wood working, playing games with everyone, plus telling humorous stories. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. At Alan's request, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS MIDDLESEX

HALL, Stewart Willis (20 Jul 1929 - 01 Sep 2014) Age 85, of Mineville, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2014 at Dartmouth General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Buckhorn, Ontario, he was the son of the late Bruce and Margaret Hall. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Shirley (Power) Hall; sons, Duane, Mineville; Shaun, Halifax; Stacy, (partner Arni), Courtney BC; sisters, Jean Heard, Buckhorn Ont; daughters-in-law Mary (MacLean) Hall; Rebecca (Leano) Hall; nephew, Douglas Heard, Toronto; niece, Kimberly (Heard) Armstrong, Buckhorn Ont; numerous nieces and nephews on the distaff side. Stewart served in the RCN and CAF for twenty-five years, and sailed in many of HMC ships and submarines out of Halifax Nova Scotia, and various United Kingdom ports. Following his retirement he worked as a real estate appraiser for Royal Trust, and as independent business owner. Throughout his life Stewart was a quiet and private man, who enjoyed the outdoors, and appreciated the solitude of his camp at Newcombe Lake in Ship Harbour. All who knew him will remember him as humble and unfailingly kind; Stewart Hall was a good man, and he will be greatly missed. Our most sincere thanks to the staff at Jamieson Hall (Parkland), and 4 West at Dartmouth General Hospital for their kindness and excellent care. Cremation has taken place; visitation and service to be determined at a later date.

 

HMCS OKANAGAN, HMCS OJIBWA

HANES, Robert (Elroy) - 92 - Springhill, formerly of Truro, passed away, May 28, 2013 in High-Crest Seniors Care Home, Springhill. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late James and Janet (Pratt) Hanes. During World War II he served on the Lady Nelson Hospital ship making thirteen safe return crossings from Europe to Halifax transferring 580 patients, (Canadian soldiers), from overseas. Following the war Elroy owned and operated Elroy's Transport Trucking firm, together with his wife Estella, in Truro and Hilden for many years. He enjoyed having time to share his stories with friends and neighbours or with anyone who would listen. He is survived by sisters, Evelyn Lindsay, Onslow, Barbara Pulsifer, Bible Hill; brother, Phillip, Smithers, British Columbia; sister-in-law, Lorraine Sullivan; brother-in-law, John Sullivan, both of Bible Hill; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Estella (McLean); sisters, Irene Sullivan, Dorothy Butcher and a sister, Phillis in infancy; brothers, Alvin and Ronald. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. A memorial service will be held in the Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro, on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Andrews United Church, Truro or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. Special thanks is extended to his long time Doctor, Dr. Frank Slipp, Truro, the health care workers both at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro and also to the High-Crest Senior Care - (Veteran's Wing) caregivers, Springhill, for their wonderful care and concern on Elroy's behalf.

 

HMCS LADY NELSON

HASLAM, Albert (Bert) - In loving memory of Albert "Bert" Haslam, 74 years, Sunday morning, December 13, 1998 at the SRH - St. Joseph's Health Centre. Beloved husband of Aileen (Bredin) Haslam of Sudbury, Loving father of Scott of Claremont, Tom (wife Pam) of Stouffville, Craig of Kincardine and Glen of Dallas, Texas. Dear son of Henry and Leah Haslam predeceased. Dear brother of Edith Brown of Toronto and Thelma Morgan (husband Mervyn) of Scarborough. Resting at the Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Funeral Service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel Wednesday, December 16th, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation at the Parklawn Crematorium.

 

HMCS KENOGAMI

HATTER, Marven Karl (06 Jan 1936 - 26 Sep 2014) of Bedford, NS. It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Marven - beloved husband, father, Grampie and great Grampie. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving and caring family. A kind and gentle man with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes - that was Dad. Dad was a man of great faith whose life focused around being and doing good; a light-hearted soul who was as easy as a Sunday morning, and always, truly, young at heart. Dad's favorite saying was "It's a good day to be alive." Throughout his life, he was always grateful for every moment and felt blessed by every person he met. Never an unkind word for anyone, Dad was not only a perfect gentleman but also a gentle man. A proud man with great humility who worked hard, and gave generously of his time to his many friends, his community, and especially to his beloved family. Dad was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, to Jennie (Fagan) and Philip Mclaughlin and grew up in Port Elgin, New Brunswick. After the early passing of his parents, Dad, along with his brother and sister, was raised by his grandmother who instilled in him his strong work ethic, sense of duty, perseverance, the value of being a good listener, being measured in words, and who fostered in him a great respect for others. He was an intelligent man, an avid reader who grew up poor, in humble surroundings, and studied by kerosene lamp, graduating with honours from Saint Clement's High School at the age of 15. Dad pursued his studies, as he did his involvement in the sports of boxing and running, with great determination. He was proud to show his first place medal and to tell the story of the time when he was running in the 50 yard dash at Stadacona and lost one of his sneakers half way through, but still he pressed on and won the race. Marven started his work career in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on the HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Algonquin. He then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force based in CFB Chatham, NB. Upon departure from the Air Force, Marven prepared for his career in the insurance industry by completing his A.I.I.C. with the top mark in all of Canada. This started his long and successful career, working as an insurance adjuster at a national firm where he worked his way up to become the company's regional manager for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Although highly regarded in his career, Dad welcomed the opportunity to retire and take care of his family. Dad's view was that his first and most important mission in life was being the husband to his one true love Muriel for over 59 years, as well as the leader, teacher, and protector of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren - all of whom he cherished. Dad was known to do "drive-by's" of his children's homes on his many evening drives around Bedford just to see that everything was in order. "Grampie" always had a pocket full of five dollar bills to pass out to his grandchildren - pretty much every time he saw them. Throughout the years, Dad felt strongly about giving back to his community, becoming one of the original leaders of organized hockey in Spryfield, President of the GK Butler Home and School Association, served on the Atlantic PC Association, ran for city council, and was very active in the Insurance Claims Association of Nova Scotia, the Insurance Institute, the Honorable Order of Blue Goose, Insurance Anonymous and The City Club. More recently Marven and Muriel have been sponsoring a child from the Philippines through the Chalice organization. Dad touched everyone who ever had the great honor of meeting him; and, immeasurably enriched the lives of those who had the wonderful blessing of being a member of his family - his most cherished legacy. Dad's strength, wisdom and compassion will live on in the hearts and in the lives of everyone who has known him. Marven is predeceased by grandson, Jeffrey MacLean; brother, Frank Kingston of Dalhousie, NB; sister, Lorraine Patrick, Los Angeles CA; and his favorite aunt, Eva Brown, Halifax. Survived by his loving and caring wife and soul mate Muriel (Horne) of 59 years; his children; sons, William "Bill" (JoAnn); Mike (Pam); Dave (Christine); and daughters, Lori (Rod) MacLean; Lisa (Frans) Heidweiller; brother, Jack Fagan, Edmonton, AB; sister-in-law, Margie Kingston, Dalhousie, NB; his grandchildren: Jennifer, Bill (Raylene) & Kelli MacLean; Michelle (Jordon) & Tyler Hatter, Brittany (Terrance) & Melani Hatter; Justin & Courtney Hatter; Richard, Kimberley & Chris Heidweiller & Andre, Matthew & Christopher Sakr; great grandchildren: Ryker & Zane Tripp, Quinn MacLean & Baby MacLean to arrive in October. The most recent member of the family, Braxton Marven Smith, was born just three hours before Grampie's passing. Grampie, always putting others first, waited to know that Braxton had safely arrived into this world, before leaving for the next. The family would like to offer many thanks to the doctors and nurses at 8.4, Halifax Infirmary, and 5A in the VG Site, also to Dr. Robert Scovil for the great care and attention he gave to Marven and to our family. Visitation on Thurs. Oct. 2 @ 2-4pm & 7-9pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax (902-455-0531). Funeral Service to be held Fri. Oct. 2 at 2pm @ St. Ignatius Church Bedford, NS. Reception to follow. Father John DeCoste & Deacon Tom Smith officiating. Family interment at Brookside Cemetery at a later date. Donations to Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society-www.craigscause.ca would be greatly appreciated. Sometimes in life one is fortunate enough to meet someone who does not have to say many words or be the center of attention to get an everlasting message of strength and kindness through that will carry on with you forever.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ALGONQUIN

HUTCHINSON, Douglas Ernest (Hutch) ( 1935-2014) - of Halifax passed away peacefully at the age of 79 on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, the son of the late Florence (Garant) and Ernest "Ernie" Hutchinson, he left at an early age to join the Canadian Armed Forces. One of the highlights of his naval career was his involvement in the commissioning of the HMCS Algonquin. After serving twenty eight years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer First Class, he went on to enjoy a second career in the oil and gas exploration industry in Northern Canada working for Dome Petroleum and Canmar. Doug was a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan! His favorite games were matches against the Habs where he could enjoy some friendly rivalry with his old pal Nick. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and looked forward to hunting season every fall with his Wentworth buddies and the summer time fishing trips back to Flin Flon. Doug absolutely loved life and all of those who were a part of it. He was a supporter of the community. He coached Spryfield Little League baseball and minor hockey. He was also president of the Chebucto Minor Hockey Association. As well he was president of the RCNA Peregrine from 2001 to 2007. Hutch loved music and every holiday season would open his doors to friends and neighbours to his annual Christmas party (hat party) where all enjoyed a sing-a-long led by Hank Shields. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Murphy, sons Harley Hutchinson and Scott Hutchinson (Paula), grandchildren Jacqueline Murphy, Douglas and Mitchell Hutchinson and brothers Ron Hutchinson (Bunny), Ken Hutchinson (Jane) and Eugene Hutchinson. He was predeceased by his loving and supportive wife of fifty-four years, Shirley Hutchinson and his son Raymond Hutchinson. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd. (477-5601), where visitation will be held Thursday, September 4, from 7-9 PM. Funeral service will take place Friday, September 5, 11:00 AM from St. Paul’s United Church, 173 Old Sambro Rd. Interment to follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Bedford Hwy. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society. Doug’s family offer their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Jillian Peterson and her staff of ‘The Knolls of Glen Arbour’ for the personal devotion and joy that they brought to his life. The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses on the ninth floor of the Abbie J. Lane for their caring and personal attention.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

JONES, Keray, CPO, PERI, RCN - Died peacefully at home on the morning of 17 December 2014 succumbing to progressive lung disease. The saga of the fiery red-headed kid born (28 June 1930) in Edmonton has come to an end. He grew up in the Okanagan Valley, joined the Navy when he was 18 and retired proudly as a Chief Petty Officer, in the PT branch. He is survived by Miriam his loving wife of 63 years, his daughter Karen Horne (Ian) and his son Kip; also greatly loved by his grandchildren Thea (Michael), Kaitlin (John), Sarah (Rory), Eric and by his great-grandchildren Aidan, Abigail and Nolan. Many thanks to the members of the Victoria Horseshoe Club for being there for Dad, giving him a venue for fun and kibitzing till the very end and the Chiefs and PO's Mess for their assistance and support. A fond thank you to the close friends, neighbours and family for their love and compassion to Mom at this time. A celebration of his life will take place on Sunday 28 December 2014 between 1400-1600 hrs at the Victoria Horseshoe Club, 620 Kenneth Street, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers donations could be made in his name to the Canadian Celiac Association Victoria Chapter, http://www.victoriaceliac.org, or the BC Lung Association, http://www.bc.lung.ca. (Published in the Times Colonist - 23-24 Dec 2014)

 

HMCS SIOUX

JOYAL, Claude Edouard Roland - Claude was born at his home on Larose Avenue to Helen and Joseph Joyal, Tuesday, September 28, 1920. He was the first son born after four daughters. He grew up and attended school in The Pas and took a business course in 1938. During this time he met the love of his life, June Smith. In 1942 he joined the Canadian Navy, took his basic training in Winnipeg for two months and then went to Prince Rupert for five months. He was then drafted to H.M.C.S. Waskesiu in Esquimalt, BC. Claude came back to The Pas in 1944 and while on leave he married his sweetheart, June Smith, November 4, 1944. He then went to Halifax and St. Johns where he was on Harbor-Craft until his discharge from the Navy in 1945. Claude returned to The Pas and was employed by Scott National Fruit Company, Dominion Catering and at St. Anthony's Hospital as a Purchasing Agent, until his retirement in 1985. Claude also dabbled in trapping in the Pine Bluff area. Claude enjoyed life to its fullest and enjoyed getting together with his family and friends doing a lot of dancing and carrying on. He brought a lot of happiness to others through his gentle, kind mannerisms. Everyone respected him. Claude proudly served with the Legion Branch #19 in The Pas, taking part in various events and serving with his buddy Doug. Remembrance Day was dear to him and he proudly wore his poppy and marched in the parade. Claude passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at his home in The Pas, surrounded by his family, at the age of 94 years. One day after his birthday - he had to make sure he got one more party in! Claude leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 70 years, June; children Don (Kathy) Joyal, Penny and Bobby; Michelle (Bob) Martin, Troy, Trevor and Dawn; Gary (Kathy) Joyal, Jeff, Jackie, Doug, Chris, Ginger, Daniel and Jillian; Renée Parsons (Daniel), Riki and Houston; 12 great-grandchildren and one great- great-granddaughter. Claude was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Helen Joyal; brothers John and Fernie; sisters Helen Joyal, Antoinette Lauze, Jean Joyal and Irene Boyer; and great-grandchildren Hilliary Renée Parsons, Braden Fuller-Joyal. Prayers and visitation were held Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, MB. The funeral service was held Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, MB. In keeping with family wishes, cremation followed and a private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #19, Box 478, The Pas, MB, R9A 1K6, would be appreciated by Claude's family. Hemauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, The Pas, were in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 11 Oct 2014)

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS NADEN, HMCS WASKESIU

KENNEDY, James A. (Jim) (28 Jul 1923 - 07 Dec 2014) - Stewiacke. Jim passed away with quiet grace and dignity at home with his family at his side. After a valiantly fought battle against heart disease, he has now gone to join his wife, our mother, Ev; his son, Shawn; and his great-grandson, Riley (Nicolette) in eternal rest. He leaves behind children, Brooke, Ross (Charlotte), Shannon (Kevin), Alex (Andrea); grandchildren, Nicolette, Zachary, Jacob, Marrissa, Braydon (Alex and Andrea), Rylan, Christie (Shannon and Kevin), Matt, Meghan, Naomi, Vince (Ross and Charlotte); and great-grandchildren, Tatyana (Meghan), Joey, Kalie (Matt). He was a Second World War veteran, leaving his job in Newfoun­dland after the ferry 'Caribou' was sunk off the coast and enlisting in Nova Scotia, serving on the corvette 'North Bay', protecting convoys traversing the North Atlantic. During the years after the war, he worked as a logger on the west coast of British Columbia. He returned to the Maritimes, enrolled and graduated from UNB as a Forrester. In 1957, he married his beautiful wife Evelyn 'Ev' and started a family, which became five rambunctious children. After a number of additional years living in British Columbia with his family, he proceeded to move his growing family back to Nova Scotia. He then settled in Stewiacke and began his career as a Forrester with the Nova Scotia Lands & Forests (now Department of Natural Re­sources) from which he retired at the age of 60. Jim was an outdoors­man all of his life and had a passion for anything to do with the woods, nature, hunting, trapping or fishing. He gave his love of the outdoors back to the community through his years with the local Scout move­ment and one of his highlights was leading the troop at the Canadian National Jamboree in 1981 in Alberta. He always used to say he wanted to work with a 'chainsaw' until he was at least 80, and he certainly did this and then some. His son Shawn died November 26, 2013 as a result of a car pedestrian accident in Vancouver and his ashes have stayed with the family. Dad’s wish was for the two of them to be buried together beside the love of his life Ev. The Family will receive visitors in the funeral home from 10 a.m. until Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., Friday, December 12, in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Hwy. 2 , Shubenacadie, Rev. Carl Fraser officiating. Inter­ment in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Fort Ellis. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS NORTH BAY

KENNY, James Lawrence (Jim), CD - Age 88, of Lower Sackville, formerly of Bridgewater, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Friday November 14, 2014. Born in Sydney on September 29, 1926, he was the son of the late Calvin and Annie (Fahie) Kenny. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 52 years, Bertha “Bert” (McQuaid); sons James (Evelyn Morin), Kingston, Ont.; Paul (Lana), Hammonds Plains; daughter Lynn Kenny-Brown (Rob), Grand Lake; grandchildren Therese, Joe, Aarika, Shannon, Dylan, Emily, and Anna; brother George (Halifax); and the many nieces and nephews of the extended Kenny family. Predeceased by his parents; brothers Cecil, William, Bernard, Samuel, Harold, and Robert; and sisters Muriel and Kay. A veteran of the Second World War where he served in the army and later in the navy (on the HMCS Prince Robert), Jim had a 25-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring with the rank of CPO 2. He subsequently became a social worker employed by the Department of Social Services in Bridgewater during the period 1971-91. In 2001, Jim and Bert left the house on King St. that they lovingly maintained for 30 years to move to Lower Sackville to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Jim also had a special connection with the family cottage located on the beach in Maximeville, PEI where he spent many hours doing his crossword puzzles while listening to the ocean. Jim was an excellent handyman and an avid gardener, with a special love for roses. Above all else, Jim treasured his immediate and extended family; he was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and loved the Kenny and McQuaid family gatherings. Arrangements are under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville where visitation will take place on Monday November 17 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday November 18 at 9:30 am at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 125 Metropolitan Ave, Lower Sackville. A second mass will be held on Tuesday November 18 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis Assisi Church, 118 Main St., Wolfville. Internment will take place in the St. Francis Assisi cemetery in Wolfville, NS. Donations in memory of Jim can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Beacon House (Lower Sackville), or the CNIB.

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

LAIT, Harold Herbert - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and a gentleman. Born in Strathmore June 18, 1924, Harold Herbert Lait passed away peacefully in his 91st year on September 27, 2014 in Calgary surrounded by family and friends. A Navy veteran of WWII, Harold served on board HMCS HAIDA. There he participated in the Russian Convoy Service, re-supplying Russia on the famous Murmansk Run and in operations off Norway and Scapa Flow amongst other places. At the end of the war, Harold returned to Calgary and joined Motor Car Supply Company as a salesman. In Calgary he met and married the love of his life, Dorothy (Dot) (nee Bolin) on January 25, 1946. He embarked on a lifelong career with Motor Car Supply, moving frequently as he assumed more responsibility as the company changed ownership and product, through such identities as Taylor Pearson and Carson, Westward Power and Acklands, finishing a career of some 45 years back in Calgary where it all began. Harold was a member of the Mizpah Lodge No. 35, A.F. & AM. G.R.A., Medicine Hat and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #105 in Olds. Harold enjoyed hunting game birds in Southern Alberta, hunting and fishing in the streams and forests of southeastern British Columbia including the ocean off the east coast of Vancouver Island. After retirement and a move to Didsbury in 1992, Harold took up golf and gardening. His gardens were immaculate but small and not time consuming, and he therefore approached golf with a passion. He joined "His Club", acquired a power cart and continued to play with his "young friends" until his 88th year when his health forced him to stop. He loved playing cribbage and was known affectionately by the family as the "crib machine." Due to health issues Harold moved to Calgary and into Walden Heights in July 2012. The family would like to express their appreciation for the care and compassion shown to Harold during his residency. Bonds of friendship were forged and Harold truly felt a part of the Walden Heights family. The family would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support provided by Veterans Affairs Canada. Harold greatly appreciated the VIP program assistance he received that allowed him to stay in his own home in Didsbury as long as possible and the follow up assistance he received in residence at Walden. Constant and Strong – he will be deeply missed. Predeceased by Dot in 2007, Harold is survived by sons Kenneth (Ottawa, Ontario), Dennis (Ladysmith, British Columbia) and daughter Jo-Ann Clarke (Calgary, Alberta), his grandchildren Lindsey and Michael (Ken and Heather), Lori (Dennis and Adrienne) and Ashley (Jo-Ann), and great- grandchildren Kieran, twins Liam and Mason, Callum, Emelia (Emmy) and Quinn (Lindsey and Mark) and Lyndon (Lori). At Harold's request, the family will hold a private memorial service, officiated by Pastor Willard Swalm (one of those "young friends" from golf) in Didsbury on October 11, 2014. In lieu flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #105, Olds. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Didsbury entrusted with arrangements. 403-335-4773 (the Calgary Herald 10 Oct 2014)

 

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LAWLOR, Patrick - 67, of Dieppe, NB, passed away on Monday, December 29th, 2014, at the Moncton Hospital. Born in Belle Island, NL, he was the son of the late Thomas Patrick and the late Yvonne (née: Doucette) Lawlor. Prior to retirement, he had a 37 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a CPO 2, he was a member of the Dieppe Club d’Age d’Or and St. Bernard’s parish. He is survived by his wife, Linda (née: Bourgeois); one son, Jason (Karyn) of Halifax, NS; three sisters: Linda (Rhéal) Bourque, Agnes Lawlor (Glen Pellerin) and Dorothy (Stewart) Jones, all of Moncton; two brothers: Richard (late Elaine) of Dartmouth, NS and Kevin (Paula) of Halifax, NS; one brother-in-law, Alphonse Johnson of Grande Digue; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters: Mary-Jane (late Doug Ryan) and Veronica. Visitation will be held from the Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB, (857-1901) on Friday from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Saint-Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Moncton, NB, on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 11 am. Interment in Our-Lady-of-Calvary Cemetery, Dieppe, NB. Donations to the Friends of the Moncton Hospital “Oncology” would be appreciated by the family.

 

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LEAKE, Douglas - of West Bench Drive, and of Sun Village Retirement Center, passed away at Moog House on December 13, 2014. His ship reached the far shore and docked very peacefully. He is survived by his wife Clara, two sisters, Doris Brooke and Joan Potter, and his sons and their families, Colin and Heather Leake, and Kelvin and Jan Leake, four grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, Amber, and Cassandra, and two great-grandchildren Emma and Gwendolyn. Doug was born October 9,1924, near Alesbury, Saskatchewan. His family moved to Oliver, B.C. in 1937. Doug joined the Navy in August 1944 and was assigned to the frigate HMCS Matane, crossing the Atlantic supporting many merchant ships. He was a long standing member of the Canadian Legion. Doug was a scout master, and played the drums in many dance bands throughout his life. He enjoyed his long employment with the Federal Department of Agriculture, retiring to care for his first wife Lois Eileen who was faced with a diagnosis of cancer. Doug will be interred in the Oliver Cemetery in the spring. The service to be held in April. He is sorely missed.  (The Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 26 Dec 2014)

 

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LeBLANC, Gary - Peacefully, following a lengthy illness, it is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gary LeBlanc, aged 78. Gary passed away on June 2, 2014 at Concordia Hospital. Gary will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Joyce, his kids, Jan (Steven) and Jeff and his grandkids, Bree, Mark, Jayden, Jared and Tiana. Gary was in the Navy for five years, then at Canada Post for 30 years, retiring in 1991. He was a long-time volunteer at Concordia Hospital. Gary and Joyce spent 20 wonderful winters in Arizona. Gary was happiest when all of his family was together, whether travelling or just sitting around a fire. As per Gary's wishes, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. Special thanks to Dr. Kuegle and the staff of N3West at Concordia Hospital for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary's name to the Make A Wish Foundation. Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery ( the Winnipeg Free Press 14 Jun 2014)

LEWIS, Trevor Donald (19 Jan 1971 - 06 Oct 2014) - Truro, NS It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Trevor Donald Lewis on October 6, 2014 at the age of 43. Loving husband to his loving wife Oulay; proud and devoted father of Carson, Ryan, Milo and TJ; beloved son of William and Shirley Lewis; brother of Tim Lewis; brother-in-law of Trevor and Minou Oliveira; loving uncle of Destinee and Vanessa. Trevor grew up in Summerside, P.E.I where he graduated from Three Oaks High School. After high school, Trevor attended Holland College in Charlottetown, P.E.I where he received his certification as an Electronic Technician. Trevor joined the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) in 1991 and proudly served for 23 years. During his illustrious career with the Navy, Trevor went on many missions. One of his proudest moments was when he was awarded the Operational Service Medal for a Humanitarian Mission in Haiti. Most recently, Trevor moved to Calgary to enjoy family and friends, the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and a new career in the oil and gas sector. Trevor will be forever remembered by all who knew him for his kindness, amazing sense of humor, dedication, compassion, love for his family and friends and his pride in his sons. Trevor enjoyed playing ball hockey with his neighbors and their children, golfing and was active in the community as a volunteer coach for youth basketball. Trevor also had a passion for motorcycles and on his 40th Birthday, was gifted with a sports bike from his wife Oulay, and took every opportunity to enjoy it. Visitation will take place on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm with funeral service being held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 2 pm, both from the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating A reception will follow the service in the funeral home. Flowers are welcome and donations made to www.autismcanada.org would be appreciated by the family.

LOWE, James Edward - born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in 1920. His family emigrated to Canada in 1928 as settlers and built a log cabin in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. They relocated to Vancouver in 1935 where James (Jim) attended Vancouver Technical School studying mechanics and cooking. He volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 and served for seven years as a cook and a gunner on various ships including the Leola Vivian, Nanaimo, Chaleur, Prestonian, and Puncher and was based in Esquimalt, Prince Rupert, Halifax and Newfoundland. His ports of call included Kingston Jamaica, Reykjavik Iceland and Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. He was promoted to Petty Officer in 1942 and Chief Petty Office in 1944. After the war, Jim stayed in the reserves while he and his wife Joanne opened a bakery in Burnaby, BC, which they operated for four years. He then worked as a bartender at the posh Quadra Club in downtown Vancouver and at the Steveston Hotel. He spent his final working years as a Commissionaire at the Department of Fisheries & Oceans research institute in West Vancouver. Jim loved being on the water and built several small boats during his life and frequently sailed the waters around West Vancouver in a small sailboat that he designed and built. After he retired in the mid-1980s Jim spent his time growing tomatoes and travelling across Canada visiting his six children and their families. He was an active member of several legions in the Greater Vancouver area as well as navy alumni associations. Jim died of cancer in 1995.

 

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LUCE, Vernon - Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in his 89th year. Loving father of Peter Luce, Carolyn Luce, Maureen Luce and Catherine Luce. Special friend of Jane Luce. Cherished grandfather of Patrice Andrade, Daniel Andrade, Joseph Andrade, Alexander Andrade, Stuart Graham, Bridget Graham, Danika Graham, David Luce, Sarah Luce and Ethan Luce. Predeceased by his siblings Fred Luce, Anne Luce and Noreen Wach. Vern was a Second World War Veteran who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic. Family will receive friends at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St. N., Cambridge, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. Rosary prayers at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church (South Street and Chalmers), Cambridge, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Cambridge Memorial Hospital or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (The Winnipeg Free Press 22 Mar 2014)

MAJALAHTI, Lauri (Maj) - (August 12, 1937 - October 26, 2014) Lauri (Maj) Majalahti, of Bedford, pased away suddenly in Cobequid Community Health Centre. Born in Vancouver, B.C., he was a son of the late Paavo Johannes and Jenni Eva Majalahti (Asnabrygg). A member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years. He was avery active in the Square Dance Association and was an avid gardener where he spent many pleasurable hours. Survived by his wife, Joan Marie (Chaddock); sister, Liisa Stewart of Calgary and several nephews and nieces. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., halifax, B3S 0E1 (902-455-0531). Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 30 at 2 p.m. in St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Bedford, with reception to follow. Interment in Oakridge Memorial Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Saint Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Ignatius Parish, Bedford.

 

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MARTIN, Blair Joseph Age 78 of King­ston, passed away peacefully in Sol­diers’ Memorial Hospital, Middle­ton on Friday, September 26, 2014, after a leng­thy illness. Born in Baie Ste. Anne, N.B., in 1936 he was a son of the late Edmond D. and Mina (McIn­tyre) Martin. After serving 22 years in the Royal Cana­dian Navy, he went on to serve with the Canadian Cor ps of Commissio­naires. Dad was an avid New York Yankees and NASCAR fan. Surviv­ing besides his loving wife of 59 years the former Carol Ann Collins are daughters, Debra (Robert) Tremblay, Ottawa; Pauletta, Onta­rio; Belinda, Oromocto, N.B.; Shawna Melanson, Ottawa; Lisa (William) Tracey, Ottawa; Brenda (Dean) Awalt, Musquodoboit; son, Anthony, Ontario; sisters, Elva (Guy) Savoie, Baie Ste. Anne; Irene (Yvon) Gin­gras, Moncton; Loretta (Elphage) Sippley, Baie Ste. Anne; brother, Hilarion, Baie Ste. Anne; son-in-law, David Hudock, Ottawa; 17 grand­children and 15 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Laura; grandsons, Christopher and Michael; son-in-law, Matthew Billard. He will be greatly missed by his little dog 'Mikey'. By request, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service. Do­nations in memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of No­va Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St. (902) 825-3448.

 

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MARTIN, William Patrick (Bill) - Passed away on Monday, April 28, 2008, in the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. A son of the late Florence (Soward) and Thomas Martin, Bill was born January 29, 1915. He was a lifelong resident of Armdale and was at home on the waters of the Northwest Arm and Atlantic Ocean. He served his country during the Second World War as a wireless operator in the Royal Canadian Navy, on ships including the HMCS Restigouche. Bill had a passion for sports, especially rowing, paddling, hockey, sailing, and he loved walking in the woods, hunting and gardening. He could be seen sculling his rowing shell on the waters of the Northwest Arm into his mid eighties. Bill worked for Customs Canada in many capacities including Registrar of Shipping. He was a lifetime member of the Armdale Yacht Club where he sailed for many years and held executive positions including two terms as Commodore. He sailed in serveral ocean races including nine Marblehead races, and several Newport to Bermuda Races. He was a mentor for many young sailors, and was proud to lead the organizing committee of the first Tall Ships visit to Halifax in 1984. Bill returned to the sport of rowing in the 1980s and helped revive the Halifax Rowing Club. Throughout his life, Bill competed and won many rowing regattas such as Cogswell Harbour Championships in the 1930s, and would later compete at the Head of Charles River Regatta in Boston, Mass., in his seventies. During one such visit to Boston in the 1980s, Bill was scouted by the Ralph Lauren modeling agency and appeared as a Ralph Lauren model in national fashion magazines. Bill and his wife Angela enjoyed their camp in Dean, Musquodoboit Valley, where they spent countless hours gardening and walking in the summers, and cross-country skiing in the winters. They spent many winters in Florida together with family and friends. He was predeceased by wife, Angela (Vaughan). Surviving are his sisters, Irene (Jeff Goode), Mary (Murphy), Joan (Murphy); daughters, Pat and husband Brian Church, Halifax; Peggy and husband Keith Taylor, Wellington; and Jeanne and husband David Ehler, Hubbards; grandchildren, Jonathan (Rachael), Chris, Tim (Penny) and Andrew Church, Ariel (Norm Nelson), Jordan, Hannah, Caleb and Tara Ehler; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters, Kathleen (Bailly) and Florence (DeBelie); brothers George, Edward, Thomas and Clarence, and infant brother Thomas. His greatest love was his family. He had a full and exciting life and retold his many wonderful experiences with passion at family gatherings. The family wish to thank RJF Home Care, especially Charles Spurr his long-time care worker, and the staff at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, where Bill spent the last four months of his life under their watchful, kind and compassionate care. Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. Funeral mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Armdale. Interment at a later date. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

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MATTATALL, Frank - Peacefully on December 23, 2014 at the age of 86 with loving family by his side. Devoted husband to Myra with whom they shared 65 years of marriage. Reunited with dearest daughter Cheryl Ann. Loving father to Debra (Bill), Michael (Dianne), Lewis and Janet (Mark). Proud Grandfather to 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Brother to David (Judy). Predeceased by his parents George & Jessie and brother Lawson. Frank will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Reunited with loving canine companions Skipper and Knuckles. Frank was a C.P.O with the Navy where he proudly served for 25 years and was a dedicated employee with Valiant Machine and Tool for 30 wonderful years. Frank will be forever remembered and missed for his kind and compassionate demeanour to all those who knew him. If you so desire, donations to the Hospice of Windsor would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to the wonderful care given by the staff at Hospice. Visiting Saturday from 7 - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Monday 11:30 a.m. at Families First 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor (519-969-5841) Cremation to follow. (The Windsor Star 26 Dec 2014)

 

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MOFFARD,  Robert Lawrence (Bob) (15 May 1940 - 04 Sep 2014) - Peacefully with family at his home on Thursday September 4th, 2014. Bob Mofford of Wellington at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Elda (Pudge). Dear father of Steven of Greenwood N.S. and the late beloved Katrina. Dear brother of David (Evelyn), Lana Underwood (Greg) and Glenn (Patti) all of Vancouver Island. Dear brother-in-law of Janet Robertson of Kingston, Ian Robertson (Jane) of England, David Robertson (Louise) of Calgary, Judith Connor (Bill) of Roslin and the late Peter Robertson. Best “Ferger” to Sara and Jackson. Bob will be missed and remembered by all his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home 33 Main, Street Picton ,Ontario.

 

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MURPHY, William Alvin (Bill) - We regret to announce the sudden passing of William (Bill) Alvin Murphy, 82, on, Tuesday, December 30, 2014, peacefully at home. Bill was born in Port Morien. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Bonaventure and became a Korean War Veteran in the Medical Field. He left the Navy to pursue a career as a Respiratory Technician where he worked for 35 years at the Glace Bay Community Hospital, retiring in 1993. In his younger years, he was a member of the Glace Bay Skating Association as a coach and a costume designer. His talent for making wedding cakes and birthday cakes will be missed. He was also involved for many years in the Boy Scouts in New Aberdeen. He started the Fair Follies which gave children an opportunity to show their singing and dancing talents. Bill was always ready to help anyone who asked him. Bill will be sadly missed by his best friend and wife of 46 years, Karen (MacDougall) Murphy. He is also survived by his three daughters, Shauna (Brian), Sheryl (Darren) and Nicole (Arnie). He also leaves behind two special daughters, Renee and Morgan. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Katelin (David), Meaghen, Rhodena, Rebecca, Shaun, Rolanda and Paris, great grandchildren, Kiara, Savannah, Alex, Noah and Chloe, two sisters, Ruth Brann and Hildagarde Lawson, stepbrothers and his buddy, his stepsister, Louise McHardy. Bill was predeceased by his mother, Ann (McLellan) Hopkins, stepfather, Herb Hopkins and his father, Byron Murphy. Bills humour and sarcastic wit will be missed by all. There will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. In keeping with Bill’s wishes; he always wanted an Irish wake so friends and family can stop by his house on 59 Reservoir Avenue, Glace Bay on Monday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and share memories with the family. Donations in Bills memory can be made to the Lung Association or any charity of your choice.

 

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MACKIE, Gordon Alexander (17 Jan 1922 - 27 Apr 2014) - After a richly blessed and generously lived life, our beloved husband and father passed away at home, on April 27, 2014 with his family by his side. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered with dignity by his wife Marguerite (Margo), sister Kay, children Heather, Craig (Jane), Holly (Keith Berg) and Bonny (Manuel Arruda); three grandsons; three great-grandchildren, and sister Kay Hermiston. Predeceased by his mother Catherine (Katie), father Alexander, first wife Margaret, sister June (Cliff Fryers). Born in Winnipeg, Gordie demonstrated a drive for sports excellence at an early age, playing both baseball and hockey. At 15, he pitched two "No Hitters" in the provincial baseball championships to win the pennant. When his 17th birthday arrived he was introduced to boxing, a sport that would truly hone a lifelong passion. With the declaration of the Second World War, Gordie enlisted in the Canadian Navy Reserve at 19 years of age, serving as a signalman on His Majesty's "Skeena", "Wetaskiwin", "St. Croix", "Sherbrooke", "Raccoon", and "Reindeer". His fortunes were realized early as he twice received transfers prior to the loss of two ships, torpedoed in the North Atlantic. While in the service, he boxed against all contenders Canadian or American in a "Middleweight" classification. His record of 25 fight cards ended with 21 wins, two draws and two losses. During shore leave, he shared his love of jazz music with shipmates, attending concerts at various ports. The likes of Tommy Dorsey's and Benny Goodman's Big Bands had him front row center. He witnessed the return of Gene Krupa on drums at the Paramount Theatre in New York. Discharged from the Navy, Gordie pursued a professional boxing stint from 1945 to 1949, where he had six Provincial and National fights, winning all but one. With a reinstatement to amateur status, he moved to Montreal to take the role of trainer and boxing instructor for the Y.M.C.A. He transferred back to Winnipeg to an assistant health director position and boxing teacher for the Y.M.C.A. and a volunteer spot at the Y.M.H.A. In 1951 he completed his post-graduate studies in Physiotherapy at a college in Chicago, IL. Successfully finishing at the top of his class, Gordie returned to Winnipeg as Physical Education director at St. Paul's College and opened the infamous Madison Boxing and Health Club in St. Boniface. That year he was head trainer for "The Norwood/St. Boniface Legionnaire" football team, winning the Dominion Junior football championship and are proud members of the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame. The following year, Gordie was asked to be an assistant trainer for the football team at West Point Military Academy under Coach Colonel "Red" Blake and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Bobby Dawes. He returned two years later to take on the position of head coach of the Canadian Boxing team to compete in the British Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. 1954 witnessed the launch of Gordie's professional therapy career, as he worked for Terry Hind's "Winnipeg Goldeyes" baseball team in the summer and Jack Perrin's Winnipeg Warriors in the winter. Both teams had their successes, but the likes of Billy Mosienko, Bill Juzda and Fred Shero truly helped put Winnipeg on the international hockey scene. Gordie followed Fred Shero to Minnesota to train the Fighting Saints for a season then he got a call for a role he could not refuse. It was 1959 and Bud Grant's Winnipeg Blue Bombers were hot off a Grey Cup Championship in Vancouver against Jim Trimble's Hamilton Tiger Cats. Along with assistant coaches Joe Zeleski and Johnny Michaels, Grant had put together a formidable balance of American talent with names like Rauhaus, Pitts, Van Pelt, Ploen, Shepard, Lewis, Grey and Rigney and "home grown" greats such as Piper, Tinsley, Latourelle, Miller, James, Miiklechuk (and many others) to win. The following 10 years gleaned Cup appearances in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1965, winning three out of five championships. 1969 Gordie left his beloved Blue and Gold for a cross-town opportunity, when he went to take on the responsibility of Head Physiotherapist and trainer for all University of Manitoba Bison sports teams. He is heralded for the co-founding of the Canadian Athletic Trainers Association and developing the first accredited "Student Trainer Programs" in the country. 1970 witnessed the launch of Gordie's international exposure as a top Canadian Therapist, first in Turin, Italy at the World Student Games, followed by Canada's entry in the Davis Cup Tennis match. He was awarded the "Outstanding Service Award" from both the Davis Cup committee, and the Winnipeg Football Club. In 1971 was the Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia followed by the Canadian Indoor Track and Field Championships. Munich, Germany hosted the summer Olympics and started Gordie's invitation to five years of being the trainer for the C.F.L. All-star games. The World Aquatic Championships were hosted in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1973 and of course 1974 had him in Moscow with the three Howe boys (Gordie, Mark and Marty) taking on the Soviets in a Team Canada tilt in hockey. Cali, Columbia played host to the World Aquatic Championships and Gordie was there to assist our athletes. That same year, The Manitoba Boxing and Wrestling Federation named him president, a position he held until 1978. In 1967 the Manitoba Amateur Football Association honoured Gordie for his contribution, and he became the Coordinator / Therapist for boxing, wrestling and weightlifting at the Montreal Olympics. The "Bike Foundation" inducted him into their North American hall of fame and in 1978 the C.A.T.A. bestowed the same honour in their hall. Probably his finest recognition came when the University of Manitoba established "The Gord Mackie Scholarship" program, presented annually to the student athletic therapist reaching academic excellence en route to full accreditation. He retired from the faculty with countless other sports awards, most notably the Leo Mol sculpture "Healing Hands". The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in the late 1980s and the Canadian Football Association recognized his efforts soon after. Gordie remained an active member of the Blue Bomber Alumni and a proud member of A.N.A.F. Unit #303 as the eldest Navy veteran. In 2008 Leo Ledohowski, along with a crafty team of Blue Bomber Alumni, initiated the return of Bud Grant to present Grey Cup rings for those "Glory Years" in the late 1950s and early 1960s to all players and staff. "Ring in the night" was hosted with such eloquence by the "Voice of the Bombers", Bob Irving, and was a tribute weekend and banquet that will be remembered for years to come. A very special thank you to Canad-Inns. The Pemby Brew House was Gordie's Saturday afternoon "Walk through Memory Lane" with jazz aficionados and good friends listening to Winnipeg's talent. George Reznik, Bob Jackson, Billy McMahon, Jimmy Gillis, Frank Burke, Craig Fotheringham, Brian Klowak, David Hildebrand, Janice Findlay...the list goes on and on, thanks to the Druxman family. The family would like to thank Dr. Daeninck, the Home Care and Palliative Care Teams for allowing a dignified finale of Gordie's "Fourth Quarter" and final "Round". As per Gordie's wishes, a private family service has been held. A celebration of his life is to be held May 8, at Canad Inns Polo Park from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice may be made. Wojcik's Winnipeg Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Ave., 204-897-4665, is in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 03 May 2014)

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS WETASKIWIN, HMCS ST. CROIX, HMCS SHERBROOKE, HMCS RACCOON, HMCS REINDEER

McGRAW, Nicholas J. - Age 89, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully December 14, 2014, in Shannex - Bissett Court. Born in Boishebert/St. Isisdore, N.B., he was a son of the late Omer and Suzanne (Robichaud) McGraw. Nicholas spent 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, first as a stoker, then as a hull technician - retired December 1966 as Chief Petty Officer Second Class. He retired again in 1986 as shop technician in the psychology department at Dalhousie University. His hobbies were making Maple syrup, going to dances at the legion in Neguac, N.B.; as well as working on his wife’s quilts. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris (DeBaie) of 28 years; his sons, Michael, David (Lana); daughters, Patty (Bobby), Maureen (Marc), Peggy (Keith), Joanne (Matt); brothers, Eusebe (Angela), Elzear (Laetitia), Rev. Father Fortunat, Robert (Raymonde); sisters, Edith (Noel) and Thérèse; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his siblings, Gerald, Alice, Irene, Rita and Marcella; great-grand­daughter, Violette Gofton at birth. Visitation will be held 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, December 19, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 20, in Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Father Charles Burke officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

McGUIGAN, Basil Frederick - age 84, Starrs Road, Yarmouth, passed away with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born March 22, 1930 in Hope River, PEI, he was a son of the late Frederick and Mary (Doucette) McGuigan. Basil began a 25 year career with the Canadian Navy at the young age of 17. Following this, he worked the next 20 years as a property assessor for the provincial government. He loved bowling and was an avid pool player, playing right up until two weeks before his death. He was a devoted member of Saint Ambrose Cathedral parish, where he served as a lay reader. He was also a member of the NSGEU and the FSNA. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Irene (Deveau) McGuigan, as well as by their children, Donna (Terry) Dulong, Lower Sackville; Deborah (Russ) Staynor, Ottawa; Susan McGuigan (Shawn Wells), Yarmouth; Karen (Mike) Kane, Dartmouth; Vernon (Lynda) McGuigan, Ottawa, as well as by grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher (Samantha), Kyle, Kelly, Sarah, Paul, Matthew, Joshua and a step-granddaughter, Amber; great grandchildren, Damen, Joey, Alyssa and step-great grandchildren, Matthew, Izzick and Aliyah. Also surviving are sisters, Genevieve McKarris, Charlottetown and Jeanette Moore, Whitby, ON, as well as sisters-in-law, Elizabeth McGuigan and Emily McGuigan, both of Charlottetown. Aside from his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Vernon, Burt and Bernie, as well as by sisters, Anne, Freda, Bertha, Marguerette, Maureen, Trudy, Florence and Edith. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Winston Wertlen, as well as the nursing staff on 4-East at the Yarmouth Hospital for the care they showed Basil and his family. Visitation will be held at H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, 29 Albert Street, Yarmouth on Sunday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral, Yarmouth, Rev. Gerald David officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Donations in Basil’s memory may be made to the Yarmouth Food Bank or to a charity of one’s choice.

McLEAN, Mark Donald, PO1 (19 Jan 1961 - 17 Jul 2014) - It is with great sorrow that the McLean family announces the sudden loss of Petty Officer First Class Mark Donald Mclean (ret) of Victoria BC on July 17 at the age of 53. Loving husband of Irene Joanne. Amazing father of Brandon, Jennifer, Courteney, Tralena, Kyle, Trinity and Colin. Survived by his loving mother Janet and now with his dear father Donald (predeceased). Dear brother of David (Rosalie) of Garson and sister Catherine Bruley (Guy) of Coniston. Sadly missed by his nephews Christoper, Stephen, Tyler and Jonathan and his niece Andrea. Mark joined the Royal Canadian Navy at 18 and served his Country for 31 years before retiring. He loved camping in his motor home and spending quality time with his wife and children. He enjoyed long talks with his mom and expressed his love each and every time before saying goodnight. We will miss him and hold him dear all our days. A celebration of his life will take place at St Andrews Church in Coniston on September 18, from 1 until 4.

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS YUKON, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, FMF CAPE BRETON

PARADIS, Fernand Joseph, MS NET - Age 53, Halifax, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2014 at the VG Hospital after a long, hard battle with cancer. Born in Quebec he was the son of Mary (Morgan) Paradis and the late Fernand Paradis. He left Quebec moving to Nova Scotia and spending 24 years in the military, retiring in 2004. He is survived by his loving wife Jane (Huelin) , adored daughter Shana, son-in-law Scott Day, the loves of his life, his two beautiful granddaughters, Mya and Ivy Day who called him "Bumpy" and of course his faithful dog, Murphy. He is also survived by a large and loving extended family and many wonderful friends. Fernand was a loving family man who smiled through it all showing an unbelievable strength and love for his family. His motto in life remained "Keep on smiling". Cremation has taken place under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Rd., where visitation will be held Saturday November 22 from 2-4 p.m. In keeping with Fernand's wishes, there will be no service. Interment to take place at a later date.

PATAFIE, Domonic Nicholas (Nick) WW II Veteran Royal Canadian Navy – HMCS Kentville Passed away peacefully at the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre on Monday, December 29, 2014 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Shane) for 65 years. Proud father of Doreen Madden (Steve), and Jo-Anne Easey (Kevin). Cherished grandfather of Jillian and Alison. Survived by his sisters Mary Quinn, Leana Lasalle and brothers Michael, Julio and Enrico. Predeceased by siblings Frank, Tony, Jimmy, Melo, and Nanda. Nick will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Special thanks to the staff of the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Rideau 2 South, for their care and kindness. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home – Barrhaven Chapel 3000 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean, ON, K2J 4G3 613-823-4747 Friday, January 2, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Saturday, January 3, 2015 to St. Monica's Parish, 2080 Merivale Road, Nepean for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11:00 a.m. Entombment Pinecrest Cemetery. In Memoriam donations to the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre or the University of Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. ( The Ottawa Citizen 31 Dec 2014)

 

HMCS KENTVILLE

PERRON, Michael Joseph - The death occurred suddenly on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, of Michael Joseph Perron of Kensington, and formerly of Tantallon, NS, aged 56 years. Michael was born in Halifax, NS, to his parents Joseph and Dorothy (nee Greene) Perron. Beloved husband of Rhonda (nee Gaudet) Perron and loving father of Nathan and Sadie of Halifax, NS. Survived by his sisters Denise Perron of Grand Manan, NB, and Lisa (Rick) Ramsay of Tantallon, NS, mother-in-law Marcella Bernard, many brothers and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Michael was predeceased by his fathers-in-law Phillip Bernard and Edmond Gaudet. Resting at the East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Rd., Summerside, until Monday, Dec. 22, from where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment to take place at a later date. Donations in Michael's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Visiting hours on Sunday evening only, 7-9 p.m.

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS IROQUOIS

PITTMAN, Ernest Chesley (Ernie) - Age 76, of Halifax, died October 9, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He faced his illness with courage and grace, always keeping an upbeat outlook and a smile on his face. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1957 as an aircraft mechanic and spent his military career based at CFB Shearwater, making several trips aboard HMCS Bonaventure. After retiring in 1977, he worked for St. John Ambulance before moving into the field of Occupational Health and Safety with the Workers Compensation Board and then the Government of Nova Scotia. He spent many years volunteering with the Sea Cadets, Emergency Measures Organization, and St. John Ambulance, becoming Provincial Commissioner for three years. Ernie was a welcoming, friendly man whose genuine interest in others endeared him to many. Besides his family and friends, his passions in life were teaching, hunting, fishing, beachcombing, and in later years, painting. Ernie walked through life hand in hand with his wife of 54 years, Marie, whom he adored, and who stood by him and cared for him during every moment of his five year struggle. He was pre­deceased by his sister, Ina Norman; brothers, Alfred and Stanley. He is also survived by his sons, Jim Pittman (Elaine Gilbert), Steve Pittman (Cherie Kinnear), and Darren Pittman (Amanda Borden), and his beloved grandchildren, Jason, Ashley, Nicole, Jeff, Jake, Kellina, and five great- grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Will and sister, Mary (George). A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, in Our Lady of Assumption Chapel at 12 Wing Shearwater. A reception will follow in Shearwater Aviation Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sisters of Charity Ministry Fund, 215 Seton Rd., Halifax, NS.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

PRICE, Raymond Frederick - Age 78, passed away on November 15, 2014 at Soldiers Memorial Hospital Middleton NS. Ray was a resident of Mountain Lea Lodge in Bridgetown before becoming ill. Born December 12, 1935 in Chesterville, Ont., he was a son of the late Graham and Hazel Price. Raymond is survived by his loving wife, the former Lorraine Kenney, Wilmot; son Marty and wife Dinah, Wilmot NS; grandsons Logan, Colton, and their mother Blanche of Huntsville Ont.; step granddaughters Natasha, Latoya, and great grandson Jackson; brother, Gary, Winchester Ont.; Robbie, Madoc, Ont.; sisters, Joan, Victoria, BC; Catherine, Toronto, Ont. ; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Wendy, Kemptville, Ont.; brother, Marty, Picton Ont., and his best friend the family German Sheppard named “Jericho”. Ray joined the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Navy) in 1953, sailed on numerous ships including the HMCS Magnificent, Annapolis and retired in 1983 at CFB Greenwood. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he loved spending time on his property with the view of the Annapolis River, and playing Rummoli with friends and family plus crazy eights with the grandsons. Arrangements are under the care of the Middleton Funeral Home 398 Main Street, (902) 825-3448. Cremation has taken place. By Ray’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Interment to take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at Mountain Lea Lodge and Soldiers Memorial Hospital for their care and concern during Raymond’s visit. Donations can be made in his memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

PRIDHAM, Ernest Robert (Ernie) (Spud) - 90 of Lunenburg, passed away peacefully and entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Veteran’s Unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Montrose, P.E.I. on March 19th. 1924, the eldest son of the late Harry and Christina (Marshall) Pridham. Ernest served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War from 1939-1945, on the HMCS Clay Quad overseas on the HMCS Digby, HMCS Kipawa and Canadian and U.S. and overseas ports. After the War, he came back to Nova Scotia to take up an Apprentice course to be a Ships Machinist. He then settled in Crouse’s Settlement after marrying Rosella DeLong in March 1945. In 1964, he moved to Lunenburg with a family of four and later, Jocelyn was born. In 1946-1951, and 1955-1975, he was employed with National Sea, Lunenburg as a Machinist, Engineer and Department Head of Maintenance. Ernest served on many boards and committees in the past, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23, Lunenburg, for 64 years and also a member of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association. He was Past President on the Salmon Advisory Committee for the LaHave River Association, a director for the Fur Trappers Association and Past President of the Wild Life Federation. In 1979, Ernest married Andreen Frail of Caledonia and spent 22 years wintering in Florida, and travelling to Ontario and Western Canada as well as other parts of United States. He had many interests and activities and owned many businesses. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors, salmon fishing, trapping, hunting, and had a great passion for his orchards and for his fruit orchard, selling and giving away his produce. These passions he passed on to his wife, Andreen, who has always been his soul-mate and best friend for 35 years. In later years he took up oil painting, gem cutting, and was a certified locksmith, His other interests included motorcycles, photography, shuffle-board, golfing and woodworking. He volunteered at the Fisheries Exhibition where he tied flies including his own specialty in the 50’s “Student Nurse” named after a single nurse who took care of him in the hospital. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lunenburg. His warm smile and helping hands will be missed by many, as well as his many stories. Ernest is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 35 years, Andreen, children, Carolyn (George) Levy, Hammonds Plains; Marilyn (Donald) Schmeisser, Lunenburg; Jocelyn (Steve) Conrad, Cole Harbour; sons, Frederick (Lauranna), Kingston, ON.; Jonathan, Penetanguishene, ON.; sisters, Helen Burns, Truro; Shirley (Blair) Barbour, P.E.I.; brothers, Alfred, Winnipeg; Herbert (June), Alder (Bessie), both of P.E.I.; eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family one special niece, Genna Carey and his little dog, “Spud.” A special thanks to his wonderful care-giver and crib player Tony Frailic. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosella in 1977, a child in infancy and a sister, Ina Gulliver. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ernie during visitation on Wednesday June 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg, with a Legion service at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Ernie’s life will be held on Thursday June 19, 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Lunenburg, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. Family floral donations only, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Arthur H. Patterson Centre, Veteran’s Unit of FMH., Zion Lutheran Church or to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS KIPAWA, HMCS DIGBY, HMCS CLAYOQUOT

PURDY, Donald Wesley (28 Apr 1930 - 20 Dec 2014) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald W. Purdy in Vernon, BC. He was born in a farmhouse in Abernethy, SK. Don is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Marguerite, and daughters/sons: Donna Ann of Victoria, BC, Mark of Victoria, BC, Leslie of Saskatoon, SK, Kim of Campbell River, BC, and Jennifer of Gatineau, PQ. In Don's early working career, he fired locomotives for the CPR in the east and west Kootenays until the arrival of diesels. Firing steamers was his favourite passion that continued on through his life. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 and continued working with steam propulsion. Don was commissioned in 1969, served as the Engineering Officer in HMCS GATINEAU 1976 to 1979 and retired as Lieutenant (N) in 1985. After retirement, Marge and Don moved to the 108 Mile Ranch in the Cariboo where he enjoyed marmot shooting and cross country skiing with his dog Heidi. He was an ardent pool player and gunsmith. Even after his move to Vernon in 1991, he made yearly trips to search out the wily marmot in the Cariboo. Marge and Don made many enjoyable trips to Vegas, Reno, and Wendover. The Purdy Family would like to thank the staff at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital (3 North) and Gateby (2nd floor). Special thanks also goes to Dr. Lindsay Pritchett, Dr. Abdel-Kader, and great friends and shipmate Dan Lorimer. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Salvation Army will be appreciated. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Alternatived Funeral & Cremation Services. (Published in the Times Colonist (03  Jan 2015)

 

HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS GATINEAU

QUICK, Lewis Dennis - 89, Yarmouth, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2001, in the DVA Wing of Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born 1912, in Devon, England, he was a son of the late William and Bessie Anne (Worth) Quick. He apprenticed, starting at the age of 14, sailing the seven seas. He received his masters papers at the age of 22, later becoming a Master Mariner. He was Master of Freighters in the Far East until the Second World War. He joined the Canadian Navy as Lieutenant Commander and commanded Corvettes and Frigates doing the North Atlantic Run for six years. He held a career in the Canadian Hydrographic Service retiring in 1971. He was married for 55 years to the late Evelyn Fiendel, (Bridgewater). He will be proudly remember by his sons, Tony, Hamilton, Ont.; Jim, Raynardton; grandchildren, Sabrina, Natalie, Philip, Ontario; Jacqueline, Dennis, Calgary. A memorial service will be held at1 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, William Street.

 

HMCS MAGOG, HMCS WASKESIU, HMCS MOOSE JAW

REITER, Karl H - passed away peacefully on October 18 surrounded by family who adored him. Karl was born in Winnipeg Canada on November 1, 1933 to Herb and Anne Reiter of blessed memory. Herb fought in WWII while Anne struggled to raise Karl. For a time, Karl resided in an orphanage in Winnipeg. Karl joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets at age 14. In the regular Royal Canadian Navy, he was a Storesman on HMCS Destroyer Sussexvale, and HMCS Crusader. He also saw action in Korea as a gun captain on the Sussexvale. Herb and Anne moved to Houston while Karl was deployed. As fortune would have it, he was visiting them in Houston when he and some friends went to the local JCC where Karl saw his future wife, - Eunice in the library. If ever there was a case of love at first sight, this was it. He told his friends "I am going to marry this girl". Sure enough, a week later they were engaged. After his service in the Navy, Eunice and Karl settled down in Houston. Karl took on a variety of sales jobs, but what he really wanted to do was become a Marine Surveyor. Following his love of the sea, he became a Marine Surveyor and Salvage diver for Hull and Cargo Marine Surveyors – a job that let him travel all over the world. He would always return home with tales of countless colorful adventures. Karl had various certifications and affiliations related to salvage, cargo loading and unloading, drilling, and marine surveying. He was also a Mason, Shriner, member of the Scottish Rite, and was an member of Brith Shalom in Houston and Congregation Beth El in Missouri City. Karl was Master Of Ceremonies at his local Masonic Lodge and was a drummer in the Shrine band. He even at one point played drums with Janis Joplin. Karl played all trivia games TO WIN, and played "Grandpa" in the Missouri City Ballet production of the Nutcracker. He was a cast member on the Judge Alex TV show, and studied Drumming under an Indian Tabla Master Karl's biggest joys were his loving wife Eunice, and his children – Joe Reiter (Wendy) from Boston, MA, Sheila Reiter from Austin TX, and Elaine Reiter (Alan Berger) also of Boston MA; and he was also deeply loved by his grandchildren – Arielle and Joshua Reiter and Leah Berger. Karl never met a stranger and endeared himself to everyone he met. A memorial service will be held Monday October 20, 2014 at 4:00pm at Congregation Beth El, 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Lane, Missouri City, Texas 77459. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Congregation Beth El in Karl's memory.

 

HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS SUSSEXVALE

ROBICHAUD, Allain Rene (Al) (13 Mar 1940 - 17 Dec 2014) - passed away peacefully at home. Al was sur­rounded by his loving daughters Julie and Shelley and his sons-in­law, Mark and Angelo. Al was born in Chatham Head, N.B. He later moved to Mon­treal where he enlisted in the Navy at the young age of 18. Al spent the next 25 years of his life serving in the Navy. He was eventually pro­moted to Sergeant before retiring in 1984. Al served on many ships dur­ing his long career, including the Bonaventure. Al joined the Cana­dian Corps of Commissionaires in October of 2002 where he served much of his time as gatekeeper at the Halifax Dockyards until he went into full retirement at the young age of 72. Al was one of nine children born to Rene and Basilice 'Bessie' Robichaud. He was predeceased by his loving wife of over 40 years, Patricia 'Tricia' MacFadyen; his daughter, Kim; both parents; his brother, Edgar and his sister, Lillian. Al will be forever remembered by his devoted brothers, Aldrice (Micheline) and Ludger (Dawn); lov­ing sisters, Anna Savoie, Cecile (Paul-Emil) Burelle, Lydia, Diane; and beloved children, Julie (Mark) Stevens, Shelley (Angelo) Caffatos Robert (Rhonda); treasured grand­children, Amanda and Kathrine, Aaron, Shannon and Nathan, Jason, Jennifer and Alexander; and count­less in-laws, family and friends who were all blessed to know him. Dur­ing his last days, Al enjoyed playing cards, winning at the slot machines, darts and pool with the guys at the Spryfield Legion. He was also a past member of the Sackville Legion. Al also enjoyed hanging with his pals (Dennis Jeffery and others) at the cottage, making 'Grandma’s' meat pies and Polish chow with his daughters, and watching his favorite TV show 'The Voice' at home with his family. Cremation has taken place under the care of Harbourside Regional Crematorium. To honor Al and to honor his past service to our country, a special ceremony will be held by the Royal Canadian Legion on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. in Earl Francis Spryfield Legion, 7 Sussex St., Halifax, NS.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

ROBINSON, Murray (29 Nov 1922 - 30 Oct 2014) Officer, Royal Canadian Navy, World War II Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - Murray died in his home on October 30, 2014 at age 92. Murray was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of Edith (McCrae) and Frank Robinson, brother to Doreen (Lindsay) and Mona (Brownrigg). After moving to Montreal, Murray attended Lower Canada College (LCC '39). He was a proud and involved alumni of LCC. Murray served during the Second World War as a gunnery officer on the Royal Canadian Navy Corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin in the North Atlantic. After the war, he graduated from McGill University, where he also played football. While working during the summer at Jasper Park Lodge, Murray met Helen Bell of Toronto, who was the love of his life. Murray and Helen were married in 1949 and raised a family: Anne (John Kalter), Ian (Terry Miro) and Judith (Jaswant Ubhi). Murray was a financial adviser and Manager of the Montreal office of the Mutual Life Insurance Co. Murray and Helen had 61 married years together filled with friends, church, travel and many happy times spent at their beloved cottage on Lake Massawippi. Murray was an avid runner before it became popular, and a passionate cross-country skier who would bushwhack through the woods alone for many miles. Helen died in 2010, and Murray remained in their home to the end, as he wished. This was possible because of the love and support of many, for which we are grateful: his caregivers Gladys, Joanne, Erline and Vita; Dr. Towers and Kathy MacDonald of Mount Sinai as well as Dr. Malcolm and Dr. Dawson at the RVH. Murray benefited greatly from the constant care and friendship of Joan and Bill Foster. Murray was proud of his grandchildren Rebecca, Christopher, Maggie and Charles, his nephew Robin Brownrigg (of Nassau), his nieces Jane Lindsay (of Ottawa), Alison Moore (of Burnaby), Laurie Fowler (of Calgary) and nephew Alan Moore (of Calgary). A memorial service for Murray will be held at Montreal West United Church, 88 Ballantyne N. on January 10, 2015 at 3 pm, followed by a reception. Murray will join Helen in MacPherson Cemetery in Georgeville, Eastern Townships, where he blazed many cross-country ski trails. In lieu of flowers, Murray would have appreciated a donation to the NDG Food Depot. (Published in the Gazette 07 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS WETASKIWIN

RUSNAK, John (Rusty) - May 12, 1926 - November 13, 2013 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather on November 13, 2013, with his family at his side. Dad's love of life and fierce determination stayed with him to the end. Dad was predeceased by his daughter Debra Joan, father George, mother Paulina (Derkach), brother Bill, wife Bernice, and son John Jr. He leaves to mourn his daughter Donna (Eugene), son Doug (Gladys), daughter-in-law Olga (John), granddaughters Karen (Mike), Gina, Darlene (Derek), and his great-grandsons Marcus, Aaron, and Nicholas. Dad's parents, George and Polly Rusnak, immigrated from Austria in the late 1800s and settled in Winnipeg briefly before buying their family homestead in Birds Hill, MB. Dad worked the family farm until 1943 when, at the age of 17, he joined the R.C.A.F. seeking adventure and trained as a Wireless Air Gunner in the British Commonwealth Air Training Program. During his training Dad managed to eliminate a herd of cattle on a farmer's field in the prairies, which his Air Force buddies never let him live down. After the war ended, Dad retired from the R.C.A.F. (Sargeant) and subsequently joined the Navy and served as a Communications Officer. In 1948, while stationed in Nova Scotia, Dad met and married his soulmate, our mom Bernice, or "Pudge" as was his affectionate name for her. Together they had four children, Donna, John Jr., Douglas and Debra. During his military career, Dad travelled many places and always returned with stories and gifts from far away ports. Dad was a proud seaman and would take his kids aboard his aircraft carrier and show them all the aspects of his job on the ship. While stationed at Naval base Stadacona in Halifax, Dad packed up the family many times for the 8300 km round trip from Halifax to Winnipeg. Dad, mom, three kids and a dog in a small VW Bug, a trying trip for sure but the best of times. Dad was a dedicated, loving father. While growing up, nothing was more important to him than his children completing their homework to get a good education, and tutoring them in math. It was not uncommon to see Dad tutoring his children even as they continued their studies in adult life. Dad never pushed his opinions, but he was always there for guidance and wisdom if you asked. He raised his children, building their characters on his own ethics of right and wrong. In 1969, after retiring from the Navy (Chief Petty Officer 1st Class), Dad moved his family to Winnipeg to assist his ailing mother with the family farm. He attended Red River College and graduated with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering, subsequently working with Admiral TV until they shut down and dad took early retirement. A loyal member of Royal Canadian Legion #141 for 26 years, Dad loved to polka and attended the Legion every Saturday afternoon to enjoy this pastime and the company of his friends. Dad's favourite pleasures were simple but rich. He loved playing the guitar and the harmonica, dancing and any sports from the WWF to Bonspiels, but his biggest pleasures were times spent with his family and friends. A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Special thanks to the Seven Oaks medical staff and support group for their months of care for our Dad. Cropo Funeral Chapel (the Winnipeg Free Press 16 Nov 2013)

RUTTAN, Raymond David Galway, CPO - Passed peacefully on Saturday, December 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Pat for over 63 years. Loving father of Allen (Josie). Devoted grandfather of Holly (Cory Murphy) and Nicholas (Karina). Cherished great-grandfather of Kyle, Connor, Cassidy, Hudson, Crosby, Reid, Kourtney and Hadley. Predeceased by his ten siblings. Raymond will be deeply missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Born in Prince Edward County, Ont. on January 26, 1931, Raymond left his home in Ontario and took up a career with the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 20. Shortly after basic training, he was sent to the H.M.C.S. Haida and sailed to Korea where he became a veteran of the Korean War. He was very honored to have served for his country in the Korean War and would get very emotional when he spoke of it, even though his words were few. He served for the next 20 years in peacetime and retired as a Chief Petty Officer 1st class as an Underwater Weapons Specialist. Upon retiring from the Navy, Raymond worked for Scotiabank as Manager of Central Services at the main branch in Halifax, after which he worked for a brief period for Canada Post and then finished his working days with IMP Aerospace Division as a Contracts Manager working on contracts for military aircraft. Health issues forced him into permanent retirement. Raymond became very interested in helping in his community, and interacting with the people there, and joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 where he eventually became President of the Legion after serving on the building committee with his son, Allen and his long­time friend and Past President, Bill Munroe. Raymond also was a mem­ber and Past Master of Uniacke Lodge No. 128 A.F. & A.M. Through his interest in Freemasonry, Raymond became involved with related fraternities and was Past High Priest of George S. Wright No. 27, Super Excellent Master Council Adoniram No. 10, Knight’s Templar Mt Zion No. 73, Knight of York Valley No. 165, and was Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest of Order of the Secret Monitor Conclave No. 6. Although he would never talk about these fraternities openly, it was clear that these fraternities gave him a lot of comfort and peace and he loved the social interaction with these members. A Masonic service for Raymond will take place on Thursday in Atlantic Funeral Home Sackville Chapel, 125 Sackville Dr., at 2 p.m. followed by an Anglican funeral service in the Chapel. For those wishing, donations to Children’s Wish Foundation in honour of Raymond can be made. Raymond loved his grandchildren and great­grandchildren dearly and just plainly loved children and people in general. Donations in lieu of flowers would have pleased him greatly. He was a very kind and generous man and will be sadly missed by all.

 

HMCS HAIDA

RYAN, Gerald James Peacefully at home on November 20,1997 at the age of Seventy Two. Cherished husband of Florence Raymond. Beloved Father of Anne (Bob Dinwoodie), Geraldine (Warren Hallett), Paddy (Roena Hughes),Terry, Tommy and Kevin (Mary Bachat). Loving Grandfather of Erin. Sheila, David, Seamus, Shannon, Timothy, Brendan, and Conor. Son of the late Arthur Ryan and The late Pearl Mcmahon, Brother of Noreen (Douglas Fitzgerald), Patricia, Larry (Madeleine Willett), and the late Thomas. Visitation at Collins Clarke Macgillivray Funeral Home, 222 Highway 20 Pointe Claire on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service from St Luc’s Catholic Church 48 Westpark Blvd Dollard Des Ormeaux Monday November 24 at 11 am. Internment Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, Donations to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation may be made in appreciation of the compassion, care and understanding of Dr R Dandurand.

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK, HMCS OAKVILLE

SHUTTLEWORTH, Leonard Martin - A gentle man, a loving man, Mr. Leonard Martin Shuttleworth has left cherished memories in many hearts! Len passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home, Residence on the Thames, on September 6th, 2013. Born February 23rd, 1925, in Chatham, cherished son of the late George and Vera (nee Clarke) Shuttleworth. Beloved husband of 65 years to the late Verlyn (2011). Loving father of the late Gary Shuttleworth (April 2013) and Christine of Sarnia, Leonard Wayne and Diane of Half Moon Bay, B.C., Karen Herman and Robert of Blenheim, and Brad and Chrystal of Lindsay. Cherished Papa to 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchild and 1 great great grandchild. Survived by his sister Blanche Foster of London and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Helen and Lois, and brother Clifford Shuttleworth, brother-in-law Harold Foster and grandson Todd Shuttleworth. Proudly serving his country in World War II, Len sailed on the Merchant ship HMCS Stonetown where his Navy duty called him to The Battle of the Atlantic. His ships bell can be found today displayed in the St. Mary’s museum. Upon his return to Canada, Len found many jobs to sustain his family including Jacksons Bakery, where he drove his horse drawn wagon through the streets of Chatham, delivering fresh baked goods to the many families. The mainstay of his career was 32 years long at International Harvester (later named Navistar). The majority of those years he worked as general labourer on the line however the last few years he moved into the role of supervisor of the Inspection Department. Upon retirement, Len worked part-time as Chatham Courthouse, Court Clerk. For a short time, he also managed the custodial duties at St. Andrews United Church. As a volunteer, he enjoyed working with our youth in a leadership role with Scouts Canada. As well Len was dedicated to family and friends should they need a ride to appointments or meetings. As a devoted member of St. Andrews United Church, he served on Session. The Couples Club was where Len and Verlyn enjoyed many of their friends. He was a member of the Chatham and District Royal Canadian Naval Association. Proudly marching, in honour of his fallen comrades. Family and friends and are invited to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, on Monday September 9th visiting from 2 to 4 p.m. And 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service for Mr. Leonard Shuttleworth will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday September 10th at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Mark Perry of St. Andrew’s United Church officiating. Interment Union Cemetery, Pardoville. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider the Legion Poppy Fund and the Chatham Kent Community Foundation A special thank you goes to the wonderful staff and friends of The Residence on the Thames

 

HMCS STONE TOWN

SINCLAIR, Clifford Roy - On December 27, 2013, Clifford Roy Sinclair, aged 74 years, passed away suddenly after battling a lengthy illness. Clifford is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane; sons Dale (Marla) and Bob (Tracy). Clifford leaves behind his four grandchildren Sidney, Nathan, Jordan and Jeffrey; brothers Raymond and Rodney. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Kathleen; brothers Bill, Art, Charlie, Walter and Gordon; sisters Liz and Irene. Clifford was born in 1939 in Eriksdale, MB. He served with Royal Canadian Navy from 1959 to 1965. Clifford retired in 1995 after serving for 32 years in the employ of the City of Winnipeg. Clifford was a devoted husband and father who always put his family first. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. (the Winnipeg Free Press 30 Dec 2013)

SKOROPATA, Frederick William (Fred) - Peacefully, after a lengthy illness and a courageous battle with liver cancer, with deep regret we announce the death of Fred on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 69 years. Left behind with great memories of fun times with Fred are family and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and daughter. Fred served in the Canadian Navy for four years and was a respected member of the Army and Navy Branch 283. In compliance with Fred's wishes no funeral service will be held. Special thanks to Kelley, his life partner for the excellent care she provided during his illness. Donations in Fred's memory may be made to the Cancer Care Manitoba. Mahatma Gandhi: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." Love You Bro XOXO (the Winnipeg Free Press 03 May 2014)

SMITH, Barry - Age 82 , of Stokes Bay, Ont., passed away December 7, 2014, in the Hali­fax Infirmary, QEII. Barry was born in Stokes Bay, Ont. He was a son of Malcolm and Jeanne Smith. He served 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. After retiring from the service in 1972, he started his own company, writing technical handbooks. He then worked for DND in Ottawa be­fore retiring to Kitchener, Ont. in 1985. At the time of his sudden death, he resided with his wife, Linda, in Halifax. He enjoyed golfing, read­ing, playing the keyboard and espe­cially took pleasure in socializing with family and friends. Barry is survived by his wife, Linda (Pike); son, James Smith (Elspeth Kinney) of Halifax; and daughters, Patricia Ouellette of Lower Sackville, and Joan (Marc) Fournier of Dieppe, N.B. Also survived by his brother, Bruce Smith of Woodstock, Ont., many nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren, three great-grand­children. He was predeceased by his father, mother, sister, Peggy Stover and grandson, David Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Cremation has taken place and a private family celebra­tion of his life will follow at a later date. A huge thank you to Dr. Ali Appelton and staff at the Lion’s Head Clinic in Ontario for their sup­port and kindness over the years. Thanks also to doctors and staff at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII.

SOMERVILLE, William Arthur (03 Jun 1924 - 28 Sep 2013) - Bill was born in Montreal and moved to Winnipeg at a young age. He was the only son in a family of five sisters. He will be loving remembered by his wife of 65 years Isabel, his daughter Catherine, son Jim and wife Allison, granddaughter Jolene and husband Marshall and great-granddaughters Kendell, Sydney and Jordan. He attended Gordon Bell High School and then joined the Navy for the Second World War as a Communicator and took part in the D Day Invasion at Gold Beach. He had varied careers with CN Rail, Duncan and District Credit Union, Pat Bay Cadet facility and Inland Security but the true joy of his life was his involvement in all of his extracurricular activities - Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Navy League of Canada, the Legion, the Masonic Lodge and all its concordant bodies, the Shrine, the United Church AOTS and the Royal Naval Association. Bill embraced all of these organizations with commitment, enthusiasm, pride and a desire to serve. He made everyone feel welcome and important in his life and was always interested in hearing the stories and remembering the details. Everyone who was lucky enough to cross his path was enriched by his friendship. A Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. ( the Winnipeg Free Press 05 Oct 2013)

STRANG, Albert P. - of Lower Sackville, born in New Waterford in 1948, passed away October 12th, 2014. a son of the late James and Enis (Caverzan) Strang, he is survived by his wife, Lynne (Nicholson); and sons, Michael (Jennifer), Matthew (Aimee) and Morgan (Melissa); sisters, Patricia (McDonald), Elizabeth (Macinnis); grandchildren, Ryan, Mark, Brady, Mason, Jack and Kendall Strang. Predeceased by his brother, Mark. Albert spent most of his working career in the navy, based in Halifax on various ships and most recently retired from Irving in the Halifax Shipyards. He lived in Sackville for 38 years and had a passion for coaching youth baseball and spending time with friends and family. A generous man, always putting others before himself, Albert will be missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and no visitation requested. In lieu of flowers, respects can be paid at the Royal Canadian Legion, Calais Branch, 45 Sackville Cross Rd., on Saturday October 18th from 204 p.m. ( the Chronicle Herald, Oct 2014)

 

HMCS PROTECTEUR, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SKEENA, CFS SHELBURNE (mid 1970s)

STUTZKE, Hans Karl Franz - passed away peacefully on February 24, 2014. He was predeceased by his son Bernd (Bernie), and is left to mourn his passing by his daughter Sonja, daughter-in-law Judy, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and his dear and long-time friend Trudy. Hans was born in a small village on his grandfather's farm close to Gumbinnen in East Prussia, a former state of Germany. This is where Hans grew up and received his education. At age 17, Hans joined the Navy and served in the North Atlantic. Following the war, Hans worked in Oberstdorf, Kaiserslautern, Montreal, Portage la Prairie, and for the last 40 years of his career (before retiring in 1999) at the St. Regis Hotel in Winnipeg. Hans enjoyed playing Skat and dancing with all his friends at the German Club, where he was a proud and active member. Hans loved his summers at Hillside Beach and his winter visits to Puerto Vallarta. A Memorial service will be held for Hans on Friday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Abundant Life Lutheran Church in East St. Paul, 3486 Raleigh Street (half km North from Hoddinott). May he rest in peace. (The Winnipeg Free Press 01 Mar 2014)

van NOSTRAND, Innes Neil - Suddenly on Tuesday February 22, 2005 in his 82nd year, Innes Neil van Nostrand, U.E., beloved husband of Felicia (Ireton) cherished father of C. Innes (Alison Holt,) Hugh, and Andrew (Caroline); loving and playful Grandad of Jack, Claire, Alec and Will. He was the brother of Amy Duggan and the late Aldy Allan; and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Ireton and John (Pam) Ireton. He is missed by his constant companions, 'the pups', Sasha and Simone. The son of C.I. (Neil) van Nostrand and Helen Clarkson, Innes attended Upper Canada College before joining the Navy, where he served on the H.M.C.S. Qu'Appelle during the Second World War. He returned home and enrolled at Trinity College before embarking on a career in construction. Throughout his life, Innes was dedicated to family and community. He always had time for neighbours in need of help, for his church, where he spent many happy hours volunteering, and for his extended network of family with its deep roots in Toronto. He particularly enjoyed his summers with family and Friends in Muskoka. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.) on Friday, February 25, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (at Heath St. W.) on Saturday, February 26 at 11 a.m. with interment at Saint John's York Mills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto, Christ Church Deer Park, or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE

VARNER, Loran Keith - Shelburne. A devoted and loving father passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on June 5th, 2012 at Roseway Hospital, Shelburne. Born in Jordan Falls, he was the fourth son of the late Powley and Leah Matthews. When dad was 15, he joined the Merchant Navy serving on the Lady Nelson from 1943-1945. In June 1949, dad joined the DND Fire Department Halifax Dockyard and in 1967 accepted a promotion to CFS Shelburne, retiring as Fire Chief in 1983. Dad is best remembered for his musical talents and the giving of this special gift to his community. Dad was a member of several bands over the years, including Harbour Lites, Cellar Blue, Goodtymes Band and Evergreen, ending his musical career 2 years ago after playing with them for over 31 years. Once a month for 29 years, Evergreen played for the Senior Dances at Barrington Lions Hall. His music took him to other provinces and from one end of Nova Scotia to the other. Dad attended many music festivals and looked forward to them all, especially the Hank Snow Tribute every August. He made several CD’s with Evergreen and in 2006 made a CD saluting the Veterans and War Brides. In December of 2011 after a two-year hiatus, he took up playing one more time to entertain his family at Roseway Manor. Dad was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 63, Shelburne, served for over 25 years with Shelburne Lions Club where he held several positions; N.S. Guides Association, Charter Member of the Spry Harbor Atoms Softball Association, where he played the position of pitcher; Hank Snow Society and past member of the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department. In his younger years dad played a lot of sports. He was on hockey teams in the Halifax area, he bowled, played pool, darts, curled, golfed and played ball for several Shelburne area teams. Dad loved relaxing at his camp at Clements Pond where he spent many, many days and nights feeding his feathered friends and squirrels with his camping buddies, Don, Lori, Lynne and Leigh. Dad is survived by son, Loran (Connie), Halifax; daughters, Diane (Hector) Isenor, Westphal; Deby (Danny) MacAlpine, Shelburne; Susan (Fred) Davis, Jordan Ferry; Earlene (Derek) Rennehan, Shelburne; Kelly (Adrian) Pierce, Bridgewater; friend, Ernie Davis; grandsons, Daniel, Loran, Freddie, Ryan, Ben Douglas, Isaiah, Steven, David; granddaughters, Jodi, Jamie, Samantha, Emma, Karen, Colleen, Krystal, Darlene; great-grandsons, Caleb, Blake, Cole, Camden, Nathan, Randy, Michael; great-granddaughters, Sydney, Madison, Khloe, Stevie, Thalissa; one very special daughter-in-law, Connie; sisters, Faye (Ken) Hartlen, Kingston, NS, and Hazel (Bernard) Cooke, Dartmouth; brothers, Clinton (Beverly) Varner, Kingston and Richard Varner, Dartmouth; many nephews, nieces and their families as well as his musical family, Don Randall and Lynne Crowell. Dad was predeceased by his wife, Florence Josey, brothers, Buddy, Earle, Raymond, Carl, Russell and sisters, Shirley Cameron and Ruth Russe. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Shelburne. Visitation will take place Saturday, June 9th from 7-9 p.m. at H. M Huskilson’s Funeral Home, 58 Bulkley Street, Shelburne, with a Lions Service at 6 p.m. and a Royal Canadian Legion service at 6:30 p.m. A celebration of dad’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at 2:00p.m. from the H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Chapel, Shelburne, with Pastor Debi Hill officiating. Family flowers only. At Dad’s request memorial donations may be made to the VON Shelburne. Interment of ashes at Pine Grove Cemetery. His children are asking his musical friends and family to bring their instruments and join us for a reception at the Shelburne Lions Hall following the service, to honor dad in the way he wanted... with music.

 

HMCS LADY NELSON

VASSOS, Jack (John) - was born in Regina on January 25, 1928, and passed away in North Vancouver on October 30, 2014, following a tough battle with Parkinson's Disease, which he attacked with characteristic optimism and tremendous resilience. Jack was predeceased by his mother (Norma Doreen), father (Gus Constantine) and brothers, Hugh and Gordon, and is survived by his brothers Don (Deb) and Joe (Darlene); ex-wives Mona (Spearey) and Fran; sons Troy (Lesley), Miles (Eileen), and Dino; stepson Tynan; grandchildren, Nolan, Christian, Damon, Paige, and Mariah; by his many nieces and nephews, and good friend Bev. He grew up with his four brothers in Regina and Melville, Saskatchewan, and later served in the Canadian Navy between 1945 and 1950 as a radio operator on board the HMCS Crescent based out of Victoria, BC. Following his service Jack returned to Melville where he became the editor for the Melville Advance, and was a photo journalist and bureau manager for the Regina Leader Post until 1965, when he and his wife, Mona (Spearey) moved their young family to North Vancouver. Jack joined Gordon Black Publishing as a photo journalist, and subsequently won a North American industrial publication award while working as an editor for Finning Tractor. He then made a career shift and became a prominent real estate agent on the North Shore, eventually retiring from Sussex Realty. Jack occupied his retirement as an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 118) and the Drum Band, and was always proud of his service in the navy and very proud of his Greek ancestry. He was also a very kind and gentle man who loved the sea and dreamed of sailing around the world. Jack's family would like to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at Kiwanis Care Centre in North Vancouver where "Uncle Jack" has lived his past 5 years. Jack's ashes will be scattered over the ocean at a celebration of life gathering in the late spring. Please contact the family for further information. ( North Shore News 05 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS CRESCENT

WARNEKEN, Edward Vincent Neil (19 Jun 1944 - 15 Oct 2015) - 70, of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2014 surrounded by close friends and family at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Born June 19, 1944 in Grace Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia to Hans and Phyllis Warneken, he spent all his life as proud Canadian and true BC man. He had a colourful childhood growing up in Vancouver, and ventured to Alberta for work at young age, before returning to BC to join the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy), living abroad off and on for the next 30 years, calling Victoria, Duncan and Shawnigan Lake home. Ed lived the last 46 amazing years on beautiful Vancouver Island with his world travelling partner, best friend and loving wife, Sheila. Ed was an intelligent and passionate man who loved and enjoyed his family and friends, travelling, camping, Sudoku, playing board games, sailing, golfing, foraging on the beach, bike riding, the ocean and watching TV (particularly golf). He especially loved cheering for his granddaughters, friends, niece and nephew in all of their various sports and accomplishments. (Thank you Pa!) He was a talented woodworker, gadget guy and sailor, and amongst so many other things, he carefully chose the best greeting cards and flowers, always. He was funny, competitive, sassy, loving and kind… he believed whole-heartedly in all he did and everything and everyone he supported. Predeceased by parents Hans and Phyllis Warneken; uncle Emmett Warneken; nephew Darryl Laing; and parents-in-law Herb and Betty Chandler. Ed leaves behind his loving wife Sheila (nee Chandler) of 46 years; daughter Sara (Wade) Lowe; and two granddaughters Haeley and Sydnae Lowe. Also, his Canadian family (in-laws), Diane (Bob) Caldwell, Ken (Trish) Pollard, John (Di) Pollard, Cheryl (Bill) Dickenson, Marley, Chelsey and extended families. His Australian family (in- laws) Tricia Moritz, Grace, Christian, Oliver and Billy. Ed's sister, Mary Lou (Don) Laing; nieces Shelley and Sharla; and families in the interior of BC. As well, Ed's cousin, Hans Gerd (Juda) Warneken, and their wonderful family in Oerlinghausen, Germany. Ed also leaves behind so many close special friends, neighbours, "girlfriends," amazing adopted families and quite a few adopted pets, including one especially loyal buddy, Tito. Master Seaman Edward V.N. Warneken served 27 years in the C.A.F. (Navy), as a Naval Weapons technician, on Ships such as HMCS Terra Nova, HMCS Gatineau, HMCS Mackenzie and more. As Senior Ship's diver, and longest standing mess president of the Junior Ranks Club Esquimalt, he implemented programs that are still used today, and risked his life in the Tasmanian Sea. After the Navy, Ed worked a variety of interesting positions, as a technician, fish farmer and commissionaire, and finally retired from working as Medical Security at Arbutus Ridge, which he enjoyed immensely. Four days after officially retiring in 2011, Ed with Sheila, and their love of travel, hopped on a plane to Mexico, where they found their second home in a condo in San Jose del Cabo. Shortly after they embarked on the trip of lifetime, and travelled around the world for over a year, meeting and making, friends and family, all over the world! They headed back home in 2013 after an amazing year to remember. Ed made his mark on our world with Sheila, as we all followed the "Travels of Nan and Pa" and were inspired by their adventures, and love for each other and the people and places they graced. We would like to give special thanks, to the Nurses and Doctors at VGH and the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their passionate care for our loving husband, father, friend, uncle, great-uncle and devoted Pa, who will be greatly missed. "It was too soon, but with infinite great, hilarious, sometimes crazy, thought provoking, interesting and heartfelt, tender memories, all full of love… we will see you when we close our eyes, forever and always."~Anon. A Celebration of Life, filled with Love, Joy and Happiness will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. on at Cowichan Cricket Club, 1722 Elford Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. If attending, please consider wearing something bright-coloured to celebrate Ed's full and happy, colourful life. Thank you to Dave and Sands Funeral Chapel Duncan for all of the arrangements, to ALL of our many friends and family for their continuous support and help, now and in the future. Ed's Remains will rest in the waters off of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and San Jose Del Cabo, BCS, Mexico, so he can forever remain in peace, close to both homes, amongst the waves and his favourite creatures of the Sea. Memorial donations may be made in Ed's name to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) at www.standup2cancer.ca or the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island Office, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5.  (Published in the Vancouver Sun - 04 Nov 2014)

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS MACKENZIE

WATTS, Albert James (Bert) (04 Nov 1926 - 21 Sep 2014) - After a long but valiant struggle with Parkinson's Bert passed peacefully at The Lodge at Broadmead, surrounded by his loving family. Bert served his country for 28 years in the RCN, including one tour during the Korean War onboard HMCS CAYUGA. Leaving the Service in 1974, Bert worked for Bristol Aerospace in Winnipeg before retiring for good in 1989 and returning to Victoria. Bert is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty (nee Lawton), his three children: Maril Hanna; Barry Watts; and Jay Watts (Terri); his grandchildren: Skye and Adam; Kimberly, Amy and Corey; and Laura, Cameron, Diana and Richard and special family friend Phil Jamieson. Bert was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Best Friend. Sadly missed but always loved. Special thanks to the extraordinary staff at Broadmead, their kindness and compassion allowed Bert to spend his final days in grace and dignity. The family plans a private gathering to mark Bert's passing. The family requests donations be made to the Lodge at Broadmead via Broadmead Care, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC V8X 4Y7 in lieu of flowers. (Originally published in the Victoria Times Colonist)

 

HMCS CAYUGA

WESTERBERT, Arnold Rudolph, LCdr, RCNVR - Veteran of World War II, Served October 21, 1941 - March 12, 1970 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 351. Peacefully September, 1, 2014, at the age of 95. Predeceased six years to the day by his beloved wife and best friend of 62 years, Mary Frew Allan. Arnold was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, July, 22, 1919 to Inga Frank and Arvid Ernst Westerberg who were Swedish immigrants. Predeceased by his brother Gunnar Westerberg. Arnold served in Royal Canadian Naval Establishments and Ships in Canada, the U.S.A. and overseas. He was particularly proud of being selected to the commissioning crew of H.M.C.S. Warrior (Canada's first aircraft carrier) in January, 1946 at Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was while serving in H.M.C.S. Niobe, Greenock, Scotland, in 1945 that he met his wife to be, a V.A.D. in the British Red Cross. Arnold will be fondly remembered by niece Jean Allan (Soles) and her daughter Jarah of London, Ontario, Paul Soles and their son Jonathan of Toronto, niece Andrea Allan Tallo (George) of Glenrothes, Fifeshire, Scotland, his nieces and nephews in Scotland and England, by his many cousins in Sweden and special friends Goran & Karin Johansson of Flasa, Sweden. Special thanks to Senga & Hector Allan, Molly & Don Downie, Angele Poitras, & Bruno & Mary Ganske, all of Ottawa, for their friendship & especially to Jennifer Stiell for her enduring respect & loyalty to Arnold and Mary, particularly in Arnold's last years. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Ottawa 2 East Wing of the Perley & Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for their kind & compassionate care. A graveside service will be held at the National Military Cemetery, 289 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Arnold's memory to the or the Ottawa Humane Society would be appreciated. (Originally published in the Ottawa Citizen, 27 Sep 2014)

 

HMCS WARRIOR

WILLIAMSON, William Edward, RCN 1941 - 1945 - Bill passed away suddenly at home on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the age of 92. Dear husband of Eileen (nee Hunt) for 71 years. Loving father of Ed (June), Ron (Bette) and Ken (Ginny). Proud grandfather of Kyle, Brett (Michelle), Lisa (Jason), Myles, Will and great-grandfather of Charlie and Daphne Shuttleworth and Rileigh Williamson. Predeceased by granddaughter Julie Williamson. Bill was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy on Corvettes and Mine Sweepers, contributing to the D Day invasion. Bill was born in Markham on the Williamson farm and he and Eileen were married when Bill was home on leave. After leaving the Navy, Bill built a house on 16th Avenue in Markham, where Williamson Road is now. He spent 41 years with Remington Rand which later became Univac. He enjoyed his retirement years at the cottage on Georgian Bay, where he spent many happy hours with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main St. N., Markham, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment at St. Philip's on-the-Hill Anglican Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Canada. (Published in the Toronto Star 11 Nov 2014)

WILSON, John (Jack) Edmund Norris - of Russell, Manitoba passed on October 16, 2014, at the Russell Hospital, with family by his side. He left to join the love of his life, Grace. He is survived by his daughters Jacquie (Ed) Zimmer, and Valerie (Terry) Kearns, and son Jim (Janice). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Christopher (Angela), Trevor, Jeffrey, Jennifer and six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madelyn, Siena, Ava, Carmen and Owen. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Bertha (Cairns) Wilson, his five older sisters, Marjorie, Eileen, Wilma, Elmer, Gwen, and his beloved wife, Grace (Simms). Dad was born on September 25, 1925 in Russell, Manitoba. In 1944 he proudly served on the HMCS Ft. Erie as a radioman. He married his schoolmate Grace Simms in 1947 and they were together until her death in September, 2009. Dad graduated from law school in 1950 and practiced law with his father, in Russell, until 1964. He took over his father's practice and continued until his retirement in 1989. Dad was a voracious reader, mostly of local history books, First World War and Second World War material. Reading was his passion and he had the most remarkable memory. Dad was devoted to his hometown of Russell and was always proud to serve his community. He was a sportsman in his youth playing baseball, and a devoted curler and golfer most of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, friends, music, and a good story. Dad spent much of his time at the family cottage at Silver Beach and referred to it as heaven on earth. He loved to fish, play horseshoes, explore the countryside, cross country ski, spend time with family and his annual chicken shoot. He often commented that "such are the vicissitudes of life" and I guess this is your final transition Dad. We would like to express our appreciation to the staff of the Russell Personal Care Home for their wonderful care of him the last six years. We would also like to thank the many friends and family in Russell who have extended kindness and compassion to Dad over the past few years. We will never forget the many ways you enriched Dad's life as well as ours. His love for his community never wavered. A celebration of life was held in Russell on October 21, 2014 and his ashes were interred with his wife Grace, at the Russell Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dow, Peter Haliuk and Jim Hamilton. If friends so desire donations can be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba. You are loved by many and will be greatly missed Dad.

 

HMCS FORT ERIE

WOLFE, Henry Harvey- age 57 of Lake Echo. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of loving husband and father, Henry Wolfe. Henry passed away at home in Lake Echo on Tuesday December 9, 2014. Born in Winnipeg, he was a son of Barbara Orvis, Winnipeg. Ret'd. Chief Petty Officer Second Class Henry Wolfe retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 32 years of service. Henry was a part of the Fleet Diving Unit on both the Canadian West and East Coasts and served on the Cormorant and was Captain of the Pisces II submersible. He participated in some significant efforts, including the Swissair Flight 111 recovery in Nova Scotia and trained in numerous countries. Henry was proud to be a grandfather and he enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Sophie, Mutt and Jeff. Henry will be remembered for his warm, kind spirit, always having a joke to tell and his love of movies and music. Henry is also survived by his wife Kathy; daughters, Sara Wolfe (Sean MacNeil), Dartmouth, Lindsey Marr (William), Dartmouth, Ashley Lapensee (Jay), Frankford Ontario; grandchildren, Darren Lapensee, Noah Marr, Alyssa MacNeil; sisters, Sandy Fleming, Cathy Blyth; brothers, Dean Wolfe, Danny Wolfe, Tommy Orvis and aunt, Adele Jorgensen. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 14th in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christmas Daddies.

 

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