For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

BATTERSON, Frederick Leslie, PO - Active Volunteer of The United Way Committee on Aging, Canadian Red Cross with 79 blood donations, and Windsor District Health Council. Member of UAW Retired Workers Advisory Council, UAW Local 200, Border Cities Credit Union and Windsor Labour Council. Recipient of the First Charlie Brooks Award, 1998 City of Windsor Volunteer of the Year and the 125th Anniversary Medal from Governor General Ray Hnatysheyn. President of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation and Vice President of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario. Board Member of St. Clair College, Windsor Board of Education and Metropolitan General Hospital. Born May 9, 1913 Foleshill, England and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. Resident of Windsor, Ontario for 68 years. Passed away on March 13, 2006 at Mississauga, Ontario at the age of 92. Leslie, beloved husband of 71 years to Elsie (Knowles). Dearest father of Sandra (Gary Dunlop) and Karen (John Weiss). Dearest grandfather of Dean (Karen), David (Kathleen), Mary Elizabeth (Eric) and Paul. Beloved great grandfather of Ryan, Kyra, Alex, Beth, Sarah, Daniel and Vanessa. Beloved brother of Shirley Watson. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday morning March 17, 2006 at Scott Funeral Home Mississauga Chapel, 420 Dundas St. East, Mississauga (one block west of Cawthra Rd.) 905-272-4040. In Leslie's memory, consider a donation to The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. (The Windsor Star 16 Mar 2006)

 

HMCS THETFORD MINES

BEALE, Harry William - Entered into rest, peacefully at his home in Caledonia on Saturday, December 14, 2013, in his 88th year. Beloved husband to Joan for 38 years. Loving father of Gerald Beale, Carolyn Verbruggen (Jan), John Beale (Carol Beale), Susan King (Terry), Gerri Gregory (Jim), Chris Halliday (Doug McLellan) and Rick Beale (Lori). Harry was a grand-father to 17 and great-grandfather to 15. Brother of Ed Beale (Harriett) and Bill Beale. Predeceased by his three brothers and three sisters. During W.W. II Harry served in the Canadian Navy on the "Strathadam". He retired from Stelco in 1986 after 38 years of service. Harry spent much of his free time in many arenas as a proud grandfather watching his grandchildren play hockey. He will also be remembered for his fine wood working skills and the many pieces of furniture that he has gifted to family members over the years. Visitation will be held in the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. followed by the service on in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS STRATHADAM

BEATTY, Harry William - It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Harry Beatty, in his 89th year, on Monday, Sept. 5th, 2011, at the Parkwood Veteran’s Hospital, London, Ontario. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 67 years, Mildred (Jamieson), daughter Frances Sutherland (partner Dan), sons Greg (Judy), Gary (Pam) and Brian (partner Kristine); also by brother Ross (Rae) of Welland and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Roy and Jack, sisters Marjorie Stone and Barbara Rogers. He will be missed by his 9 cherished grandchildren: Kirsten, Derek & Matthew Sutherland; Tyler, Amy & Spencer; Daniel & Caitlin; and Ashlyn Beatty, as well as 7 precious great-grandchildren. Harry was born in Hamilton on Jan. 15, 1923, educated at Welland public and high school. After completing his apprenticeship in machine shop practice, Harry joined the navy, serving on the H.M.C.S. Stormont. Post war, he received his B.PHE & B.ED from the University of Toronto. He accepted a technical ed. teaching position at Welland H. & V. S. from 1950-1961, which included a 1 year leave of absence to teach in Malaysia. The family moved to London in 1961 when Harry joined the Ministry of Education as a secondary school inspector of technical schools in the Western Ontario division. He also acted as a consultant on the design & equipment for the future Althouse College at U.W.O., and in the development of new curriculums for secondary school technical education. In 1965, he was appointed as Faculty Head of teacher training for technical ed. at Althouse College. During this time, Harry obtained his M.Ed and Professor Emeritus. Following 17 years as faculty head, he was appointed by C.I.D.A. as Canada’s representative to conduct feasibility studies for the establishment of a regional centre for technical teacher training in The Middle East & South-East Asia. He also represented Canada on a 5-man team which spent 3 months travelling to a number of Asian countries. Between 1970-1982, he went abroad on 5 occasions as part of study teams regarding technical development aid programs. As a result of his efforts, many foreign students received training at Althouse and technical facilities were built overseas. Harry took early retirement in 1982 to accept a 26-month C.I.D.A. assignment in Bolivia where he set up and established technical schools throughout the country. Following retirement, he & Mildred would spend winters in Bradenton, Fla and summers at their cottage on Colpoy’s Bay near Wiarton. Harry loved his days at the cottage – which he built with the help of his 3 sons. He enjoyed sailing - crafting 3 sailboats himself. Although he had many varied interests, his greatest ambition in life was to further technical education both in Canada and in developing overseas countries. Always the gentleman, he was respected and admired by his peers and deeply loved by his family. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Harry’s life will take place at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the Parkwood Veteran’s Hospital, London, Ontario.

 

HMCS STORMONT

BERTOIA, Roger Louis - Born July 21st, 1923 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. It is with much sadness that we announce Roger passed away peacefully with family at his side on November 17th, 2006, aged 83. He was predeceased in July of 2006 by his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth. Also predeceased by his brothers, Doug, John and Ray. He is greatly missed by his son, Mark (June), twin daughters, Carolyn (Dave) Anderson and Judy (Mark) Barton, his beloved grandchildren, Krista, Chris, Phillip, Kevin and Katie, who brought him so much joy and laughter. Also survived by his brothers, Frank and Gerry of Cranbrook, British Columbia, extended family and friends. Roger was a World War II veteran and served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard H.M.C.S. Wentworth. Roger joined Trans Canada Airlines in Montreal in 1948 and retired in Vancouver from Air Canada in 1983. Roger's Air Canada career provided many friendship and travel opportunities for Ruth and himself. Many thanks to Dr. B. Norton, Linda and all the caring staff of Lions Gate Hospital. A private service and interment for Ruth and Roger will be held for the family. Family and friends are welcome to join in a Celebration of Roger's life at the home of Mark and Judy Barton on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. (The Province 24 Nov 2006)

 

HMCS WENTWORTH

BIGGERS, Ronald - On April 27, 2006 in his eighty-second year, loving husband of the late Elizabeth Brooks, father of Jim and Nancy, brother of Isabelle (deceased), Doug, Jack and Ken. WWII Veteran, HMCS Thetford Mines. Respecting Ron's request there will be no funeral service or visitation. (The Gazette 29 Apr 2006)

 

HMCS THETFORD MINES

BLIGH, George - George was born on July 12, 1917 in Esquimalt, BC. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1942, and was sent overseas. He served on British and Canadian ships, among them the frigate H.M.C.S. Teme, which was rammed by HMS Tracker and after being repaired later torpedoed byU-315. While she lost 60 feet of her stern, she did not sink and was towed to Falmouth. She was declared a constructive loss and never sailed again. While in London, England in 1945, George received his card as an Active Service Associate of the Canadian Legion. After the war ended, George returned to Vancouver Island, where, at age twenty-nine, he became the youngest Commissionaire in Canada and was assigned as security officer at Church Hill, BC. In 1950, George was hired at Royal Roads Military College and became a civilian supervisor, from which position he retired in 1977. George passed away February 2, 2006 at the Broadmead Veterans Hospital in Victoria, BC.

 

HMCS TEME

BOURDON, Arthur Joseph Rudolf - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Bourdon, on May 30, 2013 at West Park Manor at the age of 88 years. Remaining to forever cherish Art's memory are his sons, David and Nelson (Melanie); sisters, Angele, Anita, Alice; brothers, Del and Ray; grandchildren Alec, Hadrian, Trajan and Octavian (Doc) Bourdon; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Marion; brothers, Henry, Ed, Morris and Austin. Dad was born on June 14, 1924 in Virden Manitoba. The family moved early in Dad's life to Norwood where they lived on Marion Street for many years. Dad joined the RCN in 1943 and served on The HMSC Stettler, the HMSC Strathadam and the HMCS Neepawa and received ribbons for the Battle of the Atlantic. Dad was demobilized in November 1946 and returned to Winnipeg. Art met his wife Marion at Grand Beach and they were married on July 9, 1950 and lived for several years in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg. In 1954 they purchased a house in Fort Garry where they lived for 51 years and raised their family. In 2003 they moved to Charleswood to be closer to their grandchildren. After the war Art became an electrical apprentice with Kummen-Shipman Electric and earned his journeyman ticket. In the late Fifties he secured a job with federal government practicing his electrical trade with the Department of Public Works. In the late seventies Dad became a property officer for the federal government. During the early war years Dad worked for his father doing odd jobs which included recycling agricultural steam engines, landscaping and cutting cordwood. During this time he made his first trip to Kenora and fell in love with what was to become Manitoba's cottage country. In the middle part of the 1950s, he and his brothers Del and Ed built one of the first cottages on the North shore of Falcon Lake. The brothers convinced their father Joseph to build a cottage on the adjacent property. One by one the bothers sold their share of the cottage. In 1971 Joe Bourdon passed away and his cottage was left to Art. Art loved the cottage at Falcon Lake and he and Marion spent a great deal of their retirement enjoying "the lake". Dad was just happy just being there. He will be sorely missed by those closest to him. Funeral Liturgy will be Celebrated on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Boulevard at Grant Avenue, with Rev. Msgr. Maurice Comeault, P.H., presiding. Burial will follow in Glen Lawn Cemetery. (the Winnipeg Free Press 08 Jun 2013)

 

HMCS STETTLER, HMCS STRATHADAM

BOYCE, Hugh Edward (1924-2007) - After a long battle with Alzheimer's, Hugh died on Sunday evening, February 4, 2007. Hugh was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in August 2005 and is survived by his children Patrick, Lesley, Zoltan and their families; his sisters, Margret and Mary, and brother Jim. Hugh's parents emigrated from Ireland and Scotland in the early 1900s and he grew up in Fort Rouge attending Kelvin High School. This was always an important starting point for all of his stories and anecdotes. Hugh lost his father at an early age and growing up in the 1930s was a formative time for him more recently this time was revisited with Marg, which provided a comfort and a familiarity, which had been missing since his illness began. Hugh joined the Navy in the Second World War and was assigned to HMCS St. Boniface which was conveniently stationed in New York. 52nd Street became his story; Ella was his sweetheart and jazz was in his heart throughout his life. Hugh's family and cottage at Falcon Lake provided much solace during his working life at the CNR. In his retirement, Cuba became a new Mecca. His cultural interests shifted immediately to include the good life... rum, beaches and Cuban dance bands... much to Bette's chagrin, the Hemmingway beard soon appeared. With the onset of Alzheimer's and the loss of Bette, a struggle emerged which he never had the ability to come to terms with. Always a gentle man, he depended on his children to get him through those hard times. In the last year, his smile and sense of humour returned with the birth of his great-grandson Rowen Hugh, whom he enjoyed visiting in Vancouver with his grandchildren, Jesse and Jennifer. Hugh will always be remembered by everyone with love and respect. HAVE MERCY TALLY HO Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for June at St. Peter Dynevor Church, East Selkirk. (the Winnipeg Free Press 10 Feb 2007)

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

BOYD, Robert Elmer - of Parksville passed away September 10, 2009, aged 84 years. He is survived by Darlene his loving wife of 58 years, one son Don of Parksville, B.C. and one daughter Ellyn of Parksville, B.C., two grandchildren Kaley (Jason) Taylor of Leduc, AB., Rob of Maple Ridge, B.C. and two great-grandchildren Toren and Isabelle of Leduc, AB. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Victoriaville (Frigate) which was on convoy duty in the North Atlantic during World War II. Bob had a passion for playing sports which included bowling, soccer, softball and lawn bowling. He coached baseball for many years in Port Alberni and Parksville, the highlight being when Parksville won the Mid Island Championship. Bob was a commissioner at the Nanoose Naval Base for many years. Always known for his easy going manner, willingness to help out others and his keen sense of humor. Definition of a loving father: patient, role model, offering unconditional love, supportive, good provider, teacher, good listener, kind and gentle this was our dad. “ÃNever forgotten, always loved ”Ä . Special thanks to Dr. Desai, Dr. Salz and the staff at Arrowsmith Lodge for providing excellent care to Dad. There will be no service by request. If one so wishes, donations can be made to the B.C. Children's Hospital, 4480 Oak St., Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3V5.

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

BRENNAN, John Francis - a true son of Cape Breton Island passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his home in North Sydney. Born in North Sydney, December 27, 1924, John was the son of the late Gerald and Elizabeth (Penny) Brennan. He attended St. Mary's University in Halifax, graduating with a BS degree, before enlisting in the war effort aboard HMCS Oshawa as a Stoker and was present at the surrender of German Submarine U889 off the coast of Newfoundland in the dying days of the Second World War. A man of vision with a passion for travel, he thereafter joined the family wholesale business as a salesman who toured the many rural shops and villages woven throughout Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, developing relationships along the way which outlast his lifetime. In the early 1960s he expanded the North Sydney Warehouse to become the Canadian Agent for the French Colonies of St. Pierre & Miquelon prompting the construction of the French wharf waterfront facilities and the establishment of Brennan's Travel Bureau & Agency. The last man to board the ferry before Newfoundland confederation, John had a flare for the dramatic as was later evidenced when he landed in Moscow as a tourism delegate along with the Canadian Press Corp. aboard Air Canada's inaugural flight to the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. He established Atlantic Cruise Lines with local investors and brought Scottish Cruise Ship MV St. Ninian to tour Atlantic Canada, The French Islands and the waters of Bras d'Or. Encouraging friends to join him, he orchestrated numerous group expeditions to exotic destinations, sharing his passion and curiosity of foreign lands with clients worldwide. An avid sailor all his life he pioneered marketing Cape Breton as a world class destination and was instrumental as Commodore of the Northern Yacht Club in its successful bid to host the World Snipe Championships in 1979. Well known for his gregarious and generous qualities, his ongoing involvement in community service included the Northside Kinsmen, the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian Cancer Society where for years he headed the annual Daffodil Drive. John was a member of St. Joseph's Church, North Sydney. John is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Joan (MacLeod) Brennan; his brother, Gerald (Jeannie); his sister, Celine (Jack) Hatherly; his six children, John (Helen), Jeannie (John), Tom, Terry (Marilee), Jim (Linda), Pat (Stephanie) and their mother Dorothy Brennan, his 11 grandchildren, Ishmael, Jude, Miriah, Brittany, Talia, Colin, Johnny, Alana, Cameron, Elise and Chloe, and also by his nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by, Yvette Bartlett Brennan. Visitation for John will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating, with a reception to follow in the church basement. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northern Yacht Club Junior Sailing program or the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS OSHAWA

BRENNAN, Michael Joseph (06 May 1923 - 19 Dec 2007) - lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on the afternoon of December 19, 2007 under the gentle care of Unit 36 Special Services staff at the Foothills Medical Center. Mike was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in 1999 and will be sadly missed by his daughter Diane Ellingson (Everett) and four sons Michael (Janet), Gregory (Sonia), Bruce (Patty) and Craig. He had a very special place in the hearts of his ten grandchildren Cara Lee, Joelle, Scott, Matthew, Elizabeth, Andrew, Margaret, Spencer, Shelby and Mitchell. Born in Eston, Saskatchewan, he was very much shaped by the Depression and war time period during which he was raised. Mike was very hard working as a youth and was active in sports in the Rosetown and Eston school districts. During WWII he proudly served his country in the Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1945 ending the war as Lieutenant and Navigator aboard the HMCS Oshawa, active in the North Atlantic. After marrying Betty in Saskatoon, they moved to Calgary then Lethbridge in 1950 where the family lived for twenty-two years. As an involved parent raising five children in Lethbridge, Mike coached his children in sports, and later became involved with the Special Olympics and Parkinson's Society in Calgary. Mike ended his working life as an Industrial Developer in the Federal Government. He was well read and remembered for his ability to recount most of the facts in the many books he read. In his retirement he took terrific enjoyment from his gardening and helping his children with their projects as they raised their own families and his grandchildren. Mike was also well known in his neighbourhood as the fund-raiser for charities. He is survived by his sister Beatrice Turcotte (Paul) in Saskatoon. A Celebration of Michael's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. In living memory of Michael Brennan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS OSHAWA

BYRON John, Cdr, RNR, DSC w/bar (22 Aug 1891 - 07 May 1944) - Killed in action, aged 52, Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 87 Column 3. He was born at Stourmouth on the 22nd of August 1891, the son of John Byron, farmer, and Margaret Adela (nee White) of North Court, Stourmouth, near Dover. He was educated at Junior King's from January 1904 and at the King's School Canterbury from September 1905 to December 1906, where he was in Holme House. He was at HMS Worcester from 1907 to 1909 where he was a Cadet Captain and Gym Champion. On the 4th of August 1909 he was appointed as a Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve and in 1912 he passed the Master Mariners Exam. He was promoted to Acting Sub Lieutenant on the 8th of May 1914 and on the outbreak of the Great War he was mobilised in October 1914 and was confirmed in the rank of Sub Lieutenant on the 7th of November 1915. On the 15th of March 1917 he was promoted to Acting Artificer Engineer and was posted to the submarine depot ship HMS" Titania" on the 16th of July 1917. On the 7th of November 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant and in March 1918 he was posted to the 6,620 ton torpedo depot ship HMS "Vulcan" and was serving with her at the end of the war. On the 23rd of April 1919 he was posted as Warrant Engineer to the submarine HMS L4. In 1920 he went to Rangoon where he worked for the port commissioners as a pilot and in 1921 he served as engineering officer on board the submarine HMS L3. On the 24th of May 1922 he was posted to the submarine shore base HMS "Dolphin". He remained in the Royal Naval Reserve until the 7th of November 1925 when he was placed on the reserve list with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was recalled to duty on the outbreak of the Second World War and from the 21st of April 1941 until early 1943 he commanded the corvette HMS Pentstemon (K61). During this time his ship took part in the sinking of the U Boat U131 to the north east of Madeira on the 17th of December 1941. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on the 7th of April 1942: "For skill and bravery in action against enemy submarines". On the 18th of August 1942 the ship was on escort duty when the merchantman "Hatarana" was hit by a torpedo fired by U214. The Pentstemon was forced to fire on the ship to scuttle her and picked up 20 survivors whom they took to Londonderry. From the 26th of April 1943 he commanded the frigate HMS ”Towy” (K294) and on the 24th of July 1943 he was given command of the destroyer HMS “Keppel” (D84). On the 22nd of September 1943 "Keppel" was to the south east of Cape Farwell, Greenland, when she attacked the German submarine U-229. Following an attack with depth charges and gunfire "Keppel" rammed the enemy vessel and sank it. HMS "Keppel" then limped to port in Newfoundland for repairs to her bow. Byron relinquished command of the ship on the 2nd of December 1943. He was awarded a bar to his medal on the 22nd of February 1944: "For outstanding bravery, enterprise and devotion to duty in actions with enemy submarines" He was mentioned in despatches and by May 1944 he was in command of the frigate HMCS Valleyfield (K329). HMCS Valleyfield, a River Class Frigate of the Royal Canadian Navy, was a relatively new ship. She was commissioned in December 7th 1943, at Quebec City. She had previously made one round trip as a convoy escort overseas, and in May 1944 she was on the return leg of her second escort assignment. HMCS Valleyfield was accompanied by two other Canadian frigates and two corvettes. The escort group has just handed Convoy OM234 over to another group of escorts, and was returning to the port of St. John's Newfoundland. Just before midnight on 6 May 1944, the ships were only 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Small icebergs scattered the area, confusing the radar picture. The ships sailed on, making good way to the safety of the Newfoundland port. HMCS Valleyfield, was traveling astern of the other ships. The Officer of the Watch had just called for the middle watch, when the ASDIC operator gave a sudden warning of the presence of a submarine. Just as Action Stations were called at 4.32am, a torpedo fired by U-548, under the command of Kapitanleutnant Eberhard Zimmermann, ripped into the port side boiler room of the Valleyfield causing a tremendous explosion. The ship was broken in two, and she quickly began to settle into the water. As the ship was sinking, most of the ship?s crew entered the ice-cold North Atlantic water, which when measured in the last watch, registered a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, oily water choked the survivors, as they huddled together, helping each other to survive. Some clambered on top of wreckage, or clung to carley floats. Others remained in the water, buoyed by the life jackets. Now that the ship had completely sunk, they found themselves alone, with their escorts virtually unaware of the deadly occurrence astern. Finally, HMCS Giffard, realizing that the Valleyfield, was missing, came to the scene to rescue survivors. However, as was the doctrine at the time, the rescue did not begin until she had spent valuable time searching for the U-Boat which had caused the tragedy. By this time many men had given up, let go their hold on Carley floats or wreckage and sank from sight. A total of 125 men perished that night, all within the coastal shores of Newfoundland. There were 38 survivors. He was married to Frances Mary Byron of Regent's Park London.

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD, HMCS MULGRAVE

CAMPBELL, James Russell (Jim) (02 Sep 1924 -  20 Apr 2009) - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jim Campbell. Born in Toronto, he was a veteran of World War II where he served as a Radio Telegraph Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard many ships including the H.M.C.S. Swansea. He worked for the Canadian National Railway all his life and completed his service as the Assistant Manager of Operating Rules at CN's System Headquarters. He relocated from Montreal to Victoria in 1987 when he and his wife, Sylvia retired. Jim was an active member of St. Aidan's United Church, the RCNA, a volunteer at The Lodge at Broadmead, a long time member of the Saltire Society and was an Executive Officer and Past President of the National Council of CN Pensioners' Associations. Jim was predeceased by his only brother Roy John in 1971. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sylvia, his daughter Diane Lynn Bosschaert (John) in Toronto, son Bruce Duncan (Cathy) in London, son Daniel Ross (Sue) in London, step son, Steven David Green, in Montreal, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, nine half sisters and brothers, plus many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Aidan's United Church 3703 St. Aidan's Street. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (The Times Colonist 02 May 2009)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

CAMPBELL, John Cheshel (Jack) - Our very dear Father, Husband, Brother, Uncle, Friend and cherished "Pop-Pops" to his two beloved grandchildren, passed away, at the age of 89, on Thursday, August 20, 2009, after a prolonged but noble effort to overcome various ailments. He died exhibiting those qualities that he did in life - integrity, love, compassion and bravery. Beloved husband to Kathy Campbell (nee Palavid), and the late Jean Campbell, loving father to Lyn and Spencer Campbell and his wife Lynda Redwood-Campbell. Cherished "great" grandfather to Sierra and Hayden, brother to Betty Complin. He will be deeply missed by many family and friends. He grew up in southwestern Ontario, then Toronto. He served with honour in W.W. II achieving the rank of Acting Lieutenant Commander of the HMCS Stone Town, on convoy duty during the Battle of the Atlantic. After he returned to work in the Bank of Commerce (then Kayser Roth) where he met our dear mother Jean (nee Reid). Lyn and Spencer grew up in a home full of love, laughter and commitment to family. Dad and Mom loved to travel to many places. After mom's death, dad remarried Kathy and together they also travelled to many places including a re-crossing of the Atlantic. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, on Sunday from 7-9 p.m., where a Celebration of Jack's life will be held on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Salvation Army would be sincerely appreciated by the family. (the Toronto Star 22 Aug 2009)

 

HMCS STONE TOWN, Training Vessel HAIDEE

CARSON, Douglas W. (Doug) - was born on September 12, 1923 at Wilkie, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Navy at Saskatoon in February 1943 and served on the High Seas on HMCS Stormont until he left the service at Saskatoon in November1945 with the rank of Able Seaman. Married with three sons, after his wife died, he remarried and acquired step-children. After the war, he completed high school for university admission and took the Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Saskatchewan and until his retirement he was the accountant in the comptroller’s department of the City of Saskatoon.

 

HMCS STORMONT

CLARK, Welbourne Thomas (Bunny) - is gone skiing to meet Reta. He passed away on March 19, 2010 at the age of 91 years. A noted ski racer, ski jumper and ski instructor. Served in WWII aboard HMCS Stone Town. Survived by sons Michael (Nancy) and Matthew; daughters BeverIy and Emily; brothers Edward (Peggy) and North; sister Ruby Simpson; and Donna and Glen. Memorial Service will be on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Jerrett Vaughan Chapel, 8088 Yonge St., Thornhill (just south of Hwy. 407).

 

HMCS STONE TOWN

CLAYTON, Victor Edward - passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Grace Hospital with family by his side. Victor was born in Winnipeg March 6, 1926 to parents Sidney and Ada. He was predeceased by his wife Louise, as well as his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He will be deeply missed by his son Bruce and daughter Patricia (Ken) Deitz, and his grandson Micheal as well as his sisters Marge, Mary and Ruth, many nieces and nephews, and other family members. He will also be missed by special friend Susan and her family and circle of friends at the store. He had many friends out in the Matlock area where he lived and enjoyed meeting with them for coffee/tea or meals. He kept very busy with and enjoyed his various volunteer work. He was a Mason at The Northern Light Prince Rupert's Lodge No. 1, a member of the Interlake Shriners, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 in Winnipeg Beach, Whytewold All Saints Anglican Church and Matlock Recreational Club. He also loved his annual salmon fishing trips out at the West Coast. After high school, Vic volunteered for the Navy in 1944 and served on convoy escort duty on the H.M.C.S. Stone Town in the North Atlantic. After his service, he apprenticed and became a journeyman plumber and went on to work for Comstock International in various capacities until his retirement. He married Louise in 1954 and they lived and raised their family in the West Kildonan area until their move to Matlock. His service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Winnipeg Beach Legion, Rev. Robin Mather officiating. Interment to follow at a later date. Thank you to the emergency and 5th floor staff at Grace Hospital for caring for Dad and thank you to the many family and friends, who visited, called and sent flowers/cards. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS STONE TOWN

CROSBY, Boyd Templer (1923-2008) - Suddenly at home, on May 6, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Hood). Loving father of Sandra. Cherished grandfather to Jennifer and Kevin. Great grandfather to Anika, Maya, and Noah. Survived by his brother Hart of Sechelt, BC. Boyd attended Lord Byng High School in Vancouver. Following service as a sub-lieutenant on the HMCS Swansea during WWII, he was a graduate of UBC and entered a long career in Marine Insurance. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Kelly Funeral Homes 613-837-2370. In memoriam donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (The Province 10 May 2008)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

CUNNINGHAM, Ronald George (1924-2006) - beloved husband of Betsy Cunningham (nee Parkes), passed away peacefully on October 10, 2006 at the age of 82 years, following a courageous battle with cancer, heart and lung disease. Ron was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan July 25, 1924 and spent the remainder of his formative years in Stettler, Alberta with his parents William (George) Cunningham and Mary Gladys McClarty. Ronnie (Duff) joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and spent World War II in Atlantic Escort Command aboard the HMCS Kapuscasing on the North Atlantic. Following the War, Ron graduated from SAIT in the Radio Technology program and was hired by Ministry of Transport as a "Radio Range Operator" in Churchill (1946 to 1950) and Kenora, Ont. (1950 to 1953). Ron met the love of his life on a blind date and he and Betsy Joan Parkes of Winnipeg were wed in 1953, joyfully spending the next fifty-three years together. Ron joined Trans Canada Airlines (Air Canada) in 1955 and moved to Calgary in 1957 where he and Betsy built a home and a family. Ron conceived and designed the Collingwood School Open Area for the Calgary School Board in 1970 and the addition to the school was built under his supervision the following year. Ron (Mr. C) was heavily involved in the Triwood Community Association where he coached boys hockey from 1966 to 1971 and re-instated girls hockey from 1977 to 1982. As a director, Ron helped to organize and build the Triwood Arena and was "Triwood Sportsman of the Year" in 1978. Ron (Akela) continued his boyhood Scouting (1st Stettler 1938 to 1942) by becoming a 4th Elks Triwood Cub leader from 1967 to 1979. Ron also introduced lacrosse to Triwood in 1972 and continued as lacrosse coordinator until 1982. Following his retirement from Air Canada in 1983, after twenty-eight years of service with the airline, Ron became Northwest Calgary Bantam Minor Hockey Chairman until 1987 and school bus driver 1983 to 1987. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife, and lifelong companion, Betsy. Dad was a mentor to many, but will be most sadly missed by his sons, Brett (Angela) of Hamilton, Ontario; Clark (Shirley) of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Scott (Scooter) of Alliston, Ontario; and daughter Dr. Kim Cunningham of Springfield, MA. Ron's grandchildren, Chad, Nicole, Tara, Tyler, Colin and Jake always enjoyed his irreplaceable sense of humour. The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors of the Foothills Hospital Special Services Unit 36, Calgary Home Care co-ordinator Lauraine and worker Dianne. Memorial tributes in lieu of flowers can be made to: Canadian Cancer Society, Second Floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, T2G 1A2 or Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive N.W., Calgary T2L 0W1. There will be a Celebration of Ron's life at Triwood Community Hall, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive N.W. on Sunday October 15, 2006, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the Eulogy at 3:00 p.m.

 

HMCS KAPUSKASING

CURRIE, John Joseph - Passed away peacefully in QEII Health Services Centre on April 13, 2011. Joe was born in Vernon River, P.E.I., in 1915. At the age of 19 he went to sea on a Maritime-based hydrographic survey ship. Intrigued by the seafaring lifestyle, Joe joined the RCN in 1939 and made the navy his career for 28 years. During the war he served on Canadian naval destroyers escorting merchant ships across the Atlantic to Great Britain. One of Joe’s wartime experiences was described in a moving story, Burial at Sea, in which he detailed the solemn burial of three merchantmen whose bodies were plucked from the Atlantic after their ship was torpedoed. Joe had tremendous respect for merchantmen, whose deaths at sea during convoy runs was a common occurrence. In 1945, Joe experienced firsthand the consequences of a torpedo when the stern of his ship was blown away by German U-boat 315. As Chief Petty Officer in charge of damage control, Joe remained on board as part of a skeleton crew assigned to keep the ship afloat. The destroyer, HMCS Teme, was successfully towed to Falmouth, England. After serving in the Korean War, Joe was stationed with his family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. From 1953 to 1957 he helped supervise the completion of the construction of the Canadian aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. Proud of his role in Canada’s navy, Joe has willed his numerous service medals to grandson Michael Currie, of Canada’s Queen’s Own Rifles. As Joe’s naval career was winding down a new passion evolved. He began playing duplicate bridge at a club at Stadacona. Attending numerous tournaments across North America, he became one of the leading players in the Maritimes. His passion for bridge never waned, nor did his prowess. Just 10 months ago, he and his esteemed partner Virginia Giza bested almost 5,000 other pairs from 28 countries in winning the 2010 Worldwide bridge contest. Joe’s wife, Eleanor Currie, RN, died on December 29, 2002, after 62 years of marriage. Joe is survived by his sons, John, Toronto; Douglas, Bedford; granddaughter, Angela, Missouri; grandson, Michael, Toronto; great-grandchildren, Alex, Ryan and Rachel; and his sisters Kay, Summerside; and Celia, Charlottetown. Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at Blessed Mother Teresa Church, Normandy Drive.

 

HMCS TEME

DAVIDSON, Des - It was with great sadness we announce the passing of Des on May 21, 2010. born Calgary, Albert February 26, 1929. Des served in the Royal Canadian navy from 1947 until 1973 including Korea 1950-1953. He then went on to work in the DockyardShop 22 until 1993. Predeceased by his wife Audrey and son Gary. Des is survived by his children, Margie and Pat (Ronda). His grandchildren, Tricia (Russ), Kristie, John (Jamie), Danielle (Brad) and Derek. His great-grandchildren, Damien, Landon, Elisa, Brooklyn and Kaycie. Also daughter-in-law Jacqueline. Also survived by sisters, Agnes, Grand and brothers, John and Ron as well as many other family members. Des loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed many family trips to Hawaii and camping in his much loved rocky Mountains. He played many sports while in the navy and also enjoyed his chuck wagon races in the summer having spent many years with them growing up in Calgary. No service by request.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

DAWSON, Stuart Taylor - aged 64 of Kelowna, BC, passed away on Thurs, 15 July 2010 at Hospice House due to cancer. Stu was born in Chilliwack, BC on 5 December 1945 to Canadian Army veterans Helen (nee Soper) and Winston (`Scotty') Dawson. Oldest brother of Doug (Kelowna), Greg (Toronto) and Ian (Kelowna), Stu spent his early childhood in Prince George, BC. He spent the majority of his adolescent years in Kelowna, wreaking havoc by driving cars too fast, attempting to burn down Knox Mountain, playing trumpet in any band he could and shooting pool when he should have been attending classes at Kelowna Secondary School with his girlfriend Joan Burnett and her brother Don. In short, he was hell on wheels! Things didn't change until he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 and went to Basic Training in Cornwallis, NS. They managed to tame him sort of. Stu was posted to Victoria, BC and commenced his Weapons Undersea Technician training but not before meeting Ruby-Ann Tomshak at a house party back home in Kelowna. Love blossomed, then marriage and in 1967, son Scott Taylor Dawson was born. Daughter Stacey Marie joined the family in 1969. Stu served on HMCS Stettler for a short time and didn't enjoy hitting his head on the bulkhead every time he went through a doorway or getting seasick. By fortunate coincidence, a high-ranking officer in the Navy Band Branch passed below a window one day when Stu was practising trumpet ashore and switched him over to a life as a military musician. From that point, Stu went to the CF School of Music for two years of intense training to become a clarinet/saxophonist and graduated top of his class. He was posted to the Naden Band in Victoria where he remained until 1989, interrupted by a two year stint with the CFRC Cornwallis band in 1977. Having divorced in 1984, Stu met Heather Davis in the Naden Band, married in 1989 and were posted together to Halifax to serve under the baton of Stu's lifelong friend, Jim Forde. After retiring in 1994, Stu helped build Heather's dream home near Peggy's Cove but they only stayed another 2 years before Heather was posted as Commanding Officer/Director of Music of The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, AB. When she retired in 2003, they decided to move to Kelowna to be with their parents and siblings. Stu quickly re-established himself in the musical community, joining the Almost Elvis tribute band and Kelowna City Band (KCB). He formed Dawson Brothers Contracting with brothers Doug and Ian and installed cabinets, built decks, laid flooring and miscellaneous construction jobs for appreciative clients. Stu and Heather could be seen around town playing in bands: she on keyboards, he playing clarinet under her baton as Director of KCB and saxophone at Penticton Elvis Festival. He was also an avid salmon fisherman, and a crack shot with a rifle. He was a regular at Chances Casino where people regarded him as the luckiest S.O.B. they knew. Stu predeceased his parents. Besides children Scott (and wife Allison) and Stacey, Stu leaves behind grandchildren Brianna, Kayla, Jerryn and Rhys, nieces and nephews Remy Jones Dawson, Drew, Mike and Jim, and in-laws Maureen and Don Davis. Among his scores of friends, he held Jim Forde, Dale Melin, Paul Mascioli and Bob Lessard closest to his heart. Stu was responsible for providing happiness to thousands of people over the course of his life. As a musician, he fronted dance bands both civilian and military and played in front of Canadian and foreign dignitaries, heads of state and royalty. Admirals and Generals knew him by name and people were eager to buy him a drink, hoping to get "their song " played. When in a position of leadership (formal or not) Stu would sometimes feel the need for adjusting the attitude of one of his peers or even bosses. Curiously, the "target " always seemed to respect Stu just as much after, as before. Stu lived life large, with a smile and talent as big as his heart. He wanted his friends and family to know that you made his life worth living; don't give up on your dreams and it's never too late to start another career. Life is too short but it is awfully wide. Stu was cremated on 19 July 2010 and his ashes will be scattered on Lake Okanagan and Beecher Bay, Victoria. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Army Navy Air Force Club in Kelowna (Rutland) on Sunday, 25 July 2010 at 2 pm. A second event will be held in Victoria in August, date TBA. Donations are gratefully accepted by Kelowna City Concert Band Society payable at any branch of Interior Savings Credit Union. And finally, goodbye Stu from Heather I will see you on the other side. You will always be My friend, My love, My life. (The Times Colonist 23 Jul 2010)

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS NADEN

DENNY, Douglas Alfred - A happy and productive life ended with the death of Dr. Douglas Denny in the early hours of July 25th. Doug was born in Cobalt, Ontario, on August 2, 1923 and was the youngest of James and Clara Louise Denny's three sons. He spent his early childhood in Northern Ontario before leaving for Toronto to complete his education at Upper Canada College. High school graduation coincided with Canada at war. Doug's wish to enlist at once led him to King's College and an officer training course which resulted in his joining the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as a sub-lieutenant. He served with distinction as a gunnery officer aboard HMCS Border Cities in the North Atlantic. With peace came the opportunity to pursue his lifelong goal to become a doctor. He entered Queen's University, graduating with an M.D. in 1954. A trip to the west coast convinced him that this was the best 'port' in Canada, partly because it was here he met the love of his life Winifred and they were married in the same year. After interning at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver he set up practice in Burnaby and bought a 'heritage' home on Deer Lake where he and Winifred raised five highly individual children. After twenty years of practice, the vagabond side of his nature overcame suburbia and he joined Canada's Foreign Service as a Medical Attaché with the Department of Health and Welfare. Both he and Winifred spent twenty wonderful mind-stretching years in magical places: India, Germany, Hong Kong, London and Trinidad. Retirement brought them to Victoria where they settled in a harbor side condo. Doug is survived by his wife, companion and best friend Winifred, his devoted children, Kilmeny, Peter (Michele),Barbara Underhill (Gerry) Martin (Fong) Hilary Moses (Gareth) as well as eleven much loved grandchildren: Amberlie Denny, Alaina Denny, Leonora Fane-Saunders, Tristram Fane-Saunders, Kendra Underhill, Elizabeth Underhill, David Underhill, Leanna Denny, Annalise Denny, Siobhan Denny and Amelia Moses. A memorial service will be held at the Union Club in Victoria on August 20th between 3 and 5 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders. Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea… - Tennyson (The Times Colonist 08 Aug 2013)

 

HMCS BORDER CITIES

DESJARDINS, Laurent Louis - Le mardi 7 février 2012, Laurent L. Desjardins, de Winnipeg, est décédé à l'hôpital général Victoria à l'âge de 88 ans. Le natif de Saint-Boniface a fréquenté les collèges de Saint-Boniface et de St. Paul, ainsi que le Cincinnati College of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Il a été le propriétaire-exploitant du Salon mortuaire Desjardins et du Park Lawn Mortuary, puis il a quitté l'entreprise pour prendre sa retraite au début des années 1970. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il a servi dans la Marine canadienne à bord du NCSM Saint-Boniface. Il était très actif dans les affaires communautaires, dans les sports et en politique. Il a été échevin de la Ville de Saint-Boniface de 1950 à 1955 et a représenté la circonscription de Saint-Boniface à la législature provinciale de 1959 à 1987, dont un bon nombre d'années au Cabinet. Il a été précédé de sa première femme Bernice et de ses filles Michele et Patricia. Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse Mel, ses deux filles Caroline (Jack Sinnock) et Suzanne (Bill Fournier), son beau-fils Christopher Keenan (Louise), neuf petits-enfants et 14 arrière-petits-enfants, ainsi que sa soeur Patricia. La messe des funérailles aura lieu le mardi 14 février à 10 h 30 à la Cathédrale Saint-Boniface, 190, avenue de la Cathédrale, précédée de la veille à partir de 10 h. L'enterrement des cendres aura lieu à une date ultérieure. Les porteurs seront ses petits-enfants. Plutôt que d'offrir des fleurs, les personnes intéressées sont priées de faire un don à l'oeuvre de charité de leur choix.  //  English Version  //  On Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Victoria General Hospital, Laurent L. Desjardins aged 88, of Winnipeg, passed away. Born in St. Boniface, he attended St. Boniface and St. Paul's Colleges and the Cincinnati College of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He owned and operated the Desjardins Funeral Chapel and the Park Lawn Mortuary, retiring from the business in the early 1970s. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Navy aboard the H.M.C.S. St. Boniface. He was very active in community affairs, sports and politics. He was Alderman for the city of St. Boniface from 1950 to 1955 and represented St. Boniface in the provincial legislature from 1959 to 1987 having served in Cabinet for many years. He was predeceased by his first wife Bernice and daughters Michele and Patricia. He is survived by his wife Mel, two daughters Caroline (Jack Sinnock) and Suzanne (Bill Fournier), one stepson Christopher Keenan (Louise), nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his sister Patricia. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Cathedral, 190 avenue de la Cathédrale, with viewing starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 11 Feb 2012)

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

DESSON, James Robert - died peacefully at age 87 in Ottawa's Glebe Centre on Thursday, May 29, 2008, after a prolonged illness. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Doreen, sister, Mary (John), sons Ken (Lisa) and Lorne, grandchildren Rae and Rhys, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Henry and George, and by sisters Muriel and Eva. Jim will be remembered as a devoted family man and as a valued member of his community. He was born in the coal-mining town of Rosedale, Alberta, on May 23, 1921. At age 5, Jim moved with his family to the Sunnyside neighbourhood in Calgary where he lived until enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) in 1940 at age 19. He served as a signalman on HMCS Winnipeg, an Algerine Class Minesweeper used to shepherd convoys across the North Atlantic, until the end of the war. Jim was married in 1950, moving to Kitimat in 1956, which was just then being created in the wilderness of north-coastal B.C. Working for Alcan until his retirement in 1985, Jim helped to build his community through active involvement in the Anglican church, the Lions Club, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), the Cub and Scout movement, the Royal Canadian Legion, and in numerous other ways. Jim and Doreen moved to Ottawa in 2000 to be closer to family. Many thanks to the medical and nursing staff at the Glebe Centre for the sensitive, caring support Jim received during his seven months there. Jim's rich life will be celebrated by his family and close friends in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glebe Centre, 950 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5G6. (The Ottawa Citizen 31 May 2008)

 

HMCS WINNIPEG

DEVONSHIRE, George Arthur (17 Feb 1923 - 17 Nov 2012) - On the morning of Saturday November 17, George slipped away peacefully at his home in Belleville. He was predeceased by Phyllis, his loving wife of 64 years. Together they raised three daughters, travelled worldwide, sailed on Lake Ontario throughout the scenic coves of Prince Edward County and enjoyed many dock parties with their dear friends. While at their retirement paradise at Prinyers Cove they were actively involved in the County. George was a decorated WW2 veteran who served with the Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic and participated in reunions with his shipmates from the HMCS Waskesiu. In 1959 George founded Alumicor Ltd. which continues to be a successful business. George’s honesty, integrity, compassion, vision and common sense made him a mentor and role model to many. George is survived by daughters, Anne Lofting, Carol Devonshire and Jill Devonshire; grandchildren, Andrew and Lisa Bell, Amy and Brendan Lofting, Erin and Lorin Crossman; great grandson, Kristof Peterson; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Gathering of family and friends will be held at Whattam Funeral Home Chapel, 33 Main St., Picton, Ontario, on Friday November 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Hero Fund at www.herofund.ca, the Rotary Club of Picton or the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation are gratefully accepted.

 

HMCS WASKESIU

DUPUIS, Raymond Clifford, AB, A5954, RCNR - RAYMOND DUPUIS, PENETANG SEAMAN, MISSING AT SEA - Able Bodied Seaman Raymond C. Dupuis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Dupuis, 150 Robert Street, Penetang, is reported missing, according to word received by his parents yesterday morning. Raymond was first called up for the army a year ago December, but last May he received his transfer to the navy. He took the torpedo course, and after joining his ship has been some time on the high seas. He was on his way home to Canada when he was reported missing. The twenty-one year old seaman was born in Penetanguishene. Prior to joining the service he had lived all his life in his tome town, attending St. Anne's Public School there. There are nine other children in the family, four brothers and five sisters. Eiric, Edgar, overseas with the Air Force, Rens, Raymond, Bernadette, Stella, Nelson, Geraldine and Martin.

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

EDGAR, William Keith (Bill) (25 Jan 1926 - 05 Jan 2013) was the first child born to Sam and Velma Edgar in Owen Sound Ontario. His birth would soon be followed by that of Shureen Anne, Colleen Ruth, and almost nineteen years later, here in St. Catharines, by his brother Samuel Wallace. In 1944, Bill decided to join the RCNVR in Hamilton at HMCS Star with his buddy Art Burge. Dad had thought a lot about this and chose the navy because he thought that he would look cuter in that uniform than any of the other services. After his training in Montreal at HMCS Donnacona, his next stop was HMCS Cornwallis in Nova Scotia which was the largest naval training base in the British Commonwealth by the end of the war. Dad eventually served on two different mine sweepers, HMCS Swift Current and HMCS Fort Frances out of Halifax during the Battle of the Atlantic and he re-enlisted for Pacific duty after VE day. He was scheduled to leave for Australia when the US dropped the bomb so his trip was cancelled. He was always just a little bit disappointed that the war ended when it did because it was always his dream to see Australia where his family had once lived. After the war Bill decided to stay here in St. Catharines and work with his father Sam Edgar at the old St. Catharines Brass Works where Dad’s feet were seriously burned (for the first time) during a foundry accident. While recovering in the St. Catharines General Hospital, he met a beautiful young nurse named Marion Botting who thought him quite fresh at the time. She resisted his advances until one night when they ran into each other at a “Y” dance. Dad pawned his date off on his “wingman”, our Uncle George Edgar, and the rest is history and the start of our branch of the Edgar family. Marion and Bill married on October 21, 1950 and spent close to sixty-two years together, taking care of their family and each other. It looked as if all of the kids would be boys when Kelly, Kerry and Kevin came along. Kevin died during an operation when he was about 2-1/2 so Mom and Dad decided to start work on the next half of their family. Kirby, the fourth son, was born and then finally a baby girl, Kimberly, joined the Edgar clan. The kids all stayed very close while setting up their own extensions of the family. Kelly and Darlene live in St. Catharines and have two daughters. The eldest, Meghan, lives in Toronto with her new husband Richard Mitchell and Shannon currently resides in Shanghai, China. Kerry and Heather also brought up two daughters. The oldest, Bridget, married Craig Bullen and they have a daughter Cassady who recently acquired two new twin cousins, Violet and Eileen, who were born to Carolyn, the youngest daughter, and Luke Irvine. Kirby and Stacey live here in St. Catharines with their two sons Kevin and Kieran and Kim married Gord Bartlett and they live not too far away in Canborough, Ontario. Dad survived mom’s passing and continued living at Garden City Manor until last Saturday morning January 5th when we said goodbye to him at the General Hospital. Everyone will miss you, Dad. You were a great guy and we love you. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors at the George Darte Funeral Chapel , 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines on Saturday, January 12th from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. A Celebration of Bill's Life will take place on Saturday at 12:30p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations to Parkinson's Foundation or the CCAC- Niagara Branch would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS DONNACONA, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS FORT FRANCES, HMCS SWIFT CURRENT

EDWARDS, William Lawrence, Sto (17 May 1924 - 30 May 2011) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William "Bill" Lawrence Edwards on May 30th after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves behind Mary, his loving wife and best friend for over 54 years, his sons Grant (Margie) and Warren (Charlotte), and 3 adoring grandchildren Evan, Cade, and Raven. He will also be dearly missed by his brother-in-law Elvet (Florence) and his children (Laurie, Val and Greg). Bill was born in Calgary in 1924 and served with the Royal Canadian Navy for over 14 years. He served during the 1950 Korean conflict and was one of a few survivors of the sinking of the HMCS Valleyfield during WWII. Bill later taught Power Engineering at Vancouver Community College and BCIT for 19 years until his retirement in 1989. He filled his retirement years as an active member of the Burnaby Bonsor Recreation Complex and the Burnaby Lawn Bowls Club at Central Park. Bill was a devoted husband and father, and "hugs all around" was a familiar phrase from him. Fondly known as "Uncle Bill" to his extended family, he would go out of his way to help anyone and nothing was too much trouble. Bill's gift of making friends and touching people's lives will be missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 2 pm at Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's memory to the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. (Vancouver Sun 04 Jun 2011)

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

ELDRIDGE, Raymond Burton - of Beaver Harbour, beloved husband of Theresa M. (MacEachern) Eldridge, died unexpectedly at his residence Oct. 16. He was born in Beaver Harbour, the son of the late Maurice S. Eldridge and Ida M. (Maxwell) Eldridge. In earlier years, he worked as a weir and lobster fisherman, then moved to Saint John where he worked for the Saint John Milling Company, PolyCello, and retired from the Bank of Canada. He served in the Second World War in the RCNVR, having served overseas on HMCS Teme. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and returned to Beaver Harbour in his retirement years, where he attended Christ Anglican Church in Pennfield. Besides his wife, his is survived by one daughter, Janice Lea and her husband, Leland Thomas of Saint John; one son Maurice Alexander and his wife Sharon of Rothesay; two sisters Mrs. Enid Theriault of Beaver Harbour and Mrs. Rowena Seamans of Hamilton, Ontario; two brothers Adrian and J. Charles of Pennfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The body rested at Brenan's Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row. Funeral service will be held at Christ Anglican Church, Pennfield at 2 p.m., Oct. 20 with Rev. Canon David Genge officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Anglican Church (Building Fund), Pennfield, or the charity of the donor's choice, would be appreciated by the family. (The Saint Croix Courier 19 Oct 1993)

 

HMCS TEME

ERKKILA, Reino Leo Johannes - With heavy hearts and great sadness, the family of Reino Leo Johannes Erkkila (Yil-Erkkila) born June 28, 1939 in Kalajoki, Finland, announce he passed away unexpectedly on April 27, 2012 after a brief illness at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Reino was a caring and compassionate man. At age 12, after his father's death, he immigrated to Canada with his mother, to join his brother and sister. He attended Cornwall Public and Hillcrest High Schools. As a young man, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian navy sailing all over the world. He valued his adventures and experiences on HMCS Sussexvale and HMCS Naden. After the Navy, Reino returned to Thunder Bay. He worked at Provincial Papers for 31 years. He was also the custodian of Suomi Koti for a few years until retirement. He had a kind, loving, helping nature and carried these qualities with him everywhere he went. He had a positive outlook on life and always saw "the glass half full". He would help or sing his heart out, any chance he could. He was a long time member of Otava Male Choir and Finnish Male Singers of North America singing at many concerts and performances all over Canada, USA and Finland. He was also an active member at Hilldate Lutheran Church participating in the church services, choir, annual conferences and daily activities. His great pride was his 3 grandsons whom he loved and cherished with all his heart. He played a huge part in their daily lives. Reino is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sirkka, son Henry, daughter Pia, grandsons, Sam, Zakk and Jari, brother Toivo (Anna), cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives and friends in Canada and Finland. He was predeceased by his father Juho, mother Ida, his sister Ellen (Harold) and other relatives in Canada and Finland. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Reino's Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday May 10th, 2012 in Hilldale Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Jari Lahtinen. Visitation for family and friends will start at 10:00 AM. A Luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Interment of Reino's ashes will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hilldale Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS NADEN

FERRIS, John Burgess (24 Aug 1943 - 08 Oct 2015) - 72 of Halifax, passed away October 8, 2015 at the Halifax Infirmary. He was born in Saint John, NB and a son of Ronald G. and Shirley (Hoyt) Ferris. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge in Annapolis Royal, a member of the Philae Temple Shriners in Halifax, and an active parishioner of the Anglican Church of the Apostles on Bayers Road. A retired member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-1987; who then joined the Corps of Commissionaires. During his time as a Commissionaire he had several posts, his last being the Maritime Command Museum in Stadacona. He enjoyed working with wood and painting pictures of nautical nature. Also he loved to spend time at his cottage and take leisurely drives with the love of his life, Marjorie. John is survived by his daughter, Andrea Ferris-Feindel; granddaughter, Makenzie Feindel, Kingston, NS; brother, David, BC, as well as three step sisters, all of NB, several nieces and nephews, and extended family. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his loving and dutiful wife of 39 years Marjorie E. Ferris (Howe). Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14th from 11 am – 1 and 6-8 pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS (902-455-0531). Service will be held at the Anglican Church of Apostles, 6670 Bayers Road, on Friday, Oct. 16th at 1:00 pm, with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of choice.

 

HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

FISHER, George Brown Kennedy (Ken) "Last of the Mohicans" - Passed peacefully on October 21, 2005. Survived by his loving family; wife Liz, son Steven (Bonny), daughters; Debrah, and Susan Hickman (Jack), stepson Jim Chalmers, stepdaughter Margaret Gover, and their families. retired after 27 years of proud service with the Royal Canadian navy, and 10 years as Bar Manager with the Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess. There will be a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, November 1st, at 2 pm at the CPO's Mess. His many friends are invited to join the family, and share their memories. The family requests no flowers, due to allergies, donations please to charity of your choice. We met, we fell in love, and oh how we danced on the night we were wed. "You Light Up My Life" for 35 years. Good night, sweetheart. Rest in peace. We will be together again soon. I love you, Liz.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

FLOOD, Joseph Arthur - born November 28, 1920 in Verdun, Quebec and died December 15, 1991, Victoria, B.C. Survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Winifred; daughters, Patricia Prentice (Joe) of Whitehorse, Yukon and Kathleen Martin (Larry) of Victoria, B.C.; granddaughters, Shannon Prentice and Shawna Prentice of Whitehorse, Yukon; grandson, Jorma Orton of Rossland, B.C. Predeceased by his sisters, Anita Williams and Beatrice Sowery; he is also survived by sister, Lillian O'Hearn (Ed) and brother, Franklin Flood and also by dear friends, Evelyn and Bill Burgan. Joe will be greatly missed by numerous friends and relatives in Victoria, California and Oregon and especially those from the Chief Petty Officers' Association. Joe served 26 years in the R.C.N. A memorial service will be held at the Naden Catholic Chapel, Thursday, December 19, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's name to the B.C. Heart Foundation, 1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C., V8W 2H5

 

HMCS MARGAREE

FORGET, Joseph Henri Lionel - Born: Oct 1924 Died: Jan 1986

 

HMCS CARTIER, HMCS GANANOQUE, HMCS TEME

FORTINGTON, Roy E., RCN - A Proud Veteran of WWII. At Brockville General Hospital on Saturday, February 24, 2007; Roy Edgar Fortington, formerly of Ottawa, at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by his beloved wife Pauline (Livingston) Fortington on February 12, 2007. Loving father of Barry and his wife Camilla of Brockville and Vic and his wife Cindy of Perth. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Tom, Amy and Andrew, and by his great-grandson Dylan. Also survived by a niece and two nephews, Andrea, Mark and Ron Blackburn. Roy was predeceased by his parents, Archibald and Alice (Marsh) Forthington, by his sister Grace Blackburn and her husband George, and by two daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Rae Fortington. A ceremony in celebration of Roy's life will be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel, 2500 Baseline Road, Nepean, on Wednesday, February 28th at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery. In remembrance, donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Hospice of Providence Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged. Entrusted to the care of Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville. (the Ottawa Citizen 27 Feb 2007)

 

HMCS TORONTO

GARRIOCH, Robert McLean (14 Jul 1929 - 14 May 2015) With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Bob passed on May 14, 2015 after a short illness. Dad will be missed by his family, beloved wife Vivian, daughter Valerie (Bub) Seginowich, son Glen (Heather) Garrioch; his much loved grandchildren, Michial, Kevin, Raymond, Lindsey Ceilidh and Shannon; his two great-grandsons Nathan and Aeden. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends. during his life Dad served in the RCN as well as working at the CFB Dockyard as an Electrician after his retirement from the forces. He enjoyed his many years as a member of the JDF Lawn Bowling Club where he was well known for helping out. He was a proud supporter of all of his grandchildren and their numerous sporting events. They always knew their Grandpa was their biggest fan. There will be a private family and friends celebration to follow. Details will be passed along as needed. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

GIBB, William (Bill) - passed away peacefully on November 12, 2004 at Health Sciences Centre after a short period of hospitalization. Left to cherish his memory are his son Allan, grandson Brendan and granddaughter Heather, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Gerry, his parents, Isabella and William Gibb, as well as by his sisters Jean and Ann. Bill was born on May 25, 1920 and lived all his life in Winnipeg, attending Ralph Brown and St. Johns schools. Bill was a talented junior hockey player who served for five and a half years in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War, including service aboard HMCS Waskesiu at the time of the sinking of U257. After the War, he continued his lifelong interest in sports as a coach of both minor hockey and soccer teams in Winnipeg. He left a positive mark on every young person he coached. Bill was a co-organizer of the first minor soccer league in Winnipeg. Gerry, Bill and Allan had a summer cottage on Lake Manitoba at Laurentia Beach where they spent many happy summers in the company of their lifelong friends, Walt and Denise Ritchie, and their family. Their extended happy hours at "the Lake" are legendary in family circles. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Monday November 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Thomson Funeral Home, Broadway and Furby Street, with Reverend Canon Ron McCullough officiating. The service will terminate at the funeral home and will be followed by a reception. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 629 McDermot, or to a charity of their choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 13 Nov 2004)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

GIBSON, Richard Matthew - After a long, productive and rewarding life Richard passed away peacefully on May 10, 2011 in his 93rd year at Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre, his home for the last 3 years. Richard was predeceased by his wife Margaret in May of 2010 after 68 years of marriage. Left to celebrate the lives of two wonderful parents are their daughters Lynda Smith, Fran Bonisteel and Laurie Clark along with her husband Chris. Recipients of a strong moral code, many life lessons and lots of happy memories are the grandchildren: Leslie Nowitski and her husband Geoff, Michael Smith, Dan Clark and his wife Amy, Gordon Clark and Jill Clark. Great-grandson Alexander Richard Nowitski was treasured by Richard. Richard was predeceased by his sister Helen and leaves sister Marion & Tom Henderson and brother Leonard and Jean Gibson; also Margaret's brothers Frank & Jean Sellar and Beverly Sellar (widow of George). His nieces and nephew are left with fond memories. Richard was a proud naval veteran having served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II aboard the HMCS Swansea. Richard had a distinguished career of over 40 years with the Toronto Police Service including being a member of the original Homicide Squad. He retired with the rank of Inspector and for many years oversaw the investments of the Widows & Orphans Fund. Retirement saw Richard & Margaret build a home near Baltimore, Ontario where for more than 30 years they enjoyed nature, gardening and the country life and made many new friends. The family is grateful for the outstanding care Richard received at Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre, L Wing First Street West. The staff provided superb medical care as well as compassion, friendship and kindness. At Richard's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

 

HMCS SWANSEA

GODWIN, Donald Harold, OS, V50029, RCNVR (22 May 1924 - 11 Jul 2011) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Donald on Monday, July 11, 2011 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (Baggs). Dear father of Nancy Godwin and Vicki Vannatter (Danny). Loving grandfather of Warren Lamont (Brittney Muir), Brent Vannatter, Erica Lamont (Christopher Pankerichan), Hayley Vannatter (Shaun Rodgers) and Leslie Lamont. Survivor of the H.M.C.S. Valleyfield in May 1944. School teacher at Collegiate High School, St. Catharine's and Ancaster High School. Upon retirement, Donald spent his time travelling with Dorothy and spending time with his grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his witty sense of humour, strength and big, warm heart. He adored his family and will be dearly missed. Many thanks to the staff at Wentworth Heights for their love and care over the past three years. Cremation has occurred. A private family memorial to take place on Wednesday afternoon. If so desired, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

GRINSTEAD, Martin Philip - of Rainy River, Ontario and formerly of Thunder Bay passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at the Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River, Ontario. Martin was born on March 6, 1921, in Hamilton Ontario to Mabel (Pocock) and Philip Grinstead. He was a Veteran of World War II and served in the Navy in Halifax and the Battle of the Atlantic on H.M.C.S. Stettler as a Petty Officer. . Martin married Jean Srigley in Thunder Bay on December 21, 1946. They had 3 children, Norma-Jean, Maurice and Alberta Louise. He served his Lord as a member of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church both as Sunday School Superintendent and as a member of the choir. Martin worked for Fitzimmons Fruit Co. for many years reaching the position of General Manager. During this time he earned his R.I.A. degree. Martin worked for Canada Post from 1970 until his retirement in 1986. Martin's second marriage to Shirleyann Lisenchuk took place in Thunder Bay in 1975 and he welcomed Bambi-Lynn and Cindy into his family. Shirley predeceased him in 1995. Martin was a dedicated member of Knox United Church, Shuniah Street, serving as secretary and singing in the choir. Martin began performing as a magician while still a student in High School. He used his wit and humour to entertain the troops during WWII. He continued to entertain in Thunder Bay for many Christmas parties and was a founding member of Thunder Bay Magic Circle Ring #304 and a Member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) Martin sang all his life, starting as a boy soprano in his home Church choir in Hamilton. He sang with the Lakehead Choral Group (Jim Jewitt Singers) and with the Thunder Bay Barbershop Chorus (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.) Martin moved to Rainy River in 1999 and joined Knox United Church Rainy River. He enjoyed his friends at the Rainy River Seniors Depot. He especially appreciated the congregations who came to worship and sing at the Rainy River Hospital Long Term Care Unit. The family would like to thank the Doctors, staff and volunteers of Rainy River Hospital for their care and support. Martin was a dearly loved father and husband and was devoted to his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who encountered his humour and strength of spirit. Martin is survived by Jean Heard, Rainy River, On. Brother, Bernard Grinstead, Langley, B.C. Daughters: Norma-Jean Johnston (Irwin) Rainy River, Louise Grinstead , Halifax, N.S., Bambi-Lynn St. Jean, Thunder Bay, On., Cindy Simpson (Ken), Cochrane, Alberta Son: Maurice Grinstead (Susan), Thunder Bay, Ontario Grandchildren: Ken, Michelle, Peter, Rebecca, Marty, Jennifer, Amanda, Ibrahim, Abucar, Burhan, Holly, Robyn, Brittany, Rae-Ann, Toni, Great Grandchildren: Alexi, Chloe, Wilf, Myles, Eric, Thea Goddaughter: Barbara Vedan, BC He was predeceased by his parents, his second wife, Shirleyann, and by his Son-in-law, Mohamed Hagi Abucar. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Rainy River, Ontario with Reverend David Silliman and Pastor Darlene Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice, c/o Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8

 

HMCS STETTLER

HILL, William McCulloch (1924-2013) - passed away at Lions Gate Hospital on April 4, 2013. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Maureen (Guild) in 2005 and is survived by his children Nancy (Gordon), grandsons Duncan and Alex of Guelph; Barbara (Mike), grandchildren Jennifer, Jeffrey and Caitlin of England and Toronto; Scott (Jennifer), granddaughters, Madeleine, Gabrielle, and Cameron of West Vancouver; his brother Clifford and sister Jean Dowrey of West Vancouver. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Jane Hill and sister Marjorie Armstrong of West Vancouver. Bill attended Hollyburn Elementary and West Vancouver High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce at UBC. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1943, was later commissioned as a sub lieutenant from Dalhousie University and served on the HMCS St. Boniface until war's end. His career in the lumber business began with H.R. McMillian in Vancouver, Canadian White Pine on the Fraser River, B.C. Forest Products at YouBou on Vancouver Island and DeCew Lumber Co. in Vancouver. In 1953 Bill and Maureen married and moved to the Toronto area where they lived for 25 years and where he successfully ran his wholesale lumber business. He enjoyed life immensely in Toronto, made many lasting friendships and would be proud to say he attended the Maple Leaf's winning game in the Stanley Cup of 1967! Upon retirement he and Maureen returned to West Vancouver, built a home overlooking the ocean, travelled extensively and circumnavigated Vancouver Island twice on their yacht Temeraire V. A lifelong passion for walking, exploring the world and engaging with the people around him, Bill was also always drawn to the water; summer jobs with BC steamships, his years in the Navy, cottage "Eventually" on Lake Joseph, Muskoka, their return to West Vancouver and many seasons on their Grand Banks trawlers. A former member, among others, of Mississauga Golf and Country Club, Capilano Golf & Country Club and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. A private family memorial will be held.

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

HOCKING, William Wilberforce (Bill), L/Sig, V30627, RCNVR - A gentle soul has returned to Heaven. William "Bill " Wilberforce Hocking passed away suddenly on Sunday, 22 November 2009. He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Vera, who shared his life for 63 years. He is survived by sons William (Margaret) and Daniel (Cindy); daughters Patricia, Victoria and Catherine (Dave); grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy 1941-1945. He was one of a small number of crew who survived the sinking of the HMCS Valleyfield, which was torpedoed May 1944 while returning to Newfoundland from convoy duty on the North Atlantic. Including leave of absence for war service, he worked for the British Columbia Coastal Marine, a Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway, for 45 years. At retirement Bill was the company accountant. In the early 1930s, Bill and his uncle H. R. Fletcher were part of the group of fisherman who got together to construct one boathouse on Clover Point to replace many individual boathouses that had been destroyed in a fierce storm. Bill and his friend Ernie Dyer shingled the roof of the new boathouse. For many years, Bill was the secretary of the Clover Point Anglers Association, which was created to operate the boathouse. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Association. We wish to give special thanks to the ambulance paramedics and the emergency staff of the Royal Jubilee Hospital. William's wishes were to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Lung Association or The Salvation Army. (The Times Colonist 04 Dec 2009)

 

HOCKING, William Wilberforce (Bill) - was born in Prince Albert, SK in 1918. He enlisted in the Navy at HMCS Naden in May 1941. After completing a Signals course at HMCS St. Hyacinthe, QC, he was sent to NSHQ in Ottawa. Bill was then posted to HMCS Lethbridge, a corvette and served on the Triangle Run between Halifax, St. John's and Boston, New York and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Promoted to Leading Signalman, he was drafted to HMCS Valleyfield on 07 Dec 1943. In March 1944 the Valleyfield joined the Mid-Ocean Escort Force and was sunk after being torpedoed by a U-boat 50 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Bill was one of a small number of survivors and after recuperating joined HMCS Moncton on patrol off the Pacific coast. He was discharge after VJ Day 1945. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the War Medal 1939-45, and the CVSM and a Bar for overseas service. Bill worked for the British Columbia Coastal Marine, A Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway, for 35 years. He was a member of Legion Branch 7 Britannia, Victoria for 65 years. Bill passed away in 2009.

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS ST HYACINTHE, NSHQ OTTAWA, HMCS LETHBRIDGE, HMCS VALLEYFIELD, HMCS MONCTON

HOLMES, Andy - The family of Andy is deeply saddened to announce his passing on August 10th at the age of 84 years. Andy was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy and brothers Neil and Ross. He is survived by his children Ken (Judy) Holmes, Janet (Gary) Savage and Patti Leeb (Dan); grandchildren Brandi, Jennifer, Crystal, Jeffrey, Jayson, Jessie, Samantha, Brett and Taylor; great-grandchild Dylan. Andy’s years of public service included serving in the Navy during WW II, on HMCS Stormont, Field Artillery Reserves, Boy Scouts of Canada including the development of Camp Impeesa and a long service in the Lion’s Club International becoming a life member in 2005. After the war, Andy joined his father and brother in Holmes Appliances. At the age of 44, with his wife and 3 small children, he courageously opened Culligan Water Conditioning and developed the water treatment industry in Southern Alberta. He loved his yearly west coast fishing trips as well as to many other local fishing holes. Throughout his illness, Andy always kept his sense of humour and his love of people. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre for their kindness. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 1PM, at Southminster United Church, 1011-4th Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Sarah Wallace, officiating.

 

HMCS STORMONT

HOWORTH, Edward Albert (Ed) - passed away peacefully on January 29, 2012, at the age of 87. Ed was predeceased by his mother Susan and father Bert, his brothers Peter and Harold and sisters Edna, Elsie and Francis. Ed is survived by Anne, his loving wife of 59 years, children Gord, Herb (Jelena), Randy (Deri), Cindy (Bill) and grandchildren Michael, Ali, Nicholas, Katelyn, Max, Dylan and Nicole. Ed was born and raised in Yorkton, SK. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War aboard the HMCS Stormont. He participated in the battle of the Atlantic and the D-Day invasion. Ed was employed by CN Telecommunications for 39 years. He started his career as a lineman and at retirement he was employed as the Manager of Plant Maintenance Western Region. Ed was actively involved in the Fort Garry community; coaching baseball and hockey for over a decade, serving as President of the Westridge Community Club, and President of the Fort Garry Old Timers Curling Club. He was particularly proud of being a founding member of the Westridge Community Club. Ed loved his seven grandchildren and spent many cherished times with them. Most notably, pulling them in the wagons he lovingly constructed for them, building sand castles at Grand Beach, and roasting marshmallows around an open fire, while looking for the next encounter with chippie'. Ed loved to spend the summer with Anne and the kids in their summer trailer, with numerous trips to western Canada and the United States. After retirement, Ed and Anne spent part of every winter in the southern United States or the Caribbean. In his spare time, he loved to garden and putter in his yard. The family would like to express their thanks to numerous friends for their assistance over the last few weeks. Thanks also to the Poseidon staff for their care and attention. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's honour to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg R3L 0K6. A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson in the Park, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. (the Winnipeg Free Press 01 Feb 2012)

 

HMCS STORMONT

HUMPHRIES, R. Gordon - Passed away peacefully at home on September 4, 2013, overlooking his beloved Evening Cove with his daughter Jennifer by his side. Much loved husband of the late Margaret (White), who predeceased him in 2008. Gordon was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 21, 1921 and was raised there with his brother Jack. After graduation from Western Canada High School, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. His landing craft, LCI 115, was one of the first to land on Juno Beach in the D-Day Invasion. He retired at the end of World War II with the rank of Lt Cmdr. While serving in the Navy at HMCS Cornwallis, he met his wife, Margaret. They were married in Toronto on June 14, 1945 and moved to Edmonton after they were both discharged from the service. In 1949, Gordon graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc in Petroleum Engineering. He and Margaret then settled in Calgary, where they raised their four daughters. Gordon was a founding member of the oil and gas community and never lost his passion for this industry. He was well-respected for his honesty and professional standards. His handshake was his word. In 1986, Gordon and Margaret retired to their dream home in Ladysmith, BC, where they spent many happy years. An excellent athlete, Gordon was an avid skier and golfer and fan of the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames. He was a longtime member of Willow Park Golf Club in Calgary and Mt Brenton Golf Club in Chemainus, BC. Gordon was loved by his daughters, Susan Humphries (Richard Domin), Shelagh Dann (Jerry Skinner), Catherine Humphries, and Jennifer McCormick. He is also survived by his nephew, John Humphries, and his nieces Adele Meyers and Mary Murphy. His only brother, Jack, predeceased him in 1953. "Poppa" will be deeply missed by his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of Gordon's life will be held in Chemainus United Church, 9814 Willow Street, Chemainus, BC at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Chemainus United Church or a charity of your choice. (the Times Colonist 14 Sep 2013)

 

HMCS CORNWALLLIS, LCI(L) 115

IRVINE, Clarence Edward - MISSING - Surgeon-Lieut. C.E. Irvine, Med. '32, was reported missing on May 15. He was on board the Canadian frigate Valleyfield, sunk in the North Atlantic while on convoy duty. Lieutenant Irvine did not belong to Valleyfield crew but had been called aboard her at sea on an errand of mercy. He received his first official sea appointment to the corvette H.M.C.S. Halifax less than a month ago and on the return trip from the United Kingdom he had been called to the Canadian corvette Giffard to attend the commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Charles Petersen, of Victoria. He was about to return to his own shp when a rush call came from the Valleyfield saying that a man was critically ill and asking if the doctor could be spared. Irvine went across to the frigate in a seaboat and was with his patient in the sick bay when the ship was sunk. (Queens' University Archives)

 

HMCS HALIFAX, HMCS VALLEYFIELD

JOBB, Earl Martin - Earl was born in Kelso, Washington, on Feb. 21, 1924 to Tom and Maude Jobb. Earl was the eldest of three boys. Harley, his middle brother passed away in 2006, and Doug, his youngest brother, lives in Edmonton, Alberta. When Earl was an infant, his family immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Emo, Ontario. He spent his childhood years in Emo, where his Dad, Tom was the local barber and his mother, Maude was a school teacher. Earl left High School in 1943 to join the Canadian Navy. His ship the HMCS Stormont served in the Atlantic Zone and Continental Europe during WWII. Earl was a torpedo man. At the end of the war, Earl headed home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Millie Hunter in Sept. 1946. Soon after, they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Earl found a career as a fireman. Son Rod was born in 1947 and a year later, daughter Lynne was born. A few years later, Earl’s parents asked him to move his family down to Southern California to help them manage the Village Inn Motel in North Hollywood. So in 1952, Earl, Millie, Rod and Lynne moved to North Hollywood. Earl worked for a brief time at the Chevy plant in Van Nuys but ultimately left there for a career as the Shipping and Receiving Manager at Sears in North Hollywood. In 1957 Earl and Millie welcomed a third child, Jeanne, into the family. During his family rearing years, Earl enjoyed camping, riding motorcycles and waterskiing. He loved the outdoors and spending those times with dear friends and family. Earl especially loved the time spent with his two brothers, Harley and Doug Jobb. Earl retired from Sears in 1980 and moved to Redding, California to be near daughter Lynne's family and the beautiful lakes in Northern California. Earl and Millie loved to sit on their deck and look out at Mt. Shasta and Lassen. They spent many weeks traveling in their motor home and wintered several years with other snowbirds in Arizona. They took several trips to Europe to visit Jeanne and her family. In 1994 at age 70, Earl was hit by a drunk driver as he and Millie were taking an evening stroll in their neighborhood. His injuries were extensive and doctors did not expect him to survive. Earl was in intensive care for 6 weeks and spent another 6 weeks in rehab. Doctors called him the million-dollar- miracle-man. Earl had a strong will to live. After lots of physical therapy and determination, he was able to function independently. Several years later, he became the primary caregiver to his wife Millie, who has Alzheimer’s. In 2004, Lynne moved Earl and Millie to a board and care home in Suisun, CA where Earl passed away on July 22, 2009. Earl is survived by: wife: Millie, brother: Doug, children: Rod, Lynne, Jeanne, grandchildren: Jeff, Amanda, Lisa, Sarah, Chad, Ryan and Kyle, great-grand children: Jack, Robbie, and Mae. A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 22, 2009. Earl requested that he be cremated. Earl and Millie's ashes will be scattered at a later date in the Northern California area he loved so much. Earl was everyone’s friend. He always had smile on his face and never knew a stranger. He left an indelible mark on all his friends and family. We love you and will miss you.

 

HMCS STORMONT

JOHNSTON, Donald Shillington (02 Jan 1927 - 27 Oct 2010) - Passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, in his 84th year. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Don was predeceased by his parents Lon and Grace (nee Botham) Johnston, beloved daughter Donna Johnston, sister Auldene Johnston and sister-in-law Marjorie Harris. Survived by his loving wife, Wilma, of 61 years, beloved daughter Kathleen Dancey (Jim), and two loving grandchildren, Andrew Smith (Mandy) of Ottawa, and Julie Smith of Peterborough. Also survived by sister-in-law, Dorothy Shaver, of Vancouver and many nieces and nephews. Don joined the navy at age 17 and served on HMCS Stormont in the North Atlantic. His life's work was with newspapers in Dryden, Thunder Bay, Brantford, St. Thomas and the last 25 years at the Kitchener Waterloo Record. He was a member of Twin City Masonic Lodge #509 in Waterloo. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Canterbury Gardens, 1414 Sherbrooke St., Peterborough for family and friends on November 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Fireside Room. A private service of interment will take place at Parkview Cemetery in Waterloo at a later date. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS STORMONT

JONES, George H. (07 Dec 1925 - 30 Oct 2009) - It is with great sadness our family announces the peaceful passing of George on October 30, 2009 at Tudor House, Selkirk, Manitoba at the age of 83 years. George served in the Navy on the HMCS Wentworth. He was predeceased by his wife Viola in August of 1974. George is survived by one sister Shirley (George) Freill; one brother Allan (Maria) Jones; one sister-in-law Barbara Jones; brother-in-law Hilaire Van de Kerhone; son Norman (Carolyn) Jones; four daughters Lorraine Lamontagne, Gwen (Harvey) Patenaude, Donna Fleury, Lucy (Andy) Herie; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. We would like to thank Tudor House for the great care they gave our dad. Thank you to Lillian Morriseau for always being a great friend and caregiver to our dad. Thank you to Clifford Johnson for being a great friend to dad. Thank you to Bud Oliver for taking dad to church on Sundays. A very special thank you for our sister Lucy and Andy for looking after dad's affairs. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk (please take Brittania Ave to parking lot as Eveline St. is closed). We're sure George (dad) will be welcomed by many family members and former comrades that went before him. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 03 Nov 2009)

 

HMCS WENTWORTH

JONES, Harvey Alan (27 Jan 1927 - 27 May 2008) - It is with great sadness we announce the death of Harv, beloved husband of Anna for 60 years, predeceased by son Brian, and loving dad to Duane, Larry and Anna Marie. Survived by two bros, 1 sis and seven grandkids. Harvey C2RP4 (1943-1969) will be missed by his shipmates, family, friends, and volunteer partners. He loved to travel with Anna and take long walks. A Celebration of life for Harvey will be held on Wednesday June 4, 2008 at 1:oo pm at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC, with visitation at 12:00 pm. Donations can be made in his memory to Vancouver Island Military Museum in Nanaimo, one of his last joys.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

JUPP, Robert Hugh (Bob) (01 Aug 1926 - 0 Apr 2014) - Bob passed away suddenly, yet peacefully, on Friday, April 4, 2014. Predeceased by his wife Beverley, he is survived by his daughter Margaret, son Bruce, his grandsons Robert, Michael, David, and their mother, Brenda. Born in North Vancouver, he was raised in the family home in West Vancouver, 2015 Inglewood. In 1944, he joined the RCN, and followed his elder brothers into Europe and the North Atlantic. At war's end, all four sons returned to their relieved parents. After 25 years in the RCN, Bob was retired. He soon realized that working on the water was better than the land; back to school, where he qualified as Master of a 'Home-Trade' Steamship. For twenty years, he worked for the Department of Transport, operating within Esquimalt Harbour as Master of tugboats, fireboats, and his favourite, the YFPs. He became an avid golfer, and soon felt competent to join the left-handed amateur tour. His travels took him throughout the Lower Mainland, western USA, and England, Scotland, and Ireland. Following his wishes, his ashes, and Beverley's, will be sprinkled at sea.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

KAIJA, Andrew V. - On Friday, August 16, 2002, the Good Lord took our loved one into His care. Andrew was born October 28, 1923 in Finland and grew up in Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.V.R.) in the second World War, aboard the H.M.C.S. Waskesiu. Andy met Zina in Vancouver after the war, they married and raised their family here. Andy worked for many years for Lafarge Cement. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 51 years, Zina, daughters Angela (Michael) and Susan, sons David (Sylvia) and Steven (Una) and 3 grandchildren Marie-Catherine, Oliver and Jessie. Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 23 at 11:00AM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, 306 E. 11th Ave. Burial at Ocean View, 4000 Imperial St., Burnaby. Reception to follow at 106-588 W. 45th Ave. (The Vancouver Sun 21 Aug 2002)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

KILLORAN, Clarence (Clare) (27 Aug 1922 - 28 Jul 2012) - Peacefully after a brief illness, at Lee Manor Home for the Aged in Owen Sound, on Saturday, July 28th, 2012. Clarence Henry Arguin Killoran, of Owen Sound, in his 90th year. Dearly loved husband of the late Velvia Killoran (ne Robinson) (1994). Loving father of Janet and her husband, Daniel Crouse and their son Bradley; James and his children, Erin & Evan (from a previous marriage to Isabel). He is also survived by Brian’s children, Patrick, Penny, Nancy, Perry & Robert. Loving father-in-law of Larry Whittle and his children, Gregg and Jessica and his three grandchildren; Predeceased by his parents, William Killoran (1964) and his wife, Ethel Killoran (nee Arguin) (1956): his eldest daughter, Barbara Whittle (2007), his younger brother, Brian Killoran (1988) and his wife, Monica (2010) as well as his elder sister, Kathleen (Sister Paul Marie of the Sisters of St. Joseph) (1993). In 1944 he spent time in the Navy as crewmember on the HMCS St. Boniface. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto as a Mechanical Engineer in 1945, he joined Acres Consulting Services and spent 31 years primarily in the design of hydro-electric power generating stations. He then joined the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and for 6 years he supervised Bank financed Hydro projects in East Africa. In 1984 he retired to Balmy Beach Road and as a consulting Engineer carried out short term assignments in Africa and India until 1992. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Kiwanis Club of Golden K, the Royal Canadian Legion and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. A serious hip injury in 2004 forced him to move into Lee Manor. In 2007 he was elected President of the Lee Manor Residents’ Council. In March 2008 he accepted the position of Editor and Printer of the monthly bulletin for the Kiwanis Club of Golden K. The family would like to express their thanks to the excellent staff on 2 North in Lee Manor these past 8 years, the ladies from Creative Care Solutions who spent time with Clare for the past 2 years since his stroke and to George Rudolph, a true friend. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 – 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K – 3X8 (519-376-7492), on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Clare Killoran will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 554 – 15th Street East, Owen Sound, on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Father David Reilander officiating. Interment will be adjacent to his wife in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hepworth. A Vigil Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6, Owen Sound, will hold a Memorial Service at the Funeral Home on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. Upon completion of the Mass, eulogies and lunch will be in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice as your expression of sympathy.

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

KIRBY, Douglas Ernest - Passed away December 9, 2007, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Halifax on July 31, 1925, he was the youngest son of the late Harold and Ethel (Shaw) Kirby (Kentville). He was predeceased by his younger sister, Alice (MacFarlane); infant son, Alan, and grandson, Michael. Doug is survived by his loving wife, Elaine (McCallum); brothers, Clyde, Bellisle; and Joseph, Ottawa; son, Stephen (Amelia), Kingston; daughters, Carol Spencer (Christopher), Waterville; Susan Ebsary (Robert), Ottawa; grandsons, Patrick Brick (Tasha), Somerset; Alan and Andrew Ebsary, Ottawa; granddaughter, Rebecca Ebsary, Ottawa; and great-grandson, James Brick, Somerset. Doug joined the RCNVR in 1943 and finished the war serving on the HMCS St. Boniface. After the war, he managed Rockwell's Hardware Store in Kentville. He was a proud member of the Kentville Fire Department, an active member of the Kentville Curling Club and a charter member of the Kentville Lions Club. He later joined the RCAF and had a very successful 27 year career as a communications technician. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1977 at CFB Summerside to be a gentleman farmer in Kinkora, P.E.I. Always driven to improve his surroundings and those of his neighbours, Doug oversaw the revitalization of the village of Kinkora's infrastructure by instigating and overseeing a major upgrading of the sewer system. His next project was as the general contractor for the new Village of Kinkora Fire Hall, Community/Seniors Centre and Library. He and friends Arnie McKiever and Clare Duffy pioneered ethanol production on Prince Edward Island. Their research and development 30 years ago is having a direct influence on the Prince Edward Island government's renewed interest in an ethanol production program. Doug and Elaine moved to Berwick in 1983 to be near their family and again developed close ties to the community. Doug was a member of the Berwick Lions Club for a number of years and sold real estate out of the office of Joan Balcolm Realty. He may be best remembered as the guy who took your money at the Christ Church dinners for many years. The family wishes to thank the following, but not exclusively, for the kindness and support they gave Doug during his heroic battle with cancer: Dr. John MacEachern, Berwick; Dr. Catherine McNally, Gail Gordon, RN; and Paulette Gash of Palliative Care; the doctors and nurses of Valley Regional Hospital; the VON/Health Services who assisted in caring for Doug on his long and difficult journey, and Leslie Williams and staff of Veterans Affairs for their intuitive support. Cremation has taken place under the care of Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook. A private family interment has been held in Berwick Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Doug's memory in the Anglican Church of Canada, Christ Church, Berwick, at 11 a.m. on December 13, immediately followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Doug's memory to the Valley Hospice Foundation, 23 Earnscliffe Ave., Wolfville, NS B4P 1X4, or to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

KOLODRUBSKY, Joseph - Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Brother-in-law, friend and "Bad Nasty Buggar Boy", passed peacefully with his wife Dorothy at his side October 28th, 2004. Joe is lovingly remembered by his children Susan (Ian) Pallett, Lesley Jaques, Fred (Rose) Kolodrubsky, Meredith (Tim) Wollen, Tori Thornton, Alix (Ken) Dawson, his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joe worked for C.N. Rail as a dispatcher in Winnipeg, Kamloops, Prince George and finally as Chief Dispatcher in Edmonton. After his retirement from C.N. in 1979 he took a job as a Rail Accident Investigator with T.S.B. Canada. Joe worked first in Vancouver and then in Calgary until his retirement in 1994. Joe served his country in WWII on board the HMCS Border Cities. Joe is a past member of the Legion, and was secretary/treasurer of the Morse Telegraph Club. To say that Joe was a character is an understatement. Everyone he has known or touched has a "Joe" story. Please join us for a Celebration of his life on Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at the Meadowlark Community Hall 15961-92 Avenue, Edmonton or send a card to Dorothy with your favorite Joe story. Joe added richly to the tapestry of our lives, he will be remembered. Harmony Funeral Services on care of arrangements. (The Edmonton Journal 05 Nov 2004)

 

HMCS BORDER CITIES

LEAHY, Gerry Joseph (01 Jan 1913 - 19 Oct 2007) - Remembered with great love by his sons Gerry (Karen) and Rob (Kathy) and his daughters Eileen, Cathy (Dennis) and Mary (Dennis). He was predeceased by our Mom Muriel and our brother Edmond. Family meant everything to Dad. Dad's greatest joy in the last few years came from his 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A proud veteran, Dad served on the frigate H.M.C.S. Waskesiu, during WWII. We all love you and miss you Dad. Prayers will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2007 at 7:30 PM from St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 20675 87 Avenue, Langley, BC. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday October 25, 2007 at 11:00 AM at St Nicholas Church. As a proud veteran, Dad for many years sold poppies and in lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Poppy fund where all the funds go directly to Veterans in need. Donations to the Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion, Langley Branch 21, 20602 Eastleigh Crescent, Langley, B.C. V3A 4C4.

 

HMCS WASKESIU

LEAR, Walter (Bud) - Born January 31, 1921 in Montreal, QC. Passed peacefully December 19, 2010 in Maple Ridge, BC. Joined the Navy as a young man and served during WWII on the HMCS Waskesiu, later working for CN Rail's telecommunications; Bud and Joan moved to Vancouver in 1978. Survived and missed by wife Joan; children Bonnie (Stephen), Les (Kathy), and Deborah; grandchildren Brie, Stefan, Katie, and Kevin. In lieu of flowers, we are grateful for donations to a charity of your choice. (The Toronto Star 26 Dec 2010)

 

HMCS WASKESIU, HMCS PRESTONIAN

LeCLAIR, Francois A., (Frank) - 87, of Moncton, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Moncton Hospital. Born on January 29, 1925 in Dieppe, he was the son of the late Francis and Louise (Gauvin) LeClair. Frank was a quiet, gentle and loving man, who always put family first. He enjoyed long drives along the Northumberland shore with his beloved wife of 65 years, Yollanda (Cormier). In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters: Patricia Cunningham (Alan) of Moncton and Claudette Landry (Joël) of Dieppe. He was especially proud of his grandchildren: Mireya Cunningham (Darren Higgs), Marc Cunningham, and Julie Landry. He loved being with his great-granddaughters: Izabella, Olivia and Khloée. He is also survived by a brother, Raymond LeClair (Cathy) of Dieppe as well as many nieces and nephews. He was greatly saddened by the death of his grandson, David (2001) as well as his sisters and brothers: Yvonne Léger (late Adélard), Dorice, Thérèse Boucher (late Roger), Edouard and Léonard (Rena). Prior to his retirement, he was a dispatcher for 35 years with Canada Post. Frank was a veteran of the Second World War, proudly serving in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Stormont. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Moncton Branch no 6, the Dieppe Veterans Association and past member of the Bi-Centennial Skating Club, the N.B. Ball Room Association and Club d’Âge d’Or in Dieppe. The family will receive condolences at Frenette Funeral Centre, 88 Church Street, Moncton (858-1900) Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of departure (2:45). A reception at the Frenette Funeral Centre will be held after the mass. Veterans of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a service of remembrance at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the funeral centre. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, 220 St. George Street, Moncton, on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Dieppe.

 

HMCS STORMONT

LEWDOS, Edward Lawrence - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edward Lawrence Ledwos at the Red River Place Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Manitoba on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Edward was predeceased by his parents Stephanie (nee Zellis) and Thomas, his brother Leonard and wife Joyce (nee Bade). Edward will be missed by his wife Helen (nee Sawchuk), his children Clifford (and partner), daughter Karina (and husband), grandchildren Scarlett and Dustin, his brother Frank Ledwos and wife Helen and everyone in his extended family. He was born in Selkirk on November 18, 1924. He grew up in Selkirk and worked at the Manitoba Rolling Mills. Edward was a dedicated employee for well over 40 years, retiring in 1984. In addition to working at the Rolling Mills, Edward and his wife Helen owned various residential and commercial properties, which he worked hard at fixing and maintaining. Edward was a Second World War veteran who proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on board the River Class frigate HMCS Stettler (K681) during the Second World War. Edward was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Selkirk Branch 42. He returned to Selkirk following the war and married Helen on October 30, 1948. 2011 marked their 63rd wedding anniversary. Edward and Helen were blessed with two wonderful children, son Cliff and daughter Karina. He was a proud and dedicated father who loved his children very much. He also took great joy in his two grandchildren Scarlett and Dustin, who always brought a smile to his face. In his spare time Edward was an avid reader. He particularly loved reading autobiographies and books about the Second World War, history and Canadian politics. His knowledge of these topics was incredible. Edward also enjoyed watching films, hunting, fishing and regular catch ups with friends at McDonalds for coffee and conversation. In 1992, Edward and Helen got their much-loved dog, Phoebe, who was a beloved friend and companion to Edward and Helen until her passing in 2010. A service in honour of Edward's life will be held at Gilbart Funeral Home, 309 Eveline Street, Selkirk, Manitoba on Friday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion at 403 Eveline Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada or the Selkirk Public Library. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS STETTLER

LILLEY, Donald John (1934-2015) - passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 81. Don was born in Montreal to William and Therese (Wiriot) Lilley. In 1953, at the age of 17, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy as Ordinary Seaman, retiring as Naval Officer in 1975. His most memorable accomplishment was being part of the Shearwater Flyers Football Team and quarterbacking their National Championship victory in November 1957. He was proud to meet up with his lifelong friends and teammates as they were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1987, and into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Don attained a BA (Psychology) from the University of Victoria in 1986. He made Osoyoos, B.C. his home and assumed many leadership roles in his community, including the Arts Council, Photography Club, Lawn Bowling Association, Osoyoos Golf Club, and Volunteer Tax Services. He was an avid golfer, photographer, collector of antiques and ad an eclectic taste for art and music. Close friends will remember his dry sense of humour, philosophic outlook, and knew better NOT to call him when the Seattle Seahawks were playing! Don is survived by his sister, Joyce (Frank) Dougherty, Halifax; former wife and mother of his children, Rebecca (Skinner) Horton, Milton, P.E.I.; children, Mark Lilley, Gaetz Brook; Lynn (Dan) Titus and Leah (Tessy) Lilley, Calgary, Alta., and Jeffrey (Dawn) Lilley, Milton, P.E.I.; grandchildren, Lauren, Kyle (Julie) and Knox; great-granddaughter, Willow. He was predeceased by his sister, Gale and nephews, Frank and Michael. The family would like to thank his neighbours and special friends who selflessly assisted our father in recent years. At his request, no service. We invite you to post your memories online for family and friends to read. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, B.C.

MAIER, John - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Maier on July 15, 2009 in Kelowna BC, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 88. John is survived by his children Lorne (Lisa), Rosina, and Russell (Ann), grandchildren Stacey, Kathleen, Bonnie, Brandon, Michael, sister Loretta, brothers Art (Erika), Gerry (Anna), Al (Joan), Len (Sylvia), sister-in-law Keen, and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife Agnes (nee O'Byrne) of 51 years, brother George, sister Louise, and brothers-in-law Roy and Clyde. Many thanks to his close relatives Elaine and Tom, Irene and Fred, Dave and Sheila for the help and care they gave to John throughout the last years of his life. John was born in Regina SK, son of John Sr. and Mary. He spent his early years near Kronau SK and attended Campion College in Regina. He was a Royal Canadian Navy veteran, serving aboard HMCS Springhill in the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. He worked with RCA for 32 years in Sudbury, Calgary, and Montreal. John was an avid curler well into his retirement years. He was president of the Glenmore CC in Montreal (1981) and represented Quebec in the 1982 National Playdowns. He enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He always had a funny story and a new skill to teach them. Special thanks to Dr. Hignell, the staff and many friends at Mountainview Village in Kelowna, and Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna who made his final days comfortable. A funeral service will be held at in the Chapel at Campion College, University of Regina, on Monday, August. 17, 2009 at 11: 00 AM. Interment will be on August 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Memorial Gardens in Regina SK (Hwy #1 (East Victoria Ave) east of Prince of Wales Drive). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (The Leader-Post 25 Jul 2009)

 

HMCS SPRINGHILL

MALAK, John - Passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Eileen, on September 12, 2013 at the Gimli Health Center. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 51 years, Eileen. His sister Anne and husband Mack Demidiuk of Neepawa, brother Walter and wife Joyce, sisters Mary Van Santen, Frances and husband Don Cyr all of Winnipeg, sisters-in-law Olive Were my and Mary Lylyk, as well as many nieces and nephews and many very special friends. John was predeceased by his parents Stella and Vernon Malak, brother Vernon his wife Irene Malak, nephew Ray Van Santen, nieces Nancy Van Santen, and Deanne Malak. John was born in the Morden area on March 29, 1934. He was educated in Morden and Winnipeg. John spent five years in the Royal Canadian Navy, 1954 on the HMCS Settler a sub chaser he was on his way to Korea when the war ended. He also spent time on the HMCS Cordova, a mine sweeper. He always claimed this was a wonderful learning experience. Later he settled into custom metal fabrication. He also spent 12 years at St. Benedict's Monastery. He loved the outdoors and felt so close to nature and God, and had a great admiration for the sisters. His love for building continued with the construction of his two homes and his summer home in Lake St. George where many happy times were spent. In retirement he built his beautiful home on Lake Winnipeg north of Gimli where he always said it was his little bit of heaven. He dearly loved gardening and flowers were his passion and his happiness at finding Minerva Tree Farms and volunteering for 15 years developing a most treasured friendship with the Wuthrich Family. A celebration of life was held at St Michaels Roman Catholic Church 113 – 7th St in Gimli, MB On September 17th. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, and support service staff, and the Tim Horton's Special ambulance Drivers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gimli Humane Society, P.O. Box 1999 Gimli, MB of Evergreen Basic Needs, 71 – 4th Avenue Gimli, MB or charity of choice. I love you, Babes.

 

HMCS STETTLER, HMCS CORDOVA

MANNING, H. W. B. (Barry) (28 Dec 1921 - 07 Jul 2008) - Peacefully, with his wife by his side, Barry Manning died, age 86, at home in Winnipeg. Only child of H. W. Manning and Beatrix Manning, who predeceased him, he will be lovingly remembered by his wife Judy, of 42 years, daughter Gillian, son John (Yahphen) and granddaughters, Paige, Brooke and Sophie. Born in Toronto, Barry and his family moved to Winnipeg when he was nine years of age. He attended St. John's Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg and Upper Canada College in Toronto. He entered Queen's University in Kingston, but left to join the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942, serving until 1945 on several ships including the H.M.C.S. Winnipeg. Upon his return, Barry entered the University of Manitoba and graduated with a B.A. in 1947 and a Law degree in 1950. He was a member of the Law Society of Manitoba from 1950 to 1995. After articling at Aikins MacAulay, Barry joined the legal department at the Great-West Life Assurance Company in 1950, where he remained until his retirement as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel in 1986. Barry served on many boards during his life - Augustine United Church, Age and Opportunity Bureau, Canadian Welfare Council, Community Chest, St. George's Anglican Church, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, St. Charles Country Club, St. John's Ravenscourt School and the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. From 1952 to 1968, Barry was involved with the Winnipeg Football Club, serving as Secretary and Vice-President. He was also President of the Western Football Conference and was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame in 2002. For more than 60 years, one of Barry's great pleasures was spending time with his family at their summer cottage on Lake of the Woods. He also enjoyed golfing at the St. Charles and playing snooker at the Manitoba Club, where he was made an honorary life member in 2006. He will be sadly missed by his many friends, especially the Boys of Friday . A memorial service in honour of Barry's life will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., at St. George's Crescentwood Anglican Church, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, R3M 3C3, with reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. George's Memorial Fund Inc. (the Winnipeg Free Press 11 Jul 2009)

 

HMCS WINNIPEG

MISKIMINS, Byron J. - WWII Navy Veteran and Lifetime Member Royal Canadian Legion. Peacefully at Riverglen Haven Nursing Home, Sutton on Monday, March 3, 2008 in his 95th year. Dearly loved husband for 67 years of Verna Miskimins of Keswick. Predeceased by his only daughter Carol Thirgood. Dear father-in-law of Raymond Thirgood. Cherished grandfather of Michael (Julie) of Keswick, David (Connie) of Cannington and Russell of Toronto. Great-grandfather of Jordann, Nick, Erin, Adam, Amber and Jessica. Very good friend of Peggy and Stewart MacKay of Keswick. Funeral service from M.W. Becker Funeral Home, 490 The Queensway S., Keswick 1-888-884-4486 on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Royal Canadian Legion, Sutton Branch 356 service at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations made to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (The Toronto Star 05 Mar 2008)

 

HMCS STETTLER

MITCHELL, C. Douglas - The death of Claude Douglas Mitchell, husband of the late Margaret (Harley) Mitchell, occurred at the Ridgewood Veteran’s Hospital on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Born at L’Etete, NB, on May 2, 1924, he was a son of the late Claude M. and Hilda (Tucker) Mitchell. Doug was a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving aboard HMCS Oshawa. He was employed at Ford Motor Co., London Life Insurance and the Canadian Corps of Commissioners. Doug was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Doug is survived by daughters; Lynn (Daniel) Sweeney of Sundown, NH, and Judith (Mitchell) Kostoulaskos of Merrimac, MA, son; Douglas F. of Saint John, six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Ruth (the late Percy) Chamberlain, Madeline (the late Stewart) McLaren, sister-in-law; Bonnie Harley, and brother-in-law; Kevin (Ann) Harley. Doug was predeceased by one brother and four sisters. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nurses and Staff of Ridgewood for the excellent care provided for Doug. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Fitzpatrick’s Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo Street, Saint John (634-1965). Following cremation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, at a later date. Remembrances may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

HMCS OSHAWA

MORISON, Allen Irwin (Pete) (01 Apr 1918 - 25 Dec 2013) - Airdrie, AB It is with sadness we announce the passing of Pete Morison on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the age of 95 at the Bethany Care Centre in Airdrie. Pete was predeceased by his wife, Bernie, in 2011 after 66 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his sister, Muriel, his brother, Glen and his granddaughter, Leah. Pete will be sadly missed by his son, Bill (Tracey), daughter, Dawn Wickerson (Glenn), and son, Howard (Stacey), grandchildren Rod (Cheryl), Stacey Henn (Dan), Brett Wickerson (Mary Anne), Byron Wickerson (JoEllen), Erin Hurkett (Brad) and Devin (Ashely) and ten great- grandchildren Harley, Carter, MacKenzie, Orrin, Sadie, Salix, Asha, Reese, Will and Emmett. Pete is also survived by daughter-in- law, Sheila, and brother, Tommy, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Pete was born in Scotia, Manitoba and moved to the Airdrie district when he was one year old. He farmed west of Airdrie all his life. At the age of 26, Pete joined the Royal Canadian Navy and made several trips across the Atlantic on the HMCS Victoriaville. He served as a Councillor of the Municipal District of Rocky View No. 44 for 15 years, serving one year as Reeve and several years as Deputy Reeve. He belonged to the Airdrie Lions Club and was also a member of the Crossfield Masonic Lodge, from which he received the Award of Merit in 2003. Pete served on the Airdrie Hall Board, was leader of the Airdrie 4-H Beef Club and was a member of the Board of the Airdrie United Church. Pete assisted with the maintenance of Goldenrod Hall for many years and mowed the grass and kept the Hall yard nicely landscaped. In 1965 Pete, Bernie and their family received the Master Farm Family Award given by the Province of Alberta for excellence in farming. For years, Pete and Bernie could frequently be seen at the Alberta race tracks cheering for many thoroughbreds which they jointly owned with family and friends. This was one of their favorite pastimes. Pete also enjoyed curling and playing golf, especially golfing with his grandchildren at Fairmount, British Columbia, location of their vacation home. Pete and Bernie very much enjoyed visiting with friends. They liked to entertain family and friends at their home and would regularly just "stop by" to visit. Beginning in 1994, and continuing for many years thereafter, people from around the world were graciously hosted at Pete's and Bernie's "Goldenrod Bed and Breakfast" and many of these guests became very good friends. In recent years, Pete took great pleasure in winning Loonies from visitors while playing cribbage. The family would like to thank Sharon Bennett for taking care of Pete for the last many years. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2S3 or the Airdrie United Church, 216 - 1 Avenue N.E., Airdrie, T4B 2B2. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Crossfield Community Hall, 900 Mountain Avenue, Crossfield on Thursday, January 2 at 1:30 p.m.

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

MUIR, Wilson A. (Wils) - beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home November 10, 2002 at the age of 83 years. He was born November 11, 1918 in Brandon, Manitoba. Wils served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II on the H.M.C.S. Swansea, during which time he developed numerous life-long friendships. His "Navy" years were a source of great pride to Wils and he often shared his memories of this time. Wils married Connie (nee Orchard) in 1948 and moved to Calgary in 1952 where he worked until retirement, in 1980, with the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Taxation Departments of the Federal Government. Following Connie's sudden passing in 1981, Wils subsequently met and married the woman who he described as "the best of everything in my life". Wils and Beulah (Boo) Leadbeater were married in 1987 and spent the next fifteen years indulging their love for each other, travel and the outdoors; making numerous trips including Hawaii on numerous occasions, a cruise to Mexico, and a visit to Australia. He was an avid golfer and curler throughout his life and loved "puttering around the garden". Wils was an active member and past Master (1968) of the Mosaic Lodge No. 176. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his loving wife Beulah; his children, Del of Vancouver and Brad (Andrea) of Calgary; and his grandchildren, Hayley and Jeff Muir, both of Calgary. A Memorial Service will be held at Calgary Crematorium Chapel, 3219 - 4 Street N.W. (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery) on Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society, Second Floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A2. (The Calgary Herald 12 Nov 2002)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

MURPHY, David R. (1917-2007) - It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of the beloved husband of Beatrice Norsworthy Murphy, father of Alex (Jean Baylis) and their children Laura, Greg and Sandra; Kippy and her children Heather (Tim Merrett), Dan (Dani Blakely) and Emily; Georgie (David Scott) and their children Andrew (Kari Boyce), Greg (Laura Shula) and Carrie; Gail (Ron Perowne) and their children Fred, Lisa (Ed Clayton), and Charlie (Denise Penczak) and their children Savhana and Ronin; David (Robin Shapiro) and their children Jessica and Victoria. He was also like a father to Betty Berman Levin and friend and mentor to so many others. David Murphy was a Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and served on the H.M.C.S. Lady Nelson as a surgeon and later at the Montreal Military Hospital. He was an early pioneer in Paediatric Cardiovascular surgery, Professor of Medicine at McGill University, Surgeon-in-Chief at The Montreal Children's Hospital from 1954-1982, Past President and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the British, French and American Societies of Paediatric Surgeons. Special thanks to the staff of M10 at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Drs. J. Genest, P. Lysy, and D. Dawson. Memorial service October 27, 2007, 11:30 am at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, PQ (514) 279-6540. Remembrances may be sent to the David R. Murphy Fund at Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, 3400 de Maisoneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3Z 3B8. (The Gazette 17 Oct 2007)

 

 

HMCS LADY NELSON

MacKINNON, Bruce Elroy - WW II Naval Veteran, of Riverview, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Moncton Hospital on January 13th, 2010 at the age of 85. Bruce was born in Moncton, NB on October 24th, 1924 and was the son of the late Peter and Helen (Sackler) MacKinnon. Beloved husband of Byrna (Wood) MacKinnon for 62 years; loving father of Ann (David) McDougall of Kentville, NS and Martha (Bruce) DuPlessis of Oakville, ON; proud grandfather of Brock & Luke McDougall and Alex, Andrew & Cecile DuPlessis. Family was very important to Bruce. He served aboard the HMCS Stettler from 1943-1945 on overseas duty. Bruce was employed with C.N.C.P Telecommunications from 1940 until his retirement after 45 years. Bruce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Moncton serving on the Board of Trustees, Financial Committee and Ushers. He was a member of the Probus Club and formerly volunteered with the Karing Kitchen. He will be missed by his bowling and bridge pals. Bruce is also survived by his sisters Elizabeth Trites of Moncton and Janet Anderson of Perth, Scotland; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bruce was predeceased by one brother Reginald. In keeping with Bruce's wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held from the Riverview Funeral Home on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 2pm with Rev. Dr. Richard Jackson officiating. Interment will take place in Alderwood Cemetery. Donations in Bruce's memory may be made to the Friends of the Moncton Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB.

 

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MACKINNON, Hugh (01 Jun 1919 - 16 Nov 2013) - was born June 1, 1919 at 764 McIntosh Ave., Elmwood to Donald and Irene Mackinnon (Harding). Predeceased by his wife, Florence (nee Trent), brothers Donald (Sara) and Ross (Jeanne). Survived by daughter Joanne, son-in-law Bruce Hunt, grandsons Stephen (Barb), Martin (Megan), nephews Don, Brian (Jane), Glen (Koralai), great-nephews Kevin and Ryan, Jonathan (Ruth), Matthew (Laura), niece Erin (Ray) and great-great-nephew Caleb and great-great-niece Abigail. Don, Hugh and Ross were raised in Elmwood and Rainy River. They had the perfect boy's life...Crocodile Dundee...Canadian style. Swimming before breakfast. After breakfast, fishing, canoeing, camping, hunting at the doorstep. Hugh played hockey for the Rainy River Hawks (using magazines for shin pads). He liked to kibitz. His humour...dry and witty. He could always throw out a good zinger. Hugh served in the Navy, (MS Portage la Prairie) Army and Air Force in the Second World War. He would sing "Oh Canada" at the Jet games before it was popular. He was a Jet-Moose season ticket holder for 40 years. Florence and Hugh made St. James their home for 50 years. Hugh and Pete Andrayko were the "Mr. Fix-Its" of Cavell. Popular Mechanics gave them project ideas. They liked to puttsky, which got them into mischief. They carried their tools in their wives old purses. They liked to celebrate with a rum and coke or a "2 beer steak"..."Oh hungry One". Florence and Hugh enjoyed helping Bruce and Joanne raise Stephen and Martin. Laughing with Susan and Jack Hunt's crew was special family time. Especially at Colorado Estates. Another good chapter. Hugh worked for the CNR for 39 years as a machinist. He appreciated the workings of motors (especially in red cars). Sardines were a treat. He supported the union. He enjoyed "doing the books" as Secretary Treasurer. He was a fair man. He would stick up for the underdog. Hugh respected all nationalities and their beliefs. Dad lived by the 10 Commandments and passed these values on to us. He was not afraid to say he supported the NDP for a lifetime. He believed in donating to charity. Dad loved pickerel, the Ferris wheel, roller coaster, having a beer with Alf Walters, the CNR, water colour painting, riding his bike, swimming, golfing, curling, the prairie sky, Johnnie Cash, Reddens Camp and Long Bow Lake. After Florence passed, Hugh wanted to be independent and travel, and go to the lake. Hugh had eight years of cruising, swimming in the ocean, sea-dooing at Linklater Lake, snorkelling, parasailing at 89, discovering a new drink...Black Russians, jumping off a pontoon boat, setting off the cannon at Smith Camp and learning how to play Bacchii, socializing with Megan and Barb's families, fishing for Pickerel. Thank you family and friends for including Hugh in many social events. Dad appreciated the invitations and of course the food. Thank you pet friends Elwood/Guss. Thank you Tammy Tyrrell for the fun visits at Deer Lodge. Thank you Deer Lodge Centre, the staff of T6, for giving my Dad respect, dignity, quality care. Thank you Rosie Balingit for giving my Dad the love and hugs he needed. Thank you Bruce for being the son my Dad never had. A celebration of Hugh's life will take place at the Assiniboine Park, Qualico Centre, Tamarack Room at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 22. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Deer Lodge Centre, T6 Day Program and evening entertainment in care of Kevin Scott or a charity of your choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 20 Nov 2013)

 

HMCS PORTAGE

MacMILLAN, Hugh Dale - Passed away peacefully on October 24, 2006 at the age of 80, late of Windsor. Predeceased by his wife Victoria (Iatzko) in 1989. Cherished companion and best friend of Geraldine (Geri) Van Der Linden for many wonderful years. Dear father of Stephanie (Dennis) Smith of Windsor, Dan MacMillan (Valerie) of Windsor and Patricia MacMillan of Windsor and Gillian (Ted) Merritt of Windsor. Loving grandfather to four grandsons, Paul and Steve Smith and Nathan and Ian MacMillan. Dear brother to Lorna (Ray) Morneau of Windsor and Robert (Margaret) MacMillan of Pickering, Ontario. Predeceased by two sisters Hester Ellis and Erica (Susie) Parent. Brother-in-law to Jim Ellis of St. Petersburg, Florida, Larry Parent of Windsor, Jenny Iatzko of Windsor and Anne Jacko of Windsor. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Hugh served on the HMCS Victoriaville during World War II. Hugh retired from the City of Windsor in 1988 after 37 years of service. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 26th from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Prayers Thursday 8 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 11a.m. at Families First Funeral Home with Father George Sandelescu officiating. Interment Victoria Memorial Gardens. (The Windsor Star 25 Oct 2006)

 

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McCARTNEY, David G. - 79, of Moncton passed away at the Dr. Georges Dumont Hospital on Monday July 19, 2004. Born in Saint John, son of the late David and Jemima (Grainger) McCartney. David began his financial career with Eastern Securities, working in a managerial position for them in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John. In 1970 he came to Moncton to set up and manage the Royal Trust Office and after retirement he was employed for several years with Dominion Securities. In past years he was active in the community, Past President of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce and former Director of M.I.D., Past President of the Moncton Gyro Club, the Founding President of the Moncton Probus Club, Past Chairman of the Karing Kitchen, Charter member of St. John's United Church 50/50 Couples Club, last surviving member of the "Happy Gang", member of the Moncton K-40 Club, Past National Treasurer of the Kinsmen Club, Former member of the Moncton Golf and Country Club and the Beaver Curling Club, Past member of the B.Y.N.C. Boys. He was a veteran of the 2nd World War, served in Canada and overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve spending time on board H.M.C.S. Stettler. David will be sadly missed by his wife of over 56 years Kathleen (Kay) (Ingraham) McCartney: Daughter; Lynn McCartney and her children Jennifer and David Hewson, Saint John: Son; Bruce (Michael), Toronto: Beloved pet dog and #1 pal to David "Ceilidh": Brother; John (Bunnie Seeley), Sarnia, ON: Several nieces and nephews. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton Tuesday 7-9pm. Memorial Service at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, Wednesday July 21, 2004, 1:30pm. Rev. Valerie Temes-Taylor officiating. Reception following the Service. Interment, Fair Haven Cemetery. In David's memory, donations to Friends of the Moncton Hospital would be appreciated.

 

HMCS STETTLER

McFARLANE, Ronald Hugh - On May 25, 2002, at Deer Lodge Centre, Dr. Ronald McFarlane passed away peacefully at the age of 84. Ron was born in London, ON in 1917; his family moved to Winnipeg when he was a boy. He is predeceased by his parents, the Reverend Hugh McFarlane and Mrs. Lillian McFarlane; and by his son Hugh. Ron is survived by his beloved wife Marjorie; sons, David (Verla) and Bruce (Maureen) and daughters, Heather Watson (Allan) and Evelyn McFarlane; as well as 13 grandchildren; brother John and wife Joyce; and sister Jean and husband Glen Lawson. Dr. McFarlane graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1941. He then served for five years in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, as chief medical officer aboard the HMCS Waskesiu, Canadas first frigate. He went on to receive his Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in Internal Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954. Dr. McFarlane practiced Internal Medicine at the Manitoba Clinic for over 40 years, mostly in the field of Arthritis and Rheumatology. He was Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Ron enriched his personal life with his love of reading history and archaeology, and travelling. He also enjoyed gardening and duplicate bridge. The family cottage at Falcon Lake was the setting for many years of happy times with his family and friends. Forever he will remain in our thoughts and in our hearts. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., Tuesday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2. Sincerest thanks to the caring and compassionate staff on T3 at Deer Lodge Centre. (the Winnipeg Free Press 27 May 2002)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

McKNIGHT, Shepherd Alexander - 87, of Havelock, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Moncton Hospital with family at his side. Born in Cornhill, he was a son of the late Robert H. and Maude (McCully) McKnight. Shep was a retired diesel mechanic at Cement Cartage and a veteran of World War II with the Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Wallaceburg on convoy duty. He was a lifetime member of the Havelock Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a trapper all of his life. Survived and missed by his daughters Deborah Parlee of Stony Plain AB, Donna Keith (Dennie) of Salisbury, Marlene Layden of Petitcodiac; sons Gary (Diana) of Manhurst, Allen (Betty) of Havelock, Jerry (Vicky) of Glenvale, Kevin (Lois) of Petitcodiac, Ronald (Kelly) of Riverview, Brett (Aislynne) of Havelock; 29 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren including a special granddaughter Michelle McKnight and great granddaughter Britney McKnight of Havelock. Also survived by his brother Angus (Eileen) of Manhurst and sister Sadie Reeder of Lower Coverdale and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Mary Ann (Annie) (2009); daughters Laura Leah McKnight (1982), Sheron McKnight (1982), son Darren (1967), sons-in-law Gerry Layden and Carl Parlee and brothers Elmer and Calvin. Resting at Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Salisbury Road (372-4800) with visiting Saturday, January 5 from 2 - 5 p.m. and where the funeral will be held in the chapel Sunday, January 6 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Jacob Ebbett officiating. Interment at Maplewood Cemetery at a later date. If desired, donations to Friends of the Moncton Hospital or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS WALLACEBURG

McWILLIAMS, Warren Finley, L/Wtr, V30413, RCNVR - born in Summerland, B.C. on June 5, 1916, passed away at the Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver on December 5, 2004 at the age of 88. He was the eldest son of Lloyd and Mamie McWilliams and was a student at Lord Byng High School. He first went to sea as a crewman on the Canadian National coastal steamer, Prince Rupert. He later worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. He met his future wife, Ingrid Grafstrom, at St. Helen's Anglican Church AYPA group and they were married there in 1941. He served on the convoy escort vessel, HMCS Sault Ste Marie on the North Atlantic from 1942 to 1944. After the war, he went back to the CPR, initially in Moose Jaw, but he returned to Vancouver in 1946. He entered the insurance business with the Robert S. Day & Sons Company and later joined the Guardian Assurance Company, with whom he moved to Victoria. The family expanded to include five children, so their home became a neighbourhood source of warmth and lively activity. Warren travelled the length and breadth of Vancouver Island on business and made friends wherever he went. He and Ingrid moved to Comox in 1980 where Warren operated the Guardian branch office, he then joined Comox Valley Insurance and opened their Comox office. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and served the Courtenay Kiwanis Club as President and then as Lieutenant-Governor of Division 15. He was active in Meals on Wheels, Comox Valley Hospice and Emergency Preparedness, and was involved on the board of the Comox Valley Family Life Association which he served as Chairman. He was an active and loyal member of the Anglican church at both the Victoria and Courtenay churches of St. John the Divine. Warren was a modest and kind man of integrity, decency, honour and great good humour. He was always interested in everyone he met so that seniors on his Meals on Wheels rounds, hospital patients, loggers or fishermen he met in pubs, fellow passengers on the ferries anyone would come away feeling that they had made a friend. As well as enjoying good music Warren read voraciously and was always interested in current events and in finding people with whom he could discuss his current interest. He was a wonderful husband and brother, father and grandfather. Warren was truly "an inspiration to us all" as he was often told. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff of the 3rd floor of the Capilano Care Centre for the loving care and attention they always gave to Dad. Warren is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ingrid, at the Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver. He is also survived by his children: daughter Beth Ritchie (Ron), of Comox and children Ian and Kirsten; daughter Alison Roe of North Vancouver and children Brianne and Ryan; daughter Stephanie McWilliams of Vancouver; daughter Heather Oliveras (Robert) of Fort Belvoir, Virginia and children Sarah and Jonathan; and son Scott McWilliams (Alicia) of Victoria and children Rowan, Georgia and Ivy. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce (Sheila) in Bethesda, Maryland and children Sandra, Roderic and Anna. Predeceased by his son-inlaw, Douglas Roe in 2002. Funeral service will be held at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 885 22nd Street, West Vancouver on Thursday, December 9th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Warren's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. (The Times Colonist on 07 Dec 2004)

 

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NASH, Frank T.W. - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank T.W. Nash, MBA/CA, peacefully at the family home on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the age of 91, surrounded by his family. Frank will be sadly missed by his sons Robert, David and his wife Sonia, Graham and his wife Lucie, and Frank`s close and dear friend Pat Mitchell. Frank was predeceased by his wife Patricia (née Wright) and his brother Sub. Lt. Robert A. Nash, who died aboard HMCS Athabaskan during WWII. Frank also served his country in WWII as a Lieutenant aboard HMCS Waskesiu. Born in Wales, Frank came to Canada as a child and attended Queens University (B. Comm), University of Washington (MBA) then joined the Toronto office of Price Waterhouse. Frank retired in 1984 as the Vice-President of Finance for Selkirk Holdings, having spent 20 years in the broadcasting/cable TV industry. Frank was an avid golfer since his youth in Alberta. He was a member of the Oakville Golf Club since 1952, a past President, as well as the Meadows County Club in Sarasota, FL. A memorial service will be held at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm. A special thank you to Dr. Tony Wu and the palliative staff at the Oakville- Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Ian Anderson House (a palliative cancer hospice www.ianandersonhouse.com) would be most appreciated.

 

HMCS WASKESIU

NEAL, Kenneth Martin (Ken) - We have said goodbye to a truly inspirational and great gentleman. Ken has sadly passed away gently and peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on June 21, 2014. born December 30, 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta. Ken lived a full and complete life, a strong, spirited survivor with for more lives than a cat, continually defying the odds but it was his time. A great sense of humor, living with integrity and without regrets. A great example for his 5 generations, 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Survived by his son Ken (Arlene) and his children Ron, his boys Cameron and Justin, Bev, (Stan Dorma) and their children Emily and Kayden, Taunya (Troy Jardine) and their children Charlotte and Jaxson, Ken (Kerri) and their children Michelle and Krystyna. Predeceased by his wife Ruby Kathleen (Kay) in 2000 and his other son Richard John in 2005. The son of a gardener, Ken grew up on a farm just south of Edmonton, leaving at 19 to join the Navy. It turned out to be a 25 year career when he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. His specialty was as an Electrician, serving in every theater during World War Ii and finally the Korean Conflict. 1964 saw Ken retire from the Navy to a private career with Point Ellice Shipyards (Seaspan International) until his final retirement in 1985. Ken's hobbies were numerous, passionate and good at all, cards (crib and poker), pool, curling, golf (3 hole in ones) and then his passion trapshooting (1962 - 2012), fully devoting his time and energy to supporting and raising the quality of the B.C. Trapshooting Association, an executive span of over 27 years holding positions of President, Secretary Treasurer and more. Constant involvement, board positions, delegation and a 5 year period holding several executive positions on the PITA Board, finally being recognized with his induction to the PITA Hall of Fame in 2008. Also, a proud and long time member of the Masonic Lodge, most recently United Service Lodge No. 24. Many thanks to the staff of the Victoria at McKenzie where he resided for the past 8 years, the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the many, many doctors and nurses who loved his optimistic and positive, friendly attitude. A special thought for Margaret Dorf, a very special friend who loved Ken's company, only surviving him by a mere 2 days.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

NICHOLSON, Edward Ian - Ed passed away on June 27th, 2008 and is now with his predeceased family. Born in Charlottetown, PEI on the 3rd of July 1930 to Beatrice and Robert Nicholson. He was proud of his family heritage which ahs been part of PEI since 1803. He served in the Royal Canadian navy for 26 years. He was a life member of the Chief Petty Officers' Mess and the Chief Petty Officer Association. After retiring he became  regional director of stores at Wilkinson Jail for 14 years. In the end, he is so much a part of us, it is like he is still here. We will always remember his calm, steady hand guiding us through life's stormy seas. We are proud to have had such a loving husband and father. Survived by his wife Stephenie and his children Susan, Bob and Tony with grandchildren James, Rick, Pryce, Michael, Stacy, and great grandchildren Ryan. Predeceased by grandson Anthony. Its been a great sail and you met the last storm head on. We will always lovingly remember you and deeply respect you.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

NICKERSON, Augustus (George) - 76, Brass Hill, Shelburne Co. Following a courageous battle with cancer, George passed away July 7, 2002, in Roseway Hospital, Shelburne. Born in Clark's Harbour, he was a son of the late Augustus and Jennie (Nickerson) Nickerson. George was a veteran of the Second World War serving on HMCS Victoriaville as a torpedo man. He was part of the Naval party that boarded the submarine U-190 and escorted the U-boat into Bay of Bulls, Nfld. upon their surrender. Upon leaving the service, he worked with his father in the wood and coal business on Cape Sable Island. He later worked for Canada Customs and Revenue Offices in Clark's Harbour, Barrington Passage, Digby and Shelburne. After retiring from Customs, he worked as a surveyor of fishing vessels for a number of years. George was an honest, kind and fair man who was highly respected by his colleagues and friends. (The Halifax Herald 09 Jul 2002)

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

NICKERSON, John Alexander - aged 86, passed away peacefully at home in Thunder Bay on Thursday, September 9, 2010. John was born at the Nickerson home on 2nd St. South in Kenora on October 27, 1923, the son of George Arthur Nickerson and Mary (Mabel) Isobel Myles Nickerson. He loved Kenora and, throughout his life, spent time every summer with family at the Nickerson camp on Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods. At Kenora High School he was named Athlete of the Year for 1942, playing hockey and basketball as well as rowing at the Kenora Rowing Club. As an adult he was an avid curler and golfer, as well as a gardener and pool player. In sports, as in all his endeavours, he showed tremendous stamina, determination and good grace. He and Irene enjoyed many outings cross-country skiing with friends at the farm on Silver Falls Road. In World War Two, he served as a Naval Officer stationed in Halifax on HMCS Border Cities. He was part of the “Triangle Run,” escorting convoys from Halifax to mid-Atlantic, to St. John’s, to Boston or New York and back to Halifax. After his war service he maintained a lifelong affiliation with the Navy through HMCS Griffon in Thunder Bay. After the war, he attended Queen’s University and graduated as a medical doctor in 1954. He and Irene and their first two children then moved to Port Arthur, where John served as an intern at the Port Arthur General Hospital before opening his own practice as a General Practitioner in 1955 at the Medical Arts Building on Cumberland St. He later moved his office to Parkview Medical Building and Thunder Bay Medical Centre. John served the community as a family physician for over 52 years, retiring on February 29, 2008. In his early years, he was designated by Indian Affairs as physician to many of the First Nations communities. He worked at the Port Arthur General (where he served as President of the Medical Staff in the early 1960s), St. Joseph’s Hospital (where he served as Chief of Staff from 1978 to 1983), the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, the long-term care homes and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He had a traditional, hands-on general practice, including obstetrics, anaesthetics and nightly house calls to families with sick children or elderly. He was devoted to the many families who were his patients, some spanning three generations. In 1995 he was awarded the Ontario Medical Association’s Glenn Sawyer Award for long and excellent service to the community as a physician. He loved his work and the many, many people he worked with over the years. He was married to Irene Mabel Forstrom at the Forstrom home in Kenora on December 30, 1949, and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family in 2009. Irene’s steadfast love and support for John throughout his life made everything possible for him. John and Irene raised their family of six children at their home on North Algoma St. and at their camp at Silver Beach on Lake Superior. In 1989, they moved to Maplecrest Tower. John was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Hugh and George, and his sister Mary (Laverne) Stuart. His surviving sisters are Hazel (William) Strathdee of Kenora, the matriarch of our family, and Joan (Sidney) Forstrom of Vancouver. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Pauline Nickerson and Ellen Nickerson, and many dear nephews and nieces and their families. John leaves his loving wife Irene and their six children: Mary Lou Kelley; Deborah de Bakker (Paul); George Nickerson (Dawn); Catherine Nickerson (Brian King); Joan Duke (John); and Susan Elrick (Steven). His grandchildren are Allison Kelley (Dan Zapior); Beverley Speer (Sean); Mary de Bakker (Sandi Lukic); Peter de Bakker (Jennifer Dagsvik); Johnny de Bakker; Martin de Bakker; Alexander Adam; Jeri Vezina (Josh); Jordis Duke; Joanna Duke; Craig Elrick (Sarah); and Mary Elrick. Great grandchildren are Luka and Sasha Lukic de Bakker; and Connor and Paisley Elrick. We will remember him for his compassion, generosity, and great sense of humour. As he told us, we will “keep plugging away “and “roll with the punches.” A memorial service will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church on Monday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Peter Smyth presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in John’s memory to the “St. Michael and All Angels Elevator Fund,” 675 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay ON P7B 1J1. Arrangements entrusted to the Sargent & Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street.

 

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PALLETT, Roger Albert Frank - Born March 16, 1924 in Manitoba. Passed away in White Rock, BC on September 17, 1999. Roger will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ann; son Jamie (Karen), daughter Linda (Andy) Robinson; grandchildren, Ryan and Laurel; sister Thelma Whitley; and numerous relatives. Roger was with the C.N.R. for 47 years. He also served in The Royal Canadian Navy 1941 - 1944 as a member of the Commissioning Crew of H.M.C.S. Swansea. A service of Remembrance will be held in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 14615 - 16th Ave., White Rock, BC on Friday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Rogers memory would be appreciated. (the Winnipeg Free Press 21 Sep 1999)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

PARADIS, Clement - It is with great sadness that the family announced the passing of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Clement Arthur Paradis on June 1, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospice at the of 82, after a short battle with cancer. Clem was born on April 10, 1923 in Quibel, Ontario, the youngest boy in a family of six. An excellent student, Clem graduated high school at age 17 and joined the navy where he served as a wireless operator on the HMCS Victoriaville in WWII. When he returned from the war he worked as a miner in Normetal, Quebec and alongside his father in his auto garage. There was nothing that Clem could not fix or repair and he had a natural ability for all things mechanical. Clem a long-time resident of Thunder Bay worked as a millwright with the Millwrights Local Union 1151, retiring in 1986.Clem will always be remembered for his quick wit and sociable nature. He loved to fish and the company of family and friends. He took pride in his home of 52 years and loved to groom the grounds with his riding mower and tend to his greenhouse. He was predeceased by his father Ovide and mother Marie, brothers Henry and Robert and sisters Stella and Teresa. Clem will be sadly missed by Helen, his loving wife of 56 years, daughter Joy (Ken McKirdy); son David (Dale) and granddaughter Morgan; brother Armand (Isabelle) and his nieces and nephews. A prayer service will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at Jenkens Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre, 226 S. Syndicate Avenue, at 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 13, 2005 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Rosslyn Road, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Alex Barrion presiding. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the St. Joseph's Hospice or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

PASIEKA, Arnold Roy - Passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, at the Welland Hospital, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in his 88th year. Loving husband and lifetime companion of Joyce (Mrs. P) for 61 years. Dear father of Cheryl (Roger), David (Brenda), Janice and Ellen (Bob). Beloved "Gramps" to Kimberly (Doug), Kirsten, Spencer, Kendall, Jensen and Keely. Will be missed by his four-legged friends Logo, Tucker, Lucy, Milo, Bailey, Kocher and Beau. Arnold was born in Sifton, Manitoba and lived on the family homestead near Flin Flon along with his twin brother Arthur and younger brother Clem. At an early age while in grade 10, Arnold volunteered for service in the HM Royal Canadian Navy. In 1944 he was called for active service and served on the HMCS Strathadam. After his discharge in 1946, utilizing a Veterans Affairs grant, Arnold completed high school and one year of engineering at the University of Manitoba. He then worked as a diamond driller for the next 3 years before returning to engineering at St. Patrick's College (Carleton) in Ottawa on a combined hockey and football scholarship. It was there he met and married Joyce. Upon graduation in 1953, Arnold moved to Sudbury to work for Inco. Three years later he joined Falconbridge Nickel Mines where he spent the next 20 years working as chief mining and research engineer in Toronto. He later joined Hatch & Associates before retiring in 1992. Throughout his career Arnold travelled the world. Uganda, Rhodesia, Botswana, Russia and the Dominican were especially near and dear to his heart. Arnold's many passions included golfing, fishing (although he is still waiting to land "the big one") and for those that knew him best, as a great "handy-man". He taught many of us that anything can be fixed with a little "duct-tape", a stapler, a saw and a few rusty nails. In his retirement, Arnold took up painting and many of the childrens' walls are adorned with his work. The Memorial Service to Celebrate Arnold's Life will take place on Wednesday, April 30th at 3 p.m. at the James L, Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers and as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to either the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (the Toronto Star 29 Apr 2014)

 

HMCS STRATHADAM

PATTERSON, Donald Morley (Don) - born November 8, 1925, Regina, SK, passed away peacefully May 16, 2008 at the age of 82. Don is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Drena. Son, David (Susan), grandchildren, Laurel (Joel) and Josh. Daughter, Donna (Ralph), granddaughter, Cheryl (Aaron), and special great granddaughters, Ella and Harmony. Don is also survived by his; sisters, Ethel (Frank), Audrey (Bill), Pat (Phil); brothers, Eddie and Bob (Betty); Drena's sisters; Mary, Pat, Anne and Kathy; Drena's brother Lou; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Don was predeceased by his father Harold; mother, Mabel; step-father Leo; brother Bill and also his wife Helen; sister-in-law Leona wife of Eddie; father-inlaw, Albert, mother-in-law, Lily; brothersin-law, Lionel, Bill husband of Anne and Burns husband of Kathy; sister-in-law, Dorothy wife of Lou. Don proudly served his country 2 years in the Navy on HMCS St. Boniface. For 36 years Don worked for the City of Regina Transit System retiring in 1983. He then worked for the Corps of Commissioners for 13 years. Don will always be remembered as a hard working, loyal and dedicated man, who was always first to lend a helping hand when needed. Don loved restoring antique Radio's, collecting coins and was an avid sportsman which included hockey, baseball, golf, curling and of course football. He was a Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket holder for over 50 years. Don also loved a good match of crib. He loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great granddaughters. Don has left a lasting impact on all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of Don's life will be held on Friday May 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter's R.C. Church, 100 Argyle St., Regina, with Rev. John-Baptist Okai and Rev. A.A. Vandendriessche officiating. A private inurnment will be held at Riverside Memorial Park. Flowers are gratefully declined, friends and family so wishing may make donations, in Don's memory, to the Saskatchewan Lung Association, 1231 8th Street, East, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0S5 or charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of 3D of the Pasqua Hospital for their kindness and care.

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

PATTERSON, Leagh - It is with heavy hearts that the Patterson family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Leagh, of Calgary on Friday, October 17, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Leagh will be forever remembered by his loving wife and companion of sixty-three years, Dorothy. His spirit will live on in his five children and their spouses: Lucill and Len Maddison, Dean Patterson, Lorea Patterson, Leao and Ron Vermeylen, and Daren and Denise Patterson; fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Leagh is also survived by two sisters, Bobbie and Peggy. He was predeceased by his infant daughter Ledona. Leagh was born in Calgary, AB on March 6, 1922. He was one of seven children. At eighteen, Leagh joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on the HMCS Portage. His ship was in port in New York, NY, when he met his Wren, Dorothy and they were married shortly after in Winnipeg, MB, on December 28, 1945. Leagh was a member of the 264 Legion and attended monthly luncheons with his fellow "Undaunted". In 1960, Leagh entered into the bowling business working his way up from a manager to an owner. Once an owner, Leagh began the company Alberta Bowlerama, which throughout the years was comprised of many different bowling centers. It was his love of bowling and the business that gave Leagh the opportunity to travel the world as he served on a variety of provincial and national boards. Once his children had grown and began families of their own, Leagh and Dorothy continued Leagh's acquired love of traveling, stamping their passports with as many destinations around the world as possible. A Celebration of Leagh's life will be held at Leyden's Funeral Home (304 - 18 Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. The Patterson family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Eau Claire Retirement Residence for the compassion and care they provided to Leagh and his family during his final days.

 

HMCS PORTAGE

PEARSON, John Joseph Kee (Jack) - was born on October 3, 1901 in Clarlougheske, (Irontown), Town of Donegal, Donegal, Ireland, and died February 8, 1974 in Grimsby, Ontario. He emigrated from the farm district of Donegal to the industrial regions of southern Ontario in 1921. He married Mary Elizabeth White around 1922. She was born March 15, 1897 in Belfast, Ireland, and died October 15, 1993. They were married in Toronto, ON in a ceremony that was kept secret because he was, like many Irish immigrants, applying for a position on the Toronto police force, and they only hired single men. Vision problems kept him off the force, and they re-settled in Hamilton, Ontario, where he went to work in the locomotive round house at the Steel Company of Canada, Hilton Works. Bothered by the abuse of immigrant workers, he became active in the secret movement to bring the trade union to Stelco, and was appointed to the first Works Council which was the company’s attempt at co-opting the labour movement. When World War II started, he was too old for active duty, but lied about his age to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He sailed in the North Atlantic Convoy on the HMCS Wentworth, and the HMCS Port Hope. Eventually, he became an Engine Room Artificer. After WWII, he returned to Stelco, and with his leadership training in the RCN, he was promoted to management in the locomotive round house. This ended his involvement in the trade union, but his sympathies remained with the immigrant worker, and he became a charter member of the Stelco Credit Union in an effort to give the workers an alternative to the big banks.

 

HMCS WENTWORTH, HMCS PORT HOPE, HMCS LOCH MORLICH

PEET, Samuel Arthur, CPO, BOSN - 92, Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that the family announces his sudden passing while visiting family in St. John's, NL on August 28, 2010. Born in St. John's, he was the son of the late Harold John Peet and Winifred Parsons. Sam joined the Royal Navy at the start of the Second World War. He was a veteran of many naval battles, including the Bismark, the Murmansk Run, and survived the sinking of the HMCS Valleyfield in the North Atlantic 400 miles off St. John's. Following the war, he worked for Trans Canada Airlines in St. John's. Following Confederation when Canada joined Newfoundland, Sam was the first Newfoundlander to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy. He subsequently served on several ships, including carriers, destroyers, frigates, tankers and naval auxiliary. After retiring from the RCN, Sam served as an officer and captain in the Merchant Marine. In 1936, Sam met and later married Marjorie. They spent 68 wonderful years together. Sam was happiest spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam will be loving remembered for is charming wit and storytelling. Dad had a passion for his writing and was a natural artist. Dad captured his wartime experiences in his novel "Of Other Times", which he wrote for his family. Dad's leisure time was happily spent sailing and travelling. Sam's favourite traditional naval toast was "Absent Friends". Sam was recently predeceased by his loving wife Marjorie. He was also predeceased by eight brothers and three sisters. Sam is lovingly remembered by his children: daughters Sandra Lambie (James), Dartmouth; Janet Pratt (Peter), Newmarket, Ont.; sons Greg Peet (Carol) Ken Peet (Iris) and Stanleigh Peet (Janis), all of Dartmouth. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Janet Bryson (Steve Myrer), Sean Bryson, Alan Pratt (Daryl), Michael Pratt (Misty), Dan Peet (Lori), Tami Peet, Erin Peet, Gregg Peet (Deidre), Mallory Peet and Taylor Peet. Sam had nine great-grandchildren: Ryan and Ben Myrer; Paige, Laiken, Nolan and Sophie Pratt; Owen and Oliver Pratt and Madeleine Peet. Sam is also survived by his sister-in-law Barbara Peet, Holiday, Fla. Sam will also be missed by his nieces and nephews who gave him many wonderful memories. The family would like to thank the Peet and Butler families for their kindness and support during our private services held at "The Cabin" in Newfoundland. A special thanks to Ron and Pat Butler. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8 in the Chapel of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or The Salvation Army.

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

PERKINS, Edward John (01 Feb 1941 - 24 Aug 2006) - Devoted son, loving brother, uncle and friend, Ed or Eddie, as he was affectionately known to friends and family, tragically passed away after an exceedingly courageous battle with cancer. In 1958, at the age of seventeen, Eddie joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served five years in peacetime as a naval electrician. During this time, he travelled to Japan, Fiji and the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMCS Sussexvale. Upon his departure from the Navy, Eddie took up a career in the construction industry as a painter. Following the unfortunate passing of his father in 1983, Eddie devoted his life to the care of his mother, Florence. A member of the No. 1 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Eddie had many friends and a loving family who stayed by his side through his final days. He had a huge heart and a good sense of humour right to the very end. He is survived by his loving mother; his sister Wilma; his nieces, Shannon, Shelley and Colleen; as well as his great-nephews and niece. Also left behind are his Aunt Esther, Aunt Wilma and Uncle Humphrey and their families and a multitude of friends and neighbors. He will be greatly missed and his spirit will live on in those around him. (Farewell, we love you and we miss you). A Graveside Service will be held Friday, September 1, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Queen's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Rosedale Hospice (Hospice Calgary Foundation, Suite 900, 833 - 4 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 3T5). Our deepest gratitude goes out to Crystal, Janice, Gloria, Scott, Steve and everyone at Rosedale. (The Calgary Herald 31 Aug 2006)

 

HMCS SUSSEXVALE

PETTICK, Joseph - was born in Nyirparasnya, Hungary on October 8, 1924. His family immigrated to Kipling, Saskatchewan in 1927 and settled in Regina in 1929. Pettick completed his primary and secondary school education in Regina. During The Second World War, Pettick worked, from 1939 to 1942, as a machinist and tool designer for Regina Industries Ltd. in the manufacture of anti-tank guns. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as a stoker aboard the HMCS Stone Town engaged in convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Joseph's architectural career began in 1946 as an apprentice with Portnall & Stock Architects. He was registered as an architect with the Saskatchewan Association of Architects in 1954 and started his own firm, Joseph Pettick Architect Ltd., that same year. In 1955, Pettick attended the School of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied Aesthetic Design, City Planning, and Structural and Mechanical Engineering. In 1996, Pettick enlarged his business by forming P3 Architecture (Pettick Phillips Partners Architects Ltd.) in partnership with Colin Phillips. As of 2005, he'd executed over 1000 commissions, either as sole practitioner or as a member of a partnership. His buildings define the skyline of Regina, the most recognizable being the SaskPower Building (1963), City Hall (1976), the SaskTel Building, and the Bank of Montreal (1981). Joseph received special recognition for his accomplishments including a Massey Medal for Architecture (1961); election to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (1967); the naming of the shelter and administrative premises of the Regina Humane Society “The Joseph Pettick Animal Shelter” (1983); the B.O.M.A. Award for Design for the Bank of Montreal provincial office building (1988); election to Life Membership, Saskatchewan Association of Architects (2002); an honourary Life Membership, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2004); an Honorary Life Member, Regina Construction Association (2005); an Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Regina (2005); and the investiture into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2005). He also sat on various boards and associations, both locally and nationally including: the Saskatchewan Association of Architects; the Regina Housing Authority; the Structural Advisory Group of the National Research Council; the Saskatchewan Construction Council; the Saskatchewan Design Council and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. His interest in societal issues produced numerous treatises and publications related to governmental reform, nuclear energy, and northern development. Joseph died in Regina on September 12, 2010.

 

HMCS STONE TOWN

PETTIT, Kenneth Frederick (1922-2014) Passed away at Forest Heights Long Term Care in Kitchener on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the age of 91. Ken is survived by his loving wife Jean (Tonkin) whom he shared 69 years of marriage. Dear father to Joanne (Tom) Malcolm and Rick Pettit, he will be missed by his grandchildren Colin (Joanna), Jennifer, Meghan and great- grandchildren Taylor and Ashley. Uncle Ken will be missed by the Tonkin family, his sister-in-law Helen Atkinson, and his many friends who knew him to be the life of the party. Ken proudly served his country as a signalman with the Canadian Navy, on HMCS Portage, doing Convoy escorts during WWII. Ken's personality made him a natural salesman, and he enjoyed a career with McHale & Savage Shoes that took the family from London, Vancouver, Calgary and Kitchener, ending with Sears in Kitchener until his retirement. They have many fond memories of their time spent in Heartland Estates, Hanes City, FL and Grand Bend during their retirement years. Ken's family would like to thank, Dr. Smart, Dr. Bodkin and their staff for his care over the years and a very special thank you to all of Ken's "Sweethearts" at Hewson House for their kindness and support of our family. At Ken's request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Ken's life will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS PORTAGE

PIERCE, Frederick Lawrence -75, 243 Church St., Amherst, died November 11, 1998, in Highland View Regional Hospital, Amherst. Born in Wolfville, he was a son of the late Herbert and Annie (Marchinshowski) Pierce. He had owned and operated F.L. Pierce Refrigeration most of his career until he retired. He served overseas during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves on HMCS Stormont which had participated in the D-Day landings. He was a member of Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church; Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10, Amherst; AF&AM Acacia Lodge 8, and Ducks Unlimited of Amherst. He was an avid curler and golfer and took an active interest in community affairs. Surviving are his wife, the former Christena F. Dunbar; sister, Margaret (Mrs. Edgar Murphy), Grande Pré, Kings Co.; brothers, Marshall, Kitchener, Ont.; John, Denmark, Colchester Co.; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant daughter; sister, Mary Martin; brothers, Frankie Joseph, Lewis, Donald, Douglas. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, legion service 7 p.m. Saturday, both in Furlong's Funeral Home, Amherst. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday in Cumberland Memorial Chapel, Amherst, Rev. Allan Griffin officiating. Burial in Port Howe Cemetery. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or any charity. (The Halifax Herald 13 Nov 1998)

 

HMCS STORMONT

PIKE, Raymond - It is with sadness, we announce the passing of Raymond Pike at St. Paul's Hospital, on November 14, 2006 at the age of 87 years. Ray was born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan on November 12, 1919 to Cecil and Eva Pike. Ray grew up on the farm in rural Maidstone, Saskatchewan and was enlisted in June of 1942 into the RCNVR. He took his basic training at the HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon and his Visual Signal training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe. Ray went on his first ship, the HMCS Transcona, which departed out of Halifax. Ray's second ship, which he was also part of the commissioning crew, departed from Quebec City in 1943. He preformed escort duty on the west coast and then as well as the North Atlantic. Raymond then left Riviere du Loup in North Ireland and joined the HMCS Sussexvale escort duty. He spent his time in the English Channel until VE Day. He discharged in September 1945 and moved back to Maidstone. In July of 1946 he married Dorothy Fay Doherty, and in March of 1949 they had a daughter Lora Lynn (Darrel). In April 1956, Ray moved from Maidstone to make his home in Saskatoon. When Ray arrived in Saskatoon, he started a job with McKee Moving and Storage and then moved to Modern Laundry. After a short time with Imperial Life, Ray then started to work for Canadian Linen until he retired. He was also with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. Ray was involved with several service clubs over the years. While living in Maidstone, he was a member of the Kinsmen Club and when Ray and Dot moved into Saskatoon, he was an active member of the Elks Club and the Optimist Club as well as the Canadian Legion in later years looking after the artifacts room for the Navy. After moving to Saskatoon, Ray and Dot were very busy with two ball teams. Ray was the President of Playgrounds Softball League for 2 years, as well as a coach of boys and girls softball for over 20 years. While Ray coached the teams, Dot was right beside him, assisting as score keeper and chief supporter. Ray's first team as a coach, was a girls team that won the Bantam city Championship, and his second was a boys team who were Provincial Champions in Pee Wee Boys in 1970 and in Midget boys in 1974. Ray also served in many capacities on the Saskatoon Minor Executive, which included: Pee Wee Boys and Girls Commissioner ; President ; Treasurer ; President and Bantam Commissioner . Ray also represented the North-West zone as a minor ball representative on the Softball Saskatchewan Council from 1968 to 1973. In 1973, he was recognized for his achievements by receiving the Softball Canada Minor Award. Throughout these years, Dot was the City Registrar for minor ball from 1965 to 1976. In 1981, she was recognized for her contributions by receiving the Softball Canada Minor Award. In 1983, both Ray and Dot were awarded the Darren Lipinski Memorial Award for their outstanding contribution to softball in Saskatoon. Ray always had a love for singing, and in his later years, joined the Chimo Chordsmen, which he found great happiness for. Ray was a loving father and a devoted husband, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, 1231 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0S5. A service will not be held at this time, a funeral announcement will be published in the future. (The The Star Phoenix 17 Nov 2006)

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS TRANSCONA

POWER, Edmund Lawrence, CD (11 Aug 1914 - 13 Mar 2009) - passed away suddenly in his 95th year. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick to Austin and Mary (McCarthy) Power. Predeceased by his parents, his sisters Alice (Lou) McGrath, Irene (Clarence) Buchanan and Gertrude (John) Russell and brothers Austin (Marion) Power and John (Bertha) Power. Betty his wife of 64 years passed away 2 months ago. Ed leaves his daughters Mary (Larry) Wold, Irene (Bob) Lanoville, Kathleen (Jim) Currie and grandchildren Helen (Tim) Goodwin, Dean (Allison) Lanoville, Alison (Ally) Wold, Lindsay (Mark) Markocic, Bryce Wold, Jennifer Currie and James Currie; great-grandchildren Jessica and Kyle Goodwin and Aidan Lanoville. Sister-in-law Bridie Kane, brothers- -in-law John (Olga) Devlin and Tom Harvey; Anne Marie McGrath- niece/de facto daughter; many nieces and nephews, cousins in Canada, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Italy. He will be greatly missed by life-long friends Harold (Mac) and Betty-Lou Mac Kinnon, and his god-daughter Darlene (Dan) Taylor, Courtney and Justin (USA). At age 19 he was the New Brunswick Light Weight Champion in Boxing. He was a Speed Skater competing against Saint John skater Charlie Gorman who went on to be a World Champion. Ed joined the RCNVR and was very proud to be a member of the first Canadian built frigate "HMCS Waskesiu". He married Betty on September 14, 1944. Ed and the family moved across Canada after he joined the RCAF. He was a UN Peacekeeper in El Arish, Egypt (Gaza Strip) 1960- 61. They enjoyed retirement by travelling overseas, back East and South USA. We want to thank Dr. Dale Magnuson and the terrific staff of Delta ECU Mountainview Manor for not only Ed's terrific care but support to him. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Delta Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2009, 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 3900 Arthur Drive, Ladner, BC. Fr. Leo Cameron officiating. "The Duct Tape Man has left the Building" (The Vancouver Sun 19 Mar 2009)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

PRICE, William Ralph (Bill (16 Jul 1925 - 26 Dec 2010) - It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Bill. He was predeceased by his parents Victor and Helen. Family meant the world to Bill. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years Lorraine, his children Larry (Jan), Val (Kevin), Bonnie (Dax), grandchildren Jacki (Andrew), Tracy (Duffy), Amy (Lucas) and Wil and great-grandchildren Hayden, Keyton, Amanda, Dan, and Osha. Bill is also survived by his brothers Frank (Lilly), Ron (Marion) as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends who will all feel a void in their lives. Bill was born in Comox in 1925. Although living in Powell River he spent many summers in Comox staying with his Granny Price and cousins. Bill ran off to join the Navy at the young age of 16. He served in the North Atlantic on HMCS Stormont. This is where the mystery began regarding the loss of his first finger! He was proud to serve his country and attended many reunions with his shipmates over the years. Bill met and married the love of his life Lorraine in 1948, starting their family in 1950. Bill was always his own boss. He and Lorraine operated the taxi business in Powell River until he moved “the girls” to Comox in 1972, where he joined his cousin “CB” in a new career of house construction. He took pride in the houses they built, including his own that the family moved into in 1975. There will be no service as per Bill’s wishes. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers kindly consider donating to Relay for Life Team Scotia (at Comox branch) or the Michael Bro Heart Transplant Trust fund at the Medicine Shoppe, Comox.

 

HMCS STORMONT

RALPH, George, AB, 4122, RCN, MPK - 07 May 1944 - was born on September 23, 1923 at Vancouver, BC. He was the son of Mary Ralph of 257 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver and the late George Ralph. His parents were married in 1917 at Vancouver, BC. George had two older brothers, John William and Daniel McPherson Ralph and one younger sister, Violet Mary Ralph. George enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy on January 27, 1941 at Esquimalt, BC as a boy sailor at the age of 17 years and four months. His stature was 5 feet 11 inches, chest 36. His occupation at the time of his enlistment was fisherman, and his residence was Quathiaski Cove, BC. On his 18th birthday he signed up for a seven year engagement, official number 4122. George underwent naval training at the shore establishments HMCS NADEN in Victoria and at HMCS STADACONA in Halifax and on armed merchant cruiser HMS RANPURA; armed yacht HMCS BEAVER; and destroyer HMCS RESTIGOUCHE prior to his posting to Corvette K234 HMCS REGINA on January 21, 1942 for sea duties. He was promoted to the rank of Able Seaman, Gunner on July 5, 1942. AB Ralph joined HMCS REGINA one day after her commissioning. Able Seaman Ralph served for 609 days on REGINA and was present on 45 convoys including Mediterranean and Africa patrols in addition to protecting the Halifax, Boston, and New York to the United Kingdom convoys. From September through November 1943 he underwent further training ashore. George was posted to Frigate K329 HMCS VALLEYFIELD on December 8, 1943, once again, one day after her commissioning. This new ship was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U548 on May 7, 1944, 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland during her fourth convoy escort duty. One hundred and twenty-five of her ship's company of 164 personnel were lost when the ship exploded and sunk within five minutes of the torpedo striking the ship’s ammunition magazine. AB Ralph was listed as missing - presumed dead. George Ralph’s name is engraved on the Halifax Memorial. Honours and Awards: 1939 – 45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Medal & Clasp; CVSM & Clasp; War Medal

 

HMS RANPURA, HMCS BEAVER, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS REGINA, HMCS VALLEYFIELD, HMCS NADEN, HMCS STADACONA

RANDELL, Robert (27 Oct 1941 - 10 Oct 2015) - With both sadness and relief we share news of the peacefully passing on Oct 10, 2015 of "Uncle Bob God the Fireman", Robert "Bob" Randell, with his daughters Carolyn (Mike, Emily) Bendall and Sue at his side. he leaves a large circle of family and friends who will miss him dearly and are deeply grateful to have been a part of his long and joyful life - especially his devoted wife Donna who has been his constant companion since on a date she kindly set fire to her own kitchen in an effort to let Bob play the hero; our Mom and his first wife Maureen with whom he shared not only us kids but also a long and friendly history that enabled us all to live warmly and closely as one family unit; his big sister Janet (john, Jim and Doug) Beattie who has always shown so much love, affection and slightly bemused bewilderment for her mischievous sibling; his younger brother and partner in crime Bill (Sharon, Chrissie, Jackie and Judd) Randell, who is possibly relieved that he no longer has to look over his shoulder wondering what prank or joke is coming next (headfirst outside the upstairs window? Once was enough....) and Bob's dearest Aunty Wink, Isobel Fishleigh. Bob was born to Ian and Beth Randell on Oct 27th, 1941 in Regina, joined the Navy in 1960 to escape the frozen prairie and see the world, and found his promised land in Victoria where he has been happily settled since 1964. He joined the Oak Bay Fire Department in 1964 and eventually retired as Chief in 1996 after a long career in the company of his many comrades and friends in that and other departments in the area.

 

HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS MACKENZIE

ROBINSON, Charles Ernest - Peacefully at home with his family on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Beatrice (nee Yule). Devoted father of Diane, Edward (Nancy) and Ron (Kelly). Cherished grandfather of Parker, Chelsey and Austin. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends and relatives and will be sadly missed by the surviving crew of the HMCS Waskesiu. The family will receive friends at the Doney Funeral Home, 318 Main St. E., Shelburne on Monday from 12-2 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation at Flesherton Crematorium. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 15 Jan 2011)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

ROBINSON, Clayton Lindsay Nelson, Surgeon Lieutenant, RCNVR, MD (1919-2011) - nicknamed “Robbie,” passed away in his home on 13 November at the age of 92. He was born in Chapeau, Quebec, and raised on a farm in Meath, Ontario, the youngest of three sons who were all destined to become doctors. Educated in the Ottawa Valley towns of Pembroke and Renfrew, he graduated early from Queen’s Medical School in 1943 and volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves. He served on the HMCS Middlesex in the Atlantic convoy escort as a surgeon lieutenant until the end of the Second World War, when he joined the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy and traveled to Ceylon for 3 months. He was very proud of his time in the Navy and loved telling stories about life on the high seas. After the war, Clayton demonstrat­ed anatomy at the University of Toronto under Dr J.C.B. Grant and wrote Grant’s biography in 1993 for the Canadian Medical Association. His medical training in thoracic surgery continued in Vancouver and England, and he met his wife, Kathleen, at Southend-on-Sea Hospital. They were married on St. Patrick’s Day 1952, and honeymooned in Ireland. Clayton and Kathleen lived in Sas­katoon from 1958 to 1966, where he was a member of the Department of Surgery and worked at University Hos­pital. He was president of both the Canadian Thoracic Association and Saskatoon Medical Association in 1965. The family moved to Vancouver in 1966 and Clayton worked primarily at VGH, Shaughnessy, and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, and as a professor of surgery at UBC. His work was his passion and he was much loved by his patients and hospital staff. His crowning glory came in 1982 when he was invited to give a Hunterian Lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in London. He was extremely honored by the invitation. In 1984 Clayton turned 65, and along with 14 other physicians lost his privileges at Vancouver General Hospital. They challenged this newly created hospital bylaw on the grounds that it infringed upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the basis of age discrimination. This precedent-setting case was eventually heard in the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990 and became the basis for many of the mandatory retirement policies of today. Clayton loved the sea and the mountains. He built two sailing ding­hies and a family cabin at Whistler, where family and friends shared many happy times. Although Kathleen was the social planner, Clayton loved making Irish coffees to “splice the main brace.” He was an avid reader, frustrated gardener, and regular attendee at the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Opera, and Vancouver Men’s Welsh Choir. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, in 2009, and his brothers, Clarence in 1993, and Cecil in 2010. He will be greatly missed by his children, Moya (Chris), Elspeth, Richard (Jacquie), and grandchildren, Lucy, Anna, Tessa, Andrew, and James. - Richard Robinson, MD Nanaimo (Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 54, No. 1, January, February 2012, page(s) 43)

 

HMCS MIDDLESEX, HMCS PROTECTOR

ROCK, Raymond (Born: 01 Oct 1922) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest Raymond on Friday, January 22 at the Lancaster Chartwell Residence. Beloved husband for 65 years of the late Theresa and caring father of the late Allan and the late Kenneth. Cherished brother of Marion Blanchard, and the late Edward Rock (Jenny), Alex Rock (Stella), and Jessie Rock Desjardins. Raymond is survived by his sister Marion and many nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and friends. Raymond was born in Lachine, Quebec and after his stint in the Royal Canadian Navy in communication (HMCS Portage) from 1942 to 1945, he established Rock Hardware in Lachine and married the love of his life, Theresa. Raymond entered Municipal politics in 1951 and served as alderman for the City of Lachine Provost Ward from 1951 to 1963. Always active in all levels of politics, he ran for office in the federal riding of Jacques Cartier-Lasalle and was elected Liberal Member of Parliament in 1962 for four terms. Raymond served on Standing Committees for: Veterans Affairs, Environmental Pollution, National Defense, Public Accounts, Regional Development and many more. In 1966, Raymond purchased land in Lancaster, Ontario, and by 1967 established Lancaster Park, a family campground that enticed campers from all over. Raymond's most cherished moments were operating Lancaster Park with Theresa and many family members and friends by his side. The family wishes to thank the personnel at Chartwell Lancaster for their excellent and loving care of Raymond. Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 46 Oak St., Lancaster, ON (613) 347-3629 on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9 to 11 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. As a memorial to Raymond, a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows- memories live. (The Montreal Gazette 08 Feb 2016)

 

HMCS PORTAGE

ROSCOE, Joseph Frank - Peacefully on Thursday April 9, 2009 Joseph Frank Roscoe passed away at Fred Douglas Lodge with his family by his side. Joe was born in Austin, Manitoba on July 24, 1923. He married the love of his life Norma, and together they shared over 58 years together. Dad proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy on board the H.M.C.S. Wallaceburg during the Second World War. After the war Dad resumed his career with the Canadian Pacific Railway. After 45 years of service he retired in 1983 as a conductor on Via Rail. Dad made many life long friends throughout his life in the navy, on the railroad, and in retirement. He enjoyed swimming, golfing, playing crib and he also enjoyed his friends dearly and kept in touch with them as often as he could. Dad was a kind, caring and honest man who put others needs ahead of his own, especially those of his family. He was deeply loved and respected, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Dad will forever be remembered and cherished by his loving wife Norma; his son Murray (Wendy); his daughters, Jo-Anne, Donna, and Brenda (Don); his grandchildren, Kristy (Charles), Danny (Jen), and Stacey (Ross). He also leaves four great-granddaughters, Vayda-Lee, Mackenzie, Karlee, and Riley who he cherished dearly. Joe also leaves his brother Jack of Virden, Manitoba as well as many nieces and nephews. Joe is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Kathleen, his brothers Stan and Edward, and his sisters, Stella, Lottie, Kay and Bea. We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Fred Douglas Lodge and to those special people who took such gentle and heart warming care of Dad over the past year. We, as a family, were very proud and honored to have had Joe as our Dad. After 85 years of always giving of yourself it's time for you to rest in peace, and for us to let you go. Good Bye Dad, we will always love and cherish you. In keeping with Joe's wishes his family will honor his memory in private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe's memory to Fred Douglas Lodge at 1275 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg MB, R2X 0B8. Chapel Lawn. (the Winnipeg Free Press 13 Apr 2009)

 

HMCS WALLACEBURG

RUSHTON, Harry A. - a World War Two naval veteran, passed away in his 87th year on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian Rushton (nee Gadd); dear father of Mary Lou Baggaley, Linda Gillespie, Robert Rushton (Roberta), Carol Ann Huggett, and the late James Rushton (Joan); and dear brother of Isabelle Neal (Russell) and Dorothy Saltmarsh (Len). Harry also will be remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and will be missed by his comrades from HMCS Waskesiu and many others. Friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home “Georgian Chapel,” 264 Burton Ave. in Barrie, Ont., on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10 a.m., with a memorial service in the chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Lung Association. (Fort Frances Times 07 Apr 2006)

 

HMCS WASKESIU

RUTHERFORD, Robert (Bob), Radar Plotter / Maintainer, RCN, C.F., CPO1 - was born on August 23, 1939 in Sutherland, Saskatchewan. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Radar Plotter on HMCS Unicorn when he was a teenager. He served on HMCS Margaree and HMCS Saskatchewan on the west coast before going to CFB Halifax in 1964. In 1966 he returned to the west coast and served on HMCS Mackenzie, HMCS Qu’Appelle, and HMCS Kootenay as a Radar Maintainer, Air Controller, and Senior Radar Plotter before joining the Fleet School in 1974. Bob joined HMCS Gatineau as the Operations Coordinator with the rank of CPO2. In 1981 he joined Sea Training and in 1982 he was promoted to CPO1 and became Coxswain of HMCS Venture and, in 1984, Coxswain of HMCS Kootenay until 1987 when he joined the Canadian Forces Fleet School as the Combat Operations Training Officer. During his 31-year career in the RCN and Canadian Forces he was well known for his close association with, and hard work for, many organizations, including the Chiefs and Petty Officers’ Association, the Canadian Forces Sailing Association, and the Chiefs’ and Petty Officers’ Mess. Bob was a member of Legion Branch 172 Esquimalt Dockyard for 22 years until he passed away in 2008.

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, CFB HALIFAX, HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS KOOTENAY, CFFS, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS VENTURE

SAMSON, Kenneth - Peacefully Ken passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the age of 85 years. Ken is survived by his wife of 64 years Alice, daughter Cheryl (Gord), son Tom (Deb), grandchildren Jeff (Karen) and Cassie and great-grandchildren Ashley, Ken and Scott. Ken was predeceased by parents, Thomas and Elizabeth and brothers Jerry and Brian. Ken was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up in Medicine Hat, AB. He started work with CP Rail at the age of 17 as a machinist apprentice. He enlisted in the navy in 1943 serving on the HMCS Wentworth and later on the HMCS Toronto. He continued his employment after the war with CP Rail working in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, AB, Moose Jaw, SK, and finishing his career as manager of the Winnipeg Diesel Shop, after 43 years. Upon retirement, Ken accepted two consulting positions overseas, in Cairo, Egypt and Indonesia, bringing home a wealth of memories and stories. Ken and Alice travelled extensively overseas and have great memories of their many adventures. In his younger years, Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping with the Good Sam RV Club and the occasional gambling trip. The past three summers were spent at Millers Campground with many new friends. Ken was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 63 years. Alice and family would like to thank the entire staff of Brummitt-Feasby ALS House for their kindness and excellent care of Ken over the past year. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., with interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Brummitt-Feasby ALS House, care of ALS Society of Manitoba, 493 Madison St., Winnipeg, MB, R3J 1J2. (the Winnipeg Free Press 05 Apr 2010)

 

HMCS TORONTO, HMCS WENTWORTH

SAULNIER, Dennis W. - 85, of Dayton, Yarmouth County, died on October 15, 2010 at the Yarmouth Hospital. Born in Eel Brook, N.S., he was the son of the late Evelyn (Saulnier) and Jeremiah Saulnier. He was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in the Canadian Navy in May, 1943 at the age of 17. He proudly served his country overseas from November 1943 to September 1945 aboard HMCS Stormont, a ship noteworthy for her exceptionally long periods at sea. During this time he participated in convoy escort operations and his ship played a role in the invasion of Normandy, France that was part of D-Day. He was an active and faithful member of Saint Ambrose church, having served for many years as an usher and former parish council member. He was a life member of the Yarmouth Lions Club, serving his community with tireless dedication for 50 years and holding numerous positions, including past president. He was especially committed to the preservation and maintenance of the Lions Club Community Centre on Parade Street. He was a well-known local contractor, operating a painting and flooring business, J.J. Saulnier & Son Limited. He retired in 1988 after 35 years in business. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen (Baker), daughter Melanie Kelly (Stephen) and son Randy (Kathy). He was tremendously proud of his six grandchildren, Ryan (St. John's), Daniel (Halifax), Meghan (Victoria), Katie (Montreal), Colin (Charlottetown), and Hannah (Yarmouth). He is also survived by his sister Edna Saulnier (Dayton) and his brother Victor (Moncton). He was predeceased by his brothers Junior and Camille. Donations in his memory may be made to the IWK Children's Hospital, the Children's Wish Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Visitation was held at Sweeny's Funeral Home in Yarmouth from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, October 18 with a Lions Club Memorial Service at 7:30 pm followed by prayers at 8:00 pm. Family flowers only. A funeral mass was held at Saint Ambrose Cathedral at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, Father John MacPherson officiated. Interment followed at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. A reception was held at the Yarmouth Lions Club on Parade Street.

 

HMCS STORMONT

SAUNDERS, William James (1924-2005) Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 4, 2005, age 80 years. Jim was the beloved husband of Theda (née Burnett) Loving father of Susan Bellingham, Nancy and her husband Ted Maitland and dear grandfather of John, Elizabeth and Sarah. Also survived by his sister Joyce and her husband Harold Barber of Winnipeg, and their children Brian, Darryl and Beverly. He was predeceased by his father, William Saunders, his mother, Mary Ellen Little, his stepmother, Elizabeth Ann Little and a sister Janet in infancy. Jim was born in MacGregor, Manitoba. He took his early schooling there before joining the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1943, where he served as a Signalman on H.M.C.S. Middlesex doing convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he returned to school, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.Comm. (Hons). In 1950, he joined Dominion Life in Waterloo, retiring in 1985 as Vice President, Individual Operations. Jim was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and served on a number of industry committees including Council Member of the Canadian Home Office Life Underwriters Association and President from 1973-1974; Canadian Life Assurance Association Committee on Privacy as well as the Committee on Actuaries (1966-1967). Jim was an ardent curler and played in both Senior and Masters competitions at the Provincial level. He was President of Men's Curling and Mixed Curling Committees at the K-W Granite Club. Over the years, he was a Chairman of several committees organizing national curling competitions held in K-W such as two Canadian Mixed events, the World Junior and the 1986 Brier. In 1991, he was honoured to be named a Life Member of the K-W Granite Club. Jim had a marvellous 20 years of busy retired life. He volunteered his time as a Loaned Representative to the United Way in 1985 and 1986 and also as Account Executive in 1987 and 1988. He enjoyed his family immensely and the time and vacations they spent together. Visitation will be held at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Wednesday (today) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home Thursday, October 6, 2005, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Rick Hawley officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association and can be arranged through the funeral home.

 

HMCS MIDDLESEX

SCALES, Norris Joseph (Joe) Cyril - (born October 5, 1917, Darlingford, MB). Following a courageous battle with cancer and diabetes Joe passed away on November 8, 2005 at the Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford, comforted by his wife and daughter by his side. Joe and Mildred were married in October 1939, and moved to Winnipeg in 1940 where he was employed as salesman for the Co-Operative Dairies. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served until 1945 as a gunner aboard the HMCS Seacliffe on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. In 1978 Joe and Mildred retired and moved to Abottsford to be closer to family. He and his wife enjoyed many years wintering in Arizona. Joe loved to travel and was an avid golfer and curler and loved crib. Joe and Mildred celebrated 66 years of marriage on October 8, 2005. Joe will be deeply missed and forever cherished in memory by his loving wife Mildred and daughter Bonnie (Ray) of Nelson, BC, granddaughters Michelle (Brian) of Vanderhoof, BC, Tracey (Russell) of Kimberley, BC, great-grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Meghan and Jasmine; Joe's brother Mac Scales of Winnipeg, MB and sister Viola Rampton of Virden, MB. He was predeceased by his parents Pearl and William Scales and brothers Earl, Wesley and Bill. Joe shared our love, our hopes, our hardships and our happy times. Thanks for the years you gave us. We pray that when you left us, you knew how much we cared. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Diabetes Association. A funeral service was held at an earlier date. (the Winnipeg Free Press 03 Dec 2005)

 

HMCS SEA CLIFF

 

SIMLE, Roy J. - It is with profound sadness that the family of Roy Simle announces his sudden passing on September 23, 2009 at the age of 85 yrs. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2009, 1:30 p.m. at W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Chapel with Della Ferguson officiating. Royal Canadian Legion and Army, Navy and Air Force Veteran's Funeral Rites will be conducted. Visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Roy was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and poppa. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife of 62 years Margaret, his son Gord (Carolyn) Simle of Calgary, AB., daughter Patricia (Mark) Collins of Atlanta, Georgia, and daughter Sharon (Don) Williams of Moose Jaw, SK; granddaughter Bobbie Lipsit and great-granddaughter Karlee Lipsit - Calgary AB; grandsons: Matt Collins - Charleston, S. Carolina, Jeff Collins - Washington, D.C., Craig (Katherine) Williams - Regina, SK, and Kevin Williams Moose Jaw, SK, as well as nieces, nephews, numerous friends and neighbours. Roy was predeceased by his parents Julius and Katie Simle, his sister Phyllis Porter (2008), daughter-in-law Terry Lee (Jones) Simle (1976), and infant baby granddaughter Meghan Katherine Williams (1989). Roy was born in Debuc, SK on March 7, 1924, and at age 15, moved with his family to Watrous, SK. He served in the navy from 1942-1944 as a minesweeper on the HMCS Winnipeg. He then became a fireman on the CN Railroad. In 1945 he began learning the watch-making trade at W.J. Stephenson Jewelry in Watrous. Here he would meet the love of his life, Margaret (Hill) Simle and they were married in Imperial, SK in 1947. Roy and Margaret moved from Watrous to Moose Jaw in 1952 where they raised their 3 children. They lived on Grace St. for 52 years before moving into the M.J. Mulberry Estates in 2004, where they resided at the time of Roy's passing. Roy was a long-time downtown M.J. business man, being a watch-maker by trade. He first became manager of Bloss Jewelers, then Prentice Jewelers. And, starting in 1967 he worked as manager of the Peoples Jewelers downtown store until his retirement at age 65years. Although, he continued to repair watches and clocks anytime he was needed so that many of Moose Jaw's timepieces continued to run, on time, as a result of his expertise and willingness to help! He was a member of the M.J. Kinsmen, K-40, Masonic Lodge, and was past president of the M.J. Shrine Club, as well as years of volunteer work, delivering meals-on-wheels, and working bingo fundraisers in the community. Dad was very proud of his children, and grandchildren, and loved to regale stories of them to the Mulberry residents. In these latter years, he has been a devoted care-giver to our mom. They celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary on July 30th of this year, and, as Dad with his quick wit would say that's a pretty good run. He will be greatly missed, and cherished in the hearts of our family. He will live on in the sparkle in our eyes loving, quiet, gentle, and wise. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Patient Travel Fund, 1767 Main St. N., Moose Jaw, S6J 1L6. In living memory of Roy, a tree will be planted in Besant Park by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home.

 

Roy joined the RCNVR in Watrous, SK and served from 1942 until 1945. He was drafted to HMCS Winnipeg 30 Jan 1944, joining her for a voyage to New York.

 

Portrait of Roy Simle - 1942        Roy Simle with his father Julius Simle, Watous, SK, c1942

 

Newspaper article photo:  Local Watrous boys in Navy Enjoy Reunion in Halifax - Herb Penner, Roy Simle, Gordon McMaster, Bill Carlson, Lorne Dagert, George Mason (source: Prairie Reflections- Watrous, SK and District History Book)

 

HMCS WINNIPEG

SMALL, Robert Johnston, V31751 (31 Dec 1923 - 10 Jul 2013) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bob will be remembered by his loving wife of 62 years Marion; daughters Barbra Campbell, Susan (Tom) Neumann; sons Bob (Peggy), Ron (Klara), Dave (Marcy); and brother Rod (Alma). He will also be missed by 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bob was predeceased by his parents Robert and Dorothy, and his sister Edith. Bob proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and retired as District Chief of the Edmonton Fire Department after 30 years of dedicated service. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Howard McBride Chapel of Chimes, 10179 108 Street, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta or the SPCA. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans for the very special care and compassion shown to Bob and our family.

 

HMCS STORMONT

SMITH, Brien Kemp - Passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital, from a struggle with pneumonia on March 21, 2010 in his 91st year. Predeceased by his wife Louise in 1997. Survived by his son Stephen, his granddaughter Sarah, daughter- in-law Lynne, sons Alex, Brien and daughter-in-law Hilary and grandsons Jeremy and Joshua. Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. Lieutenant (E) on the HMCS Stormont, he received the award of Mention in Despatches. In civilian life, Brien continued his love of sailing in Georgian Bay. He was also active in both skiing and tennis until 2005. He rose to the office of Director of Hydraulic Generation and Transmission Division in the early 1980s at Ontario Hydro. Fondly remembered to his employees as 'BK'. The family is deeply grateful for all the compassionate care received from each person on staff at Sunnybrook as well as the personal support workers. In lieu of flowers, please support the Sunnybrook Foundation. We also commend the entire Staff at 4 Teddington Park for their kindness over the past two years. Memorial Service and Reception: Sunnybrook Veterans' Chapel (H Wing), 11 a.m., Saturday, April 3rd. Reception in the Blythwood Room. (The Toronto Star 26 Mar 2010)

 

HMCS STORMONT

SMITH, Everett - The death of Everett Smith occurred Friday, August 12, 2011 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Everett was born January 14, 1924. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in the fall of 1942. In 1943 he volunteered for Combined Operations and commando training in Scotland. He served on Infantry Landing Craft LCI (L) 255 as Able Bodied Seaman Torpedo Man in the Normandy Campaign landing British troops on Gold Beach. He returned to Canada and studied Leading Torpedo Operator and was drafted to the minesweeper H.M.C.S. Ungava and served until the end of the War minesweeping approaches to Halifax Harbour. Everett was made an Elder in Trinity United Church in 1955 and made Honorary Elder in 1991 and was active in boys-work. He was part of the founding members of the New Glasgow Lions Club and served the community from 1951-1967. Everett had been an active and happily committed member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and the Royal Canadian Legion Normandy Branch No. 34. Everett was predeceased by his parents C.P. Smith and Annie (Murray) Smith; his wife Vera (Fraser); his sister, Francis Nowlan. He is survived by sons, Murray and Bill; daughter Hannah Corser; grandchildren: Cayce and Tyler Smith, Noel and Aaron Corser, Rachel Jacobs; great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday, August 15 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 16 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. A celebration of Everett’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in Trinity United Church, Temperance St., New Glasgow with Rev. Dr. Jim Shaffner officiating. Reception to follow. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. Royal Canadian Legion Br. 34 and the Admiral Murray Royal Canadian Naval Association will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to conduct their service. Everett: “I have finished the race.”

 

LCI(L) 255, HMCS UNGAVA

SMITH, Raymond - Sadly on December 24, 2012 with his beloved wife and best friend Marilyn and their children by his side, Ray passed away, at the age of 73 years. Dad is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; sons Martin (Meaghan), Jameson and left to remember him always his daughter Cherryl; granddaughters Ashley, Amanda, Melynda, Reyd, Merissa, Merranda and grandson Madison will all miss Grandpa; brother Al (Joyce) and sister Darlene (Bob) and families. Ray was predeceased by his parents Norman and Merle Smith. Ray worked for the Winnipeg Free Press for 36 years in the composing room. Ray and Marilyn also operated Crossroad Stamp and Coin for 20 years. During his retirement years, Ray enjoyed attending car shows with his classic 1975 Imperial, walking every day at St. Vital Mall and meeting his BK buddies. Ray had many collecting interests; stamps, coins, sports cards, casino chips just to name a few. A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2012 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of their choice. (the Winnipeg Free Pres 29 Dec 2012)

 

HMCS PORTAGE

SORENSON, Hap - Died: 17 Dec 2007

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

SWEENEY, Francis James Dennis (Frank) - Frank passed away at the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington on Thursday, September 25, 2008. Frank was in his 85th year of a wonderful life. Frank was predeased by his ever-loving wife Joyce of 48 years, may you now always be together. Frank is the much loved father of Michael (Janet) of Halifax, Craig (Spring) of Guelph, and Sean (Nathalie) of Ottawa. Frank is the cherished grandfather of Todd, Mark, Deirdre, Kimberly, Kerry, Sterling, Sabrena, Kyle, Jordan, and great-grandfather of Jade, Nathan, Ashleigh, Spencer, Emily, Ethan, and Jaden. Frank was predeased by his brother Murray (Connie). He will be greatly missed by his companion Lorraine Borton and family. Frank is survived by two wonderful brother?s in-law & Sister's in law Jerald & Agnes Dooley, Donald & Barbara Dooley. Frank was a veteran of WWII having served with the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS St. Boniface, Frank then went to work for the Canadian National Railway where he stayed his entire career. Frank was also a long time member of the Burl-Oak Navel Veterans. Private Cremation: Visitation at Smiths Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington on Tuesday September 30, 2008 from 9:30am until the time of the Navel Veterans Service and Funeral Prayers to be held at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS ST. BONIFACE

TETRAULT, Noel William, RCNVR, RCAF (24 Dec 1925 - 23 Mar 2014) - Noel passed away quietly at NRGH. The family expresses thanks for the care and kindness Noel received. Born in Calgary on December 24, 1925. At 15, he served with the 2nd Battalion Edmonton Fusiliers before enlisting in the Navy in 1943 as a stoker. After training, Noel was posted to St. John's, NL and HMCS Middlesex. Demobilized in December 1945 he returned to Calgary. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1950, serving with 412 Transport Squadron, then with Transport Command HQ. In 1960, Noel was with the RCAF in the Congo under UN Command. In 1962, he went to First Air Division HQ in Metz, France, and was posted back to NDHQ between 1965 and 1969. He went to CFB Esquimalt in 1969 and to Nanaimo Military Camp until 1975, when he retired from the forces. He worked eight years for Canada Post before retiring, finally, in 1983. Noel has been a Legion member for forty years in Nanaimo. Noel is survived by his brother Leo, his son Richard Tetrault, and his stepson Michael Dowd. He will be remembered at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 29 Church St, on March 26 at the 11 AM service. An informal reception will follow at the Fireside Restaurant, in Kiwanis House, Kiwanis Crescent. (the Nanaimo Daily News 25 Mar 2014)

 

HMCS MIDDLESEX

TIERNEY, Patrick - Born in Winnipeg, MB. Left home at the age of 15 to proudly serve his country in WWII as a seaman, aboard the HMCS Sussexvale. Moved to BC and trained as a welder. Patrick was a proud union man (Local 170) and a life long defender of the unfortunate and a social advocate. He also loved a good political debate. Survived by his wife Lil, kids, Glen (Eva) and Patsy, grandchildren, Lenna and Patrick, siblings, Ken, Gene, Jo, Ruth and many other relatives and friends. We wish to thank Dr. Allen and the staff at Marrwood for their love and dedication. Details on the memorial call 604-576-2418. (The Vancouver Sun 27 Sep 2006)

 

HMCS SUSSEXVALE

TOMLINSON, Albert William - WWII Peacefully at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the age of 88 years, one day before his 89th birthday. Albert, beloved husband and best Pal of the late Irene (2006). Loved father of Gregory and his wife Susan of Ottawa and Keith and his wife Donna of Barrie. Loved grandfather of Jacqueline, Vanessa, Michael, Stephen and Douglas. Loving great- grandfather of Griffin, Liam, Finley, Cohen and Seth. Friends may pay their respects at the Morris Funeral Chapel, 4 Division St., Bowmanville on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 12-1 p.m. Funeral Service complete in the Morris Chapel on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. Cremation and interment of cremated remains at Mt. Lawn Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Albert's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. ( Toronto Star 30 Apr 2013)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

VENNER, Leslie Roy - Veteran of WWII. Peacefully, with family by his side, on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Vera. Cherished father to Lynda (George), Jill (Jack), Terry (Jane) and Ron (Teri). Adored grandfather to Lisa, Cori, David, Michael, Peter, Sarah-Jane, Megan, Steven and great-grandfather to Cameron, Connor, Colleen, Ryan, Andrew and Baby ?. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW), on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 10 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation.

 

HMCS WASKESIU

VERMUNT, Charles Edward (18 Oct 1926 - 05 Jun 2002) - affectionately known as "Big Ed", passed away peacefully on June 15, 2002 after an extended illness. Ed is survived by his wife Edna; and his sons, Terry (Suzanne), Rod, Rick (Susie); and daughter Marni (Gord) Pedersen. In addition to his children, Ed was incredibly proud of his eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His parents, Jack and France Vermunt, and his brother John predeceased Ed. He is also survived by his sister Madeleine Keeling. Ed was born October 18, 1926 in Strathmore, AB. Most of his younger life was spent in the Strathmore area. He joined the navy at a very young age and served on the HMCS Victoriaville during World War II. He met Edna Josephine Hartell in 1945 while home on leave and they were subsequently married in 1946. Ed and Edna began their life together in Strathmore, later moving to Calgary. In 1964, they moved to the Didsbury area where they have remained ever since. Ed was a dedicated tradesman. He ran a successful electrical contracting business for many years prior to his retirement. He was a man blessed with a great ability to build and repair things. His entire family will miss him for this singular quality. After his family, one of the great loves of Ed's life was his involvement with Lions International. Amongst many of his roles within the organization, he served as District Governor of District 37E for the period 1991 to 1992. He maintained his active participation with the Lions to the end of his life. Though gruff as a bear at times, Ed had a heart of gold. He was always willing to provide help when help was needed. In fact, he was happiest when serving others. He was actively involved in the administration of affairs of St. Cyprian's Anglican Church in Didsbury. Ed has now been called to serve in a higher and nobler capacity. Ed never met a stranger. He was warm and friendly to everyone he met. The opportunity to meet new people and talk with them was one of the driving forces of his life. The many people he befriended throughout his life will remember Ed fondly. A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. at the Didsbury Memorial Complex. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Lions Club International. (The Calgary Herald 20 Jun 2002)

 

HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

VYSOHLID, Milan Anthony (1925 - 2007) - passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Centre on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at the age of 81 years. Milan was born in Frank, Alberta, on October 26, 1925. In 1943 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the Frigate HMCS Wentworth until the end of World War II. Upon returning to Canada he attended both the U of A and UBC campuses in Electrical Engineering. As an electrician, his career was varied and he worked in Bellevue and Blairmore coal mines, for the CPR and his own business. In addition to his career as an electrician, in the early 1960's he owned and trained race horses as well as being a frequent guest on CFCN radio Outdoorsman Show. He married Dorothy in 1951 and they raised their sons in Calgary. Since his youth Milan was an avid outdoorsman who took great pleasure in hunting and fly fishing with his many friends in the hills and mountains south and west of Calgary. Milan was a great story teller and eager to share both his adventures and knowledge of the back country with others. His greatest source of joy and pride were his two sons, his grandchildren and the time that he and Dorothy were able to spend with them. Milan will be deeply missed by his loving wife Dorothy (Garshman); his sons, Mendel (Carla) and Joel (Ann); his grandchildren, Chanel, Lauren, Sophie, Derek and Justin. He will also be dearly missed by his sister Geraldine (Lou) Harpur; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Milan was predeceased by his parents, Annie and Jerry; his brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Margaret; his sister Annie (Hughes); and his nephew Bob. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. In living memory of Milan Vysohlid, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS WENTWORTH

WADDELL, Aubrey D. - The death of Aubrey D. Waddell, of 37 Quispamsis Road, Quispamsis, husband of the late Florence (Paynter) Waddell, occurred on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in South Bay, NB, he was the son of the late Clyde Spence and Mildred Regina (McEachern) Waddell. Mr. Waddell was formerly employed with Battery and Electric for many years, and then later worked with DVA Transport from 1955-1982 and retired in 1988 from the Saint John Regional Hospital Ambulance Department. He was a veteran of World War II, serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy in the United Kingdom and the North Atlantic on the H.M.C.S. Strathadam. He is survived by two sons, Laurence A. and his wife Barbara and Robert A. and his wife Ruth, both of Quispamsis, three brothers, Eldon, Donald (Wanda) both of Saint John and Cecil (Joanne) of Martinon, one sister, Lois Kirkpatrick (Ross) of Hoyt, sisters-in-law, Sylvia Waddell, Leona, Matilda and Edith Paynter and Lily Simpson, grandson, Mark Waddell, grand daughters, Susan McLean (Keith) of Toronto, ON, Karen Davenport (Deryck) of Rothesay and Janice Nice (Robert) of Kelowna, BC, four great grandchildren, Tyler and Courteney Davenport and Cameron and Braeden McLean, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Reginald and Charles and one sister Arlene Ingalls. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral service will be held at Brenan's Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, June 7, 2004 at 2:15 PM. Interment in Cedar Hill Extension Cemetery. Remembrances to World Vision or the charity of the donors choice would be appreciated. The Royal Canadian Legion will hold a tribute to a Veteran Service on Sunday at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.

 

HMCS STRATHADAM

WALTON, George A. Passed away on Sunday, May 4 at the Veteran's Hospital in St. Anne de Bellevue. Beloved husband of Theresa (nee Fallon). Dear brother of Irene (deceased) and Martha (deceased). Loving father of Michael (Sue) and Jane (Graham Solomon). Devoted Grandfather to Fallon, Bridget, Andrew, and Michael. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A WWII Navy Veteran on the Corvette H.M.C.S. Seacliff, retired from Montreal Lithographing, and an avid golfer, George lead a full life. Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 9, St. Veronica's Parish, 1300 Carson Ave, Dorval. Reception following at the Forest and Stream Club, 1800 Lakeshore Road, Dorval. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. (The Gazette 06 May 2008)

 

HMCS SEA CLIFF

WARREN, Jack Hamilton (Jake), O.C. - After a short stay at Ottawa General, Jake has passed away in the full embrace of his loved and loving family. Born in April, 1921 on an Ontario tobacco farm, he was raised and educated in Ottawa and completed his studies at Queen's University, Kingston, B.A., LLD. In World War II he welcomed responsibility as a naval officer on many ships, notably HMCS Valleyfield which was torpedoed and sunk in the frigid North Atlantic in 1944. His survival only ensured and reinforced his commitment to deliver a genuine public service to a country that he loved. An interest in trade and internationalism brought him post-war to the Department of External Affairs and in due course to appointments as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1971-1975) and Ambassador to the United States of America (1975-1977). His focused dedication and overwhelming work ethic were rewarded with varied positions of significance throughout his life, including Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (1968-1971). In 1977 he returned to Canada to act as Ambassador and Canadian Coordinator of the Tokyo Round of World Trade Negotiations (1977-1979). Upon his well-deserved retirement from the federal public service, but still hungry for intellectual challenge, he accepted the Vice-Chairmanship at Bank of Montreal and then represented the Province of Quebec as its Free Trade Policy Advisor during NAFTA negotiations. He received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award in 1975 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982. The many achievements in his professional life only pale against the happiness and love that he shared with dear Joan, his wife of 55 years, his four children, Hilary, Martin, Jennifer (Charlie), Ian (Andrea) and his grandchildren, Andrew, Colin, Alec, Beverly, Thomas, Madeline, Emily, Jack, Robert and the late Fiona, who will miss his great wit, dining-room table exuberance and unsuccessful efforts at discipline. He has been a great friend of many and his absence at Round Table, CHIMO, Stammtisch, White Pine and on the salmon rivers will be conspicuous. Funeral service will take place at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 MacKay Street on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the NAC Orchestra Bursary would be appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 03 Apr 2008)

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

WARREN, Walter Gerald (Gerry) Peacefully, on Sunday, February 22, 2004, at the Concordia Hospital, Gerry passed away at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his wife Margaret; son Gary; daughter-in-law Barbara; grandson John; and granddaughters, Andrea and Noelle Rutledge. Gerry served in The Royal Canadian Navy aboard the H.M.C.S. Wentworth for three years. Upon returning home, he accepted employment at M.T.S. and remained there for 33 years. In accordance with Gerrys wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Gerrys memory may be made to the Childrens Wish Foundation of Canada (Manitoba Chapter), 350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2. (the Winnipeg Free Press 24 Feb 2004)

 

HMCS WENTWORTH

WHITLOCK, Roy Nelson (Buck) - The Maritime Hockey Leagues will never again see another individual with such scoring ability as Roy Nelson “Buck” Whitlock of Charlottetown. Born January 5, 1924, Buck Whitlock was a star performer in the Maritime “Big Four” League from 1946 to 1956, scoring a record 428 goals and making 528 assists for a total of 956 points. In so doing, he established five scoring records and twice broke the League’s mark for total points. In the 1956-57 season, “Buck” was in the Island League and in January of ’57, he garnered his 1000th scoring point in a game played at Summerside Civic Stadium. If this sounds amazing, consider the fact that statistics are unavailable from his days in Junior Hockey, his performance with New Glasgow in the Nova Scotia APC League and his time with Sandy’s Royals of Charlottetown in Island and Maritime Leagues. It’s estimated that Roy Whitlock has scored more than 700 goals during his career. Buck’s impressive 10 years in the Big Four League began with the Moncton Hawks in 1946-47, when that team had such notables as Wes “Bucko” Trainor [inducted 1983], Maurice “Mouise” Dowling [inducted 1981], Sammy MacManus, “Chick” Charleston, Hughie MacDonald, and “Fritz” Fraser, to name a few. Buck finished 10th in the scoring with 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points. In 1947-48, he won his first Big Four Scoring Championship with 59 goals and 35 assists for 94 points. He tailed off somewhat in 1948-49 with 18 goals and 30 assists for 48 points, which placed him 12th in the scoring parade. This season appears to have merely been an opportunity for Buck to catch his breath, because in 1949-50, he moved to the St. John Beavers and won the scoring crown again. He amassed 64 goals and 49 assists for 113 points, making it his greatest scoring season up to that point. He topped this personal best the following season, when he won the League Scoring Championship again, this time setting a league record with 57 goals and 67 assists for 126 points. In 1951-52, “Buck” was back home in Charlottetown with the Islanders and finished 7th on the strength of 32 goals and 59 assists for 91 points. Although this was a drop of 53 points from his previous total, he redeemed himself the following season with the 1952-53 Islanders by breaking the Big Four League’s total points record for a second time and winning the Scoring Championship with 55 goals and 73 assists for 128 points. He finished 3rd in scoring after the 1953-54 season before taking the Scoring title for a fifth and final time during the 1954-55 season. He ended his Big four days with the Fredericton Capitals in the season of 1955-56, during which he scored 31 goals and picked up 58 assists for 89 points and 7th position in the scoring parade. On the night of March 9, 1953 at the Charlottetown Forum, “Buck” was recognized for his scoring prowess on the occasion of his 300th goal. His fans presented him with a new automobile at centre ice along with many other wonderful gifts. Buck had the opportunity to move onto what some might have considered bigger and better things, but he turned down a tryout with the Montreal Canadians and instead remained in the Maritimes. In baseball, he was a most feared hitter, wielding a bat that resembled that of the mythical “Ozark Ike” of funny paper fame. It has been said that Roy Whitlock could have played in the majors had he been scouted at an earlier age. Roy Whitlock’s performance on the ice lanes and ball diamonds are all the more amazing when one considers the fact that he was involved in a mishap during the Second World War while serving with the Royal Canadian Navy on board the HMCS Valleyfield. The ship, carrying 164 people, was torpedoed. Buck was one of only 38 survivors, and his 14-hour stay in the cold, icy waters while awaiting rescue resulted in permanent injuries to his legs, due to which he often required assistance in lacing up his skates. “Mr. Maritime Hockey”, “Old Eagle Eye”, “Slick Buck” and “The Old Lamplighter” were just a few of fans’ nicknames for their hockey hero, who didn’t retire right away following his Big Four career. He found “youngness” again in Oldtimers Hockey. In the 1975-76 season, he led the Charlottetown Oldtimers to the City Senior League Championship, the “B” Division Championship of the National Oldtimers Tournaments in Lethbridge, Alberta, and to the runner-up position in the International Oldtimers Hockey Tournaments in Amsterdam, Holland. Sadly, Whitlock passed away on September 15, 2003 at age 79. He lived long life and accomplished a great deal in the game of hockey. (Source: PEI Sports Hall of Fame)

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

WIKSYK, Nickolas (16 Dec 1919 - 09 May 2014) - The eldest of three children born to the late Mr.&Mrs. Alexander Wiksyk in Mellville, SK, Nickolas served in WWII on the hospital ship HMCS Letitia in 1940 until end of the war. He married the late Margaret Wilkinson in 1945, and they had two children Brian and Sheryl. He loved music, especially playing accordion, which he did for over 80 years. Nickolas worked as one of two Environmental Health Quarantine Officers with Vancouver Port Authority and was awarded the Gov't of Canada's long term service medal in 1984. Nickolas is survived by his two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as his younger siblings Mary and Peter and their families. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A funeral service will be held 1:30 pm Wed. May 21 at Ocean View Funeral Home - 4000 Imperial St.

 

Canadian Hospital Ship LETITIA

WILLMENT, Irving Frank Ashley - of Calgary passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Centre early Saturday morning, February 26, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Irv was husband to his beloved Joan Willment in a marriage that spanned fifty-seven years. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Jo-Anne of Calgary, his son Steve and grandson Chance both of Prince George, BC. Born in Windsor Mills, ON, on April 14, 1925  to Louisa and Frank Willment, Irv was raised in the Town of Mount Royal in Montreal. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at nineteen years of age, serving on the frigate H.M.C.S. Sussexvale, assigned to submarine patrol in British coastal waters. After the war, he worked in Toronto, where he married Joan Cooper in 1952. They spent their family years in Pointe Claire, on the West Island of Montreal. As he progressed through the sales departments in the paper industry and later the hosiery business, he became Vice-President, Marketing, a position which took the family to Belleville and Toronto. Wherever he went Elsa, his dear Labrador Retriever and later Chelsa, a Golden Retriever were always by his side. His helpful, gentlemanly and gentle ways led to close friendships that survive today. We will all miss his fabulous sense of humour, creative ingenuity and participation in many, many humorous events. His greatest love was listening to Joan playing the piano and enjoying her concerts given over the years. In 2000, both arrived in Calgary to be closer to their adult children. Again, many close friendships were made while they enjoyed independent living, and later when they relocated to Valley Ridge Lodge in Calgary. The residential community he so enjoyed ranged from young adults to senior residents and for each he developed a special relationship. The Lodge shall be forever remembered as a wonderful community to Dad and we express thanks to the staff for their many kindnesses over the years. In mid-January of this year Irv was admitted to the Foothills Hospital and later transferred to the Peter Lougheed for major surgery. The Willment family wishes to express their gratitude to the physicians, specialists and nursing staff at the Foothills Medical Centre and to the Surgical Unit No. 29 at the Peter Lougheed Centre for their professional and thoughtful care to Dad. A Celebration of Irving's Life will be held in the ""Labyrinth Room"" at Knox United Church (506 - 4 Street S.W.) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a light reception in the Knox Theatre. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Rosedale Hospice, 920 - 7A Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2M 3J3 (Telephone 403-284-5195). In living memory of Irving Willment, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS SUSSEXVALE

WOOD, Dennis Edward - On April 21, 2014, Dennis passed away peacefully at Grace Hospital. Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Dad is lovingly remembered by his daughters Wendy (Jim) and Jo-Anne (Gabe), son Wayne (Bonnie), grandchildren Christopher (Breanne), Adam (Jennifer), John (Sara), Brenlee (Greg), and Victoria (Trevor), great-granddaughters Taiya, Charlee, Harley and Storm, great-grandsons Tyson, Dryson, Draven, Austin, and Logan, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Evangeline, father James, mother Florrie, stepmother Madge, brother Rodney, sister Ruth Lindell and nephew Wayne. Dennis was born on May 28, 1924 in Winnipeg and grew up in Transcona. He participated in many sports but excelled in football, playing with the Transcona Nationals where he was named MVP by the Transcona Rugby Club in 1947. He went on to become a football referee and was a member of the Manitoba Football Officials Association. Dennis met Eve at Grand Beach in 1945. They were married in October 1947 and celebrated 62 loving years together. Following in his father's footsteps, he was hired on at CNR as a messenger in 1941. Dad enlisted in the Navy in early 1943. He said he joined the navy because, as a prairie boy, he wanted to see the ocean and travel to new places. His final posting was on the HMCS Winnipeg which he took great pride in for the rest of his life. When he was discharged in 1945 he resumed his career at CN, retiring in 1986 as Manager Administrative Services. Dad's mentorship was invaluable to his children and grandchildren. Always keeping busy, dad enjoyed gardening, travelling, golfing, entertaining, working with wood, and spreading his charm. When asked, "How are you today?", Dad's reply would always be "Handsome, good looking, intelligent, easy to get along with, nice personality and very, very modest." It always made people smile and laugh. We are most grateful to the dedicated staff and volunteers at Deer Lodge Centre T4 for enriching Dad's life every day in so many ways. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dad's memory to Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg MB R3J 0L3. A service in honour of Dennis' life will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg. (Winnipeg Free Press 31 May 2014)

 

HMCS WINNIPEG

WRIGHT, Gordon Henderson - On Friday, March 15, 2013, Gordon Wright of Edmonton passed away at the age of 89 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Isabel and children, Kenneth (Grace), James (Frida) and Kathleen (Ian), as well as grandchildren, Megan, Benjamin, David, Jessie, Jacob, Jonathan, Kenny, Matthew, and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn. He was predeceased by his daughter, Beth and son- in-law, Mark McCullough. Gordon served aboard the H.M.C.S. Swansea during WWII and had a career in the public service of the province of Alberta where he established the Labour Research Department and acted as its Director from 1968 to 1983. He proudly served as president of the R.C.N.A., and volunteered for numerous community organizations including the Poppy fund. A Celebration of Gordon's life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Greater Edmonton Poppy Fund (www.poppyfund.ca)

 

HMCS SWANSEA

WURTELE, Alfred Charles, Capt., RCN - Born: 17 Aug 1897, Kingston, Ont   Died: 31 Aug 2000, Esquimalt, BC. After his naval service he was a Councillor of Esquimalt Municipality in 1946 and he was the Reeve of the Municipality of Esquimalt 1952-65. He was made a Freeman of the Municipality of Esquimalt in 1987. He was for many years the oldest living Canadian naval officer.

 

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