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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ABERCROMBIE, Albert William (Bert) - Born: 09 Feb 1923 in Regina, Sask., died on 28 Nov 1997 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Bert volunteered for the RCNVR on 05 May 1941 in Fort William. He was awarded the following: The war Medals: the 1939-1945 Volunteer Medal with clasp; the Atlantic Star and the Battle of the Atlantic Star. At the time he left the service he held the rank of Stoker Petty Officer/ERA 4c. He served in the ship's boiler rooms as a member of the ships' 'black gang'. During his service he served on two ships, a Bangor class mine sweeper, HMCS Mahone (J159), from 30 Oct 1941 until 23 Mar 1943. He was then posted to Halifax (HMCS Stadacona) for extended training, and upon it's completion he was posted to a Castle class corvette, HMCS Orangeville (K491), from 21 Feb 1945 until 15 Jul 1945; although he was on leave from late may 1945 and got married in Port Arthur on May 25th 1945 and remained on leave until being demobilized on 22 Aug 1945 at Fort William, Ont.. His ashes are interred at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Oliver Road, Thunder Bay along with those of his wife.

 

HMCS MAHONE, HMCS ORANGEVILLE

ABRAMS, Dean, PO (14 Sep 1922 - 13 Jun 2002) - native of Wallaceburg, employed at Dominion Glass Co. until he joined the Royal Canadian Navy May 18, 1942. After undergoing training was assigned to the Bangor class minesweeper HMCS Kenora which was on the triangle run from Newfoundland to Boston. In January of 1943 the Kenora was transferred overseas to Portsmouth as base. In mid 1944, Dean, as helmsman knew something major was planned as his ship was engaged in minesweeping operations in the English Channel prior to D-Day in June of 1944. His ship was target of heavy German land fire off Cherbourg France during D-Day engagement. In June of 1945, Dean was discharged and returned to work at Dominion Glass Co.

 

HMCS KENORA

ALBRIGHT, Gordon - Suddenly, on Monday morning October 25, 1999, at his home in Beausejour, Man. Mr. Gordon Albright, passed away at the age of 78 years. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 44 years, Lilly W. (Reinhardt) his son Kendall and his wife Jane and grandson Peter; his daughter Sherri and her husband David and grandchildren, Christie and Zachary; and his sister Bernice Bond of Winnipeg. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Harold L. and Stella; and his brothers, Bill and Dana. Gordon served in the Royal Canadian Navy for four years during the Second World War as a decoder on the Minesweeper the HMCS Milltown. He was a member of the Beausejour Legion No. 132 for many years. Following the war, he attended the University of Manitoba for three and one-half years. He came to Beausejour to open and manage the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission Store in October, 1953 and remained there until his retirement in 1986. During his lifetime here, he served on several local organizational boards in various capacities. He loved all nature, also travelling, curling and golfing. He was a most loving husband, father and grandfather. He can never be forgotten or replaced. He was a great man who loved his children, and his grandchildren will miss him terribly. We will all sadly miss his wonderful outlook on life and sense of humour. We love you, Dad. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sobering Funeral Chapel. Viewing will take place on Wednesday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., also at the Sobering Funeral Chapel. Rev. Kelly Thomson will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Variety Club of Manitoba or to the Children's Research Foundation. Sobering Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Park Ave. E. Beausejour, Man. in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 27 Oct 1999)

 

HMCS MILLTOWN

ARNFIELD, William (Bill) - Passed away in Port Alberni, BC on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the age of 89. Survived by Marie, his loving wife of 62 years; daughters, Terry (Bill) Legenza and Shelley; son, Spencer; and granddaughter, Kendal. He was Kendal's adoring "Gappy". Born in Toronto, Bill spent most of his life in Ontario. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for four years. Bill was a proud veteran of WWII serving aboard the HMCS Blairmore, seeing action at Juno Beach on D Day. Bill worked as a graphic artist for many years before retiring. He moved to Port Alberni in 1995 to be closer to Kendal, his only grandchild. He volunteered at the wood working shop for the Sunshine Club for five years. Bill enjoyed golfing and spending time with his good buddy, Roy, and his many coffee breaks with friend, Doug. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the West Coast General Hospital Foundation, 3949 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni, BC., V9Y 4S1. The family wishes to extend their thanks to all of the staff at West Coast General Hospital for the exceptional care Bill received during his stay.

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

ATCHISON, Francis (Frank) Stanley - On June 27, 2014, peacefully, with his family at his side, Frank passed away at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 94. Frank was predeceased by his parents Annie and William Atchison, and brother Stanferd, who died in infancy. He is survived by Doris, his beloved wife of 65 years; son Bill; daughter Debbie (Bill); granddaughter Sheila (Josh); brother Bob, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Frank was born on March 27, 1920 at home on the family farm in Brookside, Saskatchewan. When Frank was in his teens, the family moved to Keewatin, Ontario, where he worked at a logging camp to help support the family after his father passed. Frank was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving during the Second World War on the HMCS Lockeport and HMCS Courtenay. Soon after the war he began his career with the C.N.R. He met his soul mate Doris at a dance in Kenora, and they were married within the year. Frank and Doris lived on Haig Avenue in St. Vital for 57 years. He enjoyed boating and snowmobiling and was an active volunteer at the Glenwood Community Club. Frank retired from the railway after 35 years and kept busy being Grandpa to the apple of his eye - Sheila. He also played slo-pitch, bowled, curled and the game he excelled at - golf, with two holes-in-one. Doris always accompanied him. They also traveled from coast to coast with their camper, enjoyed visiting relatives while touring and golfing together across Canada. Frank was a quiet and gentle person. He will be sadly missed by family and all those who met him during his life's journey. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Special thanks to all the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, especially Dr. Ball, Dr. St. Goddard, Dr. Warrian, Dr. Verrelli, Sheila Bowles and Lydia Harris. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the charity of your choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 05 Jul 2014)

 

HMCS COURTENAY, HMCS LOCKEPORT

BAILIE, Theodore S. (Ted) (08 May1922 - 11 May 2014) - originally from Skiff, AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Calgary. Ted was proud to serve overseas on the HMCS Minas minesweeper during World War II. Shortly after the war, Ted returned home and met and married the local school teacher, Pat Doolan, in 1947. Ted and Pat purchased the family farm, where they raised their family of four daughters. They retired to Calgary when Ted turned 65. Ted was an active member of the local community, Foremost Legion, Elk and Moose Lodges. He was an avid hunter and superb athlete specifically enjoying baseball, hockey and curling with mealtimes revolving around the playoffs. He is survived by his wife Patricia and their four children Maureen (Leonard), Joan, Shiela (Tom) from Calgary; and Gail (Shane) from Revelstoke; ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The family wish to thank the staff and caregivers at the Colonel Belcher Normandy Unit and Dr. Obanji for their wonderful care and attention to Ted during these last two years. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2) or the War Amps of Canada (10568 Berkley Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T3K 1E1). A Celebration of Ted's Life will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home with Graveside Service to follow. (The Calgary Herald 13 May 2014)

 

HMCS MINAS

BAKER, John - Peacefully passed away at home with his beloved wife of 64 years, "Reenie" (Irene), by his side. A handsome, blue eyed Irishman with a quick wit, kind heart and endearing charm, John was a hardworking man of character and faith, a man with many friends, and a proud family man. Born July 3, 1920 in Belfast, Ireland, John came to Canada at an early age to be settled in Moose Jaw, Sask. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941, served overseas in WW2 on the HMCS Georgian as a communication officer and returned a decorated war veteran. He met Irene in Moose Jaw, they reacquainted in Vancouver, married in 1949 and together they raised a family of 10 children: Kathi (Glenn), Gary, Ken (Janine), Jan (Ron), Lori (predeceased) (Gavin), Betsy (Charles), Lynn (Wayne), Ed (Shannon), Mark (Rhonda) and Ross (Kari). As an active Corpus Christi founding parishioner, John helped build the church that stands today. He worked in the glass and window industry for over 35 years, leaving Hialco Mfg. in 1984 to retire to a life of spending quality time sharing jokes and rum and cokes with friends and family. He awarded affectionate nicknames to the people he loved and that list was long including Reenie, his children, 19 grandchildren, four great- grandchildren and a large extended family. He was the life of the party and always the last to leave the party. On Thanksgiving Day morning, October 14, just hours after hosting a family gathering for 40, John Baker left his final party. He was a good man who lived a good life and we will miss him every day. Special thanks to John's guardian angels on earth, Estela Bangcaya and Jean Agsalud, for their years of loving devotion and care. Catholic prayers: Thursday, October 24 at 8:15 p.m. Funeral mass: Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Parish, 20675 87th Avenue, Langley. Interment: 2:00 p.m. at Ocean View Cemetery, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby.

(the Vancouver Sun 19 Oct 2013)

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

BEACOCK, William (Bill) Joseph Albert (24 Jan 1924 - 28 Mar 2009) - Passed away peacefully in his 86th year, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Brantford General Hospital on Saturday, March 28th 2009. Survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Jean (nee Bethune). Dear father to Thomas (Susan), Betty (Alan Hall); much loved grandpa of Brian & Allen Beacock and Scott Dion, all of Paris. Bill will be sadly missed by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, James and Jean, his sister Margaret (Graydon) and brother Ian (Isabel). Bill was retired from Timberjack in Woodstock where he worked for 15 years as a maintenance manager. He was proud of his service in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, where he served on convoy duty aboard HMCS Kentville. Bill was a past chair of the Paris Recreation Committee and a founder of minor lacrosse in Paris during the 1960's. Friends and family will be received at Wm. Kipp Funeral Home 184 Grand River St. N. Paris on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 with parish prayers being held at 8:45PM. Prayers will be recited on Wednesday at 12:45PM followed by transfer to Sacred Heart RC Church, 17 Washington St. Paris for Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM, with father Michael Bennett celebrant. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Paris. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton or The Canadian Cancer Society. Special thanks to Dr. John McDonald, his staff, and the nursing staff on the 6th floor at Brantford General Hospital.

 

HMCS KENTVILLE

BELCHER, Frank - Veteran World War II; Past President Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 371, Bolton; Member Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls - Suddenly on Monday, February 22, 1993, Frank belcher, Fenelon Falls, formerly of Bolton, in his 76th year. Beloved father and father-in-law of Paul and Christine, Owen Sound; Alan and Grace, Cincinnati; Bruce and Chrystyna, Ennismore; Marilyn, Beeton and Victoria, Toronto. Much loved grandfather of Melissa, Kirsten, Alastair, Noah, Nathan, Adam, daniel and Steven. Best friend and companion of Rose Anne Kulmala. Predeceased by his sister Meryl Butler. Will be greatly missed by all his friends in Bolton, Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon. Funeral and committal service was held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen St. S., Bolton on Thursday, February 25th at 2o'clock followed by cremation. Legion service was held on Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock.

 

HMCS BEACON HILL

BENZIE, James - With great sadness, our family announces Jim's passing on Monday, August 27, 2012, at the age of 95. Lovingly remembered by Dorothy, his wife of 70 years, son Donald (Doreen) and daughter Barbara (Paul). Grandpa Jim was so proud of Heather (Dean), John, Christopher (Amy), Andrew (Lisa), Colin and great-grandchild Mackenzie. Sister-in-law Doris (Bob) and numerous nieces and nephews remember him fondly. Born to Agnes and John in Winnipeg in 1917, Jim's early years were spent playing the accordion, working on Model T's and motorcycles with his cherished brother Jack, fishing, playing in the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band and on the Cadet Rifle Team. During the depression years he worked all manner of jobs from tinsmith to Eaton's caretaker. In 1938, he joined the Winnipeg Police Force, an era of call boxes and buffalo coats. For many years he was a drummer with the Police Pipe Band. He became Detective in 1946, and retired in 1969. Ten years as a Sheriff's Officer followed. During the war years Jim proudly served with The Royal Canadian Navy as an ASDIC operator assigned to the minesweeper HMCS Chignecto. Jim was the ultimate hobbyist. He was a model railroader building both HO and large scale engine replicas. He became a skilled wood carver and in later years he developed a love of painting with Steam locomotives and landscapes as his favourite subjects. An avid outdoorsman and Lifetime Member of the Ingolf Campers' Association, his years at the cottage gave him his greatest pleasure. Since 1939, Jim and his family have loved the lake and Dad indulged in cottage building, engine repairs, fishing, reading, bull work and great times with family and friends. Dad's legacy to his family is the importance of hard work, honesty and integrity, loyalty to friends and pride in one's family. He had a wonderful sense of humour, a gift for storytelling and a remarkable memory. We will always treasure the laughter, the stories and wonderful poems. Honouring Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A gathering to share memories and celebrate Jim's life will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined but, if you wish, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst St. R3T 0R3 or the charity of your choice. (The Winnipeg Free Press 01 Sep 2012)

 

HMCS CHIGNECTO

BEXRUD, Kenneth - born November 19, 1915 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, passed away on May 8, 2006 after a long struggle. He will be sadly missed and remembered by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris and children, Carol (Wolfgang), Dennis (Beth), Pam (Gordon), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. He was a proud, quiet man who joined the RCNVR in 1942 and served on the HMCS Esquimalt. Our sincere thanks to the nursing staff at Eagle Ridge Hospital on E1B whose kindness and support helped us through the trying times. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Port Moody Crossroads Hospice Society would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at First Memorial Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam. (The Vancouver Sun 12 May 2006)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

BOHEMIER, Charles (Charlie) - Peacefully, on Thursday, July 18, 2002 Charles passed away at Foyer Valade at the age of 80 years. Born November 24, 1921, the eldest boy in a family of 15, Charles is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Claire (nee Champagne) son Larry (Huguette Dube) daughters, Colette (Maurice Zastre) and Jacqueline (Gerry Dorge) grandchildren, Michael Zastre, Daniel and Andree Bohemier and Stephane Dorge. He is also survived by sisters, Fernande (Champagne), Louise (Forest), Lucille (Delorme), Simone (Toews) and brothers, Raymond, Roger, Robert and Gilles; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his infant daughter Louise; his parents, Rose-Delima (Duchesneau) and Joseph Bohemier; along with brothers, Leopold, Samuel and John; sisters, Marguerite (Voyer), Jeanne (Mcintosh) and Aline (Morissette). Dad grew up in St. Norbert, in a large two storey house with a grand veranda and a very busy household. He joined the navy at age 20 and spent three years aboard the HMCS Bellechasse. He returned to Winnipeg and spent many hours skating at the Winnipeg Roller Rink where he met his lifelong friend Ken Warnock. He married Claire on June 27, 1953. After a variety of jobs, he found his true calling in sales. At Sears, Charlie, (as he was known by all) sold major appliances until his retirement in January of 1977. A devoutly religious person, he was a great provider and immensely proud of his family and grandchildren. He was a sharp dresser who was fiercely independent and proud of his cars. A tireless perfectionist, Charles always had carpentry projects on the go. Dads favourite pastimes included cribbage and gardening. He loved music and dancing and being a true Bohemier, he had a great sense of humour and enjoyed telling a good joke. In winter, he and mom vacationed in Hawaii for many years where they met many good friends. In later years, Parkinsons disease robbed you of your vitality, but you faced them with courage and dignity. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church, 80 rue St. Pierre, with Rev. Fr. Antoine Vo Van Hoa presiding. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Many thanks to the third floor staff at Foyer Valade for their kind and compassionate care. Flowers are graciously declined. However, donations to the Parkinson Foundation or the Arthritis Society would be appreciated. "We will forever miss you, your beautiful smile and that twinkle in your eyes. We love you Dad!" (the Winnipeg Free Press 20 Jul 2002)

 

HMCS BELLECHASSE

BRUCE, Frank Sr - passed away suddenly at home on Monday, December 10, 2001. Born in St. Laurent on September 17, 1925, "Pap" lived life to the fullest up to the end. His last days were spent commercial fishing with his sons on Lake Manitoba; something he enjoyed all of his life except for the Second World War years when he served in the Navy, in the North Atlantic on the mine sweeper HMCS MINAS. Dad liked to travel which he did throughout his life and later picked up golfing which he really enjoyed to do with his family. Surviving are his dearly beloved wife of 53 years Marcelline; 12 children; 32 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Five sons, Douglas (Yvonne), Dave (Yvonne), Frank Jr. (Evi), Merrill (Judy), and Dean (Angie) seven daughters, Nancy (Claude), Fran (Dennis), Mona (Jerry), Debbie (Paul), Edna (Noel), Cheryl (Randy), and Brenda (Darren). Also surviving are two brothers, Milton (May) and Leo (Krista) five brothers-in-law, Leo, Henri, Eddie, George, and Jim (Cathy) Lauzon; sisters-in-law, Louise Cusler, Jeanne, Marie-Ange, Henrietta, Alma Bruce and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Helene; brothers, Wilmer, Eddie, Arthur, and Rupert; two sisters, Elizabeth and infant sister Edna; father and mother-in-law, James and Georgina Lauzon; sister-in-law Lillian Cyr. Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Church in St. Laurent on Friday, December 14. Rev. Fr. Guy Lavallee will officiate with interment to follow in the churchyard cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Scott, Jeremy, Claude, Douglas, Shane, Christopher, Jeremiah, Nicholas, William, Gregory, Eric, Dean Jr., David, and Marty. Everyone in attendance are considered honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Foundation or to a charity of ones choice. When I Must Leave You When I must leave you for a little while Please do not grieve and shed wild tears And hug your sorrow to you through the years, And for my sake and in my name Live on and do all things the same, Feed not your loneliness on empty days, But fill each waking hour in useful ways, Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near; And never, never be afraid to die, For I am waiting for you in the sky! MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 13 Dec 2001)

 

HMCS MINAS

CAMPBELL, Albert Bruce (Ab) - risked his life in a Pacific gale to rescue two stranded sailors aboard a drifting oil barge in 1943. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his bravery. Two years later, he spent six perilous hours in the sea after his minesweeper, HMCS Esquimalt, was sunk by a German torpedo within sight of the Nova Scotia shore. He was among just 27 survivors plucked from chill waters on April 16, 1945. The Esquimalt was the last Canadian ship lost to enemy action. The navy credited the able seaman with saving several lives, as "his cheerfulness and his cool and collected attitude" inspired others in the Carley float they shared. Mr. Campbell earned a mention in despatches. He worked as a logger and a miner before and after the Second World War. He spent 23 years with the provincial highway department as a road builder and snowplow operator. He joined the Fishermen's Reserve of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, the so-called Gum Boot Navy, in 1941. "I took it very seriously because it was a cause," he told the Quesnel Cariboo Observer newspaper four years ago. "We wanted a country free of any animosities." The death of Mr. Campbell, followed by that of Thomas Kidd, of North Vancouver, on July 11, leaves Joseph Wilson, 87, of Chase, B.C., as the last living survivor of the Esquimalt. Albert Bruce (Ab) Campbell was born on June 5, 1915, at Rodney, now West Elgin, Ont. He died of congestive heart failure on June 22 at the Dunrovin Park Lodge at Quesnel, B.C. He was 94. He leaves two sisters and six brothers. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Juanita McNalley, whom he married in 1946 and who died in 1976, and by his second wife, Wilma Hanson, who died in 1991.He was also predeceased by two brothers and four sisters. (The Globe and Mail 14 Aug 2009)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

CAMPBELL, Bruce Magee (Swede) (1925-2008) A veteran of WW II – Navy, Survivor of HMCS Esquimalt. Peacefully on May 5, 2008 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Veteran’s Wing, K-2 West, in his 83rd year. Sadly missed by dear friend and companion Pat, son Stephen (Sandy), daughter Leanne (Michael), brothers Donald, David and sister Charlotte (Ian). A special thank you to the staff of K-2 West for their kindness, care and dedication. Cremation has taken place A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 9 at 11 o’clock in the chapel at the Hmphrey Funeral HOme - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East). If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1400-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2R5 or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

CAMPBELL, Crichton David - Passed away peacefully in Barrie on March 6th, 2008 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Anita and dear brother to Shirley Harris. Loving father of Lorraine, Peter, Patricia, Malcolm, Laura, Dean, Susan and Robert. Devoted grandfather to 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren He was proud to have served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Malpeque J-148 during WWII. He went on to work for Texaco Canada as Executive Purchasing Manager for 38 years. Forever remembered by many friends and relatives. A celebration of life will be held at the Innisfil Funeral Home, 7910 Yonge Street in Stroud 705-431-1717 on Monday March 10th 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Donations in Crichton's name may be made to the Royal Victoria Hospital. (the Toronto Star 08 Mar 2008)

 

HMCS MALPEQUE

CHALMERS, Robert James Tel, V62740, RCNVR - Telegraphist Robert James Chalmers, 18, RCNVR, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Chalmers, Pape Ave., was lost at sea March 23, his parents have been informed. No details were given, "He enlisted 18 months ago," his father said, "and was home on embarkation leave just a few days before his death was reported." Teleg. Chalmers trained at HMCS York and Cornwallis. He was an accordion player and led his own band aboard ship. he was born and educated at Fairbank, and was a member of Fairbank Presbyterian Church. His father served with the Imperial navy in the last war. Surviving are his parents, four sisters, Mrs. Helen Chaplin, Mrs. Nancy Glandfield, Mrs. Barbara Wheeler and Mrs. Marion Patterson, the latter serving for five years overseas with civil defence service, and a winner of the George Medal, and a brother Alexander. (The Toronto Star, 05 Apr 1945)

 

HMCS YORK, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

DEWAR, Victor Mathew - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Victor Dewar, (husband of Lillian), at the St. Boniface Hospital, on Friday, August 5, 2005. Vic was born in Winnipeg on May 22, 1923. He was predeceased by his mother and stepfather. Vic joined the Navy at an early age and served on the HMCS Cowichan as a mine sweeper, and escorted convoys across the ocean during the Second World War. After the Navy, he worked at various jobs and ended up with the City of Winnipeg as foreman of boulevards until he retired. Vic was very active at his church, serving as Trustee for many years doing numerous jobs. Vic and Lil spent 16 winters in Texas to get away from the cold Manitoba winters. Viewing and prayers will be held at the Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd, 401 Kildare Ave. W., on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the church with Pastor Dan Abraham officiating on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staff for their care and compassion and Pastors Brad Schollenberg and Jim Scholz for ministering to him while in hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd, or a charity of one's choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 08 Aug 2005)

 

HMCS COWICHAN

DICKIE, William Innis (Bill) - passed away at 90 years of age on November 10th, 2012 at The Wellington Terrace. He was born in Brantford, Ontario on May 10, 1922. After completing high school he joined the Navy, serving as an Asdic operator in WWII on the HMCS Esquimalt. He became an optometrist, and started his practice in Fergus in 1949, retiring in 1989. Bill married a Brantford girl, Peggie Cook in 1946 and they have three children Gini, Paul (Mary Jane) and Phil (Nancie), four grandchildren Chris, Aisha (Dwayne), Erica (Will) and Nico, as well as one great-grandchild Tyson. Bill had many interests, serving as a teacher, Elder and Trustee at Melville United church, enjoying an interdenominational couples Bible study for 25 years and feeding patients at Groves Hospital. He was a competitive basketball player and swimmer in his youth. After retirement he travelled to Scotland to research his family. He enjoyed the family cottage at Turkey Point from his childhood until he suffered a stroke in 2003. His last 4 years were spent at The Wellington Terrace enjoying the kind and loving attention of all the staff, where they referred to him as “smiley”. A visitation will take place at Melville United Church, 300 St. Andrew St W, Fergus on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. A memorial service will follow at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Melville United Church or The Wellington Terrace would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

DONNETT, Allan (13 May 1924 0 14 Oct 2006) - With sadness, Al's family announces his passing on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at the Charleswood Care Centre, at the age of 82 years. He is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Thelma, sister Flo Peterson of Surrey, BC, sister-in-law Eileen (Bill), brother-in-law Bob, as well as nieces and nephews. Al served on the HMCS Blairmore during World War II and kept up with some of his shipmates until recently. Al was employed with the CNR as a pipe fitter for 43 years. He was an avid sportsman and was inducted into the Winnipeg Sports Hall of Fame after winning the 1954 Dominion Championship with the Army & Navy Scottish team. In accordance with Al's wishes cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

DOYLE, John J. (Jack), Leading Coder,  HMCS Digby, Veteran WW II - Peacefully, Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Ottawa Hospital - General Campus at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Casey). Loving brother of Thelma Di Marco (late Al) of Toronto, Doreen Conlon (late Ross), Bob (late Gertrude) Tom (Clare) and the late Pat (Bea). Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. WW II Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS Digby), long time employee of Bell Canada and a member of the Lions Club (Stittsville). Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Ave. (west of Carlingwood) Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Lions Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral Monday to St. Brigid's Church, 2015 River Road, Manotick for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Interment St. Brigid's Cemetery. In memoriam donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 23 Oct 2010)

 

HMCS DIGBY

DUNCAN, Albert Thomas (Tom) (30 Nov 1924 - 23 Jan 2011) - passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Southwood Hospice on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the age of 86 years. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served on the HMCS Courtney at Prince Rupert during WWII. Tom came home to Calgary and started his work career with Alberta Wheat Pool, then went on to work with Seaboard, Royalite and Texaco as budget supervisor. He met and married Mavis in 1948, and raised three children, Kurt, Maura and Mark. Tom was involved in family life and was a great role model for his children. Tom lived a quiet but dignified life and was well liked by a wide circle of friends. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Tom is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Mavis; children Kurt (Joy), Maura Duncan (Simon Reeve) and Mark (Keleen); grandchildren Jennifer (Adrien), Andrew (Michelle), Lyndsay and Ashley; great grandchildren Derek, Chase and Dylan. He is also survived by his brother, John (Ordella) Kenyon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held at Foster's Gerden Chapel, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Prostate Cancer Institute, 100 – 1011 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 4R6 or Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Drive S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1M9. Thanks to the Palliative care team (Irene and Kara) and to the staff at the Southwood Hospice for their compassion. The family wishes to thank Dr. Angyalfi and Dr. Eigl from the Tom Baker Cancer Society for their kindness and care during Tom's treatment.

 

HMCS COURTENAY

EADIE, Clifford John, AB, V35874, RCNVR - It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Clifford John Eadie who perished while serving his country off the coast of Halifax on April 16, 1945. Cliff was born near Foam Lake Saskatchewan and later traveled to Saskatoon with his mother Lillian in 1929. He will be sadly missed and remembered for his fine whit, and courageousness. He is survived by his parents Joseph and Lily Eadie, his brother Wilford Eadie, wife Rose and his two sisters Violet Partington (ne Eadie), husband John, Muriel Holtom (ne Eadie), husband Robert, as well as Nephews and Nieces. John will be returned home to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

EBBELS, William Dennis (Bill) - died peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 13, 2006 in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, where he was a long time resident. Bill was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on July 20, 1922, son of Harold Amory Ebbels, K.C. and Innis Colton Ebbels. He graduated from City Park Collegiate prior to attending the University of Saskatchewan. His studies were interrupted by the war. Bill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942, serving as a Gunnery and Navigation Officer, the latter on the minesweeper H.M.C.S. Canso, the lone Canadian ship with a British flotilla in the Normandy Invasion. During his leave to Canada after D-Day, he married Irma Ruth Hutchison on September 16, 1943 in Montreal. He returned to Europe and was discharged in 1946. Bill's completion of his Bachelor of Commerce at U of S in April 1947 competed with the birth of their first child, Harold Dennis. After graduation, Bill joined the Regina investment firm of Houston & Willoughby where he spent his career, becoming Executive Vice President and General Secretary. He was also involved in the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. The firm went through various mergers eventually becoming RBC Dominion Securities. Bill retired in 1988. Bill was engaged in the community affairs of Regina all his life. He was a director of numerous organizations and a long-standing member of the Regina Kinsmen club, serving as President in 1967. He served on the Regina Exhibition Board, including a term as President. Bill was on the Senate of the University of Saskatchewan and active in the alumni association. As first Chairman of the Regina Leader-Post Carrier Foundation, he encouraged carriers to attain higher education. He was on the Board of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Fund. Throughout his life, Bill was an avid and accomplished athlete. He was on the U of S Varsity basketball, hockey, lacrosse and tennis teams, with tennis the focal point and love of his sporting life. Starting in 1948 he was an eight-time Saskatchewan Open Singles champion and runner-up seven times. In 1967, at age forty-five, he won his last title, also winning the veterans singles championship - the only person to win both in the same year. A great thrill was representing Saskatchewan in the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax in 1967, the oldest competitor at forty-nine. A renowned builder of the game in Saskatchewan, he undertook many administrative and instructional roles including President of both the Regina Tennis Club and the SLTA for several terms. Bill was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. Bill cherished his family time during summers at Lumsden Beach, at the condo in Mexico, on countless camping trips stuffed into the family station wagon, on the tennis courts with his kids, or crisscrossing Western Canada to tennis tournaments. Bill had a wonderful sense of humour and was always quick with a laugh. He loved singing, doing the ol'soft shoe, and was full of life and vigor in everything he did. Besides Ruth, his remarkable wife of sixty-two years, Bill is survived by his children, Hal (Donna and Tannis, Rob) of Calgary, Jim (Bonnie and Alecia) of Calgary, Jack (Pat and Calen) of Victoria, Bill (Sheila and Kelly, Lendon, Will) of New Jersey, Virginia (Tim Cosbey and David) of Gabriola Island and Andrea (Callum Hill) of Vancouver. Bill was predeceased by his brother Jack (Lois and Tim, Susan) of Calgary. Ruth wishes to express her heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre where Bill had been a resident for thirteen years. Bill has been blessed with the finest friends possible, all of whom provided extraordinary support through these last difficult years. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 17, 2006, 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview United Church, 3200 McCallum Avenue, Regina (Telephone 1-306-586-7844), with reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Nursing Unit 3-5, 2180 - 23 Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A5, The Lakeshore Tennis Club, PO Box 293, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3A1, or the charity of your choice. (The Calgary Herald 15 Apr 2006)

 

HMCS CANSO

EDWARDS, Charles J. - died in Regina at the age of 83 on Friday, January 23, 2009, with loved ones at his side. He was predeceased by his first wife Roslyn (nee Stepan); his parents Charles Edwards and Sabina Clara Edwards (nee Gottselig); and sister Irene Teague. Charles will be lovingly remembered by his present wife, Elizabeth (Betty), as well as the family that he and his first wife raised together: Sharon (Peter) Miller, Kelowna, BC; Carol (Duane) Wright and daughter Eliza, Regina Beach, SK; Susan (Pierre) Girard and their children Gilles and Genevieve, Gatineau, Quebec; son James (Judy), daughter Sarah and her mother Susan, and Judy's children Brian and Jillian, Saskatoon, SK; and their youngest son Terry, Calgary, AB; a sister Lorraine (Brian) Turnbull, Victoria, BC; as well as many friends and relatives. Charles was born in 1925 in Regina, SK. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Campion College. Charles enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 1945, serving on the North Atlantic and the Pacific Coast on Mine Sweeper HMCS Kelowna. Charles was a life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #001, Regina. He then joined SaskTel and retired from there after 35 years service. Charles was a devout Catholic, who had an enduring faith and found joy and solace in the Mass. His voice, that for so many years sang with the Holy Rosary Cathedral Choir, will now sing joyfully with the Heavenly Choir. The family would like to thank Dr. Duffy, Dr. Morris and the staff at the Pasqua Hospital in CSU and 3D. Prayers will be held at Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave. Regina, SK at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Garnet Street and 13th Ave., at 10:30 am on Friday, January 30, 2009, with Rev. Carlos Jimenez, Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Veterans Plot at Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Holy Rosary Cathedral Heritage Fund, 2104 Garnet St. Regina, SK S4T 6Y5 or your favorite charity. (The Leader-Post 27 Jan 2009)

 

HMCS KELOWNA

FARINTOSH, Henry Ernest (Hank) - born on June 13, 1919 passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 5, 2013 in his 94th year. Loving father to Gail, Jim and Jane, grandfather to Brian, Heather and Reid and husband to his predeceased wife, Dorothy. Hank was a Beacher, raised in the east end of Toronto at 105 Wheeler Avenue. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1943 in Mechanical Engineering and was the founder and president of the Canadian Electric Furnace Company in Toronto. Hank served his country with honour in WWII, seeing combat in the North Atlantic as an officer on the HMCS Medicine Hat. He was an active and loyal member of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club for 78 years and distinguished himself as an athlete, winning five consecutive senior war canoe national championships from 1947-51. He later became the Commodore of the Canadian Canoe Association in 1954 and penned the CCA motto of "per aquas ad fraternitatum" ... "through the waters to friendship". Hank had many circles of friendship and all of them included his partner and best friend, Joan. His love of dance, music, bridge, walking, family gatherings and endless projects will be a gift to us all forever. He needed little and asked for less. He was a selfless, giving person and a true gentleman. A memorial celebration of Hank's life will take place on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church, 35 Woodglen Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1N 2V8 (the corner of Kingston Road, east of Fallingbrook Road). Donations in his memory can be made to The Salvation Army. "Live your life the way you want to be remembered" Thank you for your love and wonderful example, Grandpa. Safe trip home. (The Toronto Star 09 Mar 2013)

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

FARRELL, John Irwin - born February 9, 1915 in Dauphin, MB, died peacefully on June 27, 2004 at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Edna; son David and his wife Anne-Marie and their children, Ariane, Jennifer and Alexandre; and daughter Linda. Irwin served in the Canadian Navy in the Second World War (H.M.C.S. Medicine Hat) and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 142 and the Vancouver Naval Veterans Association. He had an enjoyable career as a long term Quaker Oats sales representative. He was also a longtime member of United Commercial Travelers and North West Commercial Travelers . He was extremely active in sports in Dauphin and Winnipeg, having played third base for the Senior League Bryces Bakery team in the 1930s. In Vancouver, he was a dedicated umpire in minor league baseball, primarily at Chaldecott Park. He was a past president of the Dunbar Heights Lawn Bowling Association. Irwin was active in Harrow United Church (Winnipeg), Dunbar Heights United and Kerrisdale Presbyterian in Vancouver. The family wishes to thank Dr. Farah and the staff on 12B (Chest Centre) at VGH for their care and support, and also the management and staff at Windermere Care Centre for their loving care these past three years. Flowers are gratefully declined. Irwin requested that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cremation by request. Memorial service will be held at a later date. (The Winnipeg Free Press 02 Jul 2004)

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

FERGUSON, David Andrew (07 May 1914 - 20 Jul 2004) - After a brief illness on July 20, 2004 at 90 years of age. Beloved husband of 64 years to Jean (nee Coughlin). Loving father of the late Ronald James (1962). Cherished brother of the late Mary Innes, Lucy Ferguson, Helen Gibson, Hazel McNutt, Robert, Hugh, and Donald Ferguson. Dearest brother in-law of the late Nora and Harry Joyce, the late James and Jane Coughlin, Maureen and the late John Welch, the late Patrick Coughlin, the late George Coughlin husband of Rosemary, Tom and Barbara Coughlin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. David was a veteran of WWII serving with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Brockville. He retired from Chrysler of Canada after 30 years of service and was a member of the CAW local 444. He played Hockey for Chrysler Canada and was an avid golfer. If you so desire, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Thursday 3-5p.m. and 7-9p.m. Prayers Thursday 8pm, Veterans Services Thursday 7pm under the auspice of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee. Funeral Friday 9:30am from Families First Funeral Home & Chapel (969-5841) 2670 Dougall Ave. then to St. Gabriel Church for Mass at 10a.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery.

 

HMCS BROCKVILLE

FITZPATRICK, Carl Leonard - After living for the past several years with Alzheimers disease, Carl Leonard Fitzpatrick, aged 75, originally of Summerside, died peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre on Sunday, July 28, 2002. He was predeceased in 1993 by Nelda (nee Gaudet) of Miscouche, PEI, his wife of 46 years. He was also predeceased by his infant sister Helen, father Leonard (1956), and mother Josephine (1986). Carl is survived by sons, David (wife Leona) of Winnipeg, Robert of Rankin Inlet (wife Phyllis of Yorkton) and Bryan (wife Serenella) of Rome and Bangkok; and nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Michael, Steven, Trina, Jennifer, Kelly, Sean, Darcy, Arianna. As an under-aged youth, "Fitz" joined the Canadian Navy in 1943, serving aboard the Mine Sweeper, HMCS Blairmore, in European and UK waters, and during the D-Day invasion. Following the war, Carl returned to Summerside where he worked at the local radio station and news-paper, and competed as an amateur boxer. Carl rejoined the military in 1951 serving in Korea with the PPCLI. He later had postings in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, and overseas in Germany, the Middle East, and Vietnam. He served much of his career as an Information Officer for the military and was eventually appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Public Information at the Department of National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. He closed his military career in Winnipeg, retiring in 1981 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He and Nelda enjoyed several happy years of retirement, taking pleasure in frequent visits with grandchildren. Carl enjoyed reading and writing and had a keen interest in following political events. He valued education and encouraged similar interests for his children and grandchildren. A private family gathering has been held and cremation has taken place. The family wishes to thank the staff on T3 and T5 at Deer Lodge Centre. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carls name to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, R3C 1M4. (the Winnipeg Free Press 30 Jul 2002)

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

FRASER, Lloyd George (Larry) (06 Aug 1924 - 13 Apr 2009)-  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of an outstanding husband and father Larry on April 13th, 2009 at Moog Hospice House in Penticton, B.C. with his wife Jeanne by his side. Larry was born and raised in Transcona, Manitoba predeceased by his father George, Mother Kathleen and brothers Mervin, Bryan and Lyle. Survived by his wife Jeanne, sons Larry (Rhonda) Grant (Kim) and Curt (Rhonda), sisters Georgeen Harris (Arthur), Veronica Fraser, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. As a teenager Larry joined the Canadian Navy during the Second World War serving aboard HMCS Guysborough-Minesweeper which was sunk in the English Channel on March 17, 1945. After the services he attended the University of Manitoba studying Business Administration. He became a junior partner in Wiggins Adjustments Ltd and took over the company in 1958 expanding to six branch offices in western Canada. He was an avid pilot auditing his company by air. He also was a musician, leading his own band in Vancouver in the 70s. He was the author of two published books - Crossroads Capers in 1998 and The Dugald Disaster in 2002. He recently completed a teen novel Kelly Larkin In Space . Larry was proud to support and serve with the Gyro Club, Rotary, Masonic Lodge and Khartum Temple Shrine Oriental Band as the leader. He will be dearly missed by his family and the many friends who knew him. No service at Larry's request. Donations to charity of choice. Arrangements with Everden Rust Funeral Services. (the Winnipeg Free Press 18 Apr 2009)

 

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

GILLESPIE, Charles Nevin - Peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his family in L’Etete, NB on November 30, 2007, Mr. Charles Nevin Gillespie, husband of Mrs. Maxine (Leslie) Gillespie. Born at Pennfield, NB on April 25, 1925, he was the son of the late Hugh and Nina (Matthews) Gillespie. A loving husband, father and grandfather he is survived by his wife, Maxine, two daughters; Brenda (Reece) Johnston and Linda (Ted) Tucker both of L’Etete, one son, Gary (Muriel) Hooper of Uxbridge, ON, five grandchildren; Tracy (Brian) Howard of Port Perry, ON, Terri Hooper of Uxbridge, ON, Heather Thompson and Annette Johnston of Oshawa, ON and Tammy (Greg) Cooke of L’Etete, nine great grandchildren, one daughter in law, Diane of Bocabec, NB and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one son, David Gillespie. Charlie served overseas in World War II, from 1942 to 1945 on the Minesweeper HMCS Bayfield as a radar operator. Following the war, Charlie was a self employed fisherman and lighthouse keeper. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and just being outdoors. Charlie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 40 in St. George NB and a member of the Church of Christ, St. George. Resting at the Church of Christ, St. George, from where the service will be held on Monday at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Haddon and Rev. Giles Mullen officiating. Visiting at the church on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A Royal Canadian Legion Tribute Service will be held at the church on Sunday at 7:00 pm. In Charles’ memory donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home & Crematorium (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George NB.

 

HMCS BAYFIELD

GLOVER, William Kenneth (Bill) - 91 of Midland passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Born January 13th, 1921 in Toronto. Predeceased by his parents William McKay Glover and Euphemia (Compo) Glover and 3 siblings, Yvonne (Norton) Dowd, Ruth Glover and John (Faye) Glover. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Alice (nee Leblanc) Glover of Midland and his six children: William (Jo-Ann) of Kirkland Lake, Stephen of Thailand (wife Deborah), Pam (Harold) Robb of Brampton, James of Midland, Richard (Brenda) of Ottawa and Elizabeth (Steven Carrasco) of Toronto. Fondly remembered by 12 loving grandchildren: Christi (Ned) Loughrey, Leeann Robb, William (Lynn) Glover, Robert (Katie) Glover, Jenna (Patrick) Cooke, Bradley Glover, twins Andrew and Craig Robb, Ben and Max Glover, Maya and Noah Carrasco. Also left to mourn are his 8 great grandchildren: Rowan, Sam, Quinn, Jameson, twins Jack and Charlie, Lochlan and William. Bill was a WW2 navy veteran in the North Atlantic Campaign where he saw active duty from 1940-45, honourably discharged as Chief Petty Officer aboard the minesweeper HMCS Medicine Hat. He worked 28 years in the Northern Ontario Mines as a machinist and mechanic at Lake Shore and Pronto Mines, then Mill Foreman at Pater Mine and Mill Superintendent at the Coppercorp Mine. In 1966 he and his wife Alice relocated to Midland where Bill worked at RCA until his retirement. He enjoyed a long and healthy retirement golfing, attending Legion events, home improvement projects or at the cottage in Haliburton tending his garden, swimming, hunting or fishing. He was also an avid traveller, especially fond of Caribbean and Mediterranean saltwater cruises, visiting family or finding a new fishing spot where he might catch the “big one”. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

GOWEN, Brooks Ledgewood - born: 11 Jul 1918, Elfros, Sask. Died: 19 Aug 1982, Calgary, Alta. Brooks lived at Elfros until 1927. He spent the next few years with his mother, going to school in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Sutton in Ontario. In 1931 he returned to live with his dad on the family farm north of Elfros. There, he completed his schooling, graduating from Elfros High in 1938. In 1939 he attended Normal School in Regina until 1940. Then he taught at a rural school (Malby School) near Foam Lake, and the Big River Indian Reserve School. In 1942 during the summer he attended summer school in Saskatoon. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. In the fall he taught school in Rushville, southwest of Elfros while waiting for his call to the Navy. In January 1943 he went into active service with the Royal Canadian Navy. After completing Naval Signal School in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec he spent a year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Then he was sent to Esquimalt in British Columbia and was posted to the HMCS Kelowna, a Bangor Mine Sweeper, patrolling the west coast from Prince Rupert to Dixon Entrance; and from Victoria to Queen Charlotte Islands until his discharge in 1945. In 1945 he enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he earned his B. A. in History and B. of Education. While at University, he and May were met in 1941 at a school track meet held at Foam Lake. May is a Registered Nurse and worked in that career for several years. In 1948 he taught school at Aylesbury, then went on to Elfros High School where he Principal until 1952. In 1952 the family moved to Alberta where Brooks taught in many schools at Caroline, Turner Valley, Stettler, then in the Foothills School Division from 1955 until 1977, finally staying in Calgary from 1964. He taught Social Studies and English to many young people. During his working years he served as President of the Turner Valley Teacher's Association, and served on the Collective Bargaining Association, and he was active in the Alberta Teacher's Association, the United Church, and the Masonic Lodge. In 1977 he had to retire from teaching due to disabilities suffered from a stroke. Brooks was first of all a family man and spent as much time as possible in his home and yard. Upon retiring, he spent a few years as a volunteer driver for the Cancer Society, often making as many as three trips a day with patients to and from the Cancer Clinic. In 1981 he had to give up this volunteer work due to declining health.

 

HMCS KELOWNA

GRAHAM, William Earl Sidley Born in Montreal on June 9, 1925 died peacefully in Burlington, Ontario on September 21, 2006. World War 2 Veteran (R.C.N.V.R. - H.M.C.S. Kenora), Retiree of Bell Canada after 41 years of service. Most Valuable Player pitcher of the Snowdon Fastball League. Beloved husband of 56 years of Margaret. Cherished father of Ann (Nicholas), Robert (Cathy), Mary (John), Daniel (Cynthia), Garry (Tami), and Patrick (Charleen). Dear Grandpa Willie of Graham, Erin, Daniel, Sarah, Rachel, and Ryan. Predeceased by sisters, Carol and Millicent, and brother, Gorman. Survived by his brother, Barry and sister, Audrey and Margaret's sister, Betty (Bill) and brothers, Gerald and Lornie (Anne) and many nieces and nephews. Blessed by the loving care of Doctor Blair COSTIN, and his staff, Georgia and Fran. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall) Burlington (905-632-3333), on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, 4072 New Street, Burlington, on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. (Toronto Globe and Mail 23 Sep 2006)

 

HMCS KENORA

GRANT, James (Jim) - Peacefully, on April 13, 2009, Jim passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret, children, Bill (Barb), Jim (Ann), Don (Rose), Bonnie (Kevin), grandchildren, Heather (Larry), Ryan (Chrissy), Devon, Jay, Caitlin, Krystle, Matthew, Jimmy and great-grandchild Emily. He is also survived by his sisters, May Collins and Kay Grant, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim grew up in the north end attending Luxton School and from there he joined the Navy at the age of 15. He was a proud veteran serving on the H.M.C.S. Fort William, a minesweeper clearing the way for the D-Day invasion. After his service he returned to Winnipeg and began his 34 year employment with Canada Post. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Gimli Hospital for the extraordinary care given to Jim. A memorial service will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street on Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rainbow Society, 303 - 1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg. (the Winnipeg Free Press 16 Apr 2009)

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM

GRAY, Gordon Tilford L/Sto, V10694, RCNVR, aged 25 years been listed as one of the missing in the sinking of the HMCS Guysborough, the ship was reported lost March 18, 1945. He is lost at sea, and went down with the ship. Gordon was born on September 29, 1919 at a farm in Sylvania, Saskatchewan. He took his schooling in Allanville, Saskatchewan in a one room school. He left school and took up farming. Gordon joined the Canadian Navy in 1941, spent 3 months with the Regina Rifles and trained at Toronto, Esquimalt and then Halifax. In 1942 he was drafted to the Corvet "Prescott" and was on coastal duty between Halifax, Boston and Newfoundland until September of that year when he left for overseas. Upon arriving at Londonderry, Ireland he was put on convoy duty that took him to the Mediterranean. He arrived back in Halifax in April, 1943, returning overseas. He was home on leave in January 1945, and returned to duty February 2nd, 1945. Besides his parents who survived him, also 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

 

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

GRAY, Walter Edwin (Woody) - Born March 23, 1922 in Toronto, Ont., Woody was the fourth and last child of the late Eva and Walter Gray. Raised in Toronto, Woody left in 1943 to join the Navy. For the next four year he worked as a Leading Stoker on the Destroyer HMCS Niagara, and Minesweeper HMCS Caraquet. On returning from war, Woody started with Ontario Hydro on construction. This turned out to be a good union as he spent the next 35 years working there as a construction supervisor, lineman and first aider, in the Northwestern Ontario Region. He married the former Florence Rose Popowich in 1952 and after several moves decided to settle in Fort Frances in 1963. “This is where I really love.” Woody’s passions were many--gardening, golf, fishing, travelling, cards, dancing, teaching First Aid for St. John’s Ambulance, and volunteering. He was awarded the Order of St. John’s, by Gov. Gen Jeanne Sauvé for his significant contribution to the humanitarian services that he performed on behalf of St. John’s. With is wife by his side they were honoured in 1991 as Fort Frances’ volunteers of the year. They are, to date, the only couple to hold this award together. During the last five years of his life, Woody valiantly battled cancer and then ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease). His positive attitude toward his illnesses made it easy for those to be with him. Florence was the love of his life, and on Aug. 11, they were to celebrate 50 years of being together. He also loved his other girls--daughters, Georgine (Eric), Susan (John), and Bonnie (Terry). He was predeceased in 1957 by his daughter, Patricia Lynn. He was much loved and was proud of his grandchildren, Holly (Bonnie); Erika, Shannon and Cyndy (Georgine); and Curtis and Scott (Susan). He also considered himself lucky to have the love and support of Jim and Lori Pochailo. The family would like to thank both of these special people for being there when they could not. The memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church at 11 a.m Friday, Aug. 2, 2002. Luncheon to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church Elevator Fund. As Woody’s disease progressed, his need for wheelchair access made it imperative for him to continue those activities he loved. (the Fort Frances Times 01 Aug 2002)

 

HMCS CARAQUET, HMCS NIAGARA

HALLEY, Andrew F. (Andy), age 87 of Lynwood, IL (formerly of Lansing, IL) passed into eternity on Monday, April 7, 2008. Andrew was born on March 6, 1921 in Montreal, Canada. He was a WWII Canadian Veteran, who served on the "high seas" H.M.C.S. Esquimalt of the Royal Canadian Navy. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Violet G. Halley (nee Gilfillan); daughters: Laura (Fred) Winter of Lansing, IL, Linda (Tom) McConathy of Round Rock, TX and Brenda (Bob) Block of Dyer, IN; proud grandfather of: Randolph (Carol) Winter, Tracy Winter, Shaun (Tammye) McConathy, Kevin (Brooke) McConathy, Amy Block, Lisa Block and Robert Block Jr.; and great grandfather of: Brooke Winter, Brandon Winter, Ava McConathy, Ryan Block and Nicholas Block. Andrew was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansing, IL. With love and appreciation, the family request that any donation/memorials be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansing, IL and/or Riley Hospice Home, Munster, IN. Services will be held privately at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, Schererville, IN. (The Times 08 Apr 2008)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

HARRISON, Thomas William (Bill) - 86, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Halifax. born in Moncton, N.B., he was a son of the late William and Vera Harrison. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War aboard the minesweeper HMCS Georgian. Post war saw Bill pursue a career in sales with Harris & Roome, Westinghouse and Dominion Steel. His final work was as a commissionaire at the Halifax Naval Dockyard. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline Jean (Burke); brother, Fredrick; sister, Reta. He is survived by his sons, Derek, Halifax; Grant, Fredericton, N.B. It was Bill's wish to donate his body to Dalhousie University for medical science. A memorial service will be held at a late date.

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

HARRISON, William Alfred - Served in the RCN, WM. Harrison Passes - A Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for five and one-half years during World War II, William Alfred Harrison died in Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Picton, July 4th, 1963. He had been a partial invalid since 1957 when he suffered a stroke and was again stricken on June 28th. Born in Picton on September 27th, 1910, he was the son of the late Ozzie and Sarah (Beasley) Harrison. His home was at 7 Clute Street. He was a marine engineer and sailed some years on the Great Lakes. He was an adherent of the Anglican Church and a member of Branch 78, Royal Canadian Legion. His always cheerful and pleasant personality won him many friends. Surviving are his step-mother, Mrs. Nancy Harrison; his wife; children, Shirley (Mrs. A. Clapperton), of Kingston; Harry and Mina of Picton; brothers, James of Guelph, Ossie of Picton and John of Picton; sisters, Amelia (Mrs. Doug. Merchant) and Evelyn (Mrs. Don Leverton) of Picton; Margarite (Mrs.. Bob Wilkinson), Waupoos; Annie (Mrs. Gerald Holmes), Picton, also eleven grandchildren. Canon R.B. DeBlois Wright conducted service at the Whattam Funeral Home, Saturday, July 6th. Interment Glenwood Cemetery. Pall bearers were Don Leverton, James Jenkins, Arthur Franklin, Douglas Merchant, Stel May and Morley Dulmage. Relatives and friends were present from Kingston, Toronto, Guelph, Odessa, Bath and Brockville. (The Picton Gazette, 12 Jul 1963 - researched by John Lyons)

HEPBURN, Harold Laross - Age 90, Tuesday, August 28, 2012. We are saddened to report the death of our beloved husband and brother, Harry, at the Veterans Health Centre of Sunnybrook Hospital. Harry, as he was known was the dear husband of Hollie Anthony and they had just completed 69 years of a loving marriage. Harry was a veteran of WWII and served as an Officer with the Canadian Navy. He served on various ships and completed his service with the minesweeper HMCS Cowichan. Harry had an interesting career, not in the least as co-owner of a large nursing home and in his retirement years as a successful real estate agent with A.E. Lepage. Harry and Hollie spent over 25 years volunteering at the Veterans Centre of Sunnybrook. They were a devoted and loyal couple at the Asbury and West United Church. Harry is survived by sisters Rita Hepburn and Lorraine MCGill of Toronto and brother Bernard Hepburn of Brantford and cousin Douglas H. Donnelly of Toronto. His daughter Connie (Mrs. Dario Magre) of Vancouver, his granddaughter Dr. Kirsten Johnson of Montreal, grandsons Sean and Geoffry Tisdall of Victoria, BC and his close in-laws Katherine and Albert Armstrong of Brampton. Donations in memory of Mr. Hepburn to Sunnybrook Hospital Dialysis Unit would be appreciated. A Memorial will be held at Northminster United Church, 255 Finch Ave. West, Toronto on Tuesday, September 4th at 1:30 p.m. (the Toronto Star 31 Aug 2012)

 

HMCS COWICHAN

HUNT, David Herbert (26 May 1925 - 22 May 2012) - WWII Naval Gunner, Welder and long time member of Gilmour Memorial Baptist Church, fondly known as the Candy Man, moved to his heavenly home May 22, 2012, in his 87th year. David beloved husband of the late Cecilia (nee Taylor) and the late Irma Armstrong (nee Winlow), and loving father to Paul Hunt (Sheila Mandreck), Richmond, B.C.; Cynthia (the late Lloyd) Arscott, Oshawa; John (Judy) Hunt, Lethbridge; Diane Hunt, Peterborough; grandson Ian-Paul Hunt, Edmonton; and extended Armstrong family. Cherished brother of Beatrice (the late Douglas) Mackenzie of Sault Ste. Marie, Mary (Stanley) Seymour of Collingwood, William (Sandra) Hunt of Wiarton, Marlene Williamson (Bill Scrimgeour) of Collingwood, Beverley Hunt of Owen Sound, and Ronald (Betty) Hunt of Port Elgin. Predeceased by his parents George and Rosamond Hunt, as well as his second mother Louise (nee Griesbach) of Collingwood, sisters Matilida Haney of Toronto, Eleanor Noble of New York, and Ethel Hunt of Collingwood; brothers Frederick and Ernest of Collingwood, and Edward of Orangeville. "Uncle Pinky" will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, along with his many dear friends from church, past neighbourhoods, golf and bowling. His encouragement, smiles and hugs will be remembered by those who meet him. A Celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at Edmison Heights Baptist Church, 160 Marina Boulevard, Peterborough. If desired, condolences to the family, directions to service, and donations to the Brock Street Mission in Peterborough or the Heart and Stoke Foundation of Canada may be made through Comstock Funeral Home & Cremation Centre.

 

HMCS GODERICH

JETTE, Marcel Joseph Alphonse T., Commodore, RCN - Born: 02 Aug 1912, Montreal, Que.  Died: 04 Mar 1987, Montreal, Que.

 

HMCS KENORA, HMCS PRESCOTT, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS LAUZON

JOHNSON, Stanley (Stan) - Suddenly on Saturday, January 31, 2004 Stan passed away. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, daughter Sandy, brother Don of Thompson, MB, brother in-law Jack Bragg of Atlanta, GA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond. Stan served with the Navy in the Second World War aboard HMCS Medicine Hat. After returning to Winnipeg he worked as a parts manager for many years at Mumford Medland. Stan and Shirley resided in Wildwood Park for over 50 years. Stan always loved walks in the neighborhood, feeding the birds, and enjoying the wildlife. The family would like to thank Dr. R. J. Hayward for all of his care over the years. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, Suite 200, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. A private family service will be held at a later date. (The Winnipeg Free Press 04 Feb 2004)

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

KIDD, Thomas George (Tom) (25 Mar 1925 - 11 Jul 2009) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Tom Kidd. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife Audrey and his wonderful grandson Shawn. Dad will be lovingly remembered by children, Loni, Dana (Bob) Tom, Sharon (Lou), Debbie and Joanne (Mark); grandchildren, Tracy, Debbie-Jo (Dale), Joey, Jo-ana (Ray), Dustin (Courtney); great-grandchildren Thomas, Connor, Tanner, Colby, Kaleb, Hayden and AIlie, and sister Laverne Richardson (Bob). Dad was born in North Vancouver and served in the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Esquimalt until April 16, 1945 when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Newfoundland. He was one of the lucky survivors, returning home to marry, start a family and a 30 year career in the grain elevator industry. Dad and Mom enjoyed camping over the years with all the kids, but really enjoyed their many, many trips to Hawaii once the family was grown and on their own. He will be fondly remembered by many friends and co-workers in North Vancouver. No service by request. Dad's ashes will be placed by Mom's side at Boal Chapel in North Vancouver. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Dad's name, please do so to the charity of your choice. (The Vancouver Sun 14 Jul 2009)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

KILVINGTON, George - Born December 27th, 1921 in Port Alberni, BC, he passed away peacefully November 22, 2014 at Glenwarren Lodge in Victoria. George was predeceased by his infant son Ronald Dwayne, his wife Doris May and five brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his son George D. (Sue) Kilvington and his sister Elsie Robertson. George served though WW2 with the Royal Canadian Navy on both the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was wounded while on the Atlantic duty. After the war, he took employment at H.M.C. Dockyard where he was offered an electricians apprenticeship. He went on to serve the rest of his career at Dockyard, becoming Supervisor of the Electrical Shop. After retirement years, George became afflicted with Parkinson's Disease which eventually caused him to be placed in Glenwarren Lodge. Thanks to the caring staff at Glenwarren Lodge. George was a kind, generous and honorable man. Thanks for everything and Rest Well, Pappy. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Chief and Petty Officers' Mess CFB Esquimalt, 1575 Lyall Street, Esquimalt, BC on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made in George's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon. (The Victoria Times Colonist 02 Jan 2015)

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

LABUTE, Mark J. - 86 years, peacefully on May 14, 2002 at his home in Tecumseh. Beloved husband of the Late Merine (nee Jobin) (1986). Loving father of Wayne and wife Carolyn, of LaSalle; Ross and wife Cheryl, Carol and husband Brian Burningham, all of Windsor; and the Late Jimmy James (1942). Dear son of the Late Gilbert and Edwidge (nee Rocheleau). Dear "Pipi" of Chris, Bradley and Derek Labute; Cathy Casier, Cindy Whitfield, Mark Labute, Sherry Winter; Kim Labute; Theresa Martin, Tina Brennan. Dear "Great-Pipi" of Ryan, and Erin Casier, Sean, Sarah and Brian Whitfield; Kaitlyn and Tyler Labute; Timothy and Shelby Martin; Cassandra Labute; Samantha and Kaylie Winter. Dear brother of Dorothy Beattie and the Late Alphonse, Bernadette Menard, Jane Collins, Claire Beuglet, Yvonne Schmoke and will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Mark was a Veteran of WW2, was a Steward on the HMCS Mahone (Halifax), was a Ford retiree after 33 years of service, was a maitre d' at the Rendezvous Tavern, a former member of the Riverside Sportsmen Club and was a good father and grandfather. A special thank you to Dolores Ducharme, manager of the Tecumseh Terrace Apartments. Visiting Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A service under the auspices of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee will take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Parish prayers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral will be held on Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. from The Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel, 12105 Tecumseh Rd., Tecumseh (735-2830) to the St. Anne Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment at St. Anne Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, a donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Mark Labute in the Janisse, Marcotte, Melady, Sutton Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held Sunday, September 29, 2002. All are welcome. (The Windsor Star 16 May 2002)

 

HMCS MAHONE

LAKE, Richard Hinton (1920-2006) - Suddenly, at North York General Hospital on Friday, December 1, 2006, at the age of 86. He leaves behind Margaret, his loving wife of 58 years, his son Paul (Elena), and his daughter Donna (Terry Auckland). He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Adam (Pam), Dana, and Jason, sister-in-law Doris, neice Wendy (Dan Staples) and grandnieces Hanna and Emma. Predeceased by his brother Paul, sister Shirley, and nephew Ricky. Rick was a veteran of WWII having served as a signalman on HMCS Georgian. He had a long career at the Ontario Food Terminal before retiring in 1982. He was a long standing member of the Church of the Annunciation. Friends may call on Monday, December 4th, 2006 from 2-4 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Interment, at York Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

LAVERY, John Gordon (Jack) - At Albright Manor, Beamsville, Ontario on Saturday June 21, 2008, Jack Lavery, formerly of Elfrida, Turkey Point and Port Dover in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Julie (nee Bonduro) Lavery. Much loved father of Richard of Waterloo, Sue and her husband Russell Boles of Niagara Falls and Debbie and her husband Bob Weekes of Ingersoll. Also lovingly remembered by Sandi Cullen. Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Timothy, Shannon, Kimberly (Bill), Corey (Becky), Alysia, Kristie, Tara and great grandfather of Emma, Liam, Kamea, and Jonah. Predeceased by his parents, Edith and William, brothers, Bud and Bill. Jack was a naval veteran of WW II where he served on the HMCS Melville, a retired employee of Wallace Barnes (Associated Springs), Burlington and a former active member of Our Lady of Assumption Church, Elfrida. Special Thanks to the nurses and staff of Albright Manor 5 West for their special care and support given to Jack. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 485 Brant Street, (one block north of City Hall) Burlinton, (905 632 3333) on Tuesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. with Vigil at 3:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Brant Street (at Blairholm) Burlington on Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. If desired, expressions of sympathy to World Vision would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS MELVILLE

LEWIS, Walter Edwin - The death of Walter Edwin Lewis of St. Andrews, NB, occurred peacefully at the Saint John Regional Hospital on March 11, 2003. Born in Rossway, Nova Scotia on June 13, 1915. Son of the late Emery and Lottie Lewis. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine (McCarthy) Lewis, three daughters, Lorraine King (Charles) of Summerside, PEI, Sandra Lewis and Heather Lewis (Blythe Chang) both of St. Andrews, NB, three granddaughters, Lynn MacLeod (Ronald), Cheryl King and Kelly MacLean (Franklin), one great granddaughter, Jessica MacLeod, two brothers, Elmer Lewis and Victor Lewis, one sister, Violet Banks, nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Passamaquoddy Branch #52 and a Veteran of WWII serving aboard the HMCS Georgian. No visitation will be held by request. Memorial Service will be held at Church of St. Andrew, King Street, St. Andrews, NB on Saturday March 15, 2003 at 2 PM with Rev. Bill Brennan officiating. Interment at St. Andrews Roman Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Canadian Cancer Society, Church of St. Andrew Cemetery Fund or charity of ones choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements in care of The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB (506-466-1844). (The Telegraph-Journal 13 Mar 2003)

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

LORRIMAN, Hugh - Retained his sense of humour and humanity until his passing on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home at the age of 94. Loving husband of the late Helen Marguerite Lorriman (nee Beare) (September 2013). Loving father of John Frederick Lorriman (Pat), Michael Charles Lorriman and David Henry Lorriman. Cherished Grandpa of Amy (Shane), Kate, Anne Marie (Chris), Fraser, Mark and Stephen. Great-grandpa of Sophie. Hugh proudly served as Lieut. Commander in the Navy during WWII in the RCNVR Unit on the HMCS Cataraqui and Ingonish. The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt "Thank You" to the staff of Lookout Ridge, Family Links and Visiting Angels for their care and compassion during his illness and "spoiling him to death". In keeping with Hugh's wishes cremation has taken place. A private graveside service to celebrate Hugh's life will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. (the Toronto Star 18 Oct 2013)

 

HMCS INGONISH

LOVIE, James (27 Aug 1920 - 27 Oct 2010) - passed away peacefully at the age of 90 after a brief illness at Pinecrest Home for the Aged. He will be remembered by those who knew him for his humour and quick wit, kindness, generosity and love of the community. Throughout his life Jim was an avid gardener and humanitarion. He was  involved with the Masons, Kinsmen, United Church and AOTS. Jim was born in Port Arthur, Ontario and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served in WWII as a signalman on HMCS Milltown. He married the love of his life "Nan" and moved to Red Lake, Ontario in 1954 where they raised their children Ian, Ross and Barb. Jim worked as a bank and manager for several years in the area prior to becoming an insurance broker until retirement. Red Lake always remained Dad's home in his thoughts and memories. He always talked about friends and loved ones in the area. Dad moved to Kenora, Ontario in 1992 to be closer to his wife in Pinecrest. He joined her in the home in 1995. Jim is predeceased by his parents Charles and Janet Lovie, his beloved wife Nan and sister in law Barrie Diggle. He is survived by his children, Ian (Deb) of Cold Lake, Alberta, Ross (Jana) of Longview, Washington and Barb of Thunder Bay, Ontario and grandchildren Wade, Russ, Jennifer, Allyson and Jeff, great grandchildren Brandon, Ethaniel, Nolon & Liam. At his request, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.

 

HMCS MILLTOWN

LOWE, Douglas Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - Died: 27 Jul 1985, Vancouver, BC

 

HMCS KENORA

MANUEL, Terrance Charles - Passed away peacefully at Laurier Manor Nursing Home on December 16, 2004, Terrence Manuel in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Ethyle (nee Noble). Loving father of sons Bryan (Anne) and Randy (Diane) and grandfather of Jason, Melissa, Kaitlyn, Laura and Julie. Terrence is survived by his brother Marven (Marlene) of Vancouver, B.C. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Major Terrence Charles Manuel K St J. D, FHSC was born in Fredericton, N.B. educated in both Canada and England, graduate of Fredericton Business College and HMC Naval School of Signals in Communication, eventually earning a Queen's commission in 1955. He was a distinguished Veteran of WWII, having served as Ship's Writer aboard the HMCS Esquimalt. He was one of 27 survivors adrift in the North Atlantic from the last Canadian ship to be sunk in April, 1945 having been torpedoed by the U190. Following the War, Major Manuel served in the Federal Civil Service in Cobourg and Ottawa, retiring as a Director of Procurement and Supply Communication in 1986. His other appointments were RCOC Qual LCol, Branch Chairman of the Order of St. John, Bde Senior appointments Commissioner and an active member of the Heraldry Society of Canada since the 1960's and becoming its President from 1985-87. Major Manuel earned many war medals in the active theatres of World War II and numerous awards recognizing his post war service including Certificates of Appreciation from two Prime Ministers, the Queen's Comm Medal 125 Confed. of Canada in 1992 and the K St J (Justice) in 1993. Major Manuel was a member of the Civil Service Association of Canada, the Royal Canadian Naval Association, the RCOC Association and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, the Heraldry Society of Canada, the HMCS Esquimalt Memorial Association, member Council of Canadians, the Royal Canadian Legion, Knight Templar Palestine Preceptory and the Free and Accepted Masons of Canada. Over the years, he authored numerous articles in magazines and newspapers, heraldic designs and illustrations, and has given a number of television and radio interviews for TV Ontario and Radio CBC. Terrence will be missed by family, friends and colleagues. Friends may visit at the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road at Aviation Parkway on Sunday, December 19th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks Street, Ottawa on December 20th at 10:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at Beechwood Cemetery in the spring. If one's desire memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. (The Ottawa Citizen 18 Dec 2004)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

MAVES, Reginald Michael (Ike) - It is with great sadness, the family announces the passing of Ike on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital, at the age of 87. Husband of the late Sarah Omand Sutherland Maves. Father of Janice Miller and her husband Bruce. Loving Grandpa of Lisa “Pommie” Thoms and her husband Stewart. Brother of Ruby, NOTL, Sadie Mesler (late Albert) of Hendersonville, NC, Vera Bradley (late Roy), Burlington, Charles (late Helene), Victor, NY, June Cunningham (Alan), NF, Max (Beverly) Farmington, NY, R. G. “Butch (Pearl ), NF, Suzanne Jones (Ron), NF, Patsy Beemer (late Larry), Elgin, IL, Peter (Paula), NF, Wayne “Bart” (Dorothy), NF. Brother-in-law of M. Margaret Maves, Portland, OR, Alice and Earl Weaver, NF and loved by many nieces and nephews in Canada and USA. Predeceased by parents Charles and Clara Maves, brothers Norman, Sidney and his wife Ottilie, sisters Jean and Lois Leigh (late John). Ike loved his family and his country, at 15 years of age enlisted in the Canadian Army, was being shipped overseas when officials discovered his age and was honourbly discharged. Still not of age, he joined the Canadian Navy. Ike served on the HMCS Malpeque and was in the D Day invasion at Normandy. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 51 for 68 years and worked at Norton Company, Chippawa for 38 years. The family will receive friends at Morse & Son Funeral Home, 5917 Main St. Niagara Falls, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Ike’s life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in Lundy’s Lane Cemetery. Donations to either the Canadian Red Cross or to Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS MALPEQUE

MICHOLS, L. Murray (15 May 1923 -  07 Jun 2013) - Calgary, AB. It is with regret and some misgivings that I announce that I died on June 7th in Calgary of complications caused by several illnesses. As I gaze out over the Elysian Fields with a lovely glass of ruby-red Malbec in hand, I reflect on a life well-lived and enjoyed since my birth in Winnipeg. I was a good athlete in school, a proud sailor on the minesweeper HMCS Miramichi during the war, and a successful chartered accountant and executive over the years with such companies as Clarkson- Gordon, Calgary Brewing & Malting, Canadian Breweries, and Contain-Away. My fondest memories, however, are of the time spent with family and friends. It was my profound good fortune to have met and married Gerry and I think joyfully of the adventures shared with her in Calgary, Sydney, Fairmont, and, too infrequently, on Maui. I remember the laughter shared with my beautiful and brave daughter Laura-Lee and, later, with her partner Terry; the pride I took in the accomplishments of my son Dann in Calgary and Boston, and then later in Ottawa and Paris with his wife Louise; the close bond I formed with my son Patrick in Red Deer after his sad and devastating accident; my renewed affection for my grandson Shawn and his partner Keri in White Court; and the playfulness of my furry friends Diva and Bert. Over the 90 years of my life, I have enjoyed the friendship of many wonderful people and for that I am grateful. In my final days, the staff at the Foothills Hospital and the Sarcee Carewest Hospice eased my pain and treated me with kindness and respect. I have lived a long and good life and for all of this I am truly thankful. I have requested that there be no services surrounding my death but should anyone wish to remember me, raising a glass of Malbec in toast and making a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Calgary would be appreciated. (The Calgary Herald 11 Jun 2013)

 

HMCS MIRAMICHI

MIMEE, Frederick (Fred) - WWII Veteran - Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the age of 89. Predeceased by his dear wife Geraldine of 54 years. Loving father of Kevin (Francine), Ronald (Darlene), Brian (Helen), Glen, Gary (Claudette) and Susan. Devoted gramps of nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Dear brother of Ethel, Eileen and Bernie. Fred's family wishes to give special thanks to Brenda Dill for her companionship, care and devotion to our father over the past several years. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and friends. His children are very proud that he served on and survived the sinking of the HMCS Esquimalt off the coast of Newfoundland in April, 1945 and was one of only twenty six survivors. He was also a long time employee of Stelco for 42 years. A Memorial Service will be held at Scott Funeral Home, Georgian Chapel, 264 Burton Avenue, Barrie, On., 705-737-2040 on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11am. with visitation from 10am - 11 am. Reception to follow. In memory of Frederick please consider donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the War Amps.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

MOON, Alfred Ewart - It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of their beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Alfred Ewart Moon, on Thursday evening, December 23, 2004 at the Grace General Hospital at the age of 92 years. He will be sadly missed by his wife Eva; sons, Allan Moon (Barb) and David Moon (Roberta); grandchildren, Heather Mousseau (Marc), Steve Moon (Kelly), Joanne Etherington (Ken), Chris Ruzycki (Jason) and Robyn Moon; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Dylan, Cole and Hannah; brother Bert Moon; and sisters, Claire Friesen, Betty Metsger and Mary Marlow. Alfred was born in Tile Hill Coventry, England on June 13, 1912. He moved to Petersfield, MB in 1927. Ewart married his wife Eva in 1940 and they have been happily married for 64 years. He served in the Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1945 and was a Yeoman of Signals on the minesweeper H.M.C.S. Georgian during the invasion of Normandy. Ewart worked for Great West Life for 47 years until his retirement in 1977. Many happy days were spent at the cottage he built on Betula Lake with his sons. He volunteered his time and expertise as a Cub Scout Leader for many years. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting in the fall, bowling at St. James Lanes and winter vacations in Hawaii. Ewart was a dedicated member of the Anglican Church and helped build the new St. Andrews Church on Portage Avenue, as well as serving on the vestry. He was devoted to the community, his family and his church and will be sadly missed by all. A celebration of Alfred's life will be held on Thursday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Ave., with Rev. Ian Mills officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred's memory may be made to the Grace Hospital Foundation, 300 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7 or St. Andrews Anglican Church Organ Fund, 2700 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0R1. (the Winnipeg Free Press 29 Dec 2004)

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

MORENCY, Francis (Pete) - Peacefully in his sleep on May 11, 2011 in his 87th year with family close by his side. Devoted husband of Sophie. Loving father of Margaret Lott (Jim), Gerri (Gord) Horn, Marlene (George) Dorner, Cheryl Dupuis, John (Donna) Morency, and Lou Ann (Mike) Stumpf. Proud Grandfather of 14 and Great of 18. Caring brother of the late Vivian, the late Donald, Allan (Helen) and Arlene. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Pete served our country in WWII with the Royal Canadian Navy on the H.M.C.S Caraquet and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 255. He later retired from Chrysler in 1981. Pete loved the horses at Windsor Raceway where he was a regular on Monday and Thursday nights. His wide sports knowledge and war stories will be missed by all who knew and loved him. If so desired donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Friday from 3-5, 7-9 pm at Families Firt 1065 Lauzon Rd, East Windsor (519-969-5841). A service under the auspices of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee and R. C. Legion Br. 255 will take place on Friday at 4 pm. Parish prayers Friday at 7:30 pm. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 12:15 pm from the funeral home to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 pm. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. (the Windsor Star 12 May 2011)

 

HMCS CARAQUET

MORGAN, John Anderson (Jack) - was born on July the 15th, 1920 to Jim Morgan and Mary Robb, Scottish immigrants struggling to carve out a new life in Winnipeg in the brutal depression years following the 1919 General Strike. Like so many other young Canadians, Jack and his brothers sought a new beginning by enlisting to fight for their country in World War II. Bill entered the Airforce. Jim chose the Army. Jack joined the Navy. As a wireless operator with Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1941 Jack was part of the team in Halifax that sent messages to Admiralty House in London which helped locate and subsequently sink the great German battleship Bismarck. This exemplary work led to his commission as an officer. Assigned to the Corvette HMCS Kenora for convoy duty Jack participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy, clearing mines under arc of fire from German shore batteries and return fire from the invasion forces. He lost much of his hearing as the result of the withering concussion from nearby explosions. Following his service in the war, Jack returned to Canada to begin his civilian life with his first wife Margaret (Harrison). After working with the CNR, he went on to help pioneer the fledgling Trans-Canada Airlines and while living in Halifax Jack and Margaret were blessed with two girls, Kathleen and Patricia. Widowed in 1963, Jack eventually moved to Moncton where he fell in love and married Betty (Slipp). Jack adopted Betty's four young children, Colin, Glenn, Katherine and Jordan, as his own. Moving from one coast to the other, he eventually rose to the position as Vice-President of Air Canada but their love of the Maritimes brought Betty and Jack back to an active retirement in Nova Scotia. They spent the next 35 years together watching their family grow and have families of their own. Jack and Betty enjoyed life together by renovating and sharing their properties in Berwick, St. Margaret's Bay, Pictou and Port Williams. Jack will be missed. Among those who will miss his wisdom and profound values are his children, his grandchildren Ruth, David, Nancie, David, Patrick, Jesse, Breana, Ben, Elle, Nik, Maris, Duncan and Angus, Colin's wife Carole Allain, Patti's husband, Bob Green, his great-grandchildren and the many friends he made throughout the years. Jack was pre-deceased by granddaughter Amy, sister Ann, brother Bill and brother Jim who died with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on the road to Caen. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Lindsay Funeral & Crematorium, 568 Main Street, Wolfville, NS, B4P 1E7.

 

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell, my blessing season this in thee! Hamlet Act 1, scene 3

 

I want to say thank you on behalf of my family for the wonderful care, compassion and treatment that we received during the recent illness and death of my husband, Jack Morgan. He was so appreciative of everything everyone did for him. In fact before he fell into a coma, he amused us all by saying, "This is all going very well, isn't it!" From the doctors, McAdoo, McNally, Merriweather, and Burgess, Heather at the doctor's office, the VON who were so faithful and caring when his poor old body began to break down from the medications and his illness, to the Palliative Care team, Paulette, Susan, Heather, Denyse, Sheila, all of you were valiant, with your attention to detail and to help us when we were alone with him, so we knew what to do. Careforce sent Barbara and Arwin, who so professionally, gently and thoroughly cared for Jack in the morning. I want also to thank Cochrane's Pharmacy in Canning, for their one on one attention, Eric, Pat, John and Vera at Fireside - stalwarts all. DVA has always been there for my veteran too. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. There were all the phone calls, cards and emails from those who cared. I especially want to thank Colin and Carole who gave up their nights to make sure I got some rest and they cared for him with loving attention. We couldn't have asked for more. We, in the valley, have every right to be proud of our Health Care workers. We were able to keep him home and be with him at the end. Everyone involved went beyond the call of duty. You know who you are. Julie, Peter and Anna. Serenity has been wonderful as well. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Betty

 

HMCS KENORA

MOUNTAIN, Arthur - WWII Veteran - Navy Passed away peacefully on October 20, 2011 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre at the age of 95. Beloved husband of Viola Kathleen (Kay). Devoted father of Brenda Mountain, Barbara Tuck (Steve) and Judy Welyhorski. Cherished by his grandchildren Jennifer Tuck, Stephanie Tuck, Angela Chislet, Cherie Jakisch, Jeremy Mountain and Tyler Quibell and his great- grandchildren Kelsi, Alyson, Jacob, Madison and Carley. Visitation will be held at Nisbett Funeral Home & Chapel, 600 Monaghan Rd. S., 705-745-3211, on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. with a funeral service to commence in the chapel at 12 noon. Interment to follow at Rosemount Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 21 Oct 2011)

 

HMCS CLAYOQUOT

MacDONALD, Albert Earle (Ab) - The death of Albert (Ab) Earle MacDonald of Fredericton occurred at the Dr Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital on January 4, 2006. Born in Fredericton, NB, he was the son of the late Earle and Jennie (Pace) MacDonald and the husband of Edith P. MacDonald. Ab served during World War II for 38 months aboard the HMCS Melville. He was later employed with Canada Post Corporation for over 30 years, retiring in 1985. He was an adherent of Gibson Memorial and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 and the IOOF #13. Ab was active for many years in Fredericton Minor Hockey. Survived by his wife, Edith; one daughter, Nancy A. Fraser (Colby) of Grand Bay-Westfield, NB; one grandchild, Jennifer Furrow (Joseph) of Quispamsis, NB; one great grandson Dylan Joseph Furrow, and one sister Jean Miller of St. John's, NF. Predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Murray, Fred and Allan; one sister Phyllis Haley. Visitation will be held at McAdam's Select Community Funeral Home 160 York Street, Fredericton on Friday, January 6th, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 4 will hold a legion tribute service at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at the J. A. McAdam Memorial Chapel on Saturday, January 7th, 2006 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Reginald Miller will officiate. Interment will be held in the Forest Hill Cemetery Field of Honor at a later date. For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund or the charity of the donor's choice.

 

HMCS MELVILLE

MacKENZIE, Norman Peter - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Norman Peter MacKenzie of Waterdown, on February 15, 2012, at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Mary MacKenzie (MacInnis). Devoted and loving father to Ronald, Jane Marie and Monica. Predeceased by infant daughter Mary. Dear brother of Louis (Eileen) MacKenzie, Bertha MacPhee, Christelle MacKenzie and the late Mary MacLaren and Josie MacKenzie of Prince Edward Island. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friend to many in his home of Waterdown, ON and his summer home of Little Pond, PEI. Norman was a naval veteran from WWII and served on active duty in the RCNVR on board the HMCS Goderich. Norman was a retired Wire Drawer from Stelco Parkdale Works after 34 years of service. Visitation will be held at the Kitchen, Steep & Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill St. N., on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery Fund, PEI or St. Thomas the Apostle Building Fund or Parkinson Society Canada (for Norman’s family members afflicted by Parkinson’s Disease). (Life News 18 Feb 2012)

 

HMCS GODERICH

McCOMBIE, Gerald E. B. ( 07 Dec 1920 - 09 Feb 2010) - Gerald grew up in Burnaby, and graduated from Burnaby South High School. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served in WW II until 1945. During this time, he served in the North Atlantic on corvettes and mine sweepers. His last ship was the HMCS Minas. A graduate from UBC in civil engineering in 1949, Gerry joined Associated Engineering. He spent his career working throughout the lower mainland, Prince Rupert and for a short time in Africa, and was proud of the projects he worked on. Dad loved many sports, especially golfing, baseball and hockey. He was fond of telling the story of attending the 1958 World Series in NY and the spectacular "hole in one" he shot. In his younger years, he loved hiking the local mountains and sailing the west coast waters. He was a very caring and gentle man, loved by many. In his last years, he suffered from Alzheimers but never forgot his loved ones or where he came from. Gerald leaves behind his wife Valerie, daughter Gillian, son Tom, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February the 19th at St. Stephens Anglican Church at 885 22nd St. West Vancouver. Reception to follow. Donations if you wish can be made to the Alzheimer's Society. (The Province 16 Feb 2010)

 

HMCS MINAS

McGREGOR, Gordon Howard - Peacefully, Dad passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002. Gord was born in Winnipeg on June 28, 1921 at the family home on Lipton Street. He went to Laura Secord and Gordon Bell High School. Gord served in the Second World War as an Able Seaman on the HMCS Guysborough. While home on leave he married his beloved Reta on January 3, 1945. After the war ended, Gord worked at Eatons Downtown store until his retirement. He was predeceased by his parents and his three brothers, Ralph, Bruce and Earl. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 57 years, Reta Eileen (nee Tobin). He also leaves his six children, Leslie, Janice (Brian), Carey, Gord, Liz (Paul) and Jane (Bill) along with seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave., entrance on Aubrey Street. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Gords memory can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1P6. "Thank you for the lessons, the laughter and the love". (The Winnipeg Free Press 03 Apr 2002)

 

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

McKENZIE, J.W. (Bill) - passed away quietly at the Bethany Care Centre on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at the age of 81 years. Bill is survived by Maggie, his constant companion and pet; his sister Eleanor A. Berlin, nephew Barrie (Cheryl) Berlin, niece Peggy (Bill) Gordon and families, along with many friends. He was predeceased by his mother, father and brother, Commander Fred McKenzie R.C.N.V.R. Bill joined the Navy in 1941 serving on board the H.M.C.S. Minas where he was injured leaving him with many side effects. Bill also suffered with Multiple Sclerosis. Bill was a proud member of The Royal Canadian Legion No. 264, an associated member of the chief & P.O.'s Mess H.M.C.S. Tecumseh and an honorary member of the chief of P.O.'s Association Calgary. Funeral Services will be held at Foster's Garden Chapel, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery) on Monday, November 1, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. with Interment to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 264 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. (The Calgary Herald 30 Oct 2004)

 

HMCS MINAS

McMILLAN, Currie (28 May 1920 - 09 Nov 2010) - Born in Winnipeg, Currie McMillan was the only son of Dr. Currie and Ruby McMillan. When the Second World War broke out he followed in his father's footsteps enlisting quickly. He became a naval officer and was aboard the HMCS Cowichan as it swept Omaha Beach the night before D Day. He returned to Winnipeg where he married Patricia Clare, the only daughter of Dr. Charles and Pearl Clare. Mr. McMillan was, throughout his life, an avid volunteer for many organizations. He remained involved with the Navy through HMCS Chippawa. He was a founding member of Breezy Bend Golf Club. He was a long-time supporter of the the Winnipeg Ski Club and was instrumental in having the statue of the White Horse erected in White Horse Plains Park as a Manitoba Centennial project. Mr. McMillan was very blessed to able to marry Lorna O'Brien. Together, they shared their many common interests. Both were avid golfers. They would spend time at her cottage at Victoria Beach and both enjoyed going on drives in the Manitoba countryside since they shared an interest in Manitoba's history. He will be dearly missed by his wife Lorna. He is survived by his daughters Joanne Francis (husband Derek) and Susan McMillan. Private Service. (the Winnipeg Free Press 13 Nov 2010)

 

HMCS COWICHAN

McWILLIAMS, Francis Thomas (Frank) - 90 years. With great sadness and heavy heart we announce the passing of our father peacefully in the arms of our Lord on March 3, 2009, at home with his loving family by his side. Predeceased by his wife Peggy (nee Willcock) (1973) and sons David (1975) and Michael (1997). Predeceased by his father William (1945) and his loving mother Margaret (1984). Loving father of John and wife Cheryl, Diane and husband Tom Beaumont, Beverly and husband Larry Cornellier, Colleen and husband Roy Arfiero. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and one on the way. Predeceased by his brothers Joe (1996), George (1976) and Tom (1984) and surviving wife Elizabeth (Ellie) McWilliams. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. As a devoted cat lover dad will be sadly missed by his four loving cats, Cracker, Max, Smokey and Tiger. Long time companion of Bessie Garbutt. Frank was a proud GM Transmission Retiree for 32 years and a member of CAW Local 1973. Our father proudly served his country in WW II as a Leading Stoker aboard the HMCS Kenora and was a D Day Veteran and a member Royal Canadian Legion Brach 12. The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Gary Ing and staff, 4 North at Met Hospital, Veterans Affair, CCAC, ComCare nurses Ron and Ieny, Bayshore nurse Karley. Visitation at Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, 1700 Tecumseh Rd. E. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Parish Prayers Wednesday at 4 p.m. A Veteran's service under the auspices of R.C.L. Branch #12 and the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Comittee and Legion Service Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends will be received for visitation on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Immaculate Heart Parish (2153 Parkwood Ave.) from 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society or the Hospice of Windsor. (the Windsor Star 04 Mar 2009)

 

HMCS KENORA

NEIL, Glendon - It is with great sadness that his family announces his passing which occurred on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Bobby’s Hospice, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Glen was born February 14, 1925 in Saint John. He was predeceased by wife Jennie in 2009. He is survived by his children Kim Lomax (Cyril), Stephen Neil (Ann), Greg Neil (Kelly) and Lynn Dugan (Leo). He is also survived by his grandchildren Derek, Sean, Ryan, Mike and Jenna; great grandchildren Ethan, Alicia, Ayden and Ella; sister Virginia Livingston and step sister Rheta McCoul of Alberta; several nieces and nephews. Glen served in WWII in the Navy aboard the HMCS Drummondville. He was employed with the City of Saint John Fire Department, having retired in 1987, after 39 years of service. Glen was an avid hockey fan and will be remembered for his love of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Saint John Sea Dogs. Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424) with visitations on Sunday February 12, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. The funeral service will be held from Fundy Funeral Home Chapel on Monday February 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Ocean View Memorial Gardens. Donations in Glen’s memory can be made to Bobby’s Hospice or to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE

NEILSON, Walter Edwin (11 Sep 1915 - 06 Jan 2009) - Survived by his loving wife, Eileen; son, David; and grandsons Scott and Troy. Born in Burnaby, later moving with his family to Calgary, his schooling complete, his first job was with Smith Corona Business Machines, having out done the dozens of applicants by showing up on his bicycle prepared to deliver machines in the -0 degree weather. Introduced to the miracles of amateur radio by his uncle Frank, a logical choice to further that interest was the landlocked R.C.N.V.R. He joined in 1937 and spent most of any holidays on the parade square. He was sent to the West Coast at the outbreak of WW2, drafted to the R.C.N. proper and the Good Ship "HMCS Miramichi. " P.O. Tel. Neilson was tasked with setting up wireless stations at various choice locations such as Bella Coola, Ucluelet, Prince Rupert, and his all time favourite, a little rock in Upper Johnstone Strait, "Yorke Island. " Married to his beloved Eileen in 1942, then shipped off to signal schools in Halifax and St. Hyacinthe. At wars end he returned to Victoria to work for the business machines division of Dockyard and later to the Provincial Government Repair Division in 1947, retiring as foreman in 1976. During this time he built the family home on Admirals Road, raised son David, and spent his Golden Years travelling the world, visiting the property at Sulpherous Lake, gardening and maintaining an active interest in amateur radio. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at Saanich Peninsula Hospital for their patience and caring understanding during Dad's declining weeks. No service by request, but hoist a tot, and remember him in each your own way . . . VE7FDV Silent Key, 73s and 88s to all . . . the old sailor has crossed the bar. ( The Times Colonist 08 Jan 2009)

 

HMCS MIRAMICHI

NORDLUND, Robert (Bob) Nelson (1923 - 2011) - Predeceased by father Fred Nordlund and mother Myrtle Nordlund (nee Opsahl). At the age of 87, on the afternoon of April 26, 2011, Bob died peacefully in Peace Arch Hospital after receiving weeks of wonderful care by hospital staff. Bob had spent the day with special friends and his beloved dog, Sophie. Bob was born and raised in Vancouver by his mother who was widowed when he was six months old. Growing up in the depression era as the only child, Bob, as a teenager, worked in the shipyards in North Vancouver, helping support his mother. In November, 1942, at the age of 19, Bob volunteered for action in the Royal Canadian Navy. After training in Esquimalt and serving on various vessels he was assigned to the Bangor minesweeper H.M.C.S Clayoquot out of Halifax in 1944. On Christmas eve 1944 the H.M.C.S Clayoquot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic. Bob survived this tragedy while 8 of his shipmates perished. He received a commendation for his actions, helping to deploy lifeboats, while the vessel sank. Discharged from the Navy in November 1945, Bob entered art school at the Vancouver Technical School. As a talented artist Bob continued painting while working as a graphic artist for Canfor and Evergreen Press while contracting on the side until his retirement in 1980. Bob's family consisted of his many lifelong friends and the endless succession of pets with whom he shared his life. Although he had no children, Bob undertook helping raise and guide two children, Candace and Dan, who have remained in his life. Bob's other passions included boating, fishing, target shooting and cooking. At age 82, Bob caught two trophy salmon while fishing in heavy seas off the coast of Tofino. Thank you to the incredible staff at Peace Arch Hospital for the wonderful care Bob received and to the generosity and kindness shown by his friends over the years and especially during his illness. Thank you Robert (Bob) Nordlund for the sacrifices you made in WW II in defence of your country and it's citizens. A memorial for Bob will be held at his residence at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Peace Arch Hospital. (The Vancouver Sun 06 May 2011)

 

HMCS CLAYOQUOT

PARNELL, Harold (Hal) Leslie (02 Sep 1915 - 18 Dec 2002) - In the early morning of December 18, Pops left us after a year long battle with old age. Born in the family home on Forest Avenue, Pops had an adventurous youth growing up in what was then rural West Kildonan. At 26 years of age he enlisted in the navy and spent the Second World War on the HMCS Esquimalt chasing U-boats in the north Atlantic. The "Esquimalt" was the last allied ship to be sunk one day before the armicist. Thank God Pops was on leave that fateful day. His lost shipmates were with him till his final moments. After the war Pops returned to the CPR and retired in 1978. He had a life long love of sports and the great outdoors, a gift he shared not only with his family, but with hundreds of youth at the Morse Place Community Club. Many will remember him as "Hal" Parnell. Throughout the years he was on the club executive, ran the teen dances (hide your mickey boys), coached hockey, and of course his greatest pride was his championship girls softball team which attracted players from far and wide who wanted to play for "Hal." Pops was also a long standing volunteer of the Winnipeg Speed Skating Club in the 1960s and early 1970s where he also served on the executive and as president. His gift was sharing time to help others and expecting nothing in return. A relentless fisherman he would take us to the most remote lakes in search of "the big one." It was not uncommon to sit in the boat 12 hours a day in a screaming gale. At age 55, he ran the 15 Mile "Festival Du Voyageur" Snowshoe Race. (Pops had been a snowshoe racer in his youth) and finished way ahead of most of the more youthful racers. He continued with this same energy throughout his retirement, renovating houses and rebuilding cars into his early 80s. He spent the last years of his life enjoying his beloved sports on TV. Pops begrudgingly gave up his car at 86. In his final year, with his memory fading, he had the pleasure of sharing minute details of the past, and the luxury of not having to worry about the present. He leaves behind his beloved Marie, wife of 61 years; sons, Doug and Bob (Judy) five grand-children and two great-grandchildren. Memorial service Saturday, December 21 at 12:30 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. (The Winnipeg Free Press 20 Dec 2002)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

PAULOWICH, Steve, CPO, RCN - age 89, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, June 13, 2012. Steve was born in Gimli, Manitoba where his parents and six siblings (four of whom were born in Canada) lived on land granted to his father, William, in 1907. Steve’s life was one of struggle and achievement. His boyhood days were spent in the prairie provinces during the years known as the “dirty thirties”. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a boy seaman. He was among those sent to colleges in Ontario and then to the University of Edmonton, Alberta for intensive, accelerated engineering and other courses. He was seldom ashore during the war years. He served on different Canadian naval ships that were part of the joint task forces that kept the seas free. On June 6, 1944 he was serving on HMCS “Caraquet, the minesweeper leading other Canadian minesweepers helping to clear lanes for landing crafts at Juno beach. Later that day the Canadian minesweepers were sent to clear lanes to the Omaha beach. Then they led the bombarding ships to move in and support the troops trying desperately to gain a beachhead there. A plaque at the Omaha memorial honours all those courageous Canadians for the help they gave the Americans on that historic day. In 1945 he married Marie Johnson, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1947 their son, David, was born. In 1950 a high security clearance from the RCMP enabled Steve to work for three years on a confidential project in Ottawa, Ontario. Until he retired Steve worked at the Naval Research Establishment (NRE) and the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans in Dartmouth, N.S. His primary responsibility at both places was to assist scientists from various disciplines. He designed, developed, and tested electronic, acoustical and other instruments for their use both ashore and at sea. He prepared specifications, recommended, programmed and maintained computers for research and analysis of data. In performing these tasks, he acquired considerable knowledge and expertise. He taught and supervised technicians, university graduates and others wanting to achieve similar expertise. In 1981, the pastoral beauty, friendly people, warm Gulf waters, miles of sandy beaches, and the quieter, slower–paced life style of the Island made it easy for Steve and Marie to decide this was where they wanted to live. They settled into their Island home in June of that year. A decent, reliable, loyal, trustworthy, fiercely independent man, he valued his privacy. He loved to spend time with Marie gardening, photographing wild flowers, bird watching, skating, and cross-country skiing. He treasured the times when David came home to visit them. He preferred spontaneous and informal personal contacts to social gatherings. His wit was quick, sharp and funny. He couldn’t resist teasing and turning on the charm for the women he met frequently or occasionally. He took his vows seriously. He served his country honourably. He loved, protected and provided for his family until he drew his last breath. A special place in the hearts of Marie and David will be there for him always. Memories of the happy hours they shared will sustain them during those lonely times when his absence is hard to accept. His nieces, nephews and friends will mark his passing with sadness, and will remember the generous and warm personality of the man who made them smile. May he rest in peace.

 

Photo - Steve Paulowich          Photo - Steve Paulowich

 

Memories of Steve Paulowich - by Marie Paulowich

Steve joined the RCN shortly after WW11 began. He spent most of the war years at sea. He served in various RCN ships escorting convoys to and from Halifax, New York, England and other areas. He was a Chief Petty Officer serving in HMCS Caraquet in a convoy headed for England where it joined the 31st Canadian Minesweeping Flotilla led by Commander A. H. G. Storrs. The flotilla was tasked with clearing paths for allied ships to cross the English Channel and for landings on the French coast.

 

Once Steve was in an RCN ship lit up at night alongside Mulberry to help allied bombers find their way to France. Another time he was in an RCN ship with only a skeleton crew headed for refit in Sydney, N. S. but had to return. HMCS Esquimalt had been torpedoed near Halifax and was sinking. All nearby RCN ships were trying to protect and save the Esquimalt and rescue survivors before the ship sank. Their ship arrived too late to help and headed back to Sydney. Later Steve learned a schoolmate on the Esquimalt had not survived.

 

Steve was reluctant to speak about his wartime experiences. Later he told us of some memorable ones. Memorable but supposedly not funny. Once in St. John's, Nfld. his continuing enquiries about getting a ship got him two days picking cork from bottle caps. Not much sympathy there. We agreed other experiences like climbing a ship's mast or spending time on a submarine were not funny. 

 

Once in England he had to transfer to a destroyer to take the place of a technical seaman who was very sick and had to be taken to a hospital. The winds were strong, the waves were cresting high, the troughs were deep and the water was freezing. Steve was very good at telling a story and this one, punctuated throughout with "colourful language" had us spellbound. Our firsts thoughts were of how terrified he must have been. But when we began imagining a visual of Steve hanging on for dear life with his legs in the breeches buoy we just couldn't hold back the laughing. None of us had ever seen a picture of a breeches buoy so we had no idea of how frightening it must have been. Anyway, he forgave us and, thank God, had come home to us to be loved and cherished.

 

After leaving the Navy, Steve worked for three years in Ottawa, Ont. on a confidential coding project, then at the Naval Research Establishment and later with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, both located in Dartmouth, N. S.

 

HMCS CARAQUET

PECK, Brendon (28 Jul 1925 - 13 Feb 2009) We regret to announce the passing of Brendan Peck, 83, of Sydney Mines, on February 13, 2009, at the veteran's wing of Harbour View Hospital, Sydney Mines. Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Loretta (MacDonald) Peck. He was a member of Immaculate Conception parish, Sydney Mines. Brendan served overseas with the Canadian Navy from 1939 - 1945. He saw action in Ireland, Scotland, and England. He was stationed aboard the destroyer Esquimalt, which was later torpedoed off Halifax during the Second World War. He moved to the United States in the 1950s and was employed throughout his life as a harness horse trainer. He worked for Hall of Famers - Saunders Russell, Joe O'Brien, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, and Clint Hodgins. Brendan is most remembered during his harness racing career as a trainer with the Bill Haughton Stables. His biggest accomplishment was taking the race mare Keystone Pioneer to the International Trot in Sweden. He is survived by his brother, Bernie (Grace); sisters, Marie Hartigan, Joan (Leonard) Ryan, and Helen (Wayne) Middlecamp; cousins, Irenaeus (Paul) Sullivan and Ray MacDonald (Elizabeth); many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Gerard. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Hughie MacNeil officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Centennial Room. Donations in Brendan's memory may be made to the Northside Hospital Foundation, or to a charity of one's choice.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

PETERS, Thomas Henry - A Copper Cliff man well known for his work in re-greening the community died late last week the age of 84. Tom Peters worked at Inco as an agronomist for 37 years, retiring in 1985. His work included tailings reclamation, underground growing and the re-greening of Sudbury. Peters taught an agricultural course at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, and received an honourary doctorate from Laurentian for his outstanding leadership in re-greening Sudbury. Following retirement, he worked with the United Nations in Jamaica and the Philippines. Peters served as a navy officer with the HMCS Lachine from 1941 to 1945, and graduated from the University of Guelph in 1948. He was a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 224 in Copper Cliff. Peters is survived by his wife Kathaleen (Kay), his children, Michael and Martha, grandchildren Michael, Karen, Timothy, Matthew and Jesse, and great- grandchildren Madeline and Kayli.

 

HMCS LACHINE

POW, James Davidson (15 Apr 1921 - 27 Nov 2011) Jim passed away peacefully at the Colonel Belcher on Sunday, November 27, 2011. Jim is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughter Betty (Don) and son William. He is also survived by niece Jackie Lutz and family and nephew Bill Cunningham and family. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Cathie and his parents William and Willimina. Born in Calgary, Jim grew up in the Bridgeland/Riverside area as well as the family ranch west of Cochrane. Jim was a proud veteran of the Second World War serving on the HMCS Digby in the North Atlantic. He met his future wife Cathie in Halifax shortly after his honourable discharge and they married in 1945 on their return to Calgary. Raising his family in the Parkdale area, Jim always managed to find time to enjoy his passion for curling and golf. He was an active member of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Association as well as the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch #71 Invermere B.C.). Initially Jim worked for Trotter & Morton Plumbing and later became an Inspector for the architectural firm of Rule, Wynn & Rule. During his retirement Jim and Cathie spent many memorable times at the family's second residence in the Windermere Valley with family and friends. Jim will always be remembered for his passion for life and willingness to help others. A Memorial Service will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery) on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 3:00p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust, Friends of the Colonel Belcher (Vets Angels), 800, 11012 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB T2J 6A5 or Poppy Fund or a charity of one's choice. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all the staff of Highlander House as well as the Colonel Belcher Care Facility for their loving care and compassion.

 

HMCS DIGBY

PRATT, James Charles, Commodore, RCN - Born: Windsor, Ont   Died: 24 Sep 1994, Ottawa, Ont.

 

HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS GODERICH, HMCS OSHAWA, HMS GLORY (1946), HMCS HURON, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

QUINN, James (02 Dec 1922 - 15 Mar 2003) - Peacefully on Saturday, March 15, 2003, with his family constantly at his side, our husband and dad, Jim, aged 80, passed away at Concordia Hospital. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Ethel; daughters, Doris (Jack), Kay (Ralph) sister-in-law Doris in Plymouth, England; close nephews, Bill, Bryan and Boyd, and many other nieces and nephews. He was the last survivor of eight children, having been predeceased by his older brother Willie nine days earlier. Jim was very proud of his naval service during the Second World War, especially his time aboard the minesweeper HMCS Caraquet. It was in Plymouth that he met and married Ethel in 1945 and later brought her to Canada to start their life together. After the war, he enjoyed working at the Transcona CN Shops, retiring as a foreman in the car shop. His interest in travel led to his numerous years managing the CNRA Travel Club. Jim was a homebody, full of energy and forever puttering around the house. Since family life was so important to him, he helped establish the Oxford Heights Community Club. He and Ethel treasured the camp they had at Winnitoba where many of the neighbours became lifelong friends. Often, winter months were spent at their second home in Florida. Wherever they were, you would be sure to find bird feeders and wildlife in the back yard. Our family would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Allegro and also the wonderful staff at Concordia Hospital. You helped make Jims last difficult weeks as comfortable and dignified as possible. Special thanks to all of his many relatives, friends, neighbours, the understanding staff at Park Manor Personal Care Home and Transcona Legion Branch No. 7 for your support, encouragement and hospital visits. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. at St. Georges Anglican Church (wheelchair accessible), 321 Pandora Ave., West, Transcona, Rev. Victoria Luke officiating. Casual dress please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jims memory to the Concordia Hospital Foundation, 1095 Concordia Ave. R2K 3S8, or to a charity of your choice. We will miss you Dad. (the Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Mar 2003)

 

HMCS CARAQUET

REDFORD, Richard William (Dick) - Veteran of WW II Of Sauble Beach and formerly of Toronto, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services Southampton, on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Loving husband and best friend to Eleanor (nee Houston) for over 68 years. Devoted father of Marilyn (Doug Bowman), of Sauble Beach, Donna (Dale Worthing), of Peers, AB, Debbie (Brian Hogg), of Gilford, Robert Redford, of St. Thomas and James Redford, of Sauble Beach. Proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. Sadly missed by his brother-in-law Jack Houston, of Peterborough; and his many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by his son Richard William Redford Jr.; parents Edward and Ethel May (nee Ivey) Redford; brothers Ted and Walter; and sister Ruth. Dick was proud to serve his country as part of the Navy, serving on the HMCS Gananoque; and was a proud member of the Sauble Sandpipers and Zion-Amabel United Church. At Dick's request there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced in the spring to celebrate Dick's long full life. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, 814 Bruce Rd. 8, Sauble Beach. (the Toronto Star 08 Nov 2013)

 

HMCS GANANOQUE

SAYER, Albert, CERA, RCNVR - Born: 07 Dec 1903   Died: 15 Jun 1966

 

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

SCHIBLER, Leonard Clifford (01 Aug 1931 - 17 Jul 2014) -  The Schibler family is saddened by the passing of our husband and father, Leonard Clifford Schibler. Len passed away early Thursday, July 17, 2014. Len & Dawn celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this March. Their 5 children, Shawn (Billie), Michelle (Ernie Grach), Tannis, Roxanne (Mitch Backx) and Andrea (Callum MacKendrick) have given them 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Len was born August 1, 1931 in Winnipeg, and grew up in St. Vital. He left home early (14) to work in BC, felling trees and working on logging booms. He was five years in the Navy, serving in the Korean War. For most of his working life, Len worked in sales and made many friends along the way. Len enjoyed playing cards and golf. He was an avid reader, and appreciated the outdoors. The family thanks the doctors and nursing staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital for their excellent care and compassion. Please join us in a celebration of Len’s life at The Da Vinci Centre on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donation made in memory of Len to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.

 

HMCS CRUSADER

SHUTTLEWORTH, John - It is with sad hearts our family said goodbye to a wonderful, sensitive, caring, humorous and loving man on January 4th, 2009. Born February 17th, 1916, to Louisa and Thomas Shuttleworth, Jack was the eldest of four boys. Jack was predeceased by his parents and three brothers; Samuel, Andrew, and Harry. Jack outlived them all with his zest for living and absolute enjoyment of his loving family, especially his devoted and loving wife Laurette, of 67 years. Jack is survived by Laurette; daughter, Deedrie and her husband, Jim of Victoria; son, Glen and his wife, Terry of Cranbrook; former son-law, Rick Pelan and his wife Susan Heffernan of the Sunshine Coast; his treasured grandchildren, Cory and his wife, Madone, Nicole, of Victoria and Kelly-Rae of Nelson; step-grandson, Steven of Victoria and two little great-grandchildren, Paris and Indra, who brightened up Grampa's world every time they came into his sight. Of course his favorite puppy" Maddison will miss him so very much. Jack was very proud to have fought for our country during the 2nd World War on board the HMCS Brockville, in Sidney, Nova Scotia. In 1945, Jack and Laurette returned to Edmonton with their three week old daughter, Deedrie Dawn. Three years later their only son, Glen Arthur was born to complete their perfect family. Jack and Laurette spent many years in Edmonton, where Jack drove streetcars and then buses for the Edmonton Transit System. They later moved to Camrose, where Jack became Recreation Facilities Manager for the City. Their years in Camrose brought them many lifelong friends who will never been forgotten. Many of those friends were members of the Camrose Lions Club, of which Jack was a lifetime 50 Year Member. Jack and Laurette spent 24 winters in their beloved Hawaii and it was only fitting that an Orchid Lei was hung facing the Pacific Ocean in honor of his life on one of his most favorite trees the Banyan. Four years ago, Jack and Laurette moved to Victoria, B.C. and have happily resided at Berwick House, where the last years of his life were spent making many more new friends with exceptional care and attention paid to them. Our family would like to thank all the wonderful staff of Berwick House for their kind and special care of Jack in his final months and for the loving support they are giving Laurette at this time. Thank you also to Dr. Kier McMillan, his wonderful physician and treasured friends, Linda Birdsall, Whitey and Betty Severson, who will always be a part of our family. A Celebration of Jack's life will be held in April with family and friends. If you would like to attend please contact McCall Bros. at the website address below and we will contact you with a time and place. (The Times Colonist 14 Jan 2009)

 

HMCS BROCKVILLE

SLAGHT, William Henry - 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and the compassionate staff of the Carewest George Boyack, in Calgary, on Monday, September 24, 2012. Bill was born and raised in Norwich County, Ontario, the son of Alexander and Beatrice Slaght. At age seventeen, Bill joined the navy (RCNVR), on active duty from 1943 to 1945 as a signalman on the minesweeper, HMCS Digby. Following the war, he entered McGill University in Montreal where he completed his BSc. and his MSc. Degrees in mining geology. He graduated and married Jean Van Patter in 1951. They then relocated to Calgary where Bill pursued a thirty-five year career as an exploration geologist in the oil industry. With a growing family, he was involved in coaching and refereeing community sports and in other youth activities. Retiring to Canmore in 1986, Bill was an enthusiastic volunteer during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. In subsequent years he enjoyed his mountain home, extended family and friends, curling, golfing and volunteering. He will be lovingly remembered by Jean, his wife of 60 years, daughter Nancy, sons Darrell (Sharon), Warren (Loreen), Dave (Sue) and grandchildren Jordan (Tedi), Krista (Chris), Taylor, Jana, Robyn, Gregory and Drew. Bill was a life member of A.P.E.G.G.A. and the Royal Canadian Legion. An informal celebration of Bill’s Life was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends wishing to remember Bill may make a donation, in his name, to the charity of their choice.

 

HMCS DIGBY

SMITH, Frank William - at age 79, passed away on October 16, 2003. He will be remembered with love by his devoted wife of 57 years, Dorothy; three children, David, Donna Goddard (Tom), Patti Pearson (Darryl) and granddaughters Krista and Samantha. Frank served in the RCNVR during WW2 having first enlisted in Edmonton at HMCS Nonsuch. He served aboard HMCS Esquimalt and survived her loss to enemy action on April 16, 1945. Frank was the founding president of HMCS Esquimalt Memorial Association. He joined the Federal Government at HMC Dockyard Esquimalt and retired after twenty five years as supervisor of the Technical Packaging Section. Frank was an avid member of the Royal Canadian Legion forover fifty years. He was a willing volunteer and tireless worker and served as president of the Esquimalt Dockyard Br. 172. He was awarded a Life Membership and the Legion Meritorious Service Medal. Frank was a devoted husband, dedicated father, an adoring grandfather as well as a true friend to many. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at the Esquimalt Dockyard Legion, 622 Admirals Road on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made inFrank's memory, to the Legion Building Fund. (The Times Colonist, 23 Oct 2003)

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

SPENCER, Arthur James (Art) (02 Aug 1923 - 08 Jan 2012) - was a native son of Nanaimo, born at home on Third Street in Five Acres then moving to Fourth St. In 1948 he married Freda Burdock, who was his love and life-long partner for 63 years. They resided in Departure Bay for their first 25 years and then Lantzville for the last 33 years. Art attended Harewood School from grade 1 to 12, then John Shaw for his senior matriculation. In 1941 he began his 44 year career in Pharmacy with an apprenticeship at Central Drugs. He obtained his pharmacy license in 1946 and in 1963 became the majority owner and President of Central Drugs, a position he held to his retirement in 1985. During this time, he touched many lives and will be fondly remembered by his many customers who he considered part of an extended family – they always came first Art served his country in World War II in the Royal Canadian Navy as a wireless operator on the mine sweeper HMCS Grandmere and later as radio artificer on HMCS Blairmore. Art and Freda retired to their family ocean front property in Lantzville where he enjoyed fishing, gardening, time with his daughters and grandchildren. He traveled, loved to bake, play crib and then at 85 years old learned how to use computers to solve his crossword puzzles and stay in touch with his extended family, grandchildren and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother Herbert (MD) in 1975, by his mother Jane in 1972 and his father Bert in 1977. He is survived by Freda, his loving wife of 63 years, his daughters Janice (Chris) and Cynthia and by his grandchildren Daniel, Robert and Stacey. Service will be at St. Andrews United Church on 311 Fitzwilliam Street in Nanaimo Friday January 13th at 11:00 AM. Lunch in the hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrews Church in Arthur's name.

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE, HMCS GRANDMERE

STEWART, Wallace Earle - of Kenora, Ontario passed away peacefully at Lake of the Woods District Hospital on January 13, 2013. Wally was born in Winnipeg on November 23, 1925 and was the eldest son of Harry and Effie (MacKinnon) Stewart. Wally grew up in Winnipeg and over the years he would often recall memories of times spent with his family and friends. He had an exceptionally happy childhood, he was a good athlete-he especially enjoyed baseball and soccer. He graduated from Wolsley High School and after which he enlisted at HMCS Chippawa and served with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a visual signalman on the minesweeper, HMCS Goderich. After the war, he returned to Winnipeg where he worked in the engineering department for the City of Winnipeg. He went back to school and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1953 with a degree in civil engineering. He wore his iron ring proudly for the rest of his life. Wally went to work for the City of Hamilton and it was there that he met the true love of his life, his wife, Helen. They were married in 1955 and lived in Niagara Falls, London, Kapuskasing, and Barrie before moving to Kenora in 1960. He went to work for Towland Construction and later became engineer for the Town of Kenora. Wally made a wonderful life in Kenora with Helen, his children, and many friends. He was active in the community sharing his time and knowledge with various clubs and organizations. He loved nature and the outdoors and many good memories were made during family adventures exploring Kenora and the surrounding area. He liked a good road trip, he was interested in people and the world around him. He liked to study maps. He was especially interested in birds and the weather. He enjoyed the changing of the seasons, he curled in winter and had great times playing golf in the summer. Many good times were spent out fishing on the lake. Wally was a bit of a history buff and could give a good lesson on a great number of topics. He was a mathematician extraordinaire. He was interested in how things work and why, he always thought curiosity was a tremendous quality. He had keen observation skills. He provided his children and then his grandchildren with his words of wisdom and constant encouragement. He was a talented carver. Wally made friends wherever he went and maintained many lifelong friends throughout his life. He was an excellent host. Wally and Helen loved a celebration and his most happy times were spent in the company of family and friends at home and at camp on Echo Bay. Many happy winters were spent with Helen in Corpus Christie, Texas during their retirement years. Wally lived a good life. He was a fine man and a true gentleman. He was exceptionally fair, honest, and over the last few years countless people have mentioned that he was the "best boss they ever had". Wally was predeceased by his mother and father and his wife Helen. Wally will be remembered with much love and sadly missed by his daughter Peggy and her husband Jim Gustafson, daughter Gail and her husband Jim Brigham of Winnipeg, son Ian and his wife Sheila of Thunder Bay, his brother Bruce and his wife June Stewart of Cobourg, Ont. His grandchildren brought joy to his life, he was a much loved Grandpa to Jeff Gustafson, Kate Gustafson, Ben Gustafson, Elizabeth Brigham, Emily Brigham, Maura Brigham, Clare Brigham, Karly Stewart, and Jolee Stewart. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Knox United Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that if desired, donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation or a charity of one's choice. "There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps." ~RR

 

HMCS GODERICH

STROTHER, Richard William (05 Oct 1924 - 29 Jan 2015) - It is with profound sadness that, after a long illness, Richard passed away with his beloved wife at his side. He is predeceased by his father William, mother Charlotte and 2 sisters, Marjorie and Shirley. Survived by his wife Gene, his son Larry (Pamela), his daughter Anne (Michael), his grandchildren Mark (Marie), Miguel (Ineke), Carolynn (Daniel), and Leah. Richard also leaves his five beautiful great-grandchildren – Becky, Andrew, David, Ava, and Isaac. He will be remembered as Uncle Dick by his nieces and nephews and was well-loved by many cousins and friends. Born in Montreal, Richard served on the HMCS Kentville in the Canadian Navy during WW2. He worked for Dupont Canada for many years. Upon retiring, he moved to Western Canada and settled on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. He enjoyed his life as a fisherman, golfer and gardener and never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh. Richard will be remembered as a kind and generous man who loved his family and whose family loved and respected him. The family would like to thank Richard's many caregivers for their support and compassion, especially Regina and the staff from the Langley Lodge, who were so kind during his final days. A private family service is to be held, with a celebration of Richard's life to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Arthritis Research Foundation. "Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was".

 

HMCS KENTVILLE

TAYLOR, Paul Dalrymple, Commodore, DSC, MID, Legion of Merit (USA), RCN - Born: 20 Sep 1910, Liphook, Hants, UK, Died: 17 Aug 1989, Dundas, Ont. He was a teacher at Brentwood College on Vancouver Island, 1935-1940. After he retired from the RCN, he was the Assistant Headmaster of Hillfield-Strathallan College in Ontario.

 

HMCS BURLINGTON, HMCS ST CLAIR, HMCS ESQUIMALT, HMCS SHEDIAC, HMCS MATANE, HMCS GIVENCHY (1945),  HMCS SIOUX, HMCS NIAGARA (1955), HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS NIOBE (1957)

TEEPLE, Clarence Norman (13 Oct 1935 - 08 Oct 2015) - Clare passed away peacefully at hospice in Surrey, B.C. Predeceased by his wife, Alice in 2011 and granddaughter, Tarra. Clare is survived by the mother of his children, Norma; Kelly (Ken), Michael (Margret) and Sandra; stepchildren, Marnie, Brian (Namorsh) and Sheri (Kelly) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family in Ontario and his very dear cousin, Norma Scott. Born in Toronto "Mouse" ran way at 15 to join the R.C.N. using an "assumed" name. After spending several years in Victoria sharing a tot or two of Pussers rum with fellow navy friends, Clare moved on with a new life in Surrey working for the Sheriffs Dept. and Canada Taxation. Many thanks to dad's neighbours, Nancy, Steve, Matt and Emily. No service by request. "Yaki Da" (The Victoria Times Colonist 24 Oct 2015)

 

HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS BEACON HILL

THORSTEINSSON, John Edwin Bjarni - On Monday, January 15, 2007 at the age of 82 years, John Thorsteinsson passed away after a valiant eight year struggle with Cancer. Brave and strong of mind to the end, he lived his last days with the same nobility of soul that had characterized his whole life. He shall be greatly missed by his daughter Christie Friesen and son Jon Thorsteinsson and their respective families; sister-in-law Eileen Thorsteinsson; nephews, Mark, Kris and Grant Thorsteinsson, Alan, Bruce, Jim and Tom Turner, and his dear cousin Jean Oliver of Selkirk, Manitoba. Born in Winnipeg, July 14, 1924 and first born son of Agnes and Jon Thorsteinsson, he is predeceased by his sister Helen and brother Orville (Bud). He is also predeceased by his beloved wife Beryl, who passed away December 1999. John graduated from Norwood Collegiate in 1942 and was an active member in Boys Parliament, becoming premier in 1942. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was sent to HMCS King's Naval College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed the Naval Officer's course, specializing in ASDIC (Sonar). He spent the remainder of the war on HMCS Blairmore, a minesweeper in the North Atlantic Sea. After the war he remained in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1974, reaching the rank of Commander RCNR. After the war, he enrolled in the University of Manitoba and graduated B.SC Electrical Engineering. He enjoyed a full and rewarding professional career beginning in Brandon as plant general manager of FPE Pioneer Electric, then as vice president of the same firm, to retirement in Winnipeg from Public Works Canada in 1995 at the age of 71 years. He enjoyed also a myriad of consulting projects independently driven by his own interests. He stayed active after retirement through the APEGM, belonging on the board of the Emerging Issues Committee until his recent hospitalization December 24, 2006. Professional associations included in his life: Brandon College Director 1965 to 1970, Chairman of Finance, Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Member APEGM 1957 to present, President of the Naval Officers Association, Winnipeg Branch 1957 to 1958 and Honorary Life Member Wardroom Officer Mess HMCS Chippewa. John was also active in volunteer work with young people through the naval cadets in the 1950s specifically John Travers Cornwell VC at HMCS Chippewa. In the past few years he was able to revisit JTC VC, but this time as a mentor to his grandson Jordan Thorsteinsson, as he proudly watched him become cadet of the year, earn promotions and then age out. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff of N3E and pastoral care at Concordia Hospital. Your compassion and professionalism helped ease us through a very difficult time. Thank you and God bless. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Knox Presbyterian Church, 341 Eveline St., Selkirk, Manitoba. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 17 Jan 2007)

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

VERRY, Henry N. - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry (Hank) Verry who died peacefully on March 13, 2009. He will be lovingly remembered by Beatrice (Bea) his devoted wife of 58 years and his four children, Patrick (Vivienne), Linda, Timothy (Barb), Melissa (Graham) and his grandchildren, Jonathan, Steven, their mother (Mariana), Olivia, George and Otis. Henry was born in Winnipeg on November 10, 1918 and attended school at Norwood Collegiate and Provencher School in St. Boniface. In 1941 he joined the RCAF and in 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the H.M.C.S. Blairmore where they swept the American Forces into Omaha Beach on D-Day. In 1950 Hank met his future wife Beatrice and maintained, It was the best thing that every happened to him ! They moved to the Lakehead and returned to Winnipeg in 1957, where they started their own company Spartan Building Services Ltd. They always enjoyed their golfing at Wildwood and Southwood and wintered in Florida for many years. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1948 and formed the South Winnipeg Council #5808 and was appointed Master of Fourth Degree in 1971. Hank was a very active member of St. John Brebeuf Church and community and an ardent supporter of the Conservative Party! Hank celebrated his life with lots of love, laughter, and great friendships. He will be dearly missed and remembered by his entire family always! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John Brebeuf Parish or a charity of your choice. The funeral will take place on Wednesday March 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Brebeuf Church located at 1707 John Brebeuf Place with a mass celebrated by Monsignor David Ward Jamieson. LeClaire Brother in care of arrangements, 775-2220. ( Winnipeg Free Press 16 Mar 2015)

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

WALKER, Neville Edward, (Nev) - born in Winnipeg on March 18, 1924 and died January 5, 2007 in Deer Lodge Centre. Nev moved to Vancouver in the 1930's and went to school at Point Grey Junior High and Magee High School where he enjoyed many sports. He served in the Canadian Navy in the Second World War (four years) on H.M.C.S. Lachine and H.M.C.S. Grandmere in the North Atlantic. He returned to Winnipeg after the war and attended United College where he met Dorothy Drew. They were married in May 1948 and had three children: Judith Lorraine, Catherine Lenore and John Drew. They lived a few years in Silver Heights and have lived the last 46 years in East Transcona. Nev worked for CP/CN-CP Telecommunications for 38 years as a Morse Operator, Wire Chief and Supervisor. He was predeceased by his parents Eddy and Katherine Walker; daughter Catherine Jennings and his elder brother William Murray Walker. Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; two children, Judy Walker and John (Cheryl) Walker of Vancouver; six grandchildren, Kelly, Chenoa (Darren), Tracy (Russ), Robert, Michael of Los Angeles and Leanne (Andrew) of Calgary; six great-grandchildren, Dustin, Lisa, Blair, Joey, Kory and Lemmy; younger brother Gordon Newton Walker (Jackie) of Calgary; sisters-in-law, Chris (Vancouver) and Jackie (Kettleby, ON) and by several nieces and nephews. We will miss his humour. Nev wished to be cremated - No funeral or flowers - a family gathering to celebrate his life will be held. In lieu of flowers send a donation to the Manitoba Lung Association or the Winnipeg Humane Society in Nev's honour. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. (the Winnipeg Free Press 09 Jan 2007)

 

HMCS GRANDMERE, HMCS LACHINE

WARNER, Harold James - born August 2, 1914, died peacefully at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre on Friday, May 27, 2005 in his 91st year. Harold was one of five born to James and Margaret Warner. He was predeceased by his loving wife Ruby, sisters Eileen Lax, Dorothy Jarvis, Marjorie McAnerin, and Doreen Warner, son-inlaw Wayne Schram, and good friend Elaine McIntyre. He is survived by his four children, Maureen Jordan (Ian), children Carrie Jordan (Tyler Smith) and Scott; Tom Warner (Deborah Hammond), children Carson Warner, Natasha Hammond (Yuri Nystrom), great grandchild Kyeran, Craig Hammond (Crysta Mytroen), great grandchild Hope; Barbara Ingaldson (Fred), children Nicole and Ryan Schram; Jim Warner (Lynda Patterson), children Aaron (Kendra Graham) and Leia Warner (James Runquist). Our family would especially like to express our gratitude to all our dad's friends and caregivers who stayed with him, helped him out, and made his days special. Thank you to the staff and patrons of Bushwakker Brewing Company, the staff of Silva Home Care, Dean Ast and staff at Hill Avenue Drugs, the medical and social work staff of the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, and Dr. Michel. Our dad felt blessed to be amongst you. Our dad was born in Regina and joined SaskTel on March 17, 1930 as a General Office Messenger at Regina, to the Accounting Department in 1933 as a Messenger and Junior Clerk, and became Assistant Addressograph Operator in 1935, Ledger Keeper in 1936, Stock Records Clerk in 1937 and Stock Clerk, Division 3 in 1938. In July of 1940 he enlisted in the 2nd Bn. Regina Rifles Regiment (Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada), where he completed Annual Training and then transferred to the RCNVR on November 1, 1940. His enrollment date into the RCNVR was November 4, 1940 at which time he was rated as Ordinary Seaman. He entered Harbour Training Service (HTR) on October 31, 1940 and was based at HMCS DHQ Regina, Saskatchewan. When dad left HTR, he had been an acting leading hand at DHQ for some time, and given a superior rating in Torpedo, Gunnery, and Seamanship and was recommended for both Torpedo and Shore Patrol. During dad's active service with the RCNVR he was successful in advancement to: Acting Able Seaman March 3, 1942, Able Seaman November 17, 1942, Acting Leading Seaman September 1, 1943 and Leading Seaman September 1, 1944. As L/Smn., he passed professionally for Petty Officer on September 18, 1943. He served at Sea on board HMCS. Courtenay since the 21st of August 1944, confirmed as L/Smn. On September 1st, 1944 and recommended for advancement to Acting Petty Officer on December 14, 1944. Acting Petty Officer January 1, 1945, discharged October 17, 1945. He saw active service and served on the High Seas on the east and west coasts from April 2, 1941 to October 17, 1945, when he was discharged. Following War service from 1941 to 1945, Harold returned to SaskTel as a Records Clerk. He moved to Moose Jaw in mid-1946 and on September 16 of the same year was appointed Senior City Plant Clerk. He moved to Head Office Accounting in 1951 as Revenue Control Clerk, to the Commercial Department, Regina as a Sales and Service Representative in 1955, to Head Office as Commercial Supervisor Assistant in 1958, to Business Office Supervisor, Regina, in 1960 and to the Marketing Department, South Division, as Marketing Manager on October 22, 1962. He held this position on his retirement September 29, 1968. Dad enlisted in the Signals Branch of the Militia Reserve on April 29, 1957 and was discharged on May 31, 1967 as a Warrant Officer, Second Class, in the Artillery Section. He was a holder of the Canadian Decoration service medal, 1939-43 Star, and a Good Conduct Badge. Our dad played the harmonica fluently and his friends and sea mates knew him as Singing Sam. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue with Rev Des Patton officiating. Flowers most gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations, in memoriam, to the charity of their choice. (The Leader-Post 30 May 2005)

 

HMCS COURTENAY

WATERHOUSE, Lyle - (The Neon Guy) Peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2009, our dearest father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was reunited with his beloved wife Helen after a full and happy life of 84 years. Remaining to forever honour Lyle's memory are his two daughters; Lyla and Valoree (Bob); grandchildren Kristen, Lizzie, Andrew and Christopher; great-grandchildren Cody, Dillan and Brittany; sister Marjorie, brother Lorne and sister-in-law Vi. Returning from serving Canada in the Second World War on the minesweeper HMCS Milltown, he began work at Marv-eon Signs. This was the beginning of Lyle's passion with neon. He later worked at Martel-Stewart and the Neon Factory, eventually becoming the oldest neon-glass bender in Canada. Many of his original signs will continue to light up the streets of Winnipeg for years to come. Family came first with Lyle, and he always gave selflessly - for this, we will be forever grateful. Spending time at the lake at Matlock was one of his favourite things because it brought all of us together. At Lyle's request, a private family service will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the professional care and exceptional kindness extended during his stay at Deer Lodge Centre. You were a blessing to those whose lives you touched Love you forever! (The Winnipeg Free Press 18 Apr 2009)

 

HMCS MILLTOWN

WHITLEY, Lloyd Arnold (1939-2015) - Lloyd is survived by his wife Gloria, the love of his life; his daughter Denita and son-in-law Dan. He also leaves behind 2 grandsons Cory (Jen), Joshua (Nicole); 3 great-grandsons Grayson, Kale, Blakely and one great-grand-daughter Irelyn; brothers Ted (Lou), Danny and Ralph. Lloyd had a lifetime membership with the Legion and had been a member for 56 years. A special thank-you to the staff at Sunridge Place, Alder House and Dr. Grymaloski for the exceptional care Lloyd received from you all. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 25th at the Malahat Legion, Branch #134, 1625 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road, at 12:00P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Society of B.C. would be appreciated. (the Victoria Times Colonist 21 Oct 2015)

 

HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

 

WILSON, Joseph Frank (03 Jan 1922 - 01 Jan 2012) - We are sad to announce the passing of Joe at Fischer Place in 100 Mile House. Joe was a proud veteran of 25 years in the navy, he served in World War ll and the Korean War. He is the last survivor of the HMCS Esquimalt, which sank on April 16, 1945. The last ship lost to enemy action in World War ll. Joe was a member of the Kamloops Naval Veterans Association, Korean Veterans Association, H.M.C.S. Memorial Association, and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, belonging to Branch #107, Chase. Our "Heartfelt Thanks" go out to Dr. Rollheiser at Kamloops Hospital and Dr. Street and nursing staff of Fischer Place for their compassionate care. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chase Legion.

 

WILSON, Joseph Frank - volunteered for the Prince Albert and North Battleford NPAM in Nov 1937. He took his discharge on 14 Jul 1941, and joined the RCN on 15 Jul 1941, at HMCS Unicorn. He did his basic training on HMCS New Westminster, and at Naden, in Victoria. He was drafted to Cornwallis on the East Coast in 1942. He took a TAS course on HMCS Buctouche. During his twenty-five years and twenty-nine days in the Navy, he served in HMCS Esquimalt (torpedoed on 16 Apr 1945), HMCS Sans Peur (Dockyard Capt. 'D'), HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Haida, HMCS Nootka (Korea 1950), HMCS Portage, HMCS La Hulloise, HMCS Gaspé, HMCS Vernon, HMS Grenville, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Restigouche, HMCS Brunswicker (Recruiting), HMCS Assiniboine

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER, HMCS NADEN, HMCS BUCTOUCHE, HMCS ESQUIMALT, HMCS SANS PEUR (Dockyard Capt. 'D'), HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS GASPE, HMCS VERNON (A/S training school), HMS GRENVILLE, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS BRUNSWICKER (recruiting), HMCS ASSINIBOINE

WILSON, William Bell - Peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Pine Falls Hospital, William Bell Wilson, aged 91 years of Victoria Beach. He will be sadly missed by his four children, Laurie, Bill Jr., Bob (Diana), David (Loretta), five grandchildren Hayden, Richelle, Jacob, Samarie and Noah, and ex-wife Fern Watson, all of whom loved spending time at Victoria Beach. He was also loved and supported by Christel and Siegfried Kraft and family who became his second family, in Victoria Beach. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Ann and Margaret. Their children, Susan, Kim and Nancy (nee Robinson), and Bill, Brian, Sandra and Alan (nee Whincup) will also miss their Uncle Bill. William Bell Wilson was born in Regina on August 22, 1921, not long after his parents immigrated from Scotland. He was very shy but became a keen student and basketball player. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps and apprenticed to a plumber in 1940. Then the war intervened and he spent some memorable years and made lasting friendships on the minesweeper the HMCS Blairmore in the navy during the Second World War. The Canadian government paid university tuition for returning servicemen after the war, and Bill attended the University of Manitoba, graduating from the school of Architecture in May 1950. In October 1950 he started work as an architect at Moody Moore and Partners in Winnipeg, where he stayed until his retirement in 1986, contributing to many of Winnipeg's modern buildings including the Health Sciences Centre and the National Research Council building. Shortly after his retirement, he moved permanently to the family cottage at Victoria Beach and has been active there for almost 30 years golfing, reading, cycling, and becoming very involved in the Senior Scene as the editor of the newsletter, a creative writer, an avid line dancer and carpet bowler. Bill thoroughly embraced life and enjoyed living simply. He was kind, generous, gentle, smart, funny, enthusiastic and loved by everyone who met him. His Facebook post from two weeks ago said Life is great! He passed away quietly on March 11, 2013. A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at the Senior Scene, 3 Ateah Rd., Victoria Beach at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Beach Senior Scene would be appreciated. Bill's children can be contacted until March 22 at wbw.beach@gmail.com. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. (the Winnipeg Free Press 15 Mar 2013)

 

HMCS BLAIRMORE

WRIGHT, Charles F. (Chuck), CD, CWO - 83, Wolfville, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, NS. Born in Hamilton, Ontario (1924), he was a son of the late Frederick and Edna (Duff). He enlisted in the RCNR in 1942 at HMCS Star. Chuck served at HMC Dockyard, HMCS York, HMCS St. Hyacinthe and HMCS Kenora. He retired in 1969 and was then employed at Bell Northern Research in Ottawa. He retired in 1984, and then resided at Medford Beach, and travelled extensively with his wife Marie before moving to Wolfville, NS. Chuck was a life member of the Atlantic Chief and PO's Association, a member of the Federal Superannuates National Association and a former member of the Ken Wo Golf Club. Chuck is survived by his wife Marie F. (Meagher), sons Frederick John (Colleen), St Bruno, PQ; James (Inge), Ottawa, Ont,; Patrick (Elizabeth), Chilliwack, BC; daughter Anne (Paul) Millett, Dartmouth, NS; brother-in-law Patrick Meagher, Halifax, NS; sister-in-law Ellen Alexander, Hantsport, NS; brother-in-law Fred (Gwen) Patterson, Penetanguishene, Ont.; niece Bev (Walt) Coltman, Port Elgin, Ont.; grandchildren Rick (Lisa), Jeffrey (Angela), Hayley, Michael, Kate, Michael, Matthew, great-grandchildren Jessica, Braidon, Keegan, Ryan, Taylor, as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Chuck was predeceased by his first wife, Florence MacDonald, sons Michael and Charles, and sisters Olive and Lorraine. Cremation has taken place and no visitation by request. The Funeral Mass, followed by a reception, will be held at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Belcher Street, Kentville, NS, at 11:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2008, with Father Larry Pitcher officiating. Family flowers only, and donations in memory may be made to a charity of ones choice. Interment will take place in Gate of Heaven, Sackville, NS, at a later date. (The Ottawa Citizen 03 Jun 2008)

 

HMCS KENORA

YOUNG, Gordon - of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Esther Young passed away on Wednesday October 26, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Gordon was born in Forward, Saskatchewan on November 25, 1925. In his early years Gordon lived on the family farm in Southern Saskatchewan, thereafter joining the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II, stationed on the HMCS Medicine Hat. At the end of the war he returned to Regina where he met Esther in the fall of 1945 and they were married August 31, 1946. He worked for Burns Foods for 33 years and thereafter switched employment to the Federal Government Health of Animals Division until his retirement in Lethbridge in June 1990. Gordon is survived by his son Douglas (Ginny) Young of Blairmore, AB; daughters Marlene (Ivan) Mogck of Grand Prairie, AB and Cheryl Young of Calgary, AB; grandchildren Trina (Travis) Merritt of Blairmore, AB and their children Meghan & Matthew; Kimberly (Dermot) O’Boyle of Vancouver, BC and their children Shae & Maeve; 2 sisters Verna (Eldon) Westling of Lethbridge, AB and Gertrude Jones of Cranbrook, BC; brother Paul Young of Edmonton, AB as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Besides his loving wife Esther, Gordon is predeceased by his parents Jesse & Susan; 3 brothers Raymond, John and David and 3 sisters Nellie, Gladys and Ruby. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 1:00PM at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Gordon’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion, 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L7 or to a charity of one’s choice.

 

HMCS MEDICINE HAT

ZBARSKY, Ralph AB, V37720, RCNVR - Able Seaman Ralph Zbarsky, V-37720, RCNVR, of Vancouver, B.C., was killed in action aboard HMCS Esquimalt off Halifax on April 16, 1945. Interment took place in the Schara Tzedek Cemetery, Vancouver, Rabbi E.M. Levy officiating at the naval funeral. Able Seaman Zbarsky enlisted in the navy at Saskatoon when he was 17 years old. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zbarsky of 156 Talisman Avenue, Vancouver, Able Seaman Zbarsky was born on October 23, 1924 in Saskatoon. He attended Princess Alexandra and Victoria Public schools, Bedford Road Collegiate, the Saskatoon Hebrew School and the Universtiy of Saskatchewan. He was president of the Saskatoon branch of Canadian Young Judaea.

 

HMCS ESQUIMALT

 

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