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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituary transcriptions of those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

POLESCHUK, Victor, Sr - With great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of our dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa, Victor Poleschuk Sr. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Doris (Prokopchuk); his infant son; his parents, Paul and Lena; sisters, Olga Elchuk, Margie Pawlowski, Nancy Novak and brother Harry Poleschuk. Victor leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved six children; Judy Vanderhorst (Jo), Karen Mann (George), Victor Poleschuk Jr. (Beverly), Matthew Poleschuk (Janice), Lori Fasano (Dave) and Lisa Trakalo (Keith Anderson). He will be dearly missed by his 15 adoring grandchildren; Jamie Vanderhorst (Karissa), Laura Loeppky (Garth), Kim Lesuk (Jeff), Kristin Mann-Simpson (Derek), David Mann (Kari), Lisa Young (Scott), Tracy Brown (Jon), Ryan Fink (Nicole), Carlee Poleschuk, Danielle Sundquist (Chance), Nicole Poleschuk, Alison Fasano, Scott Fasano, Andra Trakalo, and Alexa Trakalo, as well as his 16 great-grandchildren; Carter, Jonah and Grayson; Rylyn and Jackson; Tyler, Kylie, Mason and Kera; Lily and Drew; Leiva and Izabella; Drake; Benjamin and Madison. Also left to cherish Vic's memory are his sisters, Anna Beliga, and Mary Prokopchuk (Andy), and his brother-in-law, Bill Novak; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances. Victor was born on November 18, 1925 of Russian/Ukrainian descent in Majkow, Poland to Paul and Lena Poleschuk. When he was four years old he came to Canada with his parents and four siblings aboard the ship, "SS Lituania, Baltic American", first settling in Glenella, Manitoba, then Middlechurch, Manitoba and lastly Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dad started school at the age of seven and graduated years later from St. John's Technical High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Navy (albeit underage) and was stationed both in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and Montreal, Quebec. After the war, he attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Agriculture degree (1950). While in high school, Dad met the love of his life, our mom, Doris, at the Ukrainian Labor Temple where they both played in the orchestra, Dad, the drums, Mom, the mandolin and then again in the North Star Band, Dad, a drummer, Mom, a majorette. The Second World War separated them briefly, but their love never wavered. They were married on August 7, 1948 and started our family legacy-becoming parents to six wonderful children. Dad worked as a Food Chemist at Maple Leaf Mills and after retirement enjoyed his passion for golf, band and spending time with family. After Mom's passing in 1981, Dad demonstrated an inner strength and resiliency which enabled him to overcome his loss and continue to appreciate and make the most of life. Victor was active and independent from the time he was young until his final days. While in the Navy, as with high school, he competed in basketball and track and field. In University, Dad continued his athletic competition by continuing to compete in track and field. In 1944, at a competition at Acadia University, he broke the Maritime record in triple jump. Golf has always been a part of his life. You could often find him walking the course, sometimes with friends or family-other times wandering in the bush searching for golf balls or scooping golf balls out of the water hazards. An accomplished and self-taught percussionist, Victor played the lead drums in the Shelburne Band while in the Navy. He continued his drum playing well into his 80s. He was involved with many bands over the years; playing at weddings, playing concerts for Mother's Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas. He is an Honorary Member of the NorthWinds Concert Band. Along with playing the drums, being an accomplished percussionist and golfer, Victor also enjoyed spending time with and traveling to visit family, sharing a story or two, and watching sporting events. Dad's genuineness, his outgoing personality and his love and ability to strike up a conversation will truly be missed. He had many friends and acquaintances that he met through his activities, through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as through his travels across Canada and the USA. His friendly smile, laughter, stories and, most of all, the big handshake or hug will never be forgotten. Whether it was a hockey rink, ski hill, soccer field, music/dance recital, swimming pool, golf game or horse barn, (Great) Grandpa was there. Anyone watching could see how much he loved his family and how proud he was of each and every one of them. He taught us, through his actions, that participating in these various activities was important to all. With the loss of our beloved dad, we now find ourselves looking for that same guidance that he was there to provide us. We know he would tell us not to be sad, and even though our hearts are heavy, to look ahead and live each day to its fullest. What a wonderful legacy Victor (and Doris) left. This legacy will live on in all the lives he has been a part of. A Celebration of Victor's life will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Lori Fasano Trust (www.lorifasanotrust.com) or a charity of your choice in Victor's honour. (The Winnipeg Free Press 10 May 2014)

PORTCHMOUTH, Roy Sydney, LCdr, RCN - 83, of Sunny Brook, passed away, Monday, February 18, 2008 at home. Born in Wimbledon, England, he was a son of the late Sydney Murrell and May Lucia (Gardener) Portchmouth. In 1941, at the age of 17, his naval career started on a Youth Training Scheme. It was as an Ordinary Seaman during the August 1942 raid, that his destroyer, the “Brocklesby” ran temporarily aground on the beach at Dieppe, while taking on board survivors from under a barrage of fire. In 1943 to 1944 he trained for the Fleet Air Arm in Ontario and the U.K., which was followed by operational flying as pilot in 822 Squadron in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and the East, leaving the Royal Navy in June 1946. In June 1948 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving mostly on H.M.C. Ships while based at Halifax, and St. John’s as Lt. Commander, retiring in 1966. Moving to England, he joined the Royal National Life Boat Institution in 1970, working as inspector of life boats in Southern England in developing trial and training until 1985. Returning to Canada in 1985 he joined the Canadian Coast Guard as Inspector of small vessels in Nova Scotia while living in Dartmouth and then as an Inspector at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney while living there, finally retiring in 1991.He relocated to Blue Rocks in 1991 and established himself inextricably in the Lunenburg Community, founding the drama group, the South Shore Players in 1993, directing several of its productions in the first few years. In 2002, they moved to reside in Sunnybrook. He is survived by his longtime companion, Dorothy "Chibby” Drysdale, sons, Keith, London, England; Eric (Deb), Sussex, England; Richard (Helen), London, England; his children’s mother, Susan Portchmouth, Cornwall, England; grandchildren, Lena, Amy and Luke. He was predeceased by a sister, Iris May. Friends are invited to share their memories of Roy with his family during visitation at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, Lunenburg, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Rev. Michael Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. Flowers from the immediate family only, memorial donations may be made to South Shore Players, Nova Scotia Lung Association or to a charity of your choice.

PRIEUR, John Donald - 82 years, on June 12, 2005 with his family at his side at Heron Terrace. Formerly of Pillette Road. Beloved husband of 61 years to Dorothy (nee Sheehan). Loving father of Ellen Lappan, of Windsor; John Jr. and Sheila, of Lakeshore; Mary Ann and Charlie Hucker, of Camlachie; Paul and Dale, of Victoria, B.C.; Beverly Norris, of London; Dave and friend Shannon; Maureen and Ken Bruner, all of Windsor; Joan and Brian Skrypnyk, of London; and the late Marilyn. Dear son of the late Louis and Emilie (nee Major). Dear pepe of Shawn and Cheryl Lappan, Nicole and Mike Pavicic, Kari-Lyn and fiance Kris Durocher; Sonia and Duane Dauncey, Jarrod and Adam Prieur; Katie, Kevin and Dale Hucker; Shane and Ryan Prieur;Michael and Christopher Norris; Alison and fiance John Dafesh, Joel and Jocelyn Prieur; Ashley, Amanda and Alicia Bruner ; Brian, Daniel, Tara and Kelly Skrypnyk. Great-pepe of Jessica, Lauren, Alyssa, Ethan and Tate. Dear brother of Nellie Desmarais (Romeo); Lillian Coyle (Bernard); Joe and Lee; Bob and Betty; Louis (Virginia); Marg and Joe Marrin; Tom and Rita; Dick and Pat; Shirley and Joe Stiener; and the late Ray and Tony, Clarence, Helen and Archie Lauzon, Kathleen and will be remembered by the Sheehan Family and numerous nieces and nephews. John was a navy veteran of WWII (HMCS Hunter), was a retired manager of Ault Dairies, member of the Bishop J.T. Kidd Council Knights of Columbus (Riverside), a former member of Council 1453, the Dean Wagner Assembly 4th Degree, Order of Alhambra Guzera Caravan, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 255, was an active parishioner at St. Theresa's Church and he volunteered his time and generosity to numerous associations and charities. He enjoyed bowling and golfing on his nine-hole Pillette Road course. John's career began as a milkman delivering with his horse "Prince" and buggy. Visiting Tuesday from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. and Wednesday 2 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel, 12105 Tecumseh Road, Tecumseh (735-2830). Legion service Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Third and Fourth degree Knights of Columbus and Alhambra prayers Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prayers lead by Father Prieur at 8:30 p.m. Visiting continues on Thursday, June 16 from 10:45 a.m. at St. Theresa Church, 1991 Norman Road until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Fr. Richard Cartier and Fr. Michael Prieur will concelebrate. Interment at St. Anne Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy a donation to the Iris House or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. John and Dorothy were a testimony to the sacrament of marriage, and will be remembered for their constant love and devotion. A tree will be planted in memory of John Prieur in the Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on September 25, 2005. All are welcome. (The Windsor Star 13 Jun 2005)

 

HMCS HUNTER

PRITCHARD, Wilmer, John (Bill) - passed away peacefully on Monday April 7, 2014 at Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Born April 3, 1926 on a dairy farm in Palmerston, ON. Son of Myrtle and James Pritchard. Beloved husband of Nancy (Gray) for 64 years. Dear father of Jane Pritchard, Dr. Sandy Pritchard, Brenda Pritchard (Bob McKeen), all of Toronto. Beloved Papa to Kate Southwell (Andrew), Logan, Hunter, Madison and Baylie Pritchard, Jesse and Taylor Foden. Special Papa to Rita. Predeceased by a brother Ken. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Bill attended school in Palmerston from which he graduated as Valedictorian in 1944. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944. When W.W.II ended in 1945 he started studies at University of Toronto School of Dentistry. Soon after he met Nancy a student nurse, the love of his life and mother of his three children. Following graduation he married Nancy and moved to Leamington to practice family dentistry until his retirement 40 years later. He was past president of the Leamington Kinsmen Club, Essex County Dental Association and Sun Parlour Curling Club. In 1962 he and his good friend Dr. Murray O’Neil, a couple of flying farm boys founded Highline Mushroom Farm. Dentistry was his profession but flying was his passion. He owned and flew many different aircraft over a period of 52 years. Music played a large part in Bill’s life, from competing as a child in Stratford Music Festival to playing trumpet at High School, then Varsity Band and travel with the Helen Law Singers to Wales. He was also the director of the popular Lancaster Band for over 30 years. Finally, he played “Taps” each evening at sundown while vacationing in Florida. Bill fought the good fight but could not overcome the devastation of myelodysplasia. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street Leamington on Friday 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Bill’s life, from the Leamington United Church, 9 John Street Leamington on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Paul Rodey officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. The Pritchard family will be forever grateful to Dr. Tawil and Dr. Gonzalez for their compassionate care and to the staff at Leamington Hospital, especially the Emergency Department, the nurses on 2nd Floor and the girls in Outpatient Department in charge of transfusions for their care and kindness. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made by cheque to Leamington Hospital Foundation (Hospice). (The Reid Funeral Home 08 Apr2014)

RICHARDS, Charles - Born in Vancouver August 17, 1917 has passed away December 19, 2005. Orphaned as child, he had a rough early start and survived the Great Depression. At 88, he was still a strong, powerful Viking of man who left an indelible imprint on anyone who crossed his path. A decorated Naval Veteran of WWII (HMCS), he appreciated 2005 being the designated "Year of the Veteran", bringing back many forgotten memories. It was Navy meets Army when he fell in love and married his loving and devoted wife of almost 60 years, Marian Christine Olson (CWAC) while they were still in service. They settled in Vancouver and raised their family there until moving to a Maple Ridge farm in 1961. Brilliant, creative and talented, he loved to build things and was proud to be a retired member of the Ironworkers Union Local 97. Over the years, his nicknames included Slim, Cowboy and Chas. Along with his wife Marian, he will be sadly missed by his only daughter Joyce Marie Mahy (North Vancouver), son-in-law David Mahy (Coquitlam); Oldest son Donald Charles and fiancee Ann, daughter-in-law Glenda, three grandchildren Lori, Jason and Marc (Lisa) and four great-grandchildren, Lindsay, twins Heather and Hayley and new baby Holly born December 18, the day before his death, all living in Ontario; Youngest son Richard James (Melissa) and three grandchildren Gretchen, Colleen and Brock living in Illinois. Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, although you have passed into the light where your spirit is now at peace, you will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. Our best regards to the warm and caring staff at Creekside Manor (Ridge Meadows Hospital), for making Charles' last days as pleasant as possible. A Memorial Reunion "Celebration of Life" service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. (The Province 14 Jan 2006)

RICHARDSON, Derald J., CD, RCN - of Dartmouth. (Atlantic Funeral Home)

RICKERT, Vernon S., RCNVR - Died peacefully on September 25, 2008 surrounded by his family in his 86th year. Predeceased by wife Marjorie (1970). Beloved husband of Eileen (nee Unsworth). Loving father of Cathie Rickert, Lon and wife Brenda Rickert, Linda and husband Henry Knapp, Ronald and wife Christina Ridley, Allan and wife Rose Ridley. Dear son of the late Sidney and Lovina Rickert. Treasured grandfather of Sarah Rickert, Jenefer Rickert, Joseph Knapp (Tanya), Sheryl Wilker (Bruce), Brian Knapp (Jennifer), Reanna Ridley, Thomas Ridley. Cherished great-grandfather of Owen, Mark, Daniel, Charles, Alyssa and Justin. Loving brother-in-law of Helen Unsworth. Survived by sister Marjorie Dimaggio. Predeceased by sisters Muriel Langlois, May Couvillon, Dorothy Omar, Ethel Rickert, Lorraine Schmidt, Evelyn Cork and brother Stewart. Vern served for 3 1/2 years in the R.C.N.V.R. and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #594, a life member of the Navy Club, Admiral Hose Branch and a life member of the H.M.C.S. Hunter. He is a Retiree of B.A.S.F. If you so desire, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Visiting Sunday from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Naval Service Sunday 7 p.m. Prayers Sunday 8:30 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. On Monday, friends are invited to join the family after 9:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church (1400 Cabana Rd. West) followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery. (The Windsor Star 26 Sep 2008)

RISDAHL, George (1919-2007) - passed away peacefully on April 10, 2007 in Calgary, AB at the age of 87. George will be deeply missed by Alma, his loving wife of sixty-five years. He was predeceased by his daughter Gail and is survived by his children, Rick (Sandy), Randy (Doreen), and Merridy Zachow, as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. George served in the RCN (VR) from 1941 to 1945 and in the RCN(R) from 1947 to 1962. He was employed by the Department of National Defense from 1946 to 1974. George kept busy with family and friends. He and Alma were always out and about and familiar faces at many a Calgary restaurant. He had a keen sense of humor that always kept his family and friends smiling. George lived a full life and considered himself a "wealthy" man because he had the love of his family. To celebrate George's life, a Memorial gathering will be held at HMCS Tecumseh, 1820 - 24 Street S.W., on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Naval Museum of Alberta, 1820 - 24 Street S.W., Calgary, AB. (The Calgary Herald 12 Apr 2007)

RIVARD, Albert - On March 15, 2003, Albert Rivard of Edmonton passed away at the age of 78 years. He is survived by one sister, Therese Potvin of Edmonton; one brother, Eddy Rivard from the Chateau in Legal; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Mathilda and father, Jean Rivard; one brother, Frank and five sisters, Lily, Emma, Laurette, S.R. Laura and Rita. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Emile's Church on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Matt Lugowski officiating. Interment to follow at St. Emile Church Cemetery. Friends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Mental Health Association (200, 10235 - 124 Street, Edmonton, AB T5N 1P9). St. Albert Funeral Home-Connelly-McKinley Ltd., 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert. 780-458-2222. (The Edmonton Journal 19 Mar 2003)

ROBERTSON, John William (Jack or Robbie) - Born to Andrew and Vera Robertson on September 6, 1922 in Calgary, passed away on January 23, 2004. He leaves behind his darling wife of fifty-seven years, Ruth; his children who could always count on Dad to be there for them, Glen (Sharon), Nancy (Jack Buchan), Gordon (Valerie) and Mark; his much-loved grandchildren, Vicky, Marty, Julie, Leah, Andrew and Rebecca; and his great-granddaughter Keely. Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Noreen Croston and nieces, Barbara Cousins and Betty Illingworth. Robbie joined the Canadian Navy in 1939 serving in the Atlantic and North Sea. On his return to Calgary, he joined the Calgary Fire Department in May 1946 and married Ruth in June 1946. He retired from the Fire Department after thirty-four years in 1980 as a Division Chief. He treasured his naval and fire department colleagues and friends and was active in the Calgary Fire Department Museum, the Naval Reserve and the Naval Museum at HMCS Tecumseh, and recently as the Past President of the Canadian Tribal Destroyer Association. He was a kind, big-hearted man, quick with a smile and a joke. Heartfelt gratitude is given to the staff of Ward 74 at the Rockyview Hospital for their exemplary care. A Memorial Reception to Celebrate the Man will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2004 at Foster's Garden Chapel, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (directly across from Queen's Park Cemetery). No flowers by family request, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Please drink a toast to this much-loved man. Foster's Garden Chapel Funeral Home. (The Calgary Herald 28 Jun 2004)

ROBERTSON, Leslie Francis (Robbie) (13 Feb 1922 - 29 Nov 2006) - Born York Co., Ontario; died at home in Langley. Predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Marion Eleanor (Robinson) in 1983. Survived by sons Keith (Mar) and Glenn (Louise); grandchildren Kirk, Nicole Supinski (Jody), Amber (Vince Wright), Jodi, Chad, Tracy, Carly, Derek; great-grandchildren Tyler, Lauren and Morgan Supinski; brother Stewart in Ottawa and sister Helen (French) in Midland, Ontario. Les grew up in Victoria Harbour, Ontario on Georgian Bay and in 1939 when only 17 years old became a deckhand on a Great Lakes bulk carrier, sailing on the Lakes till early 1941 when he joined the Navy. He was posted to HMCS Esquimalt in June of 1942 and met his future wife a month or two later while roller-skating. While in the Navy he journeyed to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean, accumulating memories he treasured for the rest of his life. He was discharged in late 1945 and went to work at the Surrey CO-OP in Cloverdale in early 1946 where he became a fixture till his retirement in 1980. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 am at St. George's Anglican Church, 9160 Church Street, Fort Langley. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated. (The Province 05 Dec 2006)

ROE, James George - of Tumbler Ridge passed away in Mission Hospital on December 15, 2006 at the age of 80 years. He was born July 26, 1926 in Surrey, B.C. Served as a Chief Petty Officer in H.M.C.S. Worked for the Department of Highways until his retirement, and enjoyed his time as a member of the Surrey Bee Association. James is predeceased by his wife Agnes, and is survived by his third wife Gloria; daughters Patricia Thibeau, Shirley Fraik, Colleen Manfredi (Pietro) and step-sons Peter Briscoe (Fran), David; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was a beloved father and grandfather. Gloria was married to James for three short wonderful years, but will cherish a lifetime of memories. A memorial service for James will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday January 2, 2007, at the Arbor Chapel of Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 - 72 Avenue, Surrey, B.C. (The Province 30 Dec 2006)

ROLF, Carl Henry, CD, Cdr - born April 6, 1922, died May 15, 2011. Survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Beatrice Anne (ne Grant); children, Carol Anne Harper (Daniel), David (Margaret) and Douglass (Patricia); his cherished, much loved grandchildren, Mary, Kate, Clare, Aidan, Peter, Matthew and Geoffrey; sisters Irma Young (Jack), Rosemarie Bibsy Yates, his brother Norman (Trish), his brotherin-law Charlie Grant (Ann); and many nieces and nephews. He was a life-long resident of Edmonton, graduated from Eastwood High and attended the University of Alberta. He volunteered in WW II, serving on corvettes during the Battle of the Atlantic and in the Bay of Biscay. After the war he joined the RCN(R). He commanded HMCS Nonsuch 1960 to 1964 and was Aide-de-Camp to Gov. Gen. Roland Michener. He graduated in Law from the U of A in 1952 and practiced with Grant Rolf until he was appointed to the Provincial Bench in 1962. He retired as Assistant Chief Judge (Edmonton) of the Provincial Court of Alberta in 1992. While on the bench he served on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Alberta Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, the Senate of U of A and, as sole Commissioner, conducted a public inquiry into policing in relation to the Blood Tribe (1989 to 1991). Much loved husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be sorely missed. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Anglican, 12116 - 102 Avenue N.W. Edmonton, AB on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Edmonton City Cemetery,118 Street and 107 Avenue. In lieu of flowers, friends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to: the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985 - 124 Street N.W. Edmonton, Alberta T5M 0H9 or to the Alzheimers Society, 10531 Kingsway Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1. (The Edmonton Journal 18 May 2011)

 

HMCS EDMUNDSTON, HMCS NONSUCH

ROUTLEDGE, Ronald Joseph - age 67 of Northport passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 23, 2010 surrounded by his family. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Ronald and Kathleen (Crooks, Isanen) Routledge. Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy in April of 1960 at the age of seventeen. He was a gunner, following in his father's footsteps. He served on many ships and shore establishments, where he was well known. After 26 years of service he retired as Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class. As a result of his experience and work ethic, he was called to assist on the frigate program in Saint John. Returning to his beloved Northport, Ron was active in the Northport Community Center, Northport Hillside Cemetery and the Pugwash Legion. Ron enjoyed gardening and daily trips to the wharf, spending time with his family, friends and especially his visits with his grandchildren in the summer. These visits left him with memories he cherished forever. Ron will be sadly missed and long remembered by his wife, Doreen Mosher; daughter, Debbie (Mike) Routledge, Vancouver, BC; son, Joe (Becky), Hamilton, ON; stepfather, Stan Isanen, Moncton, NB; brother, John (Joan), Sussex, NB; grandchildren, Ben, Merlin, Dylan, Austin and Colton and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceaed by his first wife, Marilyn Fisher and a daughter-in-law, Wendy McGarvie. Ron's remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst (667-8777) from where the funeral service will be held, Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 11 am, K. Ruth Gamble officiating. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Burial will be in the Northport Hillside Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northport Hillside Cemetery, Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice gratefully accepted.

 

RUDNIKOFF, Nicolai (Nick) - Peacefully on December 6, 2008 at the age of 95 years. Loving husband of Marie for 66 years of marriage. Beloved dad to his girls Sherri, Kim and Tammy. Dear brother of Lee and predeceased by Annie, Vera, Peter and Michael. Special grandpa to his "furry companions". Nick retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of UAW Local 200. Nick served in WW II with the Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS - Hunter), member of St Gregory the Great Church since (1958) and of Windsor Community Choir for many years. Visitation at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home 1700 Tecumseh Rd East (519-253-7234) on Thursday December 11, 2008 from 9:30 AM until time of funeral service at 11:30 AM in the chapel. Cremation to follow. In kindness memorial donations may be made to the Charity of Your Choice. (The Windsor Star 10 Dec 2008)

ROBSON, Richard Clayton - It is with profound sadness that the family of Richard Clayton Robson announce his passing on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Grace Hospital. Richard was born on August 14, 1923 the eldest son of Jack and Hilda Robson. Dick, as he was so fondly known to many, grew up in River Heights and attended Robert H. Smith, Queenston , Kelvin and United College. Dick enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944 and served for three years as a Radar Artificer. In 1948 he graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Manitoba, with the Silver Medal. Dick met the love of his life Marjorie Mein at Grand Beach and the two of them were married in 1950. They soon welcomed two daughters into their family, Donna and Diane. Dick owned Robson Drugs in St. James for 47 years; he was well respected and a good friend to his loyal customers. Dick was a long-time member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West. He was also affiliated with the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association for 50 years and a member of Wingar, where many friendships were formed. Marj and Dick enjoyed many travel adventures over the years, and especially loved their winter holidays down South. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie, his daughters, Donna (Dan Ptolemy) and Diane (Jeff Shypit), grandchildren, Shaun, Kelly, Linda and Lana, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Barbara Robson. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Thomson "In the Park". In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. (The Winnipeg Free Press 26 Apr 2014)

RENOUF, John (Dixy) Lory (29 Dec 1958 - 05 Mar 2014) - The family of John (Dixy) Lory Renouf would like to announce that on March 5, 2014, the Lord Jesus Christ reached down and ushered Dixy into his eternal reward in heaven, nine months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He peacefully took his last breath in the comfort of his own home in the arms of his loving wife. Dixy's attitude from the beginning was one of strength - never fearing. He always felt peace that he was prepared for whatever the perfect will of God was for his life. Left to mourn his passing is his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Jean Renouf, son Kyle (Biljana), daughter Amber (Trevor), mother-in-law Jean Sargent, father-in-law Horace Kimber, siblings Bill (Sandy), Tony, Rose (Jeff), Lorne (Christina), and Al; brothers and sisters-in-law David, Joan (Bernie), Fran and Kathy; nieces and nephews Shirley (Earl), Sabrina, William (Heidi), Jason, Nathan, Natasha, Jessica, Katie, Bryton, Zachary, Jenna, Dustin, Danny, Cora (Jon), Charlie, Nicky, Dawnya, Isiah, Ryan (Jelena), Erik (Jennilee) and their families, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father Charles Renouf, mother Rose Renouf, and brother-in-law Doug Youngson. Dixy was a devoted and loving family man. His great love for his wife was evident in all his thoughtful words and deeds. He was her biggest fan, always encouraging her to reach for higher goals. His two children were the apples of his eye and he often expressed how proud he was of them and the strong, courageous young adults they had become. He took great pleasure on his days off work to pop in and visit them at their workplaces and take them for an impromptu lunch. He was born in Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland and was always proud to be a "Newfie". Growing up in the unique culture of Newfoundland had a profound influence in developing Dixy's wonderful sense of humour and kindhearted personality. His love and respect for the ocean drew him to spend several years in the Navy at the young age of 19. His love for his Saviour Jesus Christ was foremost in his life and influenced everything he did. Dixy had a great talent for story-telling and humour and on many occasions he was the guest of honour to perform a comedy act at various functions. He was also a talented writer and poet and enjoyed writing screen plays and short movies. He was a member of Toast Masters for several years and won many awards in speech competitions. Dixy was an avid reader and it was very difficult to find a subject that he wasn't able to contribute valuable insight and information on. His easygoing, fun and forgiving personality was contagious and naturally drew people to him. Dixy always had a love for motorcycles and he and Jean enjoyed traveling on their Gold Wing. He worked as a professional bus operator since 1985, first for Grey Goose and later, Greyhound. He was well respected and liked by his fellow workers and management. His kind and helpful nature was always appreciated by his passengers. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodiere Blvd. A private family interment will take place at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to our family and many friends who stood by us from the beginning by faithfully supporting us through prayer, hugs, tears, encouraging words and in so many other tangible ways. Also special thanks to Pastor Bruce Adams, Dr. Garry Schroeder, our work colleagues, Richard the nurse and the other Home Care doctors, nurses and health care aides for their wonderful care. (The Winnipeg Free Press 08 Mar 2014)

SADLEIR, Gordon Ralph (1926-2002) - beloved husband of Mrs. Doreen Sadleir of Calgary, passed away on December 17, 2002 at the age of 76 years. Gordon served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944 to 1947. He served part of that time on an aircraft carrier for the H.M.C.S. York. Upon leaving the Navy, Gordon enlisted with the Regina Fire Department and served from 1947 to 1950. In October of 1950, Gordon began a rewarding career as a police officer with the Calgary Police Service. He quickly advanced from constable, to detective, then to patrol sergeant and was recognized on several occasions for his many acts of courage. He retired in 1979 as a Sergeant. Gordon enjoyed outdoors and spent time hunting, fishing and golfing. Besides his loving wife, Gordon is also survived by his children, Debbie (Barry) McCall, Shawn Sadleir, Maureen Sadleir, Lorraine (Craig) Shaw and Iris (Rod) Luhr; as well as seven grandchildren and his sister Irene Gibson of Winnipeg. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Park Memorial Chapel" (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) today, December 20, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. In living memory of Gordon Ralph Sadleir, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgary Herald 20 Dec 2002)

SAMIS, Paul Jarvis - of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2013 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Lena Samis (nee Smith). Paul will be dearly missed by his children Cindy Samis of St. Thomas, Steve Samis of Toronto, Linda (Don) Stoap of Oakville, Valerie (Chris) Delandes of St. Thomas; grandchildren Jenna (Tom) Stoap-Moore, Adam Stoap, Daniel Stoap, Alyssa Deslandes (Jonathan McKee); great grand-children Kaitlynn and Rayne Moore, Bentley McKee; and by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Donald Samis. Paul worked at the Ministry of Transportation for over 25 years. He was also a Royal Canadian Navy Veteran, having proudly served his country from 1950 to 1955. In his retirement, Paul enjoyed painting, and frequently contributed to the Appreciation of The Arts. Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30pm. Private interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 28 June 2013)

SCALZO, Raymond (10 Feb 1924 - 05 Feb 2008) On Tuesday, February 5, 2008, five days before his 84th birthday, our loving and devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather passed away peacefully with family at his side. Ray will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Kathleen (Kay), daughters Marilyn (Bill), Donna, grandchildren, Jarrett (Eva), Tracy (Doug), Rob, Kelly and Neil, Sister Theresa (Stan), Gerald and many other family members and friends. Ray was predeceased by his parents Florence and Joseph Scalzo and Brother Ernest. Brother Alphonse (Chuck) passed away February 6, 2008 less than 24 hours after Ray. Ray was born in Transcona in 1924. He often spoke of his wonderful childhood growing up with his siblings and many friends. He attended the Assumption school. Ray enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served from 1942-1945. He sailed corvettes, the Arvida and the Kincardine in the North Atlantic. After the war he was employed at the Herb Kings cigar Store until being hired by the CNR where he spent seven years. His final career was with the Transcona Post Office where he worked as a letter carrier until 1984, when he retired. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus council 3853, Transcona. He also was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch Number 7. Ray also was a member of the White Ensign Navy Club at HMCS Chippawa. Ray married Kathleen MacDonald in 1947 and moved into their house on Harvard in 1948. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary last year April 17, 2007. They moved from their home last May to East Park Lodge. He was a great sports enthusiast and watched and listened to most sports. He was a fan of the Montreal Canadians and The Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ray of all things was devoted to his family. His love and support were always there. He was a man of God and prayer. He always promised that his prayers to Brother Andre, his favorite Saint, would take us through all hardships. We will hold you Dad forever in our Hearts Our family would like to thank Dr Pilat and the devoted staff at the Concordia Hospital, 3west for their loving care. Funeral service will be held at St Joseph the Worker Parish on Brewster in Transcona at 1:00 p.m., Monday February 11, 2008 with reception to follow at the church. In accordance with Ray's wishes, cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke or Lung Foundations. Transcona Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 09 Feb 2008)

 

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SCHNEIDER, Roy - of Elgin, Illinois, surrounded by loved ones, entered the life triumphant peacefully at home on June 12, 2014. Beloved husband of Barbara, his wife of 39 years, cherished father of five, two sons, Dean (Kathryn) and Glenn (Nancy) and three daughters, Kim (Kevin), Linda (Ignacio) and Kris (Rich), as well as fourteen grandchildren and a brother Walter (Margaret). Sadly, he was preceded in death by two of his sons, Paul and Wayne. Born on July 6, 1920 in Winnipeg, Roy served in the Canadian Navy for five years during the Second World War. After his discharge, he attended United College in Winnipeg where he earned B.A. and B.D. degrees. He was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1952. In his first position with the church, Roy served as a missionary for two years in Toyko, Japan, an experience he always treasured. Upon his return to Canada, Roy served in several Manitoba communities for 11 years before moving to the United States to serve as a pastor in churches in both Detroit and Chicago. After retiring from the ministry, Roy and Barbara moved to California where he started his own business which he operated until 2008. In July of that year, he and Barbara returned to the Chicago area to be close to their children and grand-children. Roy took great pride in having written and published several books, including his memoirs and two books of poetry. Roy's passion for all forms of literature was legendary amongst his family. Roy was an incredible caring man who spent much of his life looking after the needs of others. He was a loving husband and father who was always very proud of the achievements of both his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him more than words can every properly describe. Memorials may be made to Fox Valley Presbyterian Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. (The Winnipeg Free Press 17 Jun 2014)

SCHULTZ, Arthur - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father, GeeGee, brother, uncle, cousin and friend into the hands of our Lord on July 3, 2014 at the Selkirk and District General Hospital. He was 72 years young. He will remain forever in the hearts of his children, Kim (Jamie) Tibold and their children Shianne (Shawn), Colby, Paige, Danton and Braden; Eric and his daughter Autumn; Sean (Bonnie) and their children Deven, Austin, Chloe and Keenan. He also leaves a lasting memory to cherish in his great-granddaughters Mersadies, Madisyn and Memphis. Art was born on July 21, 1941 in Winnipeg. He was older brother to his sister Lora (she was his 2 year birthday present), whom he leaves to mourn his memory. He also leaves sisters-in-law Vivian (Paul), Lynda, Sheila, Irene, Pat, Joan, Donna and brothers-in-law Bob, Mike, Cliff, Stan (Thelma), Dave and Edward (Denise); many nieces and nephews, his "adopted family" Vince, Tammy, Kyle, Justin and Sierra and his "partners in crime" cousin Paul (Gracie) and Richard (Shirley) whom he now leaves to "amigo" along in his absence. Art was predeceased by the love of his life Shirley (nee Kalupar) in 2008 and his parents Adolph and Nellie, his in-laws Michael and Katie, brothers-in-law Michael, Joseph, William, Steve, Peter, Nick, Alec, Mac and Rudy; sisters-in-law Mary, Anne, Jean and Irene, nephews Lance and Kelly and niece Sabrina. Art spent his earliest years growing up in St. James. He was a boy with a most adventurous spirit who most often was "the leader of the pack" when endeavoring to "find fun" on his grandparents farm every summer. In his early 20's he enlisted in the Canadian Navy where his lust for adventure took him to many ports. Upon his return home he found adventures both above and below ground for Simkin Construction and later a lifetime career as a transport driver, 27 years with Motorways and retiring from Bison Transport in 2001. Art met and married the love of his life Shirley on May 8, 1965 and began his grandest adventure of all, 43 years of precious love. They settled and raised their family in East Selkirk and shared a love of camping, gardening, fishing, travelling, visiting family and many card games. Dad also loved to hunt. Above all Art cherished his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his photo collection gives testimony to the pride and joy he would capture to share with all who would look and listen. A very heartfelt thank you goes out to dad's cousin Beverly who lovingly kept bedside vigil with us during dads last days and to the nurses and doctors of Selkirk and District General Hospital Palliative Care who cared for him and us with grace and dignity that came from the heart. A celebration of Arthur's life will be held at the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, 309 Eveline St. Selkirk, MB. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Selkirk and District General Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 05 Jul 2014)

SEALE, John William - Our dear father, grandfather and friend John Seale, left us, reluctantly, but with a parting wave, on Monday March 13. John will remain in the hearts of his loving family and friends: children Judi Prewett (Rod), Edris Seale (Val Nathan) and John Seale (Suzanne); and grandchildren; Brendan, Rayne, Spencer and Jacqueline, as well as his children's mother Marjorie Seale, his cousin Brian Gill (Susan), lifelong friends Bart and Miriam Krause, and his most special friend, Dr. Jocelyne Lapointe. Born December 2, 1918 in Winnipeg, where he attended Gordon Bell High School, John was a WWII Royal Canadian Navy veteran, an award-winning CBC cinematographer for 25 years, and a champion athlete - having been a Manitoba Speed Skating Champion, an Olympic qualifier bike racing and speed skating, as well as a BC Seniors Tennis Champion. Over the years, John traveled the world as a cinematographer where he met many luminaries. As a young man, John worked lighting the street lanterns of Winnipeg, on the CPR, and as a medical photographer at Winnipeg General Hospital. But it was John's love and skill with photography, tennis and carpentry that gave his life such meaning and has given us so many wonderful memories and mementos. John was also an accomplished scotch drinker and a scary driver - though, thankfully, not at the same time. John lived most of his life in Winnipeg, North and West Vancouver, and more recently, Victoria. Thank you to Dr's Ted Rosenberg and Greg Culp for their gentle care and compassion, allowing Dad to leave this world with dignity; Irena Vlasenko of Veteran Affairs; the Parkwood Court staff who were so caring and allowed us to spend Dad's last days together as a family; the Carlton House staff and residents who helped ease his move to the Island; and the VIHA Home Care nurses. A Celebration of John's life will be held at 2:00pm Sunday May 21st at HMCS Discovery, 1200 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity. (The Vancouver Sun 31 Mar 2006)

SHAW, Colin Heggerston Purves, Capt (N), RCN (1925- 2009) - Quietly in Hospice 13 August, 2009. Survived by his wife Lea, son David (Ottawa) and sister Nona Mary Shaw (Brighton, England). Born in Portsmouth, England, into a Naval family he attended various schools including four years at Westminster Abbey Choir School in London where he had the privilege of singing in the choir at the Coronation of King George VI. In 1940 (during the war) he was sent to family friends in Ottawa, because his education was being interrupted by constant school evacuations due to enemy bombings. He attended Lisgar Collegiate for two years and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy and entered the Royal Canadian Naval College, Royal Roads in 1942. He served overseas with the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947 in the European and Far East theatres and then returned to Canada. During his 39 years naval service he commanded HMC Ships Lanark, Yukon and Provider and the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt where he was responsible for the efficient operation of the support facility for the west coast fleet, 3rd Battalion PPCLI and all National Defence establishments located on Vancouver Island from Victoria to Nanoose. He attended the RCAF Staff College in 1962 and served as the Canadian staff member at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, England in 1968. During his career he served at the Royal Military College, Kingston, from 1952 to 1954 (as a Squadron Commander), Canadian Joint Staff, Washington DC and three times at Headquarters, Ottawa. His last appointment was Chief of Staff (Operations) to the commander, Maritime Forces pacific. On retirement in 1981 he was appointed Director of the Maritime Museum of BC, serving there until 1988. He was responsible for the overall operation of the museum. He served the community as the President of the United Way of Greater Victoria (1982) and Campaign Chairman (1983). Appointed Chairman of the Board of the Victoria Islands and Yukon Division of the Corps of Commissionaires in 1992 and also served on the National Board of Governors 1997-2000. Past President of the Naval officers Association of VI, the Royal United Services Institute of VI and the Canadian Club of Victoria. Founding Director and Secretary of the Defence Associations National Network Pacific Region. More privately, he served on the Board of Directors of Fisgard Mortgage Investment Corporation, was a popular member of Victoria's Union Club and was the Vice President (gofer) for 11 years, of The China Cupboard. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice, Victoria. (TheTimes Colonist 18 Aug 2009)

 

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SHAW, John Gilbert, A/Sto 1c, ERA Apprentice, V49147, RCNVR - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Gilbert Shaw of St.Catharines, Ontario on November 26, 2012 after a short battle with cancer, his wife of 63 years, Marie, by his side. He was a loving father to Diane Shaw (Larry Stewart) of Owen Sound, Susan Menkes of Massena, N.Y. and Bruce Shaw (Valerie) of Calgary. He followed with keen interest the lives of his grandchildren: Kate Shaw Stewart (Tyler Wagler), Michael (Susie Menkes, Stephen Menkes, Thomas Menkes, Holly Shaw, William Shaw and Elizabeth Shaw who will all miss him. He is survived by three great-grandchildren : Ethan and Evelyn Menkes and Elliot Wagler. He is survived by his brother, Eric Shaw (Vivian) and sisters-in-law, Peggy Shaw, Roberta Smith and Betty Smith (Ivan). He will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews and especially his friends, Anne and Bruce Knicley and Shelley. His brothers, Lawrence, Wilfred and Alan, all of Stratford, predeceased him. John was born in Stratford in the fall of 1922, son of Arthur and Maud Shaw. He married Marie (Kendrick) in October 1949 in Stratford where they met. He worked in the Canadian National Railways “Big Shop” from 1940 to 1957 as a machinist. During the war from 1942 to 1945 he served in the RCNVR as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice (RCN Annan) and was honourably discharged as a 1st Class Stoker. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Toronto’s Ontario College of Education and began his teaching career at the St.Catharines Collegiate and Vocational Institute where he taught machine shop and welding until 1972. He then taught at Beamsville District High School until he retired in 1984. He took an officer training course during his time at CCVI graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant and eventually attaining the rank of Major with the Cadet Service of Canada as Chief Instructor and Commanding Officer of the #68 Cadet Corps. In 1964, John and his family moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (for two years) through External Affairs of the Canadian government where John taught at the Institute of Technology. Along with his training and teaching duties, John volunteered at health clinics in the countryside, and travelled with his family throughout East Africa, the Middle East and Europe before returning to Canada in 1966. John was an active member of Queen St. Baptist Church in St.Catharines for many years. He was recognized by the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada for sixty years as a Freemason of Stratford Lodge No.332. After his retirement from teaching, he served on the Retired Teachers of Ontario Executive and was an active member and past president of the Royal Niagara Military Institute and Communications Officer. One of his greatest pleasures over the years was to attend with Marie the Galt #5 Artificer Apprentice Navy reunions which took place all across Canada. He volunteered for the Poppy Campaign for the Canadian Legion. He also enjoyed the Probus Club. John loved to travel, and whether it was camping across North America with his family, or with Marie on their various trips to explore or see their children and grandchildren, he was in his element. He never ceased to be active or be of service to others. He took on many jobs around his neighbourhood, always lending a helping hand. He will be greatly missed. Friends are invited to the Memorial Service at the Vineland Chapel of Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. Vineland on Saturday, December 1 at 1pm with a reception afterwards in the Fireside Room. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Niagara Hospice.

 

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SHELLEY, Duncan Angus - Born in Bonnyville, Alberta, January 22/37 he passed away peacefully January 25/06. Duncan joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954, completing officer training at HMCS Venture. He left the navy in 1961 then pursued a career in masonry and construction. An automobile accident in 1966 left Duncan a paraplegic, but this certainly didn't stop him. Upon release from the rehab centre, he advertised his skills for employment and thus began a very successful career with A&A Plumbing and Heating, first as an employee then as part owner. In the late '80's Duncan retired to a life of his idea of leisure; first building a house in Whistler and later renovating a cabin on Gabriola. Duncan is survived by his mother, Annie, his siblings Bob and Joanne, and his daughters Tracey and Kim. Tracey and Kim would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Craig Martin and the many health services professionals of Delta. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Delta Hospital Foundation, the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation, or your local Humane Society. (The Vancouver Sun 27 Jan 2006)

SHUCKETT Dr. Morley - died peacefully on February 25, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital at age 90. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 63 years, Sally; son Bruce (Judy) and daughter Rhonda (Doug); grandsons, Brandon, Joshua, Mitchell, Jacob, and Matthew, sister Fritzie Telpner; sister-in-law Bert Shuckett and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, Jacob and Rachel Shuckett, brothers Ben, Nathan and Dave, sisters Goldie Genser and Esther Lecker. Morley was born November 13, 1923, the youngest of seven in an active, loving family. His father, Jacob established a thriving business, Winnipeg Lumber and Fuel and helped to establish the Rosh Pina Synagogue and The Sharon Home. Morley was "the baby of the family", which may have explained his perpetually youthful outlook. He was raised at 125 Machray Avenue in Winnipeg's North End, in a bustling Jewish family neighbourhood, aspiring to the Canadian dream. The neighbourhood was filled with children and Morley established boyhood friendships that he maintained and valued his entire life. Athletic, he played football for St. John's Tech High School. He was an enthusiastic hockey player from childhood well into his 70s. The Second World War interrupted his university studies. He volunteered and served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Sea, based in Scotland. After his military service, he attended the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he returned to his beloved Winnipeg. Morley practiced Dentistry in his office at Salter and Matheson for 50 years. He enjoyed and thrived in his chosen profession, enjoying helping his patients. He attended dental emergencies readily any time a patient called. He was a member of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity and continuously upgraded his skills throughout his long career. Enjoyable summers were spent at Clear Lake when his children were growing up, always at the same unit at Johnson's Cabins. Later, Morley and Sally travelled extensively throughout Europe. A highlight was their trip to the Soviet Union for the 1972 Summit Hockey Series. London, England was his favourite destination. He liked to quote Samuel Johnson, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". He had a penchant for Shetland Sheepdogs and always had a "Sheltie" by his side from 1954 to 1991 and especially cherished his last Sheltie, Laird. After retirement, winters were spend in Palm Springs where he delighted in long mountain hikes with Sally. He also arranged and played in tennis tournaments with his friends and neighbours in Palm Springs. He was a member of the Glendale Country Club, eschewing golf for tennis which he played with his characteristic enthusiasm. Always in superb physical condition, the onset of a progressive debilitating neurological condition began in his early 80s, slowly, inexorably preventing him from engaging in the vigorous activities he loved so much. He accepted his deteriorating condition with dignity and grace, always grateful to his doctors and caregivers, never once complaining. He died peacefully with his beloved Sally, family and caregivers by his side. His greatest love was for Sally, their children and five grandsons. He took great pride in his children's accomplishments in medicine, as he had always instilled in them the importance of serving society in a meaningful way. He will live on in our hearts and memories, remembered for his positive outlook, youthful enthusiasm, integrity, his friendship and generosity. With gratitude to caregivers, particularly his long term caregiver Olivia, as well as Jun, Ruth, Racquel, Iris, Doreen, Sheila, and Ronnie. With gratitude for the medical care of Dr. Van Jaarsveldt, Dr. Drobot and staff at St. Boniface Hospital and Dr. Borys at the Neurology Movement Disorder Clinic. Funeral services at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Friday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rabbi Alan Green. Interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers Brian Lecker, Robert Lecker, Jordan Farber, Myron Schultz, Victor Schultz and Hart Pollack. Honorary Pallbearers Richard Leipsic, Stephen Raber, John Farber. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sally and Morley Shuckett Fund at The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, or the charity of your choice. "Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was". - Hebrew proverb (The Winnipeg Free Press 01 Mar 2014)

SINGLETON, Norman Morris - passed peacefully on July 29, 2009 at Tuxedo Villa. Born January 28, 1921, Norm was the youngest of six children of Mary (Kropla) and William Henry Singleton. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Vivian (Pink/Hunt) in 1993. Survived by daughters Gail Singleton, Lynn Isaryk and June (Terry) Syko/Klassen, grandchildren Carrie (Gordon) Kulbisky, and Ethan, Joshua, Nathaniel; Kimberley Mueller; Terry (Michelle) Isaryk; April and September Syko, July (Nolan) Menefee, Aaron (Amy) Klassen, Amee and Adam Klassen; Marjorie Wilson; Toby Watkins; and many nieces and nephews. Norm left to work at various jobs after leaving school early. He joined the RCNVR in March 1942 and worked at the Department of Personnel Records in Ottawa, passing his Chief Petty Officer exam prior to discharge. Vivian was widowed shortly after the War began and joined the WREN contingent to Ottawa where she met Norm. Returning home, they married at St. Alban's Anglican Church February 5, 1946. Best friends, they had a loving marriage with much good fun. Living in Fort Rouge, they enjoyed wonderful neighbours. After the War, Norm completed school and apprenticed at Kobrinsky Clinic. He entered Pharmacy in 1947 at U of M, graduated in 1951, and was hired by Winnipeg Municipal Hospital where he opened the first hospital pharmacy in Manitoba. He and other workers spent arduous hours during Polio epidemics of 1952 and 1953. Norm's work consisted of procuring medications from all over North America to treat that disease, as it was an unknown threat in those years. He studied Hospital Organization and Management through Eastern Canada universities, and Hospital Accounting through Indiana University. In 1956, he became Administrative Assistant, Assistant in 1973 and Administrator in 1977. He retired early 1981, and he and Mom travelled, golfed at Winnipeg Canoe Club and Dad joined Reh-Fit. Attending Canadian Author's Association, he wrote short stories, and some were published. He loved reading and good music. Years at St. Alban's were treasured by him, and he attended until its closure April 15, 2007. A gentle man of good humour and simple tastes, Dad's greatest treasure was his family to whom he devoted his love and earthly resources. Proud of all of us, he was awed by the fact he had great-grandchildren, and repeated to anyone each new story about them. His encouragement was always: Keep em flying! He held dear his friends from navy and church years. More recently Norm enjoyed morning coffee and new friends at Grant Park and other coffee shops. Thanks must be given to our dear Colleen Clark, R.N. who attended Dad when he became ill at Christmas, Staffs at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospitals; Winnipeg Paramedics; and Nurses and Aides of Stn. 2, Tuxedo Villa - Bless you all. A celebration of Norm's life will be held Friday, August 14, 2009, 2:00 p.m. at Thomson-in-the-Park, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. with our friend The Rev. Donna Joy presiding. In lieu of flowers, please take someone to coffee and celebrate the day that the Lord has made. Dad would be delighted. (The Winnipeg Free Press 08 Aug 2009)

SIVELL, William Jeffrey (Bill) - Peacefully on December 3, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Reunited with his loving wife Thora (nee Bradley) ( 2001). Loving & devoted dad of Sandra Sivell - Windsor, Kevin & wife Wendy - Windsor, Karen Runnings - Montreal and Alan & wife Jasna - Brights Grove, ON. Dear grandpa of Bill & wife Lisa Sivell and a precious great grandchild on the way ( March 3, 2009 ), Brian Sivell & companion Erica Bourque, Brandon, Brett & Kyle Runnings and Jamie-Lynn, Kaitlin and Zachary Sivell . Bill will be sadly missed & lovingly remembered by Ray Ryan & John Owens. Bill was a Lt. Commander with the Royal Canadian Navy and a Navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He will be remembered by his fellow members at the RCL Branch # 255 , Air Force Club, Windsor Roseland Golden K Kiwanis Club and the HMCS - Hunter. In 1985, Bill retired from W.D. Lowe after dedicating many years teaching Math and Heading the Guidance Dept. Visitation at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home 1700 Tecumseh Rd East on Saturday from 7 to 9 PM and Sunday 2 to 5 & 7 to 9 PM. A Veteran's service will take place on Sunday at 7:30 PM under the Auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Committee. Funeral service will take place on Monday December 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the chapel. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Windsor Regional Cancer Centre or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. (The Windsor Star 05 Dec 2008)

SMITH, Murray Allan - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Murray on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Grace General Hospital, with his loving wife and children by his side. Murray will be lovingly missed by his wife Sharon and their children, Bill, Ron (Roxanne), Bonnie (Tommy), Percy; beloved grandchildren Jesse, Randi-Sue, William, Andrew, Lucas, Rogan, Mady, Zavier, Maxim, Echo; sisters Marjory (Cliff) and Phyllis (Doc), and many extended family and friends. He was devoted to his family and gained much pleasure watching his grandchildren grow. A Celebration of Murray's Life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Charleswood Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 100, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, 210 - 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3. Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204-897-4665, is in care of arrangements. "We will miss you every day. Gone but never forgotten. We love you." (The Winnipeg Free Press 31 jan 2014)

SPEAR, Robert (Bob) (1926-2014) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Parrish Spear, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Elmer Spear and Mabel Spear; sister Barbara Jane Wood; son Robert William Spear; grandson Kelty Dennehy, and grandaughter, Riley Dennehy. Left to celebrate his memory are his loving wife Rae, of 58 years; daughter Catherine Moss (Paul Sweatman); daughter Ginny Dennehy (Kerry); daughter Nancy Dorman (Jim); son Ted Spear (Dyan); daughter Cheryl Irwin (David); daughter-in-law Cathy Spear; grandsons Rory Moss (Brooke), Jesse Moss (Morgan), Matt Hogg; and granddaughters Tegan Moss (Josh), Jacqueline Spear, Tina Hogg, Kailey Spear, Samantha Spear and Lauren Spear; an ever-growing host of great-grandchildren; cousin and lifelong friend, Bill Parrish (Donna), and cousins Pat Lee and Betty Crawford. Bob led a full life in which he touched the lives of many. He was born on November 6, 1926 and lived in Winnipeg for his entire life. First and foremost he was a dedicated husband and father who always put family first. He especially cherished his many years at "the cabin" with family and friends. Upon completing high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and then returned to Winnipeg to work with his father at R.E. Spear of Canada Ltd. He established Spear Supply and then purchased and developed Scripline and Playgrounds Are Us, before "retiring" in 2013. He was active in his local community and a parishioner of St. Andrews River Heights United Church. Bob was a member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite and served as Illustrious Potentate of Khartum Temple in 1972, then was elected President of the Midwest Shrine Association in 1979. He was a proud member of the Royal Order of Jesters for over 50 years. Bob Spear will be remembered for his sense of humour, his generosity of spirit, and his ability to connect with everyone he met. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. The family would like to thank the professional and caring staff of the Victoria General Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame (across from Brookside Cemetery). In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Shriners Transportation Fund, 1150 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3P 1B9, or the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, Box 35, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8. (The Winnipeg Free Press 21 Jun 2014)

SPROULE, Charles Albert MacGregor, RCNVR (28 Aug 1922 - 17 Dec 2013) - passed away on December 17, 2013 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Joan Louise Harpley. Loving father of Janet, Patricia, the late Kathy, and Jim. Proud grandfather of Michelle, Andrew, Cameron, Brendan, Alison, Blake, Julie, and Kristine. Great-grandfather to Nathan, Joshua, Dylan, Emma, and Paxton. Charles (Mac) will also be fondly remembered by his two sisters, Beth and Bea, as well as many nieces and nephews. Charlie (Mac) was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. He will be remembered by his friends and colleagues at the Canadian National Railway offices in Montreal and Winnipeg. He spent his retirement years in Vancouver with his wife of 66 years, Joan Louise Harpley. Many thanks to the staff of the Sunrise Senior Home in North Vancouver, where he spent the last few years of his life. Particular thanks to the wonderful caregivers, Rosario, Noche, Mary Lisa, and others, who were always kind and caring. A memorial event is planned for June 2014 in Toronto. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. (The Province 24 Feb 2014)

STEAD, William (Bill) Joseph - Born July 13, 1921 in Biggar, Sask., passed away peacefully in hospital March 23, 2004 in Delta, B.C. after complications from a fall. Predeceased by all of his siblings; and in 2002, his beloved granddaughter, Chrystal. Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty (nee Pennett); three children, Rick (Sharon), Wendy (Randy) and Judy; 9 granchildren and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Bill served in Halifax with the Navy signal corps (HMCS Naden-Esquimalt), and spent 19 years with General Electric in Ottawa and Toronto and was a member since 1948 of the U.C.T. In 1970, Bill founded his telecommunications company Mil-Sted Agencies in Vancouver where he was actively working until his hospital admission on March 1, 2004. Following cremation, a private family gathering was held. Donations to the Delta Hospital Foundation (604-940-3430) would be graciously accepted. Forever in our hearts. (The Ottawa Citizen 04 Apr 2004)

STERLING, Clifford John - Peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2009, Cliff Sterling, the beloved husband of Una of OakBank, passed away at the age of 82 years. Besides his wife he is survived by his three children Clayton (Val), Brad (Wendi) and Nadine (Randy), several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. Cliff retired after 29 years with the Winnipeg Police Service. He spent five years with the Royal Canadian Navy and 25 years with the RCNVR. He was also an active member of the Masons and the Khartum Shriners. A special thank you goes to all the caring staff of N1 South at Concordia Hospital who took wonderful care of Dad. A celebration of Cliff's life will be held on Thursday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the OakBank United Church in OakBank with Rev. Dawn Ballantine-Dickson officiating. A private family interment will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Khartum Shriner's Burn Fund, 1155 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3P 1B9. (The Winnipeg Free Press 22 Sep 2009)

KELLY, Stewart Lyle - It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Stewart Lyle Kelly, lately of Markham Ontario. Stew Kelly had an extraordinary dedication to the simple, traditional pleasures of life: family, friends and neighbours; church and community service; his career; gardening, music and reading. He was born on July 8, 1915 in St. Catharines, Ontario, but was raised and spent most of his life in Windsor. He was one of the first graduates of Kennedy Collegiate; then, with the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted and served as a Lieutenant in the Navy. Stewart later served as Executive Officer at HMCS HUNTER, was a former Charter member and past President of the Naval Officers' Association (Windsor), and became Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps AGAMEMNON. Stew was also proud of his church affiliation, and his Masonic honours. He served as Board Chair at the Westminster and Emmanuel United Churches in Windsor, and later joined Stouffville United Church. He was a Life Member of the Lodge of Perfection (Windsor), Life Member of Chapter of Rose Croix (Windsor), Life Member of Ontario Lodge 521, Moore Sovereign Consistory (Hamilton), and Mocha Shrine Temple (London). He loved playing the musette, on parade, with the Shriners Oriental Band. After a successful 40-year career in the Personnel Department of Chrysler Canada, Stewart retired to the Stouffville/Markham area where he pursued gardening, music and reading with his usual passion. As always, he kept some time aside for card playing, early morning coffee and visiting with his many friends and neighbours. Stewart will be missed by his loving wife Jeanne, by his brother Jack (Bernice), and by his children Paul (Gloria), Kathleen Carrick, Mark (Carin) and Peter (Theresa). He leaves behind granddaughters Stephanie, Leslie, Kathlyn, Olivia, Emma, Victoria and Morgan; grandsons John, Kelly, Craig, and Jonah; and sixteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by Annabel, his beloved wife of 55 years, by his son-in-law John Carrick, and by his grandson Danny Carrick. A private memorial service will be held by the family in Stouffville, where he will be laid to rest. The family gratefully declines flowers. A memorial donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to O'Neill Funeral Home (905) 642-2855. (The Windsor Star 15 Oct 2005)

 

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STIRRAT, Robert Craig (14 Feb 1929 - 21 Apr 2014) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Craig Stirrat. Bob was predeceased by his wife Vina in 1997. He is survived by his brother Matthew (Beverly), his dear friend Noel Warren, his children Craig (Carol), Cathy (Ken Laban), Matthew (Debbie), Roberta (Trevor Beach), numerous beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and his military family. Bob joined the RCN in 1946 before joining the RCAF in 1951. During his years of service in the air force, he was stationed in Namao, Bagotville, Ottawa, and Cold Lake. He retired from service in 1975. Living the life of luxury after retiring, Bob enjoyed the winters in southern California with his snowbird friends at the FOY spa. He also enjoyed travelling, reading, playing darts and cribbage with his legion buddies, fishing, crocheting, and knitting. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00pm (1400 hrs.) on Saturday, May 3 at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel, 16310 Stony Plain Road. Cremation has taken place. We would like to thank the kind and caring staff at the UAH Emergency Dept. and Unit 5D2 for all they did for Bob while he was in their care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute or the Alberta Lung Association would be appreciated. (The Edmonton Journal 29 Apr 2014)

STORER, William - Canadian Navy, Locomotive Engineer for CNR, William Storer passed away peacefully April 17, 2004 at Anna Laberge Hospital, in Chateauguay. Beloved husband of Eveline Dean, dear father of Sharon (Greg), David (Rosa), Lori (Michel), and eight lovely grandchildren; Jennifer, Stephen, Cindy, Amanda, Sarah, Stephanie, Lauren and Nicholas. Dear son of the late Walter Storer and Marguerite Moss. Well remembered by his brother Peter, sisters-in-law , brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses for their excellent care. Sadly missed with many memories in our heart. Resting at Visitation on Tuesday , April 20 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers , donations to a charity of your choice will be appreciated. (The Gazette 19 Apr 2014)

STOUT, George Herbert (22 Sep 1915 - 18 Jul 2013) - George was born in Edmonton to early Strathcona pioneers, Clarence and Jessie Stout. He began his career as a journalist in Calgary, moved to the Edmonton Journal where he worked as an editor until 1963, and then became publisher of the Tweed News in Ontario. Later, he worked with the Government of Alberta and the Edmonton Public School Board. During World War II, George served in the Royal Canadian Navy. George was a tireless volunteer and the recipient of many honours and awards recognizing his contributions. He was passionately interested in the history of Edmonton and vicinity. For 25 years, visitors to Fort Edmonton were entranced by his charm and wit as he portrayed Frank Oliver, publisher of the Edmonton Bulletin. He was predeceased by first wife, Grace; brother Laurence; and stepson Ian. George is survived by his loving wife Isobel; brother Monte; son Corey; daughters Janet (Gord), Cynthia (Ray); granddaughter Bailey; and step-grandchildren Darin and Tanya. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. In compliance with his wishes, George's remains have been donated to the University of Alberta Anatomical Gifts Program. A remembrance ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. (The Edmonton Journal 23 Jul 2013)

STURCH, Brian Douglas - Born June 13th, 1942 in Vancouver, BC, Canada to Douglas & Nancy Sturch; passed away on Aug 9, 2012 at age 70. Predeceased by his beloved wife Sheila Robin Sturch in 1988; children Douglas & Edward. Survived by Brother Gary & Sisters Dianne (Bill) & Sherri. Children Adrian, Darren, Danielle, Tiffany & Travis; grandchildren: Tamara, Dawsyn, Veronica, Greg, Emmet & Ethan. In the Navy from 1961-1965 & served on HMCS ships. He worked for BC Liquor Board for 30 years retired in 1997. Brian will be sadly missed & in our hearts we know he is still dancing and collecting. The family would like to thank the RNs & Dr. McIntyre & Dr. Burke for the exceptional care given in the HAU/ICU at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.

SWAYZE, Dr. Walter Eugene - With grace and in peace, Walter Swayze passed away at the age of 91 on January 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife Margaret; their children, David (Maret), Alan (Carol Hart) and Nan Anderson (Rick); grandchildren, Jonathan (Jenny), Emma (Brent), Daniel (Younglim), Katie (Will), and Erin (Tetteh); great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Paolo, Maelee and Amedu; Walter's brother Gordon; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William Allen Swayze and Jennie Mae Roberts; two brothers, Gareth and Bill, and granddaughter Laurie. Walter was born in Toronto in 1922. His early love of reading led to a lifelong dedication to literature and the arts. His undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and graduate studies at Yale, where he received his MA and his PhD, were interrupted by the Second World War, during which he served a tour of duty as a telegraphist in the Royal Canadian Navy. He met and fell in love with Margaret Hobbs while teaching summer school at Wesley College in Winnipeg, and they were married in 1947. After four years teaching at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Walter brought his young family back to Winnipeg where he chaired the English Department at Wesley College (now the University of Winnipeg) and taught until his retirement in 1987. Walter grew his team from a few professors to a large, vibrant faculty. He quickly gained recognition within the academic community as a scholar and teacher of national stature. He was also a member of Senate of this institution for 24 years and of the University of Manitoba Senate for eight. Over the years, Walter taught almost every course in the English curriculum from freshman to graduate level. He thrived on collaborating with his colleagues and took great pride in the success of his students, both in their studies and careers. He remembered them all and ran into them everywhere. Before and after retirement, in between his ongoing duties, Walter found the time and energy to publish articles, in such publications as Queens Quarterly and Canadian Forum, to lead numerous committees and to be a member of several literary associations. Walter represented the University on many Provincial Department of Education committees. He was active in Riverview and Churchill Park United Churches and engaged at the local, city, provincial and regional levels, taking satisfaction in many projects, such as the rebuilding of the Young Street Church in the inner city. While captivated by the world of words and ideas, Walter also loved people. He adored his beautiful, spirited wife. Together, he and Margaret were wonderful hosts and opened their home to all, offering great meals and wine, excellent conversation and much laughter. They formed countless lasting friendships with colleagues, students, neighbours and their church community and have loyally kept in touch throughout the years. As a couple they shared a love of the theatre, film, music, travel, their cottage at Gull Lake and, of course, a long list of very lucky dogs and cats. As a comedy team, they were outrageously funny. Walter was a man of faith. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. We will miss his optimism, corny puns, prodigious memory, variable plumbing repairs, never-ending stories and his fierce bear hugs. We will always feel the rewards of his deep love for family, sense of duty and responsibility, generous nature and passion for learning and reflection. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue. Special thanks to the dedicated and inspiring staff at the Health Sciences Centre, the Victoria General Hospital, Maples Personal Care Home and Golden Links Lodge who have cared for Walter over the past three years. (The Winnipeg Free Press 01 Feb 2014)

SYME, Stanley Turfus (29 Dec 1924 - 07 Apr 2013) - Born in Vancouver, Stanley dearly loved his family and we feel blessed to have had him as our devoted husband, Dad, Grandpa and friend. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Joyce, daughter Julie and son-in-law Kevin Grayston, and his adored grandchildren Brett, Kailee, and Claire. Stan is predeceased by his beloved son, Stanley Wallace Syme. He is fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, friends and dear friend Vicki May. Stan served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic from 1943 -1946. After owning a bakery on Commercial Drive, he was the baker at George Pearson Hospital for 38 years. Stan was an honourary life member of the Vancouver District Baseball Umpires Association, President of the B.C. Boxing Association and a longtime member of the Marpole United Church choir. In retirement, Stan and Joyce travelled and enjoyed the many friendships made from the Pearson pool, the Marpole schoolmate Gang, the Tuesday coffee group and his shipmates from the HMCS Carlplace. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. W. Murschell and the caring team at St. Paul's Hospital. There will be a celebration of Stan's life, Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 p.m at Marpole United Church, 1296 West 67th Avenue (at Hudson), Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Paul's Hospital Foundation. Walkey & Company Funeral Directors, 604 738-0006. Funeral Home Walkey & Company Funeral Directors Ltd. 235 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC V5L 4X1 (604) 738-0006 Funeral Home Details (The Vancouver Sun 13 Apr 2016)

COLE, Stephen - WWII Veteran, Royal Canadian Navy - Member-Brampton Golf Course - With great sadness the Cole family announces Stephen Cole passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Copernicus Lodge at the age of 93. Stephen enjoyed life to the fullest, was an avid golfer, loved to dance and enjoyed playing cards. His quiet manner, innate kindness and willingness to help others always shone through and touched everyone. Stephen will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Mary (nee Sitarski) of 63 years and his children Lynda Bumstead (Stephen), Mark Cole (Ita) and Donna Stewart (Tim). Devoted Dziadziu to his 5 grandchildren Keith Bumstead (Allyson), Michael (Alexandra) and Stefanie Cole, Caitlyn and Robert Stewart. Predeceased by his sisters, Sophie Firlit, Stella Tilbrook, Mary Boyko and Julia Baranik. Fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law, Lucy Drennan, Bernice Sitarski, Stella Niejadlik (Ray), Helen Wisz (Ted) and the late Jenny Cherniak (Ed). Stephen will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Stroz and all the caring staff on 4 North at Copernicus Lodge. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (at 14th St., between Islington and Kipling Aves., 416-259-3705) on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Springcreek Cemetery. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Copernicus Lodge, 66 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto M6R 3A7. (The Toronto Star 17 May 2016)

GRAHAM, Jack Robert (05 Mar 1924 - 12 May 2016) - It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of our Father Jack, on Thursday afternoon, with daughter Jackie by his side. Predeceased by our Mom, Catherine Mary in 2006. His parents Dorothy (1952) and John (1968), and sister Dorothy. Survived by daughter Jackie, son Robert (Lee), daughter Cheryl Gilpin (Verne), grandchildren Jason, Ryan, Robyn, Alexis and Amanda. Great Grandchildren Kye, Olyn and Ava. His cat Ossie, and 3 hens (Clara, Carla, and Connie). Dad was born in a little house on Denman Street in downtown Victoria, to parents newly settled to Victoria from the East End of London. He spent his growing up years on Whittier Avenue and attended Tolmie school, where he was known as one of the original "Saanich Boys". Dad had wonderful memories of growing up in the early days of Victoria including standing on the street corner of Yates and Douglas selling newspapers, riding his bike out to Thetis lake to swim, seeing the King and Queen drive by on their visit to Victoria in 1939, and dancing at the Crystal Garden with our mom. Dad went off to serve in the navy in WW2 on the 'triangle run' convoy duty on the North Atlantic in early 1943, right through to VE day. He learned many lessons while away at war that served him well throughout his life and began his love of anything that could float. Dad arrived home after the war and got right to it, running heavy equipment for Reg Antrobus as the first large shovel operator in Victoria (he dug the basement of the Strathcona hotel, as well as many other buildings) they say that Dad was so skilled at running that big machine that "he could scratch a man's back"... He married our Mom Mary in 1951, and built his dream home (the House that Jack built) on Sooke Road in Colwood without the aid of power tools. In 1960 he went commercial fishing and spent 20 years up and down the West Coast in his little troller - The "Louvel". During the winter months when there was no fishing, he supplemented his income by working at Yarrows as a Rigger. In 1980 he sold the Louvel and began his dream of creating a fishing resort out of a rundown fish camp in Bamfield. Dad spent the next 10 years making all kinds of improvements to Seabeam fishing lodge, including 600 foot of wharf and a 5 acre campsite. Selling the property finally to retire and while away his days on his ex-forestry boat the "Dean Ranger", where he and mom had all sorts of grand adventures joining other ex-forestry boats for reunions in hidden harbours all over the coast. Our Dad was a man's man, and had no time for someone who didn't put in an honest day labour to support his family. He believed in the value of a handshake, and that anything could be achieved with hard work and determination. He finished his education in grade 8, (I learned all I needed, no point wasting anymore time!). He instilled in all of us to respect what Canada's veterans did for this country as well as the world. He enjoyed meeting several cousins in England late in life, and enjoyed a couple of trips to see where his parents had come from. He loved nature, and all animals especially cats, chickens and deer. Animals sensed this and he always had someone looking for his lap, or a scratch behind the ear. He will be dearly missed and the world has lost a great man. Special thanks to the nurses and care staff at Broadmead Lodge, who are truly angels in comfortable shoes. Veterans Affairs Canada, through their generous program, Dad was able to live independently in his little house on Sooke road for that much longer. Thanks to the numerous friends and neighbours who looked in on Dad to ensure he was ok, and would help at a moment's notice. Funeral will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 1pm at Sands Funeral Chapel Colwood. 317 Goldstream Ave. followed by refreshments. In lieu of flowers donations in Dads memory can be made to Cat's Cradle animal rescue, or to the SPCA. (The Victoria Times Colonist 17 May 2016)

MARTIN, Reginald Thomas (1924 - 2016) - World War II Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. It is with great sadness that the Martin family announces that Reg passed away peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2016. Reg will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 70 years Nancy, his son Tom and his wife Janette, his former daughter-in-law Sheila, the mother of his grandchildren, grandsons Steven and his wife Judy and Derek and his wife Nancy and great- grandchildren Justin, Brandon, Connor and Alexandra. Reg was predeceased by his sister Carrie and brothers Bill, Len and Gord. Friends will be received at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph, for visitation on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Reg's life will take place in the Hart Chapel on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family. (The Toronto Star 19 May 2016)

SMITH, Frank Robert, Sig 1c (24 Jan 1925 - 15 May 2016) -  passed peacefully with dignity at the age of 91 after many years residing at the Ste-Anne's Veterans Hospital. Born and raised in Tetreauville, he called Lachine home for most of his adult life. Bob was a gentle, proud and patient Dad to Doug (Nikki) (Montreal) and Andrea (Halifax), Grandfather to Alyssa and Matthew. He was predeceased by his wife Connie (d2005), and was the much loved brother of William Smith, (Bill d1942), Jeffrey Smith, (Jeff d2014), and Frances Bradburn. He was the warmly respected uncle of Stephanie, Penny, Duffy, Frank, Stewart and Steven, (d1993). Dad was a (privately) proud WWII Navy Veteran, Signalman 1st Class, (HMCS Cornwallis and Kinkardine). In 2014, by Order of the President of the Republic of France, Dad was awarded the rank of 'Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor" for his role in the liberation of France. His passions in life were simple: family, the outdoors, animals, golf, fishing, gardening, (floral and vegetable), and in his retirement he exhibited a true gift for wood carving, (birds), and enjoyed many years of carving and comradery with the "Pic-Bois"carving club of Lachine/Dorval. Visitation will be held at Collins-Clarke Funeral Home, 222 Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire, Qc, H9S 3X6 on Thursday, May 19th from 4pm-7pm, followed immediately by a simple celebration of his life at the chapel. A private interment at the Field of Honor for family will be held at a later date. The family wishes to acknowledge the respect and dignity his long term caregivers at the Ste-Anne's Vet's Hospital bestowed upon Dad. he was an honorable and true "Gentle"man. In Bob's memory, a donation to the "Nichoir" bird sanctuary, (637 rue Main, Hudson, Qc J0P 1H)) in his name would be greatly and sincerely appreciated. (The Gasette 18 May 2016

 

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TAPPING, Norman (10 Jun 1924 - 16 Feb 2015) - Our Dad passed peacefully and quietly Monday afternoon under red skies. Dad died of old age and complications of dementia. He was born in Revelstoke to Rachael and Clayton. He was #10 out of 11 children and the last of that generation. Dad grew up in Vancouver with his siblings. They had a good life with the love of their Mother. Dad joined the Navy when he was only 17. He loved the Navy life. Dad met our mom Jean, they fell in love and married. Together they moved to Esquimalt and raised 3 kids. The 3 kids grew into 9 grands and 6 greats. He loved them all with a passion. Dad leaves his wife (67 years) Jean, daughter Janis (Daryl), Christine (Doug), Norman (Monica). Grandchildren: Andrew (Trish), Dorian (Veronika), Dustin (Cheryl), Melanie (Jim), Matthew (Stephany), Ashley, Carleigh (Marshall), Jordan, Caden, great grandchildren: Maggie, Rylan, Kobe, Niki, Isaiah, Dallas, nieces, nephews and friends. Thank you to the Lodge at Broadmead for the care and compassion you gave to our Dad. A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer. Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. (The Times Colonist 21 Feb 2015)

TAYLOR, John Miles - Born on October 1, 1925 in Montreal. John succumbed peacefully at the Smiths Falls District Hospital on December 26, 2005. He was predeceased by his father Harold V. Taylor, his mother Doris E. Taylor and his sister Jean Allan. John is survived by his sons Jeff (Lucy) and Mark and by his brother-in-law Bob Allan. John grew up in the Montreal neighborhood of NDG and graduated from Westhill High School where he enjoyed all sports, especially hockey and football. John enlisted in the Navy during WWII and played on HMCS Donnacona football team that won the Grey Cup in 1944. John went on to play for the Montreal Alouettes and won a second Grey Cup in 1949. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on the 2nd floor of the Smiths Falls Hospital. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to celebrate John's life at the Lannin Funeral Home Chapel, Smiths Falls on Thursday January 5, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 07 Jan 2006)

 

HMCS DONNACONA

THOMSON, William (Bill) - Passed away on December 21, 2013 at North Vancouver at the age of 90. Bill was a long time resident of East Vancouver. He joined the Navy in 1942. Originally based in Halifax, he was transferred to Belfast where he inspected work on the HMCS Warrior, the first aircraft carrier being built for the Canadian Navy. While stationed in Belfast, he met and married Eileen Esdale. After the war, they settled in Vancouver and he built a house on East 6th where they lived until 2011. Bill was a member of the Plumbers Union Local 170 for 66 years. Bill is survived by his wife Eileen, his daughters Sharon Little (Hugh), Carol Ferguson (Wally Stephen), and Linda Thorne (Trevor), eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at 11AM on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. (The Vancouver Sun 04 Jan 2014)

THORKELSSON, Arni Raymond - Peacefully at his residence on May 9, 2010, Raymond Thorkelsson, aged 84 years of Ashern, MB, passed away. Raymond is survived by his son Hazen (Angie); grandchildren Jodi and Jessica; one sister Faye (Albert) Frohwerk of Winnipeg, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. He was predeceased by his wife Marie in 2007, a son Gregory in infancy, daughter Jodis in 1975, his four brothers Haukur, Edwin, Connie and Harold and his three sisters Myrtle, Helen and Vi. Raymond was born on November 19, 1925 in Ashern, MB. As a young man, he worked together with his brothers for their Dad at Ashern Freighters. Ray voluntarily enlisted in the Navy in 1943 RCNVR and was discharged in December 1945. He is one of the last Second World War veterans in the Ashern area. Throughout his life, he also worked at Carter Motors (Inman Motors), TCA, Marshall Wells, Cockshutt along with various other jobs. He moved to Winnipeg in 1952 where he met the love of his wife Marie Iees and were married in 1954. They had three children Gregory, Jodis and Hazen and lived in Winnipeg until 1967 when they moved back to Ashern, MB. His proudest accomplishment was owning and operating Ashern Hardware. He retired in the late 1990s. Ray and Marie were very instrumental in the establishment of the Ashern Legion Hall. He proudly served as a Service Officer for the Ashern Legion for many years. Ray had an extraordinary memory. Education was very important to him which he instilled in all those he spoke with. Whatever the topic, he had a story. He was such a knowledgeable person and spent every day reading the newspaper cover to cover. In conversation with him, there was no age barrier. His hair never did turn grey, and he took every opportunity to boast the fact. Ray loved to travel around the world with his family. His greatest pride and joy were his granddaughters Jodi and Jessica. Family was very important to him and he felt fortunate to have so many good friends in his life. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Ashern, MB with Pastor Erwin Tippel officiating. Interment to follow in the Betel Churchyard Cemetery (Silver Bay). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the L.I.F.E. Program, PO Box 684, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0. The family wishes to thank all the Home Care workers, especially Victoria, and a special thank you to Alan who was so helpful to Dad. Arrangements by: Arnason Funeral Home Ashern Lundar (The Winnipeg Free Press 14 May 2010)

THYEN, H. Lorne - Peacefully, with his daughters at his side, Lorne passed away on Friday, November 18, 2005. Loving husband of Edie (nee Kaatz) who passed away March 2002, Lorne leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Barbara of Toronto, ON, Ron and daughter-in-law Donna of Brisbane, Australia and Nancy and son-in-law Allan Walkey of Winnipeg; and his adoring granddaughters, Melissa and Emily Walkey. Lorne was born in St. Boniface, MB on August 12, 1926. He attended Gordon Bell High School, graduating in 1944. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at HMCS Chippawa, in September 1944 and was stationed at various naval bases in England during the Second World War. He returned from overseas, completing his tour of duty in May 1946. Lorne joined the Manitoba Telephone System in 1948, where he was a dedicated employee of the Engineering Department for 39 years until his retirement in 1987. He was also a longtime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. An avid curler, Dad enjoyed many years as a member of the St. Vital Curling Club. He especially enjoyed participating in the 75th and 100th Anniversary MCA Bonspiels. An excellent handyman, Dad loved helping his children over the years with their many home renovations. We could always count on Dad to be there with his tool box. Dad and Mom loved travelling, especially to Florida, enjoying time together with family and friends. Dad will be fondly remembered by his brother John (Ethel), his brothers and sisters-in-law, Art (Chris) Kaatz, Dot White, Gord (Ruth) Kaatz, Bob Kaatz, Ruth (Don) Murray, Harold (Marlene) Kaatz, Bill (Joyce) Kaatz and Ellen Kaatz; as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad was also predeceased by his parents, Peter and Cecile Margaret Thyen; brothers-in-law, Leo and George Kaatz, Al White and sister-in-law Mitzi Kaatz. The family is sincerely thankful to the staff of Deer Lodge Centre T3 for the excellent care given our father over the past five and one half months. The family also wishes to thank the ER and 5th floor staff of Grace Hospital for their care and compassion during Dad's final hours. In following Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 21, at 10:00 a.m. at Green Acres Funeral Chapel, Hwy. No. 1 East at Navin Road. Interment will follow in Green Acres Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Dad, you have always been there for us. Your support and generosity over the years will never be forgotten. You are at peace now with Mom. We will always love you. Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery Hwy. No. 1 E. at Navin, (204) 222-3241 (The Winnipeg Free Press 26 Nov 2005)

TIMMONS, Kevin (1925-2005) - Veteran World War II. HMC Navy, Communications. Mary, Brian, Neil, Glenn, Holly, Kevin and Denis, and eight grandchildren. (The Gazette 11 Nov 2006)

TONKS, John James (Jim) (10 Mar 1923 - 28 Nov 2010) - Jim was born to John Henry and Ellen Tonks at home near Drake, Saskatchewan and spent much of his youth in Punnichy. In the fall of 1940, Jim joined the navy at HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon- the farthest he had ever been from home! After being discharged he returned to Saskatchewan determined to be a farmer. He purchased land in the Moose Plains district near Nipawin, married a local girl, Helen Arnst, raised four daughters and retired to Nipawin with Helen after 50 odd years of farming. He was a lifelong supporter of the co-operative movement and very involved in the Moose Plains community. Jim will be remembered by Helen, his wife of 59 years, his four daughters and their husbands. Cheryl and Lloyd Sauder of Carrot River, Sask., Gloria and Rick McFarlane, Ellen and Rabih Samia, Cindy and George Rankin, all of Stony Plain, Alberta, eleven grandchildren and their spouses, seven great-grandchildren, and his sister Dorothy Gilroy and family of Langley, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Ellen Tonks, and his sister Nancy Tonks. At Jim's request there will be no funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Basil & Rosemarie Forsberg and Staff of Heritage Funeral Home Ltd. Nipawin, SK.

 

HMCS UNICORN

VAN FLEET, Bernard J. (Pete), LCdr, RCN - Wednesday May 21, 2014 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of 61 years to Shirley. Loving Father of Christine (James), Christopher, Neale (Lee), and Phillip and Alexander. Proud grandfather of Kenneth, Thaine, Sadie (Andy), Neale (Raffi), Nathan and 5 great-grandchildren. Bernard led a varied life. He started work at the age of 12 during WWII for the war effort. After the unfortunate death of his father after the war he joined the RCN where he served in the Fleet Air Arm and then later as a surface officer and learned the values of dedication and loyalty which guided him the rest of his life. After his retirement from the Navy he worked in the civilian sector but his career revolved around projects like the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program, specifically ensuring Canadian companies and regions receiving industrial benefits from the project. During this time he also worked tirelessly on behalf of autistic children to get recognitions of the condition, a proper education and good living conditions. He ended his working career as a consultant. His personal credo was duty and honour, but above all else duty. Friends are invited to assemble at Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) Ottawa, Friday, May 30 after 2 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held in the National Military Cemetery of The Canadian Forces at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Autism Society of Ontario Ottawa Chapter, 211 Bronson Ave Ottawa, ON (The Ottawa Citizen 24 May 2014)

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS LAUZON, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PATRIOT (1965-67)

VOSPER, Frederick George - On June 24, 2009 at Deer Lodge Centre, in his 94th year, Fred passed away. Fred was predeceased by his wife Norma, son Roy, and grandson Daniel. He will be sadly missed by his son Dennis, wife Debbie and grandchildren Paul and Katherine Vosper, daughter-in-law Laura and granddaughter Laurie Mayer and family. Fred was born in St. James, July 30, 1915, served in the Second World War in the RCNVR as a mechanic. On retiring from Air Canada, he learned to fly and took up golf. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations to Deer Lodge Hospital Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3 would be appreciated. Chapel Lawn 885-9715 (The Winnipeg Free Press 26 Jun 2009)

WALKER, Gordon David - At Bluewater Health on Saturday, June 8, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer, Gordon David Walker, age 70, of Sarnia, beloved husband of Olive ‘Ollie’ Lucinda ( Newman ) Walker. Dear father of David Gordon Walker of Wardsville and Dale Jon Walker of Belle River. Dear son of Frances Mae Walker of Niagara on the Lake and dear brother of Norma Cratt and her husband Leighton of Niagara on the Lake. Step-son of Bess Walker of London and step-brother of Martha Jean McLeod and her husband Rob of Seoul, Korea. Also survived by six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his father David Walker, Gordon was born at Niagara on the Lake. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961 – 1969 coming to Sarnia in 1973 where he was employed with the Canadian Coast Guard retiring in 1998 with the title of Training Officer. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia, with Major Rick Pollard of the Salvation Army officiating. Interment of ashes to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Charity of Choice. (D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd 10 Jun 2013)

WHETMORE, Roy Harris - age 80 Born Windsor, Nova Scotia Died January 29, 2009 at Northwood Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Roy Whetmore was the son of Blanche and Horace Wetmore of Coxheath, Cape Breton. Early in his career, Roy served in the navy on board ship and later as a hospital administrator holding rank of Lieutenant Commander at HMCS Cornwallis during the 50's & 60's and later Stadacona Naval Base in Halifax. Following his retirement from the armed forces, he held executive positions at the "old" Infirmary and Abbey Lane hospitals in Halifax. During this time his volunteer work included the Development Board of the original Cobequid Centre in Lower Sackville as well as a similar project later in Kanata, Ontario. The move to Ottawa during the 80's and 90's saw him holding a management position at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and volunteer work with Meals on Wheels. During the later part of the 90's he and his wife Mary spent 3 years in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan where he was again active volunteering at the local senior's home. Following the death of his wife in Saskatchewan he moved back to Ottawa to be with family and then again to Nova Scotia in the early 2000's where he made his final home at The Berekley Manor in Bedford where he enjoyed a full and active life until the end. Roy Whetmore is survived by his children: Daughters Kristene Murdock (husband Gavin) - Bear River, Nova Scotia; Peggy Lynne Lacroix, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Roxanne (Autumn) Whetmore, Wellington, England Sons: Michael Whetmore, (wife Becky) British Columbia; Patrick Whetmore (wife Maisie), Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia; MCpl Robert Whetmore CD1, (wife Fletia), Fredericton, New Brunswick; Sgt Richard Whetmore CD1, Whitehorse, YT. Grandchildren include Vanessa Murdock, Scott Murdock, Christopher Lacroix, Nicholas Autumn, Colin Whetmore, Jeremy Whetmore, Travis Whetmore, Tori Whetmore, Roxanne Whetmore and Logan Whetmore. Roy is survived by two sisters; Elizabeth Matheson of Marion Bridge, Cape Breton and Catherine Smith of Truro, Nova Scotia. He is predeceased by his wife Mary Logan. Online condolences may be placed by visiting www.mem.com . A funeral service will be held for Mr. Whetmore at Cruikshank's Funeral Home Chapel, 2032 Robie Street, Halifax on Thursday, February 5th 2009 at 2 pm. (The Ottawa Citizen 02 Feb 2009)

WIDLAKE, Edward Charles - Peacefully after a courageous battle, Ted passed away at Grace General Hospital on Thursday, January 25, 2001, at the age of 87 years. Ted was born on December 21, 1913, in Transcona. On May 24, 1940, Ted married Janet Rennie. Six weeks later they moved to Saskatoon where he worked as an electrician for the CNR until serving with the RCNVR from 1943 to 1945. After the war he returned to Saskatoon with his family where he continued to work for the railway until his retirement in 1975 as a diesel electrical instructor. Ted was an active member of the Masonic Lodge #16, Scottish Rite Consistery Valley of Saskatoon. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 63, and a charter member of the CNR Pensioners Association. Throughout his life Ted displayed his talent for playing the piano. In addition to his love of music, Ted enjoyed golfing, curling, astronomy and travelling. He took up Tai Chi after he and Jennie returned to live in Winnipeg in 1992. Ted was predeceased by his father Edward Henry in 1925; his brother Tom Huntingdon, killed in action in Italy in 1944; his mother Mattie Geen in 1953; his sister-in-law Helen Preiss in 1992, her husband Len in 1997 and his cousins, Edward Widlake Hawkins in 1995 and Ruth Nicholls in 1997. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Janet (Jennie) of 60 years; his three children, Marion Widlake of Winnipeg, Lorraine (Ronald) Schiedel of Toronto and Ted (Carolynn Pietrangeli) Widlake of Grimsby, as well as his three grandchildren, Paul (Melissa) Schiedel of Strathroy, Susan (Michael) Beadle of London, Ont., Pamela (Gary) Lima of London and his two great-grandchildren, Sarah Beadle and Tyler Schiedel. He will be sadly missed by his extended family including his twin brothers-in-law, Alex (Bernice) Rennie of Sherwood Park and Jim (Joyce) Rennie of Transcona, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his cousin Edmund Knight and relatives in England. Ted, a dearly remembered husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, lived a long and happy life, adhering to his strong moral principles and leaving us a legacy of love, music and laughter. He will forever live on in our hearts. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29 in the chapel of Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St. Interment will take place at a later date. The family wishes to thank the staff of Grace Hospital on Three North for their exceptional care and kindness toward Ted during his last two months with us. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish, donations may be made to Grace Hospital Foundation Inc., 300 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, Man., R3J 3M7, or to a charity of your choice. "To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten."  (The Winnipeg Free Press 27 Jan 2001)

WILSON, Kenneth Shaw - a resident of R.R. 5 Thamesville passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham at the age of 87. Born in Campsall, England, son of the late Arthur and Priscila (Shaw) Wilson. Kenn was a Veteran of W.W.II serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and retired from the Canadian Coast Guard in 1982. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br.#367, Thamesville. Predeceased by his first wife Lois (Ives) and his late wife Phyllis (Holt) Wilson. Loving father of Ronald Wilson (Judy), Claudia Jaques (John) and Brett Wilson (Bonnie). Sadly missed by his grandchildren Shawn, Shane, Shannon, Ryan, Joshua, Ben, Adrian, Brian, Patrick and great grandchildren MacKenzie, Maddison, Connor, Collin, Cian, Jordan, Nick, Tyler, Brayden, Payton, Chord, Camille, and Piper. Dear brother of Audrey Babcock . Predeceased by sister Annis Hodgson and brothers Robert and Claude Wilson. At Kenn’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of Kenn’s Life will take place at a later date. If desired donations to the Thamesville Legion Br.#367, Thamesville would be appreciated. (Badder Funeral Home 09 Jan 2014)

WILSON, Leslie George - 87 years, on Thursday, April 8, 2004. Beloved husband of the late Christine (nee Kaniewski). Beloved father of Kim and husband Richard Foster, and Larry Wilson (Dawn Walstrom). Loving grandfather of Jason, Kelly and Richard and great grandfather of Antonio, Aysia and Essence. Beloved brother of the late Dorothy Bingham and brother-in-law of John Kaniewski. Beloved uncle of Ken Bingham (Scarborough), Neil Bingham (Milton), Pamela, Wayne and Debbie Kaniewski. Will be sadly missed by many other relatives, friends and Dutchess. Leslie was retired from Canada Customs and Excise after 30 years of service, and was the oldest Chief Petty Officer of the H.M.C.S. Hunter, a member of the Royal Canadian Navy serving in WWII, a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #143, and a member of the Canada Customs Bowling League. Family and friends will be received at the DeMarco Funeral Home (Chapel of Angels) Inc., 866 Tecumseh Rd. East (254-9988) on Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Royal Canadian Naval Service Tuesday Evening at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Service from the funeral home on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Published in The Windsor Star from Apr. 10 to Apr. 13, 2004 Print | View Guest Book | Helpful Links Additional Resources (The Windsor Star 10 Apr 2004)

 

HMCS HUNTER

WONDGA, Arthur Frank - of Victoria, BC, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side March 18, 2012; only two months after being diagnosed with cancer. Arthur was born in Saskatoon, Sask. January 15, 1945, the only child of the late Joseph and Mary (Becvar) Wondga. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Wondga; his children, Tasha (Michael) Vilio, Jordan (Sherry) Wondga, Tracy (Darryl) Lewis; and beloved grandchildren, Daniella and Adam Vilio, Rylan and Taryn Wondga and Brenden Lewis. He will be lovingly remembered by his family by marriage to Trish and his relatives from the Becvar and Wondga families. Art and his wife Pat/Trish met in high school and were married in Saskatoon in 1968, where they lived before moving to Victoria in 1969 at which time Art joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Art loved the navy: beginning with Sea Cadets and Reserves in HMCS Unicorn (Saskatoon) and until his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997 after accumulating 36 years of service. Upon retirement from the CAF, he worked for the BC Legislature Sessional Staff under the Sergeant-at Arms Office until 2010. Art enjoyed and was dedicated to the sport of water skiing; joining the Victoria Aqua Ski Club and its provincial/national affiliates in 1985 and continuing to be an involved member until his passing. He enjoyed and lived for the summers spent with friends and family at the cabin at Shawnigan Lake, creating many lasting memories that will live on through his wife, children and grandchildren. In all the endeavours of Art's life he had many good friends, shipmates, co-workers and acquaintances; he gave and received respect, inspiration and love. He will be greatly missed by all those who were a part of his life. A man is like a sailing ship with weather beaten rails, And when its hull has given way it sinks beneath the gales. Still we have memory of when he used to soar. The storms he fought, the peaceful times he made way to shore, He's sailed his course, served his time, touched many hearts, so when in need just close your eyes and see him sail again. A celebration of Art's life will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:30 pm at the family home, 766 Lorimer Road Victoria, BC V9B 6G3. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, Health Equipment Program, 909 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC, V8V 3A3 or Chief & Petty Officer's Association, Veteran's Assistance Society, 618 Admiral Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 2N7. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 21 Apr 2012)

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS PROVIDER

WOOLVERTON, Cecil Kirk (04 Nov 1922 - 15 Jan 2014) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecil Kirk Woolverton at Nanaimo General Hospital on Wednesday, January 15th. He was the second child born to Cecil Watt and Margaret May Woolverton (nee Killough). Kirk, who lived a long life, was predeceased by his sisters, Francis and Doris; brother, Arthur, and son-in-law Murray. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; sons, Cecil, Rocky (Jean), Gregory; and daughter, Rhonda; six grandchildren, Sean (Gwen), Emily (Garrett), Zachary, Danielle, Sara; step grandchildren, David (Shauna), Sherrie (Blair); twin great granddaughters, Anna and Chloe; and step granddaughter, Kaleigh. Kirk was proud of his heritage. His grandfather, J. Arthur Killough, was a scout for the Royal Northwest Mounted Police during the Riel Rebellion. From childhood, Kirk, with his parents, travelled often to Castlegar, BC to visit his many aunts, uncles and cousins. Kirk enjoyed family, friends, fine art, barber shopping, gardening, volunteering with the Legion and the Arthritic Support Society. His work in geophysics with Shell and Mobile Oil was fondly remembered. Before his four years service in the Navy during WWII, he enjoyed Calgary YMCA, sports, and friends. Kirk will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his friends, and his unswerving faith. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Kirk’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Donations Department, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6H 3V2. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road in Parksville. With a reception to follow.

WRIGHT, James William - After 91 years of a full and rich life, our Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa passed peacefully on January 31, 2014 at the Victoria General Hospital in Victoria, BC. His wife, Marge; daughter, Lorraine (Calgary); son, Bob and daughter-in-law, Carol (Victoria) were by his side. He will be lovingly missed by grandsons, Doran (Erin) of Victoria, Ryan (Liz) of Amherst, MA; granddaughter, Marcy (Kenny) of Wellington, CO, and beloved great-grandchildren, Spencer, Gavin, Avery and Charlie. He took every opportunity to boast about the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Jim will also be fondly remembered by his cousin and friend, Harold (Renee) Wright of Qualicum Beach, BC; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Schollar of Toronto; nieces, Pat (Peter) Reed of Ottawa and Sharon Schollar of Toronto. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Hazel; his brother, Ray Wright of Toronto, and his brother-in-law, Jim Schollar of Toronto. Jim began his life in the small town of Kenora, ON on October 31, 1922. His parents, Robert and Gertrude moved the family to Winnipeg, MB where Jim and his younger brother, Ray were raised. It was during his school years that Jim developed a fascination with racehorses preferring on some days to visit horses at the old Polo Park racetrack rather than attend school. Before launching his business career, he met and married Hazel Schollar. Jim served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War stationed in Esquimalt, Comox, and Prince Rupert, BC. At the end of the war, Jim and Hazel returned to Winnipeg and launched their first business, Wright's Meat Market, the first self-serve market in Winnipeg. During this time Jim and Hazel bought their first racehorse, Paul Welsh. It was the beginning of a life long love of horse breeding and racing culminating with his induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1983. He was also awarded the Sovereign Award as Man of the Year by the Jockey Club of Canada. At the time it was stated that few individuals in Canada have had such a successful career in the horse racing industry. Jim's association with horse racing spanned five decades. In 1954 Jim and Hazel moved their family to Calgary, AB where they launched Pinecrest Foods. It became one of the largest poultry raising and processing operations in Canada. In 1974, Jim and Hazel returned to Winnipeg to fulfill a dream of owning their own racetrack. For the next 20 years, they owned and operated Assiniboia Downs racetrack and Elmingo Stables. When most people are thinking of retirement, Jim and Hazel worked every day to promote horse racing and pass along their love of the sport. Although it is called The Sport of Kings, they treated everyone from stable hands to company presidents with equal respect. Jim was never afraid of hard work and his work ethic has left an enduring mark on us all. Jim believed you should give back to the community. He served as President of both the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. He also sat on many non-profit boards. Jim loved Winnipeg! He also enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Willow Island, Gimli, MB. Upon their retirement, Jim and Hazel travelled back and forth between Winnipeg and Phoenix until residing in Calgary. Jim was an amazing caregiver to Hazel during the last five years of her life. Following three years of single life, he was blessed to find a fun loving and nurturing wife, Marge, to share the next 12 years. After marrying in Gimli, MB in 2002, they settled in Phoenix for 10 years. Jim loved his years in Phoenix plus all the fun they had with many road trips to Canada, Las Vegas and taking cruises. For the past two years, Jim and Marge made their home together in Victoria, BC. Jim's legacy to our family is his immense good nature, his great wit, his integrity, his quiet faith, his warmth and kindness, his love of horses, fun, laughter, singing, and how to play Black Jack. He loved living BIG! Yes, our dear Jim lived a big life with a big heart and has left a big hole in our hearts. We are grateful to the Beacon Home Care staff and The Victorian at McKenzie staff and residents for their kindness, caring, and thoughtfulness. There will be a private family viewing and a memorial service will be held at The Victorian at McKenzie, 4000 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC. At his request, Jim's ashes will be interred in Calgary, AB at a later date. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. (The Winnipeg Free Press 04 Feb 2011)

YOUNG, Hiram Henry (Bud) - My friend and my love Bud Young, passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side on Thursday, December 21, 2000 at the Grace Hospital. He was predeceased by his son Bob in 1998 and his parents, William and Bertha. Bud will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife Effie of 49 years; son Tom (Cheryl) daughters, Bonny (Kenny) Cooper, Cindy (Jeff) Madden, Tracey (Reinhard) Herms; daughter-in-law Maggie; 11 grandchildren; sister Joy (Bert) Smith as well as his nieces and nephews. Bud grew up in the Holmfield area, and enlisted in the RCNVR at the age of 17. He served from 1941-1945. He then moved to Winnipeg where he met and married Effie. Bud worked for Hobbs Glass and Pittsburgh Paint and Glass for 40 years. He was a quiet man who enjoyed life and his family. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 28 at 12:30 p.m., with visitation one half hour prior to the service, at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, with Pastor Erhard Buss officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Buds Memory to the Grace General Hospital Palliative Care Program. Thank you to the staff and nurses especially Jan Kothuber, Dr. Fletcher, and Dr. Mulder. " May he rest in peace in the hands of the Lord." (The Winnipeg Free Press 23 Dec 2000)

ARNOLD, Kingsley Bernard, Lt (P) (SSA), RCN - Died: 19 May 2002, Ottawa, ON.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

BACKOSTI, John, Stoker - died: 21 Dec 2001

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

BOWNESS, Kendrick Warren (15 Sep 1928 - 15 May 2016) - With love and heavy hearts the family of Ken Bowness announce his passing on May 15, 2016. Ken is deeply missed by his wife Betty (nee Imeson) of 67 years, his daughter Joanne Brockway, granddaughter Jessye Brockway, daughter Melanie Leeson and son-in-law Shane Leeson. Born in Cranbrook, BC. Ken lived with his family until he moved to Victoria to join the Navy in 1946. He served on many of Her Majesty's Ships, more notably the HMCS Souix during the Korean War. During Ken's well decorated and distinguished Navel Career he received the Order of Military Merit in 1974. He retired as Base Chief in 1976. After retiring for 10 years, Ken bought Peninsula Brewmaster's in Sidney with his daughter Joanne, and Hamilton Hops and Grapes in Victoria with Betty later joined by his daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Shane, where he shared his knowledge and mentored many in the art of wine and beer making until once again he retired in 2004. Ken and Betty often travelled and cruised around the world. He loved designing and creating his beautiful garden and was often found enjoying friendly conversations with his neighbors or finding ingenious ways to deter the persistent deer who also loved to sample his flowers, drink from the fountain and nap in his garden. Ken loved to paint, he cooked spicy meals, baked bread and enjoyed reading about Military History and reading good mystery novels. He loved music and dancing with Mom, and loved nature and animals. We would like to gratefully acknowledge long time friends and neighbours Wayne and Marjorie for their kindness and devotion to Ken and Betty. A Special thank you to the Doctors and Nursing Staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their compassion and the excellent care they gave Ken. Ken loved to support his granddaughter Jessye's athletic career. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ken's name to BC Wheelchair Sports Association. Please contact: lisa@bcwheelchairsports.com or phone 1(604) 333-3520, Ext 209 No service by request. A Celebration of Ken's Life will be held at a later date. 

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

YOUNG, John Barclay, Capt (N), RCN - passed away at his home on May 10th at the age of 93. John lived a remarkable life. He is lovingly remembered for his indomitable spirit, his generosity and his leadership. After graduating from St Michael's University School in Victoria he attended Dartmouth Naval College UK and joined the Royal Navy and later Royal Canadian Navy to actively serve in World War 2 for 5 years until it ended. As a midshipman he courageously embarked on the treacherous Arctic convoy protection runs from Scapa Flow UK to Murmansk Russia, participating in the Battle of the Barents Sea and later in the Mediterranean, in Operation Torch at Oran in the North African Landings. After the war he commanded many naval ships on both the East and West Coast of Canada. He taught at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich UK, 1960-62. He was commander of the Pacific Fleet 1966 -68 and retired shortly thereafter. During his retirement and for 30 years he cared for his beloved wife Rosemary at their home until she passed away in May, 2011. John was dearly loved by his family and he had many names. To Rosemary he was Darling. To brother Bob he was John . To Pam Steeves, Ros Robertson and Wendy Pellow he was Dad. To Gwendolyn, Jennifer, Geoffrey, Meghan, Matthew, Jarret, Monica, Ayla and Joshua he was Granddad. To Leah, Ethan Mirah David, Caleb , Mia, Andrea, Curtis and Emily he was Great-Granddad and GG. To Janis and John, Jeanne, Deanna and Bobby, Maria John, Evelyn and Spencer, and to Robert, Gaily and Anne nee Pocknell he was Uncle John. Friends and family in Canada and the UK share special memories of John. Thank you to many caregivers over the years. A special thanks to Shirley, John's caregiver at the end of his life, and also to Maria Boorman ND, Stephanie Steele RN and Carol RN from Victoria Hospice. Thanks also to Brian Winsby MD for many years of care. Memorial Service on June 7th at 2:00 pm, University Club, University of Victoria. (The Times Colonist 21 May 2016)

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS FORTUNE, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS TERRA NOVA

CONNOR, John Walter, Stoker 1c, V/2408, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Born 12 Jul 1917 son of James W. and of Della Winnifred Connor; husband of Alice Helena Connor, all of Saint John, NB.

 

 Lost in "Spikenard" - Stoker John Walter Connor, of West Saint John, N.B., above, with wife and child, has been reported missing, presumed lost, as a result of the sinking of H.M.C.S. "Spikenard" by enemy action in February. Mr. Connor first entered the service of the company as trucker at West Saint John, in December, 1936, and worked each winter season as a trucker until December, 1939, when he became a yardman in Saint John Terminals. In May, 1940, he enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R., later proceeding on active service as stoker, which post he filled until the time of his decease. Mr. Connor was well known in railway circles and will be sadly missed by his associates. He is survived by his wife and young child.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

Article on the death of John Walter Connor

 

HMCS SPIKENARD

COOPER, Robert - Crossed the Bar: 1999

 

Robert Cooper's Medals     Portrait of Robert Cooper

 

HMCS THETFORD MINES

CONNOR, Harry Pache, RCNVR. - Retired from C.P. Rail. At the Wiarton Hospital on Monday, June 24, 2002. Harry Connor of Wiarton in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Grace (Clark) Connor for fifty four years. Loving father of Bruce of Vancouver and his wife Ruth and Brian and his wife Bernadette of Richmond Hill. Harry will be sadly missed by his six grandchildren. Also survived by two sisters Marjorie Reynolds of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Norma Johnston of Hamilton and by his mother-in-law Dorothy Clark of Saint John, New Brunswick. At Mr. Connor's request cremation has taken place. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Harry will be remembered for his keen sense of humour. 'Thanks for the Memories' Donations to the Wiarton Hospital or the would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. (The Ottawa Citizen 26 Jun 2002)

 

Harry's cousin, John Walter Connor was killed when HMCS Spikenard was sunk

 

Photo of Harry Connor     Photo of Harry's wife, Grace Conner (nee Clark)

 

HMCS LEASIDE

HATFIELD, Donald Malcolm - The death of Donald Malcolm Hatfield of Saint John, husband of the late Christine Louise (Rice) Hatfield, occurred on Monday, July 21, 2008 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born at Saint John on April 17, 1925, he was a son of the late Ralph Everett and Mary Elizabeth (Benjamin) Hatfield. Don was a firefighter with the Saint John Fire Department for 35 years, retiring in 1984. A Veteran of World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy, and was a member of the Main Brace and the Royal Canadian Legion. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spent many pleasant days at the family cottage in Cambridge-Narrows. Don is survived by a son, Ralph E. Hatfield (Beth) of Freeport, Bahamas; a daughter, Dr. Cindy Hatfield (Tim McCoy) of Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; a grandson, Donald Scott Hatfield; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and to his parents, Don was predeceased by a son, Gary Malcolm Hatfield; and a sister, Florence E. Kinsky. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM from Brenan's Chapel. Interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

 

HMCS LEASIDE

OPITZ, William John - "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal" On a cold rainy day, May 21st, 2016, with the love of his life by his side, Bill slipped away to join the loved ones that had predeceased him. Born in Gadsby, Alberta on December 8th, 1924 he spent most of his young years in Stettler. Leaving home at an early age, he headed to the west coast where he found work and eventually joined the navy. He served on the Huron and then was transferred to Halifax where he joined the HMCS Oakville and from there eventually HMCS Bayfield. It was on this ship that he and his crew members swept for mines going into Juno Beach on D Day. He was very proud of the veterans that served along with him and in years to come attended many of the anniversary events worldwide. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Marjorie; children: Sharen, Dianne (Phil), John (Darlene), and Linda; grandchildren: Rodney (Charmayne), Corrina (Doug), Janis (Norm), Jodie (Chris), Will, Dara, Lynx, Corrie (Gary), and Kurt; great grandchildren: Bella, Justy, Sydney, Jadyn, Ben, Andrew (Lisa), Vanessa (Steven), Anthony, Braydon, Dustin, Layton, and Kennedy; and one great great grandchild, Aspen-Hope. Bill is also survived by his sister, Pauline Spiece; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents; brother, Arthur; sisters: Jackie, Madeline, Francis, and Helen. Also predeceased by his son-in-law, Jim. The family would like to thank the staff of the Foyer Lacombe Hospice Care in St. Albert for their warmth and kindness extended to both Bill and Marj during this difficult time. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. Anyone wishing to make a donation on Bill's behalf may do so to Valor Place. No flowers please. (The St. Albert Gazette 25 May 2016)

 

HMCS OAKVILLE, HMCS BAYFIELD

GOUIN, Paul Isadore (15 Apr 1939 - 22 May 2016) Former Master of the 2nd Ontario District, Knights of Columbus Passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Jan for 20 years. Loving father of Ann (Glen), Mark (Kathleen), Paul (Lisa), Lisa (Sam) and Laurie (Derek). Cherished brother of Doug (Sandy) and Maryanne (late Ross), late Murray (Marg), late Lois (late Leonard) and late Sheila (Tony). Paul will be especially missed by Joanne (Dave), Art and the "Glover's Gang" as well as by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul will be forever remembered for his proud service with the O.P.P. as well as serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. His love for his family, as well as his Vette, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC will resonate in the hearts and minds of those who knew this incredible man. Visitation will be held at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Wednesday, May 25th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church (214 Simcoe Street N., Oshawa) on Thursday, May 26th at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to Canadian Cancer Society or Martyrs' Shrine.

HAMMOND, Francis Allan (Frank), RCNVR - 93, of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co. NS, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 with his family by his side at the South Shore Regional Hospital. Born in West Saint John, NB, he was the son of the late J. Allan and M. Isabel (Huard) Hammond. Frank was a volunteer reservist in the Combined Operations Landing in the 262nd Flotilla. He participated in Operation Overlord, as a signalman onboard LCIL 252, landing and disembarking Canadian troops on Juno Beach during the Invasion of Normandy from June 6 to September 1944 when the landing craft was decommissioned. He returned to Canada, while on leave, to marry the young woman from the end of his street; in October 1944 he married his sweetheart and true love Marion Doody. When Frank returned to the war he was posted to HMCS Oakville where he served in The Battle of the Atlantic until the end of the war. He was discharged in May 1945. When the war ended, Frank resumed his education and had a long career serving the Federal government. Frank revisited Juno beach on the 40th anniversary and every ten years after until the 70th anniversary in 2014. Frank was honoured to be presented with France’s highest medal, the Legion of Honour (Legion d’honneur), at a ceremony at the Bridgewater Legion on December 15, 2014. He took great pride in displaying the medal and explaining the meaning behind the appointment. Frank was a Past President and life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24, and a member of the Desmond Piers Naval Association. His bond with veterans and his shipmates was strong to the end and he always honoured his commitment to “never forget”. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Marion; sons, David (Geri), Summerside PE; Roger (Peggy Gates), Dartmouth; Paul, Bridgewater; sister Susan Garey, Sechelt, BC; grandchildren, Michelle, Chris, Sam, Susan; and great grandchildren, Braeden and Naomi. Besides his parents Frank was predeceased by his brother Gregory Howard of Berwick. There will be no visitation by request. A Royal Canadian Legion funeral service will be held at Sweeny’s Funeral Home, York St. Bridgewater, NS at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. A private family burial will be held in Fort Point Cemetery at a later date. A reception will follow at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall at 78 Alexandra Ave., Bridgewater. Donations may be made to the South Shore Regional Hospital in Frank’s memory or a charity of your choice. The entire family would like to thank Dr. Heather Robertson and the thoughtful and caring staff on the third floor of the South Shore Regional Hospital who cared for Frank during his final days and the staff at Ridgewood, Bridgewater for their support and care of both Frank and Marion.

 

“Roll along wavy navy, roll along. If you ask us who we are, we’re the RCNVR. Roll along wavy navy roll along”.

 

LCI(L) 252, HMCS OAKVILLE

BURNETT, Robert - After a courageous battle with cancer, Bob passed away cradled in the loving arms of his wife, Jerrie, on Thurs May 19th, 2016 at the age of 64. Beloved husband and best friend to his devoted wife, Jerrie, for 44 years. Cherished father to Kristofer (Monica), Joshua (Kristine), Amber (John) Cornelissen and Brienne (Vincent) Trimarchi. Special Papa to Asa, Ava, Keira, Brayden, Caeley, Carter, Baby Anthony and step-grandchildren Charles, Hannah, Taryn and DJ. He will be sadly missed by his father Leslie Burnett. Bob is predeceased by his mother Marion and his daughter-in-law Tracey. Survived by his brothers Ronald (Donna), James (Lil) and sisters Brenda (Wallace), Darlene (Richard) and Janet. He will be fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, especially Aunt Sandy. He will be missed by extended family and friends, especially Shawn Crothers, Robert Bell and James Fraser, his “friend and mentor”. Bob finished his lengthy sailing career as Captain on the Maid of the Mist where he got to “play with boats all day and come home at night”. He loved to spend time golfing with his boys and singing to his grandchildren. His family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the nurses “his angels” from Critical Care and Oncology at the St. Catharines Hospital for their care and support over his last few days. Bob's family will receive friends at Pleasantview Funeral Home (entrance off Merrittville Hwy at the corner of Hwy #20) 905-892-1699 on Tues May 24th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Funeral Home chapel on Wed May 25th at 11:00 a.m. with cremation to follow. If so desired memorial donations to Operation Smile or The Central Community Church St. Catharines will be appreciated by his family.

CASSIDY, Charles Homer (Chuck) (23 Jun 1933 - 16 May 2016) - it is with cherished memories that the family of Charles Cassidy announce his death on May 16, 2016 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Tilbury, Ontario on June 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Albert and Helene (Belisle) Cassidy. He attended Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor, Ontario and then enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, trained at CFB Cornwallis and then based at CFB Shearwater as an Aeronautics engineer, Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG). Charles served on the HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure. Following his Navy career, he worked on civilian aircraft in Fredericton, N.B., Montreal, Que., and Niagara Helicopter, Niagara, Ontario. Nova Scotia called him back where he refreshed his high school at Prince Andrew High in Dartmouth before attending Nova Scotia Teachers College in Truro, graduating in 1973. For the next twenty years, he taught junior high science and mathematics in Halifax County at Lower Sackville and Auburn Junior High schools. While teaching, he completed university courses in geology, astronomy and oceanography at Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s Universities. He attended Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth, N.S. serving on the Boards of Stewards and Ministry and Personnel. Retiring in 1993, he and his wife, Doris moved to the Gunn family home in Brule Point, N.S., where he took great pride and interest in the community and Brule Union Church which he considered family. he was an active member of the Board of Trustees, served as Chair for a term on the Mission and Service of Maritime Conference. Charles was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 in Tatamagouche, a board member of the Brule Community Centre, and the Northumberland Arts Council for many years, the Tuesday morning coffee with the men at the Country Bread Basket on Brule Point was a must. He also enjoyed ballroom and square dancing, photography, good books, building model rockets and music and choral singing were some of his many interests. One highlight was singing in the bass section of the Canadian Choir performing Scott MacMillan’s “Celtic Mass for the Sea” at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2002. Other choirs included Morley Bentley’s Male Choir, Northumberland Choral, Sharon United Church Choir, West Branch Area Singer and Tatamagouche Area Singers. He later attended Nova Scotia Teachers College and taught at schools in the Halifax area until his retirement in 1993. Surviving are his wife and soulmate of 59 years, Doris (Gunn) Cassidy; daughters, Christin (Gary) Grattan, Saint John, N.B.; Susan (Allan Leadly) Cassidy, Dartmouth, N.S.; grandpa and Papa to Pte. Thomas Grattan, Borden, Ont., and his partner, Kate Magonya, Greenwood, N.S.; Chenoa Cassidy-Matthews and Partner, Joshua Foster, Ottawa, Ont., Pte. Callum Cassidy-Matthews, Gagetown, N.B.; sister, Irene Ulch and nephew, Michael Ulch, both of Windsor, Ont.,; brother-in-law, Campbell (Ann) Gunn, Bible Hill; nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, Elmer, James; sister, Carol Ann; brothers-in-law, Chester Ulch and Lou Mommers. He loved his family completely, they were his universe. His loyalty to friends, unwavering. We loved him deeply and will miss his strength and wisdom. Visitation will be 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in Coulter’s Funeral Home, 48 Riverside Drive, Tatamagouche. A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in Brule Union Church 3728 Hwy. 6 in Brule, Rev. Penny Nelson presiding. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Denmark. Reception to follow in Brule Community Centre. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation, Brule Union Church or a charity of one’s choice. Family flowers only. Special thanks to Rev. Penny Nelson, the caring medical staff at Lillian Fraser memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche and Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, Dr. Mike Glasgow and Dr. Dan MacDonald, EHS responders, Thane Patriquin, and our wonderful supportive community of friends and family. 

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE

LEONARD, Norman Joseph (26 Jan 1930 - 15 May 2016) - born in Toronto, but a long time resident of Halifax, passed away May 15, 2016 peacefully at the age of 86. He was the son of Rose and Joseph Allan Leonard and siblings include Molly, Lillian, Ivy, Jack, Bob, Jim and Fred. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Theresa Charlton Leonard; 3 children, Stephen (Lillian), Catherine (Wil) and Scott (Daphne); 4 grandchildren, TJ, Dylan, Rosie and Jack and 2 great-grandchildren, Ayden and Gage. He was a loving father, husband and friend to all those who knew him. He will be missed by all. He served in the Canadian Navy for 27 years as the Operation Chief on ships including the Ottawa, Bonaventure, Iroquois and others. After retiring from the Navy he worked for Clarke Transport and Metro Transit until his official retirement in 1989. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 20 years, and loved many sports and recreational activities including feather weight boxing in his younger days (winning the Atlantic Pacific Command Boxing match), singing, hockey, bowling, golfing, and dancing. Above all he loved painting. A self-taught opera singer, he was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Atlantic Opera Society and performed in operas with both organizations. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 21 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road with visitation one hour prior. Interment in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers one can elect to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Nova Scotia/Canada or the Northwood Foundation.

 

HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS IROQUOIS

DOUCETTE, Raymond Joseph Frank, LCdr (16 Jul 1931 - 13 May 2016) - age 84 years of Dartmouth passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Dartmouth General Hospital on May 13, 2016. Born in Beebe, Quebec he was a son of the late Alexander and Gwen Doucette. He is survived by his wife the former June MacDonald, children Barry, (Margo) Victoria, BC, Michelle (David) Victoria, BC, Darren (Vashety) Dartmouth, NS, Kent, Dartmouth, NS and Annette (Natalino) Windsor, ON, as well as six grand children - Adam, Marc, Nathaniel, Erica, Brandon, Dylan. Ray had two siblings Alec and Dee. He is predeceased by his brother Alec. Ray graduated and went off to college but then decided to join the armed forces (navy); spent 29 years in the Navy getting his commission in 1966 in Victoria, BC then the following year got his navigators designation in Winnipeg. All the rest of the his career was spent in Halifax, on many different ships including a tour on the HMCS Bonnaventure. Included in his career was a posting for 2 years where he was station commander in St Johns, NFLD. After retirement Ray sold houses for Royal LePage. During retirement until his death he was involved with the Masonic Lodge and attended meeting regularly in Debert and Bedford. He made lots of friends with his mason buddies, some of which spent time with Dad in the hospital which really meant the world to him. June: The fondest of memories over the past 62 years of our marriage and all the wonderful trips we had. I will love you forever.

 

Michelle: The last two weeks I learnt what my father was all about. I clearly missed so much. His strength and courage was something I could never explain in words that are strong enough. My father taught me so much during his hospital stay that I could never get from a whole lifetime. He was so kind and caring and putting others before himself right to the bitter end. What can I say. I have never known a person that could touch so many lives in such a short time. This included cleaning ladies, nursing students, nurses, doctors and social workers who were all devastated but at the same time so touched by the kindness of my father. I wish I had spent the time to know and experience more of a very special man. Dad I hope you remember that you will be waiting for me with that martini and OH HENRY BAR. I love you and appreciate you more today than ever. RIP my very special stubborn Frenchman. Love you and will miss you very much. Quote from Dave, “Ray didn't understand draft choices and return policies other wise you were a great guy who didn’t get enough egg tarts and thanks for your daughter Michelle”. 

 

Darren: Thank you dad for being my role model. Your career and your movement through the number of ranks taught me that if you work hard any thing is achievable. Vashety and I shall miss you so much. Dad’s philosophy was you only got what you deserved by your actions, not for being someone. Vashety and I shall miss you very much. Kent: My father, either directly or indirectly, made me the person I am today. For good or bad, I am a stronger person cause of him. He taught me intelligence is stronger than violence, to always tell the truth, to respect people and to treat everyone equally. He taught me the world owes you nothing and that if you want something you yourself must work hard to achieve it. He also made me aware that anything I obtained myself I appreciated a lot more than if he just gave it to me. He was a private man in many ways, never hardly complaining, always had a smile and hello for people even when he was suffering and was this way right up to his final breath. I came to appreciate my dad a lot more in later life and I came to realize, if I become half the man my dad was I can die a happy and proud man. I will always be proud of my dad and his achievements in life, both personal and career.... Dad will always be in my heart, my memories and my prayers. I love you dad. The family wishes to thank the incredible doctors and nurses that were in care of our father. Too many to name as we would potentially miss one. These caring professionals would always make a point to come say hi to “the Flirt” each day regardless if he was their assigned patient or not. A special shout out to Dr Darra who we have adopted as another sibling who spent many visits and hours with the family explaining the various stages as dads health degraded. No service by request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory to the Dartmouth General Hospital 3rd floor Comfort Cart.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ALGONQUIN

IRVINE, Matthew Shane, CPO1, MMM, CD (26 Aug 1954 - 24 May 2016) - age 61 of Mineville passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in the VG Site, QE II, Born in Oshawa he was a son of Walter Lloyd and the late Muriel Joyce Irvine (Tate). In June of 1974 Shane joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a cook. During his 35 year career he had many postings. In Canada, Petawawa, Halifax, Borden, Kingston, Ottawa, and HMCS Nipigon. Outside Canada he was posted to Germany, England and United Nations missions in Golan Heights and Yugoslavia. He was long associated with the submarine community in Halifax serving with HMCS Ojibwa, HMCS Okanagan, HMCS Onondaga, and as cox'n of HMCS Corner Brook and HMCS Chicoutimi. Shane had varied interests such as skeet shooting, marathon running, triathlons, wood working, fishing, cycling, travel, reading, bird watching and outdoor activities. He approached all activities with the same gusto as he did other facets of his life, never doing anything to half measure. Shane is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol; brother, Stephen (Corinne), Bowmanville, Ont; sister, Susan Smith, Lakefield, Ont.; brother in law, Don Graham (Chris), Ottawa. Shane is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and Godchildren; chosen family Georg and Elfi Krohn, Hampton, Ont; John and Linda Madison, Dartmouth, Rebecca and Jonanathen Kouwenberg, Halifax; Steve and Marie Hartlen and family, Mount Uniacke. He also will be missed by many lifelong friends. “Shane’s road show” will begin with a visitation to be held from 2-4 and 7-9pm Friday, May 27 with a Celebration of Life 10am Saturday May 28 followed by a reception all in Atlantic Funeral Homes 771 Main Street Dartmouth. There will be a service at Courtice Funeral Home in Courtice Ont. and a burial 1pm Tuesday, June 7 at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Shane’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Canada, Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Salvation Army, QE II Foundation (Palliative Care). Special thank you to all those who provided care in particular, Dr. Morzycki and Dr. MacKinnon, the staff of the VG Site, 8A, 7A, Chemotherapy Unit, Emergency Departments, paramedics and Dartmouth General Hospital for the excellent care. 

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS OKANAGAN, HMCS ONONDAGA, HMCS CORNER BROOK, HMCS CHICOUTIMI

RUTLEDGE, James Corbett (Kib), RCN - age 91, of Sheet Harbour. It is with heavy hearts we, the children of Kibby, announce his passing on May 26, 2016, in the family home, where he was born 91 years ago. Born May 19th, 1925, he was the youngest child of the late Robert Vincent and Annie Grace (Helpard) Rutledge. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Dad served in the RCNVR during the Second World War and, like many young men, lied about his age in order to enlist. He served from 1943-1946, on the minesweepers Border Cities and Grand Mere. Following the war, he worked in the lumbering business with his father. From 1959 until 1962, he worked for Maritime Sand & Gravel in Dartmouth. In 1962, he returned home to Sheet Harbour to work in the furnace industry for his brother, Eric. Dad joined the Department of Highways in 1969 and retired from there in 1989. Dad was also a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 58. In 1950, Dad married the love of his life, the former Evelyn Butler, and they spent 64 years together until her passing, September 30, 2014. Together, Dad and Mum raised seven children. Survived by children, Kevin James (Bernadette), Harold Arthur (Donna), both of Dartmouth; Cecelia (Mike Coady), Karen Rutledge, Julie (Steven Gillis), all of Sheet Harbour; and Lori (Bruce Redmond), Lower Sackville; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter, Mona Rutledge, March 4 of this year; brothers, George, Howard, Eric, and Garnet; sisters, Nettie Josey, Lottie Baker, Laura Frain, Clara Monk, and Sadie Stewart. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m., in DS Crowell & Son Funeral Home, Sheet Harbour, 22558 Hwy. 7. A funeral service will be held Monday, May 30 in St. Andrews Church, Watt Section, Rev. Lorraine Otto officiating with Father Henry assisting. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Sheet Harbour; reception to follow in St. Peter’s Church Hall. A special thank you from the family to the caring nurses and doctors of our community. You are amazing! We, as brothers and sisters, want to thank Dad’s fulltime caregiver, his daughter, Karen, for all the love and compassion she showed our Dad. Karen, you enabled Dad to have his last wish: to die at home. We will be forever grateful. Rest in peace, Dad. We’ll miss you but we take comfort in knowing you are with Mum, charming her with your quick Rutledge wit.

 

HMCS BORDER CITIES, HMCS GRANDMERE

POST, Ellery Hugh (25 Dec 1924, Winnipeg, MB - 23 May 2016, Calgary, AB) - passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 91 years. Ellery was predeceased by his parents, Ezra and Edith Post, and his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Newman. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gladys (nee Ross); two daughters, Laurel (Ken) Friesen and Wendy Baillargeon (Rob Thivierge); four grandchildren, Michelle Bogren, Dan (Kelly) Friesen, Theresa (Kris) Mullen, and Michael (Ginette) Baillargeon; six great-grandchildren, Wynn Bogren, James, Curtis and Michael Friesen, Jayden Baillargeon and Brandon Lamoureaux. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Stan Newman and Jim Ross, both of Winnipeg, and many nieces and nephews. Ellery grew up in Ridgeville, Manitoba, until his family moved to Emerson, Manitoba when he was in high school. Ellery was an avid sports fan and excelled at baseball and hockey in his younger days. In later years, it was golf in summer and curling in winter. Ellery was a Second World War veteran who joined the Navy at 17 in 1942 and served on Royal Canadian Navy ships, including the Destroyer HMCS Huron. Aboard the Huron, he was part of a crew whose role included protecting convoys bringing supplies into Russia on the Murmansk run. He received the new Arctic Star medal in 2014 for service north of the Arctic Circle. He was also awarded commemorative medals from the Russian government in 1988 and 2005. Ellery started working with Canada Immigration in 1947 at Emerson. He moved on to Winnipeg, worked relief at Churchill and North Portal, and then moved to Regina, then to Brandon, back to Emerson, and finally to Calgary, where he retired in 1981. After retirement, Ellery and Gladys lived in Kelowna, BC, for 13 years before returning to Calgary. Ellery was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 73 years; a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite for 53 years; a member of the Shrine, the Legion of Honour and Royal Order of Jesters. Before his retirement he served as an Associate Director on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Stampede. With his profound love of sports, and in particular CFL football, he was a long time season ticket holder of the Calgary Stampeders and for a time served as an Associate Director with the Calgary Stampeders organization. Ellery was known for his strong work ethic, one that was transcended to his family as well as his staff. He was a huge influence on many of those who worked for him. He was a man of principle, integrity and trust, dedicated and committed to getting the job done. He was firm when he had to be, but always fair. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Carewest Colonel Belcher for their excellent care of Ellery for the past five years, and a special thanks to Glenn Cameron who has contributed to Ellery's care for the past year. A Memorial Service will be held at South Calgary Funeral Centre, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the "Vets' Angels", care of the Colonel Belcher Society, Calgary Health Trust, 10101 Southport Road S.W., Calgary, T2W 3N2 (The Winnipeg Free Press 28 May 2016)

 

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CHIASSON, Hilarion (Larry) (1918 - 2016) - He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on May 24, 2016 in Sainte-Anne de Bellevue. Predeceased by his wife Lillian Ann Roberts. Father to Donna-Lee (Theo Kalaitzis), Jo-Ann (Terry Mitchell), Carol (Yves Roy), Robert (Lesley Gunn) and Nancy. Granddad to Tyler (Kathy), Ashley (Kyle), Alexandra (Graig), Vicky, Adam, Jordan, Austin, Pamela, Éric and Dany. Great- granddad to Kylie, Hendricks, Oscar and Louella. Brother to Laurent Chiasson (Marthe Gravel), Roger Chiasson (Gisèle Lacerte). Brother-in-law to Ruth Osborne and Phoebe Comeau (Roland Comeau). He was lovingly cared for by the devoted staff of Ste Anne's Veteran Hospital who also provided unbelievable support for the family. Special thank you to Father Senez. Larry was very involved in his community. He was a veteran serving in the navy during World War II, a policeman and fireman for the city of Cap-de- la-Madeleine, a Past President, Commander and Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 204. Later, he was involved with the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Radisson cadets. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ste Anne's Hospital Foundation www.sahfoundation.ca would be appreciated. The family will receive condolences on Saturday May 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St Patrick Church, 340 Whitehead, Trois-Rivières. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. The interment will be held at Ste-Marie-Madeleine cemetery. Telephone : (819) 376-3731 (The Montreal Gazette 26 May 2016)

LA BUTE, George I. - Peacefully, with his wife and family by his side on May 24, 2016 in his 95th year. Loving husband of Frances (nee Desjardins) for 71 years. Cherished father of Dean (Pamela), Keith (Wendy), Susan Campbell (Mike), Frances Renaud (Paul) and Mark (Angie). Dear grandfather of Lisa Bresolin (Greg), Andrea Towers (Brian), Michelle La Bute (Jay Crawford), Kristy Corriveau (Kyle), Jeff La Bute, Danielle Diab (Victor), Kristen Patrinos (Jimmy), Patrick, Jaycie and Ryan La Bute, and great-grandfather of Devin and Dana Manning, Kaitlynn and Alyssa Towers, Bella (Isabella) La Bute, Jade and Ava Crawford. Survived by sisters-in-law Cecile Damphousse, Patricia Pelkey (Serge Bertasson), June La Bute and many nieces and nephews. George was the recipient of many honours and awards over the years for his dedicated service to his country and community. He was most proud of his time served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCNVR, WWII), the Labour Movement and serving the Town of Tecumseh as Councilor for two terms. He's a retiree from Ford Motor Company after 38 years of service. Visiting Friday 3 - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 4:30 p.m. and Windsor Veterans Memorial Service at 7 p.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Funeral Service Saturday at 10:30 a.m., St. Anne Church (12233 Tecumseh Rd. E.). Burial to follow St. Anne Cemetery. (The Windsor Star 26 May 2016)

LAFORME, George Richard - Passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on May 20, 2016. Born in Revelstoke, BC on January 9, 1942. George spent 23 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces flying Sea King helicopters. The pinnacle of his career in the Navy was when he served as the Commanding Officer of 443 Squadron. In 1983 George and his family moved to Montreal when he began a new career with Bombardier Aerospace. In 1996, George and his family moved to Hong Kong when he became the Vice-President of Bombardier Business Aircraft Division, Asia-Pacific. George retired in 2002 and he and Dianne settled in Victoria B.C. In 2015 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home surrounded by family and friends. George will be remembered as a great golfer, a gardener, a pilot, a soccer coach and a man who loved life and lived everyday to the fullest. His positive outlook was like sunshine. George will be dearly missed by his loving wife Dianne, his two sons, Kent and Gregor, Kent's wife Tamara Clarke, their children Aya and Koen (Grandpa was the best!), Gregor's wife Jaime Siu, brother-in-law Cliff Higano, sister Diane Harzan, as well as the family matriarch Margaret Laforme, and all our relatives and friends who have shared so many great memories over the years. George, we love you! Thanks for the memories. You will forever be in our hearts. The Laforme family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Eric Shafonsky, Dr. Daniel Ovakim, their teams, as well as super nurses Shawn Stalker and Sara Sinclair. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at McCall's Downtown, Johnson and Vancouver Streets with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of following charities: BCSS - Victoria branch https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/3853 or African Book Box https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/3160 (The Victoria Times Colonist 28 May 2016)

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS FRASER, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS BONAVENTURE, USS WASP, USS INTREPID, USS FORRESTAL, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ALGONQUIN

ROUNDING, Herb - After a short illness, a local fixture of Essex and a proud Veteran passed away peacefully at the Iler Lodge on May 26, 2016 at 89 years of age. Loved husband of the late Doris Mildred Rounding (nee Cowan). Dear father of the late Linda McNeil (1998). Treasured Grandpa of Tracy McNeil and Glen McNeil. Great-grandpa of Morgan and Connor McNeil; Amanda Chartier. Great-great- grandpa of Jackson Labadie. Brother of Louise, Dorothy and the late Oliver, Raymond, Henry and Irene. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Herb served in the Canadian Navy during WWII and was a life time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 201- Essex. He served as an Essex Police Officer for nine years in the 1950s. Herb then began a long career with Weston Bakeries until retirement. Herb is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. RCL Branch # 201 Service Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Herb's life will be celebrated from the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Society.  (The Windsor Star 28 May 2016)

WALKER, Edward Charles (Ted) (30 Aug 1946 - 23 May 2016) - With enormous sadness, we announce that Ted passed away peacefully after a hard-fought, four year battle with cancer. Throughout this journey, he never lost his sense of humour, incredible wit or his passion for life. In the last few days of his life, he had a wonderful room with a view at Bridgepoint Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends and the most compassionate physician, nurses and staff. Ted was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, the son of the late Alec Walker and the late Lois (McCallum) Walker. He was the beloved husband and soul mate of Nancy Macken. During their 33 years together, they travelled extensively and made many new friends, particularly in Cuba and the Bahamas. Ted was the adored brother and best friend of Gordon and wife Patte, cherished son-in-law of Brendan and Libby Macken and brother-in-law of Ginny and Cam Ross, Peggy and Mark Roszell and Helen and Roger Conzelmann. Ted will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ted attended Fort William Collegiate and Lakehead University and was immensely proud to be a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1965-1971. During his years in Thunder Bay, Ted was an active member of the Thunder Bay Rowing Club. After university, Ted moved into "The Manse", where he formed lifelong friendships. In 1972, he moved to Toronto with Sears Canada to become a National Buyer and again met wonderful friends and partners in crime, including his great friend, Peter Sibeth. After many years at Sears, Ted joined Sanyo and was known as Walker-san to his Japanese counterparts and enjoyed teaching them Canadian idioms. Ted had a great gift for writing, publishing a number of articles in a national magazine. His frequent trips to Cuba inspired a series of hilarious stories, called "Adventures in the Workers' Paradise". In many ways, Ted was larger than life. He was incredibly loyal and kind to his family and friends and loved life. Now, he is a "Sleeping Giant" and he will be deeply missed but forever remembered in our hearts. Special thanks for their compassionate care to Dr. Vince Chien and the staff at Bridgepoint and Dr. Christine Brezden, Dr. Irene Ying, Dr. Geena Kim, Swanee, Marlene, Samira and Elizabeth at St. Michael's Hospital. A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. (Tributes at 4:30 p.m.) at the Toronto Cricket Club, 141 Wilson Avenue, North York. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted's memory to Bridgepoint Foundation (Palliative Care Program) (bridgepointhealth.ca) or to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation (Medical Day Care Unit 2 Donnelly) would be greatly appreciated. (The Toronto Star 28 May 2016)

BROWN, Bruce Lloyd, DMS  - (Royal Roads Military College), DFA (University of Victoria). Born in Victoria on September 4, 1914. Passed away on December 10, 2002. He was the grandson of Alexander Brown, Founder of Christie Brown Biscuit Co., and the Alexander Brown Milling Co. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Cowderoy); son, Anthony W. Brown; daughter, Elizabeth Cole-Hamilton and five grandchildren. During WWII he served as an officer in the RCNVR on both the east and west coasts. After the war he joined the BC Provincial Government, taking early retirement in 1972 after which time he and his wife began to travel extensively. In Victoria he was active on the boards of the Victoria Symphony Society, YMCA, Maritime Museum of BC, Friends of the Royal BC Museum and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. he had a keen interest in art and antiques and was a major donor to the University of Victoria, the Maritime Museum of BC and Royal Roads Military College. A private family funeral service was held. A reception will be arranged at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations, if desired, may be made to the University of Victoria. (The Times Colonist 14 Dec 2002)

 

HMCS GIVENCHY

MOORE, Thomas I. (Tim) (1922-1979) - Born in Verdun, Quebec, he grew up through the tough times of the Depression. He answered the call of his country and joined the Black Watch in 1941, a short time later transferring to the Navy. His wartime service, the proudest time of his life, was spent on board HMCS Agassiz escorting Britain’s lifeline of supply convoys across the North Atlantic. He married Enid V. Jubb in Manitoba in 1947, and soon returned to Montreal to work for the young Air Canada, retiring in 1977. He passed away at Montreal on November 1st, 1979, and is buried in Mount Royal Cemetery. (For Posterity's Sake 30 May 2016)

 

HMCS AGASSIZ

POPE, Andrew George (11 Aug 1926 - 25 May 2016) - of Edmonton, AB and formerly of Thunder Bay, ON, passed away peacefully with family at his side. Left to cherish his memory are his children Kenneth (Livia), Howard (Brenda), and Eileen (George) Iwasykiw, grandchildren Lisa (Jared) Paris, Jim (Chantal) Pope, Karen Pope (Wes), Alicia Pope, and Alanna Iwasykiw, great grandchildren Adam, Kiera, Abigail, and Grace, sister Joan (Ron) Kresack, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife Alice, son James, parents Andrew and Maime, and sisters Eleanora Boreski, and Eileen Baynton. Andy was born in St. Boniface, MB and moved to Fort William, ON along with his family at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy serving in WWII, and was a lifetime member of the H.M.C.S. Griffin in Thunder Bay. For many years Andy was the owner/operator of Custom Upholstering. Upon his retirement he founded Andy's Upholstering. He was an avid marathon runner and participated in numerous races in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. Andy was a very kind and gentle man who deeply loved his family. Alongside the love of his life & best friend, Alice, he enjoyed puttering in their much loved house and garden. He was always up for new adventures like going camping with the kids, picnics, and enjoying all the wonderful things Thunder Bay had to offer. Andy and Alice were long-standing members of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church. Many thanks for the wonderful and compassionate care provided at the Misericordia Community Hospital by the healthcare teams at the Emergency Department and 8 East Unit. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Thunder Bay, information to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honour may be made to the St. Andrew's Dew Drop Inn (Soup Kitchen), 292 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A8

 

HMCS GRIFFON

STITT, James Carl - a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Fort William, Ontario on December 1, 1925 to Carl and Mary Ellen Stitt. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on HMCS Meon, in the Second World War as a telegrapher and cryptologist and travelling in a convoy between Newfoundland and Northern Ireland. After the war, he joined the weigh staff of the Board of Grain Commissioners, worked for many years in the grain elevators, was involved in organizing the PSAC in Thunder Bay for the weighing and sampling staff and eventually became Chief Weighmaster for Thunder Bay. After his retirement in 1980, he worked for the City of Thunder Bay until he really retired in 2000 but remained close to his friends at the Police garage, regularly having coffee at the Persian Man with his dear friend Hans and others. He was an avid musician, played the clarinet and saxophone, during most of his life. He actually practiced, setting a great example for his children and grandchildren who have followed in his footsteps as musicians. He was a member of the Fort William City Band, Navy Band, Army Band, Legion and City Band and played in various dance bands during and after the war. He married Viola Mae Malo in 1946 and enjoyed 55 years of happy marriage until Vi predeceased him in 2001. He was a long time member of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Royal Canadian Legion. Jim is survived by his three children, Ron (Rose), Mary Jane and Catherine (Greg) and four grandchildren, Michelle (Erik), Robert (Crystal), Lauren and Devon and two great grandchildren Cameron and Corey. He was predeceased by his sister Marge Holm and brother Don Stitt and is survived by his brother in law Carl Holm and children Jeff, Greg and Karen. He was a favourite “Uncle Jim” to many nieces, nephews, Malo cousins and friends including Matthew who adopted him as an honourary uncle. He will be greatly missed but we know that he is now happily reunited with his wife and the love of his life, Vi. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 11 am followed by a reception in the church and then private interment at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in honour of Jim to Northern Hearts, 1165 Barton St., Thunder Bay Ontario P7B 5N3 or a charity of your choice. James Stitt will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 11, 2017.

 

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CARPENTER, Arthur John, Tel - Born 14 May 1925, died: 14 Dec 2000

ANGLIN, Crawford Sydney, MD (1918-2016) - Peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Toronto, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Carmen, devoted friend and companion throughout 63 years of marriage. Crawford and Carmen were blessed with four children; Vicki (Jim Parrish), Leslie (Bob Edmison), Laura (Campbell McBeath), John (Lisa Dowling). Proud grandfather of James and Kristine Parrish, Laura (Will Luff), Ashley and Michael Edmison, Jonathan, lain and Kathleen McBeath, Jeremy and Mark Anglin, and great grandson Griffith Luff. He was predeceased by his father, Sydney Ernest Anglin and his mother, Nellie Carman Anglin. Crawford graduated from University of Toronto Schools (UTS) where he combined academics with his passion for playing football and baseball. He then entered U of T Medical School, graduating in the accelerated class of January 1943. After serving his Internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, he volunteered for service with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was commissioned as a Surgeon Lieutenant and was posted to HMCS Givenchy in Esquimalt British Columbia, serving on the medical staff of this base until 1944. Crawford was then assigned as Medical Officer to the Frigate HMCS Orkney, the Senior Officer Ship of Escort Group 25, responsible for anti-submarine duties in the North Atlantic. On discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II, Crawford returned to Canada and commenced a two year Residency Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, followed by a Senior Residency at the Willard Parker Infectious Disease Hospital in New York City. Upon returning to Toronto, he was appointed to the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children and also commenced a private paediatric practice. His distinguished medical career included the positions of Chief of Infectious Diseases at Sick Children's and Professor of Paediatrics (subsequently Professor Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, all the while continuing his busy medical practice until 2003. He authored numerous books, articles in medical journals and was interviewed frequently by national media regarding infectious diseases and immunization. He served on many advisory groups including the Committee on Infectious Diseases for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society as well as the National Advisory Committee on Immunizing Agents. He served on medical missions across Canada for both The Hospital for Sick Children and his Church. Crawford was a lifelong member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church where he held numerous senior positions. He enjoyed membership in the B & R, Granite and Cricket Clubs of Toronto and is a Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He has been a member of medical groups including The American Pediatric Society, The Canadian Paediatric Society, the 300 Club, The Sydenham Club and The Hospital for Sick Children Quarter Century Club. His warm friendly manner, good humour and devotion will be forever remembered. The family is especially grateful for the love and support Crawford received from the entire Sunnybrook team and his dedicated personal caregivers. A service will be held in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1R5) on Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Church. If desired, donations to the SickKids Foundation (525 University Avenue, 14th Floor Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L3) or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 04 Jun 2016)

 

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GRAY, Ian James - Passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Lindsay. Ian, in his 74th year, was the much loved husband of Margaret for 50 years. He was a loving father to Jason (Jennifer) and Sean (Lucy) and proud grandfather to Travis, Rachel, Jeremy and Jessica. Ian was born in Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland and moved to Canada where he enjoyed careers as a Typesetter and later as a Corporate Security Manager with the Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) in Toronto. Ian was also proud of his service as a Signalman in the Royal Canadian Navy, based at HMCS Star in Hamilton. He was an avid gardener, as well as a collector and maker of miniature military figures. At Ian's request, cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of his life at the home he loved in Lindsay. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Care Foundation (Kawartha Lakes) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and can be arranged by Lakeland Funeral & Cremation Centre, 705-324-1988. (The Toronto Star 02 Jun 2016)

 

HMCS STAR

LAW, Ernest Gerald (Gerry) - born January 20, 1918 in Calgary to Richard Stanley Law and Violet Pedrick (nee Strong) Law. On May 27, 2016 at the age of 98 he decided it was time to move on. Gerry grew up in Calgary, Middlechurch and Winnipeg, with his sisters Bette (Rose) and Joyce (Carlyle). He attended St John's College School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, graduating at the age of 15 when he then entered the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Engineering. Graduating with his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering he joined Canadian General Electric, Peterborough, Ontario. The Second World War arrived, and like many of his generation, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, enlisting with the rank of Lieutenant. It was these war years from 1940-46 of which he was particularly proud, serving as an Officer liaising between the front line ships and the research establishments across Britain. With fellow officer Lieutenant Jack Dunn they installed the first anti-submarine Radar on the HMCS Drumheller and subsequently more later on other ships, making it possible to even the odds in the War of the Atlantic. His war years were spent between Ottawa, Halifax and Great Britain working to enhance the development of equipment to aid the war effort. This was no easy task as Joyce Garroway Cairns married Gerry in August of 1941 and with two children at home, Dianne (1942) and Pamela (1944), being so far away was very trying as a father and husband. Fortunately, the war concluded allowing Gerry to return home to Joyce and family in Ottawa. He ended his service as a Lieutenant Commander and turned to the Department of Trade and Commerce where he helped prepare for the first postwar GATT conference. Two friends eventually enticed him to leave the Department and move west for a new business venture which was short lived. But ever resourceful, Gerry then stepped in to help found a business that would take him through the rest of his career. Allied Chemical Services (ACS) Ltd. was co-founded in 1949 with Gerry and C. Spencer Clarke and grew to be one of the most respected and pioneering leaders in agricultural pesticide formulations in western Canada. Gerry served as President of ACS until 1984, when the company was acquired by Union Carbide; he became Vice-Chairman of Union Carbide Agricultural Products (Canada) Ltd until his retirement in 1986. Throughout his career, Gerry was always a gentleman and a trusted advisor who never lost his poise or sense of fair play. Family life continued to flourish with the arrival of Susan (1946) and Penny (1949). However, very suddenly in 1952, the polio epidemic took the life of his beloved wife Joyce, and at the same moment his son Richard was born. Through this tragic time, Gerry remained steadfast and focused on raising his young family and building his company and serving his community. Gerry found happiness again when he married Margaret Pauline Dowler from Winnipeg. Jamie was born to Margaret and Gerry in 1957. In addition to raising the family and growing the company Gerry actively contributed to the various industry and community associations. He served as President and later Director of the Canadian Agricultural Chemical Association (CACA), and at his retirement was one of the longest serving members of the CACA. A Calgary Chamber of Commerce member and a Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Trust Fund were some of Gerry's other spare time duties. Service was very important to Gerry shown by his dedication to the Rotary Club of Calgary for over 60 years, serving on the barbeque and entertainment committees as well as the Calgary Stampede and Calgary '88 Olympics. Of significant note is Gerry's involvement in numerous associations that assist individuals with disabilities. Very generous with his time, he served as a director with the Family Service Bureau, a Vice Chairman of Advance Industries, Treasurer for the Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute and a Director and Government Affairs Liaison for the Calgary Association for the Mentally Handicapped. One of his most important contributions was to the Mount Royal University Transitional Vocational Program. Beginning in 1980, Gerry co-founded the program and led a campaign to raise over a million dollars. In recognition of this Gerry was awarded Mount Royal's Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1988, and thirty-three years later he was recognized in an awards ceremony as the "Grandfather" of the program. A remarkable life of service and much of it with his wife Margaret by his side. Margaret has stood by Gerry in thick and thin, assisting on committees, hosting business associates and being a loving and supportive partner for over 62 years. But above all, Gerry treasured his time with his family and friends and riding in the Alberta foothills on his horse Duke with his son Jamie by his side riding Apache. Gerry was well loved and will truly be missed by his wife Margaret, his six children, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. As well, he will be remembered by his brothers-in- law: Dr. John Cairns and Dudley Rose, his daughter-in-law Joyce Mallman Law, sons-in-law: Stan Evans, Ron Taylor and Richard Thompson, and many relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Anglican (3602 – 8th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) today, June 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Transitional Vocational Program Development fund at Mount Royal University Foundation; Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 6K6. The family wishes to thank the staff of Unit 47 at the Rockyview General Hospital. Great work! We are also very grateful to the caring and compassionate staff of Sarcee Carewest Hospice Unit. (The Calgary Herald 31 May 2016)

FERGUSON, Donald (Ross) - Peacefully, at Campbellford Memorial Hospital, May 31, 2016, in his 96th year. Ross Ferguson, a proud WWII Canadian Navy Veteran, husband of Gladys (predeceased). Beloved father of Carol (Glen Bayliss), Bruce (Lorna Ferguson) and Lorna (Jim Kozmik). Grandpa of Sandra, Deborah, Melanie, Cory, Teala and the late Colin Bayliss. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 8th for visitation at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Pickering Village (Ajax), 905-428-8488, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with funeral to follow at 1:30 p.m. Interment - Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 300 is appreciated. Funeral Home Mc Eachnie Funeral Home Ltd, Ajax 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, Ont (The Toronto Star 04 Jun 2016)

FERRIER, Lewis Rose, M.I.D. (08 Nov 1921 - 29 May 2016) - We lost another wartime hero, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law and friend on Sunday, May 29th. Lewis was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and was trained as an Asdic operator. While serving in the RCN, Lew detected an enemy submarine just as it was preparing to fire on a British aircraft carrier. For this, he was honoured with a Mentioned in Dispatches, an award read by King George VI for those providing distinguished service. After the war Lew relocated to Ottawa where in 1945 he married his long-time love Margaret. He joined the RCAF in 1951 and retired to Victoria in 1969. After moving to Victoria he worked as an electronic specialist for the DND. Lew was an avid five and ten pin bowler participating in a league at Mayfair Lanes for years. Predeceased in 2013 by Margaret his wife of 68 years, he is lovingly remembered by daughters Lynn (Garry) Kilgour, Connie (Richard) Izard, sons Douglas Ferrier, Glen Ferrier, grandchildren Amie, Daniel, Kimberly (Sebastien), Ann (Praveen), Jason (Krista), Jennifer, Michelle (Jason) and great-grandchildren Brinndin, Paidin, Ashton and Isabella. Quiet and unassuming, Lew is remembered as a loving and devoted father and grandfather with a mischievous sense of humour. Your love will always warm our hearts. We would like to send our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Philip Kelly for all his years of gentle and understanding care. Special thanks also go out to our father's caregivers from Retire at Home Services and the nurses on 5South VGH. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of B.C. (The Victoria Times Colonist 04 Jun 2016)

GRIFFITHS, Robert G. (10 Dec 1931 - 14 May 2016) - Dad lost his courageous battle with cancer, passing away peacefully at home, with family by his side. Predeceased by his parents Anne and Robert Griffiths, and stepfather Jeff Vann, siblings: Albert, Pearl, Kathleen, Violet (Sally), and Mildred. Survived by his loving sister Alice (Terry). A career on the ocean, spanning over 40 years, both serving our Canadian Navy, and the BC Ferries. He adored spending time with family and pets, and working with love and pride, in his magnificent gardens and home. He will be missed for his infectious laugh, sparkling blue eyes, incredible cooking, and overall zest for life. A small memorial service was held on May 20, 2016. Thank you to the South Island Community Health Care, Harmony Health Care, and a special thanks to Dr. Masuda. (The Regina Leader-Post 03 Jun 2016)

MacLEAN, Donald Laurie - peacefully on Tuesday, May 31st 2016 at the Veteran's Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto at the age of 87. Beloved husband and best friend of Joan, devoted father of Diana (Steve), Alix (Julien), Bruce, and Katie (Evan), grandfather of Samantha (Ted) and Sofia, and great-grandfather of Michael. He was predeceased in 1964 by first wife, Julia. Born on June 26th 1928 in the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia to Goldie and John MacLean, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 14 and was assigned to a minesweeper in the North Atlantic during WWII. He eventually made his way to Toronto and entered the printing business. Don worked at Globe Envelope and then became part owner and president of Espie Printing. He met Joan in Toronto and was immediately drawn to her ability to be his partner in achieving their personal and professional dreams. They married in June 1965. With Joan's support, Don owned and operated Thorn Press in Toronto from 1968 to 2001. Avid entrepreneurs, they grew the thriving independent business that was eventually acquired by St Joseph Communications. Always looking to the future, he was the first Canadian printer to bring over the Web press, and was an early advocate of computer technology for layout and design. Don was renowned throughout his life for his uncompromising integrity and his tireless work ethic. He was beloved by all of his employees and many attended his 50th Wedding anniversary party last June. He loved travelling with his wife, family and friends, who remember wonderful adventures to Europe, Asia, Australia and around the US. He was a fan of the outdoors and over the years enjoyed spending time at the family's sheep farm, ski chalet, and lakeside cottage. Don was an avid partner to Joan in entertaining friends and family. Their annual holiday party was a not-to-be-missed event. He was a formidable bridge player for years. He also loved reading British mysteries and always looked forward to cracking open the next book. Never reluctant to inject a little humour into any discussion, Don put everyone at ease with his quick and ready smile for all. He was first and foremost a gentleman and was always there to offer encouragement, congratulations or a kind word when events didn't go as planned. Don spent his days truly devoted to his employees, his friends, and individuals who may have passed in and out of his life quickly. Above all else, he cherished taking care of his family. He loved spending time with them and they meant the world to him. His family and friends will always remember his favorite toast as he held up a gin martini: "Here's to us!" The family would like to thank Don's devoted caregivers over the last two years: Davina (Dee-Dee), Clarissa, Connie, Justine, Cora, Bing, Janet. In addition, Maria has provided kind support through many years to the family. The family would also like to thank Joan and Anne for keeping Don company with hours of great bridge playing. A private family graveside service will occur on Friday June 3rd in the morning. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday June 3rd at 4:30pm-7:30pm at his home in Toronto and all of his family and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

LAIDLAW, David Kennedy, Capt, RCN - He was British citizen and a graduate of the Royal Naval Academy at Dartmouth. His section mates included Prince Albert, later King George VI, and Louis Mountbatten. After serving briefly in the Royal Navy, he moved to America where he met his future wife. At the onset Britain’s entry into WWII, my David offered his services to the British Admiralty. Because he lived in America, they suggested he instead offer his services to the Canadian Navy which at the time was shorthanded. He was immediately offered a commission and assigned as First Lieutenant of Acadia. When LCdr Shadforth was transferred in Dec 1941 to HMCS Spikenard, he replaced him as skipper of the Acadia. In May 1941, the Acadia was brought in for a re-fit and was converted to an anti-aircraft training ship for gunners going to armed merchant ships. David was then appointed to the staff of Commander Greery, Captain-in-Charge, Halifax. This was followed by appointments as Base Superintendent at Sydney, Staff Officer Convoys and Intelligence, Staff Officer Operations and Deputy Chief to the Commander in Chief, and finally Director of Operations at Naval Headquarters Ottawa. He retired in July 1945 with the rank of Captain. After moving back to America, he stayed in the maritime industry and became manager of marine operations for Shell Oil, retiring in 1964. He crossed the bar in February 1993.

 

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LILLIE, Gerald Richard, AB, V66426, RCNVR (14 Feb 1925 - 06 Oct 2010) - Peacefully at home with family on October 6th 2010. Beloved husband of Evelyn (Cooper) for 62 years. Gerald is loved very much by those who know him as DAD, Wayne (Jackie), Warren (Wendy), Russell (Sheila), Earl (Leona), Alan (Christine), Gregory, Philip (Tracy), and Heather (Stephen) Cornfield and those who love him as Grandpa; 22 Grandchildren and Great- Grandpa to 8. Loving brother to William (Bill), Arthur ("Bud" deceased) and Kenneth. Predeceased by his parents, Constance and Alfred Lillie. Family and friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street North (Hwy. 48) Markham on Friday 2-4 and 7-9. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday ,Oct 9th, at 11am in the Chapel with reception to follow. Burial at Box Grove Cemetery to follow reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the M.S. Society or Heart & Stroke if desired.

 

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