For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituary transcriptions of those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

LECKY, David John (Dave) - 67, passed away peacefully in his oldest son's arms on Saturday, June 4, 2005, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in St. Stephen, N.B., he was the only child of Veronica (Sullivan) and Phillip Lecky. He worked as a hard rock miner in Red Lake, Ont., prior to joining the navy in 1957, serving 20 years in the Navy, as well as working as a commissionaire. Dave had a fun and well-loved personality, and he could give you his wisdom and make you laugh at the same time, as he was full of mischief. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Marion (Gerrior); daughter, Theresa; sons, Robert and David; grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye, Shandi Boudreau, Brittany Swiminer, Marshall Kersey, and Makayla Flemming. Dave was predeceased by his parents, and his son, Freddy in October of 2004. The Lecky family would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for all their care and support during these difficult past months, and especially during the time of Freddy's passing. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601), where visitation will be held today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The memorial service will be held in St. Paul's United Church, 173 Old Sambro Rd., on Thursday, June 9, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Calvin Ginn as officiating clergy. The interment of both Dave and Freddy will take place together following the service in Sunrise Park Inter-Faith Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial in the Royal Canadian Legion in Spryfield. Donations in memory of Dave to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated. (The Halifax Herald 06 Jul 2005)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

SCHOCH, Peter John Edward,  Lt, RCNVR - passed away suddenly at his home on Salt Spring Island B.C. on July 9th, 2010. Pete was born in Vernon B.C. on June 10, 1923, the second son of Winifred Lambert Spinks and Nicholas Schoch. He graduated from Arvida High School in Quebec and then attended Bishop's University graduating with his BSc & O.T.C. He served in the Royal Navy throughout WW2, seeing action in the theatres of the North Atlantic (the Mermansk run), Europe, India and South Africa. After the war he assumed the operation of Canada's premiere mink ranch - Clairval Limited, begun by his father in Laterriere, Quebec in the 1930's. Peter went on to found Saguenay Air Service - now Air Saguenay one of the largest bush-plane services in Quebec. His career took him to Laurentian Air Service in Ottawa and then on to Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and finally a much deserved retirement on Salt Spring Island. He is predeceased by his brothers Dick, Arnold and David and sister Molly and his loving wife Fern. Pete will be sorely missed by sons Gren (and wife Joanne) and Arn (and friend Rachael Fisher), step-son Jim Burrows and his wife Patti Olson, step-daughter Valerie Wasylishen husband Rod and Stephen and Eric grandchildren Tim Campbell (and his wife Irene and son Silas) and Robyn Campbell (and her husband Darren Wasylucha and children Alexei and Ana) and nieces Louise, Wyn, Kim, Micky McKenzie & Valerie Corbet, nephew Bill Baldwin, great niece Nichole Tremblay & great great nephew Jayden Potvin. A private memorial will be held in the Saguenay where he spent most of his life. Memorial donations may be directed to The Foundation Fighting Blindness, 890 Yonge Street 12th floor, Toronto, Ontario M4W3P4 or online at www.ffb.ca Please designate for Macular Degeneration Research.

 

HMT LORD MIDDLETON (CO 1943), HMS AWE

BULMER, Ernest Charles - of Kelowna BC, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 90. Ernie was born to parents John and Daisy Bulmer on June 22, 1926 in Outlook, SK. He grew up as the second youngest of seven in Outlook before moving to Victoria. He joined the military reserve force in Outlook and then the navy in Esquimalt, seeing action in World War II. On April 28, 1951, he married Mary Williams and they had four children. Ernie is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Debbie, sons Chuck (Ruth), Paul (Evelyne) and John (Sheila), 3 grandchildren (Sasha, Kate and Ian), numerous nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Kay Herold. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Daisy, brothers Pete (Mae), Jim (Mary) and Dave (Myrle) and sisters Dora (Roy Hermanson), Ruth (Harry Farley) and Ivy (Bill Colclough). After his war service, he began his career as an ironworker for Dominion Construction and moved back and forth from Victoria to Calgary to Port Alberni and back to Calgary in 1957, where they settled into community life in South Richmond. Ernie volunteered many hours coaching his sons' sports teams in Calgary and organizing community events for the Glamorgan-South Richmond Community Association. His volunteerism continued when the family moved to Okotoks AB, where he was a town councilor from 1977 to 1983. Over the years, his kids always had the best seats for the Stampede Parade, set up at whatever job site he thought was most suitable on 7th or 9th Avenue. He left Dominion after 25 years and started his own rebar sub-contracting business, Bow Reinforcing Ltd., and worked throughout Alberta reinforcing the foundations of many public facilities, including the Canmore and Drumheller Hospitals and the Canmore Nordic Centre. In 1985, Mary and Ernie retired back to BC to pursue a new career in golf (including 4 holes-in-one for Ernie and 2 for Mary). They made many trips to Reno and elsewhere in the USA, those travels ending once a passport was required. He refused to obtain one. Ernie's remains have been cremated and the family will scatter his ashes privately at a later date. The family is grateful for condolences, but declines flowers. Donations may be made to the BC Lung Association. The family would like to thank the hospital staff at Kelowna General for caring for Ernie during his final days. (Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 27 Aug 2016)

BOEGE, Olof - after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer disease, Olof, the youngest son of Hans and Hertha, passed away July 9th, 2016. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, August 12th, 1934. He leaves to mourn: his wife, Rosemary Drefke; his daughter, Rae Brown (Jim); his sons, Gavin (Jackie) and Sean; grandchildren, Selena Brown and Rose Mary Boege. Predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Hans and Reinhardt and his son, Drake. A proud Canadian, Olof immigrated to Canada in 1954. He served with the Canadian Forces (Navy) for 33 years. He was stationed in Halifax, Shelburne, Victoria and Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. He retired from the Military in 1990. Olof and Rosemary spent their retirement years at Lake Clear, Ont., during the summer and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during the winter. His last years were spent in Smoky Lake, Alta., where he was lovingly cared for by his daughter, Rae, and her family. (The Halifax Chronicle Herald)

 

HMCS/CFS SHELBURNE

HEAD, Paul Alan - age 54 of Lawrencetown, passed away on August 24, 2016 in the Centennial Building, VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in New Waterford, he was predeceased by his father, Henry and mother, Marie (Kanne) Head and brother, Gerald, in infancy. He is survived by sisters, Anne (Garland) Foote of Ontario; Henrietta (Dan) Gray of Lingan and Lesa (John) of Glace Bay; brothers, Frederick of New Waterford; Earl (Linda) of Sydney; Wayne (Sharilee) of Coldbrook; Richard (Josh) and Matthew (Trena), all of Reserve Mines. Paul was a Master Seaman W Eng Tech (Ret’d) having served on several ships during his 25 years of service. Paul was very active in the community being a member of the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department Station 19/20, Equipment Manager for the Cole Harbour Colts Junior B Hockey Team, member of Blackwood Hodge Bowling League and a member of the Veterans Motorcycle Club. Visitation will take place on Saturday, August 27th from 1-3 p.m. in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Funeral Service will take place in The Salvation Army, New Waterford, on Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Burial to follow in Forrest Haven Memorial Gardens, Grand Lake Road, Sydney. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

COWAL, Martin (Marty), Sto 1c - At the St. Catharines General Hospital on Monday, October 11th, 199 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of 56 years to Margaret (Vanstone) Cowal of St. Catharines. Loving father of the twins Lynda Hopkins, Carolyne (richard) Nichols and Martin (Valerie) Cowal all of St. Catharines. Lovde DoDo of Philip Hopkins of Toronto, Jeffrey (Colleen) Hopkins of St. Catharines, Lisa (John) Jell of Los Angeles, California, Lynda Nichols of Toronto, Mackenzie and Travis lattimer and great DoDo of Cortland Jell. Dear brother of Stanley (Shirley) Cowal of Dorset, "Ola" Moore of Hamilton and the late Joh Cowal. A Veteran of Wold War II serving as a stoker 1st class, active convoy from Halifax to Ireland on HMCS Bowmanville. A member of the Canadian Corps Unit 44, Thorold. Marty retired in 1984 as manager of the Civic Employees Credit Union after over 40 years. He was a Director of the Ontario Credit Union League Board from 12 years and Past-Director of the Co-Operations Insurance Company. Marty is resting at the Karl A. Hammond Funeral Home and Chapel, 26 Ormond Street, South Thorold for visitation on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Thursday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Canon Beverley J. Shanley officiating. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Thorold. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lung Association Niagara Branch would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS MONTREAL, HMCS BOWMANVILLE

BOGGILD, Kai Hugh, Capt, RCN - Died 28 Oct 2002, Halifax, NS.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS TRURO, HMCS SARNIA, HMCS RUNNYMEDE, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS NADEN, RCMP ST. ROCH, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS RESOLUTE (Commander 1st Canadian Minesweeping Squadron), HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS PROVIDER

JOHNSON, Russell (Logie) - It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Russell "Logie" Johnson on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Left to cherish Logie's memory are his wife Marjorie of 68 years of marriage; sons, Bruce (Janet), Jim (Claire) and Bill (Mariola); grandchildren, Geoffrey (Christelle), Graham (Morgan), Heather (Ros), Ben, Chigal, Alex, and Cole; great-granddaughter, Alexis; cousin, Fran; niece, Carolyn (Lionel) Charon; nephews, Keith Johnson and Bob (Sandy) and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin and Merran Johnson and his brother Byron Johnson. On May 13, 1924 Logie was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba. As a young man he joined the Navy, the Second World War, sailing the Atlantic Ocean in an escort vessel and a convoy known as the Murmansk Run, just south of the Arctic Circle. He was honored by the Russian Government for his services with two medals and in 2014 received the Arctic Star from the British Government. After the war, Logie became a lineman working for Manitoba Hydro; retiring in management after 37 years of service. He enjoyed gardening and his passion for woodworking yielded many artisan pieces. Logie and Marjorie lived life to the fullest, traveling everywhere; Hawaii, Australia, Fiji, Caribbean Islands and finally settled down to one sunny spot in Weslaco, Texas for a span of 23 years. On Thursday, September 1, 2016 Logie's Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. The family would like to thank the staff of Seven Oaks Hospital for the loving care provided to our father. In lieu of flowers, donations in Logie's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Society, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2. "Rest in peace Dad. You are loved forever." (The Winnipeg Free Press 27 Aug 2016)

TAVENER, Arthur R., D.E.M.S., RCNVR (24 Mar 1922 - 11 Mar 2005) - Art was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON and enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. in November 1939. From 1940 to November 1945, he served on armed Convoys (D.E.M.S.) in the North Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Far East and on the Murmansk Run to Russia. Art was employed with painting and decorating firms in Winnipeg and on the northern D.E.W. Line. For the next 20 years, he was employed with the Federal Government at C.F.B. Winnipeg and at Deer Lodge Veteran's Hospital from where he retired in 1987. Art was a long service member of the A.N.A.F., Unit 60. Art is survived by his loving wife Eileen, his daughter Dale, two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sister Elsie Gunther, his nephew and niece and their families, all of Virginia, USA. Art was predeceased by his infant daughter Judith in 1951 and also by his son Patrick in 1988. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave., Aubrey Street entrance. Interment in the Military section of Brookside Cemetery. (The Winnipeg Free Press 15 Mar 2005)

VanEK, Hendrik P. (Hank) (06 Feb 1934 - 23 Aug 2016) - Hank was born in Leiden, Netherlands. In 1952, at the age of 18, he travelled to Canada with his parents and 9 brothers and sisters, where they set up residence in Sooke, on Vancouver Island. Hank joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955, serving 10 years on the HMCS Ontario, Sioux, Cowichan, Margaree, and Oriole. During his first year as a sailor, Hank met his beloved wife, Val, while roller-skating in Victoria. They married in 1956 and had three children, Debra, Richard, and Gordon. After the Navy, Hank embraced life as a family man. He worked, lived, and made many long-time friends in communities throughout BC including Prince George, Hope, Kitimat, and Tahsis. For the next 21 years Hank and Val lived aboard their boat, the 'Iorana', at various ports on Vancouver Island and in the Gulf Islands. Fishing, crabbing, prawning, and varnishing his boat were the joys of his life. Sadly, on August 23, 2016 Hank succumbed to the tolls of vascular dementia and passed in peace at Selkirk Place Residential Care in Victoria, BC. Hank was a kind and caring man. He will be remembered most for his love of fishing, boats, the outdoors, dogs, and reading. These passions were only outshone by his unending desire to tinker, as well as his skill at building and fixing anything. Hank is survived by his wife Val, his three children Deb, Rick, and Gord, his three grandchildren Darren, Kayla, and Ian, his 9 brothers and sisters, and his many nieces and nephews. Respecting Hank's wishes, there will not be a formal service. Please honour his memory by remembering your time spent with him. (The Victoria Times Colonist 30 Aug 2016)

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS COWICHAN, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS ORIOLE

DUNN, Paul C. (15 Nov 1931 - 22 Aug 2016) - Loving father of Janice (William), Patricia (Paul's dear friend David) and Susan (Ronald), caring grandfather of grandson Samuel and granddaughters Alexa, Hailey and Hannah; brother to Elizabeth, Barbara, Gary, Malcolm and Peter. Predeceased by brothers Bernard and James, mother Olive and father Casimer, beloved uncle to numerous special nieces and nephews, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2016 with his family by his side. Paul proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Air Arm from 1949 to 1973, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. Following retirement, he moved to Fenelon Falls where he was employed at Webster's Wholesale, Bowes and Cocks Real Estate and Etobicoke Parks and Recreation after which he retired again to his favourite place - The Moorings, Fenelon Falls. Paul was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 238. The family would especially like to thank the following for their tremendous support and care provided to Paul: Dr. David Lane and team (Lindsay), Dr. Melinda Gooderham and Dr. Scott Hamilton (Peterborough), Legion Veterans Services Representative Jackie Walter (Fenelon Falls) and most recently by staff at the Retirement Suites of Kawartha Lakes (Bobcaygeon). Finally, to the many involved this week at the Ross Memorial Hospital (Lindsay) - the paramedics and staff in both the emergency and palliative care units. To all, your professionalism, kindness and compassion will forever have a home in our hearts. Dad has returned to his longtime buddies Bob, Doug and Mike and to his many comrades in the Delta. A private cremation ceremony has taken place in Fenelon Falls. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held at the Fenelon Falls Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Ross Memorial Hospital Emergency, Palliative Care and Volunteer Units. (The Toronto Star 27 Aug 2016)

LE DREW, Ken - It is with profound sadness and inimitable hope that we announce the death of Kenneth Edward Le Drew on August 27, 2016. Ken was born in Rosthern, SK on November 23, 1923. He was a loyal brother and ever a faithful and loving son, father, grandfather. Throughout his life Ken, strove to actively love and care for his sisters, brother, mother, wife and grandchildren. Ken began working at the age of 13 when his father died. His work places included Glass Dairies, Burns and Company and the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. Wherever he worked, Ken gave 100%, and wherever he went, he flashed his smile, laughed heartily and cared about those around him. Ken also served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 -1945, in both the North Atlantic and Pacific. Ken's Christian faith was always important to him; it informed all he attempted to do, at home, work and play. His membership at Messiah Lutheran Church in Prince Albert involved teaching Sunday School, instructing confirmation and welcoming everyone who drew near even as he worshipped God each and every week. Ken is survived by his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Martha; his three cherished granddaughters, Chelsa (Kris) Mack, Elise Le Drew and Lynnaea (Riley) Leboe; his sister, Adrian Jensen; his brother in-law, Don Buchanan; his sister-in-law, Lynn Egan; and many nephews and nieces. Over the last years, special care was gratefully received from special nieces Carol Berg and Donna Buchanan. Ken was predeceased by his parents, Blake and Emma; his sisters, Phyllis and Doreen; his brother, Harold; and number of brothers- and-sisters-in-law. Earlier this year, Ken also lost the love of his life of 64 years, his wife Vera. The family expresses their deep appreciation to the staff of Good Shepherd Villa, particularly Pat Chuey, for five years of devoted care. Memorial donations may be made in Ken's memory to Messiah Lutheran Church, 1796 15th Avenue East, Prince Albert, SK S6V 8A1, or to the Evangelical Lutheran Broadcast, P.O. Box 1717, Prince Albert, SK S6V 5T3. We love you, Dad – you are missed! Ken's life will be celebrated at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1796 15th Avenue East, Prince Albert at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, with Pastor Íris Kristjánsdóttir officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to River Park Memorial Chapel, 306 764-2727, Donald M. Moriarty, Funeral Director. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 31 Aug 2016)

MALE, Ronald, CPO, RCN - Peacefully at Beacon Heights on July 16, 2016 in his 95th year. Husband of the late Joyce Male. Loving father of Ross (Eleanor Sheldrick) and Keith (Olena Lytvyn). Beloved grandfather of Byron, Alexander, Katia and Sofia. Cherished companion of Jacqueline Tanner. Dear uncle of Carol, Winnie, Donna, John, Brian, Bill and Ron. Predeceased by brothers Stan and Jack, and sister Irene. Ron was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served as Chief Petty Officer on HMS Puncher during World War II. He retired after 35 years service in the Federal Government in Supply Services and related areas as an accountant and manager, finishing as Director in the Canadian Commercial Corporation. He then enjoyed time at Golden Lake with his grandchildren, fishing and golfing, including many games with Jacqueline at Norway Bay. Special thanks to the staff at Beacon Heights Residence for all their care and compassion. Visitation will be held at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road at Roosevelt Avenue, Ottawa, on Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 12 p.m. until service time in the chapel at 1:00, interment to follow at Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or to CNIB. (The Ottawa Citizen 27 Aug 2016)

 

HMS PUNCHER

McLENNAN, Andrew Dreaney (Andy) -  Andy passed away peacefully on August 18, 2016 at Saint Michael's Hospice in Burnaby at the age of 92, surrounded by his family. Surviving Andrew is his loving family, including his wife and best friend, Helen (Miller) McLennan; his children, David McLennan, Marilyn Bergen, Gail Nicol (Gord), James McLennan, Kathy McLellan (Donald) and Rod McLennan (Joanne); his grandchildren, Katherine Laurence (Benoit), Adam Bergen (Kathleen), Benjamin Bergen; Christine Nicol, Bryan Nicol; Sidney McLennan, Caroline McLennan; Elise McLellan (Tom), Leah McLellan (Frankie); Sheila McLennan, Chelsea McLennan (and their mother Heather); Ian McLennan, and Jason McLennan; and his four great-granddaughters, Madeline and Leah Humphrey and Marlo and Natalie Laurence. Andrew was predeceased by his beloved sisters, Margaret Gilmour and Jean Godsoe. Andrew was born in Bracken, Saskatchewan on December 24, 1923 to Kenneth and Barbara McLennan. He faithfully served the Canadian Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, he married Helen Miller on July 30, 1948, and they settled in Vancouver, BC. Andrew and Helen spent most of their lives together in South Burnaby where they raised their family. After retiring from a successful general contracting business, Andrew cultivated his passions for boating, fishing, gardening, and travel. Andrew and Helen travelled extensively through Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, often camping under the stars. These explorations meant a great deal to Andrew, and he expressed tremendous gratitude to Helen for sharing his adventurous spirit. The pair enjoyed a lifetime of joyful experiences together, recently celebrating 68 years of marriage. Andy's easy-going manner earned him friends wherever he went. His deeply ingrained values, firmly grounded in honesty, integrity, and hard work, guided him in all aspects of his life. He was a loving husband and father, a true family man and a loyal friend who thrived on giving his time to help others. Andrew was a man of faith, participating actively in Grace Lutheran Church. Involved with community, provincial and national politics, Andrew cared deeply about his community. Even into his nineties, he valued service, most recently serving as a volunteer driver for Burnaby seniors. Andrew was deeply loved by his family and friends, he will be missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's Hospice, Tapestry Foundation. Andrew's family would like to thank the amazing team at Burnaby Hospital Ward 3D and the wonderful staff at St. Michael's Hospice. A Memorial Service will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, Burnaby, BC on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. (The Vancouver Sun 27 Aug 2016)

POIRIER, Eugene C. - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and brother Eugene C. Poirier on Sunday August 28, 2004. His wife Aline predeceased Eugene. He leaves his son lance Poirier and his brothers, Paul Martin and Arthur Poirier and their families. Gene was born on November 19, 1923 in (Transcona) Winnipeg. His schooling was in Transcona's Ecole de L'Assomption and Centreal High School. He volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy as a teenager in the Second World War and served in the Pacific and Atlantic on a minesweeper, a corvette and a frigate as a on-deck Seaman. His favourite World War Two memories are his ships escort anti-submarine duty for convoys to Murmansk and D-Day invasion support in the English Channel. His working life before and after the war was with railroads: the CNR in Canada and the Union Pacific in Los Angeles in freight handling and sales. Gene was an avid sports fan (Angels and Mighty Ducks and Cypress school and college sports). He loved the ocean and all activities connected with it - walks on the beach, fishing and befriending others on the piers (Huntington and Seal Beaches). Viewing was held at St. Irenaeus Church 5201 Evergreen Ave., Cypress, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3. Gene will be buried at a later date at All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach next to Aline. (The Winnipeg Free Press 11 Sep 2004)

IRVINE, George Norman, Electrical Lieutenant, RCNVR - Peacefully and unexpectedly, in the Victoria General Hospital on May 7, 2006. Norman is survived by his wife Joyce; his sons Duncan (Sarah) and Donald, and grandchildren Daniel and Karen. Born April 6, 1922 in Calgary to George and Kay Irvine. Norman and his family moved to Winnipeg when he was six years old. He received his early education at several Winnipeg neighbourhood schools, graduating from Kelvin High School, the same school his children later attended. He next studied at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Science, graduating with a BSc in physical chemistry. Upon graduation Norman joined the Canadian navy, training in Britain at HMS Victory in Portsmouth. During the war he served as a radar officer for a Canadian Escort Group, with service in the North Atlantic and on the Murmansk run. His chief memories of the war were of being ferried in small boats through heavy seas between large warship with radar problems. At the end of the war Norman returned to Winnipeg to join the staff of the Canadian Grain Commission's Grain Research Laboratory, which at that time was the sole large federal institution of its kind west of the Great Lakes. At the same time he married Joyce Johnston, the daughter of Winnipeg barrister Arthur Johnston and his wife Mina, and the two set out to attend McGill University. Norman graduated from McGill in 1949 with a PhD in Chemistry and returned to the Grain Research Laboratory. There he rose to become its Director and Chief Chemist. One of the features of this position was the travel to foreign countries involved in the monitoring of Canadian wheat products and their uses by trade customers. When he retired in 1979, Norman estimated that he had been to Japan twenty-five times. Among the awards he received during his career were the American Association of Cereal Chemists, William F. Geddes Memorial Award, and the Arbetisgemeinschaft Getreidforschung's Neumann-Medaile. Norman and Joyce moved to Victoria in 1989 where they made many friends. People will miss Norman's cheerful disposition, his honesty and integrity, and his irreverent sense of humour. Friends wishing to remember Norman may wish to make a donation to Victoria Hospice, 1952 Bay St., Victoria, V8R 1J8 or to a favorite charity. Norman's family would like to praise the care and dedication of staff at the Victoria General Hospital, especially those werving on Ward B South; and the warmth and professionalism of Dr. Brain Winsby. A reception in Norman's honour is planned for Friday, May 12 between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the University Club of Victoria. (The Winnipeg Free Press 09 May 2006)

FRIEND, James Thorpe, Tel, V52131, RCNVR, killed - 11 Apr 1945 - Ord. Tell James Thorpe Friend was a Telegraphist with the squadron staff. He had recently transferred to HMCS Strathadam from HMCS La Hulloise with the squadron staff. He was killed on 11 Apr 1945 during an attacked on a suspected U-boat when a Hedgehog exploded on firing, killing 6 men. During almost two years of sea duty he did patrol duty in the North Atlantic and out of Bermuda. He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland on 14 Apr 1945. He was survived by his parents John Walter and Maggie Friend, his wife Beatrice Elizabeth Friend and his two year old daughter Barbara. He was born 24 Feb 1917.

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS YORK, HMCS ETTRICK, HMCS ORKNEY, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS STRATHADAM

URIE, Joseph Clifford, HMCS Provider, died 11 Feb 1966

 

Remembering Joe Urie - Submitted by Gord Senebald. This is what they thought happened after the inquiry in Joe's death was completed. Quitting time came along and we still had a forklift on the upper deck. Joe told all us young ODs and ABs to go below and shower and get ready to go to the Seaway Tavern (one of our favorite places to imbibe). Anyway, there was a 2 ton hatch cover amidships that housed a cargo elevator which we used to store most of the ship's non perishables in the decks below. They figured Joe opened that hatch and brought the elevator up to upper deck, put the forklift on the lift and proceeded to the lower decks to stow the elevator. When the lift gets down to a certain position it trips a switch that lowers the hatch cover and you can dog the hatch that would make it flush with deck. They figure that when Joe took the lift down, the hatch didn't come down all the way and stayed open about 2 feet. It appears Joe stood on the forklift and tried to crawl between the door and the deck instead of taking the long way around through the ship. The hatch closed, cutting Joe in half. We tried to rescue him but there was no hope. We were in the Halifax dry dock at the time. This is the saddest days of my 5 year term. That was over 50 years ago and I'll never forget that day. I think about Joe every day.

 

HMCS PROVIDER

CORLEY, George - Peacefully, on November 9, 2006, George Jesse Corley, aged 82 years, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre. George is survived by his beloved wife Claire Toshiko (nee Matsuo); children, Donna Drake (Don), Bill (Carol Aiken), Carol Emerson, Jeff (Claire), Kathleen Theriault (Charles) and Lawrence; grandchildren, Jason (Denise), Justin, Michael, Lynne, John (Pat), Michael (Stacy), Jesse, Trish, Calvin, Jeffrey, Genevieve and Angelique; several great-grandchildren; dear brother Fred (Hazel) and sister Frieda Melnick (John); nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his parents Angus and Amy; brothers, Jim and Bill; sisters, Clarice, Bernice, Ida and June. George spent his childhood years in the North End, attending Champlain, Luxton and St. Johns schools. In 1942 he joined the Navy and served as a signalman on the Port Colborne in the Battle of the Atlantic. He received a medal from the Soviet government for his participation in the Murmansk Run, taking food and supplies to the Russian troops in December, 1944. On D-Day, he was in the English Channel supporting the invasion of Normandy. After the war, he returned to Winnipeg, met and married the love of his life, Claire, began raising a family and worked as a Carman at the C.P.R. until he retired. George enjoyed a happy and active retirement that included travel, bowling, Tai Chi and ceramics. His full white beard won him several first place prizes in the Festival du Voyageur beard-growing contest, and made him a very convincing Santa Claus for many years. George was a Past President of the White Ensign Club and a proud member of the Manitoba Japanese Cultural Association. For as long as he was able, George faithfully attended the Every Other Tuesday Breakfast (aka the Old Guys Breakfast) with his childhood friends from the North End and Elmwood. Special thanks to grandson Jesse for accompanying grandpa to Amsterdam in 2005 so that he could join Canadian veterans being honored at the Commemoration of the Liberation of Holland; family friend Nelly Allard for her extra efforts in helping George and Claire remain active in their later years; and to the wonderful staff and residents of Lion's Place for helping to make George's last year a positive memory for his family. As requested by George, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory may be made to the Lion's Place, 610 Portage Avenue. Dad, we will always remember and love you. Rest in Peace (The Winnipeg Free Press 18 Nov 2006)

 

HMCS PORT COLBORNE

THOMAS, Roy Richard (27 May 1925 - 02 Apr 2013) - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roy Thomas of Neepawa, MB, at the age of 87. He will be greatly missed by his sons and their families: Tom and Lori, and their children, Tyler, Teighan and Troy, of Winnipeg, and Mark and Shauna, and their children Brandon and Heather, of Brandon. Roy was predeceased by his wife Betty in 2002. Roy was youngest son to George and Beatrice Thomas (deceased) and baby brother to Beatrice Grant (deceased), Stanley Thomas (killed in action in the Second World War), Jack Thomas (deceased) and Mary Rivers (Fonthill, ON). Roy was well respected by all who knew him. After spending his early years in Neepawa, Roy offered his life in service in the Canadian Navy as a teenager and served overseas on the Loch Alvie Second World War. He loved to share the stories of his adventures chasing u-boats and taking part in the Murmansk Run. When he returned to Neepawa after the war, Roy joined his brother, Jack, in partnership in a carpentry business, Thomas Cabinet Works. This later became Thomas Window & Door. He continued this business for 52 years, retiring at age 73 when they sold the business in 1999. Roy met his wife Betty in Neepawa and they were married in 1953. Roy built their family home himself, the yellow house with the picket fence on the hill at the east entrance to Neepawa. Betty and Roy raised their two sons there. As a family man, Roy never missed a hockey or baseball game of Tom nor a basketball or badminton game of Mark, and cared for Betty through breast cancer in the 1960s and as cancer struck again in 2001. As a loyal citizen of Neepawa, Roy again offered his life in service as a volunteer firefighter. He served in that role for almost 25 years, the last few as Deputy Fire Chief. Upon his retirement from the Neepawa Fire Department, he was made an Honourary Citizen of the Town of Neepawa. Roy continued as a member of the Neepawa Legion for his entire adult life and was proud to be part of the Honour Guard numerous times. Roy never fully retired, because after selling Thomas Window & Door he started another business as a locksmith which he continued until 2009. Roy was well known for his green thumb, helping to run the family greenhouse in the 1970s. When he had his own garden, he grew a fabulous one and was famous for the tomatoes that he would share each summer; tomatoes so large that one slice would fit a sandwich! Roy spent the last three-and-a-half years of his life in the care of the wonderful staff at Country Meadows Care Home in Neepawa. We are ever grateful to them for their attention and thoughtfulness. We are also grateful to the caring staff at Neepawa Hospital and Mary Ellen Clark, and the Palliative Care volunteers who made his last few days comfortable. A celebration of Roy's life took place on Friday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Neepawa United Church. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, please make donations in memory of Roy to a charity of your choice or to the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation. White's Funeral Home - Neepawa in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 06 Apr 2013)

 

HMCS LOCH ALVIE

STINSON, John Wilfred (Jack) (04 May 1925 - 03 Jun 2015) - On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jack Stinson died peacefully and without pain at 9:00 p.m. in his room at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jack is survived by his wife, Vivian; children, Garry (Ruth), Ron (Gabby), Debbie (Robert) and John (Lisa); 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as his brother, Gordon (Marg). Jack lived a full life and was a loving husband, supportive father, and delighted grandfather and great-grandfather. He was extraordinarily proud of his children and always offered support for their endeavors. He loved to visit with family and friends to talk about life, love and what everyone was up to in their day-to-day worlds and it was even better when these visits were complimented by good food and good wine. Each of these gatherings was marked by a lot of laughter. Jack was born in Rivers, Manitoba in the home of his maternal great-grandparents John and Aggie Stevenson and was the son of George and Rosina Stinson. The family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan when he was still a toddler and Jack soon welcomed Elnora, Phyllis and Gordon to the family fold. The family lived through the depression and Jack spent his first few school years living with his paternal grandparents at their hotel in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. When he returned home to Regina, Jack became involved with many sports including hockey and football and the family acquired his beloved dog Tiny'. Tiny was cared for by Jack and his younger brother Gordon with Gordon being assigned the duties associated with Tiny's rear end while Jack enjoyed the front end responsibilities. As a teenager Jack was a grocery delivery boy, played hockey, swam, and quarterbacked his high school football team - the Central High Gophers. In his mid-teens Jack also became involved in the Air Force Cadets and would ride his bike the 50 km to the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan airfield to participate in cadet activities. However, when war came in 1939 Jack asked permission from his mother to join up but Rosie refused until Jack turned 17 in 1942 - when he finally got his wish and he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Jack served four years in the Navy and after initial training in Halifax was assigned to a River Class Frigate stationed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland named the La Hulloise. The La Hulloise was part of a small pre-convoy strike team whose job it was to travel ahead of the main supply convoys between England and Murmansk, Russia, and England and the Mediterranean to hunt German U-Boats and attract enemy aircraft so that the main convoy would be prepared for engagement as necessary. Although Jack was a dedicated sailor and served as the non-commissioned officer on his Frigate's main gun crew; he was never proud of the battles with the German soldiers, seamen and pilots and regretted the loss of lives he had been party to. As a result Jack never talked much about the war. While on leave back in Regina, Jack met Vivian May Hagerman on a blind date arranged by Vivian's cousin Bart Howard. Jack and Viv became fast friends and ultimately fell deeply in love through their shared passion for dancing, a good joke and strong personal values associated with fairness, family and fidelity. It wasn't until later that Jack and Viv realized that they had actually met as young teenagers when Jack delivered groceries to Viv's aunt Matilda's home. Shortly after being honourably discharged from the Navy, Jack and Viv married and remained devoted to each other for 69 years. They wasted no time in starting a family and Garry arrived on his mother's birthday - January 6, 1947. Ron soon followed in September of 1948, then Debbie in September 1953, and finally John in November of 1958. The children were all born in Regina and the family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in fall, 1963. All of Jack and Viv's children have found success in their lives and each has a family of their own. Shortly after being discharged from the navy, Jack was able to secure a job with the newly opened Ford Motor Company parts and distribution centre in Regina. Jack began work as a warehouseman - stocking shelves, unloading box cars of auto parts, and preparing auto parts orders being sent to Ford Dealers throughout Saskatchewan, but he soon found himself rising through the ranks. Jack worked as a Field Manager throughout rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as a Metro Manager in Winnipeg, as a Marketing Manager for Manitoba, and finally as the Regional Manager for Marketing and Dealer Relations for Mid-Western Canada. As a people person Jack loved the personal interaction with car dealers and was particularly adept at building business relationships - this resulted in Mid-Western Canada leading Ford of Canada sales for much of Jack's tenure. After retiring at age 55 Jack and Viv built a home at Willard Lake, Ontario and spent summers enjoying the lake life and winters travelling throughout the southern USA. They spent a lot of time with Jack's brother Gordon and his wife Marg in Lake Havasu, Arizona, but also enjoyed time in Yuma, Arizona, Palm Springs, California, and Indio, California. These trips were also complimented by vacations in Cancun and Hawaii, but Jack's heart was always happiest when he was putting off organizing his tool shed at Willard Lake and thinking about the big fish that he had caught. Jack spent his final years living with Viv in Winnipeg and was often surrounded by his four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren until it was necessary for him to move into Deer Lodge Centre in October of 2014. At Deer Lodge Jack loved to tease the nurses and other staff and developed good friendships with Ed, Bill and the other Jack. Thanks to all the staff at Deer Lodge and a special thanks to Colleen, Brenda, Noreen and Indira. As per Jack's wishes there will be no formal funeral service. Family intends to unite this summer and raise a glass (or two) in memory of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free PRess 13 Jun 2015)

 

HMCS LA HULLOISE

McDONALD, Malcolm (Mac) - Passed away peacefully at home in Oakville after a short illness on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 with his wife and his son by his side at age 96. Mac, beloved husband of Brenda. Predeceased by his first wife Marie (Lang). Loving father of John and his wife Holly of Haliburton and the late Bonnie Aalbers. Proud grandpa of Sandra Ansley (Kevin), Matthew McDonald (Angela), Laura McDonald, Lisa McDonald and Michelle McDonald and great-grandpa of Colton and Braylen Ansley and Amelia McDonald. Dear brother of Joy McDonald Dunn and her husband Dennis and uncle of Debbie Pitblado and Kelly Pys and their families. Born in Windsor Mills, Quebec on May 1, 1920 and moved to Oakville in 1941. Mac proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War. He was the owner of McDonald Welding, Oakville and Edgewater Court Resort, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Mac was very involved with the Optimist Club of Oakville for 60 years and held several positions including District Governor of the Ontario District and International Vice President of Optimist International. Passionate supporter of the Halton Region Police Children's Safety Village. Through his dedication and hard work, Mac was the 2015 Recipient of the Town of Oakville Community Spirit Award (Senior Category). He was also a longtime trail maintenance volunteer for the Bruce Trail Association and twice completed the trail end-to-end. He was also an amateur genealogist, member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, responsible for researching the Farquhar name all around the world. Family and friends will be received at the Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Road West on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Oakview Chapel on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation or the Bruce Trail Conservancy would be appreciated by the family. (The Toronto Star 03 Sep 2016)

RANKIN, Sheldon Marsland - Born on October 7, 1936 in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, N.S. to Harold and Lillian Rankin (big brother to Eric William Rankin and Kenneth Harold Rankin (deceased), Sheldon Marsland Rankin passed away on August 30, 2016 at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto - complications of a large and loving heart. Sheldon moved to Toronto as a young boy when his father, Harold, joined the Canadian navy during WWII. Sheldon grew up playing on the streets and back alleys of Toronto's west side where he would often be found playing hockey for the Earlscourt Citadel team or in the Earlscourt Salvation Army band, where he played a mean E flat tuba... ?and then, at the age18, he met Ruth Carolynne Richardson, a 16 year old sweetheart he met at the Salvation Army camp on Lake Simcoe. Ruth and Sheldon were married for 57 years but they were and remain soulmates after 62 years. Sheldon joined the insurance industry in the late 1950's and through hard work, perseverance, strong core values and a lot of night school at U of T (where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree), Sheldon enjoyed a long and distinguished career in his chosen profession. In a career that spanned 6 decades Sheldon was not only the President and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Canada (Marsh) for many, many years, in his "retirement" he was also, laterally, the founder and CEO of Arch Insurance Canada and Chairman of Integro (Canada) Ltd. When Sheldon wasn't working, traveling the globe with Ruth or poking around Ontario's antique shops he could most likely be found seeking solitude by reading, writing, petting his dogs, listening to music or watching sports on his island on Stoney Lake or in a shady spot at his home in Tortola, BVI. Sheldon had a passion for many things but none more than family, friends and those that were not yet friends. He was a kind and generous man who would quietly, without ceremony or the desire for acknowledgment, try and help out anybody in need? Sheldon is survived by (and who he will continue to watch over) his beloved wife Ruth, his children, for whom he was very proud, Lynne Vautour (Michael), Mark Rankin (Pamela) and his cherished granddaughters, Hannah, Jessica and Sydney. He will be sorely missed by his loving family, his wide circle of friends, the Canadian insurance community and, of course, antique dealers everywhere. Services will be held at Jerrett's Funeral Home 6191 Yonge Street Toronto Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:00 pm A reception will follow immediately at the same venue. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital in Sheldon's honour would be very much appreciated.

RIVARD, Jacques (Jack) - Predeceased by his son Robert, Jack passed away peacefully on August 31, 2016. Beloved husband of Marion and loving father of André (Sandra) of Nova Scotia and Nathalie (Jason) of Chateauguay, Qc. He was the proud grandpa of precious granddaughters Aaliyah and Jasmine. Brother of Claude (Nicole). He will also be missed by many family and friends. Born May 6, 1939 in Trois-Rivières, Qc. Jacques was in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) for 25 years. After retirement from the Navy, he worked in the Civil Service and was employed by M.I.L Davie Ship. His two passions: boats and baseball (Expos). The family will receive condolences at Urgel Bourgie Funeral Complex, 1559 Montarville, St-Bruno, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. (The Montreal Gazette 03 Sep 2016)

WATSON, Ronald Cameron, Lt, RCN - He drowned, with his wife and four ratings, in a boating accident off Ross Bay, Victoria BC on 12 Jul 1924

 

HM S/M H-2 (1916, 1st Lt), HM S/M E11 (11 May 1917, 1st Lt), HM S/M E2 (13 Jun 1918 as Lt, RCN, 1st Lt), HM S/M V-3 (1918, CO), HM S/M R-8 (1919, 1st Lt) HM S/M R2 (01 Jun 1919 as Lt, RCN, CO), HMCS CH-15 (CO and Senior Officer Submarine), HM S/M H44 (1920, C.O.), HMCS Naden (1st Lt, 1923)

DONALD, Colin Degge, Capt, RCN - Born: 28 Oct 1899, Chemainus, BC   Died: 07 Sep 1974, Sidney, BC. He was the son of Harry Edwards Donald who was an early pioneer farmer at Chemainus BC.

 

HMS LEIATHAN (1917 as Midshipman, RCN), HMS CARNAVON (1917 as Midshipman, RCN), HMCS ROXBOROUGH (1917 as Midshipman, RCN), HMS MINOTAUR (1917 as Midshipman, RCN), HMS RAMILLIES (1918 as Midshipman, RCN), HMS UMPIRE (1919, as Slt, RCN, 1st Lt), HM S/M K-22 (1920, as Slt, RCN, NavO), HMCS CH-14, HM S/M K6 (1922 as Slt, RCN, NavO), HMCS ARMENTIERES, HMCS YPRES, HMS RENOWN (1929 as LCdr, RCN), HMCS CHAMPLAIN, HMCS NADEN (1930), HMCS SKEENA, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS SKIDEGATE, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SHELBURNE (1942 as NOIC, as Cdr & A/Capt, RCN), HMCS GIVENCHY (1945 as NOIC, Esquimalt), Captain HMC Dockyard, Esquimalt. Captain King Harbour Master Esquimalt, Captain of RCN Barracks Esquimalt, Senior Officer Ships in Reserve 1945.

NICKERSON, Osborne Charles AB, A4429, RCNR, Died: 06 Dec 1944 - Born 24 Mar 1918, West Head, Shelburne Co., NS, one of nine children, Osborne Charles Nickerson was the son of Walter and Matilda Nickerson, of Clyde River, Shelburne Co., of Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to his enlistment he was a fisherman for six years. He served on HMCS Ville de Quebec from November 24, 1942 until his death from drowning on December 6, 1943. He first served on HMCS Sorel between August 20, 1941 and April 15, 1942 before transfer to HMCS Niobe on April 16, to November 23, 1942. On the night of December 6, 1944 Able Seaman Nickerson was last seen alive about 9:00 pm proceeding to a liberty boast which was returning ratings to their ship from shore leave. As he was not amongst those who returned in the craft it is believed, as it was a very dark night, that he fell into the harbour basin and was accidentally drowned. His body was recovered at Milford Haven, Pembroke Co., Wales, on January 3, 1945.

 

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HMCS SOREL, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC

SAUDER, Wilton H., C2ST (1927-2016) - Wilf passed away at 89 years of age peacefully in his sleep at RJH Hospice on August 8, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 7, 2016 at the Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess at 1 pm, 1575 Lyall Street, Esquimalt, BC. In lieu of flowers a donation to the BCSPCS would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS STE THERESE

LAROQUE, Gerald T. - Died: 15 Jan 1998

 

HMCS BRANDON

FRASER, Harold Bernard (1921 - 2016) - 94 years young, Harold passed peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Harold was the ninth of 10 children of Joseph and Anna (Carter) Fraser. He was predeceased by Ethel, his wife of 62 years, and daughter Arlene Ferguson (Jack). He is survived by children Greg (Shirley), Ramona Durrant, Kerry (Donna Lee), Gordon (Kim), and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold was a life long resident of Transcona and was fond of telling stories of the early days delivering milk by horse-drawn carriage and calling CNR employees to work. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War on the HMCS Canso (J21) and participated in D-Day. For his service Harold was awarded Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (the highest national order of France). He was a long serving member of The Knights of Columbus and the Roman Catholic Church. Harold worked his entire career with the CNR, retiring in 1982. He was a lifelong summer resident of Redditt, Ontario, from which many stories were born. He was a good man, a wonderful father and grandfather, and will be missed by all. A private family service will be held on Saturday, September 10. Funeral Arrangements in Care of: Wheeler Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street. (The Winnipeg Free Press 07 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS CANSO

McALLISTER, William Lawrence - passed away peacefully, at the age of 97, on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Manitoba. Lawrence will be deeply missed by his four children, David (Debbie), Lawrence (Kay), Grace, and Ken (Eunice); as well as eleven grandchildren (and spouses); six great-grandchildren; and his brother, Jackson; and two sisters, Francis and Sylvia. He was predeceased by his dear wife and partner in ministry, Grace. Lawrence was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 5, 1919. Throughout his 97 years, he faithfully served his country and his Saviour. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war, he committed himself to a life of Christian ministry, especially to children, with the Canadian Sunday School Mission (now One Hope, Canada). Canada is dotted with men and women who met the Lord through the ministry of "Uncle Lawrence" at a CSSM Bible camp. He was also a life-time servant with The Gideons, Canada. Upon retirement, Lawrence (and Grace) settled in Steinbach where he lived out his life of love for the people there. He also devoted much time and prayer to Southland Church and its many ministries. A celebration service will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Southland Church, 190 Hwy. 52 W, Steinbach, MB. To honor Lawrence's life and ministry, donations may be given to One Hope Canada, to The Gideons, Canada, and to Church Renewal. Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel (the Winnipeg Free Press 08 Sep 2016)

 

GALLEY, William Robert - We are saddened to announce the passing of our father at the Elisabeth Bruyere Centre in Ottawa on September 4th 2016, at the age of 84 after a brief illness. Dad will be missed by his 3 sons; Wayne (Lynne), Robert (Diane) and John (Caroline). Grandchildren Shea, Megan, Tye, Heather, Jared, Breah and Jana. Sister Patricia and nephew Brett. Predeceased by his devoted wife Joy. Dad's health started to decline after our mother's passing almost 2 years ago. His last words were "Where is your mother?" we replied "She is waiting for you." Born to William and Grace (née MacDonald) Galley in Verdun, Quebec on 14 July 1932. At age 18 Dad enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was based at HMCS Cornwallis where he spent 5 years. Once back home he soon met the love of his life Joy. He retired as a Pressman at The Montreal Standard/The Montreal Star and was proud to serve the Chateauguay Legion as a past vice president and was a longstanding active member for over 50 years. To the staff at the Ottawa General Hospital & Elisabeth Bruyere Centre, we cannot express enough our gratitude for the care and compassion provided to our father. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. (The Montreal Gazette 10 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS

SHILLINGTON, Alexander Merrill (18 Mar 1922 - 05 Sep 2016) - Alex made his final move at 94 years of age to join his beloved wife, Fedora, whose loss he mourned since March 6, 2013. Alex is lovingly remembered by his six children: Richard (Joan), Edward (Janet), Robert (Corinne), Clifford (Barb), Brenda (Terry) Dew, and Keith (Anne); 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Chelsy, in 2006. Alex was able to enjoy one last special reunion in Edmonton in July, 2016 with all 70 of his immediate family in attendance! Alex was born in Delisle, SK as the second oldest of 8 children. He left home at 18 to join the Royal Canadian Navy and served in WWII from 1940 - 1945 on the HMCS Restigouche and HMCS Glace Bay – surviving multiple convoy crossings in the Battle of the Atlantic. He met and married a beautiful French Canadian WREN, Fedora Boissonnault, in Greenok, Scotland on March 17, 1945. After the war, Alex and Fedora moved to Saskatchewan and eventually, Edmonton, where they worked together to raise a young family. He supported his sons' pursuits in baseball and hockey and made sure that his daughter kept up with her brothers!! Alex, a hardworking and natural entrepreneur, always looked for opportunities to provide a better life for his wife and children. His business pursuits led him from Palm Dairies, to farming, to owning grocery stores, and working in real estate before retiring. Alex will be remembered for his tenacity, perseverance, and his love of moving! A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Connelly- McKinley Funeral Homes, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton with interment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (The Edmonton Journal 09 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS GLACE BAY

STARK, Douglas Charles, LCdr (21 Feb 1966 - 30 Aug 2016) - It is with great sadness that the family of Douglas Stark announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the young age of 50 years. Doug was born in Prince George and moved with his parents at a young age to Victoria where he made his home until his passing. As a youngster Doug enjoyed his scouting years up to the level of Queen Scout, hockey, baseball and many other sports. His passion for the summers at the family cabin on Cowichan Lake were evident as he always had his friends dropping in. Doug attended school in Victoria and graduated from Mt. Douglas High School and then attended Camosun College, Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. Doug started his career in the Naval Reserve in 1983 as a Naval Signalman at HMCS Malahat. He became a MARS Officer and received his Commission in August 1987. Doug later became Commanding Officer of HMCS Whitehorse from 1998-2002. He later served in various staff positions until he retired in 2010. Doug had a thirst for learning and adventure. He was able to attain both of these during his service in the Navy. He travelled the world and gained many experiences and friends during this time. Forever remembered by his parents Chuck and Edith, brother Gord, sister-in-law Lisa, nephews Brody and Jordan and Lincoln (Lab Retriever). He will also be remembered by many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. A celebration of Doug's life will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 2:00PM at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doug may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, #106 - 1001 Cloverdale Ave, Victoria, BC, V8X 4C9. (The Victoria Times Colonist 08 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS MALAHAT, HMCS WHITEHORSE, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS FORT STEELE

LEARY, John Malcolm (Jack) (18 Nov 1930 - 05 Sep 2016) - Jack passed away peacefully on September 5, 2016 at George Derby Centre in Burnaby at the age of 85. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Irene; children Mike (Susan), Tim and Kathy; grandchildren Melanie (Tristan), Ryan, Diane, Jake, Kimberley, Christy, Jackie and Mitch and sister Pat (Alan). Born in Abbotsford and served in the RCN from 1948-1953 during the Korean Conflict. He joined the VPD in 1956 and was a proud member for 25 years. Jack continued working at a family business until the age of 65 and retired in South Surrey. Jack spent his retirement years enjoying crabbing and fishing in Birch Bay, travelling and wintering in Palm Springs. The family is forever grateful for the loving care Jack received at Special Care West at George Derby for the last 3 years of his life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Jack's favourite charity, "Operation Smile." (The Province / Vancouver Sun - 10 Sep 2016)

TURNER, Lloyd Glenn (06 Dec 1925 - 07 Sep 2016) Glenn was born and raised in Saskatoon. He joined the Navy at 18 and served in WW2. He married Elaine Thokle on January 16th, 1950 and they were together for 66 wonderful years. He is survived by his wife, 4 adored children and their partners - Lynne (Rick), Greg (Arlene), Kel (Teresa), and Maureen (Ross); 5 beloved grandchildren - Ty, Larla, Caleb, Taylor, and Dru, and 5 dear great-grandchildren. Glenn moved to Victoria in 1970 and owned the Centre Restaurant for many years. Subsequent to that, he worked at the William Head penitentiary as an accountant. He loved to play golf and bridge, travelled extensively in retirement, and was a long time member of Kiwanis International. Glenn loved to be with his extended family--laughing, and eating a good meal (esp. "duff"). Glenn was a very kind, generous person with a great sense of humour and a heart of gold. During his later years, he dreamt about going home to Saskatoon - back to the simpler times. Celebration to take place at a later date. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Glenn's name. (The Victoria Times Colonist 10 Sep 2016)

COLE, John Ward Sig, 3033, RCN, HMCS MARGAREE,  MPK - 22 Oct 1940 - John was born in Cornwall, England, a son of William John and Edna Cole, and twin brother of William Arthur Cole. He enlisted in the RCN at Esquimalt, BC as a boy seaman on 12 Jul 1937.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

BREMNER, William, CD, Cdr, RCN - Joined the RCNVR 06 Dec 1940 and transferred to the RCN on 16 Jan 1946. His final appointment was a Commanding Officer HMCS Avalon, Nfld and as Canadian Naval Commander, Newfoundland. He retired November 1964. Date of death unknown.

 

HMCS ROYAL ROADS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS BATTLEFORD, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS BYTOWN, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS AVALON

IOANIN, George A., OS, V49826, RCNVR - Sterling resident George A. Ioanin died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was 78. No services are planned. Mr. Ioanin was born June 17, 1923, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. He grew up in Nelson and was very athletic, playing hockey, lacrosse and baseball. He moved to Trail, B.C., as a young man to play junior league hockey. During World War II, he served in the Canadian Navy and survived a torpedo attack on one of his ships. He married Doreen Gladys Owen on Aug. 27, 1943, in Trail. Mr. Ioanin worked at Cominco as a painter for 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Painters International Union. He and his wife moved to the United States in 1953. They lived in Seattle at first and, in 1954, moved to Fairbanks. They moved to Anchorage in 1957 and remained there until 1985, when he retired and they moved to Sterling. Mr. Ioanin's hobbies included piloting his plane, hunting, fishing and square and round dancing. He was an instructor in calling square and round dancing from 1957 to 1990. He was a member of dance groups for many years and also a member of Beta Sigma Phi. He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, a brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Sterling, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association for research in asbestosis. Arrangements were made by the Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene. (The Peninsula Clarion 08 Oct 2001)

 

HMCS VALLEYFIELD

KAPLAN, Irving Jack (Kappy), Yeoman of Signals, V23343, RCNVR - With great sadness we say goodbye to our dear Irving who died peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Cherished husband of Sadie Kronick. Adored father of Bonnie, Joyce, Audrey. Dear father-in-law of Louis Charbonneau. Proud grandfather of Thomas, Judith, Laura, Michael. Loving brother and brother-in-law of Henry and Leatrice Kaplan, Lillian and Jack Margolis, Esther Smith. Caring uncle and long-standing friend of many. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon W. on Tuesday, May 22 at 12 noon. Burial at the Beth Ora Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Due to the festival of Shavuot there is no shiva. The family will welcome visitors after the funeral and on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. (The Montreal Gazette 21 May 2007)

 

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TAPSON, Stanley (Spud) Carson, Sto 1c, RCNVR (17 Jul 1924 - 12 Apr 2015) - Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Stan passed away after a full and rewarding life in his 90th year, in Sidney, B. C. Son of his predeceased parents Isabel McAlpine and Earnest Tapson Predeceased by his brothers Jim, Bob and Pat Tapson. Stan is survived by his son C Drew Tapson of Milton, Ontario, daughter Dr. Janice M. Tapson of Brampton, Ontario, daughter-in- law Christine Jn. Jacques Tapson of Milton, Ontario, grandkids, Tristan and Tanisha Tapson, and step grandson Tshai Jn. Jacques Niece Nancy Wallace, Cathy, nephew Scott Tapson, cousin Bob Tapson of England and many other Tapson relatives in Europe, also survive him. Stan went to war at the age of 19; he served in the Second World War on HMCS Valleyfield, which was torpedoed on May 7th, 1944. He was one of 38 survivors out of the ship's complement, of 161. Before Stan passed away, he was the last living survivor from the HMCS Valleyfield. Stan worked his way from driving a bread truck in Hamilton, Ontario and eventually worked 27 years on the airlines He started off as a ticket agent with Air Canada and finished his career in the airlines as General Manager Canada for (SAS). In his golden years, he volunteered at Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Sidney, B. C., for 5-7 years. Towards the end, Stan was very giving by helping to friends, family and strangers alike. His family would like to thank all those who helped Stan, in any way, all the doctors and nurses at Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Sidney, B. C., the ladies from Meal on Wheels, his friend Des Lynch, and his landlady Leeanne Franke and her family, who were like family to him. Thank you all. Stan will be missed by family, especially his grandkids. He will also be missed by everyone he befriended. Stan has been cremated, as per his wishes. 'May he rest in peace.' (The Globe and Mail 02 May 2015)

 

Submitted by Robert (Bob) D'Aoust: Stanley C. Tapson, was one of only three remaining survivors of HMCS Valleyfield. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to talk with Stanley about the sinking of the Valleyfield. Stan provided me with an insight on the ordeal Canadian sailors dealt with when they fought to survive in icy waters after their ship was lost to enemy action. As the Valleyfield was sinking, most of the ship's crew entered the ice-cold North Atlantic water, which was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, oily water choked the survivors as they huddled together, helping each other to survive. Some clambered on top of wreckage, or clung to carley floats. Others remained in the water, buoyed by the life jackets. The HMCS Giffard picked up 43 survivors from the ice-cold water. Five of the rescued men died on board the Giffard from exposure, so only two officers and 36 crewmen survived the sinking. The firsthand account by a sailor (Robert John "Pick" Pickering ) from the Giffard indicated that a total of 52 sailors were picked out of the water and 8 were already died.

 

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HEATHERINGTON, John Thomas, Sto 1c, V-31647, RCNVR, MPK - 29 Apr 1944 - Reported missing aboard the Athabaskan was Stkr. first class John Thomas Heatherington, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Heatherington, 3539 Fifth avenue, Regina. Born in Regina, Oct. 21, 1922, he attended Kitchener and Herchmer schools and Scott collegiate and was employed by Western Steel Products when he enlisted in March, 1942. He trained at galt, Edmonton, Halifax and St. Hycinthe before going overseas in January, 1944. A brother, William George, is at home. (The Regina Leader-Post 09 May 1944)

 

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ROBERTS, Raymond Leslie, AB, V-10880, RCNVR, killed - 29 Apr 1944 - MISSING: AB Raymond L. Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Roberts, 436 Fairford street west, Moose Jaw, has been reported missing in the sinking of the Athabaskan. He was born in Moose Jaw and went to school there. On Dec. 1, 1941, he enlisted in the navy and has been on active service since October, 1942. A twin brother, Kenneth; a brother, Orville, and step-brother, Percy, are all in the army. A sister, Grace, is at home in Moose Jaw. (The Regina Leader-Post 08 May 1944)

 

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MCCRINDLE, William Donald, AB, V-1854, RCNVR, MPK - 29 Apr 1944 - MISSING: AB William Donald McCrindle, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. McCrindle, Nipawin, was reported missing after the sinking of the Athabaskan in a channel engagement last week. He was born at Codette, Sask., educated at Pontrilas, and enlisted in the navy at Saskatoon in 1942. About six months ago he was posted to the Athabaskan. Besides the parents there is a brother, Barry, at home; two sisters, Cora, at home, and Mrs. J. Clarke, at Choiceland, Sask. (The Regina Leader-Post 08 May 1944)

 

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MCCRINDLE, William D, Able Seaman, V 1854 (RCNVR)

 

MPK - 29 April 1944

 

My Boy's Gone

 

In Memory of William Donald McCrindle

 

     

 

Courtesy of Jim Dobell

HESSON, Robert Edward - 85, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 28 in Halifax, NS with his loving daughter Heather by his side after a brief illness. Robert (Bob) was born in Stratford Ontario 1930. He was the eldest in a family of four. Predeceased by mother Gertrude (Henderson), father Robert and brother Donald. Survived by wife (60 years November 2016) Audrey (nee Dear), sisters Thelma ( Port Huron , Michigan), Margaret Sambell, London, ON (Bernie Sambell). Three daughters: Heather (friend Brenda Laing), Vancouver BC, Clara (Vancouver, BC) Katherine (Hesson-Bolton, Dundas, ON): granddaughter Cassandra Bagnell (BC) and grandson Leo Hesson Bolton (ON ), sister-in-law Suzanne (Gatineau, QC) niece Cendrine (Chris Crossman, children Caleb and Cedric ) and nephew Dimitri (Ottawa, ON). Bob was well known in sport circles in Ontario and Halifax especially his earlier career in boxing. He left Stratford to join the Royal Canadian Navy and during his naval career pursued professional boxing while stationed in Halifax. Numerous championships are on his record; Canadian Light Heavyweight and Maritime Heavyweight. Bob and Audrey made Dartmouth their home. He was always active in community activities Junior Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, Dartmouth Dolphins, YMCA and the Royal Canadian Legion. In his retirement years he enjoyed the fellowship of other Black Service Veterans. A Life member of the Royal Canadian Legion he held the highest awards: Meritorious Service Medal and Palm Leaf to the MSM. After many years of service in various offices he became President of Centennial Branch 160. Bob was a long standing member of the Chiefs & Pos Assoc. and the Naval Divers Assoc. (Atlantic). After his retirement from his military career of over 30 years Bob pursued a second career as a social worker. He retired as Counsellor Supervisor of DASC Industries where he focused on programs for adults with mental/physical challenges. Bob was always known for his willingness to help others and will be remembered fondly as “a gentleman”. The family would like to thank the staff of the Abbie J Lane Memorial, Geriatric Unit for their devoted care during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the hospital or one of Bob's charities; Heart & Stroke or the Cancer Society. The cremation service has taken place at the Atlantic Funeral Homes by Arbor Memorial. The family will announce a memorial service to be conducted at the Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch 160 at a later date.

DUNCAN, Michael John - Age 74, of Halifax, passed away Friday, November 2nd, 2012, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was a son of John and Mary Duncan. Michael fell in love with the sea at an early age. He was trained for the Merchant Navy at HMS Conway in England and graduated in 1954. He served in the Merchant Navy on several ships until 1961 when he took a commission in the Royal Canadian Navy and moved to Canada with his wife Hazel. Michael served in the navy until 1984 and one of his accomplishments having been commanding the warship HMCS Assiniboine. He left the navy to take a unique position as the trials master for the new Canadian Patrol Frigate program with Saint John Shipbuilding. He entered retirement after commanding each of the new frigates during their trial phases. Michael enjoyed spending time with Hazel and travelling. He liked making his own wine, reading and his cat. After Hazel died in 2011, he committed his time to volunteering with seniors. Michael is survived by his sons, Bruce and Alastair, and his sister, Audrey. Michael has five grandsons, Callum, Jasper, Kyle, Rhys and Pearce. A memorial service will be held in St. James Anglican Church on Wednesday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m.

 

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Ship's Master for 9 frigates at SJSL for the frigate building program: CPF-01 Halifax CPF-02 Vancouver CPF-04 Toronto CPF-07 Montreal CPF-08 Fredericton CPF-09 Winnipeg CPF-10 Charlottetown CPF-11 St. John's CPF-12 Ottawa

RIVARD, Ernest - It is with deep regret and a profound sense of sadness, that we announce the passing of Ernest Rivard, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, at the age of 78. He fought a courageous battle with Parkinson's and cancer, having lived his life with dignity, grace and courage. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was generous to a fault. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife Diane, of 53 years, their children Gerald and Nicole, and his most precious and treasured granddaughter Dominique, who brought much joy to his life. He was so very proud of all of her accomplishments. He also leaves behind three sisters Thérèse Vaillancort, Lucille St. Hilaire (Noel), and Evelyn Pelletier (Ben), one brother, Marcel Rivard (Pat), and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Hermine, his brother Albert, and his sister Doris Cyr. Ernie was born in Ste. Elizabeth, MB in 1938 to Alfred Rivard and Hermine Malo. He was one of eight children. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17, which gave him the opportunity to travel to many ports of the world. After his release from the Navy, he worked across Canada on the Pipeline as a welder. He married the love of his life in 1963 and they started their family with a son, Gerald, and a daughter, Nicole. Ernie worked at various jobs learning different skills and trades and always had a part time job on the side to help supplement their family income. He later went to work for the Greater Winnipeg Gas Co. which became Centra Gas, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Ernie spent many years enjoying his weekends and holidays with his family and friends at his cottage where he learned to hone his skills as a carpenter, electrician, plumber, and any job required of him. He was always willing to help his cottage friends with any jobs they might need a hand with. After his retirement, he and Diane fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to the Okanagan Valley in beautiful BC, and to be closer to their daughter and her family. They built a new home and moved to Kelowna in 1999 where they enjoyed 11 years surrounded by orchards, breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake, the mountains and spectacular gardens and mild temperatures. They made many new friends and travelled throughout that beautiful province. In 2010, as his illness progressed, both he and Diane decided to move back to Winnipeg. His greatest joys were simple, namely the love and loyalty of those nearest and dearest to him. The many quiet Sundays spent with his son meant a great deal to him and brought him comfort at a time when his health was deteriorating. He will be remembered for his positive outlook, integrity, generosity and the good hearty laughs he shared with many. Eulogy will be at 12:50 p.m followed by funeral mass at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish, 289 Dussault Avenue. A private interment will be held at Green Acres Cemetery. The family wishes to express it's grateful appreciation to the staff of Foyer Valade for their gentle, loving care of Ernie. (The Winnipeg Free Press 14 Sep 2016)

McGILLIVRAY, Douglas Charles - At the Veterans Wing of Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on September 14, 2016 at 91 years of age. Doug was the devoted and loving husband of Sara, and the caring father of Joan (Ed), Bruce (Carol), Katherine (Alex), Sheila, and Doug (Carla). Doug will be sadly missed by grandsons Edward (Jennifer), Ian, Michael, Ryan, Sean and Jordan; and granddaughters Monica (Kris), Julia, Mackenzie, and Sara; and great-granddaughters Anabelle and Amy. Doug was the proud older brother of Alan (Betty) McGillivray, Barbara (deceased) (Ken) Sackett, Louise Collinson and Bruce McGillivray (deceased); and Uncle to Kevin, Craig, Leigh (Gary), Jackie (Ken), Stuart, Bob, Michael and Carol. He was a good athlete at St. Michael's College, playing junior hockey for them prior to enlisting in the Navy. Doug was a Veteran of WWII and often shared stories of his time in the Navy serving on the HMCS Prince Robert; with his family adding memories of that troubled time. After the war he attended Veterans High School to obtain his diploma and then went to the University of Toronto. Doug began his career as Salesman for Gage Envelopes, rising to the position of Vice President and General Manager. He was there for 31 years. Doug met his lovely Sara at Gage's, and they had a successful and happy marriage that lasted 64 years. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Rd., Etobicoke, on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. Donations are welcome and would be appreciated to Parkinson Society Canada or to Prostate Cancer Canada. (The Toronto Star 17 Sep 2016)

 

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STEWART, Raymond George - 2016, of Fort Qu'Appelle passed away peacefully with family by his side at the age of 82 years old. He was predeceased by his mother Muriel, father Weldron and sister Jean Erickson as well as his best friend Duncan O'Hara. He is survived by his brother Lou (Berle) Stewart, special friend Susan Wick, son Kelly (Carly) Stewart and children Koby and Kendall, stepson Robert (Michelle) Keewatin and children Katelyn, Karlie, Kailey and Kody and stepson Ron (Cathie) Wick and son Keegan along with adopted daughter Nogie as well as many other extended family and friends. He was always proud to share that he sailed six of the seven seas while serving as Stoker on HMCS Ontario from 1951-1956. Over the years Ray has served as Vice-President and President of the Local Branch #35 Fort Qu'Appelle Legion. He was also proud of his retirement after 35 years of service with INAC. At Raymond's request, there will not be a formal funeral service, instead family and friends will get together to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Fort Qu'Appelle Legion. (The Regina Leader-Post 17 Sep 2016)

 

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BEESTON, John William (06 Apr 1933 - 12 Sep 2016) - Peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and surrounded by love, John (Jack) Beeston passed away on September 12, 2016. He will be greatly missed by his wife Jane (Weber) Bunting; three daughters Lori, Carolyn (Al) and Jennifer; brother Don; step-children Doug (Karen) and Annie (Bruce); and five grandsons Derek, Ryan, Cassidy, Kieran and Luka. Following his service as a teenager in the Canadian Navy in Korea, Jack followed his passion for working with children to the teaching profession where he spent 25 productive years with the Toronto Board of Education - primarily as a Principal of Fern Avenue, Parkdale, Sunny View and West Prep schools. After retiring, he spent time teaching English in Prague. Jack's love of the water led him to many blissful trips on his sailboat, "Moby Jane", which he skippered from Toronto to Fort Myers, Florida and around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. He also enjoyed many other trips exploring the world and learning about different cultures and traditions. The family would like to express its deep gratitude for the excellent care provided to Jack at Sunnybrook Hospital and the Veterans' L Wing. Visitation will take place on Thursday, September 15th between 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, September 16th at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. (The Toronto Star 14 Sep 2016)

 

BOOTH, John William (Jack) - Jack passed away in the early evening of September 10th, 2016 surrounded by family. Predeceased by his beloved Peggy, he is dearly loved and will be missed by his children Bonnie (Herb), Kathy (John), Patty (Carter), David (Greig), Jim (Debra), and Bill (Kelly); grandchildren, Jenna, Jessica, Eric, Rebecca, Joanna , Alissa, Ariel, Alexa, Kaye, and Dan, and their spouses; and by his great-grandchildren, Kieran, Lochlan, Rory, and Oliver. He will also be missed by his brother Ron Booth, his many nieces and nephews, and good friends. Jack was born in 1926 in the Sapperton area of New Westminster, BC. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, he returned home and began a career with Westminster Paper/ Scott Paper Co. At the age of 49, he left his position of General Manager and Vice President at Scott Paper to begin his own business providing training, group facilitation and development, and organization and management consulting. He also carried these skills into his work at the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada. Jack was a life-long learner and, while in his early 50's, he earned a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioural Science. Playing the piano was a constant in Jack's life from the time he was very young right up to the day he died. Whether it was the great standards from 1920's '30's and '40's, Beatles songs, Christmas music, or hymns, if someone hummed it, he could play it. His music gave joy to everyone with whom he shared it. In the course of his life, Jack was a camping and outdoor enthusiast; scout leader; scout leadership trainer; marriage enrichment leader; community choir member; and dedicated member of his church community. A generous, intelligent, and caring man with a strong sense of justice and a great sense of humour (he loved bad puns!), Jack was well-liked and respected by everyone who met him. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m., September 25th at Golden Ears United Church in Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Naramata Centre Society. (17 Sep 2016)

COULOURIS, Larry - of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away on August 30, 2016, at age 91. Son of the late Andrew and Matina Coulouris he was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, moving to Fort William a year later. Larry attended Fort William Collegiate until he joined the Canadian Navy during World War II then studied at McGill University in Montreal. In 1951 he moved to Saginaw and established Larry's Lounge which he operated until his retirement. Active in politics, he served on Saginaw City Council for 11 years until last month. He was instrumental in bringing OHL hockey to Saginaw and worked as a minor OHL official for many years. An avid hockey player himself, he played in a seniors' league and skated until age 88. Larry is survived by four children: Diana, Andrew, Joanne (Randy) Terrian and James (Peggy); four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, former wife, Joyce; all in the USA, his brother Louis, Shuniah; niece Lisa, nephews Jeffrey, Thunder Bay and Bradley, Vancouver. Predeceased by aunt and uncle Agnes and James Fronais and cousins Tom Fronais and Magdelene Tsakmakas. (Snow Funeral Home, Saginaw, MI)

GIBSON, Leonard Ross - of Hanover, ON, passed away peacefully at Rockwood Terrace in Durham on Thursday, September 8, 2016. He was 91. Born on March 25, 1925 in Toronto to the late Wilbert and Elizabeth (nee Virgo) Gibson. Leonard was a Veteran of WWII with the Royal Canadian Navy then graduated from the University of Guelph in 1948. Most of his working career was as a Program Manager for the Government of Canada, retiring in 1987. Len is survived by devoted wife Jean (nee Harrison), loving daughters Beverly (Peter) Hambly of Hanover and Barbara Gibson (Fred Klassen) of Coquitlam, BC. Special grandfather to Heather (Jeremy) Mighton, Colleen (Scott) Coghlin, Jessica Klassen and Brianna Klassen. Loved great-grandfather of Paige, Carter, Ewan, Blake, Meghan and Kaitlin. Younger brother of Marion (Thomas) Henderson of Oakville. Predeceased by his siblings Richard Gibson and Helen Cooke. Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon, followed by light refreshments. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment to be in Hanover Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations to Parkinson Society Canada or the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation will be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. (The Toronto Star 14 Sep 2016)

KANHOFFEN, Jacob (Jack) (25 Feb 1933 - 11 Sep 2016) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jack; but we celebrate that he is now with his Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Roberta, his daughters Jill and Bonnie and his son John. His oldest son William (Bill) passed on in 1991. He is survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Jack was born to Abraham and Kathryn Kanhoffen in Carman, Manitoba, the fifth of seven children. Jack joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 and served for 2 1/2 years. He met Roberta in Toronto in 1955 and they were married the next year. During their next years in The Pas, Manitoba, they were blessed with 4 children in 4 1/2 years and were faithful in taking their family to church every Sunday. A vacation to Victoria, BC in February 1966 convinced them that a move was necessary and in February 1968 the family took the train out to BC. Jack worked with the city of Victoria and the Capital Region District up until 1984. It was this year that Jack took on a new career. With the Lord's help (and Roberta's) he started Abba Appliance Repair, sons Bill and John joined him the next year. He enjoyed his career until his retirement in 2001. Jack was an avid gardener, painter, photographer and ham radio enthusiast. In fact, he was quite accomplished at whatever he put his hand to. Jack will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Heritage Church located at 537 Glencairn Lane in Colwood. Refreshments to follow and all are welcome. A private family burial will take place at Hatley Memorial Gardens. (The Times Colonist 17 Sep2016)

LOGAN, Robert Edward Alexander (02 Jun 1924 - 18 Jul 2016) - residing in Tampa, Florida, born in Rimbey, Alberta, and formerly of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully at home of natural causes at the age of 92. His parents were A. James Logan and Lila Ellen Trowse. He had six sisters: Margaret Jean (Jack Leslie), Lila Joyce (Hal Cox), Ila Mae (Gordon Meadows), Shirley Maude (Bill Hartley), Ferrol Iris (Alex Hinchcliffe), Laurel Ellen (John Scott). He attended Central High School in Calgary, Alberta. He became a Registered Industrial Accountant/Certified Management Accountant (now CPA). He married Hallie Mae Leason, to whom he was exceptionally devoted, on May 23, 1947 in Calgary, Alberta. He is survived by his two sons, Brent and Bradley, nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alison, Caitlin, Brittany, Holliston, Richard, Zachary, Elijah, and Fox, and one great grandson, Elliott Britton. He worked for Texaco Canada, Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas, and Dome Petroleum, and was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He started his own company Real International Marketing Ltd., a successful international chemical trading company and developer of a sulphur pelletizing technology that is still in use around the world. Rob served in the Royal Canadian Navy towards the end of WW II. As a youth, he was a hockey player, speed skater and occasional skier, and later a water skier. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership roles including that of university Branch President. In that capacity he touched forever the lives of many students who counted him as a life-long friend. He served with his wife as a missionary in the poorest areas of south Texas. He was a politically active conservative who worked to secure individual liberty and reduced government. He was a tireless worker who befriended many with his outgoing, cheerful personality and mild manner. He was a man of impeccable faithfulness and integrity. He was an exemplary father and grandfather. He is interred at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary, Alberta, Canada beside his beloved wife, Hallie. (The Calgary Herald 17 Sep 2016)

RIKKENEN, Matti Juhani - It is with profound sadness that the family of Matti Juhani Rikkinen announce his passing on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the age of 71, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. Matti was born in Riihimaki, Finland on June 21, 1945 to Aapo and Miriam Rikkinen. In 1950, the family immigrated to Canada, settling in Port Arthur, Ontario. At a very young age, Matti became fascinated with cars and they became his lifelong passion. In 1962, Matti joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he was a Radio Communicator until leaving the service in 1973 when he joined External Affairs. As an Embassy Communicator, he enjoyed postings all over the world. Matti retired in 2000 and lived in Ottawa, Ontario until moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2008. He enjoyed retirement with family and friends in Vancouver – especially driving his Shelby GT500 up the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Matti is survived by his mother, Miriam, Brother Eric (Merja), Nephew Matti (Valentina), Niece Elsa (Colin) and his great nieces Taylor, Carlee, Celeste and Angelica. He was predeceased by his father Aapo in 1999. Cremation has taken place in Vancouver with internment to follow in Thunder Bay at a later date. (The Chronicle Journal)

STEWART, William "Scotty", C.D. (1930 - 2016) - Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 surrounded by his loving family following a short illness. Born in Dundee, Scotland, Scotty worked at Air Canada for over 36 years and was a former Lt. Commander in the Canadian Navy Reserve. Beloved husband of 61 years to Sherrill, father of Lynda, Thomas, Bruce and Allyson, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Sacré-Coeur Hospital. Visitation will be held at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275, Sources Blvd, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2A6 514 on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a Celebration of his life at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. (The Montreal Gazette 17 Sep 2016)

TIMMERMAN, Nick (12 Dec 1940 - 10 Nov 2008) - Lovingly remembered by his family Wife Vi, Daughters Karen & Christine, Sons In Law John Petersen and Rob Magee; Grandchildren Myles, Nevin, Erin, Jacob, Molly and Luke. He was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Served 10 years in the Royal Canadian Navy in Victoria and Halifax (transported the first peacekeepers to Cypress on the HMCS Bonaventure). Was Pipe Major of Naden Pipe Band in Esquimalt. Graduated from University of Victoria and BCIT with Bachelor of Education. Arrived in Terrace August, 1969 to teach at the brand new Caledonia Senior High School. He taught in the wood and metal shops for 20 years. He was an active member of the Kinsmen Club. Involved in raising funds for the Arena and Swimming pool and along with his students built log cabins for Kiddies Camp. He was a man of many talents - Played the bagpipes, guitar and banjo - Sang many a song!! Was a talented “Mr. Fixit” building furniture, fences and decks. He loved history, cooking, fishing, a good joke, his family and friends. May he finally find peace!! In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Ladies Auxiliary, Mills Memorial Hospital. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, kindness, flowers and support.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

ROBINSON, George Wayne (23 Sep 1941 - 17 Feb 2007) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wayne, who died peacefully at the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH after a short but courageous battle with Leukemia. Predeceased by his parents Muriel and George Robinson of Nanoose Bay. He leaves his loving wife and best friend of 44 yrs., Stella. Loving father to Christine (Brian) Liana (Chris) Grandchildren, Joshua, Brody, Anthony and Alexander. Sisters Wendy, Sheila (Rick). Aunts, uncles, nieces, Grt. Nieces, nephews, Grt. nephews, Cousins and many, many, dear friends. Love of family encouraged Wayne to search for his biological roots. Many cousins, and a dear aunt, ‘May’, completed his family tree. Wayne attended Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach Schools. He was a member of the Nanaimo Division of Navy League Sea Cadets in his teen years. Wayne enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Halifax N.S. for three years, serving on HMCS Inch Arran. During this time he met the love of his life, Stella. They were married in 1963 in Hamilton Ont. Two years later, Wayne brought his wife and eight month old daughter Christine to the West Coast and resided at Nanoose Bay for a short time where their second daughter Liana was born. In 1966 Wayne became employed with the B.C. Ferries, Departure Bay until his retirement in February, 2003. He was a member of the Ham Operators Club, also active member of the B.C. Vintage Car Club of Canada. He collected and rebuilt vintage cars and most recent had joined the “Smokin Oldies” Club. Wayne shared his passion for collecting and rebuilding Vintage cars and Hot Rods with his close friend “Jack”. Wayne sold “50/50” tickets at the Nanaimo Clipper hockey games and was an active enthusiastic fan for many years. He has been an active member of the Italian Felice Cavallotti Lodge for many years. His dedication to the Lodge was admirable. The family would like to thank the amazing team of doctors and nursing staff in the Leukemia/BMT Ward in the Vancouver General Hospital, Jimmy Pattison Pavillion. Most recently Dr’s Spry, Calvin, & Roger’s and the special team of amazing and caring nursing staff in the Palliative Care Unit at N.R.G.H. A special thank you to our many dear friends for all their love and support during this most difficult time. A funeral mass & celebration of Wayne’s life will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Catholic Church, Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Canadian Cancer Society, 777 Poplar St. Nanaimo, BC. V9S 2H7 - to help find a cure for Leukemia. (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC 17 Feb 2007)

 

HMCS INCH ARRAN

GIBBS, Kenneth Lyle, LCdr - fondly known as "Gibbo" passed away on 25 March 2001 in Victoria, B.C., after a long illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Born in Winnipeg in 1924, he spent his early childhood in Cranbrook, B.C., and Brandon, Manitoba. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1943, trained as a pilot and transferred to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, serving overseas in naval air squadrons. On return to Canada, he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Shearwater, Stadacona, Magnificent, Quebec, Niagara, Bonaventure, Bytown and other ships and shore establishments. He also served two exchange postings with the U.S. Navy in Pensacola and Key West, Fla. and in the aircraft carriers USS Gilbert Islands, Saipan, Leyte, Valley Forge, and Antietam. While on duty with Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., he met and married his wife Jacquelyn. In 1959, he commanded HS-50 Helicopter Squadron operating from HMCS Bonaventure for two years. After that he instructed at the Maritime Warfare School in Halifax, followed by duty on the staff of the Flag Officer Atlantic Coast as Project Officer coordinating the fitment and trials of helicopters carried by destroyers. On retirement from the Navy in 1968, he worked as a computer programmer until 1974 when he accepted employment with Beautiful British Columbia Magazine, retiring as a Publisher in 1988. Upon retiring from the magazine, he worked tirelessly for research into the cause of ALS and awareness of the disease. Ken is predeceased by his father Alexander, mother Roberta (Butcher) and is survived by his wife Jacquelyn, daughter Karen (Daryl), grandsons Benjamin and Fisher, granddaughter Emmy, son Donald and brother Len (Betty) as well as many special friends from the Navy, Beautiful BC Magazine, and the International Regional Magazine Assoc. He was a member of the Naval Officer's Association, Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion and several Aviation Museums. A memorial service will be held on Thursday April 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road. A reception will follow at the new Naden Wardroom on Esquimalt Road. At his request cremation, with cremated remains scattered at sea. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of B.C., Victoria Chapter, 1007 Bramfield Place, Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M 1A4 (The Vancouver Sun 03 Apr 2001)

 

HMS/m ARTIMUS, HMCS STADACONA, RCNAS Dartmouth 826 Sqn, HMCS NIAGARA (1950 & 1958), HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS SHEARWATER VH-21, HU-21, HS-50 Sqns, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, USNAS PENSACOLA (while so employed attached to USS GILBERT ISLANDS, USS SAIPAN, USS LEYTE, USS VALLEY FORGE, USS ANTIETAM)

BUTCHERS, James Aaron, Leading Seaman, NCI OP, RCN - Passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 10, 2016, along with his canine companion Ziggy. Beloved son of Jim and Ruby Butchers. Loving brother to John. Cherished grandson of Mervyn Butchers (late Elsie Mary Butchers), and the late Jean Lofthouse. Jamie will be sadly missed by his uncles, aunts, cousins and numerous friends. James has served as a Naval Combat Information Operator with the Canadian Forces for the past 6 years in British Columbia. Visitation will be held at Compass Point Bible Chapel, 1500 Kerns Road on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 1 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. For those who wish memorial donations to The Sick Kids Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family. (Smith's Funeral Home)

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN

 

PRICE, Richard James, Stoker, V70216 - Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on July 6, 2006. Beloved husband for over 55 years of Shirley M. (nee Buttery). Cherished father of Cynthia Louise and husband Daniel Clermont, Dr. Jeffrey James Price and wife Maria. Loving grandpa of Melanie, Matthew, Jocelyn and Shannon. Loving son of the late Thomas and Helen Price. Dear brother of Shirley and Charles Kemp. Dear brother-in-law of Jack and Patricia Buttery, Arthur and Kay Buttery. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Richard was a past member of the Sertoma Club, and a member of the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club. He was a Naval Veteran of WWII. If you so desire, donations can be made to Hospice of Windsor would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Monday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday 11:30 at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. Rev. Wendy Patterson officiating. Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

 

HMCS MAHONE

 

COTTENDEN, Harry Roland, CPO2, CD - On August 7, 1930 a special soul arrived in Truro, Nova Scotia. He was a son to Bess and John, brother to Joyce and Bill, husband to Bea, grandfather and great-grandfather to many and father to Vance, Janice and Lorna. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing and hunting and some of his favourite musicians were the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Roger Miller and Glen Campbell. He got his sea-legs with Imperial Oil and became a sailor for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954. He understood honour, duty and public service. He wore the maple leaf proudly and spoke often of the enormous pride he felt when meeting people abroad. He applauded educational pursuits and believed learning comes from life, schooling and travel. He never denied who he was, didn’t pretend to be someone he wasn’t and sought to do the best he could. He exemplified humility, forgiveness and leadership. He proudly served with HMCS Hunter, Cornwallis, Buckingham, Stadacona, Assiniboine, Porte Ste. Jean, Thunder, Provider, Cataraqui, Saguenay, Yukon, Margaree; Stadacona Leadership School, Rifle Range and CFS Shelburne. On September 14, 2016 in Windsor, Nova Scotia, he no longer needed to batten down the hatches. Sail on Dad – until we meet again. “Ready, Aye, Ready”

 

HMCS HUNTER, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS BUCKINGHAM, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS PORTE ST JEAN, HMCS THUNDER, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS CATARAQUI, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS YUKON, HMCS MARGAREE, CFB HALIFAX LEADERSHIP SCHOOL, CFB HALIFAX RIFLE RANGE, CFS SHELBURNE

THIBAULT, Joseph Theophile Laurent (Larry), LCdr (1927 - 2016) - Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, March 10, 2016 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of 58 years to Patricia (nee Lewis). Loving father of Cécile (Markus Kuntz), Lawrence (Nancy) and Lewis (Heather). Cherished grandfather to Heather, Matthew, Christian, James, Rebecca, Sebastian, Randy, Victoira, Caroline, Joey, Evan and of 8 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his sisters Thérèse Héon and Lauréanne Beauchesne, as well as many nephews, nieces and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd. (corner of Taylor Creek Dr.), Orléans, on Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. for a celebration of Larry's life, where light refreshments will be served. Words of remembrance in memory of Larry will begin at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Doctors Without Borders would be appreciated. The family would like to sincerely thank the Ottawa General Hospital and the CCAC for all the caring and support they provided.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS LANARK, HMCS ST LAURENT

HILL, James H., Steward, RCNVR - 63 of 302 32nd St., west, a Saskatoon resident since 1914, died in hospital Friday. The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from Saskatoon Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. L.S. Van Mossel. Survivors include Mr. Hill's wife, Mabel; daughter, Marlene; son, Kenneth, North Vancouver, B.C.; a sister, Mrs. Alice Phillips and one brother, Norman, both of Saskatoon. Born in England, Mr. Hill came with his parents to the Plunkett district in 1912 and to Saskatoon two years later. A Second World War veteran, he joined the RCNVR in 1939 and was commissioned to the Corvette Wetaskiwin in 1940. Credited with 18 months straight seatime he served throughout the Battle of the Atlantic and until the decommissioning of the Wetaskiwin in 1945. Following the war, Mr. Hill worked from the public school system maintenance department and had served at Pleasant Hill, Caswell and Henry Kelsey school.

 

HMCS WETASKIWIN

 

BENNETT, Gerald Enniss (Gerry) - passed away peacefully on September 15, 2016 at his residential care home in Chilliwack, BC at the age of 91. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ruthie (1995), son Dan (2013) and his second wife Gladys (2015). He is dearly loved and will be missed by his sons Gerald Junior (Linda) and Ron (Karen), daughter Carolynn (Rob) and daughter-in-law Loon; grandchildren Lindsay, Austin, Richard, Corey, Jade, Andy, Laura, Alana, Sherrie, Rob, Garret; great-grandchildren Chance, Isaiah, Hillory, Noah, Katelyn, Sophia, Abel; great-great-granddaughter Zariah; sisters Marie, Audrey, Vonnie; many nieces, nephews and friends. Gerry was born on September 26, 1925 in Calgary, Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, sailing on the HMCS Queen, HMCS Camrose and HMCS Sioux. The ships served as Atlantic convoy escorts from and to Plymouth, UK. Gerry met the love of his life, Ruthie, in Vancouver, BC and they married on February 17, 1951. They enjoyed 44 years together before her passing in 1995. Gerry's career in the transportation industry included working for Great Northern Railway, McMillan Bloedel, Council of Forest Industries and the National Transportation and Safety Board. Gerry's enjoyment of traveling took him to many parts of the world. In his earlier years he enjoyed annual salmon fishing at Rivers Inlet with his co-workers and friends. Golf was a common pass time although with much frustration and not very relaxing. Gerry is described as a loving, caring and devoted family man with a terrific sense of humour. He touched the hearts of all who knew him. Special thanks to the kind hearted staff at Waverly Residential Care Home. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 11:00am followed by a Funeral Service at 12 Noon. Burial will take place at 2:30pm at Vedder View Gardens, 44675 Watson Rd, Chilliwack.

 

HMCS QUEEN, HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS SIOUX

 

Photos from Gerry's obituary:  Photo 1   Photo 2

GRIFFIN, Leon Harold, RCN (05 Jan 1973 - 18 Sep 2016) - Leon passed away September 18, 2016 at the age of 43. He was the son of George and Eileen (Tibbo) Griffin of Harbour Breton, Newfoundland. He is survived by son George Patrick Griffin of Dartmouth, N.S., Three sisters, a brother and their families. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home Dartmouth N.S. Leon will be interred at a later in Newfoundland.

 

CATHCART, William Franklin (Bill) (28 Jun 1938 - 13 Sep 2016) - Retired Staff Sergeant 35 years of Ottawa Police Service Peacefully on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at Queensway Carleton Hospital in his 79th year after a five year courageous battle with blood cancer. Predeceased by his wife Josephine (2008). Dear father of Kevin (Sharon) of Oshawa. Fondly remembered by granddaughters Ashley and Alexandria of Oshawa. Loving Brother to James (Gail) of Almonte, Janet (George Allen deceased) of Sioux Lookout and Jean (Maynard Hamilton) of Stittsville and predeceased by Judy, Cindi and Thomas. Predeceased by parents William (1995) and Phyllis (2014) of Stittsville. Fond uncle of Connie, Robert, Donna, Sandra, Joan and David. Friend of Bill W. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a leading seaman from 1957 - 1963. Friends may call at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre (2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa) on Saturday September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service to be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. Private Family Interment Stittsville United Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses of the Hematology unit of the Ottawa General Hospital for their kind, compassionate care over the last five years. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC). (The Ottawa Citizen 21 Sep 2016)

MITCHELL, Edward Vickers - It is with great sadness that we announce Edward's passing on September 16, 2016 in his 92nd year. Edward was predeceased by his wife Kathleen (nee Marvin) and sons David and Ian. Ed will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by his children Mary, Robert (Susan), Douglas (Karen), Elizabeth (Brett) and Kathleen; daughters-in-law Betty and Nancy; his 14 grandchildren; and longtime friend Marg. Ed was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 15, 1925. Following his service in the Navy during World War II, he came to Toronto where he met his future bride Kathleen Marvin and raised a family. Ed enjoyed bowling, golf, dancing, Fiddle club events, cribbage and puzzles, but his greatest pleasure was the time he spent with his family. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 19th at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home at 166 Main Street in Markham from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the Central United Church at 133 Main Street in Unionville from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th, followed by a service of remembrance and reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral Home Dixon-Garland Funeral Home 166 Main Street North Markham, ON L3P 1Y3 (905) 294-2030 (The Toronto Star 18 Sep 2016)

PARSONS, Harvey, 49738-H, C1BN, MMM - It is with an extremely heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our "Chief" Harvey Parsons MMM. Harvey was raised in Melford Saskatchewan during world war II. He went from the farm lands of Saskatchewan to the Canadian Navy in 1955 leaving behind dust and despair for the seven seas. His career at sea spanned 38 years and he served on 17 different ships. Harvey was well loved by all who met him and will be remembered most for his guitar, his voice and the joy he sang into our hearts. He leaves behind his loving wife Jayne and more family and friends than we can count. Harvey's last words were "thank you for everything" and we believe that was meant for all who loved him. Harvey passed peacefully on September 19th, 2016, with his loving wife Jayne by his side. Predeceased by daughter Kelly, brother "Smokey" Herb, brother Bob, sister-in-law Dell. Leaving behind his sons Daren (Sheryl), Bob (Tania), Steven (Trish), sister Kay, brother Jim, daughter-in-law Elsie, brother-in-laws Alan (Rose) and Ted, sister-in-laws Lorley, Joyce, Pat and Cindy, grandsons John (Alana), Alex (Meighan), Kyle (Kassy), Matthew, granddaughters Anika, Abbey and Hannah, great grandchildren Nicholas, Maya, Ryan, Jeremy, Evelyn, and Rowan, niece Melissa (Sean, Lily), nephew Jason (Heiley, Alexis, Sophie), nieces and nephews in Alberta, Eddie, Janet, Arleen, Donny, Kathy, Barbara and Brenda, and many more great nieces and nephews. Harvey - You have touched our lives in ways you could never know A Memorial service to be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 24th at First Memorial, located at 4725 Falaise Drive. In lieu of flowers donations are encouraged to the Chief & Petty Officers' Veterans Assistance Society or donate to the charity of your choice. (The Victoria Times Colonist 21 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS ORIOLE, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS CORNWALLIS, CFB ESQUIMALT (Naden, Venture, Small Boat Unit), FMG (Cape Breton)

GODBOUT, Gaston Eugene, LCdr (S), RCN - Born August 23, 1920 in Quebec City passed away peacefully November 27, 2006 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Victoria. Gaston will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rita of 36 years, his children, Daniel, Robert, Lise, Martin, Jerome and Colin. Predeceased by his son Patrick. (The Victoria Times Colonist 01 Dec 2006)

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS QU'APPELLE

BOTA, Don (Donny), P1BN4 - died approx 2014

HMCS QU'APPELLE

FLORCHUK, Stan, P2ER - died approx 1971 from cancer

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE

MOORE, Basil (Pat) - of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the age of 91. Pat is survived by his former wife and still good friend Lorraine, siblings Russell and Margaret and their families, son Lee and daughter Janis. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Pat was born in Redcliff, Alberta  in 1924 and moved to Calgary after the war. Pat was a WWII Navy Veteran and was very active at The Alberta Naval Museum in his retirement years. Pat worked for many years in the auto and RV business in Calgary, including CMP, McKay Chevrolet Buick GMC, and Bucars RV. He was an avid fisherman and a very inventive practical joker which of course backfired on him on occasion! As per our Father's wishes there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Pat's memory directly to the Alberta Naval Museum, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5J4. South Calgary Funeral Centre and Crematorium (The Calgary Herald 16 Jul 2015)

DEANE, John, Commodore (L), RCN - Born: 14 Jul 1910, Farnham, Bucks, UK   Died: 01 Nov 1991, White Rock, BC

 

HMCS ONTARIO

BIENVENUE, Claude (Bennie), 61, passed away in Halifax on July 14, 2008. He is survived by his sisters, Lise, Sylvie, Josee; his brother, Pierre; nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel at Girardot & Menard, 470 Dufferin St., Granby, Que., on November 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. His family wishes to deeply thank all of those who expressed much kindness and support while we were in Halifax this past summer.

 

HMCS OKANAGAN

CAIN, Edward Peter - age 74, of Musquodoboit Harbour, passed away September 2, 2016, in Dartmouth General Hospital. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years. Born in St. Catharines, Ont., he was the son of the late Malcolm and Pauline Cain. Surviving are wife, Patricia; sons, Michael, Richard and Corey; two grandchildren; brothers, David (Maryann), Toronto, Ont.; Malcolm (Sue), Thorold, Ont.; sister, Jackie (Bill) Huibers, Sherkston, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. He worked for Chater Marine. He coached and played hockey; played baseball and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, family gatherings, our camp, and making maple syrup. He was an excellent woodworker. Keeping with his wishes, his body was donated to science. He will be missed by his loving family and all the people who loved and knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held in Gaetz Brook Legion Branch, 6644 Hwy. 7, Gaetz Brook, phone 902-827-3008 on Saturday, September 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope for Wildlife.

 

HMCS NIPIGON

HEWENS, Gordon Reginald Arthur (13 Aug 1926 - 03 Sep 2016) - age 90, passed away peacefully, Saturday, September 3, 2016, in Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, Eastern Passage. Born in Ottawa, he was the son of the late Leslie and Elsie (Smith) Hewens. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn Mae Branston. Left behind are sons, Stephen (Tobi), Ken (Carol); daughters, Shirley, Cheryl (Elmer), Barbara (Al); seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his family of three brothers and one sister. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy and tour bus driver after 25 years. He loved driving and meeting new people. Cremation has taken place. Gordon will be laid to rest with his wife, Evelyn in Oakridge Memorial Gardens at a later date. Special thanks to Dr. Nowlan, staff of Ocean View Continuing Care Centre and the Shore Side Nurses. Thanks to Steve MacEachern for always being a good friend to Dad. (Atlantic Funeral Homes)

 

BROKENSHIRE, John (Wayne) - Died 01 Jun 2016 - age 74, husband of Katherine 'Kay' Burke, passed away suddenly at his home on Beavertail Lake. Born in Chatham, he was a son of the late Wilbert and Ruth (Larabee) Brokenshire. He is survived by his wife, Kay; sons, Brian (Shelly), Vancouver; Colin, Kelowna; stepdaughters, Tracey (Tamim), Halifax; Erika, Alberta; grandchildren, Shayla and Ashley Brokenshire, Kelowna; sister, Janet Miles, London; brother, Richard (Rosemarie), Ingersol; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother-in-law, John Miles. A celebration of Wayne's life will be at 1 p.m. on June 4 in Chelsea United Baptist Church, Highway 210. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment will be at a later date. Family flowers only. Condolences can be directed to R.A. Corkum Funeral Home.

 

HMCS ONONDAGA

GILES, Clifford Earl - It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Clifford Earl Giles, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, on September 5th, 2016. Born June 2nd, 1921, he was the only son of the late Arthur and Daisy Giles and the beloved husband of Sophie Novak, whom he married on January 9th, 1943. Earl grew up in Hammonds Plains and he and Sophie raised their family of five children in the home he built in Bedford. When he started his career, he served with the Marine Section of the RCMP then transferred to the Navy. During the Second World War he served on the Corvettes and overseas. He continued his military career until 1965 and retired an honoured veteran. He was elected as a Halifax County councillor in 1968, and after retiring from service, he and Sophie retired to Pomquet in 1974. During retirement, they enjoyed being involved in the community and tending to their small piece of paradise. He was an artisan and a craftsman, and he will always be remembered by the legacy he has given to us in his creations. He is survived by his wife, Sophie, and children, Faith (David), Clifford (Jean), and Jane; as well as his sister, Maxine. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren. A private family funeral service is to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

NESBIT, Donald Richard (31 Dec 1925 - 06 Sep 2016) - Having lived a full life, Don leaves wife Helen, son John, daughter-in-law Kazuko, daughter Susan, son-in-law Paul, grandchildren Maya, Erina, Liam, and Kristin, cherished sister and brother-in-law Geraldine and Bob Marshall, nieces and nephews Liese (Ken), James (Julie), Robbie (Peter), Cam (Judy), Megan (Peter), grandnieces, grandnephews, Shizue Okuda and Kevin Doyle. Don played rugby at both Byng and UBC where he made many life- long friends. During naval reserve training at HMCS Discovery, he met nurse Helen whom he wisely married in 1953. They settled in West Vancouver, where Don was an active community member. As an employee benefit consultant at W. M. Mercer, he worked with valued colleagues and retired as VP. Don built two yachts he and Helen sailed locally, and they sailed with dear friends in the Caribbean and Greek Islands, and the Turkish coast. At 45, he took up trombone and played in concert and jazz bands. Don was devoted to Helen, the jewel in his life, and to his family. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004, he was enlivened by the WV Adult Day Care and many caring professionals. We are so grateful to Paget, Asha, Bell, Nesa, Cherry, Marissa, Lorna, Needo, Tom, nurses at WV Care Centre, Dr. Kelpin, and to neighbours and friends who supported Don and Helen in his final years. We invite all to a celebration of Don's life at St. Francis-in-the-Woods on October 13 at 2:00 p.m. (The Province 22 Sep 216)

 

HMCS DISCOVERY

QUALTROUGH, William James (25 Apr 1930 - 08 sep 2016) - Dad passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Predeceased by parents Robert and Gladys, wife of 60 years Lola, son Bob, brothers Terry and Harry, sisters Beryle and Isabelle. Survived by sister Barbara (Mike), sons Bill (Heather) and Jim (Cindy), daughter-in-law Jan, grandchildren Brandon, Ryan, Holly, Leona, Lindsay, Christina, Billy, Gus and Keith and great-grandchildren Aaron, Tommy, Audrey, Annelise and Ethan. Special thanks to the doctor and nurses at the Providence Healthcare Palliative Care for their fantastic care of our dad. Dad had a lifelong passion for the Navy, starting as a sea cadet in Winnipeg (JTC VC), joining the naval reserve in Edmonton (HMCS Nonsuch), Commanding Officer of the first Navy League Cadet Corps in Edmonton, eventually becoming National President of the Navy League of Canada. Dad initially worked for the railroads (CPR and Pennsylvania), then on to employee benefits business. He worked for many years with Johnson & Higgins Willis Faber and finally to the Pension Commission of Ontario until retirement. Dad made lifelong friends wherever he worked. A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood, 85 Livingston Rd., Scarborough, on Saturday, September 24th at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood or to the Navy League of Canada. (The Toronto Star 17 Sep 2016)

 

HMCS NONSUCH

WATSON, Ralph (28 Apr 1932 - 20 Sep 2016) - Passed peacefully on September 20, 2016 at the age of 84. Loving husband of Claudette Pottery, proud father of Patrick, Sean, Cassandra and Tiffany and grandfather of three. He is survived by 1 brother and three sisters and will be sadly missed by his friends Jim, Jack and many extended family members. Ralph proudly served on HMCS Haida and was a dedicated firefighter in Toronto as well as a member of the V.H.L. He was also a passionate woodworker who constantly built things for friends and family. Memorial visitations will be held at Truscott, Brown & Dwyer Funeral Chapel, 1309 King Street East, Hamilton (across from Gage Park at the delta) on Tuesday September 27 from 7 pm to 9 pm as well as Wednesday September 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm.

 

HMCS HAIDA

BUCKLEY, Harold (Buck) - Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, passed away on September 19, 2016 at the age of 78. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Shirley; daughter Sandra Lynn; sisters Betty and Judy (Rolley) and his extended family. He was predeceased by brothers Stuart (Nancy) and Jack. Buck served five years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a long time employee of the City of North Vancouver. A Funeral Service will be held at First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m with burial at North Vancouver Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. A special thank you is extended to the staff at Lions Gate Hospital for their care and compassion. Donations may be made in Buck's memory to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. (The Vancouver North Shore News 23 Sep 2016)

CAMPBELL, Wilfred - was born in Vancouver on January 15th, 1924, he passed away in Vancouver on September 18th, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grand & great grandfather. Wilfred leaves behind his beloved wife, Margaret, of 67 years. Daughters; Linda, Susan, Christine and Nancy and son, Ronald; six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and two great, great grandsons. Wilfred is a World War Two Veteran, and he was a member of the #26th Army and Navy and was considered to be a long-time member of Legion #83. In his professional life Wilfred was an Electrical Apprentice and an Elevator Mechanic. Wilfred was with Montgomery Elevator Co for 42 years, and was part of the Local #82 Elevator Union, and was retired for 30 years. Wilfred enjoyed travelling and camping and went dancing every Saturday night with his Legion #83 friends. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 1:30 to 2:00 pm at Hamilton Harron Funeral Home, 5390 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC., with Funeral Services to follow at Hamilton Harron Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Developmental Disabilities Assoc.

 

RYAN, Reginald Thomas - Reg passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Sunrise Senior Living in Mississauga, at the age of 93. He was the deeply loved husband of Huguette (nee Valois), his wife of 66 years; father of Anne Marie (Patrick Minshall), Paul (Wendy Roberts), Peter (Sue Ogilvie and her children Michael and Luke), Robert (Marie O'Quinn) and Roger; grandfather of Caleigh, Nickie, Sarah and Jessica (and her children Christina and Anthony); and brother of Marion, Winnie, Bill, and the late Betty and Jack. He was born on August 25, 1923 in Ottawa, Ontario, where he grew up. He graduated from the University of Ottawa and served with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Runnymede, during World War II. Reg was an avid sportsman, playing football, hockey and tennis. He worked at Central (later Canada) Mortgage and Housing Corporation from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s when he left to join the newly formed Mortgage Insurance Company of Canada. Reg continued with MICC until he retired in 1988, as President and CEO of the company. He remained actively involved in the housing industry, first with the Ontario New Home Warranty Plan, and then serving on the board of trustees of the Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Reg also became an avid gardener during retirement, spending many happy hours planting and tending shrubs, trees, flowers and vegetables around the house. He was known for his ready smile and the twinkle in his eye, desire to do good and help his family, friends and church. He was an active member of St. Clement's Parish, Etobicoke, taking part in numerous fund-raising activities. The family wishes to acknowledge the attention and devotion shown by Mylene Sacmar and Marysol Bellita in caring for Reg over the last few years, as well as the staff of Sunrise Senior Living, Mississauga, in seeing to his needs during the last few months. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Kipling and Islington Aves.), Etobicoke, on Monday, September 26, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Dr. (at Bloor St. W.) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, by phone at 416-488-8442, online at www.alzheimer.ca, or to a charity of your choice. (The Toronto Star 24 Sep 2016)

 

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ZERBIN, Helmut (Hal), C1ER, RCNVR, RCNR, RCN - Born in 192, Hal passed away late July 2016. Predeceased by his father 1958, mother in 1993, brother Alan and two sisters Laverne and Alyce. Hal is remembered dearly by his son Ted (Suzanne), grandchildren, Taylor and Lane, nieces and nephews, Alice (Don), Vancouver; Kurt (Luanne) and family, Calgary; Bonni (Rob) and family, James and Jamie, Montana. Hal was born in Latvia and emigrated to Canada along with his family at an early age. He served in the Canadian Navy, 1946-1966. After his retirement from the Navy he worked in the marine industry in the Canadian Arctic until 1989. After his retirement he took up gardening and maintaining his property in Victoria. He spent most days with his family and grandchildren. The last 8 years of his life were spent at the Berwick House where he established many new friendships and lived his life very happily. Hal was a long time member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association and founding President of the Submariners Association of Canada. Hal will be remembered as a caring person who spent most of his later years in life looking out for the welfare of his son, daughter-in-law Suzanne, and grandchildren, Taylor and Lane. At Hal's request, there will be no service. (The Victoria Times Colonist 24 Sep 2016)

 

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KING, Kalmon Kaye Joseph, V66127, AB DEMS Gunner, RCNVR - Died: 26 Jan 1945 - Born 31 Dec 1925 in Wallaceburng, Ontario, son of Mattie and Loretta King. He enlisted in the RCNVR on 13 Jul 1943. Kalmon died at sea on S.S. Dunlop Park due to a ruptured appendix. He was buried at sea.  

 

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WILKES, Charles William, L/Sto, RCN, CNC/60079 - died: 15 Nov 1915. Son of Charles Wilkes, Blenheim Villa, Barton Road, Tewkesbury, Glos., England. He is buried in the Veteran's Cemetery, Esquimalt, BC, plot 137.

 

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OLYNYK, Miran - It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Miran Olynyk, on September 18, 2016 at Misericordia Hospital. Miran was born August 28, 1924 in Winnipeg and was able to avoid any hospitalizations until March of this year. When his health deteriorated, he accepted his fate with exemplary grace and strength. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Jennie (nee Fedun), son, Fred (Pauline), daughter, Jo-Ann (Ihor) and grandsons, Andrew, Michael, Paul and Michael. He was predeceased by his parents, Alex and Josepha, and siblings, Mary, Peter, John, Olga, Annie, Ted, Baby Mike and Mike. Having lost his mother at the tender age of four years, coupled with surviving a childhood of little means during the Depression, presented many challenges. Nonetheless, he found a sense of belonging, faithfully serving as an altar boy at St. Mary's Cathedral in his youth. This nurtured a solid foundation in his faith, which never waivered throughout his life. Miran proudly served his country in the Second World War first joining his brothers in the Army in 1941, then transferring to the Navy from 1943 to 1945 on HMCS Agassiz in the Atlantic. On his return home, he met Jennie and they began a life together, getting married in 1950. He became a certified carpenter in 1949 and retired after 40 years of service to his trade. He took great pride in all of his work endeavours and was a perfectionist when it came to finishing carpentry projects. Always dedicated to providing for his family, his work ethic was uncompromised. In the latter part of his career, he proudly served as a business agent for the Local 343 Carpenters United Brotherhood. Miran was very devoted to his family. Although he took great pride in being a father, he particularly embraced the loving role of Gigi, cherishing all of his grandsons and their achievements as they grew into men. Besides his participation in his grandsons' lives, he was passionate about exercising, weight-lifting, fishing, blueberry and mushroom picking, gardening and composting. He also was an avid reader, with an affection for Louis L'Amour books and old movies, especially with John Wayne. He was also a loyal fan of the Bombers and the Jets. He had a witty sense of humour and a unique way of doing most everything. He enjoyed travelling of any kind, but especially relished weekly fishing trips to Grand Rapids and annual trips to Hawaii. As a family, we felt very blessed when an arrangement was made allowing our parents to be reunited at Misericordia Hospital for the past three weeks. This was a special time for our parents, giving us all great peace knowing that they were together again. We will forever be thankful for the care provided by Dr. Coates over the years, as well as the E4 team at St. Boniface Hospital, the C2 team at Misericordia Hospital and Father Mostivsky. These are amazing caregivers with an enormous capacity for respect and compassion, and they facilitated our family's journey during this difficult time, for which we are grateful. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Father Darren Kawiuk at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church at 390 Marion St., Winnipeg, on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Family Cemetery at 4355 Main St., West St. Paul. Pallbearers will be Andrew Olynyk, Michael Olynyk, Paul Szelemej, Michael Szelemej, Robert Olynyk, and Christopher Olynyk. Richard Olynyk will be a Honorary Pallbearer. Donations may be made to one of Miran's favourite two charities: Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church or Siloam Mission. VICHNAYA PAMYAT!! Korban Funeral Chapel 204-956-2193 (The Winnipeg Free Press 24 Sep 2016)

 

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MacDONALD, Alexander Ernest (Sandy) PO, CD, RCN - The flag was raised the day Sandy was born in Saint John, N.B. to Jerry and Pat MacDonald on July 21st, 1938 and was lowered on the 18th of September, 2016 when he "Crossed The Bar " in Vernon, B.C. - " A Downhomer" to the end. He is dearly loved and missed by his wife Carrol and stepson Bob, daughters Sandra and Cheryl , sons Bob and Michael, a siblings Sonny (Doris), Peter ( Susan), Dennis, Timmy (Brenda), many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his 1st wife, Jean, youngest son, Whit, siblings Gordy, Kenny and Phyllis. Sandy will also be missed greatly by his extended family, friends and the community he shared his life with. Sandy joined the Navy as soon as he was old enough and spent 32 wonderful years as a "Matlot". During his naval career he served on many ships and establishments on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts during the Cold War. He also served a tour of duty in Cyprus as a "Peacekeeper". As a Life Member of the Legion he served at Branch levels to the position of 1st Vice President. He especially enjoyed his position as Service Officer assisting Veterans and their families. He also served with Navy League Cadets as an instructor and was the Commanding Officer of the Navy League Cadets in Barrie, Ontario. He was a caring husband and dedicated volunteer, helping people in all walks of life, and would have given you "the shirt off his back" if asked. A " Celebration of Life " will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. "Fair Winds and Following Seas". "At the going down of the sun and in the morning - we will remember you."

CLEMENTS, Robert Carman CD - Bob passed away in the Perth Hospital following a stroke on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the age of 86 years. He was the beloved husband for 65 years to Georgina (Herbert) Clements and dear brother of Norma Burns and brother-in-law of Sue Herbert. Bob was predeceased by his parents Carman Clements and Bertha Monnery and in 1977 by his son Alan. He will be sadly missed by all his nieces and nephews including Traci and Tim, Danny and Eileen and Chris. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1948, he subsequently joined the Royal Canadian Air Force retiring in 1980. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St., W., Perth on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., with service to follow in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. A reception in the Blair & Son Family Centre will be held immediately after the service, the interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 26 Sep 2016)

COND, Glen - With deep sadness we mourn the passing of Glen, husband, father, grandfather, and teacher, Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at Maple View Home in his 95th year. He is survived by his wife, friend, focus and love of his life, Cora Cond (nee Sim), children Sandie, Lynn (Judy), Larry (Kerrie); grandchildren, Sara Cond Flower (Brent Helmstaedt), Jen Cond (Andy Paul), Abbey Flower ( Jonas Fernandez), Lee (Sara Petruccelli), Gavin (Jen Mezei), Jesse, Joe ( Yvonne ), Seth (Shannon), Caleb ( Michelle), step-children Michael (Lynaya), and Amanda, and great grandchildren, Ellie, Grant, Riley, Austin, Owen, Georgia, Lucy, Taylor, Justin, Cole, Ty, Blake, Richard, Marc and Macy and two more yet to arrive. Glen was born on the Manitoulin Island to Joe and Maud Cond on September 29, 1921 and was welcomed by Cecilia and Grenville Sim into their family in 1944. After serving in the navy, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1948 where he was a devoted teacher at Collegiate Institute until it closed in 1981. He faithfully served his community and Central United Church with caring and concern for all who knew him. His life well-lived was a gift to us all. Many thanks to the staff on the Goulais Bay wing at Maple View for the care, compassion, and friendship extended to both Glen and Cora. Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm. Funeral service from Central United Church on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Rev. Laurie Milito officiating. Interment Hilly Grove Cemetery, Manitoulin Island. In lieu of flowers, donations to Central United Church or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.

EARL, James - Peacefully surrounded by family in Long Term Care, Shawville, Quebec, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the age of 88 years. Survived by wife, Jessie Steeves of 50 years and children Susan (Bill Hamilton), Jimmy and Debbie (Alvin Johnston). Predeceased by first wife Eleanor Mason and daughter Pam. Stepfather to Donna, Brian, David and Craig. Loving grandfather to 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Loving brother to Albert (Michelle), Wayne (Margaret) and predeceased by sisters Barbara and Patricia. He served in the Navy as a Petty Officer 2nd Class, an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 43 years and a local artisan at the Shawville Farmer's Market. As per his request, there will be no visitation or service. Thank you to all the staff, doctors, and nurses at the Shawville Hospital and Long Term Care for their kindness and exceptional care. (The Ottawa Citizen 24 Sep 2016)

MacSWEEN, Douglas N. - Doug passed away peacefully on Sept. 15th, 2016 at Victoria General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. In May he celebrated his 92nd birthday. Doug is predeceased by his wife Marnie and his brothers Don, Ray and Jack, and their spouses. He is survived by his daughters Rolie Tippett (Kerry) and Sandy Morgan (Terry), grandchildren Tyson Morgan and Erin Ross (Dallas), great grandchildren Avery, Emma and Isla. Also, in-laws Judith, Jean, and Bus, many nieces, nephews, and their children, as well as his very good friends Mag and Georgina Lilligard and Dale and Laverne Churchill. Doug was a Victoria native, born in the family home on Merritt Street, May 14, 1924, and was the youngest of 4 sons. He grew up with a love for sports and the outdoors. Learning to hunt and fish at a young age, he enjoyed this pastime well into his later life. In his teen years his passion was lacrosse and he was very proud of national level wins. He worked at the Victoria Machinery Depot until he joined the Navy where he worked in the engine room until the end of the war. He had many adventures during this time, which included some hi-jinks during shore leave with his ship mates. After the war he worked as a fisherman, furthering his love of the sea. It was during this time that he met and married the love of his life, Marnie. Wanting to be home more he left fishing and turned to carpentry, building houses in the White Rock area. Upon returning to Victoria he changed professions to logging, travelling up and down the Island to work. He later joined the line crew at Hume & Rumble and from there BC Hydro, where he stayed until he retired. Doug had an adventurous side and loved the wilderness and sea, camping and boating whenever possible; the more remote the better! Some of his favourite trips included hiking the West Coast Trail, cycling the Kettle Valley Railway and skiing the alps of Austria. He was passionate about sports, especially golf, cycling, skiing, skating and ice hockey - all of which he continued to do into his eighties. He loved a good joke and always had a pocket full of jokes and candies to share with whomever crossed his path. He also had many, many stories to share from his life experiences. Doug was a devoted family man, which was evident during Marnie's later years when he retired early to care for her as her MS advanced. He was a wonderful father who became known as "Mr. Fix It", always willing to lend a hand when called. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In later years one of his greatest joys was watching his young great grandchildren play, evident by his wide grin and laughter. Dads wish was to live out his years in his home and because of his strong will and determination he managed to do this. We love you so much and will miss you forever, but are at peace knowing you will no longer suffer any more pain. A celebration of Doug's life will be held at his daughter Sandy's home for family and friends; 3905 Gilbert Drive, Metchosin, on Sunday October 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00. Please join us and share your memories of Doug. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations if desired may be made to the Greater Victoria MS Society. Funeral Home First Memorial Funeral Services and Garden of Memories 4725 Falaise Drive Victoria, BC V8Y1B4 (250) 658-5244 Funeral Home Details Send Flowers (The Victoria Times Colonist 27 Sep 2016)

WILSON, Ernest Marvin (Ernie) - aged 74 years of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, passed away September 21, 2016 at Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, he was the son of the late Clarence and Tyyne Wilson. He attended Cornwall School and Port Arthur Collegiate. Ernie served with the Royal Canadian Navy. Following his naval service, he worked at H.M.C. Dockyard, the Halifax Shipyards, Port Canada Police and Canada Post from where he retired. He was a good golfer and great lover of animals. He is survived by his wife of fifty years Darlene; son Michael (Michelle) Eastern Passage; daughters Laurie Mansfield (Joseph Callaghan) Brooks, Alberta; Gwen Yario (Robert) of New York. Grandchildren Kenny and Evelyn Rose; five great grandchildren; and a sister Evelyn Wilson of Thunder Bay, Ontario; nephew Jimmy Wilson and niece Jennifer Kelly, Thunder Bay. He was predeceased by a brother Kenny. Memorial visitation was held Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Eastern Passage Funeral Home.

FRUSHER, Geoffrey, RCN - At the Grand Falls General Hospital, September 20, 2016, Mr. Geoffrey Frusher of Plaster Rock passed away at the age of 70 years. He was the husband of Ann (Albert) Frusher. Born in England in 1946, he was a son of the late George Edward Frusher and Cornelea Munger and step-son of the late Robert Callander. Geoffrey was retired from the Canadian Navy. He is survived by his wife, children: Tracey, Tara, Mark and Michel Pollard; siblings: John, Allan, Barb and Veronica Callander, son, Greg Comeau (Jennifer) and his children Rebekah Barry and Leah Reid. Services for Mr. Frusher will be private. Arrangements are by O'Regan's Funeral Home Ltd.

 

ROGERS, John Edward, CPO, Electrician - age 87, of Stewiacke, passed away peacefully at the home of his son, Frank on Sept. 22, 2016. Born in York, ON., he was a son of the late Frank and Ada Rogers. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer having served 35 years. He spent time as a submariner. He retired to Stewiacke and was very active in volunteering in his community. He is survived by his children, Frank (Lorna), Dianne (Frank) Power, David Rogers, John (Sheila) Hutchison, Charles (Daleann) Hutchison; 21 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Nancy Attard; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Peggy; siblings, Ruth Stade, Helen Meyers and Dorothy Rogers. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie. No visitation or service by request. A memorial gathering for John’s friends will be held 2-4 Sunday, Sept. 25th at the Stewiacke Tim Horton’s.

 

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NEIL, Thomas Wilson, Stoker - died on September 16th, 2016, at home in Beaver Bank, N.S. Born in Halifax on September 12th, 1959, he was the son of the late Wilson Muir Neil and (Isma) Ann (Foster/Neil) Holowaty, Saskatchewan. Tom spent his early years in Victoria, BC. After his father’s death, he and his family moved to Canora, Saskatchewan. In 1966, his Mom married Alex Holowaty and they moved to Veregin Saskatchewan. In 1977, at the age of 18, Tom came east, and following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the navy. He did his basic training at Cornwallis in N.S. He served as an engineer (stoker) on the Preserver and his last posting was the Margaree. After leaving the navy, Tom worked for Farmer’s as an Independent Distributor, delivering milk in Dartmouth and Halifax. He spent several years at Philip Environmental and worked at Convergys as technical support. Wherever he worked he made friends and was well known for his unique sense of humor. Tom’s passion was bikes. He loved his Harley and was happiest when riding; helmet free, on the old twisty roads of Nova Scotia. When spending time at Power Trend Cycle in Dartmouth, he was in his element. Camping with the Vanners was something he looked forward to, hanging with Steve and the boys. Tom is survived by his daughter Jodi Ann Mae Neil, son Andrew (Shelley) Oderkirk, their children Ethan and Ryan, mother Ann Holowaty, brother Grant (Bev), Yorkton, SK, sisters Gloria (Brad) Dufour, Regina, SK, Debbie Dalley, Middle Sackville N.S., Beverly (Reiner) Brittner, Regina, SK, and Mary Ann (Phil) Eiswirth, Edmonton, AB, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His ex-wife Joan Oderkirk and her family, Richard, Glenn, Marlene, Pam and Mary, wish to extend their deepest sympathy to family and friends near and far. Tom loved to be with his family and friends sharing humorous stories, making people laugh. The family is especially grateful for his friends Regina, Tania, Steve, Lennie and Milford, the rest of you know who you are! Many thanks to Dr. Finlay Spicer for his patient, understanding care. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Tom’s life will take place at home in Beaver Bank on October 1st, 2016, at 3pm. No flowers please. Feel free to make donations to Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission, Hope Cottage or a Charity of your choice.

 

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