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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ADAM, James Blackwood (J.B.) - died at home on May 23, 2008 in his 82nd year. Born in Goderich, Ontario, he was the only child of James and Margaret Adam. After a short stint in the Canadian Army he transferred to the Royal Canadian Naval Air Arm, where he was one of the first 48 Naval Air recruits to arrive at HMCS Shearwater in 1946. During his 21 years in Naval Air he sailed on all three of Canada’s Aircraft Carriers, HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure. During this time he earned his Department of Transport Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License. After leaving the RCN he joined Air Canada for 24 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Jim, along with four other avid aircraft buffs restored the Avenger aircraft presently on display at the Shearwater Aviation Museum. His love of firearms prompted him to start his own business, Adam Arms, in which he was active until his death. Jim also loved sports and was active in hockey, baseball, golfing and shooting. He was a member of the Federal Government’s Firearms User’s Group (Advisors to the Minister of Justice) for 6 years; he was also an instructor for FAC courses. Jim was a member of Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club, Grandview Golf Club and Canadian Naval Air Group. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Glenys (Hurst); son, Michael (Ann McCarten), New Glasgow, NS, daughter, Patti, Dartmouth, NS. Cremation has taken place. Visitation Tuesday May 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Funeral service Wednesday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Marilyn Newport officiating. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Burial in St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Westphal. Family flowers only please. Donations gratefully accepted to Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Station Main, Shearwater, NS, B0J 3A0 or St. John’s Anglican Church, 1215 Main Street, Dartmouth, NS, B2Z 1B2.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS SHEARWATER

ADDISON, Herbert Thomas, LCdr - 74, of Sidney, BC peacefully at home 6 August 2002 after a life of love, caring and devotion to his friend for life and wife of 53 years, Gloria (nee Hunt). Predeceased by his parents, Herbert and May Addison of Long Branch, and Orr Lake, Ont, he leaves a daughter Janette (Bob Leitch, Ottawa), son Tim (Susan Addison, Ottawa), grandsons James and Cameron Leitch and Tim J. Addison, sisters Pat Harper (Victoria), her children and Betty Addison (Orr Lake, Ont). Herb was born in Toronto 21 April 1928, joined the RCN at 18, did Midshipman's training with the RN, commissioned and saw service in Korea in HMCS HURON in 1951. A P and RT Officer, he also served in HMCS QUEBEC, ONTARIO, BONAVENTURE, NEW GLASGOW and JONQUIERE and ashore at STADACONA, NADEN and ROYAL ROADS. With unification Herb switched to Intel, served in Defence HQ in Foreign Liaison and at SACLANT Headquarters in Norfolk Va. He retired from the RCN/CF in1975 as Senior Staff Officer Intelligence at Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Esquimalt, BC. After his naval career Herb joined Canada Trust as an income tax specialist and securities trader. He was on Sidney Town Council 1986-90 and chaired the Saanich Water Board in 1991. An avid golfer, at age 65 his final career was as a professional caddy on the Canadian Golf Tour. In 1999 he took his final retirement to work on his own game. Herb was honored with life membership in the Royal Canadian Legion for his work on the Executive of the Sidney Legion Branch #37, 1975-85. Strongly committed to keeping abreast of defence issues, he was also a member of the NOAVI and past member of RUSI. He will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched: his family and friends, his naval brethern, his business and public life associates and his golf buddies on the tour. Cremation. Remembrance and Farewell Gathering at 1500 on Sunday, 11 August 2002 at the Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, McTavish Road, Sidney BC, where Herb was a long standing member. Flowers gratefully declined. Charitable donations to that of your choice with the family's preference being the Canadian Cancer Society or ALS.

 

HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NADEN, HMCS ROYAL ROADS, HMCS HURON, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW

APPLEFORD, Laurence Dowler (Lance), CD, Dr. - After a courageous two year fight with cancer, Lance passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. A navy man, pilot, and accomplished doctor, Lance is sadly missed by wife Garee, the love of his life, and many family, friends and patients. Lance will be lovingly remembered by his children and grandchildren: Gabrielle and husband Steve, and their children Coltrane and Elise; Lance Jr.; Charlie and wife Melissa, and their children Isabella and Angus; Natelle and her husband PJ, and their children Madeleine and Mia. Lance's extended family through wife Garee includes four step-children and seven step- grandchildren: Brett; Kelly and her husband Kevin, and their children Jack and Riley; Tara and her husband Tim, and their children, Meredith, Rachael and Alexandra; Dallas and his wife Julie and their children Tristan and Julien. Lance was 69. His life was filled with excitement. A commander in the Canadian Navy he retired after 27 years of service that included flying Sea King helicopters off HMCS Bonaventure, a United Nations tour in the Middle East and a posting at the USAF School of Aviation Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Lance also served as the Canadian Forces Medical Attache in Washington, DC, and in Trenton, Ontario as the Air Training Command Surgeon. Born in 1939 in Hamilton, Lance was in the Sea Cadets and Reserve, and then graduated from the Royal Military College with a B.Sc. He took his medical degree at Dalhousie University and his M.Sc. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Toronto and a second M.Sc. in Occupational Health from the USAF School of Aviation Medicine. In civilian life, Lance began practicing medicine in downtown Toronto at 11 King Street in 1987 where his patients remember him as a doctor who inquired not just about the health of their body but of their soul. Lance was also Medical Officer, Acting Regional Director for aviation at Transport Canada. Lance and Garee enjoyed cottage life in Georgian Bay, where a group of chipmunks and seagulls always awaited their arrival. Just a few weeks ago Lance was filling his boat with gas and planning next year's projects. Lance, we will miss you. A tribute in memory of Lance will be held in the chapel of St. James-the-Less (635 Parliament St., at Parliament and Bloor), on Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

ARSENAULT, Vilbon (Vic) (Poppy) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Vilbon, age 74, in Dartmouth General Hospital, on January 26, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Les Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands), Que., he was a son of the late Gertrude (Lapierre) and Lionel Arseneau. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 44 years, Helen (Gallant); sons, Dan and Rheal, and the joys of his life, granddaughters, Kelsie, Courtlyn, and his grandson, Luc. He is also survived by sisters, Armadine, Patricia (John), Francine, Nicole (Brown); brothers, Real (Noella), Leonce (Helene), Raymond (Helen), Ghislain (Madelaine), Leo-Paul (Martha); several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jacques. He was a well-respected and proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Navy), retiring in 1984. Based at CFB Shearwater, he saw the world from the decks of the HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Huron, where, as an aircraft mechanic, he kept many aviators safe with his expertise and attention to detail. He enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, playing guitar, playing cards, and always enjoyed good-natured teasing, for which he was known so well. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Arrangements are under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Thursday, January 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m. in St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 1 Kuhn Dr., Dartmouth. Father Ronald Cairns officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only, by request. In lieu, donations in Vilbon's name may be made to your charity of choice.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, CFB SHEARWATER

ARTHUR, Robert Harold, LCdr, CD, RCN, of Herring Cove, NS, 87, passed away peacefully at the QEII Hospital, on August 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Glace Bay, NS on October 7, 1925, brought up in Sydney, NS, Bob attended St. Francis Xavier University, followed by NS Technical University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He interrupted his university to serve in WWII. Bob retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 23 years of service in 1972. Bob served with several squadrons in the RCN, including the HMCS Magnificent and Bonaventure out of HMCS Shearwater. He also served with HMCS Chaudiere. Relocating every 3 years, his career took him to many wonderful places, including England, where he met and married Elsie. He also had postings in Ottawa, Pennsylvania, and several in Nova Scotia. He was a member of the NS Naval Officers Association, Royal Artillery Park and the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. Bob started a 2nd career soon after, taking on the role of Physical Plant Manager at the Victoria General Hospital, and retired again in 1987, after 15 years of service. Bob had many pastimes to keep him busy, usually having to do with his family. Travelling, hockey related activities with the boys including coaching and mentoring for many years; he continued his love of hockey while watching his grandsons play; gardening, fishing, curling, wood working projects (including building a cottage/home where he and Elsie retired for 9 years), genealogy, with his wife Elsie of 63 years by his side every step of the way. Bob was predeceased by his Mother and Father, Camilla (Glassey) and Harold Arthur, and sister Joan. He will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend, Elsie (Carline); 5 children, Michael (Janet), Patricia (Peter), Joanne (Michael), Timothy (Leslie), and Andrew (Debbie). 10 Grandchildren – Jillian, Lauren & Nicholas; Jonathan, Kathryn & Jacklyn; Sarah & Jessica; and Matthew & Brett and 4 Great Grandchildren – Camryn, Carlie, Madison & Kennedy, and several nieces and nephews. Thank you to the staff of 8.2 at QEII hospital for their care and attention. A memorial service and reception following will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 11:00 AM at J. Albert Walker Funeral Home, 149 Herring Cove Road. Cremation has taken place, and burial at sea will follow in the Spring. For those who wish to remember Bob, donations may be made to the HMCS Sackville Memorial Trust.

 

HMCS BELLVILLE, HMCS RUNNYMEDE, HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS SHEARWATER

BARDEAU, Eugene Charles Marshall – 72, Millbrook (Tatamagouche), passed away April 1, 2012 in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. Born in Toronto, he was the son of the late Floyd M. and Laura M. (George) Bardeau. Gene had a career with the Canadian Armed Forces starting in 1957, serving in both the Air Force and Navy, having spent the majority of time in the Navy as a Master Corporal and Weapons Technician. He served on notable ships such as the HMCS Athabaskan and was a member of the last crew of the HMCS Haida. After discharge in 1983, he operated a barber shop in Jeddore, and then moved to the Tatamagouche area in 1985 to a hobby farm and worked at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 as a bartender for many years. He enjoyed bowling and golf and watching curling on television. He is survived by his wife, Margret “Peggy”; daughters, Michelle Munroe (Steven), Lake Echo; Nicole Townsend (Andrew), Quispamsis, N.B.; son, Dale, Yellowknife, NWT; grandchildren, Logan Munroe, Jarrett Munroe and Elliott Townsend; sisters, Elizabeth Rutledge (David), Linda Dean, and brother, James, all of Ontario. He was predeceased by brother, Wayne; sister, Carol Donald; grandmother, by whom he was raised, Elizabeth Merritt and aunt, Isabel Dart. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, Tatamagouche with reception to follow. Interment will be a later date in Bell Gift Cemetery, West New Annan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Palliative Care would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coulter’s Funeral Home (657-3288), Tatamagouche.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS BONAVENTURE

BARKER, James H., of Dauphin, MB passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, September 11, 2005 at the age of 75 years. James was born on February 5, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, son of Cecil H. Barker, born in Dauphin, MB and Mabel B. Barker (nee Caldwell), born in Elkhorn, MB. James (Jim) served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1947 to 1949, discharged as a Corporal. He came to Canada and joined the RCAF in 1951 as a pilot trainee. He served with the rank of Flying Officer as a flying instructor at Claresholm, AB and as an interceptor pilot on 425 and 416 (AWF) squadrons operating CF 100 aircraft out of St. Hubert, QC. In 1958 he transferred to the RCN with the rank of Lieutenant (P) and qualified as a carrier pilot on HMCS Bonaventure. He joined VF 870 squadron, operating F2H3 Banshee jet fighters from HCMS Bonaventure. In 1962 he was retired from the RCN with a physical disability that ended his flying career. He went back to school and was awarded an associate Degree in Electronic Engineering in 1965. He immediately went to work for Johnson Controls Inc. and its' various international subsidiaries. For the next 20 years he was the project manager for his company on large international construction projects in Canada, U.S.A., Australia, Hong Kong and England. He retired in 1985 and after a few years in Europe he moved to Dauphin in 1990. While living in Dauphin he was elected to a term on the Town Council. He was prominent in the Reform Party of Canada, serving on both the constituency and national board of directors of the party. In 2000 he moved to Florida, but returned to Dauphin in March, 2005. James is survived by one older brother William and his wife Phyllis of Chicago, Illinois. Immediate cremation has taken place and the ashes have been shipped to Halifax, NS for interment at sea by the Canadian Navy. The Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Service, Dauphin, MB in care of arrangements.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

BEECHER, Scott Eaton, CD, Petty Officer 2nd Class - 80, of Coldbrook, Kings County, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Scott and Rose (Blake) Eaton. He grew up in Canning and loved to play sports, especially hockey. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 and served as an aircraft technician on several ships, including Cape Scott, Mic Mac, Magnificent, Bonaventure and Skeena, retiring in 1978. He was then employed with I.M.P. working with the Sea King Program. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville, the Canadian Naval Air Group (C.N.A.G.) and Eagle Crest Golf Course. He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Young; two sons, Howard (Sharon), Stony Plain, Alberta; Andrew (Kathryn), Digby; a sister, Phyllis Mouzar, Canning; five grandchildren, Alan, Krista, Kayla, Scott and Nikolas. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Christine; a brother, David. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A Royal Canadian Legion service followed by a funeral service and reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Lung Association or the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS CAPE SCOTT

BERRY, Peter Cushing, Cdr, RCNVR, RCN

During the Second World War, he had a hand in sinking three U-boats and later became a pilot on Canada's last carrier

By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9 Toronto.

Peter BERRY was just a couple of years out of Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa when the Canadian destroyer he was on sunk a German U-boat in the English Channel. H.M.C.S. Kootenay and its sister ship, H.M.C.S. Ottawa, helped by a British corvette, sank the German submarine U-678 on July 6, 1944, just off the English coast near the seaside resort of Brighton. The chase had taken more than two days and Sub-Lieutenant Berry was awake for almost all of it. He was the operations officer working in a room just below the bridge. Chasing down a submarine wasn't as easy as it looked in the movies. It took hours, even days, and required sonar and radar and all the other leading-edge technology of the time. "He worked at a table with a mechanized control underneath with lights that calculated the course of the ship. He worked to plot the course of the submarine we were chasing," said Ray Creery, later a captain in the navy who also served on the Kootenay with Mr. Berry during the war. "I don't think he could have had more than a couple of hours sleep, here and there." The Kootenay was one of the top submarine hunters in the Royal Canadian Navy and sub-lieutenant Berry was on board for all three of her kills. The next two U-boat sinkings were in the Bay of Biscay, on August 18 and August 20. Mr. Berry was mentioned in dispatches. When Peter Berry joined the Royal Canadian Navy he was assigned to the Kootenay in the North Atlantic. The warships ran from Saint John's, Newfoundland., to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. By chance, he and Mr. Creery served on the same ship. They had been in Grade 7 together at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa. The winter of 1943-44 was particularly bitter, and Mr. Creery remembers gales so strong that the under-powered merchant ships they were escorting would make no headway. "We had to go and round them up and bring them back into the convoy. Maybe the toughest part was refuelling the warships at sea from tankers." In the spring of 1944, the Kootenay and other ships were taken off convoy duty and assigned to Escort Group 11, one of the specialist submarine hunting groups in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. There were 126 Canadian vessels involved in D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Kootenay was patrolling the western approaches to the English Channel, acting as a blocker against German U-boats. "Escort Group 11, of which Kootenay was a part, was the most successful inshore submarine hunting group in the Normandy campaign," says Marc Milner, professor of history at the University of New Brunswick and author of The U-Boat Hunters, The Royal Canadian Navy and the Offensive against Germany's Submarines. After the war, Mr. Berry stayed in the navy and eventually became captain of H.M.C.S. Algonquin, a destroyer. The Algonquin was a V-class destroyer that Canada bought from the Royal Navy. It remained in service until 1970. One of his first post-war assignments was on land as flag lieutenant to Admiral Rollo Mainguy. Part of the time that involved living in the admiral's house in Halifax. His son, Dan Mainguy, who also went on to become an admiral, recalls the slightly older Lieutenant Berry and his prodigious appetite. "He would empty the fridge, eating plates of chicken and huge amounts of ice cream, but he never gained weight," he said. "He was kind of unique in that he became a pilot after being an observer. He served in that wonderful era when we had aircraft carriers." Mr. Berry served on many ships in his post-war career, including H.M.C.S. Magnificent and H.M.C.S. Bonaventure, both aircraft carriers. Peter Worthington, the Toronto Sun columnist, also served as a naval flier and remembers him as a dashing figure who managed to remain a bachelor until he was 33. Peter Berry was born in Shanghai where his father worked for Sun Life Insurance. The family returned to Canada when Peter was about 2. He went to private school, Ashbury College, for a year or so, but his father thought he was too involved in sports and so sent him to Lisgar Collegiate. Mr. Berry went to Queen's University to study engineering but quit to join the navy. After leaving the navy in 1964 with the rank of commander, he retired to his farm at Milton, just outside Toronto. It was more than a hobby farm and there the family tended a large flock of chickens as well a herd of beef cattle. His children remember he liked to execute navy-style, kitchen haircuts -- much to their embarrassment when they showed up at school. Mr. Berry tried a number of different business ventures, including a project to build a small submarine that could navigate under the Arctic ice. He also translated his love of British sports cars into a car dealership in Mississauga, Ontario One half of it sold British Leyland products, the other half Volkswagens. When British Leyland went under, both dealerships closed. Mr. Berry had many narrow scrapes throughout life, both in the navy and in civilian life. In September of 1948, he was an observer aboard a Fairey Firefly, when it ran off the deck while landing on H.M.C.S. Magnificent. He and the pilot were picked from the water. The incident was recorded by someone on deck with a camera. Many years later, he was helping out on a neighbour's farm when he severed his arm with a post-hole auger. The arm was later successfully reattached. As he was being wheeled into the operating room, Mr. Berry quipped to his wife, "Well, we always wanted a Lord Nelson in the family," a reference to the one-armed British Admiral who won the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Peter Cushing Berry was born in Shanghai on October 24, 1923. He died in Milton, Ontario, on February 13, 2006 after complications from a fall. He leaves his wife, Anne, a daughter and three sons.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS LUNENBURG, HMCS SHEARWATER - 743 SQN, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENTHMCS PRESTONIAN, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ALGONQUIN

BLACK, Edward (Ted), CPO, CD, RCN - Peacefully, at the Carleton Place Hospital, on Thursday May 6, 2010, at the age of 82. Survived by his wife Jean Weatherbee, formerly of Springhill NS, his son James and his daughter Jennifer Hicks, both of Carleton Place. Grandfather of Leah and Landon Hicks. Also survived by his sister Sybil Kelly of Kingston. Predeceased by his sisters Winnifred Coyle, Marjorie Payne, Ethel MacKenzie and Leona Black. Ted was a Chief Armourer in the Naval Air Arm. He retired from the R.C.N. in 1965. He served on the aircraft carriers HMCS Warrior, Magnificent and Bonaventure and at Naval Air Stations in Canada both on the east and west coast. He was a life member of the Canadian Naval Air Armament Association. After his retirement from the Navy, he was employed with Electronic Firms Control Data, Leigh Instruments and Bosch and Lomb in the Ottawa Valley. He retired for the second time but went back to work with the R.C.M.P. in the Nation Capital Region Armourer section at Dwyer Hill ON. Ted retired from the R.C.M.P. on the November 3, 1994. Friends may call at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue Carleton Place, on Tuesday May 11, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday at St. James Anglican Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. David Andrew officiating. Interment to follow at St. James Anglican Cemetery. For those who wish, a donation to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR

BLAKE, William Frank (Bill) - June 13, 1941 May 12, 2006 On Friday, May 12, Bill lost his short, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. Bill joined the RCN in 1959, completing basic training at HMCS Cornwallis. In 1960, he received his naval air crewman's wings, and served as an observer on tracker aircraft with VS880 in Shearwater and aboard the HMCS Bonaventure until 1964. He then transferred to Sea King helicopters with HS50, and continued to serve in Shearwater until 1970 when he was posted to the Argus aircraft, VP 415 in Summerside, PEl. Following a brief stint as a recruit platoon commander in CFB Cornwallis, Bill returned to flying in 1977 with VP 407 here in Comox . In Dec, 1981, Bill was appointed as a Member of The Order of Military Merit. He then served as a Company Sergeant Major at the Canadian Forces Office Candidate School in Chilliwack. Bill received his commission in 1986 and was promoted to Captain. He then served tours in North Bay, Ontario and McChord AFB, Tacoma, Washington as an air weapons controller. Bill retired from the Armed Forces in 1995 and joined 386 Air Cadet Sqdn. in 1997, becoming Squadron Commander in 2002. Bill relinquished his command when he was diagnosed with cancer. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and working in his vegetable and rose gardens. He enjoyed working with young people and was very proud of the air cadets of 386 Sqdn. Bill was a member of the RCNA, CNAG, RCAFA and C.O.P.s He is predeceased by his parents Les and Ceil Blake and is survived by his wife Hilary and his children Chris (London, Ont), Bruce (Trinda) (Victoria, BC) and Heather (Comox, BC), his grandchildren Erik and Anya (Victoria, BC) and his sisters Barb (Bernie) Lahey, Deb (Ray) Mellings and Roberta Wakelin, all of Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society Comox Valey Unit, #102 1509 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, BC V9N 2K6. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at 888 Wing, 1298 Military Row, Comox, BC on May 23, 2006 at 1:30 pm. Arrangements entrusted to Comox Valley Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SHEARWATER

BOURQUE, Donald Joseph Korean War Veteran Peacefully, at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the age of 78. Left to mourn is his devoted wife of 53 years Thelma (nee Abbass); his loving children Stephen, Keith (Alexandra) and Kelly; much loved grandchildren Caroline, Marianne and Rebecca; devoted sisters Beatrice (Clyde) MacTavish and Margaret (Ivan) Johnson as well as nieces and nephews. Don enlisted in 1949 and retired in 1976 having served on the HMCS Bonaventure, Kootenay, Huron, and Iroquois along with other vessels. After retiring from the Navy he continued to help people as a commissionaire and became involved with the St. John's Ambulance. Athletic and active Don had a passion for cycling. He was also a creative writer of short stories and poetry. Friends are invited to visit at Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Road on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 between 5 pm and 8 pm. Our thanks to all the nurses, doctors and caregivers of the Ottawa 2 East Wing of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre for all their compassion, warmth and caring. A special thank you to Shirley for the peace and happiness she brought Don during his stay. For those wishing, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society Canada or the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS HURON, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS KOOTENAY

BOWEN, Wayne LS, HMCS Bonaventure, RCN - The family of Wayne Bowen sadly announces his passing at Steadman Community Hospice, Brantford, on Monday, June 25, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, at age 67. Wayne Lawrence Bowen, loving husband of Leona (Desrochers) of Brantford and dear father of Laura, Mark and Susan, Krystina, Tyler and Chrissy, Michael and Curtis. Wonderful grandfather to Rachel, Riley, Emily, Ella and Bentley. Loving son of Stan and Flo Bowen of Acton and brother of Wendy and Ralph Nellis, Mark and the late Lina Bowen, Paul and Kim Bowen and Ralph Bowen. Son-in-law of Irene Meehan and her friend Rudy and Oscar and Jackie Desrochers. Wayne was close to all of his family and his nieces and nephews held a special place in his heart. Friends will be received at the Blue Springs Funeral Home , 12 Church Street E., Acton, 519-853-2399, Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a Royal Canadian Legion Tribute at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be in the funeral home chapel, Friday, June 29, 2012, at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Remembrances may be made to the Steadman Community Hospice, Brantford, or a charity of one’s choice.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

BRADFORD, Wayne, LCdr - passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on February 28, 2012 in Victoria BC. He was born on July 31, 1935 in Oakville, ON. Wayne joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 where he trained as a Shipwright. Later he took his commission and became a Naval Constructor. During the course of his career, which spanned 35 years, he sailed onboard HMCS CAPE SCOTT, BONAVENTURE, MAGNIFICENT, QUEBEC, AND PROVIDER. He also served in a variety of posts on both the East and West Coast, retiring in 1988 in Victoria BC. Predeceased by his father, George and mother, Georgina in 1993 and 1978, respectively. Wayne is survived by his wife, Shirley of 54 years (nee Baker); brothers, Ernest and Dennis; sons, Todd (Lidia) and Trent (Peggy); daughter, Tina; granddaughter, Ashley; grandson, Joshua and special grandsons, Robert and Jacek. He will be deeply missed by many relatives and shipmates or as Shirley refers to them as cronies. There will be no celebration due to Wayne's wishes. His ashes will be buried at sea at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Agency.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS PROVIDER

BRIDGMAN, Arthur Graham, Commodore, RCN - It is with deep sadness that his family announces the death of Graham Bridgman, born November 4, 1917, in Pelly, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Claire, his brothers, Wilfred, Greville and D'Arcy, and by his sisters-in-law, Marge and Nellie Bridgman, and brother-in-law Thomas Smith. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by daughter, Candy Reed (Keith), sons Kenelm and Michael, grandchildren, Jennifer Reed, Christina and Michel Brigman and Jessica and James Bridgman, sister, Blanche Smith, sisters-in-law, Dulce and Shirley Gould, brother-in-law, Derry Gould, many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, Australia and England, the "Nooners" and numerous other friends. After early days herding cattle and horses in rural Saskatchewan, he graduated as an engineer from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) in 1941. He immediately joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served his country at sea (HMS Despatch and HMC Ships Quinte, Clayoquot, Red Deer, Stonetown, Haida, Ontario and Bonaventure), on shore (Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Esquimalt), in war and peacetime before retiring in 1973. He then embarked on a successful career as a stockbroker in Victoria from which he retired in 1992. His many interests included membership in and supporting the union Club of BC, Canadian Institute of International Affairs (past president Victoria Chapter), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (past board member) and many other cultural and professional organizations, shooting with the Dominion Rifle Association (Commandant Canadian Bisley Team in 1963), golfing, playing with crosswords and other puzzles and following the world of politics. He took special pride in receiving the Queen's Jubilee medal for his services on behalf of his former naval colleagues. His family wishes to thank Wendy McDonald for her loving care and Gordon McAllister, Drs. G.B. Mclean and D. Kinloch, the emergency room nurses and staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital for their wonderful care and attention and the staff at the Union Club for their interest and attention throughout his long membership. A memorial celebration will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1155 Fort Street on Thursday, November 25 at 2 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to do so, may make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 107, 1001 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, BC. V8X 4C9.

 

HMS DESPATCH, HMCS QUINTE, HMCS CLAYOQUOT, HMCS RED DEER, HMCS STONE TOWN, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS BONAVENTURE

BUTTS, Thomas Howard - born July 1, 1927 in Montreal, Quebec, passed away Friday, August 15, 2003 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane; children Jane (Terry), Thomas, Pamela, Valerie (Murray), Daphnee (Paul), and Bethan; grandchildren Grant, Alexandra, Ben, Aleksandr, Emma and Melody. Tom was a proud member of the RCN, retiring after 25 1/2 years of service to his country. He served as an Aviation Technician on HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent, and HMCS Bonaventure. He then embarked on a second career with BCBC, retiring for a second time in 1992. The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. Stewart, Dr. Appleby, Frank, George, and Shawna whose support enabled Dad to stay at home as long as possible. Also, St. Michael's Hospice, Burnaby, for making Dad's last few days as comfortable as possible. A Memorial service will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that you make a donation in Tom's name to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR

CAIRNEY, John Dorrian CD - Passed away on August 22, 2010 at his home in Cordova Bay. Jack was born in Toronto in 1929 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman in 1948, where he trained on HMCS Ontario. He qualified as a Naval Air Observer and served in Naval Air Stations in UK, US, and Canada. He specialized in Naval Communications, serving on HMC Ships Magnificent, Assiniboine, Crescent, Bonaventure, and HMCS Saguenay as Executive Officer. In addition to sea duty, postings included Maritime Headquarters in Halifax (Stadacona), Dartmouth (Shearwater), Victoria (Naden), and Norfolk, Virginia (Westlant HQ/NATO). He was Naval Advisor to the International Truce Commission in Viet Nam in 1960 and Canadian Commissioner to Cambodia in 1961, earning the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal and the International Commission for Supervision and Control Service Medal. Jack retired from the Navy in 1976 to join a team of Canadians as Communications Consultants on a project to create a National Coast Guard for the government of Iran, which was halted by the fall of the Shah. He was a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Management Consultant working with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on development projects in Asia, SE Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean. In 1990, he moved to Jakarta for 10 years where he was Project Management Advisor to the Government of Indonesia for accountancy development projects. While living in Indonesia, he travelled extensively throughout SE Asia with his beloved wife Betty. Betty and Jack retired to Key West Florida in 1999, and later moved to Victoria in 2006, where they settled in Cordova Bay. He was a keen squash player, and an avid swimmer, beachcomber, and snorkeler. He was passionate about his Sunday mornings with the NY Times, and loved the challenge of the NYT crossword. Jack was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island, the BC Maritime Museum and Church of St David By The Sea. Jack was predeceased by his wife Betty in 2008. He is survived by his five children, Claudia (and Marcel) Tessier of Victoria; Dr. Timothy (and Marlene) of Statesboro Georgia; Martha (and Dr Peter) March of Columbus Ohio; Matthew of Hamilton Bermuda and Mahone Bay N.S.; Pamela (and James) Bowen of Fredericton N.B., 13 grandchildren and 3 great grand children, and by sisters Joan Clift of St John's and Marie Cairney of Toronto. The family would like to thank all the care givers for their compassionate support during Jack's illness. Condolences may be sent to Claudia Tessier, 3960A Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria B.C. V8N 3B8 email JDCairney@yahoo.com. On Saturday October 9, 2010, a Memorial Service will be held in the Church of St David By The Sea in Cordova Bay at 1 p.m, and a Celebration of Life will be held at Beklens, 5166 Cordova Bay Rd. at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS SHEARWATER

CAMERON, John - PICTOU, NS – With great sadness we announce the passing of John Edward Ingham Cameron, aged 72 of Pictou in the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit on May 14th with his family by his side. John was born November 19, 1939 in Kensington, PEI and was lovingly raised with his sisters by their parents William and Lulu (Somers) Cameron until she was taken from them much too early when he was four years old. He was then raised by his uncle and aunt Gussie and Julia (Oatway) Cameron and as a brother to his cousin, the late Ellsworth (Lucy) Cameron. As a child he was always known as Ingham. John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 and retired in 1976. He was proud to serve on his first ship HMCS Gatineau which he fondly remembered until its decommission and disassembly, making her final sail into Pictou Harbour on his 70th birthday. He then served on many more ships, his last being HMCS Athabaskan for which he was present at her commission. John served during peacetime, but was on HMCS Bonaventure, delivering the first group of soldiers to Cyprus in 1964. For his service John was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal and the NATO Special Service Medal. John worked at many jobs following his career in the navy, retiring from the Town of Pictou Public Works Department in 1999 and finally from the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in 2007. John will always be remembered by his wife and best friend of 46 years Eleanor “Sis” (MacPhail); daughters, Beverly (Michael) MacKenzie; Tara (Shawn) Robicheau, and the joys of his life, his grandchildren: Trevor (Ashley LeCreux), Benjamin MacKenzie, Stephanie and Jillian Robicheau. Also surviving to love and remember John are his brother Vernon (Ev) Somers, Millett, Alberta; sisters, Thelma (Sterling) Jenkins and Betty Jenkins, all of Hazelbrook, PEI; several nieces and nephews. Always being a private man, at John’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family service has been planned. Donations in John’s name may be made to the Admiral Murray Naval Association or the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. No flowers by request. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS GATINEAU

CARTER, Frederick Tilley (October 7,1939 – December 17th, 2013) – One of the finest men anyone could have the privilege of calling husband, Dad, Grandad, and friend has passed away peacefully at the age of 74. Born in Port Union, Newfoundland to the late Frederick and Alma Carter (nee Shepherd), he moved to Cambridge Ontario at the age of 7 and became a Nova Scotian upon joining the Navy at age 18 where he had a 30 year career. Fred met the love of his life Joanne (nee Whymark) and they were married in April of 1961. They resided in Shelburne in the early years while Fred was deployed to the base there. They made many life-long friends and this was a time of their lives that they cherished deeply. Fred built their family home on Aspen Crescent, Lower Sackville where he and Joanne resided with their family for 42 years. Later Fred sailed on the HMCS Bonaventure and instructed at the Naval School in Halifax, a position that he loved. His last posting was as Coxswain of the HMCS Iroquois. Although he was a stickler for the rules he was known as a fair and compassionate leader. He was well respected by those he was in charge of and those to whom he reported. Before he lost his ability to speak, Fred was actively involved in his church as a choir member and also often manned the sound booth and taught others to do the same. Fred's greatest joy was always first and foremost his family and friends. He answered all calls for help, often quietly behind the scenes. Although diagnosed with Parkinson's in his early 40's, he soldiered on bravely, with great grace and courage and an amazing sense of humour. Fred was predeceased by his mother Alma Carter, his sister Ella, and his beautiful daughter Kelly Mullen. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Joanne, son Derek (Geoffrey Watson), brother George (Mary), daughter-in-law Kimberly, son-in-law Randall Mullen along with six grandchildren Christopher, Emma, Hilary (Carter), Andrew, Geoffrey, Sara (Mullen) of Halifax, Ottawa, and Kentville. Fred's family is so very thankful for the wonderful care he received from first a homecare team and then staff of Ocean View Continuing Care Centre. His care and the continuing care of his beloved wife Joanne has truly been second to none and has been given with the utmost of professionalism, compassion and respect. A special thanks to two very special friends for their constant love and support – Bill Marlow and Irene Hire. Funeral arrangements for Dad (Fred Carter) are with J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive , Halifax (455-0531). Visitation on Friday, December 20th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9. The funeral service will be Saturday morning at 10 a.m., also at J.A. Snow's. This will be a celebration of Dad's life and of the Christmas Season. Dad loved celebrating Christmas with his family, and always went "all out". We are sad but we his family will be together and celebrating Christmas as usual just with one empty place at the dinner table. Festive flowers and arrangements are welcome, as are donations to support Ocean View Continuing Care Foundation in Eastern Passage. The staff there is so caring, compassionate and kind. Absolutely amazing – and Ocean View remains Mom's home.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS IROQUOIS

CASSWELL, George W. - April 9, 1919 - December 31, 2011 - It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, George Casswell on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at home, Dad, the eldest son of the late George and Rose (Wallis) Casswell, immigrated to Canada with his family of 7 siblings from Weymouth, England, settling in Victoria, BC. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. A twenty-seven year naval career saw Dad serving in the Battle of the Atlantic from 1940 – 1945 followed by action during the Korean War. He survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan during enemy action on April 29, 1944. Prior to his retirement from the RCN, he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class and his final posting was Base Chief at HMCS Cornwallis, where he was instrumental in the training of many new sailors. Upon retirement from the RCN, he brought his family "home" to Westmount. He retired from civilian life after many years with the North Sydney Post Office. Though on dry land, his heart was always at sea. It was a proud moment for Dad when he was recognized by the Captain and crew of the Halifax based warship HMCS Athabaskan (3rd) as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy in 2010. He was visited at his home and presented with a commemorative book. He also received a letter of recognition for his service during the Korean Conflict from the President of the Republic of Korea in June 2010. Dad is survived by his daughters Susan (Dean) Knowles and grandson Matthew, Bedford, NS; Charn (Robert) Cydear, Santa Rosa, CA.; sons John (Cathy), Miramichi, NB., Phillip (Mary) and grandsons, Adam and Ryan, Ottawa, ON. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances (Moulins) in 1996. Honouring Dad's wishes, there will not be any visitation. A funeral mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4 at Holy Rosary Church with Rev. Doug Murphy officiating. Burial is to take place in parish cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to the Poppy Fund or a charity of one's choice. The family would like to offer a very special thank you to his caregivers, God's angels as they were called by Dad, Bonnie Clark, Sharon Cooke, Fern Jennings-Cobb and Lorraine Barry. They made it possible for Dad to have his "wish" to remain in his home. He received the best of care and this brought comfort to those of us who couldn't be there. Also, we would like to acknowledge the professional care given by the County Homemakers Society and the VON. We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Peter Jackson for looking after Dad and especially his home visits which were very much appreciated by Dad and his children. What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us" Helen Keller

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS NOOTKA

CHADSEY, Allen Raymond With great sadness, we announce Ray's passing on July 21st in Nanaimo, B.C. A dear and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Ray will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn him his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty (nee Almond), daughter Sheila (Rod) Stringer, son Michael (Jennifer) Chadsey, grandchildren Erin (Matthew) Eisenhauer, Leslie (Corey) deMoissac, John and Weldon Stringer, Sara and Stephen Chadsey, and precious great granddaughters Peyton and Finley deMoissac, in addition to a large extended family and a multitude of friends. Born in Merritt, B.C., in 1922, Ray's boyhood years were spent in Chilliwack and the Vancouver area. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1940, serving both overseas and along the B.C. coast, and was a survivor of the sinking of the HMCS Athabaskan off the coast of France in 1944. Ray approached life with zest and vigour, and saw obstacles only as challenges. From humble beginnings, he worked his way up in the corporate world in Vancouver and Toronto, completing his business years as Director of Corporate Services for George Weston Ltd. in 1987. His remarkable way with words kept him in demand as an accomplished public speaker late into his life. Always a family man first, he was an avid fisherman and golfer, and served two terms with distinction as President of the membership of St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto. A voracious reader, Ray remained an armchair student throughout his years, with an ability to retain information that always kept the conversation interesting while in his company. In addition, he was an incredibly gifted artist, whose many works we will continue to treasure. Gregarious and engaging, his keen intelligence, generous spirit, and wonderful sense of humour were his trademark gifts to us all. May we continue to remember and live by the fine example he set. Our very special thanks to the staff at Wexford Creek for their unfailing care and support in the past year. Private interment to take place at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, B.C. Plans for a celebration of Ray's life will be announced at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Good Samaritans Society.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

COOK, Geoffrey Robert Passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2010 with his family and pet present. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Effie of 40 years, his loving son Leonard, and family in Canada, the UK and extended family in Greece. Geoff was born in Kent, England, March 3, 1942, immigrating with his parents in 1948 to Sarnia, Ontario. Geoff and Effie moved to Victoria in 1973. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on HMCS Bonaventure and was a respected auto mechanic who was able to pursue his passion for racing and building sports cars. He maintained a lifelong love for Scouting, photography, and nature. Geoff was an avid outdoorsman and flyfisher. Donations to Victoria Hospice in Geoff's name would be gratefully accepted.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

COOPER, David Brian Suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services Wiarton, on Saturday, March 11th, 2006. David Brian Cooper of Sauble Beach in his 71st year. Beloved husband of the former Pat Day. Cherished father of Jamie and his wife Yvonne, of Brampton. Caring grandfather of Brandon, Alana, and David. Brother of Glen Cooper and his wife Roxanne, of Glen Williams; brother-inlaw of Charlene MacCormack, of Port Carling. Sadly missed by his extended family, Bill and Mary Schneider, of Palmerston; nieces, nephews and many friends. Predeceased by his parents, George "Jiggs" and Aileen Cooper; and brother Gary. David was proud to serve five years with the Royal Canadian Navy, with his last posting on the Aircraft Carrier HMCS Bonaventure. At David's request, there will be no visitation. Family wish friends to join with them for a Celebration of David's Life and Tree Dedication at the THOMAS C. WHITCROFT FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, Sauble Beach 519-422-0041 at a time to be announced in the spring. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Vision 2002 or Bruce Peninsula Hospice would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home. A Blue Spruce tree will be planted in the funeral home meadow in memory of David.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

COOPER, Ronald Ellwood, age 70 of Digby, passed away on January 20th, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Ron was born on June 5th, 1942 in Vermillion, Alberta to Desmond and the late Caroline Cooper. Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1960. He took this basic training at CFB Cornwallis, NS. There he met and married the love of his life Margie Potter and became a part of her wonderful family. He served his country aboard HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Cap de la Madeline. He was also stationed at CFB Stadacona and CFB Shearwater before retiring from the Navy in 1969. He and his family then moved to Bear River where he owned and operated Riverside Electronics until 1982. He later owned and operated Cooper’s Custom Computers until 2010, where he met and made many friends. His real love and passion was flying. He flew both a Cessna 172 and a Piper Cherokee 140. He belonged to the Hillgrove-Digby Flying Club where he had some great times with Eddie, Duane and many others. He was also the manager of the Digby Airport for several years. He flew all over the USA and Canada, sometimes accompanied by his dear wife and sons. Ron received his commercial pilot’s license in 1990. He was a founding member of the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association. Ron organized a senior men’s softball team and enjoyed the game and the camaraderie of his fellow players. After closing his business you could see he and Margie walking hand in hand along the streets of town. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Margie; sons Ron Jr., Rob (Joanne); grandchildren Amanda (Sean), Megan, Dylan and Brendon; great grandsons Benjamin and Aiden; his father Des Cooper of Victoria, B.C; sisters Lynn (Les) Milbury of Digby, Cherryl (Henry) Prenevost and Bonnie (Rick) Gordon of Alberta; brothers Rod (Rosie) and Rick (Diane) of Victoria, B.C; also by many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family. Ron was very impressed with the NS health care system. He was treated so well by all the staff including Doctors P. Goddard, J. Black, M. Bander; VON nurses; ambulance attendants and all other health services. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Digby Fire Hall on Friday, February 1st, 2013 from 2-4pm. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in Ron’s memory to the Digby General Hospital or the VON.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS CAP DE LA MADELEINE, HMCS/CFB SHEARWATER

CORMACK, Bruce, Cdr, RCN - Peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Predeceased by his loving wife Jean (nee Fearn), and his brother Ernest. Survived by his children Mark (Maureen), Valerie, Catherine (the late CWO Bill Williams), Andrea (Mark) and his two grandchildren, Jaime Williams and Jessica Cormack. Dad enlisted in the RCN in November 1946. He trained with RCN Victoria, RN, Portsmouth UK, and USN San Diego, CA. He served on HMCS Warrior, Magnificent, Bonaventure, and Terra Nova. CANCOMOCDU1. The highlight of his military career was during his last posting, to Washington, D.C., when he was awarded the US Legion of Merit. The family would like to thank the medical staff at the QCH and all the staff at the Lynwood Park Lodge. As per Dad's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private inurnment will take place at a later date. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to a charity of their choice.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS TERRA NOVA

CURRY, Donald George - After twenty years of dialysis treatment, Donald George Curry, aged 83 has gone to rest. He was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and as a teen he moved to Ontario where he met his wife Shirley (Johnston) and then he joined the Navy. He was a signalman aboard HMCS Quebec, Port St. Jean, Micmac, Bonaventure, Portage, Thunder, Kootney, Restouche and Annapolis as well as several land bases. He has lived in Dartmouth (N.S), Moncton (N.S) as well as Ontario. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 62 years. Beloved father of Margaret Davies of Kitchener, Ruth (Vaughn Benson) of Curran and Stewart of Rockland. Dear grandfather of Stephanie and Mathew (Jennifer) Benson, Mark and Scott Davies and great grandfather of Brayden Benson, Tanner, Dominik, Brooklyn and Hailey Davies and Dominic Rutton. Brother of Walter (Carolyn) of Amherst (N.S) and Dorothy (William) of Springhill (N.S), Linda (Brian) of Port Coquitlam (B.C) and brother-in-law of Pearl (William) of Oakville, (ON) and Arnold (Joyce) of Amherst (N.S). He will be also missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by son David, his parents Joe and Helen Curry, his brother William and his sister Joyce Peacock. Family and Friends are invited to visit at Beechwood, Cemetery and Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. until time of Memorial Service in the Sacred Space at 11a.m with interment to follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family welcomes you to join them for a reception following the interment in the Borden and Fleming Suites. For those who wish, flowers or memorial contributions in Donald's memory to the Ontario Kidney Foundation or Dialysis unit of the Ottawa General would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PORTE ST. JEAN, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS THUNDER

DADSON, Henry William - Born June 27, 1914 in Watrous, SK. Passed away peacefully on January 26, 2011 in Comox, BC. Predeceased by his wife Patricia, sisters Dorothy (Pelly), Margery (McDiarmid), Grace (Morrison) and brothers Richard and Thomas. Survived by his children Anthony (Suree), Christopher (Paulette), Julia (John Whitman); grandchildren Carleigh and Clayton Whitman; sister Phyllis (Boyd); and many nieces and nephews. Henry served his country as Lieutenant R.C.N.V.R. on Canadian destroyers HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Qu'Appelle, Staff Officer Lifesaving in Naval Headquarters, Ottawa and Past-President Naval Officer's Association of Winnipeg. He was keenly interested in sports, a Canadian champion in canoeing, serving for periods on Boards of the Winnipeg Canoe Club as Rear-Commodore and Vice-Commodore and the Winnipeg Ski Club as Treasurer and Vice-President. He was also a strong participant in community affairs, serving for periods on the Boards of The Winnipeg Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Winnipeg YMCA, secretary of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, President of the St. Vital Family YMCA, Chairman of the Budget Committee of The Winnipeg Community Chest and Treasurer of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church of Winnipeg. Henry enjoyed a successful business career as Comptroller of the Monarch Life Assurance Company of Winnipeg and later as Assistant General Manager of Fidelity Life Insurance Co. of Vancouver. Taking early retirement and accompanied by his devoted wife and partner Patricia, they enjoyed 10 years of extensive travel as live-aboards on a sailboat and a recreational trailer before moving to Sechelt, BC in 1983 to renew their love of home and garden. Thanks to Henry's many friends, Dr. Reggler, and the nurses and staff at Eagleview Extended Care in Comox, BC for their care and compassion. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society of British Columbia or to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS ATHABASKAN

DALLIN, Edward Earl (Bud) - Born at Yorkton Sask. March 10th 1921, passed away peacefully June 15, 2014. He attended Victoria and Burke Public Schools in Yorkton, Sask. until 1934 when he moved to Victoria, B. C. with his parents and younger brother Lorne. He attended Boy's Central and Victoria High School, and left to work at Pacific Furniture Manuf. in Esquimalt in 1938. He joined the RCN at HMCS Naden in Nov. 1940 as a Stoker and was drafted to Halifax early in 1941. He was drafted to the Battleship HMS Ramillies and while with the Royal Navy served on four other RN ships. He finally was returned to the RCN in 1943 and was on the commission crew of HMCS Athabaskan G07 leaving her just before she was severely damaged the first time. He served on three other Canadian ships before ending his Naval Service on the Staff of Commodore Agnew RCN with the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. and was discharged with the rank of Stoker Petty Officer in Nov. 1947. While in Washington, D.C. he met and married Eleanor Anne Hill of Cobden Ont. They lived in Toronto, Ont. for six years before moving to Prince Albert, Sask. in 1954. He was on the Air Staff of CKBI Radio & TV for 18 years. He was a past Master of Kinistino Masonic Lodge No. 1, and served three years on the Provincial Board of Directors of Alzheimer, Sask. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor in 1999, his father and mother, sister Dorothy Salmon, and brothers Vernon, Robert and Lorne. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and numerous nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank Dr. Tamboline and the staff in the E.R. and C.C.U. for their care and support. A service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, at the corner of Mills Road and West Saanich Road, on Wed. June 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society.

 

HMCS NADEN, HMS RAMILLIES, HMCS ATHABASKAN

DAYTON, Frances James (Frank), Cdr, CD, November 7, 1924 – May 22, 2013 - It is with great sadness that we report the death of Frank Dayton-husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend-who passed on to higher service at the age of 88 while surrounded by family at home at Victoria. Frank was born in Portage-la-Prairie, MB, and was educated at Edmonds Street School, Burnaby, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. During the Second World War, Frank was a pilot in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, demobilized in 1946. In 1949, Frank enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer and in 1952-53 he received specialized training in Marine Engineering at the Royal Navy Engineering College, Plymouth, UK. Frank served the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer until he retired in 1975. Postings included HMCS Ontario (1950, 1953), HMCS Dockyard (1950), HMCS Magnificent (1951), HMS Thunder (1952), HMCS Venture (1954), Royal Military College (1956), HMCS Skeena (1958), RCAF Staff College (1960), HMCS Stadacona (1961), HMCS Bonaventure (1964), Ship Repair Unit Halifax (1966), C.F. Fleet School Halifax (1970) and CFB Shearwater (1972). In 1975, Frank began teaching Marine Engineering Technology at Saint Laurence College of Technology, Cornwall, ON, until he retired for a second time, to Victoria in 1985. Predeceased by his parents, his brother and his sister; and survived by his wife of 62 years, Edith, his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Ann Bowler, his son Rev. Bruce, five grandchildren, William, Victoria, Amanda, Caroline and Charlotte, and two nieces, Sharon Delany and Sue Edwards. Visitation will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm on Sunday, May 26 at McCall Bros. Funeral Home, 1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria. A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 27 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, with Rev. Will Ferrey and Rev. Don Walls presiding. Condolences for the family may be offered below.

 

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de STE. CROIX, Dennis John, LCdr - 83, Dartmouth, passed away quietly with his family by his side on Saturday, October 21, 2006, in the 9th Floor Geriatrics Ward, Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Portsmouth, UK (England), on September 5, 1923, he was a son of Arthur John de Ste. Croix, Portsmouth, Lt. Cmdr. Royal Navy (Ret'd) who fought on HMS Tiger in the Battle of Jutland, and Susan Mary Grimmond of London. He was the third of five children born in Portsmouth, UK. He was an avid player of soccer (football), cricket, and track and field. He won many trophies for all sports in which he was involved. He joined the Royal Navy as a boy sailor at the age of 15 with a boilermaker apprentice. He served in the Second World War on HMS Enterprise (Battle of Atlantic) and saw action at Normandy (D-Day), Bay of Biscay (sank three German destroyers, damaged four), and Cherbourg (silenced German guns ashore). He transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 as CPO1 ERA and was among the first Canadians to go to England for Submarine Service. He served on submarines HMS Alliance and Trespasser. He later served on HMCS Gatineau as Assistant Engineer 1960-61, HMCS Lanark as Engineering Officer 1961-64, and on HMCS Bonaventure as Propulsion Officer 1967-69. He served as Base Supply's Last Technical Officer before retirement in 1974. Upon retirement, he briefly served with public works and Queens Harbour Master. He was then employed at SRU (A) Ship Repair Unit Atlantic, Submarine Planning, until 1944 (now FMFCS). He was a member of the Nova Scotia Naval Officers' Association, and was inducted into the Department of National Defence Longevity Hall of Fame for 54 years of service. He was well-known for his quiet demeanor and "dry" sense of humour. He deeply loved his wife of 60 years, Ena, and was the best grandfather and great-grandfather one could have hoped for. He enjoyed the simple things in life, going to the library, doing crosswords and feeding the birds on his front lawn. He did it his way and had a wonderful life of which his Mum and Dad would have been proud. He will be deeply missed. We want to express our thanks and gratitude to the nurses and doctors of the 9th Floor, Abbie J. Lane Building, QEII, for all the care that they gave to Granddad. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ena (Goodey), who was a Petty Officer in the WRENS and served in Egypt, Second World War; son, John Anthony de Ste. Croix (Virginia), Oromocto, N.B.; sister, Phyllis Cheeseman, Portsmouth, UK; brother, Brian (Joan) de Ste. Croix, Portsmouth, UK; grandchildren, LS Jonathan (Michele) de Ste. Croix (Navy), Dartmouth; Pte. Julie de Ste. Croix (Air Force), Ottawa, Ont.; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle de Ste. Croix and Aiden de Ste. Croix, Dartmouth. He was predeceased by brother, Ronald de Ste. Croix, Lt. Cmdr., RN (Ret'd) (Portsmouth, UK); sister, Kathleen Wilson (Portsmouth, UK). Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today, funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, October 26, both in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, Rev. Capt. Bruce Murray officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter and Canadian Wildlife Federation.

 

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DEVEAUX, Joseph Eugene (Jeep) - 86, Eastern Passage, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2013 at the Dartmouth General Hospital surrounding by his loving family. Born in New Waterford in 1926, he was the son of the late Telesphore and Eliza (Aucoin) Deveaux. Predeceased by two brothers in infancy, he leaves behind his wife Shirley (née Hunt), his sister Rita Connors, children Cheryl (Gerry) McDaniel, Laurie, Janine (Pat Rossall), Robert (Cheryle (née Stubbert)) and Kevin (Megan); grandchildren Elysse, Meaghan, Natalee (Derek) Stephens, Kaitlyn, Emma, Zachary, Michaela, Sydney, Ewan and Flavie, great-grandchildren Aidan, Nora and Jack and several nieces, nephews and their families. He was married in 1952 and they moved to Eastern Passage in 1957. He was a veteran of WWII where he was posted to the HMCS North Battleford and the HMCS Huntsville. After the war he returned to New Waterford and worked in the coal mines for several years. In 1954 he decided to re-enter the Navy, first being posted to CFB Shearwater and then CFB Halifax. Prior to his retirement in 1975 he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, having served with pride on many ships, including the HMCS Bonaventure. In 1972 he was elected Halifax County Councilor for Eastern Passage-Cow Bay - a post he held through several elections until he retired in 1996. During that time he oversaw the development of new infrastructure in the communities, including sewer and water, the first Eastern Passage Junior High School, new housing developments and a new fire hall. He was a driving force behind the establishment of community schools and opening access to the local schools for evening activities. As a member of the Halifax County Council he was also the long-standing Chairperson of the Recreation Committee, a member of the Halifax County-Bedford School Board and spent one term as Deputy Warden. He also served terms on the Boards of Metro Transit Commission, the Halifax Waterfront Development Corporation and the Dartmouth General Hospital. He was extremely active in the Eastern Passage-Cow Bay community, first having served on the Boards of the Athletic Association and the Ratepayers Association in the 1960s. He was a long time member of St. Andrew’s Parish. He was also involved in the management of Oceanview Manor. He was a charter member of the Eastern Passage-Cow Bay Lions Club and an active member of the Legion (Caen Branch), the Buffalo Club (Lodge 8686) the Knights of Columbus, and the Eastern Passage Benevolent Society. He was a part of the group that created the community newspaper The Beacon and he was a founding member of the Eastern Passage-Cow Bay Summer Carnival Committee. Grampy is remembered for his tremendous generosity, his presence at every family event and special occasion, his hugs and kisses and his signature boxes of Smarties. Christmas will never be the same without his special gifts and his famous stuffing. He will be remembered for his passion for the game of golf and fondly missed for his daily telephone calls. Visitation will take place at the Eastern Passage Funeral Home between 1 and 4pm and 7 and 9 pm on Tuesday, January 15. Memorial mass will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Eastern Passage at 10a.m. on Wednesday, January 16. Reception to follow at the Eastern Passage-Cow Bay Lions Club. Donations can be made to the Eastern Passage Benevolent Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers.

 

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DOYLE, Adrian Francis, MWO, CD2 age 74 of Glencoe, Pictou Co. passed away peacefully on March 4th, 2015 at home. Born in Avondale, Newfoundland on Jan 29th, 1941 he was a son of the late Gregory P. and Angela (Mary) (Griffin) Doyle. Adrian served from 1959-1989 with distinction in the Royal Canadian Navy reaching the rank of Master Warrant Officer. He served on the HMCS Bonaventure, Fraser, Nipigon and Skeena having been stationed at CFB Shearwater and CFB Ottawa. Adrian was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br.28, Stellarton. Upon retirement of CAF, he operated a small family farm and drove the school bus for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and four wheeling as well as travelling back home to Newfoundland. Surviving are his children Leslie (Bill), Michael (Sandra) and Colleen (Jim), 5 grandsons; Mark, Adam, Chance, Avery and Chris, a brother Melvin. He will also be missed by his faithful companion, his chocolate lab Willie. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria, brothers Pat and Robert as well as a sister Mary. Cremation has taken place. Internment will be in Newfoundland at a later date. Donations in memory of Adrian may be made to the SPCA or to a charity of one’s choice. A special thank you to our other mother Marg and the extended family.

 

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DUBOIS, Bernard (Bernie) Passed away Sunday, August 9, 2009, at the age seventy-eight. Born in Verdun, Qc, the son of Hector J. Dubois and Maria LeBreche Dubois. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his wonderful wife Dorothy of 56 years; sons, Matthew, Cornwall, Ont.; Gerald, Dallas, Tex.; David, Dartmouth; daughter, Valerie Anne, Halifax; several nieces and nephews in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, With posting to: HMCS Ontario, La Hulloise, Haida, Magnificent, Algonquin, Bonaventure, Nipigon, Nootka, Athabaskan, D'Iberville, Stadacona, Naden and Donnacona, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was past president of the Dockyard Toastmasters Club, and a member of the Toastmasters International Hall of Fame. He was a Life Member of the Chief and PO's Mess Stadacona, a Life Member of the Atlantic Chief and PO's Association, and a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch. He was a frequent blood donor and an agnostic. A nice guy who never pissed in anyone's beer. He thanks his friends and family for the memories. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch, 703 Main St. Dartmouth. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital.

 

HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NADEN, HMCS DONNACONA, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS LA HULLOISE

EDDY, Keith Malcolm, CD, WO - 76, Halifax. It is with profound sorrow the family of Keith Malcolm Eddy announce his passing on May 11, 2011 in the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, Halifax. Keith was a son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Spinney) Eddy. Keith served in the Canadian Forces for almost 31 years retiring in 1983. Keith's first 14 years were in the Navy (Naval Air) aboard HMCS Magnificent, Bonaventure and Cape Scott, 17 years served in the Air Force in various leadership capacities. His innovative ways lead to the creation of a world class Survival Training School at HMCS Shearwater. Keith was instrumental in bringing the Aurora aircraft to Canada. Following his military career he was Chief Inspector with Canadian Helicopters for eight years, retiring to spend his winters in Florida with his wife Eleanore. Keith loved landscaping, a passion which he passed on to his family. He enjoyed the ocean, whether it was fishing with his family or simply just being out on the water with his loved ones. Keith is survived by his darling wife and best friend of 33 yrs, Eleanore (Randall). His brother Lawrence, Windsor; sister, Lillian Spares, Hantsport; sons, Russel (Darlene), Leonard (Dawn) Ontario; daughter, Sandra Eddy (husband Barry Brown) Wolfville. Grandchildren, Ashley, Katelynn, Jacob, Krystain, Christopher (Kelly), Amy, Allison; great-grandchildren; Luca and Connor, nieces and nephews. His parents, brothers, Stewart and Kenneth, predeceased him. Visitation will be held Monday, May 16 6-8pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. Halifax (902) 455-0531. Memorial service will be held in the Funeral Home chapel, Tuesday, May 17 at 1pm. Interment will be at Pinehill Baptist Cemetery, Chester, 3pm. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, V.G. Site, Halifax, N.S. The family wish to thank Dr. Charles Anderson for his care over the years; Dr. Paul McIntyre and the "angels" on the Palliative Care Unit. You are very special people to us.

 

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EDWARDS, James Richard - James R. Edwards passed away quietly on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in his 72nd year. Retired employee of Air Canada with 25 years of service and proud member of IAM Lodge 2323. Served in the Canadian Navy when it was Royal and Blue. Stationed at Shearwater with Squadron 880 and served aboard H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 527. Survived by his children Vernon, Dana, Gina, Roger and Tim. Also survived by grandchildren Dawn, Daniel, Devin, Victoria, Andrew, Trevor, Jessica and Adam as well as two great-grandchildren Riley and Aiden. Survived also by sisters Sandra and Loretta and several nieces and nephews. Dearly missed by his companion of many years, Joyce Rice. Sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Kendal and especially his CCAC nurse Ruth for her compassion and concern. Cremation to be followed by private family gathering. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund Ontario Command, 89 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON L4G 4C4, or the Great Lakes United Foundation 120-215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7.

 

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EDWARDS, Murray Hilton, CPO1, RCN  - 83, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in QE11 Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Born October 31, 1927, in Halifax, he was the son of the late Jenny Edwards Messanger (Libby) (of Boston, Mass.) and Walter Edwards (of Halifax). He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 where he served 20 years. During his naval career he served aboard HMCS La Hulloise, Haida, Warrior, Magnificent, Quebec, Ontario, Chaudiere, and Bonaventure. Murray's next career took him into sales and management with Sherwin Williams Paint Co., Penhorn Mall, and Hillcrest Volkswagen. Murray served his community as a scout leader at Edgewood United Church, Senior Counsellor for United Commercial Travellers (838), 1973-74, and Halifax Executive Association (HXA). Murray was predeceased by brothers, Donald Gordon (I), Donald Gordon (II), Robert Kenneth and his stepfather, Stewart Messanger. He is survived by loving wife of 62 years, Winifred Kathleen Edwards (Hiltz); his children, Darryl (Yvone), Kingsport; Laurie, Bedford; and Jeffry (Tracey), Milton, Ont.; and his sister, Wendy (Eli) Rees. Murray delighted in his grandchildren, Amelia Rose Edwards, Ottawa; Erik Burgers, Bedford; Nicole and Myles Husby, Milton; and Jennifer Edwards, Milton. Visitation will be held from 3-6pm in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, (902) 455-0531, today, February 1. The funeral service will be held 3pm, Wednesday, February 2 in J.A. Snow Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Vincent Ihasz officiating. In Lieu of flowers, a donation in memoriam of Murray may be made to the Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation or St. Leonard Society.

 

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ELLIS, Raymond Thomas - Passed away Monday October 17, 2011 at the West Parry Sound Health Centre after an illness with cancer. Ray is Survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn (Belton) Ellis; his son Steve (Juanita); daughter Joy (Peter) and his sister Joan (John) Young. He was a loving grandfather to Katie, Craig, Jake, and Dylan. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. Ray joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956 and served on the H.M.C.S. Bonaventure, Halifax NS until 1961. He then joined the North York Fire Department in 1962 until his retirement in 1993. Moving to Dunchurch for his retirement, he became the Fire chief with Dunchurch Volunteer Fire Department until 1995. He was a Passionate outdoorsman and an avid golfer. Cremation has taken place. The family requests donations to Hospice West Parry Sound. The family would like to thank the nurses who cared for Ray at home and from the 3rd floor of the Health Centre.

 

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ENGLISH, Kenneth Thomas, PO1, RCN Air Branch, Base Petawawa Fire Department, Served on the HMCS Air Craft Carriers Magnificent and Bonaventure. At the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Thursday June 6, 2013 with his loving family at his side at the age of 82 years. Ken English of Petawawa, beloved husband of Frances English (nee Clifford). Dear father of Stephen English (Frieda), Garson, On., Pamela Caldwell, Parksville, B.C. and Catherine English-Butterworth (Bob Butterworth), Perth. Loving grandfather of Melissa (Glenn Coulter), Amanda Graham, Morgan Jurmalietis, (Temi), Graham Jurmalietis, Jessica and Brittany Caldwell. Great grandfather of Jayden and Benjamin. Predeceased by his sister Barbara Leduc . Survived by his sister-in-law Ann Clifford, nephew Gordon Clifford (Roslyn) and niece Karen (Norman Thuswaldner). Ken will be sadly missed by many friends and his good neighbours. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ken with his family during visitation at the Murphy Funeral Home, 296 Isabella Street, Pembroke on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9. A Service to celebrate Ken's life will take place in the Chapel on Monday June 10 at 11 o'clock. Interment Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Ottawa Tuesday June 11th. In memory of Ken, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation, The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

 

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FAIRCHILD, John Winter (18 Aug 1924 - 23 Aug 2013) - The ninth of 10 children, John was born in Quebec City to Stuart Lemoine Fairchild and Sarah Marjorie Boomer. At 17, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Athabaskan during WW2. He was a prisoner-of-war in Germany when he was 19 until he escaped towards the end of the war. Following the war, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served for many years but his love of the sea remained throughout his life and he always insisted that he had never swallowed the anchor. He was a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion and supported the survivors of the Athabaskan throughout the rest of his life. John was a loyal and proud man. He was a jack-of-all-trades, an avid sailor, reader and cat lover. He was a great story teller with a wonderful sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye. John will be greatly missed by his wife, Pam, his sons, Peter and Richard and his adopted daughters, Tracy and Sian. He was predeceased by his first wife, Pat and his eldest son, Michael. He is survived by his older sister, Annabelle and his youngest brother, Bobby. He leaves behind eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends across Canada and throughout the United States. A memorial gathering to celebrate John's life will take place in Ladysmith on November 2nd. Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in John's name, may do so to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Palliative Care Unit.

 

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FALLEN, Edward A. (Ted), Cdr, RCN - age 82 years, long time city resident passed away peacefully in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital -McKellar site on Sunday, December 22, 2002. Born and raised in Fort William, he received his early education at local schools. After he completed his pilot training, he joined the Royal Air Force war effort and at the age of 25 years, he finished with #77 Bomber Squadron, 4 Bomber Group, Flying Halifax Bombers over enemy lines, from bases in England. On his return to Canada, he found employment as a bush pilot with the Marathon Paper Co. and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy, where he spent the majority of his military career in the service of the country he loved. He served as both a fixed wing and helicopter pilot aboard the aircraft carriers HMCS Magnificant (the Maggie), HMCS Bonaventure (the Bonnie), U.S.S Antietam, U.S.S Wasp and U.S.S Kula Gulf and in Canada's Arctic aboard the HMCS Labrador. In 1960, he was appointed the Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron HS50 based at HMCS Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He had the distinction of being the first helicopter pilot to take off and land from a destroyer deck at sea. After retiring from the active service, he returned to his hometown but remained active in military service, serving as the Commanding Officer of HMCS Griffon for many years. He was employed by the Thunder Bay and Area E.M.O. as the Emergency Measures Planning Officer until his retirement in 1985. Ted was a Past President of the Thunder Bay Rowing Club, Past Director of Ontario and Canadian Rowing Associations, as well as a licenced Rowing Official at the Henley Regattas and Olympic Games in Montreal. He was a Past President of the Thunder Bay Navy League and local branch Naval Officers Association, Past President of the local branch of the Canadian Club, a Past Commander of the Lakehead Power Squadron and Past President of the Kakabeka Falls Branch 225, Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by Marjorie, son Bruce (Chris), grandsons Tyler and Matt Fallen, son-in-law Jon Hurdon, granddaughters Kate and Lauren Hurdon, Hull, Que. . Also surviving are sisters Joan (Doug) Jessiman, Castro Valley, California and Eileen Oliver, North Vancouver, B.C. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (1981), father Albert (1982) and daughter Carol Hurdon (1989). A Celebration of Ted's Life will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. were family and friend will gather at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Ridgeway St. , with Rev. Canon Paul Carr officiating. At Ted's request donations in his memory, can be made to the New Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Fund.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS LABRADOR, HMCS SHEARWATER

FALLS, Robert Hilborn Falls, Admiral, CMM, CD (1924-2009) Suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by family present and in spirit, on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the General Hospital in Ottawa at age 85. Married for 63 years to the love of his life, Isabelle Falls (nee Urie). Beloved and much loved father of Robert Falls (Karen Dempsey) of LaHave, Nova Scotia and Janice (Richard Slowikowski), and David Falls (Lori) of Ottawa. Proud and cherished grandfather of Dylan, Sean and Ryan Falls and James and Chloe Slowikowski. Much loved brother of Gwen Sheppard (Don) of Aurora, Ontario and Howard Falls (Muriel) of London, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Doris Falls and sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Robert joined the RCAF in late 1942 and trained as a pilot. He transferred to the navy after WWII, moving through a series of naval flying and command responsibilities (including HMCS BONAVENTURE) to senior management positions at headquarters and a period as Commander of the Canadian Flotilla Atlantic. Vice-Chief of Defence Staff 1974-77, he became the first naval officer to serve as Chief of Defence Staff 1977-80. He was the first Canadian to be Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the alliance's senior military authority, 1980-83. He involved himself thereafter in disarmament causes, and in 1985 became President of the Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament (now the Canadian Council for International Peace and Security) with which he remained affiliated after his presidency. Robert was a humble man of integrity, intelligence and many talents. A respected member of the Canadian Armed Forces, his life can be more truly measured by his relationship with his loving and extended family and many friends. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario, from 7-9 pm Thursday, November 12, and from 11 am until 1 pm on Friday, November 13. A Celebration of his Life will immediately follow in the Chapel. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the doctors and staff at the ICU and Critical Care Unit of the General Hospital for their professional and compassionate care. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to the Shearwater Aviation Museum of which he was a founding director, at P.O. Box 5000, Station Main, Shearwater, Nova Scotia B0J 3A0 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

 

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FARISH, David Storm, Lt (N), RCNVR (11 Feb 1924 - 27 Oct 2010) - Peacefully, with his daughter at his side, David Storm Farish passed away at his residence at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre. He was predeceased by his son John, his parents David and Jane (Storm) Farish, and his old friend Dick Braidwood. He will be fondly remembered by his daughter, Diane Farish Kotelko and his grandsons, Aubrey and Patrick Kotelko, along with Diane's mother Audrey Farish. He will also be remembered by lifetime friend Lois Braidwood. A special thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers at Rideau 1S at the PRVHC for their dedication, patience and kindness during his years of living there. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held on Saturday, October 30th at 10:00 a.m. in the Lupton Hall of the PRVHC, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David Farish may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre Foundation.

 

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FITZPATRICK, Maurice Arthur (17 Aug 1932- 17 May 2012) - passed away suddenly while sleeping at Leduc General Hospital on Thursday, May 17, 2012; just three months shy of his 80th birthday. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen, his daughter Tara, son Stephen (Audrey), and two grandchildren, Fenya and Glorianna. Born and raised in southern Manitoba, Maurice was the eldest of seven siblings, is survived by Ena and Wendell, and predeceased by Harold, Dennis, Agnes, and Gary. Maurice left the family farm at age 17 for the armed forces, spending 5 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and another 5 in the Navy, including time proudly spent on Canada's last aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. His interest in aviation led him to a career in air traffic control where he spent the next 27 years, settling in Leduc in 1974. Maurice was committed to serving the community in which he lived, beginning as Treasurer of Leduc Minor Baseball and moving on to the town Parks and Recreation Committee prior to serving as town councillor for several terms and finally as mayor of Leduc from 1989-1995. He used his civic experience as well as his status as a Toastmaster and registered parliamentarian to assist in chairing large meetings, such as those of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. As a former serviceman, he was also heavily involved in the Royal Canadian Legion for many years, serving in a variety of offices including President of Leduc Branch #108. In retirement, he and Helen took to the road in an RV, and travelled to Newfoundland before returning to the west and dividing their time between the BC interior and Leduc. Maurice will be remembered as a loving husband and father, proud grandfather, loyal friend, and a compassionate man who was passionate about service to others. His quick wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Leduc Legion on Tuesday May 22nd at 3:00 pm. His family suggests donations be made in his name to Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

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FORMAN, George Edward (Ted), Cdr,  RCN (11 Jan 1931 - 09 Apr 2014) - Brother, son, husband, father of 6, grandfather of 20. Electrical engineer and electrician. Naval officer, sailor and aviator. Cold warrior, fighter pilot, squadron commander and veteran. Driver, coach and scout leader. Hunter of moose, deer, geese, ducks and Russian submarines. Accomplished athlete competing in numerous marathons. Teacher of jumping into deep water, downhill skiing, tire changes, camp fires, kite making, diarist, letter writer, just to name a few. In his 84th year, Ted passed away at Stillwater Retirement Home, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his devoted wife Theresa, his granddaughter Carly and brothers Allen and Jim. Ted, the son of James and Rita Forman, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, B.C. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy at Royal Roads University. After graduation from Royal Military College (RMC), Ted completed his electrical engineering degree at UBC. Ted then served a full career in the navy as an engineer and pilot. Ted served on the HMCS Bonaventure, Canada's only aircraft carrier, as a pilot and electrical officer. As Ted had explained "An aircraft carrier is a very large ship, but a very small airfield. With Bonaventure, we had that truism in spades. All flight operations were launched by catapult and all landings were made with arresting hooks. Flight accidents, great expense and fierce North Atlantic weather made operations untenable. By government fiat, the ship was scrapped and a glorious period of Canadian Naval Aviation passed into history." Ted flew Banshee Jets and Trackers, becoming Commanding Officer of VS-880, Canada's last carrier-based, fixed wing squadron. The Tracker had the very important responsibility of tracking Russian submarines in the very cold North Atlantic as well as the Pacific coast during the Cold War. After decommission of the 'Bonnie', he served as technical and engineering officer in the Navy's Destroyers. After receiving further specialized training, Ted served on exchange with both the Royal Navy in Britain and the United States Navy. Following retirement, Ted served in the army with various electronic projects. He retained his love of flying all of his life, serving at various times as president of the Rockcliffe Flying Club and the Canadian Naval Air Group. All of this being said, there was nothing more important to Ted than his family. Ted's values of modesty, kindness, strength, being a gentleman, taking care of the youth and the elderly, being interested in world events, and loving life with a keen and quick sense of humour were imbedded in everything that he did. (He would hint at mysterious events in the world of "Intelligence", but said he would probably have to line us all up and shoot us if he told his secret stories). He was involved in all of his childrens' activities, driving them to many lessons, practises, years of leadership with the Scouts, attending concerts, sports games and decorating all the childrens' birthday cakes every year. Ted is deeply mourned by his six children David (Cheryl), Rita (Max), Michael (Stacey), Stephen (Bonnie), Marlene (Rory), Teddy (Kristy) and 20 truly beloved grandchildren Rita, Emily, Jonah, Matthew, Eva, Faye, Stephen, Tessa, Jacob, Liam, Davis, Garrick, Sidney, Carly, Jillian, Thomas, Jack, Griffin, Carter and Brady. He will also be missed by his dear friend Joan Hillary, and his many friends across Canada. Visitation will take place at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Monday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Services at St. John the Apostle Church, 2340 Baseline Road, Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the would be appreciated.

 

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FORSTER, Edward Ralph (Ted), Cdr - For he maketh the storm to cease; so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they are at rest; and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be. It is with the greatest sadness that the family of Ted Forster announces his death in Ottawa on May 6th, 2008. Beloved husband of the late June (nee Dey) and of Janet Thorsteinson. Loving Dad of Andrew and David (Leslie Sutherland) and grandfather of Kalen and Melanie June. Dearest brother of Dorothy Caw and the late Edith Buck and loving uncle of their sons John Caw (Jackie) and Bobby Buck (Susie) and many great nieces and great nephews. Much loved by Janet's sister Jennie and Jennie's daughter Kristina. During WWII, Ted served in the Royal Navy repairing Merlin Engines at Coimbatore South India and, after the war, worked on the Berlin Airlift before joining the Royal Canadian Navy where he served in HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure. After retiring from the Navy, he was the Coordinator of the DND Energy Program and the Contracts Dispute Office from which he retired in 1985 to go sailing with June, in Aries III. Later, he was content to travel in freighters to South Africa, Australia and Norway, with Janet. He was never happier than when at sea. For those who cared for Ted with respect and compassion during his illness, we express our gratitude. Memorial service at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 MacKay Street, Ottawa at 1300, Friday, May 9th. Followed by a gathering at 1430 at HMCS Bytown, the Navy Mess on Lisgar. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the National Military Cemetery. By family request, donations may be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial, HMCS Sackville.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT

FOTHERINGHAM, James Brant, OMM, CD, Capt (N), RCN (Born: 30 Aug 1921, Brandtford, Ont. Died: 06 Jun 2013, Sidney, BC) On Thursday, June 6, 2013 in his 91st year, at home in Sidney, BC. Beloved husband of Rosemary (nee Kirkwood, deceased 2004) and beloved father of Tom (Sharon), Jim (Jose), Tim (Rhonda), Mary (Dan), Donny (Amy), Jon, Anne, Philip, and Paul (Beth); grandfather of twenty; and great-grandfather of seven. Predeceased by sisters Olga Ward and Mary Carter. Peacefully, in the arms of Mary, his daughter and care giver. Brant ("Pop") served in the RCNVR during the Second World War and enjoyed an illustrious post-war career as an RCN aviator and officer. His many military accomplishments included command of HMCS St. Laurent, the first and final landings on the last RCN aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure (1957-1970), command of the last RCN air station, HMCS Shearwater, before and after it transitioned to CFB Shearwater in 1968, and qualifying as one of Canada's very few Second World War Navy fighter pilots. Well respected by those with whom he served, he was likewise respected and admired by those who knew him. Prayers will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima, 4635 Elk Lake Drive on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm. A funeral Mass for Brant will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. Into the hands of our Lord we commend him.

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS VISON (1942), HMS CAMPOBELLO, HMCS SHAWINIGAN, HMS SMITER, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS SAULT STE MARIEHMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS SHEARWATER

FRASER, Peter Archibald ( 17 Jan 1941-16 May 2014) - 73 of MacKay St., Stellarton passed away suddenly, May 16, 2014. Born in New Glasgow he was a son of the late Charles and Georgina (Cheverie) Fraser. Peter was a longtime resident of Stellarton. In his younger years he served in the Canadian Navy aboard the Bonaventure. He retired in 1997 after working many years for Pepsi-Cola. Peter was very involved with the Pictou County Ground Search and Rescue and EMO. He was an honorary member of the Stellarton Fire Department and a member of 110 Wing RCAF, Stellarton. Peter was very active with the Pictou County Fire Schools and was a training officer for several county fire departments. He is survived by his wife Marie, Stellarton; daughters Krista and Debbie (Cullen) and grandchildren Chantel and Devan; Aidan and Caden (their dad Ian LePage) and his furry companion Mako; brothers and sisters Sam “Shug” (Betty), Westville; Albert “Pop”, Pictou; Anita “Neek”, Pictou; Jessie (Walter), Bridgewater; John “Buck” (Janette), Merigomish; Donald “Din” (Muriel), Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Billy; sisters Mary Catherine and Jean. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Tuesday in the H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel, Stellarton. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 am Wednesday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Cremation will follow. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to any local Fire Department or the Heart and Stroke Fund.

 

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FREWER, Frederick Charsley, Captain 1922 - 2004 - To a naval hero from one who sailed with him three times to Canada's youngest Commanding Officer of a destroyer who took over as Captain of HMCS St. Laurent in 1942 at age 22. - Good-bye dear friend - A Salute!! D.A. Potter, Lt. Ret'd RCN

 

Article from the Sentinel Magazine on Capt Frewer's retirement

 

HMS VINDICTIVE, HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN (1938), HMS BERWICK (1938), HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ROYAL ROADS (1947), HMCS MICMAC, HMCS STADACONA (as XO), HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS CORNWALLIS (C.O,, 1959), HMCS BONAVENTURE, CFB ESQUIMALT (C.O. 1969)

GERARD, Joseph Alponse Gautreau - January 18, 1940 January 5, 2008 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerry Gautreau after a long battle with cancer. Gerry passed away peacefully at his home in Crown Point, Indiana with his second wife Katie Gautreau and family by his side. Gerry was born in Bas Cap Pele, New Brunswick on January 18, 1940. At the age of 17 he joined the Navy and sailed for four years on the HMCS Bonaventure. He later moved his family to Shediac and was well know in the community as "The Cable Man". He later travelled around the world setting up cable systems in Aruba, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Mongolia. He leaves behind his four children, Michele of Cambridge, Christopher (Kristina) of Moncton, N.B., Michael (Erin) of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey of Calgary. Pre-deceased by his father Donat Gautreau he is survived by his Mother, Elizabeth (Vautour) Gautreau, his brothers and sisters. Theresa, Yvon, Jeannie, Bernice, Leo-Paul, Lorraine, Bernard. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Sandra Gautreau of Shediac, N.B. By request creamation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time. Donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

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GERRIOR, Marshall James, CWO - It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce that Marshall passed away from cancer on Friday, September 24, 2004. His main concern was to help his family and not dwell on his own struggle. He faced it with courage and maintained a positive outlook. He enjoyed having visitors and all the treats. He was thankful for the friendship and care that was given during his stay at Palliative Care, 7A Centennial Unit and 4B Transitional Unit. He appreciated celebrating communion during his stay in the hospital. Marshall was born in Guysborough on December 31, 1927, to Prudence (Coleman) and Wilfred Gerrior. For 54 years, he was the loving husband of Bertha (Smith), and the loving father of daughters, Dawn (Mrs. Jack Marshall), Darlene (Mrs. Michael Megaffin) and Deborah Gerrior-Thomas. He will be missed by grandchildren, James, Luke and Lauren Marshall, Danielle Megaffin, and Haley and Dylan Thomas. He is also survived by sister, Teresa; and by many relatives. He was predeceased by brothers, Floyd, Coleman and Donald. Marshall was a member of St. Mark's Church for more than 50 years. He served as warden, council member, member of Word 5 Committee, member of the Diocesan Parish Relations, supporter of The Bishop's Men and Anglican Foundation of Canada and on the committee for Christians for Refugees. He helped settle refugee families in Canada and was proud of their accomplishments. He was an auctioneer for St. Mark's Mothers Union to raise money for their travelling fund. His great sense of humour was always enjoyed. As a young man, he served in the Pictou Highlanders E Company, reserve army. He later joined the Navy and retired after 26 years of service. During this time, he served on the training ships HMCS Charlottetown II, Uganda and Ontario. He continued on the HMCS Warrior and Magnificent, and a year on the HMCS Haida in the Korean War. After returning, he sailed on HMCS Quebec, Victoriaville, Yukon, Bonaventure and Skeena. The latter part of his career he was land based. Marshall enjoyed playing bridge, going to horse races, movies and watching golf tournaments, boxing, Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire on television. He was part owner of Fre-Mar Grocery in St. Margaret's Bay and later was part owner of Hal-Mar Jobbers on Robie Street. Marshall was proud to have served as Worshipful Master of the Royal Standard Lodge 2003/2004 and was also a member of Antiquity Preceptory No. 5, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Philae Temple Shrine, Halifax. Arrangements under the care of J.A Snow Funeral Home. Cremation will take place. Memorial service will be held in St. Mark's Church, on the corner of Gottingen and Russell Streets, Halifax, Tuesday, September 28, at 1 p.m., Rev. David Dellapinna officiating. Reception by loving friends of St. Mark's Church will follow downstairs. Ashes will be placed at a later date in West Cooks Cove, Salmon River, where he fished and swam as a young boy and, as a young man, enjoyed going there with his wife and small children. Donations in Marshall's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, St. Mark's Building Fund or any charity of choice.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS YUKON, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS VICTORIAVILLE

GERVAIS, John (21 Jan 1936 - 01 Nov 2013) - It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of John, who we lost on Friday, November 1, 2013. After a brief battle with lung cancer John died peacefully in the company of his loving family at the age of 77. Predeceased by daughter, Bonnie and brother, Roger he leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Iris. His sisters Pauline and Annette, his three remaining children John, Anna and Michele, their spouses Joe, Marie and Steve, will sorely miss him. As will his eight beautiful grandchildren. John was born in Ottawa to parents Arthur Gervais and Yvonne Proulx-Gervais. He lived a full and principled life that saw him join the Canadian navy at the age of 17. He advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and served on the HMCS Quebec (Cruiser), the HMCS Bonaventure (Aircraft Carrier), the HMCS Nipigon (Mine Sweeper) and the HMCS Ottawa (Destroyer) amongst others. He won the Atlantic Command Lightweight boxing championship while at sea and enjoyed a brief and successful professional boxing career, which saw him compete and win his bout at Madison Square Gardens, the boxing Mecca of his age. Retiring from the service after 20 years in order to spend more time with his young family he entered public service and worked for Museums Canada until retirement. John was a humble man of gracious spirit and generous heart. He will be remembered for his warm nature, his honest words and his unique way of telling a story. As much a fan of sports as of parables, he used both to impart lessons both light-hearted and profound. A devoted husband, a protective, caring father and a doting grandfather John was many things to many people, not the least of which was a source of inspiration as to how to lead a dignified and noble life. A sincere thank you to the nurses and staff on the fifth floor of the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital for their compassionate care in such a difficult time, although our stay was brief your open hearts help us all to heal. A private celebration of John's life will be held for close family and friends. For those wishing, donations may be made to the Elisabeth Bruyere Foundation.

 

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GILLIS, Harold George (Hal), Sto 2c, RCNVR / Cdr (E), RCN - peacefully on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, in Stillwater Creek Retirement Home in Ottawa, Ont., at the age of 92. He was born on Tuesday, February 27, 1923, in Revelstoke, B.C. Son of the late Jim and Kathleen Gillis (Munro) of Whycocomagh where he grew up. He was predeceased by his wife, Pearl (Webber) in 2003 and is survived by his son, James. A graduate in mechanical engineering at the Nova Scotia Technical College, Harold joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves in 1942. He served overseas in a number of small ships during the hostilities and later on the ships the Magnificent and the St. Laurent. Retiring in 1973, he joined the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ottawa and Canada. He was an active member of Woodroffe United Church, Kiwanis and the Navy League of Canada. A Memorial Service will be held at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Ave. (at Richmond Road, Ottawa) on Monday, June 15th, at 10 a.m., followed by a reception. Inurnment to follow in Capital Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

 

HMCS HALAGONIAN, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS KENORA, HMCS SNOWBERRY, HMCS SWIFT CURRENT, HMCS GLACE BAY, HMCS CAPILANO, HMCS TILLSONBURG, HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS SCOTIAN, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BYTOWN, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS PREVOST, HMCS NADEN

GUEST, Victor Gordon - Peacefully, on Sunday March 2nd 2008 at Woodstock General Hospital surrounded by his family. Victor Gordon Guest of Woodstock in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Margaret for 59 years; father to Paul (Lori) of Barrie, Carol-Ann Ellis (Jim) of Kitchener and Ian (Brenda Beretta) of London. Proud grandfather to Helen, Heather, Hayley, Kevin and Caitlyn. Step-grandfather to Stephanie Circelli (David) and Michael Sillers: step great-grandfather to Venture, Camilla and Daphne Circelli and survived by his cousins Margaret and Ann and their families in England and Dawn and her family in Australia. Predeceased by sister Phyllis (1919), parents Horace (1964), Edith (1978) and brother Horace (2002). Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England June 12th 1924. Served in the Royal Navy during WW II in the Battle of the Atlantic, in the British Secret Service in North Africa, the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Bonaventure as a signalman during the Cuban Missile Crisis and finally in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. He was a past manager of Shaw Cable Systems in Woodstock until his retirement in 1990. Victor was a longtime member of New St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Church of the Epiphany), a former President and current member of the Oxford County Naval Veterans Association and was the current President of the Woodingford Lodge Resident Council. A private family service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, Woodstock on March 6th 2008. Friends are invited to join the family at the Navy Club 959 James St., Woodstock on Thursday March 6, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a time of remembrance and reflection of Victors life. Cremation has taken place. Interment in the Anglican Cemetery to be held at a later date. A special thanks to the palliative care unit at WGH, dialysis units at WGH and LHSC, the staff at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock. Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or floral tributes and contributions may be sent to the Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, 519-539-0004.

 

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GUTHRIE, Kenneth L., 87 of Moncton, with his loving family at his side, passed away suddenly at the Dr. George-L. Dumont Hospital on Thursday, January 24th, 2008. Born in Montreal, he was the son of the late Robert and Susan (McLoed) Guthrie. Ken was Veteran of WWII, served overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard HMCS Prince Henry and Iroquois. Following the war, he served aboard HMCS Quebec, Bonaventure, Nootka and Annapolis (and was honorably released from service, July 1971). In civilian life, he retired as Electrical Inspector for the New Brunswick Department of Labour (1972 - 1987). Forty years after the war, he and other members of the Canadian Navy were the recipients of the Peace Medal from Russia (1985) for their bravery in keeping the supply lines open to Russia during WWII and he was also a the recipient of the Pacific Star and the Atlantic Star medals. He was a member of the Moncton Legion and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ken was also a member of the UTC and a member of the Federal Superannuates National Association, NATO Veterans Organization and the Moncton Community Residences Inc. Ken was a car enthusiast, enjoyed baseball, curling, hockey, music (Jazz), but first and foremost, was spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Ken will be sadly missed by his wife of 61 years, Malvina (Flanagan); daughter, Christina Guthrie (Mark Pugh), Moncton; sons, Robert (Jane Ogilvie), Fredericton, Kenneth, Moncton; grandchildren, Sara, Jane and Susan Ehrhardt, Kevin, Graeme, Ellen; several nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Gladys and Christina; brothers, Robert and Norman. No visitations by request. Moncton Legion # 6 Memorial Service, Sunday, January 27th, 2008, 2:00pm, at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995), followed by the funeral service, Rev. Brent Ham officiating. Reception following the service. Interment, Campbellton Rural Cemetery. In Ken's memory, donations to Moncton Community Residences Inc. would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

HAYWARD, Robin Blakeney, Commander RCN, Captain Foreign Going Master Mariner, Canadian Coast Guard, late of North Saanich, BC, born 1 Dec. 1920, Duncan, BC, passed away 22 Sept., 2006, Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Sidney, BC at the age of 85 years. He is predeceased by his wife Patricia (McCurdy) and parents Aileen (Macbean) and Harold Blakeney Hayward. He is survived by his children Sarah Hayward, Vancouver, BC and Bill Hayward, Mayne Island, BC, and by his sister Nancy Grady and half-siblings Jill Hewison and David Hayward. In His Life Robin was an allround athlete with an indomitable spirit that inspired all who knew him. He was a rugby star in his schools for over 10 years and had his collar bone broken by Prince Philip in a rugby match. Educated at Duncan Grammar School, Shawnigan Lake School (3137), Conway School Ship & Dartmouth Naval College. Robin served with distinction as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and in Korea. During WWII, he survived three torpedo attacks in various ships, the third time on the HMCS Athabaskan, and was then held as a prisoner of war by Germany for a year. His military service included commanding officer and training officer positions on many navy ships. Following 28 years of military service, he captained Canadian Coast Guard vessels and subsequently taught at the Nova Scotia Nautical Institute and Royal Roads University. He also was past Executive Director of the Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia. His love of sailing shaped his pastimes throughout his life. In the fall of 1965, he and his family began a memorable year aboard the Aurora, sailing from Halifax to Nassau and the Bahamas. In 1968, he sailed from Bermuda to St. Pierre and Michelon on the yacht The White Mist with the President of the National Geographic Society. Robin was the third Canadian member of the Cruising Club of America, and maintained his membership for over 40 years. He spent a lifetime recreationally sailing and exploring the waters of both Nova Scotia and British Columbia. He was out sailing in his boat the day before he entered hospital on 26 Aug., 2006. Services 3:00pm on Saturday, 14 Oct., 2006 at Holy Trinity Church, 1319 Mills Rd. (at West Saanich Rd.), North Saanich. Reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation in special thanks to the Palliative Care Ward for their excellent support.

 

HMS NELSON (1940), HMCS DRUMHELLER, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS EHKOLI, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS PATRIOT (1958), HMCS CHALEUR

HENDERSON, Leslie Frederick Maynard, RCN, PO1, CD, - Camp Hill Veteran’s Unit, Halifax, NS, formerly of Annapolis Royal, passed away November 23, 2010. Leslie was born December 24, 1924 in Saint John, NB; he was one of six children and an identical twin, born to the late Walter Kenneth and Theresa Agnes (CURRIE) HENDERSON. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy/Canadian Armed Forces from 19 Nov 1951 to 04 July 1972. He joined the RCNVR, Saint John, NB, 24 June, 1942, then went overseas in W.W.II, volunteering to serve with the British Commandos in North Africa and Sicily. He was wounded E2 Beach near Mili Marina, Italy. Upon his return to Canada, he left the service for a couple of years and worked as a meat cutter in Toronto, before rejoining the RCN and being posted to Halifax. He proudly served as Quartermaster aboard many ships before being drafted to HMCS Cornwallis in the Annapolis Valley in 1962. He was posted to the Seamanship School, Skull Lake and French Basin while in Cornwallis. Ships he served on were HMS Quebec, HMCS Niobe, HMCS Haida, HMCS Llewellyn, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Gatineau and HMCS Kootenay. Leslie was also awarded several medals for his service, Wounded Stripe 1955 WWII Naval Commando, United Nations Medal 1953, Korean Medal 1950-1954, Korean Medal 1953, War Medal 1939-1945, Defence Medal 1952 C.V.S.M. & Clasp, Defence Medal 1952, Italy Star 1952, African Star 1944, Star 1939-1945 and Long Service Medal 1967. He is survived by his eight children and their children and grandchildren: Donna Lee and William BUTLER, Granville Ferry, NS, Wayne Douglas and Debra HENDERSON, Digby, NS, Norna Leslie & Brian IRVING, Beaver Bank, NS, Kathy Lynne and Brian ROBERTS, Flowery Branch, Georgia, Julie Ellen and Philip MELANSON, Milford, NS, Scott Allan HENDERSON and Heather (FROATS), Warkworth, Ontario, Jayne Emily and Barry DURKEE, Nictaux, NS, James Craig & Candace FLEET, Lower Sackville, NS. Les is also survived by sister, Erma ANGER, Welland, Ontario, his sister and brother-in-law, Ken and Sandy Young, New Minas and numerous nieces and nephews. Les was predeceased by his wife, Constance Norna (DOBSON) in 1976; his parents; twin brother, Charles Russell and his wife Eleanor (ROWLEY); oldest brother Ken and his wife, Elsie (GOODWIN); Barbara SMITH and her husband James SMITH; and younger sister Rhoda and sister Phyllis. He will be greatly missed by the “Barefoot Contessa” (Peggy Gauthier) and her husband Bob and their family and Dorothea Garbett. Donations can be made to Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or Liver Foundation of Nova Scotia. Cremation has taken place. Leslie wanted his ashes to be committed to the sea he loved. A reception to celebrate his life will be held at the Sackville Legion, Branch 162, Friday afternoon, November 26th, 2:00 - 4:00.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS LLEWELLYN, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NIOBE

HENRICKSON, Wilfred Oswald (Ev) - October 12, 1923 April 26, 2009 Peacefully with his family by his side, Dad/Grampa/Great-grampa passed away at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 85. Dad was born in Kawa, ON to Swedish immigrants. Predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Rosemary (Hamilton), sister Elvy Maxwell and his parents, Alice and Gus. Survived by his brother Leonard (Phyllis), sons Rick (Dolly), Randy (Cindy), daughters Rhonda and Alyce (Gow), grandchildren Jaime (Dave), Dan (Aggie), Crystal (Chris) and Melissa (Rob), great-grandchildren Dallas, Jordan, Benjamin and Cash as well as many cherished family and friends. Dad started working with CN at the age of 14 and retired as an Engineer after 59 years of service. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and proudly served on the HMCS Athabaskan as a Signalman until her sinking on April 29, 1944. He spent the rest of the war as a POW in France and Germany until liberation. For the past 64 years, Dad has continued to serve his country as a veteran by attending reunions with his shipmates, speaking at legions and visiting with cadets and officers in various barracks. Dad enjoyed his many years at the log house in Rainy River that he and Mom built together. He kept himself busy after retirement chopping wood for the fire, and tinkering with many on-going' projects. Many thanks to the staff in both the ER and ICU at the Victoria for all your care and support. Special thanks to Gillian for your love and dedication to Grampa. A celebration of life will be held for Dad on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wheeler Funeral Chapel, 211 Regent Ave. W. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. in Rainy River, ON at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church with lunch to follow at the Legion. Cremation has taken place with interment to follow at a later date.

 

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HIGGS, Ralph Wilson, RCN - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph. Beloved husband of Jean. Father of Deanna, Candice (Kaye) and Ralph Jr. (Joelle). Cherished Grandpa of Clayton, Brant, Rachael and Amelia and expected new grandson Ralph Julien. Ralph was the son of the late Claire and William Higgs. Brother of Alison Lindsay (Ken), Graeme (Jacques) and Alan (Patti). Much loved 'brother' of Gord, who shared each and every day tending to Ralph's needs for the past year and a half, and sisters-in-law Diana Humphrys, Mary Bath, Pat Campbell and Shirley Devriese (Renee). Ralph will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Thank you to all who loved and supported us, church family, friends and neighbours for all of the cards, prayers, gifts, phone calls and many visits. We also wish to express our thanks and gratitude to CCAC, Dean Walters, Dr. Tanious Palliative Care Team, March of Dimes, DVA, Branch No. 606 Royal Canadian Legion, Dr. Peter Ferguson and his team, Dr. Rau, Dr. Yasufuku, Dr. Blackstein, Dr. Joan Atkinson, Dr. Jake Kempenaar, Dr. D. Sliwowicz, all of the nursing staff and Pastor Fred Stewart. Friends will be received at the Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finley Avenue, Ajax (905-428-9090) on Friday, January 29, 2010 from 4-9 p.m. and on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Amberlea Presbyterian Church (1822 Whites Road, Pickering) from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. In keeping with Ralph's wishes, in lieu of flowers, a donation or non-perishable food item for the Ajax Salvation Army Food Bank would be greatly appreciated. Contributions may be brought to the Funeral Home or Church.

 

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HILL, Donald James, 1934-2012 Across the sea A pale moon rises The ships have come to carry you home. --Annie Lennox, Into the West It is with great sorrow that the family of Donald James Hill announces his passing, June 27, 2012, at the age of 77. Donald Hill lived a life full of passion. When he immersed himself in a new interest, he embraced it fully, incorporating it into the fabric of his life. His first love was music. His own father James, who played piano for audiences at silent movie houses, inspired Donald to take up the piano at an early age. So began a love of music, musical theatre and performance that would colour his personality for a lifetime. A street-smart 17-year-old raised in Toronto's Dufferin-Eglinton area, Donald lied about his age to enter the Royal Canadian Navy. So began a successful 15-year naval career that took him to adventures around the world, serving as a navigator for various aircraft. Based at Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Donald served on the H.M.C.S. Bonaventure and H.M.C.S. Maggie, among others. He earned respect among his colleagues, recovered from serious injury, and earned the nickname 'Midnight' due to his olive-toned complexion. Donald eventually parlayed many of the technical skills learned in the navy into a long career as a technician at Bell Canada's offices in Bolton, Ontario. A busy work schedule and raising a large family didn't keep Donald from pursuing his passions. He was a skilled golfer and played nearly every day in his retirement. He was also for many years a competitive bowler. But most prominent was his great love of music. Always expressive, he pursued his passion by singing bass in a barbershop quartet and barbershop chorus, and by rearranging his favourite melodies to perform on the organ for family and friends. To the end, his heart swelled with pride at the products of a life well lived: six daughters, numerous grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a long career serving Canada in the naval service, and the love and respect of all those who knew him. Everyone who knew Donald remarked on his great energy, calm and humourous nature, his intelligence and diplomacy. He was grateful for even the smallest indulgences, and demanded little from those around him. Predeceased by parents Gladys and James Hill, Donald leaves to mourn: sisters Ruth (Scott and Doug McCallum) and Kathryn (Steven and Craig French); Doris Pelletier, his beloved partner of 9 years; Violet Hill, first wife and mother of Donald's children Patricia (James Ansell), Gabrielle (David Tipping), Marion, Kathryn (Ross Rowlands), Mary-Frances and Rosanne (James Shea). He leaves behind adoring grandchildren Haley Smith, Jessica Penney (Steven Penney), Sandra Tipping, Jamie-Lee Tipping, Jake Erskine, Kasey Erskine, Lucas Jover, Keegan Shea, Ruby-June Shea and great-grandchild Jude Penney. We love you and miss you, Don. A family memorial celebration was held at Sauble Beach June 30th, as Don requested no funeral. We wish to thank the staff of Owen Sound, especially nurses Kelly, Karen and Kim and Dr. Johnson for her extraordinary care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

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HOEG, Richard Leon (Rich) - 67, Truro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday evening, July 14, 2011, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born February 26, 1944, in Springhill, he was the beloved son of Martha (Weirich) Hoeg, Valley, and the late Norman Hoeg. Rich joined the military in 1964 and served at HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Shearwater and aboard the HMCS Bonaventure, before returning to Truro in 1967. He worked at Nelson’s Cleaners, taking ownership in 1978 and retired from there in 1992. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Along with his mother, Rich is survived by his wife, Sarah (MacKenzie) Bonnell; sons, Stephen (Lynn), Truro; Rick (Julie), Tatamagouche; daughter, Paula (David) Crocker, North River; step-daughters, Cindy Bonnell, Surrey, British Columbia; Cathy (Marc) Hynes, Medicine Hat, Alberta; sister, Norma (Norm) MacKenzie, Tatamagouche; nine grandchildren; one great grandson; one niece; one nephew. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Trevor Locke and the staff of Floor 4 East, Colchester Regional Hospital. An extra special thank you to Colin Gibson (Richard’s life-long friend of 46 years) for all your support. All are welcome to attend a Legion Tribute Service that will be held 7 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2011, at Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26 (upstairs auditorium), corner of Brunswick Street and Exhibition Street, Truro. Reception will follow in the lower lounge. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rich’s memory to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Building Fund or charity of choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.

 

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HORVATH, Joseph (Kelly) (14 Feb 1926 - 05 Apr 2013) - Born in Winnipeg Joe - also known as Kelly - spent the first 47 years of his life in Winnipeg with various stations in Nova Scotia as a member of the Navy Reserve. He started his military career as a paratrooper in WW2 but was fortunate to have never shipped out. After discharge from the army he served with the Navy on HMCS Bonaventure until his discharge in 1959. He worked for numerous companies until 1966 when he got his final and probably favourite position working for Sandvik Canadian Ltd from where he retired in 1991. Tired of the snow and mosquitoes in Winnipeg he and his family relocated to British Columbia in 1973 where he lived first in Maple Ridge and then in Langley. An avid musician and bandmaster he played in numerous bands throughout his life, the last being the Richmond Legion Community Band . A dedicated golfer he was known for his teaching/coaching abilities and his never-ending efforts to recruit everyone to the sport he loved. He loved photography and his family are grateful for the incredible legacy of photos and videos that he has left behind. But perhaps his greatest love was for anything four legged and furry and for this reason, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in his memory be left in his name with the SPCA or animal welfare organization of the donor's choice. There will be no service. Predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Julia and sister Elvira, Joe is survived by his wife of almost 65 years Iveen, daughter LeeJane (Norm) son Douglas (Irene) and grandchildren Michael, Jeffrey, Alexander and Jaylene. Joe would have been a great grandfather in May.

 

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HOWIE, William Lovell (Bill), Rev. - passed away at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on October 31, 2011 at the age of 80. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years June, their children Maggie, Carol, Ian, Jim and Tish; their grandchildren James, Anna, Rissa (Maggie & Michael), Duncan (Carol and Philip), Mary Jane, Tom (Jim & Morna) and Christoph (Tish & Jorg); his sister Sheila and brothers John and Gordon and their families. Born at The Pas, Manitoba on July 11, 1931, Bill followed his parents into both the Royal Canadian Navy and the United Church of Canada pulpit, enjoying distinguished careers in both. After theological training at United College of the University of Winnipeg he was called to the United Church Marine Mission at Bamfield. That put him at the helm of the mission ship Melvin Swartout, calling at towns and villages up and down the West coast of Vancouver Island. Bill later joined the Navy as a chaplain and served on bases all across Canada, on the ships in the Atlantic including the HMCS Bonaventure and at the Royal Military College. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1982 and went back to work with the United Church as a Presbytery Officer serving its Vancouver Island region. He was particularly proud of his ecumenical work with colleagues in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in their reconciliation with coastal First Nations communities and in founding the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. In retirement he volunteered at the Centre, which will be pleased to accept donations to the William L. Howie Endowment in lieu of flowers. An avid sailor all of his adult life, Bill loved nothing better than sharing his love of sailing, boating and general seamanship with his family first and almost anyone else! He was a fixture at marinas and government docks all around Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the South coast. He was famous for getting big boats safely into places they had no business going. Bill's family would like to thank Dr. Jim Stockdill andthe attentive, professional staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital for taking such good care of us. Special thanks go to Reverend Dr. Harold Coward for his enduring friendship and for conducting the family service which was held in the Pemberton Memorial Chapel of the RJH. Bill's ashes will be scattered at sea on a fair day with a following breeze. The Chaplains of the University of Victoria and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria will be pleased to host Bill's friends and colleagues at a celebration of Bill's life at the Fireside Lounge in the University Club this Thursday, November 10th from 4-5:30.

 

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HUBLEY, John Vincent, 90, Second World War RCN veteran, passed away at home on June 10, 2015. Born in Halifax on 1924, Jack was the son of Lena (Zwicker) and Ernest Hubley. A long time employee of Coca Cola, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, hockey, camping and in recent years his stamp collection. He is survived by loving wife, Rosaleen (Prosser), children; Ernie (Cathie), Eileen (Paul), David (Maritza) & Martin; grandchildren Drew, Rebecca, Katie, Zachary & Arthur & 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by siblings Con, Murray, Joyce & infant daughter Kathleen. Visitation from 1 - 2pm followed by memorial service at 2pm, Monday, June 15 at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax (902-455-0531). Interment will take place following the service at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 7079 Mumford Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch or the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division. Special thanks to the caring staff & doctors at Capital Health Renal & Cancer clinics and family physician Dr. Lorne Marsh.

HUNTER, Donald Fraser (1926 - 2006) WWII Veteran, Royal Canadian Navy - At the Ottawa General Hospital on Monday, September 18, 2006. Loving husband of Mercedes. Loving and devoted father of Donna McLeish, grandfather of Melanie McLeish and great-grandfather of Jaiden James McLeish. Son of Alexander and Sarah Hunter, predeceased. Predeceased by brothers Alexander, Richard and Charles and sisters Mary (Bunty) and Jean. Dearly beloved brother of Edith Cavell Yourt of Belleville. Donald cared deeply for all his brothers and sisters and their spouses. "Uncle Don" will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews whom he loved and was so proud of. Donald enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944 and was released in 1971 at the rank of CP02 EA. Donald was a proud "navy man". He was stationed at HMCS Charlton, Cornwallis, Stadacona and Shearwater. Donald served aboard HMCS Trail, Fort Francis, Warrior, LaHulloise, Magnificent and Bonaventure and served on squadrons 1 CAG, VT40, VS880, VS881 and VS871. Donald was a "gentleman" and a "gentle man". He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Many thanks to the caring and compassionate staff of The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and the Ottawa General Hospital. A special thanks to Linda DeRoucher for her support to Donald and his family during a difficult time. Visitation and Legion Service for family and friends at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa from 7-9 p.m. on September 26. Interment to follow on September 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Beechwood Cemetery (Military Section), 280 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

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HUNTER, Hubert James (Jim) (09 May 1920 - 15 Nov 2011), Cdr, RCN - Former resident of Kanata. Peacefully, following a long illness, at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa at the age of 91. Predeceased by his beloved wife Helen (Henshaw) in 2003 and by his cherished son Philip in 1964. Much loved father of Graham (Donna Christenson), Gordon (Lise Plouffe), Ian, Ruth (Frantisek Zemanek) and Brenda (Robert Fyfe). Proud and loving Granddad of Deirdre, Philip, Carolyn, Kenn, Michael, Patrick, Tony, Helenka and Iain. Also remembered by his great-grandchildren Jake, Katie, Stephanie and Arianna. Jim was born in India while his father was stationed there with the British army and emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1929. Jim left high school early and worked in mines in Northern Ontario before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1939 as a seaman signaler in HMCS St Laurent. Once overseas, Jim volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm. Flight training took him to Kingston, Ontario, where he met Helen, whose father was on staff at the Royal Military College. They married just before Jim departed for England and operational flying. In May 1943, Helen followed Jim across the Atlantic in a Norwegian freighter, during what turned out to be a month of the greatest loss of shipping tonnage of the war. In England, Jim survived the sinking of his first aircraft carrier and later flew a variety of aircraft such as the Wellington bomber, Mosquito fighter-bomber and Corsair fighter. At war's end, he was in command of a Firefly night interceptor squadron on the south coast of England. After the war, Jim and a small group of RCN pilots were tasked with forming the nucleus of the Canadian Naval Air Branch. His career in the RCN spanned the life of Canadian Naval Aviation, including time in each of Canada's three aircraft carriers: HMCS Warrior, Magnificent and Bonaventure. He flew the first jet fighter to land on a Canadian aircraft carrier during deck trials with Bonaventure, and later served as "Bonnie's" Commander (Air). In 1956, he attended the US Navy's test pilot school at Patuxent River, Maryland. While in the United States, he became a member of the "Thousand Miles Per Hour Club" in a Navy F8U Crusader. In the early 1960's, Jim completed high school and took his release from the RCN. By 1969, he had earned a Master of Science degree from Carleton University. Jim later taught high school in Ottawa; worked on contract to create a merchant marine academy in pre- revolutionary Iran; and, earned a Ship Master's Certificate, which led to work in Canada's arctic survey ship Baffin. As a lifelong student and teacher, Jim encouraged critical thinking in his children and shared his fascination with the natural world. For three years, until his retirement in 1984, he and Helen worked as teacher and 'house- mother', respectively, at Sedbergh School near Montebello, Quebec. Jim subsequently tutored high school students in math, science and computer programming while pursuing his own studies in astronomy and physics. Jim's greatest love was our mother Helen, for whom he cared with tender devotion during her long illness. Jim set a fine example of how to live with dignity, humility and courage. The family extends its sincere thanks to Jim's caring companions, Elizabeth House, Kofi Gyamfi, Linda J. Robar and Mélissa Jean- Gilles. We are also deeply grateful for the loving care provided by the staff and volunteers of Forest Hill in Kanata and the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, especially the magnificent team on Ottawa 2 East. A memorial service will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre (2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa) on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Foundation, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5Z6; the Shearwater Naval Aviation Museum, 12 Wing, P O Box 5000, Station Main, Shearwater, Nova Scotia, B0J 3A0; or, the Greenwood Centre for Living History, 245 Main Road, Hudson (QC) J0P 1H0.

 

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INCH, George Donald - At his home in Magnetawan, Ontario, George died on February 5, 2011 in his 85th year. He was predeceased by his wife Norma (Potter), by his parents George and Marjorie Inch and by his brother Douglas Inch (Agnes). He leaves his sons Roderick and Craig (Patricia), his grandchildren Nicole (Adam Pederson), Rachel (Craig Law), Michael (Nathalie), Heather and Holly, six great-grandchildren and his sisters Audrey (Robert Wild) of Salt Spring Island, BC and Jacqueline (Dennis Carson) of Hamilton. George was raised in Hamilton, attended Central Collegiate and served in the Merchant Marine as a radio operator on an oil tanker in the last two years of World War II. He graduated from McMaster University in 1950 and followed that with a Master's degree from the University of Toronto in Meteorology. He worked as a meteorologist in Moncton, NB for the Department of Transport, and then was seconded to the Canadian Navy for research in potential nuclear fallout. Later, he became the chief meteorological officer on board the HMCS Bonaventure aircraft carrier. On his return to civilian life he changed jobs, becoming a math teacher and department head at Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton for twenty-five years. At retirement, he moved to Magnetawan, enjoying small town life, and spent several winters in Florida. He continued to tutor students in math and chess. At his request, there will be no funeral.

 

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KEARNEY, Joseph Patrick (02 Mar 1935 - 08 May 2012) - Passed away in Victoria, BC on May 8, 2012 at the age of 77 years, with his children at his side. Survived by son Alan Mimms (Debby) of Victoria, daughter Avril Kearney of Toronto, daughter Joanne Kearney (Martin Torns) of Toronto, son Sean Kearney of Ottawa, grandchildren Liam Salichuk, Maeve Salichuk, Karlis Torns, Juno Torns, sister Marie (Kearney) Lund of Toronto, and former partner Judy Halperin of Victoria. Predeceased by his former wife Jeanne (Gregoire) Kearney in 2010. Predeceased by sister Isobel (Kearney) Woerner in 1979 and brother Jack Kearney in 2010. Joseph was born in Toronto in 1935 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 at the age of 17. In Halifax he served in HMCS Micmac, HMCS Restigouche, and HMCS Yukon. In January 1969, he was posted to CANCOMFLT staff. In this position he was the personal chef to Rear Admiral H Porter, Commodore N Cogden, and Commodore R Hayes, serving in HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Protecteur. In 1971 he served with 1 Field Squadron Royal Canadian Engineers at CFB Petawawa. In October 1972 he was posted to HMCS Chaudiere in Esquimalt. In 1974 he served in HMCS Saskatchewan. After retirement in 1977, he studied Occupational Health and Safety at George Brown College in Toronto. He continued to manage food services in positions with the Canadian Coast Guard, King's University College at UWO, the National Ballet School of Canada, and was Food Production Manager at the Orthopedic and Arthritic Hospital in Toronto when he retired again in 1996. Joseph started writing in retirement and published his collection of short stories, "Corned Beef & Cabbagetown: Memories and Stories of a Toronto Cabbagetown Childhood" in 2009 and the fictional "Cedars of the Necropolis" in 2011. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne St in Toronto at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 9. The family extends thanks to the medical staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital of Victoria, for their attentive and respectful care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Quinte Thousand Island Lodge, part of the Kingston General Hospital Foundation.

 

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KENNY, Philip Leslie, LCdr - Mahone Bay. With great sadness, the family announces the death of Phil Kenny, on May 11, 2011 after a brief bout with cancer. Phil was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire on July 11, 1946, son of Leslie and Audrey (Nee Turner), who survive him. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1964 and achieved his commission through HMCS Venture. His fondest Navy memories are of his classmates and their reunions. He served on several ships and bases, including a memorable two years on HMCS Bonaventure, had postings to the United States and to NATO in the United Kingdom and closed out his 31 year career as Commanding Officer of CFS Shelburne. On retirement in 1994 he became the first Manager of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson for the LaHave Fire Department, Chairperson of Fort Point Museum, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mahone Bay Centre. He will be deeply missed by Carol (O’Neil), his wife, life partner and best friend of over 43 years, his daughter Jennifer and grandsons, Tyler and Zachary, Lucasville; daughter, Erin (Dave )of Beaverbank; his sister, Angela Moss, and many adored nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Phil’s name to SHAID Tree Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed. A gathering to celebrate Phil’s life will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School St., Mahone Bay. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Mahone Funeral Home, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay (902) 624-8241.

 

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KING, Herbert Frederick - 85, lately of Sackville, NS, passed peacefully in the early morning of March 13, 2014 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Toronto ,” Fred” was the last remaining member of his immediate family. The son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Pearson) King, he was predeceased by brothers Robert and George, also sister Edna. With 27 years of service in Her Majesty’s Royal Canadian Navy, Fred served his country in many different situations all over the world. He served on several different HMCS ships, including the Bonaventure, Protecteur, Preserver and Provider; as well as Assiniboine and others. After retirement Fred assisted with the refit of the Nipigon as a consultant. One of the founding members of the Sackville Legion- Calais Branch 162- Mr. King served as President and Past President at this branch. He has been the recipient of several awards of recognition, including Meritorious Service Award and Life Membership. His dedication to the branch over the years supported many successful Legion objectives. Mr. King is survived by wife Myrna, daughters Melissa and Sherrie, as well as five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Shannan, Dustin, Jessica, Tyler and Luke- as well as great granddaughter Narayah already miss Grandpa’s joy and gentle sense of humor. Fred will also be greatly missed by his faithful dog Chinook, whom he loved dearly. Memorial Service will be held Thursday March 20 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Road at 2 pm. Luncheon to follow, provided by Ladies’ Auxiliary. Family flowers only. If desired, donations may be made in memoriam to a charity of choice.

 

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KIRWIN, James Terrence - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, husband, and grandfather, Capt. (Ret.) James Terence Kirwin of Dartmouth who left us on October 26, 2010. Born in Montreal, Quebec on 29 Dec 1941, he was the only son (adopted) of the late Ernest and Mae (Collins) Kirwin. Sadly, he was never able to connect with his birth mother, Constance Dickie. Dad joined the military as an ordinary seaman sonar man in 1961 and quickly decided he wanted to be a pilot. He completed his pilot training in 1965 and flew Trackers. In the late 60's he was posted to the Shearwater Air Force Base where he flew Sea Kings and Hueys among other aircraft. He was always very proud of his service in the military with over 5800 flying hours both on and off naval vessels. Dad served on HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Huron, HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Bonaventure and finally HMCS Assiniboine as Flight Commander. He rounded the end of his military career as a flight instructor. Dad was pleased to re-enlist in the military as a reservist when asked in the late 80's and retired a second time from military life in 1991. His career after retirement was varied and included building houses, work with cars, electronics, the postal service, wood working and as a minor actor in some locally filmed movies like Cadillac Girls and Lifeline to War. His friends and neighbours will remember Terry as Mr. Fix It, and the guy who had any of the tools you would ever need. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Darlene (MacDonald), two daughters Sherry, Halifax and Kimberly (Sullivan), Dartmouth, son in laws Denis and Grant, and grandson Conner. Cremation has taken place, under the direction of J.A Snow Funeral Home, Halifax with no visitation or funeral at his request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

 

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L'HEUREUX, Edward Joseph, CD, Commander RCN/CF, BA - On October 28, 2013 at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus following a brief illness. Ed, age 84, was the beloved husband of Maureen for 57 years and cherished father of Linda (Tamra Thomson) of Ottawa and Julie of Toronto. Predeceased by his father Edward, mother Ruth Agnes and brother Peter. Also survived by two nephews, Ken and Bob, and niece Judy Jewell. Ed graduated from the University of Western Ontario and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years. Being a Naval Officer defined his life and brought him much satisfaction, many friends and good stories. As Ed himself said 'Do it again? Bloody right I would! It was fun'. Following retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces he worked for the Department of Supply and Services. Ed was a member of the Naval Officers Association, Canadian Naval Air Group and the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of OIW of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre for their excellent care of Ed since January 2013. Special thanks to Mark Bradley. Our thanks also to staff of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus for their expert care, kindness and compassion. A graveside service will be held in The National Military Cemetery of Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers a donation in Ed's memory to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre or the Ottawa Hospital would be appreciated.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS HAIDA

LANDYMORE, William Moss, Rear-Admiral, OBE, CD, MID, RCN - Died peacefully at The Veterans' Memorial Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia at the age of 92, on Thursday, 27 November, 2008. Born in Brantford, Ontario, the only son of Dr. Frederick and Gladys (Moss) Landymore, he enrolled in 1934 at The Royal Military College of Canada, whose motto `Truth, Duty, Valour' was to be the inspiration for his 32 year military career. Landymore entered the RCN in 1936 and saw active service in Palestine, World War II and Korea. He served with distinction in 13 RN & RCN ships as well as training the gunnery crews of 7 allied ships at Scapa Flow in 1943. He commanded HMCS Iroquois for two tours of duty in Korea and later HMCS Bonaventure. His final sea-going appointment was as Senior Canadian Officer Afloat Atlantic. Landymore served as both Flag Officer Pacific and Atlantic. He was twice appointed the Senior Officer in Chief Command Atlantic Sub-Area. Landymore led the Canadian Naval Contingent in the United Allied Parade, 14 June 1942 in London and he was Parade Commander when H. M. Queen Elizabeth II presented her colour to the RCN, 1 August 1959. During the unification crisis in the 1960's, Admiral Landymore, with many of his naval contemporaries, was in the forefront of the campaign to retain the unique identity and strategic expertise of the RCN in the defence of Canada & her NATO allies. In retirement, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Grace Hospital, Halifax for which he was awarded the Salvation Army Cross of the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service. Throughout his life, he thought of others for whom he was responsible before himself. He gave generously of his time, skill and resources, particularly encouraging education & children's therapeutic riding and assisting those in need. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bill married in 1940, Joan `Judy' L. G. Hall (1918-1998). He is survived by their three children: Lauretta Harris (Terence), Dr. Roderick Landymore (Frances) and John Landymore (Melanie), eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He married in 1999, Eleanor Fairn, widow of Sydney Riggs Kennedy. Bill is survived by Eleanor and his four step-children: Derek Kennedy (Barbara), Gay Kennedy, Krista Kennedy (Eric) and Craig Kennedy (Donna), and six step-grandchildren. He is also survived by Dr. Kathleen Quinlan Landymore (Covert) and his niece Joan Innes Hoffman (Robert) and nephews Robert Innes and Scott Innes. He is predeceased by his only sister Lauretta Landymore Innes. In his later years, Bill Landymore was cared for compassionately by the staff of the Veterans' Memorial Hospital, Halifax to whom his family, shipmates, colleagues & friends express their most sincere thanks and admiration. Sincere thanks also to those veterans and their families who shared in this support. Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Halifax at Stadacona Naval Chapel followed by a burial of his ashes at sea. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory, if desired, may be made to Cedar Crest Ward, Veterans' Memorial Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2E1 or to APSEA Library, School for Deaf & Blind Children & Youth, 5940 South Street, Halifax, NS B3H 1S6

 

HMS FROBISHER (1936), HMS EMERALD (1937), HMS GLASGOW (1938), HMS WINDSOR (1939), HMCS FRASER, HMCS MARGAREE, HMS GRENVILLE (1943), HMCS UGANDA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS BONAVENTURE

LaRAMÉE, Laurent Guy (14 Aug 1917 - 27 Nov 2011) - took his last flight on November 27, 2011 at the age of 94. Born in Montreal he was the son of the late Alfred and Rosina Genést LaRamée. Guy was educated in Montreal and graduated grade 12 with a full scholarship to the University of Montreal, instead he transferred the scholarship to a fellow student and joined the Air Force on June 3, 1937. He earned his Pilot’s Wings and became Flight Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force until 1946 when he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1968; Guy served on the HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Bonaventure, and towards the end of his career was in charge of the 880 Squadron at Shearwater. His service to his country earned him the Pacific Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, Pilots Flying Badge (RCAF ) and Naval Pilot’s Wings. He is survived by his daughters: Marie-Anne (Ivan) Skomorowski, Toronto; Celeste (Bill) Steeves, Florida; Nicole (Henrik) Petersen, Dartmouth Paula (Frank) MacLean, Long Point Leone (Ken) Francis, Dartmouth. One sister Madeline Belizile, Montreal; Grandchildren: Shanda (Darien) LaRamée-Jones, Halifax; Nicholas LaRamée, Halifax; Andrea Steeves, Florida; Julia Petersen, Dartmouth; Adam Petersen, Dartmouth; Kelly (Patrick) Austin, Skye Glen; Cheryl (Adrian) Leverton, Toronto; Garrett (Sable MacKeil), Toronto; Kirk MacLean, Halifax; Keane MacLean, Long Point; Jennifer (Ken) May, Dartmouth; Adrienne (Brian) Hiltz, Dartmouth; Brendan Francis, BC; Logan Francis, Dartmouth; Cameron Francis, Dartmouth; Great grandchildren: Owen Jones, Enzo LaRamée, Zea May, Liam May, Alden Hiltz, Henry Hiltz, Ronan Austin, Fiona Austin, Cosima MacLean, Cadence MacLean, Joshua Petersen; Nine nieces and nephews: He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Anne Margaret MacDonald ( formerly of Creignish Rear; his only son Joseph Stephen LaRamée, Halifax and daughter Inez LaRamée, Dartmouth; sister Geraldine LaRamée and Alfred LaRamée both of Montreal. Resting in Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Bernard Street Port Hawkesbury; Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be offered Friday at 11am from Stella Maris Church, Creignish with Rev. Hughie D. MacDonald presiding, burial to follow in the Parish Cemetery. In memoriam donations to Shearwater Aviation Museum C/O 12 Wing P.O. Box 5000 Stn Main Shearwater, Nova Scotia B0J 3A0, Stella Maris Cemetery Fund, or Creignish Recreation Centre would be appreciated. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS SHEARWATER

LaRUSH, William David - died suddenly on Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Sunnybrook Hospital. Dave was in his 66th year. Dave was loved by many and respected by all. He loved hockey, baseball and all sports especially Jason and Danny's sports. Dave was a retired Captain of Toronto Fire Service and a former Navy sailor on the HMCS Bonaventure. He is survived by his loving wife Donna and cherished by his children Tanya (Donnovan Grant), Debra (Craig Judges), Danny and Jason, as well as Janelyn (John Aladin and Blake). He was adored by his grandchildren Sequoia and Mackenzie (Tayna). He will be missed by his surviving sister Brenda (John Theodoris) and all his nieces and nephews and many, many friends and neighbours. Friends will be received at The Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Ogden Chapel at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

LAURIE, Douglas T., CPO, RCN (05 Mar 1919 - 19 Apr 2013) - It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Doug was known fondly to all as "Ga". He passed 2 days short of his 70th Wedding Anniversary. Born in Blaine Lake, Sask. and raised in Swift Current he played hockey for the Swift Current Broncos and loved baseball. Doug joined the Navy in 1938 and was stationed in Esquimalt where he lived his life and raised his family. He was a founding member of the CPO's Association. He loved the Navy serving the majority of his years on the HMCS Restigouche, HMCS Ontario, HMCS Magnificent and the HMCS Athabaskan II during the Korean Conflict. In 1941 he was shipped to Greenock, Scotland and stationed in Niobe. He met his bride & married Ingar in Greenock. In 1943 he reported for duty aboard the HMCS Athabaskan, known as The Unlucky Lady. April 29, 1944 the ship was torpedoed in the English Channel. He spent 4 hours in the black waters before a German destroyer picked him & the remaining survivors up. He became a POW in Marlag, Germany for 14 months. He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife & soul mate Ingar, along with his daughters, Gloria Edwards (Reg), Gayle Buie (Bob); grandsons, Jason, Chris (Renee) and his wonderful great-grandchildren, Josie, Sophie, Mitchell, Etta and Jackson. Preceded by sisters, Mona Smith, Kay Cathrea, Joyce Harvey and brother, John. He is survived by his brother, Keith, Calgary; sister-in-law, Mary Laurie, Victoria and many nieces and nephews in Canada, UK, USA. He was a man with a gentle soul. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Lodge at Broadmead for the loving care they gave to Doug the last 14 month. No service by request.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

 

MacNEILL, Glen Russell - MISSING: reported missing when HMCS Athabaskan was sunk was OS Glen Russell MacNeill, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. MacNeill, 1447 Garnet street, Regina. Born in Regina, he attended Herchmer school and Scott collegiate, served as a leader-Post carrier for three years and worked for a time at the British Ameri-street and Dewdney. He enlisted in November, 1942, and went active Jan. 7, 1943. At home, besides his parents, are three sisters, Frances, Borothy and Marjorie, and a brother, Morley. A brother, LS Lloyd MacNeill, is with the navy on the east coast. (The Regina Leader-Post 08 May 1944)

 

MacNeill, Glen Russell - RELEASED: Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. A.B. MacNeill, 1447 Garnt street, that their son, AB Glenn Russell MacNeill, has been released from a prisoner of war camp and is en route to the United Kingdom. Reported missing when the Athabaskan was sunk, his parents were informed later that he was a prisoner in Germany. Born in Regina, he attended Herchmer school and Scott collegiate, served as a Leader-Post carrier for three years and worked for a time at the British American Oil Co. Ltd. in Regna. He enlisted in November, 1942. At home, besides his parents, are three sisters, Frances, dorothy and Marjorie, adn a brother, Morely. A brother, LS Lloyd MacNeill is in the navy. (The Regina Leader-Post 08 May 1945)

 

MacNeill, Glen Russell (20 Dec 1923 - 16 Apr 2011) - Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Glen passed away peacefully in Richmond, BC. Predeceased by his wife Lois Eileen MacNeill (nee Campbell), Glen is survived and lovingly remembered by daughters Sandra (Alan) Pattern, Wendy (Eugene) Durnin, and Brenda (Brian) Richards; grandchildren Marla Pattern, Mark (Cherylin) Pattern, Gary (Heather) Pattern, Christie Durnin-Rutherford, Robert (Betty) Durnin, Casey (Rica) Durnin, Michael (Melissa) Richards, and Scott (Amanda) Richards; great grandchildren Simone, Kalia, Ben, Annika, Micah, Olivia, Kiana, Kate, Jack and Mia. Glen is also survived by sister Francis (John) Chant, sister-in-laws Marion MacNeill, Dorothy Tingley and Loane (Tom) Foreman as well as many nieces and nephews. Glen had proudly served the Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS Athabaskan) and was a POW During WW II. After the war, he joined Regina Fire Department where he served for 35 years. When he retired in 1981 Glen and Lois moved to Surrey, BC . They were active members of the Guildford Church of the Nazarene. Glen will be missed by his family and friends. We look forward to meeting again in heaven. A Memorial Service for Glen will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Guildford Church of the Nazarene, 9012 160 Street Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers donations to charity of choice in memory of Glen MacNeill are greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

LINEHAM, John Donald - born July 10, 1919 passed away peacefully, after a lengthy struggle with a respiratory illness, in Victoria on February 10, 2004 at the age of 84 years. Lovingly remembered by his wife Marie; children Gail (Ken) McDonald, Linda (Doug) Varcoe and Bill (Lou), grandchildren; David, Susan (Jay), Tiffany (Gary), Melanie (Blake), Teri (Jamie), John and Ann-Marie, great-grand children Cody, Brendan, Madison and Ethan, brother Glen (Mae) and other relatives in Alberta. John spent the majority of his working career with the Provincial Government of BC and as a Petroleum Engineer he was involved in the early and continuing stages of the oil and gas industry. A private celebration of John's life will be held. Friends who wish may make donations to Victoria Hospice Society, 1952 Bay St., V8R 1J8 or B.C. Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee St., V8R 6V5. (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Feb 20014)

 

LINEHAM, John Donald - was born on July 10, 1919 to Bill and Jean Lineham. John was named in memory of Jean’s brother, John Morrison, who was killed in action at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. John joined the RCNVR and after officer training in Halifax and Cornwallis, NS, he served in small ships in various areas of the north Atlantic from Labrador to Bermuda. He served in ML Q103 and early 1944 and later in ML Q075. Following the war, John pursued a career in Petroleum Engineering, earning a university degree. John retired in 1981 from being an associate deputy minister, Petroleum Resources. John married Marie Wentworth on February 28, 1945 and had two daughters and one son. John and Marie retired in Victoria, British Columbia. ("She Made Them Family" by Anne Gafiuk)

 

ML Q103, ML Q075

LOGAN, Gary Edward, Slt, RCN - Unveiling Window to Flyer Who Lost Life at Sea - A memorial window will be unveiled next Sunday afternoon at 2.30 in Erskine Presbyterian Church to honor the memory of Sub-Lieut. Gary E. Logan who plane crashed over the side of the Aircraft Carrier Bonaventure on April 2, during NATO exercises of Bermuda. The only son of Police Inspector Ed Logan and Mrs. Logan, Gary joined the navy as a cadet in September, 1954 after graduating from Lisgar Collegiate. After completing training at Esquimalt, BC, he was selected for aviation training. He received his winds at a U.S. navy school in Florida in 1957 and was then posted to the 880 Anti-Submarine Squadron at Shearwater, NS. Faithful in his attendance at the Sunday services, Gary grew up in Erskine Church where his father is a member of the Session and his mother an active worker in many of the women's organizations. The memorial window, given by the members of the Ottawa police department, is a tribute not only to the gallant young flying officer, but also a mark of the high esteem in which Inspector Logan is held by his colleagues. The memorial service on Sunday will be conducted by Dr. Robert Good, assisted by Naval Padre, Rev. H. Ploughman. Deputy Chief J. Gordon Stewart will take part in the unveiling service. Members of the police department and representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy will attend. The service will be open to the public. (Ottawa Journal 16 Jun 1959)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SHEARWATER

LOURME, Ernest Patrick (09 Sep 1929 - 19 Mar 2013) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernest - Husband, Dad and Gramps. Ernest was born and raised, as the only child of Ernest Charles and Katherine (Pisko), in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is survived by his wife Norma of almost 58 years, his daughters Deborah (Surrey, BC), Jane Holoboff (Calgary, AB) and his son Gregory (Betty) (Dartmouth, NS). Gramps to grandchildren Sarah, Nicholas, Tonya, Amanda, Alexis, Philip, Sophia; and great grandchildren Madysson, Boston, Noah, Luke. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949. In 1951 he attended RN Upper Yardman's School Dartmouth, then Royal Naval College Greenwich in 1953 where he met his wife Norma who immigrated to Canada in 1955 to marry her beloved Ernest. Ernest had an illustrious career of flying Tracker Aircraft (CS2F) off of HMCS Bonaventure until her last deployment in 1970. Ernest and family transferred to Ottawa wherein he retired as a LCdr (P) with 35 years' service. Ernest and Norma spent 26 years living on Vancouver Island before moving to Dartmouth, NS in 2010. Ernest was an avid hockey, squash, tennis player and golfer. He will always be remembered for his sense of humour and "things happen for a reason - be patient". We will so miss you… until we meet again. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. A Funeral mass will take place at Saint Thomas More Parish, Caledonia Rd., Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1100 am, Father Doucette presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia would be appreciated.

 

HMCS TECUMSEH, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMS VERULAM, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS NIAGARA (USA), HMCS SHEARWATER (VS-881, VS-880) HMCS BONAVENTURE

LYNCH, Donald Adams, born October 21, 1920 in Calgary, died June 2, 2002 in Olds. Survived by loving wife Phyllis (nee Rose); and son David of Olds; daughters, Trish (Michael) Rahm of Shingle Springs, CA and Donna (Paul) Anderson of Calgary; grandson John Rahm; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, Margaret (nee Adams) and John Lynch of Calgary. Don grew up in Calgary and lived much of his life there. He joined the RCNVR in 1939, the RCN in 1940 as a telegrapher. Served on HMCS Bayfield and Athabaskan. One of forty-two survivors rescued by HMCS Haida when the Athabaskan was sunk in April 1944. Thirty-one years with AGT including six years in Lethbridge. Retired in Calgary 1976, moved to Olds 1979. He was loved by many and respected by all who met him. He will be missed. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, June 6, 2002, 11:00 a.m. in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Olds. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Accredited Supports to the Community, 4322 - 50 Avenue, Olds, T4H 1P6.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS BAYFIELD

MAGEAU, Gilbert Emile (Gil), Lt (N), RCN (29 Aug 1940 - 27 Sep 2006) - Born in Hull, Quebec, Gil joined the Royal Canadian Navy on the 3rd of July, 1958 at the age of 17. During his career, he served on numerous ships, submarines, and on the Aircraft Carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. He later served as a U.N. Peace Keeper in Egypt (CCUNEFME) in 1974. In total, he served 27 years in the Regular Force and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class. He served with the Reserves from May 1985 to November 1994 as Senior Cadet Chief Warrant Officer for the Eastern Region. He finally retired in 2002 as Senior Supply Officer for Eastern Region HQ. Son of the late Urgel Mageau and Isabelle Castagne, Gil leaves to mourn his loving wife Leah (Grandy), step-son Russ (Angie), son Stephen (Mary), daughters Christina (Marvin), Sherryl Ann (deceased), Denara, Melody-Ann, his grandchildren, brothers Bruno (Linda), Ronald (Suzanne) and sister Diane (Richard). Until we meet again. We love you.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS OJIBWA

MALONEY, Gerald James (Jerry) Cdr, RCN - passed away June 11, 2015, after a successful naval career and a long and enjoyable retirement. Beloved husband of Elizabeth 'Bette' Maloney of Bedford; brother of Marnie Schatz (Joseph), of Hamilton, Ont., and son of the late William Patrick and Elizabeth (Martin) Maloney. Jerry was born October 16, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., and was educated in Canada. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman (air) in 1952 and later served with the aircraft carriers Magnificent and Bonaventure, as well as the destroyer Crusader and the frigate Buckingham. While serving on Bonaventure in 1957 he met and married Elizabeth Calvert in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition to his wife, sister and brother-in- law, he leaves his children, Catherine Maloney-Hofer (Robert), Dr. Kelly Maloney (Douglas Smith), Peter Calvert Maloney (Pamela) and John Patrick Maloney; and grandchildren, Caroline, Janet, Brock, Ben, Connor, Jake, and Ted; and nieces and nephews. During his naval career, Jerry served in London, UK with the Canadian Defense Liaison Staff; in Colorado as Canadian Public Affairs Officer for NORAD; and in Cyprus and the Gaza Strip with the United Nations. He also served in Ottawa, Victoria and Halifax and eventually retired in 1981. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held Monday, June 15th at his residence between 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS BUCKINGHAM

MANSON, Robert Bruce ( 1938-2015) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Bruce Manson, on June 5, 2015 at age 77. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was a son of the late Robert John Manson and Ellen (Ellen (Atkinson) Manson. Bruce retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after 31 years of service. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Thelma-Fougere) Manson; children Michael (Sherry) Campbell; Bernadine (Conrad) Young; Adrian Campbell; Bruce Manson and Paul (donna) Manson; brother Jim Manson; 11 grand children; 13 great grand children and several nieces and nephews. Bruce was predeceased by his parents; sisters June and Carol as well as grand daughter Miranda. There will be no service as per Bruce’s request. Donations can be made in Bruce’s name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society. Then family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of 6B at the Victoria General Hospital for their outstanding care.

MARCOTTE, Grant William (02 Mar 1934 - 19 Jan 2006) - Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the P.R.H.C., Hospital Dr. Site on Thursday January 19, 2006. Grant Marcotte of R.R. #2 Peterborough in his 72nd year. Loved and missed by his wife of 51 years, Jeri, and his children, Elizabeth Anne "Liz" Nesbitt (Ivan) of Peterborough, Jeanne Samonas (Lou) of Toronto, Bill Marcotte (Georgina) of R.R. #2 Peterborough and Nancy Marcotte of Peterborough. Papa will be remembered by Laura (Ken) & Holly Nesbitt, Andrew, David and Marc Samonas and Peter, Maryanne (Jesse) MacLeish, Grant Marcotte, and great grandchildren Autumn Nesbitt, Blake Howse and Noah MacLeish. Also remembered by his brother Tom Marcotte (Pat) of Southampton, his sister-in-law Betty Murdock (Jack) and several nieces. Grant served in the Royal Canadian Navy for over 5 years on the following ships: HMCS LaHulloise, HMCS Assiniboine, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Bonaventure, and the HMCS Haida. Friends and relatives may call at the Hendren Funeral Home, Lakefield on Tuesday January 24, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A R.C.L. Branch 52 Legion Service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 6:45 PM. A funeral service will be held in the Hendren Chapel on Wednesday January 25, 2006 at 11:00 AM. Canon Ron Davidson officiating. Cremation to follow. A reception will be held in the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall, Lakefield. Memorial donations may be made to the P.R.H.C. Foundation or the R.C.L. Branch #52, Peterborough as expressions of sympathy.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS LA HULLOISE

MARTIN, Sidney Joseph Age 76, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Sidney on Friday, June 7th,2013. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Sidney and Mary Ruth (Purcell) Martin. Sid served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years onboard various vessels, “Maggie”, “Bonnie”, “Iroquois” and “Skeena” to name just a few. Sid travelled worldwide during his years in the Navy and maintained lifelong friendships with many of his shipmates. After his retirement from the Navy, Sid continued working with companies such as Canmar in the Arctic, Canada Steamship Lines and Fednav on the Great Lakes, Balder offshore and finally with Oceanex on the ASL Sanderling. Sid’s cooking was legendary and he was the life and soul of every party. He loved to have a good time and made sure everyone around him did too. Sid will be forever missed by his loving wife, Cecelia (Shirley) Cornelius of Dartmouth; daughters: Kimberley Sanford (Bob) and Lynn Smillie (Robin) of Cole Harbour, sons: Frank (Heather) of Porters Lake and Jim of Cole Harbour; brother: Robert (Colleen) of Dartmouth; grandchildren: Mark, Christopher, Jessica, Nicholas and Justin great-Grandchildren: Glendon, Alexander, Brooklyn, Sydney, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Francis and his beloved son Sidney Junior The family would like to extend the heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers, nurses, Doctors and Dalhousie student nurses at the Abbey Lane Building 9th floor in Halifax who cared for Sid during his illness. Special thanks go to Martin and Angela. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Atlantic Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday June 14th at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth with a reception to follow in the funeral home reception lounge. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Society.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS SKEENA

MAYNE, John (Jack) - Passed away peacefully with his family at his side, on August 20, 2006, at Windsor Regional Hospital Centre-Metropolitan Campus, at the age of 66 years. Beloved husband of the late Genevieve (Klodnicki, 1989). Dear Father of Jeff and wife Christine of Amherstburg; Colleen and husband Mark Momney, and Deborah and husband Dave Quagliotto, all of Windsor. Dear Granpa of Anthony, Amanda, Marcus, Michael, Samantha, Stephanie, and Carson. Dear Brother of Robert Mayne and wife Janice, of Ft. Wayne Indiana. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Mr. Mayne served in the Royal Canadian Navy (Regular Force) from 1957 until 1962, where he was stationed aboard the H.M.C.S. Shear-water (Naval Air Station) as well as the H.M.C.S. Bona-venture (Aircraft Carrier). From 1962 until 1967, he was a member of the R.C.N. Reserve (Emergency Force). Jack was very involved with the Windsor Central Little League, the Riverside Minor Baseball Association, a member of C.A.W. Local 444, and retired from Daimler-Chrysler following many years of service. In 2005, Jack was awarded the Good Neighbour of The Year Award, by the United Way. Visiting at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, 1700 Tecumseh Rd. East, on Monday, August 21, 2006, from 7-9 pm, and on Tuesday from 2-5 & 7-9 pm. Prayers Tuesday at 8:30 pm. Funeral Service Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at 9:45 am, then to St. Rose of Lima Church for funeral mass at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre or to the Hospice of Windsor would be appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

MILLER, Eugene Vernon - Peacefully passed away on July 9, 2008. Beloved husband of Helene. Dear father of Heather (Ross MacWhirter), Michael (Danielle Morin), Beecher, Jeanie and Rene. He leaves six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also mourned by his step-daughters Geraldine (Jean Christie) and Sharon (Michael Bower). He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Visitation at on Friday, July 11 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Legion and White Ensign service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2008 starting at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Quebec Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS MAGNIFICENT

MacALPINE, Gerald Angus - Aged 76, of Halifax, formerly of Jordan Bay, Shelburne County, died October 16, 2013 at the QEII Health Sciences Complex, Halifax, NS. He was born in Jordan Bay on June 3, 1937 a son of the late Donald and Thelma (Huskins) MacAlpine, joined the RCN as an Electrician’s Mate at 17, found he was prone to seasickness and went Naval Air when the opportunity arose. He served in HMC Ships and establishments Cornwallis, Stadacona, Toronto, Fort Erie, Shearwater, Naden, Bonaventure, Protecteur, Preserver and Algonquin. He also served on Naval Air Squadrons VS880, VX10 and VU33 but then came integration and central maintenance which took the spirit out of Naval Air. On retirement in 1985, he and Gweneth moved to Jordan Bay where he was a Commissionaire at CFS Shelburne until the base closed. They moved back to Halifax in 2004. He always had an interest in family and local history and wrote a genealogy of the MacAlpine family in the 1980s and in later years he wrote “Mason’s Division, Stories of Jordan Bay and Jordan Ferry in Shelburne County”. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Gweneth Elda, in 2010. He is survived by sons Jerry (Betty), Middle Sackville; Andrew (Anastasia), Halifax; daughters Lori Blagdon, Eastern Passage; Katherine MacAlpine, Ottawa; eight grandchildren; a great granddaughter and a great grandson; brothers Donald and James of Dartmouth, and Robert of Moncton. The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Cole Harbour Woodside United.

 

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MACGILLIVRAY, Commodore Darroch Norman (Doch), C.D., C.F. (1934-2003) 68, Halifax, passed away in Northwood Centre, March 22, 2003. Born in St. John's, NL, he was a son of the late H. Darroch and Doris (Alderdice) Macgillivray. Doch's naval career spanned 35 years. His love of the Navy began at the age of 13 when he enrolled as a sea cadet, then on to Naval Reserve Cadet (UNTD), Naval Cadet (RCN), and eventually midshipman. In this capacity, he served on some memorable ships; HMCS Quebec, Magnificent and Huron. By 1956 he was a sub lieutenant in RN College, Greenwich, England. While in the United Kingdom, he met the love of his life, whom he married one year later. As a lieutenant in 1957 he served on HMCS Bonaventure, Stadicona, Nootka and Lauzon. In 1963 with a young family in tow, he headed to California to the Naval Electronics Lab and entered the world of computer programming. In 1965 as a Lt.-Cmdr. he was off to Westinghouse to work on the program for our first Hydrofoil. In 1967 Doch served as executive officer, HMCS Annapolis, then in 1968 he became commander of the First Canadian Minesweeping Squadron. From there it was off the NDHQ, Ottawa, where he was staff program manager for the DDH 280 and that special ship HMCS Iroquois, where he became the first commanding officer. As captain, Doch served as Staff Maritime Commander, Halifax; student (NDC), Kingston; Director Maritime Operations, Plans and Reserves (NDHQ Ottawa - CMDO Staff); commander, First Canadian Destroyer Squadron, Halifax; Deputy SACLANT representing Europe at NATO in Brussels; and a Commandant, Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare School, Halifax. Finally as a commodore in 1985, he was Chief of Staff Personnel, Command Headquarters in Halifax. In 1986 -- the last Hurrah - Doch served as commander of the Canadian Defense Liaison staff and Defense Advisor to the Canadian High Commission in London. Doch and Marion retired to Nova Scotia upon their return from the United Kingdom. Doch's many loves included his family, the Navy, being Canadian Commissioner for the Clan Macgillivray, researching the family history, fishing , golfing, and taking pictures. His many talents included playing the guitar, singing, and drawing and sketching. Doch is survived by his wife, Marion (Clarke) Macgillivray; daughters, Heather (Michael), Elizabeth, and Shannon (Christopher); brothers, John (Marcail) and Roderick (Sandra); five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Doch's life will be held Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in Christ Church, 50 Wentworth St., Dartmouth. Reception to follow in the church hall. Doch's nephews, The Rev. Dr. Jodi Clarke and Archdeacon John Clarke, are officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

 

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McCormack, Roy RCAF - pilot, engineer, golfer, skier, carpenter, storyteller. Born Nov. 13, 1925, in Montreal. Died Jan. 4, 2012 in Collingwood, Ont., of pneumonia, aged 86. April 6, 2012. As a boy growing up in the Town of Mount Royal in Montreal, Roy McCormack built model planes out of balsa wood, a hobby he later described as "gaining a smattering of aeronautical knowledge." In the spring of 1940, when the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was adopted, Roy made up his mind to join the RCAF, but he had to wait till he was 17 1/2, in 1943. Accepted for pilot training, he learned to fly single-engine planes and developed a taste for aerobatics. Unfortunately, there was one too many pilots for the single-engine school and Roy drew the short straw. He was never passionate about twin-engine planes. The war ended soon after his training, and he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Air Arm, serving aboard HMCS Bonaventure. Upon demobilization in 1947, he attended McGill University in Montreal, graduating in civil engineering in 1951. Roy's parents were James and Norah (Baldwin) McCormack. He had one sister, Kathleen. In 1951, he married June Letts of St. Lambert, Que., one of whose sisters took an immediate liking to the handsome man in uniform. The first time he came to pick up June, her sister Ruth, who looked very much like her, left with Roy instead. They were halfway down the street before a furious June caught up with them. Roy and June's shared passion for golf and skiing took them on many adventures during his more than 30 years working for Air Canada. While he maintained his pilot's licence, he never, ironically, flew for the airline, but he was particularly proud of his stint as project manager when the first Boeing 747s were produced. This took Roy and June, and children Jim and Gail, to Seattle for four years in the late sixties. They were awed by the beauty of the West Coast, and after moving back to Montreal they often returned to the West. The consummate storyteller, Roy entertained many gatherings of friends, family and colleagues. His wit and humour served him well with the Fossils Club of Montreal, an amateur theatre troupe. Besides writing scripts and songs, he built sets, using the carpentry skills that he later applied to a spacious cedar house he designed in Collingwood, Ont., where he and June retired. Always social, Roy was a driving force with the Pionairs (retired Air Canada employees), the Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club and the Collingwood Adult Skating Club. After June died of complications from arthritis in 2008, Roy moved into a retirement village. Roy may not have realized all his dreams in his 86 years, but, as he might have said, he certainly made a good start.

 

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McGOWAN, Stewart Edwin (Stu),  OStJ, CD, BGen (01 Mar 1938 - 17 Feb 2014) - With great sadness the McGowan family announces the unexpected death of Stu while in Lima, Peru. Paddy and Stu were on a glorious cruise through the Panama Canal. His last days were spent enjoying the seas in a magnificent ship, lying in the sun on the pool deck with a rum and coke in hand. Stu was born in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, the son of Muriel (Muffet) Stewart and Edwin Archibald (Mac) McGowan. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1955 and Royal Military College in 1960. Stu's career included flying Trackers off HMCS Bonaventure; an exchange posting with the USN; flying Sea King Helicopters from HMC Ships Margaree and Assiniboine; Command of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton (his favourite posting); Base Commander in Winnipeg during visits of Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II; Director of Army Aviation in St. Hubert; Command Director at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs; and finally Deputy Director of NORAD, Alaska Region. Stu retired in Victoria in 1993. He loved being the skipper of a Harbour Ferry and was "lead ballerina" in the Sunday morning Blue Danube Waltz of the Ferries. As President of the Board of St. John Ambulance, Stu oversaw their building expansion on Pandora St. After helping with security during the Vancouver Commonwealth Games he joined the Rotary Club where he found his place in a group of like-minded individuals. "Service Above Self" is what guided Stu his entire life. Stu leaves his loving wife Paddy, sons Blair and Bryce (Chanida) and beloved grandchildren Draeven, Carly and Ryan. He will be sadly missed by brothers Kim (Dawna), Jay (Sandra), sister Robyn Whitbread (Ian) and was predeceased by Sister Peta Ann (Jackson) of the Convent of St. John the Divine in North York, ON. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at St. John the Divine, 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria. Reception to follow. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

 

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McGRATH, Gerald Melvin: - 70, Dartmouth, and formerly of Sonora, Guysborough Co. It is with extremely heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of Chief Warrant Officer (retired) Gerald Melvin McGrath on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Sonora on October 10, 1938, he was a son of the late Matthew and Hazel (Jack) McGrath. He joined the Navy at 17 and served on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, seeing much of the world. The latter part of his career was spent at Shearwater and Greenwood. Gerry was an avid hunter and fisherman and never gave up a chance to do so. He is survived by son, Dennis Keith Gale (Linda); grandchildren, Darlene Gale (Colin Pugh), Phillip Gale (Wanda Power); great-grandson, Tristan Gale; sister, Judy (Ed) Rudolph; brother, John (Marsha) McGrath; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, the former Ivy Mable Burns; brother, Calvin McGrath. Visitation will be held today from 7-9 p.m. in Sonora United Baptist Church and where funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Norman Pearce officiating. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Sonora. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary's Chapel, 34 Main St., Sherbrooke. (The Halifax Herald 03 Jul 2009)

 

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McINNIS, Lloyd Hector - After a feisty battle with cancer, Lloyd passed away at the Crossroads Hospice on August 12, 2006. Born in Bellevue Alberta on October 14, 1926 to Eva (nee Kidder) and Hector McInnis, Lloyd spent his early years with brothers Ron and Lorne in Wynndel BC. Although only 17, Lloyd lied about his age, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 and was sent overseas, where he was based in England and Northern Ireland. Later Lloyd found his true calling in the Air Branch of the Royal Canadian Navy. He served at the VU 33 Squadron at the Pat Bay Air Station near Sydney BC, and at CFB Namao near Edmonton Alberta, but spent much of his 27-year naval career at HMCS Shearwater in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, where he was also Mess President and led a Naval Air Cadet Corps. Lloyd, who was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), travelled the world while serving on the HMCS Magnificent and the HMCS Bonaventure, where he maintained a wide variety of aircraft. Lloyd retired from the Navy as a Petty Officer 1st Class in 1971, moved to Vancouver and, never one to rest, worked in insurance and sales, was part owner of a taxi company, and was an active member of CNAG (Canadian Naval Air Group). He loved going fishing, was a voracious reader, enjoyed bowling, and absolutely loved getting out on the dance floor. Lloyd will be greatly missed by his wife Lesley, stepdaughter Buffy Bindley, stepson David Campbell, first wife Dorothy, their daughter Sharon (who he proudly referred to as "No. 1"), surviving brother Ron, and other family members. Memorial service at 1 pm on Saturday, August 19th at St. George's Anglican Church at 9160 Church Street in Fort Langley, BC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Lloyd's name to Crossroads Hospice, 4th Floor, 101 Noonscreek Road, Port Moody, BC V3H 5J1.

 

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McKECHNIE, William Jordan - It is with much sadness that we announce Jerry's passing on August 26, 2013 at West Vancouver, BC. He was born on March 11, 1927 in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by Deirdre, his wife of 49 years, Jerry is survived by his loving partner Myrtle Acton, son Mark (Gail), daughter Alix (Len), son Eric (Joanne) and grandchildren Jay, Nick, Joel, Ryan, Islay and Heather. Following many years working on CPR ships, Jerry joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959. During his career he served on HMC Ships Huron, Bonaventure, and Protecteur. In 1976 he received his BA in Public Administration from Carleton University. After retiring from the Navy in 1981 at HMCS Discovery, a second career followed with the BC Ferry Corporation. Jerry will be lovingly remembered as a devoted spouse, loving father, grandfather and friend. A memorial service will be held at St. James' Anglican Church, 303 East Cordova Street on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vasculitis Foundation of Canada, 446-425 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 8J6 would be appreciated.

 

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McLACHLAN, Terrence (Terry) - Peacefully, after a short illness at St. Boniface Hospital, Terry aged 57 years passed away on May 6, 2002. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Ida and Ambrey and his sister Donna. Terry had many great memories but he especially enjoyed his 3 years in the RCN aboard HMCS Bonaventure, sailing the world. His family was his life. Wife Barb, children Stewart and Patricia and grandson Aaron. Brother Ron and family. Sister Darlene and family. The Bonwick family. His other family, the members of AA Winnipeg Branch were his friends and strength. Many thanks to a caring hospital staff. Terrys final act was to donate his body to science / research at the University of Manitoba. A memorial will be held at Lord Roberts Community Centre, 725 Kylemore at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9. In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc. or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

 

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McPHEE, Arthur David, Captain(N) (1919-2006) - Arthur David McPhee, aged 86, died peacefully in his home in Sechelt on the evening of Friday, January 27th. Arthur is lovingly remembered by his daughter Joy Smith (David) of Regina, his daughter Jane of Saskatoon, his son Walter of Sechelt, his three grandchildren Laura, Mark and Karen Smith of Regina, his sister Grace McPhee of Vancouver, his sister-in-law Ernestine (Mary) Bergsma of Abbotsford and his nephew Kevin (Dianne) Bergsma and family of Grand Prairie. Arthur was predeceased by his beloved wife of 41 years, Lois, in 1992, his brother Walter in March 1944, and his nephew Captain Timothy Bergsma, Royal Canadian Regiment, in June 2002. Arthur was born in Vancouver in 1919. He rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy from Boy Seaman Second Class to Petty Officer before commissioning in 1940. He took his first destroyer command, HMS Belvoir, in combat, in the Mediterranean in 1942. In January 1947 he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in HMCS Magnificent before commissioning HMCS Bonaventure as Executive Officer. He was promoted Captain in July 1958, returning to destroyers in 1960 in command of HMCS Algonquin and commanded the First Canadian Escort Squadron during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He sailed and fought all over the world including 3 circumnavigations of the globe during fourteen and a half years of postings at sea during his thirty nine years nine months in Their Majesties Service. Arthur and Lois lived with their family in Ottawa, Halifax, England, Northern Ireland, Victoria, and Norway. Arthur was a sea cadet at age 13 in Vancouver and retired as the Director of Cadets in National Defense Headquarters at 55. Upon retirement, Arthur and Lois moved to Sechelt where he served as the Emergency Program Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast for 16 years and led a Wednesday Evening Prayer and Bible Study for 30 uninterrupted years. A man of great physical and spiritual stature, Arthur lived a life of service to his family, his church, his community, his naval comrades and those seeking to spread the Gospel throughout the world. "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord". A Service Celebrating the Life of Arthur McPhee will be held at St. Hilda's Anglican Church, Sechelt at 1:00 PM Monday February 6th. Remembrances in honour of Arthur may be made to the Gideons Society, or the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society, PO Box 545, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0.

 

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NORRIS, Guy John - Award-winning author John Norris, who chronicled the city’s past in books such as Historic Nelson and Wo Lee Stories, has died at 88. Norris’ distinct, personal style won praise and earned him the Lieutenant Governor’s medal for historical writing in 1985 for his book Old Silverton. “He created a new kind of historical fiction,” says retired Nelson museum curator and archivist Shawn Lamb. “It was a history book that brought things to life. That was his real strength — he could make you feel like you were there.” Following Old Silverton, Norris was commissioned to write the first volume in a projected series on Nelson’s history. “He said, ‘Well, I live in the Slocan and I’m not going to move to Nelson,’” Lamb recalls. “He would need help.” With the assistance of Lamb, plus Nelson old-timers Alan Ramsden and Henry Stevenson and historian Ted Affleck, Norris embarked on the project, which took about five years to complete. “We have a huge box of manuscripts,” Lamb says. “That book was written and rewritten and rewritten. There wasn’t enough room [to include everything].” Published in 1995, Historic Nelson: The Early Years covered the city’s pre-history through to its incorporation. Although Norris originally planned to write a follow-up, he decided he wouldn’t be able to. “He said ‘I don’t think I can take on another one,’” Lamb says. “We said we perfectly understand, and what you wrote stands alone incredibly well.” However, Norris subsequently completed several other works, including Wo Lee Stories, a whimsical memoir of his childhood in Nelson. The title paid tribute to a Chinese market gardener in Fairview who left an indelible impression on him. He later recorded it as an audio book. With photographer Patrizia Menton, he published John’s Garden, a coffee-table book that captured his stunning accomplishments in cultivating his yard. Born in Silverton on December 13, 1922, Norris wanted to be a teacher, but his mother told him there wasn’t money to send him to university. When World War II began, he joined the navy, and was aboard the HMCS Athabaskan the night it was torpedoed by a German destroyer, killing 128 crew members. Norris survived and went on to write about it in The Myrmidon Papers. He also published I’m Going to War, a poem in rhyming couplets. “After the war, through a veteran’s grant he was able to go to university,” his companion Will Castleton says. “He felt very fortunate.” He taught in Vancouver, Salmo, Nelson, and for six years at the New Denver school for delinquent boys. In 1965, he built a house with Will that scavenged parts from crumbling cabins and abandoned mining camps in the region, and even used timbers from an old train bridge. “Since he had such a love of the past and was attached to everything local, he made the house quite interesting,” Will says. A Slocan Valley theatre company produced a historically-inspired play Norris wrote called Mine Tailings to great acclaim. In recent years, he had been working on a book-length autobiographical work, completed only days before his passing. “He was very worried about it for a month before he died,” Will says. “He kept saying ‘I’ve almost got it, I’ve almost got it.’ And then a couple of days before [his death] he said ‘Now it’s finished. I can go.’” Will plans to publish the book, which he says deals with Norris’ “intellectual development … It’s based on the Socratic saying ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ He devoted himself to examining his life very carefully.” Will is reviewing the manuscript with a retired Acadia University professor. “It’s turning out much longer than I thought, but I find it very well written and quite interesting.” Norris was “very attached to the Slocan Valley and very much loved by so many people around here,” he adds. “With his life he certainly added a lot to people’s understanding of the area.” Norris died at home on January 11. A memorial service is planned for May 29 at the Silverton Memorial Hall.

 

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STEVENSON, Richard Henry (10 Jan 1920 - 08 May 2012) - Beloved husband of Sarah Aitken. Dear father of Matthew, Diana and Willa. Loving grandfather of Angela and William Stevenson, Marie and Sarah Draper, and Nicola and Jack Seguin. Father-in-law of Mondy Stevenson, Wyndham Draper and Terry Seguin. Brother- in-law of Colin Spencer, Allan Aitken and Jane Aitken. Predeceased by his parents, Reginald C. Stevenson, OC, OBE, CA and Ethel Plant, as well as his sister Audrey Spencer. During World War II, Dick served on board H.M.C.S. Athabascan until the ship was torpedoed and sunk during a battle in the English Channel. He was a prisoner of war in Germany until liberation in 1945, after which he returned to Montreal and received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. His stimulating and rewarding career in the investment business spanned 50 years, and he enjoyed every minute. Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, Dick was an avid sailor all his life, racing first for the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club, and then on Lac Manitou in the Laurentians. Our family is grateful to Dick's caregivers, particularly Twaha Kivumbi and Vladimir St. Elien, for their years of constant support. Funeral on Friday, May 18th, 10:30 a.m., at the Mount Royal Crematorium, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont. Instead of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society, 5165 Sherbrooke St. W., #211, Montreal, QC, H4A 1T6 or www.alzheimer.ca would be greatly appreciated.

 

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SULKERS, Herman Cornelius The family of Herm Sulkers sadly announces his passing at his home in Chilliwack, BC on Monday, November 6, 2006 at age 86. Herman, husband of the late Lorraine (nee Trick) Sulkers; loving father of Jane, Cathy, Paul and Neil, proud grandfather of four granddaughters and seven grandsons, will be sadly missed. Born in Winnipeg May 5, 1920, Herm has left a great legacy of caring and integrity, shared among his many friends. Survivor of the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan, and a year as a Prisoner of War, Herm has dedicated much of his life remembering and cherishing the sacrifices of his comrades and of our veterans. He was very community minded, and will be missed by all. Funeral services and Poppy Ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina, with a Celebration of his life to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Chilliwack, Branch #4. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion. PLEASE WEAR A POPPY

 

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WEBSTER, Leading Seaman Gerald W. - Gerry was held as POW for one year after his ship HMCS Athabaskan was torpedoed and sunk April 29, 1944. THANKS DAD, with love from your family.

 

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