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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituary transcriptions of those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)



KEELER, Anthony Philip Gerald (Tony), C2ET, RCN (26 Jul 1931 - 03 Dec 2016) - Our East Coast Sailor has Crossed the Bar. Anthony (Tony) Philip Gerald Keeler - Tony, also known as "Tone-Bone" was born in Edmonton AB and was adopted as a baby by Harold and Emily Keeler. Tony along with his brother, Richard, and two sisters, Jackie and Joan spent their younger years helping to tend a family farm not far from Edmonton. Ottawa became home when his dad, an RCMP officer, was transferred. Following high school, Tony joined the Navy as an Ordinary Seaman Electricians Mate, where he completed 30 years of dedicated and memorable service, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class. He served on both Canadian Aircraft Carriers - first on the Bonaventure and deploying on the Magnificent. He was most proud of his time as an Avionics Systems Technician with the Canadian Naval Aviation Group, with stints on both coasts at CFB Shearwater and VU-33 at Pat Bay, near Victoria. Tony was also certified in the Navy as a Clearance Diver and Aquatics Specialist. While in the Navy and after retirement, Tony was an accomplished swimming coach, teaching many youth over the years in Halifax, Victoria, Duncan and Toronto. He met his partner Sharon while in Duncan and they moved to Toronto where he worked as the aquatics director at University City Aquatic Centre and then later worked as the Plant Manager for Aer-o-Flow. He returned to Victoria with Sharon in 1990 and finished his working career with the Corps of Commissionaires. Tony enjoyed curling as a pastime and while he could be found watching almost any sport, he enjoyed watching his favourite team, the Toronto Blue Jays play. An active member of the Chief's and Petty Officer's Association, the Canadian Naval Aviation Group, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Tony was very proud of his time in uniform and continued to serve with these various organizations. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Emily, his former wife, Anne, and three of his children, Elizabeth, Patricia and Tonilynn. He is survived by his partner of 36 years Sharon, his son Philip and daughter Rosemary, and Sharon's children, Brett, Derek, Louise and Grant as well as several grand and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Tony's name to the Victoria Hospice Society or the BC Cancer Agency. Celebration of Life will be held at the C&PO's Mess, Rainbow Room, 12 December 2016, 1-4PM Funeral Home First Memorial Funeral Services and Garden of Memories 4725 Falaise Drive Victoria, BC V8Y1B4 (The Victoria Times Colonist 09 Dec 2016)



MANTLE, Charles Alfred William (Bill), Leading Seaman Gunner, 3566-E, RCN - (Born: 20 Jun 1922 / Died: 04 Dec 2016) passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at home in Abbotsford, BC on December 4th, 2016 surrounded by his family and loving wife Dorothy. William was the eldest child of five born in Vancouver to Arthur and Miriam Mantle. His siblings are James, Isobel, Frank, Robert. This was Arthur's second family. From his first marriage there were siblings, Jack, Art, Ivy and twin sisters Violet and Iris. Growing up in Ottawa he spent a wonderful childhood enjoying the family cabin on the Rideau Canal, fishing in summers and playing hockey in winters. Bill was also an avid bird enthusiast and as a child collected and preserved many egg samples, as well as having a pet crow. In 1938 the family moved to Elsom Avenue in Burnaby, BC. In 1939 he joined the Navy at 17 as boy seaman for 6 months, going on to serve for 7 years through WWII and in peacetime. Doing several forays in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific, seeing action in some hallmark battles such as the Battle of the North Cape. He began his career as a machinist at New Westminster Ironworks in 1947. He later opened and operated Man Mac Transmissions and Pacific Torque Converters in Surrey for over 35 years. Marrying Dorothy Antoinette Lalonde on June 9th 1950 and raising 5 children Marion, Dorothy, William, Catherine and Isobel in North Delta. They enjoyed many happy years together camping, fishing, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Bill had a passion for many things in life, one of which was stock car racing. He shared this with his brothers, racing at Langley Speedway and other regional oval tracks throughout BC and the US in the 60's and 70's. A very community oriented and charitable man, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club volunteering many hours selling Christmas trees or driving handicapped people to the Cloverdale Rodeo for more than 25 years. Retiring in 1988 Bill and Dot spent their winter months in Desert Hot Springs, CA. He is survived by his brother Frank and his wife Dorothy and their 5 children and 12 grandchildren. James Reeve and Vicki Meyer, Trevor and Lindsay Phillips, William Jr., Melissa and Amanda Mantle, Jenifer Ferguson, Kimberly and Lori Stephenson. Xenia Cox, Linnea Lewis. His 6 great grand children John and Claire Meyer, Maika, Ethan and William Lewis, Dylan Reeve, Yonatan and Anabel Amit will remember him as a loving role model and story teller. Above all Bill was a caring and generous man, "Always there when you needed him." He will be remembered by all for his easy-going nature, sense of humour, diplomacy and honesty. He believed in doing the right thing. Service will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services in Aldergrove at 27555 - 31st Street, Aldergrove, BC at 1:30 Saturday, Dec 10th. "Dad, Your life was full of loving deeds, forever thoughtful of our individual needs, today and tomorrow–our whole life through. We will always cherish you." (The Vancouver Sun 10 Dec 2016)


Served in the RCN 15 Jan 1940 - 20 Jun 1947

SCARR, Gerald Brian (1962 - 2016) - U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" reverberated throughout our youngest brother Gerry's too short lifetime of searching for something meaningful to tap his unlimited potential. Sailor (Canadian Navy), actor, screenwriter, roofer, painter, teacher, father, advocate, heavy machine operator, mover, tree-planter, restaurant manager, taxi owner, truck driver and mechanic were vocations that witnessed Gerry's strong work ethic inherited from his Belfast born father, Thomas. Our baby brother's innate compassion was a gift from his beloved "Kits" mom, Carol, who taught all of her sons that it was better to give than receive. Gerry will be fondly remembered by his surviving brothers, Steven (Alex), John (Kristine) and David (Jennifer) and nieces Leah, Natascha (Ben), Amber-Lee, Michelle and Erin and nephews Nicolas and Jake. A gathering to reflect upon Gerry's myriad of adventures and misadventures - with an emphasis on his resilience, wit and humour - will be held on December 18, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mountainview Celebration Hall, 5455 Fraser Street Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to your chosen charity would be sincerely appreciated. (The Vancouver Sun 10 Dec 2016)

YOUNGSON, Gordon Thomas Palmer (03 Dec 1921 - 17 Nov 2016) - passed away quietly in his sleep after a wonderful and full life. Predeceased by wife, Lois Anne Youngson (nee Merkeley) and son Scott. Survived by daughters Nancy Cox (husband Jim) and Cindy MacLeod (husband Marshall); sons Donald (wife Jo Ann) and David (wife Kirsten); grandchildren Christopher (partner Dasha), Benjamin, Spencer (partner Josee), Kelly (Husband Will Carlson), Maggie (Husband Eli Applebaum), James, Daviana (Husband Chris Moore), Kelsey (Husband Andrew Stanger) and Tessa; great grandchildren Wyatt, Henry, George, Maddison and Theodore. Born in Gilbert Plains Manitoba, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Sea during World War II. Our dad attended University of Manitoba where he met our mother Lois Anne. After work with the Canadian Tea Company in Toronto he and his young family moved to Vancouver where he had a long career with Fibreglass Canada. He was a proud member of the Vancouver Rotary serving as President and active in several community projects including supporting our Mother in founding Camp Goodtimes. After raising five children in West Vancouver he and Mum retired to Bowen Island, where he developed a wonderful community of friends. We will miss our father's quiet strength and knowing that no matter what situation we found ourselves in he was there with support and love - we truly miss him. The family is grateful for the incredible support of Ender Tanrikut with help from friend Renata Williams and care givers, Brenda Reid and Annie O'Dea, his neighbours and friends Shelagh MacKinnon and Cheryl Black, everyone at The Little Red Church and the whole Bowen community for their love and support and finally, the love and friendship of Lyda Kerr. The community is invited to join our family in Celebrating our Father's Life, at his home, 1145 Lenora Road, Bowen Island, 12:30 to 2:30 PM, Sunday, December 18th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of Camp Goodtimes. Cheques can be made out to Canadian Cancer Society, Attn. Rozie Kara, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. (The North Shore News 11 Dec 2016)


TRAWICK, Howard Wilson, Submarine Detector - Suddenly at the Lakeshore General on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 in his eighty-fifth year. Beloved husband of Anne Bunn, his wife for more than sixty years. Dear father of Robert, Patricia (Don Davis), Deborah (Mark Thompson) and Michael (Heather). he leaves nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. he served in the Canadian Navy during WWII on the North Atlantic after which he earned his B.Eng. in electrical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Howard joined the CPR in 1949 and retired in 1981 as Engineer of Signals. He enjoyed golf and curling and will be sadly missed by his many friends. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White, 220 hwy 20 in Pointe Claire at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lakeshore General or West Island Palliative Care, would be appreciated (The Montreal Gazette 14 Dec 2002)





DOMEIJ, Einar Alfred, Rev - Passed away Peacefully into the presence of his Lord, at The Village of Mill Creek on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife Iris; Son, David (Erin-Faye); Daughter, Barbara (Gilbert); Grandchildren, Jason (Rhonda), Kyle of San Diego, Karalee (Steve), and Patrick; Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, Matthew, Mikajsa, Aaliyah & Paisley; Sister, Aina Leggett, and many more extended Family. He was predeceased by his Son, Robert Domeij in 2005; Grandson, SFC Kristoffer B. Domeij in 2011; his parents, Kristoffer & Sara Domeij; Brothers, Elof Domeij, Elon Domeij, & Sister, Siama Muir. Born in 1921 in Bredbyn, Sweden, Einar immigrated with his family to Canada in 1923 to Shaunavon, Sask. In time they eventually made their way to Nelson, B.C. It was there he met the love of his life Iris Kraft, but in 1942 duty called, & he entered The Royal Canadian Navy in Esquimalt, B.C. where he served as a Navy Medic for 4 years along with his dear friend George Dickran. He married Iris in 1946, attended Seminary & became a Reverend with the PAOC, pastoring churches in Victoria, Vernon, Nanaimo, & Kelowna. When he retired from Ministry he became a Realtor with Royal Trust for 10 years & then retired. He lived a long life and took great care of his wife Iris in their declining years. He spent his later years with her at the "Village at Mill Creek" until his passing. A Memorial service will be held at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive on Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 1 pm. The family wishes to thank all the Nursing & caring staff of Kalamalka & Idabel communities, Rev. David Van Essen (Chaplain) & Dr. Barry Eliason & staff for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to "The Gideons International in Canada. P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, ON., N1H 7A2.


MITCHELL, Cameron Eugene (Gene) - December 10, 2016, One of Woodstock’s last remaining Second World War veterans died Saturday in his sleep at Woodstock Hospital. Running away from home at the tender age of 16 to join the Royal Canadian Navy, Cameron Eugene (Gene) Mitchell was at first turned down by the navy before finally being accepted shortly before he turned 18. Mitchell, 92, served as a naval wireless operator in the Second World War aboard the HMCS Ottawa II, where his job was to protect convoys from being attacked by enemy submarines in the waters from Newfoundland to London, England. “From what we know, dad was one of the very few or couple of veterans that are still alive in Woodstock,” said his daughter Theresa Pittao. “He was also a member of the Legion Branch 55 in Woodstock. During his time onboard the HMCS Ottawa II, it destroyed three enemy submarines and later sailed to the English Channel to protect forces during the Invasion of Normandy. “He was very proud to be a navy veteran and he loved to talk about his experiences of war to his family and friends,” Pittao said. “He often remarked on how great it would be if the schools today would teach more history inclusive of the war years to young children and what was achieved for freedom. His aim would be for them to learn about the bravery and achievements young men fought for, so all could take pride in this. Pittao said on a couple of occasions her father was actually asked to speak about his was experiences at some local schools in Woodstock. After his war service in 1946, Mitchell married Elizabeth (Betty) Mitchell and became father to 12 children, grandfather of 29, great grandfather of over 30 and great, great grandfather of two. He was widowed in 1995, “Family was very important to him,” Pittao said. A devout Roman Catholic, Mitchell regularly attended Holy Trinity Parish. Born in Simcoe, after the war Mitchell moved to Woodstock where he worked at several jobs before taking on a factory job at Standard Tube. In 1974, he passed his exams to become a denturist and opened Mitchell Denture Clinic on Dundas Street. “Dad was a very hard worker and extremely dedicated to his clients,” Pittao said. After retirement at the age of 79, Mitchell travelled to France, the west coast, as well as backpacked on his own. An avid reader, Mitchell loved to read about both of the world wars. He also supported a couple of favourite charities including Operation Smile, which assists children with cleft lips or palates. Pittao said at the age of 92, her father still lived in the home he purchased in 1952, had a crystal clear memory and until three weeks ago was still driving. “Overall dad was very devoted, worked hard all his life, showed integrity and was tenacious when things were tough, and most of all taught us to respect each other,” Pittao said. “He was very proud to be a navy veteran, to have fought for all of us to have the freedoms we have today.” (By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review, 13 Dec 2016)



TAYLOR, Walter Duncan (Wally) - was born December 8, 1926 in Ponoka, Alberta and passed away peacefully on October 6, 2014 in Duncan, BC. Predeceased by his parents Henry George Taylor and Edith Ellen Taylor (nee Jones), sister Irene and brothers George, Kelvin and Sidney. Walter is survived by his wife of 60 years Vera of Sahtlam, his son Daniel of Metchosin and his daughter Jill of Nanaimo, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family moved to farm at Keating Crossroad in Saanich in 1942. Walter joined the Navy in 1943 and served as a wireless operator in Scotland during WW II. After the War he worked for the Federal Government as a radio operator on Fisheries patrol boats up and down the BC West Coast as well as on the weather ship. In 1948 he was posted to Coppermine in the NWT, which opened his eyes to the Canadian North. He moved to Winnipeg where he met and married Vera Lillian Kaatz in 1954 after a whirlwind three day courtship. Walter was then posted to Ennadai Lake, NWT, for a year, after which he returned to Manitoba and built their first house in Charleswood. Walter had a lifelong interest in politics and economics which prompted him to run as a Social Credit Candidate for the Manitoba Legislature in 1966, but he was unsuccessful. Walter, Vera and their two children later moved to BC and Walter became the new manager of the Cowichan Co-operative Creamery, remaining in that position through construction of the grain mill just south of Duncan (now Top Shelf Feeds). Walter also served as Area E Director on the CVRD Board and the Hospital board from 1982 to 1987. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Cowichan Hospital 2nd floor and Cairnsmore Place for their kind and dedicated care of Walter over the last four months. There will be no service by request. Flowers are gratefully declined. Instead donations may be made to Walter's favorite charity, The Salvation Army. Arrangements under the direction of First Memorial Funeral Services, Duncan, BC.

RHODES, James Cecil (Dusty) - A resident of Chatham, Jay ?Dusty? Rhodes passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Born in Raleigh Township, 88 years ago on January 2, 1923. Son of the late Cecil & Hazel (nee Chinnick) Rhodes, and brother of the late Ted and his wife Mary (nee Pleasance) Rhodes. Jay proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1944, he was a member of Wesley United Church, and a long time member of the Chatham Sertoma Club. He enjoyed fishing at his summer residence in Huntsville. Beloved husband to Bernice ?Bea? (nee Breen) Rhodes for 68 years. Proud father of Leigh (Deb), Diane, Tim (Darcie), Geoff (Deb), Kirk (Julie), and Karelyn (Mike) Stevens. Grandfather to Stephanie, Adam, Jocelyn, Jacob, Buzz, Carsen, Stephanie, Shelby, and Avery. Great-grandfather to Jackson, Taylor, and Nicholas. Family to receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Monday from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 2:00p.m. with Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell officiating. Cremation to follow. Donations in memory of Jay Rhodes to the Community Living Chatham-Kent or the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family.

PLEASANCE, Archibald Edward - age 88, of Edina, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in Bloomington, MN. He was born June 9, 1913 in Manitoba, Canada. He was employed by Mattel, Inc. in the Los Angeles area as Senior Art Director before he retired in 1980. Before his recent illness, he continued painting wild life and equine settings which were exhibited throughout Canada and the United States. He served in the Canadian Navy in WWII. He is survived by his wife; Frances of Edina, MN, one daughter: Gail Schwartz of Henderson, NV., one brother; James and four sisters who live in Canada, Anne Gray, Mabel Anderson, Ruby Williams and Pearl Coleman. Private interment will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BRADFORD, Sydney Howard (Brad), C2BN, 6519-E, RCN (served 02 Dec 1946 - 30 May 1971) - (1929-2016) passed away peacefully in his sleep at home December 12, 2016 at the age of 87. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary, his ever supportive son Ray and helpful daughter-in-law Leah. Dad will be remembered for the laughter and always telling a good yarn. No service by family request. (The Victoria Times Colonist 15 Dec 2016)



COMEAU, Helen Jeanette (Jean) (née FORBES), WRCNS - was born in London, England on 15 Jun 1923 and emigrated to Canada in 1929. She joined the WRCNS on 03 Nov 1942, taking her basic training at Gault, Ontario. She served at HMCS Kings in Halifax; HMCS Protector in Sydney, NS; HMCS Cornwallis in Nova Scotia; and HMCS Captor in New Brunswick. Jean met her husband when he was a military policeman on train patrol while she was returning to HMCS Cornwallis from leave. The couple married 01 Aug 1945, moving to Haney, BC after the war, and the moving on to Southbank. Jean was a member of Branch 50 in Burns Lake for 23 years. She died in 2003.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index

CORBETT, Edgar J. (Ed) - was born in 1917 in Emo, ON, enlisting first in the Merchant Navy in 1939. His first test of sea life was on the oil tanker S.S. Joseph Seep bound from South America for France via Haifa and Algiers. The ship was sunk of France in May 1940. Ed and his crew were picked up by the French Navy and shipped to eEngland during the height of the Dunkirk evacuation. From England he sailed back to Canada and was paid off in Jul 1940. Ed then joined the RCNR and was aboard corvettes and transferred to England for Combined Operations under Mountbatten. He took part in the North Africa, Sicily, and Italy invasion with the 80th Flotilla (Canadian) based from HMS Saunders in Egypt. Ed Left the Navy in 1945 and retired to 50 years of relative tranquility of life as a logger on the BC coast. (Legion Recognition Book, Vol II)


CORBETT, Edgar J. (15 Oct 1918 - 04 May 2007) - passed away on Friday May 4, 2007 at the age of 88. He was a proud sailor in the RCNR Merchant Navy and Combined Operations during WWII. He was also a member of the Courtenay Legion Br.17, Evergreen Seniors, Western Ontario Steam Threshers and the Royal Canadian Naval Association. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Alice Stanik and son Ken (Cory) Corbett of Denman Island and his 3 Grandchildren Kama (John), Beth (Dan), Jeff (Renee) and 3 great-grandchildren Kayla, Malcolm and Lily and Brother Reg Lovering. He will also be greatly missed by step-daughter Donna (Mike) Hebert and their children Kaley and Kyle. He is predeceased by wife Lynn (Quinn) Corbett, son Leslie Ross Corbett and siblings Les Corbett and Wilma Breiling. A celebration of his life will be held on May 12, 2007 at the Courtenay Legion Branch 17 Upper Hall with Don Ferguson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Courtenay Legion Br. 17 Poppy Fund. (The Comox Valley Record)

HAKE, Joffre John Brayley - was born 28 Aug 1922. When the Second World War broke out, Joffre was working at BC Sugar. An old sugar warehouse at the refiner was converted to manufacture deckhouse for Liberty Ships. Since Joffre was on of the many employees who were trained welders, he was granted a two-year deferment while he did war work.  At 21, Joffre enlisted in the RCN. He served two years, based in Halifax doing maintenance on operational ships. Upon his discharge, Joffre returned to his home in South Vancouver and his job as a welder with BC Sugar. In 1949, he wed Winifred Dalton and lived on the same street where he was born until his passing in 2002. Joffre was a member of Legion Branch 16 for 40 years. (Legion Recognition Book Vol II)

MacFADDEN, Robert (Bob) - was born in Sackville, NB in 1923 and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He trained as a radar operator and was assigned to HMCS Georgian, a minesweeper. The ship was initially used for convoy escort service across the North Atlantic to protect the merchant ships until D-Day. The Georgian was assigned as part of a minesweeping flotilla along the Normandy coast immediately prior to the invasion. Georgian's task was to sweep the mines off Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed, so the landing craft could make it to the beaches. Another member of Georgian's Crew was Norm Hoover, another Oliver resident.  HMCS Georgian came through without any casualties and after further assigned duties, returned to Canada for crew rest. Many of the Georgian's crew were reassigned to other ships. Bob was discharged in 1945. While on leave in Halifax, Bob met Clara Murray, a Naval Wren (cipher clerk). Bob and Clara were married and eventually moved to Oliver in 1954, where they lived until Bob passed away in September 1998.



MAGUIRE, Ben - was born in Coronation, AB on 08 Jan 1918. He passed away on 07 Sep 2004 in Castlegar, BC at the age of 86 years. In 1939 Ben enlisted in the Canadian Navy, trained at Esquimalt, BC, and served on HMCS MacDonald as Chief Petty Officer patrolling the coast between Esquimalt and Prince Rupert. After receiving an honourable discharge, Ben went to Yellowknife. In 1953, Ben re-located to Uranium City, SK, where he served as Justice of the Peace, Fire Chief and Mayor. He late lived in Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna and the Kootenays, Edgewood. Ben was proud of the years he spent as a goalkeeper for the Edmonton Gas Rangers and the Edmonton Oil Kings during the 1930's. He remained as an avid sports fan throughout his life. Ben and his two brothers played on the Athona Mine's hockey team east of Yellowknife that won the league championship in 1937. Ben and his wife, Rose, retired to Edgewood, B.C. in 1980, where they lived for 21 years before moving to Robson, B.C. in 2001-2002.

MATTHEWS, Harold Edward (Matt) - was born in Bristol, England in 1900. He died in New Westminster, BC in 1970. Matt served in the Navy in World War One and World War Two. He joined the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve in 1917 by declaring he was born in 1899 so he could enlist when he was just 17. He served in HMCS Niobe, and was approaching Halifax harbour on 06 Dec 1917, when the Halifax Explosion happened. Matt lost the hearing in his right ear from the thunderous roar. Later in the war, Matt served in HMCS Stadacona, HMCS Cartier, and HMCS Seagull. In World War 2 he served at HMCS Naden, and in HMCS Prince Robert and HMCS Givenchy out of Esquimalt. He was honourably discharged as Warrant Supply Officer in 1944. Matt received the British War and Victory Medals, the 1939-1945 Star, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, the War Medal 1939-1945, the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.




Webmaster's note:  At the time of the Halifax Explosion, HMCS Niobe was a depot ship in Halifax, tied up approx 700 yards from the Mont Blanc - she would not have been entering harbour at the time of the explosion. It is possible, due to the way records were kept, that Harold Matthews was on either HMCS Stadacona or HMCS Cartier at the time of the explosion.

WINTERTON, Ralph, M.I.D., ERA 3c, V12726, RCNVR - was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1910 and died of cancer in Vancouver in June 1957. He worked a as construction engineer with the Canadian National Railway and later as a stationary fireman at the Nordegg and Brazeau mines before joining the navy in 1941. Ralph was awarded Mentioned in Despatches (M.I.D.), The 1939-1945 War Medal, The Defence Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. He received M.I.D. for his actions when HMCS Chebogue was torpedoed and had her stern blown off.  Seven crew died in the incident.


WINTERTON, Ralph, Engine Room Artificer Third Class (V12726) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Chebogue - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Edmonton, Alberta.  The citation reads: WINTERTON. Ralph, V-12726, ERA 3, RCNVR, MID~[5.1.46] "After the torpedoing of HMCS Chebogue, Engine Room Artificer Winterton displayed gallantry in immediately inspecting the water-tightness of threatened compartments in the stern, when the ship was in imminent danger of sinking. He afterwards displayed outstanding skill and leadership in the performance of damage control duties. He performed these duties with zeal, patience and cheerfulness, setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, worthy of the highest traditions of the Canadian Naval Service."


HMCS CHEBOGUE - Survived the torpedoing of Chebogue

MORRISON, John Sterling (Jack) (07 May 1922 - 09 Dec 2006) - Jack passed away peacefully Saturday, December 9th, 2006 at the age of 84 with his family by his side. Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa and brother he will be sadly missed. Survived by his loving wife Gerry and children; Karolyn (Benny), John (Gloria), Elaine (Alf) and grandchildren; Ryan (Jocelyn), Ryan (Kristy), Jeri (Steve), Travis, Megan and Kory and great-grandchildren; Sierra and Phoenix and siblings: Marie (Art), Earl (Barb), Bertha, Bea, and Elwood (Marion) as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, Ella and Charles, sister, Jean and brother, James. Jack was born in River John, Nova Scotia. He had a wonderful career serving on the Norwegian Merchant Ships and serving in World War II as a gunner on the navy ships in the North and South Atlantic and on the South Pacific. In 1946, his Imperial Oil tanker ship, the Ontariolite, docked in Ioco, British Columbia where he met the love of his life and wife of 59 years. After 34 years, he retired from Imperial Oil (Esso) Ioco Refinery. Jack enjoyed camping in his motorhome, fishing and spending time with his family. Grandchildren began to arrive in 1975, and Jack became known to all as "Grandpa." He lived a full and happy life. Always the "life of the party," his joyous laugh was contagious and will never be forgotten. Our fond memories of him will be forever cherished. "We love you!" By request, there will be no formal service. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3B2 Miss me - But let me go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no tears in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little - but not too long And not with head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me - but let me go For this is a journey we must all take And each must go alone. Its part of the Master's plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me - but let me go (The Province 12 Dec 2006)

RILEY, Harry - Born 19 Nov 1922 at Dryden, ON, he died in 2007 in Powell River, BC. Son of Thomas and Minnie Riley. Harry served in the RCNVR in WW 2 on HMCS Chaudiere. He did convoy duty during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the Legion Branch 164, Powell River for 48 years.



FEDDEMA, James Charles (Jim), LSTAS, RCN - Died: May 2016


Jim Feddema in Cornwallis  (1)  (2)  (3)    Jim's wedding photo


HMCS JONQUIERE - Served in Jonquiere c1954-1956


HAMBURGH, William David (Bill) (1947-2016) - passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the age of 69 years. William better known as "Bill" is lovingly remembered by his children, Kevin Hamburgh, Michelle Heckbert, William Hamburgh and Kenneth Hamburgh; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Eve, Brandyn, Marcus, Meighan, Tashanna, Amy and Aiden; siblings, Judy (Rick), Kathy (Graham) and John (Linda); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is predeceased by his father, William; and his mother, Elsie May. There will be a Celebration of Bill's Life for friends and family on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at the home of his daughter, 205 Citadel Bluff Close N.W, Calgary, Alberta from 1:00 to 4:00. (403­585­8829) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to: Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

SAIES-JONES, Frank Harold, CD, LCdr, RCNR (21 Aug 1925 - 17 Sep 2016) - Frank passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family at the age of 91. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, with whom he spent 36 wonderful years full of love, travel, and adventure. He was the father of eight, a grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather to many. He left his home in Mandeville, Jamaica at the age of 15 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman. Discharged in 1948, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve until retirement in 1984, serving as Commanding Officer of the Sea Cadet Corps Undaunted, Founding President, General Manager, and Curator of the Naval Museum of Alberta, and member of the Naval Officers and Naval Veterans Associations. He had a vast knowledge of naval history, was a great story-teller, and touched many lives. Special thanks to Home Care, Palliative Care, and Dr. Shoaib Alam. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at the High River Legion on October 15, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

LEIER, Frank Anton, Slt, RCNVR - Born September 2, 1922, passed peacefully June 19, 2010 at North York General Hospital. Loved and respected by family, friends and co-workers. Retired from Kmart Canada as President of Canadian operations after forty-three years of service. Served four years in the Canadian Navy as an officer during WWII. Survived by his loving wife Ethel (Pat), sons Gordon (wife Joanne), Douglas, Donald (wife Sandy) and brother Don (wife Terry). Also leaves behind nine grandchildren and four great- grandchildren, who all love him and predeceased by daughter Patricia four sisters and five brothers. He will be loved and missed as a truly good man, who consistently demonstrated integrity, empathy and compassion for all. Many thanks to the staff of North York General for the kindness and respect they provided to him over his last days. Visitation will be at Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel (Bayview, south of Eglinton) on June 24 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be at St. Bonaventure Church (Leslie, south of Lawrence) on June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be a private family gathering at Holy Cross Cemetery. (The Toronto Star 22 Jun 2010)



WILCOX, Thomas William - Age 94, Dartmouth, passed away March 15, 2016, at home, with his wife at his side. Born in Winnipeg, he was a son of the late John and Rose Annie (Hall) Wilcox. Thomas joined the Royal Navy at Southampton, England and, after serving all over the world with the Royal Navy, he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944 with the rank of leading telegrapher. Upon discharge, he was employed as a transmitter operator and, later, took advanced courses in commercial radio. Surviving are his wife, Georgia; stepson, Tony Hatch of Gore, who he thought of as his own son. He was predeceased by his first wife, Pearl; second wife, Elaine; daughter, Shirley Shergold. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Thomas's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Special thanks to Steven for his excellent care.

FORREST, Garfield Roy - Age 73, Debert, passed away suddenly in his home on June 10, 2016. Garfield is survived by his wife, Irene (Andrews) Forrest; daughter, Patricia Oxner, son-in-law, Tony Oxner; grandsons, Tyler and Sam Oxner; a son who lives in Prince Edward Island; sisters, Dianne Ewanyshyn, Manitoba; Verda Drinkwater, Alberta; brother, Alvin, Manitoba. He was predeceased by sisters, Lorna MacPhee, Shirley Goldsack; brother, Robert. Garfield moved with his family from Manitoba to Debert in 1988. He was a journeyman carpenter and worked in the trade for over 30 years. He worked for the Manitoba provincial government for many years as a supervisor for Northern Housing in Churchill. Before marrying in 1964, Garfield spent three years in the Canadian Navy, and that military passion stayed with him for years to come. He finished his working career at Kohler Windows, where he was known to many. He was known for his outspoken attitude and especially for his passion for politics. He retired from Kohler Windows in 2007. Garfield loved gardening, history, and of course, politics. He loved to debate all current affairs and was passionate in his views. He loved his grandsons and was a huge part of their lives. He had great plans for them this summer, including learning to fly fish. Garfield will be really missed. He was a good husband, a wonderful father and a spectacular grandfather. As per his wishes, he was cremated and brought home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Wayward Cats Society of Colchester County. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

DUGANDZIC, Andrew Maryan (Andy), Radioman - We sadly announce the tragic passing of Andrew Maryan Dugandzic on 13 Dec 2016. He is survived by his father and mother, Maryan and Margaret Dugandzic; brothers, Peter (Dorothy) and Philip (Barb); sister, Rose Mullie (Pierre); wife, Dawn; children, Alex (Rebecca), Nikolai and Viktor; grandchildren, Isla and Luca, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Andy is a shining example of an incredible husband, father, brother and son. He was proud to have served in the Canadian Navy, fortunate to have been able to say he was once a Lighthouse Keeper and honored to have been a Radio Operator with the Canadian Coast Guard. Andy’s actions were seeds - trees of potential inside seeds of good intention. We are all trees in Andy’s seemingly endless forest of relationships. In leiu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Funeral mass for Andy will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney, on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Duaine Devereaux officiating.



BRYANS, John Richard - With sad hearts, we say goodbye to John, a kind soul and loving husband and father who passed on December 15, 2016. Born 29 September, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1948 to 1953 and the RCAF from 1955 to 1970. The remainder of his career, he was employed until retirement with HMC Dockyard and CFB Stadacona. He leaves behind his loving wife, Lois Marlene Bryans (Misener), children, Tina Anne Bryans and Timothy John Bryans of Chilliwack, BC.


TOURANGEAU, Joseph Gerard, AB, V3650, RCNVR - Died: 09 Mar 1987 in Montreal, Quebec.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan. Captured by the Germans - became a POW.


BENSON, Patrick Campbell, Cdr, RCN - Born 01 Mar 1916, Winnipeg, MB  Died 06 Feb 1998, Winnipeg, MB



HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa in 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman






HMCS SIOUX - 6th Commanding Officeer



HMCS CAYUGA - 8th Commanding officer

GUILE, Eric -  Our family is deeply saddened with the passing of our Uncle Eric, on December 15, 2016. Eric had just celebrated his 92nd birthday in November. He will be lovingly remembered by his nephew Garry (Sally); niece Janice McQuarrie (Bob), his five great-nieces and nephews, Allyson, Rhea, Mark (Shawna), Jeff (Jennifer), Garth (Stephanie). Eric loved to tell people that he came to stay with us for just six weeks after our grandmother passed away in 1963 and instead stayed for 56 years! Eric started working at Eaton's while waiting to come of age to enlist in the Second World War. Once he turned 18, he joined the Navy and served as a Stoker on HMS Puncher. After the war, he returned to Eaton's and stayed there for 25 years. He then moved on to the Post Office for another 25 plus years. Eric was an extremely generous and kind man who was well known around the neighbourhood. He loved dogs, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also an avid reader. The family would like to express its thanks to the staffs of Deer Lodge Centre, Tower 4 and 3 South. Their sense of humour, compassion and professionalism over the past 10 months is greatly appreciated. In accordance with Eric's wishes, there will be no funeral and his body has been donated to the University of Manitoba for medical research. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 9Z9 or to a charity of their choice. (the Winnipeg Free Press 17 Dec 2016)



AMOS, William Leonard (Bill), Telegraphist -  After a long, healthy and full life, we share the news of the passing of our dad, granddad and great-granddad, William "Bill" Leonard Amos on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at home, with his daughter Susan and her husband Scott, in Leander, Texas. Bill was born in 1924 in Penticton, BC, shortly after his parents, Walter and Ethel (nee Millington) Amos, had moved from Forester, SK, where they had homesteaded with their respective families after emigrating from England. He left high school to enlist as a boy seaman at the age of 17. Serving as a "sparker," his war years were spent on convoy escort duty to Murmansk, as well as engagements on HMCS Haida off the coast of Norway. After the war, while working at a naval radio base near Ottawa and moonlighting as a Brinks guard, Bill met a beautiful bank teller named Betty. They married in 1948. His post-war naval career included postings to Coverdale, NB; Washington, DC; Aklavik, NWT; and Gloucester, ON with his growing family in tow. After retiring from the navy in the mid-1960s, he worked in private industry in Brockville and then Manpower and Immigration in Napanee and Ottawa. The early 1980s saw him retire once more and follow family to Nova Scotia. With Betty, they founded Tingle Bridge Tea House in Maders Cove and were famous for their cheesecake and chowder, enjoyed by thousands of customers for 17 years. After Betty passed away in 2005, Bill moved to Texas, built a house with his daughter and enjoyed the experience of growing an oasis out of an old cotton field. Bill had a keen interest and ability to tackle projects large and small, including house renovations, tearing down a 100-year-old log cabin and rebuilding it miles away, gardens and landscaping of every description, indoor and outdoor pools, and helping his family with their many projects. Bill leaves his children Jeff and wife Jacquelyn, Blockhouse and his sons Obe and wife Michelle of Blockhouse and Logan of Toronto; Greg and wife Suzanne, Rose Bay and their daughters Emily and husband Craig MacLachlan, Dartmouth and Erin and husband Tom Wyand, Ottawa; Stewart, Denver, CO; Tim and wife Melanie, Medford and their son Joshua and wife Kate, Centreville and daughter Kelsey, Wolfville; Susan and husband Scott Ringstaff, Leander, TX; and David and wife Doralee, Lawrencetown; great-grandchildren Noah and Anabelle Amos, Rowan and Sadie MacLachlan, and Lucas, Sarah and Lauren Wyand; and sister Thelma Gillies of Victoria. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Baines Amos (nee Mayer); parents; and brother, Edward "Ted" Walter Amos. There will be a family service of remembrance at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in Bill's memory, please give to your local food bank. (The Ottawa Citizen 17 Dec 2016)


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida during the Second World War as a Telegraphist

JELLETT, John David, CD, Cdr, RCN, World War II Veteran (16 Feb 1926 - 10 Dec 2016) - passed away in Ottawa on the night of December 10 shortly after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Predeceased by his parents, Robert P. Jellett and Florence C. I. Jellett (nee Meeker) of Montreal. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean M. Jellett (nee Conrad), of Halifax, his daughter, Angela Jellett (Don Stevens), his son, Robert Jellett (Susan), his loving grandchildren, Catherine (Daniel Maillet), Shane and Laura, his sister, Barbara Gardner of Magog, Quebec, his sisters-in-law, Alice Heenan (Peter) of Ottawa and Dulcie Conrad of Halifax, and his brother-in-law, Irving Conrad (Marcia) of Enfield, CT, as well as various nieces, nephews and cousins. David graduated Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON in 1942 and enrolled at Royal Roads Military College, graduating with first class honours. He was sent overseas and joined the crew of HMS Devonshire based out of Scapa Flow, Scotland. The Devonshire saw wartime service in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. After the war, David remained in the military for 32 years. He served on a number of Canadian ships including the aircraft carriers HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Magnificent. Back on dry land, David joined the Defence Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. and then moved to NDHQ in Ottawa with the Defence Intelligence Service. He was honourably discharged in 1976 and joined the civil service with the Directorate of Intelligence. He retired in 1981 after 47 years of service to Canada. He was a philanthropist who supported dozens of charities over decades and was a long-time volunteer at the National Gallery of Canada. He loved his family, reading, golf, dogs, bacon and eggs, and chocolate sundaes. ...An era now gone as this warrior's tour of duty ends at this station, and begins anew in the heavenly fleet. Sail on Sailor into your unaccompanied tour, we salute you. What greater honour, that when a man moves forward, he leaves behind in each of us the best of what he was.... (An excerpt from a poem by Mac McGovern). As per Cmdr. Jellett's wish, there will not be a funeral. A private interment ceremony will be held for the family at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. Donations may be made in David Jellett's name to the Ottawa Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to The Whelan Funeral Home. (The Ottawa Citizen 17 Dec 2016)



HMCS ONTARIO - Appointed to Ontario 19 May 1947 as SLt, RCN





CARY, William Lucius (Bill) (09 Mar 1922 - 11 Dec 2016) - Delta, BC. W.L. (Bill) Cary passed away peacefully after a long and happy life at the age of 94 years. Bill was born to F. Ida (née Murphy) and Arthur E.F. Cary in Edmonton AB and graduated high school in Viking AB. He met and married Marion Horrocks in Montreal QC in 1945 while serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII. Together, they moved to Edmonton where he graduated from U of A Chemical Engineering in 1948. His engineering career took the growing family to Arvida, QC, Jamaica, Edmonton, Provost, AB, Timmins, ON, and Ft. McMurray, AB. He retired to Canmore, AB in 1982. After Marion's passing in 1985, Bill married Betty Walker of Delta, BC and together they spent 30 years living in both provinces. Bill was a Life Member of APEGA, a Lifetime Member of the Canmore Golf Club, a woodworker, and swimmer. He travelled the world to play golf, and celebrated the new Millennium by returning to the sea at age 79, sailing around the world on a freighter. He was the patriarch of the Cary clan and loved to preside over family gatherings, especially Boxing Day in Canmore. Bill was predeceased by his parents, his brother David, daughter Sharon Wilson, and grandson Peter Straus. He is survived by Betty and her family, and Bill's children Frances (Douglas) Straus, Patricia (Peter) Kinnear, Peter (Jana) Cary, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and sisters Patricia McClelland and Sheila Ramsey. All are welcome to celebrate his inspirational life with services and a reception at St. Michael's Anglican Church, 709-7th St, Canmore Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. Condolences for the family may be left at Bow River Funeral Service. 403-678-4880. (The Calgary Herald 17 Dec 2016)

COOKE, Ronald, P2ST (1936-1981) - Born in Nanton Alberta



WALKER, Catherine Dunbar, WRCNS (1921-2016) - left us quietly at her beloved Royal Jubilee Hospital on Friday morning December 16, 2016. Born to James and Elizabeth King, in Ladysmith, B.C., May 27, 1921, Catherine enrolled in nursing school at the Royal Jubilee in 1940. After graduation, she enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was appointed as a Nursing Sister, posted to the Halifax naval hospital, RCNH Stadacona, in 1944. Catherine served her country faithfully, tending to the wounded crew and officers of our country's wartime convoy escort fleet. She was on duty to care for survivors of the HMCS Esquimalt, the last Canadian naval vessel sunk in World War II. It was there in Halifax that Catherine was re-united with childhood acquaintance William F. Walker. The two were married on April 27, 1946. Catherine is survived by children Susan, Anne (Wendell Shaw), Walter and Robert (Dorothy Hanson); grandchildren Thomas, Samuel and Jenny Vaughan (Adam Ward), Alias Downey (Glenda Jones), Emma, Brittney and Dylan Walker; sister-in-law Shirley Tucker; niece Caroline Ponsford (Dave Boychuk), nephews Douglas Ponsford (Erika) and Brian Tucker; and grand-niece Kate Ponsford and Evan Boychuk. Catherine was a proud member of First Metropolitan United Church, the Royal Jubilee Nursing alumni association and the PEO sisterhood. She went back to nursing at Glenwarren Lodge in the 1980s. She remained connected to her many close friends, former colleagues and neighbours until her final days. Bill and Catherine celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They will be together and at peace for Christmas. The family would like to acknowledge the loving and gentle care from the nurses and doctors at Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre, 8 North and from Bill and Catherine's long-time physician Dr. David MacNaughton. A service to be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. in First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Street, Victoria, B.C. In lieu of flowers, Catherine suggested a donation in her name made to the Gardens of the Pembroke Memorial Chapel at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.


Wrens Crossed the Bar Index


VERMETTE, Raymond Wilfred, CYS, RCN - Passed away on December 15th, 2016 in Victoria Hospice, with his loving daughters by his side. Raymond was born in Campbellton, N.B., on September 17th, 1932 to Wilfred R. Vermette and Graziella Allard. All who had the pleasure of knowing Raymond will remember his kindness, sense of humour, unassuming personality and his practical nature for all of life's decisions. At 18, Raymond joined the Royal Canadian Navy. His Naval career took him to Halifax where he soon met Theresa Delaney. Raymond and Theresa were married in Halifax on February 19th, 1955 and set about raising their daughters, Deborah and Linda. After having spent most of his Naval career in Halifax, Raymond was posted to Esquimalt and instantly fell in love with "The Island" and the British Columbia lifestyle. To Raymond this meant no shoveling snow, and golf, 12 months of the year! Ray retired after 37 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on many ships and participated in many deployments, including the Korean War. During his retirement, Ray enjoyed golf, playing weekly rounds with friends and participated in tournaments throughout Victoria. Winters were often spent in Palm Springs with Theresa and several friends. After 56 years of marriage, Theresa predeceased Raymond on November 4th, 2011. During Theresa's long illness, Ray met many new and special friends at her nursing home. Following the sadness of Theresa's death, these friendships provided Ray with a renewed joy for life. He started cycling, hiking, going to concerts and movies, playing bridge and embracing the world of lawn bowling. His favourite part of lawn bowling was the genuine camaraderie among friends and the delicious food that always accompanied their gatherings! When Ray suddenly became ill with cancer last spring, many of these friends became constant companions and provided great care, compassion and love. Among those friends was Jo Barker. Jo's companionship provided warm kindness and guidance to Ray and his family, particularly during his final months. Raymond's family are greatly indebted to Jo, and his friends Lori Young, Cecil Baker and Mel and Bonnie MacLeod who all provided care and kindness for Ray. Special thanks to the compassionate staff at Victoria's Palliative Response Team and the Victoria Hospice at Richmond Hall, especially to nurses Donna, Heather and Esther for their guidance and support in Ray's final days. Raymond's passing will leave a great hole in the hearts of his family who loved him dearly. Left to mourn his loss are his daughter, Deborah Lamirande and husband, Gary of Winnipeg, Man.; daughter, Linda MacKenzie and husband Chris and cherished grandchildren, Anna and Connor of Waterloo, Ont. Raymond also leaves behind brothers and sister, George Vermette, Ron Vermette and Jackie Lintott. A reception and celebration of Raymond's life will be held after the holiday season. (The Halifax Herald 19 Dec 2016)


HMCS HURON - Served in Huron for NATO 1974 as CYS

HMCS MARGAREE - Served in Margaree for NATO 1977 as Cox'n

IRVINE, Kenneth George, C1BN, 27721-E, RCN - Born 24 Jul 1936. Died 29 Jan 2001, Victoria, BC. A loving family man and loyal friend, Ken passed peacefully after a courageous fight on January 29. Predeceased by brothers Don and (????). Survived by mother, Anne (Max); brother (????) (Sharon); sisters in law, Bev, Louraine, Ruth and families; his wife, Pat; daughters, Karen (????), sons, Marty (Michele) and San (Sandy), special children, Davey, Ian, Alicia, Lea(????), Kayla, Gavin, James, Sebastian, Sam, Brea(????), Scott, Sydney; also many extended family members. Ken's final voyage would have been much more difficult without the help of his close friends. Thank you to all. A gathering of family and friends in a celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 2 at the Chief's and Petty Officer's Mess, 1575 Lyall Street, Victoria, at 12:30 p.m. In appreciation of their excellent support and care, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. (Note: the obituary was torn on the right side and (????) placed where words were missing either partially or in whole)



HMS/m Trenchant (1959)

HMS/m Trespasser (1959-1961)

HMCS GRILSE - Served in GRILSE 1964-1966 and 1968

HMCS RAINBOW - Served in RAINBOW 1968-1969. Commissioning crew as a PO2.

HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in QU'APPELLE 1968-1970 as a P1BN

HMCS MACKENZIE -Served in MACKENZIE 1978-1979 as a C2BN 

MULCAHY, George Stanley - Peacefully with family by his side on Thursday December 8, 2016 at Victoria Hospital, London. Beloved husband of Catherine. Loving father of George (Liz), Linda Davis (Roger), John (Cathy), Rick (Cathy) and Joanne Deloa (Bill - predeceased). Dearest "pops" of Brian and Gregory Wright. Survived by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by Marion, Jim and Cyril (Cy). Following George's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. A burial at sea will take place in Halifax, NS at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the NAVY club, Royal Canadian Legion or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Forest Lawn Funeral Home.


HMCS PORTAGE - Served in Portage during the Second World War

HARRISON, Douglas (Larry) (Grumpy) - (1942-1997) 54, Berwick, formerly of Halifax, died Feb 14, 1997, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, VG Site. Born in Kingston, Ont., he was a son of the late Garfield Clifford and Elizabeth Ann (Smith) Harrison. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1960, retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981. He then worked for the Canadian Coast Guard for approximately two years, then with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for approximately four years. He was a life member of the Fleet Club and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, White Ensign Branch 129. Surviving are his wife, the former Carol June Clark; daughters, Sandra (Mrs. Ingram) (Skip) Stewart, Berwick; Cheryl (Mrs. Daniel Lemire), Greenwood; sons, Douglas Jr., Derrick, Halifax; five grandchildren; five brothers and three sisters. He was predeceased by a brother and a sister. Cremation has taken place, Visitation 11 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, both in Atlantic Funder Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Rev. James Haughn officiating. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to IWK Grace Health Centre or any charity.


Wedding announcement for Douglas Larry Harrison and Carole June Clark - the Picton Gazette 08 May 1963





HMCS KOOTENAY - Larry Harrison was serving in Kootenay as a LS.HT at the time of the explosion

DEDICK, Walter Erwin (1930-2016) - Peacefully passed away on December 15, 2016. Walter is lovingly survived by his wife Chico (Meredith), children David (Janice), Bruce, Mark (Armi), and Janet; two step children Carrie (Page) and Rick (Page); five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; as well as sister Violet (Spielman) of Oregon. Walter grew up on a farm near Stoney Plain, Alberta. At the age of 12, the family moved to Chilliwack where Walter attended Chilliwack Jr. Secondary High School. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in January 1948 and served 5 years on the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, doing 2 tours of duty in Korea. Upon release, Walter joined the Naval Fire Service and began a new career lasting a further 32 years of government service. He retired in December 1985 as the Regional Supervisor of Airport Emergency Services. Following retirement, he accepted a 2 year contract in the British Virgin Islands, West Indies to organize and train Crash Fire Rescue staff. Walter and Chico returned to Canada, living for a time in Tsawwassen, and Vancouver Island and finally Ladner, their retirement home. At Walter's request no service to be held. A Celebration of Life will be held for the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. (The Delta Optimist 21 Dec 2016)


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (c 1950-1952)

HICKS, John Henry Walter (22 Mar 1942 - 12 Dec 2016) - It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we say goodbye to John Hicks - son, loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and uncle. John passed away in the early hours of December 12, 2016 at the age of 74 years after a lengthy battle with heart and kidney disease. His body could no longer keep up with his strong spirit. He is survived by his wife Patricia (nee Nesbitt); daughters Angela (Tim) Mosco, Donna Hicks (Barry Barker); son Tom Hicks; his many much-loved grandkids, Robert, Margaret, Alexandra, Ezra, Maya, and Evan; step-grandkids Sarrah, Emmanauel, and Casey; his sister Mona (Lorne) Romph; his brothers Millard (Eva) Hicks, and Daniel (Sailor Dan) Hicks; as well as all of their families. John was predeceased by his son Anthony Robert John (August, 1965), father John Ernest, mother Helen Agnes (nee Virtue), and his brother Edward. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, John was a curious boy, always looking for the next adventure to escape from his often difficult life at home. As a young man he served in the Canadian Navy aboard HMCS St. Laurent out of Victoria, British Columbia. He met Patricia (Pat) on a blind date set up by mutual friends and they were married on May 22, 1964 in Milan, Italy. The elopement was his idea. Being a proud man with a young family to look after, he completed his high school diploma and began his life-long career with the Calgary Fire Department in 1968. He was proud to serve the city he loved for 30 years and retired as Captain out of No. 4 Firehall, Delta Platoon. Always preferring to keep busy, John joined the Al Azhar Shriners and Provo Corps in the late 1980s. He faithfully served as a Chairman on the Shriner's Children's Hospital board, helping families find the care their children needed through the Shriner's Hospital Foundation. He expressed his creative talents through carpentry and fine woodworking, and even some calligraphy. Dad could construct a gourmet sandwich (including a pickle on a toothpick) for his kids' lunch and his fabulous firehall cooking skill was appreciated by the family when he was off shift and mom, a nurse, was on shift. He was also great friends with his barbecue. We would like to thank the Fanning Centre and Calgary Foothills Hospital for their continuing care and compassion over the past few years - your kindnesses will never be forgotten. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Jacob, Michael, Meghan and Lydia of the South Calgary Funeral Centre for their sincere guidance through this difficult time. In keeping with John's wishes, his remains, along with his beloved Calgary Fire Department ball cap, have been cremated and a private family memorial service will take place at a later date. John's ashes will be interned in the Gull Lake Cemetery, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, and also scattered at a special spot in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers we would respectfully ask that donations be made in John's memory to the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada Society.



RIMMER, Arthur Walter, RCNVR (25 Aug 1920 - 15 Dec 2016) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Walter Rimmer, predeceased by his devoted wife, Marie, loving father to Jackie and Terry, brother to Olive and Jack (deceased), proud grandfather of Tracey (Baine), Scott (Allison) and Taylor (Vincent), great grandfather of Kristen (Corey), Zachary, Satine, Asha and Elke and great, great grandfather of Scout and Hunter and caring and loving partner of Helena. He was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, and a member of the White Ensign, HMCS Donnacona and the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 94).Visitation will be at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White in St. Lambert on Wednesday, December 21st, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Canadian Alzheimer's Association. (The Montreal Gazette 19 Dec 2016)



LYDIATT, Gordon Frederick (19 Jul 1921 - 19 Dec 2016) - passed away on December 19, 2016 at the age of 95 years at the Colonel Belcher veteran's home. Gordon was born at the General Hospital in Calgary, with his parents living in Strathmore and his father worked for the CPR during that time. His parents then moved to Calgary and he graduated from Crescent Heights High School. Following school, he enlisted as a signalman aboard the destroyer HMCS Assiniboine. After the war, he pursued accounting and earned an RIA, which became a CMA, and most recently was granted the CPA designation. He was most passionate about sports, including football, golf, fitness and speed skating. He speed skated for 70 years and was very involved with seniors skating at the Olympic Oval, as both a participant and as an organizer of their events. He also volunteered at various speed skating competitions. For a time Gordon was also a Cub Leader at the 18th Scout Group and for over 30 years volunteered at the Food Bank. He loved to travel with his wife Diana, including several trips south to golf. Gordon is survived by his sons Jay (Barbara), Ian (Kathy), Geoff and Grant (Fiona); his nine grandchildren Roger, Patrick, Sean, Peter, Stephen, Genny, Shannon, Travis and Tyler; as well as five great-grandchildren Nathan, Connor, Bria, Lochlynn and Amelia. He was predeceased by his wife Diana Lydiatt in 1998 and his dear friend Ruth Morrissette in 2014. The family wishes to express a sincere thanks to the caring staff at the Colonel Belcher, Highlander unit. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In living memory of Gordon Lydiatt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgfary Herald 23 Dec 2016)




GUY, Allan Ross, LCDR, CD, RCN (03 Sep 1925 - 18 Dec 2016) - The family of Lieutenant Commander Allan R. Guy, C.D., R.C.N. (Ret'd), sadly announce his passing at the age of 91 years at Wainwright, Alberta on Sunday, December 18, 2016. At the time of his passing, he was a patient at the Wainwright Health Centre where he fought a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Allan was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1993 and is survived by his son David (Deanna) of Edgerton and his daughter Lynn (Mel Kropinak) of Nanaimo, B.C., four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three nieces, several cousins and many special friends. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Grace United Church at Wainwright, Alberta on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments and a time of fellowship with the family will follow after the service. Private interment will take place at the Edgerton Cemetery. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Rawle Colthrust and to all of the nursing staff at the Wainwright Health Centre for their most professional and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Allan may be made to the Battle River Lodge Foundation. (The Edmonton Journal 21 Dec 2016)



SCOTT, Darryl - passed away at home in Victoria, BC on December 17, 2016 after a lengthy battle with ALS. Darryl was born in Redvers, SK on June 1, 1953. Predeceased by his mother, Carol and father, Gord; Darryl is survived by his wife, Melie; sisters Margo and Dixie; daughter, Rhea; son, Darwin; and his close and loving extended family and friends. Darryl first stepped into a uniform at a young age as a Navy League Cadet and went on to proudly serve as an officer in the RCN from April 1975 until no longer able due to illness in April 2009. Starting out as a watch keeping officer initially, it was an opportunity to switch to a Naval Software Specialist Officer that truly fired his passion. Over Darryl's 34-year naval career he served in Halifax and Esquimalt, as well as Naval Headquarters' Detachment Toronto. Sadly, ALS denied Darryl some of his dreams but an unwavering spirit and a determined group of caregivers ensured that he saw his children reach adulthood. Please join us at a service honouring Darryl's life at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. There will be a viewing at noon, followed by a service commencing at 1:00 pm. Kindly consider making a contribution to the ALS Society in remembrance of Darryl. (The Victoria Times Colonist 23 Dec 2016)

GUTTERIDGE, David F. (1925-2016) - On December 11th, at Beacon Heights retirement residence, David F. Gutteridge passed away at the age of 90 with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth and his wife of 57 years, Ann (Austin). He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Simpson (Rob Fisher) of Perth ON, granddaughter, Lucretia Simpson of Ottawa, grandson David Simpson of Calgary, niece Carol Slater of BC, nephew Robert Picard of BC and cousin Sally Gibaut of Toronto; dearly loved and missed by stepdaughter Deborah Burcham (Terry Bunker) of Fredericton NB, stepson George Benson (Maureen) of Ottawa, and brother-in-law Peter Austin (Audrey), of Ottawa. Also loved and missed by Joshua and Laurie Burcham of Valley NS, and their children, Benjamin, Nicholas and Alexander. Dave was born in Montreal and served in The Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He joined the RCMP in 1949 and served in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and finally Headquarters in Ottawa, where he retired in 1975. Shortly thereafter, Dave joined the security team at The National Gallery Ottawa until his final retirement. In keeping with Dave's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Beacon Heights, 2201 Montreal Rd, Ottawa on Jan 22/17 from 2:00-4:00 pm. A committal service will be held at a later date in St. Stephen NB. (The Ottawa Citizen 23 Dec 2016)

BOWLING, Harold Mawson (Heck) - Telegraphist - was born on 07 Sep 1923, in Edmonton, AB. His family moved to North Vancouver in 1929, and to Ladner in 1939. Heck was one of four brothers who enlisted for World War 2. In Apr 19433, at age 19, he joined the Navy at HMCS DISCOVERY in Vancouver and did basic training at HMCS YORK in Toronto, and then went to HMCS STADACONA, Halifax, NS. He then went to ST HYACINTHE, QC to train as a telegrapher. Heck was sent to HMCS CORNWALLIS, Deep Brook, NS, and was assigned to HMCS COMOX, in which he served off the coast of Halifax and in the shipping lanes of the Atlantic, chasing German U-boats, and rescuing survivors of sinkings. At the war's end, Heck returned to HMCS Discovery and received his discharge in October 1945. He returned to Ladner and was a commercial salmon fisherman for 35 years. Heck died of kidney failure on 14 Jul 2001 at the Delta Hospital in Ladner.



COLLINS, Albert Edward (Bert) - was born in Chase, BC, in 1921, and grew up in New Westminster. He served in the Navy in World War Two on several ships, including HMCS Border Cities and Prince Robert, in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He was on the Prince Robert when it took Canadian troops to Hong Kong. On its return voyage, the Prince Robert left Pearl Harbour less than 36 hours before the Japanese attack on 07 Dec 1941. He served for five years on convoy duty in the North Atlantic between Londonderry and Murmansk. When he returned to Canada, Bert married Bernice Clark and became a journeyman carpenter. He was awarded the C.V.S.M., The 1939-1945 War Medal, The 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, and the Pacific Star. Bert passed away in 1959.



COLLINS, James Clayton - born 10 Feb 1926 in Morden, MB. He joined the Navy when he was 17, serving from 1942 to 1945. Clayton spent three years on the High Seas in the Pacific. He began as Seaman, then become an Able Seaman, A Coxswain, and finally a Petty Officer. he sailed on the Prince David, an armed merchant ship, HMCS MacDonald, and Q129. Clayton and his wife Petty and their children lived in Chetwynd, BC. He was a member of Legion Branch 258 for many years. Clayton passed away in 2004. 



LAPADAT, Johnnie Safron - was born in Glentanna, BC in 1926. When he was 17, he joined the Navy in 1944 in Victoria, BC and served in Scotland, Ireland, and Hong Kong. Johnnie did a brief initial training and was then sent to Halifax. After further training he was certified as a Gunner. In 1945 aboard a crowded troop ship he went to Scotland. He was stationed in Greenock until his ship, HMCS Ontario, was commissioned in Belfast, Ireland, just as the war ended. Given the option of signing up for the war against Japan or going home, Johnnie joined up and was sent to Malta for work ups. From there he went to Alexandria and then sailed through the Suez Canal to India, and eventually the China Sea. with the end of the war in the Pacific, the Ontario was sent to Hong Kong to release prisoners, an experience so horrible Johnnie never discussed it. The Ontario travelled back to Victoria via Hawaii. After he was discharged in 1946 he returned to Smithers, BC where he was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63 for 50 years. Johnnie passed away in 2004 in Smithers, BC.



TAIT, John (Jack) - was born in Calgary, AB, on 22 Jan 1920. He enlisted in the RCN in 1940 and served as an electrical engineer. He was sent overseas on HMS Eutard, a minesweeper, before being assigned to the aircraft carrier HMS Nabob out of Scapa Flow. Many of the ship's crew were Canadian while the pilots and other air crew belonged to the Fleet Air Arm. On 22 Aug 1944, the Nabob was torpedoed by a German U-boat, blowing a 12 x 12 metre hole in her side. Twenty-one ratings were killed or missing and 6 wounded. Eleven of the dead were Canadian. Shortly after the Nabob was torpedoed a second ship, HMS Bickerton was torpedoed, and eventually had to be sunk by another ship in the convoy. Through extreme difficulty and bad weather the crew got the ship back to port. Jack received the British Empire Medal for his efforts. He was discharged on 25 Sep 1945 as a Chief Petty Officer. He returned to Calgary and eventually moved to Oliver, BC in 1957. He was very involved int he Elks, Legion and Kiwanis. Jack passed away in 2006.




WILSON, Samuel (Sam) - was born in 1926. He joined the RCN in 1943 at the age of 16. After training, he was posted to HMCS Gatineau. Served served as a Submarine Detector. When the war ended, he was demobbed in Bermuda on his way back to Canada. Sam passed away in 1992 after giving man years of service to the community in Dawson Creek and area. Same was a member of Legion Branch 34 in Pouce Coupe. His wife Penny continued to live in Pouce Coupe for many years before moving south.



MITCHELL, James Earle Jr. (Jim) - (1922-2016) Died in Arborstone Enhanced Care after a grateful life of 94 years. Born in Chester, the son of the late James Earle Mitchell Sr. and Pauline Oxner Mitchell. He was employed by the Bank of Nova Scotia for 43 years in Chester, Saint John, N.B., Truro, Montreal, Que., St. Catharines, Ont., Kitchener, Ont., and Halifax. During the Second World War, he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy. Following his retirement in 1982, Jim was heavily involved in the reforestation of his woodlot at Sherwood, (in excess of half a million seedlings planted) which he owned jointly with his son, Robert, where he spent many countless happy and vigorour days. "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Jim took great delight in learning to never act his age, and his life is now celebrated by his daughter, Joan, Fredericton, NB; son, Robert (Donna); grandchildren, Patty and Gordon; and sister, Doris Mitchell Peter. In keeping with Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment of his ashes will take place in his family's plot it Pine Hill Cemetery, Chester. Those wishing to remember Jim may do so by spending special time with a loved one or helping someone who needs a hug. Donations to a charity of your choice would be loved by Jim. Special thanks to the staff of Arborstone Enhanced Car, 3rd floor, for your loving care. (The Halifax Chronicle Herald)


Pine Hill Cemetery, Chester, Lunenburg Co., NS


FISHER, George Maurice, C1BN, 28140-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served Jan 1944 - 09 Feb 1983) - (1935-2004) suddenly, on August 9, 2004 in Victoria, at the age of 69 years. Predeceased by his loving wife, Marge, in 1998 he is survived by his brother, Gerry Fisher, his nephew, Randy Fisher (Kendra); his niece, Tina Fisher; his nephew, Don (Sherri) Heggstrom; niece, Lynn Frieden (Daryl); brother-in-law, Ray Pike (Dorothy); sister-in-law, Lorraine Halbgewachs, their families and many special friends. George served for over thirty years with the Royal Canadian Navy and was an active member of the Esquimalt Branch No. 172, RCL and the Chief & P.O.'s Ass'n. He will always be remembered as an avid Montreal Canadiens fan and hockey and fastball player. A memorial service will be conducted from the Esquimalt Branch, RCL, 622 Admirals Road, on Friday, August 13th at 2:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined; tributes, if desired, may be made to the Arthritis Society, 2680 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C.



HUGH, Aitchison (1921-2016) - In 1923, Andrew and Jeanie Aitchison emigrated from Paisley, Scotland to join their extended family in Didsbury, Alberta. They brought with them their two year old son Hugh Aitchison. Later they moved from the farm to Calgary, where Hugh received his education. Hugh was a cadet for the RCN. When he reached age of acceptance he became an active member of the RCN. He became a Petty Officer. When re-entering civilian life, he worked for Dominion Bridge. The workers went on strike and Hugh needed a job and found one in Trail, BC. He signed up as a worker for CM & S Company. The company expanded and built a fertilizer and steel plant in Kimberley, BC. Hugh was transferred by the company to Kimberley, where he worked as a shift boss, first aid attendant. And, upon retirement he was the Assistant to the Fire Chief of Cominco. When he was in Trail he met Betty and this is where they began a long life together. Hugh and Betty were married in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Hugh was the father to two sons; Laurie (Anne) and Lennie (deceased), he also had a daughter; Vicki (Peter). He also was a proud 'papa Hughie' to Cassie (Rory), Lucy and Isabel, and two little g.g.'s; Elora and Ewen. Hughie's family loved him and thank him for a life long-lived. It is fitting to quote Rabbi Burns; A Man's a Man for a' that. Hughie enjoyed his many years of retirement, his family, friends and his home. He also enjoyed playing golf, and gardening. Hugh was able to see many places by plane, car and train. Hughie also supported Betty in her many endeavours. With the comforting support of Home Care, Hugh died quietly in his home on March 1st, 2016. There will be a celebration for Hugh's life sometime later in the summer. Donations in honour of Hugh can be made to the: East Kootenay S.P.C.A., PO Box 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4H6. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

PARKINSON, Raymond Frank (09 Mar 1924 - 21 Dec 2016) - Peacefully at Bella Senior Care Residence on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Raymond passed away in his 93rd year. Dear husband of the late Cecilia Parkinson (2014). Loving father to Brook (Kevin) Sinclair and the late Sherry (1969). Dear grandfather to Amber, Ryan (Daniel Brasier) and Brett. Ray was born, raised and married in Lachine, Quebec. Ray worked for the Canadian National Railway in Montreal as a Specifications Writer and retired in 1979. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII sailing on the HMCS Bittersweet and HMCS Amherst corvette sub chasers. He was a member of the Navy Club in Niagara Falls for many years. He also enjoyed golfing at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. Raymond was involved in figure skating and was a CFSA and International judge. A private family service will be held at the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church Street. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.





LEES, Joseph Clifford (Joe), 12394-H, RCN - It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the death of Joseph Clifford Lees aged 73 years of Herrett Road, Springhill, who passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007 in All Saints Hospital, Springhill, after a very courageous fight with cancer while surrounded by the love of his family. Born in Springhill on February 13, 1934, he was the oldest of five sons born to the late Joseph Ambrose and Grace Frances (Smith) Lees. Joe was a Korean Veteran serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. After his years in the Navy, he worked as a Correctional Officer in both Dorchester and Springhill. He was a small businessman, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and an avid outdoorsman and musician. Joe is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Muise. Sons, Laurie (Paula) Lees of Burton, NB, Kevin (Stephanie) Lees of Bonnyville, AB, Garry (Jennifer) Lees of Fredericton, NB and Richard (Maxine) Lees of Kingston, NS. Brothers, Raymond (Doris) Lees of Springhill, Arthur (Beverly) Lees of Vancouver, BC, James (Wanda) Lees of Calgary, AB and William (Patricia) Lees of Grande Prairie, AB. Eleven grandchildren, two step-daughters, three step-sons, many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. With all their love he will be missed and always remembered. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. At Joe's request there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family graveside committal service will be held in the Rodney Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may express your sympathy by making a donation to the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre, Springhill. (PS in typical dad fashion he was 15 minutes late for his own funeral I don’t know if he paid the funeral home or what but he was an endless joker.)



HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka 15 Oct 1951 - 16 Jan 1953 as an OS/AB

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent 17 Jan 1953 - 01 Mar 1955

HMCS LABRADOR - Served in Labrador 31 May 1955 - 05 Jun 1956

HMCS QUINTE - Served in Quinte 04 Sep 1956 - 16 Jun 1957

HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida 14 Mar 1958 - 27 Aug 1958

HMCS MICMAC - Served in Micmac 10 Mar 1959 - 27 Oct 1959

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois 28 Oct 1969 - 30 Nov 1960

HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in Bonaventure 02 May 1961 - 12 Sep 1962

HMCS NIPIGON - Served in Nipigon 30 May 1964 - 16 May 1966


Memories of Joe Lees by Art Lees (Joe's brother)

Photo - Raymond, Art and Joseph Lees.

When we were kids the real Santa came on CFCY from Charlottetown every evening just before Christmas. The program was sponsored by the R.T. Holman department store. Kids from all over the Maritimes would write in to Santa and he would read the letters of what each kid wanted for Christmas. Just before Christmas in 1952, Joe returned from Korea on the destroyer Nootka. Someone wrote in to CFCY and told Santa it was Joe’s birthday – which it wasn’t. So Santa, in that deep voice of his said, HO, HO HO – SANTA WANTS TO WISH LITTLE JOEY LEES FROM SPRINGHILL A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. This was the only time in his life when Joe didn’t take a joke. He didn’t know if the person who did it was one of the girls he knew who worked at the hospital, or mom, or who. No one dared own up to it and I wouldn’t dare write this if Joe were still here.


When Joe came home from Korea, he was still only 18 but he liked a drink or four. Pa Lees was a bit concerned and he told Joe that every drink he takes puts another nail in his coffin. Joe then replied, ---- well, she should be pretty well boarded up by the time Christmas is over.


Joe loved our Springhill heritage, especially the Fencebusters. Joe was not in favor of where the new rink was built; he thought it was on sacred grounds. Once when Joe was going to Halifax for cancer treatments, there was a family in the waiting room that was in great distress. Joe got to talking to them and he found out they couldn’t afford to stay in Halifax any longer to stay with their sick family member. Joe went to the bank machine and got a bunch of money and gave it to them. Joe was also about the best father in the world. I remember him telling me that when you get old, you are only as happy as your saddest kid.


I remember one time in the navy when Joe’s ship was tied up alongside mine. I went over one evening and Joe and his friends had gotten their hands on a keg of navy rum. After we had a few, we had one of those military sing-songs where one person sings something like “They say that in the navy, the drinks are very fine, you ask for Coca Cola and they give you turpentine”. --- and then the rest of the guys join in the chorus “Gee ma, I want to go, back to Ontario, gee ma, I want to go home.” Then it would be someone else’s turn to make up a couple of lines. It was a good time never to be forgotten.


My brother Ray was also in the navy and for over a year we were on the same ship together. We made one trip through the Panama and up to San Diego where we traded our ship for a west coast ship. We got back to Halifax on Good Friday and then the navy, with their unlimited stupidity, sent us out on Easter Sunday to take an airforce soccer team to Bermuda. The trip takes about 48 hours and the waves were like mountains. I can only imagine how well the soccer team played.


As Petty Officers, our daily rum was brought to our mess deck and there was no supervision. I didn’t drink mine so I gave it to Ray who was saving it to take home to Springhill. While ashore one evening in Bermuda, I heard that one of our friends on the ship had just become a father for the first time. I went back to the ship and woke him with the good news. Then we went into Ray’s locker and the whole mess deck celebrated with Ray’s rum.


On Sunday evenings when Joe, Ray and I were getting ready to go back to our ships, mom would always go through her check list - - “ Have you got your wallet, your I.D. card, etc.


And then we had the adventure of seeing if the car would start. The top of the Herrett Road was a great place but its winter weather hated those old early fifties Fords. The cars would keep pretending they were going to start until finally the battery would be dead. We then had to either phone Harold Boss to give us a boost or push the car down over the Slaughter House Hill to try to get it started. Memories, memories!

HANSEN, Trevor (23 Jul 1920 - 25 Mar 1997) Trevor was the youngest of 4 children growing up in the small hamlet of Parkland Alberta working on his parents farm. When war broke out, Trevor volunteered for the navy. He served on a number of ships during the war. Beginning with the minesweeper HMCS Miramichi on the west coast and his final, longest and most loved posting, the HMCS Prince Henry.


During Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Levant and Ile du Mont, he was tasked to land elements of the 1st SSF (Special Service Force). The 1st SSF was better known as the Devil's Brigade.


Trevor was on board HMCS Prince Henry for Operation Overlord and was in the LCA’s to open the ramps on the LCA at Normandy.  He landed troops on Juno Beach in conjunction with HMCS Prince David. He did not like to talk about DDay. He  only said this of the day... "We dropped off 24 guys, went back to the ship for 2000 Enfield rifles, when we reached shore...they were all dead."  They picked up and ferried wounded from the beach back to the ship for repatriation to England.


He was also on HMCS Prince Henry for Operation Dragoon and the invasion of Ile du Mont and Levant (sic). The war experience took its toll on many service persons and Trevor lost one of his childhood friends at Juno Beach - Gunnar Jerold Hunter of the Royal Canadian Artillery was killed in action at Juno Beach.


Trevor returned from the war and married his high school girlfriend who had worked on his parents family farm from the age of 16. They farmed at Parkland Alberta several miles from the farm of his parents. After re-marrying, Trevor moved to Saskatchewan to farm. Trevor passed away in 1997 suffering from cancer and later leukemia. .He leaves behind his family of 5 daughters, 2 sons, and their their spouses; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.



ELFORD, Robert (Bobby). DEMS Gunner - a member of the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War who took part in many dangerous missions shipping supplies across the North Atlantic, has died. He was 91. Elford died on Christmas Day surrounded by family. He enlisted with the navy in London, Ont., on March 1, 1943 at the age of 17 and after six weeks of training found himself behind a 20-millimetre cannon aboard a merchant ship ferrying supplies such as ammunition from Canada to Great Britain and the Soviet Union. “He served in the humanitarian convoy in the North Atlantic, the Murmansk Run,” said longtime friend and veterans’ advocate Andrea Grimes. Elford was recognized for his efforts in May 2015 when he received a medal from the local Russian consulate. Elford would spend 531 days in the navy aboard a so-called Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship, transport vessels that had some capability to defend themselves against Nazi Germany’s fleet. The 10,000-ton S.S. High Park was Elford’s vessel, and it managed to get through the war without being sunk like so many others. In an interview with The Windsor Star in 2013, Elford reflected on his wartime experience, saying he had no regrets. “It was an exciting life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, even with all the danger,” Elford said. Elford’s most frightening moments came in the summer of 1943 when a convoy returning from Britain was scattered by a gale-force storm. “There were 60-foot waves coming at you,” Elford recounted. “They stripped away the lifeboats and Carley floats (rafts). We were out at midnight trying to lash those things down. The captain announced: ‘Three more degrees of roll, boys, and we’ll capsize.’ We were prepared to meet our maker.” Grimes recalled a conversation she had with Elford at the funeral of navy and air force veteran Frank Doolittle last July. “I was there with Bobby and we were doing our poppy presentation at the casket and he says ‘You know when it’s my turn, blues and greys and my medals,’ and I said ‘OK, I’ll take care of it,’” said Grimes. “And now here we are talking about it.” After the war Elford became a meat manager for Dominion Stores for 37 years. Elford was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Elsie, and is survived by two children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation for Elford will take place on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Families First Funeral Home at 3260 Dougall Ave. There will also be a Naval Veterans Memorial Service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Naval Association on Thursday at a time yet to be determined. The funeral will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Families First.



BRANNEN, Davis E. (1878-1922) - Served in the RCN during World War 1. Died in a hunting accident in British Columbia in 1922.


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(1) Davis E. Brannen  (2-8) Service documents for Davis Brannen


HMCS BALEINE - Appointed to BALEINE 16 Apr 1916 as Chief Warrant Officer, RCN then as Chief Boatswain eff. 01 Jan 1918

BRANNEN, Harris Horatio, RNCVR (1894-1984) - Son of Capt. Horatio Harris Brannen who was killed on Steam Tug Stella Maris during the Halifax Explosion.


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(1) Harris H. Brannen  (2-4) Service documents for Harris H. Brannen  (4) Request for transfer from Wireless Operator to Mate (5) Newspaper article on Harris Brannen's radio operator history

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Patrol Vessel PV IV - Appointed to PV IV on 20 Jun 1917 and 10 May 1918 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR

Minesweeping Trawler TR 9

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

BRANNEN, Walter Trueman, VR-399, RNCVR - (05 Oct 1896 - 28 Nov 1960) - 64, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday at his home at 66 East Boulevard, Onset. He was the husband of Mrs. Winifred (Scott) Brannen. Mr. Brannen was born in Clark's Harbor, Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. He was the son Horatio and Susan (Nickerson) Brannen who were natives of Cape Cod before moving to Canada. A retired field representative for General Motors Corporation, he was a member of the Cape Cod Kennel Club. Mr. and Mrs. Brannen bought their home on East Boulevard in 1944 and moved there permanently in 1953. Besides his widow, he leaves a son Rev. Raymond Brannen of Chester, Pa. pastor of the Garden City Chapel in Chester, Pa.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Harris of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ernest M. of Dorchester; and three sisters, Mrs Viola Wilder of Upper Montclair, N.J., Mrs. Thelma Dasburg of Bloomfield, N.J., and Mrs. Mabel Merchant of Dorchester. Rev. Raymond Shaffer of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Wareham, officiated at the funeral service today. Burial was at Center Cemetery, Wareham.


Note: Walter was 1st mate on ST Stella Maris and son of Capt Horatio Brannen. He survived the destruction of the Stella Maris on 06 Dec 1917, moving to the USA  after the war.


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(1) Walter Brannen  (2-7) Service documents for Walter Brannen

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ST STELLA MARIS - Served in STELLA MARIS as 1st Mate. Survived the destruction of STELLA MARIS on 06 Dec 1917


NICKERSON, Walter Cleveland - (16 Jan 1875 - 23 Apr 1963) - passed away at his home at Clyde River on April 23rd. after a brief illness. He was born at Clark's Harbour, 88 years ago, son of the late Vincent and Hannah Nickerson. Mr. Nickerson was engaged in the fishing industry at Clark's Harbour for approximately 50 years. During World War I he miraculously survived the Halifax explosion being a crew member of the Stella Maris which was along side the munitions ship Mont Blanc when the ship blew up the Harbour. Funeral services were held from the United Baptist Church at Clark's Harbour on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev.Donald MacDougall of Saint Matthews United Church, Clyde River, assisted by Rev. Bartol pastor of the church. Hymns rendered by the choir were "The Old Rugged Cross", " Gather At The River" and "Heaven of Rest". Pall bearers were Avery Newell, Washington Crowell, Robert Blades and Alton Kenney. Interment was in Oak Vale Cemetery at Clark's Harbor. He is survived by his widow, formerly Matilda Phillips of Clyde River; two sons, Alexander of Lockeport and George of Fredericton, N. B.; five daughters, Mrs. Susan Burs, bath, Maine; Mrs. Gertrude Perry, Blanche; Mrs. Fannie Chase, North Adams, Mass.; Mrs. Charlotte Cathy, Waltham, Mass.;and Mrs. Mary Nicol of Clyde River; seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Norris C. of Clark's Harbour and Aubrey of Lynn, Mass.; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Penny, Clark's Harbour; Mrs. Bessie Lundgren, Medford, Mass.; Mrs. Emma Currie, Verdun, P.Q., and Mrs. Jennie Bond, Lynn, Mass.


Note: He was the brother-in-law of the Stella Maris' captain, Capt Horatio Brannen and uncle of 1st mate Walter Brannen.


ST STELLA MARIS - Survived the destruction of STELLA MARIS on 06 Dec 1917

NICKERSON, William Spenser (1867-1955) - W.S. Nickerson Dies At Home. Father of Police Officer. Survived Halifax Disaster.  William S. Nickerson, father of Patrolman William L. Nickerson, passed away at his home yesterday after an illness of two weeks. He had been troubled with a heart ailment for some time. The deceased was born in Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia, and was a resident of Malden, 29 years, living on Main street before moving to the Greenwood street address. Mr. Nickerson was a survivor of the Halifax explosion of Dec. 6, 1917, when the freighter Mont Blanc, with a cargo of 3000 pounds of T.N.T. was rammed by the Belgian relief ship Imo. The explosion, which destroyed a large section of the city, took more than 1600 lives. Thousands were injured and property damage was placed at greater than $50,000,000. The deceased had worked for several years with the Cox Lobster Co., Boston, until forced to retire because of ill health. Besides Patrolman Nickerson who lives at 100 Davis street, Mr.. Nickerson leaves two daughters, Mrs. Pauline LaRiviere, with whom the deceased made his home, and Mrs. Clinton Anderson, of Florida; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother, Roy Nickerson of 142 Kimball street. Services will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the Norton funeral home with Rev. Joseph C. Evers of the Maplewood Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Dale cemetery. (The Malden News 14 Jun 1955 page 14)


Note: William served in ST Stella Maris as 2nd Mate and Bos'n.



ST STELLA MARIS - Survived the destruction of STELLA MARIS 06 Dec 1917

CAMERON, Alex - Served in ST Stella Maris as an Engineer. Survived the destruction of Stella Maris on 06 Dec 1917 and it is believed he lived in or near New Glasgow, NS until his passing.


ST STELLA MARIS  - Survived the destruction of STELLA MARIS 06 Dec 1917

BALLAN, Peter, Sr. - It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Ballan Sr. announces his passing on Saturday December24, 2016 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital. Pete was born on November 5, 1925 in Fort Frances, Ontario to George and Lena Ballan. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18 serving during WWII in the North Atlantic on Convey Duty. After the war he returned to Fort Frances working as a switchman at the Falls Railroad and later with MD&W. He loved to be outdoors, hunting and fishing. He went on many trips, exploring Canada from coast to coast as well to the Artic. He met a lot of nice people working in the outdoors and made a lot of good friends. Pete was well known for his great sense of humour. He was united in marriage to Sophie Wihnan on February 26, 1949 and they recently celebrated 67 years together. He leaves behind his wife Sophie; children Toni Anderson of Eagan, MN, Dorlene Parsons (Don) of Lakefield, ON; grandchildren Sherri, Shane (Stephanie), Kelly, Brett and Sean (Julie); great grandchildren Isabelle, Paige, Brooklyn, Nora and Steven; sister Eileen (Richard) Tremblay of Port Albernie, BC; brother David of Billings, Montana as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his cat Lucy. Pete was predeceased by his son Peter William Ballan on November 23, 2007; parents George and Lena as well as 5 brothers and 1 sister; son-law Charlie. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. The honourary pallbearers will be Brad Bingham, Lee Bingham, Travis Chabot, Gerry Lambert and Jean Camirand. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the LaVerendrye General Hospital, Salvation Army or Friends of Animals.

BROOKS, Stanley Trestaine (Stan) - beloved husband of Connie (nee Bull) passed away on December 14, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Stan was born and raised in Calgary, in a family of 13 children. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 years and served Canada for four years. Following this he joined the Calgary Fire Department where he worked for 34 years, retiring as Division Chief. Stan leaves behind Connie, the love of his life, having celebrated 62 years of marriage. He is also survived by daughters Karen Riley (Tim), Jodi Tort (Brent), Lisa Christie-Brooks (Jocelynn Vryenhoek) and Leanne Kanbour, and by nine grandchildren: Brooks, Lorin, Garrett, Morgan, Brandon, Bill, Jim, Leesha and Nadia. Stan was predeceased by son, Jeffrey Owen. The family would like to thank Dr. Friesen and the Staff of Unit 73 of RVH, for their compassionate, professional care during Stan's final weeks. A Celebration of Stan's Life will be held at Royal Canadian Legion #284 (606 - 38th Avenue N.E., Calgary AB) on December 29, 2016 from 2 - 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellspring Calgary, 1404 Home Road N.W. (The Calgary Herald 27 Dec 2016)

CAMPBELL, David, P2WU, 7315E, RCN - died peacefully with his family by his side on December 15, 2016 in Victoria BC. Born on August 21, 1928 in Shanghai, China, David was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Maureen, in 2008. He is survived by his partner, Marina Guest; his children Mary (Jim) Borrowman, Colin (Kim), Keith (Candice); grandchildren Paul, Sean, Trevor, Stacey, Jordan and Scott; and great-grandchildren Raine, Hannah, Abigail, Adam, Jonathan, Olivia and Leah-Rose. David was a proud Veteran of the Canadian Navy and served his country for 20 years including his time of duty in the Korean War. He was accomplished at anything he put his mind to, from driving a cab or bus to owning a hobby shop and restaurant to building trailers to keep him busy. He was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all they have accomplished. A celebration of life will be held at the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:00am with David Perry officiating. The family wish to thank the Drs. and nurses who took such good care of David. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in David's name to either the Korean Veterans Association - Esquimalt or The Chiefs and Petty officers Association - Esquimalt. (The Victoria Times Colonist 30 Dec 2016)




HMCS CAYUGA - Listed on Cayuga's nominal roll for 30 Jun 1951 as ABTDS








HARRISON, Henry Malcolm - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Malcolm Harrison, aged 86, on December 24, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. A longtime resident of Goderich, Ontario, he will be lovingly remembered by his children Susan (William Kanko) and Michael (Lily Huang) and grandchildren Jordan, Sarah, Lauren, Robert and Amy. Malcolm was predeceased by his wife Barbara Galt (Wilson) Harrison. Malcolm was born in Chester, UK and a graduate of the University of Manchester. Malcolm was a naval officer; first in the Royal Navy and then in the Canadian Navy, where he met his wife Barbara, an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves. After retiring from the Navy, Malcolm worked for Bell Canada in Toronto and lived with Barb and their children in Mississauga. He served two terms as the President of the Rotary Club's Mississauga Chapter and remained an active member after he retired to Goderich. Malcolm also dedicated his time to the community through environmental projects, the creation of outdoor recreation areas and participation in local health organizations. In Goderich, he worked hard for the community's health services and helped build the Y and a network of trails. He and his wife were also active supporters of the Goderich library. In Mississauga, Malcolm was a scout leader and a supporter of the local science fairs. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Turner & Porter "Butler" Chapel, Etobicoke, (The Toronto Star 31 Dec 2016)

OLSON, Reginald Hambleton - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Reginald Hambleton Olson, 87, on Sunday, December 18, 2016 in the Kelowna General Hospital. Devoted and faithful, he leaves his loving wife Gwen, of 53 years as well as his sister Murielle Johnson, two children, Kristina( Shawn), and Mitch (Debbie), and 7 grandchildren, Jaromy, Brett, Avery, James, Harmony, Sarah, and Gabriela. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, Reg began his life journey of being a strong leader. He served in the Canadian Navy during the Korean War and soon after married Gwen. Reg knew and was a friend to everyone and anyone. Remembering names was his specialty. He was known in the community for his business Olsons' Pest Control as well as serving in many areas of the LDS church, including bishop and serving a mission in Thailand. Writing poetry was a favorite pastime and he was often called to write many birthday and Christmas celebrations. Reg carried a light within him that shone through wherever he went. Touching many lives with his gentle spirit, he truly was a Gentle Giant. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership, service and faithfulness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A celebration of his life was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 11:00 am. (the Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 31 Dec 2016)

PILON, Ferdinand (Ferd) - passed away peacefully surrounded by his family's love on Christmas Day at the age of 75. He leaves behind Arlene, his wife and best friend for 55 years, daughter Laurel, son Jeff (Kathy), grandchildren Raven, Jasmine, Ashlee and Brier. Ferd will also be missed dearly by his large extended family in Saskatchewan. As a young man, Ferd left Saskatchewan and served in the Navy. While in Victoria, he met the love of his life and settled there to marry and raise a family. He later joined Palm Dairies (Island Farms) of which he worked for 35 years. Ferd was a hard-working man with an incredible work ethic of which he passed on to his children. An avid walker and golfer, Ferd's brightest days were spent on the golf course. He had a quiet strength, and a generous, feisty spirit. Ferd was a good man who had an enormous amount of love to give and life yet to live. The family welcomes you to drop in any time between 3-6 for an informal celebration of Ferd's life on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion, 780 Summit Ave. Special thanks to Dr Steve McKenzie for his compassionate care and the nursing staff of 3N. (The Times Colonist 31 Dec 2016)

WALSH, John Henry (30 Aug 1926, Sherbrooke, QC - 22 Dec 2016, Calgary, AB) - Beloved husband of Yolande Mayer. Educated at St. Patrick's High School, Sherbrooke and a BA from Loyola College Montreal 1948. Served in Canadian Navy from 1944-45. John was employed with Royal Insurance Co. 1950-62. A founding member and President of Westmount Life. Also President of United Investment Life, Family Life, Northern Life, Sovereign Life, Sovereign General Insurance and Panorama Ski Hill. Past Director of Canadian Life and Health Association. John was on the Calgary Public Library Board for six years, including two years as Chairman, during which time he opened three libraries, including Fish Creek Library. He was the Past President of Canadian Club of Calgary, Director of British Columbia Insurance Co., Calgary Better Business Bureau & Foothills Brass Quintet; a life member of Calgary Chamber of Commerce and active at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. John is also survived by three children and their spouses, Deacon John and Melody (Antoniak), Louise and Gregory Patchell, Elizabeth and Brent Faas; 12 grandchildren; Kyla Pawlyk, Vanessa and Steven LaBerge, Shaunda, Kayla, and Meaghan Walsh, Joseph Michaluk; Cody, Kyle and Kathleen Patchell, Kathryn and Stephanie Faas, Katrina Schillaci and her mother Cindy (McIvor); great-grandchildren, Adya Pawlyk, Evan and Cole La Berge. Also survived by sisters Doreen in Toronto, and Elizabeth Willcock in Winnipeg, and her dear children, and many very special friends. Predeceased by father Terence and mother Mary Irene Wolfe, brothers Rev. Thomas, Rev. Terence SJ of Toronto, Padrick and Emmet. John's corneas were donated. We are very thankful for the great care from Physicians, Surgeons, Health care and Home Care that John received over the years. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 - 24 St SW, Calgary) on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to charity of choice. (The Montreal Gazette 31 Dec 2016)


WHALEN, David Bertram (21 May 1941 - 28 Dec 2016) - Whalen, David B., of Halifax, passed away 28 December 2016, in the Dartmouth General. He was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Lorena (Hill) Whalen and his sister, Audacia Olsen. He is survived by his wife, Patsy (Sampson); sons, Jeffrey (Shirley), Gregory (Terran); grandsons, Adam (Ashley), Andrew (Jordan); great grandchildren, Jonathan, Lexi, Mark and Ethan. He is also survived by his sister, Norma (Skippy) Lewis and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Dave served in the Army and Navy for 37 years. He will be missed by his many family and friends, especially his buddy, Mike Cote, who was always there for him and just a call away. Thank you Mike. Dave will be cremated. There will be no visitation; a memorial service will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:30 am at J.A Snow Funeral Home 339 Lacewood Dr. Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the QEII.



BARON, Raymond Clifford - 92, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Born in Montreal, PQ, he was a son of the late John and Mamie (Astley) Baron. Ray served with the RCNVR during World War Two as a stoker and as a gunner. He was a corporal in the Army Reserves for six years. Following the war, he worked for Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited retiring after 34 and a half years as a paper maker. He served as President of Local 259 International Papermakers Union for 14 years. He was a coach and an umpire with the Brooklyn Softball League in his early years. He was a member of Mersey Branch #38 Royal Canadian Legion Liverpool where he served on the executive and was instrumental in starting "Friday Night Fever". He was also instrumental in bringing to Brooklyn the Centennial Project in 1967. He is survived by his daughter Linda (Jeff) Dunham of Kentville, his son John (Wanda) of Charleston. Grandchildren Tracy (Brenden) Baker and John Baron (Stacey Killoh) and great grandchildren Kelcie and Kaelee Baker, Kiana Baron. His step daughters Linda (Fred) Balcolm of ON; Beverley (Bill) Matheson of Dartmouth and step sons Ernie McKinnon of Bridgewater; Brian (Brenda) McKinnon of Brooklyn; Jeffrey (Hannah) McKinnon of Beach Meadows. Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and his loving companion Louise VanNorden. Ray was predeceased by his first wife Pauline (Kelly) and his second wife Violet (Colp) (McKinnon). Brother Leonard and step daughter Sandra Wamboldt. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be Wednesday evening (October 19, 2016) from 7 until 9 p.m. with a legion memorial service being held at 7:00 p.m.. Funeral service will be Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Chandlers' Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating. Reception to follow. A private family interment will be at a later time. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Mersey Branch #38, Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool or to a charity of your choice.

COLBURN, George Edwin - passed away peacefully in Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche, June 17, 2009. He was born March 29, 1924 in Oxford Junction and was the son of the late Arthur Dickie and Ola Evelyn (Hills) Colburn. Edwin was a foreman with International Harvester before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in November of 1951 where he was Chief Petty officer 2nd class. He retired as Chief Engineer in 1965. Edwin worked as a construction foreman from 1966-1971 before returning to TUNS (Technical University of Nova Scotia) from 1971-1975. He then worked for Eastern Towing as an engineer. Edwin travelled extensively during his years in the Navy and always had many stories to tell of his adventures. He was a great entertainer and could spin quite a yarn. He is survived by his wife Theresa (Lavis); sons, Dennis (Mickey); Tim (Josh); daughters, Kim (Jim), Bobbie (Paul); grandchildren, Dennis, Nancy, Laura, Sean, Breanna, Jade; sister, Gloria; sisters-in-law, Marg and June: several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Shirl and Arthur, and sister Donalda. No visitation or funeral service by request. Branch 64, Royal Canadian Legion will conduct a tribute service at the Legion, Saturday, June 20 at 2 pm. Interment will be in Oxford Pine Grove Cemetery, Oxford at a later date. No flowers by request. Donations to Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche Legion or the Tatamagouche Fire Hall would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coulter's Funeral Home (657-3288) P.O. Box 190, Tatamagouche, N.S. B0K 1V0.

COSBY, Lewis Everett - 88, of Liverpool passed away in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Saturday, October 1st, 2011. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Lew served during World War II as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon his return to Canada he met and married the love of his life, Tess. Lew worked as a town planner for the city of London, Ontario before moving his family to the Maritimes. Lewis was a real estate agent throughout most of his life, as well as a respected entrepreneur who owned and operated many business enterprises throughout Nova Scotia. Locally, Lew sowed the seeds for what has now become Cosby’s Garden Centre. He was also employed by Bowater Mersey Paper Company as a draftsman for many years. Lew pursued and excelled in many passions. He was an avid bridge player, gardener and traveler. He enjoyed acting in the Winds of Change as well as restoring old homes and dabbled at inventing. Lew embraced opportunity and thrived on challenges. Lewis is survived by his wife of 68 years, Tess; sons John (Mary) of Chilliwack, B.C., David Franklin of, Liverpool, Chris (Wayne) of Prospect and daughter Sue (Ivan) Higgins of Liverpool; Grandchildren Aaron, Ryan, Meaghan, Dana, Kyle, Hayley, Angus and Adam and three great-grandchildren. It is, however the dignity and respect he showed toward all, the unconditional love of his family, his terrific sense of humour and his infectious laugh that will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A funeral service took place on Friday, October 7th, 2011 in the Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool with Reverend Donald Lawton officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or to Queens General Hospital, Liverpool.

BOWERS, Mac Tupper - 90, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was the only son of the late Frank "Todd" and Elsie (Whynot) Bowers. Dad lived in Liverpool his entire life. He was a gentleman, sportsman and most of all a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and most recently a great grandfather. Dad served with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII with the Convoy Ships. He had a long career with Bowater Mersey Paper Company, retiring as paper mill superintendent after 62 years. Dad enjoyed many types of sports and excelled at most. Some of his proudest accomplishments were the years he played with the Liverpool Larrupers baseball team and where he was given the nickname "Slugger". He was a past member of the Liverpool Curling Club and the Liverpool Golf and Country Club. Many happy hours were spent on the lakes and rivers fishing and in the forest hunting with his "pals". Dad also enjoyed spending time at his camp on the Medway, the Govenor's Inn, that was built by he and his dad. But above all, it was his family that mattered most. He was devoted to his wife Louise and very proud of his children and their families. His wonderful stories of his life's adventures will always be in our memories. He was predeceased by his wife Louise (Donkin) Bowers. He is survived by daughters Cathy Bowers (Gordon Marshall), Anne Bowers, both of Liverpool; grandchildren Trevor Kelley, of Edmonton, Craig Kelley, of Victoria, Blair (Keri )Kelley, of Victoria, Carolyn Marshall (Brad Touesnard ), of Milford; great grandsons Mac and Max. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral and Cremation Service, Liverpool. There will be no funeral service by request. A "family get together' will be held at a later date. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation or to the Liverpool Curling Club.

COSBY, John Robert - 74, of Milton, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Friday, March 13, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Gainsborough, ON, he was a son of the late Harry and Margaret (MacPherson) Cosby. John served with the Royal Canadian Navy for a number of years before working with the Satellite Station in Charleston as a instrument technician. He was a former employee with Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited and a delivery driver for Farmer's Dairy. He was also an ambulance attendant with the former Chandlers' Ambulance Service in Liverpool. He was an insurance salesman and Renaware salesman for a time and was owner-operator of The Sportsman Restaurant in Milton. At the time of his death, John was a dockside monitor for Barrington Catch. John will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as an unselfish, forgiving and kind person who loved his family immensely and left this world with no animosity to anyone. He is survived by his companion Valerie Rhyno, his daughters Joanne (Robert) Klatt of Victoria, BC, Jennifer Cosby (Matthew Conrad) of Liverpool, son Les (Ann Wentzell) of Bridgewater, grandchildren Ryan and Connor Klatt, sisters Twila Steiger of St. Catharine's ON. Gail Freisen of Woodstock, ON. Brother Jim , USA and his best friend and traveling companion Sophie. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. At John's request, there will be no funeral service. No flowers, donations may be made to the family or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

DUNLAP, George - The death of George Dunlap formerly of Saint John East, husband of Jessie M. (Wilkins) Dunlap, occurred on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Ridgewood Veterans Wing. Born in Saint John he was a son of the late James and Myrtle (Mason) Dunlap. George was a lifelong resident of Saint John, a veteran of World War II serving over seas from 1939-1945 with the Royal Canadian Navy, and served with the Navy Reserve for 20 more years with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class. George was also employed for many years with the department of Veterans Affairs serving in various capacities. In his youth, George was a Golden Glove Boxing Champion and enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been predeceased by his parents, two brothers John and James, a sister Mildred and infant sister Margaret. Besides his wife he is survived by his son David Dunlap of Saint John East, and his daughter Sharon Tonge (Thomas) of Quispamsis. Three grandchildren, Scott and Chris Tonge (Meredith) and Shannon McCarthy (Scott). Six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Resting at Brenan's Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:00 noon from Brenan's Chapel. Interment will take place in Fernhill Cemetery. Following the service a reception will be held at Brenan's reception centre. For those who wish, remembrances to Ridgewood Veteran's Wing or to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

HARTEN, Emerson Godfrey - 79, of New Grafton, Queens County, passed away Wednesday, December 29th, 2010, at home. Born in Richards Landing, Ontario, he was a son of the late Godfrey and Annabelle (Cain) Harten. Emerson enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954, where he served his country for the next ten years. He then worked in construction for the next couple of years before going to work at the Halifax Shipyards during the boom years in the early 1970’s. Emerson then moved on to work with the Department of Defense where he worked the next 17 years until his retirement in January of 1993. He was a member of the Kempt United Baptist Church. Emerson had numerous hobbies such as woodworking, metal fabrication, computers, reading and genealogy. He loved anything to do that might have a challenge to it as he was very handy at just about anything. He is survived by his loving wife Arlene; daughters Karolee Floria, of Halifax, Lorainne Harten, of Dartmouth, Rebecca (Ronald) Delaney, of Fall River,; sons Steven Harten, Michael Harten (Jennifer Sorenson), both of Rawdon; grandchildren Jeffrey Floria, Christopher Carr, Samantha Carr, Dale Delaney, Neil Delaney, James Delaney, Steven Planetta, Dyllan Mills-Harten, Daniel Sorenson; sister Phyllis Haight, of Cambridge, Ontario; brother Elgin, of Sault Saint Marie, Ontario. He was predeceased by a brother Keith. Visitation will be held Monday, January 3rd, 2011, from 7-9 p.m., and a Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, January 4th, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., both from the Kempt United Baptist Church. Reverend John Boddy officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Kempt. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.

KNOX, James Robertson (Scotty) - 80, of Port Mouton, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. Born in Tranent, Scotland on May 2nd, 1931, he was a son of the late Robert and Janet Hunter (Black) Knox. Scotty was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the "Haida". Following his war service, he was owner and operator of his own fishing vessels the "Beverley Doreen" and the "Flying Scot" and a tour boat called the "Ralphie J" He served as captain aboard the "Jennifer Jean" crab fishing for Clearwater Fisheries. He served as an officer aboard ship for Bedford Institute of Oceanography and captain aboard tugs with Eastern Canada Towing working in Halifax Harbour and out of Port Hawkesbury. He served as a trustee for the Port Mouton United Baptist Church and enjoyed working with masonry and stonework. He was an accomplished accordion player and loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed cooking and was "famous" for his stew nights. He also loved his Lord and loved to preach about it. Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years Carol (Harrison); and his other "bonnie wee lasses" daughters Rhonda (Rob) Dunn of Moncton, NB; Cheryl (Bill) Bouges of Dartmouth; his granddaughters: Christa (Andrew) Black, Sarah Bouges (Graham Surrette) and Brittany (Brian) Lesser. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 from 7 until 9 p.m. and funeral service will be Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from Port Mouton United Baptist Church. Reverend Perley Tidd officiating assisted by Mark Holden. Burial will be in Peaceful Hill Cemetery, Port Mouton. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Port Mouton United Baptist Church or to any charity.


HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida during the Korean War

GORDON, Jason John - 30, Kitchener ON, It is with sadness of heart we announce the sudden passing of Jason on Dec 16, 2011. Born in Calgary March 8, 1981 he was the son of Lynn Michaud and stepson of Shannon Lloy. Growing up in Millvale Jason enjoyed spending time with his many cousins, family and friends. He attended Oxford Regional High. He proudly spent time in the Canadian Navy. Besides his parents Jason is survived by his son, Jackson Gordon, Amherst; sister, Angelina Lloy, Oxford; brothers, T-Jay Lloy, Mission, B.C.; Zachery Lloy, Truro; half brother Gary Junior Gordon, Halifax; half sister Amanda Gordon, Halifax; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends. Jason was predeceased by his grandparents, Marie LaFlamme; Jean Michaud; Mayhew and Mona Lloy; uncles Andre and Raymond Michaud. A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 5 at 11 a.m. in MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home, Oxford (447-2930). In lieu of flowers donations for funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated by his family.

HILLABY, Paul David - 77, of West Caledonia, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Born in Newmarket, ON, he was a son of the late William and Anne Hillaby. Paul graduated from Newmarket High School where he was an exemplary mathematician and avid athlete in football, track and especially hockey. He supported his children in their love of soccer. He served in the Canadian Navy for 23 years achieving the rank of Sergeant. Paul travelled the country and the world with his military career and his post military careers. He lived with no regrets and accomplished almost everything he put his mind to. He will be remembered and respected. He is survived by his wife Sheila Rae (Smith); his sons Andrew (Janice) and Clark, grandchildren Kaley and Kirk, brother Bruce (Judy) of Horsefly, BC. Sister in law Jean Hillaby of Ottawa. He was predeceased by a sister Mildred and brother William "Bill". Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Highland Cemetery, Caledonia. No flowers by request, donations may be made to Meadowbrook Manor, South Brookfield.

TURNEY, James Garth - Suddenly passed away on October 6, 2009 at Concordia Hospital. Dad was born in Souris, MB on August 13, 1921 and resided in West St. Paul for 60 years. James leaves his wife Ann Beatrice and children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his sister Helen in 2001. His hard work in the community helped establish the West St. Paul Fire Department where he served as Chief and training officer. He also helped in establishing the West St. Paul Curling Club. Dad was a proud veteran of the Second World War, where he served in the Canadian Navy on the Dauphin and the 61 . He was very proud of his service to country and community. Dad shared his zest for life with all his family. Be it travel, music and dance with Mom, his love of horses with the Girls or his love of hunting and fishing with the Boys and the Girls. Many thanks to the staff at Concordia Hospital and Dr. Johnson for the great care over the years. Memorial service will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. on Tuesday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James' memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Cropo Funeral Chapel. (The Winnipeg Free Press 10 Oct 2009)


HMCS DAUPHIN - Drafted to Dauphin 13 Dec 1941 as a Slt, RCNVR

ML Q061

LEAVIS, Barbara Ellen - Age 68, of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Arborstone Enhanced Care. Born August 14, 1948, in Kapuskasing On., she was a daughter of the late Harold and Berenice Keown. Barbara was a member of the Navy in the Canadian Armed Forces. After retirement she worked as a correctional officer. Barbara also worked as a lifeguard. She had a love of animals and enjoyed gardening, flowers and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Barbara is survived by her son, Patrick; daughter, Christina, Canberra Australia; brother, Robert; sister, Patricia; grandchildren, Caitlin, Abbygail, Riley, Finn, Nathan; nephews, Neil, Stefan and Bryan; several great nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Charles. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 am Monday December 12th at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Rev. James Haughn officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

MacDONALD, Donald E. - passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov.2, 2010 at Ridgewood veterans wing in Saint John, N.B., surrounded by family. Born in Glace Bay, N.S. on Oct. 29, 1912, Don was the son of John Edward and Catherine (MacKinnon) MacDonald. Don was predeceased by brothers, Archibald, Russell, Delbert and sisters, Lillian (Alex McLennan) and Margaret (Mack King). Don is survived by his loving wife, May (Dawson); daughters, Elizabeth (Dr. Tony Wade), Bathurst, Wendy (Bruce Phillips), Saint John; sons, Bill (wife Judy), Dartmouth, Jim (wife Anne), New Glasgow; 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Don served in the Royal Canadian Navy from June 1942 until his discharge in December 1945, aboard seven ships mainly in the North Atlantic Theatre. After serving his country, Don returned to the S & L Railway (later Cumberland and Devco Railway) where he retired at the age of 65 in 1977. His love was family and he always placed his family first. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 64 years. He loved hockey; an avid player (eight years with the British Consols in Glace Bay) and follower of his favourite NHL teams. His favourite pastime was writing letters to family and friends. All who knew Don will miss his inner strength, compassionate quiet demeanour, his positive outlook and encouraging words. A short service will be held for family with no visitations or funeral services. Cremation has taken place and interment will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery in Glace Bay at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any charity. "I know who holds tomorrow."

McDADE, Elizabeth Grace (Beth), WRCNS (1924-2016) - Age 92, Truro, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Daniels) Marsters and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She leaves to remember, her husband, Eric; children, Bruce (Norbi), Jennifer, Evan (Dawna); grandchildren, Megan (Dan), Katie (Taylor), Michael (Kirsten), Heather, Ian, Jessica; greatgrandson, Liam; many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Ernst; brother, Ashley. Beth spent her early years in Bass River and following graduation, she taught for one year in Lower Wentworth in a one-room schoolhouse. The next year Beth attended Mount Allison and following her studies she joined the WRCNS where she served in Halifax and Ottawa for over two years. Beth then returned to Mount Allison and graduated in 1949 and following that spent 35 years teaching in high schools in the Truro area. Beth was a long-time member (50+ years) and past president of the Ladies Division of Truro Golf Club. She was a long-time and current member of the Truro Branch of Canadian Federation of University Women. Reading was a special and important interest to Beth. The many years that she belonged to a local branch of CFUW focused on a reading discussion group which gave her great pleasure. She was a 60-year member of Saint Andrew's United Church and was a UCW life member. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, December 23, in Saint Andrew's United Church, 55 King St., Truro, Rev. Boyd Vincent officiating. Reception will follow. Interment in Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River. If so desired, donations in Beth's memory to Saint Andrew's United Church, Colchester - East Hants Public Library Foundation or a charity of choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro.

LINK, William George (Bill) - 73, Collingwood, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, he was a son of the late Clarence and Erma (Figgers) Link. Bill served over 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax. He then worked for Michelin, Granton until his retired with his wife to Collingwood. Over the years Bill and Dorothy enjoyed spending their winter in Florida. Bill is survived by his wife the former Dorothy Schurman; sons, Daniel (Elizabeth), Westville; Micheal (Katie Holmes), Langley, B.C.; Ronald, East Jeddore; grandchildren, Brianna, Gabriella, Cyenna, Forrest, Kalyshia, Brandy, Dale, Shicara, and Shaquille. He was predeceased by 1 brother and 2 sisters. A private family graveside service will be held. Arrangements are in the care of MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, Oxford (447-2930). Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to a charity of choice.

MATTATALL, J. Donald (09 Oct 1924 - 24 Jan 2010) - 85, of Pictou and formerly of Tatamagouche, passed away January 24, 2010 in Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Veteran's Unit in Pictou where he had been a resident for the past six years. Born in Brule Point, Colchester County, he was a son of the late Harold and Elizabeth (MacKay) Mattatall. Don was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Royal Canadian Navy based in Newfoundland and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 64, Tatamagouche. Surviving are children, David (Anne), Brule; Donna Burris, Tatamagouche; Carol Forbes (Jim), Tatamagouche; grandchildren, Mark Burris, Adrian Burris, Matthew Forbes (Sara), Michael Forbes (Jennifer), Adam Mattatall (Erica), Chelsea Baird (Tyler); great-grandchildren, Alana Burris and her mother, Ruth Waugh, Lyla Mae Baird, Ryan Forbes and Cole Forbes; sisters, Mary, Vera and Ina. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene (Langille); a son, James Mattatall; brothers, Kenny and Angus; sisters, Ella, Mae, Dot and Greta. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Lockerby Memorial Cemetery, Tatamagouche. Memorial donations can be made to Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital Veteran's Unit or to a charity of choice. The family would like to thank the Doctors and nursing staff of the Veterans Unit for the excellent care and respect shown to Don as a resident and Veteran while living in Pictou. Your kindness will always be remembered. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coulter's Funeral Home P.O. Box 190, Tatamagouche, N.S.

McKAY, Alexander Kenneth (Sandy) (20 Jun 1929 - 02 Feb 2009) - 79, Tatamagouche, passed away February 2, 2009 in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. Born in Fairview, (Waterhole) Alberta, he was a son of the late William Everett and Edith Mae (Hoy) McKay. Sandy served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and following retirement from the navy, worked another 20 years at Dalhousie University. Sandy loved to hunt and fish and was a real outdoorsman. He also had a passion for dogs, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 64, Tatamagouche. Surviving is his wife, Betty (Kirk); sons, Barry Alexander (Frankie MacIntosh) and Kenneth Stephen, both of Tatamagouche; two grandchildren, Alyssa, 9 and Cody 5; brother, Archibald "Archie", Edmonton; sisters-in-law, Diane Kirk; Hfx.; Jessie Roberts, Bayhead; nieces, Peggy Anne, Rhonda, Ruth, Jennifer, Leanne, Leslie, Sherry, Janice, Joyce and Kim; nephews, Malcolm, Shawn and Shane. He was predeceased by brothers, Everett and Harry; brothers-in-law, Ted Kirk; Ed Roberts; sister-in-law, Mary McKay; nephew, Dale. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, a Legion tribute service at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed immediately by the funeral service, Rev. Mary Anne Grant officiating, all in Coulter's Funeral Home, (657-3288) 48 Riverside Dr., Tatamagouche, B0K 1V0. Spring interment will be in The Falls Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated.

PELCHAT, Dollard - 84, Pugwash. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dollard "Dan" Pelchat, resident of East Cumberland Lodge, Pugwash, on the 27th of January, 2015. He was the son of Rose-Ida Demers, Breakeyville QC, and Thomas Pelchat, Cap de la Madelaine, QC. Born in Cap-de-la Madelaine QC, Dad soon embarked into traveling the world, joining the Royal Canadian Navy, and retiring as a Chief Engineering Artificer and Chief Petty Officer in 1974. He subsequently was called back to the shipboard venue, retiring from Davie Shipbuilding in 1993. As a final move he returned to the coast, much to Mom's pleasure, procuring and thoroughly enjoying his little piece of paradise in North Wallace. Surviving are his sons, Thomas Pelchat, Halifax, William Pelchat, Quebec, and Paul Pelchat (Lori), Enfield, many nephews, nieces, grandkids and great grandkids. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret (Adams) Pelchat, Halifax, and brothers, Normand, Lionel, Edouard, and very recently his big brother, Marc. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mundle's Funeral Home, 204 Water St.,, Pugwash. A memorial service will be held in the spring, date to be announced. Donations in memory can be sent to East Cumberland Lodge or the SCPA. Special thanks go out to all the folks at the lodge as they are truly an awesome team, providing top notch care to both Mom and Dad, and a place you could really trust your family to. As well a special thank you goes to William "Sonny" and Evelyn Shortell, ever faithful neighbours who made these last 10 years a bit more bearable. 


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