For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituary transcriptions of those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

McKAY, John Gilbert - 91, Tatamagouche, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2012 in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital. Gilbert was born on May 6, 1920 at The Falls, Colchester County. He was the son of the late George and Christena (MacLeod) McKay. Gilbert attended school in The Falls, Tatamagouche and Dalhousie University. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, Tatamagouche. He was a partner with his brother Donald in the family business, McKay Bros. He had a love of nature and the outdoors. He had a keen interest in people and liked a good debate. The most important thing in his life was his family. Gilbert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Hazel (Cunningham) McKay; daughters, Gail (William K.) Place, Wellington; Karen McKay (Mark Smith), Fall River; son, George (Rachel Ladd), Tatamagouche. He was Poppa K to grandchildren Lindsay Place (Steven Foot), Eric, Alison and David Place; Marley (Neil) Ryan, Megan Tucker, Michelle Tucker (Tony Beaumier); Sydnie, Ethan and Marin Smith; Matthew, Emmett and Axton McKay and great grandchild Bentley Beaumier; nieces, Barbara McKay-Gill, Cathy Ross, and nephews Donald Munroe and Kenneth Munroe; son-in-law, David Tucker (Heather Mingo). He was predeceased by daughter Elaine Tucker, brothers Kenneth and Donald S. and sisters Georgene (Munroe) Cunningham and Ellen McKay. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, will conduct a tribute service at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Coulter's Funeral Home, Tatamagouche followed by visitation from 2-4 p.m. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 9 in Sedgwick Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tatamagouche, Rev. Mary Anne Grant officiating with reception to follow. Interment will be at a later date in Lockerby Memorial Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Lockerby Memorial Cemetery, P.O. Box 55 Tatamagouche, N.S. B0K 1V0 or the charity of your choice in care of the funeral home.

PROKOPOW, Lionel John (29 Apr 1935 - 07 Feb 2012) - 76, Malagash, passed away February 7, 2012 in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. Born in Crandall, Manitoba, he was the son of the late Wesley and Annie (Shust) Prokopow. Lionel served for twenty-nine years in the Canadian Forces (Navy), retiring in 1984 as CPO First Class, at which time he went to Saint John Shipbuilding to work on the new Frigate program and then retiring to Malagash. His passion for curling began as a young boy "Jam Pot" curling with his brother on their back yard rink at their home. He curled at rinks wherever his Navy career took him, which extended into his retirement by curling at Truro, Tatamagouche and Pugwash and enjoyed both league play and bonspiel competition. Golf was his summertime sport. He was a member of Northumberland Links in Pugwash and played regularly in a foursome with good friends. He was a twenty-six year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Past President of Branch 97, Malagash. He is survived by his son, Michael, Toronto; brother, Tom, Victoria, BC; sisters, Emily Sabeski (Alex), Winnipeg, MB.; Nadia Adair, Souris, MB.; Myrna Merriman (Roy), Edmonton AB; sister-in-law, Grace Hansen (Ken Matthews), Truro; many nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Mary (Hartling). He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Don Adair; sister-in-law, Ewayne Prokopow. Visitation will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 in Coulter's Funeral Home, 48 Riverside Dr., Tatamagouche, from where funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 9, Rev. Connie McNamara officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Wentworth Cemetery. Memorial donations to Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Palliative Care or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

PURDY, Joseph Henry - 99, of Milton, Queens Co., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday October 25th, 2016. He was born in Liverpool, N.S. on February 15th, 1917, a son of the late Thomas and Viola (Wambolt) Purdy. Joe was a captain of a tuna fishing vessel and took tourists tuna fishing before joining the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. During the war, Joe served as a gunner onboard the HMCS Oakville which did escort duty between North America and Europe, and saw action during the Battle of the Atlantic. After the war, he worked at Rossignol Steel & Engine Co. in Liverpool before joining the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, where he was a machinist on various survey ships, surveying the Canadian coasts and the N.W.T.. Near the end of his career, he transferred to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and worked on fisheries boats in Nova Scotia until he retired in December of 1980. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his wife of fifty-five years, Mary. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend "Daddy Joe" to all who loved him. He is survived by his daughters Kathleen (Jim) Olds of Dartmouth; Coleen (Brian) Roy of Greenwood; his sons John "Jack" (Frances) Purdy of Lawrencetown; Brian (Beverly) Purdy of Milton; grandchildren Jacquelyn Mann, Victoria Conrad, Teresa Soosar, Michelle Purdy, Tracey Oickle, Jeff Purdy and Brian Roy., twenty one great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Half-sisters Modena Reske of Bridgewater, Myra Purdy of New Glasgow, half-brother Leon Purdy of British Columbia. Several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Mary (Taylor), sisters Rhoda Purdy, Bessie Zwicker, Mona McAulay, half sister Barbara Kempton and brother Donald Purdy. Visitation will be Thursday evening, October 27, 2016 in Chandlers' Funeral Chapel, Liverpool with a legion memorial service being held at 7:00 p.m.. Funeral service will be Friday, October 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory's Catholic Church Liverpool. Father Charles Offor officiating. Reception to follow. Interment will be in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery, College Street, Liverpool. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia or St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Liverpool.

 

HMCS OAKVILLE

STAFFORD, Grant (26 Nov 1935 - 15 Apr 2016) - was born in Port Credit, Ontario in 1935. As a boy he enjoyed playing and caddying golf. He got his love for cooking early on while working at Wrigley's English Fish and Chip Restaurant. At age sixteen Grant left home to seek adventure. He worked at a printing shop where he found an interest in photography. At this time he also worked as an usher, sending home money to help his family whenever he could. Around age 19 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He met the love of his life, Joan Brown, in Halifax in 1955. They were married on October 18, 1957. He had three sons, Terry, Ken and Victor, born between 1958 and 1964. He recounted how this time of his life was the best of times. While he didn't have much money, he said "if you've got love, you've got everything". He recounted the story of his engagement to our mother and that when he proposed marriage he had only enough money for he and Mom to buy a hot chocolate to share, no tip included. But he had the ring. He served in the Navy until 1964. He was always proud of being able to serve his country and becoming a Veteran. While in the navy he sailed on many ships and visited many countries; Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, the Virgin Islands and Cuba. He visited Cuba before Castro took power. He had fond memories of the local friends he'd made there. Because he missed being with his family while at sea, Grant left the navy for new opportunities. With all five family members packed into an Austin 850 with all their worldly possessions on top, he moved his family to Barrie, Ontario. There he tried his hand at many jobs including selling insurance and factory jobs. He was then hired at Canadian General Electric in Barrie where he worked until the mid '80s. During this time, he went back to Conestoga College in Kitchener where he finished high school and became an appliance repair man. After the factory closed dad worked at Collier United Church where he was also a member. In the fall of 1988, he fulfilled his lifelong dream by moving with his wife back to River John, Nova Scotia. He said "it was his favourite place to be in the world. He always dreamed of becoming an Organic Gardener before it was even fashionable. While living in River John he worked as an appliance repair man from a shop he owned in Denmark, NS. He drove the mail with his wife for several years until they retired. They built a life in River John where their children and grandchildren frequent every summer. Many people passed through for a meal or a place to stay on their way to other destinations. Their home was open to all. Grant very interested in politics. His favorite politician was The Rt. Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who once sent Grant an autographed photo of himself while Prime Minister. Cremation has taken place, no visitation by request. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in Salem United Church, River John with burial in Hamilton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Coulter's Funeral Home, Tatamagouche. A service will also be held to celebrate Grant's life at a later date in Barrie, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciatively ask that you make a donation to the Salem United Church, River John, the River John Fire Department or a charity of your choice. "Dad and our family would like to express our extreme gratitude to the front line health care providers in the community, the doctors, nurses and support staff at both Tatamagouche Hospital and New Glasgow Hospital, Dr. Bush, Dr. Morzycki, River John Fire Department, Rev.Christine Johnston and the Salem United Church congregation, River, John, Fulton Guardian Drug Store, friends and neighbours who all have been a special part of dad and mom's life. "

WADE, George Francis - passed away July 18, 2012 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. George was born October 26, 1941 in Montreal to the late Charles and Evelyn Wade. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later was a cook for many years at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Since moving to Tatamagouche, George has enjoyed stacking his firewood, bowling and cutting the grass. Surviving are, his wife, Ola (Sarty); daughter, Cathy Rafters and her sons, Andrew and Patrick, all of Tatamagouche; son, Christopher (Donna) and their children, Emmalee and David, all of Bedford; sister, Gina (Mac) Grant, Ontario; brother-in-law, Bernard Denaut, Montreal. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Ralph and Ross; sister, Lorna. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Coulter's Funeral Home (657-3288) 48 Riverside Dr., Tatamagouche. A private family burial will be at a later date.

ROBERTON, George, RCNVR - 94, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 21st ,2012 at Veteran's Unit, Fisherman's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, he was the son of the late William and Katherine (Phillips) Roberton. George was a veteran of World War II, serving in the R.C.N.V.R with the Corvette Navy. George also held a career as a fisherman and was known as a "jack of all trades". He worked until his retirement with Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited in the finishing department and had a love for the outdoors especially enjoying gardening. He is survived by his son Gary (Dawn) Roberton of Oakhill, Lunenburg County. Daughter-in-law Mary Roberton of Liverpool. Grandchildren Robby Roberton of Halifax, Jimmy Roberton of Liverpool and Shona (Scott) Dauphinee of Liverpool. Great-grandchildren Holly Roberton of Halifax, Kelly and David Dauphinee of Liverpool. Special friends and neighbors Jack and Lynn Conrad of Brooklyn. He is predeceased by his loving wife Leota June (Kelly), son Leigh, brothers William and Robert and sisters Bernice Lucas, Cassie Wagner, Helen Coates and Gladys Cooke. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 2.00 p.m. in Seaside Cemetery, Brooklyn. Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Mersey Branch #38 Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool.

TAYLOR, Kenneth LeRoy - husband of Kathleen Taylor (Ferguson) passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Saint John Regional Hospital, after a lengthy illness. He was born on September 16, 1927 at Kirkton, ON to the Ross and Luella (Gower) Taylor. Ken served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy for over 20 years; then Ken worked for Bechtel International for over 17 years; he retired from Saint John Shipbuilding after 7 years with the company. He was a member of Probus and Riverside Golf and Country Club. Ken enjoyed bridge with his wife and gardening. He is survived by three daughters: Jackie Peters (Wally) of Toronto, ON, Yvonne Dinardo (Victor) of Windsor, ON and Karen Ann Hein (Reinhold) of Edmonton, AB; aunt, Alma Brunzlow; six grandchildren: Michael (Kristen), Stephanie (Greg), Ryan (Christine), Kenneth (Christine), Timothy (Brandy) and Kathleen; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Resting at Brenan's Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424) with visitation Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Rothesay, NB on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12 noon, with a reception to follow. Interment will in St. Peter's Cemetery, Dartmouth, NS at a later date. For those who wish, remembrances to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

WOOD, Lewis Albert - 88, Oxford, passed away Friday, April 25, 2008 in High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill. Born in Oxford, he was a son of the late Clayton and Hazel (Horton) Wood. He married Margaret Leonard on May 17, 1941 in Victoria, B.C. As a young man, he worked with C.W. Hills Garage in Oxford. Lewie joined the Royal Canadian Navy, where he reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer,1st Class. He was in the Battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War. He served on many ships, including the Algonquin, Iroquois and Athabaskan. After retiring from the Navy, he worked on a Trials Team with Gilmore German Milne in Montreal. Lewie then moved back to the Oxford area and worked with the Department of Lands and Forests. He then owned and operated an auto repair shop, and later a small engine repair business. He lived on the River Philip in Kolbec, where he enjoyed refitting boats. He never lost the love of sailing, and spent many summers taking his family and friends for cruises down the river and into the Northumberland Strait. Lewie just loved people, always willing to help others. Lewie is survived by his wife, Margaret; twin sons, Gary (Greta) Wood, and Grant (Stella) Wood, both of Kolbec; daughters, Pat Braden, Halifax; Donna (Jim) Fraser, Kolbec; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Geneva (Robert) Buchanan, Calgary, Alta.; brother, Curtis; LeSalle, Que. He was predeceased by brothers, Gerald, Milford "Mutt", Ronald and Rex. Cremation has taken place under the direction of MacDiarmid's Funeral Home (447-2930). A private graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of N.S. or I.W.K. Foundation. "When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low, remember the love that we all shared, miss me but let me go."

 

HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ATHABASKAN

YOUNG, Robert James - 83, of Bedford, died on Monday April 30th, 2012 at the VG Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Belleville, Ont. Bob attended St. Michaels Academy, St. Michaels High School and the Loyalist College in Belleville. Survived by his wife and best friend, Marina (McCann) Young; daughters, Susan (Iain) Wilkes, Ottawa; Paula (David) Rhodenizer, Halifax and Elizabeth Wong, Halifax; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; step-sister, Nadine (Gary) Little, Belleville; half-brother, Edward (Darlene); half-sister, Deborah (Lanny) Kaplan, Toronto and half-sister Elizabeth (Claude) Salisbury, Belleville; brother-in-law, Les Reid, Shannonville, Ont and brother-in-law, Graham (Lynn) McCann, Fredericton, N.B. Predeceased by mother and father, Laura (Bird) Young and Cecil Young; brother, Peter and sister, Margaret (Leslie) Reid; and by his first wife, Shirley (Norman) Young. Also predecessed by step-mother, Catherine (Quinlan) and half-brother, Thomas. He played saxophone in St. Michaels Band as well as Belleville Municipal Band, Belleville and also the HMCS Magnificent Band, Halifax. In 1950 Bob joined the Canadian Navy as a Radioman and retired in 1975 as Chief Radioman. Bob and Marina loved to spend their summers at their cottage on the Gulf Shore and they joined the Northumberland Links and enjoyed a few rounds of chasing the little white thing around the course as well as the social atmosphere. Bob loved to sing and joined the Dartmouth City of Lakes Chorus and was also a member of the Millstream Chorus in Bedford. He was also the first bass in the Bluenose IV Quartet made up of members from the Dartmouth Chorus. At Bob's request, no flowers, no tears and no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Mundle's Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash (243-2506). A private family service will be held in Pugwash with burial in the Wallace Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

WINTERS, Joseph Drummond - 73, of Liverpool, passed away in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Hermann and Agnes (Colp) Winters. Joe served with the Royal Canadian Navy and worked for DND Navy Dockyards, Halifax for 22 years. He was a talented folk artist and was well known throughout Nova Scotia for his creations including the "Little People" at White Point Lodge. He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Wamback) and many close friends whom he considered his family. He was predeceased by his son Terry, his sister Constance and his brother Gordon. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool, where family will receive friends and personal condolences on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. and words of remembrance will be said at 2:00 p.m.. Reception to follow. No flowers. Donations may be made to Integrity's Haven Equine Rescue Centre, Chester Basin or to any charity. In memory of Joe's creativity, it is requested those attending on Saturday, please wear bright colors.

WOOD, Stanley (08 Nov 1925 - 15 Jan 2013) - 87, Pugwash / Dartmouth, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Admiral Long Term Care Centre, Dartmouth. Stanley had served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years. He retired to Pugwash and spent 30 plus years living there before moving to Dartmouth. Surviving are his daughter, Terry (Randall) Johnstone; grandsons, Ian (Annette Trider) Johnstone, Mark (Andrea Trider) Johnstone; 5 great-grandchildren, all of Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Ellen (Wild) Wood. An open reception celebrating Stanley's life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at Mundle's Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash (243-2506). Donations in memory may be made to any charity.

GIBBONS, Darrell (28 Feb 1957 - 03 Dec 2015) - It is with great sadness that the family of Darrell Wayne Gibbons age 58 of Amherst announce his sudden passing on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at home. Born in Amherst, he was a son of Joan (MacDonald) Gibbons of Amherst and the late David Gibbons. Darrell served in the Royal Canadian Navy for several years where he sailed the world visiting many interesting ports. He loved camping and taking his family to Five Islands every summer where they enjoyed clamming, having bonfires and just walking the beach. Darrell loved his dogs Missi and Sparky. Recently he loved walking in the local bird sanctuary and spending time with his grandchildren. Besides his mother Joan, Darrell will be sadly missed by his three children, Sara LeBlanc (Stephen Goodwin) of Fort Lawrence Rd., Monica Gibbons (Omar Al-Wardian) of Moncton, NB and Jordan Gibbons (Stephanie Stone) of Amherst, four grandchildren Nicole, Jack, Dylan and Jesse, sisters Holly (Frank) Hamilton of Aulac, NB, Patricia (Jeff) McFadden of Amherst, Debbie and Kim Gibbons of Sackville, NB, brothers Eric Gibbons of Amherst, Hugh Gibbons of Sackville, NB, Nelson Gibbons (Barbara) of Hamilton, ON and Ricky (Lydia) Gibbons of Blacks Harbour, NB and several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Besides his father David he was predeceased by brothers Peter and Michael. At Darrell's request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Arrangements are entrusted to Campbell's Funeral Home, Amherst, NS (902-667-9906). A special thank you to the staff of Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre for their care and compassion. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Last Post Fund or the charity of your choice.

MARSH, Bruce Murray PO2, RCN - 69, Dartmouth, passed away December 6, 2003, at home in the company of his loving family, after a courageous battle against an unrelenting illness. Born in Halifax, and raised in Lambeth, Ont., he was a son of the late Alfred and Laura (Lannan) Marsh. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951, serving until 1978 when he transferred to the Naval Reserve and worked with the Nova Scotia Tattoo for several years. Bruce (also known affectionately as "Swampy") enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a great dart player as a young sailor, and could carry a pretty fair tune especially of Irish ballads. He was a member of the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officer's Association. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Weatherbee); stepdaughter, Mary (Robert Spearing), Hamilton, Ont.; daughters, Janice (Danny Drysdale), Chezzetcook; Laura, Truro; Kathy (Guy Vlaanderen), Kamloops, B.C.; son, Kenneth, Musquodoboit Harbour; sister, Thelma, Simcoe, Ont.; brothers, Ronald (Marilyn), Dartmouth; Donald (Shirley), Lower Sackville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews. Bruce was predeceased by his first wife, Norma (Martin); sisters, Mavis and June; brothers, Ralph, Darrell, and Douglas in infancy. Cremation has taken place. A committal of ashes will be held at a later date at sea. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, in Stadacona Chapel, CFB Halifax, Rev. David LeBlanc officiating and Rev. Patricia Malin as organist. Family flowers only. A reception will be held in the chapel hall following the service. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one's choice. Special "thanks" to friend, Cathy, the VON and the QEII Palliative Unit headed by Ruby. (the Halifax Herald 11 Dec 2003)

JONES, Donald Garland - age 95, of Amherst entered into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on November 2, 2015. Son of Edwin and Frances (Garland) Jones, Donald was born September 30, 1920 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. In 1942 he married Edith Pearl Allen and they cherished 70 years of their lives together.After his high school education he took Electrical Engineering by long distance learning and followed a path of being involved with electricity through his whole life. This included helping with the Canadian war effort in WW II, owning an electrical business, teaching high school electricity and being employed as plant manager at Canadian General Electrical/Moloney Electric in Sackville. He was a proud Canadian and followed current events, nationally and worldwide, passionately and prayerfully. He served his country well as part of the Royal Canadian Navy and as a crew manager at Canadian Car & Foundry (Aircraft Division) installing electrical systems on wartime aircraft. Flower gardening became a passion of his in later years and he loved to show people the results of his efforts. He was a devout follower of the Lord Jesus. Donald will be mourned by his daughter Ruth Wakeman (John) of Zephyrhills Florida and son Phillip (Bev) of Amherst as well as six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Special "daughters" he leaves behind are Carol Marshall and Elaine Mattinson, both of Amherst and Charlene Richmond of Statesville, NC. Donald was predeceased by his wife the former Edith Allen in 2012; and brother, Lawrence. A time of visitation will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst (902-667-9906) from 7 to 9 p.m. with funeral service on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Pastor Timothy F. Murray presiding. Interment will take place in the Amherst Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus hall. Memorial donations may be made to Amherst Wesleyan Church, Wycliffe Bible Translators (Shane & Shelly Lyons) or charity of your choice.

 

MARSH, Ronald Thomas, CPO1, CD2, RCN/CF - With sadness his family announces the passing of Ron at home on November 18, 2007. He was born in Halifax on September 27, 1931, along with surviving twin brother, Don, to the late Alfred Marsh and Laura Marie (Lannon) Marsh. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 serving for 36 years. He served on many ships and with many establishments and spent two tours of duty in Korea on HMC ships Nootka and Haida. He commissioned the first (cadillac) destroyer HMCS St. Laurent and first supply ship (AOR) HMCS Provider. Having great love for the navy, Ron was a member of the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers' Association, the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association and the Canadian Tribal Class Destroyer Association. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 160. Ron was somewhat old fashioned but very caring, considerate and respectful with others. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marilyn (Taylor); his children, of whom he was very proud, Stephen (Jean Noel), Marilee Glaesner (Mike), Charleston, S.C.; and David (Marilyn McAvoy); grandchildren, Cameron Glaesner and Alexandra Marsh; brother, Don (Shirley), Sackville. He had a caring association with his nieces and nephews enjoying a number of visits to his home by Maureen Gignac and Janice Drysdale. Ron was predeceased by sisters, June, Mavis Davis, Thelma Drake, and brothers, Ralph, Bruce "Swampy"/"Boon", Darrell and Douglas. Being an avid outdoorsman, Ron spent many hunting/fishing seasons from the lakes and woods of Pictou County to the Highlands of Cape Breton. He was a founding member of the Rod and Gun Club of East River St. Mary's where he, his sons and brother Don enjoyed many good times with numerous good friends from that area (Hooterville). Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Memorial service 2 p.m. today in Centennial Legion, Branch 160, Main Street, Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. Reception to follow at Centennial Legion. Donations to Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers' Association or any charity of choice. (The Halifax Herald 23 Nov 2007)

 

HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS PROVIDER

LEES, Joseph Ambrose Walter, V25427, RCNVR - The death of Joseph Ambrose Walter Lees aged 86 years of 193 Herrit Road Springhill N.S., occurred on Sunday, February 2nd, 1997 in Highland View Regional Hospital, Amherst N.S. Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, N.S., he was the son of the Late Ambrose and Annie (Bagnell) Lees. He is survived by his wife the former Grace Francis Smith. Five sons: Joseph and Raymond both of Springhill: Arthur of Delta, B.C.; James in Calgary and William of Grande Prairie, Alberta. A brother Earl and sister Mrs. Daisy Aitchison, both of Tatamagouche, N.S. Seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by two brothers; Douglas and Robert and sister Geneva. Visitations were held Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon and evening from the A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. Funeral Service 2:00 PM on Wednesday February 5, 1997 from the St Andrews-Wesley United Church, Springhill, with the Reverend Elroy McKillop officiating. Burial in Rodney Cemetery, Cumberland Co, N.S. at a later date.

 

HMCS ARRAS, HMCS ARVIDA, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS SUMMERSIDE

SHARP, Donald Adrian Edwin (Don) - The family of Don Sharp sadly announce his sudden passing on April 14, 2012, at the age of 70. Don was born on May 22, 1941 in Vancouver B.C. Don is predeceased by his father Donald Sharp Sr., survived by his mother “Birdy” (Roberta) and her husband John of Yuma, AZ, his loving companion of 22 years Vi, his three children: Dawn Marie (Dave) of Edmonton, AB, David of Victoria, BC, and Daniel (Jane) of Bangkok, his two step daughters Cynthia and Joyce, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was a kind and gentle man; he will be greatly missed. Don spent 29 years in the Canadian Navy as a weapons technician. Upon retirement he returned to Salmon Arm only to return to service as a Cocksen for 6 months. After which he continued to be active in the community as a Guard at the local RCMP detachment, and serving for over 12 loyal and dedicated years at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Camp. Don loved ocean fishing, hunting and socializing at the Royal Canadian Legion. Don requested no service. Instead happy hour will be held at the Salmon Arm Royal Canadian Legion on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 2-4 p.m.

 

HMCS TERRA NOVA

 

COLLINS, Stephen M. (Steve), Lt (N), CD, RCN - Cheers to a life well-lived! It is with deep sadness and heartbreak that I announce my death on December 30, 2016. The ending certainly wasn't what I had expected; brain cancer sucks. Not going to dwell on what I had no control to change. My life began in Placentia, N.L. on May 13, 1971. I was born the second son to John and Madonna Collins. My eldest brother Gerard (Dana) and I had a very close relationship, best friends from day one. Our youngest brother Mark (deceased) (Grant) who came along four years later made the family whole. We lived a good life with parents who gave everything they could. I have had a great life with the love of my life Michelle. We have been together for 24 wonderful years. We have a son Dylan who is quite an intuitive and clever boy for the tender age of 10. I will miss them both, but will always be there for them in their hearts and in all of the wonderful memories we have had. We have always had a passion for travel, movies and all outdoor activities. I will certainly miss swim ming, skating and sliding with Dylan. Michelle's parents, Gordon and Theresa Whittle of Bay L'Argent, N.L. have lovingly welcomed me into their lives from the first day I met them. Her brother Gordie (Beth), sisters, Rita (Peter), Connie (Chris), Darlene (Daniel), Paula (Keith), Tanya (Dwayne) and Patricia (Chad) have all been a great support to us over the years. Much love to my nieces and nephews: Hayley, Noah, Nicholas, Aaron, Katie, Tiffany, Whitney, Tristan, Matthew, Adam, Caelan, Avah, Brooke, Eugene, Cameron, Chloe, Gabrielle, Thomas, Charlotte and Ryan. I joined the Canadian Forces in 1992 at age 21. My first ship was HMCS Iroquois. In 2000, I joined HMCS Athabaskan. Shortly after the attacks of 911, I was attached to Iroquois again as we sailed for Op Apollo in the Persian Gulf. In 2012, as a Lieutenant, I left my military career after 20 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy. The military gave me a great life. After retirement, I joined the Department of Community Services for two years. My last position was with Defence Research and Development Canada. So as I sign off, I would like to recognize and thank some special people who have been near and dear to my heart over the years. Aunt Eileen (deceased), Margaret, Serge (deceased), Trent, Rick - you have been good people. A huge thank you for your support to our friends and colleagues at the Defence Research and Development Canada Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission. Until I see you all again, fair winds and following seas. Lt (N), CD, RCN, Stephen M. Collins

 

A private Celebration of Life will be held in my honour at a later date. Donations in my memory can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or to Dylan's RESP at the Royal Bank (Cole Harbour, NS Branch).

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS IROQUOIS

ROLLAND, Joseph (Joe) W. (10 May 1921 - 05 Jan 2011) WWII Veteran RCNVR 1938 - 1945 North Atlantic Convoy Duty CN Express 1945 - 1977 -  Peacefully at the Pearly Rideau Veterans Health Centre on Wednesday, January 05, 2011. Joseph Rolland aged 89. Husband of Hazel Rolland. Dear father of Doreen (Tom Hardiman), Donald (Sandra Rolland), Joanne McCallum and Judi (Sheldon Straby). Beloved grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Gerard. Predeceased by sisters Anita, Yolande, Fernande, Adrienne, Patricia and brothers Romuald and Edgar. Friends are invited to visit the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road (at Aviation Parkway), Ottawa, on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment at Ramsayville Cemetery, Ramsayville at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Institute would be appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 07 Jan 2011)

 

HMCS SACKVILLE

KINSEY, Bryon Mervin Glyn, Chief Stoker, RCNVR

 

HMCS LOCH ACHANALT, HMCS CHEBOGUE, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH

McCLYMONT, Hamilton (Hammie), Lt, RCNVR - Born: 10 Feb 1920  Died: 18 Sep 1975

 

HMCS BUXTON, HMCS SUMMERSIDE, HMCS FOREST HILL

CHADWICK, Edward Allan, C1, ET/RG/RC/RC, 51529-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 18 Apr; 1947 - 28 Jul 1976) - was born October 15, 1929 in Vancouver and stood his last watch December 30, 2016. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 63 years, Patricia, as well as his three daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; Karen Lawrence (Mark), Christopher and Amanda; Ann Williams (Dave), Tristan, Evan and Toran; Jane Selkirk (Mike Inglis), Jarrod and Caitlin. He spent his school years in Squamish, Trail and Mission, B.C. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17 in 1947 and served until he retired as a CPO1 in 1976. During his naval career, he served in HMCS Ontario, Athabaskan (first Korean deployment in 1950), Sioux, Magnificent, Skeena, Ottawa, and Chaudiere. Upon retirement from the RCN he worked as a management consultant with DND completing 43 years of continuous service with that department. He was a member of Chief and Petty Officer's Association and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 172. Donations in his memory can be made to the Chief and Petty Officers Veterans Assistance Society or the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients Association. No service by request. "All secured for sea" (The Victoria Times Colonist 06 Jan 2017)

 

Ed wrote regular bulletins for the C & PO's Association.  This was Ed's final write-up just prior to his passing

 

Photos of Ed Chadwick

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS CHAUDIERE

MacDONALD, George W. (02 Feb 1926 - 31 Dec 2016) beloved husband of 67 years to Nita MacDonald (nee Dussault) passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2016 in the Hawkesbury General hospital, leaving his children Lynn (Bob Riel), Kim (Don Angelico), Brent (Tania Anderson), Drew (Anja Croes) and Gayle along with their respective families including his grandchildren Ali (Jeff Fox), Jesse (Rebecca Rajchgot), Alex, Shane, Max, Marlow and great grandchildren Jake and Rylee. He was born Feb. 02, 1926 in Mulgrave NS to (late) parents Francis and Ann MacDonald. He is the elder brother to (late) Frank (Julia Ornstein), Ronald (Renee Soper), (late) Murray, Cheryl (Gary MacLeay) and Uncle to their families. He was "Mon Oncle George" to many nieces and nephews. He retired as an Insurance professional, entrepreneur, developer and Senior VP of UAB. He valued positive relationships with his employees and customers built on mutual respect and empathy. In his early years he volunteered and served in WW2 on HMCS Coaticook K410 as a Gunners Mate. He was active member of The Honourable Order of Blue Goose International. He co-founded the North Shore Football League. He loved his adopted town of Pointe-Fortune where he lived for 40 years and built la rue MacDonald which added 25 new homes to the community. He was very proud of this accomplishment. He leaves a legacy of optimism, love of life and family, honesty, trust and respect. He was a great husband, parent, brother and friend who will be dearly missed and loved forever. A celebration of life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Mission Hall, The Salvation Army or Sun Youth of Montreal. (The Montreal Gazette 06 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS COATICOOK

ANDERSON, Bradley William (20 Apr 1924, Little Woody, SK - 31 Dec 2016, Pincher Creek, AB) - In his 92nd year, Brad passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Vista Village Pincher Creek with his loved ones at his side. Although his last few years were difficult for him he continued to share his unique sense of humour and tales from his past with anyone who knew him. Brad was an anti-aircraft gunner in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1945 and he was a lifetime member of the Pincher Creek Legion. He was actively involved in many Legion activities and took great pride in doing the Remembrance Day presentation for schools in Pincher Creek and Brocket. Brad worked for Shell Canada at Jumping Pound Creek and moved with his family from Calgary to Pincher Creek in 1960 to work at the Shell Waterton Gas Plant. He retired in 1983 and remained very involved in numerous volunteer activities in and around Pincher Creek for the next 30 years. Brad was "Mister Everywhere". He loved attending numerous Pow Wows and made many friends from the Piikani Nation. He was honored by being given the name of "Apiistako" (Great White Mountain). He made many friends at the Pincher Creek Colony and enjoyed time spent with local artist and friend Leon Levesque while making bronze art work. Many volunteer hours were spent at the Bobby Burns Fish Pond, driving the Legion Van and delivering Meals on Wheels. Brad married his beautiful wife Jean Opinko in 1948. Together they raised six children. They parted ways in 1990 and Jean passed away in 2013. Brad was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by two brothers (Vernal and Wayne) and two sisters Arlene (Vic) Bronson, Wilma (Bill) Gray. Bradley will be greatly missed by Lorraine (Wayne) Sorge; Stacey Kettles (Tye, Maxum); Kyle (Tania) Kettles (Justin, Ryan), Linda Evans; Scott, Jordan (Jenna), Jaxon, Jayda, Jarett; Amanda (Anton) Morkin, Sharon (Jon) Mortell; Kristi (Joel) LeBlanc; Cheyne Mortell, Alan (Cathy); Bobbi (Shaun) Anderson; Bryon; Lacey; Chris; Becky, Brian; Laikynn; Amy (Ava); Amanda, Cathy (Danny) Sorge; Jayden; Alana. Special and heartfelt "Thank You!" to all the wonderful staff at Vista Village, Dr. Gelber, Home Care Nurses especially Lori Scott and Caregiver Brenda. A Celebration of Life will be held between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall, 287 Canyon Drive Pincher Creek, AB. Memorial Donations if desired could be made to the Pincher Creek Legion Poppy Fund, Box 131 Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden's Funeral Home. (The Calgary Herald 05 Jan 2017)

BELTER, Paul Joseph WWII Veteran - passed away peacefully December 19, 2016 at the age of 93. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Maxine on August 21, 2016; they had been married 69 years. Paul, son of the late Emil Belter and Mary Wagner, was born in 1923 in Mountain Park, AB. His family lived in many places before ending up in Edmonton where he met Maxine. Joining the Navy in 1942, Paul served as a Chief Petty Officer until 1945, after which he spent a year in hospital recovering from injuries. Paul and Maxine married in May 1947, then he headed off to the University of Manitoba to study Architecture. In the 1950s, Paul and Maxine moved to Ottawa to start careers and a family. Paul designed many schools and churches in the Ottawa area and was instrumental in major renovations at the Civic Hospital, including the Cancer Clinic, for over 20 years. Upon retirement Paul and Maxine headed to Port Charlotte, Florida to spend their golden years. An avid sports fan, Paul loved golfing, curling, gardening and animals. He was an adored father to his four daughters, Alexandra, Margot, Zoe and Stacey and grandfather and great- grandfather to Bond, Leigh, Morgan, Emmy, Mark, Rebecca, Meaghen, Christian, Charlotte, Kaydence, Elyse, Mya, Liam, Abby, Violet and Quinn. Paul lived a long wonderful life; we will miss him forever. Donations to the Queensway Carleton Hospital in lieu of flowers are appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 30 Dec 2016)

 

McLEAN, William Randall, LSA, RCNVR - (20 Sep 1914, Milestone, SK - 26 Apr 1999, Minot, ND) - dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away April 26, 1999 at Trinity Hospital, Minot, N.D.  He will live forever in the hearts of his wife Myrtle; his daughter and 'son', Judy and Derwyn Crozier-Smith; his grandson and 'granddaughter', Darryl ('Pal') and Celine; and his great-grandson, Andrew William ('Little Pal'). Randall is also survived by his sister, Thelma; his brother, Allan (Eileen); and nieces and nephews including his namesake Randall; and by his sister-in-law, Gladys. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Harry and Burns; and his sister, Edythe. Randall was born on September 20, 1914 in Milestone, Sk. He spent nearly all of his life in Regina. He worked for Sears for 44 years and the customers on his deliver route will recall "Randy" as the driver who had a smile or joke for everyone and a pocket full of biscuits for their dogs. He interrupted his career at sears to serve his country in the activated RCNVR during WW II, serving as ship's vittler on destroyer escorts. He was the foundation of a close and loving family, through his generous spirit and helping hand. He had a solution for everything that needed fixing, innovative gadgets for everyday tasks and a smart comment for every occasion. He was more than eager to argue politics and current issues with anyone who ventured an opinion. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 1, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Garnet St. & 7th Ave., Regina, SK with interment to follow in REgina Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 3600-2nd Ave., Regina, Sk  S4R 1A6 or the Sask. Lung Assoc., Box 58000, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 7Y4. "The Lost to Sight, to Memory Dear". Arrangements are in the care of Lee Funeral Home. 

 

Eulogy for W.R. McLean 

 

REGINA DIVISION RCNVR, HMCS CHATHAM, HMCS CARAQUET, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS THE PAS, HMCS PEREGRINE, HMCS QUEEN

 

GOULET, Joseph Richard, C1SG, RCN (07 Dec 1949 - 01 Jan 2017) - age 67, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 1. A native of Chatham, Ont., Rick ventured to Nova Scotia where he spent 28 years serving in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Signalman. After a lengthy naval career where he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class, Rick moved on to his second passion, paramedicine. He spent many years working as an Intermediate Care Paramedic and ambulance dispatcher in Nova Scotia, ventured internationally working as a flight paramedic in the Solomon Islands for six months and as a paramedic in Adu Dhabi for one year. He then took his love of paramedicine to the classroom as an instructor in Barrie, Ont. Rick is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Dianne; daughters, Cher (Bill) and Dawn (David). Rick was a devoted grandfather to Tristan, Aidan, Reagan, Elynn and Emerson. He is also survived by his sister, Ann (Ross); brothers, Cameron (Sandra), Scott (Jennifer), Stephen (Lisa Marie) and Bryan (Donna); many nieces and nephews; step grandson, Joel. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Ivy; brothers, George and David. He will always be remembered for his storytelling, his passion, a "say it like it is" approach and love of music. Time with Rick would always include a spirited discussion about the ways of the world, a piece of genuine advice and a heartfelt word of encouragement. When asked how he was, he would often reply: "Magic, that's one step up from excellent!" He will be missed dearly by many. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rick's life will follow in the summer months. Donations can be made to any children's charity or an animal rescue organization.

 

HMCS FRASER

BLAKELY, William Thomas (Tom) (1913-2005) Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 in the Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Residence.
Born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario, Tom entered the newspaper publishing business. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War 2 and as Lt. Blakely saw action serving on corvettes escorting convoys across the North Atlantic to Britain. Post-war he authored a book describing life in one such ship during those dark and dangerous days - HMCS Cobourg. In 1946 he joined one of Canada's foremost advertising agencies which led to a lifelong career in advertising and marketing which brought numerous awards and citations. He was hugely respected by his peers and in 1970 was appointed President of the Association of Canadian Advertisers, the authoritative body for the industry in Canada. He led the organization for 11 years serving on many industry boards. Awarded the Association's Gold Medal Award in 1982 "For creative contributions towards making advertising in Canada more ethical in its practices, more respected by those it served, and better understood by even its critics." On his retirement from advertising Tom launched a new career as a journalist and for 18 years wrote a popular column on retirement carried by many daily newspapers in Canada and the U.S.A. He also authored many articles on a diverse range of subject matter. He is survived by his wife Patricia Blakely (née Leader), son, Thomas Patrick, sister Jean McCoy, Niece Barbara Howard and nephews Harry and Paul McCoy, all of Hamilton. His brother Maurice predeceased him. There will be a private entombment of cremated remains at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cremation Gardens, on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 11 a.m. In memory of Tom, donations can be made to the Veteran's Memorial Fund, Room H 332, Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5. (The Toronto Globe and Mail 03 May 2005)

 

HMCS COBOURG

LOVELL, Don, Tel, RCNVR - was born in 1923 and survived until 1996. On the day before the Shawinigan left port on its final mission, Don Lovell came down with appendicitis. He was removed from the ship almost as it was leaving the pier. His removal so sudden and quick that there was no time to change the listing of the ships crew members. As a result, when the ship left harbour he was still listed as part of the ships' complement. A few days later, while still in hospital, he received word that the ship had been sunk with the loss of all hands. He knew that the Navy would send his wife a telegram stating his death, so he phone her from the hospital telling her his story. A few days later his wife did indeed receive a black-bordered telegram announcing his death. Upon recovery and discharge from hospital, he was reassigned to HMCS Toronto. His family remembers him telling them that his primary duty on the Shawinigan was as a radio operator. One of his duties as a radio operator was to enter any submarine they were able to board and recover any of the submarines papers and code books. Don is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

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(1) Portrait of Don Lovell  (2) RMS Queen Mary, as a troopship - circa 1945.  "Don Lovell had two brothers in the Canadian army. One lost his legs and was transported back to Canada in a hospital ship."  Webmaster's note: the hospital ship was actually the Troopship Queen Mary.  (3 & 4) HMS Renown postcard. Back of postcard:: Charles Hammy Lamb, ERA  Portsmouth, Hampshire (Hants), Great Britain"  (5) Divers at work - date, location & ship unknown  (6) North Atlantic Convoy. Photo taken from either HMCS Shawinigan or HMCS Toronto

 

HMCS SHAWINIGAN, HMCS TORONTO

 

EDMUNDSON, Kenneth D., P1ER, 64482-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 12 Feb 1965 - 08 Apr 1991) - Born August 15, 1945, in Vancouver, BC, passed away peacefully on November 25, 1995, at his home in Qualicum Beach, BC. He is predeceased by his father, Clarence; mother, Catherine; brother, John; and nephew, Thomas McStay. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Don of Kamloops, BC and Justus of Abbotsford, BC; sisters, Claire McStay (Bud) of Gunn Lake, BC and Winnifred Groves of Langley, BC; as well as many nieces and nephews. Afte 26 years of faithful service in the Canadian Navy, his last ship being HMCS Provider, Ken retired. He then returned to the seas as the owner / skipper of the F/V Miss Asrai. Ken's love for the sea was surpassed on by his love for his family and life itself. "We love you Kenny". The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. G. McIntyre, also Jill, Elenore and Ann of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital Chemo clinic. Ken was a current member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association, BC, Fisheries Survival Coalition and the F.S.N.A. A gathering to celebrate Ken's life will be held from the Chief and Petty Officers Mess, 1575 Lyall St., Victoria, BC on Friday, December 1, from 1:00 to 3:30. Arrangements entrusted to the Vancouver Island Memorial Society.

 

HMCS STETTLER, HMCS MACKENZIE, HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS RAINBOW, HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

 

SPENCER, Alan, C2ERA, RN / RCN (served 1949-1973) (27 Aug 1930 - 04 Dec 2016)

 

A Year has passed since that sad day

To have known you for all those years

Then to have lost you suddenly

Your family loves you and misses you

husband, father, and grandfather.

There are no words on how much we miss you

We're all well, but sad you're not here with us

You created and formed a strong loving family

We all love each other so much because of you

We thank you for what you offered us in life

You will remain in our hearts forever

Memories last forever, your loving family.

 

HMS ROYAL ARTHUR, HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, HMCS ANSON, HMS SUVLA, HMS DOLPHIN, HMS/m SIDON, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS STETTLER, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS CHALEUR, HMS ARTFUL, HMS PORPOISE

FRASER, Robert Neilson (Bob), C2RP, 16952-E, RCN / C.A.F. (served 21 Feb 1951 - 22 Apr 1977) (03 Jul 1933 - 02 Jan 2017) - passed away at home in Qualicum Beach with his wife, Ruth, at his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents, Neil and Carolina, brother, Edward. Survived by his loving family, wife, Ruth; son, Robert Graeme; daughter, Tracy (Ray) Harpur and grandsons, Brock (Katey), Zachary and Hazen. Also remembered by brothers, Daniel and Donald; sisters, Beatrice and Janet and many nephews and nieces. Bob served in the Korean War with the Royal Canadian Navy and continued serving as Radar Technician until 1977. At that time, he joined the Canadian Coast Guard as Vessel Traffic Regulator. In 1993, he and his wife retired to Qualicum Beach. He loved fishing, camping, puttering in his garden and socializing with his friends. He was an member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 57 years. A special thanks to Dr. Claire Biglow; his staff; Oceanside Palliative Care nurses; his Legion family and many friends that supported our family during this time. A Celebration of Life will held at the Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion, #76 on Saturday, 4 February 2017 at 2:00 pm.

 

HMCS QUEEN, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

GIBSON, John Wood (Jack) - After a short illness at the Brandon General Hospital on Monday, May 11, 1981, John Wood (Jack) Gibson of 3007 Princess Avenue. Born in Blantyre, Scotland, Aug. 31, 1922, he came to Canada with his parents at age one and lived in Winnipeg until 1960 upon moving to MacGregor, where he served as district supervisor for Manitoba Hydro. Mr. Gibson moved to Brandon in 1971, remaining in the employ of Manitoba Hydro. Mr. Gibson served with the Royal Canadian Navy on board HMCS Battleford during the Second World War, 1941-1945. He was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch No. 247, Brandon. While living in MacGregor, he was actively involved in community affairs, helping to organize and becoming a charter member of the MacGregor Lions Club. Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife Ollie, a son Jack and daughter-in-law Pay and several aunts and an uncle. He was predeceased by both parents, John in 1974 and Emily in 1961. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie-Donovan Chapel, Wednesday, May 13, 1981 at 2 p.m. Rev. Ken Emmons of Central United Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS BATTLEFORD

WILLIAMS, Leslie A. (Les), CPO1, MMM, CD, RCNVR, RCNR - On January 13, 2000, Les passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 74 years. Les was predeceased by his parents S. Leslie in 1929 and Jessie M. (McCowan) in 1991. He is survived by his brother Douglas (Lorraine) of Calgary and by his very special friend Maureen Knight of Winnipeg. Born August 10, 1925, Les lived his entire life in Winnipeg. He served Canada as a member of the RCNVR for three years during the Second World War. He saw duty on the Frigates HMCS Cap de la Madeleine and HMCS New Glasgow.  Upon discharge from the navy, Les joined Canada Post. He had fond memories as a railway mail clerk and maintained special friendships with his fellow workers down through the years. Les retired in 1980 with the distinction as a supervisor. Les' military career continued in 1951 when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve HMCS Chippawa. He rose through the ranks to become Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. As a member of the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association, Les won numerous awards including the Dominion of Canada Rible Association Grand Aggregate n 1961 and the Canadian Grand Aggregate, Bisley in 1963. The Drill Deck was his specialty and Les qs the first person that many new inductees encountered. Known as "the Chief," his standards were high yet he earned their admiration through mutual respect. He devoted many years of annual vacation to train summer students. In 1983, he received the Order of Canadian Military Merit for Outstanding Service. he served as President of the Chief's and Petty Officer's Mess and the White Ensign Club. Funeral service will be held in the Thomson Funeral Chapel, 669 Broadway on Tuesday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Canon Arthur N. Thompson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the White Ensign Colour Party. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation, CE 501-840 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1S1 of the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2L 1X3. "Ready, Aye, Ready"

 

HMCS CAP DE LA MADELEINE, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS CHIPPAWA

BORTHWICK, James Bell, CD, RCNVR, V521 / C1GI, R3323, RCNR (served 30 Jan 1942 - 31 Oct 1969)  (28 May 1924 - 23 Jul 2000) - On Sunday at the Concordia Hospital, James went to sleep. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, one sister. He is survived by his lvoing wife Jean; his sister Dorothy Lowe (Corwin); his father-in-law Donald McCrae, many nieces, nephews and all the kids that he was "Pops" to. He served with the RCNVR in the Second Waorld War. He retired from the C.N.R. Jim was a member of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, lifetime member of the Khartum Temple Patrol and a Director of the Naval Museum at HMCS Chippawa. Jim will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. A special thank you to the staff at the Concordia Hospital, the V.O.N. (Andrea) and Dr. H.T. Dirks, for the fabulous care he received. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Thomson Funeral Chapels, 669 Broadway with Padre Stanley Millar officiating. Donations may be made in memory of Jim to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA

DEASON, Dorothy Grace, C1AW, WRCNS / RCN(R) / C.A.F. (served 10 Oct 1951 - 31 May 1984) (nee Moar) - of Victoria, formerly of Winnipeg, died February 9, 2008 at Victoria General Hospital. She was 78 and suffered a series of strokes. Dorothy leaves an abundance of loyal friends and relatives who were inspired by her optimism, generosity and good humour. Dorothy was born in the Norway House area of Manitoba on September 13, 1929. She grew up, with her older Sister Gertrude, in a loving foster home in Winnipeg, and attended Norberry and Glenlawn schools. She belonged to the St. Vital United Church youth group. As a young woman she excelled in swimming and speed skating; her team from the Winnipeg Canoe Club won a national championship in the war canoe. After secretarial college, she for the federal government. In 1956 she joined the Department of External Affairs and worked in Ottawa, at the UN in New York, and in Oslo. Later she spent more than two decades as an executive secretary at Hudson's Bay Wholesale in Winnipeg. Then she was executive secretary to Sharon Carstairs, Leader of the Opposition in the Manitoba Legislature. Her distinguished 33 year career in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve began at HMCS Chippawa in 1951. She proudly represented the Wrens and Canada at the Coronation in 1953. Dorothy was promoted rapidly, and became a Chief Petty officer First Class. Dorothy served in many regions of Canada, training a generation of young Wrens. In 1979 she was invested in the Order of Military Merit. She was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund. In 1969 Dorothy married Duane Deason and they raised his children together. Duane died in 1996, and her stepson Garth died in 2007. Dorothy moved to Victoria in 1999 and enjoyed the ensuing years as a member of the Newcomers' Club, the Women's Canadian Club, the Legion, and the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association (of which she was secretary). Dorothy was predeceased by her foster siblings Eva, Beverley and Irene. Dorothy is survived by her stepchildren, Dawn (Gord) Turcan, Scott Deason and Darren Deason; her grandchildren, Jen and Dave Turcan; her niece, Joanne (Don) McLeod; her grand-niece, Emma McLeod; and her nephew and godson, Jim Hoooper. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC on Monday, February 18, 2008 at 11:00 am. reception to follow in the Arbor Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund or a charity of choice would be welcomed.

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA

WALSH, Michael (Nobby), P1CD4, RCN - 44, of Saltsprings, Pictou County, and of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) died Thursday 25th August 1983 as a result of a Scuba diving accident while exploring a wreck in Chedabucto Bay. Born 27th of Aug. 1938 in New Waterford, NS, he was a son ofthe late Jack and Vera (McQuinn) Walsh. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, CFB Shearwater, and of the Church of the Holy Name, Westville, NS. P1CD4 Walsh joined the RCN 13th January 1961. He commenced clearance diving training at Fleet Diving Unit Pacific in 1964 and was transferred to HMCS Granby upon graduation in 1965. Petty Office Walsh occupied several positions at the Diving unit and has been a diving instructor since his promotion to his present rank in February 1981. He was a well known and respected member of the military and local diving community. He taught diving to numerous ships divers and ship's diving officers, he instructed and worked with RCMP, OPP and MOT diving teams. He was also actively involved with the Base Scuba club and taught the art of diving to many of our servicemen and dependants as a N.A.U.T. instructor. Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret MacDonald, Westville; two daugthers, Tanya & Vera-Lynn, both at home; three sons, Paul, Dartmouth; Michael and Trevor, both at home; two brothers, Archie, Sydney; and Daniel, Fredericton; six sisters, Mrs. Eileen Flawn, Ottawa, Jacqueline (Mrs. Carson Ferdinard), Truro; Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Stewart Mossop), CFB Germany, Joanne (Mrs. Murdoch MacQueen Jr.), New Waterford; Lucy (Mrs. Colin Coady) and Rosey, both of Fredericton; his stepmother, Rose Anne (Mrs. Rober Mason), Belville, Ont., and a grandson. A military funeral officated by Father Pierre Doyon from CFB Shearwater was held in Westville at the Church of the Holy Name, Monday afternoon 29 August.

 

HMCS GRANBY (1st), HMCS GRANBY (2nd)

FAIRHURST, John T., C2RP, 3901-E, RCN (served Sep 1940 - 15 Sep 1965) - passed away suddenly at home on April 4, 2005. Born in Vancouver in 1921, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939, at the age of 18, serving through WWII and for the next 25 years. After leaving the RCN, John worked for the BC Liquor Board until his retirement in 1980. He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Kay) of 58 years, his daughter Gail of Toronto, his brother Bill Dickinson and wife Nancy of Nanaimo and many more friends and relatives. At John's request, there will be no funeral service. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Talking Books c/o the Greater Victoria Public Library. See ya, Pops.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

TWISS, Roger Quintin (23 Mar 1922 - 27 Mar 2014) - a WWII and Korean navy veteran, died peacefully in his sleep shortly after celebrating his 92nd birthday. roger will be lovingly remembered and missed by his friends and family, especially his son Bob Twiss (Kathy); daughters Sandy Miles (Don), Adele Caird (Mike), and Patsy Twiss (Terry); brother Lyndon; and grandchildren Trisha, Tom, and Tyler. His ashes will be scattered in Whaler Bay off Galiano Island. Fair winds and following seas, Grandpa.

 

HMCS QUESNEL

FORD, Malgwyn Charles (Mac), AB, 2669, RCN, MPK - 25 Jun 1940, HMCS FRASER - Born 05 Sep 1916, the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Ford of Success, SK.  Mac was born at Strathclair, MB and enlisted on 12 Mar 1934 at Esquimalt, BC as a boy seaman. He is survived by his wife Hilda Viola (Carr) and son Jerry at Port Clements, BC.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS VANCOUVER, HMS VICTORY, HMS VERNON, HMCS FRASER

O'HANLEY, Jasper Kenneth, Gunner - was born and raised in Griffintown, Montreal, QC. He joined the RCN in 1941 and served in HMCS Melville on convoy escort in the North Atlantic. He also was a boxer while in the navy, welter weight class, winning the Golden Gloves 5 times; Silver Gloves 6 times; Dominion of Canada 2 times. He passed away on 30 Oct 1995, Victoria, BC, leaving behind his beautiful wife, Sylvia, four grown children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Photo of Jasper O'Hanley as a boxer

 

HMCS MELVILLE

FOWLER, David John (Foxy) (19 Jun 1939 - 11 Jan 2017) - age 77, of Cole Harbour, passed away on January 11, 2017 in the Dartmouth General Hospital, surrounded by family. Born in England, he was a son of the late William and Florence (Broughton) Fowler. David served 37 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, both in Canada and England. He served on a multitude of ships, the last one being HMCS Nipigon. He loved to watch hockey, and was a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and enjoyed following Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley (Harrison); daughter Melonea (Nyle) Kelly, Ottawa, Ont.; sons, Donald (Maria Wedsworth), Eastern Passage, Jim (Kelly), Edmonton, AB; grandchildren Oliver, Hugh, Logan, Mason, William, and Vaughn, and many nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Bob. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Sunday January 15 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. The funeral service will take place at 10am on Monday January 16 in the funeral home chapel, Rev. David Watt officiating. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bide-Awhile Animal Shelter, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice. Special thanks to Dr. Jane Watson, Dr. Colin Van Zoost and the staff of the Dartmouth General hospital, especially Kevin, Mallory, Carla, and Sue in the ICU, 4th floor.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS ONONDAGA

KNEIPP, Charles - Passed away January 1st, 2017 in Kelowna, B.C. He has now joined his wife, Charlotte. Charlie was born Aug. 2nd, 1930, in Konigsberg, Eastern Prussia. He emigrated with our mother to Canada in 1955. They settled in Toronto before tackling their dream of owning their own business in Terrace Bay. The Coach House Motel faced beautiful Jackfish Lake, a familiar landmark for over fifty years for many repeat customers during the busy tourist season. Charlotte and Charlie worked very hard with Astrid to maintain a well run business. Astrid continued to manage it in our parents' later years. Charlie was very proud to work for Kimberly-Clark for eighteen years. He was North Shift electrician and could be counted on to trouble-shoot many problems. He was always well regarded as a quiet thoughtful gentleman who earned the respect of his fellow coworkers. Upon retirement, he and Charlotte continued to spend summers at Jackfish Lake. Winters were spent in beloved Kelowna, where they whiled away many afternoons exploring the back roads with Tim Hortons in hand. In later years, they spent summers with Ariane in Terrace Bay. Robin's Donuts became the Northern Ontario coffee spot. Charlie loved his afternoons talking to locals and tourists at the mouth of the Aguasabon River, at Terrace Bay beach. He was a proud former member of the Naval Reserve in Toronto (HMCS York), and a training officer for North Shore Power Squadron. A well read man, he continued to study Spanish until he passed away. He is survived by his daughters, Ariane in Terrace Bay, and Astrid in Kelowna. Beloved Opa of Heidi and Ryan and Great Opa to Evvie and Tommy. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations to the McCausland Hospital, Terrace Bay, will be graciously accepted. A fine Gentleman has left the building. We love you Dad and Opa. (The Chronicle Journal)

 

HMCS YORK

MAW, John Leslie, Lt, RCNVR (07 Jul 1917 - 30 Dec 2016) - With heavy hearts we share the news of the peaceful passing of our Dad, John Maw, on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the ripe old age of 99 years. His was a life lived to the fullest. Born in Montreal to John Leslie Maw Sr. and May Davidson, Dad graduated from McGill University Faculty of Engineering in May 1941 and served in the Royal Canadian Navy on H.M.C.S. Prince Robert during World War II until November 1945. On June 2, 1943 Dad married the love of his life settling in West Vancouver in 1950 to raise their five children. His professional life took him all over the world, followed by a few moves across Canada, finally retiring at the age of 88. Right up until the end Dad could recall his many life stories and colorful jokes, and so enjoyed sharing those with everyone who would listen. John is predeceased by his eldest son John Christopher, and survived by his beautiful wife of 73 years, Gloria (nee Wright); 4 children: Peter (Gerry), Jamie (Yvonne), Ian (Nancy) and Buff (Nigel Woods); 9 grandchildren: Allie, Pete (DeDe), Ryan (Jacinthe), Michael (Hannah), Alexandra and Amanda Maw, Mathew (Courtney), and Adam Woods, Carleigh (Myles King), as well as 11 great grandchildren: Sophie and Parker Roscoe, Grace, Sawyer, Etienne and Elise Maw, Olivia and Peter Woods, Cooper, Corden and Conlee King. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 21st, at St. Christopher's Church, 1068 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver. Reception will follow in the Church Hall. (The North Shore News 08 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

 

POLLARD, Edward - Born Nov 9, 1925, entered into rest peacefully on December 28, 2016 after struggles with dementia and pneumonia at the Kelowna General Hospital aged 91 years. Edward will be lovingly remembered by daughter Dale, grandson James Pollard Field, nieces Pamela Kertland, Heather Kertland (Tom Brown), nephew Scott Kertland (Cherie), half stepsister, Dorisa Faith, and fellow matelots of the Kelowna Naval Veterans Association. Edward was predeceased by his wife, Joann, parents Roscoe and Elizabeth Pollard, brothers John and Richard, and far too many dear friends and shipmates to list As a boy, he delighted in joining his pals on their bikes, riding all day and chasing through the streets of Toronto whenever an aircraft flew overhead. His idyllic boyhood was shattered when his father, a CPR workman died far from home. Without social services to help, his fragile mother lost her boys to foster care, and they were scattered. Starting his naval life as a boy sailor in the Merchant Marine at the start of WWII, Edward joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. Primarily serving on the HMCS Uganda (the only ship of the entire war to serve in every battle station) Edward was discharged in Vancouver at war's end. After the war, he trained as a surveyor, and spent several years surveying the North of Superior section of the new TCH. He met a pretty, shy, blonde in Winnipeg, named Joann Nielsen, and they ran off to be married in Sault Ste. Marie, honeymooning in the caboose of a CPR train. Wishing to establish roots, he began work for General Motors in Oshawa and took advantage of the Veterans Land Act to purchase their first home on Harmony Road. Following their daughter west, Ed and Joann moved to Kelowna in 1987, after Ed's 1985 retirement from GM. It was after his retirement that Edward and his brother John were re-united with his long-lost mother, Elizabeth (shortly before her death), brother Richard and step-sister Dorisa. Hobbies included fishing, writing poetry and amusing newsletters on his computer, golf, horseback riding, reading Shakespeare, and running in the Terry Fox run for nearly ten years. After his wife passed away, Edward loved to spend mornings with his great pals, The Capri Coffee Gang; Keith, Big Al, Fred, Mel, Len, Bill and Charlotte. His great happiness was meeting with his fellow naval vets for barbeques and fundraisers for cancer research, retired veterans and widows in need, and several local groups. Edward's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of 4B KGH, the staff of Orchard Manor who took such loving care of him in his last months, and the good men and women of the KNVA, especially Dick Fletcher who, while dealing with their own health issues have stayed together to help those in need. A celebration of Edward's life will take place Saturday, January 14, at 1915 Pacific Court, 11:00 AM, followed by a reception. No flowers, please. Donations gratefully accepted by the KNVA's Tom Morgan Benevolent Society for the benefit of naval vets in need. Tom Morgan Benevolent Society, C Dick Fletcher 313 - 1075 Bernard Ave, Kelowna BC V1Y 6P7. Naval veterans of every age are still in need, though there are many dedicated people who work for Veterans Affairs, like Cindy in Penticton, who strive tirelessly for our veterans. (The Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 10 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS UGANDA

IZSAK, Steven - Passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on January 7, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" (Gall) (2014). Loving father of Barb and late Gary (2014) Wilson, MI, Brenda and Ron Wood, Harrow and the late Steve Izsak Jr. (2004). Loving grandfather of Cayla Wood and Amanda Wilson. Dear brother of John (late Joan) Izsak, Theresa (Julius) Chikos, late Frank (Helen) Izsak, Lydia (late Willie) Lee, late Julie and late Irene. Also remembered by his cousins and many nieces and nephews. Steve was a petty officer in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1950 to 1956. He served in active duty in Korea and did two tours on the Sioux and the Huron. Steve was a life member of the RCLB #338 in Harrow. Resting at Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home, 197 King St. W. Harrow. Visitation Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial and RCLB #338 Service Thursday January 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment of ashes at Colchester Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made by cheque to Royal Canadian Legion Branch Cenotaph Fund P.O. Box 436 Harrow, ON N0R 1G0. (The Windsor Star 09 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS HURON, HMCS SIOUX

MANNING, Kenneth (Bud) (23Apr 1932 - 06 Jan 2017) Peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn (nee Hilborn) for 60 years. Loving father of Brad (Suzanne), Leslie (Brian) Kingdon and Bruce (Jennifer). Dear grandfather of Erin, Lindsay, Brett, Mitch "JM", Rachel, Mike and the late Stephen. Bud was a Navy Veteran and a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The family would like to thank Lisa Adams for her assistance. A private interment in Cobourg Union Cemetery will be held in the spring. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 11 Jan 2017)

McBEAN, Frederick Allan Donald (Al) - of Calgary, Alberta, peacefully "slipped the surly bonds of earth" in the early evening of Thursday, January 5, 2017, surrounded by family. Al was born on November 7, 1925, a third-generation Calgarian and younger brother to his twin sisters, Doris and Norma. He graduated from Crescent Heights High School before joining the Canadian Navy at the age of seventeen. Upon his return from service, he worked briefly for Canadian Pacific Railway. It was on a fateful train trip to Edmonton that Al met the love of his life, Esther McAllister, who was returning home to Innisfail, AB. Al and Esther married in the summer of 1948, and celebrated their sixty- ninth wedding anniversary in July of 2016. Children Linda, Karen and Ken completed the family in that order. Al was an employee of the Calgary Board of Education for most of his working life. He retired from the position of Corporate Secretary in 1981. His retirement was filled with friends, projects, golf, gardening, cross-country skiing, travel, genealogy research, lunches at the Kensington Legion, getaways to Victoria, BC, and volunteer work. He was a docent at the Naval Museum of Alberta at Tecumseh and at the Military Museums of Calgary for many years, giving up that role only in September 2016, when forced to do so by failing health. Al, also affectionately known as "Mickey" (for a propensity to draw the famous Mouse) and "Rugged" (a self- assessment that apparently preceded a dramatic collapse at a local blood drive), was a great man by any measure. He was a consummate gentleman with a strong love of family, a wicked sense of comedic timing, and a glorious head of hair. He was immeasurably considerate, quietly gregarious, and intensely loyal. He gathered, and kept close, countless friends over the years, many from as early as Grade 1. He was a long-time member of the Elks Golf Club before moving to Shaganappi as his 'home course' after he and Esther moved from their Highwood home to the Manor at Garrison Woods in 2010. At the Manor, he quickly surrounded himself with more good friends and settled into his new surroundings with ease and enthusiasm. He was always vitally interested in the lives and activities of everyone he knew but maintained an equally abiding curiosity in the world around him. He was current on everything from world politics to celebrity gossip to the last. He made us proud. Al leaves behind his loving wife, Esther; his sister Doris McBean; sister-in-law Muriel Reidy; his children Linda Raasveldt, Karen McBean (Paul Murray), and Ken McBean (Carol Chapman); grandchildren Brian Murray, Erin Murray, Barbara McBean, Jacqueline McBean, Kiri McBean; niece Kathy McLellan; nephew Duane Sharman (Maureen Sullivan); nieces and nephews Nicki Wilson and Jack, Garth and Bob Burak; surrogate daughter Donna Crawford; and lifelong friends Jack McDonald and Don Flemons. Al's final months were trying ones. They were made more bearable for all of us by the support of family and friends, and by the staff at the Foothills Medical Centre, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and Rosedale Hospice. We would particularly like to acknowledge the staff and volunteers at Rosedale Hospice for the care and compassion they extended to us all over the last three weeks. We could not have imagined a more nurturing environment. You are very special people and we thank you. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222 or to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8, Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195. A celebration of Al's life is planned for early February. (The Calgary Herald 09 Jan 2017)

HAMPSON, Maurice (Whitey) (07 Sep 1924 - 23 Oct 2013) - It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Maurice Hampson on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Maurice is survived by his loving wife Margaret, stepsons Dave (Lorraine) Robertson, Don (Sue) Robertson, daughters-in-law Pauline Hennig, Gayle Robertson, eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. At Maurice's request, a private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, T5H 4K1. The family is grateful to the staff at the Sturgeon Hospital, Units 15 and 17. (The Edmonton Journal 25 Oct 2013)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

STEPHENS, Douglas, Lt (P), RCN - Died 31 May 1949 in a Fulmar mid air crash

MAYVILLE, Keith Carl (Radar) - age 64 years of Dartmouth, passed away at home January 1, 2017. He was a son of the late Harold and Daisy May Mayville. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by siblings, Eddie, Lucy and 'best friend' Francis. He is survived by sister, Colleen and husband Gerald in Ontario. He was a member of the RCN serving on the HMCS Athabaskan, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Somme Branch. He spent 20 years in building contracting/maintenance. Keith was an avid reader of The Chronicle Herald, liked histories, TV documentaries, and comedy. He possessed wizard-like skills in spelling and math - never without a pen in his pocket. His attention to detail earned him the nickname Radar - from the TV series MASH, including his glasses. Radar loved a good card game, a cold beer, scratch tickets, and the weekly lotto. His home always had a dish of candy, with spares in his pockets! He loved animals, especially Raphael the cat, loved his friends as family, including Jacqui, Adam, Shep and Chris, Ken and Trever, Francis and Virginia, Lenny and Dawnifer, Blaine and Sheila, little Alex and family, Andrew and Lindsay. He will be remembered fondly. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

 

SAUNDERS, Gary (Gus) (25 Mar 1934 - 12 Jan 2017) - Peacefully in Hospice after a battle with cancer on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the age of 82. Married for 61 years and survived by his wife Joan (nee Howard). An Ottawa Valley boy, Gus was raised in Carleton Place and was the son of the late Rollitt and late Helen (nee Templeman) Saunders. He is survived by his daughter Barbara Smith (Jim), son Glenn Saunders (Rose), grandson Doug Paradis (Holly), granddaughters Christina Borda (Nick) and Anna Saunders, and great-granddaughter Brookelyn Borda. He is also survived by his brother Glenn of Colorado, sister Helen Anne Saunders and brother Brian of Barrie, ON. Predeceased by his son Bob. Gus was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and was a Naval Pilot. USN trained in Pensacola FL, and Corpus Christi, Texas. Antisubmarine pilot VS881, VS880, HMCS Bonaventure (225 deck landings). CFB Shearwater VU-32 (OIC Advanced Training Flight), Base Operations Room Officer and Atlantic Provinces Sea Cadet Liaison Officer. While living in Nova Scotia, Gus was very involved in minor hockey. President of the Cole Harbour/BelAyr Minor Hockey Association, President of the Metro Peewee/ Squirt Hockey Tournament, President of Metro Halifax/Dartmouth Midget League, President Dartmouth Peewee Atlantics (Quebec 70) and President of the Dartmouth Junior Arrows. Then, posted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Gus started a new career and became a broker with the Ottawa Real Estate Board. After retirement and moving to Munster, Farmer Gus' Pumpkin Ranch was born and many children, schools and daycares visited the open range farm. Gus also started the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Growers Association. He held the first Giant Pumpkin competition in Munster (World Champions 1994-1997) and eventually went to the By Ward Market to hold the Championships. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, Kanata Chapel 580 Eagleson Road, Kanata, ON K2M 1H4 613-591-6580 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, January 19, 2017 after 10 a.m. Memorial Service will follow in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Conducted by Rev. Jim Baldwin. Gus led the family, in memory of their son Bob, in the Terry Fox Foundations efforts to raise money for a cancer cure. To that end and in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Gus' memory to the Terry Fox Foundation, Suite 900, 1200 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto, ON, M3C 1H9. (the Ottawa Citizen 14 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SAGUENAY

BOTTOMLEY, Thomas Earnest - passed away Monday January 9th, 2017 at the Veteran’s Memorial building surrounded lovingly by members of his family. Born in Halifax, May 12th, 1920, Tom was the youngest son of John and Catherine (Wilson) Bottomley and was the last remaining member of his family. Tom’s spent his early years working along side his father at the Bottomley Mill, formerly located in the North End of Halifax . He entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a shipwright . Later Chief Petty Officer and retired as a Master Warrant Officer. He served his county in the 2nd world war sailing in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Once retired from the navy he finished off his career employed as a Naval Architect with the Department of National Defence , retiring at the young age of 71. As a member of the C&PO’s/WO & Sgts Mess you would often find Tom chatting his noon hour away at Windsor Park or Stadacona. Tom was a long-time member of the Ashburn Golf Club. He walked the course until his 92nd year and enjoyed the rounds shared with the early birds at the New Course. He was a master carpenter and shared a passion for gardening with his wife Jean. Often crowned the “carrot king” a yearly competition he shared with his neighbor Norma. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Agnes) of Edmonton, AB, Gary (Mona) of Dartmouth, daughter, Linda Rice (Greg) of Berwick, NS, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tom was pre-deceased by his loving wife Jean (Moore), eldest son John, brother Donald, and sister Catherine. A Celebration of Tom ‘s life, will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayer’s Rd, Halifax, at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 12th followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, caregivers, volunteers and all the support staff of 6 West Veterans, for their exceptional care of our father.

KIDSTON, Harold A. (1916-2017) - 100, of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Born in Billtown Annapolis Valley the son of the late Harry and Mary Kidston. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Dorothea and brother George. He is survived by a daughter Donna, New Glasgow; a son Todd (Sonya) and granddaughter Nora, Billtown, NS; cousins Dorothy Kidston Watt, Victoria; and Carolanne Kidston Fraser, New Glasgow. Harold was the recipient of many prestigious awards as a recognized General Motors sales person. He was a navy veteran who served across Canada. He was an avid reader who loved gardening, fishing and was at one with nature. Harold was a recognized curler and president of the men’s division of the Bluenose Curling Club. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or funeral service by request. A celebration of his life will be held in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date. A special thank-you to those who provided exceptional care; Linda Olding, Joan Ferguson, VON, Palliative Care, Marjorie MacDonald, Gabrielle Kropp, Dr. Lee and staff, Tara Carruthers, Glen MacIntosh, Dr. Lee Chamberlain, neighbors and friends. Harold will be greatly missed and remembered for his blue eyes, beautiful smile, and a life well lived.

FURLOTTE, Richard Wilfred, Naval Signalman, RCN - 70, Truro. It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, Richard Furlotte on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Richard was born in Blackville, New Brunswick in 1946 to Leo and Minnie (Keenan) Furlotte. He later moved to Truro and in 1965 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He sailed on ships including HMCS Protecteur and Nipigon. He spent the last years of his military career working in the "Diefenbunker" at CFB Debert. For his service, he earned the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee medals. After retiring from the military in 1980 he worked with Brookside Abattoir and many years with McDonalds Restaurants in most communities in Northern Nova Scotia. He loved fishing, reading, watching sports and spending time with his grandchildren. For several years, he coached minor softball and was President of Bible Hill Recreation Association. He and Sharon especially enjoyed trips to Cheticamp with Leonard and Joyce. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Troy; brother, Gary; brother-in-law, Wayne. Nothing was more important to Dad than his family who he loved with all his heart and he looked forward to every visit and moment he spent with them. He loved hosting the traditional Christmas Eve potpie for his large extended family. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (McCabe); children, Scott (Deanna), Cory (Joanna), Tracy (Frankie), Kelly (Troy), Tammy (Luke); grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Joey, Dillon, Ryan, Morgan, Hayden, Daniel, Caitlyn, Ryder, Parker; great grandson, Sebastian; sisters, Joyce (Len), Gert; sister-in-law, Darlene (John); brother-in-law, Brud (Kim). A special thanks to the paramedics and other first responders, Dr. Berghuis and nursing staff at Colchester East Hants Health Centre and a huge thank you to Dr. Trevor Locke for all of his help over the years. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, Father Jim O’Connor officiating. Reception will follow. No flowers by request. A kind and caring person, Dad always put others before himself, so a donation to a charity of your choice that helps young people would make Dad happy.

 

HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS PROTECTEUR

ROY, Leon (29 Jul 1925 - 29 Dec 2016) (A CNAG ORIGINAL) Leon, beloved husband of Joan for 67 years, passed away after a lengthy illness. He was born in Elie, Manitoba and spent many years in Halifax, as a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and later lived in Penticton and Edmonton. As well as his wife, Joan, he will be lovingly remembered by children Donna (Jim), Betty Ann (Stewart), Patrick (Paula), and Philip (Sandy); grandchildren Trevor (Crystal), Curtis (Christie), Erin (Jason), Chantelle (Blair), Shelly (Marius), Ryan, Celine, and Conor; great grandchildren Taylor, Court, Spencer, Madison, Cooper and Mason; brothers Leonard, Marcel and Julian. He was pre deceased by parents Yvonne and Dewey Roy and siblings Edmond, Orise, Rosemarie, Germaine and Bernice. Leon's family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Kipnes Center over the past 3 years. Leon was a kind, loving and happy man, with a special charm that made others smile. He will be dearly missed by all. A Celebration of Leon's wonderful life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday January 21, 2017 at The Royal Canadian Legion, Kingsway Branch #175, 14339-50 St, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kipnes Center, 4470 McCrae Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5E 6M8. To Veterans and Soldiers: Carry on, we will not forget. Signing off, Lee Roy. (The Edmonton Journal 07 Jan 2017)

ROACHE, John Vincent - 63, Spryfield, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Born in Middleton, he was a son of the late Harvey and Sylvia (Slade) Roache. John spent five years in the Navy, followed by over 30 years working in various positions with DND until his retirement in 2013. He was a man of deep faith in God and quietly helped many people over the years. He will be greatly missed by his family and his best friend, Brenda Gibson, who was extremely supportive over the last few years. John is survived by his wife, Mildred, Halifax; his brother, Michael (Debra), New Minas; his sister, Fay MacNeil (James), Williamswood; his niece, Nicole Mac-Neil, and nephew, Christopher MacNeil, both of Halifax. He is also survived by his best friend, Brenda Gibson, Halifax. He was predeceased by his sister, Darlene Leslie. Special thanks to the staff of the ER and 6A VG for your compassionate care. In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.

 

 

COSTELLO, Francis Lawrence (Larry) (12 Dec 1924 - 16 Jan 2017) - Passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on January 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Goldie (nee Campbell), and predeceased by Wanda (nee Jay, 1984). Dear father of Mark Costello and wife Kathie of London and step father to Sharon Creighton of Oshawa; Joanne and husband Rick Howard of Oshawa, Steven Ellis and wife Sharon of London; Thane Ellis and wife Sandra of Belle River. Dear Papa of grandchildren Marcie and Adam, and great grandchildren Justin, Michael and Emily, step grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Larry is predeceased by 6 siblings. At the age of 16, Larry enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was stationed in various overseas venues during WWII while serving with the Navy. He also served on transfer ships during the Korean War, and served on the H.M.C.S. Ottawa during the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba in 1961. He retired from military duty, with the rank of P1 Quartermaster in 1963. Mr. Costello has served with the Canadian Consulate, and most recently was a Director of the Historical Society of Veterans memoires and as a Service Officer for Veterans Pensions. Larry received the Queen’s Coronation and the Queen’s Jubilee Medals, as well as the R.C.L. 39-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the R.C.L. Meritorious Service Medal, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Voluntary Service Medal, and the City of Windsor Media Award, and awarded the key to the City of Windsor. Larry was part of a group of Veterans honoured at a dinner in England in 1993, where he met and spoke with Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Larry’s passions were his family and his country. He advocated for Veterans and their families, from ensuring that they received benefits they were entitled to, making sure that proper Military honours were carried out at the time of their passing. He will be missed by his loving and caring family, friends and the veterans that knew him. Visitation at WINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. 519-253-7234 on Thursday January 19, 2017 from 7-9 pm and Friday January 20, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A Veteran’s Funeral Service under the Auspices of the Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Committee will take place on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In memory of Larry, donations may be made to the Downtown Windsor Mission, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada or to the Church of the Living Word (Woodslee, ON) or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Windsor Office). “Lest we Forget” (The Windsor Chapel Funeral Home)

 

Wartime Memories - HMCS Runnymede

 

HMCS RUNNYMEDE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

STEWART, John Mackenzie - passed away peacefully in Windsor Elms Village on February 1, 2016 at the age of 94. Most recently of Kentville, Born in Lossiemouth, Scotland in 1921 to Alex and Robina Stewart. Immigrated to Canada in 1926. Predeceased by his parents and his brother Alex "Sandy" Stewart. He is survived by wife Myrtle; son Donald and daughter in-law Kim. John "Jack" served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the second World War as a radio operator escorting merchant ships across the North Atlantic. He then went on to work as a radio operator and Flight Dispatcher to TransCanada Airline/Air Canada until retirement in 1978. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Windsor Elms Village who attended to him. At his request there will be no funeral. Interment to take place at a later date. Donations can be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Charily of Choice. A true Scottish gentleman, he sadly will be missed.

HADDOW, Alexander Robert Glen (Bob) - age 78, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Saskatoon, he was the son of the late Peter and Jean (Cunningham) Haddow. Bob retired in 1988 after 30 years service with the Royal Canadian Navy as a helicopter technician on ships in Shearwater and Pat Bay, B.C., and was then employed with the Commissionaires for 10 years. Bob was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed hockey. He worked with the Dal Tigers and tournaments with SEDMA, Dartmouth Whalers and Bantam teams. Besides his parents Bob was predeceased by stepsons, Jeff and Steven Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan; son, Darren (Karen) Haddow, Calgary; sisters, Joan Haddow and Patricia (Chuck) Faulkner, Calgary; granddaughters, Tiffany Mitchell, Ashley Mitchell, Megan (Eric) Griffith, Emily and Hailey Haddow; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Ryker and Lexie Griffith; nieces, Amanda, Allison and Erin Faulkner. As per Bob's wishes there will be no service. Cremation under the care of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd. Burial of ashes to take place in Saskatoon. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to one's choice of charity

STROUD, Gary Raymond - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gary (Papa) Stroud age 77 of Halifax on December 25, 2015. Beloved partner, father and grandfather. Gary served 3 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and 37 years with the city of Halifax as a cemetery groundskeeper at Fairview Cemetery, he also served the citizens of Halifax as a taxi driver for 53 years, a job he loves and provided him with many great stories. He was predeceased by his father Raymond Stroud, his mother Lillian Kirby (Chipman) and stepfather Joseph Kirby. He is survived by his beloved partner, Josephine Chace; children, James (Joan) Stroud, Alex Chace, Raymond Stroud, Jessica (Kirk) Sampson and Amanda Stroud; grandchildren, Jamie, Jeremy, Nataya, Xavier and Issac. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9pm Friday, January 1, 2016 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd from where a funeral service will take place 3:30pm Saturday, January 2, 2016. A reception will follow in the Funeral Home.

KOSTIUK, Bohdan John Peter, P1VS, RCN - Passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead. He was born on July 13, 1929 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, the youngest of four but lived most of his life in Victoria, B.C, spending over 60 years in his home on Colquitz Avenue. A veteran of the Korean conflict, he continued his career with the Navy, followed by a second career at Dockyard. He was known for his outgoing personality, kind heart and fabulous sense of humour. He was a wise, generous and loving dad, with many talents - singing, dancing, joke telling and cooking. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing crib and poker. He fell in love with Mexico and became a Snowbird spending many winters in Mazatlan. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends; son Ron, daughter Donna (Ken Perry), son Chris (Sharon); grandson Allan and extended family. The family is grateful to the team at Broadmead Veterans Memorial Lodge for the kindness and care of our dad over the past 14 months. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chief and Petty Officers' Mess, CFB Esquimalt (at the west end of Lyall St. before Dockyard gate) on February 4, 2017, 1:00- 4:00 p.m. (The Victoria Times Colonist 17 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS STETTLER

BROWNSEY, Lionel John Summers, C2HT, 18365-E, RCN /  CAF (served 04 Jan 1952 - 13 Oct 1973) (10 Oct 1923 - 04 Jan 2017) - Born in Duncan, Lionel's family made their home in Victoria when he was a young boy. Lionel served in the Air Force during WW II and was posted to Belfast, N Ireland. There he met his life-long love, Myrt Pierson. They married September 24, 1945. Lionel joined the Navy after he and his bride settled in Victoria where they raised their four loving daughters. After retiring from his career in the Armed Forces Lionel started his own construction company. When he finally retired completely he and Myrt became Master Mariners cruising to Alaska, the South Pole and many other destinations. Lionel was active in the Masonic order for many years including a term as President of the Victoria Shrine Club. Lionel was a loving husband, father and grandfather and his absence leaves a huge gap in our family circle. Lionel will be deeply missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched. Lionel is survived by his wife of 71 years Myrt, daughters Coleen (Don) Melsness, Sharon Knotts, Michele (Dave) Pringle, Denise Champion and grand-children Jesse (Sanne), Kelly (Niles), Steve, Pam (Mike), Jennifer (Seth), Curtis (Meaghan). A celebration of Lionel's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 3, 2017, at the Cordova Bay Golf Course (Bill Mattick's Restaurant) at 5333 Cordova Bay Road. Donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children would be greatly appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 20 May 2017)

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS YUKON

SUNDERLAND, Albert Eldon, CPO2, Stoker/Aircraft Machinist, RCNVR Dec 1943 - Jun 1945 / RCN Jun 1945 - 15 Jul 1969 - PO2 Sunderland's ashes were committed to the deep by FDU Atlantic in 2012

 

Photo: Albert Eldon Sunderland

 

HMCS PROVIDER, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE

CARNDUFF, W.E. - Enlisted in WW I and served in the RCN from 1916 to 1918 on board HMCS Niobe

 

HMCS NIOBE

CARPENTER, Frank E. - Frank was born in Toronto, ON, in 1911. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 at HMCS Discovery. He was posted to Stadacona for an engineering course and then was posted to HMCS Sorel as a stoker. He crossed the Atlantic several times on convoy escort duty. In 1945 Frank was posed to Naden and then HMCS Uganda. At the end of the war, Frank was posted back to Naden and then HMCS Discovery where he remained until his discharge. Frank was a member of Legion Branch #155 in Greenwood for 18 years. Frank passed away in 1992.

 

HMCS DISCOVERY, HMCS SOREL, HMCS UGANDA

DEMOREST, Henry Harford (Harvey) - was born on 01 Jan 1924 in Southey, SK. He enlisted in WW II with the RCN and served in the North Atlantic and in Canada. He was awarded the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. Harvey was a member of RCL Branch #5 and #291 for 40 years. Harvey passed away in 1989.

ERICKSON. Alfred Jerome - Born: January 20, 1915 Broderick, Saskatchewan, died: July 13, 2010 Langley, British Columbia. Alfred passed away peacefully surrounded by his extended family. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 to 1959 stationed in Esquimalt, St. John's, Newfoundland and on board ships. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 60 years. Employed by the City of Saskatoon Engineering for 28 years. Prior to he was with Anstey's Hatchery. Predeceased by his wife Beatrice (Pickard 1997) and son-in-law Bob Wenman (1995). He leaves his 3 children Donna (Bob deceased), Cecil (Arlene), Earl (Karen), 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and siblings Jean Spurgeon, Ken, Walt, Larry. Services Thursday, July 22 Valley View 14660 72 Ave. 1:00 Viewing/ 2:00 Service with Aldergrove Legion Honour Guard/ 3:00 Reception. Charitable donations can be made in Alfred's name to the Langley Hospice Foundation. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 20 Jul 2010)

 

HMCS GODERICH, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS CAYUGA

HANSEN, Frederick William (26 Aug 1922 - 23 Dec 2002) - Beloved husband of Edith, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 23, 2002. Fred was born in Sibbald, AB but moved to the Columbia Valley in Edgewater, BC in 1926. He served overseas in WWII in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a lifetime member of Edgewater Legion #199. In 1950 he and Edith Ramage were married in Edgewater. Fred was a master carpenter and lived and worked on many projects in both the East and West Kootneys. The tunnel at Radium was grampa's tunnel to his grandkids. Fred moved back to Alberta five years ago to be closer to family but his heart was always in BC and Columbia Valley he loved so dear. He is survived by his three children, Lorne (Doris) Hansen and their son Darren of Edgewater, Dixie (Cecil) Lee and their daughter Marnie (Joe) Sylvester of Edmonton, Andrew Hansen of Calgary; his twin sister Ruth McGrath of Golden; many nieces, nephew and in-laws across Western Canada. Fred was predeceased by his oldest grandson Robert Lee in August 2002; his parents Peter and Elsie Hansen of Edgewater, BC; sister Myra Tagert and Dorothy Thompson; brothers Walter and Robert. There will be a viewing at Serenity Funeral Service 5311-91 St., on Friday, December 27, 2002 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 28, 2002 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to visit with the family at their home on Friday, December 27, 2002 will be more than welcome and may phone 484-7231 for the address. Fred will be cremated and a service will take place in Edgewater, BC in the spring (date yet to be decided). Donations may be made to the "Choice Program" c/o Good Samaritan Mount Pleasant or the Edgewater Legion #199. Serenity Funeral Service, 5311-91 St., 450-0101. (The Edmonton Journal 26 Dec 2002)

JODOIN, Edwin - Born: 25 Sep 1932  Died: 09 Jul 1992. During her first tour, on October 2, 1952, Iroquois was making a daylight interdiction bombardment on a coastwise stretch of the main North Korean railway line when she received fire from the shore battery. A shell hit “B” gun deck and killed 3 men and wounded 10 other.  Edwin was one of those wounded.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

HAUCK, Raymond - was born on March 10, 1953 in Edmonton, AB. He enrolled in Canadian Armed Forces in Jul 1971 and attened basic recruit training at CFB Cornwallis. He was assigned to CFB Esquimalt and served on HMCS Qu'Appelle. He joined HMCS Kootenay as a Radio Operator on Peace Patrols off Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Raymond died in a motorcycle accident on December 26, 1973 in Esquimalt. He was survived by his mother Eva Hauck, Chetwynd, BC.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS KOOTENAY

HUTCHINSON, Donald Ernest - was born in Winnipeg, MB, in 1924. He enlisted in WW II with the RCN on July 17, 1942 at HMCS Chippawa and served at HMCS Stadacona, Burrard and Chatham and aboard HMCS Givenchy and Courtenay. He was discharged on 17 Oct 1945. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp, the Atlantic Star, and the King George Defence Medal. He was a member of RCL Branch #49 Mount Arrowsmith for 34 years. Donald passed away in 2007.

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS BURRARD, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS COURTNEY

DRAPER, Herbert Lorimer, PO, 3261, RCN, killed - 21 Jul 1943 - HMCS The Pas - was born in Victoria, BC, on 27 Nov 1918. He joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1937. After about 6 months, he was discharged, and he joined the Navy. He served at HMCS Naden and HMCS Stadacona and in HMCS Fraser, HMCS Saguenay and HMCS The Pas, in Canada, England, and on the High Seas. Herbert was killed in action on 21 Jul 1943 when HMCS The Pas, while escorting convoy ON.192, was hit by SS Medina, killing 3 men. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the CVSM with Clasp and the War Medal.

 

HMCS FRASER, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS THE PAS

MacDOUGALL, Vernon Keith, CPO2, COMM RSCH 291, RCN (Served 10 Nov 1949 - 09 Nov 1974) - (02 Feb 1931 - 10 Jan 2017) - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Keith at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He will be in our hearts forever. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Keith was a loving husband to his wife, Kathleen, a dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, a Papa and always a friend. He was a Chief Petty Officer from 1949 to 1974 and a recipient of the Royal Order Muskeg Sailors, Queen Charlotte Island. Then he joined the financial world.

HEWARD, John Edisforth, M.I.D., Lt, RCNVR (22 Aug 1916, Westmount, QC - 17 Aug 2002, Westount, QC) - On August 17, 2002 in his eighty-fifth year, after a long illness, joined his wife "Betty" Heward (nee McLean) who predeceased him. He will be missed by his sons Peter John (Suzanne), Robert Arthur (Jane), grandchildren Glenn (Dana), Kimberlee, Roger and Brian; great-grandson Jarred, as well as his sister Marjorie Eastham (Baye). A memorial service will be held Friday, August 23, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Collins Clarke Funeral Home, 222 Highway 20 (Cartier exit 49) for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Veterans Hospital or the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated. Special thanks are extended to all staff of (10A) at the Veterans Hospital for looking after "Poppa." (The Montreal Gazette 21 Aug 2002)

 

HEWARD, John Edisforth, Acting Sub-Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNR - Awarded as per London Gazette of 26 July 1940 (no Canada Gazette). "For good service in successful operations which prevented much war material from falling into the hands of the enemy."

 

 

HMCS THUNDER, HMCS LACHINE, HMCS MEDICINE HAT, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE

CAINES, Eric, Lt, RCN(R) - Died: 09 Sep 1985, Saint John, NB

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MURRAY STEWART, HMCS BRUNSWICKER

BELCHER, Gordon Raymond - Residential Counsellor Supervisor at the Huronia Regional Centre for 27 years. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 34, Orillia. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy 1940-1945. Past Master of Victoria Lodge 470, A.F. & A.M. Victoria Harbour. Passed away peacefully at Victoria House on January 17, 2017; in his 100th year. Beloved husband of the late Vera S. (nee Quibell). Loving father of the late Kenneth Charles Belcher. Survived by his siblings Edna Barratt (Gordon), Jean Calvert and Lorne Belcher (Theresa) and by his sisters-in-law Beryl Belcher and Barb Belcher. Predeceased by his siblings Pearl, Jack, Lloyd, Charles and Gladys and by his brothers- in-law Clarence, Bud and Bert. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews and their families. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Victoria House for their exceptional care and compassion shown to Gordon. Following cremation, visitation will be held on Friday, January 20th from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Mundell Funeral Home, 79 West St. N., Orillia. A Service to Celebrate Gordon's Life will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 21st at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 34 - Poppy Fund would be gratefully appreciated. (The Toronto Star 19 Jan 2017)

DAY, John Alan (28 Aug 1924 - 03 Jan 2017) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Alan Day at the age of 92 at home in Victoria, BC on 3 January 2017. Born in Victoria in 1924, Alan was a World War II veteran who served as a Royal Canadian Navy wireless operator on a corvette during the Battle of the Atlantic and later as a physical training instructor (PTI). Upon returning to Victoria in 1946, he married Jean Anne Maggs of Vermilion, Alberta who became the rock of his life. That year, he became one of the first members of the Saanich Fire Fighters Union. In 1952, Alan signed up for a three-year stint as a Royal Canadian Air Force Training Officer at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Quebec, after which the family returned to Victoria when Alan joined the Department of National Defence (DND) as a fire fighter. Over the years, Alan rose to become Base Fire Chief of DND Dockyard, Esquimalt until his retirement in 1989. Jean passed away in 2004. Despite this huge loss, Alan continued to live a remarkably healthy and independent life. Always physically active, Alan had been an occasional amateur boxer and wrestler, but his real enthusiasm was for weight training, an activity he began at 17, and continued for 75 years. Extraordinarily, at the age of 91, Alan gained national and international fame as an elite senior athlete after entering his first powerlifting competition at the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation Championships in Calgary. On June 5, 2016, he set the federation's national and world records for the bench press in the 90-Plus Age Category. True to form, Alan passed away while exercising in his home gym. Alan will be profoundly missed and lovingly remembered by his children David (Roisin), Brian (Pippa), Patrice; granddaughter Tarot; brother Marvyn (Judy); sisters-in-law Mary Maggs, Viola (Nick) Kashhuba; brother-in-law Doug (Gay) Maggs; and many nephew and nieces. He was predeceased by his maternal brother Donal (Donna) Chadderton. There will be a celebration of Alan's life by family, friends and colleagues in the summer. A bench press award is to be created in Alan's name by the Canadian 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation. (The Victoria Times Colonist)

KENNEDY, Robert (09 Jul 1926 - 15 Jan 2017) - It is with grieving hearts that we announce the passing of Bob Kennedy. Dad slipped away peacefully on a sunny afternoon Sunday January 15. Bob grew up in Victoria, the younger of two children. Bob served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He married Victoria (Vicki) Lamb 1947 and they made their homes in Mill Bay and Duncan. Dad was a true entrepreneurial businessman who was involved in the forestry industry, the mortgage business, and real estate. Bob survived by his children Jan (Stuart) and Ross (Kathy); sister Laurin and her family; and sister-in-law Georgie; many nieces and nephews; and his friends. No service by request. (The Victoria Times Colonist 18 Jan 2017)

McCALL, Alan James - With saddened hearts and loving memories, his family announces Alan's passing on January 13, 2017 in his 94th year. Loving husband to Betty (predeceased) and father to Janice (predeceased) and Greg, Jim and Bev, Murray, Mary and Craig. Proud grandfather to Tracy (Barton), Melissa (Todd), Lindsay (Rob), Drew (Shaun) and Evan. Great-grandfather to Evangeline, Victoria, Violet and Hayden. Born August 3, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario, Alan was the eldest of 3 children - we know in our hearts that he will be welcomed with loving arms by his parents James and Margaret, his sister Joyce (Bud) and brother Robert (Bob) and all his extended family that have begun this journey before him. Alan will be remembered by his sisters-in-law Maryann McCall, Winnie Currie, Verna Thornbury and Lilian Argue, brother-in-law John Argue and his many nieces and nephews. He will be especially missed by his dear friend Joan Andreychuk. Alan was a WWII veteran having joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a very young man. He was definitely an outdoor enthusiast, avid book reader, conversationalist extraordinaire and embraced all aspects of life. Interment will have taken place. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life to be held at the York Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft Rd., Toronto, ON M2N 5Z5, Tel: 416-221-3404, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (The Toronto Star 16 Jan 2017)

SUTTON, James Herbert (04 Apr 1920 - 30 Dec 2016) - It is with heavy hearts we are announcing the loss of a wonderful father and grandfather, James Sutton at the age of 96. James was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on April 4, 1920 to parents, Herbert and May Sutton. He is predeceased by his wife, Julie Sutton (nee Seriani); son, Norman Sutton; son-in-law, Frank Crabbe; granddaughter, Dawn Sparks; brother, Charlie Sutton and sister, Audrey Fee. James leaves behind his loving daughter, Sharann Crabbe; granddaughter, Tracy Cramer (Randy Schwartz), Cory Crabbe (Leslie Crabbe), Shane Sparks; great grandchildren, David, Kye, Mayben, Amara, Tarynn, Ottis, Shae and Faithe; as well as, many nieces and nephews. James had a real passion for the outdoors so his choice of occupation reinforced that adoration. He joined the Navy, was in the logging and fishing industry, then went to work for the Black Ball Ferries and finally the BC Ferries until he retired after many years of service. James was an avid fisherman and hunter; he spent many evenings in his beloved boat fishing or walking at the waterfront. In his younger years, he enjoyed camping and hunting with friends and family. James spent a huge amount of time with his grandchildren teaching them everything he could. He was loving, caring and generous. James made his mark in life and everyone who knew him had a story to tell about him. He touched our lives in such a way that he will always be with us. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village, for the loving care he received, making James feel as though he was among family. Celebration of life will be held on the 29th of January at the Cavolotti Lodge beginning at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Society. (The Victoria Times Colonist 21 Jan 2017)

SILVESTER, Henry (1887-1968) - On September 18, 1968 at the Misericordia Hospital, Henry Silvester, aged 80 years, beloved husband of Ellen Silvester, of 1639 Pacific Ave. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday from the Clark Leatherdale Funeral Home 232 Kennedy Street with Rev. J.E. Stewart officiating. Interment in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Silvester was born in Kentish Town England coming to Canada 46 years ago. He served with the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy being discharged in 1922. He was a life member of the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Association Young Street Branch, a member of the Bluebird Senior Citizens Club and the Weston Memorial Citizens Club. Besides his wife Ellen, Mr. Silvester is survived by three sons, Rev. H. Silvester of Victoria BC., James and Thomas both of Winnipeg; his daughter Mrs. D.B. Clark (Mary) of Winnipeg; eleven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and his brother Jack of Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation 700 Bannatyne.

 

Service history of Henry Silvester - by Jim Silvester. My dad served a number of Royal Navy ships. Apparently Dad was a bit of a hellion and when is father died and his mother remarried he was put in the Royal Navy at the age of 14 as a boy 2nd class on 07 Jan 1902. His first ship was HMS Impregnable, a wooden training ship, where he remained until 01 Jul 1905. Most of July he was aboard HMS Agincourt, a training ship built in 1865. From there he went to the battleship HMS Montague. His next ship was the cruiser HMS Theseus from Nov 1905 to 1908. At the age of 19 he attainted the Rank of able seaman. From Dec 1908 to Sep 1909, he served aboard the battleship HMS Queen, then to the battleship HMS New Zealand which served in home fleet Aug 1909 to Aug 1911; then to the battleship HMS Royal Oak, built 1897. She was tender to HMS Repulse. From there to HMS Empress of India. In 1912 he was in the cruiser HMS Leander; then HMS Blake, which was commissioned 1889. From Jan to Mar 1915 he served in the cruiser HMS Blenheim, then onto the cruiser HMS Argyll in 1914. When WW1 broke out most of early part of war was spent off the coast of Britain. On Oct 1915 HMS Argyll was called home while on her way to Scapa Flow. HMS Argyll grounded on Bell Rock, near Dundee in thick weather. Hard on rocks the destroyers Hornet and Jackal rescued officers and crew in heavy sea without the loss of a life. Argyll was lost. While in Royal Navy Barracks at Devonport, he was apparently an instructor on his old ship HMS Impregnable from Feb to May 1916. It is believed the during this time during a field gun run the field gun barrel dropped on his hand and mangled it. As a result he spent the next two months at the Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse, Plymouth and August at the RN Hospital, Truro, Cornwall .This was where he was when the Battle of Jutland was fought on 31 May 1916. When he recuperated he was transferred to the destroyer HMS Nonsuch. His next ship was the cruiser HMS Apollo. On 12 Apr 1918 he joined the destroyer HMS Goshawk until end of war on 11 Nov 1918. HMS Goshawk remained on service until Jan 1919. On 26 Apr 1919 he was demobilized and left the Royal Navy after 17 years of service. But he didn’t stay away from the sea for very long and joined the Merchant Marine and served in SS Artemisia and left her when he decided that the merchant navy steering orders did not always mean the same thing A tale of milk and Honey from his brother enticed him to emigrate to Canada and join the Royal Canadian Navy in October 1920 he arrived in Halifax in HMCS Patrician. Passed through the Panama canal to serve in Esquimalt until discharge in 1922. His wife and infant son had followed in 1921 aboard the RMS Saturnia.

 

HMS IMPREGNABLE, HMS AGINCOURT, HMS MONTAGUE, HMS THESEUS, HMS QUEEN, HMS NEW ZEALAND, HMS ROYAL OAK, HMS REPULSE, HMS EMPRESS OF INDIA, HMS LEANDER, HMS BLAKE, HMS BLENHEIM, HMS ARGYLL, HMS NONSUCH, HMS APOLLO, HMS GOSHAWK, HMCS PATRICIAN

 

Photos of two of the Royal Navy ships that Henry served in:  HMS Blake     HMS Argyll

 

Postcard photo of RMS Saturnia

d'ENTREMONT, Albanie Anthanase (or Athanase) - Born: 09 Oct 1889  Died: 06 Dec 1917 "Of shock due to injuries in explosion". He was born and grew up in West Pubnico, the son of Louis Pius d'Entremont 1861-1932 and Marguerite Gaudet 1862-1960. His occupation on his death certificate indicates he was a seaman on the Stella Maris and that he was single. There is a photo of his ring and watch but none has yet been found of him. The family has indicted that his body was recognized by his brother Ulysse by his ring.He appeared in the Canadian Census records of 1891, 1901, 1911. In each case he was recorded as living with his parents in West Pubnico. No burial site has been found for him although his death certificate showed that he was to be buried in West Pubnico. (Researched by Bruce Brannen)

 

Ring of Albanie d'Entremont     Watch of Albanie d'Entremont

 

ST STELLA MARIS

d'ENTREMONT, Anselme Joseph Guillaume - Born: 05 Dec 1890  Died: 19 Dec 1917 "of shock and injuries in explosion.... burns of limbs, chest and neck. Toxemia." in the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. He was the son of Thadée d`Entremont and Vênérante d`Entremont . He was born and grew up in West Pubnico. He was married to Marie-Heniette d`Entremeont. He had two children, Jeanne May October 5 1913 and Lawrence Anselme born 1915. His residence listed on his death certificate was SS Stella Maris. He is buried with his father at West Pubnico in the St-Pierre Cemetery. There is a photo of his grave stone but none has been found of him. He appeared in the 1891 and the 1901 Canadian Census in West Pubnico. (Researched by Bruce Brannen)

 

Headstone of Anselme d'Entremont  (note: the headstone shows Sammy, an anglicized version of Anselme)

 

ST STELLA MARIS

REILLY, John Nelson Boright, Surg Lt, RCNVR / Surg Captain, RCN(R) - Born: 14 Oct 1917   Died: 01 Dec 1969. Buried in Victoria, B.C.

 

HMCS ROCKCLIFFE, HMCS MALAHAT

EDWARDS, Moray Clement, Lt, RCNVR - passed away at Sunnybrook Veterans' Centre on September 15, 2011. Moray was born August 1, 1924 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Clement and Isabel Edwards. Moray was married to Sally (nee Fox), his devoted, dear wife for 56 years, and was the loving father of James Moray, Hugh Clement (deceased), and his daughter Lee. He is sorely missed by Sally, Jamie (and his wife, Wendy Harrison), and Lee. Moray served as a lieutenant in the Canadian Navy during World War II. He graduated in Civil Engineering and worked for Imperial Oil, then in senior executive positions for McCord Ready Mix and C&C Yachts. He was a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC), where he raced 14's, Dragons, and won the Canada's Cup on Manitou and many races on Red Jacket. He was especially fond of his time at Lake Simcoe sailing his Laser (with his relatives, and his dog Skye). His desire to contribute led to countless hours of volunteer work with the RP (Retinis Pigmentosa) Foundation, the Royal Canadian Legion and lifelong involvement with the RCYC. In latter years, Moray and Sally took time away from sailing and golf respectively, and enjoyed cycling together through quiet areas of Toronto. A private service for family was held on September 19, 2011 at Rosedale United Church, Toronto. Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful caring staff at Sunny brook Veterans Centre L Wing. A special thanks for the music therapy! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Foundation (for the Veterans Centre) www.sunny brook.ca/foundation/ or 416-480-4483. (The Toronto Globe and Mail Sep 2011)

 

HMCS ROCKCLIFFE

YOUNG, Breen Philip, Cdr, MBE, CD, RCN (08 Jun 1912 - 02 Apr 1956) - of Halifax, NS, died at the RCN Hospital, Esquimalt, on April 2, 1956. Cdr. Young leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Lavinia Young, the former Mary L. Roast, of Halifax, and seven children, four girls and three boys. At the time of his death Cdr. Young held the appointment of Officer-in-Charge, RCN Depot, Esquimalt. Cdr. Young was born in West Petpeswick, Halifax County, NS, on June 8, 1912. He joined the Royal Canadian Reserve in December 1934 on the lower deck as an able seaman. He went on active service in September 1939 as a petty officer and was promoted to the rank of acting mate in March, 1940. His first appointment was to the minesweeper Comox as navigating officer, followed by service in the armed yacht Vison as the executive officer. His subsequent wartime service saw him in command of several ships, including the Bangor minesweeper Lachine, a sister ship, the Brockville, and the Algerine escort vessels Portage and Border Cities. While in the Border Cities, as a lieutenant-commander, he was the senior officer of Western Local Escort Group W2. During this period, from August 25, 1944, to May 16, 1945, his group escorted 30 convoys totalling 1,500 ships of which none were lost through enemy action, hazards of the sea or for other reasons. His largest convoy was one of 143 ships. At war's end he was on the staff of Captain (D) Halifax, as Senior Officer Minesweepers. Cdr. Young transferred to the regular force in January, 1946, and since then had held a' number of appointments both ashore and afloat. Cdr. Young was awarded the MBE in June, 1945, for his wartime services. His citation read: "By his cheerfulness and whole hearted devotion to duty he has set an outstanding example to those with whom he served, in keeping with the best traditions of the service". (The Crowsnest Magazine Vol 8 No 6 Apr 1956)

 

HMCS COMOX, HMCS VISON, HMCS LACHINE, HMCS BROCKVILLE, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS BORDER CITIES, HMCS NEW LISKEARD, HMCS MIDDLESEX, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS PENETANG

WILLIAMS, Richard Sugden (III), M.I.D., RCNVR - 12 Sep 1923 - 09 Nov 1990. Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Montreal.

WILLIAMS, Richard Sugden, Lieutenant-Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.  "This Officer has served at sea continuously for four years of war, the first year of which was spent with the Royal Navy. On return to the Royal Canadian Navy, he has been employed in escort vessels engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic, in which he displayed qualities of courage and endurance under arduous conditions. By his unbounded zeal, cheerfulness and wholehearted devotion to duty, he has set a fine example to all with whom he has come in contact."

HMCS GANANOQUE, HMCS SHAWINIGAN, HMCS SASKATOON, HMCS OSHAWA

SCHLOSSER, Alvin Russell, Air Fitter, RCN - passes away in Kelowna. A heart of gold stopped heating, hard working hands at rest. It is with great sorrow the family of the late Alvin Russell Schlosser announces his passing in Kelowna, BC, November 6, 2003. Born in Hanna, Alberta on October 26, 1943, Alvin was the youngest of three children. Alvin was in the Navy from 1960 to 1964 in Shearwater, NS. After leaving the Navy, Alvin got a job in Edmonton at the airport working on planes. In 1965, Alvin met and married Edna Letendre and made Their home in Grande Prairie where their daughter, Judy, was born. Alvin finished his apprenticeship as a heavy duty mechanic with R. Angus. Working for Caterpillar he was able to transfer to different towns and so made a transfer to Dawson Creek, BC where he worked for Finning Tractor and their son Darcy was born. From there a move to Fort Nelson was made then another move to MacKenzie. The family made their final home in Quesnel in 1978. HEre the Schlosser family enjoyed skiing, skidooing, curling, fishing, hiking, and camping together. Alvin enjoyed Quesnel and the community and always wanted to lend a helping hand, so it wasn't a surprise when he and his son Darcy joined the Barlow Creek Volunteer Fire Department. I n1999, Finning Tractor closed their doors and Slocan invited Alvin to join their team as a heavy-duty mechanic in their ship. Alvin was a family man and a man who did not hesitate to help family, friends and co-workers with the advice and the wit. In January of 2001, Alvin was diagnosed at the Kelowna General Hospital with "Boop" (bronchiolitis obliterations with organizing pneumonia) a disease that attacks the lungs and Dermatomyositis, a disease that attacks muscle and tissues. Alvin showed tremendous strength and courage with his battle of these two unique and rare diseases. Throughout his illness he continued to be concerned about the people around him. When he ahd the energy he would take walks with his wife Edna and dog Daisy. He enjoyed the company of his grandchildren Riley, Devon, Amanda, Jessie and  Kolton. He had married into a large family whose company he cherished with many good memories and laughs. He thought highly of his close friends. Co-workers were not people he merely worked with but people he considered friends. Alvin will be missed dearly by those whose lives he touched. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Edna, his daughter Judy (Peter Malic), Quesnel, BC, his son Darcy (Lisa Schlosser), Grande Prairie, AB, five grandchildren, Riley Malic, Devon, Amanda, Jessie and Kolton Schlosser, Alvin is survived by his other, Ethel Lind, Calgary, AB, brother Ray (Dinah) Schlosser, Edmonton, AB, and sister Donna (Brian)Sutherland, Calgary, AB. A memorial service was held November 10, 2003 in Quesnel, BC at Clayton's Funeral Chapel with Norm Botterill officiating. Edna and her family want to thank family and freinds for their support during these last difficult weeks. A heartfelt thanks to you all. A special thank you to Dr. Davidson and Dr. McFetridge of the Avery Health Clinic for acting on Alvin's behalf and allowing him to get the medical attention he needed. Also to the wonderful docotors, nurses and staff at Kelowna General Hospital, especially Dr. Graeme McCauley.

 

HMCS HAIDA

STEWART, Donald John Cross (09 Jun 1953 - 30 Dec 2016) - It is with profound sadness that we lay to rest Donald John Cross Stewart, a deeply loved and cherished husband, father, son and friend. His deep commitment to family was his strength and now ours to lean on. He gave 110% commitment to all he was involved in whether it was in business, his volunteer activities or in simple tasks around the home or at the lake. Working with boats and being on the water was his passion. He will be missed for his humour, love of family and friends, and his keen business acumen. He is survived by his loving wife Karen, proud sons; James, Ross, Craig and Spencer, mother and stepfather, Donna and Ray Williams, siblings; Heather and Phil Renaud (Michelle and Richard), Margot and Jim Hrynyk (Warren), Hugh Stewart, and Roberta and Todd Bish (Dylan). Don was predeceased by his father, Robert (Bob) Stewart, brother, Robert Scott, and grandparents, Dr. Wallace Warren and Mae Cross, and John (Jack) and Pearl Stewart. He will be dearly loved and missed forever by his devoted family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Connelly- McKinley Funeral Home, (10011 114 Street, Edmonton). (The Edmonton Journal 04 Jan 2017)

 

HMCS NONSUCH

EDGECOMBE, Frederick Horatio Cochrane, Lt, RCN(R) - Of Guelph, passed away peacefully at Hospice Wellington on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of 56 years to Juliet. Loved father of John (Janice) and Rob. Cherished grandfather of Megan, Sarah and Daniel. Dear brother of Elizabeth Griffin. Fred will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends. Fred was a man of many accomplishments, the greatest of which was his family. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel. Memorial contributions to Hospice Wellington or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CATARAQUI, HMCS SWANSEA

 

BRADFIELD, Howard Walter - beloved husband of Barbara, passed away peacefully just before sunrise on Sunday, April 25th, 2010. A lifelong Kingstonian, he was born March 23rd, 1929 to Ronald and Eva (Newell) Bradfield of Earl Street. He spent his early days enjoying the remarkable freedom the city offered, exploring the Kingston waterfront and river, first alone by tricycle and later by hand-constructed vessels with his life long friends. A few years later he joined the ranks of the University Naval Training Division while at Queen's. He attended Victoria Public School, KCVI and received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in 1952. Howard and Barbara founded Anchor Concrete Products in 1969 and the business became his passion and life's work. He was a longtime Kingston Frontenac Rotary Club member, especially proud of the Shelter box program that they support, a member of the KCVI Coffee Club, a founding member of the Concrete Precaster's Association of Ontario and enjoyed the Bible Study Group at his church. Howard led a full and loving life. He was a true gentleman who lived with compassion and integrity. Unfailingly gentle and welcoming, he believed in an inherent goodness in everyone and left a lasting impression on all he met. Howard will be deeply missed by many people including his wife of 54 years and his children, Michael (Deborah Murray), Jeffrey (Laurie Bradfield), Susanne (Sean Mooney), and Caroline and his sister Joan (Hal Frederick) and her children Deborah, Steven and David. He was a much loved grandfather to Ryan, Fawn, Beau, Aidan, Maia, Timothy, Kieran and Simon. Friends and family are invited to join us at James Reid Funeral Home, John Counter Blvd. on Tuesday, April 27th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 28th at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 4333 Bath Rd., at 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Cataraqui Cemetery. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Shelterbox Program, c/o Rotary Club of Kingston, P.O. Box 29008, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 8W6. Donations may also be made to St. Peter's Church in Collins Bay, specifying the 'Private Fund, in memory of Howard Bradfield' (613-384-1782) or a charity of your choice. “The planet has lost an extraordinary person however the universe has gained a truly beautiful soul.“

 

HMCS STAR

WINTER, James Ralph, UNTD, RCN - Died peacefully at home on September 13, 2016 … a few days after celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary. Born March 23, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he was the only child of Herbert W. Winter and Winifred (Crookes) Winter. After working as a pension consultant in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Vancouver for a few years, he obtained a BA degree in 1957 from Queen's University, where he played hockey and joined the Naval Reserve (UNTD). He went on to do graduate work in Economics at the University of Chicago, where he was fortunate to study under four Nobel Prize-winning economists. In 1966 he came to Acadia University as the Wallace Professor of Economics and Head of the Department. Over the years he taught, or was a visiting scholar, at the Universities of North Carolina, Western Ontario, Laurentian, Duke, Oxford, and Nanjing (China). He also advised various governments on water resource management, constitutional matters (such as the 1970 Maritime Union Study), demographic trends, fisheries management and tax systems. He was a member of the Canadian Economics Association, the Canadian Regional Science Association, and the Atlantic Provinces Inter-University Committee on the Sciences. As well, he was a founding member of the Atlantic Economics Association and first editor of its Collected Papers. Community minded, over the years he coached minor hockey and soccer, assisted with the Boy Scouts, was an elected member of the Kings County School Board, treasurer of the Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council, and fulfilled numerous duties as a member of St. John’s Anglican Church in Wolfville. Self-described as an enthusiastic, moreso than skilled, athlete he played hockey with the Acadia Oldtimers and competitive squash into his sixties before joining the Wolfville Curling Club. He is survived by his beloved wife Jean (Neve); daughters Heather (Dave Murray) and Leah (Martin Vander Baaren); sons David (Tracee Chambers) and Paul (Peggy Webb); grandsons Grayson, Benjamin, Ethan, Isaac, Aidan, Owen and granddaughter Laurel. Cremation has taken place and the funeral was held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Wolfville on Sat. Sept. 17 at 2PM, The Reverend Sandra Fyfe officiating with interment of the ashes in the family plot in the church graveyard. Reception followed. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Flowercart in New Minas or L’Arche in Wolfville.

 

CRAWFORD, Gary - Canada, Hydrospace. Died on the Ocean Ranger off of Newfoundland on 15 February 1982. He was originally from Ashville, Manitoba. His body was never recovered.

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE

SQUIRE, Robert Davison (1924-2008) - 84, Halifax, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII . Born in Ottawa, he was the son of the late Richard and Lillian (Rainboth) Squire. Robert was a veteran of the Second World War after which he served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. Robert is survived by his wife, Noreen; sons, Earl (Gail), Ajax, Ont., and Alan, Halifax; grandchildren, Vaughn, Trevor, and Jillian. He was predeceased by son, Bobby; brother, Richard, and sister, Lillian. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. A graveside service will take place 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. (The Halifax Herald 29 Apr2008)

 

Note: After retiring from the Navy he worked for many years in NEU (Naval Engineering Unit) (Pink Palace) in HMC Dockyard. He was an Electrical Superintendent.

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS SAGUENAY

 

FREEMAN, Russell (Russ), M.I.D., LCdr, RCN - Age 98, of Halifax, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII and is now reunited with his dear wife, Margaret. Born in Hamilton, Ont., he was a son of the late Richard and Florence (Scrivens) Freeman. A veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), he retired after 35 years of service. In 1935, he joined the RCN as a 16-year-old Boy Seaman and, displaying outstanding seamanship and academic prowess, he quickly rose up the ranks. He served at sea throughout the duration of the Second World War, initially on patrol and escort duty in the North Sea and throughout the Iceland-Faroes-UK gap and then escorting convoys on the treacherous North Atlantic and Murmansk Run, always on destroyers. Russ was promoted to Torpedo Officer in February 1943 at the age of 24, a remarkable achievement after just over seven years in the RCN. As a Torpedo Officer, he served in the renowned HMCS HAIDA, where he was recognized with a Mention in Dispatches on January 1, 1945. Post-War duties included an appointment as Mine Disposal Officer, West Coast. Service in the Korean War was in the Tribal-class destroyer HMCS HURON. After the Korean War, he was granted Command of HMCS CORDOVA, a minesweeper on the West Coast which always remained one of his fondest memories of service. In Ottawa, he was the Director of the Undersea Warfare and Mine Countermeasures’ section before being seconded to the Royal Navy in the early 1960’s. After three years in Portsmouth he returned to Halifax to finish his career at Maritime Command in Halifax as Commander of the First Canadian Escort Squadron. Following his military career, he served many years on the Nova Scotia Voluntary Economic Planning Board responsible for the tourism sector. He was very well-respected in the RCN and the NS Government and greatly admired and loved by his three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. As a reflection of his penchant for lifelong learning, he amassed an impressive library throughout his lifetime and never stopped acquiring new skills, whether scuba diving or learning to fly at the tender age of 70! He loved sailing, reading, his cats and his summer home on Zwicker Island in Mahone Bay. He is survived by daughter, Laura Penelope Freeman, Halifax; son, Kim Freeman (Marilyn), Johannesburg, South Africa; daughter, Pamela Florence Farner (Shawn), Toronto, Ont.; grandchildren, Sean, Sabrina, Nadja, Mikhail, Julia, Charles, James and greatgrandchild, Sebastien; and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth (Elliott) Freeman and brother, Alfred 'Fred' James Freeman (Ethel). Cremation will take place. Donations in memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Naval Trust, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed. 

 

Photo of Russell Freeman

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS HURON, HMCS CORDOVA

STEWART, Laughlin Elwood, AB, Gun Layer, C192, RCN(R), Killed - 05 Nov 1940 - S.S. Beaverford - Gunner Laughlan Stewart, RCNR was killed in action on S.S. Beaverford, Nov 5, 1940. Gunner Stewart joined the service at Halifax in 1928. He was born at High Bank, PEI, where he made his home. A son of Mr. Norman C. Stewart of High Bank and was the first P.E. Island Naval man to be killed in the war. He had been across four times, and was in the Navy thirteen years. His ship was on of the convoy in which the Hervis Bay was engaged.

 

S.S. BEAVERFORD (DEMS)

CARTER, Clifford, Fireman, Merchant Navy, Killed - 05 Nov 1940 - S.S. Beaverford - Clifford Carter, Fireman aboard the SS Beaverford, Merchant Navy, was lost at sea at the age of 22.  Clifford went down with his ship, which was sunk by the germane Pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer on November 5, 1940.  All 77 crew on board were lost.  A Canadian Pacific cargo ship, Beaverford was part of a 38-ship convoy, HX-84, crossing the Atlantic. She was sunk fighting alongside HMS Jervis Bay.  Jervis Bay had tried to draw the enemy to her and away from the convoy. Beaverford was sunk not long after Jervis Bay after several hours of holding Admiral Scheer at bay. She went down at 52-26N 32-34W in the North Atlantic.

 

Cliff had lived all his life in and around new Lowell and Glencairn before becoming a sailor on a small lake boat. He was promoted to Fireman and then Oiler, hoping to become an engineer. He signed on with the Beaverford at Montreal on 24 Oct 1940. He loved to play hockey and spent several winters on the ice with the Glencairn team. His parents, one sister and five brothers survived him. A memorial service was held in the church at Brentwood. 

 

The Barrie Examiner reported on the service December 12, 1940:

 

"Reverand Cruse spoke from Psalm 107: 'They that go down to the sea in ships.'

"The arteries of our Empire are our trade routes, even in peace our debt to the men of the sea is immeasurable. In these days our sailors are our first line of defence, and the heroes who offer their lives do not all wear the King's uniform. These men, who face the perils of war without the thrill of combat knowing that when victor is won no bands will welcome them home, are the backbone of our defence and the guardians of our morale.

"It is symbolic of the nature and ruthlessness of the present attack on democracy, that the first blood of sacrifice in our community should be that of a young man engaged in the peaceful pursuit of commerce.

"Our hearts and arms surround a home today, where the sacrifice is felt supremely. Will you share with us the consolation of our Eternal Friend? We have but one life here to give, be it long or short. It is measured not in years, but in service to the cause of humanity.

"Clifford diedd like a man, doing a man's job, facing a man's peril in war; and the head lifts proudly, thought the heart may sadly weep So may we all do our part."

 

(Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Research by Eliza Ashby and Mr. Lovell, Eastview Secondary School, Barrie, Ontario)

POEHNELL, Fidel Albert, Merchant Mariner - Born 16 Feb 1927 in New Westminster, BC. Died; 23 Mar 2001. After the war, Fidel continued working on the sea, and retired in Apr 1992 as a Diesel Marine Engineer for Rivtow Straits Tugboats out of Vancouver, BC.

 

"Dad; As a child, I did not understand that you never left me when you went out on the boats, and I rebelled. Now I know you were never really gone, for you always left your love, strength and humour behind to guide me in times of need. Your humour surrounded me in times of sorrow, and I thank you for the strength you lent me when I needed it most. You dedicated your life to us. I believe being dad was monumental in your heart. You were there for guidance and care; you forgave me of all my failings and loved me anyway. You taught me how to be a dad everlasting. Your laughter will ring forever in my ears. Your love will live on in our children carrying your spirit, your essence always.

 

Now that you have completed your task, for you have taught us well, rest easy, dear father, for we will not forget and we will make you proud. I know this will be the longest time we will not see or speak aloud; but I realize that, like I waited for you to return from the boats, you are waiting for me when I am ready to come to you. Thank you, Dad, we will carry your spirit in our hearts and minds until we meet again.

Your son, Kim"

 

SS DORVAL PARK, SS QUEENS PARK

FRICKE, Laurence (Larry), LCdr, RCN(R) (11 Mar 1912 - 06 Feb 2000) - WW2 Veteran. After a brief illness on Sunday, February 6, 2000 at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga Site, in his 88th year. Larry, beloved husband of Marion of 52 years. Loving father of Linda Carleton (Mike) of Vancouver, Stephen (Beth), Robin Uba (Stephen), Gregory and Michael (Kim). Cherished grandfather of 9. Dear brother of Dorothea Schibli of Montreal and the late Mary Milton of Islington. Fiends will be received at the Neweduk Funeral Home "Mississauga Chapel", 1981 Dundas St. W., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Mississauga, on Wednesday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m. followed by creation. In memory of Larry, donations to the Trillium Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

 

Letter informing family of the scattering of LCDR Fricke's ashes at sea     Map showing area of committal service

 

HMCS WOLF, HMCS QUATSINO, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS DONNACONA

 

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