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)

 

SCHUCK, S.J. - was born in 1924. He served with the RCN during WW 2 from 1943 to 1945. He served in HMCS Orkney during the Battle of the Atlantic, based in Londonderry, Ireland. He died in 2011.

 

HMCS ORKNEY

STERLING, Douglas Raymond (Doug) - was born in Carstairs, AB on 23 Oct 1920. he joined the RCNVR in 1940 in Calgary and was sent to Esquimalt for basic training. He was then sent to Halifax to join the North Atlantic escorts. Doug married in 1944 and was discharged in 1945. He moved to BC where he passed away on 09 Feb 1989. He was buried at sea as his request.

SWANSON, Robert (Bob) - was born in Missoula, Montana in 1926. His family moved to Canada when he was four. He enlisted in the RCn in March 1944 when he was 17 and experienced the Battle of the Atlantic serving as a Gunner on the Tipperary Park, A merchant ship, in a convoy from Vancouver to London. Bob was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the War Medal 1939-1945, and the CVSM. He died in 2005

 

SS TIPPERARY PARK (DEMS)

THOMPSON, Eric - was born in Beverly, England in 1922. he served in the RCN during WW 2. He passed away in 1994.

WALSH (nee SKINNER), Patricia D., WRCNS - was born in Vancouver on 08 Dec 1924. She always longed to join the Navy, and eventually joined the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. She was based in Shelburne, NS where she enjoyed displaying her talents as a singer with the Navy Band. She passed away in 2012.

RENNER, Paul (16 Jul 1941 - 14 Feb 2017) - The family of Mr. Paul Christopher Renner of Sussex Corner, is saddened to announce his peaceful passing at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the age of 75. Paul was born in Halifax, NS on July 16, 1941, a son of the late George Lyall and Florence (Jubien) Renner and loving husband of Serena (Hanley) Renner. Along with his beloved wife of 46 years, Serena; he is survived by his son Nathan Renner and Helen Langley of Bedford, NS; his daughter Michelle Renner of Halifax, NS; his sister Sandra Durham of Prospect, NS; his brothers-in-law, Murray Branscombe and his wife June of Belleville, ON, Thomas Hanley and his wife Carol Ann of New Maryland, Patrick Hanley and his wife Moria Lawler of Auckland, New Zealand and Warren Mason of Newtown; his sisters-in-law, Margo Renner of Digby, NS and Glenna Hanley of Fredericton and his special nephew Neil Hanley and his wife Ragnhild of Oslo, Norway and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends. Lastly, Paul will be sadly missed by their four-legged companion, Maggie. In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by his brother David Renner. Paul was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years, joining in 1960 as an electrician. He lived in the UK for a few years while taking his submariners' training and had the honour of sailing on all 3 of the Canadian O-Boats. He crossed over, on and under the Atlantic many times over his years. Paul loved keeping in touch with his old navy buddies, attending anniversary events and sharing stories of his life as a sailor. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20, here in Sussex for many years Upon his retirement in 1986, he and Serena moved back to Serena's hometown of Sussex where he began his second career as an inspector for Fundy Mutual Insurance of Sussex. Following this, he worked in quality control with Paramax, during construction of the navy frigates in Saint John. He remained with the Frigate Program until the completion of the final ship, retiring once again. He was an avid reader and a big sports fan, particularly hockey and his beloved Boston Bruins as well as, the Toronto Blue Jays. He grew up playing tennis and sailing on the Northwest Arm in Halifax and enjoyed playing football in High School. Paul was also a lover of music and his best kept secret was that he played fiddle and mandolin and had a terrific singing voice. He also had an artistic side with a talent for calligraphy. He was fearless, obviously demonstrated by his career path, but also in the sense that he was willing to try anything once and was always learning. He thoroughly enjoyed rolling up his sleeves and tackling any home renovation project that enticed him. For many years and even before moving back to Sussex, Paul went to the camp hunting every year with his brother-in -law Warren, something he enjoyed immensely up until very recently. His family liked to tease him that the hunting trips were more about cooking good food and socializing than they were about the actual hunting part. He was a great cook and his burgers were said to be "World Famous". Another favorite pastime was the summer weekends he and Serena spent with family and friends at the TNT trailer park. Paul had a gift for making you feel welcome. He gave THE BEST HUGS, was quick to laugh, loved to joke and enjoyed raising a glass with those whom he loved. He was known as "Uncle Paul" to so many, including grown nieces and nephews as well as, to some of his in-laws. Children and animals just adored him and he was an excellent friend and neighbor. Above all else, Paul was absolutely full of care and love for his wife, his children and his family. He was a family man in all his ways and had a soft, gentle side. He was greatly respected and deeply loved and will be forever remembered by all whom he treasured and all those whose lives he touched. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, (506-433-1176). In honor of Paul's wishes, there will be no visitation held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am followed by a time of fellowship in the church hall. If you are considering making a memorial donation, the family has recommended the Church or The Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS ONONDAGA, HMCS OKANAGAN, HMCS OJIBWA, HMS/m Ocelot

BAKER, Carl Robert (Bob) (27 Jan 1947 - 11 Feb 2017) - age 70, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully February 11, 2017 in the VG Site, QEII. Bob retired from the Navy in 2001 following 34 years of dedicated service. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, spending quality time with his family, and ensuring that no one was ever late (some things never change). He especially cherished time spent with his grandchildren, watching their activities and always cheering them on. Bob looked forward to yearly family vacations in Prince Edward Island, despite the chaos that came with them. Bob's interests included watching the Halifax Mooseheads, walking with various walking clubs as well as with Amber, his enthusiastic four-legged walking partner, recreational cycling and skating, and watching CNN until his loving wife of 44 1/2 years was ready to scream; finally he resorted to a headset! Bob enjoyed travelling and went on many great vacations with Carolyn. Bob lived life to the fullest and looked after his family until the end. Born in Huntsville, Ont., Bob was the son of the late George and Catherine (Marshall) Baker. Bob is survived by his sweetie (wife), Carolyn (Harvey); daughters, Jan Wilson (Rob Clark), Kim (Ed) Harding; grandchildren, Zachary and Nate Wilson; Cameron, Matthew and Emily Harding; sisters, Judith (Eric) McKinnon and Dorien Baker (Rick Nowosad); mother-in-law, Alma Harvey and brother-in-law, Peter (Daff) Harvey. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in law, Ralph Harvey. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 7-9 p.m. in the Hooper Room in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Dartmouth. A memorial mass will take place Friday, February 17 at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The War Amps or any children's charity.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS SKEENA, CFS ALDERGROVE

GRENTZ, Reginald John (Reg) - age 88, of Dartmouth, passed away in Dartmouth General Hospital on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Born in Schumacher, Ont, on August 6, 1928, Reg grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ont. until he joined the Navy in 1946. He was a son of Michael Grentz and Katarina (Spehar) Grentz. Reg spent 25 years of his working life in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on all three aircraft carriers, HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bonaventure, retiring in 1971 as a CPO2. He then went to work for the Federal Government Department of Manpower and Immigration for 22 years. During his retirement years, he volunteered at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church in various positions for 13 years. Reg is survived by his wife, Rita (Melvin); daughters, Kim (Chris), Katrina (Tim Krahn) and Jennifer (Marshall) Grover; grandsons, Jason, Michael and Gregory and twins, Jerramy and Marcus Grover, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Reg was predeceased by his sisters, Kay (Buster) Smith, Mamie (Bill) Burdeney, Tillie (Stan) Zavisha, Agnes (John) Benish, Jean (Rollie) Lavallee; brothers, Ed (Marg) and Mike (Joyce). No visitation by request. The funeral Mass will take place in St. Clement's Church, 16 Gaston Rd., Dartmouth on Tuesday, February 14 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation and Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE

McELREA, Kenneth Samuel - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kenneth Samuel McElrea on Thursday February 8, 2017 at the Concordia Hospital. Ken was born September 21, 1923 in Winnipeg where he spent his entire life. He was predeceased by his loving wife Jean (nee Smith) brothers Art and Bill and sisters Mildred and Phyllis. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ken worked at odd jobs during the Great Depression doing deliveries on a bike to driving a produce truck. In 1941 he started with the CPR as a wiper but country called and he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served overseas on a Corvette - HMCS Summerside as a radar operator and witnessed the D Day Landing. After the war he returned to Winnipeg and the CPR. At that time he noticed a young lady who walked by the house on Lipton Street. Jean became the love of his life and they were married August 31, 1950. They had 58 wonderful years together spending many summers at their cottage at Victoria Beach and in the winters skating at the duck pond at Assiniboine Park. They lived life to the fullest whether it be meeting new friends traveling the world or relaxing with friends at Victoria Beach with its sign "The Merry Macs”. The family would like to thank all the staff at Concordia Hospital for their love and compassion, Renee, Terri, Tanya, Deb and Staff at Kildonan House and a special thanks to Dr. Fletcher. Cremation has taken place and there will be a Celebration of Life at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue across from Brookside Cemetery on Friday February 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ken's memory can be made to the Salvation Army, 203-290 Vaughan Street, Wpg, MB, R3B 2N8 or Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Wpg, MB, R3B 9Z9.

 

HMCS SUMMERSIDE

BOTT, Grant Francis - With great sadness we announce the passing of Grant Bott. Grant died suddenly on February 5, 2017 at home in Oliver, BC. He is survived by his wife Maureen, brother Garry (Joyce), children Rob (Barb) and Julie (Roy) and grandchildren Kevin, Jacki and Sophie. Born August 17, 1937 to Edmund and Kathleen Bott, Grant grew up in Vancouver and joined the RCN after high school. He then spent 25 years with the West Van Fire Dept, retiring as Assistant Chief in 1989. He then moved to Oliver, served as a Town Councillor, designed the Oliver Coat of Arms and was very involved in the community. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on April 29, 2017 at Saint Edward The Confessor in Oliver. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 17 Feb 2017)

CAMERON, Gary F. - Died on February 14, 2017 at the age of 65 after 14 months of living with cancer. I fought no courageous battles - I just used the time to prepare for my expiry date and say goodbye to family and friends. There won't be a service as we had a cheerful pre-wake party so I could rebut any calumnies! Born in New Brunswick, after spending 2 years as a hippie hitch-hiking in Canada and Europe, I was a midshipman in the RCN and then became a PC with the Vancouver Police Department in 1975. I loved being a street cop! I played hard, put a lot of bad people behind bars where they belonged and tried unsuccessfully to understand why our criminal justice system is so monumentally screwed up. I received the BC Police Honours Award for Valour for my role in a use of deadly force incident, but the greatest compliment I was ever paid was being accepted by the street cops I respected, as one of them. My cop friends (thanks 656 et al!) and my "civilian" friends from here and Fredericton were unbelievably caring and helpful. They gave me space when I required it, took my calls when I needed to talk and tolerated my libertarian- conservative views and dark cop humour. Our movie night crew was extremely supportive, but I don't think they'll miss my penchant for picking sappy Rom-Coms when it was my turn to choose! My undying gratitude goes to all of you for being there for us when we needed you. My wonderful sister Lynne flew across the country to assist us, and managed to keep me (relatively) sane with our nightly conversations. My nephews Chris and Ryan flew out here to check on their inheritance (kidding!) and to help out. I'm very proud of all my nephews. My wife Cheryl, who made life worth living ever since we met 32 years ago, was my Rock of Gibraltar throughout the illness. She was the best thing that ever happened to me and I love her dearly. I want to thank Drs. Buczkowski, Scudamore and Segedi and the entire VGH Hepatobiliary surgical team; the superb nurses on Floor 8 of Jim Pattison VGH Pavilion; my compassionate oncologist Dr. Lyly Le and all the Chemo Pod nurses at the FVBC Cancer Agency; the doctors and nurses at PAH and SMH Emerg; the tappers and the kind recovery room nurses at SMH; White Rock Homecare Nursing Services and my GP, Dr. Iso. I got the very best of health care. I'll end (get it?) with something else I wrote: "Kind thoughts that go unspoken, should already have been said. Eulogies comfort the living - they are lost upon the dead." (Vancouver Sun / The Province 17 Feb 2017)

BYATT, Archie, CPO.AA, 3130, RCN, Enlisted 04 Apr 1938 (29 Dec 1920 - 07 Feb 2017) - WW2 Veteran, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017 at 96 years of age. Predeceased by his loving wife Nancy, he is survived by his children Steve (Betty), Archie (Diane), George (Peggy), and Elizabeth, as well as nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Archie served in the Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer during the Second World War. He and Nancy settled in his home town and raised their family. Archie returned to school to become a much loved teacher and principal. He loved gardening and fishing and was an avid reader until he lost his eye sight. Many of his interests and knowledge were passed down to his children. Archie also leaves his dear friends of many years, Alice (Holm) and Phil (Steele). Many thanks to the awesome staff of Broadmead Lodge. A Celebration of Life to held at a later date. (Victoria Times Colonist 17 Feb 2017)

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMS VICTORY (1940), HMS EXCELLENT  (Whale Island Gunnery School) (1940-1941), HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS SACKVILLE, HMCS AVALON (1942-1943), HMCS STADACONA (1944), HMS NORFOLK (County Class Heavy Cruiser) (1944-1945), HMCS NIOBE (1945), HMS PEREGRINE (RNAS), HMCS CORNWALLIS

McCARTHY, Joseph Weeden (Jerry) (07 May 1925 - 08 Feb 2017) - Left behind are his loving wife of sixty-four years (Torchy); his son Joe; his daughter Megan; his beloved grandson Tanner; three nieces (Brenda, Susan and Nancy); and his nephew Craig. Predeceased by his brother Bob Walker. Jerry was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended Spruce Avenue Elementary School and Victoria High. After stints with both the army and sea cadets (the latter group known as the Warriors), he volunteered for the navy, mustering as a stoker second class. Three years later, he was an acting stoker first class – a meteoric rise that, as his wife pointed out, he never let go to his head. He attended both the universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta, graduating as an electrical engineer in 1950. After his service in the navy, he joined the army, serving as an officer in the RCEME. He left the army in 1953 when given the choice of taking a course or marrying his wife Torchy Detlor in Regina. Torchy accompanied him in his long career as a pipeliner, which saw him lay thousands of miles of pipe in countries as far away as Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, India, Russia and the USA. He worked for such companies as Cotter Brothers, Williams Brothers, Marine Pipeline, Majestic Wiley, Perini Arctic, Pitts Price, Fluor Engineering, AIC, Enserch, Underwater Construction, Charrington Drilling, FNC Lavalin and Colt Engineering. He was active in his professional associations, both the ARPEGGA and the PLCAC, serving as president of the latter organisation in the mid-seventies. He retired at eighty-four after more than six decades of work, 49 residences and an uncountable legion of friends. Jerry loved his work, loved to dance, loved to tell stories, loved sports, loved life – but, above all, loved his Torchy. He was a member of the Calgary Petroleum Club, the Earl Grey Golf Club, The Glencoe Club, the Ranchmen's Club, The Revellers, the Bridge Club and the Anchorage Croquet Club. Known for his Irish charm, he was called upon often to speak, not least because doing so obviated the need for a microphone. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Uncle. Mentor. Boss. Friend. He will be missed. A Wake will be held at the Ranchmen's Club at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. (Calgary Herald 17 Feb 2017)

STEVENS, Donald Glenn (Donnie) - age 71, Fox Point. On Thursday, February 16, 2017, Donnie took his final sail. Born on May 28, 1945, to the late Fred and Doris Stevens. Donnie lived in different communities around the province over the years, but spent much of his life in St. Margaret's Bay/Hubbards. Donnie started his career in the Navy and went on to work for many years as Chief Steward on marine vessels, spending much of his career with Secunda Marine. He was a man unlike any other, who enjoyed parties, socializing, and being on the water. He truly was a man of the sea, traveling the world and making friends along the way. He had a special place in his heart for the country and people of Cuba, where he worked on ships for many years. While not one for sentimentalities, he loved his family very much and he was loved by many. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Donnie is survived by his daughters, Suzanne (Kirk) Alexander, Dartmouth; Patricia (Earl) Smith, Fox Point; daughter-in-law, Nadine Wood-Stevens, Tantallon; grandchildren, Nicole, Samantha, Hillary, David and Emma; brothers, Arnold Weaver, Queensland; and Aubrey Hansen, Welland, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine; son, David; brothers, Gordon Stevens and Robert Stevens; sister, Charlene Kidd. There will be a party waiting for him on the other side. There will be a celebration of Donnie's life at a later date. 

 

HMCS OKANAGAN

ANDERSON, Harold - was born in Nelson, BC in 1920. He served in the RCN during WW2 in the North Atlantic on HMCS Skeena, Saguenay, Chaudiere and Kamloops. Harold passed away on 08 Oct 2008.

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS KAMLOOPS

GIDLEY, William - Born June 21, 1923 Died October 16, 2005 William (Bill) was born in Manchester England, after school he joined the Royal Navy at 17 years of age, completing his Naval career in the Canadian Navy and moving to Kitimat in 1975. Following his retirement in civilian life Bill moved to Terrace in 1985. While in Kitimat he received his Life Membership in the Royal Canadian Legion for the many years of hard work. Bill moved to Vernon with family five years ago. Predeceased by his wife Annie, Bill leaves behind sisters Lillian(Eric) and Dorothy in England, daughters Carol, Clare (John), son Billy (Muriel), grand daughters Leanne, Susan, and great grand daughters Brooklyn and Savannah.

 

GIDLEY, William (Bill), Lt (N) (LD), RCN - was born in England in 1923. He joined the Royal Navy at a very early age, served for 14 years on many ships, and was stationed in Malta. At the age of 17, Bill was a survivor of the sinking of the battleship HMCS Barham off the coast of Egypt at 4.25 pm on 25 Nov 1941. 841 lives were lost. Some years after the war ended, Bill mvoed his family to Canada and transferred to the RCN. He spent 17 with the Navy stationed in Halifax and Cornwallis, and on the West coast at Esquimalt and at HMCS Aldergrove. Following his retirement from the Navy, Bill moved to Kitimat to work for the Canada Manpower Department. He returned to England many times for the reunion of the survivors of HMS Barham. Bill was a life member and past President of Legion Branch 250 in Kitimate before moving to Terrace, BC. he finally settled in Vernon close to family. Bill passed away in 2005.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMS BARHAM, HMCS ALDERGROVE

GREGOIRE (nee GRAY), Mary Belle, WRCNS - was born 01 Jul 1919 in Portage la Prairie, MB. She enlisted in the WRCNS in Winnipeg in 1942. Following her basic training in Galt, ON, Mary was posted to Halifax and later to Esquimalt. She were in one of the 39 "non-combatant" occupations assigned to all WRENS. When WW2 ended, Mary received her discharge in Winnipeg in 1945. Mary and her husband Ted, who served in the Army during WW 2, moved to Squamish, BC n 04 Mar 1957. Mary passed away a few years ago.

HILL, Arthur Thomas - passed away peacefully on January 26, 2014, at the age of 94. He was surrounded by his loving family. Arthur was born in 1920 in Carman, Manitoba. Arthur is survived by his wife Barbara of 65 years and their five children: David (Yvonne), Barbara Jr, Ken (Jackie), Patricia (Jim), Don (Arleigh), ten grandchildren and 5 and ¾ great-grandchildren, as well as "Buddy" his faithful canine companion. Arthur was a much loved husband, father, friend and community minded gentleman. Arthur was a well trained and experienced poultry geneticist. He advanced scientific research in his chosen field but never forgot the real world of business which he helped both professionally and as a volunteer. The family is grateful for the support and care given to Arthur, with special thanks to his family doctor, Dr. Basson and his loving and caring staff, the staff on the fifth floor at Chilliwack General, along with Drs. Enns and Harrison. A celebration of Arthur's life will take place on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Carman United Church in Sardis. In lieu of flowers, donations to Carman United Church would be gratefully received.

 

HILL, Arthur T. - was born on 15 Jan 1920. he enlisted n the RCNVR on 01 Jul 1943 and served until being discharged on 04 Sep 1945. He was stationed on the East coast, serving on convoy duty aboard HMCS Sherbrooke and HMCS Strathadam.

 

HMCS SHERBROOKE, HMCS STRATHADAM

NEILSON, Robert Strang, Lt, RCNVR - Born: 1918, Stratford, Perth Co., ON.  Died: 1987

 

HMCS HESPELER

HOSKINS, William Birnie, P2RP  - Born Nov. 3, 1941. Died April 12, 2009. Was a member of the Lions Club, Army Navy Air force, and Royal Canadian Legion. Survived by his wife Addie, son Charles (Sabrina) Grandson Bradley, Daughter Kathy (Joel), Granddaughter Amanda, Brenda and Brothers Blain, Lorne & Brian. A service will be held at Sands Chapel on Quadra St., Thursday April 16 at 2:00pm. Donations in memory to Camp Shawnigan. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Apr 2009)

 

HOSKINS, William (Birnie) - was born in Winnipeg, MB on 03 Nov 1941. He joined the Navy in 1958 and served for 30 years as a Radar Plotter. After he retired, Birnie worked as a Commissionaire and was a member of the Trafalgar Pro Patria Legion Branch 292 in Victoria.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS YUKON, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS CHALEUR, HMCS CHIGNECTO, HMCS CAPE BRETON

HUGGINS, Harry, OFF VR-147, RNCVR - was born in Torrington, Norfolk, England in 1887. He left school early to work on  fishing boat and later joined the Merchant Navy. Harry came to Vancouver, BC before World War I started. He joined the RNCVR and enlisted in the RCN on 30 Apr 1917 in Esquimalt, BC. He served in Canada and on the high seas. He was at sea when the Halifax Explosion occurred on 06 Dec 1917. His wife didn't find out for some time that he was safe. Harry was discharged in Halifax, NS on 30 Dec 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war he worked in the Post Office. Harry passed away in 1937.

 

Coastal Drifter CD 34, Patrol Vessel PV II

JOHN, Edward Hammond Trevelyan, RCNVR - Born in Roleau, SK in 1918. Long time Salmo resident, Edward John, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2016. He lived in Salmo for more than 90 years and during that time, was very active in the community. He worked as an electrician for the West Kootenay Power company before volunteering for the Navy in 1941. He used his training as an electrician when serving in World War II in the Canadian Navy. Throughout the War, he operated the gyro compass on a corvette vessel which guided Canadian troop ships across the Atlantic. After the war, Ed and his wife, Margaret, established the Salmo Clothing Store which served the village and surrounding mining settlements for 21 years. He then diversified. He and his crew demolished the old Trail Hospital, and later, the Salmo skating rink. He logged in the area for several years and assisted in building the Community Memorial Church and the Salmo Baptist Church. Later, he returned to his profession as an electrician, working at the mines, and the Celgar Sawmill. He also became the electrician for Salmo residents. He was a charter member of the Salmo Legion and for many years, a member of the Salmo Knights of Pythias. Ed and Margaret loved to travel. They toured Europe, England, Australia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico and much of Canada and the United States. Ed was predeceased in October by his wife, Margaret. He is survived by 3 children, Tom (Robin) John from Toronto, Merilyn (Robin) Hicks from North Vancouver, and Jennifer (John) Mobbs from Salmo and his brother Peter John. He will be fondly remembered by his 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Salmo Community Memorial Church across from Shopeasy.

KEEP, John Percy - was born in Montreal, QC, in 1921. He enlisted in the RCN and serve aboard HMCS Saguenay and Port Hope and at HMCS Stadacona, in Halifax. John passed away in 1973.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS PORT HOPE, HMCS STADACONA

KREHBIEL, Richard Merle, Stoker Petty Officer- was born on 17 Jun 1916 in Lehigh, Kansas. His family moved to Saskatchewan in 1923 and took up farming in the White Fox area. He was training as a stationary steam engineer as well as a diesel engineer, so when he joined the RCN in 1942 he soon achieved the rank of Stoker Petty Officer. Rich served in the corvette HMCS Ville de Quebec and was wounded in action during Operation Torch in the Mediterranean. After VE-day, the Navy encourage him to stay in the service, but after making the first steam in the new destroyer HMCS Micmac, he took his release in Sep 1945. He returned to farming in the White Fox area where he married Yvonne Smith in 1949 and had three children. Rich was an active member of Legion Branch 244 in White Fox, SK until moving to Ladner, BC in 1971. There he managed a yacht club until retiring to Parksville in 1980 where he lived until he passed away in 1983.

 

HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, HMCS MICMAC

PEARSON, David Marshall - was born on 06 Feb 1925 near Red Deer, AB. He lied about his ago to enlist in WW II with the Canadian Army on 07 Apr 1942 as a trooper in the 14th (Reserve) Army Battalion. When his age was discovered he was discharged on 08 Aug 1942. He re-enlisted in the RCNVR on 03 Oct 1942 in Calgary, AB and trained at HMCS Naden. He served in HMS Nabob in the North Atlantic and Barents Sea. He was discharged on 28 Jan 1946 and received the Atlatnic Star, the 1939-1945 Star, and the CVSM. He was a member of Legion branches in Calgary, Red Deer, Creston, Windermere and for 43 years, Branch #43 Prince George. He passed away 22 Dec 2007.

 

HMS NABOB, HMCS NADEN

RICHARDSON, Stanley - was born in Powell River in 1923. Stan served in the Navy on HMCS Bayfield and HMCS Inch Arran. He was involved in the D-Day landings. Stan passed away in 2007.

 

HMCS BAYFIELD, HMCS INCH ARRAN

ST. THOMAS, James Edgar Clarke - was born in Alex, AB in 1937. He enlisted in the RCN in APR 1955 and was honourably released in Apr 1960. He passed away in 2001.

STEWARD, George J. (Paddy) - was born in Calgary, AB, in 1918. He joined the RCNVR in Vancouver in 1938. He served at HMCS Naden, Givenchy and Chatham as a Telegraphist. Paddy was the "Gene Autry" of the ship and was never far from his guitar. He passed away in 1991.

 

VANCOUVER Half Company RCNVR, HMCS NADEN, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS CHATHAM

STRUGNELL, Roger William. - was born in Burnaby, BC June 13, 1924 and passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8th, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Irene. He also leaves his son Dean, daughter Stacey (Craig); grandsons Graydon, Duncan and Lachlan and many nieces and nephews. He served with the Canadian Navy during WW 2 in the North Atlantic on HMCS Saguenay and two Royal Navy ships. He also served at HMCS Avalon. The Strugnells moved to Vancouver Island in 1970, then built the trailer park and resort and he became ''Bowser Bill''. After living in Bowser for 36 years, they moved to Qualicum Beach. Roger was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Bowser Branch #211 and when in good health was a willing volunteer. Friends and neighbours are invited to a Tea on Saturday, October 13th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Bowser Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the First Open Heart Society of BC would be appreciated. Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 10/10/2007.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS AVALON

VARNEY, Hazel, WRCNS - was born in Balfour, BC, in 1922. She enlisted in the WRCNS in 1943 and was stationed in Halifax. She passed away in 2002.

WALTER, Stanley Roger - was born in Moose Jaw, SK in 1925. He enlisted in the RCN on 04 Mar 1943 and served in Canada and on the High Seas. He was awarded the CVSM, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Royal and Merchant Navy Star. Roger passed away in 1986.

DAWSON, Cyril George Stuart, Lt, RCNVR (13 Oct 1920 - 04 Aug 2012) - passed away peacefully on Saturday at University Hospital in London after a brief illness in his 92nd year. His loving family was at his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ruth, his sons John (Dee), Doug (Jayne) and Michael (Barb) and his grandchildren Ashley, Georgia, Stuart, Alex, Frances, Douglass, Claire and Dougall, his great-grandchildren Jude and Roman, his brother John (Joan), and also by his nieces Claire and Jennifer and his nephews Stuart, Roger, and Charles. Stuart was raised in Birmingham, England. He emigrated to Canada aboard the Duchess of Richmond to study at Trinity College, University of Toronto, in May of 1939. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as a reservist in 1940 and subsequently attended Officer Training at HMCS Royal Roads, graduating in 1941. He was eventually promoted to Lieutenant. He served as a navigator aboard Flower Class Corvettes, escorting convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. He served for the duration of the Second World War. In 1946 he returned to Trinity College and completed his BA. He then attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 1949. He joined the firm of Mitchell, Hockin and Thompson in London, Ontario in 1950. Eventually this firm became Mitchell, Hockin and Dawson. He loved the study and practice of law and continued to practise law until he was in his eighties. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family service on Wednesday, August 8 at the James A. Harris Funeral Home in London. The family plans a celebration of Stuart's life in the fall. Memorial Contributions to the Salvation Army would be gratefully

 

HMCS NAPANEE, HMCS MALPEQUE

BULMER, Peter E. - was born in Outlook, SK in 1924. He joined the navy in 1941 when he was 17 and trained at HMCS Cornwallis in Nova Scotia. He saw action in various vessels as an Able Seaman during WW 2 and served three tours in HMCS Sioux in Korean waters between 1951 and 1953. While serving at CFB Esquimalt, BC, Peter lost his life in a tragic automobile accident on 13 May 1954.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS SIOUX

CLARK, George, CD - was born in Stony Point, MB on 27 Feb 1936. He enlisted in the Navy in Aug 1957 at HMCS Chippawa, Winnipeg, and took his basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, NS. George was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration. A happy go lucky sailor and a great shipmate, George passed away in 1977 and is still greatly missed by family and friends.

 

HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS FRASER, HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS PROVIDER

CRAWFORD, Galered Glenwood (Glen) - was born in the Drake District in 1940. He served in the RCN as a Signalman TG2. Glen was a member of Legion Branch 288 in Westbank for 29 years. He passed in 2009.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS NADEN, HMCS STADACONA

DENIS, Kenneth E. (Ken) - was born in Montreal, QC in 1919. He served with the RCNVR and RCAF during WW 2. He was a member of the Legion for 28 years in Calgary and Prince George before joining the Legion Branch 217 in Salmo. Ken passed away in 1993.

FORD, Raymond Alec (Ray) - was born in Nanaimo, BC in 1922 and grew up in Duncan. He joined the RCN on 25 May 1942. He served in HMCS Mastodon from 09 Apr 1943 until 20 Jan 1944, and on HMCS Gatineau from 14 Nov 1944 till 09 Jun 1945. Ray was discharged on 16 Oct 1945. He worked for the British Columbia Tel for most of his career and lived in Port Alberni with his family. He passed away in 1997. Ray's father served in WW1. His brother Ronald, sister Stella and brother-in-law Percy Morgan, also served during WW 2.

 

HMCS MASTODON, HMCS GATINEAU

FRY, Douglas Henry (Doug) - was born in New Westminster, BC on 11 Jan 1916. He enlisted in the RCNVR on 31 Mar 1936 and took his initial training at HMCS Naden in Esquimalt in 1940. He served on HMCS Wolf off the West coast before being assigned to HMCS Prince Henry on 04 Jan 1944 and leaving for the UK from Vancouver on 06 Jan 1944. The Prince Henry was present on D-Day as a member of Combined Operations Command and took part in the invasion of Southern France and remained in the Mediterranean until march 1945. Doug was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, The Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, the CVSM and 1930-1945 War Medal with Clasp. In 1997 the Greek government awarded those who served on the Prince Henry a commutative medal and scroll for "...the valuable contribution and struggle for the universal values of Freedom and Democracy in the Greek theatre of war during WW2. Doug passed away on 16 Sep 1993.

 

HMCS WOLF, HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS NADEN

GORMAN, Edward (Ed) - age 80, Upper LaHave, Lunenburg Co., passed away at home on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Ed was born in Halifax on February 13, 1936; he was the son of the late Harold and Eleanor (Roy) Gorman. Ed served in the Royal Canadian Navy (Naval Air) and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24, Bridgewater. He enjoyed self-employment, golfing, camping, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marina (Corcoran) Gorman; son, Gary (Priscilla); daughter, Debra (Paul) Naugler; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. By personal request, there will be no service.

BISHOP, Albert George - age 89 of Dartmouth. Passed away Friday February 17, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Burks Falls Ont. on September 4, 1927, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Robson) Bishop. He served in the Canadian Navy and was a proud veteran of the Korean War. Albert was a devoted member of the Chief and Petty Officer’s Association and volunteered tirelessly serving veterans at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital, QE II. He had a very strong work ethic that led him to excel at every endeavour he under took. Albert self-taught himself many trades over the years and the results of which are gracing his loved ones homes. In his later years his grandchildren where his pride and joy providing him with great happiness. Albert is survived by his daughter, Verena Joy Matthew (Garth Marchbank), Summerside, PEI; son, Wayne Albert Bishop (France Vallee), St-Lazare, Que; special friend, Margaret Tremblay; grandchildren, Alyssa (Alex), Eric, Justyn, Dylan; great grandson, Miles sister in law, Margaret “Peggy” and also his numerous extended family. He was predeceased by his wife, Greta (Kettle); brothers, Peter and James. A memorial service will be held 10am Wednesday, February 22 with a reception to follow both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QE II Foundation, Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.

GRAHAM, Samuel Robert (Sam) - age 91 of Dartmouth passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 in the Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, QE II. Born in Penzance, Saskatchewan on November 27, 1925,  he was the son of the late Robert and Helen Graham. Sam served his country for 46 years that included 27 years in the Canadian Navy and 19 years with Canada Customs. During his career in the Navy he was in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Sam was known for helping people at work and with family. He was also known for his sense of humour and jokes. He was a member of the Atlantic Chief and Petty Officer’s Association. He was also active in the Society of St. Vincent De Paul for many years. Sam is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion (Carroll); sons, Robert (Melba) and John; grandchildren, Andrew (Aymee), Christopher, Amanda (Kelly), Robin (Ian), Amy (Josh), Mitchell (Malory), Graham and Noah; great grandchildren, Berkley, William, Easton and Scout. He was predeceased by daughter, Nancy Graham; sister, Hannah Bell; daughter in law, Deborah Graham. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass will be held 2pm Tuesday, February 21 in St. Thomas More, Dartmouth, reception to follow in church hall. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

TEED, H. Daniel (Dan)  (17 Jul 1940 - 08 Feb 2017) - age 76, of Lower Sackville, passed away February 8 at home. Born in Springhill, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Emma (Brown) Teed. Dan was a Shipwright in the RC Navy and worked at Major Foods Vending until his retirement. He had a wonderful sense of humour, enjoyed country music, bingo and darts. Dan was a member of the Sackville Seniors Advisory Council. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret “Marg” (Lundrigan) Teed; son, Gregory Douglas Teed; brothers, W. David (Carolyn ) Teed, Springhill, Kemp Teed, Quesnel, BC; sister, Julie Wamboldt, Port Howe, NS; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Greta Lockhart. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Friday February 17th at 10 am in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

HARTLEY, William Jackson - was born in Vancouver, BC in 1924. He joined the RCN during WW2 and served in Canada, England and on the High Seas. He passed away in 1979.

LAURIN, Lucien Joseph Albert, OS, V6470, RCNVR,  killed - 26 Mar 1941 - Lucien was born in Hull, QC in 1920. He joined the RCNVR in Jun 1940 and served on HMCS Otter. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, The Atlantic Star and the War Medal. He was killed in action.

 

HMCS OTTER

MARTIN, Robert (Bob) - was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1939. His family came to Canada when he was 10 and settled in Regina, SK. He joined the RCN. After his discharge, he worked for many years first as a fisherman on the Pacific coast and then with a maritime fuel company. He was a member of White Rock Legion Branch 8 until he passed in 2002.

MARTIN, Paul (29 Jun 1925 - 27 Sep 2015) - went peacefully in to the arms of his Lord and Saviour after having his body ravaged with Alzheimer's related dementia for 18 years. Praise God he now has a new body. Raised in Sunningdale, Surrey, excelling in sports at school, he met the love of his life Pauline (Brocks) at the age of 13. He and Pauline had just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary and 77 years of having their lives entwined. At the age of 17 he volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm and after initial training did his flight training in Yarmouth, NS. Next posted to Lord Louis Mountbatten's fleet, he consequently spent the next two years in the Japanese war zone, witnessed the Japanese surrender and was active in freeing people from concentration camps and Changi Jail in Singapore. Home again, marriage and in 1947 he and Pauline started a new life in Canada. Paul eventually joined the fledgling Royal Canadian Naval Air Service in which he served for 25 years, in NS, London U.K. and Winnipeg, surviving an aircraft accident and winning the highest suggestion award ever given to a serviceman. Retiring in 1975 he and Pauline set off on a year's trip around the world, voluntarily working at mission stations wherever they had connection. In 1986 they decided to make White Rock their home base, from where they worked for eight years with the Roving Volunteers in Christ's Service all over the U.S.A. Then in 1996, with a group of Baptist volunteers went to work in a refugee camp in Croatia after the Bosnian War. Unforgettable! Many cruises were enjoyed as they aged. Left to mourn our great loss, Pauline, their 3 children Penelope (Bert), Sheelagh (George), and Adrian (Jackie); 6 grandsons Paul (Sarah), Liam (Janelle), Joel (Nicole), Brian (Alison), Dorian, and Simon (Chantal); and 14 great-grandchildren. Grateful thanks are extended to the staff at Come Share adult day care and for the last 3 ½ years for the love and care he received at The Residence at Morgan Heights, especially from the staff in Promenade West. Paul's body has been donated to U.B.C. Faculty of Medicine. A family Celebration of Life will be held at Christmas.

NEILSON, Paul David, Signalman, RCNVR - was born October 21, 1924 in Fredericton, New Brunswick passed away peacefully April 20, 2009 in Cranbrook British Columbia at 84 years of age. Paul proudly served Canada with the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2. His passions included gardening and a love of the outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marjorie; his children Paula (Brian), David (Faye) and Patricia (Don); his grandchildren, Lisa, Lori, Robyn, Susan, Craig and Lauren and his great granddaughter Jeza. He is also survived by his sisters Georgina, and Mary, and brother Carl, as well as many relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by four brothers and two sisters. A memorial service for Paul will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Christ Church Anglican: 46 - 13th Avenue South in Cranbrook. In lieu of flowers, donations to the: Canadian Cancer Society, 19 - 9th Avenue South, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 2L9, or the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Cranbrook Unit, #101, 105 9th Avenue South, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 2M1, or the: The Salvation Army, 533 Slater Road NW, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4Y5 would be appreciated. 

 

NEILSON, Paul David - enlisted in the RCNVR in Saint John, NB when he was 17. He served as a Signalman on several ships off Newfoundland and in the North Atlantic between May 1942 and September 1946.  His last posting was aboard HMCS Stormont which was later bought by Aristotle Onassis and refitted as his private yacht. Paul was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the CVSM with Clasp and the 1939-1945 War Medal. After WW2 he worked for the federal government for 35 years as a treasury officer in Fredericton, Trenton, Lahr, Germany and Ottawa. Paul retired and moved to Cranbrook, BC where he was a member of Legion Branch 24.  He passed away in 2009.

 

HMCS STORMONT

PIPPARD, Frederick Arthur - was born in Sarnia, ON in 1918. He enlisted in the RCN in WW 2 and served during and after the war at HMCS Naden, HMCS Chippawa, HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Stadacona. and HMCS Nonsuch and aboard HMCS Ontario, HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Dunver. He passed away in 2009.

 

HMCS NADEN, HMCS CHIPPAWA, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NONSUCH, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS DUNVER

SIMMS, Raymond Leonard (Ray) - was born in Edmonton, AB on 20 Feb 1925. He joined the Army Reserve before enlisting in the RCN. His service was deferred because he was working in a Vancouver shipyard in a fabrication plant building ships. He served 18 months in the navy, stationed at HMCS Cornwallis and on the East coast. He passed away in 2001.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS

VINISH, Paul Simon - was born on 22 Aug 1914 in Fish Creek, SK. He left the Vinish Meat Market, the family business, when WW 2 began and joined the RCN. He spent more of the war on HMCS Georgian in the Atlantic, shouldering the responsibility of providing food and beverages for the crew. After the war, Paul managed several meat outlets, including one of his own, and finally settled in Courtenay, BC. Paul passed away in 2002 in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Rossland, BC.

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

WILSON, Robert - was born in Vancouver, BC in 1922. He enlisted in the RCN for WW2. Robert passed away in 1998.

 

HMCS STADACONA, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS AVALON, HMCS UGANDA

WILSON, William (Bill) - Passed away peacefully on February 17, 2017 at the age of 79. Reunited with his beloved wife Betty (nee Brady, 1998). Cherished father to Kelly Fuerth and husband Tony. Proud grandpa to Taylor and Zackary. Survived by his sister Juanita LeClair (late Jack). He will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Bill was a proud member of the Canadian Navy, serving aboard the HMCS Nootka, and retired from Chrysler after 32 years. At Bill's request, cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Windsor Chapel , 11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County. (Windsor Star 21 Feb 2017)

 

HMCS NOOTKA

NELTHORPE, Colin (28 Dec 1925 - 08 Feb 2017) - It is with saddened hearts that we share that Colin Nelthorpe has passed away, peacefully, at the great age of 91 years old. He is predeceased by his son Larry Nelthorpe, and survived by his children; Colin Jr, Starr, David, Terry, and Colleen. His children were everything to him. He will be greatly missed, but memories of the days past will live on through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a proud Canadian veteran, of the WWII Navy and the Army Peace Corps. His medals were some of his most prized possessions and they will be looked upon with thoughts of pride and bravery for years to come.

DAVIES, Arthur, N. (24 Sep 1925 - 11 Feb 2017) - Art was born in Portage la Prairie to Florence and James Davies. He is survived by Thelma, his wife of 60 years, his sons Thane and Wade (Stacey), grand-children Jessica, Amy, Kayla, and Nate, and his brother and best friend Bob. Art always said, "No one need ever feel sorry for us, we've lived a great life". - and now we take great comfort in - A long life. Well Lived. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Feb 2017)

 

McINTYRE, John Leroy (Jack) - With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Jack McIntyre, loving husband of 68 years to Elsie (Kristiansen) McIntyre, at his residence in Ridgewood Veterans Wing on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Born December 2, 1928 in Saint John, he was the son of the late Joseph and Hazel (Lockhart) McIntyre. Jack served in the Korean War on the Haida with the Royal Canadian Navy before beginning his 38 year career as the Sales Manager of Saint John News Company. He was former President of the Saint John Toy Dog Club and a member of the Holy Name Society. Jack was very devoted to his family, and everything he did was to better his family’s quality of life; he spent countless hours bringing his children to music lessons and performances and showed them the importance of having a strong faith. He loved to cook, and did everything he could to help anyone in need. Jack and Elsie had a bond that could not be separated, and were everything to each other. They celebrated their retirement years by traveling, and sharing their love with each person who knew them. In addition to the love of his life, Elsie, Jack will be dearly missed by his children: John (Brenda), Kris (Jackie), Joe, and Paula McCormick (Stephen); nine grandchildren: John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre, Myles McCormick, Kristiana Brideau, Leanne Crevatin, David McCormick, Meaghan McIntyre, Laura McIntyre, and Patrick McIntyre; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Donna Ryan; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Robichaud. The family would like to thank the staff of Ridgewood Veterans Wing and 5C South at the Saint John Regional Hospital for their tender care of Jack. Your kindness will not be forgotten. Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10 am. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances to Divine Mercy Catholic School or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

 

ANTHONY, John Mark - 92, passed away July 18, 2014 in the Magnolia Long Term Care, Enfield. Born in Shubenacadie, he was a son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Robb) Anthony. Mark was a veteran of the Second World War serving in the Royal Canadian Navy on the minesweeper Wasaga. He worked at the Shipyards in Halifax, then with Swifts Meats, the Shubenacadie Co-op and finally Pineo Meats. Mark loved sports and participated in Track and Field, hockey and softball. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bird watching, following the Toronto Maple Leafs and gardening. He is survived by his children, Rick (Debbie), Shubenacadie; Donna (Gordie) Murphy, Gaetz Brook; Michelle Anthony (Tom Denault),Stewiacke; Paulette (Tony) Pye, Middleton; eight grandchildren; sister-in-law June Harvey, nephew Brian (Heather) Anthony. He was predeceased by his wife Evelyn, a brother Donald. Cremation has taken place under the care of Ettinger Funeral Home. A celebration of Mark's life will be held 2 -4 pm Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Royal Canadian Legion, Shubenacadie. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Magnolia for the care and compassion shown toward Dad.

 

HMCS WASAGA

SCHOFIELD, Rex William (1915-2009) - 93, of New Minas, Kings County, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 14, 2009 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Starrs Point, Kings County, he was a son of the late Arch and Eva (Corkum) Schofield of White Rock and was one of ten children. He was educated as an electrician in 1938 and served during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945. He participated primarily in the Battle of the Atlantic and sonar defense of Halifax. In 1942 he married Pearl Margarite Lantz of Pleasantville, Nova Scotia and they shared 66 wonderful years together. Following the war, they moved to New Minas and raised their family. In 1956 they began Rex's Electric of New Minas which continues to this day by their eldest son, Arch. He was an active member of his community and the New Minas Baptist Church. In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees of the church, Rex chaired the 1968 building project on the present Ultramar property, and served on the 1984 - 85 building committee that initiated moving and constructing a new building at the present location. He was a founding member of the New Minas Fire Department and a member of Gideon's International, Kings Branch. Rex was a respected businessman, a community leader, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He has now graduated to be with his Lord. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; four children, Sharon (Peter) Merriam of Dartmouth; Deedra (Derek) Critch of Sussex, New Brunswick; R. Archibald (Janet) of Canaan; Douglas (Kathleen) of Kentville; two brothers, Robert, Greenwich and Fay, Black River; two sisters, Edith Keill, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Alberta MacLellan, Moncton, New Brunswick; 12 grandchildren, Deborah Merriam (Michael Peckham), Joanne Merriam (Alan Slone), Matthew Critch, Brooke Chiasson, Iain (Megan) Chiasson, Andrew (Andrea) Schofield, Nicholas (Aoife) Schofield, Paula Schofield, Mark Schofield, Scott Schofield (Elizabeth Jackson), James (Connie) Schofield and Julia Schofield; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Lee Schofield; two sisters, Vilda Burchall and Evelyn Hall; three brothers, Ronald, Earl and Dean. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service followed by a reception will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in the New Minas Baptist Church, Reverend Doctor Robert Knowles officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory may be made to the New Minas Baptist Church … Building Fund, the Alzheimer Society, Gideon’s International or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.

BAINES, Gordon - of Hanover, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, May 03, 2016 in his 104th year. Born on February 4, 1913 in Montreal, Quebec to the late William E.P. and Alice Baines. Gordon was a purchasing agent for Aikenhead's Hardware and enjoyed raising his children with his beloved wife Hazel. Proud WW II Veteran from 1940-1945 serving in the RCNVR as a Sub-Lieutenant. A member of the RCL Branch #130 and St. James Anglican Church, Gordon will be fondly remembered by his comrades and congregation. Survived by dear son Grant (Mardi) Baines of Uxbridge and evoted daughter Wendy (Ross) Baines-Gateman of RR#3, Hanover. Gramps always had a smile on his face for his grandchildren Jessica (Tom) Barton, Andrew (Sandra) Baines, Reanne (Dan) Marchioni, Ryan Gateman (fiané Katie) and his great grandchildren Roman and Penelope Marchioni. Predeceased by his devoted andbeloved wife Hazel and is brothers Ronald, Stanley, Cyril and Victor. Visitation was held at St. James Anglican Church, Hanover on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6-8 pm and Saturday, May 7, 206 from 10 am until time of funeral service at 11:00 am. Rev. JoAnn Todd officiated. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations to the St. James Anglican Church, Salvation Army Food Bank or to the Hanover & District Hospital Foundation are appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

HAWKER, Gordon A., Lt, RCNVR  - Passed away peacefully at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Monday, October 30th, 2006 in his 85th year. Survived by his loving and devoted wife Mary (Harris) of 58 years; his dear daughter Louise, son-in-law Alastair J. Wilson, granddaughters Sara and Jennifer of Kanata, Ontario, great-grandson Cody, brother Donald R. of Canmore, Alberta and special sister-in-law Madeleine Dugal Harris of Etobicoke. He attended McGill University and served as a Lieutenant in the R.C.N.V.R. He worked at International Business Machines Corporation for 36 years, holding several management positions before retiring in 1982. Private family service. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Ward Funeral Home. (Toronto Globe and Mail 01 Nov 2006)

STEPHEN, George Hay, OBE, DSC & Bar, M.I.D., RD, Cdr, RCN(R) - Died 22 Mar 1994, St Petersburg, Florida.

 

HMCS MAYFLOWER, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS RUNNYMEDE, HMCS SCOTIAN

STUART, Orme Gordon, DSC, M.I.D, LCdr, RCNVR. - Died 02 Apr 1990, Vancouver, BC

 

HMS PENNYWORT (C.O.), HMS ABELIA (C.O.), HMS FITZROY (C.O.)

KELLY, Fraser Jellett, Cdr, RCNVR - Born 26 Apr 1885, Montreal, QC  Died: 13 Jun 1942, Winnipeg, MB

 

HMCS PATRICIAN, HMCS ARMENTIERES, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS SAGUENAY

ROWSE, Arthur William, Cdr, RCN - born: 06 Mar 1931  Died: 17 Jan 2017, Victoria, BC - It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved Dad, Art. Born and raised in New Westminster, Art attended Royal Roads Military College as a Cadet and spent his working life serving in the Canadian Navy. A natural Pisces, Art was in his element in, on, or under water. A beautiful swimmer, he met his first wife, Joyce, while lifeguard at a pool. He retired from the Navy as commanding officer of the Canadian Navy's Fleet diving and demolitions unit. The Navy gave Art a life of adventure while allowing him to fulfill fundamental beliefs in duty and service. He traveled widely: serving with UN Forces in Cyprus and Israel; worked with Jacques Cousteau on the Alvin submersible in California; provided demolitions expertise on the construction of the Alaska Highway; and explosives expertise for the Montreal Olympics. There were also unfortunate times when he was called upon to don scuba gear and search for victims of drowning. Twice lucky in love, he was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, and is survived by his children: Merrilee (Doug), David, John (Kirsten); and granddaughters, Merrilee and Sarah. Predeceased by his second wife, Gail, he is survived by his extended family: Steve (Kathleen); Sandy (George); and Scott (Anne). He was Papa Art to Alison, Spencer, Mikayla, Koryn, Drew and Cody. Predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mary, and his sister, Joyce, he is remembered by his brother, John, brother-in-law, Milton, and nieces and nephews. Sadly, for a man who loved reading and learning, Art slowly sank into the long good bye of memory loss and dementia. Special thanks to John and Kirsten for their loving care of Dad over these past difficult years. Thank you to the staff of St. Charles Manor for their compassionate care. A memorial will be held on Friday, March 17 from 2 to 5 pm, at the RCL Br 292, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria. For those who would like to make a donation in remembrance of Art a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada who be appreciated.

 

HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS PORTAGE, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS VERNON (Clearance Diver Crse), HMCS STADACONA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS GRANBY, USN MAS, FDU (Pacific), HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS COLUMBIA

STEVENS, Clifford Alfred - passed away surrounded by his family on August 6, 2008 at Toronto East General Hospital, where he was born on April 17, 1925. Beloved husband of Velva for 60 years. Loving father of John (Doreen) and Sandra (Ian). Grumps and Grandfather to Tara, Kelly, Colin and Heather. Missed by sisters Peg (Merv, deceased) and Joyce (Neil) and extended family. W.W. II Navy Veteran and dedicated employee of Sears Canada for 32 years. Family and friends will be received at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East (just west of Warden), on Saturday, August 9 from 10:30 a.m. until time of Service at 11:30 a.m. Following the interment at Highland Memory Gardens, a reception will be held back at the funeral home. Flowers appreciated or donations to the War Amps or the Salvation Army are welcome. (Toronto Star 08 Aug 2007)

SIMARD, Pierre Edouard Gerard, RCNVR, RCN - Died 04 Apr 1999, Halifax, NS

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS BEACON HILL, HMCS OTTAWA

HAYNES, Morley C., Sto 1c, V17443, RCNVR - Peacefully at McGarrell Place, London on Friday, April 16th, 2010 Morley C. Haynes of London in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Gladys M. (McCormick) Haynes. Dear father of Morley B. Haynes and his wife Lynda of London. Also loved by his 2 grandsons David and Mark Haynes, both of London. Predeceased by his brother William B. Haynes and his sisters Marie, Lenore and Jean. The family will receive friends from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard Geroge Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. Proud survivor of Naval service (RCNVR) during WW II - “in the water“. Morley was an active member of many Masonic orders, too many to list and a strong supporter of Mocha Shrine causes. Funeral service will be conducted at Colborne Street United Church, 711 Colborne Street, London on Wednesday, April 21st at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend David R. Carrothers officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 468 Colborne Street, London, ON N6B 2T3 or to charity of choice. A Masonic service will be conducted at the funeral home under the auspices of Union Lodge No. 380 A.F. & A.M. on Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock.

 

Remembering Morley Haynes

 

HMCS WEYBURN

RODGERS, Carl Herbert, CD, CPO1, Engineer, 21852, RCN - of Huntsville died at the Huntsville and District Hospital on November 15, 1999. He was born in Savard Township on March 4, 1922. He attended school in Chaput Hughes, Kirkland Lake and Savard. Mr. Rodgers was in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940-65, serving in World War II and in Korea. After discharge he spent time working on HMCS Haida in Toronto. He then went on to work as a stationary engineer at Kimberly Clark in Huntsville and at mines in Sudbury and Elliot lake. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved back to their home in Huntsville. Mr. Rodgers like to fish so they came up North frequently and got together with his brothers. The last few years they enjoyed holidaying at their trailer on Long Lake. Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife Mary of Huntsville; daughters Marlene Kerr of Whitby, Carol (Peter) Trougakos, Donna Rodgers of Brampton, Gail (Chris) Idenouye of Edmonton; grandchildren Scott Kerr, John, Nicholas, William and Dianna Trougakos, Stacy-Anne, Kevin and Spencer Idenouye; brothers Alden (jean) of Charlton, Donald (Jean) of Sudbury, Robert (Wilda) of Charlton; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Garnet and Annie (Gregory) Rodgers and by his brother Leonard. Funeral arrangements were made locally by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart with a service in the chapel and at the Charlton Cemetery grave side on November 19. Reverend Michael Shute officiated. Pallbearers were Robert, Ronald, Richard, Leaman and Stephen Rodgers and Lloyd Pakham. The Long lake Settlers Seniors Club hosted a tea and lunch at the Legion hall in Charlton. Friends and relatives attended the service from King Kirkland, Englehart, Charlton and Sudbury.

 

Headstone of Carl Rodgers

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS LABRADOR

McMULLEN, J. - passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 1971, at Smiths Falls, following a short illness. He was 46 years of age. Born in Merrickville, July 29,1924, he was a son of George Patrick McMullen and his wife, Anne Fern Cooke, who survive and were formerly of this area. He received his education at Merrickville Public School and Albert College, Belleville, Ont. He had served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 - 1945 and had been employed as a lineman with the construction department of Canada. He attended the Merrickville United Church and was a member of Merrickville Lodge A. F.& A.M., No. 55, G.R.C. and Maitland Chapter R. A. M . , No. 68 at Kemptville, Ont. Besides his wife, the former Margaret Isabell Buchanan, and his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Gail and a son William George, both at home. The funeral was held in the Chapel of the Lannin Funeral Rome, Smiths Falls, on Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Harold Kempling officiating. Interment will be in South Gower Cemetery in the spring. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Bruce, Bill Smith, Gordon Knapp, Thomas McKibbon, Arthur Heroux and Gordon Whaley.

ALEXANDER Kirk (Sandy) - (28 Nov 1921 - 20 Feb 2001) - It is with deep sadness, with his family at his side, that we announce the passing of Alexander Edward "Sandy" Kirk after a valiant struggle with pneumonia at Concordia Hospital on February 20, 2001 at the age of 79. Sandy as he was affectionately called, is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 50 years; daughter Lisa (Art MacIntyre) precious granddaughter Hanna; brothers, Edward and Ronald and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Lloyd and sisters, Pauline and Irene. Sandy was born and raised in Winnipeg, and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Upon returning he resumed employment with the C.N.R. retiring in 1985. His interests included bowling and golfing, working in the yard, trips to Shooting Star Casino with Margaret, and maintaining strong ties with life long friends. The family would like to express our gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff in the Intensive Care Unit and Third Floor East at Concordia Hospital for their care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 24 at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 Des Meurons St. A gathering of family and friends will follow in the Desjardins Reception Centre. A private family interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 301-352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8. (Winnipeg Free Press 22 Feb2001)

MEDYNSKI, Arthur Thomas, RCN, 1954-1959 (1933-2007) - Retired after 25 years with Canada Post Suddenly at home on Monday February 12, 2007 in his 73RD year. Arthur Medynski of Petawawa and formerly of Montreal, beloved husband of the late Patricia Medynski (nee Berg). Dear father of Robbie Fegan (Nahla), Cheyl Fegan, Linda Medynski, Arthur Medynski and the late Montgomery Medysnki. He will be sadly missed by his many grandchildren. Brother of Ellen, Billie, Mary, Audrey, Robert, Jimmy, Dorothy and Margaret and the late Thomas and Lillian. Cremation has taken place. A Graveside Interment Service will take place on Saturday April 14 in Les Cimetires Jardins Urgel Bougie, St, Hubert, Quebec.

WORTLEY, Ross (28 Jun 1924 - 16 Nov 2012) - We will all miss Ross’ stories, generosity, and fun loving approach to life. Ross is survived by his children: Svend (Kathy), Glen, Kip (Jessica) and Leanne, and long time great friend and co-worker, Dorothy Forsythe. He was a proud grandfather to Ada, Kris, Nicky, Matthew, Kate and Erica. Ross was predeceased by parents Ruth and Fred, his brother Warren and sister Marguerite. Ross graduated from Central School of Commerce in Toronto and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. After the war, Ross studied geology at University of Toronto and pursued his passion of diving, ultimately becoming the Canadian university diving champion. After several years at Argo Block as a stone and block salesman, Ross and his first wife Helen built a ski rope tow that would become the beginnings of the Caledon Ski Club. Ross was the visionary and leader at the “club” until his retirement in 1990. His best memories were of the many great friends and co-workers at the Caledon Ski Club. Ross retired to the Fernie, BC area in 1990 where he enjoyed many great friends and business relationships. Ross passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 16. Cremation has taken place and a memorial in Ontario will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

LOCHEAD, David Smith, LCdr, RCN - in his 87th year Retired Lieutenant Commander, Royal Canadian Navy Passed away peacefully on January 8, 2016 in his 87th year, after a valiant and extremely courageous battle with cancer. David has left us to be reunited with the true love of his life, best friend, and wife of 50 years, Ann (nee Dalgleish), and his son Bryan.. Dad will be deeply missed by his children, Ian (Anita), Tracey Cain (Chris), Barrie Tober (Jay), Carrie Hilborn (Scott) and his daughter-in-law Pat. Gumpa will be forever cherished and adored by his 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Uncle David will be fondly remembered by his 9 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William and Evelyn (nee Smith) and his brother Arthur (Joan). David was admired and deeply respected by all who met and knew him. Visitation took place on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 517 Main St W, Winchester, Ontario immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society , Manotick Kiwanis Club or a charity of your choice in David’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

 

HMCS MALAHAT, HMCS CATARAQUI, HMCS STADACONA

McDONALD, Paul Francis Alexander, RCNVR (15 Jan 1926 - 25 May 2016) - passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on May 25, 2016 at age 90. He is survived by his sisters Mary Haney (Frank) and Annetta Murphy (John); his grandsons Stephen and Andrew McDonald and their mother Jane; along with his many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife Joan Baker McDonald; son Lorne Charles McDonald; his longtime companion Katharine McKeen; his siblings Sylvia, Margaret, Cora, Wallace (Helen), Eileen Coghlan (Gerry), Neil (Mary) and Lorne; and his mother and father Wallace and Cora (Desjardins) McDonald. Paul's father served in the Quebec legislature and as a member of parliament from 1920 to 1945. Born in Chapeau, Quebec, Paul was proud of his Ottawa Valley roots and his diverse Canadian ancestry, and was forever faithful to his religion. Paul had a lifelong interest in music, sports, writing and reading, but his greatest interest was the well-being of his family. He had a deep and genuine love of family, and made extraordinary efforts to keep up with his large circle of family and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly. Among his many accomplishments, Paul received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Patrick's College as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University and he was a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. Paul married Joan Baker in 1952 and had a son, Lorne, in 1957. Starting as Vice President of the Montreal Stock Exchange, Paul's career in investments and finance spanned over 60 years, continuing to work well into his eighties holding directorships in a number of public companies. Paul lived most of his adult life in Montreal, but also lived in Calgary and Toronto. He travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe and continued to do so right up until his 90th birthday. Paul was worldly and had the gift of eloquence. When he spoke, it was music and poetry all together. His aristocratic carriage, clear baritone voice and playful humour will be missed by all. A Memorial Service was held on June 30, 2016 in Toronto. A Burial Service will be held in Montreal at a date to be announced. (Montreal Gazette 14 Jul 2016)

TAYLOR, Douglas Arthur - age 79 of Evergreen Home, Kentville. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Doug, who passed away on February 21, 2017. He was a son of Herman and Agnes Taylor (of Kentville). Doug loved his family and especially was proud of his grandchildren. He served in the Canadian military for 21 years, joining in 1954. He served on the HMCS Kootenay, and did three tours in Germany and two in Cyprus. He retired from Camp Aldershot as head chef. He is survived by his sons, David (May) of Centreville; Doug (Rosie) of Kentville; sisters, Phyllis (Ed) of Parkers Cove; Audrey (Neil) of Kingston; and brother, Robert (Linda) of New Minas; granddaughters, Stevie, Jennifer, Jodi and grandson, Josh; and great-granddaughter, Kylie. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan; parents, Herman and Agnes; brothers, Cecil (infancy), and Morris 'Jr.' and sister, Lois. There will be no service held as per Doug’s wishes.

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

HORNBY, Arthur George Edward, RCNVR - passed away suddenly on June 29. He was born September 15, 1925, in Grace Hospital in Winnipeg to Harriet and Alfred Hornby. He is survived by his wife Mary Evelyn, the love of his life for almost 65 years; his daughter Donna Lynn Fisher of Grand Forks, ND, his sons, Raymond Arthur (Karen) and Gary Edward (Alexandra), four grandchildren, Eric, Lynn, Gwyneth and Colin, sister Aileen, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Dennis (Dean) and sisters, Dorothy Matheson and Edith Warwick. In 1941, at age 15, he was hired as an office boy at C.P. Weston Shops. When he turned 16 he was accepted as a machinist apprentice. In 1943, at age 18, the war interrupted his apprenticeship when he joined the RCNVR. On discharge, he returned to complete his apprenticeship; his main love was air brakes. One of his fondest memories was when he was chosen to be the machinist on the Royal Train for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in July of 1970. He became active in the International Association of Machinists, first as a local chairman, then the General Chairman for Western Lines. During this time he worked in the Weston Shops, then transferred to the Winnipeg Round House and finally to the Winnipeg Diesel Shop. In 1971, he took a leave of absence from the railway to hold the position of Secretary-Treasurer of District Lodge #2 of the Machinists' Organization in Canada. He retired in 1985 at age 60, having spent 45 years with the railway and/or Machinists' Organization. He enjoyed travelling with Mary to Hawaii, Florida, England and Scotland, along with many camping trips across Canada. They also enjoyed cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. Since his retirement, he became active in the Canadian Pacific Pensioners' Association in 1987 as recording secretary, then spent three years (1989 - 1992) as the pensioner representative on the C.P. Pension Committee, followed by many years as the corresponding secretary. His main love was his garden, especially his tomato crop (always wanting to have the first ripe tomato). He was very proud of his four grandchildren and loved to spend the time with them when they were young. He enjoyed his daily swimming routine, square dancing, and carpet bowling. He was active in the Eager Beavers Fitness Club and the C.P. Pensioners Association, and was a member/volunteer for the Vintage Locomotive Society. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. (Winnipeg Free Press 02 Jul 2016)

CROTHERS, Thomas (Tommy) (17 Sep 1924 - 31 Mar 2016) - It is with sadness, that the family announces the passing of Tommy at Maples Personal Care Home on March 31, 2016 at the age of 91 years. Tommy and his first wife Norma Jean, whom he married in 1947, had three daughters, Gerry (Jack) Buchanan, Patti (Bill) Heykants and Lynn Crothers. He was also survived by his four grandchildren, Stacy, Allison, Breanna and Spencer. After Tommy and Norma parted ways, Tommy remarried Christine and spent many years together until her passing. Like so many people of his era, Tommy enlisted in the RCNVR in July 1943 and served until 1945, he stayed an active reservist from 1948 to 1959 his final rank being Chief Petty Officer or CPO. Tommy worked for the CPR for many years as a carman retiring from this career in October, 1984. Thanks to all the staff at Maples Personal Care Home for all their support and care of Dad. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held in Brookside Cemetery, Field of Honour on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 23 Apr 2016)

HEGLAND, Donald Wayne (Don) (07 Mar 1943 - 19 Feb 2017) - It is with great sadness the family of Don Hegland announces his sudden passing after a brief battle with cancer February 19, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Don was born in Lethbridge, AB and spent his youth in a number of small Alberta towns which he loved, and loved to tell stories about! He joined the navy in his late teens and was very proud of that service. He had many adventures in the navy, including sailing through the Bermuda Triangle which is another tale he never got tired of sharing. After leaving the navy and starting a family, he started his career as an electrician. It was his passion and he loved the work. He worked right up until the time of his death and although his health prevented him from doing the heavy stuff, he was proud to work with a team evaluating new people coming into the profession. He loved his family and his friends were always considered family too. He helped many of them deal with their own health issues. He loved to watch his grandson play hockey and hear about his granddaughters competitions in Baton. He was looking forward to seeing his youngest son get married this spring and we know he will be there in spirit. He was happy to have a new daughter coming into the family. Don is survived by his sons Jeffrey (Lesa), Keith and Daniel (Michelle). He had two grandchildren, Ryan and Hayley. He is also survived by all of his siblings Jean, Shirley, Gord (Val) and Rod (Susan). A Celebration of Don's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. RIP Dad, we hope you are taking a pass from Gordie Howe, sparing with Mohamad Ali and strategizing in the hack with 'Uncle Pat'. We love you. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca. The family would like to thank the paramedics and the staff at the Foothills Hospital for their efforts, care and compassion. In living memory of Don Hegland, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 23 Feb 2017)

HUTCHINSON, John Harold (Hutch) - passed away peacefully at the Sarcee Hospice on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the age of 93 years. He proudly served with the Navy during WWII, later attending the Alberta College of Art where he met his wife of 65 years, Elna (Nelson). The skills he learned in college stood him in good stead as a person who could solve problems, which is what he did for Imperial Oil for 30 years. He built his own home where they raised 2 children, Kristen and Marc and lived for 58 years. From the father of the modern racing bed to the guy who designed engineering solutions for Esso, he was improving things until the very end. He was a better painter than he thought, a ceramist, kiln builder and a great father. Hutch is survived by his son Marc Hutchinson, his daughter-in-law Diana Sherlock and his remaining sibling Victoria Sheehy. He was predeceased by his wife Elna Hutchinson and their daughter Kristen. (Calgary Herald 23 Feb 2017)

KENNEDY, William Philip - It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of William Philip Kennedy on February 17, 2017. He leaves four children; Greg and Nancy Kennedy, Trish and Dale Tallon (Kelsey (Kyle) Mitchell), Kathy and Dan Mathieson (Parker, Logan, Haley, James (James Jr, Jolisa, Brandon) Scott and Tracy (Payton, Kaylee)) and Maureen and Brian Howell (Bryn, Laine). He was predeceased by his wife Mary in 2009. Dad was born on June 18, 1922 in Antler, Saskatchewan. He was one of five children. At the young age of 18 dad enlisted in the Canadian Navy. He served his country for 4 and a half years. He was a proud Canadian and made it known to all. Dad was also an adventurous man. He took his wife and young family to California in 1955, where they spent 11 years. He returned to Canada in 1966 and resided in Regina where he and mom raised our family. Dad was a dedicated husband and father but his true love was spending time with his grandchildren. He was proud of their many accomplishments and took great delight in telling others about each of them. Dad spent the past 3 and a half years at The Bentley where he made many precious friends. The staff treated him royally. We thank Dr Kazmi, Dr Aslam and Dr Abdulhadi for their constant care. Our family would also like to thank the General Cardiac Surveillance Unit for the love, care and compassion shown to dad. We loved our father dearly! There will be no funeral at dad's request. (Regina Leader-Post 21 Feb 2017)

MacDOUGALL, John - With regret, we announce the passing of John MacDougall, in his 91st year, peacefully at his home in Richmond Hill on February 11, 2017. John was a World War II Navy Veteran and later spent much of his career as a Buyer in the retail industry. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Betty (nee Harding), his daughter Jane and his sisters Margaret (Armstrong) and Mary (Fitzmaurice). He was a loving brother to Grace, father to Peter and Laurie (Steve) and proud Grandpa to Kylie, Matthew, Samantha and Sarah. Friends may visit at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road E. (Bayview and Langstaff), on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Donations to the or the Heart & Stroke Foundation are welcome. logo (Toronto Star 18 Feb 2007)

McCORMACK, John Ronald (Goose) (02 Aug 1925 - 22 Feb 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of Johnny McCormack announces his passing after a brief illness, on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, at the age of 91years. Born in Edmonton Alberta, John found his way to St. Michaels by way of the Southern California Hockey League Hollywood Wolves. The St. Michaels Majors won the Memorial Cup in 1945. In those 9 playoff games Johnny had 10 goals and assisted on 11 others. After the playoffs, at 19, John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. Luckily, the war ended that same year. In 1948 John played 3 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs but spent the majority of the time with the Toronto Marlies. In 1949-50, the Marlies won the Allan Cup. John contributed 7 goals and 8 assists in the 13 playoff games. In 1950 while with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets, John tried to add the Calder Cup to his resume but they lost to the Cleveland Barons in 7 games. John had 6 goals and 9 assists in the 13 playoff matches. John played with the Stanley Cup winning Toronto Maple Leafs in 1950-51. After the season he was sold to the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs went on to win the 1952-53 Stanley Cup putting his name on the cup a second time. This made him one of a select few with a Junior Hockey, Senior Hockey and NHL Championship. John graduated from the University of Toronto in 1949 and thought he would try the priesthood and entered St. Joseph's Seminary in Edmonton. He discovered that the priesthood was not his calling and returned to play with the Leafs in 1950. In 1951 John married Margaret Anne Gordon, a recent nursing graduate from the Hospital for Sick Children. Conn Smythe, Leaf's owner, generously provided a honeymoon to Pittsburgh for the couple. John played in the NHL for 8 seasons finishing his career with the Chicago Black Hawks. John went on to a successful business career mostly spent in the steel industry including starting his own business. While working, one of John's greatest joys was playing with his pals for the NHL Oldtimers. Playing once or twice a week in small town Ontario for any charity that asked, the Oldtimers thrilled many kids and adults alike. Another favourite pastime for John was Blue Jays baseball. John supported minor league ball his whole life in both Edmonton and the Toronto Maple Leafs AAA club. Johnny gave up his Leaf season tickets and was one of the first in line to pick up Blue Jay seasons tickets. In later life, he enjoyed "doing the rounds" with Maggie delivering Meals on Wheels to many shut-in and elderly folks in the Oshawa area or washing dishes at St. Vincent de Paul. Johnny was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. John was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Anne McCormack (nee Gordon) and will be lovingly remembered as a great Dad by his children, Peter (Pam), Dan (Kathy) and Matthew. John will also be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren, Laura (John), Michael (Cydney), Bradley (Andrea) and Patrick. John was predeceased by his brother Daniel McCormack. The family sends special thanks the staff at Amica who were so good to him the past 4 years and to the Lakeridge Hospital Palliative Care staff for easing Dad's transition. Visitation will be held at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W., Oshawa on Sunday, February 26th from 3 – 5 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church (903 Giffard St., Whitby) on Monday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of John to his favourite charities, the SickKids Foundation, 525 University Avenue, 14th Floor Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2L3 or The Scott Mission, 502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2H1.

NICHOLAS, Matthew Daniel Albert (Matt), LSCK, RCNR (19 Aug 1991 - 10 Feb 2017) - The family of Matthew is heartbroken to announce his unexpected passing February 10, 2017, at the age of 25. Matt was a social butterfly, loved by everyone who knew him. Since his days at Kakabeka Falls and Five Mile Public schools, to Hammarskjold High School, he had friends no matter where he went. Since a very young age, Matt had a knack for making people laugh. With a joke or silly facial expression, he would usually succeed. Throughout his life, Matt always had a passion for sports. From baseball to hockey, and then to football, Matt was a great team player. He always strove for excellence, and he was -- excellent at everything he tried. Matt went on to do a naval co-op program in his last year of high school, where he came out as the "Top Candidate" academically in his class. He from that, enrolled into the Naval Reserves, and became a chef. Matt travelled with the Navy across Canada and to the Caribbean on tours, receiving an Operational Service Medal for honourable service upon returning from the Caribbean. Matt turned into an amazing cook, and was proud to serve his country as "Leading Seaman Nicholas". Matt was always his authentic self, so kind and caring, creative and easygoing. Matt was a one-of-kind guy, he could brighten anyone's day in the matter of a minute. Matthew will be always loved and missed by his parents Lynn and Ken Nicholas, his sister Chassy (Tyler), grandmother Margaret (George), grandfather Bob, great-grandfather Albert, his dog/best friend Cooter, aunts, uncles, numerous other relatives, friends, and Navy family. Matthew is predeceased by his grandmother Pearl Nicholas, grandfather Roderich Havelin, great-uncle Matt Hyokki, great-grandmothers Sylvia Hyokki and Esther Kapush.

 

Love you always, Mattman.

 

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017 in the Chapel of Sargent & Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the "Matthew Nicholas Leading Seaman Memorial Scholarship" (Through the LSDB scholarship fund), to assist others alike, achieve a higher education in honour of Matt. (The Chronicle Journal)

SEALE, Edward Henry (17 Dec 1936 - 10 Feb 2017) - Ted passed away on February 10, 2017 at Langley Memorial Hospital. He was married to his best friend Sandy for 42 years and was dad / daddy-o / old man / oompapa to Kim Seale, Pam Seale, Kami Seale, Nicola Riddle, Phil Wilkes, and Jessica Seale, and best friend to Merle, Arly and Tom. He also leaves behind a gaggle of grandkids. Our dad grew up in Brandon Manitoba, leaving the prairies to join the Navy, based in Esquimalt. He married young and produced his three oldest girls by the time he was 27 years old. In 1975 - to the relief of his entire family - Dad was able to convince Sandy to marry him, building a blended family and adding one final footnote with their shared child Jessica arriving in 1979. Dad had a big heart and he used it well - especially with his family and close circle of friends. He was fiercely protective of the people he loved, especially his daughters. But behind the bluster and attitude was a big-hearted goof who would try not to cry during news stories where children or animals were hurt. He was a proud working class man, a champion canasta player (including epic trash talk leading up to the game), and a rum-drinking sailor to his final days. He had an impressive range of expletives and some incredibly unique sayings that we will ensure are handed down to future generations. Dad lived his life unapologetically. He taught us the value in an honest day's work and we are so very proud to be his family. No flowers by request. If you want to make a donation in Dad's name, please do so to the SPCA. Everyone who knew Dad is welcome to join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 4th at Sonrise Church Community Hall (5588 - 188 Street in Surrey). (Vancouver Sun / The Province 18 Feb 2017)

SWORDY, George Edward (Ted) (18 Apr 1937 - 16 Feb 2017) - passed away at 79 yrs after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 56 yrs, children Kevin (Lucille), Allen and Shauna, of Kelowna and grandchildren McKale, Alia, Nicole, Alexandra and Madeleine. He is predeceased by his brother Bill and sister Diane. Ted was born and raised in Kelowna, attended KSS and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1953, serving 5 yrs. He and Margaret settled in Kelowna in 1960 where they made many of their wonderful memories together. He joined School District 23 in 1961 as a custodian and became district wide manager for all custodians in 1973 until retiring in 1994. Ted was involved with sports his entire life as an athlete, coach, equipment manager and volunteer. He played hockey as a teenager and Major Mens fastball into his 30s becoming a coach for many years. He was part of the organizing group for Kelowna Minor football in 1975 where he worked with others to prepare fields and organize equipment for the entire league. In 1981, he joined the Okanagan Sun Football team as team equipment manager for 8 yrs. He will forever be rembered for the shenanigans he and his fellow volunteers got into, making all their hours of unpaid work so much more enjoyable. Other volunteer efforts included volunteer firefighting, Big Brothers, High School football, Tim Horton Midget Hockey and the 1994 BC Summer Games. His volunteer efforts didn't go unnoticed and he received many awards of recognition. Dad/Grandpa is remembered for his unwavering, always positive support from the sidelines or bleachers. He never missed a game. In the Kelowna Rockets' inaugural season, he became season ticketholder #2 and not #1 only because he stepped away to get a coffee before the ticket window opened. He is remembered by all those who knew him for his incredible work ethic & punctuality, his willingness to give of his time, his quick wit and jokes. Flowers or a donation, in his name, to a sports organization of your choice will be gratefully appreciated. "Wind em up and send 'em home Ted". Funeral Service to be held at Springfield Funeral Home on Thurs., Feb. 23rd at 10am. (The Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group 18 Feb 2017)

WATSON, James Colin (Jay) (14 Dec 1495 - 26 Jan 2017) - passed away quickly and peacefully after contracting pneumonia/influenza in late January 2017, with his wife and sister by his side. Jay was born in New Westminster to Kathleen and Alex Watson. Jay had so many great adventures in his life. His early 20s were spent in the Canadian Navy, stationed in Victoria, where he and his "child bride" Teddy started their family. He moved his family to Alberta, where he managed to talk himself into a rough neck job in the oil field and from there his adventures took him to work around the world. He has touched lives and made friends everywhere from Iraq, Tunisia, the Ukraine, Indonesia, Australia, Afghanistan, to the United States and Canada. He was loved and will be missed by so many. He is survived by his wife Teddy; son Ben (Heatherly); daughters Catherine (Scott) and Tina; five incredible grandchildren; as well as his sister Susan Arman (Lanny) and her family. We will be having a "Celebration of Life" in the late Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay's name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 17 Feb 2017)

RITCHIE, Donald Hetherington, Lt, RCNVR (1918 - 2012) - We are saddened to announce the passing of our father at Sunnybrook Hospital on January 18, 2012, just short of his 94th birthday. Beloved husband of the late Ruby ("Buddy") nee Lugsdin. Loving father of Dene (Peter), Scott (Adele), Darby (Tim) and the family poodles, Maxine and Sadie. Cherished grandfather of Gord (Lesley), DJ (Sara), Laura, Kevin, Maddy and Ross. Special great-grandpa to Hudson and Landon and much-loved uncle to many nieces and nephews. An officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, Ritch celebrated Canada's centennial by taking 3,500 photographs of downtown Toronto sites, all keyed to maps. He repeated the same pictures in 1977 and again in 1987, a project for which he received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 1992. (The D.H. Ritchie Collection resides at Toronto Reference Library.) He was also recognized (Award of Merit) in 1993 by the Toronto Historical Board for the publication of "North Toronto". For many years after his retirement from Gage Publishing, he ran the printing press at Mackenzie House at 82 Bond Street. He was a long-standing member of the North Toronto Historical Society. Photographer, artist, writer, avid gardener, local historian, gentle spirit, mentor and role model to many, he found joy in the small things. His broad knowledge, creative and inquisitive mind, sense of humour, wisdom and philosophical approach to life made him not only very good company, but an inspiration to those who knew him. Dad lived in his childhood home in North Toronto to the end of his long life, lovingly cared for in the latter years by Scott and Adele, with assistance from Dene, Darby and caregivers Florida and Pilar. Thanks to the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital who eased him (and us) through his final days. A remembrance of his life will be held at his home at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to SPRINT (Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto Inc., 140 Merton Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto Ontario M4S 1A1) would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 21 Jan 2012)

 

HMCS RIMOUSKI, HMCS NORTH BAY

DUBÉ, Paul (The Fossil) (23 Dec 1938 - 22 Feb 2017) - age 78, of Centre Rawdon, passed away peacefully in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, on February 22, 2017. Born in Welland, Ont., he was the eldest son of the late George and Florence Dubé. Paul is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 57 years, Helen; children, Denise, Paul and Danielle (Rawdon); brother, Denis; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his siblings, Claudette, Gilbert (Gibby) and Albert. Paul had a long and distinguished career as a Submariner in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1957-1990. As Canada did not have their own subs at that time, Paul and many of his mates were posted 'on loan' to the British Navy, where he served in England, Scotland and Australia on four subs, 'Seraph',' Narwhal', 'Oberon', and 'Taciturn'. He met and married Helen in England and they had their first two children, Denise and Paul. Eventually Paul was posted back to Halifax to serve on Canada’s first sub, 'HMCS Onondaga'; he also served on the 'Ojibwa' and 'Okanagan'. Paul grew up on a farm in Ontario and wanted the same kind of life for his family. They looked for a long time and eventually bought a property in Centre Rawdon and built their dream log home. Paul was posted to Ottawa to National Defence HQ ; however, they moved back to Rawdon to retire to the place they loved. Paul was an excellent husband, father, friend and mentor to so many people whose lives he touched around the world. He was held in great regard for his sense of humour and work ethic and will hold many fond memories in the hearts of those who knew him. His body has been donated to Dalhousie University, as was his wish, to assist in medical research and education. A memorial and celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family would like to extend deepest thanks to the staff in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII who were so caring in Paul’s last hours, Dr. Roy Harding, Mount Uniacke Medical Centre, local community and friends and Paul’s special Submarine Community who were a part of Paul and Helen’s lives for so many years.

 

HMS SERAPH, HMS OBERON, HMS TACITURN, HMS NARWHAL, HMCS ONONDAGA, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS OKANAGAN

 

PARK, Robert Melvin - Passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg at the age of 73 years. Melvin was born on June 17, 1943 in Ste. Rose, Manitoba to William and Dorothy (Denholm) Park. He lived in Laurier, MB until his Mom’s passing when he and his sister Elinor moved to the farm in Tenby, MB with their uncles Percy and Phil and grandmother Denholm. Melvin was raised on the farm, joined the Navy at the age of 18 years old, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was on leave in Halifax, NS when they were called to battle stations, but fortunately it was called off. After the navy, he became a journeyman carpenter and worked a variety of jobs across the Prairies. For awhile, he tried his hand at working in a meat packing plant in Calgary, before getting back into carpentry at ATCO trailers in Calgary as a finishing carpenter until his retirement in 2008. At this time he returned to Manitoba and settled in Plumas. He reacquainted with many friends from his younger years and he greatly enjoyed tending his garden every years and reaping the rewards of his labours and sharing with friends and neighbours. He had a passion for photography and was well known in the area for his nature photos – especially birds. Melvin was predeceased by his parents William and Dorothy and sister Elinor. He is survived by nieces, nephews and friends. Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organizations: Canadian Cancer Society 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B7, Health Sciences Centre 820 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9. (Clarke's Funeral Home)

 

DYNES, Donald V., Gunner, RCNVR - age 87 years, passed away at home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Thursday, May 2, 2002. Born in Port Arthur on January 28, 1915, he was a lifetime resident. Don was a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic (R.C.N.V.R. ), was a life member of Branch #5 of the Royal Canadian Legion, an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time camping at Hawkeye Lake. He will be lovingly remembered by sons Don (Sonya), and Bill (Susan), grandchildren Cathy (Jamie) Wood, Donna (Stewart) Stanley, Robert and Liam, great grandchildren Marie and Michael Wood, and Devon and Hannah Stanley and brother Bill (Marj) of Burlington. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Ann (Nan) and sister Devona. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Branch #5 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Van Norman Street, with Monsignor Roy A. Carey P.H. , V.G. officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Branch #5 Building Fund would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street."

 

Certificate of Service, Discharge and a Station Card of Donald Dynes

 

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ANDERSON, Helgi George Ingveldur, Acting Petty Officer, RCNVR - It is with deep sadness that the family announce the passing of Helgi George Ingveldur Anderson, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, September 15, 2000 at Grace Hospital. Helgi, the eldest of sic children, was born September 11, 1918 in Winnipeg, to Ingolfur and Larunsena Anderson. In the early 20s, the family moved to Red Deer Point and later to Winnipegosis where the brothers and sister attended school. In the late 30s, he moved to Winnipeg where he voluntarily joined the RCNVR, soon after the war began. He was proud of his Navy record serving briefly on Canada's west coast, the Bermuda area, but mainly in the North Atlantic on convoy duty protecting the life line of supplies shipped from North America to Britain. During an 18 hour watch, he spotted an enemy U-Boat in the center of the convoy. His alertness saved many lives and precious cargo. Soon after his discharge at the ned of the war, he was employed in the Naval Fire Department for 25 years and rose to the position of Lieutenant. Helgi spent several years in the Military Hospital in Halifax. After having lived 50 years in Halifax, his wish was to return to Winnipeg. He received a transfer to Deer Lodge Centre in March 1997, where he remained until his passing. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, St. James Branch No. 4 as well as a member of the White Ensign Naval Club. Helgi will always be remembered as a person dedicated to his work as well as a good provider, a person who did not complain but could see the good in people in the midst of his many disappointments and health struggles. He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Carol, one brothers Finnbogi, his first wife Marie Lucy and his second wife Jean Howell. Left to mourn are his five children - in Winnipeg - Timothy (Kathy) in Halifax - Stephen (Helen), Brian (Dallas), Helen (Buck) in Vancouver - Laurie. Also in Vancouver, brothers, Kristin and Andres and in Winnipeg, sister Caroline (Brian), brother Conrad (Ida), sisters-in-law Florence and Helga as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family would like to gratefully express out thanks to the "Staff on T-4" at Deer Lodge Centre and "Staff on 5-South and 4-South" at Grace Hospital for their acts of kindness during Helgi's in both facilities. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Helgi's life will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc, 984 Portage Ave. Interment following at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Ave. In lieu of flowers, those so wishing may send a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 301-352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2H8. "At the going down of the sun we will remember him" (Winnipeg Free Press 19 Sep 2000)

 

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BERTHELETTE, Leon E. - was born on April 10, 1926. He enlisted into the Royal Canadian Navy on August 8, 1944 at age 18 and took his basic training in Regina, SK, and was later posted to the Naval Base in Halifax. From there, he was assigned duties on the Destroyer St. Laurent and other ships patrolling the Atlantic supply lines to England. After many postings, Leon arrived in Halifax on VE Day and was amazed at the celebrations that sometimes turned into violence but was very happy for the event. He was discharged from service on November 7, 1945, and during a brief holiday at home he met Germaine Tardiff and married on January 5, 1950, and had six children (three boys and three girls). Leon passed away in 1998 and was a member of Pine Falls Branch #64 of The Royal Canadian Legion.

BOSMA, Donald John - long-time resident of Pine Falls, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2011 in Mackenzie, BC, his home for four years. Born in 1917 in Holland, he came to Canada as a child with his brother, Martin. He lived through the depression, served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War, and settled in Pine Falls where he married and had his family. A husband, a father, and a grandfather, his family always was the most important part of his life. He is survived by his wife Betsy, children Vida (and Mark) Robillard, Ross (and Emily) Bosma, and Mark (and Deborah) Bosma. Eight grandchildren treasure memories of their Grampa: Anna and Kate Robillard; Lisa Moss, David and Kaitlin Bosma; and Meghan, Brittany and Lindsey Bosma. Don was predeceased by his brothers Martin, Sipka and Terry Bosma. Family will gather at a future date to celebrate his life. (Winnipeg Free Press 17 Dec 2011)

 

BOSMA, Donald John - was born in Leewwarden, Holland, on July 17, 1917. He enlisted in in the Royal Canadian Navy as an ordinary seaman in 1939 and took his basic training in Winnipeg and Esquimalt with his first posting on the corvette Quesnel to the Aleutian Islands. His training in submarine detection led him to serve on the frigate Lauzon with the Newfoundland Escort Force taking troops and supplies through the North Atlantic to the UK. He was discharged in Victoria, BC, in 1945 and was awarded the 1939 Enlistment Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star and the King’s Medal for volunteer service 1939- 45. Don moved to Pine Falls, MB, where he married Betsy Ross and raised their children. He retired in 1979 and since 2007 live in MacKenzie, BC, with their daughter, Vida, and son-in-law, Mark Robillard. Visiting their sons, Ross and Mark, and grandchildren is their greatest joy. Donald has been a member of MacKenzie Branch #273 of The Royal Canadian Legion for three years and Pine Falls Branch #64 for 61 years.

 

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GOODWILLIE, George Pearson - was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1922. He joined the Navy and served in the corvettes Buctouche, Agassiz and Tillsonburg. He received the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, the War Medal 1939-1945, and the General Service Badge. After the war, George lived in Winnipeg, MB, and became an investigator for Retail Credit Company where he met his wife, Charlotte Grosser. They were married in 1947 and had two children, Linda and David. In 1972, he began a career with the Unemployment Insurance Commission of the Federal Government and took a job in Brandon, MB. The family moved near Arden, MB, and George eventually opened an Employment Office in Neepawa, MB, and was there until his retirement in 1987, at which time he was able to devote more time to his small cattle herd. He passed away in Gladstone, MB, in 2005.

 

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HUGHES, Wallace Nelson - was born in Atwood, Ontario, on June 16, 1924. He served in the Navy from 1943-45 and trained on the U.S. Hamilton, the M.V. Maureen, the S.S. Elm Bay and the S.S. Dominion Park in the Atlantic and the Pacific. He was honoured with a Confederation Medal, Atlantic Star, Pacific Star, 1937-45 Star, Voluntary Service Medal, and Overseas Service Medal. Wallace married Jean Cooke on May 14, 1949, and farmed most of his life and was also a mail carrier at the Devlin Post Office from 1971-1996. He was a member of the municipal council for 28 years, a Burdavit Credit Union board member, and a member of the Co-Operative Shipping Association and also was past president and a Life Member of Emo Legion Branch #99 and had received Senior of the Year for La Vallee Township in 2001. Wallace passed away on October 8, 2005, at the Emo Hospital in Emo, Ontario.

 

HMCS HAMILTON (former USS Hamilton), MV MAUREEN, SS ELM BAY, SS DOMINION PARK

KIEPER, Wilbur A. - was born in Manitoba in 1924. He enlisted in Winnipeg in May 1943 with the RCNVR, serving in Canada and the Atlantic. He was discharged in October 1945, and received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Wilbur is a member of Russell Branch #159 of The Royal Canadian Legion and living in British Columbia.

PATTERSON, Tim - was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and joined the RCN (Signals) serving in Canada, Britain and the High Seas. He passed away in 2004, and had been a member of Fort Garry Branch #90 of The Royal Canadian Legion for 50 years.

STRAIN, Robert Allin - with his wife by him road the the big wave over to the other side in the wee hours of the morning; there he is at peace, no more pain, walking and sailing again. Birchwood Terrace has been his caring home from February 2012 to August 09, 2013 he almost made it to his 89th birthday which would have been Saturday , September 14, 2013. He is remembered by his daughter Heather Lynne and grandchildren, Sherri & Kevin and five great grandchildren, one sister Bonny King, three brother-in-laws, Henry DeGroot, Doug Carr, Ken Carr and one sister-in-law Alice Carr, two stepsons David and Gavin, three step daughters, Deanna, Debra and Heather Marie, eight stepgrands resulting in several grandchildren along the way. He leaves to dearly miss him from a union of 42 years, 37 of those married, this past July, many nieces, nephews, family and friends remember him. He is predeceased by his father David Strain and mother Viola Cowdy, one sister Eva May, one dear aunt Eva Allin Thompson, also two sons Allin and Craig. Robert (Bob) was born in Thunder Bay (Fort William) on September 14, 1924, moving to Kenora as a baby. Although he had moved to different areas as a child Kenora was always his "home". He joined the military at age 16, was in the army for one year and the Navy for four years and then he was in the Naval Reserves for many years. He was a very active with the Cadet and Scout movements, Norman Sea Scouts, Mis-Pic (Sea Cadets), Navy League Cadets up to the recent four years. Robert worked on the railways also, spending his time as a CPR conductor. Another joy of his life was the Legion culminating in his becoming President of the Man/N.W. Ont. Command RCL. A short service in memory of his life will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre with a luncheon reception to follow at the Kenora Legion.

 

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WHALL, James Robert - Peacefully, with family at his side, we said “ goodbye” to our dad, husband, grandfather, and great grandfather, on Friday July 29th, 2011, 4 days before his 86th birthday. Dad was born and raised in Killaly, Saskatchewan in 1925. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served from 1942-1945 in communications. Upon discharge, Dad was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He retired in 1985 as manager of the Co-operators Credit Union in Selkirk. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. He is survived by his wife Ruth of 64 years, his children, Gloria (Winston), Jackie, Dennis (Holly), Wendy (Larry), and Sherry (Denis), 13 grandchildren and 5 great grand children, and a sister June of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Dad was a dedicated member of the community - spending many hours volunteering on committees such as the Selkirk Figure Skating Club, Terry Fox Foundation, Association of Community Living to mention a few. He was a member of the Selkirk United Church, Royal Canadian Legion, Gordon Howard Seniors Centre, Selkirk Golf Club and Seniors Curling Club. He was a former member of Kinsmen and Rotary Clubs, as well as the International Accounting Society. Dad was a very talented piano player, but only a few were lucky enough to hear him play. He loved sports-especially golf and hockey. He played hockey in the 50’s, was very active with the Selkirk Steelers (President-Centennial Cup year 1974) and attended many of his grandkids games. Mom and Dad had the opportunity to spend several winters in Arizona during his retirement. He stayed active with family, sports, and volunteering well into his 80’s. The family would like to thank Dr. Lindenschmidt, and the wonderful nursing staff at the Selkirk General Hospital for the kindness and care given to our Dad. According to his wishes, Dad was cremated. A Service of Remembrance will be held Thursday Aug. 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Selkirk United Church building Fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or charity of your choice.

BOND, Walter (Darby), CPO, RCN 1935-1960 - Born: 06 Jan 1918   Crossed the Bar: 11 Oct 2009

Photo: Boy Seaman Walter Bond

 

Medal News - A naval legacy - Two generations of Canadian Naval tradition, James Bond and his son Walter by Kevin Joynt

 

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