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)

 

BURCK, David (Stoney), P1LT, RCN (served 01 Apr 1949 - 31 Jan 1977) - Passed away August, 21st, 1998. Peacefully at home surrounded by his family at the age of 70 years. David was predeceased by his by his beloved wife. Roseanne in 1991. and will always be remembered by his children Karen (Curtis) Virteau, David, Mary, Laura (Gordon) Smith, Jin (Suzanne) and Jeff, grandchildren, Morgan, Sarah, Paul, Eric, Amy, Maya, Parker and Logan; sister Peggy (Carl) Bates; nieces nephews as well as many Close relatives and friends. David grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, where he excelled in sports, and moved to Victoria in his early 20's where he met Roseanne. He retired from the Navy ,after 25 years of service, in 1977. And retired from Canada Post in 1987. David will be remembered For his life and Commitment to his family, his lifelong involvement in sports and his steadfast loyal nature. He is interned at the Royal Burial Park, Victoria, BC.

 

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS STE THERESE, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS TERRA NOVA

MAILLOUX, Richard Joseph (Rick), Signalman - 31, Lower Sackville, passed away March 31, 1992 in Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax. Born in Windsor, Ont., he was a son of James and Mary (Cromwell) Mailloux. He was a naval signalman who sailed on HMCS Athabaskan, Ottawa, Iroquois and Fraser. He is survived by his wife, the former Linda Richard; a daughter, Stephanie, at home, an infant son, Richard, at home, a sister, Catherine (Mrs. Mark St. Louis), Windsor; three brothers, James, David, both of Windsor; Michael, Ottawa. The remains are resting Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home, Robie Street, visiting 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in St. Brendan's Chapel, CFB Halifax, rev. J. McLean officiating. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS FRASER

 

BENNETT, Richard James, P2RP, 12585-E, RCN (served Aug 1951 - Oct 1973) (18 May 1931 - 27 Feb 2013) - passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on February 27, 2013, while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Richard was predeceased by Bev, his wife of 53 years; his brother Douglas and his sister Beverly. He will be loving remembered by his sister Gwyneth, and sisters Shirley, Jean and brother Phil, who were with him in Mexico; his son Mark (Liz) Bennett and their children Bryce, Spencer and Georgia; daughter Lynda (Gordon) Young and their children, Kristine and Barbara, and great grandchildren Samantha, Dane and Zaila; daughter Kim (Dan) Bennett-Leigh and their children, Graydon and Taylor; daughter Dawn Bennett (Ken Gray). Richard will be missed by his nieces and nephews, his golfing and navy buddies and, also, his friends in the Village Squires. Richard was born in Point Anne, Ontario and grew up in Belleville. He joined the Canadian Navy at 18 and met Beverly in Victoria. He served for 23 years before retiring in 1973. But his love of the water was too strong and he spent many happy years commercial fishing on his boat MV Grassholme before finally retiring. Richard's greatest gift to his family was his complete and unconditional love. He had the ability to make you feel you were the most special person in the world to him. He was a man who knew how to love and was well loved in return. His outgoing and loving nature made him many lifelong friends. Anyone who ever met Richard cannot forget his big smile and great hugs. His favourite place to be was anywhere with his family.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

BOLLI, Barbara Helen (nee Chauvin) February 3, 1923 - February 25, 2017 With profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mother on February 25th at the age of 94. Born in Montreal, she was the daughter of Helena and Stanley Chauvin, only sister to her late brothers Bill and Ernie, and loving wife to the late Flt Lt Lloyd Bolli for 64 years. Mother to Michael, Brian, Peter, Barbara and Marc, beloved grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 6. She will be remembered with great fondness as the loving foundation and the glue to her very tight knit family providing love, support and advice to the very end. Barbara graduated from Montreal High and then served as a WREN in the Royal Canadian Navy entertaining Canadian troops across Europe during WW2. Following her marriage to Lloyd in Banff, Scotland in 1945, she moved to Jasper and in 1953 made Victoria her final home. Barbara was a lover of life, a friend to many, a hotel entrepreneur, legion president, realtor, bridge player, lawn bowler, greatest cook ever, curious foodie, volunteer, animal lover, avid traveller and fashionista. She moved to Ross Place retirement residence two years ago. Her strength, tenacity and will to live enabled her to live a full and engaged life despite declining health. She was a true survivor and battled her medical challenges to the end. The family wishes to thank her medical professionals, Ross Place, Beacon Services and the Victoria Hospice for their gracious and loving care. We miss you so much Mom. You will be in our hearts forever. A memorial service to be held at a later date.

MONTGOMERY, Robert G., C2BN, RNCR - 1925 - 2017

 

HMCS SKEENA, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS MALAHAT, USS FREEMAN (Mar 1943-Nov 1945)

NATION, George Hugh, LCdr, RCNVR (04 Aug 1919 - 12 Mar 2017) - died peacefully at the age of 97 on March 12th, 2017 at his home in Victoria, BC after many years of remarkably good health. He was the devoted husband of Ann Massy Nation (née Goolden), father to Maddie Goolden, Christopher Nation (Betty), Ted Nation (Susie) and Andrew Nation (Wendy); grandfather to Oliver Goolden, Rachel Goolden, Gill Morgan, Katie Nation, Vanessa Nation, Sarah Nation, Thomas Nation, Matthew Nation and Sophie Nation; great-grandfather to Eva, Grace and Elisabeth Goolden. Born in 1919 to Arthur 'Carrie' Nation and Madeleine Hanson, George was their only son and brother to Barbara Gail West, who predeceased him in 1967. He attended many schools as his parents moved frequently, including Selwyn House School in Montreal, Trinity College School in Port Hope and St. George's School in Vancouver. In 1936, George enrolled at McGill University joining the Zeta Psi fraternity while ultimately completing his Commerce degree at UBC in 1946. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 and was soon assigned to the Signals Division serving as a liaison officer to the Royal Norwegian Navy on the King Haakon VII and participating in the invasion of Sicily. George ended his war career as a Lieutenant Commander on the Prince Henry supporting the D-Day invasion. George returned to BC after the war, and went into partnership in a farm in Duncan, raising baby chicks. The venture was not successful except that he met his future bride, Ann Goolden while on the farm, introduced to him by his sister Barbara. The courtship was swift, and they were married in 1947. After the farm, George joined Dominion Securities in Victoria, rising through the ranks of office management and institutional sales in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal before leaving the firm in 1973 as an Executive Vice-President. His unemployment was brief and he joined Crang & Ostiguy later that year, where he worked happily for five years before transferring to Victoria in 1978 to open an office for Richardson Greenshields. His long retirement in Victoria allowed him to fulfill his interests in painting, languages, tropical fish and above all, a keen passion and tremendous talent for gardening. Together with his wife, Ann they created two superb gardens at their house on Beach Drive and later on Yale Street in Oak Bay. Ann launched the Victoria Conservatory of Music Musical Garden Tour, which George supported with an annual plant sale. George was the longest serving member of the Union Club of Victoria. At his request, there will be no funeral service. Instead, George asked that his ashes be scattered on the rose bushes which he tended for many years hoping that visitors and passersby will continue to enjoy them for years to come. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Conservatory of Music would be gratefully received. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 Mar 2017)

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

SAUNDERS, Murray Knight, V54245, CPO, ERA, RCNVR (served 08 Feb 1943 - 04 Jan 1946) - Born: 04 Sep 1923  Died: 10 Jul 1998

 

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(1) Portrait of Murray Saunders  (2) Murray Saunders' medals  (3 -5) Service docs for Murray Saunders  (6) AB William (Bill) Tait and PO Murray Saunders

 

HMCS YORK, HMCS VENCEDOR, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS SHEDIAC, HMCS HUMBERSTONE

MacDONALD, John (Jack), RCN - Died in a motor vehicle accident in Halifax in 1963.

 

HMCS CRESCENT

STEVENS, John E., Stoker, RCNVR (1924-2016) - Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Appleby Place, on August 1, 2016, at the age of 91. Devoted husband to Mildred. Loving father to Craig (Carol), Lynne (Ron Warnock), and Judy (Jeff Duncanson). Beloved "Grumps" to Steven, Adam, Holly, Matthew and Amy. Great grandfather to Ejlar, Rylee, Mason, Madison, Benjamin, Keira, Liam and Isaac. He will be missed by his devoted canine companion Sasha. Survived by his brother William (Marilyn) and predeceased by his brother Harold. John served during WWII in the Royal Canadian Navy and remained an active member of the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans. He was a 35 plus year employee at Stelco in Hamilton. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 12 -1 p.m. where a Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 1p.m. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, donations to Burl- Oak Naval Veterans would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

 

Medals of John Stevens

 

HMCS GALT

SHINGLETON, Jack, AB, RCNVR -  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Shingleton on March 2, 2015 at the Seven Oaks Hospital. Jack was 92 years of age. Left to cherish his memory are son William (Marilyn); daughter Linda (Fred); six grandchildren, Charity, Aaron (Dulce), Taylor, Jamie, Kristopher (Jen), Laura (Drew) and three great-grandchildren, Lily, Grace and Genesis. Jack was born in Winnipeg and spent his early years growing up in the North End. During the Second World War he joined the Navy and trained as a radar operator. Returning home after the war he married Wanda, the love of his life, and together they built their family home and raised their children. Jack was a cabinet maker by trade and worked at Brown and Rutherford Ltd. until his retirement. His carpentry skill was well known and he gave freely of his time to anyone who asked. Jack also enjoyed travelling, gardening, duck carving and the many years spent at the cottage. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital. Your kindness and compassion were greatly appreciated. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, R3T 929 or to a charity of one's choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 07 Mar 2015)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

SHUTE, William Robert (Bill) - Peacefully on Friday, October 3, 2008 at Concordia Hospital, William Robert Shute, beloved husband of Regina, passed away at the age of 83 years. A memorial service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bruce Gelhorn officiating. Predeceased by his parents, William and Alice Shute and sister Doreen, he leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife; Regina (nee Oberth) of 59 years; daughters, Janice (Doug) and Joanne (Rene) of Quebec City; sons, Ken (Barbara) and Gord (Karen). He also leaves to mourn his passing his sister Louise of Grande Prairie Texas, seven grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. Bill worked for 42 years as a machinist and retired in 1985 with the CP Rail. Bill was a Past Master of the Dormer Lodge and he was also a Dad Advisor with the Order of DeMolay. Bill served on the Trois Rivieres in the Navy and enjoyed many reunions with his former shipmates. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, loved to go on family camping trips and was also an avid reader. In his later years he enjoyed spending time on the golf course and curling with his friends. Bill and Reggie enjoyed many memorable trips together. His last words at the end of the day were always.... Good night Suzie . Good night Bill , I'll miss you. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's name to the Concordia Hospital Foundation at 1095 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg Manitoba, R2K 3S8. Glen Eden Funeral Home in charge of Arrangements. (Winnipeg Free Press 06 Oct 2008)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

FEDELUK, Michael (Mike) (Mickey) - Peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 1983 at home, after a short illness, Mr. Michael Matthew Fedeluk, of 216 Victoria Ave. East, Transcona. Mickey, as he was affectionately called had served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940-1945 as Chief Petty Officer and had been on active duty overseas for most of the Second War years. He had worked as a boiler maker in the C.N.R. Transcona Shops and retired in 1979 as a supervisor at Symington Yards. He was a member of the Transcona Legion Branch No. 7 as well as a Grand Master of Masonic Lodge No. 123 and belonged to the Royal Arch. He took an active part in the Trasncona Game and Fish Society for many years and enjoyed curling, golf and duck hunting. He spent many happy times at his summer home in Sandy Hook, Man. where he took pride in his garden, golfing and visiting with friends and neighbors. Mickey was predeceased by his father Alex and mother Sophia and grieved greatly over the loss of his beloved wife of 34 years, Jean, who was called to rest March 11, 1979. He leaves to cherish his memory two step-daughters, Dorothy Lucas who resides at home and Mrs. J. Teres of 514 Ravelston Ave. West, as well as grandson Jeffrey and his wife Joanne and great-grandson Ryan Teres. There are also left to mourn a brother Norman and wife Edna; sister Elsie and husband Paul Dysandra of Transcona, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mickey was a quiet, gentle man and will <be> greatly missed by his family and many friends. Viewing will take place Tuesday, December 6 as the Transcona Funeral Chapel, 1800 Day St., beginning at 7:00 p.m. Members of the Masonic Lodge will take part in a short service and Legion members will close their service. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. from Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Ave. West. with Rev. R. Coll officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Jack Smith, Tom Cable, Norman Fedeluck, Paul Dyzandra, Norman Buss, Henry Desmond, Ken Gunn-Walbert, Carl MacDonald, Duncan McKellar and Randy Zawodsky. Active pallbearers will be Grandson Jeff Teres, Reggie Fedeluk, Allan Reud, Brian Colbert, Hector McKay and Steve Kralka. Interment will take place in the Transcona Cemetery. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart Foundation or the Cancer Society or sent to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 06 Dec 1983)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

FEDELUK, Norman - It is with great sorrow Norman passed away on March 7, 2006 at Deer Lodge Centre. Norm was predeceased by parents, Sophie and Alec, brother Mick and daughter Tanis Fedeluk. He leaves to mourn his wife, Edna; sister Elsie Dyzandra; sons, Reginald, Randy, Allan and Gary; daughters, Linda Evanuik, Judy Manko and Lauren Fedeluk and numerous grandchildren. Norman was born October 6, 1919 in Oak Bank, MB. In 1939, Norman joined the British Royal Navy and was assigned to H.M.S. Malaya, a Queen Elizabeth battleship. Following his tour of duty aboard Norman transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and boarded the H.M.C.S. Haida. He acted as an interpreter for the German U-boats that were arriving in port. He left the Navy as Chief Petty Officer after the war ended and returned to Winnipeg. Norman worked 38 years for the Canadian National Railways and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. For his devotion and dedication to Branch No. 7, he was awarded a Life Membership in 1968. In his spare time Norman loved to play golf, was an avid hunter and liked to fish. Norman was a resident of Deer Lodge Centre since 1981 and had made many friends during the years. Our heartfelt thanks to T4 of Deer Lodge Centre for their care and support. Prayers will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Transcona Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Transcona Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow in the Transcona Cemetery with a lunch following at Transcona Legion, 117 Regent East. As we loved him, so he'll be missed. (Winnipeg Free Press 11 Mar 2006)

 

HMS MALAYA, HMCS HAIDA

GARDEN, William Grant, LCdr, RCNVR - Died: 02 Nov 1982, Wolseley, SK

 

HMCS STRATFORD, HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

MAHONEY, John Douglas (Doug) - D. MAHONEY DIES IN CAR CRASH Parrsboro friends learned with deep regret of the tragic death of John Douglas Mahoney, 33, son of Mrs. W.B. Mahoney of Halifax and the late Mr. Mahoney of Parrsboro, which occurred in a traffic accident near Toronto on Sunday, August 14th. He was one of two killed on the highway where two cars in which they were passengers collided head-on. Four other persons, occupants of both cars, were also injured in the violent crash. Moving with his parents from Parrsboro to Halifax when a young boy, Mr. Mahoney was educated in the city schools there. During the war he served as a Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He moved to Toronto some time ago and was a resident there. Besides his mother in Halifax, he is survived by his wife and three sons and a daughter. Also surviving are his two brothers and a sister. The remains were brought to Halifax for burial. (Parrsboro Record, Tuesday, August 23, 1949 - research by Dave Winter, 18 Nov 2007)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

MULVIHILL, Brian William Ignatius - Born: 01 Feb 1924  Died: 16 Jun 2015

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

QUIGLEY, Thomas Henry (Harry), Lt, RCNVR - Born: 24 Jun 1921  Died: 28 Jun 1965. Buried in St Peter's Cemetery, London, ON

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

SQUAREBRIGGS, Sterling Albert - age 88, of Andrews of Stratford, formerly from Westview Drive, Charlottetown, devoted husband of the late Glady (Doyle) Squarebriggs, the death occurred on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown. Born in 1926, Stirling was the son of the late Daniel and Edna (Mulane) Squarebriggs. Stirling was a veteran of Second World War. He is survived by his loving children, John (Jane) of Kingston, ON, Allan (Kathie) of Berwick, N.S., Robert (Mary Ellen) of Miramichi, N.B., Cathy (Kevin) White, of Falmouth, N.S., Nora (Rick) Nelson of Stratford, P.E.I.; son-in-law, Wayne Foy of Truro, N.S.; cherished grandchildren, Meghan, Adam, Samantha, Amanda, Meagan, Ben, Carrie and cherished great-grandchildren, Octavia, Wylie, Neva, Hailey, Spencer and Ethan; numerous nieces and nephews. Stirling was predeceased by his wife, Glady; daughter, Cindy Foy and an infant daughter; brothers, Reginald, Austin; sisters, Nora Squarebriggs and Edith Hornick. Resting at Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home, 33 Longworth Ave, Charlottetown, P.E.I., with visiting hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service to be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., from Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown. Interment to take place in People's Cemetery, Charlottetown. Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home entrusted with the Funeral. Royal Canadian Legion will hold a Tribute Service for their fallen comrade, Stirling Squarebriggs, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. St. John's #1 Masonic Lodge will hold a service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

AGNELLI, Valerio, Tel - Veteran of WWII of the Royal Canadian Navy, Wireless Operator on the Gaspe and the Trois Rivere Ships. Active Member of the Toronto Real Estate Board since 1949. Valerio passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013 in his 90th year at the Sunnybrook Hospital, Veterans Wing. Beloved husband of Helen for 64 years. Loving father of James, Paul, Peter, and Valerie. Cherished grandfather of Vanessa. Remembered by his sisters, Mary Speers, Anne Vatri (Bruno), Kay Cullen, Sue Langland (Ken), and by his sister-in-law Barbara. Predeceased by his brother Larry. Valerio will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Valerio will be fondly remembered for his wit, charm, prolific story-telling, and renowned for his spaghetti sauce. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave. W.) Weston, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church (1675 Finch Ave. W., Toronto) on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Canadian Red Cross would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 24 Aug 2013)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

BEATTIE, George H. (12 Oct 1924 - 19 Oct 2006) - At Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday October 19, 2006. George H. Beattie of Knightsbridge Rd., Woodstock in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of F. Eileen Beattie (nee Webster) for over 60 years. Dear father of Theresa Reynard and her husband Tim of Regina, David and his wife Vivian of Alabama, Kathleen Hie and her husband Clifford, Elizabeth Anne, Robert, Colleen, Brien and his companion Doris and Margaret all of Woodstock. Loved grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Dear brother of June Williams of Michigan. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Madaline Beattie and his brother Fred. George was a veteran of WW II with the Royal Canadian Navy and was employed at Standard Tube for over 33 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, founding member of the Woodstock Naval Veterans Association and Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #55 Woodstock. Friends may call at the R. D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave. Woodstock, (519-539-0004) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A funeral mass will be held from Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 904 Dundas St., Woodstock on Monday at 10:00 am with Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk CSMA officiating. Interment in the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. Contributions to the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Prayers will be conducted on Sunday at 1:30pm and a Royal Canadian Legion Service will be held on Sunday at 6:30 pm in the funeral home chapel. (Brock & Visser Funeral Home Burial & Cremation Services Ltd.)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

BECCAREA, John Philip, LS (1920-2003) - Suddenly at his residence on Monday, September 1, 2003 John Philip Beccarea, age 83 years. Dear father of Ruth Beccarea and Elaine Holgate. Dear grandfather of Natalie, John Philip, Tyler and Gina. Spouse of Cora Beccarea. Dear brother of Madeline Varey. Predeceased by his brothers Edward and Anthony Beccarea and his sisters Betty Sherman, Annie Pethick, Mary Beales and Margaret Lane. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. John was a long time CNR engineer (retired) after serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. There will be no funeral home visitation. Cremation with a graveside service will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

BOLIANATZ, John Henry (Jack) (14 Mar 1925 - 24 Dec 2000) - aged 75 years, of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 24, 2000, at the Swift Current Regional Hospital, with his loving family at his side. The Anglican funeral service was celebrated at Christ the King Church in Shaunavon on Friday, December 29th with Reverend Catherine Harper officiating. The pianist was Trent Bruner, Canwood, SK. Special music was provided by "Jack's Fiddling Friends" from near and far. The eulogy was presented by Jack's long time neighbours and friends, Gratton and Carolann Murray. A tribute to their dad was given by son, Raymond Bolianatz and daughter, Marilyn Heckbert, as well as a Granddaughter's Tribute by Jillian Bolianatz. Readers were friends, Marie Martineau and Leslie Goldstein. The Prayers of the People were read by daughter, Terry Newell. Betsy's daughter, Debra Knox, presented a tribute and appreciation of Jack and his life. Ushers were Ron Martineau and Herb Goldstein. Pallbearers were Joe Murray, Jon Murray, Tim Island, Brad Cruthers, George Simmons and Alan Stevenson. Interment followed at Veteran's Memorial Gardens, Hillcrest Cemetery, Shaunavon, SK. at Avonlea, SK, to John and Vera Bolianatz. At a very young age he enlisted in the Canadian navy during the Second World War. Following his years in the Navy, he met and married Sheila Paxton in Victoria, BC, in 1946. They later moved to Avonlea where Jack worked at farming. In 1955 he purchased the Carl Hengel farm, south of Instow, where he and Sheila raised their four children. Along with grain farming, they raised cattle. Sheila passed away in November of 1979. Jack continued farming, but gradually increased his cattle herd. Jack enjoyed his cows and was known to never have a hungry cow! In 1981, Jack met and married Betsy Elkink. Together they continued farming and raising cattle. It was about this time that Jack was given a fiddle and began a very enjoyable fiddling career. Both Jack and Betsy enjoyed traveling to fiddle festivals and contests. Through their keen interest in the fiddling world they met many performers and fiddle enthusiasts who became good friends. A highlight of Jack's summers has been his yearly trek to Emma Lake Fiddle Camp. Meeting friends and jamming was a very enjoyable time for him. We are so glad that he had ten enjoyable, one week fiddle camp excursions. The fellowship at All Saints Anglican Church was important to Jack. Jack was a faithful member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #40, for many years. During that time, he held different offices in the organization. Jack enjoyed people, and was always ready for a cup of coffee and a chat. He especially enjoyed his time with the Senators at Conway's. He appreciated the concern of the group while he was so sick. Jack is survived by his loving wife, Betsy, his children, Raymond (Lisa) Bolianatz and sons, Trond and Kurt; Marilyn (Len) Heckbert and daughters Angela and Julia; Terry (Grant) Newell and children, Shalena, Cassie and Tyson; and Allan (Shelly) Bolianatz and children, Melissa, Kristopher and Jillian, Betsy's children, Debra (Rick) Knox and children, Rickele and Ryan; Barbara (Richard) Cote and children, Rebecca (Adam) Anderson and Tachelle; Michelle (Dale) Slusar and children, Cade and Charis; and three great grandchildren, Chance, Phoenix and Clark. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Madeleine Lasante, four sisters, three brothers and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Jack will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Our lives will never be the same without him. We all feel very privileged to have known and loved him. May his soul rest in peace.

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

CANAVAN, Gordon Stuart, OS, RCNVR - Born: 1924, Green Hills, Hantz Co., NS   Died: 24 Feb 1993, Cambridge, Hantz Co., NS. Buried in the Berwick Cemetery, Hantz Co. NS

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

LUCAS, Colin Richard Lucas, Slt, RCNVR - died on December 13, 2005 at his home in Pacific Beach, CA. He was born on February 13, 1919 in Ocean Falls British Columbia, Canada to Leonard and Elise (Walker) Lucas. He spent his youth in Victoria B.C. where he developed a love for tennis, sailing, reading and enjoying the outdoors. Colin served in the Canadian Navy as a crew member on a charting vessel on the west coast, then on a minesweeper on the east coast. Colin graduated from the University of British Columbia and then received his Masters in Library Science from the University of Washington. While at the U of W, Colin met his wife Catherine (Vosper) Lucas. They married on July 2, 1949 and made their home in the Seattle and Portland areas while working in public libraries and book stores. Colin and Catherine then moved to the midwest where Colin worked for the Illinois State Library. They began their family while living in Illinois. In 1960 they moved to Sunnyvale, CA where Colin became the Director of Sunnyvale Public Library. The family then moved to San Bernardino CA, where Colin was Director of San Bernardino Public Library. His last professional position was as Library Director of Monterey Park Public Library in the Los Angeles area. He retired in 1987 to live full time in the San Diego area. Colin's life was filled with many interests and passions: books, poetry, music ( especially jazz piano), tennis, gardening, and people. He could strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere. People would often stop along the sidewalk to admire the whimsy and design of his garden and fishpond and share conversation with him. He loved being active and especially enjoyed swimming in the surf, riding his bike, and playing ping pong. Even in the later years of his life he could be found boogie boarding the waves at Pacific Beach. Colin's eloquent way with words and his ability to recite and write poetry were gifts that will be fondly remembered. Colin was preceded in death by his wife Catherine. He is survived by five children: Jeremy Lucas, Greg Lucas (Diane), Blythe Crawford, Jennifer Stettler (Ralph), Bliss Lucas, and six grandchildren, Katherine Crawford, Bonnie Crawford, Colin Harrington, James Lucas, Tao Stettler, and Ellen Stettler. Colin's kind heart and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered when the chords of a Gershwin tune sound and when a poetic combination of words strike the listener just so. His passions in life never left him. His curiosity, enthusiasm for life, and intellect continued to inspire those around him every day. He will be fondly remembered.

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

MAJORKI, Millian (Bill, Papa, Granpa, Major) This kind, caring and gentle man passed away peacefully on December 11, 2004 at the age of 84 years. Dad will always be in the hearts of; the love of his life, best friend and darling wife Frances, his cherished family and many dear friends. Born in Regina, Sask., he was a proud WW II Navy Veteran, serving his country for 25 years, moved to Seattle in 1966 to continue his career and then in 1985 retired and came home to Victoria to enjoy his gardening and many life pleasures. Dad was affectionately called Papa/ Granpa by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and by Anameika, his very special great-great-grandchild. He lived a life full of quality, vibrant zest and no regrets. Dad always said, If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing; I've had a wonderful life. Papa/Granpa will always be with us, fondly remembered as a fair-minded gentleman and an honest and kind person who loved his dear family, sincere friends, enduring shipmates and early bird Crystal Pool swimming buddies. We will not mourn his passing, but will honour and celebrate his long and loving life. This is the way he would want it! We will always see that smile. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. As per his request, a private service will be held to honour and celebrate his life. (Victoria Times Colonist 15 Dec 2004)

 

HMCS TROIS RIVIERES, HMCS JONQUIERE

 

BLACKWELL, Eugene (Blackie), AB, V59116 - Passed away Dec. 14, 2015. Peacefully in his 91st year at Parkwood Veterans Hospital with family at his side. Thanks to all the staff at Parkwood for their excellent care.

 

HMCS LOCKPORTE, HMCS ST STEPHEN

WINDEYER, Guy Stanley, DSC, CDR, RCN - Born: 1901, NSW, Australia to Richard and Mabel Windeyer. Died: 27 Nov 1984

 

HMCS WETASKIWIN, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS BURRARD

NEAL, Earl Edward - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Earl Edward Neal on March 14, 2017. Along with Shirley, Earl will be sadly missed by his children, Mary Jane (Don), John (Kathi) and Andrew; his wonderful grandchildren, Shelly and Samuel, as well as many dear friends. Earl was born in Central Butte, Saskatchewan on October 1, 1925. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. While on leave in Halifax, he met the love of his life, Shirley Helene Purcell, when he crossed the floor and asked her to dance. That dance would last the rest of his life. Earl and Shirley were married for 68 wonderful years. During this time they lived in many Canadian cities, as Earl's career with the Canadian Pacific Railway progressed. He was a longstanding member of the Free Masons and the Scottish Rite. He retired in 1984 as the General Manager of Intermodal Services after 42 years of service. Earl and Shirley were then able to start their happy adventure when they turned the family cottage in Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia into their permanent home. At Earl's request, a private service has taken place and there will be a family gathering at a future date in Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Siloam Mission. (Winnipeg Free Press 18 Mar 2017)

 

ROBERTSON, Allan Parker (1926-2017) - passed away on March 11, 2017. He is survived by Evelyn, wife of 69 years, son Don (Marilyn), daughter Heather (Dave), grandchildren Jason (Pam), Jennifer (Michael), Chris and Stephen, and great-granddaughters Xen and Ariella. Dad grew up with four siblings in Watrous, SK. Dad would tell stories of playing hockey with "road apples" (frozen horse dung) for pucks. During his childhood, while suffering from acute appendicitis, Dad barely made it to hospital after being "ambulanced" in a hearse with no shocks on a gravel road. In the Second World War Dad joined the Navy when the recruiter turned a blind eye to the fact that he was only 16. After the war he returned to Winnipeg where he apprenticed as a Carman for the C.N.R. Dad met Mom on the tennis court when he and a buddy asked Mom and her friend to play doubles. They hit it off and never looked back. Dad and Mom would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this April 3. Dad was a wonderful father, grandpa and great-grandpa - very much the "oak tree", possessing a quiet confidence. He was always there to help, whether you had car trouble, were installing a picture window (that was a bit of excitement!), or laying flooring. Dad loved his gardens and had a large vegetable garden out back and beautiful roses out front that drew everyone's attention (as well as deer). Over the years Mom and Dad had many homes and vacation places, all of which Dad "handymanned" into shape. Some of their best times were spent at Falcon Beach and Paradise Village. They had a large number of bird feeders and Dad was always at war with the squirrels. Their final home was Dakota House where they had many good friends and wonderful staff. Dad and Mom spent their early retirement years travelling to Europe and Cuba, and wintering in California, Arizona, and Vancouver Island. We would have Christmas complete with tree at Thanksgiving, and then off they'd go! Dad was a kind and gentle man, who, although gravely ill, fought to remain in this world to care for Mom, who was also ill. Blessedly, his pain and struggle has ceased. Dad has requested a family gathering only. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 18 Mar 2017)

WALKER, John Philip Vernon, LS, RCN - With profound sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of our family patriarch, John Philip Vernon Walker, at his home on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, after 82 years of life. He was predeceased by our Mom, Lucy, in September 2004. Dad never completely filled the void her departure created and he cherished her memory throughout the remainder of his life. We find genuine comfort in the reality that they are together again, in perfect health and at peace. Dad will be missed by daughter Lisa and son Dale, his wife Cheryl and grandchildren, Serena, Breandan and Garrett. Also, mourning his passing are brothers, Herbert, Stuart and Larry, along with many other beloved family members and numerous friends, like his long-time cribbage partner, Brian Nelson. For years, they wreaked havoc about once a week at ANAF #283, either by getting the right cards or (more often than not) by employing dry humour and playful sarcasm. Dad was born in Sillery, Quebec on February 28, 1935 and remained there for the next 17 years. If anyone can lay a legitimate claim to possessing a spirit of optimism, it was Dad. He met every challenge life threw at him with a spirit of goodwill, an attitude of determination and an inexhaustible reserve of good humour. These attributes would see him through turbulent times like living at St. Bridgette's Orphanage in Quebec for most of his childhood. He would draw from these same sources of strength to cope with the loss of vision in one eye in 1975 and the gradual erosion of his sight entirely during the last half of his life. With equal doses of resolve and humour, he would survive a diagnosis of cancer, surgery and the ravages of chemotherapy in 2006. Dad accepted without complaint the limitations that crept incrementally into his life over the last decade but always tried to do more than he knew he was capable of. This was borne out by the incredible work he did without the benefit of eyesight: starting his own seedlings each spring and nurturing and growing a wonderful vegetable garden with tall tomato plants, cucumbers, as well as a wide and tasty array of mild and hot peppers. His passion for gardening motivated him to grow more than enough plants so there were always extras for family and friends. Until the very end of his life, he painstakingly prepared and served gourmet meals for his family and guests for Sunday dinners. There remains an unfinished renovation project he started, carpentry by touch alone! He fiercely contested every yard as he aged and was successful as he continued living independently in the house he loved and knew so well right to the end. As a young adult, Dad sought adventure and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in the early 1950s, serving over 13 years. During that time, he found himself working and sailing on a variety of the Tribal Class Destroyers and doing his part to safeguard the integrity of Canadian Sovereignty while representing Canadian principles, interests and values. He would rise to the rank of Leading Seaman before releasing in 1967. After becoming a civilian, he moved his young family to Winnipeg, settling here in 1968. He fell in love with his community and never left, abiding in the same cozy home for nearly 50 years. Through trying his hand at a few different jobs, Dad discovered that bartending was the occupation that liked him the most. My Dad was a gregarious, kind and honest man, fitting qualities for the demands of the job and Dad was highly regarded and well respected by management, co-workers and customers alike. Our Dad's strongest, undisputed passion however was his love and fidelity for family and close friends. The happiness and joy he radiated was easily visible whenever he found himself in the company of those nearest to him. He revelled in social events and was in his element regaling us with his amusing stories and comical anecdotes. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue with Rev. Fr. Eric Giddins presiding. Our family wishes to acknowledge the special place our Dad held in his heart for the following people: Greg and Maria Anderton, Koren Kines, her father Lorne, Steve and Adele Wall and Corinne Weber. Rare and exceptional individuals, they exemplify the finest qualities of neighbourliness. Our gratitude for your kindness and concern knows no bounds and collectively, you have elevated the standard to new heights in the "Good Neighbour" category. We would also like to acknowledge the very high level of professionalism and empathy shown by attending members of the Winnipeg Police Services. While flowers are accepted, donations may also be made in lieu of flowers to The CNIB, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one's choice. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue. A Final Farewell to Leading Seaman John Walker who has now crossed the bar. Be at Peace. (Winnipeg Free Press 14 Mar 2017)

CHAMPION, James Pearce, AB, RCNVR - It is with heavy hearts we announce that on February 23rd 2017, our deeply loved father and grandfather, James Pearce Champion, passed away peacefully at the age of 92, surrounded by love and by family. He was born September 20th, 1924 in Burnaby, and grew up in White Rock during the Depression alongside siblings Gordon and Doris. He loved the ocean and spent much of his youth at the beach swimming, fishing, and collecting seaweed for the garden. James, or Jim, also spent a great deal of time cutting wood, an activity he enjoyed throughout his life. In 1942, at the age of 18, he volunteered for the Canadian Navy (RCNVR AB Combined Operations) and served as an able bodied seaman on the HMCS Prince David. He landed on Juno Beach at Normandy on D-Day as a landing craft crew member (LCI). He was active until 1945, engaged in operations in Sicily and throughout the Mediterranean Theatre. Upon returning home, he fell in love with Ethel Danielson. They married in 1947, and remained together until her passing in 1990. They purchased land in Burnaby where Jim built them a house, followed by a second house as their family grew. Their four children, Linda, Bou (Gail), James, and Steven, and the seven grandchildren that followed, formed a tight-knit family that looked up to Jim with a well-earned sense of love, admiration, and respect. Once their children had left home, Jim and Ethel enjoyed traveling throughout North America in their camper. The same year he married Ethel, he joined the Vancouver Fire Department. He proudly spent 37 years with the department, much of his time on the Rescue 2 wagon in the DTES, retiring in 1984 as a district chief. Being a fireman and the camaraderie that came with the job meant a lot to Jim, and he was a highly respected and admired firefighter. Later in life Jim reconnected with Norma Johnson, a childhood friend, and they enjoyed living and traveling together until her passing. His last years were spent surrounded by family in the home he built. While initially raised in the teachings of Christian Science, Jim later self-identified as a Humanist, and there wasn't a person he met that he couldn't find the good in, or something to connect with them about. Jim was endlessly curious, and had the patience to really listen to people, hear them, and appreciate them. He was tolerant, respectful, loyal, and kind. And he was always, to his very core, an optimist. A service, or as Jim wanted it to be called, his "going away party," will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the CCPA. One thing that always stood out about Jim was his desire to do whatever he could for others and expect nothing in return. Perhaps the most fitting tribute would be to do something nice for someone else and think of him. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 18 Mar 2017)

 

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GOWER, William James (18 Oct 1916 - 11 Mar 2017) - a lifelong scouter, has completed his final journey to join his beloved wife of 71 years, Margaret. Predeceased by his sister Emma and brothers Dick, George and Roy, Jim leaves behind his sister Inez, brother Frank (Linda), sister-in-law Dorothy, sons Bill (Jo Ann), Ron (Kathy), Ken, Bruce (Patrice), 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jim lived his entire life in Victoria except for his WWII service aboard HMCS Haida and had a long career in the postal service. Throughout his life, Jim was an active and dedicated member of Christ Church Cathedral, the Oddfellows Lodge, and an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Baden Powell Guild of Victoria. Jim had a passion for the outdoors, the more remote, the better. He worked endlessly in his garden, explored the wilderness of local parks, the Forbidden Plateau, Garibaldi Park, and the Rockies. This passion was only exceeded by his devotion to family, with a special interest in following the activities of the younger members. Over many years, Jim and Margaret also took great joy entertaining their many friends at home and at the family Deep Cove property. Our family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff at The Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead for their exceptional care and kindness. A celebration of Jim's life will take place at Christ Church Cathedral at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2017)

 

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SAMPLE, William Kenneth (Rod) (01 Jan 1924 - 03 Mar 2017) - With great sadness we announce that Rod Sample passed away on Friday, March 3rd 2017. Rod was predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Ruth (in 1999), and by his sister Edna and brother Ted. Born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan in 1924, Rod had fond memories of growing up under the prairie sky, learning to golf in open fields, playing trombone in the local band and helping at the family's store - Sample Brothers - Kerrobert's first department store. Rod's love of stamp collecting traces back to his father, William Burton Sample, who was the post master and a founder of Kerrobert's United Church. Like many of his generation, Rod was called to serve in WW2 and assigned to H.M.C.S. Orkney for the duration. After the war, he continued his service becoming a lieutenant in the naval reserve. Rod met the love of his life, Ruth Stewart, while attending the University of Saskatchewan. They married in Ruth's hometown of Kamsack in 1946. Their first child, Merilyn Christie, was born the following year and in 1950, son William Stewart was born. A few years later the family moved to British Columbia ultimately settling in Victoria where Rod enjoyed a long and influential career as a music educator in both secondary and post secondary schools. Rod's contribution to Canada's arts community also included teaching stagecraft at the Banff School of Fine Arts and UBC in the 1950s and 60s, as a trombonist in the Greater Victoria Concert Band and South Island Wind Ensemble (among others), and as an accomplished water colour painter. Rod will be remembered fondly by the many students he inspired and encouraged - some of whom went on to play in ensembles and orchestras around the world. Rod's family will remember his creativity, kindness, patience and love, and that he kept a wonderful sense of humour until the end. Rod is survived by his devoted sister Joan (Alan); and children, Merilyn (Gary) and Bill (Helesia); grandchildren Christie (Dan), Colleen (Mende), Max, Miles and Thea; and great grandchildren, Colin, Danielle, Jade and Lilijana. Rod is also survived by nephew Laurie and his wife Janet who provided much love and friendship. Rod will be remembered by his cousin, Mary, and her husband Bob Steele who served as best man and woman at Rod and Ruth's wedding - and vice versa. The family would like to thank caring staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital and Sunrise Vancouver who ensured Rod's final months were dignified and comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rod's memory to the 'Rod Sample Fund' for a music student award at the University of Victoria. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 1st from 2-5pm at Goward House in Victoria. (Victoria Times Colonist 18 Mar 2017)

 

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BATTY, Gordon Desmond (20 Jun 1926 - 09 Mar 2017) - passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ilene; his sons David (Laurie), Greg and Mike; his grandchildren Justin and Kyle; his sister-in-law Olga Wenstob; and several nieces and nephews. Gord was born and raised in Calgary. He was a Navy Veteran followed by a 46-year career at Calgary Motor Products. He loved to golf, ski and go RVing. At Gordon's request, a private Family Gathering will take place. In living memory of Gordon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 18 Mar 2017)

BOYER, Henry W. (Harry) - WWII Navy Veteran - Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6 days after his 97th birthday. Beloved husband of 68 years to Ina and loving father to David, Helen Hall (John) and Kathy Boyer (Adam Nadolski). Grandfather to Jason, Joshua and the late Kevin. Harry was an avid sports fa n and during his many years at Sandy Cove Acres in Innisfil, Harry became an enthusiastic curler and also played slo-pitch baseball. During his retirement, Harry volunteered for Habitat For Humanity in Barrie and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to both his country and his community. Harry will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Harry's family wishes to thank the dedicated nursing staff, doctors and volunteers of the Supportive Care Unit at Lakeridge Health Centre - Oshawa Site for their outstanding support, warmth and care provided to Harry and the entire family during his final days. Donations in memory of Harry to the War Amps of Ontario may be offered.

CAUGHT, Ronald Arthur, LCdr - died peacefully March 6, 2017 at Queensway Carleton Hospital. Predeceased by his wife Ethel (Millen). Survived by partner Denise Greer and her daughter Lisa Milligan (Ron); his children Ron Caught, Patricia Caught-McDermid (John) and Kathleen Caught-Snow (Michael); grandchildren Steven Kasouf, David Kasouf , James Caught, Stephanie Caught-Bazinet, Scott Brownhill, Michael Brownhill and Jamie Brownhill, Christina Milligan-Brouilette, and Curtis Milligan; as well seven great- grandchildren Henry, Shyla, Sophie, Shea, Denham, Killian and Aiden. He grew up in Simpson Sask and joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18. After retiring from the Navy as Lt Commander, he continued to be involved with the Navy working for Eyretechnics building ships and later became a Commissioner at Veterans Affairs. Ron loved travelling with the Ottawanders Trailer Club. He was a Tunis Shriner and Past President of Lord Alexander Shrine Club. He helped coach the Mini Bike Unit for many years. Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place on May 12, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Hunt Club Golf and Country Club. Should you wish to contact the family by email: kcaught@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. (Ottawa Citizen 18 Mar 2017)

 

CHABOREK, Stephen - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father Stephen who passed away March 11, 2017 at the age of 95. Waiting for him with open arms is his beautiful wife Marcie. Cherished father of Wayne (Tammy), Judy (Danny) Goodfellow and Jeannie. Loving grandfather of 7, great- grandfather of 12 and great-great- grandfather of 1. Dear brother of John, and predeceased by Walter and Michael. He will be missed by his extended family and friends. Dad was a WWII Navy Vet who proudly served his country and was a member of the 143 Legion. If you so desire, donations to Hospice of Windsor would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Tuesday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. under the auspices of the Windsor Memorial Vet's Committee at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor. May he be granted the peace he has earned and the grace he deserves. (Windsor Star 13 Mar 2017)

McKEEN, Donald Charles - Veteran WWII – Royal Canadian Navy Peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the age of 95. Beloved husband and best friend of the late Marjorie Patricia McKeen (née Davis). Loving father of Donna (Kent), Linda Murray (Blaz) and Bradford McKeen (Lisa). Proud grandfather of Karen (Brent); Julie (Jeff) and their children Chloe and Fletcher; and Mariko, Jordan and their families. He will also be fondly remembered by close family friend, Eleanor Barnes. Predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Family and friends are invited to visit the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Byron) on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 1 - 2 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. Memorial Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. (Ottawa Citizen 17 Mar 2017)

 

HURAS, Cecil William, AB, V50773, RCNVR enlisted: 18 Nov 1942 Demobilized: 18 Sep 1945 (28 Nov 1923 - 19 Oct 2015) - of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Monday, October 19th, 2015, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Alyce Joy (Mills) Huras (1999) and dearly loved father of Richard Huras (Sandra) of Sarnia, Mark Huras (Lise) of Hanmer and Todd Huras (Laurie) of Thedford. Loved grandfather of Joshua, Aaron, Kendall and Kirsten. Sadly missed 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Dear brother of Raymond Huras (Hazel) of Stratford. Predeceased by 5 brothers and a sister. Cecil was born in Stratford on November 28, 1923, the son of the late Irvin and Matilda (Graul) Huras. He was retired from the St. Thomas P.U.C. and formerly worked for the C.N. Railway. Cecil was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He served in the Navy during W.W.II. He was a long time member of Branch 41 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Cecil was a member of the St. Thomas Pigeon Club and enjoyed racing pigeons. He also was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A public memorial service to celebrate Cecil’s life will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at William Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas. Visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place, with interment to take place in South Park Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Remembrances may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

Newspaper article on Cecil Huras and his five brothers who served during WW2

 

Telegram calling Cecil Huras up for Active Service

 

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CHEPELSKY, Michael Frederick - age 71 years, of Terrace Bay, Ontario, passed away on July 1, 1995, with his family by his side. Born in Ansonville, Ontario, on February 16, 1924, Michael served in World War II on the HMCS St. Stephen. After his active service in the Navy, Michael moved to Terrace Bay and was employed as a Stationary Engineer with Kimberly Clark for 32 years, until his retirement in 1979. Michael was also a member of the Chimo Club. Michael is survived by his wife of 46 years, Alice (nee Pregent), and son Michael (Rachel) and grandchildren Beverli and Kyla of Iroquois Falls; daughter Kristine and grandsons Steven and Trevor of Nepean; son Glenn (Paula) of New Zealand; son Greg (Janice) of Sudbury; and son David of Victoria, BC. Michael was predeceased by his parents William and Tillie Chepelsky of Ansonville, Ontario. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Martin of Tours Church, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. George Bourguignon. Interment will take place at a later date in Iroquois Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetic Association would be appreciated.

 

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RIEGER, Victor Joseph (Vic) (01 Mar 1926 - 16 Mar 2017) - Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, papa, and uncle to many, Vic, peacefully passed with family at his side. Left to mourn are his wife Mary (nee Zarazun), daughters Jane (Earl), and Debbie, grandchildren Kelley (Bob), Bobbie, Lindsay (Mike), Jaime, Suzanne (Brad), Lindsay (Vanessa), and Robynne (Jordan), great-grandchildren Tayler, Jordyn, Tarrin, McKenna, Jonas, Phoenix, Malakai, Cayden, Rowyn, Josh, Maddy, Dayton, Kohen, Walker, and in-laws Josie, Stan (Joyce), Adam (Bev). Vic was born in Winnipeg, the son of John and Mary Rieger, and had six siblings. Vic was a veteran of the Second World War, with service in the Royal Canadian Navy. In July of 1948 he married the love of his life, Mary. They enjoyed 68 years together. He first worked in the fur trade, later joining the Winnipeg Police Force and served as an officer until retirement. Vic and Mary spent their early retirement in British Columbia and later returned home to Winnipeg. Vic was loved and respected by his family and friends, and known as the Gentle Giant. With his authoritative stature and heart of gold he led his family with unconditional love, honesty and strength. He taught us all the meaning of family, accountability, and the love of laughter. He was an inspiration to us by facing life's challenges with courage, resilience, and a positive outlook, and always lending a helping hand. His wit and teasing of everyone will never be forgotten. "We will all miss you! Thanks for being you!" Special thanks to the staff of N1 North, Concordia Hospital for their positive interaction, care and compassion. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, followed by Interment at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Ave. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to Heart and Stroke Foundation and Alzheimer Society. (Winnipeg Free Press 21 Mar 2017)

CHARTER, James Truman - 82, of Halifax Regional Municipality, passed away December 20, 2011, in Melville Lodge, Spryfield. Born in Renton, Ont., he was a son of the late Truman and Margret (Kirkwood) Charter. James served in the Canadian Navy beginning in 1948 with HMCS Prevost, served on many ships until retirement in 1974 as C2ER4CD2 with Maritime Command Trials Team. He worked with Halterm for many years. James enjoyed gardening, reading and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Upper Tantallon. James is survived by son, Christopher; daughter, Laura Ann; brother, Kenny; sisters, Barbara, Margret, Jeannie; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara Anne Irene (Campbell) Charter; daughter, Carol Elizabeth Meaden; brothers, Bob and Liston; sisters, Beth and Rita. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held Friday December 23, at 2 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Rev. Tammy Hodge officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Upper Tantallon.

 

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COMEAU, William Mayes (Bill) (24 Nov 1927- 24 Mar 2013) - Passed peacefully away in Maplestone Enhanced Care, Halifax in his 86th year. Known by friends and family as Moose, Bill was the seventh of nine children of the late Joseph and Mildred (Hughes) Comeau (of Saint John, N.B.). He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years and truly treasured his time at sea, resulting in a lifelong love for the ocean. Thankful for their loving years together and left with beautiful memories, is his loving wife, Sheila Comeau of Bedford. Bill will also be dearly missed by his son, Andre (Arlene); stepdaughters, Jennifer Burrell (Bruce), Calgary, and Bernadette Duffett and step grandson, Eric Duffett, St. John's, N.L.; as well as grandchildren, Kayleigh and Clark Gildart. He will also be remembered by his only remaining sibling, his brother, Warren (May), Saint John; his sister-in-law, Sheila Comeau (Earl), Ontario, and many nieces and nephews and other relatives, as well as close friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Papa Joe; first wife, Sylvia (Haverstock); daughter, Marjorie Gildart and his siblings, Hilton (Marion), Rita Monk (Jack), Vivian Lovette (Eddy), Arthur (Marion), Earl (Sheila), Lawrence (Grace) and Marjorie. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the nurses and staff of Maplestone En-hanced Care, most especially to Dr. Costa Apostolides, Chris, Sharon, Jennifer, Marlene, Annie and Judy for the exceptional care that Bill received. There will be no visitation, as per Bill's wishes. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. from St. Ignatius Church, Bedford (Bedford Highway at Rutledge Street), followed by burial at sea. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. Arrangements en-trusted to J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax.

CARROLL, Hudson Ernest (Ernie) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hudson Ernest Carroll of Doaktown, N.B., surrounded by his loving family. Hudson passed away on July 29, 2008, at his daughter's home in Saint John, N.B., after a brief battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Florence "Babs" Carroll. Born in Doaktown, N.B., he was a son of the late Ernest and Helen (Holmes) Carroll. Hudson joined the army in 1945 and switched over to the navy sometime after the war. He served in the navy for 21 years until honorably discharged in 1967. He then moved his family to Saint John, N.B., and started his 24 years with Saint John Ship Building until retirement in 1991. He was an active member of Saint Thomas United Church, member of Doaktown Branch No. 23, Royal Canadian Legion, and a member of the Freemason Lodge, Albion No. 1, Saint John, N.B. Hudson was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He spent several years as a volunteer ambulance driver for Doaktown. Hudson is survived by children, Terry (Kendra), George (Heather), Barbara, Hudson Jr. (Shirley), Shirley Wood (Rodney), Ben (Peppy), Sandra Nelson (David), Carvell (Michelle Dubee), Dottie Melanson (Ronald); 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, James; sisters, Alberta Haddon, Nan Sgambati, Georgia Clark (Donald), and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Carvell, Guy and Newton. Visitation for Hudson took place on July 30 in Miramichi Valley Funeral Home, New Bandon, N.B. A funeral service took place Friday, August 1, in Saint Thomas United Church, Doaktown. Interment followed in Saint Thomas United Church Cemetery.

CLARK, James Lawrence (Jim) - 80, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2012. Born in Cambridge, Ont., he was a son of the late Lawrence and Selma Clark. Jim joined the navy and was posted to Halifax where he spent his 37 year career. During his retirement he enjoyed his Friday night visits to the Peregrine Club. Jim loved to dance and spend time with his family and friends. He is survived by his son, Dereck (Beth), Calgary, Alta.; daughters, Cindy, Toronto; Susan (Bill), Halifax; Kirstin (Ali), Edmonton; brother, Bernard and sister, Geraldine, both of Ontario; granddaughters, Emma and Tahirah; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Madeleine; brothers, Joseph, Francis, Bill and sister, Mary. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2-5 p.m. in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, September 17 from St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 10 Maple St., Dartmouth, Father Jim Richards officiating. Interment to follow in Mount Hermon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

COUPE, Roy Stewart, (V215, RCNVR), CPO, RCN - 92. it is with great sadness that we announce his passing on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax on October 2, 1918, he was the son of the late Lillian Fredericks. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939-1966. He served in both the Second World War and the Korean War. He retired from the service holding the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was a lifetime member of the Chief's and PO's Association. He enjoyed many Fridays playing bridge with the boys. He and his loving wife Marian attended many a New Year's Eve party, as well as numerous social events at the Windsor Park Mess. In 2010, he was very proud to have his family around him as he was honoured to lay a wreath in memory of the sinking of the HMCS Weyburn on which he served. The ceremony was held at the Peregrine Club as part of the RCN's 100-year anniversary. He was predeceased by sisters, Kathleen, Verna and Gladys. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marian (Handley). Also survived by the apple of his eye, his loving daughter, Donna (Lawlor); son-inlaw, Stephen; and grandchildren, Stephen (Claudia) and Christopher (Tammy). He was also very grateful to have been blessed with great-grandchildren, Ryan and Katie. Burial will take place in St. George's Cemetery, Head of St. Margaret's Bay.

 

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CRAWFORD, Ronald Frederick - 79, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital on December 14, 2007. Born in Toronto, Ont., he was the son of William (Ken) Crawford and Emily Crawford. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 26 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1972. His theaters of service included the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Far East, Korea and Europe. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked in sales for Chebucto Ford and as a commissionaire at Camp Hill Hospital. Ron was a long-time member of the Woodlawn Kiwanas and the Starduster Squaredancers. Ron enjoyed fishing and bowling and could often be seen at the ball field watching his grandsons playing baseball. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwen (Slade) Crawford; daughter, Joann (Gary) Boudreau; son, Barry (Sharon) Crawford; grandchildren, Colin (Kelly) Carroll, Ryan and Michael Crawford; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Matthew, and Nicholas Carroll. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, in Woodlawn United Church, Rev. Roland Murray officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks for the care and compassion provided by Dr. Brad Izzard, Red Cross Home Care, VON, Palliative Care, EMH Paramedics and the Dartmouth General Emergency staff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.  (Halifax Herald 17 Dec 2007)

COX, Douglas LeRoy (Doug), CPO1, RCN/CF, SSM, CD - age 81, Truro, passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at home. Born October 5, 1932 in Bible Hill, Colchester County, he was the eldest son of the late Allister 'Pat' and Olive (Talbot) Cox. Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1949 and retired in 1976 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He served at sea on both the West and East coasts of Canada. He also spent tours with the communications trade in Ottawa, Ont., Inuvik, NWT., Churchill, Man., Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit), Alert, Nunavut, Moncton, N.B. and Gander, N.L. Following his retirement from the navy, Doug worked for 17 years with Farmer Cheese Division, Truro. Following retirement from Farmers, he did many years of volunteer work with the Royal Cana-dian Legion, Br. 26, Truro where he was a life member; was a life member of Suprad Oldtimers' Association and was a member of the Atlantic Chiefs & Petty Officer's As-sociation. Doug is survived by sons, Shawn (Cheryl) and Patrick (Sally); daughter, Sharlene Hennigar (Steve); grandsons, Shane and Chad Cox; granddaughter, Robynne Cox; great-granddaughter, Graci Cox. He also will be dearly missed by his loving partner, Aileen (Hingley) Gaudet. Doug was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Joan Isabel (Falle) Cox; brothers, Terry and Philip Cox; sister, Sidnie Rutherford. Arrangements are under the direction of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. No visitation or funeral service by Doug's request. A Legion Tribute S ervice and reception will take place on Saturday, January 18 in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, 42 Brunswick St., Truro. Donations in Doug's memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro Building Fund or to a charity of choice.

DELAPLANTE, Llewellyn Alexander - 67, died November 23, 2007. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Born in Toronto, he was the son of the late Llewellyn and Margaret Delaplante. Surviving are wife, Sharon; sister, Nancy; son, Michael; daughters, Tina, Michelle. He will be missed by Blanche, Betty, Frank, Jim, Shaun, Chris and extended O'Neil family. Visitation in Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Rd., Moncton, N.B., (506) 852-3530, Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Funeral service 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Fair Haven Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. (Halifax Herald 26 Nov 2007)

DESMEULES, Roger Alfred - 83 of Halifax, passed away peacefully in QEII Health Sciences Centre on September 13, 2012. He was born in Quebec City to the late Alfred and Laura (Maroon) Desmeules. He was a veteran of the Second World War and Korean War. He was a member of the Peregrine Club. Roger is survived by his brother, Rene of Montreal and his companion, Phyllis Pearson of 13 years. He was predeceased by sister, Jeanine. Cremation has taken place. Burial at sea at a later date. There will be no funeral by request. A reception will be held in the Peregrine Club at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Halifax Regional Crematorium. I would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses on the 8th floor, LLM, RIF, V.O.N. and Red Cross Society. Special thanks to friends, William Moss and Linda MacLeod.

DENMAN, Richard Douglas - age 90, of Dartmouth, passed away January 7, 2014 of lymphoma in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born and raised in Outremont, Que., he was a son of Considine and Gertrude (Turner) Denman As a teenager, with the Second World War raging, Richard's mother and sister were elated when he advised them that he was no longer contemplating joining the Air Force. Their elation, however, was short lived when he proudly announced that he had joined the Navy instead! During the war Richard sailed on HMC ships Woodstock and Kincardine, conducting convoy escort on the St. John's to Londonderry run. While on Kincardine he took part in the coastal bombardment preceding the D Day invasion. The sight of drowned Canadian soldiers, who had neither the opportunity to fight in the invasion, nor to enjoy the peace time life which followed, stayed with Richard through his life. Following discharge from the navy after the war, Richard took over his father's jewellery business, C. B. DENMAN's in Montreal. It was in Montreal that Richard was smitten with a young lady at a dance he attended. After a brief courtship he married Lillian, a romance which lasted till his passing. In the 1950's Richard rejoined the navy and was transferred to Halifax where he sailed on a multitude of ships in his trade of 'surface weapons.' In 1965, Richard was on the bridge of HMCS Nipigon when it suffered a horrific explosion and fire which claimed the lives of three sailors and was responsible for grave injuries to several others. Richard and many members of the Nipigon crew were dismayed in the manner this incident was downplayed with little said then, or now, of the loss of life, horribly burned survivors and heroics of crew members who fought the fire. Retiring from the Navy in the mid 1970's Richard began a brief career with Bedford Institute of Oceanography from which he retired in the mid 1980's. Outside work life he was a cub leader with 1st Woodlawn A pack in Dartmouth, coached hockey briefly for Woodlawn Hockey Association and sat on the executive of the Metro Midget Hockey League which preceded the AAA leagues we know today. In retirement, Richard and Lillian spent winters in Seminole, Fla. and summers in Middleton, where they dusted off an old golf game and commenced play at Eden Golf Club and more recently at Paragon Golf Club. Richard and Lillian had a lifetime penchant for walking and were familiar faces at Shubie Park and Portland Estates paths. Throughout his life, Richard was an active and supportive father to son, Ross. Family was paramount with Richard and Lillian where a heavy emphasis was placed on family activities, meals and nary a hockey/soccer game or paddling regatta involving their grandchildren went by without their attendance. Richard was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Hector; and sister, Olive. Survived by his wife, Lillian; son, Ross (Cheryl); grandchildren; Colden, Austin and Olivia, all of Dartmouth; and several nieces. Thanks extended from the family to Dr. A. Gordon his family physician, Dr. Keating of the VG Cancer Clinic, Dr. Lymburner of DGH, as well as, the nurses and staff of DGH 4th floor and TCU. No service by request.

 

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DRAKE, John V. (Jack), PO1 - 76, Lower Sackville, passed away at home September 10, 2010. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Bert and Irene (Moore) Drake. Jack spent 35 years in the Canadian Navy before retiring in 1986. He was also Stage Manager of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo from 1979 -1986. After retiring from the Navy, Jack was employed with the Corp of Commissionaires with various locations including Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot, Bedford. He is survived by sons, Gregory, Dartmouth; Stephen (Carrie-Anne), Sheet Harbour; daughter, Shelley (Michael), Lower Sackville; grandchildren, Amanda Drake (Joey Rushton), Adam and Gregory, Faith, Alex, Sam, and Ben; great-granddaughter, Sophia, and daughter-in-law, Karen Drake, Lower Sackville; brothers, David, St. Catharine's, Ont.; Terry, Thorold, Ont.; sisters, Elizabeth 'Dot' Drake, Thorold, Ont.; Patricia 'Tish' Peters (George), Iroquois, Ont.; Sharon, St. Catharine's, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the love of his life, Dorothy (Hanrahan), of 48 years; daughter-inlaw, Sandi Drake; brother, Bert 'Chick'; sister, June Currie; sister-inlaw, Patricia Ross; brother-in-law, Murray Ross. Jack was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all especially John, Linda, Ted, Faye, Susan and Mike. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Visitation will be Thursday, September 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in T.K. Barnard Funeral Home, Lower Sackville. Funeral will be Friday, September 17, at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, Halifax. Reception to follow in the Royal Candian Legion, Sackville Branch.

EAGLESTONE, Donald Alfred - aged 82, passed away on October 18, 2013, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Woodstock, Ont., he was a son of the late Alfred and Mabel Eaglestone. Family was very important to Don and he will b e deeply miss ed by his loving wife of 59 years, Edith; his daughters, Marlene Cyngot, Donna, Mary Jane Tremblay (Alain), Sharon Jordan (Craig); sons, Michael, Paul (Kelly), Richard (Cathy); 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Fran Kirkpatrick of Woodstock, Ont., and many nieces and nephews. Don joined the Navy at 18. He was a proud Korean War Veteran, having served two tours of duty - HMCS Athabaskan (1950-51) and HMCS Iroquois (1952-53). He began his fire-fighting career at the Toronto International Airport in 1958. He was appointed Fire Chief at Sault Ste. Marie Airport and then the Halifax International Airport, where he served for 25 years until his retirement in 1991. He served as VP of the Tribal Association and was a member of the Legion Centennial Branch 160. Don enjoyed life - he loved spending time with his family, enjoyed the outdoors to hunt, fish, or just take a walk. He liked to travel with Edith and 'the gang'. He loved his dogs, especially Daisy. A special thank-you to the nurses and staff on 3-West Veterans for all your care and kindness. A funeral mass will be held in St. Vincent de Paul Church on Wednesday, October 23, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. No visitation or flowers at family's request. Cremation has taken place. Donations to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

 

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EVANS, Vincent David - age 76, of Eastern Passage, passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2014. Born in Lorneville, N.B., he was a son of the late John Stuart and Annie May (Ougler) Evans. Vince served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years. He joined the RCN on June 26, 1956 and retired January 15, 1986. He then worked for the Commissionaires until 2005. Highlights of his Navy career include serving in Ottawa during the FLQ crisis, being overseas 'on alert' during the Poland/Russia crisis, and serving Governor General Roland Michener and his wife during their tour of Newfoundland. Vince was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Caan Branch 164 and the Knights of Columbus, attaining the 4th degree. He was a very involved and proud member of the close knit community of Eastern Passage. Vince is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary (Brennan); daughters, Nancy (Richard), Sackville; Laurie (Rob), Cow Bay; daughter-in-law, Terry, Westville; brother, Murray (Stella), St. John's, N.L.; sisters-in--law, Theresa (Wayde), Ontario; Shelley, Dartmouth; brother-in-law, John, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Robin, David, Cow Bay; Johnathan, Sarah, Westville; Alicia Middle, Musquodoboit; many beloved nieces and nephews, especially David and Janine. Vince was predeceased by his sister, Alice; brother-in-law, Jim; and, sadly, by both sons, John and Stephen. Vince's family would like to thank the Palliative Care Home Team, the VON, and We Care for the compassionate care given to Vince during his illness and the kindness shown his family. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2 from 6-9 p.m. in Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home, 5 Cow Bay Rd., Eastern Passage. Memorial Mass will be Thursday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew's Parish, Shore Road, Eastern Passage, Father Johni Mathew officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrews Cemetery. Reception following Mass in the Parish Center. Donations made in Vince's memory can be sent to Canadian Cancer Society, St. Andrew's Building Fund, or a charity or your choice.

FLOWERS, H. Brian, CD - 80, Hubbards, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at home. Born in New Carlisle, Que., he was a son of the late Clifton and Joann Flowers. Brian served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1953-1978. He worked for the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission for 17 years and was also an active member of Hubbards Fire Department, Atlantic Chiefs' and POs' Association. Brian enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Mill Lake. Survived by his wife, Lorraine; son, Paul (Crystal); daughter, Janice (Jean Luc); grandsons, Joshua, Christopher, Brian and Jeremy; sister, Emma, New Carlisle, Que. Predeceased by brothers, Ken, Ivan, Hubert and two brothers in in-fancy. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 26th and funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, both from Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice.

ELLIOTT, Ronald Edwin, CD, PIBN4, 8746-H,  RCN - Passed away Sunday, July 4, 2010, at the age of 81 in Annapolis Community Health Center with his family by his side. Born in Montreal, Que. on June 22, 1929, he was a son of the late Arthur James and Adelaide Elizabeth (Philpott) Elliott. He is survived by sons, Bradford (Lori), Hali-fax; Gregory, Calgary; daughters, Glenda (Larry) Fairn, Moschelle; Pamela (Terry), Calgary; grandchildren, Andrew (Tammy), Devin (Katrina), Chandell, Racheal, Scott and Mark; stepdaughter, Vicki; four step grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lydia (Hennigar); second wife, Nita-Marie (Ring), his soulmate for 24 years of wedded bliss. He was also predeceased by brothers, Arthur Jr., Robert, Albert and John; sisters, Rosie, Olive, Violet, Emily (Jean) and half-sister, May. Ron lived in Hawley, near Dartford, Kent, England from 1936 until 1946 when he returned to Montreal and worked at various jobs until he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in April 1949 and successfully completed 22 weeks New Entry Training at HMCS Cornwallis, Deep Brook. He was then drafted to HMCS Haida, a Tribal-Class destroyer, and was onboard when Haida picked up survivors from a B-29 bomber that had crashed in the sea off Bermuda and was, as all the ship's company were, dedicated as 'Honorary Texans' by the Texan co-pilot who survived. He also served on board HMCS Huron, HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Quebec, Canflaglant, Admiral's Barge, HMCS Digby, HMCS Labrador, HMCS Granby-Diving Tender, HMCS Fort Erie, HMCS Nipigon, HMCS Margaree, was honorably released in 1969 as a PIBN4. He volunteered as a Scout Leader, Member of Church committees, a Singleparent organization Director, several committees in Port Royal Branch No. 21, Annapolis Royal, and is a life member and Past President of the branch. In 1988, he started fundraising drive to raise $10,000 for a naval Monument at CFB Cornwallis and was pleased to see it dedicated on Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, May 1990 in memory of all sailors who paid the supreme sacrifice in three wars. Again in 1994, Ron was the driving force to have a Military Museum, in the old Protestant Chapel (St. George's) after the base closed, due to the historical relevance of HMCS/CFB Cornwallis. Again on Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, May 1997, it was dedicated as a Chapel-Museum. He is also a Life member of the Cornwallis Historical Association Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal where the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 21 will hold their service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Victoria Beach Baptist Church with Rev. Ruby Todd officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Peace Cemetery, Victoria Beach. Donations may be sent to Cornwallis Military Museum or to the Garden of Peace Cemetery, Victoria Beach.

 

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FENERTY, John Wayne (Jack) - 70, passed away suddenly at home in Redbridge, Ont., on May 31, 2011. Born and raised in Halifax, he was the youngest son of the late Pearl (Dawe) Barrett and Morris Fenerty. Jack joined the Royal Canadian Navy While at Sea Cadet Camp in 1957 at the age of 17. He served on a number of ships out of Halifax before being posted to Nanaimo, B.C. in the late 60s where he remained until he retired after 22 years of service. He then moved with his family to Redbridge, Ont. Jack is survived by his wife, Nancy (Williams); sons, Morris 'Wayne' (Caroline), Edmonton, Alta.; Keith (Jessica), Ottawa, Ont.; Kevin, at home; grandchildren, Charles and Sean, Edmonton, Alta.; brother, Gordon (Elsie); sister, Joan 'Nin' (Fenton) Stillman; sister-in-law, Mary Fenerty, all of Halifax; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his stepfather, Charles Barrett; brother, George. Funeral was held in Redbridge on Friday, June 3 and cremation followed. Burial at sea at a later date.

DENOMEY, David Raymond Ernest - passed away at the Halifax Infirmary on March 18 2017. Born in Windsor, ON, April 4th, 1940, he was the son of the late Eugene and Florence Denomey. David joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and was proud to have served on many ships including The Cape Scott, Outremont, Port St. Jean, St. Croix and The Bonaventure, David was navy diver and achieved the rank of Leading Seaman. Following retirement from the Navy, David worked for many years as a driver for SYSCO. He is survived by his wife Barbara Francis Denomey, son Christopher David Denomey, daughter Suzanne Marie Denomey, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by a daughter Deborah Annette, bothers Ronald and Michael, a sister Judith. In keeping with David wishes, there will be no visitation or service. He was loved very much and will be missed by his many friends, relatives and acquaintances.

 

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GROSSMITH, Seth Walter, CD, LCdr (P) (L), RCN  (05 Jan 1922 - 17 Mar 2017) - of Ottawa, ON, passed away peacefully at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre. He was predeceased by beloved wife Margot (2010) to whom he was married for 66 years. He will be greatly missed by his sons David (Margaret) of Bedford, NS, Mark (Evelyn) of Burnaby, BC; his cherished granddaughters Lynette (James) Mitchell and Michelle Grossmith; and great-granddaughter Maggie Mitchell, all of NS. Seth was born and raised in Montreal and enlisted in the RCAF obtaining his wings in 1940. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving as a flight instructor in the BCATP in Canada before posting overseas flying Lancasters with 635 Pathfinder Squadron in the RAF Bomber Command. After the war, Seth attended McGill University and graduated as an Electrical Engineer in 1951. He then joined the RCN as a pilot and went to England, where he graduated as a test pilot from the British Empire Test Pilot School in Farnborough in 1954. Seth had a rewarding career as a naval test pilot and executive officer with VX-10 squadron. After retiring from the Navy in 1966, Seth went on to a successful career as a civilian test pilot, both with private industry and government. His tenure at Transport Canada also included a secondment to NASA at the Ames Research Centre in California. He was awarded the McKee trophy, the oldest aviation award in Canada, for his work with NASA on the Augmentor Wing Research Aircraft from 1972-1983, citing his outstanding contributions in the field of air operations as an engineering test pilot. Seth also test-flew numerous aircrafts, participated in accident investigations, designed emergency and safety procedures and had many research papers published. In a flying career that spanned nearly five decades, Seth flew more than 170 different types of aircraft, including gliders, helicopters, single and multi-engine aircraft and supersonic jets. Seth retired from active flying in 1986. In 1988, he was elected as a fellow in the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. In 1990, Seth was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame with the tribute, "During his long and distinguished career, his dedication to research and experimental flying had improved the future of Canadian aviation." Seth was also a life member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. The family wishes to thank the staff of At Home Hospice and the staff of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre for their attentive care of Seth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any veterans' organization of your choice. (The Montreal Gazette 25 Mar 2017)

 

O'QUINN, Michael Thomas (03 Sep 1927 - 21 Mar 2017) - 89 of Bedford, passed away at the St. Vincent's Nursing Home. Born in St. Andrew's, Codroy Valley, Nfld, he was the son of Thomas and Mary O'Quinn. Mike served 25 years as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy on many different ships: the Cape Scott, Lauzon, Magnificent and Bonaventure. After his retirement he spent the next 15 years working at Autoport in Dartmouth. Survived by his wife Laura (Gay) O'Quinn, Bedford; daughters, Glenda (Bill) Robar, Bedford and Donna (Peter) Lutes, Moncton; son, Wayne (Anne Marie) O'Quinn, Lewis Lake; and sisters, Lucy (Bucky) Grenyer and Lillian Dilenthesis, USA; grandchildren , Gary (Jenn), Scott (Julie), Samantha, Bruce and Sarah and great-grandchildren, Lilah and Charlie. He was predeceased by his father and mother Thomas and Mary O'Quinn, brothers, Pat and Andrew, and sisters, Rita, Margaret, Annie and Stella. Visitation will be held Friday, March 24 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, with memorial service on Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 am. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. A special Thank-you for the care given to him at St. Vincent's Nursing Home for the past 2 ½ years.

 

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TSCHANZ, Grant R. (09 May 1948 - 12 Mar 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Grant R. Tschanz. He is survived by his wife Margaret, his daughter Shannon and her husband Steve Froland. Also his brother Dave and wife Coby also their daughter Julia. Grant was born in Fergus, Ont. At the age of 18 he joined the navy and served for 28 years. On retirement, Grant went to work at Victoria Golf Club where he remained until being diagnosed with Cancer. During his years of cancer treatment he was a volunteer driver with the Canadian Cancer Society taking cancer patients to their appointments. The family would like to thank Drs. Troughton, Yee and Schachter for their care and help giving Grant a good quality of life. A joyful celebration of life will be held April 8th, at the Victoria Golf Club from 1-3PM (Victoria Times Colonist 24 Mar 2017)

KNOWLES, John Bancroft - age 95 of Dartmouth. Passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Veterans Memorial Building, QE II. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Born April 16, 1921 in Vancouver he was the son of the late Charles and Isabella (Scott) Knowles. John retired as Chief Petty Officer 2nd class after 20 years from the Royal Canadian Navy. Following the navy he was employed for 20 years as Superintendent of Maintenance with Canada Post. He was well known for his gardening especially his Rhododendrons and Azaleas. John was the oldest member of Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club. He was predeceased by his wife Ruby (MacPherson); sisters, Janet Kemper and Marion McIntire. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held 1:30pm Monday, March 20 in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens 767 Main Street, Dartmouth, Rev. Joan Griffin officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Special thanks to all the staff and volunteers at 3West Veterans Memorial Building, QE II.

HEBERT, Raoul Joseph - (28 Jun 1928 - 12 Mar 2017) - Porters Lake age 88, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at home with his son Patrick and loving wife by his side. Born in St. Simon, New Brunswick, he was predeceased by his father, Jean-Baptiste Hebert and his mother Marie Mallet, his siblings, son-in-law James Skerry and grandson Daniel Patrick Hebert. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline (Paquette), sons Marc, Raymond (Mureena Francis), Luc (Sylvia Costard), Patrick and daughter Carolle as well as grandchildren Luc, Jessica, Allison, Leah, Nicholas, Andy and Caylyn and great-grandsons Evan and Odin and many nieces and nephews. He served honourably for twenty-eight years in the Royal Canadian Navy, then worked until his retirement at the St. Hubert Airforce Base in St. Hubert, Quebec. He was also a proud and longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 160. Celebration of life, military tribute and reception will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 703 Main Street, Dartmouth NS on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

TREGUNNO, Norman Bruce, 93, Riverview NB, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 12, 2017. He was the son of Fred and Marian "Molly" (Long) Tregunno of Halifax NS. He will be dearly missed by wife of 56 years, Mary Lou (Kelly) Tregunno and daughters, Laura (Larry) MacMaster, Cole Harbour and Janet (Jim) Tree, Fredericton, NB. Norman was very proud of his five grandsons, Chris, Andrew, Robbie, Bradley and Alex. He is survived by brothers, Warren (Joan) and Paul (Sheila), many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by infant son, Gregory, sisters Marian (Dr. Charles) Gordon, and Fay (Verdell) Johnson. Norman grew up in Halifax and attended Kings Collegiate in Windsor, NS. Following high school, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. Norman graduated with a BSc in Plant Sciences and Agronomy from McGill University. In his early career he worked for his father at the family’s Halifax Seed Company. Later he had a lengthy career as a sales agent and retired from LePages in 1989. He was an exceptional athlete excelling in all sports including swimming, high diving, track and field including pole vaulting. He enjoyed downhill skiing in his 70’s, cross-country skiing in his 80’s and daily walks in his 90’s. He loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening and beekeeping. Resting at Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Parish Prayers and Sharing of Memories will take place at 8:30 pm at the Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 5 Fatima Drive, Riverview on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Phil Mulligan officiating. Reception to follow the Mass. Interment will be held in Alderwood Cemetery in the spring. Donations in Norman’s memory may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Riverview, NB.

LANG, Brian Cecil (06 Nov 1957 - 09 Mar 2017) - 59, of Halifax, NS. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Brian in his home on Thursday, March 9 surrounded by his loving wife and dear friends following a brief illness. “Handsome Brian” leaves behind his wife and best friend Sherry. Loving father to Jade Johnson (Devin) and Troy. Beloved son of Vida and the late Mike Lang. Treasured brother to Candace Burns (Pat), Charles both of Ontario, Glenn (Mary) of British Columbia James (Roxy), Heather (Angelo), Darren (Kathy) all of Ontario. Adored uncle of many nieces and nephews who are spread out from coast to coast. Cherished nephew and cousin to many living in Southern Ontario whom he loved to tour with when they visited him in beautiful Nova Scotia. Brian was passionate about food and loved cooking for Sherry and friends. He enjoyed experimenting with new recipes, particularly baking and preserving. Brian loved to travel and proposed to Sherry in Giverny, France in Monet’s garden. Brian and Sherry were looking forward to a two-week sailing adventure with some good friends. His artistic passions included painting, drawing and art appreciation. Health, fitness and the outdoors were a priority for Brian. He loved the outdoors and hiking, kayaking and snorkeling were among his favourite things to do. Brian grew up in the little town of Harrow, Ont. At 18, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the HMCS Preserver. Upon leaving the Navy, he made Nova Scotia his home. He worked for P&H Milling (Dover) for 38 years where he will be fondly remembered for his inspirational quotes he wrote on the back of his forklift. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held Wednesday, March 15, 6 pm to 9 pm at the Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VON Halifax (https://www.von.ca/en/donate-now). Brian’s family extends a special thank you to the VON nurses who cared for him in his home. Live strong – Body, Mind and Spirit Beloved, treasured, adored.

 

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DECKER, Clemeth George (Clem) - age 75, of Latties Brook, passed away March 10, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Ming’s Bight, N.L., he first came to Nova Scotia in 1961 after joining the Navy. He served on HMCS Terra Nova, St. Laurent, Ojibwa and Nipigon before leaving the armed forces in 1978. He is survived by wife, Judy (Allen); brothers, Ellis and Manuel (Elsie) and sisters, Melvina, Beulah (Vince) and Gertie (Ross); children, Juanita (Rob), Fred and Deanna; grandsons, Warren, Nikolai (Tealia), Leland (Megan) and Cody; great-granddaughter, Ainsley; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family. He is also mourned by many long-time friends from his Navy days. Clem was a lifelong outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and an avid gardener. His restless curiosity and skilled hands made him a formidable handyman and hobbyist, taking on everything from intricate woodcarvings to building his own home from the ground up. There will be no service, at the family’s request. In lieu of flowers or other tributes, the family suggests contributions to the Terry Fox Foundation or Parkinson Society Maritime Region. The family also wishes to commend the staff of Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, and specifically of the Palliative Care unit, for their care and assistance.

 

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BROWN, Thomas Dale (Tom) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Dale Brown of Lower Sackville on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the age of 77. Tom was a son of the late James and Vernice Brown, he grew up in Alberta and eventually found his way to Nova Scotia with the Royal Canadian Navy. After the Navy, he joined the Canadian Coast Guard where he stayed until his retirement. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a past president of the Clan Lamont. One of the greatest times he had was visiting Scotland with his son David. Tom will be deeply missed by the love of his life, his beloved wife Barbara, loving children Tom, David (Erin Kenny), Alan (Glenda) and Donna (Rory Walters); cherished grandchildren Megan, Kirsten, Cameron, Rebecca, Logan and Brayden; nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his dear siblings, James, Evelyn Germain, Annamay, and Betty. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of the QEII VG Site, 6th floor for their care and compassion. At Tom’s request, a private service will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

DALGETTY, David Alexander Robb (Dave) (04 Feb 1932 - 18 Mar 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Alexander Robb (Dave) Dalgetty at the age of 85 as a result of heart failure. Dave is remembered by his loving wife, Eileen; sisters, Joyce, Norma, and Robin Lee (Gary); nephew, Herb (Tracey), and extended family, Judith (Sharon), Nicola (Tyler), Sian (Greg) and Chantel. Dave was predeceased by his father, David; and his mother, Edith. Dave was a true Calgarian through and through. As a young lad, Dave joined the Navy Cadets at HMCS Tecumseh and continued his service with the Navy Reserve. On his retirement, he volunteered with the Navy Colour Guard, participating in ceremonies at Peace Park, Remembrance Day, funeral services for veterans, marching in Little Britches Rodeo in High River and the annual parade in Canmore. Dave also volunteered with the Poppy Fund Committee for veterans and was always busy fundraising every November. As a volunteer for the HMCS Tecumseh Navy Museum, he enjoyed offering assistance to school classes and visitors. He was privileged to attend with the Colour Guard for William and Kate's goodbye to Calgary at Rotary Park in July 2011. In January 2012, Dave was presented a Navy Veterans Commemorative Watch for his participation with the Naval Colour Guard. Dave was a long-time member of the Navy Corvette Club. Dave was one of the men who started STARS Air Ambulance Service in Calgary and served as a founding director from 1985 to 2010. As a member of the Calgary Lions Club, Dave served on many committees and especially enjoyed working with the out of town bands, marching alongside in many Stampede parades. For many years, he volunteered with the early morning Stampede chuckwagon breakfasts and various cookouts around the city. For his service with the Lions Club, Dave was presented the Melvin Jones Fuller Humanitarian Award. He loved to aqua-size at the Southland Leisure Centre. As a member of the Highwood Golf Club, Dave was very involved as a member and coordinator of the mixed league. A heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at the South Campus Hospital and the nurses and assistants at the Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore. A Celebration of Dave's Life will be held at the Calgary Naval Veterans Association, 2402 – 2A Street SE, Calgary (the club is located in Stampede Park in the basement of the Trailblazer Centre) on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave's memory to STARS, Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7. (Calgary Herald 24 Mar 2017)

HAGGARTY, Fred Alexander, CPO, RCN (1928-2017) Peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the age of 89, in hospital with his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley, by his side. He was the loving father of James and Barry and cherished grandfather to Colleen, Alexandra, Jacob and Sam. He was predeceased by his son, Danny. Fred retired as a Navy Chief Petty Officer who had served for 20 years aboard ship in Halifax, N.S., followed by service with CN Hotels and Public Works Canada. He will be missed by family, neighbors and friends as well as the many associations with which he was involved. The family would like to thank the staff of the Ottawa General Hospital (8th Floor) and Bruyère Hospital (2nd and 3rd Floors) during his long struggle, especially those who supported his fight with Parkinson's Disease. A small family funeral service was held at Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel (613-731-1255). Inurnment will be in Halifax at a later date. In Memoriam donations to Roger Neilson House or Parkinson Society appreciated. We'll miss you Freddie. (Ottawa Citizen 25 Mar 2017)

CHARLES, Ernest Deane (30 Jun 1922 - 15 Mar 2017) - was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan and grew up playing many sports, especially hockey, but also played the saxophone and the clarinet in the Rouleau boys band. His band involvement was a lifelong passion. He learned machining from his engineer father and spent most of his time on the local farms working with tractors and horses. In 1940 Deane joined the Navy, was commissioned and spent the war years on the Atlantic, including sweeping mines for the troops landing on D-Day. Deane married the "love of his life," Edna Nolan, in 1944 and afterwards transitioned to becoming a logistics officer in the RCAF. He lived both overseas and throughout Canada over the next 30 years before retiring as a Major in 1979 to North Shuswap, B.C. where he became a founding member and builder of the Lakeview centre, a founding member of the Angle Bay Entertainers, and a member of the volunteer fire department and ratepayers association. Deane lost Edna in 1989. Deane will be remembered for his generosity, fun and "never give up" attitude. A Memorial Service was held at the Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Chase, B.C. on March 22, 2017. (Regina Leader-Post 22 Mar 2017)

CULL, Harold Gordon, LCdr (04 Nov 1937 - 25 Mar 2015) - Gordon spent nearly 38 years in the Royal Canadian Navy protecting our shores and golfing around the world. It has been two years since his passing and his family continues to miss him dearly. Gordon is now at his final posting just off the shores of Albert Head as his lifelong request was to have his ashes scattered at sea. (The Victoria Times Colonist 25 Mar 2017)

DICKINSON, Harry Lloyd (26 Nov 1921 - 14 Mar 2017) - Dad passed away peacefully, in his home, with his family at his side. Predeceased by his wife Florence (nee Ferguson) in 2008. Survived by his daughters Nancy Dickinson (Webb), Wendy (Welch), Brian and granddaughter Shannon Loughery. Dad was a navy veteran who served Canada during the WWII. Dad's early passion was tennis and then he discovered golf. He was a member of Pt Grey since 1958 where he spent many happy hours with Flo and their friends. He also loved playing bridge. As a self taught pianist, we remember many parties in our rec room. Special thanks to Dr. S. Howie and Dr. E. Wiebe At this time no service is planned. May you now rest free of pain and at peace. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 25 Mar 2017)

MATLOCK, Edward (Ed) - patriarch of our family, passed away peacefully at age 95 on March 20, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan after a full and fun life. Coming into the world during a prairie spring blizzard March 3, 1922 on the family homestead near Outlook, Saskatchewan forged a man who always saw life as fun and an exciting challenge. At 19, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, and served from 1941-1945 on convoy escort during the Battle of the Atlantic. This strengthened his appreciation and love of life. He continued his ties with the military through the Legion and enjoyed happy hours and dancing with his wife of 68 years, Vi, at his side. Ed's passion was sports, especially baseball, golf, curling, and hockey. He never let the competition get in the way of the comradery. Throughout his long career with Federated Co-op, he made friends wherever he worked. Once retired, you could find Ed golfing, watching the Blue Jays or Riders or building/fixing a deck, fence, garage, furniture, plumbing, or electrical for his friends or family from Regina to Vancouver Island. He knew enough about all the trades to build or fix anything. He loved to exercise his snow blower on the sidewalks and neighbours driveways. Ed's true love was Vi and his extended family whom he was so proud of. Ed was predeceased by Vi (2016) and his eight siblings. Ed is survived by Bob (Kathy), Bryan (Rosita), Darlene (Paul), Doreen (Terry), and Cheryl. Grandpa Ed was adored by his 16 grandchildren Mac and Ali, Jonathan (Sandy), Courtney (Darcy), Bob (Rebecca), David, Jen, Andrea, Tracey (Bryce), Teagan, David (Kate), Michael, Logan (Roxy), Tucker (Isabel), Daryl (Jill), Candice (Matthew) and 12 great grandchildren Maddie, Dallin, Jocelyn, Reagan, Hayden, Carter, Ellie, Max, Ben, Amelia, Ryder and Ethan. Ed had no regrets, always tried to make every situation better, and lived by his motto, "if you are handed a lemon, make lemonade". His positive outlook on life and laugh were infectious. He will be missed by many. Our family is grateful to the staff at the Veterans Care ward of Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and Red Cross workshop for the kindness and care they gave to Ed. A Celebration of Ed's Life will be held at later date to be announced. Flowers are most gratefully declined. Donations in Ed's memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. (Regina Leader-Post 24 Mar 2017)

 

McARDLE, Christopher Charles, CD, Lt (N), RCN/CF 1950-1978 (09 Aug 1934 - 20 Mar 2017) - age 82. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, June; his brother Dan and three sons, Danny (Adele), Patrick (Cathy) and Michael (Tricia); plus many grandchildren, Jennifer, Anthony, Kelly, Dani, Sarah, Dillon, Keicia, Chase, Sammy; and four great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Glen Mount Park - 5375 205th Street, Langley, BC. Please RSVP to 250-503-6076. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 25 Mar 2017)

 

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PERRY, Eric Jethro - husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, World War II veteran, company vice-president, ironworker, devoted follower of Jesus, and member of Intola Baptist Church, entered into the presence of His Lord and Savior on Friday, March 17th, 2017, from Pinewood Court in Thunder Bay. Born on September 2, 1922 on Gooseberry Island, Newfoundland, Eric moved to Fort William with his family when he was just eight years old. He served in the Navy during World War II, patrolling the waters of the North Atlantic. Eric went from being an ironworker to eventually holding the position of vice president of Barnett-McQueen in Richmond, B.C. He retired early and would go on to work for Zenith Steel, managing the building of towers in Iraq and Czechoslovakia as well as being involved in a renovation/construction business. Eric was a hard worker and noted for his generosity. Over the years he would support numerous ministries, churches and children through sponsorship programs. He is remembered and missed by his wife of almost 70 years, Tillie and his children, Trudy (Don), Kip (Norma), Cathy (Dave), Robbie, Debbie (Greg), Lisa (Joe), David (Rhonda), John (Cherie), as well as 23 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers Gordon (Olga) & Ray (Eva) Perry and sister Tillie (Tom) Bell, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Ken and Ethel, sister and brother-in-laws Mabel & James, Effie & Erling, Shirley & Albert, and a grandson Ryan. His was a life well lived. Had you asked him what his greatest joy was, he would have said: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth. (3 John 1:4) and to have the privilege of seeing others come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Funeral Services for the late Eric Perry will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James with Pastor Len Nolan officiating. Interment will take place in Mountainview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. (The Chronicle Journal)

REID, Crawford Ormand - of Waverley, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the age of 92. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he was a son of the late Frank and Margaret Reid. Crawford served his country with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. He retired from CNR in the 1980’s giving him more time to enjoy playing the organ and drums which were such a large part of his life. Crawford will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Arlene; loving children Paul (Sandy), Roy (Karen), Brent (Rose), Glenn (Cindy), and Christina (Andrew MacNeill); cherished grandchildren Sheila, Craig, Michael, Daniel, David, Clayton, Jerrika, Rory, Aaron and Darcy; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A special thank you to the staff at Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial for their exceptional care and compassion. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. in St. John’s United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Fall River. The funeral service will take place the following day, Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. in St. John’s United Church with Rev. Matthew Fillier officiating. Burial in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, 1078 Old Sackville Rd., Lower Sackville, followed by a reception at the Waverley Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 90, 2234 Rocky Lake Dr., Waverley. For those wishing, donations to the Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

 

MORRISON, William Duff - It is with deep sadness our family announces the passing on March 25, 2017 of William Duff Morrison, father, grandfather and great grandfather, at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital in his 99th year. Duff was born on January 11, 1919 in New Waterford, N.S. to Dr. John Charles and Mary T. (Duff) Morrison. After completing his education at Acadia University, he joined the Bank of Nova Scotia. Shortly after doing so, he volunteered for war duty and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on HMCS New Waterford in the North Atlantic, North Sea and English Channel. For his service during World War II he received the War Medal 1939 - 1945, the Canadian Overseas Volunteer Medal, the France Germany Star and the 1939 - 1945 Star. After the war, he returned to the Bank. He also married the love of his life, Mary Evelyn Sponagle in 1947. Duff remained with the bank in many capacities, retiring in January 1979 as the manager of the Amherst, Nova Scotia branch. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. He enjoyed swimming and most of all, trailering throughout the Maritimes and Canada. He is survived by his children Robert W.D. Morrison (Beth), Timberlea; Bruce R. Morrison (Paul Shepherd), Halifax; Megan E. Morrison-Roache (David), Halifax; Scott A. Morrison (Annette Lyth), Brentwood Bay, B.C.; grandchildren, Kathryn Riley (Robert), Karyn Morrison, Jessica Roache and Allyson Roache; great grandchildren, Seth W.D. Morrison and Samuel O. Riley. Duff was pre-deceased by his parents and his wife Evelyn, brothers, Frederick Charles Morrison and Neil Alistair Morrison. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to at the J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd, 149 Herring Cove Rd. Spryfield, N.S. where a private family service will be held. Interment will be at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Sylvester, Pictou County at a later date. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Duff’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the United Church Home for Senior Citizens Foundation, Sackville New Brunswick. Duff’s family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the health care staff of 6 West Jubilee at Camp Hill for all the care and kindness extended to our father during his stay. You are all truly amazing people.

 

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MacDonald, William Stephen (Steve) (17 Jun 1933 - 26 March 2017) - It is with heavy hearts the family of Steve announce his passing on 26 March in the Halifax Infirmary. He was born in Moncton in 1933 the son of Peter and Agnes (Walton) MacDonald. He spent many years at CFB Shearwater, retiring as a Petty Officer. He then attended Dalhousie University (BA)(MA) and then spent many years as a Professor of Economics at the Dalhousie Institute of Public Affairs .He is survived by his wife Shirley (Bentley), son Gary (Guelph Ontario), son Scott (Astrid), grandsons Zachary and Liam (Windermere, BC). He is also survived by his sister Eva Macdonald (Miramichi NB) and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, CFB Shearwater, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday April 2, 2017. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation.

JEWER, Lloyd Chester (11 Jan 1928 - 28 Nov 2013) - 85 of Lower Sackville NS, passed away on Thursday November 28, 2013, at The Admiral, LTC, Dartmouth, NS. Born in New Waterford NS, the son of the late Daisy and Azariah Jewer. He served 20 years in The Royal Canadian Navy. He then worked at HMC Dockyard Halifax and Vancouver Shipyards BC. His passions were road trips with his beloved Margaret from Scotland, country music, guitar playing and was a talented woodworker. He will be missed by his son, John Vancouver BC, Daughters Linda (Keith) Snair Windsor Junction NS, Anita Lower Sackville NS, Sharon Bridgewater NS and dear friend Floyd Seymour Bridgewater NS . Grandchildren, Paula, Katie , Jennifer, Blake, Alexandra ,Andrew and Emily. Brother Bernie, Sisters, Shirley ,Barbara, Beryl all of Vancouver and sister Pauline of Glace Bay CB,NS. He was predeceased by brother Howard, Vancouver and sister Betty,Calgary. Cremation has taken place at Dartmouth Funeral Home NS. No service will be held. A family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial Donations in Lloyd’s memory can be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of NS.

 

DAWSON, William - Passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on June 13, 2010 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Margaret for 66 years. Loving father of Joyce Knarr and her husband David and Norma Brubacher and her husband Paul. Cherished grandfather of Scott Knarr, Christopher Knarr (Deborah), Peter, Andrew and Rosemary Brubacher. Dear brother of Kenneth of Ottawa and Gerald of Moncton. Predeceased by his parents Seth and Ida Dawson (nee Bishop) and great grand-daughter Laura Knarr. William was born and educated in New Brunswick. During WW II he served in the Royal Canadian Navy on the corvette the Cobalt, and on the minesweeper the Kenora, until he was demobilized. He later relocated to Kitchener and was employed by Kitchener Transit for 37 years, until retirement. He was a founding member of Highland Baptist Church and served in many capacities, including Audio Visual Committee. He was the founding president of Highland Glen Camera Club. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church (275 Mill St., Kitchener, 519-743-0911) on Thursday June 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged through the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467.

 

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DAWSON, Andrew William Gerald - The unexpected death of Andrew William Gerald Dawson occurred in Victoria, BC on Sunday, November 30th, 2014. He was born on February 24, 1979 in Saint John, NB to biological mother Joanne Saunders and parents Leona Rodrigue and William Dawson. Andrew attended Harbour View High School and the New Brunswick Community College. Following this, he pursed his passion with concrete, eventually founding Andy's Concrete in Saint John. He took great pride in his work; perfecting his craft over time. Andrew was very eager to show his family and friends his work, often taking them along to his job sites. In 1998, Andrew felt a call to serve his country and decided to enroll in the Canadian Navy, attending basic training at Saint Jean at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Andrew will forever be remembered for his carefree attitude and his sense of humor. A prankster by nature with a sarcastic wit, who could sweet talk his way out of anything. He will leave behind the legacy of always trying his absolute best to be a rock for everyone; trying to ensure they chose the right path in life. If he saw someone in trouble, he was there to help - he was a wonderfully positive influence in many lives. He loved his family more than anything in the world, and was an incredibly devoted father to his son Trevor. Trevor looked up to Andrew to do all the “boy” things with. They made many visits to the skate park and went riding bikes together often. Along with his son Trevor William David Dawson and Trevor's mother Rebecca Halpin of Duncan, BC; Andrew is also survived by his brother Normand Therien (Christien) of Montreal, QC; his sisters; Sandy Payne, Carmen Therien and Helene Dixon (Wesley) of Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, Chelsea Crossman (Sean) of Saint John, NB, Kayleigh Lively (Ian Chase) and Keighan Whelly (Brian) of Rothesay, NB. As well, his nieces Rebecca, Jayla Dawson, Isabelle, Vanessa, Melody, Arya, and his nephews Brandon, Jocelyn, Richard, Caiden, Ronan, Theoren and Cody. Andrew was predeceased by aunt Anna Whipple and his grandfather Howard Wilson. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland RD (646-2424). Visitation for Andrew will be held on Wednesday, December 10th 2014 at 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM. The Memorial Service will take place on Thursday at 2:00 PM at the Fundy Funeral Home Chapel, interment to follow at Fernhill Cemetery. Memorial Donations in memory of Andrew may be placed towards the Canadian Mental Health Association.

GAGNON, Ken, RCNVR (26 Dec 1923 - 24 Jan 2015) - Passed away, peacefully, on Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, with his loving wife of 74 years Evelyn and loving family members, by his side, Ken Gagnon, of RR6 Tillsonburg, at the age of 91. Ken will be remembered by many as the Post Master (of the Town of Tillsonburg) (1960-1979). Ken answered the call and honourably served country, under active duty conditions, with the Royal Canadian Navy (R.C.N.V.R.), in the Atlantic during WW2. Much loved husband of Evelyn (Grills) Gagnon. Loved father of Major Garry Gagnon and his wife Colonel Lucy Gagnon, Ottawa; Randy Gagnon (Irene), Springford; Linda (Martin Rist), Florida, U.S.A.; Judy Gagnon, London; and Calvin Gagnon (Virginia), Fergus. Proud and loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents: Hermidaus Louis Gagnon and the former Hazel Stephenson. Also predeceased by a brother Ralph C. Gagnon and his late wife Margaret. In keeping with Ken’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Family Celebration of Ken’s Life will take place in the spring. The Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519)842-4238 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Memorial Donations in Ken’s memory are only payable (by cheque) to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital,” through the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

MORRISON, Donald Murdoch - It is with great sadness the family of Donald Murdoch Morrison, husband of the late Constance Amina (Hatfield), announce his passing, which occurred on August 14, 2016. Donald was born in Saint John on May 24, 1925, attended Saint John High, then went on to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy in both Canada and the North Atlantic. He was a graduate of UNB with a BSc in Geology. Don married Connie, the love of his life, in 1951 and moved her and their family to Schefferville in 1959, where he was a pioneer in the development of the iron ore mines of Quebec and Labrador. After 25 years, he retired to Sand Point on the Kingston Peninsula, where he happily spent the remainder of his years. Don was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, served on the executive board of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 – Kingston Peninsula, Board of directors of Kingston Peninsula St. John Ambulance Division 844, Board of Stewards of Westfield United Church, and was a longstanding member of the Sand Point Outing Association. Don will be missed by his children Douglas (Cathy) Morrison, of Bayswater, NB; Jim (Jan) Morrison, of Bridgewater, NS; Bruce (Fran) Morrison, of Beaumont, AB; and Kathy (John) Calvin, of Grand Bay–Westfield, NB; brother Daryl (Ann) Morrison, of Grand Bay–Westfield, NB; sister Marianne White, of Oromocto, NB; sister in law Joyce Mundee, of Saint John, NB; 12 grandchildren: Becky, Scott, Peter, Russell, Annie, Andrew, Jenny, Mindy, Laura, Alex, Andrew and Elizabeth; and 11 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thanks and sincere gratitude to Donald’s housekeeper of 21 years Frances Scallan, Dr. Keripe and Dr. Webb for their care and compassion, and to the Sand Point and Kingston Peninsula communities for their fellowship and kindness. Aside from his parents and wife Constance, he was predeceased by his eldest sister Agnes Collins and twin brother George Morrison. Resting at Brenan’s Bay View Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Rd. Saint John West, NB (634–7425) with visitation on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM, with a Legion Service starting at 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held from Westfield United Church, 133 Nerepis Rd., Grand Bay–Westfield, NB on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Royal Canadian Legion–Peninsula Branch #62, Sand Point Community Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of NB or the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

MORRISON , Donald Bruce (06 Dec 1925 - 24 Jan 2010) - beloved husband of Jean of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2010, following a brief illness, at the Rocky View General Hospital, at the age of 84 years. Don was born and raised in Edmonton, where he enlisted in the Canadian Navy immediately following high school graduation at the age of seventeen years. When WWII ended Don stayed in the Naval Reserves until 1948 when he began a career in the oil patch with National Supply Ltd. It was then he was sent to Swift Current, Sask. where he met and married his wife Jean. Later in his working career Don was with Atco, Loblaws, and finally the Federal Government until his retirement. Don loved his children and grandchildren deeply and always looked forward to their many visits. Don was very involved in the Scout movement during the 1960's and he and the boys spent many great times at Camp Gardner located near Bragg Creek. Don was an accomplished ten pin bowler, but spent a considerable amount of time with his main hobby of leather crafting. He made many beautiful belts, wallets and purses. Don was a terrific all round handyman until his health failed in the recent years. Don loved the mountains and spent holidays camping with his family at either Radium or Penticton, B.C. from 1962 to 1992. Anyone who knew Don would recall that he loved to tease people and had a wicked sense of humour! (Part of being Scottish). He liked to attend the highland games and was very proud to wear the Morrison Tartan. Bagpipes were his favourite music. Don was so proud of being presented with the Sixty-Five Year Bar to his Legion, long service medal just this past November, 2009 at a special ceremony at Legion Branch No.285. Donald leaves to mourn, his wife of fifty-seven years Jean (nee McAvoy); four children, daughter Linda and sons Douglas (Elizabeth), Richard (Darlene) and Bruce (Jan); eleven grandchildren, Shane (Trina), Crystal (Clay), Curtis (Ebony), Robert, Jacqueline, Matthew, Michael, Alexander, Dallas, Austin, and Tyler; and one great-grandson Austin. Donald was predeceased by his father John, mother May and brother Frank. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, No. 204, 2323 - 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 or directly to the charity of the donor's choice. A very special thank you from Don's family for all the care and kindness shown to him by many doctors and nurses at the Rockyview Hospital Coronary Care Unit. In living memory of Don Morrison, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park (Calgary Herald 25 Jan 2010)

BENOIT, Francis Gerald (Frank), V23076, RCNVR - Born: 19 Apr 1915, Montreal Quebec.  Died: 1991

 

Frank joined the RCNVR in September 1940. From may 1941 to November of that year he served on HMCS Annapolis doing convoy escort duty and then, after volunteering for Combined Operations, he was drafted to HMS Quebec, the Combined Ops amphibious landing training centre in Scotland, from February 1942 to October 1943 where he took seamanship and commando training. He was a landing craft cox'n in the North African and Sicilian landings. Frank was awarded the following medals:  1939 - 45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & Clasp; War Medal.

 

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LUCIER, Gilbert Louis - On March 19, 2016 our dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, Gilbert Louis Lucier passed away at Cowichan District Hospital. Dad was raised in Leask, Saskatchewan and at the age of 16 left to go work in a mill in Vancouver. He then got work on the Princess Mary which delivered mail and goods up and down the coast. Dad then joined the Canadian Navy in 1953 and served until 1974. After leaving the Navy he then went on to work at the Kerry Park Arena. Dad worked hard for everything he had and showed the same strength and determination when dealing with his health issues. So cheers to someone who got to spend his last day on earth doing what he liked, eating porridge for breakfast, meeting friends (esp. Matt Leeming) and family for lunch at McDonalds, then settling down to watch some hockey. We hope you have a great seat for the playoffs. Love From All of Us

JOHNSTON, Brian Kenneth (07 Jan 1936 - 26 Feb 2017) - Surrounded by the love of his family, Brian quietly passed away at the age of 81 on the evening of February 26 at Poseidon Care Centre. Brian was predeceased by his parents David and Barbara Ann Johnston, brother Stewart Johnston, in-laws Edwin and Ericka Stenbeck and brother-in-law Robert Stenbeck. Left to cherish Brian's memory are his loving wife of 53 years, Charlotte (Stenbeck), daughters Andrea Kurtz (Daniel), Erika Chura (David), and Arlene Lachance (Hubert), son Douglas Johnston (Angie), Clifford Chartrand, Daniel Pazdor (Calvin), grandchildren Arlana Dujlovic (Andy), Deanna Chura (Andrew Paterson), Michael Chura, Joanna Lachance, Victoria Kurtz (Nicholas Pele), Brayden Chura, Hayle Marie Johnston (Danel G.), and Maygen Johnston, great-grandchildren Alexander Paterson and Laurielle Dujlovic. He will also be deeply missed by his sister-in-law Joan Johnston, brothers Gordon Johnston (Eloise), and Bruce Johnston (Laura), sister Barbara-Ann Balshaw (Michael), along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and life-long friends. Brian was born and raised in St. Vital growing up on Norberry Drive. He attended Norberry School and Glenlawn Collegiate. In his younger years, Brian spent time working on the family farm in Green Ridge, MB where he learned of his passion for farming. Brian did a short stint in the Royal Canadian Navy and also worked in Edmonton as a gas meter reader. Migrating back to St. Vital, Brian took up varied short term employment positions leading him to upgrade his schooling, from which he was hired on with MTS. This is where he remained until his retirement in 1993. In 1961 Brian met the love of his life, Charlotte. They were married on May 18, 1963. After being blessed with a growing family of four children, they designed and built their family dream home and hobby farm on an acreage in St. Germaine. It was here that Brian and Charlotte continued to give of themselves by opening their hearts and home as a foster family. Some of these children were raised along-side of their growing family of grandchildren and continue to be loved as an integral part of their family today. Family and friends were very important to Brian. He loved spending time with them whether working in the hay fields, repairing farm machinery or simply relaxing by a campfire sharing stories with his unique sense of humour and wit. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. A special thank you to the entire staff of Poseidon Care Centre, in particular the second floor nursing staff that always provided compassionate care for Brian and the family, right to the very end. In keeping with Brian's wishes, cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Wheeler Funeral Home, 1800 Day St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity that is close to your heart. Funeral Arrangements in Care of: Wheeler Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street (Winnipeg Free Press 04 Mar 2017)

DERHAK, Welsey Gerald, PO1, Steward, RCN - The Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), RAdm Art McDonald, regrets to announce the passing of PO1 W. Derhak, Steward and shipmate from MARPAC Head Quarters, while on leave in Cuba on March 23rd, 2017. A dedicated sailor, PO1 Derhak spent more than 25 years serving the Canadian Armed Forces. He sailed in numerous HMC ships, including Preserver, Skeena, Cowichan, Calgary and Vancouver for a total of 1260 sea days. His sense of humour, professionalism and team spirit will be greatly missed. A service will be held at CFB Esquimalt in his memory at a date later to be determined, as his family has requested a burial at sea.

 

DERHAK, Welsey Gerald, PO1, Steward, RCN - The family of Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Gerald Derhak are profoundly saddened to announce his sudden and tragic demise on the 23th of March, 2017 while on vacation in Cuba. 

 

Wesley was a funny and fun-filled guy who lived his life to the fullest always seeking out his next adventure. He had a heart of gold and wasn’t ashamed or afraid to offer assistance to anyone who needed a helping hand, an attentive ear or a soft shoulder. He was truly loved and admired by his immediate, extended and military families, friends and co-workers which is evident by the demonstration of positive messages of condolence through Facebook and other personal missives. He was deeply loved by his siblings and a cherished favourite Uncle/Great-Uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He always took the time to maintain a connection with them through an email, a text or a quick call.

 

Wesley was also a dedicated, loyal and courageous Airman/Soldier/Sailor with the Canadian Armed Forces. His long career began in October 1984 and was unique in that he proudly wore all three environmental uniforms while serving with the Regular Force as a Steward (Air Force/ Navy), and as a Land Communications Information Systems Technician with the Army Primary Reserve Force. He proudly served at Maritime Pacific Headquarters (MARPAC HQ) and Canadian Forces Fleet School (CFFS) in Esquimalt BC; on HMCS’ CALGARY, OTTAWA, WINNIPEG, PROTECTEUR, COWICHAN, PRESERVER, NCSM SKEENA; at Canadian Forces Bases Calgary, Cold Lake, Halifax and Esquimalt; 1 Service Battalion Calgary, 741 Communications Squadron Victoria BC, and Royal Roads Military College Victoria B.C.

 

Wesley is survived and will be sadly missed by his loving daughters Mellisa Derhak, Natasha Reardon and Sierra Moriaty, his mother Marilyn Derhak (Guelph ON), pre-deceased by his father Morley Derhak (1999) and siblings Karl Derhak (Sharron) (Aylesford NS), Romaine (Keith Rowe) (Ottawa ON), Val-Lynn Derhak (Rick Dean) (Port Coquitlam BC) and Victoria Derhak (Jim Marley) (Guelph ON). He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews. Date and place of Memorial Service and Internment (at sea) to be determined.

 

We will fondly remember Wesley as he sits in his chair on the beach with a stogie in one hand, a beer in the other, a Cheshire smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Farewell, Wesley, we bid you “fair winds and following seas”.

 

HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS COWICHAN, HMCS CALGARY, HMCS VANCOUVER, HMCS OTTAWA

DUNCAN, James Anthony (Tony) - With gratitude and sadness, Tony’s family announces his passing from this life on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in London, Ontario. He is yet loved by Carroll, his bride of 40 years. Gracious father to Jet (Joan) Takaoka and Jane (Calvin) Zwaan. Adoring Papa to Kelsey, Kailey, James and Anna-Lise Zwaan and Kaitlin, Evan, Olivia and Jennifer Takaoka. Fondly remembered by his sister Harriett (Clifford) McNamara and by many nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Ira, and his siblings Ardelle (Jim), Tommy (Barb), Mickey (Ray), Robin, and Sharon (Roland). Tony was born September 15, 1933 in Parry Sound, Ontario. He adventured into the world by joining the Royal Canadian Navy. His earliest deployment was during the Korean conflict on HMCS Huron tasked with “train-busting” and escort actions. He spent much of his navy career in Halifax, NS. Transitioning from the Navy to Canada Post, he would become Station Master in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Introduced by his sister, he created a great love story when he married Carroll. She was a widow with two children whom he raised as his own. He built them a house by a lake and filled it with joy. Tony was a lifelong learner. He studied music as an adult, learned to paddle a canoe, played cribbage, baked pies and butter tarts, gardened with some success and crafted elegant Victorian screen doors. To his wife’s chagrin, he and their teenaged son bought a motorcycle to conquer. To his great pleasure, Tony built two houses and a cottage. He loved to work with tools and wood. He was born to travel: the Navy took him around the world and his family drove him around the bend! Family road trips were a regular occurrence including an epic cross-Canada drive in 1976 with his new bride and the kids. As his health declined, he still ventured out to BC, Nova Scotia and the Caribbean. Tony was a gentle soul to all who knew him. A child of the Great Depression, he knew how to give generously. He was hospitable and social to everyone, always putting the coffee on to share. No trip “to town” was made without one, or multiple stops at Tim’s. Tony did not often speak out, but when he did, he had something to say. He retained his great sense of humour even in failing health. His caregivers were often left smiling at his quips. Greatest of all, Tony had a quiet and enduring love for his Saviour, Jesus Christ. With Carroll, Tony served as a long-time member of Bible Baptist Church in Halifax. On the last morning of his life, he joined in the hymn sing with other members of Parkwood’s Veterans Care. His favourite hymn was, “Why Should He Love Me So?”. His family is thankful to the many caregivers who assisted Tony, especially to Karen, Linda, Elen, Rebekah, Mike and the compassionate staff at Parkwood. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, with Reverend Donald Calder officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the memorial service. Memorial gifts to HOPE International Development Agency (www.hope-international.com) would be kindly received.

TAIT, Frederick Thomas Sr. (Poppy) - just days short of his 74th year, this yeoman completed his last watch on March 29, 2017, surrounded by members of his loving family in his residence of White Hills Long Term Care Centre in Bedford. Having retired from a lengthy 24-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, he finally crossed the bar to add to Davy Jones’ Locker. A passionate and caring man, Poppy’s love of life and family was clearly seen in his mischievous eyes and infectious smile, which impacted all that he came across. A son of the late of Margaret (Gale) and Gilbert Tait, he came from a large family from Hamilton, Ont. where he is survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Dad’s love of the sea brought him to Canada’s East coast where he fulfilled his desire for travel and ultimately met the first of his three Maritime wives, Sherry (Jim). He later married Colleen (predeceased) and then Mary (predeceased). Poppy is survived by children, Rick (Pearl), Pammie (Scott), Connie (Kirby) and Lisa (Steve). He was predeceased by his youngest son, Brad (Karen). Loving memories have been made and special bonds formed with his many grandchildren, Jen (Kieran), Sam (Dan), Andrea, Brandon, Blair, Cail, Brianna, Tori (David), Lucas, Glennie, Noah and Bailey. We all would like to extend our many thanks to the White Hills staff for their great care and concern. Dad was a highly active member with the Legion and in accordance with his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held in Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 160, 703 Main St., Dartmouth, on Monday, April 3, at 1400, Carol Young officiating with a reception to follow. Family flowers only please. Family interment will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 160. Dad, you have completed your watch, we are saddened yet proud that you have let go all lines to join the others that have preceded you onto your next journey. Fair Winds Dad, Fair Winds.

 

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