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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

FITZGERALD, James O'Neill, Cdr, RCN - passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017 at the age of 88. He is survived by his sister, Nancy (Elliot) Whitby; and daughters, Suzanne (Paul) Benteau, Colleen (Keith) Reimer and Elizabeth Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Eve, Nevan and Isaac (Fitzgerald) Tait and Jon Paul Benteau. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Marie (Cleary); his brother, Jack (RCAF); his sisters, Margaret Bronskill, Madeline Power and Joan Fitzgerald. A native of Halifax, Jim was educated at College Street School, St. Mary's College High School, St. Mary's College and Nova Scotia Technical College, graduating in 1951 with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation he was offered a Commission in the RCN. He saw service on HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Bytown, Ottawa and in 1959 was posted to Groton, Conn. for submarine training with the USN. His sea time included USS Toro, HMCS Grilse, HMS Orpheus and HMCS Ojibwa. He completed his 29 years of naval service in Halifax and Ottawa, retiring in 1980. In his second career, Jim spent ten years with MIL in Halifax, doing engineering consulting work. Jim enjoyed sailing and curling, and was a Past President of the CFB Curling Club. Jim's lasting hobby was as a student of contract bridge. He drafted a 'Squeeze Play Handbook' in the early 1990's and, as a result of his activities, was asked to be a proof reader for the fifth edition of The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge. Jim was a long-time parishioner of St. Agnes Church, custodian of the tower clock and bells, performing committee work, and serving as a lector. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 in St. Agnes Church, Mumford Road, with Father Paul Morris officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope Cottage would be appreciated.

 

HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BYTOWN, USS TORO, HMS/m ORPHEUS, HMCS GRILSE, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

PARKER, Joseph - 89, Lower Sackville, passed away December 21, 2010, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Hallonquist, Sask., he was a son of the late Robert and Marie (Belobradish) Parker. Joseph served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a veteran of the Second World War and Korean War. He was an electronics technician with Dalhousie University after his retirement from the Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Fairview No. 127, Eastern Star Armcrest Chapter 45, Bedford Legion and a life member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association. He enjoyed vegetable gardening. Joseph is survived by daughters, Elizabeth (Sid) Freedman, Dorchester, Ont.; Carol Jean (Donald) Scott, Lower Sackville; grandchildren, Michael (Pam), Sarah (Cory), Rebecca (Warren), Deborah, Joseph and Wallace (Symphony); seven greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by wife, Ruth; brothers, Russell, James, Glen Douglas 'Jackie' , Robert; sister, Johanna. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place on Monday at 1 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Hall, Old Sackville Road with Rev. Sandra Hounsell-Drover officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation.

PATTISON, Clive Donald (Pat), LCdr - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Clive 'Pat' Pattison on May 10, 2012, in Maplestone Nursing Home. Born in Regina, Sask., on March 23, 1936, to Frederick and Maud Pattison. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Lacey); sons, Donald (Donna) and Andrew (Lisa); grandchildren, Erin, Everett, Owen and Simon; brothers, Douglas (Joan) and Lance (Sharon) of St. Catharine's, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter, Kate and granddaughter, Tiffany. Pat joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 and retired in 1991. He enjoyed family time at the cottage and retirement home in Florida with family and grandchildren. No visitation. Service on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (St. Stephens Church, Normandy Drive, Halifax). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Cancer Society. Thank you to the staff and caregivers at Maplestone for their care of Pat.

PAYNE, Russell Avard - Age 88, of Head of St. Margaret's Bay, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Oxford he was a son of the late Wesley and Mae (Tait) Payne. Survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Brenda Sharpe), Cow Bay; son, Dana (Janice Millett), Windsor; brother, Roland, Windsor; sisters, Eleanor, Ontario; and Eileen, New Brunswick; grandchildren, Matthew Payne and Robert McCoombs. Predeceased by his first wife, the former Betty Weir, and his second wife, the former Jacqueline Boutilier; son, Shawn Payne and daughter, Shelley Tupper-Payne. Russell loved his family, his naval career, his caregivers and friends. He was a lover of dogs, wrote poetry, hooked rugs, and held eternal hope that the Blue Jays would win again. Please join us for a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 3 in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd., Upper Tantallon, Rev. Darren Millett officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SPCA.

PATTENDEN, Joseph Robert - 81, Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Robert Pattenden in Dartmouth General Hospital on March 9, 2010. Born in Amherstburg, Ont., on February 20, 1929, he was a son of the late Arthur and Edith (Delmore) Pattenden. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Oakley); daughters, Kimley Pattenden-Davison (Raymond), Hantsport and Victoria Brown (Robert), Kemptville, Ont.; grandaughters, AlexZandra Wilkinson (Matthew), Ottawa, Ont.; Vanessa Brown, Taiwan and Robyn Brown, Kemptville, Ont. Dear brother to Agnes Murray, Amherstburg, Ont.; Jack (Phyllis) Pattenden, Dartmouth; Jerry (Sherry) Pattenden, Kingston, Ont., as well as a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Sally, Rose, Eileen, Lucille, Betty, and Dorothy and brothers, William and Arthur. Joe was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and a Korean War veteran. Joe was a commissioner at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal until his retirement in 1993. A memorial mass will be held in St. Peters Church on Saturday, March 13, at 1 p.m., Father Richards officiating with a reception to follow. Private family interment will follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend many heartfelt thanks to the Emergency and ICU Departments, Dartmouth General Hospital for their compassion and care.

PATTISON, Robert Outen - Died 22 November 2008. He and Betty moved to Wellington and they joined St. Thomas Anglican Church Parish. Again he became an active member of the congregation and was a Warden of the Church for six years, a member of the church council, Ways and Means Committee and Men's Breakfast Club. He was a member of the Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG) and with this group traveled to various reunions of his peers in Ottawa, Trenton and Florida. He also traveled to Australia with the group to help the ANAG group celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. He enjoyed life to the fullest and had many hobbies some of which were reading, cake decorating, woodworking and making and drinking wine. He will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, and funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 27, at 11 a.m., both in St. Thomas Anglican Church, Fall River. Reception and interment to follow. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Homes, Sackville Drive.

PEGLEY, John Charles Fredrick (Fred) - 80, of Dartmouth, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Moosehorn, Man., he was the son of the late Norman and Anne Pegley. Orphaned at the age of nine, he was raised by his grandmother, Nora Cornell. He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy; he began his career on the Quebec in 1952 and served on seven ships over 35 years, including a tour during the Korean War. Husband of 51 years, he is survived by his wife, Myrtle; son, Fred (Patricia) of Halifax; daughter, Karen (Catherine Kellogg) of Toronto; sister, Karen Vaton and many cousins in Wales. Visitation will take place 7-9 p.m. Friday, August 19, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to True Patriot Love Foundation, which supports Canadian military families, by logging on at: http://truepatriotlovefoundation.com or calling 1-877-755-1595.

PICCO, Thomas Joseph - Halifax, formerly of St. John's, N.L., passed away silently surrounded by family in QEII Health Sciences Centre on June 10, 2013, at age 83. Born on January 2, 1930, in St. John's, he was a son of the late Thomas Joseph Picco Sr. and Mary Picco (Swain). History is going to state that Thomas had served over 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving during the Korean War. Upon retirement, he served as a commissionaire. He was a Chief PO2, long-standing member of the Chief and PO's Mess. He was a loving father, companion, grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed walks along the seaside, crossword puzzles and telling a good joke. He is survived by long-time companion and best friend, Janet Langille of Halifax; son, Wayne Picco (Sue) of Lower Sackville; daughters, Jean Drif, Rosemary Parsons of Lower Sackville; Tina Rousseau (Gilles) of Quebec; grandchildren, Teddy, Tammy, Tony, Tia, Serina, Jessie, Codie-Mitchel and Georgina; great-grandchildren, Erica, Tyler, Jenna, Kaley, Alexander, Jamian and Devon; sisters, Catherine, Josephine 'Jo' Davis of Ontario. He was predeceased by Jean Picco (Robinson); son, Thomas Joseph Picco 'Tommy'; sisters, Bonnie Hayes (of London, Ont.); Irene Picco (of St. John's, N.L.); brothers, George 'Gus' and Thomas Picco. Thomas was blessed to have been loved and shared by Janet's children, Donna (Neil), Jimmy (Arlene), Lori (Werner); grandchildren, Derek, Katie, Jacob and Max. Upon Thomas' request there will be a a burial at sea at later date. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Nova Scotia or Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr.

ROBINSON, William J. (Bill) - After a brief illness Bill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in Lisaard House, on Friday, March 30, 2012, in his 87th year. Devoted husband for 59 years, of the late May Robinson (2008). Lovingly remembered by his daughters, Karen Atkinson (Lester), of Dartmouth; Colleen Mutrie (John), Janice Robinson-Witmer (Darwin), all of Kitchener, Ont., and Sandra Robinson-Craven (Glenn) of Cambridge, Ont. Proud grampy of David and Brian Atkinson; Eric, Jennifer, Andrew and Alex Mutrie; Ben, Jeff and Julia Witmer; Stephanie, Ryan, Melissa and Sarah Craven. Great-grandfather of Ava, Tyler, Christopher and Will. Survived by his brother, Allan, of Calgary, Alta.; his sister, Stewie (Don Windrim), of Qu'appelle, Sask., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, and his sisters, Margaret and Frankie. After a 25 year career with the Canadian Navy, Bill moved his family from Nova Scotia to Kitchener, Ont. Bill retired in 1988 after working at Raytheon Canada Ltd. and Beaver Delta. Bill was a dedicated volunteer for many years with the City of Waterloo (20+years), the City of Kitchener- Senior Day Program (22 years), Community Support Connections: Meals on Wheels and More, Canadian Cancer Society (Air Cadets) and KW Woodworkers shop. His devotion, love, guidance, and support will be dearly missed by his family. Bill's family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, April 4, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A celebration of a life well-lived will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. Reception to follow in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Community Support Connections: Meals on Wheels and More, Kitchener Downtown Community Senior Centre, or Lisaard House would be appreciated by the family (cards are available at the funeral home). A special thank you to the 7th floor nursing staff at St. Mary's Hospital, doctors Mee, Pace, Wren and Ward and the staff at Lisaard House.

PETERSEN, Carl J. - Age 95, of Moncton, N.B., and formerly of Sydney, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Born in Kingston, Ont., he was a son of the late Carl and Annie ( McNicholas) Petersen. Carl was a retired Gen-eral Manager of Darr Cape Breton Ltd. (Cabot House) and of Isle Royale Hotel, Sydney. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy with 20 years service. Carl enjoyed music, dancing, s o cializing with his friends, visiting with the Veterans and spending time with his family. Carl will be sadly missed by his daughters, Carolyn McCarthy (Ron) of Burgoyne's Cove, N.L., and Marjorie Horne (Gary) of Lake Echo; sons, Donald (Stella) of Moncton, and Karl (Debbie) of Newmarket, Ont.; precious grandchildren, Heather, Greg, Susan, Danny, Stephane, Denise and Morgan; 10 cherished great-grandchildren; three special great great-grandchildren; special friend, June Cormier and caregiver, Karen Moore; sisters, Hilda Walker and Clara Wright, both of Kingston, Ont., and Helen Hunt of Massena, N.Y.; brothers, Robert of Calgary, Alta.; Donald of Kingston, Ont.; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Claire (Morrison) Petersen (1988); sisters, Irene and Catherine; brother, Eric. Visitation in Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd., Moncton, N.B. (506-858-1995) today, Thursday, from 6-9 p.m. Moncton Legion Branch No. 6 Veterans Service today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Allison Carroll officiating. Re-ception in the Church Hall following the Mass. Interment in Forest Haven Cemetery, Sydney, at a later date. In Carl's memory, donations to St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church Building Fund or a memorial of choice would be appreciated.

PEERS, Robert Claude Kenrick, Capt (N), RCN (17 Mar 1927 - 14 Apr 2017) - was born in Vancouver, B.C. to W.J. and Kitty (Hill) Peers of Burnaby Lake. His early years were in Burnaby, Vancouver and Winnipeg before moving to Victoria in 1941. He went to Oak Bay High School where he excelled academically and athletically; playing rugby and soccer, winning the track and field championship, and graduating as Student Council President and Valedictorian. He attended the Royal Canadian Naval College (Royal Roads 1944-46) and was awarded the Sword of Honour on graduation. Bob then went overseas to train with the Royal Navy and was posted to HMS Vanguard, the last of the 15" gun battleships. In 1947 Bob participated in the Royal Family visit to South Africa with their Majesties and the Royal Princesses. Sadly he was the last surviving Canadian Naval Officer from this deployment. In 1950 he joined HMCS Sioux and completed two tours in Korea. On March 12, 1952 Bob married Cleone Kathleen Thompson of New Westminster, spending their early years in Ottawa, England and Halifax. He was honoured to be 1 of 3 Canadian Naval Officers to attend the 1953 Coronation of Elizabeth ll. In December 1956 he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Trinity and subsequently HMCS Chignecto. From 1958-60 Bob was seconded to the U.S. Navy to the Commander Carrier Division 16 (USS Valley Forge). After a posting to RCN HQ in Ottawa Bob commanded HMCS Annapolis on her commissioning in 1964. Thereafter he commanded the Sea Training Unit (Halifax) and the Second Escort Squadron (Esquimalt). In July 1970 Bob was appointed Commandant, Royal Roads Military College. In this capacity he negotiated with the Province of BC, giving the College a Charter to grant degrees. Captain Peers retired in August 1976 and subsequently participated in various non-profit endeavours including the Goldstream Salmon Hatchery and the Charter Fishing Association. Bob spent his last years at the Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria. The family wish to thank the Lodge staff for the love and care they gave Bob. Our thanks also go to Dr. H. Domke and Wendy Smith for their support. Bob leaves his two sisters, Anne Latham, Babs Jeffrey (David) and three children, Lorna Peers, Brian Peers (Millie) and Carol Mitchell, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Cleone, (2010), son-in-law Bob Mitchell and brother-in-law Russ Latham. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, April 28, 10:00 am at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria.

 

HMS HOWE, HMS VANGUARD, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS CRESCENT (1949), HMCS SIOUX, HMCS BYTOWN, HMCS STADACONA (TAS School), HMCS HURON, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS TRINITYHMCS CHIGNECTO, HMCS NIAGARA (1958), USS RANDOLPH, HMCS ANNAPOLIS, SEA TRAINING ATLANTIC (1966) HMCS MACKENZIE (Add'l, Flagship, Squadron Commander), ROYAL ROADS MILITARY COLLEGE (Commandant, 1970)

DAIGNAULT, Leo Joseph, LSSW (30 Jun 1923 - 28 Mar 2017)

 

HMCS GRIFFON, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS BOWMANVILLE

GIBBARD, Douglas Hawley - passed away on January 7, 2003 in Royal Jubilee Hospital, Hospice, with his loving family by his side. Predeceased by his parents and sister, Margaret. Surviving are his brother, Campbell; Judy, his beloved wife and companion of over 50 years; son, Terence; daughter, Deborah (Tom) Oxland and grandchildren, Douglas, William, Thomas and Peter. Born and raised in Okotoks, Alberta, Doug served proudly in the R.C.N. for 21 years and was later employed at CFB Esquimalt in Shop 23, Ship Repair Unit (P). A Service of Remembrance will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive on Tuesday, January 14, at 12:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. A heart-filled thanks to Jo Ellen Morrison and Chemotherapy Nurses. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Chief & Petty Officers Association, Sick & Visiting, 618 Admirals Rd., Victoria, B.C. V9A 2N7. (Victoria Times Colonist 11 Jan 2003)

 

HMCS GRILSE

 

MOYLAN, John Michael (12 Mar 1947 - 18 Apr 2017) - Peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, John fought a courageous battle with ALS. Cherished husband of 47 years to Anne (nee Ling). Proud father to Michael (Meggie), Julie, Lisa and Sarah (Marc); and the best Poppi to LaMya, Lucas, Leah and John. Brother to Chris, Judy, Rita and the late Mary. John spent his life travelling the world with his loving wife Anne, living in Washington, China and Africa, finally settling back home in Ottawa. His 50 years of service were spent protecting our country in the Navy and Foreign Affairs. A very dedicated family man, you could find him on the bench coaching or on the sidelines cheering on his children. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate John's life at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home and Chapel, 1411 Hunt Club Road, on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at the same location. Our family will open the doors to our home after the Service for family and friends to visit. (Ottawa Citizen 20 Apr 2017)

 

Photo of John Moylan     Photo of John Moylan on ship (possibly HMCS Ottawa)

 

HMCS OTTAWA

WALLACE, Herbert Frederick (23 Aug 1935 - 19 Apr 2017) - Suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday April 19, Herb, in his 82nd year, passed away at home from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Born in Roblin MB, he was the eldest son of Robert and Florence Wallace. He spent his very early childhood in Rutland, SK, and from second grade onward in Unity, SK, where he graduated from Unity High School as class valedictorian in 1954. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in the same year as a cadet under the ROTP at HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon, and in 1958 he obtained a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He served four years with the RCN, including a year with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Plymouth, England (1959–60); one year on HMCS Chaudière (DDE); and in Halifax one year on staff of the Naval Armament Depot plus one year on staff of HMC Dockyard. Resigning from the RCN in 1963 , Herb transferred to the Naval Reserve Division to serve with HMCS SCOTIAN, and to pursue his academic interests at Dalhousie University. He obtained a PhD in Chemistry from that university in 1969. His love of the navy never waned, and he continued to serve the Naval Reserve Divisions of TECUMSEH (Calgary, 1968–75), NONSUCH (Edmonton 1975–78) as Commanding Officer, CARLETON (1978-1990 – in various capacities, including Commanding Officer, 1987–1990). In this capacity, he was proud to serve as the Naval Aide-de Camp to two Governors General . Herb retired in 1990 as Captain (N) with the NOAC Bronze Medallion (1975) and the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1997). Herb's professional career included employment as a research scientist with Celanese Canada in Edmonton from 1968–71 ; a senior research metallurgist with Sheritt Gordon Mines in Fort Saskatchewan (1971–78); and a scientific administrator in the Technology Transfer Program, National Research Council (Ottawa, 1978– 93). He retired in 1993. Predeceased by his mother and father, two sisters (Bonnie and Betty), and three brothers (Robert, James and Brian), he is survived by his wife Patricia (to whom he was married for 50 years), brothers Ronald (Maureen) of Saskatoon, Norman (Camille) of Fredericton, and John of Unity. Also left to mourn are his sisters in-law Marilyn Paterson of Grand Prairie, AB, and Diane Atkinson (Douglas) of Riverview, NB; as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Herb was a voracious pursuer of knowledge all his life, known and respected for his mastery of numerous topics. Together with his amazing memory for details and his ready sense of humor, he inspired family, friends and colleagues. Over the past 10 years, Herb and his great friend Emmett Hossack (Ottawa) travelled to Scotland on eight occasions to pursue their interest and love of good whisky and the distillation process. Herb was an active outdoor man who loved skiing, nature, walking and hiking, reading, and travelling the world with Pat. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 28th at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa) at 11 a.m. with a Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute or charity of choice. (Ottawa Citizen 22 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS SCOTIAN, HMCS NONSUCH, HMCS CARLETON, HMCS TECUMSEH

CUMMINGS, William George, AB, V53200, RCNVR (08 Feb 1924 - 06 May 1995) - passed away at the age of 71 years in the W.W. Cross Cancer Institute. Bill leaves to mourn his loving wife of 49 years, Ruth; three sons and four daughters, Pat (Jack) Currie of Pickering, ON, Marueen (Doug) Dunlop of Calgary, Sharon (Kent) Stevens of Richmond, BC, Jack (Laura) of Tsowwassen, Rob (Jacqueline) of Beaumont, Ken (Norma) of Sherwood Park and Lori (mark) Senio of Edmonton; 13 grandchildren, Carol, Sharon, Megan (lee) Downey, Julie, Kathy, Christy, Kenny, Michael, Kathleen, Albert, Ian, Kevin, and Dean. Bill also leaves to mourn his passing two sisters, Dorothy Rigney of Bon Accord and Eileen Bradley of Edmonton. Bill was predeceased by his mother, Beatrice and father, John. Friends and family may pay their respects on Tuesday, May 9, 1995 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Hainstock's Funeral Home, 9810 34 Avenue, where the Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 1995 at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow at South Haven Cemetery. Reverend Al Stenson officiating. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute.

 

HMCS NONSUCH, HMCS NADEN, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS STADACONA, ML Q096, HMCS MEON, HMCS PEREGRINE, HMCS CORNWALLIS

McHAFFIE, John (Jack, Jake, Dad, Gramps) (15 Nov 1922 - 29 Mar 2017) - passed away just as he wished, peacefully at home surrounded by family. Predeceased in 2015 by Margret, his loving wife of 70 years, he is survived and will be greatly missed by his children Pat (Ron), Brian, Mike, and Wendy (Ron) as well as grandchildren Diane, Shawn, Paisley, Jeff and Kevin. Born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Jack moved with his family to Vancouver at the age of 15 during the "dirty thirties", at which time he met the love of his life, who became his future wife. He voluntarily enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the beginning of WWII, serving in the North Atlantic on HMCS Springhill. After the war he worked 42 years for Crown Zellerbach as a print operator. Jack was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking summer vacations on the Sunshine Coast. A very special "thank you" to Dr. Stephen Barron for all his kindness to Jack through the years, particularly over the last few months of Jack's life. The home visits made it possible for Dad to stay at home to the very end. We'd also like to thank the dedicated care aides from Bayshore for their kindness, care and attention. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Zuhra, who looked after our Dad for many years and who absolutely puts the care in caregiver. We truly appreciate all that she has done for our family. DAD - deep in our hearts you'll always stay. Loved and missed every day. No service by request. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 22 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS SPRINGHILL

BRUCE, John Neil - of Milton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's and Cancer. He was 91. Neil was born in Toronto on April 7, 1926. During WWII he forged his birth certificate to enlist early in the Royal Canadian Navy. Though he didn't personally see combat he lost his dear uncle and many close friends. After the war and learning that his uncle's plane had crashed in a marsh in Holland, Neil rode his bike to the docks, boarded a ship and journeyed overseas. Once there he hired a crane to retrieve his uncle's body for a proper burial. Neil returned and saved up to buy a small plane and earn his pilot's license. He then began his career as a pilot for Trans-Canada Air Lines which became Air Canada. In 1963 he led a group to save the HMCS Haida. Neil lobbied defense officials in Ottawa and the Toronto mayor to bring the ship to Toronto and find it a permanent home. Within a year he had negotiated the deal to buy the ship, formed Haida, Inc., became its President and started converting the ship into a floating museum. In 1970 HMCS Haida, which is now a national monument, was turned over to the province of Ontario for one dollar. In retirement Neil took up farming and connected with his Scottish roots by tending to a flock of sheep. In the summer he could be found baling and working the fields with children and grandchildren. Always a joker and affable host, friends could expect a cup of tea and warm welcome at the farm. Neil is preceded in death by his brother Ron, his first wife Joan and his eldest son Haddo. He is survived by his loving wife Rachel and four children Bonnie (Greg) of Mississauga, Dana (Kathy) of Streetsville, Neil (Linda) of San Francisco and Shawn (Lindsay) of Pasadena. He was also grandfather to many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Luis Valdez, Alberto Tamayo and Jayson Valdez who were Neil's caregivers throughout his illness and the many, many PSWs from Acclaim Health. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Duff's Presbyterian Church in Guelph. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton. A memorial service will be held on Friday the 21st at 11 a.m. (Toronto Star 18 Apr 2017)

HIGGINS, Lynne (18 Oct 1956 - 12 Apr 2017) – not "Sharon," not "Lynn" – but LYNNE Higgins passed away April 12, 2017 surrounded by her family, after a months-long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Al Peters, her sons Charlie and David Peters, her sister Diane Higgins of Saskatoon, her brothers Croft Campbell-Higgins of Toronto and Doug (Rose) Higgins of Regina, as well as her niece Kimberley Higgins and nephews Jordan and Aaron Higgins, all of Regina. Lynne was born on October 18, 1956 in Saskatoon. She attended Lorne Haselton Elementary and Walter Murray Collegiate before graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, the second woman ever to do so. Ever the pioneer, she was also among the first female officers in the Canadian Naval Reserve. Lynne served at HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon for 20 years. It was something of a second home, and she maintained a relationship with the unit and ship's company for many years after retiring from active service. The Navy also introduced her to Al Peters, her husband of 33 years. The two met at a training exercise in Sept-Îles, Quebec, and married on July 9, 1983. Saskatoon was home until her passing. Always strong and independent, the newly married "Lynne Peters" – as she was known only briefly after her wedding – legally reverted to her maiden name, defying convention at the time. Lynne gave birth to twin boys on December 29, 1990. Lynne was passionate about travel. Whether going to one of Canada's coasts for naval training or spending time criss-crossing the country with Al and her boys in their cherished motorhome, she loved seeing new places. She was happiest, however, when the motorhome was parked at Waskesiu Lake, where she and her siblings spent much time growing up and generations of her family visited to rest and relax. Later in life, she and Al began taking cruises in the Caribbean, catering to her love of the sea. Lynne's life was also focused on serving others. A self-described "meeting person," she volunteered time by serving on boards and committees with various organizations including The Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan, The Saskatoon Engineering Society, The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Saskatoon City Hall Middle Management Society, Saskatoon Scottish Country Dancers, and on both the Board and Outreach Committee of her beloved McClure United Church. Lynne's hands were rarely idle. It was normal for her to conduct a conversation while simultaneously knitting or sewing. She always had a project on the go and also spent much of her time quilting, Scottish country dancing, attending concerts and plays, and reading. In August, 2016, mere weeks after returning from a trip to Europe with Al and her sons, she was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. Although she remained determined and optimistic, nothing was able to contain the cancer's spread. It was Lynne's wish that our focus at this time be on "a life well-lived" rather than her passing. In this spirit, she asked for bright and lively colours to be worn at her funeral. The service will be held at McClure United Church (4025 Taylor St. E.) in Saskatoon at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to McClure United Church (4025 Taylor St. E., Saskatoon, S7H 5N7), the Saskatoon Cancer Centre (20 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, S7N 4H4) and/or St. Paul's Hospital Foundation (1702 20th St. W., Saskatoon, S7M 0Z9). (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 15 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS UNICORN

KNOTT, Kenneth George (26 Nov 1925 - 16 Apr 2017) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to George and Eve Knott. They moved to B.C. in the late 30s. Kenneth leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 55 years, June; his son Brent (Pam); step-grandson Gerald (Angie); step-great-granddaughter Olivia; his sister Shirley Smith; as well as many nieces and nephews. Ken served with the Navy in World War II on the HMCS Cape Bretton. He was in the North Sea between Londonderry, Ireland and Mermans, Russia. After the war he joined Ford Motors of Canada and from there he owned Ken's Auto Towing. He later joined the Provincial Government and ended his working career with Over The Road Consultants. Ken was a mason and a life member of the Gizeh Shriners of British Columbia and Yukon. He was very active in many units and clubs. His favourite was the Drum and Bugle Core. Ken loved to participate in the parades with his trumpet. In 1989 the VNVA asked him to form a band of World War II Navy Veterans, which was a success. They have been recognized across Canada, but as the years passed, younger members have taken over. Ken was an avid golfer, loved Hawaii, Las Vegas, Birch Bay, a good scotch, new restaurants and clubs. "Raise a happy glass to Ken." At Ken's request, cremation without service. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 22 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS CAPE BRETON

FOULDS, Philip Steele (Phil), DSC, LCdr, RCN(R) (1918 - 2017) - passed away at St. Michael's Hospital on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 after a very short illness. Predeceased in 2013 by Louise (Matthew), his cherished wife of 71 years and by his brother Kenneth in 1998, he is survived by brother Derek, daughter Barbara Selley (David), grandson Chris Selley, and many Foulds and Strickland nieces and nephews, and their children. Born and raised in Toronto, Phil was educated at Upper Canada College and Trinity College at the University of Toronto, playing hockey for both. He enjoyed many summers at the family cottage on Go Home Bay. In World War II he served with distinction as a pilot in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, logging 761 hours in Swordfish, Albacores and Avengers. Phil and Louise met at Trinity and were engaged before his deployment in 1940. When he was on leave in 1941, they were married in Louise's hometown of Kingsville where they eventually settled in the Matthew family farmhouse. Phil worked from 1948 to 1983 for Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts in Windsor, where he specialized in long-range planning, a role for which he was perfectly suited. He was the most organised person imaginable - each step of any activity meticulously described and scheduled. In the mid-1990s, Phil and Louise moved to Toronto to be closer to family members, living first at The Old Mill Towers, and, since 2012, at The Dunfield Retirement Residence. Lea Livelo, their unfailingly kind and empathetic friend and helper, was invaluable in their final years. We will gather to remember and honour Phil, an always courteous, kind, thoughtful and brave gentleman at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, (2 stoplights west of Yonge Street) on Saturday, April 29th at 2 p.m. No flowers, please. If you wish to remember him with a donation, please consider organizations that assist military veterans or merchant mariners, or the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation. (Toronto Star 22 Apr 20170

 

HMCS YORK, HMS KING ALFRED, HMS EXCELLENT, RNAS EASTLEIGH, RAF ELMDON, RAF KINGSTON, RNAS CRAIL, RNAS ARBROATH, RNAS WINGFIELD, RNAS TANGA, USNAS LEWISTON, USNAS SQUANTUM, RNAS MACHRIHANISH, RNAS MAYDOWN, HMS TRUMPETER, HMS PREMIER

RANTIO, Vic (03 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 2017) - With great sadness we would like to announce the passing of Victor Rantio at the age of 74. Vic's family migrated from Finland and settled in Craigellachie, BC. That property is now known as the home of the 'Last Spike' and is where he grew up as a small boy before the family moved to Vernon. Vernon is where Vic would call home for most of his adult life. Joining the Royal Canadian Navy, Vic set off on his adventures as a young man. After leaving the Navy, Vic found his lifelong profession with the BC Liquor Store living in many locations across BC. Many of us can remember playing crib in the storage room over lunch break and sharing many laughs. Vic gave back to the community of Vernon in so many ways and for the people of Vernon who played fast pitch, slow pitch, or any kind of softball, will remember him behind home plate, and holding countless clinics for new 'young umpires to be'. He has done provincial, national and international tournaments and received countless awards. One of his favourite expressions was "I'm not the best, but I'm one of the best", with a huge grin on his face. Vic was an avid Blue Jays fan and attended several of their games in Seattle and Toronto. Later in life he found his true calling and dedicated his life to the Masonic Lodge where the members still can remember him practicing his scripture. The joke at Lodge was poor Otis went deaf listening to him practicing his memory work. He was a volunteer driver for the Masonic Cancer Car. His next leap was to become a member of the Gizeh Shriners. Community Policing has been a huge part of life, always trying to give back to the city he loved. Vic is survived by his wife Maureen Primrose; 'Super Dog', Angel; brother-in-law, Ken Richardson; niece, Rebecca Richardson; nephew, Mackenzie (Erin) Richardson; stepson, Greg Primrose; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Skeates. He was predeceased by his mother, Kay Rantio and by his sister, Eileen Richardson. Vic's gruff exterior/marshmallow heart and jokes will be missed by so many. He was a character and we, his family, loved him!!!! In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make memorial contributions in memory of Vic may do so to the Shriners Hospital for Sick Children, Minor Ball in Vernon, or to the Masonic Lodge in Vernon for the operation of the Cancer Car which is available to everyone. The celebration of Vic's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the Army and Navy Club.

SHEPHERD, Jack (John) (04 May 1925 - 15 Apr 2017) - passed away at Royal University Hospital on Saturday, April 15, 2017 with family at his side. Jack was predeceased by his wife Muriel, daughter-in-law Lin Shepherd and granddaughter Melissa Midgley. He is survived by his daughter Sheryn (Allen) Midgley, sons Harold (Stephanie) and Spencer (Maureen Reid), his sister Elsie Johnson, grandchildren Chelsea Harris (Chris), Curtis, Mathew Midgley and Kori Williams (Des) as well as many great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. Jack moved to Saskatoon from Wynyard, Saskatchewan during his teenage years and attended City Park Collegiate. Jack started dating Muriel (his Princess) when she was 14 years old. Jack served in the Navy during WWII and was overseas. He then returned home and married the love of his life. They spent most of their married life in the Sutherland area where he worked for the CPR as a fireman and then locomotive engineer. Jack was very involved in the Masons and many other lodges. He was superb in his memory work and knowledge of the craft. Jack played ball when he was younger and hockey as well. He was invited to a tryout with the New York Rangers but steady work on the CPR meant more to him. After he retired, Jack worked with the commissionaires for many years. He took up curling and golfed until the age of 91. He enjoyed fishing with his buddies and also the annual family fishing trip. All who knew him will miss him. Memorial donations to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens (east on 8th Street, first right past Briargate Road). Jack and his family would like to thank the staff at the Royal University Hospital, sixth floor cardiac department for all their help and compassion during his stay there. Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Home. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 19 Apr 2017)

STEPHENSON, Stanley Edwin (1923-2017) - of Calgary passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Stan was predeceased by his loving wife of seventy years, Anne, on November 21, 2014 and his son Jim Stephenson in 1990. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by their children, Pat McDonald of Calgary, AB, Bob Stephenson (Shirley) of Chilliwack, B.C., Barb Olsen (Dale) of Ponoka, AB and Bill Stephenson (Brenda) of Creston, B.C. He will also be fondly remembered and missed by his grandchildren, Susan Fath (Tim) of Airdrie, AB, Kim McDonald of Richmond, BC, Scott Olsen (Kim) of Edmonton, AB, Karmella Scott of Spruce Grove, AB and Danielle Stephenson (Carson Rodgers) of Edmonton, AB; and great-grandchildren, Coleton, Caeden and Carter Scott; Alexa and Madysen Olsen and Ty Bently Rodgers. Stan was also predeceased by his brothers Henry and Alfred and his sister Violet. He is survived by his sisters, Evelyn de Kergommeaux of Port McNeil B.C., Louise Western (Merlyn) of Tucson, AZ and Ruby Stone (Bill) of Edmonton, AB as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The Chilibecki clan played a very important part in his life as well and he will be missed by his sisters-in-law Kathleen McFarlane of Calgary and Mary Talaska of Utah and his brother-in-law Fred Chilibecki of Edmonton as well as numerous nieces and nephews on that side of the family. Stan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, community volunteer and sports fan. He was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway for 37 years after spending time in the Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. He enjoyed curling, golf, baseball, hockey, dancing and playing cards as well as coaching hockey and baseball. He also participated in the executive of the Legion and was happy to lend a hand in the many communities in which he lived/moved to during his career with the CPR. The family wishes to thank the staff at Carewest Royal Park for the wonderful, kind care that Dad received while living at their facility during the last 19 months of his life as well as the staff at the Rockyview General Hospital where he spent time recently and a significant amount of time in the summer of 2015. In accordance with Stan's wishes, there will be no service. If friends and relatives so desire, memorial tributes for Stan may be made to the Salvation Army, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Royal Canadian Legion or a charity of your choice. (Calgary Herald 21 Apr 2017)

THORN, Morley James (Jim) (18 May 1943 - 13 Apr 2017) - It is with sadness that the family of Jim announces his sudden passing on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Morley and Margaret. Jim is survived by Alice, his loving wife of 48 years; two sons Shawn (Deanna) and Cory (Kimberly); nine grandchildren, Sara, Brandon, Hannah, Deriana, Kayden, Riley, Liam, Matthew and Mason; sister Myra Lees as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim served in the Navy for five years and as a Civil Servant for the remainder of his career. He loved many things: dancing, gardening and quilting; but his greatest love was spending time with his family. He was a true friend who everyone could count on. He will truly be missed and forever loved. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Jim's name may be made to Wounded Warriors Canada, 310 Byron Street South, Suite 4, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 4P8 or Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Box 721, Regina, SK, S4P 3A8. (Regina Leader-Post 17 Apr 2017)

SWEETMAN, Walter Charles, Major, 443 SQN - killed in a Sea King crash, St. John, NB, 28 Apr 1994. Born 18 Jun 1953, Chatham, NB

 

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HMCS SKEENA, CFB SHEARWATER - 443 SQN

JEFFERY, Singleton Charles, Leading Patrolman, A1464, RCNR - Born: 13 May 1917, son of Stephen and Alice Jeffery, of Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island; husband of Mildred Jeffery, of Halifax. Died: 11 Dec 1943 when he stumbled and was struck by a Tram. He died of head injuries. He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Bedford, NS.

 

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HMCS MATAPEDIA

ORR, Kenneth Norman - Peacefully on January 1, 2000 at the Health Sciences Centre. Ken was born in Anola in 1925. He served in the RCN from 1942 to 1945. He was predeceased by his sister Edna and is survived by and will be sorely missed by his sister Isobel; nephew Gary; nieces, Diana and Lori; brother-in-law Bob and niece Michelle. In keeping with Kens wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a family interment later in Millbrook Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wereschuk Chapel. (Winnipeg Free Press 04 Jan 2000)

SCHELLINCK, Anton Albert (Doc), LCdr (P), RCN - Died on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, in Fort Erie, Ont., after a brief illness. Born in 1925 in Kindersley, Sask., he was a son of the late Henri and Lucy (Vandermoor) Schellinck. Doc was an extraordinary pilot. He managed to enlist in the RCAF and graduate as a pilot officer by age 17. He then served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in England. He then continued his career in the RCN. As an exchange pilot in the USN, he flew in elite squadrons, piloting the most advanced jet aircraft in the world at that time. He served aboard all three Canadian aircraft carriers: the Warrior, the Magnificent and the Bonaventure. A navy pilot to the end, he flew the last plane off the Magnificent. As one of the original pilots in the young Canadian naval air arm, he was frequently put in the role of test pilot. He piloted 27 types of aircraft including Seafires, Cougars, Seafuries, Vampires, Hellcats, Fireflies, the Bell 47G and the Consolidated PBY 5A converted for water bombing. He launched the first Banshee initial deck trials on the Bonaventure and was the first pilot to survive a carrier overshoot and ditching of a Seafury. He was squadron leader of the first Trackers to fly across the Atlantic. From 1963-1965 he was the commanding officer of VU33 in Pat Bay, Vancouver Island. Following his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1972, he served as Director of Economics for the Nova Scotia Medical Society from 1973-1989 and Executive Director from 1989-1990. Doc was predeceased by his first wife, Genevieve (McDonnell) in 1976; brother, Edward, and sister, Henriette in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Pickrem), sons, Tony (Heather MacIntosh), Halifax; David (Janice Walton), Vancouver; daughter, Karen (David Hills), Bermuda; stepsons, Rick Parker (Darlene), Toronto; Frank Parker (Deb), Bedford; grandchildren, Jennifer Schellinck, Ottawa; Trevor Schellinck, Halifax; Rebecca Kilcup, Halifax; sisters, Elodie Robinson, Victoria; Yvonne Baker, Regina; Mary Moreau, Victoria, and brother, Henry, Courtenay, B.C. A man who made friends easily, he will be remembered by many people from all facets of his life across Canada and the United States. Donations in memory of Doc may be made to The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the Fort Erie Chapel of Davidson Funeral Home, 21 Wintemute St., Fort Erie, Ont.

 

RCAF REGINA, RCAF PRINCE ALBERT, RCAF DAUPHIN, RCAF SUMMERSIDE, HMS SEABORNE, HMS MACAW, RN COLLEGE GREENWICH, RAF TERN HILL, RNAS HENSTRIDGE, RCAF TRENTON, RCNAS DARTMOUTH, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS SHEARWATER, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, NAAS BARIN FIELD, USNAS MOFFETT FIELD, NAF SUMMERSIDE, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS NADEN VU-33

 

DIXON, George Wilman - Dixon passed away peacefully at the Ste. Anne's Veterans Hospital (Montreal) on Jan. 7, 2015. Husband of the late Susan Currie (East Bay, N.S.). Father of Bill (Debbie), Currie (Shirley), Beverley (the late John Fox), Eric (Susan), Donald (Linda), the late Gary (Nancy), Kevin (Isabelle). Grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 12. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A brief burial will take place in Sydney Mines, on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. Marys' Cemetery on Shore Road.

RUTHERFORD, Douglas Hugh - 82, Sydney River. It is with deep sadness that the family of Douglas Rutherford announce his passing on May 29, 2012, at home. Born in Embro, Ont., he was a son of the late Hugh and Katherine (Keating) Rutherford. Douglas is survived by his loving wife, Elinor; daughter, Marjorie (Jim) Taylor, Stillwater; sons, David (Dianne), St. Peter's; Douglas (Clara), Whitehorse, NWT; Kim (Yvette), Prince George, B.C.; Peter (Linda), Sudbury, Ont.; Bruce (Sharon), Stilllwater; brother, Roland (Dianne), Embro, Ont. Douglas is also survived by his grandchildren, Kristopher, Katrina, Tommy, Amy, Traci, Jennifer, Scott, Bradley, Emily, Mike and Katie; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Breina, and Kelsey. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Edward and sister, Doris. Doug was Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1947 to 1968. After his time in the Navy, he was employed at the Canadian Coast Guard College as a machinist instructor for 29 years until his retirement in 1997. Doug was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 47 years. Visitation for Douglas will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday June 3 in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4 in Sydney River United Protestant Church, 1524 King's Rd., Sydney River with Rev. Tom Whent and Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church basement. Interment to take place in Alfred E. Smith Cemetery, Sydney Forks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of S. W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, Sydney.

SCHUMACHER, John E. - Born in Midland Ont., passed away peacefully, December 2, 2014, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, 5 East, Halifax. John is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, his best friend, with whom he travelled the world; his loving children, Lawrence (Evelyn, deceased), Lakeview; Jacqueline (Gary), Moncton; Harriette (Michael), Dart-mouth; Catherine (Michael), Norfolk, Va.; John Edward (Heather), Dartmouth; June, Victoria, B.C.; much-loved grandchildren and joyous great-grandchildren. John served throughout the Second World War and the Korean War with the RCN. After retirement, he and his family moved to England where he began his second career serving in the Royal Constabulary. John returned to Canada serving in the Canadian Coast Guard for 16 years where his final posting was as a Marine Controller at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Halifax. John was an avid fisher and hunter, and also became a self-taught water colourist. He was a member of the Dartmouth Visual Arts, where he made many friends, especially Laurie and Frank. As well, John was a volunteer guide on the HMCS Sackville, Halifax, which he thoroughly enjoyed. A proud descendent of British Empire Loyalists, John was a mathematician of some note and was appreciated for his unerring memory, lecturing several times in Boston on the Battle of the Atlantic. We wish to thank Dr. V. Gregus for his care and compassion over so many years, Dartmouth General Emergency, EMS and VON for always treating him with dignity and kindness, Blair MacKinnon for helping guide the way, the kind people of 5 East of Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, and Veterans Affairs, Paul MacKinnon, pharmacist, and Harry Steele. On August 9, 2014, Capt. G. G. Roberts, Commanding Office HMCS Halifax made all those years in uniform worthwhile; 'Thank You'. No services will be held at the request of the deceased. Cremation under the Direction of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd., Dartmouth. Donations to The Canadian Memorial HMCS Sackville would be appreciated.

SHORTEN, William (Bill) - 86, of Berwick, and formerly of Kingston, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2010, after a lengthy illness in Veteran's Wing, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Middleton. He retired from a naval career of nearly 25 years to work for the Dept. of External Affairs overseas in Poland and Switzerland. Bill returned to Canada in 1972 with his wife Cal and settled in the Annapolis Valley, where he joined the Customs Dept. in Middleton, until his final retirement. He was a past member of the military rifle team, Paragon Golf Club, an avid gardener and sports person. He was a member of various Masonic Lodges, Eastern Star, the Royal Canadian Legion and St. Mary's Anglican Church in Auburn. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Calvaretta Richards, and their daughter, Carolyn (Oscar) Anderson, Northern Manitoba; brother, Allan and family in Parksville, B.C.; grandsons, Cpl. Adam (Lynne) and Cpl. Jonathan Conrad both of CFB Gagetown; granddaughters, Lesley (Cpl. Kevin Cochrane), CFB Edmonton; Judith (Vincent), France and Anne (Jean Marc), Switzerland. Bill always enjoyed the company of his nine great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by daughter, Kathryn; both parents; brother, Cmdr. H. Shorten (Moncton), and sister, Evelyn Lamont, Australia. The family wish to thank the staff of the Veteran's Wing, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and Palliative Care staff. Also special thanks to Joan Harris and Betty and Richard Kirk. At Bill's request, cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at a later date in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Middleton. (Chronicle Herald 02 Mar 2010)

SMYLIE, Charles Samuel (Chuck), CPO1 - of Great Village, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 9, 2010, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born December 25, 1927, in Toronto, he was a son of the late Charles and Mona (Tompkinson) Smylie. Chuck worked with Royal Canadian Navy for 27 years as a sonar man and demolition expert. He was a member of Saint James United Church, Great Village, where he served as treasurer and sang in the choir. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Great Village and North Star Lodge, Londonderry. He was a past member of Great Village Garden Club, served as chairman of Bass River Medical Centre, served as a Scout leader in Dartmouth and was involved with numerous Masonic bodies, reaching high offices in them and also involved with Eastern Star, Stewiacke. He was also the former Fire Chief of Great Village Volunteer Fire Brigade and past president of Fire Chiefs Association of Nova Scotia. He will be missed by his special pal, Australian Cattle Dog, Brooke. Chuck is deeply loved and missed by his best friend and wife, Cynthia 'Cindy' (Chapman); children, Sharron (Jack) Bell, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Donna (Mark) Strickland, Mississauga, Ont.; stepchildren, Wanda (Danny) Simpson, Ottawa; Pamela Pearson, Kitchener, Ont.; Terry (Jan) Smylie, Ayr, Ont. Chuck was poppa to, Shane (Jass) Simpson, Staci Simpson, Yolande Branch; grandfather to, Lynn and Jan Strickland, Julie and John Bell, Doug and Dawn Pearson, Kim (John) Mirotta, Jennifer and Luke Smylie and great-grandfather to Charlie and Lilly Mirotta. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Michael Smylie; stepson, Patrick Smylie; brothers, Doug, Larry, Greg. In keeping with Chuck's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial service and private family interment will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations to a charity of choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro.

SHEEHY, William Richard (Bill), RCN (14 Mar 1926 - 22 Apr 2012) - Died peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Ottawa. Beloved husband of Ruth (McGillivray). Dear father and father-in-law of Marlaine and Paul Finnegan. Much loved grandfather of Kathleen Danaher (Ryan) and Sean Finnegan. Dear brother of Eleanor Sheedy (the late Gene), Adele Armstrong (John), Merrill Morrissey (Bill). Dear brother-in-law of Raymond McGillivray and his wife, Patricia. Predeceased by parents, James and Mabel Sheehy; brothers, Ferg (the late Joan), Jim, and sister, Marnie (Hayes). Predeceased by brothers-in-law, Leonard McGillivray (Chris), Douglas McGillivray (late Theresa) and sister-in-law, Dolores Isenor (Ken). Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the United States. He was a member of the Retired Chiefs and P O's Association, Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch 160, past KoC Grand Knight of Father William J. Donnelly Council 8831 and former member of Msgr. Gerald B. Murphy Assembly 2223, Dartmouth. Volunteer for many years with the Liberal Party both Provincially in Nova Scotia and Federally. For those who wish, a memoriam donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. A funeral Mass was held in Ottawa on April 26. A Mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date in St. Clements Church, Dartmouth.

SKOWRONSKI, Joseph Anthony - 87, of Halifax, passed away April 22, 2011, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in Havana, Cuba, he was a son of the late Anthony and Helen Skowronski. Joe was a veteran of the Second World War and was very proud of the fact that he helped build the Hawker Hurricane. After the war he went on to work for 38 years for Standard Construction as a payroll controller. Music had always been a big part of Joe's life. He performed with the Halifax Symphony, Stadacona Band as well as various shows on CBC. He was well-known for his big band style of music and became coined the 'Tommy Dorsey' of Halifax. A proud Canadian having served in the war, his passion was to entertain his war buddies with his music. He was also a member of the Fairview Legion for 35 years. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Ruth (Newport); daughters, Carolyn Duke, Beverly (Russell) Dorrington and Jo-Anne (Roy) Fanjoy, all of Hamilton; grandchildren, Jeff, Debra, Elmont, Angela, Michael, Chris and Cory; and great-grandson, Matthew. He was predeceased by his brother, Stanley; son-in-law, Carl 'Choppy' Power. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, where a reception will follow. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

CONNOLLY, Edward Francis, LCdr, RCN (1925 - 21 April 2017) - passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 hand in hand with Marion his love of 69 years. Ed, who had been struggling with his health over the last few months and while fighting the good fight, ultimately succumbed to his health challenges. Ed's parents, James and Rebecca Connolly, were from Portuguese Cove, and settled in Halifax. Ed was born there in 1925 and was the youngest of eight siblings and was the last surviving member. During his time at St. Mary's University, he met Marion Cullymore and they were married in 1948 in St. Patrick's Church, as they were both devoted Catholics for all their lives. Ed later worked as an engineer for the City of Halifax, as a teacher for the Halifax School Board, and then he started his career, on land and sea, with the Canadian Navy and then retired in 1980 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During that time they had four sons; John (Carol), Michael (Cathy), Patrick (Darlene) and Christopher (Cindy). Ed and Marion then moved to Wolfville, where together, they built a home, cultivated gardens and orchards, and developed a circle of long-term friends. They shared their wonderful place to the delight of their children and grandchildren - Jaret (Cathy), Gillian (Eric), Brent, Kyle, David (Gabby), and their children. Ed was an avid outdoors person, a fisherman, marksman and a hunter, with a keen respect for nature. It was a passion he held all his life and shared through stories with people, especially with his friends on Lemmon Hill. His legacy will live on with his family and friends he leaves behind. A service will be held in White Family Funeral Home in Kentville Friday, April 28, at 1 p.m. followed by a reception. Ed's ashes will be buried at sea at a future date. If you wish to donate, in lieu of flowers, or in memory of Ed, please consider the Valley Cardiac Rehab Centre or Wolfville Area Inter-church Council in support of those less fortunate. The family would like to thank all the caregivers who supported and encouraged Dad through his illness.

SYKES, Douglas Roderick McIvor - Age 88, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Hospital on January 2nd, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in Windsor, Ont., he was a son of the late Frederick and Hazel (Beckerson) Sykes. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Florine; his daughters, Elizabeth (Wayne) Duncan and Susan Shaw and son, Stephen (Brenda MacPherson); granddaughters, Dr. Emily Shaw (Dr. Peter Green), Stephanie Duncan and Keltie Duncan (Tim Purcell); grandsons, Douglas Shaw, Andrew and Geoffrey Sykes, and great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Maggie and Oliver Green, all of Halifax/Dartmouth. He will be missed by his canine buddies, Pepper, Poco and Molly. He was predeceased by his sister, Mabel; brothers, William and Donald, all of Windsor, Ont. and his daughter-in-law, Suzann (Foster) Sykes, Dartmouth. Dad joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and saw active duty in both the Second World War and the Korean War, retiring after proudly serving his country for close to 35 years. Following retirement Dad devoted his time to his family. Dad was also an avid fan of the Halifax Mooseheads, not missing a game until he to ok ill. Special thanks to Dr. John Banks who was Dad's family physician for several years and to Dr. Wayne MacLeod along with the staff of 6 East at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, for the care and compassion shown to Dad and our family during his stay. Extra special thanks to Rev. Dr. Cynthia Chenard for the continual compassion and friendship shown to Dad and our family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 10th at 12:30 p.m. in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 216 School St., Dartmouth; Rev. Dr. P.A. 'Sandy' McDonald and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Chenard officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

TRAVIS, William Edwin - It is with profound sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of William Edwin Travis on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Born June 10, 1948, in Miramichi, N.B., he was a son of the late Elmira Hubbard. He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Annette White; daughter, Olga Rypinskaya (Rudy); grandson, Maxim and stepdaughter, Jayne Bigmore; brothers, George Travis (Joyce), Cassilis, N.B.; John, Saskatoon, Sask.; Brent (Faye), Warwick Settlement; sisters, Mina Campbell (George), Betty Doyle (Delbert), Derby Junction; Donna Grace (Bill), South Esk.; Elizabeth Fernandex, Miramichi and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Nadine Blakely. Bill was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, enlisting in December of 1965. He was a member of the Naval Weapons Association. Throughout his years of service, he travelled the world. Following retirement from the navy, he was the owner/ operator of several small businesses in the metro area and was associated with Armour Transport for many years. Bill was extensively involved in The Children of Chernobyl, which al-tered his life forever and led him on a beautiful and loving journey. Visitation will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville on Thursday, March 25, form 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, with Rev. Brian Keezer officiating. Reception to follow. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. A heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff, Cardiology 6.1 the Halifax Infirmary, QEII.

SPENCE, Ernest Richard - Died March 27, 2010. A son of the late Harmon and Mary Spence, survived by wife, Renovia; son, Michael; daughters, Susan, Sherry, Virginia; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; three siblings. Predeceased by daughter, Nancy; nine siblings. Visitation today, 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. followed by funeral 3 p.m., AH Brown Funeral Home. RCL Branch 17 Legion. service at 7 p.m.

TAYLOR George M., CD, RCN - passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in his 81st year. He was the loving husband of Esther; dear father of Catherine (Peter), Carolyn (Brian), Linda (Daryl) and Michael (Pam); cherished Grandpa Red of eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Harry (Margaret) and his sister, Margie; extended family, Marion, James, Delia (Nick), Howard, Anna, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd. (between Bayshore and Baseline Road) Nepean, Ont. on Thursday, April 9, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service in the Chapel at 12 noon. (Halifax Herald 08 Apr 2009)

VALLEAU, Jack (John) (1935 - 05 March 2013) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John on March 5th in the VG Site, QEII. He served 35 years in the Navy and after retirement enjoyed spending his winters in Florida and summers in Ingramport. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; sister, Joyce Revoy, Kingston, Ont.; sister-in-law, Barbara Cossar, and husband Jack; brother-in-law, Raymond Shay and wife Laurel and many nieces and nephews. No funeral by request.

WALKER, Clifford L., CD, MWO - passed away on August 30, 2008, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Montreal in 1927, he was a son of Clarence, of Montreal, and Mary (Bennett), of Newfoundland. Cliff served for 25 years in the Canadian Navy and worked for 20 years in the insurance industry. He had a love for hockey and was a dedicated fan of the Habs. This love translated into his volunteer work for the Cole Harbour Bel Ayr Minor Hockey Association and the Cole Harbour Junior A Colts, of which he was one of the founding members. Clifford is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty (McManus); sons, Kip, Bob (Karen), Pat (Lisa), and grandchildren, Sara, Laura, Sydney, and Nicholas. Clifford was predeceased by his son, Tommy, and was the last remaining member of his family of five. Family mass will be held in the chapel of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Memorial service will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, on Tuesday at 1 p.m., Rev. Patricia Malin officiating, with reception to follow in the funeral home reception centre. Interment will follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens.

WEBB, Bruce Allister, CD, C2ER - 76, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital surrounded by his loving family on May 6, 2011. Born in Hamilton, Ont., he was a son of the late Captain William and Roberta (MacPherson) Webb. Devoted husband of 55 years to Hazel (Cooke); loving father to son, Kim (Lana) and daughter, Robyn. Wonderful 'Papa' to grandchildren, Julie and Brittany Webb and Scott and Kyle Kuhn; also surviving are his sister- in-law, Helen and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert. Bruce served 26 years in the RCN. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was Past President of the Dartmouth Shrine Club as well as a 33rd Degree Grand Master Mason. Bruce had a love for music, playing the bag pipes and trumpet throughout the years, from early years in the St. Catherine's Drum & Pipe Band to later years at the Shrine. His greatest pleasure in life was his family. Bruce was a very kind gentleman who will be sadly missed by family and friends. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 9, and funeral service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, both from A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, Rev. Cynthia Chenard officiating. Reception to follow. Private family interment will take place in Meagher Grant Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice.

WIBBERLEY, Robert Borden, CPO1 - 80, of Dartmouth, passed away January 6, 2011, in Ocean View Manor. Born in Barrie, Ont., he was the son of the late James and Georgina (Shaw) Wibberley. He was a former Base Chief of Stadacona as well as Fleet School Chief. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Masonic Order Lodge No. 130. He was a member of the Canadian Navy for over 37 years. He loved his dogs, grandchildren, watching movies and singing. He touched the hearts of those who he had met. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Kathy Mac Laughlin), Ajax, Ont.; Dana (Carolyn), Dartmouth; daughter, Diana, Bedford; grandchildren, Christopher Moroney, Stephanie Ashley, David Wibberley, Suzanne Moroney, Michael Wibberley, Scott Wibberley and Ryan Wibberley; great-grandchild, Lyric Ashley. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Frances; and great-grand daughter, Brooke Ashley. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Thursday, January 13 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 15 in CFB Stadacona Chapel, Gottingen St., Halifax, Rev. Charles Black officiating. Burial will take place in Heritage Oak Columbarium. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Ocean View Manor Society, 1909 Caldwell Rd., Dartmouth, NS B3G 1J3 (902) 465-6020.

 

CFB Stadacona (Base Chief and CFFS(H) School Chief)

WALKDEN, Walter Robert Gordon - The death occurred in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, P.E.I., on Monday, March 11, 2013, of Walter Walkden, beloved husband of Shirley Walkden (Herold), of Anglo Rustico, age 76. Walter was the loving father of Scott Rogers, Brent Rogers, Denise Pottey and Rickey, Brian, James and Joseph Walkden. He was known as Grumpy or Bump to his five granddaughters and three grandsons. Walter was born to Christine and Walter Walkden (both predeceased) on August 5, 1936. He joined the navy at age 18 and enjoyed his 28year career of a naval weapons techni-cian as an east coast sailor, sailing several of Her Majesty's Canadian Naval ships. Upon retirement and for the next ten years, he continued his service to the Canadian Forces by founding WalMar Atlantic, with his partner, Frank Meagher, and providing chandelling services for the ships. In 1995, he and his wife took up residence in Anglo Rustico, P.E.I., and in 17 years he had never felt so blessed and at home. He was 'from away', but was always made to feel at home here on the Island. Resting in Central Queen's Funeral Home, 2538 Glasgow Rd., New Glasgow, for visitation on Thursday, March 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. John's Anglican Church, Milton, on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Thank you to the Unit 8 nurses at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the wonderful care and Dr. Dryer, at the Cancer Treatment Centre, for two years of care.

WATSON, Ernest Eric - (29 November 1922 - 02 December 2007). 85, Halifax, passed away quietly December 2, 2007, in Northwood Centre, following a long struggle with various ailments. He was born in Scotch Village on November 29, 1922. He was predeceased by his loving wife of just over 50 years, Mae Gertrude Watson (MacDonnell), who passed away February 20, 1999. He is survived by his children and their families, Debbie (Gary Palmer), Mike, Pat (Wenda Sheffer), Darlene (Pete Laroche) and Richard (Kristina Stallabrass), and grandchildren, Shawn, Jennifer, Alex L. and Alex B. Ernie loved life, particularly during his 50 year marriage. He completed two careers, first in the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years achieving the rank of CPO1. He served in the Second World War and Korea, and was highly decorated. On retirement, he transferred to Canada Customs where he achieved the position of National Dominion Appraiser. He and Mae lived in Dartmouth, Ottawa and Niagara Falls and spent some of their retirement winters in Florida. Ernie was a brave, bold and benevolent man and was best known for his sense of humour and story telling abilities. Visitation will take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. A private memorial service and interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens will be held at a later date. In memory of Ernie, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Lung Association of Nova Scotia would be appreciated. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of 7 Centre Northwood for their loving and compassionate care.

WHITESIDE, Robert L. - 74, of Sherwood Forest, Chester, passed away November 17, 2008, at home. Born January 20, 1934, in Greenfield Park, Que., he was a son of Ernest and Hazel (Paquet) Whiteside of Quebec. He was a member of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 44, Chester; past president and director of the Sherwood Forest Lot Owners Association, and a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Ann Louise (Naas) Whiteside, Sherwood Forest, Chester; son, Robert L. Whiteside Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dawn; grandsons, Braxton and Dakota, Martinsville, Sask.; son, William L. Whiteside, Ontario; sister, Fay Boyle, Delta, B.C.; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter, Cindy Whiteside (Aneroid, Sask.); brothers, Ernie Whiteside (London, Ont.); Peter Whiteside (Marr, Ont.); sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Seguin (Quebec). Cremation will take place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Homes. There will be no visitation or funeral service by request of the deceased and family. (Chronicle Herald 20 Nov 2008)

 

WILCOX, Ronald Earl, C2ERA, RCN - 79, of Dartmouth. It is with great sadness, Ron passed away February 17, 2011, in Dartmouth General Hospital, with his family by his side. Born in Milton, Ont., he was the son of the late Earl and Dorothy (Maxstead) Wilcox. Ron served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in the Korean War. He then went on to serve 16 years in the RCMP and also worked for the Corp of Commissionaires. He was a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association, Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch 160 and a member of the Lions Club in Dartmouth. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Craig) Wilcox; son, Steven (Stephanie), Porters Lake; daughter, Carolyn (Dana) Wibberley, Dartmouth; sister, Helen (Bob) Clements, Stewiacke; grandchild, Dustin; 26 nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by sister, Doreen Linnington. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, with a Legion Service at 7 p.m. in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, in St. John's Anglican Church, Westphal. Rev. Kirby Walsh officiating. Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Lung Association of Nova Scotia. He idolized his little grandson, Dustin, who affectionately called his grandfather 'Papa'. Special thank you to his caregivers, Debbie and Barb, also the nurses of 4 West of the Dartmouth General Hospital.

ALBERTS, James William (Jim), CD, C2ER (1946-2001) - 54, of New Germany, Lunenburg County, formerly of Halifax area, died March 2, 2001, at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Toronto, he was the son of Lillian Douban, Ontario and the late John Alberts. He attended Downsview Secondary School and DeVry Technical School. He served his country for 23 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, mostly in submarines and retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1991. He worked in the shipyards and drove taxi in Halifax until 1994, when he joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and served until 1998. He then moved to the New Germany area, where he joined the New Germany Branch #102 of the Royal Canadian Legion, and met Doreen Robar. The Legion was a very important part of his life. At the time of his death he was employed at the Irving Service Station in New Germany. He is survived by wife Doreen, New Germany; mother Lillian and stepfather John Morritt, St. Catharines, Ontario; son Mark and two grandchildren, Breonna and Thomas, Halifax; son Scott and fiancé Amanda, Oromocto, N.B.; sister Judy and Leon Marcovitz, Bolton, Ontario; brother John and Yvonne Alberts, Toronto. He was predeceased by his father. The body was cremated according to his wishes, and arrangements entrusted to Langille's Funeral Home, New Germany. Visitation was 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 5, 2001. Memorial was 2 p.m. March 6, 2001 at Langille's Funeral Home. Don McFadden LT officiated. His ashes will be transported to Toronto, Ontario for burial in the family plot in Westminster Cemetery, North York at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion, New Germany, Branch #102. Jim will always be sadly missed, fondly remembered, never forgotten and eternally loved by Doreen, family and many, many friends. He will live on through the memories they all cherish and pass on.

 

Photo of Jim's headstone, North York, Toronto, ON

 

CARD OF THANKS - We, the family of the late James Alberts wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our family, friends and neighbours for their thoughtful sympathy cards, memorial donations, calls, donations of money, visits to the home, kind words and support. Special thanks to Don McFadden LT for the lovely service, and Langille's Funeral Home for their help and kindness. A very special thanks to the ICU Dr's, Respiratory Technicians and nurses at South Shore Regional Hospital who gave him special care, and to anyone and everyone for their kindness and assistance in our time of sorrow. It is deeply appreciated. We would also like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion, New Germany, Branch #102 for the gathering following the funeral. I, Doreen also wish to thank my employer (Mahone Nursing Home) for their understanding in giving me time off.  -  The family of the late James Alberts

 

HMCS OKANAGAN, HMCS OJIBWA

DICKIESON, John (Ralph) (14 Apr 1917 - 23 Apr 2017) - Calgary, Alberta, Ralph passed away peacefully at the grand age of 100 years and nine days knowing he had lived a life full of many blessings. Ralph will be remembered as a devoted husband to Catherine, his wife of 46 years, a loving and caring father to Elaine Ross (Ron, deceased), Amy Kempf (Don), Bonnie Blankert (Rob) and Garry Dickieson; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, William and Isabelle (nee Fry); his first wife, Mabel (nee Cocker); four brothers, Percy, Herb, Charlie and Frank. Ralph served in the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Prince Rupert from 1943 to 1945 and was a proud member of the 264 Legion on Kensington Road. Ralph was quick to volunteer in the community, enjoyed being active in sports and was a linesman for the CFL at many Stampeder games. Funeral Services will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1407 - 7th Avenue N.W.) on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 1-4539 - 6 Street N.E, Calgary, AB, T2E 3Z6. In living memory of Ralph Dickieson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 28 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

SWAN, Norman Walter (Norm) (02 Sep 1922 - 18 Apr 2017) - It is with great sadness that Norman's children announce his passing in his 95th year in Fort Langley, BC. Beloved husband of Roxy Lavinia Swan (nee Gault) for nearly sixty years who passed in April of 2006. Norman left behind his cherished children, Tom (Betty), Louise (Ron), Wayne, Nancy (Don) and grandchildren Andrew, Blair (Brenna), Justin (Lindsey), David and Kyle. Also, as part of his extended family, Christine (Ryan), Eric (Giovanna), Jenna and Zack, Gabrielle and Sophie and great grandchildren Kennedy, Charlotte, Jackson and Alistair. Norman was an Elder of St. Paul's Eastern United Church in Ottawa where he was a long term resident and a veteran of the Canadian Navy who made several harrowing convoy escorts on board the HMCS St Stephens in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Norman retired from the Public Service of Canada to focus his skills in the construction of the cherished family cottage on Sixteen Island Lake in the Laurentians region of Quebec. In his latter years Norman moved to the Fort Langley area of British Columbia on the Fraser River; close to his daughter Louise. Norman was well known within the small community, often stopping on the sidewalk or the river trail to chat with neighbours. He always had a bag of treats for his 'many' canine friends. Later this Spring Norman will be laid to rest beside his wife Roxy in the Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery during a small family gathering. (Ottawa Citizen 26 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS ST STEPHENS

WILSON, Malcolm David, LCdr, RCN - Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away in hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born November 25, 1929 to David and Alice Wilson, nee Jenkins in Sarnia, Ontario. He attended Royal Roads Military College from 1947 to 1949. He also received a History degree from Carleton University beating his daughter to the punch. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1947 to 1976 on both coasts plus a stint in the United Kingdom, retiring as a Lieutenant-Commander in Ottawa. He thoroughly enjoyed his next 40 years, having been involved in breeding and training champion golden retrievers, cross country skiing and cutting wood. He and Gillian were founding members of the Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Gillian and their four children: Lorna (Steve), Anne (Jeff), Tor (Janet), and Jane (Brian), nine grandchildren: Sarah (Jeff), Heather (Taylor), John, Sophie (Jim), Ellen (Matt), Melanie (Pat), Ben (Andrea), Peter (Ashley) and Rosamond and three great-grandchildren: Hannah, Rylie and Tanner with one more shortly to arrive. He will be missed by his sister-in-law, Janet (late Francis) Russell and by his sister Faye Dennis and niece and nephews and other family out west. He will be missed by the Andrechek family, especially Donna and John. Malcolm and Gillian enjoyed their bridge games, travelling, good food and company. We thought we lost Malcolm two years ago to Lymphoma. Many thanks to all the doctors led and managed by Dr. Max Buxton that gave us that much more time with him. All professional arrangements have been entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Home, 22 Raglan Street South, Renfrew. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation or Plan International. And remember, we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day. (Ottawa Citizen 29 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS NIOBE (1950), HMCS STETTLER, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STADACONA

CORRIGALL,  Robert Richard -  passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017, at the age of 91. Robert (Bob) was born in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan on September 9, 1925. He was the youngest son born to John Eldred and Katherine Corrigall. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Stella in 1991, and by his parents and siblings Pat, Jim, Louis, and sister Mary. He is survived by his daughter, Jocelyn, of Ottawa, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and many good friends. Robert joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. His role, on a navy escort ship, was to be the "lookout" for icebergs. Discharged from the Navy in 1946, Robert moved to Saskatoon and became a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a projectionist with Famous Players. His first assignment was at the Ritz Theatre in Saskatoon, followed by his first job at a theatre in North Battleford, SK. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Stella, in 1952. In 1960, they moved to Saskatoon and purchased a house on 7th Street East and Clarence Avenue, and Robert obtained a projectionist position at the Daylight Theatre (later renamed the Paramount). Robert assumed additional responsibility as the business agent for several theatres and moved to the Capitol Theatre in 1982. He was instrumental in hiring the first female projectionist in Saskatoon, Judy Friesen-Whalen. He always said he only hired the best men and women, and demanded fairness for all workers. Robert ultimately witnessed the development of automation and digital sound, and remained with the IATSE for over 50 years. He modestly accepted the IATSE President's award (for all of Canada and North America), which was an outstanding achievement. In 2006, Robert's work throughout the decades of the motion picture industry was profiled in a book by Ned Powers titled, "Saskatoon – The Powers Interviews: Essays on Notable Saskatonians." Robert remained modest about this achievement, preferring to give credit to the many men and women who worked in the industry. Robert and Stella's daughter Jocelyn was born in 1964. A Siamese cat, named Mushroom, joined the family in 1968. Family friend from Blaine Lake, SK, Janice Stocks, lived in their basement suite while she was attending university. Precious times were spent with Robert and Stella. Janice also became Jocelyn's treasured "big sister." Robert enjoyed his last few years at his suite at Preston Park, across from Market Mall. He was briefly hospitalized in February, 2017. Robert commented on his long life, saying, just like when a good movie finished playing in the theatre, "it's been a good run." Lastly, forever thinking of others, he stated, "the show must go on." An informal luncheon to celebrate Robert's life will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 p.m., at the Edwards Family Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. Parking is available across the street at the Saskatoon Funeral Home. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 28 Apr 2017)

HOLMES, Norman Ralph (08 Jul 1923 - 21 Apr 2017) - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on April 21, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Dad was a native Calgarian. He served in the navy during WW II, and then enjoyed a career with the Canadian Postal Services. Norm is survived by his children, Linda (Jim), Ian (Vicky), Stuart (Cindy) and Janice (Gary); six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and Brenda. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen in 2014. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date for family and friends. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304 or to Calgary Health Trust – Colonel Belcher, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615. A special thank you to all the caring staff at the Colonel Belcher. In living memory of Norm Holmes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 27 Apr 2017)

NOAKES, Samuel Brian - Born in Sussex, England on March 24, 1936 passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 peacefully in his sleep at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, losing his fight with cancer. Brian was a veteran of the Canadian Navy, a longtime Scarborough School Board employee and Union Steward. Brian spent his retirement years enjoying time with family and friends. He is sorely missed by his brother Tony and family (Kingston), his four sons Keith (Betty), Kenneth (Amy), Chris (Rebekah) and Craig (Janice) and his daughter Kelsey (Jim). He was a loving grandfather to Ethan, Simon, Brooklyn, Emily, Crispin and Eila, who all miss him very much. No memorial is planned as per Brian's wishes. Friends and family who wish to honour his memory may do so by making a donation to the Bridgepoint Foundation at 1 Bridgepoint Drive, Toronto, ON M4M 2B5. Brian's family extends heartfelt appreciation to all of the caring and professional staff at Bridgepoint Hospital who cared for him so compassionately in his final months. (Toronto Star 29 Apr 2017)

SMITH, Arthur Harcourt Carington (Harky), MMM, SBStJ, CD, D.ScMil, Colonel -  On Monday, April 24, 2017, Harky slipped away while holding hands with Mary Lee, his wife of 55 years. He was also with his son, Christopher and sister, Eve. In addition to Mary Lee (Lovee), he leaves his daughter in- law Wendy, son Christopher (Lydia Bugden), grandchildren Tyler, William, Sydney and Maggie and his sister Eve. He was sadly predeceased by his elder son Gordon in 2015 and also by his parents Lt Col Gordon Carington Smith and Jacqueline (Dumaresq) Smith. He was born in England in 1934 and as the son of a military officer grew up in interesting places in Canada and the United States. At the suggestion of his father, Harky commenced his military career as an officer cadet in 1952 and thus began a relationship with the Department of National Defence that spanned over 60 years. He enjoyed many adventures in the navy and artillery before finding his true calling as an administrative officer in 1974. He particularly enjoyed his time as the Director of Administration of the Royal Military College of Canada from 1983-1986. He proudly and joyfully followed the careers of every single cadet who attended RMC during those years and affectionately referred to them as his babies. His final act in active duty was as Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics and he reveled in the opportunity to be in command. He retired from active duty in 1989 and subsequently joined the public service with DND's Policy Group and served as Chief of Staff until his retirement in 2013. In his spare time Harky served on numerous Boards such as the Ashbury College Foundation, the Canadian Core of Commissionaires, the ICCS Viet Nam Association and as a Warden with Christ Church Cathedral. He and Mary Lee enjoyed their summers with family and friends at their cottage at Chaffey's Lock and numerous trips of a lifetime around the world. Harky was an "outstanding" husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a trusted confidant and advisor who loved to help people and took great joy in knowing that he was able to make a difference in many lives. We all have wonderful memories of a life well lived to hold in our hearts forever. A ceremony to celebrate Harky's life will be held on May 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario. If desired, donations in Harky's memory to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or to Christ Church Cathedral are very much appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 29 Apr 2017)

 

HMCS SCOTIAN, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS WALLACEBURG

SMITH, Richard Noel (Dick) (29 Dec 1926 - 22 Apr 2017) - passed peacefully at Burnaby Hospital after spending the last 3 years at George Derby Center. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret and her sons Jeffrey(Monique), Michael(Tracey), grandchildren Kirsten, Mackenna and Cameron, son Derek and sister-in-law Lori. He was predeceased by brother Tom. Dick served in the Canadian Navy during WWII. He was an avid sportsman excelling at soccer, tennis, lacrosse and squash. In later years he enjoyed golf with the West Point Senior Men's group. He will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him for his wonderful sense of humor. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. (29 Apr 2017)

 

HARRIS, Victor Taras (Vic) (08 Feb 1922 - 11 Apr 2017) - Our dear dad peacefully passed at the age of 95 to be happily reunited with his wife of 40 years, Mary (1990). He will also join his parents, Peter and Antonina Hawrysyshyn and nine brothers and sisters. Dad will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Holly (Bruce) Wazny, grandson Jeff (Krista) and great-grandsons Koen and Everett; Vicki Harris-Clarkson (Ed); and Lori (Ken) Cruickshank and grandsons Kyle and Sean. He is also survived by one sister, Nadia Kozoris. Dad was born in Winnipeg, served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was an administrator for the City of Winnipeg Water Department for many years before retiring in 1985. He enjoyed many travels and Hawaii was a favourite destination. After Mom's passing he enjoyed his Elderhostel trips where he participated in kayaking, cross country skiing and biking in Canada, Holland, France and the New England States. He was an avid cyclist and swimmer up to the time he suffered a stroke at the age of 87. Dad was a big baseball, football and hockey fan. He loved animals and had a passion for gardening, health and fitness. Although the last few years Dad was not as mobile as he wanted to be, he continued with daily walks, he never complained and always had a smile for everyone. We all loved his smile. Our family would like to thank Betty and the staff at River Ridge Retirement Residence for helping to make Dad's four years there safe and enjoyable. We would also like to extend our thanks to the staff at Oakview Place for their excellent care these last few months. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society. We love you Dad! A soul who lived so well remains forever near. (Winnipeg Free Press 29 Apr 2017)

KENDALL, Raymond (04 Apr 1920 - 05 Dec 2016) - It is with deep sadness that the Kendall family announces the passing of Raymond Arthur Kendall on December 5, 2016 at the age of 96. He has left behind sons, Douglas (Cathy) and Ralph (Lorna); grandsons, Kristopher (Kristy) and Gregory (Chantal); and his cherished great-grandchildren, Thea, Kaida, Ava, Scarlet and Kobe; and sisters-in-law Marj and Helen. Ray was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Petterson); parents, Jacob and Katherine; brother Ernie and sister-in-law Bessie; brother Harold and sister-in-law Toni; brother Maxwell; and brother Donald. Ray was born in Morden, MB. He moved with his parents and brothers to the Kendall farm in Starbuck in 1933. At 17 Ray volunteered with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves during the Second World War and worked as a telegraphist on numerous RCN ships escorting supply convoys overseas to many different ports. He ended his last year of the war teaching telegraph. Ray married Dorothy in 1944 and upon his return from war service they started farming at Starbuck in 1946, where they remained well into their retirement. In 2011 they moved into Winnipeg to enjoy their old age together. Ray and Dot were one of the lucky couples who lived long healthy lives together for over 72 years. They were partners on the farm, friends, and loved and supported each other throughout their years together. Dad's heart was broken when Mom passed in April of 2016 and it would not heal. The family will miss you Granddad, your stories, your smiles, and your music. We take comfort in knowing you and Mom are back together and in peace. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. There will be a private family interment at Starbuck after the reception. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Starbuck United Church Memorial Fund, Starbuck, Manitoba, R0G 2P0 or to a charity of your choice. (Winnipeg Free Press 29 Apr 2017)

TURNER, Kavel Louis - Died; 26 Nov 2016

 

HMCS BELLECHASE

HARRIS, Teena Beulah, PO2 - It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved Teena on April 19, 2017 at the age of 47 years. Predeceased by her father Lawrence Harris. Left to mourn her loving mother Mary (Burke); fiancé Allen Norman; son Parker; sister: Sherry (Brian) and brother Larry (Kristy); nieces and nephews: Brianna, Jane, Benjamin, Brandon, Kailey; grandfather Chester, aunts and uncles: Kathleen Burke (George-deceased), Rosemary Burke (Dick-deceased), Ted (Eileen), Robert (Pam-deceased), Sandra Strickland (Hayward), Michelle Lilley (Scott); numerous close cousins, and many wonderful friends all over the world. Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, having offered 27 years of loyal service. Special thanks to our loving family and friends who endlessly offer their love and support. Visitation will be held at Barrett’s Funeral Home 73 Commonwealth Ave, Mt. Pearl on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 P.M., and Friday, May 12, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 P.M. Funeral Service will be held from Barrett’s Funeral Home Chapel, on Saturday May 13th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The Harris family would like to invite all to a reception and celebration of Teena’s life at Barrett’s Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Ave. immediately following the interment. In honor of Teena’s passion for helping fellow veterans, donations respectfully requested to be made in Teena’s memory to Vet’s Canada, in lieu of flowers. Teena will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her for her never ending kindness and compassion for others, her love of a good party and her joyous, infectious and signature laughter.

 

HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS FREDERICTON

MASSEY, Marcel Leon Francois, Able Seaman - Born: 16 Feb 1922, Chinook, AB  Died: 10 Dec 1990, Duchess, AB. Trained as an ASDIC Operator (Submarine Detector), Able Seaman Marcel Massey served in the Panama Canal Zone before sailing for Europe. He received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and German Star, 1939-45 War Medal, the Atlantic Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.

 

Headstone for Marcel Massey at the Duchess Cemetery, Duchess, AB

ROBERTS, Claude Alexander, PO - Born: 17 Jan 1916, Woolford, AB  Died: 23 Dec 1922, Cardson, AB. 

 

Joined the Navy in May 1943. He became a Petty Officer and was attached to North Atlantic patrol operating out of St. John's and Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

 

Headstone for Claude Roberts at the Woolford Cemetery, Woolford, AB

 

PORTER, David G. (Dave) - was born in Victoria on May 11, 1925 and died January 20, 2011. He was a lifelong resident of Oak Bay and served in the Canadian Navy during WWII. Predeceased by his wife Barrie, parents Marie and Binstead Porter, daughter Laura Porter, brother Richard Porter, sisters Barbara Porter and Phyllis Hooper. Dave is sadly missed by his first wife and dear friend Betty Porter and their daughters Elizabeth Gillies (Jim), Allison Alden, Robin Woods (Michael), Anne Munson (Chris) and Catherine Porter; grandchildren Jamie, Warren, Patrick, Alix, Maxine, Scott, Ian and Coleen; great grandchildren Tyson and Kianna, his nieces, their children and his swimming and golfing buddies at the Oak Bay Rec Center. Our thanks to Dr. Linda Ottley for the many years of care she provided and our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Broadmead. Thank you for making Dad's last months so comfortable. A celebration of Dave's life will be held on Feb 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 at 1710 Taylor Street, Victoria. (Victoria Times Colonist 28 Jan 2011)

 

Newspaper clipping: Stoker D.G. Porter Returned to Duty

 

PORTER, John Lawrence (Larry), RCNVR - Born: 30 Mar 1923, Cowley, AB  Died: 15 Mar 2006, Pincher Creek, AB - Larry served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as an Able Seaman from 1943-1945. He joined in Calgary, was transferred to Winnipeg and then to St. Hyacinthe, Que., Halifax and Shelburne, NS for training. Was ready and willing to serve his country and was signed up to serve in the Pacific when armistice was declared, and was then transferred to Esquimalt, B.C. and then to Calgary where he was discharged.

 

Headstone for Larry Porter at the Fairview Cemetery, Pincher Creek, AB

 

HMCS ST-HYACINTHE

KNIGHT, Ronald James - Born: 06 Sep 1921, Lethbridge, AB  Died: 12 Jun 2002, Magrath, AB. Ronald served with the Royal Canadian Navy in convoy duty between Halifax and Britain and Murmansk, a northern Russian port. He wad cited for distinguished service by the Russian Military Authorities. As a diver, he was involved in underwater obstacle removal near the beaches of Normandy.

 

Newspaper article: Ronald J. Knight Enjoying Leave

 

Headstone for Ronald J. Knight at the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, AB

 

RUTLEDGE, Robert Andrew, Able Seaman, V31555, RCNVR - Robert Andrew Rutledge was born in Lethbridge on 25 Dec 1923, and joined the Canadian Navy in 1942 and was on active service in the North Atlantic until his discharge in Nov 1945. Robert died on 07 Oct 1985.

 

Headstone for Robert Rutledge at the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB

FRASER, Robert (Roy) (02 Feb 1925 - 24 Apr 2017) - Robert was the first Canadian-born member of his immediate family. His parents Robert and Helen immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the 1920s. They settled in Winnipeg and raised four children: James, Harry, Robert and Nan. His parents predeceased him as well as his siblings. Robert is survived by his loving wife Thelma, his son Wayne (Bonnie) and grandchildren Lisa and Mark, niece Gerri (Peter), nephew Rob (Erica) and their families, his niece Penny and nephew Larry, nephew Bobby Fraser (Debbie) and his family in California, cousin Kath and many other family members in Toronto and Scotland. Robert served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1945 on the HMCS Stettler in the North Atlantic providing Convoy Escort during the Second World War. Prior to that time his good friend Bert had introduced him to the love of his life, Thelma. They were married in 1946 after he returned from overseas. We are happy they were able to celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary in September 2016. Over the years, Robert was employed at Motor Coach Industries, Air Canada, CAE and Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg as a Mechanic and Maintenance Technician. He loved to tinker and repair things and always kept the "motors humming" at Ingolf, the family summer camp. He also completely renovated their little house on Conway Street because it needed "a little fixing up". In later years his favourite pastime was sitting in the newly constructed back porch working on his "system" for horse racing at Assiniboia Downs. He and Thelma loved going to The Keg for special dinners with family and friends. In 2014 Robert and Thelma moved to Calgary to be with Wayne and his family, and many happy times were had. We would like to thank the Beverly Care Centre of Calgary for their loving care of Robert over the last weeks. A "Celebration of Robert's Life" will be held at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or any charity that is dear to your heart in Robert's memory would be very much appreciated. (Winnipeg Free Press 11 may 2017)

 

HMCS STETTLER

MILLER, Michael A. - You were very caring. A fighter, a husband, and a great father. You excelled in all of those things I must admit. You came from Point Douglas, the toughest part of Winnipeg, not exactly a life of luxury. You sold papers when you were 9 years old and boxed and won 7 championships. You had a grade 9 education and became an artificer in the navy and became a chief petty officer. You passed your 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class licence and became a chief engineer for Canada Packers. In memory of you Dad From your loving wife and two sons Happy 100th Birthday! (Winnipeg Free Press 09 May 2017)

CHRISTIE, Dawson (Allan) - It is with deep sadness that the Christie family announces the passing of our dear husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, on May 7, 2017, at the age of 86 years. Al is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wilma; his children: Ken Christie (Kim), Coleen Christie (Terry), Debra Collom (Arthur), Bob Christie (Ann), Courtney Christie (Maureen), Toni Wiebe (John), and Joan Fedak (Don); 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters June and Gail. Al was predeceased by his sister Yvonne, and brothers-in-law Austin and Sandy. Al was born (1930) and raised in Winnipeg. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy for five years, worked for a few years in the construction industry in Winnipeg, before spreading his wings and becoming the lifelong entrepreneur that everyone remembers him as. When it came to life, Al approached everything with passion and vigour. He was proud to say "I did it My Way". He was a well read, self-educated man, who never backed down from the challenges that came his way. Challenges were fun for him. He was happiest and most engaged when starting on his next adventure. His mind was always on a new business idea, right up to his last days in the hospital. A special Thank You to the staff at the Health Sciences Centre for their care and concern for Dad during his time in the hospital. A celebration of life service for Al will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12 at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street. There will be a lunch to follow the service at 1:00 p.m. at McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Avenue. In lieu of flowers, and if friends and family of Al so desire, donations in Al's memory may be made to Siloam Mission or The Salvation Army. (Winnipeg Free Press 10 May 2017)

BROWN, Campbell Kenneth, Stoker - Died 11 Jun 1999 age 76

 

HMCS RUNNYMEDE

DODD, Stephen Raymond - age 91 years, a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away in St. Joseph's Hospital, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Ray was a lifetime resident of the city and he attended St. Stanislaus and St. Patrick's Schools. He went from school to serve at sea in the Canadian Navy, serving on the HMCS Jonquiere and Kincardine. After the war he and his brother went into the trucking and logging business, contracting to Long Lac Pulp and Paper and Great Lakes Paper. Once established they sold the business and Ray worked at various places, including Abitbi Paper and the Fort William Assessment Department. At this time he married Doris Hill and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2001. He eventually joined Customs and Excise with who he remained until retirement in 1989. Ray was a Man. & NOW delegate at the convention forming the Public Service Alliance Union and also the convention forming the Customs Excise Union. He was the president of the district Union until it was absorbed by the Winnipeg Local. For a number of years he was a registered coach and trainer with the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association. With other friends he operated the Kinsmen Boxing club in Westfort. In his retirement he and his wife spent many good winters in Mesa Arizona. There he belonged to the "Good life hiker" and loved to hike and photograph the SW mountains and desert. He was an avid reader right up until his passing. Ray was a life member of the Fort William Council #1447 of the Knights of Columbus and a longtime member of St. Dominic's Church. He was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Catherine (O'Connor), beloved wife Doris, his brother Timothy (Helen) Dodd and sister Evelyn (Cliff) Kanuff, sister in law Shirley, son in law Bruce Gray. Ray is survived by his brother Doug, children Judith, Stephen, Sheilagh (Ken) Barney, and Elissa. Special adopted sons Pierre Belanger, Randall Roy. Grandchildren Graham Gray, Stephen Gray, Michael (Martine) Barney, Kimberly (Cody) Coulombe, great grandchildren Victor Barney, Easton Coulombe. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, when family and friends will gather for Funeral Mass at 10:00am, at St. Dominic's Church celebrated by Rev. Maurizio Maifredi c.s. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Prayers will be offered May 12, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Blake Funeral Chapel. If friends desire, memorials to St Vincent de Paul would be appreciated. Dad was quiet. Strong. Kind. Thoughtful. Loving. Religious. Humble. Generous. The best of the best has gone into the hands of God! Joining the love of his life Doris. Together at last. Remembered and loved for all of time. Raymond Dodd will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 10, 2018. 

 

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MATHEWS, Richard Frank (16 Aug 1918 - 10 May 2017) - the honored Patriarch of the Mathews Family, passed away quietly at the magnificent age of 98. Dick was a native Calgarian and proud WWII Navy Veteran. An avid artist, he took his training at the Alberta College of Art. His career path eventually earned him Managers of Premier Laundry and Canadian Linen. Retiring at 60 Dick and Iris excitedly became Arizona Snow Birds where he finally enjoyed his art full time. Today Dick's many drawings, paintings, and original ceramics are proudly displayed throughout the homes of family and friends. Growing up with 5 sisters, early on Dick acquired a keen sense of humour, wit and trickery witnessed and always appreciated by his large and loving family. He will be sorely missed by his devoted wife Iris of 35 years; five children, Jim and Edna Mathews, Jerry and Patti Mathews, Cheryl and Bruce Howden, Suzanne Mathews, and Kathy and Dan Dutton; three step-children, Rick and Colleen Zuchetto, Dean and Adele Zuchetto, and Gina Sallows; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Richard's life will be held at HMCS Tecumseh (1820 24 St SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In living memory of Richard Mathews, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 13 May 2017)

MILHOMME, Léandre Laurent Joseph (13 Aug 1936 - 26 Apr 2017) of Brossard, Qc, passed away at the Charles LeMoyne Hospital, on April 26, 2017 at the age of 80. Léandre was born to parents René and Germaine (Cloutier) in Ancienne Lorette, Qc. After earning his private pilot license at 17, Léandre joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954 as a pilot. He flew off the HMCS Bonaventure, and flew both fixed and rotary wing aircraft with the Canadian Armed Forces. He retired after 32 years of active service. Léandre married the love of his life, Hilda Dale, in 1957 and the couple had four children. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 22nd, 2017; four short days before his passing. Léandre is survived by his wife Hilda, his four children, thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his four remaining sisters. A celebration of his life with a reception to follow will be held at the Centre Communautaire La Résurrection, 7685, boul. Milan in Brossard, on the 15th of May 2017 at 1300 hrs. (Montreal Gazette 05 May 17)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

MORRIS, John Douglas - WWII Veteran of HMCS Sioux (R64), Royal Canadian Navy; Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 258 Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Veteran's Hospital - Toronto on May 1, 2017, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen (nee McCarthy). Loving father of Kathryn Stewart, John Morris Jr. and Jeannie Self. Cherished grandfather of Roderick, Tyler, Matthew and Jack. Missed by many family and friends. Services to be held at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road (647-494-3650), visitation on Friday, May 5th from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Chapel on Saturday, May 6th at 1 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Donations made to Sunnybrook Veteran's Hospital would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 04 May 2017)

 

HMCS SIOUX

ROQUET, Paul Emile (Rocket), CD, Lt (N) (19 Ap 1948 - 03 May 201) - With a lifetime of memories to comfort us, and with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our father, shipmate and friend, Rocket, on May 3, 2017, at the age of 69. Paul joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966, was selected for university training and graduated from the University of Ottawa. He was commissioned as a MARS officer, and later switched to Sea Logistics (Pusser). He served in numerous HMC Ships at sea and ashore, at CFB Halifax, and NDHQ Ottawa. He retired in 2009 with three clasps to his Canadian Forces Decoration, recognizing 42+ years of service. He continued his strong connection through his active involvement in the Mess, the Naval Association, the CF Logistics Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He leaves to mourn the loves of his life, his two daughters, Jacqueline and Stephanie. He was a unique and special Sailor, Officer, and person, and he will be sorely missed. His knowledge of "old school" naval issues was beyond reproach... although it normally took some time to get to the point of the "lesson"! A quote by an American Vice Admiral fits Paul to a tee: "I was a Sailor Once, I was Part of the Navy, and the Navy Will Always be a Part of Me!" There will not be a memorial service, at his request. There has been a private ceremony and cremation. He will have a Naval service, with his ashes scattered at sea. At a date to be determined later, Jacqueline and Stephanie will host a reception/Celebration of Life at HMCS Bytown Naval Mess. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society, Salvation Army, or the Heart Institute would be most appreciated. (Ottawa Citizen 09 May 2017)

PALMER, Harold (Harry), Cdr, RCN (1925 - 2017) - Harry passed away peacefully at The Lodge at Broadmead on April 24, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife, Johanne (in 1973) and is survived by his children, Leslie, Laurie and Leah and by his second wife, Pauline Mary (Oak Bay Lodge) and her sons, Nigel, John and Nicholas Heseltine. (Victoria Times Colonist 06 May 2017)

BUNDY, Robert George (25 Jan 1923 - 08 May 2017) - 94, of Toronto Ontario, died on Monday afternoon, in the comfort and serenity of the house that he built, with his wife and friend by his side. It was a beautiful and amazingly full life lived. Robert Bundy is survived by his loving wife and partner Waltraud (Trudy) (nee Gundlach) of 61 years with whom he married in 1956 and lived together in the home they built on Pine Crescent in Toronto, Ontario. He was the proud father of his five children Karl Sunter, Claire-Anne, Harry Brock, Stuart George and Derek Robert; daughters-in-law Kate, Susan, Sandy and Merces; loving grandfather to Harris, Hanna, Josh, Megan, Tyler, Casandra, Brock and Conor; and loving uncle to nieces Nancy, Susan, Cindy and Katherine and nephews Bruce and Chris (deceased). He was born to the late Harry and Claire (nee Sunter) Bundy, on January 25, 1923, on the kitchen table of their Woodfield Road home in Toronto, Ontario. He was the youngest brother of the late Norman and Kenneth. As a young man, he attended the Duke of Connaught Junior School and then Riverdale Collegiate Institute where he went on to become a star athlete, scholar and valedictorian obtaining the highest grade point average of any student at that time. His pursuit of higher education was interrupted in 1941 as he volunteered for Naval Officer training and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 19. He went on to serve his country and become a decorated member of the Royal Navy as an officer onboard a number of destroyers as well as the aircraft carrier HMS Furious where in November 1944 he and the Furious participated in the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz. It was during one of his many North Sea convoy missions, supplying food and supplies to the starving Russian northern cities, when he was injured and subsequently decorated twice by the Russian Government first on March 22, 1995 and then again on August 13, 2015 by Russian President Vladimir Putin when he bestowed Robert Bundy the Ushakov Medal "...for personal courage and bravery". This honour was originally reserved only for Soviet war-time heroes. Following the war, he returned to Toronto and finished his studies at the University of Toronto obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Victoria College. Following university, he founded Bundy Construction and went on to develop, and build, many homes and sub-divisions in the City of Toronto. Based on his success as a builder, at the age of 35, he was asked by the City of Toronto to head the newly formed Parking Authority of Toronto which would become the commencement of a lifetime of service to the city and its region. His achievements are seen in all parts of our community; in the physical and natural infrastructure around us, in organizations that recognize Canada's sports elite and in numerous organizations that show respect for those who have contributed to our proud military and civil accomplishments. During his professional career with the City of Toronto he served as a member of the City Treasury Board and as Chairman of the Subway Development Committee. He became an acknowledged expert in parking and traffic matters and was elected President of the International Parking Institute in 1962. He was a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on traffic matters and served on related research councils in Washington DC and with the OECD. He dedicated many years of service to military and naval organizations that honour and support veterans and seafarers. He held numerous offices with the Naval Officers' Association of Canada, the Civic War Veterans' Association, the Toronto Brigantine and the Navy League of Canada and provided exemplary leadership, as recognized in the many honours that these organizations chose to bestow on him. In 1974, he returned from retirement to serve Toronto as the appointed Commissioner of Parks and Property. He oversaw the creation of some of Toronto's most loved parks and playing fields and the establishment of the network of bike and pedestrian paths to make Toronto's parklands more accessible to everyone. He also had responsibility for the sale and acquisition of public property and oversaw the construction of many needed facilities across the entire city. In addition to the work that he did to build our city, protect our green spaces, honour our veterans and maintain our proud military traditions he also made time to serve as the President of the Toronto Hunt, a Governor of the Hockey Hall of Fame for 15 years, as a Board Director of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for 16 years, as a Governor (and past Chair) of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame for 20 years, and as a Director of the Canadian National Exhibition Association until a few years ago. On January 25, 2013, the City of Toronto formally recognized and acknowledged his outstanding and instrumental contributions in the conceptual development and execution of the Business Improvement Area ("BIA") initiative and "...for providing the plan behind the vision" for this dynamic program that addressed the economic issues arising from competition between neighbourhood merchants and suburban shopping malls. In 1985, he was asked by the Toronto Sun newspaper to write a weekly column entitled "First Class" which he did so for the next two years. He could be seen weekly in his study, typing on his early MacIntosh computer, reminiscing about grand trips, hotels, restaurants and events from his experiences around the world. His column's tagline was the moto of his life "Those that can Afford to Live First Class and don't...their Heirs will". He was a fiercely loyal friend who lived by a strict code of honour that is rarely seen, or understood, today. Those that were fortunate to be a beneficiary of his friendship were truly blessed and comforted. Nothing gave him more happiness and pleasure than being surrounded by his extended family whether it be a simple Sunday lunch at home on Pine Crescent, his daily lunch at his beloved Toronto Hunt Club or an exotic cruise somewhere in the world. If you were fortunate enough to attend a Bundy Christmas Eve, you were treated to the intimate black tie affairs with guests welcomed and entertained until the wee hours of Christmas morning. Anyone who ever met Robert George Bundy realized that they were in the presence of a very special human being, a true gentleman, a leader, a man guided by a profound sense of honour, loyalty and with a moral code that was indestructible to the end. After 94 years, his body may have given way but his legacy and his values shall endure. He was a rare breed of man that will be truly missed, but never forgotten. The family would like to especially thank Roger DeLeon for the care, compassion and love that he bestowed upon our father; and to the Rev'd David Mulholland who engaged him spiritually over the years in philosophical discourse and enlightenment. There is a special place in heaven reserved for Roger and Father David. The family will be celebrating the life of Robert George Bundy on Sunday, May 28th. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations can be made in the name of Robert George Bundy to: The Mission to Seafarers of Southern Ontario, C/O Rev'd David Mulholland, Pier 51, 8 Unwin Ave., Toronto, ON M5A 1A1, www.MTSSO.org (Toronto Star 13 May 2017)

 

HMS FURIOUS

HUGHES, Kenneth Edward (13 May 1925 - 06 May 2017) - It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ken, in his 92nd year on May 6th, in Toronto. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Jean Evangeline Tsolakis. Son of Mary and William Hughes of North Bay, Ontario; predeceased by his siblings Stanley, Robert and Iris. Much loved son-in-law to Boris and Athina Tsolakis of Smurdish, Macedonia. Loving father to Derrick (Karen), Perry (Nicole), Tina (Jonathan). Cherished and devoted Dedo to Sara, Callan, Bethany, Parker, Charlotte and Evangella. Ken is a fondly remembered brother-in-law to Chris and Jeannie Cholakis, Ellyn and Harry Hakomaki, and Bob Calhoun. He was a favourite uncle to many nieces and nephews, and will be missed by many relatives and friends. Ken was a World War II Navy Veteran and commissioned the destroyer Nootka. He had a rich career with the Ontario Northern Railway, de Havilland Aircraft Avro Arrow program, British Petroleum oil, and Metro Catering and was a longstanding member of Highland Yacht Club. Friends may visit at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance) on Thursday, May 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday, May 12 from 10 -11 a.m., followed by a service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment in the cemetery after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sick Kids—Creative Arts Therapies or Holy Trinity Macedonian Eastern Orthodox Church. (Toronto Star 10 May 2017)

 

HMCS NOOTKA

JONES, Gordon Graham, C2LT/ Lt (N) - Passed away on Monday, May 1st, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. after a courageous battle with prostate and bone cancer. Gord was born on January 16, 1934 in Calgary, Alberta. He left to pursue a 38 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy where he retired as a lieutenant in 1990. During his service Gord was stationed across Canada and settled in Victoria in 1976. Gord was a natural, dedicated athlete competing at fastball, badminton and bowling. He gravitated to running and ran in many marathons and participated on a six man relay team that accomplished the feat of running across Canada. He was known to many as the guy who ran throughout the city with one of his dogs… Gord is predeceased in death by his wife, Denise, and daughter Kimberley. Gord will be missed dearly by Geri Hetherington, his partner for the past 9 years, her children Randy and Lisa, her grandchildren Rebecca Carlos, Megan and Kyra Hetherington; his son Damon, his son-in-law Larry Willett and granddaughter Kaleigh Willett; and many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Respecting Gord's wishes, a quiet family memorial will take place in the near future. (Victoria Times Colonist 14 May 2017)

MOILLIET, David - With deep sadness, our family announces the peaceful passing of David Moilliet on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital with loved ones by his side. Born in Nanaimo, B.C. on September 9, 1929, son of the late Erskine Lind Moilliet and Janet May Parsons Moilliet, our gentle giant was a graduate of University School, Victoria, B.C, UBC, George Washington University, and SUNY Buffalo where he earned his Ph.D. In his first career, with the Royal Canadian Navy, he rose to Lieutenant Commander where he was stationed to Victoria, Cornwallis, Halifax, and Ottawa. He then changed careers and began working for the Canadian Government Travel Bureau of the Department of Trade and Commerce. Postings over the following 22 years were to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, and Ottawa. Always the life of the party, "Moose" was a gregarious and enthusiastic promoter of Canadian tourism long into his retirement, serving as President of the Ottawa Skal Club. He was predeceased by his brothers Tony and John, and his beloved son, Michael (Corrina). He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sheila Ann (née Butler); children Alizon Thuot and Wendy (Bryson) Lamble, both of Ottawa, and Deric (Joanne) Moilliet of Toronto; and nine grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as Dapa and Papa: Arthur, Sarah (Jamie), Charlotte, Ryan (Rebecca), Meagan, Robert, Emma, Brendan and Melissa. Special thanks to CCAC and Wokie for their care and consideration to David and Sheila. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Christ Church Bells Corners, 3861 Old Richmond Rd., reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the or Christ Church Bells Corners Memorial Fund. (Ottawa Citizen 17 May 2017)

St. CYR, Joseph (Marcel) (24 Jul 1935 - 06 May 2017) - late of Burnaby, BC it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph also know by his friends as Marcel. Predeceased by father Alfred St. Cyr and mother Blanche St. Cyr and predeceased brothers John, Roger and Guy and sister Rollande. Survived by sons Adrien Denis, David Denis and Roger St. Cyr and daughter Melissa St. Cyr and step-daughter Tammy Smith and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Joseph was born in St. Victor, SK soon settled in Moose Jaw where he went to school. He then joined the Navy at the age of 18, then after 5 years he came back to Saskatchewan and settled in Regina where he worked for Safeway for a brief period of time, also had worked for Scott National, but found his calling in sales with Rowntree Chocolates. After many years he started his own company called CYRS delivery. Retired in the early 80's and moved back to Moose Jaw, SK then to British Columbia where he settled. He enjoyed the ocean, warm weather and beautiful trees. A special thank you to the St. Michael's Hospice in Burnaby, BC for their loving care and support. Flowers and donations are gratefully decline. There will be no funeral service. (Regina Leader-Post 11 May 2017)

TUNNEY, Wayne Edward (03 Jan 1943 - 18 Apr 2017) - 74, of Cochrane, AB passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Dulcina Hospice, Calgary surrounded by his family. Wayne was born in Ingersoll, Ontario. He joined the Navy at age 18 and served for eight years. He spent the rest of his career as a police officer, retiring from Point Edward Police Force after 27 years of service. Wayne enjoyed playing hockey and baseball during his career years. All who loved him were aware that he was a big Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan. His main treasured times were spending time with his granddaughter Ayla and watching his grandsons Grant and Gareth play hockey. Wayne was also a mentor to many and teacher to those with shared experiences. He was always there to listen and lend support. Wayne is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan (Arsenault); daughter Cheryl and her husband Garnet Ovans, and daughter Nola Fielding; three grandchildren Ayla, Grant and Gareth; his sister Colleen and her husband Charlie True; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Glen and Christina, and his brother Larry and sisters Joyce and Elizabeth, as well as his father in law, Wilfred Arsenault and his Mother in Law Jean Arsenault (Carberry). All who knew Wayne would appreciate this phrase: "Well, Joanie, the hour is up and it is time to go." We will all miss you and will always love you Wayne (husband, Dad, Grandfather, brother, friend). A private celebration of life has been held by the family. Memorial donations may be made to Dulcina Hospice (110 Evanspark Manor NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3P 0N4; Phone: 587-230-5500). Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services (403) 265-1199. (Cochrane Eagle 18 May 2017)

WATERHOUSE, Joseph Alban, CPO, Stoker, RCN - Born: 1911, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Died: 1991, St-Hyacinthe, QC

 

HMCS ST CROIX, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS SWANSEA

DURSTON, N.G. (Dusty) - After a long life of love and adventure, just days after turning 93, Dusty died at St. Anne's Hospital. He is survived by Clara May his loving wife of 72 years, his four children Corinne (Patrick) of Penticton, BC, George (Barbara) of Falcon Beach, MB, Patricia (Gavin) of Petawawa, ON and Pamela (Greg) of Winnipeg, MB, as well as eight grandchildren Ayn, Chloe, Marlo, Carly, Rachael, Cody, Rebekah and Dustin and four great grandchildren Pierre, Alexander, Emmett and Quinn. Dusty was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on May 2, 1924, and spent his early years there. He joined the Navy after playing hockey for the Trail Smoke Eaters and married Clara on June 19, 1945, after which peace was declared in Europe. After returning from the Second World War he worked in the Dauphin Power Station until joining the Manitoba Power Commission (later Manitoba Hydro) in 1947 and retired at age 55. He and Clara spent many happy years traveling around the world and wintering in Vancouver for the last decade. In 2009, Dusty was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame for his role as coach for the Poplar Point Memorial's Team 1956-57. Dusty was the kind of man who never turned down a request for help. He was known by friends and family as the go to guy for repairs and building expertise, always willing to lend his time to anyone who asked. Dusty will be sorely missed! He spent the last decade of his life painting scenes that appealed to him. Those lucky enough to have one of his paintings have a great memory of him. He took great pleasure in gardening and socializing in the Falcon Lake Seniors Group and the West Hawk United Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dusty's name to the charity of your choice or the West Hawk United Church building fund. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at West Hawk United Church. (Winnipeg Free Press 13 May 2017)

PATTERSON, Robert Douglas Masterman ERA, V 37614, RCNVR killed - 21 Jul 1943.  E.R.A. Patterson was killed instantly when HMCS The Pas was in a collision with the SS Medina while escorting convoy ON 192. Patterson was in his hammock which was just where the collision occurred.  Robert enlisted in Sep 1942, training at Toronto and Esquimalt. He was the son of Douglas Patterson and Emma Patterson, of Esquimalt, British Columbia.

 

On being notified of his death, Robert's mother went down to the ocean near where she lived waiting for her son to swim home to her, despite he was lost on the Atlantic and the family home was in Esquimalt on the Pacific. According to Joe, Robert's younger brother, their mother grieved in this way for a year or two. The poem below tells that sad story.

 

Robert Douglas Masterman Patterson an Esquimalt Hero Died at Sea July 21, 1943

There is a memorial bench near the sea, a place where a grieving mother waited, "Oh! Robbie, please swim home to me."

An Esquimalt lad who served his country, and gave his young life full of promise, so the rest of us would be free.

His ship, on Atlantic convoy bound, in fog and tight formation rammed, his body swept into the sea, never found.

At the foot of Nelson Street near the sea listen carefully to the sea breeze murmur, "Oh! Robbie, please swim home to me."

 

HMCS THE PAS

GLENDINNING, John F. - At the Victoria General Hospital on May 19th, after final kisses goodbye for his wife Marge, John passed quietly away. His daughter, Judy, also expressed her goodbyes. Just short of his 85th birthday, he leaves behind to mourn, his loving wife Marge, of Sooke, B.C., his daughters Judy and Nancy, and granddaughter Andrea, of Richmond, B.C. one step-daughter, Elizabeth Ann, (Jamie) and two step-granddaughters, Lori and Lisa, of Vernon B.C., cousin Joyce Armstrong (Bill), Victoria, B.C. and his ever affectionate friend, Courtenay the cat. Also, dear friends from childhood, Joe Dubois (Lucille) of Sydney. B.C., Les Cringhan (Lillian) of Murietta, Ca. Friends Freddie Dubois (Alice) of Sydney, B.C. John was born in Winnipeg, Man. He served in the Naval Theatre of War in the Atlantic, and later joined Air Canada where he retired from management after 30 years, at age 55. He was a long-time member of Air Canada Pionairs and was also a 45 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a Sooke resident for 20 yrs. John was a loving, kind and gracious man, always a gentleman. He loved life, and especially his retirement. He surely loved his garden, it is a showcase of beauty from the many happy hours he spent there. He had musical talent. Having studied under the well known teacher Fred Kent, of Winnipeg, he played in a 25 accordion band, and later accomplished the Hammond Organ here at home. We wish to thank our family physician Dr. Chris McCallum and staff, who gave the very best of care which helped to extend his life, Ron and Tim of Peoples' Pharmacy, always available to answer our questions, and the staff at Victoria General Hospital for their kind care in his last 2 days, also the Sooke Firefighters and the Sooke Ambulance Service for their prompt response to my 911 call. John had been battling congestive heart failure on and off for some time. He bore his illness with quiet reserve. No services by John's request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C.S.P.C.A. for stranded cats, or charity of choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 25 May 2006)

HURAS, Orville, Stoker, RCNVR - Born: 06 Apr 1922  Died: 24 Nov 1991

 

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

 

Motor Launch Q092

 

COLLINS, Robert Cecil (Bob) (Jumper), CD, LCdr, RCN (17 Nov 1922 - 10 May 2017) - age 94. World War II Veteran. His spirit will join his beloved wife, Marjorie (predeceased 2010) after a marriage of 68 years. Bob as family patriarch is remembered as a loyal family man and leaves five children: Patrick, Bonny Mattila (Glenn), Doreen Fehr (Calvin), Ronald (Darlene), Cynthia Leach (Allan); ten grandchildren: Richard Payne (Karen), Victoria Payne (Shane), Shawn Collins (Theresa), Cole Mattila (Carina), Julie Spencer (Rick), Roxanne Fehr-Carlson (Boomer), Laura Collins (Shane), Charmaine Jackson (Chris), Jillian Schumard (Kevin), Kyle Leach; fifteen great-grandchildren; sister Phyllis Friesen. Predeceased by mother Elsie Calvert (Collins) (Webster) (1989), father Henry Collins (1925), step-father Harry Calvert (1972), sister Doreen Harris (2008). Remembered by nieces, nephews, cousins and families in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario; cousin, Michael (June) Hubbard, Petworth, England; the Webster cousins Auckland, New Zealand. Bob was born in Calgary, Alberta to Elsie and Henry Collins (Veteran WWI). Elsie later married Harry Calvert and the family moved to Vancouver 1927, a year later to Scotland, returning to Vancouver 1931, and Victoria 1936. Bob's early schooling was various attending primary schools in Calgary, Vancouver, and Langholm, Scotland. Later, schooling at Tempelton Junior High in Vancouver followed by the family settling in Victoria and Bob attending Victoria High School. While living in Vancouver during the depression years (dirty thirties) Bob (10 years old) found his own needs by selling Liberty Magazine and Vancouver Sun using the money to contribute to the family. He was an Eagle Scout leader and attended the Lord Baden Powell Grand Rally at Hastings Park in 1935. Moving to Victoria in 1936 he managed time for 7 am household delivery of the daily Colonist and Vancouver Sun, then off to school for 9 am. Summer months from 1937-1939 involved riding the freight rails with his cousin, Malcolm Harper, to the Okanagan and Alberta to look for work, always returning late for school in September. With the war starting in September 1939, Bob left school and enlisted in the naval permanent force as a boy seaman, January 1940 age 17. He enlisted at HMCS Naden, Esquimalt BC. Qualifying as a wireless operator 1941 Bob was sent to Halifax and then Ottawa to serve at the new wireless stations located at the government experimental farm and at Sandy Hill. He met his beautiful Marjorie and married in 1942. Posted to Victoria early 1943 for emergency mine-sweeping service in HMCS Courtenay based Prince Rupert patrolling the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. East coast service followed in 1944 by taking part in patrol and convoy duties in the Battle of the Atlantic. Bob served in various HMCS ships, Wentworth, Petrolia, Kootenay and finally returning to Esquimalt in Levis II in January 1946 - a long time to be away from family in Victoria (without the internet). After the war Bob decided for a career in the navy. Along with his wife and family traveled many times coast to coast to serve in various ships and establishments - Naval LORAN, Whitehead NS; naval radio station Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands; Gander, NF; Aklavik, NWT; Washington DC; HMCS locations at Cornwallis NS; Gloucester ON; Coverdale, Moncton NB. In 1964, Bob was appointed Staff Officer to naval reserve HMCS Unicorn Saskatoon, SK where he served until 1970, then appointed to Ottawa to serve within the communications distribution authority at CFB Rockcliffe until his retirement in 1972. In 1974, he started a second career with the BC provincial government in the Ministry of Forests, Technical Services Branch retiring in 1987; a public servant of the Crown both Federal and Provincial for over 45 years. Bob enjoyed life in the Cordova Bay area of Victoria. Along with Marjorie he kept busy with the fruit trees and gardening and receiving many visits from friends and family. In 1991 Marj and Bob moved to another home in Victoria, and enjoyed ten years of RV travel throughout Canada and USA. He and Marj continued to live independently in their home until their passing. A devoted respectable family man and loving helpmate with a strong sense of responsibility and spirituality, his motto was "everything in moderation and to love one another". He enjoyed his family photography especially his "rogue gallery"; he was an avid reader, and an early-on amateur radio operator VE1, VE5, VE8, VE7MU. Bob was a legion member Britannia Branch No. 7. Bob loved his sweet treats. Long lived - good life - generous spirit - good deal Bob. Cremation. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm. (Victoria Times Colonist 20 May 2017)

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NADEN, HMCS COURTENAY, HMCS WENTWORTH, HMCS PETROLIA, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS LEVIS, LORAN Radio Station Whitehead, NS, NRS MASSET, NRS GANDER, NRS AKLAVIK, HMCS GLOUCESTER, HMCS COVERDALE, HMCS UNICORN, CFB ROCKCLIFFE, WASHINGTON, DC

DAVIS, Douglas (Jul 1927 - 11 May 2017) - With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Douglas R. Davis on May 11th just shy of his 90th birthday. He spent his final 7 months at George Derby Centre in Burnaby, a wonderful facility dedicated to Canadian military veterans. Doug grew up in South Slocan BC, leaving high school to join the army near the close of WWII. After the war he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, stationed on both coasts and serving on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure. Following 20 years of service, Doug retired from the navy as a Chief Petty Officer and moved the family from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. He completed high school then graduated from UBC, and taught at Winslow and Charles Best Junior High Schools in Coquitlam. After 20 years of teaching, he retired (again) at age 60, and spent the next 20 years travelling the world. Per Doug's wishes, there will not be a service. A Celebration of Life will be organized for family and friends in the summer with a 'final cruise' to scatter his ashes at sea (on the leeward side of course). (Vancouver Sun / The Province 19 May 2017)

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE

HINDE, James R. (04 Dec 1932 - 08 May 2017) - Born in Sutherland, Sask. Jim served in the RCN both as a "skimmer" and as a submariner, aboard HMCS GRILSE and RAINBOW. He then worked as an electronics technician in HMC Dockyard until retirement. Jim was a well-known Freemason, a life member of United Service Lodge No. 24, a 32deg member of the Scottish Rite and a Companion of the Royal Arch, Camosun Chapter #14, and many will have known him by his Shrine Clown Captain Hook character name of "Dandy". Jim is pre-deceased by wives Dorothea and Kathleen and son Bill, and is survived by former wives Lucille and Phyllis, children Bob, James Michael, Maureen (Ray), Ron (Paisley), Rick (Shawna), grandchildren BJ (short for Robert James), Matt, Brittany, Thomas, Josie, Millie, and great grandchildren Mylz, Faith and Emily and of course his two loving companions Moxie (Newfoundland) and Rosie (Springer Spaniel). Jim had expressed a desire for no remembrance formalities, preferring that all remember him at his best. Which would be morning at standeasy, with a bracing cup of coffee appropriately amended with a tot of dark rum. Fair Winds, Following Seas, and Mind Yer Bubble Mate.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS NADEN, HMCS GRILSE, HMCS RAINBOW

 

MANN, Cyril F. (Cy), C2MA, RCN (Apr 1923 - 25 Apr 2017) - was born near Bridgeford, Saskatchewan and grew up on the farm with 3 siblings and his father, Herbert and mother, Dora, both recent immigrants from England. At the onset of WWII Cy and his brother, Dennis joined the Navy together after their father refused to let them join the Army due to the loss of Cy's uncle, after whom he was named, in WWI as a stretcher-bearer. Both boys ended up together on a converted yacht patrolling the BC and Alaska coast looking for submarines but finding only salmon. While in Vancouver on training he met Teena Pacholko, also from Saskatchewan, at a dance, and they became engaged, then married in May, 1944. Cy was sent to Victoria to join his new ship HMCS "Kokanee" where he and Teena lived for all of a week before he was sent to the North Atlantic for convoy escort duty until the end of the war. Cy enjoyed 25 years in the Navy in various roles in Shore Patrol and as a regulator and rising to CPO, becoming Coxswain on HMCS Ontario. He was away at sea on many voyages and spent 2 years in Nova Scotia with his family training new sailors and Sea Cadets. Cy was an avid golfer at Gorge Vale Golf Club and an active square dancer and curler (while in Nova Scotia he was on a navy team that won the Nova Scotia championship in 1960). While on the Ontario he helped organize and run talent shows for the crew and as emcee entertained with his yodelling voice using guitar and fiddle and piano. He was the unofficial ship's barber and after retiring from the Navy ran the Naden barber shop along with his friend, Stan Johnson for almost 10 years. He ended his work career at UVic as sports equipment manager. Cy was a happy well-liked outgoing person who seemed to know someone where-ever he went on his twice daily 1-2 hour walks, interspersed with hours at the golf course with old buddies from the forces and other friends. He was a wonderful dad, granddad and great-granddad, always smiling and willing to help. He will be greatly missed. Cy passed away peacefully In his sleep after a long period of care at The Lodge at Broadmead In Victoria. Cy was pre-deceased by his brother, Dennis; sister, Julie and wife, Teena, and is survived by his sister, Pat (Gordon) Riddell; sons Alan (Sally), Keith (Helen) and daughter, Janice; grandchildren, Ann Roat, Mara-Tatiana Robertson (Toby), Darcy Mann, and Celina (Josh) Tate; and great-grandchildren, Tanner, Gwyneth, Fionnaula, Ruby, Solomon, and Isaac. Special thanks to the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at The Lodge at Broadway, most of whom came to know and love Cy over his long stay there. No funeral service by request. The Lodge at Broadmead, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria, will have a memorial service for Cy and other recently deceased on June 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm. In the Oak Room. There will be a memorial plaque at First Memorial Gardens on Falaise Crescent, Victoria, beside that of his wife, Teena. Donations In Cy's name may be The Lodge at Broadmead. Contact Alan Mann at pianomann@shaw.ca to express condolences. (Victoria Times Colonist 21 May 2017)

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMS PUNCHER, HMCS KOKANEE, HMCS LASALLE, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS COUGAR, ML Q069, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NADEN, HMCS QUADRA, HMCS STADACONA

 

BEAZLEY, Richard Francis, CD, CPO1 RCN / Capt CF (Airforce) - Sadly but peacefully, surrounded by family on May 15, 2017 at Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital after a brief illness. Born June 12, 1938 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, son of Marjorie Oakley and Richard W. Beazley. Beloved husband of Muriel Kelly for 58 years, loving father of Christopher and Jane, Stephen, and Erin and Scott. Doting grandpa of Lauren and Claire. Also survived by sister Joan MacLeod, brothers Barry Beazley and Doreen and Gregory Beazley and Ella, brother-in-law Dennis, sister-in-law Margo, numerous cousins especially cherished cousins Rosalind and Arty, by his Uncle Carl and Aunt Betty and nieces and nephews Brian, Sondra, Shawn, John, Christine, Iris, Leslie, Cathy, Mike, Tom, David, Donna, Peter and Paul. Predeceased by brother Brian, sister Judy, niece Michelle, brother-in-law Ashley, brother-in-law Leslie, nephew Tim, sister-in-law Patricia, sister-in-law Tonia and many aunts and uncles. In 1955 at age 17, Richard joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Armourer (a proud group), progressed through the ranks to Chief Warrant Officer and accepted his commission to the rank of Captain (Air) in 1987. At the time of his retirement as an Aeronautical Engineer 38 years later, Richard was a Range Safety Inspector ensuring that proper safety practices were developed, implemented and observed on domestic and international military installations. "A truly dedicated individual whose high caliber of standards has affected us all in a positive way…" – The Armourers, Canadian Forces Air Command Headquarters; as noted upon Richard's retirement. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ron Levy and the nurses and PSWs in the Intensive Care Unit and in the Acquired Brain Injury Department at Kingston General Hospital; the nurses and volunteers at Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth; the care providers at Broadview Nursing Centre; and the nurses and care providers at Smiths Falls Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Blood Services or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Richard's life, burial and reception will take place at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa at 1100 hours on Saturday, July 15, 2017 with a portion of Richard's ashes to be preserved and scattered on Halibut Bay, Nova Scotia at a later date. Parati Vero Parati (Ottawa Citizen 20 May 2017)

 

JENSON, George Andrew, C1RP, RCN (16 Jul 1923 - 09 May 2017) - It iis with great sadness that we share the passing of ourfather. Dad (George) passed away May 9, 2017 with his four children by his side at the Veteran's Lodge at Broadmead. Dad was born in Toronto and remained there until he joined the Navy in 1940. In 1944 he married his loving wife, Ethel (Midge) and they remained married for 72 years. In that time he showed us a wonderful example of commitment and love of family. Mom passed away February 28th, 2017 and they are now together again holding hands as they always did. George enlisted in the Navy on September 16, 1940 and served for 27 years. While in the RCN he served aboard five ships as well as 2 aircraft carriers reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. His love for the sea did not stop with retirement from the Navy. Within a short time he was back at school to get his Captains license and worked for the BC Pilotage until his retirement in 1986. Family always came first for our Dad, including him participating with his family in racing, curling, bowling and cruising. He also was a big fan of all the family individual activities. In his early years George loved to fish and spent many hours off the waterfront trying to catch the big one. Sports were at the top of his list being an avid spectator of hockey, racing, baseball (Toronto Blue Jays of course) and his favorite, curling. He is survived by his children Sharon (Jim), Carol, Donna (Gary), George (Vee) his grandchildren Kelly (Bruce), Shawn (Serena), Deanna (Dan), Krista (Kyle), Gerry (Sherry), Ryan (Karyn), Lynette (Andy), Chris (Crissy), Nicole, Kaylyn (John) and 23 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers in Toronto AI (Nancy), Ken (Marion), and Murrie (Judy) and pre-deceased by his son-in-law Denny, granddaughter Debbie, brother Stan and sister Helena. We will miss his positive outlook on life and how much he loved his family. Dad "I am OK", we love you more Service will be held on June 2nd, 2 pm at the Esquimalt Legion on 622 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, would be greatly appreciated. (Victoria Times Colonist 20 May 2017)

 

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BARR, Ralph (1923- 2017) - late of Regina, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the age of 93 years. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters Eileen Forsythe and Elsie Clay and grandson Scott Wozniak. Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 68 years Doris; his children, Debbie (Lorne) Wozniak, Roland (Margret), Robyn (Kelly) Hamilton and Kevin (Brenda); eight grandchildren, Melissa, Cally, Tara, Jennifer, Nicole, Landon, Lee and Kennedy; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Heather, Camilla, Audrey, Allan, Barry, Colin and Murray. After service in the Navy in WWII, Ralph joined the CNR where he was an engineer for over thirty-seven years. He enjoyed a number of years of retirement wintering in Hawaii and Arizona. He also spent time fishing, hunting, gardening and being a fan of the Blue Jays and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At his request there will be no formal funeral service. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations in his memory, to the charity of their choice. (Regina Leader-Post 20 May 2017)

BATE, Thomas Edward - 18 Feb 1918 - 15 May 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Edward (Ed) Bate of Edmonton, Alberta at the young age of 99 years. He is mourned by his wife, Jean Mathieson Bate, his children Margaret (Don) Bowen, Geoffrey (Lorna) Bate, Douglas (Pauline) Bate, and Kate (Terry) Freeman, his stepchildren Susan Mathieson Mayer, Scott (Susan) Mathieson, and Darlee Ann (John) Thompson, his grandchildren Susan Lepp, Jennifer (Kurt) Lamb, Catherine Bate, Brian (Tammy) Bate, Christina Bate, Jason (Vanessa) Bate, Michael Freeman, Emma Freeman, Lauren Mathieson, Arden Mathieson, and Victoria Mathieson, and great- grandchildren Riley, Mason and Lauren Lamb, Cooper Bate, and Olivia Bate. Ed was born in London, England, in 1918. He was brought to Canada as an infant, and raised in Chancellor, Alberta, until he was 12, when his family moved to Calgary so that he could attend high school. After graduating, Ed joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He left the Corps in 1938 and joined the Ministry of Transport: his skills with radios and weather were essential services during the war. He became an airport traffic control officer in 1940, and was posted to Edmonton. He was thrilled to move to Edmonton, and volunteered for permanent night shifts, so that he could study Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He graduated in 1944, and immediately joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He married Ruth McCuaig in April of 1944. They had four children, and ultimately lived in Edmonton after the war with brief stints in other parts of Canada. Ed worked for the CNR and Gorman's before starting T.E. Bate Engineering Ltd. in 1960. Ed was a leader in the construction industry in Alberta, also starting Armor Elevator and Bate Industrial Services. Ed was very involved in both the Edmonton Construction Association (President) and the Alberta Construction Association (Chairman). Ed was very active in Free Masonry and a member of Ivanhoe Lodge #142, served as WM, was the DDGM of the Northern Lights District and additionally was a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason. Ed was active in the Anglican Church (having attended St. John the Evangelist since 1940), the board of directors of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club and the Alberta Motor Association. Ed retired at age 65 and finally took up golf at the age of 70 at Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club. Ed was predeceased by his parents Frank and Clare, his brother Geoffrey, and his wife Ruth in 1983. Ed married Jean McPhail Mathieson in 1988. A Funeral Service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 11111 – 57 Avenue, Edmonton, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:30. A reception will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of your choice. (Edmonton Journal 18 May 2017)

McILHARGEY, Ross Leo - 96, of Surrey, BC, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Westminster House. Ross is survived by daughter Jan Wild (John), son Jim McIlhargey (Cheryl) 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Ross was a Navy veteran and was very proud of his service in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He is dearly loved and will be missed by many. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 20 May 2017)

 

WEAVER, William Russell - The family of William Russell Weaver are deeply saddened to announce his passing at McCausland Hospital on Wednesday May 17th, 2017. Bill passed away peacefully with family by his side following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Bill was born in Schreiber Ontario on September 26th, 1924 to Connie and Hubert Weaver. He met the love of his life, Lorraine, in May of 1943 when she disembarked from the passenger train - and it was “Love at first sight!” They married in 1947. Bill served in WW2 in the Royal Canadian Navy as a gunner on the corvette “Camrose” in the North Atlantic. He was employed with Canadian Pacific Railway starting as a carman in Schreiber and retired as a Terminal Supervisor. He was active in numerous community organizations including Fire Department (Fire Chief), Kinsmen Club, United Church Board, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 (Founding Member), Junior and Senior Hockey. Most important to Bill was his family. Christmas Eve in particular was one of his favourite times where everyone gathered at “Nan and Pop's” to celebrate together into the wee hours of the morning. Bill found great pleasure in watching all of his grandchildren participating in their various sports activities. Bill treasured the times enjoyed at the cottage at White Sand Lake where he and Lorraine entertained family and friends regularly. Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife Lorraine, his sister-i-law Doreen Foss (Halifax), brother-in-law Barry Harper (Brenda), his three daughters Daryl (Jody) Davis, Wendy Weaver, Billie (Bob) Bagdon; seven grandchildren JJ (Sarah) Davis, Dallas (Ashley) Davis, Jennifer (Christian) Sirois, Derek Martin (Jaime), Lindsay Davis (Phil), Marshall Bagdon, Dale Bagdon (Alysha) and 16 great grandchildren. Bill will also be fondly remembered and missed by his nieces and nephews Jeff Foss, Lori (Lyle) Herod and families; Shane Harper (Lynn) Alana (Dustin) Alix and family, Doug, Bob and Loreen Harper and families. There will be a service at the King Funeral Home in Schreiber on Saturday May 20th at 11:00 am with a lunch to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 in Schreiber. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the McCausland Hospital or the Alzheimer's Society.

 

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