For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituaries for those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


FRANK, John Frederick, Cdr (E) - passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Thursday, June 29, 2017. John was born in Picton, Ontario, and grew up in Peterborough, Ontario where he attended Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School, graduating in 1942. He then joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a cadet. Two years later after graduation from the Royal Canadian Naval College he was sent to the Royal Naval Engineering College in Devonport, England followed by two years of post graduate studies in aeronautical engineering at the College of Aeronautics (Cranfield), where he earned an MSc degree. During the 1960's he became actively interested in the Canadian Military Colleges and was invited to the board of the Royal Military College Club of Canada where he was elected President in 1967. He later served on DND's Advisory Board for Military colleges. After retirement from the navy in 1963, he joined the Printing Industry; first in sales of printing machinery, then in the manufacture of Business Forms. In 1990 he retired after 24 years with R.L. Crain Ltd. in Ottawa, having been Vice President of Manufacturing, President, and ultimately Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Though involved in a host of sporting activities throughout his life including fishing, canoeing, camping, hockey, basketball and rugby, he enjoyed golf the most. He was an ardent and competitive "B" class player until he suffered a stroke in the summer of 2007. For over forty years he had been a dedicated and proud member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, had been invested as a Life-Member, had served on the Board for many years, and was Club President in 1975. John was predeceased, in 2011, by his wife of 65 years, Joan, and is survived by his sons Christopher (Nancy) and Timothy (Wendy), daughter Deborah (Hugh Campbell), grandchildren Graham (Andrea), Elizabeth (Cory), Kathleen and Olivia, and five great-grandchildren. They were his pride and his joy. He lived his life at one speed…"full ahead", and navigated this mortal coil with the use of a moral compass that never failed him, his family, or his friends. He was truly one-of-a-kind; we shall all miss him. The family will welcome friends for a celebration of John's life, 1400 hours Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Road, Gatineau, QC. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank is preferred. (Ottawa Citizen 05 Jul 2017)



HUDSON, Edward - After a prolonged illness, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Edward "Ed" Frank Hudson, July 5, 2017, after very recently celebrating his 92nd birthday. Married for 61 years, Ed was a devoted husband to Doris (Weiler) and loving father to Jeff (Leslie Ann), Jill (Joe), Anne, Ed and Tracy (Steve); beloved grandfather to Kaylea (Lucas), Jamie (Tom), Matthew, Lauren, Stephanie, Lindsay and Ryan; and great-grandfather to Henry, Charlie and Phoebe. Ed is survived by many nieces and nephews, neighbours and friends. Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Ed served in the Royal Canadian Navy before eventually settling in Toronto. He was a career newspaperman who held managerial positions in sales at both The Toronto Telegram and The Toronto Star. Ed was an enthusiastic member of Gyro International, a founding member of St. Clement's Parish, where he actively served for almost 50 years and a keen world traveller. Above all else, Ed was a fiercely proud family man. He was predeceased by his parents, Sydney Walter and Winnifred Ruth and his two siblings - Irene (McMahon) and Sydney. Ed's family would like to acknowledge the caring support offered to him by the kind staff at Cawthra Gardens Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga. Family and friends may call at the Turner & Porter Funeral Home (Butler Chapel) at 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, Ontario, on Monday, July 10th, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Dr., Etobicoke, on Tuesday, July 11th at 11 a.m. All are invited to join the family at a reception in the parish hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations in memory of Ed may be made to the MS Society of Canada or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Funeral Home Turner & Porter Funeral Directors - Butler Chapel 4933 Dundas Street West Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B6 (Toronto Star 07 Jul 20170

McGIBBON, Roy Davidson - At Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, at the age of 94, on July 7, 2017. Served in the Canadian Navy in WWII, then following the war joined the Toronto Fire Department. Retired from the fire department after a 39-year career, retiring as District Chief. He enjoyed fishing, golf and tennis. Survived by his loving wife Madeline, his daughter Patricia (Jim) Tucker, daughter-in-law Nancy McGibbon and seven grandchildren Mark ("Pina"), Karen (James), Christie (Brian), Jeff, Brad (Carol), Jennifer, Mike and great-granddaughter Olivia. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his former wife Marjorie, son John, sister Jean Woodhouse, brothers Jim, George, Frank and Donald. Family and friends will be received at the Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. If so desired, memorial donations in memory of Roy to The Kidney Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. (Toronto Star 09 Jul 2017)

RICHARDSON, Frederick E. (11 Nov 1925 - 02 Jul 2017) -passed away peacefully, July 2 at Royal Jubilee hospital with his family by his side. Born in Victoria in 1925 he was predeceased by his father Fred and mother Letty. He is survived by his wife Pat of 67 years, children David, Jannine, Sandra, Julie and his sister Patsy. Fred loved his family. He had six grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Fred graduated from Oak Bay High before joining the navy during the second world war. Following in his grandfather's footsteps he represented Canada as the youngest team member to shoot at Bisley, England, in 1950. Upon returning he joined the 5th Battery Field Artillery rising to the rank of Major and Commanding Officer. He worked for Victoria Box and Paper for 35 years and lived in both Fairfield and Cordova Bay. In his retirement Fred was the owner of the Canadian Christmas Cracker Company, making and selling thousands of crackers over the years. Fred was a quiet gentle man who curled and loved cars, from his Model A and 55 Chevy Bel air to his 56 T-Bird which he lovingly restored. A celebration of life will be held on July 12th, 2:00 at First Memorial Royal Oak. Special thanks to the nursing staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, 8th floor South for their kind compassion in caring for Fred. Funeral Home First Memorial Funeral Services and Garden of Memories 4725 Falaise Drive Victoria, BC V8Y1B4 (Victoria Times Colonist 07 Jul 2017)


TILLETT, Eric - age 87 of White Rock BC formerly of Halifax. Passed away February 2, 2017 Peace Arch Hospital in BC. Born 1929 in Ipswich, England he was the son of the late Lee Webb. Eric served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy serving in HMCS Shearwater and Ottawa. After retiring from the Navy he was employed with National Steel Car in Hamilton. Eric is survived by daughter, Dianne; son Kenneth; grandchildren, Adam and Kevin. He was predeceased his wife, Doreen. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held 11am, Thursday July 13th, in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens 767 Main Street, Dartmouth.

CORMIER, Joseph P. (1923-2017) - age 94 of Shubenacadie passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017 at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Born in Belle Cote, Inverness County, he was a son of the late John and Mary Ann (Doucet) Cormier. As a young man, Joe enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and saw active duty on the mine sweeper HMCS Bayfield during the Second World War. He started off his career working for the National Gypsum in Dingwall, moving to Milford in the early 1950’s. He and wife Lucy settled in Shubenacadie and together they raised their nine boys. Joseph was a self-employed electrician, establishing Cormier and Sons Electric. His hobbies were fishing and collecting antiques. He was a long-standing member of the St. Bridget’s Parish and a 58 year member of the Shubenacadie Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by the love of his life Lucy (Maillet); sons, Lionel, Arthur (Colleen), Emile, Cecil, Gerald (Armeli), Jojo (Karen), Robert, Victor (Ellen) and Richard (Lisa); grandchildren, Alana, Bradley, Shawn, Mandy, Josiah, Aimee, Rebekah, Nicole, Alexander, Kaleigh and Mary; great grandchildren, Riley, Jack and Addie. He was predeceased by sister Jeannette Brodie and brothers Edward and Victor. A Legion Memorial Service will be held at 2pm Sunday, July 9, followed by a visitation until 4pm in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie. Funeral service will be held 11am Monday, July 10 in St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church, Shubenacadie, Father Phil Thibodeau officiating. Interment will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to St. Bridget’s Parish or the Royal Canadian Legion, Shubenacadie, Branch 111. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of V4 Westwood for the care and compassion shown to Joe during his stay.



MacDONALD, John Lewis (Skipper) - age 74, of Halifax. Devoted father, grandfather and brother. Affectionately known as 'Skipper' by those closest to him, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, with his family by his side. He was born on April 5, 1943, son of the late John Lewis MacDonald and Kathleen (Flemming) MacDonald (of Port Hood). He was predeceased by his brother, Joe. He is survived by his sons, Blair (Janet), David (Carolin); his daughter, Pamela; his grandchildren, Lorenz, Bradley, Ciara, Lyla, Ayden, Benjamin; step grandson, Nicholas; brothers, Tommy (Adeline), Charlie (Marie Claire), Sam (Hannah); sisters, Elaine Tyler (Stuart), Louise Campbell (Bill), Evonne Bishop (Jack), Catherine Landry (Ron), and cherished companion, Vina Seaman. He served in the RCN for 25 years and Canada Post for 12 years before his retirement. He enjoyed socializing and playing darts at the Chiefs and POs Mess, but his favourite pastime was spending time with friends and family at his cottage on Lake Mush a Mush. A celebration of life will be held in Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, 6476 Bayers Rd., Halifax at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8; reception will follow at the Chiefs & POs Mess, CFB Halifax (Stadacona). He will be buried in Port Hood close to Homecoming weekend. The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Lori Wood, nurse Pat, all the staff at Cancer Centre and all the staff of Garrison 5 East, Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Vincent de Paul Society.


SPICER, Robert (Bob), Sgt, RCAF / Lt (N) (LD), RCN / Capt (C.I.L.) - passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born July 17, 1925 in Wiarton, Ont., Bob was a son of the late Robert and Edith (Cole) Spicer. He was predeceased by his much-loved and cherished wife, Ivey Roberta (Beck). He was the most awesome Dad and hero to his four children and their spouses: Roberta (Ken Lane), Robert (Kelly Spicer), Ivey (David Fennell), Doctor Tara Spicer (Norm Holmes). Exceedingly proud Grampa to his wonderful grandchildren, Taryn, Tiffany and Erin, Megan and Deidre, Laurel and Richie; and to his 12 wonderful great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Amy Laurine; brothers, Basil West, Jerrold and John Henry. Survived by brothers and sisters: Lorne, Edith, Betty, Marie, Ruth and Richard. Dad joined the RCAF in January 1943 and served overseas during the Second World War, flying Harvards until his discharge in August 1945 with the rank of Sgt. He re-enlisted with the RCN in October 1945 and proceeded through the ranks, ultimately getting his commission to Captain (N) in 1964. HMCS Magnificent and Shearwater are just two of the units that Dad served with, and he took great delight in having the distinction of being able to say he flew on the first and last Trackers with the Navy. He spent time with VX10 and VU33 as well as serving as Staff Officer at HMCS Star and Niagara Sea Cadet Corp. Dad retired from the military in July of 1977. He then went on to serve as a Postal letter carrier and a Commissionaire until 2000. Dad was an avid supporter of his kids and spent many hours as an official at swim meets, chauffeuring his brood and others to swim meets, baseball, and dance recitals over the years. Brownies and guides loved to do their cooking badges for Mr. Spicer, and they always got thumbs up and a delicious review as he signed their papers. Dad and Mom loved square dancing, dog training and geocaching, with dad picking up his last geocache at the young age of 90! Bob and Ivey were a dynamic duo and, as kids, we always knew we were supported in everything that we did or tried. Dad leaves a legacy to us of hope and determination, and these wise words, 'Don’t look for trouble!' We won’t, Dad. Bravo Zulu! A private burial will be held at a later date in Oakridge Memorial Gardens.



SIRCOM, George Robert Churchill (Bob), Lt (S), RCNR - age 88, of Wolfville. Died peacefully on July 4, 2017, in Valley Regional Hospital. Dearly loved husband of Hilary (Eason). Father of Elizabeth (Arnaud Béghin), Hantsport; Katharine, Lockhartville; Gillian (Marc-André Tremblay), Chester Basin. Predeceased by daughter, Margaret, in 2011 (Andrew Brown - Christy Ann Conlin). Grandfather of Charlemagne, Sophie and Ivan Tremblay, Mowbray Béghin, Milo and Angus Sircom-Brown and Silas Conlin-Morse. Predeceased by sisters, Kaye McMillan and Joyce Andrew. Bob was born in Halifax to George Sircom and Ethel (Kane) Sircom. He received his education at Rothsay Collegiate School, Royal Roads Naval College and Queen’s University. He was a midshipman on HMCS Magnificent and served in the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant. Bob worked as an Assistant Personnel Superintendent at Fundy Gypsum Company for four years before, in 1964, becoming head of the newly-formed Employee Relations Department at Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd., and Canadian Keyes Fibre Co. in Hantsport. In 1989, he was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, CKF. He served as Chairman of the Halifax District Personnel Association and of the Human Resource Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association. Bob lived with his family for 41 years in Hantsport, where he took an active part in the community. He served as Church Warden at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and as President of the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre. He was an officer of the Navy League Cadet Corps and a life member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. After retiring in 1992, Bob enjoyed many good years when he and Hilary traveled extensively, and, in the summers, enjoyed their cottage in Chester Basin surrounded by family, friends and dogs. He was never happier than when he was at the helm of his boat 'Hebe', sailing the waters of Mahone Bay. He and his wife moved to Wolfville in 2008. Sadly, in his later years, he suffered from dementia, but he always kept his dignity and a sense of humour. We wish to thank the caregivers, church congregation and the many members of the community who have shown such consideration and kindness towards Bob and the family. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Hantsport, on Friday, July 7, at 2 p.m., Rev. David Curry officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Church or charity of choice.



SMITH, Neil Stewart Douglas (1933-2017) - On June 23, 2017, Neil completed his journey here to embark on a new one. Born in Halifax to the late Harold and Violet (Tibbo) Smith. He spent 25 years in the RCN, where he got to see many parts of the world. Neil was a man who loved life, people. animals, and showed unconditional love to his family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Audrey (Boyce), who was by his side right to the end; by daughter, Denice Smith; sons, Michael (Marlene); Paul (Tracey); Craig (Katrina); Jason; Keith; 17 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and sister, Victoria McInnis. He was predeceased by daughter, Heather Darlene; great granddaughter. Marlene´; brother, James; sisters, Geraldine, Anna, Dorothy, Ruby. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. A Celebration of Life will take place Thursday July 13 at 1 p.m., at the Cole Harbour Fire Hall, reception to follow. Interment to take place at a later date. Although you are gone, your spirit lives on in all your children . Zoom Zoom


TROWSSE, James Burke, RCN 1954-1984 - Born: 1935  Died: 2007


HMCS ST LAURENT - Commissioning crew

HURFORD, George Oscar S. (Mike), Cdr (MARS), RCN / C.A.F. - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father and Friend on Sunday July 9th, 2017 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in Verdun, Quebec he was the son of late Oscar F. and Marion (Sharples) Hurford. Mike served with the Royal Canadian Navy for 31 years, retiring as a Commander. After leaving the Navy he went to work with Unisys where he completed his working life. Mike and Sandy settled in Glencoe where they lived for 20 years. He was an active member of the Union #30 Oddfellows Lodge, also a member of Branch #34 Royal Canadian Legion and was a former Volunteer Fireman with East River Valley Fire Dept. Mike enjoyed the outdoors; fishing and hunting with his two sons, and was an avid gardener. He attended Springville and St. Paul’s Churches. Mike was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are his beloved wife of 51 years the former Sandy MacDonald. Sons: Kirk (Kim) of Abercrombie and Craig of Dartmouth. His fur babies Caber and Buddy. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday July 13th, 2017 in the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, 256 King St., New Glasgow. A private service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Mike may be made to the Palliative Care Society of the Aberdeen Hospital or to Pictou County VON.


HMCS CHAUDIERE - Served in CHAUDIERE in 1965 as Lt, RCN



HMCS HURON - Served in HURON as XO

HMCS ANNAPOLIS - 12th Commanding Officer

CHUDYK, Eileen F., WRCNS (30 Apr 1925 - 23 Apr 2017) - Eileen Freeman Chudyk, age 91 passed away on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Lodge at Broadmead, her home for the last three years. She left the world, as she had lived, gently and with grace. She was born on April 30th, 1925 in Edmonton, Alberta to Helen (Freeman) and Dr. William "Bill" Hustler, the second of four children. During WWII, she served as a WREN telegrapher in Victoria, intercepting messages from the Japanese fleet. After the war, she married Albert "Bert" Chudyk, a navy veteran and they had two sons and a daughter. The young family moved to Victoria in '58. Eileen will be remembered fondly for her thirty years of operating Olinda Nursery School. She was well loved by children, parents and colleagues alike. Following Bert's death, she retired, and devoted her time to painting, sculpting and writing. She was a Spiritualist medium. She is survived by her three children, Bill, John, and Allison (Douglas-Tourner); siblings, Bill Hustler, Carol Dorrell, and Joan Fraser; grandchildren, Colin, Tom and Daniel Chudyk; and great-grandchildren Karen and James Chudyk. There will be a private family Celebration of Life. Donations to the Lodge at Broadmead will be gratefully accepted in Eileen's name in lieu of flowers.


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CUSHING, Donald George (Cush) (17 Aug  1920, Cranbrook, BC - 28 May 2017, Calgary, AB) - After a full and exceptional life Don passed away on Sunday, May 28 in his cherished home at 96 years of age. His kind, generous, creative nature, quick wit and mental toughness endured him to his family, friends, and business associates. He was very social and highlights with his circle of great friends included boating trips (River Rats) and yearly West Coast fishing trips. His gang loved a good gag and never passed up an opportunity to dress up and perform. Don prided himself on being a "Rhodes" Scholar having attended the Cecil Rhodes Elementary School in Vancouver. Don's main passion in life was his beloved A.B. Cushing Mills which he took over from his father. A.B. Cushing Mills Ltd. operated in Calgary for well over 100 years. A skilled, creative craftsman in his own right he became President in 1971 of both A.B. Cushing Mills Ltd. Calgary and R.L. Cushing Millwork Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He quickly rebuilt the company and established himself as a successful and forward thinking businessman. He remained active in the company with his daughter, Donna. He sold the company in 2014 shortly after her passing. Other passions in his life were his pet dogs and travelling. He served as a Chief Operating Officer in World War II with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was active in the Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow and remained an honorary member. Don enjoyed his membership in the Calgary Golf and Country Club and volunteered for many years with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board. Don is survived by his daughter, Linda (Don) Percival; son, Warren Cushing; grandchildren, Natalie (Kyle MacDonald) Percival, Ryland Percival; great- granddaughter, Ione MacDonald; stepdaughter, Selma (Rob) Nicol and first wife, Maria Hitchen. Don was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (West) and his daughter, Donna Cushing. At Don's request there will be no funeral services. A special thanks to Amanda, Levi, Jimema, Riza and Dr. Bretzky. In living memory of Donald Cushing, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (Calgary Herald 10 Jun 2017)

GOULD, Donald Victor (Don), C1ST, 51347-E, RCN (served 24 Aug 1946 - 29 Apr 1971) (25 Jun 1928 - 11 Jun 2010) - Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Sunset Manor, Collingwood, Ontario on Friday, June 11th, 2010, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Loving husband of Eleanor. Devoted father of Donna (Jerry) Goodell and Janet (Neil) Acton. Fun-loving grandpa of Joshua (Ann Marie), Derek, Scott and Craig. Special great-grandfather of Keegan and Kylie. Also survived by his brother Norman Gould, of Surrey, BC. Following Don's wishes creation has taken place. A celebration of Don's Life will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday June 15th, 2010 , at Chatterson Funeral Home, Collingwood. Interment at Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens, Ajax. Donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

HAYLEY, Dorothea (Dot), WRCNS (Wren) (25 Sep 1921 - 14 Jun 2017) - After a full and happy life, our beloved mother, Dorothea "Dot" Hayley, passed away peacefully at the age of 95. She was predeceased by her loving husband Al after 52 years of marriage. Deeply committed to her family, she remained a nurturing and devoted mother and grandmother. Despite battling several serious illnesses without complaint and with great fortitude, Mom maintained an enormous thirst for life and reminded her family that she was determined to "see the end of the story." She was an avid reader, a gifted pianist, and a woman with a tremendous sense of fashion. Our mother created a loving environment in our home, welcoming both friends and relatives with open arms. Special events were celebrated with great enthusiasm, delicious meals, and her signature themed decor. Mom was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and graduated from high school at the tender age of 15. She joined the WRENS in 1944, and became a naval wife in 1945. The military lifestyle caused her to travel across Canada several times, and all of her children were born in different provinces. In her mid- forties her inquiring mind led her to attend the University of Victoria, where she earned her teaching certificate. She remained a lifelong learner and a kind and trustworthy friend. In her later years, Mom joined the Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary, where she enjoyed volunteering for decades. She leaves to mourn her four children: Audrey, Rod (Victoria), Susan (Mike) and Pam (Cliff), ten grandchildren: Christine, Rob, Alonna, Dory, Edmund, Stephen, Myles, Paul, Jamie, and Mark, and seven great-grandchildren: Harry, Audrey, Lauren, James, Robyn, Jack, and Marina. Mom was adamant that she remain in her own home and did so, until the final four months of her 95 year life. She received exceptionally patient and affectionate support from her devoted and loving care providers: Diana, Claudia, and especially Beate. Dot will always be lovingly remembered for her vivacity, generosity, and laughter. We will miss her indomitable spirit and unwavering devotion to family. A celebration of life will be held at St. Matthias Church in Victoria on Saturday, August 5th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the church hall. Flowers are gratefully declined, but donations in memory of Dot to the Dandelion Society, Our Place, The Mustard Seed, or a charity of choice would be appreciated.


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BELL, Joseph A., P2, 4339-E, RCN (served 02 Jun 1941 - 02 Jun 1966) (29 Jun 1922 - 27 Oct 1995) - Passed away at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital on October 27, 1995. He is survived by Beatrice, his loving wife of 50 years; son Gary (Karlene); grandson Robert and Sheryl, mother of Robert; and by his brothers, Jack, William (Cila), Frank (Mary); and many nieces and nephews. Joseph was born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan in 1922. He joined the RCN in 1941 and served Canada during the Second World War. he also served during the Korean conflict. he retired from the Navy after 25 years and went to work at Mount St. Marys and finally retiring again as head housekeeper at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Joseph was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and the Athabaskan Association (G07). He will be sadly missed by the many friends he has bade over the years. A memorial service will be held on November 2, 1995 at 2 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion - Pro Patria Branch, 411 Gorge Rd. East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.



Remembering Joe Bell - by Capt (Merchant Marine) Dave Tyre CPO1, RCN, ret'd


Joe Bell was my next door neighbour, twice. As you can see from the article (Man of the Month, Crowsnest August 1952) Joe was made a prisoner of war after being rescued by German E-Boats when HMCS Athabaskan was sunk during an action with German destroyers in the Bay of Biscay.

What isn't in the article was the fact that Joe was badly burned in the water that night and his recovery in a POW camp was slow and painful. Nevertheless, as the article states, Joe was always a positive person, even though he fought personal demons that today we would call PTSD. I don't know why he told me stories of his captivity when he wouldn't tell anybody else but tell me he did. He had been a cooper before the war and his German captors discovered this during interrogations. He was assigned to making barrels. He would snicker when he told me they wouldn't have been able to hold straw and he had made sure they would leak.

As I arrived home in the late afternoon each day he would call over and have me join him watching his favourite TV program: "Hogan's Heroes". When I asked why, of all people, he would be so taken with a comedy based on a farcical POW camp he told me it was what he had wished his captivity had been ... then go back to laughing at the program.

Joe served 25 years in the RCN and went on to become the executive housekeeper at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He passed away at age 68. He served in HMC ships Columbia (1), Athabaskan (1), Nootka, Uganda, Warrior, Sioux, Cayuga, Qu'Appelle, various Bay class minesweepers and HMCS Naden, Stadacona and Cornwallis (instructor). I miss him to this day and I can never watch an episode of "Hogan's Heroes" without thinking of him.



HMCS ATHABASKAN G07 - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan. Captured by the Germans - became a POW.







HMCS QU'APPELLE - Served in Qu'Appelle 1964-1965

KENNEDY, John, AB.ST, V43205, RCNVR - Died 1988


HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as an ABST, RCNVR

GIBB, Ernest, Tel, V37554, RCNVR - died: 1950s


HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as a Tel, RCNVR

SANSOM, Bernard, Stoker Petty Officer, V16781, RCNVR - Born: 1909  Died: 28 Jan 1989


HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Listed on the 15 Nov 1943 nominal roll as a SPO, RCNVR

HUTCHINSON, Boyd (13 Aug 1926 - 05 Jul 2017) - Peacefully, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Boyd Hutchinson passed away at Deer Lodge Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boyd is survived by his ex-wife Stephanie Winnie Hutchinson, and children: Eric, Arnold, and Claire (Terry Porter and children Shelby and Dean). He is also survived by his children: Dale and Greg (Jessie) (by his ex-wife Natalie) and grandchildren: Neil and Paul. In addition, he leaves to mourn his passing his special companion, Eveleen Lawrence. He is predeceased by his ex-wife Natalie, his parents and two sisters, Gertrude and Phyllis. He also has a brother Bill who resides in England. Boyd was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on August 13, 1926. He was the son of Mahlon and Olive Hutchinson. Boyd picked up golf at a young age at the Elmwood Golf Club and won the Junior Club Championship in 1940 to 1941. But the Second World War intervened and he joined the navy, where he achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer. He retired from the Navy after 25 years and worked for Canada Post for 18 years until his retirement. Boyd's passion was golfing and he won many trophies. Being in the Navy he played many of the top golf courses in the world including the Old Course at St. Andrews. He also liked reading, movies and travelling with his companion, Eveleen. He was an excellent snooker player and bowled regularly. Boyd was a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 48 years, a member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada for 40 years, and a member of Teulon Golf and Country Club for 35 years. We thank the staff and nurses at the Deer Lodge Centre and the Health Sciences Centre, as well as Boyd's son, Eric, and Boyd's partner, Eveleen Lawrence, for taking care of Boyd in his final years. A private military funeral service will be held for immediate family. Donations in Boyd's memory may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Romans 8:37: We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. (Winnipeg Free Press 08 Jul 2017)

WONG, Ping Zunn (26 Feb 1947 - 12 Jul 2017) - Age 70 of Dutch Settlement passed away peacefully at the VG Hospital in Halifax on the eve of July 12/17. Ping served 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy travelling abroad on many naval vessels. He was the youngest son of Tim and Kathleen Wong (predeceased) . Ping is survived by his wife Jackie (Caines) and son Jim and granddaughter Kailee; step-daughter Sheena Hamilton (Paul) and grand children Lindsay and Jared; step-son Shawn. He is also survived by his brother Kai (Michele) in Vancouver; sisters Tai (vancouver), Lou ( Toronto) and Kay (Leamington) . Ping is pre- deceased by 3 sisters. Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday July 17 in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen Street, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.



BARTLETT, Arthur - of Brandon, MB.  Died: 04 Jun 1990



BREITHAUPT, David John, Surg-Lt, RCNVR - University of Toronto, 1941; internal medicine; DPH, FRCPC; Surgeon Lieut., Navy, WW II; former medical vice-president, Manufacturer's Life Insurance Company. Died of Parkinson's disease Oct. 12, 2003, aged 86; survived by 5 children. “He was able to remove the restrictions on diabetes and became an acknowledged pioneer in medical risk underwriting.”


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Appointed to Saint John 26 Jan 1944 as Surg-Lt, RCNVR

BUCKINGHAM, John L. - of London, ON.  Date of passing unknown



CALVERT, Guy, Able Seaman - of Palmer Rapids, ON.  Died 09 Sep 1990



COLE, Robert - of Surrey BC. Date of passing unknown



COULSON, Bob, Able Seaman - of Toronto, ON. Died 08 Jan 1991



DOUCETTE, Charles J. - of Alyesford, NS. Died 2002



JOHNSON, Earl W., SPO - of Thunder Bay, ON.  Date of passing unknown


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John Apr 1944 - Nov 1945 as a L/Sto and SPO

LAIDLER, Jack, OS - of Red Deer, AB. Died: 2006



MacNEIL, Hugh, L/SBA - of Burlington, ON.  Date of passing unknown


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John 12 Nov 1943 - 14 Jul 1944 as a L/SBA

MANNING, Ronald (Ron), LS - of Vernon, BC.  Date of passing unknown.


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John 12 Dec 1943 - 09 Sep 1945 as an AB / LS

McMILLAN, A.E., AB - of Victoria, BC,  Died: Oct 1989



PEGG, David J. (Dave), AB - of Oak Harbor, USA. Date of passing unknown


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John Mar 1944 - Nov 1945 as an AB


RICALTON, Bill, PO, Bos'n (Buffer) - of Espanola, ON. Date of passing unknown


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John as PO Bos'n, Buffer

WERTH, John, ERA - of Regina, SK. Died: Sep 1990


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John as an ERA

WILSON, Andrew H. -  of Weston, ON. Died Nov 1989



JENNINGS, Rex Joseph - passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the age of 91 years, surrounded by his family and caregivers at the Chateau Providence Care Centre in St. Brieux, SK, following a 10-year fight with cancer. Rex leaves his wife of 54 years, Simone (nee: Stacey) Jennings; his son, Guy (Tara) and their children: Hannah and Matt; his son, Grant and his sons: Harrison and Gordon; and daughter, Marlene Jennings (Clint Sawicki) and their sons Oscar and Reese; sister-in-law: Anne Jennings and her children: Tim (Suzanne) Jennings and Gail Jennings and their families. Rex was predeceased by his parents: Guy and Laura Belle Jennings and his brother, Warren Jennings. Rex was born in Regina in 1925 and grew up in Colonsay where the family built and operated the service station at the junction of highways #16 and #2 and later at the family quarter section four miles east and one mile north of Codette. Rex the oldest and Warren the youngest sons of Laura Belle and Guy Jennings, and were products of the prairies born in the mid-1920s and growing up during the Great Depression. The family eventually moved into the town of Nipawin in 1939, and it was forever the hometown of the Jennings family. With the sky in his eye, in his 18th year, Rex travelled to Saskatoon to join up for the services for WWII. The air force was not in Rex's future being affected by colour blindness; however, the Royal Canadian Navy came calling for him in 1944 and he eventually ended up on HMCS Westmount as the ship's signalman. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to school and graduated as a forest ranger in 1949 with his first post in Fort Qu'appelle. Rex's life changed in 1963 when he met a young Simone Stacey from Prince Albert, which led to a wedding in April of that year and a lifelong companion. This union was punctuated by the birth of two sons, Guy and Grant and daughter, Marlene. Rex did not give up on flight, and turned his attentions to earning his commercial licence and eventually combining his passions as the conservation officer pilot in Hudson Bay. Rex logged 7,000 hours as a bush pilot and in 1972 he decided to fold up his wings while luck was on his side and move his young family to a new post in Melfort, where Simone still resides. Rex retired here and spent his remaining years enjoying all the outdoors could offer a man and enjoying his children, grandchildren and cherished friends. He was no stranger to coffee row where he freely listened, laughed and provided his opinions to his companions. Thank you for being part of Rex's life. Posthumous words by Rex: "If I could live my life over again, I would do it all the same" Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Melfort Gun Club, Melfort, SK. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that Memorial Donations be made in Rex's name directly to: Chateau Providence Auxiliary (Box 340, St. Brieux, SK S0K 3V0), Melfort & District Minor Sports Association or Minor Hockey (Box 2668, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0) or the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fedusiak Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Melfort.(Saskatoon StarPhoenix 15 Jul 2017)



BOYCE, W. Melville - Suddenly but peacefully, with family by his side on Tuesday July 11, 2017 just days before his 93rd birthday, Mel passed away after a wonderful weekend at his cherished farm. Beloved father of Christie (Alan Brenchley), Doug (Debra Koopmans) and Murray, dear grandfather of Caitlin, Diana, Peter and Brian. Mel was predeceased by his wife Margaret (having been her loving spouse for 56 years). Brother to Joan Greig of Victoria, BC (Bob, deceased), the late Edward (Kaye deceased), the late Edna Jones (Mel deceased), and to sister-in-law Lois McEachern (Don deceased) of Ottawa and caring uncle to their families. Dear special friend of Betty Morrison of Thornhill. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, Mel graduated from the University of Toronto and had a distinguished career in architecture, becoming a Senior Partner at Page & Steele Architects and was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Mel served his community actively through the Rotary Club of Toronto West and the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries. Mel's wide circle of friends experienced his caring interest and attention and those nurtured bonds were greatly valued by him. Ever positive and exuding a contagious sense of humour, Mel chose to live life to the fullest. A keen traveller, avid curler, always a project on the go, his zest for life, his whistle and so much more will be sadly missed. Please join us to celebrate Mel's life at a Memorial Service to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18th at Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Drive, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, we know Mel would be honoured to have donations made to the CNIB, 1-800-563-2642, who supported him so well to adapt to living with vision loss resulting from macular degeneration. (Toronto Star 15 Jul 2017)

GAMMON, Leonard Perry Martin - Passed peacefully in his 100th year, into the arms of Jesus, with family by his side on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Royal Oak in Kingsville. Beloved husband of Carole (nee Routly) for almost 49 years. Loving father of Karen Dobson (Greg) and the late Heather Barrett (2015) (Scott). Proud and cherished Papa of Cassie and Amanda Barrett and Andrew Dobson. Len was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Ellen and his siblings, George, Eva, Harry and Bill. He will also be remembered by his extended family, including nieces and nephews. Len was a WWII Veteran who served with the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMS Puncher in the North Atlantic. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #201, Essex for 44 years. He was also a lifelong member of the Salvation Army Essex Community Church and enjoyed fellowship at Lakeshore St. Andrews for several years. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Royal Oak Long Term Care Residence in Kingsville for the loving care shown to Len over the last two years. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Salvation Army Essex Community Church, 26 Talbot Street South, Essex from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Len's life at 11 a.m. Major Sam Roberts officiating. Interment Country Meadows Cemetery. If desired memorial donations made to the Salvation Army Essex Community Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. (Windsor Star 11 Jul 2017)



HAMILTON, John Henry Ward - It is with great sadness, the family of John Henry Ward Hamilton announce his passing on July 8, 2017, two days after his 82nd Birthday. John is survived by his wife Carol of 52 years; sons Neil and Brian; sister Sandra and brother Ian. John served in the Navy for 17 years and then moved to Hinton where he worked at St. Regis paper in Hinton for over 25 years and contributed in many ways to the community of Hinton. He was a well-known musician, playing with Hinton bands over the years. He taught skiing for many years at Marmot Basin and Snow Valley in Edmonton. At John's request, there will be no Funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation 1-020 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E1 or The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6K2.(Edmonton Journal 11 Jul 2017)


PLUMMER, John Charles (Jack), Cdr (LOG), RCN (19 Oct 1928 - 07 Jul 2017) - Peacefully in hospital in his 88th year. Devoted husband to the late Helen Marguerite (nee Whitman). Loving father to Steven (Margaret), David (late Susan) and Mark (Maureen Johnson). Dear grandad of Jennifer (Peter Ritchie), Lisa, Ashley (Joness Lang), Drew, Blair and Dana Plummer. Jack will be remembered for his service to his country while in the Royal Canadian Navy (Cdr) and as a civilian with the Department of National Defence. A devoted family man, Jack enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, woodworking and he could fix almost anything! A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Canada where Jack volunteered for many years. (Ottawa Citizen 15 Jul 2017)

LIPSCOMBE, George, Lt, RCN - Born: 13 Dec 1899, Corton, Hampshire, England.  Died: 08 Oct 1979, age 79, Montreal, QC


George Lipscombe - Nearly 40 years of Naval Service



LIPSCOMBE, Frederick, Steward, RCN - Date of passing unknown

LIPSCOMBE, John, Sailmaker, RCN - Date of passing unknown

SMITHSON, David Baker, AB, 3279, RCN - MPK 22 Oct 1940 - HMCS MARGAREE - Born 03 Sep 1920 son of David C. and Bertha Louise Smithson, Medicine Hat, AB.


AB Smithson survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser, and like most of the Fraser's survivors, was drafted to the newly acquired HMCS Margaree, losing his life when she was sunk just a month and a half later. David was born at Medicine Hat, AB on 03 Sep 1920, to David C and Bertha Louise Smithson of Medicine Hat.. He attended Medicine Hat's Elm Street School and Alexandria high School. As a boy he had taken much interest in the boy Scout Movement and was Assistant Scout Master of the St. Barnabas Club Pack at Medicine Hat. David enlisted in the RCN at Esquimalt BC in September 1938.


Portrait of David Smithson          Family memorial for David Smithson


HMCS FRASER - Survived the sinking of HMCS FRASER


BRISTOW, Anthony Gabriel - Born: 25 Sep 1958  Died: 23 Apr 1993




ROBINSON, Russell Raymond, AB, V32262, RCNVR - Peacefully, on Friday, March 24, 2006, at the age of 84. Loving husband of Lena (deceased February 25, 2006) for almost 60 years. Admired and dear father of Paul (Ann), Barbara (Mike Thompson), Beverly (Doug Hicks), and Brenda Robinson (Rick Alexanderson). Cherished brother of Elvie (Jack Drummond) and uncle of Susan Halladjian and Sandra Rousseau. Loving grandfather of Christopher, Joyce, Sean, Stephen, Andrea and Julia. Loving Step-Great-Grandfather of Nicholas Phalen. Dearly missed by cousins Ada (Mike Kolesar) and Myra (Mike Hardy). Dear brother-in-law of Bea (late Harley McCarthy) and Stella (Late John McCarthy). Russell will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, Russell is a World War II Veteran (royal Canadian Navy) and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. A Legion service of remembrance will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7:30. Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home, 1255 Walkley Rd (east of Bank), on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday at Resurrection of our Lord Church, 1940 Saunderson Drive, for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. in memoriam, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Charity of Choice appreciated.


Certificate of Discharge from Russell Robinson



MELVILLE, Wayne Randall - died circa 1995



QUISTBERG, Gordon George (21 Sep 1925 - 15 Ju l2017) - It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Gordon George Quistberg, at Ste. Anne Hospital, at the age of 91. For those of you that had the pleasure of knowing Gord, his colourful personality will be genuinely missed. After serving in the Navy during the Second World War he worked hard as a C.N.R. blacksmith for over 40 years. He cherished and missed Louise, his late wife of 59 years, every day. They spent many happy times at their cottage on Muriel Lake. Gord enjoyed a good laugh every day, especially when playing a game of crib, and had a soft heart for all animals, especially puppies. It was Gord's wish to remain in his home as long as he could and this was made possible with the excellent care from his doctors at the Ste. Anne Clinic and Hospital, Veterans Affairs, homecare staff and special friends in the Paradise Village community In keeping with Gord's wishes a private graveside ceremony will be held where he will be laid to rest with his wife Louise at Green Acres Cemetery. (Winnipeg Free Press 18 Jul 20170


SWARBRICK, Robert Anthony (Bob), ABSD, RCNVR (1925-1999) - Surrounded by family, Bob Swarbrick, age 73, passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre on March 25, 1999. Bob will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Betty; son Bruce (Mary-Lou); daughter Barb (Roland), and son Glenn. Grandchildren Shelagh, Peter, Lauren and Luke will miss their special Poppa. Bob completed Navy Service in the Second World War and went on to became a proud member of the Winnipeg Fire Department. After 40 rewarding years on the job, he and Betty went on to enjoy retirement, which included many happy winters with friends in Arizona. A memorial mass will take place on Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, Arnold and Osborne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to the Winnipeg Firefighters Burn fund, 202-666 St. James St. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Health Science Centre Cancer Treatment Centre and the seventh floor M.I.C.U. for their care and compassion. Bob will always be with us. Leclaire Brothers in care of arrangements.


Portrait of Bob Swarbrick




EGERTON, Alfred William Gould (Al) - in his 86th year passed away in the early morning of July 19th 2017, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, ON. Loving father of Coleen (Paul) McLachlan and Carolyn Ross. Lovingly remembered by brothers’ Jim (Doreen) and Andy, sister Eda, and loving nieces, nephews and other relatives. Will also be missed by stepdaughter Lisa (Jeff) Peller and special friends Forbes Cavanagh and Jeanette Yeo. Born in Princeton, BC in 1932 to Alfred and Minnie Egerton, Al spent his early years in the roaring gold mining town of Hedley, BC, living halfway up the mountain where his father ran an ore skip; then moving to Oliver in the Okanagan Valley at age 10. Living in mountainous terrain both in Hedley and Oliver, Al spent much of his youth climbing the mountains, fishing the many trout streams and rivers, and killing the occasional rattlesnake barehanded. Al attended South Okanagan High School and in Grade 12 was voted in as President of the Oliver Teen Town, a youth group that undertook various community projects. He was an active player in all high school sport programs, and played first string center in basketball. In 1950, Al enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy), serving in Korea, Ireland, Canada and the High Seas. In the Korean War, he and fellow crew members of the HMCS Athabaskan received commendation for their participation in the Battle of Inchon; detailed by General MacArthur, they sailed up the Yalu River behind enemy lines rescuing 250 wounded South Korean soldiers. Al spent 10 years in the Navy, also serving on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, and received the U.N. Medal, the Korean Medal, and the Korean Ships Company Citation Medal. After leaving the Navy, Al held sales and management positions, moving with his wife and two daughters to Toronto, ON in 1969, to work at Canadian General Electric. In 1974, Al founded Egetec Enterprises Inc., a distributor of scientific products for oceanography and environmental monitoring. During Al’s business career, he was a Director and President of the Canadian Sportsman’s Association and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. In his later years, he was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Barrie, ON. Al was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly-tying and fishing, canoeing, cottage life and camping. He was a beautiful dancer and he fully enjoyed his years of golfing, playing snooker, puttering in his beautiful garden and cooking, cooking, cooking! He was strong, proud, fiercely independent, generous and kind with a great sense of humour, and will be dearly missed by Coleen and Carolyn and all who knew and loved him. In keeping with Al’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. On Tuesday evening, July 25th, there will be an informal “drop by and have a drink on Al” at the Barrie Royal Legion from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM for Legion members, snooker players and close family and friends. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War


WAUGH, Peter Graham - a retired Warrant Officer in the Canadian Air Force and longtime resident of Dartmouth, NS, died unexpectedly at home on May 1, 2017 at the age of 67. Peter was born in Summerside, PEI on April 17, 1950. He is survived by his children; Melanie Waugh (Trevor), Dartmouth and Mathew Gouchie, Dartmouth; brothers, Robert (Lana), Florida; Howard, Wentworth; Harry (Lucy), Ontario; Charles (Lynn), Onslow; Anthony (Karen), Truro; sisters, Jane Makinen (Paul), Salmon River; Beverly Cutten, Bible Hill; Jackie Waugh, Truro. He is predeceased by his parents, James “Harry” Waugh and Rosemary “Molly” Waugh; his sisters, Barbara McLean and Karen Gero. He enlisted in the Canadian Forces in 1970 as a medic and served his country for 27 years. Upon his discharge from active service, he worked as civilian medic at CFB Shearwater and for the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, ultimately retiring in 2011. On March 5, 1977 and April 26, 1991 respectively, he welcomed his two children, Melanie and Mathew, who were the most important part of his life. Peter was a devoted father and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed golf, curling and loved taking in any amateur sporting events he could drive himself to. Tim Hortons stock is likely to take a slight dip in the next few days as he was a regular at many local stores where they knew his order before he even got to the counter. He loved the outdoors and nature in general. Peter had a particular fascination with eagles and made the trek many years down to the Eagle Watch in The Valley to see them in person. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. A small service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 6th at the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St in Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peter’s name to Hope for Wildlife.


HMCS MARGAREE - Served in Margaree as MedA (Sick Bay Tiffy) 1990-1991

FISHER, Wilbur Joseph - Born Duck Lake, SK Age 80 Canadian Aboriginal War Veteran H.M.C.S. Stadacona Navy Resided in Saskatoon, SK Wilbur embraced the loving arms of his beautiful wife, Rita, in heaven, on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Wilbur is survived by his loving family: daughter Sherry; son-in-law Gordon Chem; grandsons Ryan and Nolan; brothers Clarence and Ronnie Fisher. Wilbur was sincerely grateful to have had such a wonderful and supportive group of family and friends. 


God called your name so gently,

that only you could hear.

No one heard the footsteps,

of the angels drawing near. 

Softly from the shadows, 

there came a gentle call. 

You closed your eyes,

and went to sleep, 

and quietly left us all.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the "Field of Honour" at Woodlawn Cemetery. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix 22 Jul 2017)

MERSEREAU, Cecil E. (19 Mar 1927 - 22 Jul 2017) - Age 90, passed peacefully on July 22, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital. Son of the late Ethel (Betts) and Ralph Mersereau. Survived by sister, Florence Boulter and nieces Linda Terhume, Sarah Sinclair and Betsy Wilson. Predeceased by wife, Hilda. Cecil was a veteran and served on the HMCS Nootka in the Korean War. Special thanks to the staff of 4 East, Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 26th at 1:30pm in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home.



WATSON, Derek Mayne (Hoss), CD, RCN (20 Apr 1939 - 15 Jul 2017) - age 78 of Halifax, passed away July 15, 2017 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Born on April 20, 1939 in Sarnia, Ont (Home of two Grey Cups). He was the son of the late Mayne and Adilene (Woverton). Hoss is survived by loving wife Joan; son Jeff (Deborah) of King City, Ont; daughters Suzanne (Alan) Paré and Cindy (Jeff) Hiltz ; sister Nancy (Ron) Jensen of Terrace Bay, Ont; grandchildren Zachary, Connor, Trisha, Kristen, Elysia, Amanda, Timothy and Etienne; great grandchildren Isabelle and Kara-Lee. Predeceased by his parents, brother David, first wife Gwen (Smart), and nephew Allan Jensen. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 22 years (1956-1978) retiring as P.O.1 Served on various ships and bases, including R.M.C. (1966-1968) CFB Kingston 1976 Olympic staff (Olympic races Lake Ontario). Employed by Nova Scotia Correctional Services and Department of Justice (1979-1994). Hoss played football for Stadacona and Shearwater (1959-1967). He was a member of the Masonic Order, past Master of Keith Lodge #17, a 32nd Degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and a Philae Shriner; Member of the Halifax RCN Association (Peregrine Club) and of the Atlantic Chief and P.O. Association. Donation in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


"To all my friends, former co-workers, shipmates and teammates, when the time is right have a wee sip and think of me. - Hoss!"




DAVIES, Ronald (1938-2017) Born in Saunders, AB, Ron passed away peacefully at RJH Hospice on July 11, 2017. For many years he battled a chronic illness, which developed into cancer in 2008. He served in the Canadian Military for 25 years, 16 years in Victoria as a engineer/stoker with the Navy & the remainder as a machinist in the Air force with postings in Trenton, Ontario, Lahr Germany & Comox, B.C. Soon after retirement in 1980 he moved with his family to Maui, Hawaii where he was manager & part owner of the Kihei Prime Rib House. In the late 80's he returned to Victoria to pursue his many talents & interests. He had enjoyed curling in earlier years & upon his return became a member of the Lake Hill Lawn Bowling Club from 1989 - 2010. His hobbies were refurbishing pianos, remodeling our homes, building & fixing things. He played the piano by ear, and in the 1950's had his own band. Ron enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Trans Atlantic, Mediterranean & the Pacific Oceans, finding it quite different from sailing in his Navy days. He & Heather also enjoyed many Winters at their home in Mesa, Arizona. Ron loved his family, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Heather; children; Colin, Linda (Paul), Mark (Barbara), grandchildren Tyler, Chelsea, & Kayla, step grandchildren, Erich & Taylor, Kaycee & Andrew, sisters, Ruth & Betty, and many extended family. Thank you for Ron's care to Dr. D.C. Morgan, Doctors, nurses & medical Staff at RJH, Victoria Hospice, Victoria Cancer Clinic, & VGH. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26 at 2:00p.m., First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria, BC. In his memory, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. (Victoria Times Colonist 22 Jul 2017)

FLOWERS, Eldon Harold - Passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Extendicare Peterborough in his 94th year. A WWII Navy Veteran and longtime crossing guard of 15 years to St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School and Kingswood Public Elementary School in Brampton. Eldon, devoted husband of the late Gwendoline Winifred Flowers. Loving father of Beverly Soulliere (Brian) and Marilyn Katz (Lowa). Cherished grandfather of Tracy Romanelli (Gian), Michelle O'Donovan (Barry), Tom Winstone (Florence), Debbie McLeod (Jim), Kim Kotzeff (Alex) and Joseph Katz. Beloved great-grandfather of Kristin, James, Anthony, Riley, Tom Jr., Ashley, Sandor and Max and many great-great-grandchildren. A small private family graveside service will be organized through Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre at the Rosemount Memorial Gardens, 2551 Whittington Drive, Cavan, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 19th at 1:00 p.m. In memory of Eldon, donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada would be appreciated. Published in the Toronto Star from July 18 to July 19, 2017

HEASLIP, William Thomas (Bill), Lt (SB) Radar, RCNVR (13 Oct 1920 - 05 Jul 2017) - passed away peacefully in the early morning of July 15, 2017 supported by his family, which he loved very much. Predeceased by his wife Jean. Bill will be deeply missed by his children David, James, Anne, John, Patricia, Robert, Kathleen and Paul; his 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Bill led a full life that included four years in WWII as a Radar Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in North Atlantic and Mediterranean theatres. He graduated top of the University of Toronto class of '47 in aeronautical engineering and applied physics. He had an exceptional career in the aviation industry with the DeHavilland Aircraft Co. (now Bombardier) where he was a Design Engineer and for many years, Vice-President engineering. Bill was a passionate patron of the arts. He loved opera, ballet, the symphony and theatre. He was a talented wood-worker and is famous for his incredibly life-like rocking horses. He also created numerous board games. Bill was an outgoing, extremely generous, patient man with a great sense of humour. He will be remembered fondly by everyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Bill's life will be held for extended family and friends at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 12 at the King City United Church, King City, ON. Donations in memory of Bill can be made to the wonderful Hill House Hospice, Richmond Hill, ON. (Toronto Star 20 Jul 2017)

JOHNSTON, Robert John (22 Feb 1925 - 13 Jul 2107) - passed away peacefully at the Intercare Southwood Hospice on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the age of 92 years. Robert is survived by his lovely bride of 66 years Lois Arlene Johnston. They were happily married and had two children Brian and Roberta; and four grandchildren Sara, Samantha, Jamie, and Melanie. He is also survived by his sister Audrey, and daughter- in-law Monet. Robert was predeceased by his son Brian, his son-in-law Mike, his brother Stuart, and parents Melvin and Rose. Robert needed written permission from his parents in order to join the Canadian Navy during WWII at the age of 17. After the War he began a lifelong obsession with golf and made many, many special friends. He worked in the broadcast industry for his entire career and lived life happily. Respecting Robert's wishes no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Robert's memory directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, (100, 119 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6).(Calgary Herald 22 Jul 2017)

McRAE, Murray (29 Oct 1929 - 14 Jul 2017) Passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017. Murray is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Colleen, daughter Linda Cann (Ron), son John (Sean), grandsons Ron Cann (Rani) and Steve Cann (Joanna), and five adored great grandchildren Maxime, Jackson, Luka, Colby and Owen. His passing is an enormous loss for family, friends and neighbours. Born in Vancouver, Murray lived his entire life in the lower mainland and in Victoria during a stint in the Navy. Always a high achiever he was the star western sales representative for Tuck Tape for many years. After retirement, Murray and Colleen traveled, enjoyed cruises and happy times with the family at Black Mountain Ranch. Murray was a true gentleman, who treated everyone equally and always made time to help and advise others. Family, friends and neighbours all benefited from his honesty, fairness, kindness and generosity. He was a witty storyteller and the family historian. A wise investor and a cautious gambler, Murray loved numbers and statistics and could tell you to the penny what a winning horse paid 30 years ago. The family would like to thank the team on Floor 5 at Royal Columbia Hospital for their care and attention. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 30th at 2pm at the Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC. (Vancouver Sun 22 Jul 2017)

ROE, Carl Alexander - Carl's long journey through life ended on July 15 at Chartwell-Westmount Long-Term Care Residence in Kitchener, just two months short of his 95th birthday. Born in Toronto in 1922, Carl grew up during the Great Depression and proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War's Battle of the Atlantic. Returning home, he married Ruth, raised a family in postwar Willowdale and resumed what would be a four-decade career as an Electrician, then Factory Maintenance Manager, at Ferranti-Packard Ltd., which manufactured giant electrical transformers. He relished his 35-year retirement, which featured travel, relaxing with an occasional rum and coke at his Lake Simcoe cottage and cheering on the New England Patriots and Manchester United FC while making money betting against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carl's last year was filled with ongoing health problems which he met with characteristic stubborn tenacity after moving to Kitchener from Peterborough. Watching every kind of sporting event imaginable on TV was a great consolation. Carl is survived by sons Stephen (Lilia Belfort) and John (Betty) and son-in-law Randy Storey. He will be remembered by grandchildren Joanna Schiedel, Bronwyn Roe, Emily Roe, Ryan Storey, Dan Storey, Caitlin Meadows and Alex Roe. Carl also leaves behind great-grandsons Callum Schiedel and Jack Meadows. Carl was predeceased by Ruth, his wife of 57 years and daughter Cathy Storey. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Greenbank United Cemetery in Greenbank. Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. (Toronto Star 21 Jul 2017)

GILLESPIE, Allan Stephan- Born: 19 Sep 1967  Died: 30 Jul 2002


HMCS ONONDAGA - Served in Onondaga in 1993

GRIMSTER, Ronald Fernley - Peacefully at McMaster Medical Centre, Hamilton, in the presence of his family, on Tuesday, September 9, 2003, Ronn Grimster, at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Grimster. Beloved father of his son Kenn and his wife Linda Grimster of Hamilton, and his daughter Gayle and her husband Nick Dunning of Erin. Ronn was a radio announcer at CHOW of Welland, CFUN of Vancouver, and CHFI of Toronto, a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Bellechasse, and a member of the Clifton Lodge, Niagara Falls. Friends may call at the Kitching-Steepe Funeral Home, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Saturday, September 13, 2003 from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate Ronn's life. Cremation with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls. If so desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of M.U.M.C. - I.C.U. for their care and compassion.



MOSSOP, Hudson, ERA, RCNVR - Passed away in 2004 at his home, in his 85th year. Son of I.J. Fletcher and Mabel of Toronto. He is survived by his wife Helen Joyce, sons Drs. David Irene of Smithville, ON, James Sarmite of Danville, California, daughter Elizabeth Ralph of Victoria, B.C. and sister Winifred Aubrey of Beamville, ON. Grandfather of David, Erica, Evan, Julian and Hudson. Predeceased by his brother Judge David. Former partner of White, Mossop & Erling Ltd., Cons. Engineers, St. Catharines, ON. He served with RCNVR, 1939-1945 as Chief Elect. Artificer on HMCS Skeena, Columbia and HMS Nabob in the North Atlantic theatre. Member of P.E.O., Royal Canadian Legion Br. 350, Welland Club and St. Thomas' Church. He was Past President of St. Catharines Rowing Club and Henley Aquatic Association and was an ardent tennis and squash player. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church Street, 905-684-6346. Private family service with burial at St. John's Cemetery, Port Dalhousie, ON. Flowers gratefully declined and donations to the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice if you so wish.





BROWN, Allan John (16 Sep 1924 - 13 Aug 2004) - Mourned and loved by his wife Jacqueline Emma DeGagne. Beloved father of Linda-Marie Brian Douglas Grant, Richard John Ann Kershaw Brown and William Clare Brown. Loved and cherished by his granddaughter E. Meagan Grant. Allan was predeceased by his parents John and Agnes Brown of Fythe, Scotland and his sister Mary Summers. He was a veteran of WWII, serving at HMCS Star from 1944-1949. He retired from the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1989 after 39 years. A Memorial Service to celebrate Allan's life will be held in the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St. on Wednesday, August 18th, at 1 p.m.



NIVEN, Beverly Yearsley (Bev) (1916-2005) - 88, Sydney - It is with great sadness that the family of Beverly Yearsley Bev Niven, 88, of Columbia St., Sydney, announce his passing. He passed away peacefully with family at his side, Sunday, Feb. 20th, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Bev struggled bravely for a number of years with Parkinson's Disease. Bev was the son of the late William and Mamie Yearsley Niven. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Jean MacGillivary; loving children Bill, David, Mary Alice David, Philip Laurie, Beverley Rod, Paul Lois, many grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Born August 23, 1916, in Niagara Falls, Ont., Bev served as a wireless operator on HMCS Athabaskan during World War Two. He worked as a Customs Officer on the Peace Bridge. In 1948 they moved back to Sydney. Donations may be made to the Parkinson Society Canada


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN during the Second World War


DAVIES, Beverley Price - Born on February 14, 1920 in Toronto passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children at his side after a brief battle with cancer on Saturday June 11, 2005 in his 86th year. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Rosanna Davies, his brothers Frederick and Richard Davies and his sister Rose Davies Smyth. Beloved husband of Wynne Davies 63rd year of marriage, father of Beverley Jane Davies-Fraser Jim Barritt of Red Deer Alberta and Frederick John Davies Monica of Welland, grandfather of Courtney Fraser-Mason Chris; Alex Fraser, Jacqueline Davies, Rosie Davies and Conrad Davies. The Davies family has had a long tradition of professional service to Port Colborne and Niagara. Beverley's father was Chief of Police in Port Colborne in the early 30's to 1954. Beverley practiced Law in Port Colborne for over 40 years. He began his career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1941. He had the unique honour of being assigned as Sir Winston Churchill's body guard during a visit in Canada. At the beginning of WWII, Beverley joined the Royal Canadian Navy and achieved the rank of Lieutenant serving on the HMCS Prescott, a Canadian frigate. His main task was seeking out German submarines and escorting war ships through dangerous waters. Following the war, Beverley enrolled in Osgoode Hall Law School which lead to his return to Port Colborne after his graduation in Law in 1951. He served as Assistant Crown Attorney for Welland County and was named Queen's Counsel in 1966. He served on many community and regional organizations including many years as Chair of the Niagara Regional Police Commission, Chair of the Port Colborne General Hospital Board of Directors, Member of the Board of the Shaver Hospital, President of the Port Colborne Club and a number of other community endeavours. In business, he founded Laketown Investments Limited and Aberdare Developments Inc. which have constructed many buildings in Port Colborne. He was a member of the Port Colborne Lions Club and was a lifelong member of the Port Colborne Baptist Church. Beverley will be fondly remembered for his generous spirit and his keen and quick sense of humour, his love of music and the trumpet he played for almost 80 years. The family would like to extend a special note of thanks to the many people who assisted them through this difficult time. In particular the Canadian Red Cross, the nurses of St. Elizabeth Health Care, the Alzheimer's Society and Veteran's Affairs. Our heartfelt gratitude and affection goes out to Maureen Bensen, our cousin Sharla Moore and Dr. James Dewar who were always there to help when we needed it the most. At Mr. Davies request, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place and will be followed by a private family burial at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Mr. Davies memory can be made to the Port Colborne General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross or the Alzheimer's Society. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Port Colborne Chapel of the Davidson Funeral Homes 135 Clarence St.


Portrait of B.P. Davies     Photo of Seaman Davies     Portrait of B.P. Davies (commissioned officer)



HIGGINS, Frank Nixon - Passed away peacefully at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 18th, 2006 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of 59 years of Alice (nee Frost), loving father of Allan (Patricia) of St. Catharines, Suzanne (Cliff Iverson) of Grimsby and Wayne (Linda) also of Grimsby. He will be sadly missed by his much loved grandchildren Steven, David, Christine, Sabrina and Michael. Loving brother of Barbara (the late Art O'Connor) and predeceased by his sister Joan. He also leaves behind his brother in law Jim Frost of Nova Scotia and sister in law Elinor Moore of Ajax and survived by many nieces and nephews. Frank was employed by Dofasco for 24 yrs. until his retirement. He was a WWII veteran and served proudly on the HMCS Saint John, and was a member of the Smithville Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He also was a member of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, The Priory of Canada. He touched many lives with his warm smile, always there to lend a hand of encouragement and was very proud of his family as we were of him. He leaves behind many friends at the United Mennonite Retirement Home in Vineland where he resided for the past five years. Special thanks to the ER, C ward and hospital medical staff at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital for the excellent care and compassion shown to our husband, father, grandfather and brother over the past few weeks. Also thank you to Dr. Cano and his associates at the Smithville Centre. Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in his honor on Saturday May 27th at 1 p.m. at the United Mennonite Home auditorium, 4024 23rd St., Vineland, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Frank to United Mennonite Home or the Canadian Alzheimer's Society would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Lampman Funeral Home, Fenwick.


HMCS SAINT JOHN - Served in Saint John as a Radar operator

READ, Frederick Holt - died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 28, 2008 with his loving family at his side. He leaves to mourn his wife of 62 years, Charlotte (Lottie), his children Barbara Frazer, Debbie (Joe) Olah, Lynn (Fred) Ruhe, Bob (Sue) Read, and Jeff (Michelle) Read, grandchildren, Brian (Corrie) Frazer,Tara (Kurt) Ventnor, Joey Olah, Susan Ruhe, Marty Ruhe, Jennifer (Brent) Tarabulka, Courtney Read, Brynne Read, Jason, Elisha and Sarah Read and five great grandchildren. Survived by brother Harry Read (Helen) and brother-in- law Bill Martin. Predeceased by his parents Charles and May Read, his sister Vida Blascik, brother-in-law Andrew Blascik and grandson Kenny Frazer. Mr. Read served a short time in the Lincoln and Welland Regiment then worked at Atlas Steele before joining the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the HMCS Stone Town. He joined the Welland Fire Department in 1949 and after 34 years he retired as Captain in 1983. He will be missed by his friends of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 Dart League. He loved his sports and had a passion for golf. He loved hunting and fishing. Cremation has taken place. Private family interment service will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at a future date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.



CLIMIE, Richard (Dick) - Passed away peacefully after a courageous and lengthy battle with leukemia, Thursday, March 5, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital, at 82 years of age. Beloved husband of Olga (Nikki), for 55 years. Loving father of John and Donna. Cherished grand dad of Joan, Jennifer, Nicole, Richard and Kathryn. Dear brother of Leroy, brother in law of Boris (Bert) Nicoloff, Rose and Oscar Lorentz and Mary Wilson. Uncle to Mark, David, Paul, Allan and Tony. Dick served during WWII for the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Uganda. Dick was a dedicated pharmacist who served the community with generosity as the Owner/Operator of Niagara Drugs in St. Catharines for 25yrs, then 5yrs at Climie's Pharmacy. Also he was a past president of the St. Catharines and District Pharmacist's Association, member of the Gyro Club, member of the Probus Club. He volunteered at the Niagara Apothecary shop and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed a good game of golf and was an avid curler at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. P. Fernandez for providing dedicated medical care with compassion through out his illness. At Dick's request there will be no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St. A private family burial will take place in Victoria Lawn Cemetery, with a celebration of Dick's life taking place at a later date. Memorial remembrances to the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation Future Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.



BRENNAN, Harry Sr. - (16 Sep 1935 - 16 Aug 2012) - passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Hamilton General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Carolyn Brennan, loving father of Evelyn Moore (Mike Parker), Harry Brennan Jr. (Yvonne) and Terry Brennan. Proud Pops of Danielle, Jeff, Cher, April, Ken and Samantha and 8 great-grandchildren. Brother-in-law of Beverly Brennan and Marilyn Robinson. Harry was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Mary Brennan and his brothers Merle and Bob (Reno) Brennan. Harry honorably enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy onboard the HMCS Magnificent stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Later he was employed at INCO for 8 years until the start of his employment at General Motors until his retirement 36 years later. He was a member of the Canadian Corps. He will be greatly missed by his faithful dog Patches and well and his family and friends. The Brennan family will receive visitors at the Davidson Funeral Home, 135 Clarence St. Port Colborne on Sunday August 19, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Welland and District Humane Society. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal“ 



SOMMERVILLE, Robert Lindley (Bob) - Peacefully surrounded by family at Maple Park Lodge, Fort Erie on September 7, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Beloved husband of the late Dora (2010) for 66 years. Cherished father of David Sommerville (Susan) and Julie Detenbeck (Stewart). Dear granddad of Heidi Blom (Anton) and Alana Detenbeck (Roy Bacot). Great granddad to Talia and Naia Blom. Robert will also be sadly missed by his sister Loreen Dundar (Clarence), sister-in-law Jessie Martin and many nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his parents Wallace and Ethel Sommerville. Born July 18, 1922 in Hamilton, ON, graduated from Delta Collegiate. Served in the Canadian Navy for 3 years as a visual signalman on the Corvette HMCS Snowberry in the North Atlantic and Bay of Biscay and later on the Destroyer HMCS Niagara out of Halifax. He graduated in 1949 from the School of Optometry in Toronto and obtained his doctor of Optometry from University of Waterloo as a graduate student. He set up his Optometric Practice in Fort Erie in 1949, retiring in 1996. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 1954 and was president for several years of the Niagara Frontier Society of Optometrists (International) and also served on the executive of the Ontario Assoc. of Optometrists. He was active in Central Ave. United Church, Clerk of Session for several years and later on as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees. As an active and enthusiastic gardener he had two terms as President of the F.E. Horticultural Society. Robert was Past-President of the F.E. Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society, served on the executive of the F.E. Kinsmen Club and continued to be active in the K40 Club. He was an active and enthusiastic sailor in the Fireball Class, competing in both the U.S. and Canada and was a charter and forming member of the Parkway Sailing Club and served as its second Commodore. In later years he was an avid windsurfer, often seen in front of his home on the Niagara Parkway. He had a deep interest in oil painting as well as photography and acted as President in both Welland Colour Slide Club and later the Fort Erie Camera Club. His keen interest in nature and birding was enhanced by his active membership in the Buffalo Ornithological Society for 35 years. His interest in music was enhanced while a member of the Board of the Niagara Symphony Association. Bob volunteered his time and services to his local community and as far away as the Caribbean. He will be mostly remembered for his love and support for his family. A sincere thank-you to Dr. Scher and the staff at Garrison Place and Maple Park Lodge for all of the kindness, care and compassion offered to Bob and our family. Williams Funeral Services, 722 Ridge Rd. N., Ridgeway entrusted with arrangements. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service will be held at the Williams Chapel on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Reception will be followed by interment at McAffee Cemetery. In memoriam contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.



SMART, James Pattullo - (1928-2013)  Passed away at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at age 85. Beloved husband of 54 years to Jean. Dearly loved uncle and great uncle to his many nephews and nieces (to all of whom he was affectionately known as "Uncle Keek"). Survived by his sister-in-law Veronica Smart of Welland, and his close friends Pam Reid and the entire Newton family. Predeceased by his parents, Jim and Rita, sister Marge and husband Art Conte, and brother Bob. Born in Arbroath, Scotland, in 1928, arrived in Canada as an infant, but remained loyal to his Scottish roots. Joined the Canadian Navy and served two tours of duty in Korea aboard the HMCS Iroquois, HMCS La Hulloise, HMCS Magnificent and HMCS Haida. An avid enthusiast of military/Scottish band music and a drummer for the Sea Cadets, as well as various local pipe bands, including the Niagara Regional Police pipe band. Employed variously with CN, Canada Post and Canada Customs. A dedicated and jolly Santa Claus to many local children for several years. There will be a celebration of Jim's life at Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel , 5176 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, with visitation on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 10 a.m., followed by service at 11 a.m. His wife Jean wishes to thank extended family and the many friends and neighbours for their generous support and time given without hesitation. Bless you all. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.


HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in Iroquois during the 1st Korean War tour

HMCS LA HULLOISE - Served in La Hulloise in 1953

HMCS HAIDA - Served in Haida during her 2nd Korean War tour

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1955

SHEPPARD, Bruce Richard (22 May 1925 - 19 May 2014) - Peacefully at Pembroke Regional Hospital with family by his side. Bruce was born and raised in St Catharines, Ontario. He served honourably in HMCS Sackville in WWII before going into teaching. Bruce retired in 1983 as Director of Education for Base Petawawa schools to spend time with his family and work in the garden. His calm demeanor, generosity and ever present kindness will be sorely missed by his friends and family. No matter how many hours spent, or number of screaming children present, dad always left you with the same words, "Come back when you can stay a while." (Right back at you, dad!) Bruce is predeceased by his first wife, Ruth (née Arnold ), brothers Donald and Ross (Jan). He is survived by his wife Janet (née Mackay), sons Richard (Anne), Robert (Jane), Donald, Graham (Jenny) and Ian (Jennifer); his brother Robert (Christine); grandchildren Rebecca (Ryan), Bruce (Crystal), Stephen, Haley, Phillip, Mackenzie, Olivia, Abbey and Liam; great-grandchildren Thomas, Oliver and Logan. By request there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute or Pembroke Regional Hospital in Bruce's name would be greatly appreciated.



LUCIN, Anthony (Tony) - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the St. Catharines Hospital, one month after the passing of his beloved wife of 68 years, Catherine (Oct. 7, 2014). Loving father of Carole (Jim) Price, Janet (the late Robert) Malcomson, Douglas (Karen), Margaret (Les) Mitro and Ken (Candace). Proud grandpa of Carrie (Geoff) MacGillivray, Melanie (Andrew) Santorelli, Kevin (Trish) Lucin, Michael (Cindy) Mitro, Kurt (Robin) Lucin and Amanda (Dave Leaver) Mitro. Special GG of Holly and Sarah MacGillivray and Madeline Santorelli. Predeceased by his mother Mary Ann Lucin, his brother Edward and sister Helen Stuebing. Survived by many nieces, nephews and members of the Mussar family in Kitchener-Waterloo. Tony will also be fondly remembered by Mary and Terry White and family. Tony was a World War II Naval Veteran, serving on the HMCS Red Deer and a proud member of the Port Dalhousie Legion, Branch #350. He retired from TRW after 39 years of employment and was active in the TP Old Guard Association. Special thanks to CCAC, St. Elizabeth's Health Care, Dr. M. Greenway, Dr. E. Minkarious and the medical staff at the St. Catharines Hospital for their care and compassion. Family and friends will be received at the George Darte Funeral Chapel , 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines on Friday, November 21st from 7-9 p.m. A Catholic Liturgy will take place on Saturday, November 22nd at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Reception to follow in the Kristen French Fellowship Hall. Rite of Committal to take place at Victoria Lawn Cemetery on Monday, November 24th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to One Foundation - St. Catharines Hospital Site would be appreciated.



READ, Harry - Born June 14, 1920, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015, with family by his side. Predeceased by his loving wife Helen. Will be sadly missed by many family and friends. WWII Navy veteran. Served on board HMCS Annan in North Atlantic. Longtime member of the Port Dalhousie branch 350 legion. Harry has resided at the Loyalist for the past three years. Over this time the staff became very special to him. Craig and Janice would like to thank "his girls" at the Loyalist for the loving way they cared for him. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honour his life will take place at a later date.



BLANCHARD, Arthur Phyllias Sr. (23 Mar 1933 - 18 Jun 2015). After his long fight, Art has gone to join his son Arthur Jr. and best fishing buddy and son-in-law Frank. Left behind is his wife Stella (Giovenazzo) of 61 years, his daughter and caregiver Veronica (late Rick Morrow, Mike Lizotte), Cyndy Goss (late Neil), Karen Marasco (late Frank) and Julie (Dale) Friesman. He will be sadly missed by his oldest granddaughter Tonya Morrow (Will Bruin) (who were his work-horses), grandson Richard (Krystal) Morrow, his little play buddies and great-grandchildren Richard, Isabella, Jason and Sam. Papa was never too tired to play catch or kick a soccer ball in the driveway with his little guys and he loved to make Sammy laugh. He also leaves behind many other grandchildren, Louis, Mike, Sada, Jon, Jenny, Alexandria, Curtis, Dalton, Samantha, and Connor, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, Aunt Teresa Graham in Niagara Falls and sisters Linda Falconer (Bob) and Irene Grant (late Chris) of London, ON. Papa leaves great memories for all his grandchildren who got to enjoy Hound Chute Lake Hunting Camp in Latchford, ON with him. Those years will forever be in our hearts. He is predeceased by his parents Anthanas (Benny) and Blanche (Duval), son Arthur Jr. (2012 and his late wife Cindy), brothers baby Hector, Ernie, Larry, Hector, Kenny, Raymond and Jimmy and also sisters Carmen and Shirley. Art was born in Timmins, ON then moved to the small town of Cobalt where his family and ours enjoyed years of special memories. His parents relocated to Welland and they made their home on Dunkirk Court until his adult life. He built his family home in Cooksmills in the early 1970's where he lived with his wife Stella until his passing. He proudly served for the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Ontario and was proud to have been one of the many sailors who escorted our now Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip around South America before her reign as Queen of England began. He ran teen dances from the Winstonville Hall, Welland and The Cove on Long Beach during the early 1950's. He was a bricklayer by trade as were his father and brothers. Art served as business agent for the Bricklayers International Union in the late 60's, spent some time in real estate and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4 in Welland for 55 years. His garage became his daily refuge where he would spend hours puttering around and outdoors in his yard picking up leaves and millions of acorns when weather permitted. A special thanks to his longtime CCAC nurse Michael Kish and many other care providers who gave him their patience and tender care. Respecting Art's wishes cremation has taken place The family will receive friends at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral residence, 19 Young Street, Welland on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 11:00 a.m till 1:00 p.m followed by a Memorial Service in the Funeral Home Chapel. A Legion Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 4 Welland Poppy or Memorial Fund. As a memorial tribute, a tree will be planted through The Niagara Woodlands Restoration Program. A tree grows - memories live.



PIHACK, George, L/Torpedoman - passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Welland Hospital in his 94th year. Devoted father to Brian, Karl (Dina), Carol and Ann (Aaron). Loving grandfather to Stephan, Alexander, Samantha, Christopher and Joseph. He was predeceased by his wife Alexandra and his son Guy Stephan and his sisters Eva (Joe Simunic) and Mary (Tom Anderson). He proudly served in WWII as Leading Torpedoman on the HMCS Whitethroat. He worked at the Page-Hersey/Stelco Works for over 40 years. He was a Volunteer Fireman with over 65 years of dedication to the Welland Volunteer Fire Department #2 (The Old Crowland Boys). He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #4 and a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #977. The Pihack family will receive friends at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence 19 Young Street, Welland on Sunday from 3-5 & 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:30 am. Rite of Committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mr. Pihack may be made to St. Augustine Parish or The Salvation Army. As a memorial tribute, a tree will be planted through The Niagara Woodlands Restoration Program. A tree grows - memories live.


HMCS WHITETHROAT - Served in Whitethroat during WW2 2 as a L/Torpedoman

PATTERSON, Bruce - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the Age of 85. Beloved husband for 54 years of the late Neita. Loving father of Patricia Shutter (Scott McLean) and Gordon (Sandra) Patterson. Cherished grandfather of Brittany. Dear brother of Helen (Fred) Coach. Predeceased by his sisters Gloria (the late Jerry) Pepper and Joan. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Bruce served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years and was the last remaining sailor on the HMCS Haida. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Patterson Funeral Home, 6062 Main St.



SMITH, John Benjamin, PO, 1861, RCN - In Victoria, BC, on April 3, 1988, John (Jack) Benjamin Smith (Anchor) born in London, England on April 9, 1904 and came to Canada at the age of four years. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; three sons and their wives, Jack and betty, Ben and Joan, Larry and Sandy; three step-daughters, Mrs. Rose Marie Rossborough, Mrs. (Frank) Betty Brown, Mrs. (Irwin) Peggy Medwick; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. John was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 172 Esquimalt Dockyard Branch. He was also a life member of the Chief and Petty Officer Association. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. in McCall Bros Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Streets with Father B. Hanley officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium. Flowers are gratefully declined and those so wishing may make a donation to the Poppy Fund c/o the Esquimalt Legion, 622 Admirals Road, Victoria, B.C.


Photos:  John Smith training at HMCS Naden (front left)     Family portrait     PO John Smith


HMCS OTTAWA - Survived the sinking of Ottawa. He was a PO at the time of the sinking and the ship's Cox'n

LAMOTHE, Émile - 1922-2005



HOWELL, Arthur Tom (Art) (30 Jan 1924 - 02 Jul 2017) - It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father, July 2, 2017 at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Art was born at Miss Leonard's Nursing Home in Victoria to W.F. "Ivan" and Martha Howell. He grew up on Oliver Street with his older brother Bill, scrambling around the rocks and beaches of McNeil (Shoal) Bay. Dad always loved the sea and served in the Royal Canadian navy during World War II. After the war he worked for his father at the Old English Beverage Co. While travelling across Canada selling Cocoa Cola he met his future wife, Beryl, a student nurse, in Saskatoon. Art and Beryl were married in 1950 and raised their two girls in Telegraph Bay where they remained until 2014. Many people will remember Dad from Eaton's where he worked, meeting lots of people, making friends with everyone. In his retirement he enjoyed his house and garden, travelling and putting in his boat. Mum predeceased Dad in 2013 and Dad spent his last years at Somerset House on Dallas Rd. There he made new friends and enjoyed scootering along Dallas Rd., talking to people and petting dogs. Arthur is survived by daughters, Sandra (Terry Moore) and Deborah (Keith Greenhalgh); cousin, Jean Clarke in England and nephews, Lynn Howell and Steve Howell in the United States. Special thanks to friend, George, whose help and loyal friendship over the years was always appreciated. A private gathering will be held to celebrate Art's life.

HOWARD, Thomas James - 76 of Lunenburg County formerly of Lower Sackville and Point St Charles , QC. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our much loved husband, Father and grandfather. Son of the late Victor and Florence Howard of Montreal QC; He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary (nee McDonald) , his daughters, Amber Hughes (Paul) and Patricia Perlman (Alan); his two grand-children Ronan and Toran Hughes as well as his sisters, Joan Harrison, Lily Parker (Cliff), and Gloria Assels (Eric). Tom was a 30 Year Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, serving for many years aboard the HMCS Nipigon; also CFB Stadacona and AMA Head quarters. He was a member of the Point St. Charles Boys and Girls Club of Montreal. Retiring from the Navy Tom continued to serve in the Corps of Commissionaires and finally as a member of the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association. Tom was actively involved in the St John's Anglican Church of Lower Sackville and St James Anglican Church in Mahone Bay as both a Eucharistic Minister and choir member. Through his life he had the greatest love of music, singing and, dance. An adventurous nature, Tom's passion for the sea and travelling brought him around the globe. His infectious cheerfulness, stories and voice lifted in song will be greatly missed. Many thanks to his Homecare professionals from Lunenburg County Home Support Services. Very special thanks to his private caregivers, Debbie, Marjorie and Elfreda for their kindness and friendship. A Memorial Service was held Thursday, July 27th at 11am St James Anglican Church Mahone Bay. Memorial tributes may be made in Howard's name directly to: The Heart & Stroke Foundation.  (Montreal Gazette 29 Jul 2017)




URQUHART, Glen Cameron - of Montreal, QC, Halifax, NS, and Victoria, BC died in Victoria, BC of cardiac arrest on 26 July 2017. He was 75. Glen was born in Montreal, QC on June 15, 1942 to Thomas Cameron and Olive Louise (Price) Urquhart. He attended John Rennie High School and left after graduation to join the Royal Canadian Navy in 1960. He became a helicopter pilot, flying off the navy's last aircraft carrier, HMCS BONAVENTURE, as well as numerous other ships. Prior to retirement he was the commanding officer of the Halifax Rescue Coordination Centre. He retired as a Lieutenant-Commander in 1989, and moved to Victoria. Here he took the Canadian Securities Course, and went on to earn an undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. He was an active volunteer, working with Oak Bay Volunteers doing income tax for over 20 years, a 3-term member of the University of Victoria's Human Research Ethics Board, a volunteer advocate with The Arthritis Society for many years, as well as a member of its Divisional Advisory Board. Glen is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lorraine (Isaac). A private cremation has taken place. (Victoria Times Colonist 29 Jul 2017)




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