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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


OLAFSON, Errol Errol Stephan - passed away peacefully on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff, AB with family by his side. Born and raised in Eston, Saskatchewan on June 25, 1929 to the first Icelandic homesteaders. His father Arni Olafson (Akureyri, Iceland) and mother Sigrid Sessalja Stefansson (Garda, North Dakota). He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Ann, brothers Ellaf, Dale, Billy and his sister Evie. Errol's fondest memories were of his childhood farm life, riding the tractor harvesting the fields. He also enjoyed travelling playing baseball in his younger days. Errol also served a short time with the Navy stationed in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Errol married his first love Enid (Banff) in Digby, N.S. and promptly moved her back to the farm. They enjoyed travelling and ended up living and working in many Canadian cities, having four beautiful children along the way. Errol loved his children deeply and after losing his second love Ann (Edmonton) he spent the last five years living in Banff to be closer to his two daughters. He lived most of his life in Edmonton where, along with Ann and her four children, enjoyed their home life. He loved his long days at work at Nelson Lumber for over 40 years, only to retire at the age of 83. He loved being a part of the community, hosting many a get together, volunteering and donating. Errol was deeply loved and respected and will be missed by his children: Richard (Carol Ann) Victoria, B.C.; Francine Milburn (Wayne), Banff; Craig, Calgary; Patricia (Banff) and son Darwin Foulds (previous relationship); stepchildren Garry (Brenda), Cochrane; Beverly (Dan); Gwenda (Jim); Judy (Ron) all of Edmonton. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom were deeply loved. Errol was a true Icelander to the end, stoic, never complaining...a true gentleman. Errol's wish was to have you please join us in a Celebration of his Life on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Sherbrooke Community League Hall, 13008 - 122 Ave NW., Edmonton AB. Enjoy Errol's favorite food and drinks. Please bring memories, pictures and lots of laughs. Cremation has taken place. Errol's service of interment will be held at the Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Sherwood Park, Alberta at 2 p.m. prior to the Celebration Service. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Errol are encouraged to make a donation in his memory to St. Martha's Long Term Care memorial fund, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, Box 1050 Banff, AB T1L 1H7. (Edmonton Journal 06 Oct 2017)

PURVIS, Robert (Bob) - Passed away peacefully at Grove Park Nursing Home, Barrie on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the age of 93. Bob is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 71 years. Loving father of David Purvis, Debra Lawson and the late Douglas Purvis. Cherished grandfather of Lindsay Loft. Bob is also survived by his sister Bernice Black. Bob was a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy. Bob worked for Canada Wire and Cable in Leaside, Ontario for 42 years as a Plant Manager and later as a Quality Assurance Manager before his retirement in 1985. Bob and Dorothy enjoyed their retirement years in Bobcaygeon, Ontario before moving to Barrie to be closer to family. Bob was described as a warm, kind and generous person who never talked ill about anyone and always made the time for people. He loved gardening, classical music and had a witty sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Waterford Retirement Residence Chapel (lower level 132 Edgehill Drive, Barrie) on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 07 Oct 2017)

 

HURTUBISE, Albert Joseph (Hurch) CPO, MID, RCN Veteran W.W. II, Korean War (1923-2002) - Crossed over peacefully at home, with his two loving Maries by his side on Monday, September 2, 2002, age 79, after a valiant battle with cancer. Despite its debilitating effects, Albert lived with dignity, enthusiasm and humor to the end. Prior to his passing, Albert celebrated his wonderful life with his dear family and close friends at an RPC. A devoted, loving husband, father, and grandpa, his warm smile and caring heart will be forever missed by those he now watches over - Marie, his beloved wife of 51 years; his children Marie, Robert (Sophie), Albert (Pauline) and Louise (Pierre); his grandchildren Ashley, Joey, Stephanie, Patrick, Jonathan and Anthony; his godchild Sylvie and his sisters- and- brothers-in-law. Albert has reunited with his predeceased parents Olivine Giroux and Albert and his brother Pierre. Albert joined the Navy in 1941 and proudly served on the Swansea, Warrior, Magnificent, Iroquois and St-Laurent, among others. He was awarded a distinguished honor - a Mention in Despatches. After 21 years he retired and began his equally long teaching career and, not one to ever retire, he then worked with his son Robert in security. Heartfelt thanks to family and friends who visited, called or inquired about Albert's health (you know who you are). Special thanks to Dr. Virginia Hurdon, Palliative Care, Dr. Sean Malone, oncologist, ORCC and all the "angel" staff who made visits pleasant; the VON especially Nicole Viau; CCAC and Brenda Burns, all of whom provided constant compassionate care to our very special Dad. In memoriam donations may be made to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation. Cremation followed by a private family service. "You're a good man, Gunga Din!" "We love you." (Ottawa Citizen 07 Sep 2002)

 

HURTUBISE, Albert Joseph, A/LS, V6971 - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Swansea - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 24 October 1944.  "For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine."  Paraphrased from news sources -  While rescuing survivors from U-448 with the whaler from HMCS Swansea, a German officer, who had been rescued, pulled a pistol from his pocket.  LS Hurtubise quickly subdued and disarmed the officer and threw the pistol overboard.

 

HMCS MALPEQUE, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ST LAURENT

MOIST, Frederic Harold, Lt, M.I.D., RCN - Died: 07 Sep 1999, Victoria, BC

 

MOIST, Frederick Harold, Chief Petty Officer (V­9359) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 - "Chief Petty Officer Moist, whilst serving in one of HMC Auxiliary Cruisers, has rendered excellent service as Chief Boatswain's mate and has consistently carried out his duties with zeal and outstanding efficiency."

 

WINNIPEG DIVISION RCNVR, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS CEDARWOOD

CHENOUSKI, Frank, Lt, RCN - Died: 21 Sep1944. Son of Joseph and Esther Chenouski, Montreal, QC, he was born on 04 Sep 1911. He died at the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, England from edema of the lungs, kidney disease and kidney failure. He is buried in the Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, England.

 

HMCS GEORGIAN

MILLS, Ernest G., CERA, 21508, RCN, MPK - 29 Apr 1944 - Ernie Mills had been relieved on HMCS Athabaskan G07 as CERA by Vic Brighten. Ernie had stayed on board ship a couple of extra days to completed the turn-over as it was taking longer than anticipated.

 

HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN

YEADON, Robert Lawrence, AB, V-272, RCNVR, killed - 29 Apr 1944

 

Portrait of Robert Yeadon Courtesy of Cynthia (Yeadon) Tompkins

 

HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS ATHABASKAN

MARCYNUIK, Orest Peter, AB (19 Jul 1922 - 28 Sep 1993) - Buried at the Fairview Cemetery, Chambers County, Texas. Prior to joined the RCN in WW2, Peter, from Winnipeg, MB, worked as a bell-hop at the Mall Hotel and often gave the shoe-shine boy a hand during rush hours.  During a 4 month tour of duty in Galveston, Texas, Peter met and married Delores before being drafted to HMCS Oakville.

 

HMCS OAKVILLE

IRONMONGER, Herbert Wallace - died: 1996 (Edmonton Journal)

 

HMCS OAKVILLE

WARWICK, Claude Carl, AB, V107691, RCNVR - (28 Oct 1922 - 01 Mar 1945) - The son of Caroline Warwick of Regina, SK, he attended Scott Collegiate. Claude was a pageboy at the Saskatchewan legislature when he enlisted on 17 Nov 1942 at Regina, SK. Able Seaman Warwick died in a Montreal hospital due to a skull fracture. He was the victim of a motor vehicle accident on the east coast. He is buried at the Regina Cemetery, Regina, SK.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

AB Warwick wins match by Knock Out - Crow's Nest newspaper - Aug 1944

 

He'll Be Missed - newspaper article from the Crow's Nest newspaper on Claude's death - Apr 1945

 

HMCS DONNACONA

WILWAND, Robert Edward (Bob), LS, RCN - (29 Jun 1938 - 31 Oct 1970)

 

Headstone for Robert Wilwand

ABBOTT, Alfred Bruce, PO, A4173, RCNVR - Son of Joseph and Isobel Abbott, of Thornbury, Ontario. Alfred died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

ADIE, William Charles, L.S.A., V9681, RCNVR - Son of William A. Adie and Minnie A. Adie, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. William died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

EGAN, Gerald Reginald, OS, V4708, RCNVR - Son of Evelyn Egan, of Prescott, Ontario. Gerald died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

 

GILES, Charles Robert, AB, V27311, RCNVR - Son of William E. Giles and Margaret Giles, of Toronto, Ontario. Charles died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

GOODWIN, George Everett, Albert Medal, Sto 2c, V30924, RCNVR - Son of Everett and Florence E. Goodwin of Vancouver, British Columbia. Husband of Mildred C. Goodwin of MacGregor, Manitoba. George died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Stoker 2nd Class George Everett Goodwin former resident of Winnipeg, whose wife resides at Macgregor, Manitoba, was accidentally killed in Newfoundland December 12, 1942. Official word was received by his wife. Stoker Goodwin was born in Winnipeg and received his education at Assiniboine School, St. James. He was the grandson of Mrs. George Robson, with whom he resided. His mother, Mrs. W. McCartney, resides in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Stinson, of Macgregor, Manitoba, whom he married in November, 1940, and two daughters, Rae and Merle; an aunt, Mrs. W. Martin, 272 Kensington Street, St. James, and two uncles George and Leslie Robson of St. James, Manitoba.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

Newspaper article on Sto Goodwin being awarded the Albert Medal posthumously

 

HMCS AVALON

LAROCQUE, John Alexander, OS, V35466, RCNVR - Son of John and Margaret Larocque, of Ottawa, Ontario. John died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

MACMILLAN, Duncan Ross, SBA, V24847, RCNVR - Son of Archie and E. MacMillan, of Ottawa, Ontario; husband of Phyllis MacMillan, of Transcona, Manitoba. Sick Berth Attendant D. R. Macmillan was accidentally killed in a fire which completely destroyed the Knights of Columbus Hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, on December 12, 1942. 

 

Duncan Ross Macmillan, of Transcona, who has been on active service with the Canadian Navy for the past 18 months, lost his life in a hostel fire at St. John's Newfoundland, Saturday night. Official word if his death was received by his wife. Sick Berth Attendant Macmillan was a 1st Class first aid man and during his months of active service had been sick berth attendant on a corvette. Last week he was in St. John's to write his L.S.B.A. final examinations. Prior to enlistment he was employed with the C.N.R. shops in Transcona. He was the son of Mrs. A. MacMillan, of Ottawa, a former resident of Transcona. Survivors include his wife Phyllis MacMillan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McKenzie Gray, of Transcona. He has two children Donald age 4 and Lynn age 2 ; his mother; three brothers Roy and Glen, at Pickle Crow Mines, and Lieut. Angus, a member of the Québec Rifles Regiment and a prisoner of war in Hong Kong, and three sisters, Fay, May and Jean, who reside with their mother in Ottawa.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

RICHMOND, Wallace Campbell Joseph, Sig, V9804, RCNVR - Son of John and Ada Richmond, of St. James, Manitoba. Wallace died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

QUINLAN, Francis, S.A., 40653, RCN - Son of Thomas and Mary Quinlan, of Ottawa, Ontario. Francis died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

ROGERSON, George Stanley, SBA, V23287, RCNVR - Son of Thomas and Nellie Rogerson, of Verdun, Province of Quebec. George died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS TRAIL

SPIKESLEY, Douglas Alan, Yeoman of Signals, 3027, RCN - Son of Alice M. Williams, of Victoria, British Columbia. Doug died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

EPSTEIN, Irving, AB, V23432, RCNVR - Able Seaman Irving Epstein, V23432, RCNVR of Montreal, died in the fire in the Knights of Columbus Hostel at St. John's Newfoundland, on December 12, 1942. He was buried in the St. John's Jewish Cemetery. He enlisted in the reserve army in June, 1940, and transferred to the RCNVR in November of the same year. Born in Montreal in 1917 he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Epstein of 3717 De Bullion Street. He attended Montreal schools and was a member of the Y.M.H.A. Before his enlistment he was with a scarf firm. Two brothers and a sister were in the service, Sapper Saul Epstein, R.C.E. overseas, Manny, RCNVR and Mary with the Canadian Women's Army Corps.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

Newspaper article on the death of Irving Epstein

 

HMCS ORILLIA

OWENS, William Kerr, S.P.O., V7462, RCNVR - Son of Agnes Owens, of Long Branch, Ontario. William died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

MARTIN, James Henry, Coder, V22685, RCNVR - Son of David and Agnes Martin, of Toronto, Ontario. Coder J. H. Martin died on 13 Dec 1942 of his injuries received in a fire which completely destroyed the Knights of Columbus Hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland while on leave from a corvette on convoy duty. He was taken to the United States Army Hospital at Port Pepperell, Newfoundland, where death occurred. He was educated at Humewood School and Vaughan Road Collegiate. His parents Mr. and Mrs. David Martin, said he enlisted two years ago and received his training in Halifax. He was employed in the engraving department of the T. Eaton Company before enlistment. Surviving are his parents and a brother, David, at home. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

 

BERNIER, Rodrigue, L/Wtr, 40784, RCN - Son of Alphee and Laura Bernier, of Riviere-du-Loup, Province of Quebec. Rodrigue died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

LEONARD, George Joseph, OS, V39249, RCNVR - Son of William and Eva Leonard, of Hammond, Ontario. George died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

GREER, Robert Samuel, Sto 1c, V16155, RCNVR - Son of William John and Dora Greer, of Fort William, Ontario; husband of Dorothy Mae Greer, of Fort William. Robert died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

VAILLANCOURT, Fernand, S.B.A., V42867, RCNVR - Son of Pierre and Rosa Vaillancourt, of North Bay, Ontario. Fernand died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

WALLACE, Wilbert Crothers, OS, V24983, RCNVR - Son of Wilbert Roy and Enid Muriel Wallace, of Wawanesa, Manitoba. Wilbert is MPK on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Ordinary Seaman Wilbert Crothers Wallace was presumably a victim of the fire in St. John's Newfoundland December 12, 1942, according to official word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Roy Wallace, of Wawanesa. Bill had recently been transferred from Halifax to Newfoundland, and the Knights of Columbus Hostel, scene of the fire, was his favorite resort. Bill Wallace was born on his father's farm at Wawanesa 22 years ago last month. Educated at Fairbanks Rural School and Wawanesa High School, he was employed at the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company in June 1940, as a clerk on the head office staff. On October 01, 1941 he enlisted with the R.C.N.V.R. Bill is survived by his parent's one brother and one sister. His father served overseas with C.E.E. in the last war. Bill was the eldest grandson of the late Robert Wallace, president of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, whose death occurred three weeks ago.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

WOOLLEY, Hector Albert Bert Charles, O/Sig, V8225, RCNVR - Son of Hector Francis and Dorothy Woolley, of Hamilton, Ontario. Hector died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Carmel), Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

MacLEAN, James Allen, AB, V1136, RCNVR - Son of James W. Maclean and Josephine Maclean, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. James died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS MATAPEDIA

HUGHES, Reginald A, PO CK(S), X41099 - Son of Alfred James Hughes and Eliza Esther Hughes; husband of Mary Thelma Hughes, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Reginald died on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Petty Officer Cook Reginald Alfred Hughes a veteran of the last war, who was among the victims of the fire in St John's, Newfoundland, Dec. 12, 1942. Born in Worcester, England 49 years ago, he joined the British navy and was with the grand fleet in the battle of Jutland. Retiring from the navy in 1920 he came to Canada, residing with his sister, Mrs. C. C. Badgley, 496 Warsaw Avenue, Winnipeg. Called up from the Naval Reserve in September, 1940 he had been on active service with the Royal Canadian Navy as petty officer until his death. Twelve weeks ago he married Miss Thelma Patterson, of Vancouver. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Engles. His father, Alfred A. Hughes, was killed in one of the German air raids on London.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

RUDD, George, L/Sto, V17436, RCNVR - Born 31 Mar 1899 in London, UK, he was the son of Edward and Florence Rudd, of Birmingham, England. Husband of Velma Rudd, of London, Ontario. George died on 08 Jun 1943 from from major burns suffered in a fire aboard HMCS Kitchener on 07 Jun 1943. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS KITCHENER

KERSHAW, Robert, CERA 2c, A1456, RCNR - Husband of Evelyn Kershaw, of Ottawa, Ontario. Robert died on 31 Dec 1942 from injuries sustained on 12 Dec 1942 in the fire at the Knights of Columbus Service Hostel in St. John's, NFLD. He is buried in the St. John's (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS AVALON

MacDONALD, Charlie, LCdr - (11 Jul 1970 - 11 Oct 2017) - On Wednesday October 11, 2017 at the age of 47, beloved husband of Candace (nee Hendry). Loving father of Justine (Mike Young) and cherished grandfather of Grayson. Dear son of Florence (Alan MacDougall) and the late Ken MacDonald, and brother of John (Chelsea) and Ken. Charlie will be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Charlie was a family man, he cherished time with his family and friends. He loved the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, and loved spending as much time as he could out in nature. Charlie's heart was always with the navy. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 29 years, and always looked back with fond memories. Friends may visit at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes on Sunday October 15, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For those wishing, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS CORNER BROOK, HMCS CHICOUTIMI

JAKUBOWSKI, Norbert Michael (Jake), MMM, CD, C1RM / Lt (N), RCN / CAF - (05 Oct 1938 - 09 Oct 2017) - It is with grieving hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband/father/brother/grandfather on October 9, 2017 at the age of 79. Jake will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia; his sons, Michael (Shirley) and Curtis (Teresita); his grandchildren, Tania, Eric, Hayley, Aaron, Tianna, and Jaiden; his brothers, George and Donald; his half siblings, Joseph, Clifford, Gordon and Carol Lynn; his step siblings, Bill, John, Pat and Mary; and his beloved puppy, Cleo. Jake had a very distinguished 35 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer First Class and later, Lieutenant (Navy). His proudest achievement was his investiture into the Order of Military Merit. Jake and Pat fell in love with the Cariboo and retired to 108 Mile Ranch in October 1990 where they continued to reside until Jake’s passing. Jake was well known for his quick wit and penchant for chucking zingers at his buddies. He had a soft heart and a more loyal friend you’d be hard-pressed to find. Jake/Dad/Papa/Norb, we will always cherish the memories you gave us and our lives are far richer for having known you. You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. The entire family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Kelowna General Hospital for their professionalism and compassion and Dr. Geerts for his longtime care of Jake. Respecting Jake’s wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cariboo-Chilcotin Funeral Services entrusted with the arrangements.

WHITEHEAD, Frederick George Bradbury, Lt, RCNVR - Son of Joscelyn Bradbury Whitehead and Mary Elizabeth Whitehead, Vancouver, British Columbia. was born in Quatres Bornas, Island of Mauritius. He joined the R.C.N.V.R. May 21, 1941 and worked has a Sales Manager at Cope & Sons, Ltd. before he enlisted. Later he was one of a group of Canadian offices lent to the Royal Navy for the duration of the war. When last heard from he was aboard a British destroyer. Lt Whitehead died on 23 May 1942. The Board of Inquiry, 29 May 1942 noted "Lieutenant F. G. B. Whitehead drowned; he was apparently suicidal." The next of kin, Mrs. M. E. Whitehead (mother) has been informed that the deceased fell overboard and was drowned. It was not considered advisable at the time to communicate circumstances of death.

 

HMS CORINTHIAN

BROWNE, Randall William, P1RG4, RCN - Born: 26 Aug 1917  Died: 1975

 

Portrait of Randall Browne     Headstone for Randall Browne

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS ARROWHEAD, HMCS REO II, HARBOUR CRAFT (at HMCS Shelburne 8-14 Sep 1942), HMCS BUCTOUCHE, HMCS DUNDAS, HMCS ARNPRIOR, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMS KESTRE

DEE, Stanley, LCdr, RCN (20 May 1927 - 10 Oct 2017) - passed away at the age of 90 on October 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife Gaëtane, three sons, Jim (Linda) in Texas, Trevor (Joy) in Ottawa, Greg in Toronto and nine grandchildren: Sally, Kevin, Lisa, Doug, Sarah, Alex, John, Charlie & George. Stan was born and grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. At the age of 18, after completing his senior matriculation, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Ordinary Seaman Officer-Candidate. He served in a Battleship, an Aircraft Carrier, two Cruisers, but most of his sea time was in Destroyers, including HMCS Sioux in the Korean War. In his retirement, he enjoyed skating, bird watching and his cottage on Bob's Lake. At Stan's request there will be no funeral. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Ottawa Citizen 13 Oct 2017)

 

HMCS UGANDA, HMS DUKE OF YORK (1947), HMS SUSSEX (1947), HMS THESEUS (1948), HMS CORUNNA (1948), HMS JUTLAND (1949), HMCS SIOUX, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS ST LAURENT, HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS CRESCENT

EISAN, Kenneth Francis, CPO - It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Kenneth Francis 88, passed away quietly on October 8, 2017 after a difficult eighteen-month battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Born in Halifax on February 28, 1929 he was the son of the late Earl and Helen (Conway) Eisan. After retiring from the Base Audit Section of CFB Stadacona in 1984, Dad spent his retirement tending to his bookkeeping business, his beautiful lakefront property at Lake Charlotte, honing his golf skills at Ashburn Golf Club and making numerous trips to Bangor, ME with Gracie. In retirement, he also served on the Province of Nova Scotia's Pay Equity Commission and was the Returning Officer for Halifax Needham from 1996 until 2013. He performed this function with diligence and professionalism, always mindful of the important role it played in the electoral process. 'Chief Petty Officer' Eisan was also a very proud member of HMCS Scotian for many years as a Naval Reservist and always enjoyed having his colleagues to the cottage throughout the summer months to share stories and the occasional cold beverage. As a long-time resident on the corner of 'Columbus and Isleville' in the Hydrostone district in the north-end of Halifax, Kenn often boasted that his magnificent Magnolia tree was only one of six in Halifax; no one ever dared to question him on this, so we accepted it as fact. He loved his community and volunteered many hours of his time to the parishes of St. Josephs and to Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata and was widely respected by his peers for his many contributions. As a devoted Catholic, he never missed Mass and often told his children that spending an hour of their time with the "Good Lord" was not much of a sacrifice to make. He strengthened his connection to his faith in recent years by becoming very active in the Knights of Columbus, rising to the positions of Grand Knight of Halifax Council 1097 and Faithful Navigator of Archbishop McCarthy Assembly 799. Kenn was a self-taught man and he was proud to be a life-long learner. He would approach new tasks around the house with meticulous care, always paying close attention to the fine details. Often times however, he would not get them finished quick enough for Gracie's liking! Being an avid reader always provided Dad the edge in any discussion of sports, politics or current affairs with family and friends. He was a great story teller, but would sometimes embellish his tales to give his audience the benefit of his quick wit. Most of all he was a person who listened to the concerns of all and would dispense advice with respect and fairness. His children will remember him fondly as a good man who worked hard, who always put their interests and needs first and never made judgements about anyone. Dad fought his illness with strength and quiet dignity and without a doubt his passing will leave a huge void in the lives he shared with family and friends. He is survived by daughters Deborah Louise (Edmonton, AB) and Susan Frances (Ronald) Bone (Lower Sackville), sons Timothy Paul (Patricia Wright) and Darryl Christopher (Jennifer Hann) both of Halifax, sisters Sybil (Robert) Spriggs (Bedford), Carole (Norman) Rodgers (East Jeddore) and his brother Leroy (Joan) Eisan (Clementsport), sister-in-laws Moira Eisan (Courtenay, BC) and Helen Eisan (Halifax) and brother-in-law Gary Smith (Hampton, ON). Seven grandchildren: Chadwick Thomas (Halifax), Sara Louise (Lower Sackville), Jillian Lea (Halifax), Jessie Ann Marie (Halifax), Kathryn Lea Frances (Lower Sackville) and Aidan Harrison (Halifax). One great granddaughter Jazelle Lily (Halifax) and many nieces and nephews. Kenn was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Grace Muriel (Rhodenizer) and her passing in 2010 was a life changing event for him. He was also predeceased by Sisters Juanita Smith, Sheila Pompeo and Mary Leblanc and Brothers Earl, Melvyn and infant brother Carl. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at J. A. Snow Funeral Home (339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax) from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10 am at Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish, 6032 Normandy Drive (corner of Robie and Normandy Drive, Halifax), Father Andrew Rembarczyk celebrant. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Lower Sackville). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS SCOTIAN

SMELE, Edwin George (28 Nov 1928 - 22 Sep 2017) - The Smele Family with heavy hearts would like to announce the Passing of Edwin George Smele. Ed passed away peacefully and is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Eileen, brother Loren, sons Rodney (Diana), Jeffrey (Shelley), grandchildren Byrant, Coral, Valerie and many nieces and nephews spread out from British Columbia,to Alberta and Saskatchewan. Eddie, as his friends called him was a true Vancouver kid, growing up in West Point Grey hanging out at Locarno Beach, exploring the endowment lands with his buddies, Ed spoke of Delivering Grocery's in his neighbourhood, and good times at Lord Byng High School. Ed enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve During World War Two, training on H.M.C.S Cayuga. After the War Ed entered the steamship business in Vancouver, working for Matson Line, Bakke Steamships Knutsen Line and Columbus Line. His work would take him around the world. Ed raised his family in North Vancouver and he retired there. Always a rock, his calm with a wink and a grin , he will be dearly missed. Many Thanks to the Hospice Staff In North Vancouver, what wonderful human beings they are. We love You all. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the North Shore Hospice. (the North Shore News 13 Oct 2017)

 

HMCS CAYUGA

CLARKE, Robert (Bob/Knobby), P1WS (21 Jul 1938 - 04 Oct 2017) - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Bob, a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Bob is survived by his devoted wife Cas of 48 years and their children Steven, Cindy, Louise, Bert, Blaine and Scott and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson, siblings Laurel, Berniece, Marlene, Rita, Kevin and their spouses as well as a large extended family. Bob was predeceased by his parents Bert and Rita Clarke. Bob was born in Daylesford Saskatchewan and joined the Navy in 1957. He proudly served for 37 years which enabled him to make many lifelong friends coast to coast. Bob married the love of his life, Cas on February 1st, 1969 and they lived many happy years in Shawnigan Lake before retiring to Ladysmith. Being an avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and most of all, spending time with his family. He was affectionately known as "Dump" to all his grandchildren. Though he faced many health challenges, he continued to live his life with passion and humility, always thinking of others first. He will truly be missed! Bob was a lifetime member of the C&PO's ASSN and RCL BR 134. Please join us for a Celebration of Bob's Life, which will be held at The Eagles Hall in Ladysmith, 921-1st Ave. at 1 pm Saturday October 21, 2017 (Victoria Times Colonist 12 Oct 2017)

 

HMCS UNICORN, HMCS NEW WATERFORD, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS FRASER, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS GATINEAU

RICHARDSON, Richard (Willie) - Age 102, WWII Veteran (Navy) Peacefully on Saturday, October 7, 2017, just short of his 103rd Birthday. He was married to his late wife Betty for 74 years. He is survived by his son Richard Richardson and his wife Susan and his daughter Heather Ann Hutchingame and her husband Robert Hutchingame. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Remembered affectionately by Audrey Johnston and family, and good friend Helen Creighton. Willie Richardson was a Second World War Navy Veteran. Willie was born October 23, 1914 in Reading, England immigrated to Canada when he was 6 years old and worked for the Canadian Government until he retired. Family and Friends are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 150 Woodroffe Ave. (at Richmond Rd.) on Wednesday October 11 from 12 noon till 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of life will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. For those wishing donations to the Perley and Rideau Veterans Home would be appreciated, and in particular to the wonderful staff at the Gatineau 1 North Unit. (Ottawa Citizen 10 Oct 2017)

SORENSEN, W.B. (Ben), LCdr, RCN(R) - It is with love and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ben Sorensen, Q.C., at home on October 11, 2017 at age 88. Dear husband of Joyce Sorensen (nee Hart), who predeceased him in 2014. Loving father of Michael (Lucy Vettorel), Jean (Dale Edwards) and Gordon (Elizabeth Coyle-Camp). Cherished grandfather of Gordon's daughters Shauna and Maisie and of Mike's son Paul (Selen Umul) and their daughter Jovi, and stepdaughters Anna and Angie Dumoulin. The family would like to thank the staff of Orchard View on the Rideau in Manotick for the excellent care they provided. Ben led an active and interesting life. He was born in 1928 in Glostrup, Denmark and came to Canada with his parents, four brothers and his sister just before the war in 1939. He met the love of his life, Joyce, in Halifax in 1950 while serving in the Canadian reserve navy in which he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He attended Queens and Dalhousie universities and was called to the bar in 1954, practicing law in Kingston, then in Ottawa for 43 years. With Joyce he raised his daughter and two sons, giving them an excellent role model and offering them every opportunity to succeed. He was a generous and fair man with a strong work ethic in his career and in his many other pursuits. He could make anything, from knitting sweaters for the entire family, to building homes, stone walls and beautiful furniture. He was a great writer, a highly practical thinker and was passionate about the piano. He loved adventure and animals. Most of all, he loved his wife and his family, and did them all proud. Interment private. (Ottawa Citizen 14 Oct 2017)

 

HMCS DONNACONA, HMCS CATARAQUI

TAYLOR, Terry Byrne (10 May 1943 - 08 Oct 2017) - passed away peacefully October 8, 2017 with his family at his side, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was preceded by his parents George and Eileen Taylor and son-in-law Chad Caron. Terry is survived by his wife and friend Kathy, children Darcy, Terry (Heather), Brian, Kelly (Brian) and Brenda as well as grandchildren Nathan Christopher, Milan, Kayson, Braydon, twins Tristen and Tyrah born on papa's birthday and Meghan and great-grandchildren Damien and Mikah. Also survived by brother George (Jeanette) and many nieces and nephews. Terry grew up and attended school in Prince Albert. He had several different jobs until joining the Royal Canadian Navy from 1959-1962. He worked at Burns Foods and ended his career life of 34 years with Correction Services of Canada. Positions were CX2, CX4 in the SHU Special Handing Unit while escorting inmates from Millhaven Institution where he was stabbed by an inmate and moved onto Staff College Prairies in Saskatoon training new staff for 12 years. In his last years he was Fire Safety Advisor working for Regional Tech Services helping to design training courses for OSH which was used across CSC System and procedures for Confined Space Entry and Rescue as well as Fire Training Courses. Terry enjoyed golfing and spending time at Emma Lake with family and friends where fruit drinks were the order of the day. A special thank you to all the staff of Rainbow Village for the care given to Terry. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at RCAFA. 602 Lynx Wing, 2407 Ave C. North. On May 10, 2018 Terry's ashes will be taken to Victoria so he can go back to sea for his 75th Birthday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oliver Lodge. Arrangements entrusted to Westwood Funeral Chapel  (306-653-3434). 1402 20th Street West Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Z4 (Star Phoenix 14 Oct 2017)

TAYLOR, Walter Aubrey Stewart (Winks) (1926-2017) - beloved husband of Jean Taylor (Hendricks) passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the age of 91. They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his four sons, Robert (Violet), Don (Jill), Terry (Judy) and Warren (Betty), five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Cleland, Tony and daughter-in- law Patty. Walter was born in Cranbrook to Rachael and Duncan Taylor in 1926, raised at the Tanglewood farm and completed grade 10 in Proctor, BC. He went on to Toronto to graduate from grade 12 and worked on the Great Lakes during the summers. In 1944, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a 17-year- old and served on three destroyers protecting convoys in the North Atlantic. After the war, he attended UBC before starting a 44 year career with West Kootenay Power and Light in Trail and area. Walter was committed to the community and was active with Scouting, YMCA, Sandlot Baseball, Trail Well Men's Clinic and the Kootenay Music Festival. He served with the Kiwanis Club for over 50 years and as the Lieutenant Governor represented the Kootenays around the world. When Walter retired at 65, he moved to Nelson and continued his community involvement. He then moved to Richmond for 10 years, then Tsawwassen. He was selected as the Legion of Honour by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army & Navy Club for two consecutive years. The family would like to thank the staff at Waterford Residences and Susie's staff at Ana's Home Care for their compassionate care. A family Memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable contribution in your community would best exemplify Walter's example throughout his life. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040 (Vancouver Sun / The Province 14 Oct 2017)

WASELENCHUK, John (1927-2017) - It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of John Waselenchuk, of Edm., AB, on Oct. 4th, 2017, at the age of 90 yrs. Born in Smoky Lake, AB, John was the loving son to the late Metro and Doris (nee Dwernychuk) Waselenchuk and loving brother to the late Stefan Waselenchuk (1925 - 1940). John served his country honorably in the Merchant Navy during WWII, later joining the Royal Canadian Navy (Esquimalt, B.C.). John is survived by his wife, Joyce, (nee Murdoch), of 70 years, and their 5 children, Darlene (Herb), Britt (Pete), Darren (Bernice), Darrow (Lynn) and Denneva (Shannon). John was a grandfather, great grandfather and great- great grandfather to 18 grandchildren. The Waselenchuk family wish to thank Dr. Fagarasanu, the staff of Unit 5 East at the Robbins Pavilion, the staff at Dickinsfield LTC and John's personal HCA, Kim, for the wonderful care they all provided to John. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta. (Edmonton Journal 11 Oct 2017)

HATFIELD, Clarence Emerson - In his 85th year, of London, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarna, Ont. Born in Port Greville, Clarence was a son of the late Edgar and Ellen (McCully) Hatfield. He is survived by Wanda Hatfield and their son, Edgar (Catherine); daughter, Catherine Tozek; daughter, Deborah Delany (Gary); son, David (Susana); and brother, Stuart of Pembroke, Ont. Predeceased by his sisters, Minnie (Clark) and Geraldine (McCulley); and his brother Gerald in infancy. Clarence was a stoker on the HMCS Nootka deployed during the Korean War. He served in the Canadian Forces for an extended career and then as a member of the London Police Association in the Court Security Division. Fondly remembered and sadly missed

 

HMCS NOOTKA

PARSONS, Cecil - age 94, North Sydney. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecil Parsons, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Northside General Hospital. Cecil was born in Cul-de-Sac, N.L. on July 13, 1923. He was a son of the late John Tom and Naomi (Hardy) Parsons. He went to sea as a fisherman at a very early age and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy to serve his country during the Second World War. He was employed with CN Marine aboard their vessels until his retirement. Cecil was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. He will be remembered for his love of children, playing Santa, tinkering with wood projects, boating on the Bras d’Or Lakes, enjoying his cabin near New Campbellton and his other campsites on the lakes. He liked nothing better than to 'kick up his heels' to some Newfoundland music. Cecil is survived by his wife, Classie (Keeping); his daughter, Jane 'Janie' (Dan) Vernon; daughter-in-law, Judy (MacDonald) Whitman; stepsons, Calvin (Angie) Keeping, Alex (Shirley) Keeping; stepdaughter, Irene (Roy) Iannettil. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Chris, Allison, Adam, Kent, Kim, Denise, Rachel and Michael; also by 13 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; by his brothers, Roy Parsons, Roland (Donna) Parsons; his sisters, Flora and Vera; several nieces and nephews. Cecil was predeceased by his first wife, Beattie Parsons; his son, Marty Parsons; his brothers, Joe, Harry, George; his sisters, Gladys, Mildred, Flossie, Mary and Dorothy. Visitation for Cecil will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in W. J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Julio Martin officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be sent to Harbourview Hospital, Veterans Wing.

CHERRY, William (Wayne), Sonar Tech, CPO1, CD - age 76, passed away October 4, 2017 in the QEII, Halifax Infirmary. Born in Davidson, Sask., he was a son of the late Myrtle and Lennox Cherry. Wayne grew up in Chilliwack, B.C. and moved east after joining the navy. He served 25 years as an electrician and a Sonar Tech, retiring in 1982. He was the Coxswain of the HMCS Iroquois and served on many peacekeeping missions during the Cold War. After retiring, he continued to work for DND as an Instructor and later as Division Commander at Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (Stadacona). He loved building ship models, playing golf and dabbled in model trains and remote controlled planes. He was a doting grandfather who treasured time spent with his grandchildren. Wayne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol (Brown); daughter Alaina (Brian) Jefferson; son Shawn (Carolyn); grandsons Eric and Sam. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Thelma Cherry, and Betty (Dale) McPherson, brother-in-law Gordon (Bev) Brown, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place at a later date in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of 7.4, QEII and to Dr. Jessica Shaw for her kindness and compassion.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS

WEBBER, Calvin Wilfred (Cal) - age 90, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, with his loving family by his side. He was a son of the late Wilfred and Lillian Webber. Cal joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 as many young men did at that time. He proudly served his country during the Second World War as an officer’s cook. After the war, he went on to teach carpentry at the Vocational School in Halifax, then became a self-employed contractor. Cal loved nothing more than his family, having a laugh, telling a joke and enjoying a wee glass of good whiskey. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Marion; loving children; cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brothers; sister; nieces; nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his brother and sister. A special thank you to the staff of Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, for their exceptional care and compassion. In accordance with Cal’s wishes, he will be buried at sea in the spring. For those wishing, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia would be appreciated.

MacLEOD, Andrew Reid, C2ET - Age 81 of Hammonds Plains, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2017 after a short stay in hospital with his loving wife at his side in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Sydney on October 10, 1935, he was a son of the late John Alexander MacLeod and the late Sarah Margaret McLean. Retired CPO2, Navy Electrician, with approximately 33 years service known as RED DOG. He worked at Promaxis, Irving and Douglas Securities to name a few. He was a lifelong Royal Canadian Legion member and past president of Legion Branch 554 Rockland, Ont. Andrew loved hunting, fishing, camping, and always had time for family and friends. He always opened his heart and home to others. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol (Johnson) MacLeod of Hammonds Plains; sons, Andrew Scott (Lori), John, William, Chris (Angele), Charles (Amanda); daughter, Anne Marie; 14 grandkids, three great-grandkids; loving brother, Harvey (Barb) of Sydney; and his nephew. No visitation. Cremation entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Homes Sackville. Service will take place in Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 162, 45 Sackville Cross Rd., Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2M2 from 1-4 p.m. with a small service from 1-2 p.m. followed by Celebration of Life from 2-4 p.m., all on Saturday, October 7. Please come raise a glass to the life of Andrew. A special thank you to Closing the Gap for all your amazing compassion and care. Flowers from immediate family only. Donations can be made to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS NIPIGON, HMCS PROTECTEUR

LeBLANC, Leo Gerard, PO2, RCN - age 83, of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 1, 2017, in Richmond Villa Nursing Home, RCF Section, St. Peter’s, where he was the President of the Residents Counsel. Born in Margaree Harbour, he was a son of the late George T. (White) LeBlanc and Mary V. (Samson) LeBlanc. Leo served over 18 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as Petty Officer 2nd Class. He loved serving his country and traveling the open seas. He fished lobster for awhile until he finally became a member of the Michelin family for the rest of his career. He was a talented poet to which his words had much meaning. An avid sportsman, he loved fishing and hunting almost as much as his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. He was truly a devoted Leafs’ fan for many years, showing the real meaning of staying true to who you believe in. Leo is survived by his sons, Daniel (Katherine) LeBlanc, Edmonton, Alta.; George (Garry) LeBlanc, Halifax; John (Heather) LeBlanc, New Glasgow; daughters, Evelyn 'Edie' Le-Blanc, Spruce Grove, Alta.; Patricia (Charles) Benoit, Pomquet; several brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Melissa (Pye) LeBlanc; sons, Thomas and James LeBlanc; brothers, Francaise and Patrick LeBlanc; and sister, Matilda O’Leary. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his grandchildren, Kelcey LeBlanc, Karl Landry, and Leo Benoit. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home Ltd., 724 Granville St., Port Hawkesbruy. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, in St. Michael’s Parish Church, East Margaree; Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leo’s name to Richmond Villa Nursing Home, St. Peter’s or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the many staff members of Richmond Villa for their kindness to their father while he was a resident there and for all their help after his passing.

McGREGOR, Robert James (Bob), CPO1, CD, RCN - age 76 of Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital on September 24th, 2017. Born in Hamilton, Ont., Bob was the oldest child of the late Arthur McGregor and Doris (Camden) (McGregor) Manners and his stepfather, the late Norman Manners. Bob served 35 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, Laboratory Supervisor at N.D.M.C. Ottawa, Ont. He enjoyed camping, fishing and curling. He was a Cub and Scout leader while posted in Victoria, B.C. and Greenwood. Bob loved animals, especially dogs, beagles being his favorite, owning and showing them to the championship level. He was an avid collector of dog themed stamps, postcards, Royal Dalton and Beswick china dogs. In recent years he and Carol enjoyed going to Neptune Theater. His laughter will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. Bob’s family was very important to him. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 51 years, Carol (Skinner); a loving dad to their daughters, Karen (Shawn) Pineo, and Robyn McGregor (Randy Campeau). A proud Grampie to Kelsey Pineo (Nathanial), Casper Pineo (Thomas), Cassandra Horne (Keegan), Alexandra, Olivia and Vanessa Horne. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret (Carl) Mountford, Hamilton, Ont.; and several nieces and nephews. Bob will be missed by his feline pal ’Max’. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Donald Manners; and his grand niece, Blythe Vento. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd., 307 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth. There will be a Celebration of Life at their home, October 6th, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. following with a graveside service that will take place at 2 p.m. in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 767 Main St. (Route 7, East) and Montague Rd., Dartmouth, under the direction of Elaine MacDougall. No flowers by request. Memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. McMullen, Dr. Paul Meur and the nursing staff in the I. C. U. in Dartmouth General Hospital for their care and kindness during the time Bob was there.

BERTRAND, Richard G., CPO1, Stores Tech, OMM, CD (07 Jan 1945 - 22 Jun 2006) Rick was taken from us suddenly on June 22, 2006 at the age of 61 years. Rick was very proud of his 35 year and 188 day career with the Canadian Forces, retiring in 2000. he was honoured to be awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Canadian Force Decoration for his long military service. Rick is predeceased by his 6 year old daughter Nicole in October 1975. He will be sadly missed by his loving companion Tracey Lochmanetz, her children Amanda and Matthew, his daughters Roxanne and Andrea, his loving mother Edna Armitage, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and their families and by his many friends. There will be 2 services to celebrate Rick's life, Sunday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m. at CFB Comoc 888 Wing and then on Tuesday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Esquimalt Legion. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the B.C. Children's Hospital. Arrangements for bother services have been entrusted to Piercy's / Mt. Washington Funeral Home and Crematorium.

BERRY, Dennis Lloyd, C2FC, 24437-E, RCN (served RN & RCN 17 Aug 1937 - 24 Apr 1972) - Born in Pembroke Dock, Wales on November 5, 1921. Passed away November 14, 2006 at home in Victoria, B.C. with his family by his side. Dennis belovedly known as 'George' leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Margaret. Daughter Ann (Gary), son Michael (Linda), grandchildren Yvonne (Scott), Denise, Byron (Tanya) and Tyler. Great grandchildren Samantha, Victoria, Jesse and Autumn. Dad proudly joined the Royal Navy at 16 years of and served from 1937 until 1952. he then served in the Canadian Navy from 1953 to 1972. He found many battles with bravery and dignity including his final battle with cancer. His courage has given us the strength to go forward. Special thanks to our invaluable palliative care nurse, Sue Blakely. In lieu of flowers, donatins can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Red Cross. Services will be held at a later date.

BAIRD, Garnet Trevor (Curly) V69442, RCNVR / 16998-E, P2, RCN - was born Dec. 14, 1924 in Regina, Sk, adopted by James and Jessie (Adamson) of Glenavon, SK. He passed on quietly and peacefully, surrounded by his family on Dec. 13, 2006. Garnet was many things to many people - devoted husband, loving father & grandfather, dedicated public servant, Gilwell Scouter, sailor, and a respected and loving friend. Garnet's long and amazingly prolonged battle with cancer has ended. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter Myra (Ray), and is survived by his wonderful and endearing wife of over 54 years, Eirlys; his children, Trevor (Linda), Dilys (Gerry), Cameron (Carol), & James (Carmen), his grandchildren, Luke, Adam, Jessica, Dan, Matthew, Colin and Ryan, and his in-laws Megan (Bill), Glenys, and Nans. To Gernet, 'step' made no difference. Many of his grandchildren are steps, but to Garnet & Eirlys that merely meant they'd now met a grandchild they hadn't previously known, waiting for their love.  Garnet spent his life giving to family first, friends second, and still had so much left that he continually gave to this world and made it a better place. He will be sorely missed by every soul who knew him. We love you and will forever hold you in our hearts. Special heartfelt thanks go out to Dr. Alasdair Polson, Dr. David Lintern, the Hospice Palliative Response Team, the nurses from the Juan de Fuca Home Support Team and the V1HA case managers for Home & Community Care. The celebration of Garnet's life will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at 2:00 pm in Gordon United Church, 935 Goldstream Ave. Victoria, BC. Reception to follow in the church hall. Flowers declined - in lieu, donations can be made to Gordon United Church, or to a charity of your choice.

BOUCHARD, Albert Erwin (Butch) CPO Tel, RCN - Born in Disley, Saskatchewan, on May 24, 1920, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2007, at Victoria General Hospital. Albert is survived by Joyce, his wife of 67 years, children, Bill (Lois), Joan (Brian), Jeanne (Gordon); sister, Terry Legare and sister-in-law, Ethel Bouchard; 11 grandchildren, Bob, Cathy, David, Sandra, Debbie, Dan, Michael, Michelle, Cheryl, Kevin and Richard; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Alphonse and Almeda, brothers Rene and Fern, sister Cecile Dwyer and Granddaughter Shannon Herlihy. He joined the RCN as a teenager, and retired in 1964. He was always very proud of his naval service, holding many fond memories. Albert was a life member of the CPO's Association, and am member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The family thanks the nursing staff at VGH for their kindness and care to Albert during his brief stay. No service by request; flowers gratefully declined.

BOSCHEE, Raymond George (Doc), C2ER, 11046-E, RCN - was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on February 9th, 1928 and passed away in the Kelowna General Hospital on June 6th, 2007 at the age of 79 years. He will be lovingly remembered by hiswife, Lillian of 41 years and his very close friend, Arnie Banfill of Abbotsford, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents. Cremation preceded a Celebration of Doc's Life which will beheld at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with Mr. Brian Jackson officiating. A Reception will follow in the Tea Room at Bethel Funeral Chapel.

 

Portrait of Raymond Boschee

BILLINGS, Gordon Wilfred, POQR, V17094, RCNVR (served 18 Jan 1940 - 13 Sep 1945) - Born in Oxford Co., Ont. February 07, 1921. Passed away peacefully June 19, 2007 at The Lodge at Broadmead, Victoria, B.C. Predeceased by his wife Viola, Gordie is survived by sisters Shirley and Jeanne, brother Grant and numerous nieces and nephews. Gordie served in the Atlantic on 4 ships 1941 through 1945. After his war service, Gordie worked for a short time on James Island, near Sideny B.C., in the munitions depot. A career as a ship's engineer with the Coast Guard followed and Gordie worked for many years aboard the CCGS Quadra on the Pacific Coast as she collected atmospheric data for research and weather reporting. A highlight of Gordie's career was the Quadra's voyage to Africa in 1974 as part of the Global Atmospheric Research Program. Satellite weather imaging replaced the work of the Quadra and coincided with Gordie's retirement from the Coast Guard. We will remember Uncle Gord with a smile. A terrific sense of humor and the nicest man one could meet. Our sincere thanks to staff at the Gorge Hospital and The Lodge at Broadmead. In keeping with Gordie's wishes, no service will be held. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

BAXTER, Douglas, 52285-E, C2HT, RCN/CF (served 11 Sep 1962 - 12 Apr 1999) - passed away at Victoria Hospice on August 6, 2007 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Halifax, N.S. on April 12, 1944 and will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Linda; daughter Allison; son Scott; his mother Marie; sister Bev (Steve); brother Ted (nonie) as well as many nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by his father William in 2001. At ge 18, Doug joined the RCN and served for 37 years. A celebration of Doug's life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 622 Admirals Road on Sunday, August 12 at 2:00 pm. If desired, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice Society, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

 

HMCS PROVIDER

BELL, James Williamson (Bill), 3170-E, C1MR (Master at Arms), RCN (served 06 Jun 1938 - 14 Oct 1962) - Born 14 Dec 1919, Bill passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2007 at the age of 87 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Barry (Ann) Bell of Saskatchewan, daughter-in-law Jean of Victoria, grandchildren Jason (Lise), Jennifer, Christy (Harley), Brenda (Dan), and Pamela. Great grandchildren Merissa, Sarah, Chelsea, and Jesse. As well as many family and friends. Bill was predeceased by his wife Olive Persilla (Cilla), his sn John Jerry Bell and his four brothers Jack, Joe, Frank and Harry. A celebration of life will be held at Sooke Knox Presbyterian Church, 2010 Church Road, Sooke BC on Friday, August 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

McGIBBON, Roy Edgar Charles, LCdr, RCN (24 Jul 1930 - 11 Oct 2017)  - Graduate of Stamford Collegiate High School. Passed away in Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Grace Cecile (née Sabourin). Loving father of Valerie Searson (Michael), Patrick (Ellen), Stephen (Maria) and Kim Kelly (Shawn). Proud and cherished grandfather to Erin, Brendon, Tim, Heather, Marc, Sarah, George, Colleen, Amelia, Jeremy, Stephanie, Charles and great-grandfather to Dalhia, Levon, Scarlet, Matti, Angus and Cuddy. Predeceased by parents Charles McGibbon and Simone Charland and sister Rita Fushman. Friends are invited to visit the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa on Tuesday October 17th after 10 a.m. followed by Funeral service in the Sacred Space at 11 a.m. Interment with military honours will be held Wednesday October 18th at the National military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Animal Rescue, PO Box 214 Renfrew, ON K7V 4A3

 

Portrait of Roy McGibbon

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS NEW GLASGOW, HMCS YUKON

BROWN, William Troup (Bill), P1ER, 8031-E, RCN (served 10 May 1954 - 10 May 1979) - passed away at home in Parksville on July 27, 2007. Bill was a life member of the Senior Ranks Mess, C.F.B. Esquimalt. He is survived by his partner and companion Barbara and family in Manitoba. No service by request. A gathering of family and friends may be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined.

BEALES, Audrey Ruth (nee Miller), PO, W1901, WRCNS (served 20 May 1943 - 06 Nov 1945) - Born Audrey Miller in Toronto on May 12, 1922. Loving wife to Leonard, who preceded her while still in military service, and mother to Joseph and Thomas. As a young woman, Audrey joined the Canadian Navy during World War II and served until being demobilized from HMCS York after the war's conclusion. For the remainder of her life she continued her love of the navy and was an active member of the Ex-WRENS and the Canadian legion. For many years she was the bookkeeper for the law firm Jackson & Co. When her sons left home she spent a few years living part-time in Mexico and after this period lived permanently in Victoria but continued traveling the world. She role modeled a joie de vivre for what the world had to offer and her love of people and places. In 2001 Audrey was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. During the long struggle she fought to be involved with family and friends and to partake in life as much as possible. Someone once described her as, "a magnificent battle cruiser, hit and sinking, but with guns blazing and flags flying." On September 12, 2007, Audrey died of the effects of Alzheimer's. The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion, Dr. Chris Lam and Mary-Lou Konrath for their support. The day after she died a granddaughter wrote, "When I think of her, I remember her warmth, generosity, directness, love of debate & discussion, sense of humor and devotion to family." Truly ...Heart of Oak are our Ships.  A memorial gather will be held on Friday, September 28 at 1:30 at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association on 1001 Maple Bank Road (off Admirals Road).

 

HMCS YORK

BARKER, William Roger, CPO - Born Mar 27, 1935 in Lacombe, Alberta passed away peacefully Sunday, December 16, 2007 at Victoria Hospice. At his side were his wife Mona, his son Mike, and his daughter-in-law Sharon at the time of his passing. Bill joined the navy at an early age, and retired after 35 yeas of service. He enjoyed rock hounding, and garage sales. He was and always will be the guy who was there when anybody needed help with computer or any other problems. Everybody he touched with his kindness were proud to call Bill their friend. He is survived by his loving wife Mona, his three children, many grandchildren and sister and brother. He will be sadly missed by all. There will be no service. Please make donations to Victoria Hospice in his memory.

BARRON, Frank W., C2AW, V34700, RCNVR / 5158-E, RCN (service 23 Apr 1942 - 31 Jun 1977) - was born September 26, 1924 in Winnipeg and passed away in Victoria on December 29, 2007 at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (Betty); daughter Brenda and grandson Christopher; step-daughters Kathie (John), Janet (Andy) and Donna (Larry) and his beloved grandchildren Brianna and Kennadie. Frank also leave behind four siblings, Paula Aulis of Vernon, Roy (Mortie) of Kelowna, Joyce Barker of Camrose, Alberta and Ron (Cathy) of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his sister Isabelle Lone. Frank was raised in Winnipeg and, as a young man, served with the Royal Canadian Navy where he retired as a Chief Petty Officer at the age of 42. Based in Ottawa, he joined the federal government as a management consultant in the transportation sector before finally retiring in the early 80's. Frank spent his retirement years happily in Victoria where, as a dedicated golfer, he could be found perfecting his game at the Gorge Vale Golf Club. He was an avid gardener, gourmet cook and devoted horseman and animal lover who enjoyed reading and keeping abreast of current events. Frank was a proud man and a perfect gentleman and his generosity of heart and spirit was evident in his daily life. He always had a story to share and his teasing and smiling blue eyes will be greatly missed. Our family wishes to send a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Victoria General Hospital (6C North) for their exceptional care and compassion. A gathering of family and freinds to celebrate Frank's life will take place at First memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive on January 19 at 2:00 pm. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts maybe made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

BOOTH, Edward G., C2RM, RCN (served 27 Jan 1941 - 27 Jan 1949) - Born: 18 Jan 1924  Died: 06 Jan 2008

BALL, Frank, P1ER, 22892-E, RCN (served 01 Apr 1946 - 01 Apr 1966) - was born January 31, 1927, in Calgary, Alberta, and passed away peacefully, March 30, 2008, at home. Predeceased by his daughter Theresa and her son Andrew. He is survived by his wife, Bea; children, Gerry, Michael (Loretta), Rosanne, and Patrick (Leila). Dad grew up on the family farm and he was utting in a man's day of work at the age of twelve. At age seventeen, Dad joined the Royal Canadian Navy, and a couple of years later met my mom, and that was the start of a life long love affair that spanned sixty years of marriage, 5 children, and 14 grandchildren. After leaving the navy, Dad worked for the City of Victoria, and Saanich, where he retired. During retirement Mom and Dad traveled a lot. Dad was a very talented woodworker, and could replicate any truck or tractor, but his true passion rested in Intarsa, and he created many incredibly wonderful pieces of art. Dad was a true gentleman, whose warm smile and kind ways will remain in our hearts and minds forever.

 

HMCS ONTARIO

BLAINE, Ralph Albert, C2ST, 50771-H, RCN (served 17 May 1946 - 08 Jul 1966) - We are sad to announce the passing of Ralph Albert Blaine, born April 12, 1928 of Austin, Manitoba. On 08 Aug 2008 Ralph left behind his direct family of Fances, Joanne, Daivd, Ron and Garry, including a long list of extended family with 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Ralph leaves behind many friends through his 20 years R.C.N. and 21 years of B.C. Ferry Corp. A private ceremony to be held in Sardis, B.C.

BROWN, Charles (Charge), C1RM, 3736-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 15 Jul 1965) - Born: 16 Jun 1923  Died: 04 Aug 2008

BULMER, Harold A. David (Dave), C2ER, 21899-E, RCN (served 18 Nov 1940 - 18 Nov 1965) - Born January 4, 1922 in Outlook, Saskatchewan. Passed away peacefully December 6, 2008 surrounded by family. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Myrle, son David (Ross), daughter Lori (Bonnie Jean), step-grandsons Christopher and David, sisters Dora and Ivy, brother Em and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Ruth and brothers Jim and Pete. He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy beginning in 1940. As well, he had been a member of St. Andrews Masonic Lodge AF and AM. Special thanks to the staff of Royal Jubilee Hospital 2 West and the staff of the BC Cancer Agency for their wonderful and compassionate care. A Celebration of Dave's life will be held from First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Dr. on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Island Clinic of the BC Cancer Agency or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

ROBERTS, Gary - died: 16 Oct 2017, Spaniards Bay, NL

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE

BROOKES, Munro Charles (Mike), CJX139552, RN / C2WU, 9650-E, RCN (served RN 1933-1948 / RCN Sep 1948 - Sep 1963) - passed away peacefully on January 8, 2009 at the Broadmead Lodge at the age of 91. He was bon on September 21, 1917 in Perth, Scotland to Walter and Margaret Brookes. he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nina; sons, Alan (Wendy) of Victoria, and Ian (Raie) of Melbourne, Australia; and grandchildren, Sean, Kailee, and Kyle. Mike served with the British Navy from 1933 to 1948 and with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1948 to 1963. he was a veteran of both the Second World War and the Korean War. During WWII, he spent over three and a half years in a Japanese POW camp. he was highly decorated, receiving letters of commendation from both King George of England and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Among his many medals was the Bronze Medal of Honour of the Order of Orange Nassau with Swords which he received for his service on the British Naval Destroyer, HMS Encounter. Mike loved soccer and ice hockey and every cat and dog he ever met. In his many walks with Nina, he always had a pocketful of treats just in case he ran into one of his four legged friends. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at VGH, the staff at Broadmead Lodge and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their care and support. It was very much appreciated. As per Mike's wishes, there will be no service and his remains will be laid to rest at sea.

 

HMS ENCOUNTER

BROWN, Bruce D., V37153, RCNVR / P1ET, 28697-E, RCN (served 14 May 1942 - 04 Jan 1962) - Born: 08 Apr 1925  Died: 06 Mar 2009

BOOTSMAN, Herbert A., CPO Musician, RCN (served 08 Jan 1951 - 01 Jun 1972) - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Herb in Cowichan District Hospital on April 8, 2009. Herb is survived by his wife, Joanne of 32 years, and his children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joy, the mother of his children. Herb had asked that there be no service, and his ashes will be scattered on Mill Bay where he fished for so many years.

BRACKEN, Robert E. (Bob), RCNVR / 27713, C1OT, O-8207, Lt (N), RCNR (served 03 Sep 1941 - 12 Mar 1973) - Born: 12 Mar 1923  Deid : 25 Apr 2009

 

BULLOCK, Harold Lorne, L/Signalman, V2314, RCNVR died - 20 Apr 1942 - Son of Merle J. Bullock and Annie Bullock, Saint John, NB; spouse of Florence E. Bullock, Saint John, NB. He is buried in the Londonderry City Cemetery, Northern Ireland. Harold's brother Donald joined the RCNVR shortly after Harold's death.  One of Harold's younger brothers, Merle J. Bullock, served in the Air Force after WW 2.

 

Portrait of Harold Bullock

 

Official records state that  Leading Signalman H. L. Bullock died due to drowning at Moville, Ireland, when he fell between two ships while returning from shore leave to HMCS Barrie in which he was serving. His body was recovered June 15, 1942.  The wartime diary of Robert V. Richmond, HMCS St. Francis, has an entry that states the following:  "L/Sig of Canadian corvette alongside us [Barry] dives over to save chum but drowns himself."  Additionally, after the war, Harold's father was contacted by two of Harold's shipmates who both told him that Harold had dove over to say a shipmate.  The wartime diary of R.V. Richmond and the accounts of Harold's shipmates give credence to the fact that Harold died while trying to save a shipmate.

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS BARRIE

HUGHES, William (Bill) - Peacefully on October 7, 2017, Bill passed away at his home in Winnipeg at the age of 91 years. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret; his parents, Margaret and Thomas; his brother Thomas and his sister Audrey. He is survived by his sister Jacqueline and brother Howard as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill had a special bond with his nephew Paul and his great-niece Danielle who was his guardian angel. Bill served in the Navy in the Second World War. He worked as a machinist for the CNR. He was a member of The Shrine Khartum Patrol and had been an avid golfer most of his life. Summers spent at Falcon Lake with family and friends were cherished times, as were the winters spent in Mesa Arizona. He always enjoyed his vacations in Hawaii. The family would like to thank the caregivers Bill had at the Victoria General Hospital during his many visits there. We would also like to thank the home care aides and nurses who cared for him at The Parkway and the workers who previously cared for him at Seine River. Without them, Bill wouldn't have been able to stay at home. A private family service will be held at a later date. Funeral Arrangements in Care of: Wheeler Funeral Home Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street. (Winnipeg Free Press 14 Oct 2017)

 

BUTTERWORTH, Harvey Bert Brown, P1GI, RCN (served 03 Oct 1938 - 07 Dec 1945) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Harvey. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 21st, 1920 and passed away on April 26, 2009 in Nanaimo, BC. Harvey was a Veteran of WW II and worked for the Canadian National railway in Edmonton for 32 years after the war. Harvey was predeceased by his parents Kathleen and Ted Butterworth, his second son Charles Lee, sister Marjorie McColl and brother Stuart. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Helen, son Ted (Ava), daughter Allison, grandchildren Lee and Steven, sister Jean Little, special friend Dennis McManus. Harvey and his wife moved to Victoria in 1980 and after her retirement moved to Nanaimo in 1992. Special thanks you to Dr. Pienaar, Meredith ahd Ceri in Palliative Care, Dustin in ICU at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and to the Paramedics of Nanaimo. Harvey was a member of teh Atlantic and BC Chiefs and Petty Officers Naval Association adn the Montgomery Legion in Edmonton, AB. Funeral Service will be held Thursday April 30, 2009 at 1:00 p. at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local Heart and Stroke Foundation.

BAILEY, Clifford John, P1AV, 10711-E, RCN (served 04 Nov 1948 - 03 Dec 1971) - Born October 29, 1928 in Brantford, Ontario, passed away on July 22, 2009. Survived by his loving family & friends; his wife Iris and little Barney; four children Pat (Ken), Jim (Chris), Jo-Ann (Jeff) & Jan (Michele); nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren and his sister Barbara (Jack). A memorial service will be held at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Tuesday July 28th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice. "Any old sailor like me who was my age and shared many of my memories sailed away forever yesterday. He lived an adventure and loved romantically. He married the sweetheart of his youth. He was a good friend. Goodbye old friend." - Don Bentley.

BERGSTROM, Lloyd George, C1ER - Born 16 Oct 1916 near Melville, Sask, died at 92 years of heart failure at home Sunday 30 August with his wife Georgette at his side. He lived well to the end. Daughters Linda (Joe) and Cynthia (David) will be grateful to him forever. Lloyd met and married Georgette Lapierre in Montreal while serving with the RCN during WWII. They raised their family in Victoria and Dartmouth. After a full military career, he joined Foreign Affairs to continue serving his country around the world for 15 more years in Moscow, Guyana, Iran, Turkey, Cuba and Washington, DC. Retirement years included considerable golfing and volunteering in Melbourne, Florida and Victoria. He was predeceased by his parents, Laura and Eric, six brothers & sisters, one grand child, and one great-grand child. He is survived by his wife, daughters and brother Brant (Dorothy). His legacy includes grandchildren Maya, Chuck (Inga), Georgette (Yariv), and Christa and great-grandchildren Hannah, Ma'ayan, Tzippy and Air. "Well done, Pop." Funeral at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road, Friday 04 September, 2:00 pm, the Rev. Cannon Andrew Gates officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice.

 

BURNETT, William (Bill), SPO, A3244 (served 12 Nov 1940 - 31 Oct 1945) - born: 04 Feb 1917  died 30 Mar 1910

BOWIE, O.E. (Ossie), Chief SA / LCdr (S), RCN(R) (served 15 Aug 1940 - 25 Oct 1945) - Born 28 Feb 1916  Died 12 May 2010, Quebec 

BRUCE, W. David (Dave), C2RM, 4426-E, RCN (served 02 Jun 1941 - 12 Mar 1966) (23 Aug 1922 - 15 Jul 2010) - We are sad to announce the passing of our father Dave. He was predeceased by his wife Victoria in 1984, and is survived by his son Robert Bruce (Bev), daughters Carole Ross (Jim) and Catherine Fell (Mike), and sister Isla Laing. Dave is also survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and good friend Dianna Allan. Dave served in the RCN in the Second World War and Korea. Retiring from the Navy in 1962 he worked in Dockyard Shop 22 until retirement. A gathering will be held Sunday, July 25 at 12:00 noon, Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Dockyard Branch, 622 Admirals Road, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations to Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

BOWMAN, Norman E. (Norm), V39331, RCNVR / P1ER, 9738-E, RCN (served Jun 1940 - Feb 1971) (30 Jan 1926 - 03 Feb 2011) - Born in Baracoa, Cuba and passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Mary (May), of 65 years and daughter Liz (Leigh); granddaughter Claire, grandson Ben and great grandson Oliver, family and friends in Australia, UK, USA and Canada will all miss him greatly. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE

BIRD, Charles D. (Dunc), Sto PO, A3288, RCN(R) (served 01 Feb 1941 - 01 Oct 1945) - Born: 10 Jun 1920  Died 20 Nov 2009

BALL, Gordon Walter, MMM, CD, CPO2 NCIOP, 33413-E, RCN / CAF (served 03 Jul 1956 - 11 Jul 1991) - Born on the 13th of jan 1937 in Moose Jaw, SK. Growing up Gordon lived in many small towns throughout southern Saskatchewan as the son of a CN railroad man. He graduated from Biggar High school in 1956. On advice from a family friend he joined the RCN in 1956 leaving the rolling wheat fields of the Prairies for the rolling Seas. Completing Boot Camp in Cornwallis, NS he was posted to CFB Esquimalt; where he met the love of his life Dorothy on a blind date at Memorial Arena in 1958. They were married in August 1960. CPO2 Ball (Gordy) sailed on many different ships and held various positions throughout his 35 year Naval Career as a Radar Plotter / Technician. he retired from the Canadian Navy 1991. A sports enthusiast he enjoyed plaing and watching golf, hockey, football and baseball. He was a member of the Pilgrim Cove Pacers, the running club at CFB Esquimalt. he ran in many marathons and 10K events. One of his greatest athletic achievements was being part of the six man Navy relay team that ran across Canada for the Canadian Navy's 75th Anniversary. family and his faith were his mainstays throughout his life. He lived life passionately, embracing each day with its hopes and challenges and captured them with his camera. A consummate storyteller of family history and tales of the sea, Gordon kept friends and family in stitches during many a family fathering, or special occasion. His happiest and proudest moment were always when spending time with his family. Service was his calling as he was always willing, and available to help those in need. On the 30th of May 2011 surrounded by his family Gordon finally found rest at the end of his 7 year battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Walter Ball and Eleanor Louis Ball (Klockow). He is survived by his wife Dorothy of 50 yrs and his Brothers David (Arlene) Brian (Rita), children Michael (Marilyn), Eleanor (Glenn), grandchildren Meredith, Meaghan, Joshua and Dustin, great grandchildren Madeline, Dylan and Solara Lynn and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Gordon's life will he held at Central Baptist Church 833 Pandora Ave Victoria, BC on the 10th of June 2011 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.;

 

BOYD, Gordon Heatherington, C2WS, 115511-E, RCN (served 24 Apr 1949 - 05 Jul 1950 / 19 Sep 1952 - 20 Sep 1977) - passed away peacefully on May 25, 2011. He was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 17, 1931, the eldest son of Scottish emigrants Robert Henry Boyd and Charlotte Pollock Barriskell. At a young age he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Victoria, BC. In 1950 he married Loreen Victoria Lesopoy and they had 4 children. Gordon, Jo-Ann (M. Art) and twins Dennis and Denise (M. Lance). After retirement he worked as a long distance trucker and then for Canada Post. For fun he liked to fish, play cards and was a voracious reader. He is survived by sisters Roberts and Norinne, all of his children, grandchildren Jodie (M. Jody), Scott, Irene (Morgan), Josie and Cody, great-grandsons Chase and  Brody, and many nieces and nephews. Dad is predeceased by our Mom, his loving wife Loreen, his parents and brother Robert "Harry". Services will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:00 am.

BUCK, Kenneth F., P1PH, 11692-E, RCN (served 17 Sep 1949 - 17 Oct 1966) (24 Oct 1927 - 03 Jul 2011) - It is with great sadness we announce Ken passed away at home July 3, 2011. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary, and five children, John (Diane), Catherine (Don), Beverly (Rob), Janet (Charles), and Kristine (Robert), 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ken served time in the Navy and was a Korean War Veteran. His joy was his gardens. Ken will be deeply missed by all.  Service will be held on July 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at First Memorial Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive

BUTCHART, William (Butch), P1CS, 5130-E, RCN - Born 03 Apr 1924  Died: 30 Jan 2011

BUTTERWORTH, Clifford Walter, P1ER, 3057-E, RCN (served 19 Jul 1946 - 18 Jul 1966) Passed away peacefully at Resthaven Nursing Home in Sidney, B.C. on August 30, 2011. Born on December 15, 1928 in Vancouver, BC. Pre-deceased by his second wife of 42 years, Mona, on December 27th, 2008. Survived by his daughters; Cathy (Bill) and Jan and his sons; Chris (Judy) and Paul (Maureen), nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Cliff retired, a Chief Petty Officer after serving twenty one years in the Navy and then worked for several more years as a delivery driver for Sears on the Saanich Peninsula. He and Mona spent summers at Island View beach and enjoyed cross country road trips in their RV. For years Cliff and Mona were active square dance club members. There will be no service at his request. In memory of Cliff those so desiring may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 750 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4. The family would like to thank the staff at Royal Jubilee, the Cridge Centre and Resthaven Lodge, for their excellent care over the past three years. He will be missed, we know he's happy to be with Mona again. When he lost his wife, he lost his will to live. (Victoria Times Colonist 02 Sep 2011)

BISHOP, Herbert Anscomb, RX5291, RCNR / C2ER, 23294-E, RCN (served 02 Feb 1948 - 05 Nov 1973) (03 Jul 1928 - 10 Oct 2011) - Born and raised in Victoria, Herbie served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years retiring as a CPO. All who knew him were charmed by his love of life, sense of humour and big heart. A world traveller, golfer, gardener, artist, handyman, coach and amateur cook; we will never forget his 2 favourite dishes, "you'll get nothing and like it" " and "crap on a bun ". Herbie loved to tinker and fix items around the house, if he was not refinishing an antique to give to family or a friend, he was fixing that 30 year old toaster we all remember. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family; Joyce his wife of 60 years, his 5 children: Sandra, Brad, Dawn, Denise, and Randy, 9 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild. Herbie we miss your laughter and unlimited love, we are blessed to have had such a crazy old fart in our lives. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 2:00pm at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

BRUNER, Garvin Ross (Gabby), P1BD, 33334-E, RCN (served 10 May 1955 - 01 Nov 1985) - Born in Saltcoats, SK on May 7, 1935; passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on October 20, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Kathleen (Kay); cherished daughters, Judy and Carol and step-sisters, Shirley Bradford, Saskatoon, SK, May Bradford (Bob), Prince Albert, SK., Jean Heinrich (Joe), Stenen, SK, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, He was predeceased by his parents; his stepmother; his nine siblings and two step-siblings. Gabby grew up in Saltcoats and began his musical career at an early age. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955 as a bandsman (trumpet) and was posted to HMCS Ontario Band and then the Naden Band. Other postings included bandmaster positions at 3 PPCLI Work Point Barracks, CFB Chilliwack and Royal Roads Military College. He played trumpet with the Victoria Symphony, gigged with his band, "The Classics:", performed solo as a one-man band playing trumpet, keyboards and vocals. He taught many young people to play the trumpet and share his passion for music. In latter years, he was a proud member of the Hampton Civic Orchestra. He was a kind and caring man who loved his family, his music and the many animals we've had over his lifetime. Memorial Service will be held at Garden City United Church, 4054 Carey Road on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gabby's name to the Alzheimer's Society of BC, #202-306 Burnside Road W, Victoria, BC V8Z lM1 or the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre, 8l3 Darwin Rd, Victoria, BC V8X 2X7. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Doctors and Staff of 8N Royal Jubilee Hospital, Dr. D. Robertson and Staff of the Veterans Care Centre, Dr. Felipe Edora, Janet and Sandra. Your compassion and caring was a blessing as you helped Gabby and his family walk the challenging path of Lewy Body Dementia. the music has ended but the melody lingers on. (Victoria Times Colonist 26 Oct 2011)

 

HMCS ONTARIO

BLENKINSOPP, John Donald, C2.TD / C1WU, RCN (served 12 Sep 1937 - 11 Mar 1966) (12 Sep 1920 - 28 Jan 2012) - Passed away peacefully at home. He is predeceased by his wife Dorothy and his sister Ethel Robertson. He is survived by his sons Peter and John, son-in-law Brett, granddaughters Cheyenne and Haylie, great granddaughter Madison and his sister Dorothy Hobbis. His final wishes were to have no funeral service. His remains are to be cremated and taken to be buried at sea. He will be missed by all who knew him. (Victoria Times Colonist 04 Feb 2012)

 

HMCS CRUSADER

BIRD, Richard (Dick), P1ER - Born 23 Mar 1929  Died 10 Mar 2012

BENTHAM, Robert Henry, PO, V30235, RCNVR (served 06 Jul 1940 - 06 Aug 1946) - With great sadness, we announce the passing of Bob Bentham, on May 1, 2012. Born September 16th, 1922 in South Wellington, Vancouver Island, and predeceased by his parents, Bill and Molly Bentham, and brother George. Bob moved to Victoria before joining the Navy at age 17, and served 5 years in the Corvette Escort Fleet, where he saw action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Bob believed the war was worth fighting, even though it cost him the better part of his youth. After war service, he returned to Victoria where he worked for the Begg Motor Company, Motor Transport at the Dockyard, sold Wear-Ever Cookware, and then drove bus for Vancouver Island Coach Lines. In Parksville, he owned Highway Chain Saws, before retiring from the Dockyard as a marine engine fitter. Bob loved yachting, and especially his fishing trips. He and wife Evelyn enjoyed dancing, cruising, golfing. Bob enjoyed puttering in his garage, and could put his hand to fix anything for all or any who asked. Just like his father, Bob always remained a true gentleman throughout his life. A social man, Bob loved a good time with family and friends, and showed his wonderful sense of humour even in his final days. Bob will be sorely missed by Evelyn, his partner and best friend of 32 years. He is also survived by sons Rob (Donna) and Garry (Barbara), and their mother, Lillian Bentham, and step-sons Dwayne and Vince Greensill (Loraleigh), who highly respected their step-father. Pops and GG, as he was called, also leaves grandchildren John, Craig, Ashley Ramsay, and Bryn, along with 5 step-grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. Jong for his care and support over the many years, and to the many staff at the Lodge at Broadmead, and Beacon Community Services. A celebration of Bob's Life will be held at Bob's family home, at 8092 Mahon Place, Saanichton, on Saturday, June 9 from 1 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please support Broadmead Care, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria V8X 4Y7. Farewell my precious, until we meet again." (Victoria Times Colonist 12 May 2012)

BROWN, Ernest (Brownie), POWU, 66373-H, RCN - Born 15 Sep 1947  Died 28 May 2012

 

HMCS KOOTENAY

BYRNELL, Wesley Edward, V80658, RCNVR (served 06 Mar 1943 - 19 Jul 1945), MMM, CD, 204461, C2PT, RCN - Decorated veteran of WW2. Awarded Military Order of Merit, 1876. Renowned sports physiotherapist and trainer. Accomplishments to numerous to list. No funeral or memorials at his request.

 

BAUR, Joseph John, V41125, RCNVR (served Jul 1943 - Dec 1945) / C2ET, RCN (served Dec 1945 - 22 Jan 1966) (13 Oct 1926 - 09 Dec 2012) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joe, dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, on December 8, 2012 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Joe was born to the late Albert and Kathleen Baur in Toronto, Ontario. His early schooling was in New York, Philadelphia and St. Michael's School, Toronto. In 1944, at age 17, he joined the Canadian Navy and almost immediately saw service in the North Atlantic until the end of World War 2. Later in his naval career he served in the China Sea during the Korean War. After retirement, he attended UBC and UVIC receiving a B.Ed. He then taught at Victoria High School for 22 good and busy years. Joe was an enthusiastic curler. He was also a member of the Archeological Group, working on numerous local digs and was keenly interested in his View Royal community, serving on the Emergency Response and Trails and Parks teams. He was instrumental in founding the View Royal Archives. Joe will be remembered for his sparkling sense of humour, dreadful puns, commitment to his community and his deep love for his family. Predeceased by his son Tony, he is survived by his loving wife, Louise; sons Colin (Dani); Michael (Allison); daughter-in-law Mechthild; daughters Stephanie (Dean); Kathy (Patrick); sister Joan; 13 grandchildren 5 great-grandchildren who were the light of his life. At Joe's request there will be no funeral but a family gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date "Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea" (Victoria Times Colonist 13 Dec 2012)

 

HMCS MARGAREE

BURT, Roger Michael, MMM, CD, C1RP, 43997-E, RCN (served 02 Sep 1958 - 05 Jun 1992) (14 Mar 1941 - 05 Feb 2013) - It is with great sadness that w announce the passing of our father, Roger Michael Burt of San Diego, California. Drawn, as his brothers before him, to the sea at an early age, spending many years with the Royal Canadian navy. He was mostly posted to CFB Esquimalt before retiring to San Diego after over three decades of service. Dad did very well for himself in the Navy and took great pride is serving his country. We missed our father when he was at sea, and did not always understand why he was gone for so long, but with the passage of time all become clear. Dad had an amazing life's journey through the Navy and was able to experience many different cultures and see first hand for off destinations that most of us only dream of including, Fiji, Tonga, Australia and 20 times to Hawaii! At home on Tulip Ave, Dad was an accomplished self-taught handyman adding on many additions, including the back deck, carport and a cemented driveway. Dad has many interests, including gardening sailing and golf. In his later years Dad enjoyed his retirement in San Diego, working at his business, Bay View nautical and enjoying the opportunities to spend time with his grandchildren. Dad was also able to travel extensively in his RV and enjoyed seeing many new sites as well as attending naval reunions. Love you forever Dad and Grandpa from your children Greg, Mike and Cynthia and your daughter-in-law Carol and grandchildren David and Isabella, also step-sons William E. Kaskins and Richard D. Haskins of Virginia. Pre-deceased by his wife Betty Burn (nee Haskins) in 2010. Rest in Peace.

 

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