For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Obituaries for those who served in the


Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)


BIRCH, William Amos - retired Naval Veteran WW2. In Arnprior Memorial Hospital, Friday, March 7, 1986, William Birch of RR3, Kinburn, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Laura May Birch. Dear father of Arnold G. Birch of Regina, Sask., and Beverly Birch of RR3 Kinburn. Dear grandfather of Steven, Jo-Anne, Beverly, David, William, Lauralee and Beverly Joy. At request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or funeral service prior to cremation at Pinecrest Crematorium, Ottawa. In memoriams to the Lung Association appreciated by the family. Boyce Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

BURNETT, Edward, C1ER / LCdr, RCN - Born March 9, 1913, passed away in the Victoria General Hospital on May 27, 1986, at 73 years of age. Ed is survived by his loving family, wife Marion of Victoria; three sns, Sgt. Cliff Burnett and wife Lillian of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Robert E. Burnett and wife Nola of Nanaimo and Allan R. Burnett and wife Judy of Victoria; one daughter, Ann Marie McClung and husband Dallas of Victoria. Also eight grandchildren; Tommy, Robin, Billy, Trisha, Lisa, Tyson, Kimberly and Jennifer. Further survived by brothers, sisters and many friends and associates. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 1986, in Sands Memorial Chapel of Chimes, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C. at 2:00 p.m. Cremation at Hatley Crematorium. Donations to charity of donor's choice.

BLIGHT, James Albert - of Victoria, B.C., suddenly on February 14, 1987, in his 64th year. He will be sadly missed by loving wife Doreen, daughter Sherrilyn, son-in-law, Rick, granddaughter Kerrie and son Ron, daughter-in-law Valarie, and grandson Keane. Also two brothers Dick and Jack, several cousins and all of their families from Calgary and Okotoks, Alberta. Mr. Blight was retired from the RCN. Private Anglican service to be held. Interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, my be made to the G.R. Pearkes Foundation, 3970 Haro Road, Victoria, B.C., V8N 4A9.

BOTTOMLEY, Bruce Reginald (Buck), CD, Chief Petty Officer, RCN - age 64 years, suddenly at Cobbie Hill, B.C. on March 11, 1987. Survived by his loving wife, Mary E. (Kelly) of Cobbie Hill, B.C.; one son, John R. Bottomley of London, England and stepson, Steve A. Davey of Port Hardy, B.C.; mother, Gertrude Bottomley; sister, Deanna Coleman; and aunt, Queen Fraser, all of Medicine Hat, Alberta; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at Royal Oak Crematorium, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, B.C. on Monday, March 16, 1987 at 11 a.m. Rev. H. Silvester officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. In memory of Mr. Bottomley, those so desiring may contribute to the Royal Jubilee Cancer Clinic, 1900 Fort St., Victoria, B.C.


Photo of CPO Bottomley

BUXTON, Thomas Oswald, P1PW, RCN / CAF - Born August 28, 1930. Died suddenly on August 8, 1987, in Victoria, B.C., at the age of 56 years. A long-time resident of Victoria, he is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; daughter, Karen Robinson, of Edmonton; son, Thomas Alan, and wife, Deborah, of Edmonton; daughter, Mary-Ann Scott, and husband, Douglas, of Victoria; daughter, Donna Shaw, and husband, Rick, of Kingston, Ontario; two granddaughters, Victoria, and Brandie-Leigh; his mother, Mary Buxton; one sister, Molly Laughlin, and her husband, Howard; all off Vancouver; father-in-law, Eric Moore, of Victoria. Mr. Buxton had served 25 years with the R.C.N., retiring in 1977 as PO1. He had worked with the B.C. Ferry Corp, Head Officers, Victoria, since 1977. he had been a member of the Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge, Vancouver; the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Branch No. 172; also the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, August 13, 1987, at 1:00 p.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Streets, with cremation to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined and those so wishing may make a donation to Mount Moriah Masonic Benevolent Fund, 8255 Nelson Ave, Burnaby, B.C., or the charity of one's choice.

BALLARD, Raymond Eric, C2CM, RCN - on December 4, 1987, in Victoria, B.C., aged 72 years. Survived by his loving wife, Amelia; one son, Wayne, both of Victoria; and one brother, Monty, in Campbell River; also one nephew and one niece. Ray was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess, RCN. Retired. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of one's choice is appreciated.

BISSETT, Alan Roy, Chief Writer / Lt (S), RCN - passed away on December 17, 1987, age 61 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah; one son, Roy; one sister, Leah Mould and one brother, Bruce. Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 602 Kingsway, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of ones choice would be appreciated.

BAYLEY, Phyllis Laurel - on February 10th, 1988 age 71 years late of Vancouver, B.C. Survived by her loving family, one brother Bill, Vancouver; two sisters, Vera Wighton, Surrey, Florence Harris, Surrey; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Predeceased by her parents Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Bayley, one brother Ray, one sister Eileen, November 1987. Served in the RCN for many years. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 1st, 1988 at 2:00 p.m. from the Collingwood Baptist Church, 4847 Joyce Road, Vancouver, B.C. Pastor William Clayton officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to one's favourity charity would be appreciated.


Photo of Phyllis Bayley     Photo of Phyllis Bayley

BROWNRIDGE, Warren Ernest (Brownie), C2ER, RCN - passed away on February 22, 1988, aged 65 years. Surviving are his loving wife, Riza; 3 sons, Warren, Gerald and Philip; 3 sisters, Alyce of Michigan, Phyllis of Ontario and Jean of New Westminster. Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 26, 1988 at 11:00 a.m. in the Burquitlam Funeral Chapel, 625 North Road, Coquitlam.

BOUVER, Peter L., Chief Yeoman of Signals - Veteran of WW 2. Born June 29, 1920. Suddenly on Saturday, March 19, 1988, while on vacation in Joshua Tree, California, Mr. Peter L. Bouver late of Port Alberni, B.C. passed away at the age of 67 years. Survived by his loving wife, Joan, son, Peter and wife, Jeanette of Port Alberni, B.C. daughters, Diane Fletcher and husband, Bob of Duncan, B.C. and Wendy Chase and husband, Wayne of Port Alberni, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, step-brother, Marcel Bouveur and wife, Bonnie, sister, Helen LaRochelle and his mother-in-law, Freda Carey all of Victoria, B.C. and a brother, Rodger Bouveur of Ontario, Pete worked for many years in the pulp mill as a supervisor and then the personnel department and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 55. Service of Remembrance will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 1988 from the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, 4005-6th Ave. Cremation has taken place. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Heart Fund, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3V2.

BISHOP, Duncan, C1ET, RCN - Born 20 Oct 1925  Died 13 May 1988


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BING, John Blythe, M.I.D., Chief TAS, RCNVR / Cd Gunner, RCN - Born February 20, 1920. Peacefully at Hospice, Victoria, B.C. on February 3, 1989 at the age of 68 years. Predeceased by son, Randy in England in 1956. He is survived by his loving wife, Monica Lois; daughter, Darlyne Ann Stewart and son-in-law Eric of Vancouver; son Richard John of Victoria; granddaughter, Sarah Adelaide; one sister, Madeline Ann Landes and brother-in-law, Glen of Bozeman, Montana; brother, Andrew Henry of Victoria: sister-in-law, Dorothy Bing of Vancouver; also nieces and nephews. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy, overseas during the Second World War, retiring in 1964. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Pro Patria Branch, No. 1 and Chiefs and Petty officers Association. John will be sadly missed by all that knew him. many thanks to Dr. D. Bell, Dr. Glen Friesen, Dr. M. Cody, also the nurses and staff off Hospice. Memorial service will be held Friday, February 10,, at 3:00 p.m. in McCall Bros. Family Chapel, with the Rev. H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. Flowers are gratefully declined and those so wishing may make a donation to the Heart Fund, 1908 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C., the Cancer Clinic, 2296 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C. or Hospice 1906 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C.











HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Served in Sault Ste Marie post WW 2


BRUCE, Donald Charles, RCN - On February 19, 1989 at Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, B.C.. Born in Ipswich, England on May 3, 1924, a long-time resident of Victoria. He leaves his loving family: wife, Olive; four sons and their wives, Raymond and Glynnis, of Edmonton, Alberta; Barry and Laura, of Victoria; Scott and Barbara, of Victoria; and Jason, of Victoria; three grandchildren, Daniel, Graham and Kimberley. He served overseas with the Royal Navy during the Second World War and completed 36 years of continuous service, retiring in 1974. After retirement from the Forces he worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for 14 years. He will be greatly missed. Funeral service will be held Thursday, February 23, at 10:30 a.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, with Padre G. Shields officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium.

BALDWIN, Robert J. (Baldy), P1RC, RCN - passed away at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on June 23, 1989. He leaves his loving wife, Marjorie; three sons, Robert in Vancouver, George and Allen in Victoria; three grandsons, James, Tony and Craig; one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Fred Rodgers of Victoria, plus many friends. He served in the RCN from 1939 to 1965 as a Petty Officer and was a member of the Chiefs and PO Association. No service at Bob's request. Donations to the charity of one's choice. McCall Bros. are entrusted with arrangements.



BARNSWELL, Arnold Albert Humphrey (Barney) - passed away at Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, B.C. on July 7, 1989 after a courageous battle with A.L.S. Born March 18, 1934, the eldest son of Albert and Adelaide Barnswell of Victoria, B.C. In 1958 he married Winifred Cornish of rapid City, Manitoba. They have resided in Victoria, B.C. ever since. He served with the RCN from 1951-1976. His latest employment was with B.C.B.C. as an engineer. He is survived by his loving wife, Wynn; five sons, Bryan (Rose) of Maple Ridge, B.C., Wayne of Victoria, Douglas of Vancouver, Ian, David (Dawna) of Victoria. he also leaves his parents at Maple Ridge; one brother, Allen (Barbara) of North Vancouver; two sisters, Arelene Sheppard (Robbie) and Adele Admunson (Bob) of Maple Ridge and four grandchildren, Joe, Harley, Chevien and one week old Joshua Arnold; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Ivy Cornish of Rapid City; also many fond nieces and nephews and cousins. He was a member of the Esquimalt Legion Branch No. 172, lifetime member of the Chiefs and P.O.'s Mess. Visitation Monday, July 10, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in McCall Bros Family Chapel, 1400 Vancouver Street. Funeral  service will held held Tuesday, July 11 at 2:30 in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets with the Reverend T. Ridgewood officiating. Cremation to follow at Royal Oak Crematorium.

LYON, John Davie (Jack) - Passed away peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 26, 2010, Jack Lyon of Bobcaygeon, formerly of Scarborough, at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Mary (née Spragge) Lyon for 68 years. Loving father of John (Sharon) Lyon of Baltimore, ON. Grandfather of Jeff, Aprile, Clayton, Amber, Michelle and Tanya. Great-grandfather of Trenton, Rowan, Benjamin, Madeleine, Chelsea, Jacob and Owen. The family will be holding a memorial service at a date to be announced. Arrangements provided by Monk Funeral Home 6 Helen Street, Bobcaygeon.




LATOUR, Joseph Jean-Yves (John), CD, CPO WS / NWT, CAF - age 62, of Dartmouth, passed away October 21, 2017 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born November 17, 1954, he was the son of the late Vianney and Claire (Parthenais) Latour. Jean-Yves 'John' joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1972 at the age of 18 as a Naval Weapons Technician. For the next 33 years he served with pride and honour in many of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships, including Huron, Iroquois, Athabaskan, Skeena and Ville De Quebec. John also enjoyed many teaching positions at the Canadian Forces Engineering School (CFNES) teaching hydraulics and it was at CFNES that he retired in 2005. Retirement didn’t suit him well and he quickly found a part time job as a security guard for the Cole Harbour Place. As with his career in the RCN John beamed with pride as he patrolled the halls of Sidney Crosby’s home rink. He was a long-time fan of hockey and enjoyed everything about the game, he was even the coach of his son Dale’s hockey team. He often remarked that he likely witnessed many a future NHL player take their first tentative steps on the ice of Cole Harbour Place. Unfortunately failing health forced John to leave his security guard position and he spent his remaining years doting over his five cherished grandchildren, Yushin and Yuri Kim, Ethan, Claire and John Latour. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (DeCoste) Latour; daughter, Danielle Kim; sons, Dale and René Latour; sisters, Jocelyn Laganière, Lise Latour and Carole Latour; brother, Jean-Guy Latour; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A private service will take place at a later date. 


Remembering Jean-Yves Latour by Mitch Latour


HMCS HURON - Served in Huron 1975-1977 as an AB/LS WS



HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 1987 - 1992 as a P1NWT


PINNELL, Robert Sidney (Bob) - On October 12, 2017, Bob Pinnell at the age of 87, born February 9, 1930, passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side. He was predeceased by wife Trudy, and his late companion Katie. Bob is mourned by his family; children, Gerrit (Carol), Paul and Roma, in addition to six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his older brother, Stanley Pinnell of Montreal. A very special thank you to the Doctors and staff at Pinawa Hospital, Betel Nursing Home and Selkirk General Hospital for the excellent care he received. Bob was always proud of his service in the Navy and in 1970, he joined the Royal Canadian Legion Stonewall Branch No. 52 / Lac du Bonnet Branch No. 164. He farmed in Warren, MB until the early 90s, when he moved to his new home in Lac du Bonnet where he lived until his passing. President of the Pioneer Senior Club of Lac du Bonnet 1998 - 2001. Member of M.S.O.S. Board (Eastman Council) 2003 - 2006, also a member at large 2007 - 2009 . Bob thoroughly enjoyed participating in floor curling with Katie at every MSOS Senior Games. He was especially thrilled to participate in the Senior Canada Games in Whitehorse 2004. With his wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment will be at the Warren Cemetery in the spring of 2018. (Winnipeg Free Press 21 Oct 2017)

CARON, Charles Wilfred - It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Father, Brother and Pepere on Monday, October 16, 2017. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Leon and Stella (nee Regnier) Caron. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Louise Gogal (Frank), Marie Trudeau (Guy), Denise Jackson (James), Lucie Hornby (Craig); sons, Marc Caron (Lavone) and Luc Caron (Aline); and all their children as well as several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Wilfrid Caron (Lorraine), Antoinette Dufresne (Lucien), Sr. Pierrette Caron and Andre Caron (Dorothy); sisters-in-law ,Margaret and Lois; brother-in-law Bob Regan, and their families. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Fleurette (nee Bernardin), his parents, his sister Rosemarie Regan and brothers, Bernard and Roger. Dad was proud of having served in the navy, being a mechanic, a big brother, a good husband and father. He was a quiet man who will be greatly missed and will be loved forever. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Eulogy commencing at 10:45 a.m. at St. Eugene Church, 1007 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Actionmarguerite-St. Vital (Foyer Valade) for taking such good care of Dad. "It is healthy and honourable to weep at the loss of someone we love. Healthy because such passion must be released. Honourable because it is respectful to admit the importance of people who have loved and supported us people whose footprints cannot ever be matched." - Maya Angelou Desjardins (Winnipeg Free Press 21 Oct 2017)

SCHNEIDER, Samuel (Sam), Telegraphist - passed away peacefully, at home, on October 14, 2017. He is mourned by his daughter Maureen (Ron Burek), son Dave (Jane Campbell), five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Sam was born on May 7, 1919 and was raised in the north end of Winnipeg. He served his country in the Navy during the Second World War as a radio operator. Later in life he was very involved in amateur radio as VE4KS. He and his wife Phyllis raised their family in St. Vital and Sam worked at Dowse Woodwork. Sam loved curling (at the Heather Curling Club), golf (first at St. Boniface Golf Club and then at Southside Golf Course) and fishing especially fly-in fishing at some of Dave's camps. Summers were spent at West Hawk Lake where they had a trailer in the seasonal campground. Sam was a member of Three Pillars Lodge where he made many friends. When Phyllis went into care at St. Norbert Personal Care Home, Sam moved to Meadowood Manor where he enjoyed crib, social activities and talking to everyone he met. The family would like to thank Bonnie for being such a good friend to Sam and to us as we cared for him in his last days. A celebration of Sam's life will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Meadowood Manor Friendship Centre, 577 St. Anne's Rd. at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Dave Holland officiating. All parking is at St. Vital Arena, 580 St. Anne's Road due to parking restrictions at the Manor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Siloam Mission. (Winnipeg Free Press 19 Oct 2017)

CARPENTER, Donald Joseph - Of Westville. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Donnie passed away suddenly on October 18, 2017 in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. He was born in 1935 in Dundas, Ont., to Clayton and Frances Carpenter. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Halifax where he met and married the love of his life, Georgina (Gaudet), with whom he enjoyed a rich and wonderful life for 61 years. After five years in the Navy, he moved his family back to Dundas to work in the family electrical construction business with his brother, Ken. Georgina longed for home (Nova Scotia), so Donnie accepted a job with Michelin Tire Canada where he retired after 20 years. Donnie believed in giving back, he worked with the Sea Cadets, belonged to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16, The New Horizons and The 55 Club. After retirement, he spent his winters in Florida where he became an excellent Shuffler participating in many leagues and tournaments throughout Florida. Donnie enjoyed curling, shuffling, card games, reading, and NASCAR, but the other love of his life was the many years he spent sailing in the Northumberland Strait. Donnie is survived by his wife, Georgina; son, Joe (Loretta), New Glasgow; daughter, Shelly, Halifax; grandchildren, Jason, Kelly (Steve), and Lindsay; great-granddaughter, Madison; brother, Edward, Troy, Ont.; sisterin- law, Shirley, Dundas, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind cherished nieces, Donna and Laura. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Ken and sister-in-law, Mert. Thank you to the staff at the QEII for their support during his brief stay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dialysis Unit, 222 Haliburton Rd., P. O. Box 1059, Pictou, NS B0K 2A0. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday followed by burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St.


BELL, Robert Sinclair, RCNVR - age 92, of Halifax, passed away in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, on Monday, October 16, 2017. Born in Bridgewater in 1925, son of the late Dora Bell, Dad served in the RCNVR during the Second World War on HMC Ships Moncton, Atholl and Vancouver as a Signalman. Following the war, he worked in the CNR, retiring after 39 years in various locations, the last being in Halifax as the Sales and Services Manager. He was a past warden of St. Luke’s Anglican Church Lakeside, Secretary to Trustees in Lakeside, Deputy Chief and Secretary Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department. Dad also served in the vestry as a member of St. George’s Anglican Church in Sydney. He was a Group Committee member of the Sydney St. George’s Troop and Pack, Scouts Canada. Dad was actively involved as a coach and manager in the Sydney Little League until 1966. He was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church and was chairman of the 1st Fairview Group Committee and served on the council of St. John’s Anglican Church for a number of years. Dad was also a past member and Director of the Halifax Dartmouth Transportation Club. Dad was predeceased by his wife, Betty Joan (Dauphinee) Bell; his son, Kenneth, and granddaughter, Tracy. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Judy), Timberlea; and Gregory (Tanya), Ottawa, Ont. He is also survived by four grandsons and three granddaughters as well as three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. A special thanks to Dr. Smith and the angels on V4 East who provided Dad with exemplary care, understanding and service during his last years. A private family service will be held on Friday, October 20 in the Columbarium, St. John’s Cemetery. 



SWIM, Minard George (Buddy) - age 92 of Bridgewater, passed away peacefully in the Veteran’s Unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg on October 16, 2017. Born in Clark’s Harbour, February 7, 1925, he was a son of the late Clinton and Regina (Nickerson) Swim. Survived by his wife, Marie E. (Ross) Swim; daughter, Renee Swim; granddaughter, Kelly Frame; great-grandchildren, Irena and Belen Pettigant; sisters, Shirley Kelly, Gwen Redding; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Eleanor Baker. Buddy joined HMCS Victoriaville in November 1943 where he carried out convoy duties from New York, Newfoundland and Ireland. He joined the Hydrographic service in 1953 to 1956. From 1956-1964 he carried out mapping surveys on the Mackenzie River. In 1964 he transferred to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, as a surveyor on several coastguard ships and the Baffin, carrying out mapping surveys of the Arctic. He retired in 1990 to Bridgewater. A very special thanks to the staff of the Veteran’s Unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital for their compassion and exceptional care of Dad. At Buddy’s request, there will be no service. Cremation and arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia or the Veteran’s Unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg.


HMCS VICTORIAVILLE - Served in Victoriaville in 1943

MacLENNAN, Allan Ross (06 Oct 1940 - 17 Oct 2007) - age 77 of Kingston, passed away on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family. Born in Toronto, Ont., he was a son of the late Rita B. Williams and Allan G. MacLennan. Ross served for five years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He retired as an elevator mechanic. He enjoyed woodworking and volunteering his time and was always very willing to help others. Ross was a former member of the Lion’s Club in Pasadena, N.L. He loved restoring antique cars and was a member of the Antique Auto Club. Ross will be sadly missed by his wife, Sandra (Tilley); daughter, Heather MacLennan of Lindsay, Ont.; son, Robert MacLennan of Ottawa, Ont.; sister, Ruth Rowley of Peterborough, Ont.; brothers, Neil (Sue) MacLennan of Carleton Place, Ont.; Don (Lynn) MacLennan of Barrie, Ont.; and Keith MacLennan, Ont.; grandchildren, Shelby Papp, Chloe Elmy and Elena Elmy; step grandchildren, Jennifer Elmy, James Elmy and Donna Elmy and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Ross’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 21st, from All Saints Anglican Church, Kingston with Father Michael McKeage officiating followed by a reception. Donations in memory may be made to All Saints Anglican Church, Kingston or a charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., toll free 1-855-825-3448. Online guestbook may be signed by visiting:

CONROY, Francis David - It is with heavy hearts that the family of Francis David Conroy announces his passing on October 14, 2017 at the age of 85, in Halifax. He was predeceased by wife of 52 years, Shirley (Burke). Born in Port Hope, Ont., on November 23, 1932 to mother, Raine (Brooks) and father, Peter Kelly Conroy. Raised by his sister-in-law, Doris and brother, Joe. This generous act set the tone for his life where he devoted his heart to his family. A proud and carefree father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, no moment was wasted when he was in your company. He travelled extensively both in his Naval career (1951-1987) and with family. Based from Shearwater, he served on the Preserver, Magnificent and Bonaventure to name a few. Then, posted to California, he helped manufacture Canada’s 12 Aurora airplanes; retiring as Chief Warrant Officer in Greenwood. He loved camping, reading, football, hockey and family gatherings. His memory will live on in son, David; grandchildren, Ted (Janet), Jeff (Maria), Jennifer, Alicia, David Jr.; great-grandchildren, Nick, Julia, Emery, Ryan, Abbey, and Jake; as well as countless nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered and terribly missed. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please love and cherish your family. Donations can be sent to Canadian Cancer Society.



WOODACRE, B. James (Jim), CD, CPO, RCN - Dad passed away in his 94th year in Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou on October 13, 2017. He was born in Trenton, Ont., on February 16, 1923 to the late Harry and Laura Woodacre. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor and sons, Bevan, Wayne and Blaine; also brothers, Cecil, Phil; sisters, Patricia Price and Sheila Bull. He is survived by sister, Toni (Jim) McCoy, Winnipeg; daughters, Diane (Richard Sherman), Elmsdale; Gail (Bill MacDonald), Myrna (Scott Aitken), Brenda, all of Pictou; son, Kendall (Ronalda), Calgary, Alta.; daughters-in-law, Ruth Woodacre, Caribou River; Lesley Woodacre, Williamswood; his 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Jim was 27 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in the Second World War and Korean War, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. At that time he joined Scott Paper as an Electrical Maintenance Planner, retiring after 17 years. After retirement, Dad and Mom enjoyed many years of travelling to Cuba. The Veterans Unit in Pictou was his home for the last three years of his life. They have a special place in our hearts for the wonderful care he received from all the staff. A special thanks to Dr. Burrill and his lifelong friend Bob Wong. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou, with Father Barrett Clare-Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Stella Maris Parish Cemetery, with reception to follow in the church hall. Family flowers only please. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Comfort Fund of Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou.

BRUSHETT, Gerald, CPO, RCN / Lt (LD), RCN - Died peacefully in his apartment in the Dartmouth Berkley Seniors’ Residence on October 12 , 2017. He was born on December 9, 1926 in Sackville, the only child of Reginald and Elfreda Brushett. The family moved to Halifax where Elfreda, a violinist and multi-instrumentalist, was active in the local music scene. Gerald played cello in the Halifax Baby Orchestra and was noted for his 'unusual talent, excellent time, rhythm and mellow tone.' He graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School in 1944 and promptly enlisted in the Canadian Army. Military life agreed with Gerry and upon discharge from the Army he thought he might see some of the world and, in his own words, 'I crossed the street from the Army recruitment office and joined the Navy.' Much of his early career was spent aboard ship and he served on the Shearwater, Magnificent, Bonaventure and Stadacona. He was twice stationed in the United Kingdom for training in Air Frames and Instruments/Electrical and it was during one of those early postings that he met and fell in love with a radio operator in the WRNS named Dorothy Whitworth. He was still young enough that his commanding officer had to wire home to his parents for permission for Gerry to marry the lovely English girl who’d claimed his heart. Thirty-two years of Naval service concluded with Gerry as a commissioned officer in charge of the aviation electronics division of HU-21 at Shearwater Base Dartmouth and then as a computer programmer at MARCOM from which he retired in 1977. He immediately returned to work as a computer systems analyst with the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services in Halifax, retiring for good on December 31, 1991. Every working day during his stint with Social Services, weather permitting, he walked from the family home in Woodlawn/Cole Harbour to the ferry terminal in Dartmouth and on to his workplace in downtown Halifax. Even after retirement his penchant for walking continued to be a vital part of his life. He also kept one foot in military waters, working each Wednesday as a volunteer guide at the Shearwater Aviation Museum. Gerry was an excellent squash player, a cribbage enthusiast and a terrible joke teller. The death of his wife in 2009 took the wind from his sails for a time but he found great joy in family and spoke often of the wonderful life he’d led and how lucky he’d been. He maintained a store of sweets in his refrigerator at the Berkeley which he doled out regularly to staff there and all those with whom he came into regular contact. He is survived by sons, Timothy and Paul, and daughters, Julie, Angela and Jane who wish to thank the Berkley staff for their wonderful care. There will be a visitation in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Portland Street, Dartmouth on October 30th from 2-4 p.m. and a funeral in the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour at the corner of Portland and Hawthorne on November 1st at 11 a.m.



TAYLOR, Alex - Born 1924 Surrey, England  Died 2000, California, USA



SCULLY, Frank Joseph, Surg Cdr, RCNVR - Dr Frank Scully, 46, Dies Suddenly - Senior Naval Surgeon Here Was Widely Known in City; Served in Two Wars

   Death came suddenly Saturday, in his 46th year to Surgeon Cmdr. Frank J. Scully, RCNVR, as he was making routine calls at the Western Division of the Montreal General Hospital in his capacity of senior medical officer at the naval barracks, Mountain Street.

   By coincidence, his elevation to the rank of commander was made known only a scant 24 hours before his death.

   Weakened by an attack of influenza followed by pneumonia only a short time ago, and attempting, due to the war and influenza epidemic, taks apparently beyond his strength,, "Frank" as he was known to countless naval and civilian acquaintances, was stricken shortly after noon. At midnight he was dead.

   Son of the late Hon. William E. Scully and Mrs. Scully of St. John, NB. Cmdr Frank J. Scully obtained his primary education at St. Francis-Xavier College, at Antigonish, NS, winning a gold medal in arts.

   He obtained his medical degree at McGill University here, in 1917 - enlisting and proceeding overseas immediately after graduation. He served on a hospital ship and at the close of regular hostilities remained broad with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps to serve in Siberia where troops were maintained for a couple of years. On his return to Canada he spent a couple of years on the staff of the military hospital at Ste. Anne de Bellevue. When the second World War broke out, Cmdr. Scully enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon-lieutenant and at the time of his death was chief medical officer at the barracks, Mountain street.

   Promotions announced in July of this year brought to light the fact that Cmdr. Scully and his son, Lt. William Scully, had joined the navy together in 1940, had proceeded to active service together and on occasion ship passed ship, allowing father and son a brief glimpse of each other.

   In his work of safeguarding the health of Canadian youth in the naval service, Commander Scully was ever eager to stress the fine types that paraded before him, and to say a good word for Canadian youth and the senior service whenever the occasion offered.

   He was an ardent sports lover and was a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association and was for a time club physician of the Nation Hockey League Maroons.

   Commander Scully is survived by his wife, the former Camille Pacaud, of Quebec City; a son, Lt. Bernard Sirois; and three sisters, Mrs. Ed. O'Toole, of Montreal, and mrs. Thomas Dricoll and Miss Helena Scully of St. John, NB. The funeral will be held here Tuesday morning with burial in Saint John.


Second newspaper article on Cdr Scully's death


Newspaper article on the promotion of father and son - Frank and William (Bill) Scully



DIXON, Stephen Phillip (Steve), Sonarman, CAF - age 55, of Beaver Bank, passed away October 24, 2017 at home. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Charles and Doris (McLaughlin) Dixon. He was a sonar operator for the RC Navy, until his medical release. Steve was very involved in his beloved community of Beaver Bank, participating in the local Softball league, Knight of Columbus and the Beaver Bank Scouts. He was also very involved with the Dartmouth Youth Group. To satisfy his creative side, he enjoyed building models, woodworking and loved music, especially the Clash. Steven is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Kim (McFarlane) Dixon; sons, Thomas Robert (A-J) Dixon, Dartmouth; Aaron Dixon (Jennifer), Beaver Bank; and grandchildren, Kyle, Christopher, Jocelynn and Brayden. Cremation has taken place. No services announced at this time. Donations in memory of Steven may be made to Huntington Society of Canada.



KIDD, Peter Fides, Wt (E), RCNR - Born circa 1903  Died 18 Oct 1980, Vancouver, BC


HMCS LEASIDE - Appointed to Leaside 08 May 1944 as Wt (E), RCNR, Engineering Officer


BURDON, Thomas Holland, LCdr, RCN(R) - Born August 23, 1919, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, died March 14, 2013, Los Altos Hills, California. Tom/Dad/Grampy passed away peacefully while visiting with his son Tom A. and family. He was surrounded by many of his family in a loving environment during his final voyage. His unique energy, extraordinary wit and life force will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his brother Fred; his children, Dave (Brenda), Linda Cameron (Adrian d'Angelo), Camrose (Cletus Peters), Doug (Sharon Lowe), Tom A. (Eva Weinlander), and Carma; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his brother Roger. Soon after graduating from Saint John High School Tom took officer training at Royal Roads in Victoria and joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. In World War II he served on corvettes and other ships that were famed for their courageous escorting of Allied convoys through treacherous seas during the Battle of the Atlantic. In 1941 he was part of the escort group for a 52-ship convoy when it was fiercely attacked by a U-Boat wolfpack, losing 11 ships. After the war he had a long career with Zeller's, first managing the Fredericton store, then moving to Head Office in Montreal and becoming VP Human Resources. He was a loyal company man throughout his career. Tom was regarded as a wise community citizen and served in leadership positions with the Boy Scouts, YMCA, United Way and the Lac St. Francois Xavier Lake Association. His counsel was sought and respected by many from within and outside the family. A lifelong learner and traveller, Tom was passionately curious about the origin of life, all aspects of science, ancient civilizations, general semantics, and the theories of economist Henry George. He was a proud Canadian and a staunch Conservative. He and Barbara created countless treasured memories for many at the fabled "Four Gables" and "The Base", the family's lakeside homes in Montfort, Quebec. No one left their home without a sense of renewal, rejuvenation and connection. The gift of these memories will be cherished by all who knew him. A celebration of Tom's life will be held in summer 2013. For information, or to share your memories with the family, please contact Dave Burdon 1-604-534-2419 (Montreal Gazette 22 Mar 1913)


Thomas Burdon's Wartime autobiography     Thomas Burdon visiting HMCS Sackville in Halifax in 2012


HMCS CAMROSE - Appointed to Camrose 30 Jun 1941 - Aug 1942 as SLt, RCNVR

HMCS COLUMBIA - Served in Columbia 26 Apr 1943 - 03 Feb 1944 , Lt, RCNVR, A/S Officer

HMCS LEASIDE - Served in Leaside 03 Jul 1944 - Jul 1945 as Lt, RCNVR, X.O.


HOLDER, Gordon Guthrie Keith, LCdr, RCN - Born 17 Feb 1920, Saint John, NB  Died 1966, Toronto, ON


HMCS CARTIER - Appointed to CARTIER 18 Feb 1940 as SLt, RCNVR

HMCS GRANBY - 4th and 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS LEASIDE - Appointed to LEASIDE 03 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, CO. 1st Commanding Officer

HMCS ANTIGONISH - 3rd Commanding Officer


JOHNSON, David Sigfried (12 Mar 1942 - 25 Oct 2017) - passed away at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 75. He is survived by his two sons Matt (Alethia), and Rob (Karen); grandchildren Keily, Maeghan and Trent; brothers and sisters in law Wayne (Anne), Bob (Rachelle) and Jan and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen in 1994; parents Ed and Sybil; sisters Iris and Karen. David looked after his in-laws as they aged out of love and respect for his late wife. David grew up in St. Vital in his family home on Inman Avenue with his mom and dad and attended Norberry School. Summers were spent at Grand Beach, riding the steam train to the beach. Many years were spent fishing in his rowboat at his favourite fishing spots. With his friends he enjoyed shooting guns at Goverment Ditch and fishing for crayfish in the Seine River. As a teenager he would drive around with his buddies getting into all kinds of mischief and trouble. Later he spent time in the Naval Reserves as a young man on HMCS Outremont. Dad told many stories of his time aboard the ship and was very fond of his experiences. David was a devout Christian and believed in Jesus Christ. David raised his family and was always there for his sons after mom passed away. Mom told him to look after the boys before she passed and he did an incredible job. He turned out two very successful and well respected sons. David took up flying, and enjoyed spending time at the family cottage he had built on Lake of the Woods. He ended up building several cottages at Grand Beach and Lake of the Woods and the family home in Lockport. Dad was a carpenter by trade. David's father was a carpenter also, and David was able to perfect his skills under his dad's training. He also spent many years installing drywall working with his good friend Garth. A private graveside Service will be held at Green Acres Cemetery. Donations in David's memory may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.



JOINER, David William (16 Jul 1924 - 20 Oct 2017) - It is with great sadness that the family of David William Joiner announce his passing on October 20, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Beloved husband of 64 years to Rejeanne (Jean) Cayen. Cherished father of Janice, David (Carol Ann) and Sandra (Richard Lott). Much loved Poppa of Cara, Katie, Erin, Lena, Kaitlyn and Hannah. Great-Poppa to Ivy. Predeceased by his brothers Albert (Bert) and John. David will also be fondly remembered by numerous family and friends. David served in the navy on HMCS Winnipeg during WWII and was a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards following the war. He retired in 1984 after working for 40 years with Energy, Mines and Resources. David enjoyed 35 years of retirement in which time he kept busy travelling, woodworking, gardening, creating stain glass windows for the church, playing bridge and enjoying summers with his family at his cottage at Otter Lake, Quebec. David was a faithful and active member of St. Augustine's Church since 1956. Family will receive visitors on Friday, October 27 at 9:30 prior to the Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 at St. Augustine's Church, 1060 Baseline Road, Ottawa. Interment to take place at Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, at 1 p.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. (Ottawa Citizen 25 Oct 2017)


HMCS WINNIPEG - Served in WINNIPEG during the Second World War

BOUTILIER, Joseph Allan (Joe) - was born September 7, 1945 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He died, October 24th, 2017 after a brief struggle with cancer. Joe was the son of Roy and Elaine Boutilier and was the 2nd youngest of 4 brothers. Joe grew up in Regina but spent summers in the Abernethy area with his Grandpa Symington, working for local farmers, breaking horses, and enjoying the Katepwa area. Joe joined the navy in 1963 and explored many ports of call including Honolulu, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. On joining the Navy, he first worked as a cook and later transferred into the administration branch, and later worked within both the Army and Airforce. Having known each other as children through family friends, Joe was re-introduced to Joanne Barnsley in January of 1965, and they were married in February of 1968. Joe and Joanne had a daughter, Leann & Son, Darin. Upon leaving the Armed Forces in 1977, Joe opened the radio station (CJNS) in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, where the family lived until 1987. During that time, Joe also was owner/operator of Westside Service Groceries, Confectionary & Gas. In the spring of 1987, Joe, Joanne & Darin left for warmer climates and moved to Kelowna, BC. Joe opened a jewellery store here, called Westside Jewellers. He also worked in radio, (SILK FM) in Kelowna, and worked in Media Relations for the Westbank Indian Band then later joined the Westcoast Lumber Jack show as the Master of Ceremonies, where he travelled throughout Canada and also learned chainsaw carving, creating many beautiful sculptures from logs. Upon Joanne's retirement they moved back to Katepwa Lake in 2006. Joe sat on town council in Meadow Lake as an Alderman, was heavily involved in the Chamber of Commerce in Westbank and enjoyed contributing to and being part of growing whatever community he lived in, his motto was "always leave it better than how you found it". Joe received multiple community service awards over the years including Citizen of the Year from the city of Westbank. In 1993, he traveled with the MP from Kelowna, Al Horning, and a group of dignitaries from Ottawa to Turkey and Greece, where they were instrumental in assisting the Canadian troops in being released from Peacekeeping duty. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, golfing, and spending time with his family, most especially his 5 grandkids. In the last few years, Joe and Joanne enjoyed travelling to Arizona where they re-connected with old friends and made some wonderful new ones. It was here that Joe learned to create stained glass, which has become a favoured hobby in the past few years. Joe was previously deceased by parents, Roy and Elaine and brother Bert. Survived by, loving wife, Joanne; daughter, Leann Finlay (Bob), Grandson's Aaron and Tyler; son, Darin Boutilier and Grand-children, Alexis, Taiya, Paige, Allie and Jordon; brothers, Jack and Don; niece, Jennifer, nephews Glen and Wayne and many close friends. Celebration of Life to be held at Knox United Church, Abernethy, Saskatchewan, November 4th, 2017 at 2pm. Reception to follow at the Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Indian Head and District Hospital Foundation - Palliative Care, Box 1547, Indian Head, Sk., S0G 2K0. Thank you to Dr. B. Zimmerman, Dr. Nourian, and the wonderful nurses at the Indian Head Union Hospital, as well as Dr.'s Iqbal and Tai and the nursing staff at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic for your care of Joe over the past 6 months. Family flower arrangement by Sherry's on Grand, Indian Head. Words that come to mind for Joe: FAMILY, LOVING, FRIEND, COURAGEOUS. Arrangements in care of Tubman Cremation and Funeral Services

CROSSWELL, Bruce Angus (26 Jan 1921 - 19 Oct 2017) - passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 96 years. Predeceased by his brother Percy, first wife Lori and stepdaughter Gail. Bruce is survived by his wife Dorothy; children: Joanne (Alfie), Lynn, Regina (Darrel), Lesley (Horst), Terry-Lee (Rick), Tracy (Terry), Rebecca (Nick), Elaine (Roy), Angela (David), Marilyn (Monty), Candice (Kent), Sharilyn (Allan), Dale (Debbie), Darren (Shelley), Shohn (Holly), extended son Allen Wayne, extended daughter Rhonda Honda; as well as 34 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren. Bruce was a man bigger than life and loved by everyone he met. Born on the prairies, he went to grade school until grade 2. At the age of 17 he was hired on by Milligan Bros to do horse logging. Upon joining the Royal Canadian Navy at 18, he achieved his grade 10 and then was trained as a mechanical engineer. When he returned from the war, he made his mark in several communities in logging; then started working for MacMillan Bloedel where he logged with Lars Sunstrom who re-introduced him to the faith of his youth. Bruce loved his God, Jehovah, and was a faithful Jehovah's Witness to the day of his passing. He worked hard as a faller until his retirement at the age of 65. When not working he had a passion for gardening and tried to share his passion with his family growing vegetables, corn and even peas just for the rest of the family, as they were not his favourite at all. Not only did he work hard weeding and growing the wonderful produce, but he also would save the seeds from the harvest in order to replant the next year. A Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5055 Maebelle Rd, Port Alberni, BC.

GYNN, Randolf Jack Austin (Randy), Cdr (Legal), CF (14 Sep 1943 - 19 Oct 2017) - Our hearts are broken today. We have lost a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Randy passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. From the time he was diagnosed, his motto was "illegitimi non carborundum", and he lived by those words until Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:35 a.m. He leaves to mourn his wife of nearly 50 years, Lyn, son Jeffrey (Rose), daughter Samantha (Peter), grandchildren Ryan and Madeline, the Riddell clan, and many friends. Randy's military career began at Royal Roads in 1962 and was followed by graduation from RMC, Kingston in 1966. He was selected for MLTP in 1973 and received his law degree from Queens University in 1977. The law was his passion and he realized his dream when he was appointed a judge in 1991. He retired from the Navy in 1998 after 36 years of loyal service. Not to sit idle, Randy became involved with the ex-Cadet Club of Vancouver Island, the Commissionaires, and various committees at The Union Club. Randy also enjoyed travel, golf, and following the Blue Jays over a dark rum and Diet Coke. You left us beautiful memories Your love is still our guide And though we cannot see you You're always at our side. Thank you for the compassionate and tender care we received at Victoria Hospice. The doctors and nurses are amazing. A celebration of life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, on Saturday, October 28, at 10 a.m. A reception in his honor will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union Club at 805 Gordon Street. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Victoria Hospice in Randy's memory. (Vancouver Sun / The Province 24 Oct 2017)

HAMILTON, John (Jack) - It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of John "Jack" Hamilton suddenly on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the age of 83 years. Jack will be always loved and remembered by his wife of 42 years, Lorraine; children, Dee (Donna), Dana (Kim), Cynthia (Wayne), Bruce and Bev; grandchildren, Keyra, Deyrdre, Carly, Mark, Alexander, Aaron, Abby and Megan; great-grandchildren, Robert, Rayne, Aiden, Jonathan and Kayden; as well as extended family and friends. Jack was predeceased by his son, Kim; parents, Jack and Betty. Jack served on the Athabaskan in the Navy from 1951 – 1956, during the Korean War. Following this, he worked as an Iron worker for 3 years. In 1959, Jack joined the Edmonton Police Service, completing 30 years of service. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Jack's Life will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morinville United Church, 9610 Morinville Dr, Morinville, AB. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Edmonton Journal 27 Oct 2017)


HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

McKELLAR, Arthur Donald (Art) - passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Emerald Park, SK at the age of 95 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Olive McKellar. Art is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Audrey; children, Alan (Tereasa), Arlene (Dave) and Sharon; grandchildren Tabitha, Jeffrey (Alanna), Michael, Jen, Matthew (Sara), Jason (Kayla), Morgan (Carlene) and Ashley; great-grandchildren Jordan (Nicky), Jessica and Leighton. Art studied at McGill University where he received his Mechanical Engineering degree. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII in Canada and overseas. He was employed in the engineering field, farmed near Souris, MB and later enjoyed a lengthy career with London Life in Regina. A Celebration of life for Art will be held at William Albert House, 333 Emerald Park Road, Emerald Park, SK on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The family would like to thank William Albert House staff for their kindness, care and support provided at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Art's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 1738 Quebec Avenue, Unit 26, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9 or to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 2550 – 12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1. (Regina Leader-Post 28 Oct 2017)


PATRICK, Peter Runcie (18 Jun 1927, Stroud, England - 24 Oct 2017, Calgary, AB - passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice on October 24, 2017. He was 90 years old. Peter was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Audrey. He is lovingly remembered by children, Terry (Marvin) Aarbo and James (Maree) Patrick; grandchildren, Kirsten (Kahn) Aarbo-Guest, Katherine (Matthew) Blaschuk and Andrew (Alexandra) Patrick; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Micah and Jonah Guest, Abigail and Charlotte Blaschuk, Elizabeth Patrick. He will be dearly missed by sister Jean (Mel) Olson, sister-in-law Fern Moe and brother-in-law Ralph Skaien as well as by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his father Peter Patrick and mother Mabel and stepfather William Miller. Peter immigrated to Canada with his widowed mother in 1929. They settled in Swift Current Saskatchewan. Peter joined the navy to fight in World War II at age 16. He served heroically on North Atlantic convoy duty. He returned to Swift Current after the war and married the love of his life, Audrey on August 9, 1948. Together they raised one daughter and one son. They moved to Calgary in 1950. Peter worked for many years in the electrical contracting and manufacturing community in Calgary. He was a well-liked and respected by all who knew him and was especially appreciated for his dry sense of humour. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff, caregivers and volunteers at the Rosedale Hospice for the love and respect that they gave to Peter during his time there. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peter's name may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice of Calgary (920 7a St NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 3J4). A Private Family Service will be held. (Calgary Herald 27 Oct 2017)

PRATT, Donald Allen (24 Oct 1935 - 24 Oct 2017) - At Credit Valley Hospital after a courageous response to kidney disease. Beloved husband, best friend and love of Joan for 56 years. Cherished brother of Frederick (late Shirley) and Robert (Joanne). Loving father of Joan (Rob Lash) and Gregory. Proud grandpa of Nick and Colin. Don will be missed by many family members, co-workers, friends and neighbours. He served 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, enjoyed a long career with Atlas Alloys, was a member of various community boards, and a dedicated coach and volunteer for youth sports. Don loved to travel and was an avid fan of baseball, hockey, golf and played piano. He was a kind, generous man with a heart of gold. He will be remembered for his insatiable wit and storytelling. We are forever blessed to have known him. A memorial visitation will be held at Turner & Porter "Neweduk-Erin Mills" Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy.), on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4-7 p.m In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Canadian Kidney Foundation ( would be appreciated. (Toronto Star 27 Oct 2017)


MOGENSEN, Frank, CPO, 3453, RCN - Born July 10, 1920. Frank served in HMCS Ottawa H60 (and other ships) during World War II. He joined the RCN before the start of WWII on July 31, 1939 and was honourably discharged on August 3, 1946.  Frank passed away in 1982 at age 63, leaving behind his wife Dorothy, a son, Arvil Mogensen, and daughter Mona Fay Anderson. After the war, he worked for Imperial Oil in Kamloops, BC until 1953 and subsequently moved back to Claresholm, Alberta and was a co-owner of an automobile service company. The family then returned to Kamloops BC in 1956 and shortly thereafter he went to work for Inland Natural Gas Co. - a pipeline and natural gas distribution company serving the interior communities of BC. The family lived in Williams Lake, Merritt, Vernon, Nelson, thereafter Penticton where he eventually retired before his death. Frank was active in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. In Vernon, B.C. and was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant (CIC) in January 1962.


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(1) Certificate of Service for Frank Mogensen  (2) Record of drafts  (3&4) two pages from Frank's pay and identity book  (5) Honour Guard for the Commando Dagger - PO Frank Mogensen centre  (6) Victory Loan Parade in Halifax - PO Mogensen leading  (7) Victory Loans event / ceremony at Citadel Hill, Halifax  (8) RCN Ceremonial Divisions at HMC Dockyard Halifax for visiting members of parliament.  (9) Guard being inspected, CPO Mogensen 3rd row, 1st on left  (10) CPO Mogensen right rank, marker


HMCS OTTAWA - Served in OTTAWA 20 Jan 1940 - 25 Aug 1941 as an OS/AB, RCN

HMCS HEPATICA - Served in HEPATICA 15 Nov 1941 - 07 Dec 1941 as an A/LS, RCN

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in ST LAURENT 10 Dec 1941 - 08 Jul 1942 as a A/LS & A/PO, RCN

HMCS ST FRANCIS - Served in ST FRANCIS 13 Mar 1943 - 22 Nov 1943 as a A/PO / PO, RCN

HMCS ACADIA - Served in ACADIA 04 Jan 1944 - 30 Apr 1944 as a PO / CPO, RCN


BANKS, Ernest Everard, PO MM (served in WW 2) - In Victoria, BC on December 9, 1989. Born in Nottingham, England on July 24, 1901. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Helena in 1981; son,  Alex in 1945 and stepson, Paul Calder in 1978. He is survived by his beloved family; four sons and their wives. Brian and Georgina Banks of Cobble Hill, Hugh and Mabel Calder of Mill Bay, Bill and Jean Calder of North Vancouver, Ted and Ardith Calder of North Vancouver; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Harold and his wife, Dellia Banks of Victoria and one sister, Edith Walker of Vancouver. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 13, 15 2:00 p.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, with the Reverend Peter Isles officiating. Interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. Those so wishing may make a donation to the Diabetic Association, 930 Pandoa Ave., Victoria, BC, V8V 3P1

BRISSON, Armand George, PO, RCNVR - passed away December 15, 1989 at the age of 71. Survived by his loving wife Doris and son Michael of Estevan, Saskatchewan. He served with the RCNVR during the Second World War from 1940 to 1945. He was a life member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association and the Royal Canadian Legion No. 172. Memorial service will be held at the Esquimalt Legion Hall, 622 Admirals Road at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, Padre Harry Silvester officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Veterans' Assistance Society of the Chiefs and Petty Officers' Association at 618 Admirals Road, Victoria, V9A 2N7, or a charity of your own choice.

BOULET, Thomas, S.P.O. - in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC on January 7, 1990. Mr. Thomas Boulet of Lake Cowichan, BC, age 73 years, born Storkoakes, Saskatchewan on April 11, 1916. Survived by his loving wife, Helen; sons Terry and wife, Gloria of Sayward, BC. Ron and wife Nancy of Richmond, BC; daughters Jeannette and husband Ken Chouinard of Richmond, BC and Cheryl and husband Ken Miller of McKenzie, BC; brothers Earnest and George; sisters Dorothy, Alsie, Rose and Betty; nine grandchildren. Memorial service will be held in the Lake Cowichan United Church, 10 North King George, Lake Cowichan, BC on Friday January 12, 1990 at 1 pm. Reverend A. Pollock officiating. Cremation. Floral tributes are gratefully declined. In memory of Mr. Boulet those so desiring may contribute to the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children, 2400 Arubutus Road, Victoria, BC V8N 1V7. Arrangements entrusted to the Sands Funeral Chapel in Duncan.

BRINN, Earl Arthur, P1BN, RCN (served 1953 - 1978)- Peacefully in hospital on April 16, 1990, age 57 years, born in Toronto, Ontario. He leaves his loving wife, Pat at home; son, Charles, Vancouver, BC; daughters and sons-in-law, Millicent and Brian Peers, Vancouver, B.C., Heather and Glen Garrioch, Victoria, BC, Laura and John Penner, Ottawa, Celeste and Bill Gordon, Victoria, BC; four granddaughters and one grandson; sisters, Fern Howell, June Stewart, Ontario. Art served with the RCN from 1953 until 1978, and was a member of Prince Edward Branch No. 91 Royal Canadian Legion and C & P.O.'s Assoc. Service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion will be held at Sands Funeral Chapels, 317 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood, BC on Friday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2206 Richmond Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 4R5

BING, Andrew Henry, PO.QR, RCNVR (13 Feb 1914 - 03 Aug 1990) - Peacefully in Victoria, BC on August 3, 1990, aged 76 years. Predeceased by his wife Elsie in June 1986 and two brothers and one sister. he is survived by his loving family: daughter, Rita Patricia Hunt of Victoria; three grandchildren, James, Debbie and Lori (Harry) Arsenault; two great grandchildren, Kevin and Kyle of Bellingham, Washington; one sister, Madeline Ann Landes of Bozeman, Montana; other family members and special friend, Hazel. Mr. Bing served with the Royal Canadian Navy overseas during the Second World War and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Britannia Branch No. 7. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 10, 1990 at 2:00 p.m. in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel with Reverend Harry Silvester officiating. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Heart Fund, 1008 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H5 or the Diabetes Association, 930 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC  V8V 3P3.

BALL, Harold (Hal), PO.LR (served Apr 1942 - Jul 1946) - In hospital after a brief illness on January 19, 1991, age 65 years, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, raised in Victoria and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland during the Second World War, then returned to Victoria in 1979. he leaves his loving family; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Lella, Nakusp, BC; daughters, Sandy, Sooke and Melanie, Toronto, Ontario and his special friend, Jan, Toronto, Ontario; grandchildren, Carleen, Jason, Ben, Michael, Steven and Bairlyn; brothers, Bill, Jim and Jack; sisters, Shirley, Gladys and Edna and their families. Hal served with the RCN during the Second World War and was an active member of the C & P.O's Association band, also was a member of Prince Edward Branch No. 91, Royal Canadian Legion. Visitation for Hal will be held at the Sanda Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Ave., Colwood, BC on Monday January 21, 1991 from 7 until 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Prince Edward Branch, 761 Station Road, Langford, BC on Tuesday January 22, 1993 at 3:00 p.m. Padre H. Silvester officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hal's memory may be made to the Hospice Unit c/o Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1900 Fort St., Victoria, BC.

BLAIS, Norman F., Petty Officer 1st Class Gunnery Armourer, RCN - Born 31 Jul 1924, Kamloops, BC  Died 01 Jan 1991, Trail, BC.



BOURGEOIS, Charles William, CD, Petty Officer Telegraphist / Commissioned Officer, RCN (served 1937 - 1965) (02 Mar 1920 - 23 Feb 1991) - on February 23, 1991 at Royal Jubilee Hospital, in his 71st year. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Cecilia; children, Kevin (Linda), John, Marie Ware (Reuben), Anne, Paul, Denise Morton (Kent), Helen; sister, Margherita Pope; nieces and nephews. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1937 and served 27 years, retiring as Commissioned Communications Officer in 1965. He joined the IBEW and worked in many parts of BC as well as Yarrows until retirement at age 65. he was a member of the C.P.O. Assoc. - pacific and Atlantic, an Honorary Life Member of HMCS Uganda Veterans' Assoc. and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #31. No service by request. Flowers gratefully declined. Those so wishing may make a donation to Hospice Victoria, 1900 Fort St., Victoria, V8R 1J8 or the Anawim Companions Society of Victoria, 4525 Durling Place, Victoria, V8N 4Y9. Cremation arrangements through First Memorial Funeral Services and interment of ashes in family plot at Ross Bay.


Decorations, Campaign Stars and Medals:  1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; CVSM with clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal - 1953; Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)


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(1) Portrait of Commissioned Communications Officer Bourgeois  (2) Record of Service for Charles William Bourgeois   (3) List of appointments for Commissioned Officer Bourgeois


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HMCS JAMES BAY - Served in James Bay 04 Nov 1957 - 24 Jul 1958

HMCS CRESCENT - Served in Crescent 16 Feb 1959 - 18 Feb 1959

HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser in 25 Jul 1958 - 15 Feb 1959

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine in 16 Feb 1959 - 24 Aug 1959

BAKER, Amos, Chief Stoker (served during WW 2) - of Vernon, BC. Born 31 Jul 1911  Died 12 May 1991

BRECKNELL, Raymond Thomas (Tim), C2 Ship's Storesman, RCN (retired 30 Nov 1962) - peacefully, at Victoria General Hospital, on May ??, 1991 at the age of 76. He is lovingly remembered by his family and fiends. There will be no service at this time but those so desiring my contribute to the Cancer Society. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC and First Memorial.

BUCHANAN, William F., C2ER4, RCN - of Saanichton, BC. Born Apr 1924  Died Aug 1991

BOURNE, Harold, C1ET, RCN - of Kamloops, BC. Born 07 Sep 1918  Died Aug 1991

BRIGHTON, Alexander, CPO, RCN (served 1927-1945) - passed away July 25, 1991. A retired chief petty officer or the Royal Canadian navy, he served during the years1927-1945. Alexander leaves behind his loving wife, Marion; daughter, Sandra Sehulte; son, Andrew Brighton; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donations may be made in his name to either the Canadian national Institute for the Blind, 2340 Richmond Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 4R8 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 930 Pandora Ave, Victoria, B.C. V8V 3P3.

BEATON, William S., PO, RCNVR - passed away on October 29, 1991, at Hospice at the age of 70. Survived by his dear companion, Betty Giebelhaus; four children and five grandchildren. Bill was raised and educated in Winnipeg and spent the last 25 years in Vancouver and Victoria. Served in Naval Intelligence RCNVR during the Second World War. Life member of the Naval Officers' Association of Vancouver Island. Member of the Chief and Petty Officers' Association, Victoria Shrine Club and several Amateur Radio Associations. At Bill's request there will be no funeral service, his ashes will be scattered at sea. First Memorial Funeral Services is in charge. Flowers gratefully declined but those so wishing may make a donation to the ALS Society, c/o Chief and Petty Officers' Assn., 618 Admirals Road, Victoria V9A 2N6.

BROWN, Harry Edward, C1ET, RCN (retired 23 Mar 1966) - passed away November 16, 1991, at the Memorial Pavilion. Born at Sombra, Ontario, March 28, 1922. He leaves his loving wife, Dorothy; son, Gerald; loving daughters, Roanne (David) Miles and Susan (Alex) Wilke; grandchildren, Kevin and Shawn Miles, Chance, Brandon, Chelsea and Shannon Wilke; brother, William (Elizabeth); sister, Pearl (George) Townsend; nieces and nephews. Harry served in the RCN from 1941 to 1966; Coast Guard Weathership Quadra 1967 to 1981. he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Britannia Branch and the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association. A service will be held at Memorial Pavilion Chapel, 2355 Richmond Road, Wednesday, November 20, at 1:30 p.m. with Padre Peter isles officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C & P.O.'s Veterans Assistance Society, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria, V9A 2N7, Harry will be sadly missed by all those that have known him. Arrangements through Memorial Society of B.C.

BALL, William R. (Bill), RCNVR (served 28 Mar 1939 - 31 Jul 1945) / P1NS, RCN (served 14 Nov 1946 - 18 Sep 1960)  (04 Nov 1921 - 11 Mar 1992) - of Victoria, passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on March 11, 1922, in his 71st year. Predeceased by his parents, Enoch and Amy Ball; and one brother, Harold. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ivy; two daughters, Sharen and husband, Bill Glover of Victoria; Marilyn and husband, Bill Razzo of Fernie, BC; three grandchildren, Debbie, Cliff and Neal; two brothers, Jim and Jack both of Victoria; three sisters, Gladys Frederiksen, Edna Read, Shirley Kayler, all of Victoria. Numerous nieces and nephews. Bill served in the RCN from 1939 to 1966 when he entered employment at DND (Dockyard) and retired in 1989.  Memorial service on Monday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of First memorial Funeral Services, 1155 Fort Street. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC.

BRAHAN, James Alfred (Jim), RCN - suddenly on June 20, 1992. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 12, 1922. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Donna in 1948. He is survived by his family; wife Betty, daughter Patricia and her husband Don Adam; son Terry and his wife Bonnie; six grandchildren; one brother; one sister; numerous nephews and nieces. Private family cremation at Jim's request. Flowers gratefully declined.


Newspaper article:  Former Colonist reporter Brahan dies

BUTLER, Vernon Edgar, L/Stoker - Born November 1, 1916, passed away peacefully on April 12, 1993 surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary and family, Garry and Doris, Shirlee and Ron, Val and Phil, Laura, grandchildren and many friends. Special thanks to Norma Atkinson, Dr. Purdon and the Victoria Hospice Society. Memorial service on Friday April 16 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Dr., Saanich. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of memorial contributions to the Victoria Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8.

BREEN, Gordon (Bob), RCN - of Calgary, age 67, passed away suddenly on November 2, 1993, of an aneurysm. Bob is survived by his mother, Nellie Breen; three brothers and one sister, all of Calgary; daughter, Judy (Peter) Watts of Cranbrook; sons, Pat (Carol) Breen of Okotoks and Mike (Terri) Breen of Elk Point; the mother of his children, Mary (Duke) Fall of Chilliwack; and nine grandchildren. Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, retiring in 1970. The family moved to Peerless, Saskatchewan where they owned and operated a general store. Bob loved the outdoors and after his store-keeping days spent many years working in various jobs throughout northern Saskatchewan. He was proud of his pilot's licence and was an avid gun collector. In 1988 he returned to Calgary to be closer to his family and friends. A memorial service was held November 5, in Calgary.

BOUCHARD, A. Germain (Butch), Chief SBA, RCN (retired 24 May 1971) - Born May 16, 1927, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 26, 1993 at Victoria General Hospital, age 66, after a courageous battle. Born in La Tuque, Quebec, Germain entered the Royal Canadian Navy, Medical Branch, in 1945 and served 25 years on various ships and postings of the Pacific Maritime Command including peacekeeping duties with the United Nations in Korea. Upon retirement from the RCN as Master Warrant Officer, he worked for 19 years as a Public Health Inspector for the Capital Regional District (Victoria). He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His presence will be greatly missed by his family, his loving wife, Beth; son, John (Debbie) of Ottawa; son, Fred (Iris) of Calgary; daughter, Suzanne Barron (Dave) of Coquitlam; daughter Mrs. Julie Larsen (Wade) and Lisa Patterson (Dwayne) of Victoria; grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, John, Ryan, Spencer Meaghan, Kristina, Michael and Taylor. He is survived by two brothers, Jean-Guy of La Tuque and Jacques (Louise) of Montreal; and sister-in-law, Beatrice Hotchin (Robert) and nephew, Tim of Victoria. He was a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officer's Association. Germain was very close to nature and enjoyed many hobbies such as his greenhouse, the wilderness, ocean and forest and especially prospecting. The family expresses thanks to all the doctors and nurses involved in his care in Vancouver and Victoria. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 851 Old Esquimalt Road, on Wednesday, September 29, at 12:10 p.m. Rev. Bernard Hanley, celebrant. Burial to follow at Hatley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen of Peace Restoration Fund, 851 Old Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 4W9 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC.

BONHERT, Gordon Alfred, CPO1, RCNR - passed away at his home on February 3, 1994 in Courtenay, BC. Predeceased by his wife, Marion and daughter, Amy; his parents; and brothers, Herbert, Jerome, Leo, Kenneth, Leroy and William. Gordon was born in Hanover, Ontario on December 10, 1927 to Oscar and Amy Bohnert. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years and was a member of the Korean Veterans Association and Royal Canadian Legion in Courtenay. After retirement from the RCN he worked as service manager for Pacific Business Equipment in Victoria. Gordon will be sadly missed by his daughter, Debbie Lemire and son-in-law, Gaetan, Courtenay; son, Leo Bohnert and Brenda Chanty, Victoria; daughter Cindy Sandwith and son-in-law, Ken, Victoria and his grandchildren, Christian Lemire, Jordan and Mary Sandwith and Breanne Bohnert. Also survived by his brother, Robert Bohnert and sister-in-law, Delores, Hanover, Ontario and his sister, Yvonne Russwurm and brother-in-law, Harvey, Courtenay. A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. George's United Church, 6th and Fitzgerald, Courtenay on Saturday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. after which there will be a gathering of family and friends at 4823 Alton Place, Courtenay. Donations may be made in Gordon's memory to the Comox Valley Hospice Society, Box 3193, Courtenay, BC, V9N 5N4

BUTLER, Albert H., C2BN, 6290-E, RCN (retired Sep 1964) - passed away peacefully in Victoria Hospice on April 16, 1994. Lovingly remembered by Ruth, his devoted wife of 53 years; son David (Susan) of Nanoose Bay, and daughter Lois (Eric) of Parksville; grandchildren Curtis, Blair, Derek and Alana; and great-grandchild Ashley. Sadly missed by sister-in-law Isabel Barringer of Ottawa and her sons Alan, Barry and Colin Boettcher, and her daughter Janet of Vancouver; his brother-in-law Art (Sherle) Ericson of San Clemente, California and their three daughters: Betsy, Sally and Bonnie and their families; his brother Lawrence, his sisters Blanche, Lorraine and Yvonne of Saskatoon and Irene of Victoria and many nieces and nephews. Al was a veteran of the Second World War, a life member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association, Trafalgar Legion Branch 45, and the Victoria Horseshoe Club. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at First Memorial Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria's Hospice Society, 1900 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.



BRYAN, William A.J., CPO.GM (served 18 Mar 1921 - 31 May 1946) - Born 20 Feb 1906  Died 25 Nov 1991 (note: it is not sure if William served in the RN, RCN or both)

BUTLER, Haviland (Dan), S.P.O., V30108, RCNVR (served 14 Feb 1940 - 01 Jun 1945) - of Creston, BC. Born 17 Jan 1917  Died 30 Jan 1995

BUCIOR, Chester (Chuck), P2FC, RCN / CAF (retired 17 Apr 1981) - of Victoria, BC. Born 26 Dec 1933  Died 17 Jan 1995

BAKER, James (Bags), C1FC, RCN (retired 16 Sep 1965) - of Dartmouth, NS. Born 05 Apr 1923  Died 05 Jun 1995.

BENTLEY, Robert Brian - his ship slipped anchor and drifted peacefully away on February 9, 1996. Leaving ashore his loving wife, Gwen; sons, Robert, Kirk, Scott; and daughter, Pam; grandchildren, Jason, Kirsha, Jacob and Alison; brother, Bradford; and sisters, Earlyne and Carol. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Friendship Baptist Church, 7820 Central Saanich Rd., Saanichton. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of memorial contributions to the Victoria Hospice Society. The family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks for the kind and gentle care of teh Hospice Nursing Staff, especially nurses, Connie, Susan and Jean. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of BC.

BLAIKIE, Robert Nisbet, P1FC, RCN (served 02 Jun 1945 - 15 Mar 1966) - on March 3, 1996, at home in the loving care of his family. A kind and gentle man, he faced his illness gallantly, with humour and courage. Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1922, Bob served his country as a member of the RCN for 25 years. He was then employed by Victoria Press until his retirement in 1986. Predecease by his first wife, Kay in 1991. He will be always remembered and loved by his family; loving wife, Dorothea; sons, Chuck (Roz), Kim (Kim); daughter, Cheryl (Bernie) McGowan and grandchildren, Steve, Scott, Craig, Bryan and Katie Blaikie, Keith and Gina McGowan. He also leaves his brothers, Jack and Rick; his sister, Dorothy, and many relatives, good friends and neighbours. Bob was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172, and the Chiefs and PO's Association. At Bob's request there will be no service until his ashes are interred. Announcement to follow. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice, 1400 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC, whose help and support are invaluable.

BINNIE, Ernest, A/PO Radar (served 15 Jul 1940 - 16 Mar 1945) - of Edmonton, AB. Born 12 Jan 1921  Died 05 Mar 1996

BURGESS, Cecil Bertram - passed away peacefully at home on April 24, 1996. Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on September 19, 1915. Predeceased by his parents, Albert and Ellen Burgess. His presence among his family will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Patricia; son, Walter, beloved step-daughter, Stephanie and son-in-law, Frank; stepsons, Ron and David; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Burgess served over seas during the Second World War with the RCN and was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch $53, Sooke, BC and The Royal Order of the Buffaloes, Happy Valley Lodge #5. Private family remembrance. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Hatley Memorial Gardens. Flowers are gratefully declined, however donations to the Sooke food Bank for the BC heart & Stroke Foundation, 947 Fort Street, Victoria, BC would be appreciated.

BONE, Alexander, PO - a native son of Victoria, passed away on July 17, 1996 at the age of 77 years. Alex, who was predeceased by his wife, Flo; is survived by two sisters, Elsie Burnett and Agnes (Bob) Templeton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He served from 1940-1945 in the RCN in the North Atlantic and was a member of the Chiefs and PO's Association and the RCL Pro Patria Branch 31. Service of Remembrance will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel on Tuesday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m.

BODDY, Frank, C2GI, 4788-E, RCN (served 01 Nov 1940 - 30 Sep 1962) - Peacefully on August 2, 1996 in his 76th year. Frank will be dearly missed by his wife of over 47 years, Margaret; daughter, Lillian; son-in-law, David; and his special granddaughter, Rose. Frank was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years and completed his working life as a civil servant with the British Columbia Government. After retirement, Frank served for six years on the Esquimalt Police Board. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1379 Esquimalt Road on August 7, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Victoria Hospice, Chief's and PO's Association or a charity of one's choice, would be greatly appreciated.



BROOKS, William R., C1BD, RCN / CAF (retired 30 Apr 1976) - of Halifax, NS. Born 09 Mar 1932  Died 29 Jul 1996

BRYANT, Sidney Donald, C2ET / LT (N), RCN / CAF (served 09 May 1940 - 19 Jan 1971) - passed away peacefully on October 13, 1996, in the loving care of his family and Victoria Hospice staff, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer. Sid was born in Edmonton on July 24, 1920. He celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary with his bride and childhood sweetheart Mary-Ina Bryant (Greene) on June 8, 1996. Sid learned to sail as a young lad on Sylvan Lake in Alberta and this continued into a life-long love of the sea. He joined the RCN in 1939 and served for 30 years in both the Pacific and Atlantic theatres leaving active service with the rank of Captain in 1970. he then worked for Quality Assurance at the Dockyard until he retired in 1985. Sid and Mary Ina moved to Victoria in 1950 where he joined the RVYC and CFSA. He was involved with Swiftsure for many years and officiated in several Olympic sailing venues. He loved the people and the life. He is survived by his living wife Mary Ina and their four children: Mary Ina and husband Phil Georgas and their three children, Hailey, Paul and Cheryl; Sidney Bryant and wife June and their three children, Jennifer, Stephen and Sidney, Gale Webb and her husband Joe Duff, and their children Gregory and Chelsea, and daughter Norma. he is also survived by his brother Edward, and sisters Marjory, Peggy and Norma. There will be a celebration of his life on Wednesday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m. at RVYC on Ripon Road. In lieu of flowers please donate to Victoria Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.

BUTLER, Cyril Norman, V24883, RCNVR / C1SN, 7757-E, RCN (served 01 Oct 1941 - 17 Dec 1970) - passed away peacefully on his 76th birthday. Cyril is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Mary (nee Fabris); their daughters, Valeria (Raymond) Phillips and Sandra (Clayton) Campbell; son, Douglas (Maureen); granddaughters Cinnamon (Cory), Marcie, Taryn, Jacquelin, and Stephanie; and great-granddaughter, Marissa. Cyril also leaves behind his brothers, Bert, Gordon and Raymond; his sisters, Lillian, Helen and Joan and their families. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends in Victoria and across Canada. Cyril joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and served until his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer First Class in 1970. After leaving Naval service Cyril worked in the civilian ranks until 1986. In recent years Cyril was an ardent card player, spending many enjoyable afternoons around the bridge and cribbage tables with the friends he made at the Hampton Silver Threads. Cyril's family want to express their appreciation to Dr. Bain Spencer and to the staff at Victoria General Hospital for their compassionate care. No service by request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Cyril's name to the charity of your choice.

BECHTEL, George Wilson, P1WS, 29760-E, RCN / CPO, CAF (served 13 May 1954 - 14 Apr 1979) - passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his side, March 16, 1997. Survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 43 years; son's Stephen of Victoria; Michael (Karen) of Nanaimo; Daniel (Beverley) of Ottawa, Ontario; Andrew (Vicki) of Indian Head, Saskatchewan; daughter's Catherine (David) Erickson, of Stony Plain, Alberta, and Anita Yzerman, of Nanaimo; 11 grandchildren; nephew, Ken (Pat) Snider, of Bloomingdale, Ontario and Niece, Frances (Wayne) Staff, of Kitchener, Ontario. George served his country in the military from 1954 to 1979 in the Royal Canadian Navy, and in the Submarine Service from 1959 - 1964 in the Royal Navy. George was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the White Ensign Club, Submariners Association and the C.P.O.S. Club. His military career led him to live in England, Scotland and Singapore as well as Esquimalt where he ended his career as a C.P.O. he was a farmer at heart and enjoyed the 23 years spent on the farm at Cobble Hill while still serving his time in the Navy. Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation Thursday, March 20 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mount Benson Funeral Home, 125 Wallace Street, Nanaimo; with the Funeral Service being held on Friday, March 21, a 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Luthern Church, 394 Shepherd Ave, Nanaimo, B.C. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of George to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, B4-70 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC.

BEAUDREAU, George Romeo, CPO, RCN - a long time resident of Oak Bay, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on March 15, 1997 in Victoria, B.C. born on February 8, 1913, in Petit Rocher, New Brunswick, he was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude Julia M. (nee Campbell) Boudreau; brothers; Delphis, Azade and Jacques. he is survived by two daughters: Julia and husband, Thomas Lemery and Lana and husband, Clemens Dober; granddaughter, Lindsay; four sisters: Regina Cadieux (Claude), Yvette Turnbull (Kenneth) both of Montreal, Leonie Degrace (Lionel) of Petit Richer, New Brunswick and Alice may Theriault (Lionel) of Bathurst, New Brunswick; one brother, Richard of Montreal; sister-in-law, Mrs. Yvonne Boudreau of New Brunswick; many nieces and nephews. Joe (fondly remembered as the Cook), retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the Royal Canadian Navy, as a veteran, after 25 years service. Thank you to all the Staff at The Lodge at Broadmead, especially the Staff on B1 and A3. Prayers will be offered in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Monsignor P. Hanley from St. Patrick's Church, 2060 Haultain Street, on Thursday, march 20 at 12:10 p.m., followed by interment at Ross Bay Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. 

BUTLER, Ronald Laird Foster, C2HT, 40989-H, RCN (served 12 Aug 1942 - 12 Aug 1962) (13 Jan 1913 - 30 Mar 1997) - WW2 Veteran, 83, East River Point, died March 30, 1997, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Infirmary Site. Born in Halifax, he was the only son of the late Reuben and Maud (Hilchey) Butler. He lived most of his life in Dartmouth, where he worked with his father in the construction industry. During the Second World War, he served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. He retired after 20 years service. He stayed in Dartmouth and along with his wife operated Twin City Furniture Refinishers Ltd. for seven years. He was a member of St. George's Anglican Church, East River Point; Royal Canadian Legion, F.E. Butler Branch 44, Chester; Chiefs and Petty Officers Associations in Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C.; South Shore Naval Association; HMCS Iroquois Association; Naval Hull Trades Association, and the Merchant Navy Association. Surviving are his wife, the former Edith Nauss; sisters, Helen Robinson, Nanaimo, B.C.; Goldie Laing, Dartmouth; several nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by sister, Shirley. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m., legion service 7 p.m., both Wednesday in Davis Funeral Home, Chester. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester, Rev. Kerry Bourke officiating. Cremation to follow. Burial at a later date in St. George's Cemetery, East River Point. (Halifax Chronicle Herald / Mail-Star 01 Apr 1997)


Grave marker for C2HT Butler

BEARD, Earl William, S.P.O., V12836, RCNVR (served 1942 - 1945) - passed away Sunday September 28, 1997, after a lengthy illness. Survived by his devoted wife of 53 years Eileen, 4 children Brian, Linda (Russell), Patti (Ross) and Sherrie (Bob). His grandchildren Robyn, Karrie, Dale, Ryan, Amy, Tyler, Fraser, Daniel, Jeffrey and Lisa will also greatly miss him. Ear is also survived by his mother Neva MacEwen. Earl grew up in Alberta, he moved to BC to work for Labatt's. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to the Open Heart Society or the charity of your choice. reception at Waters Edge Village, Saturday, October 4, 1:30-3:30 pm.

BOWACK, Robert H. (Buster), C2BN, RCN (served 15 Jul 1941 - 15 Jul 1966) - passed away peacefully at Hospice, November 19, 1997 at the age of 73 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, great-great-uncle and a good friend. He was predeceased by his son, John, in 1996. he leaves to mourn, Helen, his wife of 47 years; sons, Robert (Vi) and Stephen; granddaughters, Amber, Crystal, Angela and step-grandson, George; sister, Mickey Taylor and sister-in-law, Anne Aitchison and numerous nieces and nephews. Buster joined the RCN as a boy seaman on July 15, 1941. Veteran of the Second World War and the Korean War and a member of the CPI's Association and RC Legion #172.  Memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, at 12 noon in First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. Flowers gratefully declined, however, should friends desire, a donation may be made to Victoria Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one's choice.

BUCKLEY, Cecil E., C2TI4, 3370-E, RCN (served 28 Apr 1939 - 29 Apr 1960) - of Oliver, BC. Born 14 Oct 1919  Died 25 Oct 1997

BARRICK, Geoffrey, C1GI / LCdr,  RCN (served 05 Jan 1929 - 22 Mar 1962) - of Westlock, AB. Born 25 Jun 1912, died peacefully on 03 Jan 1998. He leaves to mourn his loving daughters: Corinne, Marie (Jordy), Kathleen (Jeff); grandchildren: Jason and Gary Swanson, Michael, Shaun and Jeanette Barrick; sisters: Gwen, Dorothy, Mary and Barb; brother, Cliff (Jean); along with other family members. Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 8 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 Mann. Following which Geoffrey will be laid to rest next to his wife, Violet at Hatley Memorial Gardens.


He obtained the rank of CPO and then Commissioned from the Ranks (CFR) in 1942.


Ships/bases served in as an officer:


HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Appointed to Restigouche 20 Apr 1943 as a Gunner, RCN

HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior in 1946 as a Gunner, RCN

HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario in 1952 as Lt (G), RCN as A/Gunnery Officer and Gunnery Officer

HMCS OSHAWA - Served in Oshawa in 1956 as Lt (G), RCN, XO. 4th Commanding Officer

BELL, Jack, CPO.TC, V11161, RCNVR (served 26 Feb 1930 - 21 Aug 1945) - of Chilliwack, BC. Born 30 May 1912  Died 24 Dec 1997

BOWBYES, Albert George, C2ER, 21738-E, RCN (served 15 Jul 1940 - 15 Jul 1965) - passed away peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital on the evening of December 18, 1997 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife, Lois, his sweetie of 55 years and his children, Alan, Linda, Gary and David and their families including the grandchildren, Marney, Michael, Michele, Kevin and Danny and his beloved sister, Edna and her family. At his request, a simple, private, family service was held on December 23. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, a donation to a charity of choice is suggested.


KRAELING, Bruce John - On February 6, 2016, Bruce passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 97. Bruce was alert to the end and looked forward to daily visits from his loving wife of 71 years, Doris. Bruce was born in England to parents, Florence and John Kraehling, and they immigrated to Canada when he was eight months old. The family settled in a farm near Wilmar, SK, where his brother Keith was born. The family moved to Winnipeg and when the Second World War began, Bruce joined the Navy. He served as a communications sailor and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic in 1940. After serving for over four years, Bruce returned to Winnipeg and married his sweetheart Doris (Jones). He became a registered technologist and later received his ART certification while working at Deer Lodge Hospital for 30 years. He also worked in private practice as a cytologist and retired in 1980. Bruce and Doris spent many happy years travelling the world and spending their winters in Victoria. Bruce had many hobbies including his extensive music collection, short wave radio, gardening and handyman skills. He was continually interested in sciences, the human body, astronomy, new advances in technology and reading maps. Grandpa' always had insightful answers to his grandchildren on how the world evolved and operated. During his time at Deer Lodge Centre, Bruce enjoyed going to the cafeteria with Doris and looking across the courtyard to his old office. He was very grateful for the care he received at the centre where staff referred to him as... "a real gentleman". Bruce's family would like to thank all the courteous staff who cared for him and especially the nurses on the sixth floor tower. As well, a special thank you is extended to nephew Les Despins and his wife Donna and niece Roberta Harris for all their support in so many ways. Bruce will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family, including wife Doris; daughter Marilyn (Alan); grandchildren, Lauren (Chris) and Alex (Jannah); and great-grandchildren, Avery, Nicholas and Lillian. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bruce's memory to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3. A celebration of Bruce's life will take place at a later date. Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery (Winnipeg Free Press 13 Feb 2016)



EVANS, J. O. Bus - Born 4 August 1925 - Died Peacefully 1 November 2017 Dad was born in Canmore, Alberta and died in Richmond, BC. He was predeceased by his loving wife Peggy in 2010. They were married for 66 happy years. Bus is survived by his 4 children, Bill, Janyce (Chris), Susan (Jay), John (Viva) and by 7 grandchildren Yvonne, James, Melanie, Scott, Robert, Matthew and Leah. He is further survived by 5 great-grandchildren Jaime, Dana, Ivan, Gus and Alexander. Bus spent many years at the PNE working his way from "rink rat" in his teens to assorted managerial positions of buildings such as Empire Stadium and the Pacific Coliseum. In 1975 he and Peggy moved to Tsawwassen where they built a house and Dad became manager of South Delta Recreation Centre and shortly thereafter, Director of Leisure Services for Delta. He was also an active member of Kiwanis for many years. Upon retirement in 1988, Mum and Dad enjoyed boating, travelling, RVing and especially hosting family get-togethers in their home on Tsawwassen Beach. Dad was a veteran of the Second World War, volunteering for service in the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as a signalman on board HMCS Suderoy 6, a minesweeper based on Halifax. Funeral Mass will be at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 3900 Arthur Drive, Ladner, BC on Thursday, 9 November, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. (Delta Optimist 03 Nov 2017)




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