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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

ADAM, Charles J., RCNR (1942 - 1947) - Served as CPO on HMS Puncher and HMCS Warrior during WWII. During this time, he participated in escorting the convoys from Scapa Flow to Murmansk and was awarded the Murmansk Medal by the Russian Consulate in Windsor circa 1988. Passed away, May, 2000. Thank you, Dad. We'll always miss you. (Windsor Star 10 Nov 2012)

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS WARRIOR

ARMSTRONG, Reginald Lloyd, RCN, WW II veteran - passed away peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 2, 2002 at the age of 77. Born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., Reg joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1943 at age 18. He trained at Port Arthur, Ont. and Cornwallis, N.S. He was drafted to the ship “St. Thomas,” a castle class corvette doing guard duty in the North Atlantic between Northern Ireland and Scotland. He next served aboard the ship “HMS Puncher,” a British aircraft carrier manned by a Canadian crew. Given three weeks’ leave, he returned to barracks in Halifax, N.S. and volunteered for duty in the South Pacific. After undergoing one week of training, the atom bomb ended the war. He returned to base in Port Arthur, receiving an honourable discharge in April, 1946. Following the war, he entered Ryerson College in Toronto, Ont. in the accounting program. He was employed by Norwich Union Insurance Co. for 14 years, ending as a multi-para manager. He then owned and operated Armstrong’s Marina on Eel’s Lake in the Apsley, Ont. area of the Kawarthas. He spent 31 happy years at the Marina and on his retirement, the Cottagers’ Assoc. arranged a memorable party to mark the occasion. Not content to be idle, Reg built the beautiful Clanricarde House near Apsley, where he had lived for the past 11 years, operating a little antique and gift shop in his spare time. Patrons and visitors could almost always find him there working in his beautiful flower and vegetable gardens - his favourite hobby. Despite his final illness, he never lost his sense of humour, his boundless capacity for generosity, his wisdom, and intelligence. A beloved brother and uncle, Reg had a special bond with his many nieces, nephews, and good friends the world over. He had a deep love for his family and friends and, in turn, is deeply loved. Reg is survived by seven sisters and three brothers, Pheobe Mosley of Atikokan, Ont., Dorothy Norlund (Vern) of Rainy River, Ont., Pauline Smith (Bill) of Winnipeg, Sylvia Batcher of International Falls, Mn., Vivian Mullikin (Don) of La Crosse, Wis., Harold Armstrong (Marlene) of Fort Frances, Ont., Shirley Judd (Max) of Toronto, Ont., Anita Rostie of Toronto, Ont., Glen Armstrong of Nym Lake, Ont., and Roger Armstrong of Toronto, Ont. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, Harold and Rosalie Armstrong; sister, Betty Cawston; niece, Tammy Wiita; and brothers-in-law, Jergen Mosley and Dwayne Batcher. A memorial service is planned Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 3 p.m. at the Nisbett Funeral Home and Chapel, 600 Monaghan Rd. S., Peterborough, Ont. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at a later date in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances. If desired, in memoriam donations to the War Amps, The Lung Association, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMS PUNCHER

 

BAIRD, Lorne Austen - Passed away August 10, 2012 in WCGH, Port Alberni, at the age of 92 Lorne was predeceased by his daughters; Beverly and Barbara, and his siblings; Winona, Stewart, Evelyn, Agnes, Gerald, Jessie and Sylvia. He is survived by his wife Ellen, they had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June; his children; Bette, Lorne (Willie), David, Ron (Dana), Lana Phillips, Lois Snaith (Mitch), Jeannie (Clayton), eleven grandchildren; Brent, Brooke, Darryl (Trish), Colleen, Cameron, Gareth, Jessica, John, Connor, Darren and Paige, three great grandchildren; Codi, Kyle and Cara. Born February 5, 1920, in Prince Albert Saskatchewan, the oldest son of eleven children to James and Virginia (Stansfield) Baird. Lorne had 4 brothers; Stewart, Gerald, Leo and Alvin and 6 sisters; Winona, Evelyn, Agnes, Jessie, Sylvia and Marie. Lorne grew up in the Davis area about 10 miles south of Prince Albert, attending St. Andrews School # 8, starting in 1926 with 8 or 9 students and finishing in 1934, with 45 students and one teacher. As a young man he worked for several farmers and in 1937 on the Shellbrook Highway, Saskatchewan, for 25 cents an hour. In 1940 Lorne enlisted with RCNVR in Regina, training on the West Coast and to Westdale College in Hamilton for anti-submarine detector training. He spent 6 months on the West Coast aboard a ship and then to the east coast on several ships. He was stationed on the HMCS Napanese for 2.5 years; he sailed from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Great Britain with C-3 escort. In 1945, Lorne was discharged and went to work for the Prince Albert Lumber Co. in the millwork shop, during this time he received his Journeyman Carpenter ticket. On June 20, 1947, Lorne married Ellen Brown. He built their first home on River St. E. and then moved to their 2nd home on 6th E. St. in Prince Albert. Lorne was involved in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and joined the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in northern Saskatchewan. A cabin which he built on Christopher Lake provided many summers of enjoyment. In 1962 Lorne started his own business, Baird's Woodworking, and in 1968 he moved his family to Port Alberni. His time in the Navy was a great influence on his decision to move to the west coast. Lorne built his home and shop on 3 acres on McKenzie Road next door to Ellen's sister and husband, Muriel and Hank Guldager. Baird's Woodworking was a successful business for Lorne. He retired in 1983, but did continue to work in his shop. During retirement Lorne kept busy with beekeeping, gardening, fishing, hunting and travelling. He was active in the Masonic Lodge and Knox Presbyterian Church until his passing. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 16th, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 4850 Regina Avenue with a reception to follow. It would please Lorne very much for his family and those that knew him to join together; he always loved any chance to get together with people to reminisce and discover new things.

 

HMCS NAPANEE, HMCS TROIS RIVIERES

BARRON, Ian James - It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Ian James Barron on June 9, 2013. Ian was born January 27, 1921 on Guay Avenue in St. Vital. Life was not easy. His mother, Georgina (nee Bolton) died in 1934 of complications due to diabetes. His father, James Charles Symes Barron, a First World War veteran, died three years later. At 16, Ian was left to find work and provide for his younger sister, Maureen. His first job was in the C.N.R. Fort Rouge shops. Seeking adventures and an easier time, Ian joined the Naval Reserve in the final months of 1938. In 1939 (much to Ian's surprise) war broke out. Ian spent the next three years at sea, serving aboard the Assiniboine and Prince David, in the Battle of the North Atlantic. In 1943 he qualified as a Physical Training Instructor and finished the war in Greenock, Scotland. Post war, Ian tried farming in Gunton (where one of Manitoba's finest canola crop, and a fortune almost within reach, were lost to an early frost), working as a switchman for the C.N.R. (where he survived being hit by a train), prospecting (apparently there is an emerald as big as his fist lost somewhere in the wilds of northern Ontario), starting a driving school, selling Bibles door to door, working in a bakery and a dairy, and serving as a prison guard at Stoney Mountain. In 1955 to 1958, he went back into the Navy to tour the Pacific. He claimed a highlight of this tour of duty was a huge mid-Pacific water polo game between Canada and the USA, which Canada won. It was also in the Navy that he met his future wife, Lillian. As an officer she outranked him, a fact he would be reminded about for the next 38 years. In the next phase of his life, Ian turned to school. He completed high school at United College Collegiate and earned a BA from the University of Winnipeg. He delighted in theatre at United - especially staging the Cuchulainn myths - and teaching at an elementary school in Selkirk. After graduation, Ian worked with food and drug testing labs at Health Canada until his retirement at 65. On Saturday mornings Ian shone as "Grampa" who took his grandsons to the Paddle Wheel at The Bay or hockey games or swimming in his pool. He fostered imaginative games and mysteries evolved around who belonged in the Pig Fort or the Beaver Lodge. Years later, Ian could remember the exact words of their conversations and laugh at all they did together. Post retirement, Ian and Lil travelled visiting family in Scotland and England or, in the cold of Manitoba winters, his sister Maureen and her family (husband, Ralph; daughters, Gina and Lindsey) in Indianapolis and Florida. In between treks, Ian enjoyed being "Uncle Ian" to the McAuleys and spent many happy times with them in Selkirk. In 1994, when the Macdonalds moved to British Columbia, there were the annual trips west to keep Christmas. However, after Lillian's death in 2004, Ian lost his desire to travel too far afield. His last visits were with old friends over A&W coffee, at the Reh-Fit Centre and with newer friends at The Wellington. Many people assisted Ian as his strength diminished and we are very grateful to all of them. In particular, we thank Alexa Campbell for her relentless dedication to making Ian's last days more comfortable. Ian is survived by stepdaughter Heather Macdonald (Ian), and grandsons, Jamie (Moira), Rory (Summer) and Derek. A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20 at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway with Rev. Peter Douglas officiating. Interment will be at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Ian was a most unusual man. He will be missed.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

BLAKELOCK, John Clifford (Jack), Naval Officer, RCN - Served in HMCS Ottawa and HMC Prince David in WWII. Passed away at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital on Saturday, February 5, 2005 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Helen. Loving father of Jim (Susan), Janet (Kerry), Ian, Kathy (John), Diane, Andrew (Victoria). John will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Emily and Clara, Richard, Jennifer Reimann, and Joanna, Melissa and Stephen Hogg, Brian and Laura Dunnigan and Finlay and Seamus and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at St. John's United Church, Randall Street, Oakville on Wednesday, February 9th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, St. John's United Church or the charity of your choice. (The Oakville Beaver, 09 Feb 2005 page C6)

 

HMCS EMERALD, HMS GLASGOW, HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS NIAGARA

BLICKSTEAD, Richard (Dick) (10 Oct 1926 - 12 Feb 2008) - Entered Heaven peacefully at the age of 81. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-four years Rose (Lamendola), his sister Amy and his brother-in-law Eric. Dad will be greatly missed by his children Rick, Gail (Butler) and Sandra (Muth) as well as their spouses Martha, Brian and James; along with his many nieces and nephews. He joins his first wife, Lise (Dugre), his sister Millie and Elizabeth and his brothers-in-law Donnie and Ed. Grandpa Dick will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Michael and John Blickstead, as well as Andrew, Michelle and Katelyn Butler, all of who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his step-family, Nick, Gerald and Michael Akins, their spouses Holly, Andrea and Jennie and their children, Mackenzie, Maitland, Oliver and Olivia. Dick was fond of his Dugre family in Trois Rivieres, as well as his many friends in Shawinigan, Quebec City, Churchill Falls, and Ottawa, especially his kind neighbours on Kidgrove Gardens and the Norway Bay crowd. Dick was a proud and long-serving employee of Bell Canada; and in retirement enjoyed second careers at Pascal's and the Corps. of Commissionaires. During the war he enlisted under age in the Royal Canadian Navy and served overseas on HMCS Warrior. He was a member of the Kinsman, an avid sportsman, champion canoeist and enthusiastic golfer. Gardening was a second love and he won several Communities In Bloom awards. The family wishes to thank Father Michael and the congregation of St. Richard's Church, Dr. Jonker, Dr. Robillard and the entire chemo staff at the Regional Cancer Centre, Dr. Farncombe of Palliative Care Outreach Programme and her team members (Dr. Bright, Max Hamlyn), Carefor Health and Community Services (Karen Windall) and The Elisabeth Bruyere Palliative Care Unit. Visitations will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 18, 2008 at St. Richard's Anglican Church, corner Merivale Road and Withrow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

BLONDIN, Ralph Ernest (17 Jan 1920 - 16 Apr 2013) - After a brief respiratory illness, it is with heavy hearts that we have to say good-bye to Ralph Ernest Blondin. He has passed on to a better place. Ralph was predeceased by his father Napoleon Sereau Blondin; mother Clara (nee Parent) Blondin; sisters Ruth Tomczak and Marlene Robinson; brother Don Blondin; grandson Rowan Tomlinson; granddaughter Shannon Grundy; and son-in-law Jack Grundy. He is survived by his sister Bernice Gallagher; brother Charles (Joyce) Blondin; former wife Ida (nee Erz); daughters Lorena (Jim) Martens, Marian Grundy, Joan (Mike) Stabick, Fran (Don) Zerr and Laura (Floyd) Dixon; son Garth Blondin; grandchildren Robert and Miranda Martens, Ryan Grundy, Jenny Stabick, Steven and Adam Zerr, William, Rebecca and Amber Dixon; and great grandchildren Tatum and Wells Grundy, Drake and Abby Maranchuk, Averi and Adalynn Zerr. Ralph was born on the family farm near Harris, SK. The family moved to Saskatoon where he attended Albert school. Afterwards, he worked for his father. In 1941, he joined up, serving on a mine-sweeper on a corvette, the HMCS Chicoutimi, on convoy-escort duty in the north-west Atlantic and as a gunner on a troop carrier, the HMCS Prince Henry, which among other duties, carried Canadian troops to Juno Beach and picked up wounded soldiers from the shores of Normandy. Upon returning from the war he worked as a miner at Copper Mountain, BC, a roofer for Blondin Roofing, a labourer for CN rail and as a custodian for the Regina Public School Board and RCMP Depot Division for 19 years before retiring. A Memorial Servicewill be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to a charity of your choice.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS CHICOUTIMI

BOLD, Frederick Murray (Chum) - passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2012, at the age of 84, following a lengthy illness. Fred was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. He was predeceased by father Bill Bold, his mother Gertrude Enright (nee Harper), and sister Lois Frazer. Fred will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret, daughter Wendy (Ken) and grandsons Jordan and Tyler of Burlington Ontario and daughter Heather of Dartmouth Nova Scotia, stepsons Don, Larry, Mark (Hannah), and Allan (Leah) Wiebe, stepdaughters Judy (Alan) Bailes and Jan (Glenn) Makwich, grandsons Michael, Mathew, Stephen, Jason, Adam, Corey and Dereck and granddaughters Jennifer, Stephanie, Katie, Cari, Alyssa and Kia. Fred served in the Navy during WWII, on the HMS Puncher, an escort aircraft carrier. He worked first on the railway, then as a Thunder Bay firefighter, retiring as a captain. Special thanks to the staff at Pinewood Court for their kindness, humour, compassion and excellent care during Fred's stay with them. Thanks also to Bobby Tucker for his regular visits and haircuts. A celebration of Fred's life will take place at the Elks Lodge, 201 Syndicate Avenue at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31/12. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elks Children's Charity"

 

HMS PUNCHER

BONNAR, James Stuart (Stu) (1922 - 2013) - We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather at the age of 91, on September 8th, 2013, following long battles with multiple illnesses. In December 2007, Stuart was predeceased by his beloved Jeanie (nee Langille), his wife for 63 years. Stuart was known as Jim or Jimmy to friends and Mom's family in the Maritimes. Predeceased by parents: Robert Bonnar (Paisley Scotland and Elizabeth Barnett (Paisley Scotland). Father of six children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Daughter Linda (Jim) of Calgary and their son Matthew, son Jim (life partner Francie Chappell), Jim's sons' Jason and Andrew (Valintina), Jim's daughter Jamie Ann (Colin Goodfellow) and grandson Ethan, daughter Debbie Gilmour (Jeff) of Calgary and their son Dr. Michael Parkins (Dr. Vicky Parkins) and grandson Elliot and granddaughter Annika, son Bob (Cecile) of Kelowna and their daughter Melanie-Anne (Drew) and their son Daniel, son Doug (Cindy) of Brampton and their two daughters Kimberley Bonnar (Scott Peters) and Stephanie, son David of Calgary and daughter Nicole and brother Robert Bonnar (Edith) of Ottawa. During the Second World War, Stuart was a proud veteran of the navy and served on a number of convoy escort ships including the HMCS Restigouche and HMCS Prince Henry. He retired from the Federal Public Service after a long and successful career which ended in the Cheque Adjustment Department. Stuart will be missed by all and lovingly remembered for his kindness and genuine smile. The family expresses gratitude to the staff at the General Hospital Smyth Road as well as the Heart Institute. Special thanks to the kind and supportive staff at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Center for making Dad content, happy and comfortable during his last year and to the staff at Park Place Retirement Residence where he also resided for six years. Visitation will be held at Pinecrest Remembrance Services, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Saturday, September 28th from 12 to 2:00 PM, followed by a memorial service in the chapel at 2:00 PM as well as on site interment with a reception on site from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

BONNER, Frederick Arthur - age 84 years, of Saint John, N.B., occurred peacefully at Ridgewood Veteran's Wing on Monday August 28, 2006 surrounded by his family. Born in Saint John, Fred was a loving husband of the late Sybil (Danaher) Bonner and son of the late Charles P. and Annie M. (Dunn) Bonner. Fred spent the majority of his life in Saint John. He served in the navy during WW II on Corvettes and Destroyers. Following the War, Fred was employed by the New Brunswick Liquor Control Commission for 38 years until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #53 and the Knights of Columbus, Father Ramage 8364 at St. Joachim's Church. He will be sadly missed by his two sons, Robert A. (Bob) and his wife Brenda and Barry T. and his wife Dianne, all of Saint John, five grandchildren, Kendra, Nicholas, Jillian, Rebecca and Matthew and many nieces and nephews. A true gentleman, Fred was the last member of his immediate family predeceased by six brothers, Gregory, John, James, Edward, Malcolm, Reverend Lawrence and one sister, Helen. Resting at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, (634-7424), with visiting on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 from 7 to 9pm, and Thursday August 31, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joachim's Church, 603 Loch Lomond Road on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00am. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The family would appreciate remembrances to the Alzheimer's Society, the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Joachim's Parish Fund.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS ALGOMA, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS STRATHADAM

BRACKEN, John Bruce (1911 - 2001) - died peacefully on Monday, October 22, 2001, at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Shirley McKinnon Russell in 1997; his brothers, Douglas and George (Marjorie) and his parents, John and Alice. He is survived by his children, Bruce Bracken (Barbara) of Cincinnati, OH, (Rick, Barbie and Jim Hankin, Tim and Michelle Bracken, and Jennifer), Wendy Kennedy (Tony) of Salt Spring Island, BC, (Daniel and Sarah), Richard Bracken (Kathryn) of Winnipeg (Taylor, David, Geoff, and John) their mother, Bruces first wife Gwendolyn Smith of Richmond, BC; the children of his second wife, Shirley, Barry Russell (Deborah) of Phoenix (Meredith and Andrew), Nancy LeBlond (Ted) of Winnipeg (Chris, Trevor, Colin and Nicholas) and his great-grandchildren, Holly, David, and Jack Hankin, and Tyler Bracken. He is also survived by his brother Gordon Bracken (Ruth) of Toronto, and sister-in-law Rosemary Bracken of Winnipeg. Bruce deeply cherished his children and grandchildren, who were the focus of his life. His love and support were evident at their musical recitals, hockey and football games, school and university functions, graduations, and careers. His Second World War service aboard Canadas HMCS Prince Henry was followed by a career as an optician, first with Ramsay Matthews and then with Stewart N. King, where many people returned to him faithfully for years for his highly professional service, and to experience his warmth and charm. His dedication to community service was demonstrated by his position as an Honorary 33rd Degree of the Scottish Rite, and by his membership in the Shrine and the Rotary Club. These activities, as well as golf, curling, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and the Jesters, were all significant parts of his life, because they allowed him to enjoy the company of many friends. His loyalty and sense of fairness were innate values, which he did his utmost to exemplify and pass on to his children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at St. Andrews River Heights United Church, Oak Street and Kingsway. The family wishes to thank The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, especially nurses Evelyn and Betty, and the rest of the 3rd floor staff, for their loving care. If friends so desire, donations in Bruce's memory can be made to The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, 276 Hugo St. N., Winnipeg, MB, R3M 2N6.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

BROWN, Kenneth Erle (1925-2006) - Ken Brown passed away peacefully during the night of October 15, 2006 at the Agape Hospice. After serving aboard the HMCS Prince David during World War II, Ken returned to begin a career with the Calgary Herald spanning four decades, starting as an apprentice pressman and retiring as Production Manager. Ken will be greatly missed by his eldest son Jeff (Ursula) of Calgary; daughter Lindsay (Bill Turpin) of Halifax; son Tim of Vienna, Austria; grandsons, Kevin Brown of Calgary and Christopher Brown of Grande Prairie; and his great-grandsons, Curtis, Camron and Austin. He is also lovingly remembered by his dearest friend and companion, Edna Balderston. Ken was predeceased by his wife Shirley (nee Walker) in 1993. A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) today, October 19, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agape Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 (Telephone 403-282-6588). In living memory of Kenneth Brown a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

BRUCE, John Edward (16 Oct 1924 - 19 Nov 2011) - beloved father of David Bruce (Angela Stanford) of Pittsburgh, PA and Kathryn Bruce of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the age of 87 years. John was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on October 16, 1924. He left the family farm in his teens to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy and served aboard the HMS Prince Henry in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Following WWII, John returned to Canada and began his life-long career in the oil and gas industry initially employed by Imperial Oil at Leduc. He married Doris Luchia in 1950 and worked for Johnston Testers in Regina. A transfer in 1956 led John, Doris and their two children to Calgary. In the final decade of his career, John worked for Schlumberger, Bear Tools and was Vice President, Sales for Computalog. Following his retirement, John was a dedicated community supporter, volunteering with Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years and active in C.A.R.P. and the 264 Royal Canadian Legion. He was an independent, active senior and regularly attended a variety of courses and programs throughout the city. He enjoyed dinner dances at the 264 Legion, Stage West and giving his grandchildren friendly "pep talks". John is survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandson: Kyle (son Kash), Kelly, Garrett and Kara Bruce; and Nathan, Natalie and Zachary Ulaszonek. He is also survived by five brothers: Grant, Charles, Robin, Gordon and Norman Bruce, and one sister, Peggy Demorest. John was predeceased by his wife Doris, long-time companion Ida Sutherland, brother Roger Bruce and sister Sylvia Neudorf. Cremation has taken place. At John's request, no Funeral Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are requested to make a donation in John's memory to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society (5000 - 11 Street S.E., Calgary, T2H 2Y5) or a charity of their choice.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

 

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BRYCHKA, John - died peacefully on Monday March 15, 2010 at age 84 in the Dauphin General Hospital. He will be remembered by his loving wife Emily and daughters Joanne (Don) Oleski of Melville, Saskatchewan, Marcia (Richard) Klak of Calgary, Alberta, Donna (Bruce) Slusar of Sakatoon, Saskatchewan, and Carol (David) Enns of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as well as his grandchildren Katerina (Petro) Nakutnyy, Talya Oleski and her fiancé Eric Solski, Jordana Klak, Alexander, Adam & Andrew Slusar, and Emily and Ellen Enns. John is also survived by his brother Bill and wife June of Dauphin and their children Jan, Mary and Jim and their families, as well as his sisters-in-law Arlene (Peter), and her daughter Melinda of Deerborn, Michigan, and Lee (Mitch) of Winnipeg. He was pre-deceased by his parents Nicholas (1968) and Katherine (Jopka) (1987), and his brothers Peter and Mitch. John was born on Sunday July 12, 1925 in Gilbert Plains. He married Emily Leskiw in 1952 in Dauphin Manitoba. John attended Brickburn School in Gilbert Plains from 1931 to 1941. He worked in the Gilbert Plains bakery and from there he went to work for the Electric Bakery in Dryden, Ontario, and then Brownís Bakery in Selkirk Manitoba. In 1942, John returned to Gilbert Plains and operated the Roblin Bakery. At the age of 17, John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Bandsman (Coronet player) during the Second World War. He cleverly forged his older brother Mitch’s birth certificate in order to enlist in the naval services. Unfortunately, when they found out his true age, the ship was in the middle of the ocean and it was too difficult to send him back. He served on Division Strength from February 3 to March 27, 1943 and in the active force from March 28, 1943 until his discharge on June 21, 1946. From January 4, 1944 he served on board the H.M.C.S. Prince Henry on the high seas and was assigned during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He participated in invasions in Southern France, Italy and Greece. As a result of his valor he was decorated with 7 medals of Honor as well as 2 Legion service medals for 50 and 75 years. After the war, John operated Brychka & Bates Bakery in Gilbert Plains from 1945 to 1949. He then hired on to the Canadian National Railway (C.N.R.) as a Brakeman. John took up playing the bagpipes in the early 60’s with the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band (Dauphin Branch) and along with George Zradika formed the Dauphin Legion pipe band. He also played in the Dauphin Town Band. During John’s time off he operated a repair service for Royal typewriters. John and Emily built a cottage at Dauphin Beach in 1967 where they could spend summers with their girls and golfing with friends. John also enjoyed many hours communicating with people all over the world through ham radio with call letters VE4ADX and VE4SB. On many occasions, he manned a ham radio booth at the Ukrainian Festival. In the early 1980’s, John worked for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (Munson House) in St. Rose Du Lac as a counselor. John retired as a C.N.R. Conductor in 1986 and he and Emily made various trips to visit their daughters and grandchildren. In 1998, John was instrumental in winning a federal judicial review of a decision of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board approving medical pension entitlement. In this position and his own personal experience from the court case helped him with Veteran’s Affairs Canada in pursuing benefits for Veterans and their surviving spouses both in Dauphin and other locations within Canada. He was highly respected for his knowledge and advice and was successful in assisting with deserving individuals to gain benefits. John took great pride in participating in Remembrance. He had spoken at the local Schools, attended various Remembrance Day services, and laid a wreath on behalf of Dauphin Rotary. In November 2005, he delivered a speech on remembrance stressing that we are all Canadians and that there are people in Europe who never made it home from the war that gave us the freedoms we take for granted today. John had a long and diverse involvement in community organizations and activities somewhat limited by working away from home with the railway. John was a member of the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Gilbert Plains and the Ukrainian Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin for many years and dedicated his time during Bingo events. He was the President of the Gilbert Plains Golf Club from 1994 to 1998 and initiated the development of the additional 9 holes which officially opened on his birthday July 12, 1997. This has resulted in drawing others to the area and thereby increasing the economic strength of the community. He was given the honour of a life membership with Rotary and participated in Book Fairs, Dauphin Country Fest and other fundraising events. John was a dedicated family man married to his wife Emily for 58 years. He was proud that Emily was home to raise a family of four daughters while his work took him away from home. John was exceptionally proud of all of his grandchildren and repeatedly shared with everyone what each one of them were doing. John was a man of many interests and hobbies including: playing goalie for the noon hour hockey league, fishing, hunting, photography, camping with his family, wine making formerly known as River East Wine, shopping for bargains, golfing with his wife and buddies, and learning computers. John loved to talk and to be around people of many ages. He enjoyed many coffees at McDonalds in Dauphin and as he became more confined to his home, the telephone was his lifeline calling old shipmates, relatives, friends, nieces, nephews, family, on a regular basis. Prayers were offered on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with a Poppy Tribute led by the Royal Canadian Legion Dauphin Branch. Funeral service was held on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Metro Lukie served as Cantor. The Crossbearer was Andrew Slusar and Terron Stykalo was the Altar Server. The organist was Sandra Dowhan and Donna Slusar was the soloist. The bagpiper was Holly Hewens and the bugler was Alexander Slusar. The Epistle was read by Joanne Oleski and Katerina Nakutnyy and the eulogy was delivered by Tere Stykalo. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Oleski, Richard Klak, Bruce Slusar, David Enns, Alexander Slusar and Adam Slusar. Should friends so desire, donations in memory of John may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, the Parkinson Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, or to the C.N.I.B.

 

Awards and Decorations - The 1939 - 45 Star; The Italy Star; The France and Germany Star; The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; The War Medal 1939-45; The Normandy Campaign Medal; The Operation Overlord Medal (French 50th Anniversary); Commemorative Medal for the War of 1941-1945, Land Operations, 2nd type (Greece). John also received the Royal Canadian Legion service medals for 50 and 75 years (Courtesy of Marcia Klak)

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

BUSCOMBE, Edwin George - in his 96th year at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on January 28, 2014, Ed passed away after a short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Thelma (Harrison) and his brothers Howard and George. He is survived by his brother-in-law Neil Harrison and by his sisters-in-law Irene Hunter, Martha Buscombe, Jo Buscombe and their families. Ed will be missed by the Powell family of Oakville and his devoted friends Derek and Julie Fisher. Ed was a lifelong resident of Toronto, graduating from Danforth Tech. He and Thelma lived for over 50 years in the Alderwood area. During WWII, Ed joined the Army and after a year transferred to the Navy. He was a proud veteran of the Canadian Navy, having served from 1942-1945 on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He remained a member of the Navy Club. He was a Mason and member of the Rameses Shrine Temple. He was a member of High Park Lodge (now High Park Melita) since 1950, serving as a Past Master in 1966. He was Past Principal (1969-1970, 1995) of Occident Chapter No. 77 RAM and Preceptor of Cyrene Preceptory KC 29 (1973). He was a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Toronto Grand Lodge of Perfection. He was Past Grand Swordbearer of Grand Lodge (1983) and a member of Moore Sovereign Consistory (32 Degree Mason). He was Past President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Welders Association (1961-1962). Ed joined the Rameses Shrine Temple in 1959. He was Past President of Kingsway Shrine (1968) and a member of Leaside Shrine. Ed served a term on the Appointed Divan. Ed marched with the Drum Corps for over 50 years, serving a term as President and then Past President. He also was a member of the Steel Drum Band. He was a longtime member of the Eat and Argue Club. Ed remained active until shortly before his death, starting to tap dance when he was in his eighties. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW), on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. Remembrances in Ed's memory can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or the CNIB.

CAIRNS, Peter - passed away peacefully on January 27, 2010 in Hospice, born in Glasgow, Scotland December 31, 1925. He leaves his loving wife Patricia, married 59 years and 9 months; sons, David Andrew (Sumalee) and James McEwen (Susan); grandsons, Robert (Whitney) and Nelson; sister-in-law Hazel Burt; nieces, nephews and cousins. Peter arrived from Glasgow at the age of seven and settled in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He joined the RCNVR out of HMCS York in Toronto, went overseas and arrived home in Canada in the HMCS "Puncher, " blown off course two days by a terrific Atlantic storm. He came west to join his mom and dad in Victoria. He was employed by the City of Victoria and Esquimalt Municipality for 35 years, retiring as Treasurer in 1982. He was a member of the Municipal Officers Association, and was Past President of RCL Brittania Br. #7, a member for 62 years. Peter enjoyed his golfing three days a week with his buddies at Metchosin Golf Course. Peter was an associate member of the Chief and PO's Mess since 1954, where he enjoyed many card games with his dear friends. The family wishes to thank Herb Walters for being a loyal friend in caring for Peter in his last few weeks, also the wonderful nurses at Hospice. No service by request. Till we meet again.

 

HMCS YORK, HMS PUNCHER

CALLANDER, Alexander Maxwell - Born May 23, 1924 Falkirk Scotland - April 9, 2011. Long-time Windermere resident Alex Callander passed away at the Invermere Hospital surrounded by friends and family. Alex liked the outdoors and was fond of fishing, hunting, and golf and had been a member of the Windermere Golf Course for the past many years. Alex was predeceased by his wife Anne in 1988. He is survived by his three sons, Rob (Carey), Bruce (Elaine) and Rich Callander; six grandchildren, Adrian, Michael, Tanner, McKenna, R.J., Ashley, his beloved dog Shadow; and two brothers Robert (Erla), Ken (Barb). Alex loved a good crib game with friends and family and took many loonies off the other opponents. Alex was a veteran and served in the Navy as an Able Body Seaman on the HMS Nabob patrolling the North Atlantic Ocean. Many people that grew to know him over his long life will sadly miss Alex. Thanks to all our family and friends for their ongoing support during this time and the staff at the Invermere Hospital.

 

HMS NABOB

 

CARRIERE, Arthur Joseph - died peacefully May 16, 2010 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg Manitoba at the age of 84 years. Art was born August 20, 1925 in St. Pierre Manitoba, the second child of Louis and Alphonsine Carriere (nee Zastre) and was raised in St. Pierre and St. Norbert along with his siblings Annette, Levi and Noella. Art was a dedicated veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and spent four years overseas in World War II. His strong sense of national pride drove the French speaking young boy to enlist at the age of 16 years despite the minimum being 17. He grew into manhood, learned English, endured sea sickness and was aboard the HMCS Prince Henry on the morning of June 6, 1944 when the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy. This life changing experience held many fond memories and Art often spoke of the challenges and rewards of this time in his life. The navy was key in shaping Art into the strong, hard working, reliable, loving, honest, independent man he became. Art married his long time love Alfreda Storey November 21, 1953 and celebrated fifty years of marriage prior to her death in August 2004. He spent his working years with the Manitoba Provincial Government and throughout their marriage Art and Freda lived in Richer, West Hawk Lake, Seven Sisters Falls, Stead, and eventually Grand Marais, Manitoba where he built their retirement home. Art and Freda loved to entertain and family and friends were always welcome. Together Art and Freda supported each other and their family through all of our journeys. They would often take long road trips to visit us with a car filled to the brim with homemade goodies, presents, and little trinkets that Grandma had picked up with us in mind. Christmas was a special time of year for all of us. Grandpa and Grandma created a magic for us all at that time of year. No detail or family member was overlooked. Grandpa was known to carry sleigh bells so when bedtime came Christmas eve the children would hear Santa’s reindeer. This tradition is something we will all carry down to our children and grandchildren. Art enjoyed snowmobiling and curling. He was the fire chief of the Grand Marais Fire Department for over 25 years. He was an avid gardener and was content to spend hours weeding the garden and nurturing his strawberries. Homemade jam from Grandpa and Grandma was a regular treat. A move to Selkirk in 2006 brought many new friends into Art’s life including his dear friend Florence Fedyk. Together they enjoyed playing cards, sharing many laughs and talking about family. He enjoyed living at Kiwanis on the Red and was often seen motoring to the Legion on his scooter. Art’s wisdom and guidance will be sorely missed by his children Louise Rawluk (Warren) of Gypsumville, Manitoba and James Carriere (Tiffany) of Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the dear Grandpa of Jennifer Joslin (Gord McNaught Jr), Breanne Joslin (Marcus Blouw), Ashley Joslin (Neil Hastie), Matthew Carriere, Mackenzie Penner (Jay), and Taylor Carriere. Art loved babies and great-grandaughter Madeline Hastie was the apple of his eye! Grandpa Art will be missed by his step-grandchildren Teresa (Brad), Chris (Danlin), Holly (Norm), Ben, Sydney, Hunter, and Greer as well as step-great-grand children, Danielle, Evan, Hannah, Mathew, Tanas, Evelina, and baby Alexander. Art was predeceased by his wife Freda August 17, 2004 and by his sisters Annette and Noella, and brother Levi. A memorial service will be held Friday May 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Christ Church Anglican, 227 McLean Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba. The family extends their thanks to Dr. Louis Van Rooyen and Dr. G. Minuk for their kind care over the last several years. We are deeply appreciative of the exemplary care that our Dad received by the physicians and staff while a patient on 6E in St. Boniface Hospital. In lieu of flower, should friends so desire, donations may be made to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, Rm D1003-409 Tache Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2A6. 

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY

CARTER, Kenneth (03 Nov 1923 - 02 Oct 2004) - It is with deep sorrow the family announces the passing of Kenneth Carter on the 2nd day of October at the age of 80 years. Ken will be forever loved, missed and always remembered by his loving wife of 55 years, Kathleen; his two sons, Douglas of Calgary and Gary (Susan) of Edmonton; four grandchildren, Michael of Edmonton, Christie (Craig) of Calgary, Sarah of Calgary and Emily of Edmonton; one great-grandchild, Madilen of Calgary and one sister Dorothy (Richard) Hill of Guelph, Ontario. He was predeceased by his parents William and Elsie and two brothers Clifford and Sydney. Ken served on the HMCS Prince David, an Auxiliary Cruiser, during World War II. He was in numerous operations in Europe, Algiers, Sicily, Southern France and the first landing in Normandy on D-Day. Later HMCS Prince David was the first Allied war vessel to enter Piraeus Harbor at Athens as the Nazis fled and the ship was chosen to carry the Greek cabinet back to their homeland from "exile" in Egypt. In 1995 the Greek government awarded each crew member a special medal for the event. Ken was a member of the Lions Host Club of Edmonton and was President for the year 1977-1978. He was awarded the International Melvin Jones Fellowship in 1988-1989. Ken was employed as a sales representative for MacMillan Bloedel Packaging, later MacMillan Bathurst Inc., for 31 years, retiring in January 1988, and was well known for his cheerful disposition and daily jokes. In keeping with Ken's wishes, there will be no funeral. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to: The Salvation Army, 9618-101A Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0C7 We miss thee from our home, dear We miss thee from thy place. A shadow o'er our life is cast, We miss the sunshine of thy face. We miss thy kind and willing hand Thy fond and earnest care. Our home is dark without thee We miss thee everywhere.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

CHRISTOPHER, Joseph - Tuesday, April 29, 1947 The Halifax Mail Joseph Christopher The death of Joseph Christopher, 23, occurred suddenly in hospital Saturday. The son of Mr and Mrs Richard Christopher, Halifax, he had four and a half years active service in the R.C.N.V.R. and served on H.M.C.S. ARVIDA and H.M.C.S. PETROLIA. Surviving besides his parents are one sister, Eileen and two brothers, Gerald and Kenneth of Halifax. The funeral was held in time for 9 o'clock Mass at St Mary's Cathedral this morning. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

 

HMCS ARVIDA, HMCS PETROLIA

CLARK, William Robert - On May 17, 1971, William Robert Clark, of 11003 81 Avenue, formerly of Clover Bar, passed away at 83 years. Survived by his loving wife, Jean; a sister, Mrs. George mcIntrye; and a brother Albert; all of Edmonton; two step-sons; Mr. Archie hall of Clover Bar; and Doctor Allan Hall of Edmonton; 13 nieces and nephews. Funeral Services on Thursday, May 20 at 1:30 o'clock from Andrews-McLaughlin Chapel at 112 Street and Jasper Avenue with Reverend T.G. Gilchrist officiating. Interment at the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorials may be made to the Shire Crippled Children's Fund.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

CLELAND, Peter - We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our father (stepfather) Peter Cleland at Surrey Memorial Hospital on December 30, 2004. Peter was born February 04, 1914 to Peter and Agnus Cleland in Regina Saskatchewan. He is survived by his second wife Martha; his two children Verne Cleland and Joanne Bird. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Cheryl Gray, Darryl Cleland, Robert Bud, Lynn Owens, Maureen Boese and his extended family Carleen Shumard, Geordie Nisbet, Ronelva Sobiroy, Annette Cunningham. Peter had fifteen great-grandchildren, fifteen great-great-grandchildren between both combined families at the time of his passing. He was predeceased by his first wife Mabel; daughter in-law Elaine; his parents and two sisters Helen, Agnes. Peter worked for CIL Paints for 45 years; he also served his country in World War II on HMCS Prince David. He was also an accomplished, renowned Violin player. He played with the Home Town Fiddlers, Jammers and won many awards, Fiddle contests over his many years of playing starting at the age of thirteen. He also spent many years with the Associated Canadian Travelers as a member and volunteer. A Memorial Service will be at the Valley View Funeral Home on January 6 2005 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to the Diabetes Society or the Cancer Society.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

COATES, John Jeffery - was born 02 Dec 1919 in Paris, Brant Co., ON. He passed away at Halifax Nova Scotia May 3, 2010. His ashes were buried at sea by the RCN on October 16, 2010.

 

HMS DUNDEE, HMCS ANDRE DUPREE, HMCS ACADIA, HMCS CHAMBLY, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS BEAVER, HMCS DIGBY, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MATANE, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS JAMES BAY

COOK, Fred C. (10 Feb 1926 - 18 Jun 2015) - passed away peacefully on June 18, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by his wife, Agnes, his life will be celebrated by his children Robin (Dale) Sebastian, Bruce (Jo Ann), Ian (Debbie) and cherished granddaughters Megan, Kristy, Natalia, Jessica and Keely. Born into a family of ten children in Arcola, Saskatchewan, Fred is survived by sisters Kay and Marg and numerous nieces and nephews. Fred joined the Regina Rifles Regiment in 1942, an act that helped shape the rest of his life. He was a proud veteran having served his country in the Second World War and the Korean War and completing 25 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy. Fred moved into civilian life working at CFB Esquimalt, Naden and Work Point Barracks until his retirement in 1988. Fred was passionate about fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with his friends and growing family. There's not a prouder "Grumpy Grandpa" and his love and support will be forever missed. Grateful thanks to Karen and Janette at Helping Hands for their compassion, care and support. No service by request.

 

HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS SIOUX, HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS JONQUIERE, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS MACKENZIE

COTTER, George Stuart Grenfell Ironside (17 Jul 1915 - 28 Jul 2011) - It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father/grandfather, George Stuart Grenfell Ironside Cotter, aged 96, on July 28, 2011. He was predeceased by his wife Sally. He will be remembered and dearly missed by his son Stuart (Lora), daughter Elizabeth (Bob), and grandchildren Andrea, Stephanie, Jessica and Charles. In addition there are the many friends whose lives he touched. Born July 17, 1915 in Cumberland House, SK., he was an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. He grew up appreciating the vastness and beauty of the Canadian prairies and all of its birds and animals. This love of nature turned into a successful film business, Cotter's Wildlife Productions. His films are still enjoyed across Canada today. We will miss you but cherish all the memories of the moments we had you in our lives and you will be forever in our hearts. The family wishes to thank the staff at Deer Lodge T3 for their wonderful care and support you are all exceptional people. A private interment will take place.

 

HMCS FENNEL

DENNISON, Foster Keith (Denny) On December 30th, 2008 Foster Keith Dennison in his 87th year passed away at home in Qualicum Beach, BC. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife Susan (nee MacDonald) of 32 years, his sister Barbara (Kenneth Munroe) of Barrie, Ontario, his brother Ted Johns (Margaret) of Comox, B.C., his sons (of their late mother Margaret) Donald, James and John, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren. He was born on March 26th, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. Denny joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1937 and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic in the ships HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Bittersweet, HMCS St Clair, QO93, HMCS Caribou and HMS Puncher. He came up through the ranks and took his officer training at Kings College, in Halifax, NS. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of sub-lieutenant but remained in the reserve until 1952. Later on he was made Honourary Life Member of the Naval Officers' Association of British Columbia. In March 1946 he joined Lorrie Watch Co thus beginning a career in the jewelry business that lasted 62 years. He moved to Vancouver in 1950 and in 1966 he established his own company Dennison Marketing Limited a wholesale jewelry distributor. As a sideline he imported British made sailboats and yachting equipment and opened a retail outlet known as Dennison Miller Marine. An avid yachtsman, in 1962 he joined the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and in 1993 he was made Honourary Life Member for his dedication in the position of Master Gunner and for forming the Ceremonial Gun Crew made up of enthusiastic young members of the club. In 1996 Denny took over the position of Curator of the Vancouver Naval Museum and Heritage Society located at HMCS Discovery in Stanley Park. He retired as Curator Emeritus in 2008. In October 2004 he was presented with the Maritime Command Commendation in recognition of his exceptional service. An 8 Bells service will be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday February 1, 2009 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Foster Keith Dennison to the Vancouver Naval Museum, Box 43595, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3C7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS BITTERSWEET, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS ST. CLAIR, ML Q093, HMCS CARIBOU

DERBYSHIRE, Stephen William, Lt, CD, RCN - Passed away Sunday, October 10th, 2010, in the Veteran's Memorial Building (VMB), Halifax. Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, March 17th, 1913, he was the son of the late William James Derbyshire and Sarah Hannah (Winterbottom) Derbyshire. In England he was predeceased by sister Thelma (at age seven), and in 2004 by brother Reverend Alan Derbyshire, C.O.E. He is survived by sister-in-law Winnie Derbyshire, nephew Stephen Derbyshire (Celia), grand niece Stephanie Derbyshire, and grand nephew Jonathan Derbyshire; niece Hannah Derbyshire; also cousins Rachel Roy and Stella Tattrie. In Halifax he is survived by his first wife Vivian Haythorn, daughter Stephanie (Derbyshire) Robertson (Allan) and grandchild Rebecca Robertson & great grandchildren Joshua and Julia Honigman; grandchild Stephen Robertson (Amanda) & great grandchildren Annika, Lorien, and Zofia; in Victoria, British Columbia, grandchild Christopher Robertson (Joanne) & great grandchildren Alison, Amelia, and step grandchildren Ian and Nikita Chatwin. In Halifax also, he is survived by his second wife Marguerite Vola (Boyle) Derbyshire, and her children Carole Briand, Russell Boyle (Cathy), Marilyn Boyle, and Terry Boyle. Stephen emigrated to Canada from England and joined the RCN in April, 1938. In November of that year he returned to HMS Vernon in Portsmouth, England. Moving up through electrical positions during his career, he served HMCS Naden, Esquimalt; HMCS Shearwater; HMCS Cornwallis; HMCS Stadacona; HMCS Avalon, NL; Naval Headquarters, Ottawa; and HMS Daedalus, HMS Dipper, HMS Condor, HMS Caroline, and HMCS Niobe (Scotland) in the UK. During the four-year Battle of the Atlantic, he served on HMCS Assiniboine, HMCS Fraser, HMCS Restigouche, and HMCS Warrior. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, the War Medal 1939-1945, and the Canadian Forces Decoration 1951 with First Clasp in 1960. He retired from the Electrical School and the Engineering Division at HMCS Stadacona in March, 1963. Stephen shared many unforgettable, warm and funny memories about his wonderful boyhood in England. He was an avid reader in astronomy, physics, and science, with a telescope for planet- and star-gazing. He was a member of the Shearwater Players, and a skilled amateur photographer, winning awards with his beautiful nature photographs. He loved all animals (rescuing many), gardening, building rock walls, metalwork, woodworking, and hiking and picnicking. Many large cups of strong tea were his mainstay, and he left a wonderful legacy of lots of laughter, a happy and energetic nature, and an intense interest and curiosity about life and knowledge. He was loved and touched by all who knew him. As previously arranged, Stephen donated his body to Dalhousie Medical School for scientific research. A memorial and internment will take place on HMCS Sackville, Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, May 1st, 2011, followed by a reception at 507 Tower Rd., Halifax. For more information, contact Brenda Wallace, 721-8660. Donations in Stephen's memory may be made to the Shearwater Aviation Museum, PO Box 5000, Stn. Main, Shearwater, N.S., B0J 3A0; and/or to the HMCS Sackville, Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, PO Box 99000, Stn. Forces Halifax, N.S., B3K 5X5.

 

HMS VERNON, HMCS NADEN, HMCS SHEARWATER, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS AVALON, HMS DAEDALUS, HMS DIPPER, HMS CONDOR, HMS CAROLINE, HMCS NIOBE, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS FRASER, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

DILLON, Charles, Rear-Admiral - Deceased: October 2002. Rear Admiral Charles Dillon, born in 1912 in Montreal, proudly served his country and the armed forces for 37 years. He is survived by his wife Winsome of 60 years, his two sons Patrick in Ottawa, Timothy of Vancouver, daughter Andrea of Vancouver and granddaughter Emma of Ottawa.

 

Rear-Admiral Charles J. Dillon was born in Montreal on April 27, 1912. At the age of eight, young Charles observed a group of naval vessels steaming up the St. Lawrence River and at that point decided he would become a sailor. He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Naval Cadet on May 5, 1931. What followed was a remarkable 37-year military career as a paymaster, accounting officer and supply officer. Between 1931 and 1939, he completed 24 months of naval training aboard both Canadian and Royal Navy ships. Called to active service on 2 September 1939, RAdm Dillon served during World War II in various shore establishments, at sea aboard HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN (battleship) and HMS NABOB (escort carrier) in the Atlantic, and aboard HMCS PRINCE HENRY (auxiliary cruiser) in the Northern Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He was aboard HMS NABOB on August 22, 1944 in the Barents Sea when she was nearly sunk by a torpedo while returning from a strike against the German battleship, TIRPITZ. NABOB lost 21 men, most of them from the supply branch. Following the war, RAdm Dillon continued his military service, building an esteemed reputation and advancing in rank. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral in July 1962, and was appointed Naval Comptroller and a member of the Naval Board. Having delayed his own retirement in November 1966, RAdm Dillon focused his wealth of experience in the area of finance on an extensive study of the Non-Public Property structure. That study resulted in the establishment of the Canadian Forces Exchange Service (CANEX), along with a thorough overhaul of Non-Public Property policy, which is recorded in what became known as the “Dillon Report”. The Dillon Report has become the foundational document by which all other Non-Public Property policies are based. RAdm Dillon’s legacy lives on today as thousands of Canada’s sailors, soldiers, air personnel and their families continue to benefit from a broad range of Non-Public Property Morale and Welfare programs.

 

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, HMS NABOB, HMCS PRINCE HENRY

DRYSDALE, Jack Allen (29 Oct 1923 - 28 Jun 2009) - passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years Myrtle (Painter) on May 29, 2009; sister Marian (Bob) Billsborough. Survived by daughter Sandy (Ron) Nordby and son Dale; grandsons: Kevin and Darren; granddaughters Carolyn (Aaron) Tuck and Kaitlyn; great-granddaughter Kyra; and brother Ted (Nora). Jack was born and raised in Victoria. He was a loving husband and caregiver to Myrtle. Jack served in the 1st Btn Canadian Scottish Regiment from 1936 to 1940 and was a member of the RCN from 1940-1947, serving the war years on HMC Ships Prince David, Oakville and Nene on the North Atlantic and Murmansk runs. Jack worked for many years for the Victoria School District and upon his retirement he spent many hours playing his guitar and working on his many mecanno projects. A special thank you to the staff at the Lodge at Broadmead for their love and care. If so desired, donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. A graveside service for Jack and Myrtle will be held July 3 at 1:15 at Royal Oak Cemetery. This will be followed by a reception at First Memorial (4725 Falaise) at 2:00. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS OAKVILLE, HMCS NENE

DUBOWSKI, Steve John - was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on December 10, 1922. He enlisted at PT. Arthur at HMCS Griffon and was drafted to HMCS Prince David. At the completion of his training in late 1942, he volunteered to join Combined Operations and served on LCI(L) 118 during the D Day Landings. Although discharged in 1945, he re-enlisted into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 and served on HMC ships Charlottetown, Antigonish and Crescent during her deployment to China prior to the Korean War. Steve was discharged in late 1949. Steve married Nadine Fraser in July, 1956. He passed away August 11, 2013 in Sidney, BC. He is survived by his loving wife, Nadine, three daughters, Stephanie (Jason Walmark) Laurie Anne (Jeremy Martens) Allison (Jim Nelson) Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2 P.M. at First Memorial Funeral Home, 4725 Falaise Drive, in Victoria, BC.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, LCI(L) 118, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS CRESCENT

DUFF, Stewart James - was born on March 12th, 1922 in Swift Current, SK, to Charles and Agnes Duff, the fourth of seven children. He passed away on March 12, 2009, in East Kootenay Regional Hospital with his family present. Stewart was a family man and he cherished the time he spent with his family. He was an avid reader and he loved poetry. Stewart was very active and he loved hiking, biking, skating, swimming, diving, and tai chi. Stewart loved horses and dogs. He was a member of St. George's Masonic Lodge #41 in Kelowna, BC. He delivered Meals-on-Wheels weekly for several years. Stewart grew up in Swift Current and got his education there. At age 15 he joined the 14th Canadian Light Horse and spent the summer training on horseback at Dundurn. In 1942, Stewart volunteered with the RCNVR and served in WWII on four ships; the "Wolf", the Malispina, the HMCS Prince Henry, and sailed the "high seas" on the HMCS Prince David. On December 10, 1944, while in the Mediterranean, the Prince David hit a mine in Piraeus harbour and escaped catastrophe by a hair's breadth. Stewart was a D-Day veteran. After his discharge from the Navy, he served 10 years in RCAF on numerous bases. He was also chosen by NATO forces to serve in Germany on a NATO airbase. He spent three years there with his family. While home on a leave from the Navy in 1945, he met Pearl Beatty and they were married on July 2, 1946. They were married for 62 years. They had 5 children: Rita, Rae, Elaine, Stewart, and Dorothy. Stewart is survived by his loving wife Pearl of Cranbrook, BC; daughters Rita (Jim) Seright of Calgary, AB, Rae (Rick) Hardy of Cranbrook, BC, Elaine (Gerry) Kopetski of Quesnel, BC, and Dorothy (Greg) Boulton of Cranbrook, BC; his son, Stewart Duff of Cochrane, AB; his 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; his brother, Don (Arlene) Duff of White Rock, BC; sisters Ellen (Ellis) Leach of Cambridge, ON, and Dorothy Anning of Swift Current, SK; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Agnes Duff, 2 brothers Charles and Den, and 1 sister Margaret. Stewart. Funeral service was held at McPherson's Funeral Chapel, Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in honour of Stewart to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

 

HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS MALASPINA, HMCS WOLF, HMCS PRINCE DAVID

DYCHA, Steve - 98 years young. Steve was born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents Karol and Felicia Dycha and was a resident of Windsor for 94 years. He passed away on May 10, 2014. Steve was the loving husband of Joan (1994) and the adored father of Victoria and Michael Pocock, Ralph (2012) and Nancy Travenetti, Karol and Dolores Dycha, and Stephen and Teresa Dycha. He was the loving Dziadzio of Sonia and Duane Dauncey, Jon Prieur (1976), Emily and Paul LaBute, Rachael and Rob Myers, Zach Matthews, Addie and Grace Dycha and Celia and Josh Dycha. He was the Great-Dziadzio of Ethan and Tate Dauncey. Steve was brother to Helen Fox and Theo Hamelin and brother-in-law to Bob and Sophie Piec. He was a naval veteran of WWII where he served on the HMCS Puncher. He worked as a millwright at Bendix for forty years. Steve was very proud to be the oldest member of The Royal Canadian Legion – Branch # 255. Steve loved his family, had an inspiring outlook on life and was a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed. If you so desire, donations to RCL Branch # 255 would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Tuesday 3:00-5:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m. Veteran's Memorial Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Service Memorial Committee Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service Wednesday 11:30 a.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd, East Windsor.

 

HMS PUNCHER

EAMES, Howard C. (Howie) (28 Apr 1924 - 17 Oct 2010) - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Howard (Howie) C. Eames, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, April 28, 1924 to Albert and Sadie Eames. Howie was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Hugh and Albert and by his sisters Muriel and Margaret, and survived by his sister Sadie Grossi. He leaves his loving wife Alice (Allie), after 67 years of marriage; sons Harry (Glenda) and Howard (Sherry); daughter Catherine (Ken Ward) and Jean; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Madeleine, his face lit up whenever he saw you!) Howie proudly served his country in World War II as a Leading Stoker 1st Class aboard HMCS Prince David. He, along with his shipmates, was part of the first wave of the D-Day assault. Serving the veterans of that war became a huge priority for him. He was a member of the Chief and PO's Association and of the Royal Canadian Legion (Trafalgar Pro Patria/Branch 292), and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #12). He was the Sick and Visiting Officer for the Chiefs and PO's for the past 14 years. He visited hospitalized veterans in all the hospitals and lodges and nursing homes on Lower Vancouver Island. In the 14 years of this position, he made 17,000+ visits. He was dedicated to making sure those veterans had at least one visitor a week. Howie worked for over 40 years for Macintyre & Harding Ready-mix Company, which later became Trio Ready Mix. He was a square dance caller for 21 years and had the largest gathering of clubs on Lower Vancouver Island. He and his wife Alice also taught round dancing for many years. He was an avid gardener who shared much of his bounty with those less fortunate. He was also a terrific fisherman who fished the waters off Vancouver Island for 30 years. Howie was a person with an extremely good work ethic who always put his family's needs first. He will be missed sorely by all who knew and loved him. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Stephen Sullivan for his compassion. A celebration of Howie's life will take place on Monday, October 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch #242, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria. Flowers gratefully declined. If you wish, a donation may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

EWATSKI, John - Peacefully, on September 15, 2002, John Ewatski, beloved husband of Joyce, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre. John will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by Joyce, his devoted wife of 56 years. Treasuring always memories of a wonderful father are his children, Michael (Kathy), Julie (Ken Odokeychuk), Jack, Jamie (Cheryl), Kathy (Pat Foret) and Johnna (Russell Sangster). Cherishing the love of their grandfather are Michael Jr. (Tracie), Kevin (Tamara), Krista and Taylor, Tim and Alana, Tracy (Derek Smith), Jess and Josh, Laura and Claire, Jason (Doreen) and Jesse. Brett and baby Teagan are precious great-grandchildren. Johns sister Lee (Andy Opitz) and brother Joe (Louise) will miss their devoted brother. Sister-in-law Nellie Ostaffi and brother-in-law Derek Hill will miss Johns love and friendship. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, neighbours and a host of friends. John was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary; his brothers, Bill, Metro, Peter and Fred; and his sisters, Ann and Mary. Dad was born in Winnipeg on November 25, 1924 and lived his entire life in the north end. He proudly served his country during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMS Puncher. Dad took great pride in being an Atlantic Star recipient and being commended by both the Canadian and Russian governments for humanitarian efforts. Johnny returned home to marry his sweetheart Joyce and begin their life together. Dad worked hard all his life. His career with the CPR spanned over 30 years with his retirement in November 1984 from the position of car foreman at Weston Shops. He was an active and longtime member of the parish of St. John Cantius. Over the years he served his faith community in many aspects of parish life - always being available for any task that needed to be done. He extended his service to his church as a lay Oblate of St. Benedict, maintaining close ties to the Benedictine Order. Dad was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, St. John Council No. 5369. He was privileged to serve several terms as Grand Knight, always working hard supporting the mandate of the Knights. In recent years, dad renewed his ties with Legion 141 and enjoyed the activities and friendships this association afforded him. Community involvement was always important to John and he was respected for his talents, his integrity and his honesty. He served his God and his community well. Dad was most happy when he was sharing his time with Joyce and his family. Mom and dad were fortunate to take many trips together and worked side-by-side making our home one that was always welcoming and filled with love. Preparing for all our special family times and making sure that all the details were attended to was of utmost importance to Dad. He always did his best for his family. He supported mom and us in all our endeavours. His unwavering interest, support, encouragement and practical help allowed us to become the best we could be. He was our hero, our greatest fan he will continue to always be the wind beneath our wings. Dads life will be celebrated during Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church, 846 Burrows Ave. with his friend and pastor Rev. Fr. Henryk Uczniak officiating. He will be laid to rest in the cemetery at St. Benedicts Monastery immediately following the service, with his grandsons serving as pallbearers and granddaughters as honorary pallbearers. Joyce and the family acknowledge and will be forever grateful for the efforts of and the care shown by the City of Winnipeg Fire Paramedics and Winnipeg Police Service District 3 officers. We express our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses and attendants of the MICU and B3 Ward of the Health Sciences Centre. You treated John with the utmost respect as you cared for him and we are grateful for your genuine concern for both him and our family. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the St. Benedicts Foundation, 225 Masters Ave., Winnipeg, MB R4A 2A1 in memory of John would be gratefully appreciated.

 

HMS PUNCHER

EWING, George John - Born in Powell River November 8, 1921 peacefully passed away May 23 at Burnaby Hospital with his friend Gayle by his side. George served his country in WWII in the Navy aboard the HMCS NABOB. He took early retirement from the Grain Elevators and spent his winters in sunny Mesa, Arizona. George is missed by his cousin Robert Davies. George had a wonderful sense of humour and a very kind heart. Join us to say farewell to George Saturday June 7th at 2-4pm Amica at Rideau Manor, 1850 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby.

 

HMS NABOB

FAIRNEY, Daniel Hugh - Died peacefully at his residence with his wife Janice by his side on 18th September. Daniel Hugh Fairney of Chamcook, NB, was born in Cardiff Wales. He was the son of the late George William & Amelia (Myles) Fairney. As a young man Daniel trained as an engineer, enrolling in an apprenticeship with James Howells in Cardiff Wales. At the age of 20 he accepted a position with the Cunard White Star Line as a Junior Engineer Officer. After his 6 months training period in Liverpool England, he then sailed on several ships of that line; including the Queen Mary. As the Cunard White Star Line carried the Royal Mail, a percentage of the crew and Officers had to be members of Royal Navy Reserves. Therefore, at the onset of World War II, he was a member of the Royal Navy. After serving on two Royal Navy ships, he was seconded to the Royal Canadian Navy. He served in the Pacific Ocean patrolling the Aleutian Islands and in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting the Merchant Ship convoys between Halifax and Briton. Every trip his ship would stop at St John’s, Newfoundland, to pick up new engineering recruits and during the return trip to the UK he had to train them so that they would be ready to serve on another Royal Canadian ship on their return to Halifax. While serving on HMCS Kootenay, the ship and crew played their part in ensuring the success of the D-Day Landings. They had to ensure that no German submarines could enter the English Channel. After the war he rejoined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Lieutenant-Commander (E). His first duty was as Engineer Officer on the trip to return the HMCS Warrior to Southampton England, as the aircraft carrier had been on loan to the Canadian Navy. In 1953 he was decorated with the Canadian Defence Medal and the following year he was given the rank of Commander (E). He spent most of his remaining years with the Royal Canadian Navy at on-shore bases, in various positions, such as Command Technical Officer and Command Engineering Officer. During this time he was given command of the HMCS Cape Breton, an apprentice training ship in Halifax. The apprentices were involved with a team building exercise that gave birth to the RCN’ first pipe band, which participated in the celebration to open the causeway to Cape Breton. While based in Halifax, Daniel and his first wife Kathleen where the founding family of a school that would become Halifax Grammar School. He went to sea one more time on HMCS Labrador, 1956-57 on an expedition to the Canadian Arctic, where, as a part of the ship’s crew; they were responsible for navigating and mapping for the first time, the trip from west to east through the Northwest Passage. He was honourably released in 1966. Shortly afterwards he was employed by the Department of National Defense as Director of the Auxiliary Fleet, charged with overseeing the patrol vessels, tug boats, fireboats and other vessels used by the Royal Canadian Navy on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He retired in 1981 to Chamcook to build a home on property bought in 1967. While residing in Chamcook Daniel was asked to serve as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the possible formation of a Local Service District in Chamcook. Then he served as the first chairman of the Chamcook Local Service District. Daniel also served on the committee to establish the construction of the Memorial Wall of the St. John the Baptist Chapel of Ease in Chamcook. He was also involved with the former Saint John Frigate Program as a consultant. Surviving in addition to his wife Janice are his children: 2 sons Hugh of Cambridge, Ont, Thomas (Lisa) of Chilliwack, BC and stepson Calum Lee of Keswick Ridge, NB, 3 grandchildren, Kayley, Nicholas and Michelle, 2 step grandchildren Hunter and Carter, and many nieces and nephews. Daniel was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by his daughter Susan, his first wife Kathleen, and his brothers and sisters, William, Maude, Dorothy, Queenie, Betty, Edwin, Molly, Arthur, Joan, Anthony, John, and Nadia. By Daniel’s request there will be no visitation. Cremation will take place followed by a memorial service in celebration of his life to be held at St. John the Baptist Chapel of Ease in Chamcook on October, 15th, 2011 at 11 a.m. Canon John Matheson will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the service at the family home: 204 Glebe Road, Chamcook. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Extra Mural Program, St Stephen & St George, and CNIB and Charlotte County Archives.

 

HMCS CARAQUET, HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS CAPE BRETON, HMCS LABRADOR

FEARON, William Henry (Hal) (1922-2007) - Died peacefully at the Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre in Edmonton on February 16, 2007. Hal, son of William and Gwendolyne (both deceased) was greatly beloved by his wife of 59 years, May (a native Dundonian) and sons Peter (Sandy), Brian (Debbie) and daughter Donna (Brian) and his four grandchildren Kristy, Steven, Kyle and Chelsea. Hal was born, raised, and educated in Edmonton. He joined the Canadian Air Force in 1942, received his wings in 1943 and instructed in the Air Force until 1945 when he joined the British Navy as a pilot. He then received naval aviation training (in the UK) until returning to Canada with our first aircraft carrier, HMCS Warrior. Subsequently he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as a lieutenant in 1946 and served in various capacities until his retirement as Commander in 1970. He commenced employment at the University of Alberta in 1971 and worked in the Faculty and Departments of Medicine until his ultimate retirement in 1983. A Funeral Service will take place Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204 Fort Road with cremation to follow. A light luncheon will be served afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

FICK, Walter Clarence - passed away peacefully at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Hospital, Calgary, AB on October 18, 1999 after a lengthy illness. Walter was born February 9, 1919 in Winnipeg, MB where he grew up and resided most of his life. He was a prairie boy who served his country for six years in the Royal Canadian Navy as Signal Man aboard the HMCS Saskatchewan; HMCS Prince David and the HMCS Dunvegan. Following the war, he began his 35 year career with Canadian Pacific Railways Weston Shops in Winnipeg and Ogden Shops in Calgary. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Rhona and Doug Lailey of Springbank, AB; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Loren and Bruce Irvine of Chester, England; granddaughter Dayna Lailey and grandson Ryan Lailey, both of Calgary; brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Grace Fick of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his wife Marguerite (Bullard) in 1992, his father Ernest in 1975 and his mother Polly in 1948. In keeping with Walters wishes, following Cremation, a Graveside interment will be held on Saturday, October 23 in Carberry, MB at 1:30 p.m., where he will rest with his beloved Marguerite, Forever In His Garden. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to The Naval Museum of Winnipeg, Manitoba. We, the family would like to thank all the staff, especially Unit 2AB, at the Colonel Belcher who cared so kindly for Walter. All his special Dana Village visitors, Mary, Stu, Paul, Bella, Nora and Alice, his life-long wonderful Winnipeg friends, Ray and Madge Burwash, Anne and Bob Peggie. Your constant support in so many thoughtful ways will never be forgotten.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS DUNVEGAN, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN

FOCHUK, William Ellesworth (Bill) (19 Nov 1927 - 04 Feb 2012) - beloved husband of Mary Fochuk of 50 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer at home on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the age of 84 years. Bill was born and raised in Calgary and attended Riverside and Langevin Schools. Bill had a lengthy 34 year military career, which started in the Navy on board the HMCS Warrior during WWII. He transferred to the Air Force after the war which took him to several worldwide destinations including a Nobel Peace Prize Awarded tour in Egypt with the UN in 1958-1959. Other destinations include Marville, France and Lahr, Germany as well as twelve other military bases. Bill was an avid Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan. Every night was Hockey Night in Canada in the Fochuk home and Saturday night was Lawrence Welk. Bill was a friend to everyone and everybody who met Bill loved him. His sense of humour and generosity (beers in the fridge) was what really made him so well liked. Besides his loving wife Mary, Bill is survived by his four children, Gary (Lynn), Daryl (Diana), Cheryl (Blair) Hitchings and Chris; seven grandchildren, Randi, Taylor, Will, Caytie, Megan, Sara and Ryley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents Fred and Annie; his sisters, Helen, Pearl and Eileen; and his brother Fred. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the "Chapel of the Bells" McInnis & Halloway Funeral Homes (2720 Centre Street North) Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Memorial Services will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 - 19 Street N.W.) on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . Special thanks to Bill's Palliative Care Nurses Wanda, Jackie, Joanna, Karen, Daylyn, Dorothy, who made him comfortable till his passing and all the caregivers from Rivera Home Health. If friends so desire donations can be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. In living memory of William Fochuk, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

FORD, Donald Eugene - After a courageous battle against many illnesses Don passed away on April 12, 2012 at Kingston General Hospital at the age of 89. Don was born in St. Thomas to Earle Henson Ford of Elgin county and Hazel Olive Small of St. Thomas. Don is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Gladys Ford of Kingston, his son Wayne Ford, wife Sharon Smith, his daughter Debbie Ford, husband Martin Caron, his four grandchildren Christopher, Marc-Andre, Jaymie and Justin, his brother John Ford, wife Edna and niece Beverly. Don is predeceased by his brother Lawrence (killed in Holland during WW II) and by his son Donald Ford. Don, a veteran, proudly remembered his time serving on the HMS Puncher, an aircraft carrier during World War II. After spending over twenty years in Stratford, Don moved his family to Kingston to become a teacher. As a teacher at KCVI he often recalled the projects he had his students do and took great pride in their accomplishments. In his later years he loved his dogs. It was often said by people who knew them that Don and Gladys treated their dogs so well people wanted to come back as the Ford’s dog. Don and his family would like to thank all the doctors and staff on Connell 9 and 10 of the KGH for their outstanding care and communication. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UHKF (Cancer Centre of SE ON at KGH). Resting at the James Reid Funeral Home (1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston 613-544-3411) on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm, followed by the interment at Cataraqui Cemetery.

 

HMS PUNCHER

FREILL, Gerald George (Jake), Cdr, RCN - The family sadly announces the passing of Jake Freill at the age of 79. Jake attended RMC in 1952 which led to a successful career in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years where he was given the command of three destroyers. He then enjoyed a second career as Vice President of the National Sport and Recreation Center. In his retirement years, Jake led an active lifestyle with his wife of 56 years that included golf in summer and downhill skiing in winter. He was recently presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his extensive volunteer work. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and died peacefully May 1, 2013, with his wife by his side. Beloved husband of Leonne Freill (Daoust). Loving father of Shirley (Jacques Lacourciere), Michael (Dawn), Barry (Dawn-Lynn), Peter (Tracey) and Norman (Ilona). Proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dear brother of Eileen, Marion, Pauline, Sheila and Howard. Predeceased by his parents George and Elvine, his brother Ronald and his sister Audrey. Friends and family are invited to visit Beechwood Cemetery & Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A mass in memory of Jake will be celebrated Thursday May 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1758 Alta Vista Drive, at 11am followed by inurnment with Military Honours at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCSC Education Foundation, www.canadianseacadetscholarships.ca.

 

HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ST. LAURENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE

GARDNER, William Cooper (Bill) - Peacefully on November 20, 2003, William (Bill) Cooper Gardner, Q.C., passed away at Grace Hospital. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory his beloved wife of 56 years, Laura; their children, William, Anne (Ted Holekamp) and Michael (Lynn) grandchildren, Will, Rachael and Leah Gardner, Simon and Mikey Holekamp and Ben Gardner; sister-in-law Lois Fraser; and many nieces and nephews. His continuing presence will be missed by all. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. William Arthur Gardner; and sister Betty. Bill was educated at Ravenscourt and University of Manitoba, graduating in law in 1950. He was a partner at Johnston Jessiman Gardner and Twaddle and then at Pitblado & Hoskin. He was counsel to the Public Utilities Board for many years. His main interest outside law was with the Winnipeg General Hospital, later the Health Sciences Centre, where he served as Board Member and Chairman. He was the founding Chairman of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and valued his long association with the facility. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in the fall of 1940 at the age of 18. His first assignment was to the British Armed Merchant Cruiser, HMS Rajputana, which was torpedoed and sunk in the Denmark Strait on Easter Sunday 1941. He then served on HMCS Prince David, and went on to captain an LCI, landing troops on Juno Beach on D-Day. He finished his naval service doing convoy duty on HMCS Cobalt, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Bill dearly loved playing golf and squash and being with his many friends who shared the games with him. He was a member of St. Charles Country Club where he served as President and Club Captain, the Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Winter Club and St. Georges Anglican Church. He loved his summers at Minaki, ON and enjoyed interacting with the many young people who were always around. Many thanks to all of you who faithfully visited him in Deer Lodge and Grace Hospital and especially, of course, Duncan. Many thanks as well to the staff and doctors of Deer Lodge and Grace Hospital for their care. Should friends so desire, they could make a contribution in Bills name to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, MS7, 820 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg MB R3A 1R9, or the St. Georges Memorial Fund, 168 Wilton St., Winnipeg MB R3M 3C3. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 25, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Georges Crescentwood Anglican Church, 168 Wilton.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS COBALT

GEDDES, William Leslie - On Sunday, November 16, 2003, in his 78th year passed away quietly at Mount Sinai Hospital with his adoring family at his side. His wife Bonnie Geddes (nee Kirkpatrick) the love of his life, daughters Tammi and husband Wayne Stilwell, Debbi and husband Stephan Holtze, son Scott Herrington and wife Cathy. Much loved, bragged about, cared about grandchildren Ryan & Kirk Stilwell, Katelyn a& Janyn Holtze and Alexandra & Joshua Herrington. Les served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1961, Chief Boson,, HMCS Athabascan, HMCS Haida, HMCS Prince David. Fought in the Korean War 1953-1955. Long time Real Estate agent in North York and surrounding areas. Most recently with Norman Hill Real Estate. Les enjoyed life and had a great one. We're going to miss him. 'Sweet dreams my love'. Cremation has taken place. Visitation is from 7 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday, November 18 at R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Memorial Service will be held at R.S. Kane Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 19 at 1:00 pm. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS HAIDA, HMCS ATHABASKAN

HAINSWORTH, John (Laurie) (01 Aug 1921 - 01 Jul 2014) - beloved husband of Shirley of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the age of 92 years. Laurie, the second son of Robert and Rebecca, was born in a little log house on the family farm near Lacombe, AB. The good family doctor drove out the ten miles of dirt roads to take care of the delivery. Like most farm kids of those days, Laurie's education began in a one room country schoolhouse with one teacher looking after all the grades from one to eight. He went into Lacombe for his high school and immediately following graduation, began a forty-four year career with the Royal Bank, retiring in 1981. He worked an additional eight years with them later in retirement on special assignments. During his lengthy career, he broadened his knowledge on banking and finance through Queen's University and earned a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. In his retirement years, he also worked with the Federal Business Development Bank, assisting small businesses in financial matters. In the early war years, prior to enlisting in the RCNVR in January 1941, he trained during evenings with the Second Battalion Edmonton Fusiliers. After basic Naval training as a signalman, he served for a year and a half in a Corvette, HMCS Brandon on the mid Atlantic convoy routes to the UK and also briefly in the Mediterranean during the North African campaign. He was then recommended for officer training, and following graduation, he served briefly with the peacetime Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in HMCS Provost London Ontario. Trained as a Fighter Direction Officer, he served aboard the cruiser HMCS Uganda and the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior before coming ashore for the last time June 30, 1946. He and Shirley Turner married the following week in her home community along the Eastern shore in Nova Scotia. They came to Alberta where he resumed his banking career, where he served in Lacombe, Brooks, Medicine Hat and Calgary AB, Vancouver, BC, and Sudbury, ON. Laurie was a keen fly fisherman and was also a long time Canadian Football fan and season ticket holder in Calgary and Vancouver. In later years, he found great pleasure researching family history, getting back to his ancestry of the early 1700s. He also enjoyed painting and volunteer work in the Naval Museum of Alberta, the Arthritis Society and the United Church. Besides his dear wife Shirley of sixty-eight years, Laurie leaves to mourn his son Barry (Joan) of Bearberry, AB; daughters Lynn of Saskatoon, SK and Valerie (Joe Natale) of Sudbury, ON; and granddaughter Alexa (Cameron) of Saskatoon, SK. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Halloway's Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) today, July 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Laurie Hainsworth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS BRANDON, HMCS UGANDA

HARRIS, William (Bill) - of Desert Cove, Vernon passed away March 10, 2003 at age 79 after a long battle with degenerative kidney disease. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty, 2 daughters Beverley (Bassano, Alta.) and Brenda (Maple Ridge, B.C.), 2 grandchildren, Nicole and David, 1 sister Beverly Beauvais, and nephews Tim, Wayne, Roy and Teddy. We would also like to include all his friends from B.C. Tel (Telus) where he worked for 38 years and retired from 20 years ago in Abbotsford. Bill joined the Navy during the war and was a survivor of the H.M.C.S. Nabob which was torpedoed off the coast of Norway. After the war Bill, being an exceptional athlete, joined lacrosse where he played mostly in the uniform of the Vancouver Burrards, who won the prestigious Mann Cup in 1945 and 1949. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster on October 14, 1978. Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed his years playing with his American and B.C. Telephone friends. He was a member of the Army and Navy Club in Vernon and special thanks to all who made his Saturdays at the Meat Draw one of his (and his daughters) favorite pastimes. The family would like to thank Dr. Pritchett and all the nurses on the 3rd floor East of Vernon Jubilee Hospital for making his last days with us as comfortable as possible. There will be no funeral or memorial service, as these were his wishes, so to all his friends, we hope that you will say your goodbyes in your own special way. Bill was a very special man, a good husband, father and grandfather to his family and an exceptional friend to the great many people he called friends. We will miss you dear man but you will remain in our hearts forever.

 

HMS NABOB

HENRY, Philip (Phil), LCdr, RCN (20 Jan 1922 - 29 Jan 2006) - "Gone to Fiddler's Green" It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of our love, mentor, and friend, Philip Henry. Born to a handsome Irish father and adventurous Scottish mother, Philip began his naval career as a young boy paddling rafts down the Bow River in Calgary. At the age of 16, he traveled to England and spent two years on the naval training vessel, HMS Conway. During World War II, Philip served as Lieutenant Commander on HMCS Prince David, serving in four theatres of war, including the D-Day landing at Juno Beach. After the war, Philip returned to Calgary and joined Alberta Government Telephones as a lineman. In 1954, he was recalled by the Royal Canadian Navy to head the Bomb Disposal Unit in Esquimalt, B.C. In 1956, he returned to Alberta and resumed his employment with Alberta Government Telephones, setting up the Security Department in Edmonton in 1962. He advanced through several higher positions within AGT before his retirement in 1979. In recent years, Philip was a member of the Probus Club and served a one-year term as President. A gentleman and a scholar, Philip was truly larger than life. Blessed with good looks, a commanding physical presence, and a rapier-sharp wit, Philip had a remarkable life. His keen sense of humour, his prodigious storytelling and his ability, even late in life, to recite from memory long passages from The Iliad were legendary. Philip lived life to the fullest and those who were lucky enough to cross his path were forever enriched. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. Philip is survived by his loving family: wife Tillie; daughter Barbara (David) Barrett of Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, and their son Robert; son Philip (Francoise) Henry of Vegreville, Alberta and their sons Brett and Keith; and son James (Sharon) Henry. Philip will also be sorely missed by his extended family: Andy Laskiwsky and his son Pax; Orest Laskiwsky; and Diane (Lionel) Milette and their family: Matthew (Marisha) Milette and their baby Nathalie, Nicholas, and Katrina Milette. Philip was predeceased by his sons Robert Henry and Alan Henry, his sister Cora Keats, and Margaret Henry, the mother of his children. Cremation has taken place. It was Philip's wish that his ashes be cast into the ocean for his final journey to Fiddler's Green. A Memorial Service will be held at Appel Funeral Home, Central Memorial Chapel, 10530 - 116th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us in celebration of Philip's life. " with silent questioning mind, I've slipped through the blue untrespassed serenity of the heavenly sea, Raised up my face and felt the cool embrace of God." (from Descent by Robert Gwalchmai, Clearance Diver Officer, Canadian Navy)

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

HERON, William Carlton - 76, of Halifax, died Sunday, Feb. 21 in Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Born in Westville, Pictou County, he was a son of the late Robert and Anna (Fraser) Heron. He was a veteran of the Second World War and served on HMCS Restigouche. He was a retired employee of Camp Hill Hospital. He is survived by his wife, the former Sybil Magnus; a sister. Funeral will be held in Snow's Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Halifax, Wednesday (today), Feb. 24, Rev. Vernon Cluett officiating. Cremation will follow. (The Pictou Advocate 24 Feb 1988)

 

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE

HEWITT, Wilbert Harold - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Dr. Wilbert Harold "Doc " Hewitt on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at the age of 86. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Agnes; his children, Glen (Leslie), Cary (Sharon), Lyle (Sue) and Joy (Peter); his brother, Leslie and sister Jean; his nine grandchildren, Robert and Brian (Glen); Michael and Kelsey (Cary); Conrad, Griffin and Declan (Lyle); Saige and Grace (Joy); and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father, Norman; mother Florence; first wife, Loreen; brother, Victor and sister, Madeline. "Doc " was born, raised and lived almost his entire life in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. He married Loreen Atkinson of Unity in 1942. He served as a sergeant in the Canadian Dental Corps during World War II. During his duty he survived the torpedoing of the HMCS Nabob. Following graduation from the University of Alberta, he established his dental practice in Carlyle in 1950. After the passing of Loreen, he married Agnes Buhr of Winnipeg in 1963. He was a leader and founder in his community. He was a pioneer in his field, having patented a design for hypoallergenic dentures. In 2000, he was honoured by the Saskatchewan Dental Association with his 50 year service pin and life membership. He was, in his heart of hearts, an outdoorsman who loved all sorts of hunting, trapping and foraging. His supreme passion was fishing, for which he was famous. After a brief illness, he passed away peacefully from heart failure in the Regina General Hospital surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at Carlyle United Church on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Ducks Unlimited. To all of us who loved him he will be dearly missed. Paragon Funeral Services entrusted with the arrangements.

 

HMS NABOB

HUDDLESTON, Lorne (02 Feb 1928 - 02 Dec 2013) - Lorne passed away peacefully on December 2, 2013 at Duncan Hospital. Lorne, the son of Harry and Maude Huddleston, was born in Trail, B.C. He spent his school years in Trail and Castlegar. At the age of 17, he volunteered for 5 years Naval Service. He completed basic training as Stoker 2nd class and also earned his Watch Keeping Ticket serving on HMCS Charlottetown, Warrior, Rockcliffe, and Antigonish. Following his naval service, Lorne worked in HMC Dockyard for 5 years in the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Shop. He then moved to South Cooking Lake where his grandparents had homesteaded and worked for the Alberta Government in Edmonton. Returning to the Island, he settled in Honeymoon Bay and had several jobs before becoming a custodian for the local school district. He worked at Stanley Gordon Elementary and LCSS until he retired. Lorne was a proud member of Legion Branch #210 and the Elks Club in Lake Cowichan. In his retirement, he enjoyed travelling to Mexico, England, Spain, Hong Kong, and South Africa as well as day trips with the Arbutus Travel Club in Duncan. He also enjoyed activities at the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre especially when there was music involved. Lorne was predeceased by his brother Art and his sister Faith. He is survived by his brother-in-law Stan, his nephews Stan (Joanne) and Curt (Zoe ), his nieces Vivian and Barb (Doug) and many great-nephews and great-nieces. He will also be missed by his many close friends and neighbors in Honeymoon Bay and Lake Cowichan. His family appreciates the loyal support and care they have given to Lorne especially in the last few years. In memory of Lorne, donations to the BC Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 375 Brae Road, Duncan, B.C. Reception will follow.

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS ANTIGONISH, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, HMCS ROCKCLIFFE

HUGH, Linden (19 Oct 1926, Winnipeg, MB - 25 Jun 2014, Red Deer, AB) - It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, granddad, and great-granddad Hugh. He will be fondly remembered by the ones he loved deeply for his keen mind, quick wits, and gentle demeanor. Hugh had a passion for reading every book within reach, cooking, traveling, and then afterwards falling into a chair with another book. Hugh had a sense of humor unparalleled to any of his peers, and would do so with great big smile. He possessed a very engaging personality, was patient, non-judgmental and loved to teach and discuss with everyone about everything. We will dearly miss his wonderful history lessons, enchanting discussions and his love of good books. Granddad, uncle, brother-in- law, father and husband, he will always be remembered as a caring and loving (gentle) man. The story begins with the heralding of Hugh's birth in Winnipeg, MB on October 19, 1926 to Hugh and Mabel Linden. Hugh joined the Navy in 1944 and was stationed in Scotland serving on the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior (R3). After the war he went to University of British Columbia where he met and married the love of his life Margaret Green. Hugh then reenlisted in the air force as an aircraft mechanic in 1954 until he retired in 1968. After his retirement he returned to Calgary to become a Sales Engineer for EC&M. Hugh and Margaret also owned and operated "Deep Sea Fish and Chips" restaurant. When finally retired, He and his wife loved to travel through Europe, Hawaii and most notably driving their RV to Hemet, California. Hugh is lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years Margaret; father of three children; Kent (Ellen) Linden, Shelley (Dwayne) Elson, Elizabeth (Ernie) Pucci; a proud granddad to 5 grandchildren Leane Elson (Glenn) Murray, whom predeceased her granddad on January 12, 2014, Dayna (Greg) Pimm, Michael (Tammy) Elson, David Elson and Anthony Pucci; he was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren Andrew, Erin, Gage, Joshua, Zachary, Wyatt and little Isabella. He also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews. Left to mourn his beloved sisters-in-law Sheila Linden, Elsie Brooks, Grace Green and brother-in-law Dr. Clement Elshout. He was predeceased by his mother Mabel Wyatt; his father Hugh Linden; brothers Robert Linden; sister Yvonne Elshout. The family would like to thank Inglewood Symphony and Aspen Ridge Symphony of Red Deer for their devoted care. We would also like to thank the Red Deer Home Care for their excellent care and help. As per Hugh's request there is to be no funeral (because he never wanted to be fussed over). As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made in Hugh's name to the Charity of your own heart. Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

JAMES, William Stanley Gordon (Stan) - Passed away October 9, 2009. Stan was born April 5, 1919 in Victoria. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy (nee Groom). They were married for 57 ½ years. He is also predeceased by his father in 1928 and his mother, Margaret in 1940. He is remembered by eldest son, Gordon; his wife, Cecilia and their daughters, Jennifer Keung and Jessica, along with her husband, Mathew Baker. He is also remembered by his youngest son, Richard and his wife, Judy and their families. He is predeceased by his sister, Vera Doherty of Calgary. His sister leaves one son Barry, wife Merle, along with grandson, Dean and son, Brady and granddaughter, Denica along with her husband, Claire Crosbie and her daughter, Taylor Margaret and son, Kyle. Stan leaves cousins, Bunny Henderson and Ken and Carol James. He is predeceased by nephews, Rick and Dennis James. He is remembered by Peggy’s sister, Dorothy Lemon and her children, Peter and wife, Gloria and their children of Nanaimo, BC. He is predeceased by his wonderful niece, Jennifer (Jenny) and remembered by her children, Daniel and Tara. Stan was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy (when it was still known as “Royal”). He joined the navy in July 15, 1940 and married Peggy on October 8, 1941. He retired on July 15, 1965 after 25 years of service. He served on both Canadian coasts after joining the navy here in Victoria, BC. He served with the crew of the commissioned HMCS Prince David January 5, 1941 and assigned from HMS Malabar Bermuda in the Atlantic Patrol and Convoy duties. His second commission was on the same ship in Esquimalt which was converted to LCI for D-Day invasion in southern France. He took part in the liberation of Greece and returned the Prime Minister, heads of state and Cabinet to Piareas. His peace time service includes tours on Frigates, Corvette HMCS Dawson in 1950 and the HMCS Cayuga on the first trip to Korea. He is a long time member of the retired Chiefs and Petty Officer Association (Esquimalt) and volunteered with them for many years. Stan began a second career as bar manager at the Uplands Golf Club. He was famous for his finely crafted wooden hearts golf trophies and the famous “Ruby Putter” for the Heart Fund Tournament. He created many lovely trophies for various events including the “Plumbies and Schoolies” golf tournament. He retired after 19 years at the golf club but continued to create trophies and support their charitable events. Later Stan also volunteered with the ALS Society. Stan was athletic, outgoing and will be remembered for his many and enduring friendships. He had an amazing memory for faces, names and naval stories.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS DAWSON, HMCS CAYUGA

KALICHACK, Anthony, LCdr - It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our dear father on March 21, 2004. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years Margaret; daughters, Frances (Kazik), Theo (Tom); son, Tom (Laurie); and grandchildren, Tia, Rhea, Devin and Isis and great-granddaughter Danni; sisters, Lillian (Howard) Hunter and Elizabeth (Sidney) Astle (Toronto); sisters-in-law; Trudy Wolfe (Winnipeg) and Eleanor Kalichack (Dauphin); Special nieces Carol and Linda and nephew Barry; predeceased by his parents, brothers, Adam, Albert and Edmund and sister Rose.

 

HMS NABOB

KAUFMAN, James Oscar - In his 89th year, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2012. Jim was the beloved husband of Elsie (nee Machel) for 63 years. Cherished father of Jim and his wife Maureen of Niagara-on- the-Lake, Jon and his wife Judy of Waterloo, Janice and her husband David Henshaw of Charlotte, North Carolina and Susan and her husband John Dickson of St. Catharines. Loving and caring Poppa to Jimmy, Kristian (Sheri), Jennifer (Alex), Kristin (Paul), Kaitlin (Ryan), Alexandra, Russell (Jackie), David and Ben. Beloved Great-Poppa to Carson, Victoria, Josh, Aaliyah, Kalayla, Evan and Kaia. Predeceased by his parents Oscar and Paula (nee Huras); Elsie's parents Amelia (nee Schroeder) and Gustav Machel; his sister-in-law Jean Kaufman, and his brothers-in-law Wilf Butler and Art Machel. Jim will be missed by his brothers Ken and his wife Elsie of Kitchener, Doug and his wife Lorry of Brampton, and sisters Catherine Butler of Toronto, Joan and her husband John Douglas of Stratford and Sandra Kaufman of Toronto. Jim will be fondly remembered by in-laws Norm and Bonnie Machel, Hilda and Bob Fisher of Kitchener and Heather Machel of Cambridge, and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. Jim dedicated his life to the betterment of his family, church and community. He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy as Chief Petty Officer on H.M.C.S. Prince David during WWII and participated in D-Day. After the war, he worked as a tool and die maker in Kitchener. Jim enjoyed a successful career with Kenmore Construction, which he founded in 1955. He was a past president of the Niagara Home Builders' Association and a long standing member of Christ Lutheran Church. He received an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree from Brock University in 1997 in recognition of his dedication to the University, to Concordia Lutheran Seminary and to the Niagara community. Jim served on the boards of Lutherwood Village for Youth (Waterloo) and Luther Manor for Seniors. He enjoyed countless summer days on the shores of Red Bay, watching sunsets, fishing, golfing and sailing to his heart's content. Jim lived life to the fullest and will always be remembered by the many lives he touched with his kindness, generosity and sense of humour. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who cared for Jim over the years. Special thanks to Dr. Roger Rose for his tireless dedication and kindness, Levi Hearn, Sandra and staff at Sandra's Home Health Care, and to the staff of Royal Henley Retirement Residence and Pioneer Elder Care. Family will receive friends at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Cartlon Street on Tuesday October 16, 2012 between 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral Service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 140 Russell Avenue on Wednesday October 17, 2012 at 11am with burial to follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. In kindness, donations may be made in Jim's memory to Christ Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran Seminary or the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

KEELER, Morton, CPO, RCNVR, RCN (died: 1995) - Mention in Despatches - RCN ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 05 Jan 1946 and London Gazette of 01 Jan 1946. Home: Louisburg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. KEELER. Morton Harry, 4308, CPO, RCN, MID~[5.1.46] "For cheerfulness, efficiency and devotion to duty. This rating has served over three years in the Atlantic. His splendid example has had a marked effect on the men working with him."

 

Click here to read an article on Morton Keeler from the CROWSNEST magazine

 

HMCS ORANGEVILLE, HMCS TRILLIUM, HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS NOOTKA, HMCS PROTECTOR, HMCS SCOTIAN, HMCS IROQUOIS,, HMCS SHEARWATER, HMS SEABORNE, HMS LORING

KRAFT, Alexander Isaac - It is with very sad hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. Alexander Isaac Kraft, age 85 years, resident of Thunder Bay. Alex passed away suddenly on the evening of Friday January 8th, 2010, in the loving company of his daughter Joan. Alex was born and raised in Port Arthur; his early days as a Vindictive Sea Cadet filled him with a deep appreciation of the open water, boats and ships that remained with him throughout his life. Alex saw active duty in the Pacific during World War Two serving on the HMCS Uganda. In his early years, Alex worked at the Port Arthur Shipyards; after the war, Alex went to Kitchener where he met the love of his life, Gloria Baechler. The two married and returned to Port Arthur. Alex retired from the Canadian Grain Commission in 1983. Alex enjoyed the outdoors, especially time spent at his camp that he built and later at his daughter's camp on Lake Superior. Alex was a talented handyman and cook; he enjoyed reading and conversing on a wide range of topics. He especially enjoyed time with his chums for their daily coffee ritual at McDonalds. Alex loved travel, from the simplistic car ride to more adventurous trips planned by his daughter Karen. Alex was an active member of Knox United Church, 55-Plus, and The Royal Canadian Naval Association. Alex was predeceased by his wife Gloria who was always in his heart and thoughts. Independent, and resilient, Alex remains an inspiration to his daughters Karen Kraft Sloan (Tod), Joan Kraft-Bietz (Alan), and Alexandra Kraft-Willson (Don). He was an adoring Poppa to Jessica, Patrick (Rebecca); Kyle, Curtis; Tyler, Emily and Cameron. Alex was the last surviving child of Emma and William Kraft; he is predeceased by his parents, sisters Hilja, Anne, and Ida, and brothers Bill and Bob. He is survived by several beloved nieces and nephews. To the end, our father fought for life and his independence. His family was the most important thing in his life. His caring and concern was lovingly demonstrated up to his final moments. And in keeping with his love for life, minutes before he passed, he had asked the question, "So, what are we doing tomorrow?" Funeral Services for the late Alexander Kraft will be held on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Knox United Church, 1 Shuniah Street, officiated by Rev. David Silliman. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the time of Service at the church. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Alex's memory to the Emma and William Kraft Memorial (Finnish Language) Award c/o Lakehead University, Office of Advancement, 955 Oliver Road Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1 or The Naval Heritage Fund c/o the HMCS Griffon, 125 North Algoma St. Thunder Bay, ON

 

HMCS UGANDA

LAMB, James Barrett - "The Delta Optimist" Delta, BC CANADA Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - The well-known Canadian newspaperman and author passed away on Feb. 20, 2000 in Delta, BC aged 80. Born 1919 and educated in Toronto, Jim Lamb graduated as a naval officer from Royal Military College, Kingston and joined the RCNVR in 1939. During the war he served aboard HMCS Trail and commanded the minesweeper HMCS Minas and corvette HMCS Camrose and was mentioned in dispatches for D-Day service at Omaha Beach. After the war, Jim worked on newspapers in Woodstock and Moose Jaw and for 20 years was editor and publisher of the Orillia Daily Packet & Times. He wrote for many newspapers and magazines, and his 1964 editorial "The Canada I Love: An Unfashionable Testament" is the most famous and reproduced Canadian newspaper editorial of the 20th century. He retired to Big Harbour, Cape Breton in 1971 where he sailed and traveled and wrote 15 books, including the Canadian bestsellers "The Corvette Navy" and "On the Triangle Run", both to be reprinted with new material this year. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruby (nee Evans); sons Rev. Roderick Lamb of Petawawa, Ont. and Jamie Lamb of Tsawwassen, B.C.; grandchildren Theodora and Maxwell of Tsawwassen, B.C.; sisters Margaret Terrill of London, Ont. and Dorothy Lamb of Richmond Hill, Ont.; brothers Peter Lamb of Wellington, Ont. and Thomas Lamb of Markham, Ont. He is remembered as a loving husband; a wonderful father and grandfather; a respected writer; a warm friend; a good man; a great Canadian. West Coast memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Chapel, Naden, CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island at 1 p.m., Thursday Feb. 24.

 

HMCS CAMROSE, HMCS TRAIL, HMCS MINAS

LEFAIVRE, Francis Eugene - beloved husband of Marjorie (nee Ditto) of Calgary, passed from this world joyously surrounded by his devoted family on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at the age of 84 years. His generosity to community and his profound faith, lived simply and humbly, will remain forever in our hearts. Francis was born July 20, 1922 in Edmonton and raised in Calgary during the Great Depression. Following graduation from Western Canada High School in 1940 Fran worked for the Royal Bank until 1942. He then joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served as a coder aboard the minesweeper HMCS Courtney. Commissioned from the lower deck, he ultimately obtained his wings as a navigator with the Fleet Air Arm, serving aboard the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior in World War II. He retired from active service in 1947 as a Lieutenant Commander, and continued his service in the Navy Reserve for several decades thereafter. After the war he started an impressive career with Shell Canada Limited, as a crude analyst and LPG trader, that spanned twenty-six years. During this period Fran formed Rocky Mountain Importers, a thriving family enterprise fondly referred to as the "purse business". It was at the Calgary Stampede where he grew and showcased this business. His business interests were diverse and captivating, ranging from the breeding of Full French Charolais cattle to financing university research projects in biotechnology. Following early retirement from Shell in 1977, his entrepreneurial energies were channeled into - Lefaivre Resources - which enabled Marj and himself to generously create two new charities and support numerous social justice initiatives. He traveled to more than sixty-five countries financing or representing various aid organizations that brought water, food, shelter and medicine to areas devastated by poverty, famine and drought, and restored sight to thousands. Fran served as a director on many boards, including junior oil and gas companies, Carewest, the Leger Foundation, and many international charities such as Operation Eyesight Universal. He was very active in the Catholic community. Nominated by The Mustard Seed (Calgary) Street Ministry and United Way of Calgary, he and Marj received the Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropists Generosity of Spirit Award in 2003 for their pioneer role in advancing charitable giving. Later that same year they were honoured by the Rotary Club for their outstanding contribution to the community. Fran was a generous and gracious man who was an inspiration to many, a passionate supporter and advocate of the less fortunate, and a remarkable contributor to the community. More than anything he put his faith into action. Family was most important in his life. He was a devoted son, a loyal and steadfast brother, a loving husband and best friend, a compassionate and wise father and a nurturing grandfather. Fran will be sadly missed by his wife Marj and his five children: Wendy Bodsworth (Steve) and their children, Nancy, Ginny and Mike; Peter (Connie) and children, Christopher, Kelly and Sean; Susan Cosgrove (John) and their daughters, Carolyn and Andrea; Christine Lefaivre; and Tim (Susan) and their children, Michael and Elizabeth. Fran is survived by siblings, Paul, Marguerite and Catherine, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his grandchildren, Julie Cosgrove and Gentry Aubrey, and by his brother Joe Lefaivre. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McInnis & Halloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) today, April 26, 2007 commencing at 6:00 p.m. Prayers and Tributes to follow at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church, (5504 - 20 Street S.W.) on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Storey, Presider. Following the reception a Graveside Service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 (Telephone 403-264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca ), or to Fran's favourite charity, the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 - 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 (Telephone 403-269-1319, www.theseed.ca ). The family wishes to extend special thanks to the health care team at the ICU unit at Rockyview Hospital for their professional, gracious and attentive care, in particular Dr. George Alvarez, and nurses Tanya and Candice. In living memory of Francis Lefaivre, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS COURTENAY

LEWIS, John Ceredig Lloyd - Died: 22 Oct 1944, age 35, Paymaster Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.C.S. New Waterford - On the 21st November 1944 a body was found in the River Foyle, Londonderry. It was that of paymaster Lieutenant Lewis who had been missing since the 22nd October. He had drowned. He was a married man at the time of his death. It is unknown what had happened to him. Burial Location: Londonderry City Cemetery, C. of E. Plot. Sec. F. Grave 46.

 

HMCS NEW WATERFORD

LOVE, Leonard E. - Passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving wife Millie of 54 years; three daughters: Teresa Murphy (Tim) of Coquitlam, Coreena Bratina of Coquitlam, Nicolette Love (Bob Cole) of Westbank; son Leonard J. Love (Lona) of Coquitlam; ten grandchildren: Alysha Murphy, Carissa Murphy, Brennen Murphy, Darren Love, Kristina Hall, Brandy Love, Johnathan Bratina, Sabrina Hall, Bradley Bratina and Steven Bratina. Predeceased by his parents Jack and Lucy Love, two sisters Dorothy and Doreen and brother Ted. Leonard served in the Canadian Navy on the H.M.S. Nabob, the first Canadian manned aircraft carrier, for four years in the Atlantic. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, June 1st at 11:00 am at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit 379: 270 Dougall Rd N., Kelowna, BC, V1X 3K5. A gift in living memory of Leonard will be made to “Hospice Care” by Springfield Funeral Home.

 

HMS NABOB

MARCOUX, Raymond, RCN, WWII Veteran - Peacefully, with his wife by his side, at the Kemptville District Hospital, on Friday, June 8th, 2007 at the age of 83. Born December 16th, 1923 in Hull, QC, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17, where he proudly served on the HMCS Prescott and the HMS Puncher from 1941 - 1945. Beloved husband of 60 years to Lillian (nee Giroux), loving father of Connie (Vaughan Valgardson) and Suzanne (Russ Mayotte). Cherished grandfather of Anjie Valgardson (Jack Masson), Kirsten Valgardson, Maren (John Gnall), Jeffrey Freeborn, Alyssa Mayotte, Geoffrey Mayotte (Rhonda) and Amy (Hugh Irwin). Super Special Gramps of Conner, Collin, Cameron, Rianna, Jack, Krystal, William, Harrison, James, Jack, and Liam. Predeceased by his brothers Julien, Georges, and Roland. Survived by his brother Jacques (Simone) and his sisters Madeleine, Venita, Gabrielle, and Jinette. Thank you to the M & S nurses at the Kemptville District Hospital and to Dr. Evans. The Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 at St. Monica's Catholic Church, 2080 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario. There will be no visitation. In memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS PRESCOTT

MARCUS, Daniel Leonard - Veteran, Naval Officer, in Ottawa, on 2nd April 2008, in his 81st year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Audrey (nee Loney); survived by a son Phillip and his wife Pamela, of Ottawa; a son Christopher and his wife Janet, of London; a son David, of Ottawa; six grandchildren, James, Cameron, Sarah, Zachary, Jordan and Rainah. In 1942, at the age of 16, he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Naval College "Royal Roads". On graduation in 1944, he joined HMSC "Uganda" in which he served in the Pacific theatre until Japan's surrender. He served as a career Naval Officer for 17 years, which included service in the HMC ships "Warrior" and "Crescent", naval establishments at Esquimalt, Halifax and Washington and at Naval Service Headquarters in Ottawa. He was awarded the Queen's Coronation Medal in 1953. His civilian career began in 1961 in Investment Sales with Nesbitt Thomson. He was an Officer and Director of a number of Canadian public companies, beginning with his appointment as the President of the West Indies Plantations in 1966 and, on his retirement in 1980, he was the President of Manitou-Barvue Mines, a member of the Old Brigade of the Royal Military College and an Honorary Life Member of the Naval Officers' Association. A Memorial Gathering of friends and family to celebrate Dannie's life will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, on Sunday, April 6, 2008 from 3-5pm

 

HMCS WARRIOR, HMCS UGANDA, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS STADACONA (RCN BARRACKS), HMCS NIAGARA, HMCS ONTARIO, HMCS BYTOWN

MARTIN, Thomas William (13 Oct 1921 - 26 Aug 2010) - Gone to join the love of his life, Jean (deceased 1999), and his youngest son, Richard (1978), Tom leaves a large family: Sharon (Ted), Shirley (Bill), Patrick (Beverly), Brian (Patricia), Jim (Denyse), Colleen (Marty), 13 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson, and special friend Shelagh. Born in Agassis, BC, Tom helped work the family farm until age 15 when he jumped a freight train to Southern Ontario. During the hard times, his skill at working a team of horses kept him employed in the tobacco fields. In 1939 Tom returned to Victoria, enlisted and served 7 years in the navy. On the newly commissioned corvette New Westminster, he met his lifelong friend Walt Curry. Tom spent most of his war years convoying in the North Atlantic aboard corvettes. He often claimed they spent more time under the water than on top, though he was never sea-sick in his life. On D-Day Tom was aboard the HMCS Prince David which was decommissioned in Esquimalt. While on leave in 1942, Tom met and married his true love Jean Moret. After the war, they made Victoria their home and Tom soon found work with Rockland junkman Harry Hague, before buying a truck and striking out on his own. He went on to build a warehouse and wooden box factory on the rail line adjacent to Ellison's Flour Mill on Culduthel Street. His older children recall working after school reassembling wooden boxes from the used fruit and vegetable crates Tom collected from Victoria grocery stores. Tom's factory shipped boxcar loads of recycled wooden boxes to Okanagan orchards every year until the early 60's. As the family grew, every Sunday, Tom, wife Jean, and all the kids piled into the cab of Tom's '48 Fargo work truck to attend mass at Saint Andrews Cathedral on Blanshard Street, later Sacred Heart Church in Saanich. Family and friends enjoyed weekends and holidays fishing and relaxing with Tom at cabin # 5 on Gordons beach, Sooke, and every Wednesday afternoon since the `40s Tom met Walt and long-time friends at Brittania Branch #7. In the late 50's and early 60's, to supplement earnings from his other ventures, Tom turned to thoroughbred horse-breeding and horse racing, finding himself in the winners circle at Hastings Park on numerous occasions. Tom operated a trucking company in Victoria for 25 years, enjoying a long-term relationship with Safeway. Upon retirement Tom, always a farmer, spent the next 25 years working his land in Victoria and Sooke, driving his skidder and tractor, and managing his various properties. A Catholic man well known at Sacred Heart Church, Tom's generosity to family and friends will be missed. Tom's family wish to thank the staff at Broadmead Lodge for their excellent care. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church Tuesday, August 31st at 7 p.m. for those who choose to attend and a celebration of Tom's life will be held on October 4th from 2 to 5 pm at the Pro Pats Legion on Gorge Rd.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER

MIDDLETON, Louis Alfred - at the Belleville General Hospital on Sunday March 14th, 2010. Lou Middleton of Elizabeth Cres. Belleville, in his 85th year. Son of the late George and Elizabeth Middleton. Beloved husband of Lillian May Middleton (nee Jeffs). Dear father of Nancy Lou St. Pierre (John) of Queensboro, Jay Middleton (Kim) of Corbyville and Donald Middleton (Linda) of Harcourt. Predeceased by daughters Marilyn Rose Middleton and Lori Corinne Middleton. Predeceased by brother George Middleton. Loving grandfather to Dan Clarke and wife Lisa , Jeffrey Clarke and wife Melissa, Amy Middleton and Andrew Gibons, Michael Middleton and great-grandfather to Rachael, Deanna, Dylan and Allison. Lou worked at Corbin Lock for 37 years and was with the RCNVR HMCS Burlington from 1942-45 and also member of the Royal Candian Legion Branch #99. Friends may call at the John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave. Belleville (613-968-5588) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday March 18th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment Belleville Cemetery. Donations to the Christ Church Building Fund or Charity of Choice would be appreciated by the family.

 

HMCS BURLINGTON

 

POSHTAR, William (Bill) (1924-2010) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather William Poshtar Sr. (Bill) on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.Bill was born in Fort William on August 16, 1924. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945 - 1947. Bill met and married Ruth Pearl (nee Whalen) in 1950. He worked at various construction sites in and around the city and Bill ended his career working years at Northern Wood. Bill will be remembered for his involvement with minor football, hockey and the baseball community. Bill was a member of the Redskins Football Club and was active in the Thunder Bay Men's Barber Shop Group. After retirement Bill and Ruth enjoyed their camp on Lake Superior and wintering in Arizona. Bill had been a Public Address announcer at the Fort William Gardens for over 40 years.Bill leaves to cherish his memory, son Peter (Karen) of St. Albert, AB (presently here); daughter-in-law Patricia Poshtar of Tomahawk, WI; grandchildren: Paula (Bryan) De Gagne of Fort Frances; Molly (Nick) Amelse of Tomahawk, WI; Margaret Poshtar of Tomahawk, WI; Joel Poshtar of St. Albert, AB; and Jillian (Blake) Taylor of Edmonton, AB; great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Chelsey, Evan, Jack, Max, Jenna, Braiden and Ryland. Bill was predeceased by his parents Alec and Katherine Poshtar; wife Ruth; sons: William Jr. and James Patrick.Funeral Services for the late Mr. William Sr. (Bill) Poshtar will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in Jenkens Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Sawchuk of St. Peters R.C. Church officiating. Services will be completed in the Chapel with a Royal Canadian Legion Tribute, by the Slovak Branch No 129. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in the Spring of 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated."

 

HMCS COBALT

MORGAN, Richard Thomas (30 May 1923 - 13 Apr 2009) - Beloved father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, brother and uncle. Dick was predeceased by his loving wife Joan and adored infant son Richard Andrew (Drew), his father William (Bill), mother Winnifred Morgan and sister Margaret. Survived by sisters Ethel Wilson and family of Nanaimo, Sharon (Gary) Mackie and family of Ladysmith and brother William (Bill) and Edna and family of Calgary. He will also be greatly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and cherished friends. Left to fondly remember their father with a smile on his face and a song in his heart are Marilyn (Terry) Stevenson of Didsbury, Alberta; Terrill Morgan (John) of Langley, BC; Mickey Turgeon (Maria) of Edmonton, Alberta and Laurie Morgan of Kamloops, BC; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren Shellie (Gerard Cote) (Michelene, Claire and Luc) of Powell River; Stephen Fraser of Kamloops, Nathan Morgan Smith of Calgary, Richard Fraser of Montreal and Robert Turgeon of Nanaimo. Dick served his country in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1944 aboard HMCS Prince Robert, HMS Nabob an HMCS Peregrine. He also had a career of 43 years on the booms in Chemainus and in later years as a courier for MacMillan Bloedel. An avid hunter and fisherman, Dick enjoyed many seasons of experiencing the great outdoors. He was always humble about his prowess as a tracker and marksman. Dick was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #171 as well as tending bar for members for many years. He was also a loyal member of FOE in Ladysmith. In his retirement years he was a tireless volunteer helping the Hospital Auxiliary. Services will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion #171, 621 First Avenue, Ladysmith at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society are greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the extended family that was created in all the caring people at the Chemainus Health Centre where Dick spent his last nine years.

 

HMS NABOB, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

 

MUIR, John Stobie (Jack) - Born in Paris, Ontario, January 18, 1922, Jack Muir was the beloved husband of his late wife of 50 years, cellist Laura Kinton, and of his second wife, Janice Davis. He will be sorely missed by daughters Gena (Gorrell) and Jerrine (Verkaik) and son John; by granddaughters Ailsa Craig (Murray) and Kristin Craig (Lai), and grandsons Krisjanis and Zintis Vandelis-Muir; by great-grandsons Silas and August Murray and great- granddaughter Mae Lai; by his sister Elizabeth (Odom) of Salisbury, MD; and by all their families. Jack Muir served in the RCNVR 1941 to 1945, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Arctic waters, on corvettes HMCS Amherst, HMCS Regina; frigate HMCS Montreal and escort carrier HMS Puncher. He is known to naval veterans through his Naval Network. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, 1949, AOCA, he worked in the graphic arts, printing and publishing until 1992, and was a past member, Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and Madawaska Club of Go Home Bay. A memorial service will be held at Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1C7 on Friday, December 12 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Refreshments following at a location to be arranged. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed to the Canadian Friends Service Committee at the address above, or the charity of your choice.

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS AMHERST, HMCS REGINA, HMCS MONTREAL

MACDONALD, Angus Allan, CPO.MAA, Lieutenant-at-Arms. CD, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2006 in Langley, with his family by his side. Predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Jessie. He is survived by his sons, Jim (Carole) and Tom (Pat); daughter Cathie (Tom); 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, as well as other family and close friends. Angus was very proud of his years of service during WWII, serving both in Canada and overseas on HMCS Columbia and HMS Puncher. A Celebration of Angus' life will be held on Monday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Gordon Presbyterian Church, 7457 Edmonds St., Burnaby. Tea to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Gordon Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. "Will Truly Be Missed"

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS COLUMBIA

MACLACHLAN, Peter - passed away on Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 at the age of 79 years. He is lovingly remembered and will be deeply missed by his wife, Kay; daughter, Joy and son, Larry; along with his extended family, Peter Clark, Donna (Marv) Pettapiece, Eileen (Denis) Paul-Clark, Glen Clark and Michael Pettapiece, Stacy (Blair) Vaillancourt-Pettapiece, Kristopher Paul-Clark, Kaden Vaillancourt-Pettapiece. He is also survived by brother-in-law, George Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Peter; and brother, Jim Scotty. Dad was born December 22, 1923 in Glasgow, Scotland. The family then immigrated to Canada in 1926. Dad went to King George Public School. He liked to tell stories about growing up in the Riversdale area of Saskatoon during the Depression. He had a special love for the Navy. During World War II, he served aboard the HMCS MIRAMICHI and the HMS PUNCHER. Following this, he worked at Soo Freight Lines, Marshall Wells and Dairy Producers Cooperative until his retirement in 1988. He married Kay Moore on June 17th, 1950. They later moved to Montgomery Place and hive lived there ever since. Dad loved family camping trips and especially fishing. The family adopted a dog, Porky, who Dad was very attached to. In later years, he enjoyed his favorite arm chair, T.V., reading, and watching all the goings-on in the neighborhood. The family would like to thank Doctors Unger, Joanis, Bigsby and Chau, as well as the Nursing Staff of 5th Floor Orthopedics, Surgery and Medicine. Special thanks to the Staff of 6th Medicine, St. Paul's Hospital for the excellent care that Dad received. At Dad's request there will be no Funeral Service. A private family interment will take place. The family would like to invite all those who wish to attend a Luncheon to be held on Saturday, December 13th at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church (3318 Merritt St.) in Montgomery Place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS MIRAMICHI

MacLEAN, Owen K. (Bud), Cdr, OMM, CD -  Friends are invited to visit the Hall of Colours of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) Ottawa, Monday July 6 after 10 a.m. Memorial Service will be held in the Sacred Space at 11 a.m. followed by interment with Military Honours at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. Following the interment, a reception in honour of Bud will be held in the Borden & Fleming Suites of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (www.ottawacancer.ca) or to Wounded Warriors Canada (www.woudnedwarriors.ca) will be greatly appreciated.

 

"In November 1971 Sea King 1420 suffered single engine failure on take-off from HMCS Nipigon in the North Atlantic. Pilot attempted to return while also dumping fuel. Flight deck ready for emergency recovery but aircraft became uncontrollable and crashed near the ship. Black moonless night rendered the rescue and recovery efforts difficult by boat. Out of 4 crew members, Captain Allan E. Dick, Captain Lawrence M. Ostaficiuk and Corporal John R. McCrae lost their lives, the sole survivor was Navigator Bud Maclean. Date was 7/11 local, so 8/11 GMT. (HEG, ship air controller). The cause of the crash was never determined."

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS NIPIGON

McCALLUM, Alexander (Alex) Jr. - born on the farm and homestead of his parents Alexander (Sandy) McCallum and Jane (nee Robertson) near Simpson on November 1, 1924. He grew up on the farm with five brothers and two sisters, doing chores, attending school and enjoying playing ball. Alex enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and after basic training, he served as a cook overseas on the Aircraft Carrier HMS Puncher, patrolling Mermansk Run and the North Sea. After discharge in 1946 he worked in Ontario cutting pulp for Abitibi Pulp & Paper Co. returning to Saskatchewan in 1948, training with Sask. Wheat Pool as an Elevator operator. In August, 1948 Alex married Anabel (nee Stewart). They took up residence in Simpson and started a family. They had four children Dallas, Darla, Ginny and Lonnie. Alex worked as a grain buyer for United Grain Growers and Anabel as a clerk for various stores. Alex enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching sports of all kinds. His grandchildren were cherished and he loved spending time with his family. After retiring and moving to Watrous in 1987, Alex worked for Mainline Motors, as a Driver. In June of 2010 Alex took up residence in Manitou Lodge and he passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 26th at Watrous District Health Complex. Alex is survived by wife of 64 years Anabel, children Dallas (Velma) McCallum, Darla (Brian) Jennett, Virginia (John) Mason, Lonnie (Charles) Tingey; grandchildren Derek, Travis (Tammy) and Clay (Raylene) McCallum, Kiall (Sandra) and Cole Jennett, Wayne (Kellie) and Kirby Mason, Brock (Nicole) Tingey, Kaelea (Clayton) Lejan and Brodie Tingey, great grandchildren Dekodah, Taylor, Alex, Jake and Delaney McCallum, Jaidyn, Jackson, Jonathon Jennett, Caleb and Ava Mason, Presley and Boston Lejan, sisters Helen Annett, Christina (Ralph) Valgardson, brothers Robert (Audrey) and Clayton McCallum, sisters-in-law Doreen, Margaret and Marjorie McCallum, numerous nieces and nephews and close family friends Murray “Elevator” Ledarney and Jim Beller. He was predeceased by parents Alexander and Jane McCallum, brothers James, Kenneth and Roy, sister-in-law Doreen McCallum and niece Sandra Silbernagel (McCallum), nephews Grant (Buck) and Terry Stewart and Bartley McCallum. Alex’s family thank you for attending and invite you for lunch following the graveside service. For those so wishing donations to the Watrous Community Health Foundation would be appreciated.

 

HMS PUNCHER

McCARTHY, Daniel (Donal) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Daniel, loving husband of Mary, at the Grace Hospital on Friday, October 28 at the age of 82. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Daniel and brothers Larry, Jerry and Joe. Daniel is survived by his wife Mary of 53 years; his daughters, Patti (Rick), Mary Ann (Darrell), Gail (Mark) and Carolin (Mike); grandchildren, Dan (Becky), Lisa (Patrick), Ryan (Alanna), Jay (Tara), Lee-Ann, Jennica, Jamieson, Analeisa, Marysa, Riley and Janessa and great-grandchildren, Melora, Dara, Helena, Ethan and Noah. He will also be missed by his siblings, Rosaleen (Bill), Sheila, Ed (Gail) and Maureen (Peter) and many nieces and nephews. Daniel was one of eight children, full of life and known to be fearless. He joined the Navy at the age of 18 and served on the ship H.M.C.S. Prince David during the Second World War. As a young child, he was always building various projects. His love for carpentry led him to become a journeyman carpenter, working in construction and later employed with MTS in the carpentry shop for 29 years. His job took him to many small Northern and Southern communities where he built the Telecommunication buildings. After retirement he was able to enjoy some of his hobbies such as gardening and woodworking. He was a dedicated parishioner of St. Ann's Parish where he took part in many ministries. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sister Alice Konefall for her friendship and great support through this difficult time. Daniel was a devoted husband and father and would do anything for his girls. He will be lovingly remembered for his great sense of humour, generosity and gentle nature. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann's Parish, 271 Hampton St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9. Dad (Papa), we love you and will miss you.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

NEMY, Morton Harvey - a member of a pioneer Winnipeg family, a civic activist, a prominent Winnipeg lawyer, and a loving and devoted husband and father, died peacefully Tuesday, August 29, 2006 surrounded by his family at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 81. He is mourned by a large extended family and also by many friends in Winnipeg and abroad. Morton, son of the late Frances and Benjamin Nemy, was born on August 2 , 1925, in Winnipeg and spent his early years in Beausejour and Lac Du Bonnet. When his family returned to Winnipeg, he attended St. John's Tech where he was a member of the St. John's Tigers when they won the High School championship. He began his young adult life in active service during the Second World War as a member of the Fleet Air Arm and was attached to the HMCS Warrior, one of the first Canadian Fleet Air ships and saw service both in Canada and overseas. After his discharge, he moved to Toronto to further his education and in 1951, he graduated in Institutional Management from the University of Toronto. He then developed an interest in Law and returned to Winnipeg to study at the University of Manitoba Law School, graduating in 1956. His law practice, built on the cornerstones of trust, integrity and hard work, flourished to one of the largest independent practices in Winnipeg spanning a remarkable career of over 50 years. Most notably, his practice began to attract an international clientele in the area of real estate, where he focused most of his practice since the late 1980's and Morton was proud to count many of those overseas client's as some of his closest friends. Shortly following his graduation from law, he met, fell in love with, and in 1958 married his beloved wife, Nadine Elisabeth Parkin, a daughter of the late Jonathan (Jonty) Parkin, a Hall of Fame Rugby League player who Captained England on several international tours. Together they enjoyed their nearly 50 years filled with extensive travel, good times, the love of their three sons and cherished memories. Throughout the 1960's, while building his law practice and raising a family, Morton also was active politically, elected as a Councillor in the RM of Assiniboia and served as Chair of the Planning, Property and Development committee at the time. It was during his tenure in 1967 that the incorporation of the City of St. James - Assiniboia took place, which then led to Bill 36, the City of Winnipeg Act creating Unicity in 1971. In 1968, he was honoured at a dinner for his achievements and Nemy Crescent in St. James was named for him. At the same time Morton was also very active in the Optimist International Service organization. After joining in the early 1960's, he was very soon elected to President of his local St. James club. In the late 1960's, he was elected as Governor of the larger Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District, and in 1972 Morton was elected as one of only 10 International Vice Presidents of the Optimist Organization. For his achievements, he was inducted as a Life Member in 1973. An avid sports enthusiast, his interest for sports developed in the early years with activities as diverse as swimming, water skiing, football, hockey and curling. In later years, he directed his sports focus towards golf and he and his foursome could always be counted on to set the pace as the first group off the tee every Saturday morning at the Glendale Golf and Country Club, where he was a member for over 40 years. He was active at Glendale serving on many committees as well as President of the club for two years instead of the usual one year, setting the trend for those that followed. However, one of his fondest sports memories was taking his father to Russia in 1972 to watch the famed Canada - Russia series in person. A devoted family man, Morton is survived by his wife and best friend Nadine; his sons, Garth, Robert and his wife Michelle, Wayne and his wife Lisa; eight grandchildren, Margaret, Zachary, Joshua, Conner, Alexandra, Adam, Daniel and David; one great-grandson Will and two sisters, Enid and Corinne. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 31 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Pallbearers were Craig Parkin and Wayne, Lisa, Robert, Michelle and Garth Nemy. Honorary pallbearers were Martin Cohn, Dick Bell, Douglas Hoffer, Dave Dveris, Harold Buchwald, Sam Prober, Alvin Kravetsky and John Muller. The family would like to extend its thanks to both Dr. David Breckman and Nicole at the Assiniboine Clinic, as well as the medical staff at the St. Boniface Hospital, in particular the nursing staff of the Medical ICU. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the Nemy Family Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or a charity of their choice.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

NICKART, William (Bill) - Passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 88 years. Loving husband to the late Mary Nickart (2007). Beloved father to Randy and Darlene, Larry and Pam. Devoted Papa of Rhonda, Randy Jr., Dawn (Scott), Christina (Dustin), Amanda, Jason (Stacey). Adored great Papa to Cory, Parker, Scarlet, Joshua and Savannah. Will be missed by his canine kids Summer and Kassie. Dear brother to Peggy and the late Wally, Joan, Margaret and Joseph. Bill will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Bill was one of the proud founding members of Anchor Lamina. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy during W.W.II serving on the Warrior. He was a warm and loving man who will be missed by all. A special thank you to all the staff at Extendicare Southwood Lakes for all your kindness and compassion. You truly held a special place in all our hearts. If you so desire memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Friday 3-5, 7-9 p.m. Funeral and Windsor Veteran’s Service Saturday 11:30 a.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

PAONE, Luigi Armando (aka Armando Luigi, Armie) Peacefully on July 30, 2005 in Victoria, BC. Born June 21, 1921 in Squamish, BC to parents Salvador and Virginia Paone. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife Mary (Oakes) on March 27, 1987. He is survived by his 8 children: Mary (David) Rea, Kamloops; Patricia, Ottawa; Katherine (Paul) Whitworth, Victoria; Cecilia Gauthier (John Albion), Victoria; Paul (Margaret Sherwood), Victoria, Monica Hird (Dennis Harper), Langley; Mark (Elke), Victoria; Teri (Rhys) Wickes, Victoria; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. He is also survived by his special friend Helen M. that he met at Sunrise Living. He was predeceased by his sister Victoria Eason and brothers: Eugene, John, Peter and Frank, all from Vancouver, BC and is survived by his sister Isobelle MacGregor of Clearwater, BC and many nieces and nephews. Dad taught electrical and woodworking for many years on the Fairey Tech side of Vic High, retiring in 1984. Prior to this, he taught in Salmon Arm, BC. He had many hobbies over the years including fishing, sailing, skating, hiking, volkswalking, garage sale scavenging, traveling, wine making and woodworking. Every child is the recipient of fine woodworking projects to be treasured for years to come. He was also a great collector of tools. As an avid golfer, Dad played many courses around the city and could even drive a bucket of balls straighter than one of the sons-inlaw in June of this year. In his early years, he achieved the designation of King Scout and was active playing all kinds of sports. Dad also hiked the West Coast Trail late in his teaching career with the Vic High Hiking Club. Dad was a WWII vet, having served on several ships, including being on board when the support carrier H.M.S. Nabob was torpedoed in the Norwegian Sea on August 22, 1944. Returning to Halifax from survivor's leave in Vancouver, he met Mom on a train that stopped in Winnipeg. The rest is history! A special thank you to all who cared for him during his 6 months at Sunrise Living. Dad loved being there, and especially the home baked cookies! Thanks to Dr. J. Paul Henry his family physician for all the care over the years. Prayers will be offered at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson & Vancouver Streets, on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service to be held at St. Joseph The Worker Parish on Friday, August 19, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mary Paone (Home Economics) or Armando Paone (Shop) Bursaries c/o of School District #61 Victoria at 556 Boleskine Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 1E8 or the BC Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5 will be appreciated. A Chapter Completed A Page Turned A Rest Well Earned.....Until we meet again

 

HMS NABOB

PELLETIER, Léo O., PO, RCN, WWII Veteran -  Peacefully on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of 71 years to Marie-Jeanne (née Morel). Loving father of Richard (Nicole), André (Kathy), Robert (Debbie), Denyse (Pierre), Sylvie (Frederic). Proud and cherished grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 15. Proudly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and for over 10 years. Predeceased by his parents Léo and Desneiges (née Drouin), his brothers George and Roland, sisters Claire and Claudette. The family wishes to thank the Doctors and Nurses of the Elisabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Unit for their passionate loving care. Friends are invited to visit the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) Saturday May 9, after 1 p.m. Memorial Service will be held in the Sacred Space at 3 p.m. followed by a reception in the Borden & Fleming Suites. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Mission.

 

HMCS WALLACEBURG

REID, Ronald Douglas (31 May 1925 - 31 Jan 2004) - Doug was born in Edmonton, Alberta, the youngest of twelve children, to William and Margaret Reid. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie; his daughter Candy (Denis Mills) and his son Ric (Kelly Daniels); four grandsons, Shawn (Rhonda), Ryan, Tyler and Aidan; and great-grandson Brandon; his brother Wallace (Joan); brother-in-law Bill Fitchette, and many nieces and nephews. Doug joined the Navy at 17 and served in WWII on HMS Nabob. He and Marie met in Vancouver and were married in Edmonton on October 13, 1945. In 1947, they moved to Vancouver where he worked for BC Electric on the streetcars as a conductor and then as a driver on the Trolley buses. He was a Sales Manager at Pepsi Cola Company, in sales at CKWX Radio Station, Delta Bus Company and Delta Courier Company until his retirement in 1994. Doug loved people and was involved with Sea Scouts in Vancouver in the early 1950's; Bicknell Sea Cadet Corps. In Richmond - Granted the Charter, August 19, 1964, - first parade September, 1964; Volunteer at Ladner C.O.P.S. for 11 years until November, 2003; and a volunteer at Delta Ice Hawks for many years as a goal judge. Doug will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He always had a smile on his face and a ready joke. Never a complainer, he put on a courageous fight with cancer, many strokes and COPD. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 13, 2004 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Delta Funeral Home, 5329 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Delta Hospital. The family would like to thank Dr. Rod Tukker and all the nurses and staff who looked after Doug so very well. Delta Funeral Home

 

HMS NABOB

ROBERTS, James H. - Born in Vancouver, 1924, passed away peacefully in his sleep December 10, 2008 at George Derby Veterens Hospital. Survived by his son Jim (Shirley), daughter Gail (Dave), grandchildren Dan, Becky, Dawn, Jesse, great-grandchildren Ava, Julia and Avery. Served in World War II aboard HMCS Nabob, worked at Canada Packers for 40 years until retirement. Loved hunting and fishing. Many thanks to the caring staff at George Derby. No funeral by request. Wake to be held at a later date.

 

HMS NABOB

ROBINSON, Hugh James - Passed away at home on Wednesday, April 11th at the age of 87. Hugh was born in the Immaculata Hospital in Westlock Alberta on July 1st, 1924, the eldest child of Hugh Edwin Ronald (Bob) and Margaret McBeth Robinson (Forbes). Hugh spent his boyhood years in Chisholm and Fawcett, Alberta. He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Marguerite Lillian (Bell), and their six children; Donna Kathleen Brandle (Bob), Harold Forbes (Marianne), Gordon James (Debby), Eleanor Jane Carmichael (Rob), Robert Jeffrey and Charlotte Joan Louise; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and also sisters Helen Waller and Ruth Blake. Hugh served overseas in World War II with the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve as a leading torpedo operator on the escort aircraft carrier HMCS Puncher. Following the war Hugh worked as an industrial electrician in Alberta and B.C. and was active as an IWA job steward and committee chair which lead to his election as a member of the Local 1-80 executive. Hugh retired as 1st vice president of the local union to work on the Apprenticeship Program and helped to write the new guidelines for the trades training and apprenticeship program in B.C. Dad was a man of integrity who was very proud of his family. He loved reading, quoting poetry, and always gave you his undivided attention. He delighted in children and the child in all of us. He loved working in his garden, which he enjoyed on his last day. The family would like to thank Dr. Cancade for all his years of compassionate care and support, the health care community, CNIB and Veterans Affairs. A service will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Nanaimo on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at 2 pm. Tea to follow in the church hall.

 

HMS PUNCHER

SAWATZKY, Donald E. - born November 19, 1924 in Morse, Saskatchewan passed away December 23, 2008 at the St. Joseph’s Hospice, Thunder Bay, ON. Don grew up in Morse, Saskatchewan where he received his schooling and in 1944 he joined the Navy and served his time on the HMS Puncher. He served as a torpedo technician and had many fond memories of his tour of duty travelling through the Panama Canal, to North Africa, north to the Hebridies and to Norway. After the war he attended business school in Winnipeg and worked for a short time for the family business in Morse, Saskatchewan before coming to Marathon in 1949. There he met his wife Mary and they wed in 1950. Together they had four children. He worked in the accounting department for America Can and James River Corporation until his retirement. In his younger days he enjoyed playing hockey with the Marathon Mercuries and later with the Old Timer’s League. The family has many fond memories of the camping and road trips to visit relatives. Over the years he had been active as a union representative for OPSEU, a founding member of the Marathon Credit Union, and served as a member of the Legion, and the fire department and ambulance services. After retirement he work for Pinkerton Securities for a number of years. After the passing of his wife in 2001 he moved to Glacier Ridge in Thunder Bay where met his present wife Trudy. A few years later they moved to a condo at Glengowan Place where they made many new friends. He and his wife enjoyed there travels to Mexico, Panama Canal, the Mediterranean and numerous trips to visit family. Donald is lovingly remembered by his wife Trudy (McMullen), Catherine Kozyra (Zen), Jane Kmill (Larry) Thunder Bay, Paul (Carol) Middlefield, CT, and David Sawatzky (Wendy) and grandchildren Michael and Danielle of Airdrie, AB., Trudy’s daughters Carol Miller (Lloyd) Perth, Bette Rowe (Tim) Burnstown ON, and Lynda Milne (George) Thunder Bay, ON, and six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his father Peter J. Sawatzky, mother Sarah Sawatzky, brother John Sawyer, brother Martin Sawyer, brother Bob Sawatzky and wife Mary Sawatzky. He is survived by his sister Mary Fach, Calgary, AB and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27/08 at Sargent and Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street, with Rev. Bert Vancook officiating. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Joseph Hospice, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. The family would sincerely like to thank the Doctors and Nursing Staff at St. Joseph Hospice for their excellence in care.

 

HMS PUNCHER

SERAFIN, Paul (08 Mar 1918 - 10 Aug 2005) - At home as he wished. Survived by his loving wife Madeleine, stepson Ron Carter (Joanne) and their children and grandchildren. Also mourning him are his niece, Louise King (Earl), his nephews, Larry Nethery (Eileen), Ron Nethery (Rose), Brian Nethery (Susan) and their families. Paul served on the HMS Puncher, an aircraft carrier during WWII. He later worked for the CNR as pipefitter and on retirement did commercial fishing. Paul requested no service but rather a gathering of family and friends at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. We would like to thank Dr. Richard Hay for his house calls and concern in Paul's final days.

 

HMS PUNCHER

SMITH, Stan (24 Feb 1925 - 06 Oct 2012) - It is sad to report the death of former Coventry City player Stan Smith who passed away last Saturday at the age of 87. Born in Coventryon 24 February 1925 Stan attended South Street School and Cheylesmore School and was a talented rugby player as well as excelling at the round ball game. In 1942, aged 17, whilst playing for Nuffield Mechanisation, he was spotted by a Coventry City scout and invited to play a couple of wartime games for the club. With many first team players in the armed forces the club often played promising youngsters from local football and Stan did not disappoint, playing right half in home victories over Walsall & Northampton Town. Stan’s cousin, Rob Smith, told Jim Brown about Stan’s wartime experience. Stan joined the Navy in 1943 and trained as a telegraphist or ‘spark’. He was on board the American-built aircraft carrier HMS Nabob on escort duties in the North Atlantic escorting troop and cargo convoys. After further duties in the North Sea supporting coastal attacks on Norway, HMS Nabob was assigned to find and sink the German super battleship Tirpitz (Operation Goodwood). On August 22nd 1944 while returning from a strike on Tirpitz, HMS Nabob was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Barents Sea and sustained heavy damaged with 21 killed and many injured. In spite of a further attack by the same U-boat she managed to steam into Scapa Flow under her own power, however the ship was judged not worth repairing and was decommissioned. Stan then joined HMS Hunter and took part in the reoccupation of Malaya and Singapore from the Japanese. In particular she provided air support in the Andaman Sea hunting the cruiser Haguro, one of the last surviving major Japanese warships, which was eventually sunk off Sumatra trying to return to Singapore. HMS Hunter entered Singapore harbour on September 10th 1945 and Stan fondly told the story that he was the telegraphist who took the message that the Japanese had surrendered and was given the honour of personally informing the captain. On demob from the Navy Stan signed professional forms with City but could not break into the first team owing to the form of right-half Jack Snape. Then on 10 September 1947 he got his first team debut in a 1-3 defeat at West Bromand made 27 first team appearances in Billy Frith’s Second Division side that season, either at right or left-half. During that time he faced some of the top players of the era including Len Shackleton and Jackie Milburn (Newcastle) and Alf Ramsey (Southampton). His cousin Rob tells me that Stan told the story of his meeting with Shackleton, one of the most talented players of the period. ‘Shack’, who had been shadowed everywhere by Smith went up to Stan at the final whistle and said: ‘I’m going to have a bath now, are you going to follow me in there too?’ Stan only made four appearances the following season but was a regular in a strong reserve team until 1950 when he joined Swansea Town. He failed to win a place at Vetch Field and was soon reunited with his old City boss Billy Frith who was manager at Stafford Rangers. In early 1951 however he was back in the Coventry area and signing for Nuneaton Borough. Over the next four years he made around 150 appearances for Borough and he was captain of the side that pulled off a major FA Cup shock in 1953, defeating Third Division Watford 3-0. In the next round they held QPR to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road but lost the replay 1-2 at Manor Park in front of 13,000 fans. Later that season Stan returned to Highfield Road as ‘Boro’ were guests in a floodlight friendly, losing 0-4. His final game for the ‘Boro’ was in 1955 when he suffered concussion in a game against Brierley Hill. It is believed he may have played for Bedworth Town after this time. In later years Stan became an FA Coach and had success at Nuneaton, Coventry City (with the B & C teams) and coached on many FA courses. He also qualified as a physiotherapist and ran a practice from his home for many years as well as continuing his involvement with local football. He leaves a widow Stella.

 

HMS NABOB

SNOWDON, Jason Bruce - 79, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully, February 18, 2004 at the Queen Elizabeth II Critical Unit. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was the son of the late Irene McNally and Charles Henry Snowdon. Jason Bruce was a Second World War Veteran; sailed on H.M.C.S. Prince David, among other ships; he was a member of the Princess Louise Fusiliers and Dental Corp; sold insurance with Prudential; postal clerk with Canada Post; a Major with Canadian Corp Commissionaire. He was a boy scout cub leader for 22 years at St. John United Church; a member of Royal Canadian Legion (Vimy Branch). He was an elder with St. John's United Church and served in management at Calvin Presbyterian Church, having served for 7 years and earning medals during that time. Survived by his loving and caring wife Aline Poulin-Snowdon. He will be greatly missed by daughters Carol (Duncan) Fisher from Lake Echo; Janet (Gary) Stabback from Dartmouth; Judy Snowdon from Dartmouth and son David (Carole) Snowdon of Dartmouth and step-son Scott (Cheryl) Taylor of Ottawa, Ontario. He will be missed by his dearly cherished grandchildren, Susan and Nancy Webber; Jason Stabback; Robert Stabback; Jody and Tracey Stabback; Jennifer and Beverley Snowdon, Mike Fisher and great-grandchild Eden Fisher. Predeceased by first wife Gladys Wolfe. Cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to the Lung Association, Nova Scotia, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. He will be sadly missed and will always be remembered for his unconditional love, unselfish nature and gentleman disposition that he shared with others.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

SPINDLER, Fred Royal - 82, Lunenburg, died Monday, February 23, 1998, in Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Lunenburg, he was a son of the late Captain Willett and Loretta (Conrad) Spindler. He attended Lunenburg Academy and graduated from Mount Allison University in 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. After taking officer training at Royal Roads in Esquimalt, B.C., he saw convoy duty on the North Atlantic, commanding HMCS Lachine and HMCS Morden. After the war, he joined National Sea Products, retiring in 1981 as manager of design and construction (ships). He was a life member of the Navy League of Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a past president of South Shore Naval Association; Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 23; Lunenburg Curling Club; Nova Scotia Legion Curling Association; Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition and Fishermen's Reunion. He was a past commodore of Lunenburg Yacht Club; founding director of Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic; trustee of Canada's Naval Memorial- HMCS Sackville, and former elder of Central United Church, Lunenburg. He was an avid curler, participating in numerous provincial, Canadian, and international events over the years. He enjoyed being with his family at his cottage at Lake Mush-a-Mush. He had a keen interest in genealogy, writing several papers on family history. He is survived by his wife, the former Isabel Olsen; daughter, Jane, Halifax; son, John; daughter-in-law, Mary-Gordon; grandson, Steven; and granddaughter, Jillian, all of Waverley; sisters, Isabel (Mrs. William Moore), New Glasgow; Marie (Mrs. James Himmelman), Wentzell's Lake; a nephew; three nieces, and a great-niece. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Central United Church, Lunenburg ,Rev. Robyn Brown-Hewitt officiating. A private family committal will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. Flowers from the immediate family only. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or any charity. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, Lunenburg. (The Halifax Chronicle Herald)

 

HMCS MORDEN, HMCS LACHINE

SPROXTON, Douglas (28 Mar 1927 - 07 Jun 2003) - peacefully at home. He was a lifetime resident of Victoria. Doug served with the Canadian Navy during WWll on convoy duty in the North Atlantic aboard HMCS Westyork (corvette) andlater HMCS Puncher, an aircraft carrier. Doug retired in 1982 from the Esquimalt Police after serving 26 years with the police department. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alma and daughter Elaine; son Doug (JoAnne) and daughter Lorrie (Derek); five grandchildren, Dan, Deb, Nadine, Angela and Jon and great grandchildren Chelsey and Trey. Celebration of Doug's life will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 1:00p.m. Refreshments to follow in the Sands Arbor Reception Centre. Private interment at Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations in Doug's memory may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, #1 - 947 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 3K3

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS WEST YORK

STEEL, John Neilson (Jack) - Dad has come home: Peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side the family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather J.N. Steel at the age of 82. Jack as he was affectionately called was born in Winnipeg on May 1, 1924. The eldest son of Margaret and Hugh Steel. Dad was predeceased by his parents in 1985 and 1979 respectively, and by his younger and only sibling, Walter in 1993. Dad was a man of love, honour, kindness and compassion, who put his family at the top of his lists. He had a zest for live that included a love of animals, friends, and the many associations he was involved with. He was always one to listen, help in any way, and could tell stories that eventually ended with a story from his fond years in the Canadian Navy. Dad attended St. John's Tech, the universities of, Winnipeg and Western Ontario. Interrupting his education was his call to duty with the Royal Canadian Navy to fight for his country's freedom in the Second World War, as a young teenager. His career focused on electronics and radar. Dad was a lifetime member of the Navel reserve based with HMCS Chippawa. The Navy was a large part of his life often telling Navel stories to his grandchildren educating them with the appreciation of history and freedom. Dad had experienced a unique time of service on the HMCS Puncher during the war. He also served on HMCS Crusader and others. He and his ship the Crusader survived the worst hurricane in history near the Azores, Portugal. Upon his return to Canada Dad met his soul mate Laura of Hamilton. Married in Winnipeg on October 6, 1951, they became the proud parents of daughters Sandra, Jo-Anne and son John. Residing at the family home on Kelvin Boulevard, Tuxedo for nearly 50 years. Dad was proud of his Scottish heritage, as both parents and brother were born there. He and Mom enjoyed watching one of their granddaughters Deanne perform her Highland dance the Sailors Hornpipe . Dad's career continued in Winnipeg with employment as an estimator with Hilton Brothers, later acquiring the company and changing the name to Hilton Insulation and Supply. In the 1980s Dad sold Hiltons and moved from contracting to the supply side buying Westcan Insulation Industries Ltd. Both Hilton and Westcan were truly family businesses as at one time or another family members worked by his side. Mom spent several years on the order desk, known to hundreds as Laura. So many employees of Dad went off to start their own businesses, as he was one to always give a fella a break. Retirement never sat well with Dad as he kept active with many associations both during and after his formal working years. His involvement revolved around the Rotary, The Masons, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, The Winnipeg Construction Association, Ridge Meadows Seniors Society of Maple Ridge, BC, The Naval Association of Canada and the United States, and the Royal Canadian Legion. Past Presidencies included The Thermal Insulation Association of Canada (T.I.A.C.) and the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Manitoba. He was the Mayor of the Village of Dunnottar and an elder with the First Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg. In later years Mom and Dad moved to Maple Ridge, British Columbia to live with his son John and Janice. He had such a sense of adventure travelling with Mom to Mexico, Europe, Scotland, Ireland, England, the United States and Alaska. Boating with son John and Janice on the Pacific was something he spent hours enjoying, but now where did he love more than home....his home....Winnipeg. Dad was a man larger than life full of integrity and loyalty, who loved a good joke, enjoyed telling stories that always took longer than they should and with that good old Naval twist. He cherished his loving wife Laura more than anything and sadly, passed away just shy of their 55th wedding anniversary. Dad leaves to celebrate his love of life, his wife Laura; daughters, Sandra (Dean) Magnus, Jo-Anne (Brian) Penston both of Winnipeg; and son John (Janice Witter) of Maple Ridge, British Columbia; grandchildren, Deanne, Derek, Dylan (Magnus) - Jennifer, Daniel, Jessica (Graham of Winnipeg) - John Jr. and Gregory (Steel) of Blue Springs, Missouri; Dad's sister-in-law Margaret Steel of Winnipeg; cousins in Scotland and numerous nieces and nephews. Rev. Bruce Miles, longtime family friend will officiate the celebration of Dad's life. This will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. held at Thomson In The Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. A private interment will take place at Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the Winnipeg ambulance, fire and police departments for their outstanding service and support. Doctor Al Karmali and assistant Cathy of the Fraser Medical Clinic, Maple Ridge, BC, Doctor Robert Brown of the Keary Medical Centre, New Westminister, BC and Doctor Richard Smyth of R.S. Medical Services, Coquitlam, BC for their kindness and genuine concern for Dad's well being. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Children's Hospital Foundation, C.E 501-840 Sherbrooke Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1S1

 

HMS PUNCHER, HMCS CRUSADER

TAIT, Gordon Thomas - passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 16, 2005 at the Kildonan Personal Care Home. He had just celebrated his 81st birthday. Gord will be lovingly remembered by his children, Donna (Richard) Mehmel and their children, Colin and Brian; Gloria (Don) Vander Graaf and their son Jeffrey; and Wayne Tait and his children, Chelsey and Courtney. He is also survived by his brother Stan (June) Tait and his sister Dorrie Reid. He was predeceased by his wife Joan in 1992; and his daughter-in-law Dawn Tait in 2004. Gordon, the youngest child of Frederick and Julia Tait, was born at home in Winnipeg on January 13, 1924, a blustery winter Sunday. He lived his entire life in the Elmwood and North Kildonan area. Gord attended Lord Selkirk High School and, after graduation, enlisted in the Navy in February 1943. He served on several ships, most notably the aircraft carrier Royal Navy HMS Puncher. Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Joan Falls, on March 29, 1944. After returning from the war in 1945, Gord started his accounting career with Lake of the Woods Milling Company and subsequently with Olgivie Mills Ltd. and Miracle Feeds Division. When Joan became ill in December 1982, Gord retired to care for her. After Joan's death, Gord was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which he battled for the remainder of his life. In his younger years, Gord was an avid curler. He and Joan also enjoyed square dancing for many years, with Gord being a caller. He was by nature competitive and loved playing games, especially cards and chess, skills which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was the quintessential number cruncher, who actually relished preparing income tax returns for family and friends. After his retirement, Gord looked forward to meeting with old school friends at the Tuesday morning breakfast club. Gord was very loving and supportive of his children and grandchildren. When a babysitter was needed, he was available. He always enjoyed cheering his grandchildren on at their many sporting events, and attending their concerts. Gord was a dedicated son, husband, father and grandfather. His happiest times were those spent with his children and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. The family would like to thank Luther Home and Kildonan Personal Care Centre for their compassionate care of Dad. Just a prayer from the family who loved you, just a memory fond and true, in our hearts you will live forever, because we thought the world of you. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Interment and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 302-171 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 1M4 or a charity of choice.

 

HMS PUNCHER

THOMSON, James (Jim) - passed away peacefully on June 12, 2008 at the age of 82 years with his children holding his hand. Jim was born in Olds and raised on a farm west of town in the Hainstock district to Scottish immigrants John and Alice of Ayrshire, Scotland. In his youth, Jim loved working on the farm, especially during the fall harvest trying to keep up with his two older brothers. Like many young men of his generation, he enlisted into the Royal Canadian Navy, Air Arm Division and served from June 6, 1944 to May 1946. Jim was stationed at Watford, England for navel training before being assigned to the 825 Squadron as an aircraft mechanic for the Supermarine Seafire and Sea Hurricane fighter planes on Canada's HMCS Warrior aircraft carrier. Upon returning from naval service, Jim farmed for two years before joining the County of Mountain View for seven years building roads. In 1957, Jim joined the Home Oil Company until his retirement in 1986, with assignments in Sundre, Hardisty, Swan Hills, Edmonton and Calgary. Jim's most memorable years at Home Oil were working at the Hardisty Underground Storage Facility for sixteen years as Plant Superintendent. Jim was an avid curler and was a founding member of the Hardisty East Central Oilmen's curling bonspiel and an active member of the Hardisty Masonic Lodge. In addition, he loved his Mossend Black Angus cattle herd that he named after the Scottish family farm near Ayr, Scotland. During his retirement years, Jim spent countless hours working on his 141 acre farm west of Olds that he purchased in 1989, the same land his father bought in 1948. He participated in the Alberta Senior games for numerous years and loved to play Frisbee golf. He made numerous trips to the UK and Israel and even went to Cuba in 2006. Jim loved to work on historic projects from mapping out the cart trails in the Olds district; participating in the David Thompson Exploration reunion and working on the Hainstock history book. He played a key role in keeping the Scottish and Canadian families connected. He loved playing cribbage and bridge a couple of times a week and was always wanting to share a bottle of his legendary homemade wine. Jim will be remembered as an amazing people person who was full of energy, loved cooking large meals for his family and treasured his farming background. Jim was predeceased by his parents Alice in 1976 and John in 1978, sister Effie Platt in 1985 and brother Jack in 2003. Jim is survived by his six children Beverly (Dana) Krause of Calgary; Alan (Sa) of Edmonton; Karen (Garth) Riley of Red Deer; Margaret (Hertzl) Yehoshua of Pharan, Israel; Mark (Suzanne) of Fort McMurray; and Kirk (Brenda) of Calgary; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; ex-wife Mary Anne Thomson; brother Wylie and sister Agnes Yewell both of Olds. Special thanks go to the staff of the Olds Hospital for their exceptional care and to the Olds RCMP personnel for their professional conduct. A Celebration of Jim's Life will be on Tuesday, June 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Olds & District Evergreen Centre, 5237 - 52 Street, Olds. Memorial donations may be made to the Olds Hospital.

 

HMCS WARRIOR

THORDARSON, John Freeman (1926-2006) - Son of Freeman and Gudrun Thordarson, John was born 03 Dec 1925. He attended school at Hollywood and Langruth. John enlisted 08 Jul 1943, at HMCS Chippawa, where he had basic training. In Nov 1943, he was sent to HMCS Cornwallis, N.S., and to HMCS St. Hyacinthe, Que. In Quebec he had a six month course in wireless training. In Dec 1944, he went to HMCS Niobe, Scotland and then served on the Aircraft Carrier HMS Puncher, operating with the Royal Navy along the Norwegian Coast and Russian convoy routes. When the war ended Puncher transported troops from Scotland to New York. After making four of these trips, John returned to Canada on 22 Nov 1945. Since receiving his discharge, 06 Feb 1946, he has completed grade XII at the Manitoba Technical Institute and is now employed by Pioneer Grain Co. XII at Manitoba Techriical Institute. ( Source: "A Tribute to the Soldiers and Pioneers of the Langruth District", published 1950)

 

HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMS PUNCHER, HMCS NIOBE

THORGEIRSON, Fridfinnur Kernested (Fred) - Born in Manitoba, he died at Winnipeg on 08 Oct 1986 at the age of 66. He served with the RCN on HMS Puncher from 1939 to 1945. He is buried in the Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB.

 

HMS PUNCHER

TOOMS, Arthur (Art) - beloved husband of Suzanne (Susie) of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Hospital on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at the age of 77 years. Arthur was born the youngest of ten children in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, U.K. He joined the Royal Navy as a telegraphist air gunner as a young man, and after WWII, transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. His travels led him to meeting U.S.-born Susie and after they married, the family was posted in Barrie ON, Alabama, Victoria, BC, Thunder Bay, ON, and Halifax, NS. Arthur served as a Navy diver and air traffic controller and was appointed Lieutenant-Commander in 1961. He served as Executive Officer aboard the HMCS Stettler and was the Squadron Administrative Officer for the seventh Escort Squadron aboard the HMCS Assiniboine. He was also Staff Officer of the Thunder Bay Naval Reserve Base HMCS Griffon, Honorary Aide de Camp to Governors General Leger and Mitchener, and served as the head of the Navy NBCD School in Halifax. When Arthur retired from the Navy, he and his family returned to Thunder Bay, ON where he became Commanding Officer of HMCS Griffon. Arthur served his native and adopted countries with dedication and dignity in both peace and war. After leaving the Navy, his first post-Navy position was as manager of the Fort William Country Club. He then went on to sixteen years as Executive Director of the Lakehead Association for Community Living where his leadership expanded the region’s services and programs for its specially challenged clients, always with each individual’s needs as top priority. Besides his loving wife of forty-seven years, Arthur is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Brian and Kathryn and their daughter Avery; a sister Vera Atter of New Zealand; a brother and sister-in-law Eric and Winnie Tooms of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, U.K.; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North), on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 3:00 P.M. Graveside Service will be held in the “Field of Honour”, Queen’s Park Cemetery on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 10:30 A.M. In living memory of Arthur Tooms, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

HMCS GRIFFIN, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS STETTLER

TURNER, Grant L. WW II Veteran, having served on the HMCS Prince David. Peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital on May 28th in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Betty (Walsh) for 59 years. Loving father of Peter (Cathie), Lee (Dan) Didier, Rhonda (Bill) Milos and Kathy (Grant) Nesbitt. Cherished Papa of Allison and Brent Turner, Kerri, Jason and Jordan Didier, Marcus (Lynette) Milos and Leana (Dane) Clarke, Tara and Todd Nesbitt. Great Papa to Damon and Kyla Milos. Dear brother of Kathleen (Kay) Madill. Will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. His passing will leave a void in the lives of everyone who knew him. Visitation at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road) Markham on Wednesday May 31, 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral will be held at EastRidge Missionary Church 12485 10th Line N. Stouffville, Thursday June 1st at 2:00p.m. As expressions of sympathy donations mnay be made to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation or your charity of Choice.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID

VETTERS, William (26 Mar 1924 - 07 Apr 2008) - with family at his side, William Vetters passed away peacefully in Edmonton, Alberta. William leaves to cherish his memory his three children, Leslie, Grant and Jacklyn; son-in-law Ken Middleton; grandchildren, Kenzie and Cole; sisters, Dolly Harnet, Ruby McCormick, Beatrice Davies, and brother Lorne; one nephew, several nieces, great-nephews, great-niece and cousins. William was predeceased by his father William Vetters, wife Irene Vetters, and his mother Julia Vetters (nee Stevenson). William (Willy to his family) was born in Swan River, MB. The eldest of three sisters and one brother. After spending a number of years on the farm, the family settled in Winnipeg during Willy's teen years. At age 19, William joined the Navy to serve during the Second World War on board the H.M.S. Nabob. Off the coast of Scotland the ship was torpedoed, but William returned safely back to port. Post-war, Bill (as friends commonly called him) resided in Toronto, where he was employed at Eaton's as a vacuum salesman. His easy-going personality, and sense of humour made him successful in sales and planted the seed for his future career. During this time, Bill continued to enjoy his passion for sports, playing on the Eaton's hockey team. In 1953, Bill met and married the love of his life, Irene Robinson. The two returned home to Winnipeg where, in 1956, Bill opened one of the first vacuum stores in the city, Manitoba Vacuum Service Ltd. on Corydon Avenue. Bill's personality allowed his vacuum business to prosper for over 30 years, much to the assistance of his two long-time staff and friends, Cal Beauchamp and Glenn Rothwell. Bill's success allowed for the raising of his three children, upgrading of homes, cars (several times!), memorable family trips, as well as the purchase of a cottage at Falcon Lake, Manitoba, where his kids and their family continue to enjoy summer holidays. Bill enjoyed socializing with friends at the Charleswood Legion and Pembina Hotel. He could be found every Tuesday evening pitching for the Legion's mixed slow-pitch team. William remained active most of his life enjoying curling, golf, skating and hockey - whether playing on the ice or as a season ticket holder for the Winnipeg Jets. Taking great pleasure in the happiness of others, Willy's first priority was always family. He was a loving parent, husband, son, brother and uncle, who could always be relied on whenever he was needed. William's family would like to thank all his cherished family and friends for being a part of his life. A special thank you to the staff at Capital Care Lynnwood (BASU) in Edmonton, who showed such compassion and caring towards William, reflective of the man they came to know and love while in their care. Memorial service will take place at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Ave., on Thursday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. Family interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations can be made in William's memory to the Alzheimer Society, or the charity of your choice. Just think of me and I'll be there.

 

HMS NABOB

WATKINS, Charles - "Thank you EVERYONE for making my life so FANTASTIC!" Charles passed away peacefully at home on 17 June 2015. Charles served in WW II and the Korean War.

 

HMCS CRUSADER, HMCS JONQUIERE

WATSON, W.H., Victualling CPO, Friday, March 19, 1937 - popularly known as "Jock", passed away suddenly at 9:30 yesterday morning while at work in his office in the Royal Canadian Naval Barricks, death being the result of a heart attack. The deceased who was 44 years of age, served in the Royal Navy during the Great War and came here with HMCS Aurora in 1920. He was a member of the Royal Standard Masonic Lodge. He would have been entitled to discharge on pension in May. The deceased who resided at 731 1/2 Robie street, is survived by his wife and one son, Horace William, who a little over a month ago joined the R.C.N. The funeral will leave his residence, 731 1/2 Robie street at 11 o'clock Saturday morning and he will be buried with full Naval and Masonic honors. Rev. John Furlong will conduct the service. Interment will be in Camp Hill cemetery.

 

HMCS AURORA

WELSH, William - Our dear father passed away July 21, 2007 to join his late, beloved wife of 61 years. Margaret predeceased him in April 2006 and he has longed for her every day since. Bill was devoted to his family. He and Margaret are survived by their children, Lynda (Jim), Maureen, and Bruce (Kim), and grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle (Caryn), Jared, Meredith (Darryl), Aynsley (Stephen) and Andrea. He took great pleasure in watching them grow to maturity and become established in their family lives and careers. He was always interested in their activities and was proud of them all. We were blessed to have him watching over us and caring for us all, and we especially treasure the last few weeks of final visits and loving goodbyes. Born in 1921 in Winnipeg to William and Elizabeth Welsh, he was educated at Greenway, General Wolfe, and Daniel Macintyre schools in the West End. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the navy at the beginning of the Second World War, and served through 1945 as a signalman on HMCS Camrose, Prince David, and Prince Henry during the North Atlantic, D Day, and Mediterranean campaigns. After the war Dad attended two years of university and then joined the Winnipeg City Police Department in 1947. He worked in a number of districts around the city as a uniformed officer, concluding his career as the Superintendent of District 2 (St. James). He enjoyed his police life, especially those with whom he worked, and felt extremely fortunate to have held a job dedicated to helping others. Nevertheless, in 1981 he was pleased to retire to his favourite place the cottage he built with Mum at Caddy Lake. Dad was blessed to enjoy many friendships; some going back to school days and the war, while others were made at his last home, Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts. He treasured these relationships and was always interested, aware and thoughtful of others. His family, friends, and colleagues particularly cherished his gentle kindness and irrepressible humour. We are thankful to have had such a wonderful dad and will always hold him and Mum together in our hearts. Thanks you to the staff at MKC for making his last residence such a warm and welcoming home, and to the Home Care team who supported him throughout his illness. We are also grateful to the staff at the Grace Hospice Unit where he was cared for so well and where his family were able to surround him with the love, respect, care and peace he so richly deserved. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway with Rev. Bob Galston officiating. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Dad would be pleased to be remembered, if friends so wish, by donations to the Salvation Army, 100-55 Donald St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C-1L8.

 

HMCS PRINCE DAVID, HMCS PRINCE HENRY, HMCS CAMROSE

WHITE, Clifford Hubert - Died peacefully in his sleep at Drayton Valley Hospital Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the age of 94. Clifford was born in 1916 at Souris, Manitoba to parents Ethel (Malyon) and Hubert White. Cliff was predeceased by his younger brother Walter in 1993. Cliff was a loving and devoted husband to Frances (Smith) for over sixty years. She died July 22, 2006. He is survived by his daughter Lynn (Terry Turnbull), and sons Brian (Maureen), Neil (Barbara), and Ross (Jeannie); grandchildren: Suzanne (Derek) Georgeson, Bill (Jenn), Cale (Paulo), Sean, Skylar (Karen), Ailen, Jordan (Caitlin), Kelsey, Anna, Laura, Rachel; and great-grandchildren: Sarah, Savannah, Marcus, Theo and Zaeli. Growing up in a dry goods/candy store gave him his sweet tooth. There he also witnessed his father's expansive and unrepaid charity during the Depression. As a result throughout his life his generosity to charities was one of his enduring qualities. Cliff showed early aptitude, constructing as he did, his own array of power tools during his boyhood. He rode the rails after graduating from high school and quickly learned the merits of higher education. By 1938 he had graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Winnipeg. Immediately he was selected for an overseas internship working on turbo alternators and transformers in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Returning to Toronto he was introduced to his buddy Ralph's girlfriend, Frances Laing Smith from Weyburn. Ralph was leaving town so asked Cliff to ""take care of my girl."" Fortunately, Ralph forgot to check in on the arrangement and Cliff took very good care indeed. They were married November 1941. He became Royal Canadian Navy Lieutenant Commander-Electrical Officer serving about the HMS Puncher. Following the war Cliff worked for Burns Foods twenty years in Vancouver and Calgary. He became Principal Electrical Engineer in 1965 with T. Lamb McManus and Assoc. (Calgary) working on projects including the Calgary International Airport. He won numerous Professional awards including First Place in lighting for many projects including hospitals, racetracks, curling rinks, schools, and swimming pools. He became a Consulting Engineer with Victus Consultants and through his career served as President for numerous Engineering associations. The highlight of his career was as Chief Electrical Consultant for the Calgary 1988 Olympics. Among his great loves in life were the Scouting movement, curling, and tennis, playing bridge and the United Church of Canada especially through Stewards and Outreach at Living Spirit, formerly Riverview. He loved to put his faith into action, serving guests at ""Inn From The Cold"" with his typical gracious acceptance. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have lost a role model for love in marriage, wisdom in parenting and deep integrity ... but then so have all who knew him. A Memorial Service in his honour will take place at Living Spirit United Church Friday, October 8, 2010, 4:00 p.m., 629 - 49 Avenue S.W., Calgary, the Rev. Traci Hubbard leading. Reception to follow. Donations may be made to The Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada in the name of Cliff White. www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/donate . Locate the ""donate online"" button on the national website and follow the ""In Memoriam"" links. All donations received prior to All Saints Day 2010 will be matched. The family is grateful for your generosity. Sincere thanks to the staff and residents of Fountains of Mission in Calgary, and Serenity House in Drayton Valley. The nursing staff and doctors in Acute Care at the Drayton Valley Hospital were exemplary in Cliff's last months. Is death the last sleep? NO - it is the last and final awakening. - Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 

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WHITE, William George (Bill) - In WW II - the year 1939, a young man named William, age 22, with a wife and little girl at home, joined the Navy to fight for his country. He was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was an ante aircraft gunner on the HMCS Nabob, Escort Aircraft Carrier. They were operating off Norway when they got torpedoed Aug. 5, 1941. In that same year his second child, a son was born. Our hero William suffered hearing loss because of the War, but we are ever so grateful that our hero made it home safely. Sadly on September 19, 2011 at 94 years of age, our hero peacefully passed away at La Chaumiere Retirement Home. Waiting with open arms is his beloved wife Lillian. Loving father of William "Bill" & wife Judy and predeceased by daughter Gail. Cherished grandpa to Kimberley & husband Mark Dowhan, Penny White & Don, Bill White & wife Jennifer, John Chretein & wife Jen, Lee Andrea Chretien and, predeceased by grandaughter Jo Jo. Devoted great grandpa to Alex, Casey, Diedra, Jamie, Curtis, Alexis, Kayla, Billy, Haley Holly Shaw & Jed, Robert & Natalie, Kayla & Devon. After the War, Bill supported his family working at Ford Motor Company, retiring in 1972. Bill was a lifetime member of the Daylight Lodge No 554 A.F. & A. M. and a member of the RCL Branch # 157 , Belle River. A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful friends & nursing staff at La Chaumiere, especially to Dr. James Li Wan Po for the exceptional care shown to Bill. Visiting at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home (Banwell Chapel) 253-7234 11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. (corner of Banwell & Tecumseh Rd E.) on Friday from 2 to 5 & 7 to 9 PM. A Veteran's service will be held on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran's Memorial Committee. Funeral service will be held on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the chapel. Cremation to follow. In kindness memorial donations may be made to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. A private interment will take place at a later date.

 

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WILLIAMS, Norman Haydn (1924-2013) - Norman passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Dear husband of 28 years to Bertha; father to Barb, Brenda, Bonnie, Bruce, Ken, Lloyd, Randy and Paul; lovingly remembered by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; survived by brother, Ralph Williams (Lori), Penticton; predeceased by sisters, Thelma & Doris. Norm was the founder and operated Norbert Salvage in Bridesville. He was a passionate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 97 Oliver and served as Sergeant at Arms. Norm served as a Gunner on the HMCS Puncher during World War II. A Funeral Service celebrating Norm's life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 6 Finch Crescent, Osoyoos on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:00 o'clock. Interment will follow at Bridesville Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation, 4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9.

 

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WRIGHT, Elmer (Jack) - E.J., Emmy - Peacefully at Bluewater Health, on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the age of 95. Beloved husband of the late Irene (Barwise), 1996. Dear father of Pat (Wayne) Begarnie, Greg (Fay), Tom, Richard Wright. Loving grandfather of Ann (Mike), Michael (Vicky), Camie (Paul), Ben (Aileen), and Derek (Shayna). Great grandfather of Jason, Mandy, Ian, Tamara, Tyler, Kyle, Tianna and great great grandfather of Milo. Predeceased by his parents Christine and Charles Wright, brother Ivan (Shirley), Russ (Doris), Max (Betty), Jack, Ross, sisters Hazel (Ed), Anita (Ron), Kay (Sam), brother-in-law Gordon (Jean) Barwise. Survived by sisters-in-law Theresa and Donna (Gordon Pickell) and many nieces and nephews. E.J. Joined the RCN and volunteered for the Combined Operations. He participated in all 5 areas of operation during WWII, serving as a coxswain on LCI 1375 aboard the HMCS Prince David. He was an avid camper and a member of the 4T’s for many years. He retired from Prestolite and the OWRC. For many years he enjoyed his time spent with friends at the Legion. He was a life member of the Navy Club, the Point Edward Ex-Servicemen’s, and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62. A celebration of E.J.’s life will be held from the D.J. Robb Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00 am. A private family interment of ashes will take place. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #62 will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home Friday evening at 6:45 pm. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia Legion, Branch 62 Poppy Fund or a charity of your choice.

 

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WILLISTON, Archibald W.C. (Bud) (03 Jul 1917 - 06 Dec 2005) - Bud has left us for a higher sea, after a true Williston fight. Bud was born in Bay-du-Vin, New Brunswick, the eldest son of Jenny and Albert Williston. After a short time there, the family moved to Fort Saskatchewan where he spent his formative years. Bud excelled at hockey, playing for the Fort Saskatchewan Pirates. A tough left winger, who played hard, often in extreme conditions in outdoor rinks against teams from St. Albert, Josephburg, Bruderheim, etc., often riding on the back of pick up trucks to play a game outdoors in minus 30. In 1940 Bud joined the Royal Canadian Navy. His assignment was to be stationed in Victoria, then he joined the Canadian Aircraft Carrier, The H.M.C.S. Puncher. Bud had many trips across the Atlantic in convoys, mainly from the East Coast of the U.S. to England. Bud has a great memory, his speciality was deciphering intelligence data. For this, along with his service medals, he was awarded The Canadian Medal of Honor, of which we are all very proud. Lately, Bud was an active member of the Strathcona Branch #150, Royal Canadian Legion, in Edmonton, which he joined in 1941, where he was known to tip a few with his comrades. We're going to miss you Buddy, keep a tight jig Dad, and straight sailing from family and friends. Service with friends will be held at Simply Cremations and Funeral Services, 9331-35 Avenue, Edmonton on Monday December 12, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.

 

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